Stephanie Helms Pickett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. She has worked at private, public, single-sex, predominantly White and historically Black institutions of higher education, in residence life, commuter life, multicultural affairs, orientation, leadership, international student affairs, disability services, academic support services and as an Education Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Most recently, Dr. Helms Pickett was appointed as the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement, Training and Education in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University. Prior to the appointment, over the last 12 years, she served as the Director of Assessment and Professional Development, as well as the Director of the Women’s Center in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University. Dr. Helms Pickett has held faculty appointments at Bennett College for Women, Walden University, Duke University and Grand Canyon University. Her research interests are in the areas of higher education policy, women’s engagement, cultural competency and leadership. She most recently served as board president of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women which engages in preparing incarcerated women for reentry. She is married, with two young adults. She is a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett; blogs are uplifting, inspirational and words for the soul. She has a way of making obstacles and tribulations nothing when presented to God via her knowledge of the Bible and her own experiences. Keep on doing God’s Work
Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett does not minimize the obstacles she has faced in her career to create an idealized version of a success story. She uses her full experience of challenges and triumphs to connect and inspire. Therefore audiences feel her authenticity radiate throughout the room and it encourages them to not fear speaking the weight of their full truths.
Power. Humility. Spirit. As a liturgical dance instructor, Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett meets each woman where she is at, while still calling each dancer to reach for the next level in her identity, her movement, and her praise. I have watched her selflessly offer these gifts as a volunteer at the women’s prison in Raleigh each week for more than seven years. Stephanie is an embodied witness to the way that one woman can make a profound impact on society through giving herself and her gifts toward the transformation and empowerment of others.
I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Stephanie speak at Elevation Baptist Church 2019 Reset Women’s Conference. She gave a powerful word that empowered and refreshed to draw us closer to God. I was blessed how God used her to bring His words to life within me. I thank God for her accepting our invitation.