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OUR SPEAKERS

THE EXTRAORDINARY TEAM OF PASSIONATE ACCOMPLISHED & ENGAGING EDUCATORS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND PROFESSIONALS FROM DIVERSE SECTORS THAT ARE CONVERGING TO SHARE TRANSFORMATIVE INSIGHT WITH YOU.

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Co-Inventor / Vice President

Brittani Bo Baker

Brittani Bo Baker is the Co-Inventor of the Patented Boneless Ribs with her father former NFL great Al Bubba Baker. She is the Vice President of their company created with Shark Tank Star & branding expert Daymond John. Brittani has also published a cookbook & created an all-natural line of Gourmet Seasonings called Grammaw Knows. She is the Managing Partner of her families restaurant Bubba's-Q in Avon, Ohio.

LaToyia Dennis

Wife | Mom | Principal Consultant

LaToyia Dennis

LaToyia Dennis, coined as the Motivated Mom helps moms create strategies for success to live a healthy life of purpose, in abundance, and financially free. LaToyia offers motivational, inspirational, and educational content that allows moms to fund their dreams and to be great women and extraordinary moms, without compromising their family life.

LaToyia believes that being a great woman is essential to being an extraordinary mom and that children deserve a mom who is their super shero – remarkable examples of how valuable they are.

LaToyia is happily married to Andre, they are parents to Chance and live in the Fort Worth, Texas, area.

Anthony Houston

Founder

Anthony Houston

Anthony Houston is the founder of A.J. Audio, a Production Company that specializes in live sound, studio engineering, production and stage management.

From his affiliation with the Audio Production Union of Dallas, Texas, Anthony has worked the stages of Artists such as Maroon 5, Kari Jobe, Chicago, Da Truth, and John Legend, just to name a few. Additionally, he has gone on to manage countless corporate events as an Audio Engineer.

Anthony is currently the Stage Manager and Production Volunteer Coordinator for The Potter's House (Dallas campus) where he oversees a team of 20 production volunteers, and the flow and transition of Sunday services and special events such as Mega Fest, The International Pastor’s & Leadership Conference, and Woman Thou Art Loosed. Additionally, Anthony manages and operates an in-home studio, where he provides private recording sessions, consultation, and coaching. He also manages the annual Morgan Hill Blues Festival, in California. Most recently, he has been added to the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise production team, scheduled to set sail April 2018.

Shavina Taylor

Co-Founder

Shavina Taylor

A first-class entrepreneur, Peacock has been contributing to the well-being of since -- first as a Licensed Cosmetology Instructor/Stylist, and Certified Personal Stylist. In 2011, she co-founded Get Fit, Eat Smart, a Fitness + NEWtrition firm dedicated to providing the Accountability, Support and Action Steps that help women upgrade their ATTITUDES, their ABILITIES and develop the SKILLS they need to eat better, move more and make their health a priority.

Ultimately concerned with helping African-American women adopt the lifestyles they need to fend off preventable chronic disease, live longer and spend less on health care, Peacock's firm launched The Look Good, Feel Great (LGFG) Network. The primary strategy of the LGFG Network is to connect and collaborate with institutions valued by community members -- schools, churches, sororities, hair salons, etc.-- to advocate, educate, and increase access to culturally competent Fitness + NEWtrition strategies that address the modifiable behavioral factors for obesity:

  • Inactivity.
  • Unhealthy diet.
  • Social and economic issues.

As an educator, her successes include conducting a mix of academic, recreational and cultural workshops that emphasize easily achievable steps to better health for the students, parents, teachers, employees and community members of Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College, various Community Based Organizations (CBO) and countless Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs.

Peacock resides in Fort Worth, TX with her husband of 27 years, Taylor H. Taylor Jr. When she's not promoting and supporting change at the individual, family and the local levels, she's busy finding, fashioning, paving, and following her own path to better health.

Lisa Kosters

Certified Life Coach / Wellness Advocate

Lisa Kosters

Lisa Kosters is a Certified LIFE Coach and Wellness Advocate. She grew up in a small town in Central New York's Finger Lakes Region. Having the natural love for mechanical components, she excelled in Math & Science. In her senior year in High School, she took Heavy Equipment, Repair, and Operation for FUN! Yes, she even rebuilt a Diesel motor and drove bulldozers and backhoes.

Later in life, she chose a technical career path in college receiving a 4.0 GPA in Computer Systems and Network Technology based on Cisco Systems. In 2007, once she relocated to Texas she began working as a Network Project Manager at EDS/HP. Her life turned 180° 3+ years ago as she struggled with health issues medical doctors were not able to determine the root cause of it. She heard about Holistic/Alternative methods for healthcare and gave it a try. It was a totally different method compared to what she was used to from a western world mindset (Root Cause = Holistic vs. Symptoms = Western world).

She was astounded by how quickly her body responded by changing simple practices in her daily life. She started with food and then added dōTERRA’s CPTG Essential Oils for ailments. After continually seeing positive results, she started sharing her story, building tons of new friendships. As a result of this new direction the Lord placed on her life, she has started an “Oil Revelation”. Today she empowers families around the world “Getting Back to Basics” through home presentations and online training.

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Executive Directors

LaDonna & Joseph Vick

Computer science is foundational. Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Computer science concepts also help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills to prepare students for any future career. Computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best-paying, and now the largest sector of all new wages in the US. At LAJC, we want to give every child the opportunity to learn how to Code! This session is geared towards ages 10-17 years old, but adults are welcome.

LaDonna D. Vick received her Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne, California and in 2012, graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Masters in Public Administration from South University, Savannah, Georgia. Ms. Vick has over 20 years’ experience in educational programs for children and youth in the United States and abroad. Joseph Vick received his Bachelors of Science from the College of Engineering, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mr. Vick enjoys building and fixing computers, coding and designing homes.

Melissa Smith

Co-Founder

Melissa Smith

Melissa and Brad Smith are founders of Prepared and Defended, LLC, a self-defense company focused on providing training for women in the areas of safety, security and personal protection. Melissa became inspired to teach women’s self-defense after taking a local R.A.D. for Women Basic self-defense class.  She is passionate about helping women of all ages feel more confident and empowered. 

Melissa and Brad are certified in numerous basic and advanced courses within the R.A.D. System of Self-Defense.  Brad is also the President of Paul McCaghren and Associates, Inc., a Security Consulting and Investigations Company based in Dallas. 

Curtisha Grant

CEO / Founder

Curtisha Grant

Curtisha Grant is the CEO and Founder of S.T.A.R. Leadership Academy, a professional development based company. Curtisha, a proven and known educator, entrepreneur, and visionary, is also a nationally recognized leader with initiatives purposed to help strengthen the family unit through techniques that ensure career successes within diverse communities.

Her flagship program, S.T.A.R. (Simple Techniques Are Rewarding) Leadership Academy (S.T.A.R.), is an employment-preparedness and entrepreneurship-readiness leadership program inspired by her experiences as a corporate human resources specialist, as well as a parent, advocating for her special needs child. This initiative provides a full range of mock interview techniques and business acumen foundations designed to equip students and professionals with the fundamental skills needed to build confidence, dress for success and exercise personal accountability for every level of education or career standing. The academy curriculum has been proven to enhance confidence, strengthen social abilities and prepare clients for future career options.

Curtisha currently resides in Texas with her family and is the proud wife of Franklin Grant to whom she has been married for twenty-one years. Together they share the pleasure of parenting son, Ky’are, and daughter Shania

Martina Van Norden

Founder

Martina Van Norden

Martina Van Norden is an educational consultant, specializing in leadership development to public charter schools, faith-based organizations, and education agencies committed to developing effective school-based programs for students K-12. After almost a decade of classroom teaching serving urban populations in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, Maryland Public Schools systems, Martina transitioned into the non-profit sector to address educational inequity through economic and community development. Her passion for education and community development for low-income families led her to become an advocate for charter schools. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for North Texas Collegiate Academy, a charter school district meeting the diverse needs of economically disadvantaged and transitioning families in North Texas.

Martina founded the Center for Educational and Economic Development (CEED), a non-profit organization supporting secondary schools in the District of Columbia make available educational programs that achieve economic impact. Her work in school districts of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Texas offers valuable insight into the need for educational programs that create asset-building initiatives for students of economically disadvantaged families.

She is proud to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and author of The Edunia Experience: Master Teacher Lessons for Birthing Purpose (to be released spring 2018). The book has been written to help believers use principles of Godly purpose to become solutions to problems impacting the educational sector. She is wife to Dwayne Van Norden and mother of a blended family of five.

Angela Gilchrist

President

Angela Gilchrist

Angela is first a wife and mother with a strong faith in God. She loves encouraging people, specifically youth, to be their highest and best expression of themselves. Angela is a licensed Texas real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRT who has a passion to help educate families on the power of wealth through homeownership.

Angela R. Gilchrist is the new President of the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, NAREB Fort Worth. Angela is an entrepreneur, inventor and soon to be author who loves network marketing. Her authentic, warm personality is magnetic!

Dr. Hamaria Crockett

Managing Principal

Dr. Hamaria Crockett

Dr. Hamaria Crockett the managing principal of HRocks Consulting, LLC, has personally coached over 500 executives and entrepreneurs and has trained thousands more. She is also an award-winning author in the field of authentic leadership. As an executive coach, career services consultant, keynote speaker, and organizational consultant, Dr. Hamaria draws on a lifetime of personal experience. She is busy raising consciousness about the importance of a wholesome lifestyle – mind, body, and spirit, as an experienced consulting psychologist and human services educator. Dr. Hamaria received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and her Ph.D. from Capella University.

Valerie Gill

"The Scholarship Lady"

Valerie Gill

Valerie Gill is affectionately known as “The Scholarship Lady”. She has worked with students since 2011 assisting them with PSAT Prep/Creating their Educational Resume/Setting up their College Board Account and College Grid/Working on Scholarships/Applying to college before they walk through the door as a senior in high school, etc.  Valerie has a successful track record of assisting dedicated students in gaining acceptance letters and applying for as much scholarship funding for college as they need.

Previously employed by MISD, 2010 – 2013, as Bookkeeper at Mansfield High School, Valerie has continued to assist more than 1000 students through the transition from middle school to high school and high school to college.  With students receiving acceptance letters as early as September & October of their Senior Year. In terms of scholarship funding, Valerie starts with students as young as 13 years of age.

While the cost of education is skyrocketing, her services are welcomed by parents and her passion and concern for assisting students on their journey to their future are very important to her. Valerie is committed to assuring that students receive as much financial funding as they possibly can.

Cedric Spencer

Manager of Engagement Production Information & Connection, TPHFW

Cedric Spencer

Cedric has worked in technology for over 20 years. He began his career in the U.S. Navy and continued his development at Southern Methodist University's School of Engineering.

Cedric envisioned E.P.I.C. as a department and ministry of TPHFW that would be an intersection between technology, ministry, and lives with a dynamic and multi-disciplinary focus.

Cedric's mantra is "Be the solution you want to see". He has a passion for seeing others interact with technology in a way that empowers them and further enables their unique God-given purpose.

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retired NBA professional basketball player

Sam Perkins

Sam Perkins is a retired NBA professional basketball player, also known by the nicknames "Sleepy Sam" and "Big Smooth." He attended and graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina, won an NCAA championship in 1982 against Georgetown, was a Gold Medal winner at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He then played in the NBA from 1984 to 2002. Drafted 1st round 4th overall behind Michael Jordan by the Dallas Mavericks and made the all-rookie team. Sam Played 6 seasons with the Mavs avg. 17.7pts. a game and moved on as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991.

He played alongside  Magic Johnson and ex-teammate James Worthy. Played 4 seasons in LA avg.16.6 pts ...went to the finals in 1991 against the Chicago Bulls Played 6 seasons with the Seattle Supersonics went to NBA Finals 1996 and retired with the Indiana Pacers coached by Larry Bird in 2000 & went to NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sam became Vice President of Player Development in 2007 and currently a Consultant with the NBA with Marketing & Events and is a Board Member of the Retired Players Association. He is a global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and is a Board Member of Directors for Special Olympics. Also Currently Polemarch of the Ft Worth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Tiffany Fulcher

Mompreneur, Speaker, and Business Coach

Tiffany Fulcher

Tiffany is devoted to encouraging women to build profitable businesses while leading purposeful lives. She is the CEO and founder of Tiffany Fulcher Enterprise and Momspace -an online business community created to educate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial moms and their kids.

As a mompreneur, Tiffany dedicates her time to encouraging other women to live out their passions and desires while utilizing their God-given gifts. She believes we all have a right to greatness if we just reach down deep enough within, we will find that it's always been right there.

Tiffany is inspired by her family, her husband Fred, 2 daughters Sydnei and Symone and son Trey.

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A true lover of the simple things in life and a world traveler

Sherilyn Smith-Rudolph

Sherilyn has over 20 years of experience in marketing, advertising, promotions, and full-service events. Before joining Hudson Rouge, Sherilyn was an entrepreneur and serviced General Motors and its Family of Brands along with CVS, Pernod Ricard, Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler.

Sherilyn brings a unique blend of expertise in strategic planning and marketing combined with relentless energy and creativity to every opportunity.

Apryl Moore Beasley

Wife, Mom, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Financial Coach

Apryl Moore-Beasley

Apryl believes that it is never too early for children to learn the traits of entrepreneurship and financial responsibility.

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Communicator, Growth Developer, and Certified Educator

Amanda Hobaish

Amanda Hobaish is an energetic communicator, growth developer, and certified educator with over 10 years of experience both in and outside the classroom. Her passion has taken her to schools, churches, and communities in efforts to educate, develop, and inspire students to attain their fullest potential. In addition to being a certified teacher, she has over 13 years of ministry experience as a Children’s director, Jr. High pastor, mentor, and motivational speaker. Today, Amanda uses her diverse background and seasoned insight, to help develop the educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of this generation. Her desire is to awaken self-awareness and help students take initiative in their life’s journey.

This Academic Awareness workshop is designed with the purpose to promote student and parental insight, by revealing key academic strategies, testing strategies, and readiness skills needed for optimal student success. The objective is to create an environment where students and parents can acquire information that will set them up for success both in and outside the classroom and leave inspired to become a life learner.

Apryl believes that it is never too early for children to learn the traits of entrepreneurship and financial responsibility.

John Wylie

Social Media e-vangelist

John Wylie

believes in using every resource available to make Jesus famous. He has experience coaching and mentoring power-packed individuals and churches in how to effectively leverage social media to share the gospel. With well over 15 years of hands-on experience, John is passionate about equipping others with the tools and knowledge he's acquired.

John has directly influenced people to effectively share their stories with millions of people online. From his personal platforms reaching over 100,000 people daily, to non-profits, mega-churches and influential pastors and leaders.

  • Additional Speakers Include:

    Chef Julia Dunaway:

     Chef Julia Dunaway has been cooking since she was twelve years old and made family meals when her parents worked in the evening. She always loved to cook and prepared meals for her own family and friends until she decided to turn her love of cooking into more than a hobby. She enrolled in the Culinary School of Fort Worth after her youngest child entered college in 2008 and graduated with honors in December 2009. She received the Texas Chefs Association Student of the Year award in 2009. Chef Julia kept a blog about her culinary school experience, “Culinary School Chronicles” at www.chefjulia.blogspot.com. She continues to write about her current business, Chef Julia Personal Chef Services, and her travels.

    Julia is currently a member of the American Culinary Federation and on the board of the Texas Chefs Association, Fort Worth Chapter. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Japanese Society. She donates her time to community events such as the Azle Taste Tour and Chef’s Holiday Pantry, Cuisine for Healing, Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival fundraisers and other charitable events. She enjoys in-home catering events such as dinner parties, cooking classes or special occasion dinners. Her cooking companions are her three boxers, Kuma Bear, Mochi, and Taro.

     

    Patrice Greer

     

    and participating in our Sports & Education panel discussion:

    • Marcus Newsome (Founder of All In One Sports)
    • Breon Dennis (Texas Rangers/Rough Riders of Frisco) 
    • Greg Sholars (former TCU track star)
    • Jon Drummond (former Olympian track & field)
    • Ron Forrest (Head Coach FAST/TCU/Jr. World Championship Swimmer)
    • Jason Fox (former NFL player)

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