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meet the FOUNDER

"I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being."

Maya Angelou

kayleon dortch-elliott

is a wife, mother, author, consultant, writer, speaker, entrepreneur, podcast host, board member, and minister.

She graduated in 2018 with a BA in Christian Ministry from Regent University (Virginia Beach) and is currently enrolled in Regent's Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program. She was licensed to the Gospel ministry in 2017, and is the author of One Day At A Time: Remaining in Step.

Inspired by her family's experience in the NICU, Kayleon is actively seeking opportunities to share her story, bring awareness, and advocate for family-integrated care and in-house mental health support for NICU families. She created The 45-Day Keepsake Journal for NICU Mamas, which has been internationally recognized, donated to, and purchased by organizations to include:

Colourful Beginnings (UK)

Medical Moms of NICU (Arkansas)

Them Too Foundation (Maryland)

Oliver's Little Warriors (Missouri)

Mommy's Miracle by Little Palms Press (Florida)

Christmas in the NICU (Utah)


She has since provided 60 care packages for NICU families at the UNC Children's Newborn Critical Care Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, guest blogged about her experience for Hand to Hold, and made guest appearances on:

The Ashley and Grace Podcast Show

Shouting About the Silence Podcast

Godly Vibes Only Podcast


Kayleon is a board member for Them Too Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on the comfort and wellbeing of families that have babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). The organization provides thoughtful, custom gifts and services to ease the stress on families and provide a unique opportunity for friends and relatives to share their support and love.


Kayleon has written articles for magazines based in the US and UK, to include Radiate Magazine and Forerunner Magazine. She was also invited by British entrepreneur and fashion designer, Samanah Duran, to interview for BEYOUROWNUK Magazine.


Kayleon has had the pleasure of speaking on various platforms throughout the years as a panelist, keynote speaker and minister. She is the host of My Sentiments Exactly Podcast, where she facilitates conversations necessary for growth, transformation, healing and genuine community. She has had the pleasure of hosting and interviewing men and women from all across the U.S. She explains "The Backstory of MSE Podcast" here.


Kayleon was 1 of 50 out of 150 women chosen to participate in Women on the TEDx Stage led by Tabby Biddle, coach, strategist, best selling author and speaker who has dedicated her life’s work to elevating women’s voices and helping women take their fair and equal share of leadership positions. Upon graduation Kayleon was nominated to speak at the TEDx Duke 2020 Conference to be held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Additionally, she was invited to interview and audition for TEDxNCState in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kayleon is the founder of By Grace Not Perfection LLC, a platform for encouraging and motivating women through speaking, writing, and selling inspirational resources. She designed a free mobile app for accessing BGNP on the go and staying connected. "By Grace Not Perfection" is available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store. The message behind what she does is one that stresses grace over the constant pressure and demand to be perfect. She strongly believes that whether in the home, in the workplace, in the educational system, or in ministry, the message of grace reaches all of us.

As a writer and speaker, she enjoys discussing the following topics:

  • Self Improvement

  • Self Esteem/Confidence

  • Personal Growth

  • Relationships

  • Stress Management

  • Time Management

  • Motivation

  • Goal Setting

  • Communication Skills

  • Mental Health

  • Faith/Religion/Spirituality

  • Awareness

  • NICU

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