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. Meditation/ Healthy Lifestyle
08:00 a.m. Breakfast
09:00 a.m. Welcome
09:15 a.m. Sessions
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Sessions
05:30 p.m. Free time
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.
Topics: Biggest mistake, Authentic Life, Social media, Branding, Sells, 30 seconds, Boldness
07:00 p.m. – 10:30 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. Meditation/ Healthy Lifestyle
08:00 a.m. Breakfast
09:00 a.m. Welcome
09:15 a.m. Sessions
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Sessions
05:30 p.m. Free time
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.
Topics: Women Enough, Image & Color, Business & Family Law, Financial Taxes, Human Resources, Succession Planning, Advocacy, Collaboration
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 Presenters
Andrea “Drea” KellyFashion Business Woman, Award-winning Choreographer, Professionally Trained Dancer and Reality TV-Star
Andrea “Drea” Kelly is a Midwestern native from the Southside of Chicago, IL. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is developing her business endeavors in the areas of fashion, dance and acting. Miss Kelly, an award-winning choreographer and professionally trained dancer, has become revered for her stylized dance and movement. She has been compared to legends such as: Bob Fosse, Katherine Dunham and Josephine Baker in which distinct comparisons of agility and proficiency have been made.
Drea’s fame is largely attributed to VH1's "Hollywood Exes” where she was branded “the breakout star”. Her story as the Ex-Wife of R&B superstar, R. Kelly, reached beyond the television screens leaving an audience of millions in love with the “brown ballerina”. Her achievements also include: Choreographer, Principle Dancer, and Creative Director for R. Kelly’s world tour performances, music videos and award shows. After leading the stage in these various positions, Drea, too, found vast success in operating her own dance theatre company, AKDT.
An Actress, Producer, Choreographer, Dancer, Creative Director, and Fashion Designer, Drea is taking longer strides to break into the entertainment industry. She stars in two upcoming films, “Before I Do” and “Chocolate City”, that has received raving reviews. She is currently Executive Producer of a hip/hopera, Real Life Musical, with business partner, Joel P. E. King who is the writer, director and producer of this coming of age story that shines light on the demise of the urban community and evokes a call to action in order to change the image of Black America through self-responsibility and accountability. Andrea, too, awaits the green light on current television projects in which she stars and produced.
Andrea moves effortlessly while maintaining a household of three loving children and setting time for community activism. Supporting initiatives such as the Dream Café with Stevie Baggs, she enjoys her involvement in the lives of youth.
As survivor of domestic violence, Drea is an advocate against domestic violence and awareness. In the spirit of the this mission, Drea has shared the stage as a powerful Motivational Speaker at Essence Fest, Black Women’s Expo, Circle of Sister’s and For Sister’s Only to name a few. She is currently working on her self-help memoir, “Under the Red Carpet”, expressing her passion for women’s empowerment and self-responsibility. It’s only the beginning of what we will see from Drea who has quickly become a household favorite with her winning smile and dynamite personality and charm.
Marcell Peoples was born and raised in Cerritos, California. Upon graduation from High School, he received three athletic scholarships but accepted a full scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado where he excelled in and outside of the classroom. In his first season, he broke a school record for a 99-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. He graduated with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing.
Mr. Peoples moved back to California where he began a career with Peoples Choice Staffing in Sales. He excelled as one of the top performing employees the entire time he worked there. He believes his success is attributed to leveraging everything he learned at home and on the field playing sports since he was 4 years old. Football taught him teamwork; instilled a strong work ethic and inspired him to adopt a “Will to Win” mentality. He believes you must work hard, pray hard and then work hard again.
Upon the closure of Peoples Choice Staffing in 2016, he joined one of the top luxury apartment leasing companies in California. From the start, he closed more lease rentals than employees with several years of experience in luxury apartment sales. At present, he is still in the top 10% of the company in sales and recognized by his peers for outstanding performance. He is currently being mentored for a promotion.
In his pursuit to grow, he plans to obtain his real estate license in the next 6-12 months and position himself to help his tenant’s transition from apartment living to the purchase of home’s which many of them have done. Mr. Peoples is always looking to grow in every way; personally, professionally, spiritually and financially. Even as a young child, he was known and received awards from school and his teammates for being a great “Character kid” going out of his way to help others and mentor the less fortunate. He serves his community through volunteer work and does everything with passion and purpose.
His goal is to invest, save and create residual income before starting a family.
Men’s Panel Participant
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.
Diane Stone has 20 + years of experience in the Human Resources field. She is the founder of Stone Human Resources Consultants, which assists small businesses with their Human Resources staff development needs. Before launching her consulting business she held the position of Human Resources Case Manager for a government contractor with the Los Angeles Air Force, Space and Missile Command. In this capacity she recruited, trained both staff and management personnel, with special emphasis on persons with disabilities and veterans. Her prior experience includes holding several positions in Human Resources within the banking industry, as well as being co-owner of a Real Estate Appraisal business. Diane holds a BA degree with a Distinction in Human Resources Management. She was awarded the “Honor A Hero, Hire a Vet”, appreciation award from the US Vets Organization and “Certificate of Achievement” for women in economic, civic and cultural life of greater Los Angeles, from the YMCA of Los Angeles. She has a certification of completion for The Manager’s Role as Coach from Rock Hurst College. She received a high distinction achievement award for completing, Managing Interpersonal Relationships, from the Wilson Training Institute
She has made it a priority to keep herself relevant for today’s business climate in the Human Resources area; by availing herself of the latest technology, focus and future for the average small business. She has developed an innovative approach for Employee Staff Training and Management Development, especially geared for small businesses.
Diane considers herself a renaissance woman, in addition to being a HR Consultant, in 2016 she launched; forlatebloomers.com and latebloomersdating.com websites aimed for the 50+ age group. Although there are many sites offering similar services/resources she still saw that this age group of 50+ seems to be under represented. Her plans are to further develop the site with the goal in mind to address some of the interests and issues pertinent to this group. True to her renaissance nature, she also has a “Decorating for the Holidays” decorating clients’ homes for the holiday seasons.
One of her favorite quotes is: “The most beautiful part of you is on the inside. Live your life inside out not outside in. A book’s content is always in the book, not what’s on the cover!”
My Crazy Office
• I’ve just hired a great employee, Now What?
• The Do’s and Don’ts for your staff meetings-How to have effective staff meetings
• Strokes (vs) Pokes-Employee Motivation/Development Techniques
• Which Lane should I be in?- Employee Performance Expectations/Goal setting
Denise A. Peoples, Author of Women, Enough! tells the story of the struggles and adversity I faced after being diagnosed with aggressive-growth breast cancer in 2012 at the peak of my career owning 2 multi-million dollar companies to losing it all along with over 95% of my income, investments, assets and retirement! I had several homes, cars, two successful businesses and a 26-year marriage all gone in the blink of an eye! My world was turned upside down and I was forced to fight for my life! Living became my ultimate goal and eating and paying the rent were second! I vowed that if given a chance to live; my promise to God would be that my new life would be more abundant, joyful and purposeful. My wealth would come from helping others more than being rich.
After 5 years of reflection, this is my conclusion... I realized that many of the problems and challenges I encountered were based on decisions I made; not what people did to me; but more so what I allowed! I picked men who treated me the way I felt about myself and the roots that were planted early in my life. I never felt I was ENOUGH; therefore I was never treated as such by men. Once I began to focus on healing and wholeness, the universe reciprocated by sending people to me that were healed and whole or that wanted to be healed and whole too. This journey helped reshape my thoughts and beliefs about relationship expectations; allowing me to clean up my roots so I could get to the fruit; the fruit being a happy and healthy relationship with men!
Realizing that we only elongate the healing process when we hide our pain and dishonest with ourselves; the book will help you pinpoint your pain then begin the healing process; renewing, refining and reshaping the way you think about yourself and relationships. In the end you will run from anyone who, “Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, who’s just a duck not an eagle and move on”!
Ultimately, we hope to help you remove your “Dysfunction norm” or what I call “Stinkin Thinkin”, making happiness the “New norm” by removing anyone or anything that brings you what I call the 3 C’s; Confusion, Chaos and Calamity by any means necessary.
When you fall down, you must Recalibrate
- The importance of Self-love before you can be loved by another.
- Expect more, give more and get more.
- Be a Victor, not a Victim; Stop Playing the blame game for the problems you create!
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.
Brand Strategy and Consumer Behavior
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.
We’ve all been there. You’re at a networking event, determined to make brilliant connections, but where do you start when you don’t know anyone? Unknowingly and instinctually, many of us start by scanning the room to look for those who “look” the part. This means we look for other professionals who are well-put-together, friendly, confident and who exude welcoming body language. Nothing speaks louder from across the room than a well-matched, flattering color. Join KL Moore, MBA as she highlights one of the most valuable elements to her 3- pronged makeover success formula – how to wear colors that look great on you!
Here is an overview of what you’ll learn:
- How color influences your business connections
- How improper wardrobe color choice is costing you money
- Why wearing all black is not necessarily most slimming
- How to add color to your wardrobe so you can mix-&-match and create new outfits
- Experience audience demo’s on how to find your “WOW” colors
- AND see real life makeovers of how KL used “WOW” colors to transform her clients!
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.
Dawn Strozier, “Coach Do Something,” is a leading fitness expert, author, motivational speaker, lifestyle coach, nutritional consultant and Radio Personality. Her philosophy is simple, yet powerful – “You’ll win, if you don’t quit.” Ms. Strozier has rapidly become one of the nation’s most requested health and wellness experts because of her ability to motivate, achieve desired results and develop customized corporate wellness, adult, and youth training programs.
As a motivational Speaker and Coach Ms. Strozier has delivered hundreds of presentations and trainings connecting with people/audiences of all ages, Corporate, Entrepreneurs, Athletes and Youth. She has been the keynote speaker for the American diabetes association’s annual lunchoen, Von Corporation, Alpine Corporation, Network Marketing Organizations, women’s groups and small businesses. Her topics include; Health and Wellness, Self Esteem, Leadership and Success. She has co-authored two books, Unleash The Leader Within You and Unleashing The Vision Within You and is currently the health and fitness contributor to LA Focus Magazine, Precious Times Magazine, True Superstar Magazine and the Host of Build The Body You Wand Radio Show.
Ms. Strozier has a variety of high profile media placements and has been featured in Ebony, Black Health, Precious Times, Rolling-Out, LA Parenting, Kansas City Call, BQE, the Sentinel Florida Star, Georgia Star, Share/Toronto Canada, the Tennessee Tribune and Empowering Everyday Woman, just to name a few.
Ms. Strozier is a health and wellness visionary. She is the Founder of The Fight Against Obesity Foundation, a nonprofit 501©3 organization, Her expertise as a personal trainer and nutritional consultant attracts a diverse clientele including professional athletes, Hollywood executives, leading corporations and high profiles celebrities. Actor/Comedian/Radio Host/Author Steve Harvey states, “It’s the best program ever.”
An avid sports fan Ms. Strozier has a background in dance and competitive gymnastics. She resides in Los Angeles, California where she host Build The Body You want Radio Show as well as other trendsetting health and wellness creative initiatives.
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
A business professional with a successful 25 year track record of operating a profitable business which specializes in accounting, bookkeeping, and business coaching and consulting solutions for small businesses and not for profit agencies.
As a small business coach and consultant, my business provides entrepreneurs with the access to the necessary tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of their business’s development to ensure growth of successful businesses. I offer extensive business development training workshops, seminars, coaching/mentorship, marketing strategies solutions and financial management services that include accounting and bookkeeping services. In addition, I provide QuickBooks training solutions to help our clients learn to keep accurate financial records that is essential to successfully running a business.
After years of providing excellent services to a variety of businesses, I have come to possess a vast knowledge of accounting, bookkeeping, marketing and business solutions for start-up businesses, growth businesses, nonprofit organizations (i.e., churches, foster care agencies, insurance companies, childcare facilities and CDC's), medical offices, internet companies and several public companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 2008, utilizing my business marketing and financial skills, experience and talents, I began working with Recycling Black Dollars, and eventually the Co-Director of a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization teaching business plan writing workshops for startup and existing businesses focusing on organizing and planning your business; marketing, taking a business idea from concept to an actual business, understanding the importance of a sound financial foundation and the construction of a successful business plan. The purpose of the course was to prepare aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills to successfully complete a business plan which provided them an opportunity to compete for the annual Miller Coors Urban Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition (MUES).
The training programs are hosted to aspiring entrepreneurs who have a desire to own their own business. The Small Business LaunchPad program covers the basic business disciplines every business owner need to know to operate a successful business. The core curriculum cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and teaches the potential business owner the tools, skills, frameworks and processes that are required for entrepreneurs to start manage and operate a small business.
In 2013, Mitchell Business Solutions and Strictly Biz, Inc. partnered to expand our programs to include The Jr. Tycoons, a program that is designed to exposure the world of entrepreneurship to children ages 6-10 years old creating the next generation of future business owners.
In 2015, as a Bookkeeping Instructor/Consultant-subcontractor, I had an opportunity to teach a special training course: Bookkeeping/QuickBooks for Los Angeles County Office of Education at Mt. San Antonio Community College Workforce Training Center. The GAIN program provides employment-related services to CalWORKs participants to help them find employment, stay employed, and move on to higher paying jobs, which will lead to self-sufficiency and independence. Contract with LACOE and Mt. SAC has been awarded for fall 2015 and spring 2016 school semesters.
In 2016 launched The BusinessZone a weekly online radio show bringing business, entrepreneurial, procurement, and supplier diversity information/opportunities through a collaboration to encourage, inform and inspire the business owners and entrepreneurs in our global communities.
In addition to my passion for teaching and helping others to become successful entrepreneurs, 2017 will be the year that my own dream business will become a reality. Along with my business partner, we will launch Pharaoh’s a full service exclusive men's grooming lounge in the city of Beverly Hills. Our mission is to transcend today’s man to another dimension, allowing modern man to discover a place that is ‘his place”.
Theme: Building Bridges – How to Collaborate and Partner
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.
Standing In Your Boldness – It’s YOUR Turn!
How about we focus on YOU for a change! YOU are serious about your career, YOUR professional development, and YOUR personal growth. We will explore the various tools and tactics you need to help you take action into moving from where YOU are now, to where YOU want to go. We will tackle fear and other discouraging roadblocks. We will identify the various steps that YOU need to take in order to identify and prioritize the tactics that will open the door for you to make the moves needed for your professional growth.
- You will learn how to overcome the fundamental mistakes you make that lower productivity.
- You will learn how to distinguish activity with productivity.
Come with the curiosity of a child and be prepared to look through a different lens.
Come prepared to reconnect with the uniqueness you bring to your life.
Come prepared to explore how to take Bold Steps
Leave with a commitment to celebrate what unfolds.
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.
Brand Strategy and Consumer Behavior
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.
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