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My Pain is my Medicine

I was sitting in the middle of my bed with tears flowing down my face. I saw the pieces of myself floating in the atmosphere.  The more I tried to pull them together; the further away they would go.  I needed help.  When I did get help, I learned how to take my pain and make it my medicine.  I pulled the pieces together and now, I want to help you do the same.



There are questions that every person must answer.  The answer to those questions will determine the success or failure of every person. Once I unpacked the answers to those questions, my life became full with value, meaning and purpose.  My life's mission is to teach others how to awaken the purpose within them.  Whether you are an individual or an organization; you should be making life happen. Do not sit by and allow life to happen to you.

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"If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together." - African Proverb

Keisha Allen is a Master Licensed Trainer with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, and a Master of Science degree in Restorative Practices.  She is a certified Life Coach, and a Master Trainer in Trauma Informed Care, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Keisha trains thousands of individuals and organizations around the world. Her trainings on organizational leadership; equity, diversity, and inclusion; listening circles; and creating brave spaces for brave conversations are making significant impacts.  

  • Proven track record in transforming climate and cultures in which highest impact produced an 1800% reduction in student suspensions.

  • Innovative, expert program developer in increasing parent participation and volunteerism by 2400% with improved educational outcomes for students in attendance, academics and behavior.

  • Sought-after national speaker, and author on purposeful leadership and intentional, practical living.

  • Keisha currently serves as the Executive Director of BFDI Training Institute in Detroit, MI.



"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing." - Rollo May

Keisha has been a national speaker for over 15 years.  She travels the country speaking at conferences, churches, and organizations.  Her ability to draw audiences, and teach impactful principles has made her a sought-after speaker on topics of spirituality, relationships, organizational culture, and transformational leadership. Her passion is to help people live purposefully, and intentionally. Her engagements have helped others to move from dreaming to manifesting their visions, and goals.  

Keisha also serves as an ordained minister and teacher.  She helps people to understand the Word of God in ways that are practical and implementable.


"Don't just teach a man how to fish; show him how to own the pond." - Anonymous

Keisha authors teaching books that help people move from good to great.  Her books challenge people to assess their current conditions while teaching them how to make quality of life decisions to improve their outcomes.  Her book,Engaged, leaves people equipped to fulfill their destiny by engaging in the "war" to achieve their promise. Her book, Restored, shows people how to put the pieces of their lives back together by using their pain as their medicine.



"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker

Along with KeishAllen, Inc., Keisha also manages several other companies:

  • The Kendall Bear Foundation, which gives grants to families who are trying to begin their families using In Vitro Fertilization. The foundation also supports children and families in need during special times of the year.

  • CharismaticU, LLC is an etiquette, protocol and leadership development company that teaches people how to "C U," from the inside, out.

  • In the Kei of P Enterprises is co-managed with her husband, Paul 'pda' Allen.  They write and publish music, stage plays, and books. 



"There is no glory without a story." - Anonymous

Keisha has consistently experienced the favor and faithfulness of God throughout her life.  As a child, she grew up watching her mother abuse drugs, and visiting her father in prison.  Keisha attempted suicide three times in her childhood.  After, accepting Christ, Keisha's mother became a social worker, helping thousands to become free; and her father is currently a Pastor in Greenville, SC who helps prisoners with transforming their hearts.

She is also a former Miss Michigan USA. When she entered the pageant, people; told her that it would be impossible for her to win since she lacked experience and the "look." Keisha defied the odds and won. During the Miss USA pageant, she encountered women with low self-esteem.  It pushed her to start CharismaticU, which focused on teaching young women who they are from the inside out.

Keisha met and married the love of her life, Paul 'pda'Allen. Currently, they have been married over twenty years.  Paul and Keisha struggled to have children, after doctors told them that Keisha would have difficulties getting pregnant.  However, they stood on the promises of God.  After 15 years of marriage, they welcomed their daughter into the world, Kendall Jordan Allen, who is now five years old.

She survives. She overcomes. She defies the odds. She is KeishAllen!

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