Get to Know the Successful Innovations Team
MEET THE FOUNDER
President & CEO
Darla Edwards has over 20 years of impressive education-based experience and has been decorated with multiple awards for her innovative leadership and business efforts, including the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award from
Baltimore’s Associated Black Charities.
Her company, Successful Innovations, Inc, has
also received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award for excellence in customer service and innovation, Darla has served as a classroom teacher and a principal at a Title I school in Virginia, during which time she garnered partnerships with local businesses to support school efforts and was recognized by the Virginia Association of Elementary Principals with the School Bell Award for her skilled leadership of a large staff, curriculum redesign efforts, and family engagement work.
Co-Founder & CFO
Hilda Stevens is co-founder Successful Innovations, Inc. and is an Independent Educational Consultant. She has experience consulting and leading professional development workshops at the state and national levels. As a former Virginia educator with over 35 years of public- school experience, Mrs. Stevens has had extensive training
in Parent & Family Engagement Strategies, Response to Intervention, Literacy Coaching, and Differentiated Instruction. Mrs. Stevens has co-authored and published three books which have received recognition among civic and state community leaders and being used by many educators throughout the nation.
In her role as the President and CEO of Successful Innovations, which she co-founded, she has successfully secured educational service contracts with numerous school districts in the state, across the nation, and internationally through her partnership building and entrepreneurial abilities. She has created numerous professional development materials for educators, including training manuals, online modules, video resources, and electronic materials to guide needs assessments, program design, program implementation, and program evaluation.
Darla has co-authored four books on family engagement, student achievement, leadership and school climate and has
written articles and blog posts on educational leadership topics. She is also the co-founder of an annual nationally-attended Family Engagement Summit featuring well-known education and policy experts. Darla has also served as a Governor-appointed Virginia State Board of Education member, during which time she gained extensive knowledge about statewide education policy and program trends, voted on policy recommendations, interacted with General Assembly members regarding K-12 education issues, toured Virginia on “listening tours” to hear stakeholder input on state policy, and served on various board committees to intimately examine topical aspects of K-12 education.
She currently serves on several boards and organizations; including the University of Lynchburg’s Board of Trustees, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, HumanKind, the Lynchburg Education Foundation, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Darla’s professional record represents an admirable and unique range of education experiences, coordination and collaboration skills, leadership capabilities, and strategic thinking that has had a significant impact on schools across the nation.
She has also authored, “Connections” articles and numerous DVD scripts, which provide practical tips for parents to help support their child’s literacy, math, and language development. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Averett University, a Masters of Education in reading from University of Lynchburg, and gifted education and Administration/ Supervision endorsements from the University of Virginia. She has served as adjunct instructor with Univ. of Lynchburg in the Education Department with intern-teacher preparation.
Mrs. Stevens has taught 27 years in elementary and 9 years as a Title I reading specialist and literacy coach. Mrs. Stevens has been involved in her community through the Kiwanis Club International, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and is an active leader in her local church. She received recognition as 2010 Cambridge Who’s Who and 2012 The International Women’s Leadership Association Award, 2016 VIP Member of National Association of Professional Women, and 2016-2017 Worldwide Branding Who’s Who for leadership and service to the community. She has been married to her husband, Terry for 45 years. They have two adult children, and 5 grandchildren.
THE INTERLOCKING COLORFUL LOGO REPRESENTS THE THREE COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFUL FAMILY AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS.
Through perseverance, faith, and an unwavering trust in God they have been able to launch the company’s resources into 49 states, Puerto Rico and New Zealand.
Today, we are excited to be able to work with school districts and early childhood centers throughout the nation to provide meaningful opportunities to help parents and students succeed.