Author Juanita Banks-Whittington On Advocating For Diverse Children’s Books 

Meet Juanita Banks-Whittington, a highly educated and skilled individual, who has completed multiple military training programs, and competitive federal government leadership programs. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Additionally, she holds certifications in Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Mediation, giving her the unique ability to identify and eliminate disparities faced by individuals based on various factors such as race, sex, gender, age, and disability.

We know our readers will be attracted to the story of such a successful visionary who is a dedicated Social Worker, Veteran, Wellness & DEI Practitioner, Civil Rights Advocate, wife, mother, and author. Full-time she is the first Diversity & Inclusion Specialist in the Chief Diversity Office at the Defense Information Systems Agency located on Fort Meade, Maryland.

Juanita is a highly educated and skilled individual, who has completed multiple military training programs, and competitive federal government leadership programs. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Additionally, she holds certifications in Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Mediation, giving her the unique ability to identify and eliminate disparities faced by individuals based on various factors such as race, sex, gender, age, and disability.

We’ve obtained an exclusive interview with Juanita.

What would you say is your mission and purpose?

Juanita: I am on a mission to educate and promote diversity and inclusivity in children’s books. I pursue to create more inclusive children’s books that represent and have characters that mirror diverse children through the movement Diverse Children’s Books Matter. I have two inspirational books set to hit the shelves this year: I Love My Daddy is a heartwarming children’s book about the special bond between a little girl and her father. Her second book, Who Am I, is featured in Joy 365 A Devotional For Joy Restoration along with a host of other phenomenal co-authors. Through my writing, I aim to touch readers’ hearts and remind them of the beauty and resilience within themselves.

What do you define as success?

Juanita: I define success as doing something that you have always had the vision to do, but something was stopping you. Just doing it is success even if the outcome isn’t what’s expected.

Do you believe in work-life balance? If so how do you maintain it?

Juanita: Of course, I believe in having a work-life balance, but it’s not easy to always do. I try my hardest to maintain a work-life balance by setting boundaries, don’t try to be captain saving everyone, and doing things that bring me joy or relaxation.

Who is your business role model? Why?

Juanita: My favorite business role model right now is everyone stepping out on faith and doing something they are passionate about.

What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new writers?

Juanita: The best piece of advice I would give aspiring and new writers is to just do it. What do you have to lose? Make sure you do your research and be mindful of scammers.

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