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IP&L - Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas. Named ”America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine and CNN, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages.

Beyond the pulpit, Jakes is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, his worldwide impact is also felt through high profile conference series, such as MegaFest.  He is also the founder the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership.  T.D. Jakes’ reach and presence spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, including the box office hit Heaven is for Real and the # 1 New York Times bestsellers, Instinct and DESTINY. His forthcoming film, Miracles from Heaven, is due in theatres next spring. Married to Serita for more than three decades, he is the father of five and a proud grandfather.

IP&L - Mrs. Serita A. Jakes

Mrs. Serita A. Jakes

Serita A. Jakes is an author, speaker, and visionary. She serves alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes at the legendary Dallas-based church, The Potter’s House. Mrs. Jakes serves as Executive Director of Women’s & Children’s Affairs where she oversees the God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program, the Distinctively Debutante Program, and Starting Over, all under the WoMan to Woman Ministry umbrella, as well as Destiny House Children’s Ministry.  Her heart for women and children are made evident in her efforts to embrace and encourage them all through these programs.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Mrs. Jakes and her husband have five children and four grandchildren. Her passion for setting the atmosphere in her home recently led her to launch Serita Jakes Home Collection, a collection of candles and home accents designed to make your house into a home.

IP&L - Sarah Jakes Roberts

Sarah Jakes Roberts

Sarah Jakes Roberts is a take-charge business-woman, writer, and media personality who expertly balances career, ministry, and family. In April 2014, Sarah released a memoir titled, Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life. In the book, Sarah shares her story with a rarely seen transparency that causes people gravitate to her. Sarah has received many honors, including recently being celebrated as a National Overcomer by Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities in partnership with Good Morning America co-host, Robin Roberts. Sarah has also been featured in numerous media outlets including The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Essence, The Associated Press , and The 700 Club . A naturally gifted scholar, Sarah graduated high school in the top ten percent of her class and in the nation at the age of sixteen and attended Texas Christian University, where she studied Journalism. She is the daughter of Megachurch Pastor, bestselling author and film producer, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes, author, media personality and business executive. Alongside her husband, Touré Roberts, Sarah pastors The Potter’s House of Denver.

IP&L - John Gray

John Gray

John has traveled the world, sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom in his unique and uncompromising way. From South Africa to Australia, and many places in between, God has taken John around the globe to speak to youth, young adults, churches, conferences, and camps to say one thing in many ways: Jesus saves, and He loves you with an everlasting love! He was ordained an elder at Northview Christian Church in Dothan, Alabama in March of 2010.

John currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. Wherever God takes John, here and into the future, he is determined to serve with passion, humility, and power. Although he is grateful for the places God has taken him and the ministries that have opened their doors to him, John is quick to acknowledge that nothing compares to the joy of his life: His wife, Aventer, their son, John W. Gray IV, and their daughter, Theory Aspyn-Sky Gray.

IP&L - Michael Blue

Michael Blue

Bishop Michael A. Blue has been in ministry since 1980. In 1992, he and his wife became the Founding Pastors of The Door of Hope Christian Church in Marion, South Carolina. He was consecrated to the bishopric in 1997, and has presided over the Christian Covenant Fellowship of Ministries (CCFM) from 2000 until the present. Besides being the weekly speaker on the church’s various media outreaches, Bishop Blue has been a featured guest in various national television forums: The Right Side with Armstrong Williams, The Word Network’s Rejoice in the Word, and TBN’s Praise the Lord. Bishop Blue is the author of Building Credibility in Leadership: Principles for Secondary Leaders. Bishop Blue serves the Community in numerous capacities which include the South Carolina State Board of Education (2010-2013), iMPACT Marion County Committee, and Marion County Long Term Recovery Group (Hurricane Matthew). Furthermore, Bishop Blue hosts the CCFM national conference annually. His honors include a Doctorate of Divinity from Cathedral Bible College; Doctorate of Humanities from Francis Marion University; and a Governor’s Ambassador of Economic Development Award for Marion County, South Carolina.

IP&L - Rosie O'Neal

Rosie O'Neal

As a pastor and a pastor to pastors, Bishop O’neal’s episcopal ministry is best expressed by her heart: she lives to love Christ and to love and serve others. Bishop O’neal is the Senior Pastor of Koinonia Christian Center Church and partners with her husband, Toiriste O’neal, to oversee the spiritual and practical day-to-day operations of Koinonia in Greenville and Raleigh, North Carolina. From 7 to over 2500 members, Bishop O’neal’s ”keep it real” approach to ministry attracts people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She is the founder and presiding Bishop of Koinonia Fellowship of Churches and Ministries (KFCM), and provides covering for over 25 churches both stateside and internationally. Bishop O’neal is also a graduate of the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion, and a minor in Business Management and Organizational Development. She is devoted to raising her sons, Toiriste Winifred O’neal Jr., and Jonathan Anthony O’neal. Her commitment to her family and her church has caused her to receive the favor of God and gain the trust and respect of ministries all over the world. As a 2011 cancer survivor, Bishop O’neal has shown that faith and perseverance will carry believers through anything they may encounter.

IP&L - Joseph Walker III

Joseph Walker III

Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Joseph and Rosa Walker. Bishop Walker currently serves as the International Presiding Bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International. In July 2013, he was chosen to succeed International Presiding Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. in 2015. Bishop Walker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds two honorary Doctorates from Meharry Medical College and Southern University respectively. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Meharry Medical College. In October 2016 he was appointed by Governor Bill Haslem to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Tennessee State University. A prolific writer, Walker is the author of nine books including Becoming A Couple of Destiny and his latest, RESET: Make A New Start. He also has been a guest on CNN, The CBS Morning News, The Roland Martin Show and B.E.T.  He also authors a monthly op-ed in the Tennessean Newspaper entitled Reset.

IP&L - Dexter Jakes

Dexter Jakes

Thomas Dexter Jakes Jr., better known as Dexter Jakes or Dx, is a composer, music producer, and audio engineer. Dexter previously founded Bold Males & Females, a non-profit organization formed to combat stereotypes prematurely cast upon young people. He served as a voice for his generation and offered a platform for their voices to be heard by many. Being a recent college graduate, Dexter currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Production and Recording from Los Angeles College of Music, and is presently making pursuits to begin a Master's of Business program in 2019. As the youngest son of Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes, witnessing their ability to inspire outside of the confinements of the church has profoundly impacted his vision for his life. Those principles, along with others, have led him to produce for multiple genres of music and ultimately allowed him to achieve Billboard-charting success. Through his many accomplishments thus far, Dexter understands that this is just the beginning and is making conscious efforts to inspire others through his musical abilities. Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, along with his love of music, Dexter has taken on the joyous task of expanding his brand by working on a project soon to be released to the public.

IP&L - Antar Muhammad

Antar Muhammad

Antar Muhammad joined The Potter’s House Church in 1997. As a faithful member, he initially volunteered his time and talents by serving in the Safety & Hospitality Departments. His volunteer efforts were exhibited in such an excellent matter that it opened up the opportunity for him to work in full-time ministry. In 2008, he joined the ministry staff as a full-time employee, continuing his service to the kingdom of God with excellence and integrity. Holding multiple positions within the organization, he now serves as Executive Coordinator for Bishop Jakes. His duties include maintaining and coordinating Bishop Jakes’ calendar, schedule planning, and logistical planning both domestically and internationally. Careful examination of his meticulous execution of handling the affairs, business ventures, and presentation of Bishop Jakes, it’s easy to see that he is an asset to leadership and knows how to serve in every setting from the pulpit to the boardroom. Recently, he expanded his training and education by completing The Protocol School of Washington, where he went through extensive training on internal protocol, business etiquette, and image training. His day to day tasks in his role are extensive, multi-functional, and ever changing. However, he still finds time to balance his career, calling, and the caring for his family.

IP&L - Dr. Cynthia James

Dr. Cynthia James

Cynthia Rembert James PhD., D. Min Bishop Cynthia James joined the pastoral staff of TPH, Dallas as Director of Christian Education in 2012. Her career includes several graduate professor appointments and over 30 years as a Senior Pastor. Prior to relocating to Dallas, TX, Bishop James was appointed to a national position providing support to over 2,000 congregations in the areas of leadership development and congregational health. Her primary interests are Spiritual Formation and serving as a Thought Leader in socio-political areas. She has been married to Alvin James for 48 years and together they enjoy the successes of their three adult children.

IP&L - Touré Roberts

Touré Roberts

Touré Roberts is founder of The Potter’s House at One LA, one of the fastest growing churches in Los Angeles, and the lead pastor of The Potter’s House of Denver. He is the author of Purpose Awakening and is a sought-after international speaker for his revelatory messages on purpose, identity, spiritual growth and relationships. He has been a featured guest on numerous local and national television programs and has more than 15 million views online. Roberts has several hundred thousand followers on social media who subscribe to his weekly inspirational and transformative messages. Roberts is the son-in-law of megachurch pastor and author T. D. Jakes. He and his wife, Sarah, live in both LA and Denver with their family.

IP&L - Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin

He’s known as an incomparable artist, speaker, a New York Times best selling author, businessman and humanitarian, and after more than 20 years as the top selling artist of inspirational music, multiple Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin, shows no signs of slowing down. In 1993 Kirk revolutionized Gospel Music and bridged the gap between the faith community and mainstream Urban Music culture. Working with such artists as Bono, Stevie Wonder, the late Whitney Houston, Lecrae, Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, the genius fusion of a message hope and hip-hop beats have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than 20 years.

Many believe the secret to his continued success is rooted in his artistic genius of being innovative, relevant and authentic about his faith. Kirk has always been transparent about being abandoned by his parents, adopted at the age of four, and his humble beginnings. Kirk has never hid behind his celebrity status but has remained connected to his audience through his music and frank discussions of life issues.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Kirk Franklin is Chairman & CEO of Fo Yo Soul Entertainment based in Arlington, TX. The company includes Fo Yo Soul Recordings, a Joint Venture with RCA Records, a Management arm and a Booking and Touring division that includes both performances and speaking engagements.

Among Kirk Franklin’s accomplishments are:

  • Biggest selling Gospel artist in sound scan history (selling over 10 million albums)
  • 12 Grammy Awards
  • 40 Stellar Awards
  • 20 Dove Awards
  • 12 NAACP Image Awards
  • 3 BET Music Awards
  • American Music Award winner

Kirk Franklin believes his greatest accomplishment is being the Husband and best friend of his wife Tammy, and proud Dad since 1996 to Kerrion, Carrington, Kennedy and Caziah. He believes everything he has and everything he’s accomplished is all by the grace of God.

IP&L - Oscar Williams

Oscar Williams

Oscar Williams Jr. writes spiritual lyrics and uplifting melodies that speak to audiences of all cultures, ethnicities and ages. Williams's music offers antidotes to life’s difficulties reminding audiences of the good things in life. He is inspired by a variety of sources, ranging from renowned musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Joubert, Richard Smallwood and John Williams to the enthusiasm of spectators tapping their feet and humming. He released Unstoppable, his first album, in 2005 on Aleho/Warner/Ryko Records and has written and produced for such artist as: Tamela Mann, Smokie Norful, Karen Clark-Sheard, Bishop TD Jakes and the Potters House Choir and the stellar nominated "We Offer Praise" project from Shalom City of Peace.  He has toured extensively throughout Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Austria and Central and South America. Williams received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Missouri-St Louis and a Masters in Music degree from the Southern Methodist University. Oscar currently holds several positions both in the education world and in the entertainment world.

  • Executive Director of Music and Fine Arts – The Potters House-Dallas, TX
  • Musical/Artistic Director –The Black Academy of Arts and Letters – Dallas, TX
  • CEO, WorldWide Music Agency and Productions –St. Louis/Dallas
  • CEO, That's My Song Music Publishing – Dallas, TX
  • CEO, Speak Life, LLC
  • Music Ambassador – US States Department/American Voices – Washington, DC

These are just a few of Oscar's activities and involvements. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Dallas Baptist University as well as finishing his sophomore gospel project entitled, "Speak Life".

IP&L - Dr. Field Harrison

Dr. Field Harrison

Dr. Field Harrison is the founder and CEO of MINT dentistry, one of the most innovative, fastest growing, privately owned dental companies in the United States. His influence upon the way dentistry is practiced today is undeniable.

Under his leadership, MINT has grown to over 35 offices employing some 600 people and has impacted the lives of over 500,000 patients.

Field is a sought-after speaker on leadership and entrepreneurism and unfailingly points to God as the source for his extraordinary success.

IP&L - Dr. Jill Waggoner Jones

Dr. Jill Waggoner Jones

Dr. Jill Waggoner a much sought after medical speaker, she is well known for her unique presentation style which is both educational and entertaining. Dr. Waggoner holds a Master’s Degree and a Medical Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has certifications in both Preventive Medicine and Wellness Coordination from the Prestigious Cooper Institute. She is a residency trained, board certified Family Practice Physician, with more than 20 years experience in the medical field.

She has a special interest in an integrative approach to medicine; an approach that uses multiple healing modalities to help her patients obtain optimal health. She has dedicated her life to teaching her patients how to flourish and embrace better living through better health.

She is a television personality and discusses relevant medical topics on radio and television. She has served as a medical expert for NBC, ABC and Fox, and has been a featured guest and conference speaker. She is the author of five books. Dr. Jill is the mother of two beautiful girls Jillian and Uriah, and is married to Dallas businessman Mark Jones.

IP&L - Marc Jeffrey

Marc Jeffrey

An entrepreneur, broad thinker, communicator and family man

Marc Jeffrey is the Founder and CEO of Legacy Consulting Group (www.gowithlegacy.com). With over 10 years of experience in developing ministry engagement strategies through social media and digital technologies, Marc has worked alongside of some of the largest ministries and gospel artists in the world.

Known for his ability to communicate effectively with humor and practical applications to ministry he is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Bishop T.D. Jakes’ International Pastors and Leadership Conference and Pastor Sheryl Brady’s Mentorship Moments (both in the US and South Africa). He and his wife Lana have been married for over 12 years and reside in McKinney, TX with their two children McKenzie and Ryan.

IP&L - Natasha Stewart M. A., LPC

Natasha Stewart M. A., LPC

Natasha Stewart currently serves as the director for The Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health at The Potter’s House of Dallas, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Natasha’s passion, transparency and authenticity has made her a sought after keynote speaker, life coach and counselor. Natasha has had the amazing opportunity to work with professional athletes and sports team, politicians and governmental agencies, faith-based entities, as well as the nation’s top universities and colleges.

Natasha has also appeared as a guest contributor on numerous television, radio and social media platforms.

Natasha considers herself a lifelong learner and is inspired to share what life has taught her about the power of inner healing, hope and new beginnings

IP&L - Ronnie Guynes

Ronnie Guynes

Ronnie Guynes has more than 35 years of experience in managing philanthropic works worldwide.  In his travels to over 50 countries, he has managed food distributions, medical camps and training for thousands.

Currently, Pastor Guynes is one of the Associate Pastors of the Potter’s House and also serves as the Executive Director of MegaCARE, a humanitarian organization formed by Bishop T.D. Jakes.  Pastor Guynes has served in this capacity since 1997 in which he has effectively and passionately trained leaders to impact the world.  Through the implementation of numerous projects, Mr. Guynes has provided care for people in the most remote areas of our globe, including the construction of hospital wings, medical clinics, children’s centers, computer learning centers and housing. Additionally, his work in sub-Saharan Africa has served as a catalyst for saving lives through the construction of clean water projects.  Mr. Guynes has always been very active in making a difference in the communities he has lived in through his societal service.

He and his wife Linda live in Irving, Texas. They have two adult children and five grandchildren.

IP&L - Lance Goudy

Lance Goudy

Lance, a tech veteran with 30+ years’ experience, has built a multifaceted career in technology spanning a myriad of disciplines, from cyber security, data warehousing,  e-commerce, streaming, cloud technologies, virtualization, and convergence, among others. His wheelhouse in technology was cultivated early in his career, when he was recruited by Airfone. There, he played a critical engineering role in pioneering aviation technology for the world’s first public use air-to-ground communications system onboard commercial airliners. Such innovations paved the way for inflight communications and entertainment today. Life after Airfone and a brief post teaching semiconductors, digital technologies, and robotics at his alma mater, Lance relocated to Virginia Beach to head the computer and network engineering programs for Computer Dynamics Institute. Following CDI, he served as Senior Network Engineer and Manager for The Christian Broadcasting Network for 10 years.

In 2000, Lance began advising The Potter’s House on tech initiatives. To this end, he moved to Dallas in 2003, to join the 30,000-member organization’s staff as the Director of IT.  In addition to overseeing the mega-ministry’s technology space, Lance manages the ministry’s streaming and website infrastructure, which hosts millions of unique visitors every year.

Lance is an authoritative innovator whose ambition rests on exploring solutions to solve complex challenges. A sought-after subject matter expert (SME) and conference speaker, he holds several coveted industry certifications and has been quoted and featured in several publications. His tenure includes serving as advisor to Fortune 100 companies, from large law firms, to broadcasting, medical, aviation, financial, and nonprofit spaces. Lance’s portfolio spans Microsoft, Cisco, and HP, among other blue-chip companies. From simple technology implementations to complex solutions, Lance leverages his technical acumen to deliver positive outcomes to a global audience.

IP&L - Marcus Coleman

Marcus Coleman

Marcus Coleman is a skilled coalition builder and strategic engagement professional with more than seven years of experience leading change in order to create more resilient communities. This includes expertise in cultivating, sustaining, and leveraging results-driven partnerships at the national and local level between government and non-governmental groups, including the private sector; and non-profit, philanthropic, faith-based, and civic society organizations.

Marcus earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Howard University, and is a member of Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

IP&L - Zunoraine Holmes

Zunoraine Holmes

Zunoraine Holmes is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Potter’s House of Dallas and MegaCare, its philanthropic outreach arm.

As Chief Strategy Officer, his responsibilities include overseeing the development and implementation of MegaCare’s worldwide strategic plan and operations, overseeing the strategic initiatives of the pastoral leadership team, and expertise in overall strategy and organizational development.

With more than fifteen years of strategic planning, business development and global sales experience in both emerging and Fortune 500 companies, he comes to this role after spending seven years at TDJ Enterprises with three as the Executive Vice President of Business Operations.

Zunoraine holds an MBA in Organization Development and Strategic Leadership from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, a B.A. in International Business from Howard University and studied International Negotiations at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark. As an ordained minister of the Potter’s House of Dallas, Zunoraine has been a leader in its missions ministry for over 14 years.

A social change agent, Zunoraine develops solutions, spreads ideas, and leverages the power of systems + design thinking to bring about transformational change in society.

IP&L - Holton Buggs

Holton Buggs

Holton Buggs, a Serial Entrepreneur took a common habit and turned it into over 1 Billion Dollars in sales in less than 6 years working from home. In the process, Holton mentored 30+ entrepreneurs to become Millionaires during that time.  As a college drop out, Holton relied on the experience he gained from his teenage entrepreneurial successes. He purchased his first car at 14 years of age by selling candy at school and providing hair cuts to the neighborhood kids as a self-taught barber.  Infected with the capitalistic bug, Holton has mastered the art of creating multiple income streams.  Holton’s  portfolio consists of a platinum selling record label, a real estate development company, significant Crypto Currency holdings, and an International Business Mentoring and Coaching University! Holton has gone from The Ponce De Leon Projects of Tampa, FL to Internationally known as "TheMillionaire Coach"

IP&L - Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

Alfred A. Edmond Jr. is SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large of black enterprise, responsible for providing brand, marketing and content leadership as a member of the multimedia company’s senior management team. Prior to accepting his current position, Edmond was SVP/Chief Content Officer, responsible for overseeing all of the major franchises of black enterprise, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of black enterprise from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of black enterprise magazine.

A nationally recognized expert on business and economic trends, personal finance, leadership development and mentorship, Edmond is a sought-after public speaker and moderator. Since 2011, he has served as the host of Money Matters, a nationally syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond appears regularly on television and nationally syndicated radio, including serving as a guest expert on MSNBC’s Your Business.

Together with his partner, personal growth speaker and trainer Zara D. Green, Edmond leads A2Z Personal Growth Enterprises, parent company of Grown Zone Relationship Education (GrownZone.com). Edmond and Green are also co-authors of the Loving In The Grown Zone: A No-Nonsense Guide to Making Healthy Decisions in the Quest for Loving, Romantic Relationships of Honor, Esteem and Respect (Balboa Press).

Edmond’s latest E-book, Buy Love, Get Trouble. Sell Love, Get Screwed: How Your Choices in Pursuit of Sex, Love and Relationships Impact Your Career, Business and Financial Success, is available at GrownZone.com/BuyLoveGetTrouble.

IP&L - Beverly Robinson

Beverly Robinson

Beverly is no novice to ministry and comes with well over 35 years in Office and Administrative support experience. She initially began working in ministry, serving in the Music Department as a singer, musician and choir director. Her musical background began as a young child, born into a ministry family where music was an intricate part of her family’s lifestyle. She remained active in the music ministry throughout her life up until 2005.

Academically, Beverly graduated from Beckley College in Beckley, WV in 1977 with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science. She began her administrative career at FMRS Mental Health Clinic located in Beckley, WV where she remained for five years. During her tenure at FMRS, she worked in various capacities, including the medical records department and later the billing department as a billing clerk. In February, 1983 she married Lawrence Robinson and relocated to Charleston, WV where she continued in the administrative professional field at Shawnee Hills Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center. She was employed there for six years. While at Shawnee Hills, Beverly worked as an Assistant to a team of counselors, clinicians and psychologists. She also worked as an Intake Clerk to process new patients.

In 1984, Beverly became Executive Secretary to the Department Chair for Natural and Biological Science; who was later promoted to the Dean of Academic Affairs at West Virginia State College in Institute, WV. Upon her reassignment, the Dean transferred Beverly and she was promoted to Executive Secretary to the Dean of Academic Affairs. She remained in that role for eight years, resigned in good standing and began her current full time ministry assignment and employment as Executive Assistant to Bishop T. D. Jakes; his first hired employee. The first 4 years of her position were in West Virginia, prior to the ministry’s move to Dallas, TX, in 1996. She continues to maintain that position where she is responsible for handling all the day to day operations of the Executive Office specifically related to Bishop Jakes’ correspondences, communications, and appointments both locally and nationally.

Beverly is a former member of the Los Colinas Chapter of IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals). She is currently serving her 2nd year on the Advisory Board of the Dallas Admin Awards.

She co-founded and co-chairs the Board of Directors for ”C.E.A.S.E.” Inc. (a Christian Executive and Administrative Assistant Support Staff Empowerment) group designed for support staff. Their mission is to equip, support, mentor and minister to individuals who work and serve in Christian ministry especially in Executive/Administrative Assistant positions.

Beverly and her husband, Pastor Lawrence Robinson, reside in Grand Prairie, TX and have two adult daughters.

IP&L - Patrick E. Winfield II

Patrick E. Winfield II

Patrick E. Winfield II was born and raised in Chicago, Il, and is currently the Campus Pastor at The Potter’s House of Fort Worth. As an educator, leader, and pastor his mission has been to transform lives, build leaders, and strengthen families by helping people discover and live in the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.

As a leader, Patrick believes in service leadership that is exercised through modeling, mentoring, instructing and life coaching. He impacts people’s lives and helps them become effective. Among his accomplishments, he helped establish a college Bible study that still ministers to college students at UIUC to keep them grounded in God. His passion in service and leadership led to a vibrant youth ministry in Chicago. He has served in short term missions in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Cebu (Philippines). He has also been blessed to minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Patrick Winfield’s passion for education and leadership has afforded him the opportunity to facilitate seminars and workshops, nationally and internationally. In addition, he has hosted his own internet broadcast covering topics such as Healthy Relationships, Achieving God’s Destiny, and Walking in Divine Purpose. His new book, Unleashing Greatness: Learning to Walk in Your Potential, is now available for purchase.

Patrick Winfield’s greatest inspiration, by far, is Veronica, his wife, and their three sons: Christiaan, Joshua, and Caleb.

IP&L - Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton

Because he wears so many hats, there are plenty of words that can be used to describe music industry executive and television producer, Phil Thornton. Ingenious. Brilliant. Ambitious.  But there is one word in particular that also comes to mind: fearless. And that’s because Thornton has proven time and time again that he has the ability to confidently and consistently create projects and content that successfully goes against the grain.

Born and raised in the Norfolk, Virginia, Thornton knew that he wanted to be part of the entertainment business at age 10, and by the time he was 12, his fascination with radio landed him an internship at WOWI-FM, a local radio station. Three years later, at only 15, Thornton became an intern and rising star at Arista Records, working with Notorious BIG, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin to name a few.

Thornton didn’t stop there. As a marketing major at Norfolk State University a few years later, he and a fellow student wrote a 40-page proposal to the school’s president to have the college radio station, WNSB, Hot 91.1—which could be heard all over Virginia—switched from all jazz rotation, to a hip-hop and R&B format.  The president loved the idea and Thornton went on to become 91.1’s student music director, turning the station into an overnight sensation that rivaled other Virginia FM stations, and attracted celebrity guest hosts like Diddy, and at the time, up-and-coming artists like Pharrell Williams.

After graduating in 2003 and moving to New York City, Thornton started his first company, Bright Star Entertainment, an artist management/consultant firm where he represented artists such as Bad Boy Records’ GRAMMY® award-winning group 112 and singer Lil’ Mo.  In 2007, Phil settled in Los Angeles and partnered with Marcus Spence and Paul Coy Allen to form the successful Ten2One Entertainment, a multimedia, television production, and artist management conglomerate. In October 2016, Ten2One along with Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media, released the made-for-TV film, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Miche’le. The biopic, based on the life of R&B recording artist Miche’le, premiered on Lifetime Network and garnered an impressive average of 2.3 million viewers the night it debuted.

Overseeing the artist management side of Ten2One, Thornton has guided the careers of Faith Evans, Michelle Williams, Kenny Lattimore, and Mack Wilds.  He was also responsible for launching TV One hits including ”LisaRaye: The Real McCoy”, which set ratings records at TV One, and ”I Married A Baller,” starring former NFL running back Eddie George and his wife Taj, of the multi-platinum recording group SWV. Thornton served as executive producer of TV One’s hit show ”R&B Divas Atlanta,” which included cast members such as Faith Evans, KeKe Wyatt, Monifah Carter, and Syleena Johnson, as well as its wildly popular spin-off ”R&B Divas L.A.,” which has featured Kelly Price, Michel’le, Chante Moore, Lil’ Mo, Chrisette Michelle, and Claudette Ortiz.

But that’s not all. In addition to running Ten2One, Thornton was recently named senior vice president and general manager of RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, where he works with a wide range of inspirational artists including Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp and Donnie McClurkin. ”I am really excited about writing a new story here at RCA Inspiration,” Thornton says. Prior to his position at RCA, Thornton served as vice president and general manager, Urban Inspirational at eOne Music, where he oversaw a diversified list of Gospel, Christian, and R&B artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Erica Campbell, Michelle Williams, Shirley Caesar, Jonathan McReynolds, and Tweet. The company enjoyed much success with Hathaway’s single ”Angel” (from her album Lalah Hathaway Live), which held the No.1 spot on the charts for nine weeks. Thornton still serves as executive producer on the eOne-created hit show ”It’s a Mann’s World,” starring David and Tamela Mann, which airs on BET and is going into its third season.

Thornton also runs Phillionaire Worldwide Publishing/Beat Syndicate, his publishing arm that has co-written and produced records for a several artists including Eminem’s single ft. Bruno Mars ”Lighters,” which garnered two BMI Awards for the Most Played Pop & Urban Records of 2011.

Thornton credits other hardworking visionaries as his inspiration growing up.  ”Berry Gordy, David Geffen, Quincy Jones, and Clive Davis have definitely inspired and influenced me during my professional journey,” he says. ”When I look at them, they have figured out ways to not only be creative, but ways to create synergy with music, television, Broadway, and other platforms. I definitely see myself in them. I’ve been doing my part to put great content into the world, be it music, television, or film.”

Now, not only does Thornton want to continue to deliver high quality music and TV content with Ten2One Entertainment, but his goal is to also expand the company by producing more scripted projects, especially with the success of Surviving Compton. He first ventured into film in 2014 as associate producer of the movie Lap Dance, starring Omari Hardwick and Stacey Dash, and is now working on a scripted series and made-for-TV film project with Kelly Rowland. ”I’m very excited about creating more film content in the years to come. Film is really my heart. It allows you to tell the story and I love great stories.”

In 2015, Thornton was named one of the 48 industry leaders chosen from across the country to participate in Leadership Music’s 27th class, an annual forum in Nashville for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry. He also sits on several boards including the National Grammy Board and the board for the new National Museum of African American Music, which is currently being built in Nashville and slated to open in 2018. In addition to all of that, Thornton, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, is also a philanthropist and makes sure to give back to the community as much as possible. He is heavily involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Hope for Harvest, a Charlotte-based non-for-profit organization that provides clothing, school supplies, and necessities for underprivileged children and also feeds the homeless.

So how does Thornton find time to give back, balance his amazing, yet extremely busy career, and manage to effectively run three successful entities? ”I have a wonderful team of people that help me bring everything to the finish line,” he says. ”I could not do what I do, in every aspect of my career, without my team. I’ve been fortunate enough to find partners and people who share the same vision that I do.”

More than anything, Thornton feels it is God who keeps him motivated, fearless, and balanced. ”Ever since I stepped on this earth I believe my steps have truly been ordered for me,” he says. ”There’s no other way for me to put it. I’m fearless because I know that I’ve got God on my side. That’s why I continue to walk in faith and believe that He’s giving me the foresight and the vision so that I’m never afraid.”

IP&L - Valerie Crumpton

Valerie Crumpton

Pastor Valerie Crumpton is an associate pastor at The Potter’s House of Dallas. She completed her graduate studies at George Fox University, Portland Seminary, and is now a 2018 candidate for Doctorate of Ministry. Married to Charles Crumpton, Pastor Crumpton inspirationally motivates and charismatically uplifts all those she touches, whether she is operating in her gifts as a wife, mother, grandmother, preacher, psalmist, mentor, motivator, lecturer, educator, entrepreneur or consultant. The anointing on her life has created unique opportunities to collaborate her ministerial and professional experience in both the religious and professional sectors for over 30 years. She has pastoral oversight of The Potter’s House Ministerial Alliance, Acts II Evangelism, New Members Relations, and The Military Veterans Ministry, and continues her role as Director of The Potter’s House Bishop's Choir. She has done mission work in Hawaii, Panama, The Philippines, and Africa. Pastor Crumpton believes that the church has left the building and must be engaged in a Mark 16:15 ministry, taking the Gospel to every creature.

IP&L - Keion Henderson

Keion Henderson

Pastor Keion Henderson is highly regarded as an effective leader among leaders, having spent more than 20 years in active ministry and preaching before thousands in countries around the globe. As a forerunner and catalyst for growth, he balances the confluence of ministry and marketplace as CEO of a global business enterprise, managing an extensive portfolio and franchise under his company, The Henderson Management Group.

With a vision to empower the way individuals think, act and operate, Pastor Keion Henderson founded the annual L3 Leadership, Learning & Lifestyle Conference, The Well Experience Singles Conference and The Business Start-Up Lab, a global coaching and business accelerator program for emerging entrepreneurs, corporate, ministry and organizational leaders. He's had the distinct honor of meeting with leaders and organizations in nearly every industry, helping to make the greatest impact to improve culture, fuel vision and create a roadmap of sustainable growth.

Pastor Keion Henderson is the Senior Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America, The Lighthouse Church of Houston where he gives leadership to more than 7,000 members and 50 staff members each week. His church embodies five generations of members, representing multiple countries from around the world.

Pastor Keion Henderson has been recognized as a CNN Heroes Award nominee and John Maxwell's Top 250 Leaders. He has received numerous accolades from state, government and local officials for his work as a global humanitarian in providing relief and empowerment to those in need. Through his outreach efforts, Pastor Keion has served more than 150,000 meals in his local community and led disaster aid initiatives in Haiti, Florida and Southeast Texas. Pastor

Keion Henderson has devoted his life to empowering others to achieving greatness.

IP&L - Forrest Smith

Forrest Smith

A Texas legal legend known as a great unifier, Forrest Smith has brought together adversaries in the courtroom, the boardroom, and the community to effect profound change.  Smith served as corporate counsel for Mobil Oil for over thirty years and then became President of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a practicing attorney, Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Better Business Bureau, and Honorary Consul General of Thailand.

Forrest has received many awards including the Dallas Morning News Father of the Year award, the Dallas Life Legends Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas General Counsel Forum.  In 2015, The Texas Lawbook named Smith a Lion of The Texas Bar, and he recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Directors of Non Profits from the Dallas Business Journal.  This past April, Smith was honored by the SMU Dedman School of Law with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice.

Smith met his wife Martha McCarley on a blind date, at SMU, and will celebrate their 66th anniversary this December.  They have 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren and have been members of The Potter's House for the last 5 years.

IP&L - Samuel Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez

Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,118 U.S. churches and over 450,000 churches spread throughout the Spanish- speaking diaspora.

Rodriguez has been among many lists of influencers in America, which have recognized his impact across the religious and Latino communities, including:

”40 People Who Radically Changed The World” – Charisma Magazine 2015
”101 Most Influential Leaders” – Latino Leaders Magazine 2015 and 2016
”Top 100 Christian Leaders in America” – Newsmax 2015
”2013 TIME nomination as 100 most influential people in the world – TIME 2013 ”10 White & Brown MLKs of Our Time” – Black Christian News 2013

No. 1 bestselling author of ”Be Light” – L.A. Times 2016

Rodriguez was also prominently featured in the April 15, 2013 TIME cover story, The Latino Reformation.

Additionally, a number of outlets have deemed Rodriguez as one of America’s leading Christian and Latino voices and as the leader of the Latino Evangelical movement, including CNN, Fox, NBC Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle and Charisma Magazine, to name a few.

In January 2013, he was the first Latino to ever be invited to deliver the keynote address at The Martin Luther King, Jr. 40th Anniversary Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rodriguez has been invited to give keynote speeches at a variety of gatherings including The Ethics and Public Policy Center’s 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as at The White House, Princeton, Yale, Promise Keepers, The National Association of Evangelicals and Liberty University.

Rodriguez worked with and advised President George W. Bush, President Obama and President Trump. He served on Obama’s White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families, and he frequently meets and consults with members of both parties in Congress advancing the Lamb’s agenda.

Rodriguez is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality; the 2015 Rosa Parks Courage Award given by the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute (SYLDI); and the ”Defender of the Dream” award presented in 2016 by Alveda King and the King Family as well as Bishop Harry Jackson of The Reconciled Church.

Rodriguez is regularly featured, profiled and quoted by The Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, NBC Telemundo, ABC, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Univision, The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, CNN Español, Bill Moyers, Boston Globe, The Atlanta Constitution, Ministry Today, The Christian Post, Charisma, CBN, TBN and many others.

An award-winning author, Rodriguez contributes to world-renowned publications such as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Outreach Magazine, Ministry Today, Enrichment Journal, Vida Cristiana, Christianity Today, Yale ”Reflections” and others. He is also the author of Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope in a Darkened World, which landed No. 1 on the LA Times Bestseller’s list, The Lamb’s Agenda, and Path of Miracles (2009). His most recent book is When Faith Catches Fire: Embracing the Spiritual Passion of the Latino Reformation (WaterBrook, June 20, 2017), coauthored with Dr. Robert Crosby.

Rodriguez is a movie producer serving as executive producer of two films in partnership with Franklin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. He likewise serves as co-Founder and lead Pastor of TBN Salsa, an international Christian-based broadcast television network. Pastor Sam is likewise a television personality with appearances on ”Dr. Oz” and while he hosts ”New Season with Pastor Sam” airing on various networks.

Rodriguez currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empowered21, PCCNA and Christianity Today.

On Friday January 20th 2017, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez became the first Latino Evangelical, and first Assemblies of God minister, to participate in a Presidential swearing-in ceremony. With over 1 billion people watching around the world, Pastor Samuel Rodriguez read from Matthew Chapter 5 concluding his remarks by invoking the name of Jesus Christ.

IP&L - Yodit Tewolde

Yodit Tewolde

Yodit Tewolde is a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney and legal analyst. As the founder/managing attorney of her firm, Yodit has built a practice focused on providing client-centered, aggressive legal representation of individuals facing criminal prosecution.

Yodit has been a member of the Texas Bar since 2010. Since then, Yodit has dedicated her entire legal career to the practice of criminal law. After graduating law school, Yodit served as a law clerk for a state court judge. Soon thereafter, Yodit began working as an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, where she learned the intricacies of criminal prosecution while honing her skills as a trial lawyer. Following several years of prosecuting cases in both the adult and juvenile systems, Yodit transitioned over to criminal defense work. It wasn't long before Yodit was recognized as one of the nation's top lawyers under 40 by the National Bar Association.

With an established career as a trial attorney and staunch advocate for criminal justice reform, Yodit's legal expertise has been an asset for media outlets. She frequently appears on networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and HLN to provide legal analysis on high-profile cases and hot- button issues. Yodit is also an Opinion Contributor for The Hill.

Yodit earned her juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center. While in law school, Yodit served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and minor in Communications from Texas A&M University.

IP&L -  Lisa Bevere

Lisa Bevere

Lisa Bevere has spent nearly three decades empowering women of all ages to find their identity and purpose. She is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally known speaker. Her previous books, which include Fight Like a Girl, Lioness Arising, Girls with Swords, and Without Rival, are in the hands of millions worldwide. Lisa and her husband, John, are the founders of Messenger International, an organization committed to developing uncompromising followers of Christ who transform their world.

IP&L - John Mardenborough

John Mardenborough

John A. Mardenborough, internationally acclaimed trainer and speaker and host of the weekly television show, Money with Mardenborough, which airs on Impact Network, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mardenborough & Associates, LLC.  The company's mission is "building the pathway to success and growth by aligning sound financial and organizational strategies".  Prior to organizing Mardenborough & Associates, LLC, Mr. Mardenborough's executive corporate experience included Citibank/Citicorp where he held senior executive positions. Mr. Mardenborough is a member of a number of professional and business organizations including the Society of Human Resource Management, American Society for Training and Development, American Marketing Association, National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Additionally, Mr. Mardenborough serves on a several of Boards of Directors of financial services organizations and with public and privately held businesses and non-profit organizations.

Money with Mardenborough is a weekly television show which airs every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dish – Channel 268, Direct TV – Channel 380, and Comcast – check you local/area listing, or stream live at www.watchimpact.com.

IP&L - Vonni Guthrie

Vonni Guthrie

Vonni Guthrie is dedicated to the mission of advancing the common good through action, advocacy and education as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fundraise411. Her team works with churches and nonprofits in effectively managing people, programs and positioning. Through the lens of philanthropy and best practice, they optimize opportunities, diversify resources and forge sustainable solutions. Her breath of knowledge is extensive with over 20 years of experience in the social sector, notably raising and managing millions in revenue. Vonni is a highly sought after industry teacher and keynote speaker whose riveting story of nonprofit child recipient turned nonprofit leader fuels her passion daily.

Vonni is the inaugural recipient of Columbia University’s prestigious Program for Academic Leadership and Service Scholarship. She graduated with honors, received the coveted Dean’s Citation and Outstanding Service Award to name a few accolades. Vonni also authored ”Moving Beyond HERE”, a personal development book. She is most proud of her role as wife to her husband, Andre, for over 20 years and mother to their 4 children.

IP&L - Andre Guthrie

Andre Guthrie

Andre Guthrie is the Co-Founder of Fundraise411 and serves as the Chief Strategist. In this role, he provides direction and insight across all areas of service. Andre is a master salesman, business strategist, telesales expert and technology aficionado. He began his career as a stock broker before leading an international tele-sales training initiative across India. Andre is versed in various proven sales techniques including the Sandler Method of Sales and Dale Carnegie. His career success extends into the industries of finance, real estate, software sales, web design and digital marketing. He also owns a marketing and private equity fund.

Andre has the innate ability to assess, analyze, apply and engage all parties to close deals. His wit and comprehensive knowledge of social design has resulted in a global portfolio of business relationships and partners across industry lines. He strongly believes in ”how you do anything is how you do everything.”

IP&L - Monique Pressley

Monique Pressley

Monique Pressley is a skilled trial attorney, television commentator, crisis manager, noted speaker, certified leadership trainer and ordained minister. She has appeared on national and international news networks, including ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News, and appeared regularly as a legal analyst on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin on TV One. Monique’s work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Essence Magazine among others. Monique is CEO of Monique Pressley Enterprises LLC and Principal of The Pressley Firm PLLC, a crisis management and communications firm based in Washington, DC. She hosted the radio show, Breathe Through It with Monique Pressley, a webcast listened to weekdays around the world. Originally from Galveston, TX, Monique received her B.A. from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. She previously served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General where she was responsible for the defense of the city’s mayor and agencies in civil litigation matters and was an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law for five years where she taught Trial Advocacy and coached the award-winning Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. Monique served on the U. S. Congressional staffs of Rep. Jack Brooks and Rep. Charlie Wilson. She is also a sought-after speaker, bringing messages of empowerment to thousands across the United States.

IP&L - Michelle Bernard

Michelle Bernard

An attorney by training, Michelle D. Bernard is a social justice journalist, media commentator and political analyst, author, and columnist and is the president of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy where she concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters. She is an outspoken advocate of women’s rights, racial justice and religious freedom and stands in solidarity with the #Metoo and #SayHerName movements and the Black Lives Matter Network.   She provides media commentary on topics as varied as presidential politics, racial and gender justice, and foreign policy issues and has appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher; MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, AM with Joy, and Hardball with Chris Matthews and TV One’s News One Now with Roland Martin and co-created and hosted MSNBC’s education reform special, About Our Children. She is the author of Naming the Sin: Are Churches Helping to Stop Domestic Violence or Enabling It; Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013; and Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before. Additionally, she is the author of numerous opinion editorials and commentaries that have appeared in various publications, including, Roll Call, The 74, The Huffington Post, The Root, and The Washington Post’s She The People. Ms. Bernard holds a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Howard University and a J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center.

IP&L - Yashima White AziLove

Yashima White AziLove

Dr. Yashima White AziLove, a tri-vocational professional, is a Minister of the Gospel, the Managing Partner of Magnate Consulting, LLC and the Vice President, Corporate Communications Officer of Urban One, Inc. (formerly Radio One).  Dr. Yashima embodies the term, ”multi-faceted.” She is a print and television journalist turned award-winning brand communication strategist that has a proven track record of excellence in the entertainment, media, insurance, healthcare and financial services industries. Having worked at Fortune 50 companies, her diversified background and robust marketing communication skill set catapulted her to a Chief Marketing Officer position by the age of 32; managing budgets in excess of $500M; and building a $1M personal and professional development firm by the age of 35. She’s been blazing trails ever since.

Dr. Yashima is a branding and communications expert for ministry, business and life. She is a sought after internationally traveled speaker, media personality, certified coach and consultant that specializes in leadership and communication strategy. Her ministry gift of Administration and heart for worship in addition to her diversified experience uniquely positions Dr. Yashima in the local church and marketplace – for God’s glory.

Currently the spokesperson and Vice President, Corporate Communications Officer for the Urban One family of companies encompassing TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, iOne Digital and One Solution, Dr. Yashima utilizes her multifaceted skill set to leverage the largest African-American owned and targeted multi-media conglomerate in the country.

The youngest child born to COGIC General Board Member, the late Bishop Frank Otha White and Dr. Juliet White of Long Island, New York, Dr. Yashima is a University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and Annenberg School of Communications graduate and holds a Doctorate of Divinity; in addition, two certifications in professional coaching and event management. She’s happily married to N. Emmanuel AziLove and the proud mother of one son, Malachi.

For more information on Dr. Yashima and her services visit www.DrYashima.com or @dryashima on most social platforms.

IP&L - Catherine Brewton

Catherine Brewton

Catherine Brewton is one of the music industry's leading executives. With an ear for current trends as well as an appreciation of legacy artists, she is a trusted advocate for music's thriving creative community. As BMI Vice President, Creative, Brewton directs the outreach to songwriters and music publishers out of the Atlanta office, while working closely with Creative staff members in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and London to bring top songwriters, producers and artists to BMI.

Brewton and her staff create and participate in educational, networking and showcase events specifically designed to inform and elevate up-and-coming and established songwriters alike. She produces and hosts many of BMI's marquee annual events including the BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards, the Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards, installments of BMI's popular "How I Wrote That Song" panel series focusing on Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers, and BMI's annual Unsigned R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop Showcase. Catherine Brewton continues to push the boundaries, serving as the executive producer for the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album release – which was nominated for a GMA Dove Award – and the television airing of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards, a first for any performing rights organization. In addition, Brewton is in final negotiations to publish a project close to her heart, "The Peacemaker of Charlotte: How Pastor Barbara Brewton Cameron Transformed the City", the story of her late mother Barbara Brewton Cameron. A true mentor, Brewton also develops the next generation of music executives at BMI and has cultivated a skilled and passionate staff.

Brewton joined BMI from her position as Executive Director of the Recording Academy (NARAS). She opened BMI's Atlanta office in 1997 as Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, and was promoted to Senior Director in 1999; named Assistant Vice President in 2002; and Vice President in 2005. Brewton is involved in numerous organizations, including NARAS, Women Executives of America and BESLA (Black Entertainment Sports Lawyer Association). She also serves on the boards of USO (United Service Organizations) NMAAM (National Museum of African American Music) and COCM (Community Outreach Christian Ministries). Continuing to feed her philanthropic Brewton founded and is the Chairwoman of "Hope For Harvest," a charitable organization dedicated to supporting the youth through enrichment, nutritional and after school programs, the arts and academic achievement throughout  Charlotte, NC community. Most recently Hope For Harvest opened the doors to The Barbara Brewton Hope For Harvest Youth Center, a community center dedicated to empowering the youth.

Brewton has been recognized in top publications including Ebony magazine's "Power 100" issue and the Hollywood Reporter "10 Grammy Greats" spread. Most recently, she was inducted into the Stellar Awards "Stellar Hall of Fame" in addition to receiving the Gospel Music Association's Honor Award for her philanthropic efforts for Hope For Harvest. Brewton has also been featured on the cover of Kontrol magazine's "8th Anniversary Issue" as well as in Vibe magazine's "30 Awesome and Inspiring" list for Women's History Month in addition to being featured in Root magazine two years in a row as one of their "Top 20 Gospel Industry Power Players." Brewton has also been featured in Ebony magazine for its "Style Spotlight" column, in addition to her feature in Marie Claire magazine for its "Mogul Maintenance" column followed by a day in the life shoot in collaboration with Lancôme cosmetics. In 2013, Brewton was honored by Billboard as one of the Top Women in Music.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Shaw University. Brewton also attended the prestigious Harvard Business School for an executive management program.

IP&L - Jawn Murray

Jawn Murray

Jawn Murray is a TV Host, Pop Culture Expert, Journalist and Influencer.  Jawn has hosted programs for Travel Channel (”Night Crawl New York with Jawn Murray”), NFL Network (”NFL Fan Pass”) and EPIX (”Top Five: A Movie Special”).  He’s co-hosted ”The View” – Barbara Walters turned to him on live TV and said ”I love your way with words!” – and has had numerous appearances on ”The Wendy Williams Show” and ”The Meredith Vieira Show.”  Jawn has more than 250 contributing slots on CNN and HLN under his belt and has also appeared on MSNBC, ”Sister Circle Live,” ”Access Hollywood,” ”Today Show,” and various TV One programs including ”News One Now with Roland Martin” and ”Unsung.”  A former on-air personality on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Jawn was named by the NAACP as one of ”40 Power Players Under 40” and by Ebony magazine as one of the ”30 on the Rise” to watch in the entertainment industry.  Bridging the gap between his mainstream success and his roots in the faith community, Jawn created and executive produced a digital music competition and accompanying compilation called ”Jawn Murray Presents Untapped” for 10 unsigned Gospel artists in partnership with EMI Gospel.

IP&L - Stanley Brown

Stanley Brown

Stanley Brown is a music executive with over twenty five years of professional experience in all facets of the music industry. Additionally, he is an award winning and multi-platinum selling producer. As a producer and writer, Stanley has contributed to albums that have currently sold over 12 million albums to date in the United States, garnering over 20 Million albums sold worldwide. These albums cover a variety of genres including Gospel, Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B and Mainstream music. As an A&R executive, Stanley has signed artist such as Karen Clarke-Sheard, Dru-Hill, Jason Nelson, Dion kippings and Bishop T.D Jakes. As a producer Stanley's work with LL Cool J, RUN DMC, Charlie's Wilson, Stephanie Mills, Christoper Williams, Salt & Pepa, Leandria Johnson, Shirley Ceasar and many more artist in the music industry. In 2004, Stanley founded Timeless Music Group. The company has worked with both recording artists and corporate clients. Some of the corporate clients for TMG have included; General Motors, Pepsi Co, Verizon, Walmart and McDonalds. Stanley continues to be a visionary in the Christian music market and one of the most sought after producers in multiple music genres.

IP&L - Asaph Ward

Asaph Ward

Asaph A. Ward is one of the country’s most sought after music producers.  Asaph began his music career in the R&B and Pop industry, producing for secular artists, Asaph was unfulfilled.  He embraced his true calling: GOSPEL MUSIC.

As a renowned music producer, song writer and vocal trainer, working with such major companies as Sony, Verve, Universal, Motown, RCA and E One, just to name a few, Asaph Ward, has directly worked with and or produced major recording artists such as David Foster, Kim Burrell, Mary J. Blige, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, The Clark Sisters, Grace, Marvin Winans, Maurette Brown Clark, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, Smokie Norful, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Vicki Winans, Kierra Sheard, Rance Allen, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Dr. Judith McCallister and a host of others throughout his career.  After producing over 50 projects, Asaph has gained industry recognition through Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award nominations and honors.

IP&L - Thaddeus Tribbett

Thaddeus Tribbett

As a gifted and anointed vessel, Thaddaeus Tribbett is a phenomenal musical director, producer, song writer and Bassist.

His skills have conceived and contributed to numerous well-known timeless signature sounds. Tribbett has traveled the world creating infectious tunes and trend setting music with the likes of: Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Musiq Soulchild, Brandy, Cece Winans, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Israel Houghton, Jessie J, Q-Tip and more.

While serving as a Song writer, Producer and Musical Director for Tye Tribbett's band "Sound Check" he also curated Jill Scott's band "Fat Bak Taffy". Together, they brought even more life to the revered "philly sound – movement".

Thaddaeus' undeniable dedication and talent has landed him on The Late Show, The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, VH1, Ellen and The Real.

"I learned my sound and professionalism by playing in the serving in the church. I am forever grateful for my roots, working alongside my talented brother, sisters and philly family."

In addition to a demanding schedule Thaddeus is a family man, married with two beautiful children.

IP&L - Mickye Castillo

Mickye Castillo

Mickye Castillo is a stellar dance choreographer, director, and performer who leads a dance ministry, travels and together, with her husband, runs her business. She is currently on staff at The Potters House Church of Dallas where she has been the director of dance sense October of 1999.

Before teaming up with Bishop T.D. Jakes, Mickye lead the women’s dance ministry team at her home church for over 12 years. She was given a vision for praise dance at the age of 13 when she surrendered her life to God and formed her own company, Freedom In The Dance Ministries.

Her unique development of praise dance patterns has revolutionized live praise and worship dance with a format that allows ministers to move in unity to live music. Her choreographed pieces have showcased many styles including interpretive movement, cheer and stunts, modern, lyrical, jazz, pageantry dance and contemporary. Mickye uses many props including tambourines with streamers, ribbons, flags, veils, billows, and fabrics. There is always creative and colorful costuming and makeup for each dance piece. And together all of these elements are used to bring the Word of God to life by telling stories through dance, acting, and lyrical interpretations of music.

Mickye is known for her red hair, bubbly personality and fiery directing style that show her passion for God and love of the arts. She has the ability to bring an artistic vision to life, an eye for detailing and a gift for sowing seeds of creativity, leadership, and confidence. Her greatest passion is to bring a dance presentation to life with technique, drama, fabrics, color, ”feeling” and a lot of hard work. Her ”out of the box” style of dance has opened the door for Mickye to train leaders and raise up dance teams across the country. She has held conferences and workshops throughout the United States, Caribbean and England. She teaches on topics such as, Biblical foundations on dance, leadership skills, how to have an effective dance ministry, dance technique, how to get your body fit for dance, how and why to use makeup and garments to enhance your presentations, and much more. Mickye not only works with her dance ministry at home, but she also works with dance ministries across the globe inspiring them with bold creative ideas and giving them tools that show them how to have a solid strong effective dance ministry that will enhance and strengthen any music and fine arts department.

IP&L - Justin Savage

Justin Savage

Justin Savage has become one of Gospel music’s most sought-after musicians, songwriters and producers. A native of Baltimore, MD, his industry resume includes collaborations with many Gospel and Christian-music greats: Israel & New Breed, Donald Lawrence, Richard Smallwood and CeCe Winans. Through such work, Justin has traveled the world extensively, performing at such notable venues as The White House and The Vatican.

Savage has developed an impressive music catalogue that boasts songs recorded by Sheri Jones-Mofett, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Stephen Hurd, and DeWayne Woods. As Proprietor of Song Savvy Productions, his work has been featured on chart topping projects by Jonathan Nelson, Donnie McClurkin and Anthony Brown & Group therAPy. Justin is a 2-time Dove Award Winner and garnered the 2016 Stellar Award for Producer of The Year.

Justin currently serves as Music Director at The Potter’s House Church in Dallas, TX, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes. He aims to use his gifts and talents to impact the world through music.

IP&L - Ayoka Lawson

Ayoka Lawson

C. Ayoka Lawson, spent her early years buried in books. She was a voracious reader with a big imagination and soon television and movies untucked her head, she became enthralled with the wonder of stage/screen storytelling. She pursued academic interests in other areas receiving Bachelors degree in Psychology from NCCU and a Master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple U, before the fine arts bug from childhood reasserted itself. After a blessed career in nonprofit and education where she developed/directed programs and co-founded a K-5 Arts Academy, Ay pursued a career in acting that led her to work professionally in both the Equity and SAG/AFTRA unions. As a writer/director she has written and produced her original works as well as directed regional productions. She currently resides in Arlington, Texas where she is the Drama Ministry Director at The Potters House, Dallas. There God uses her to write, direct and run volunteer ministry based programs geared toward the training and professional development of Christian writers, actors, and producers.

IP&L - Tiffani Robinson

Tiffani Robinson

Tiffani Robinson is an innovative brand and digital strategist based in Dallas, TX. She assists with branding, digital marketing, and bringing EXPERIENTIAL ideas to life for organizations through her company, JancynCo (founded in 2010). Tiffani began her career as a Digital Engagement Agent at Square 1 Agency after graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors in Business Entrepreneurship. While at Square 1, she worked with some of the nation’s top brands and developed a personal and unique marketing identity that allowed her to step outside of the box and thrust brands into a new realm of recognition.

Since, Tiffani has consulted and worked with companies and brands such as AT&T, Dallas Visitors Bureau, Adwater Media Group, T.D. Jakes Ministries and more. After losing her vision due to her bout with juvenile diabetes for over 25 years, she was motivated to start a digital consulting firm for corporations, educating and creating innovative tech solutions for the visually impaired, called VisioTech.com. Never one to safeguard her knowledge, Tiffani is also the author of Branding the Heart, co-author of Be Prolific: Do Success Different.

IP&L - Tina Polite - Moderator

Tina Polite - Moderator

Ms. Tina Polite is a communications and public relations consultant with nearly 20 years of experience. Her skills have established and bolstered the careers of top CEO’s and public figures across the country.

Polite is a trusted consultant for high profile decision makers and a corporate strategist specializing in communications and media relations, brand management, reputation management, community advocacy, media training and crisis communications.

Most recently Tina served Bishop T.D. Jakes and the national faith community as Executive Director of Public Relations/Communications for the landmark 2013 Mega-Fest Conference, the largest and most successful Christian festival in the country. Under Tina’s PR leadership over 145 national publications covered the event resulting in more than 425 blog posts and more than 150 website posts with over 350 national and international press credentials being issued. More than 75 media outlets attended the taping of ”Oprah’s Lifeclass” in addition to 400 subsequent TV segments and more than 250 radio spots. Culminating in an estimated audience reach of 70 million people and an estimated AD value of more than $10.5 million dollars.

”For those of us called to communicate, Tina Polite is a rare commodity. She has the ability to translate the intent of any organization into the language that media understands. Without her vast resources, you will remain fixed to the misunderstanding reminiscent of the Tower of Babel.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes

”Beyond the non-profit scene, she has provided media strategies to presidents of global business enterprises such as EMI Music, Putnam Publishing, Time Life, Time Warner, Thomas Nelson Publishing, Hallmark Corporation, Habitat for Humanity and others.”
Sherri Deatherage Green, PR Week Magazine

”Everything with Tina has to be done with style and in a first-class manner.”
Ofield Dukes – Ofield Dukes Communications, Washington, D.C.

In the corporate sector, she has assisted such companies as Ogden Corporation, Harrah’s Entertainment, Marriott Corp, Essence Communications, Cox Cable Communications, The Family Channel, Campbell & Company, and the Ford Corporation. Polite has also provided strategic business advice on a wide range of foreign and domestic issues, including welfare reform, community housing, faith-based initiatives and health care reform.

Over the past seven years as principal through her own boutique agency; Tina Polite & Associates, Tina works as a communications consultant and crisis manager for some of the country’s most prominent leaders and their organizations.

In addition, Tina is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Women in Communications, The International Association of Business Communicators and the National Council of Women in Film.

You can contact Tina through her website: www.tinapolite.com

IP&L - Alison Draper - Moderator

Alison Draper - Moderator

Alison Draper is the President of Belo Media Group, responsible for advertising and sponsorship sales for all A. H. Belo-owned properties serving the North Texas market: The Dallas Morning News, dallasnews.com, GuideLiveSportsDayal Día, briefing and the CrowdSource events business.  Prior to that Alison served as President of CrowdSource.

Prior to her return to The Dallas Morning News in 2012 Alison served as Publisher of the Chicago Reader, as well as Vice President/Chief Sales Officer/Group Publisher for its holding company, CL Inc., a chain of alternative weeklies, with sister titles in Atlanta, Tampa, and Washington, DC.

Draper’s previous experience includes three years with The Dallas Morning News from 2006-2009 as publisher of a quick-read daily paper, and as senior director of local advertising – Arts & Entertainment.   She also served five years as publisher of Dallas Observer, and for over a decade in senior management and business development positions at New Times Media.

IP&L - Dean Niewolny

Dean Niewolny

Dean Niewolny spent 23 years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms, finishing his career in the financial sector as market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago, where he oversaw a $100mm market.

In 2010, Dean left his marketplace career in order to help more people who, like him, wanted to translate their own first half success into purposeful and impactful work meeting human needs. Dean is now Chief Executive Officer of the Halftime Institute and he speaks all over the world to marketplace leaders who desire to use their gifts and talents to serve others, make a difference and live a life defined by joy, impact, and balance. His first book, Trade Up: How to Move From Making Money to Making A Difference, was published by Baker Publishing and released in July 2017.

Having grown up playing sports—eventually in college and semi-professional
baseball—Dean still enjoys coaching youth sports. He also has a passion for children with disabilities. Dean and his wife, Lisa, have two children and live in Southlake, Texas.

IP&L - Teneshia J. Warner

Teneshia J. Warner

Teneshia Jackson Warner has created one of America’s most successful multicultural marketing and communications firms — EGAMI Group – built from a combination of boldness, vision and deep sense of purpose.

The creation of EGAMI was a result of Teneshia’s decision to change careers and realign her profession with her purpose.

Shortly after taking the leap of faith, Teneshia landed an apprenticeship with globally successful innovator, entrepreneur and business mogul, Russell Simmons/ Rush Communications.  For a number of years, Teneshia served as General Manager of Rush Communications.  In 2007, Teneshia began her own entrepreneurial path and founded The EGAMI Group (www.egamigroup.com).   She has taken the firm from an idea concept and turned it into a thriving multi-million dollar business.  Among the firm’s client roster are Fortune 100 brands such as Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless, My Black is Beautiful, US Army and many more.

Her first book – Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Delivering Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences (Paramount Marketing, 2012) – gave business leaders and entrepreneurs a tool for multi-cultural marketing in the new globalized world.  In 2013, Teneshia founded The Dream Project (www.dreamprojectonline.com) , a series of signature forums designed to support professionals, entrepreneurs, creative and those who dare to dream with tools to take their company or vision to the next level.  In 2017, The Dream Project & Toyota partnered with TD Jakes Megafest, SOAR Tour and Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Success platforms to deliver programming to thousands of Dreamers across the nation.

A graduate of Alabama A&M University, Teneshia is the recipient of the coveted Black Enterprise Rising Star and 40 Under 40,  AdColor MVP, The Network Journal Forty Under 40 Awards. She has also been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, ABC News, AdAge and more.

 
YOUR IMPACT

Across the nation millions of aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders will embark on a journey to launch their business or ministry. Yet, many will fail. To make an impact in today’s cross-generational environments, you must understand how to communicate and work effectively with each generation, to obtain buy-in for your ideas, and more. Whether you’re a millennial entrepreneur excited to transform the food and beverage industry, or a tenured leader eager to evolve the nonprofit arena, E2i (Effort To Impact) will equip you to disrupt the status quo. You’ll glean invaluable insights from industry thought leaders, from millennials to baby boomers, uncovering how you can leverage your talents to cultivate a more meaningful impact in 2018, and beyond.

 

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