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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.