Lisa Nichols

Kickstarter Keynote Speaker

Founder/CEO of Motivating the Masses, Inc.
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Lisa Nichol is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached and served nearly 30 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, Lisa’s courage and determination has inspired fans worldwide and helped countless audiences break through, to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motivating the Masses, Inc. – one of the country’s only publicly traded personal and business development training companies – Lisa has helped develop workshops and programs that have transformed the lives of men and women, and altered the trajectory of businesses throughout the country and across the world.

Lisa is also a best-selling author of six books, and her 7th book ABUNDANCE NOW, published by HarperCollins. In ABUNDANCE NOW, Lisa continues her journey with her fans, providing a clear and practical blueprint for personal success, drawn directly from the life experiences of its beloved author. ABUNDANCE NOW is the follow-up to Lisa’s New York Times bestseller, NO MATTER WHAT.

Lisa’s extraordinary story of transforming her own life from public assistance for her family to leading a multi-million dollar enterprise is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Today, fans worldwide revere Lisa for her mastery of teaching people how to accomplishing unfathomable goals and tap their limitless potential.

A noted media personality who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, the Steve Harvey Show, and Extra – just to name a few, is also celebrated for the impact she has on the lives of teens. Through Lisa’s non-profit foundation Motivating the Teen Spirit, she has touched the lives of 211,650 teens, prevented over 3,800 teen suicides, supported 2,500 dropouts in returning to school, and has helped thousands reunite with families.

Among the prestigious awards and honors bestowed upon Lisa for her extensive work are the Humanitarian Award from the country of South Africa, The Ambassador Award, and the LEGO Foundation‘s Heart of Learning Award. The City of Henderson, Nevada named November 20th as Motivating the Teen Spirit Day; and the City of Houston, Texas named May 9th as Lisa Nichols Day for her dedication to service, philanthropy and healing.

Lisa lives, plays and works in the greater San Diego, California area and on stages around the world, working alongside her world-class team committed to Motivating the Masses.


Robin Roberts

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America
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Robin Roberts is anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." Under her leadership, the broadcast has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program and the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team.

Roberts has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame as well as the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013.

Roberts founded her own production company, Rock'n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, ranging from informational shows and documentaries, to live special events.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant, her sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match. Her story triggered an outpouring of support from across the nation. She joined forces with Be the Match to inform the public about the need for more donors, and since her diagnosis, the bone marrow registry has seen a tremendous increase.

Her battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Roberts was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013 for the strength and courage she has displayed throughout her life and career.

Roberts was named co-anchor of "Good Morning America" in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995, and prior to that, she was a contributor to ESPN as a host on "SportsCenter" and contributing to "NFL PrimeTime." Roberts has worked in broadcasting for more than 30 years.

Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounder. In 2012, Roberts was named an inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Roberts is the author of "From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By," and her memoir, "Everybody’s Got Something," in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to the "GMA" anchor desk.

Roberts is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently resides in New York City.


Sally-Ann Roberts

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Former anchor at WWL-TV New Orleans
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For more than 25 years, Sally-Ann Roberts co-anchored with Eric Paulsen the popular Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV New Orleans, and made the newscast one of the highest-rated morning newscasts in the country. During her 40 year career at WWL-TV, Roberts has anchored nearly every newscast on Channel 4, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends.  Announcing her retirement in February 2018, she is remembered as being a beacon of light and hope to her viewers during the city's most difficult times.

As an Air Force "brat" Sally-Ann traveled extensively as a child. She was born in Chandler, Arizona to Colonel Lawrence Roberts of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and Lucimarian Roberts.  Sally-Ann spent her childhood on the move living in many cities throughout the country including abroad in Izmir Turkey. When Sally-Ann was in high school her family settled in Biloxi, Mississippi at Keesler Air Force Base. She graduated from Biloxi High School and then attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Sally-Ann began her tenure at WWL-TV on March 31, 1977.  As a City Hall reporter, she covered city government during the administrations of Moon Landrieu, Ernest Morial, and Sidney Barthelemy.  In 1998 she was part of the reporting team that earned WWL-TV the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for late-breaking news.

Certainly her most cherished accomplishment occurred in the fall of 2012 when she donated her bone marrow to her sister Robin Roberts who was suffering from a life-threatening disease called MDS.  Since then both sisters have traveled advocating for donors to be added to the National Bone Marrow registry by speaking at conferences ranging from the National Conference of Be The Match in Minneapolis, MN to the STEM Cell Conference at The Vatican in Rome.  They both received recognition in 2013 from the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame as well as Coachart in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2012 the NAACP National Health Committee presented Sally-Ann with the Unsung Hero award.  That same year she was also recognized by the National Urban league with the Women of Power Award.  Among her most prized recognitions are the 2014 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award and the Press Club of New Orleans 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1994 Sally-Ann co-founded with Cathy Harris the mentorship organization, Each One Save One. Over the years, the non-profit organization has recruited, screened, trained and placed hundreds of mentors in schools and organizations across the metro area.

For nearly two decades, Sally-Ann hosted the teen talk show, "Our Generation". Young people who appeared on that program are now working around the country as journalists, educators, engineers and other fine professions. Sally-Ann is happy to say she knew them "when".

Aside from her career in the media, Sally-Ann is often in high demand as a motivational speaker across the country.  Her audiences range from faith-based organizations to the corporate world including VITAS (National Black Nursing Association).

Sally-Ann is the author of three books, "Going Live...An Anchorwoman Reports Good News", the novel "Angelvision" and the very inspirational "Your Power Is On" with the photography done by her Co-anchor Eric Paulsen. All three books are published by Pelican Press. After being a widow for five years, Sally-Ann remarried in 2007. She is the proud mother of three children and grandmother of four. Asked to what she attributes any success she may have achieved, Sally-Ann gives all honor, glory and praise to God.


Dorothy Roberts

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Owner of Robin's Nest in the Pass
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Dorothy Roberts retired from the State of Mississippi on June 30, 2015 after 28 years of state service.  Ms. Roberts was appointed as the Director of South Mississippi Regional Center (SMRC) in May 2009.  She was employed with the Department of Mental Health since April 1990, working in the capacity of a staff Social Worker, Director of Social Services, Co-Clinical Director for Program Services at the Specialized Treatment Facility in Gulfport, MS, and Assistant Director at SMRC.

Ms. Roberts received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from William Carey College.  She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and Certified Public Manger.  She is a graduate of the MS Department of Mental Health Focus program and the Mississippi State John C. Stennis Executive Development Institute.

Ms. Roberts is a former board member of the University of Southern Mississippi University Foundation, United Way of South Mississippi Board of Directors, USM Gulf Park Social Work Advisory Board, KIDS COUNT Advisory Board and was a past appointee to the Mississippi Humanities Council.  She is currently a member of  the  Seashore Highlands Board of Directors, Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce Board Member and the Lighthouse Professional Business Women board. She holds memberships with the National Association of Social Workers.

In 2012, Ms. Roberts was inducted into the William Carey University Alumni Hall of Fame.  She has been honored with the Gulfport Chapter NAACP Medgar and Myrlie Evers Ambassador Award, Distinguished Alumni of USM College of Health, March of Dimes Spotlight on Success Honoree and the Mississippi Chapter NASW Social Worker of the Year.

Ms. Roberts was recognized as a Top 10 Leadership Finalist by the Mississippi Business Journal, Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women and Outstanding Career Woman by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women.  She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast.

In September 2015 Ms. Roberts opened Robin’s Nest in the Pass, a gallery gift shop celebrating the creative spirit.  The store is located at 255 Davis Ave in downtown Pass Christian and has approximately 35 local and regional artists on consignment.  Ms. Roberts has designed and made jewelry for over 10 years, many pieces being worn by her two sisters, Sally-Ann Roberts WWL-TV Morning News and Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC Good Morning America. Robin’s Nest in the Pass showcases Ms. Roberts jewelry, the D.Roberts Collection, as well as jewelry made by other local jewelry designers, art, pottery, woodwork and gifts.  The Lucimarian Collection, a bath and body essential collection, is sold exclusively at Robin’s Nest in the Pass.  This collection was named in honor of Ms. Roberts’ mother who instilled in her a desire to live a life of service to others.  The bottles carry a message from her mom, “We all have gifts, discover yours and share it with the world.”

Ms. Roberts has two beautiful daughters, Jessica McEwen and Lauren McEwen Hinton and two handsome grandsons, Ryan Leigh Hinton, age 8 and Lawrence Leigh Roberts Hinton, age 8 months.  She also welcomed a new granddaughter, Dovie Leigh Strickland in March 2017.    She resides in Pass Christian, MS with her husband, Halle Ricketts.


Dr. Myla Bennett

Plastic Surgeon, Speaker, and Coach

Business mogul, board certified plastic surgeon, and speaker Dr. Myla Bennett is the founder of the Preserve Your Pretty and Preserve Your Handsome campaigns and has become one of the most sought after business coaches on the east coast.

Darin Adams

Speaker at Infusionsoft

Darin Adams is an award-winning marketing expert who has coached thousands of businesses how to build connections with their audiences. All success starts with relationships and he has taught people all around the world how to build those relationships through automation. Now he’s here to show you how you can get organized, save time and grow your business while working less.

Courtney Elmer

Empowerment Speaker and Stress Coach

Courtney is an outstanding Empowerment Speaker and Stress Coach who is on a mission to help female business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders eliminate stress and overwhelm so that they can live a more vibrant and fulfilling life. Most of the time you can find her running amazing workshops and private retreats where she teaches her fellow entrepreneurs how to stop spinning their wheels, stress less, and work from a place that is more centered, focused, and balanced.

Cheryl Wood

International Speaker, Author and Coach

As an award-winning international speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur, Cheryl Wood impacts audiences around the world with her bold and audacious approach to living life. Individuals and corporations have been impacted by her relevant, relational, and riveting message of unleashing your personal power to excel at your next level. She trains audiences to overcome self-limiting thoughts of doubt and fear by giving strategic steps to help them ultimately reach their goals.

Darienne Mobley

Speaker, Coach and Trainer

Darienne Mobley is a professional coach who brings a world of experience and wisdom to her work. Darienne works with people and organizations to create an empowered vision, clarity and purpose for her clients. She aims to help and empower others to make, meet and exceed their personal and professional goals – including excelling in the workplace and becoming happy and fulfilled at home.

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Physician, Author and Speaker

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an award-winning author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician with an active medical practice near the Birmingham, AL area. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and a top 100 medical expert in Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets. She has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, First For Women, MSNBC, Thrive Global, and Prevention. Her newest book is Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness and live your best life.

Cynthia Widlitze

CEO at Adduco Consulting

After a 30+ year career in financial services and sales, now as a consultant and public speaker Cynthia helps businesses create more success - by teaching them simple processes for increasing sales and showing them how to create extraordinary customer experiences to truly distinguish themselves from their competitors. A high energy and goal-driven woman, her friendly and professional personality is one of “getting things done” with and for her clients, driving results through building relationships and developing collaborative environments.

Casey Stokes

Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Coach and Pastor

Through Stokes Coaching, Casey provides speaking, coaching and training. Casey is known for being authentic, passionate and intense in his professional and personal life. He has been working as an Executive Leader & Pastor for well over a decade and understands the human factor. As a speaker, he inspires people to take action and challenges change in the organization. As a strategic thinker, he has the ability to sort through clutter quickly in order to find the best route to implement vision.

Ronnika Ann McFall

Sr. Media & Communications Director

Ronnika Ann McFall, owner of iGN Public Relations & Co. and McFall Enterprises LLC, has dedicated her life to helping others through Communications, Public Relations, Event Planning and Brand Management. With iGNPR business in its 5th year, Ronnika Ann, has proven to be the leader and visionary of every campaign she touches; she spearheads strategic campaigns and develops goals for each client.

Dr. Myra Corrello

Business Growth Strategist

Dr. Myra Corrello helps high-achieving entrepreneurs and executives master their image, influence, and impact in order to accomplish their business, professional, and personal goals. She honed her expertise in communication, marketing, and strategy through senior leadership positions in healthcare, tourism, association management, entrepreneurship development, non-profits, and higher education.

Melba Amissi

Chief Operating Officer, Intersections Inc.

Melba Amissi is a Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Intersections Inc. Melba is also CIPP/US certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, she handles privacy issues and related requirements for the privacy of consumer information. In addition, as head of human resources she leads the company’s leadership development, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits and diversity initiatives.

Renee C. Ricciotti

Business Leader, 3M Industrial & Safety Markets

Little over two decades, Renee Ricciotti has helped build the 3M Industrial Business across the United States. Renee has put her leadership skills and industry expertise to work to successfully build multi-functional teams to effectively serve 3M’s automotive and industrial customers. Ricciotti, who joined 3M in 1994 as an account representative for the Automotive Aftermarket Division in the Northeast region, also has served as the area sales manager for the Midwest region, training and development, marketing and national account manager. She has received numerous awards for her performance, including the 3M Golden Step Award, Most Influential Woman in the Collision Industry and top sales performer. She is a certified 3M Six Sigma Green Belt and participant in the 3M executive mentor and recruiting program. Ricciotti is a member of the W.I.S.E and 3M WLF. Lastly, Renee graduated from Villanova University and currently is the 3M Leader representative to the Villanova Business School.

Stephanie Barnes

Coach, Author, Speaker and Attorney

Dr. Stephanie D. Barnes is an internationally recognized speaker, executive coach, business strategist, TEDx presenter, and media personality. Stephanie is the Founder of the C-Suite Women's Network-where women become the CEO of their lives! A Harvard educated lawyer and former corporate executive, Dr. Barnes coaches and transforms high-producing business leaders. Dr. Barnes has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Personal Excellence Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Her mission is to get you to your C-Suite-Where you make the decisions to elevate your life and accelerate your revenue! Dr. Stephanie D. Barnes is the CEO of The Fruition Group, LLC, a company that specializes in professional and personal leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational and performance excellence strategies. She has vast experience in organizational and leadership development, project management and corporate strategic planning activities. She equips women to navigate a clear path for their career progression, revenue acceleration and elevate their influence as a leader in the marketplace and community. Stephanie equips high-powered professionals to be the CEOs of their lives—to develop strategies to achieve the results they desire in their business, careers, and lives through training, coaching, and providing accountability support for goal execution.

Nenette Gray

CEO/Founder of Lemonade Creative Marketing

Nenette Gray is a speaker and Founder/CEO of Lemonade Creative Marketing, LLC, a promotional marketing agency. Her company focuses on helping businesses maximize the return on their promotional marketing dollars using branded promotional merchandise, print and packaging. Nenette spent nearly 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies in Marketing Management and as an award-winning Sales Consultant. In 2010, her company laid her off along with 1,400 colleagues. At that time she decided to turn the lemons of losing her pharmaceutical career into lemonade! In September 2010, she founded Lemonade where she brings her positive energy and zest for marketing to her clients.

Becky Farrell

Owner at Law Office of Becky Farrell, PLLC

Founding Attorney, Becky Farrell, has practiced law on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 15 years. Becky practices primarily in the areas of accident, injury, and estate law. She is active in community and professional organizations, including the MS Bar Assc, Nat’l Assc of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club, and the Rotary Club of Central Hancock County. Mrs. Farrell is also an avid supporter of the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence and the Women’s Resource Center.

Jocelyn Lane

CEO/Founder of The Pink Lotus Project

Jocelyn Gavin-Lane, LCSW, MPH has worked in the social service field as a licensed social worker for over 18 years. Jocelyn is the owner and Clinical Director of Premier Professional Counseling Services, LLC. She is the CEO & founder of The Pink Lotus Project a national nonprofit organization focused on empowering women and mentoring girls. Pink Lotus hosts the Gulf Coast Youth Leadership Symposium which empowers over 150 students each summer in the areas of leadership and service.

Eva Jane Bunkley

Emmy Award Winning MUA/Creator of The Makeup Bullet™

Eva Jane Bunkley is an Atlanta-based two-time Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist and the inventor of "The Makeup Bullet™ - HiDef Cosmetic Finger Sponge," the most innovative design this decade in a makeup sponge applicator and blender. "The Makeup Bullet" has been featured on The Today Show and a host of beauty magazines. Eva Jane was a makeup artist for Fox 5 GoodDay Atlanta for seven years and NBC 11Alive's makeup artist for five years. Her anointed hands have touched many celebrity faces including President Jimmy Carter, Usher, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jennifer Holliday, Charles S. Dutton, Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx and Randy Jackson and served as the personal makeup artist to Creflo and Taffi Dollar and Judge Hatchett for several years. Eva Jane is also an award-winning filmmaker with two first-place documentary film projects to her credit and continues media production as a creative passion through her production company Eva-Lution Studios, LLC.

Yuki Northington

Owner/Buyer of Social Chair Art & Interiors

Yuki Northington holds degrees in Fine Art from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Interior Design, University of Northern Iowa. After moving to Bay St Louis, she established her Interior Design firm, Yuki Northington-Art & Interiors in 2003, opened her retail store, Social Chair in 2006 and was a finalist on HGTV Design Star in 2012. She has art installations all across the country and considers having two of her works installed on the Bay St. Louis Bridge, one of her greatest honors.

Che Brown

The Happy Entrepreneur

Che Brown, the Founder of The Happy Entrepreneur Project is a globally renowned giant in the sales world. He has cracked the once elusive code of entrepreneurial success with a game-changing model that unlocks unlimited financial potential, power and wealth. In just six short years, he has dominated the sales space, coaching thousands of rising business leaders to achieve exponential growth and success in their industries, to the tune of over $400 million and counting. His acclaimed 7-Figure Sales Team concept has forever erased the outdated notion that generating revenue in business is a sole-source game – instead illustrating it is indeed a team sport. He has discovered and developed the world famous 7 Signature Selling Styles where he teaches how to identify your unique selling style. Stop trying to sell like our coach, or sound like your mentor, or sell like a lady or sell like a man -- finally learn how to sell like yourself where you can be authentic, be transparent and be yourself. #ScriptsAreForActors and you are not an actor! Che lives, breathes and sleeps his craft. He has his fingers on the pulse of profit generation and an instinctual insight into why the heart of a failing business has stopped. Most importantly, he can resuscitate the flow of revenue in any company with just a whiteboard and a conversation.

Nicole S. Mason, Esquire

Author, Attorney, Speaker & Coach

Armed with a law degree and an entrepreneurial legacy, Nicole was destined to become a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of her own company. Having grown up immersed in her grandmother’s dry cleaning business, Nicole learned first hand what it takes to be successful as a business owner. Nicole achieved her law degree and successfully operated her own law practice for seven years. In addition to completing her law degree, she also holds a Master’s of Law with a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, a Divinity Degree and a Leadership Coaching Certificate. Moreover, in addition to her business acumen, she is an author, a contributing author in several projects and a dynamic speaker.

Karol Brandt

Executive Casino Host at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Karol Brandt took a leap of faith over 2 years ago and never looked back. She moved to Biloxi Beach from New Orleans over 2 years ago, to pursue her career in Gaming as an Executive Casino Host at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort and quickly fell in love with the Beach, the Community, her new role and her customers. You can find her at Scarlet Pearl Casino always with a very positive attitude, ready to welcome customers with her Southern Charm, a big smile and a hug. She is very passionate about her pursuit to live YOUR healthiest, happiest life, both personally and professionally, and promotes finding that Balance and will share her story with anyone who she can inspire. “The Struggle Is Real: My Transformational Weight Loss Journey On Winning The Mental Battle Of Weight Loss, Finding Your Why And Becoming The Best, Healthiest, Happiest Version Of You”, was written by Karol Brandt and Robby D’Angelo, a D’Iberville native in 2016 and was an Amazon Best Seller in several Self Esteem and inspirational categories. Karol Brandt grew up in New Orleans where she said “people live to eat and celebrate with food.” She said she is an average, everyday American that struggled with weight gain and loss for most of her adult life until she had a paradigm shift and decided she needed to change. Her story will encourage you to face your personal and professional struggles, motivate you to create a plan to Achieve YOUR Goals including your “Tool Chest for Success”, how to prepare for your work week, carve out time for YOU, how to set goals and stay on YOUR path to REACH your goals and will surely inspire you to become the healthiest, happiest version of yourself and to never give up on you!

Trevor Otts

The Billion Dollar Brand Man

Every few decades, a legendary leader comes along and completely disrupts everything we thought we knew about business. And, just like that, our lives are forever changed. Napoleon Hill. Zig Zigler. Steve Jobs. He’s been called the Billion Dollar Brand Man, the Profit Pioneer and an Automation Apostle. He prefers Marketing God. You can take your pick. As brazen as he is brilliant, Trevor is the automation and marketing mastermind behind some of the most remarkable sales, business and thought leaders in the world. With a revolutionary formula of cutting-edge technology, sales methodology and global reach, he has devised campaigns that have generated multiple millions of dollars for his clients. His 2015 roster already reads like the SUCCESS 25 or Forbes’ Top 100—and the year is still young. If you give him a whiteboard and a pen, Trevor will erect an empire, map you from message to movement and catapult you into your expansive ocean of opportunity—one overflowing with revenue, impact and power. You don’t come to Trevor for your business plan—you come for your legacy. You don’t come for your right-now-money—you come for your billions. To do what Trevor does, in the way that he does it, takes more than know-how. It takes grit and guts. It takes a willingness to be forged in the fire. It takes the heart to be first. So what else is left for this man to do, you ask? Just watch.

Christy Pickering

Owner/CPA at Christy Pickering, CPA

At the age of 30, Christy Pickering opened her own CPA practice and has successfully run that business for the last 27 years. Ms. Pickering has substantial financial and accounting expertise due to her experience as a licensed Certified Public Accountant for the past 29 years. Ms. Pickering serves as Director on the Hancock Holding Company board and Mississippi Power Company. In 2008, Governor Haley Barbour appointed her to the state college board (formally referred to as the Institutions of Higher Learning) to serve as a Trustee for a ten-year term. Ms. Pickering has received numerous awards for her service to the community.

Lashaundra McCarty

Speaker and Leadership Trainer

Seven cities and six countries pepper LaShaundra’s adult memories as she sought to live life fearlessly. Best described as a “Citizen of the World” whether home or abroad, she aims to positively impact the lives of those she encounters. In response to fruitless job-hunting during the height of the recession, LaShaundra stopped asking for a job and created her own through 3C: Creative Communications she entered the world of speaking, training and coaching.

Dorothy Wilson

Brand strategist, Small business coach, and Speaker

Dorothy Patrick Wilson, a brand strategist, coach, speaker and author, is publisher and editor of Gulf Coast Woman magazine. She was named Women Business Champion of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2016 by the Small Business Administration. She is co-founder of the Success Women’s Conference. She has received a number of top awards, including the Pat Santucci Spirit of the Coast trophy and One Coast Community Leader award. In her speaking engagements, she empowers you to step off your place of comfort to step into the real you. She compels you to step into a place where fear doesn't hold you. She challenges you to step beyond a biweekly paycheck into a fulfillment that fuels your soul and uncaps your bank account.

Kearn Cherry

VP of Operations/Co-Owner, PRN Home Care

Kearn Cherry is VP of Operations/Co-Owner of PRN Home Care. Raised in Biloxi. Mrs. Cherry started her career in Biloxi, MS. While working at Keesler Air Force Base Hospital, she completed her first degree. After living aboard in Germany, and moving to Sierra Vista, AZ, Mrs. Cherry started her first business and completed her second degree in Occupational Therapy. After working a few years in Occupational Therapy, PRN Staffing and PRN Home Care was created. As a business owner, Mrs. Cherry believes that you must be a community leader. I have been involved with several Chamber of Commerce on the Gulf Coast. Mrs. Cherry has served on many boards and committees such as Heart Association, Lighthouse BPW, Mental Health Association, Gulf Coast Symphony and more. Mrs. Cherry has also created several organizations such as the Success Women's Conference, Blessed Gyrls Rock!, R.I.P.E. Conference, Senior Prom, and many more. She is now bringing her TV show, "Unwrinkled Heart Caregivers' Journeys" to homes on the MS Gulf Coast. Mrs. Cherry believes that you need to be an active part of your community while running her your business.

Tiffany Bell

Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center

Tiffany Bell is the Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center. Tiffany serves on the Board of Directors of the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber and Lighthouse Business Professional Women. She also serves as Co-Director of the Sucess Women's Conference and as a member of the Orange Groove Kiwanis Club.

Kathy Rogers

Owner/VP of Marston Rogers Group

Kathy Rogers is owner and VP of Marston Rogers Group, a financial services and life insurance business. Having been a successful small business entrepreneur for 40 years her work experience is a versatile mix of knowledge and expertise in varying fields. Her passion is to help individuals and businesses design and implement retirement plans and business exit strategies thereby decreasing financial anxiety surrounding retirement. She is co-founder and Board of Directors President of Adopt A Grandparent Day whose mission is to organize visits to seniors in nursing homes. She serves the Women’s Resource Center as Board of Directors President, is a volunteer at Northwood Church, mother of 3 and grandmother of 5.

Kimberly Taylor

Custom Jewelry Designer

After 20 years of serving as an educator in the classroom and as a Youth Development Program Leader for The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Kimberly sought out to pursue her next assignment. She is now the Owner and Designer of ALiSFE’(A Little Something for Everyone) Custom Jewelry. Kimberly and her 10-year-old daughter are co-designers of wearable art pieces empowering young ladies and women to simply DARE. Kimberly has also expanded the ALiSFE’ brand to ALiSFE’ Consult offering adult and youth development programs, talks and hands-on sessions. Kimberly is married to Edrick and has one daughter, Zoie. Originally from Jackson, MS, she and her family now reside in Hiram, GA outside of Atlanta.

Natalie Guess

Director at Magnolia Business Alliance

Natalie skills include interactive marketing, customer development and territory management. Natalie stays involved in her community by sitting on the Board as President for CASA of Hancock County and the Hancock County Tourism Bureau. Guess is currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition becoming a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

Angelyn Treutel Zeringue

President of SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast

Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, CPA, PWCAM, is a Trusted Choice independent insurance agent and President of SouthGroup Insurance Services - Gulf Coast and AST Solutions, Inc. Treutel-Zeringue is a prolific public speaker on technology, insurance and business issues. She has been honored as One-Coast Top Community Leader, Person of Passion for Hancock County, Hancock County Citizen of the Year, National Top Women in Insurance, and America’s Elite Women in Insurance. Treutel-Zeringue tirelessly serves her community through Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, American Heart Association, United Way, Leadership Programs and Women Leadership groups.

Crystal Scretching

Speaker, Author, and Live Video Host

Crystal Scretching is an inspirational speaker, Amazon best-selling author, on-air talent at Beyond Expectations Productions and the digital content editor at Gulf Coast Woman Magazine. It is her passion to inspire others to love and accept themselves so they can live their best life possible. Whether speaking, designing a page layout or interviewing an interesting guest, Crystal aims to uncover the greatness that lives in each of us.

Kendra James

Virtual CFO & Business Manager

Kendra James-Anderson is a Virtual CFO & Business Manager that helps business owners in all aspects of their finances & accounting. After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Finance, Kendra climbed the corporate ladder for 10+ years working for companies like GE running Boardroom meetings that were profit & process driven.  It was during that time that Kendra also discovered her passion for supporting women entrepreneurs and that is when she created The Finance Femme and her signature service The Boardroom Experience. Kendra ditched her six figure corporate salary and built her brand & business to serve as a full time money manager for busy businesswomen.  With a growing and active tribe of 20,000+ on social media, many entrepreneurs follow to learn what it really takes to go from struggling entrepreneur to profitable business owner. Additionally, Kendra offer private coaching to other women in the finance & accounting industry to help them build their business & brand.

Elyse Haines

Marketing Manager

For most, asking people for money is terrifying. For Elyse Haines, raising money for worthy causes is a passion she’s been chasing since college. Most recently, Elyse’s expertise landed her a position with TrueSense Marketing, a direct-response agency serving only nonprofits. In addition to raising funds for 10 years, Elyse volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors at Women’s Resource Center in Gulfport.

Michelle Nichols

Owner of Almost Home Catering

Michelle Nichols, owner of Almost Home Catering, strongly believes that catering is in her genes. After all, her maternal grandmother was a caterer and her paternal grandmother owned a country grocery store that provided hot meals. As a former Investment Sales Representative, the stay-at-home mom, like many recovering from the after effects of Hurricane Katrina, found herself in a position where she needed to help supplement her families’ income. Michelle always had a love for cooking, hosting dinners, weddings and parties for friends and family. So the natural progression into a profession that allowed her to do what she loved couldn’t be passed up. The Hancock County Historical Society was her first catering job and this was the beginning of what was to grow and become a successful catering business. While she primarily focused initially on business luncheons, her repertoire has grown to include weddings and special occasions as well. A highlight of her career, she says, was being recognized by her business peers as the 2016 Hancock Chamber Kiln Business of the Year. Michelle believes that a good strategic plan, organization, support from family and friends as well as a strong faith are the perfect ingredients needed to create a successful business.

James McCrary

Principal Consultant at James P. McCrary Philanthropic Counsel, LLC

James P. McCrary is a nonprofit/philanthropic consultant operating out of Birmingham, AL and Little Rock, AR. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Services Management from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and a graduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. James has over 25 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, including eight years (three as Executive Director) with a statewide health foundation, seven years with a statewide organization providing education and technical assistant to nonprofits, and nine years of grant-making work at the largest community foundation in Alabama.

LuAnn Pappas

Chief Executive Officer, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

LuAnn Pappas is a New Jersey native, she attributes her success to her Father’s advice; be fair, be firm and by all means be disciplined. She has had a successful 30 year plus career in the Gaming Industry originating in retail sales and progressing to the appointment as the second female Casino Chief Executive Officer in the Mississippi/Gulf Coast area.  She has received numerous achievement awards and nominations in the broad areas of gaming and charities, and being a recognized proponent in the furthering of various womans’ and LGBT causes.  She continues to contribute tireless efforts in supporting a broad array of non-gaming programs in diverse areas including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanities, drug and alcohol prevention/abuses, mental health, local Chamber of Commences, tourism and Mardi Gras observances. Although women in the casino industry still have a way to go; there are no female casino operators in Tunica, or even Atlantic City. Pappas takes the approach “never give up,” she says, “never quit what you have started.”

Dr. Nicklya Harris-Ray

CEO/Founder, NHR Blueprint & Foundation

Nickie M. Harris-Ray manages more than lower extremity pathology as a medical provider. Her commitment to providing quality health services, education, and civic service stems from the desire to make a difference. She is a published author and freelance writer, who has been contributing her articles to various periodicals for over 15 years. Nickie leverages over 15+ years of experience to provide an expert’s point-of-view when it comes to medical care. Her success includes the overseeing of hundreds of patients locally, regionally, and internationally during medical mission trips to Jamaica, where she served hundreds more as an Attending Physician. She is the creator and director over the three state event Heart Beat 2 the Beat (HB2B). HB2B is a community wellness outreach program and fitness dance competition.  In addition to a regional high energy, cardio motivated dance competition, the “heart” of the  event is the informational “heart break out” sessions that address important issues like obesity and diet, cardiovascular wellbeing, drug abuse, social media etiquette, and bullying. She is also a quarterly lecturer member of the founding team for “Coffee and Conversation”, an informational event held at local sponsoring venues. The all woman quarterly event presents information regarding issues that directly affect our community, and issues in which more information dissemination is needed. Topics covered include Sickle Cell in our Community, Pregnancy, Exercise, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cholesterol. As well as being a health provider, Dr. Harris-Ray has been in education for over ten years as a college professor of Allied Health. Teaching for three colleges, she has three science degrees (bachelors of chemistry, masters of public health, doctorate of podiatric medicine) which makes her knowledge and expertise vast. She is a published scientific author, and a member of several civic, community, and masonic organizations. She is the founder and CEO of the non profit for women and girls, NHR Blueprint Foundation.

Sabrina Stallworth

Owner/Artisan at All Bottled Up By Bre

Sabrina Stallworth born June 15, 1963 in Biloxi, MS also, calls Atlanta, GA, home after living there for more than 35 years, she also lived in Savannah, GA and Oahu, HI. Her living in some of Americans beautiful cities has culminated her creativity. A self-taught artisan, her medium is created from repurposing with bottles. Sabrina’s, original works where merely decorating bottles, with beads, and wire, and then a transformation was birth, and her manipulation of bottles took on a figurative artistic form-many have mistaken her works being created from clay. Each piece of her art creations are masterfully embellished with her hand created accessories which conjured up her designing custom one of a kind accessories; semi-precious stones, and exotic woods creating a more artistic flair. Her works have been exhibited with The National Arts Program at Fulton County, and several art festivals in Georgia. Currently she has been accepted to sell her accessories at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art gift shop and other locations.

Dr. Olivia B. Hightower

Olivia B. Hightower, MD, was raised in Gulfport, MS, and graduated from Gulfport High School. Dr. Hightower is also a proud graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College and University of Mississippi Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in medical oncology with the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Dr. Hightower has been a board certified medical oncologist with Memorial Hospital in Gulfport since 2013. She and her husband, John, have two beautiful girls, Addison and Ava, and currently reside on their cattle farm in Wiggins. Dr. Hightower feels very blessed to pursue a career in the community that she loves, especially caring for her patients.

Leslie Henderson

Co-Founder/General Manager of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Leslie Henderson is Co-Founder and General Manager of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Mississippi’s oldest packaging brewery. She also serves on the Brewers Association Board of Directors. Leslie graduated from Mississippi State University in 2000 with a MS Degree in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on bio-remediation of hazardous waste. For the next 5 years she worked for a start-up company focused on commercialization of novel high-performance polymers. Leslie’s roll included process and plant design, set-up of the R&D lab, and leading the QA team. On weekends, Leslie devoted her engineering skills to the art of home-brewing beer. This hobby would eventually lead to the formation of Mississippi’s first packaging brewery. Leslie, with her husband Mark, co-founded Lazy Magnolia in 2004. Lazy Magnolia beers are now distributed in 20 states and three foreign countries. Lazy Magnolia is a founding member of the Mississippi Brewers Guild.

Heather Sanders

Community Development Loan Officer at BancorpSouth

Heather Sanders received a B.A. in Science from Alcorn State University. She is a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast. Heather is dedicated to assisting her community gain financial freedom. She is certified in Financial Capability Training, Homeownership Counseling, Pre- and Post-Purchase Homeownership Training, and Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling through NeighborWorks America since 2010. Heather has been a licensed Community Development Lender with BancorpSouth since March of 2016.

Angela Juzang

Director of Marketing and Business Development, Garden Park Medical Center

An accomplished creative, self-driven change agent with successes in advertising sales, marketing, public relations, community action and business development. Professionally recognized by colleagues and the business community as having an impeccable work ethic. Angela has a reputation for exceptional customer service. She is energetic, passionate, detail oriented and highly motivated.

Dr. Karen M. Crews

Dentist at Beach View Family Dental Clinic

Dr. Karen Crews is a general dentist at Beach View Family Dental Clinic. She is a former director of the Division of Oral Oncology and Bio-behavioral Medicine in the department of otolaryngology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to her appointment in the School of Medicine she served on the faculty and as assistant dean in the UMMC School of Dentistry (20 years). Dr. Crews held numerous leadership roles in the School of Dentistry and continues to have an appointment as Professor Emeritus in the department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology. Recognized for excellence in teaching, she received the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry Clinical Faculty Award, the American College of Dentist Faculty Award, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Stephen H. Leeper Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was a recipient of the Gold Excellence in Research Award and has authored over 100 publications, abstracts and book chapters. In addition, she developed and director of the ACT Tobacco Treatment Education and Research Center (1999 – 2014), which was awarded over twenty-five million dollars in NIH, State and industry grants and contracts. Currently, Dr. Crews is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentist, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon nation dental honorary, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is an active member of the Mississippi Dental Association where she serves as President of the District V Dental Society of Gulfport. Dr. Crews is a member of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red and participates in numerous volunteer and civic organizations. Dr. Crews is married to Bill Crews who is in business development with Sysco Jackson. They have two sons, Leigh Alexander (Alex) who is in real estate and property management in Jackson and William Spence (Will) who is a first-year medical resident and recently married to Elizabeth Lee Cossich a dentist in Jackson.

Lauren Sinclair

Lead Designer/Creative Director at LaureNicole Designs

Lauren Nicole Sinclair is a native of Jackson, MS. She is married to Tarrence Sinclair of Rankin County, and a proud mother of two Tarrence II and Emily Marie. Lauren matriculated through Tougaloo College, majoring in Written, Radio, and Television Broadcast. Lauren Nicole is quite the Entrepreneur and Designer. She has established her own business as an Image Consultant, Wardrobe designer, and a fashion expert. In November of 2008, she launch her first self titled clothing line. Lauren specializes in bridal, maternity, special occasion, & simply making women feel beautiful! Along with her passion for fashion, Mrs. Sinclair enjoys mentoring young women regarding image, confidence, beauty, and self-love. Lauren feels obligated to assist young women of today to be successful and contributing citizens in society. Mrs. Sinclair is also an award winning Emmy Journalist. Lauren worked as a Producer/Reporter at 16 WAPT News in Jackson, MS for more than 8 years. At WAPT she has had the opportunity to interview top politicians, celebrities, but most importantly to her, people in the community. The mantra of Lauren Nicole Sinclair is "EveryWalkway is a Runway," and she encourages all women to embrace and believe in such a notion.

Candace Morgan

Managing Partner, Business Sales at Verizon Wireless

Candace Morgan serves as Managing Partner for Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless carrier. In this role, Morgan leads the team responsible for driving customer growth, revenue, profitability and customer experience to medium and large size companies in Tennessee and Mississippi. A 15-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Morgan has held roles of increasing responsibility in the operations, retail and business sales channels. Her performance has earned her accolades such as Verizon’s Winner’s Circle and the prestigious President’s Cabinet, ranking her amongst the top one percent in the sales organization. Driven by results, Morgan takes pride in creating a strong culture with excellent team dynamics that allows team members to exceed their objectives and reach their potential. Morgan is very active in her community. She currently serves on the board of directors for the City of Germantown. She has received the Tri-State Defender 50 Women of Excellence award and has been recognized by the City of Memphis for Outstanding Contribution to the community. Morgan resides in her hometown of Memphis. She enjoys spending time with her larger than life family - her husband Sean and their five children, the youngest being a set of triplets. Morgan considers herself busy for sure, but she loves every minute.

Cynthia Minton Walker

Consultant

Cynthia Minton-Walker moved to the coast, after retiring as a school principal in SC, in 2008 to accept the executive director position at Lynn Meadows. She married the late Fred Walker one year later. Following the GCBC Master's Program in 2011, Ms. Walker founded South MS PreK4Ward to provide free preschool for selected Coast 4-year-olds. In 2015, she became the CEO of United Way of South MS. She served on the boards of the GC Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Center for Non-violence, the United Way of South MS, and Seashore Highlands Center. Ms. Walker began consulting work in 2018 with the Coast Bike/Ped Committee, the Medical University in Jackson and the Grade-level Reading Network. She is a graduate of Clemson University, the Center for Creative Leadership; the GCBC's Masters Class; and Leadership MS. She was named SC Principal of the Year, MS 2014 G.I.V.E. recipient, and the 2016 Lee Kerley Dedication to Youth recipient. Ms. Walker received a commendation from the SC House of Representatives for her dedication to the children of SC in 2005.

Dr. Angela Wingfield

the Dermatology Clinic, PLLC

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana Dr. Angela Wingfield’s first introduction to Mississippi consisted of summer vacations to Bay St. Louis as a child. Later she explored central Mississippi during her undergraduate days at Millsaps College in Jackson. At Millsaps she graduated magna cum laude with honors earning a B.S. degree in biology and a B.A. degree in English. Dr. Wingfield completed her medical school and dermatology residency training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she had the privilege of training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Dr. Wingfield was awarded board certification in dermatology in 2003, and she was re-certified in 2013. As a medical student, Dr. Wingfield spent 10 weeks in the jungles of Indonesia conducting a research study on the treatment of a rare tropical fungal skin infection called Tinea Imbricata. This work was published in the well-respected British Journal of Dermatology. Her spirit for adventure and diverse patient experiences prepared Dr. Wingfield for her next challenge. In September 2003 Dr. Wingfield established the Dermatology Clinic, PLLC in Gulfport. Dr. Wingfield’s practice grew by word of mouth. Patients who received good, honest, compassionate medical care referred their friends and family. Dr. Wingfield directs a health care team which includes three certified Physician Assistants, a Licensed Practical Nurse, and two licensed aestheticians. Dr. Wingfield has always enjoyed the variety of patients and diseases encountered in the field of dermatology. She also has a special interest in cosmetic dermatology where her creativity can be explored. She enjoys the “sculpting” that can be done with wrinkle fillers and botulinum toxin injections. It is rewarding to be able to use lasers to correct imperfections in a person’s appearance thereby restoring their self-confidence and sense of well-being.

Nicole Faulk

Vice President, Customer Service and Operations at Mississippi Power

Nicole Faulk serves as vice president of Customer Service and Operations, and is responsible for operating and maintaining a reliable electric system that serves 188,000 customers across 23 counties in southeast Mississippi. She oversees Power Delivery, including Transmission, Distribution and Engineering, as well as Marketing and Sales, Customer Service and the Customer Call Center. The company’s Northern and Coastal divisions also are under her purview. Faulk has extensive experience in the operations, design and implementation of nuclear facilities in Southern Company’s fleet and served as assistant to Georgia Power's executive vice president of nuclear development and Southern Nuclear's president of nuclear development.

Tish Williams

Executive Director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce

As Executive Director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce for the past 16 years, Tish Williams has demonstrated her ability to represent the County at the local, state and national level to investment prospects, the media and governmental officials. She is a problem solver who builds consensus with stakeholders to achieve the desired results. Over the past 16 years, using her superior communications skills, she simultaneously managed four non-profits as executive director with combined budgets of $3 million and a staff of 12. In the past five years alone, she has also secured more than $6.5 million in grants to facilitate community and economic development projects for the area to create jobs and improve quality of life.

Christy Bjork Elias

Co-Founder/Owner of Gulf Coast Moms Blog

Christy is Co-Founder and Owner of Gulf Coast Moms Blog. She was born in Costa Rica and moved to the United States when she was 6 years old. She vividly remembers flying into New Orleans and knew, in the moments to come, her life would change forever. She grew up in Moss Point and moved to Hattiesburg to attend college at Southern Miss (To The Top!), where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She met her love, Matthew, and they have enjoyed married life for 11 years. They live in Gulfport with their miracle son, John Salem. Prior to founding Gulf Coast Moms Blog, she had a successful career in higher education administration, where she developed and spear-headed campus-wide student initiatives and events. Christy is now spending her days as a stay-at-home mom and serves her community through several non-profit organizations. She enjoys making Costa Rican tamales, a fresh margarita from El Aguila, annual sister spa day, collecting random owl things (Hootie Hoo to my Chi Omega sisters), words of wisdom from Irish priests and quiet time on the beach. She is passionate about connecting women and creating a supportive, nurturing community to empower moms.

Dana Wittmann

Owner at Dana Wittmann Designs

Dana Wittmann has lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast all of her life. Growing up in Long Beach, Mississippi, Dana’s mom, Helen, taught her how to express her creativity and have fun in all types of art. Dana is a mom of two beautiful girls and has been married to her husband and best friend for 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. In August 2005, after Hurricane Katrina hit the coast, Dana decided to slow down and enjoy life a little more by painting playful, coastal sea life inspired by the lines of the Gulf Coast. A friend talked her into putting her art in a large show and people loved it. Dana got to a point that she could not keep up with the demand...so she team with Caffco and decided to start Dana Wittmann Designs. Her work was sold all over the country and in the Virgin Islands. Her work was also sold in art shows on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. She has stopped mass producing at this time. Dana’s whimsical art reflects the culture of the South, including shrimp, crab, gators, sea shells, different varieties of colorful fish. Plus she mixes in a little of New Orleans with her pepper designs, gumbo mixes, dragon flies and more. “I am a coast girl, as a little girl I grew up on the water. She love beaches and the bayou’s. They are God’s expression of beauty. She love fun art, things that bring joy and color into people’s homes.” Each piece is very colorful, fun and marked by a cross, Dana’s symbol for thanks to God for the talent He has given her. Along with a team of others, Dana runs a non-profit ministry. “We all work together to help those that are hurting, it is what we are meant to do, share God’s love.” “My hope is that these pieces will bless people’s homes like they have mine and my family and friends. Home is where the heart is."

Becky Montgomery Jenner

Workforce Development & Education Manager at Mississippi Power Company

Becky holds a Degree in Special Education and Master’s Degree in Adult Education. She has worked for several companies along the Gulf Coast to include, Executive Directory of USM Small Business Development Center, CEO of United Way of South Mississippi. Becky served 28 yrs. in the MS Army National Guard until April 2005; Retired as Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Tamara Walker Harper

Garden Park Medical Center

Dr. Tamara Walker Harper, a native of Moss Point, MS, is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A 1994 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a BS degree in Chemistry, Dr. Harper pursued her medical degree at the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine, graduating in 1998. She further completed her Residency in Pediatrics at USA College of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Harper not only chose Pediatrics because the specialty exemplifies her passion for servant leadership, but moreover, simply stated, because children are fun!

Vicki Applewhite

Owner of Core Strategies, powered by Sales Xceleration

Vicki Rosetti-Applewhite, owner of Core Strategies, powered by Sales Xceleration, is a senior sales and marketing executive with a proven track record of optimizing top-line results in a variety of industries. She has 20+ year career of creating, re-inventing, and leading successful sales organizations with revenue ranging from $100,000 to $75 million. Vicki is also Vice President of Applewhite Industries, a collection of businesses: Applewhite Landfill, Applewhite Properties, The Cottages of Rosetti Park, Salvation Reclaimed Wood, and Vicki Applewhite Consulting. Before returning to Ocean Springs, Vicki spent three years as VP Sales / Marketing at Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Alabama; two years as VP Sales / Marketing for the Press-Register in Mobile, Alabama, and 18 years at the Sun Herald, 8 of which were as VP Sales and Marketing, Vicki is an active volunteer. She has served as Board President of the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi, Board President of the Innovation Center, the HCDC business incubator, and member of the Ocean Springs Economic Development Council. She is an active board member of the Jackson County Chamber, the Friends of the Mary C., the Bacot McCarty Foundation , and is currently vice president of the board of trustees of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. She is also a current appointee of the Mississippi Arts Commission. Vicki is a 2007 graduate of USM and was the 2006 Munro Petroleum Business Student of the Year. Vicki is a dedicated yoga practitioner; and she and husband Roger enjoy traveling and collecting art. They reside, and operate businesses, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Nadine Hancock

Owner/Fashion designer at Dorcascouture

Creating uniquely fashionable designs for the fashion forward individuals. Dorcascouture remains one of the leading trends of formal and everyday wear along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Embodying her mom Dorcas Gentles’s passion for fashion, Nadine Hancock started a hobby that flourished into a business. Her business began blossoming in January 2015 when she had her 1st professional order, since then Dorcascouture have rocked the coast with everyday wear and formal attire for everyone. “Garment created with you in mind” is her tagline and she does just that, delivering affordable prices and exceptional quality. Let Dorcascouture designs create your show stopping piece for your next big event.

Dr. April Ulmer

Owner at Kids and Tummies, LLC

Dr. April Ulmer aka “The Tummy Dr.”, is a Board Certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist who presently practices on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Dr. Ulmer is a native Mississippian who received her medical training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and her post-graduate training at prestigious medical centers along the East Coast in cities including Washington, DC; Danville, Pennsylvania; and Buffalo, New York before ultimately returning to Mississippi to practice.

Kate Dennis Spear

VP of Sales & Development at Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc.

Kate Dennis Spear is a Coast native and third-generation commercial contractor. She serves on the Board of St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy and previously chaired Coast Young Professionals. Kate is a graduate of Wake Forest University and The University of Mississippi School of Law, as well as Leadership Gulf Coast, Leadership Mississippi, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She has been recognized as a One Coast Top 10 Business Leader Under 40. In addition to her role with Specialty Contractors, Kate is a Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty where she and her husband, Chris, comprise The Coast Couple team. They reside in Gulfport and are proud parents of two-year-old Louisa. Kate is grateful for the importance of community instilled by her parents and for the opportunity to call the Coast home.

Tristan Odom

Loan Officer at BancorpSouth

Tristan Odom is a New Orleans native currently residing in Gulfport, MS. She is a Jackson State University Alum and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She is a Branch Manager/Lender for BancorpSouth and serves on the Advisory Council for Feeding the Gulf Coast.

LeAnna Saucier

Director of Resource Development at United Way of South Mississippi

LeAnna Saucier a graduate of the University of Southern MS. She is the Director of Resource Development at United Way of South Mississippi where she has been in that position for 3 years. She also worked for several years in media advertising sales. LeAnna is a member of Empowerment Ministries Christian Center and has taught Sunday school there for over 7 years and has served in several other volunteer roles at her church. She has served on numerous committees and community projects including the Saving Our Sisters Summit, Blessed Gyrls Rock, Baptist Training Union Congress Pageant judge, Pink Lotus Project’s Girl Power program, high school Junior Leadership programs, and participated in several youth Career Fairs. She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast Class, a Chamber Champion for the MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, a member of Coast Young Professionals, and the Bay St Louis Rotary Club where she served on the Board as the Youth Service Chair. She is currently chair over the Rotary Club’s backpack program called “Pantry Buddies” that sends bags of food home with children in need over the weekend. LeAnna is passionate about helping youth and the betterment of her community.

Dr. Jeremy Goulet

Goulet Family Chiropractic

Dr. Goulet is a lifelong resident of the beautiful Gulf Coast. In 2005, he graduated from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa. His internship was performed in Lake Mary, FL, with a focus on chiropractic care for the entire family. After completing his internship, Dr. Goulet moved back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast; where he joined Goulet Family Chiropractic. Jeremy Goulet is a third generation chiropractor in the oldest chiropractic clinic in the state of Mississippi. Goulet Family Chiropractic has been serving the residents of the Gulf Coast since 1951. Dr. Goulet has been married to the love of his life for 17 years and they have six wonderful children. His free time is spent with his beautiful family.