Veverly grew up on the South Side of Chicago, fought low self-esteem growing up and overcame the setbacks in her life by using them as setups to achieve her dreams. She is the first in her family to receive her MBA, which she received from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014, she completed her second Master’s Degree in Urban Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Veverly is the founder of Girl, Get Your Fight Back Inc., an organization that challenges and equips women and teen girls to regain control of their lives, mind, body and spirit. As a mentor and leader, Veverly has used her personal journey to confidence as a tool to help teen girls and adults alike overcome low self-esteem.
For several years she has been the liaison for Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan’s "Let’s talk Health" program in the faith-based community. She also organizes and provides free health symposiums involving prominent African-American health doctors in her community. Each symposium is designed to empower and educate women both mentally and physically. Through her partnership with Metro Health Hospital, Veverly has led community health fairs; providing free screenings, educational materials, Zumba and yoga classes, and discussions on the importance of mental health to over 300 attendees.
Veverly is the founder and creative director of Rock’n the Runway (RTR), a fashion show in support of Breast Cancer Awareness in the urban community. Veverly works closely with organizations such as; Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI), Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and the fashion community at large to raise breast cancer awareness and empower the urban Grand Rapids community to take charge of their overall health. RTR also gives back to those affected by this disease. The proceeds from RTR enable her to provide free educational resources and breast health services recommendations to eligible community members. Rock’n the Runway provides Breast Cancer survivors with a free makeover, photo shoot, and the opportunity to rock the runway in front of over 400 people yearly to enhance their confidence during their time of tragedy.
Veverly is the creator and designer of Confident Wear, a top quality clothing line for women, teen girls and young girls. She developed this line to breed confidence in everyone who wears her designs. Veverly has continuously demonstrated that she is an innovative businesswoman who understands the power of community collaborations to achieve exceptional results. She is developing her 7-year-old daughter in her footsteps as she mentors her to launch her own girl's apparel business. She actively encourages teen girls to pursue entrepreneurial thinking and habits.
Veverly is the president and founder of Confident Living, a program committed to helping men & women get unstuck; by providing tools and techniques that empower individuals to take a holistic approach to improve all aspects of their lives. Her passion is helping unpack dreams, igniting passions, and growing mindsets, develop business strategies and aligning it all with personal purpose. Veverly teaches you how to stay on track, set goals and achieve successful confident living.
Veverly is the wife of Jathan K. Austin, mother of four, Assistant Pastor of a thriving ministry, One Church Empowerment Center (formerly Bethel Abundant Life Center). She a Board Member of Saint Mary’s Foundation, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Inc. and the Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Veverly was awarded the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian of the year from the Grand Rapids Community College for her exemplary service to the West Michigan community. She is a highly sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. Veverly targets transformational thinking because she truly believes we all are the sum total of our thoughts.