Iyanla (pronounced E-Yan-La) Vanzant is an ordained minister, lawyer, and spiritual life counselor who has been a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is author of Tapping the Power Within and five New York Times best-sellers, including Acts of Faith, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, and In the Meantime. Her debut spoken word album, In the Meantime: Music That Tells the Story, hit the Billboard Gospel Chart at number one.
Iyanla Vanzant travels globally, passionately delivering her special brand of self-empowerment and inspiration to others. She is founder and director of Inner Visions Institute of Spiritual Development, a multifaceted training program that offers certification in mastery of life skills, life coaching, and ministerial ordination.
Iyanla Vanzant’s stories of personal struggle and victory as a battered wife and teenage welfare mother have touched millions. In building a life of transformation on the foundation of her troubled past, she has become a standard bearer for the power of forgiveness and love to heal.
Vanzant has received numerous awards and accolades for the power and impact of her work, including an Oni from the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation’s unsung heroes. She is hailed as one of the country’s most influential African Americans (Ebony magazine 2004 and 1999) and as one of the country’s most 100 Influential Women (Woman’s Day magazine 2003).
What Others are Saying About Iyanla Vanzant
“[Iyanla Vanzant is] an inspiration to all women.”
—Tom Bradley, former mayor of Los Angeles
“Every day I read Iyanla Vanzant’s inspired work, my soul just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance.”
—Tavis Smiley, host of Tavis Smiley on PBS
“Iyanla Vanzant focuses on healing lives and letting people know that someone cares.” —Los Angeles Times