Lydia Meredith grew up during the Jim Crow era (legalized discrimination) and in childhood poverty and was able to overcome classism, sexism, and racism to become a successful executive in Corporate America. Upon leaving corporate enterprise, she founded a nonprofit organization, raising over $1.5 million a year to serve thousands of disproportionately at-risk children, youth, and their families residing in Metro Atlanta. Lydia Meredith received numerous awards and commendations from public officials for this work – including, but not limited to — the State of Georgia Assembly N. T. Randall Servant Leadership Award, the former Governor Roy Barnes and his wife Marie Barnes honored Lydia Meredith with the Childhood Hero Award and recognized Beacon of Hope as the state-wide model for quality childcare in Georgia. Lydia Meredith is now retired and giving her voice and pen (using her human experience) to support homeless and uneducated same-sex children and youth and their families. She serves on the Advisory Board (Vice-President) of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Region 14); and also serves on the board of Pride School Atlanta, Inc. creating a safe space and resources for LGBTQQIAA (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Questioning/Intersex/Asexual/Allies) educators, students and families.