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Awards and Honors: #State of Women Summit for #IAmSimplyBeautiful Activism

 

After submitting my video about the movement and what we are working to accomplish to their #Instagram Contest, I was selected to represent the movement at the #StateofWomen Summit in Washington D.C. on June 14, 2016.

According to their Website,

The United State of Women will be an important moment for both women and girls, domestically and internationally. It will feature speakers who will both educate as well as inspire all of us to take action on June 14th and well after. Summit check in will begin at 6:30 am (EST) with programming running from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on the 14th. There will then be additional events throughout the following day, June 15th, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at various times.

The event will be Livestreamed and can be viewed online. Visitwww.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

THE SUMMIT WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS. CLICK ON EACH TO LEARN MORE.

The speakers for the summit were announced and all were in awe!

Speakers

President Barack Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

Vice President Joseph Biden

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls

Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls

 

Speakers and Presenters

Joyce Adolwa, Senior Director, CARE USA

Miki Agrawal, CEO, THINX

Luvvie Ajayi, Writer and Digital Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Muslim Girl

Sue Ellen Allen, Author, Speaker, Activist and Ex-inmate, Global REINVENTION

Orubba Almansouri, Girls Education Activist

Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development, Marvel Entertainment

Patricia Arquette

Nazanin Ash, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

Kristin Avery, Director, It’s On Us

Lindsay Avner, Founder & CEO, Bright Pink

Chernor Bah, Associate, Population Council

Erica Baker, Senior Engineer, Slack Technologies, Inc.

Nicole Baldwin, Founder, Biao Skincare

Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Katarina Berg, CHRO, Spotify

Sayu Bhojwani, Founder & President, The New American Leaders Project

Cherno Biko, Co-Chair of YWAC NYC and Co-Founder of Black Trans Lives Matter

Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Department of State

Sharon Block, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Beverly Bond, CEO, Black Girls Rock!

Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Victor Boutros, Founding Director, Human Trafficking Institute

Keshia Bradford, Health Center Association of Nebraska

Bonnie Brandl, Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Connie Britton

Dr. Carol Brown, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jenn Brown, Executive Director, Civic Nation

Kimberly Bryant, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls CODE

Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Maria Burns Ortiz, Co-Founder and CEO, 7 Generation Games

Kevin Burton, Assistant Director, NECA/IBEW Local Union #26 Joint Apprenticeship & Training

Sophia Bush

Rhonesha Byng, Founder & CEO, Her Agenda

Ambar Calvillo-Rivera, National Director of Partner Engagement and Outreach, Enroll America

Kelly Case, Program Manager for Sudan and South Sudan, Inclusive Security

Kathleen Causey, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Neena Chaudhry, Director of Education, National Women’s Law Center

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Catherine Chen, Director of Investments, Humanity United

Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Iridescent

Juliana Chugg, EVP Chief Brand Officer, Mattel, Inc.

Evelyn Chumbow, National Survivor Network

Annie Clark, Author and Executive Director of End Rape on Campus

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration

Sharon Cooper, Consultant, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Ambassador-at-Large Susan Coppedge, United States Department of State

Trish Costello, CEO, Portfolia

Ann Cotton, Founder & President, Camfed International

Shantavia Craigg, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Meredith Dank, Urban Institute

Jessica Davidson, It’s On Us Activist

Ariana Davis, United Food and Commercial Workers

Charmaine Davis, Chapter Director, 9 to 5

Puja Dhawan, Director, NoVo Foundation

Dazon Dixon Diallo, President & CEO, SisterLove, Inc.

Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

Jaha Dukureh, Founder and CEO, Safe Hands for Girls

Maggie Dunne, Founder & CEO, Lakota Children’s Enrichment

General Ann Dunwoody, First 2 Four, LLC

Wanda Durant, Inspirational Speaker

Mark Edwards, Co-Founder, Upstream USA

Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Kweilin Ellingrud, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Lisette Engel, Advocate, National Crittenton Foundation

Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Charlene Espinoza, Founder & CEO, Bosh Bosh

Laurie Fabiano, President, Tory Burch Foundation

Ana Flores, Founder & CEO, Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc

Sarah Friar, CFO, Square, Inc.

Nely Galan, Author & Founder, SELF MADE

Helene Gayle, CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative

Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst

Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink

State Senator Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senate

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Alison Gopnik, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell, Inc

Lela Goren, Founder, Goren Group

Alex Gorsky, CEO & Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program, National Women’s Law Center

Grissel Granados, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Carol Gstalder, SVP Consumer Insights North America, Nielsen

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva

Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

Mariska Hargitay, Founder & President, Joyful Heart Foundation

Gina Harman, CEO, Accion U.S. Network

Carla Harris, Chair, National Women’s Business Council

Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, Wake Forest University, Anna Julia Cooper Center

Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, CALCASA

Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU

Saanii Hernandez, Vice President, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin

Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

Jeanne Jackson, President & CEO, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham

Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Urban League of Eastern MA

Andrea James, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP

Sandra Johnson, CEO, SKJ Visioneering, LLC

Alexis Jones, Founder & CEO, ProtectHer & I AM THAT GIRL

Lara Kaufmann, Director of Public Policy, Girls Inc.

Kellie Keaton, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Shaquil Keels, It’s On Us Activist

Piper Kerman, Author, Orange Is the New Black

Khaliya, The Khaliya and Thomas Ermacora Family Falkora Mental Health and Neurotech Initiative

Angélique Kidjo, Founder, Batonga Foundation and Ambassador, UNICEF

Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative & the Women’s Sports Foundation

Christina Koch, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Henriette Kolb, Head Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair, Ellevate Network

Maria Teresa Kumar, President & CEO, Voto Latino

Amy Lansky, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, The White House

Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Champion

Seina Lee, Johnson & Johnson

Robert Liodice, President and CEO, Association of National Advertisers (ANA)

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO, Care.com

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President and CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Nitzia Logothetis, Co-Founder, Seleni Institute

Erin Loos Cutraro, Co-Founder & CEO, She Should Run

Rafael López, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising

Latifa Lyles, Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau

Grecia Magdaleno, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President for Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Nia Malone, Girls Inc.

Rose Marcario, President & CEO, Patagonia

Governor Jack Markell, Delaware

Mary Marx, President & CEO, PACE Center for Girls, Inc

Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, New York Women’s Foundation

Lauren May, Poet

Glen Mazzara, Co-Chair Diversity Advisory Group, Writers Guild of America West.

Shantia McCarthur, Girls Inc.

Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Matt McGorry

Tonia McMillian, Childcare Worker, SEIU

Ayodeji Megbope, CEO, No Left Overs

Debra Messing, Global Ambassador, Population Services International (PSI)

Carolyn Miles, CEO & President, Save the Children

Cathy Minehan, Co-Chair, Boston Women’s Workforce Council and Dean, Simmons College School of Management

Dr. Eric Minikel, Broad Institute

Mary Molina, Founder, Lola Granola

Michelle Monasterios Ramirez, Girls Inc.

Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, Founder, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation

Monique Morris, Co-Founder & President, National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Jewel Mullen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dorothee Mulumba, High School Student

Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, The White House

Evelyn Murphy, Co-Chair, Boston Women’s Workforce Council and President, The WAGE Project Inc.,

Molly Moon Neitzel, CEO, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

Romy Newman, President & Co-Founder, Fairygodboss

Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship

Mpumi Nobiva, Graduate Student

Michele Norris, Founding Director, the Race Card Project

Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder Kakenya Center for Excellence

Soledad O’Brien, CEO, Starfish Media Group

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America-St. Louis

Zaa’Raa Padgett, Girls Inc.

Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, The National Crittenton Foundation

Deborah Parker, Native American Activist

Cindy Pedraza, Business Manager, CocoAndre Chocolatier

Andrea Pedraza, Owner, CocoAndre Chocolatier

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Sandra Pepera, Director, National Democratic Institute

Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Labor

Monica Phromsavanh, CEO & Co-Founder, ModaBox

Andrea Pino, Author and Co-Founder, End Rape on Campus

Amy Poehler, Co-Founder & President, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director, Caring Across Generations

Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs

Kemba Smith Pradia, Author, Public Speaker, Criminal Justice Advocate, Kemba Smith Foundation

Catherine Pratt, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court STAR Court

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large, City of Boston

Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter

Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Ginny Quillen, Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins

Kavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Matthew Randazzo, CEO, National Math and Science Initiative

Vasu Reddy, Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families

Shonda Rhimes, Content Creator, ShondaLand

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Elena Rios, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow

Shadarria Robinson, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

General Lori Robinson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Estefany Rodriguez, Poet

Lee Roper-Batker, President and CEO, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Deborah Rosado Shaw, SVP Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer, PepsiCo

Angela Rose, Founder & CEO, PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment

Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Domestic Violence Hotline

Christina Ross, Teacher, City Neighbors High School

Cecilia Rouse, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO, MomsRising

Jessica Sager, Executive Director, All Our Kin, Inc.

Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO, The TransLatin@ Coalition

Alicia Santiago, Science Advisor &Latino Engagement Specialist, Twin Cities Public TV

Kwadwo Sarpong, Founder, African Research Academies for Women

Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code

Catherine Schreiber Rouhani, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Foundation of California

Steve Schwab, Executive Director, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Kimberly Scott, Executive Director of COMPUGIRLS, Arizona State University

Allison Scuriatti, Executive Director, FINCA International

Meena Seshamani, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ritu Sharma, Senior Gender Advisor, International Youth Foundation

Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, NoVo Foundation

Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Anar Simpson, Special Advisor for the Office of the Chair, Women, Girls and Technology, Mozilla

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder, theBoardlist

Shivani Siroya, CEO & Founder, InVenture

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, the White House

Megan Smith, Professor, Yale School of Medicine

Stacy Smith, Founder & Director, Media Diversity, & Social Change Initiative and Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Brenda Smith, Professor, American University, Washington College of Law

Joanne Smith, Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity and Co-Chair, New York Young Women’s Initiative

Anaya Spencer, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Jaye Spiro, Grandmaster, Mejishi Martial Arts, Inc.

Gloria Steinem, Feminist Activist

Debbie Sterling, Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox

Caryl Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma

Michele Sullivan, President, Caterpillar Foundation

Neera Tanden, President & CEO, Center for American Progress

Gina Tesla, Director of Corporate Citizenship, IBM

Kimberly Thomas, Home Care Worker, SEIU

Fulani Thrasher, Access Living

Anne Toth, Vice President of Policy, Security & Compliance, Slack Technologies, Inc.

Patti Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza

Mikaila Ulmer, Founder & CEO, Me & the Bees Lemonade

Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation

Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group

Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director, Rights4Girls

Mary Valadez, Senior Grants Director, Dallas Women’s Foundation

Dr. Sonia Vallabh, Broad Institute

Jayla VanHorn, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Betzaida Ventura, Personal Care Attendant, SEIU

Alexa von Tobel, CEO & Founder, LearnVest

Judy Vredenburgh, President & CEO, Girls Inc.

Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT NYC

Meredith Walker, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC

Kerry Washington

Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO, EY

Jess Weiner, CEO, Talk to Jess

Liz Weintraub, Advocacy Specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Kim Wells, Executive Director, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Jennifer Welter, First Female NFL Coach, Jenny Football

Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Melanie Whelan, CEO, SoulCycle

Chris White, Principal Researcher, Microsoft

Marcy Whitebook, Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Judith Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Dropbox, Inc.

Kelly Williams, Senior Advisor, GCM Grosvenor

Dr. Lori Wilson, Associate Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine

Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action, & The Media

Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Rebecca Winthrop, Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

Kym Worthy, Prosecutor, Wayne County

Natasha Yakanda, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Meghan Yap, It’s On Us Activist

Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

ReShonda Young, Owner, Popcorn Heaven LLC

Teresa Younger, President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

 

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Batalá Washington

Chloe X Halle

Christen Lien

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

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Sarah Jones

Follow the movement on Instagram, Facebook, and join the Official #IAmSimplyBeautiful Ladies Facebook Group for Behind the Scenes pictures and videos from the event! Follow the #StateOfWomen hashtag for more as well!

You are beautiful! Keep rocking your confidence!

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My #EPICAmbassador Experience & EPIC Possibilities at the upcoming #EPICCon2016 Conference

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Hey my loves!

For the past few months, I have been serving as an #EpicAmbassador for the #Epic Conference that was founded by visionaryAprille Franks-Hunt. I have learned so much from her and it really has been a dream being able to work closely with her, gain valuable knowledge from her, and be able to support my mentor and her visions.

 

I had been following Aprille on social media for a while and was continually drawn to her genuine spirit, love for helping others WIN and her just plain raw authenticity. I have been around many entrepreneurs, but Aprille is truly one-of-a-kind. She not only wants you to see her successes and the fabulous side of her life, but she shares her struggles and not-so-perfect moments (which many people fail to show) as well. In a world filled with fakes and phony people, Aprille gave me the courage to just be ME. She was the push I needed on my confidence journey to finally give up trying to “be perfect” or at least put on a show that made it seem like my life was perfect and to let my imperfections show. Aprille’s dedication and consistency is unmatched in my eyes.

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Who is Aprille Franks-Hunt? Check outthis video on Aprille that I did for my Business Management class a few months ago. As busy as she is, she took the time to help me with this project and I am so grateful for that!

What does “EPIC” mean? According to the conference’s website (epic2016.info), EPIC stands for the following.

Engagement is everything in the social space you occupy. Understanding what engagement encompasses is imperative in your communications with your ideal audience.

Positioning is about how your brand intentionally prepares to show up on a consistent basis.

Impact is why you probably wake up in the morning. You have a message, a solution for those meant for you to connect with, to serve, to support. You want to create massive impact in your home, your local market and for the world.

Creating Consistent Cashflow is a challenge for most entrepreneurs at every level – whether you started your business a month ago or 10 years ago, understanding the landscape of your ideal clients and the ever changing climate of how to create products that produce results, systems that capture those results and a technology for duplication.

Being selected to represent the conference as an ambassador has really drawn me outside of my comfort zone and even before stepping foot into the actual event, I learned many things from Aprille in each of the components that make up the EPIC Acronym.

Engagement – I knew I needed to engage with my followers, but I am going to be honest with you (that’s why you are here right?), I wasn’t as consistent as I could have been and I lacked greatly in my follow-ups. I was all over the place and was focusing on way too many things. Once I narrowed down my focus, defined my target audience and decided to work on THAT SPECIFIC AREA until I get where I want to be then move to the next, amazing things started happening.

Positioning – Piggybacking off of Engagement, clarity was a huge issue with me that I had to face. It was hard to position myself for greatness when I wasn’t clear with what I actually wanted to accomplish. When you aren’t clear with where you are going, you oftentimes may find yourself running in circles. that exactly what I was doing.

Impact – I was clear about one thing and that is my WHY. My WHY is my princesses and the life I want to give them. My passion is helping women to be confident with who they are without any boundaries or stipulations that society my place on them. BUT it was time for me to create a community and by listening to Aprille talk about how important that is, I did just that and created the Official #IAmSimplyBeautiful Ladies Group. It started small, but is slowly gaining members who want to support one another on their journeys towards self-love and achieving their dreams. Many of the members actually got to meet in February in Atlanta for the release party for the Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2 Book Launch Party. Nothing is more amazing than meeting “sisters” in-person that you may have connected with online for months or even years.

Creating Consistent CashFlow – This has been the biggest issue for me. Have you ever just felt “stuck” in your business? Have you ever felt like you are just doing to “do” and the money isn’t coming like you thought it would? I realized my problem..I was doing everything, BUT putting my focus towards making money…Why have a business in the first place if your goal isn’t to make money? At Nikki Woods’s Spotlight Conference, Aprille showed so many ways to turn your book into cashflow and those ideas have helped me map out exactly what I need to do to take things to the next level. Sometimes we tend to overthink things and make things harder than they really are.

These were just a few things I learned as an #EpicAmbassador and was able to implement BEFORE the conference that is happening THIS WEEKEND. From the coaching calls to the Twitter parties, I was constantly encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone. I can’t thank Aprille, Ebony Combs (Lead Ambassador, #EpicCon2016 Media Correspondent), Ms. Ronda White, and Courtney enough.:)

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I leave in the morning to head to Oklahoma City for the conference and I am just walking on Cloud 9 right now for the opportunity to be able to meet so many amazing people and the speakers are beyond EPIC! <See Below> Speakers will be sharing nuggets on an array of topics. Visit here for more information.

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Tory Johnson from Good Morning America will be the Keynote Speaker!

 

 

 

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Aprille Franks-Hunt is the Master Coach and President of Coach, Speak, & Serve and is the Visionary of the Epic Conference.

 

 

 

The best part of the weekend (in my opinion) is going to happen on Saturday evening when Aprille will premier her first film, Unbroken Resilience that was birthed from Chapter 3 of her memoir.

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After taking some time off from dating to focus on life as a single mother of Shania, 19-year-old April is introduced to Daniel by her neighbor Lisa. Little did April know meeting Daniel would change her life in ways that will rock her entire world and activate a resilient spirit she didn’t know she had!

Imagine: Being 19 years old and hopeful about the world and how you’d grow up to do the things you’ve been wanting to since childhood….only to have the most intimate piece of you stolen like a thief in the night. Imagine all of your naivety being painted over with tar and the purity of your thoughts about the world, warped. Imagine being deceived and manipulated by someone you want to trust. Imagine drowning or burning in a fire – or being on the brink of ending it all.

Aprille Franks-Hunt‘s new short film is about RESILIENCY.

(From the Official Website for the film)

If you are attending the conference, you have made a fabulous decision and I look forward to meeting you there. If not, please follow the #EpicCon2016 and #EpicAmbassador posts across all social media platforms for tidbits, takeaways, pictures and more from the conference.

If you are not a member of Aprille’s Coach, Speak, & Serve Lounge group on Facebook, do yourself a beyond wonderful favor and add yourself to the group. It is not just a group, but a community of authors, speakers, coaches, bloggers, and entrepreneurs that are there to support you in what you desire to accomplish.

The countdown is almost complete! It’s time to get EPIC!

Jan/Feb 2016 Recap: Sisterhood & Tainted Elegance Release Party

As I started the beginning of 2016, I knew things had to change. This had to be the year that I stopped sabotaging my own goals and start walking by faith (even more than I was doing) on this #MissionOfMagnitude. It is miserable living in your comfort zone because regardless of how comfortable you are, somewhere deep down inside you know that you want more for your life.

January was more of a planning month for me. A brief period of getting my goals and dreams together for the year and realizing that the how doesn’t even matter as long as there is a destination I want to end up at. With the wonderful help from a new friend, Zulma, I pressed forward to hold my first launch party for one of my compilation books. On February 13, 2016, after weeks, months and even years of talking to and developing online friendships, I met with some of the co-authors of my new compilation book, Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2 (and from some of the other books as well) at BRIO Tuscan Grill in Atlanta, Ga for brunch/lunch.

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Left: Vanessa J. Ross, Desh Dixon, & Lyneise Rachelle

Right: Zulma Berenice, Kirsti Paradis, and my baby Phoenyx Tolbert

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From left to right: Vanessa J. Ross, Shavon Goodwin, Lyneise Rachelle, Kirsti Paradis, Zulma Berenice, Desh Dixon, Phoenyx Tolbert, and myself (Ashley Love)

We had a fabulous time. It is amazing that I feel so close to women that I had only connected with online until that weekend, but God places the people you need in your life however which way when He knows you need them. I cannot forget someone who is not in these pictures, but that showed up and surprised me at the brunch as well…Ms. Serena Dorsey.

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I am not sure if she even knows how crucial she has been on this ride toward achieving my dreams. Back in 2014, I released the first Tainted Elegance book titled, Tainted Elegance: In the Key of Love. It was a book of the poetry I had written and compiled for years about my own journey to growing confidence and learning to love who I am. Serena purchased the first copy of that book online. It wasn’t just the sale that was so important. It was that someone believed enough in me to purchase a copy of the book and support what I was doing. At that time, very few people believed in what I was doing and I felt like “A Desert Rose” standing along, so that gesture mattered so much more than I can tell you. Not only did Serena just come to Atlanta to support, but she is pregnant as well. This right here is what sisterhood is all about.

If you want to see more selfies and pictures from the brunch, CLICK HERE.

That evening as I raced to the event venue arriving at a little after 5 (way later than I intended to), God sent me Angels to help me set up and make sure everything was together. Vanessa Ross,  Terrell Jenkins, Charles Clark, my princess Phoenyx just to name a few helped me to make the event a success and I can’t thank them enough. Tisa Edge Glover was a fantabulous host who truly connected with the audience and kept the flow going throughout the night. Before the event, all I could think about was numbers, but the night of the event, it wasn’t about how many people were there, it was about the breakthroughs that were happening in the room and the sisterhood that was developing between the ladies. When ladies get together without jealousy, drama, competition, or bad attitudes, AMAZING things happen!

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Flyer for the Tainted Elegance: Simply Beautiful 2 Pre-Release Party

Here are some awesome pictures from the event:

Phenomenal things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone! The event really pushed me beyond my comfort zone and prepared me for what is to come on the Beautyful Inside & Out Empowerment Tour and to plan my first conference in 2017! Woohoo! Do something that scares the hell out of you and see how amazing you feel when you accomplish it!

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