‘Million Dollar Alum and Author’ to Speak at WWU

William Woods University alumna Allyson White Lewis is a Certified Financial Planner, motivational speaker, software creator, business coach and author. On April 6, she will return to campus to chronicle her career from her student days to her first million dollars and beyond.

Her speech at 4 p.m. in the Library Auditorium is part of the Alumni Speakers Series and is free and open to the public.

In addition, the Callaway County WWU Alumni will host a book signing at Court Street Coffee, 529 Court St., Fulton, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scheduled for release in May 2006, Lewis’ second book, “The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes,” will be available to purchase and have autographed.

In her savvy new guide, Lewis spurs professionals to examine their work and their lives, so they can cultivate change. Lewis motivates readers to grow through micro-actions that can be completed in as little as seven minutes.

According to Lewis, small efforts, such as making two extra sales calls, having a daily action plan, reading 10 pages of a book per day, or getting up 15 minutes earlier can make the difference between mediocrity and excellence.

“Amazing changes can occur in the most surprisingly small amounts of time,” asserts Lewis. “In just seven minutes, my life changed forever. In this book, I will share exactly what happened to me and how it can happen to you.

“My book coaches readers to realize their full potential by focusing on four fundamental truths: Change begins to happen the moment you decide to change; you must want to change; you must expect change; you should enjoy the process of change.”

Lewis, a 1982 graduate of William Woods, is a living example of The Seven Minute Difference. With more than 20 years of experience as a highly successful financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner TM practitioner at a major New York brokerage firm, she is now living in Jonesboro, Ark., and sharing her knowledge as a motivational speaker and strategic consultant to many of America’s premier corporations.

Using the same techniques included in her book, Lewis increased her personal business by more than 67 percent in 2004. Recognized as an opinion leader, Lewis has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg Informational Television, and many regional radio and television programs. She also wrote “The Million Dollar Car & $250,000 Pizza” (Kaplan Publishing, 2000).

For more information, contact Becky Stinson, director of alumni activities, at (573) 592-4237 or bstinson@williamwoods.edu.