Walker’s Legacy is proud to announce the 75 women business owners who will participate in the Spring 2017 cohort of the PROSPECTUS Online Business Accelerator. PROSPECTUS is an accelerated online entrepreneurship training program that utilizes original curriculum, a cohort model and a structured learning environment to aid women-of-color entrepreneurs and business owners in scaling and commercializing their entrepreneurial pursuits.
With partners like Google, Kiva Zip, and Wells Fargo, our business owners from cities nationwide are provided with unique solutions to their unique business needs and challenges. Participant entrepreneurs connect virtually to collaborate with one another and learn from industry leaders, professors, investors, government officials and peer entrepreneurs.
Ranging from technology to education, to beauty and arts, PROSPECTUS businesses are developing the important skills and networks needed to successfully build and maintain a prosperous business. As they learn, participants are preparing to participate in the PROSPECTUS Pitch Competition for the chance to present their business to a panel of investors for a chance to earn $5,000 for their business.
Read more and learn about our innovative founders below.
Alanna Hay | Naturalanna Wellness Alanna Hay is a certified holistic health coach with years of counseling experience to support clients with their goals. While becoming trained and licensed as a social worker, Alanna also developed a passion for natural health and wellness while witnessing the effectiveness of her personal natural lifestyle changes. In various personal and professional settings, she has developed a reputation for her understanding of how to address and improve health through simple and natural means.
Alison McNeil | McNeil Creative Enterprises For more than 15 years, Alison T. McNeil has worked in the performing arts and education to strengthen operations and lead cross-functional change efforts. Her strategic approach informs policy, secures grants and forms partnerships that expand equity and access for women, emerging leaders and communities of color. Alison founded McNeil Creative Enterprises (MCE) to contribute to the strategic innovation, visibility and growth of arts and culture in communities. Trained as a dancer, she firmly believes that the arts are a transformative experience that should be accessible to all. Recently appointed Arts Commissioner for Arlington Commission for the Arts, Alison has served as a thought leader on numerous boards, panels, and advisory committees such as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Step Afrika, Plural, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Alexandria Commission for the Arts and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy to advance the arts. Alison is also a partner and co-founder of Third Eye Cultural Collaborative, a social enterprise dedicated to delivering organizational development services to small to mid sized arts organizations. She also co-founded Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA). WOCA is dedicated to creating equity in the performing arts field by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color. Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hampton University and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American University.
Alyssa Green | Karma I am Alyssa Green, I currently work as a legal assistant in DC and am working on my start-up, non-profit organization. This organization is so dear to my heart because I really value the opportunity I have to give back to my community. As a first-generation American (parents from Jamaica), growing up in a predominately white area, with a lot of valuable resources at my fingertips, I did not realize how “good I had it” in terms of exposure. As a freshman at North Carolina A&T State University, I began to realize that not everyone was given an opportunity to have an internship at a law firm at 16, not because they were not intelligent or lazy, but because they just were not a afforded the opportunity due to their circumstance. It was as a freshman I knew that I wanted to even the playing field, I wanted to be a part of bridging the gap for young people that are a little less fortunate than I was but still had all the same ability.
Amber Davis | Lucrative Surety LLC With over 10 years of experience in office management and customer service, Amber started her journey in one of the largest chiropractic offices in Baltimore Maryland. She organized over 7,000 files and X-rays in a matter of days and moved from file clerk to consistently bringing in and maintaining 200-450 patient visits per week as a receptionist. Between training new staff and assisting doctors with patients Amber also managed a weight loss program and signed up over 20 new clients within the first quarter. She wouldn’t have had so much success and satisfaction on the job had it not been for regular training, mentorship and a feeling of accountability. Through the years she continued using client retention, and training skills to produce at high levels for multiple organizations including a well-known banking organization, a natural gas and welding supplies distributor, and a high-end interior design center. Amber’s passion to connect with people and strenthen professional relationships has only grown through the years and her excitement to help organizations run smoothly will never fade.
Amber Holmes | I:Soul Naturals I’m a serial entrepreneur that believes in the power of “I am”. My passion for entrepreneurship and natural living led to the birth of I:Soul Naturals. I’m a woman who wears many hats including small business owner, wife, mom, educator, and analyst. I’m a voracious reader and love to research herbs, oils and beauty remedies.
Anasofia Monteblanco | Byteknack Top performing technology sales professional with over 10 years sales experience selling technical solutions for such firms as Oracle, NetIQ, Webtrends and Kyocera; I have a strong knowledge of software and hardware technologies. I attended Singularity University’s Executive Program in Silicon Valley to learn about exponential technologies in January 2015 and I was inspired to start my business to prepare our kids for an increasingly digital world where they will need to learn computational thinking and be able to pick up new skills quickly. At Byteknack we are creating an e-learning platform using artificial intelligence to personalize a curriculum to teach kids logic, algorithmic thinking, creativity, modeling/simulations to help them develop both inventiveness and innovative thinking. As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous, computational thinking will become just as important as reading, writing , arithmetic.
Carolene Goffney | Cal-Lyn Grafx Carolene Goffney has over 17 years of experience as a freelance graphic artist. She also works for a local minority-owned research firm. Carolene attended the University of Houston – Central Campus, where she received her BS in Technology. She later studied Computer Animation at The Art Institute of Houston. Throughout her childhood, Carolene developed an appreciation for her surroundings. While working at a management consulting firm for a number of years, she was given an opportunity to rediscover her creativity through art and technology. Years of graphic artistic expression made it clear that Carolene’s life would be center on her passion for art. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has served on the Technology Committee since 2000 (Chairman 2001-2012, 2015-), as well as other committees: Debutante, Fine Arts, Health, IEACF Fashion Show Technology Chairman, and 2018 International Conference Technology Co-Chairman (2017-2018) to name a few. She served as President (F2010-S2011) and F2011 Chairman of the Board of Services Cooperative Association (SCA).
Catherine L. Lovett | US Chamber of Commerce Over the past 10 years, Catherine L. Lovett has built her career as a change agent in the higher education and business sectors. She has worked at a wide range of organizations in several leadership roles with progressive responsibility. Being an agent of change isn’t easy. And change has been the only constant Catherine has ever known. Currently, she serves as the Senior Manager of Event Programming and with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She leads the Corporate Programs department in the creative direction and execution of high-profile events focused on ensuring small business growth and prosperity in the U.S. She has played an integral role in reimagining the Chamber’s existing small business events and meetings to attract new audiences and corporate sponsors. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Catherine has learned that southern charm and hospitality go a long way in cutting through corporate red tape and bureaucracy. She has learned the importance of finesse when getting buy-in from high-level executives, establishing trust and accountability with colleagues and internal clients, asking the tough questions of corporate partners, and being persistent in the pursuit of authenticity (all with a smile and a glass of sweet tea). Catherine is a proud alumna of Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She continued her studies, earning a Master of Public Policy degree in Nonprofit Management and Education Policy from Georgia State University. Currently, she is completing coursework to earn a graduate certificate in Event Management from the George Washington University’s School of Business. Catherine is actively involved in a number of community and professional organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Charlyn Anderson | Starting With Today, Inc. Charlyn Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of Starting With Today, Inc., a nonprofit based in the Washington, D.C. area that helps adults redream & repurpose their lives. Charlyn is a native of Dallas, Texas, and it was there that her family taught her their traditions of community service and advocacy. As an adult, Charlyn knew it was her life’s work to build upon her family’s legacy while merging her love of technology and hip-hop culture to elevate her communities. Charlyn is also a mentor at the Dream Academy of Washington, D.C. where she was honored with Southwest Airlines “2015 Mentor of the Year” award. Charlyn loves the performing arts, the Dallas Cowboys and is dedicated to having as much fun as possible.
Constance Jackson | Jackson Contract Solutions, LLC Constance has more than 20 years of Government contract experience to include negotiating and drafting Non-Disclosure Agreements, Teaming Agreements, Proposal Management and cradle to grave Contract Management with federal, state, commercial, and international sectors. Constance has worked on the proposal teams and managed the following contracts (NETCENTS, ITES, Seaport E, NMCI, USAID, SPAWAR, USSOCOM, and C4ISR). Her professional experience also includes working for Harris IT Services Corporation, General Dynamics Land Systems, Lockheed Martin, Computer Associates, Sprint/Nextel, Winstar Communications, and SI International (now Serco International).
Courtney Robinson | Excellence and Advancement Foundation Dr. Robinson is the Founder of the Excellence and Advancement Foundation a non-profit organization that is dedicated to transforming how communities combat the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration. Excellence and Advancement Foundation uses an ecosystems approach to provide prevention, intervention, and advocacy. She is also Founder/CEO of the consulting firm Institute for Excellence and Advancement an organization that assists schools, justice systems and community organizations with critical, transformative and restorative solutions to culture, race, school discipline and incarceration. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in Huston-Tillotson University’s Adult Degree Program and its 1st Masters program in Educational Leadership. She was awarded Faculty Member of the year 2014-2015. Dr. Robinson received the Education Advocate of the Year award from the Greater Austin Area Black Chamber of Commerce in 2016. She was also awarded the Texas Equity Award in Juvenile Justice by The Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities in 2015. She appears in Season 3 and 4 of BlackademicsTV on PBS.
Danyell Taylor | DanyellTaylor.com Danyell Taylor is a social butterfly with over a decade of experience in public relations, creative design, and digital communications. The Texas native started her career as a fashion writer with the Dallas Morning News section Fashion!Dallas and as a community writer in her hometown of Plano, TX. Before long she discovered her passion for all things public relations. Design and layout projects, special events and media engagement allowed her creative personality to shine. Since then, the “PR Girl” has traveled to New York, Atlanta, Charlotte and most recently Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, to work in exciting markets to hone her skills. Taylor has worked with nationally known brands such as Hewlett-Packard, Gillette and Timberland. Her client media placements have been featured in prominent publications including Washington Post, Rolling Stone, National Geographic and Men’s Health. Taylor has worked in the explosive world of social media since 2007. Engaging in social and new media strategies allows her to merge her love of writing with digital communications. Taylor earned a M.A. in mass communication and media studies at Howard University and a B.A. in journalism and public relations from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. A self-proclaimed artist, she enjoys museum hopping and master dance classes in the Washington, D.C. area. She also enjoys devoting her communications skills to non-profit organizations advocating arts education programs such as fashion, art and music for youth in urban areas.
Dawn Randall | D. Emerald Image Consultancy Being ivy-league educated and corporate bound, Dawn has been groomed to become a leader and to be noticed for hard work. She has worked in multiple corporate industries leading global marketing and product management campaigns. Eventually she followed her passion for image and style and started working as a personal image consultant for entertainers, executives and public personalities. Leveraging a 15-year corporate career and 8 years as a personal stylist, Dawn has integrated these skills to start D. Emerald Image Consultancy. As a marketer, Dawn believes that you are your strongest marketing asset. She strongly believes that perceptions are reality and first impressions are lasting ones. As principal and owner, Dawn specializes in Executive Presence by combining executive coaching with personal styling. Understanding that the corporate world lends itself to a stereotypical assimilated image Dawn is determined to help corporate players like herself maintain their authenticity through Executive Presence. Dawn Randall defines Executive Presence as the intersection where one’s skills, talents, body language, speaking style and image come together. She works with each client to create a visual signature—an “it factor” allowing them to appropriately stand-out and to be recognized as one of the key players in the room.
Denise Hamilton | WatchHerWork Denise Hamilton is Founder and CEO of WatchHerWork. Denise leverages over 25 years of professional experience in Fortune 100 companies, small business and educational institutions on behalf of the thousands of women she has coached and taught. Her diverse work experience qualifies her to speak to the varied issues and challenges facing the modern woman as well as provide strategic counsel to corporations large and small.
Elaine Myada | Myada Communications Elaine Myada is an expert communicator specializing in social marketing with 20 years’ experience who’ has delivered creative, engaging, results-driven and award-winning campaigns including traditional and digital communications for federal government, state/local government as well as private industry clients. Ms. Myada has held executive positions at Ketchum, Octane Public Relations & Advertising and Ogilvy Public Relations. She has worked with various clients including the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), DC Department of Health, DC Department of Behavioral Health, Epilepsy Foundation, The Home Depot, Best Buy’s Geek Squad and YMCA. Her work has been recognized with more than 40 internal agency and external PR industry awards since 2002.
Esosa Ighodaro | COSIGN Esosa Ighodaro is the Co-Founder and President of CoSign and heads branding, marketing, sales, external partnerships and communications. As the finance expert, her role includes strategic development of communication campaigns, product placement, market research, securing influencers and external partners, raising funds and social media engagement. She identifies and capitalizes on new growth opportunities through market analysis, brand development, and keen business instincts. Ighodaro develops and implements strategies that increase product awareness, market share and profitability.
Fiona Lewis | Generation Cook Fiona B. Lewis is currently an Assistant Professor at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. She earned a BS in Fire Investigation from the University of New Haven, MS in Nutrition and Wellness from Andrews University and Doctorate in Public Health from Loma Linda University. She has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for the past 9 1/2 years. Fiona holds certifications from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for childhood and adolescent weight management, as well as adult weight management. She has worked in the area of clinical and community dietetics providing nutrition and wellness counseling to individuals and groups seeking help for weight management, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and various gastrointestinal illnesses. Fiona also enjoys working with individuals and groups interested to assist with disease prevention and plant-based eating. Other skills include curriculum and program development, food demonstrations.
Gwen Muse-Evans | GME Enterprises Gwen Muse-Evans is the President and CEO of GME Enterprises, a management consulting firm that specializes in providing risk management, operations management, strategic support and housing finance advisory services. Ms. Muse-Evans has a 30-year tenure in the financial services and housing finance industries during which she served in many high-profile executive leadership positions and successfully implemented risk management platforms to drive effective management of significant risks at several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to launching GME Enterprises, Ms. Muse-Evans spent 13 years at Fannie Mae, most recently as the SVP and Chief Risk Officer for the Credit Portfolio Management and Single Family business areas. Ms. Muse-Evans actively volunteers in the community and has served on several corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors. She is currently on the Boards of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the L.E.E.P. to College Foundation. Ms. Muse-Evans earned her Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Ivory Chambeshi | Urban Rising Group Ivory Rose Chambeshi, servant leader, urban planner and ‘squeaky wheel’ for social equity, is committed to harnessing the power of individuals and communities to achieve economic justice. Applying over a decade of experience in non-profit management, small business services and community development spanning the United States and Africa, she is the Founder & Chief Champion of Urban Rising Group. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside, and Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning from USC. The roles she prizes most are mommy to a spunky 3-year old daughter, wife, and member of a family which emphasizes a commitment to uplifting the “least of these” among us.
Jacqueline Broadus | Perfectly Elegant Designs Jacqueline Broadus is owner of Perfectly Elegant Designs, a premiere event planning organization. Her gift of service and creativity has flourished in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, transcending ordinary into WOW! Jacqueline’s enthusiasm for architectural and interior design—observed by many—encouraged use of those transferable skills to catapult her into event planning. Serving her community for 20 years in law enforcement, Jacqueline retires with confidence her servant leader qualities were shaped by many diverse people-centered experiences. As such, she is always prepared and committed to capturing and protecting her client’s vision for that special occasion. Both, a sincere appreciation for creativity and keen eye for details, inspire Jacqueline’s desire to always deliver a unique event—perfectly and elegantly designed!
Jeannell Darden | Moisture Love We know textured hair’s #1 need and #1 source of stress is moisture, that’s why we are devoted to your hair’s hydration. Our Hydralure technology has been infused into our collection and is a pH balanced proprietary blend of plant based humectants and moisturizing agents that penetrate and affect the hair on a cellular level. It creates a bonding attraction between the hydration in the cells of your hair and that of the product to infuse longer lasting moisture; making hair shinier, healthier and more manageable over time. Instead of struggling through a tough relationship with your hair, come close and fall in love again. After all, we are your hair’s new hydration infatuation. Give you hair have the gift of #ahigherlove, Moisture Love.
Jennifer Lubrani | LATISM Jennifer has a passion advocating using the web for social change and working to empower the Latino community. She is currently the CEO/Executive Director for Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community. Jennifer has also worked for leading nonprofit organizations like the American Red Cross where she served as the national Hispanic spokesperson and launched the first ever Hispanic working group aimed at improving communications among national and field offices and Latino communities.
Jennifer Roberts | Versed Education Group – Jennifer Roberts is the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of Versed Education Group, an organization dedicated to helping schools, school systems, and other education-facing organizations begin courageous conversations about race and equity. She began her career in education teaching 3rd grade in Chicago Public Schools. After teaching she went on to roles at Teach for America and The New Teacher Project where she supported new teachers, developed curriculum for new teacher certification, and trained school leaders in best practices in human capital. In 2011 she moved to DC Public Schools, where she first helped craft professional development for teachers and school leaders, including managing the creation of a state-of-the-art online training platform for the teacher evaluation system, IMPACT. She moved on to lead the race and equity work in the DCPS Office of Human Capital, where she helped her colleagues develop the will, skill, and courage to interrupt inequities and create more equitable policies and outcomes for students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a certification in School, Community and Family collaboration from Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer lives in DC with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Nia.
Jo Saint-George, Esq. | FHG Media Enterprises Jo Saint-George is founder and CEO of FHG Media Enterprises, LLC, the legal industries first woman and African-American/Native-American legal media and tech company whose mission is to promote minority and women lawyers as digital thought leaders through its digital diversity all legal TV network, directories, publications and big data diversity tracking applications located at www.MinorityCounselorTV.com and www.TrakitPro.com.
Jo Saint-George | FHG Media Ent. Jo Saint-George is founder and CEO of FHG Media Enterprises, LLC, the legal industries first woman and African-American/Native-American legal media and tech company whose mission is to promote minority and women lawyers as digital thought leaders through its digital diversity all legal TV network, directories, publications and big data diversity tracking applications located at www.MinorityCounselorTV.com and www.TrakitPro.com.
Joyce Reed | Hurt 2 Heal Joyce Reed is the founder of Hurt 2 Heal Inc. which is an organization that offers a voice for individuals impacted by all forms of abuse. Her mission is to renew awareness and support the healing and restoration process of individuals impacted by abuse, by providing the necessary resources and tools needed to promote individuals and family healing. Joyce is also an author of “Hurt Used To Live Here “and “Speechless No More”. Joyce stop being ashamed and embarrassed of what people thought of her and realized that her life was bigger than her and she had a purpose. So who else better to tell her story, but her? At this point in her life she has so many things, both good and positive. She is courageous, she is bold, she is a fighter, she is a believer, she is a mother, she is a winner, she is brave and she is a child of GOD! Joyce also shares her passion in the community and being the voice for the voiceless. She has a movement called #iamurvoice and it allows men and women the opportunity to speak their truth and not be ashamed about their past struggles.
Kayenecha Daugherty | Creative Nomads Kayenecha has been steadily making her mark on the entertainment industry. Her company Gypsy Soul Ent was born in 2005 where she worked with up + coming music makers visiting to provide substantive promotion + PR to facilitate connecting with the fans. In 2011 she was a Billboard Women in Music Nominee, from there in 2012 she joined The Recording Academy WDC Chapter of the GRAMMYs as the now Membership & Project Manager helping to educate music makers on the GRAMMY Awards process + membership. She has also served on boards and committees + been featured on panels + in industry media. Kayenecha’s commitment to empower artists continues with Creative Nomads, a nonprofit focused on creating a cycle of learning creative to creator to community through peer to peer knowledge sharing and from artist to youth enthusiast skill building. Along her journey several partners have been essential to lighting her path including Smirnoff, Coors Light, KIND, Red Bull, + Gibson Guitars. These partners have believed in the platforms she has built that has allowed her to lift the voices of those she’s been inspired to serve, the arts professional. She continues to help empower artists + build the music atmosphere of the DMV and beyond.
Kendra Woolridge | Janet & Jo. Janet & Jo. is more than a nail polish. It is an outlet for you to express yourself to the world. Whether you’re adventurous, shy, outspoken, independent or artistic. This polish was created with you in mind. I encourage you to live fearlessly and allow this polish to help you tell your story as it helps me tell mine. The name behind each shade tells a unique story. What will your story be?
Lareece Long | Life Within, Inc. Lareece Long is Founder of Life Within Inc., an organization that is designed to inspire and empower others to take responsibility for their overall Wellness, mind, body, spirit and emotions. Lareece received her Lymphatic Drainage training and certifications from The BELD Academy. Colon Hydro Therapy training and certification from the Tiller Mind Body Naturopathic Institute. I-ACT Instructor, and she is a Medicine Woman, Health Minister under the Native American Church of Nemenhah. Lareece also holds an Associate’s degree in Theology from Life Christian University in Tampa FL and an Entrepreneurial Business Certificate, Valencia College. One of her most accomplished achievements was with Les Brown, “The Motivator”. He is now a 20-year prostate cancer survivor.
Maya Brown | MB Strategies LLC Maya Brown is the Principal of MB Strategies, LLC – a political and nonprofit consulting and strategy firm. She is an alumna of the University of South Florida. Brown coordinated Give Day Tampa Bay 2015: a 24-hour online giving campaign that raised $1.7 million for 550 area nonprofits. While at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, she was selected as a Diversity Scholar for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2016 International Fundraising Conference. Florida Politics recently recognized Brown as a ‘Rising Star’ for her work with the Hillsborough County Young Democrats as President. She worked in several capacities on political campaigns in the last three election cycles. Brown is a 2016 Fellow of New Leaders Council – Tampa Bay. She serves as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, and she also holds membership in several community and honorary organizations.
Michelle Dalzon | The Black-Owned Market (theBOM) Michelle Dalzon is the Founder & Chief Visionary of theBOM aka The Black-Owned Market, a dynamic pop-up experience that connects Black-Owned brands to conscious consumers. Michelle’s appreciation and support of Black-Owned businesses stems from watching her parents whom for the past 28 years have run a thriving beauty supply store in Somerville, MA. As a descendant of Black business owners, Michelle knows first-hand how the Black community benefits from patronizing Black businesses. Through theBOM, Michelle aims to increase Black dollar circulation, generate capital for Black-Owned businesses, and provide the support that is needed for Black businesses to succeed.
Nicole Melton | Melton Digital Melton Digital is a boutique digital agency based in Washington, DC that offers content marketing, social media strategy, graphic design, photography and digital consulting for beauty brands. We are passionate about helping business owners create engaging and profitable content online!
Petra E Lewis | BookStar Business Ghostwriting + Development Petra E. Lewis is a seasoned corporate communications professional. She is a ghostwriter, ghostblogger, communications consultant, and author. In 2013, she launched her latest venture: BookStar Business Ghostwriting + Development to offer CEOs, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs a full suite of ghostwriting and (self-)publishing solutions. Prior to this new venture, Petra was a Vice President, and Head of Internal Communications for the Asset Management division at Deutsche Bank. Petra has worked at a variety of financial services firms, including Prudential Financial, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and OppenheimerFunds.
Rebecca A. Rodriguez | Eos Strategies Rebecca has been a leader in career and business development in New York City for over twelve years. She has been strongly passionate about small business growth and development throughout her career. Rebecca is the founding principal of EOS Strategies, a success consulting firm focused on the design of empowerment models to address entrepreneurial, underserved and emerging populations. Before founding her company, Rebecca worked with the NYC School Construction Authority’s Mentor Program, one of the premier mentorship and coaching programs in the country. Prior to that, Rebecca was the founding director for the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, where she developed entrepreneurial programs for the local community. She also launched the entrepreneurship program at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Renee Bolton | Scarlet Beauty Media Renee Bolton is a speaker, Beauty Maven and Author of the book series, “#ImBeautyInspired”. Her passion is beauty and her purpose is to empower young women and girls. She’s the Owner of the brand Scarlet Beauty Media. It’s the start of a movement to change the world’s view on beauty.
Rita Owens | Urban Beauty INC Rita Owens, CEO of Urban Beauty INC, is both a trained beauty professional and advertising executive with more than 10 years of experience in software and digital technology.
Rochelle Porter | Rochelle Porter Design A lifelong lover of global design traditions, Atlanta-based artist Rochelle Porter takes cues from the breezy hues of her Caribbean roots, the stark simplicity of Scandinavian style and the bold geometrics of West African weaves to create her line of vibrant home décor and fashion textiles. Her throw pillows, wall art, and zipper pouches feature joyful, unexpected burst of color and classic motifs with a fresh, modern twist. Rochelle has been featured in In Her Shoes blogs’ 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide, Black Southern Belle, and the 29 Black Tastemakers of 2017 list. Her ethically-made products have been sold at West Elm, on Zuvaa.com, and in local boutiques.
Dr. Rochelle Webb | 3W Consulting Group Dr. Rochelle L. Webb converts her solid background in executive leadership spanning health reform, employment services, public policy, strategic planning, project/program portfolio management, and multi-million dollar budgetary control into actionable results for 3W Consulting Group customers. As CEO, Dr. Webb is adept at seamlessly collaborating with key stakeholders and effectively coordinating initiatives to optimize productivity, control expenses, heighten service delivery, and achieve organizational performance goals. An expert in organizational leadership and employee engagement, Dr. Webb customizes business solutions to meet the demands of our clientele. As attested by former clients and colleagues, services provided under the direction and leadership of Dr. Webb are timely, reliable, and yields positive results.
Sharnece Holmes | My name is Sharnece Holmes and I am an aspiring entrepreneur. I live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and I currently work as a Human Resource Specialist for the federal government. I enjoy activities that focus on health and wellness and believe that healthy living is a lifestyle. As a child, I always loved to bake and loved to create my own recipes on classic desserts. I have always wanted to own my own business, particularly in the baking industry.
Shelia Cockburn | Redaptiv Health Inc. Shelia Cockburn is an entrepreneur that loves to live life to the fullest. She is often called upon to bridge the communications gap of translating complex issues into forms that are more adaptable and relatable. With both an engineering and legal background, she brings a holistic vision to the integration of people, processes, and technology.
Sweta Govani | Waste for Good Sweta Govani is the Co-Founder of Waste for Good, a social enterprise piloting an initiative in NYC to convert local food waste into renewable energy. She has helped 35+ brands, including e-commerce sites, tech startups and nonprofits, with their marketing, communications and overall growth strategy. She is experienced in customer acquisition (owned, earned and paid channels), community engagement, project management, client relations, and nonprofit management. She is a leader and a proven doer who believes in the power of efficient processes, technology, and collaboration to drive change and success within any organization. When she is not geeking out about marketing, social impact and entrepreneurship, she enjoys the wonderful chaos of NYC, trying new food (despite being a vegetarian) and traveling!
Tamara Ferguson | Little Elephants Play Tamara Ferguson is the owner of Little Elephants Play, a mobile soft play rental company based in Northern Virginia. She received her B.S. from Ball State University and her M.P.A from Southern Illinois University. Besides being a business owner, Mrs. Ferguson is also a Management & Program Analyst with the United States Department of Justice. With over 12 years of experience in the private and public sector in various capabilities, along with being a wife and mother, her knowledge & expertise inspired the creation of Little Elephants Play.
Tameka Ramsey | T. Ramsey & Associates Tameka is the Founder and Senior Associate at T. Ramsey & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in training, branding and empowering nonprofits and small business. Tameka is a sought after consultant, who works one on one with executive directors, program directors, organizers, and support staff, providing training and coaching to grow the capacity of organizations through, technical assistance, strategic planning and professional development. A native of Pontiac, Michigan, Tameka has an Associates Degree in Mental Health/Social Work from Oakland Community College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a dual concentration of Local Government and Nonprofit Management from Oakland University. In addition to her formal education, Tameka has over 12 years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and leadership development. She has received training from Neighbor Works America, Center for Progressive Leadership, Midwest Academy, the Gamaliel Organization and others.
TeKesha Jamison | The Cube CoWork LLC TeKesha Jamison is co-owner of The Cube CoWork LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Coppin State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Service Administration from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Jamison is employed with the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation as a Field Supervisor. In 2014 Ms. Jamison was awarded Employee of the Year from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Ms. Jamison is also the Assistant Director of Rising Over Standards and Excelling (R.O.S.E), a non-profit a nonprofit organization that provides resources to under-served communities by offering educational and outreach services for youth, young adults, and their families that will translate to the growth of more leaders in Baltimore City. Through her education and career, Ms. Jamison has gained experience in case management, supervision, administration, community outreach, negotiation and conflict management and program planning implementation and evaluation. In the past, Ms. Jamison has served as a liaison between Parole and Probation and the Baltimore City Police Department, by assisting with violence prevention initiatives in Baltimore City. Ms. Jamison also has more than three years of experience working in the Baltimore City Public School System.
Tiffany Davis | Career Girls Tiffany Davis is an attorney, entrepreneur, and life-long learner. She was born and raised in Camden, NJ. Encouraged to follow her dreams, Tiffany graduated from Columbia University and later from Cornell Law School. Having accomplished some of her dreams, she now spends her days encouraging young women to follow theirs.
Tina Haulcy | MatTea Inc. Blazing the trails and undeniably taking the country by storm is Dr. Tina Haulcy. Affectionately known as “Dr. T”, this visionary leader destine to make a huge splash on the business scene. Before the age of 30, Haulcy had already accomplished more than what most would even dream of in a lifetime including becoming an international scholar by completing a doctorate degree. Harnessed with an unshakable work ethic, Dr. Haulcy had also authored her first self-help memoir. The book accompanied Haulcy as she traveled the globe spreading positive messages of “can-do” splendor and possibility. Encouraging the reader to be creative, fearless and determined when embarking upon a dream is exactly how Haulcy lives her own life. Those who hear Dr. Haulcy are inspired to move to immediate action and implement her strategies and techniques to their own lives. In between the demands of the platform, online broadcasts, radio and television interviews, Haulcy has embarked upon her most challenging endeavor of her entrepreneurial career to date. She serves as the founder, creator, and CEO of MatTea Incorporated.
Tina Patterson | Jade Solutions, LLC Tina Patterson is the owner of Jade Solutions, LLC, a woman owned, MBE/DBE/SBE, WOSB and WBE certified small business with more than 20 years’ experience providing consulting services including product management, proposal management and development, Alternative Dispute Resolution and facilitation services to a wide range of clients. She has supported local and national public engagement efforts via organizations such as America Speaks, Public Engagement Associates, RESOLVE, Potapachuk Associates, and the Kellogg Foundation. Tina has been featured in the Association for Conflict Resolution‘s ACResolution magazine for her Alternative Dispute Resolution work as well as the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership newsletter and Interdependent magazine for her community service work. Tina is a graduate of Brown University and Southern Methodist University. She has also completed training with Pepperdine University, the Key Bridge Foundation, the Ombudsman Association, Technology of Participation (ToP), and the World Intellectual Property Organization. She has obtained the following certifications: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation, Association of Proposal Management Professional Certified Proposal Manager (CF APMP), Certified Configuration Manager (CICM), and Certified Product Manager (CPM).Tina is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) the Association of Association of Proposal Management. Professionals (APMP), the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and the Leadership Council of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).
Toni Hall Parker | CUSH Cosmetics Toni Hall Parker is the Co-founder of CUSH Cosmetics and a Certified Holistic Health Coach.
Toni Jones | WIFE Comma Toni Jones, a writer, speaker, wellness strategist and dedicated to empowering women to educate, embrace and nourish their total womanhood through wellness. She has serviced empowerment programs like girls who code and AKA INC. Pearls. Giving keynotes and programming for The Powerful Women’s organization, Women of Color Task Force held at University of Michigan and for a range of other women audiences. Toni believes the new era of women’s leadership is being ushered in through women’s wellness and she is committed to bringing wellness awareness and literacy to the modern day woman.
Tyeese L. Gaines | Doctor Ty Media, LLC Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines, owner and lead media strategist for Doctor Ty Media LLC, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician as well as a 15-year news veteran. Dr. Ty has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and previously served as health editor of theGrio.com (Formerly MSNBC) for 3 years. Over the years, Dr. Ty has appeared as an on-air medical expert for local, online and national news shows and has written for various online, magazine and newspaper outlets. Dr. Ty completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was chief resident and later taught as a clinical instructor. She is a practicing emergency medicine physician while finishing her Master of Business Administration degree at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Wendi Cherry | Adoption Matters In addition to being Mommy to #TheSydSyd, this Jersey born and bred Goddess was born to Inspire, Connect and Empower people of African descent to be intentionally, conspicuously and unapologetically proud of who they are and where they come from. For more than 20 years, Cherry has carved out an amazing career mixing her passion for music, mentoring, event production and service to others. Follow her journey of self-discovery at FromJerZtoMe.com, where she documents her journey through Adoption, DNA, genealogy and international travel.
Whitney Furlough | Whitney PR I am a native to Houston, Texas, but have also spent time in Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO. I attended the University of Texas in Austin, originally pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. I later moved back to Houston, where I met a platinum recording artist from the local area. I worked as a freelance publicist with him and his team for a few months and acquired a passion for the music industry that propelled me to further pursue a career in Public Relations. I began working with budding and experienced singers, rappers, comedians, and other entertainment artists in the Houston and surrounding areas and developed a knack for branding and representing my clients in the media. I opted to establish myself even further and start my own PR firm, Whitney Public Relations.
Wordna Warren | Rooted Foundation Wordna Warren started her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching third grade in Houston, TX. Upon relocating to our nation’s capital, she managed community outreach efforts for local charter schools and non-profit organizations, including serving as National Field Director for GirlTrek, a public health non-profit that inspires and supports African-American women and girls to live healthier, more fulfilled lives. With more than a decade of experience in the education and non-profit fields, she currently oversees professional development on the topics of race, equity, and inclusion for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In her role as Executive Director of Rooted Foundation, she ensures that Rooted empowers and organizes African-American youth by educating and immersing them in African and African-American history and culture and developing their leadership skills so that they become social activists in their schools and communities. As a first-generation college student and graduate, Wordna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Levin Prize for Teaching and Social Justice by the Department of African and African American Studies.
Yvette Conyers | Conyers Collection Yvette Conyers is a Clinical Instructor/Course Coordinator at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing, teaching in both the Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses (APNN) and the RN to BS program. Yvette is also a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, currently working as an independent provider with adult/geriatric populations and has held previous roles working with pediatrics/adolescents. Ms. Conyers is Post Masters prepared as a Family Nurse Practitioner from St. John Fisher College, MS-Nursing Education prepared from Roberts Wesleyan College, and BSN from the University of Rochester. She earned her Associates degree in nursing from Monroe Community College, and anticipates her earning her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in May, 2018. Her focus for her DNP project is assessment and evaluation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of Registered Nurse’s cultural competence in an acute care setting. Yvette is actively involved in both academic and community organizations including professional nursing organizations. She is a mentor for the Rochester Jewels, a mentoring organization for young women in grades 4-12. Ms. Conyers, who grew up in Rochester, has three siblings, and lives in Chili, NY with her son.