Jami Bertrand
In addition to launching her boutique full service Real Estate Brokerage in 2014, she has been named Top 20 Under 40 Rising Star in Real Estate by HAR.com. The 2017 Woman To Watch by the Houston Business Journal and a current cohort in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She has landed construction contracts to build out the Chasewood Subdivision in Missouri City and launched Noelle Homes where her and her husband will be building affordable homes in Sunnyside sometime this month.
Lashonda Pierce
I'm Positive,Passionate,and Purposeful. I strive to spread love, compassion and positivity daily. I'm honored to serve the community and do so as confounder of the I.C.O.N 501-c3 non profit Women's organization that's dedicated to educating and elevating women and children. In addition I'm the owner and principal designer of an Interior Design Firm, LaPierce Designs. My mission is to ensure that people look and live beautifully through fashion and interior design.
RaSasha Payne
Submission 1: A young ceo of IHeartLashStudio one of the top eyelash extensions studios in Houston. I started my business with a little under $500 and it is still up and running two years later. I’ve learned to roll with the punches of entrepreneurship with a smile! Submission 2: This young lady stepped out on Faith and launched her Lash extension business. She not only learned the skilled, but she learned to teach others. As a single mother of 2 young men, I have watched her gain new wings in life after going through a storm. She was able to channel that energy into something positive. She is the example of what Faith in God can lead you into. She has not only managed to become a phenomenal business owner but a inspiration to those that she encounter. She encourages other to step into their destiny to be what they dream to be.
Tiffany Williams
Tiffany L. Williams is the CEO and creative director for Twice Media Productions, LLC, a video technology company based in Houston, Texas. She began her career while still in college as a freelance multimedia journalist. Three months after finishing graduate school, she moved to Houston and opened her business at age 24. By age 25, she began teaching on the collegiate level, helping students learn the art of video production. Since then, Tiffany's business has grown substantially and worked with a host of clients, including Shell, Wells Fargo, Houston Airport System, and the Houston Area Urban League. In 2016, Tiffany received the Emerging Leader of The Year Award from eWomenNetwork and won 3rd Place in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. The previous year, she won Supplier of The Year from the Women Business Enterprise Alliance, an Emerging Ten (E-10) Award from the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and Houston Business Journal, and was named a Pinnacle Award Finalist by the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXIV, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking from Michigan State University.
NaKeitha Ross
I’m the co-owner of 360 Degrees Hair Studio. Which is a family owned business that is owned and operated by my mother and I. We’ve been in business almost 15 years. We opened our second location this past February in Cypress. I’m also the co-founder of I.C.O.N. Women’s Organization alongside of LaShonda Pierce. This organization was created 7 years ago to educate and elevate women and youth. The organization has 44 members and has awarded $100,000 in scholarships over the last 6 years. What make me a game changer is the fact that I want people to live the life they dream of. Instead of wanting and wishing for things, I tell people to just do it. Seize the moment. Take risks. After seeing so many people going through the motions of life rather than living life, I started a consulting firm last year. I decided to become a lifestyle consultant to help people live the lives they’ve dreamed of in lieu of watching others live their dreams. Everyone is entitled to a happy and full life.
Charease Davis
Charease Davis IS A VIBE! She is a supernatural power of previous and future generations all at once. If Deepak Chilean and Marianne Williamson had a love child with Oprah as the fairy god mother and TD Jakes as the cool uncle she visited during the summer it would be Charease Davis. This single mother as not only overcome her own bouts with depression and suicide while supporting her sickly mother (before her unfortunate passing), she's jumped out on faith and intention and started a company called Total Woman. Her company is well on its way to achieving its goal of guiding 1 million woman to living greater lives through non conventional ways of healing. She has been recognized by Mayor Turner and the city of Houston. She is a best selling author and she has empowered the lives of the masses. Through her 90-day thought healing journey and book, "52 Thoughts for Higher Living", Charease has helped women reclaim their identities, redevelop relationships with their families, publish books, start companies and uncover their uniqueness. In two years she's taken her desire for healing women and turned it into a platform that has landed her numerous speaking engagements, a radio show, recognition on multiple platforms and so many other feats we all dream of achieving. She is the HAPPINESS ADVOCATE! She believes that you can be HAPPY NOW! And she teaches us all how to do it.
Joy Lacy
Joy Lacy has dedicated her professional life to helping others through nonprofit leadership and business development for over a decade. She is a seasoned professional with a strong strategy orientation and has worn many operating hats before starting her firm, Joy of Consulting. Joy is a visionary and possesses the skills to formalize a company’s strategic planning processes, cultivate working relationships across the organization, and has the ability to make quick decisions. Outside of her career as an Organizational Development Consultant, Joy is passionate about being an advocate for small businesses by serving as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Johnson Space Center Small Business Council; member of the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association; Young Professional Board Member of Liftfund, and other organizations that provides resources which seek to enhance small businesses. She is also a radio personality on the Business Breakfast Talk Show on 1480AM where she and her co-host, Tiffany A. Washington, give business tips on how to start and run your business. Joy is a true Game Changer and has only just begun making her mark on her entrepreneurial journey!