Local speaker and publisher Vera Cornish has published her own book in the hopes of spreading her message of empowerment through stories about her own life.
Cornish, the publisher of The Urban Connection of the Capitol Region, has a career background in teaching children with autism and schizophrenia, as well as student services in higher education. Her current career as a “life empowerment strategist” led to her publishing “Dare To Dream,” which follows up on her lectures and speaking engagements with prompts for readers to pursue their own dreams.
“What inspired me to write the book were the younger women who had participated in my workshops,” Cornish said. “They would share with me that every time we would come together for a workshop, that it was peppered with stories that significantly impacted their lives.”
According to Cornish — who is often called “Miss Vera” by those who attend her speaking engagements and workshops — the book builds on her workshops by sharing “messages of hope” she found from her own life. Cornish is the first in her family to graduate from college, and went on to earn a degree from Penn State and a graduate degree from Misericordia University.
“It’s amazing how fear will take residence,” Cornish said. “I didn’t know I was living in fear. And sometimes you’re held back by a deep-seated fear that’s stopping you from living the life you want to live.”
Cornish said that she expected the book to appeal mostly to a female audience, but that she’s been surprised by responses from male readers. In her words, the book is for anyone who wants to ask themselves, “what do I want out of life?”
“It’s inspirational,” she said. “It’s motivational, and it’s a catalyst for transformation.
An excerpt from the book can be read below. For more information on Vera Cornish or details on ordering her book, visit VeraCornish.com.