How To Successfully Finish Your Doctoral Degree Without Losing Your Mind



Everything You Need to KNOW, Where You Need to GO, and How You Should BEGIN to Win in Your Doctoral Pursuit


Dr. M. Buckley, Morgan State University (Graduate)

"Dr. Kesslyn was literally there from DAY ONE!!!...And now, she's a source of ongoing support, encouragement and wisdom for me."

~Dr. S. Boone, Morgan State University (Graduate)

"I came to her lost and confused on how to be successful. She was able to provide concrete direction, motivation, and support that helped excel my PhD journey. After working with Dr. Kesslyn, I felt relieved and gained confidence that I could actually finish...and I did!


Dr. Kesslyn Brade Stennis' goal is to be a dynamic difference-maker!

As an award-winning educator, a leading doctoral coach, respected international personal empowerment speaker, and noted faith community servant-leader,  it is her mission to inform and inspire as many as possible to live in a space where apex and opportunity intersect. 

Dr. Kesslyn holds several degrees: PhD in Social Work and Master of Divinity from Howard University, Master of Social Work Degree from The Ohio State University and a Certificate in Women's Studies, also from Howard University.  And she is a proud graduate from Oakwood College! 

Dr. Kesslyn had the privilege of serving as the former Director of the Minority Fellowship Program at the Council on Social Work Education.  There she supported doctoral and masters students through their academic programs.  She also addressed a wide range of issues faced by emerging BIPOC scholars and marginalized communities, including diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, racism, oppression, and marginalization. 

Prior to this position, Dr. Kesslyn was a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Social Work and was the Executive Director of the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Center for the Advancement of Social Justice at Coppin State University.

Currently, Dr. Kesslyn is the Executive Director for the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.  In this role, she leads the international professional organization whose mission it to equip its members to integrate Christian faith and social work practice. In addition to managing daily operations, she provides personal and professional support for its hundreds of members. 

In addition, she is founder of Kesslyn Enterprises, LLC, and is Chief Coach and Consultant  with The PhD Consultants which she founded to provide inspiration and information for doctoral pursuers  so they too can leverage their knowledge and experience to make a difference in the world.