Telisa Franklin has spent much of her adult life making the impossible seem possible. Since graduating from Craigmont High School in 1993, she’s gone on to become an entrepreneur, floral designer, cultural festival producer, philanthropist, TV talk show host, radio host, author, licensed minister and motivational speaker.
It is in the area of motivational speaking that Telisa has found her calling. When opportunity avails itself, for example, she is on the move sending out positive vibes and encouraging God’s people of various persuasions – the young and elderly alike – to reach deep within themselves to find their purpose in life.
She is purpose-driven and rock-solid in her commitment to moving people forward using the power of speech to inspire, inform, motivate and uplift those who need assurance that they are, in fact, gems that just need a little polishing in order to sparkle.
How does she do it? A victim of circumstances, Telisa transformed her past into a future of infinite possibilities. Where she had once fallen down, she now stands tall and radiates with confidence. Her accomplishments are proof that one can make the seemingly impossible indeed possible.
Telisa’s accomplishments vary.
• 2005 recipient of “Bust-A-Move Monday” (BAMM), an initiative launched by Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum, senior pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, to assist small businesses.
• Feeds annually up to 500 people during the Thanksgiving holiday, which she’d been doing since 2008.
• Launched several businesses, including “That’s Love Florist,” “That’s Love,” the “Royal Pavilion Event” facilities and the current business “That’s LoveI I Banquet Hall.”
• Executive Producer of the long-running Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival in Memphis.
• Owned and operated her own production company and television network in Memphis.
Telisa has been recognized, cited and bestowed numerous awards for her tireless work in ministry and the community that she loves so well. But most of all, she has a penchant for serving and motivating God’s people. They include the following:
• Chosen as a delegate for the Shelby County Democratic Party
• Winner of the National Coalition of Women in Ministry Ester Award
• The Jimmy Delnoah Williams’ “Outstanding Friends to Education Award”
• Selected for The New Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence 2013
• A 2012, 2013 and 2014 nominee for The New Tri-State Defender’s “Best in Black Award.”
• Black Business Association’s Benny Award nominee for “Business of the Year”
• Proclamations and citations from the governor of the state of Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr., Shelby County Commission, and the Memphis City Council for “Community Excellence.”