Shennice Cleckley


Shennice Cleckley is the CEO of Smart Cookie, a boutique business development agency that focuses on digital skills & business education training and Dream Launchers, Inc, a business coaching firm that focuses on teaching  faith-driven female entrepreneurs on how to incorporate their faith, personality, and lifestyle into their business operations and strategic plans. She is also  the  co-host for the nationally syndicated The Big Redd Radio Show. Her awards include the 2021 SC Women In Business for Consulting and 2021 Best In Business for Coaching.

If there is an entrepreneur gene, then it is definitely a part of Shennice’s DNA.  Her journey into business began nearly 20 years ago when she accidentally discovered she could get paid for making custom candy wrappers for a friend's wedding. From that point she evolved that little candy-making business to a full-service mobile dessert catering company serving celebrity clients such as the NCAA Champions UofSC Lady Gamecocks, USA Olympics Women’s Basketball Team, NCAA Champions U of SC Baseball team and Beyonce’s On the Run Tour. 

Shennice’s highly acclaimed business acumen and innovative strategies has landed her on such media outlets as CNBC, TV One, ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS.  She has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Politico, Authority Magazine and Thrive Global.  In July 2021, she graced the cover of Columbia Business Monthly.  

In 2018, Shennice retired from professional baking to dedicate her time fully to business development .  As a Strategist, Shennice roster includes organizations like Google, Richland Library (SC) System, Women’s Business Center of SC and amazing female entrepreneurs spanning 7 countries; (USA, UK, Switzerland, Belarus, Canada, Singapore, Turkey).

Shennice is an alumnus of Columbia College (SC) and holds degrees in Political Science and Public Affairs. She serves her community as Chair for SC Whitmore School Board , Board Member for the City of Columbia Accommodation Tax Committee, Emcee for 1 Million Cups, and member of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.

Shennice is married to the love of her life, proud mom of 4 extraordinary intergenerational kids and Grandma Nene of 1 amazing granddaughter! On her platforms, she shares her real-life and inspires others to live abundantly through entrepreneurship, family love and serving God.