Extra-Ordinary Life (XOL) is the realization of a dream by founder, Stacie Scott (Turner). Placed in foster care as a baby and subsequently adopted by a loving family, Stacie launched XOL to provide hope and opportunity to foster girls that have not yet been blessed with a permanent home and family.
STACIE SCOTT TURNER
Stacie’s passion for helping foster youth stems from her personal good fortune—being adopted by loving parents that provided a stable home life and access to education, travel and enrichment opportunities that instilled a positive self image and drive to succeed in life.
This blessing of family and exposure, kindled a deep desire to provide similar experiences to foster youth who lack these advantages; to inspire and position them to dream big and achieve despite the challenges of living in care. In July 2010, Extra-Ordinary Life took a group of foster girls on a cultural, educational and service oriented adventure to South Africa during the historic FIFA World Cup—a journey that Black Entertainment Television chronicled in a documentary (entitled "Extra-Ordinary Life: A Journey to South Africa") that has aired in 54 countries.
Stacie obtained her undergraduate degree in Finance from Howard University and a MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business in 1996. Stacie has held positions in marketing and management with a number of large corporations including Procter & Gamble, the Sprint Corporation and BET Networks; before launching her own strategic marketing consulting firm. For the past 12 years, Stacie has been a top-producing residential sales agent generating over $180 million in career sales.
In recognition of her work with foster youth, Stacie was named a National Children's Ambassador for the American Humane Association. She has served as a board member of Bright Beginnings, Metro Teen-AIDS, and Southeastern University; and as a Mayoral Appointee to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). Stacie resides in Washington DC.
DeDeNita Turner is President and CEO of Image Builders Inc., a Maryland-based consulting firm specializing in group and one-on-one training to help clients enhance their image, confidence, interpersonal effectiveness and marketability. Denita rounds out the XOL team by providing specialized personal enhancement programs that help our young ladies establish a more effective and positive image and develop the life skills required to thrive independently.
Denita founded Image Builders in 1994, after a 20-year career in sales and marketing at various Fortune 500 companies, including Marriott International, Inc., McGraw Hill and The Coca-Cola Company. Throughout her career, she was surprised to discover how many individuals, at all levels of the corporate ladder, lacked solid personal, social and business skills that were traditionally instilled by family. These skills were not only critical to work success but life success overall. So, leveraging her sales and marketing experience with a passion for teaching inherited from her parents –who were both teachers and sports coaches- Image Builders was born. She began conducting workshops for corporate teams, academic groups, professional athletic associations and youth organizations with a focus on helping clients improve life skills ranging from communication to leadership to and good manners. Working with XOL, she helps craft the “right prescription” to increase the self esteem, polishing and resilience needed by our young women to excel in ever-changing environments.
In 2004, Denita authored a book, entitled “I’m A Say, I’m A Say, NBA”. She is an active member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and the National Association of Female Executives and has appeared on NBA Today/ESPN, Inside Stuff/NBC, The Toronto Star, AirTran Arrivals Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, among others. Today, Image Builders’ clients include Purdue University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Howard University, General Electric, Unisys Corporation, Turner Broadcasting Inc., Lucent Technologies, Marriott International, Inc., National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the New York Rangers Hockey Team. www.denitaturner.com