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Fari Transformation,  Founder

Nomination – The Legacy Award

In pursuit of my freedom, I left Iran at the age of 21. I embrace both England and America as my home. Driven by my eternal passion for spirituality, health & fitness of all kinds, I have been a very successful fitness trainer and Health & wellness coach, and have guided clients on these paths for over 30 years.

With experience comes wisdom. I now specialize in relationship coaching/mentoring as well as essential self-love/self-respect. I bring all relationships on all levels (work, family, romance) along with the experiences from my adventuresome life to help my clients enjoy successful relationships, ones that, so far, have evaded their grasp. I have learned these lessons well and it is my true calling to help others do the same. I am happily married to the love of my life. I coach and mentor clients who keep repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. I help people to go from feeling lost and lonely, angry and frustrated, and suffering from imposter syndrome to an empowering, and rejuvenating self-love and self respect. Together we discover the GIFT in their traumas and challenges.   |

Meva Yvonne Reid, M.O.R. Life Coach & Speech Coach

Toronto, CANADA
Nomination – The Butterfly Award

Immigrated to Canada to fulfill my father’s dying wish. They were to get a good education, find a good job, get married and take care of my family. While it was OK to play these roles, someone was missing ME. I often asked myself “What do you want”. After several years in the corporate world, I was downsized. Shortly after I lost me job, I was divorced; leaving me to raise my two sons on my own. That was when I started to work on me. I went back to school and studied to be a Life Coach.

Once completed, I studied to be a Child and Youth Councillor. I also joined Toastmaster, to work on my public speaking skills and those are just a few things I engaged inbuild my self confidence and resilient mindset. Today, I can say that; I am a mother who is single, a Distinguished Toastmaster, Facilitator, Motivational Speaker, Speech Coach, Transformational Coach and a Child and Youth Counselor. I am also a potential wife who is living my best life.

Dr. Debbie Green, CEO, Keys For Freedom International Inc.

Gerogia, USA
Nomination – Impact Award

Dr. Debbie Green has a variety of gifts and professions. Dr. Green is the Founder and CEO of a 501 (C) (3) non-profit called Journeys Edges Life Ministry and a Virtual Community Development Center called Keys for Freedom International Inc., which are community- based focused on individuals and families affected by domestic family violence and emotional/mental illness .

The vision is to provide Mental health services to populations affected by crisis, abuse or any life- altering situation restoring faith and love to a hurting world. Dr. Green has 15 years of experience in Master Life coaching and psycho-education. Dr. Green facilitates a podcast entitled “Soulful Solutions with Dr. Debbie Green” every Thursday hosted on “The Female Solution” on Blog talk radio, Facebook and YouTube.

Dr. Green holds a B.A. of Psychology and a Masters in Community Counseling. She also holds a certification in Paracletos Counseling, which is a form of holistic healing therapy acknowledge by the State of Georgia. Dr. Green has also completed a Doctorate in Divinity with Aaron Beard International Accredited Biblical College. Dr. Green is a certified in Anger Management and Grief Specialist Counseling. Dr. Green specializes in Geriatric patient care and the End of Life Specialist (terminal illness).

Dr. Green is also a Death Doula, which is an individual who specialize in end of life and the issues that are involved. Dr. Green is also a Master Reiki Healer, which is an energy healing technique using gentle hand movements moving the energy of the spirit. Dr. Green is a motivational speaker and subject matter specialist that is sought after for workshops, conferences and religious events. Dr. Green’s vision is to empower others to seek their destiny and live a fulfilled life of peace and total freedom.
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Olive Rose Steele, Author, Blackwood: Self Publishing Made Easy

Toronto, CANADA
Nomination – The Author/Writer Award

Olive Rose Steele writes books that inspire and motivate individuals. Her published collection includes six self-help books, two novels and one memoir. Her knowledge of writing, coupled with her interpersonal, managerial and computer skills give her an edge in her work as a self-publishing consultant at BLACKWOOD Self-publishing Made Easy, a company she formed fifteen years ago, to provide help and advice to writers, established and aspiring authors, and individuals wishing to fulfill their dream of publishing, Olive Rose Steele is the Founder of RESONATE, a bi-weekly Newsletter about self-publishing, and VIEW FROM MY COFFEE CUP a monthly blog in which she shares her knowledge about writing.

Empowerment is what Olive does best, and her writing does not disappoint. She writes for the young, the not so young and individuals who might be questioning “Self”. Steele resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband Herbert. She is the mother of one and the grandmother of two beautiful girls. She spends her spare time reading and mall hopping.

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Lisa Stringer Bailey, Financial Educator & Money Motivator

Georgia, USA
Nomination – Go Getter Award

Lisa Bailey is the owner and creator of Triple M Money Management Matters.
Triple M serves women and their families with financial education and money
management. She shows women how to manage money, save more money, and
protect their money.

Lisa has a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. She began her financial
career in the U.S. Navy as a procurement and budget specialist for 9 1/2 years.
She worked in the banking industry for 17 years. Her current position is a credit
analyst for a major oil and gas company.

Lisa inspires to help her clients gain financial peace of mind. She motivates to
think differently about money by keeping her client’s mindsets positive and
engaging in financial education at all times. She teaches how to prioritize oneself
in their money plan, pay themselves first and aspire to build wealth for the future.
Lisa is an advocate of learning new things especially about finances and wealth
generation. She understands the money struggle and she is here to help lessen
that burden.

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YouTube: Money Management Matters
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Fania Morgan, CEO, FaniaFFrench

Toronto, CANADA
Nomination – Business Woman of the Year Award

Fania Morgan, Founder and Cosmetic Developer of Fania Ffrench Inc, a distinguished Luxe Makeup & Skincare, Fashion, and Home Brand headquartered in Canada. A botanical based skincare and makeup line, Fania Ffrench caters to women with unique undertones, prevents premature aging, and aids in rejuvenation of the skin. With an unwavering passion for beauty and a profound belief in the power of self-expression, Fania has meticulously crafted a platform that empowers women to embrace their individuality through the realms of skincare, makeup, fashion, and home decor.

As a fervent advocate for an “IT IS OK” campaign, Fania challenges societal norms that constrain women, urging them to wholeheartedly celebrate their uniqueness and show up for herself unapologetically. Her dedication extends to creating essential platforms such as Popup markets and Networking events providing aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their talents and businesses to wider audiences.

Beyond the realms of the beauty industry, Fania is a committed supporter of women facing the challenges of cancer and mental trauma. Her educational journey spans various beauty disciplines, including makeup, skincare, facials, and cosmetic formulations. Holding an honorary BSc in Hospitality, Entertainment & Tourism Management, an MSc in Behavioral Psychology, and presently pursuing a DBA in International Business, Fania exemplifies a multifaceted leader, driven by a holistic vision of beauty and empowerment for women.
Instagram: @faniaffrench
Facebook: fania ffrench


Dr. Shanna A. Jefferson, Psychotherapist & Business Strategist

North Carolina, USA
Nomination – Global Butterfly

Allendale, South Carolina native Dr. Shanna A. Jefferson is a firm believer that everyone can transcend adversity to achieve greatness. An award-winning entrepreneurial powerhouse, Dr.
Jefferson is a dynamic and prolific psychotherapist, business strategist, author, and speaker. She is inspired by her late father and Civil Rights Activist George M. Jefferson to strive towards greatness while serving others.

Several months prior to her 5th business anniversary in 2018, Dr. Jefferson coined “The Mental Cost of Entrepreneurship®” to raise awareness of the importance of mental health for entrepreneurs and challenge them to take a holistic approach to entrepreneurship.

Recognized by Sisters Pushing Sisters International as an “Ordinary Woman Doing Extraordinary Things,” Dr. Shanna A. Jefferson has received esteemed recognition from numerous publications including SwagHer Magazine and Black Enterprise.

In 2024, Dr. Jefferson received recognition as a 40 under 40 honoree presented by Business Elite.

Dr. Phyllis A. Pelzer, Professional Engineer

Georgia, USA
Nomination – Butterfly Award

I am a licensed engineer in SC and GA. I am also a licensed REALTOR in SC.

My skills are vast and my professional experience ranges from supporting and managing the development of a college-level nuclear engineering degree program to private practice as an engineer. Beyond breaking personal barriers in my field, I am most especially proud to have also helped birth a new generation of engineering professionals during my tenure as an engineering professor.

My purpose in life is to use my success as an engineer to motivate people to achieve greatness in their professional and personal lives. I am passionate about helping people achieve financial liberation and passing on generational wealth. I live by the motto, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” ~ Winston Churchill

Instagram: @blackladyengr

Jeanne Bessette, Founder & CEO Bessette Studios

Nomination – Legacy Award

Jeanne Bessette transcends the role of an artist; she is a transformative force and
visionary with an unshakable mission to imprint the world with lasting change. With a background in shamanism and a mastery of color, she alchemizes human experiences
into cycles of growth, creating conscious-activated art that goes beyond stunning

Renowned as a conscious artist, disruptor, and guide, Jeanne effortlessly channels
divine messages into tangible vessels for healing. Her art radiates empowerment for
herself, clients, and spaces. Guided by a profound legacy, she envisions a world
saturated with joy, healing, and transformation. Jeanne’s commitment is to infuse spaces with precise frequencies like boundless joy, peace, hope, and healing, one transformative artwork at a time.

Initiating her artistic journey at four, Jeanne evolved from whimsical beginnings to intricate conscious art. Beyond captivating with paintings, she dedicates herself to mentoring and teaching, guiding individuals toward higher consciousness. Navigating the gallery world, her art resonates with distinguished collectors like GMA’s Richard Besser and QVC’s Bob Warden. Jeanne defies boundaries, embracing a philosophy of “Activated Art, Live by Design, Expect Miracles.”

Beyond an artist, Jeanne is a catalyst for change, disrupting the mundane and leaving a legacy of healing, joy, and transformation through her profound artistry. From her early paintbrush days to intricate conscious art today, Jeanne’s journey mirrors her commitment to messages of healing and expansion—one painting, one heart at a time.


Social Media
Instagram: Jeanne_Bessette

Anissa Michelle Felix, Early Interventionist/RBT/Stylist

Georgia, USA
Nomination – Go Getter Award

Anissa Felix, hailing from Brooklyn, New York, is a descendant of Panamanian heritage. Since 1996, she has made her mark in the vibrant metro area of Atlanta with her family. Anissa’s journey began at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, where she honed her skills while embracing her passion for modeling through various fashion shows. In 1997, she seized an opportunity at Emory Clinic, showcasing her expertise for two years.

Anissa’s entrepreneurial spirit soared when she courageously opened a daycare in her
home, juggling the responsibilities of caring for her four young children. Divine intervention paved her path to becoming an Early Educator when she was selected by a
local Head Start Facility to provide service for toddlers.

Following the conclusion of her Home Daycare contract, Anissa pursued higher
education, earning her Associates and Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and
Communications while excelling as a Lead Teacher. For twelve impactful years, she
dedicated herself to Head Start, igniting her passion for Early Intervention.


Social Media

IG @stylesbyAmichelle

Teresa Wright Johnson, CEO, Founder: Mom Bizz Boss

Nomination – Business Woman of the Year Award

Teresa Wright Johnson is an International Best-Selling Author and Georgia Mother of
The Year for 2023. Teresa is a Life Coach and Parent Educator, she holds many
certifications in special needs, mental health, education, and parenting.

Mrs. Wright Johnson is the executive director of Zara’s Song, an organization that supports parents that have children that experience special needs. As a certified parent peer specialist and mental health instructor / advocate Teresa currently works with / supports NAMI Georgia, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Georgia, Mental Health America of
Georgia, March of Dimes of Georgia, The Federation of Families, and Parent To Parent of Georgia.

Moreover, Teresa is the owner of TWJME Enterprises and founder of MOM BIZ BOSS. When asked what some of her most important accomplishments are, Teresa says that being a mother has been her most important accomplishment and joy, Plus being able to help so many other mothers, parents, and families has also been more than rewarding!


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Karen Oakes, Health & Life Insurance Licensed

Nomination – Rising Star Award

Karen Oakes is a health and life licensed entrepreneur with a mission to empower
others through financial literacy.

As a veteran of the US Marine Corps, she brings discipline and determination to her work. Karen specializes in helping individuals increase cash flow, manage debt, establish emergency funds, and secure retirement solutions.

With a passion for making a positive impact, she educates and inspires others to take control of their financial futures. Through her expertise and dedication, Karen is committed to guiding her clients towards financial freedom and a brighter tomorrow.

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Melinda Brown, Travel Specialist: Trinity World Travel

Nomination – Go Getter Award

Melinda Brown is a resilient entrepreneur with a heart for travel and a passion for empowering others. As a divorced mother of three adult children and a proud grandmother to a toddler grandson, Melinda understands the importance of creating lasting memories with loved ones. With a background in commercial insurance and a calling to ministry, she launched her travel business eight years ago, driven by a desire to merge her expertise with her love for exploration.

Melinda has earned numerous industry certifications, solidifying her reputation as a trusted travel advisor. Her primary mission is to help people travel smarter and more affordably while leveraging the travel industry to achieve their financial and lifestyle aspirations. Through her dedication and expertise, Melinda is committed to making travel dreams a reality for her clients, one destination at a time.

Melinda Brown
(312) 313-9307

Agnes Pecjo, CEO: The Elevated Intelligence

Nomination – Hidden Gem Award

Agnes is a seasoned executive with over 28 years of comprehensive experience spanning Finance, Controllership, Strategic Planning, and Outsourcing, among other areas. Her career is distinguished by her significant contributions to global professional services organizations, where she has demonstrated exceptional financial and operational leadership. Beyond her professional prowess, Agnes has also made her mark in life coaching, offering executive and spiritual growth guidance.

Her journey has been marked by her efforts to enhance business operations through technology integration, leading to increased efficiencies and significant cost savings. Her keen business insight and financial expertise have been instrumental in driving operational improvements and achieving remarkable operational excellence and return on investment results.

Agnes embodies transformational leadership, focusing on empowering teams across corporate, personal, and spiritual domains. She builds robust relationships, fosters collaboration at all organizational levels, and guides individuals toward achieving their goals. Her expertise covers innovation, transformation, risk management, compliance, and coaching. Agnes is dedicated to fostering growth and positive change, aiming to impact lives positively one step at a time. Her commitment to excellence and personal growth makes her pivotal in driving success and fostering a culture of achievement and well-being.

Three words: Passionate, Determined, Inspiring

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Tyronica S. Carter: Inspirational Speaker, Influencer

Nomination – Business Woman of the Year Award

Tyronica S. Carter is a Seven Figure Earner, a 3 time Published Author, Inspirational
Speaker, Influencer, Business Coach, and Educator. As a top performer in the Network Marketing Industry, Tyronica has had the distinct honor of sharing and expanding her expertise to others who desire a successful path in network marketing by creating and hosting numerous trainings and events in the field for her team of over 145,000 consultants and others in the industry.

She has collaborated and worked with numerous well known multi millionaires, and best in the business experts such as Eric and Marina Worre, Rob Sperry, and Melford and Concetta Bibens just to name a few; Taking her connections and level of experience to new heights. 

Prior to her current endeavor, Tyronica was an elementary school teacher where she
earned her Master’s Degree from Walden University, and her Bachelor’s Degree from
Jackson State University. While teaching, she decided to give entrepreneurship a try to supplement her income.

In only 2 years she was able to leave education to pursue entrepreneurship full time. She feels 15 years in the classroom laid the foundation of her now role as a powerhouse in her current company where she strives to inspire both men and women to help them reach their full potential. Because of her consistency to show up, many opportunities have come her way! From hosting numerous events, including red carpets, to being featured on 6 magazine covers, including the 2023 May/June edition of the national SHEEN Magazine and many radio shows and podcasts.

She is also the proud recipient of The 2021 Sales Award, 2022 Media Award, 2023 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, 2023 Top 50 Women of Influence and named a 2024 Woman To Watch. Her slogan is “Outdream Yourself”, where her goal now is to continue to provide the necessary tools to all entrepreneurs to see everyone reach their goals and dreams as she has. Tyronica S. Carter is a native Mississippian currently residing in Georgia with her husband Benjamin of 22 years, and 2 sons Benjamin and Brayden. Tyronica is also a proud active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Pamela Byrd: Author Speaker & Life Coach

Nomination – Author/Writer Award

Pamela Byrd is a Boundaries Coach, Journaling Practitioner, and published author of “I had a Twin, Disrupting the Cycle of Childhood Trauma” where she addresses her twin sister’s suicide.  In her book, Pamela shares her experiences and the battles she overcame growing up in the same highly dysfunctional environment and why she chose a different path. 

Pamela began her coaching practice, Byrd’s Eye View, in 2007.  Since that time, she has helped women to understand how their past experiences have influenced their current reality. As a result, hundreds of women have gained victory and are now living life on their terms.

As a Boundaries Coach, Pamela focuses on helping women to set healthy boundaries in the areas that truly matter.  Along with providing group coaching programs, e-courses, and one-on-one coaching, she facilitates a private Facebook group, Bold Boundaries from a Tender Heart.  This forum provides a safe platform for group members to share their boundary questions, and gain insights from other members within the community.

Pamela’s experience with journaling since the age of eleven has also positioned her as a journaling expert. She teaches her clients how to use different journaling styles to assist them on their journey towards healing.


Jill Miller: Fitness Guru & Wellness Coach, CEO

Nomination – Go-Getter Award

Jill Miller is not only the proud owner and lead instructor of Jill Miller Fitness Studio but also the co-owner of One Life Juice Wellness Center. Her journey began in education, where she dedicated 26 years to serving in Fulton County Schools, earning recognition as a two-time Teacher of the Year recipient. Stepping out on faith, she retired from her teaching career to embark on a new path alongside her husband, establishing the wellness center within their community.

Despite years of balancing training with the demands of a full-time job, Jill found herself burnt out and exhausted, contemplating the closure of her business. However, a sudden twist of fate came when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Their shared journey led them to explore natural remedies to support his healing journey, reigniting Jill’s passion for wellness and fitness.

In addition to her role as a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Jill boasts 24 years of experience as a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Committed to fostering overall health and wellness, she emphasizes education during her training sessions, embodying passion and dedication in every aspect of her work. Her holistic approach, dedicated to transforming the Mind, Body, and Soul, aims to Reset, Restore, and Renew the body, addressing prevalent health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, particularly within the black community.

Jill’s unwavering faith and dedication have earned her the title of an unapologetic champion of God, alongside being a proud recipient of the RICE Award for Health and Wellness.
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FB~Jill Miller Fitness Studio

One Life Juice Wellness Center

Gaati Werema: CEO, Ladies of the Game LLC

Nomination – Impact Award

Gaati Werema is the founder of Ladies of the Game. She was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents and learned from an early age the value of the opportunities afforded to her as an American. Coming from humble beginnings with her mother, seven siblings, and later a stepfather, Gaati was determined to cultivate a better life for herself and her family.

Gaati’s passion for young girls, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship was inspired by her family’s stories and her own personal experiences.

Mission Statement:
Ladies of the Game LLC was founded to provide female athletes and those with an
affinity for leadership with the mentorship and support they need to develop leadership skills and mental fortitude. Our mission is to empower our participants to become queens in training through our programs in personal and professional development.

These programs offer a comprehensive approach to holistic, balanced living. They
assist clients with setting measurable goals, overcome challenges, and achieve success
in life and sports. We believe in the importance of self-advocacy, mental health,
entrepreneurship, and other essential skills for navigating various industries and
achieving long-term sustainability.

By working together, we can help you balance your competitiveness on and off the field and live a fulfilling life!

Facebook: Gaati Werema
Instagram: @Feat.Gaat

Dr. Laquore J. Meadows, Ph.D. CEO & Co-Founder of Invest2Give® and Stocks & Sorors®

Nomination – Business Woman of the Year Award

From poverty to Ph.D., Dr. Laquore J. Meadows is a #1 Best Selling Author, visionary, dynamic leader and wealth builder, and the CEO and Co-Founder of Invest2Give. Inspired by the life and
legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, she began her stock trading career with the aspiration to normalize wealth among communities of color while creating a lasting educational and financial impact on the world. She has since co-leveraged a 5.3 million dollar donation to the organization that she leads and has successfully utilized the stock market to accomplish her financial goals while helping professionals around the globe to do the same.

Dr. Meadows has educated students of all facets, ages and levels with her strong financial knowledge.  As an additional resource for those new to the stock market, her #1 Amazon Best Selling ebook “Income on Demand: The Complete Playbook for Beginning Stock Traders”, provides beginners a peek into the world of stock trading and investing.  She is also the founder of  Stocks & Sorors, an initiative created to encourage members of Black Greek sororities to become active participants in the stock market.

Dr. Meadows is not only a financial powerhouse, but a creative innovator as well. She created The Chosen For More Collective apparel line to further empower current and aspiring stock traders and entrepreneurs who are ready to rise above the W-2 mentality and leverage their 9 to 5 as a bridge and not a destination. “We are all uniquely chosen to do a thing; however, limiting beliefs and financial astigmatisms often keep us from realizing the impact that we were designed to have on the world… We must change this narrative.” she adds.

Dr. Meadows received her Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, Masters in College Student Personnel from Miami University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. She enjoys a career as a higher education professional at The Ohio State University and is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Meadows is a trailblazer on a relentless mission to build a bridge between aspiring investors and their financial goals; she will continue to utilize her passion for the stock market to encourage others to leverage stock and options trading as an opportunity to generate income on demand and promote the intergenerational transfer of wealth.


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Ebony Watson: Licensed Massage Therapist

Nomination – Go-Getter Award

Ebony is a licensed massage therapist and stretch coach. She’s the owner of Ebony’s
Massage Escape, LLC in Douglasville, GA.

She graduated from the International School of Skin, Nailcare, and Massage Therapy in 2016. She enjoys reading, rejuvenating with nature walks, exploring new destinations through travel, and finding inner peace through yoga.

Embark on a journey of relaxation and wellness with Ebony, where every massage session is a personalized escape tailored to your mind, body, and soul.



Ebony Watson, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
Ebony’s Massage Escape, LLC

Sandi Pruitt: Founder & CEO – SEPruitt Consulting

Nomination – Legacy Award

A true GA Peach, born in Atlanta, GA Sandi is Owner & CEO of SEPruitt Consulting, a
non-profit that works with individuals & entrepreneurs wanting to develop and set up their own nonprofit or for-profit business. After several years of working away, Sandi returned to Atlanta and went to work for BlueCross BlueShield. While working in corporate America, Sandi realized that her true passion was being stifled and left. She tried her hand at several small business ventures including starting and operating Food & Family, with her brother and his wife; and Co-Founder of LateNite Records, a recording studio.

In 1999 Sandi co-founded Phoenix Rising Center for Women, a nonprofit that provided temporary homes for girls 8-18. In 2007 they expanded the focus to include transitional housing for homeless female veterans. In 2011, after a brief illness, she sold her share of the business to focus primarily on her consulting business after receiving requests from many wanting help in starting their own nonprofit or small business. In 2013 she was asked to join People TV, Inc., Atlanta’s Public Access nonprofit TV station and became their Business & Community Affairs Manager until she left in 2016.

From 2016-2018 she worked as Director of Community Development & Outreach with Black On Purpose TV (BOPTV). From 2015-2019 Sandi was Executive Director and Co-Chairman of The Nonprofit Trinity Awards, a 501(c) 3 organization that recognized nonprofit organizations and volunteers for the work they do in our communities.

In 2017 Sandi served as VP of Operations of Real Women Atlanta Magazine 2017-2019. She served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director & Co- Chairman of the B.L.A.C.K. I A.M. AWARDS of Black People United Global Network. Sandi currently focuses primarily on her consulting business where she not only continues to encourage and help others start their own non-profits and small businesses; but she also holds workshops and trainings in board development, strategic planning, program/project consulting, business development and strategic partnership development. Sandi recently founded Sista’s In Media a support organization for women in media be it radio, TV, film, production and more; and is Co-founder and VP of Atlanta Media Heads an organization whose main purpose is to introduce youth to film production by building bridges to success through media education one camera shot at a time.


South Fulton Film & Entertainment Committee
NAWBO/National Association of Women Business Owners The National Association of Black Female Entrepreneurs Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Georgia The Presidential Gold Award from the White House/S E Pruitt Consulting/2021 The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House/2022

Dr. Angela Harris: Educator & Global Leader


Dr. Angela Harris, a native of Columbus, Ohio, stands as a beacon of education and
empowerment. With multiple degrees including a BS in Business Information Systems Administration from DeVry University, an MS in Social Work from Keller University, and several PhDs in Theology, Human Resources Development, and Humanities, she embodies academic excellence.

As a mother of 5 daughters and 1 son, and grandmother of 16, she is a role model to many. Recognized as one of “The Most Influential Black Women in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business League, Dr. Harris serves as the first female President of the SCLC and has made significant contributions to education and civil rights activism.

She is a visionary leader, ordained elder, public speaker, and founder of numerous initiatives including THE PRINCIPLES OF BLACKNESS CULTURAL & WELLNESS TRAINING ACADEMY and ON THE SET Developmental and Training Academy.

Through her businesses like B.L.A.C.K. People United Global Network, she champions economic empowerment and community revitalization. Dr. Harris’s commitment to education and entertainment convergence drives her mission to uplift and educate the Black community globally.

Tracy Edelhertz: CEO, Freedom Dreamer Enterprises


Nomination – Rising Star Award

After a 25 year career as a professional chef, Tracy suffered a catastrophic back injury ending what she thought would be a life long path. Left as a single solo mother with limited capabilities, she pursued all different modalities to bring herself back to some sense of normality. A friend offered her a bottle of hope and little did she know it would change the course of her future.

After being relieved of pain she realized this was a gift that she had to give to others thus embarking on her new journey. Using this fuel she stoked her motivational fires and continues to offer others the opportunity to help themselves and change their lives with the goal of freeing as many people as will allow her from constraints of health issues jobs and so much more.

This gift has freed people to build memories, enjoy life and spend time with loved ones. All it takes is a strong desire to leave a positive impact in the world and Tracy wants to be your guide.

Instagram: @tracyluvtav

Shirley Xavier: Serial Entrepreneur / Philanthropist


Nomination – Humanitarian Award

Shirley Xavier is a dynamic entrepreneur, solar brokerage owner, speaker stylist,
and community leader, propelled by a profound commitment to global impact.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she has been an unwavering champion for
entrepreneurship since 2018.

As the CEO of Shirley Couture, Shirley empowers women speakers and coaches through fashion, ensuring their appearance perfectly complements their message. Additionally, she serves as the Founder and President of CryptoMondays ATL, where she made history as the first and only black woman president among 55+ chapters worldwide, within the largest Web3 organization for in-person events.

Beyond her entrepreneurial ventures, Shirley is deeply engaged in various business associations, including the Atlanta Black Chambers, the Buckhead Business Association, and the GA Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce. Her commitment to philanthropy is evident through her creation of the Haitian Excellence Award and Changemakers Award, which she presents at her annual fundraisers for YE Foundation Inc. 

YE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Shirley in 2023 with a dedicated focus on implementing environmental and waste management solutions in underserved countries, starting with Haiti. As an advocate for solar energy, public health, environmental sustainability, and improved living conditions for marginalized communities, Shirley’s insightful leadership and compassionate spirit serve as a beacon of inspiration to all touched by her transformative endeavors.

Sarina Helen: Holistic Wellness Coach


Nomination – Impact Award

Sarina Helen is an impactful change-maker driven by an entrepreneurial spirit.

Renowned for founding The Juice Parlor in Los Angeles, CA, her mission revolves around investing in planetary and human wellness. With a Master's degree in
Environmental Science, she delves into climate change, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility, spearheading diverse sustainability programs for organizations of all sizes.

Additionally, she serves as a holistic wellness coach, aiming to empower
women through transformative wellness programs. Drawing from her own decade-long burnout journey, Sarina seeks to expedite healing and wellness, emphasizing the importance of self-connection, self-trust, and self-love as foundational elements for serving the world effectively.

Instagram: @bewellbysarina

Caroline Vaughn-Cooke: CEO & Media Host


Nomination – Visionary Award

Ms. Caroline Vaughn-Cooke (a.k.a. Cazzy Bee) is a British native of Guyanese decent
residing in Atlanta. She is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in
Account & Project Management, Marketing, HR, Compliance and Travel.

She has mastered a work life balance by focusing on her goals while juggling motherhood, philanthropy, volunteering and helping and supporting others. She graduated with honors from the University of West London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. As a licensed GA Realtor, she specializes in New Construction and Property Management and is a member of the Cobb Assoc of Realtors.

As a former beauty queen, Ms Guyana UK, she is a world traveler and loves all things
Caribbean. She is the Executive Producer and Host of two weekly shows: The Promo
Show, created to help small businesses market their products following the pandemic and The Lunch Date with Cazzy; a talk show with influencers worldwide.

She is an Executive at Caribbean Life TV/Radio and for the past three years spearheaded the annual Community Festival. She created a Career Advancement Training course which helps job seekers to land their dream job and set themselves up for success. Writing and journaling has always been one of her passions leading her to co-author two anthologies and she is currently writing a third focused on wisdom.


Contact Information and Social Media:
C: +1 202-550-2923
IG: @the_promo_show
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Catrice Clements: Founder & CEO IAMME Enterprise


Nomination – Visionary Award

Catrice Clements, affectionately known as CeeCee, is the visionary founder and CEO of IAMME Enterprise dedicated to community empowerment and transformation. With over 28 years of healthcare expertise, including a Registered Nurse, Certified CBT Practitioner and Certified Life Coach, Catrice merges her passion for patient care with holistic wellness modalities.

Her innovative Coaching Boutique offers pathways to personal and spiritual development, emphasizing self-care and healing of mind, body, and spirit. Catrice’s extensive background spans clinical support for Dialysis and Apheresis, alongside developing transformative online courses like the Soul Mastery and Healing Mastery Learning Series.

Her mission centers on empowering individuals to embrace optimal health, authenticity, and abundance through overcoming barriers to healing and fostering total well-being.


Danita Tate: Author


Nomination – Author/Writer Award

Danita Tate is the Owner of Chiquita’s
Blessed Hands,Chiquita’s Miracle Works and Chiquita’s Blessed Scents and Chiquita’s Blessed Transportation.

Danita is a 56-year-old mother and grandmother that lives to keep her sisters Attorney Chiquita Tate and Juantonga Richmond’s legacy alive. She is one of seven children of a drug addicted mother, even though she was the second oldest Danita took on the role of mothering her siblings. She admits that she has done things for her family that were not within the perimeters of the law and may not be what others want her to be, but she is all that she can be and embraces her past by sharing with others today. In February of 2009 her life was forever changed by the brutal murder of her sister Attorney Chiquita Tate. And then tragedy struck a second time with the murder of her sister Juantonja Richamaond in March 0f 2023.

As a determined, hardworking self-starter and obviously a woman who wears many hats, she could not stop and knew what she had to do to succeed in creating her sister’s legacy, so she began to write her vision and made it plain. She immediately began developing the Chiquita Tate brand, with Chiquita’s Blessed Hands a janitorial service. She has made many strides and developed great relationships with other companies, a rapport with her community, and now has established colleagues that she has partnered with to not only put her company on the map, but unselfishly help there’s also. Danita is moving in the right direction and has her eye on the prize. She feels giving up is not an option and will not let anything stop her. By stepping out on faith, Danita created a line of cleaning products Chiquita’s Miracle Works, a bathroom cleaner and a deodorizer.

In October of 2020.she launched Blessed Scents, a line of candles. She released her memoir Life of a Survivor in 2021 and it detailed how she maneuvered through life to keep her family together. Danita didn’t stop there in 2023 she released her sophomore book Empowered By Tragedy along with a journal 30 Daily Prompts to Empower You Through Tragedy. She still struggles. Danita Tate
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Angelique Daley: CEO & Senior Wedding & Event Coordinator


Nomination – Go Getter Award

I’m Angelique Daley, CEO and Senior Wedding and Event Production Coordinator behind Total Event Xperts. I am a racialized immigrant, woman with an invisible disability, wife and mother of four. Who has created a top of the line Event management business with over a decade of experience.

We are Toronto, Canada-based full-service wedding and event company with a passion for creating unforgettable experiences. Our goal is to make social events, weddings, and corporate events truly extraordinary and accessible to all. As part of our annual initiatives we partner with serveral nonprofit organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion writhin marginalized communities.

At Total Event Xperts, we focus on our clients and personalize each event to bring their vision to life. With our key values, professional touch, industry expertise in event planning and stellar client care we consistently exceed client expectations and produce amazing celebrations. Our commitment to our clients’ vision enables us to curate exceptional celebrations in Toronto and beyond.

We love bringing dreams to life and creating memories that last a lifetime. Let’s work together to make your event truly special!


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Anne Mwai: CEO, Bama Diaspora Ltd


Nomination – Business Woman of the Year Award

Anne Mwai is the CEO Bama Diaspora Ltd . A real Estate company that helped over 900 Diasporans all over the world invest safely in REAL estate in Kenya.

Through her Leadership the Company has worn many awards in Real Estate Both in US and in Kenya.

Anne Mwai is true definition of a female Hustler having started a Computer bureau at an age of 20 in Kiambu Town where she offered typing, copying, CD writing and computer packages. She later joined KWFT Kenya Women Finance Trust where she learnt the art and benefits of Saving and investments among her mom friends in her early 20s. 

Currently, Anne is resides both in Birmingham Alabama and Nairobi Kenya. She is the Franchisee Business owner of Ascend Enterprises LLC which is a Cleaning Service (Both commercial & Residential) and a trucking business both based in US. 

Anne is very active in her local community in Alabama. She has received several awards for community Service. The main one was from former US Ambassador to Kenya Hon. Njeru Githae in an event in Birmingham.

She prides herself as being a True humanitarian by being a dedicated supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Lifetime sponsor Elroi Children’s home in Nairobi and supports several disabled people in Kenya.

Through Bama Diaspora Ltd, she fully educates 6 kids through high school in Nanyuki and Kiambu. Anne also Ministers to people in drug addiction and those in Prostitution In Githogoro slums Kiambu where the Whole Bama Diaspora Team spends their Wednesday afternoon. 

She graduates in December 2024 with a degree in Business Administration & Management. 



Zakeya ‘Key’ Trice: Serial Entrepreneur & Registered Nurse


Nomination – Go Getter Award

Zakeya who goes by ‘Key’ is a serial entrepreneur who has a constant drive for self-improvement, success, and helping others achieve their goals. At a young age, she realized that she wanted to inspire and motivate others through service. She is a Registered Nurse, full time mother, and a blessing to everyone who gets to experience her presence.

Key is always thinking of creative ideas to build a better future, legacy, and make an
extra income while doing so. She believes that changing your mindset will take you
to places you have never dreamed of.

Always inspiring others to be open minded and to follow your dreams. She goes back to the simple statement some of us learned as
children: “You can be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want to do if
you put your mind to it.”

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Maxan Ferguson-Dyer: CEO, Blu Lunar Wellness


Nomination – Visionary Award

CEO and Founder Maxan Ferguson-Dyer of Blu Lunar (Wellness) began her career as a stem cell scientist before embarking on a journey of self-discovery upon moving to Canada. Combining her expertise with a passion for education and assisting others, she sought to establish a business that embraced a holistic approach to learning.

Specializing in health, education, and healing through evidence-based modalities, Blu Lunar emphasizes education on various topics including finance, sustainability, environmentally friendly products, and minimalism. Grounded in intentionality and consciousness, the company advocates for holistic living, promoting well-being in all aspects of modern life.

Blu Lunar is dedicated to empowering individuals, emphasizing that all the tools for success lie within, and additional support is available to create a future aligned with personal goals, free from the burdens of the past.
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Sylvia D. Wray: “The Advocate”


Nomination – Impact Award

Sylvia Dennis-Wray’s journey is an inspiring testament to dedication, compassion, and community impact. Her commitment to Alzheimer’s advocacy and support for caregivers is a shining example of the power of empathy and the positive change one individual can bring to their community.

Sylvia’s ongoing efforts continue to uplift and inspire those around her, earning her numerous accolades and recognitions, including the “2021 Southern Crescent Women in Business Non-Profit of the Year Award,” “2022 National Women’s History Month Award,”and the “2023 Top 50 Southern Crescent Women of Influence.”

Sylvia Dennis-Wray is not just a remarkable individual; she is a true force for good in her community and beyond.


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Dr. Wiletha Williams: Founder/Director Georgia Wholystic Center


Nomination – Legacy Award

Dr. Wiletha Williams BA, MED, ND, CHHP, is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, has earned the Degree of Doctor of Naturopathy and has been practicing for over 25 years.

Dr. Wiletha Williams is dedicated to helping you reach desired wellness goals by simply shifting your lifestyle choices to better support your best health. She is the founder and Director of Georgia Wholystic Center, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Williams believes that no matter how rare the diagnosis and how advanced the condition is, there is someone who has conquered the disease.

She believes it involves accessing the appropriate information and, of course, having the willingness to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments. “I will be your spiritual, physical, and financial coach; and your loyal friend.”

Mary Kim Farkas: Visionary Inspiring Change


Nomination – Butterfly Award

Mary Kim Farkas is a Mompreneur, Advocate, Speaker, Writer, and Multi-abuse Champion, driven by a mission to promote self-empowerment through self-love and self-care. Raised in Port Richey, now residing in Long Island with her son with Down Syndrome, Mary Kim’s experiences shaped her into a resilient advocate. She faced childhood abuse and tragically lost her mother to domestic violence, which deeply impacted her family. Her brother’s subsequent mental health challenges, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, led her to become his caregiver, highlighting the importance of mental health awareness.

Her advocacy extends to supporting caregivers and raising awareness about mental illness dynamics and the dangers of self-medication. Mary Kim found solace in writing, using it for healing and expression. Her bi-cultural background instilled strong family ties and faith, driving her unwavering positivity and “never give up” attitude.

As a visionary advocate for equality and well-being, Mary Kim inspires change globally. Her mission is to empower women through self-empowerment, believing that Why Owning My Truth Empowers Naturally (W.O.M.E.N.) resets community standards. Through purpose-driven action and integrity, she champions mental health, abuse survivors, domestic violence awareness, Down Syndrome acceptance, and basic human rights for all. Follow Mary Kim on her transformative journey to inspire, empower, and make alasting impact.

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Toyin Fadina: Founder of SMART Inc, CEO of SMART K12 Enrichment, LLC


Nomination – Hidden Gem Award

Toyin Fadina is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and life-coach. Her energetic personality strikes a unique balance between humor, inspiration, professionalism, and authenticity. For over twenty years, Toyin has dedicated her life to helping single parents, women, and children thrive. She is the founder of SMART, inc (Single Mothers of America Resource Team), providing essential support for single-parent families through education, entrepreneurship, and empowerment. SMART, inc services include academic enrichment support for youth, media support for small business owners, and smart parent coaching.

Previously, Toyin served as a professional educator for 15 years and has helped hundreds of people in metropolitan Atlanta and other global areas. She now heads a middle school in a small town outside of Dubai, UAE. In addition to her educational work, she continues to support the global community by offering educational resources, coaching programs, enrichment workshops, and business support virtually.

As a Wellness in Education Activist, Toyin has developed a S.T.E.M. Global Literacy
Movement to help students worldwide combat mental wellness challenges through literacy. Drawing from her experience raising her child as a young mother, Toyin created S.M.A.R.T. strategies to help individuals make major life adjustments, shifting them from shaky to stable, overwhelmed to balanced, unfulfilled to fulfilled, and resisted to a life of freedom. She uses these strategies to inspire others, showing that anyone can rise to their full potential by taking the SMART steps to live a blissful life of freedom.



Dwanese Dunn: Educator, STEM Teacher, Scholar & Consultant


Nomination – Impact Award

I began my teaching career in California, then moved to Georgia. It was not long before I found myself drawn to teaching students how to use skills like critical thinking and creativity to solve problems in the community. I attended every professional learning possible for STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

During my 27 years as an educator, I became an advocate for the expansion of STEM in schools. In 2018, I became the first STEM teacher at our school, serving all kindergarten through fifth grade students.

Since then, I have expanded the program at our school, led our school to be the first fully STEM certified school in the district, led STEM teacher trainings for others seeking STEM certification, organized STEM days and STEM nights, developed many community partnerships, and secured over $10,000 in grant funds to support our STEM projects, like starting a Drone Club, creating a Sensory Garden for students with Autism, and addressing Food Waste and hunger at school.

I was recently recognized as a 2024 Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center
Don Cargill STEM Scholar at the Georgia Capital. With plans to become a STEM
education consultant, I believe my passion for STEM is rooted in my belief that “Every
student can learn, and make a difference in the world.”

Dr. Angela Hasan: V.P. Dr. Angela Hasan Training Centre


Nomination – Visionary Award

Dr. Angela Hasan is the proud wife of Saleem Hasan and mother of 7 children and 3 grandchildren. Dr Angela Hasan graduated high school at the age of 16. Her educational background includes a doctorate in finance and theology. Dr Angela Hasan is a visionary leader and accomplished professional in the field of personal and professional development.

As the Vice President of the esteemed Dr. Angela Hasan Training Center Inc in Atlanta, Georgia, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Dr. Hasan is dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to reach their full potential through transformative training programs and coaching services.

Her innovative approach to training and development has helped countless clients achieve their goals and enhance their skills. Dr. Hasan is known for her dynamic and engaging style, which makes her a sought-after speaker and facilitator at conferences and workshops.

In addition to her role at the training center, Dr. Hasan has written over 65 million dollars in grants, a serial entrepreneur with corporations surrounding financial literacy and lending.

Dr Hasan is a published author and has been featured in various media outlets for her expertise in personal growth and empowerment. She is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of others and is a trusted mentor and advisor to many. Dr. Angela Hasan is truly a trailblazer in the field of training entrepreneurs and development, inspiring those around her to strive for excellence and success.

Darlaina Rose: Founder, The Darlaina Rose Foundation


Nomination – Humanitarian Award

Darlaina Rose is a renowned certified Emotion Code and Body Code practitioner, esteemed holistic healer, and the accomplished author of the best-selling book “How I Got Here: My Holistic Healing Journey” Drawing from her extensive experience and profound insights, Darlaina shares her transformative journey of healing and empowerment with readers worldwide.

As the founder of the Darlaina Rose Foundation, Darlaina is deeply committed to uplifting and empowering single mothers in Nigeria. With a heart filled with compassion and a spirit of service, she has created a supportive community where these women can access education, skill development, and holistic support to thrive and build sustainable futures for themselves and their families.

In addition to her professional achievements, Darlaina is a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her nurturing presence and wisdom are evident in all aspects of her life, as she continues to inspire and uplift those around her.

Through her holistic healing practice, her insightful writings, and her philanthropic efforts, Darlaina Rose embodies the essence of compassion, resilience, and empowerment. Her dedication to serving others and making a positive impact in the world shines brightly, leaving a lasting legacy of love and transformation.
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