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Dr. Lucille  O'Neal

Dr. Lucille O'Neal

Author & Motivational Speaker

Dr. Lucille O'Neal

Author & Motivational Speaker


The Scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” This has been a personal creed for Lucille throughout her life that she faithfully passes on to those she encounters, her friends and her family. As an active mother of four adult children and a grandmother of fifteen, she takes her role of parenting and grand-parenting very seriously.

The Lord placed a mantle on Lucille to speak words of encouragement, empowerment and inspiration to women—mothers, youth and seniors, men and families from a very practical and relevant platform: her life experiences. Through her trials and testimonies Lucille has remained a pillar of unwavering faith and obedience to God’s direction and solutions for victorious living.

Her past and present involvement in numerous youth-oriented and community projects has proved that she is sincere and passionate about helping others who are less fortunate. While being a caring and serene person, her commitment and devotion to volunteer projects is reflected in her connections with many organizations such as: the Southeast Director of The Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund, which is the foundation established by her family to raise funds for educational needs, the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity and nursing scholarships; Pastor associated with New Life Evangelistic Center of Orlando, past Member of the Board of Trustees at Bethune-Cookman University, The Orlando Chapter of the United Negro College Fund, Member of the American Program Bureau of Speakers, Florida (Advent Health) Hospital Foundation, Trey Whitfield Foundation Scholarship Fund, Boys and Girls Club of America, and the former President of Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association Inc., just to name a handful.

After 30 years of raising two sons and two daughters, Lucille resumed her studies in an Adult Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in June 2003. In March 2005, she completed her graduate program, Master of Arts in Organizational Management, at the University of Phoenix. Lucille later went on to be honored with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in May 2016 from Bethune-Cookman University.

Lucille enjoys the company of family, friends and her toy poodle, Mocha. She likes travelling, organizing special charitable events and attending sporting events. Her favorite pastime is modeling and fundraising for special causes.

Lucille does what she does for her love of people, living by the Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Lucille shares her life story candidly—and often humorously in her book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go, as well as in her keynotes. Touching on her years of spiritual unrest and mental welfare, she shares her struggles and disappointments against the backdrop of her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishments. After 59 years, she gained the wisdom to recognize her wrongs and guide other women down a different path. Her story is proof that it is never too late for a new beginning. Although she is soft-spoken and gentle, she remains strong and courageous. Lucille will always remind you that: GOD HAS THE MASTER PLAN.

Speaker Videos

Lucille O'Neal's Journey

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go

Boys & Girls Club: Hall of Fame

Lucille O'Neal: ABC Interview

Speech Topics

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: Reclaiming Courage & Direction in Life

Access to Success

Can-Do Attitude