Linnita Hosten

Linnita Hosten is an award-winning student success strategist who empowers students to identify and go after their DREAM career.


  • Leadership
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • First Generation College Students
  • Athletics
  • First Year Experience
  • Personal Growth
  • Organizational Development
  • Character Development
  • High School Issues



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Getting to know

Linnita Hosten

Linnita Hosten is an award-winning student success strategist who empowers students to identify and go-after their DREAM career.

Linnita’s work with students began at age 18 as a recreation summer camp counselor and expanded through numerous roles to include: Resident assistant, orientation team leader, high school cheerleading coach, private tutor, college access advisor, college professor, and 5X author.

The high-energy edutainer provides content-packed and research-based success strategy programming for organizations, universities, and community groups; and group coaching to students.

Linnita has been honored with various awards including: Excellence in Education; Youth Speaker of the Year; 40 Under 40 in Education; Education Book of the Year; and Alumni of the Year.

She is the visionary behind the book The College Strategy and the founder of Excellence Brainery, education and career planning resource hub for parents, educators, and community leaders.

Linnita is passionate about preparing ambitious students to get clear on their plans and confident about pursuing their DREAM.

When not on stage, you can find the pescetarian in the produce section at your local grocer; diving in a good book or enjoying the company of her favorite person in the whole wide world —her sister, Makenzie


To help you promote your event with Linnita, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials


Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Linnita.
In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

Connect with Linnita
Public speaking is like a muscle. It grows when we work it. No work. No growth. So if you’re running from it, you’re robbing yourself of growth 🫣…this is a soft skill we can’t afford NOT to grow.
What do you think? Apologies or no apologies? Would love to hear your thoughts too! 

#softskills #conmunicationskills #tipsforparents
For those still learning the difference between hard and soft skills… here are a few others: 

1. Conflict Management 
2. Negotiation 
3. Delegation
4. Collaboration 

If you’re looking for support to help your team build soft skills, shoot me a DM so we can chat! 

#softskillstraining #softskillscoach #softskillsmatter
If we’re better at connecting, we will be better at retaining healthy relationships with those we love and lead 🖤.

#softskills #softskillstrainer #tipsforwomen #tipsforstudents #inspiration #communicationtips
If others (consistently) struggle with receiving your messages of correction or feedback, your tone could be a factor 🤷🏽‍♀️.

Link to the full episode in bio 🖤.

#softskillsmatter #softskillscoach #eie2023 #communicationskills #communicationtips
2nd edition of #grwm… preparing for my weekly livestream 😬. 

This isn’t even a fraction of what takes place but it’s a start 🤣🙈. 

Coming tonight ?!👀
Excited about this series for two reasons:

1. When you gain the confidence to speak up it changes the chair you choose in a room. 

2. Everyone you love and lead benefits from you having “effective” communication skills. 

3. Oh and here’s a bonus- #publicspeaking is feared more than death yet it’s the greatest #softskill you can use to advocate for your family (especially your children).

We wrapped up week two tonight. Replay link in bio🖤.

#softskills #speakingskills #softskillstraining #stagepower #tipsforspeaking #tipsforworkingmoms
Abbreviatied verbal communication is givinnnnn… 🗣️low effort. And that’s not #excellence. Share how you feel to those who matter with ALL the bells and whistles 🖤.
#softskillsmatter #softskillscoach
My speech used to be an insecurity of mine 😌.

While you may be CAPABLE in doing something, you may not be COMPETENT, YET.

Your gift STILL needs training and development 

Keep going friends 🖤.

Thanks for featuring me on your platform @lifecoachvon 

#getstarted #softskillstrainer #professionalspeaker #start
Last night we finished up a two part series on managing stress.

We chatted about: 

1. Identifying triggers of stress
2. Symptoms of stress that show up in the body 
3. Long term effects of chronic stress 
4. The difference between acute and chronic stress 
5. Two ways to manage stress (outside of healthy eating, rest, and exercise)

Check out the full episode to get the Deats. Link in bio.

#tipsforstressmanagement #stressmanagement #lifeskills #softskillscoach #softskillsmatter #softskillstrainer #lifehacks
If everyone was perfect, we would all be the same right ?!🤷🏽‍♀️.
I implore you to be imperfect so that you can better understand and relate to the imperfections of others.

#mondaymindfood #mondayqotd
Something about this year feels…different. I feel balanced. And I feel charged, again 🖤 #q12023dump #bts #highlights #dolifewithpassion #dolifewithpeopleyoulove
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Leading from the Passenger Seat

Congratulations! You’re the leader of your team, your organization, your chapter! When it comes to being the leader, do you have to be in front of the crowd at all times? Most students believe yes, but Linnita Hosten believes true leaders don’t always take the driver’s seat. A student and/or chapter leader displays healthy and inclusive leadership when they lead from the “Passenger Seat.”

The seat in which you lead- it matters. In the program, Linnita teaches students the three traits of passenger-centered teams and how seat positioning infectiously impacts and influences those you lead in your organization.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to apply soft skills such as observing, communicating, and listening; and evaluate its impact on establishing and maintaining an organizational culture,
  • How to intentionally incorporate and model soft skills within an organization, and
  • How to appropriately process and respond to organizational feedback from team leadership and team participants.
Own Your Emotions in Leadership

Women leaders are irrational, emotional, and indecisive. That’s what the “world” says. We know that not everything the “world” says is true. But is that statement true to your leadership style? Do you find yourself struggling to manage your emotions when dealing with organizational and personal issues?

Using the latest research in women’s leadership, Linnita teaches women how to manage the complex and instinctive state of mind known as emotions. Learn to own your leadership, objectively, confidently, relentlessly, and undistracted.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to define and identify emotions and their distinction from feelings,
  • How their emotions impact those they love and lead,
  • How to identify what triggers the development of emotion, and
  • How to better identify and manage emotional reactions that show up in pursuit of organizational success.
First-Year Excellence

Your first year is hard. A new place. New people. New schedule. New environment. New emotions and new beginnings. If you’re honest, new is uncomfortable and sometimes scary. But what if you could nail down one simple way to make your first year more successful?

The success of your first year in college is determined by the goals you set. Beyond successfully completing your coursework, making new friends, and having a great time- what are your goals? Learn why it is critical to think strategically about your college experience and how you can leverage your college degree (with strategic planning) -before college graduation.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to identify their non-negotiables of success (study routine, communication needs, fitness lifestyle, self-care practice, etc.)
  • How to draft a roadmap to navigate a successful first-year.
  • How to identify valuable on-campus resources and opportunities to assist them with living out their success plan.
  • How to make a clear connection between their engaged student experience, degree attainment, and career success.
The Couch Conversation: Excellence First Starts in the Mind

Are self-sabotaging thoughts swimming in your mind about who you are and what you have the potential to be? If you’re super honest, you’ll admit that this “quiet conversation” with yourself does exist. You may be the first to admit it, but you are not the only person experiencing this mental war. Learn to win the war with your mind.

Linnita Hosten will help students learn that the way they think of themselves from the start will determine their courage and fearlessness throughout their college years.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to explore the mental roadblocks that show up and affect their self-concept,
  • The three practical tools that all high achievers use to win the war of their mind, and
  • The three science-proven coping strategies to support mental toughness.


The following are past entries Linnita has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

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