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Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III – Inspirational Speaker & Model LaKeeshia Slaughter

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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!

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – M’chel Bauxal-Gleason

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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.

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Shellie Willis

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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.

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Kariba Jack

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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.  

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Misty Schmidt

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It is a pleasure to announce one of our Inspirational Panel Speaker Misty Schmidt!

Misty Schmidt is a wife and mother of two. She currently resides in Southwest Washington and is originally from Northern CA. Being an inspirational speaker and writer are among her many talents. She has a passion for helping women realize their worth, beauty and personal truth. This passion has led her to found Sister Love (motivational tools, blog, Instagram, website, daily positive message) with the purpose of helping encourage people, as well as guide them on their path to healing and growth.  Sister Love focuses on emotional health, physical health and spiritual health.

Misty’s educational background includes a BA in Social and Behavioral Studies as well as Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. She is also Alumni with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.  Additionally, Misty is very passionate about serving her community.  She has spent over 10 years mentoring youth and serving in international missions/humanitarian services as well as women’s ministries at the churches she has attended.

From being a plus size model on the runway of New York Fashion week to speaking from brokenness with her mission team in the depths of the Amazon, she believes we all have a purpose and we are all capable of finding our worth, confidence and truth. Misty derives great joy from sharing her life journey with authenticity and vulnerability.

 

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CBEE3 Inspirational EMCEE – Monique DuBose

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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.

 

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Hanne Ferber Makhani

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It is with pleasure that we introduce to you Hanne Feber Makhani!

Hanne was born and raised in Ecuador and came to the U.S. at age 17.  She studied government and international relations at Boise State University and started her career with the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C.  She went on to work for a number of nonprofit agencies and think tanks, advocating for and empowering immigrant communities, low-income families, and young people of all ages.  She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington.

Locally, Hanne worked for OneAmerica, a nationally-recognized civil rights advocacy organization.  Her work there included securing federal and state government funding to implement a statewide citizenship campaign and leading organizing efforts to increase immigrants’ participation in civic life.  She also worked for the YMCA of Greater Seattle, where she supported the launch of many new community projects, including a new YMCA facility in SeaTac and a large portfolio of youth development and education programs in South King County.  Additionally, she worked in an executive capacity to support the operations of the Auburn Family YMCA and to promote equity and inclusion for the organization at the local and national level.

Currently, Hanne works for King County’s Department of Community Human Services.  She is at the helm of a system that brings together public and private partners to reduce education and employment disparities for young people.  She believes strongly that when communities come together on behalf of their youth the results are transformational.

Hanne lives in West Seattle with her family.  She enjoys traveling, yoga, and volunteering.

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CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker – Chisa O’Quinn

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It is with great pleasure that we announce one of our CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speaker Chisa O’Quinn Founder of My Sister’s Keeper Northwest!

Chisa O’Quinn is a Social Worker who has traveled with individuals through the worlds of Corrections, Counseling, Disability Services, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse. What sets her apart as a leader and advocate in the field is her ability to creatively seek solutions in difficult situations, and her focus on person centered planning strategies. Chisa holds a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. She has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 2003, starting as an Employment Specialist, Supported Employment Program Manager and Personal Agent in Vancouver, WA. Recently, Chisa was a Personal Agent in Oregon’s Brokerage system.

Chisa is an avid spectator who enjoys watching sporting events, comedy shows, theater, movies and generally saying “yes” to new opportunities and activities that cross her path. Chisa is the founder of My Sister’s Keeper NW, an event planning organization designed to connect, empower, and enrich women. Her volunteer interests include volunteer coordination for iUrbanTeen and Mosaic Blueprint.

 

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The Runway Show: Full Figured Fashion Experience

As I have mentioned on earlier post, we are adding a new component to the Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience Weekend and that is our The Runway Show: Full Figured Fashion Experience. With that being said we are very excited to begin our next phase or recruiting models and amazing designers who are passionate about the full figured woman’s body.

So if you know of or you are an amazing designer please contact us!

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And if you are or know of beautiful full figure models or aspiring models, let us know! Casting location and dates coming soon!

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