COO of The Social Media Squad
"Kim of Queens"
Kim Gravel is a veteran television host/interviewer, entrepreneur and leader, but most of all she has a passion for people and hearing their stories.
She has logged thousands of hours as host of award-winning talk shows “Friends & Neighbors” and “Atlanta Live”, is seen on Headline News Network as a recurring contributor and is now starring in the hit weekly docu-series “Kim of Queens” on the Lifetime Network.
Kim is the Southeast’s premier pageant and beauty coach with an extensive background in both fields. In 1991, at the age of 19, Kim became one of the youngest Miss
Georgias in the state pageant’s history. She went on to represent her home state in the renowned Miss America pageant and as a result was asked to serve as US Goodwill Ambassador to Japan.
She has taken her expertise and experience in the pageantry world and uses it now to coach and train the elite pageant contestants of this generation. Kim has a rare gift of encouraging and guiding people with loving directness. She somehow gets by with saying the things that everyone else is thinking.
Kim has worked for Revlon and Christian Dior as make-up artist; served as National Cosmetology Association spokesperson; and served as a make-up artist and stylist to
over 100 fashion shows and photo shoots. She has taken her knowledge and experience in beauty and launched her own boutique cosmetic line, Hardee Girl Cosmetics.
Combining her expertise skills of communication and leadership, Kim is also a certified Life Coach. Her compassionate yet straight forward “Dr. Phil-esqe” style keeps her in high demand as a Life Coach, mentor, advisor and consultant.
It's rare to find a talented individual whose craft is driven by the sole desire of uplifting those she touches. Ayana McDonald is undoubtedly one of those
individuals. Her gift possesses the uncanny ability to reach audiences both far and wide.
As a native of Long Island, New York, Ayana began singing at only 3 years old as the youngest of five siblings. Her gift has allowed her to travel across the country and overseas with a message of hope and love to the masses.
She is a sought after vocal clinician, singer, and songwriter who has performed at Fenway Park, the Wang Theatre, and the Apollo Theatre.
In 2005, she was awarded a full tuition scholarship to study at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, where she graduated with a B.A. in Music Business & Management.
She has made appearances on The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), ABC Networks & BET. Her gift has allowed her to open up for nationally recognized recording artists Isreal Houghton, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, Gloria Estephan, the Yellow Jackets, and countless others. In 2010 she debuted as an actress alongside gospel legend
Shirley Murdock in the hit stage play “Torn Between the Two”.
Today she stands as a vibrant addition to the world of contemporary music with sincere messages straight from the book of life. Her vocal clarity has been described as that of CeCe Winans with a touch of urban flair while her presentation is refreshing and captivates all who experience it.
It is clear that Ayana’s heart is for the people as she endeavors to change the lives of those she encounters through her music. Her debut album entitled “Flow” is scheduled to be released Summer 2016.
Principal of Hall & Co.
While in Florida, Ivy met and married her husband, Stacy William Hall. A year into their marriage, Ivy left the industry to be a stay at home mom when she found herself expecting their first child.
During that time at home, she loved being there for her family, but found herself with the desire to contribute financially to her home, have a creative outlet and time to connect socially with
The result, was creating Initials, Inc., a national direct selling company that today supports thousands of women across the country who were seeking the same thing.
Launching in 2005, Ivy’s role of Founder and Chief Creative Officer, clearly helped her identify her love for the business building process, finding opportunity in change, helping others see the
possibility in their own lives and recognizing that creativity can extend beyond the products we use but rather how we live life.
Ivy stunned many when she made the decision in June 2015 to sell her interest in Initials, Inc. and chase new challenges.
She believes that God wants us to push ourselves, embrace change and make a difference for Him.
Ivy will be sharing some of her greatest life lessons in building a business, building ourselves, motherhood and challenging us with a fresh perspective on embracing change. Today, Ivy and her husband Stacy have started Hall & Company.
from "Facing the Giants"
Actress, producer, model & inspirational speaker, Shannen Fields was born and raised in a small south Georgia town where life was simple and sweet.
Despite those small town roots, Shannen’s childhood dreams and desires were to do something in life much larger than her.
In 2006, Shannen’s dreams were realized in her feature film debut Facing the Giants, where she played the lead female role Brooke Taylor.
After the opening weekend, Facing the Giants was the #1 ranked movie in theaters by Yahoo movie users.
Shannen has appeared in nearly
a dozen films such as "Rumors of Wars" (with Eric Roberts), Let the Lion Roar (starring Kevin Sorbo, Stephen Baldwin and more), Love Covers All, The List and many others.
As an inspirational speaker, she seeks to uplift, encourage and challenge them to be the person “now” they want to be tomorrow.
A few of Shannen’s favorite verses are:
Psalms 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 29:11 – “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Founder of Proverbs 31 Woman Ministry
When some women read the words of Proverbs 31 verses 10 through 31, they may become intimidated with the vast list of qualities and accomplishments of the virtuous woman described.
Not only does Kezia Alford identify with and embrace the qualities mentioned but she has made it a part of her platform to empower women!
Kezia Alford is a wife and mother of two sons. She and her
husband Apostle James Alford oversee Righteousness Ministries in Marietta, GA.
Her heart for kingdom service requires the ability to manage numerous responsibilities in the home and the raising of godly children while simultaneously assisting her husband in ministry.
Kezia Alford’s mission is to heal and equip women to become servants in God's Kingdom.
She has written songs utilizing scriptures to inspire high standards within all forms of virtuosity in the roles of women.
Kezia Alford says, “My greatest impact has been that I have seen many women find purpose and begin to move in it.”
Kezia is an Evangelist Powerhouse and has been a guest speaker and psalmist at mutiple churches and performed on WATC TV channel 57 Atlanta Live many times.
Kezia prays that we all accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior.
from "Stand Your Ground"
Jackie Carpenter, authored the books “The Bridge and Georgia Justice” based on her family tragedy; that the multiple award winning film Stand Your Ground is based upon.
Motivational speaker, Creator/Host of the Award Winning Talk Show “The Christian View” Jackie lives in Ellaville, Georgia, with her husband Larry.
She is the mother of two sons who are both pastors, and she has two beautiful daughters-in-laws, four wonderful grandchildren, and five dogs that keep her very busy.
She also works with the Youth Group at her church trying to impact the lives of young people, by encouraging them to build their Faith so they too will be able to move their own mountains – through the Power of
Jackie Carpenter and Michael McClendon have co-authored the novel Stand Your Ground which will be available in bookstores soon.
Jackie has also written several children's stories which have been adapted for the silver screen by screenwriter Michael McClendon.
Praying for Rainbows is a faith-building film especially geared to children who will learn that they can move mountains through God's word in Psalm 91.
The screenplay for Praying for Rainbows has already won its first film festival award.
from "Dr. Trudy" show
Since 2001, Trudy Simmons has mentored and counseled women and married couples. She has a Ph.D. from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and is a licensed pastoral
counselor and ordained minister.
In addition, Trudy has worked over 15 years in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer and writer for Women’s Health and Fitness magazine helping people achieve their personal fitness goals and establish an overall healthy lifestyle.
Bringing these attributes and skills together, Trudy is uniquely qualified to train women body, soul and spirit.
In addition to her regular speaking engagements, Trudy is a frequent guest on the Dottie Coffman radio show, has spoken nationally at the Pure women’s conferences and has been a guest on the Friends and Neighbors TV show.
Dr. Trudy and her husband founded the Seven Bridge Marriage ministry, which provides resources for married couples to strengthen their marriage through seven guiding
principles of God’s relationship to mankind.
Through this ministry, Dr. Trudy has authored seven marriage study courses and a book on The Marriage Journey.
Everyday Living with Dr. Trudy
Atlanta Live TV
Friends & Neighbors TV Show
The Peggy Denny TV Show
Dottie Coffman Radio Show
The Rapid Employment Expert
Leeza’s lifelong passion is to help professionals like you achieve your maximum potential in life. She enjoys helping ambitious, career-minded professionals who are serious about having a career they love―that best matches their strengths and interests―and are ready to find their IDEAL job FAST―essentially get more interviews and job offers at the salary they deserve.
Leeza is also a highly sought after speaker for top Economic Empowering events, to share her wealth of knowledge on marketing strategies for Executives & Mid-Career professionals in today’s challenging economy. She has shared the stage with notable personalities such as, Michelle Singletary, Paula White, and Bishop TD Jakes.
She has also been featured at “Female Success Factor” events in Atlanta, GA and is the resident career expert for: Women for Hire, Forbes Woman, and an Atlanta Career Examiner.
Leeza created the Courageous Job Seeker Success SystemTM and the Courageous Entrepreneur Success SystemTM out of a passion to assist ambitious,
forward-thinking professionals ― Executives & Mid-Career professionals who know what they want to pursue but struggle to communicate their true value in the marketplace.
They want to regain that precious balance between work and their personal lives, so that they have a career they love at an income they deserve–and never have to suffer through another ‘Life-Sucking’ day at a job they hate.
ReAnn Ring received a life changing word in 2007 to teach and minister to others, based on the Biblical passage found in II Kings 4:1-7.
Through this unique calling, the Lord impressed her, like Elisha, to encourage and assist believers to find their “oil”—the process of discovering one's individual gifts and calling and offering those blessings to the Lord in order that He might multiply them.
Recognized as both a successful entrepreneur & media spokesperson, ReAnn has owned and operated multiple businesses in the Metro-Atlanta area.
Known by many for her talent in the field of public speaking, her passionate enthusiasm ultimately led to her discovery, paving the way to on-going opportunities in media television/radio/film/photography.
She has also be widely sought after for her exerptise in social media management and start up business consulting and marketing for artists in music, authors, speakers, and talent in various other areas of business.
ReAnn currently runs a highly successful commercial Christmas decorating business in the Atlanta area and has grown it well into the capacity of a six figure income.
Frequently, ReAnn delivers live presentations titled
“Find Your Oil - God’s Master Multiplication for your Business”, “Let’s Get Social,” and often speaks on social media branding for enterprises and ministry, and various other topics from God’s Word.
Writer & Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor
Shana is a writer, business woman, inspirational speaker, two-time breast cancer survivor and
most importantly wife and mother (to two little girls).
On her website, Technotini.com, Shana writes about the cocktail of life and everything that God
throws her way from glitter bombs in the house to living well and thriving post breast cancer.
Going through such a life-altering experience (the breast cancer-not the glitter bomb), taught
her the importance of celebrating every moment of life (including bad hair days) and taking
time for ourselves as mothers, wives and women.
Shana’s work has been featured on the
Huffington Post, BlogHer, and the Today Show. Shana also learned during her breast cancer journey that you can lose your hair and lose your boobs, but you can never lose your sparkle.
So, she became a Chloe and Isabel jewelry merchandiser and started an inspirational jewelry accessory shop which encourages women to be creative.
Be confident. But most importantly-be brave!
Carrie Davis is a singer, songwriter, worship leader, and now a recording artist from Birmingham, Alabama. Carrie has been singing since she was 10 years old. After several trials, tribulations, and setbacks she is now ready to share her ministry with the world.
Her Debut Single “Let Me Tell It” was released on September 23, 2014, with huge production by the industry's rising Producer, Derrick Stevenson of Puretonez Productions, which is the home of Billboard, Chart Topping, and Gospel Recording Artist, Monica Lisa Stevenson.
The song was presented in a huge way to match the powerhouse vocal ability of Carrie Davis. With her own words, with her own voice she is telling of the mercies, loving-kindness, and favor of God when she sings Let Me Tell It. Carrie Davis loves ministering in song, as well as reaching the hearts ofGod’s people by using all of her gifts to build the body of Christ.
Daniela Gabrielle is the high-energy, room commanding, motivational voice of hope, courage and change commonly known the Transition Entrepreneur.
As a Dream Development expert, she has learned to merge her corporate career and spiritual giftings to challenge people to develop thier BIG dream.
Chonta Flowers is the founder of Mommy Inspired and Co-Founder of Team F.I.T Factory. Chonta has a MBA and is currently working toward her PhD in Leadership.
She is a speaker, lifestyle architect, health and fitness enthusiast blogger and mompreneur.
She was named the Unstopabble Woman's 2014 Woman of the Year. She loves to inspire and encourage other ladies, especially moms to live the grandest version of themselves.
Her greatest mission field is in her home with her most important roles of wife and mom.
Whether communicating through music, literature, film or the stage of politics, Monica serves industry and the Body Of Christ with ministerial insight and effective communication
Her music audience spans over 62 countries along with her growing consulting roster of municipal and state political figures and corporate entities.
Just completing her first book, " When Jesus Isn't Enough, (But He's all you need)"
offers an up close and personal view into Monica's 17 year journey as a widow and single mother.
Monica is also Founder and President of SHYwear,LLC a provocative, message-driven apparel line awakening youth to their spiritual freedom based on Ephesians 6:12.
Erica Strong was born in Baltimore Maryland and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a mother of three beautiful girls, Jazmine, Onyx and Shauna. Currently pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family therapy, Erica is a business owner, celebrity stylist, motivational speaker and life coach.
With over 20 years of styling experience, Erica has been graced with multiple opportunities within her industry, she has served as Educator for major hair care system, worked as one of the lead stylist for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week, styled for runway and print, as well as held the position as Head of Hair for feature films.
She has worked with amazing producers/directors such as Kim Fields, Tyler Perry, Tommy Ford and James Kicklighter. While performing all of these roles, motivating, encouraging and inspiring with a voice of reason remained her consistent expression throughout her career.
She has traveled extensively sharing her message of hope and redemption through her talent of styling and the reprogramming of the mind. This transformation in the mind will lead to a transformed life. She has a great passion for inspiring others and establishing the validity of their personal worth.
Erica has dedicated the next phase of her career to helping others to advance to higher levels both professionally and personally. Her desire is to help anyone who comes into contact with her, to see the best in themselves and their lives.
Ms. Strong has been faced will really intense trails that would have been detrimental to the average person, but with her determination and strong faith in God, she not only overcame, but she has
been helping others to do the same. Her motto and the force that drives her is
“Successful Minds = Successful Lives”.
A few years ago, she found herself in her dream career. She was an international flight attendant. But as her family grew, she decided to make some changes and left flying.
Still passionate about teaching others and sharing her experience, she self-published a guide to becoming a flight attendant. This book has made it to the top of Amazon’s Job Hunting and Aviation lists and she now coaches aspiring flight attendants.
To market her self-published book, she started a Facebook group that has quickly grown and is closing in the 17,000 member mark. This online community is actively engaged and has resulted in formalizing her career coaching and products into a business.
Her second book, Make Money with Facebook Groups was released in December 2014 and is an Amazon best seller. Once her group grew to 5,000 members, Facebook itself took notice and she was featured in Facebook Stories. She have also been featured in the Huffington Post, Mashable.com, Yahoo Travel, and several local publications. She was even interviewed live on an Australian morning show.
She is passionate about seeing people, especially women, live the life they are dreaming of. She wants all women to know that the dream they have is the dream they are supposed to pursue. So many times we get caught up in what we should do or end up chasing the standard American dream by default and we never take the time to look inside ourselves and discover what our unique dream is.
Abbie wants every woman to know she can’t have it all, but she can have everything she wants! She is married to Jason and they have three children: a four year old, a two year old, and a new born.
“No path is straight, but the joy is in the curves.”
COO of The Social Media Squad
A native of Houston, TX, Toni has always been an excelled overachiever. She completed high school in 3 years and graduated at the age of 16. She then moved onto Sam Houston State University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Entreprenuership in an excelled program also in 3 years at the age of 19 all while maintaining roles in campus organizations and community outreach events.
After graduation, she went on to pursue her business career as a Financial Advisor and Commercial Insurance Broker, but her destiny spoke louder than her desire to simply be a business woman. Through volunteering in student ministry and outreach, in the course of 2 years Toni became the Youth Pastor of one of the fastest growing ministries in Georgia; Oasis Family Life Church, became an ordained Minister, began speaking to thousands of students across Georgia and eventually elevated into a new role as the Creative Marketing Director at Oasis.
Today, Toni is now the Chief Operating Officer and Creative Consultant at The Social Media Squad and has launched a successful career in; motivational speaking, hosting concerts and events and ministering to those in need. She is happily married to Worship Leader; Will Preyer and is a mother of one. At 24 years old, Toni is on fire and ready to help others ignite their passions
Comedian and Speaker
KENN is one of the most popular Comics on XM radio and performs regularly across the country, but KENN is so much MORE than a comedian.
KENN has spoken to hundreds of companies giving amazing focus in the midst of change, maximizing productivity, developing record-breaking product launches, but there’s MORE. Yes, KENN was
also a top 10 salesman in a Fortune 500 growth company, so KENN is MORE than a motivator.
KENN has written two bestselling books on relationships and records a regular radio show/podcast that inspires thousands to experience life to the fullest. Yet, KENN is MORE than simply
When you hear KENN, rest assured you will be entertained, encouraged, challenged and inspired but the greatest benefit is that YOU will leave with more hope, clarity, insight and motivation to
experience true success and significance.
Hearing KENN is truly a unique experience and will leave you wanting even… MORE!!
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2015
Andrea is a resident of Oxford, MS and was crowned Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2015 on 11/1/14 in Tunica, MS. This was Andrea’ second time to compete in the state pageant. She will be competing for
the national title of Miss Teen USA on 8/22/15 in the Bahamas. Andrea is the daughter of Minnie Hightower of Vidor, TX and Greg Hightower of Tupelo, MS.
Andrea is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi On line High School. After completing high school she hopes to further her education with an undergraduate degree in journalism and eventually go on to Law School. Hoping that she will be able to get into politics.
Andrea’ father was diagnosed with a mental illness early in her childhood. Andrea has seen firsthand how mental illness can affect not only the individual but what it does to the family dynamics. Throughout her reign Andrea is hoping to remove guilt and shame from mental illness, especially for children of those diagnosed with mental illness. And to help eradicate the stigmatism of mental illness.