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  • Identify your “buts.” These are self-imposed barriers that stand between you and the desires of your heart.


  • Work your “buts” off. Devise strategies that break down barriers and take the limits off.


  • “But” out. Explore lifestyle changes  (environment, network, self care) that will prevent self-limiting thoughts from sabotaging you.

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Valante M. Grant is the founder of The byDesign Network. She has built a network that encompasses media, audio/video production, graphic design, and training. As a Creative Strategist, Valante uses her network to help people creatively deliver key messages with precision and authenticity.



  • The Sanctuary Academy: A committed biblical scholar and teacher, Valante hosts a weekly Sunday School class (over 1/2 million viewers) via The Sanctuary Academy YouTube Channel. As Executive Producer, she oversees filming, editing, and quality assurance.

  • TED Conferences An active member of the TED community, Valante is a TEDx event organizer and Speaker. She organized TEDxBolingbrook Women and hosted TED Opening Night, TED Prize and TED Highlights events for the TED Cinema initiative in Naperville, Illinois.


  • Union Gospel Press: A passionate writer, Valante  writes for the Expositor Illuminator, Adult, Young Adult and Teacher publications. Valante authored 4 feature articles  (including the cover) for the inaugural edition of the pre-teen take-home papers.



  • SCORE: Valante is a Certified SCORE Mentor and member of the Fox Valley Chapter. Her areas of expertise include video production for business and social media for business.


  • ​​The Evolution:  Inspired by Valante's special guest appearance on Oprah Winfrey's LifeClass (during the debut week) this is a platform to provide inspiration and motivation through blog posts, videos and workshops. She also conducts interviews and shares inspiring stories. Valante has presented 2 workshops at the Black Women’s Expo: The Evolution of the Black Woman in America and The Evolved Singled Parent.  


A passionate writer, Valante has written for Eventbrite, Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine (Atlanta) and The Urban Release (Las Vegas). An accomplished journalist, she has been recognized as the top columnist for nationwide and consistently ranked among the top 5 during her 4-year tenure. Valante authored three columns: Chicago City Guide Examiner, Chicago African American Community Examiner, and Chicago Home-Based Business Examiner.


Valante is committed to mentoring young people academically, socially and spiritually.  She has served as a career mentor for Proviso Math and Science Academy in Maywood, Illinois and Metropolitan Family Services on Chicago’s Southside. Her philosophy is that every human being is one of God’s designer originals. She uses her creativity to design a life that fulfills her purpose and helps others reach their destiny. Valante resides in the Chicago metropolitan area. Her inspiration is her daughter, Vanyce.

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