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Lesley Gadson; Certified Life Coach, Mentor and Motivational Speaker is a native of Columbia South Carolina and graduate of Dreher High School. Lesley attended college at Southern Wesleyan University where she was a colligate athlete and graduated with a degree in biology and psychology. She’s currently a Graduate Student of Webster University with a concentration in Counseling.


Lesley is the founder and CEO of Empowered U, a youth organization geared towards serving the community through empowering the minds of the youth. The teaching of this organization is focused on letting the youth know that in everything they do, their mindset matters. Lesley has served the population through teaching youth Sunday school for the past 5 years, as well as motivational speaking in many programs and community events including Richland County Sheriff Department Youth Services Empowerment Academy, Camp L.O.T.T (Leading our Troubled Teens) and Juveniles Under Motivated Pressure (J.U.M.P) Program. Not only does she empower the minds of the youth she also volunteer feeding the homeless through a program under this organization.  Changing the lives of the youth is her passion because when you change your mind, you will change your life. 




"Whether you say you can or whether you say you can’t, either way you’re right"

-Henry Ford

Lesley Gadson

CEO and Founder

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