Poet, Activist, Developmental speaker, and, aspiring Humanitarian are just a few words to describe Tiesha Robinson. The Houston resident grew up in Lake County, Illinois in a society structured with adversity. She found her voice in writing and the age of 15 she started reciting and assisting other poets to enhance their craft.
Tiesha’s passion for the arts helped in the groundwork of building one of Houston’s number one showcases, “The Writers Block live”. She has performed at the Houston Improv, The House of Blues and many other venues.
Aware of the need in surrounding communities, and understanding firsthand what it’s like to be homeless, Tiesha’s goal is to make conscious efforts to feed the homeless in the Houston and Lake County area. Thus far she has fed over 1000 men, women and children. In 2015 she founded SheRose, an organization geared towards helping women find employment, spiritual growth and effective communication practices.
In September of 2015 the organization implemented its first annual walk for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) to bring awareness as well as raise financial capitol in hopes for a cure. PCOS is a disease known as a silent killer that affects one in ten women with in the United States. In January of 2016 Sheroes Still Exist completed its first Career Expo for women in need. They teamed up with the Star of Hope taking six of their women through the full interview process and providing resume help, interview tips, professional clothing, hair and makeup, as well as onsite employers. This initiate of stabilization landed the organization in the Young Houston Magazine.
Tiesha uses her experiences, award winning poetry, innovation, charismatic personality, and determination to spiritually uplift and change the perception of every person she encounters everywhere. Currently She is the 2017 Miss Texas American Beauties Plus you can find her volunteering at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen located in midtown Houston, reciting poetry, speaking at local schools encourage teens on Career days, and on Facebook live every Tuesday. At the top of the 2018 she is set to release her first book. This a woman who has decided to dedicate her life to.
You WANT to HEAR the words that will come out of her MOUTH!
We are excited to announce our Inspirational Speaker Model Lakesshia Slaughter coming from Gulfport, Mississippi!
LaKesshia Slaughter is a published, award-winning, international Plus Size Model.
Ms. Slaughter has become a consistent and sought-after face and body in print, commercials, and on the runway and acts a brand ambassador to different companies. She travels not only across the U.S. and internationally to model, but also speak on panels as Mrs Mississippi Plus America 2016 at a variety of events to inspire, empower and encourage women to embrace who they are.
She is coming to pour into our #FFFE models and share words of inspiration at our Full-Figured Fashion Experience runway show AND of course SLAY the runway! You do not want to miss this power house!
Please meet one of our Inspirational Panel Speakers M’chel Bauxal-Gleason!!!
M’chel Bauxal-Gleason is an award winning Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist known for her talent with many years experience. High profile clientele including the Obamas, Dakota Fanning, Dr. Oz just to name a few. Her expert styling can be seen on the Emmy award winning show Portlandia, Grimm, Leverage & Good Morning America including commercials, print, satellite media tours and electronic press kits.
She grew up in tiny Aurora, Oregon moving to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue fashion design where she received her B.A. from F.I.D.M. While in school, she was an assistant costume designer for MTV with Jenny McCarthy which led her to become a costumer for Six Flags Magic Mountain where she had the opportunity to delve into special FX makeup.
Moving back to Oregon in 2003, she has appeared on AM Northwest a channel 2 ABC affiliate live morning show where she has helped educate viewers on makeup and hair trends. She has been the primary makeup & hair artist equating to hundreds of celebrities and entertainers. She has been a beauty writer for online magazines and is continuously working on mastering her skills.
M’chel, along with her husband were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Presidential Volunteer Service Award by Barack Obama with their accumulative 15,000 hours of volunteerism and was selected Volunteer of the Year for the City of Hillsboro -Chamber of Commerce.
M’chel tried her hand at pageantry and was
titled Mrs. Oregon Plus America in 2015 with her platform Mentoring Teens
where she set out to motivate, educate and inspire the youth of today.
She started pursuing her career even further with plus size modeling and appears in fashion shows a few times a year and became a semi-finalist for the well known designer Mac Duggal, “This is Why I’m Fabulous” plus size model search.
Bit by the acting bug, she landed her first principal role in season 5 of Portlandia and recently qualified to become
a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member.
She’s dedicated to her career, treats her clients with respect, works hard to be punctual and strives to be a professional in everything she does to perfect her craft.
It is with great pleasure to announce one of our Inspirational Panel Speakers Shellie Willis!
Shellie Willis is a U.S. Army Retired Master Sergeant. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for WorkForce Central a workforce development council and is the CEO and Founder of Redefining Your Future, LLC and The Redefining You Foundation where she assist transitioning service women, women veterans and military spouses to their NEXT.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Defense Financial Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Shellie is a wife and mother of two children. Shellie believes that being redefined means SHIFTING your lifestyle and perspective while embracing the next phase in life.
It is with pleasure to present to you one of our Inspirational Speakers Kariba Jack!
Kariba Jack is an Nigerian American business woman born and raised in the lovely state of Washington. The flame to her business savvy ways, was initially sparked while attending Washington State University and has been burning bright ever since graduation. She launched Creative Events & Design LLC which is the parent company to her various ventures. Referred to as a ‘Jack of All Trades’ she keeps busy to uphold the title while balancing life and personal projects.
The hospitality industry is where she landed after college. First working as a group reservations coordinator followed by working as a entertainment sales manager. It wasn’t long before the major leap of faith occurred and she transitioned from being an employee to being her own boss. Kariba is a portrait and wedding photographer, designer of Frobands, philanthropist who created the DAWA Project, Event director/Party planner, freelance makeup artist and owner of the Seattle Beauty Lounge. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and most recently announced as the new CEO of the Black Female Photographers organization. Kariba also works with small business owners as a consultant to help develop and build their brands and businesses.
Kariba is a people person who finds so much joy in making people look and feel beautiful. She enjoys creating new connections and networks not only for herself but also for her associates. She is a passion driven, traveler of the world whose mission is to live life to the fullest.
We are excited to announce our Inspirational Panel Speaker Malika Bennett!
Malika Bennett aka ‘Ms. Malika’ is a radio personality, author and the CEO/Founder of Black Arts Love. Black Arts Love is an organization focused on the arts, cultural expression and economic empowerment. Ms. Bennett is a seasoned marketer, writer, community advocate, media professional and businesswoman with over 15 years of professional experience.
Under the leadership of the late Connie Bennett Cameron, she co-published the national award winning publication 206 Teen (Seattle Medium, 1998). Since then, Bennett has used her creativity to publish books, pursue creative endeavors and to drive forward products and services for clients and employers such as Kris Bennett Broadcasting, The Seattle Medium Newspaper Group, Accenture, Department of Defense, SBC Ameritech, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and Washington and Virginia state governments.
Bennett is a Seattle native and holds a B.A. in Communications from Howard University and a M.A. from American University.
We are excited to have our Inspirational Emcee Monique Dubose!
Monique Dubose could have never envisioned herself as a Master Resiliency Instructor, let alone a curriculum writer and an entrepreneur. As the owner of The Resilient You – Motivational Speaker/Teacher since January 2014 and the co-author of the United States Air Force’s official Resiliency curriculum; she is indeed all that and more! She provides lifesaving tools to audiences to help them identify their strengths, believe in those strengths, build, and overcome challenges and conflicts. Her message is simple: “You” are Resilient and “You” have the power to “Bounce Back”!
She shares personal stories about being a 20 year Airman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, falling down, and dealing with anger, as she continues to the fight in this thing she calls LIFE. And that is not enough for her…
Monique’s purpose is without any doubt to serve, by first being attentive to the needs of others showing empathy and making everyone she meets feel AMAZING! She empowers her audiences to access their personal power and face whatever comes their way.
A sought-after public speaker, Monique has been the keynote presenter for Washington State Veterans Women Summit, Washington State Social Security Administration, many Washington and Oregon National Guard Family Readiness Yellow Ribbon Programs, and has trained over 9,000 active duty and reserve military personnel, military families and civilians across the United States just to name a few. She also pioneered the Air Force’s 1st Airman Resiliency Cell located at Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA.
Monique has a list of degrees and certifications, but her love for people allows her to spend personal time towards community service. She has volunteered over 5,000 hours as a Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Tacoma Urban League, Hilltop Urban Gardens, Peace Community Center, and Sober Solutions Housing & Supportive Services; and because of this she is a recipient of the 2014 Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the President of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Tacoma Chapter, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and founder of Beyond Beauty Women’s Social Savings Club. Monique is married to James Dubose and they currently reside in Puyallup, Washington with their daughter Monee’ and her mother Carolyn Felton.
For the third year we are excited to bring back Coach Kathei! Make sure you are in the room to hear her wisdom!
Kathei McCoy, affectionately known as Coach Kathei, is an ordained minister and Certified Christian Life Coach with a passionate mission is to write stories, speak messages and teach principles that empower women and girls to live in the fierceness of truth and freedom.
Kathei is committed to teaching the powerful principles and beliefs that helped her find her own fierceness of self-love, truth and confidence through coaching, leading workshops, speaking at retreats and publishing writings that boldly address issues that block women and girls from their own freedom.
After grieving the painful murder of her one and only son, K’Breyan Clark, she is turning his tragic death into a movement for women called “Love Them 2 Life”; for Mothers Raising Black Sons.” Kathei believes the real tragedy of any painful loss is when we get stuck and never discover the meaning and purpose of our pain. She will encourage you to boldly face your tragedy by answering the burning question, “What will I do with my pain?”
Coach Kathei has been speaking, teaching and facilitating workshops for over 12 years. In December 2014, she left a 20-year career in county government to pursue her passion to serve and support women in their journey to freedom full time. An original story teller and brand ambassador of the globally recognized movement for women and girls; Wonder of Women International; founding member of the first Christian Sorority in Washington State; Gamma Pi and the loving wife of 17 years to her husband Raymond McCoy and Mama to her adorable grandson, KB.