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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Dr. Ronald Archer
Bestselling Author, Business Executive, NFL Consultant
 
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Allison A. DiPasquale, M.D
 
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Dr. Alex Ellis
Award-winning author, Speaker, Activist, and Connoisseur of Style
 
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Jeanetta Johnson
 
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Dr. Luigi Meneghini
 
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Melody McCloskey
Co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat
 
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Dawn Shestko
Founder DRS Performance Solutions, LLC
 
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Cristina Thomas
Public Health Educator
 
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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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Cora Jakes Coleman
Executive Director of the Destiny World Children's Ministry
 
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Dr. Stormee Williams

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

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Women's Economic Empowerment Breakfast (Ticketed Event*)
Hilton Annatole

Empowerment Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
They suspended my child now what? - Knowing Your Rights as a Parent in Education | Jenetta Johnson
Omni Hotel
Empowerment Session
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Daring to Dream | Rebecca Lynn Pope
Ballroom C2
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Boss Network: How to Lead as a Professional Woman | Cameka Smith
Ballroom D1/D2

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 O'Connor
Ballroom D3/D4
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
The Dream Experience Session | Teneshia J. Warner
Ballroom C4
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!"
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Going Beyond Hunger and Living a Healthy LifeStyle | Celebrity| Executive of Feeding America| PepsiCo Executive
Ballroom C3
Sponsored by PepsiCo

Empowerment Sessions

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
BlackFem: Start to Finish Financial Plan | BlackFem
Ballroom C2
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Don't Spill the M.I.L.K | Dr. Eddie O'Connor
Ballroom D1/D2

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
Foodservice Leadership Forum | Bishop T.D. Jakes| Mayor Mike Rawlings| Yum Brands
Ballroom C3: Moderator: Hattie Hill
Sponsored by Pepsico
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Power of Now | Dr. Ronald Archer
Ballroom C1
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Boss Network: Activating Faith Over Fear | Cameka Smith
Ballroom D3/D4
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!
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Rights Fight - Knowing the Rights of Your Child in Their Education | Jeanetta Johnson
Ballroom C1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Confessions of a PK | Cora Jakes Coleman
Ballroom C2
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
BlackFem: Focus on Investing and Retirement Plan | BlackFem
Ballroom D1/D2
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
We Are Our Children's First Hero | Thomas Gagiano
Ballroom D1/D2

In this session, we will discuss how to create a safe communication area where your children can talk to you about the tough stuff: drugs, sex, divorce, prejudice. You will learn the importance of being curious about what your children are up to. You’ll gain an understanding of not reacting, but thinking about what you would have wanted to hear from your parents at that age. You will emerge, celebrating your child’s victories without hurrying to the next dilemma, all while knowing when to be right and when to choose closeness instead.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leadership and Performance, What Works, What Doesn't | Dawn Shestko
Ballroom D3/D4
In this customized, interactive workshop, Dawn Shestko will be focusing on her proven, essential tactics for successful entrepreneurship. Leaders can expect to leave with tools and proven strategies that will move them forward in their missions, careers, leadership positions and/or personal development. They will gain insights on frequently-used, yet rarely successful actions leaders mistakenly make in attempting to reach new levels of success. In this customized workshop, Dawn's objective is to offer fresh insight and relevant information in a manner that gets participants involved, excited, and motivated enough to implement these tools into their professional and personal lives.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Your Health is Your Wealth - Panel | Dr. Luigi Meneghini| Allison A. DiPasquale, M.D| Dr. Stormee Williams| Dr. Trina Hall
Ballroom C3
Sponsored by Parkland - 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 - 12:30 PM
Dream Catchers Panel
Ballroom C4
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, 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.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Getting our children to the moon and beyond - A talk with Inventor Lonnie Johnson | Lonnie Johnson
Ballroom C1
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Winning and Wealth Mindset | Johnny Wimbrey
Ballroom C2
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
BlackFem: Dollars and Sense (Geared Towards College Age Students) | BlackFem
Ballroom D1/D2
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Addiction and Intimacy - The Missing Link | Thomas Gagiano
Ballroom D1/D2
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 - 2:30 PM
AARP: Care Giving: Real Talk
Ballroom C3
Featuring: Regina Belle, Fred Hammond, Will Downing, Christopher Walker

Empowerment Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
How Men Lead | Ed Gordon
Ballroom C3
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Image is Power Experience | Dr. Alex Ellis
Ballroom C1
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.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Poisons in the Home | Cristina Thomas
Ballroom C3
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. We believe that prevention is the best possible medicine.  During our presentation, we will talk about how the poison center works, how the poison center can help your family and, most importantly, how to poison-proof your home to keep little ones safe.
*More details coming for ticketed events