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Belicia Royster

Rev. Simmons




Belicia Royster is a community activist taking an integral role in the fight for economic justice for those disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. Belicia was born and raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago. As a graduate of Chicago’s Public School system, she developed a true affinity for the unique and rich history of Chicago and the needs of its communities. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. During her college career, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; which truly activated her passion for social justice.
Around this time, Belicia became deeply rooted in advocating against the racial injustices that plague the country. Belicia’s extensive community activism endeavors began during the 2006 protest for Jena 6 in Louisiana and have continued to the recent protests for George Floyd in Minnesota.



Advocacy for her Communities

Belicia’s passion to create social equity for those impacted by the War on Drugs is what inspired her to create the Social Equity Empowerment Network known as S.E.E.N.  This premier trade association has become one of the main advocacy groups and resource providers for minority and social equity applicants, business owners, and entrepreneurs across the state of Illinois.



A Career Path to Share Knowledge with Others

Belicia’s professional career has placed her with several fortune 500 companies and government agencies in St. Louis, Chicago & New York. She has a very extensive background in Insurance, Risk Management and Diversity and Inclusion. She currently works in the capacity of a Risk Manager for a Global Recycling & Renewable Energy firm where she is responsible for the oversight of Risk Management for their North American Operations.  She has also combined her knowledge of the cannabis industry and risk management to begin her own business brand as the “Vice Life Coach” where she will assist new cannabis licensees with their Risk Management and Insurance needs.



Destined for Greatness

As Belicia continues the movement for True Equity in America and Economic Empowerment for marginalized communities, her passion for providing resources to misguided youth and disenfranchised people is her focus.  It is this work, accompanied by being a strong, driven and exemplar model for her twin daughters that keeps her motivated to be the change!



What does Shanel advocate for

Black Ownership
Social Equity
Economic Empowerment
Community Focus


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