Alexis Cierra Holt, COUNTRY Financial

Alexis Cierra Holt is a financial representative and agency owner for COUNTRY Financial and a philanthropist. She has led countless marketing initiatives that increased marketing awareness and generated leads that have resulted in significant revenue. Since her career began at COUNTRY Financial, she has ranked in the top 200 producers in the company out of […]

Tisha DeShields, Owner and Founder, Original Belly Works

Pregnancy is beautiful and the nine months whiz by so fast. But if your name isn’t Demi Moore or Mariah Carey, then it’s more than likely that you haven’t received a call from the editors at Vanity Fair or Life & Style requesting you and your baby bump to grace their covers. But Original Belly […]

Tracey Jennings, VP, Global Director, Liquid Soul Media

Tracey Jennings ranks high among a new breed of executives in small businesses whose impact is far-reaching. The vice president and global director of Liquid Soul Media imagined when she earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing from Florida A&M University, that she’d spend her career in the marketing division at a Fortune 500 […]

Tammie Reed, Content Chief,

A decade ago, people wondered if blogging was just a fad. We were head over heels in love with MySpace and relied on newspapers, weekly tabloids and magazines for our news and entertainment. Now, whether we use blogs as a source of entertainment, news, event highlights or gossip, we couldn’t imagine a world without social […]

Sunni Hickman, VP of Marketing and Media, Creaxion

Sunni Hickman has successfully used a combination of street teams and social media to carry out her clients’ marketing objectives. The vice president of marketing and media for Creaxion, a full-service marketing agency specializing in advertising, public relations and events, “loves” what she does. “It’s my responsibility to develop and execute the overall marketing strategy […]

Sophia White, President and CEO, Kenazj Inc.

In the ‘90s and early aughts, Sophia White was singing background for popular artists like Celine Dion, Peabo Bryson, Freddy Jackson and Toto. In addition, White provided vocal producing and vocal training for record labels. Today, White has stepped out of the recording studio and into the spotlight. As a motivational speaker, White has been […]

Sheila Tenney, Director of Media Relations, Atlanta Metropolitan College

If you ask Sheila Tenney’s friends to describe her, they’ll likely tell you that “she’s sweet, has a genuine spirit and will go out of her way to help anyone.” Tenney, the director of media relations for Atlanta Metropolitan College, spearheads the school’s communications strategy. “Since Atlanta Metropolitan College is the institution of choice in […]

Shanti Das, CEO and Founder, Press Reset Entertainment

A music industry veteran and former executive for powerhouse labels Arista, Columbia, Universal Motown and Sony Urban Music, Shanti Das has returned from the Big Apple to her hometown, Atlanta. It didn’t take long for her to plant her stilettos into the Georgia red clay before she launched her new business, Press Reset Entertainment. “I […]

Miranda Mack McKenzie, Area Development Director, United Negro College Fund

“When you give to the UNCF, everyone comes away a winner — the students, colleges and universities, local businesses and the community at large,” shares Miranda Mack McKenzie, the newly appointed area development director responsible for the organization’s fundraising campaign in the metropolitan Atlanta market and ambassador for UNCF Atlanta. McKenzie has volunteered and avidly […]

Melissa Brown Manager, Multicultural Marketing, The Home Depot

In the sea of bright orange aprons at The Home Depot’s “Home Girls Night Out” workshop, you can’t miss Melissa Brown’s golden smile. The manager of multicultural marketing who has the distinctive responsibility to develop and oversee the African American marketing strategy and manage components of the Hispanic marketing plan, says these type of initiatives […]

Marietta Davis, General Manager, Enterprise Group Greater SE Region, Microsoft

The fact that Marietta Davis’ team played the girlfriend anthem, “Fine,” by Mary J. Blige for her grand entrance at the company’s kickoff meeting at Lake Lanier says something about her personality. A general manager for Microsoft, Davis is vibrant, authentic and transparent. Her job duties include managing Microsoft portfolio products for large enterprise companies […]

Marcia Paige, Client Services, Moroch Partners

Marcia Paige is courageous, passionate and creative. When she speaks before an audience, she emanates these qualities and delivers enlightening and spirited messages that leave listeners stoked and ready to conquer the world. A marketer for Moroch Partners, a Dallas-based advertising agency whose largest client is McDonald’s, Paige is often asked to keynote events, serve […]

Maggie Ocasio, VP of Retail Sales and Marketing, Bronner Bros. Inc.

Maggie Ocasio realized early in her career that she enjoyed the company of people and that she loved the beauty industry. Her introduction to the Bronner Bros. dynasty 21 years ago couldn’t have been more divine. The vice president of retail sales and marketing for Bronner Bros. Inc., Ocasio spearheads all of the company’s retails […]

Lynn Jarrett-Gude, EVP and Director of Human Resources, Gude Management Group

Lynn Jarrett-Gude’s turtle collection is as fascinating as the story behind the hobby. When she and her husband, Samuel, visited Hawaii, they met a Samoan gentleman who offered them an oral history of the island. After chatting with the couple for a while, in keeping with the Hawaiian tradition, he decided the turtle was their […]

Lori George Billingsley, VP of Community Relations Coca-Cola Refreshments

Lori George Billingsley is one of those people who can say something and the next thing you know, it will come to fruition. When her husband, Pastor Jeffery Billingsley, told her he was interested in moving his church to Atlanta, she told him, “If we move to Atlanta, I am going to work for Coca-Cola.” […]

Lisa Williams, Executive Director, Living Water for Girls

Lisa Williams is the executive director of Living Water for Girls, a nonprofit organization that cares for victims of sexual exploitation ages 12 to 17. Spurred to start the non-profit organization, after reading an article some years ago in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about abuse, Living Water for Girls cares for up to 10 girls at […]

Kimberly Edmunds, SVP of Customer Experience, Cox Communications

When Kimberly Edmunds started her career in telecommunications, her mother gently suggested that she consider utilizing her University of Southern California education elsewhere, thinking the cellphone business was a fad. Now more than two decades later, Edmunds is overseeing customer service operations at Cox Communications and is the recipient of many distinctions, including Multichannel News’ […]

Goldie Taylor, President, Goldie Taylor OmniMedia LLC

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Goldie Taylor is no holds barred when she reports on current events and political news. If she could have it her way, Taylor would change the public discourse around race and economic parity, because historically the conversation has been “them” and “me” instead of “us” and “we.” “Certainly, there are […]

Crystal Celestine Shepherd, President, Brown Mackie College Atlanta

As students strive to make viable career choices and working professionals navigate career transition and growth, Brown Mackie College continues developing a well-rounded offering of programs to open the doors to new opportunities and a host of careers. Having a successful job placement rate despite a distressed economy has given Brown Mackie College something to […]

Elle Duncan, On-Air Personality, V-103 FM, “The Ryan Cameron Show”

Many V-103 FM listeners are quite familiar with Ryan Cameron’s sidekick, Elle Duncan. It’s her skillful articulation, cheeky personality and ability to go toe-to-toe with the fellas on sports statistics that keeps listeners captivated during the afternoon drive, from 2 to 6 p.m. But there are quite a few things about this Atlanta-area native that […]