In honor of Women’s History Month I wanted to highlight and honor women in business whom I admire. I’ve followed these women for years and have watched their faith journey, and steps to success. Be sure to check out their initiatives and support their businesses, I’m positive they will contribute positively to your next level.
Literacy advocate and mentor, Kelly Fair, founded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program in 2009. An active member in her community, Kelly’s passion for youth and female-specific enrichment programs inspired her to consult for several other non-profit organizations as an educational consultant and trainer in addition to Polished Pebbles.
But she wasn’t always in the non-profit business. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Kelly implemented literacy programs, performed research studies training and designed curriculum for various college prep programs. While working for McGraw-Hill, Kelly’s roles included management of national marketing for literacy products and oversight of research studies. That professional experience helped to inspire her transition to the non-profit world and to launch Polished Pebbles.
Kelly graduated from Howard University with a degree in Speech Pathology minoring in Psychology and completed her master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. She uses her educational background to instill effective communication skills via the Polished Pebbles S.H.I.N.E. : Smile, Hello, Introduce, Nod your head, End the conversation
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Marshawn Evans Daniels
Marshawn Evans Daniels is a Reinvention Strategist, Influence Expert and Best-Selling Author known as The Godfidence® Coach.
A master in teaching the art of manifestation, this former Sports Attorney, Miss America Finalist and Donald Trump Apprentice, left her full-time job as a stuffy big-firm lawyer and turned her passion for people into a multimillion-dollar enterprise just a few years ago. She helps emerging & established women influencers of faith to Believe Bigger, Live Bigger and Profit Bigger so that they can ultimately Give Bigger.
As the Chairwoman of the Godfidence Institute & Business School, her firm’s courses, events, and results-based coaching programs equip influencers and entrepreneurs to monetize and market their message to the massess. Her signature programs include the Speak for Pay® Bootcamp, Brand Class, Attract Sponsors, Find Your Purpose, and The Godfidence Women’s Summit.
Marshawn released her best-selling book, SKIRTS in the Boardroom, published by Wiley, the largest business book publisher in the world. It was the first time that Wiley published a business book with an African-American female under the age of thirty!
You’ve got to get a copy of her new book, BELIEVE BIGGER: Discover the Path to Your Life Purpose !!!
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Work at home mom with a passion for building websites and helping other women make sense of making money online.
LaShanda Henry is the founder of SistaSense; a business training, mentorship, and networking community for women entrepreneurs. With a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, LaShanda has had a long-standing love of all things tech. Ms. Henry is a true pioneer in the world of teaching technology and online entrepreneurship to black women entrepreneurs. Over the past two decades, LaShanda has been featured on platforms including Essence, BlackEnterprise, Madame Noire, Ebony, Huffington Post and UNC-TV for her expertise in online marketing, blogging, and social media.Her mission is to inspire others to actualize their personal dreams and business goals through the use of technology. Her desire to create a supportive space for highly-driven black women has turned into a thriving community of successful business owners reaching, teaching and empowering others to live their best lives.
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Affectionately known as Speaker of the House, Ty Lewis is determined to walk in greatness. She is a motivational speaker, author, and change agent. Her belief is, “Your purpose will impact others when you find out your why in life.” Her why continues to enable her to change lives while moving people into their destiny.
Ty is an energetic speaker that will speak the truth, keep you inspired, and motivate you to walk in your purpose. Her unique style of speaking allows her to capture audiences while depositing a great word in their lives. Ty’s vision is to become a catalyst for change, and add value to the life of every person that she encounters.
She is the author of, SPEAKing from the Heart, Black Boys: Our Hidden Treasure, and her most recent book, Confessions of a CEO: 25 Lessons I Learned on the Journey to Becoming My Own Boss.
In addition to speaking and writing, Ty enjoys giving back to the community, coaching other entrepreneurs to follow their God-given purpose, fellowshipping at her church, Passion City Church, and spending time with her family. Ty Lewis lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Leslie Lewis and her two exceptionally outstanding daughters, Mckenzie and Giavanni.
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Compassionate, Zealous, Visionary and Inspiring are just a few of the words that describe Jasmine Crowe, an HBCU alumna and MBA graduate who is working to make the world a better place one cause at a time. Jasmine’s goal is to foster change and create awareness about the leading socioeconomic issues and challenges of today, like poverty, education and hunger.
In 2011 she founded BlackCelebrityGiving.com (BCG) . The idea for the site came from the vivid awareness of a lack of media coverage for black celebrities doing positive things to impact our communities. BCG is frontier in providing content of celebrity philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and causes that directly correlate with the black community. Today lead by Jasmine, BCG has hosted activations in more than 20 US cities and the UK and Haiti and has has collected and donated over 2 million items to causes worldwide and fed over 40,000 people through the Sunday Soul Homeless feeding initiative.
She is the creator and executive producer of ChangeMakers a half hour docu-series profiling how celebrities use their star power for social change which premiered on Magic Johnson’s network ASPIRE! In October of 2016, she created Goodr, a real-time food rescue app with a goal to reduce food waste and eliminate hunger. Jasmine recently wrote her first children’s book titled “Giving is Good” which teaches youth the importance of giving back and she plans to open Atlanta’s first stand alone soup kitchen in the fall!
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Lucinda Cross Otiti
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 weekly delivering her high impact, anticipated words of wisdom, self-discovery, and strategy.
Lucinda’s story is compelling. It’s 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.
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Becky A. Davis
When Becky was 25, she attended a workshop that her company required her to attend. The facilitator was awesome. She was mesmerized by how great the facilitator/trainer was. The facilitator was inspiring, motivating and she told great stories that kept everyone engaged in a full day workshop. After watching her, Becky knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, to inspire and motivate people to learn something that would make their lives better.
Becky was no longer going to let fear stop her from living her dream, even if it was 20 years later. Today, she is living her dream by speaking all over the country, and helping thousands of women do the same. Her faith is bigger than her fear, this is a BOSS Life.
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Tiffany aka The Budgetnista is America’s favorite financial educator and is often referred to as “The Black Suze Orman”. She’s a bestselling author of The One Week Budget (#1 Amazon) and the Live Richer Challenge (#1 Amazon), blogger, speaker and award-winning teacher of engaging financial education.
She has also launched a FREE online financial resource called the LIVE RICHER Challenge. It’s purpose is to help women achieve specific financial goals each year. So far it’s helped over 50,000+ women in all 50 states and over 70 countries save millions dollars + and pay off hundred’s of thousands of dollars in debt. Did I mention that’s it’s free?! You can learn more here: www.livericherchallege.net
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