Meet Our Inspiring Speakers!
In our efforts to not only provide a complete learning experience for these young females from female mentors within the school, we are now extending invitations for male and female Guest Speakers outside of the school to come and share as well. These learning experiences are designed to provide an equally great experience for these young impressionable females as well for the speakers knowing they have helped these young ladies in some tangible way. Each month we'd like progressive individuals from within the community to discuss topics related, but not limited to, their personal journey to their current position in life, challenges they may have faced, tips and lessons learned along the way, and anything that has brought about the success we look for the P.E.A.R.L.S. to embrace and embody.
LaTrisha Perkins, affectionately known as "Trish," is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and holds a BS in Business Administration. She is an award-winning high school cheerleading coach in Prince George's County, MD and has been coaching for the past 5 years. She enjoys investing in the lives of young girls through cheerleading and inspiring them to become so much more. Her motto is "If you're not living your life to enrich someone else's then you're not living at all!" In addition to coaching, she is a full time government contractor and works part time as Artist Relations Coordinator for Briclyn Entertainment, LLC, a company that specializes in Talent Buying/Booking and Live Show Production. She's a prime example to the young ladies of P.E.A.R.L.S. that you can be ANYTHING you want to be as long as that desire is followed by dedication and perseverance!
Nicole Alexis became a licensed esthetician and makeup artist in 2006 and continues to hone her skills through advanced education, certifications and experience on set and in a spa environment. She is also a Dermalogica certified professional and specializes in results-oriented skin care and enhancing the natural beauty of each client. In 2013, Nicole successfully launched Primp Beauty Series as a way to reach women on a larger scale. Primp Beauty Series’ mission is to empower, educate and entertain using inner and outer self-awareness as its platform.
The Etiquette Institute of Washington is dedicated to ensuring the accessibility of etiquette and protocol education. Recognizing that fluency in etiquette is a requisite tool for success, the Institute strives to prepare students and clientele for the customs and demands of today’s society. Founded in our nation’s capital, the Institute proudly offers courses in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The Institute offers etiquette training for adults and children of all ages, via private consultations, courses, workshops and seminars.
Shanelle Spivey is a producer, talk show host, trainer, and public speaker. She began producing The Rising Spivey Show, which now airs in Washington, DC and PG County, MD in July 2010. In May 2013 Spivey was elected to be a part of the board of directors at Bowie Community Media Corporation. She provides video services to dozens of clients and has regular speaking engagements to motivate and inspire young people and entrepreneurs. This year Spivey also began training video editors and public speakers. Spivey resides in Bowie, MD with her daughter.
Tiffany provides inspiration, motivation, and assistance in helping others move forward in creating a life that follows their passion and fulfills their purpose.
Like the perfectly executed recipe, she combines her love for helping people, her gift for teaching and bringing clarity, and her ability to feel another’s pain and mixes that with her strong desire to be productive and get things done. Her “No nonsense, Let’s get to the real issue” style provides the platform for helping her clients GROW through their obstacles and live their purpose.
Autumn Joiner is a loving wife and mother of three little boys. She enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones. She is excited to embark on her adventure as an author and welcomes you to journey with her in hopes you may find inspiration to follow your own dreams.
Angela Rye is a Principal at IMPACT Strategies and has been recognized as one of the most dynamic, young leaders on Capitol Hill.She has been featured on MSNBC, BET, C-SPAN, TV One and in The Root 100, MSNBC’s “BLTWY Power List: 35 Under 35 Who Changed DC”, the Washington Post “Who Runs Gov”, and recognized as one of DC’s Most Influential, among others. A DC insider, Attorney Rye recently established IMPACT Strategies--a government affairs and political consulting firm. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus.
Shonda Nicole Gladden is a creative, spirit-filled, and vibrant scholar, preacher, vocalist, and humanitarian. Her style is intellectually stimulating, spiritually grounded, socially relevant and theologically transformative. Called to the Academy, the Church and the world, whether you invite her to speak, teach or sing for your next church event or your civic engagement group, her participation is sure to captivate audiences and effect meaningful change.
Deanna is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree double majoring in Kinesiology and Public & Community Health. She has over eight years of health and fitness experience and is currently the sole proprietor of Deanna Jefferson Fitness and owner of Fab Body Factory gym in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Passionate, purpose-driven, and public servant are a few words to describe Dr. Viniece Jennings. She currently works as a research scientist who investigates the link between green spaces and public health. She also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. Her interests include education, public engagement and social justice in underserved communities. She recently launched the Destined to Soar initiative at her former high school to promote education and community service. In the fall of 2012, she interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality for the Obama Administration. She received her doctorate in environmental science with an emphasis in policy and management.
Dr. Maya Oliver is an orthodontic specialist who practices in the Palisades, Washington, DC. She received her undergraduate education from Indiana University-Bloomington, dental education from Meharry Medical College, and orthodontic specialty training from Howard University. She is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Greater Washington Academy of Women Dentists. She is currently the chairperson of the New Dentist Committee for the DC Dental Society. Dr. Oliver established the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orthodontic Scholarship Program in 2013 in which she annually awards a well-deserving, high-achieving scholar with orthodontic treatment. While much of her time is dedicated to clinical practice and involvement with organized dentistry, outside of the profession, Dr. Oliver also volunteers her time with the Junior League of Washington, in which she is an active member.
Mr. Blakeney is the owner-operator of Men of Vision Enterprise Properties, a real estate investment and development firm located in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
Candice N. Mackel is a graduate of Morgan State University, a full time entrepreneur, owner of Candice Nicole Public Relations & Creator of Women Who Hustle. She started CNPR 8 years years ago and has worked with some of the top talent in music and film including Spike Lee, TI, Meek Mill, Big Boi, Tika Sumptner, Marsha Ambrosius + many more. Candice is passionate about motivating others, especially women and assisting those in finding out what their purpose is in life. She currently works with entertainment/Lifestyle Blogger KMWExclusive.com, Miss Black USA, Mission Control Recordings, Woman Entrepreneur LaTonya Taylor and handles PR Consulting with new artists and small businesses. In September of 2015 Candice also gained the title of VP of Marketing for The Women of Alliance in Media- DC Chapte
As a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Director, Khalilah M. Harris provides analysis and strategic advice in support of OPM’s mission, including human capital management policy. Khalilah has more than 14 years of experience in education, advocacy, and organizational development, including previous service as a founder and member of the leadership team of a Baltimore high school that focused on social justice.
She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morgan State University, a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a member of the Maryland Bar. Khalilah is also a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Most importantly, Khalilah Harris is the proud mother of three daughters.
Timea is CEO of Love Life Media, LLC, a boutique consulting and brand strategy firm based in Washington, DC. Before launching her own company, she honed her broadcast media skills in the newsroom at the nationally syndicated Russ Parr Show. Launching out on her own in 2012, Timea created a company that reflects everything she stands for professionally and personally. At Love Life Media, she and her team help emerging, socially conscious brands to establish and expand their reach with a positive impact on the local and global communities. Timea is also the creator of SheRocks one of the nation’s capitol’s fastest growing Women’s history Month events, that celebrates women as culture curators, innovative artists and industry moguls changing the world. An advocate for women’s excellence, Timea is deeply devoted to community-based programs that support women in underserved areas. She inspires in work, in action, and in words as a motivational speaker, breakout workshop facilitator and poet on stages nationwide.