Callie Bradford MS is a Certified Health Coach, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Writer and Health Advocate. She has been involved in the health industry for over 18 years.
Callie earned her health coach certification from Integrated Nutrition. A cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. She studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world's top health and wellness experts including, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Katz and now uses them in her own holistic health coaching practice.
She is also owner and CEO of GO Smoothies and GO Press Juice located in the downtown Detroit area.
She believes that prevention truly starts with our children and started non- profit in 2008 called, Next Generation Fit Kids to engage the community to fight against childhood obesity.
Callie is spokesperson for the American Heart Associations Healthy Access to Food Campaign. She has been on many panels including the Detroit GO Red For Women Luncheon. She is also a previous board member of the American Diabetes Association.
Haith L. Johnson's personal experiences have given her profound compassion for others. It is hard to believe that at one time, she was obese, homeless and considered an "at risk" youth failing high school. Haith' s achievements after graduating from high school was becoming one of the most sought out beauticians, stylist & make-up experts across the country. She has been is acknowledged in a nation-wide television commercial highlighting her 150-weight lost. Having over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, she had the privilege to express her creativity on such artist as Erica Campbell, Yolanda Adams, Cee Cee Winans, Shirley Cesar and many other high profile celebrities. Her work has enhanced the front cover of national magazines, movies, billboards, television & award shows, music videos, and other media streams. She and her husband of 21 years, Henry Johnson, are the owners of Le'Host the Hair Company. Where they have developed and marketed their own hair care product and hair extension line. She now speaks in beauty schools (such as Paul Mitchell "The School"), prisons and high schools. Haith is also dedicated to community service, by partnering with the American Cancer Society as a designated wig bank distributing free wigs for cancer survivors. After many years of perfecting beauty on the outside of women, she has been compelled to help women perfect beauty on the inside and experience inner healing. After completion of her bachelor's degree in Pastoral Counseling, she now is an instructor at the Destiny School of Ministry in the Christian counseling program. She has devoted her life and time to ministry.
Haith is also dedicated to community service, by partnering with the American Cancer Society as a designated wig bank distributing free wigs for cancer survivors. After many years of perfecting beauty on the outside of women, she has been compelled to help women perfect beauty on the inside and experience inner healing. After completion of her bachelor's degree in Pastoral Counseling, she now is an instructor at the Destiny School of Ministry in the Christian counseling program. She has devoted her life and time to ministry.She is the Founder and Executive Director of Love That Works, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides Life Enrichment Programs for youth detention centers, where she facilitate a program she developed called "Pretty Powerful" created to empower, restore, and inspiring young ladies rescued from human trafficking teaching them how to restore their dignity and self respect. She conducts workshops and lectures around the country, and inspires all who listen in believe "You can accomplish whatever purpose God has created you for!" Haith believes the reason for her success is,
"Someone took the time to show me LOVE !
For contact and booking information:
Call: Haith L. Johnson @ (248) 990-2480
Mailing Address: 305 W. 9 Mile Ferndale, MI 48220
Dr. Hubbard's success in building coalitions, partnerships and strategic alliances within diverse communities is well known and well respected. She has served as a thought leader, entrepreneur, business leader, senior-level corporate executive, author, facilitator, coach, trainer, advocate and volunteer.
Her personal mission is to improve the health, wealth, economic status, and well-being of women, their families and their communities. Dr. Hubbard believes that:
There is a link between health, wealth and spirituality
True leaders are those who lead by serving othersWomen can have a significant impact on changing and transforming the world
In her business book Sisters Are Cashing In: How Every Woman Can Make Her Dream Come True (Perigee, 2000), Dr. Hubbard integrates business and spiritual principles by offering insights into the emotional, mental and spiritual factors that can lead a person into debt and poverty. She also presents strategies to break these negative patterns and to discover the freedom, wealth and power that come from having your life in order, doing what you love for a living, and making a contribution to the success of others. As a visionary and pioneer, Dr. Hubbard has been on the forefront of many transformational leadership initiatives:
As Founder of the National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs, credited by the Wall Street Journal as the first organization dedicated to serving the entrepreneurial needs of African American Women, a 5,000 member network of entrepreneurial and enterprising women, Dr. Hibbard inspired and assisted women in discovering, pursuing and implementing their entrepreneurial dreams. The State of Michigan contracted Dr. Hubbard to conduct the initial research and development for the Detroit Self-Employment Project, the pioneering program to move welfare recipients from public dependency to business ownership. In partnership with a large national Catholic healthcare system, provided the leadership for the development Enterprising Health, the first U. S. Healthcare Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Incubator. Developed innovative, sustainable and scalable business solutions to community health problems.
Conceived and lead the development of a Health and Faith Initiative "Your Journey to Wellness", an initiative that engaged and partnered pastors and physicians to educate congregations on healthy lifestyles and to develop perfect health as a spiritual value. Dr. Hubbard earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Business Administration, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree and granted an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration Degree.
Gina Coleman is Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director with PNC Financial Services, Inc. where she serves as the chief of staff for the office of the president. Gina implements PNC corporate initiatives locally in Southeast Michigan through marketing, partner relations, and community outreach in addition to employee engagement. Her duties include oversight and management of PNC's local foundation and the office of the president's operating budget.
Gina has over 20 years' experience as a business and community development professional. Former positions at PNC Bank include roles within Workplace Banking, Community Development Banking and PNC Wealth Management. Her professional career started at the New Jersey Nets as an intern, then a sales/marketing representative before elevating to Director of Community Relations.
Gina is a PNC-Certified Women's Business Advocate providing business and personal financial resources to support the achievement of female financial decision makers. She also serves as Secretary in a leadership position with PNC's Women's Employee Business Resource Group. Gina is a member of the Greater Wayne County Chapter, The Links, Inc. She serves as a Board Member for Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Life Directions, Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, SEMCA Workforce Development and Inforum. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class of XXXVI.
Gina graduated Montclair State University in 1991. She is married with two children.
A Wife, Mother, 1 st Lady, Career Woman and Zumba Fitness Instructor! Licensed since May of 2015, just over a year B'Yonca's love for Zumba and helping people grew more than before. Often volunteering to instruct classes at her church Central Baptist, B'Yonca's followers grow to where she has graced the stage at Arts Beats and Eats for 2 consecutive years. She now host 4 weekly classes at one point it was 6 classes a week but missing her family she had to prioritize. B'Yonca has lost over 30 pounds instructing and proper diet and still is on her journey of weight loss. Currently holds a Zumba Fitness, Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr. certification she currently host classes for all ages. "Anyone can do it, just gotta keep moving" Total body Zumba combined with upbeat modern music is guaranteed to make you feel like you're at a party and not "Working out". B'Yonca's future plans for Zumba are to keep going until she can't go anymore.
More information about classes visit: bbolden.zumba.com/.
I was featured on Tyra Bank's VH1 show "The Shot". I came out as one of the final 7 contestants. I had the best picture 4 times (out of four episodes), and I was chosen as team leader twice. It was a great experience and reinforced my passion for photography. I was featured in OK! Magazine, TV GUIDE, US WEEKLY, and also SIRIUS RADIO, XM RADIO
I was assistant to STEVEN KLEIN for three years. I've shot editorials for BRITISH ELLE, NEW YORK TIMES, TRACE, SPIN, & other publications including emerging talent for ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP. My commercial experience consists of ad Campaigns for MCCANN ERICKSON, CANDIES, The Ad Council.
Graduating from FIT in May '07 with my BFA in Photography & Digital Media, I completed an internship at Vogue Magazine in the Photo Department assisting the photo research team with editorial content for the magazine and the Poiret exhibition which was featured at the re-opening of the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART in the COSTUME INSTITUTE.
I have covered behind the scenes of the collections at OLYMPUS Fashion Week for AOL's Stylelist.com & MERCEDES BENZ Fashion Week. My videos of the Maria Cornejo collection were featured on French Vogue's website the past two seasons and my most current work was presented in Styleline, Ambassador, & ESSENCE.
I also am co-Owner of 5e Gallery, Multimedia Artist for Jessica Care Moore's Black Women Rock, a Founding member of Cosmic Slop a Michigan based Black Rock Coalition, & Co-Creator of theFoundation for Women in Hip Hop, a Founding member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Artist with the Detroit Future Media Collective, Adult Ally for the 5e~Heru Detroit Future Youth program, & Artist in Residence for Detroit Future Schools.
Keely S. Omani started her first business, a direct marketing company, at the age of 19; So from a young age, she understood the importance of finances and the role that banking played in handling her finances responsibly. As a 13-year veteran Realtor and real estate investor, Keely has had her fair share of dealings with banks, credit unions, and financial documentation. Being a Realtor Lead, Keely to entering the mortgage industry as a Mortgage Banker and later on as an Account Executive in the wholesale mortgage industry. With her thorough knowledge base of business and mortgage lending, it's no surprise that she joined Community Choice Credit Union, now working as a Lending Advisor.
She also had the opportunity to work as a Member Care Advisor so she was able to gain in-depth knowledge of banking products and services. Since Keely is an entrepreneur at heart, she will continue on her journey with various start-up companies. And due to her belief in always giving back, Keely is an active Board Member of the non-profit, A Drop of Hope. She also founded a non-profit, SaiMis Performing Arts and Entertainment Studio, to help build self-esteem and self-confidence in underprivileged youth through the arts. Remember, no matter how much or how little money you have, be a good shepherd over your finances; be responsible with the small things and you will surely be blessed with bigger things.
Lesley Jackson, a Life Design and Self-Care Expert, sees a world where women, Teens/Young Adults, and Families master challenging but growth inspiring situations in powerful and loving ways.
She is owner and CEO of Clarity LIFE Design, which offers life coaching and programs, as well as the Life Design Academy for Teens & Young Adults.
She's much sought after for her ability to empower those struggling to make their mark on the world. Her ability to work with students and parents led to her position as Director of Teen/Young Adult/Parenting programs at Renaissance Unity, a spiritual organization known for drawing the likes of Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, and Oprah Winfrey to teach and inspire. Lesley not only holds degrees in psychology and education, but is currently pursuing her doctorate in Transformative Studies. Her years of experience in coaching, counseling, leadership consulting, and a prominent career in education gives her the expertise to help families manage "stormy times" and design successful, happy and healthy lives.
Shannon N. Barlow is a strong advocate of the value of social etiquette and behavior manners. Shannon has a mission to instill confidence, self- esteem, and respect for others by blending the standards of traditional etiquette and contemporary manners. Mind your manners are committed to the value of social etiquette and manners. In 2006 she founded and named her company Mind Your Manners. She attended The Etiquette Institute in 2007 where she became a certified etiquette consultant and can teach etiquette in the US, Europe, Mexico, and Canada.
She developed an after school program for girls ages six to fifteen where they learned social and behavior etiquette and manners. The course is geared toward teaching the important etiquette points through concise notes, role play, and actual dining settings. It doesn't stop there with children Shannon teaches adults as well.
Shannon is a certified member of The Etiquette Institute. As an etiquette consultant, she is available to give presentations, dining tutorials, and to customize programs to meet the desires of businesses, universities, and professional organizations, as well as individual consultations. Mind Your Manners slogan is we're making manners contagious!
Along with her etiquette certification, Shannon holds an Associates of Science degree in Business Administration from Wayne County Community College and a Bachelor's of Science from Wayne State University in Business Administration majoring in Global Supply Chain Management. And she is working to complete her Master's Degree studying International Business in the very near future.
Her Excellency Rev. Dr. Tanesha Ash-Shakoor, CDKA, J.D. is a native of Hollister, North Carolina. She holds an Associate in Paralegal Studies from Colorado Technical University; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University; Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In 2014, she was ordained as an Ambassador At-Large to the United Nations, received her Chaplaincy license and Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Canadian International Chaplaincy Association University & Seminary.
Dr. Tanesha Ash-Shakoor is the wife of His Excellency Rev. Dr. Aqeel Ash-Shakoor, CDKA; the mother of Jibril, 20; Jaylah, 17; Ji'Ri, 12; First Lady of "Walking With Christ Worship Center; Chief Executive Officer & Founder of the non-profit organization "Voices of Color!" Dr. Ash-Shakoor is unapologetically courageous, tenacious and transparent to "The Love Yourself" campaign. She fights tirelessly to educate, nurture and restore self-empowerment to victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Dr Tanesha Ash-Shakoor's testimony has awakened the conscience of many. She has overcome many setbacks to become the influential woman she is today. As a writer of truth, her article "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" helps her audiences identify with the trauma of being a victim and allow the audience to offer compassion to the unloved and destitute.
Through her ministry she inspires others to run in purpose and experience joy, not just happiness. Happiness is temporary and can be manipulated.
Ambassador Tanesha Ash-Shakoor is Who God Says She Is!.
Susan is a regional director of client services and business development with Rehmann. She is responsible for new business development and improving client service within the Firm's southeast region, which includes Ann Arbor, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Toledo and Troy.
Prior to joining Rehmann, Susan served as the executive director of sales and community initiatives for Corp! Magazine. Additionally, she has over 18 years of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur for an independent sales organization operating in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, where she gained significant knowledge of general business operations and management.
Susan applies her strong interpersonal skills to analyze client issues. She strives to provide a collaborative, strategic solution to each unique client and prospect.
Susan is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications.
Leadership Oakland, Class of XXIII, board member and past vice president
Michigan Diversity Council, board of directors
Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit, board member.
Ber-Henda Williams is someone who lives her life in color. The Wayne State University graduate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Minor in International Marketing. Bilingual for more than 10 years, the femolutionary poet, teacher, author, television and film producer, youth advocate and public speaker lives according to her name's Germanic-Greek origin, "The Bear Hearted Protector" of multiculturalism, art and womanhood.
Williams, also has several media credits that include her works as host for CST Radio The Honey B Chronicles, a CW 50 Community Correspondent, Poetry, Pages, and Scribes Co-Producer for Channel 15 and consultant for the spoken word documentary, Televising a Revolution of Spoken Word in Detroit.
She has served as Detroit's Henry Ford Academy's Spanish, Poetry and Ford PAS teacher and served as an ESL Coordinator and tutor, translator and interpreter in Southwest Detroit's highly populated Hispanic community. Williams was also co-advisor for the Business and Technology club at Hope of Detroit Academy. There, she coordinated a business apprenticeship program that gave students an opportunity to consult with and meet business professionals, such Head of Human Resources at Compuware and renowned fine artist, Dominic Pangborn.
She has served as host, coordinator and marketing professional for innumerable cultural enrichment events, including her involvement as program consultant and Mistress of Ceremonies for the Pretty Brown Girl Movement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. One of her proudest accomplishments is as founder and former host of Poetry, Pages & Scribes, a monthly multicultural poetry series that began at Starbucks and tripled its followers and found a home at Southfield Public Library. Poetry, Pages & Scribes was one the most popular poetry series in metro Detroit, having given an open platform for local and national poets, storytellers, writers and musicians to share their works. Poetry, Pages and Scribes was recognized by the City of Southfield Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
In June, 2011, Ber-Henda sponsored the first annual Power of Girlhood Meet Up, a full day of celebratory and empowering programs, performances, vendors and activities. More than 200 girls and their families participated. The Power of Girlhood hosts workshops and girlhood events throughout the metro-Detroit area and has a residency at various schools.
Her fluency in Spanish has prompted her to write poetry in the language and she says it has "added richness and a passion to her work." Williams' first book of bilingual poetry and essays, Memoirs of the Human Experience: And Everything In Between, Vol. 1 is a testimony of her own life experiences and leads the reader on an introspective journey. Williams is also an alumni for The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, The Vagina Monologues, Listen to Your Mother, and featured for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc Youth Literary Café featuring Nikki Giovani. Art is life for Ber-Henda.
For more information log on to: www.ber-henda.com .
Stephanie is a proud Detroit native. She attended Bethune-Cookman College, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Florida. She earned a Master's Degree in Communications on scholarship from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
Stephanie's radio broadcasting career started in 1993 at WQBH 1400AM in Detroit under the late, legendary Martha Jean "the Queen" Steinberg. She started out reporting, then producing and ultimately becoming the News/Talk Director. The department mastered "community news." She also worked with the Detroit Board of Education as a Media Specialist and later with the district's radio station, WDTR 90.9FM, training students, reporting news and just having fun as part of the morning drive show. Stephanie joined WWJ Newsradio 950 in 2002 as a writer/producer and soon after became a full- time reporter/anchor.
Stephanie is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Detroit Chapter and is chaplain of the Bethune Cookman University Detroit Alumni chapter.
Stephanie is a born-again Christian who enjoys studying the Bible, bike riding and reading.
Fay Beydoun serves as Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, the largest Arab-American business organization in the United States, delivering services and counsel to more than 1,200 companies, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations and executive professionals. In her leadership position, Ms. Beydoun works to facilitate the growth of the Arab-American business community both locally and internationally.
Growing up in Dearborn, Ms. Beydoun is an immigrant and a daughter of an immigrant family that has worked tirelessly to achieve the American dream. She has mobilized and directed thousands of volunteers for various causes, social, political and economic, as part of her strong belief in giving back to her community.
As the number of Arab Americans increased in Southeast Michigan, Ms. Beydoun realized the need to mobilize the community to become active in the political process. As Executive Director, she led the Michigan office of the Arab American Institute in developing policy initiatives that are fair and equitable for Arab Americans, protecting civil liberties, recommending legislation to enhance U.S.- Arab relations and informing the American public about Arab American contributions to civic life, government service, the economy and education.
In 2004, Ms. Beydoun expanded her circle of activities to enhance the relationships between the United States and the Middle East. She became vice president of the U.S.-Arabic Economic Forum, an organization that facilitates economic collaboration, cultural dialogue, and innovation between the United States and the Middle East. The Forum works to secure a future rich with economic growth, cultural discourse, and bold innovation by engaging the public and private sectors in building knowledge-based societies. It attracts more than 1,000 participants from more than 35 countries including top Fortune 500 executives and more than 150 global leaders, in the fields of government, business, technology, academics and policy. It is a powerful opportunity for American and Arab leaders to reinforce existing partnerships and forge new alliances and collaborations between the two regions.
Ms. Beydoun also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Middle East Economic Affairs Committee, another organization that is working to further economic relations between the United States and the Arab World.
Since joining the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Beydoun has reached out to various organizations to facilitate the growth of the Arab American business community and connect it with other communities in Southeast Michigan and the state as a whole by serving on various boards and committees.
The American Arab Chamber of Commerce is the largest Arab American business organization in the United States, delivering services and counsel under Ms. Beydoun's leadership to more than 1,200 companies, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations and executive professionals. The Chamber is also a vital business and trade link between the United States and the Middle East. Ms. Beydoun has been working tirelessly to realize one of the Chamber's goals of making Southeast Michigan a hub for trade between Michigan and the MENA region.
As the Chief operating officer for AMEEAC she has been instrumental in bringing the TEJARA Global Development Center to flourishing. The Tejara Center an incubator and accelerator will be launched in the summer of 2013 and will focus on Exporting and Entrepreneurship targeting ethnic and minority communities.Ms. Beydoun's steadfast service to the community is extensive and far-reaching. She is a master at resolving conflicts and smoothing out relations between local organizations and state and national agencies. She has excelled at mitigating her role as a female leader in an area where males mainly dominate businesses without offsetting the social balance in a conservative Middle Eastern community. She has been featured and published in numerous print, web and broadcast media locally, nationally and internationally including CNN, Fox, and Forbes magazine.
Ms. Beydoun is a firm believer in empowering entrepreneurs, especially, with all the information they need for success. She is also devoted to ensuring that businesses actively promote and engage in creating an inclusive workplace, where everyone can succeed in achieving his or her personal and professional goals, which in turn foster winning business solutions.
Dr. Sabrina Jackson, a native Detroiter and Cass Technical High School graduate, has taken the world by storm! She completed her Master's Degree at the tender age of 23 from Wayne State University. She is known as The People Expert as she travels the world helping people with people, even if that person is themselves! This inspiring force of nature is continuously busy training corporate executives, single mothers, and gospel artists. Immensely evident with each group that she trains, is her passion for people. Her analytical mind led her to create personality assessment models Essential Colors and Essential Love Styles. A single mom, herself, Sabrina has written several books, with the latest entitled He is Not a Statistic, about raising her son Marcel. She has been privileged to speak for McDonald's, Tom Joyner Cruise, and the Detroit City Council. She can be seen regularly on Fox 2's Let it Rip; writing a column in Thrive Detroit, and heard on radio around the country.
Camille Walker Banks is a respected advisor to small and large businesses and a thought- leader in business growth and development. With a successful career in finance and economic development across multiple sectors, Camille held leadership posts with KPMG LLP, AT&T Capital, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Wayne State University. She is currently executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, a $500 million investment provided by the Goldman Sachs Foundation to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. For two consecutive years under Camille's leadership, participating Michigan companies have outpaced the US small businesses' and 10,000 Small Businesses' national averages in increasing revenues and job creation.
Her rapidly rising career trajectory coupled with increased community responsibilities as a thought-leader in entrepreneurship education, and business growth strategy has won numerous professional plaudits, including a citation in the Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence (2015), designated as Great Lakes Women's Business Council's Partner of the Year (2015), Award of Appreciation from City of Highland Park (2011), and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's CEO of Excellence Award (2012). She serves on a number of boards, and has worked to establish and sustain incubators and accelerators in the SE- Michigan region since 2007.
Camille implemented key state and local initiatives around economic development and community revitalization resulting in over $5.5B in new capital investment and over 5,000 new jobs created during her tenure with the MEDC in underserved communities. Camille's 20-year career has a strong foundation in business growth and development, process improvement, and capital access that spans across industries including technology, service, manufacturing, philanthropy. Her ability to build consensus among various groups and interests, develop leaders and strong teams, and manage client relationships are her strengths.
Camille holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Urban/Regional Planning with economic development focus from Wayne State University.
Emily Marrah is founder and CEO of EMC3, Marrah, originally from Michigan, fortified her talent at luxurious hotels and restaurants, including Café Boulud and The Breakers, Palm Beach. Her career and sophisticated style has enabled her to entertain in the most gracious way. Emily's keen sense of etiquette and manners were further enhanced while working with renowned French Chef Daniel Boulud.
It started over two decades ago, with passion and love. From a small tortilla shop on Vernor Avenue in the heart of Southwest Detroit, Lydia and her late husband Richard carted their skillfull, traditional Mexican tortillas and tortilla chips through the neighborhoods of Detroit's Mexicantown, selling a product they had faith in one establishment at a time.Just as the company gained ground Richard passed away in October 2005, leaving Lydia with a business she never really knew. Over many years Lydia has nurtured Hacienda, growing it into the multimillion-dollar, quality Mexican food company that it is today. With the love of friends and family (the roots of any good tortilla), Hacienda now occupies three locations in Southwest Detroit, serving the Detroit community as well as the Midwest region and Canada from a total 60,000 square feet of space. With a deep commitment to quality, all-natural ingredients, a profound understanding of what makes the perfect tortilla and an endless love of Detroit, all of which was built from family values, Hacienda has continued to provide for the community in which it started some 20 years ago. Offering a wide array of Mexican foods and other consumer-demanded products, Hacienda de Gutierrez continues to produce products made with love, care and just a pinch of salt.
Lydia believes strongly in social accountability and knows the importance of giving back. She has served on many boards and has received numerous recognitions including "Community Role Model" by Henry Ford Community College, "Hero of the Neighborhood" by Unban Neighborhood Initiative, "Entrepreneur Spirit by Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies at Wayne State and many more. She is the current Chair for SW Detroit Business Improvement District, board member of New Economy Initiative, and past board member of the Southwest Detroit Business Association, Tortilla Industry Association, Food Policy Council State of Michigan, and Detroit Works.
Genel Fowler is an Elementary school teacher in the city of Detroit and has been for the past 4 years. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and is actively pursuing Mastery in Teaching and Curriculum. She is passionate about making a difference in each and every one of her students' lives. While she resides in Detroit she enjoys traveling the world every chance she gets .
Leslie Andrews assumed the position of Director of Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships for Rock Ventures, LLC in July 2012. In her role she oversees the development and implementation of all the philanthropic support for the company in all the markets in which is does business. Her responsibilities include all corporate charitable giving, identifying volunteer opportunities for company team members and ensuring that the company's community presence is clearly defined and effectively impactful.
Prior to coming to Rock Ventures, in her role as the Michigan Director with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), she was responsible for the leading entire state efforts, overseeing a multi-million dollar fund development campaign for the nation's oldest and most successful minority educational assistance organizations.
A seasoned nonprofit, community development executive, Andrews is passionate about the role corporations and private entities can play in the lives of citizens. She has mentored numerous students through college and personally has dedicated her time and resources to ensure they have all of the funding they require to be successful.
Before joining UNCF, Andrews enjoyed an awarding eleven-year career in media sales and marketing with Clear Channel Detroit Radio, specifically with WJLB and WMXD radio stations. She was also the Vice-President of the station's non-profit entity, Coats for Kids, for six years and was instrumental in the distribution of thousands of coats to metro area children.
Since 2014, she has served as the co-chair for community advisory board of Detroit Police Chief James Craig. She accepted this role after completing a 4-year appointment as a Human Rights Commissioner under former Mayor Dave Bing.
Andrews is proud of her years of extensive board service (past and present) with many groups including the following organizations: Detroit Receiving Hospital Board of Trustees (2013); Arise Detroit (2011); the Vanguard Economic Development Corporation (Detroit – Member- 2011; Board Chair – 2015); Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP – 2015); Wayne State University President's Community Advisory Board (Detroit; 2012); Black College Experience Inc. (Detroit; 2009); and the Cotillion Society of Detroit (2011). Other civic memberships include the Links Inc. – Great Lakes chapter, Belle Isle Conservancy, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., Detroit Historical Society and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Andrews holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership AFP, 2011 graduate of Leadership Detroit, and was named a 2010 Woman of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle. In July 2016 she will receive her Master's degree with honors in Business Administration from Northcentral University in Arizona, and in October 2016 she will complete the Leadership America program.
"COCO" is a Nurse turned Comedian turned Radio Personality, she is a community and civic leader, that promotes life, love, and positivity in not just her community but everywhere her career andpassion takes her be it around the corner or around the country. She is the Executive Director of "COCOS HOUSE" a 501 (c) 3 that deals with, anti-bullying; peer mediation; and conflict resolution with young people, and parenting workshops. She also lends herself to men and women in recovery from substance abuse, and those that are also victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her friends affectionately call her "The Mobile Missionary".
Callie Bradford MS is a Certified Health Coach, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Writer and Health Advocate. She has been involved in the health industry for over 18 years.
Callie earned her health coach certification from Integrated Nutrition and she is a cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. She studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world's top health and wellness experts including, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Katz and now uses them in her own holistic health coaching practice.
She is also owner and CEO of GO Smoothies and GO Press Juice located in the downtown Detroit area. She believes that prevention truly starts with our children and started nonprofit in 2008 called, Next Generation Fit Kids to engage the community to fight against childhood obesity.