Dr. Venus Opal Reese, The Black Woman Millionaire Mentor™, is a nationally renowned inspirational speaker and business entrepreneur coach, as well as the founder and CEO of Defy Impossible, Inc., a personal and professional development company based in Dallas, Texas. Her company draws on over 30 years of research, multiple branches of theoretical and philosophical training, and Dr. Venus’s personal experience to deliver high-impact success strategies and keynotes for driven CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs.
My life is a living demonstration that anything is possible. It is my deepest desire to share with others the tools that altered the course of my life so that they too can thrive in ways that they never imagined.
At the age of 16, Dr. Venus was living on the streets of Baltimore, amidst violence, drugs and prostitution. However, with the help of her ninth grade teacher, she discovered the value of self-worth and realized that if she believed in herself, she could achieve her goals. Fourteen years later, she graduated with a second master's degree and a PhD from Stanford University.
Following her graduation, Dr. Venus landed a position as a university professor, but when her fellow faculty members voted against her for tenure, she decided to invest in herself, instead of relying on her academic credentials and a "comfortable" career. Dr. Venus founded Defy Impossible, choosing to leverage her own personal experiences to help other Black women professionals defy common myths and empower them to achieve financial success and freedom. Her clients have grossed $8 million over the last seven years by implementing her proven strategies and systems.
Dr. Venus is also the best-selling author of The Black Woman Millionaire: a Revolutionary Act that DEFIES Impossible, which was turned down by 30 top publishing houses. She self-published the book and her loyal fan base drove the book to the number one slot on Amazon in just over three hours. She has also been featured as a reoccurring contributor in national publications including Forbes, Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Madame Noire, Glamour, and The Huffington Post.