First and foremost, Dr. Linda loves the Lord, He is first in her life and she looks to God for all things.
Linda M. Hodo, EdD, is an experienced administrator and teacher who has served over thirty years in public and private education serving students in California’s inner-city schools like Compton, Hawthorne, and Norwalk. She wholeheartedly believes the adage, “Dreams can come true,” especially when addressing today’s youth and young adults. It’s with this mind-set that Dr. Hodo has awarded academic scholarships since 2008, which are selected through essay writing contests, to young women who are beginning their college journeys. Another avenue for her to serve as a role model for teens is the twelve-week program she developed based on the book of Esther, called, “Young Women of Excellence.” Its sole purpose is teaching and training young women to make decisions and live a life that pleases God.
Having a heart for children who are sick at home, in the hospitals, in prison, or participate in community YWCA programs, Dr. Hodo finds great joy in sponsoring annual toy drives so she can present these children with new toys for Christmas.
Dr. Hodo is an author who writes stories, poetry, and songs. She has participated in, The Black Writers on Tour, traveled across the nation on book tours meeting and greeting readers, and has facilitated workshops for young women based on her popular real life relationship book, “Only In My Dreams.” She has recently published her book, Fight, which emphasizes who to use the whole armor of God—the tools for spiritual warfare based on Ephesians 6–when facing everyday life’s challenges.
Writing and reading are two of her favorite pastimes. Delving into the world of literature transports her to many exotic places and historical periods. She acquaints herself with the characters throughout the pages of a good book. She would say that learning happens as you journey through a book, and what better way to learn than in the company of her sisters. Continually reading with her female friend motivated the birth of her brainchild and nonprofit organization called, “Sister’s Keeper.” The purpose of this endeavor which incorporates annual Women Empowerment Conferences was to assist in our positive growth and development, physically, mentally and most importantly, spiritually. The goal is to improve our lives in the areas of finance, safety measures, relaxation strategies, legal issues, working with kids, teens, and grands, dealing with loss and grief, burial expenses, exercise and fitness, rafts, healthy recipes, trips, movies, concerts, love, relationships, and more through sharing and fellowship. The sky is our limit, so as sisters, we can soar together. Dr. Hodo spreads joy and the love of God wherever she goes.
What motivated you to advocate for women?
As a full-time professional, a mother, and a caretaker for senior parents, Dr. Hodo relates to the sacrifices that women endure to serve in their positions and effectively assume all of their responsibilities. She realizes the benefits for women of all ages, who serve in multiple roles, to implement effective strategies to live informed and balanced lives. Her women empowerment conferences feature various notable artists entertainers, classes and workshops, services, and products, including health and fitness, to assist women in adopting healthy and balanced lifestyles.
You also work with youth, why is that important to you?
As a seasoned and experienced women, it is our obligation to mentor the younger generations, to share our key-learnings, experiences, professional skills/knowledge, and provide support to assist them in reaching their goals and dreams. If each woman would reach back and help one or two young women mentally, physically, culturally, financially, academically and spiritually, that’s empowerment. The truth (according to me) is that we as women are needed in our neighborhoods/communities, schools, churches, at the state level and beyond. (Based on Titus 2 in the bible)
My newest book, “FIGHT” is purposed to help you fill your battle-bag with God’s Word which is your weapon in spiritual warfare. God’s Word is the only standard that you can raise that will make the enemy get out of your stuff, your life, your home, your family, your job, your health, your mind, and out of your marriage and relationships. Your thoughts and opinions don’t matter in warfare—-only the Word of God. The Lord directed me to write FIGHT during a season in my life when my back was pushed against the wall. I had to step into the ring and fight like Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Rocky Stallion and a prayer warrior shouting my war-cry: “The Blood of Jesus.”
The devil waltzed his way into my life, aboard my love-boat, rocked it and it sank like the Titanic. He made a concerted effort to complicate family-matters, attack our health, break the bond of friendships, arrest my finances, put shackles on my dancing-feet to keep me from praising God and so much more. The devil was doing the most.
The bible tells us that the devil is roaming the earth seeking whom he can kill, steal, and destroy. He will get into your Kool-aid, change the flavor, laugh in your face and leave you to die in sin. The FIGHTER in me emanated and I poised myself toe-to-toe with the enemy like David faced Goliath and said, “Enough is enough.” I girded my loins, equipped myself with the whole armor of God, took out my boxing robe and gloves and boldly declared God’s Word. He had messed with the wrong fighting prayer-warrior. I was prepared to FIGHT and win for I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me. (Romans 8:37 ) The victory was and is mine in Jesus because I stand strong and firm in the power of His might. Every single day, I put on the whole armor of God to stand against the attacks of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
Armor up and prepare to FIGHT my friend, because this is war!
What inspired you to write?
Hurt, pain, and disappointment, healing, challenges in life, and now—love!
Tell us about the book club, My Sister’s Keeper.
Writing and reading are two of her favorite pastimes. Delving into the world of literature transports her to many exotic places and historical periods. She acquaints herself with the characters throughout the pages of a good book. She would say that learning happens as you journey through a book, and what better way to learn than in the company of her sisters. Continually reading with her female friend motivated the birth of her brainchild and nonprofit organization called, “Sister’s Keeper.” The purpose of this endeavor which incorporates annual Women Empowerment Conferences was to assist in our positive growth and development, physically, mentally and most importantly, spiritually. The goal is to improve our lives in the areas of finance, safety measures, relaxation strategies, legal issues, working with kids, teens, and grands, dealing with loss and grief, burial expenses, exercise and fitness, rafts, healthy recipes, trips, movies, concerts, love, relationships, and more through sharing and fellowship. We meet bi-monthly in different members homes to discuss our selected read and we have had the honor of the author for chosen books to join us and participate in the conversation. Lots of fun!
My doctoral dissertation regarding the sacrifices that women endure while wearing many hats in life yielded a recommendation to provide support to women— in all aspects of life— to help one another. So, this is my way of bringing women together to provide encouragement and support.
What do you want guest to gain from attending this conference?
- New friends/networking
- An opportunity to reflect upon their lives for change to move forward and to shed the heaving layers that hold us back by being real.
- To understand that we all can make it from listening to other women’s stories.
- To berefreshed by laughing, dancing, listening to music, gleaning information and from engaging in conference activities. (Ex: Zumba, painting and massages plus shopping) Reboot!
- To have fun and create new memories that we look forward to for the next year.
- To gain a zeal and thirst to continue working for their goals and dreams or to make their first steps.
Tell us about you conference main speakers.
Michel’le is an R & B singer and performer who will share her story about life’s ups and downs, domestic violence or relationship abuse, Compton connection and much more. It’s a courageous woman story that we all will benefit from hearing and celebrate her for overcoming! ‘Surviving Compton’: Michel’le Tells Her Story, even If Dr. Dre Doesn’t Like It. The 1990s R&B star produced the Lifetime movie and appears throughout, but admits the project “re-opened old wounds.”
Michel’le survived Compton, but it took the Lifetime movie, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” for her to realize it. The one-time R&B star (1989’s “No More Lies”) dated Dr. Dre in the early 1990s, as he and N.W.A. turned into superstars (they had a son in 1991) and later married Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight, with whom she had a daughter in 2002 (they divorced in 2005). But despite her presence in their inner circle at the time, Michel’le was conspicuously absent from last year’s hit film “Straight Outta Compton.” There’s more to come….
There will be other workshop leaders/speakers who will provide an overview of their knowledge and expertise to illuminate or as a review and reminder.
Aside from your books, and conferences, what are some of the other things Dr. Linda Hodo Does?
- Zumba instrutor
- Care for seniors
- Motivational Speaker
- Ballroom dance
You are most definitely a Courageous Woman. What is your definition of a Courageous Woman?
A woman who moves forward with power and passion despite obstacles to live out her life’s purpose.