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Ebony Porter-Ike

Visionary & Host

Founder of The epiMediaGroup, LLC and Coinology®

With over 15 years of strong business consulting experience with Fortune 500 companies in the space of mergers, acquisitions, energy, public sectors, and entertainment; Ebony Porter-Ike has been seen as the “GO TO PERSON” for resuscitation of failing businesses. She has been known as the guru for assisting new start ups with a comprehensive marketing plan and objective. With a clear view of business, she has worked on brokering deals for reality shows, production of large-scale entertainment, fashion events, national hair shows, and building the brands of industry mega stars. With an MBA in International Management and a certificate in Six Sigma Black Belt, Ebony has successfully guided new product development projects offshore to provide maximum return for her clients. Her experience is unparalleled and unique in nature. Ebony has been featured in business magazines, journals, blogs, and has spoken at numerous entrepreneurial conferences. She has received numerous awards for her exemplary work in Public Relations & Business.

Ebony is revered in the industry as the "Guru of Business" with her creative skills in helping new and existing brands to maximize their market share. Ebony is also the author and founder of Coinology®: The Series and the Coinology® Program. Ebony has dedicated her life to her passion of assisting aspiring entrepreneurs to become successful by living their truth. This is the premise of the programs, events and the epiConference.

 

Dr. Myla Bennett

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Business Coach and Founder of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa

Business mogul, board certified plastic surgeon, and speaker Dr. Myla Bennett is the founder of Preserve Your Pretty® and has become one of the most sought after business coaches on the east coast. A graduate of The Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr Myla is the owner of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa®- a multi-million dollar plastic surgery center located in the upscale community of Johns Creek, Georgia. An advocate for women and passionate about safe plastic surgery practices, Dr.Myla is known for helping women preserve their youth in a natural appearing way and only performs natural appearing body contouring. It is her mission to educate women daily about the dangers of plastic surgery when done in unsafe environments. Featured in both national and international publications and networks including, Jet Magazine, Black Enterprise, Bravo Television Network and WETv Single and Living Fab,  Black America Web, NBC, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Radio One, and many more, Dr. Myla continues to build other women throughout the country teaching strategies on building a million dollar business.


A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Dr.Myla is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is one of six children raised in a single parent home.  After completion of surgical training Dr. Myla accepted a residency position in Richmond, IN where she started the Allure Center for plastic surgery. After 3 years she opted to venture out on her own and start her own private practice in plastic surgery. Through the advancement of her company Dr. Myla has had the pleasure of working with some of the most well known figures in entertainment including Ashley Graham Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Trina and Evelyn Braxton, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey and many more. She has been featured on multiple TV Shows including Braxton Family Values, Married To Medicine and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.


Dr. Myla currently resides in Johns Creek,Georgia. Dr. Myla is currently accepting invitations to speak on panels, expo’s, seminars,and conferences.

 

Kimberly M. Chapman

Founder of Chapman Products Company Inc. and Sheen Magazine

Kimberly M. Chapman is one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators in the American South. With beauty, ambition and intellect—she is a living legend. Mrs. Chapman, a graduate of Southern Wesley University, lives and breathes the word visionary as the co-creator of Chapman Products Inc. Chapman Products Company Inc. is the umbrella that houses Nairobi Professional, Congo Professional, Kerafena Natural Hair Smoothing System, Chapman Foundation Inc., and Sheen Magazine. With her illuminating zeal for people and immeasurable organization of business infrastructure, Mrs. Chapman Products Inc. being a household name around the world for all cultures and ethnicities. She saw the need for better hair care products and filled the void with an initial product line. Chapman prudently built her small business into a regional, national, and international brand. With tenets of hard work and diligence, she turned her dream into the extraordinary company it is today. Chapman Products Company Inc. has over 200 distributors, 32 employees, and has a thriving international footprint. With Chapman Products Company Inc. on the rise as a prominent hair care company in the industry, it was important to expand the brand awareness into media and community outreach. In 1999, she founded the Chapman Foundation, Inc. which provides scholarships to high school students, delivers school supplies and toys to the less fortunate, and much more. The Chapman Foundation, Inc. donates minimum of $250,000 per year to students nationwide. Mrs. Chapman wasn’t finished. In 2006, she founded Sheen Magazine, which combined all her favorite things: beauty, fashion and hair. Sheen Magazine went on to create the Ultimate Beauty Guide for the modern-day woman, while also promoting self-care and self-love.

Mrs. Chapman is married to chemist William P. Chapman, and has been married for 27 years. They have two children, William “Tre” Chapman and Antonia Chapman Merced (Rafi-Diyn Quiles-Merced). She has one grandchild Little Rafi (and another on the way).

 

Dr. Christopher Chappell

Pastor, Entrepreneur, Author

Dr. Chappell is a powerful and charismatic figure widely recognized for UniFest, an event that brings together the leaders in business, government, community and nonprofit organizations for awareness and to execute plans for a wholesome municipality. In addition to his national impact, he is internationally sought after in Canada, Israel, and Africa to speak at conferences and serves as venture counsel and advisor for global development. After founding Shonuff Gospel Records in 1998 Dr.Chappell established Christopher Chappell Ministries in 1999 through which he has spent time in Johannesburg,Gaborone, Botswana, Dubai, and Jerusalem speaking at conferences focusing on business and entrepreneurial workshops. Dr. Chappell also specializes in stewardship strategy sessions where he educates churches of all sizes on how to position themselves to mobilize and achieve capital gains. In 2007 he received the Choice Award for leading and building church communities.  

 

As advisor and developer, he is currently serving as project leader for a multi-million dollar expansion of Grace Community Christian Church located in the suburbs of Atlanta in Kennesaw, Georgia.  As a cornerstone of faith and pillar of influence in the community, Dr. Chappell has gained the trust of local officials and bureaucrats abroad. He has received multiple awards for his civic commitment and community involvement.


In addition to being pastor, businessman, and  conference speaker he is also a nationally recognized author. Dr. Chappell has authored three highly acclaimed books, receiving the 2014 Xulon Press Authors Award for his second book “Living To Win”. Most recently, Dr. Chappell completed his latest literary work, “Family the Way God Intended’, which is now fastly approaching the New York Times best-sellers list. “Family the Way God Intended” was written to inspire the family to “tone up their faith and tune up their family for incredible living.”
Dr. Chappell is currently preparing to speak at multiple mega churches, seminars, and conferences, across the world.

Crystal Y. Davis

Business Process Improvement Specialist, International Speaker, and Corporate Consultant

 

Crystal Y. Davis is a business process improvement specialist, international speaker, and corporate consultant. Davis’ career spans over a number of business functions, industries, and disciplines including: automotive, consumer-packaged goods, healthcare, engineering, strategy deployment, training, facilitation, coaching, and speaking. Davis earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Samford University. Davis is a certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, and certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach. She has worked for more than 20 years in various leadership positions as a change agent. Davis has been privileged to work with leading experts in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Mexico, and Sweden. She is an expert at working with practitioners and executives; utilizing proven methods and guiding principles to become the key influencers in the process improvement transformation within Fortune 500 companies.
Davis is committed to helping women in male dominated industries, and those on leadership teams who are often the minority.  Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, The Women’s Business Enterprise and more she helps female leaders learn bold moves necessary to take control of their careers. Davis assists all who feel frustrated, undervalued and stuck on their career path.
In addition to being a business specialist, corporate consultant and speaker, Davis serves as CEO for The Lean Coach Inc. and Your Corporate Confidante. As a passionate leader committed to helping people reach their full potential, she takes pride in witnessing individuals evolve as they accomplish greater levels of success and impact. Through The Lean Coach, Inc Davis assists in organizational transformations using the Toyota Way lean approach with manufacturing, supply chain, and service industry leaders. Your Corporate Confidante helps women in STEM and leadership professions overcome challenges, shift negative perceptions, influence others to be open to diverse ideas, and create an inclusive environment. Her mission is to bring international notoriety to the companies in an attempt to improve the lifestyles, career success, and goal setting practices of men and women worldwide.
Crystal Y. Davis is currently accepting opportunities as a keynote speaker in categories to include women’s empowerment, leadership, process excellence, lean and six sigma.

 

Natalie Reid
Licensed Certified Public Accountant and State Farm Agency Owner

Natalie Reid was born and raised in Miami, FL. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida International University and her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Although she doesn’t practice, she is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Prior to being a State Farm Agent, Natalie has worked for the world-renowned Big 4 Accounting Firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, as well as Randstad.

In 2015, she wanted to be her own boss, achieve independent financial freedom and give back to her community. Therefore, she relocated to Atlanta, GA to open her State Farm Agency, representing the #1 auto, homeowner and life insurer in the country. Her office is located in Austell, GA however, she serves the entire state of Georgia by providing insurance and financial services. In less than 3 years in business, she and her agency team have achieved various awards from State Farm including: Chairman’s Circle (representing the top 4% of 19,000 agents) and Ambassador Club Traveler (twice) and SVP Club. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Junior League of Atlanta. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, traveling and serving her community through church and other civic organizations. She enjoys educating her community through seminars and her personal

motto is “To whom much is given, much is required”! Her Agency’s mission is to help people prepare for the “just in case” and strategize for the “what could be.”

Dr. Sonja Stribling
Transformation Specialist, Life Coach and Business Expert

 

Dr. Sonja Stribling, life coach, business expert, and recipient of The Barack Obama Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, who specializes in empowering women to discover their inner POWER to ascend to the next level in their life and business.  Dr. Sonja is the CEO and Founder of the Next Level Living 7.0 Institute which is the home of her signature global programs Journey to Greatness Life 180° and Building My Empire Masterclass.  Dr. Sonja mentors women on finding their purpose and building multiple six-figure incomes. With recognition from over three million individuals world-wide, Dr. Sonja’s popular Periscope & Facebook LIVE sessions, where she has been called the General to Giants, continues to help women to give themselves PERMISSION to be amazing and live the life they deserve and desire.


In addition, to being a respected life and business specialist, she is a TV host on a National platform with Bravo Television Network.  The Dr. Sonja Experience TV Show joins some of the network’s widely successful shows including: The Real Housewives franchises, Married to Medicine, and Million Dollar Listing New York. In it’s partnership with WATL The Dr. Sonja Experience will join nationally recognized shows like, Dr. Phil, The Steve Wilkos Show, Sister Circle, and many more.

 

The Dr. Sonja Experience, helps everyday people have extraordinary lives, is designed to help viewers and guests awaken their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. It tackles real life issues with real life solutions.

Dr. Sonja is one of the most sought-after empowerment speakers in the nation.  She is a master of encouraging women to be resilient and developing the mindset to believe they can have it all; the Life and the Business.  Dr. Sonja’s belief is that if a woman can have a next level mindset, make next level commitments, create next level actions, which will ultimately result in Next Level Living.

Dr. Sonja, a former semi-pro basketball player and 21-year Army Retired Major and highly decorated combat veteran, is committed to empowering women.  Dr. Sonja is currently available as a keynote speaker for empowerment and inspirational events. For more information or media inquiries please contact: PRTeam@epimediagroup.com.

 

J.D. Smith
Founder of JD Smith Ministries and Motivational Speaker

Minister Jerod also known as JD Smith is a 21st century emerging leader, visionary and motiva-

tional speaker who is one of God’s anointed vessels being used to speak life, empowerment and hope to a nation of people. Born and raised in the Hampton Roads area, Minister JD Smith has served diligently in ministry since his childhood. In 2001 he was called into the prophetic ministry and moved to Atlanta under the direction of God. His unique gifts and anointing was used to impact many people and assist pastors in the development of their churches. JD Smith also serves as the founder of JD Smith ministries, a ministry that is passionate about reconciling the world to Jesus Christ. As a true worshipper with a heart of God, Minister Smith endeavors to educate the believer with Kingdom principles through prophecy, motivation and empowerment.

 

Minister JD Smith is also a gifted educator, conference speaker and a prolific prayer warrior. His Monday Night Conference Prayer line has touched many lives across the nation and has been successful at reaching souls all across social media. Beyond the pulpit, Minister Smith is an entrepreneur, serves as an ambassador on several non-profit organizations and has been recognized as a leader with charisma and strategy.

 

In addition to preaching the Gospel he has earned several degrees including Business Management and Leadership, Church Ministry and Psychology. Minister JD Smith continues to impact the world with his conferences, upcoming books and prayer line.

 

Suzette LeSane
Strategic consulting expert and Founder of ConnectedSphere Speaker Management Agency

LeSane is the Founder of ConnectedSphere Speaker Management Agency –a national
firm representing established and emerging speakers. ConnectedSphere represents a passion
that allows Suzette to contribute back to the community by helping women and girls find a
platform for their voice. ConnectedSphere provides its client’s prominent platforms to raise
awareness across many causes and empowers them by helping to lend voice to women who
desire to shatter the glass ceiling, balance power and humility, uncover a more purposeful and
authentic life and helping young girls discover their true voice and beauty.


Suzette is a highly respected product and strategic consulting expert on innovation and
transformation and has built a solid reputation on helping companies transform into cultures of
innovation and organizational creativity. Over the past years, Suzette has been an avid speaker
beyond the boardroom on topics focused on empowering the lives of women and girls.
Suzette has achieved tremendous success in various multi-billion dollar corporations and served
with distinction in various Vice President and senior level roles with several Fortune 500
companies where she passionately drove successes in mergers, innovation, product and pricing
discipline. Suzette’s passion for helping women and girls succeed continues to be a significant
influence on her speaking platform and behind ConnectedSphere.


Suzette holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of North Carolina in
Chapel Hill, NC with a specialization in Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategy and earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. Suzette lives by her coined phrase that “Purpose is never a
mistake, not living it is!”

Tamla Oates-Forney

Founder & CEO of TOFiTM International, LLC

 

Tamla Oates-Forney, is fully committed to the mission and cause of transforming the world, onewoman or girl of color at a time, due in part to her background and personal story of triumph. Tamla was raised by a young, single mother, who got pregnant at the age of 14. Despite having to overcome barriers and challenges, Tamla’s maternal matriarchs—her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were successful entrepreneurs. They served as motivation and examples
of what was possible as Tamla went on to become a notable philanthropist, a first-generation college graduate, and the highest ranking African-American female executive in a global company of more than 300,000 employees. For the past 20 years, Tamla has been at the helm of one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies as a Human Resources Leader. She currently leads the HR function for an $11B global business with a team of more than 43,000. The obstacles and opportunities Tamla experienced have all shaped her focus and commitment to helping other women and girls of color succeed. It is faith and a passion to fulfill her purpose that gives Tamla’s life meaning. While she has an amazing professional career, Tamla’s impact and reach extends itself beyond the C-suite. Over the years, she has engaged in connecting her purpose, expertise, and ideas to those in need. Tamla knows that positive exposure, sisterhood, opportunities, and personal and professional resources and development can help shape the trajectory of life and success for countless women
and girls of color in today’s society. The collective experiences of Tamla’s professional journey are an anecdote of ambition and
practicality that other women and girls of color can emulate. From family to career to community, she has accepted the baton of previous generations to discover and do her absolute
best, and in the same spirit cultivates the best in others so the legacy is created and excellence is achieved; just another testament to Tamla’s desire to lift others as she climbs. 
TOFi International’s vision is to “invest in the future, one woman at a time.” Through investments of time, talents, and financial capital, TOFi International is committed to
supporting women of color through all walks of life. TOFi International is one company with three divisions focused on philanthropy, thought leadership, and scale investments. Each division is carefully developed to provide complimentary services, resources and attributes to cultivate
the community of women it seeks to serve.
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The 2018 HERs OWNly retreats are the brainchild of TOFi International’s CEO, Tamla Oates-Forney. This one of a kind experience combines Tamla’s love of mindfulness and rejuvenation with her passion for transforming the lives of women of color through intentional growth, resources, and learning. For the past 20 years, Tamla has been at the helm of one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies as a Human Resources Leader. Most recently, she led the HR function for an $11B global business with a team of over 43,000 employees. The obstacles and opportunities Tamla experienced have all shaped her focus and commitment to helping other females succeed. It is faith and a passion to fulfill her purpose that gives Tamla’s life meaning. While she has experienced an amazing professional career, Tamla’s impact and reach extends itself beyond the C-suite. Over the years, she has engaged in connecting her purpose, expertise, and ideas to those in need. Tamla knows that positive exposure, sisterhood, opportunities, and personal/professional development can help shape the trajectory of life and success for countless women and girls of color in today’s society. The collective experiences of Tamla’s professional journey are an anecdote of ambition and practicality that other women and girls of color can emulate. From family to career to community, she has acceptedthe baton of previous generations to discover and do her absolute best, and in the same spirit, cultivates the best in others so that a legacy is created and excellence is achieved.

Shelly Willingham

Founder and CEO of Vision and Passion International

Shelley Willingham is the Founder and CEO of Vision and Passion International, LLC (VPI). Within the VPI portfolio are The Douglas Alexandra Group, a culture, communications and branding consultancy along with Shelleywillingham.com…and any other project that Shelley decides to pursue that sets her soul on fire.
She’s a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Master’s Degree at Northeastern University. She started her corporate sales and marketing career at Pitney Bowes before starting her own marketing and sales consulting firm, Creative Strategies Unlimited, Inc., based in Raleigh, NC in 2000.
In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, she served as the first Managing Director in Charlotte, NC for eWomenNetwork, a resource for connecting women-owned businesses worldwide. She also developed a seminar for Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program entitled, Purpose-Driven Marketing for the Nonprofit. In 2003, Shelley founded the National Organization for Diversity in Sales and Marketing (NODSM), a company focused on helping corporate America recognize the increasing purchasing power of diverse segments. Additionally, NODSM helped organizations effectively market to these groups without using stereotypes or being offensive. Some of her clients included Merrill Lynch, Young & Rubicam, Allstate Insurance, American Family Insurance and Turner Broadcasting. Because of her success in the multicultural space, Shelley was asked to partner with FORTUNE Magazine on a special diversity section in 2006. In 2007, when the market turned, her business started to struggle. One of her major clients was acquired by another company and the contract was not renewed. In 2011, she made the difficult
decision to close the doors of the very company that got her featured in FORTUNE. She lost it all, but through this loss found her true calling and a new beginning.

 

Today, Shelley shares her expertise by speaking at various non-profit and business events. As a thought-leader, she facilitates sales trainings, marketing workshops and leadership conferences. She has been a featured presenter at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as well as the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has delivered presentations to several flagship organizations including, Allstate Insurance, Merrill Lynch, GE Healthcare, Met Life, Radio
One and various women’s business groups and leadership summits.
Shelley is very active in the community as a board member and major gifts colonel for the Alexander YMCA, a member and chair of the fundraising committee for the Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Shelley is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in their business pursuits. Through private coaching, group coaching programs, masterminds and luxury retreats, she helps entrepreneurs build high-growth businesses. Throughout her career, she has gained the experience and know-how to help others run profitable businesses. By sharing her strategies for success and the lessons she’s learned
from her failures, she hopes to shorten the learning curve for entrepreneurs working hard to build their empires and leave a legacy.


www.vision-passion.com
www.shelleywillingham.com

Lucinda Cross

Chief Activator of THE VOICE

Lucinda Cross, known as the Chief Activator is THE VOICE of this generation. CEO of Activate Worldwide. and founder of Activate Your Life 501c3. Lucinda is a TEDx speaker, an accomplished best-selling author with 5 self-published books under her name. Recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama. She is a highly sought after International Speaker and Lifestyle Business Coach, crisscrossing the country delivering her high impact, anticipated words of wisdom, self-discovery, and strategy.

 

Her story is one of triumph and overcoming odds to regain her rightful place in life. It’s a story of using all of your life experiences to inspire thousands. Lucinda Cross helps women turn their stories into brandable, marketable and scalable business models. Lucinda has been seen on BET, CNN, ABC, NBC, to name a few, she is a media personality, social influencer, and advocates for overlooked and marginalized women.

 

 

Quote:

 

Success is not something that you wait for, it is something that waits for you to show up. ~Lucinda Cross

 
 

Tasha Holloway

State Farm

Shelley Willingham is the Founder and CEO of Vision and Passion International, LLC (VPI). Within the VPI portfolio are The Douglas Alexandra Group, a culture, communications and branding consultancy along with Shelleywillingham.com…and any other project that Shelley decides to pursue that sets her soul on fire.
She’s a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Master’s Degree at Northeastern University. She started her corporate sales and marketing career at Pitney Bowes before starting her own marketing and sales consulting firm, Creative Strategies Unlimited, Inc., based in Raleigh, NC in 2000.
In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, she served as the first Managing Director in Charlotte, NC for eWomenNetwork, a resource for connecting women-owned businesses worldwide. She also developed a seminar for Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program entitled, Purpose-Driven Marketing for the Nonprofit. In 2003, Shelley founded the National Organization for Diversity in Sales and Marketing (NODSM), a company focused on helping corporate America recognize the increasing purchasing power of diverse segments. Additionally, NODSM helped organizations effectively market to these groups without using stereotypes or being offensive. Some of her clients included Merrill Lynch, Young & Rubicam, Allstate Insurance, American Family Insurance and Turner Broadcasting. Because of her success in the multicultural space, Shelley was asked to partner with FORTUNE Magazine on a special diversity section in 2006. In 2007, when the market turned, her business started to struggle. One of her major clients was acquired by another company and the contract was not renewed. In 2011, she made the difficult
decision to close the doors of the very company that got her featured in FORTUNE. She lost it all, but through this loss found her true calling and a new beginning.

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