We’ve come a long way as women. Our accomplishments and movements over the years is something to be acknowledged and celebrated. It is my life’s mission to help women lead extraordinary lives. Having touched the lives of a countless number of women through the years, I’m so honored and grateful to work with ambitious, powerful, creative women every day in my business. I’ve seen many of them take an idea and turn it into a profitable business. I’ve seen others break barriers and tap into new markets, expanding their business and their income with my assistance.
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I decided to showcase some of these extraordinary women that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. There were so many to choose from but, I narrowed it down to a few in a variety of industries.
This month is one for the girls, so lets celebrate one another today and always!
Michele Hoskins, The Foodpreneur
It was Michele’s determination to leave a legacy for her daughters instead of just a recipe that was the inspiration for Michele Foods. The recipe that started it all is known as Michele’s Honey Crème Syrup, a rich, creamy confection made with honey, cream and butter.
In 1984 Michele began to manufacture her specialty breakfast syrups and her company was born. That same year, Michele secured the top two largest retail chains in the Chicagoland area, which took her out of the basement and into 400 retail chains. She broke many barriers and overcame stereotypes to become the 1st minority supplier for Denny’s, the 1st minority supplier for Wal-Mart and over the years she has partnered with some of the most respected food companies in the world – General Mills and Sara Lee. As a successful multi-millionaire entrepreneur for over 30 years, Michele has been on the forefront of women business leaders in the Chicagoland area. She’s also a published author and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry.
Ariana Pierce, Millionaire Millennialpreneur
Ariana is a Millennial entrepreneur to watch. She launched her successful beauty brand, Superstar Nail Lacquer at 18, while being a full-time college student. Since then, she has expanded her brand to include travel accessories, Style and Travel Girl. She is a go-to girl for brand collaborations with major companies and celebrities. Ariana has been recognized as a top micro-influencer by Forbes Magazine. Her product has been featured in Glamour, Marie Claire, Vogue, InStyle, InTouch, People, Teen Vogue, just to name a few. She is also my business partner and a Social Media expert, helping thousands of people build successful online brands. She is highly regarded as a Millennial Mentor to young entrepreneurs.
Shelly Aqui, Vocal Coach and owner of Pinnacle of Rubies Performing Arts Academy
Shelly, as she is fondly called by her community, is a voice and performance coach with two decades of experience; passionately teaching singers to become more empowered, confident, capable vocalists. She’s impacted her community in a major way, providing discipline and creativity for young performers. Every year Shelly’s Academy hosts a performing arts awards show in Trinidad.
CiCi Gunn, The Six Figure Chick
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2013 CiCi started juicing and sharing her journey on Instagram. It was her way to focus on something positive while going through Chemo. From that moment on she continued to build a tribe and a very successful business in only one year! She soon expanded her focus to becoming an online media strategist and Instagram branding expert. Now, her brand The Six Figure Chick has expanded exponentially and she’s earning over half-million dollars in her business annually. Cici found a way to profit out of necessity and pursue her passion.
Wyvetta Granger, Church Growth Strategist, Author and First Lady of New Life Community Church
First Lady Wyvetta is a native of East Saint Louis, IL. She is a Graduate of National Louis University of Chicago, IL with a degree in Healthcare Leadership; She is a Certified Community Master Training and a Certified Etiquette Instructor; Executive Pastor of New Life Community Church, a remarkable teacher, and motivational speaker. She is also the visionary and founder of Alpha Delta Omega Christian Sorority. Program Director of Community Lifeline of East Saint Louis. First Lady Wyvetta is married to Pastor Kendall Granger who she serves in life and ministry. Wyvetta has touched the lives of many in her community with groundbreaking programs, courses and her books. She is committed to empowering others to live healthy, successful lives.
Dr. Jada Jackson, Author, Counselor, Talk Show Host, Educator
Jada Jackson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Life Coach. She began a rewarding career as Commentator and Spokes Model for Ebony Fashion Fair, the world’s largest traveling fashion show. An entrepreneur at heart, she owns Jada’s Life Development Institute, Jada’s Modeling Institute and Be-You! Foundation, a nonprofit organization. She was a talk show host for Emotional Mojo and often appears on national television shows as a Mental Health Expert. Jada enjoys speaking to young people and adults across the country, encouraging them to do their best, love themselves, and to reach for higher heights. Through her books, speaking and upcoming multimedia ventures, Jada is impacting the lives of many who are facing the same struggles and pain that she has experienced and overcame.
Andria Mayberry, Author and Momager
Andria Mayberry, a Philadelphian, is a driven parent and entrepreneur who has worked in the medical field for over two decades. She is an author and tells a story of her struggles while raising two children as a single parent. Andria is the mother of Empire Star, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray.
Kiyah Wright, Celebrity Hairstylist
Kiyah Wright is a two-time Emmy Award-winning celebrity hairstylist whose genius has not only set the precedent for image making, but has redefined the appearance of sexy, successful and confident women. Kiyah is a fashion powerhouse with expertise ranging from signature hair designs to overall beauty consultation and transformation. As a charismatic visionary, this creative trendsetter has established her mark in the industry and continues to inspire with cutting edge developments and groundbreaking achievements. With an extensive resume, Kiyah’s innovations have been featured on hit television shows like The Tyra Show, America’s Next Top Model, America’s Got Talent, and BET’s “My Black Is Beautiful”. She has made guest appearances on Style Her Famous, Shear Genius, MTV’s “Hired” and can be found giving hair and beauty tips on AOL “Daily Solutions” webisodes. Her diverse clientele reflects her impeccable ability to reveal and effectively translate a woman’s beauty, inside and out. Kiyah aims to bring awareness and knowledge to the proper care of “blended hair,” a variety of textures whether it be curls or kinks. As a result, she is in development on a line of hair styling products for textured hair.
Eshe Todd, Beauty Business Coach
A top hair stylist in the Orlando, FL area, Eshe not only specializes in making her clients glamourous, but she lends her 15 years of experience in the beauty business to up and coming beauty professionals. She is the owner of Glamourmaneia.com and the author of Glam over Book. Eshe loves mentoring and helping other hair stylists achieve their beauty industry dreams.
Dr. Aesha Adams Roberts, The Love Match Maker
Aesha Adams-Roberts, PhD, is The Love Matchmaker, the premier dating coach and relationship expert for successful black women. Dr. Aesha works one-on-one, in group and in workshop settings to help smart, successful sisters create and sustain powerful relationships. She’s been featured on GSN’s hit matchmaking show, “It Takes A Church” and is an expert writer for BlackandMarriedwithKids.com and Meld, the dating app for Black professionals. As a matchmaker, Dr. Aesha works with affluent African Americans, Christians and diverse singles and introduces them to high-quality singles they wouldn’t meet on their own. As a dating coach, Dr. Aesha helps singles get past their dating blind spots and limiting beliefs about themselves, men and relationships, so they can attract higher-quality men. As a relationship expert, she debunks and decodes myths about marriage that keep women single and unhappily married and invites women to “flip the script” and create their own empowering love story.