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S. Denice Newton is an inspirational speaker, author, radio host, activist, and founder of Ari’el Rising Network, a grassroots movement designed to empower women and girls around the globe to pursue their purpose and aspirations. She was born and educated in eastern North Carolina and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist. Her military tours of duty include Germany, South Korea, Louisiana, Georgia, New Jersey, and other interesting locations.
Denice studied communications at Regent University and UMUC. She later earned a certificate in radio broadcast from the American Broadcast School. As a radio host, she has interviewed such phenomenal individuals as Melba Moore, Antwon Fisher, Dr. John Carlos, Sheila Raye Charles, Joseph C. Phillips, Sheila E. and the Escovedo family,
Denise “Vanity” Matthews, Mildred Muhammad (wife of DC sniper
John Allen Muhammad) and many others. She has authored three books, Two Continents One Hope, Interception, and the women’s empowerment book, Ari’el Rising. As a speaker, she has been described as “passionate, compelling, authoritative, and captivating.” As an activist she has organized panel discussions on race relations and anti-bullying forums, and founded Generation BEFY Network (Black, Educated, Focused, Yielded) and the ROAR Network (Reach Out And Recover), in addition to Ari’el Rising.
Denice has worked in public and private schools for the past twenty years in various capacities, including behavior modification and technology, and as a substitute teacher. She is an ambassador with the Africa Alive Education Foundation, a group whose mission includes providing food, clean water, supplies, and education services to families around South Africa and those most affected by the AIDS pandemic. Her personal motto, “change is the only force powerful enough to break the backbone of inevitability,” is one that she teaches and lives by daily.