Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Virginia LeBlanc (aka, Doc). I live a divergently full life as an author, speaker, singer, coach, consultant, and educator among a few other hats. And before you ask, YES, it is quite possible to be so multi-faceted! A highly sought after multi-disciplinary expert and scholar, my skill sets span government, business, higher education, the performing arts, and not-for-profit sectors. My charge is that of an intercessor for people and businesses. I am here to liberate your thinking and, therefore, your being and circumstance. I am the Founder of Defining Paths, a company and a movement where we invest in preparing you for the future, whether in life or business.
What exactly does your company do?
Defining Paths is a company and a movement where we invest in preparing you for the future. I am the face and brand of my company, delivering holistic problem solutions and strategy through coaching, consulting, and speaking services focused on helping clients break mental chains in thinking to transform their circumstances from the inside out, whether in life, education or business. We meet you where you are and put you on the path to empowerment.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenges I have faced in life include being 1) a woman; 2) of color, and 3) born in a low-middle socioeconomic bracket. Nevertheless, I have overcome all through tenacity, a relentless drive, forward-moving posture, and an adjusted mindset.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
The advice that I wish I would have received at the start of my career concerns fiscal responsibility and financial peace strategy and planning. My lessons learned were through the school of hard knocks.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
There are a number of people I admire, study, and glean from across industries and thought (too many to name of lesser to great notoriety). However, my biggest and THE most important influence is Jesus. Without my faith, I would not have connected the dots to find my life fulfilling and sustaining purpose. His life and examples set are the source of my strength that has defined and catapulted my success.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
I stand on the shoulders of my immediate and extended family as well as mentors throughout my life. If I must choose someone, in particular, it would be Gerry Robert and the Black Card Books family who empowered and assisted in the realization of dreams.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My greatest success in life has been overcoming fear, which in turn has taught me to love the skin I’m in, literally and figuratively, from the inside out.
How can people contact you?
To connect with/follow online or purchase Dr. Virginia LeBlanc’s book, Love the Skin YOU’RE In: How to Conquer Life Through Divergent Thinking, visit:
Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/y9gcyg6n