2016 Speakers & Panelists

 

Minister DT Rector
VISIONARY
Da’Mali T. Rector graciously known as “Minister Rector” or “DT Rector” is an inventive humble servant whose life emulates a true giving spirit evangelizing a resounding message of hope and recognizing self-worth while living a life of love intentionally on purpose.A mother of three, License Certified Massage Therapist, International Speaker, Author, and Life Strategist, Da’Mali is known for her love and commitment to those she serves. She brings a powerful message that resonates among people from all walks of life giving them the tools to access the power that lives within, using her passion and promotion of wholeness to reintroduce the touch of love to help others become love unleashed into the world. Through her programs the “5 Steps to Wholeness- Picking up the Broken Pieces” and “Breaking Free- Recreate the Mold”, she empowers women from all walks of life to become the best version of themselves by healing from the inside out. She provides personalized one-on-one coaching to many women and has shared the stage with other renown motivational speakers such as Cheryl Wood & Micky Taylor, She currently services the community and clients through her companies Daughters of the Kingdom LLC and Executive Massage LLC.
Amina McWhirther
HOST
This organization started from Amina loving to help people. The countless hours that she has volunteered in many women shelters in the D.C. area shows it. Amina has a heart for people, to empower and inspire them for greatness regardless of their current situation. Her love for handbags compelled her to add a unique twist to the concept of Love By The Handles. All donations must be presented to the recipients in a bag with a handle attached with an uplifting message of hope! Amina is as an Inspirational Speaker, known as The Goal Strategist, an accomplished author of Shh...No More Be Free & Live Life. Amina wants to break the silence on issues that women are experiencing; especially issues on abuse, relationship problems and other things that may be causing unhappiness. ALL proceeds of her book goes directly back to Love By The Handles to help further the work that she does in the community.
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Mayra Figueroa-Clark
SPEAKER
Mayra Figueroa-Clark is passionate about propelling Single Professional Women towards the love they desire. While creating a safe, nurturing space where relationships can flourish and minds are opened. As a Relationship Coach and International Speaker, Mayra has had the honor to share the stage with no other then Kim Coles, Willie Jolly, Mikki Taylor and Cheryl Wood. As “The Love Expert” challenges her clients to dig deep their fears, fumbles and fantasies that hold them back from an authentic relationship. Her straight-talking approach ignites and inspires women to AWAKEN LOVE! Mayra helps you experience and express your authentic self, while teaching specific strategies on dating and loving me INTENTIONALLY!
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Alia Waheed
SPECIAL GUEST
Alia Waheed, Soprano with the National Opera House, is a native of Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD and is currently in the graduate program for music at George Mason University. Ms. Waheed began her vocal training at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed internationally in Porgy and Bess with the Morgan State University Singers. She also performed internationally with the Moses Hogan Singers where they toured with Barbara Hendricks. Ms. Waheed has been featured at The Kennedy Center and The Meyerhoff Concert Hall.She has performed with Jessye Norman, Robert Shaw, Nancy Wilson, Donny McClurkin, and Regina Belle. She won first place in numerous vocal competitions.
Tanya Lewis
SPECIAL GUEST COMEDIENNE
As a former "Class Clown", Tanya realized her talent to entertain but never acted upon it until she attended a “Live Your Dreams” Event. While at this event, God revealed to her that she possessed a gift that would be used to honor Him and impact the lives of others. Tanya has always used her sense of humor to capture the attention of others as well ats establish new relationships. Graced with the spirit of heaviness, this anointed woman of God has an incredible stage presence, a natural gift, bold confidence and a great personality. You might find her cracking a joke anywhere or showing out at one of her performances. To get a preview of her talents, go on Facebook where she has a comedy page, “Comedienne Tanya Lewis”. Tanya’s performance will have you cracking up as she shares her experiences of how she joined the church, getting the Holy Ghost and the song that she wrote about being fit for the Kingdom. She does it with such style, class and confidence that her audiences feel as if they are part of the act. Tanya is an all-around entertainer. She participates in the performing arts ministry at Victory Christians Ministries International where she is a faithful member.
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Sharon Tolson
MODERATOR
Sharon Tolson is an entrepreneur, public speaker, community leader and owner of Dynamic Services, LLC and Dynamic Services Non-Profit. She received her B.S. degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College and pursuing her Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching from Grand Canyon University of Arkansas with a current G.P.A of 4.0. Ms. Tolson has actively been involved with empowering, educating, training and coaching adults and youth for over 22 years. Her national experience includes charitable efforts, training, mentoring, professional development and consulting. Ms. Tolson enjoys influencing positive change – she’s inspired thousands and assisted many with obtaining their dream of owning their own business. She supports schools, government agencies, small businesses and corporations. She is a licensed certified trainer through the American Red Cross and a recognized member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
Anita Wamble
PANELIST
Minister, Speaker, Teacher, Author. Over the past 19 years, Min. Anita Wamble has taught Sunday school, led Education Ministries at various churches, preached to hundreds in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and led numerous workshops. In 1999 Min. Anita wrote “It’s Still Relative – The Word of God for Today’s World.”
Chiezda Washington
PANELIST
Chiezda G. Washington, HLC is a Certified Holistic Life Coach, Health Ambassador and self-published author with a background in Business. Her professional career began in 1995 as an Executive Assistant and she has since started and operated 2 successful micro-businesses from her home. A single parent of two teen aged daughters, she is currently a Health Ambassador and Sr. Executive Marketing Director with Youngevity- 90 for Life. She enjoys helping individuals and families create entrepreneurial success through the direct sales distribution model.
Renee Holtz-Sharp
PANELIST
CEO/Creative Marketing Guru, Renee Holtz-Sharp Born and raised in the Maryland/DC area, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Art and Multi-Media Design from the University of Maryland in College Park. A few years after college, Mrs. Holtz-Sharp opened Refined Concepts in 2003 to pursue her passion for helping small businesses, organizations and individuals express themselves professionally at a reasonable cost. Since then she's worked with numerous companies building their visual brand. When not designing, she continues to create through various mediums including film, theatre, music, and visual art.
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AmiCietta Duche Clarke
PANELIST
AmiCietta is a Holistic Health Coach, Speaker, Writer, Wellness Advocate, Entrepreneur and Corporate Lawyer. Clean Body Living is just what it says – clean.body.living. I believe that in order to get the best out of life, you have to strive to have a clean body – free of toxins that are found in many foods, bath and body products, cleaning products, environmental factors as well as thoughts and relationships. My goal is to educate you about cleaner alternatives to what you’re eating, using, and exposing yourself to. As you start your journey towards a cleaner body, I will help you to identify and eliminate toxins in your life, whether nutritional, physical, mental, spiritual or environmental and support you in getting to a balanced state of being. I help everyone to discover their “clean body,” but have a special interest in those with autoimmune and other chronic diseases and help them to identify their triggers, handle stress, heal naturally and return to a balanced state of being through clean body living.
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Uchenna Eboagwu
PANELIST
Uchenna Eboagwu popularly referred to as Queenchenna is a pacesetter known for not catering to the Status Quo. With a penchant for Fashion and Style, she’s the CEO and founder of VIP Image Consulting. An Image Consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders and organizations create an Image/Brand that conveys their Vision, Ingenuity and Purpose (VIP); hence her motto, “Image Consulting from the Inside Out!” With over 12 years of entrepreneurship, business and extensive management background, she has excelled in varied leadership roles and presently works as a District Sales Manager and Business Development coach for a Global Beauty Brand. In this capacity she mentors, coaches and trains over 550 entrepreneurs, top sellers and key team leaders on how to start, run and effectively manage a successful business from home. She is also the Visionary and Founder of ‘L.I.F.E Ambassadors’, a marketplace ministry with the mission to transform lives and raise dynamic leaders with the Love of God that Inspires and Faith in his Word that Empowers. She is on a mission to make the graveyard a poorer place by helping individuals fully discover, claim and live out their dreams, purpose and destiny. A preacher and dynamic leader, she currently serves as Associate Pastor at Open Door Missionary Church in Laurel, MD. A riveting and captivating International Speaker and Author, she’s lit a fire in many audiences and congregations by some of her messages such as “Live Fully; Die Empty”, “What’s In Your Hand”, and “Who’s Image Are You?” Her premier and much anticipated book titled ‘Say Yes To Your Dream’’ is set to launch late 2016. Uchenna continues impact lives with her unparalleled quest for excellence and her pursuit for helping people live fully and die empty.
Dr. Marjorie Brown
MODERATOR
Dr. Marjorie J. Brown is an International Speaker, Pastor, Trainer, Educator, Author, Consultant, a gifted and dynamic leader and visionary, a “teacher” at heart, and excellent trainer who is able to create synergy among diverse stakeholders. Dr. Brown is an invaluable, invincible trailblazer and Kingdompreneur Game-Changer in the Marketplace”. She cultivates, challenges, as well as motivates leaders to excel in their gifts, dreams, visions, aspirations, talents and treasures from small beginnings to magnanimous achievements to monumental opportunities. It is her heart’s desire to infuse her “GEMs” to become influential GameChangers in Ministry and the Marketplace. Dr. Brown is a compassionate HIV AIDS prevention educator/trainer with a mandate to educate, equip and empower faith and community stakeholders. She encourages Pastors and ministry leaders to become effective Peer2Peer educators within their sphere of influence, using the “cutting edge,” “out of the box” concepts with emphasis on HIV prevention education, awareness and advocacy. Dr. Marji is a proficient and resourceful bridge builder. She strategically collaborates with leaders, people groups, and programs for divine-orchestrated purposes to advance the Kingdom of God and His assignment in the earth.
Jackie Rohn
PANELIST
Jacqueline Rhone is currently an Associate Director in the Department of Family Services in the newly created Domestic and Sexual Violence Supportive Services Division.  The division is responsible to provide the coordination of access to services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Prince George’s County.   Her career includes service as a supervisor in the County’s Health Department, Fiscal Manager in the Office of the Sheriff under Sheriff Alonso D. Black II, Chief Administrative Officer for the State’s Attorney F. Glenn Ivey and Deputy Director for the Department of Social Services.  Jacqueline has over 26 years’ experience in Administrative Management.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Administrative Management.  She is a certified Mediator with the Human Relations Commission for the Prince Georges County Government. Jacqueline is the 2016 Gladys Noon Spellman, Public Service Award recipient. She served on the Board of Directors with the United Way of the National Capital Area since 2003.  She currently holds the position of Community Impact Chair on the Regional Council and membership with the Women’s Leadership Council with the United Way of the National Capital Area.  Other leadership roles held are with the Leadership Prince George’s Alumni Association and is an Advisory Board Member with Our Pride & Joy Magazine.  She has served with her church on several missionaries and volunteered with the youth.  She loves to give back to her community and serving others. Jacqueline is a lifelong resident of Prince George's County and a proud mother. 
Karyn R. Collins
PANELIST
Prophetess Karyn R. Collins is a native Washingtonian and she was educated in the Catholic School system, Washington, D.C. with honors. Graduated from Prince Georges Community College in the1980’s and continuing her degree studies at American University. Over 26 years of teaching experience, she worked as a Management Analyst, in the Office of Environmental Management, and responsible for the EM Leadership Excellence Program for managers and supervisors. The EM Leadership Excellence Program is one of the most critical Human Capital programs and it has been used as a model for subsequent use across all of the Department of Energy. She formerly worked 23 years as an Employee Development Specialist, teaching and coordinating over 250 to 300 courses/seminars throughout the U.S. Department of Energy for over 5,000 employees. In 2010, Ms. Collins has been promoted to Acting Diversity Manager, in the Office of Human Capital & Corporate Services, Office of Environmental Management, at the U.S. Department of Energy. Although she grew up in the church environment all her life, in October 2002, she had some trials and tribulations in her life that made her come closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. Her favor scriptures are: Ask and it will be given unto you, seek and ye shall find, knock and the doors will open unto you, (Matthew 7:7). Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding and all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths, (Proverbs 3:5-6). She searched for more knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and began the Bible College at “Grace and Mercy Ministries School of Evangelism,” under the auspice of Pastor Lillie M. Grier-Price in September 2003.
Brenda Small
PANELIST
Brenda Small, Founder and CEO, Powered with Potential LLC is a personal and business development expert. She will release her first book, Powered with Potential: Ignite the Inner Dynamic (30 Day Plan to Creating a Better You), where she guides women business and career professionals through the internal wake-up process to overcome life’s “potential” barriers that block success. Brenda brings over twenty years of leadership, entrepreneurship, business, and human resources experience to her national and international speaking platforms: Empowerment, Leadership, Business and Personal Development. Platform, Keynote and Workshop Speaking for women conferences are her specialty. Featured on Real Estate Today, Armed Forces Network Europe, Blog Talk Radio Shows; Washington Post, Washington Times, and Washington Business Journal, and TV channels: ABC, NBC, FOX 5, WBAL Baltimore, to name a few.
Linette Howard
PANELIST
My name is Linette C. Howard and I am a Professional Makeup Artist. I am a God- fearing woman who sees the beauty in all women and I help them to see the Infinite Beauty that they possess within themselves. I am more than just an artist, I am a friend.
Erika Ransom
PANELIST
Ericka currently is the Program Manager for Shelter Hotline referral and outreach program. This program serves homeless families and individuals in the District. She also has 12 years as a Domestic Violence Advocate in DC and VA
Denee Davis
MODERATOR
Photographer, Marketing Consultant and Special Event Coordinator for Lord and Taylor I am a native of Washington, DC area however, my passion for art and fashion have allowed me to live on both coast. I’ve been training and shooting in photography for 15 years. I started learning the art form at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, while studying film production. After New York, I interned with, DC photographer, Jonathan Martin, known for his hair headshots published in hair magazines nationwide. In the year 2000, my work was published in the Ritz Camera Catalog. I eventually moved to Los Angeles, California and trained with Edward Duarte, one of L.A.’s most renowned photographers who specializes interior, fashion and celebrity editorials. I went on to shoot for clients such as, Chyler Leigh from Grey's Anatomy, Kerry Gordy Entertainment, Oasis Christian Center and various artists. I also worked for Godchicks.com and in several publications and modeling agencies around the L.A. area. Currently, I stay busy. I am the event coordinator at Lord & Taylor in DC. I am also the co-founder of a wardrobe styling firm in the Washington, DC area called “…is the new black.” I am still a photographer and a fashion freelance writer for BDMOTP.com and I recently took the position of Director of Beauty and Style with Indie Fashion Week DC.
Taylor Shea
PANELIST
Owner of Flawless Damsel My name is Taylor Alexander I am 24 years old. I am the owner of Flawless Damsels Boutique. Throughout my life I always knew I wanted work for a Fortune 500 company as a CEO or COO. Through my matriculation in college at The Great Bethune Cookman University the term entrepreneurship was drilled in my mind. Before starting my own business I had several opportunities to work for different Fortune 500 companies. I was a Property and Casualty Underwriter at MetLife Auto and Home and a Manager at Enterprise Rent A Car to name a few. I found myself not fulfilled in these positions. My entrepreneurial side was still itching inside of me and I knew I had to do something to fulfill that desire. I started an online business selling women's shape wear that flourished beyond measure. Graduation was shortly approaching and I had several job off to be managers or supervisor for different companies but I honestly couldn't see myself working for anyone else and helping them build their dreams when I had my own dreams of being a business owner. Upon graduation I took a giant leap of faith and denied all offers and went on a journey to open Flawless Damsels. Flawless Damsels is an all inclusive boutique for women that sells apparel, shoes, accessories, handbags, shape wear diet plans and much more. Opening my business by far has been the greatest achievement of my life. I have had the opportunity to do fashion shows all over, participate in vendor events, host makeup classes, and much more. With every achievement comes trials and tribulations. During the riots in Baltimore for Freddie Gray my business was completely vandalized and looted. I was closed for four months. During that time I found my true strength and fell deeper in love with my business. I reopened again August 29,2015. My story has opened the opportunity to now be able to do motivational speaking. Owning a business isn't easy but if you love what you do and have faith you will always find peace and happiness.
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Renee Kelly
MODERATOR
CEO of KellyGirl PR Company. Renee Kelly started her career as a publicist for National Geographic, from there she became Deputy Director of Media Relations for a DC based PR firm. After a few years of working for an agency, she moved on to work for American Red Cross and was instrumental in coordinating the CNN/Red Cross telethon for victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. After Red Cross, she took a PR position at National Public Radio (NPR) where she managed the, I heart NPR campaigncelebrity champions including Elton John, Sophia Bush, Miguel, Wyclef Jean, Martha Stewart, and Rev. Run, to name a few. While at NPR Renee also worked on digital media and the ever so popular White House Correspondent’s dinner. NPR hosted a pre-white house dinner party, where Renee help coordinate and bring in Solange as the special guest DJ. Renee was also instrumental in trying to bring a more diverse audience to NPR using the celebrity connection and social media to help bridge a gap. With over 15 years of Public Relations experience and major media placements on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, the Steve Harvey Morning show and more, Renee continues to focus on providing top notch Public Relations
Au’Jordan Leice HUnt
DANCER
Au’Jordan Leice Hunt is currently attending Virginia University of Lynchburg, VA were she is studying to receive a Business Degree after which she intends to further her studies at Jackson State University in Mississippi seeking a degree in law. Au’Jordan has always been effective in verbalizing even as a much younger child. Later in life she has used this gift to work for her in a positive manner. Au’Jordan served effectively as a member of the debate club at her high school, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. She has used incidents in her life, both positive and negative to inspire her and make positive decision for her future. Thus she has been challenged to become a Corporate Lawyer. During Au’Jordan’s junior/senior years in school she received a rare opportunity most youth would pray for. She was one of 20 young ladies from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area chosen to participate in The First Lady’s Mentoring Program at the White House. In this program they discussed both political and personal issues, performed community service and also engaged in recreational activities. While in this program she met with “First Lady Michelle” every month for 2 years. Once she graduated from high school she also graduated from the mentoring program at the White House. “First Lady Michelle Obama” was the speaker for this final event. Au’Jordan’s most thrilling assignment was when she was selected to address the new mentees at the White House Christmas event for the same mentoring program from which she had just graduated. When she is not playing basketball for school or assisting someone else with their needs, she is engaged in her favorite pastime, dancing. Au’Jordan has been performing liturgical dance since she the age of 5. She danced with her church, The Mount Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Leonard N. Smith, Pastor located in Arlington, VA until she was 16. Not long after beginning to dance she realized she wanted to minister through dance on her own. Au’ Jordan was invited to perform at Washington-Lee High School as a part of their Black History program during her junior/senior year. She continued to perform until she finished school. She has also danced at weddings and birthdays events. She looks upon dancing as a stress reliever as she feels a healing as she performs. Au’Jordan lives by the scripture: Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Camilla Morrow
PANELIST
Ms. Camilla Morrow is the Lead Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinician at Laurel Regional Hospital, Dimensions HealthCare System. Camilla is responsible for teaching individual with chronic lung disease how to manage their disease while helping them increase their self-confidence and physical endurance through counseling and exercising. She is a qualified registered respiratory therapist with more than 27 years of experience. She holds a degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Applied Science, Respiratory Therapy and a BS in Health Care Administration from Washington Adventist University. She will be perusing her master’s degree in public health this fall. Camilla sits of the Board of Directors for Health Write Training Academy where people being challenged by life can receive aid and obtain a certification in nursing assistance, and home health aide. She is a member of Spirit of Faith Christian Center under the leadership of Dr. Mike and Dee Dee Freeman, where she serves a member of the health ministry and community service. Camilla was instrumental in the rehabilitation process of Dr. Mike Freeman’s recovery process and was his therapist for over six month. Camilla is a big believer in the Word of God and that healing is God’s will for His people. She also believes that knowledge is power. Camilla is the vice president of I Am My Sister’s Keeper, INC. where she and her mother help transition women into wholeness that are released from prison, single mothers and women who need support with clothing, food and an encouraging word of who they are in Christ.
Jamia Gaines-Page
PANELIST
Jamia has a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta. And enjoys dancing and Zumba!
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Niki
PANELIST
Nik is a DC based stylist specializing in personal and fashion styling. Her love for fashion began in her freshman year of college. With a love for labels on a shoe string budget, she was able to repurpose her old clothes into edgy styles that kept her ahead of the latest trend. After several years in the work force, Nik decided to find a way to merge her passion for fashion with her current career goals. She found that being a stylist and helping others realize their style potential was the perfect fit for a career transition. She attended School of Style where she was able to study and intern under stylists to some of the World’s most famous celebrities. Since graduation from School of Style, Nik has styled looks for NBA All Star Weekend, various red carpet appearances, commercials, music videos, and fashion shows. Currently, Nik is creating an urban t-shirt line to accompany her personal styling brand, StyledtoEnvy.
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