We are excited to have Alexandria Houston join us for Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience!
Living life to the fullest, Alexandria is an engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, life coach, and pageant queen. Born and raised in Houston, TX, she is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University College of Engineering and Argosy University Graduate School of Psychology. Alexandria is an advocate for women empowerment which was proven as she was the youngest to ever receive the Women of Achievement award in the category of Women’s Advocate in 2016. She was also honored in 2017 as Prairie View A&M University Top 40 Alumni under the age of 40. Alexandria is the former 2013 Miss Plus America and is currently reigning as Miss Texas All World Beauties. She is a Field Representative for an engineered wood company where she gets a comfortable balance between sporting her pink hard hat and boots or her favorite “business woman” heels. She prides herself on leaving a mark on everyone she meets by spreading inspiration, positivity, and love. Alexandria’s motto is “Always act in love and integrity”.
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Kimberly Walker Curves Beautifully Empowered (CBE) is a tax-deductible, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is committed to transforming the lives of women and younger girls by providing empowering and inspiring experiences through fashion and confidence-boosting events, vision workshops and sisterhood. Our mission is to empower women and girls to embrace their curves; to see, to accept and soar into their personal awesomeness.
Curves Beautifully Empowered (CBE) was founded in 2015 with the launch of the signature event Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience with 40 women in attendance. Shortly after, vision workshops were launched helping women reach their goal achievement. Each year this organization has strives to increase connection to women in King County. In 2016 CBE launched Girls Beautifully Empowered in a middle school in the Kent School District in partnership with a out of school time program.
In spring of 2017 Curves Beautifully Empowered applied for its 501©3 status and received it in November 2017. In 2018 the signature event has increased and CBE Fashion Experience was launched causing a ripple in the local landscape of fashion and definitions of beauty pertaining to bodies of color, of size and difference in Washington State.
All of this has been done through social capital in monetary donations and in-kind donations. CBE is forever grateful to our supporters. We are moving full speed to make 2019 even more impactful!
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It is with utter excitement and pleasure to announce our 2019 Inspirational Speaker for Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience IV is the amazing and beautiful Marie Denee coming from Atlanta, Georgia.
Marie Denee, creator of “The Curvy Fashionista”, is an established and respected voice in the plus size fashion arena. With over eleven years of experience, Marie has made it her mission to continuously show women that they can be Curvy, Confident, and Chic.
In 2008, enter The Curvy Fashionista. While cutting her teeth in retail, Marie realized that when it came to great stylish clothing for plus size women, their options were limited. Armed with MBA in Marketing, fashion experience, and a passion for empowering women of every shape and size, Marie launched the popular blog which today attracts over 400,000 visitors and averages 750k page views. Through The Curvy Fashionista, Marie showcases wardrobe and style options from the industry’s top fashion brands, as well as shares news and events for curvy women in a world where fashion for this community is often overlooked.
In 2015, Marie founded The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo in Atlanta, which drew over 400 women to shop their favorite plus size brands, socialize and sit in on panels led by some of the industry’s leading experts. This year’s highly anticipated event was held on July 28th & 29th, 2017 with even more participating brands such as Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant, Chevrolet, and MVP Collections, and attracted over 500 attendees.
Sought after for her fashion and styling advice for the curvy fashion forward woman, Marie has been featured in Lucky Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Marie Claire Italia, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, Madame Noire, Shape Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and more. She has also worked with some of the top retailers and brands in the industry including Nordstrom, Chevrolet, Marina Rinaldi, Beyond the Rack, Ashley Stewart, and others through hosting, consulting, and strategic partnerships.
In addition to being a popular fashion blogger, Marie Denee is a freelance fashion writer whose work has been featured in Styleblazer, Plus Model Magazine, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and Ebony.com, to name a few.
Want to learn more? Check her out!
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.
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.