​​​​​​​​dr. Shawn Ricks

Helping You Achieve your best


Dr. Ricks has been an invited speaker and facilitator in the areas of diversity, equity and social justice for numerous non-profit agencies. Her research interests include the psychosocial development of Black women in the academy, raising Black children in “post-racial” America, black women and addictions, and navigating "tight spaces."

"Dr. Ricks presented a continuing education workshop, “Psychological Tight Spaces:  African American Women and Mental Health,” to the NC State University Counseling Center recently. 
I must say that Dr. Ricks is by far one of the very best presenters that we have had here, and that is for the last 13 years since we have been providing CE's.  Dr. Ricks has a rare ability to share knowledge in a way that keeps the participants actively engaged and wanting her to come back.

Grace L. Finkle, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Continuing Education Coordinator
NC State University Counseling Center


Melissa Baran  

Program Director, The Enrichment Center 

Past President of the NCARF 


I have been so impressed with the trainings provided by Shawn Ricks. When working with our staff on Cultural Diversity Dr. Ricks handles the topic in a way that is interesting and helps staff understand the topic better. I have only received positive comments concerning her trainings and that says a lot when you have 100 staff.

She is a dynamic speaker. Her presentation style is fun, energetic and uplifting and leaves those who attend feeling inspired to try new things or see things from a different perspective.

About ASE

​Dr. Ricks is the founder and principal trainer of ASE Leadership Institute which focuses on the growth and development of women and girls. ASE (ah-shay) Leadership Institute (Activism.Strength.Empowerment) is committed to fostering educational, spiritual, and emotional growth through educational workshops and programs. For more information or to schedule a workshop for your group, please contact us. 

Our Work 

Ase is a Yoruba word loosely translated to mean "life force" or energy.  It has also been defined as "the power to make things happen."  At ASE Leadership Institute we believe all children have within them the power they need to make things happen.  We offer enrichment programs, leadership classes, single sex empowerment programs, financial literacy programs and rites of passage programs.

ASE Leadership Institute

The ASE Leadership Institute for Girls is a 6-week program designed to expose girls ages 10-13 to core leadership skills. At program completion, girls will be able to use the tools and training to "make things happen" and successfully navigate their world. The ASE Leadership Institute's intensive leadership training is an ideal opportunity for girls who are emerging leaders and girls who have yet to develop their full leadership potential. 


What Others Say...

Dr. Ricks has taught in the areas of social justice and human service. She has chaired and co-chaired numerous committees, and currently serves as the co-chair for the Council on Diversity and Equity of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. In addition, she is past-president of the Southern Organization for Human Services (SOHS) and an appointed member of the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative for Substance Abuse. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Cultural Studies, and her Masters and Bachelor degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.  

About Dr. Shawn Ricks 

“Breathtaking is how I would characterize

Dr. Ricks' presentation. From the beginning to the end she exemplified high energy and audience engagement. This was my first time collaborating with Dr. Ricks but it surely will not be my last! She is awesome!”

Terri Edwards

Victim Advocate & Outreach Specialist at Family Services


Individual and Group Wellness Coaching

  • $50 / hour  
  • 10 sessions for $400

Group sessions available (prices vary - call for more information) 

Speaking Engagements / Trainings

  • 1 hour—$300

  • 2 hours—$500
  • 1/2 day—$1000
  • Full day—$2500

Non profit rates are available for organizations with 501(c)(3) exemptions.