ZOOM CON 2017 Speakers

Helping girls to accelerate into leadership

Keynotes, sessions and debates focused on girls empowerment, gender advocacy, leadership, branding, emotional intelligence, learning, voice cultivation, healthcare, skill acceleration, matriculation into womanhood and more, with many reflecting current industry news.

ZOOM CON welcomes the brightest minds in education, private sector and government to come and discuss the critical issues surrounding girls in leadership. We look forward to seeing you in 2017 in Atlanta.

Shekina Farr Moore, Ed.D., is an educator, author and gender & social justice advocate. She is the Founder of ZOOM CON and the CEO of B2F Girls Worldwide, a gender empowerment incubator that produces advocacy initiatives, campaigns and events. She has spoken out against gender oppression and disempowerment since 1992, penning her first published article, "Blocking Out the Gender Gap", while a high school student. This article garnered the attention of the National Press for Women. She is also the author of Blah to FierceBeautiful, Big-boned and Brown and co-author of When Dark Chocolate is Bittersweet: Controversy Within A Culture

She has since received many national and community awards for her work with social justice and gender advocacy, including the Volunteer Service Award signed by President Barack Obama and a standing ovation and read resolution by the GA House of Representatives. In 2015, she was named among Atlanta’s “Who’s Who” and was recognized as one of 52 Empowering Women Who Empower Girls in 2014. She has been featured for her work in gender advocacy by many publications, including The Huffington Post.

Shekina and her husband, Stanford E. Moore, run EROOM Marketing Group--Black Reins Magazine, an American quarterly geared to African-American Cowboys and horse enthusiasts and Literacy Moguls Publishing Co.

ZOOM CON Founder

Beauty. Ambition. Intellect. Mrs. Kimberly M. Chapman is a LEGEND in her own right.
Mrs. Chapman is a graduate of Central Wesley College (Now Southern Wesley University) lives and breathes the word “visionary” as the co-creator of Chapman Products Inc. into the extraordinary company it is today. Chapman Products Inc. is a conglomerate that houses Nairobi Professional, Congo Professional, Kerefena Natural Hair Smoothing System, Chapman Foundation Inc., and SHEEN Magazine-all entities that Mrs. Chapman oversees.

 

With Chapman Products Inc. on the rise as a prominent hair care company in the industry, it was important to expand the brand awareness into media and community outreach. In 1999, she founded the Chapman Foundation, which provides scholarships to high school students, delivers school supplies, toys to the less fortunate and much more. SHEEN Magazine is the brainchild of Kimberly Chapman. It was founded in 2006 and combines all of her favorite things--beauty, fashion and hair--to create The Ultimate Beauty Guide for the modern-day women while also promoting self-love.

 

Mrs. Kimberly M. Chapman is the epitome of turning a dream into reality. Mrs. Chapman is married to chemist William P. Chapman and they have two children, William “Tre” Chapman and Antonia Chapman-Merced.

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Lisa Nicole Cloud is a true multifaceted business mogul who has achieved phenomenal success as a self-made millionaire, author, direct sales expert, fashion designer and founder of the Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN). She is the CEO of Elite Marketing Strategies, Lisa Nicole Cloud Enterprises and the Lisa Nicole Collection. As an author, noted motivational speaker and sales trainer, Lisa is a powerhouse in her own right. She is the epitome of proof that with hard work, a bulls eye focus, personal development, and great mentorship, anyone is capable of living the life of their dreams. 

 

With a keen sense of style and a sophisticated eye for design, Lisa Nicole Cloud took the fashion world by storm with the 2013 debut of 3 lines; the Lisa Nicole Collection, the Lisa Nicole Diamond Collection, and the Lisa Nicole Signature collection. Lisa Nicole is also a TV personality on Married to Medicine. Powered by Bravo TV, Married to Medicine is a reality TV show that prescribes the perfect blend of sass, class, and brass in the backdrop of metropolitan Atlanta.

Special Guest & ZOOM CON 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Jocasta "Mama J" Odum

Jocasta (Ma Ma J) Odom is a woman with so many hats. Yet, her largest and most rewarding hat that is being a mother of two handsome boys. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and her MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Management. For several years, Jocasta was the Lead Research Specialist and Lab Manager for the Bassell Lab at Emory University. Now Jocasta is the CEO and Founder of her company Friendly Conversations, LLC. Jocasta is also a published author of her book entitled Transformation. Just 14.5 years ago Jocasta founded her Women’s Organization Sistah Circle. She is a Certified Spiritual Life Coach who is focused on her client’s transformation. Jocasta is an excellent MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER whose truth takes her audience to another level.

Currently, Jocasta’s new hat is being a Radio Personality for 108PraiseRadio. She has interviewed some of the greats such as, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, and Deborah Cox just to name a few. She has her on show every Saturday, called That’s What’s Up with Jocasta. This show is impacted with the best music, motivation, latest news, celebrity interviews both nationally known and locally, financial education, and much more. Jocasta strives to put New Artist’s music out to provide them with a platform that they may not usually receive. Jocasta is a Reality Star from the CBS hit show Big Brother. Jocasta was one of 15 other houseguests on Big Brother. She has co-hosted on Studio 62 with Jamarcus Gaston, more television, and radio shows.

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Becky, who is referred to as the “Chief BOSSpreneur™” for her ability to help women transition from employee to entrepreneur, has been called the “Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon” for her straight-forward coaching skills that develops women into well-rounded business owners.

After a surgical procedure almost took her life in 2012, she made it her business to get down to business and pursue her purpose and passion of helping others to accelerate and grow professionally and personally. Leaving a 15-year career as a regional vice president with a fortune 500 company and a 25 career in upper retail management in 2012, she launched her consulting and coaching firm, MVPwork LLC 2013.

She has been featured in a number of publications for her contributions to women and entrepreneurs including The Network Journal, Essence and Black Enterprise. She has been recognized in Hope for Women Magazine as one of 25 women who inspire, a Women of Excellence by the Atlanta Gospel fest, and recognized as a Woman of Influence. Becky is the founder of Leading In High Heels, a non-profit focused on providing shoes to women of domestic violence and abuse. 

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Audria Richmond, the “Branding and Marketing Genius” and founder of the Building Big Brands Agency, is a popular, award-winning web and graphic design, branding and marketing consultant.
 

Her genius lies in her ability to create stunning designs and coach digital entrepreneurs, small business owners, creatives, executive leaders, and industry influencers on how to develop a profitable personal brand. In the last 2 years, her clients have generated more than $1 million in revenue – all by tapping into the real essence of their passion and talents.
 
Known for her straight talk and big personality, Audria’s work has garnered nearly a dozen awards and has been featured in various online publications, conferences and podcasts. 

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Erica Thomas is an author, speaker, mentor, and Georgia State Representative of district 39.Erica currently resides in Mabelton, GA with her daughter Dakota. She first gained experience with the General Assembly serving as Legislative Aide to the previous representative from House District 39.

 

Outside of Capitol life, Representative Thomas runs Speak Out Loud, a local nonprofit founded by Representative Thomas, dedicated to giving a voice to foster children who have been silenced by their circumstances. Speak Out Loud has expanded across the country and has chapters in Nigeria. She has also worked to establish libraries in various locations in Africa, which earned her the 2013 Ambassador for Peace Award from the Global Peace Foundation.

 

Thomas has also been awarded the 100 Black Men of America's Image award, Who's Who of Atlanta Most Influential and the National Action Network Action and Authority award. Additionally, she is the co-founder of Young Professionals of Cobb County.

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After a stellar female-focused education at Agnes Scott College and a brief stint in Paris, Lillian established WARDROBES by Lillian Charles, a personal styling business born of her heart for women's empowerment, passion for positive self-image, attention to detail and (let's be honest) love of clothes.  Coaching women through the process of getting dressed in a way that is both effortless and exciting is a dream come true for this fancy girl.  Lillian offers in-home wardrobe consultations, personal shopping, menswear styling, photoshoot styling, virtual styling and Stylish Empowerment seminars to clubs and corporations across the country. 

Breakout Speaker

Bob Mackey is dynamic and caring professional who uses his gifts for inspiration and motivation to inspire young men and women to achieve success in life. Bob was born into poverty in the small town of Center, Georgia and soon learned that eagles don’t fly with chickens.  Raised by his grandmother, uncle, single mother, and “whoever was off work at the time,” Bob soon realized that the odds were stacked against him. Like many at-risk youth, Bob was in danger of becoming a dropout statistic and that he did. Though he was placed in an academic program for gifted students, he spent most of his school days in in-school suspension programs. By the age of 15 he was well on his way down the road to failure, affiliating with the wrong crowd and neglecting his once-promising educational future.


Bob’s record of service to youth is impressive for such a young man and has become a hot commodity in the youth development world. He was the first and only child out of his six siblings to graduate from college, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. He found a promising career working for the Department of Juvenile Justice and the State of Georgia from 2005-2009 but soon realized  our youth were in a starving state for prevention just like he once was. He also served as the Regional Director of Education, Senior Club Director, & various positions for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia/Metro Atlanta, where he has been credited by all who know him for increasing graduation rates for club members by 87%, decreasing school discipline referrals by 50%, and decreasing juvenile delinquency rates by 30%. 

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Wife of an extremely supportive husband, mother of two beautiful girls, a prosperous career, the highest degree in the land, a championship tennis team, and lots of people who loved me...but that just didn’t cut it.  I experienced a looming sense of sadness; a flatness that I simply could not explain.  I literally found myself crying, on the floor of my closet, pleading to God to give me my passion back.  I came to realize that it wasn’t my passion that I’d lost, it was that I had forgotten why I was sent here; I was hungry for purpose.  Sure, I had achieved a certain level of success (a long time educational leader-teacher, principal, assistant superintendent), but my heart longed for significance.  My in-the-closet meltdown placed me squarely on the road to an awakened me--living, learning, being, and doing what I was sent to this earth to do.                                                             

My name is Dr. Barbara Swinney…and I am here to serve.  Certified Personal Leadership Coach with more than twenty years of experience as an educational leader and a student of personal growth and self-improvement; speaker, teacher, and writer inspiring transformational thinking and living.  I’m committed to challenging you to go D.E.E.P.E.R., so that your life can go higher!  

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Alison Feliciano is a CEO, speaker, author, but most importantly the widow of a veteran and a mother of two children which are priority. She calls it the inner circle. Alison has been in the finance, mortgage and real estate industries in different capacities for over 25 years. Although she is passionate about educating people in areas of credit and debt, above all it’s her calling to help people to dream big!  


A native New Yorker since moving to the Atlanta area, Alison has been able to speak to various groups in the area but has a passion of bring her message to the body of Christ. Alison Feliciano’s straight-from-the heart, high-energy, passionate message motives and engages all audiences to step in their greatness, providing them with the motivation to take the next step toward living their dream. Alison Feliciano’s charisma, warmth, and sense of humor has impacted many lives. 

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Ardre Orie is a writer, book publisher, playwright, film director and advocate on a mission to create meaningful media that reflects the diversity of our life’s experiences and feeds our souls. As the product of a single parent home and childhood survivor of domestic violence, Ardre recognized that there was great power in the transparency of her pain through storytelling. Her goal as a media maven is to create platforms and media that allow the voices of those who have suffered from oppressive circumstances to be heard. Orie has written for a host of clients including VH1, YouTube and the sports and entertainment industry as well as a bevy of everyday heroes.

 

Orie began her career as an author telling the stories of women in her local community at age 10.  As author of Consciously Beautiful: I Am Enough (2014), A Heroine in Heels (2015) and The Art of Storytelling (2016); writer and director of the theatrical productions Lipstick Monologues and The Heart of a Man; and film director of the documentary I Am Consciously Beautiful, Ardre Orie’s work sheds light on life’s experiences while closely examining the effects of mainstream media and societal norms that have defined our journeys and self-worth.

 

In 2015, Orie founded 13th & Joan, a multimedia publishing company to provide a vehicle for aspiring authors, playwrights and film directors to tell their stories with her support and guidance. Orie continues to thrive as the “Queen of Storytelling” while creating a rich legacy of love. Ardre Orie currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two daughters.

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Shalawn Willis

Shalawn Willis is an accomplished Beauty Industry professional specializing in makeup artistry. Shalawn's intense eye for detail and innate ability to enhance the natural beauty of her clients is a reflection of her creativity and precision. Shalawn gifted LAMIK Beauty her natural talent while serving as Regional Director and Makeup Artist six yeasrs ago. Shalawn has served as an industry specialist adding her value to various cosmetology and aesthetic programs for schools throughout Atlanta and surrounding areas. Her contribution helped prepare aspiring learners as they geared up for the beauty industry. Shalawn's repertoire includes published work with magazines and global print ad companies. Her most recent work has been featured on Bravo TV reality show "Married to Medicine" as Lisa Nicole Cloud's principle makeup artist for this season. Shalawn's passion for encouraging women to love their natural beauty and showing them how to enhance it drives her daily.

Breakout Speaker

Consuela "Connie" Morrison

Connie Schofield-Morrison has been writing since she was a young girl and is inspired every day by the big sounds and bright colors of the world around her. I Got the Rhythm is her first picture book.

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Aundrea Fomby Pope

Aundrea Pope has been a Librarian for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Public Health Information and Dissemination, for eight years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended on a full four-year academic scholarship from the Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. while in attendance there. Ms. Pope also holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s in Public Health from A.T. Still University.

 

She enjoys volunteering and helping others in her spare time. She is a CDC Ambassador, which is a program of CDC employee volunteers who inform students about CDC and its impact on shaping world health, plus encourages them to consider a career in public health. She has been a mentor for the CDC’s Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Student Ambassador and Internship Program and for middle and high school students for CDC’s chapter of Blacks in Government’s (BIG), Future Leaders in America’s Government (FLAG) program. Ms. Pope also enjoys volunteering with her church and has assisted with GED classes and the Angel Food Program.

Her most rewarding volunteer experience has come from her participation as an advisor for the Youth Empowerment for Environmental Awareness (Y.E.E.A) Club at the New Schools of Carver in Atlanta. As a mentor, she has learned the value of working with our youth who will ultimately become leaders in the workplace, community, and nation. Ms. Pope is also a graduate of the 2015 Atlanta Federal Executive Board Leadership Government Class. She believes and is on a mission to raise her three children to know that you win by working hard, building relationships, giving more than you take, and by being compassionate.

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Elizabeth Clark

A native of Tucker, Georgia, Elizabeth Clark planned to be an educator from a very young age.  As the daughter of a DeKalb County teacher, coach, and administrator, she was influenced by both her father's career and legacy as an educator and mentor to countless students and teachers​ and by the many wonderful teachers she had as a student in DeKalb County schools herself.  She went on to earn her Bachelor's in English at the University of Mississippi and her Master's in Secondary English Education at Georgia State University.  Her 22-year career in education has included working as a high school Language Arts teacher in Jackson, Mississippi, Atlanta, and Houston.  She also spent five years in the international education circuit working as a teacher and administrator at the American School of Quito in Quito, Ecuador.  

 

She currently resides in Atlanta where she teaches Language Arts at Norcross High School in Gwinnett County Schools and is a sponsor of NHS's Latin American student association, La Voz.  In addition to these roles, Elizabeth also works as a translator for Norcross High School's Spanish-speaking parent and student population.  Occasional hobbies include beauty blogging,  freelance makeup artistry, and traveling.  Elizabeth's story of her journey as a domestic violence survivor is also told in Ardre Orie's A Heroine in Heels.

Breakout Speaker & Panelist

Adriane Lawton-Farley

At the age of 16, Adriane Lawton-Farley was experiencing life changing issues and become suicidal due to bullying issues in school. After she confessed to her parents about the emotional rollercoaster she was dealing with, she decided to work with other young ladies that were facing the same issues. Adriane went on to graduate from Morrow High School and attended college. After graduating from college, she decided to change her life spiritually and mentally to help more young ladies. She knew that her life and testimony would help to change the lives of many girls that are in need of help. 


Adriane is now a mentor and advocate for our youth, standing against violence and bullying, with a youth development organization called Diamond Girlz R Forever.  Adriane shares with young ladies that they do not have to fit the status quo and that there are better options out there. She provides guidance and advice that helps girls to not lead such a provocative lifestyle. 

 

Adriane has three on-going development programs: Youth on the Move TV Show, Diamond Girlz R Forever, and Victims to Victorious Anti-bullying Campaign. She is the recipient of the Xernona Clayton mentoring Award through the Atlanta Cares Mentoring program for being a great mentor in the community.

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