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.
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.
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”.
It is with great excitement that we introduce you to one of our amazing CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speakers Ashleigh Callier Winfield Plus Model and Motivational Speaker.
Ashleigh Elizabeth Callier Winfield a plus-size model based in Portland Oregon. Ashleigh’s journey of life began on a fall night in Grand, Rapids Michigan. She was born to MaryEtta Callier a southern Louisiana born and raised, special education teacher. Ashleigh’s desire to be the best came from a long linage of family members that are now, professors, deans, doctors, lawyers, actor, musicians, and athletes. She was destined for greatness. However, in order to receive the greatness that she was prepped for she needed to believe. Ashleigh’s parents always surrounded her around motivators and Christians that continuously encouraged her and sew seed of life tools. Her drive for success started at Jefferson High School when she knew arts, science and leadership would direct her in a path that ongoingly inspired others. When she attended University of Oregon she was able to gain a psychology foundation. Even though she didn’t graduate with her psychology major it prepared her for her human development major that she graduated with at Warner Pacific. She is now in the process of finishing her MBA degree at Concordia University with emphasis in Leadership/ Project Management. With such an educational background she is be able to enter any dynamics she enters.
Ashleigh’s love for art and creativity started at a young age. However her confidence did not reflect what she secretly desired to be, which is why she leaned on education and focused on the medical field. As time progressed God had a way of turning her life around and modeling ended up choosing her during a very challenged, lack of self-esteem time. She is now presented as a bi-coastal professional model that plans to use her platform to market art and medicine, uplift youth, and refocus what beauty is. Fashion, poetry but especially music has been Ashleigh’s form of vulnerability. Music ministry has been an art that has developed since a younger age. However after Ashleigh’s undergrad experience at University of Oregon, music ministries and fashion helped resurface her in an undesirable way. This musical singing ability lead Ashleigh to be apart of the national known music ministry, Derrick McDuffey and Kingdom Sound.
Ashleigh’s performances did not just stop on the stage. Her runway work for Full figured New York Fashion show, Portland Fashion Week, Seattle Fashion Week, Curvy Chic Fashion Show, Chubby Cart Wheels Fashion Show and many more. Ashleigh was signed in 2016 to Sports Lifestyle Unlimited modeling agency. During the year of 2015, and 2016 was Nominated for best plus model by Portland’s Mercedes Benz, and worked with various notable photographers. She has modeled for brands life Nike, Beach Body, Avenue, Universal Standards, and the list goes on. However the best designer she was able to walk for was the design her mother and herself created: Tailored Made.
I can’t believe that we are on our 3rd year of providing the Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience. It is with great honor to announce our Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III and we are going to have such a good time and we are adding in a new addition that has been on our vision board but we were waiting for the right time. Drummmm roooolllll pleaseeeeeeee!!!! This year we are adding the Full Figured Fashion Experience runway show! If you have followed me any length of time you are more than aware that fashion is one of my loves in this world. We will have two panels one about Beauty & Wellness and Goal Divas building bridges over barriers! Our soul session will get you all the way together! And of course we must have our Mixxedfit on deck!!! Get your ladies and spend a weekend with us!!!
Last year our keynote speaker was amazing hailing from the state of Tennessee. This year I am so excited to have Natasha Monique Coleman who is a Master Trainer Select for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, CEO Royal Productions and Strategic Ambition, from the beautiful state of Florida!
Natasha Monique Coleman is a wife and mother of 3. Natasha is a Florida native and was raised here in Panama City, Fl. Natasha is a health consult for Florida Department Health/Diabetes Service Department and Level 3 Health Educator and is the Ambassador of the National Diabetes Prevention Program where she is a Master Trainer Select, she trains other Lifestyle Coaches nationwide how to interact and facilitate with the participants of the program. She is also a Health Educator with a Wellness Program for several Fortune 500 companies focusing on Stage 1 and Stage 2 Hypertension in the workplace.
Natasha will take on any opportunity to share her story and wellness journey that includes an over 200 lbs. natural loss as an example to prevent others from morbid obesity and chronic disease. She has taken a personal stand here in Northwest Florida to educate others of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices to make small changes and see big results and to be a point of resource for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension of how to manage it.
Natasha’s Wellness Journey has been highlighted on several national platforms including The Steve Harvey Show in Chicago, Katie Couric Show in New York, Dr. Oz Magazine, Essence Magazine, Prevention and First for Women magazine to name a few.
Stay tuned for when ticket sales begin soon!
I hope your short week for most and regular for some is going well! I was talking with some girlfriends about the things in life I want to change about my current status in life in many areas of my life. And as we were talking I was thinking about the “WHY” I wanted change in different areas and they were talking about their “WHYs”.
In this conversation I realized how easy it is to seek change based on the perception of others and the vibes you get from others and others insecurities that can creep up under the radar like “YOU” have them when you don’t!
It happens so easily but what I shared with them and what I want to share with you is DON’T change because you think that is what other’s want you to do. DON’T change the interaction between yourself and other individuals UNLESS it will be a blessing to your life and those you love!
We can’t afford to live our lives based on other people’s insecurities. We most stand confidently in our own awesomeness. How often do we change how we look to satisfy someone else’s perception of us? Now, of the bat some of you will be like NOPE not ME! But really think about other situations where you began to change when really it was not benefiting you but other people….Just think.
Thank you for stopping by to check out my chat about Building Bridges Over Barriers today. Unfortunately Facebook live was not working for me so you can only catch it on Periscope.
For those who are new my page, my name is Kimberly Walker and I am the CEO & Founder of Curves Beautifully Empowered. My passion and purpose is to inspire and empower people to soar into their personal awesomeness!!!! You can always find me here but also on Periscope: kimberlyjwalker, Facebook: /kimjwalker and Instagram: Kimberlywalkercbe!
So here are a few thoughts I have about creating bridges in life so you can be successful in whatever it is in life that you want to pursue.
BUILDING BRIDGES OVER BARRIERS
1. Have the right mindset! In other words, get yo mind right!!! Tell yourself “I will conquer this barrier!” everyday and any moment you feel fear and doubt creeping over your shoulder. Also make sure that you are thinking outside of the box! Yes as a matter of fact don’t stay in the box, think outside of it, go around it and flip that mofo OVER! You don’t have time to be boxed in and limited. The biggest barrier starts with your mindset.
2. Do the work! Research it! Find out who has achieved what you desire in your life. Seek out “think partners” who will stretch you beyond what you can see. Seek out mentors! And not the mentors who just want to say that they have mentees. Find a mentor who will help hold your hand at times and share resources. And when you find these folks, make sure you align yourself with them. That means also investing in yourself and using those coins to pay for their time. Most successful folks love to share but time is also money and there has to be a balance so be ready to invest in what you seek. But most importantly build authentic relationships in life will make you or break you.
3. Don’t stop until you get your yes. NO is temporary! No is a line that you can step over to get your yes!. NO for me equals New Options! It just an opportunity for me to figure out what else is other there. To figure out, what is missing. That is why I use vision boards to keep me focused on my goals and no matter what walls or barriers pop up I am still focused with time lines and deadlines.
Until next Friday, God Bless!!!
To me being a respectful human being means that I value myself and others. And because I do I have boundaries and take care in the way I speak and how I behave in public and behind closed doors.
Bottom line when you walk in a respectful nature you take care in how you represent yourself in all manners of life. A respectful human being pays attention to what is going on at the surface and looking to dig deeper.
Superficial is often not being real with oneself, it is not speaking the truth or your truth. It really is not being honest about your feelings and motives in the words you say and the way you behave in your actions!
I feel like this is an epidemic.
So how do you know the difference? How do we stay authentic?
Take your time to get to know people. Why are you rushing it? What will be lost if you set aside time to have some real conversations and get to know people’s heart?
And while you are having these conversations, make sure your ears are open and eyes seeing the reflection of their speech in their actions and interactions.
Your people pleasing ways will always get in your way. I know go ahead and say it! I am bothered and I don’t care what people think. Ummmhmmm many say that but if you are not invited to an event, or the right people didn’t like your post or you’re not the go to person for XY & Z….Can you sit with that?
Can you stand being unliked? Because if you cannot then you are more than likely living a lavishly superficial lifestyle and you lack the truth tellers in your life that will help keep you grounded.
Queens know Queens and Kings know Kings…meaning you know when you meet someone if you are of the same cloth, have the same vibe, of the same spirit AND so you really know when you are not! Which means when you are pressing to force a relationship to happen for whatever benefit you THINK you will get…you might as well be pouring salt into koolaid…it will never be sweet.
In other words, follow favor. You are doing yourself an injustice of trying to fit into where you are not wanted. To force a connection or a door that is not open to you. Listen, you know and they know the right connection is not there and so it will be a fake, false, superficial union that will never serve you well.
When it is all said and done you must look in the mirror and feel good about the person you are…the person you are becoming. We should all strive to become better respectful human beings.