Meet Think Beyond Pink Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennell Whitfield-Riddick


As a wife, mother, minister, author, community leader, and non-profit Founder, Rev. Dr. Jennell Whitfield Riddick’s undeniable passion and sincere desire to encourage, empower, and equip others to “walk in” their maximum potential fuels her daily. Honored by the privilege to share with thousands over a decade, it is evident that improving the lives of others is her life’s work.

Dr. Jennell Whitfield Riddick is an honors graduate of the University of Richmond where she double majored in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Theatre. She served in numerous leadership capacities and as a part of several organizations. She is also an honors graduate of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she earned a Master of Divinity Degree. In May 2018, she earned her Doctoral Degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Mrs. Riddick is the recipient of the National Black Student Leadership Conference Legacy Award, the Rhetoric and Communication Studies Leadership Award, and the Peer Advisory and Mentor Program Mentor of the Year. She was named the 2016 Community Service Woman of the Year among many other awards. Dr. Riddick is the Founder and Executive Director of Walk In It Inc. This organization is devoted to the holistic health and empowerment of girls and women. Walk In It’s Ladies of Distinction Mentor/Character Development Program currently serves over 650 girls monthly throughout 22 schools in 5 school districts.

Reverend Riddick enjoys serving in ministry alongside her husband Pastor Dwight S. Riddick II at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. She is also employed as an Adjunct Instructor at Paul D. Camp Community College. Rev. Riddick is the author of Walk In It: Advancing Beyond Average, Girl Talk: What Every Lady Should Know, and Getting It Done, Without Becoming Undone. She continues to travel throughout Hampton Roads and beyond as a sought after motivational speaker, conference facilitator, preacher, and mentor.