On July 27th, we will bring to the Hampton Roads area a powerful energetic panel. Get to know each panelist below:
Founder of The Hampton Roads Expo Extravaganza
Tamiya Davis is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. A graduate of Old Dominion University, and a proud mother to her one and only son, LaTony Davis.
When she is not working as an International Longshoreman in Virginia, where she has worked for almost a decade as a bluecollar woman, Tamiya is pursuing her dream of achieving icon status! In 2016 she ran a restoration of rights chapter and helped over 100 felons receive their rights to vote under The A. Philip Randolph Institute whom is an organization for African-American trade unionists. Tamiya was the proud owner of her fashion jewelry line called Ynot Autumn Jewelry, which is credited with providing fashion jewelry for the legendary R&B group SWV, R&B Divas Of LA and more. In addition, Tamiya have served as Advisor/Assistant to Coko Gamble of SWV where she works closely with the Coko’s management spectrum. To date, her fashion credits include styling at the 2013 Grammy Awards show, SWV Reunited WE TV reality series, 2013 VMA’s, R&B Divas Of LA and at the 2018 Soul Train Music Awards. Tamiya and Coko was co-owners of a women’s shoe boutique named C&T Shoe Bar which was inside of Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach, VA.
In the coming year, Tamiya will add Author and Motivational Speaker to her list of credits, as she prepares to release her debut book this summer (July 2019), entitled “From Fatal to Fierce.” The book chronicles her journey of survival from her near-death experience, which left her disabled and disfigured, to the fierce, successful woman she is today. Tamiya was also one of the featured speakers at the 2019 Wealth Experience, under the leadership of CEO MC Lyte and Lynn Richardson of Sunni Gyrl. In July of 2019, Tamiya & partner Travian Vann has co-founded, The Hampton Roads Expo Extravaganza where the main focus is to spotlight Hampton Roads small businesses, promote Wealth, Health, Entertainment and New Fashion.
Tamiya’s goal is to empower people through dedication, drive and determination; they too can live their dreams and ultimately achieve God’s purpose in their lives – just as she is doing.
Founder of The Hampton Roads Expo Extravaganza/Fashion Designer
TRAVIAN VANN, free spirit, no rules, and pure fashion for women. Specializing in glamorous bespoke wedding/ reception gowns and formal wear. Travian Vann garments are timeless for any occasion. The brand was established in December of 2012 by lead Designer Travian Vann and her husband Jeremy Vann after several years of successfully running a women's boutique. Travian began sewing in 2012 after her mother taught her some basic sewing skills. Soon after, she fell in love with designing and her career took off from there. With the help of her husband Jeremy, the brand has excelled in its own lane creating year round season designs for women all around the world. The TRAVIAN VANN brand has been featured in fashion magazines, fashion blogs, celebrity red carpet events and television appearances. TRAVIAN VANN has designed for celebrities such as Iyanla Vanzant, Erica Campbell, Jazmine Sullivan, VH1 shows, SWV for Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, TV Host/ Personality Tanisha Thomas, Actress Christine Wawira and many more. The VANN atelier is located in the heart of Downtown Hampton, VA,USA, this is where the magic happens!
LSA Consulting USA LLC/ Master Coach
First African American Woman to serve on the Virginia Beach School Board/City Council
Louisa, one of Virginia’s highly respected business women for the last 30 years, is a master coach and motivational speakerwhose specialties include Executive Coaching for business leaders; corporate human resource development for private corporations, and organization development including outreachin the transportation and health care industries. During her tenure as president of LSA Consulting USA, she has counseled and coached thousands of individuals and companies on emotional intelligence and, how to start and maintain a business at corporations and state and federal agencies through seminars and coaching sessions. In addition, she served with distinction on the school board and city council for the City of Virginia Beach where she created the Minority Business Council. This city council appointed advisory group works with city agencies and the public to increase the number of minority and women owned companies who have procurement contracts with the city. She was honored for the creation of the successful STARS program which was designed to train and coach Small, Women-Owned and Minority Businesses (SWaM) during her term as the Director of Business Assistance for Governor Tim Kaine. Shewas also honored by the Small Business Administration, the NAACP, the National Urban League and many other groups.Her passion for helping small businesses gained her the reputation throughout Virginia as a leader, philanthropist and mentor. Ms. Strayhorn also served as the Executive Director of Pharrell Williams’ From One Hand to Another (FOHTA) Education Centers where, in four years, she increased to 1500 the number of students served.
Ms. Strayhorn was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the Virginia Port Authority for a five-year term by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Rev. Eric Majette
Corporate Executive, Marketplace Ambassador, Pastor / Minister,
Entrepreneur, Consultant and Educator
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Norfolk State University, and received his Master of Divinity Degree in 2009. In 2014, Rev. Majette received an Honorary Doctorate of Ministry from Virginia University of Lynchburg as well as won the Hampton Roads Excellence Award. He is currently an executive for the American Red Cross. He was the Founder and Senior Pastor of the former Guiding Light Church International and served as the Pastor of Marketplace Ministry for Cross Walks Church, Virginia
Beach. Rev. Majette previously was an instructor for the TD Jakes School of Leadership as well
as a contract instructor for Regent University. He has launched and led several major marketplace local and national faith based initiatives.
As a proven dynamic leader, Majette’s leadership skills are exemplary and has brought him beyond the domestic boarders into international markets, where effective leadership is key to successfully influencing the world. He is an advocate of peace and seeks to contribute to world peace through his multi-facet leadership experience. It must be said that he brings forth a wealth of business, ministry, professional, and entrepreneurial experience to the marketplace. Through his determination and assertiveness, he rose to the top of the corporate level as a senior sales
executive at several fortune 500 companies including Verizon Business and Xerox. Majette is a dynamic well sought-after speaker who elegantly displays his own business and ministry acumen at national leadership conferences as such as Bishop TD Jakes International Pastor and Leaders Conference and MEGAFEST. He has appeared on several National TV Networks., His most recent project "LOVE IN ACTION" was aired on CBN.
Rev. Majette is anointed to train and equip ministry leaders as well as leaders in the marketplace.
He is known to impact the 7 Mountains of Cultural Influence. (Government, Education,
Business, Religion, Family, Arts and Entertainment.)
He is passionate about bridging the gap between the Church and the Marketplace as well as,
sharing the gospel on unconventional platforms.
He recently launched a new church plant in Virginia Beach, VA. "Thrive Church International”.
In addition, he serves on several major boards that have a ministry or marketplace focus. Majette
is known to impact lives, renew minds, as well as inspire and motivate others from his humble,
yet focused approach on sharing the gospel, equipping, discipling, consulting and training
others. This Christian marketplace ambassador is an inspirational and influential leader to all
who meet him.
Owner of K-Sqaured Cupcakes seen on Food Network
Winter Arif left a promising professional career behind to fulfill her dream as a baker that would make people's palate smile. KSquared Cupcakes, inspired by her 2 daughters Kennedi and Kameryn creates cupcakes that taste as good as they look. Once you have had one you will immediately feel "Love At First Bite"
Dr. Sunshine Swinson
Owner of Fit Bar/The High On High Street Cigar Bar
Born May 21, 1983, the last of 4 children, Sunshine Swinson's mom knew that she would be what she considered "a ray of Sunshine". Born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, education was pushed in her family as this was seen as the only way out of the projects. Sunshine strived towards academic excellence however during her senior year of high school she became a teenage mother. Immediately casted as a statistic and considered to be on the fast track to project living, life become real for her. Refusing to be what many envisioned of her, Sunshine graduated high school and went off to college where she graduated at the top of her class with the Presidential Seal of Excellence Award; only awarded to less than 5 students that year. From there education became the anchor of her foundation. She now holds a Bachelor of Arts, two Master Degrees and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and soon to attend Law School this fall. Her professional career surrounds budget development, fiscal management and
strategic planning. She has served in multiple capacities in both local and federal governments overseeing multimillion dollar budgets and projects. After a life changing event where a dear friend of hers was diagnosed and lost her battle with triple negative breast cancer, Sunshine's life changed! She decided to change her eating, exercise and detox her body. She lost 68 pounds and started to feel better and from there her passion grow to want to help others change their lives. She left her full time career to pursue this new found purpose on life and she is now the owner of Fit Bar and Fit Bar Express; a full service Group Fitness, Juice and Smoothie Bar. She also runs a Not for Profit 501c3 organization called Fit Bar Kids aimed at eliminating childhood obesity. To round out her entrepreneurial portfolio she also runs The High on High St. A Members Only private lounge and event rental space. In her 34 years on this earth life has thrown its share of obstacles her way however through it all she has managed to continue to love people and give it her all. Please help me in welcoming.... Dr. Sunshine M. Swinson...
Owner of Connecting Communities-Licensed Professional Counselor
Lateacia Sessoms is the Executive Director of Connecting Communities, a community based organization. Lateacia is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and an approved supervisor through the Virginia Board of Counseling. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Board Certified Human Service Practitioner, Registered Play Therapist, Certified Sexual Treatment Provider, and a Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional. Lateacia has clinical experience providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She believes that everyone brings their own unique story to counseling and to honor each individual’s story she utilizes a strength-based approach with a variety of therapeutic orientations to help individuals meet their goals.
Lateacia strives to bring an effective blend of experiences, empowerment, education, encouragement and support in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals, marriages and families. Lateacia’s approach to counseling is centered on the therapeutic alliance. She places a strong value on co-creating an environment where individuals feel safe, connected, supported, and encouraged to become the best versions of themselves. Lateacia is totally committed to the individuals that she serves and believes that there is great value and importance in human connections.
Over the course of doing this work for many years, Lateacia has seen how vital relationships and social connections are to an individual’s physical and psychological well-being. She believes that an individual’s desire for connections and love are core needs and when those needs are not met, individuals do not function properly. It is very clear that a sense of social connection is a fundamental human need. Lateacia’s approach to implement change is by working on the root of the issues; the need to belong, to be accepted, to connect with others, and to be loved.
Lateacia has a passion for unifying communities. Her desire is to bring awareness to communities at large on the importance of authenticity and human connection. Lateacia knows that a community can be impacted and transformed by changing one family, and accessing the family through one member. Her goal is to multiply that impact through the transformation of one family which can initiate change in another family.
Sharon L Sykes
Blessed to grow up with both parents and to be raised in the church, Sharon is a family-oriented, hard working, praying woman with an ordinarily exceptional life who prefers spirituality over religion. A sought after motivational speaker, she yet envisions a future of marital bliss, but has discovered just the right balance of expectancy coupled with contentment which brings her great satisfaction in her singleness. In the meantime, she is as much a crusader for Black men as she is an advocate for women. Those who know her can attest to the fact that she has wisdom beyond her years and unmatched tenacity, (pulling her Masters in Professional Counseling with a 3.55 gpa). Sharon is an educator at heart with a focus on relationships.
In addition, she has an extensive background in media that ranges from program director to producer to hosting a national radio show which covered 33 states and parts of Europe. At home on either side of the camera, (from model to entertainment correspondent), her real calling is teaching women simple insights that can bring the peace so many of us desperately seek. While keeping many plates spinning, she makes time to workout, ensures that those around her join her in eating healthy, and mentors the youth in her village. Whether it is in the classroom, on the red carpet or behind a microphone, her knowledge of her worth and her position enables her to never lose focus of her calling. Her desire is to help you do what, in some cases, she learned to do the hard way.
Having been through a ‘surface’ relationship that turned out to be less than advertised, she now shares with others how to avoid the emotional pitfalls which can lead down the road to intimidation and domination. Her story will help you see why a growing savings account, rising credit score, well executed budget, and impressive retirement account still equals emptiness. She will take you back to your childhood and help you discover the ‘why’ of your fears and the ‘how’ of overcoming your triggers. She will then lead you step by step to align your gifts with your purpose in order to find a peace that surpasses all understanding.