About Wanda Marie
Wanda Marie is the author of 3 self-help books, and has been healing relationships and empowering women to live amazing lives for more than 25 years. She's the founder of Legacy Lifestyles LLC, a North Carolina company specializing in women’s empowerment and business development programs, and founder of the LadyUp Network. Wanda Marie has an extensive background as a Certified Master Coach, also certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming). Her work is both practical and spiritual in nature as she teaches clients to utilize Universal Principles to effect positive and lasting change.
Wanda Marie has been married to hubby Ron for 25 years, and for the past 10 years they have resided in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with furry son Toby. Wanda Marie is originally a big city girl from Los Angeles, CA.
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Wanda Marie is the author of "LadyUp: A Woman's Guide to Self-Defined Grace and Fearless Love," “Living Inner Peace: A Personal Guide to Greater Happiness,” and co-author, with Yolanda King, on “Embracing Your Power in 30 Days: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Personal Freedom.” Wanda has an extensive background as a Master Coach, Trainer, and Inspirational Speaker. She enjoys speaking to women’s groups on topics such as Healing Relationships, Finding Inner Peace, Embracing Your Power, and Building Your Dreams.
Wanda Marie is a self-made woman who graduated from Sawyer Business College in 1975 studying legal sciences. In 1982, after working as a paralegal for several years, she went to work as a legal administrator for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, helping to establish their in-house Legal Department. She developed programs, strategies and systems for associates to use for running the department smoothly and efficiently, and supervised a team of day and evening support staff.
Wanda Marie was always drawn to the healing arts and in 1994 she left a successful corporate career to pursue another passion, helping people to create positive and lasting change in their lives. She completed a six-month certification course in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a two-year training program through Coach University for Life Coaching, and received certification as a Master Coach through the Behavioral Coaching Institute. She completed a three-month certification course in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and a two-year licensing program through the Agape University of Transformational Studies and Leadership, receiving a license as a Spiritual Counselor. Wanda held her Spiritual Practitioner License for more than 12 years with the United Centers for Spiritual Living.
As Wanda Marie changed career paths and launched her private practice, she quickly became a sought after Spiritual Teacher, Business Consultant and Professional Coach, counting among her clients the late Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King. A collaborative relationship developed helping them realize their shared mission, to bring about more peace and unity to all of humanity. In 2001, Wanda Marie joined forces with Yolanda King and accepted a position as Executive Director of her company, Higher Ground Productions, Inc.
In 2005, Yolanda King and Wanda Marie co-authored the book, “Embracing Your Power in 30 Days: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Personal Freedom.” In 2007 Wanda Marie wrote and published, “Living Inner Peace: A Personal Guide to Greater Happiness.” The partnership between Wanda Marie and Yolanda King ended in May, 2007, when Ms. King suddenly passed away from heart disease. During Wanda’s association with Higher Ground Productions, she took Yolanda King from a one-woman operation to a staff of five employees under Wanda’s personal supervision to run the home office, and a host of outside partners and team members across the country as part of the production team.
As a spiritual counselor, professional coach, and NLP Practitioner, Wanda has a deep understanding of human psychology and works with teams and individuals in such a way that inspires, empowers and motivates, raising self-esteem and increasing productivity. She has the ability to lead individuals to a place of high performance and excellence for achieving amazing results, through values-based goals, strategic planning, and heartfelt teamwork.
On a personal note, Wanda Marie loves playing Pickleball, and RVing. She has two adult children and four amazing grandchildren. Wanda and Ron enjoy traveling and have been to Egypt, India, England, France, Italy, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands.