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Arkansas author Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer named National TAP Author of the Year

Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer isn’t just a Pastor, who often preaches to his congregation about enjoying the fruits of its labor.

Much to his delight, he’s steadfastly savoring his.

His latest installment of fruit came courtesy of a much-anticipated milestone, one by which he had diligently sought for the past six months.

A native of Chicago and the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Spencer was named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year during Saturday night’s second annual ceremony from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

ONE SHINING MOMENT — A native of Chicago and the Senior Pastor of Touching Lives Ministry, Inc., Dr. Alandrus P. Spencer was named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year during Saturday night’s second annual ceremony from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Pictured with Dr. Spencer is wife, Veronica.

 

Dr. Spencer’s latest honor comes a little more than a year after the release of his first book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment, a spiritually-driven written document that has been effectively anointed an award-winner.

An event that was established by Jonesboro-area public speaker and award-winning author Terrell Jenkins, the National TAP Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals in a variety of categories for their hard work and valiant contributions to the community.

Fellow author Tyneisha Collins of Osceola, Arkansas was named the National TAP Author Of The Year during last year’s inaugural ceremony.

An event that was established by Jonesboro-area public speaker and award-winning author Terrell Jenkins, the National TAP Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals in a variety of categories for their hard work and valiant contributions to the community.

For Dr. Spencer, he said being named National TAP Awards Author Of The Year is a testament of his overall body of work as a relatively newcomer to the authorship industry.

“The feeling was one of shock and a very humbling experience, because I knew I was listed in a category that had great authors who have written some very good books,” said Dr. Spencer, who learned of his nomination for the award back in mid-May.

A spiritually gut-checking and life-enhancing written document that is comprised of 90 pages, Dr. Spencer’s Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, approximately two years after God had revealed to him the vision to write it.

All things considered, his first book has since been nothing short of amazing.

AN AWARD-WINNING PROJECT — A spiritually gut-checking and life-enhancing written document that is comprised of 90 pages, Dr. Spencer’s Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment officially hit the market on September 20, 2017, approximately two years after God had revealed to him the vision to write it.

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“I leaped on the inside,” Dr. Spencer recalled the moment his name was announced that he was named TAP’s latest Author Of The Year. “Because somehow deep on the inside of me, I knew I stood a good chance. I put the work in alongside of my words, because that’s what faith does.”

Never mind the mixed reactions that had ultimately surfaced amid the release of Dr. Spencer’s book.

WINNER’S CIRCLE — Dr. Spencer’s latest honor comes a little more than a year after the release of his first book entitled, Encouraging Moment: Live Life By An Encouraging Moment, a spiritually-driven written document that has been effectively anointed an award-winner.

At the end of the real day, this Christian-based preacher-turned-author knows full well there are all sorts of perks that come with serving and being spokesperson for Christ.

“Authors are different and unique and, while I had some to criticize my simplicity in my writing style, I knew that the world is in need of encouragement in its simple form,” Dr. Spencer said. “I love to encourage folks, and I think (because of this award), I am on the right track.”

Amongst those who have helped keep Dr. Spencer on the right track — both in the natural and spirit — is Veronica Spencer, his lifelong companion of 13-plus years.

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE — At the end of the real day, this Christian-based preacher-turned-author knows full well as that there are all sorts of perks that come with serving and being spokesperson for Christ.

“The special thing about my wife is she knows deep inside (my sentiments) before I say anything about how I arrived at that position,” said Dr. Spencer, whose second book (Encouraging Moment: The Turbulence Was Necessary) will be released in the coming weeks. “She is amazingly intelligent and blissfully beautiful and, while it may not be religiously correct to say this, I don’t care. She is my boo and babe.

“To all of my supporters and my manager (Latonya Sanders), I say thank you,” continued Dr. Spencer, who was raised in nearby Blytheville but resides in Jonesboro. “You all know I could not have pulled this off without you and this is simply a win for the team.”



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Texas entrepreneur Derrell Noris creates a credible app for Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce

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Another notable milestone, another step in the right direction for Texas businessman Derrell Noris.

The Co-Founder of Fresh Tech Solutionz, a Houston-based company that Noris witness go into full operations in December 2016 along with fellow businessman Bardiya Shadmehr, Noris announced that his venture has formed a rather intriguing partnership with the historic Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce.

According Noris, a former Corporate America professional, Fresh Tech Solutionz on August 13 assembled what is known as the ‘GHBC Mobile App,’ a development that had ultimately given way to the app being officially published at the beginning of October.

TEXAS SIZE DEVELOPMENTAccording Houston businessman Derrell Noris, a former Corporate America professional, Fresh Tech Solutionz on August 13 assembled what is known as the ‘GHBC Mobile App,’ a development that had ultimately given way to the app being officially published at the beginning of October.
“We would love to create similar mobile apps for other Chambers of Commerce around the world,” Noris told Making Headline News this week, adding that consumers can now download the ‘GHBC Mobile App’ from their Apple App store or at Google Playstore. Amongst the reasons Noris’ partnership with GHBC is especially vital is that GHBC officials requested that the mobile app be assembled so that it could be available for Apple and Android, a trend that will allow users to join the chamber, view the GHBC’s up-to-date events, search the GHBC business directory, view current job openings, connect with GHBC social media pages, view business opportunities, and even donate to the GHBC.

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Formed in September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (or HNCC at the time) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. By and large, they focused on encouraging business within the African-American community. However, in 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (or HCCC). Interestingly, even as the Chamber membership expanded mightily, it wasn’t until 2013 that the chamber rebranded its look, thus naming its institution the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (or GHBC).
Formed in September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (or HNCC at the time) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. By and large, they focused on encouraging business within the African-American community. However, in 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (or HCCC).

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Interestingly, even as the Chamber membership expanded mightily, it wasn’t until 2013 that the chamber rebranded its look, thus naming its institution the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (or GHBC). As for the newly-established GHBC app, Noris and his team are confident that it will benefit this organization for years to come. “This will be a better way to connect to members,” Noris explained. “They will be able to send push notifications instead of sending emails to notify users of important announcements and upcoming events.”
CHECK THIS OUT —“The app will also make black businesses, job openings, and business opportunities more accessible and easier to locate,” Noris said. “The app can also be used to showcase major events like the Pinnacle Awards. There is a section added in to highlight pictures and business links for all of the finalists for these prestigious awards being given out at the ceremony.”
Wait. There are a few other added perks and features offered through the GHBC Mobile App, Noris acknowledged. “The app will also make black businesses, job openings, and business opportunities more accessible and easier to locate,” Noris said. “The app can also be used to showcase major events like the Pinnacle Awards. There is a section added in to highlight pictures and business links for all of the finalists for these prestigious awards being given out at the ceremony.”
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — As for the newly-established GHBC app, Noris and his team are confident that it will benefit this organization for years to come.
Located at 1301 Fannin Street, Suite 2440 in the greater Houston Metroplex, Fresh Tech Solutionz is widely known for developing affordable mobile apps and websites for businesses as a unique way to enable companies mobilize business processes and, most importantly, increase customer engagement. “I created Fresh Tech Solutionz, because I was doing mobile development in Corporate America and figured that I could do this for myself,” Noris said during a March 2016 interview with Making Headline News. That he has managed once again to prove to be nothing short of impressive through his venture has benefited him mightily. Talk about doing things big in Texas.

“I have been a proud member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce since January 2018, but have been attending their events since I started Fresh Tech Solutionz 2 years ago. The events that the GHBC have are phenomenal and really showcase the excellence and necessity of black business in Houston, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.” — Houston businessman Derrell Noris 


Another notable milestone, another step in the right direction for this accomplished Texas businessman.

For more information about Houston Businessman Derell Noris and Fresh Tech Solutionz, call 713.893.8125, or connect with Noris via social media at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/freshtechsolutionz; Instagram: www.instagram.com/freshtechsolutionz. Also, he can be reached via email at: apps@freshtechsolutionz.com.


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Shreveport’s Myoshi Thomas conquers prison life, discovers her godly purpose through her new book


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MYOSHI THOMAS 


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)


Myoshi Thomas is a little less than two weeks away from the much-anticipated release of her very first book.

Judging by the continuous buzz and hoopla that have surfaced surrounding her remarkably compelling project, it would be hard-pressed to believe that Thomas’ awe-inspiring book, “Against All Odds: From The Jail Cell To Leather Chairs, My Story God’s Glory,” has yet to find its rightful place on the market.

“To be honest, it was spoken over my life many years ago and it took me about seven years to just do it,” Thomas, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “Seven years to just step out on faith and just trust God. The number seven represent completion.”

MORE ON AUTHOR MYOSHI THOMAS: http://www.myoshirobinsonthomas.com/

HERE’S THE 411 — Judging by the continuous buzz and hoopla that have surfaced surrounding her remarkably compelling project, it would be hard-pressed to believe that author Myoshi Thomas’ awe-inspiring book, “Against All Odds: From The Jail Cell To Leather Chairs, My Story God’s Glory,” has yet to find its rightful place on the market.

Much to Thomas’ delight, she didn’t just complete an informative and emotionally inspiring book. Rather, she produced it in impressive fashion.

A book that will officially hit the market October 20 during a launch that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST at Broadmoore Branch Library in Shreveport, Thomas’ “Against All Odds: From The Jail Cell To Leather Chairs, My Story God’s Glory” is centered mostly on what Thomas describes as the importance of one’s destiny amid hardships or, in a nutshell, the importance of getting the most out of life — thus living on the larger side of God — after having served time in prison.

In the coming weeks, Thomas will kick off her six-month national book tour that will begin with book signings in Shreveport and will include a visit to New York City October 26-27. Buyers can request presale orders, she said. 

A MUST BUY — A book that will officially hit the market October 20 during a launch that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST at Broadmoore Branch Library in Shreveport, Thomas’ “Against All Odds: From The Jail Cell To Leather Chairs, My Story God’s Glory” is centered mostly on what Thomas describes as the importance of one’s destiny amid hardships or, in a nutshell, the importance of getting the most out of life — thus living on the larger side of God — after having served time in prison.

“The divine message that I am sending to the audience is that sometimes, we have to take a bold step and create our own destiny. I want others to know that there is life after prison. I decided to do what I call my dosage of C’s. I decided to Challenge myself to Change and be Consistent.” — Author Myoshi Thomas 


What it all boils down to, according to this devout woman of faith, is devising ways in the natural and spirit to reconnect with the purpose for which God created us.

“I want (my readers) to know that if they won’t give you a chance make them notice you, then you create your own lane and succeed,” Thomas said. “I want them to know that if you believe it, you will achieve it.”

But in order to achieve it, Thomas acknowledged, we must become greatly committed to keeping Christ the Focal Point of our lives, especially after God has provided for us a way of escape.

“The main thing is keeping the Main Thing — Jesus,” Thomas said.  “To just do it and, if it is in alignment with what God has for you, get ready, get ready, because God will bring it to pass. (This book will teach us how to) change our mindset and go after what others say we can’t or won’t have. If I would have listened to what they were saying to and about me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

For Thomas, arguably her grandest battle and obstacle when she was released from prison was herself. In other words, she had admittedly found it difficult to come to grips with the fact that she — of all people — had once settled for room and board within the walls of a jail cell.

But God…

“I didn’t know how my story impacted others until I started sharing my story,” said Thomas, speaking as if to imply that confidence and self-esteem are at all-time highs. “For a long time, I used to be ashamed of myself and the fact that I spent time in prison until one of my coaches, a mentor and midwife, Kim Clayton, started inviting me to speak at her events.”

START SPREADING THE NEWS — In the coming weeks, Thomas will kick off her six-month national book tour that will begin with book signings in Shreveport and will include a visit to New York City October 26-27.

They were, as Thomas recalled, life-enhancing, empowerment events that essentially provided her with the ideal platform and scenery to open up about her past checkered life.

But God…

“From there, others started asking me to come share my story, and it was amazing to me how they were saying my purpose is to be inspiring to others and to encourage them to get out of their own way,” Thomas said. (You’ve got to) trust the process and allow God to use you. I never imagined that my life would be life-saving for others…that my story of when all odds were against me, I was the underdog.”

FROM PRISON TO THE PALACE — For Thomas, arguably her grandest battle and obstacle when she was released from prison was herself. In other words, she had admittedly found it difficult coming to grips with the fact that she — of all people — had once settled for room and board within the walls of a jail cell.

To Thomas’ credit, because she was committed to embracing a godly life after life in prison, she’s appreciative of the notion that unlike never before, God is steadfastly using her for His glory.

Because, after all, we serve a God Who finds great pleasure in exalting and elevating underdogs.

“I am that light and hope for ex-felons who think they can’t get a college degree, own successful business, or always look down upon because of past mistakes,” Thomas said. “The reason I wrote this book is to encourage, equip, and empower females, to let them know that our past does not define us, to use the bricks that are thrown at us to build our pathway…to know that no matter how many ‘No’s’ comes our way, a ‘Yes’ is in the making.”

Yes! Who wouldn’t serve a God like that!

For more information about Shreveport, Louisiana Author Myoshi Thomas, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Myoshi Thomas. Also, send email to: mthomas551@gmail.com. 


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas/Fort Worth author Mel Brown McGinnis’ newly-released book drawing a variety of rave reviews


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MEL BROWN MCGINNIS


Come unto Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)


DALLAS — For Mel Brown McGinnis, age isn’t merely just a number, particularly as it pertains to her immeasurable gifts as a writer.

Consider, for instance, how at just the tender age of 14, McGinnis was appropriately introduced to her awe-inspiring gift as a writer, an introduction that, much to her delight, was orchestrated by God Almighty.

“I’ve known since I was 14 years old that writing is my calling and my God-given gift,” McGinnis told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve been writing poetry since that time, but was never in a position to publish my work.”

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CONSTANT PAGE TUNER — Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Mel Brown McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.” (Photos By Lynsey Wade)

Fortunately for McGinnis, that all changed some four years ago.

That’s because in 2014, this Louisiana native began working diligently on her novel.

Never mind that she consequently endured the dreaded writer’s block or, as she recalls, she “couldn’t quite move the story and the characters forward.”

Fast forward to some three years later, September 2017 to be exact.

“I was having dinner with an author friend of mine and we were discussing the timeline for finishing my book,” McGinnis explained. “I mentioned to her that I didn’t know if I was quite ready to move forward with the novel, but that I had all of these poems that I had written a few years back that really helped me to get through some dark days.”

MORE ON MEL BROWN MCGINNIS: www.authormelmcginnis.com23

LOUISIANA PURCHASE — A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet.

It was, by all accounts, because of those darks — those spiritually challenging and wilderness experiences — that have greatly helped propel McGinnis to authorship greatness.

That’s because McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.”

A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet from the small town of Monroe, Louisiana.

“This compilation takes you on a journey of love, loss and triumph,” said a spokesperson for McGinnis’ new book in a thorough breakdown at Amazon.com. Reflections is a collection of inspirational poetry, prose, and pictures from all over the world taken by the author during her travels, including selections from the author’s photo collection, ‘Natural Elements.’ The poetry, prose, and images work together to tell stories of empowering women, finding love after heartbreak, advocating against domestic violence, navigating the political landscape, creating pathways to success from humble beginnings, reveling in a love of sports, and paying tribute to a musical legend.”

What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

A licensed attorney and certified sports agent, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Mass Communications and Journalism from Louisiana State University.

STANDING OVATION — What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

“The message that God is using me to deliver is that no matter how dark the days may be, never give up on yourself and never give up on your dreams,” McGinnis said. “I use this book to discuss themes of women’s empowerment and advocating against domestic violence.”

McGinnis said a percentage of sales from her book are donated to Women Called Moses, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for victims of domestic violence.

Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the grandest reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom, most notably through her endeavor as an author.

“After a difficult divorce, I was in a very dark place mentally,” McGinnis explained. “I didn’t know how to move forward in my life and I struggled just to get through each day. I would pray to God and say, ‘Ok God, so let’s make a deal. If You will just give me the strength to get through the day and get back to my car, then I can just cry when I get in the car on my way home. But please don’t let me have a breakdown at work.’

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“I cried every day literally for six months straight, and I just didn’t think I was going to get through it,” McGinnis continued. “But I did. One day, I went home and I said, today will be the last day I cry about this. And it was. Prayer was my source of strength. I just want people to know that no matter how hard things get, have faith in God and His plan for your life, and you can get through anything.”

Fortunately for McGinnis, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

VIRTUOUS WOMAN — McGinnis is having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

Following what was a busy past few weeks, during which her book has become a constant fixture in the community and on the literary circuit, McGinnis will continue her book tour with a return to her native establishment of Monroe to host what is known as “Conversations With Mel.” This event will involve a Q & A segment and book signing and will take place at the Ouachita Parish Library on October 12.

McGinnis is scheduled to host a similar event on October 13 at the Louisiana Cotton Museum in nearby Lake Providence, where she was raised during the early years of her life.

Also, she will stop in Fort Worth, where she will attend the Women In Local Government Summit that is known as Women in Leadership: A Seat at the Table on October 25, during which she will be a guest speaker and a panelist, but isn’t expected to promote her book.

BUT GOD — Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom.

However, she will be promoting “Poetry & Prose” on October 28, which will be highlighted by live readings and a book signing at Victory Drinklab in New Orleans.

In wrapping up the tour, McGinnis will be on hand for “Conversations From The White Sofa” that is powered by the Book Club Brunch, an event that will take place in February 3, 2019 in Plano, Texas.

Talk about having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

“I am first a child of God, and I truly believe I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” McGinnis said. “I would hope to inspire others to believe the same.”

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Fortunately for McGinnis, a proud alumnus of Louisiana State University, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

That she’s certainly doing with God, her Helper, leading the way.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Mel Brown McGinnis, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: authormelmcginnis

Instagram: @authormelmcginnis

Twitter: @author_mel

Also, send email to: authormelmcginnis@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Toya Knowles doing it big in Texas as successful salon owner

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES TOYA KNOWLES


DALLAS — Toya Knowles is a proud native of Illinois.

Much to her delight, she’s doing things big in Texas.

Consider, for instance, the awe-inspiring passion for her vision, a development to which Knowles essentially was introduced way back when she was in grade school — the sixth grade to be technical.

“I got a full ride to Lewis University in Lisle, Illinois on an academic scholarship,” Knowles, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail how she had managed to discover her God-orchestrated gifts. “However, I knew since I was in sixth grade that I wanted to do hair. I was that kid in the neighborhood doing everyone’s hair.”

REPRESENTING “THE CHI” WELL — A native of Chicago, Toya Knowles, 47, has flourished mightily, thus made a name for herself as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest beauty professionals and salon owners.

In what undoubtedly has become a remarkable sequence of events, Knowles has gone from one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hair stylists to one whom, well, is doing big things in Texas.

A native of Chicago, Knowles, 47, has flourished mightily, thus made a name for herself as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest beauty professionals and salon owners.

Once a stellar and talented multi-sport athlete, Knowles wasted little time delving off into this ever-so-competitive cosmetology industry, having made the leap into her selected field immediately after earning her high school diploma from Chicago’s Harvard St. George.

DESTINY STEPS UNFOLDING — Knowles’ salon — located at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Suite 132 inside of Phoenix Suites in nearby Frisco, Texas — will go into full operations October 16.

“Once high school was over, I went straight to beauty school,” Knowles said. “I believe I am more of a beauty coach. I love share everything I know and learn with everyone. Sharing is caring.”

As for how her competitive drive has greatly helped propel her to function in her element for such a time as now, Knowles contends that such a drive doesn’t really exist as it pertains to her profession.

Knowles’ salon, located at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Suite 132 inside of Phoenix Suites in nearby Frisco, Texas, will go into full operations October 16.

“When I think competitive, I think of competing with someone, and for me, it’s never been about competing with anyone,” Knowles said. “It is just doing what I love and continued learning and growing at what I love to do.”

Like a number of her peers and colleagues, Knowles was destined from the outset to — for a lack of better words — get in where she fits in.

THE BUSINESSLIKE APPROACH — As for how her competitive drive has greatly helped propel her to function in her element for such a time as now, Knowles contends such a drive doesn’t really exist as it pertains to her profession.

Look at her today, a proud native of Illinois whom, much to her delight, is doing things big in Texas.


“I believe there’s always room for anybody in this career as it’s a billion dollar  industry, so it’s no need to compete. It’s (all about being) inspired by other people to allow you to continue to grow and being around like-minded people. I simply just love what I do. I love to see everyone that sits in my chair feel good about themselves and, for me, it’s not just about focusing on the outside. It’s about focusing on the inside as well.” — Texas Entrepreneur Toya Knowles 


With her continuous progress as a thriving businesswoman has emerged an assortment of lofty goals and ambitions, something about which Knowles is empowered to tackle head on.

GOD’S PLAN — In what undoubtedly has become a remarkable sequence of events, Knowles has gone from one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hair stylists to one whom, well, is doing big things in Texas.

“My goal was to go to Jones Commercial Career Academy to take business management in my junior and senior year, then go to hair school,” Knowles said. “But when the public schools went on strike, my dad made me stay in private school.”

Despite those assortment of obstacles, Knowles steadfastly kept her focus on what mattered most — her monumental vision of fulfilling her goals and ambitions.

And that she has surely done, a trend that has given way to her savoring the best of both worlds, both in the Windy City and Big D.

“As of now, my venture has allowed me to build two amazing clienteles in Chicago and Dallas,” Knowles said. “Even though I no longer do hair in my home town, I still get phones calls on a weekly basis about my services in Chicago from my YouTube a channel. And the best part is I’m still very close to all my clients, who have now turned into friends and family. I don’t care to say clients.  I prefer friends and family.”

Speaking of family, Knowles is especially grateful to hers for helping to steer her in the right directions, particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential in such a competitive and popular industry.

“Well if I had to say who inspired me, I will have to say my daddy, even though he was totally against me going to hair school,” said Knowles, who also credits her mother, grandmother, and a host of others for their valiant support. “It made me want to show him how much I was passionate about it and, once he saw me in action, he became my No. 1 fan.”

‘NOT TODAY, DEVIL’ — Despite those assortment of obstacles, Knowles steadfastly kept her focus on what mattered most — her monumental vision of fulfilling her goals and ambitions.

Fortunately for her and to her distinctly unique credit, Knowles has at her disposal a slew of solid and dedicated fans and supporters, many of whom make up the very clients — err, family and friends — she routinely services.  

“My personal mission is to impact anyone who sits in my chair and to teach them how to create their blueprint for their lifestyle,” said Knowles whom, on November 5, will be launching a 16-week course on short hair. “I believe when you have people that inspire you and poured into you, it’s only right to give back what you have learned . You must pay it forward.”

To her credit, she certainly paying it forward virtually daily, all the while doing things big in Texas in the process.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth Businesswoman Toya Knowles or to inquire about her services, call 773-330-1876. Also, send email to: iamtoyaknowles@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mother of slain NBA player to be keynote speaker at C. L. Tim Williams’ Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet November 10.

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES C. L. WILLIAMS 


In case you don’t know him, C. L. Tim Williams would like to introduce himself.

A 56-year-old native of Cincinnati, Williams — who’s original name is Chester Williams, though he’s widely known as “C. L.” — is a military veteran who served as a U. S. Navy chief.

A longtime Mid-Southerner, Williams currently functions as a federal civil servant, whereby he works for the U. S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (or OFCCP) as an Equal Opportunity Specialist and Compliance Officer.

TEN-NES-SEE HIS SUCCESSAn accomplished businessman and ambassador for the Memphis metropolitan area, C. L. Williams is founder and chief executive officer of Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., a local non-profit organization that centers largely on philanthropic goals, most notably charitable, educational, religious, or other activities that strategically serves the public interest or common good.

An accomplished businessman and ambassador for the Memphis metropolitan area, Williams is founder and chief executive officer of Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., a local non-profit organization that centers largely on philanthropic goals, most notably charitable, educational, religious, or other activities that strategically serves the public interest or common good.

“Giving back to the community gives us a pleasant feeling of connectedness and satisfaction,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of this institution on the Giving Back Memphis, Inc. Facebook page.

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When asked how his competitive drive in life propelled him for his business venture, Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, “It was not really a competitive drive in life that propelled me for my business venture, but more so an altruistic commitment to duty to community and humanity for the blessings bestowed upon me.”

To his credit, Williams’ reputation is such that he routinely goes to great lengths to give back to the community.

In a big way, too.

CREATING A MEDIA BUZZ — When asked how his competitive drive in life propelled him for his business venture, Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, “It was not really a competitive drive in life that propelled me for my business venture, but more so an altruistic commitment to duty to community and humanity for the blessings bestowed upon me.”

On November, Williams will hold his Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet from 6 to 10 p.m. CST at the Esplanade Memphis, located at 901 Cordova Station Avenue in Cordova.

Deemed an unforgettable evening of dining, fellowship, giveaways, live music, networking, and getting to know Always Giving Back, this event will benefit the Community For A Greater Memphis Parents Of Murdered Children Chapter.

Deborah Marion, the mother of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, will be the keynote speaker.

Drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wright is a former University of Memphis star, who enjoyed a 13-year NBA career that also included stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

REMEMBERING HER FIRST LOVE — Deborah Marion, the mother of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, will be the keynote speaker. Drafted with the seventh overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wright, a former University of Memphis star, enjoyed a 13-year NBA career that was also included stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers. In a July 2010, Wright was killed and his body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, just west of Hacks Cross Road. On December 15, 2017, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder.

In a July 2010, Wright was killed and his body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, just west of Hacks Cross Road.

On December 15, 2017, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder.

As for his forthcoming Black & White Affair Banquet, Williams emphasized, among other things, that the Memphis chapter will aid mostly the underserved parents of murdered children and siblings, particularly assisting them to navigate through the grief process and through the criminal justice system.

Williams’ Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc. has been serving Greater Memphis since 2006 and became a full fledge non-profit organization in 2014.

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“It is imperative that I esteem and inspire others as often as opportunities exist, because to whom much is given, much is required,” said Williams, whose organization also offers free seminars on basic financial literacy, effective public speaking, and prostate cancer awareness and screening, as well as raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Society can be very cruel to disenfranchised and underserved people, and to ensure they are provided opportunities to thrive and become productive members of society, it is my reasonable service to advocate for them.”

As for his personal mission for having adopted a passion for giving back, Williams acknowledged that it all goes back to what he describes as his “humble beginnings.”

“I been blessed by having a pretty successful life,” Williams said. “My personal mission is to give back and serve at every possible opportunity.”

NEVER FORGET TO REMEMBER — As for his forthcoming Black & White Affair Banquet, Williams emphasized, among other things, that the Memphis chapter will aid mostly the underserved parents of murdered children and siblings, particularly assisting them to navigate through the grief process and through the criminal justice system.

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organization Development from Colorado Technical University, Williams earned a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in St. Louis.

Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Ministry from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman C. L. Tim Williams, to inquire about tickets for the Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet, or to make donations to Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., call 757.618.7648, or write to: 7586 Elpine Gray Drive Arlington, Tennessee 38002-8525. Also, connect with him via social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AGBMemphisHQ/, or send email to: agbmem@gmail.com.


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Memphis entrepreneur Sametria Alexander displaying a ‘servant’s heart’ through Walking Into Your Destiny, LLC

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES SAMETRIA ALEXANDER 


During a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Sametria Alexander found herself reflecting on the life and legacy of someone very special and dear to her heart.

That special and dear someone: Sam “Sonny” Flowers.

Sam Flowers is the late grandfather of Alexander, a longtime Mid-South-area businesswoman whom, as she specifically acknowledged, essentially paved the way for her to possess and savor entrepreneurship excellence.

DESTINY STEPS — To her distinctly unique credit, Memphian Sametria Alexander has not only established her business, but she’s savoring a considerable amount of success in the process as the proud founder and CEO of Walking Into Your Destiny, LLC.

Once an accomplished entrepreneur in his own right, Sonny owned a Clarksdale, Mississippi-based roofing company for years until his death.

Alexander, meanwhile, recalls like yesterday how she watched in such wonderment her beloved grandfather functioning mightily in his element.

“The men who worked for him would come to his house every Friday to get paid, and my granddad would give them their earnings for the week,” Alexander recalled. “In Clarksdale, Mississippi, it was uncommon for a black man to have a business, let alone have white customers, but I watched him do it until the day that he died. It’s how he took care of his family. Although none of his children ventured out to start their own businesses, I always knew being a business owner was in me because of him…and that if he could do it, I could too.”

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A business venture that went into full operations some four years ago, Alexander, 36, is routinely afforded the opportunity to display her immeasurable skills as an editor, publisher, and ghost writer.

To her distinctly unique credit, Alexander has not only established her business, but she’s savoring a considerable amount of success in the process as the proud founder and CEO of Walking Into Your Destiny, LLC.

A business venture that went into full operations some four years ago, Alexander, 36, is routinely afforded the opportunity to display her immeasurable skills as an editor, publisher, and ghost writer.

Not only that, this Memphis-based businesswoman is an accomplished author who assembled the awe-inspiring book that bears her venture’s name: Walking Into Your Destiny.

Because after all, the way things have appropriately shaped up for Alexander in recent years, it’s safe to assume that she’s surely walking in the destiny for which God created her.

“My business consists of helping aspiring authors to tell their personal stories,” Alexander, a Memphis Wooddale High graduate, said. “I believe that everyone has a story, a purpose, and a destiny to fulfill in life. It is refreshing and a sense of therapy when one is able to put their life’s experiences into a book.”

As Alexander acknowledged, helping steer her clients through the book publishing process customarily brings about a sense of gratification.

A graduate of Memphis’ historic LeMoyne-Owen College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Alexander earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

“And how exciting it is to become an author in the process,” Alexander says with a smile. “My ultimate goal is to help these authors help others who may have gone through similar life events. I believe when others tell their story, it not only allows the author to forgive and set themselves free but it also helps others who read about these authors.

TEN-NES-SEE HER THRIVING — Memphis-based businesswoman is an accomplished author who assembled the awe-inspiring book that bears her venture’s name: Walking Into Your Destiny.

When asked how her competitive drive in life greatly propelled her for her business venture, Alexander said: “When I think of what the word competitive means, I would say that I have never been the competitive type. I have always been introverted to myself, but I have always had the drive to want to succeed and not outdo anyone, but be of help to the world around me.”

Credit those who are comprised of Alexander’s solid support system for their valiant contributions, particularly as it pertains to staying humble as a progressive and thriving entrepreneur.

“I have a servant’s heart, I’d like to say,” said Alexander, whose globally-acclaimed business caters to individuals and groups of all ages worldwide. “So it has always been in me to want to help people.”

Besides her grandfather, there are others who have played monumental roles in Alexander’s rise as a notable entrepreneur.

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — As Alexander acknowledged, helping steer her client through the book publishing process customarily brings about a sense of gratification.

“I am inspired by many who I would not have time to name,” Alexander said. “But I would have to say that my inspiration comes from my late grandmother, Ruthie Mae Flowers. During my parents’ divorce, I had to live with her for two years, and during those two years, she introduced me to what it means to not just know God, but to have a relationship with God.

Of course, Alexander’s mother, Verna Collins-Jones, also has had an immeasurable impact on her entrepreneurship success.

“She kept me humble,” Alexander said of her mother. “I volunteered at soup kitchens, because of her and I learned humility from her.”

No one, it seems, stood out like good ole gramps, Alexander hinted.

“I am proud to be a granddaughter of a business owner from rural Mississippi, and I hope in some way that he would be proud of what I have accomplished so far.”

Without question, he surely is.

Hands down.

For more information about Memphis  Businesswoman Sametria Alexander or to inquire about her services, connect with her via Facebook at: Sametria Flowers-Alexander. Also, send email to: sametriaalexander@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Linda Nickson Hunter writes emotionally heartfelt book amid husband’s death

DALLAS — Just after 4 o’clock CST Thursday morning, Linda Nickson Hunter and a trio of family members boarded a plane at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, bound for a trip to Denver, where they would engage in their much-anticipated family reunion.

“It’s a family affair,” Hunter and Co. staged in a Facebook post as they were about to take flight from North Texas to Colorado.

For Hunter, not only was this weekend one about which she was afforded the golden opportunity to reunite with a number of beloved family members, but it was a time during which she would be allowed to share of her latest project as an accomplished author.

Hunter is the mastermind behind the astounding and informative book entitled, “MY L.L.”

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REMEMBERING GOOD OLE ROD — Linda Nickson Hunter is the mastermind behind the astounding and informative book entitled, “MY L.L.” A 300-plus page written document that was officially released on June 19, 2013, Hunter’s “MY L.L.” was assembled amid the death of her beloved husband, Roderick, who passed away in 1996.   “We were high school sweethearts.  He was my love and my best friend,” Hunter told Making Headline News during a weekend interview from Denver.

A 300-plus page written document that was officially released on June 19, 2013, Hunter’s “MY L.L.” was assembled amid the death of her beloved husband, Roderick, who passed away in 1996.

“We were high school sweethearts.  He was my love and my best friend,” Hunter told Making Headline News during a weekend interview from Denver.

According to a thorough breakdown of Hunter’s book at Amazon.com, “MY L. L.” is deemed a story this writer refers to as “constant challenges,” one that is accompanied by what she dubs the “hauntingly familiar in the pursuit of success.”

Moreover, “In the most ambitious book of her career, Linda Hunter gives us not only a thought-provoking epic of love and inspiration, but an enlightening of the passageways of bringing dreams to fruition,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Hunter’s book.

A book she began composing in March 1997, just months after Roderick’s demise, Hunter spent approximately 15 years to finish a project that has become an intriguingly eye-catching and attention-grabbing read for her reading audience.

“I didn’t finish it until 2012,” Hunter said. “I wrote as I was inspired to write. Sometimes, I thought of things I left out and would have to go back and include it.”

Once Hunter’s first book had finally come off of the printer and made its much-anticipated presence on the market, it was then that she had come to a realization that surely, this project was well worth the decade and a half spent in putting it all together.


“We were high school sweethearts.  He was my love and my best friend,” Hunter told Making Headline News during a weekend interview from Denver.

— Linda Nickson Hunter, reflecting on the life and legacy of her late husband, Roderick, who died in 1996

“So far, this is the only book I have written, but have been a ghost writer for a few others that I can’t mention,” Hunter said. “However, I do plan to write many more (books). I do enjoy writing.”

Interestingly, the overall layout of her book is one Hunter — along with her son, Roderick, who assisted her with layout — customarily labels “intentional,” meaning she was destined to offer her reading audience a distinctly unique design that would immediately grasp its attention.

“The type print of this book was intentional so people would look at it and want to read it,” Hunter said. “People who have purchased it said they loved it.  They said they weren’t readers but once they started reading my book they couldn’t put it down. They said they got a visual picture as they were reading it. They said they cried, they laughed, and they were inspired and really enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it to their loved ones and friends.”

This weekend in Denver is no exception.

Especially now that a much-anticipated family affair is presently taking place.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Linda Nickson Hunter or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Linda Nickson Hunter. Also, send email to: hunterllh@aol.com.


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Georgia ordained elder Dolores Jackson’s Faith Under Fire Ministry impacting lives mightily in the Body of Christ

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV)

 

One thing about Dolores Jackson, she’s always going to keep it positive.

Or she’ll make it a point to observe virtually every situation or circumstance from God’s perspective.

To her credit, that certainly rings true when it comes to her crossing paths with others.

Said Jackson in a rather spirited, encouraging Facebook just before noon EST on Wednesday:

“God, I thank You for the blessing of the love of good friends. Each day, my friends shower me with love and care, and I feel comfort knowing they are always there for me. I am so grateful for each one of them, as different and unique as they are, for the things they teach me. My friends are like gemstones, so priceless and beautiful. Thank you Lord.”

And just like that, Jackson, an Georgia-based ordained elder, had appropriately exemplified yet another dose of agape love, as only she could.

“Know this…being saved is a struggle,” Jackson, 55, told Making Headline News during a recent interview, during which she recalled the memorable events leading to her having effectively accepted her divine calling in ministry.

For Jackson, a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi — a small, rural town that’s roughly 30 miles south of Memphis — it seemed a foregone conclusion that she’d ultimately assume a notable, commendable role as one of God’s devoted spokespersons.

For starters, Jackson is the product of a Christian-based foundation whereby her family is comprised of as many as a dozen ministers or preachers, she explained.

Thanks in large part to the unyielding support of her husband, her son, as well as the valiant support of a host of family members and close acquaintances, and it’s no wonder Jackson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s destined to be on fire for God for such a time as now.

Times that, truth be told, are widely deemed as perilous.

Having been raised mostly as a Methodist, Jackson was the product of the Catholic school system, although she didn’t particularly study the Catholic religion, she acknowledged.

Nevertheless, like most of her peers — particularly those who were brought up in the church — she had become a fixture in the Body of Christ at a relatively young age.

“My mom and dad made absolutely sure that I attended church regularly,” Jackson recalled.

It is, by all accounts, because of Jackson’s desire to sellout to God during her youth that practically sums up why she’s just as on fire to serve the Lord today, a trend that, much to her delight, has given way to her emerging as the mastermind of what is known as her Faith Under Fire Ministry.

“My parents taught me to love, respect, and to work hard,” said Jackson, when asked what were amongst the key values she was taught as a child.

Demonstrating a resourceful, resilient work ethic is surely something by which Jackson has steadily kept going in her spiritual repertoire even to this very day.

“I kept falling and struggling with my faith,” she recalled.

Still, because of who she is and because of where God is taking her, even when she seemed on the brink of falling, even when it seemed her faith was bleak, even when it seemed the enemy had the upper hand on her faith walk with God, there was God, strategically setting her aside for His use.

Talk about fortifying some proverbial bend-but-don’t faith under fire.

“For God I live, and for God I will die,” Jackson often says when sharing of her assortment of faith-based testimonies. “It is not easy. If it was, we would not need Christ. It is a process.”

A process that, much to her delight, has greatly given way to her emerging as one of God’s most devoted spokespersons.

“Finally, I began to realize that Christ is part of the process, that Christ is key to the process, that Christ is the success of the process,” Jackson said.

Well said by a big-hearted woman of God, one who’s widely known for always keeping it positive.

For more information Elder Dolores Jackson or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: “Dolores Jackson.” Also, send email to: extraordinary216@gmail.com.


 

 

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Baltimore Leadership Coach JaVaughna Bevel bringing out positive change through her flourishing organization

There’s no other way to put it.

JaVaughna Bevel is all about helping implement change.

A PROVEN LEADER — A native of Baltimore, JaVaughna Bevel, 33, is widely known as a Certified Leadership Coach and the CEO of A Leading Way, which is a leadership development company, whereby she works specifically with a variety of organizations to improve their leadership capacity through professional and personal development workshops, training, and assessments, among other things.

“I love that I am able to make an impact on multiple lives by interacting with just one person,” Bevel, a Baltimore, Maryland-area businesswoman, told Making Headline News this week. “Leadership is such a complex subject and people tend to forget that leaders are servants.”

To her distinctly unique credit, Bevel has appropriately provided a whole new twist to the significance of displaying a servant’s heart.

A native of Baltimore, Bevel, 33, is widely known as a Certified Leadership Coach and the CEO of A Leading Way, which is a leadership development company, whereby she works specifically with a variety of organizations to improve their leadership capacity through professional and personal development workshops, training, and assessments, among other things.

MORE ON JAVAUGHNA BEVEL’S A LEADING WAY: https://www.aleadingway.com

“I provide training on diversity and cultural competency as well,” Bevel explained. “I also coach female leaders on navigating life as a woman in power with multiple roles — mother, wife, friend, sister, confident, girl boss, etc.”

In addition, Bevel’s organization offers one-on-one coaching, as well as group coaching, online training, and in-person workshops to women in power, particularly those who aspire to achieve their goals while standing firm in their success.

Interestingly, Bevel announced that she’s presently developing a youth leadership academy for girls ranging in ages 8 to 17, an institution that will focus largely on self-confidence, self-perception, team building, making positive decisions, and being a positive leader amongst their friends, she emphasized.

A TRUE PROFESSIONAL — Given the notable and immeasurable strides she’s made in such a short timeframe as a businesswoman, one would be hard-pressed to believe that it’s only been a year since Bevel deemed it essential to delve off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.

“I am able to go into an organization and remind leaders of their true purpose which, in turn, improves the outcomes for employees, customers, and partners,” Bevel said. “Better leadership equals better business practices. Better business practices equals increased revenue.”

Given the notable and immeasurable strides she’s made in such a short timeframe as a businesswoman, one would be hard-pressed to believe that it’s only been a year since Bevel deemed it essential to delve off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.

“I didn’t decide to become an entrepreneur until I was 32 years old,” Bevel said. “From the time I started working at 16, I was fine with working for someone else. I was content with receiving a reliable source of income that allotted me a 30-minute lunch break and four weeks’ vacation. I was content with being responsible for only my actions, but I was unhappy.”

SOLID TRACK RECORD — While she’s assumed the CEO label for her company for just one year, her wealth of experience in leadership, team building, communication and interpersonal skills date back more than 10 years.

All things considered, such unhappiness had ultimately fueled Bevel’s desire to devise ways to broaden her horizons, to seek and embrace new challenges, thus maximize her potential.

To her credit, she persevered diligently until she reaped favorable results.

“I needed to change everything, because I was so unfulfilled in my professional life,” Bevel explained.

A professional stint that spans more than a decade — most notably as a full time registered diagnostic medical sonographer in urology, fertility, and general sonography — Bevel undoubtedly boasts the educational credentials that have greatly enabled her to function in her element for such a time as now.

A 2002 graduate of Baltimore’s Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, Bevel enrolled at nearby Coppin State University, where during a brief tenure she majored in General Science with an emphasis on Biology.

Consequently, she enrolled at Sanford Brown Institute, which led to her having acquired a certificate in sonography in 2007. Then in 2016, Bevel was awarded a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Sciences from The University of South Dakota.

While she’s assumed the CEO label for her company for just one year, her wealth of experience in leadership, team building, communication and interpersonal skills date back more than 10 years.

Which, as a result, goes to show there’s no other way to put it.

Bevel is all about helping implement change as evidenced by her remarkable progress within the past year.

“When I work with women leaders, it brings joy to my heart when they are finally able to live their best lives, because of something they learned from me,” said Bevel, adding that her children are amongst those — her “No. 1 reason,” she stressed — who have fueled her desire to live out her dreams. “Helping other women with lives similar to my own and (helping them) learn to navigate through the chaos and emerge on top is the ultimate gift for me. I love working with young girls to get them started early in their roles as women in power. Shaping them into young women that are prideful and purposeful in their actions. I am elated to be able to help young girls eliminate self-doubt and become, fierce, respected and positive leaders and role models.”

As for her mission for sharing — and inspiring — before the masses A Leading Way, Bevel doesn’t shy away from the notion that it all boils down to change. Positive change, that is.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Interestingly, Bevel announced that she’s presently developing a youth leadership academy for girls ranging in ages 8 to 17, an institution that will focus largely on self- confidence, self- perception, team building, making positive decisions, and being a positive leader amongst their friends, she emphasized.

“I want to change the way people view leadership and give them alternative ways to lead through positivity, inspiration, creativity and innovation,” Bevel said. “I became a leadership coach to transcend the barriers that have been invisibly placed on leadership roles and open people’s eyes to people centered leadership that will not only improve business but improve the well- being of others because people will feel valued, and when they feel valued they feel confident in their abilities. My mission is to inspire leaders to create more leaders.”

Especially her beloved children.

“I am a firm believer of my purpose being my passion and my reasons being my why,” said Bevel, adding that Caitlyn Davis, President of Empower Girls Inc., are amongst those who helped steer her in the right direction. “My children look to me for guidance and when they see mommy taking control of her time, her happiness and her life, they are excited. They know that mommy can spend more time with them and that they can achieve anything that they set their minds to.”

Just like she did.

There’s no other way to put it.

 

For more information about Certified Leadership Coach JaVaughna Bevel of A Leading Way or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, call 410.701.0382 or email her at: info@aleadingway.com.  Also, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/aleadingwayllc
Instagram: Instagram.com/coachjavaughna
Twitter: twitter.com/coachjavaughna
LinkedIn: Ja Vaughna Bevel, RDMS, BSHSc

 

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