MEET THE WOMEN WHO EMPOWER

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Kristen R. Harris

I am Kristen R. Harris and I am the founder of EmpowerMoments. EmpowerMoments started back in 2007 when I used to send out emails to the women who I personally knew. In 2011, I started a blog and selected a team of faithful women who shared their stories at least once a week with women across the globe. At the direction of the Holy Spirit, we concluded blogging in 2015 after reaching women in over 200 countries around the world! I heard God clearly when He said, “I have something even bigger!”

In 2016, EmpowerMoments hit the bookshelves with the publishing of EmpowerMoments for the Everyday Mom: A 31-Day Devotional to Empower Your Motherhood. This publication was widely successful, but it was polarizing to women without children. I knew that we had to create something to minister to any woman and all women! Less than a year later, I am excited to announce that I have once again found a group of virtuous women to share their stories. EmpowerMoments for the Everyday Woman: A 31-Day Devotional to Empower Your Womanhood is full of the rawest testimony from women from all walks of life. Their experiences are so diverse that I know every woman can find something to relate to.

It takes a lot of courage to publicly share your story, so I am beyond blessed to have such amazing women on my team. For more information on the work that I do with women, please visit my website: www.kristenrharris.com.

Without further ado, please meet the WOMEN WHO EMPOWER!

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Ana M. Jackson

Ana Jackson is a wife of a pastor, accountant, entrepreneur and also wears many other titles due to her passion for helping all that cross her path.  As a wife of a pastor, she and her husband have a ministry that they birthed in Fairburn, Ga, called Divine Bread of Life Ministries which has blessed and saved many souls.  Ana enjoys traveling, writing, cooking and mentoring young women and volunteering her time to serve others in need. Ana is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and also consistently received many awards being on the President’s and Deans List, while receiving a degree in Business Administration from Ashford University.

Ana lives in Merrillville, Indiana with her husband and youngest son and they run a catering company, Sweet Baby Ana’s Catering. She is also an independent consultant for Ambit Energy.

 

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Chancee Lundy

Chanceé Lundy is a wife, mother, author, business owner, international speaker, social justice advocate, community conscious engineer and most important follower of Jesus Christ. This Selma, Alabama native uses her time and talents to uplift others and aspires to live a life of service. She serves on boards and formally and informally serves as a mentor to students and other entrepreneurs. She loves working with women and girls to help them achieve their full potential and talking to audiences about all things entrepreneurial.

Mrs. Lundy is a global citizen and has lead and participated in trainings on social justice issues and engineering achievement in: Accra, Ghana; Mali, West Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and Bosnia Herzegovina.  In addition, she participated in the International Scholar Laureate Program’s Delegation on Engineering to China. Ms. Lundy is a past National Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been recognized by US Black Engineer as one of the Top 100 Most Important Blacks In Technology and selected by Ebony Magazine as one of the 30 Leaders of the Future.

Chanceé is the co-owner of Nspiregreen LLC a sustainability consulting firm based in Washington, DC. She received her Master’s in Civil Engineering from Florida State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.

In her spare time she enjoys curling up with a good book, cooking, volunteering and exploring different cultures through international travel.

She resides in Washington, DC where she is a wife to an adoring husband, Dwight R. Russell, and mother to a rambunctious little boy, Amari Kingston Russell.

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Chanell Denea Hill

Chanell Hill, MSW is a clinical social worker by profession and an advocate by life assignment. Chanell discovered her passion for social work and working with young girls at the age off 20. Upon finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, she relocated to Chicago, Illinois in August 2012 to pursue her Masters in Social Work. While growing in education and leadership, Chanell silently battled depression, insecurities, rejection and more. With the support of great mentors, therapeutic services and her faith, Chanell was able to overcome while shedding the light on the many issues we refuse to speak about. Utilizing her experiences and education, Chanell developed transformative programs, facilitated workshops and developed curriculum from California to Illinois, while challenging us to create tangible way to assist our communities. Chanell uses her skills and resources addressing such issues as professionalism, health education, social justice, trauma, dating, mental health and much more. Walking in her calling as a servant of Christ, Chanell has dedicated her career and life to be the voice for those who may not have the resources to be heard. In the summer of 2016, Chanell created Operation Save Our Girls, a program to address and treat the daily trauma our young girls face.

Outside of her employment as a social worker, Chanell spends time facilitating workshops and mentoring young girls with various groups across the Chicagoland area. She recently started an online segment called Our Youth Speaks providing today’s youth a creative platform to voice their opinions and thoughts on the current events and topics that affect their lives.

Chanell has been featured in True Living Magazine, Fruitful Bride Radio Podcast, New Life Counseling Services, The Modern Day Super Woman and more. In November 2016, Chanell was awarded the Demoiselle 2 Femme 40 Under 40 Young Women Professional Award. Chanell remains committed to doing what God has created her to do through advocacy, mentorship and empowering those she serves to reach their fullest potential.

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Dene M. Brown

Dené Brown graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives.” She took her education and school spirit to heart and is now a young professional striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené’s worked at a top PR firm and the Steve Harvey Show, but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Junior League of Chicago.

 

 

 

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Domini Gamble

Whether she’s speaking to a group of young men and women or an audience of executives, Ms. Domini Gamble captures the attention of everyone in the room.

As a public speaker, her style and technique draws from her multitude of experiences throughout her personal and professional career.   As a writer, she is a premier contemporary blogger for one of the best inspirational blogging sites.

As an educational consultant, she has become an advocate for quality education and a spokesperson in the areas of quality education, curriculum development, and community involvement.

As an entrepreneur, she successfully started a number of small businesses that led her to become a small business brand consultant where she was able to help and support a number of start-ups within the south side of Chicago.

Currently she serves on the Committee on Education and Child Development for the City of Chicago as the Committee Coordinator.  As the Committee Coordinator, Ms. Gamble has been able to develop and design programs, projects, and proposals that benefit the people of Chicago.

Domini Gamble is a mother, mentor, writer, and known prayer intercessor. She has an Associate of Science degree in Computer Graphics and Multimedia, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration, and a Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology and Design.

 

 

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The late Mother of Ebony Cox: Delores Ann Miller (Smith)

Ebony Cox grew up in Waukegan, IL. She graduated from North Chicago Community High School. She received her Associates Degree in Human Services from College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL). She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling & Psychology from North Park University (Chicago, IL). She will start her Master’s Degree in Psychology Fall 2017. She has worked for a nonprofit organization within the North Chicago school district for the last 5 years. She is a strong advocate for empowering our youth and helping them to be successful in all areas of life. She would one day like to work with young adults as a mentor and life coach.

Among several other passions, Ebony is also passionate about working with teen and single mothers. Having her first child at the age of 18 she had a very strong support system and has accomplished so many of the goals that she set forth for herself. With her mother passing almost 5 years ago, she set out to help young women from all walks of life be more and strive for more in life.

She also has a children’s clothing line, “Edukated”. It is geared towards teaching our young people to stay true to self and not dumbing down in order to fit in with society but to step outside of the box as well as the crowd. To be “Edukated” with a “K” means to stand out from the norm.

 

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Gina M. Hall

Ms. Gina Hall is a woman, daughter, sister, mother and trainer.  She loves to talk, write and research. Gina believes that words have such a powerful impact and enjoys the challenge of finding just the right words to communicate an idea, express a thought or explain a process. She has over 12 years of experience in the talent and development industry as a technical trainer who designs, develops and delivers various blended learning solutions that support multiple delivery methods. These include: coaching, instructor-led training, online training webinars, technology-based training and self-paced e-learning for enterprises.  Gina manages training programs, performance interventions and learning programs that focus on complex, technical or functional content to meet the diverse needs of the workforce.  She builds the knowledge and skill set of the corporate workforce and salesforce to align with the corporate mission, strategy and goals.

Gina is also a foodie who has adopted a healthy lifestyle and likes to try new recipes. She currently resides outside of Baltimore, Maryland with her son and daughter.  As a student of God, Gina is embracing and loving the learning process to understand her transforming purpose in this beautiful journey of ups, downs and curves called life.

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Harriet Noel Jones

Harriet Noel Jones was born the youngest of three, and only daughter to Morrell and Juanita Noel.  She was educated in the Memphis City Schools and received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Memphis.  In Memphis, she met the love of her life, Robert E. Jones, in their home church, Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where they married and raised three children, Necole, Camille, and Robert, II.  At this same Hill Chapel, they co-labored as Senior Pastor and First Lady for thirty years until his death.

Being a true Renaissance woman, Harriet supported her family using her talents as a florist, refinisher, painter, chef, upholsterer and designer.  Working diligently to ensure that her home and church were run with excellence, she was the ultimate matriarch.

Serving in a plethora of ministries, Harriet actively taught, counseled and mentored.  Being guided by the Spirit, she served fifteen years as Operations Manager.  Her project management and design skills can be seen throughout the 70,000 square foot church edifice.

The death of her husband and best friend launched the birth of her new assignment, the blog and ministry, Always a First Lady…Transforming Lives with Faith and Wisdom Principles for Wholistic Living.  Harriet continues sowing wisdom to women as Titus 2:4-5 directs.  Because of her extraordinary courage and proven example of faith under pressure, she is sought out for coaching, teaching, mentoring, speaking, instructing and counseling.  You will find her always with a healthy living concoction brewing, always before the Father, always praying, always faithful and ever interceding.

This is just a glimpse of who she is.  Spend a few moments with her and you will know the essence of her character and the love she has for Jesus.

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Jennifer Anthony

Through her love of Comedy and its potential to inspire change in people lives, Jennifer “JenniO” Anthony has worked creatively as a comedian for 13 years. After graduating from Alabama A&M University, Jennifer began her comedy career by debuting at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway in May 2004. She has been seen in independent films, on radio and television.

Jennifer currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama where she works in the Mayor’s office of Public Information.

She is the proud mother of two beautiful children Khloe and Emory. Jennifer enjoys spending her time writing as it has always been a dream of hers to have her writings published.

 

 

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Keena Miquel Jordan

Through her love of the beauty industry and the art of transformation, Keena Miquel Jordan is a Chicago native who has worked as a hairstylist for over 23 years. After graduating with 1500 hours in cosmetology from Harry S. Truman College, she went on to study Business Management at Olive Harvey College and later Fashion Merchandising and Marketing at the International Academy of Fashion Design & Technology.

Her work has been published in Black Passion Hair magazine, Sophisticates Black Hair, Juicy, Hip Hop Weekly, BET Awards 2013 and currently on display at your local Walmart, Family Dollar or neighborhood beauty supply by way of the Luster’s Smooth Touch Relaxer Kit.  For all the reality show addicts, Keena had the opportunity to work closely with the Real Housewives of Atlanta while styling Sheree Whitfield for the Season 8 Reunion Show.

Working as a platform artist at the Proud Lady Beauty Show and teaching classes for a few local manufacturers has whet Keena’s appetite for giving back to current and future beauty professionals.  With two salon/ boutiques under her belt, she is gearing up to tackle salon ownership again.  Sharing her styling expertise and knowledge of the salon industry as a whole, along with motivating and inspiring women entrepreneurs will surely keep her busy for years to come.

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Keviyona T. Ray

Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and the ambassador of praise and worship at The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a Reading Coach for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife to a wonderful husband and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

 

 

 

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LaKeisha Stringfellow

LaKeisha is a caring, strong, virtuous woman, with a heart to serve God and love people.  Her background and experience includes work at St. Francis Hospital Blue Island, now MetroSouth, as well as The University of Chicago Medical Center. She has spent the last several years helping people find resources to better their health and educating patients on the importance of communicating their needs to their Primary Care Physician.

LaKeisha leads and mentors a teen-aged girls group in her local church community.  She plans their calendar events and makes sure that they have a safe environment to share their concerns and struggles.  She also serves as visionary and overseer of the Women of Wise, a local group affiliated with the Victorious Living Church of God. She hosts a prayer line every Saturday of the month called “Powerful Prayer Call”, where women and men all over the U.S.  are uplifted and are able to share their victories and encourage one another.  She has also been privileged to speak and empower women at different events, which is her passion.  Her love for serving and inspiring others keeps her motivated to move forward.

LaKeisha completed her first book project with the Millionaire M.O.M group, which was released in December of 2016. Her overall mission is to see people’s lives changed for the good, by encouraging and uplifting them to live a healthy and prosperous life.

When LaKeisha is not out serving others, she enjoys spending time with her children and taking trips with her girlfriends.

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Latasha L. McCrary

Latasha McCrary was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is the daughter of Rosie Ellison and Willie McCrary. She has two beautiful children—Jordan and Charisma—and currently resides in Prattville, Alabama.

McCrary became aware of her call to serve others at a young age. She has coordinated numerous local and national community projects including Rock the Vote, Love Thy Neighbor Day, and Project Salute, a legal program for U.S. veterans.

In her career, McCrary serves as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she focuses on mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. She is passionate about law and believes that her profession is an extension of her calling to serve.

McCrary has written several articles that focus on criminal justice in Alabama as well as articles on how to be successful as a young lawyer.  Her work includes publications in the Berkley Journal of African-American Law and Policy, the International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, and Law Practice Today.

Above all, McCrary is a licensed minister who loves to study and share the word of God. She currently serves at St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, Alabama under the leadership of Pastor T.C. Johnson. Her guiding principle in life is, “Service is the price we pay for the space that we occupy.”

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Lauran A. Smith

With a business start in March 2012 (PRbyELLE77, a Social Media Management Firm), Lauran has worked with quite a few notables, and has been sought out for major opportunities. Lauran was also a featured Panelist, being viewed as a “master of her craft”, during Chicago’s Social Media Week (September 2013), discussing “Social Media Mastery.” She sat among additional social media professionals and business owners such as Cameka Smith (Founder of The BOSS Network), Brian Hagen (of the social media phenomenon “Twitter”), Kevin McFall (of Ebony/Jet Magazine) and Carrie A. Williams (Managing/Digital Editor of Today’s Chicago Woman).

Lauran was also solicited by Cameka Smith (Founder, The BOSS Network) as Event Publicist, which added her to the team of women who hosted Legendary Supermodel Beverly Johnson for an evening of dialogue, networking, and mingling (event title “Ladies That Lead: An Evening With Beverly Johnson), which took place on August 5, 2014. Lauran also has published work in Jet Magazine, a prominent and globally recognized magazine under the umbrella of the distinguished Johnson Publishing Company (Chicago, IL). She is currently enrolled at Harvard University & Brown University (online coursework) for additional business & leadership certifications, was a recent recipient of the “40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals Award”, for being a rising leader in the field of Social Media, is a Contributing Writer for Empire Life Magazine, Voice Of Hair and The Single Wives Club, has provided business related blog posts for The BOSS Network, is a Mentor and also serves as the Director of Media Content & Engagement for 501c3 “Friends In The City Foundation” (Chicago, IL), and is also the Founder and Designer of the First Annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week, which was held February 7-13, 2016. The second annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week was held February 12-19, 2017.

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LaVonna V. Fields

LaVonna V. Fields lives in a south suburb of Chicago, Illinois with her husband of 17 years and their three teenage children.  She has served as a women’s retreat facilitator, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and the church secretary.  In 2015, LaVonna received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has worked in the healthcare field for over 16 years.  God has given LaVonna the heart of sharing His word with His daughters, so that they know how much He loves, cares, and values them.  Her favorite scripture text is, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV.

 

 

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Luronda T. Jennings

“To be you is to know you, and to know you is to trust HIM!”

Passionate about personal growth, educating youth, and writing poetry, Luronda is determined to be the woman God created her to be.  Born, raised, and now residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Luronda believes her solid foundation stemmed from being raised by a mother who was an educator and coach and a father who was an educator, coach, principal, and pastor.  Growing up, Luronda lived with two parents who encouraged love, equality, lifelong learning, and playing sports but didn’t tolerate disrespect, complacency, and giving up.  She feels this is the reason why she was blessed to be educated in one the best public magnet schools in Chattanooga, and go on to earn her Bachelor’s in Child and Family Studies and Master’s in Special Education K-12.

After 12 years of teaching students with special needs in 6 different schools, Luronda stepped out on faith and founded a 501c3 non-profit organization called Journey Educational Services, Inc. (J.E.S.) that provides supplemental services for students with special needs.  Various experiences caused Luronda to exit a situation that hindered her from doing more for our youth…our future.  Although it’s very challenging to build and run a non-profit organization, Luronda finds her strength in God’s promises, her support system, the progress of her students, her positive mindset, and her willingness to jump.

Vision forward, Luronda is excited about launching her career as an author, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator.  She plans to continue utilizing her gifts to motivate, inform, nurture, and develop strong minded and selfless individuals who are willing to help unify and change the world.  Feel free to email Luronda at Lurondatjennings@gmail.com and be on the lookout for her next book, which will release Fall 2017.

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Marnae A. Thompson

Marnaé A. Thompson is a Chicago native who currently resides in Miami, Florida. Although her love for traveling has blessed her with an exuberant career in aviation & unlimited access to the world, her heart remains rooted in her hometown. Marnaé began her first of many business in her beloved city of Chicago. Currently, she is the owner and curator of Thompson Group Enterprises which is the parent company to many web-based businesses. Her pride and joy is todaysflightattendant.com. She also expresses her passion for connectivity as a local council member for one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, as well as her own not-for-profit, Aviators In Action.

The youngest of 4 children and growing up in the 80’s, her grandparents assumed legal guardianship of her and her siblings. This was nothing short of a miracle for Marnaé. Unbeknownst to her, her unorthodox upbringing was a major part of God’s divine plan. Her life experiences began to cultivate her into a powerful vessel for God. While possessing an undergraduate degree in psychology and a 15-year career in dentistry, she knew that God had more in store for her. Her grit, vision, tenacity, and deep admiration for God eventually lead her to her purpose. That purpose is to usher others into the cultivation of their highest vibrational frequency, which is unwavering self-love. She believes this is the most powerful weapon for breaking generational curses and living your best life. She hopes that you find strength, encouragement, inspiration, comfort and love (God) in every written word of this book.

“Everything that you experience is bigger than you. Your pain, your success, your choices, your interactions, your capabilities… It’s all bigger than you!” -Marnaé

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Natalie K. Byrd

Natalie Byrd is a Licensed Minister and Spiritual Transformation Coach. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from Robert Morris, Master’s of Art in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola and a graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Roosevelt University. She recently trained as a Leadership Coach at Leadership MetaFormation Institute. Natalie obtained a Ministerial License after graduating from Living Word School of Ministry and Missions in 2013. She served as the Associate Pastor at King’s Majesty Ministries until God called her to a season of rest. Her shift from striving to rest presented one of the most profound truths of her life thus far: the healing and wholeness of our fragile, wounded, neglected soul is essential to fulfilling our destiny.

Natalie’s desire is for God’s Glory to fill the earth, not necessarily by outward accomplishment or acquired recognition, but through the inner journey of spiritual transformation that truly manifests the highest expression of Divinity to ourselves and others. She believes that God created each of us with the full expression of His nature within us and purposed us to share that representation with the world – which she affectionately calls your GLORY. Her ministry, Manifest Your Glory, guides women of faith on a journey of self-discovery, healing and truth in order to unveil their unique expression of the Divine. She speaks, leads one-on-one sessions, workshops and retreats to facilitate soul work that awakens the glory within.

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Rodnisha Anderson-Smith

Rodnisha Anderson-Smith, a native of Chicago, loves serving, cooking, and enjoying friends. She is a foster care system survivor, hence her strong desire to see people succeed who emerge from adverse backgrounds. Rodnisha’s infectious personality and motto, “I’ve never met a stranger,’ has helped her discover her gift and passion for customer service. As a customer service consultant and motivational speaker, her goal is to inspire as many as she can to serve.

 

 

 

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Shavon N. Taylor

Shavon N. Taylor is a playwright, director, producer, and adjunct professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Business. She loves theatre and has been in numerous plays. Through the arts, Shavon brings messages of hope and inspiration to her audiences.  She remains grounded in her belief that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her (Phil.4:13).  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Shavon loves her family’s hometown of Hazlehurst, MS where she spent most of her youth and learned a key life lesson about hospitality and love! She graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School (Chicago, IL), Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), and Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL).

She enjoys teaching, reading, live theatre, music, and traveling. She loves nurturing finer womanhood by mentoring youth, teens, and young adults.  She is the proud mother of one son, Micah. She dedicates her life’s work to her parents, George and Elizabeth, and grandparents, George and Mary.  Shavon’s life purpose is to teach and inspire. She has a strong passion for strengthening families through her artwork.  She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her life’s quote is: “I am a part of all that I have met—To God Be the Glory!”

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Sherita Remond-Yamini

A natural born conversationalist, mentor, career coach, writer, community volunteer, devoted lover and follower of Christ Jesus, Sherita Redmond-Yamini uses her adverse experiences to empower women and children of this generation. Her passion is to share some of her real life situations, circumstances and accomplishments. God has allowed Sherita to overcome a journey through family dysfunction, years of mental, physical, sexual and marital abuse, homelessness, bullying, mental illness (PTSD/ Anxiety), addiction and generational curses.

Sherita attended Kenwood Academy High School where she made the most of her time as a participant in many extracurricular activities, especially basketball. She also serves the Woodlawn community volunteering her time and networking with organizations and churches. As a first generation college student, Sherita began her studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and City Colleges of Chicago. Sherita has received numerous awards in academics, art, and volunteer service. She has tried her hand at business and is now a keynote speaker. Sherita has worked tirelessly for the Chicago Public School System, where she provided educational support and career coaching to diverse learning students for 19 years. Sherita has a pure heart for helping hurting people and taking care of the less fortunate. Her mission is to empower people to find healing in Christ, so that they too, may leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Sherita is an active member of New Beginnings Church of Chicago where Corey Brooks is the Pastor. There she serves as a leader and mentor in the youth ministry.

One of Sherita’s greatest accomplishments is being married to Hubert Yamini Jr. and being a mother to her three children: Madisyn, Noah, and Haley.

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Tanika McBee

Ms. Tanika is a servant, mother, entrepreneur, cosmetology educator and now author. At a young age, she developed a passion for hair. As Tanika matured, she began to take her career more seriously and became the creator and owner of Pure Passion Hair Care LLC. She is currently working on developing her brand every day. Tanika has been licensed in her profession for 10 years and absolutely loves what she does.

Her main desire is to make people smile. Lifting spirits is one of the gifts she believes God has blessed her with and there is nothing she would rather do.

Tanika has always carried a notebook around to write her thoughts or expressions as they came. As a child, she was writing stories, poems and even songs to sing. Thus, authoring has always been a dream of hers. Tanika truly believes in dreams and them coming to fruition. She is very grateful to have this opportunity to empower women around the globe with her story.

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Dr. Tchicaya Ellis Robertson

Dr. Tchicaya Ellis Robertson is a lead researcher at a multinational consulting firm responsible for research in a broad range of industries including retail, hospitality, travel, consumer goods & services, government, and digital technologies. Tchicaya is also a business owner and author.

Dr. Robertson has worked at the Illinois Lottery managing the large scale contracts and developing the online portfolio of games with responsibilities for the marketing, promotion, and research. She began her professional career in the lottery industry as part of the executive team at the Maryland Lottery, where she served as Director of Research responsible for all research conducted by or on behalf of the Maryland Lottery. Her responsibilities included facilitation and administration of the Agency’s strategic planning program, making her the Director of Research and Planning, responsible for all research and strategic planning activities at the Maryland Lottery. Tchicaya also served as Director of the Agency’s Minority Business Enterprise Program where she ensured Agency compliance with state laws and regulations regarding minority business concerns.

Prior to joining the Maryland Lottery, Dr. Robertson worked as Manager of Organizational Analysis with a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in workforce effectiveness. Tchicaya is a native of Rockford, Illinois and graduate of Southern Illinois University’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs. Dr. Robertson earned her doctoral degree in 2000 from the Applied Psychology program with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and concentrations in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics.

She has been honored in the lottery industry as a “Woman in Leadership” and has written about customer loyalty and its application in lottery industry in trade publications. She is a current or past member of the American Psychological Association, the American Marketing Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. Dr. Robertson served on the Board of Directors of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) both as President and as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She was also on the staff at Strayer University as adjunct professor teaching various psychology courses. She currently serves on the Board for the Delta Research & Educational Foundation.

Dr. Robertson has one daughter and enjoys reading, playing tennis, and learning everything there is to know about business and entrepreneurship. Tchicaya lives her passion everyday as a mother, author, mentor, and business owner.

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Tiffany T. Huff

Tiffany T. Huff is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native where she now lives with her husband and two preteen sons.  Tiffany is the Founder of The Coffee & Clarity Series, and will be releasing her second book, 30 Day Stay: A Story of Escaping Death, Healing from Heartbreak and Finding Hope in Homelessness later in 2017.

She studied Communications & Professional Writing as an undergraduate at Carlow University and Higher Education Management at the Graduate School of Education at The University of Pittsburgh.  Tiffany has held a variety of leadership positions in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors and now uses all she’s learned during her career to fuel her full time entrepreneurial pursuits as an Author, Coach and Mentor for women around the world.

Tiffany believes the ultimate form of self-care is to honor yourself by honoring who God created you to be and doing what He created you to do.  Her gifts of clarity, insight and passion for challenging women to overcome their fears to reinvent themselves as the women they were called and created to be is what sparked her interest to join The Clarity & Confidence Team.  Tiffany believes strongly in the power of the pen and the necessity of women to share their stories not only to heal themselves, but as an act of service to help other women heal as well.

You can learn more about Tiffany and her work at www.TIffany-Huff.com.

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Yerinita T. Curtis-Fuller

Yerinita Curtis Fuller is a gifted writer and teacher. Possessing a true aptness to encourage, empower and uplift, she has mentored others for over a decade. She has an Associate of Arts Degree in Human Services Management, is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology and works for the Chicago Public School system.

Yerinita and her husband, Larry, reside in the Chicagoland area where they raise their seven beautiful children.