Guest Panelists

Leandra Wilkerson - Moderator & Host

Leandra Wilkerson is an Actress, Model, Food Blogger, and Entrepreneur for Financial Literacy Awareness. She has a diverse background working in the corporate world as well as working for herself. Leandra Wilkerson is teaching young men and women to start their own businesses and become more financially independent. Also in her spare time she volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the nonprofit organization Lantern.

Ashley Gravano


Kristin Trotta - Recording Artist

Your drive creates your reality.
Kristin Trotta is a Boston native who moved to NYC 14 years ago to study and make music her career. She is a multi-faceted musician and dynamic performer with 16 years of experience in professional performances, marketing and social media to name a few. She is passionate, engaging and has enough energy to fill the room. Her most recent project is ‘The Kristin Trotta Wedding Band’, which has already had several engagements in the NYC and Boston city areas..
An avid teacher, she has provided guidance to many up and coming singers and musicians in New York City and groomed them in performing, in studio recordings and technique and presentation. She is a 2007 graduate of New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Music program with a BFA in Jazz Vocal Performance. Kristin is also a professionally-trained pianist.
In her free time she enjoys working out and meeting new people. She is currently working on a crowdfunding campaign for her debut album, which is slated to come out at the end of August.
Check out her work at cargocollective.com/kristintrottamusic.

Tiy Hampton - Creative Entrepreneur & Radio Personality

Tiy Hampton is a creative entrepreneur with ForTheLovers.com as her first project. Tiy co-hosts as a #JackiesAngel on the The Party and Bullshit Show, Event curates with events as The Women Empowerment Entrepreneur Brunch. Relationship & Lifestyle journalist, Event Host (Allhiphop.com & The Source Magazine, 'SOURCE360 Music, Art & Culture Expo'), Media Coordinator (ThisWayOnBay.com Street Online & Print Magazine), and consultant. Brooklyn College Class of 2014: Broadcast Journalism Major. 

Adriana Davis - Producer, Editor, Voice Actor, Coach & Director

 Adriana Davis has worked in film, television and radio as a producer, writer, editor and voice-over artist since 1991. After working as a field producer and assignment desk editor for electronic newsgathering houses (NETWORK VIDEO SERVICES), production companies (BROADCAST NEWS NETWORKS, CAMERA PLANET) and cable and broadcast networks (A&E, HISTORY CHANNEL, CNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, COURT TV, ESPN, BET) she founded D-Squared Media in 1995. A full-service production company,
D-Squared Media offers corporate clients producing, editing, scripting, voice-over and online media services. In addition to establishing and growing her production company, Ms. Davis has also produced, written and edited several independent documentaries, feature films and radio programming. 


Adriana is a frequent panel guest at independent filmmaking seminars and has taught voice acting for commercials and corporate videos to hundreds of students privately and at workshops for over 18 years.

Keira Ingram - Real Estate Broker & Owner of AOC Realty

Keira Ingram is known as the Real Estate Queenpin.  She is the broker and Owner of AOC Real Estate which is an investor friendly real estate brokerage with fifteen agents in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia.  


She has over eleven years of experience as a real estate professional assisting investors and retail clients in buying and selling properties.  She is a mentor, coach, cheerleader, and deal saver to her agents as well as a priceless resource and asset to her clients.  Keira  and her team are passionate about the needs and goals of each client. They also give back to the communities they serve by volunteering, conducting free home ownership and investment workshops, and more.  As a wife, mother, minister, real estate professional, and community leader she has a packed schedule but always finds time for her family, team, and clients. 


​Keira is extremely excited about participating as a panelist/speaker at We Rise To Inspire because she feels that there are not enough women sharing information, resources, and mentorship.  She feels that it is the responsibility of each successful woman to share the truth about the trials and triumphs of business with other women who are trying to get to a new level in business, entrepreneurship, and life.  

Tamra Simmons - CEO of The TSBA Brand Agency Music & Entertainment Publicist | Business Consultant | Talent Agent | Creative Director | TV & Indie Film Producer

Luxury branding and entertainment executive, Tamra Simmons is on the fast trail to earning her place among iconic media moguls. In 2011, Simmons introduced dynamic and aggressive methods of marketing that essentially gave her first company, Revitalized Marketing Group an ineluctable presence in and outside the digital space. RMG’s rapid growth and over the top service made Simmons on of the most sought-after marketers from Miami to Dubai. Implementing powerful influencer strategies, Simmons’ focus across departmental lines began shaping something greater that ROI at a time when return on investment was the key focus of the market. With consistent monitoring of social media markets and tech trends, Simmons vastly found her company ranking at the height of industry leaders as she introduced a powerful new currency now widely recognized as ROR or return on relationships. Cultivating healthy relationships around the globe, Simmons’ premiere start-up, RMG was expanding honorably to meet client’s needs. In less than 24 months their dashboard included market research, data analysis, media training, branding, crisis management, and bleeding edge content creation. By summer 2012, Simmons’ personal brand had become a trendsetting powerhouse. RMG was among the first to initiate insight as-a-service with consistent monthly reporting to ensure consistency, effectiveness, and success of client businesses. Leaving nothing to chance, Simmons went a step further by educating clients personnel to establish and maintain ambassador networks across key social media sites. Interested in her ideas, clients and other national media professionals are now bidding for creative direction from this stylish marketing expert that is stretching her dynamic abilities across the U.S. Her stock is rising by the hour and investors are standing at the threshold of her door. Embracing the plenteous God has placed before her; Simmons amplified her service stacks and launched an international firm, The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency under which she provides a prestigious pool of services, and a transparent bridge between major networks and opportunities for talent. Simmons is currently operating in her passion, developing and structuring television programming. Through the TSB Agency, Tamra continues to diversify her professional portfolio, Simmons is brokering deals with investors and developers in luxury real estate. Implementing her professional foresight, Simmons’ expansive operation is a gem in the recruitment industry and beyond. As a Talent Agent/Director, TV Producer, and Casting Director secures opportunities for actors, authors, film directors/producers, musicians, models, professional athletes, writers, screenwriters, broadcast journalists, and many other roles throughout entertainment and broadcast media. Simmons is a Producer for reality shows such as Growing Up Hip-Hop, Mary Mary and casting producer for major brands. Expanding in markets from software to fashion, Simmons is irrefutably molding her status as an industry trailblazer. Tamra Simmons has been featured in Impact Magazine, receiving the 2017 Impact Award for being among the “Top 50 Influential Women in the Industry”, featured in Polish Magazine (2016), Black Business Women Rock Newsletter (2017), and now Empower Magazine (2017). Simmons is nowhere near finished. She is coming from behind the scenes as she debuts her newest project “The BABE” (Building a Business Easily), a business consulting experience that will take business leaders to the next level. It teaches start-ups, existing brands, non-profits etc. how to build a business easily! Successful in her own right she lays the blueprint out on how to get it done thru various seminars, speaking platforms, workshops leaving you with a special gift of business essentials.  

Joan Michelson - Green Connection Media & Podcast Host

Joan Bryna Michelson. MBA is an award-winning, creative, business and communications leader, public speaker and reporter/producer, focused on the clean energy-sustainability sector and on advancement of women. As CEO of Green Connections Media™, Joan produces and hosts the acclaimed podcast Green Connections Radio™ (GCR) and consults with Fortune 500, Inc. 500/5000, government agencies and non-profits on communications, marketing, sustainability, diversity, and leadership issues. 


GCR was chosen in 2015 by USA Today as one of the top six podcasts especially for business travelers for its engaging and informative interviews with high-performing innovators and leaders – featuring mostly women. Joan also has a blog on the Huffington Post and has been published in numerous media, including: TheAtlantic.com (e.g., on the dearth of women in energy), The Washington Post, The New Economy, Life & Style magazine, Greenbiz, WTOP, and a column on leadership and gender for a regional business journal chain, as well as on newsmagazine shows, including CBS’ “60 Minutes,” ABC, and “The Crusaders” on NBC.


Committed to advancing women’s careers, Joan actively promotes the visibility of women leaders in her consulting work and as a dynamic public speaker. As an interesting aside, Joan’s great-great aunt Miriam Michelson was a reporter, and one of the foremost interviewers of Susan B. Anthony, who literally kept the women’s suffrage movement on the front page. Joan is writing the foreward to a forthcoming book by a prominent historian on Miriam due out in late 2017.


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Joan is excited to participate in the We Rise to Inspire conference because she is always enthusiastic about inspiring women to pursue their aspirations, and to do so fearlessly and creatively. 


Tanisha Middleton - Media Personality, Licensed Optician, & Frame Stylist

Mother, Media Personality, Optician & Frame Stylist, Tanisha Middleton is a native new Yorker, who aspires to make a huge difference in the community. Tanisha at the age of 18 found herself in the optical industry. After 8 years of outstanding community service, sales experience alongside her Optician Certification, she KNEW it was time to invest in herself. 


In June 2015, she opened her very own Online Optical Boutique, “Framed By Tee Tee”. Three years later, it remains a success and one of Staten Island’s most popular brands. Tanisha may have first hit internet retailing, but it was her Video Diaries that open the Segway for her Women Empowerment movement.


Tanisha Video Diary is a YouTube series that she released October 16’ and has been a sensation ever since. She speaks of previous relationships, truths about being a single mother, and exploration of vigorous world of dating. The diary is a motivational video that exposes her rarest moments and what she perceives to be the most vital to our growth as individuals as well as continuing to empower women all over the word.


Roxanne Roxanne - Owner of BBox Radio

Roxanne Roxanne, a first generation American to Jamaica parents is the self proclaimed, "Goddess Of Brooklyn."  Roxanne started doing radio in 2013 after answering an advertisement placed on FaceBook, looking for a cohost to share the stage on a sex talk internet radio show.  That stint was short lived, as Roxanne grew weary with the content and limitations, and this is how Roxanne Roxanne was birthed. Roxanne has a show called "Roxanne Roxanne" which takes place every Saturday from 5-6pm.  Her show is comprised of 4 segments (Roxanne's Rant, Ask Roxy, Roxanity, and Roxanne's Roundtable).  

Roxanne Roxanne brings you latest in news information from around the world as well as informational conversations on a variety of subjects. With guests ranging from entertainers to political figures, health gurus, community activists and on and on, you never know what you'll get from week to week, but it’s always just what you needed.

Not only does Roxanne host her own radio show, she has hosted countless events and is now the new owner/station manager of BBOX Radio where the focus is to "Fall In Love With Radio Again." Roxanne also has her bachelors degree in Speech, Hearing and Communication with a minor in Early Childhood.  She plans to obtaining her masters degree in the near future and works with children with developmental delays.

Roxanne is just beginning her journey for there is much more to come!!!!

Lisa A. Corrente, MD - Radiologist

Lisa A. Corrente, MD, is a Distinguished Radiologist with Park Place Medical Imaging in New York. A board certified radiologist, Dr. Lisa A. Corrente has been practicing for nearly 12 years and has accrued an impressive expertise in diagnostic radiology, MRI, and musculoskeletal imaging. Currently, Dr. Corrente serves in multiple roles, i.e. Team Physician for the Brooklyn Bolts Football Team in Brooklyn, New York, since 2014, President/CEO, at Park Place Teleradiology PC in New York since 2013, President and Medical Director at Restore Wellness Medical Practice PC since December 2013, President and Medical Director of Park Place Medical Imaging PC in New York, New York since 2012, and Diagnostic Radiologist at Stand Up MRI at multiple locations since 2011. At Park Place Medical Imaging PC she provides various services, including MRI, ultrasound, radiography, CT, and fluoroscopy.

Tamara Bubble - Singer Creator / Host of Bubble On Deck

Picture the ultimate blend of Pop, R&B, Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop. Music that defies genre. Delivered with raw vocals and heartfelt emotion, Tamara Bubble creates timeless hits that will be around for years to come. Tamara has appeared in the Boston Globe and on NBC TV and is also the creator / host of her interactive TV show “U gon Get Got” and video podcast “Bubble On Deck”. She’s also opened for some major acts including Lil Mo, Joell Ortiz, Cassidy, Snootie Wild, Yo Gotti, Young Thug and more as well as performed at the A3C hip hop festival, iMusic Festival, Southport Spring Festival and Apollo Theatre . Her music has charted on the independent radio charts and the top 200 and she’s back with a brand new single “You Really Want Money” that’s sure to garner some mainstream buzz prior to releasing her highly anticipated project “Your Favorite Rapper is a Girl” later this year. Tune in and turn up … #BubbleOnDeck!Tamara Bubble is now a Spotify “verified” artist and is also a six time All-Star Award nominee and winner of “Album of the Year” for her Living It Up (EP) as well as Underground Music Award nominee for “Female Rapper of the Year”. 

Tanya Valle - Certified Professional Coach & Mentor

Tanya Valle believes in following her curiosity. She's been a television news reporter, press secretary in NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Administration, Fortune 50 company executive, and a public relations business owner. And a zookeeper in her 20s. She pursues work that interests her and follows her own rules. 


Tanya is a Certified Professional Coach. She provides intergrated coaching services for professionals that include Mindfulness, media and communications training. She holds an MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY. Tanya is a proud member of BizzyChicks.org, and on the Board of Directors of Ancient History Encyclopedia, and The India Group.


Tanya was born and raised in New York City and still lives here. Some of the things she loves to do are roller dance skating, traveling the globe, and reading lots of books. She enjoys life and look for lessons and opportunities to grow personally and spiritually, and to help others do the same.

Chairidee "Ms. Mogul" Smith - Business & Real Estate Advisor & Radio Personality

In today's episode Michelle and Marcus speak with Chairidee Smith also known as Ms. Mogul™ is a Realtor®, business leader, visionary, entrepreneur, and media personality with 15 years of business and leadership successes in the Houston market and national business and women's empowerment scene.


 She is the Founder of Girls Global Leadership Day, ROAR! Women's Network and global leadership summit, Fueling Houston's Small Businesses; Growing Houston's Economy, an annual procurement summit for small businesses contracting with The City of Houston, Metro, The Port of Houston, Small Business Administration.

Alexa Leighton - Media Personality, Host & Journalist


Nancy Halpern - Leadership Coach

Nancy Halpern is a nationally recognized leadership consultant who facilitates high impact off sites and coaches executives aspiring to the C Suite. Her client list, cutting across industries and functions, reflects her adaptability and love of business. They range from the Fortune 500 to hedge funds to retail start ups. Nancy has been interviewed by The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, ABC News, The PBS News Hour and Marketplace on National Public Radio.  

Robbyne Kaamil -TV Executive Producer & Children's book Author

Comedian, author, actress, vocalist, radio personality and advice diva are all hats worn by the versatile Ms. Robbyne Kaamil.  Robbyne’s sassy style has landed her appearances on The Howard Stern Show and numerous other radio and television shows across the country including Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, WPIX Morning News.  She became a favorite featured celebrity on HERE TV.  She was regularly featured on their shows – Threesome, Year in Review, the Sherry Vine Show – She’s Living for This. As an actress she has graced the silver screen in several popular independent films including: Bear City:  The Movie and Violet Tendencies starring Mindy Cohn of “Facts of Life”.  She also had a recurring role in the long running off-Broadway production, My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Robbyne’s rich gospel influenced vocals have graced many dance club hits including: the Tweek’d Records release Now U Left Me which reached the Top Ten on several international dance music charts, What’s a Girl to Do released on Twisted Records and Free to Love which was featured on Centaur Music’s Gay Days CD Vol. 6.  She wrote the song, Let the Girl Go: Free Lolita, which raised awareness about an orca being held captive at the Miami Seaquarium. Robbyne is the Official Relationship Expert for Playgirl.  Her advice column, “Dear Diva” appears monthly in Australia’s DNA Magazine.  Robbyne has also been featured as a relationship expert in Essence Magazine and on East Village Radio, Sirius Radio, Clear Channel 98 Rock’s Morning Show and CBS Radio – Baltimore. In 2015 she became the Executive Producer of the PBS television show, Urban Animals.  Robbyne is a passionate animal rights activist and has written several award winning public service announcements for PETA which ran on FOX, ABC and BOUNCE television affiliates nationwide. Her children’s book Saving Benjamin and Food for Alex were published this year.  Both books encourage social responsibility and community involvement. She has also served as the Executive Producer on several independent films. 

KeKe Simot - Publisher of Curvy Revolution

After 17 years, Keke is now a retired web developer and digital marketing executive turned publisher and content producer. As founder and editor of Curvy Revolution (launched in 2009) Keke produces multimedia content and events for women. Curvy Revolution is a women's life and style movement dedicated to diversity and inclusion covering fashion, beauty, luxury homes, food/spirits, travel and entertainment through blogs, video content, social media content, and a e-magazine called CURVY. CURVY is a new e-publication launched January 2017. In just 3 issues CURVY now has over 250,000 unique readers who spend on average of 15:32 mm:ss in the publication with a combined social media following of over 700,000. Keke has personally been blogging for the last seven years and has worked with many brands including Redbull, Covergirl, Olay, Macy's, Forever 21, Spanx, 20th Century FOX, ABC, Target, Tropicana, Revlon, Lord and Taylor, Bare Necessities, VH1, Payless, Puma, and many more. Editor, Influencer, award winning event producer but being a wife and a champion for women is what Keke is most proud of.


Keke currently hosts the Curvy Show on air every Tuesday from 8-10PM EST live in New York City on King & Queen Radio 93.5FM, BrooklynStation.com, Ustream, and the TuneIn App. The show is syndicated next day on itunes, googleplay, blogtalkradio, stitcher, and soundcloud.

Linda Pliagas - Publisher of Realty 411 & Wealth Magazine

Linda Pliagas is the publisher/owner and media/marketing maverick for Realty411 Magazine (reWealth is their alternate cover). The publication reaches real estate investors and real estate professionals. They produce expos around the country and publish CashFlow Express, which is a financial newspaper.
Pliagas is a former veteran journalist for a variety of national magazines, newspapers and online news sites. My areas of specialty include: business, personal finance, lifestyle, celebrity interviews, real estate, personal growth, financial news and real estate marketing. She is a current and active real estate investor, and has owned properties in five states and understand the power of real estate. Pliagas been a licensed real estate agent in California for the past 11 years.


Linda Pliagas has studied and worked in both media and real estate for nearly twenty years. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She was a recipient of the Bobit Magazine Scholarship for her accomplishment in publishing her first national magazine while still at CSULB in 1993. Her first national publication, distributed into bookstores across the country, gave her a national spotlight and forum at the age of 25.  She was featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Santa Monica News, among others.


She began her realty career 17 years ago as a broker’s assistant to a young broker who became a multimillionaire by age 29 fixing and flipping homes. When they worked together, he was a seminar devotee and took educational training around the nation with some of the greatest masters in the industry, many who are now featured in this publication! She kept a close ear to his teachings, obtained her real estate license, and began to focus more on the investing side of the real estate industry.  Soon, Linda began to help her family, friends and colleagues also invest in rental properties, particularly out of state. Linda has been a licensed real estate agent for over 16 years.


A journalist since the age of 18, Linda Pliagas has also worked and freelanced for numerous national magazines, local newspapers and online news websites.


 

Judy Sahagian - Founder & President of Judy Networks

Judy Sahagian is the Founder & President of Judy Networks, a full-service real estate events firm catering to the needs of industry professionals. In working with real estate’s leaders, the firm delivers customized campaigns incorporating social media, technology, events and publicity personalized to meet each client’s individual goals. 


A veteran of the real estate industry, Judy Sahagian commands a nationwide network of key contacts. Throughout her career, networking and referrals have laid the foundation for Judy’s thriving success. In 2009, Judy signed on with Green Pearl Events, where she assisted the company in its transition from casual industry events to a conference and media powerhouse. She worked alongside Ryan Slack, GreenPearl’s CEO and also founding CEO of  PropertyShark.com, and became an expert in the areas of event production, planning, sales, and successful image and brand management. Judy has now produced and consulted for hundreds of events and conferences such as ICSC & CCIM.


Top ranked real estate professionals have now come to depend on Judy to consult and gain insight in developing professional relationships. Ultimately, the common denominator in all of Judy’s dealings is good old fashioned deal making as she has come to be known for facilitating business for her clients.


Judy works directly with Douglas Elliman’s Chairman, Faith Hope Consolo – the number one retail real estate broker in the United States. Under the direction of Ms. Consolo, Judy has gained an in-depth understanding of the other side of the business, further strengthening her market reach as a real estate professional. In 2013 Judy Sahagian became the chairman of communications of CCIM NY Metro chapter. With a Who’s Who list of solid industry contacts, Judy Sahagian has become the “go-to” person for networking, events and deal making 

throughout the real estate industry.

Kacey Cardin - Life & Business Coach

Kacey is a Life, Leadership, & Business Coach, as well as a Creative Multipreneur.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and Accomplishment Coaching, I currently serve as a Mentor Coach and with Accomplishment Coaching while also maintaining a private coaching practice and traveling the globe as an opera/cabaret singer and writer/producer.  

 

Her clients can be found in your living room on your television screen, in executive offices of companies including Etsy, Disney, and some of NYC's top finance firms, and behind the creative visions of some of NYC's most popular restaurants, theatrical productions, operas, and orchestras.  She specializes in working with entrepreneurs, creative spirits, brilliant minds, hidden talents, and anyone who is ready to live a more powerful and fully-expressed life.

 

Maybe you've got the "perfect life" but want more and can't really explain that to anyone else.   Or are you a "hidden CEO", a diva who hasn't been seen or heard, or a brilliant badass... with a chip on your shoulder?    Maybe you're handling a whole lot and just need some freakin' support already!  Her clients love coaching for a multitude of reasons, and they create some wildly unpredictable results, above and beyond what they came for.  

 

What will you create?

Leonet Outlaw


Ilene Carol- Publisher of Men's & Women in Career Magazine & Media


Monica Link - Founder of Link 4 Productions | Editor of NYC Wired

Monica is a Tech / Fashion writer + editor, performer and entrepreneur. Monica is skilled in Marketing & Publication. Monica  believes in living her dreams and helping others do the same. It’s time to get inspired, get motivated and get off the couch! 

Michelle Gershfeld, Esq. - Debt Settlement & Bankruptcy Attorney

Michelle Gershfeld is a debt settlement and bankruptcy attorney who negotiates resolutions between clients and their creditors. Initially, she practiced law with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. She practiced bankruptcy law as counsel to a chapter 7 trustee for over 27 years at Kittay & Gershfeld. Gershfeld has 25+ years of bankruptcy and consumer debt experience which provides her clients with strong analytical and negotiating skills. Subsequently, this year Michelle opened her own law firm, Law Offices of Michelle Gershfeld. She says, “The experience of being on my own has been incredible.”


Michelle has been working with investor clients, buying and selling distressed properties, as real estate counsel. The rest of her time she spends working with individual and corporate clients who are financially distressed. Gershfeld is also a personal finance coach who advises people who are in debt, or building wealth, by identifying and overcoming obstacles that lie in their path to securing worry-free, financial wellness. While I practice bankruptcy law, I look at bankruptcy as a very extreme measure and a last resort, focusing on other creative ways to assist my clients and their creditors.   


Her specialties include: Debt Settlement, Bankruptcy Attorney, Consumer Debt Relief, Personal Financial Planning, Financial Advice, Money Management, Financial Strategist, Personal Finance, Consumer Credit Counseling, Debt Relief, Credit Card Management    

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 Why I am excited to participate: I am excited to participate in this event as my passion is to empower women. Financial education is widely lacking in our society, while financial traps are increasingly growing, causing hardship and stress. I have many messages I would like to share, some which may seem basic, but all of will provide solid guidance to attendees. Sharing my knowledge in a “no shame, no blame” environment, allowing people to ask questions and being able to provide solid and truthful answers seems like a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  

Dawn Del Russo Fashion Stylist & Lifestyle Expert TV Personality Founder Bella Dawn & LiveTheGlamour.com

Dawn Del Russo is an author and on-air TV style expert seen on Access Hollywood Live, Meredith Vieira, Extra TV, E News!, Glamour Mag Show Dress To Kill  and in print Vogue Italia,  InStyle, Cosmo, Real Simple, Life & Style and US Weekly. She is NY’s 95.5 PLJ resident “What to Wear Weather” girl in the mornings.​Dawn is a social media sweetheart and can be found chatting about fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle her Youtube channel,Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.   She attributes her designer taste from travel abroad while seeking unique pieces for her belladawn.com clients and Live The Glamour.com.  As a new reiki master she has exponentially increased her success by combining her passion for business and a mindful lifestyle.  

Nakia Sanford - Former WNBA Professional Basketball Player & Financial Advisor


Sherrilyn Mikus - Former WNBA Professional Basketball Player and Regional Director of Health Fitness Gym


Shoshanna Gleich - Writer, Director, & Actress

Comedian, author, actress, vocalist, radio personality and advice diva are all hats worn by the versatile Ms. Robbyne Kaamil.  Robbyne’s sassy style has landed her appearances on The Howard Stern Show and numerous other radio and television shows across the country including Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, WPIX Morning News.  She became a favorite featured celebrity on HERE TV.  She was regularly featured on their shows – Threesome, Year in Review, the Sherry Vine Show – She’s Living for This. As an actress she has graced the silver screen in several popular independent films including: Bear City:  The Movie and Violet Tendencies starring Mindy Cohn of “Facts of Life”.  She also had a recurring role in the long running off-Broadway production, My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Robbyne’s rich gospel influenced vocals have graced many dance club hits including: the Tweek’d Records release Now U Left Me which reached the Top Ten on several international dance music charts, What’s a Girl to Do released on Twisted Records and Free to Love which was featured on Centaur Music’s Gay Days CD Vol. 6.  She wrote the song, Let the Girl Go: Free Lolita, which raised awareness about an orca being held captive at the Miami Seaquarium. Robbyne is the Official Relationship Expert for Playgirl.  Her advice column, “Dear Diva” appears monthly in Australia’s DNA Magazine.  Robbyne has also been featured as a relationship expert in Essence Magazine and on East Village Radio, Sirius Radio, Clear Channel 98 Rock’s Morning Show and CBS Radio – Baltimore. In 2015 she became the Executive Producer of the PBS television show, Urban Animals.  Robbyne is a passionate animal rights activist and has written several award winning public service announcements for PETA which ran on FOX, ABC and BOUNCE television affiliates nationwide. Her children’s book Saving Benjamin and Food for Alex were published this year.  Both books encourage social responsibility and community involvement. She has also served as the Executive Producer on several independent films.  

Tanisha Laverne Grant - Entertainment Media Correspondent & Brand Ambassador

 Tanisha currently covers, produces, and distributes content across several online platforms, including but not limited to those affiliated with the syndicated BLACK IN AMERICA platform and NBG (National Black Guide). These platforms collectively have a billion visitors on their suite site and have emerged as one of the leading voices for the African American audience across several key demographics. Her skills as a savy, thought provoking entertainment journalist with the ability to ask well crafted questions has made her a favorite among the HOLLYWOOD ELITE and an asset to organizations looking to disseminate information about their brands. 

Annie Scranton - Founder + President, Pace PR

 

Annie Scranton is President & Founder of Pace PR. She has 8+ years experience as a TV producer at major networks including CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC & ABC, where she booked guest appearances for popular shows like Good Morning America. For the past 7 years, Annie has been leveraging this experience and expertise to grow her own agency, Pace PR, where she focuses on getting her clients regular TV and media coverage to build their brands.