Serial Entrepreneur Annetta Powell is Today’s Honoree

The Beginning

At the age of 24, I was tired of living paycheck to paycheck and I decided that I was no longer going to work as a Materials Coordinator for Johnson Controls, a job I had started when I was 19. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in June 2002. My dream at the time was to become a director at a company, but once I graduated, I realized that I was never going to become a millionaire working for someone else. True wealth comes from having multiple streams of income, which is also known as diversifying your income. Once I realized I could never become a millionaire working for someone else I decided it was time to take control of my financial future, so I purchased my first real estate property for $18,000. After making the necessary renovations, I was able to sell it for a profit of $24,000.

The Fire was Ignited

Since 2002, I have purchased, renovated and sold more than 600 properties totaling $50 million dollars in real estate sales. I maintained a steady flow of success through my real estate empire Infinity Properties Group. Strong, determined, and optimistic about the future that lay ahead of me, I knew that all of my dreams could come true despite any hardships in my past. Born to deaf parents, I grew up with 6 sisters and 1 brother in Pontiac, Michigan.

Real Estate Changed my Life

In 2007, carrying a wealth of knowledge about the real estate industry, I published my first book, “Finding, Fixing & Flipping properties”. Then I started spreading the word and sharing the secrets of my success through real estate training seminars.

Learning to Overcome Obstacles

I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, things weren’t given to me. I’ve had to scratch and claw for everything. I’ve faced huge roadblocks and overcome them. For example, I’ve survived domestic violence and a brutal sexual assault.

In September 2008, I was investigated for real estate fraud and was later indicted in November 2011 for Mortgage Fraud for assisting buyers with down payment money to purchase investment properties. In December 2014, I was sentenced to 24 months in prison. I served my prison sentence at Alderson Federal Prison, which is known as “Camp Cupcake,” it’s the same institution where Martha Stewart served her prison sentence. Once I was released from prison May 2016, I wanted to tell the world my side of the story so I released and published another book Indicted to Ignited in September 2018.

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The Patent Professor John Rizvi is Today’s Honoree

He is one of the first group of attorneys ever to be Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Intellectual Property Law. Certification is the highest level of recognition of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Additionally, for the past 15 years, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Board Law Center where he teaches courses in intellectual property law and is the author and narrator of “Patent Protection: A Practical Guide for Inventors”, part of an educational audio series produced to explain the nuances of the patenting process.

He is AV Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating possible, and focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent and trademark applications, patent and trademark validity and infringement opinions, licensing, transactional support, and all aspects of intellectual property litigation.

Based upon nominations taken exclusively from other practicing attorneys, John was selected as a “2004 Best of the Bar” finalist by the South Florida Business Journal. He was previously selected as a “2003 Best of the Bar” finalist and was one of only two attorneys recognized for expertise in the area of patent law.

John received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.), from the University of Miami School of Law, and has a Bachelor of Science degree, in Civil Engineering, from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is licensed to practice in both Florida and New York and is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. 

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Biotech Executive and Author Sara Church is Today’s Honoree

About Mending My Mind:

Sara appears to have everything it takes to be happy: a loving wife, a beautiful home and a successful biotech career. But inside, she’s battling a perplexing, self-destructive impulse that has driven her to sabotage relationships—including her marriage. Through a journey of self-exploration she discovers that, unknowingly, she is suffering from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), a condition caused by a series of events that occurred over an extended period of time. And it is preventing her from living a fulfilling life and connecting to her loved ones—and herself.

Mending My Mind gives readers an up-close, touching look at life with PTSD, its causes and the remedies that help.  As Sara seeks to heal and retrain her mind, she tries cutting-edge treatments and ancient approaches to overcome the emotional distancing that has shielded her from the pain of childhood trauma and the long-buried memory of witnessing a murder. As she begins to change her destructive patterns, she can at last live a more meaningful life.

This gripping, candid memoir provides hope and inspiration for those struggling with trauma, as well as valuable insights for all. 

About The Author:

Sara Church is a biotech executive and an advocate for mental health. At age forty, upon discovering that she was suffering from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) due to unresolved childhood trauma, Sara embarked on a quest to understand and overcome the condition holding her back in her personal relationships so she could live a more fulfilling life. Her upcoming book, Mending My Mind, began as a journal she kept during that process.

Today she is engaged with the Complex PTSD Foundation, and continues to transform her own Complex PTSD into a force for love and strength. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and traveling.

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Music Artist Annie Elise is Today’s Honoree

Through a life of seeing sounds and hearing color, 20 year old electronic artist Annie Elise is inspired by her synesthesia. Originally a classically trained violinist, Annie’s interest in electronic music stems from the neurological condition, even referring to herself as a “conductor for color” as she creates music that produces colors that she likes to see. 

After giving a talk about synesthesia at TEDxLancaster that has gained over 115k+ views, she has been an active songwriter, producer, engineer, and instrumentalist for a number of different artists and projects. Now focusing on her own artist project, Annie is ready to show the electronic music scene all that she has to offer. As an active producer for Dawn Patrol Music in Los Angeles with over 3 million views on TikTok, the world has only just begun to hear the sounds (and colors) of Annie Elise.

Annie has a dedicated fan base through Discord called The Annie Elites which topped over 200 members in its first three weeks of existence. She is a partner for notable music tech brands including Kilohearts, MXL microphones, and Sublab. Annie has a small team of herself and her manager, Claire Donzelli, and continues to stay active in the Boston & NYC music scenes. 

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Sharing Kindness Founder Tess Bell is Today’s Honoree

Tess Bell is the founder of Sharing Kindness, a company helping kids build confidence and resilience while also spreading kindness and support. She has been on a mission to ‘share kindness’ with her children and community in a bid to lift spirits, share stories and encourage people to be more thoughtful and kind.

Seeing how well self-affirmation, practicing gratitude and random acts of kindness have worked for her children (and herself), she set about to create a range of products specifically designed to help kids approach their problems and emotions with compassion.

Being the creator of ‘The Sharing Kindness Advent Calendars’ and the ‘Box of Confidence -affirmation cards’, she is now empowering kids for a kinder tomorrow by providing tools for parents so they can create a positive mindset for children.  At times she struggles with anxiety which nearly railroaded her project many times; but according to Tess, her beautiful daughters were her motivation to keep going. She wanted to show them what could be achieved when you are brave.  Her most treasured moment on this journey was when the final proof sample arrived and her 6yo daughter Sienna said, “Oh wow mamma, it’s incredible! I think this is what it feels like being ‘proud’, is it?”

The Sharing Kindness products have been lovingly created to help children treat themselves and others with kindness, feel a strong sense of self-worth, and become resilient in an ever-changing and often scary world.  Our intentions, choices, and words live on in future generations. Thank you for making them kind.

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Author and Entrepreneur Dr. Henry M. Carter is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Henry M. Carter has his B.S. Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and his Doctorate of Business Administration. Dr. Carter is an author, life coach and national trainer. He has 25 years of community and leadership development experience.

Dr. Carter serves as an Executive Director and Operations Manager for the YMCA and as the Director of Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males. Dr. Carter is the Founder and CEO of Manly Deeds Inc. an organization that provides post-secondary preparation, personal and professional development skills for boys and men of color.

Dr. Carter is also the President of H.M. Carter and Associates a company that offers consulting, workshops, seminars, and public speaking. The company services provide their clients with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their work performance and communication abilities.

Dr. Carter is also the owner of King Henry’s Turkey Legs and Things LLC and for more information about his latest endeavor please go to

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The Teen Project Founder Lauri Burns is Today’s Honoree

A shopping trip to a store like Target has never been considered life-threatening before, but this is the scary reality of the world today: women and children are being trafficked everywhere, in unsuspecting ways. Awareness needs to be raised and more must be done to save those taken. Lauri, founder of The Teen Project, is the hero leading the way.

LAURI BURNS: Runs eight facilities with 126 drug treatment and shelter beds throughout Southern California, has served over 2,600 homeless youth, trained more than 500 foster parents, and raised over $70 million to support her work with sexually exploited, trafficked, and “throw away” kids. She’s a trusted source of refuge for these women because she was once in their place. Burns was raised in an abusive home, bounced around the juvenile dependency system, and spiraled into heroin addiction and prostitution. She was able to turn her life around, has since become a Fortune 100 Executive, and works alongside celebrities and major corporations to provide other young women with the same opportunities she was given: treatment, training and a new chance at life.

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Devereux Colorado Learning Manager Danyelle Grajeda is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Danyelle Grajeda – Devereux Colorado learning manager – was recently spotlighted.

 In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

With the help of my team, I welcome and train new staff during orientation. I make sure we are meeting the expectations of licensing, and the high standards of Devereux. We also have an Unaccompanied Children’s Services program, and work hard to meet the demands of the Office of Refugee Resettlement learning curriculum. I keep track of our monthly refresher trainings and send regular reports to supervisors and managers with our staff’s progress. I am our center’s Servant Leadership Champion, and I work with our committee to promote Servant Leadership on campus. In addition, I am lead coach for our Essential Skills learning program, I manage our Retention Specialist Program, which provides support to new employees throughout the onboarding process, and I am part of our Safety Committee.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is welcoming new staff, and helping them be the best they can be for the individuals we serve.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

The individuals in our care make the job fun. They will always come and go. It’s the relationships you build with your fellow staff members that will keep you at Devereux and help you thrive.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

One thing my colleagues don’t know about me is I am actually an introvert.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I make a difference by coming to work every day to support my team and my center in any way I can.

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Dani Shamice Studio LLC Owner Danielle Lucear is Today’s Honoree

I am the owner of “Dani Shamice Studio LLC”. I quit my Job with GA Dpt Of Correction State Office to take a leap of faith and following what God has for me. I am a true believer in “YOU MUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF FIRST IN ORDER TO ACTIVATE YOUR PURPOSE”


I am licensed Master Cosmetologist, and my main goal is “HEALTHY HAIR CARE”. I specialize in mainly natural hair , locs and protective styles, but of course i offer relaxer services as well.


Being a hair stylist i service lots of clients who are facing different issues with their hair. Whether its from hair breakage, lack of maintenance/ knowledge, dehydration, medication or just not taking care of the hair “properly” I just wanted to find a solution that actually work. So after many months of research and trying different formulas, i was able to create “Coconut Bliss Hair Growth Line”


*Hair Growth

*Thicker Hair

*Helps prevents breakage & brittleness



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Author and Relationship Expert Christina Steinorth-Powell is Today’s Honoree

Cue Cards for Men: A Man’s Guide to Love and Life by licensed psychotherapist and board certified, counselor, Christina Steinorth-Powell, is the answer.

Many men are hesitant to seek therapy because they are either embarrassed, unwilling to admit that they may benefit from assistance, or that they will be left “crying on the couch” recanting stories of their childhood. Cue Cards for Men offers a therapy-light approach to relationship counseling that most men will find easily and addictively digestible.

Through a series of  “Cue Cards” in the book, men can get practical, effective and confidential guidance and advice for all phases of their love relationships and their eventual relationships with their children. There’s even a chapter for divorce in case there’s a need to navigate this emotional roller coaster which includes tips to pick up the pieces after all is said and done. One of the most appealing aspects of Cue Cards for Men, is that it will teach men how to improve each love relationship in their lives with every day small interactions that do not overwhelm in size of scope. In short, change becomes easy and not overwhelming.

Every man who reads this book will benefit from it pure and simple.
It is the perfect gift for young men who are in need of uncomplicated, non-judgmental and practical guide to improve their love relationships and their lives in general.

About Christina:  Christina Steinorth-Powell is a licensed psychotherapist and board certified diplomate in Professional Counseling and a popular media relationship expert.  Her advice and insights have been featured in publications such The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, among many others.  Her new book is Cue Cards for Men: A Man’s Guide to Love and Life and she is also the author of Cue Cards for Life: Thoughtful Tips for Better Relationships.

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