Dr. Deitra Hickey PhD., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has utilized her life experiences to develop a passion to help others find their balance, keep life in perspective, manage their stress, and showcase their leadership capabilities. Life can throw us curveballs but with adequate intrinsic motivation and perspective, we can capitalize on our struggles and find the peace and contentment that we desire. Deitra enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages and can diversify her presentation focus based on the needs of an organization. She enjoys speaking "with" the audience and not simply "to" them. Audience participation, humor and audio visual technology is often implemented into her speaking engagements.
Deitra developed a strong will and resilience at a young age by taking care of two paralyzed parents after witnessing both of them being shot. She then cared for her mother who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis until she passed away at only 48 and grew up in a turbulant, difficult environment. Deitra is a transparent individual that will admit she had struggled as a teenager with consistent doubt, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She then made the decision to accept these facets of her past and learn from them. Dr. Hickey has dedicated her life to assisting others in finding positive perspective and happiness. She encourages the importance of capitalizing on life’s challenges to strengthen and empower versus using adversity as a crutch.
Dr. Hickey worked for Toledo public Schools for 17 years as a teacher, then school counselor, school principal and finally as a district leader. She taught PhD students in Leadership and Business Management at the University of Toledo prior to opening her own wellness practice, Serenity Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Hickey proudly teaches the community about the positive effects of mental, emotional, and physical wellness that aid in overall health and stress reduction. Deitra's doctorate is in Leadership and she has spoken to many groups about the strategies and psychologies involved with being a great leader and role-model in any organization. She has traveled the world to conduct trainings with school superintendents and principals. She even attended meetings in Germany with the UN to discuss global leadership and worldwide programs. Deitra has presented to groups of 2500+ as well as small lunch and learns with less than 20 audience members for a more personal, interactive experience.
Dr. Hickey is extremely diverse with her talents and her speaking topics. She is a licensed Counselor, certified Life Coach, educator, author, Biz TV show host and public presenter. Dr. Hickey is a proud Toledian and passionately enjoys bringing her experiences, education, and dedication to a wide variety of audiences to make a lasting impression and a difference in the world.
- Toledo City Paper: Top Ten Toledoans: "Movers and shakers striving for a better community." Published January 2014
- Toledo City Paper: "Women Business Owner's Showcase" Featured: March 2014
- Eagle Award: Humanitarian community contributions. Awarded by the Danberry company.
- My business, Serenity Health & Wellness Center was voted by the community: "Best Holistic Health Center" announced January 2015. Will be published in the local paper February 2015