Winner NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Instructional Literary Work ― How Big Do You Want to Live?
Channel your black girl magic: If you’re feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success can mean for you. It’s time to get that upgrade. Karen Arrington―founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women―is your guide to getting your next level life.
Leave a legacy of black excellence: With the seven simple rules, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve.
The rules of success in Your Next Level Life will show you how to:
Create all the money you need
Position yourself like a star
Connect with other powerful women
Give a gift of confidence: For anyone looking for inspirational gifts for women in their lives, Your Next Level Life is unlike other self-help books for women. It’s a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women.
Your Next Level Life is where Gay Hendricks’s The Big Leap meets Shonda Rhimes’s Year of Yes. If you liked personal development books like Believe Bigger and Don’t Settle for Safe, you’ll love Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America.
“This book is a must read for every woman out there, regardless of age. The ins and outs of self care, handling your money, and living your best life is what Karen covers and this book is so inspiring.” – Ask Away
“Karen has helped women upgrade their lives for over 25 years. This book is now a gift for so many more black women to take their lives to the next level!”
― Deya Direct!, author of Soft Is the New Power and superpower strategist
“This is an action-based book full of steps you can take right now if you are ready for your next level. Trust me, it’s because of Karen I became a Goodwill Ambassador! Learn from one of the most powerful women in the USA, who has been blazing trails and creating sustainable million-dollar wealth from Washington DC to the sands of Abu Dhabi. Buy the book and get ready to be elevated!”
― Natascha Faye Saunders, founder of The Youth Career Coach Inc. and associate director at Harvard University
“Life on the road and as a ballerina can often be rewarding at times, yet sometimes I need a little boost of encouragement. This book is a must read for all women to know that we are always on the right path at any given moment. Can’t wait to finish it.”
―Daphne Lee, ballerina, The Dance Theater of Harlem
About the Author
Karen Arrington is the founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant. More than a pageant, it’s a movement―celebrating the talents and achievements of today’s black women and awarding over $450,000 in college scholarships each year. Since founding the pageant in 1986, Karen has mentored over 1,000 young women, helping them get into top medical schools, land major modeling and recording contracts, secure life-changing grants and sponsorship deals, and more. In addition to running the pageant, Karen is a philanthropist and humanitarian whose work has touched millions of lives. She’s the co-founder of Diabetes Awareness Day in West Africa and was named a Goodwill Ambassador to the Gambia and to the Re-public of Sierra Leone. Karen has received numerous awards including leadership awards from The Lifetime Network and Jones New York, the Trailblazer’s Award by Zeta Phi Sorority (the highest award that is bestowed in this sorority which has over 21,000 members), Mary-land Black Mayors Honors for commitment and dedication to the community, and she was a Woman’s Day Magazine Red Dress Honoree along with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta and Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer. Karen has been interviewed in places like The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Jet, and on BET. More info about Karen’s work can be found at