About

Living everyday with passion, purpose and power.

Shirlyon McWhorter
Shirlyon McWhorter encourages her audience to explore and discover their unique power, passion and purpose. Known for her unparalleled ability to educate and inspire people from all walks of life, Shirlyon is a transformational keynote speaker who has impacted the lives of many. She is able to connect with audiences of all ages, races, and backgrounds.It is no doubt that Shirlyon’s life epitomizes the value of having unwavering dedication to whatever you put your mind to. Her humble beginnings lead her from the country town of Wauchula, Florida were she picked oranges after school to the courtroom where she served as a role model for the litigants that appeared before her. Shirlyon uses her story to empower audiences to F.O.C.U.S. Face your truths; Open yourself to new ideas; Concentrate on your vision; Use your God-given gifts; Strategize for Success.Shirlyon delivers lively, humorous and engaging presentations on diversity, empowerment and leadership. She has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a high-energy, thought-provoking and non-threatening way.Shirlyon is a proud graduate of Bethune-Cookman University. She received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. She is a former Judge who speaks with authority whether delivering keynotes, summits, seminars or workshops. She consistently does so to rave reviews and standing ovations.As a sought after speaker and facilitator, she has addressed audiences throughout the nation. Shirlyon is committed to sharing a message of encouragement, and empowerment worldwide.

Career Highlights & Honors

  • American Association of University Women Tamiami Chapter Achievement Award
  • Legacy Magazine 24 Most Influential and Prominent Women in Business and Leadership
  • Broward County Business & Professional Women’s Network Sojourner Truth Award
  • Miami-Dade County Court Judge
  • Hardee County Hall of Fame Award
  • Founder, Richard E. Gerstein Law Day Program
  • Black Lawyers Association, Inc., Past President
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Past Director
  • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers, Past President
  • Bethune-Cookman University Miami Alumni Chapter President
  • Miami Gardens Excellence in Education Council, Past Chair
  • YWCA Board, Past President
  • Miami Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Past President, Past Legal Advisor
  • Miami-Dade County Planning and Zoning Board, Chairperson
  • Miami-Dade County School Board Ethics Task Force, Past Chairperson