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Empowerment Panel

Join us at the Empowerment Panel

Over the past year, we’ve witnessed women around the globe raise their voices and take a stand for improvement in every aspect of their personal and professional lives. Because we care about health and wellness from head to toe—inside and out—we’d love nothing more than to see this phenomenon continue. At World Natural Hair Heathy Lifestyle Event, we’re doing our part to keep it going with the Empowerment Panel presented by Taliah Waajid on Saturday, April 27th at 3:00pm. Designed with a core mission of encouragement and inspiration for every woman regardless of lifestyle or vocation, this life-changing mini women’s conference will feature a wide range of speakers with varied histories and backgrounds. We guarantee there will be something special—truly uplifting, renewing and reenergizing—for each and every lady who visits our total health and wellness event. Get your tickets today.

HOSTED BY

MAKHO NDLOVU

TV host;​ as seen on Essence NOW and BET International

Zimbabwean-born Makho Ndlovu is the host of Essence Now for Essence magazine; she captivates audiences with fresh takes on breaking celebrity news, exclusive interviews and Hollywood’s hottest stories. After migrating to the States with her family at the age of 10, Makho went on to become a New York City-based celebrity reporter whose meteoric rise began when she was discovered by a famed music producer. Over the past seven years, Makho has been the USA-based entertainment correspondent for YFM radio and has worked on several global networks including BET International.

OUR 2019 PANELISTS!

DR. NICOLE GARNER SCOTT

CEO – The Garner Circle PR

Founder – 100 Female Entrepreneurs

A self-professed “wife, boy mom, serial entrepreneur, wealth educator, plant-based foodie and magic maker,” Dr. Nicole Garner Scott is the founder of The Garner Circle PR, an award-winning public relations, lifestyle marketing and event execution agency. Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, the firm serves a roster of Fortune 500 corporations and global brands. A graduate of Georgia State and Strayer Universities, the highly regarded money coach, certified financial educator, speaker and author received an honorary doctorate from Global Oved Dei Seminary and University. Presiding over a socially-conscious digital empire with a global reach, Dr. Garner Scott has also been recognized by the White House for her excellence in entrepreneurship.

KIMBERLY HILL

Business Development Manager, Amazon​

Amazon Logistics Business Development Manager Kimberly Hill is truly passionate about the intersection of business, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. In her role, she recruits and launches entrepreneurs into the Delivery Service Partner program. She also serves on the board of Amazon’s Black Employee Network as the Non-Tech Professional Development Director where she drives inclusion and diversity—Kimberly led Amazon’s first Black History Month celebration and launched a company within Amazon, Textures & Hues. A true entrepreneur in every sense, Kimberly manages several businesses and is launching a beverage company with her sister this year. She has been featured in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list,a recipient of Amazon’s 2018 Just Do It Award from Jeff Bezos, and most recently was featured in ESSENCE Magazine’s February 2019 issue.

MELISSA BUTLER

Founder – The Lip Bar

Native Detroiter Melissa Butler is the strategic business thinker and creator behind the organic, vegan-based beauty brand the Lip Bar. Before launching the all-natural lipstick brand, the Florida A&M University graduate worked on Wall Street as a licensed stock broker. Seeing the need for chemical-free cosmetics in the marketplace, Butler began mixing lipstick products at home. With perseverance and a dedication to not taking “no” for an answer, Butler overcame rejections on the Shark Tank to have her revolutionary products be featured in Essence, Ebony and Cosmopolitan and sold nationwide in Target stores.

MARIA MORE

Radio personality; Majic 107.5​

Maria More is a 20-year radio veteran and current midday host of Atlanta’s Majic 107.5/97.5. A fitness nutrition specialist and a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, Maria is also the creator of MPowered Fitness for Women—a web-based program which has helped thousands of women worldwide reach their fitness goals. Maria earned her B.S. in Journalism from Florida A&M University and MBA in Marketing from Florida State University. A wife and mother of 4 children, Maria is passionate about family and aims to “live by example” while inspiring others along the way.

KANIKA ALSTON

Founder – Frobabies​

Veteran special needs educator Kanika Alston is a champion of educational equality for all children regardless of race, color, ethnicity or academic, physic, cognitive and social-emotional ability. While pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Hampton University, Kanika became dismayed by the cultural testing biases, disproportionately displayed numbers of young Black males placed in special education, and outstandingly low literacy rates. Equipped with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from Mercer College, the teacher and entrepreneur founded the Frobabies website and social networking with a mission to uplift, celebrate, showcase and empower children of color and to promote inclusivity.

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