2019 Conference Speakers
Amber Lee Forrester
Founder, Quartz Wellness Initiative
@quartzwellness | @theflowcoach
Forrester is the founder of Quartz Wellness Collective, a personal growth and development organization that provides life-enhancing resources and tools for women who seek to live healthier, happier, and more purposeful lifestyles. Her career highlights include the sponsorship and coordination of hundreds of events across the country, creating and selling her dog apparel and accessory line, Kane & Couture, into major retailers such as Macy’s, and being featured on ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank, where she was offered a deal with Daymond John and Lori Grenier.
Founder & CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row/Co-Founder, Great Girlfriends
Daniel is founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR), the most prestigious platform for multicultural fashion designers. She also co-founded and co-host the Great Girlfriends, a podcast series created to provide women with daily tips and solutions for living passionate lives and building thriving businesses! Daniel has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Good Morning America, ESSENCE Magazine, Vogue, and has secured over $2 Million dollars in event sponsorship.
Founder/Editor, Chic Busy Moms
Montgomery is the creator of ChicBusyMoms, a platform that spotlights the mommy juggle. She also serves as the Executive Director of Live Events & Experiential for Essence, where she works to drive the growth and development of the brand’s experiences and touch points with Essence’s audience, as well as, running the production, operational, experiential and budgetary management of the entire Essence and Essence Festival events portfolio.
Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, L’Oréal USA
Nelson-Hurt is responsible for defining and implementing the Diversity & Inclusion Training Strategy, leading L’Oréal USA’s Social-Ethnic Diversity Strategy initiatives, and identifying diversity recruiting programs that underscore the company’s commitment to ensuring they are an equal opportunity workplace. She previously served as Assistant Vice President of Talent Development for the Consumer Products Division brands at L’Oréal USA overseeing recruitment efforts, as well as, managing the recruitment of recent undergraduates and MBA’s to participate in the company’s summer internship & full-time management development programs.
CEO Cultural Solutions Group
Walker is an acclaimed author of the book “Protected by Purpose”, an award-winning multicultural marketer and CEO of Dorinda Walker Cultural Solutions Group, a strategic diversity marketing consultant group that provides insights and solutions for brands to engage diverse consumers. Having served 20 years in the financial services industry, she has dedicated her career to advancing gender, racial and financial equity among underserved consumers.
Host, Journey to Launch Podcast & Certified Financial Education Instructor
@jamilasouffrant | @journeytolaunch
Souffrant is the host of Journey To Launch, a personal finance podcast named as one of “27 Podcasts To Start Listening To In 2018" by BuzzFeed that helps to launch listeners to Financial Independence. She’s also been featured in other notable media outlets such as Money Magazine, Refinery29, CNBC and CBS.
Host, CEO/Founder, On Purpose Movement
Zayne is an international speaker and certified leadership & professional development coach with years of experience in change management, global diversity and leadership development. Her firm, The OnPurpose Movement®, whose clients include Google, The New York Times, Harvard University, and Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records, among others is committed to developing values-driven leaders through targeted coaching, public speaking and facilitated. Prior to entrepreneurship Jovian served as Managing Director of Talent Recruitment at Teach for America (TFA), and marketing specialist at Black and Decker Corporation.
Executive Director, Fascinate Inc.
Schaifer is the Founder & Executive Director of Fascinate Inc. an organization created to excite underrepresented students about STEM. He currently travels the country empowering young students to "embrace their inner nerd" despite their surroundings, performs teacher training and develops culturally responsive STEM curriculum for institutions in New York City reaching over 20,000 students in the past 2 years.
Keisha Smith Jeremie
CEO & Founder, Sanaía
@tastesanaia | @jenellehere
Jeremie is the CEO and founder of sanaía, a coveted applesauce brand, as seen on Shark Tank – which launched in 2018 at the James Beard House Iconoclast Dinner and is currently produced at Hot Bread Kitchen in Harlem. Jeremie also serves as the Chief People Officer of Tory Burch, with over 20 years of experience enabling organizations to excel.
Media Maven & Lifestyle Authority
Emmy-nominated TV host & producer, Walker is a multi-talented media personality who has leveraged her talents to cultivate a highly engaged tribe of nearly 100K+ “Kéla Kuties” across her social media platforms. When not producing content for notable media outlets like BET, Getty or E! News and hosting red carpet events such as the Tony Awards, the Met Gala or the BET Awards, she curates authentic content for leading consumer brands, keeping her audience craving more of her #BookedBusyBlessed life with every post!
@kimberlynatasha | @huedco
Wilson is the founder of the healthcare tech startup, HUED — which serves to connect patients to diverse healthcare providers that understand their cultural, physical and mental health needs. A seasoned media professional and entrepreneur, whose work experience has included roles at ESSENCE, TheGrio, Black Enterprise, the NAACP Image Awards, Think Tank Digital, among others, currently serves as an adjunct professor at Howard University and New York University.
CEO, The Rose Effect/Performance Specialist
Rose is an artist development and performance coach, who cultivates talent globally, to occupy their space and tap into everything they are made of. Affectionately known as “The Talent Whisperer,” she is a powerful change agent with real world experience (working for Clive Davis & performing with P.Diddy, Carl Thomas, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Janet Jackson) who delivers real world results to performers, transforming budding talent – activating them to bloom into being.
Creative Director & Co-Founder, Hue List
Amuti, Co-founder of Hue List, is a highly sought-after Creative Director and self-taught design veteran whose talents have allowed him to work with some of the world’s biggest brands, including The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The New York Knicks, Sony Music, Nike, NASCAR, and others. A serial entrepreneur, he often lends his creative leadership and strategy to many start-up ventures, as well as, his own micro-ventures such as PRVRB, an online group created to provide a judgement free space centered around authentic manhood for men of color.
CEO & Co-Founder, Maker’s Row, Inc.
Burnett, a Detroit native and CEO of Maker’s Row, plays an integral part in the manufacturing and production industry in the United States. Through starting and scaling three companies in Brooklyn, Matthew realized that it wasn’t just the emerging brands who needed support in developing products in the United States – The Maker’s Row mission is to lead the next manufacturing revolution in the US by making production fast and simple.
Dr. Menthia Bradley
Bradley is a native Memphian who loves Christ, her husband Ed, her entire family, and her guinea pigs Butterscotch and Oreo. She has been working in education for over twenty years, and if she wasn't in education, she would be rescuing animals full time or styling hair.
CEO, The Memo
Harts is the CEO of The Memo, a career development platform for women of color, as well as, as an Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She frequently speaks on Leadership, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Guardian, and more!
Self-Love Expert & Chronic Illness Advocate
Chopra has been a leader in the wellness industry since she founded her blog in 2010. Known for her straight-forwarded tone and intense vulnerability, Nitika recently took everything she had learned from suffering with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for the past 27 years and created a conversation about self-love in the chronic illness community.
Uwague has been nicknamed “The Igniter” as she challenges women through accountability and introspection to set milestones, tackle their vices and operate in their power by accomplishing their mission. As a Life Strategist, she distinguishes her productivity coaching by helping her clients pursue harmony, employ grace and strategy rather than hustling, grinding and struggling.
Vice President, DMM Saks Off Fifth
Over the course of Howell’s twenty plus year career, he’s held various merchant positions at Saks Fifth Avenue including VP DMM of Men’s Luxury Collections, Assistant Buyer Men’s Designer Tailored Clothing, Brand Director for Giorgio Armani, amongst others. Mr. Howell has spoken on numerous diversity panels, served on the Saks Fifth Avenue diversity task force, and has mentored a tremendous amount of associates and students with a keen focus on diversity within the fashion community.
Vice President of Ad Sales & Partner Solutions, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
Russell is currently VP of Advertising Sales & Partner Solutions at OWN where she is responsible for driving sales, educating marketers, and developing content and data-based solutions to engage brands and consumers across OWN’s portfolio of cable, social and digital platforms. Prior to OWN, she began her career as a Publicist for Time magazine, she then went on to become the National Sales & Marketing Director at Sports Illustrated followed by a successful decade long tenure at Viacom as VP of Brand Sales.
Chief Impressions Officer
Canal is an award-winning branding architect, bestselling author, and global motivational speaker who serves as Principal and CEO of The Brand Executive which provides tools to grow as an entrepreneur or successfully climb the corporate ladder through his ‘Power Moves” masterclass and brand building strategy sessions. He has led consumer marketing initiatives for brands such as Allstate, U.S. Army, American Airlines, McDonald, Tyson Foods and more recently helped change the way America enjoys beer as an Innovator for MillerCoors Brewing Company.
CEO & Founder, Legacy Row | Executive Producer & Co-Host, The Great Girlfriends
Amuti is an executive brand strategist, podcast producer and co-host, philanthropist, coach, wife, and mother who has delivered world-class strategies and brand direction to some of the world’s most renowned brands, such as Nike, Nascar, Disney, HBO, Conde Nast, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, TD Jakes, and more. Her company, Legacy Row, is focused on legacy brand building and creating an alliance of like missioned brands who seek to create an impact on a local to global level. Amuti also serves as executive producer and co-host of The Great Girlfriends Show, as well as, the creator and executive producer of The Grace Podcast.
Pain to Purpose Coach
Lamar is a passionate speaker, Pastor and entrepreneur who specializes in helping women to heal from the ugly things that they have suffered and to find their true God given identity. She is the Pastor of Redeemed Empowerment Center of Memphis, TN and the founder and CEO of The Pretty Girl Movement, where she trains women how to move out of the pain of their past to pursue their God Ordained purpose.
Co-Founder, The Colored Girls & IMARA Retreat
Elizabeth, a Houston native and former celebrity wardrobe stylist, is an expert in Sales, PR & Marketing who effortlessly combines her talents & skills from her diverse background to continue to push the envelope as a creative and leader in female empowerment. An alum of both Texas A&M University and The University of Houston, went on to work for major corporations like 3M, Canon, to start-ups such as Augury.
Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Creative Problem Solver
@wishkid_jones | @wishfactorllc
Rogers-Simpson, VP of Strategic Partnerships, oversees a dedicated team at Urban One’s top tier and long-term client relations. She is responsible for over 15MM of media revenue and partnership management with iconic brands such as Walmart, AT&T and Prudential.
Brand + Life Coach, Educator, Yogi & SeedEO of Style Root Inc.
Over 15 years ago, Morris grounded herself in the world of fashion public relations, working for domestic and global industry leaders, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Group International and Kering and high-profile names like Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek, über stylists June Ambrose and Patti Wilson, and international megabrands Diesel and INCA Productions. She currently serves as a New York Fashion Week producer, Lululemon yoga ambassador, brand + life coach, college professor, lifestyle guide, consultant, and designer of peaceful productivity.
Co-Founder, The Colored Girls & IMARA Retreat
@srvj | @the.coloredgirl | @imara.retreat
Jones is a dynamic storyteller and thought leader on the forefront of wellness for WOC, who is unafraid to challenge the status quo as a creative entrepreneur. With a fierce work ethic and insatiable drive, the music industry veteran (singer/songwriter) has never shied away from the front lines of female empowerment – awarding her opportunities to work closely with some of the industry's top music artists such as Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Britney Spears, Katherine McPhee, RZA, Neyo and more.
Women’s Health Advocate
Miller is setting out to inspire women to make healthier choices, by providing tangible tips that bring ingredient education and product awareness to encourage and inspire women to live healthy preventative lifestyles. She comes from an event and marketing background in the NYC publishing world, curating events and marketing programs for some of the most popular magazines including In Style, O! The Oprah Magazine and Brides.