If I can help somebody, as I travel along
If I can help somebody, with a word or song
If I can help somebody, from doing wrong
No, my living shall not be in vain”

If I Can Help Somebody, Mahalia Jackson

Supporting women who come together to collect, connect and reflect on pieces of their lives to mold a beautiful mosaic of wholeness.

Gwendolyn Vance McNuckles


Gwendolyn Vance McNuckles  is the Founder and Chief Visionary of Connections and Reflections; an organization  that offers support to women who come together to collect, connect and reflect on pieces of their lives to mold a beautiful mosaic of wholeness.  Gwen does not desire that women be healed, but that they are restored to wholeness and walk in the God given power they were born with.  Gwen has chosen to see her difficult life experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, homelessness and single motherhood as a remarkable puzzle of moments both of rain and sunshine to be used to lead her and others to a place of overwhelming triumph.  She describes herself as a soul on a life’s journey of service. 

Gwendolyn completed her bachelor’s degree in business management in 2010 at the age of 57 at Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA.  She and her daughter Dionne and granddaughter Denise made college history as the first three generation family to graduation at the same time completing degrees in business management as well as marketing.  She has coined them the Triple Threat.

Denise Garrison, Gwendolyn Vance McNuckles,
Dionne Garrison-Hubert

Gwendolyn went on to achieve her master’s degree in leadership from Capella University in 2016 at the age of 63.  She pursued a degree in Leadership because she saw the need for effective leaders to inspire people to achieve their highest form of greatness and pursue their dreams. 

She has been blessed to serve and support organizational needs in several key companies, including the University of California – Los Angeles, University of Tennessee – Memphis, Temple University School of Medicine, the City of Philadelphia Public Library, The City of Columbus Mississippi Police Department, Domtar Personal Care and her personal crowning achievement, Paramount Studios during the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek. 

Presently, Gwen is pursuing her dream of mentorship of women locally in Waco, Texas by imparting her incredible insights through her weekly blog on weekly prayer, praise and accountability. Gwen has an extraordinary, revelatory ministry called “The She Shed” in which her visitors take part in awe-inspiring edification, scripturally based mentoring, and boundless intercessory prayer.  Visitors to the “She Shed” typically come in one way and leave transformed as a vision is imparted into their spirit, soul and body. 

When Gwen’s “She Shed” calendar is not quite full, you will find her adding the finishing touches to her soon-to-be best seller, “Messages from the Board Room with the CEO”, a culmination of  true-grit life experiences, heartfelt humor, and Godly inspiration positioned to take her audience of women to the next level of success triumph. Gwen also continues to take up professional speaking opportunities and hails as the president of her local Toastmasters chapter.

If you are interested in scheduling a “She Shed” Experience with Gwendolyn or you are looking for a dynamic and inspirational public speaker, please contact Connections and Reflections at 254.292.8377 or connections.reflections24.7@gmail.com.

  • Meeting with the CEO 03.03.2020

    March 3, 2020 by

    Reflecting on Lent From a New Perspective I have been mulling around in my mind “WWJD.”  “What would Jesus do?”  In my conversations with a good friend, my bible studies and as I pray and listen for the voice of the CEO (God) I struggle.   I ponder how I should react to situations that seem… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 02.20.2020

    February 21, 2020 by

    YOU ARE READY…IS THE WAY MADE? Have you ever looked over into the lane of someone else’s life and sighed? They seem to be as Aretha Franklin sang, Riding on the freeway of love with the wind at their backs in a pink Cadillac.  At times life can make you feel like you are stranded… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 02.10.2020

    February 13, 2020 by

    The circumstances of life these past few weeks, months and years have defied understanding and threaten to crush out hope.  The evil, hatred, anger and misunderstandings throughout the world have only been overtaken by the loss of life and magnitude of grief and confusion.  Every time one thinks it can’t get any worse, something of… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 02.02.2020

    February 3, 2020 by

    Make Way for a Course Correction Imagine riding on a cruise ship.  All is well.  The sun is shining.  The ocean is calm.  The partiers are partying.  The swimmers are swimming.  The sleepy are sleeping.  There is fun and frolicking everywhere.  There is nothing to worry about.  Suddenly the captain of the ship sends the… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 01.22.2020

    January 22, 2020 by

    Are We There Yet? I have two friends who are long-haul truckers.  They zig-zag cross the United States many times a year.  Their journey could be monotonous except they take time out to look out their side windows and see the scenery.  They record and share what they see with all of us, through the… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 01.06.2020

    January 6, 2020 by

    This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine Let it shine, let it shine let it shine This week I was exposed to many opportunities to let my light shine.  The CEO has often asked me “How much light does it take to cast out darkness?”  I always reflect and say, “It is… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 1.2.2020

    January 2, 2020 by

    The Power of Praying Women There is travail in 2020.  There is always travail in change.  No one gets to pull their little red wagon of dung along with them to enter the New Jerusalem.  Jesus came into the world through the travail of a woman to save the world because as men say, the… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 12.02.2019

    December 2, 2019 by

    Woman, Raise Your Down-turned Head  A Song of Ascent I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalms 121:1-2 (NIV) This is the time of year when I reflect upon the path my life has taken.  I am encouraged at some things. … Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 11.26.2019

    November 26, 2019 by

    MY LIFE GET’S HOT SOMETIMES – THE FIRE OF CHANGE Life is cyclical in that we are destined to repeat the lessons we do not learn well.  These situations are the ones that caused us to lose our way, stumble and slip into darkness.  We may survive the journey and circle to the top.  But… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 11.18.2019

    November 18, 2019 by

    Moving Through Change Without Anesthesia As we go through our times of transition and change, we pray and seek the way. We move through without the crutches of our past.  No anesthesia…no drugs, no alcohol, no sexual persuasions, no food.   It is harsh and challenges our weakened systems.  For me the army has always marched on… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 11.11.2019

    November 11, 2019 by

    The Soul of a Woman “Boss I is tired.” I was lamenting this morning as I dragged myself out of bed. Dang girl, you still tired?  Why don’t you get yourself together? Why you depressed amid a pity party. Remember, we don’t hold pity meetings anymore.  We are whole, liberated and one “bad ass woman! … Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 11.07.2019

    November 7, 2019 by

    River of Life As we enter the fall and winter seasons, we reflect on the past and project for the future.  As a class project for my Leadership Plenty module we were asked to reflect.  I created a diorama of my life.  You see you can’t effectively move into the future dragging your past along… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 10.26.2019

    October 26, 2019 by

    I Am So Glad I Stayed This week I have been stressed and quixotically overwhelmed with life.  I had a stress attack that forced me to take the stronger medicine to calm down.  My sleep has been broken.  I felt out of control and out of touch with the CEO.  I felt cast adrift and… Read more

  • Meeting With The CEO 10.14.2019

    October 14, 2019 by

    Here I stand at the crossroads of change.  How do I know that I am at the crossroads of change?  Breakthroughs, massive shifts and changes are preceded by cataclysmic events in the spiritual realm.  There are somethings from your past that will rise again to call you to stay or return to the darkness you… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 10.07.2019

    October 7, 2019 by

    This morning a woman sat up in her bed.  Rolled her shoulders and shook her head.  She swung her legs over the side of the bed.  She put her head in both of her hands.  She shook with exhaustion and wonder who would understand.  The pile of grief, loss and responsibility.  So many wars to… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 10.02.2019

    October 2, 2019 by

    A woman worn with cares of the world was sitting by the fire, head in hands tearfully looking at the flames.  She wondered at her very existence. As tears coursed down her cheeks, she looked to the sky to ask God, Why?  As she sighed at the silence that greeted her, she wiped her cheeks. … Read more

  • Meeting With The CEO 9.23.2019

    September 23, 2019 by

    What Are You Going To Believe? There is an old story that circulates from time to time.  The husband is caught cheating by the wife.  She confronts him when he returns home.  She tells him, “I saw you cheating”.  He denies that it was him.  He replies, “who are you going to believe, me or… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 9.16.2019

    September 16, 2019 by

    What is Holding You Back Bag lady you gone hurt your back Dragging all them bags like that I guess nobody ever told you All you must hold onto, is you, is you, is you… Source: LyricFind . Songwriters: Andre Romell Young / Brian Anthony Bailey / Craig A. Longmiles / Isaac Hayes / Nathaniel D.… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 9.2.2019

    September 2, 2019 by

    Lord, Can You Hear Me Now? Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance I just want to praise you You broke the chains now I can lift my hands And I’m gonna praise you I’m gonna praise you Shackles (Praise You) lyrics @ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc. Erica… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 8.5.2019

    August 5, 2019 by

    …Love’s in need of love today Don’t delay Send yours right away… (Stevie Wonder) This week as I bleed through the news and ache with the senseless loss of life.  I weep because love died today.  Those who read these missives are aware of my thoughts regarding our mechanizations and what is good and evil. … Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 7.29.2019

    July 29, 2019 by

    Whose voice are you listening to? There are things, people and situations that come at us every day.  These things are called challenges and choices.  They require decisions.  Whether it is decisions on what to do, or decisions on how to feel about what is happening.  Perhaps it is how I will respond to and… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 7.23.2019

    July 23, 2019 by

    Shout out from Gratitude Avenue Everyone can identify with the darkness that can and does overtake us like a blanket that has no beginning or end.  There are times the light will blink through in small slits for brief moments.  It is not enough to break the bondage.  If we are honest, it is just… Read more

  • Meetings with the CEO 7.15.2019

    July 15, 2019 by

    In the Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion wants courage.  He is fearful.  He knows there are great things in the world but, he is too afraid to expose himself to them. So, he lives in a box of fear and procrastination. To the world he is to be feared, after all he is a… Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 7.8.2019

    July 8, 2019 by

    Since April 4th, 2018, I have been in a Holy Spirit-led solitary confinement.  Now, I am being led to come out and be amongst the people.  I am finding as I come out of the spirit led cocoon it is requiring greater fortitude to deal with the spirits and fears of people.  Mine and others. … Read more

  • Meeting with the CEO 7.1.2019

    July 1, 2019 by

    Dearest Sistas in Christ: I continue to thank God for you as you travel along this part of my life’s journey.  I continue to pray all is well with you and ask God to cover you with his unconditional, unchanging love, power, might and forgiveness. God has been dealing with me about our inability to… Read more

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