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Writer. Public Speaker. Trainer. Coach.       Faithwalker.

Hilary Beard educates people to help them develop to their full potential. She does this as an award-winning writer as well as through public speaking, training and development, and personal-development coaching for both groups and individuals. 



Hilary is an expert in book collaborations. She partners with celebrities, experts and public figures to help them birth books to empower and uplift readers. 

Among the 12 she has written, two books have won the NAACP Image Award for Instructional Literature: Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life (2015), the companion book to the award-winning documentary American Promise, directed by her co-authors, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, and part of a campaign to support Black males close educational achievement and opportunity gaps; and Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide (2013written for Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, the former president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. 

She’s penned two award-winning books for tweens: Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Life From First Pitch to Game Changerwith the Little League female pitching phenom; and Venus and Serena Serving from the Hip, with the Williams sisters.

Three books have become New York Times best sellers: 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox, with Roni DeLuz, N.D. Ph.D., and James Hester; Friends: A Love Story, with Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance; and Venus and Serena Serving from the Hip, with the Williams sisters.

She’s written two transformational memoirs: Friends: A Love Story, with Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance; and Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion, with Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter. 


Hilary researched and wrote the first "White House Report on African Americans and Education" for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence and African Americans, a gold-standard report that was to be the transitional document from the Obama administration to the incoming president and used to guide  policymaking on the state, local and national levels. In the current political environment, it remains unpublished.

Hilary researched and wrote the first report on Black women and HIV/AIDS, "Getting Real: Black Women Taking Charge in the Fight Against AIDS," which she then presented at a national gathering of Black women leaders from major government, civic and civil rights organizations.  


Hilary has been the editor-in-chief of two publications that have won National Health Information Awards: Real Health: The Publication of Black Wellness and HealthQuest. She also managed the National Medical Association's Healthy Living magazine and The Black AIDS Weekly, the electronic publication of the Black AIDS Institute

She has written for numerous magazines, including Dr. Phill, Essence, Ebony, Health, Heart & Soul, Plum and POZ. And she has counted The American Diabetes Association, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and American Express, Penton, Rodale and Smart + Strong custom publishing companies among her clients.

She is a graduate of the National Institutes of Health's "Medicine in the Media" program held in conjunction with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. In 2007, she was invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to participate in "HIV/AIDS and African American Women: A Consultation Supporting the Center for Disease Control's Heightened National Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans". 

Public Speaking.

Hilary speaks regularly to parents in public, private and charter-school communities and a wide variety of community settings (from churches to Meet-Ups), as well as to youth leaders, social service providers, ministers and other members of the proverbial village surrounding children of color and other young people with marginalized identities, in order to equip them to support youth in achieving their promise.

She has spoken about closing achievement gaps as well as about health before audiences as diverse as the International AIDS Conference, the world's largest health convention; the National Healthy Start Association of America annual conference; the national conventions of The Links, Inc., the National Association of 100 Black Women, and the National Association of Black Journalists; Princeton University alumni and Bennett College students; the Friends' Council Diversity Peer Network and the Friends' Annual Head of School meeting; and schools ranging from Penrose Elementary School in the Philadelphia School District, to the Mastery Charter School Network, to The Friends Central School and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.   

Training and Development.

Hilary conducts professional development sessions on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion for educators, parents and other adults in the village of children’s care and concern. Her work empowers educators and school leaders of children who are racially, culturally, and/or socio-economically different from themselves to push past concerns that they’re ineffective or will make a stigmatizing mistake, so they can enjoy human diversity, feel confident during difficulty, and engage children in ways that free them to soar, as they reconnect with the joy that called them into teaching and help train the next generation of citizens and leaders. She equips parents with the skills they need to rear children of color during the digital era. 


As a certified coach, Hilary offers personal-development coaching to individuals and groups. As a result of her work, people who are outgrowing their job or career, push past fear, uncover their current passion, and develop strategies to step into their new season professionally. She coaches people who are ready to end the uncertainty, gain greater clarity, and break free from outdated parts of themselves so that they experience greater meaning and purpose and have the joy they deserve at work. Hilary started her business following a mid-career transition. After progressing through a series of increasingly responsible positions with Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi, she stepped out on faith to follow her childhood dream of becoming a writer; she has reinvented herself three times. 


For 13 years Hilary was in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi, where she progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions before stepping out on faith in 1997 to become a writer. She has owned her own business since 2001. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hilary now lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys yoga, swimming, cycling and preparing her pipes for her next life, when she hopes to come back as Cassandra Wilson, Liz Wright or Bonnie Raitt. She is active in her community and as an alumna of Princeton University, where she graduated with honors. She obtained her coaching training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and has received subsequent training from organizations ranging from Bill Baren's Big Shift Coaching Program to Motivating the Masses (Lisa Nichols).

Follow her on Twitter @HilaryBeard and Facebook.