ayeesha standing

I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, but I currently live in Portland, OR.

I'm not just another self-help coach or consultant.

I am a capability expert and success strategist. My life experience plus my work as an Educational Psychologist has taught me more than a thing or two about learning, confidence, motivation, and how to achieve big goals.

So, I decided to step out on faith and start a business, well, actually a movement.

The movement I started is about helping Black women see themselves as capable. Why? Because the more capable we judge ourselves to be:

  • the more ambitious our goals are,
  • the more motivated we are,
  • the more positive emotions we experience,
  • the more resilient we become, and
  • the more we achieve.

Do you see the theme? More.

I run an online business dedicated to helping Black women have more, be more, and achieve more. 

Specifically, I help Black women who feel weighed down by self-doubt, fear, or past failures learn how to build their confidence, so they can dump the limiting beliefs they’ve been carrying, reclaim their life goals, and make big moves towards their dreams.

In order to realize our full potential, we must first know what we're capable of.

That's my wish for YOU and the #1 reason why I do this work!

Committed to your success,



  • Founder of Dr. Ayeesha Hankins LLC and starter of the #blackwomenachievingmore movement. 
  • Got my start in higher education working in various roles at several colleges and universities nation-wide in order to support student success and college completion 
  • Worked at multiple colleges and universities nation-wide serving 100,000+ diverse students over 15 years 
  • Taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses for 10+ years and developed expertise in course development, curriculum design, online learning, and assessment 
  • Earned my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology by completing 1,000+ hours of study and research on self-efficacy, motivation, confidence, and goal achievement
  • Mentored by influential psychologists like Drs. Beverly Tatum author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, Albert Bandura renowned social cognitive psychologist, and Carol Dweck author of Mindset


I lost some of my confidence in grad school

It was a tough time for me...

I was alone, living and working in a small town in Ohio and commuting 50 miles one-way, 3 days a week for classes.

I thought there was something wrong with me at the time...

But, now I look back and realize that there was something wrong with the environment.

My job was sad. The office culture was toxic and dysfunctional...

And, my grad program was fixed and crazy competitive.

Being the best was the goal...

Two years of painful striving and thankless work had me exhausted, disheartened, and unsure of myself and my abilities.

Fast forward a few years and I found myself back in grad school...

This time it was for my Ph.D.

I was a first-gen doc student and excited about the opportunity ahead of me.

I was also burdened...

I was still carrying the garbage from my first time in grad school.

I had limiting beliefs, self-doubts, and entanglement with the imposter syndrome that I never dealt with.

I didn’t realize it until I faced my goal head-on...

Once I knew what getting my Ph.D. required of me, I knew I had to find a solution quickly.

Otherwise, I wasn’t going to make it.

I couldn’t bypass the inner work...

There was no other option.

I had to become a greater version of myself in order to achieve my dream.

So, I did that...

My pain became my passion (and my doctorate degree).

I went all in!

I spent 1,000 hours researching and studying confidence, goal achievement, and motivation.

And, then…

My grandmother passed away unexpectedly.

It knocked me down flat...

I wanted to call it quits, but I knew she wouldn’t have been okay with that.

So, I gave myself permission to pause...

And, after a long summer, I started applying everything I had studied up until that point.

I got serious.

I got focused.

And, I got results.

I went from lagging behind to finishing my degree in 10 months.


My degree was like the first domino to fall.

The next domino was moving back to the West Coast to be closer to my family in Alaska.

Then, it was stepping out of a 10+ year career in higher education, to create my desired future.

And, now it’s running my virtual business helping Black women make moves towards their dreams.

There is so much that can get in our way and rob us of our success.

Don’t let your doubts, fears, or hesitancies be the reason you don’t fulfill the goals that have chosen you.

You're on an assignment, sis.

It’s bigger than what you or I may ever know.

You can overcome any hurdle.

You can achieve your greatest dreams.

Believe in yourself and your potential!!

If I can do it, you can too! I'll teach YOU!