Motivational Speaker & Best Selling Author
As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is highly sought after for motivating the masses and expanding opportunity. For decades he’s strived to master the science of achievement by interviewing hundreds of leading authorities and collaborating with CEOs, nonprofits, and businesses thus creating measurable results for clients. Revered as an icon by his colleagues, Brown received the National Speakers Association coveted Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE), and ultimately, its most prestigious Golden Gavel Award for achievement and leadership in communication. Toastmasters International also voted him one of the Top Five Outstanding Speakers worldwide. In elementary school little Les Brown was mistakenly declared mentally retarded. However, his tenacity and belief in his ability unleashed a course of amazing achievements from sanitation worker to broadcast station manager, political commentator and multi-term state representative in Ohio. As a premier Keynote Speaker and leading authority on achievement for audiences as large as 80,000 from Denmark to Dubai, Canada to the Caribbean legions of admirers flock to stadiums to hear a man who never stops believing that with proper guidance and training you can begin achieving the things you desire now. www.lesbrown.com
Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett is a national award-winning psychologist, professor, and leading expert on anxiety disorders among African Americans. The first Black woman to be tenured and promoted to the rank of professor in the Kent State University Department of Psychological Sciences, she directs the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans. Dr. Barnett's work focuses on helping Black women and girls overcome anxiety and fear. She is the recipient of numerous federal, state and foundation including grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Women's Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and Ohio Commission on Minority Health Dr. Neal-Barnett is the architect and developer of the Build You Own Theme Song App© and the author of Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman's Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic and Fear (Fireside/Simon and Schuster). An international workshop presenter and speaker, her work has been featured on CNN, NPR, Fox, BET, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show as well is in Health magazine, Working Mother, Essence, Ebony, and the New York Times.
Debra Van Kallen
Debra Van Kallen of Skin Couture discovered an affinity for skincare through her own
personal experience with teenage problematic skin. Determined to accentuate attainable beauty for all individuals, she fine-tuned her expertise in every aspect of preventative skin care. Today she is a Esthetician, Instructor and Consultant. Debra's practice highlights work with Los Angeles based day resorts and a few of L.A.'s top dermatologists. The definitive direction of Debra Van Kallen's talent not only begins here. She is also L.A.'s newest forerunner in the art of body waxing and eyebrow grooming. Debra is ruthless in her meticulous attention to the brow. Like a painter at the canvas she waxes, tweezes and shapes the arch into a chic personal statement. The eyebrows are the frame of the picture and Debra Van Kallen's magical hands sculpt an image of perfection. Over 17 years experience has imparted Debra Van Kallen with a passionate dedication to educate her clientele on the impact of their personalized skin regimes and her philosophy on skincare, "Your skin is with you your entire life - you must understand and nurture it through the hands of time." www.skincouture.net
Sequoia Blodgett spent the bulk of her professional career as a producer/director, focused on music videos, commercials, and branded content, working with top pop artists and international brands.
She went to Film School at Loyola Marymount, oneofLAs best-kept secrets. After graduating, she went on to work in the entertainment industry as mainly a music video director. In addition to that, she produced and directed commercials and shot photography focusing on beauty and fashion.
Within the last few years, she moved to Silicon Valley and dove, head first, into the tech startup scene.
She went through a boot camp called Draper University, started a media and tech company, made friends with her first investor, legendary VC Tim Draper, co-starred on a startup TV show on ABC Family and started creating content around tech for a national publication. Recently, she created a cool entrepreneurship and tech community called, Commas. She is currently the Tech Editor for Black Enterprise. www.sequoiab.com
Traci Williams, Ph.D.
Traci Williams, Ph.D., Integrative Esthetician of Beverly Hills, California has always been on the cutting edge of esthetics, as she developed the Alternative Acne Therapy training protocol in 1990. After studying Health Science at a local university she received her Ph.D. in holistic nutrition through Clayton College of Natural Health. She studied three years of TCM Integrative Medicine at a local University and has developed an online training program for Integrative Esthetics.
Traci appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and numerous morning TV talk shows and news segments revealing innovative beauty and wellness tips.
DeLord Skincare, Traci’s skincare line has been endorsed by celebrities, in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Essence, Heart and Soul, and a host of other national beauty and lifestyle magazines. As a health and beauty writer, her articles have been published in Life After50 and Dermascope, The Encyclopedia of Skin.
Traci is presently practicing in Beverly Hills, CA, where she continues to train licensed estheticians in advanced post-graduate holistic and integrative esthetics. In addition, Traci is a consultant in skincare product line formulations and spa development.
Her educational credits include a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, and her certifications and licenses include esthetician and electroencephalography. www.drtraciwilliams.com
Amanda "Mandy" Harris-Williams
Mandy Harris-Williams is a theorist, conceptual artist, writer, educator and blogger, and the Director of #BrownUpYourFeed. She goes by the handle of “idealblackfemale.” Mandy uses social media as a tool to discuss, provoke and display her feelings about race, colorism and black women in today’s society. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured at Paula Cooper Gallery, Navel Gallery, and Women's Center for Creative Work. She has contributed writing work to MEL magazine, ForHarriet, and The Grio and is a frequent radio and podcast guest.