2019 SPEAKER AND PANELIST
“Each one Teach One,” is the phrase that Aisha Thalia lives by daily. Completing her master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh by age 22, Aisha new she wanted to use it as an avenue to make a difference in people's lives. Teaching inner city youth since a teenager, she made it her goal to educate students on how they can make a difference in society and the environment. After a hiatus from teaching, Aisha used a traumatic life event as the inspiration she needed to start her emotional wellness and healing company “Can’t Break Me Box” and has used her large social media following to educate people on domestic abuse. Her passions include helping women rise above their situations by finding their purpose, educating society about healing through veganism, and educating new families on postpartum depression. She believes in one truth: Love
Yve Car Momperousee
As CEO, I provide leadership to a cross border agri business that is vertically integrated and works along the entire supply chain in Haiti and the US to create natural hair, skin, and body products. Partners include Whole Foods Market, Sephora, the Clinton Foundation, Yunus Social Business, KIVA, and the people of Haiti.
Kreyol Essence creates 100% natural + ethical beauty products with unique ingredients from Haiti. Our formulations focus on those with dry hair and skin. Our signature product is Haitian black castor oil, a century old wonder cure sustainably harvested by 300+ farmers, produced by over 50+ women, and exported to the US, Canada, and Europe. Other key ingredients also include Haitian Moringa Oil, Haitian Vetiver, and Haitian Coconut Oil.
Dr. Shanequa Fleming is the premier executive coach in South Florida. She specializes in up-leveling and aligning the mindset of highly successful leaders by connecting their talents and passions with strategies that create transformation for them and the organizations they lead. Dr. Fleming consults with and coaches executives and their teams to bring beyond BIG visions to reality. She’s making an impact globally, driving intuitive strategies and fostering untapped potential in measurable results.
Whitney Mullings, a Soul Brand Therapist & Shaman for entrepreneurs ready to claim their uniqueness, personal power, and purpose to creating a business fulfilling their soul.
She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs leverage their personal brands to stand out head and shoulder above the rest with authenticity and integrity. With more than 10 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies in marketing, communications, employee engagement, and website design & business solutions your personal brand is in good hands.
Cindy Montgenie, former award-winning Fortune 50 tech executive, is a high- performance strategist, international keynote speaker, and certified executive coach whose subject matter expertise includes the future of work, change leadership, and influence.
Cindy leverages her C-Suite experience and 20-year international career managing billion-dollar businesses and leading multicultural teams through mergers, company splits, and internal reorganizations to help leaders and organizations navigate the hurdles of change and become winning power players in today’s complex, disruptive digital era.
Many ask who is Milan Mobley? Milan P. Mobley is the CEO of Umanagement, Founder, and Creator of the EntrepreneuHERs Brunch and Creator of the Boss B.A.E. Brand. She is better known as the millennial powerhouse! Milan is a self-motivated, goal-oriented, and creative Entrepreneur who will get the job done under any circumstance. Milan is a graduate of Bowie State University, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Relations. She also has her Masters of Professional Studies degree from The George Washington University in Strategic Public Relations.
Jolly Esquire, PLLC provides legal and consulting services in the areas of Business, Intellectual Property: Trademarks & Copyrights, and Simple Estate Plans. Jolly has assisted over 150+ aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs by helping them to achieve a fresh financial start. Jolly has served as the Founding President of the FAMU College of Law Alumni Alliance, which is the governing body of the FAMU College of Law Alumni.
Tonya R. Comer, MBA, Associate ASID Principal Tonya Comer Interiors
Named as one the country’s Top 20 African-American Interiors Designers in 2015 and 2016, Tonya R. Comer has owned and operated an interior design business since 2002. She founded her award-winning firm, Tonya Comer Interiors, in 2007 and has since expanded beyond creating custom interiors to also designing and licensing consumer products.
Eva Jane Bunkley
Eva Jane Bunkley is an Atlanta-based two-time Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist and the inventor of "The Makeup Bullet™ - HiDef Cosmetic Finger Sponge," the most innovative design this decade in a makeup sponge applicator and blender. Eva Jane was makeup artist for Fox 5 GoodDay Atlanta for seven years and NBC 11Alive's makeup artist for five years. Her anointed hands have touched many celebrity faces including President Jimmy Carter, Usher, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jennifer Holliday, Charles S. Dutton, Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx and Randy Jackson and served as personal makeup artist to Creflo and Taffi Dollar and Judge Hatchett for several years.
Dominique Clark is a multitalented Relationship Expert, Author and Media Personality with years of experience empowering influencers and professionals across the country in intentional dating and helping them build healthy relationships.She has been seen on The CW, SHEEN Magazine, The Al Rucker Show and the Huffington Post to name a few, and has contributed her expertise to tv programs on networks such as WE TV.
Angel Suttle has been referred to as the “Goddess of the Airwaves” by radio veterans. She is described by her industry network to be a wordsmith, chaos coordinator, strategy savant, radio slayer, and media maven. With over 15 years of experience in broadcasting, programming, network television, radio, brand development, sports management and public relations, Angel has built a stellar career and media reputation. She has leveraged her brand to host elite events and partner with notable clients/conglomerates such as Netflix, The Steve Harvey Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Yolanda Adams, Puma, NFL, NBA, MTV, BET, NBC, ABC, The CW, Women Of MORE Magazine, and Essence Magazine.
Kim Bullock Hennix
Lifestyle and Abundance Coach Kim Bullock-Hennix is the voice for women that empowers them to transition their lifestyle from scarcity to overflow and develop a mindset of abundance. Kim’s area of specialty is in elevating women with underdeveloped mindsets and weak spiritual relationships by coaching them to unleash the queen within to reign supreme in all they do. She teaches women to multiply their income deserve level to match their dreams not shrink their dreams to match their current mindset blocks, lack, or financial struggles. Kim’s signature program “Lack to Luxury™” has been a huge success impacting the lives of countless women worldwide.
Kristen is also an Award-Winning Journalist, Host, sought-after Speaker and Executive Producer.
For the past almost decade, Kristen has been a reporter and fill-in anchor for multiple television news stations. Kristen most recently contributed to NBC Boston/NECN. At the Boston news station, she interviewed Levi Sanders (Bernie Sanders' son as he announced his run for office), former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu and the current NH Governor Chris Sununu. Kristen came to NBC Boston from WMUR, ABC’s affiliate in New Hampshire. While at WMUR, Kristen covered enterprising stories like the “Angel Faces” retreat, a story that was picked up nationally and received more than 1 million views.
Adria D. Hookes, Atlanta, GA native, is a highly sought-after Certified Business Coach, Global Speaker and Social Media Strategist who maintains an expansive portfolio of businesses, including Founder and CEO of the Divine Success Sister Network, The Business Bae™, and Powerful Men In Style™, Co-Founder of The Business Bestie Society.
Racquel Walters is a Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Career &
Relationship Consultant, Founder and CEO of Le’Ura, Inc., a Career Consultancy business. She is also a Licensed Medical Social Worker & Therapist. She has worked in one of the top hospitals in New York City helping hundreds of patients to improve and navigate their life and
workplace challenges through counseling, strategic planning, effective communication skills, transformational corporate trainings, advocacy and empowerment.
Her first Bestselling book is, “Ideal Career, Ideal Life- Strategies To Live Your Life Fearlessly!”. Known to have thought provoking, and inspiring discussions, Racquel also co-hosts the Konnect & Elevate Podcast.
Marian Bacol-Uba is the Founder of Thriver Lifestyle, a Speaker, Transformation Coach and the host of Thriver Lifestyle Podcast and Mondays with Marian on YouTube. She empowers survivors to transform trauma into triumph and thrive in mind, body, and soul.
In addition to offering one-on-one coaching and online group programs, Marian speaks and advocates for sexual abuse and mental health awareness and women’s empowerment.
Xiomara better known as Margie Overman-Firma is CEO and Founder from ActiV Business Development Services established in Curaçao with Virtual Business Postal Address in New Jersey.
She is passionate about Technology where she applies her Business Development knowledge, Strategy and Procedures Management to Grow Businesses by improving Business Operations from Small and Medium Sized Businesses.
She has Work Experience as Operations Manager, Account Manager, Store Manager. Since 2007 she worked with Online Store Business Owners as Web store Administrator to help them Grow Their Online Business with Success.
Talia Oliver is one of the original curators for The Shade Room, starting with the company in March 2015. She has since added "moderator" and "inspirational speaker" to her repertoire as she frequently moderates panels and speaks at various community engagements and schools.
In 2016, Talia started her t-shirt shop, Not Your Mother's Closet and matched her work salary in just her second year of business! She also published her first book Will Write For Food: Experiencing Rejection and How It Ultimately Strengthened My Relationship With God which has helped many of her readers receive healing from unfortunate situations.
Throughout her career, Talia has been honored as one of Impact Magazine's 50 Women of Impact and Rolling Out Magazine's Boss Women In Media.
LeKeisha N. Grant
LeKeisha N. Grant is a business owner, author and speaker from Dayton, OH. She is the creator and strategist of Ambitious & Annoyed, founder of Ambition Magazine and co-owner of Transformers Fitness. LeKeisha has also authored Be Ambitious and had the pleasure of being included in the anthologies: Wait of Success: How to Become an Overnight Success in 7,300 Days and She Dreams in Real Life.
Ana M. Santos has worked in the accounting profession for over 20 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Florida International University and a Bachelors in Accounting from Bernard Baruch College in New York City. She has worked in large, medium and small size corporations which gives her a wide range of experience in different industries.
She wants to help business owners to organize their business and understand the importance of Knowing your numbers.
Attorney Rosezena J. Pierce, Esq. is a Chicago native and entrepreneur. She is very passionate about educating her clients and providing legal services to protect their brand and the value of their artistry and business. Rosezena loves working with people in the entertainment industry as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners. Some of her clients consist of hip hop recording artists, reality t.v. stars, hair stylists, fashion designers, artist managers, music producers, photographers, videographers, small business owners and many more.
Lauren Paige is a talented publicist and communications professional, with a passion for women empowerment and multicultural marketing. She currently serves as a PR Manager at One/35 Communications, a woman- owned, black-owned communications agency that bridges the gap between brands and the African American market. She leads multicultural PR campaigns for clients such as: FOX Broadcasting Company and Bounce TV. In this role, she is responsible for launching new shows (Rel, The Cool Kids, Proven Innocent) as well as creating new, exciting campaigns for existing shows (Empire, STAR, The Four, Saints & Sinners). Prior to this, she served as a Senior Publicist at leading entertainment marketing agency Allied Integrated Marketing, where she led campaigns for films such as: Hidden Figures, Detroit, Fences, Almost Christmas, Suicide Squad, Lady Bird and more.
Jessica Tabbert is a business and hospitality professional with over 16 years of experience in the events and hotel industries, including military protocol (large scale, high visibility military events). Her expertise includes project management, data analysis, customer service, network marketing, event consulting, and community leadership. She is also a veteran of the United States Army and U.S. Air Force Reserve, having served almost two decades.
What do influential politicians, rap artists, and entrepreneurs have in common? A brand that resonates. As a Brand Strategist and Coach, Makisha Noël helps people fearlessly shape culture by creating their authentic brand that disrupts the status quo. She coaches her clients to create an on/offline experience that is both personal and valuable for the audience that is being served.
Makisha has traveled around the world including France, Guatemala, Peru, Botswana, Haiti, and Turkey, empowering people to become relentless in their pursuit of creating a life they love. She’s been a Brand Ambassador for Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and AT&T, understanding what stories and experiences connect the most. Makisha is launching #BrandUniversity, an online interactive coaching program that teaches creators how to find clarity and communicate their authentic message.
Melanie Jackson is the CEO/Founder of Untying the Knot, Inc. She is a Therapist, Certified Life Coach, and Speaker who is passionate about enhancing the lives of others. Melanie offers seminars & workshops to help educate those in the community.
As a Mental Health Professional, Melanie provides therapy and counseling interventions to those who are struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.Melanie works in a private practice setting located in Hollywood Florida.
Bubbly, passionate and determined are a few qualities attributed to Morgan Angelique Owens. In 2014, Morgan decided to launch her own fitness class.Curvy Cardio has been featured on WLWT, Issues with Jan Michelle-Kearney, Cincy Chic, WCPO Insider, The Cincinnati Herald, Fitness Blogs such as Black Women Do Workout, 1230AM. Morgan was recognized as a 2016 Bright Awards winner in Entrepreneurship.In 2016, the Morgan A. Owens brand was established as a voice for women who had a desire to become more marketable in their corporate careers as well as entrepreneurial endeavors.
Florence Gaspard, is an entrepreneur, and the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Black Professional Network. A non profit organization providing programing, resources, and opportunities to Black professionals to help shrink the achievement gap. Florence is also a transformation speaker, success coach and author. She helps individuals, groups and businesses integrate efficient changes by offering workshops, tools and strategies that are simple, and practical to improve performance driven results, and meet their target goals for best outcomes.
In addition, she authored two well-received books to include her recent release, “ I’m Unstoppable” and also her children’s book, “The Incredible Me’.
As an elite full-service Public Relations firm, our job is to ensure the success of our clients, by providing a unique twist to your brand. Our goal is to always have a creative approach to your public relations needs.
We are most recognized for our social media expertise, resourceful programs and delivering game-changing results. We work diligently to define and shape the public image of a host of actors, musicians, athletes, fashion moguls, writers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Virginia Jimenez is a Transformational Love Coach and Speaker. Her career in speaking, coaching and training was birthed after experiencing a double betrayal from two important people in her life that left her in a void in 2009. This same experience while becoming a single mother of two became the inspiration to empowering others. She provides transformational coaching and wellness training helping clients experience more peace, reduced anxiety, and increased productivity in life from a mind, body and soulful approach.
In 2016, Enid launched Witchcraft Branding where she offers brand consulting for creatives, makers and healers who want to claim their unique place in the universe in order to grow their passion into a thriving lifestyle brand.
We started off as badass businesswomen looking to make a difference. We are known as a pop-up co-work and community-building agency for established co-work spaces. That helped solve the problems that most co-work spaces face: a lack of community and member loyalty. Our goal was to help the founders and community managers increase retention rates and brand loyalty by facilitating high-energy, interactive workshops that focus on our 3 C's: Collaboration, Communication, and Community. After realizing that our need was much greater, we developed a goal-setting service called Accountabilibuddy, which helps people get sh*t done. In todays technology based world we realized the importance of having the human component in anything that we do. Accountabilibuddy is the new wave of how people will be held accountable to succeed. We aren't experts we just know people!
Donata is on a mission to help you simplify your life and your business and get to the good stuff. She helps influencers and online entrepreneurs create photos and videos that stand out from the crowd to capture and convert their audience on social media.
She believes the photos and videos you share online are your virtual handshake. They may be the very first thing a potential customer sees…and you only get one chance to make a first impression. Let's make it count!
Tonnisha J. English
Tonnisha J. English is the founder of TJE Communication, a digital marketing consulting agency helping small businesses level the playing field.
Being in the modeling & fashion industry for over two decades, I have seen the lack of diversity and witnessed the limitations within the fashion industry. In 2002 is when I began coaching, consulting and producing fashion shows across the nation catering to models of all shapes, sizes, heights, and ethnicities. I purposely created this platform for models providing them the opportunity to gain experience and become exposed to runway and print work. Building models internally first, helps them gain confidence that will last a lifetime. In addition, I love empowering women to create and live life on a living spree.
I say “Life is your runway, how are you walking it?”
My hearts desire is to continue being a world changer by utilizing my talents and experience for the betterment of others.