Detroit native Ashley Maltbia believes that every person has the duty to follow their passion and live in their purpose. After graduating from Howard University, Ashley relocated to Atlanta, GA where her entrepreneurial spirit was ignited and she began a career in Commercial Real Estate serving as the Vice-President of Industrial Investment Sales. As one of very few African-Americans and even fewer women in Commercial Real Estate, she quickly excelled and was featured repeatedly in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a rising young star of 23 years old. She simultaneously went on to obtain an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland, University College and launched her own business.
Ashley currently serves as Managing Partner of The Maverick Firm, offering full service financial advising, insurance, and retirement planning. As co-host of the popular iMaverick radio show, Ashley is a conduit, providing a financial voice to underserved communities. A seasoned public speaker, Ashley continues to mentor and service the community through volunteer efforts and entrepreneurial mentorship to cultivate the next generation of business leaders.
She is a member of the Howard University Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Neosha Gardner of CreateHER Stock
Neosha Gardner is a minimalist creative, lifestyle blogger, and founder of the popular stock photography resource for women of color, CreateHER Stock. After quitting her job back in 2012 to pursue a life as a multi-passionate entrepreneur, she's continued to strive in being more than someone with a goal - she is passionate about inspiring others to take control and create the lives they deserve, no matter what.
Neosha has gained studies in Web and Development, Design, and currently Media Communications. When she's not working to help solve problems and create new solutions for the digital world, she's being a mother to a toddler boy and enjoying cooking up delicious, vegan meals.
Koereyelle Dubose, Author of WERK101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide
Koereyelle made her mark in 2011 when she founded The Single Wives Club, an education and empowerment organization that inspires single ladies to become better women before becoming wives. She is also the creator of ReadyToWERK.com, a branding boutique that offers classes and consulting for entrepreneurs.
Koereyelle has truly become the voice for single women, representing the “new single woman” who wants love and marriage, but has not detoured her focus from her education and career. She's been featured nationally by ESSENCE Magazine, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MadameNoire, Rolling Out and many more outlets for her work with The Single Wives Club. Most recently, she's added Author to her resumé with the release of her debut title, WERK101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide.
Janine Carthone of Shades by J9
As far as she can remember, make up, and the artistry of cosmetics was a part of Janine's childhood. Even as a young child, she could recall the fascination with the many pigments and hues resting upon her mother’s vanity. Janine perused and mastered my devotion to make-up, and enrolled into the David Pressley school of Cosmetology in Royal Oak, MI; and obtained her instructor's license in Esthetics. From then, she perfected her skill; both instructing and becoming a M.A.C. certified MUA.
Today, Janine is the successful owner and CEO of Shades by J9. Her work has been certified and published within Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, she's been contracted for television series,” Paternity Court with Judge Lauren Lakes”, “Selling in the ATL” featured on WETV and a dozens of network commercials.
She prides myself in perfecting and enhancing the overall scope of her canvases for their cinematography, and photography appearances, knowing that their makeup not only looks good for that moment but for a lifetime, frozen in still.
When she's am not enhancing the overall image and inner beauty of my clients, Janine spends my leisure time with her two children; daughter Nadia 18 and son Myles 12.
Danielle D. Hughes of WRDW News 12
Danielle D. Hughes is an Anchor/Reporter for WRDW News 12. She comes to the CBS affiliate from Dothan, Alabama, where she began her journalism career as a Multimedia Journalist for WDHN.
As a proud native of the Motor City, Danielle decided to make the big move south to Atlanta in 2011 to complete her undergraduate education. She graduated from Georgia State University in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Juggling regular classes, Danielle still managed to spend consecutive semesters interning at WSB-TV, and serve as the President of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Consortium. Danielle is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
In addition to her passion of storytelling, Danielle is also dedicated to being a youth advocate. She is co-founder of Detroit Speaks a rising non-profit organization with a mission of inspiring youth in Metro Detroit to increase social awareness, community involvement, and achieve their dreams.
In 2015, she created the "Oh, the places you'll go!" vision board series for youth ages 13-18 to define their goals and dreams, build a personal vision board and prepare for their future. Since its inception, the series has partnered with the Augusta-Richmond County Library to hold monthly workshops and was the headlining event for the world renowned Augusta Literary Festival this year.
Emmelie De La Cruz of The Branding Muse
Emmelie De La Cruz is a personal branding expert and author of Make Yourself Marketable After working in various areas of marketing and communication, she launched her consultancy, The Branding Muse, specializing in personal branding and social media.
Her insights have been featured in Cosmo for Latinas, Black Enterprise, Lisa Evers’ Street Soldiers, The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, PR Daily, and Forbes named her site one of the top career websites in 2013. Emmelie’s clients have included executives, politicians, speakers and media personalities as well as college students and young professionals.
She has spoken at various universities, events and organizations and trained thousands of millennials on building their personal brand and digital identities through various social media tools. Meet Emmelie on Twitter (@EmmelieDeLaCruz) or learn more at thebrandingmuse.com