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Women's Empowerment 2016

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The Power of You: Take Your Personal Brand to the Next Level

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 1:00p -1:30p

Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

We all have a personal brand. The key is using your personal brand to accomplish your personal and professional goals. This session will help you understand your personal brand and how to leverage your brand to maximize success. You’ll learn why your personal brand is important, define your current brand, gain insight into how common mistakes undermine personal branding, and use tools and techniques that will help you capitalize on your personal brand today and evolve your brand for the future. Through honest self-reflection and a little work, you will recognize the power of personal brand in everything you do.

Facilitator: Monique A. Williamson – Sr. Manager, Leadership & Professional Development, BCBSNC

Monique Williamson leads leadership and professional development initiatives at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina. In her role, she focuses on the development of leadership, professional, and career management skills for the workforce.

She has been with the company for 7 years and consults on the development of learning solutions that address skill gaps and improve business performance. Monique has more than 20 years of experience working with students and business professionals on reaching their full potential.

She currently serves on the NC ACT board, NC Business Committee for Excellence Membership Committee, and Chairs the BCBSNC African American Black Employee Network. Monique lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a B.S. in Computer Science and MBA from North Carolina Central University.

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Think Big, Think Global — Harnessing the Power of Black Women’s Entrepreneurship

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 11:30a – 12:15p

Join Dr. Allison Mathews and Ms. Kimberly Knight in an interactive workshop where you’ll learn the key principles of launching a successful social venture with a local focus and global impact.


Dr. Allison Mathews

Dr. Allison Matthews

Dr. Allison Mathews is the founder and CEO of Community Expert Solutions, LLC, which uses crowdsourcing to identify and develop the community-based ideas into revenue generating projects. She is the director of the 2BeatHIV project, which engages community about HIV cure research. Her work has been featured on “Left of Black,” TEDxDurham, The Lux Blog NC, and ExitEvent.com. She has spoken around the world about her work, including South Africa, Europe and at the NIH. She consults with colleagues in China, South Africa, Europe, Thailand, and the United States. She earned her BA in Sociology from Howard University, and her MA and PhD in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill. She works as a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of Social Medicine and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease.

Ms. Kimberly M. Knight

Kimberly M. Knight

Kimberly M. Knight is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences concentrating in Family & Community Services and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She’s served as an Ambassador of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network Women’s Empowered Team which works directly with the Greater Than AIDS program for Alicia Key’s Empowered Initiative and has volunteered at the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolinas since 2013. Her personal interests include her lifestyle blog, The Lux Blog™ , that discusses art, culture, entertainment, and style for North Carolina. She’s an Managing Online Content Editor and Contributing Writer for Sheen Magazine. She’s covered red carpet events such as the 2016 Black Girls Rock Awards, 2016 Art of Cool Festival, and 2016 Beats & Bars Festival, 2016 Sheen Magazine’s Legendary Weekend, and the 2015 Lamplight Awards. Currently, she’s a Graduate Research Assistant with UNC’s 2BeatHIV Project for the Global Health & Infectious Disease Institute and an Ambassador American Sexual Health Association.

Sponsored by Dr. Allison Mathews, The 2BeatHIV Project, UNC Chapel Hill


“Activate The Anointing of Ease in Your Life”

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 11:30a – 12:15p

Activate The Anointing of Ease in Your Life:  If your life has become a difficult and joyless routine stuck in the status quo, then The Anointing of Ease may fuel the spiritual momentum you’ve been seeking. The Anointing of Ease is foolproof because it relies solely on the knowledge, words, and wisdom of your Creator; the Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent One. The rules are simple because they aren’t rules at all – they are promises. The only requirement is to activate your God-given Power, Authority, and Dominion.


Valerie K. Fields – Author/Minister 

Valerie K. Fields

Minister Valerie K. Fields has been blessed to preach, teach, minister, and travel the world as an entrepreneur and servant on the mission fields of Uganda, a nation in east Africa. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication—with a specialty in Public Relations—from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree in Theology from New Covenant Bible Institute. For 20 years, she has owned V.K. Fields & Co. PR PROS, an award-winning public relations agency based in Raleigh, NC; and she is also a faculty member in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Personal:Valerie is founder of Miracle Ministries Inc., an outreach organization that provides Christian counseling and support for individuals and families, and assistance for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Through her ministry, Valerie also founded the Millionaires in Training (MiT) youth entrepreneurship program, which teaches and prepares young people to become business professionals and business owners. In 2010, Fields authored her first children’s book titled, “The Bizeebee Family Business” to help teach youth about basic business concepts. She also wrote and published a Christian novel titled, “Forbidden Fruit,” which is available online. Her latest book is titled, “The Anointing of Ease,” and shares valuable insights and guidance about walking in God’s purpose for your life and receiving His promised blessings. Valerie is a passionate speaker and teacher and conducts prayer training seminars and workshops for those desiring to walk victoriously in life and experience supernatural breakthroughs on a daily basis. Valerie’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Sponsored by Valerie K. Fields


Be Determined To Achieve Your Dreams!

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 4:45p – 5:15p

Melanie Bonita will give strategies and practical tips, which can be applied immediately, on how to achieve your dreams by being more determined, dedicated and driven than ever before. You will move closer towards your desired outcome of achieving your dreams. Stop sitting on the sidelines and watching everyone else live their dreams! It’s YOUR time!


Melanie Bonita

Melanie Bonita

Melanie Bonita is a #1 Amazon Best Selling author of five books, award-winning international inspirational speaker, faith coach, poet, praise dancer, gospel fitness instructor and United States Army veteran. She’s on a mission to help people get more determined, dedicated and driven to achieve their dreams and destiny. Her “Daily Dose Series” show others how to maximize their life and achieve their dreams by using daily strategies to get there. She has spoken on the same stage with industry greats such as Les Brown, Willie Jolley and George Fraser, just to name a few. She has also helped over 150 authors become Amazon Best Selling Authors.

Melanie Bonita started being a very determined person at a very young age. She overcame many adversities that she faced in her life. Even though she had her daughter at age 16, married at 18, separated at 19, and divorced at 20, she still managed to get two degrees and bought her first house by the age of 27. In 2001, she started going through various health issues. She was diagnosed with arthritis in both her knees and was in three major car accidents which caused excruciating pain in her back and neck. Not understanding why the Lord wanted her to continue ministering through dance. She realizes now that she no longer dances, but ministers through her body and that her life is a living testimony. Now she just allows the Holy Spirit lead her. As she praises Him, she has no pain. Her motto is “There is healing in your Praise.” She was also laid off from her job and experienced financial hardship. Through all of her trials, she was still determined to reach her dreams, goals and aspirations. With the favour of the Lord, her tenacity and fortitude, she has been able to live her dreams and determined to help others live theirs too.

She is a partner of Spirit of Faith Christian Center, under the leadership of Pastor Michael A. and Dr. DeeDee Freeman. She has also completed classes at Spirit of Faith Bible Institute (SOFBI).

God has also given Melanie Bonita a vision to help women be healthier through dance and gospel fitness workouts.

Melanie Bonita has been featured in the news, magazines and on television internationally to include Newsweek Magazine, Fox, CBS, NBC and Yahoo News just to name a few. She has also been featured on over 150 radio shows.

~ She was the featured cover story on the May/June 2012 Edition of Kingdom Voices Magazine

~ She was the featured cover story on the August 2011 Edition of Promoting Purpose Magazine

~ She was the featured as one of Real Sisters Rising’s Top 40 Women Motivators on Social Media

~ Received the Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit (WEPP) 2012 “Walk the Talk Woman”


~ Received the Entrepreneurs Professionals (EPNET) 2012 Legacy in Inspiration Award

~ Received the Empowered Women of the Year 2014 Entrepreneurial Success Award

~ She was the featured as The Umbrella Syndicate Top 100 Leaders in February and March 2015

She currently resides in Ormond Beach, FL, has one daughter, Crystal, one grandson, Jaiden and one granddaughter McKenzie. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Bowie State University.

Sponsored by Melanie Bonita


How to Build a Multimillion Dollar Brand Master Class

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 5:45p-6:30p

Sponsor: Tiana Von Johnson Worldwide, LLC.

Learn how to generate millions like Tiana did at 27-years-old. Thousands of dollars’ worth of ideas no one will ever teach you will be presented. YOU will learn how to get more bookings, build YOUR team, attract new FREE money, go viral on social media, build real followers who will pay YOU, build YOUR celebrity brand, get a TV deal, launch a product line, sell on Amazon, put on live events, speak on stages, coach, write a book in one week, launch YOUR own magazine or book with worldwide distribution and so much more. Great for entrepreneurs in any industry!

Facilitator: Tiana Von Johnson

Tiana Von Johnson

Million-dollar branding coach/entrepreneur/publisher/filmmaker/beauty enthusiast/motivational speaker and author, Dr. Tiana Von Johnson is living the life that she loves. Using her extraordinary gifts and skills, Tiana has developed a significant following among aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals who seek her words of wisdom and advice on an impressive array of subjects. Speaking from the heart and armed with life lessons, Tiana has an uncanny knack for touching lives and helping people grow their businesses. She enriches audiences with her earthy, savvy, charismatic appeal as she travels across the world conducting master classes and appearing as a keynote speaker and panelist at several high-profile events.

Tiana has nimbly climbed the ladder of success ever since she was a Bronx, New York elementary school student whose curiosity about the arts and skills of negotiation and entrepreneurship overtook the need to live an ordinary childhood. Observing her father’s business skills as she watched him selling records off the streets of New York and admiring her mother’s talents for cooking, hair styling, doll making and flower designing, just fueled the burning ambition in Tiana’s blood.

Recognizing at an early age the importance of education, Tiana pursued her educational aspirations by receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from New York’s Metropolitan College. She then went on to study for her PhD in Business Administration & Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Later, she was awarded two Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degrees for over 15 years of global business development and philanthropic initiatives.

After a few years of hard work in corporate America, she left a lucrative career to become an entrepreneur. As fate would have it, the numerous skills she developed over the years enhanced her ability to quickly rise in the highly competitive real estate industry. As a result, by the age of 27-years-old, she had generated over $1 million dollars and the media took notice of the determined young mogul. As owner of the Wall Street luxury real estate firm, Gold Star, and the national investment company, Minority Investors Alliance (MIA) she became the subject of articles in such prestigious outlets as Black Enterprise, CNN, The Real Deal, Crain’s New York Business, TV One and more. She even filmed her own television pilot, “Powerhouse,” for NBC-Universal.

Although she has branded the tagline, “B-line to the money, head straight to the bank,” Tiana’s compassionate nature keeps her grounded and focused. She gives back to the community through her organization, Women Doing It Big (WDIB), which was launched in 2012. WDIB’s mission is to motivate, educate and recognize women (and men) during its annual empowerment events. An impressive array of star power has supported WDIB with their presence including Naturi Naughton from Power, the legendary Percy Miller aka Master P, R&B Divas Stars Lil’ Mo, Syleena Johnson, Monifah and many others.

Tiana’s quest to helping women has led her to launch the highly popular, Women Doing It Big Magazine (a nationally-distributed publication which targets female entrepreneurs). Simultaneously, she launched the V2V Project to provide a platform for women to tell the world about their individual journeys and how they ultimately were able to forge a new path. Tiana also published a book and documentary film, Victim to Victory: 12 Unbelievable Stories of Heartache, Healing and Hope, where she taps into the spirit of a dozen souls in the real-life accounts of women who rose above their personal challenges.

Tiana spends most of her time overseeing her operations from her 5,000sf office and production studio in New Jersey. Day-to-day she helps entrepreneurs and as a hobby, Tiana, promotes her high-end beauty subscription brand, Ambition, which sells an array of luxury beauty products.

Follow Tiana Von Johnson on social media @TianaVonJohnson and visit TianaVonJohnson.com


The Conduct of Queens
Location: Arena Club B
Time: 4:15p – 5:00p
Sponsor: The Handle Your Business Girl Empowerment

Queens Rule! But how many of us can actually handle the pressure of ruling? Many want to wear the title of Queen but refuse to honor the “unspoken rules” of engagement. Here’s a truth; wearing a crown does not make a Queen! It is our conduct, how we treat others, and how we choose to handle our business that causes others to bow. Queens know that we can either “influence or infect” our atmosphere. Join Dr. Gail Hayes for The Conduct of Queens and discover how to rule with honor, get what you want, and embrace your true, majestic identity!

Facilitator: Dr. Gail Hayes – CEO

Women's Empowerment

Source: Radio One Raleigh

“If you don’t know who you are, you will never know what belongs to you!” Dr. Gail Hayes. When looking for an internationally recognized communicator who ignites the atmosphere with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for purpose, you have but to look directly at Gail Hayes or Dr. Gail, as others affectionately call her. Dr. Gail is an executive leadership coach and is a contributor for the Huffington Post. Her writing has also appeared in Essence Magazine, MSNBC’s The Griot, Onyx Woman Magazine, and several other print and online media outlets.

Dr. Gail lived in Asia for over four years and in Europe for over ten years. While in Europe, she served as a training consultant for Office or Personnel Management’s (OPM) EuropeanTraining Division where she specialized in Leadership, Management/Employee Relations, and Workplace Conflict Resolution. She served as the first Black female law enforcement officer and firefighter in Chapel Hill, NC.

While in Chapel Hill, she also served as the first Black Chair of the Orange County Commission for Women. She also founded and served as the Director of The European Executive Women’s Forum, the 1st active European Network of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Dr. Hayes also worked on Capitol Hill for the National Conference of State Legislatures and received the Outstanding Leadership in State Government Award from the National Governors Conference.

In 2016, NC Governor Pat McCrory appointed her to serve on the NC African American Heritage Commission. In 2016, she was also appointed to the Leadership Council of the NC Institute of Political Leadership (IOPA).These experiences allow her to relate to diverse audiences.

Dr. Gail has also appeared and been heard in numerous media outlets to include, the QVC Shopping Channel, NBC’S My Carolina Today, European television. She also served as an On-Air talent for UNC-TV where she assisted with fund-raising campaigns. Gail served for 3 years as “The Voice of the Motivational Moment” on the KD Bowe Morning Radio show on The Sheridan Radio network in 35 markets and on Radio One Detroit’s The Karen Dumas Show’s feature, Purpose Point with Dr. G. Dr. Gail is a professional vocalist and has performed on stages across Europe, Asia and in the US.

She is the author of numerous books including One Minute Success Secrets for Women, The Power of a Woman Who Leads, You are a Daughter of the King, and The Conduct of Queens. She is also the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Handle Your Business Girl Digital Magazine. Although she has lived on three continents, she is quick to let others know that her favorite place on earth is wherever she and her children can laugh and love.

For more information visit http://www.handleyourbusinessgirl.com http://www.paideducationgroup.org


How to Build a Six-Figure Coaching Business in 90 Days

Location: Varsity Club
Time: 4:00p – 4:30p

Sponsor: Next Level Living 7.0, LLC.

Learn how to create your coaching business using my proven 7-step strategy. During this session, I will share secrets that helped me build a multiple six-figure business in this unquestionably expanding 100 billion-dollar industry. Whether you’re new to the coaching world or a seasoned professional, you can benefit from taking this class. You’ll discover the science of running a successful coaching business; how to build profits with less effort; master the art of finding new clients and retaining existing clients; strategies that triple traffic to your website & social media; and master how to attract followers who will engage with your brand.

Facilitator: Dr. Sonja Stribling

Dr. Sonja Stribling

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Sonja Stribling, PhD


Affectionately known as Dr. Sonja, life and business expert. Dr. Sonja Stribling specializes in empowering women to discover and use their inner POWER to ascend to the next level in their business and life.  As the CEO & Founder of Next Level Living 7.0 Institute, which is the home of one of her signature programs, Next Level Woman 360.  Dr. Sonja coaches women on finding their purpose and building multiple six figure incomes.  Sharing successful business models with over 3 million individuals tuning into her popular live Periscope and Facebook sessions, Dr. Sonja encourages women daily to strive for a next level life.

In addition to being a respected life and business expert, Dr. Sonja is one of the most highly sought after empowerment speakers in the nation.  She is a master of encouraging women to be resilient and continues to build women around the world to win in every area of their life.  She believes if a woman can have a next level mindset, make level commitments; creating next level actions, it will ultimately result in Next Level Living.

Dr. Sonja, a former semi-pro basketball player, 21-year Army retired Major and highly decorated combat veteran, who is committed to empowering women to use every trial and tribulation to move forward.

Follow Dr. Sonja Stribling on social media @Drsonja7 and visit NextLevelLiving7.com


It’s Not just a Hairstyle, It’s a Lifesytle. How to break into the world of extensions

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 6:45p – 7:30p

Sponsor Name: Winter McMannen

We have spent a great deal of time searching and insuring that we provide the highest quality of Virgin Hair to all of our customers. Having beautiful hair and the opportunity to create any desired look makes women feel self-confident and beautiful. We leave our imprint in the sand just to show who we are! We are Allure Xtensions, where it isn’t just a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle! Today is the day to make a small investment to get started on selling the hair of your dreams. #SecureTheBag

Facilitators: Winter McMannen and Alexis Page

Winter McMannen

Wildout, Inc.

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A  NC native, currently residing in Oxford, NC. She is a dedicated single mother to a handsome 6 year old son. She is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Nursing. She is the Owner of a thriving hair business called Allure Xtensions and she recently opened the first ever virgin hair boutique in her area, Allure Xtensions Hair Boutique, where they specialize in great quality hair at affordable prices. She also accomplished one of her goals this year by becoming a self published author of her first children’s book Mommy’s Prayers.

Alexis Page

Wildout, Inc.

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Just a small town girl with a BIG dream. Born in Trenton, NJ, Alexis has always had a passion for fashion and beauty. She set out to accomplish one of her many goals when she entered her freshman year at her home by the sea (Hampton University). It was at Hampton where she confirmed her love for beauty and began to build her brand from the ground up. From selling extensions out of her campus dorm room to servicing clients all over the country, Alexis began to watched her dreams become her reality. Currently, a full-time student, managing employment and running a successful business, She will stop at nothing to achieve her goals, establish her brand.


Fighting for Our Kids

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 3:15p – 4:00p

Sponsor Name: Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

Parents for Educational Freedom logo

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Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with strong men of color to host “Fighting for Our Kids” at Women’s Empowerment 2017. This year we will put a special focus on the plight of African-American boys. For them, school choice can represent a literal lifeline, lifting them up and onto an educational path that helps them defy the odds. We also know that in many African-American families, mothers are often heads of households and therefore, solo decision-makers. So it’s more important than ever that we ensure they know what their educational choices are. Our message is incredibly relevant to our Women’s Empowerment audience, of course, but what about the messenger? And what are we really there to do? We are standing up with the mothers, grandmothers, and aunts in attendance to Fight for Our Kids. By joining together inspirational African-American men from North Carolina who have defied the odds, we will most certainly show what it takes to fight for educational options for our children.

Facilitators: Darrell Allison and Martez Hill

Darrell Allison

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

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Darrell Allison is the founding president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina which is working to reform and redefine K-12 education.  His work, focused on expanding educational opportunity for all children, is based on a fundamental premise:  Parents, regardless of address or income, should be free to choose the best school for their child.

Darrell’s belief in the power of parental school choice has served as a catalyst for building bipartisan alliances that promote and effect legislative change. Darrell has played an instrumental role in the passage of historic school choice legislation, including: elimination of the cap on public charter schools; creation of a tuition grant program for special needs students; and establishment of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides private school scholarships to low-income families. In 2016 Darrell worked to secure successful passage of legislation that exponentially grows the Opportunity Scholarship Program through $145 million in funding over the next decade.

A results-driven reformer, Darrell has also pushed to increase school choice access and resources for families. In 2012 he launched the North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator, an innovative schools project to create and sustain new public charter schools in underserved communities.  In 2016 Darrell led development of PEFNC’s location-based school choice web application, NCSchoolsAroundMe; the app provides parents with critical school report card data and customized information about their private and public charter school options.

Darrell understands the strategic importance of advocacy and outreach in mobilizing public support for reform. He is a frequent commentator on school choice and education reform topics across television, print, and radio channels, and has been featured or quoted more than 1,000 times in the media within the past two years. His emphasis on coalition-building has helped PEFNC become North Carolina’s leading parental school choice organization, with a membership base of 60,000-plus supporters.

Honored as an Education Reformer to Watch by the Walton Family Foundation in 2013, Darrell has also been recognized as a Diversity Champion for Education Reform by Partners for Developing Futures.

Darrell’s success as an education reformer builds on his experience working with White House officials and congressional leaders, as well as from serving as a legal specialist for the US Department of Justice.  A former White House intern, Darrell graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and received his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina System.

Martez Hill

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

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Martez Hill is the Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Hill joined the NC SBE in 2010 and has spent the last 20 years impacting education policy on local, state, and national levels.

With a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University, Hill has been on the forefront of the education discussion and has been instrumental in strategic planning, state and federal policy, legislative affairs, coalition building, and education research and evaluation throughout his career.


Understanding Your Gynecologic Cancer Risk

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 11:30a – 12:00p

Sponsor: Duke Raleigh Hospital

Duke Raleigh Hospital

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Learn what every woman should know about cancers of the ovary, uterus, fallopian tubes and lower genital tract from Dr. Monica Jones, Gynecologic Oncologist at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh.

Facilitators: Monica Brown Jones, M.D., M.S, FACS, FACOG – Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology Duke Cancer Center Raleigh

Duke Raleigh Hospital

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Monica Brown Jones, MD, MS

 As a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Jones treat cancers of the ovary, uterus, fallopian tubes and lower genital tract.



MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Ohio), 1993

MS, Clinical Trial and Translational Research, Mayo Graduate School (Minnesota), 2009


Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati Medical Center (Ohio), 1993-1997


Postdoctoral Research in Ovarian Cancer, National Cancer Institute (Maryland), 1997-1999

Research Fellowship, NCI Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute (Maryland), 1999-2001

Gynecologic Oncology, Mayo Medical School (Minnesota), 2001-2003

Board Certification

American Board of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology

American Board of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology

Clinical focus and research

Dr. Jones’ clinical research interests include the development of gynecologic cancer prevention and control programs that might be extended to the community cancer care setting. Specifically, increasing the utilization of genetic counseling and testing services as well as broadening access of community-based patients to clinical trials.  She believes programming in these areas will improve the quality of gynecologic cancer care in the community and ultimately improve patient outcomes for these conditions.


Car Buying Seminar

Location: Arena Club A

Time:  5:45p – 6:30p

Sponsor Name: Johnson Lexus

Women's Empowerment Sponsors

Source: Radio One Raleigh

The Car Buying Seminar will inform participants of the essential steps to leasing or purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle.  The presenters will focus on the following steps in buying a car: 1) Can I buy a vehicle 2) Establishing a vehicle budget 3) What type of vehicle meets my needs 4) Research which brand of vehicle is of interest to me 5) Research which dealership will best work with me 6)Research which sales consultant will work best with me.

Facilitators: Travis Howard and Zachary Gray

Travis Howard:

Johnson Lexus

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I am a native of Boston Mass, I have over 20 years in the automotive sales industry and 8 years of service with Johnson Lexus of Raleigh. Achieved Sales  Consultant of the Year since 2009.

Zachary Gray:

Johnson Lexus

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When Peter Meets Paul….End the Cycle

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 3:15p – 4:00p

Sponsor: Coastal Credit Union

Coastal Credit Union

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Do you have more bills than paycheck left at the end of the month?  Do your bills meet your paycheck at the door with its hand out?  If you answered yes to either of those questions you are living paycheck to paycheck.  If as a child you remember getting a $1.00 and your first thought was can I go buy some candy.  When you check out you need more than the $1.00 you were given.  Unknowingly, this started your cycle to paycheck to paycheck living and living beyond your means.  Let the team at Coastal help you break the cycle.


  • Priscilla Awkard  – Director, Strategic Programs
  • Kisha Poole – Team Lead, Community Engagement
  • Desiree Bolibaugh – Community Engagement Officer
  • Consuela Hodge Kilpatrick – Community Engagement Officer
  • Valerie Curtis – Manager, Member Assistance Program
  • Trina Jones – Member Assistance Program Team Lead
Coastal Credit Union

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Priscilla Awkard,

Director, Strategic Programs at Coastal Credit Union

Everyone’s economic and life situation is unique, and I keep that in mind when providing financial advice.  I believe that personalized service and trust is essential when assisting each individual with the right financial products and services.  As a caring advisor, I am dedicated to learning about the goals of those I help.  I believe together we will use those goals to build a financial plan focused on their specific needs

At Coastal Credit Union I manage major projects and initiatives that push the credit union forward in its mission to help each of our members with a lifetime of financial solutions one experience at a time.  For the last 6 years I managed our Community Engagement Team.  I have over 21 years of experience in the financial world having worked as an Employee Benefits Trust Officer, Banking Center Manager, Cross Border Manager and a Regional Marketing Advisor.  In many of those roles, I developed a love for financial education.  My passion for educating individuals on how to be successful financially has helped shape my positions at Coastal.

I graduated from Elon University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.  I am the Immediate Past Board Co-Chair for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  I serve currently as the secretary for Landing at Neuse Crossing Homeowner Association.   I am the Co-Chair to the Crosby Advocacy Group of Southeast Raleigh.  I am an active member of the Elon University Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Elon Phoenix Club, Presidents Black Life Advisory Council and Black Alumni Network. I was inducted into the 2011 Sports Hall of Fame class of Elon University for the four years I played volleyball. I still enjoy playing and coaching volleyball, playing softball and developing my golf game.  I currently help run Jammers Volleyball Club in Durham, NC.    I am a native of Waynesboro, VA and currently reside in Raleigh, NC.


Little Credit Score Secrets

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 3:15p – 3:45p

Sponsor: Cousin Kera

Know how to control your score and get approved the easy way.  Build your scores higher than ever, even if you stumbled before… Buying a Home or a vehicle is easy when you know how to increase your score with these important tips.  You can absolutely be approved when you know how to increase your scores.

Facilitators: Kera Hansil – Principal of eFinance Resources  and  Bridget Tate – Durham Regional Financial Center

eFinance Resources LLC

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Kera Hansil is the founder of eFinance Resources LLC in Durham NC.  She attended Virginia Union University in Richmond VA for Psychology and instead of pursuing a career with children she moved to the Washington DC area and began a career in the Automotive Industry 23 years ago.  She started off in sales during the early 90’s when it was unconventional to have a female salesperson and she consistently stayed at the top of her field in Sales and Service.  Half way through her career she was introduced to finance and was disheartened by the number of people that attempted to buy vehicles that did not have the credit, and ultimately did not understand how to achieve the credit score needed to buy a vehicle, or even a home.  Many dealerships took advantage of her customers and integrity would not allow her to do that to people that needed guidance.

In 2003 she worked for The Hendrick Automotive Group in Woodbridge VA and began to make an impact by educating buyers on the credit process, and achieving higher scores.  Workshops and seminars were the way to give back to the community and promote education to those who needed it.  Upon moving to North Carolina where she continued to work for Hendrick under Performance Auto Mall in Chapel Hill she established a relationship with the Triangle Area of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill as “Cousin Kera” and began to get customers the loans they needed to get back on track.

In 2014 eFinance Resources was launched and she is now an independent finance manger.  eFinance Resources is a new concept offering loans to help customers at various dealerships get the vehicle they want and get the respect and attention they should in the car purchasing experience.


How to Start an Information Technology Career

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 5:45p – 6:15p

Sponsor: MyComputerCareer

My Computer Career

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One of the biggest challenges facing hiring managers today is a shortage of qualified information technology candidates. Having the skills these managers need is the definition of empowerment. MyComputerCareer specializes in transitioning people into an IT career. Even if they have no computer experience. The seminar will cover how the program works and features graduates that have changed their lives by starting an IT career.

Facilitators: Jenny Nichols – Executive Director of Public Relations,      Tanisha Andrews – Executive Director of Inside Sales,    Shareefah Dickens – Career Services Director


Turn Your Dreams into Reality: Get Your Game Plan for Homeownership

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 4:15p – 5:00p

Sponsor: Millicent Williams Team, Coldwell Banker HPW

Join top producing real estate agent Millicent Williams with Coldwell Banker HPW for a fun and informative seminar filled with essential information you need to implement a game plan to make 2017 the year you reach your real estate goals! So whether you are a first time homebuyer or already have a home and need to sell it to move to your dream home, this seminar will review the critical action steps you need to take for a successful buying or selling experience. The seminar will be filled with advice on such topics as as obtaining a mortgage, selecting the right home, negotiation tips, getting a home inspection and hiring an attorney. Cornerstone Home Lending will be available to prequalify you and answer your mortgage related questions. Beazer Homes will have an overview of new home communities in the Triangle that might be just what you’re looking for. Plenty of time will be allowed for

questions. For questions or to reach out in the future, contact Millicent at (919) 401-7628 or www.TriangleNCLiving.com.

Facilitators: Millicent Williams – Broker/Realtor

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry And Walston

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Millicent has been helping families with their real estate needs since 2008 when she became a licensed real estate agent. As a prior auditor with a large CPA firm, Millicent uses her analytical skills gained from that field to help her clients make good decisions about their real estate purchases. Millicent is a strong negotiator and loves helping people find just the right home. Millicent also assists clients with land purchases for building their dream homes. Millicent is an HPW Masters Elite graduate and is a Cartus/USAA Certified Relocation agent. A graduate of of N.C. State University and married to a wonderful man and mother of four great kids, Millicent recognizes that there are not many things more important in life than home. And with that in mind, Millicent is dedicated to helping her clients have successful moves and worry-free real estate transactions whether they are buying for the first time or selling and buying for the fifth time. Let’s get started!


How energy and energy poverty impacts the African American Community

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 6:45p – 7:30p

Sponsor: Reaching America

Reaching America

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Join national radio personality and author Willie Moore Jr. along with Derrick Hollie, President of Reaching America as they discuss how energy impacts relationships, families and communities.


  • Willie Moore Jr. – Syndicated Radio Host of the Willie Moore Jr. Show and Author of Happily After All
  • Patricia Moore – Author of Happily After All
  • Derrick Hollie – President of Reaching America

Willie Moore Jr:

Reaching America

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Willie Moore Jr. is a Voice of Inspiration to the young and old. This multi-talented visionary, and servant leader is determined to inspire, influence and unite communities and families worldwide.

As the Founder of the Young, Fly and Saved movement, Willie uses his branded combination of truth, humor and biblical wisdom to spotlight practical solutions to help millions via his self-produced YouTube video series and social media channels.

As a world renowned speaker, host of the nationally  syndicated “Willie Moore Jr. Radio Show”, host of “Flatout TV” and co-host of “BET’s Joyful Noise”, he is gifted to speak to audiences of all walks.

As the adopted son of Willie (Sr.) And Flora Moore he uses his “WILFO FOUNDATION” to raise awareness about adoption and foster care children around the globe.

Most recently, he has authored the book, “Happily After All” detailing his journey from former R&B Sensation and baby daddy, to being happily married to Patricia and father of Khalil, Peyton and Princeton.

He’s irrationally passionate about #Keepingit100 to build healthy relationships, and happy families. #FlatOut!

Derrick Hollie:

Reaching America

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Derrick Hollie is President of Reaching America, a 501(c)(4) organization developed to address complex social issues impacting African American communities today.  These issues include Energy Poverty, Justice Reform, Occupational Licensing and Free Speech. To bring a fresh perspective to today’s complex social issues impacting African Americans, Mr. Hollie has written op-eds, blogs and often participates in speaking engagements, radio and television interviews.

His work has a created an interest among individuals across various political, cultural and social backgrounds in what Mr. Hollie refers to as a “Modern Day Movement”.

Prior to Reaching America, Mr. Hollie founded Global Advertising 1st, Inc. an award-winning advertising and marketing solutions firm that generated nearly 20 million dollars in contracts.

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Hollies’ business acumen and creativity earned him many accolades while working with Fortune 500 companies including PepsiCo, Volkswagen, Alberto Culver, Dodge and others. Global Advertising 1st also executed several education and outreach campaigns for U.S. Department of State, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Prince George’s County MD, and many others.

For his outstanding achievements and commitment to his alma mater, East Tennessee State University, Mr. Hollie received their prestigious Alumni Award of Honor in 2007. He was only the second African American male to receive such an honor at that time.

Prior to launching GA1, Mr. Hollie served as National Sales Manager with Radio One, Inc, the nation’s seventh largest radio broadcasting company and the largest company primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners.  During his six-year tenure at Radio One, Mr. Hollie generated over $50 million dollars in advertising revenue.  In addition, he managed a sales staff of more than 60 people in 13 major markets nationwide.  The ad revenue that Mr. Hollie consistently generated helped to better position Radio One during their IPO launch and was instrumental to their overall success. Mr. Hollie also worked part time as an on-air personality on WMMJ, Magic 102.3 FM.

Mr. Hollie lives in the suburbs of Maryland with his wife and two children and is very active in the community. He is an avid runner, timer for his daughter’s swim team and supports various initiatives through his fraternity.

Patricia Moore:

Reaching America

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Patricia Moore is a multifaceted woman and successful entrepreneur who empowers, encourages and elevate women to dream bigger than their reality. She is the wife of Willie Moore Jr., Mother of three boys, Makeup Artist, Fitness Coach and now a new Author of the Number One selling book “Happily After All.”

Patricia is a motivator by nature; she has a heart for beautification with a God given talent. Her mission as a woman of God is to provide encouragement, paying it forward and giving back. Through makeup her heart’s desire is to enhance the essence of ones self-image, aiding women in bringing out the beauty they already possess and loving the “Reflection” they see in the mirror.

With many years of experience freelancing, weddings, fashion shows, media, entertainment and private engagements, Patricia interprets the make-up expectations of a vast genre of clients to produce a creative visual representation on film and in photographs. She has extended training in the areas of skincare, HD makeup and film/production.

Serving the likes of Founder of the media Company Radio One, Cathy Hughes; Radio One host and motivational speaker Willie Moore Jr.; Gospel Artists Canton Jones; reality TV star and motivational speaker Christina Johnson and a host of other clients across the nation. Patricia’s most accomplished work was featured in Tyler Perry plays “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” and “Madea’s Neighbors From Hell.” Furthermore, she was blessed to work on the make-up team for BET’s Black Girls Rock. 

Her motto is “Give yourself right into a miracle!”

She takes Godly pride in her work, offering every one she is blessed to encounter “excellence!” She looks forward to sharing her gifts with you. For more information website: www.mrsmakeup1.com


Main Stage Speaker:

Denise Bennett, Raleigh Market President and Business Development & Strategy executive with Wells Fargo Bank


Wells Fargo

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With a financial career spanning three decades, Denise Bennett brings an unmatched perspective to her clients—combining business strategy, market savvy and business lending expertise.  As a trusted advisor, business strategist and professional speaker, Bennett’s passion is helping business owners and individuals to build and sustain long-term prosperity.  Denise’s notable career in the financial industry includes senior-level positions at BB&T, First Citizens Bank and Wells Fargo.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for both Wachovia Bank and First Citizens Bank; Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women.  She is currently Raleigh Market President and Business Development & Strategy executive with Wells Fargo Bank.


Currently serving on The Greater Raleigh Chamber Economic Development Board, she is the recipient of numerous distinctive awards and honors, including:

Triangle Business Journal Women in Business

Triangle Business Journal NC Financial Impact Leaders Award

Triangle Business Journal Movers and Shakers Award

Business Leader Women Extraordinaire

The Mahogany Dime Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole Living Legend Award

YWCA’s Academy of Women

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award

Denise is author of A Chosen Seed: from Mustard Seed to Abundance (2011), a book which celebrates centennial wisdom from her 104 year old grandmother’s insightful teachings with over 300 passages to help readers prosper in life and work. A certified member of The National Speakers Association, she acclaims  one of her biggest accomplishments is having raised three collegiate young men who are making great strides in the business world.

Wells Fargo

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