Renee P. Aldrich is the Founder and Director of Softer Side Seminars an Empowerment and Self Esteem Building Program for Women and Girls, designed to help them recreate the way they see themselves. She has amassed a 20 career of teaching and reaching out to women and girls in matters of health and well being. A former Community Health Educator for a National Non-Profit HEALTH Organization, she has seen that many of the health issues women face have more to do with a low sense of self, feelings of inadequacy, guilt from past mistakes and more.
As such and from these realizations was born the Self Esteem Building Program Softer Side Seminars. Additionally, Ms. Aldrich is an award winning writer; though she began her writing career later in life, her skill was quickly recognized as exceptional, as she won first place in the the Annual Ellie Wymert Award at Carlow University in Creative Non-Fiction, and the 3rd place in the magazine feature category of the Annual Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Journalism Awards. And her writing has been in nomination several years for the Robert L. Vann Journalism Award as well. She is a freelance writer in Pittsburgh, PA and has written for such notable publications as the University of Pittsburgh Chronical, and the University of Pittsburgh PITT Alumni Magazine, a prestigious funding organization The Heinz Endowments in its quarterly publication “H” Magazine, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and was the editor of a community Newsletter “The Hill District Consensus Group Speaks Out”. A highly sought after speaker, workshop leader, and seminar facilitator, she was also named as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Pittsburgh 50 Women of Excellence. She currently serves as a Life Skills Coordinator for Pittsburgh Mercy Behavioural Health, where she coaches homeless individuals back to a place of substantial living. Empowering Women and Girls is her calling, leading individuals to find the positive plan God has for their lives is what she is committed to do.