Author Dr. Timothy R. Jennings is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Timothy R. Jennings speaks expertly on a subject that concerns over 5.5 million people across the nation: how to prevent dementia and keep our mind sharp as we age. A psychiatrist and international speaker, Jennings introduces his new book, recently rated #1 by Amazon in books on dementia, The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind.

Dr. Jennings prescribes simple, everyday actions we can take to stave off disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s. “The choices we make now can help us to keep our minds sharp and maintain our independence as we age,” says Jennings.

An easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout life, The Aging Brain is based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, and the interventions discussed can prevent progression toward dementia, even in those already showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. The recommendations also may help reduce disability and depression.

“This book isn’t just for people hoping to slow the aging process,” says Jennings. “It’s also for anyone who is a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia. It offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.”

Jennings, who maintains a private practice in Chattanooga, TN, has authored several books, including The God-Shaped Brain and The God-Shaped Heart. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries.

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Gospel Singer Anthony Evans is Today’s Honoree

Having already graced the stage at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year and receiving rave reviews from  Billboard Variety , and Entertainment Weekly as ‘Beast’ in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, powerhouse vocalist, author and actor Anthony Evans is preparing to release his new album, “Everything Else” on Friday, November 2nd. We would love to arrange an interview with you and Anthony to discuss his highly anticipated album that takes a departure from last years’ last #1 Billboard Gospel Album “Back to Life.” Anthony is also available to discuss his incredible journey as an artist since competing on NBC’s “The Voice,” and having since worked in the studio with such artist including Mariah CareySam SmithKanye West, and 2Chainz, as well as his recently released book, “Unexpected Places: Thoughts on God, Faith, and Finding Your Voice.”

Set to release “Everything Else,” his ninth studio album (fifth studio album as an independent artist) after the success of his 2017 #1 Billboard Gospel Album “Back to Life,” Anthony is ready to make the transition into a more mainstream sound but maintain the same quality that his fans have grown to love. Drawing inspiration from his own life experience and always wanting to continue to grow his sound, and a push from both Christina Aguilera and Jewel to expand his musical horizons, Evans gives much of the credit of his new album to all-star producer Max Stark (Tori Kelly, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin), and esteemed vocal arranger Tim Davis (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Sam Smith, Mariah Carey). With an unconventional, stereotype-shattering mindset, Anthony’s new album will unequivocally draw in the masses with his soaring vocals and personally penned songs that reflect his musical journey.

Anthony’s recently released book, “Unexpected Places: Thoughts on God, Faith, and Finding Your Voice,” is the personal story about his life as the son of well-known pastor Tony Evans and brother of author Priscilla Shirer. In this intimate and moving memoir, Anthony shares the details of his struggles with depression and doubt and encourages readers with the unique story of his search for purpose and identity. From growing up duty-bound to his name, to his time as a finalist and then talent producer on “The Voice,” Anthony explores the pressures he experienced as a child and as a young man in Hollywood.

Anthony was born into a family known for singing and decided to pursue it as a career at the age of 18. After following in his father’s footsteps in the gospel arena, Anthony moved to Los Angeles to pursue other avenues and ended up being a finalist on 2012’s season of “The Voice.” After being eliminated to everyone’s shock, the creators of the show created “The Steal,” which is still used in today’s season. Evans also returned to the voice for seasons 7-9 as a talent producer to help find musicians for the show.

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Author Mercedes Gonzalez is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

Fashion is a business of smoke and mirrors, notorious for crushing the souls of most that dare to be part of the industry. Go on a global expedition with New York City-based fashion buyer, strategist, and consultant, Mercedes Gonzalez, as she learns that there is no glamor in fashion and that only cut throat corporate espionage prevails. From politicking with blood diamond dealers and Russian kingpins to living in indigenous villages, she has relied on her street smarts and fear of her uncle in order to outwit the industry tyrants at their own game. The underdog becomes the overlord (at-large). You’ll want to grab a notebook for all the business (and life) tips this read has to offer. Advance warning, this book will convince you to become a proponent of child labor, an advocate of GMO, and a cynic of organic cotton.

About The Author:

MERCEDES GONZALEZ is a proud native New Yorker, who grew up in fashion, grinding away at her uncle’s apparel manufacturing company in the heart of the NYC garment district.  After earning an economics degree from New York University, she went back to work full-time with her uncle where she restructured the company and ensured a stronger bottom line. Soon after, Mercedes joined the fashion industry as a buyer.  In 1998, Mercedes proceeded to establish her own buying office, Global Purchasing Companies.  Today GPC is hired to consult and optimize domestic and international businesses in the fashion and retail industries.  Her experience and continued effort to stay up to date in the industry have led to her expertise in the retail and design facets of fashion.

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Travel Blogger Curb Free with Cory Lee is Today’s Honoree

Cory Lee was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of two, but that certainly has not diminished his desire to travel – wheelchair and all. He has traversed six continents and blogs about his accessible (and sometimes not so accessible) travel adventures on From trekking through the Amazon Rainforest to hot air ballooning over the deserts of Israel and everything in between, Cory shows that anything is possible with enough determination. Since starting his blog in 2013, he has gained more than 50,000 followers across social media, won the 2017 Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Blog, and has written for National Geographic, Lonely Planet, New Mobility Magazine, and many more. Cory hopes to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and start rolling around the world.

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Federal Bar Association President Maria Z. Vathis is Today’s Honoree

Maria Z. Vathis of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s Chicago Office was installed as President of the Federal Bar Association on September 15, 2018 during the FBA’s
Annual Meeting & Convention in New York City. Vathis has been a member of the Federal Bar Association since the beginning of her legal career. She served as the Chicago Chapter President in 2011 and was heavily involved in planning the 2011 FBA Annual Convention. More recently, Vathis served on the national Board of Directors and as chair of several committees. She looks forward to continuing her service to the organization as one of the youngest presidents and as only the tenth female president in almost 100 years of the organization. Vathis’s term will focus on health, wellness, fitness and civility along with a focus on women in the law in March 2019 to coincide with  International Women’s Day.

Vathis has a diverse practice which concentrates on commercial litigation and class action defense. She handles litigation nationwide in both federal and state courts and represents fashion and retail clients from the United States and Europe. Vathis has appeared on Politics Tonight on WGN, The Opening Bell on WGN Radio and Sirott and Murciano on WLS-AM. She has also been featured in Thrive Global, Buzzfeed, GenHERation, and NCR Silver.

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Author Jvonne Hubbard is Today’s Honoree

Jvonne Hubbard has been many terrifying things: The daughter of a KKK Grand Dragon; a rightfully charged inmate, guilty of violence; a thief; an accomplice; a girl who knives other girls at school; a hateful and spiteful individual…

She has also been a starving teen living on the street; a victim of complex webs of poverty; a survivor of eating disorders, sexual assault, rape, neglect and abuse…

Today she is the mother to two special needs children, one biracial, whom she adopted as a baby. She is a woman who suffers so immensely from PTSD that she has dozens of related, diagnosed physical ailments. She is a writer and a yoga teacher whose journey from hatred to love and optimism holds priceless lessons for all.

In her new memoir, White Sheets to Brown Babies (Sakshi Press, 2018), Hubbard documents the jagged line of her life in stunning, unflinching detail: from witnessing Klan initiations, cross burnings, rallies and daily acts of physical violence, to her ongoing efforts to free herself from the hatred her KKK Grand Dragon dad taught her — lessons which diseased all aspects of her life.

Hard to read and even harder to put down, White Sheets to Brown Babies paints a painfully realistic picture of the plight of southern white poverty, and takes a long look at the journey of breaking free of the goals of a hate group operating on its own turf. From being told that “blacks carried diseases that could be caught just by accidentally touching their skin” and being forced to turn her back on a cherished, black childhood friend to being driven by hunger to suck ketchup packets, White Sheets to Brown Babies spares no detail in displaying the dark underbelly of our nation and the human soul.

Yet, it brims with hope.

Most importantly, White Sheets to Brown Babies is a story of how hate did not succeed, as Jvonne struggled on and through to the other side to embrace love, laughter and the pursuit of personal happiness. Part of this amazing transformation even led to her adoption of a biracial infant, an event that served both as a healing elixir to her soul and a grandiose “!#%& you” to all the ugliness that hate brings.

In the end, Jvonne says, “I don’t know if love is stronger than hate, but I have found hate to be exhausting.”

About Jvonne Hubbard

Jvonne Hubbard is an ACE certified Personal Fitness Trainer, an AHF certified Holistic Yoga Specialist and the devoted mother to two special needs children. As a child and young adult in the U.S south struggling through the grips of poverty, Jvonne worked stints as a waitress, a wrestling valet, an aid to seniors and a magician’s assistant. She lives with her husband in Tennessee.

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WovenHacks Founder Vincent Sam is Today’s Honoree

Vincent Sam is a Tech Citizen, Storyteller, Visionary and Founder of WovenHacks, a Non Profit Foundation. As a seasoned traveler with multi-cultural background, Kobe shares his experiences in hopes to empower and inspire his audience.

About WovenHacks:

Each day, foreign students wake up in another man’s land in hopes to attain success in their academic endeavors. In addition to their cultural adjustment, these students are required by law to be enrolled as full time and to complete study within the allotted student visa period. There’s certainly no room to fail. Woven Hacks Foundation devotes its efforts to provide a support system for these neglected minority, foreign students. We believe “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other”, an inspirational quote by Audrey Hepburn. We organize innovation events to showcase unity through innovation and offer these students a chance to create solutions to the challenges they currently face. Through their inventions, these foreign students get to share the untold stories of the student population.

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