Behind Every Successful Woman
Is A Tribe of Other Successful Women Who Have Her Back
We want the Bella story to be every women’s story. One of finding out who we are, what we’re made of and learning to take those experiences to stand in our power and create the most profound lives possible. Yet, we can’t do that alone. We need a powerful network. Not just a social network, or a family network but a network that includes top-level business women and entrepreneurs exchanging ideas and sharing experiences. Women who are invested in making the connections to support your efforts and are willing to advocate on your behalf. Those types of relationships take time.
Creating Connections- Building Bridges…Together on The Road to A Beautiful Synergy
04:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.
07:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Kickoff Reception Bella Style
Day 1 – Theme – Creating Connections
07:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Workshop Sessions – Today we are focused on participants getting to know more about each other’s careers and businesses and how to leverage resources to grow and expand.
07:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Networking Activities – After spending a long day working on our connections we are going to utilize some of those skills while being treated like Empresses in the Palace.
Day 2 – Theme – Building Bridges
07:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Workshop Sessions & Activities – Its all about collaboration, partnership and advocacy. Stop trying to be all things and find the synergy in working together. It’s not that we don’t trust each other. It’s more like we don’t trust ourselves to choose the right partners. We’re going to learn the keys to success.
07:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Networking Activities – Forget taking me to the MOON, I’d rather see some STARS!
Day 3 – Gospel According to Men
Professional Challenges From A Man’s Perspective
09:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 01:00 p.m.
Featured 2017 Speakers
Lela Christine is an accomplished and enthusiastic product developer, marketing strategist, brand creator and communication professional who offers extensive experience in mission-driven brand creation and publicity outreach for businesses in the world of film, entertainment, sports, beauty, fashion and new technology app brand programs. She possesses the proven ability to conceive, develop, and successfully implement creative programs that align with a corporations business goals.
She has expertise in identifying the organizational brand and directing all aspects of branding initiatives. In addition, she is proficient in developing integrated marketing campaigns that incorporate marketing communications, digital and social media, direct response, public relations, event management and other channels as needed.
She has placed a diverse group of small business and talent on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Vogue, Elle, Health, Huffington Post, SELF, Good Morning America, The Today Show. Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox News, ABC Business News, NBC Today Show, PEOPLE magazine, The Mo’Nique Show, 700 Club, CBS, BET, and numerous notable talk radio shows, print publications and talk shows worldwide.
As the Founder and CEO of The Society Nineteen Group she aid her clients with thinking beyond the “fame” - into playing the game of “brand activation” that leads to generating a new level of income that can be made via selling their brand online, in stores, at national tradeshows, expos and signature events.
For the past 10 years, she has created digital online brands, the lead mastermind behind developing signature events and have secured sponsorship for several clients and events that include promotional product and funding from: Cadillac, Porsche, Coffee Bean, Hint Water, Napoleon Perdis, Jenny Craig, Neuro, Bliss Spa, Monster Energy Drink, Kind, FHI Heat, Barbizon, Conair and various beauty and food product companies throughout USA.
She is also the CEO of Honey Nail Glam, Inc. and the Creator and product developer for this luxury, eco-friendly, nail lacquers and beauty brand products. She has worked with a plethora of private label manufacturers and experts who produced green cosmetics. She has generated new business, creates business proposals, and implement process improvements to meet product placement brand objectives. She has negotiated deals, execute and plan all phases of pre-production from approved design to final product. Developer and brand strategist of all our company themed Pop-Up Shop product placement designs, containers, and lounge spaces.
Lela is also the Founder of Lifestyle Elevation Media Group where she is the lead style news correspondent, stylish and editorial director for the Fab Five Lifestyle Magazine and freelance style news correspondent: The Los Angeles Independent, Culver City and The Wave West Edition. In addition, she works with internal teams for the ideation, development, and execution of integrated marketing, social and PR campaigns that deliver a holistic approach to communicating a brand and/or product experience. Serve as strategic advisor and counsel for consumer engagement and ultimately creating meaningful connections with consumers. Areas of focus include Style, Lifestyle, Entertainment and Pop-Culture media.
Lela is exceptional at:
Corporate Social Responsibility
Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives
Online Media & Publishing
Margo Bouchet is a graduate and active alumni of the Law School at Howard University. As a highly effective Attorney who has built a respected reputation as a dedicated and determined advocate of the oppressed, Attorney Bouchet has managed to juggle her role as mother, grandmother, lawyer, activist and community servant. Her service in the community has not been ignored.
Attorney Bouchet is the recipient of numerous honors and accolades including an appointment by President James Carter as the first African-American to the United States Circuit Judge Nominating Commission. She has also garnered awards as Best Mother of the Year from St. Brigid Catholic Church, Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, OMICRON CHAPTER, WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund, Pacific Region, MASTERS OF LAWS, Recycling Black Dollars, and ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the L.A. Howard University Alumni Club.
Attorney Bouchet has vast experience in dealing with legal issues that confront families. Going beyond the conventional family law practice Attorney Bouchet has utilized her extensive experience and ability to think outside the box in assisting her clients.
Attorney Bouchet has been an active member of her community and has served on Boards or held office with several community organizations, such as Board Member of the Mablean Ephriam Foundation, Board member of the I.T.H.I.N.K. Foundation, Board of Governors of the National Bar Association, Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA); Board of the Inglewood Bar Association, Board of the Langston Bar Association, Board of Trustees of the Union Rescue Mission Foundation and Howard Alumni Club of Southern California, Executive Committee HUAA. She also served two terms as Chair of the Women Lawyers Division, NBA, President of the Inglewood Bar Association, President of the L.A. Howard Alumni Club, and has held offices with the Black Women Lawyers, the Langston Bar Association, and the L.A. Howard Law Alumni Association.
Attorney Bouchet is frequently called upon by organizations to speak on various topics ranging from Time Management to Employment Discrimination to Spousal Abuse to Enforcement of Child and Spousal Support. Additionally, Attorney Bouchet served as Judge Pro Tem over Small Claims cases for several years, in Inglewood, California Small Claims Court.
Attorney Bouchet has a wealth of knowledge and has developed professional relationships that benefit women in dealing with their families and as business owners or within their corporate careers.
Dr. Cozette M. White is an acclaimed best-selling author, nationally recognized financial analyst and tax strategist, international speaker and philanthropist.
White’s advice has been called upon by ABC and FOX television stations. She has been featured on the numerous radio shows, a recurring voice to millions making regular appearances in various national media outlets, including Black Enterprise, Forbes, Women of Wealth, Upscale, The Huffington Post, and countless newspapers across the country. Women of Wealth dubbed White, “Wealth Builders Extraordinaire.” Recently Dr. White was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by President Barack Obama.
Learn more about Cozette via her website at http://www.MyFinancialHome.com. Follow Dr. Cozette on Twitter @cozettemwhite
Game-Changing Tax Solutions That Will Lead You to the Goal Post
Stacey Gordon leads with creativity, influences with credibility and encourages the complacent. She is truly creating a culture of inclusivity! At Rework Work, she is changing the way jobs are obtained and disrupting traditional hiring methods while aligning top talent with inclusive workplaces. Her wildly successful recruitment and mentoring methods, combined with her commitment to finding greatness in others, is the driving force behind the loyalty of her clients and the success of her career strategies
Stacey is an Adjunct Professor at Phillips Graduate University, the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and manages programs for Professionals In Human Resources Association, the largest SHRM affiliate in the country. She is the author of a book titled The Successful Interview: 99 Questions to Ask and Answer (and Some You Shouldn't) and three LinkedIn e-learning courses titled Recruiting for Diversity, Awareness of Unconscious Bias and Writing a Resume, which have been viewed more than 350,000 times in the past year.
Darrell is a Senior Vice President for the Consumer Banking Group, leading the Greater Los Angeles Coastal Region of U.S. Bank, the nations’ fifth largest commercial bank with over $ 403 billion in assets and 18.5 million customers. With over 40 years of leadership and management roles within the banking industry, he is responsible for strategic, tactical and profit and loss management for close to one hundred retail branch facilities and is the highest ranking African American in Retail Banking. He also oversees the Small Business, Mortgage, Affluent and Investment groups as they are integrated into his areas of responsibility. Additionally, Darrell leads the Customer Experience strategies for the Western States, he’s a key liaison for Government Relations at the Federal, State and Local levels, and was recently appointed as one of three Executive Sponsors for Diversity and Inclusion overseeing the design and implementation of D&I strategies for all of U.S. Bank.
A recognized leader known for crafting strategic vision to achieve business goals, Darrell offers a unique blend of executive acumen, team building and service delivery. Darrell is an effective mentor and coach who believes that “high achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation”. Darrell is an alumnus of UCLA Extension and The Carlson School of Executive Management at the University of Minnesota. He has received many honors and awards and is actively involved in the community and sits on the board of the African American Board Leadership Institute, Junior Achievement, University California Santa Cruz, CalAsian Chamber, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Economic Development Corporation to name a few. He was also the Finance Chair and Treasurer of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Urban League.
Darrell has dedicated his time for the children and youth of our community and works unceasingly to assist in providing brighter possibilities for their future.
No Regrets! Living an Authentic Life
Gil Cargill is one of the top six sales and marketing management speakers in the country. He has spent the past 36 years as a consultant, speaker and trainer helping thousands of businesses achieve dramatic and permanent improvements in sales productivity.
Since 1978, Cargill Consulting Group has worked with over 5,000 business-to-business sales forces. They recognize that sales — in particular, sales management — is one of the least formally controlled components of most business organizations.
While there are a myriad of schools you can attend to learn how to become a marketing manager, there are none that offer a four-year diploma in sales management. That’s right, take a look around your organization.
How many of your managers have a diploma in sales management with expertise in how to recruit, hire, train, deploy, and coach their team to higher levels of proficiency? In all probability the answer to that question is few, if any.
Consequently, the sales organization traditionally underperforms all other departments within an organization, at least from the point of view of proficiency and productivity.
In the mid ’80s, Gil discovered that the sales process used by most business-to-business sales forces was first documented in 1873 by John Henry Patterson, the founder of NCR.
It is tragically ironic that, in today’s world, organizations that rely on their sales team (direct and/or indirect) to find, acquire and retain customers are using techniques and processes first documented in the late 1800s!
The Art (and discipline) of Closing the Sale
During this idea packed 30-minute presentation, Gil Cargill, the premier sales acceleration Coach in North America will share with you tactics and strategies that have helped his 5,000 clients increase their top line by an average of 36%. Bring your thinking cap and a notepad as Gil will provide you with more content per minute than you’ve ever experienced. You will learn how he has mastered these skills in a sales career that dates back to the mid-1960s. He has earned sales awards while employed by IBM and has been featured on the cover of many sales and business magazines because of his unique approach to driving his client’s top lines. During the course of his 40-year career, he has conducted workshops for over 15,000 CEOs throughout the English-speaking world.
No matter if you are a rising star or a shining star, KL Moore, MBA helps women accelerate further faster! As a former electrical engineer and prior boutique owner, she engineers a customized approach to help women look, act & speak with confidence in all they do. KL has taught EXECUTIVE PRESENCE & leadership readiness skills for women throughout the U.S. and she is known for giving practical advice, tools & techniques that clients can use immediately in the workplace. Her business, KL Image Group, has helped numerous women to look the part, stand their ground & speak their mind in a way that is authoritative, yet respectful & tactful. Her forthcoming book, The Stiletto Code, helps women who work in male-dominated environments crack the code they need to survive, thrive & flourish in the workplace.
Women in the Workplace: Navigating the Double Standard of Professional Image
Most women are unaware of the double standard that is in effect when it comes to professional appearance. From the clothes you wear to the words you speak, women are measured differently than men in the workplace. Discover the unwritten rules for women’s business attire & learn to avoid common wardrobe faux pas that may be impacting your career success. Through demo’s on proper fit & how to find your “WOW” colors, KL Moore will share tips on how to walk the delicate tight rope of mastering your choice of professional attire.
Alisha is a dynamic, creative, strategic goal-oriented operations and process improvement leader.
She is innovative and an expert at solving complex problems, enhancing operational efficiency, promoting growth and maximizing profitability through operational planning, project management and support across multiple industries. She is skilled at developing, implementing and overseeing projects to continually increase effectiveness and efficiency of processes and systems with a focus on meaningful metrics. Her passion is coaching others.
Her analytical action-oriented thinking along with her keen mindset for seeing the big picture has proven critical towards helping small business with their coordination of budget and metric reporting; facilities, manpower, and capital planning; as well as annual operations and long-range strategic planning.
She is an excellent team builder with the exceptional communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills required to build rapport, communicate goals and express the interplay of ideas and concepts across all staff levels, with contractors, consultants, and senior management. Valued knowledge resource focused on organizational effectiveness, professional development, training, and performance management to create high functioning organizations. Adept at developing strategic partnerships aimed towards driving long-term business growth.
In 2016, Alisha founded The Bella Network to give women, specifically underrepresented women access to highly regarding corporate, professional and entrepreneurial women like herself that could help them to elevate their careers and business to the next level of success.
Dawn Strozier is a Personal trainer for DSfitness and a Motivational Speaker Radio Personality for the Build The Body You Want show every Monday @11am acceleratedRadio.net
Known best for her holistic approach, results-driven cross-training techniques and unique ability to motive and inspire, Dawn Strozier, "The Fitness Queen" provides wellness solutions for company's and helps hundreds of individuals reach their fitness goals.
• The Fitness Queen "Corporate Wellness Program," provides wellness solutions that deliver tangible benefits to the workplace. PREVENT ILLNESS, REDUCE HEALTH RISK AND SAVE COMPANY COSTLY INSURANCE CLAIMS.
Allow Dawn to customize a program that will engage your employees into creating lasting lifestyle changes and sustain a boost to your bottom line.
• Group Training Classes include "Zumba Fitness," Boot Camp, Kick Boxing, Cardio Step, Body Sculpting and Cardio Core. Dawn's tremendous motivation and dynamic energy will give you a workout you won't forget.
• Personal Training Service included one hour of intense one-on-one customized training designed to help you reach your goals. Whether it's losing weight, toning your arms or flattening your stomach for a swimsuit, through a combination of resistance training, plyometrics and cross training technics Dawn Strozier can get you there.
• Nutrition Counseling - As a Certified Nutrition Consultant Dawn will assess your dietary intake, identify areas where change is needed, customize a plan that will promote healthy eating and provide you with the support and education material you need to overcome barriers and create a lifestyle change.
Twenty-seven years an educator, community builder, and performer, Celeste Brown, currently resides in Los Angeles, California and has enjoyed acclaim in all these roles. She is a published artist and composer, having published “We Are One Voice” - Cola Voce Publishing, “ Special Friends” - Lion and Lamb Publishing, “ If I Faint Not” - GIA Publishing, “Jesus On the Playground” - Brownbaby Productions, “My Favorite Things” Jazz Christmas Album - CJArtworks Publishing, ASCAP. Celeste’s Artworks are featured in “Messages From The Heart” and can be viewed at celestialconnects.com
As a Master of Curriculum and Instruction, Celeste has made a career of nurturing and inspiring creativity, empowering individuals for success and promoting life-long learning. Creativity, faith, and vision are springboards for Celeste's presentations, leadership and spiritual retreats and workshops.
Through the integration of art and music, she provides a unique interactive experience and call to action.
Celeste Brown – Morning Meditation Session
- An Educator, Lifestyle Coach, and Motivator
- A Creative Nurturer
- A Master of Building Curriculum and Instruction
- A Servant Leader empowering visions and dreams
- Artist and Musician
COACH | EDUCATOR | TRAINER | SPEAKER |CO-HOST TALK RADIO
Crystal is a business professional with a successful 25-year track record of operating a profitable business. Her background is in accounting, bookkeeping, business coaching and consulting solutions for small businesses and not for profit agencies.
She provides entrepreneurs with access to the tools, mentorship, and resources necessary to support each stage of their business’s development to ensure successful growth.
- Business Coach/Consultant,
- CEO of Mitchell Business Solutions and Strictly Biz, Inc.
- Co-Director of Recycling Black Dollars
- BusinessZone a weekly online radio show
- Instructor at Mt. San Antonio Community College
Cynthia has a rich history of fulfilling her own life purpose. She was the first African American woman to join the William Morris Talent Agency as an agent trainee in the early 1970s, and later opened her own boutique talent agency in Los Angeles.
Some of the most notable include Director Lee Daniels of The Butler, Precious and Empire. Cynthia helped Lee step away from the successful nursing agency he owned and shift into an entry level casting agent position. Cynthia was also considered a muse to friend Alex Haley and introduced him to Producer David Wolper, who produced the iconic mini-series Roots!
She is the Author of It’s Your Turn: Uncovering the Best You NOW.
Life Purpose Coach, Author, Speaker and Talent Agent
- Author: It’s Your Turn
- Muse to Alex Haley and Lee Daniels
- NAACP Legal Defense Black Women of Achievement Award
Dr. Kim Brown Porter is a Psychologist, currently with the Los Angeles, California Department of Mental Health, working as a clinician with children and families. As Assistant Professor at Southern University, Dr. Brown Porter served in the capacity of Instructor and Graduate Adviser in the fields of Mental Health and School Counseling. Over the past 15 years Dr. Brown Porter has facilitated workshops and retreats for both youth and adults with special emphasis on conflict resolution. Dr. Brown Porter has had the pleasure of partnering with Facilitation Teams such as “Soul Climb” and “Celestial Connects”, both out of Los Angeles, as a Motivator and Mentor.
Dr. Brown Porter promotes mental wellness through teaching and encouraging change in thought patterns and mindsets. She has and continues to work in cooperation with her clients to be the tools for change, inspiration and empowerment.
Dr. Kim Brown Porter
- A Psychologist and Motivational Speaker
- A Promoter of Mental Wellness
- A Professional Advisor to Celestial Connects
- Brown Porter engages individuals in Re-framing to change mindsets- A Life Changer
Dr. Tora Brown is inspiring, motivating and empowering – but most importantly, she’s effective. A speaker on the topic of branding, social media, publicity, marketing, and government contracting. Dr. Tora delivers insights and principles that are proven to achieve extraordinary success.
Bringing over 20 years of experience, Dr.Tora is a brilliant communicator and a leader in the field of Public Relations. Committed to lifelong learning, she holds a Doctor of Psychology in Organizational Management and Consulting from the Phillips Graduate Institute, a Master of Science in Public Administration along with numerous certificates for continuing education programs including the Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
She believes a brand is one of the most valuable fixed assets of business, and it must be carefully crafted to ensure it properly represents the business and resonates with the intended consumer. She has studied human behavior extensively and applies this knowledge to assist her clients with building their best brand, allowing them to connect with their consumer. Once the brand is developed, she assists clients with integrated publicity/social media campaigns. Tora has worked with entertainment, fashion, beauty, non-profit, corporate and government clients utilizing a blend of cross promotions, product placement, special events and website marketing.
Along with running a thriving Public Relations Agency, she is a frequent contributing writer for numerous publications throughout Southern California and the Public/Government Relations Business Advisor for the College of the Canyons Small Business Development Center. Committed to serving her community.
Dr. Tora Brown
Brand Strategist and Consumer Behavior Specialist
Erika is known for her “synergistic approach for executing strategies” derived from over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive, consultant and coach. Her life’s mission is to empower business executives and owners to live their purpose through their career or business with confidence, clarity and joy. She lives her mission as founder and CEO of Elevate Lyfe LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in providing business leaders with business expansion strategies, processes and tools that convert strategies to results, employees into valued contributors, and clients into loyal raving fans.
4-Nov-2017 08:00 – 05:30
- Owner of ElevateLyfe
- Life Coach
Jovita is a success strategist, executive/leadership coach, educator, and author. She is a trail-blazing pioneer who constantly expands her horizons.
Jovita began her professional career as a pioneering woman in aerospace when the industry was in its infancy and there were very few women in the engineering ranks. Companies included: Rockwell, The Aerospace Corp, and TRW. She rose through the ranks from a technical individual contributor (systems engineer) to a manager (project team leader, project manager, front-line manager, department manager, proposal manager, program manager, and division manager). Major programs supported include the B-1 Bomber, Space Shuttle, Space Station, Minuteman, and Peacekeeper missile programs, Hubble Space Telescope, numerous satellite programs, and NASA and Air Force program acquisition.
She left corporate America to leverage her hard-won wisdom to help others master the skill sets needed to more effectively lead in organizations, startups, and small businesses, manage challenging situations and people, the transition to new roles and responsibilities, and overcome roadblocks to their success.
Major pursuits since leaving the corporate setting include:
• Founder/CEO of GOOYOW Group, formerly Ajides International, a consulting and training firm
• Leadership Coach at Insights Coaching Center, Northrop Grumman
• Chair for TEC International (now Vistage)
• Math Instructor at L. A. Southwest College
• Instructor in Technical Management Program at UCLA
• Executive Coach to Executive Directors/Boards for Executive Service Corps
• Commissioner, L.A. Quality and Productivity Commission
• Author: Get Out Of Your Own Way – Create The Next Chapter Of Your Life,
Jovita holds BS and MS degrees in Math and an MBA from UCLA’s prestigious Anderson School of Business. She is certified as a professional coach through the International Coach Federation and is an Area Director for Toastmasters International.
They Trust Me, Don’t They?
Tanya is the CEO of National Fringe Benefits, a company she founded in 1984. Tanya has built a career on the trust earned from her clients by matching their unique needs with a mix of financial products and services that produce results.
She believes that while creating a valuable estate that passes from generation to generation may require a lifetime of effort and discipline, the reward is generational wealth. That is why she is passionate about teaching the preservation and transfer of wealth principles in order to create a legacy!
In 2010/2011 she received the “Woman of the Year” award presented by the National Association of Professional Women for excellence and dedication within her profession. Tanya has been recognized by the leading professional organization in the life insurance industry, Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT).
3-Nov-2017 08:00 – 05:30
Financial Advisor & Insurance Expert