Connie McMillan is a woman who knows all too well about the struggles of this world. In her early childhood, she watched her future dreams fade away as learning disabilities and alcohol use took over her life. The next fifteen years of her life would be a rough one, but not only would she come out better from it- she would change her life to helping others overcome as well.
Connie McMillan better known as Con Con, was a fairly happy kid until substance abuse began to take over her life. Low self-esteem, and feelings of loneliness began to linger in her mind with each toxic substance she abused. It wasn’t long until her struggles with addiction and her learning disability took over, and she found herself a victim of gun violence. Alone shot twice in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, trapped under a parked vehicle with two bullet wounds, Connie realized her life had hit his rock bottom.
As a child, she had seen addiction affect her family, but it wasn’t until she found herself in the eye of her storm that she realized she needed help. Because she always had a relationship with God and seen him work miracles in the lives of others, she had a good idea of where to turn to for helping herself. She slowly began her journey, which would take her from the bottle to the bible, then to become a college graduate with honors and owner of her first successful business. Connie knows that the road to success can be long and hard, but she also knows that success and joy are possible for not only her, but all of those still struggling as well.
Having lived life struggling with substance abuse and a learning disability, and then also going through the journey to live a life of success, has given Connie a valuable skill set that is unmatched by any college degree that can be offered. It has given Connie an insight on how to communicate and interact with those who are still struggling on a personal level with which they can relate. Having those skills and then graduating with honors from Borough of Manhattan Community College with a degree in human service gives Connie an edge when it comes to completing her goal in life: to make the world a better place, one woman at a time.
In 2014 Connie founded her first business, Cocktails With Chocolate Non-Alcoholic Beverage Company INC. She started this company because she wanted to make a difference in the world; she wanted to show individuals you can “Have a ball without alcohol.” at all events.
In 2019 Connie founded her second business, Sobriety Queen Connie LLC. She started this company because she wanted to give women one on one coaching as a way to help them understand "You're Not Pain, You are Purpose"
She has come so far from rock bottom where she once found her self-living, and she enjoys knowing that this is only the beginning. Even with the COVID-19 shutdown, Connie continues to reach out and help where she can through virtual meetings and conferences to help motivate and comfort those struggling. In these past few years, Connie had found herself with so many achievements and honors that she would have never even imagined when she was shot on the streets of Brooklyn. With all of this, Connie remains humble and gracious, saying she “is thankful for the opportunity to help others who are still struggling find success also.”
Here are just a few of Connie's speaking engagements:
Connie's presentations on substance use disorder:
Connie's Keynote presentations: