Meet Our 2019 Hustle HER Way Speakers
Stay tuned as additional speakers and moderators will be added! At this time, we are not seeking any additional applications.
Kyshira S. moffett, MBA | Serial entrepreneur, author & creator of hustle her way summit
Kyshira S. Moffett, MBA is a digital brand strategist, content creator, award winning entrepreneur, and author. Passionate about brand strategy, entrepreneurship, and beauty, she is living her motto “feel the fear and do it anyway” every single day. In 2013, Kyshira founded The KSM Group, a boutique brand consulting firm which equips entrepreneurial women with digital brand and launch strategies to propel their businesses and blogs to the next level. Kyshira is also the creator of #HERMovement, a successful business and lifestyle blog that highlights ambitious, millennial women on their pursuit to professional success. Kyshira’s continuous efforts and involvement have been recognized by EBONY Magazine, Fast Company, XO Necole, CNN Money, Blavity, Empire Life Magazine, and more! She is the recipient of the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Millennial Visionary of the Year Award and the Fab 40 under 40 Award.
Jasmene bowdry | Founder, shiftstyle house
Jasmene Bowdry is the Founder of SHIFT StyleHouse, a thriving e-commerce brand for the modern day renaissance woman. Before she launched SHIFT(formerly BellaRosa Boutique), the Michigan-native powered her girl boss dreams by rising through the ranks of New York City’s competitive fashion and entertainment industries. Jasmene combined her time as a retail buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co., among other Fortune 500 companies, with styling hip hop’s most iconic images in the pages of People, Forbes, Vibe and XXL magazines. With over 10 years’ experience in the business of fashion, real work, passion and humility runs through her DNA.
Vivian Kaye | Founder, Kinkycurlyyaki
Vivian Kaye is the Founder and CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki. KinkyCurlyYaki is the premier provider of textured hair extensions designed to blend perfectly with kinky, curly, and coarse hair textures. KinkyCurlyYaki is Vivian's second successful business and her first in the beauty industry. She initially launched the business as a side hustle but has since turned it into a seven figure company. In 2010, after watching tons of videos of women unintentionally damaging their own natural hair in an attempt to blend it with exotic textures like "Brazilian", "Peruvian" & "Malaysian", she began searching for textures that looked more like her own. But her search came up empty. She found that most hair extension companies carried mostly straight or synthetic curl textures that were not versatile or easy to maintain; not to mention the available textures weren’t so cute either. So in 2012, Vivian decided to create a company that not only sold high quality, kinky, curly and natural-looking textured hair extensions but one that also celebrates the Black women who wear it. The rest is history in the making.
zii davis | professional makeup artist & creator of rock your crown beauty brunch
After graduating Cum Laude with two bachelor degrees, Zii Davis was denied job placement. Instead of job hunting, she turned her talent into a profession. Today, Zii is an award-winning, published, and full-time professional makeup artist who has worked with everyday professional women, celebrities and TV networks. After pursuing beauty full-time, Zii quickly discovered that makeup was only the vehicle to her true love, which is empowering women to push their passion and accomplish their goals and dreams! Beyond the brush, Zii is the creator of the annual Rock Your Crown Beauty Brunch and Empowerment Workshop. Zii is also the music artist behind the album Crowned Affirmations – the ultimate soundtrack of encouragement for women who are chasing their dreams. Today, Zii advocates small businesses and side-hustlers to use DIY tools and tactics to pursue their passion relentlessly all while making profit. Her vision is to continue to impact and inspire women from inside out!
Candace holyfield | The six figure spa chick
Candace Holyfield 2014 as seen in American Spa Magazine, creator of the spa boss tribe, helping spa professionals across the globe open and operate successfully. She also travels to educate women on womb wellness.Over 400 members are now own day spas across the country. Candace is still very active in her Atlanta spa location serving a long list of celebrities but all clients are treated like a star.
Rosezena J. Pierce, Esq. | Founder of r.j pierce law group, the biz lawyer
Attorney Rosezena J. Pierce, Esq. is a Chicago native and entrepreneur. She is very passionate about educating her clients and providing legal services to protect their brand and the value of their artistry and business. Rosezena loves working with people in the entertainment industry as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners. The beauty industry is near and dear to Rosezena’s heart as well, as she was a licensed Cosmetologist before becoming
an Attorney. Some of her clients consist of hip hop recording artists, reality t.v. stars, hair stylists, fashion designers, artist managers, music producers, photographers, videographers, small business owners and many more. Rosezena received her law degree in Chicago from The John Marshall Law School and has a Certificate of Law in Intellectual Property. While in law school, Rosezena served as the Administrative Editor on the Law Review of Intellectual Property Journal. Rosezena has been an expert speaker on panels at national events and virtual summits. She loves to educate her audience through live videos, webinars and digital training resources. Rosezena was recently honored by the Chicago 300 Black Women organization for her work within the community and among small business owners helping them to protect their brand and legacies.
gabrielle leonard | Event Marketing coach
Gabrielle Leonard is on a mission to help emerging entrepreneurs to be booked bosses by mastering their marketing and using in-person events. Trained in Project Management, Grant Writing, Leadership, QuickBooks, Management, Marketing, Branding, and Events Management, Gabrielle has 10+ years’ experience in customer service, marketing management and strategic planning which provides her clients with unique benefits and advantages.
She has worked with clients in Atlanta, Washington, Africa, Australia and other parts of the world as a Marketing Consultant in her Company Inspired Royals LLC., a global enterprise. Her vision is that women should have the mindset of collaboration rather than competition and she strives to walk in that realization each day. Gabrielle got her start in business when she had an aha moment one day working as a location manager of two locations for a multimillion dollar cosmetic company on St. Thomas. She had the salary and the job title she wanted but felt unfulfilled and purposeless. After quitting her job, she launched her coaching business and struggled to make consistent income in her business. After deciding to host an in-person workshop for which she made $3,000 in profit, she started to develop her signature Event Marketing Strategy and has been teaching this successfully to hundreds of her students since.
Latisha carr | Life Coach and Self-Care Strategist
Latisha Carr is a Life Coach and Self-Care Strategist that is helping people to live their best and most fulfilling life. Due to her work in the mental health field and her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, Latisha has had the opportunity to work with an assortment of people as they develop and learn effective coping skills for their day-to-day life. She has transferred her education and the skills she has developed professionally to her coaching program for people ready to get unstuck and chase their dreams as well as her strategic self-care sessions for entrepreneurs and professionals. Latisha is an advocate for everyone to live their best life and reach their highest goals and dreams. Latisha was awarded the 2017 DC Woman on the Rise presented by EmbraceHER. Her plans for the future are to expand her reach and focus on encouraging entrepreneurs and professionals to focus on their self-care and well-being so they can thrive at their highest level.
Kimberly B. Cummings | Career & Leadership coach
Kimberly B. Cummings is an entrepreneur, speaker, and career + leadership coach. Her personal and professional development company, Manifest Yourself, LLC, provides in-person and virtual workshops, trainings, and coaching to professionals looking to lead a dynamic career and life. Through her experience as a career development adviser in some of the nation’s top universities, she has learned that there is so much more to career development besides having a high paying job; it’s about creating a lifestyle that allows you to do more, be more, and achieve more. Through all of her experiences, she has become skilled in career development, action planning, public speaking, developing effective departmental partnerships, adult development and engagement, and social media content creation. Kimberly is a graduate of Long Island University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2008) and Master of Science in Counseling (2013).
Marjoreatta "Marlee" Coles | hair stylist, blogger & Entrepreneur
Marlee Coles is a hairstylist, business woman and blogger who believes that we all can Educate, Motivate and Inspire others. She is a licensed cosmetologist with over eight years of experience in the hair industry. She currently is a Haircolorist at Hair Attitudes Salon, in Salem, VA. Marlee received training from Salon Centric and Redken 5th Avenue NYC to be a Redken Artist. As an educator for the brand, she presents on a wide range of topics including; Product Knowledge, Fundamentals of Hair Color and Social Media. Marlee is excited for her new role as Territory Brand Manager for Redken Stores Division. Marlee is the creator of MarleeDidThat.com. A blog for beauty professionals who are on the move and ready for the next big innovation in the hair industry. She created her platform to connect with other stylists who want to Learn, Earn and Live Better. Her mantra is, “Marlee Did That, and you can too!” Along with her mission to help the next stylist build their empire and reach their full potential.
Shawna Solomon | Celebrity fashion stylist
Breaking into the fashion industry in 2010 with an online lingerie site, Entrepreneur, Shawna Solomon pursued her dream and opened her first storefront in Pittsburgh in April of 2015. CEO of Exotic Hush Boutique, a trendy boutique and Shawna Solomon Collection luxury apparel and styling services for the Professional Woman. Her knack for knowing exactly what fashion will work for each client, has grown her brand from an Online Lingerie Store in 2010 to a diverse empire consisting of two brick & mortar locations, Fashion Styling, Hush Consultants, two newly published books and boutique classes for other Entrepreneurs. Recently adding Speaker to her empire, Shawna now travels to various cities teaching everyday people how to 'Dress Like A Boss' encouraging women to go after their goals with style and confidence. Her expertise in styling and personal touch one on one Style Consultations provides clients with head-turning looks for clients climbing the corporate ladder, starting or expanding a business, promoting their business or making a statement at a special event. Styling clients such as Tina Campbell(Mary Mary) Neffe, Darieth Chisolm, to name a few. Her wardrobe was showcased on Iyanla, Fix My Life and the Wendy Williams Show.
MaDonna Akua Awotwi | Director of Communications, African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA
MaDonna Awotwi can be described as a change agent, social media guru, and connector of words and people. In her role as the Director of Communications for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA, she is tasked with engaging and empowering entrepreneurs, through social media and traditional marketing outlets. Walking in her purpose as a woman who is called to help people discover their passion and vision, MaDonna has created a yearly empowerment event, as well as corresponding empowerment products.
( The VIS18N event, and The VIS18N workbook and journal). More recently she developed a journal for your women ages 9-18 to assist in social-emotional learning, goal setting, and self-esteem. This project; GOAL GETHER is something she is so passionate about as girls with goals become women with vision! MaDonna is dedicated to helping people become their absolute best versions of themselves, through inner work, affirmation, and accountability programming.
Uzoma f. obidike | Certified career advisor & founder of she leads beautifully
Uzoma F. Obidike is a Certified Career Advisor and Founder of She Leads Beautifully. Through coaching, training, and community, she helps professional women overcome mid-career stagnation by equipping them with the tools and strategies they need to finally take their careers to the next level. Her primary areas of focus include career management, leadership development, and personal branding. In addition, Uzoma has served as an educator for over a decade. She has held various leadership positions at DePauw University, Ivy Tech Community College, and presently Gary Middle College. Uzoma holds a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs, both from Indiana University Bloomington. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Leadership program at Indiana State University.
Jasmine womack | Author & president of p31 publishing
Jasmine Womack, Ed. S is a successful author, coach, President of P31 Publishing, and founder of Pearls of Power, a personal and business development community for women and working mothers. Jasmine has helped hundreds of writers globally find their voice, organize their thoughts, gather their scattered ideas, and share their stories to create impact and increase their income. In less than two years, Jasmine used social media to transform her “side-hustle” into a nearly six-figure business while still working her 9-5. A devoted wife and loving mother, Jasmine now coaches, trains, and instructs others to write their books and use their book to build the business of their dreams.
Tequilla white | publicist & founder of tequilla white pr
Tequilla White is a born storyteller with a gift for writing and a passion for helping others. She uses these tools as founder of Tequilla White PR to amplify the brands of her diverse clients. Known for combining creativity with big-picture thinking, Tequilla has a knack for crafting campaigns that raise awareness and drive growth. Tequilla operates under the mantra “Nothing is impossible — it's just about figuring out a way to make it happen!” This is why L'Oréal, the New York Urban League, the National Basketball Players Association, and HOT 97 are just a few of the brands who have utilized her expertise. Results-driven and determined, she has secured coverage in top-tier publications including Black Enterprise, MadameNoire, Bustle, Black Doctor, Rolling Out, 21Ninety, and BuzzFeed. She launched Tequilla White PR to offer her clients a more personal touch than agencies provide, and her dedication has resulted in over 29 million media impressions across campaigns.
Brit Lashae | founder, bnpowered
Brit Lashae,founder of BnPowered is an inspirational speaker, author, and an advocate for healing. As a survivor of sexual abuse she started BnPowered to encourage others to Bnpowered by their journey, story, and life. She believes your story is worth living, why not make it worth telling. Brit Lashae loves everything about spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health. She sells inspirational products that empowers you in a special way. Her motto is the beauty of life is that we all have our own story and the beauty of a journey is that it continues to grow, the question is, are you going to BnPowered by it?
Minda Harts | founder, the memo llc
Minda holds a Bachelor's in Communications and a Master's in Business Administration. She has more than a decade of fundraising and sales experience and has been part of successful fundraising campaigns at The University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, and Duke. Minda is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. In 2016, nominated as a Change Maker at The White House State of Women Summit. She serves as a mentor at General Assembly in New York City and alumni of The Points of Light Civic Accelerator. Minda established an Endowed Scholarship for Women of Color at Western Illinois University in 2017 and supports organizations like The New York Humane Society and volunteers at BUILD NYC. Minda signed a book deal with Seal Press, part of The Hachette Book Group to write a Career Book for Women of Color called THE MEMO; to debut in Spring 2019. Minda conducts workshops and keynotes at corporations like Time Inc., SXSW, The Campaign For Black Male Achievement, and The New York Public Library. You can also hear Minda speak at Universities such as NYU Stern, North Carolina A&T, and Cornell.
Morgan Owens | Founder, Curvy Cardo & The Morgan A. Owens Brand
Bubbly, passionate and determined are a few qualities attributed to Morgan Angelique Owens. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing with a Minor in Criminology from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). In 2014, Morgan decided to launch her own fitness class. Thus, Curvy Cardio was born. Having struggled with weight issues all her life, Morgan is passionate about motivating others and sharing her story. The purpose of Curvy Cardio is to help women embrace their curves (no matter what size) and love their bodies free of body shaming. Curvy Cardio offers four classes a week, offers online based challenges and partners with Project Grad by participating in their after school program at Ethel Taylor Elementary; teaching young girls the importance of having a healthy self-esteem and body image. ently at the National Leadership conference for Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc. Morgan was invited to share her entrepreneurial journey on the P&G My Black is Beautiful panel discussion, where she spoke in front of hundreds. Curvy Cardio has been invited to set up national “pop up” classes in Oklahoma City, D.C, Columbus and Cleveland. Curvy Cardio’s social media presence has grown over the past year by 80% through Facebook, Instagram and twitter. More recently; Morgan was sought out to aid as an influencer for Proctor & Gamble as a voice for African American millennials. Curvy Cardio also partnered with UC Health for Minority Health Month for its signature “30 days of werk” online program.
CANDACE ARMOUR | Founder, EPIC FAB GIRL
Candace Armour is a dynamic entrepreneur, blogger, creative-thinker, and on-fire woman of God who’s passionate about walking in her purpose and helping others become all God has created them to be. Through her leadership at Epic Fab Girl, she helps faith-focused, career-minded women discover purpose and go after their dreams fearlessly. She’s the visionary behind Go-Getter Conference, an event for faith-based, career-minded women entrepreneurs and influencers. After 3 years of consulting several billion-dollar global brands, she walked away from her job in Corporate America to pursue her dreams. Since leaving, she began hosting and speaking at events across the U.S. aimed at helping women discover their purpose and build successful brands. She holds both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is most known for the simple fact that she has a huge heart for business and a passion to see women reach their full potential.
Meet Our Panel Moderators
Priya Amin | Co-Founder, Flexable
Priya, who holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, and worked as a product and brand manager at corporations such as IBM and Nestle, left her high powered career to be home with her two boys, and never looked back. After successfully launching and running a marketing consulting firm called ROKI, she began looking for ways to continue fostering creativity and entrepreneurship among women. She launched Flexable, LLC in 2016 with her partner Jessica Strong, and was accepted to the 16th cohort of the AlphaLab Accelerator program in 2016. Flexable has gained regional and national attention for providing innovative childcare solutions, most notably on-site childcare at offices and events.
Kayla King Scott | Founder, Kayla Starr PR
Kayla Starr has been a public relations and communications professional since her radio personality days at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as DJ K Starr where she secured her degree in Communications Media and minor in Pre-Law. As the founder of Kayla Starr PR her ultimate goal is to help talented small business owners to get the visibility and media coverage that they deserve.
Kayla is a Philadelphia native who is building her career in Pittsburgh by making sure each client feels special and each event is left with the Kayla Starr experience.
Deasha Lynn Carter | The Administrative Queen
Deasha is a Certified Administrative Professional and has been in the administrative field for about 8 years. She has worked in various capacities such as Employee & Labor Relations, Law, Medical, Education and Mental Health. She also has 10 year’s experience as a Customer Service Agent, so she VERY big on Customer Service and Appreciation!! Also, She pursuing her B.S in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She will be featured on Cassandra Spearman's podcast "The Voices You Have Not Heard". When is not not slaying on the Admin side of things, she enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying life.
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Sonita F. Bell | Founder, Sonita’s Designs
Sonita's Designs is a one stop fashion experience. Sonita's Designs mission is to ensure that women and men of all sizes, cultures, and race feel successful and confident through their personal styling experience. Founder Sonita Bell is an Alumni of Point Park University where she studied Business Management and also worked at University of Pittsburgh in Business Finance for fifteen years.
As a wardrobe stylist she designs a classy, unique and edgy look to your wardrobe and lifestyle. Sonita hand picks each item and works with artist, fashion designers, jewelry makers, accessory and apparel companies to ensure you have her personal touch. Some of the highlights of Sonita's career was being nominated Stylist of the Year by Style Week Pittsburgh in 2016, Boutique of the Year in 2017, and winning 2018 Boutique Owner of the Year by Style and Glam LLC. Sonita continues to develop her styling skills through extensive training and development. Sonita attended her mentor Celebrity Stylist J. Bolin's Bootcamp in 2017. She learned new styling techniques and narratives to stay current in the ever changing world of design.
Merecedes J. Williams | Founder, Movie Scene queen
Merecedes J. Williams is owner and operator of Movie Scene Queen, an award-winning entertainment blog that provides free access to advance movie screenings. Over the past half-decade, MSQ has hosted 187 advanced movie screenings and distributed more than 46,000 FREE movie tickets. Merecedes was honored by the New Pittsburgh Courier as a member of the Class of 2013’s Fab 40 under 40, an elite group of young professional who have excelled in their work forces. WHIRL Magazine inducted Merecedes and Movie Scene Queen in the 2016 Women in Business Class. In April 2018, Movie Scene Queen earned Pennsylvania Keystone Press Award-second place for Feature Beat Reporting.