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OUR SPEAKERS

Deirdre Fields

@my3girlz71  

 

Deirdre Wright Fields has had many different assignments in her life but the one that has been the most spiritually fulfilling has been a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Deirdre, now respectfully known as Pastor Fields was born on September 25, 1971, to her loving parents, David, and Deloris G. Wright. She attended the public school system of Craven County, NC, and furthered her education in the field of nursing at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, and Craven Community College, New Bern, NC.

Pastor Fields knew when she was 14 years old, she would become a nurse, but had no idea the spiritual calling God had for her. She was content caring for others physically, but as she continued her nursing career, God began to deal with her regarding helping others spiritually. After much prayer and consideration, she delivered her first “official” sermon in 2003 while carrying her son, the 4th of her four amazing children, three daughters, and one son. 

Pastor Fields has been carrying the gospel, preaching, teaching, encouraging, and counseling women and men from North Carolina at Reaching For Souls Ministries to Florida at The Harvest Christian Center and is believing God to continue opening doors towards the ultimate ministry work He has given her to work with young women who find themselves “Pregnant Without A Plan”. Pastor Fields’ heart is to make sure each of them knows their planning does not change God’s Plan.

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LaTisha Russell

@latishabrussell  

 

SPEAKER – MENTOR – AUTHOR, Latisha B. Russell is a recognized figure on the topic of child sexual abuse. Speaking from a platform of her own harrowing experiences, she has made it her mission to inspire children of sexual trauma by sharing her story of triumph through perseverance and resilience. A voice for the voiceless, Latisha considerately navigates the, often raw, sensibilities and effects of sexual abuse with fragile victims, their parent(s) or guardian(s), and others who may need assistance in navigating this taboo, grim topic... After having experienced a “Tisha Talk”, many walk away with renewed confidence and vigor knowing that they, too, can overcome the shame, the story, just as she has done! 

 

With a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ball State University, a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Human resources from the University of Phoenix, Colorado, and adjunct professor appointments at multiple colleges and universities, Latisha has always touted the importance of education. She now employs her skill set to effectively coach and mentor victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Her seminal message, there is life after… To further solidify her commitment to child sexual abuse survivors, look for Latisha’s memoir, The Naked Truth | From Pain to Triumph on her website or Amazon. 

 

Reared in Indiana by way of Denver, CO, Latisha currently resides in the greater Atlanta metropolis. When she’s not crusading for the children of others; she loves doting on her own daughters, spending time with extended family, friends, her Delta Sigma Theta Soros, working out, and traveling. Whether a mom, HR professional at a Fortune 500 company, or child sexual survivor, you couldn’t ask for a better champion in the lives of our children. To engage the speaking services of Latisha B. Russell at your next event

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Fern Johnson

@careersisters  

 

ACCOMPLISHED EXECUTIVE SPEAKER | BUSINESS OWNER | AUTHOR

 

Fern Johnson is the Founder and CEO of Career Sisters LLC. She’s an accomplished executive, speaker, former adjunct instructor, business owner, and published author. Fern is also a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is the first of her eight siblings to graduate from college. 

 

Fern has over 22 years of accounting and financial management experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. In 2018, Fern successfully launched Career Sisters, a business located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia that focuses on the empowerment, career advancement, and business development of women of color. Fern is a passionate leader who firmly believes that “Empowered Women, Empower Communities”. 

 

Fern’s greatest joy is her family and it’s where she receives her strength. She resides in Johns Creek, Georgia with her husband Jeff and their four children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Kristine Jones

@thekristinejones  

Kristine Jones is a Wife, Mother, Mentor, Licensed Ordained Minister, and Author. Having been without her mother from a young age and having to overcome many challenges and different types of abuse, Kristine desires to help young girls and women be free from their past, including negative self-perception. Kristine believes that her mission is to empower all women by supporting them and helping them find their true identity and purpose.  Kristine is currently working on her organization Priceless Jewels, a program to help rebuild hope in the lives of young girls and women. Priceless Jewels mission is to be what she needed in her life to someone else, to rebuild hope! 

 

 As an abolitionist for Human Trafficking Kristine Jones has partnered with the A21 Campaign to help fight against Human Trafficking. Kristine has been trained through Wellspring Living along with Out of Darkness on how to identify Human Trafficking signs and how to bring awareness to the cause. Kristine has worked with A21 for over 5 years hosting A21’s walk for freedom in Norcross, GA., and now Thomasville, GA.  Walk for Freedom is a global Human Trafficking Awareness event that takes place every 3rd  Saturday in October. Her group has raised over $9,000 towards the fight against Human Trafficking. Visit her site today at www.kristinejones.org

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Shenee Holloway

@sheinspires  

Shenée Johnson Holloway, Public Servant, Educational Leader for Gwinnett County Public Schools, and advocate for equity in Family and Community Engagement

 

Shenée Johnson Holloway is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. There she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University in 1998. She relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina after college, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Charlotte Post Newspaper, and later began teaching English to high school, middle school, and adult learners.  She relocated to Duluth, Georgia in 2004, and began teaching middle school for Gwinnett County Public Schools and adult education at Gwinnett Technical College. 

She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from Mercer University in 2009, and her passion for equity with family engagement grew when she became the Parent Instructional Coordinator for Duluth High School, a new Title I School, in 2016. This shift in her career path led her to pursue community outreach opportunities through the City of Duluth as a member of the city’s LEAD (Learn, Engage, Advance Duluth) Cohort class of 2018, the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee class of 2019, and a 4-year appointed term on the city’s Ethics Board during the spring of 2021. During the same time, she also completed one of Gwinnett County’s leadership cohorts known as Glance Gwinnett.

Shenée earned a second Master’s in Educational Leadership from Mercer University, was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013, awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Person) Award for the Duluth High School’s graduating class of 2018, was a finalist for The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Women in School Leadership Award and for the Gwinnett Chamber’s Moxie Awards both in 2020. Shenée continues to serve in the community as an advisory board member for Adult Education with Gwinnett Technical College, and as president of the Duluth-Norcross Kiwanis Club. She believes God has directed her path as she is currently the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Shenée is the loving and proud mommy to the multi-talented 16-year-old Alaylah Janée, and to her brood of various house plants.  She plans to continue to go wherever God leads in her career and community activism, and lives by the scripture found in Romans chapter 8 verse 31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Her daily mantra is, “You did not wake up to be mediocre.” 

Shenée has recorded gospel music with her twin sister in their singing duo, CaraMia which translates to My Beloved, and she continues to aspire to be an inspiration to the generations that follow. Shenée will further her advocacy for families and work in the community for what she considers “a necessary seat at the table.” 

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Deneishia S. Fisher

Dr. Deneishia S. Fisher is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who believes in serving her patients with compassion and kindness. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Fisher earned her undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University in 1996 and her medical degree through the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  

 

After graduation, Dr. Fisher moved to New Jersey where she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.   She also served as the Executive Chief Resident of the Department during her last year of training.  Dr. Fisher decided to remain in New Jersey after completing residency primarily due to her affinity for the diverse patient population.  In 2004, she joined Brunswick Hills Obstetrics and Gynecology where she practiced until returning to Virginia in November of 2016.  

 

Dr. Fisher currently practices with Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group Obstetrics and Gynecology in Newport News, VA.  Her hobbies include spending all her free time with her super active two-year-old son and her loving husband. Her dream is to one day again enjoy her other passions such as running, yoga, and traveling. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and remains involved in the community as a Women’s Health Educator.  

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Alexandrea Bonds

Alexandrea Bonds, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  She relocated to Atlanta in 2005 to commence her collegiate vocation and attended Clark Atlanta University, where she got her BA in arts. She then preceded to further her education and get an MBA at Strayer University. Alexandrea attends Harvard Extension School where she will receive her Principal of Finance certification and then perpetuate on to get her Ph.D. by the year 2024. Alexandrea has always had a zeal for finance and assisting others to build a wealthier financial portfolio. Her main area of interest in the finance world is educating the community and young adults about the financial opportunities we have available and resources, in order to secure a structured financial future. 

 

She is the mother to an astounding, energetic and loving son, Austin Jr. Alexandrea spends much of her time with her family and believes that family is the core of a great work-life balance. Alexandrea’s favorite quote is “If you want what you never had, you must do what you’ve never done” ~Thomas Jefferson

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Shawn Fuqua

“Dr. Shawn, THE LPC” is a licensed professional counselor working with families and children for over 20 years. Co-owner of Licensed Professional Counselor Institute and co-founder of Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group, an award-winning educator for over 12 years, a mental health advocate, and National Counselor Exam coach. Known as a Counselor, Coach, and Consultant, her goal is making sure people understand mental health is mental wealth.