Educator, Valencia D. Clay, was an active child but dismally motivated to learn in school. On many days, she found herself suspended for fighting. Her life changed when she left New York. Attending Morgan State gave her a fresh start. After graduating, she began teaching at the Baltimore Freedom Academy. There, she found a high need for special educators, so she enrolled in Johns Hopkins University for a Masters of Science in Special Education.
In the midst of earning her degrees and teaching her courses, she co-founded a non-profit organization, The Flourishing Blossoms Society for Girls. The Blossom Girls have traveled to Puerto Rico to volunteer in under-serviced communities and are heading to the Dominican Republic to complete an arts and mindfulness service initiative this summer.
Valencia is currently completing her 10th year as an 8th grade English teacher and Critical Theory professor in Baltimore, Maryland. With literacy as the foundation, she continues to prompt her students to analyze culturally relevant matters from a critical stance.
Folasade’ Ogunmokun is a proud graduate of Howard University’s, School of Communications. During her matriculation she had hands on experience in entertainment, leading her to positions at major news channels, networks and production companies. She has been able to pool all of her experiences together to develop a multi-media platform, Unskrypted TV. This Network focuses on cooperative economics, positive depictions and accurate information in the black community. The main show she works on now is Ambitious Girl, which follows leap of faith women on their journey to success. She hopes to connect stories of triumphs and defeats with younger girls and women who are interested in various fields, but facing fear in the face. She is looking forward to sharing her stories and experiences at this year's Girl Conference.
Yasmine Saibou is a property management professional by day and a blogger all other times. She was born in Benin, West Africa but has live in Washington, DC for most of her life. She blogs about fashion and lifestyle topics for urban millennials and promotes body positivity. Her goal is to use her diverse background to help other women embrace and celebrate their journeys. Yasmine is also an active member of the National Black MBA association and is a mentor in their Leaders of Tomorrow Program.
Monique V. Hines is a millennial on a mission and movement to empower others economically through spoken and written word. She is the author of her memoir titled “Moving Forward Walking in Faith Not Fear, and Moving Forward to Fulfill Your Destiny. (action tool)” A self- taught visionpreneur she has created two companies Right Way Living and Right Way Publishing. Her background is in publication, digital media, marketing, branding, and coaching services with a speciality in emotional intelligence. Monique uses her past, and present experiences to empower the masses transcending gender, nationalities, and future generations. Currently, she is the chief operating officer at Masterpiece Mentors 360 as the lead mentor for the youth and adults, and serves as a volunteer for the New Roots program coaching women with mental health issues.
Ateira Griffin is a Baltimore City native with a passion for education, women’s empowerment, and urban community development. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University in 2008 and went on to receive her Masters of Science in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 along with a Certificate in School Administration and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. Ms. Griffin continues to support the educational development of Baltimore City students as active alumni of Teach for America Baltimore Corps while serving at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in the roles of math teacher to school administrator for five years. Ms. Griffin was featured in the winter 2015 edition of The Warnock Foundation’s Baltimore Social Innovation Journal and the Daily Record for her work with BOND: Building Our Nations Daughters, Inc.; a mother-daughter mentoring program for single mothers and their daughters in urban communities. Currently, she continues to serve Baltimore as Community Liaison for Councilmen Elect Zeke Cohen's office, CEO of BOND, Inc, and co-host of Point of Hue Podcast.
Casey Sharperson, known as The Confidence Cultivator, is a speaker, blogger, and coach. She is uniquely gifted to cultivate the confidence within others to take them from undervalued, underappreciated, and unclear to purposeful, profitable, and living their dream. Named DMV’s Top 30 under 30, she is passionate about merging faith and business to unlock her client’s potential.A former pageant queen and cheerleading coach, Casey has partnered those experiences with her marketing, recruiting and corporate training background to launch her coaching and mentorship business. Her proprietary systems have become the premiere blueprint for people to execute their dreams and stand out in a cluttered marketplace.
ANJA YOUNG grew up in a military family where she got to perform around the world. She has received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Columbia College of Chicago. She has performed the lead role in Sesame Street/ USO Experience for Military Families National tour, performed the role of My Melody in Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival First National Tour, and performed with Walt Disney World Entertainment. Anja also has a strong background in teaching and choreography. She has helped run an outreach dance program in Washington, DC that helped changed lives through dance. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority personally asked her to be the choreographer for their Little Miss Ivy Pageant. While being the Fit Model recruiter for Under Armour, she became a pro cheerleader for the Baltimore Shuckers. Currently she is running her athletic program called Young & Fearless Athletic Center, LLC. She is blessed and thankful.
Diane C. Placide is committed to empowering youth in achieving mental wellness for positive transitioning onto college. She strongly believes in assisting youth to build personal and psycho-social factors to help increase their chances of college success. She earned her B.S in psychology from Towson University, Maryland and a Master of Education in School Psychology and Counseling services from Howard University. She currently practices as a Licensed Graduate Therapist for Smile Therapy in Washington, DC. Her experiences include: Individual counseling, developing and facilitating therapeutic groups such as “YOUnique Smile”, which helps young girls build inner self-confidence, working with John Hopkins summer A.C.C.E.S.S program for college preparedness, and participating in research analyzing the relationship between ethnic identity and academic achievement, which she co presented at the 2018 Eastern Psychological association conference. She specializes in working with minority families, children and youth dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and trauma.
Shaunae Evans-Wheatley is a Lead Tax Associate and Employee Network Group Leader at RSM US, the fifth largest public accounting firm in the nation. She obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from Stevenson University in 2016 and purchased her first home, at the age of 22, later that year. Over the past 5 years, she has interned at multiple accounting firms, including the second largest firm in the world (PwC), and other financial services companies. She eventually discovered her passion for taxation and expanded her focus on financial literacy, simultaneously. She will sit for her Certified Public Accountant exam over the next year. Shaunae spends her time outside of the office spreading the importance of managing and saving money in a variety of ways. She has been extremely successful with implementing her own money management skills and looks forward to sharing them with the women attending The Girls Conference.
Harlem native, Brittany Garrett is the Founder of Dear Fat Girl. Dear Fat Girl is a brand that is dedicated to promoting body positivity among women and young girls through mentorship, workshops, and a variety of events. It is a brand that inspires and motivates women and young girls to be true and unapologetic in their journey to self-awareness and acceptance.
Brittany serves as a Mentor, Blogger, Style Influencer, and Motivational Speaker; in not only the plus size industry, but in her community as well. She is the Creator of the “Goal Getters Brunch” and has been an influential force among her peers. Brittany who is a Morgan State University Alum, is set to complete her course work for her Masters of Science in Human Service Administration, Non-Profit Management in May of 2018 from the University of Baltimore. , Brittany is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated.
Born and bred in New Orleans (and occasionally random parts of Georgia) Robinette has always had a knack for helping others. She just did not know in what capacity. That changed when she started her blog site,www.sherockinspired.com, a site geared towards Women's Empowerment. From there, Robinette decided that there was more to be done and picked up on an interest she has always had. Reproductive health. "As a young girl I wished I had someone to really educate me on reproductive health. Now I have the opportunity to teach other young girls about it and it's importance." In her spare time, Robinette enjoys being mommy to her son, reading, eating delicious food, eating cotton candy and finding the best cupcakes to satisfy her sweet tooth.
My name is Lois, and I am a food blogger and culinary enthusiast. I run the blog www.yummymedley.com with my husband Femi, who is my personal “tech team” and creative director. I am passionate about cooking, food, and nutrition, and I hope to one day study West African food and spices like it has never been before. I have taught myself many cooking techniques and ingredient combinations to accommodate my picky palette, and to satisfy almost any craving. I believe anyone can cook, and it only takes time and practice to hone the skills, so I share the recipes for my successful dishes with the world on my website, not only to get people’s mouths watering, but to make them want to cook more.
Aysha Williams is a 2014 Graduate of Morgan State University. With a degree in Social Work, Williams is a Residential Counselor for young women and men. Williams spends her free time as a Professional Plus Size Model with features on the BET sitcom Curvy Style, Curves Rock Fashion Weekend 2017 campaign model, the Baltimore Finalist in the Finding Ashley Stewart 2017 competition, and much more. Williams has been modeling since the age of 4, but realized how important confidence was as she embarked on her role as Miss Morgan State University 2013-14 and was charged with the responsibility of impacting the young women at the institution. In 2016, Williams founded a Full Figured modeling company called PowerHouse PLUS which gave college women the space to express themselves through modeling and boost their confidence. "STRUT In Confidence" is a modeling initiative that was created in 2017 for inner city at risk youth.