Angela Yee

She hosted Lip Service and The Morning After with Angela Yee on Eminem’s radio station, Shade 45, at Sirius Satellite Radio. She started her radio career at Sirius in 2005 as the co-host for The Cipha Sounds Effect. When Cipha Sounds left Sirius in July 2008, Yee took over the hosting duties full-time and the show was renamed the Shade 45 Morning Show Starring Angela Yee, and finally, the name changed to The Morning After with Angela Yee. In December 2010, Yee left Shade 45 and began hosting The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1, alongside DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God. The show is known for being candid and asking tough questions to artists. Weekends With The Breakfast Club launched in March 2013 and is nationally syndicated in over 50 markets. The Breakfast Club’s weekday show began national syndication in August 2013 and is currently featured in major American cities such as Miami, Seattle, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit, and more.

Morgan Fogarty

Morgan has won numerous awards throughout her career including several from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. In 2010, she earned 1st Place for her series called “Pit Bull Problems.” The same year, she earned 2nd place in the North Carolina TV Reporter of the Year division. In 2009, Morgan won 1st place in the health/medicine division for a story about so-called “Chicken Pox Parties.” Over the years, Charlotte area viewers have voted her “favorite anchor,” “best TV anchor” and more in local publications. In 2012, she was named one of Charlotte’s “Top 30 Under 30 Future Leaders.” In the same year, she won the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Excellence in Sports Medicine Reporting Award for her report on concussions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In 2015, Morgan was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times. In 2017, she was awarded the Community Service Media Award by Keystone Substance Abuse Services for her two part-feature “Gone Too Soon: Heroin Deaths in Charlotte.”

Sherrell Dorsey

Sherrell Dorsey is a noted technology journalist and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of daily tech newsletter, ThePLUG, where she leads content strategy, business partnerships, and growth of the first daily tech newsletter cover-ing black founders and innovators. She is also the founder of BLKTECHCLT, Charlotte’s first tech hub supporting entrepreneurs and technologists of color throughout North Carolina.  With features in Fast Company, The Atlantic’s City Lab, The Root, Next City, and many others, Sherrell has covered high-profile founders, investors, and business trends at the intersection of sustainability, innovation, and equity. Sherrell has been a featured speaker and moderator, hosting panels and fireside chats with Steve Case, founder of AOL; Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe; and many more.

DeAlva Wilson

DeAlva Wilson is President and CEO of the DWA Management Consulting and Development firm, a certified Executive Coach, and a Corporate Trainer and Speaker. She is also Founder and Host of the DWA Purposeful Leadership Conference™  and serves as National Director of Corporate Partnerships for Jack and Jill of America. Leveraging her 20+ year career in corporate leadership for Fortune 500s, DeAlva is helping executives and organizations reach new heights of influence, performance, and profitability. Today the agency’s services support executives and organizations in strategic leadership development, professional excellence, and strategies for organizational growth.

Tyyawdi Hands

Judge Ty Hands born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, from Winston-Salem State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Judge Hands was appointed to the District Court bench in 2009 by Governor Beverly Perdue and has since been elected to two additional four-year terms.  She has served as Mecklenburg County’s Lead Domestic Violence judge and presides over juvenile, domestic violence, criminal and civil courts. She also regularly presides over
F.I.R.S.T. court- a treatment court for child welfare involved families seeking substance abuse recovery.

Ciara Bird

While studying graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, She discovered her creative icons and these hard to define roles that come with being a visionary. Her first internship with FLAUNT Magazine in Hollywood, it opened her eyes to the indie magazine world and inner workings of a luxury creative publication. She began her design career at MODE, a multi-disciplinary agency in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was able to polish her love of clean classic editorial design, art direction, and interior design. Around this time, she also began working with Social Gypsy, a boutique branding agency in Venice, California where she refined her bohemian-luxe aesthetic with a string of mystic hippie projects.

Stacy Cassio

Stacy Cassio is the Founder & CEO of the Pink Mentor Network. Stacy understands the importance of mentorship because her own career was built on the opportunities given to her by mentors. The Pink Mentor Network
“Gives Her Career a Head Start” by collecting the experiences, successes, and lessons learned of accomplished women, and delivering them to women who desire professional inspiration, support, and encouragement. Today, the network helps thousands of young women who are seeking career mentorship. Stacy is the proud daughter of a Kansas farm family. At age 19, her career ambitions took her to New York. Now, she resides in the South where she’s attempting to perfect hospitality & grace.

Maya Hicks

During Maya’s senior year of college, she made it to the final round of interviews to be Charlie Sheen’s intern, via Twitter. She knew social media was for her. In 140-characters, She was able to tell a story, so compelling about herself that it made Charlie Sheen notice. Maya knew she found her happy place when she was hired to tweet about Chicken and Sweet Tea for Bojangles’ in North Carolina. Creativity had not boundaries; She mastered the art of capturing the attention of strangers using 140-characters, or less. Six years of agency life and a Masters of Integrated Marketing Communications later, She is executing social media campaigns for (everyone) favorite retailer in Minneapolis.

Bri Funte

Bri Funte joined the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in November of 2015 and holds the current title of Assistant Director for Strategic Communication. A 2013 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Funte earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Media with a concentration in Public Relations. In her current role at the CIAA, Funte oversees the conferences communication, marketing, and branding initiatives including management of the non-profit’s websites, social media accounts, and mobile app.

Raven Solomon

Raven is an Entrepreneur, keynote inspirational speaker, & the President & Founder of the Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development, a Charlotte-based training & development start-up focused on providing soft skill development to the future of the workplace—Millennials & Generation Z. She is the mastermind behind Charlotte’s first citywide conference for interns—the LPDi Summer Series—and the only private social app for interns—InternLocal. Raven is a proud graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned one of the highest academic achievements possible— graduating Valedictorian of her class of over 8000 students!