Ep. 7: Education is Power: A Conversation with Davonna Willis

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ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

In this episode of Collaborative Connections, host Ericka Clinton sits down with special guest Davonna Willis, founder of 419 Education and Training. Davonna shares her journey as a massage therapist and discusses her role in organizing the first-ever Black Massage Therapist conference, which took place in October 2023. They delve into the importance of creating a sense of community and support for black massage therapists, addressing issues such as discrimination and isolation. Join us as we explore the goals and vision behind this groundbreaking conference and how it aims to uplift and empower black massage therapists.

Topics discussed: 

  • Building a Community of Support

  • Addressing Challenges and Empowering Black Therapists

  • Growing and Evolving Together

  • Future Plans for the Black Massage Therapist Conference

More About Davonna Willis

Learn more about the Black Massage Therapist Conference

419 Training and Education, www.blackmassagetherapist.com,

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As a respected health and wellness practitioner, an acclaimed entrepreneur, and educator, Davonna Willis is a passionate advocate for her clients and students. She has a masters in health education and bachelor’s in athletic training. Davonna has over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Starting in the Bronx and moving her way west, Davonna is a well rounded business professional especially accomplished in the area of holistic physical rehabilitation therapy. As the Owner of two businesses, Blue Skyes Massage & Wellness Center and 4 Nineteen Education & Training, Davonna is committed to establishing and sustaining high quality standards of care in the industry.

As the leader of an award winning practice, Davonna is widely known as someone who cares deeply about client relationships and practitioner integrity. 4 Nineteen Education & Training is a nationally accredited CEU school for massage Therapist and Athletic trainers through the NCBTMB & BOC. Davonna facilitates a variety of massage curricula and also offers consulting on marketing and strategy to new business enterprises. Davonna is committed to the health and recovery of her clients and to the development of her colleagues and students. She is an advocate in elevating the way massage is perceived in society so that people fully recognize the power of healing in an expert’s human touch. She recently received a Certificate of Excellence from MT Banquets in. Davonna is Founder of the Black Massage Therapist Conference in which the inaugural event took place on October 14, 2023 in Charlotte, NC. Last, but not least she is a alumni of the Swedish Institute class 2003.   

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