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Name: Ashlee Akins Industry: TV City: Atlanta Profession: Entrepreneur and reality star (“Ready to Love”) Life Motto: “Live lit or die boring.” As an actress, model, ambassador, host, entrepreneur and humanitarian, describe yourself in three words.   Extrovert, witty and compassionate. What is it like being a cast member of Will Packer’s “Ready to Love” reality show on OWN…

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Glenda Gill, a former automotive industry leader and proven change agent, has a very impressive and accomplished resume. The former executive director of Rainbow PUSH Citizenship Education Fund Global Automotive Project has made vast strides in the auto industry including being lead negotiator in brokering the benchmark deal to initiate diversity at Toyota by solidifying…

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When looking for opportunities to make an impact on the lives of others, selecting a cause to support can be an overwhelming task with so many options to choose from. However, considering opportunities that can change the lives of kids is one way to make a lasting impact for generations to come. Helping children early…

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Fitness enthusiast and spokesmodel Hannah Bronfman has used social media and her passion for fitness to spark a following for living a healthy lifestyle. “I’ve always been a pretty active person. I did ballet when I was a kid and played group sports in high school. My grandmother actually suffered from anorexia, when she was young,…

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The “Concerned Black Men Inc. DC Chapter (CBM-DC) is a committed group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of DC area youth. Through workshops, trips, competitions, and scholarships, CBM-DC mentors embody the motto, ‘Caring for our Youth,’ ” says Dedan Bruner, president CBM-DC. “This year we are excited to help a group of Hart…

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In a time where millennials are changing the status quo in regard to entrepreneurship and career paths, young professionals are struggling with finding adequate guidance to help with career strategies or business ventures. Whether you are on the hunt for a mentor or business coach, there are many qualities to look for besides popularity. As…

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Nina Norstrom is passionate. She enjoys volunteering her time and championing many noteworthy causes. A native of Chicago and graduate of Concordia University, she has a real zest for life. If she’s not supporting causes like Susan Komen for a Cure, she supporting a fellow author at a book event. She’s so hard to catch up…

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Image courtesy of Kacey Venning After being diagnosed with depression at the age of 16, KaCey Venning embarked on a journey of personal reflection and made a very empowering discovery: that your life experiences create the building blocks for your future. The newly minted author recounts how her personal experiences built her to be stronger and more purposeful. “My…

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Misty Copeland is betting the odds in more ways than one. She is anything but typical. Copeland is a Black woman with an athletic physique in ballet that has survived an almost career-ending injury to become the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. She is everything a ballerina “shouldn’t“ be,…

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Rome Madison is a coach and mentor to everyday superstars.  Madison is very passionate and purposeful in helping others live up to their potential. He defies all of the odds and negative stereotypes one might hear about African American men. He is a provider, hard worker, husband and father to his two beautiful daughters. With all of that,…

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Yes, Sedrik R. Newbern is the president of Phoenix Insurance and Financial Services, a successful Allstate agency in downtown Libertyville, Ill. and to further complement his sterling résumé, he’s also president and founder of Newbern Consulting Group, is an author and motivational speaker specializing in purpose-driven personal/professional coaching. But, what makes him relatable to many…

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