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!
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.
It is with great excitement to introduce to you one of our amazing Inspirational Panel Speakers Denise Nicole!
Presidential Volunteer of Service Award winner, Denise Nicole is an American Beauties Plus Lifetime Queen. Her roots are in Washington State where she attended Highline College as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and studied Hospitality and Tourism Management along with Business Information and Technology.
Professionally, Denise Nicole is the Career & Education Navigator for Port Jobs’ Airport Jobs and Airport University Programs. Port Jobs is a non-profit organization that helps individuals find jobs in the Travel and Logistics industry, as an Ambassador for Airport University she helps low income airport workers go back to school to obtain a higher paying job.
Personally, Denise Nicole is the mother of two beautiful children Charizma and Kingston both are no stranger to the camera themselves!
Most recently Denise Nicole has made television appearances on Northwest A New Day, Q13 Fox modeling for the Seattle style expert Darcy Camden. She has found her passion for editorial and commercial work through being a brand ambassador for local and national designers.
Denise Nicole strives to make a difference in her community by being a positive influence and has been recognized nationally for her Excellence and dedication in her platform of “Education & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness”.
Hope or being hopeful is a state of being and believing.
I live in a mindset of being hopeful! It keeps me expecting the best our of life and it keeps me motivated to stay the course for my goals and dreams.
I hopeful that each day will be better than before.
I am hopeful that my faith in God will sustain me even when I become doubtful and fearful.
I am hopeful that the people I surround myself with have my best interest at heart.
I am hopeful that the best is yet to come.
I encourage you to say out loud what you are hopeful for and live with an intentional heart.
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$10 General Admission
$15 Premier Admission (seating in row 2 & 3)
We are so excited to support Ms. Teka Marie in her fabulous vision as Creative Director!
Karen Terrado, M.Ed.| South King County, Washington | Organization: SOAR | Building Effective Partnerships for Children, Youth and Families
Karen Terrado leads SOAR’s Youth Development and Engagement work in King County, Washington. She is an advocate for youth voice and works to expand and create pathways for young people to learn, engage and organize. She is a University of Washington graduate, a Bachelor degree in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior with minor in Human Rights and a Master in Education Policy. Prior to working with SOAR, Karen designed and implemented research-driven community projects like Bothell Youth Court, that serves the Northshore School District, hearing traffic violations by youth for youth guided by restorative justice principles. She has been a strong partner and supporter to various youth, equity and social change projects and initiatives in Washington State
The post today is very simple. You can hear the word NO or you can accept it. Now what is the difference? When you hear the word NO you can let is resonate and figure out what does it mean for you at that time of hearing it. Or you can accept the answer NO and not move forward in whatever quest your seeking.
Remember this and I’m sure you have heard it a million times! No = Rejection = Direction = Correction ultimately you land in the right spot when you are able to wisely hear the word NO and keep working. Never stop seeking what you want to achieve but be wise enough to HEAR and follow the direction it is leading you.
As a full figured woman, I am very serious about creating opportunities that benefit women with curves. I am very excited about the current movement that Lane Bryant is spear heading but more importantly I am excited about the women world wide who are posting, sharing and speaking out loud that #plusisequal! Every woman is beautiful in her own right regardless of her size, skin color and style choices. This is a great opportunity for women to be heard.
Think about this, if every full figured woman accepted the answer NO where would the plus industry be? Because AMAZING women have stepped up their game to provide a yes to the NO of the main stream fashion world we have been blessed with amazing plus fashion.
4 tips for you today:
1. No is an opportunity, not a dead end.
2. Never stop reaching towards your goal because of rejection.
3. When the doors are always close, go ahead and build your door and become the gate keeper.
3. Plus Is Equal, the full figured, curvy, bodacious woman is equal to all women.
Check out and support www.plusisequal.com
As the founder and CEO of Curves Beautifully Empowered I feel full and satisfied with the launch of our first Curves Beautifully Empowered Weekend. My vision has been in my mind, talked about with family/friends and written down in my journal for the last 3 years. Last year I woke up one day, not employed, still healing from an almost fatal experience and thinking to myself I am in no shape or form prepare to launch or start working on Curves Beautifully Empowered. But I pressed on and start laying the foundation. Oh and of course the beginning stages have not been easy. Many experiences transpired in preparation for this amazing weekend: defining of personal and professional relationships, ideas being shattered and the complications of life happening. Through all of the adversity Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience has successfully happened and I am over joyed with the outcome and so excited about the future!
Our kick off was warm, wonderful and exciting! We asked the ladies in the room two questions:
- Describe a time when Women Empower Women.
- Describe a time when Women do NOT Empower Women.
Oh the answers were real! The comment that stuck out in my head was this. “A woman empowers a woman when she is secure with who she is and content in her life. And a woman does not empower a woman when she is comparing herself to another because of insecurities and lashes out in unhappiness.” That is DEEP right? How often do we speak that truth and be honest with ourselves? And others?
Saturday was a full day of workshops, our panel, Mixxedfit and meals! Here is what happened.
Again, how often can women come together to be supportive and inspirational to each other? The first things that happen was together creating and committing to rules of inspiration and empowerment:
- Be Open
- Be Here
- Be Kind
- Be Respectful
- Be Able To Receive
- Be Yourself
- Be Drama Free
- Be A Learner
- Be Forgiving of yourself and others
- Be Understanding
- Be Loving
- Be Free
- Be Complimentary
- Be Real aka Authentic
- Be Open To Growth
- Be Awake
- Be Thankful
Our rule of engagement set the tone for a movement of inspiration and empowerment to be born in Washington State. Each woman brought something to give and walked away with some nuggets to keep.
Our first workshop “Reflection to Perfection” left us with two huge nuggets. One of the first things we learned is that we are constantly experiencing 3 stages in our life.
Climbing > Going higher
Rebuilding > Starting Over-Building
Stumbling > Trying to get up
Every woman identified where they currently were, this helpful because it gives each lady a marker for where her work and goal setting needs to be but also that it is truly okay we are all at a center level for a reason. The second nugget given was that perfection is really equated to being FREE! Now, that blow our minds because how often do we equate perfection to stress, getting it right, not making mistakes and our Inspirational Workshop speaker Ruth Walker shared that perfection is our ability to be free in who we are. Perfection was never an achievement but the journey. BLOWN AWAY! Connect: http://www.pruthie.com
Our second Inspirational Workshop Speaker DeAndrea Williams came and laid us out with awesome beauty tips in our Polish It workshop. My favorite tip was buy lip sticks, shadow colors that you love cheaply at our favorite bargain stores but spend the extra for a great foundation. Here are a few more of her tips:
- Purchase the correct undergarments for your wardrobe/body! A light spanx or serious body magic can go a long way to create the polish look you desire.
- In your closet have a pencil skirt, nice fitting button down white shirt, a touch of animal print, a complementing blazer.
- The make-up you see in magazines are editorial, they are not necessarily made for you to wear at work so be appropriate in your look for the setting you are walking into.
- Pop in to thrift stores and look around because you will be amazed at what you might find. Mrs. Williams found a $700 never been worn yumminess for her feet!
The best tip that she gave was to ultimately be your -self and love on yourself by looking good and feeling good.
Our power packed lunch with Maura Barclay was so informative. I can’t do all that she shared justice but I walked away with 2 points: Honor the PING, you know that thing that tells you when you’re walking the park to be cautious or the guy you’re on the date with just gave off bad energy. Which means the PING is telling you to flee from the situation. It does not matter what others think about your actions. Your safety and wellbeing is QUEEN! Secondly, our power is in our body and how we present our body. Stand tall and boldly. To know more about Maura is to love her: www.unbreakablewoman.com
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Now let’s chat about our panel with the topic of “Be Empowered, Move Forward” what a breathe taking and life giving experience. Each woman had so much to share but here is what stuck out to me about what each woman shared.
Kimi Lee King a health and wellness expert shared, keep it simple, we often complicate life where we don’t have to. Take each moment as it comes. I LOVE Kimi for this reminder! Connect: email@example.com
Diane Lutovsky talked about how she created Life Lessons Academy in honor of her mother who felt like she was just a mother and not worthy of even a calendar. Creates opportunities for women to learn about many topics and provides a headshot. Connect: www.Lifelessonsacademy.com
Karly Rose a woman who did poorly in school never thought that she would be an owner of 2 award winning businesses and national beauty pageant title holder but now stands boldly sharing her story about dealing with body image issues. www.klassypermanentcosmetics.com
Kakela Hall Sr. gave a remarkable account about how as a younger woman she made a choice that could have robbed her of her freedom and how she handled that. She also shared how her and her husband took their savings after she had been laid off and 5 months pregnant to launch their business KD Hall Communications. Connect: Kela@kdhall.com | www.kdhall.com
Stephanie Rose an Advertising Executive and mother spoke about balancing work life and family life and the importance of creating a professional reputation that makes employers seek you because the level of work you provide is above and beyond. Connect: Srose@hbi.com
Kathei McCoy spoke about leaving her 6 figure income to launch her business of being a public speaker and life coach for others and how when tragedy struck her with the loss of her son, how she moved forward. Learn more: www.katheimccoy.com
Fralisa McFall shared about her experience of opening her school Imagination School and how she is able to provide a level of service to students that is unique to her school. Fralisa also shared how people can make a judgement on image and miss out providing their children with a unique opportunity of learning.
Denise Johnson a mother and national beauty queen was the moderator and brought great perspective to the discussion. Denise restated the importance of women coming together to support, uplift and inspire each other because there are so many jewels that can be shared amongst each other.
Saturday conclude with a hot Mixxedfit session by Deidre Daymon that worked out each and every woman in the building. Wearing our Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience T-shirts (available to you) and our white socks we had a fun work out! Join her weekly class: firstname.lastname@example.org
The foundation of my keynote speech last night to College Access Now 2015 graduates was be determined, be committed and be willing to sacrifice. As I was preparing for this wonderful celebration it caused me to reflect upon my academic journey. What it took for me to get to college and stay in college. I begin to remember some of my frustrations and nagging questions about pursuing my future. Above all else I was learning how to navigate the world and defining who I was for myself.
What I realized is that a lot of what I learned in those informative young adult years truly carried over to how I think and interact today. So there is no wonder that I am passionate about empowering others to go after their goals and dreams because I was committed and determined to pursue mines.
Here are a couple key take away points from last night.
- The challenges we experienced make us stronger and more determined to reach our goals. Challenges are also a point of reference for the future. If you can make it through the previous challenge you can make it through the next.
- WE have the ability to accomplish any goal we set personally.
Please repeat after me! Be Determined! Be committed! Be willing to sacrifice!