Our Team of Contributors
Our life coaches and coach-clinicians come from all professional backgrounds, all training organizations and all professional associations who share a common goal of changing lives for the better as well as to advanced and strengthen the coaching profession, making it more visible to the Black community.
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Atiya, founder of The Marriage Tree, has, over the past 20 years, dedicated her life to honing her craft and, indeed, her calling – to empower, build and maximize human potential by affecting profound transformation in people’s attitudes, perspectives and behaviors. She has been the catalyst responsible for inspiring countless people worldwide to realize their dreams and achieve joy, success and fulfillment in life.
Now she’s bringing all her past experiences, education, and business-development skills from her considerable history as a speaker, author and life coach to focus on her core message: marital harmony ~ extended and profound.
Yes! It is possible to have an enduring relationship that is a positive and rewarding experience for both partners. But like anything of value, it requires fine-tuning and the willingness to learn to navigate the intricacies and subtleties of the changes any marriage encounters during its lifetime. Marriage is organic – it changes, evolves, grows – or like many living things, without proper nurturing, it can deteriorate. But the good news is: it doesn’t have to break down. Building a history is a worthwhile, satisfying goal, as well as a tangible legacy for your children.
Atiya is at once an optimist and a pragmatist. She’s a firm believer in the reality of a happy and satisfying long term marriage. But she’s no PollyAnna, having herself encountered the vagaries of marriages over the past 21 years. She has come through them stronger and happier, gratefully committed, and she can help you to achieve the same result! She’ll be the first to tell that what she’s going to show you won’t be easy, but she’s sure of one thing – it will be worth it!
You deserve to live a life filled with mutual inspiration and genuine respect. Atiya has the resources – intellectually and empathetically – to guide you to fruitful solutions that will not only positively-impact your relationship, but, as importantly, will leave you personally empowered.
Visit her website TheMarriageTree.net
Shakira Abdul-Ali is a coach, trainer and organization development professional. She has counseled and coached individuals seeking to transform careers; start or expand businesses; or improve professional performance and/or quality of life. Ms. Ali supports organizations and individuals in generating value and wealth via a focus on creating long-term excellent performance that is self-correcting and self-generating. She employs consulting and coaching strategies that empower clients to tap into their highest potential for growth and development. A dynamic, MBTI® qualified facilitator, Ali also uses such instruments as the Enneagram and DiSC to assist clients in identifying strengths and challenges.
Abdul-Ali holds a BA degree in Economics and Urban Studies from Wellesley College and a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University. She is a member of the prestigious NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, and a Facilitator Body member with the International Black Summit. She acquired coach training with New Ventures West, Inc., and is a Certified Coach Representative with Compass – a personal development and coaching services company. Learn more visit http://www.alchemyconsultingllc.com
Embracing the Mind, Body and Spirit Connection!
LaKia Allen is a certified professional coach and nutrition and wellness consultant. She is the Founder of Connect 3 Coaching, a coaching and consulting practice that helps working wives and mothers who have lost their way to reconnect to their soul’s passion and purpose. After working as an Accountant in the corporate and government sectors for over 12 years and feeling lost, overwhelmed and burnt out, a layoff provided the unexpected gift that allowed her to pursue her soul’s purpose.
With the understanding that the whole is better than the sum of its parts LaKia’s clients are empowered to create a healthy balance between the three elements of life, the mind, body, and spirit in order to become masters of their mind, guardians of their body, and luminaries of spirit.
By partnering with LaKia, clients are inspired to develop behaviors for improved health and wellness. Through her extensive coach training she has become an expert in behavior change by helping clients gain clarity on what they really want in their lives. LaKia’s coaching will provide the catalyst that deepens her clients’ awareness of their physical, spiritual and emotional needs.
LaKia Allen is a wife and mother of one daughter. She holds a BS in Accounting from Hampton University and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Global Management. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Coach Federation . She acquired her coach training from the prestigious Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) where she also obtained an additional certification as an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. In her spare time LaKia enjoys yoga, boot camp workouts, participating in marathons, reading, traveling and learning about all things nutrition and wellness. She is also passionate about her volunteer work, which includes mentoring women in their career development and offering pro-bono coaching. Learn more visit http://www.connect3coaching.com
Barbara Penn-Atkins is a certified Retirement Transition Life/Re-Career Coach. She is founder of Penna Group, LLC a consulting firm that provides retirement readiness and re-career coaching services.
She is dedicated to helping the ‘New Age Mat-Gen’s’ (mature generation) who feel they are 2Young2Retire prepare for the paradigm shift that will take them into life’s next chapter – into those bonus years where they can lead enriched lives. Barbara’s retirement readiness, life options’ and re-career programs offers guidance to adapting to positive change for new beginnings and an encore career. She believes the choices one makes on life’s journey should stimulate the mind, fire the heart and energize the spirit.
A veteran entrepreneur, Barbara spent over 30 years in leadership and management including owner and President of a multi-million dollar data processing company and co-owner of an executive search firm. She retired and a few years later re-ordered her priorities and opted for a new career – coaching midlife individuals as they searched for meaningful endeavors to renew their life purpose, revitalize their passion and reinvigorate their inner desires in their mature years.
Barbara’s business career have been published in Money Magazine, Essence, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Washington Post, Ford Lincoln-Mercury Division Supplier Magazine and other publications. Highlights of her Coaching include published in the West Valley View, West Valley Health & Living Magazine, Buckeye News, Michigan Chronicle, University of Phoenix and her articles published in the Arizona Republic.
She is a recipient of the ATHENA award and numerous other states, local and Federal awards for her business acumen. In 2009, she was a presenter at the AARP Conference on Diversity and Aging in Chicago. She has appeared on radio talk shows in Ontario Canada, Boston, Iowa, Detroit, Minneapolis, Utah, Ohio and Phoenix.
Barbara attended Michigan State University and University of Phoenix where she majored in Business Administration and Marketing. She received her Coaching Certification from Retirement Options
She is a Toastmasters award winner and Author of the book 70 is the New 40 – Bonus Years Here We Come. In addition, volunteers at Banner Health Systems, Muscular Dystrophy, Free Arts of Arizona, New Life Center (a shelter for Women in Domestic Violence), DLA Youth Mentor Program, and is an Ambassador for the City of Phoenix Orpheum and Phoenix Symphony Theaters.
Learn more about Barbara by visiting her website http://www.sunrisebeginnings.com
Nailah Blades is a Small Business Coach & the Founder of Polka Dot Coaching, a coaching and consulting practice that helps women entrepreneurs who are in the early start-up phase of their businesses. Nailah shows entrepreneurial women that starting a profitable business that supports their lifestyle doesn’t have to be riddled with costly mistakes, or heart-breaking shake-ups. It can smooth, strategic + seriously fun.
S. Tia Brown
S. Tia Brown has spent more than a decade following her passion: journalism. As an editor, writer and TV correspondent — you may recognize her face from CNN, E! or MSNBC — Brown’s done everything from interviewing Alicia Keys and commenting on the daily dalliances of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to writing about personal finance and self-help. She’s worked at an array of pop culture magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Teen People and In Touch Weekly. In addition, Brown’s a trained life coach and authors Do Better, Be Better (trademarked), an advice column where we she tackles issues with her signature candor and practical tips.
The native New Yorker attended Brooklyn Technical High School, graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a BA in Legal Studies, has a Masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Masters degree from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her written work has appeared in the following outlets: In Touch Weekly, JET, Essence, Black Enterprise, The New York Daily News, AOL Black Voices, Heart & Soul, Entertainment Weekly, Teen People, Uptown and SET.
Lorillia Brown-Phillips owner and principal of Brown & Associates Wealth Planning Services, LLCspecialize in helping Individuals and Small Business Owners maximize their income to build wealth. Lorillia is different from other Personal Finance Experts/Financial Advisors because she goes behind the WHY behind their money problems. Lorillia has created the Reset Your Mindset ™ Wealth Creation System, it is a step by step process which takes clients from mindset development to personal finance principles to wealth creation.
Lorillia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, and currently serves as an Adjunct Accounting Professor teaching Financial Accounting 101. She also has her FINRA securities licenses and NJ Life and Health Insurance Producer License.
Lorillia Brown-Phillips is an enthusiast for building and preserving wealth. She is the author of “Jump Start Your Credit: How To Negotiate and Settled Your Debts in 10 Steps”.
Dr. Xavier V. Bruce
Dr. Xavier V. Bruce is the founder of UP2LIFT Academic and Life Coaching. UP2LIFT, pronounced “uplift”, is an acronym for “Utilizing Professional and Personal Lessons to Innovatively Facilitate Triumphs”. Xavier executes this passion and purpose as an iPEC Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner. His coaching niche primarily consists of African-American students who are struggling in their dissertation process because of inner blocks to success, such as stress, anxiety, frustration and a general sense that they do not have what it takes to see it through.
Xavier is an active-duty Major in the U.S. Air Force and Afghanistan war veteran. While deployed, he earned his Doctorate of Business Administration in Global Supply Chain Management from Walden University. Xavier is an Alumni Ambassador at Walden University and was featured as a panelist in the 2012 Salute to Walden’s Military Community. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Information Systems Management from Wayland Baptist University and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Bruce also teaches Applied Managerial Decision-Making as a business professor at Colorado Technical University.
Dr. Bruce published the book entitled “Influence Strategies in Health Care GPOs: Impact of Employee Characteristics“. He is a Credentialed Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators and a Lifetime Member of the Air Force Medical Service Corps Association. Xavier also earned a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt while assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency. Dr. Bruce is a Lifetime Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Angela R. Clack
Dr. Angela Roman Clack is CEO of Woman’s Empowerment Group International, LLC, an international coaching organization created to empower women to achieve their personal and professional goals in business and in their personal lives. Dr. Clack is a Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Clack earned her doctorate in 2002 with a degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Clack is known for her ability to teach, supervise, coach and provide training in various areas pertaining to children, youth, and their families. Along with her training and teaching abilities, she has also mastered the subject area and is making a massive impact in her community in reducing the stigma of people of color who seek mental health treatment.
Faceted in the profession of mental health for greater than 20 years, Dr. Clack has developed and maintained her specialty arena which has included training direct care counselors, social workers, and juvenile detention workers on topics such as suicide awareness and prevention, managing challenging youth with mental illness, sexuality and the sexualized child, social skills and effective communication.
Currently, Dr. Clack’s private practice treats adults and youth suffering from depression, anxiety, grief/loss, as well as general emotional distress and relationship/interpersonal problems. Dr. Clack’s passion has been to provide emotional support and to empower women who are experiencing emotional distress and feelings of low self- worth.
Dr. Clacks approach to providing clinical care consists of teaching individuals to recognize maladaptive patterns in their thinking and behaviors that have resulted in inefficient emotional and behavioral functioning. Through her work with her clients she seeks to empower individuals to live life to their fullest potential!
Dr. Keisha Clark
Keisha Clark Ph.D., hails from New Orleans, LA rising to the top like cream to coffee in a city known as the Murder Capitol of the world. Born to teenage parents, her early years consisted of the many influences of “the village.”
Dr. Clark discovered her academic passion and escape during her high school years. She was recognized by her teachers as superior in knowledge and was placed on an accelerated track to prepare for college. She served in leadership and representative roles throughout high school. She also began completing college courses during high school and graduated at 16 years old in the top 5 of her class. She went on to gain scholarships and chose to attend the prestigious HBCU Dillard University.
Dr. Clark earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Educational Studies in the midst of Hurricane Katrina. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice and Security and is slated to complete her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership in June 2013.
Dr. Clark’s professional background includes non-profit mental health and substance abuse work. She has worked from direct-service to executive level positions serving the community. Dr. Clark has traveled the nation from Hawaii to District of Columbia delivering presentations and speeches on a variety of subjects.
Currently, Dr. Clark owns a motivational speaking, life coaching, and consulting business that focuses on EXTREME EXCELLENCE. You can find her business EX.C.E.L. (EXtreme Champions of Excellence and Leadership) on Facebook EX.C.E.L.Keisha.
I Coach | I Counsel | I Teach
Martha Dawson is a Holistic Life Coach who works with clients seeking both pleasure and purpose in life. Her approach to coaching is collaborative, flexible and solutions focused. Faced with the personal challenges of caring for her chronically ill son, who later transitioned, Martha’s philosophy of using all life experiences to activate transformation is the basis of her coaching practice. As such, she connects with clients on a compassionate and empathetic level that permeates the healing power of her work.
By using proven techniques learned from her background and training in counseling psychology, education, and Reiki energy-healing makes her sessions fun, inspirational and transformative. Martha is an expert at excavating root causes that sabotage her clients’ potential. Her eclectic approach identifies and removes obstacles that prevent success.
Martha holds a BA degree in Health from HamptonUniversitywhere she studied Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Martha also received a MA degree from ArgosyUniversity’s Schoolof Counseling Psychology. Her professional coaching and counseling experience includes; grief and bereavement, substance abuse, self-esteem building, skills for personal development and success building.
In addition, lending support to families with chronically ill children is her passion. Martha currently lives in the Atlantametropolitan area with her husband and three daughters. To learn more about Martha or Atlanta Holistic Wellness Coaching visit online at http://www.atlantaholisticcoaching.com
Inspirational, innovative, and empowering are but a few words to define the character of Nicholas Dillon.
An entrepreneur in his own right, Nicholas Dillon is on a mission to pursue his passion and build a legacy of influence. Dillon’s motivational speaking captures audiences in academic and corporate settings.
“My dad always had an entrepreneurial spirit and my mom encouraged me to be the best I can be in life because average will never get noticed or recognized,” says Dillon, who later in life took the leap of faith to pursue his education and the world of self-empowerment as a Certified Life Coach and counselor.
The Milwaukee native possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a Masters in Adult Education, as an alumnus of Marquette University and University of Phoenix, respectively. Dillon initially launched his professional career in the field of Insurance & Risk Management. His career has placed him in front of business executives which served as a launching pad for the multifaceted professional he has become.
It has not come easy for Dillon to find his frame-of-reference and path to greatness. In his youth, Dillon overcame health challenges related to lung and respiratory disease along with childhood bullying that fostered years of severe shyness and low self-esteem. Now, as an educator mentor, Dillon has moved beyond his past. He finds himself eager to share his inspiration in hopes of influencing others to push through obstacles to begin living their best life. “My spiritual foundation and recognizing that I belong to God and with Him all things are possible,” says Dillon. He encourages his clients and peers to use positive self-talk as a daily subconscious regimen to keep their mind focused on their purpose.
Dillon has appeared on BET with Ed Gordon, BlogTalkRadio, and been speaker at national and world conferences such as the American Society of Training & Development. Nicholas had built a reputation as an expert in coaching. He has authored his first published workbook titled, “Do You Know Who You Are – Seven Concepts to finding your Frame of Reference.” Nicholas Dillon has appeared as an expert on radio to facilitate discussion on topics from relationships to self-image. He has also been featured as the keynote speaker for several national conferences and organizations. Recently, Dillon presented the commencement address for Sanford Brown University’s graduating class of 2011.
Proving that your persistence and determination can take you wherever you want to go, Nicholas Dillon, motivational speaker, educator, life coach, and author is a mogul in the making led by divine inspiration. Inquire about FREE coaching session by visiting his website http://www.nicholasdillon.com
Dr. Ethel Drayton-Craig
Ethel Drayton-Craig, Ph.D. inspires you to live a beautiful and fulfilling life that transcends circumstance and change. In the midst of a hurried, consumption-filled, stressful society, Ethel Drayton-Craig has mastered living the good life. She brings possibility to the seemingly impossible; and balance and serenity to the overstressed and overbooked lives that most women live. She guides you in reclaiming, renewing, redefining and restoring the life of your heart’s desire. Single parent? Divorced? Moving? No problem. There is a way to be fulfilled and experience well-being. Ethel will facilitate that process for you.
Keynote Speaker, Lifestyle Author, & Blogger, Dr. Ethel Drayton-Craig co-authored, Stepping Stones To Success, with best-selling authors, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Dr. Denis Waitley, and other experts who give strategies for success. In this book, Ethel gives a new paradigm for success and a biblical foundation to assist clients in going beyond what hindered them in the past.
Dr. Loren C. Due
Since high school, award winning Author, Activist and Public Innovator Dr. Loren C. Due has been a man of deep conviction about the importance of child sexual abuse intervention, cruelty prevention and incest awareness in the Black family, particularly. A survivor of rape, Dr. Due used writing as a way to escape from the molestation. He has garnered much critical acclaim for both his in depth personal accounts as well as the complete portrayal of solutions to challenges faced by the abused and over comers of abuse.
Enchanted by spiritual ideas fused with explosive research, Due is the author of the cutting edge book Teddy Bear: Stolen Innocence – A true story of incest and sexual abuse in the black family and, Don’t Say a Word About This! Exposing and Confronting Sexual Perversion! Due’s products and services offer ways to respond to signs and symptoms of incest and maltreatment in any form.
Following his passion, Dr. Due is a devoted educator and successful businessman who guide community engagement campaigns on communicating values and practical teachings of hope, faith and family. Due’s writings are pleasingly descriptive, teachings are blessedly motivational and, his developmental strategies can assist individuals with deliverance from depression through divine intervention. Across the nation, Due hosts a weekly radio program on Blog Talk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dr-due He has been identified as an expert resource on psychosexual development and a life coach for those seeking a neutral source.
Dr Due owned and operated several businesses including a twenty-five year ownership of a Financial Services and Tax Preparation company. He worked as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for a temporary medical staffing and home care agency for twelve years owned and operated by him and his wife. He has an array of business experience as well as personal life skills.
Dr. Due earned Doctors of Ministry, Philosophy and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degrees from Friends International Christian University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Associate of Arts in Music from San Jose State University and San Jose City College. He serves as the Prophet, Evangelist and Teacher of JOY Christian Center. An avid reader, his hobbies are dancing, swimming, roller skating and walking. On a regular basis, Dr. Due likes to travel and, enjoys going to see motion pictures. Dr Due is the proud husband of Prophetess Arjeana Due, father of two loving children, Loren II and Teresa and, grandfather to three active grand children.
Kai Dupé is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University where he is conducting research on the under representation of African American males in computing. He is an evangelist for the use of technology in communities of color and an advocate for helping African American men reach their potential. He is a also former instructor for Kaplan University where he taught courses on programming and database design as well as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).
Kai holds a Masters degree in educational technology and is an accomplished professional speaker. In 2008 Mr. Dupé founded the popular Where Are Blacks in Technology blog. He is the host of The Kai Dupé Show, where he discusses all matters relating to African American males. Mr. Dupé is the advisory board chair of BiTWiSE, an organization for African American software engineers that was started by Microsoft and he has been a contributing writer for The Atlanta Post where he writes articles on the digital divide.
Dr. Christina Edmondson
Authentic. Accessible. Truthful. Are all words used to describe Christina Edmondson, PhD. She is a psychologist, women’s speaker, ministry consultant, and blogger, whose writings have been noted on YourBlackWorld.com and Essence.com.
Whether in the therapy room, at the speaker’s podium, or in the blogosphere, Christina is passionate about helping others develop fuller and richer mental and spiritual health. Her interests center on promoting strong families, raising healthy children, and resolving conflict in both secular and church settings.
Christina holds a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rochester and a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University. In addition to her professional pursuits and academic achievements, much of her time and love are spent being a full-time wife and mother of two.
Dr. Christopher Emdin
Dr. Emdin is a Professor in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also appointed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, his Masters of Science in Natural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Bachelors of Science degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry from Lehman College of the City University of New York.
He was previously an Instructor at Lehman College, where he coordinated the Science Education program. He has taught middle school science and mathematics, high school physics and chemistry, and been chair of science departments in New York City public schools. He was co-author on the proposal to open the Marie Curie School in the Bronx, New York and has been a researcher on many National Science Foundation funded research projects in mathematics and science education.
Dr. Emdin was recently awarded the 2008 Best paper for Innovation by the Association for Science Teacher Education. He was also awarded both the 2008 Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Dissertation award and 2009 Emerging Leader Award.
His research has been featured nationally on ABC and CBS news and he is a noted public speaker at events across the country. His first book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop generation and it will be available for purchase in the fall of this year.
Dr. Towanna B. Freeman
Freeman is one of those rare “Triple Threat Women.” She is an entrepreneur, mother and wife. She is a successful life coach, management consultant, inspirational and motivational speaker and advocate for young women. Freeman conducts workshops and conferences where she imparts a life-changing message that presents hope and inspiration. It is her purpose. It is her success. So much, in fact, that she has co-authored an award winning book, Purposeful Action, 7 Steps to Fulfillment, which reveals a seven-step method for identifying and effectively pursuing personal and professional goals.
Women and young girls receive help from Towanna B. Freeman to effectively identify and pursue personal goals in their quest toward obtaining more fulfilling lives. In 1999 Freeman founded the Young Women’s Empowerment Network (http://www.ywen.org) designed to help teen girls realize their potential to succeed in life and in 2008 she launched a new empowerment conference called “GIRL PREP” that is designed for pre-teen girls.
As a much sought after leadership development coach, Freeman helps develop and implement successful corporate leadership, effective teambuilding and the initiation of strategic change. Towanna delivers custom keynotes, coaching and training programs designed to assist organizations in their efforts to equip their leaders and key contributors with the skills and competencies needed to excel in today’s challenging business environment. She uses her expertise helping businesses shape corporate strategies that produce positive bottom line benefits. Towanna is a trusted partner and problem solver for many clients tackling morale, employee retention, employee engagement, training and development in the post-recession world.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her real world achievements have earned her a bevy of awards including an honorary doctorate degree and the Department of Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. She received her certificates in Corporate Coaching and Core Energy Coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
She is the creator of BlackLifeCoaches.net and principal consultant for Towanna Freeman & Associates, an active consultancy in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Freeman has recently been featured on AOL Black Voices, AT&T’s “28 Days of Inspiration,” Jet Magazine, and Essence.com.
Deborah Gray-Young is a 30 year marketing communications professional who has successfully introduced dozens of Fortune 500 brands to the African American consumer market.
She is the two time recipient of the Black Enterprise Top Women in Advertising and Marketing award, Woman of Excellence award and former chairperson of the AAAA Multicultural Media Committee. For 7 years, Deborah has sat on the external advisory council for the global research company Nielsen. She also sits on the advisory council of the communications company Interactive One.
Now Deborah has layered certified coaching credentials over her successful 30+ year career.
Coach D. Gray-Young is a Certified Professional Coach trained by one of the premiere coaching schools in the US, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Deborah works with women of color who are emerging or mature leaders who are ready to take bold and decisive action to change the trajectory of their lives. She calls it YOU 3.0.
No nonsense with a sense of humor, Deborah’s clients credit her wisdom and insight for helping them break through limiting beliefs and negative self perceptions to realize their personal power to choose what they want in life and make it happen. They are living their lives at a new level.
Deborah is also the author of the forthcoming book: Young Professionals Boot Camp for young adults entering the workforce. It is a whimsical guide inspired by the comedy of observation. Young Professional’s Boot Camp fills in the information gaps not provided in schools and home.
You can follow Deborah on Twitter @coachdgrayyoung or visit http://www.coachdgrayoung.com to learn more and read the weekly YOU 3.0 blog post.
Rashiah Greene is a Certified Life Coach, received a Master’s of Science in Human Services and is the proprietor of RG Personal Development. She provides coaching to help others achieve their goals and recognize their possibilities while helping to map out plans for success. Her focus is to help women and adolescent girls who are having trouble transitioning to a more positive lifestyle or in need of a little motivation. Also, Rashiah facilitates workshops for youth and adults on topics ranging from Self-Esteem to Getting Unstuck.
Dr. Corey Guyton
Dr. Corey Guyton is an author, speaker, educator, husband, and the founder of http://www.iwontsettle.com. He has spoken at colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the country about healthy dating/relationships, self-respect, and self-worth. In his free time, he writes for various websites and blog and he is also the author of, “Through the Eyes of a Man: The Truth about College Dating Revealed to Women”.
Dr. Guyton graduated from Clayton State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management. He immediately enrolled in the Master of Education program in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville in which he graduated in 2007. Despite others telling him he was too young to enter a PhD program, he stepped out on faith and applied to the Higher Education Leadership doctorate program at Indiana State University. In only three and a half years, Dr. Guyton completed his PhD from Indiana State University in 2011, making him the youngest person to ever complete the program.
On June 25, 2011, Dr. Guyton married the love of his life, Dr. Chutney Guyton. They do not have kids at the moment, but they are the parents of a beautiful cat named Mary Jane Guyton. Along with his wife, Dr. Guyton offer keynote speeches, workshops, and training sessions for individuals or groups. For more information, visit http://www.iwontsettle.com.
Linda Hampton RN MSN, Health Coach and Certified Life Coach. Specializing in helping stress-out, overworked, overwhelmed busy executives and entrepreneurs be more productive and successful in their life and business.
“I understand what stress can do to the human body. Not long ago, I led a very stressful life. I was overworked, over committed, trying to manage a full-time stressful job, a business from my home and still trying to be active in the lives of my grandchildren. I almost ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and high blood pressure. The funny thing is, I didn’t feel stressed. And that’s exactly why stress is so dangerous.”
Over the years I’ve read hundreds of books, took a variety of classes and workshops, and practiced a multitude of techniques to find my inner peace an energy to live of life of choice rather then a life that felt oppressive.
I started coaching out of my desire to share what I’ve learned over the past 15 plus years (and am still learning) about stress relief and relaxation. The information I share here is a combination of research, personal experience, and the collective wisdom of women from around the world.
In additional to my formal training, I educated myself on a variety topics related to stress relief, personal development and growth. Some of the topics that I am passionate about and practice are: relaxation techniques, alternative healing, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, nutrition for stress relief, NLP (neuro-linguistic-programming), communication, motivation, spirituality, weight release, EFT (emotional freedom technique), Pilates and Tai Chi.
Get inspired and do something about your stress. Stress is an everyday part of life but it doesn’t have to control every aspect of your life.
Author: “Curing Toxic Stress: Seven Smart Simple Steps to Find Balance and Eliminate Stress”
Speaker Topic: Stop Running Your Business Like an Emergency: CPR Strategies for the Overworked and Overwhelmed Busy Executive and Entrepreneur
Dr. Kenneth Harris Jr.
Dr. Kenneth Harris, Jr. has been a resident of Wisconsin since 1993. He holds bachelor degrees in Mass Communication and Criminal Justice Management from Illinois State University and Concordia University Wisconsin, respectively, along with a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University, concentrating in Finance and Risk Management. He is a December 2009 graduate of Marian University with a doctorate in Leadership Studies.
Dr. Harris founded LRC Publications in 1999 in an effort to create and present personal leadership solutions for adults and non-traditional adult education students. This resulted in the founding of “The Self-Leadership Challenge: The Source for Creating A Successful Future” and the creation of “The Continuous Challenge Program” (CCP) and the “Collegiate Leadership Challenge Program” (CLCP) for minority undergraduate students.
CCP acts as a group mentoring/leadership program for seeking work/life balance. Also, we offer group coaching and mentoring to support students as they complete their degree work by offering tools and peer solutions to issues unique to adult students, thus creating a successful future.
He enjoys nearly three decades of experience in broadcasting, over twenty-five years experience as a college educator, and has19 years of law enforcement experience,
Dr. Harris is active in the Milwaukee community. His current and prior volunteering includes leadership of a number of non-profit organizations.
Awards include Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association, the Distinguished Award of Community Service from Tribune Broadcasting Company, and a Meritorious Arrest Citation for Armed Robbery.
Dr. Harris’ personal passion lies in the study of W. E. B. Dubois’ “Talented Tenth”, adult education, and non-traditional graduation rates. He resides with his wife and daughters in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park community.
Maisha (means LIFE in Swahili) - is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, Lifestyle Enthusiast, Human Resources professional and mother of Tween girls. Maisha has always had a passion for life but more specifically, life as a woman; she believes that we should always remain true to self. Being raised by a single mother who has defied the odds like so many other single parents, believes that women have a natural gift and instinct that alludes to greatness and strength to endure.
Coach Maisha, holds an undergraduate degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Human Resources Development. She is the Owner and Creative Director of The Urban Edge LLC, a lifestyle boutique for women that promotes positive self-image and self-expression. Through her boutique, she coaches women of all ages that want to become more passionate, more purposeful and more in control of their life, while staying committed to being authentic to self. Coach Mai believes that life starts with a woman setting her standards and will end with a woman setting the standards. Her down to earth demeanor and approachable spirit to the sisterhood that is WOMAN, has guided her across the path of many young ladies and women looking for that “re up” in life. She is the coach that will guide you to it.
As a motivator, coach, lifestyle enthusiast and an active volunteer with various organizations throughout the Washington DC metro area; she seeks to bring about positive changes to everyday women by partnering with them to enhance their urban profile in writing and in person.
Coach Maisha has truly found passion in her name…
To learn more about Coach Maisha and The Urban Edge, visit: http://www.theurbanedge.org
Pauline Haynes is a Life Coach with the uncanny ability to help you identify what truly inspires you and helps you focus your life around those things that bring you joy, purpose and satisfaction. Clients who are attracted to her are ready to intentionally move from self-limiting beliefs, behaviors and decisions to create the shift necessary for their magnificent unfoldment.
The wide range of life experiences Pauline brings to the table includes successfully parenting two children, who are in turn living their purpose-filled lives! She has navigated the daily challenges and opportunities of living in three different countries, while visiting many. Her varied career has taken her from being a part owner in an ultra light manufacturing company, a massage therapist, a radio talk show host, a personal chef, an event planner, a cultural awareness trainer, an art curator and promoter, among other things. It is precisely because of Pauline’s intuitive nature, and her “out of the damn box” way of thinking that gives her the edge when working with clients.
Pauline is a life-long learner, and while not all her education and training is in a formal setting she is ably equipped to handle all situations. It was while giving a keynote address that she was invited to teach Cultural Awareness at a California State University, in their certificate program for managers and supervisors.
Pauline is so sure of her abilities and competence as a life coach that she gives her personal guarantee to all her clients. If after you have done the work decided upon collaboratively, you have not achieved your desired result, you’ll get your money back. Pauline’s heart-centered way of coaching is gentle, AND her tough-love, “put up or shut up” approach can be applied when necessary.
As a member of the International Coach Federation, she adheres to all the rules, expectations and ethics of the coaching profession, and employs the same level of integrity in her personal life.
Pauline has over 16 years working in corporate America; she has spent over 10 years volunteering with people living with AIDS; she has counseled people in crisis; is an avid gardener; loves to entertain; is a fabulous cook, and enjoys the finer things in life.
The words that sum up Pauline’s philosophy of life is Shift Happens! Do or Do Not. There is no try.
Rev. Jesse Herriott, M.A. is a 21st Century, Social Media-guy….who’s completed graduate work in Spirituality/Psychology (with a Gender Psychology emphasis) and he blends all 3 in his work… Oh, and he’s a big fan of french fries too!
Professionally, he is an adjunct professor based out of Atlanta, GA. Jesse has taught on college campuses in the south east, and he’s currently completing his PhD in Gender Psychology from NorthCentral University. Jesse’s Masters Degree is in Criminology or “Shadow Work” as he likes to call it; where his primary focus was on socioeconomic motivations behind criminal intent.
He is an ordained priest in good standing with his organization, of which you can find more about at http://www.theuac.org. He has over a decade of experience both in the research and practical aspects of pastoral counseling and therapy.
In addition, Jesse host’s a highly reviewed talk radio program where he dialogues with some of the most renown teachers and spiritual leaders in the world spanning both Eastern and Western Spiritual Traditions: from Dr. Arun Ghandi and Gangaji, to Bishop Carlton Pearson, Rev. Matthew Fox, and Bishop John Shelby Spong.
The focus of Jesse’s Doctoral research spans both the Gender and Psychological Processes of Men and Women, of which aren’t too many differences. But his favorite area of exploration has been in the area(s) of both Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Relationships…… as well as the realm of possibility within the human spirit, referred to as “Spirituality.” Jesse’s writing has been published on Unity.org, Unity Magazine, the International New Thought Alliance, ASANA journal of Yoga, and you can find his social commentary on Dr. Boyce Watkin’s Your Black World news site, http://www.yourblackworld.net.
According to Jesse:
“I’ve spent most of my life studying religion, spirituality, and psychology and from what i’ve gathered; my ability to form and maintain healthy relationships, both (personal, intrapersonal & interpersonal),has helped to drive my own decision-making, & life’s path. Developing those 3 areas helps one to Live what I call a “purposeful and passionate life.” ~Jesse+
Suzette R. Hinton
Suzette Hinton is on fire! Honing her talents and skills as a bookkeeper, musician/singer and writer and turning them into profitable businesses, she is living life on her terms and inspiring others to do the same.
The founder of Odyssey Administrative Services, Odyssey Music Consultants and Purposeful Connections, Suzette respectively provides virtual bookkeeping, music consultation and life coaching services. She is a transformer. With 20+ years in accrual and cash accounting, she transforms messed up, mishandled financial records into audit-ready documents. She is a refiner. Suzette takes raw musical talent and produces polished performers. Whether it’s preparing wedding singers, teaching piano students or working with choirs, Suzette brings star power to everything she does. She is an amplifier. As a life coach, she debunks the belief that living a mediocre life or working a job that you hate is the road to your dreams. With her book and coaching program, The Sound of My Life, she amplifies your inner expert and takes you from the background to believing your dreams matter.
Cherese L. Jackson
Direct, witty, and relevant are just a few words to describe the incredible gift resident in Life Coach Cherese Jackson.
Drawing from traumatic situations in her past and the power of focus to overcome them, Cherese seems to cut directly to the issues at hand whenever she speaks. Having traveled extensively as a developer of Non-Profit & For-Profit organizations and churches she has always seemed to find herself as a coach, confidante and leader. There is a passion and purity countless audiences have discovered in her voice.
After spending several years in the Philadelphia area, she has married and joined forces with Early Jackson and together they have formed New Direction Coaching Associates; an organization dedicated to developing individuals, groups and companies to the core beliefs and visions that make them profitable in all they endeavor. Cherese has worked to help New Direction Coaching Associates successfully launch an interactive website, several CD productions, weekly and monthly empowerment events, as well as release the highly acclaimed book ‘Groomed For Greatness’ with a multi city book tour. She is the co-author of her first book with her husband, “50 Affirmations For Next Level Living.” Cherese was a speaker for Ignite Hampton Roads 2012 and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and the Black Life Coaches Network.
If you want that ‘WOW’ factor at your next event, if you are ready to take your department’s team to the next level of accountability or you want to sit down with someone who won’t feed you any ‘bull’, you are ready to meet Cherese Jackson!
Early L. Jackson Jr.
Early Jackson, profoundly recognized as a Social Activist, has been laboring to bring balance, skill, relevance and understanding to people of all nationalities. After effectively overcoming a stretch of drug addictions, Early has highly developed himself to become a successful life coach. As a result Early has had the opportunity to speak at such prestigious institutions as Rider University, The University of Phoenix, Jefferson Hospital, The Philadelphia Board of Education and The University of Pennsylvania.
He has also served diligently as an educator, a conference and seminar host as well as a radio and television personality in the Greater Philadelphia area for more than thirteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Managment and he is acclaimed for his work as a certified Professional Coach working with individuals, couples, families and professionals in designing and living extraordinary lives. In addition, Early, has a special ability to build leaders, while developing people to a life of happiness, with deep, lasting satisfaction and fulfillment.
Early is known for his passionate teaching, humor and genuine love for people. Drawing from experience as a leader in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm, he proclaims a liberating message of empowerment to those who lack a voice of affirmation. He is known as ‘the constant encourager’ to many who seek a greater experience of true achievement.
Early Jackson, happily married to his wife Cherese, is a heavily sought after teacher and conference speaker; he has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally. He is the author of “Groomed For Greatness: 31 Days To An Empowered Life” and “10 Mistakes I Made Before 30 & How To Avoid Them” as well as a variety of Coaching CD series. His overarching belief “If we are to exercise our full status and potential in this life we must be retrained in our daily behavior and mind sets” is a prevalent and recurring theme in his teachings.
Dr. Terry Jackson
Terry Jackson is a highly accomplished, experienced and dynamic Certified Executive Coach, Leadership Development Coach, Life Coach, Sales Trainer, Business Coach and Consultant. Terry’s passion and purpose is helping others improve their quality of life. Terry has an established history of helping others improve their skills sets, their ability think and process information and change their behaviors.
Terry is a visionary with 25+ years of progressive leadership experience in sales, marketing, operations management, and business consulting within startups and Fortune 500 companies. Terry holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change. He has demonstrated success catapulting sales, expanding existing markets, building strategic business relationships, and developing staff to achieve client and corporate goals. Terry has extensive experience in P&L management, new product launches, territory turnarounds, brand management, contract negotiations, auditing, people development, and Six Sigma methodology implementation. He also has been an entrepreneurial coach and leader designing as well as executing business and marketing strategies driving market penetration and client revenue.
Terry has led large scale consulting and coaching engagements in the following industries: Education, Financial, Petroleum, Telecommunications, State and Federal Government, Retail and Consumer Package Goods.
Latrisha Jacobs, The Life Makeover Specialist, is a mentor and motivational speaker who specializes in helping women in transition to create their own definition of success so that they can live freely, love openly, and laugh often. Latrisha has created the “Your Hell Yeah Life: Laugh Equation TM” to show women a step-by-step formula for changing their life on their own terms and breaking all the rules. Her book “30 Days to Your Hell Yeah Life” is a new and fresh outlook on what it really takes to figure out exactly what it is you want and how to use the law of attraction with a little ass kicking action to make it all come true.
Latrisha is the girl who according to most stats out there did everything wrong but got everything right. A wife at 18 and mom by 19 Latrisha has had her share of ups and downs in this little dance we call life. By using her own personal experiences, the good, bad and ugly, she allows her clients and community to get a non-scripted, in your face, and raw look at what it means to live a life that really truly does rock.
Now the CCOE (Chief Chick Over Everything) Latrisha leads mindset training programs for women who are ready to make a radical change in their lives and travels the world speaking and attending conferences.
Latrisha lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband Terrance Jacobs, son Terrance Jr, daughter Tamia and their three dogs.
George James Jr.
George James, Jr., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works extensively with adolescent and adult men on various issues. He also specializes in helping couples improve the quality of their relationship, reconcile conflicts and overcome intense situations such as affairs, parenting struggles and loss of a loved one.
Mr. James is president and CEO of George Talks, LLC, a communication and consulting company. He is also the founder and director for the past eight years of a men’s group that focuses on helping men improve their emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual well being.
Additionally, Mr. James’ clinical expertise includes religion/spirituality concerns, affairs, sex therapy, improving communication in relationships, vulnerability, conflict, loss/grief and enhancing intimacy. He has worked extensively with men, athletes, actors/actresses, entertainers, substance abusers, high-risk adolescents, the incarcerated population individuals with various addictions, and couples and families from various ethnic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Mr. James has been a reoccurring expert guest on many TV and online programs including: It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle (an Emmy Award winning, issues-oriented talk show covering various topics with viewers from Maine to Florida); Comcast Network CN8; NBC10’s 10! Show (News & Entertainment morning program on Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate); CBS3; FOX29 AOL Black Voices and NBC10’s (Philadelphia affiliates of CBS, FOX & NBC) evening news. In 2005, Mr. James appeared weekly on CN8’s Morning Show, Your Morning (News & Entertainment morning program on the Comcast Network). Since 2004, Mr. James has appeared in over 100 television interviews. Mr. James has also been an expert guest on many Philadelphia radio stations including WURD 900 AM, WRNB 107.9 FM, WPHI 100.3 FM, WPPZ 103.9 FM, Detroit’s WJR 760 AM and Chicago’s WVON 1690 AM. Since 2006, he has appeared in more than 75 radio interviews.
Mr. James is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH, a premarital program, and in PREP, a divorce prevention and marriage enhancement curriculum. He is also trained as a PAIRS relationship mastery, skill-building counselor and a SOUL HEALING Couples in Crisis counselor. He attended Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar, and majored in Psychology and concentrated in Africana Studies. He received his Masters of Family Therapy degree from Drexel University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Association of Christian Counselors and the Philadelphia Association of Clinical Psychologists.
He is married to Candace and they are parents to their beautiful daughter, Nalani.
Cresenda is a Certified Professional Coach with an M.Ed. and an MBA in management that provide a solid foundation for helping clients achieve their goals. In addition, she has significant professional and volunteer experience in the areas of strategic planning, teaching, mentoring, spiritual leadership, public speaking, organizational leadership and interpersonal relationship development. With her energetic passion towards a fulfilled life, she has helped many have deeper self-knowledge, move closer to meeting their goals, and fulfilling their dreams.
She has been trained to assist clients in transforming their financial, health and wellness, relational, spiritual, emotional, and professional lives. After the development of vision statement we will partner to create and follow a plan that will lead you to overcoming roadblocks, personal growth and fulfillment, accomplishment of your goals, and realization of your dreams.
Despite early family financial struggles and challenges, Cresenda has always worked to achieve her full potential and to make a positive difference in our world. With eight years of determined focus on personal growth, Cresenda has transformed her life from a Type-AAA personality to one of greater serenity. With vulnerability and compassion, she continues to serve others professionally and through volunteering in her community.
Cresenda brings her warmth, skills, expertise, and resources to support her clients. Clients experience encouragement, professionalism, sustainable results, quality service and magnificent care. Born in Washington, DC, Cresenda now lives in the NY/NJ/PA tri-state area. Cresenda has served as a mentor since 1987. You can find Cresenda at https://www.facebook.com/CresendaJonesLifeCoach.
Certified life coach Jackie Jones works with people who want to transform their careers. Her firm, Jones Coaching, LLC, helps individuals and group members identify their passions and design game plans for victory. She also conducts workshops in team building for employers and boards of directors. The journalism graduate of George Washington University is a member and former national officer for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). She received life coach certification from the Coach Training Alliance and is a results-oriented Dream Builder, certified by the Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey and is the author of Taking Care of the Business of You: 7 Days to Getting Your Career on track. She can be reached at email@example.com or at http://www.jonescoaching.net.
Lateresa A. Jones
Lateresa has spent almost a life time journaling about her experience as a victim of child abuse, domestic violence and self-healing. She has expertise in providing advice and support to people who are recovering from Domestic Violence, Rape, Abuse and Incest, helping them make decisions, solve problems, and take their lives back. Lateresa is a high achiever of outstanding results in Loving Life & Living well after abuse.
Lateresa currently works with; RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest national network) operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in conjunction with over 1100 local rape crisis centers around the country. As a RAINNmaker she helps raise funds necessary to operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline and Online Hotline, and resources to educate the public. Lateresa “Talks” about mental effects of sexual assault on victims through increasing public awareness as a member of RAINN’s Speakers Bureau. She is self-taught & educated in all the things she thrives in. A Published author “America We Are Guilty”. 12 Steps into Greatness, Cd. Business Owner; Exclusive Cigar Shop & Exclusive Cigars Mobile Lounge the Children’s University, Americano University of English, Dominican Republic.
Current practices are Yoga, meditation, and meta-physics. Her hobbies, reading, smoking cigars, fishing, traveling and ethnic food.
Lateresa says her greatest accomplishments; she and her husband will graduate three doctors, one educator. That’s worth standing up for and preserving a path for our grandchildren.
Alonzo M. Kelly
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Alonzo migrated to Wisconsin to attend St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary. From there his journey has included residency in several cities and a proven record of successful leadership. Kelly’s personal and professional leadership style is rooted in faith, community, and service.
Kelly’s background includes not-for-profit and for-profit experience with all ages, genders, and nationalities. He is the architect behind the first Teen Court Juvenile Correction Program for the state of Wisconsin, and served as a human resource director and generalist for a national long term care facility and large nationally recognized pediatric hospital. In addition, he has extensive budget and operations experience in the healthcare field as well as senior leadership experience in the financial arena having previously served as senior vice president for Wells Fargo Funds Management Group.
Kelly’s services are requested by individuals, institutions, and professional organizations for assistance with training aimed at increasing leadership capacity, personal accountability, diverse professional recruitment & retention, fund development strategies, and other leadership related topics. In addition to leading his leadership consulting practice, he is currently an adjunct professor for Concordia University teaching such courses as Accounting, Corporate Finance, Financial Issues in Healthcare, Organizational Behavior, Systems Thinking and Performance Measurement, Operations & Project Management, and Human Resource Management.
The Kelly Leadership Group, LLC, founded in 2009, is a leadership development firm whose mission is to provide access to key resources necessary for individuals and organizations to achieve set goals. The vision of the organization is to become the premier provider of personal and professional evolution services resulting in stronger leaders for organizations and our communities. To date, more than 500 professionals have joined KLG’s Evolving Leader Network™ for personal and professional development.
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Marian University, a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University, a Master of Human Resource and Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiations. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and served on a plethora of nonprofit Boards and subcommittees.
D’Angelo Kinard is one of the most sought after strength & conditioning experts in the country. Amassing more than 13 years of training experience, Mr. Kinard has worked with a variety of clients including top professional and amateur athletes, models, military/law enforcement, musical artists, celebrities, rehab/recovery patients, and several sports teams.
D’Angelo’s approach to training is innovative and comprehensive. Emphasis is placed on the mental component of health and wellness as much as the physical. This fresh perspective has set him apart in the industry. A student of the martial arts for over a decade, D’Angelo has worked with some of the top martial artists in the world. His work has created demand for his expertise around the world. D’Angelo has personally trained 5 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions, as well as MMA fighters of the UFC and Strikeforce. Motivation and mental conditioning is integral in his training approach. Inspiring and motivating some of the world’s top athletes has created his passion for inspirational speaking.
LaLaina M. Knowles
Relationship and Life Coach, Best Selling Author and Speaker LaLaina Knowles is the founder of Total Transformation Center located in Central Florida, which offers elite life coaching services to clients worldwide. Her clientele includes everyone from actors to housewives.
LaLaina developed a passion for people at the tender at of 20 while employed overseas for the Department of Defense and has been helping individuals transform their lives for over eighteen years through coaching, speaking engagements, and literary works. LaLaina’s primary mission is to empower individuals and help them accomplish goals that will take them to the next level in both their professional and personal lives.
LaLaina attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where she majored in Early Childhood Education, Troy University in Troy, Alabama where she majored in Psychology has been trained as a Certified Life Strategies Coach Practitioner at Spencer Institute and is currently working towards her goal of obtaining her Doctorate of Psychology emphasizing in Clinical Psychology.
LaLaina Knowles is also a featured member of the Black Enterprise recognized organization National Association of Women on the Rise and also volunteers with various literacy programs and juvenile justice programs in Central Florida. For more information visit http://www.totaltranformationcenter.com and http://www.lalainaknowles.com.
Author / Motivational Speaker / Marriage Coach
Martez Layton aka, “The Affair Doctor” is the Founder and owner of Dream Builders Professional Coaching, LLC which was established in 2008. After Martez and his wife overcame infidelity in their marriage, they both decided to dedicate their lives to healing hearts and healing homes. Martez believes that the keys to a healthy marriage are prevention and maintenance. Martez enjoys talking to people, listening to their dreams, healing their hearts and encouraging them to never stop believing. He served in the United States Navy for 12 years and became an entrepreneur at the age of 30 by opening his first business, Quality Cleaners of Pensacola; full service dry-cleaners. Martez has been involved in ministering, mentoring, speaking, coaching and counseling for over 15 years. Martez received a Certified Professional Coach designation from the International Coaching Academy, which is accredited through the International Coaching Federation. This gives you a coach who has high ethical standards and has met rigorous coaching requirements based on education and professional coaching experience. Martez went through the process of becoming certified to honor his passion for coaching and to legitimately call himself a Professional Coach.
Martez is the author of the newly released book, “A Blessed Affair”; Be careful what you curse your curse could be your blessing”, which is published by Tate Publishing and How to overcome an affair: 7 proven ways to restore love and trust in your marriage. Martez writes a monthly email newsletter and weekly tips that offer practical advice on how to prevent and overcome infidelity and how to maintain a healthy marriage. Martez and his wife Woodrina have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network Television series Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal and on CBN’s The 700 Club. Martez received the Marriage Works certificate from Light University. Martez and Woodrina have been married for over 20 years and have 2 wonderful children.
Kisha Lee is the owner and founder of a website and interview show called Purpose and is about to launch Purpose Productions…all dedicated to uplifting, inspiring and helping people discover and fulfill their purpose in life. She is also a singer, song writer and counselor. She was born and raised in a small town in NC and has 2 brothers and 3 sisters. She comes from a line of pastors and ministers. Her late father and her grandfather were pastors and her mother and aunt are both ministers as well.
At the age of 7 she started to recognize her connection with God (Source) and began to hear His voice. She diligently began to seek God for her calling and purpose and at the age of 17 and felt the strong urge to be a voice to encourage others to live happier and more purposeful lives nationally and internationally.
As a child she had to overcome a few obstacles such as being told she was stupid. She was also told she wasn’t coordinated enough to play in sports, not knowing that she was battling ADD and dyslexia. Despite it all her challenges she was determined to do all the things she was told she couldn’t do including play basketball, softball and cheerleading. Although she battle with reading aloud, she won an Optimus Essay Writing Contest and gave a speech to the City Council Members of her home town. She went on to attend the School of Communication Arts graduating in Computer Graphic Arts and Animation. She did it all without proper diagnosis or medication. She was determined to do everything people said she couldn’t do, turning those potential discouragements into fuel to accomplish her goals, truly believing that there was nothing she couldn’t do if she tried hard enough.
Kisha went on to become a licensed minister and have had many opportunities in her life such as singing and traveling with Christopher Brinson and the Ensemble (known for the hit gospel song “What If God Is Unhappy With Our Praise”) and also internationally known gospel music recording artist Pastor John P Kee and New Life (known for hits like “Jesus Is Real” and “There’s A Lilly In The Valley”). She has also worked on air and behind the scenes in the areas of television, radio and church ministries.
She is humbled at the gifts, talents and opportunities God has blessed her with and it is her mission to free the imprisoned mind and help heal the spiritually sick and wounded through the knowledge of the power of God and in knowing who they really are. She is available for speaking engagements, seminars, counseling sessions, singing engagements. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcus L. Matthews
M. L. Matthews is a native Memphian. He was a reporter and editor for The Daily Helmsman, a sports intern for the The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) and Birmingham Post-Herald (AL), an editorial assistant for The Associated Press and a media relations associate with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies while writing for their website.
M.L. received the Outstanding Newspaper/Magazine Student and National Association of Black Journalists, Excellence in Sports Reporting Awards from Memphis in 2003 before graduating with a bachelors of arts in journalism. From there, he taught African-American, American and British Literature, Contemporary Issues, and Speech for Memphis City Schools while earning a master’s degree in instruction and curriculum leadership from The University of Memphis in 2008.
As a teenager, M.L. dated a girl who said he fathered her child. In a tragic turn of circumstances, the girl who accused him died weeks before a DNA test proved that he was not the father of her child. His story and four other stories of men who were falsely accused of paternity are told in his first book, “I Am Not the Father: Narratives of Men Falsely Accused of Paternity.” “I Am Not the Father” was featured in the 2011 National Association of Black Journalists Authors Showcase in Philadelphia and has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the South and on numerous TV and radio programs.
M.L. currently serves as Vice President for The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club Board of Directors. He also coordinates the largest circulated high school news publication in the country, The Teen Appeal, and advises the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists at The University of Memphis. In addition to that, M.L. is pursuing a doctorate in higher education with research interests involving access and retention in higher education for African-American males.
M.L.’s first film, a documentary entitled, “I Am Not the Father” will debut at the Southern Black Writers & Artists Film Festival in April 2012. His newest book release, “Runners,” is a children’s book for children ages 8 and up, but is popular with people of all ages. The book, which features text in English and Spanish, encourages people to run at their dreams.
Stephanie D. McKenzie
Stephanie D. McKenzie, WhatTheLove’s (http://www.whatthelove.org) Founder and Coaching Director brings her talents as an award-winning marketer and her abilities to empower and impact others to this adventure.
Coach Stephanie (but you can call her “Coach Steph”) has completed her relationship, life and bereavement coaching certifications with ICF (International Coaching Federation) Certified, World Coach Institute, and is a Certified Relationship Coach (CRC) and Professional Coach (CPC).
In addition to her extensive experience in business and marketing, Stephanie is truly passionate about relationships, and the impact they have on our lives. Melding her two loves–business and relationships–she has authored her latest book,”The Business of Dating,” which is currently available on Amazon.com.
Featured on Yahoo.com, eHarmony.com, in Shape Magazine and on radio programs from Los Angeles, Chicago and most recently, the United Kingdom, using her special brand of Southern charm and relentless rockstar rhetoric, Coach Steph brings a unique perspective to getting the life and love you deserve!
TracyMac (Tracy McNeil) is a certified life coach and founder of Peace Place LLC, TracyMac Publishing, TracyMac Coaching Services and has been coaching since 2004. She is also the author of “The Book of Purpose: The You Testament”, a thought-provoking book that assists the reader in discovering the answers to two of life’s most intriguing questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Their purpose! Coach TracyMac helps corporations, non-profit organizations, veterans/dependents, and professional women and men move beyond what may have become mundane or unbalanced with discovering, fulfilling and continually advancing their life’s purpose and mission. She attended Winston Salem State University and later earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science from Western International University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Additionally, she is a graduate of Coach Training Alliance, a Certified Master Life Strategist with Kairos Institute of Personal Discovery and has over twenty-six years of experience to include the private sector, non-profits and state and federal government, which gives her the skill to connect with people from diverse cultures and economic levels.
Specializing in self-discovery and relationships, through individual and group coaching, workshops, seminars and keynote speeches, she is the ideal go-to for sustaining results and measurable success. She demonstrates the prevailing excellence to help her clients overcome and thrives on seeing them have breakthrough moments that are life-changing and evident in their accomplishments. Coach TracyMac has proven to be a powerful investment by helping others discover, evolve, create, implement and achieve! She invites you to email her at email@example.com and visit her website at http://www.iamtracymac.com.
Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad
Abdul-Rahmaan Ibn Muhammad is more than a motivational or inspirational speaker. He has more to offer than a keynote address or a positive message. He is more than just talk and believes that action always speaks louder than words. He is a Dream Chaser.
Since 1994, Muhammad has been sharing, speaking and most importantly living the life of a Dream Chaser. As a young father he believed that he must chase his dreams in order to provide a positive life for his daughter and teach her that anything is possible. With the power of his personal motto “Never Stop Dreaming” Muhammad has created a number of businesses, products, gone on adventures and inspired individuals all over the world. Muhammad’s concepts of identifying a dream, dedicating time, finding help, creating steps to your dream and once the dream is attained, to Never Stop Dreaming has been the driving force of his message. He recognized that individuals often sought to catch a dream, but never took the time to follow the crucial steps, or put in the time that it takes to catch their dreams.
One of Muhammad’s most successful dreams is that of starting a community based social service agency. My People Clinical Services, founded in 2005, is one of the leading fee for service social services agencies in Connecticut. The driving philosophy of MPCS is derived from the agencies mission statement: “To enable My People to help Your People so that Our People will succeed” and the model to SUPPORT-EMPOWER-REBUILD children and families. My People Clinical Services has served over 4,000 children and families since it’s inception in March 2005 through their six core programs: Father to Father, Therapeutic Services, Therapeutic Support Staff, Supervised Visitation, and Female Empowerment Program.
With the dream of getting his dynamic message out to other Dream Chasers, Muhammad published a workbook entitled, “The Dream Chaser Workbook”, which features steps every dream chaser should take in the process of catching their dreams. This book is not Muhammad’s first publication. In 2007, he published, “Soapbox Poetry”, a book containing a number of Muhammad’s poems.
Muhammad received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tougaloo College, in Tougaloo, MS and received his Masters in Social Work degree from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Muhammad is married to his beautiful wife, Dayeshell and is the proud father of three children, Aminah, Amirah and Amir.
Dr. Shambra Mulder
Dr. Shambra Mulder is an academic scholar/professional life coach with over 15 years of experience advocating for those who are considered “the least of these”. She is guided by her calling to help people reach their fullest potential. Dr. Mulder combines her gift of discernment, personal life experiences, academic training, and professional experiences to provide her clients with accurate and adequate information to make informed decisions. In other words, she helps them by researching information, providing insight and clarity, and holding them accountable for successfully reaching their goals. Dr. Mulder is described as a humorous, compassionate, tell-it-like-it-is, no excuse woman capable of helping anyone reach their goals.
Dr. Mulder has an advanced degree in School Psychology where she spent 8 years working in the public schools advocating for a quality education and social services for students with various disabilities. She earned her doctoral degree (PhD) in Educational Psychology. She is currently a professor at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) where she studies teachers’ perceptions about their capabilities in teaching racially and culturally diverse students, multicultural education, and equity issues in public schools and higher education institutions. Visit her website at http://www.professionallifecoachllc.com
Dr. Deana Murphy
Dr. Deana Murphy is a servant to humanity, regarded as America’s 1st Interior Living Doctor and the expert on interior lifedesign http://deanamurphyglobal.com. An international recognized award winning author of Designing for the King: From Chaos to Order by Designing Within, she has taken her 25+ year career on a path as a high-energy speaker, spiritual and vision consultant and entrepreneur, addressing the similarities of designing tangible and intangible spaces. Dr. Deana is the only certified interior designer keen on producing sustainable solutions for women leaders who have trouble with inner conflicts and chaos and aren’t content with mediocrity in their lives, but are ready to drop the excuses and truly begin living the life God destined for them to live. She has an uncanny knack for boosting your faith, confidence and determination to get out in the world and make your mark.
Dr. Deana is gifted at integrating her wealth of interior design expertise with her jovial personality and depth of spiritual understanding to produce solutions in a compassionate way addressing four core life areas: spiritual design, personal design, professional design and home/domestic design. Her words are like a concise handbook on how to get energized to pursue, seize and fulfill your destiny based on actual practical knowledge.
Dr. Deana’s 360 Interior Living platform has reached national television and global attention including O Magazine. In 1999, Dr. Deana established and later repositioned LivingDesign360— ranked one of twenty exceptional business icons of 2010-2011 by Exceptional People Magazine— a company that essentially provides a blueprint for the woman who questions her direction yet knows she wants to experience and embrace a holistic life, work and home that exemplifies and perfects her assignment.
A former Temple University adjunct professor, Dr. Deana holds undergrad and grad degrees in Business Economics, Interior Architecture and Design, and a Doctorate in Divinity. Dr. Deana believes anyone’s greatness can be realized when they serve their inherent gift to humanity and she desires to help one million women discover the answers they need to create a brilliant reality lifestyle story that reflects her truest passions, authentic values, deepest desires and genuine integrity.
Pennie Murray’s various careers as a police officer, radio talk show host, business owner, and seminar facilitator have shaped her passion for helping others experience their brand of success. Pennie’s doctoral studies in industrial and organizational psychology were recognized with summa cum laude honors, and by her induction into the Pi Gamma Mu and Psi Chi honor societies.
As a speaker, certified NLP coach, and author, she is the creator of the Giving Myself Permission (GMSP) Initiative, and Emotional Clarity Workshops™, which helps individuals lessen the grip of the emotions that sabotage our successes, and end the addiction of seeking the approval of others. With additional certifications in conflict mediation and emotional intelligence, coaches individuals to help resolve the internal conflicts that sabotage their efforts towards a greater quality of life, reconnect with their internal resources.
Pennie is also the author of the book, Giving Myself Permission: Putting Fear and Doubt in Their Place and the audio CD, Asking for Richer Ground: The Power of Your Words.
Des O’Connor qualified as a Life Coach in 2009. He has been specializing in providing Single Women with tools and resources to improve every area of their lives, to benefit and help them in finding and attracting the right man.
Learn more about Des O’Connor visit http://www.SingleWomensCoach.com
Dr. Curtis L. Odom
Dr. Curtis L. Odom is a human capital strategist, management consultant, entrepreneur, professional speaker, published author, and an executive coach. Additionally, as principal and managing partner of Prescient Talent Strategists, LLC., Dr. Odom partners with clients to solve the dilemma of how and when to buy, build, or borrow the talent their organization needs for the future, while remaining focused on running the business of their organization today. Curtis is also author of the book Stuck In the Middle: A Generation X View of Talent Management.
Curtis has over 15 years of international experience in talent management, performance consulting, training, and instructional design as a practitioner, researcher, author, and speaker. Dr. Odom has been a consultant and an employee with Fortune 100 companies in the industries of aerospace and defense, software engineering, insurance and financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare. His 10 years of military service in the United States Navy serve as a solid foundation of his expertise in strategic planning and tactical application of organizational development, change management, blended learning frameworks and integrated
talent management to maximize organizational investments in human capital.
Dr. Odom is an expert change leader with extensive experience leading and implementing large-scale change. Curtis is best known for his ability to create solutions to help organizations get the most of their time and effort invested in change projects. Dr. Odom is a certified master training specialist whose facilitation experience includes: strategic planning, conflict resolution, project kick off, project turn around, team building, data gathering, focus groups, large corporate meetings, action learning event coordination, project scoping, design, execution, evaluation, and after action review.
Curtis has an earned doctorate of education from Pepperdine University and has been industry certified as both a Human Capital Strategist (HCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP) from the Human Capital Institute. Dr. Odom’s additional accomplishments include completion of a certification from Cornell University as a Certified Diversity Practitioner (CCDP). Most notably, Curtis was awarded the high distinction of being selected as a member of the Boston Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 class for 2010.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~Thomas Edison
Renée Parks, Ph.D. dubbed the “HEALologist”, is an author, speaker and holistic life coach specializing in natural remedies that prevent and heal chronic illness. Her mission is to empower women to heal their lives and fulfill their true potential.
Dr. Renée is the author of The Four Paths to Ultimate Wellness, a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of how to be healthier, feel fantastic, look younger and enjoy life. She is the creator of the Wellness Makeover Program, which helps women to create a wellness formula that addresses root causes rather than cure symptoms.
Dr. Renée is the Executive Director of the Universal Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that educates the public on emotional, physical, financial and environmental wellness. She received her doctoral degree in Holistic Life Coaching from the University of Sedona, International Metaphysical Ministry.
For more information visit http://www.DrRenee.com or call 410 630-6989.
Dr. Alvin S. Perry
Alvin S. Perry, DBA, MBA is an inspirational speaker and a proven leader with over twenty years of experience in the consumer products and consulting industries. His corporate experience consists of management positions with IRI, Colgate-Palmolive, NCR Corporation, the Pepsi-Cola Company, M&M/Mars and Wal-Mart. Dr. Perry also has over 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur founding four startup companies. Dr. Perry has adjunct faculty experience with William Patterson University, Montclair State University, and Essex County College. Dr. Perry, the strategist, is also a very passionate entrepreneur, inventor, professional speaker, songwriter, author, and filmmaker. Dr. Perry possesses a DBA Degree in Entrepreneurship from Walden University. In addition, he possesses a MBA from Centenary College and dual Bachelors of Business Administration Degrees in both Marketing and Management, from Valdosta State University.
Dr. Perry is also a published author with 6 literary offerings which are: The Circus Act-Unleash the Entrepreneurial Spirit in You!, The 1st 90 Days in Your Assignment, The College Experience, From High School to Career Success, The Middle School Mix, and It’s Elementary School. Dr. Perry has also published author Earl Best delivering the literary work, The Fingerprint-Identifying The Real You. He is also an academic scholar completing a doctoral study titled: Identifying the Keys to Entrepreneurial Sustainability beyond the First 5 Years.
“Keep your feet movin’, you’re one step away from positive Change. Quitting is a choice you do not have to make!”
Angela Pride, founder of Coach With Pride is recognized for her ability to meet her clients where they are; take them out of their comfort zone and move them to their NEXT level of success. Angela works with Small businesses of all kinds and their teams on Leadership Development. Angela left the corporate world because she was passionate about seeing other Leaders grow not only for their companies but for themselves as well.
Angela helps her clients find that extra time that is so needed in today’s world of business. She focuses on self- managing and reducing stress with her clients. Known for her matter of fact coaching style, Angela pushes her clients to grow and always continue MOVING FORWARD by providing the freedom and flexibility that comes along with being STRESS FREE.
The 9 Most Important Things You Should Know About Coach Jason
1. As a licensed Business Coach with ActionCOACH Business Coaching, Jason has personally studied under multi-millionaire Business Coaches, Seminar Presenters and Business Trainers.
2. Prior to being chosen to become an ActionCOACH, Jason proudly served in the US ARMY, Graduated from Specs Howard School of Broadcasts Arts, and went on to have a successful sales career.
3. Jason and his wife are in the process of building a successful, non-profit completely from scratch that will help others throughout South Eastern Michigan.
4. Jason believes whole heartedly in Action’s vision of “World Abundance Through Business Re-Education”. He firmly believes if business owners were properly educated and had the support of a business coach, Michigan would NOT have been hit so hard by the recession.
5. He strongly believes that coaching brings the accountability of the business owner to the forefront. Jason will work with you, to get you completely in control of your business and life. After coaching, you’ll look back on your business and reminisce about the ‘tough times’ as you enjoy a whole new level of success and entrepreneurialism.
6. Being committed to continuous learning, Jason ensures that he attends a major training course/seminar/conference – 4 times a year with a view to increasing his knowledge. He has studied courses with some of the world’s leading presenters covering topics from Financial, Business, Real Estate, Management and Leadership, Presentation and Self Development. Over the next year Jason has planned to personally invest in learning and development.
7. Jason is happily married to his wife and best friend, Crystal, with whom he is raising two beautiful, energetic young boys: Justin (7) and Jacob (5).
8. He is a voracious reader of titles on leadership, management, and business. He also enjoys sports, traveling, running, teaching, and spending time with his family.
9. By combining his personal knowledge with the Action system, Jason now helps business owners increase their profits, explore new opportunities, get the most from their team members, free up their time, and reduce the stress many business owners experience day in and day out. Jason’s coaching style offers both balance and variety. http://www.actioncoach.com/jasonradford.
Yani Ransome is an empowerment and mindset expert for women dealing with stress, depression, and preparing in birth. She is a speaker, writer, professional coach and creator and founder of LifeKNX.
After spending most of her life trying to finding meaning in her existence, she found that life is fulfilled when it is lived in totality. She is intrigued by people and loves to converse about life, love, perception, and possibilities. In her conversations, she has found that people have the same basic desires, the difference is how it is manifested in each persons life. She is an evolutionary woman, wife and mother who is very energetic, optimistic, compassionate, and understanding with an artistic soul. She is devoted to helping people discover their true creative power and to create the life of their dreams.
A believer that integrity and character begin within the family, this loving wife and mother is very dedicated to maintaining a warm home environment filled with support and celebration of life. She has the same warmth towards helping others while supporting their life transformations and celebrating every joyous victory.
She has a philosophical mind and is devoted to help uncover answers as she KNX (connects) lives and helps women overcome adversity. She strongly believes that awareness and mindset are the keys to create change in the world and is dedicated to being the change she wishes to see in the world and has made a commitment to grow and learn from all the experiences life has to offer.
To find out more about coaching with Yani, please join our Facebook community at http://www.facebook.com/LifeKNX.
Harrold S. Reed Jr.
Harold S. Reed, Jr. was born and raised in East Orange, NJ. He is a U.S. Air Force Desert Storm veteran and retired police officer. He is a dedicated husband and father of two boys. He began his own business and career as a Motivational Speaker after convincing his wife to start her own photography business. A true entrepreneur, in addition to his career as a speaker; Harold is the author of Find a Way To Make a Way, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and a licensed Realtor®.
Harold is quick to warn people that he is not your typical motivational speaker. His messages are powerful and sometimes painfully honest. He believes that the solutions to many of life’s problems can be found within the individual. However, he stresses that if people will face their fears; have the courage to fight their fears, they will eventually find themselves free of those fears and headed towards success in their lives.
HRJR Enterprises is a business and life coaching consultation firm that focuses on people achieving massive success by encouraging individuals to face, fight & free themselves from their fears and flaws. Visit his site at http://www.hrjr-enterprises.com
Allison Rhea, Certified Life Purpose, Career & Spiritual Coach from the Life Purpose Institute; AB in Sociology from Harvard University and MBA from Harvard University. She combines her spiritual acuity and business knowledge to provide Living a Conscious Life clients with whole life coaching; enabling them to live every aspect of their life from Spirit-led vision.
Allison seemed destined to become a guide for others to recognize their Spirit within from an early age when, at the age of 5, she gladly accepted the role of offering the class prayer during her school assembly. Taking the stage, she felt Spirit’s presence and offered the entire school her prayer of thanksgiving. Speaking of her gratitude for everything from the goodness of God to the love of her family and friends the entire school fell into thoughtful silence and then rousing applause.
Then, in high school she visited Teotihuacan in Mexico, climbed the Pyramid of the Sun, walked the Avenue of Death and became transformed. Her connection to the living past, present and future was secured and her quest to become awakened to Spirit began in earnest.
Allison became a spiritual life coach because she personally experienced how life changes when we shift our attention to the goodness of God/Source/Higher Power and align or actions with our Spirit-led visions. As a coach, she has helped many. A businesswoman came to her in physical and emotional turmoil in her current career. Allison guided her to create the vision of her dream career of becoming Guest Relations Direction at a prestigious ocean front resort in Florida and then take specific actions to move into it. That client now has her dream job – geographically closer to her friends and family, in a climate that allows her to be physically active outdoors, with people who she enjoys working with and serving in the way she always wanted to serve.
Allison began her coaching career as a career coach to help the unemployed get back into the workforce. It was during this time that she began to feel the urge to do more. She realized that her unconscious connection with Spirit had always been her guiding force. And how allowing this unconscious connection to become conscious awareness, made her life experiences even more rewarding as she had the power to create the life she always dreamed. This realization led her to create Living a Conscious Life from which she guides people to experience the shift of living a life unconscious to Spirit to a life conscious of the Spirit that lies within.
Learn more about Allison Rhea’s philosophy by reading her mini eBook The 5 Keys to Living a Conscious Life. Become a Fan of Living a Conscious Life by going to https://www.facebook.com/LivingaConsciousLife
Dr. Tonia M. Richardson
Tonia M. Richardson is a licensed professional counselor with 15 years experience helping people modify their behaviors, transform their thinking and increase their satisfaction with life. She now applies those skills as a leadership and life coach. As a leadership coach she assists African American leaders leverage knowledge, skills and abilities to obtain greater career achievement. She helps leaders perfect their professional wisdom. As a life coach, Tonia supports mid-life African Americans in defining and taking action toward enjoying phase two of life. She helps you perfect your personal wisdom.
Over the years Tonia has earned several academic honors including the King-Parks-Chavez Minority Graduate Fellowship. She has co-authored several articles and abstracts in scientific journals such as Society for Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology. Tonia has achieved the distinction of Competent Toastmaster from Toastmasters International and has an extensive history of public speaking and presenting. Venues have included professional association conferences, community organizations and leadership groups.
Tonia earned a Doctor of Management degree (with a specialty in organizational leadership) from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation, Empirical Support for the Solution-Focused Brief Coaching Model, gathered data to support the use of a well known mental health therapy model (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) as a coaching model. Tonia also earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in psychology from Wayne State University. Tonia’s academic career began with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University).
Tonia loves outdoor activities such as swimming, biking, hiking, gardening, paint ball and white water rafting. More tame activities include reading, shopping and walking her 11 year old Pekinese, Sidney. Tonia also gets a great deal of satisfaction delivering Meals on Wheels. The seniors she’s met have been delightful.
Devin Robinson (known to many as Professor Devin) is a native of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, business and economics professor, and author of eight self-help books. His latest book, “Power M.O.V.E.: How to Transition from Employee to Employer.”
He is a well sought after speaker, consultant and trainer on business and community development. His largest accomplishments began after experiencing a less than favorable experience in 2005 while shopping at a beauty supply store for his salon and barbershop, he decided to open his own beauty supply store. Once he was able to get pass industry obstacles, he opened two other locations in Atlanta, Georgia over the next 18 months. His store motto and success secret, “Treating You With the Respect You Deserve.”
After realizing his sweat equity was larger than the community his stores were serving, in late 2007, he decided to sell his barbershop, salon and retail chain to (on a full-time basis) help other aspiring owners get into the beauty business. By 2008, he founded Taking it Back University, an institute that educates aspiring entrepreneurs on how to successfully open beauty supply stores, avoid industry pitfalls and losing money while doing it.
Professor Devin appeared in the “Black Hair” documentary as a store owner in March 2007, which led to him writing the book “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner” in November 2007 selling over 40,000 copies independently. He has appeared in many publications, to include Ebony magazine, and is a recurring guest on the nationally syndicated “Michael Baisden Radio Show.”
In 2010, Taking it Back University rebranded into Beauty Supply Institute, which lead to it expanding into international countries. Later that year in 2010, the company held its first Beauty Supply Entrepreneurship Conference in four different cities attracting attendees from across the United States. Now, the conference has a Winter Conference in Los Angeles, California and a Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Under Professor Devin’s leadership, Beauty Supply Institute trains thousands of entrepreneurs annually in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, London, Switzerland, Canada and The Netherlands. Beauty Supply Institute has become the number one resource for beauty industry entrepreneurs’.
Professor Devin and Beauty Supply Institute have brought over $10 Million in revenues back to the urban community. He continues to serve as the CEO and Program Director of Beauty Supply Institute and teaches over 100 students every semester in his business & economics courses at two colleges. He holds a Bachelors in Business Management, Masters in Business Administration and completing a Doctorate in Business Marketing.
He continues to be an urban revolutionary by teaching individuals the fundamentals of entrepreneurship using the Power Principles teachings from his latest book.
Learn more about him at http://www.DevinRobinson.com.
Marie Roker-Jones is a Certified Breakthrough Parenting® Instructor and Intrinsic Coach® in Health and Wellness. She has helped numerous moms of boys navigate the challenges of raising sons, especially the adolescent years. She is the Founder of Raising Great Men™-Real talk about raising boys to become men of character. Marie coaches moms to guide their sons as they journey from boyhood to manhood.
Marie is a graduate of Fordham University and has graduate certificates in Stress Management and Leadership. Marie has taught career development at Leham College and City College. In addition, she has worked with students and parents in NYC public elementary, middle and high schools and has conducted workshops for: The Harlem Book Fair, The Westchester Children’s Book Festival, Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy, The New York City Charter School Center.
Her most requested workshops are:
- Mom Language vs. Son Language-How to Talk So Your Son Will Listen
- Brilliant But Lazy Series- How to Motivate Underachieving Boys
- How to Raise a Gentleman in a Thug Culture
- What Kind of Man Do You Want to Be?
Marie has created an online village of support for moms of boys through her mastermind groups, webinars, Raising Great Men™ BlogTalk Radio Show and #MomsofBoysChat on Twitter. Marie is passionate about leaving a legacy of compassionate, responsible and respectful men. She is fulfilling this legacy by giving moms the tools to help their sons create a road map for their future.
TemTi Sahu Ra
RedPill Lifestyle Management & Consulting was officially setup in 2012 by TemTi Sahu Ra, who is a Holistic Practitioner as well as an A.R.N.A. certified and trained Bio-Cosmologist and Indigenous Naturopath respectively.
TemTi has been in the field of self-healing, spiritual alignment, medicinal eating and holistic lifestyle transitioning for more than 20 years, specializing in developing practical lifestyle solutions for the modern individual who is seeking a ‘whole approach ‘to restoring their health, success, love, identity and spirituality.
As the Chief Consultant at RedPill LMC, he researches, documents and provides weekly seminars and classes on how to practice a Healing and Cultivating lifestyle as part of an ongoing cultural initiative, with workshops ranging from Sacred Sex to Inner Communication and Self-Actualization.
TemTi promotes all levels of healing through a unified diet, environment modification, character mapping and cultural initiation as part of a strategic plan of action under the banner of a ‘Lifestyle Solution.’
Through his Lifestyle Solution programs he has helped scores of individuals resolve or deal with issues such as Insomnia, Self-Worth & Identity, Kidney Disease, Enlarged Prostrate, PMS, Vitamin & Mineral deficiencies, Weight loss, Nervous and Emotional disorders, to name a few.
As a practitioner and instructor of ‘Smai Tawi’ (Kemetic Yoga,) TemTi always reminds those in his seminars or on Lifestyle Solution programs that, “You are only trying to become what in Essence you already are, and to know what you already are is to consciously and practically KNOW your Essence.”
Self-change and the encouragement of it is at the core of the RedPill process that is also tailor made for each unique individual and set of circumstances.
Learn more at http://www.redpilllife.com to see the many ways that RedPill can help you heal an imbalance, solve a life crisis, or re-discover your love and purpose, utilizing tools such as:
- Free Wellness Assessments
- 3D-Health Diagnostic Reports & Lifestyle Solutions
- Powerful Healing Elixirs and Video Testimonials
- RedPill Cultural Initiative (Kemetic Yoga, Sacred Sex Online Seminars & more)
- The RedPill Lifestyle Blog
Be sure to watch our online videos to find out more on the RedPill Lifestyle Solution process.
Linda Simms received her certification as a Life/Business Coach in October of 2011 from Compass Coaching School, accredited with The International Association of Coaches at which she is a member. She has been a Life Coach for three years. She is the founder and Career Coach for Beyond12Steps, LLC, entrepreneurial support and business services for women.
Linda completed her BA in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources Management from Ashford University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and National Scholars Honor Society. Presently, she is attending Full Sail University in the MFA Creative Writing program and is attending Life Purpose Institute for additional learning and advance skills in career coaching towards Board Certification.
Linda has over 15 years executive administrative experience and as a career coach, she provides the seeds and tools for women to become entrepreneurs and business owners. She specializes in strategic planning, career processes and creating business plans among other valuable skills.
Additional memberships include: NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) and Madison Who’s who.
Roddric W. Sims
Roddric W. Sims specializes in working with highly motivated entrepreneurs and small business owners. His goals are to maximize their potential by helping them identify and overcome roadblocks to their personal and professional success. He has fondly been dubbed by his clients as the “Reality Coach” due to his pragmatic and direct approach to getting to the core of their problems and holding them accountable to their action plans. Roddric proudly states, “Not only do I help my clients find success, I help them define success.”
Over his 15 year professional career he has worked in varying roles related to sales, customer service, management and recruiting for a Fortune 50 company. During the last 5 years he has had the opportunity to coach over 500 aspiring entrepreneurs in group and one on one sessions with topics including but not limited to business plan development, personal branding and interview skills. Roddric is also the founder of the Sims Coaching Group which is a coaching network that provides group coaching and workshops focused on entrepreneurship, career progression and leadership development.
Roddric is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Chicago where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has obtained the designation of Certified Coach through the Coach Training Alliance (CTA). He also currently holds the following insurance designations: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Management (AIM), Associate in Claims (AIC) and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS). He is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc,, The 100 Black Men of Chicago and the Minority Man Affinity Networking Group. Learn more: http://www.SimsCoachingGroup.com
Ramone Smith is an Adjunct College Professor at Boricua College, a Self-Improvement author and IPEC trained Life Coach. He has more than ten years of experience teaching on the college and GED/Adult Basic Educational level. He also has more than seven years experience as a job and career coach as well as an account manager.
He completed his M.A. degree in Political Science from Long Island University in 1999 and has since worked the fields of higher education and workforce development. He has traveled to countries in Latin America and studied how the Black population in Latin countries fair by comparisons to African Americans in the United States. His travels inspired his first published book African American Healthy Self-Esteem.
As a Life Coach, Ramone Smith is trained in the skill of ‘Core Coaching’ which assist clients in the process of identifying self worth and achieving personal and professional goals.
Ramone is married to his lovely wife, Cynthia Smith and is the proud father of his beautiful daughter, Ziomara Smith.
Empathic, funny, straight-forward and enthusiastic are just a few words to describe Angel Starr. As a Certified Relationship Coach and expert in encouragement, Angel specializes in preparing single women for healthy committed relationships, concentrating on self-worth, self-confidence, and self-love.
Overcoming her own struggles with insecurities and her identity in Christ, she is able to bring an insider’s understanding to challenges faced by everyday women. Angel helps women to realize that you don’t have to be miserable, unhappy, stressed or afraid in any relationship simply by knowing who you are and what you stand for!
Learn more, visit my website http://www.AngelStarrOnline.com
LaVon Stennis Williams is a transformational visionary who uses her skills and experiences to help underperforming businesses and individuals to overcome challenges by transforming their thinking, personal and business identities, and actions into successful and sustainable outcomes.
Stennis-Williams, a former attorney, trained mediator, and Life Coach knows firsthand the skills needed to overcome challenges in order to reconnect to success. After experiencing a career-ending setback, she rebounded to form several successful business enterprises which include LSW Strategies, personal and business development consulting company. She dubs herself a “resiliency coach” and her advice can be found at http://www.LSWStrategies1.com. She is also an author and highly sought motivational speaker.
Stennis- Williams is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Juris Doctor from Creighton University. She has also received extensive training and certifications in leadership and non -profit management and business and strategic planning.
Stennis-Williams lives by her motto” Your desire to succeed, must be greater than your fear of failure.
Eden Adele Sterlington
Eden Adele Sterlington, The Intimacy Officer, is the developer of the SatisFillment™ life reinvention technology and the Get Back to Passion life reinvention programs. These personal, specific programs of activities were originally created for her personal use. After dealing with several life altering events in rapid fire succession, she needed healthy ways out of her own overwhelm before the stress and pressure PERMANENTLY buried her under a pile of invisibility, powerlessness, fear, and pain.
She is edgy, racy, politically incorrect, and profane at times. Her boldness and directness are refreshing in a world that worships the ‘if-it-feels-good-do-it’ philosophy. In truth, NOTHING feels better than living in SatisFillment™. What is SatisFillment™? Great question! SatisFillment™ is a lifestyle, a philosophy, a system of achieving maximum quality of life. This system leads toward that kind of life most deeply desired. Simply put a life that is inwardly and outwardly congruent with your core values. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
It is simple, but it is not easy. Without accurate self knowledge, complete self acceptance, and consistent self control – true self intimacy is not possible. Without self intimacy, how can you possibly share intimacy (into-me-see)?
As Founder and CEO of Get Back to Passion, Eden has established a ‘edutainment’ company committed to supporting people – especially Change Champions, Wisdom Warriors, and Sage Soldiers (often blandly referred to as Baby Boomers or middle agers) with practical, do-it-right-now ways they can make improvements in their thinking, health, and personal connections. Anyone willing to look for healthy, effective, lasting approaches to avoiding, minimizing, or eliminating their pain deserves to find them. SatisFillment™ is here to provide a solution system. Eden is here as your guide and partner in your journey. Your life on your terms – doesn’t that just make sense?
Felicia Streeter is co-founder of Streeter Construction Group, coach, mentor, trainer, author, and speaker, works with minority and women entrepreneurs mentoring them on how to step into their fortune and create relationships that are mutually beneficial. Felicia Streeter specializes in being more visible, valued, and victorious by using collaborations, joint ventures, affiliates, and referrals.
Felicia shares how the business model you choose for your business has a powerful impact on the success on your business and how fast you get to hit your magical number.
Felicia’s powerful, energetic, and engaging presentations provide you with expert tips to increase your self-confidence, realize your true value, and leverage collaborations to make your business thrive.
Felicia’s passion is sharing her knowledge and lessons learned with entrepreneurs like the strategies she used to take her business from $23,000 to over $7,000,000 in 18 months! She now teaches women entrepreneurs how to transition from undervaluing what they bring to the table, so that they can make more money, and be more fulfilled, thrilled, and fabulous in the business of their dreams that effects every other part of their live so that they feel better and are happier.
Felicia has a MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, and degrees in Management and Accounting all from Davenport University. Her experience includes 10+ years entrepreneurship and 10 years as a military spouse traveling in the US and abroad. She is uniquely qualified to develop programs and mentor entrepreneurs on growing their business and making it thrive.
Felicia has been married to Freddie for 23 years. She’s a mother of four, 2 boys 2 girls, with a granddaughter and grandson.
Felicia is author of Quarter Back Without Touching the Ball, Team Building Profit Secrets, soon to be released Step Into Your Fortune, and co-author of “Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” all available on Felicia Streeter.com
Saba Teklegiorgis is a Best Selling Author, Self Help & Spiritual Junkie, Blogger, Columnist, and PNP (Passion & Purpose) Life Coach. She was featured in Matt Morris’s, “The Art and Science of Success” Volume 4 & 7, and has an eBook, “Changing the Face of Wisdom” available on Kindle. Saba also has been featured in several newspapers, has a column in AfroNewspaper, has several published articles online and was a guest on The Author Show. She has a BA in metaphysics, was once ranked #1 Author at StreetArticles.com, experienced in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic programming) and Founder of http://www.DivineTable9.com
Kevin Thornton was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is graduate of Argosy University with a Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology, specializing in Executive and Life Coaching. Kevin believes that life is about service and in that in order to receive God’s blessings we must first become blessings ourselves.
Kevin received his life coaching certification from Fowler Wainwright Institute. Kevin’s purpose in life is to empower, inspire and motivate others to create the best life possible for themselves. He assists clients to move from where they are to where they say they want to be. He is a dynamic leader who has consistently demonstrated his ability to empower others to take actions that mirror their personal and professional goals. Kevin’s clients have positively experienced life from a place of transformation - spiritual, personal and professional. His commitment to his client’s generates results that far surpass their initial expectations.
Visit Kevin on twitter @mrkevinthornton or his website http://www.evolutionsofaman.com
John C. Turner
“Passion is an art form, that once all the pieces come together, the final product is a work of excellence!”
This is a quote that has shaped and motivated John Turner into helping all people to put their passion into action. John is a speaker, higher education professor and adviser that works to encourage people to live towards their greatest dreams and successes.
A graduate from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Electronics Technology and an M.S. in Student Affairs & Higher Education, John strives to motive individuals to find what their passion is and work towards excellence in every area of their life.
John’s book, “The Art Form of P.A.S.S.I.O.N.”, places passion into acronym form and pushes its readers to embrace that energy of passion which burns on the inside of mankind that makes us look beyond our problems and shoot for our dreams. John also is an active blogger, view his blog at JohnTurnerWorld.
Dr. Boyce D. Watkins
Dr. Boyce Watkins is one of the leading financial scholars and social commentators in America. He advocates for education, economic empowerment and social justice and has changed the definition of what it means to be a Black scholar and leader in America.
He is one of the founding fathers of the field of Financial Activism – The objective of creating social change through the use of conscientious capitalism. He is a Blue Ribbon Speaker with Great Black Speakers, Inc. and one of the most highly sought after public figures in the country.
In addition to publishing a multitude of scholarly articles on finance, education and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances in various national media outlets, including CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, FOX News, BET, NPR, Essence Magazine, USA Today, The Today Show, ESPN, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and CBS Sports.
Educationally, Dr. Watkins earned BA and BS degrees with a triple major in Finance, Economics and Business Management. In college, he was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Finance. He then earned a Masters Degree in Mathematical Statistics from University of Kentucky and a PhD in Finance from Ohio State University and was the only African-American in the world to earn a PHD in Finance during the year 2002. He is currently a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and the founder of the Your Black World Coalition, with 55,000 members nation-wide.
H. James Williams
Mr. Williams owns and operates Aliant Coaching Services located in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a certified personal coach and publishes inspirational booklets and posters.
He is the author of Addae’s Journey, a short story about a young boy’s wisdom gained during his personal development to seasoned manhood and Wavelets of Purpose, a booklet of inspirational affirmations designed to foster purpose and inspire personal growth.
Mr. Williams has held increasingly responsible managerial positions and is a graduate of Upper Iowa University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.
Vertis Williams is a licensed alcohol drug counselor and Addiction Recovery Relationship Coach. Coach Vertis is the founder of Regulating Resistance LLC, which is a coaching practice who’s focus is on helping people in recovery develop healthy and functional relationships. Coach Vertis has learned from experience the importance of surrounding oneself with healthy individuals and the consequences for not abiding by that rule. Coach Vertis believes there is simply no substitute for healthy people in one’s life because stable mental health is a group activity.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2003 with a BA in psychology. Vertis also completed required academic curriculum/testing and became a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy in 2009. Vertis has proved to be a dependable and analytical counselor who has been able to connect and help motivate clients toward an action stage of change.
Coach Vertis also is the author of “4 Ways to Handle Relationship Difficulties.” Which details how to set appropriate boundaries in current relationships. When and how to end relationships that are having life damaging consequences and learn tools necessary to balance relationships with individuals who you can’t or don’t want to end (co-workers – family members). Then learn how to establish new healthy relationships with an emphasis on growth and mutual benefit. This book will be available for purchase on ibooks and Amazon by the end of 2012.
Coach Vertis is happily married to his wife Barbara and resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. For more information, visit his website http://www.regulatingresistance.com.
Urrikka Woods-Scott is a passionate advocate for seniors, students, emerging professionals, and career changers. She is a life and career coach with professional expertise in retirement lifestyle transitions, economic security of older adults, and the career outlook and attainment experiences of gerontologists. Prior to launching UBW Senior Solutions, she built her diverse career in aging services coordinating multiple social impact projects with national reach for the National Council on Aging, National Academy of Sciences, and AARP in various roles.One of her proudest contributions to the field of aging was creating and co-authoring NCOA’s Savvy Saving Seniors financial education training for use by aging organizations nation-wide.She writes and presents nationally on these topics and is active in community and national associations focused on senior issues. She has a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology with a focus on Long-term Care Administration from the University of South Florida, is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF), Certified Practitioner of the STRONG Interest Inventory, and Board Certified Career Coach (pending).
About UBW Senior Solutions, LLC
We provide educational and professional advisement to seniors and their families by linking them to community resources and equipping them with creative strategies to navigate the next stages in life. We present organizations seeking innovative solutions to challenges facing an aging society research and program developments to enhance their capacity to serve older adults. We partner with emerging and seasoned professionals with career coaching through cutting-edge assessments and counseling strategies to map their journey to their ideal career.
Aleasa M. Word
Aleasa M. Word is the Managing Director of Allergy Words Consulting, LLC of Newark, DE. Her coaching model is Emotional Intelligence with a focus on Reactionary Change. Her firm also offers a variety of business and personal consulting solutions.
Ms. Word’s formal life coach training is through The Coach Training Academy, a subsidiary of Rhema International Training Group of Vancouver, Canada. Her professional employment history also includes work in critical Investment Administration Services that has spanned the areas of brokerage, high net worth & international portfolio management, proxy administration, trust investments and investment compliance & regulatory oversight coordination. She obtained her Webmaster Certification at the University of Delaware, has a Diploma for Trust, Relationship and Investment Management through the American Bankers Association and is completing her BS in Organizational Dynamics at Wilmington University. She is a Food Allergy Safety Educator and holds certifications through both Protect Allergic Children – ELL and Berkshire Area Health Education Center in Food Allergen Awareness and Food Allergen Safety. She is the founder and Executive Director of FAMSOD, the Food Allergic & Asthmatic Multi-Cultural Society of Delaware – a cultural inclusion support organization. Her affiliations include seats on the Adult Advisory Committee for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) along with a dual role as Chair of FAAN’s Delaware Walk for Food Allergy. She is a volunteer Outreach Service Coordinator Asthma Allergy Network Mothers of America.
In addition to her accomplishments in the food allergic and asthmatic communities, Ms. Word has been a strong supporter of teens & music for creative expression and behavioral re-direction for reactionary change. She has managed aspiring musicians through her organization Adub4Spirit Entertainment and served on the committee for AIDS Delaware’s own Delaware Teen Idol Competitions since 2008 as Artist Development Director.
Other partnerships include committee memberships with Healthy Kids Delaware and The Delaware Family Shade. She volunteers for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corp and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and American Association of University Women.
The passion she employs in all of her interests has landed her interviews with various media outlets including magazines like Women’s Day, Second Act, Today’s Dietitian and Asthma & Allergy Today.