Colleen Burns was born in Rutland, V. T. From being bullied during second grade through the ninth grade, alcohol and drug abuse, suffering through anorexia and bulimia, to dropping out of high school during her junior year at the second high school she attended, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, in 1990, Colleen received her high school diploma from Rutland High School in 1991, through a 15-week Adult Education Program. Through a life of struggles and three mental health disorders, Colleen earned a triple degree with a double minor at Appalachian State University: a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Electronic Media Broadcasting and two Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in General Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing in 2005.

Colleen is a martial artist of 14 years. Despite a few martial art injuries and several hiatuses, Colleen holds various ranks in six different styles of martial arts, the highest being a Red Belt in Tae Kwon Do (one away from a Probationary Black Belt).

Colleen has graduated from Ray Higdon’s accountability coaching program, in which she studied social media and network marketing strategies to help teach others about social media and to improve their network marketing skills. She graduated from Brendon Burchard’s Top Expert’s Academy in 2018, in which she studied and improved her leadership, speaking, network marketing, and mindset skills.

Colleen attended Hollins University for graduate studies, in Roanoke, V. A. She graduated in October 2018 and received her M. F. A. in Screenwriting.  Her desire is to be a martial art screenwriter, but she has had to put that plan on hold to concentrate more on Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance. Colleen became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in January of 2019.

Currently, Colleen is pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Global Studies & International in International Relations and Non-profit Management at Northeastern University Online, Boston, M. A. She plans to use what she learns in these programs to put Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance around the globe. Colleen is also currently a student at Robbins-Madanes Training.

As C. E. O. and Founder of Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance, Colleen Burns offers her story of bullying through national (and eventually international) speaking tours to help, improve, and inspire other bullied victims to speak out on bullying and stand up for themselves. The Alliance also will be offering martial art classes at Your Life Matters Empowerment Alliance Community Centers, in which are bullying prevention centers that the Alliance plans to build throughout their existence. Colleen also offers her social media, creativity, and leadership skills to unite those interested parties in resolving and eradicating bullying throughout the state of Virginia and the United States (and eventually the world).

Colleen currently resides in Roanoke, VA.

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