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Theme: Metamorphosis: The Power of Transformation

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March 24, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
United States

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Anne Beiler

Anne Beiler began twisting pretzel in 1987 and grew a single farmer’s market stand into Auntie Anne’s Inc., the world’s largest hand rolled, soft pretzel franchise. Her professional success, however, was forged after years of darkness, depression, and despair brought on by the death of her nineteen-month-old daughter. Anne’s personal story and entrepreneurial insights have been featured on many television shows including Secret Millionaire, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Good Morning America. She has been highlighted in numerous publications such as Fortune Magazine, and Inc. Magazine. In 2005, Anne sold Auntie Anne’s and authored the business memoir, Twist of Faith. Today, she shares her inspirational message with audiences around the world and is launching a new organization, Broken Silence, with a mission to help women find their voice and break free from the secrets that keep them stuck in pain, blame and shame.

Arsha Jones

Arsha Jones, founder and owner of Brand, Build + Launch, is a creative soul with a penchant for marketing, sales, technology, social media, and popular culture. An emerging leader in the ecommerce industry, she has built multiple, highly profitable brands, which have surpassed revenues of more than a million dollars in the past year. Known for her quiet demeanor and business prowess, Arsha’s brands have been featured on media outlets such as The Washington Post, FOX and awarded the Family Business of the Year Award by Black Enterprise.

Ashanti Johnson

Ashanti Johnson is a Fitness Instructor and the Owner of a fitness brand 360.Mind.Body.Soul that combines physical fitness with mental fitness. It all started with her vision. Everyday for 1-year she would day dream about her business without doubt, fear or judgement. Little did she know she was visualizing and the more she allowed the unfolding, it intensified until it became a full blown reality.

Ashley Black

Ashley Black is an inventor, best-selling author, and a fascia expert. Her success was born from necessity: recovering from two serious health challenges before the age of 30 put her on the path to educate and empower others to restore their health. Changing lives by sharing the knowledge and health systems she created to survive, she says, “I had to make the decision to either let my life be taken from me or to take my health trajectory into my own hands so I could raise my two small children and get my life back.”

Cheryle Jackson

Cheryle Jackson is Senior Vice President of Global Business Development for AAR. Jackson served as AAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Development after joining the company in 2010. Jackson serves as director on the boards of Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). She also serves on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Policy Institute and is a member of the Corporate Council on Africa as well as sits on the board for Perspectives Charter Schools Network. Prior to joining AAR, Jackson was appointed the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. Jackson also served as communications director for the Governor of Illinois and was the first woman and African American in the state’s history to hold that position. She was also a candidate for President Obama’s once‐vacant U.S. Senate seat in 2008.

Dre Nichols-Everett

Dre Nichols-Everett is The Exercise Habit Coach and CEO of D3 Boot Camp, a fitness and lifestyle change boot camp boutique in Chicago, Il. Dre started D3 Boot Camp in 2007 to help her community become healthier, stronger, and consistent with creating a healthy and active lifestyle. She also wanted to provide her members with an encouraging environment where participants from all fitness levels felt safe, motivated, and were held accountable for reaching their goals. Dre believes that consistency is the key to success when trying to make exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle habit, she has created several Consistency Coaching Plans at D3 to support her members and keep them on track. The Consistency Coaching Plans provide habit, behavior, and mindset change coaching with the primary focus on encouraging members to move closer to their ultimate weight loss goals through accountability tools and activities.

Kamilah Stevenson

Dr. Kamilah Stevenson is a cutting-edge communicator and an advocate for healthy living on a mission to help others reach the pinnacle of success. She continually aims to exhibit herself as a powerful leader with a keen understanding of people and how to influence them into greatness. She is professionally trained as a degreed counselor, medical researcher and a certified John Maxwell coach. Utilizing her professional trainings and experiences, she has established a national platform for the education, promotion and enhancement of physical and mental wellness in its entirety. Dr. Kamilah has dedicated her life to learning; consequently, she has become the standard of a life filled with discipline, purpose, passion and brilliance. She continues to expand her authority in achieving and maintaining optimum health in mind, body, soul and spirit. Her candid and refreshing style provokes and equips audiences for real change and tangible results.

Monique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez is the owner, CEO & Founder of Mielle Organics that was inspired to share her regimen of healthy, tailbone-length hair with the masses. This was initially exercised with the creation of the first Mielle Organics product, the Advanced Hair Formula, a unique proprietary blend of herbs, amino acids and minerals to support healthy hair, skin and nails, and immune system. After popular demand, Monique began to meet her customers with the products they demanded with the introduction of the Mint Almond Oil, acclaimed for its scalp sensation, root stimulation for hair growth and illustrious shine. Today, Monique’s products have welcomed a global and viral sensation, being sold in retailers Nationwide such as Sally Beauty, Target and CVS. Mielle Organics is armed with an array of products including best sellers: Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner, Mint Almond Oil, and the Organic White Peony Ultra Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner.

Ronne Brown

As a teen mom, Ronne worked hard to change the trajectory of her life and went from being a statistic to a success story. Even though the odds were stacked against her, she was determined not to allow her past circumstances to stop her from achieving her goals. In her TEDx Talk, Ronne discusses 3 areas of shame she experienced as a teen mom. She encourages others to be vulnerable and expose their shame to help heal others. In sharing our shame we will find that our struggles are not that different. The lessons Ronne learned on her journey to overcoming shame gave her the courage to launch several business ventures and help women all over the globe to do the same.

Sue McCloskey

Sue McCloskey was an art and art history student before being swept up in the world of dairy cows upon meeting her husband, Mike. They ran a successful dairy veterinary consulting practice in Southern California along with a 300 cow dairy in Redlands, California. In 1990 they sold the vet practice, moved to New Mexico and became full-time, dairy farmers. In New Mexico, they created Select Milk Producers, now the nation’s 6th largest dairy cooperative, and began thinking about how to make milk more relevant to consumers and how to tell the story of modern agriculture. In 1999, Mike and Sue moved to Northwest Indiana to create one of the largest dairy farms in the country and simultaneously opened Fair Oaks Farms, the country’s largest and most recognized agritourism attraction. Sue has been the Creative Director for Fair Oaks Farms as well as serving as a spokesperson for Fairlife, Select’s dairy-based, health and wellness company.

Veronica Winston

Dr. Veronica Winston is a leader, author, teacher, intercessor, prolific speaker and one of the most honorable women of this contemporary age. Her transformational teachings have touched thousands of lives worldwide. Her journey of faith began while working as a systems engineer at IBM, where she met her husband, Dr. Bill Winston. Their commitment to empower lives through practical application of God’s Word has led them into worldwide ministry. She has worked diligently beside her husband for over thirty years in ministry as First Lady of Living Word Christian Center. Dr. Veronica is a proclaimed author of over a half dozen books that empower, strengthen and guide the believer to new levels of intimacy with God. She is the host of the annual Prayer, Praise and Pampering Women’s event, held during the International Faith Conference on the campus of Living Word Christian Center.

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Chicago, IL, United States


Daleville, VA, United States
  • Rana Liu
    Team member