Dr. Sanaa Jaman

Dr. Sanaa Jaman
International Yoga Instructor

Dr. Sanaa Jaman was born and raised in Kuwait until the age of 17. Fluent in Arabic then moved to the United States to earn her bachelor’s in Mathematics. Her journey was difficult at first, due to the language and cultural differences. However, in 2010, she graduated (bachelor’s in mathematics with a minor in chemistry), and decided to pursue her PhD in environmental engineering sciences; which she earned in 2016. During her PhD studies, she discovered a love and passion for yoga through social media. Inspired by the art, she started her practice at home.

A few months into her practice, she witnessed a physical and emotional transformation. She noticed that she felt more at ease with life’s challenges and obstacles. Her practice has helped her tremendously in her healing journey; as a survivor of an abusive traumatic childhood past. She started to embrace yoga as a wellness lifestyle on and off the mat.

She hopes by sharing her journey and experience on and off the mat, she can help many overcome self-doubt, self-criticism, anxiety, depression, trauma while learning to be the best version of themselves.

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Daniella Benitez
Teenage Philanthropist

Daniella Benitez, a 14 year old freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, started her philanthropic endeavors at a young age. Her ambitions to help the underserved, one small change at a time, has flourished in the last two years. Daniella has partnered with the nonprofit organization Build A Miracle in an effort to build a home for a family in need each year. Thus far, Daniella has headed the raising of over $32,000, providing two homes for two families in need in Tijuana, B.C. The word “ambition” is her interpretation of PowHERful because no one is too young to make a significant positive impact on the world, so long as the ambition is present.

Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson
Founder and CEO

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes and has 30+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She speaks frequently at social impact conferences, and founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter.

Currently, Susan invests in and advises women-led technology start-ups, including News Deeply, Hint Water, Apolitical, Arlo Skye, GoldBean and The Muse. She serves on the boards of USA for UNHCR, Girl Rising, The PVBLIC Foundation, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and previously served on the board of Bpeace. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and was named as one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, 40 Women to Watch Over 40, Elle Magazine’s Top 25 Women on Twitter and Fast Company’s 25 Smartest Women of Twitter.

Cayla Craft

Cayla Craft
Top Sales Trainer

Cayla Craft, Host of Mommy Millionaire Podcast, is a mom of three, a self-made Millionaire, and a lifestyle entrepreneur. As a California native, she went from saving lives as a nurse in the ER working from 9-5 to helping women pursue a passion for owning their own business. Her first taste of success began when she created an organization of 60k+ people for Isagenix, a company that sells health and wellness supplements. Using that business-building knowledge as a foundation, she branched out as a Business Strategist and found incomparable satisfaction from helping others achieve success.

Cayla has inspired thousands of women to believe in themselves as entrepreneurs and businesswomen. Her main goal is to help women shamelessly pursue their ambitions and grow their business to 7 figures. Cayla created Mommy Millionaire to fill a void of community driven by women that desire to uplift, encourage and rally each other’s success. Mommy Millionaire seeks to pour out practical tips and business know-how that is current and relevant to what is working today. Cayla is an expert in speaking about sales, culture, and online marketing with experience in keynote speeches on connecting.

Frances Holuba

Frances Holuba
CEO, Chief Social Architects

When she’s not making an introduction for innovators, influencers & investors at her boutique consulting firm called Chief Social Architects, Frances enjoys a dynamic, altruistic lifestyle in Washington, D.C. supporting global entrepreneurship initiatives, study abroad and social enterprises. Clients include Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), WeWork Creator Awards, Sunshine Sachs, XPRIZE, Partners of the Americas, The Kennedy Forum, Pan American Health Organization & Peruvian Brothers.

Frances formerly held positions at Ashoka’s Changemakers, POLITICO as the Director of Social Enterprise and at the White House under President Obama serving in the Office of Global Engagement. She is an avid scuba diver and lifelong traveler.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff
Co-founder and Creative Director

When she was just 18 years old, Rebecca Minkoff moved to New York City to become a fashion designer. Living off of ramen and raw ambition in a six-floor walkup, she interned and assisted voraciously to live her dream.

After the economic downturn, she was encouraged to go out on her own. She designed her first collection in 2001—a five-piece capsule that included a version of the “I Love New York” t-shirt. The tee appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she spent the next six months sewing tees from her living room floor.

In 2005, she designed her first handbag. She gave it the all-too-real name, “The Morning After Bag” (the “M.A.B.”), wore it around the city and sold them herself at a uniquely accessible price point. It became the cool girl’s must-have.

Rebecca’s drive, self-starter behavior, and consumer-first instinct continue to fuel and galvanize the brand and its loyal community.

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour
Co-Founder, MPower Change, National Organizer, Women’s March

Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, and mother of three. She is a Palestinian-Muslim-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. Linda was one of the national co-chairs of the largest single-day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. She has been named amongst 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world. She has won numerous awards including Champion of Change from the Obama Administration. She was recognized as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders and featured as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. She is a frequent media commentator on issues impacting Muslim communities, Middle East affairs and criminal justice reform and most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.

Taylor Moxey

Taylor Moxey
Founder of the Taylor Moxey Foundation

Taylor Moxey is an internationally known entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who turned a forty dollar loan from her parents into a growing empire known as Taylor Moxey, LLC which umbrellas her cupcake company (Taylor the Chef), an inspirational best selling book (The Adventures of Taylor the Chef), a line of motivational daily mantra cards using a play on her last name, affectionally calling them (Moxivation Cards) and the Taylor Moxey Foundation, whose mission is to educate, empower and encourage literacy and community service for people worldwide.

Myka Meier

Myka Meier
Founder of Beaumont Etiquette

Named in 2018 as “America’s Queen of Good Manners” by The Times of London and “The Queen of Etiquette” by The Daily Mail, Myka Meier is the Founder of New York-based Beaumont Etiquette. A dual American and British citizen, Myka specializes in teaching social, business and dining etiquette to a tech-savvy generation. Myka studied at several etiquette schools in the United Kingdom and trained in London under a former member of The Royal Household of Her Majesty the Queen. With two years of experience working on a global endeavor initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Myka travels globally give inspiring talks while teaching etiquette. In 2016, Myka co-founded the world renown Plaza Hotel Finishing Program for adults and children at the iconic New York City hotel. In 2017, Myka began filming a feature film documentary titled “The Renaissance of Etiquette” expected for global release in Fall of 2019. Myka’s company, Beaumont Etiquette, became the official etiquette partner of Downton Abbey, the exhibition in NYC in 2018.

Myka has been featured in international media including TIME Magazine, People, The New York Times, GMA, The Today Show, Fast Company and Vogue.

Nichole MacDonald

Nichole MacDonald
Founder and CEO, Sash Bag

Nichole started her company, Sash Bag, through trial and error, and perfected it to be the hands-free wonder that it is today. As a single mom of two young kids, Nichole often felt burdened by the way she had to carry her “life” around in a big, unorganized purse. She decided to free herself from that burden and to share her invention with the world.

Sash’s growth has been exponential over the past two and a half years, with Nichole recently raising over $1M for Sash over one month on Kickstarter. This has allowed expansion of production and distribution of Sash Bags to a larger international audience.

Nichole is well-known in the Sash online community of almost 50,000 followers from her videos and personal involvement in the customer experience. She’s not only an extremely savvy businesswoman, she’s a funny, caring, down-to-earth sister. Like the Sash Bag, she’s easy to love.

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Ashley M. Fox
Financial Education Specialist & Founder, EMPIFY

Ashley M. Fox is a former Wall Street analyst, a Howard University grad, and she is now an expert in her field as a Financial Education Specialist. After helping manage money for both millionaires and billionaires, during her career on Wall Street, Ashley felt that it was her God-given purpose to financially empower those Wall Street would never talk to. This passion lead her to quit her job and start her own company; Empify. Empify (merging of the words EMPower and modIFY), is an education- based organization created to help both adults and children understand financial literacy. Empify focuses on the creation of life-altering programs, informative digital content and interactive events curated to teach all aspects of financial education. Since 2014, Empify’s programs have reached thousands of students in over 50 different schools and organizations throughout the country.

Ashley is a highly-sought after speaker who has been featured on international tours, college campuses and keynote speaking platforms. Ashley is a financial journalist for Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine, and she has been featured on Jim Cramer’s “The Street”, Yahoo Finance, Rolling Out Magazine, Philly.com, Fox News, Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, and Forbes.

April Walker

April Walker
Lifestyle Entrepreneur

April Walker is a true pioneer, savvy businesswoman and is one of the game changers who inspired a streetwear fashion lifestyle category that became a multi-billion industry. As the creator of “Walker Wear” clothing in the early ‘90’s, her brand was one of the first to implement product placements and secure celebrity endorsements from Tupac, Notorious BIG, and even Beavis and Butt-Head. In this category, the brand was one of the first to open doors for a department store and chain store distribution. Offering a mesh of fashion and function, her designs helped to catapult Walker as a trailblazing phenomenon in the industry. With the resurgence of the fashion brand, Walker has been featured in Essence, New York Times, on TMZ, in Ford’s #BeUnstoppable Campaign, Hypebeast, Huffington Post, Wax Poetics, and CNN’s documentary “Fresh Dressed”, The Brooklyn Museum’s Sneaker Exhibition, the AMEX Open Forum, Barclay Center (Black History Month), and The Combat Jack Show. As a consultant, she’s worked with an array of clients such as Classic Media (Dreamworks), Spectrum (MLB Licensee), Mercury Footwear, Money Clothing, UNIVERSAL, MOTOWN, Priority Records, Flavor Unit, ECKO, and Champion.

Daily you can find Walker spreading her “Walkergems” via social media. The purpose of these “Walkergems” is to empower, inspire and ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship by giving the people the tools they need to design the lives they imagine and uplift our communities in the process. “By nurturing innovative talent, today’s entrepreneurs are one step closer to realizing their dreams.” Sharing these gems, Walker has penned and released her first book “Walkergems”, Get Your A$% Off The Couch” and is on a book tour.

Julie Cole

Julie Cole
Co-founder and Sr. Director, Mabel’s Labels

Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, a sought-after speaker, and emcee and a digital influencer and blogger.

Hadley Ruggles

Hadley Ruggles
Head of School, Basis Independent Brooklyn

Ms. Ruggles is one of the most distinguished school leaders in the BASIS Curriculum Network of 37 schools across the U.S. and world. As Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Ms. Ruggles and her team help empower students PreK-12 to self-advocate and shape their world. She started her career as a middle school and AP English Literature teacher, a school director, and finally the Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale, the #1 ranked high school in the nation. Ms. Ruggles has spent the last four years as Head of School for BASIS Independent Brooklyn in Red Hook.

Ericka Pittman

Ericka Pittman
Brand Architect

Ericka M. Pittman is a modern-day “Fixer” and an expert problem solver. Her innovative approach and strategic way of thinking make her one of the best brand architects in the business. She’s held titles at media companies such as Time, Inc., Vibe Media Group and Conde Nast before transitioning to the Blue Flame Agency where she sat as the VP of Marketing. Her standout performance caught the attention of business mogul, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, who hand selected Ericka for a curated leadership role, within his company, Combs Enterprises. As the Vice President of Combs Enterprises, Chairman Office, she worked alongside the executive teams, working closely against the business objectives of the Combs portfolio and the LA branch (executive offices). It was this position that catapulted her into a C – Suite position as Chief Marketing Officer of AQUAhydrate, Inc.

Playing a leading role with some of the most highly successful companies in America, Ericka now lends her unique business acumen to inspire those who want to learn what it takes to reach prestigious heights professionally. Motivational words from a woman who continues to break grounds. Holding an oasis of knowledge in various industries: Music, Fashion, Wine and Spirits, Television and most recently the Bottled water industry. Excelling in Sales, Marketing and Mixed Media.

Pittman has been marketing and developing brands for over 20 years, becoming an expert in brand building with specialization in lifestyle and Branding and positioning. Her campaigns and initiatives have reached across genres, creating a bridge between influencers, artists, celebrities, brands and most importantly consumers. She also co-starred on the Emmy-award winning Bravo series, “The Singles Project”.

As a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Advertising Women of New York, Cosmetic Executive Women, Ericka lends her time and energy to a number of causes and other organizations, including Dress for Success and NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship).

Lauryn Wiliams

Lauryn Wiliams
Certified Financial Planner

Lauryn Williams, CFP® is a 4-time Olympian, 3-time Olympic medalist and the first American woman to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Her company, Worth Winning, offers virtual services to help professional athletes get the answers to the financial question that matter most to them.

Deesha Dyer

Deesha Dyer
Executive, Ford Foundation

Deesha Dyer is a speaker, writer, creative event and strategy consultant, and most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. The Philadelphia native became a White House intern at the age of 30 and completed a seven-year tenure there that honed her expertise in event coordination, logistics, protocol, and statecraft. Her storied career is unconventional at best, with themes of reinvention, drive, and a commitment to community service integrated throughout. An award-winning event producer, Deesha has been featured in national media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Essence, Vogue, Refinery29, Forbes, The Root and Washington Post. A charismatic speaker with unbridled optimism, she now shares her message of hope, hard work and living life on your own terms with audiences across the country, while working in social justice philanthropy at the Ford Foundation.

Bharathi Sethumadhavan

Bharathi Sethumadhavan
Program Officer, The Clark Foundation

A Jersey girl with an Indian heritage, a New York City state of mind, and southern roots. As a South Carolina native, Bharathi is a Jersey City resident who currently serves as a Program Officer at The Clark Foundation, which focuses on helping individuals lead independent and productive lives and supports nonprofits and programs in New York City and Cooperstown, NY. Other than doing what she loves as a career, she is a hot sauce and Spanish wine aficionado who loves re-reading Judy Blume novels, watching Jeopardy, and is fascinated by stalagmites and stalactites. Her life motto is quoted by her idol Priyanka Chopra: “My father always told me, why do you want to fit into a glass slipper… You know like we were told, like Cinderella did? Why do you want to fit into a glass slipper when you can shatter the glass ceiling.

Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds
Storyteller/Actor

Aisha Hinds is an artist, actress and Innocence Ambassador whose work seeks to expose injustice; explore and express spirituality, sensuality and sexuality; inspire women and youth; and pay homage to her culture and ancestry. From the beginnings of her career working with other young artists to provide health and sexual education in schools, churches, prisons, group homes, and on the streets of New York City, performance was more than an outlet for artistic expression; it was a call to action.

Aisha’s notable trajectory of work includes, but is not limited to her present work as Hen on the FOX hit series 9-1-1, as well as critically acclaimed television performances on Underground in the role of Harriet Tubman, All The Way playing Fannie Lou Hamer, Unsolved:The Murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, True Blood, Shots Fired, Hawthorne, Law & Order:SVU as well as myriad motion pictures like Star Trek:Into Darkness, Assault on Precinct 13, The Next Three Days, Unstoppable and the upcoming Godzilla:King of Monsters.

As an Innocence Ambassador, Aisha’s lifelong commitment to seek justice and truth through art and performance lends its voice on behalf of wrongfully convicted people within the criminal justice system.

The Bonfrye

The Bonfrye
Recording Artist

Massachusetts-born and Atlanta-based songstress The Bonfyre welcomes listeners to her world by the guiding light of a bright and bold musical flame. Her debut EP for LA Reid’s newly formed HITCO, Ready To Love, heats up with a knockout combo of Rhythmic Soul and forward moving pop energy in the production, upbeat spirit in her delivery, and feel-good grooves highlighted by the first single and title track. Like a spiritual descendant of Mariah Carey’s Daydream and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, this hypnotic hybrid of slick R&B and widescreen pop is powered by rafter-reaching vocals, vivid lyricism, and raw emotionality. It’s also unlike anything out there. Watch The Bonfyre light up 2018

Stacey Bendet

Stacey Bendet
CEO & Creative Director, alice + olivia

Stacey Bendet is the CEO & Creative Director of alice + olivia. Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a global brand that allows women to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, alice + olivia epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s personal quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags, and accessories.

Dr. Michelle Henry

Dr. Michelle Henry
Dermatologic Surgeon

Dr. Michelle Henry is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She is currently a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She practices Mohs micrographic surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Henry completed her residency in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she served as Chief Resident. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in cutaneous oncology, Mohs micrographic, and reconstructive surgery at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in high-risk skin cancer treatments, cosmetic surgery, and skin of color.
She has published numerous articles and book chapters on skin cancer treatment and surgery, including publications in Dermatologic Surgery on complex reconstruction techniques after Mohs surgery, new surgical techniques for basal cell carcinoma, and innovative uses for photodynamic therapy. She recently published a book chapter on aesthetics in ethnic skin.

She has lectured at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, The International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the National Medical Association on the proper techniques for injecting dermal fillers, lasers ins kin of color, hair transplantation, body contouring, and Mohs reconstruction.
Dr. Henry has been featured in many magazine and newspaper publications, including Instyle, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Allure, Woman’s Day, Essence, Better Homes and Gardens, Health, Black Enterprise, Beauty in the Bag, Plastic Surgery Practice and Newsday. She has been a repeat guest speaker on SirusXM Satellite Radio and has been seen on FOX and NBC news. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine, and American College of Mohs Surgery. She serves on the Education Committee of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Her treatment philosophy is to provide holistic care while utilizing the latest techniques and scientific data.

Natalie Cofield

Natalie Cofield
Founder, Walker’s Legacy

An honors tech graduate (where she was mentored by CIOs of two of America’s leading Fortune 500 companies) Natalie has leveraged her experience coding to build a career centered on empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, women, and underrepresented communities.  She personally raised over 20 million dollars building philanthropic causes bringing women’s health and economics full circle. As a superwoman self-care advocate, social entrepreneurship educator, and economic empowerment leader, Natalie has over a decade of experience working with a myriad of organizations and agencies. She has been championing causes for women of color for over a decade. And was named the 2018 Advocate of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

From Google to the National League of Cities, Natalie’s speeches, courses, and advisory services have helped to shape programs and efforts of some of the most regarded global brands, educational and government institutions. A sought-after expert, Natalie’s work has been featured on and by CNN, NYTimes, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, BusinessInsider, Black Enterprise, Essence, and EBONY, among others.

Once inspired by reading the business plans of her mother when she was 11, today, Natalie is the founder of Walker’s Legacy, a digital platform to empower women through entrepreneurship, and its adjoined nonprofit arm, the Walker’s Legacy Foundation, which was established to empower income limited women through financial literacy and economic security.  An avid traveler, Cofield has visited more than 45 countries and counting.

Dawn Dickson

Dawn Dickson
Founder, PopCom

Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful heels) and PopCom after identifying a need develop a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent.

Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, and has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Black Enterprise, Fortune, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Miami Herald, CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis, and MSNBC ‘Your Biz’ Elevator Pitch.

A recognized leader in entrepreneurship and digital marketing, Dawn was featured on the cover of the March 2018 Black Enterprise Magazine, was honored as one of the National Urban League Young Professionals ‘Heroes in the Movement’, featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in South Florida, and listed among the ‘50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch’ by Innov8tiv Magazine.

Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Dawn was selected to participate in some of the nation’s top accelerator programs for entrepreneurs including the NewME (San Francisco), Canopy Boulder (Boulder, Colorado) and Techstars (Los Angeles) and is recognized as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurs on the rise.

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Heather Lowery
VP of Talent & Touring, Live Nation Urban
CEO, Agency For Artists

A strategist, power-negotiator and dealmaker, Heather Lowery is the Vice President of Talent & Touring at Live Nation Urban, where she develops events, festivals, platforms, and strategic partnerships across the Hip-Hop, R&B, and Gospel genres. At LNU, Heather curates talent and oversees the RapCaviar Live series in partnership with Spotify, Broccoli City Music Festival, Kirk Franklin’s Exodus Music & Arts Festival, Summer Block Party, Holiday Jam, and A Night of Symphonic Hip-Hop.

A graduate of Spelman College, Heather is not only an accomplished talent buyer, but also an entrepreneur and founder of the New York – Los Angeles based boutique talent firm, Agency for Artists (AFA). Previously, Heather had a successful stint as General Manager of the globally renowned Larry Gold Recording Studio and transitioned to the talent agency world at the William Morris Agency. After successfully booking concerts and tours at William Morris, Heather became one of the most important agents and talent brokers in the music industry counting notable recording artists, celebrities, influencers, top concert venues, and colleges & universities as clients.