An avid blogger, rising author and philanthropist, Kori seeks to fulfill God’s purpose for her life, which is to spread empowerment, gratitude and optimism to others — namely, young women — through her personal experiences and powerful testimony.
Shortly after graduating with a bachelors degree in marketing from Howard University in 2012, Kori struck ill and was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition called dermatomyositis (pronounced dur-mat-oh-my-oh-sigh-tis). Although this was a very difficult time for Kori and her family, her unwavering faith in God, positive mindset and steadfast determination to become well brought Kori to complete recovery less than five months after she was diagnosed! She is now happy, healthy and avoiding as much gluten as she possibly can (not by choice).
From her illness, Kori became inspired to start her own clothing line, Free E.G.O. (Empowerment, Gratitude & Optimism) Apparel, to help share her testimony and inform others that developing a positive mindset can literally be the difference between life and death. To jumpstart her clothing line, she launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign in November of 2012, and exceeded her pledge goal of $3,000. She is currently working on relaunching her clothing line, and also plans to use her testimony as a platform to reach and encourage other victims of myositis.
Kori’s personal blog, which began under the title “Single Black Female,” serves as an outlet for her to share her innermost thoughts and experiences with others as she journeys through life and seeks to fully discover and embrace her individuality, or “singleness,” as a young, Black woman in America. In the near future, she plans to release her first book, based from her blog and aimed at helping other young women find strength and security in their individuality.
Currently, Kori works a full-time career as an editor for a business media company headquartered in the metropolitan area of Detroit, and resides at home with her wonderful parents, Mark and Andrea Winters. She plans on moving out much sooner than later. She also has an awesome younger sister named Erin, who is currently a rising senior broadcast journalism major at Howard University.