Amber S. Hawkins hails from the Glass Capital of Toledo, OH. Not only is she President/CEO of Your Computer Needs of Toledo, LLC, she's also known as a speaker on topics regarding current computer and technology trends. Those who have had the opportunity to gain this knowledge have been from the novice to the advanced, from small business networking events to community gatherings, from the nonprofit to the faith-based, from corporate networking groups to small business meetings, from individuals to small groups in educational settings, from onsite trainings to online webinars. Topics have included Internet safety, Social Media, computer literacy and illiteracy, changes in computer designs and models, online purchasing safety, and how computers/technology impact the music industry. From the company's aspect, onsite and online trainings include basic computer literacy, keyboarding/typing, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac for Office 2011, podcasting, live streaming, audio editing, and current mobile stream apps. Webinars and onsite workshops topics have also dealt with how businesses and groups can benefit from podcasting and live streaming.
Amber S. Hawkins was born, bred and raised in Toledo, Ohio to Walter and Gussie Hawkins (both deceased). She has three other siblings—oldest sister Wilma Walker, older brother Arthur (deceased) and the youngest named Waverley. Her schooling included not only elementary but Catholic junior high and high school. When she graduated from school, it was noticeable that she was the only African-American female in her class, and the only African-American in her class who was a member of the National Honor Society.
She attended the University of Findlay (formerly named Findlay College) with a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Social Work. Extracurricular activities included Treasurer of the Spanish Club, member of the Student Government, Secretary of the Black Student Union, and received her first taste of being a radio broadcaster and a disc jockey for the college's radio station WLFC-FM . She was one of the few African-American disc jockeys, known as “Sweet Ambi.” She was the ONLY disc jockey during her junior and senior years that had the 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. spots on Saturday mornings and later from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. spot on Sunday nights.
She later attended the University of Toledo where she earned a Master's Degree in Educational Technology—Human Resources Specification. Various positions included Support Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Drug Abuse Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator. She worked for companies and non-profits such as Connecting Point, Pilkington, Eaton Corporation and Volunteers of America. After being laid off for the fifth time, she would later attend ASSETS Toledo—a 13-week training program for individuals who wanted to become small business owners. After graduation she used $1,000 of unemployment money, a wing, and prayer to birth Your Computer Needs of Toledo, LLC on January 1, 2005. To make sure that what she learned in ASSETS Toledo was fresh, she also in the summer of 2006 took a 6-week Brown Bag Lunch series that was provided by what used to be called the McBPAP (Minority Contractors & Business Professionals Assistance Program). She was able to get more into depth about what it took to be an entrepreneur.
Little was she aware that an Internet radio interview regarding her business would bring back the spark for her love of radio. She was interviewed on the show called The S-H-E-M-A Gurls Show on Blogtalkradio. She had never heard of either, but was willing to take a chance on this new venture. As a result, she researched it and discovered it could be advantageous for business promotions. It was suggested to her to have her own Internet radio talk show, but she had doubts. On a Monday in July of 2009, an Internet podcast show called “The Coach K Show” had a theme about THE TAKEOVER. This was the show that inspired her to finally decide to have her own Internet radio talk show. On the Saturday of that same week in July 2009, she launched “The Ms. Computer Lady Show.” Additional involvements included WDKK Radio, WDEP 107.5 Internet Radio, The Trilateral Radio Commission, and WWRN-Digital Broadcasting. To date, she has over 104,000 listeners, and her listeners include those in the United States, Canada, Australia, The Caribbean, England, and Africa.
She attends St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church where Rev. Dwight Gutridge is her Pastor. She is also the former Vice-President of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, one of the “Delicious Devastating Divas” who formerly co-hosted WDEP's “A Woman's Worth”, co-host of “Yes, You Do Matter”, a member of the Beta Gamma Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., and a member of the Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.