Anita D. Russell

International best-selling Author and Entrepreneur with expertise in leadership, nonprofits, and business planning


Anita D Russell is solutions-focused with more than 20 years of success across the pharmaceutical, self-publishing, and life coaching industries. Leveraging extensive experience in pharmaceutical R&D, she is a valuable advisor for an organization requiring professional life coaching or advice to guide young adults and executives towards success. Her broad areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, life coaching, professional development, and non-profit management.

Throughout her career, Anita has held leadership positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb, the John Maxwell Team, and Nonprofit Organizations.



Multiple Publishers

  • Amazon #1 Bestseller - Empower Your Life (2018)
  • Amazon International Best Selling Author - Motherhood Dreams and Success (2014, 2018)
  • I Wanna See Laney's House, A Sibling Story (2019)
  • Six Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life (2019)



The Place to SOAR LLC

  • The Place to SOAR LLC is a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change, by investing in the daily growth and personal development of people.
  • Top 5 CliftonStrengths - maximizer, strategic, connectedness, learner, arranger


John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Speaker, Trainer

The John Maxwell Team


Nonprofit Consulting (Volunteer)

Independent Consultant

  • OMA Pittsburgh Board Member
  • Homeless Children's Education Fund Teen Outreach Program
  • Liberating Tamar Inc Creative Director

I’m Available To Advise On The Following Subjects


Change Management


Business Planning

Company or executive-specific business strategy

Input and advice on a key project

Ability to review or help create presentations, documents or other materials

Serve as a sounding board and second opinion on a key decision