Shanterra McBride is a speaker, educator and writer. As founder of Marvelous University, she offers life coaching and success planning for young people, specializing in leadership development for girls and young women.
Shanterra’s background in youth leadership and student development is extensive – and impactful. As a first generation college graduate, Shanterra knows all too well what it means to pursue your passion, which is what she seeks to instill in young people. As a native Texan, Shanterra received a full vocal performance scholarship to Southern Methodist University (SMU). She soon realized that although she loved singing, something was missing from her life and that was the passion and opportunity to serve others. She changed her major to Sociology and Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. Shanterra furthered her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Shanterra’s career has been dedicated to advancing youth development initiatives, consulting for organizations like the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation and serving as the Deputy Executive Director of a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the culture of violence among young people. She has also served as an Assistant Principal in a private, Catholic high school in Atherton, CA, where she encouraged her students to embrace themselves as unique individuals, and to use their voice of privilege to speak for those who are not heard. She currently advises Kimball Union Academy’s Girls’ Leadership Camp on curriculum development and instructors each year and is the Youth Director at Hamilton Park United Church.
Various media have interviewed Shanterra as an expert on bullying and teen dating violence, including National Public Radio, Essence and Parade magazine, and an assortment of network and cable television affiliates across the United States. Shanterra is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the SMU Black Alumni Association Board.