CHARRON MONAYE, MPA
After overcoming multiple life-altering anxiety attacks, Charron had to learn how to give her pain a voice while not blaming herself in the process. She had to remove toxicity, manage overwhelming financial setbacks, and muster up the strength to leave an unhealthy marriage, all while raising her children. In the midst of it all, Charron Monaye adapted a new sense of survival while opening up about losing everything…and finding peace in the process.
To find her voice, power, and strength, she released her first book of poetry, My Side of the Story, in 2010 under Purposeful Publishing, LLC. It was so raw, so transparent about her marriage and divorce that it was adapted into a stage play entitled Living Your Life and featured in the Black Theater Festival in Washington D.C. with actress D’atra Hicks. Realizing the power of her words, Charron created her literacy company, Pen Legacy, in 2015, which offers self-publishing, script and writing services, and writing/empowerment coaching.
Award-winning author, playwright, coach and founder of Pen Legacy, LLC., Charron Monaye has authored 10 books, (co-authored 2), published 16 books, and written/produced 3 theatrical productions. Two of her books, Love the Real You and STOP Asking for Permission & Give Notice, became Amazon bestsellers. She was a former content contributor for CNN iReport and The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals. In addition, her works can be found in eleven books and poetry anthologies across the world. In 2017, she received a Doctorate of Philosophy (Humane Letters) from CICA International University & Seminary.
To her credit, Charron has worked with or interviewed talents such as; D’atra Hicks, Robert Grant, Jaguar Wright, Tami Roman, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Eric Monte, Syleena Johnson, Bernadette Cooper and many other notables. Just recently, she had the opportunity to hone her writing skills by studying under television producer, screenwriter, and author Shonda Rhimes and NAACP Image Award Author Victoria Christopher Murray. She is currently an editor-in-chief for MadisonJaye.com
A Philadelphia native, is an Author and Singer. At the age of nine years old, Christopher became a published author of the children’s book “I Believe in Me”. He is also starred, as the leading actor, in the stage play, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, which focuses on Anti-Bullying. Chris used this production as his avenue to advocate for anti-bullying programs in schools and his community. To advance his platform, Award-Winning Playwright and Author Charron Monaye adapted his play into a short film entitled, “A Childhood Lost”.
His advocacy efforts caught the attention of our national leaders and he received letters from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Education, and a Citation from Representative Cherelle Parker. In 2014, Christopher’s play won “Real Life Based Stage Play of the Year” at the DPI Playwrights Awards in Queens, NY.
Christopher studied acting under the direction of Celebrity Actor Dennis L.A. White with the pursuit of securing acting opportunities. However, his gift of singing led him to use his voice to deliver his messages through music. Since 2016, Chris has traveled and performed in talent shows and his school and church choirs, where he has performed many solos. Just recently, he secured an opportunity to perform in the Hollywood premier of the stage play, Get Out Of Your Own Way.
DR. SYLEECIA THOMPSON
As a teacher, manager, president, and author Dr. Thompson shows no signs of slowing down. Dr.Syleecia Thompson is founder and owner of DYG Management Group. A full-service Management, Entertainment, Consulting and Artist Development conglomerate. DYG Management Group acts include Syleena Johnson, Sean Black and J.Hollins.
Currently, Dr. Thompson has embarked her efforts and energy on a new venture in music management, author/entrepreneur coaching, and television. She is busy developing new brands and T.V projects for a various types of programming. She was featured on R&B Divas Atlanta on TV One and Fix My Life on OWN TV. Her goals are to continue to develop and strengthen her entertainment company through empowerment, education, entrepreneurship and enlightenment. In 2014, she launched an entrepreneur network called “The Visionaries” and it serves over 60 entrepreneurs in various industries. She coaches, mentors and trains them to succeed by the following motto: Vision, Plan, Execute, Rewards. Her latest client roster includes Syleena Johnson, Tee Marie Hanible (American Grit), Dr. Ivan Hernadez and several other production companies.
KHRISTINA BARNES, MSAC
Khristina offers more than fifteen years of experience in auditing, accounting and individual and small business taxation. Her vast experience and skills serve as a basis to provide services to clients with various tax preparation and accounting needs for their small business. These services include CFO/Controller services, assessment of internal controls, education on audit and accounting procedures and small business set-up and maintenance of general ledger accounting systems.
Mrs. Barnes is currently the Budget Analyst Supervisor for the City of Philadelphia and its related entities as well as a consultant specializing in taxation accounting services. Her responsibilities include overseeing all financial and grant accounting transactions as well as prepare and monitor program budgets totaling approximately 5.3 million. Prior to this opportunity, Khristina worked in various positions within the government and public utility sector. In 2010, she founded and created KMB Tax Services, LLC, where she serves her community by offering tax preparation for individual and small business; bookkeeping for small businesses; tax planning and consultation; payroll services; financial educational seminars.
KIMRA MAJOR-MORRIS, ESQ.
Kimra Major-Morris is a top-rated attorney licensed to practice in Florida and the United States Middle District of Florida and the Principal Member of Major-Morris Law, LLC. The firm is based in Central Florida and serves intellectual property and entertainment clients nationwide. Kimra is the Immediate Past Chair of The Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, having the highest rating for her professional excellence and ethical standards in the legal community. In addition, she has been on the Super Lawyers® Florida Rising Star list, a distinction held by no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida.
Since opening her practice in 2009, Mrs. Major-Morris’ past and current clients include Grammy-nominated producers, The Voice and American Idol contestants, Mothers and Fathers of Professional Basketball Players, music industry executives, recording artists, fashion designers, culinary professionals, professional athletes, pharmacies, dancers, choreographers, models, screenwriters, book authors, actors, filmmakers, radio personalities, doctors, wellness coaches, life coaches, corporations, and small business owners.
Kimra’s extensive work experience in the media and music industries provided the foundation for her thriving practice as an advocate for brand owners and owners of creative content. Having worked as a red carpet photographer and video editor for BET, BMI, HBO, CNN, Fox, numerous other media outlets, Kimra has the expertise, passion, and network to help her clients meet their goals.
TONI MOORE, ESQ.
Toni Moore, Esquire is an attorney, author and strategist who is committed to helping women become savvy CEOs in every aspect of their lives. During Toni’s 20+ year career, she has worked as a mid-level law firm associate, as a financial fraud investigator, as a business owner, adjunct professor, mutual fund specialist, insurance agent and a “side hustler” for several MLMs.
Toni is personally committed to empowering women to own their power to uplevel their success. Because of her humble beginnings that was wrought with trauma, drama, chaos and abuse, she feels called to be a voice that shines light to help others appreciate their limitless possibilities. So whether you need guidance, advisement and/or strategy to help you handle your business, clarity about legalities affecting your realities or in need of wealth building strategies to help you protect your legacy, Toni is willing, able and committed to help.
Toni Moore is a first-generation college student who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Toni is a licensed attorney in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey; attained a Ll.M. in Taxation, Certifications in Group Insurance and Retirement Benefits; teaches Nonprofit Compliance, Public Policy and Super Soul Leadership and previously maintained an insurance license, mortgage broker’s license as well as Series 6, 63 and 26 Investment Licenses.
A native to South Philadelphia, Teri Riggs has been a dynamic leader of the region’s community improvement and outreach movement for over 26 years. Teri was given her first formal opportunity to put her passions into practice at the Dixon House where she spearheaded a ‘Safe Haven’ Crime Prevention Program for at-risk youth providing a myriad of safe, healthy and creative activities, which culminating the year in a Recognition Banquet.
A Temple University alum and holder of a Masters degree in Criminology/Business Administration and certificate in Behavior Analysis from St. Joseph’s University, Riggs holds leadership positions in John Graves Productions, AOI Events & PR, Women in Media (WIM Global), a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and Love Kingdom Fellowship Church. She, also, received her certificate in Life Coaching from the Pen Legacy Life Coaching school. In addition to all the work she has done for many business entities, Teri successfully launched her own business, ForeverShe Coaching, that promotes healing and wellness through the arts and self care awareness. Her goal is to, “give the opportunity of second chances and be a positive example for others to NEVER GIVE UP”.
Ontaria Kim Wilson
With a passion for the arts Ontaria lives her life dedicated to creating and sharing her art with the hope that lives will be touched and healing may occur where there is a need.
Ontaria is an accomplished dancer and choreographer who has shared the stage with Teddy Pendergrass, Eve, Gina Thompson, and a host of live performing artists. She is an actress, writer and theater arts professional who has 26 years in the entertainment business. She appeared as an actress, writer, or director in over 17 theatrical, stage, and television productions. A few notables are Tv One’s For My Man, Last Airbender, Soul Train, Showtime At The Apollo, and From Teddy With Love; She has over 15 dancing placements in celebrity performances; and she has written and co-written featured films and an animated television cartoon series. She is a co-author in the anthology, “Bruised, Broken and Blessed” and received her certificate in Life Coaching from the Pen Legacy Life Coaching school.
Due to her extensive background she has taught and coached children and adults throughout the Delaware Valley (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) in the area of performing arts in elementary schools, spiritual institutions, community centers, and performing arts schools. Her mantra is based on pouring into others so that the arts continue to thrive. She has served in leadership capacities in youth, dance, and missions ministries across the tri-state area as well.
Ontaria believes that following your passion, becoming aware of self, and walking in your truth is the source of your success.