About Ms. Willa
Willa is the TWO TIME Emmy Award Winning Host of WRAL’s Television Show, “Smart Start”, an Inspirational Speaker, Storyteller, Writer and Performing Artist.
Willa is the two time Emmy Award Winning Host of WRAL’s Television Show, Smart Start
Kids, she’s an inspirational speaker, storyteller, writer, poet and performing artist. She is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama and a graduate of Alabama State University and Indiana University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education.
Willa has entertained and delighted audiences across the United States and on the seas with standing ovations on cruise lines in the Caribbean. This busy artist has 6 delightful CD’s, 2 books and about 200 handmade quilts to her credit. Her music CD’s are Willa Will, Something Good, Stinky Johnson and Other Tales, Happy Health Habits, What You See and Midnight Quilter. Willa is the author of Golden Years – a collection of stories and poems dedicated to our senior citizens and her newest Book Pizza Tree tells the story of a young girl as she discovers possibilities. You can purchase Pizza Tree on Amazon.
Her talents and high energy have been recognized and channeled into challenging and diverse interest, which include:
- Two Time Emmy Award Winning Host of Smart Start Kids TV Program
- Inspirational Storyteller
- Conference and Workshop Facilitator
- North Carolina Touring Artist
- Artist In Residence – Creative Arts in Public Schools
- Toastmaster Humorous Speech Contest Winner
- Carolina Health and Humor Association (Carolina Ha Ha) Entertainer of the Year
- Avid Quilter
Community service and professional organization affiliations include:
- National Speakers Association
- Board of Directors National Storytelling Network (NSN)
- Cary Women’s Club
- Born Toastmasters
- Past Board of Directors Friends of Page Walker
- Past Board of Directors North Carolina Pediatric Foundation
- Past Board of Directors Scrap Exchange
- Past Board of Directors White Plains Children’s Center
- Past President Marklund Children’s Home Clown Club
- Past Chief Precinct Judge – Wake County Voter Election
- Past Chair of Lincolnville AME Church Christian Education Department
- Life Time Member of National Association of Black Storytellers
- North Carolina Storytelling Guild
- North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers
- African American Quilt Circle
- Operation Christmas Child Volunteer
Willa has a passion for entertaining and bringing laughter to audiences of all ages.
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