Anana Harris Parris is the Director of Operations and Community Affairs for the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, founder of the SisterCARE Alliance, the AfriSalsa Cultural Organization, the AfriSalsa fights HIV/AIDS Campaign, the Self Care Day Campaign and the Self Care Agency. Ms. Parris is responsible for organizing and working in coalition with collaborative community projects such as: “Respect Black Life: I am Trayvon Martin March” of over 5000 marchers from Atlanta University Center to the CNN Center, “Remembrance March for Charleston Victims”, #midnightinamerica, Black Mama Bail Out Mother's Day Initiative, GaResist.org Coalition, the Self Care Social Justice Tour and the New Beginnings Re-entry Mentoring Program in partnership with the Urban League, Morehouse School of Medicine and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office of Northern District of Georgia.
In 2011, Ms. Parris authored the first official Self Care Day Proclamation, which is recognized on December 4th in multiple cities to promote self-care as a form of social justice through community activism and the arts.
Speaking regularly to youth groups and professional organizations, Ms. Parris has had the pleasure of partnering with institutions and businesses such as 100 Black Women of DeKalb County/Decatur, Carol's Daughter, M.A.D.E., the Jimmy Carter Center, New Rock Legal Society, Sistuhs, Inc., The Amplify Activiate Summit, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and more.
As a result of her many years of volunteering and community service, Ms. Parris was selected as a delegate to represent the city of Atlanta at the Global Peace Foundation’s Annual Conference in addition to receiving several awards. Ms. Parris was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award in 2012 by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Community Service Award, The Soul Dance & Artist Grief Advocate Award from Project Karma, Inc. and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office Community Outreach Award. In March of 2016, Ms. Parris was honored at the Georgia State Capitol and awarded to the title of Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Georgia for her work around community affairs, self-care and cross cultural education. Recently, Ms. Parris was also the recipient of the NAACP Clayton County Chapter's 2017 "Women Hold Up The Sky" Award.
Pastor Kimberly Jones is commonly referred to as a “people lover and a people pusher.” Whether preaching from the pulpit or motivating on coaching platforms, her ultimate desire is to inspire, motivate, and empower God’s people to “Live On Purpose and Make Every Day Count! As CEO of Living On Purpose Life & Empowerment Coaching, LLC., Kimberly invests in developing the gifts and talents of others through one-on-one and group coaching settings. She also trains and equips other individuals who are called to coach through her Living On Purpose Coaching Certification Program.
In addition to coaching, Kimberly co-pastors with her husband, Apostle Louis D. Jones, Jr., at Prevailing Love Worship Center (PLWC) in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is the overseer of Sisters With A Purpose (SWAP), PLWC’s women’s ministry, and founder of The Awakening Women’s Encounter, an annual women’s event that forever transforms lives through spiritual empowerment and practical application. She is also the founder of W.E.W.I.N. - Women Empowering Women International Network. This network of women is a pillar of strength, support, and encouragement to women around the world who are striving to fulfill God ordained purpose and destiny.
Kimberly is the author of several inspiring and spiritually motivating books including, 40-Days of Biblical Declarations, And You Shall Decree A Thing, 21-Day Journey to your Spiritual Awakening and The Prayer Protocol. Pastor Kimberly is a motivational catalyst who loves inspiring others through her God-given gifts of writing and speaking. She is passionate about purpose and can be found ministering, teaching, and coaching at women’s conferences, business seminars, and on social media platforms such as Periscope and Facebook Live. Pastor Kimberly refers to herself as a “forever learner,” and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Community Care & Pastoral Counseling at Liberty University.
Pastor Kimberly’s family is her number one priority, and she ensures that in spite of her demanding schedule, quality time is carved out for her husband Louis, two children, Kayla and Justin, and grandson Kingston. Pastor Kimberly believes that no matter what we have been called to do, we should always give God our very best because she is a living witness that He always gives us His very best.
Dr. Eardie Houston is an international speaker, author, filmmaker, and servant who is passionate about supporting and encouraging women to stretch beyond their perceived limitations and reach for excellence in their various roles in life. Raised in a trailer park and once considered “trailer trash”, she’s a living example of how God can shatter stereotypes and lowered expectations, and use the unexpected to make a mighty impact on the world. Eardie’s journey includes overcoming poverty, abuse, and abandonment through faith, education, and determination, to become a woman that passionately pursues her purpose and lifts others as she climbs. With humility and grace, Eardie also serves alongside her husband, Dr. Terence Houston, affecting lives globally, through marriage enrichment and global medical missions.
Eardie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University, and completed her post-doctoral studies at Rutgers University. She has had a successful corporate career in the pharmaceutical industry for over a decade, and has recently been named Director of Communications for the 2nd annual Pause & Propel Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Eardie is married to her college sweetheart, and together they parent three brilliantly gifted and amusing children. Learn more at www.livinglifewiththehoustons.com
Lorea M. Sample is an empowerment speaker, entrepreneur, engineer, recently appointed Vice President of Global Affairs and Community Inititauves for Pause and Propel Africa with TDR Brands International, and author of the February 2017 release of UNlearning UNworthiness: Your Journey to Becoming Intentional About Self-Love and Personal Development. The process of unlearning unworthiness is something Lorea is very intimate with and it has become her mission to teach and guide women with inner healing and true empowerment. Through her content, speaking, digital courses, and live events, is how the mission of unlearning unworthiness is accomplished. It is Lorea’s firm belief that when you are true to yourself, you, your relationships, and your business will experience a new burst of life. You will connect with your ideal clients and support system because your truth speaks to their truth. You will feel more energized and motivated because all of your actions are aligned with your values. By UNlearning UNworthiness™, she positioned herself for purpose, service, and freedom in integrity….and so can you.
As founder and president of TDR Brands International™, Tierra combines an unmatched passion with Morpheus-like leadership that is both spiritual and influential. She looks and listens with the heart and intent to help women manifest their dreams through education, empowerment, and entrepreneurship. TDR Brands International has created:
- The Retail Campus, an international business community for women with product and stores, which serves to unite business/retail owners. The Retail Campus also features The Small Business Success Summit Intensive, a two-day virtual training designed to help businesses finish the fourth quarter in the black and build solid forecasting for 2018.
- TDR magazine, which highlights women’s testimonies of victory through seemingly insurmountable odds.
- Annual Global Leadership Activism Summit and Pause and Propel Africa Retreat, a platform for women of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to develop sisterhood and expand professional collaborations between South Africa, The U.S, and The Virgin Islands.
Tierra’s passion has taken her to the red carpet for Oprah Magazine's "O You Conference,” where she shared inspirational tips for women who couldn't attend. Since then, she’s been featured in O Magazine's "We Hear You" column, and is a proud OWN ambassador.
Through her affirmation to help others so they, too, can make a difference and gain results in business, she’s shared the stage with a host of nationally-recognized speakers such as Barbara Corcoran and Lisa Price, and maintains support from a growing list of sponsors and well-respected leaders in the community.
Her passion for learning started early in her retail career as she assisted national product retailers and household brands with multi-million-dollar contract negotiations, sales forecasting and marketing strategies. Tierra’s assistance included guiding more than 123 store locations through the buying and purchasing process, managing major in-store events, and advertising to drive sales. This experience working with major brands -- including Macy's, Victoria's Secret, Kmart, Lancôme Cosmetics, Proctor & Gamble, Nike, Christian Dior and MAC Cosmetics -- earned Tierra a strong understanding of the complete sales cycle and how to react to changes in consumer spending, customer relations and the importance of marketing.
Tierra further fueled her passionate spirit as the owner of a resale boutique in Lilburn, Georgia. Opened on a shoestring budget and without any investors, Stylish Consignments showcased Tierra’s expertise in store offering diversification. Within the boutique’s first two years, sales exceeded the six-figure mark. The following year, she leveraged encounters with clientele and colleagues, conferences and consulting opportunities to double sales. Stylish Consignments served thousands of customers; hosted numerous charity events; and was featured in various media outlets, including Good Morning America’s Work Spot, Lifetime Moms, Success Magazine, Best Self Magazine, the Atlanta Tribune and more.
The proud mother of two tweenagers, Tierra has built her brand on the cornerstones of love of community, a positive spirit, undeniable work ethic, evolving education and a relentless mission to empower others. In 2016 she hosted a series of Pause and Propel Healing Events for women in L.A, D.C, Atlanta, Alabama, Houston, South Africa, Tocoa, and more. Results are important to Tierra and she believes that as we heal we become clear and strong enough to make better decisions to reap the results and life we deserve.
Lashana N Williams, Success Navigator and CEO of Women’s Journey 2 Success LLC and author of The Stranger Within; One Woman’s Journey to Self-Love and Paycheck to Purpose Workbook: Your Guide to Make Money Doing What You Love, is a certified career coach and business consultant.
In addition to being a CEO, author and speaker Lashana is also a Finance Executive at a fortune 500 company. With over 20 years of professional experience, holding several leadership positions, and successfully climbing the corporate ladder from temporary employee to finance executive, she is no stranger to the challenges one faces on their journey to success. Fueled by her personal mission to “motivate, inspire, and empower women to uncover their life’s purpose, and achieve their personal and professional best”, she is committed to helping you discover your “career fit” (the career that is aligned with your passions and purpose).
Throughout her career Lashana served as a mentor to numerous professionals at various levels, provided business solutions to several entrepreneurial ventures and created a formal mentorship program for a top fortune 500 company. As a success navigator, Lashana N Williams is your compass; on your journey to discovering your ideal career. She offers premier programs and services to help you go from PAYCHECK TO PURPOSE.
Her resume may speak to her experience as an finance professional. But her years of providing one-on-one career coaching, co-hosting women’s retreats, and offering programs to help women navigate their careers, is evidence of her passion to help you boldly chart your career path and ultimately find the career that is custom fit just for you.
To learn more about her programs, products and events visit www.lashanacoaches.com
Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha is the co-founder and head of school at Kgololo Academy in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Prior to establishing Kgololo Academy, Waahida worked for seven years as a middle school humanities teacher and as an after-school program coordinator, most recently at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Waahida holds a Master’s of Science in Education Policy and Community Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was an Advanced Opportunity Fellow and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College in Education. Waahida also completed the Global School Leadership Fellowship with KIPP in 2013.
Waahida enjoys reading, listening to live music, political satire and spending time with her son, current Kgololo Academy scholar, Themba and hanging out with her husband Thulani.
Dr Maureen Tong is an international lawyer, a published author; an academic and a business woman. She holds a PhD in international law from the Université de Strasbourg in France, where she successfully defended her thesis in French. The golden thread that runs through her career is the empowerment and development of others, especially women. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the right of the people of the Chagos Islands, comprised mainly of former African slaves, to return to their homeland after more than 40 years of enforced exile due the US military base on Diego Garcia, the main island on the Chagos Archipelago. She continues to support the Chagossians in their struggle to exercise their right to return.
A former senior civil servant, she served as the first Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; as Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Agriculture and Land Affairs; and as Operations Manager at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She worked as Project Officer for Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Namibia at the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) implementing the African Training Management Services (ATMS). ATMS is a Project of the World Bank; the African Development Bank; International Finance Corporation (IFC); and the UNDP.
AMSCO’s objective is to empower private companies in Africa to become globally competitive. Dr Tong served as Research Manager at the Women’s Development Bank (WDB) Trust, a developmental micro finance organization. She served as Founding Chairwoman of the Board of the Young Women Business Network Corporate Finance Institution (YWBN CFI), which is working towards becoming the first majority women-owned Mutual Bank in South Africa.
She established the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) and served as Project Manager for the establishment of the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library (TMPL). TMALI and TMPL are joint projects of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and the University of South Africa (Unisa). She previously served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria; as Street Law Co-ordinator at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; and as a member of the High - Level Research Panel of the Dr John Langalibalele Dube Institute, which is also at the University of KwaZulu- Natal.
She is the former Chairperson of the Board of the Health Systems Trust (HST). She is the current Chairwoman of the InvesTong Group; and Board Member of PingLady, which serves as an incumber for women in technology. She serves as Executive Chairwoman of Kutlwelo Resources, an oil marketing company; and as Managing Director of 10ppm Academy, which is a coaching, mentoring, training, facilitation, and skills development company. She teaches part-time at Wits Business School (WBS) on Leadership, Cultural Intelligence; Talent Management; Diversity Management and Change Management.
She is a professional speaker; a member of the Professional Speakers Association of Sothern Africa (PSASA). She is passionate about helping others unleash their potential and let their light shine.
She is a keen amateur golfer and fitness fanatic too.