Guest Profile

Dr. Gloria Burgess

Dr. Gloria Burgess loves nothing more than inspiring others to create a bridge from what was, and what is, to what can be . . . and shes dedicated her entire life to doing just that.
An author, speaker, executive coach, and consultant who engages individuals and organizations in the process of finding the vital core of their creative self, Gloria weaves together her own personal legacy using the threads of authenticity, creativity, soulful living, and cultural inclusivity.

Described by many as . . . a pleasing fragrance of a person who cares deeply and loves all the threads of her life, Gloria Burgess is a human loom who synthesizes every aspect of her life and work to benefit others in the most extraordinary way.

Gloria speaks and leads legacy journeys worldwide. Mother, sister, daughter, and wife in a 30 year legacy-living marriage, Gloria is an award-winning poet, author, director, and performing artist. She is also Founder and Principal of Jazz, Inc., her executive coaching and consulting firm. Gloria has written Legacy Living and Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside, as well as three books of poetry, including Journey of the Rose and The Open Door. She has also written an inspirational picture book for children of all ages about her fathers life-changing relationship with author William Faulkner. She is currently at work on a dynamic new book series for young people based on the themes in Legacy Living and Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside.

Gloria holds a PhD in Performance Studies and an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Information Systems from the University of Southern California. She also has an MA in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute at Bastyr University, and an MA in Speech Communication and Theater from the University of Michigan.