Lillé McGhee Queen is a farmer’s daughter from North Carolina. Growing up, work was a constant, whether it was harvesting crops, feeding animals, playing the piano in various churches from ages eleven to seventeen, or driving a school bus at sixteen and seventeen (times were very different then!).
These experiences motivated Lillé to seek out a career in the federal government, to earn a degree in court reporting, and to become a federal investigator/special agent. Lillé remained an investigator for twenty-plus years, earning senior special agent status. Along the way she earned a BS degree from the University of San Francisco and would go on to graduate studies in organizational behavior.
Lillé is now retired from law enforcement but still very active. She is co-owner of McGhee Queen Associates, a strategic marketing and consulting business in San Jose, California. The structured, business-oriented, left-brain side of her is still alive and flourishing. But the creativity culture of Silicon Valley impacted her in an unusual way—Lillé rediscovered the right side of her brain. She found her authentic voice and set free her creative, artistic, and literary talents as a writer, poet, and painter. The culture and environment welcomed creativity, individual thinking, and leadership skills.
Today, Lillé is a business woman, skilled networker, sought-after public speaker, seminar organizer, and storyteller. Her recent books include Every Woman Has a Short Story, Men Too; T.E.A on the Patio; and The Joys of Wisdom, Wealth, and Girlfriends. An accomplished painter of abstract art, Lillé’s work has been exhibited in a number of galleries across Northern California. She is also the founder and CEO of the Girlfriends World Class Networking Club, which empowers women to find their own voice and brand in life and business.