Innovators (Women)

Innovators (Women)

Areva Martin, Esq.

Areva Martin, Esq. 

Known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, Anderson Cooper 360, The Dr. Drew Show, and Good Morning America, and various national news programs from MSNBC to ABC, Areva is an accomplished and multi-award-winning attorney, author and children and women’s rights advocate who has also been featured on the pages of publications including Lawyers USA, Redbook and Ebony Magazines.

As Founding and Managing Partner of Martin & Martin LLP, Areva has been consistently identified as one of LA’s top attorneys including being identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2014 and 2015. Under her leadership, the firm has developed a reputation of excellence for high quality legal representation of a wide-range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to judges, elected officials and individuals.

Areva has tried cases in federal and state court with an exceptional record of success. She has represented clients in complex matters at both mediation and arbitrations recovering millions of dollars for clients.  In addition to her trial experience, Areva has served as a mediator/arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts where she assisted litigants in reaching resolutions and disposing of a wide range of matters.  She is known for her strategic and effective litigation style.

In addition to her legal work, Areva is a nationally recognized children and women’s rights advocate and autism spokesperson. She is the founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., a Los Angeles based non-profit organization created specifically to raise awareness of issues that impact individuals with autism and related disabilities living in underserved and marginalized communities.

Areva has written countless articles for print magazines, newspapers and online sites on topics ranging from workplace disputes to federal laws on disability rights. She previously wrote a regular op-ed column for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on education, civil rights, disability rights, and significant state and California Supreme Court decisions.   Areva shares her story as a mother of an autistic child and her legal expertise in her second book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs. (Penguin 2010).  What critics call the most comprehensive and compelling book to date addressing the issues of the special needs community and the importance of advocacy in this country, The Everyday Advocate soared to the top of Amazon’s best seller list upon its release.  Her first book, Journey to the Top, is a popular career guide for professional women. ​

She served as the only African-American woman and attorney on the California Legislative Blue-Ribbon Commission on Autism. She was also Chair of the South Los Angeles Autism Regional Task Force for the California Senate Select Committee on Autism and the Co-Chair of the Autism, Diversity and Equity Task Force. Areva graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. She is a member of several professional organizations.  A news junkie, Areva is also a runner with a passion for 10k races and half marathons.

Areva Martin, Esq. (2018)

You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression. In today’s super charged Internet world, people google you even before they meet you in person. They learn a lot of personal things about you and they see your profile picture. So you have to make it count! What does that pic say about you? Does it say you are a confident professional who has a reputation for excellence in a well-defined niche who delivers a consistent high quality product? or Does it say I am confused about who I am and what I have to offer to the world and this picture is designed to make you like me, not respect, hire or make me the professional you want on your team? Your brand, your image, your decision! – Areva Martin, Esq.

Throughout U.S. history, black women have founded businesses, transformed industries, revolutionized television and media and created jobs — often without recognition. Black women are the second fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, after Latina women. According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, “there are an estimated 1.9 million African-American women-owned firms, employing 376,500 workers and generating $51.4 billion in revenues.” And though their ventures still aren’t being funded as robustly as those of their white male counterparts, black women entrepreneurs are responsible for adding thousands of jobs to the economy. – Areva Martin, Esq.

2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report (click below)

Dr. Dambisa Moyo.

Today, I was on the “Women in Power” panel at the @Clivedenlitfest with @tinabrown @helencastor @bettanyhughes 10/14/2017

Biography of Dr. Dambisa Moyo

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Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She advises companies, corporate boards, CEOs and Management on investment decisions, capital allocation and risk management. Her work has taken her to more than 70 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge on the inherent conflicts facing developed economies, as well as the interaction between politics, international finance and global markets.

In particular, her work examines the interplay of international business and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment; capitalizing on her rare ability to translate trends in markets, technology, politics, regulatory matters and economics into their likely impact on global business.

Dambisa Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, the financial services group, SABMiller, the global brewer, Barrick Gold, the global miner, and Seagate Technology.  She was previously an economist at Goldman Sachs and a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead. Her third book was Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. 

Dambisa is a contributing editor to CNBC, the business and finance news network. Her writing regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She completed a PhD in economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance at American University in Washington, D.C.  She is an avid tennis fan and has run numerous half marathons and marathons.


Emerging Markets

Global Growth

Global Markets


Income Inequality


Public Policy

Real Estate


Awards and Honors:

  • Ambrosetti Forum, Participant
  • Atlantic Council, Member
  • Bilderberg, Participant
  • Bretton Woods Committee, Member
  • Evening Standard: London’s Most Influential People
  • Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women Summit, Participant
  • FT/McKinsey Judge, Best Business Book of the Year
  • Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and WorldPost: World’s Most Influential Thought Leader
  • Global Drucker Forum, Participant
  • Handelsblatt: 25 Most Influential Economists
  • Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award (named for Nobel Prize winner & recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom, Friedrich Hayek)
  • Milken Institute Global Conference, Participant
  • Munich Security Conference, Participant
  • Oprah Winfrey “O” Power List
  • TED Global 2013, Speaker
  • TED Global 2016, Speaker
  • Thinkers50 : Thinker of the Month
  • Time Magazine: 100 Most Influential People
  • S. Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Conference, Participant
  • Whitman Lecture at the Peterson Institute
  • World Economic Forum, Global Imbalances Committee Member
  • World Economic Forum (Davos) Young Global Leader

Dr. Dambisa Moyo Keynote Speech at ICD Canada

Delivering the keynote speech at #ICDconference2017 @ICDCanada

A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is once again on the edge of chaos. Demonstrations have broken out from Belgium to Brazil led by angry citizens demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, heathcare and living standards. The bottom line of this outrage is the same; people are demanding their governments do more to improve their lives faster, something which policymakers are unable to deliver under conditions of anaemic growth. Rising income inequality and a stagnant economy are threats to both the developed and the developing world, and leaders can no longer afford to ignore this gathering storm.

In Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo sets out the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. Dambisa enumerates the four headwinds of demographics, inequality, commodity scarcity and technological innovation that are driving social and economic unrest, and argues for a fundamental retooling of democratic capitalism to address current problems and deliver better outcomes in the future. In the twenty-first century, a crisis in one country can quickly become our own, and fragile economies produce a fragile international community. Edge of Chaos is a warning for advanced and emerging nations alike: we must reverse the dramatic erosion in growth, or face the consequences of a fragmented and unstable global future.

Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing and How to Fix It

Edge of Chaos will be published globally on April 24, 2018. Pre-order your copy today at 

Edge of Chaos offers a radical menu of ten (10) ways to improve democracy: making it better able to address the range of headwinds that the global economy faces (including technology and the prospects of a jobless underclass, demographic shifts, gapping income inequality, an unsustainable debt burden, natural resource scarcity and declining productivity) and deliver more economic growth and prosperit

Brigette Hyacinth

Brigette Hyacinth, bio

I am a diligent self-starter, continuous learner, avid networker, always seeking opportunities for growth and development and I relish a challenge. One thing I firmly believe in, is that in the midst of all our accomplishments, we should always find ways to give back to the society / community.I am the Founder of MBA Caribbean Organization which was established in 2008. We conduct seminars and workshops in leadership, management and education as well as provide motivational speeches.

Please visit our website: http://mbacaribbean.organd let me know how I can help you and your organization.

I am the Author of 4 Books:
“The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence”
“Purpose Driven Leadership: Building and Fostering Effective Teams”
“​The Ultimate Leader: Learning, Leading and Leaving a Legacy of Hope”
“The Edge of Leadership: A Leader’s Handbook for Success”

All are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as many other international Book Sources.

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Vision – Our goal is to contribute to the development of the human and institutional capacity by focusing on Holistic Leadership. Holistic leadership is Sustainable leadership, and is such that would benefit the leader, the followers, as well as the society as a whole.

Top Most Connected Woman in Latin America & the Caribbean
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Dr. HarnetBokrezion (PhD)

Dr. HarnetBokrezion (PhD)

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 Africa Business Boot Camp 2018

This is just a quick message to let you know: We are ready to rock at the African Business BootCamp 2018 in London – just days away! (New York City coming up after that!) I am super excited, and we have more people attending than ever before!

So, if you want to start an African business… Or invest in Africa…. If you have ever wondered how to get this all started… Or what African business you could run while still being based in the UK… …then you have to be there!

I will provide unique solutions you would LOVE to hear… but also show you how to get started fast, how to cut risk in Africa, and even get something off the ground on a shoestring budget. ….and so much more…!

Register your seat here: I’ll see you in a few days! Warm regards Dr. Harnet – Your Trainer

LoA interviews Dr. HarnetBokrezion, founder of Africa Business Jumpstart

Top 10 African businesses that will make quick millionaires in 2017 & beyond

Dear Africa BusinessJumpstarters Often it is not so much external circumstances that hold us back in life… But our beliefs and misconceptions about why we cannot have or achieve something we want…. Even in the African business space, there are some false deep rooted beliefs that make their round as mainstream ‘facts’ among us in the Diaspora. And so we continue our life as we always have… And that African business dream of ours? That African business dream….we put on the back burner. Let’s change that together! I have created a short video and an invitation to a LIVE WEBINAR which I will be holding this Sunday titled: “How To Start A Profitable African Business FAST Even If You Are Based Abroad Or You Are Operating On A Shoestring Budget” Register here: It’s time we are staring African businesses….as a vehicle to our own fulfillment and Africa’s prosperity.  ​​​​​​​Let’s keep marching together for success in Africa! Warm regards, Dr. Harnet

Ursula Burns

Ursula M. Burns

Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) is an American business executive. She is currently chairwoman of VEON, a senior advisor toTeneo, and will join the board of the beverage company Diageo on April 2, 2018, among other directorshipssuch as Uber. In 2009, Burns became CEO of Xerox, making her the first black woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, and the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company.Burns served as Xerox CEO from 2009 to 2016 and Xerox chairwoman from 2010 to 2017.[9][10] In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world.Among other civic positions, she was a leader of the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016, and head of the President’ Export Council from 2015 until 2016.

Ursula M. Burns

Burns is the chairwoman of Xerox and served as CEO through 2016. Early in her time Xerox, Burns publicly disagreed with a company vice president. She thought she’d be fired but the risky move paid off; Burns moved into an executive assistant role that introduced her to the c-suite and changed the course of her career.

 Ursula Burns

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

 Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter; born September 4, 1981)is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups in history. Their hiatus saw Beyoncé’s theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember(2002) and the release of her debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003). The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards, and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles “Crazy in Love”and “Baby boy.”Known as “Queen Bey” to fans, the global music and entertainment icon has taken home 20 Grammy awards and is worth an estimated $290 million. In her 2016 hit “Formation” she called herself a “black Bill Gates in the making.”

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Harris is the vice chairman of wealth management at Morgan Stanley and a senior client advisor for the financial giant. The influential Wall Street exec was appointed by President Barack Obama chair of the National Women’s Business Council in 2013.”Don’t be distracted by anything anybody else tells you,” Harris tells CNBC. Carla Harris / Leadership

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Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd (born September 1, 1952) is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the ACT-1 Group,the largest privately held, woman owned workforce solutions company founded in the U.S.The Act-1 Group also holds a Minority ownership status and is a multibillion-dollar (USD) award-winning international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions operating in 19 countries with over 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees worldwide.

Her personal motto is “Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.”

The moment that pushed this multimillionaire to succeed

As a teenager, Howroyd was one of the first black students to attend her North Carolina hometown’s previously segregated high school. As founder and CEO of staffing agency ACT-1, she became the first black woman to own a billion-dollar company. ACT-1 is also the largest certified woman-minority-owned staffing agency in the U.S. When she started out, she tells CNBC, all she had was a “brain, a phone and a phonebook.”

About the Founder

Meet the first African-American woman with a $1 billion business

Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of ACT-1 Group, the largest employment agency in the United States owned by a minority woman, speaks to TODAY special correspondent Jenna Bush Hager for the week-long series of profiles of successful women, and reveals her mantras and inspirations.

Entrepreneurs Conference: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Built A Billion-Dollar Business

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. Eulogized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, she became one of the wealthiest African American women in the country, “the world’s most successful female entrepreneur of her time,” and one of the most successful African-American business owners ever.

Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded. Walker was also known for her philanthropy and activism. She made financial donations to numerous organizations and became a patron of the arts. Villa lewaro. Walker’s lavish estate in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, served as a social gathering place for the African American community.

In the early 1900s, Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, turned her line of homemade hair care products into an eponymous business empire that’s still active today. At the time of her death she was widely recognized as the first self-made female millionaire in the U.S.

“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come, get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, former model and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood, California,she began her career as a model at the age of 15 and was the first African-American woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on which she appeared twice. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005. By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the world’s top-earning models.

Banks began acting on television in 1993 on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and made her film debut in Higher Learning in 1995. In 2000 she had major roles such as Eve in Disney Channel’s Life-Size and Zoe in the box-office hit Coyote Ugly.  She had small roles in the romantic film Love & Basketball (2000) and horror film Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and appeared in television series Gossip Girl and Glee.

In 2003, Banks created and began presenting the long-running reality television series America’s Nest Top Model, which she executive produced and presented for the first twenty-two seasons until the series’ cancellation in October 2015. She remained executive producer for the revival of the series, and enlisted Rita Ora as host for the twenty-third cycle before reassuming the duties herself for the upcoming twenty-fourth cycle.

Banks was the co-creator of True Beauty, and had her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, which aired on The CW for five seasons and won two Daytime

Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show Informative. She co-hosted the talk showFABLifefor two months. In 2017, Banks replaced Nick Cannon as host of America’s Got Talent for its 12th season.

In 2010, she published a young adult novel titledModelland, based on her life as a model which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.

The questions that motivate Tyra Banks, she tells CNBC, are “What hasn’t been done before? What is there to conquer? What is there to innovate? What is there to create?”
The questions that motivate Tyra Banks, she tells CNBC, are “What hasn’t been done before? What is there to conquer? What is there to innovate? What is there to create?”

Tina Wells

Tina Wells

Tina Wells is an American entrepreneur and writer. She is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group.  Tina Wells sits on the board for NPH USA, which is an international non-profit corporation. In addition to serving on the Young Entrepreneur Council, the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, and the board of directors for both the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and The Franklin Institute, she is also the current Academic Director ofWharton’s  Leadership in the Business World program. Tina Wells writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Inc., Black Enterprise, Harper Collins, MediaPost, and Retail Merchandiser Magazine. She is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, which works with major clients like Dell and Levo. She is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is the academic director of Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program, a program for high school students.

“I never had an excuse to not finish what I started,” Tina Wells tells the United Nations Foundation.

Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes 

Catherine L. Hughes (born Catherine Elizabeth Woods; April 22, 1947) is an African-American entrepreneur, radio and television personality and business executive. Hughes founded the media company Radio One (now known as Urban One). And when the company went public in 1999, she became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation. In the 1970s, Hughes created the urban radio format called “The Quiet Storm” on Howard University’s radio station WHUR with disc jockey and fellow Howard student Melvin Lindsay.

Radio One (“The Quiet Storm”), a media company that operates more than 50 radio stations in the United States.

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes 

Shonda Lynn Rhimes (born January 13, 1970) is an American television producer, screenwriter, and author. She is best known as the creator, head writer, executive producer – the showrunner of the television medical dramaGrey’s Anatomy, its spin-offPrivate Practice, and the political thriller seriesScandal, all of which have aired on ABC. Rhimes has also served as the executive producer of the ABC television seriesOff the Map, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Catch.

In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape the World. In 2015, she published her first book, a memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person. In 2017 Netflix said that it had entered-into a multi-year development deal with Rhimes, by which all her future productions will be Netflix Original series. Netflix already had purchased streaming rights to back episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Rhimes is arguably the most important person in American television right now. Her bestselling book “Year of Yes” details how she overcame a deep fear of public appearances and became confident in her creativity.

Sheila Johnson

Sheila Johnson 

Sheila Crump Johnson (born January 25, 1949) is an American businesswoman, co-founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television), the cable television news and entertainment network targeted at black audiences, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and the first African-American woman to attain a net worth of at least one billion dollars.

Johnson is team president, managing partner, and governor of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, a position she earned before the 2005 season. On May 24, 2005, Washington Sports and Entertainment Chairman, Abe Pollin, sold the Mystics to Lincoln Holdings LLC, where Johnson served as president.

She is the first African-American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports franchises: the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the Washington Mystics (WNBA).

Johnson is CEO of Salamander Hospitality, a company she founded in 2005. Salamander’s portfolio includes: Reunion Resort located in Reunion, Florida; The Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, a 900-acre (3.6 km2), 72-hole PGA tour golf course in Palm Harbor, FL; and The Salamander Resort & Spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Middleburg, VA. Ms. Sheila Johnson is worth an estimated $710 million.



Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Zara Maxamed Cabdulmajiid, Arabic: ايمان محمد عبد المجيد‎; born 25 July 1955), mononymously known as Iman (“faith” in Arabic), is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics for women of color.

Her makeup line, Iman Cosmetics, encourages women to “celebrate your skintone” and is sold nationwide at retailers including Target, CVS and Wal-Mart. The Somali-born entrepreneur also has several popular fashion and jewelry lines on HSN.

Iman is also noted for her philanthropic work. She is the widow of English rock musician David Bowie, whom she married in 1992.

Rosalind Brewer

Rosalind Brewer 

Rosalind G. Brewer is an American businesswoman who is the COO of Starbucks and the former President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. On Jan. 6, 2017, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that she will retire from the role effective Feb. 1, 2017 and will be replaced by John Furner.  Rosalind Brewer is the first woman and the first African-American to fill the role of CEO at one of Wal-Mart Stores’ divisions. As of 2016, she is listed as the 57th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.  Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club in the U.S for more than five years before stepping down in January.Before leading the grocery company, Brewer worked for more than two decades at Kimberly-Clark and was a regional vice president at Wal-Mart.

Tywanna Smith, MBA 

Tywanna Smith, MBA 

Tywanna Smith (born August 17, 1982), née TywannaInmon, is a professional Sports Manager (The Athlete’s NeXus), Best-Selling Author and former professional basketball player. She is the author of Surviving the Lights: A Professional Athlete’s Playbook to Avoiding the Curse.

Tywanna Smith played college basketball for Ole Miss as a starter for four years. She was selected to be captain of the team in the 2003–04 season, her senior year. At the postseason team banquet, she was presented with award for the highest grade-point average. Not surprisingly, her academic achievements, earned her a spot on the 2003 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

On March 4, 2004, in an SEC Tournament game against Alabama, she pulled down 13 rebounds, which is tied for the third best number of rebounds in an SEC Tournament game.

From her college career at the University of Mississippi, Smith moved overseas to play basketball professionally in the Europe. She played for a Dutch team Amazone from 2005-06 and a Spanish team Pabellon-Ourense from 2006-07. Smith also made the Dutch FEB All-Star Gala in 2006.

TywannaSmith gives advice to professional sports players regarding finances, branding, and business. In 2016, she launched The Athlete’s Nexus, a sports marketing and business management business for U.S. and International Pro Athletes, including those in the NBA and NFL.

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Tywanna Smith Email

Tywanna Smith Website

Tywanna Smith Bio

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she is the richest African-American and North America’s first multi-billionaire black person and has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world.In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.

Sent to live with the man she calls her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Tennessee, she landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, she is thought to have popularized and revolutionizedthe tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue, through which, according to a Yale study, she broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.

By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and having an overly emotion-centered approach, she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others. From 2006 to 2008, her endorsement of President Obama, by one estimate, delivered over a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.

The original queen of daytime grew up in poverty and dropped out of college to pursue a career in media. On “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she developed the sincere, confessional interview style for which she’d become famous. The program became the highest-rated talk show in television history and led to the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network, of which she is CEO.In the fall of 2017, Winfrey will join “60 Minutes” as a special correspondent.

Rev. Dr. A. Louise Bonaparte M.D.

Rev. Dr. A. Louise Bonaparte M.D. 

The Most Reverend Dr. A Louise Bonaparte is a 7th generation Preacher and Ordained Apostle that is Highly Anointed as well as a Scholar that has been in Ministry for over 30 years. She is an Ordained Baptist and Pentecostal Minister as well as a Reformed Rabbi and Interfaith Minister She has been seen and heard on Television and Radio Networks around the World. Not only is she a preacher but a Life Coach and Motivational speaker. She is a Known Spiritual advisor to the Rich and Famous around the world including Kings, Presidents, Heads of State; and has lectured to crowds of over 800,000 people.

A graduate of Ivy League Universities she holds 12 degrees including 7 doctorates. Dr. Bonaparte serves under her mother Arch Bishop Eloisa Crawley – Bonaparte and is the 2nd Presiding Prelate of the Temple of The Good Shepherd Ministries World Wide, which includes over 2,500 connections of Branch Churches, Assemblies and Missions around the World with thousands of Clergies under her leadership.

Doctor Bonaparte is a Medical Doctor (Surgical Oncologist) as well as an Adjunct Professor of Religion at an Ivy League University. To add to her accomplishments, she is the CEO of Jabez Global Enterprises a family owned founded in Brooklyn, New York by her Grandmother the late Reverend Amanda HW Crawley in 1930. Today the vision has grown into a Global Billion Dollar Enterprise consisting of over 150 companies consisting of 100,000 employees Globally.

Dr. Bonaparte is also an International Gospel Promoter taking Artist oversees to perform in various concerts to crowds of up to 70,000; Her Grace has also hosted her own radio show playing inspirational music and talked on various topics.
Dr.Bonaparte is a great writer and has several books set for publication, she has also contributed to many newspaper and magazine articles. The Most Reverend Dr. Bonaparte is a Member and on the Board of Various Business, Religious, Civic and Social Organizations both National and International.


A.L. Bonaparte Ministries, INC, 0ne Penn Plaza, Suite 6282
New York, New York 10119
Phone: (917) 353 – 1442

Ambassador Dr. Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua

Ambassador Dr. Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua

ASABE SHEHU YAR’ADUA FOUNDATION (ASYARF) is a civil society organization (CSO), A zero-profit organization.With its focus onPublic Enlightenment,the Aged (Elderly),Women,children and youths support programs.

The primary objective of preserving and promoting the great ideologies of the renowned patriot Late Tafida (General) Shehu Musa Yar’Adua was the senior brother of the late Umoru Musa Yar’Adua, the Late President of Nigeria, the former vice president for the federal republic of Nigeria during Obansanjo’s regime.Ambassador Dr.HajiaAsabe Shehu Yar’Adua has over the years been using the foundation in touching many lives and building futures.


  • Communities
  • Climate Protection/Earth Justice
  • Health/Provision of clean and sustainable water in local communities
  • Frown at Child Abuse and Injustice
  • Women, Children and Youths
  • Poverty Reduction • Peaceful Co-existence
  • Humanitarian Services/Disabilities
  • Conflict Resolution/Disaster Management
  • Good Governance, Electoral Workshop training and sensitization on voter’s registration exercise
  • Combating and Research on HIV/AIDS.Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation is registered in United States America, Europe and Africa.The Foundation work in line with UNDPI, CSO,UNCTAD, ECOSOC(UN), ECOSOCC (Africa) and UNICEF on Children’s Rights.

Ambassador Dr. Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua (FSM)

Place of Birth » Kano, Nigeria
Date of Birth » 6th June


  • » Sudan Interior Mission Kano
  • » St Louis Girls High Sec. School, Kano
  • » London Royal College of Arts, London (Bachelor of Arts BA, Master of Art MA)
  • » Elizabeth Arden finishing school, Zurich, Switzerland

Present Position

  • » Founder/President – Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation (ASYARF)
  • » VICE PRESIDENT – Twilight International Character Reformation Club
  • » MATRON – Nigeria Football Federation
  • » MATRON – Message of Salvation Series
  • » MATRON – Non-Indigene Union
  • » GRAND MATRON – Man ‘O’ War Nigeria 


As a bridge builder, she has been honored with several chieftaincies across the Federation like Anambra, Ebonyi, Delta, Lagos, Imo and Abia State. But most notable, recently she coffered as the ODI UKO NA MBA NDI-IGBO. She has been honored with Doctorate degree on PUBLIC POLICY by NOVENA University, Delta State. Ambassador Dr. HajiyaAsabe Shehu Musa Yar’Adua is a woman of substance, with many honors to her credit, too many to mention, but notable among them includes the following list below:

Teachers without Boarder United Nation

African Golden Award on Humanitarian Service

From Today’s People International (Ghana) 

Diamond Award for Leadership Role Model

From Today’s People International 

West African Life Achievement Recognition Award 2008

From Citinet and George Kerry Life Foundation 

The Most Valuable NGO Supporting Youth Empowerment/Corporate Social Responsibility “CRS” Award 2008

From Citinet and George Kerry Life Foundation 

Meritorious Award

From Twilight International Character Reformation Club 

Love for Humanitarian Service/Role Model

From U.S African Eye Award 

Achiever Award

From Imo State Government 

Love for Humanity Award

From Rotary Club International 

Recognition Award 2008

OdiUko Na Mba of Ndigbo (A Rear Germ) 

Humanitarian Service Award.

From Fobnar Health Foundation 

Royal Peace Award

African Children of Peace Club an affiliate of African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives 

Heart for the Poor Award

From Citinet and George Kerry Foundation 

The Most valuable NGO Supporting Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa

From Citinet and George Kerry Foundation 

Love for Humanity Award

From Rotary International Club 

Humanitarian Services Award

From Lion Club 

African Success Award

Service to Humanity 

Professional Fellowship Award (PFA)

Institute of Strategic Managers, Ghana 

Nollywood Mother of the Century Award 

Legend Award

From Ajif 

Honorary Award


Institution of Strategic Managers, Ghana

Fellow of the Institute (FSM) Ghana 

Love for Humanity Award

Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation, Germany Chapter 

Life Achievement Recognition Award for Youth Empowerment

From Citinet and Kerry Foundation 

Urhobo Music Peace Ambassador World Wide

Distinguished Personality of the year


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African First Lady.

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and spent her early legal career working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her husband. She subsequently worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Barack and Michelle married in 1992 and have two daughters.

Obama campaigned for her husband’s presidential bid throughout 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She returned to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and again during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where she delivered a speech in support of the Democratic presidential nominee, and fellow First Lady, Hillary Clinton.

As First Lady, Obama became a role model for women, an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating, and a fashion icon.

An attorney and advocate for youth and health issues, Michelle Obama was passionate about nutrition, she partnered with many of the country’s leading brands such as Disney, Subway and PepsiCo to promote healthy activities and food products for young people. Obama was a key player in the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to include added sugars on food labels, changing the food industry.