~~While attending U of M - Dearborn, Ms. Rice received several awards such as the Distinguished Student Leader award (2003-2004) and the Leadership Synergy award (2002-2003). In April of 2006, Ms. Rice received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan (U of M) - Ann Arbor with an overall grade point average of 6.53. Her majors were “Management of Human Services” and “Community and Social Systems” with a minor in “Community Organizing”.
While attending U of M, she received the Chancellor’s List award (2005-2006) and remained on the Dean’s list. From 2007-2008, Ms. Rice worked as a high school presenter i.e. motivational speaker with the International Academy of Design & Technology. While in this position, she traveled to high schools throughout Wayne County delivering motivational speeches to youth on topics such as college and scholarship information, job employability skills, conflict resolution, self esteem, entrepreneurship and ethics.
In 2009, Ms. Rice established “It’s Time Enterprises (ITE)” as her vehicle to continue her pursuit to empower others to push beyond the barriers they face and achieve their dreams. Today, Ms. Rice delivers power-packed motivational speeches designed to inform, inspire, and motivate the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Please read the comments listed below to see what others have to say about the ITE experience:
“Mrs. Rice is impressive! She provides the students with a vivid and extremely clear picture of college expectations.“
Mrs. Sharon Brown English Teacher, Mumford High School
“Ms. Rice gets an A+++. No complaints at all. I loved how she took the young man and showed us an example of an interview. I never see that.”
Janae Gordon Student, Golightly Career & Technical Center
Dear Ms. Rice, I am writing you to personally thank you for coming out to my school, Martin Luther King High Schools’ Marketing class. I found your sessions and tips to be very beneficial to me. You really made a difference by coming and showing us how to interview and I really appreciate you sharing with us your personal experiences. When you first came to our class, I did not have a job but, had been actively looking for one. Previously, I had failed several interviews and several attempts to find a job that matched my work experience. Then you came, and you taught me the basics about how to write those effective resumes and cover letters that potential employers want to read. The mock interviews were very helpful as well as the session where you taught the type of questions you should ask the interviewer. I can truly say that I believe you are the reason that I have a job today. Not only did you help me with effective interviewing skills for finding a job, I found those guidelines to be useful in college interviewing as well. I am a senior in high school and I have been accepted to quite a few colleges, but I am still not sure of which one I will attend in the fall yet. A few of those colleges had done on-sites admissions in which I was interviewed before I was officially accepted into the university. Those tips really helped me because I remember right in the middle of my interview for Grand Valley State University, I was answering the questions the admissions counselor asked me and I wasn’t quite sure of what to say to the lady. However, I did remember that you told us to listen to the question first, think about the answer and then proceed to answer the question in a complete sentence to the best of our ability. She also asked me if I had any questions of her and I remember the lesson where you taught us the type of questions to ask in an interview and automatically, I knew what to ask her. I’d like to thank you once again for being so selfless and coming to share your knowledge with us and for making this difference in my life by giving me all of this information.
Thank you, Raylonda Warren Student, Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School
Dear Ms. Rice, I am witting this letter to thank you for helping me grasp the concepts of interviewing. After listening to your speech, I learned what to wear and how to maintain myself in a professional environment. I have since then created an amazing resume, which shows off all of my skills. You also taught us how to check back with employers to do a follow up. Since your last visit I had an interview with Simmons and Clark Jewelers in downtown Detroit. I got the job and have been working for over a month now. I go to work everyday dressed professionally with a smile on my face. Your sessions were very helpful to me. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to come in and enlighten me with your knowledge on interviewing. I hope you are able to come back in the future and speak with us again.
Educationally, Kiyah T. Allen Student, Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School
It's Time Enterprises
Ms. Latresa R. Rice is a dynamic motivational speaker and an esteemed professional. Over the past 17 years, Ms. Rice has been empowering young people by delivering motivational speeches in public schools, vocational schools and non-profit organizations throughout Wayne County.
Ms. Rice was born in Detroit, MI where her grandmother, Minnie M. Rice, raised her. As a youth, she faced a multitude of emotional barriers which included the loss of her mother to AIDS at the age of seven and the discovery of her father’s undisclosed sexuality by witnessing a sexual encounter between him and an individual she thought was her uncle. As a means of coping with these barriers, Ms. Rice fought other students and youth within her community. This caused her to be suspended from both elementary and middle school on several occasions. Nurtured by her grandmother, she learned how to deal with her emotional issues in a more appropriate manner, the importance of developing a winning attitude and much more.
Despite the barriers she faced, Ms. Rice maintained high grades throughout all areas of her education. In 1999, Ms. Rice graduated from Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School with an overall grade point average of 3.88. From 1999-2006 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Ms. Rice traveled to deliver impactful speeches to students from various middle and high schools within Wayne County regarding how to be successful in college, conflict resolution and various other topics.
In August of 2004, she graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn (U of M-Dearborn) with an overall grade point average of 3.45. Ms. Rice received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in psychology. Her second major was Communications, particularly the Public Relations/Corporate Business field.