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  • 2019 POWER Day Speakers

    Our panelists and workshop presenters are some of the dopest brown girls on the planet.

    Christina Brown

    Founder, BrownGirlsLove

    Lifestyle influencer and digital marketing strategist Christina S. Brown is a New York native and the founder of style & beauty destination LoveBrownSugar.com, mommy destination BabyBrownSugar.com and digital empowerment community BrownGirlsLove. Recognized everywhere from the New York Times to Teen Vogue as a top lifestyle expert, Christina curates platforms for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. She founded BrownGirlsLove after seeing a need to promote positive images of millennial women of color, and to inspire them through personal branding and entrepreneurship. Now based in LA, she's founding a tech startup slated for launch in 2019.

    Julee Wilson

    Fashion & Beauty Director, ESSENCE

    Julee Wilson is the Fashion & Beauty Director at ESSENCE magazine and ESSENCE.com. She oversees the brand’s vision for style from daily posts on the website to its stunning monthly editorials and covers. Wilson was previously the Senior Fashion Editor at The Huffington Post — and before that spend several years as a fashion editor at Real Simple magazine. Her writing has appeared in InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, Vibe, Business of Fashion, and the International Journal of Fashion Studies — just to name a few. Wilson has also lent her voice on national television shows including The Today Show, CBS Early Show and Fox News.

    Courtney Danielle

    Founder, Curls and Couture

    Courtney Danielle was born and raised in New York City and in 2012 she began her natural hair journey which ultimately led to the inception of Curls and Couture. She created the Curls and Couture platform with the goal to inspire young girls and women to embrace, love and learn their curls. While it all began with natural hair Courtney has developed her platform into a space where she also shares her passions for everything beauty, style, travel, wellness, faith and so much more.

    She meticulously and intentionally curates genuine, informative and relatable content to inspire and educate her digital family.

    Nichole Lynel

    Founder, Shop Nichole Lynel

    Nichole Lynel is a Los Angeles based fashion designer, influencer, and entrepreneur. Growing up in an upper middle-class family focused on education, a career in fashion was considered a long shot and frankly unrealistic. From very early on, Nichole knew she wanted to make the world beautiful. She launched her very own online brand and boutique Shop Nichole Lynel, and since launching has grossed over a million dollars in her business. Her signature course “Boss Chicks 101” teaches women how to build a lasting brand in a natural, creative space including hands-on experience and advice on professionalism and self-promotion.

    Janell Stephens

    Founder, Camille Rose

    Janell Stephens is the founder and Master Mixtress behind the natural lifestyle brand, Camille Rose. Originally known for her foodie-inspired collection of hair products, Camille Rose is quickly becoming the all around go-to brand for the conscious consumer looking for safe and effective solutions for hair, body, skin, home and even kids. The vegan mother of five believes in living a life of total wellness, marked by a commitment to herself and to her customers to use the highest quality ingredients in every collection that she crafts.

    Tracy G.

    Founder, She's Beauty And The Beast

    Tracy G. is a nice Scorpio who loves earfuls of affirmations, thick conversations about the pursuit of inner/outer wellness, amazing concealers, amazing cocktails, human behavior and the state of Kanye West's soul. She's bundled all of this up into She's Beauty And The Beast, an emotional empowerment brand for millennial women with a focus on what she calls audio vision boards-- a modern day remix to affirmations. Tracy is also an on-air personality for SiriusXM's Sway In The Morning show and was named a 2018 Millennial Love Leader by ESSENCE Magazine.

    Gia Peppers

    On-Air Correspondent & Journalist

    Gia Peppers is an on-air talent, entertainment journalist, live event host and podcaster from Washington DC. Since the 28-year-old started her career in media in 2012, she has become the go-to girl for publications and major brands when they need to amplify stories with a genuine, knowledgeable, and relatable personality at the forefront. With a presence as powerful as her real name, Peppers’ has secured brand partnership, reporting, and hosting opportunities with Vh1, E! Entertainment, the NBA, BET, Access Hollywood and more. When she isn’t on camera, Peppers’ creates content for the driven millennial who approaches their dreams with faith, purpose and fearlessness on GiaPeppers.com.

    Makini Martin

    Founder, Makini Regal Designs

    Makini Regal Martin is a published event designer and lifestyle influencer. Trinidadian­ born and Brooklyn­ bred, Makini always possessed a natural gift for design. She inherited her green thumb and love for botanicals from her two grandmothers, both avid gardeners and flower enthusiasts. After graduating from Columbia University and honing a successful career in management consulting, Makini ultimately turned her keen eye for design and zest for flowers into a blossoming business when she launched Makini Regal Designs in 2011. Makini’s design work has been published in New York Magazine, Inside Weddings, Essence, Design Sponge, and more. Her work was also featured on Bravo's "Blood, Sweat and Heels," as well as VH1's “Love and Hip Hop”.

    Melissa Chanel

    Founder, Melissa Chanel

    Cantu Beauty Ambassador

    Melissa Chanel is the Founder of MelissaChanel.com, a one-stop-shop for all things beauty, travel, and fashion for her fellow girls next door. With creative content and eye-catching visuals, Melissa has dedicated her website to providing daily inspiration, sparking thought-provoking discussions, and empowering women and girls to live their best lives while loving the skin they're in. Melissa Chanel has spent the past 3 years as Cantu’s National Ambassador and is currently Communications Manager for the brand. She's your go-to gal for the inside scoop on beauty, fashion, and virtual "girl talk" worldwide!

    Brittany Hennessy

    Author, Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand In The Age of Social Media

    Brittany Hennessy is the best-selling author of “INFLUENCER: Building Your Personal Brand In The Age Of Social Media,", the Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Officer of Carbon, a technology company building solutions for influencers, and Carbon Consulting, a digital agency for influencers, small businesses, brands, and agencies. Brittany is the former Senior Director, Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media and the first person to hold that title.

    Sherria Cotton

    Senior Account Supervisor, Edelman - Dove Masterbrand

    Sherria Cotton leads media relations and influencer marketing for the Dove Masterbrand at the largest independently owned global marketing communications firm, Edelman. During her tenure in the New York City office, Sherria has been instrumental in creating and implementing global marketing communications initiatives for the Dove Real Beauty Campaign and the Dove Self-Esteem Project. Her
    amplification of the brand’s social mission has helped to widen the definition of beauty and raise the self-esteem of millions of women and girls worldwide.

    Sabrina Boissiere

    Founder, Natural Partners In Crime and NPIC Mgmt

    Sabrina Boissiere is the founder of Natural Partners in Crime and NPIC Mgmt. Natural Partners in Crime was created in August 2012 as a social media platform to engage naturals in conversation about their hair, hair care and brands that support their journey. As an event producer and manager to top influencers in the hair care community, Sabrina has produced numerous events throughout the country and worked with brands behind the scenes to strategize on events and campaigns. The love for creating events and supporting many behind the scenes brings Sabrina a true sense of accomplishment.


    Kelli M. Coleman

    Founder/CEO, KMColeman Group & She Who Dares

    Kelli Coleman is an award-winning marketer, advertising executive, and expert in consumer connection turned serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and speaker. Kelli’s calling is to empower women and she has applied her experience and acumen to advising and investing in businesses created for or built by women via her ventures company KMColeman Group. Additionally, Kelli is the founder of She Who Dares, an initiative created to empower women by highlighting the importance of personal development and the power in harnessing vulnerability to reach one’s full potential.

    Candace Montgomery

    Executive Director, Live Events & Experiential, ESSENCE

    An expert with over 20 years experience, Montgomery develops integrated event strategies that deliver on the Essence brand promise and partner objectives and goals. Her hands on approach has lead her to executive produce the Essence Festival -the largest cultural gathering in the U.S., award shows, TV productions, street festivals and more. As a brand leader and experiential strategist she works collaboratively across, print, digital, social and the live experience to create cross-platform messaging to bring ideas to life.


    CEO, WERKPraySlay

    Koereyelle is a former educator who managed to turn her $32K teaching salary into a six-figure brand. As the Chief Experience Officer of WERKPraySlay-- an Annual 3-day empowerment weekend for women who are ready to win and Editor-In-Chief of WERK Mag, a lifestyle publication that spotlights and celebrates hard WERKing women! She's an International Speaker, award-winning entrepreneur and educator who's been featured nationally by Forbes, ESSENCE Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MadameNoire, Rolling Out, NBC, TV One, VH1, Bravo TV and more for her empowerment projects.Her motto is, “You already have everything you need to get everything you want, if you are willing to WERK for it.”

    Chioma & Uchenna Ngwudo

    Founders, Cee Cee's Closet NYC

    Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo are two fly sisters who created Cee Cee's Closet NYC. This brand celebrates the beauty of West African print through accessories and clothing, handmade by tailors and artisans in Lagos, Nigeria. They design all of their fair trade goods, which include headwraps, leather bags, clothing, and waistbeads. Through alluring imagery and stunning pop-up boutiques, they’ve won the hearts of thousands of women across the globe including Tiffany Haddish, Gabourey Sidibe, and Simone Missick. To date, they’ve garnered over six-figures in sales and millions of site visits.

    Keisha Mabry

    Author, heyFRIEND: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days

    Keisha Mabry is an author, speaker and social entrepreneur on a mission to change the world one connection at a time. She has been featured by the National Public Radio, the Nine Network, Facebook, Next Step U, The Business Journal, Blavity, Ellevate and the United State of Women for her work in personal branding and networking—or as she likes to call it—friendworking. Her new book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a movement to make the world friendly again—or at the very least friendlier than it’s ever been.

    Samantha Smikle

    Founder, Nroda

    Recognized for her innovative designs, Designer Samantha Smikle is blazing the trail in the eyewear industry for adorned sunglasses with her line, Nroda. Through her career in the magazine and jewelry industry, Samantha has built relationships and credibility in fashion writing, production management and product development. Brands like Fader, Essence and InStyle Magazine, Alexis Bittar and Loehmann’s have trusted Samantha’s take on style and design.Since the launch of Nroda in 2012, Samantha conceptualizes and designs her eyewear line for men and women all over the world. Nroda is a favorite among stars like Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Keke Palmer and hollywood stylists.

    Simone Gittens

    Creator, callmeSPARKLE

    Simone Gittens also known as “Sparkle’s mom” is the brain behind callmeSPARKLE, the 5 year old mini style maven and digital influencer. For the past ten years Gittens has attainted a wealth of experience in fashion and PR as a fashion buyer, merchandiser and luxury consultant. Recognized by publications such as Essence, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post, Gittens promotes confidence and encourages women of all ages to “Sparkle Like You Mean It” by sharing her daughters style and sass! When Gittens is not building the callmeSPARKLE brand she is found diligently taking care of her tribe and building her family brand, “Love The Gittens”.

    Ylorie Taylor

    Vice President, EDEN BodyWorks

    Ylorie Taylor has spent the past decade plus building and leading personal care and beauty brands servicing the multi-cultural consumer. Known for her ability to cultivate relationships, ideate winning strategies, and curate platforms to give exposure to emerging indie brands, Ylorie began consulting in 2008 under the moniker BrownGirlMarketing. She has dedicated her beauty career to supporting brands and helping companies better connect with women of color. A candid truth teller, wife, mompreneur, and "chief connections officer" for many of your favorite brands, Ylorie lives a very full life. Most days you'll find her living out her purpose and passions while serving as the Vice President for EDEN BodyWorks.

    Toya Poplar

    Author & Community Advocate

    Toya Poplar is an author, speaker, and lover of lipstick. A Michigan girl in an Alabama world, she gives creative entrepreneurs permission to start and the courage to finish their creative ideas. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Melvin Poplar, and they are the proud parents of six of the coolest kids in the cul de sac. Toya is the author of Amazon bestselling journal, "Stop Write There". She is a community advocate who promotes racial reconciliation by hosting diversity dinners, and she's the founder of creative support group Dream Plan Create with Toya. Toya enjoys fostering environments where people get what they need from God and what they don’t know they need from each other.

    Rashida Selise

    Founder, Selise Speaks Life

    Rashida Selise Wilson is an author, speaker and professional career coach whose personal philosophy is “Build relationships first. Do business later”. She is often referred to as a master motivator, and her insatiable desire to see other women win has fueled her passion and commitment to marketplace and ministry for over two decades. She is the founder of Selise Speaks Life – providing vision coaching, professional development training and career coaching strategies from the classroom to the boardroom. And her passion for mentoring young professionals was the inspiration behind her recently published book: “The Millennial Movement - Surviving the Corporate Transition”. She is the

    Director of Experiential Learning at Alabama A&M University, where she is also faculty in their College of Business & Public Affairs

    Robin J.

    Creative Brand & Marketing, Uber

    Robin J. is an editor and tech professional based in NYC. For four years, her music discovery platform The TakeOvah filled the void of quality press for emerging artists as mainstream musicians dominated the airwaves and most large publications. Coupling new talent with extensive insight from music legends, The TakeOvah offered a space of education, exposure, and advancement within the underground music community. Expanding to live programming (event production), Robin took the moderator's seat at The Digilogue- a music-education platform that has hosted almost 4K music & tech professionals at their insightful panels with industry influencers. She's since been called to curate conversations at various tech companies and music activations, including the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and SXSW. In tech, she's in creative marketing at tech giant Uber, with a laser focus on developing employee culture, through programming.

    Paulana Lamonier

    Freelance Journalist & On-Air Talent

    Going against her Haitian parents' wishes, Paulana Lamonier is a freelance journalist and on-air talent who loves telling compelling stories and interviewing your favorite celebrities. She's interviewed people like Loni Love from The Real, Yvonne Orji from Insecure, Tichina Arnold, WNBA players, and has written/ worked for Fast Company, Bleacher Report, Al Jazeera, SoulCycle, The Undefeated, Shondaland and is currently a Forbes contributor. Because NYC is so damn expensive, in her spare time, as a side hustle she teaches people how to swim. She loves Jesus, Beyoncé and trap music — in that order.

  • 2019 Keynote Speaker

    Our 2019 keynote speaker is Lisa Price, Founder of Carol's Daughter

    Lisa Price, Carol's Daughter

    From humble beginnings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc., Lisa Price transformed her beloved hobby of mixing up fragrances and creams at home into a multi-million dollar beauty empire. With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts, Lisa started building the collection that would become a beauty revolution.


    In August of 1994, Price officially established Carol's Daughter (the company lovingly named after her mother). Initially starting out with a handful of steady customers, those numbers grew in leaps and bounds as women outside her neighborhood and circle of friends began to take notice. Almost overnight, celebrities like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Rosie Perez and Halle Berry became loyal customers.


    Today, Carol's Daughter sells millions of dollars’ worth of products, having launched an exclusive collection in Target as well as extending into select Walgreens. As a culmination to the Carol’s Daughter business trajectory, Price sold her company to L’Oréal USA in November 2014.

  • 2019 POWER Day Schedule

    We're hosting an exciting lineup of workshops, panels & more!


    Registration begins for BrownGirlsLove POWER Day. Pick up your exclusive BrownGirlsLove tote and grab breakfast before we start our packed and exciting itinerary.



    Time to get POWER Day started with a warm welcome from founder Christina S. Brown. We'll run through the day's itinerary, kickoff a fun networking icebreaker and introduce the amazing lineup of speakers and sponsors.



    The importance of storytelling in personal branding and entrepreneurship is highly underrated. Framing your unique story is an asset whether you work a corporate job or own a business. People no longer buy “things”, they buy into people. This powerhouse panel will explore how we can tell our authentic stories to grow larger online communities, advance our careers and make some serious coins along the way.


    In this fast-paced digital world, it’s easy to lose sight of your purpose. At the core, you were placed on this earth for a reason. But often financial gain, insta-fame and fake news can have you second guessing your favor. This panel of successful brown girls bosses will explore how to chase both your purpose AND prosperity, with real life tips for climbing the ladder of wealth while staying grounded.


    Behind every success story is a powerful, game-changing relationship that was somehow sparked over lunch, dinner, coffee or cocktails! POWER Lunch is all about breaking bread with fellow attendees. You never know who or where your next big break will come from, right? This is the time to eat, meet, greet, and snap photos in our photobooth!



    As a woman of power, you’re charged with doing more with your brand than just making money or being a boss. This panel is about the importance of creating a brand that pays it forward, using your brand to serve a need, and how to create impact that can initiate change in your community and others.


    Take a quick snack break and grab sweets at our dessert bar. Then settle in for our special sponsored workshops of your choosing.



    Whether you're an influencer, a creative or a business owner - events are an incredible way to reach your audience and make an impact. This workshop will breakdown the important aspects of planning an event that will attract new audiences, potential sponsors and give your brand the prestige it needs to compete.


    So many of us are suffering from anxiety, depression and self-doubt because we haven’t quite figured out how to embrace our imperfections and accept help when we need it. Mental, physical and spiritual health are an integral foundation to an incredible life - whether you work a 9 to 5, go to school, own a business, or manage a household. This panel is about the fundamentals of living your best life through self-care


    POWER Day will wrap with a closing keynote discussion, thank-you's, and a special announcement about what's next for BrownGirlsLove.


    Spend the last hour of Power Day supporting some of our BrownGirlsLove sponsors, marketplace vendors and networking with fellow attendees.

  • 2019 POWER Day Sponsors

    BrownGirlsLove Power Day is made possible by our amazing partners.


    Presenting Sponsor

    Toyota creates vehicles by listening and responding to you. Why? Because it's their belief that their cars should do more than help you go places on the road, they should also help you go places in life. They make vehicles that respond to, and anticipate, your needs for the way you live today — with advances in sustainable mobility and advanced safety technologies.


    Nature Box

    Platinum Sponsor

    Nature Box is a nature-inspired beauty brand made with high quality ingredients, delivering a fresh interpretation of beauty and incredible benefits. Unbox your natural beauty with our line of vegan-certified hair and body care products, formulated with 100% cold-pressed oils. Show off your beauty positivity with Nature Box!


    My Black is Beautiful

    Platinum Sponsor

    My Black is Beautiful celebrates the diverse collective beauty of black women and encourages black women to define and promote our own beauty standard. The My Black is Beautiful community celebrates everything that makes black women beautiful, from the inside out!


    Hue Noir

    Silver Sponsor

    Hue Noir is on a mission to change the face of beauty by putting multicultural women at the center of the modern beauty movement. Blending COLOR + SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY, we develop innovative, everyday makeup solutions ideal for customers with nuanced skin tones ranging from fair to deep.



    Silver Sponsor

    Caress offers a selection of body wash and beauty bars with exfoliating and long-lasting fragrance qualities. Your journey to soft and scented skin starts here.



    Bronze Sponsor

    Dove believes that beauty is not one dimensional; it is not defined by your age, the shape or size of your body, the colour of your skin or your hair – it’s feeling like the best version of yourself. Authentic. Unique. Real. We invite all women to realize their personal potential for beauty by engaging them with products that deliver superior care.


    Bronze Sponsor

    Palmer's uses only the finest ingredients to provide consumers the highest quality formulas at affordable prices. All of our products are hand crafted based on Palmer's long standing heritage and experience in offering superior formulations that deliver results.


    Camille Rose™

    Bronze Sponsor

    Camille Rose is a natural lifestyle brand founded by Janell Stephens. Originally known for her foodie-inspired collection of hair products, Camille Rose Naturals is quickly becoming the all around go-to brand for the conscious consumer looking for safe and effective solutions for hair, body, skin, home and kids.



    Bronze Sponsor

    Vaseline® products are manufactured by Unilever, with a more than 140-year heritage as America's most trusted healthy skin expert and more than 30 years as a leading global hand and body lotion brand. Vaseline® delivers products that meet the specific needs of consumers, no matter their life stage or lifestyle.



    Bronze Sponsor

    Cantu's collection of award-winning products is inspired by beautifully textured hair in order to help customers achieve any look they desire. Their one-of-a-kind formula helps achieve everything from cutting-edge looks to classic styles. Cantu's mission to celebrate you in all your glory.


    EDEN BodyWorks™

    Bronze Sponsor

    EDEN BodyWorks™ provides natural products that integrate wellness and beauty inspired by nature to restore and maintain the hair and body’s original design.


    Vela Bougie Candle Company

    Bronze Sponsor

    Vela Bougie Candle Company is a luxury candle line committed to the health and wellness of planet Earth and the tasteful humans whom occupy it. Meaning “Candle” in Spanish and French and inspired by the local Thai phrase “Same Same”, Vela Bougie dedicates itself to making the world better by way of brighter. Its hand-poured trophies are as environmentally safe as they are delicious to the sense of smell.



    Giftbag Sponsor

    COVERGIRL celebrates authenticity, diversity and self-expression through makeup. The new “I am what I make up” brand purpose and communication aims to inspire people to embrace their unique identities and unapologetically create any version of themselves. COVERGIRL holds an iconic position in the world of beauty, empowering makeup lovers to express their unique beauty for more than 60 years.


    ESSENCE Communications

    Media Sponsor

    Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 17 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival.



    Livestream Sponsor

    "Inspire the World, Create the Future". Samsung's vision is at the core of their commitment to create a better world full of richer digital experiences, through innovative technology and products.
    The goal of the vision is to become a beloved brand, an innovative company, and an admired company.


  • BrownGirlsLove POWER Day Presented by Toyota

  • Past Speakers

    Our favorite brown girls who have blessed the stage at past Power Days.

    Jade Kendle

    Digital Influencer, LipstickNCurls

    Jade Kendle also known as "LipsticknCurls" on many of her platforms is a beauty & media personality based in Portland, Oregon. As a lover of all things beauty, Jade has grown a large following by providing genuine and high quality beauty content with a purpose. Jade received both a Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies and a Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership - Higher Education. Her scholarly background allows Jade to not only create beautiful looks, but also educate her audience on concepts like self-esteem, confidence, perseverance, and self-authorship. Jade enjoys combining her two passions, education and beauty, to show others that being yourself is POWER!

    Gracie J

    Founder, The Editorial Nail

    NYC native and Haitian raised, Gracie J is the celebrity nail artist and curator behind The Editorial Nail. Gracie's work has been featured in prominent publications such as, Essence, Allure, V Magazine, Nylon, and Paper Magazine just to name a few, with digital features on Refinery 29, Buzzfeed and more. She recently landed the role as Key Nail Artist for hit TNT television series "CLAWS" which took the nail art world by storm, working closely with celebs like Niecy Nash and Karruche Tran. At 27, she is full time self-employed while building her brand and creating partnerships with brands like Nickelodeon, Coveteur, Buzzfeed and KISS.

    Nicaila Matthews Okome

    Digital Influencer, Side Hustle Pro

    Nicaila Okome is the Host of Side Hustle Pro, the first and only podcast to spotlight bold, black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to full time entrepreneurs. Named to the exclusive Bold Women list by Apple Podcasts, Side Hustle Pro has generated over half a million downloads in a year and amassed a loyal community of over 47,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. Alumna of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University of Michigan (MBA), her professional experience spans digital marketing, ad sales and social media strategy for NPR, Google, MTV Networks and Georgetown McDonough.

    Rana Campbell

    Digital Influencer, Dreams In Drive

    Rana Campbell is a marketing strategist, content creator, and host of the Dreams In Drive Podcast - a podcast she launched in January 2016 that teaches creatives & lifestyle entrepreneurs how to take their dreams out of PARK and into DRIVE. With over 120 episodes in her arsenal and streams in 100+ countries, she has interviewed top leaders in lifestyle and business and was featured as an empowering podcast by Essence Magazine and a top Business podcast for Black Voices on Apple Podcasts. She is a 2013 graduate of Princeton University and a proud alum of the Emma Bowen Foundation media program.

    Dreena Whitfield

    Founder, WhitPR

    Dreena Whitfield is the principle of WhitPR, a New Jersey based boutique strategic communications firm. Whitfield is the former Press Secretary to Cory Booker during his tenure as Mayor of the City of Newark. With over a decade of experience, Whitfield has a proven ability to spot opportunities for clients to grow their brand recognition in saturated markets that aligns with their overall objective. Whitfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Lincoln University, and her Masters Degree in Strategic Communications from Seton Hall University.

    Melanie White

    Founder, Melanie Marie

    Serial Entrepreneur. Mentor. Philanthropist. Mother. Just a few words that describe Melanie White. Hailing from Yonkers, NY Melanie is best known for her custom jewelry business Melanie Marie. She launched her first business in 2009 and since, her pieces have been worn by dozens of celebrities, featured in blogs and major magazines worldwide. In 2013, she started a youth mentorship program - Melanie Marie Gems & Jewels - to promote the arts for young women. And after giving birth to her daughter in 2016, Melanie launched a custom children's jewelry line AnnDrew Marie, as well as an event series “Mompreneurs: Mamas in Business”, and a business mentoring/networking group. Melanie is dedicated to helping women take the leap into entrepreneurship.

    Kim Roxie

    Founder, LAMIK Beauty

    Kim Roxie’s passion is enhancing women by building their self-esteem, making them feel good, and helping them reveal their natural beauty. Her award-winning makeup line LAMIK Beauty offers women environmentally friendly makeup manufactured in the heart of the Lone Star State. When Kim launched her LAMIK line in Macy’s stores in Texas, she became the youngest African-American woman to launch a full cosmetic line inside a major department store. LAMIK stands for Love And Makeup In Kindness and through her line, Kim has become a champion for black-owned businesses with a dedication to health through makeup. LAMIK is one of the world’s #1 eco-chic makeup collections. She currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, son, and daughter.

    Mia Ray

    Founder, Glamaholic Lifestyle

    Mia Ray is the epitome of glam, but glam with a plethora of substance. She is a woman who holds many titles; mom, fashion blogger entrepreneur and role model. While all of these titles have collectively cultivated her success story in
    one way or another. Mia Ray’s love for fashion and sense of creativity have allowed her to create a lifestyle empire for savvy young women across the nation. From Mia’s personal branding approach to stellar marketing campaigns, she is able to connect with her following like no other. With a vision drawn in her notebook, Mia Ray has crafted a full-fledged lifestyle brand and made a household name for herself that is here to stay.

    Emmelie De La Cruz

    Digital Marketing Strategist

    Emmelie De La Cruz is a serial entrepreneur who turned her layoff into her legacy. Whether it's one of her books, coaching programs, or product development business, The Launch Counter, she has one goal: building dreams into businesses. After working in various areas of marketing and communication, this South Bronx native launched her consultancy to help entrepreneurs and side hustlers build and grow their businesses. Her marketing insights have been featured in Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, Forbes and more. Emmelie is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and her clients have included executives, politicians and media personalities as well as growing tech startups. When she isn’t helping startups scale, she’s blogging on her site emmeliedelacruz.com

    Gia Peppers

    On-Air Talent & Journalist

    Gia Peppers is an on-air talent and entertainment journalist from Washington, DC. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2012, she began working as a desk associate overnight in the newsroom at CBS. During her 1AM to 9AM shifts, she mapped out a plan to make her mark in an industry that changes every day. Now 27, the budding media phenom has worked on-camera and behind the scenes with VH1, the NBA, BET, Essence Magazine, Billboard, Complex, Hot 97 and more.

    With her combination of an undeniable work ethic, positive attitude and extensive experience, media greats like Donnie Simpson and Angie Martinez have named her "the next host to watch" among her peers. When she isn’t in NYC reporting on the biggest urban entertainment stories, she is pumping up a crowd of 15,000 Washington Wizards fans in her hometown and inspiring others to follow their dreams on her website, giapeppers.com.

    Charli Penn

    Senior Digital Lifestyle and Relationships Editor, ESSENCE

    Charli Penn is a nationally recognized digital journalist who writes in the name and praise of love and living your best life. Charli has over 13 years experience reporting on dating, marriage, sex and celebrity weddings and relationships. Charli is one third of the co-hosts of ESSENCE Magazine’s Yes, Girl! podcast and your digital go-to-girl for all real-talk on love. She spends her days curating the award-winning lifestyle and relationship content you find on ESSENCE.com. The seasoned journalist, editor, and relationships coach has devoted her career to empowering women to cherish and cultivate healthy and happy relationships. She is also the founder of popular marriage advice blog Man, Wife (And Dog!) and a nationally recognized voice on healthy love and relationships.

    Asa Dugger

    Community Manager, BrownGirlsLove

    Asa Dugger is a digital influencer, avid traveler and founder of ThriveGirl (2018). She's the head student ambassador for BrownGirlsLove and is known for influencing aspiring girl-bosses through fearless networking, self-confidence, and global expedition. As a millennial cosmopolitan, she has trotted across the world to India, China, the Bahamas and Hong Kong for academia, research, development and self-discovery projects. She is a 2018 graduate of Kean University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Management. Asa has actively worked on digital content with The Rundown with Robin Thede on BET, CNBC, NJTV, PBS and the United States Congress and is currently serving as the Community Manager of @BrownGirlsLove.

    Sheila Coates

    Founder, Be Your Own Brand (BYOB)

    Be Your Own Brand (BYOB) is the culmination of Sheila Coates’ two decades of experience as a Music Marketing Executive specializing in artist development, branding and imaging. Coates understands the importance of creating and maintaining a consistent visual presentation that is authentic and generates a sense of confidence and character in order to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. She has the background and expertise to help people to be their own brand by combining the power of words and images to develop memorable first impressions. During her tenure in the music industry, Coates worked with some of the most recognizable names in the business, inspiring, cultivating, and providing guidance to the “Who’s Who” in popular music — Mary J. Blige, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Toni Braxton, Lenny Kravitz, Barry White, Jill Scott, Babyface, Monica, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Q-Tip, Lalah Hathaway, and many others.

    Kimberly Brown

    Founder, Manifest Yourself

    Kimberly A. Brown is an entrepreneur, speaker, and career + leadership coach. Her personal and professional development company, Manifest Yourself, LLC, provides in-person and virtual workshops, trainings, and coaching to professionals looking to lead a dynamic career and life. Through her experience as a career development adviser in some of the nation’s top universities, she has learned that there is so much more to career development besides having a high paying job; it’s about creating a lifestyle that allows you to do more, be more, and achieve more. Kimberly has had the opportunity to speak to and create workshops for many organizations. Kimberly is a graduate of Long Island University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2008) and Master of Science in Counseling (2013).

    Scottie Beam

    Radio Personality & Host

    Scottie Beam is a radio and television personality born and bred in New York & New Jersey. Earning her start on-air with Hot 97’s morning show “Ebro in the Morning”, Scottie quickly turned her social media magnetism into partnerships with leading brands like Nike, Google, HBO, BET, Twitter, Essence, Verizon, Champs Sports, SoundCloud & more.

    In Scottie’s short career, she has partnered with Twitter for her own monthly Q+A sessions dubbed Scottie Feedback, she's developed bi-weekly playlists reaping over 4 million impressions, hosted her own internet radio show on Satori Radio, shot Music News content with Revolt TV and co-hosted the Black Girl Podcast.

    With each new project Scottie continues to push the culture forward.

    Stacie Smith

    Brand Manager & Strategist

    Stacie Smith is an accomplished marketer with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and knack for helping young professionals develop their careers. Currently a Brand Manager at Henkel, a German consumer products company, Stacie leads the development of new-to-world brands across Hair Care and Body Care. With experience on Olay, Clairol and Dial, Stacie has become known for using a unique blend of creativity and analytics to develop innovative strategies that win the hearts and minds of consumers. Her experience spans finance to career development at Morgan Stanley, Viacom, Procter & Gamble, and her venture Clear Path Resources. She is the co-author of Harvard Business School case study, Beyoncé and a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and the University of Pennsylvania (BA).

  • Africa Miranda

    Spokesmodel & Beautypreneur

    Africa Miranda is an actress, spokesmodel and performer who won the hearts of many across the US and around the globe as the breakout star of Bravo TV's "The New Atlanta". Africa has been named the first ever Brand Ambassador for international haircare company Creme of Nature, and has been nominated for a Shorty Award for Periscoper of the Year. She is a regular guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy. She is now the proud founder of lifestyle product line Beauty by Africa Miranda which launched November 2016.

    Tonya Rapley

    Millennial Money Expert

    Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award winning site, My Fab Finance where she helps millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. She is also the co-founder and CFO of a Chicago based FinTech app, FOAM, that is changing the way students experience and pay for college. Tonya was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building" by Black Enterprise and she created the #BanishTheBalance challenge, a debt elimination challenge that helped over 4,000 participants pay off more than $210,000 of debt in sixty days.

    Mel Burgos

    Digital Influencer

    Mel Burgos is the founder of RockYoRizos.com where she visually shares her lifestyle interests like hair care, health, fitness, fashion and a passion for living life to the fullest. She launched her blog Rock Yo Rizos to create a community and to encourage her fellow Latinos and people all over the world to embrace their natural hair. In 2016, Mel created the #IamlettingGO campaign to empower people going through life transitions. Mel cut her signature shoulder length curls as part of her "letting go" process and shared her journey publicly on social media. Mel has been featured in publications like Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan & LATINA.

    Tiffini Gatlin

    Digital Influencer & Entrepreneur

    Tiffini Gatlin is a former corporate professional turned entrepreneur and digital influencer. She has successfully launched several digital brands, including Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine. In 2015, she became a pioneer in the hair and beauty industry by creating a patent-pending process of pre-curled and looped synthetic hair. Within one year, she built a million-dollar e-commerce beauty brand; Curlkalon Hair Collection. Today, Tiffini has expanded her vision with lifestyle and beauty brand Latched and Hooked. Tiffini resides in Atlanta, GA where she is a wife to her college sweetheart, and mother of 4 children.

    Ty Alexander

    Digital Influencer & Author

    Ty Alexander is an award-winning New York based freelance writer penning her musings on beauty, fashion, pop culture, health, and tech. Her powerful words, undeniable beauty and lifestyle savvy led her to roles as HelloBeautiful.com's style and beauty editor and editorial director of Beautiful Texture’s TalkingTexture.com. Ty has built her personal brand, Gorgeous In Grey from a personal blog to an online lifestyle destination with over 100K pageviews per month. Her dedication to authentic living helped garner her an impressive following and now her first book,Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died.

    Nicole Sanchez

    Founder, eCreditHero

    Named "One of the Most Powerful Women In NYC Tech" by Refinery29, Nicole Sanchez is on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship and revolutionize credit, through her startup eCreditHero. With a number of startups under her belt, as a serial entrepreneur she has raised over half a million dollars for her companies and she loves to share her financing knowledge and strategies with other entrepreneurs. As a Harvard College and Harvard Business School alum, Nicole has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, Fast Company, Elle, Essence, Ebony, Lucky, and Inc magazines.

    DJ Olivia Dope

    DJ & Creative Artist

    Olivia Dope is a triple threat and a star on the rise. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in a West Indian (Guyanese) household, music was always at the forefront and quickly became her first love. As a classically trained dancer turned DJ, clothing designer and motivational speaker, Olivia Dope lives up to her moniker in more ways than one. From juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood, to overcoming homelessness & hardships to being able to work with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Lil Kim, Teyana Taylor & Chris Brown to name a few. Olivia's #LivDope mantra is one she hopes to inspire others to live out their dreams daily.

    Melissa Butler

    Founder, The Lip Bar

    Melissa Butler is the founder of fast-growing beauty brand The Lip Bar. The Lip Bar is a luxury cosmetic bar that caters to consumer’s individuality through highly pigmented and responsibly made products. Her brand aims to encourage self-expression through beauty maintaining the idea that beauty doesn’t have to compromise health. Her lipsticks offer a unique blend of natural ingredients, designed to moisturize, soften and amplify lips all while setting consumers apart with intoxicatingly bold colors. Melissa is a Detroit native and a graduate of Florida A&M University. She left a career in finance to pursue her dreams as an entrepreneur.

    Jessica Andrews

    Digital Influencer & Fashion Editor

    Jessica Andrews is a suburban girl who left a quiet New Jersey town to follow her dream of becoming a journalist and somehow ended up in the wonderful world of fashion. The self-proclaimed fashion addict spent three years as an assistant at a major magazine, running errands for her boss (walking dogs, going to the cleaners), returning racks of clothes, packing trunks and dressing models until she nearly drove herself crazy. But nothing would deter her from her pursuit of fabulous. Now that she’s graduated to a full-blown Fashion Editor, on any given day, you’ll find Jessica blogging like a madwoman, adding to her collection of Christian Louboutins and Jimmy Choos, interviewing her fave celebs and sneaking off to as many red carpet events as possible—all while having the time of her life, of course.

    Denequa Williams

    Founder, LIT Brooklyn

    Denequa Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She's the maker behind LIT Brooklyn - a 100% soy wax candle company. Her love for candles has always been just that - a love! She's always loved how having a candle LIT can transform the ambiance of any room. She works hard to find only the highest quality ingredients and her candles are scented with the finest of fragrance oils. Each candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from her home in Brooklyn. As a new entrepreneur to the beauty scene, Denequa has grown her Brooklyn-based candle company exponentially in under a year. Her products have been featured on the pages of Essence, Teen Vogue, EBONY and more. She's done collaborations with a number of popular influencers in the beauty scene and this is just the beginning. 

    Yoli Ouiya

    Digital Influencer & Wellness Expert

    Yoli Ouiya is a Global Green and Wellness expert and influencer. After several years as a digital creative and chef in New York, in 2011, Yoli transitioned from her 2009 namesake site to YolisGreenLiving.com, an eco-lifestyle portal. Yoli was dubbed the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2012 for her function as the go-to social media presence for “green” insights. For the past 3 years, she has toured the country as a media personality, consultant, and spokesperson for Toyota’s Green Initiative. Yoli speaks on topics ranging from wellness to environmental sustainability and all the relevant technologies and sub-topics in between. This year, she is launching two brands, African Hippie and Self-Care Solstice, to offer sustainability and wellness lifestyle options to unserved demographics.

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    Created to empower and inspire millennial women of color, the BrownGirlsLove brand (powered by the editors of LoveBrownSugar) will kick 2019 off with a special POWER Day on Saturday, January 5th. With the goal of providing tools and inspiration to young female professionals, BrownGirlsLove POWER Day provides an exclusive group of movers & shakers the opportunity to go above and beyond for the new year!


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