About Antoinette Lee Toscano
Antoinette Lee Toscano is a Cross-Culture Kid and Third Culture Adult with family roots in India and Jamaica.
She began writing outside of the technical field by taking a course with the Veterans Writing Project, with Ron Capps--Founder and Director.
She continued her writing education with Tracy Crow--President and CEO of MilSpeak Foundation in an intensive, twelve-month writing workshop.
Today, Antoinette works as a full-time ghostwriter and Contributing Writer at Culturs Magazine.
Before a career in writing, Antoinette has worked as an Information Technology Chief Executive Officer (CEO) marketing executive, program manager, IT project manager, software designer, and a certified IT call center manager for several Department of Defense and other federal, city, and state agencies.
She proudly served in the United States Army during the Gulf War era, for eleven years as a database administrator, dental clinic manager, Army recruiter, dental assistant, dental hygienist, and an air assault qualified, expert field medic throughout her military career.
Her exciting life in several business sectors on two continents has provided her with an endless array of characters, locations, and experiences for her freelance and personal literary works of fiction, nonfiction, and educational writing.
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 calls for equity, inclusion, and social justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Lily Durkee and Antoinette Lee Toscano co-founded Diversify Whitewater.
The mission of this nonprofit organization is to normalize BIPOC participation in outdoor adventure sports in general, and whitewater paddlesports specifically.
Working together with some of the biggest brands in adventure sports, Diversify Whitewater provides free paddlesports skills training, outdoor gear, product discounts, and more to remove barriers for BIPOC entering the sport.
Antoinette trained to become a transformational speaker and writer with Lisa Nichols and Susie Carder at Motivating the Masses. Antoinette teaches anyone who is feeling stuck in their lives to transform into the person they know themselves to be.
Through her New Normal - Big Life program she helps people to end sadness, excel at work and school, and to create the relationships they have always dreamed of.
She began her speaking career by discussing innovative ways information technology professionals can provide exceptional customer service amid supporting an ever-increasing number of devices, applications, and computing platforms.
Later, she became an advocate and historian for the technical programs that she designed and developed for government agencies. You can read about Antoinette’s work in TechRepublic and Crosstalk—the journal of defense software engineering.
These days, Antoinette talks to veteran’s groups, caregivers, and others about overcoming post-traumatic stress, service dog training, and various other mental health issues. Her mission is to help former military and civilians to overcome health challenges, excel at work and school, and to create the relationships they desire through the New Normal--Big Life program.
Antoinette Lee Toscano was born and raised in Queens, New York. She developed a love for the outdoors on her mother's family's hobby farm in Staunton, Virginia. Antoinette now calls a Northern Colorado town her home.
She graduated from State University of New York (SUNY – Saratoga Springs) with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Antoinette graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Strayer University-North-Raleigh Campus.
Antoinette has a crazy former service dog named Phoebe who provides endless hilarity to her life. You can usually find her hiking, bow hunting, camping, climbing, and whitewater kayaking in wild and scenic places.