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Dr. Tiffani McElrath, knew she wanted to be a dentist at a very young age. As a child, she would check her aunt’s teeth and make sure everyone in her family properly brushed and flossed. Her interest in oral health was playful at the time, but as she matured, it soon became a passion. McElrath, a graduate of Southfield High School, in Southeast Michigan, enrolled in Michigan State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Physiology.

She applied that knowledge to her desire to become a dentist when she attended the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry. McElrath earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2012, but did not stop there. Many dentists jump right into practice or work at clinics, but Dr. McElrath wanted to build more experience. She took a residency, serving patients in the Washington D.C. area through Howard University. There she gained extensive knowledge of underserved, uninsured and under-insured populations.

This knowledge helped her become one of the most productive and promising new dentists in the area. Dr. Tiffani McElrath is currently serving as a general dentist for My Community Dental Clinics at the Detroit clinic. She prides herself on caring not only for the patients’ oral health, but also for their overall well-being. Dr. McElrath finds satisfaction in knowing she can provide comfort to her patients along with restoring dignity and pride, giving them something to smile about.Dr. McElrath lives by the saying “knowledge is power, but enthusiasm flips the switch” After becoming a dentist she pledged to continue to practice with that same energy and fire that she felt when she was first accepted to dental school.

Celebrity Makeup Artist and Beauty expert Brittany Ingram is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her love for makeup began when she was in undergrad while studying Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston- Salem State University. Her hobby of applying makeup turned into thoughts of a career as a makeup artist. This led her to work for Glamour Shots, a company specializing in making women beautiful by providing complete makeovers and photography sessions. Brittany Ingram received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2008 and decided to follow her dream to become a professional makeup artist. Knowing Los Angeles is known for the Hollywood glamour, she decided to leave behind her family and friends and begin a new venture in the City of Angels. She quickly began her career working with different ethnicities, skin tones, and skin types.

While living in Los Angeles, Brittany created an impressive resume. She has worked high profile events like Macy’s Passport Fashion Show and Bloomingdale’s Fall Fashion show. She’s worked with celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Chanel Iman, Shanice Washington, Angela Simmons, and Leona Lewis, and many more. Brittany Ingram is strongly influenced by makeup artists such as Sam Fine, Mathu Anderson, and Damone Roberts. Comparing herself mostly to Sam Fine stating, “His makeup is never over the top. It is simple, flawless, and timeless”.

Brittany hones her craft on top models, brides, celebrities, print, and TV productions. She definitely plans on continuing to build her brand, clientele, and all things beauty has to offer.

Los Angeles native, Tawana Morris is The founder and CFO of the online style portal House of Chic LA and creative director of her highly anticipated blog Chic in the City. Tawana is praised amongst social networks for her impeccable style and talent as a trendsetter and business owner. With many business ventures in the making, Tawana owes her current success to HOC.

House of Chic was launched in 2014 and has since grown at a rapid speed, grossing over a half million dollars in sales in its first year in business. House of Chic sets itself apart by carrying Los Angeles brands and designers abroad who embody there girly/chic style. Styles are handpicked weekly and shared with their respective social following for style on demand. HOC is the perfect pairing of high-end-style with affordable accessibility.

Tawana now resides in New York City, successfully running HOC with her business partner. She is excited to take on her new venture as a fashion designer & blogger. There’s so much in store for this fashionista.

With over 10 years of finance and leadership experience, Nina is no stranger to strategic thinking and detailed execution. She has a multi- disciplinary background that consists of a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, as well as experience in cross-functional team building, operations and sales management. Nina’s previous assignment was Vice President, Banking Advisor in Global Wealth and Investment Management where she partnered with 35 Financial Advisors with over $3B in Assets in bringing holistic and comprehensive financial solutions planning to affluent individuals and corporate clients. Presently, she partners with 175 Advisors at one of the world’s leading asset management firms. She attends the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the Global Executive MBA program. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association Detroit, a Not for Profit law firm with 250 Attorneys who represent the indigent and underserved community in Federal, State and Civil matters. As a member of their finance committee, her primary responsibility is to assist in providing governance and oversight of a $20M annual organizational budget and its programs. Along with finance and business, Nina is passionate sharing the Gospel and positively impacting the lives of others; this passion, compelled Nina to launch ProperGirl®, “The digital lifestyle guide for the well-balanced woman.©” ProperGirl® takes a practical and polished approach in providing women with the tools and resources to excel in every area of their lives. Inspired by her faith to live the motto: “We’re in this together” she seeks to empower women to be agents of change in their homes, business and communities. Nina lives in Detroit, MI with her husband Vance. In her spare time she is an avid reader and bargain shopper who loves to travel.

Ke’Andrea “Kiki” Ayers is the C.E.O of Ayers Publicity and a multi-media Entertainment Journalist. Through her experiences in Journalism she has built a foundation of media contacts. Stemming from the Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications, she majored in Journalism and minored in English. She spent all her time in school interning for major outlets such as MTV, BET, NBC and CBS Radio.

All her internships turned into jobs. She worked in Production and Programming Departments and helped to develop shows such as “Wild N’ Out,” “Girl Code,” “Guy Code,” and “Jerry Springer.” It wasn’t until she was offered a position in Music Programming to help launch REVOLT TV in Los Angeles that her career started to take off. She worked full-time at REVOLT and then reported on red carpets immediately following her work shifts. She worked for outlets such as Black Hollywood Live and Entertainment Scoop while writing for XXL Magazine. Her level of reporting was taken to new levels when she started working with Global Grind, Bossip! and EURweb.com.

Her first PR opportunity was granted by Russell Simmons All Def Digital company for the release of their first movie “Major Deal.” The film starred King Keraun, Simone Shepherd and Juhahn Jones. It was written, produced and directed by the internet comedic sensation Kevin Fredericks. Coverage from the movie included The Shade Room, Baller Alert, The Source Magazine, Bossip!, Thisis50.com and Hip Hollywood. To date, her clients have been featured in major publications from Ebony Magazine to FORBES. She takes pride helping the light within her clients to shine brighter.

Lizette Trent is a Los Angeles native who met her husband while attending the University of Michigan. Together they have two boys, Josiah and Jericho and have been married for over 8 years.

Although Lizette briefly lived out her dream of being a weather reporter she knew God called her to become a wife and mother. Her transition from the business world into a domestic role taught her the importance of following God’s calling for her life despite the plans she had for herself.

Today Lizette has found a passion in her season of life as a Natural light photographer and writer. She loves to encourage and inspire other women to pursue their calling in whatever God has purposed for them.

Marriage is something Lizette is grateful for and a season in life she hopes women understand starts even before you meet the love of your life. Her passion is for other women to be married to Christ first. She is excited to share the many lessons she has learned along the way with women who are married or desire to be married one day.

She continues her work in the Service of Love and officially launches her international movement “Courage and Grace Lifestyle” with the selfpublished book entitled “With Courage and Grace: A Woman’s Guide to Pursuing Her Purpose With Passion.” Since the launch of this powerful movement, Maxine has spread her message of love, courage and resilience through music and speaking to thousands of girls and women nationally and internationally.

She is now focused on self care and meeting her goal of inspiring girls and women to live the principle of the Courage and Grace Lifestyle to be brave, authentic, and regal. Walk in your purpose and be persistent With Courage And GraceTM” During her 21 years career in the United States Army and Air Force, Maxine led and inspired thousands of service members and civilians.

As a result of her drive and willingness to serve others, Maxine has been recognized with numerous leadership and humanitarian awards and media mentions. Her service of love is apparent in her marriage ministry, Happily JointTM where she and her husband of 20 years, teaches couples who are dating, engaged and married how to make happiness last in their relationship through Relationship ResiliencyTM and other platforms. This warrior’s service and ability to build relationships is also evident in her community engagement wherever her military assignments has taken her. Her reach extends beyond the USA and to her native island of Jamaica, where she and Ken founded a scholarship, “The Doctor Bird Award” in 2000. She recently created the non- profit, Fit For The Role, INC, which helps girls to recognize excellence in themselves and know that their dreams can come true through recognition of their natural talents, pursuit of purpose, and consistent mentorship.