NOVEMBER 3, 2017


Keynote Speakers

9:00 AM

Breakfast Keynote: Stepping Up!

Yvette M. Jones, CFRM

Yvette Jones has over twenty-five years of experience in Public Relations, organizational advancement and fund development. prior to becoming Fresno Pacific University's First Lady. Mrs. Jones served as CEO/Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Susquehanna Valley, Lancaster, PA and has experience as an administrator, collaborator, Board development and personal trainer, negotiator, and speaker for United Way, Urban League and other social service and relief agencies. In addition, Mrs. Jones has twenty years of experience as sole proprietor of multiple small businesses. Her experience in non-profit administration, cause marketing, public speaking and fund development has enriched her communications skills and makes her a perfect fit for this event. She is self-motivated to get what needs to be done in the area of event planning, program development and motivating others to reach their full potential with the skills they have been entrusted with to improve the lives of others through modeling servant leadership.

12:00 PM

Lunch Keynote: Stepping Out!

Erika Alexander 

Actress , Writer/Producer & Activist

Erika Alexander starred for five years as fan favorite "Maxine Shaw"in the hit series Living Single, winning two NAACP awards for Best Actress in a Comedy. As "Cousin Pam" on the The Cosby Show, Alexander smoothly transitioned from work on stage to a television career that includes something for everyone appearing on CSI Miami, House MD, Law & Order, 7th Heaven, ER, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy and Queen Sugar - an American drama television series, which was created, directed and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, with Oprah Winfrey serving as an executive producer. Her most recent film was Get Out, a 2017 horror film by Universal Pictures that was acclaimed by critics and grossed $253 million worldwide against its $4.5 million budget.  


She won critical raves as parole officer-on-the-edge "Dee Mulhern" in Showtime's original series Street Time. She costarred opposite Denzel Washington in Tony Scott's Deja Vu for Touchstone Pictures and in director Steven Soderbergh's independent feature, Full Frontal with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. She has been a indie film standout in films such Sundance favorites as 30 Years to Life and Love Liza, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman.


On stage, Erika has starred in six plays at New York's Public Theater, most recently garnering accolades in The Story opposite Tony-winner Phylicia Rashad. The New York Times called her work "a nervy, spot-on performance." Another highlight was her appearance in the Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew.


Erika is an activist/advocate for at-risk youth and for women and girls, speaking around the country and raising money on their behalf. She was a national surrogate for Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign, and a 2008 William J. Clinton Foundation delegate to Africa. She is married to painter and screenwriter Tony Puryear. Erika recurs on the hit USA drama series In Plain Sight and recently starred in the film La Mission with Benjamin Bratt. She co-created the graphic novel Concrete Park, published by Dark Horse Comics in 2012. 

3:15 PM

Fireside Chat: Stepping Over

Jackie Christie & Aisha Curry

Jackie Christie is an American actress, entrepreneur, and star of Vh1's Basketball Wives L.A., franchise. Jackie, having recently starred in several popular movies and TV shows, is now taking the theatrical world by storm, starring in 14 popular stage plays around the country.


Jackie is also a sought-after motivational and empowerment keynote speaker. She is an
accomplished fashion designer, having debuted her signature clothing line at New York Fashion Week, and has since expanded her growing brand into beauty & skincare, introducing her signature line of cosmetics, at The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, or IMATS, theworld’s largest celebration of make-up artistry.


Jackie is the author of 6 popular books including Sexual Relations, No Ordinary Love, Woman, Proud to be a Colored Girl, Luv Pons, and In The Land of Sex & Money. Christie is a longtime devoted philanthropist and a proud native of Seattle, Washington.

Powerologist, Author, Speaker and Branding Expert, Aisha Curry is quickly on the rise as one of the nations top advocates for the empowerment of women. Her enthusiasm for helping women live powerful lives and launch meaningful businesses is unmatched. She is the Founder of Powerology a new study that helps develop and focus ones inner power.

As the President of Powerology Institute, her firms courses, events and results based coaching programs equip women to discover, develop, and move forward in life and business. Development is determined only by shifting ones mindset from powerless to powerful, then from confident to successful. Her signature programs include, Unleash Your Voice, Find Your Purpose and the Author Makeover Masterclass.

Aisha has appeared on over a dozen radio broadcast programs such as Inside Word 360, Tom Joyner, and Black Voices, to name a few. She has spoken at countless conferences including the Central California Women’s Conference and the Orlando’s Ultimate Girlfriend Experience. and has also authored three books with topics ranging from self-help to personal empowerment.

Jeanette Harris

4:00 PM

Closing Reception

Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart from her previous album, Saxified.


Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. That baptism awaits in her fourth CD, Summer Rain, on which Jeanette had a hand in writing all of the selections except her lovely cover of the Luther Vandross classic “Here and Now.” Its 11 sunny songs wrap the listener in the glow of fun love grooves and sweet romance.

“The music of Summer Rain is all about a positive vibe,” Jeanette states. “It’s about staying in love…never falling out of love, feeling good, being faithful and always following a positive route. Great things have happened for me in the last year. I’ve learned what’s really important in life – my family and my music.”


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