India White

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India White was born in Sarasota, Fla., to a family of 10 children and low SES. Enduring physical and mental abuse from her mother, who struggled with alcoholism, at the age of 16, India was kicked out of the house on Christmas Eve. Shortly following this hardship, she moved to the Sarasota YMCA youth shelter her last two years of high school as an honors student. At graduation, India moved to Gainesville, from a homeless shelter into a college dorm overnight as a Gates Millennium Scholar, and majored in math at the University of Florida. India became a math teacher in Gainesville. She was nominated as TSIC’s Alumni of the Year and was the 2014 National Association of Professional Women’s (NAPW) Woman of the Year.

India moved to Tampa in 2013 and pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and authored her first book series, “How to Overcome Obstacles from Your Past, helping many youths in the area. In 2015, India was awarded the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year award at Gaither High School of Hillsborough County. After obtaining her Master’s degree, India was promoted in the same year to Assistant Principal in Hillsborough County Public Schools. While in Tampa, India served HCPS as the first vice president of the Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (H.A.B.S.E.) and was a motivational speaker for various organizations including the YMCA, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), International Women League Association (IWLA), Dream Faith Foundation and the Economic Club of Tampa.

India began her own businesses, Rising Glory Productions, LLC and the Tutoring Incentives and Mentoring Program, Inc. in 2016, where she has been able to serve as a motivational speaker while helping raise millions of dollars in scholarships for at-risk learners. India was featured in Success Magazine in 2016 and 2018, the IWLA Magazine in 2016, and in the SRQ Magazine as a success story for the YMCA in Sarasota in 2017. She has paid it forward as an educator and administrator and has authored several books. India was also featured on news shows and in magazines.

Currently as a McKnight Fellow and Golden Key International Scholar, White is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UF’s Department of Educational Administration and Policy. White was profiled in Senator Marco Rubio’s book “American Dreams” as an “Inspirational Story for America.” India’s mission is to change the world through effort, teamwork and motivation. India desires for everyone’s voice to be heard and for people who are hurting to truly heal and become overcomers. She truly loves people with all her heart and wishes the best for everyone, in spite of their shortcomings.

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