“Women will find we often experience similar situations, and must collectively change the world; leaving no woman unaided. Our mistakes are life’s teachers.” -Ebony Combs
We call her: Lina
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY. (Bed-Stuy to be exact)
Her babies: 2 handsome brothers and 3 beautiful sisters, all under 20
Favorite Food: Tofu or Spinach anything (Can you tell she loves her veggies?)
Last Book Read: Redefining Realness By: Janet Mock
Favorite Color: Orange
Deets on Angelina:
Angelina Darrisaw is a business management consultant, media strategist, brand ambassador, and published writer. As a media strategist, Angelina earned her industry stripes through experiences with major media conglomerates, including Bloomberg, HBO, and ESPN. She is currently a Senior Manager of Digital Business Development at Viacom, where she identifies and develops strategic and profitable new business opportunities for Digital Media properties. She also serves her company by working to create professional development opportunities for all employees via her leadership for LGBT and Black employee resource groups, Emerge and the BEAT.
Angelina is passionate about sharing business and professional skills and has been invited to speak on the topic at high schools and universities. As editor for C-Suite Swag, she uses her acute understanding of business, music, and dressing for success to empower others to reach their goals in an ever evolving corporate landscape.
Angelina holds a B.A. in Political Science at Davidson College and an M.A. in Management at Wake Forest University, as a recipient of the highly competitive Hanesbrands, Inc. Corporate Fellowship. She now serves on the Wake Forest Schools of Business MA Development Council. Angelina serves on the steering committee for Alvin Ailey’s Young Patron Circle and is a Council of Urban Professionals 2014 Fellow. She is also a half-marathoner, a world traveler, two-time Top 20 finalist at Miss New York USA, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Keep up with Angelina:
@linahorne and @csuiteswag
Pave your own path. Do not take no for any answer. Be the exception to the rule.
We call her: Nique or Nique Nique
Hometown: Glenarden, MD by way of Maplewood, NJ
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn, but I feel like I am more of a Sag-Cap.
Her baby: My cat Socks is my only baby for now =)
Favorite Food: Anything with cheese, mainly mozzarella sticks.
Last Book Read: Gentlewoman: Etiquette For a Lady, From a Gentleman
Favorite Color: Yellow
Deets on Anique:
Social Entrepreneur Anique Hameed was raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland. At an early age Anique was exposed to the important role of everyday people in uplifting society and has been on journey to better the lives of others through her work ever since.
In 2010, the Howard University Alumna developed the initial plan for The Eternal Life Project, a youth development initiative that teaches kids in underserved communities how to become community change agents. Anique is also a Co-Founder of Essence of Progress, an association of young women, ages 18-35, with a strong interest in civic engagement and social service innovation.
She’s is currently studying to earn a Master of Public Administration degree at the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University. If she’s not out trying to save the world you can find Anique in the air traveling to a new city, in a local art gallery, or trying a new restaurant with friends.
Keep up with Anique:
Quote Love: Your purpose has already been prepared. Ensure that everything you invest your time, love, and energy into is aligned with that purpose. Everything else is extra baggage, you must leave it behind to fly!
We call her: Feyi
Hometown: Cheverly, MD
Child(ren): My girls of Project Beautiful You, Inc. (PBY Inc.)
Favorite Food: Shrimp Scampi and anything Pasta related!
Last Book Read: Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Favorite Color: Blue
Deets on Feyi:
Feyi Odukoya is a young international speaker and entrepreneur determined to instill boldness in girls and women, while teaching them to live a life of purpose. After starting her first business at the age of 13, Feyi became passionate about discovering how to best use her gifts & talents to touch the lives of others.
Motivated by an encounter with an 8 year-old battling self-esteem issues, Feyi quit her day job in order to fully focus on Project Beautify You, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded, whose mission is to raise a generation of female leaders by assisting 12-18 year old girls in developing increased levels of self-esteem, confidence and purpose. (www.pbyinc.org).
Feyi’s presentations are driven with passion and crowd interaction. She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches and schools across the globe, including University of Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Morgan State University alum’s speaking, philanthropic efforts and innovative programming have yielded her national recognition and accolades, including the “I AM Legend” Award from her alma mater and a recent selection, as a My Black is Beautiful National Ambassador. She has been featured on radio stations such as WEAA 88.9, 93.9 WKYS and was most recently featured in The Oprah Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Essence Magazine.
A consummate entrepreneur, the Maryland native dreams of opening a community center where she can continue inspiring females on levels greater than what she’s able to imagine!
Keep up with Feyi:
“Everything you’ve ever needed to accomplish your dreams lies within you; it’s up to you to put in the hard work, have faith, and believe in your abilities to see them come to fruition.”
We call her: Jaye
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY. With roots in Trinidad and Barbados
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Children: two beautiful daughters, Janaé (7) and Jaelynn (3)
Favorite Food: West Indian Classics
Last Book Read: “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by JOHN C. MAXWELL”
Favorite Color: Pink, Yellow, and Cobalt Blue
Deets on Jeré:
Jeré Reid is a woman of many titles and talents, all of which relate to her purpose of nurturing the mind, body and spirit. By day, Jeré is a high school advance placement History teacher. When she isn’t busy instructing her students, she is a motivational speaker and natural hair and beauty blogger.
Through her website, Nappturally Chic Jeré, the beauty enthusiast fully embraces her passion of uplifting women and equipping them to realize their inner glow. This passion has allowed Jeré to mentor countless young girls and conduct workshops on natural hair care and self esteem throughout the US and Canada.
Her nurturing spirit is best attributed to her large, loving, tight-knit Caribbean family. As a music lover, Jeré also serves as choir director and worship leader at Solid Rock C.O.G. in Kissimmee, Fla. She resides in the Sunshine State with her husband and two adorable daughters.
Keep up with Jeré:
“Your setbacks are orchestrated for your ultimate comeback! Take your disappointments in stride and keep on pushing towards your purpose, your goals, and your destiny!”
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Child: (Son) Matthew, 2
Favorite Food: Really? One dish? If you know Jori, she loves the finer things in life and food is top priority. How can a girl only choose one?
Last Book Read: The Alchemist By: Paulo Coelho
Favorite Color: Black, Gray and Green
Deets on Jorian: Jorian Seay is a freelance journalist, writer, editor and public speaker. As founder and editorial director of Live Life Posh, a website dedicated to motivating and inspiring 20-something year old Black women to live their fullest lives, she fulfills her purpose through spreading the message that you can have, do and be whatever it is your heart desires. The Columbia College Chicago alum is also weekend editor at MommyNoire, a digital destination for mommies of color.
Quote Love: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keep up with Jorian:
Contact: Facebook: Jorian Seay
Twitter and Instagram: @thatJORIANgirl