Healthy Roots Dolls Founder Yelitsa Jean-Charles is Today’s Honoree

Yelitsa never had a doll that looked like her growing up. The one time her parents gave her a black doll, she burst into tears because it wasn’t the “pretty one”. Since then, Yelitsa has made it her goal to make sure that no other children feel the way she did about her own appearance growing up.

While in her Junior year studying Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yelitsa redesigned the fairy tale Character Rapunzel as a brown girl with beautiful kinky hair. After speaking with classmates and friends, she saw the opportunity to address the demonstrated need for more diverse toys and representation in children’s publishing.

With a grant from the Brown University Social Innovation Fellowship, support from the RISD E’Ship Program, Masschallenge Accelerator program and 674 dedicated Kickstarter backers, Healthy Roots Dolls was born.

Visit https://healthyrootsdolls.com/pages/about for more information.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Love Strategist Elizabeth Overstreet is Today’s Honoree

I have always been intrigued with dating and relationships. I am specifically interested in the dynamics that attract one person to another and how couples sustain long-lasting relationships. My parents and grandparents have been married for over fifty years, along with aunts and uncles in my family who have been married for more than four decades. I learned a lot by being single, being married, coming out of a divorce, navigating breakups, jumping back into the dating pool, and remarrying.

Observing each of these experiences gave me a unique look into my lens and experience in a relationship and those of others who had longevity and happiness in their relationships. Through these experiences and coaching others in their relationships, I hope to shorten your learning curve of what it takes to find love. Finding love can be challenging, but it can be more comfortable when you understand what works and doesn’t work. 

I would like to thank my parents, aunts, and uncles for modeling healthy relationships for me. I also want to acknowledge my former partners for their lessons in relationships (what to do and what not to do), helping me grow significantly through each experience, and my friends and relatives to be a relationship investigator. I wouldn’t have these insights and be able to help my clients without being able to observe firsthand, ask lots of questions, and through my learnings, realize what works and doesn’t to sustain a healthy relationship.

A special thank you to my daughter, who supported me and told me to stick with my writing and passion for coaching others in their relationships. Her encouragement helped me to bring this book to fruition.  Writing this book proved to be cathartic for me. But, helping others has proven to be the most meaningful part of this journey. It’s a blessing to help others on their journey of love too!  

Visit https://elizabethoverstreet.com/about/ for more information.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

M’s Creationz and Sublimation Prints Founder Marsha Macon is Today’s Honoree

Marsha Macon is the owner of M’s Creationz and Sublimation Prints. Marsha is originally from Columbus, Georgia but now reside in Tampa Florida.

She has been crafting for over 15 years and her reason for crafting is that she loves to create and enjoys seeing the looks on the face of customers when they see their new items.

Crafting is relaxing to Marsha and it challenges her to bring out her best each and every time. Crafting new ideas brings innovation and motivation because if Marsha doesn’t currently make it she will learn how to make it.

Currently M’s Creationz births their ingenuity into tumblers, shirts, blanket keychains and frames. In the future M’s Creationz will doing all over prints on T-Shirts, weekly how to crafting videos and the plan is to give back to young girls and women with crafting classes so they can see ways to create revenue doing something they love.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/MsCreationznSublimationPrints/ for more information.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Founder Jalen Rose is Today’s Honoree

Founder and Detroit native Jalen Rose is an ESPN/ABC analyst and 13-year NBA Star who has assembled a team of educational experts and community leaders to turn his dream into a reality.  Mr. Rose brings to the Academy his knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, commitment to philanthropy and his passion to give back to Detroit. A graduate of Detroit Southwestern High School, Mr. Rose attended the University of Michigan where he was one of five freshman basketball players known as the “Fab Five.”  As a college graduate, he is eager to help Detroit youth achieve the same goal.  Mr. Rose has been instrumental on the planning team and serves as the President of the JRLA Board of Directors.

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit. The Academy began its first academic year in September 2011 and currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade scholars and nearly 500 alumni from metro Detroit. JRLA provides a leadership-focused education that engages and inspires youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree.  Scholars are provided with an authentic academic experience which builds both the skill and will necessary to be successful in high school and beyond.  Immersed in the culture of college, scholars will not only receive extensive college exposure via university tours, but also be required to pass at least one Advanced Placement course to assist in a seamless transition into college.  JRLA is a 9-16 model where scholars are supported not only through high school graduation, but through college graduation via our College Success team that works to coordinate success for current scholars and alumni.

Visit https://www.jrladetroit.com/aboutus for more information.  

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

International Performer Queen Ofir is Today’s Honoree

OFIR ENGEL is an internationally known, award-winning artist and exceptionally talented singer, songwriter, actress, and performer. Her work has received ardent music industry acclaim in the United States, with multiple Grammy Award considerations for nomination, as well as in Canada, the U.K., and abroad, where her powerful, original music and unforgettable concerts have garnered many international awards. Ofir’s long list of energizing stage appearances have even included a much-acclaimed performance at The White House in Washington, D.C. With her beautiful songwriting and meaningful poetry, Queen Ofir has earned continuous recognition for her unique artistry and indelible style, which carries a depth of emotion, sensitivity and feeling that is uncommon in the entertainment industry today.

Visit https://www.queenofir.com/bio for more information.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Book Doctor Stacey Aaronson is Today’s Honoree

Author Stacey Aaronson was in the midst of building a career in retail management when the 2008 recession hit.  Within a few short months her job was downsized, then disappeared. And there were no new jobs to be found.

Just when her morale was at its lowest, an author she knew asked if she could help him design a cover for his book.  Stacey—a self-taught graphic designer—had been designing greeting cards as a hobby and side gig.

Before she knew it, she was approached by other authors looking for help not just with design, but also with editorial work, and her new career was born.  Today she is a passionate ghostwriter, editor, book designer, and publishing partner who has worked on over two hundred books.   She describes this journey in her memoir, Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother

Visit https://www.thebookdoctorisin.com/meet-stacey for more information.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Master the Universe Expert Dr. Saacha Spade is Today’s Honoree

With an extreme passion and commitment, Dr. Saacha Spade actively serves the growing population of conscious individuals who choose the path of self mastery. She is the founder of multiple, unorthodox businesses, products and solutions designed to support the master minded individual on their journey back to Source.  

Her motto is “Master Self. Master The Universe.” Her philosophy is grounded in the truth that we are all multidimensional, spiritual beings on a journey of the Soul who have the power to re-configure our external reality from the inside out. This philosophy is the inspiration behind all of her ventures, projects and businesses. Her natural ability to be an effective problem solver and to provoke another level of thought, have earned her the well deserved title of being one of the top Leaders in the new thought world. 

​She is a Doctor of Metaphysics, Thought Provoking Speaker, Wealth Preservation Expert, Educator, Author, Student of Trust Law and all around Business Woman. 

​Dr. Spade is no stranger to adversity. Her desire to help others navigate through the turmoil and challenges of the Matrix is based on the lack of support and solutions that were available during her days of truth seeking and self discovery. Her journey to self mastery was extremely lonely and filled with many painful experiences and lessons where she was constantly misunderstood, viewed as a rebel and unsupported on her path because she did not resonate with the views of the majority. Little did she know that Her refusal and inability to conform to restricted nature of organized religion (and other norms of society) would turn into a magical journey where those very painful experiences would be used to propel her into phenomenal purpose.

Dr. Spade is always looking for ways to collaborate with others for the Greater Good. If you are interested in working with her to help others on any level, please send us an email addressing how you would like to help her vision or how you would like for her to contribute to your vision. 

Visit https://www.saachaspade.com/ for more information. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Master the Universe Expert Dr. Saacha Spade is Today’s Honoree

With an extreme passion and commitment, Dr. Saacha Spade actively serves the growing population of conscious individuals who choose the path of self mastery. She is the founder of multiple, unorthodox businesses, products and solutions designed to support the master minded individual on their journey back to Source.  

Her motto is “Master Self. Master The Universe.” Her philosophy is grounded in the truth that we are all multidimensional, spiritual beings on a journey of the Soul who have the power to re-configure our external reality from the inside out. This philosophy is the inspiration behind all of her ventures, projects and businesses. Her natural ability to be an effective problem solver and to provoke another level of thought, have earned her the well deserved title of being one of the top Leaders in the new thought world. 

​She is a Doctor of Metaphysics, Thought Provoking Speaker, Wealth Preservation Expert, Educator, Author, Student of Trust Law and all around Business Woman. 

​Dr. Spade is no stranger to adversity. Her desire to help others navigate through the turmoil and challenges of the Matrix is based on the lack of support and solutions that were available during her days of truth seeking and self discovery. Her journey to self mastery was extremely lonely and filled with many painful experiences and lessons where she was constantly misunderstood, viewed as a rebel and unsupported on her path because she did not resonate with the views of the majority. Little did she know that Her refusal and inability to conform to restricted nature of organized religion (and other norms of society) would turn into a magical journey where those very painful experiences would be used to propel her into phenomenal purpose.

Dr. Spade is always looking for ways to collaborate with others for the Greater Good. If you are interested in working with her to help others on any level, please send us an email addressing how you would like to help her vision or how you would like for her to contribute to your vision. 

Visit https://www.saachaspade.com/ for more information. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ball4Good Founder Adom Appiah is Today’s Honoree

Founded by Adom Appiah, Ball4Good is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit supporting the community and other nonprofit organizations through sports. The nonprofit began as a school project during the fall of 2016. Mrs. Kelsea Turner of Spartanburg Day School inspired her students to dedicate 20% of history period to a service project. Mrs. Turner called the project 20Time. Ball4Good is a result of Adom’s 7th grade 20Time project.

With guidance from Mary Thomas (COO of the Spartanburg County Foundation), and support from family, The Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Day School, community leaders, teachers, coaches and friends, Ball4Good held its first ‘Celebrity Basketball Game’ in March of 2017. Proceeds from the game benefitted the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate.

Ball4Good is now a movement building community through celebrity games, charity drives, fundraising, grant making, playing sports, raising awareness and volunteering.

 Visit https://ball4good.org/about/ for more information. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ball4Good Founder Adom Appiah is Today’s Honoree

Founded by Adom Appiah, Ball4Good is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit supporting the community and other nonprofit organizations through sports. The nonprofit began as a school project during the fall of 2016. Mrs. Kelsea Turner of Spartanburg Day School inspired her students to dedicate 20% of history period to a service project. Mrs. Turner called the project 20Time. Ball4Good is a result of Adom’s 7th grade 20Time project.

With guidance from Mary Thomas (COO of the Spartanburg County Foundation), and support from family, The Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Day School, community leaders, teachers, coaches and friends, Ball4Good held its first ‘Celebrity Basketball Game’ in March of 2017. Proceeds from the game benefitted the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate.

Ball4Good is now a movement building community through celebrity games, charity drives, fundraising, grant making, playing sports, raising awareness and volunteering.

 Visit https://ball4good.org/about/ for more information. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment