“When times are dark, decide to #IGNITEyourLife and be the light in the tunnel so you can blaze a path to your breakthrough!” –Toy Parker
Toy Parker is an EPIC (Exciting, Prosperous, Innovative, and Courageous) woman of God who lives LOVE daily. As a divorced single mother, model, entrepreneur, spokesmodel, author, motivational and empowerment speaker, radio and television host, Creative Content , Marketing and Media Strategist, among so many other “hats” your Empowerment Engineer wears on any given day, she continues to serve as a living testimony to every life she touches how to stay victorious through the protection and favor of God. Through her creation and leadership of the #IGNITEyourLife platform and movement, she has earned her rightful place as an Empowerment Expert featured on selfgrowth.com, the number one self-improvement site on the internet! This just grazes the surface of accomplishments of this dynamic empowerment leader.
Parker, who is named one of the Best Media Professionals of 2014, is also an internationally published poet, spoken word artist, a five-time Editor’s Choice Award winner from the International Library of Poetry and a 2009-2010 Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs award recipient. She has performed as an actress in local and national commercials and even graced the stage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as a performer in the 2001 National Black Theatre Festival and is a former local spokesmodel for Cadillac, Covergirl, and Oil of Olay. Toy is also a former Personal Development instructor and modeling instructor for John Robert Powers and a former modeling and acting instructor for John Casablancas.
Her journalism roots were nurtured 20 years ago prior to her graduation from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, as she paid her dues early on as a former news producer for WTVD-11, WGHP-8, and WFMY-2. Aside from her previous work as host for “Sunset Jazz” on FM 90.1 in Greensboro, and her work from 2004 to 2010 as the voiceover talent for New Visions and Destiny on The Word Network internationally and on local stations across North Carolina– in recent years she has moved within the flow of technology in the field of communications effortlessly and served as the first African American female Internet Director and Business Development Manager for Hendrick Cadillac at the Cary Auto Mall.
Additionally, many of her corporate writings and marketing materials created can be found in corporate materials distributed throughout Aetna, Cigna, and Hendrick Cadillac Buick GMC today. Parker is currently a certified Internet Manager as well as a certified Finance and Insurance professional. Through her sales and marketing savvy in 2015, her leadership and partnership with the Raleigh Region of Fitness Connection helped one of their clubs hold the number one ranking in the nation within the company and helped other clubs stay within the top three in the region consecutive months in sales. Toy is best known in the business world (across multiple industries) for taking businesses/departments in trouble and turning them around with a blueprint model for perpetual breakthrough success through her proven marketing, business and media strategies!
She gives back to the community through her organized grassroots efforts to help redevelop urban areas in the cities she lives in, by speaking out and educating audiences on the damaging effects of domestic violence on families and children and by mentoring young women across the country. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, WE WIN (Women Empowering Women In Networking), and the National Association of Females in Music and Entertainment. Toy is also a member of the Women’s Speaker Association, the Les Brown Platinum Speakers Network and is featured on many radio talk shows and webcast broadcasts around the world. She is also a member of the North Carolina Consumers Council.
Parker continues her work today as a free-lance writer, publicist, public speaker, corporate trainer, media and marketing strategist as well as the founder of Live Wire Productions Plus, which provides professional writing, business, marketing and media consulting services to clients around the world. She is also the founder, producer and host for the #IGNITEyourLife with Toy Parker Radio and Television Network. She is also often called upon as a media talent/host for events across the state and up and down the east coast.
Her book releases– Chronicles of a Tween Mom, #Live LOVE Daily, 40 Lessons Learned Before 40, Love is My Superpower, Marketing Intelligence in a Social World and #IGNITEyourLife: Ultimate Sparks for a 30 Day Breakthrough–are all set for release during different quarters throughout 2015 and 2016.
Toy undoubtedly has a heart for empowering others. Through her #IGNITEyourlife brand (Inspiring Growth Now with Intensity and Transparent Energy) and her #LiveLOVEdaily brand (Living Our Vision Everyday), Toy wants to leave a legacy of empowerment, positivity, and love by way of the Holy Spirit. She seeks to help everyone she meets be the CEO of their lives and know themselves enough to have a clear understanding of what they want out of life, and learn how to execute their plan to bring those desires into fruition with the grace of God. In that same vein, she also seeks to help others be strong enough to step up in faith without knowing the next step when called upon to lead and have wisdom to know when it is time to delegate and empower others to lead. She lives a life driven by the love of God which penetrates the hearts and minds of those she inspires, leads, and protects. Toy helps to encourage everyone to never give up on their dreams and to understand that dreams do not have an expiration date. She is a firm believer that all dreams can come to pass in God’s perfect timing for their lives as long as they are willing to believe and never give up.
Join Toy on her quest to encourage everyone to love the skin they are in and enjoy life forever as the person God created them to be–today! While waiting for her highly-anticipated book releases, you can also read Toy’s articles on this website as well as Examiner.com, where she is their Raleigh Christian Living Examiner.