Traci S. Campbell is a social entrepreneur, public speaker, author, podcaster, IT consultant and founder of two organizations, the C.H.A.M.P. Community Project and The BIBO Foundation which produces the annual BIBO (Beauty In / Beauty Out) Awards. The C.H.A.M.P. Community Project (C.H.A.M.P. stands for “character”, “happiness”, “attitude”, “mentality”, and “purpose”) is a 501(c) (3) organization which aims to provide “mental and emotional” support education to single parents and teens. The BIBO Awards seek to recognize dynamic women demonstrating leadership in their communities and celebrates “real role models” and has honored over 120 dynamic women since 2013. The work of the BIBO Foundation is to educate and mentor budding female leaders and provide practical support to women in transition.
Traci is the product of a struggling single mother. She worked as a print model and moonlighted as a hostess at an elite formal dining room at a prestigious hotel. That allowed her to assist her mother in paying the bills to make ends meet. Despite the perceived “glamour” of these jobs, Traci still experienced periods of low self-esteem and low self-confidence just as many young women experience today. It wasn’t until she encountered mentors and role models in her professional career that she overcame these issues. Recalling this period in her young life and seeing the same issues rear their ugly heads even more in today’s young women, through her work with C.H.A.M.P. Community project, Traci developed the BIBO Awards to shed light on what REAL beauty is and at the same time, celebrate incredible women who are the TRUE role models for young women to emulate today. The BIBO Awards have honored women such as Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez (first Latina Assistant Majority Leader); Shea Vaughn (master trainer, founder of SheaNetics ®, mother of actor Vince Vaughn); Barbara Niven (actress ‘One Life to Live’, ‘Cedar Cove’); Dayna Roselli (CBS News Anchor, Las Vegas) veteran actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, educator Sherrie Gahn, Minister Dr. Barbara King, and many others.
After 13 years of serving as her mother’s caregiver while building her IT and consulting career, Traci lost her mother to heart disease in 2007. Growing up dealing with her mother’s depression and personal struggles, this dynamic young woman was led to author the C.H.A.M.P. Within Program, a book and interactive workbook program designed to help teens and single parents overcome the mental and emotional challenges and roadblocks they often face. Currently, The C.H.A.M.P. Within Program is in Chicago, IL; Carrollton, GA; and Nairobi, Kenya and has helped over 500 youth in Nairobi and over 400 teens and single parents in the Chicagoland area.
Traci is a dynamic talent and hosted many online projects including her own podcast show, “Inside Out w/ Traci S. Campbell”. She has interviewed the likes of: veteran actors Harrison Page (Law & Order, CSI, JAG, Grey’s Anatomy), and Tippi Hedren (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie”, mother of actress Melanie Griffith) and Dee Wallace (“ET: The Extra-terrestrial”, “The Howling”, “General Hospital”). Recording artists such as Chilli of the Grammy Award winning group, TLC. VH1 stars Valery Otiz (“Hit the Floor”) and politicians such as Senator Donzella James of Georgia. The tagline of the show is: “A prescription for a better YOU!” where she conducts celebrity interviews, highlight people helping communities throughout the US, and panel discussions that addresses a myriad of topics affecting teens and families including relationships, political, social, health, wellness, and business topics.
Currently, Traci and her team are launching BIBO programs to address the everyday needs of women and as well as “green” programs initiatives to better educate communities about health, wellness, and environmental impacts that affect ALL of our futures.
More information about C.H.A.M.P. and BIBO Tour can be found at www.champcommunityproject.org and www.biboawards.com. Her show is aired on iTunes and can be found on her website at www.traciscampbell.com.