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SPEAKERS

 

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.

 

Stormy Wellington

Founder of Girl Hold My Hand, INC

Born in New York and raised in Miami, Stormy had the humblest of beginnings, but that all changed in 2008 when she joined the multi-level industry and built a world-wide organization of over 40,000 people.  A millionaire before the age of 30, Stormy broke every company sales record and from there, she hasn’t stopped. She’s worked with two other companies and today holds the position of Executive Ambassador with Total Life Changes where she is the coach of more than 150,000 people and earned a million dollars in her first seven months. Now, after three and a half years, she’s earned over nine million dollars and has helped nine families to reach millionaire status, as well. In 2015, Stormy was voted the #1 female network marketer in the world.

 

Stormy Wellington is an author, a wealth coach, and the founder/CEO of “Girl Hold My Hand, INC” where over 400 women (and men) attend each event to hear the motivating words of one of the rising voices in the African American community. She has made it her life mission to be one of the most impactful women that has ever lived, by teaching men & women across the globe to know themselves, love themselves and embrace themselves in order to be able to connect, collaborate and celebrate.

 

Dr. Myla Bennett

Founder of Preserve Your Pretty

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.

 

Dr. Jamal H.Bryant

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
and Motivational Speaker

Visionary. Civil rights activist. Community organizer.Dr. Jamal-

Harrison Bryant combines sound Biblical teaching, business acumen

and political insight to propel the Body of Christ to action and greater

levels of faith.

Since his youth, Dr. Bryant has prevailed against the odds – rising

from G.E.D to Ph.D. Prior to pastoring, he served as the national

youth and college director of the NAACP for six years, where he

helped to mobilize over 70,000 youth worldwide in non-violent

campaigns.

Dr. Bryant, a third-generation minister, was the founding pastor of

Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland,

acclaimed as the fastest-growing African Methodist Episcopal church

in the denomination’s 200-year history.

With an undeniable gift to bridge generations from the Civil Rights

movement to the Black Lives Matter era, Dr. Bryant incites change in

the faith community. His ability to reach across social, economic and

 

political barriers has helped people to not only experience the life-

changing gospel of Jesus Christ, but to activate success in their

everyday lives. His ministry has become an incubator for entrepreneurs, homeowners, and the like. Additionally, programs under his guidance have aimed to spread the Gospel, develop strong leaders, empower the economically disadvantaged, and challenge social injustices.

In December 2018, Dr. Bryant was appointed the Senior Pastor of New

Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. His leadership

efforts have already begun to strengthen the multi-generational bond

among members, expand community outreach, cultivate families and

expand the church’s cultural significance.

B. Lerae Funderburg, Esq.

Founding and Managing Partner of

Funderburg Law, LLC

B. Lerae Funderburg, Esq. is a mother of two beautiful children (6 year old boy and 19 month old girl), and the Founder and Managing Partner of Funderburg Law, LLC. Funderburg Law, LLC, is a boutique law firm that focuses on entertainment and business transactions, and estate planning. Lerae has received extensive drafting and negotiating

training, particularly in the areas of music and film, from top-notch industry professionals. Lerae brings excellence, professionalism, integrity, and humility to every issue presented. Her philosophy for success is individual attention coupled with high quality work product,

completed on time and always with the client’s overall vision in mind. She is very passionate about everything she does and brings that same passion in assisting her clients to achieve their goals with the law in mind.

Lerae has also received IMDB credits for legal production work on various motion picture films, which work included everything from setting up the business entity to drafting all of the necessary contracts for the above the line and below the line players. Some of the actors in the films in which she has received IMDB credit include Kevin Hart, Big Boy, Deitrick Haddon, Robert Ri’chard, Barry Floyd, Golden Brooks, Lesley-Ann Brandt, and Vanessa Bell Calloway, to name a few. Lerae has also received credits on liner notes in albums for work performed for her recording artist clients. Her current client roster includes recording

artist and heartthrob “Sammie”, entertainment mogul Devyne Stevens, mid-level producers with Billboard and top hits, and independent record labels and production companies.

 
 

Merissa V. Grayson
Founder and Principal Attorney at

The Law Firm of Merissa V. Grayson

Merissa V. Grayson is a not-so-average Entrepreneurial Family & Business Lawyer, Author, Speaker, and Consultant.

 

Her work is centered around Family, Personal, and Business Development.

 

She is the founder and Principal Attorney at her firm, The Law Office of Merissa V. Grayson, which has two divisions:

 

The Child Custody & Family Law Division advocates for parents, children, and families who are navigating the family court system.

 

The Business & Branding Division of her firm helps new and seasoned Entrepreneurs & Entertainers make smart legal decisions that both protect their business & brand and align w/ their goals & objectives.

 

Passionate about educating and inspiring people, she is frequently invited to speak at conferences, workshops, schools, churches, legal clinics, non-profits, and many other organizations on topics related to family, business, and self development.

 

She also facilitates educational and legal seminars and workshops to raise awareness throughout the community and to encourage individuals to be proactive in their personal and legal affairs.

 

Samuel Jackson
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the

Economic Empowerment Initiative, INC

 Samuel Jackson is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Economic Empowerment Initiative, Inc (EEI). Founded by Mr. Jackson in 2001 after graduating from Emory University, EEI’s mission is to equip youth and young adults with the tools and resources needed to achieve financial independence, allowing them to responsibly manage their resources and build entrepreneurial success, while pursuing their passion and maximizing their contribution to society. EEI has been able to touch thousands of lives all over the globe from Atlanta, GA to Johannesburg, South Africa and is one of the world’s premier financial empowerment organizations that help youth, adults, and families better manage their financial resources through financial seminars that utilize an interactive peer-led ‘train the trainer’ approach. For more information go to www.eei-inc.org 

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

When it comes to having a spirit of excellence, JD Smith stands in a league of his own. Jerod also known as JD Smith is a 21st century emerging leader, visionary and entrepreneur. JD Smith is also the founder and CEO of Life By Motivation and JD Smith Ministries. He is a highly regarded Life Coach and motivational speaker working extensively across the US with a variety of businesses.  His portfolio of clients includes entrepreneurs, teachers, pastors, trainers and athletes.  JD Smith serves as an ambassador on several non-profit organizations and has been recognized as a leader with charisma and strategy.  His daily motivational messages of empowerment continue to help others build their confidence and to live life without fear.

 

JD Smith’s commitment to empowering the masses has been a passion since a young age. His Empowered Life conferences continue to impact communities as well as their leaders. JD Smith has been a keynote speaker for Corporate America for over 20 years, and continues to motivate leaders on vision and goals.

 
 

Dr. Mirica Sanders
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Mirica Sanders, also known as Dr. Mimi, is a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio where she is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. Dr. Mimi focuses on emotional wellness and stress management, coaching all her clients with goals of enhancing their true inner beauty. She believes the same emphasis we place on our appearance needs to mirror our emotional well-°©‐being. Dr. Mimi is beyond passionate when is comes to women’s issues surrounding stress and mental health; thus, in this past year she has spoken at various events, including Cleveland’s United Women in White, Cleveland Clinic’s Celebrate Sisterhood, and Fearless Destiny Conference in Los Angeles. She will also be speaking at the upcoming C-°©‐Suite Executive Summit that is annually hosted by the Women of Color Foundation. Dr. Mimi has an affinity for women and advocates for every woman to become her best holistic self.

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
Media Commentator, Award-Winning Author,

and International Speaker.

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, is a  Media Commentator, Award-Winning Author, and International Speaker.  As a serial entrepreneur, Dr. Avis is the Founder of World Changers Media, LLC along with the Washington DC Boutique Consulting Firm, Incite Unlimited.  Dr. Avis’ organizations offer entrepreneurship, leadership and media training along with communications strategy development.  Her clients range the gamut from individuals to major corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental entities based both domestically and abroad. 

As a political commentator, her distinct perspectives have been shared through a variety of media platforms, including CNN, Fox News, PBS, C-Span, TV One, BET, BBC, NPR, Sirius XM Radio, the Washington Post, the Atlantic,  The Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise and NBC BLK and many more.

As a prolific writer, Dr. Avis is the author of the award-winning book, How Exceptional Black Women Lead along with numerous other publications, a portion of which include: The State of Black Women in the U.S. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019; Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security; Massive Resistance: A Way Forward for Black America in the Wake of Trump and You Mad?  Black Women, Work, and the Normalcy of Disrespect, among many others.

Charis Jones
Award-winning Accessories Boutique Owner

Charis Jones, owner of Sassy Jones Boutique, created an award-winning accessories brand deeply rooted in the belief of helping women feel undeniably confident about themselves. After ranking as a top sales professional for a Fortune 50 company, she left her corporate position to build her brand full time.Today, Charis has grown Sassy Jones from a 6 figure brand to a multi-million dollar accessories brand in just 2 years by connecting with women through genius usage of technology, relationship building and stellar marketing strategies. She’s earned countless awards for her entrepreneurial excellence such as NAWBO’s Rising Star Award and the Traffic, Sales & Profit Freedom Award. The Sassy Jones brand is proud to source all over the globe, partnering with women tribes to create many of its designs. From handmade bracelets from Kenya to mosaic bags from India, Charis Jones strongly believes in bringing global creations from hands of women artisans to the forefront. For more information visit www.shopsassyjones.com .

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