Our Speakers

Our dynamic speaker line-up is ready to empower you! 2017 Conference Speakers are here to HELP YOU!

Tosi Ufodike Creator & Host – Dare 2 Aspire

Tosi Ufodike is a serial entrepreneur, wife and mother with over 20 years work experience. Prior to starting several businesses she worked for GE in the corporate world, obtaining the best financial training and traveling the world. She has been featured in numerous publications and online magazines. Tosi is a pioneer in the childcare industry, starting the first multicultural nanny agency, My Good Nanny. Tosi is a gifted motivational coach, who inspires women to follow their goals and dreams with her annual Dare 2 Aspire business conference. She is a bestselling author, speaker, and natural haircare champion, creating the first vegan line of hair products for naturals, HairYum. Tosi pushes women to play bigger and dream bigger, in an effort to produce results that propel their businesses to the next level.

Melissia Rene CEO & Founder of Devanna Boutique

Born in Belleville Illinois, Melissia spent her childhood between St. Louis and Las Vegas. Melissia was deemed a social butterfly by her peers and made friends fast. Living in an area of grandeur helped her realize her dreams of acting, so Melissia surrounded herself with people who brought out the natural star status from within. It wasn’t long that Melissia found herself going down a path she was not quite ready for so early in life. Finding herself pregnant at the age of 16, though scared, Melissia was able to find innerstrength to mold a new path.

Lydia Evans CEO, SWAG Essentials

Lydia Evans is a Celebrity Esthetician and Product Developer. Nine years ago, Houston native, Lydia developed the perfect solution to her eczema: La Bella Dolce. What began as passion and necessity quickly blossomed into an award winning skincare line. Evans continues to break barriers in the skin care industry with her Soaps Washes and Grooming Essentials line (SWAG). She was featured on the ABC Hit Show, Shark Tank and in the 2015 Oscars Celebrity Gift Suite. She started making soaps in her apartment making $66,000 and now she earns close to half a million. Evans was given the prestigious honor of being named one of Top 25 Women of Houston and has been featured in numerous magazines and online publications.

Shalawn Willis Celebrity MakeUp Artist

Shalawn Willis is an accomplished Beauty Industry professional specializing in make-up artistry. Shalawn’s intense eye for detail and innate ability to enhance the natural beauty of her clients is a reflection of her creativity and precision. Shalawn gifted LAMIK Beauty her natural talent while serving as Regional Director and Makeup Artist 6 years ago. Continuing to nourish her passion while educating others, Shalawn has served as an industry specialist adding value to various cosmetology and aesthetic programs for schools throughout Atlanta and surrounding areas. Her contribution helped prepare aspiring learners as they geared up for the beauty industry. Shalawn’s repertoire includes published work with magazines and global print ad campaigns. Her most recent work has been seen on Bravo TV reality show “Married to Medicine” as Lisa Nicole Cloud’s principle makeup artist for this season. Shalawn’s passion for encouraging women to love their natural beauty and showing them how to enhance it drives her daily.

Dr. Myla Bennett Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Board certified plastic surgeon, speaker, beauty preservation strategist and business mogul Dr. Myla Bennett Powell is the founder of PreserveYourPretty.com and has become one of the most sought after female plastic surgeon on the east coast. A graduate of The Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Myla specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face and body, as well as, non-surgical facial rejuvenation. In addition, Dr. Myla's expertise extend to body contouring, breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction. She has made it her mission to gain exposure to cutting edge products, treatments, and surgical procedures to prevent, slow down and even reverse the signs of aging. Featured in both national and international publications and networks including, Single and Living Fab, Black America Web, NBC, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Radio One, and many more, Dr. Myla continues to strive to become a household name through national recognition.

Shanicia Boswell CEO, Black Moms Blog

Shanicia Boswell is a full time mom, twice over entrepreneur, and social media influencer. After noticing a large discrepancy in Black mothers blogging about parenthood, she founded Black Moms Blog, an interactive online community where she and other moms talk parenting, culture, and lifestyle from a Black mom's point of view. Shanicia is emerging as one of the top multicultural digital influencers, working with companies like Dunkin Donuts, American Family Insurance, Ergobaby, and American Girl Brand. Her powerful story of how she climbed to the top as a young entrepreneur serves as inspiration for her community and mothers everywhere. Shanicia resides in Atlanta, GA with her daughter, Kamryn.

Lenise Williams, Esq. IP Attorney & Business Consultant

Lenise Williams is an advocate for entrepreneurship. Not only is she an advocate, she is also an Intellectual Property Attorney and Business Strategist. She works with existing businesses to develop more profitable brands and assure that a brand’s intellectual property (trademark, copyright, patent) is protected. Although she has an extensive list of training and degrees, her expertise is also from personal experiences as a serial entrepreneur owning and operating multiple businesses for nearly 15 years.

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