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 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.