Please join the MCNY Community in congratulating alumna and adjunct professor, Teri Coaxum, MBA’09 on receiving the United States Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award!

“I find myself in deep gratitude and humility,” said Teri Coaxum, “Life’s journey has bestowed on me invaluable lessons and experiences, shaping me into who I am today. With this award I carry the understanding & heartfelt charge to continue empowering and encouraging others on their own unique paths. Together we can and will lift each other up, inspiring growth, resilience, and unwavering hope.”

About Teri Coaxum, Accomplished Leader, Executive, Manager, Instructor, & Business Advocate

Ms. Coaxum is a trailblazer and a woman of many talents, serving as the CEO/Owner of Coaxum Connects LLC and Coaxum Connects Wellness Foundation. With a remarkable career spanning economic advisory, distinguished lecturing, motivational keynote speaking, authorship, life coaching, and mentorship, she has left an indelible mark in public service and entrepreneurship.

Teri Coaxum in actionThroughout her journey, Ms. Coaxum has served with distinction at various levels of government, holding key positions such as Legislative and Communications Director for NYC Councilwoman Darma V. Diaz and Director of Programs for NYS Senator Kevin S. Parker. Under President Obama’s Administration, she made a significant impact as the Region II Advocate for the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, passionately advocating for small businesses and ensuring their voices were heard and considered in federal regulations.

With a diverse educational background, including degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Metropolitan College of New York, and completion of executive programs at prestigious institutions like Harvard University and NYU, Ms. Coaxum’s knowledge and expertise are unparalleled. Her ability to forge connections and empower underserved communities through economic development and technology has earned her well-deserved recognition as a leader in her field and an appointment from the United Nations, where she is formally recognized as the “Global Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and Business Development.”

 Most recently, Ms. Coaxum designed, developed and was the lead instructor for the Brooklyn Entrepreneurship Academy Course hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. By harnessing the power of AI, many aspects of this hybrid synchronous course provide an innovative approach to teaching current and future business owners how to launch and sustain successful enterprises. 

Teri Coaxum, recently honored with an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Anointed by God Ministries Alliance and Seminary, continues to illuminate her path of excellence. On October 28, 2023, she achieved the remarkable distinction of receiving “The President Joseph R. Biden’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award,” a prestigious recognition from the Office of the United States President, the Points of Light Foundation, and AmeriCorps. This accolade is a testament to her unwavering dedication and tireless contributions in improving the lives of countless individuals. Teri’s journey of remarkable commitment, perseverance, and invaluable service reflects the true spirit of a stellar citizen dedicated to enhancing our nation’s well-being.

Beyond her professional achievements, Ms. Coaxum is a devoted mother, grandmother, and caregiver, exemplifying the values of compassion and dedication in her personal life. As a member of esteemed organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Eureka Grand Chapter Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, Inc., she is committed to making a positive impact in her community.

Ms. Coaxum’s powerful presence and unwavering passion make her an in-demand speaker and presenter, inspiring audiences at both professional and self-improvement levels. Her compelling story of resilience, hope, and empowerment is sure to leave a lasting impression on all, compelling audiences to overcome challenges and embrace success.

Teri Coaxum is an exceptional individual who finds it a privilege to share her insights and wisdom, urging us to “stay the course” and embrace our journey toward success.