Ardre Orie is a writer, book publisher, playwright, film director and advocate on a mission to create meaningful media that reflects the diversity of our life’s experiences and feeds our souls. As the product of a single parent home and childhood survivor of domestic violence, Ardre recognized that there was great power in the transparency of her pain through storytelling. Her goal as a media maven is to create platforms and media that allow the voices of those who have suffered from oppressive circumstances to be heard. Orie has written for a host of clients including VH1, YouTube and the sports and entertainment industry as well as a bevy of everyday heroes.
Prior to taking a leap of faith towards entrepreneurship, Ardre attended Florida State University where she earned both her undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Special Education. After teaching for 4 years, she went on to earn an Ed.S in Educational Leadership.
Orie began her career as an author telling the stories of women in her local community at age 10. As author of Consciously Beautiful: I Am Enough (2014), A Heroine in Heels (2015) and The Art of Storytelling (2016); writer and director of the theatrical productions Lipstick Monologues and The Heart of a Man; and film director of the documentary I Am Consciously Beautiful, Ardre Orie’s work sheds light on life’s experiences while closely examining the effects of mainstream media and societal norms that have defined our journeys and self-worth.
In 2015, Orie founded 13th & Joan, a multimedia publishing company to provide a vehicle for aspiring authors, playwrights and film directors to tell their stories with her support and guidance. Orie tirelessly coaches clients onward to success.
In 2016, Orie, established The Beautiful Mile, the first ever beauty walk encouraging women to love themselves and their stories. Ardre’s dedication to advocacy has created a national network of women that continue the conversation of self-worth and validation. Her works uncover the internal struggles faced by women and continues to lead the charge for redefining beauty goals to include self-worth, educational empowerment and financial stability.
Orie also launched A|Orie Cosmetics in 2017 to change the narrative and words associated with beauty and to help women to recognize that every face has a story to tell and that all of our stories are beautiful and have value.
Orie continues to thrive as the “Queen of Storytelling” while creating a rich legacy of love. Ardre Orie currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two daughters.
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