Ashley Rhodes-Courter was born in North Carolina in 1985 and entered the Florida foster care system at age three. She lived in 14 placements over the next nine years until she was adopted by Phil and Gay Courter at age 12.
Ashley has spent her teen and young adult life as an advocate for herself and children from abusive foster homes. Her efforts and focus on her education as “the one thing nobody could take from me,” earned her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship; Youth Advocate of the Year, North American Council on Adoptable Children; International Woman of the Year, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; and numerous other awards.
Three Little Words is a New York Times & International Bestseller, and her follow-up book, Three More Words, was published in 2015.
Students will have the opportunity to meet her following her presentation at Freshman Convocation.