About the Founder
DeAndrous Wilcox has over 25 years of professional experience which includes education, training and development, coaching and counseling, project management and Human Resources. DeAndrous also specializes in designing, developing and delivering engaging and thought provoking workshops that include topics such as: resume writing, interviewing skills, conflict resolution, professional development and inclusion and diversity. DeAndrous has a passion for helping others realize their potential to succeed. Her dynamic speaking and presentation style motivates, inspires and encourages.
DeAndrous is an active member of the community. She has over 15 years of non-profit experience at the executive level. Over the years, she has assisted in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of numerous youth and adult programs. DeAndrous served on the board of the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Empowerment Resources and Girls Inc., Jacksonville.
In 2012, DeAndrous launched the AnnieRuth Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to address the needs of at-risk communities. Programs of the Foundation are designed to assist participants with understanding that their current state is only temporary; the programs assist participants with setting attainable goals in an effort to reach greater heights. For two consecutive years, DeAndrous was honored by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for her efforts to serve as a catalyst of positive change in underserved communities via the AnnieRuth Foundation. In 2016, DeAndrous was the recipient of the Commission’s “She’s More Than You Can See” award and in 2015, DeAndrous was the recipient of the Commission’s “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” award.
DeAndrous also gives back to her community by facilitating diversity workshops for the Mayors’ Learn2Earn program, serving as moderator of professional panel discussions at Operation New Hope and facilitating community focus group meetings. DeAndrous is an active member of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Eugene W. Diamond.
DeAndrous earned an Executive MBA degree from Jacksonville University, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University. DeAndrous is a company certified Diversity facilitator, a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC).