Leadership Summit Speakers






Leadership Summit 2015

We are so excited to announce our speakers coming to educate and inspire our attendees.

Learn more about the summit here.


Tierra Destiny Reid is a grateful mother of two and an innovative trailblazer in retail, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment. The author of the revolutionary empowerment guide 'The Power of Peace in a Pause', Tierra is passionate about using her life lessons and gifts to inspire women around the world to pause and propel their way to authentic success, leadership, and service. 

Known for her unique mix of heart, accountability, and hard-driving business savvy, Tierra is the President of TDR Brands International and the visionary behind The Retail Campus, an emerging global resource for women with retail products and store fronts.  Her unconventional and inspirational approach has made her a sought out speaker and contributor for female-focused brands including Tory Johnson’s Spark & Hustle, Little Pink Book, WISE Symposium, Blogalicious, and theNational Association of Resale and Thrift Stores 25th Anniversary conference.  She has also been featured on Good Morning America Work Spot, Success Magazine, FOX, CBS, OWN TV promo for meditation series, covered the red carpet for O You in LA, and shared her feedback in O, The Oprah Magazine's, We Hear You column. Tierra is a proud Oprah Winfrey Network Ambassador and dreams of creating a non-profit for single mothers striving to also blaze trails while becoming their best selves along the way. 


Rosewitha G. Shelton is an author, teacher, motivational speaker, licensed and certified therapist, coach, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She has headed a number of companies proving her success in business. Many articles have been written of her business acumen. She has overcome great obstacles in life, proving the success of her teachings that bring clarity in the operation of divine law. She has written a number of books to include In the Morning When I Rise, I Am She and her new release, Law of First Thought. She travels the world speaking and encouraging people with her intriguing and unique processes, ideals and conscious inspirations. She is quite an inimitable twist on spiritualist meets therapist meets businesswoman. You cannot be in her presence and not feel encouraged to let your light shine and be your greatest possibility.


Shyreeta Benbow, is a fun loving and adventurous, 36 year old city girl. She was born and raised in Chicago, with a huge heart for journaling, freelance writing, and international business travel. With over 10 years experience she is co-founder of iBrand Matchmaker Int'l Trade Co. , a business dedicated to introducing small business owners to international business ethics, culture, importing, and travel.

She lives in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, along with her 2 teenage children, and a lone Beta fish named, Jo-Jo. She's always dreaming of traveling the world freely, blogging her journey, and helping people voluntarily start the process of business ownership.

She keeps active by playing basketball with her daughter, dancing and singing karaoke with her children, reading, exercising, and when in town, acting as chauffeur to her children and their friends.

Shyreeta takes great pride in volunteering time to participate in food and toy drives with a non profit organization, GLARE Club, donating goods to senior citizens in need through Fellowes Inc., passing out groceries at food pantries, and accepting donations yearly, for prepared food, drinks, and utensils for the needy, while standing outdoors and serving meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Shyreeta enjoys writing and doodling ideas, sharing life experiences, sharing innovative ideas amongst her friends, and teaching others about overcoming the fear of doing business abroad.

In 2008, Shyreeta, along with her partners, labeled themselves as the "3 Brown Girls," traveling abroad, vlogging with a burning passion to find answers that would help others thrive beyond just having a dream. They have been interviewed by a nationally known Entertainment News resource, was curious about what peaked their interests in becoming apart of such a vast industry as sourcing/importing, that most largely lacks an African American and women of minority presences. They were interested in knowing how the "3 Brown Girls" strived to move forward with little capital to build upon and little known resources to tap into.

Currently, Shyreeta Benbow, is writing weekly posts known as "Starting Over, with a New Look," with topics ranging from business, finances, love, travelling, and overcoming life's circumstances. She's working on an e-book, "There's Life After Divorce", a manual that promotes healing and steps to take while re-entering the world of dating.

Shyreeta's experience is rich, broad, deep, thrilling, and exciting! She guarantees success for people aspiring to be business owners, product developers, and brand creators by teaching them the correct approach to handling business domestic and international. Because of her strong desire to help others from her experiences, her company is now providing introductory consults by contacting

Shyreeta is co-owner of, Oh My, Miracle! Hair Oil which is a 100% herbal hair growth oil formulated for men, women, and children. Also, co-owner of a unique and versatile hat line, Crown Kandy Hats which can purchased at SEARS.


As a speaker, engineer, Founder/Owner of Uncommon Scent Creations, LLC and the hostess of premier live conferences and events in the Southeast, I am rapidly becoming known as one of the bold voices on behalf of trailblazing women who are seeking to elevate their lives by UNlearning UNworthiness™. Sounds great, right? Well, truth be told it hasn’t always been this way. There was a time that even though my business was growing, I felt like I was missing something.
So I did what no successful entrepreneur is supposed to do: I took a break.
I had been working so hard for so long, doing all the things an entrepreneur is supposed to do – but I realized I wasn’t working for myself: I was looking for outside validation. Taking time out allowed me to do the inner healing work I needed in order to find that I was enough. I didn’t need other people to validate my work. I didn’t need to continue sacrificing myself on the altar of “should.” 
Instead, I focused on being honest with myself so I could honestly express myself in every area of my life – including my business.
I connected my business with what was important to me, and everything began to change for the better. My life and work were powerfully aligned. We all have “a work” to do!
The response I’ve gotten from my community of women and entrepreneurs has been amazing! There are so many of us who feel the same way I used to, who have been suffering in silence because they feel like they have to do certain things to be a “real entrepreneur” or a “real woman”.
But when you are true to yourself, you and your business will experience a new burst of life. You will connect with your ideal clients because your truth speaks to their truth. You will feel more energized and motivated because all of your actions are aligned with your values. And your business will grow from a place of internal honesty and integrity. By UNlearning UNworthiness™, I positioned myself for purpose and freedom in integrity….and so can you!


With over 20 years of human resource experience, Delmar Johnson has an undeniable passion for helping entrepreneurs, leaders, and small and mid-size businesses get the right support system in place to achieve their company goals. Sourcing the right people in the right season is a delicate balance, and established and emerging companies alike have trusted Delmar to work her HR & recruiting magic through her company HR BRAIN FOR HIRE.

But Delmar's touch isn't just limited to the professional realm. Her own life experiences and down-to-earth spirit help her connect with her HR clients on a personal level.  As you focus on your human resource needs, Delmar also wants to ensure you don't forget to take care of your most important resource - YOU. She uses her own journey to empower employers through her own story of unmasking, as told through her book SEASONS OF MY SOUL. Truly one of a kind, Delmar merges HR, empowerment, and managing life and work transitions for a well-rounded client experience.


Dr. Sakeisha has been a leader in the Healthcare Arena as a registered pharmacist and has served in the leadership capacity for companies such as Wal-Mart and Walgreens for the past 14 years. Together with her husband they co-founded Covenant Kingdom Builders an online ministry , served together as co-facilitators at Bible Institute in their local church and served in the healing rooms and served among the facilitators in Marriage Ministry at their home church. Known for her warm and genuine personality Sakeisha has co-hosted conferences and have been guest speakers at conferences in Chicago, Hawaii, Boca Raton, Orlando, & Orangeburg, South Carolina

Sakeisha has overcome the odds both personally and professionally. Both she and her husband of 17+ years were reared in single parent homes and they decided at the initial phase of their marriage that divorce was NOT an option. Their marriage was going to succeed where there parents marriages had previously failed. Fueled with a desire for their marriage to win, they embarked upon a 17-plus year journey to ensure that their marriage would win.
Together they've endeavored to be transparent in their marriage to help others win in their marriages as well. They offer a no holds barred approach when it comes to love and marriage. The institute of marriage is a sacred covenant, not to be entered into lightly and definitely not to be taken for granted. Dr. Sakeisha does not sugar coat the fact that it takes hard work, dedication, compassion, trust, forgiveness, commitment and effective communication between both parties in order for a marriage to be successful.
Even when the pressures of life pushed her and her husband to what they thought was their limit, they fought their way back to continue to win in their marriage. The transition from boyfriend/girlfriend to husband/wife and mother/father has truly taught them how to stand in the midst of adversity. They encourage all couples who are considering marriage to start their marriage in a manner that will set you up to win. If you are already married and are experiencing challenges in your marriage, DON’T GIVE UP. DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL.


Nikhol is the founder of Just A Journey Counseling & Psychological Services, LLC, host of The Nikhol B. Jackson radio and television shows. She is a Transformation Life Coach, assisting individuals in the areas of family development, personal goals and relationship enrichment. Mrs. Jackson holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology. She approaches her clients and radio show listeners from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model, with a belief that people can bring about change in their lives by first changing their thoughts and beliefs. Nikhol lives in the Metro Atlanta area with 4 her children and husband of 12 years.


Robin owns Robin’s Resumes® , adding value to her client’s career marketing presentation to get them the interview. As one of the recognized leaders in the industry, Robin has earned 3 key certifications – Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW), Certified Professional Resume Writer (CFRW) and Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW). Based on her excellent writing skills, she has been selected to judge the TORI™ (Toast of the Resume Industry) Awards for Career Directors International (CDI) since 2007 and CDI’s First Annual “World’s Best Resume Writer Competition” for 2008. She increased her ability to help clients by attending a Five Day Workshop on “What Color is Your Parachute?” led by Richard Nelson Bolles.

Prior to her transition to Resume Writing 7 years ago, Robin had success as an award-winning Senior Process, Development and Quality Engineer, managing multi-million dollar projects for Mobil Chemical, ABB and Brown and Williamson Tobacco. She designed, contracted and built pilot plant and laboratory installations; developed justification for a $6M factory retrofit; saved $11M annually with just $2M investment and developed and implemented optimization improvements at ethylene plants. Senior Directors and VPs consulted with her on new business development programs. As a Planning Analyst, developed 5-year strategic financial and operational plans for a $100M division.

Robin was awarded two patents. Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a minor in Writing.

Robin is the VP for Communications for the MIT Club of Atlanta and the MIT Class of 1978 Agent. Robin was Secretary for the Middle Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Quality for five years. She also was selected as one of the 28 most outstanding young leaders of a 100,000-person worldwide organization.


Tanika Gray Valbrun is the founder of The White Dress Project - a non-profit bringing awareness to the uterine fibroid condition.  Tanika was instrumental in passing legislation declaring July as “Fibroid Awareness Month” in the State of Georgia. She works as a News Editor for CNN where she has been awarded three coveted Peabody Awards for her contributions in journalism.  She received both Georgia Trend’s and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 "40 under 40" Awards.


When a Southern Belle collides with her royal identity what do get- Zakiya S. Kyles, Chief Queen Officer of Queenly and Confident brands and the wellness movement From Stuck to Start. 

Her passion is to aid women in renewing their minds to live authentic, confident and joyful lives. She is carrying out this mission by coaching women and girls to live their royal lives, as she speaks from her own inspirational story (even as she is currently in her journey!) She travels across the nation, speaking and teaching health, wholeness, self-esteem and identity.

In 2013 Zakiya launched a health and wellness initiative – From Stuck to Start – Winning the Battle of Obesity. Through From Stuck to Start, women are given tools to make small changes, create healthy to win habits to live the battle of obesity. She works to inspire others to “RECLAIM their LIFE” one step, one rep at a time (just as she is doing!) by choosing LIFE!