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Stacy Padula selected as Top International Social Impact Hero of the Year by IAOTP

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Stacy Padula selected as Top International Social Impact Hero of the Year by IAOTP

Stacy Padula, author, educator, counselor, and entrepreneur was recently selected by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) as the Top International Social Impact Hero of the Year for 2024. 

Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

Stacy is the Founder and President of Briley & Baxter Publications LLC, a publishing company in support of animal rescues. In 2021, Briley & Baxter Publications began helping new authors break into the publishing industry while donating 10% of all publishing royalties to animal rescues. Recipients have included Last Hope K9 Rescue, the Wolf Conservation Center, WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue, Dachshund Rescue of South Florida, Little Paws Dachshund Rescue, Tiny Tim On Wheels Foundation, Freedom Service Dogs of America, and Silicon Valley Pet Project. 

Through her publishing company, named after her own miniature dachshunds, Stacy has published over 40 authors and released over 100 books thus far. The mission of the company is to not only help new talent get discovered, but also publish books that inspire readers to use their gifts and talents to positively impact the world. Notable books published by Briley & Baxter Publications include former NHL player Norm Beaudin’s biography The Original: Living Life Through Hockey written with Kim Passante, Netflix’s “Last Chance U’s” beloved English Teacher LaTonya Pinkard’s Nate & His Magic Lion, NBA Coach Brett Gunning’s On the Right Path series co-authored with Stacy Padula, and Hollywood director/writer/producer Michael Caissie’s historical fiction novel Between Heaven & 42nd and Broadway. Stacy has also helped young authors such as Isabelle Semas (age 18 when her book The Crash was released) and Teddy Biron (age 20 when his book The Lighthouse Keeper Saves the Bay was released) break into the industry. Through Briley & Baxter Publications, Stacy uses her mentoring skills, along with her years’ worth of experience as an author, to guide writers through the process of getting a book published and marketing it to the world. Briley & Baxter Publications has accumulated sales in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe, reaching tens of thousands of readers across the globe with inspiring and positive messages.

Prior to founding Briley & Baxter Publications, Stacy was already a successful published author of young adult books. Her first series, Montgomery Lake High, was published between 2010-2014, and each of the five books help teenagers navigate social battles commonly faced in high school. Stacy’s award-winning Gripped series (published 2019-Present) focuses on prescription drug abuse and mental health in teenagers, following the suspenseful story of NFL hopeful Taylor Dunkin and his community. Gripped is currently being adapted for television by Emmy award-winning writer and producer Mark Blutman. In 2020, Stacy began working closely with NBA Coach Brett Gunning on a faith-based children’s book series titled On the Right Path, which shares life lessons with readers through the game of basketball. On the Right Path was endorsed by Pastor Joel Osteen, NBA Hall-of-Famer Kevin McHale, and Mike D’Antoni as a series that belongs in every school, church, and library. Stacy is now the author of fourteen books with her next one currently in the works. 

In addition to her literary endeavors, Stacy also runs a highly successful college counseling company in Massachusetts for which she works full time, guiding high schoolers and their families through the complicated college application process. Each year, Stacy takes on roughly 20 students to counsel and mentor, helping them select their college majors, choose their colleges, build their resumes, write their application essays, and fill out their applications. Prior to founding South Shore College Consulting and Tutoring in 2016, Stacy was the director of operations at another private education company for eight years, where she managed a staff of 30 tutors and developed all company curriculum.  

Throughout her illustrious career, Stacy has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. Last year, she was featured in IAOTP’s Top 50 Fearless Leaders publication which was released first quarter of 2023 and named Top Global Impact Author for 2023. Also in 2023, her book When Darkness Tries to Hide won the Gold Award for “Best Teen Book” in the Readers’ Choice Book Awards, and she was named to her region’s “40 Under 40.” For 2022, she was selected as Top Inspirational Author of the Year, was honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards gala at the Bellagio Hotel, and was featured on the famous Planet Hollywood Billboard on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Her book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told won the Gold Award for “Best Teen Book” in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Book Awards and Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story won the Silver Award. She was also invited onto the judges panel for the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious contest for creative young adults, sponsored by Scholastic, The New York Times, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In addition to her most recent accomplishments, Stacy was broadcast on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square, New York City as Empowered Woman of the Year in 2021 and selected as Top Educational Consultant of the Year by IAOTP in 2019. She was named a Social Impact Hero by Authority Magazine, featured on the cover of T.I.P Magazine twice, and awarded the Albert Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, as well as Cambridge Who’s Who for Young Professionals. Stacy will be honored at IAOTP's annual awards gala at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville in December for her selection as Top International Social Impact Hero of the Year. 

The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: "Choosing Ms. Padula for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Ms. Stacy Padula is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to celebrate her accomplishments at next year's gala." 

Looking back, Stacy credits her tenacity, faith, and mentors for helping her along the road, as well as her unwavering dedication and enthusiasm for her companies’ successes. When not working, she enjoys traveling, teaching Bible studies, taking online classes, and spending time with her family. In the future, she plans to continue offering professional advice to authors, students, and their families in any way she can.

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