Normalize seeing women as capable of success so when you see them winning, you don't think they've done something wrong to win.
Ayo Thomas is changing the narrative of what it means to be a “Renaissance” woman one page at a time—literally!
Ayo is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, faith activator, mentor, coach, global speaker, and author of Design Your Excellence.
She is also the founder of Women Own Excellence magazine where she uses her creative gifts in content creation and media to produce the digital go-to guide for women seeking to soar in their personal and professional lives. In a short amount of time, WOE has become a trusted publication for its everyday readers and influencers who grace the cover. Such dedication has allowed Ayo to be featured on Huffington Post, Fox 45 Baltimore, Good Day Washington, Bravo TV Online, Afro News Paper, Fashion Bomb Daily, Google D.C., and other major media outlets.
From there, Ayo’s intuition led her to merge the HR and creative proficiency she acquired over the years, forming GCS.
A true “creative at heart” Ayo launched Galore Creative Staffing agency a certified woman-owned creative and technology staffing firm designed to introduce diverse emerging and highly skilled creative and tech talent who are on the upswing of being at the forefront of their industries.
As a trailblazer and marketplace leader with a prophetic voice called to “disrupt cultures” Ayo uses her influence to empower women in business and career professionals to discover their inner creative genius and activate faith to design the life of their dreams.
Strategy plus confidence makes the impossible possible.
Kalyn Wilson is a multipotentialite who leverages fiery brilliance to transform companies, careers, and communities. Equal parts founder, principal consultant, corporate executive, coach, and PhD candidate, she works a fully integrated career dedicated to building equitable HR and DEI systems worldwide and empowering professionals to experience their dream careers. Kalyn’s commitment to equity and excellence is the product of overcoming workplace political systems and poor leadership to thrive as a thought leader.
Knowledge is the foundation of great strategy; wisdom gives the confidence to apply that knowledge to win. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kalyn prioritizes learning and research to customize solutions for her clients. Her educational background includes studies in management and psychology, as well as certifications in coaching, human resources, Lean Six Sigma, and the world’s leading psychometric assessments. Kalyn’s professional background includes using witty wisdom to confidently improve the employee experience at nonprofits, Fortune 100 multinationals, startups, and the nation’s largest city governments. After more than a decade of corporate success, she now partners with emerging and evolving entrepreneurs and business leaders in transition.
Kalyn is the founder and CEO of Dream Forward Consulting, an HR and DEI consulting agency, and FAABU Consulting, a business and career coaching agency. Her passion project is becoming a world renowned chef through her emerging brand, Romaine’s Sensual Creations.
Judge Shequeena McKenzie is the first African American Female Judge for McComb City, MS. In November of 2020, McKenzie was appointed to serve as the Judge Pro Tempore for McComb City. In August of 2021, she was appointed to serve as the Municipal Court Judge for Magnolia, MS. Judge McKenzie is also an Associate Attorney at Sellers and Associates, PLLC located in Jackson, MS.
Judge McKenzie is a native of McComb, MS, and she currently resides in Clinton, Mississippi, with her husband and son, Dearius and Hayden. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, traveling to experience different cultures firsthand, and making memories with family.
Judge McKenzie has always had an innate passion to help people, and that burning desire aided her to be the voice for the voiceless. In an often misguided world, Judge McKenzie thinks it is best to focus on solutions instead of immersing herself in statistics, stereotypes, or negativities, which is why she constantly tells herself, “If you don’t see a change, be the change.” Although, there are many ways to create change, Judge McKenzie followed her passion, worked hard, and became a lawyer as she felt this would be the most impactful way for her to “be the change.”
Judge McKenzie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Human Rights minor from the University of Southern Mississippi. She later graduated Cum Laude with her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law in 2018. While working towards her law degree, she earned the AmJur Best Paper award in Criminal Law and the Sam Wilkin’s Criminal Law Award. Judge McKenzie also participated in a Guardian Ad Litem Clinic and interned at the MS Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Latrice Westbrooks. After obtaining her license to practice law, Judge McKenzie was afforded the prestigious opportunity to clerk at the Court of Appeals for the State of MS for the Honorable Judge Deborah McDonald.
Judge McKenzie hopes to instill anyone with this belief... No matter how big it may seem, no matter where you are from, no matter if it has ‘never’ been done, or no matter how hard it gets, a fervent resilience is needed to accomplish any goal. Pray without ceasing and build relationships with likeminded individuals. “What I’m living was once a dream. I wrote it down and executed it, and so can you.”
Dr. Sarah Renee Langley helps women leaders become legendary.
Dr. Langley is the world's best at turning powerful limitless women into iconic living legends through their incredible limitless legacy. Through her Be Limitless Program, Dr. Langley takes her clients through an evolutionary journey that helps them break free from the shackles of the most obsolete rules to success and happiness that once imprisoned their very being, and helps liberate her clients to having the most outrageous success and happiness ever imagined, exclusively on their own terms.
Dr. Langley is the #1 Mindset Mastery Maven and Success Synergy Strategist who facilitates change on a multidimensional level to motivate those she works with in getting clear on how to improve their feelings about themselves, in having the courage to make themselves top priority and control over their personal lives, and in gaining the confidence to be the unapologetic limitless leaders they truly are.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Langley has been the leading expert in elevating her limitless women with the style, confidence, and grace that transcends them into becoming the foremost thought leaders in their spaces, by feeling safe enough to unleash their undeniable power, unveil their truest beauty, and unlock their greatest potential to as Limitless Leaders in their lives, careers, and businesses.
Candice “Pretty Stringz” Smith is a national recording artist known for her ability to light up a room. From the strum of her bow and strings to her contagious smile, she provides an unforgettable experience. Recognized as a versatile artist, she has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall and performed live on movie soundtracks. She’s opened concerts with Grammy award winning artist of varies genres including r&b, pop, soul, gospel, contemporary Christian, hip-hop and classical music. Pretty Stringz is dedicated to inspiring young musicians and the world to be bold in their purpose.
Detroit native, Candice “Pretty Stringz” Smith, began playing the violin at nine years old. She graduated from the Detroit School of Arts. While at the Detroit School of Arts, she studied private with a Detroit Symphony Orchestra member.
Recognized as a versatile artist, her well-rounded talent has provided her the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall, New Year’s NBA Half-Time Show, in the Restored Me movie soundtrack (2016) and the Matthew Barney Film: River of Fundament (2015). Furthermore, she has had the opportunity to play with and open for artist such as: Rick Ross, Tony Toni Tone, Marvin Sapp, Vickie Winans and Day 26. Pretty Stringz has been seen on Fox, WDIV Channel 4 News, Michigan Chronicle and many more media outlets.
Candice continued her education at Florida A&M University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music. In August 2017, she earned a Master of Social Sciences with a concentration in Public Administration. After graduation, she returned to her old neighborhood in Detroit, MI to “pay it forward”. Candice is an internationally renowned violinist, educator, and entrepreneur. Her single "Mirrors", written to inspire people of all ages to pursue their dreams, is now streaming on all digital platforms.
Charay Vaughn, hails from Long Island, New York, and currently resides in South Carolina. Charay, with 10 siblings, comes from a large family and is now a mother of three beautiful girls, who are 17, 3, and 1-years old. Charay is a very outgoing, active, ambitious, driven, spiritually gifted woman who had dreams most people could not understand. She knew the meaning of life, and she knew she wanted more out of it.
Charay Vaughn is the CEO of "Let's Talk About It," a talk show that focuses on community issues, and features celebrity interviews. Some of Charay’s most notable guests on the show were Bern Nadette Stanis, "Thelma” (Good Times), actor/comedian Rodney Perry, Jerry Cummings (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes), actress Charnele Brown (A Different World), rapper, Malice-No Malice (The Clipse), Gospel recording artist, Lisa McClendon, and Gospel singer, Bishop Paul Morton.
Charay started as a choreographer. Over time she grew to become a radio personality, talk show host, writer, producer, and even the star and director of her own plays and films. Charay expanded her expertise to working behind the camera as well. You can see her acting skills in films such as, Lifetime movie “Line Sister's”, and on stations such as TV One, Fox TV, HBO, to name a few. Her films to watch include "Is This Love?”, "You stand, We stand, Together,” and "Not Now". Charay is currently working on a short film called, “The Wake Up 666” featuring Stevie D of Force MD'S.
In 2014, Charay won The Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Literary Creative Writing - Poetry award. Charay’s impressive profile has been featured in the Bennettsville, South Carolina local newspaper, and five magazines including Bronze, Vertikal, Vents, and E3 Magazines. Charay has been interviewed on the local Channel 15 News by Tonya Brown and has even done a Radio One interview.
Charay's passion is mentoring the youth. Her motto, “There is nothing you cannot do or carry out if you put God first, pray, and work hard.”
Kheiston Boone is a certified Mindset Branding, and Business Coach. She’s also the President of The Excel Group, and co-owner of Boone and Associates. Kheiston helps women push past their limitations, reach their business goals, and clarify their purpose in the marketplace. Through her innovative strategies, knowledge, and unique experiences, Kheiston transforms people’s lives. .
Human behaviors and mindsets have always been of interest to Kheiston who has a degree in social work, with a concentration in counseling and human services, a Master’s degree in teaching, and additional certifications centered around human behavior, mindset, and psychological patterns. Kheiston believes that the mind is our most powerful muscle and digging deeper with others to learn what's within them, what's holding them back or keeping them in a state of stagnation, has always been a passion of hers.
Kheiston has always been passionate about seeing women grow, develop, and live their best, authentic lives. After failed relationships, growing up in an abusive household, having a dysfunctional family, dealing with rejection, and so many other things, Kheiston has always known that it was her life's purpose, after getting healed, to help others with their journey to wholeness, and walk into the lives God has for them.
Kheiston creates spaces and opportunities and coaches female entrepreneurs on how to walk into their wealth and create profitable businesses. Her methodologies, training, coaching, and classes have helped 3,000+ business owners since 2017. Kheiston thoroughly enjoys the work that she does and how she's able to be a vessel to impact the lives of others.
TV producer turned media personality, Alexis “Fly” Jones has served as a Top 10 market producer for KHOU Channel11's Great Day, Houston, with host Deborah Duncan, for 8 years. Alexis recently stepped from behind the camera, and stepped in front, as a cast member for Will Packer’s Hit Show Ready To Love, Season 4, which premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media from Clark Atlanta University (HBCU) in 2007, with a concentration in Public Relations, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Alexis’s experience in media, and entertainment includes; serving as a Vice-President for a Public Relations Firm, working for Music World Entertainment (formerly Beyoncé Knowles & Destiny Child's Management Company), and Guerrilla Tactics Media (producers of BET’s reality show “Master of the Mix”).
Alexis is a traveled and sought-after speaker who has participated as a panelist, moderator, and host for various events for major brands. Alexis is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., serving formerly as a local Chapter President. She also serves on the board for the Houston Association of Black Journalists.
Alexis’s personal brand, affectionately known as, “Alexis Fly,” sets out to inspire individuals – no matter their age – to have total confidence in themselves, while encouraging many to fly high and to do so...with ALL FAITH and NO FEAR!
Deida K. Massey creates masterpieces through her work as a highly sought-out celebrity makeup artist. The beauty of her skill is, not only in making people look polished externally, but using her gift to help mold, encourage, and color their lives from the inside out. Deida’s gift is shared in countless ways because she sees no limits. Hailing from the southside of Chicago, Massey is no stranger to the things that cause beauty scars in a person’s life – beginning with her own. When she experienced the tragic death of her father at only five years old, her life could have spiraled out of control. Yet, she persevered through the tumultuous childhood and teenage years and went on to receive her B.S. degree from Alabama State University, and her Master’s of Jurisprudence in Child and Family Law from Loyola School of Law. As a paralegal, Deida advocated for abused and neglected children in Chicago. Moonlighting as a makeup artist, the desire to pursue her passion full time won out. Fearlessly, Deida made an about face, packed her bags, and headed for the bright lights of Los Angeles which proved to be a worthwhile leap of faith.
Deida has blessed the faces of many of entertainment’s elite, including KeKe Palmer, Tichina Arnold, Mary Mary, the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny’s Child),
Common, Ludacris, Terri McMillian, Shaunie O’Neal, Sherri Shepherd, Juanita Vanoy Jordan, Michael Jordan and more. A career highlight was being chosen as part of an elite, and small group of makeup artists for Oprah’s Legends Ball in 2005. Deida has also worked on films like, Transformers 4, Divergent, and Chi-Raq, as well as popular TV Shows like “Chicago Fire,” “Empire,” “Chicago PD,” “The Chi,” the “Holy and Hungry” on the Food Network, “Shameless,” and many commercials, editorials, and music videos.
Deida experienced great success in her chosen field, but still yearned to make a difference in the lives of young girls. As a result of pursuing her passion, her purpose evolved. Not only did Deida use her hands to transform faces, Deida began to use her heart to inspire girls to see their true beauty. Deida founded Reel Beauty Inc., in 2002, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide self-esteem workshops to assist young women in becoming productive citizens as they rediscover their beauty inside and out. With a philosophy that says, “beauty is only skin-deep”, and a goal to help restore and revitalize their mind, body, and spirit, Reel Beauty offers a 14-week curriculum for young women from Chicago Public Schools. The goal is to help the young women to overcome problems of social and emotional issues that relate to low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, and conflict resolution. For Deida, it is important to show her mentees how beautiful they are, help them discover their gifts that unlocks their purpose, which leads to their destiny, and to show them how important they are to society.
Reel Beauty equips girls with tools to succeed in life. Deida’s passion for service has set her on a path to see young women become all they can be. Through Reel Beauty, she provides them with a blueprint, a set of activities and arranges mentors that come alongside them. This further proves that she understands the power of vision. This dream chaser urges all to dream beyond what they can see. Positive, loving energy and creating beautiful memories are what excites her. Deida is motivated by seeing her goals come to life and creating a road map
Deida knows that the general form or structure of a face needs contouring, refining and expanding. Due to the success of Reel Beauty in Chicago, Deida excitedly included a S.T.E.A.M. component to further enhance the total beauty of the young women. Reel Beauty is evolving from the 14-week self-esteem curriculum, to teaching girls the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The goal is to help girls transition into high level entry jobs in these areas that will help them become competitors and successful in the world we live in today. So, not only does Reel Beauty make the inner-city girls feel beautiful and more self-assured, it also equips them with tools to succeed in life. After mentoring thousands of girls in the U.S., the program expanded to Africa. Reel Beauty launched their international program in Mwanza, Tanzania, in June 2011. The next big thing is building Reel Beauty on an international level through their Social S.T.E.A.M. Curriculum.
While Deida experiences personal great success, she also desires to make a difference in the lives of young girls. With an ambitious aim to help them see beyond the exterior, and help them realize that all that glitters is not gold, Deida does the necessary work of helping transform minds, showing the girls a different perspective of how the entertainment world views them. She realized how detrimental the messages in today’s music, culture and media are, and has vowed to do something to wipe off all the negativity. She wants girls everywhere to know that the music, and images around them should not define, defeat, or deflate them.
Another one of Deida’s passions is traveling the world, speaking and transforming the lives of girls and women. Deida is motivated through traveling to some of the world’s most beautiful places to witness how other cultures live, and operate in what they believe. Deida gets excited about opportunities that allow her to be open-minded about people and reminds her that God is much bigger than being placed in a box.
Deida’s transparency about her own formative years and stories of what she experienced help her to resonate with her audience. As an overcomer who now helps others do the same, Deida Massey is a name that should come to mind when thinking of who to invite to speak to your audience of ladies of all ages. With a message of finding real beauty and being beautiful on the inside and out, Deida encourages those struggling in those areas to realize their greatness and the essence of true beauty.
Deida is also a published author. In 2016, she penned her first beauty memoir, “Face Values-The Foundation of Beauty.” The lessons in the book detail Deida’s personal journey of overcoming challenges through persistence, faith, and hard work can be shared at colleges, schools, businesses, and ministries.
Deida is also being recognized for her handiwork by receiving multiple prominent awards. In March 2015, Deida received The Woman of Excellence Award from Omega Psi Phi Chi Lambda Lambda chapter for her service with Reel Beauty. In September 2016, she received the 40 Under 40 Game Changer Award from Ariel Investments and WVON, a local radio station in Chicago.
Deida’s gift is truly making room for her. The impact of her Reel Beauty program continues to grow, and she is now grooming her mentees for leadership roles in the organization. Deida is building, implementing, and executing programs globally for girls. Her hope is that they will thrive in the areas where she mentors and supports them, especially in the areas of entrepreneurship and leadership.
Reel Beauty is now also partnering with another local organization, Demoiselle 2 Femme, to create a Social S.T.E.A.M. curriculum for grades 5 - 7 for a school for girls named after S.T.E.A.M. icon, Katherine G. Johnson - opening September 2018. Reel Beauty has also partnered with the same organization on a federal grant from the Department of Health to bring awareness to the community about the effects of STI and HPV among teen girls.
If there is a young girl whose life can be beautified internally, or externally, Deida K. Massey has the blessed hands and heart to do it. This celebrity makeup artist, mentor, philanthropist, CEO/Founder and author has her hands all in and doing the work.
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Founder and Professor at Massivepreneurs Academy. Teshara is a wife, mother and friend of God with a Master Degree in Entrepreneurship. As a Business Coach, Teshara uses her experience and education to ignite CEOs to be fruitful and to multiply. Her main focus is to use her experiences as a failed entrepreneur to her now amazing growth as a Massivepreneur.
Teshara coined the term “Massivepreneur” to encourage entrepreneurs to think massively because she believes becoming a successful entrepreneur is within the reach of everyone. Teshara trains CEOs to grow in capital and compliance. Her expert clients will classify her as an auditor, research analyst and staff relations specialist.
“People Over Profit”
A serial entrepreneur at the top of her game, a minister, visionary and creator of Build-Herology, and Albany, Georgia native, Tracie J is actively building a network of women pursuing their passion and purpose over fear. As an intentional strategist, she continues to expand her career beyond her Nursing, Insurance, Real Estate Broker and Instructor licenses proving there are no limitations to Build-her, Faith-her and just Be-her.
A natural born leader, Tracie J is the quintessential authority in business curating from scratch the HSSC Homecare, Blue Realty and Associates, Blueprint Learning Institute and the brainchild of her latest project called, Build-Herology. This innovative platform is designed to "build-her," in other words to build women from the “ground up” (inside -out) into “Brick Houses” that fully operate in their God-given purpose, destiny and gifts from birth yielding a high profitability and healthy lifestyle.
Tracie J has a proven track record as a six-figure earner, but prides herself in being a compassionate soul that truly desires to help people win in life. Her daily mantra is, “People over Profit," which conveys her belief that it is through service to others that we achieve greatness and experience the manifestation of God's divine promises.
Tracie J is also a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator Alumni. Of all her accolades of success, Tracie J's fundamental pursuit of happiness resides in her assignment as a mother to her five wonderful children.
Dr. Antoinette Liles, a talented Doctor of Dental Medicine, is a first-generation college student, proud HBCU graduate, and the first doctor in her family. She believes that social change and equality can be fostered through visible representation and using entrepreneurship to break away from tradition. Beyond her own professional goals, Dr. Liles values the importance of mentoring and supporting other HBCU students who are pursuing a career in dentistry.
Dr. Liles holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Jackson State University. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Dentistry and is a board-certified, practicing dentist in the state of Mississippi. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association, Mississippi Association of Women Dentists, and the American Association of Women Dentists.
Dr. Liles is preparing to open her own Dental Practice in Pearl, Mississippi, called Mint Dental. Mint Dental will offer a full menu of restorative dental services and provide compassionate dental care to patients of all ages. Dr. Liles takes great pride in her journey of becoming a dentist and owning her own practice. When not serving her patients, Dr. Liles can be found leading a yoga class as a RYT-200 yoga instructor, traveling the world, or loving on her miniature schnauzer, “Fitzgerald.”
Adding to the excitement of the practice opening soon, Dr. Antionette Liles and Mint Dental will also be featured on the OWN network’s newest docuseries “Belle Collective.” Dr. Liles is one of the five, principal cast members on the show. The “Belle Collective” series will spotlight and follow the personal and professional lives of five take-charge, Southern Belle, business owners in the Jackson area, representing Mississippi’s finest Black female entrepreneurs.
Belle Collective airs Friday nights on OWN TV at 10/9c.
Meet private and celebrity Chef Tanya Chavis!
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, this Atlanta-based Chef would often cook for her new Atlanta family and found a new passion that would ignite a different purpose inside of her. After 25 years of styling hair, she retired from the salon and started her first small catering company, Chavistyle. Chavis worked hard, learning from other caterers in the business until she eventually found her niche, realizing that she loves to serve people and give them an outstanding presentation combined with great food.
In 2008, Pretti Plates Inc. was born. Chef Chavis’ clientele for catering now includes major film and production sets, celebrity events, corporate luncheons for Delta Airlines, Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Reebok, Macy’s and more.
In an effort to expand her culinary talents, Chef Chavis is a culinary arts student at The Art Institute of Atlanta, and is determined to advance her formal education. Chef Chavis’ culinary offerings can be found at www.eatprettiplates.com.
Wynter Patterson is a dynamic television personality, host, speaker, entrepreneur, visionary leader, and author. After a successful 14-year career with JPMorgan Chase Bank as an award-winning Vice President, she has accumulated a wealth of business and management knowledge that strengthens her ability to teach, lead and connect with people on many levels.
This Grand Rapids, Michigan native was raised in Houston, Texas, under a family of pastors and ministers. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Business Administration. Wynter also studied expository preaching at Oxford University and received a certificate of theology from Princeton University. Her passion for encouraging others that it is possible to live healthy, impactful lives has catapulted her own dreams and goals to unimaginable heights.
As the founder and CEO of Wynter Patterson LLC and the non-profit I Am a Pearl, Inc., Wynter seeks to help people heal and understand their value through teaching and transparency. Both of her books in the I Am a Pearl Series were published under Wynter Tyme Publishing. In 2017, she embarked on a book tour throughout the United States and Cuba. This tour accomplished its goal to empower women to discuss topics such as self-love, healing, divorce, and relationships and uplift them to bravely live their lives to their fullest potential.
As a former Miss Texas pageant winner, Wynter gained first-hand insight to both the illusions and realities of natural beauty and quickly learned that true beauty simply comes from within. It is through this mindset and spirit of determination that she has dedicated her life to ensuring that everyone she encounters will walk away with a better outlook on life, no matter their current circumstances.
Wynter is currently starring on OWN Network’s “Ready to Love Last Resort”. The one-hour series follows grown and sexy men and women looking for lasting love, but this time they’ll be quarantined together at a secluded mountain resort with no outside distractions.
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Anastasia Boone Talton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Meraki Human Resource Consulting, LLC. based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Anastasia founded Meraki Human Resource Consulting LLC with two strategic focal points in mind: Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Consulting and Career Services. The DEIB specialty has been designed to assist with various Diversity & Inclusion services, including but not limited to, Diversity Storytelling, Organizational Change Management & Communication, Allyship, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Training, and Unconscious Bias Training. The Career Service specialty has been designed to ensure potential candidates have the necessary skill sets to become leaders in both community and corporate environments.
Anastasia is a graduate of Fort Valley State University, a Historically Black College and University located in Fort Valley, Georgia, where she serves as a Lifetime Alumni Member. Anastasia earned her MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Strayer University where she graduated with honors. She has also studied Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a focus on Organizational Diversity and Social Change at Walden University. Anastasia’s educational background and passion for Diversity and Inclusion has earned her recognition by several nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
As a nationally sought after speaker, Anastasia takes advantage of the opportunity educate various industries on Diversity and Inclusion strategies. Anastasia annually gives back to her community by speaking at the Ralph P. Malone Youth Motivation Task Force at Fort Valley State University.
Anastasia is the Founder of the “Black Talent Matters” Initiative, which focuses on bridging the gap between black talent and organizations to support diversity hiring goals. In addition, fundraising efforts are designed to provide scholarships and career resources.
In January of 2019, Anastasia was included in The Fort Valley State University Magazine, for her efforts in Diversity and Inclusion consulting. Before devoting her work full-time to Meraki Human Resource Consulting, LLC, Anastasia served as a Senior Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for global companies such as Facebook, Inc., Instagram, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Wells Fargo, and Verizon Wireless. Anastasia has truly made a name for herself in the United States and abroad in the areas of Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion.
Krystal A. Porter is a Lead Engineer at Leidos for the Airborne Reconnaissance Low - Enhanced (ARL-E) program. Responsible for identifying, developing, and driving new technologies into customer-focused solutions, Krystal leads and serves in multi-discipline teams at geographically dispersed locations with maximum resiliency to support those systems and missions. She has supported multiple projects within Leidos across the globe. When there is a need to solve complex technical problems, internal organizations routinely request her assistance. She innovates advanced solutions for aircraft platforms effortlessly and effectively, proactively collaborates across teams, remains agile and committed to colleague and customers' needs through effective engagement and does all things with integrity and transparency.
Krystal serves in an informal advisory role for the Rush Hospital REACH (Rush Education and Career Hub) program. As a passionate advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) she loves to learn and contribute to system engineering by serving as a volunteer for INCOSE in a Deputy Assistant Technical Reviewer's role. Outside of her corporate efforts, Krystal works tirelessly to ensure that others can excel in their career as she did from military enlistment, conversion to an officer, and then working up through the corporate ranks to lead engineers. She is dedicated to teaching family members and younger individuals in her hometown of Chicago, IL, by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter STEM career fields. She coaches them on education choices and how to get into successful career paths to make a difference for themselves and the world.
In February 2021, Krystal was awarded the Dr. Wanda M. Austin Legacy Award at the BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year Award) STEM 2021 conference. Earlier in her career, she was a signal communications and psychological operations officer for the United States Army.
Krystal holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago in addition to various professional IT certifications. When she isn't solving some complex problem, Krystal can be found acquiring stamps in her passport. Krystal gives all glory and praises to God for the many adventures of her life. She loves giving back through philanthropic efforts, mentoring, coaching, and investing time while inspiring others to live. Her Motto: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13
Dr. Tamara Wilkerson Dias is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She is a business owner, educational leader, and passionate nonprofit executive. Dr. Dias’ love of education led her to teach in both public and private schools for seven years, working with over 900 students.
In 2016, Dr. Dias was named the Executive Director of the African American Teaching Fellows. Rooted in both education and social justice, the organization seeks to diversify the teaching force through recruiting, supporting, developing, and retaining African American educators in public schools. The organization has successfully supported over 50 educators in 12 schools, while providing a safe space for African American educators to grow personally and professionally.
With a passion for helping and coaching others, Dr. Dias founded TWD Coaching and Consulting, which allows her to walk side-by-side with women from all backgrounds in cultivating their innate skills and talents. Whether working in a nonprofit or corporate setting, her clients learn how to identify, develop, and utilize their strengths in the workplace. This work has allowed Dr. Dias to coach individuals and teams in their personal growth.
Dr. Dias holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a Master of Teaching in Foreign Language Education from the University of Virginia, and Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Morgan State University. In 2017, Dr. Dias was named to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Education. In 2019, she was named to the Daily Progress (VA) 10 Under 40 in Education. Dr. Dias is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
Dr. Crystal Lewis was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1989. In light of her father’s vision for better career opportunities, she moved to the United States in 1998. Dr. Lewis is a product of Christian education, having graduated from Pine Forge Academy where she was very active in the choir, President of the National Honors Society (NHS) and Religious Vice President of the United Students Movement (USM). She graduated from the academy in 2007 with high honors.
Dr. Lewis matriculated through Oakwood University, developing her love for chemistry under the tutelage of her chemistry professors. In the summer of 2010, she began her research experience by observing the Synthesis of Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Cancer Imaging, Therapeutics & Diagnostics at the Ohio State University (OSU). As a result of this newfound love for research, she continued her pursuits by observing the preparation and characterization of polymer nanofibers by Electrospinning under the advisorship of Dr. LaiHing. During Dr. Lewis’ time at Oakwood, she served as a Teacher’s Assistant for Organic Chemistry (2010), head of the Chemistry club (2010), Aeolians (2008) as well as Assistant AY Coordinator (2009), to name a few. Dr. Lewis received the Chemistry student of the Year Award in 2011 and, in that same year, earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, cum laude, from Oakwood University.
Dr. Lewis went on to pursue a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at Stony Brook University, in the fall of 2011, inspired by her passion for research in nanomaterials. She was awarded two fellowships through the Turner and AGEP-T fellowship program. As a result of her research, Dr. Lewis has published 7 journal articles on various metal nanomaterials. Though the journey was difficult, she completed her PhD requirements in July of 2016 with the thesis entitled, “Green Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Metal-based Nanomaterials.” Dr. Lewis also received the Chemistry Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research and the Chemistry Award for Outstanding Service in 2016.
Dr. Lewis began her post-doctoral research in Nuclear Physics under at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Currently, she works as a Senior Formulation Scientist for Personal Care R&D at Evolved by Nature, a green, chemistry company.
When she is not formulating new skincare products in the lab, Dr. Lewis is teaching at teen leadership programs, research symposiums, women empowerment webinars, and teleconferences. Dr. Lewis has a passion for men and women to experience an intimate relationship with God as He shows them, and prepares them for, their destiny. Her book, “The Diamond Formation: How to Survive and Thrive in Tough Times,” published by the TBN Trilogy team, parallels her difficult journey in graduate school to the journey of a diamond. It is Dr. Lewis’ aim that everyone understands that one cannot have purpose without the pressure.
Ashley Little is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, tv/radio host, speaker, host, philanthropist, business coach, investor, and 9-time best-selling author. Ashley is the CEO and Founder of Ashley Little Enterprises, LLC, which encompasses her media, consulting work, writing, ghost writing, book publishing, book coaching, project management, public relations & marketing, and empowerment speaking services.
Ashley is also the founder and owner of T.A.L.K Radio & TV Network, LLC., a broadcasting and media production company that airs in over 167 countries, streamed LIVE on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Periscope. This live entertainment platform is for new or existing radio shows, television shows, or other electronic media outlets, to air content from a centralized source.
Ms. Little is also the owner and creator of Creative Broadcasting Radio Station - the station of “unlimited possibilities”. She is also one of the hosts of the new TV Show Daytime Drama National Syndicated Television Show which will be aired on Comcast Channel 19 and ATT Channel 99 in nineteen Middle Tennessee Counties. It will also air on The United Broadcasting Network, The Damascus Roads Broadcasting Network, and Roku.
As an active member of her community, Ashely is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Ashley is also the Co-Founder of Sweetheart Scholars, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, along with three other powerful women. Sweetheart Scholars awards a scholarship annually to African American females from her hometown of Wadesboro, North Carolina, to assist with college expenses. Ms. Little believes it takes a village to raise a child and that it is important to never forget where you come from. Ms. Little is a strong believer in giving back to her community. She believes our young ladies need vision, direction, and strong mentorship.
Additionally, Ashley is the CEO and Co-Founder of The HBCU Experience Movement, LLC, the first Black-owned company to launch books written and published by prominent alumni throughout the world who attended Historically Black Colleges & Universities. HBCU authors share a powerful collection of stories on how their unique college experiences have molded them into the people that they are today. The company’s goal is to change the narrative by sharing Black stories and investing financially back into HBCUs to increase young alumni giving and enrollment.
Ms. Little, a passionate author herself, is also the Editor-in-Chief of “Creating Your Seat at the Table International Magazine” and she serves as a writing and publishing coach for the WILDE Winner’s Circle. Ms. Little is a Best Selling Author of “Dear Fear, Volume 2: 18 Powerful Lessons Of Living Your Best Life Outside of Fear”, “The Gyrlfriend Code Volume 1”, “I Survived”, “Girl Get Up, and Win”, “Glambitious Guide to Being An Entrepreneur”, “The Making Of A Successful Business Woman”, and “Hello Queen”.
Among Ashley’s personal, entrepreneurial pursuits, she is also a co-host for The Tamie Collins Markee Radio Show, reflection contributor for the book “NC Girls Living in a Maryland World”, Sales/Marketing/Contributing Writer/Event Correspondent for SwagHer Magazine, Contributing Writer for MizCEO Magazine, Contributing Editor for SheIs Magazine, ContributingWriter/National Sales Executive for Courageous Woman Magazine, Contributing Writer for Upwords International Magazine (India), Contributing Writer/Global Partner for Powerhouse Global International Magazine(London), Host of “Authors On The Rise”, Co-Host Glambitious Podcast, Partner/Visionary Author of The Gyrlfriend Code The Sorority Edition along with The Gyrlfriend Collective, LLC, and Lead Author of The HBCU Experience The North Carolina A&T State University Edition.
Ms. Little has been a guest on a variety of podcasts, TV shows, magazines, and radio shows. She has also received awards such as Author Of The Month, The Executive Citation of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Award, which was awarded by the County Executive Steuart L. Pittman, and the Top 28 Influential Business Pioneers for K.I.S.H Magazine Spring 2019 Edition.
In addition, Ashley has been featured in SwagHer Magazine, Power20Magazine Glambitious, Sheen Magazine, All About Inspire Magazine, Formidable Magazine, BRAG Magazine, Sheen Magazine, Dynasty of Dreamers K.I.S.H Magazine Spring 2019 Edition, Dynasty of Dreamers K.I.S.H Magazine September 2019 Edition, Courageous Woman Magazine, Courageous Woman Special Speakers Edition November 2019, Influence Magazine, Powerhouse Global International London Magazine March 2020 edition National Women Empowerment Magazine 2020 Sheen Magazine February 2020 as one of “The Top 20 Women To Be On The Lookout For In 2020,.
Ashley has been featured on the front cover of a number of magazines including, MizCEO Magazine November 2019, UpWords Magazine October 2019 Edition, front cover of Courageous Magazine December 2019, and the front cover of Doz International Magazine January 2020. .
Likewise, Ashley has been featured and interviewed on a National Syndicated Television Show HBCU 101 on Aspire TV and featured on other media platforms such as BlackNews.com, BlackBusiness.com, BlackNewsScoop.com. In February 2020, Ashley received the National Women’s Empowerment Ministry “Young, Gifted, & Black Award”, which honors and celebrates women in business such as senior level executives, entrepreneurs and CEO’s below age 40 for their creativity and business development.
Ms. Little earned her undergraduate degree in English from North Carolina A&T State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Ms. Little is a mover and shaker and she continuously pushes herself to be better than she was yesterday. She gives God all the credit for everything that has happened in her life. Ashley has strong faith, determination to be great, and she believes that her only competition is herself. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Dr. LaKisha Irby is a mother, mentor, serial entrepreneur, author and a certified life and business coach. Dr. Irby finds extreme gratitude in helping others obtain their highest personal and professional level of success through joy, happiness, and dedication, all through the power of choice.
Dr. Irby enjoys inspiring others to live the life of their dreams by building confidence through empowerment. She believes that the power in positive choices creates a lifestyle that will not only benefit the individual, but also the world and those around them. By serving through her community on both the local and national levels, Dr. Irby combines her professional gifts with her love for service. Her motto is that of a true Proverbs 31 woman, knowing that “greater is He who is in me, than he that is in the world.”