Chandra Gore Consulting
Lessons From a Business Pioneer
Chandra’s entrepreneurial spirit started at an early age. Working along side her father within his many businesses as well as his colleagues; Chandra was a sponge soaking up the ins and outs of how businesses are started, ran and also sometimes fail or succeed. Using this knowledge at the age of 19 she started her own baking company which blossomed into a full service catering and event planning company.
As her friends watched many turned to her for advise on how to start and run their own businesses. Thus began her path into business consulting. Using the knowledge gained from working within Fortune 500 companies as well as the Department of Defense she is able to offer that knowledge to her clients.
Her motto is, “If you start with the right foundation nothing can stop your path to success!”
Founder, D2D Dance Company
Destiny Ragin was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She began training rigorously in Ballet, Pointe, Modern and Contemporary at The Baltimore School for the Arts and graduated in 2016. She then continued her training at Towson University studying Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, and Composition and will be graduating in 2020. She has danced principle roles such as Clara and the Arabian Queen in the Nutcracker and soloist/demi-soloist roles in La Bayadere. She has also choreographed group pieces and solo pieces for Baltimore School for the Arts and Towson University. In 2017, Destiny formed the D2D Dance Company. Her company supports the uplifting of our children, encouraging positive body images and soaring to new heights.
Founder of Stronger Than My Struggles
Melony Hill is a survivor many times over. Constantly counted out by society due to emotional instabilities and a traumatic upbringing that led her down a path meant to destroy her, she has reclaimed her life and now, seeks to help others do the same. Through Stronger Than My Struggles, she aims to heal through the written and spoken word, offering resources and services to survivors from all walks of life. While publishing six books of her own in 2017, Melony assisted 10 others in becoming published authors as well. Life coach, digital marketing specialist, speaker and advocate, Melony Hill is determined to impact the lives of survivors worldwide. 2018 has come in with a bang, Melony has been featured in a local Baltimore paper, Baltimore Beat, iconic TIME Magazine as well as featured on the local television show, Bmore Lifestyle TV. Melony is not only a college lecturer and public speaker but also hosts a series of workshops in the Baltimore area including a free therapeutic writing workshop. Taking her mission to connect others with their purpose seriously, Melony leads the Baltimore branch of the Freelancers Union, a national organization with over 300,000 members nationwide. Despite being labeled emotionally disabled, Melony has continued to thrive. She’s been known to ask, “what’s your genius” before telling you about hers and the Genius is Common movement she’s partnered with to highlight the everyday genius in us all. Melony Hill is a survivor who thrives and through her books, workshops and speeches, inspires others to do the same.
50 Ways to Leave Your Problems
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Poet Renae, also known as Shernise Richardson, started writing poetry at the early age of 8 years old. If nothing more than to release her feelings, she found that her words had an effect on those she entrusted to read them. It wasn’t until she performed her piece, “Masterpieces” for her 2006 graduating class farewell assembly, that she realized that this was her purpose. From then on she started performing her poetry at multiple venues throughout the DMV and released an EP entitled, “My Reflection.” She knows that her purpose in life is to inspire others and to help to rebuild the world through poetry. On April 25, 2015 she will be releasing her second poetry album entitled, “I.M.: Inspiring Minds.” It lyrically illustrates her poetic journey of discovering her purpose. Poet Renae hopes that by others taking this journey with her that they will be able to release pain, discover their purpose, and realize that there is hope and light in the midst of every journey
Pastor Yvette Bannister
Founder, The Way Foundation and NYLAC
Pastor Yvette Bannister graciously known as Lady Yvette is an inspirational woman of God, a native of Baltimore, MD. She is the oldest child born to Maurice F. Bannister and only child to Sandra Y. Holifield. Graduating from Baltimore Public Schools in 1996, Lady Yvette continued her education obtaining her Bachelor in Biblical Studies Theology w/minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Health Administration at Liberty University Lynchburg, VA. At the age of 14 she received the gift of the Holy Spirit at her local church, Pentecostal Church of Deliverance under the leadership of Dr. Marie E. Brice. Formally known as Evangelist Yvette Flowers, she accepted her pre-destined elevation to office as Pastor in Tampa, Florida where she faithfully served for over eight years. For over sixteen years, Pastor Yvette has dedicated her life to ministry serving in various capacities. Pastor Yvette is held accountable under the guidance of Bishop Charles A. Ross; “Kingdom Connection Fellowship International”, where she is head of KCF Prayer Ministration, and is the Campus Pastor for Judah NOW Church International (No Opportunity Wasted) in, MD. Pastor Yvette is the author of two provoking heartfelt books, “A Silent Cry, the Inner Soul of a Worshiper” and “Lord Save Me from Me before I Self-Destruct.” Passionate about helping battered leaders, Pastor Yvette developed a safe haven named; “A Silent Cry Smiling, You are not Alone” a ministry for leaders in particular Pastor wives/husbands. She is also the founder of Lady Yvette Ministries Inc. LYM provide spiritual and practical knowledge for living an undefeated Christian lifestyle. Its motto is, “transforming lives, one Word at a time!” In addition to the wisdom she imparts into the body of Christ every Thursday night at 7:30 pm EST via conference call. Pastor Yvette has dedicated her life to the call of prayer believing prayer is the heartbeat of church. Persons from around the world connect with her every Friday morning at 5:00 A.M. est. via conference call and social media. Her unwavering compassion for people along with her faithfulness to teach in the Kingdom of God WORSHIP, WORD, and PRAISE will continue yielding great results. Lady Yvette has committed herself to the parental oversight to her son Dillion M. Purnell.
Dr. Lisa Whitehead
Without Borders Global Ministries, Inc.
Dr. Lisa Whitehead is an Ordained Pastor of the Ministry, Without Borders Global Ministries, Inc. Dr. Whitehad has ministered over 20 years preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She ministers locally and internationally. Dr Whitehead has also worked a decade as an advocate against domestic violence. She is the Visionary Founder & CEO of the faith-based non-profit organization “Victims in the Sanctuary.” She is the Master Trainer for the Safe Pulpits Safe Congregations Institute. She was honored to engage faith leaders from all over the country in discussions about domestic violence and safety planning for domestic violence victims with pastors and faith leaders at the prestigious Hampton Ministers Conference. Her mission is to continue making this issue a priority in the faith community for victims in the sanctuary. Dr. Whitehead is a graduate of the North Carolina College of Theology with a Masters in Biblical Studies and a Doctorate in Theology. She is an award winning author and a Professor at Coppin State University in the College of Behavioral Social Science where teaches “Family Violence”. Dr. Whitehead served as a panelist and speaker at the United Nations parallel event “Sacred and Safe.” She is a member of the United Nations US Women and a member of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Dr. Whitehead served as the Committee Chairwoman, “To End Violence Against Women” for the United Nations Women US, National Capital Area. Dr. Whitehead is an award winning author “I Worship.” Her book was nominated as the devotion book of the year by “Purposely Created Publishing”
Dr. Eric Holmes
Author- The Power of The Seed
Poet and author of recently released book DNA (Don’t Never Assume), this powerhouse is also known as Poetless Shakespeare. SHe is multi talented in that she has performed in front of live audiences, has been recorded and hits the mark every time with her words and thoughts.
Troy A Jones
Troy Jones, CEO of 108, is a social advocate, mentor, motivational speaker, author, and a domestic violence survivor. For the last 25 years, Jones has continued his work in the human services field working his way from a teacher to a director, assisting people from different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. From his years of experience, Jones has seen how the effects of neglect and abuse have on its victims. Jones firmly believes that while we protect our women and girls we cannot just silently encourage our men and boys to stop hitting and to pull themselves up by their boot straps when they too are being abused. Jones created 108 to empower men holistically with the tools necessary to identify and maintain healthy relationships, to instill resiliency and support to overcome past abuse and trauma.