Upcoming & Past Events


“Next Level Brand Behavior: Securing Your Seat at the Table
Saturday, April 20, 2019  |  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT
CHICAGO, IL - 3641 S Morgan St
Brand Investment starts at $40

Next Level Brand Behavior: Securing Your Seat at the Table is an interactive workshop developed to help individuals level up in their chosen professions and industries and make their next best move – which should be a power move. My brand coaches have strategically and successfully navigated through different levels in their industries and will help you define your brand and make your presence known in yours – so you can have a seat at the table.

There will be limited spots for onsite headshots and individual storytelling coaching available as well.

This workshop is for the person:

  • seeking a leadership promotion in their current place of employment

  • seeking to transition into an industry they’d love and would thrive

  • seeking to make valuable connections to launch personal projects or businesses to build a community of advocates

  • Seeking to make a a fearless, power move but don't know where to start!

We'll help you:

  • Identify your brand voice and unique value proposition

  • Define and communicate your value to an organization or target audience

  • Learn creative ways to expand your network to increase your brand visibility 

  • Learn ways to reinvent your personal brand story to stand out in your industry

  • Understand the difference between an income and networth


Anedra Kerr is the Chief Advancement Officer at Francis Parker supporting their progressive mission by advancing the school's strategic goals. She supervises the work of the Development Office and works closely with the Admissions and Communications Offices. With more than 20 years of professional exeprience, Anedra has held several executive-level positions and has significant experience in designing, planning and implementing major fundraisers; managing donor relationships and fostering staff and leadership development. She has a proven record of successfully managing multi-million dollar budgets. Anedra is a member of the Business Leadership Council and has shared her expertise on several educational platforms. She has a B.S. in marketing from Hampton University and a M.S. in communications from Northwestern University.

Reginald Guy II, Esq. is an Associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in their corporate department. He also is a Certified National Basketball Players Association Player Agent. As an attorney, through his pro bono legal practice, Reginald volunteers at Cabrini Green Legal Aid where he provides free legal assistance to ex-offenders who are seeking to mitigate their criminal records through expungement and other remedies to break down barriers to gainful employment. Over the past eight years, Reginald has volunteered and spearheaded efforts for Margaret’s Village, raising over $25,000 to help the organization combat homelessness in Chicago among women and children. Reginald serves as a board member of the South Side YMCA, a member of the Northwestern Law School Young Leadership Alumni Association, Board Member of the Black Men Lawyers’ Association and a coach at One Million Degrees. Reginald is a 2018 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree for his professional accomplishments and community endeavors. He is a member 

Nikki Streets is a Human Resources professional with over 13 years of experience and a recognized lifestyle blogger. She is currently the HR Business Partner at the Museum of Science and Industry. Her career has touched on all aspects of HR but her primary focus in recent years has been a strategic approach towards employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, along with educating leaders on the value of employee satisfaction. Nikki's ability to strengthen the link between people, strategy and motivation is the cornerstone of her HR philosophy. With a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, Nikki is committed to leading mission based organization towards being premier places of employment. She is also the co-founder of Besties & Brunch. This popular lifestyle blog currently has a brand partnership with Upscale Magazine. 

Afenya Montgomery is the founder of The iCAN Collective and AM Advisory. The iCAN Collective is a professional development platform connecting entrepreneurs and career professionals to resources, information, business partnerships and collaborations. AM Advisory was created to invigorate, energize and motivate healthcare organizations to live their mission, vision, and values. Her practical strategies, tips, and tools for success empowers teams and individuals to unleash their potential.  She has spent over 15 years honing professional skills in customer service, leadership, and management: combining corporate experience with nursing expertise to provide engaging, educational workshops, seminars, conferences and consultant services.  Afenya holds a Master of Science in Nursing and MBA with a focus on executive leadership.  Prior to becoming a nurse, Afenya obtained a marketing degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. 

BRAND STORYTELLERS/ Onsite headshot photographer and speed resume/bio reviewer

Tarji Smedley is a commercial, fashion, lifestyle, photojournalist and soft goods photo stylist. She graduated from Columbia College with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Advertising. Upon completing a seven-year career as an account executive for AT&T, Tarji incorporated her first business, Egami Photos,  in 2004. She quickly became known for her photojournalism and is a sought after photographer for celebrity events, including private events for the likes of Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose. Tarji expanded and renamed her business to F4 Productions, LLC. F4 Productions, LLC provides photography and video solutions for social media, e-commerce and mass advertising for the categories of food, fashion and beauty. F4 Productions LLC also partners with not for profits and corporations to produce engaging, storytelling content via photojournalism and film.Tarji currently resides in Chicago but is available to clients nationwide.

Inez Woody is a direct-response, Award Winning Copywriter. She transforms the brands of change-makers and entrepreneurs through clarity cultivation, increasing their bottom lines by creating copy, content and storytelling. In addition, she responds to the needs of job seekers by writing resumes and cover letters and developing customized Linked In Profiles to increase visibility. In this capacity, she is passionate about providing workforce development content and coaching in order to enhance economic stability in her community by focusing on marketable industry skills. A native of Chicago (south side), she is an experienced Technology professional with 16 years, providing strategic solutions. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Committee for the Young Women Professionals League in Chicago. Currently, Inez is a participant of the 2019 Grant Writing & Fund Development Fellowship at Demoiselle 2 Femme. When she's not at her favorite coffee shop developing brand stories for small businesses or helping the community flourish, you can find her court-side, rooting for her son, all around point guard, #1, Isaiah. Go Eagles!




JANUARY 12, 2019  |  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT

It's time to take your business to the next level. This workshop is designed to go beyond your vision board and dig into your first quarter business strategy.

  1. Define the Vision of Your Business

  2. Build Your Brand Avatar

  3. Create Your Revenue Strategy for Q1

Hosted by ICAN COLLECTIVE with guest speaker, Lindrea Reynolds

Join me for my online webinar: Developing an Impactful Digital
Brand Experience to Engage Supporters

Hosted by University of Chicago Graham School

APRIL 18, 2018  |  6:00 - 7:00 PM CDT