Carrie Gerlach Cecil, a speaker
and author has been inspiring audiences from around the globe to transform their hearts and live their lives on purpose for over a decade. She does this by creating literary, television, film, online and live content that move her fans to laugh, reflect, respond and feel accepted. A sample of her works include: ONE SUNDAY, [Simon & Schuster's Howard Books/February 2013], a novel that has received critical praise and the national media spotlight. She is currently penning the highly sought-after memoir, Dancing For The Devil [Simon & Schuster/September 2014] with Anny Donewald. Cecil’s additional non-fiction work, Goodness, Gridiron & Grace: A Modern Day Girl’s Game Plan For A Godly Life, is being penned for 2015. Her first novel Emily’s Reasons Why Not [Harper Collins] was named one of US Magazine’s Summer Hot Book Picks. The novel was adapted into a single camera comedy for ABC starring Heather Graham. Cecil served as a producer on the show. She and her daughter, Charli created the children’s book, Charli & Wilbur, A Dancing Dogs Dream to inspire young people everywhere to follow their passions. Carrie also contributed as an author to The New York Times Editor Richard Sandomir’s book, The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything.
Carrie has written a number of projects for the screen including her latest television drama In The Huddle, based on her blogs, Gridiron Woman that was optioned by Lifetime Television . She is attached to create and write the pilot. Her reality show, The Princess of Suburbia [2014} is in development with TailLight TV. She is an executive producer on the show. Cecil has also written the feature films Sweet Revenge, [2010/Broken Road Productions] and 5th Avenue Bum, [2005/Laurence Bender Productions]. Cecil has penned articles for Y’ALL: The Art of Southern Living magazine; Composed her weekly column Notes from Lot S: A Football Wife for the sports section of The TENNESSEAN newspaper. She served as blogger for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans website, Titansonline.com and NFLWives.com as well as crafting pieces for the NFL. You can find her witty upscale travel and lifestyle pieces on JohnnyJet.com, Traveling Grace, NFLWives.com as well as a plethora of others.
Cecil is a principle partner of Unfiltered Faith, a global revolution destined to inspire all people to live their lives on purpose and lead them to a real connection with God. People are desperately searching for authentic and relevant messages of hope, forgiveness, change, peace and fulfillment in today’s culture. Unfiltered Faith invites everyday people facing real struggles to come as they are and gather fearless truths designed to deliver the genuine promises of God that they will overcome and they do belong.
Cecil founded Anachel Communications, Inc., a sports, entertainment and Fortune 500 media strategy firm that creates and implements both internal and external public relations, branding and crisis management strategies to positively impact corporate image and stimulate revenue growth. Through her company she advises presidents and CEOs of entities and corporations such as NASCAR, FOX Sports Net, JMI Sports LLC, Universal Television, The Tennis Channel, The Pac-12 Conference, AVP ProVolleyball, Charter Communications, Columbia Tri-Star, Sony Pictures, Sony Corporate America, Game Show Network and MGM Television and Domestic Films. An in-demand speech writer, executive and corporate image coach, Cecil confidentially advises high-profile executives, personalities and professional athletes on how to preemptively control and maneuver media issues that can and will impact their businesses.
Previously, Cecil was the president of CGPR Media Strategy, handling public relations as well as government and community affairs for networks and feature films. In that experience she traveled the globe working on-set and side-by side with Hollywood’s leading producers, directors and actors on films including Gang Related, Air Force One, A Thousand Acres, The Newton Boys, Return to Paradise, End of Days, and Dogma, among others.
Before going out on her own, Cecil was director of entertainment publicity, West Coast for Turner Network Television (TNT), based in Los Angeles. She began her tenure with Turner Entertainment Group in New York as manager of East Coast public relations and was part of the team that launched Turner Classic Movies. She began her career in public relations in the television department of Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, Inc., and as an intern with The Honorable Senator John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cecil and her husband, NCAA College Football Hall of Fame player, former Pro Bowl Safety, former Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator and current St. Louis Rams Defensive Backs’ coach, Chuck Cecil, believe that God has blessed their lives in many ways and are dedicated to giving back both financially and with their time. The college sweethearts are avid philanthropists working with several charities that are close to their heart. Carrie is on the board of The MISS Foundation, a global organization dedicated to hope, community and compassion for grieving parents everywhere from pre-natal to infant, toddler, young adult and adult loss. In addition, the Cecil’s host the Cecil Family Golden Hour Golf Classic for the UMC Level One Trauma Center in Tucson, Arizona and raise monies for The Nashville Rescue Mission in Nashville and Ordinary Hero and Ten Day Missions internationally. The duo split their time between California, St. Louis and Tennessee, and has an eight-year-old daughter, Charli Alleene.