I Am - Women's Empowerment Conference Atlanta - 2015

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If you missed us last year, make sure to catch us this year! The day will be filled with phenomenal women motivating, encouraging, and supporting one another. Guest speakers will share stories that will inspire you and empower you to catapult to the next level in your life. All of this will be happening while you enjoy brunch, bottomless mimosas, and shopping with female entrepreneurs offering products just for you! Let's not forget amazing door prizes, free gift bags and raffles!

Dress code: Summer Chic

Thank you to our vendors and sponsors: SHE GADGET, Sontonia Sloan with Paparazzi, Chantel Kelly Tea Chick, Destination Skinny with It Works, Kate Rockett with The Modern Gallipot, Simone Gully with MCXX Brand, YANY Boutiques, Childress Group LLC Ruby Pittman with Pink Zebra, an.d our certified nonprofit organization DREAM It Forward Foundation

I AM - Women's Empowerment Conference (Atlanta)

Saturday, Aug. 15th, 12-3:30pm

3778 Canton Rd


To purchase tickets, visit the event page on Eventbrite.


  • 12pm - 1pm: Shopping, mix-and-mingle, brunch, mimosas
  • 1pm - 2:30pm: Speakers, mimosas
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm: Networking, shopping, mimosas

With Special Guests

Yaminah Childress, JD - Host

Ms. Childress is the creator of the I AM - Women's Empowerment Conferences. She has made it her life's mission to empower and support women and youth around the world. She has obtained three degrees, A.A in Education, B.S in Business Administration, and J.D in Law.

Ms. Childress considers herself a Social Entrepreneur owning and operating three businesses that support other businesses and the public at large. Ms. Childress is the Managing Member of Childress Group LLC, a small business management, mediation, finance, and legal support firm. She is the CEO of YANY Cosmetics an online boutique where entrepreneurs and consumers can buy and sell all things natural and handmade. Ms. Childress is also the founder and President of the DREAM It Forward Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting youth, teens, and single-mothers through mentoring, education, and art.

In her spare time, Ms. Childress loves to paint, draw, create and does Pilates regularly. Ms. Childress has three daughters SC3.

Lori Wilcox, M.Ed

Lori Wilcox the first and youngest elected City Clerk/Collector for the City of Chicago Heights, IL. She possesses a strong background in community outreach and fund development. She chairs three boards (Rotary Club of Chicago Heights, Chicago Heights Public Library and Ghanaian Chair for the Festival of Sister Cities) and has yielded and sustained millions of dollars through endowment efforts. As a community engager of organizations, she has coordinated multiple programs through various partnerships to engage residents.

Ms. Wilcox is one of a small number of African American females working with young males, and is the Founder and President of Honey's Ministries. During the summer of 2012 and 2013 she mentored over 68 youth through collaboration with UCAN’s Youth Employment Program. She actively partners with the local elementary and high schools for her annual City Sticker Design contest, MLK Essay contest, ISAT Test Prep Kits (provided to over 1500 students in district 170) and is an advocate for community outreach, collaborations, schools and libraries. She created and hosted an annual Clerk’s Association Spring into Action Education Summit 2012, 2013 and 2014 for over 50+ local municipal clerks and staff. A 12 year combat veteran of the USAR, she is actively involved in the VFW. Finally, Lori is pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership.

Nikki Blakely-Simmons - Speaker: You are the Trademark

NIKKI BLAKELY-SIMMONS is an author, speaker, coach and trainer. She is a Purpose & Success Expert and also known as the Chief Success Mixologist and ExerMony™ Coach. Nikki is a passionate and charismatic motivator and inspirator who believes in delighting yourself in the transparency of your being to enhance your quality of life. Through her many workshops, seminars, and retreats; Nikki has dedicated her life to positively transforming the lives of others. Her mantra is "Give a Gift, Save, Change and Transform a Life."

She is the founder of the Mixologist Institute of Success™ which is a training company specializing in developing the prowess in the following core areas of life, which include: Spiritual Awareness, Self-Awareness, Health/Wellness Awareness, Family Awareness, Financial/Business Awareness and Networking/Relational Awareness. These core areas are the foundation of Nikki's training and coaching platforms which she focuses on to help others master the art of creating an overall successful lifestyle.

With over 14 years of experience in corporate speaking, training, coaching, program development, meeting planning and event production – Nikki has the expertise, knowledge, wisdom and skill set to successfully guide individuals into taking a calculated risk to call forth the life that they desire and deserve, both personally and professionally.

Nikki is an 11-year active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is married to her best friend. Together they have four adult children in college – two seniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Nikki shares that no matter what your circumstances are, it is never too late to mix up something great in your life by discovering your purpose, walking into your success and living life abundantly.

Dr. Bertina Banks - Speaker: From Possession to Instrumentality

Dr. Bertina Banks is a dynamic speaker, educational consultant, minister and author. A native of New Orleans, LA and current resident of Atlanta, GA, she is enthusiastic about education and helping people reach their potential. Dr. Banks has the ability to speak to the heart of your situation while providing you with God-given wisdom for being successful. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and PhD from Purdue University. Dr. Banks currently serves as the first lady of Anointed Victory Church, under the leadership of Pastor Hurshay T. Banks in Atlanta, Georgia.

Deborah Anglin - Speaker: Starve The Negative, Feed The Positive

Deborah Anglin is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc. Hearts was established over twenty years ago and Deborah has over thirty years’ experience working in prevention with high risk youth. She got her start as owner and instructor of a school for the martial arts. As a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, Deborah was able to teach her young students the art, as well as incorporating the vital life skills important to future success. That initial idea is the foundation that Hearts to Nourish Hope stands upon today.

Deborah is very active in the community, sitting on various advisory boards such as the Atlanta Regional Youth Advisory Council, Martha K. Glaze Regional Youth Detention Advisory Committee, Clayton County Juvenile Court Judicial Review Panel and the Governance Committee for the System of Care. Deborah stands firm in the belief of meeting youth “where they are” and helping to fill in the missing pieces that will enable them to be productive. She understands that collaboration with others is key to achieving this goal and does so at every opportunity. Deborah works tirelessly and is passionate about her mission in life. She feels that if she has helped one youth receive a better outlook and the understanding that there is a world beyond their backyard, then she has succeeded in what she has set out to do. Deborah is married to Mark Anglin and has two adult children, Nicholas and Connor

Aysha Labon - Speaker: Stop Being Afraid to Love

My name is Aysha LaBon and I am a dynamic young thing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I come from an amazing, God-fearing family that taught me the importance of faith and resilience at an early age. My humble beginnings help me appreciate the finer things and the simple things life has to offer. They are all blessings! At the age of 20, my life changed indefinitely; I became a mother. For the last 7 years, I have been raising my son Jaelyd with the same concepts on which I was raised- a strong foundation of faith and resilience. Even more noteworthy, I am a single mom. I have learned if I can be successful in raising a child on my own, I can do anything on my own- as long as that faith is ever present! I feel successful and blessed, I am making it happen!

In 2012, when my son was the age of 4 (while working 2 jobs and completing an internship)- I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, shortly before moving to Atlanta. I vividly remember working at least one of my two jobs every day, completing school projects at 2 am, and feeding my son Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches thinking- “life won’t be like this always”. That ever, present faith sustained me; until faith became fact! Now, I encourage others to do it too- Make It Happen. Last summer, I launched my very own YouTube channel designed primarily to encourage others to stop hoping it happens, or wishing it happens, but instead START MAKING IT HAPPEN. Today, I work Monday-Friday, I complete all my work projects by 5:30 pm to spend valuable time with my son, but more importantly I am able to feed my son much more than peanut butter and jelly.

Andrea Holyfield, MS, NCC - Speaker:

Andrea’s passion is helping others live passion-filled lives. Her focus is helping adults excel in their professional capacity whether that be in corporate America, higher-education or as entrepreneurs.

As the Lead therapist and Owner of Live Well Coaching and Professional Development Services, a specialty career and life coaching practice, Andrea assist individuals throughout the United States. Utilizing convenient methods such as Skype, email, and phone, Andrea offers accountability, encouragement and direction.

Since graduating with a master’s degree in professional counseling from Georgia State University, Andrea has went on to launch two businesses and a career development center. She currently sits on the board of the Georgia Career Development Association as a second term president and assists Lee Hect Harrison, a talent mobility solutions firm, with career transition and change management.

If your goal is to excel, there are no additional options. Call Coach Drea today to get started.

Michele Stockham - Speaker: Be Afraid, But Do It Anyway!

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