Brooklyn native Elease A. Wiggins is the founder and CEO of ELEASE, LLC, a trainer, speaker, consultant, self-published author, philanthropist and adjunct Professor of Sociology. Wiggins is a graduate of the Brooklyn Job Corps Academy, has an associate’s degree in public administration, a bachelor’s degree in applied business management from Medgar Evers College, and a master’s degree in urban studies from Queens College.
ELEASE, LLC is an New York State M/WBE certified social enterprise that seeks to sustain the economic development of communities through advocacy, consulting, educational materials and training, in-person and online leadership seminars, mentoring, motivational speaking, staffing and research.
In 2015, Wiggins was finalist and a finalist in the Queens Business Plan Competition in April, aptly named Black New Yorker of the Week by Amsterdam News in August, and New Jersey’s Leading Women Entrepreneur & Intrapreneur in September . Also in 2015, Wiggins released her first self-published book titled, A Farewell to Welfare: 25 Strategies to Freedom, Independence and Prosperity which focuses on helping individuals overcome mental, physical and spiritual poverty through sharing stories, statistics, strategies and solutions. The Queens Public Library has A Farewell to Welfare categorized in the Economics / Finance section. In addition, A Farewell to Welfare has a five star rating on Amazon, and retails for $19.97
Wiggins facilitated a seminar at an adult GED program in Brownsville, where self-improvement strategies are taught while promoting literacy . The curriculum for the course was created from A Farewell to Welfare, as it was used as a textbook in the course. In addition, she conducts seminars at shelters, libraries, and Job Corps centers throughout the country. Wiggins also h
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