At the age of 17, following a childhood in Hong Kong filled with emotional trauma and incredible challenges, Anita Carman came to the United States to build a new life. Just before leaving Hong Kong, Anita lost her mother to suicide, an event that unraveled her world in an instant but set her in the direction which God was calling her. Anita excelled academically, completing an undergraduate degree in two years, followed by earning a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York.
She followed God’s calling and left to serve as a leader in Beth Moore’s Sunday school class for seven years. With Beth’s encouragement, Anita attended Dallas Theological Seminary, where she graduated top of her class. She then served at the College of Biblical Studies for five years reaching the level of V.P. of Special Programs and Special Assistant to the President. It was there that Anita began to realize the underdeveloped potential in women across all ethnicities and economic levels to become a formidable force to change their communities and the world.
Anita’s leadership is recognized by both business and ministry leaders. She’s been featured in headline stories on Fox 26-Houston, Channel 2 News, in Houston, and cover stories in the Houston Chronicle, Houston Woman’s magazine and Jill Briscoe’s Just Between Us international magazine. She is on the leadership advisory panel for Christianity Today International where she was invited to contribute articles and leadership insight.
She has received awards Alumni Distinguished Service Award from the Dallas Theological Seminary in 2012. Professional Women’s Fellowship Community Leader award, the Chinese Community Center “Asian American All-Star” award, the Daughters of the American Revolution “Americanism” award for her contribution to the community and various awards from local churches. The city of Houston recognized Anita’s impact in the city by declaring November 10 as Inspire Women day. She has appeared on the front pages of the Houston Chronicle religious section and featured in the “extraordinary stories by ordinary people” segments on both WB-39 news and Fox 26.