Called “innovative and inspiring” by the American Counseling Association, licensed therapist and entrepreneur Bea Arthur has become a leader in the field of mental health and telemedicine. With the goal of transforming traditional therapy into a more affordable and approachable experience, she created In Your Corner, an online platform that provided counseling services through video and journals. The Columbia University alum and TEDx speaker has been featured in Elle, MTV, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, VentureBeat, NPR, Buzzfeed, and CNN.
Bea was named part of the New Guard of women in tech by Marie Claire magazine, an Entrepreneur to Bet on by Newsweek Magazine. She is also a frequent contributor on Forbes and Time, and is a regular on the weekend edition of Fox & Friends. Bea was also the first African American woman to be accepted into the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program, and is the co-host and co-producer of YouTube series You're Not Crazy!
Rhonesha is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda. Her philosophy in life is represented by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda, which was also the inspiration for her company – HerAgenda.com. The site is a digital media platform that bridges the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Her Agenda was listed in FORBES' 2013 list of The 100 Best Websites For Women and named one of the 10 Best Sites For Millennial Women.
Rhonesha was named one of 28 Under 28 by NBCBLK and one of 29 People To Know by BET. She's spoken at The White House and The United State of Women Summit. She's also received awards from the Associated Press, and the New York Association of Black Journalists for her work in journalism. Early in her career, as a field producer with NBC New York (WNBC-TV) she earned an Emmy award as part of team coverage for a breaking news story.
Alize Beal currently serves as the Associate Director of Outreach and Recruitment for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. In this role she is responsible for cultivating new corporate, collegiate and community partnerships to generate volunteers to mentor youth, and manages existing partner relationships for the purpose of increasing volunteer identification. During her time in this role she has developed 15 new partnerships with corporate African American Employee Resource Groups within Google, JP Morgan, Ernst and Young, Facebook, American Express which resulted in an increase of African American volunteers in Brooklyn, South Bronx and Upper Manhattan by 18% in eight months. Over the last year she has created and implemented over 65 community outreach programs and events for corporate sponsors, elected officials, non-profit and civic organizations.
Before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Ms. Beal served as the Manhattan Borough Director for the Office of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. In this role she worked with city agencies to address the needs of the diverse communities across the city, developed community outreach strategies in support of Mayoral initiatives, and interfaced with city, state, and federal elected officials.
Born prematurely, at one pound and two ounces, Asha Boston knows a thing or two about fighting for the things you want in life-- including life itself. Friends and family members would describe her as passionate and fierce changemaker who desires to let her light shine as a mere reflection of God’s glow.
Her work resume includes companies like AMC, BET and most recently Media Information Services. However it is through her journalism and documentary work that she is widely recognized. Asha has a passion for storytelling and has done so via platforms like Her Agenda, Teen Vogue, Madame Noire, VIBE, the NBA.com, Carib News and several others.
Asha currently serves at the President and CEO of Passion Fruit Vineyard Productions where she oversees all pre, post and current production services for documentaries, The Dinner Table and A Time Before Kale. In June, Asha was honored by the White House Council of Women and Girls as a "Nominated Change Maker" at the United State of Women Summit.
Chivon John is an entrepreneur, speaker and wellness advocate. As a passionate champion for mental health and wellness for entrepreneurs, she curates events and experiences designed to help biz owners thrive both in life and business.
In addition to working as a Communications Specialist at one of the top telecommunication and media organizations in Canada she is the Founder and CEO of Secrets of a Side Hustler - a collective which provides online & in-person events, mentorship, and networking opportunities for individuals who balance running a business while working full-time.
Chivon uses her work as a catalyst to inspire individuals to ‘hustle with intention’ and amplifies the voices of the growing number of individuals who contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem as part-time startup bosses.
In 2015, she created the first Side Hustle Week conference for part-time entrepreneurs and in 2016 represented Canada as a Delegate for the G20 YEA Summit in Beijing, China and was the official Toronto Ambassador for the United Nations Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
Ayana Iman is a native of Trenton, NJ, and proud New Jersey resident. In 2015, she launched her career as an Inspirational Speaker and Self-Help Blogger, using her website www.ayanaiman.com to teach others how to live in the “light” and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. She is also a Certified Life Coach and author of All That Matters: A Book About Families. Her focus on community collaborations has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities, partnerships, and leadership roles. Ayana is an advocate for education and recently received her Masters in Strategic Organizational Communication from Rutgers University.
Safia Bartholomew is a nationally published journalist, freelance writer, communications strategist and Co-Founder of New Girl on the Block Enterprises. From Olympic athletes, educators, authors, creative entrepreneurs to an award-winning playwright, Safia’s expertise is in doing the “behind the scenes” work to bring her client’s expertise and distinct message to the forefront. As a passionate storyteller, she ghostwrites compelling content for entrepreneurs, busy executives and influencers. Her work has been published in notable outlets such as Forbes.com, Huffington Post and Fortune Magazine. Bringing stories to life, she has also ghostwritten speeches that have been amplified across noteworthy platforms, including most recently for the 2016 Forbes Women’s Summit.
As Co-Founder of New Girl on the Block, a mentorship program to help millennial women in transition, she helps mentees discover why they are young, gifted & fabulous so that they can turn their big dreams into a lifestyle. Started in 2014, New Girl on the Block has successfully mentored 100+ young women globally. Safia’s mission is to create an international program that is an agent of change to empower young women to lead, serve and aspire for more than their current limitations.
Shaleah Lache Sutton is a self-professed passionista and workhorse for the advancement of black women and girls. She is the founder and executive director of UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT, INC. (UYS), an avant-garde organization with a clear mission - to help black girls uniquely define, discover and become who they are.
Sutton has fused her life and work experience to build amuck needed platform. A platform that "challenges the world's one-dimensional concept of what black young women and girls should look, act, and sound like; what they should value and seek to attain; and what they should believe in and aspire to become."
In 2009, Sutton launched the UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT, a one-of-a-kind two-day annual forum in the greater Philadelphia region where 500 black girls, from 11 to 18 years old, engage in workshops and dialogue rooted in the complexities of being young, 'black and female' in America. Today, UYS has impacted thousands of young black women and girls from across the United States through the work of their annual summit.
As a natural athlete from childhood, Canadian Woman's basketball Olympian, Alisha Tatham's competitive spirit began in track & field and dance before discovering and later pursuing her passion for basketball at the age of 11.
Alisha has co-founded an organization called Love Live Hoop. LLH was started to give all round support for female athletes in sports, education, and life. LHH's goal is to provide year-round interactive workshops, basketball clinics and events. LLH has also created a platform for female athletes, coaches and contributors to women's basketball to share their inspiring stories through their Blog. For more information visit www.lovelivehoop.com.