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Meet Shennice

Entrepreneur,  Author, Keynote Speaker, Emcee

Shennice Cleckley is a powerhouse for entrepreneurs and a fierce advocate for equity in the business world. With 20 years of entrepreneurial success, speaking engagements, and thought leadership, Shennice has empowered countless people to overcome challenges and achieve their goals through her business expertise, practical experience, and spiritual wisdom.

Shennice's entrepreneurial journey began in 2003 when she was laid off from her job at Hewlett Packard. She decided to take a leap of faith and start her own business, Literary Sweets Chocolate and Bookstore. This venture was a success and evolved to My Dessert Bar, mobile bakery and dessert catering in 2013.


In 2018, Shennice retired from professional baking and founded Smart Cookie, a strategic business development firm that helps faith-driven small business owners position themselves in the marketplace while embracing their faith. Shennice briefly returned to corporate in 2023 as Executive Director of a global non-profit, yet full time entrepreneurship came calling once again. Currently she is the co-founder of L. Media, a production company that delivers content designed to make viewers feel safe, seen, and empowered.  

Shennice has also served as a Grassroots Advocate, Policy Director for SC Legislative Black Caucus and SC Google Digital Coach. With each professional opportunity, Shennice focus is on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for BIPOC communities and businesses.   As a media personality, she was a co-host of the award-winning syndicated radio shows Big Red Show and Start Something Columbia. Currently she host The Shennice Show and Our Marriage Rocks podcasts. She is a sought after host for talk shows, conferences, events and retreats. 

Shennice has appeared on NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and  CNBC.  She has also be featured in WSJ, Politico, Columbia Business Monthly and PPA.  She was also named 2021 SC Women in Business and 2021 & 2022 SC Best in Business . 

In her spare time, Shennice enjoys spending time with her husband , four children and granddaughter, as well as charcuterie, entertaining, fashion, and dancing. She is proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Embracing being enough is necessary for true happiness

Shennice Cleckley

Shennice Cleckley

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