About Me

Hi! I am Millicent Martin Poole. I am a wife and mom first. But I’m also a speaker, bestselling author, and CEO of Upgrade Your Life. After a near-death experience with an 18-wheeler, I discovered my passion to write and inspire transformation within others. Determined to have a life by design, not default, I began re-designing my life. I now help business professionals, women, who are ready to move into their next level of success – whether that’s changing careers or starting a new business or ministry – get unstuck in their transition, see real results, and unapologetically become more of who they really are.

My Presentations

I have spoken to diverse audiences; from CEOs to the homeless; presenting at corporations, conferences, seminaries, churches, radio and television. My heart pumps passion for inspiring others, providing men and women with success tools for personal and professional development.

I am the author of What Are You Really Running From? It is an empowering non-fiction on courage and purpose, based on the life lessons of the Egyptian slave, Hagar. I have also been featured in publications like Woman’s Touch, Kindred Spirit, Strategic Finance and Lewisville Leader.



      “Millicent Martin Poole masterfully transports the biblical story of Hagar…into the lives of every 21st century woman. Need encouragement and motivation to live out your dreams? You MUST read this book!”

Joye Baker,
Adjunct Professor of Christian Educ, Dallas Theological Seminary







My Biography

I am an M.B.A. from Alabama A&M University and seminary grad from Dallas Theological Seminary. A recognized leader in public and private sectors in management consulting, accounting and corporate training, I was appointed National Committee Member of the Institute of Management Accountants; inducted into the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society; and served as Director of the Christian Women’s Job Corps – Texas., an auxiliary of Woman’s Missionary Union – the largest Protestant missions’ organization for women in the world.

I live outside of Dallas, Texas with my husband and two daughters.My definition of fun involves: game night with close friends and family, relaxing with an inspiring women’s fiction, shopping with my two fashionista daughters, and exploring thrilling adventures. My latest adventure was on the blazing hot Texas Speedway, driving at lightning speed in a NASCAR race car.