2018 Featured Conference Speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosie Molinary, Speaker – Dove Self-Esteem Project

As a radical self-acceptance champion, Rosie Molinary, MFA, uses profound questions and wholehearted connection to empower people to treat themselves well so they can connect with their talents and passions to authentically and intentionally live their purpose and help heal the world.

The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance (Seal Press) and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina (Seal Press), Rosie teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, serves as a national Dove Self-Esteem Project educator, offers workshops and retreats, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, self-care, media literacy, the Latina experience, and intentional living around the country. Rosie also serves as a creative catalyst to companies and brands that wish to provide a synergistic, empowered and soulful experience to their clients and employees as they serve the world through workshop and retreat facilitation and consultation.

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Jodi Bondi Norgaard- Speaker, Consultant, Founder of Go! Go!, Sports Girls

Jodi Bondi Norgaard is an expert in creating change and breaking gender stereotypes. She is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. Jodi is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and activist in the movement pushing media and retail to do a better job portraying girls beyond stereotypes.

Jodi is a leader in the toy industry breaking gender stereotypes since 2009 when she launched the plush sports dolls built-in specification to a real girl’s body. Her inspiration came in 2007 after shopping for a doll with her then 9-year-old daughter and finding a doll with belly-baring clothing, high heels, and make-up, named ‘Lovely Lola.’ Initially, industry leaders dismissed her product because a sports doll was not mainstream. “Girls want fashion dolls,” she heard, over and over. She was not convinced and knew mainstream ideas never create change. By 2015, she had made significant strides and her product was launched in Walmart stores. In October 2016, the Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares, an established cutting-edge toy company.

She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Forbes, Upworthy, Parents, Shape, Self, Runner’s World, Advertising Age, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Huffington Post. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in conferences on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.

She is a Fellow at Maddock Douglas, Inc., an innovation, leadership and consulting firm in the Chicago area, a board member of Girls on the Run – Chicago, a board member of Kaskey Kids an award-winning line of sports action figures, a founding member of The Brave Girl Alliance, a think tank of girl empowerment experts, and a member of Women in Toys.

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Shanterra McBride- Author, Educator and Founder of Marvelous University

Shanterra McBride is an author, speaker, educator, and coach. As the founder of Marvelous University, she offers life coaching and success planning for young people – specializing in leadership development for girls and young women.

Shanterra has a wide range of expertise on all things related to young people. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including: friendships, teen relationships, equity, justice and multicultural education, social media, relational aggression, sexual harassment, dating violence, and cyber bullying. Various media have interviewed Shanterra as an expert on bullying, gender-based violence and teen dating violence, including National Public Radio, Essence and Parade magazine, and an assortment of network and cable television affiliates across the United States. Shanterra is the author of Love Your Jiggle: The Girls’ Guide to Being Marvelous, an inspirational book for girls ages 11-17, published by Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc. Themes covered include self-worth, maintaining friendships, decision-making, conflict management, self-empowerment and diversity and inclusion.

Shanterra has always followed her intuition and following her successful career pursuits in Washington, DC and northern California, Shanterra was inspired to return to her hometown of Dallas, Texas, where she served as a Youth Director at a local United Methodist Church, and partners with schools, speaking to their entire communities on equity and inclusion and relational aggression in schools.

Shanterra was recently awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award from SMU for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for girls and women overall. This summer, Shanterra’s voice became international. She traveled to Morocco, where she delivered workshops to girls on the importance of valuing themselves and others. She also spoke in four cities in South Africa on girls’ empowerment issues including creating safe spaces, combating gender-based violence, and anti-bullying.

Shanterra earned bachelor degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in public affairs & corporate communications and sociology. She obtained her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.Shanterra believes three things have always kept her grounded: her faith, her bond with family and friends, and her relationships with her mentees. These constants remind her of her purpose in life, which is to Mend, Motivate and Empower young people to believe they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!

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Workshop Presenters

Angela Funke and Julie Spears Angela Funke, MA, LMFT and Julie Spears, MA, LCSW, both therapists in private practice working with adolescents and adults. Angela and Julie are also both mothers of adolescents and know the challenges first hand of finding the right way to introduce youth to difficult and important topics.
Ashley Noelle Jackson Ashley Noelle Jackson is best known for her recent role as the boldfaced Mercy Jones, Ezekiel Jones’ baby sister, on the hit show, The Librarians, on TNT. Ashley also landed a principal role in the Credit Sesame Commercial, which was featured throughout the United States during the Superbowl 2018. She is a motivational speaker from western Washington and her greatest passion is to inspire young girls to achieve their dreams!
ATX YOGA GIRL/CYNTHIA BERNARD ATX YOGA GIRL-CYNTHIA BERNARD Cynthia’s first yoga class was an incredibly empowering experience on and off her mat and she often wondered what a difference it could have made in her earlier years. Following her heart, she took a leap of faith and after 20+ years as a Retail Trainer, she began her yoga training. She feels that yoga and mediation have guided her closer to her authentic self finding her voice and learning to breathe again. To Cynthia, yoga is a perfect way to join community, connect, play, breathe and be in the moment while having FUN! Believing that it is for EVERYONE, she teaches kids, families and adults of all levels. Her hope is to help those around her cultivate skills to take into their daily lives while creating a safe space for them to nourish their mind, body, and spirit. Cynthia spends her time focusing on learning, teaching and giving back to our youth when she is not hiking, painting, traveling or listening to music in Austin. After studying Family and Consumer Science at Texas State University, she received her 30-hour kids and family yoga training in at The Little Yoga House. She also completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica with Multi Style Yoga International.  She recently created her own mobile business, ATX YOGA GIRL offering yoga to Anyone, Anywhere.  Cynthia also teaches at The Little Yoga House Yoga Peace School, Sanctuary Yoga, and is a volunteer with the Amala Foundation.
Austin Intercultural Network Shalini Komarla is a long time Austin  resident, 20 years and counting!  She serves as the Executive Director of  Austin Intercultural Network, a 501 c(3) nonprofit that aims to celebrate the  diversity in Austin. She is also a  motivational speaker, and very grateful  for all the opportunities to share and  inspire youth and adults with her story  around her personal transformation.  It’s a full plate, she says, but it’s totally worth it!  Riya Komarla is a freshman at Westlake High School and a Senior Girl Scout. She is born and raised in Austin, and loves to sing and play the piano.
Best Coaching 4 Life Success LLC / Dianna Apineru Owner of Best Coaching 4 Life Success LLC, Parent and Teen Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, single parent  of 3 sons for 20 years and former Global Program Manager for Dell.  She has traveled around the world and lived in HI, Mexico & Thailand.  She empowers parents to thrive at parenting and teens to design their futures.
Beyond the Grade Our vision is to provide music educational opportunities to students, beyond the traditional classes offered in schools.  Giving students opportunities to learn from local music professionals that are working in the Austin music scene
Circle of Health International: ActivateUs COHI’s activism initiative, ActivateUs,  goal is to inspire, inform, and activate members. COHI drew inspiration for this initiative from its is strong, active, tested commitment to keeping vulnerable populations safe. COHI hopes to empower activists to do the same by making activism accessible and inspiring.
Con Mi MADRE Con Mi MADRE, which translates to “with my mother,” is a non-profit organization in Austin, TX that serves Latina youth and their mothers. Our mission is to empower young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services to increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education. We start with Latinas in 6th grade and follow them through post-secondary degree attainment.
Courtney Harris Coaching As a Life Coach for Teens and Parents, Courtney supports tweens, teens, and young adults in finding their voice, growing confidence, and thriving. Through 1:1 and small group coaching sessions, teens and tweens are able to overcome anxiety, disconnect, and isolation as they explore their truest sense of self and develop a deep sense of empowerment. Courtney supports parents in practicing self-care and developing balanced sensitivity towards the process their rapidly-changing child is creating. Sessions with Courtney lovingly guide families in developing the trust, communication, and connection that’s crucial for a life of ease.
DPR Construction DPR Construction (DPR) is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the healthcare, advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country.
Ellen Wilder Ellen is a Middle School Social Worker at Austin Discovery School. She is passionate about social justice, creating healthy relationships, using a strengths-based approach while empowering students to foster resiliency, use trauma-informed practices, and providing group counseling on a variety of topics. Ellen loves serving as a bridge between students, families, teachers, and community members.
Experiment and Explore Valentina Valé is an educator and a visual artist with a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After working as a designer for the jewelry industry and then becoming a parent, then a parent educator, she merged both interests through Experiment and Explore, a concept to awaken the inner artist in adults and encourage visual art in the young.
Facebook Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service company based in Menlo Park, California. Women@ Facebook strives to connect, empower, and innovate. As part of a company seeking to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, we want to be a source of growth and support for women and allies of all backgrounds. As Facebook continues to evolve, it’s our goal to drive inclusion, recognize intersectionality, and celebrate the diversity that advances us as a global company.
FLYinc. Kimberly Holiday, known to most as LadyJoy, is the on air radio personality at KAZI 88.7FM, The Voice and Soul of Austin. You can joyfully engage with LadyJoy each Thursday morning from 9am to Noon CST on The Juice and Jam Morning Show. LadyJoy creates a sanctuary of self-care with her guest by making them feel warmly welcomed. Kimberly Holiday has created global platforms as a published author, interactive podcast, radio broadcasting, local access TV, empowerment workshops and conferences. As a Motivational Speaker, she has a heart to serve the people. Gifted with many talents, she is a divine vessel for her passion to build people through genuine collaboration. Her authentic approach to networking has created direct and intentional connections with everyday people on every day issues.  Her JOY, you will find instantly contagious, a reflection for others to know that they too can live with the potential for more joy, regardless of life’s circumstances. She is the humble Owner of The Mobile Nanny Staffing Agency, propelling her mission of child and family advocacy. The Mobile Nanny Staffing Agency serves the whole child and empowers parents to become business owners. Kimberly is active in the community, selling Joy and hustling dreams. She lives her life transparent, using only her smile as her logo and marketing #Gotjoy as her brand!
Frost Bank Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR) is a financial holding company, headquartered in San Antonio, with $30.7 billion in assets at June 30, 2018. One of the 50 largest U.S. banks, Frost provides a wide range of banking, investments and insurance services to businesses and individuals across Texas in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio regions. Founded in 1868, Frost has helped clients with their financial needs during three centuries. Additional information is available at frostbank.com.
Girl Alliance Girl Alliance is a by teens for teens company that helps girls confidently recognize and handle online sexual harassment, specifically boys asking girls to send nudes. We are solving this problem by 1) spreading awareness through our sticker campaign, social media, and teen ambassadors, 2) providing an (online and offline) confidence-building community for teens to share personal advice, and 3) developing a one stop experience for teens to report harassment to their school counselor.
Girlstart Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.
Glitter & Grit Shohreh Davoodi is a wellness coach for women and non-binary people and the founder and owner of Glitter & Grit. She specializes in helping people discover joyful movement, heal their relationship with food through intuitive eating, and improve their body image. She takes a body-positive, weight-neutral approach to fitness, health, and wellness.
Grace and Grit/ Heather Stark Heather Stark is the owner of Grace and Grit Box. She received her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The University of North Texas. Heather speaks to women and teenagers about her journey through Anorexia. She is a 2018 recipient of Girl Scouts of America Women of Distinction Award for the empowering work she has done with girls.
Healthy Actions Intervening Responsibly (H.A.I.R.) Jacqueline Miller has 26 years of work experience within the Violence Against Women Movement. She used empowerment-based advocacy to create domestic violence policy and protocols within the Cook County Bureau of Health Network.  She utilized community organizing nuts and bolts to build partnerships with law enforcement agencies as an effort to increase survivor safety and batterer accountability. As a member of the Training and Technical Assistance work-group, Jacqueline worked at the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury with the Peace of Mind Florida Project. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and a collaborative partner of the Adverse Childhood Experiences of Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) projects of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. With 23 years of training experience, Jacqueline has expertise in counselor advocacy,  the intersection of domestic violence and the child welfare system, building resiliency, systems change, health implications of abuse, and reducing intimate partner homicide. Jacqueline has worked with community projects on eradicating poverty while building bridges to promote self-sufficiency.  She received domestic violence training certifications from Florida and Illinois.  She holds a certification in Financial Social Work. As a life-long learner, Jacqueline pursues opportunities to advocate for social justice and human rights on behalf of society’s most vulnerable population -girls.
Healthy Pets, Healthy Kids Healthy Pets, Healthy Kids is a local Austin Veterinarian Outreach program that seeks to unite veterinarians with kids to teach animal health and safety. This organization focuses on teaching kids responsible pet ownership, animal husbandry, and what it is like to be a veterinarian.
Heather Ashline Heather is a Certified Yoga Instructor based in Austin, Texas. She believes that yoga should be a fun and community oriented activity, so be prepared for creative and gently challenging poses and maybe some partner work!
IBM Women in Technology Janani Janakiraman holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has 25+ years of experience working in the field of technology. She is a master inventor at IBM and holds several issued patents. Her passion is to work with kids to spread the love of science, technology, math and science.
Infiniteeworks Dedra Colston, The Empowerment Coach, is the voice and visionary of Infiniteeworks. Infiniteeworks is focused on empowering, mentoring, motivating, and coaching girls and women to love, own and respect who they are created to be. Infiniteeworks consults with educators and counselors providing job preparation skills; and provides professional development workshops for staff and professional conferences.
InSpire Patric is the Founder of InSpire is a non-profit organization providing wrap around services for families. Our goal is to support schools in educating the entire family with programs to encourage higher learning, health, mental wellness and economic empowerment . We provide ongoing 21st Century Skills Programs. Our learning experiences are highly engaging hands-on and project-based design by pupil interested; we have incorporated STEAM in all classes. To expose our participants to the fastest growing educational trend — the integration of science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math — a whole mind way of learning that prepares students for a complex world and the 21st century job market
Jill Faulkner After more than a decade serving others in executive roles, Jill Faulkner decided to bring her expertise in business and communication together with her passion for people. Stick With It Co., was born in 2015 from Jill’s desire to share her journey of self-love with others seeking similar fulfillment. Her mission is for people to love themselves wholly – with a little help from affirmations that stick.
Kimberly Faith Kimberly Faith has been on a mission to “inspire billions.” She didn’t realize it at first, but this mission has allowed her to speak to audiences everywhere. After overcoming abuse, drugs, rape, an eating disorder, divorce, and more, she realized that she has a story to tell. Her programs provide interactive and artistic experiences to foster true transformation. Her message challenges audiences to push forward through their own difficulties, and step into a more fulfilled life.
Kimberly Nygren Cox / Slavin Nadal School of Ballet Kimberly Nygren Cox is a former professional ballet dancer with a 15 year performing career.  She retired from the Louisville Ballet Company as a soloist in 2003. Since then she became certified in Pilates and Yoga among other fitness disciplines.  She is Zumba  and Progressing Ballet Technique licensed, and teaches Barre and TRX as well.  She and her husband are co-directors/owners of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet. Slavin Nadal is a well-established school with an excellent reputation for classical ballet instruction. Kimberly has also won awards and high recognition for her choreography, and is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance with the Austin community.
Lady Papillons International, Inc. Lady Papillons International, Inc. empowers girls ages 6 through 24 to be BOLD, BRILLIANT, & BEAUTIFUL!  Our innovative programs are based on research, and focus on individual’s success plans.  We transform families by teaching them to walk in their BRILLIANCE!
Latinitas Latinitas is a non-profit 501c(3) organization focused on empowering girls to innovate through media and technology. We offer a variety of opportunities for girls to discover their voice, develop media and technology skills and build a solid foundation for their future.
Leaders Among Us Ms. Yvonne Lopez is a higher education administration professional with eighteen years of experience in the daily operations of the Graduate School as Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Programs and Director of Student Success in the College of Liberal Arts, UTEP. Accomplishments include leadership in academic advising and student retention, higher education administration and supervision, development and delivery of proactive initiatives to increase enrollment, and student success. She established and maintained effective communication with students, applicants, faculty, and staff. Ms. Lopez Provided oversight and leadership for the graduate admissions process, effective resolution of student admission issues, probation and graduation; all within the institution’s policy and procedures.  Ms. Lopez is highly skilled in budgeting, strategic planning, directing programs and services for student success, enrollment management, team building, and staff development. Her skills include serving developmental needs of first generation minority and academically at risk students. She also conducted student orientation, workshops and collaborated with student affairs to meet career opportunities for graduate students. Ms. Lopez also directed the Title V Mentoring Grant, the McNair Grant, and Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Grant. She is a member of the 1st Inaugural Class of the Leadership Development Institute, UTEP. Her professional affiliations included the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), National Association of Graduate Professionals (NAGAP), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRO), National Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and National Hispanic Woman’s Caucus.
LifeWorks LifeWorks is a fierce advocate for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable and measurable results for the clients we serve.
Lily Shepard of Body Bloom ATX Lily Shepard is a dancer/choreographer/fitness instructor and the founder of Body Bloom ATX. Body Bloom ATX is about embracing the journey to becoming more confident, powerful , and mindful through movement. Body Bloom ATX hosts pop up classes and collaborative events around Austin centered on creating safe spaces to explore femininity and create community.
Lisa A. Jordan From teaching a dance workshop at the International School of Prague, to casting and choreography for multiple Grammy Award winners, Lisa A. Jordan uses her love for dance to motivate youth around the world, literally. “If you can move, you can dance. If you can dance, use it for motivation!” Lisa expresses. “Yes, there is a physical fitness component that I like about dancing, especially as it relates to kids. However, what I enjoy even more is seeing how it fosters creativity and excitement that grows from the outside in.” Lisa’s mission statement is, “To inspire youth around the world by providing a fun and motivating approach as I empower them to reach their full potential.”  She believes, “You forget your problems when you’re dancing.”
Maggie Molleur and Abby Nagler The Little Yoga House is a kids & family yoga company offering Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Me style classes, a Children’s Boutique, Birthday Parties, Camps and Kids & adult Aerial Yoga classes! We bring yoga to schools around Austin and offer kids yoga & mindfulness trainings!
Microsoft Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
MJ’s Coaching and Business Solutions LLC I am a dynamic professional,  Certified with the John Maxwell team as a Growth and Development Coach, Speaker and Team Trainer since 2015.  I have held high level leadership positions having worked in the field of banking and retail for over 25 years and had the opportunity to impact the lives of many individuals.
Nurture Family Counseling Nurture Family Counseling is a private therapy practice supporting children, teens, and families. We take a multi-faceted approach, carefully considering each person’s development, neurobiology, social support system, and unique personality and experiences. We know that  an involved and supportive family provides the biggest advantage to teens as they navigate the many complex challenges presented at this stage of life, and we will work to include you throughout the therapeutic process. Growing up is tough – on parents and their kids. But you don’t have to do it alone.
Outdoor Voices Outdoor Voices inspires people to be active on a daily basis. By eliminating the pressure to perform, the brand is building a community of exercisers who approach activity with ease, humor, and delight — and designing the highest quality apparel to support daily recreation.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas creates healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs, and serving as an advocate for reproductive justice. We employ a three-part approach to community health education that engages parents, educators, and peers to reduce the rates of unplanned pregnancy, STI’s. Our signature education programs provide the skills and support individuals need to make well-informed and positive decisions about their relationships and their sexual health.
Present Company Natalie Grigson is an author, improviser, Authentic Relating Facilitator, and co-founder of Present Company*. She has several years’ professional experience working with kids and teenagers, from workshops and talks on body image to mindfulness and connective games in the classroom.   * Present Company offers a range of events designed to help today’s youth get connected, feel compassion, stay present, and have a genuinely good time – no cell phones involved.
Rec Therapy Austin Rec Therapy Austin provides therapy based in expressive movements like dance, yoga, martial arts, and meditation. They work with people wishing to make improvements in their emotional health. This may include a focus on managing depression, anxiety, or processing grief or trauma. Rec Therapy Austin also specializes in dance-based mental health groups. More information on these dance groups can be found at www.rectherapyaustin.com.
Sales Fix LLC Kali Cole has worked in innovative, highly competitive, and fast-paced Corporate environments for industry titans in Sales for more than fifteen years. Fueled with a passionate yearning for entrepreneurship and Corporate layoffs, Kali departed from Corporate America and created her company Sales Fix which assists business owners increase sales and revenue via  innovative sales and marketing strategies.
Synergy Dance Studio Synergy Dance Studio is located in south west Austin in the heart of Westlake, where we strive to provide your children with solid technical training as well as an enjoyable and creative dance experience.  Our studio provides a balanced dance education fostering a love of dance and passion for learning while our teachers are caring, supportive and love promoting dance to their students.
The Austin Outlaws The Austin Outlaws are the longest running Women’s Football program in history! We are a semi-professional, full contact women’s football team and we are approaching our 19th season.
The Girls’ School of Austin The Girls’ School of Austin is a private school for girls in grades K-8, located in Central Austin.  GSA provides an academically challenging education for girls in a community that fosters creative learning and personal excellence. Our mission is to develop confident young women who lead intellectually vibrant and fulfilling lives.
The Library Foundation / Badgerdog Creative Writing Program Badgerdog workshops take place in libraries, school classrooms, and community centers, sometimes even in private homes. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to work with and learn from a writer.  All workshops are led by professional writers, who follow a simple teaching model: READ, WRITE, SHARE. We READ the works of published writers to discover the techniques, strategies, and tools that make writing vivid and compelling. We WRITE, practicing the arts of storytelling and poetry. We SHARE—reading our own work aloud in the classroom, performing in public, or having work published; sharing brings writers in contact with readers, helping build literary communities in our own backyards.
The R.O.S.E. Project The R.O.S.E. Project (Recognizing Our Strength and Excellence) is a community service with the goal of helping young people notice their abilities and talents regardless of their personal environments, and assisting them in growing into compassionate and confident leaders.
Tristan Jackson Born and raised in a section of Houston, Texas called 4th ward. She by having faith, hope, and perseverance obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resource Management (2009) and Masters of Public Administration (2013) from Lamar University. Raised by a single parent, she determined to break the generational curses in her family. For the last 7 years, she has worked in Higher education as an Academic Advisor. Making sure that every student she comes in contact is aware of every opportunity available to them in college. Determined to share her story about over obstacles and challenges, to attend college. Dream the Impossible was released in 2015. Dream the Impossible is the true story of Tristan Jackson. Tristan is the author of three books, her latest titled “College Success Guide”. I want to inspire everyone to reach their dreams. I want to reach the silent voices in the world that are searching for hope. In addition to serving as a mentor and coach in her role as an academic advisor, Ms. Jackson is active in her community through her participation in hosting events like, Back to School Prayer Care of Love (toiletry drive for seniors), Pre-Mother’s Day Dinner and College 101 prep event. Tristan Jackson, Books Dream the Impossible (2015), What to Do When Life Give You Lemons?(2016), College Success Guide(2017) Education • Texas Southern University 2020: Doctoral of Educational Administration • Lamar University 2013-Masters of Public Administration • Lamar University 2009:Bachelors of Business Administration Human Resource Management Professional Work Academic Advisor 2010-Present • University of Houston Downtown-Present • University of Houston Main Campus-2014-2016 • Lamar University 2010-2014
Vicki Parsons Vicki Parsons, Director of Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness is passionate about encouraging and mentoring people of all ages to live life to the fullest. She holds degrees in psychology and recreation therapy, has certifications in fitness and nutrition, and has a keen interest in promoting health and well-being to the next generation. Vicki is a requested speaker, drawing from her own life experiences, offering practical and inspirational takeaways with humor and inspiration.
Wonders & Worries/Meredith Coopeer Meredith Cooper is the co-Founder of Wonders & Worries, a nonprofit that provides professional support for children and teenagers throughout a parent’s illness. Following 15 years of success, Meredith shifted from executive director to a founder role in 2017, where she continues providing strategic direction for Wonders & Worries’ national growth.  Meredith has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Child Development. She is a certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been involved with children’s healthcare in the Austin community for more than 25 years, including being the first pediatric oncology child life specialist for Austin. Meredith received the Helping Hand Home’s Champion for Children Award in 2010, and the Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Award in 2013. Meredith is married with one son, two daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.
www.ibm.com/IBM/Rosa Bolger Rosa Bolger works for IBM, a top 5 tech company (Forbes)  Director of the Web Platform engineering. She leads a team across five difference continents and 8 different countries. She is responsible for IBM’s main website : http://www.ibm.com.  As a technical individual Rosa has been a hands on architect, system administrator and developer and has been the technical lead responsible the official website of two Olympic Games. Today she is also the Business Information Security Business Officer (BISO) for her Business Unit.