Meet KiOwana Eunique Phillips
Yes, the “O” is capital and the “E” is silent.
As seen in Oxygen, Gorgo, Women Who Served, Pretty Women Hustle magazines and The Sumter Item, KiOwana is a wife, mother of two boys, and fur mom of three boy dogs and one girl dog.
This southern belle not only holds a Masters of Business in Human Resources Management, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and currently pursuing her doctorate in Business, but she is also a Sergeant Major in the United States Army and Published Author. On top of that, she is a Board Director for the Moebius Syndrome Foundation, Honorary Kentucky Colonel, Sergeant Audie Murphy Award recipient, Master Fitness Trainer/Health & Fitness Coach, Real Estate Investor, and NCOPD LIVE Co-Host. As an entrepreneur, she is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prepared Place Vacations (as a Personal Travel Agent) and One Shot Firearms Academy LLC, as a Certified Firearms Instructor.
Through her love of human relations, KiOwana continues to help others foster a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion as an Equal Opportunity Professional, Resilience Training Facilitator, and Life Mentor. She prides herself in pushing others to be their very best while promoting equality for all. KiOwana is also a certified Sibling Shop Facilitator who provides brothers and sisters of children with special needs the opportunity to meet and discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings of children with special needs.
KiOwana enjoys giving back to the community. She does this by holding her annual Team Phillips Back to School Blessing. She donates new backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need across the United States each school year. KiOwana also holds an annual ‘Steps 4 Khaleb Challenge’. Khaleb is their oldest son, diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome at birth. This challenge encourages everyone worldwide to get active with their families by getting as many steps in as possible. ‘Steps 4 Khaleb Challenge’ raises money for the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. She holds an annual Moebius Syndrome Gathering where other Moebius Syndrome families meet up and fellowship. KiOwana and her family also support their community by providing Holiday Blessing Bags every year to a homeless shelter in the local area during the holidays.
Whether her Wonder Woman cape is on or off, KiOwanas’ family is her priority. She and her husband understand the importance of family time and influence in their boys’ lives. This is why they continue to teach them love, the importance of family, and foundation life skills to set them up for success in the future (Proverbs 22:6). From having a personal relationship with God to financial management to education to experiencing the world through travel, to healthy expression/emotion, to independence and self-advocating, making their children aware of decision making is vital in parenting.
Even though it seems she does a lot, KiOwana knows the value of time. She enjoys spending time with her family, long-distance running, helping others, cooking, trying new foods (sushi is her favorite), reading, learning new things, and metacognition. Everyone is busy doing something.
“Never get too busy to enjoy the things that make you happy.”