About Cortissa

Cortissa‘s teachings are like sitting down searching the Scriptures with a close friend over a cup of coffee. You will leave refreshed, renewed, and ready for battle!

Cortissa is an integrator and unifier of people within communities, organizations, and churches. She worked for Target Corporate and then with a minority owned event marketing company where she helped corporate clients partner with and effectively reach the diverse members of National non-profits like NAACP, National Urban League, and 100 Black Men of America. As a new stay-at-home mom she was voted as the first President of Mocha Moms, Twin Cities chapter, a national organization that provides support for at-home moms of color. After starting to home educate, Cortissa identified a need to serve and connect homeschool families in Chicago. So, she founded a 501c3 non-profit, which after several years still supports 25 families weekly. Cortissa has served on the boards of non-profits such as Ballet 5:8, a ballet pre-professional academy and the TN Heat Homeschool Athletic organization. In addition, she has served with multiple local ministries and churches, while co-leading different life Groups with her husband, Larry.

She resides outside Nashville, TN with her husband of 21+ years and their five children. Almost every major thing she’s done in her adult life has been something she never expected and/or even desired to do. However, as each opportunity presented itself, she trusted God and said “yes”often with much fear, trepidation, and reluctance. Whether it was moving to Minnesota (living there for 15 cold years), marrying someone of a different ethnicity, parenting and homeschooling five children including multiple with special needs, founding a 501(c)3 homeschool coop in Chicago, or becoming an entrepreneur and speaker. Each has brought challenges and joys that have helped transform her more into the likeness of Christ and deepened her faith in and dependence on God. Three of the most important lessons she has learned are: there’s always someone waiting for you on the other side of your obedience, bloom where you’re planted, and God works all things together for our good (growth) and His glory.

Her speaking encourages and teaches women how to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. She equips women for the spiritual battles we face, so they are alert and sober minded, Bible literate, having eyes fixed on Jesus, and hope unwavering in the finished work of the cross.

About Larry

Larry’s passion, humor, and ability to explain complex concepts in a simple way energizes, inspires and prepares people for success! His passion is to help people improve themselves and their lives. As a presenter and facilitator, he has worked with thousands of people from groups like American Express Financial, General Mills, Normandale College and many others. He combines humor, simple truths, and interactive teaching to relieve stress, breakdown cultural ideologies, increase teamwork, and have fun.

Over his career he has been a people manager for Amazon, Target, Gander Mountain, and started a training division for a tech firm in Chicago. During this time, he utilized servant leadership and foundational truths to lead teams of 100-350 employees. He has been able to increase revenues by hundreds of thousands and create innovations totaling up to $1MM a year. However, his biggest accomplishment in business is his ability to create supportive, respectful work environments of inclusion, productivity, and personal growth.

Larry’s love of humor led him to Chicago after college where he was trained in improv comedy at Second City and ImprovOlympic. He spent 4 1/2 years learning and performing improv in Chicago. Since then he has taught comedy to organizations and youth groups. He wrote a book titled Improv for the Ministry to help youth organizations teach this wonderful art form.

Larry resides outside Nashville, TN with his wife of 21+ years and their five children. He spends his free time in inter-galactic battles or playing sports with his kids, volunteering, or leading groups in his home.