Author. Editor. Public Speaker. Coach. Faithwalker.
Hilary Beard is an award-winning writer, editor and book collaborator, specializing in education, health and wellness, self-help, parenting, psychology, and transformational memoir. She is also certified professional coach, specializing in career coaching.
Hilary is the co-author of eight books, including: Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Life From First Pitch to Game Changer, with the Little League pitching phenom; the 2015 NAACP Award-winning Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life, the companion book to the Sundance award-winning documentary American Promise, and the centerpiece of a campaign to support Black males in fulfilling their potential and closing the educational achievement gap. In 2013, Hilary won her first NAACP Image Award for Health First: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide. She's also written three 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 tennis's Williams sisters. She wrote her first book, Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion, with Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter.
In her work as a journalist, 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. Hilary 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 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".
Hilary has spoken before audiences as diverse as the International AIDS Conference, the world's largest health conference; 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 the Mastery Charter School Network.
Hilary came to publishing following a mid-career transition. After progressing through a series of positions with Fortune 50 companies, she stepped out her pumps and out on faith to follow her childhood dream of becoming a novelist. In addition to her writing work, today she coaches others through career and life transitions, including an 8-week course she has taught to hundreds of people to help them get unstuck, navigate workplace change and find purposeful financially rewarding work.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hilary now lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys yoga, swimming, biking 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 a Princeton University alumna, where she graduated with honors. Unfortunately, life has kept her so busy that she has not completed her novel -- yet....