An all-star lineup of speakers from near and far will stimulate your mind and soul, including Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes of The Potter’s House; Tye Tribbett, a Grammy Award-winning artist; and Pastor Joseph Prince of Singapore’s New Creation Church. Join us at MegaFest to discover the world’s most influential, transformative speakers and mainstream entertainers taking center stage. If you are looking for things to do in Dallas this summer, MegaFest 2017 is your definitive arts and entertainment experience for the whole family!
A TIME TO LAUGH COMEDY SHOW
INTERNATIONAL FAITH & FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL
Additional International Faith & Family Film Festival Speakers:
Ngozi Paul is an award-winning stage and screen actress, writer, director and producer. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada to pan-African parents from the Caribbean islands, her upbringing created the foundation for her work as a social and cultural innovator.
With academic roots from the prestigious Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Ngozi began her acting career on stage at the Stratford Festival of Canada.
Following the groundbreaking and successful run of the theatre production Da Kink in my Hair, Ngozi co-created, executive produced, and starred in the television series of the same name. This top-rated sitcom has been broadcast in over a dozen countries and garnered multiple nominations and awards. In addition, Ngozi has been cast, most notably, with fellow actors Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Talk to Me), and Rachel Weisz (The Whistleblower).
Ngozi recently received rave reviews for her self-penned play The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely. This hilarious and evocative tale weaves personal stories with the story of Sarah Baartman (The Venus Hottentot) in a transcontinental allegory on the black woman’s multitudinous identity. Lovely prompted Toronto’s Now Magazine to write, ”The magnetic Paul holds every moment onstage in a fierce, funny and moving performance.” The play garnered six Dora nominations and has been invited to tour internationally.
Paul remains steadfast in her mission to produce innovative, evocative, and compelling content that showcases the diversity of human experience. She currently has a docu-series on-air entitled Care for Color and is in advanced development of The 1st Time Project, a multi-platform documentary exploring female sexuality from inter-generational and inter-cultural perspectives.
She has traveled the world extensively in both her personal and professional capacities, most notably as global ambassador for Because I’m A Girl and the Steven Lewis Foundation.
Ngozi Paul has received many industry awards, including a Spotlight Performance Award, a CAB (Canadian Association of Broadcasters) Award, and has been nominated for the Gemini Hottest TV Star Award, the Gemini Best Ensemble Cast Award, and the Dora Award.
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Additional Empowerment Sessions Speakers:
Amber Benton is Senior Director, Global Diversity & Engagement, at PepsiCo. In this role, Amber is a key leader in bringing to life PepsiCo’s global diversity and engagement strategy, with primary focus on providing support to key initiatives that reinforce the Performance with Purpose commitment. Additionally, Amber partners with internal and external stakeholders to ensure coherence with PepsiCo’s strategic initiatives. Amber’s career spans nearly 15 years with Fortune 50 companies in various domestic and global Human Resources roles in a wide array of functional aspects to include policy formulation, organization design, and employee engagement. Since joining PepsiCo in 2007, Amber served as a key partner to senior leaders to achieve business goals while advancing cross-functional teams in both line and operating functions across the country. She holds both her Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Florida A&M University and was recognized by the FAMU National Alumni Association as both a ”40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumni” and ”Distinguished Quasquicentennial Alumni.” An avid supporter of continuous learning and community involvement, Amber served as an advisory board member for the North Carolina A&T University College of Arts and Sciences and is a Board-Member-At-Large for The Pure Foundation. Amber and her husband enjoy spending time with their daughters, extended family and friends.
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
An accomplished executive and business leader, Fern Johnson is passionate about driving positive change, creating collaborative and inclusive work environments, and building highly effective, high-performance teams. As an IT executive within PepsiCo, Ms. Johnson serves as the Sr. Director/ divisional-CIO for two global functions – Global Procurement and Global Logistics. Her role combines broad technical and functional expertise with global program management best practices and delivery, collaborative senior management partnerships and strong organizational leadership. Today, Ms. Johnson is tasked with driving thought leadership and technical strategy for two different lines of business. Global Procurement develops innovative systems and processes to support a large organization challenged with effectively managing over $20 billion in corporate spending. Global Logistics is equally challenged to transform the movement and logistics of the global portfolio from the ”seed to sell” lifecycle.
Throughout her 20+ year career with PepsiCo, Ms. Johnson has been a driving force behind numerous key technology initiates and programs that have led to significant cost savings, increased productivity, and improved enterprise-wide operations. In addition to her work within the IT organization, Ms. Johnson has been an active participant and champion of PepsiCo’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Since 1995, she has worked closely with a growing number of affinity organizations to create groundbreaking diversity programs. Her efforts in this area have led to best practices and programs in Diversity and Inclusion which have effected positive change, helped to advance the
careers of hundreds of employees, and vastly improved the organization as a whole. She has worked with affinity groups to enhance awareness through educational and community based events, activities, programs, and projects encompassing all dimensions of diversity. She has been recognized for her contributions with three Harvey C. Russell Chairman’s Awards for Diversity.
Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. She currently sits on the board of WiNGS, formerly YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas, and the CH4K organization. She remains active within her local North Dallas community.
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM