Dr. Wanita Mercer is an esteemed international educator with over 16 years of experience in secondary, higher education, private, and public sectors. Having served as a tutor, counselor, and instructor to multigenerational and multicultural students, she brings a well-rounded and seasoned panache to her classroom.
Wanita has been recognized for her excellent work ethic, her knack for leadership, and her compassion for others since the inception of her academic career as a three-time alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. In 2006, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in fashion management. During San Antonio’s Fiesta Cutting Edge Fashion Show, Wanita was awarded 3rd place for Best Construction and 3rd place for Best Collection. At age 22, she produced a prominent and stellar Prom Fashion Show sponsored by the American retailer JCPenney and the New York-based magazine Seventeen.
Wanita earned a master’s degree in administration with distinction in 2012 and immediately began doctoral classes thereafter. One of the youngest students in the Ph.D. in Education program (Organizational Leadership concentration), she graduated with a 3.94 GPA and her dissertation was entitled A Case for Spiritual Change Readiness: A Correlational Study, which her dissertation chair regarded as one of the most well-written and statistically-sound studies he had advised. Wanita now provides leadership development courses and organizational consulting services based on her empirical research and professional experiences.
A nod to her diligence and determination, Wanita excelled in her doctoral studies while working full time and serving the community. As a GEAR UP counselor, she contributed to her professional knowledge community by conducting numerous presentations at the NCCEP/GEAR UP National Conference from 2014 to 2018 and being a contributor to two college readiness guide books written by San Antonio ISD. In the community, Wanita is also a civic leader having served on advising boards at UIW, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, and San Antonio's MLK Scholarship. Wanita is also a founding board member and an ordained minister of Vertical Church (San Antonio). Since 2014, the organization has grown to over 400 members and in December 2017 Pastor Will Bonds of Vertical Church presented Wanita with the esteemed Eagle Award for Transformational Leadership.
In pursuit of greater impact in education, Wanita completed a Master-level TEFL certification in 2018 to equip her to teach English globally to college students and professionals. She moved to China in September 2018 and within her first year of teaching, she taught English to more than 750 students -- ages 3 to 50, from kindergarteners to medical doctors -- in Shandong, China. In 2019, she began teaching at The Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing -- the prestigious and oldest graduate school by China's primary think tank. There, Wanita had the pleasure of meshing her love for research, graduate mentorship, and English education. Upon her arrival to Beijing, Wanita was also invited to participate in SheTalks, a posh motivational platform for women in their thirties to share stories of triumph and perseverance. In July 2022, Wanita resigned from teaching in China to found a company and transition back to the United States.
Wanita is the founder, CEO, and Chief Heart Leader of Lead My Heart - an executive coaching and consulting company (under Dr. Wanita Mercer LLC). As a certified life coach and leadership, change, and communication specialist, Wanita is devoted to fulfilling her purpose of helping leaders live a fulfilling life and to be who God created them to be in the workplace: powerful professionals. To hear her speak is to know her passions and to be inspired to love God and love people in everything you do and with everything you have.
When Wanita is not working, she is intentional in inspiring and motivating others through speech and media. In 2021, she became an author with her first devotional book -- The Man You Need to Marry -- to encourage single women in their pursuit of a healthy and committed relationship, and it is currently available on Amazon – one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world. She is currently working on two more books that she will publish by 2024.
Of all her accolades, Wanita considers her role of teacher - to love, motivate, empower, and educate – in the classroom, boardroom, conference halls, or pulpit her greatest passion. To learn more, follow her @drwanitamercer or @leadmyheart2022 on social media platforms.
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