Speakers

Derrik T. Pannell, Sr.

Education | Entrepreneurship | Inspiration | Leadership | Motivation

Mr. Pannell brings a versatility to any speaking engagement that is truly unparralled.  He can bring insights from various topics and clearly explain their practical application to the given subject matter.  Pannell is a dynamic speaker that brings experience, knowledge, and wisdom with him.

Full Biography

Derrik Pannell is a successful business leader, the founder of a national non-profit organization and the author of numerous books focused on entrepreneurship, leadership, and personal development. He is an award-winning business professional honored for exceptional accomplishments in business development and management.

Originally from Columbus, OH, Derrik Pannell has come a long way. Growing up in the projects with his mother and older brother, poverty seemed to be a normalcy. Derrik was an overweight adolescent suffering much ridicule, rejection and prejudice and dreaming one day of making a difference in the lives of many. Derrik Pannell was finally able to realize his dream after making an important decision: to take full responsibility for his life, confront his challenges and fears head-on, and never accept mediocrity.

Today, Derrik Pannell is an inspiration to people all over the world, combining his story of overcoming adversity and winning against the odds with his street-wise, down-to-earth business and leadership savvy. With his unique “tell it like it is” style and approach, Derrik Pannell delivers highly customized and dynamic keynote presentations.

Derrik believes success in business and in life is all about taking action. It is about taking risks, being bold, having vision, showing courage, taking responsibility, and making a commitment to excellence every day. It is also about stepping out of your comfort zone, facing your fears, and making sacrifices.

Derrik Pannell’s thought provoking ideas resonate with participants in a very special way. They identify their own circumstances, challenges and situation to his story. Above all, Derrik Pannell’s message empowers each person to identify and unleash the magnificent potential and greatness that lies within each of them. His whole focus is to inform, educate, entertain, challenge and inspire his audience to take action and become the BEST!

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Tamara Hartley

Entrepreneurship | Inspiration | Leadership | Motivation

Tamara Hartley is an author, motivational speaker, and life coach specializing in personal success, personal development and achievement. She has a passion for helping men and women who have had to put their dreams and goals on the back burner due to various life situations, emergencies and setbacks.

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Tamara Hartley is an author, motivational speaker, and life coach specializing in personal success, personal development and achievement. She has a passion for helping men and women who have had to put their dreams and goals on the back burner due to various life situations, emergencies and setbacks. She helps these individuals eliminate the overwhelm in their lives, find balance, and make moves toward living their dreams. Tamara empowers individuals to achieve personal success in their life, relationships and careers through her syndicated advice column and her coaching programs.

Advice Column: Tamara has long since been the go-to person for family, friends, employees and coworkers seeking advice when dealing with life challenges and making tough decisions. Never one to shy away from sharing her own experiences, Tamara uses her personal life experiences and lessons learned to give others a different perspective and help them make critical decisions in their life, relationships and careers. Tamara has experienced and overcome many life situations, obstacles and setbacks. From being a teenage mother and still attending Howard University; to being a single parent raising two children; being married, separated, and divorced; and balancing a career and raising four children, Tamara gives REAL advice from REAL experience.

Coaching Programs: Tamara knows firsthand what it is like to have to juggle everything in your life (work, family, marriage, education, career, etc.) and still find time and energy to live your own life, explore your own passions, and live your dreams. She started her coaching program in 2010 to help others discover their passions and purpose in life and to help them maximize their gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to achieve personal success. Tamara believes that with the right balance, support, encouragement, and determination, EVERY DREAM is possible! Tamara offers a wide range of programs and services including individual coaching, group coaching, workshops, and tele-seminars.

Professional Experience: Tamara has over 15 years’ experience managing and developing individuals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in marketing and communication, and is currently pursuing a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology with a special concentration in coaching psychology and professional development. In addition she has spent a large part of her career celebrating and documenting achievement. As the director of operations and creative services for Who’s Who Publishing, the nation’s largest African-American directory publisher, Tamara has had the opportunity to personally interview, meet, and work directly with some of the country’s best and brightest stars. Many of whom are well-known celebrities, politicians, corporate CEOs and executives, community and spiritual leaders, entrepreneurs, and up and coming professionals. While these individuals span different careers and industries, they all have achieved levels of success in their careers, businesses, and personal lives. They each have unique and inspirational stories about how they have overcome circumstances and achieved success. After many years, Tamara has been able to recognize patterns and common threads between those who have achieved personal success and now shares these insights through her coaching and personal development programs.

Keynote Speaker: Tamara has addressed professional audiences across the country and inspired entrepreneurs as the opening speaker for world-renown motivational speaker Les Brown. Tamara can tailor a variety of speaking and training programs around her core messages to meet your organization’s exact needs and interests. When you bring Tamara into your organization you are guaranteed a lively, informational, and highly engaging program that leaves participants inspired and motivated to meet the challenges of their professional and personal lives. She teaches practical skills and strategies that can be immediately applied in the workplace and everyday life. Some of her topics include:

Professional: Leading with Your Passions | Maximizing Your Talents, Skills & Abilities to Achieve Success | Building Your Best Brand | Marketing Your Message

Personal: Finding Balance | Decluttering Your Life | Living Your Dreams | Discovering Your Passions | Overcoming a Teenaged Pregnancy | Managing Relationships After Divorce | Blended Families

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Christopher Felton

Entrepreneurship | Leadership | Entertainment

As a speaker Christopher Felton brings a youthful energy with wisdom and reasoning. His topics of interest are Marketing, Social Media Development, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. The workforce is ever expanding and your consumers are constantly evolving; embracing change and new media is the how companies will survive. Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Youtube, and Twitter are not your enemies; they’re your allies.

Full Biography

Christopher Felton is an entrepreneur in the field of multi-media development, marketing, and consulting. His company Corporate Innovations, LLC (Corporate) specializes in video production and website development; they also offer Innovative Consulting. Innovative Consulting is the development of processes that go against the grain in a strategic and beneficial way to any industry. Corporate’s video production brings your vision into reality. They offer animation, DVD authoring, videography, and editing. Websites are living, breathing extensions of your company or organization; they speak for you while you are sleeping. Those who are bold enough to blaze new trails and try something that hasn’t been done before; Corporate Innovations, LLC is the company you need to guide you on that path.

Christopher Felton has been involved in multi-media development for about 8 years and has had satisfied clients from all over the country. Felton is also involved in community efforts as he believes the social investment into his community is as equally vital as any financial contribution. Felton is creative and attentive, which allows him to listen carefully to a client’s desires and then personify them. Felton has also created a platform for independent musical artists to gain exposure for this craft; World UnderGround Radio has been in existence for over 6 years. Social media, online streaming, hash tags and search engine optimization are areas of expertise and focus.

As a speaker Christopher Felton brings a youthful energy with wisdom and reasoning. His topics of interest are Marketing, Social Media Development, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. The workforce is ever expanding and your consumers are constantly evolving; embracing change and new media is the how companies will survive. Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Youtube, and Twitter are not your enemies; they’re your allies. Mr. Felton can help you and your organization navigate this treacherous terrain and disseminate the proper message and reinforce your intended image.

Website development and video production are the primary services of Corporate Innovations, LLC. Innovative Consulting is exclusively offered here at Corporate Innovations. Christopher Felton has the keys and the road map necessary to help your company navigate new media. As a speaker Felton is dynamic and energetic with wisdom and reasoning.

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Rebecca Hairston

Inspiration | Motivation | Entertainment

Rebecca has a unique style of engaging her audience with her bright smile and life changing obstacles that she has overcome.

Full Biography

Rebecca L. Hairston, Motivational Speaker, full of many talents, confidence, motivation, and personal power. She has a story to share that will help increase self-confidence, self-esteem that will activate and ignite individuals who need to discover who they are and where they’re going. Rebecca has a unique style of engaging her audience with her bright smile and life changing obstacles that she has overcome. Rebecca has earned and created such a Powerful, Positive, Inspirational influence and image in her church and community. Rebecca has volunteered and loves to give back to her community; she has also mentors many women of diverse ages and ethnic background through leadership, dance, singing, acting, and speaking. Rebecca lives by her motto “GIVE WHAT YOU WANT BACK “and “SET THE TREND BE THE TREND “. She is an accomplished Designer and currently enrolled in Ohio Christian University. She will be releasing her single “Free “and her first book “Layers of Beauty “

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Mama Sol

Education | Inspiration | Entertainment | Motivation

Mama Sol is a woman of many talents, feats and endeavors. She is an explosive emcee, hip hop artist, inspirational speaker, and spoken-word artist, with versatility in style as well as deliverance. She is a mother, breast cancer survivor, humanitarian, songwriter, and founder of a non-profit organization.

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Mama Sol is a woman of many talents, feats and endeavors. She is an explosive emcee, hip hop artist, inspirational speaker, and spoken-word artist, with versatility in style as well as deliverance. She is a mother, breast cancer survivor, humanitarian, songwriter, and founder of a non-profit organization. Sol is a phenomenal woman who inspires everyone she crosses paths with. Sol was born and raised in the inner city of Flint, MI where she faced many obstacles. Despite the adversity that she encountered as a child she was an honor student, talented athlete and gifted artist. After graduating from high school Sol earned a basketball scholarship from Eastern Michigan University. While in college Sol worked at The University of Michigan Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Boys and Girls Club but her passion lied in music. She graduated from college in with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and Sociology.

After graduating from college Sol sought out to pursue a career in music. She was part of groups, worked with other artists, and wrote for different entertainers. In the 1990’s she was given a unique opportunity to work in the fashion and music industry. Sol earned a position working at FUBU at its peak, after creating a commercial for them. She assisted them with media and their productions.

While Sol was working for FUBU so discovered a lump in her chest and was diagnosed with breast cancer. After learning she had breast cancer she quit her job at FUBU and moved back to Flint, Michigan to undergo treatment for her breast cancer. Sol had developed a love for music at a young age and was a gifted hip hop artist but after surviving breast cancer and losing a close friend she decided to remove music from her words and do spoken-word so her message would not be lost in the music.

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