I am Dr. Eunice B. Gwanmesia, a registered nurse by profession for over 21 years and a former university professor for 13 years. I am a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Educator, Author, Certified Life and Professional Coach, Philanthropist, and Speaker. I have been a mother and caregiver to my special needs son for 20 years and five years ago I assumed 24-hour care for my 82-year-old dad. My experiences as a caregiver and my passion for caring led to the founding of my caregiving charity and the creation of a curriculum on helping family caregivers learn strategies to avoid burnout so they can live happily while taking care of loved ones. Also the Founder and CEO of Eunity Solutions, a consulting company that provides cutting edge services in many areas to include the following: philanthropy, coaching, consulting and speaking. I also provide a platform for audiences to engage, empower and embrace cultural differences to build better, stronger and more productive communities.
I hold a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing Education. I am a member of the International Nurses Association and the NGO Committee Chair of Education and Culture for Delaware African and Caribbean Coalition. I have earned several awards including induction into the Institute of Excellence of the National Black Nurses Association and have been recognized as a Worldwide Leader in Healthcare and a well sought after dynamic speaker. I have given keynote speeches, facilitated workshops and spoken across many diverse platforms to include the Harvard Faculty Club, Business Expert Forum.
I first learned the value of becoming culturally and socially proficient while attending the French speaking university of Yaoundé. In my book, “Cultural Awareness: A Strategy That Can Influence Your Journey To Success” I share my personal journey and how cultural awareness played a defining role in my ability to achieve my goals. Also, I cite my 5P Formula as my road map to success: Purpose, Passion, Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance. I recently partnered with five phenomenal ladies and co-authored a book,” Little Girls Dreams Metamorphosis To Women Realities: A Collaboration of Inspirations. Despite all the achievements, my most treasured award is being a mother to my two loving and beautiful children Keith and Kaitlin Gwanmesia.
Growing up as a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher just like my dad. So after high school, I enrolled in the French speaking university of Yaoundé with the hopes of graduating and becoming a teacher like my dad. While at the university I refused to learn the French language because I saw it as someone else’s responsibility and eventually flunked out of college. You can imagine how devastated I was, thinking this was the end of my life. One year later, I received admission into the National School of Dental Therapy in Prince Albert Saskatchewan to study dental therapy. I successfully completed the program and earned a job in Rankin Inlet in the North West Territories of Canada. While in Canada, I failed at another opportunity to embrace my Canadian brothers and sisters and allow them to embrace me and my values and beliefs. I ended up leaving Canada disheartened and lonely.
My next stop was the Washington DC area where I thought I will meet people that looked like me. Oh boy was I wrong? While in the DC area, I realized that I was not looking for people that looked like me but I was looking for a place to call home. I would eventually make home in Delaware. Upon arriving in Delaware, I was faced with another transformation. I met a young lady coming out of a store and as we were chatting she asked me where I was going and I told her that I was on my way to apply for a nursing assistant job at a local hospital. She immediately responded saying, “you do not want to go there, they will not give you a job because you are an immigrant, with a heavy accent and you are a woman” as though these were pre-determinants to a job opportunity. I immediately remembered the teachings of my father who always said, if you want change that change must begin with you. I could not believe what I had just heard. At that point I made the decision to go home and make sure my resume had all the T’s crossed and all I’s dotted so no one will have a reason to deny me the job. I did that and submitted the application and a month later I was called for an interview and was offered the job. I ended up working for that institution for 15 years and we grew and learned from each other.
Was the journey that easy? Of course not! However, I seized every opportunity that came my way to educate people about cultural awareness and sensitivity because of how some people treated me. The moral to this story is that, we all have our experiences and our stories but we must always remember that as humans’ people have perceptions and preconceived notions. And, as we all know regardless of our cultural differences we are all of the human race.
When I arrived in Delaware my goal was to continue my education in dentistry. However, as an international student, I did not qualify for financial aid and therefore could not afford tuition to enroll in dental school. Because of this I made the decision to go into nursing and that is the best decision I have made in my lifetime. Through nursing I would end up becoming a teacher in a baccalaureate Nursing program at Delaware State University for 13 years ( my Alma Mater as well).
I also founded Always Care Health Services, a trade school and Home Health agency which opened March 2004 and closed down in December of 2009. Through this program my staff and I trained 230 nursing assistants 75% of whom are nurses today.
These are versions of my story that gives me the passion to engage audiences in the workplace and around the world in conversations about the power of diversity and inclusion and how we can use these concepts to improve team performances, improve internal and external customer relations, job satisfaction and ultimate outcomes.
Presently, I enjoy impacting and transforming lives as an entrepreneur or mompreneur.