Born and raised in Harvey, IL, Aria Craig lived a life full of hardships – being raised by a poor single mother without a father, low self-image, little guidance on her future, and emotional / psychological setbacks (including molestation and bullying). At the age of 22, she became a single mother herself. However, Aria was determined strive through the challenges and excel against stigmas and stereotypes of single motherhood, earning a B.S. in Technical Management and M.B.A. in Business Administration. She has more than 13 years of finance experience in the legal industry and 8 years of leadership, mentoring, project management, and financial analysis experience in the health insurance. On 11/11/11, Aria married her husband who actively participated as a Real Men Read mentor, little league baseball coach and Boy Scout leader.
Aria's most influential role, nonetheless, is that of a single mother to a teen son. Since he was a toddler, family, friends and perfect strangers gave him accolades on his character and complimented her on her commitment to stewardship as his mother. Everyone saw his leadership abilities that she fashioned into him, including being valedictorian in kindergarten, Class President of Student Council in 5th grade, volunteering in communities, and receiving leadership awards from church youth conferences. Being an expert in co-parenting, Aria was compelled to share her tips and wisdom on being a successful and educated working single mother while finding love in her debut as a published author of The Single Mother Diaries. In this three-part empowerment series, Aria gives wisdom for single, divorced, co-parenting and blended-family households on improving parenting skills, becoming business savvy in Corporate America / entrepreneurship, and finding their soul-mates.
Aria Craig, an empowerment and leadership strategist, has given presentations at various groups on her book topics. Furthermore, because single and divorced parents experience different dynamics and challenges that affect them personally and professionally, Aria offers coaching on parenting, couples relationships (including married) and leadership development. Aria is currently meeting the requirements towards becoming a Board Certified Coach.