EMPOWERMENT SESSIONS

Are you ready to be the next Misty Copeland, Mark Zuckerberg, or Shonda Rhimes? Do you want to elevate your health and finances? Are you ready to take your business to the next (global) level? If so, then you don’t want to miss this summer’s EMPOWERMENT sessions at MegaFest!

Glean meaningful insights from our expert panel of speakers, entrepreneurs, sponsors, and thought leaders from various fields. They’ll uncover how you can successfully scale your network; elevate your health and fitness; receive the enterprise support you need; and more! These transformative empowerment sessions will feature topics, including technology, culture, fashion, healthcare, and fitness, among others.

Some of our phenomenal sponsors, including PepsiCo, Gatorade, MINT dentistry, Toyota, and Chris Howell Foundation will share unique industry insights, so that you can make a tangible impact in your community. We can’t wait to see you empowered this summer. So, what are you waiting for? Register now for MegaFest. This is your year to do BIG THINGS in (insert dream here)!




EMPOWERMENT SESSIONS Speakers

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Pastor John Gray
Lakewood Church
 
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Cheryl L. Bevelle-Orange
FedEx
 
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Colleen Townsley Brinkmann
North Texas Food Bank
 
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Kailei Carr
The Asbury Group
 
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LaQuita Hall
AT&T
 
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John Ricketts
Feed the Children
 
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Matt Smith
Pepsico
 
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AJ Johnson
Actress
 
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Regina Belle
Singer, Songwriter and Actress
 
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Will Downing
Singer/Songwriter
 
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Laz Alonso
Actor
 
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Fred Hammond
Singer/Songwriter
 
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Christopher Walker
Singer
 
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DeVon Franklin
Franklin Entertainment
 
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Chris Howell
Chris Howell Foundation
 
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Bethsheba Johnson
Chris Howell Foundation
 
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Veronica Whitehead
Chris Howell Foundation
 
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Danielle Botello
Community Activist
 
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Zachary Thompson
Dallas County Health and Human Services
 
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Carmon Dailey
Parkland Hospital
 
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Dr. Luigi Meneghini
Parkland Hospital
 
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Nicole McNulty
Parkland Hospital
 
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Denise Moltzan
Parkland Hospital
 
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Kellie Rodriguez
Parkland Hospital
 
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Mitzi Smith
Parkland Hospital
 
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Sarah Solly
Parkland Hospital
 
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Cristina Thomas
Parkland Hospital
 
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Dr. Sheila Chhutani
Texas Health Resources
 
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Dr. Allison A. DiPasquale
Methodist Hospital
 
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Dr. Trina Hall
NAMI Dallas
 
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Dr. Donald W. Hohman, Jr.
Texas Health Resources
 
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Toya White
Texas Health Resources
 
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Dr. Stormee Williams
Children's Health
 
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Sheena Allen
CapWay & Sheena Allen Apps, Author
 
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Dr. Ronaldo Archer
Bestselling Author, Business Executive, NFL Consultant
 
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Chef Cassondra Armstrong
Chef Cassondra Culinary Concepts, LLC.
 
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Shanneca Beck
Remember the Giants
 
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Reuben Canada
Canada Enterprises LLC
 
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Janet Cohen Centola
Strong Families Moving Forward
 
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Cora Jakes Coleman
Destiny World Children's Ministry
 
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Dr. Eddie Connor
Bestselling Author, Minister, International Speaker
 
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L. Shonny DeBouse-Young
SAN Enterprise, LLC
 
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Dr. Alex Ellis
Award-winning author, Speaker, Activist, and Connoisseur of Style
 
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Nicole Fontayne-Bárdowell
DART
 
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Neil Foote
Foote Communications LLC
 
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Dr. Lauren Freeman
Lauren Fabulous Firm, LLC.
 
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James Fripp
Yum! Brands, Inc.
 
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Thomas Gagliano
Author
 
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Sue Gong
Texas Christian University
 
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Shamiel Gary
Professional Football Player
 
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Aventer Gray
John Gray Ministries and John Gray Innertainment
 
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Michella Gurley
 
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Kim Handy
 
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Karen Hanner
Feeding America
 
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Tawni Haynes
Tawni Haynes Apparel
 
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Sylvia High
Aiming High Inc.
 
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Dr. Renee Fowler Hornbuckle
Destiny Pointe Christian Center
 
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Marissa Horne
American Airlines
 
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Jeanetta Johnson
 
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Donna Richardson Joyner
Fitness Expert, Author, Speaker
 
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William Langford
PepsiCo
 
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Dr. Esteban Lopez
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
 
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Rebecca Lopez
Moderator
 
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Haston Lewis
PepsiCo
 
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Dr. Leanne Metcalfe
Blue Cross Blue Shield
 
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Rebecca Lynn Pope
Godly Girls Club
 
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Dr. Lauren McDonald
Fresenius Medical Care
 
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Love McPherson
Author/Speaker
 
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Tiffany McPherson
 
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Alicia Morgan
Bryan Adams High School
 
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Kudzai Mutasa
Brand Manager
 
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Yvonne Orji
Actress/Comedienne/Writer
 
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Monique Pressley
The Pressley Firm PLLC
 
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Dr. Catrina Pullum
Excellence Mentoring Academy
 
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Chris Reynolds
Toyota Motor Corporation
 
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Dawn Shestko
DRS Performance Solutions, LLC
 
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Albert Smith
Toyota Motor North America
 
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Dr. Sherrika Sanders
Authentix
 
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Dr. Courtney Walker
Novo Nordisk, Inc.
 
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Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Dallas Women's Foundation
 
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Donni Wiggins
Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur and Empowerment Coach
 
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Johnny Wimbrey
Author, Trainer and Motivator
 
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Rachel Thomas
Pepsico
 
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Teneshia J. Warner
Founder of The Dream Project & CEO EGAMI Consulting Group
 
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Amana Watkins
PepsiCo
 
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Darrell Webb
National Kidney Foundation
 
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Darren Woodson
Former NFL Player, Dallas Cowboys & ESPN Analyst
 
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Lonnie Johnson
Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc.
 
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Hattie Hill
Women's Foodservice Forum

Additional Empowerment Sessions Speakers:

Amber Benton
PepsiCo
Fern Johnson
Pepsico

 

EMPOWERMENT SESSIONS Artists

 
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Virlinda Stanton

EMPOWERMENT SESSIONS SCHEDULE

*Schedule and locations are subject to change

June 28, 2017
June 29, 2017
June 30, 2017
July 01, 2017
June 28, 2017

Empowerment Sessions

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Women's Economic Empowerment Breakfast & Partners' Breakfast (Ticketed Event*)
Location: Hilton Anatole

Empowerment Sessions

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
BizTalk Presentations | Johnny Wimbrey| Donni Wiggins| Kenya Parham| Reuben Canada | Ted Baker| Sheena Allen
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Going Beyond Hunger: Living a Healthy Lifestyle…present by PepsiCo | Colleen Townsley Brinkmann| John Ricketts| Matt Smith| Karen Hanner| Jeff Zachwieja
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
One of the many common denominators of the incidence of food insecure households is poverty. In fact, higher rates of unemployment and low-income households also contribute to the lack of access to adequate, nutritious food. This session will explore this disparity while providing insights into how to access adequate and nutritious food, and begin the journey to go beyond hunger and chart a path to living a healthier life.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! | Charlie Jordan Brookins
Location: Ballroom D4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
4 Simple Steps to Living Your Divinely Designed Healthy Lifestyle
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Ask the Doctor | Dr. Stormee Williams| Dr. Donald W. Hohman, Jr.| Dr. Ronya Green| Dr. Jeremy Brown| Dr. Samim Giotis| Dr. Rani Whitfield
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Health Pavilion Partners
Participating Partners: Methodist Hospital, Texas Health Resources, Children’s Health, Parkland Hospital. Ask the Doctor is an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation with a licensed physician without an appointment. You can ask general or personal questions of the physician and receive responses based upon national standards and recommendations.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Love and Dating | Rebecca Lynn Pope
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Telling Your Story - Why PR Matters - A 12 Step Plan | Neil Foote
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Your personal or corporate brand is everything, particularly now when we live in an era of real-time, fast-paced social media where you are one click away from fame or infamy. This session is designed to offer you practical, actionable tips on how best to use public relations to strengthen and extend your brand. We will address such questions as how best to develop a PR strategy, how to tell your story, who to tell it to and how to measure success.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Life with a Service Dog | Patriot Paws
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by NAMI Dallas
Patriot Paws will speak about how they train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
FEST 15: Conversation with Darren Woodson…present by PepsiCo | Darren Woodson
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Pepsico
Come see Darren Woodson for a Fest15 talk on his work as one of the founders of the Warrior Family Network, a non-profit organization which helps military students and their families continue their educational journey. The Warrior Family Network provides support for students with parents in the military, and helps them cope with the sometimes-difficult lifestyle it comes with. Recently, the Warrior Family Network started an initiative called “Teach 4 Service”, a teaching program that offers tutoring and counseling to these children of military families.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Making of a Man of Destiny: A TRANSFORMED NONCONFORMIST | Dr. Ronaldo Archer
Location: Ballroom A1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Man’s rejected is often God’s selected. Every man that God calls to greatness must matriculate through three stages of Gods University: The Set Time, the Mean Time, and the Appointed Time. The Set Time is when God calls you to do something great for His glory. The Mean Time is when God shows you your destiny, then grabs you and pulls you into the completely opposite direction of the very thing He has called you to do. The Appointed Time is when God has transformed a man’s mind, heart, hands, habits, humanity, and habitat. It is when pain has become power, wounds have become wisdom, tragedy has become triumph, and failure has become fortune. We will discuss these stages, and more, in this session that is sure to drastically change your perspective on how God transforms your life.

Man’s rejected is often God’s selected. Every man that God calls to greatness must matriculate through three stages of Gods University: The Set Time, the Mean Time, and the Appointed Time. The Set Time is when God calls you to do something great for His glory. The Mean Time is when God shows you your destiny, then grabs you and pulls you into the completely opposite direction of the very thing He has called you to do. The Appointed Time is when God has transformed a man’s mind, heart, hands, habits, humanity, and habitat. It is when pain has become power, wounds have become wisdom, tragedy has become triumph, and failure has become fortune. We will discuss these stages, and more, in this session that is sure to drastically change your perspective on how God transforms your life.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Line Dance Class
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Hosted by Isha Hutchinson: Come get fit and have some fun through dance. Learn the latest line dances in this exciting class.
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
The Art of the Pitch | Reuben Canada
Location: Ballroom D1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Be In the Know About Your Health | Dr. Courtney Walker| Dr. Lauren McDonald
Moderator(s): Rebecca Lopez
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield Of Texas
Many of us avoid going to the doctor for various reasons, including fear of the unknown, lack of insurance or lack of access to medical services, or even time. This panel of experts assembled by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas will empower you to take control of your health and achieve better outcomes. You will also gain insights on chronic conditions that affect our communities.
12:15 PM - 3:00 PM
NOURISH
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Hosted by Mr. Entertainment: A lunchtime block party, family reunion, and celebration all rolled into one. NOURISH provides an opportunity for attendees to experience exciting entertainment and fun while they nourish their bodies. Attendees will also enjoy special invited musical performances from Pastor Charles Jenkins, Donisha Ballard, Phil French, Niya Cotton, Chadney Christle and Cortez Vaughn.
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Strong Families in 2017 | Janet Cohen Centola
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Presented by NAMI and Steven A. Cohen Family Clinic at Metrocare: Mental health experts discuss challenges facing families in today’s fast-paced world. Parenting and relationship strengthening tips will be discussed including knowing when and how to get help.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
They suspended my child now what? - Knowing Your Rights as a Parent in Education | Jenetta Johnson
Location: Ballroom D2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Daring to Dream | Rebecca Lynn Pope
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Boss Network: How to Lead as a Professional Woman | Cameka Smith
Location: Ballroom D1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
No one is a born leader. Everyone can develop leadership skills, and everyone can benefit from using them. One skill that every businesswoman should possess is leadership. Great leadership qualities are a key to success and allow people the ability to take charge of situations to ultimately get the job done. No matter what field you are in, having good leadership skills is critical to your success. Come listen in on the discussion amongst our panel of successful women in leadership to learn how to take charge of your life now!
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Gifted for Greatness | Dr. Eddie Connor
Location: Ballroom D3, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Each one of us is a red box that is wrapped with gold bow simply because we possess a unique gift. The tragedy is to be gifted, but never open the package. This seminar will teach you how to identify your unique God-given gifts, discover untapped potential, steps to stir your gifts, and principles to execute by empowering the world with what your abilities. Attendees will receive keys to unlock the door to their royal identity and activate their destiny.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
4 Pieces of Powerful Advice for Building and Growing Your Business | Melody McCloskey
Location: Ballroom D1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Getting Our Children to the Moon and Beyond | Lonnie Johnson
Location: Ballroom A1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
A Talk with Inventor Lonnie Johnson
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies That Lead: "How to Become a Fearless Business Woman" | Pastor Dorothy Crockran| Dr. Jacquie Hood-Martin| Kimberly Ferguson| Jacqueline Miller
Moderator(s): Cameka Smith
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Diabetes: Life is Sweeter with Less Sugar | Dr. Luigi Meneghini| Kellie Rodriguez| Nicole McNulty| Mitzi Smith| Denise Moltzan| Sarah Solly| Carmon Dailey
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Parkland Hospital
Diabetes impacts everyone in some way. This session will review risk factors for and the diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes and the key elements for keeping well.
A dynamic multidisciplinary healthcare team will teach participants about key diabetes lab test numbers, healthy eating tips, exercise goals, medicines for diabetes and how to get started and stay motivated.
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? | Johnny Wimbrey
Location: Ballroom D2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Good Idea or God Given Idea: Partner with God to Manifest Your Dream | Pastor John Gray| Aventer Gray| Cammilla Campbell| Endyia Kinney-Sterns
Moderator(s): Teneshia J. Warner
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by The Dream Project
Do you believe in a higher guidance that helps you fulfill your purpose and manifest your biggest dreams? This session will be lead by Faith-Based Leaders and Geniuses sharing how they lead their businesses based on spiritual principles.
Discussion topics will include: how to determine if you have a “God given idea” or just a “good idea”, learning how to receive instructions from God, and walking by faith to see the manifestation of your God given dream.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
12 Steps to Your Social Media Strategy | Neil Foote
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Success Tips: From Goals to Execution | Dr. Lauren Freeman| Dr. Renee Fowler Hornbuckle| Dr. Catrina Pullum| Michella Gurley
Moderator(s): Rebecca Lopez
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
An informative and interactive panel of experts will address how to move from goals to execution no matter what life has thrown your way. The panel is comprised of successful business executives and women who have triumphed over life’s obstacles.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Driving in the Fast Lane: Increasing Women of Color in Technology…presented by PepsiCo | Saki L. Milton| Marissa Horne| Nicole Fontayne-Bárdowell| Cheryl L. Bevelle-Orange| Kailei Carr| Dr. Leanne Metcalfe| Rachel Thomas| Sue Gong| Dr. Sherrika Sanders| Angelica Arceneaux| Renee Hale
Moderator(s): LaQuita Hall
Location: Ballroom A2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The career challenges, like that of NASCAR racer Danica Patrick face, are not that dissimilar to those faced by women in IT. Glass ceilings, lack of sponsorship and mentoring or the inevitable conflicts of balancing work and family often combine to make “driving in the career fast lane” difficult. However, the rate of change within business (and especially within technology) requires “fast lane drivers” of varied backgrounds. Join PepsiCo for a “speed-dating” session with STEM experts.
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Healthy Kids. Healthy Families. Be Empowered! | Blue Bear
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield Of Texas
Blue Bear will lead this interactive and light-hearted parody that will make you LAUGH as you LEARN insightful tips for healthy kids and healthy families.

Empowerment Sessions

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
SOAR! Entrepreneurial Passion, Economy, Society & Culture…presented by PepsiCo | Bishop T.D. Jakes| Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Moderator(s): Hattie Hill
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Two part empowerment session:
 
Part 1: Women drive the economic engine of our global society. With a growing number of studies showing gender equality directly contributes to economic advancement and sustainable development it is clear all ideas and insights are needed to drive business growth.
 
Part 2: Bishop T. D. Jakes takes your entrepreneurial passion to the next level. Bishop Jakes – iconic communicator, entertainment impresario, and master entrepreneur – reveals how to transform the latent dreams within each of us into the reality of our unique contribution to the world. Blending the practical business acumen of a successful, global CEO with the dynamic inspiration of a life coach, SOAR!
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Don't Spill the M.I.L.K. | Dr. Eddie Connor
Location: Ballroom D2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

We are entrusted with a treasure with which we must walk wisely on a daily basis so that we don’t waste it. The acronym for M.I.L.K. is Motivation, Integrity, Leadership, and Knowledge. These aspects will equip attendees with tools to build a successful business, relationship, reputation, and vision for provision. This seminar will expand minds to think big, maximize every moment, and provide a blueprint for one’s personal development

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Boss Network: Activating Faith Over Fear | Cameka Smith
Location: Ballroom D3, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Do you have a dream of starting your business? Are you thinking about asking for a raise at your job? What’s holding you back? It’s fear and doubt, that little voice in your head telling you that you can’t do it. FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real, and it has no real substance. However, it stops many of us from doing the one thing we know deep inside we were born to do. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Simply feel the fear and do it anyway. Join award-winning entrepreneur, Cameka Smith, as she talks about how she went from being laid-off to a successful businesswoman!
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
"Hands Only" CPR Demonstration
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by American Heart Association
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Human Trafficking in America | Cara Pierce| Rev. Dr. Irie L. Session| Kristen Sunny
Moderator(s): Lakesha Pope Jackson
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Human Trafficking symposium will shed light on a growing epidemic in our country and world. Local legal and service organizations will discuss the definition of human trafficking and descriptions of sex and labor trafficking. The panelist will also suggest to participants ways to identify and understand victims.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Making of a Man of Destiny: A TRANSFORMED NONCONFORMIST | Dr. Ronaldo Archer
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Man’s rejected is often God’s selected. Every man that God calls to greatness must matriculate through three stages of Gods University: The Set Time, the Mean Time, and the Appointed Time. The Set Time is when God calls you to do something great for His glory. The Mean Time is when God shows you your destiny, then grabs you and pulls you into the completely opposite direction of the very thing He has called you to do. The Appointed Time is when God has transformed a man’s mind, heart, hands, habits, humanity, and habitat. It is when pain has become power, wounds have become wisdom, tragedy has become triumph, and failure has become fortune. We will discuss these stages, and more, in this session that is sure to drastically change your perspective on how God transforms your life.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
FEST 15: Dr. Lauren Freeman | Dr. Lauren Freeman
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
"Hands Only" CPR Demonstration
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by American Heart Association
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Rights Fight - Knowing the Rights of Your Child in Their Education | Jeanetta Johnson
Location: Ballroom D4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Confessions of a PK | Cora Jakes Coleman
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
As the daughter of a Mega Bishop, Cora grew up with many myths, pains, and sorrows from both the church and the world. This session will be an opportunity to discuss her journey as a “PK” and offer an environment of safety and healing for Preachers and Preacher Kids to be able to bridge the gap of communication between them.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
We Are Our Children's First Hero | Thomas Gagliano
Location: Ballroom D2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your Health is Your Wealth - Panel | Dr. Allison A. DiPasquale| Toya White| Dr. Luigi Meneghini| Dr. Trina Hall| Dr. Stormee Williams
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The “Your Health is Your Wealth” panel brings together top physicians and experts from around the DFW Metroplex to engage you by providing a wealth of information on relative topics such as breast health, heart health, children’s health, and mental health. Through interactive dialogue, you will participate in a meaningful discussion about your health, which is your ultimate form of wealth.
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
BizTalk Presentations | Melody McClusky| Donna Richardson Joyner| Mikaila Ulmer| Claudia Mirza| Dean Niewolny| Dr. Field Harrison
Location: Ballroom A1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Lonnie Johnson, Donna Richardson Joyner, Mikalia Ulmer, Claudia Mirza, Dean Niewolny, Dr. Field Harrison
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Work / Life Balance: It is Possible | Dawn Shestko
Location: Ballroom D3, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Dawn Shestko will be focusing on her proven method for leading a more balanced, more fulfilling life. Dawn’s objective is to offer fresh insight, valuable tools, and relevent information in a manner that gets particpants motivated to implemnent her suggestions in their daily lives.
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Healthy Kids. Healthy Families. Be Empowered! | Blue Bear
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield Of Texas
Blue Bear will lead this interactive and light-hearted parody that will make you LAUGH as you LEARN insightful tips for healthy kids and healthy families.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Dream Catchers Panel | Laz Alonso| DeVon Franklin| Yvonne Orji| Pastor John Gray
Moderator(s): Teneshia J. Warner
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Toyota
Do you have a God-given dream but are afraid to manifest it? Do you feel you lack what it takes to turn your dream into a reality? If yes, then this session is for you. Hear from our panel of dynamic experts and change makers who have each turned their passions and God-Given dreams into reality. Listen as our panelists share their own personal journeys of challenges and triumphs, including how they kept their faith even when the obstacles in front of them made it seem as if they would never achieve their dream. This session will transform your fears, while encouraging and inspiring you to move in the direction of your DREAM – your truest and highest calling!
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
NOURISH
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Hosted by Mr. Entertainment: A lunchtime block party, family reunion, and celebration all rolled into one. NOURISH provides an opportunity for attendees to experience exciting entertainment and fun while they nourish their bodies. Attendees will also enjoy special invited musical performances by Earnest Pugh, Anaysha Figueroa, Ethan Kent, Focus, Judah Band and William Johnson III.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Know Your Status Dallas: HIV/AIDS | Veronica Whitehead| Bethsheba Johnson| Chris Howell
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Howell Foundation: A 30-minute panel discussion centered around HIV/AIDS and its continued impact on African American youth, women and senior citizens.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Millionaire Mindset Mastery | Johnny Wimbrey
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Addiction and Intimacy - The Missing Link | Thomas Gagliano
Location: Ballroom D4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
90 PERCENT OF ADDICTS BEGIN THEIR ADDICTION BEFORE AGE 18! This session will help you learn why egocentricity and fragmentation is the root of all addictions, and why family or friends that have addictions push love and help away when it is offered. Understanding the difference in stopping the addiction and staying stopped from their addiction is of the utmost importance. Here, you’ll be given the necessary tools to build trust in others as your coping mechanism, instead of relying on your addiction to numb your pain. It’s the aim of this session to educate the co-addict so they can learn the difference between loving the addict to health and enabling the addict to stay in their addiction.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Leadership and Life Lessons Learned...presented by PepsiCo | James Fripp
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Have you ever felt like you did exactly what you needed to do to get that promotion or become “the leader” but you didn’t get it? Have you ever wondered why someone else was chosen to be the lead of “the volunteer group” or “committee” when it didn’t make sense to you? Come engage in a conversation with James Fripp, Senior Director of Human Resources and Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion for YUM! Brands, Inc. During the session you will hear some key insights and perspectives, as well as be able to ask questions that will help you achieve your personal and professional leadership goals.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS AND NOT YOUR FEARS | Dr. Ronaldo Archer
Location: Ballroom A1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
1. What is a dream….
2. What hinders a man from dreaming
3. How does a man start to dream again
4. How does a man begin build a dream strategy.
FOUR KINDS OF LOVE FOR A DREAM:
1. EROS
2. PHILEA
3. STORGE
4. AGAPE
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Care Giving: "Behind the Music" | Regina Belle| Fred Hammond| Will Downing| Christopher Walker
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by AARP
Real Talk, Real People
We will take a "behind the scenes" look into the lives of four artists and their struggles to balance the roles of entrepreneur, artist, caregiver and patient. Recording artists Regina Belle, Will Downing, Fred Hammond and Chris Walker will share their personal caregiving experiences while providing insight, recommended resources, and the inspiration essential to accepting and coping with the realities of caregiving. Real Talk.
Attendees will leave this discussion more balanced in their approaches, more informed about their choices, and more supported in their unique caregiving experiences.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Women's Health | Dr. Sheila Chhutani
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Texas Health Resources
Dr. Sheila Chhutani, OBGYN at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, offers words of wisdom to Multi-Tasking Women!
Is your life busy with kids, work and extracurricular activities? Juggling soccer practice, dance class, business meetings, and date night? Learn ways to balance life through nutrition, exercise and rest without medication. Participate in a Q&A session immediately following Dr. Chhutani’s presentation and hear how other women like you make life happen!
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Parlay: An Urban Think Tank on Civic Engagement Unites with MegaFest to Present Parlay-LIVE | David Johns| Brittany Packnett| Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey
Moderator(s): Taja V. Simpson |Kenya Parham
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Parlay: LIVE discussion will feature a conversation about “Sacred Resistance” between Millennial and Gen-X influencers of color and will aim to bridge the gap between civic engagement in a post-Obama America and the Black community’s longest standing communal institution – the Church.
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Career Talk: Coaching & Career Planning…presented by PepsiCo | Amana Watkins| Haston Lewis| William Langford| Arlene Green| Amber Benton| Anthony Kyles| Fern Johnson| Shanneca Beck| Tawni Haynes
Location: Ballroom A2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Everyone wants to be successful. In order to be successful, you must have a plan. This session will provide insights and career guidance that can be applied to people in various stages of their career journey.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Image is Power Experience | Dr. Alex Ellis
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Join Dr. Alex Ellis, celebrity custom clothier and award-winning author, as he delivers a high energy interactive session that will make an immediate impact on your image and provide you with long-term results. Learn how to dress your best and approach each opportunity by putting your best look forward. You will not only learn a gentlemen’s wardrobe basics, but also how to look amazing on a budget.

Whether you are going on an interview, headed to a business meeting, making a presentation, or planning a special evening with your significant other, image is everything! Join Dr. Alex Ellis, celebrity custom clothier and award-winning author, as he delivers a high-energy interactive session that will make an immediate impact on your image and provide you with long-term results. Learn how to dress your best and approach each opportunity by putting your best look forward. You will not only learn a gentleman’s wardrobe basics, but also how to look amazing on a budget. Dr. Ellis will show you how to get preferred treatment by modifying a few simple details in your attire. This workshop is sure to boost your level of self-confidence and enhance your personal and professional image. “Image is Power” is packed with valuable principles that will pay huge returns.

3:50 PM - 4:50 PM
The Mega Indie Showcase | Lowell Pye| Dr. Brenda| Jabari Johnson| Montel Dorsey & MUniversity| Sean C. Johnson| Leah Joelle| Sharon Ann| Keyondra Lockett
Moderator(s): Pastor Fred
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Hosted by Pastor Fred: The Mega Indie Showcase is located in the middle of a bustling expo hall. Free to the public, the stage showcases emerging artists while giving them an opportunity to share the story of their musical journey. The stage will feature Lowell Pye & Dr. Brenda, Jabari Johnson, Montel Dorsey & MUniversity, Sean C. Johnson, Leah Joelle, Sharon Ann, Keyondra Lockett, Candy West, and Stan Jr.
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Words Are Power...A Woman's Journey | Lauren Green| Tiffany Rose| Sanderia Faye| Kristian Cates
Moderator(s): Kim Harris
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Words are powerful, they are the naked expression of our feelings, hopes and dreams. These authors have documented their personal journey and given us stories of empowerment. Come and hear their stories as you learn how to take back your personal power and turn it into your personal testimony.

Empowerment Sessions

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
MegaFutures Pitch Fest
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Offered by Bishop T. D. Jakes and The University of North Texas at Dallas, young visionaries across America will be competing in an exciting, shark-tank type pitch competition that will put them face-to-face with prominent entrepreneurs and successful investors. Making its highly anticipated debut this summer, MegaFutures @ MegaFest is designed to provide bright students and thinkers with a means to receive invaluable tools and resources needed to launch their businesses. A total of $50,000 in prize monies will be awarded to the best ideas pitches exclusively on the MegaFest Main Expo Stage!
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Arthritis of the Hip & Knee: When is Surgery the Answer? | Dr. Donald W. Hohman, Jr.
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
When you have pain in your hip and/or knee due to arthritis or injury, surgery is rarely the first choice for treatment. But when is surgery the answer? Dr. Hohman will discuss the scope of treating joint arthritis from conservative, non-surgical management to joint replacement surgery. You will get an in-depth look at the latest and greatest techniques used in joint replacement surgery today.
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Fitness Demo | Nora Silva
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Stop by for a quick fitness exercise to get your heart rate up.
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Know Your Status Dallas: HIV/AIDS | Veronica Whitehead| Bethsheba Johnson| Chris Howell
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Empowerment Sessions will be a 30-minute panel discussion centered around HIV/AIDS and its continued impact on African American youth, women, and senior citizens.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Dreamers Blueprint | Teneshia J. Warner
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Toyota
Has God placed a dream inside your heart? Do you feel you have been called to make a larger impact in the world? Are you a business owner who desires to take your business to another level? Do you need a way to put your dreams into action?
If your answer is yes, then this session is designed for you!
Join author and award-winning marketing strategist Teneshia J. Warner who will share how following her dream resulted in landing the opportunity of a lifetime – an apprenticeship under business mogul Russell Simmons – and ultimately starting, growing, and leading her own multi-million dollar business, EGAMI Consulting Group, which services Fortune 100 companies. Additionally, Teneshia serves as founder of The Dream Project Symposium, and has counseled and coached thousands of dreamers across the nation.
The Dreamer’s Blueprint is an interactive experience that will provide attendees with a proven framework to build a clear picture of their DREAM and a road map highlighting key next step tasks and a timeline of how to turn that dream into a reality.
This inspiring story will maintain your attention while also delivering you with a DREAMER’S BLUEPRINT that will INSPIRE, IMPACT, and MOVE you into ACTION to LIVE YOUR GOD-GIVEN DREAM today! The time is NOW for your to DREAM with a PLAN!
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fest 15: Sanderia Faye | Sanderia Faye
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
#NoStereotypes | Tasha Smith| Kudzai Mutasa| Kim Handy| Love McPherson| Tiffany McPherson
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Ors Olive Oil
How to have Stereotypes played out be it in life, your career, or with your family. We are excited to showcase #NoStereotypes with ORS Hair Care. ORS is a leader in the ethnic hair care market.
12:15 PM - 3:00 PM
NOURISH
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Hosted by Mr. Entertainment: A lunchtime block party, family reunion, and celebration all rolled into one. NOURISH provides an opportunity for attendees to experience exciting entertainment and fun while they nourish their bodies. Attendees will also enjoy special invited musical performances from Kathy Taylor, Amante Lacey, Ami Rushes, Grace, Todd Galberth and THOMAS.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Poisons in the Home | Cristina Thomas
Location: Ballroom C1, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Poisoning is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States – ahead of motor vehicle crashes and guns. In an effort to prevent unnecessary deaths, the North Texas Poison Center is proud to provide the public with poison information and emergency poisoning assistance via our Poison Help Hotline (1-800-222-1222). Our Poison Center responds to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances, but we believe that prevention is the best possible medicine. During our presentation, we talk about how the poison center works, how it can help your family, and most importantly, how to poison-proof your home to keep little ones safe.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Simple Cooking with Heart | Chef Cassondra Armstrong
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by American Heart Association: Learn how to cook a heart healthy meal with less than 5 simple ingredients. First 50 people will get to sample.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies, its Time to MAN UP | Donni Wiggins
Location: Ballroom C2, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
In the Mind & Body of a Dreamer | AJ Johnson| Yoli Ouiya| Sylvia High| Shamiel Gary
Moderator(s): Teneshia J. Warner
Location: Ballroom C3/C4, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Sponsored by Toyota
In order for you to birth the dreams that God has given you and the life that you have been destined to live, you must be in optimal shape in mind, body and spirit.
Our panel of celebrity fitness experts, wellness and nutrition specialists, and renowned spiritual thinkers will give practical tips and strategies every dreamer needs to know in order to achieve their best spiritual, mental and physical state. These experts have worked with celebrities, influencers, thought leaders and dreamers from around the globe coaching and equipping them with the tools that have enabled them to live their best life.
Come learn from the best, and get motivated to get into the best shape of your life! This high-energy session promises to put you on the right path to achieving your DREAMS!
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Simple Cooking with Heart | Chef Cassondra Armstrong
Location: Health Pavilion Stage, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Learn how to cook a heart healthy meal with less than 5 simple ingredients. First 50 people will get to sample.
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Fest 15: Tiffany Rose | Tiffany Rose
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Bounce Back
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Mega Poetry Slam
Location: EXPO STAGE, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Mega Poetry Slam showcases emerging poets and spoken word artists while giving artists an opportunity to tell their story.
*Registration is required to attend this event