Empower

We empower young women to have productive futures through holistic, gender specific programs, educations and experiences that are unique to young women.

Spiritual Strength

Bible teachings will help each young woman recognize their individual beauty and unique gifts. We focus on God’s love.

Positive Self- Esteem

Nuturing Hearts works to create a positive self-esteem in girls, helping them to recognize and celebrate their Inner and Outer Beauty.

Motivation & Role Models

Through the use of motivational speaking and role models, Nuturing Hearts works to educate young girls on how to overcome life's obstacles.

Who Are We

Nurturing Hearts is a non-profit organization that provides supportive leadership, motivation and life skills, which furnish and prepare girls 10-18 for a bright and positive future.
  • We empower young women to have productive futures through holistic, gender specific programs, educations and experiences that are unique to young women.
  • Bible teachings will help each young woman recognize their individual beauty and unique gifts. We focus on God’s love.
  • Nuturing Hearts works to create a positive self-esteem in girls,  helping them to recognize and celebrate their Inner and Outer Beauty.
  • Through the use of motivational speaking and role models, Nuturing Hearts works to educate young  girls on how to overcome life's obstacles.
  • Nurturing Hearts is a non-profit organization that provides supportive leadership, motivation and life skills, which furnish and prepare girls 10-18 for a bright and positive future.

Our Programs


Organizational History

Shawnta’ Pulliam - Founder of Nurturing Hearts and President of Shawnta’ Pulliam Arise LLC

Shawnta’ Pulliam took a traumatic childhood, impacted by parental drug addiction and incarceration, and turned it around for good.

Shawnta Pulliam

After expulsion from the 10th grade, Shawnta’ was enrolled in Catholic alternative education where she worked diligently to graduate on time, coming in early to study and staying late for extra help.  She was valedictorian of her senior class and attended Gannon University. But Shawnta’s unhealed wounds resulted in risky behavior, bad relationship choices, and ultimately emotional distress.   Shawnta’ began to confront her past, acknowledge her wrongs, forgive, built a real relationship with God and reclaimed her soul. She began a promising career with G.E.Transportation but still had an unfulfilled passion to help at-risk girls, as she once was. In 2006, her vision came to fruition when she founded Nurturing Hearts, a self-esteem and self-development non-profit organization for girls, whose mission is to provide supportive leadership and life skills that will furnish and prepare girls 10-18 for a bright and positive future.

Shawnta’ Pulliam has not only evolved into a visionary, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and life coach, she is also secretary of the Erie Policy and Planning Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the Erie Downtown Partnership and the Truancy Committee, the Erie Weed and Seed Crime Committee, General Electric’s African American Engagement Committee, Erie Times News Diversity Committee, and the Women’s Athena International Power Link. She is a recipient of the General Electric Gerald L. Philippe Award, the 2013 Women Making History Award where she received a Citation of Recognition from the Erie County Executive, the 2013 Phoenix Idea Women of the Year Award, and she has also been recognized by the Governor of Pennsylvania for her outstanding community leadership. She recently founded Shawnta’ Pulliam Arise LLC, which provides motivational speaking, life coach assistance, and program development for people from all facets of life. As a facilitator for UPMC, a $10 billion integrated global health enterprise headquarter in Pittsburgh, PA she provides inspirational and educational seminars and workshops for women.

Shawnta’ not only ‘walks the walk’, but grabs other young women by the coattails and supports them, along on the path to success. She has never forgotten children and women who are struggling with the same issues that she had to overcome herself.  .” Her message to young women: the only limitations you have are the ones you place upon yourself, spreading her testimony and enlightenment around the world.

Shawnta’ lives her life according to the verse from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me

For booking or speaking engagments you may visit www.shawntapulliamarise.com or email Bookings@ShawntaPulliamArise.com