I'm Hattie Bryant, author of the book, I’ll Have It My Way: Taking Control of End of Life Decisions. This book is the culmination of a lifelong passion for learning, teaching and making a difference in the life of others.


Since I began my professional career in 1979, I've made my living as an adult educator. While working at one of my earliest jobs, I decided that I should either sell something or own something. After two years of research, I incorporated a business, Leadership Development Corporation for which I developed my own materials. I worked through a leading franchisor of business education materials and in that group I was among its top ten performers out of hundreds.


For the next fifteen years, I taught management, sales and customer service in the classrooms of hundreds of small businesses and from the convention platform. I've had the privilege of presenting  seminars in 47 states and have produced teaching materials for customers like ABC-TV, Chase-JP Morgan, IBM, Microsoft, Qwest, and Verizon. My seminars and continuing-education curriculum development have been in business schools throughout the world.


In 1994, my husband and I began production of the television series, Small Business School. The program featured business owners from several countries, 34 states and 150 cities. We created over 300 half-hour episodes that reached into most U.S. homes via some 250 PBS member stations. The show also aired around the world through over 1000 affiliates of the Voice of America-TV. Funding was secured from Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Thomson Learning, Verizon, Qwest, Travelers, Dun & Bradstreet, AT&T, MassMutual and Microsoft. The program aired until 2012.

I am also the author of the book Beating the Odds, and in 1997 was given the Award of Excellence from the White House for my success in bringing the story of small business to television. Content from the show was edited into video companions for fifty college textbooks and an online one-of-a-kind learning tool that can be viewed here.

Most recently, I studied at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Gerontology.  I now live with my husband in Nashville.

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