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TRESSA SMALLWOOD
Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood is an author, award-winning Publisher of Life Changing Books INC, and owner of TressaAzarelVIPclub.com, an organization that inspires women through business and networking mentorship.
 
In 2003 Tressa resigned from her teaching tenure to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Two months after writing her first novel, A Life to Remember, she raked in over $40K in sales. Since then turned her knowledge into a multi-million dollar empire. With over one hundred forty titles published in print to date and even more digitally, Life Changing Books, more lovingly known as (LCB) was awarded Independent Publisher of the Year in 2011. Her entrepreneurial work both as an author and movie producer have been featured in Black Enterprise, Hip Hop Weekly, EURWeb, The Source and Rolling Out.  Since expanded into the film industry with Life Changing Films. Life Changing Films debut SECRETS adapted from the J. Tremble novel Secrets of a Housewife was released in 2016 and won Featured Narrative Film at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
 
When she is not teaching others how to write and publish or reviewing scripts for her promising film catalog Tressa is mentoring girls ages 10-17 on becoming self-starters and leaders through her program, Be The Boss Entrepreneurial Program. She resides in the DMV area with her family. 
CHEREASE RICHARDS
Chereace Richards is a wife, mom, powerhouse entrepreneur, founder of the 21st Century Woman community, Network Marketing Million Dollar Earner and Community Leader. As author of Faith. Focus. Action: The Journey to Becoming Who You Are (2013), Chereace has championed a community of action-oriented entrepreneurs into the lifestyles of their dreams. Her journey sets an example that success can be acquired with disciplined faith and focus and a relentless passion for breaking all barriers.

In 2006, Chereace was introduced to the Profession of Network Marketing. Although hesitant and skeptical at first, she pushed past her fears and reservations and was open to learn something new. Having no prior Network Marketing experience, the opportunity filled a void in her life and forced her to challenge herself like never before. Chereace’s success in the Profession has been constant and rather extraordinary. In just under two years, she was able to walk away from her GS14 Federal Government Information Technology position to build her business full-time. She and her husband, who also left his full time job as a bus operator, have built a flourishing business that is rewarding on many levels. Within 4 years, they were reached the top position, became 7-figure earners, and helped other families become financial free. Chereace often explains how great it is to be able to “live full-time and work part-time”.

A native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Chereace earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Bowie State University and Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management from American University. She is the mother of two boys, wife to successful entrepreneur and Author Stan Richards, whose community leadership earned him and their foundation, The Richards Group Foundation (RGF), the 2013 Best Community Leader Honor in the 2013 Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards. As the Vice President of (RGF), Chereace leads a weekly mentoring program called Girls Who Win with ninth graders at her alma mater, Central High School.

She uses her story to empower others, specifically women, to awaken to their hearts desire, own their greatest personal power, answer the call on their life, so they can live their ridiculously possible life! Her ultimate purpose is to help 1 million women to discover their God-given purpose so they can serve and impact the world.

As a coach and keynote speaker, Chereace has been featured in numerous magazines and books, including Washington Post Magazine, Success from Home Magazine, Fit Figures Magazine, Hustlemama Magazine, HERLIFE Magazine as the January 2016 Covergirl, and the non-fiction compilation Wealthy Direct Sales Women: Their Leadership, Strategy, Money, & Love of the Game. She has received numerous official citations, awards and recognition including the Woman of Distinction in Leadership.

With FAITH, laser FOCUS, and most importantly, ACTION, Chereace knows that anything is possible.
CHEF KIMBERLY VANKLINE
Chef Kimberly VanKline was born at the crossroads of haute cuisine and comfort food.

Her grandmother, a product of the Harlem Renaissance and a well-traveled, classically-trained chef, saw talent in the young Van Kline, and taught her both Continental/French cuisine, as well as traditional Southern cooking from a very young age. By the time Chef VanKline launched her catering company, “PASSION FOR THE PALATE”, in 2009 she had been cooking and perfecting recipes for more than 30 years.
Chef VanKline’s time as chef at Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant Jean Georges NYC became the springboard for her unique style and innovative use of elements from all culinary disciplines: the attention to detail, fresh, quality ingredients, and sophistication of haute cuisine, with the relaxed richness, complexity and intense flavors of her Harlem roots.

“PASSION FOR THE PALATE ” was an immediate success, purely via word-of-mouth — Illustrious clients include Oscar & Grammy-winning artist Common, (Rapper/Actor); Arthur Sulzberger, (NY Times CEO); Ronald Lauder , ( Estee Lauder CEO); Stacy London, (TLC’s What Not to Wear); Steve Harvey, (Celebrity TV/Radio show host); The NBC Network, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop New York, Design Within Reach , Black Enterprise Magazine, The Lexus Corp, Bronner Brothers, Shannon’s Share Foundation, William & Park, (and a family with royal ties).

With a line of seasonings and her first cookbook in the works, Chef VanKline is fast-tracking her trajectory as a rising star in the culinary universe and the art of living well. Chef VanKline has appeared on television as a contestant on ABC’s “The Taste” as well as The Food Network TV series “Beat Bobby Flay.”
MAHOGHANY AYOT EERISED
Mahoghany Ayot Eerised, a native of Baltimore, has always had an undeniable passion for the creative as well as captivating audiences at an early age and is still going strong. No stranger to hard work, Mahoghany has been quite busy utilizing her talents as an Actress/Playwright/Host/ Award Winning Poet/Songwriter/Blogger/Voiceover Artist. Performing at an array of different venues from poetry events to stage plays, hosting at Pier Six & The Lyric for artists such as Musiq Soulchild/Jaquar Wright/Tank/Jaheim & more! Mahoghany shows no signs of slowing down.

After many years of a lucrative well traveled career in cosmetology, there was still more that Mahoghany desired to do creatively…so she gave birth to poetry album HEARTFELT, then wrote/directed/produced BEAUTIFUL ECLIPSE, LOVE LAUGH & LIVE TO CREATE & HAPPINESS FOR SURVIVAL & never looked back.
“This is my world. Fearless storyteller, dreamer without apology, advocate for the underdog, lover of music and kindness, a well prepared passionate creative artist who’s DOPE on purpose. Deserving and I know it. Excellence is the minimum…I STAY READY!!” I’ll never stop learning/growing/evolving as a person or an artist. No matter how many goals I accomplish I’ll work that much harder in hopes that my efforts will uplift & inspire others to dream big and feel alive.”

…& REMEMBER NO MATTER WHETHER YOUR POCKETS ARE SUPER PHAT OR FLAT BROKE YOU CAN ALWAYS AFFORD TO GIVE SOMEONE A SMILE SO LOOK OUT…PEACE!!
TAWAWN LOWE
Tawawn’s purpose and mission is to re-ignite the very essence of YOU! To provide you with the “TLC” needed to grow and transform into the person you were created to be.

Tawawn Lowe is the CEO of Tawawn Lowe Enterprises (TLE), an Amazon #1 bestselling author, certified life coach and vision board instructor, speaker, and trainer specializing in personal and professional development growth. She has combined her formal education, 25+ years of professional experiences coach, counselor, facilitator, mediator, mentor, trainer with her personal experience to be a catalyst for assisting individuals (specifically women) and organizations with maximizing their potential and achieving personal and professional results.

As a professional speaker, Tawawn has served as keynote speaker, led seminars and workshops and participated on panels to audience across the nations. She has spoken to diverse audiences at women’s retreats, conferences, corporations, government and non-profit organizations. Tawawn has presented as an expert on navigating change, being the CEO of your life, and the importance of using your personal power to recreate yourself and life at the Divorce Expo, as well as various blog talk radio shows.

Living almost half her life believing somebody else’s limited belief about her life, and navigating several major life changes, Tawawn has gain plenty of intel and experience on the power of personal and professional transformation. She understands that we have the POWER to turn the course of our lives around to live a more gratifying and purposeful life. Her personal transformation is a testament that you too can re-invent yourself and rewrite your life’s script. Tawawn believes in seconds chances, that life can be a do-over, and she is the consultant/coach with just the right TLC to assist you with recreating the next chapters of your life!

Tawawn uses her signature transformation program, the Business of You™ and other programs to assist women who are ready and committed to creating a new vision for their lives, discovering what they want, and creating an action plan to achieve the results and success their desire.

In October 2012, Tawawn Lowe Enterprises expanded their mission and launched the movement Women Walking in their Own Shoes (WWITOS)™. The Movement is a call to action for women to step outside the status quo about women roles, that perplexing barrier that once excluded women from creating their lives on their own terms.

October is Women Walking in Their Own Shoes™ month. Tawawn serves as the host and keynote speaker of a two-day Summit where she gather like-minded women in a scared place to empower, equip, and too address the stereotypes and obstacles that causes women to misstep step and not reach their full potential personally or professionally. She brings together amazing women who are experts in their industry, to share their stories, life lessons, and too provide information and strategies for women to develop, grow and achieve the personal and professional success they desire.

Helping people transform their lives is Tawawn’s passion. She knows far too well what it means to live life under the radar not believing in yourself, that your life has no purpose, or you have nothing worthwhile to share with this world. Through her coaching programs, workshops and the WWITOS™ Movement Tawawn is helping women say YES, to their purpose, passion, and power.
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