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Meet Shay Ann
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Shay Ann Lankford is a compassionate, solution focused, and charismatic visionary. As the founder of UpStar, LLC, she specializes in developing or enhancing the leadership skills of her clients. She has a passion for leadership and continuing education. Shay Ann is a member of the John Maxwell team with certifications in the following: keynote speaking, coaching, sales, training, and facilitating. She specializes in customer service training, customer relationship management, leadership workshops, and business coaching. UpStar, LLC also provides various services tailored to each specific client’s needs.  

Shay Ann is a loving and devoted mother of four beautiful children – Isaiah, Travain Jr, Jorden Ann, and Elijah. They are her life’s breath, and she gives them the credit for allowing her to be the woman that God has called her to be. Shay Ann has worked 23 years in the grocery retail management industry, acquiring various roles from store management to corporate trainer. Leaving the industry in 2018, Shay Ann became a Teacher’s Assistant to focus more on her family and her business, UpStar LLC. 

To connect with Shay Ann, visit and follow her on Facebook at @Shay Ann Lankford.

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