It takes passion, commitment and dedication to live the life that you want to live and to inspire others to live their best life. While the passion that some possess supersedes that of others, it doesn’t stop these individuals from helping others move into the space of greatness. These extraordinary leaders have committed to being the best for themselves and for others. They are dedicated to being exemplary and helping others to become exemplary. That’s why these individuals are on our 2015 Best Motivational Speakers/Coaches’ list:
Darlene Brown, the CEO of Divine Empowerment, established the organization in 2007 to provide training and coaching services to women and families with emphasis on personal development, healing and transformation.
She is certified through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and provides inspirational messages of hope and healing to a myriad of audiences across the country. A gifted orator, Darlene is skilled as a training facilitator with over 25 years of professional business experience. She is a certified trainer for the Yale Curriculum “Coping with Work and Family Stress: A Workplace Preventive Intervention”, Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the Tracom Social Intelligence Behavioral leadership module. Darlene has received a Leadership certification from the Leadership Institute at Prince George’s Community College and will be attending the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Leadership training institute in Atlanta in the fall of 2015.
Brown is an advisory Board Member for the Diverse Male Student Institute (DMSI) at Prince George’s Community College and one of the founding members of the Women of Wisdom program at Prince George’s Community College. She serves as a committee member on the Women’s Legislative Council for Prince George’s County and is a former officer of the Board for Global Women Peace Foundation. In June of 2015, she was elected as the President of the Technical Support Staff Organization at Prince George’s Community College providing leadership to over 300 employees at the college.
Brown has written articles on health and wellness featured in today’s Black Woman Magazine, articles on business leadership and entrepreneur skills featured in Prince George’s Suite Magazine and articles on higher academia featured in The Evolution online publication. She is also a published author who has been featured in the collaborative book, The HLIC – Head Ladies in Charge book which was released in June of 2015 and also featured in The HLIC – Head Ladies in Charge film documentary released in August 2015. Darlene is currently completing her first solo book, “The F Word: finding Freedom thru Forgiveness”; which will be released in the spring of 2016.
She has a long list of professional business expertise that ranges from entertainment to the corporate world and from information technology to finance.
Dr. Will Moreland
Dr. Will Moreland is the Founder and President of Will Moreland International, LLC, a leader in the Leadership and Personal Development industry. A military veteran, Dr. Will has been training leaders and entrepreneurs for almost two decades and has traveled to over 30 countries on five different continents. Regarded as one of the top leaders in America, Dr. Will is a bestselling author and has written over 30 books. He is known as America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer.
Dr. Will has a unique ability to help leaders and entrepreneurs gain clarity in their mission and passion. He is called upon by CEO’s, Athletes, Government Officials, Organizations and Fortune 500 Companies as a consultant.
Dr. Will has been recognized and featured in media such as Forbes, Black Enterprise, MSNBC, ABC and other national and international publications. Most recently, Dr. Will has been nominated as a Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40, Small Business Influencer, Worthy Institute Mentor of the Year, INROADS Leader of the Year and Diversity Leadership Alliance Awardee.
Dr. Will has been married to his wife Dr. Kristie Moreland for 18 years and they currently live in Arizona with their two children Karah and Champ. Previously to moving to Arizona the family lived in Europe for 15 years.
Dr. Estrelita Bruce
Dr. Estrelita Bruce is the Founder and CEO of Zoea (meaning: Abundant) Life Inc. where you can “Discover a new you.” Established in 2009, the company provides comprehensive counseling, life coaching, and consulting services to individuals and organizations seeking restoration and wholeness in Christ. Dr. Bruce is a Christian Counselor, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author, and specializes in Emotional Trauma Recovery for adult women. Dr. Bruce’s personal triumphs over emotional trauma have led her to discover purpose in helping others transform their challenges into opportunities for wholeness and healing.
Dr. Bruce’s intimate and transparent approach is equally effective in one-on-one, group, or large conference settings. Her spirit of excellence and passion for purpose has led to become highly demanded at colleges, organizations, conferences, business symposiums, churches, and women’s ministries. Dr. Bruce resides in Dallas, TX with her amazing husband, Brian and beautiful daughter, Kori.
Emma Fraser Pendleton is a Life Mastery Coach, author, ordained minister, and motivational speaker.
As a coach and motivational speaker she has spoken in multiple forums on topics related to leadership development, group dynamics, and women’s issues. Emma calling and training has equipped her to empower those who must move through their pain, to their purpose, to their passion, to their profit! Her transformational work helps you to put the broken pieces of your life back together again in order to maximize your potential in your personal and professional life.
Raised in several foster homes, Emma spent thirteen of her formative years surviving the trauma of being a child subject to the extreme cruelties of life. Nevertheless, she has left those years behind and stands as a role model of resilience, determination, and belief in God’s power to change one’s “scars to stars, mess to miracles, and tragedy to triumph.”
Emma has appeared on radio and television speaking to the issues of domestic violence, and women’s rights. She is most known for her charismatic and dynamic style of presentation and coaching style. Her ability to expound on a wide variety of topics, makes her a sought after speaker. Main Stage Speaker and faculty for the FraserNet Power Networking Conference.
Her credentials include Harvard University; M.Ed., Hofstra University; Leadership, Queens College; BA Writing & Masters in English Literature, Queens borough Community College, AAS degree in Business. Her professional affiliations also include Phi Delta Kappa, Harvard Chapter and Phi Theta Kappa, Junior Colleges.
Becky Davis, who is referred to as the “Chief BOSSpreneur™” for her ability to help women transition from employee to entrepreneur, has been called the “Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon” for her straight-forward coaching skills that develops women into well-rounded business owners. Becky also helps women entrepreneurs Crack Their Business Boss Code™ that help to unlock the flow of clients and cash-flow.
Her life changed courses from a near death experience and set her on a course to a new life. After a surgical procedure almost took her life in 2012, she made it her business to get down to business and pursue her purpose and passion of helping others to accelerate and grow. Leaving a 15-year career as a regional vice president with a fortune 500 company and a 25 career in upper retail management in July of 2012, she launched her consulting and coaching firm, MVPwork LLC January 2013. She hosts, workshops, teleseminars, webinars, masterminds, and private coaching to women entrepreneurs all over the world.
She has been featured in a number of publications for her contributions to women and entrepreneurs including The Network Journal, Essence and Black Enterprise. She has been recognized in Hope for Women Magazine as one of 25 women who inspire, a Women of Excellence by the Atlanta Gospel fest, and recognized as a Woman of Influence along with Actress Jasmine Guy, Journalist Soledad O’Brian and Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. Becky is the author of five books that includes business, motivation and self-help books.
She is the founder of Leading In High Heels, a non-profit focused on providing shoes to women of domestic violence and abuse. She also is the CEO and founder a Christian apparel company called Jesusheir that celebrates being a Christian.
Kristi L. Jackson
Kristi L. Jackson, MBA started Women CEO Project in August 2010, out of a personal need to become a better, more consummate business woman. She did not want to attend another event and leave without tangible business knowledge that could grow her business, make it more profitable, and teach her skills. She searched and searched and could not find the right fit, the right community, or the right mix of business lessons in any organization.
So, in 2010, she set out to create what she needed. It became a local, then global destination for current and aspiring business women all over the world who want to also become stronger, wiser and MORE educated entrepreneurs. In the 5 years of Women CEO Project’s existence, they have reached nearly 100,000 global businesses touching them with online lessons, courses, conferences and tutorials.
It is their goal to reach even more.
As the Founder, Jackson has the skill and fortune to consult or be affiliated with some TOP companies in the world including Chase Bank, The White House, Wells Fargo, IBM, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dress for Success and Capital One Bank. Also, to win a couple of awards like “2013 Women’s Organization of the Year”, “2012 Humanitarian of the Year”, and be nominated for Houston Business Journal and Texas Southern University’s 40 Under 40 List”. In addition, she has privately consulted with individual businesses in countries including Nigeria, Dubai, Monaco and London.
But more importantly, Jackson has the honor to work with many individual women and businesses who were looking for help refining their strategies, or creating a strategy, being more innovative in their industry, leveraging technology to scale her business or creating and packaging up her awesome to sell to her audience.
Born in Topeka, Kansas, Ruben West is a speaker, trainer, published author and certified professional Success Coach. He teaches and trains students and clients worldwide how to achieve their personal greatness.
Beginning in the late 80’s, Ruben recognized his ability to help others achieve their dreams. In 1991 Ruben’s life was forever changed by his experience serving in Operation Desert Shield/Storm as a US Army soldier. Realizing how fragile life was, this experience made him refocus his commitment to making every day count. Since that time he has helped to create the profession of Surgical First Assisting in the state of Kansas, co-authoring the text book as well as other surgical assistant training resources. In 1993 Ruben graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, KS with his degree in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) with emphasis on juvenile corrections. He also started a martial arts school to empower youth, as well as adults, helping them to maximize their potential and exceed their personal expectations. Based on the excellence and proven success of the martial arts school’s program, Professional Martial Arts, Inc. received five years of funding through the inner-city Weed-&-Seed federal grant program. Ruben’s ability to impact lives was solidified when he was inducted in to the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2005 as Instructor of the Year. Ruben received his Honorary Doctorate in July of 2014 is completing his PhD in Positive Neuro Psychology which he is scheduled to complete in May of 2016.
After starting several businesses generating millions of dollars, Ruben developed a masterful coaching system using his proven success strategies.
He learned many lessons from all of these experiences which allow him to entertain, educate, inform, and inspire audiences as a professional speaker with his one-of-a-kind speaking style.
Lucinda Cross is a best-selling author, internationally known speaker, spokesperson and energetic teacher of personal and professional development. In 2006, she started the brand Activate Your Vision! And is the President of Activate World Wide Inc. a leadership services firm that specializes in the delivery of personal and professional development enrichment programs. Such as:
- Time Management
Lucinda creates and delivers products and services that include but are not limited to seminars, workshops, curricula and training that are developed for professional women, millennials and at risk youth. Her programs are also captured to enriching the lives of professional women seeking personal growth.
She is a contributing writer for Black Enterprise and Huffington Post Women. Lucinda is an author of the best-selling book, The Road To Redemption, Corporate Mom Drop Outs, and The Art of Activation. Her books teach readers the foundations of living an extraordinary life against all odds.
Her new book Activate Your Vision is now available at her signature vision board parties and will be released to the public Jan. 2016. Founder of the popular Activate! Conference. Held annually, Activate! presents a series of informative events with the purpose of “activating” the power inside of women. Activate Men has just been formed and these events help to encourage men and women to live fulfilling and purpose driven lives.
Lucinda is the personal and professional development expert for several non-profit organizations, business development centers and her leadership advice have been featured on The Today Show, AriseTV, SModa- International Spain Magazine, The NY Post, Fox 5, News 12 NY, NY 1, The Daily News, The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, ABC Money Matters, Black Enterprise, Dr. OZ, The Bethenny Show, CNN iReport, Hot97 Street Soldiers, Tom Joyner Morning Show, as well as numerous online publications and over 100 online radio shows.