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CARMEN DAVENPORT

Carmen DavenportCarmen Davenport is an internationally-recognized author, life coach, and empowerment speaker, and the founder and owner of Invincible You, her platform for reaching women with the tools that they need to identify their strengths and overcome the roadblocks keeping them from embracing their full potential. A 25-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Ms. Davenport retired in 2015 at the rank of master sergeant after serving as a maintenance management officer in the First Marine Division and at the rank of maintenance management chief at the Battle of Fallujah. She is extensively decorated for her service, with a NATO Medal, eight Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, and two National Defense Service Medals, among dozens of other honors. Ms. Davenport has received a Presidential Unit Citation and is a four-time recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and Navy Unit Commendations, a six-time recipient of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, as well as receiving six Good Conduct Medals and more than half a dozen special citations, commendations, and letters of appreciation.

Ms. Davenport holds a Master of Arts in human resources with an emphasis on organizational leadership from Florida National University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Jacksonville University, where she is pursuing her doctorate in business administration with an emphasis on management. She is certified as a life coach by the International Coaching Federation, and published her first book, “The Warrior Stance: 13 Principles to Building and Living Your Ideal Family and Work Life,” in 2019. Ms. Davenport has contributed to area newspapers including The Florida Star/The Georgia Star, has been featured in Her Grit Magazine, and was voted a Woman of Influence by Business Men and Women of Color magazine. Prior to launching her career as a speaker and coach, Ms. Davenport created Combat Diva, LLC, a line of inspirational clothing and accessories that she describes as helping to “project women’s beauty and strength which is reflected no matter the battles or struggles faced.”

As the voice behind Invincible You, Ms. Davenport strives to help her clients reveal and address hidden traumas that act as the roots of their confusion and negative behaviors. She compares the process to finding a beautiful flower choked by weeds, describing each weed as an issue with self-esteem or perseverance. Each weed stems from a root cause or event, and even after it has been removed, a hole remains that needs to be filled with positive affirmations and healing. Ms. Davenport emphasizes that until each person can fully expose and move past their root traumas, they are unable to heal and move forward to live their best lives. As a single parent and a survivor of childhood abuse and sexual violence, Ms. Davenport identifies her own journey and her own early struggles with self-destructive behaviors as a model for her clients. She underscores that “hurt people hurt people,” and that if her own personal recovery and transformation was possible, then it is possible for anyone to address and grow past their traumas.

In addition to the daily responsibilities of networking, preparing for interviews, and working directly with coaching clients, Ms. Davenport is a volunteer guardian ad litem, assisting in child custody, emancipation, and visitation cases. She has received special recognition from Florida Governor Rick Scott for her dedication to her work and role as guardian ad litem. She explains that her philosophy is to “know your purpose. Our purpose isn’t necessarily for us; it’s about others, and the things we go through are not for us or about us, they’re going to be used for the people who interact with us.” Already a successful speaker and coach, Ms. Davenport looks forward to finishing her doctorate and starting a nonprofit organization to further spread her message and help empower others in the coming years.

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