July 24, 2020FRANKLIN – When the government asked nonessential businesses to close and people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in mid-March, Dawn Sanchez of Franklin instead opted to take a leap of faith and start the business she had been working on for a long time, spreading a message of hope, determination and love.
As President and CEO of Diamond Dynasty Consultants, Sanchez began last August by hosting podcasts to people around the world. This spring she added motivational speaking programs and Webinars that are designed to boost people up in life and assist those who are experiencing both mental and financial difficulties as they try to deal with the viral outbreak.
"I want to show people they can still have their dreams and accomplish them, even in times of uncertainty," she said. "There will always be 'no's' but all it takes is one 'yes' for things to change."
Sanchez knows of which she speaks.
A woman of color who grew up in Chicago, she has always been one to encourage others to be the best they can be, even while she was young. Her love for children led her to Chicago State University where she received certification as a teaching paraprofessional then went on to earn an Associate's degree from Prairie State College in Illinois. She spent time later working as an assistant in the Chicago State University Library.
Sanchez married her husband Pedro and they set off travelling the world through his career in the U.S. Marines where those experiences gave her an even broader perspective on life.
When Pedro retired from the military a few years ago, the couple searched the world for their next home and decided on central New Hampshire. As her husband continued civilian work for the U.S. government, Sanchez found the next stop in her career was as a library assistant, first Southwick School, then Winnisquam Regional High School.
At the high school this spring she was in the midst of developing a Cultural Diversity Club when the schools were closed. Always an optimist, she instead began encouraging seniors to forget about what they were not going to do during their last months of high school, but focus on the future.
"When it comes to the middle school and high school kids, I want them to form good self-esteem and help their minds open up to what's around them and what lies ahead," she said.
Ordained as a minister through the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2001, her words are of hope and inspiration have also been heard around the world through her podcasts each Sunday on I Heart Radio.
"I take the headlines of today and wrap the word of God around them. I want to bring hope to my listeners and show people that (the pandemic) did not stop my creativity or activities in meeting my goals and it shouldn't stop theirs either," Sanchez said.
Listeners outside the U.S. include people in 20 other countries, such as Sudan, Iraq, Japan, Israel, Romania, Ireland, Bangladesh, Barbados and the Netherlands.
"It really amazes me that I have listeners in all those places, especially in the Muslim countries," she said.
In her broadcasts she asks that they all strive to be Good Samaritans and seek to help others who may be more in need than they.
"It feels like an honor to help others. It doesn't take a rich man or a priest- an ordinary person can do something for someone in need, too," she said.
Her motivational seminars were begun in the midst of the shutdowns when she realized it as perhaps the best time to reach out even further to help others through her experiences and faith.
"This and nothing else should stop you from being great," she reminds everyone.
Her online seminars have included school children and adults all across America where she explains how the pandemic has not stopped her from working toward her goals and encourages them to do the same. Among the other Webinar selections she has available are topics like "How to Prepare for a Crisis," meant for all to learn ways they can be ready to carry on successfully, even under trying circumstances. Others are "Silver Fox and Silver Tops," designed for men and women over the age of 50, and "Wear Your Crown King," a Webinar to empower men to be the best they can be.
'Men are often forgotten, and I want to encourage them to put on their crowns and know how important they really are," said Sanchez.
Included in many of the Webinars are ways to deal with financial difficulties, led by her mother Pearl McClelland who worked in finance and debt management in Chicago for more than 30 years.
"Mom's a very important part of this, especially now with many people out of work and struggling to make ends meet. She has advice for them on how to get out of debt and manage their finances in a successful manner," Sanchez said.
In addition to all of that, Sanchez has also authored two books, with a third in the works. The first, "Now I Know I'm Beautiful," is about self-esteem and ways to better lives through confidence and inner strength. Book two, "Call To Duty," is based on her experiences as a military wife.
Besides her podcasts, Webinars and publications, Sanchez is also a frequent guest co-host for a radio talk show on WCPT 820 in Chicago where she spreads her message of hope and inspiration to her hometown and that is the subject of her upcoming publication, "God Handed Me the Mic."
Sanchez said, "It's really the story of my journey into becoming a voice, a person of reason, giving people hope. I was excited one day when I realized that this is something I've been doing all my life so now I'm writing a book about my journey."
Each of her books can be found for sale on Amazon.com.
Sanchez is available through not only her online audio presentations and Webinars, but through in-person motivational speaking engagements as well. For more information or to contact her, please visit her Web site, www.diamonddynastyconsultant.com.