Entrepreneur, model, author and philanthropist, Anita Hawkins is the perfect combination of brains, beauty and fierce determination to succeed at whatever she sets out to accomplish. In 2000, Anita moved to Prosper, TX with her husband and children, and in 2006, she launched Trokar Industries, LLC.Since its inception, Trokar has acquired a number of land developments around the state of Texas and celebrated a tremendous victory when D.R. Horton purchased a parcel of land from Trokar in North Texas for 1.53 million dollars. Anita went on to establishLady Eloise, LLC, under which she purchased the master franchise list for Dallas/Fort Worth for the wildly popular Fresh Healthy Café.
Her tenacity and business savvy has not gone without notice. Anita has been recognized by the National Association of Professional Women for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to Her Profession and the Advancement of Women and was named one of the National Association of Distinguished Professionals’ prestigious Women of Distinction. Her business accomplishments are only superseded by her philanthropic endeavors which include donations upwards of $160,000 to Minnie’s Food Pantry, an annual college scholarship courtesy of Anita and her husband, retired basketball pro LaTroy Hawkins through the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the donation of over $16,000 and safe home for victims of domestic abuse to Women Called Moses.
Anita was named Curvy Connect Magazine’s “The One to Watch”! She has also been featured on Dallas’ CW 33, WFAA (ABC), Dallas High Life TV on the UA Network, Saigon TV’s Chau Show, KRNB 105.7, K104 FM, Street Speaker Radio and The Andy Brown Online Happy Hour with editorial features in The Dallas Weekly, Texas Metro News and Dallas Morning News.
Crystal King, National Director, Multicultural Marketing, is a graduate of Albany State University with a BS in Marketing, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with an Executive MBA as well as a graduate certificate in Asian Business Studies issued by the University of Science & Technology Beijing and Tongji University, Shanghai. King is responsible for driving health impact, towards the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal through strategic marketing and the development of strategies rooted in addressing the social determinants of health to benefit multicultural communities across the U.S. Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Crystal served as Sr. Manager of Philanthropy for JCPenney, in her role with JCP, Crystal managed their charitable giving efforts serving as the liaison to JCP’s non-profit partners nationwide. Together with the company’s partners, she oversaw the development of philanthropic marketing including point-of-sale campaigns.
King began her professional career with Altria Group, Philip Morris USA.
However, Crystal was largely known for many years for her work in multicultural marketing for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader in the breast cancer movement; a cause that was a passion following a cancer diagnosis for both she and her mom within a period of 3 years. This lead to her selection by General Mills as a Pink Together Survivor Ambassador where King was featured on product packaging including Cheerios. At Komen, King was responsible for supporting the organizations inclusion goals both internally and externally as well as underscoring their commitment to reducing the disparities that many women face in underserved communities by creating greater awareness and moving them to action. She also contributed to expanding the organization’s efforts beyond U.S. shores to focus on reducing the disparities for women around the globe.
Most recently, Crystal and her husband launched the LoveKings brand. LoveKings is a relationship blog and web series designed to provide lessons through relatable stories. In the community, King is a member of the Links, Inc. She was recognized by Behind the Bench, The National Basketball Wives Association, with the “Touching A Life” award during NBA All-Star weekend. Additionally, she was the subject of Angela Burt-Murray’s Letter from the Editor in the April 2010 issue of ESSENCE Magazine as Angela recognized her work. Crystal is a proud wife (Lyman) and mother (Lyman, Jr.).
On March 28, 2016, at the age of 33, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after an excisional biopsy. I was in shock and disbelief as there was no family history of Breast Cancer, I was training for a marathon and ran the 2nd half marathon of the year with personal record time only 6 days before the diagnosis.
After careful evaluation of all treatment options, I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with breast reconstruction on May 26, 2016. I recovered quickly and scheduled my permanent implant placement procedure for a few months later but my Breast Surgeon encouraged a consultation with a Radiology Oncologist .The Radiology Oncologist recommended radiation treatment 20 min a day, 5 days a week for 5 weeks. During the treatment planning visit all the risks were carefully outlined and I heard the word “infertility”. I was devastated. I knew I could live a happy life after Breast Cancer but I wasn’t ready to give up on having children. With medication assistance from LIVESTRONG Fertility, I completed egg harvesting and freezing, only harvesting one egg. I went on to complete 5 weeks of radiation during my daily lunch break while exercising regularly.
On March 31, 2017, I finally received permanent breast implants. Although I opted out of nipple reconstruction, I received 3D nipple tattoos in October 2017.
I decided to share my journey to inform others that Breast Cancer does not discriminate, portray the reality and unknown obstacles of treatment, prove the diagnosis does not cancel your future and encourage someone battling the disease.
My journey is my testimony and my testimony is my ministry.
Shyrell Hobson is the Founder of S.E.E.D, a 501c Non Profit organization. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Sports Administration & Leadership.
Shyrell Hobson is a woman of profound appeal coupled with a passion to speak healing to an unhealthy nation.
She is widely recognized as a gifted teacher, communicator of deeper truths of spirituality, and certified trainer, blended with precision and humor. Therefore, she is confident of her calling and assignment in this 21st Century to encourage the youth to live a well-balanced life. As gifted motivator, the core of Shyrell’s message is “delivering physical health truths that transform lives”. Her message is for those seeking to live a healthy lifestyle and discover their purpose in life to send them into a future they never could imagine.
Ms. Hobson operates under the principle that the solutions to the majority of health problems we face in life are rooted in understanding, developing, and living a lifestyle engaged in the spiritual and physical realm. Rising above the challenges of life, her powerful message of overcoming resonates with people from every walk of life.
C. Grayce Bernard is founder, President and CEO of DiscoverHER,LLC and Millionaires in Training, Inc. As a mentor, she helps deprogram your story, push past fear, and quiet negativity creating a safe environment to be vulnerable, and transparent to transition to the next level. Grayce teaches women how to access healing and invite the manifestation of limitless abundance to come into their lives. She is redefining total wealth from the inside out.
Dr. Terre McGlothin has been in practice in the Dallas area for more than 16 years. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. McGlothin received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and went on to medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her residency and internship in general surgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and then did a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is board certified in general surgery and is a member of a number of medical associations, including the American College of Surgeons, National Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Society of Breast Surgeons and American Society of Breast Diseases. Dr. McGlothin is married with two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and playing tennis.
Angelia’s friends and colleagues describe her as a woman of strength, compassion, integrity and excellence. If you met her in person, you’d agree she is just that and a whole lot more. A highly successful real estate developer with extensive sales experience, Angelia holds an impressive resume – with many organizations calling upon her services over the last decade.
Following an uninspiring experience in studying computer programming, Angelia realized her yearning from something greater and more profound. She dedicated herself to helping others; her role within social services being the stepping stone towards this endeavor.
Her commitment to giving was ignited following a number of hard hitting moments in her life. Becoming a mother at a very young age, moving away from her family home at just nineteen, and making a full recovery from breast cancer in her later life profoundly strengthened her outlook on life. It was here that she made a firm commitment to sharing her story of resilience with others, with the aim of inspiring them to take full responsibility for their lives and reaching their highest potential.
LaToisha Michelle is a Fitness Coach who leverages experience with a diverse client base to meet each client’s unique goals. LaToisha participated in a Nationally Fit Federation (NFF) fitness competition. This was her first show and she placed 1st in the Bikini Novice category on April 30, 2016. As a fitness coach she has cultivated positive relationships with participants by interacting with them during group fitness classes and personal training. LaToisha loves helping her clients achieve their fitness goals and takes great pride in making sure her client’s self- esteem and body image are a major focal point.
LaToisha has experience with boot camps, weight training, butt blaster coaching/classes, mommy and me workouts, workouts for children, and corporate team building exercises. In addition to being a certified fitness trainer, Latoisha also has a degree in business marketing from The University of Texas at Arlington. Currently, Latoisha resides in Dallas,Texas and trains at Urban Grit Warehouse Gym.
Tracy Chapital(affectionately known as “Lady Chap”) is a sought-after speaker, die-hard entrepreneur, business consultant and was born to be an inspirational life coach and philanthropist. In November of 2016, Lady Chap decided to channel all her experience, passion and life lessons into a self-created foundation to help make a difference in women’s lives.She is the Founder and CEO of HerNexxChapter, Inc., a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization supporting women through wellness, style of life and empowerment. Her Nexx Chapter offers women an opportunity to connect, mentor, nurture and celebrate the lives of other women. We are “A Community of Women for Women.”
Stephen is a native of Denver, Colorado. Raised by his parents along with his four siblings (three sisters and a brother). After graduating high school, he attended Grambling State University in Louisiana where he received a bachelor’s of science degree in Manufacturing Engineering. During his college career, he was an active member in the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineering holding the office of chapter president. He also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and held the position of treasurer.
As a single parent, Stephen raised a daughter who currently attends Prairie View A&M University earning a degree in Architecture with a minor in Construction Science. After graduating with honors, he relocated to Fort Worth, TX to work in the aerospace and defense industry to launch his professional career at a fortune 500 company as a Mechanical Engineer. During his time at Lockheed Martin, he pursued a Master’s of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Later he continued his career at Bell Helicopter as a Manufacturing Engineering Lead in a CAD/CAM role. During Stephen’s career at Bell, he received many accomplishments to include certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Throughout his professional tenure, he has held several technical and leadership roles in the aerospace and defense industry.
In addition to his professional career, he is an active member in the community and advocates for equal rights for all. Over the past five years, he has spent a multitude of time investigating the medicinal cannabis industry. During his journey, he has found his passion and purpose. Stephen is leveraging his educational and professional expertise to pursue a career in aiding inthe decriminalization and legalization of medicinal cannabis. Cannabis research has become a passion for Stephen out of necessity from personal experience of families and friends looking for a natural healing method. Combining his education, professional expertise and personal passion, Stephen plans to break into the business by providing optimal technical solutions to a breakthrough industry that save lives and seeks to improve recovery time for patients. Currently Stephen is a Sr. Solution Architect for Dassault Systemes supporting the largest aircraft manufacture in the US.
Leah Patterson uses holistic beauty, wellness, movement, and mindset to help women breakthrough depression and choose to thrive in life on purpose. Being a depression breakthrough coach and holistic beauty and wellness mentor, she provides women who identify (sometimes secretly) as living with high functioning depression with the guidance they need to create an overall lifestyle of mind, body and spirit balance resulting in vibrant and fulfilled living. She calls it living the Goddess Lifestyle and what shedoes, Goddess Lifestyle Coaching. Leah has firsthand experience living a full and vibrant life. Her experience is multi-faceted -she began her professional life as a chemical engineer and went on to use that knowledge to study herbal medicine and ultimately start a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching low income communities about holistic lifestyle principles. She later found a passion for skincare, pursued her esthetics license and worked as a holistic esthetician customizing natural skincareproducts for her clients for in-treatment and home use.
All the while, she was also developing as a professional salsa dancer and was fortunate enough to travel the world teaching, performing, competing and judging. To fulfill her cosmetic needs as a dancer with sensitive skin, she developed a natural, sweatproof makeup line MOVE Makeup, of which she is currently CEO and head mix mixtress-in-charge. So as you can see, Leah has lived life to the brim and continues to strive towards her big goals and bigger dreams.
Yet through the majority of this living with intention, Leah suffered from debilitating depression and anxiety holding her back and making life that much harder. Three years ago though, she finally was able to make sense of her depression and see that the way out of it was not just about loving herself in an elusive, abstract way. It was the tangible, physical practices and techniques that helped her make the switches she wanted and needed to make. And that’s why she began Goddess Lifestyle Coaching -to help other women take these steps, make these switches and start thriving in life.
Dr. Kiarra King MD is a board certifiedobstetrician gynecologist that always delivers a dose of style! The Chicagoland native is known for her keen fashion sense, unique approach to motherhood and love for family and friends. Always a proponent for education, she had a lifelong dream of becoming a physician. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There she earned her bachelors degree, with honors, in Kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training.
She later matriculated at The University of Illinois College of Medicine. She earned her medical degree and matched at her #1 choice for residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and completed her residency there. Following residency, she joined a private practice at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. She later was employed by Presence Medical Group at Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet Illinois. Dr. King currently works for Family Christian Health Center in Harvey Illinois. On the job, she seeks to help heal the whole patient and empower them to optimize their health and live their best lives.In addition to hands on patient care she gives back by volunteering at many community events. She enjoys speaking on a variety of women’s health topics and has participated in career days, health fairs and immersion workshops.
Although trained as a skilled physician and surgeon, she has had a lifelong passion for fashion, beauty and healthy living. While on an extended maternity leave in 2016, she tapped into the creative side of her brain and started her blog DrKiarraKing.com. Her love for style was naturally a topic of her writing as health and wellness. Blogging has allowed her to impact a larger audience and share her love of fashion, beauty, keys to healthy living via a variety of plant based recipes and great family focused events.Dr. King desires to live a life that inspires those around her to embrace their given beauty and walk in their purpose. She is a goal getter and does whatit takes to get the job done. She is thrilled to be a part of Glamcon.
Rita is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and is the second child of five children born to Bishop Willis and Lady Rita Pace. Rita has been married to her husband Pastor Christopher F. Taylor for 26 years. She has six beautiful children: Christeyun, Roy, Ashleigh, Christopher, Matthew and Trystan. She also has three grandchildren Ryleigh, Jaxson, and Kingsley. Besides wearing the hats of wife, mother and grandmother, Rita is a key figure in the secular arena; such as operating the
Princess Boutique Charm School which she mentored young ladies ages 13 and up teaching etiquette, and sustaining and fostering healthy esteem and morals.
Rita is the Author of the WOW (Working on Womanhood) etiquette curriculum workbook for girls. She is also an Amazon bestselling Co-Author of the book “Women Warriors Who Make It Rock” As well the author of the upcoming breast cancer awareness book “Not Just in October” due out in October 2018. She is the co-founder along with her husband Christopher of the Agape Christian Learning Academy. Rita also hosted a radio talk show called “Inside the Heart with Lady T” the show was an open forum, discussing pertinent Christian issues. Rita served as the personal assistant to David and Tamela Mann also known as the Browns. She is co- partners with Brand1 entertainment, where she handles personal accounts for other celebrities. Rita is the co-owner of The Taylor Group Inc., it is a full-service company that specializes in media, publicity, and personal assisting.
She is also, along with her husband, the co-founder of New Direction Ministries which is a healing ministry offering Christian servanthood training. She has served as a pastor, armorbearer, counselor, publicist, mentor, spiritual advisor, teacher, prophet, and friend. Her ministry serves as a conduit to heal hurting and weary women. Rita is a woman of profound intercession coupled with a passion to heal hurting people. However, she first and foremost a worshipper! She is very confident of her calling and assignment in this 21st century. She intentionally stays reminded of Jeremiah 29:11…. ”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
There is something compelling about the eclectic style, and smooth melodic tones coming from a former background singer of 12X Grammy Award Winner and wardrobe for nationally known gospel musician Kirk Franklin. It could be her vibrant colorful hair, infectious joy and love to serve others, beautiful laugh and smile, and/or the pure innocence in her sweet voice when she sings sharing the love of God. Whatever it may be, Titia Owens (aka T-Sha) has hit the ground running with her new hit single “MY FAVORITE THINGS feat. Candy West” produced by DBizzy – that has many radio stations and television stations eager to play in rotation and have her live on their shows across the country.
Titia is a native of Dallas, Texas and is taking the gospel radio network by storm coming from the background to the forefront with her gracious spirit and obedience to God. Titia graduated from Arts Magnet where her major was Music. Titia then pursued Music education at Texas Woman’s University. Titia is married to Leadership Coach J.Wayne Owens. They have a blended family made up of four children: Chris, Chyna, Jared and Kelsey. Titia attends Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church in Dallas,TX. Titia is the founder of the homeless organization “Where Are You? Homeless Outreach. The organization serves the Homeless by providing resources to a forgotten people who are looking for a place to go. www.whererareyououtreach.org.
Karla Mingo would like to share with you her testimony on turning trials into blessings. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and had many setbacks that came her way. She is a brand new author and her debut novel, that chronicles her life trials, and how she turned them into blessings, is now available for pre-sale. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and had many setbacks that came her way. She is originally from Bryan, TX, but currently reside in the DFW area. She has worked in education for over ten years, is married and has two daughters.
Marta Cordell is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Certified Associate Diabetes Educator, Educational Director of the Thermography Center of Dallas and owner of Full Bloom Wellness Solutions. With a deep knowledge of nutrition and holistic health practices, her mission is to make healthy living simple and accessible to everyday, busy people, and her passion is for helping people achieve their own personal vision of wellness by giving them the tools and the knowledge that empower them to take charge of their own health. If you would like to know more, please visit www.thermographycenter.com.