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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Yorli Pheadrlyn Huff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1968 in Chicago, IL

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Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Chicago, IL and lived on the west side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Yorli Huff was born in August 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, to Jansilyne Berthania Huff and Samuel Huff. She has an older brother, Samuel Louis Huff III, and a younger sister, Amber Lizette Walker. Despite a difficult childhood, Huff was an excellent student, and that dedication helped land her a position in 1992 in Chicago with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department as a Special Drug Agent at the tender age of twenty-four. One of the few African-American undercover agents in the task force, Huff excelled at her work, but her rise to the top brought with it racism and discrimination. In 1997, after trying unsuccessfully to deal with that discrimination on her own, Huff made history when she filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, a battle which took her eleven years to win. An entrepreneur at heart, Huff is the owner of Just For You Balloons, a gift-basket company which she established in 1992, and the owner of Executive Dry Cleaners, Inc., which she established in 2008. Also in 2008, Yorli Huff became the Founder, President, and CEO of Engendering Strength, Inc., a company devoted to inspiring and empowering women. Yorli Huff’s first book, The Veil of Victory, an account of her life from childhood to her victory over the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, was published in October 2010. She has completed her second book, Testimony Time; a superhero comic book; a feature film based on The Veil of Victory; a t-shirt line; and a motivational speaking tour. Yorli Huff has been featured on Allison Payne’s People to People segment, the Cliff Kelly talk radio show on WVON, Lamont Brown Speaks and South Africa’s SABC radio. Ms. Huff is due to appear in South Africa on a powerful speaking tour to empower, encourage and enlighten the people on matters of discrimination and abuse. She is also the recipient of the “Remarkable Women” award from America’s Time Out for Youth, Inc. In her very lean spare time, Yorli Huff enjoys roller skating, working out, and traveling. She currently lives in Naperville, Illinois, with her eight-year-old son, Prince Judah Rashad Herring.

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The veil of victory :
ISBN: 0984347011. OCLC Number: 681561726

Engendering strength, Inc.,. .