ERYN EDDY ERICKSON, KEYNOTE
Social entrepreneur and creative, Eryn Eddy Erickson is the founder of So Worth Loving– a lifestyle clothing brand. Since it’s start in 2011, Eddy has since grown So Worth Loving into a notable company that has sold to all 50 states, 30 countries, and continues to garner a growing presence of over 100,000 across social media channels. Eddy and her work have been featured in publications such as CNN headline news, MSNBC, Mashable, Jezebel Magazine, Southern Living, and Atlanta Magazine. She lives in the heart of Atlanta with her husband and best friend Jared and their French Bulldog Sprocket.
CORTNEY KANE SIDES, MANIFESTATION MENTOR
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Cortney works internationally connecting her clients to their loved ones on the other side. A Psychic Medium, published author and artist, Cortney connects with her clients regarding topics of life, love, work and healing. A regular on radio shows such as Coast to Coast with George Noory and The Soul of San Diego 1240 AM you may have also caught her on her former Radio show “The Hour of Power” through Para X Radio. Cortney currently leads discussions and galleries for audiences across the country, speaking at retreats and events world wide. Between motherhood, running a business and cultivating connections for her clients, Cortney also focuses on manifesting the power of positivity for people to apply in their life, love and work goals.
VERONICA RAY, MONEY MENTOR
Veronica Ray is the founder and Chief Number Cruncher at Jigsaw & Associates. She attributes her success to faith in God and loves every minute of this divinely-orchestrated adventure. She has an amazing way of connecting with people. Going beyond the numbers, she contributes real-world value through meaningful relationships and professional service. She is convinced real results come from understanding you -- the business owner -- and not just your business. Her personal mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed in business and build financially solid companies. She understands your success is ongoing and offers monthly support training. Veronica’s training tool box includes a wealth of information chosen specifically to help you obtain your goals and sustain growing profit margins. She loves to spend time with her children and granddaughter. She serves as a board member for a local non-profit organization and generously donates her time to other local companies.
LALA ASIF, MINDFULNESS MENTOR
Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Lala Asif crossed oceans and cultural boundaries to create a vivid life for her and her children. Pursuing an education while raising three children, she now holds a BA in Behavioral Science and MA in Marriage and Family Counseling. Realizing that the limitations in her profession kept her from creating radical life changes in others, she left her job to diminish the boundaries of state regulations and now leads people in their journeys to personal understanding and growth. Her acute awareness of cultural adaptation, and passion for women empowerment has allowed her the opportunity to speak to hundreds of growing souls, from college auditoriums in Pakistan, to personal growth panels in OKC.
TARYN GOODWIN, MOTHERHOOD MENTOR
Taryn Goodwin is the owner and Entrepreneur behind The Thrive Mama Collective in Oklahoma City's plaza district. Taryn's mission is to help families thrive in their childbearing years through an array of services and collaborative community efforts. Thrive Mama Collective hosted over 200 classes/community events in 2016 for the families of Oklahoma. Taryn believes that pregnancy, birth and parenting are sacred times that deserve to be nurtured and respected. Taryn has been a Certified Birth Doula since 2009, and is currently finishing her Midwifery degree. Taryn is grateful to have a husband supportive of her endeavors and two wonderful children. When Taryn isn’t working or studying, she enjoys traveling, baking, rose scented anything and tending to her urban homestead, chickens and all.
ANNA WICKHAM, PANELIST
Anna Wickham is an entrepreneur who started her business after selling everything she owned and leaving the country. After growing her business to 6 figures while traveling throughout Southeast Asia, Anna moved back to Oklahoma City, OK, her hometown. Her business, www.AnnaWickham.com, is all about teaching people that the only limits to an incredible life are the limits we place on ourselves.
SARAH NSIKAK, PANELIST
Sarah Nsikak, 25 year old fashion designer says the idea and fluidity of personal style has always been a form of creative expression for her. In early childhood, her grandmother left her home in Nigeria to live with her family. She was a seamstress in her Nigerian village and could create the most regal garments out of just about any textile. The idea for Stone + Harper was sparked when she saw how exorbitant amounts of waste are generated by fashion globally and how easy it was for her to create something beautiful out of recycled materials. Stone + Harper is a sustainable fashion brand that she started in September 2015. Since then, she has focused on growing in designing, creating, up cycling, block printing, and styling. Her design aesthetic encompasses a medley of textures, but is consistently simple, and timeless silhouettes. The goal is always to find ways to treat the world, and the people in it, with love & respect.
SHELBY SIMPSON, PANELIST
Shelby Simpson was born and raised in Enid, OK until leaving to attend college in Arizona at age eighteen. During her time in Flagstaff, she took out a loan to study in Spain—a decision that would launch a ten-year travel career. To count, she's visited forty countries and lived in seven. Simpson recently returned to Oklahoma and has since completed a masters in professional writing, started a publishing company, and released two narrative nonfiction books. Her third is in the works. It will take her on an adventure through five countries over the summer of 2017. Simpson believes in treating her body like a temple Monday through Friday and a carnival Saturday through Sunday. Rugged nature is her happy place, with a solid dance session (to throwback hip-hop jams) on a an LED dance floor as a close second. She is currently working on fitting five lifetimes into one.
ANNA FACCI, PANELIST
Anna Facci wants to live in a world where there is more self-love, more community trust, and more people who aspire to be like Wonder Woman. She received her Masters of Science in Sociology from Oklahoma State University in 2014, where she focused her research on identity, social movements, and social media. An activist and advocate with over 10 years of experience, Anna has been involved in numerous protest groups, social organizations, and political campaigns focused on restoring and ensuring justice and equality for all Oklahomans. Passionate about matching her personal convictions and her professional work, Anna currently serves as the Government Affairs Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma. Anna resides in Oklahoma City with her dog/press secretary, Claudia Jean.
DE'ANA FIERCE, PANELIST
De'Ana Fierce is an ambassador for ALL women. Whether it’s photography, business and personal development, De’Ana Fierce’s passion is female empowerment. As a professional petite model, lifestyle posing coach and blogger, her work exudes her motto: Igniting Inspiration in Every Woman to Express the Confidence They Store Inside. As a petite model, De’Ana knows first hand on how to break out of stereotypes and stigmas. De'Ana helps other women find and accept their worth in life. She continues to stand tall among others in this business by making them take notice of just how important confidence is.
LARK REELY, PANELIST
“24-year-old Oklahoma girl and founder of a local women’s publication called “Life of Beloved Magazine”. The publication is written for and by young women, with the main goal of inspiring hope. The magazine’s purpose is to give local communities a place to understand, encourage, and challenge the women that make it. Like many entrepreneurs, Lark didn’t start with any formal training in the business she runs now. She really didn’t know a thing, actually! What she has learned so far (that you can’t learn online) includes: 1) the insane vulnerability and bravery it takes to pursue a cry of your heart, (2) the true struggle & dream of working with your close friends and mentors, (3) the for real grace you need while rising to the challenge. But really just here to tell stories about shakey faith and the amazing women that represent Beloved with her. “
RANYA FORGOTSON O'CONNOR, PANELIST
Ranya Forgotson O'Connor hails from Norman, Oklahoma and serves as Director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine that employs homeless and at-risk individuals in Oklahoma City, helping them earn a dignified income and transition into housing and on to further employment opportunities. In addition to covering the local OKC scene, The Curbside Chronicle also includes articles written by those experiencing homelessness and about issues of poverty in our local community. Ranya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Marketing and minor in Nonprofit Business. Ranya is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the creativity of finding solutions to social problems through business. She also loves a good pot of Moroccan tea, the art of taxidermy, her Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, and her four cats.
CARA MENASCO, PANELIST
Cara is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the Oklahoma State University studying History. A self-proclaimed her-storian, Cara is involved in the national historians honors society, Phi Alpha Theta, as the Nu-Chpater President. Recently, Cara took a position with the Oklahoma State University Recruitment Office. She actively recruits students from Southeast Oklahoma, where she is also from. Helping high schoolers realize their potential, Cara encourages them to break the small town stigma of remaining in their comfort zone close to home after high school. Cara is also a Cocker Spaniel dog mom!
TIFFANY MCKNIGHT, PANELIST
A self-proclaimed color addict and Artist, 29-year old Tiffany McKnight is the Author and Illustrator of NUVEAU: The Future of Patterns, a coloring book for pattern lovers published by Penny Candy Books. Her art is inspired African textiles, Art Nouveau, biology, and the vibrant flora and fauna she experienced growing up in southern Miami, FL. Raised in Tulsa, OK Tiffany moved to OKC and received her BFA in Studio Art with a focus in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma in 2012.She currently resides in Oklahoma City and continues to expand her vivid style through an array of media. You can find her patterns recently published on the labels of certain flavors of San Francisco’s Clearly Kombucha and on luxury wallpaper produced in collaboration with SixTwelve and Ketch Design Centre. In 2016 Tiffany was named a 2016 Angel Award recipient that acknowledges unsung heroes who have effected positive change in the lives of others.
CYNDI MUNSON, PANELIST
Originally from Lawton, Cyndi developed her passion for public service at an early age. Her father’s military service taught Cyndi and her sister, Sandra, the importance of giving back. Cyndi began living this lesson as early as she could and continued serving throughout her college career. Cyndi has spent a decade working and volunteering in Oklahoma City’s non-profit community. She spent the last five years working with Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, providing leadership programs for thousands of girls in low-income schools, juvenile detention centers and public housing. In the community, she serves as chair of the Infant Crisis Services Young Professionals Group, member of the Oklahoma Messages Project Board of Directors, and member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma City Resource Board. Cyndi is a 2006 graduate of the National Education for Women’s (N.E.W.) Leadership program through the University of Oklahoma, a program for undergraduate women interested in public service. Elected in September of 2015, Cyndi became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Legislature. In her free time, Cyndi enjoys running, reading, mentoring young women, trying new local restaurants and attending events in Oklahoma City, and spending time with her family and friends. Cyndi is also an active member of Crestwood Vineyard Church in Oklahoma City.
PAULA MCDADE, PANELIST
Paula McDade has been impacting the lives of women and girls for over a decade. She is a trailblazer in Oklahoma, having organized one of the first girl’s conferences in our area specifically geared toward adolescent and teen girls. She also hosted one of the largest prom dress giveaways in Oklahoma at the State Capitol, an event which served over 150 girls with prom attire that year. She was recognized that same year by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for her nonprofit work and given an official Citation of Recognition. Paula is the Founder and Vision behind the Not on My Watch Women’s Initiative, an organization which assists women and girls dealing with sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence, and mental illness. As an advocate for women and girls, she is applying the life skills and leadership lessons that she will share today. Paula is a highly sought after speaker across the nation, and has been a guest on many podcasts, radio shows and television interviews. She will inspire you, but most importantly she will compel you to recognize the power of the impact we have on the people around us. PASSIONS: Listening to great music, Spending time with her family (particularly her grandchildren), Graphic Design, Movies
SABAH KHAN, PANELIST
Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sabah Khan made the journey to America at the age of 4. Since she’s been obsessed with the American Dream. Graduating from UCO, she was quite unsure where life was going to take her and what her next move was going to be, but she knew whatever she did - had to make an impact and had to be innovative. Over the past year she’s grown into who she is as a woman and found what her passions are in life. She was awarded NextGen’s “30 Under 30,” and worked with Apple for over 5 years. She has found her love for empowering technology users and has begun her journey as an entrepreneur. She parted way with Apple and began, Friendlitech, with the vision to educate people to utilize and enjoy their devices to their full capability. It’s been an uphill journey, but the process is an adrenaline rush for Sabah. She looks forward to what the future has to bring, but never forgets to live in the moment and be present.
MARILYN ARTUS, PANELIST
Marilyn Artus is a visual artist who explores the female experience in her works. Marilyn has also been a burlesque promoter, curator and female artist mentor. She has created shows that explore the suffragette era in the US, paid tribute to founding burlesque performers and continues to collide the many different stereotypes that women navigate through on a daily basis. She grew up in Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent two years of college at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She then returned to Oklahoma and finished her bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 13 years in the gift industry designing products and packaging for United Design Corporation and Relevant Products for manufacturing worldwide. In 2008, Marilyn became a full-time visual artist. Some of the highlights of Marilyn's art career so far have been Solo and group shows in Oklahoma and Washington, the first to receive the annual Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011 and in 2010 led an art making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in association with the retrospective exhibit 'Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968' She was selected to exhibit in the premier exhibit of “Elevate” on the guest room floor elevator lobbies at the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City.
DESIREE' IRVING, PANELIST
Desiree' Sabrina Irving lives to create. As a beauty professional, she excels in executing visions & projects. She specializes in working with multi-textured hair. Currently, Ms. Irving has been a licensed cosmetologist for 14+ years. The Spencer native has been published in various fashion and lifestyle publications - both in print and online. The 'tressreliever' has also received several community service awards. She is the owner/operator of Desirv Salon de Beaute; an artistic director, speaker, panelist, writer and lover of life.
NIKKI NICE, PANELIST
Nikki is a moderator, emcee, on-air personality and a community activist. A graduate of Northeast High School and furthered her education at Langston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. While at Langston she participated in the Dean’s Honor Roll, National Association of Black Journalists, KALU Radio station, field reporter for LU’s television station, and a writer for the in-school newspaper called “The Gazette”; she also studied Broadcast Journalism abroad in West Africa (The Gambia and Senegal). Nikki has an avid curiosity to learn and is always pursuing opportunities to grow intellectually and spiritually. Nikki has been a part of the Gospel Music Workshop of America with the Gospel Announcers Guild and interned with Perry Publishing and Broadcasting before joining the team. She is currently a co host of The Open Mic Talk Show which airs Monday through Friday 9am until 11am and can be heard In Oklahoma City, Lawton/Ft.Sill and Tulsa. Nikki’s hobbies include but are not limited to: world-wide traveling, reading, mentoring & tutoring, networking in the community.
MICHELL BUI, PANELIST
Michelle Bui is a public relations professional, barista, live music lover, serial volunteer and pop culture reference junkie living in Oklahoma City. She currently serves on boards and volunteers for Norman Music Festival, Oklahoma Arts Council, deadCENTER, Plaza Festival and whatever other festival you've probably hung out at in Oklahoma City or Norman. While attending the University of Oklahoma for journalism with an emphasis on public relations, Michelle has focused her efforts on being part of the arts and entertainment world in Oklahoma City and Norman. After performing on the stage throughout her childhood, she decided her passion was also behind-the-scenes and supporting the arts and artists in more ways than just performing by their in the spotlight. She is currently studying to be a social justice and special interests for law school and attempting to find time to do her laundry more often while memorizing all the words to the Futurama series.
JENNIFER LYNCH, PANELIST
Jennifer Lynch is a women’s historian and curator by trade, as well as the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Broad Shoppe. Broad Shoppe is an online feminist gift shop which stocks goods created by feminist and/or female-identifying makers. Only a few weeks after moving to Seattle to pursue a museum career in 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After an invasive surgery and beginning chemotherapy, while unable to work, she formed Dottie Clothing; a pastel-colored vintage-inspired handmade clothing experiment, mostly based off of her primarily hand-sewn childhood wardrobe. Dottie eventually expanded into Broad Shoppe, and in shifting the focus from Dottie and handmade clothing to Broad Shoppe and the work of others, she has since been geared towards creating an online marketplace and space for creative women. Since beginning both Dottie and Broad Shoppe, Jennifer is now in remission, once again living in Oklahoma City with her boyfriend and pooch, Ayla, and was about to go back to school and complete her master’s degree in history and museum studies.
SKYE LATIMER, PANELIST
One year ago, Skye was just like many of you -- full of purpose, but not full of the courage to step into it. Today, she's lighting up the world with Worthy of Existing, a blog and community dedicated to advocating for the advancement of women of color. By day, Skye is a project administrator for Sonic's corporate cybersecurity team, and the owner of SkyeRockit Media, a niche social media management and consulting service. By night, she's empowering women to find their own unique slay and boldness as a dance teacher at Studio 7 OKC. Skye was a 2016 Next Gen Under 30 Award Winner, a finalist for People Magazine's 2016 'World’s Most Naturally Beautiful Women', and was invited to speak in the Girl's Lounge at SXSW 2017. When she's not out celebrating extraordinary women, you'll find her binging on Netflix with her husband or relaxing on the city's best-loved patios drinking margs, tweeting and snapchatting about life and pathological optimism.