At first glance, National Chicken Lady Day on November 4 sounds like a food-related holiday— or perhaps a witty homage to the character played by Mark McKinney on “The Kids in the Hall.” But it’s not related to either of those things. (OK, it’s related to chicken.) National Chicken Lady Day is named in honor of Dr. Marthenia “Tina” Dupree, a businesswoman and motivational speaker. Dupree’s inspiring story and successful business acumen led to a meeting with President George W. Bush. National Chicken Lady Day is meant to honor Dupree’s efforts to raise educational standards in her community.
History of National Chicken Lady Day
Dupree worked at the second-largest chicken restaurant chain in the world for 12 years as its Director of Community Relations and Training. Because of her community involvement, she has lovingly taken on the name “The Chicken Lady.” President George W. Bush hosted Dupree at the White House shortly after his 2001 inauguration. Bush praised her efforts to raise educational standards. Bush then proclaimed November 4 as “National Chicken Lady Day!”
When Dupree resigned from her position with the corporation to start her own business, the fast-food restaurant chain hired her and retained Tina as its spokesperson and community rep. She has presented programs for numerous corporations, organizations, high schools, universities, and religious institutions. Her 15 years of corporate and speaking experience have given Dupree vast knowledge and expertise on the topic of motivation. Dupree now offers workshops, seminars, and keynotes. Her programs are designed for small and large businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and church groups. Her techniques challenge audiences to immediately take ownership and transfer these ideas to their workplace or personal lives. Her monthly radio show features issues and concerns of the black community. Special guests include prominent business owners, authors, speakers, consultants, corporate representatives, and religious leaders.
National Chicken Lady Day Timeline
We all start somewhere
Dupree worked as a maid like her mother and grandmother, paving her destiny.
Dupree went to college
Dupree went to college in her 30s and took her first public speaking class.
Chicken Lady finds her calling
Dupree worked for 12 years for “a major chicken restaurant chain” and became popular as ‘The Chicken Lady.’
The Chicken Lady goes to Washington
The Chicken Lady was invited to the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush.
National Chicken Lady Day Faqs
What’s National Chicken Lady Day?
National Chicken Lady Day honors Dr. Marthenia “Tina” Dupree; a former chicken restaurant exec turned motivational speaker.
Who’s the Chicken Lady?
Dr. Marthenia “Tina” Dupree, a one-time chicken restaurant exec, has 15 years of corporate and speaking experience. She has vast knowledge and expertise on the topic of motivation.
Did the Chicken Lady meet the president?
Yes, she sure did! President George W. Bush invited her to the Oval Office in 2001.
National Chicken Lady Day Activities
- Remember to live your dreams
- The best way to celebrate National Chicken Lady Day is to continue to chase your dreams and work to make them a reality. Whether it’s writing a screenplay, starting your own business, or learning to play the violin — Chicken Lady says to go for it!
- Share the Chicken Lady’s wisdom
- Chicken Lady says it’s time to invest energy into yourself. (She’s even written a book on this topic.) That’s a valuable lesson that we should pass on to others.
- Continue learning, and try to inspire others
- Never stop learning and encouraging others to do the same. Look to Chicken Lady for inspiration. She has a bachelor’s degree in science, a master’s, and a doctorate.
Reasons We Love The Chicken Lady
- She knows how to draw a crowd
- Dupree has been a featured speaker on Trinity Broadcasting Network and attracted 10 million viewers.
- She is multitalented
- In addition to her career as a corporate trainer, Dupree has published several books, hosted radio and television programs, and organized workshops and seminars. She’s also a college professor and has designed successful programs for businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and church groups.
- Her granddaughter is fast
- Dupree’s granddaughter is track and field superstar Tiffany Ross-Williams.
Why We Love National Chicken Lady Day
- She’s inspiring
- Dupree’s story has encouraged thousands of people to improve their lives by investing in themselves and their dreams.
- The Chicken Lady is super active
- Among other activities, The Chicken Lady has trained hundreds of professional speakers, including many who have written their books.
- The Chicken Lady has always been on the cutting edge
- Some sources report that Dupree was one of the first Americans to have an email address.