The F.A.B. Youth Conference & Expo Resource Guide - April 2022

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The F.A.B.

April 2022

Youth Conference

& Expo

Resource Guide


The Organizers







YOUTH CONFERENCE & EXPO The F.A.B. Youth Conference & Expo is a collaboration between The Fab 5 Foundation, Inc. and DreamHouse Make A Difference Foundation. The purpose of this event is to empower, develop, and motivate young women and girls by providing resources, education, and opportunities that maximize their potential for success. Topics include: Transitioning to adulthood

Pursuing passion and purpose

Maintaining healthy relationships

Mental health and self-care

Leading in male-dominated industries



CEO, The Fab 5 Foundation, Inc.

Affectionately known as “Miss 10 til 2” Jazzy McBee is the most sought-after personality in the South. Raised in Decatur, GA as one of five sisters, hard work & women’s empowerment grows naturally with McBee. Over 10 years vested in the radio industry, Jazzy is favored for her sassy, home girl, around-theway personality. After a starting career at an opposing station, she left to join one of the top stations in Atlanta at Streetz 94.5 to be a starting personality with her own Midday show Monday through Friday from 10a-2p. Making her own way, Jazzy has broken exclusives with a host of high-profile acts such as T.I, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Jamie Fox, and many other celebrities. Her celebrity interviews received national attention from nationwide blog sites such as The Shaderoom, BallerAlert, and more. Jazzy has made her way into the big screen on Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man” movie. As well as reoccurring television roles on VH1’s “Love and HipHop Atlanta”, WeTv’s “Cutting It in The Atl”, and OWN network, “Put A Ring On It”. Endorsing all channels of beauty, entertainment, event hosting, and charity, work Jazzy hosted initiatives for the likes of 100 Women’s Empowerment at the Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta City Hall, Mayor Kasim Reed, Ludacris, & more. Her strong love for family, community, and supporting various charities has driven her to start her own 501c3 non-profit organization, The Fab 5 Foundation, Inc. It is founded to focus on nurturing and developing the minds of young girls with a strong emphasis on confidence & higher education. The Fab 5 Foundation, Inc is committed to changing the world, one girl at a time. Jazzy has been recognized and received proclamations on several occasions for her philanthropic contributions in the community. Awarding these prestigious proclamations acclaimed the likes of the Georgia 4

State Senate, the House of Representatives and Georgia’s Governor Kemp. The events were held at the Georgia State Capitol for “Atlanta’s Hottest and Most Sophisticated Women of Radio”. That same year, she was recognized by the Atlanta City Council presented by Councilman Michael Julien Bond and received another proclamation by The City of Atlanta. Other awards include being recognized by Ciroc’s International Women’s Day, Courvoisier Women History Month, and Atlanta’s Most Prominent influencers by “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta” publications. With a passion for all things beauty, Jazzy’s entrepreneurial spirits led her to start her own hair Extensions Company and brand, “Jazzy Girls Hair Collection”. With various celebrities wearing, Jazzy Girls Hair Collection, it has quickly become one of the most popular, sought after hair brands in the hair industry. When asked where she draws her motivation, Jazzy McBee shares these sentiments, “It comes from family and visualizing my dream, I see it and I feel close to it so never giving up on it keeps me motivated. I want to be successful; a lot of people in my industry are famous but not successful. In a world where people desire stardom, so they can stand for all things flashy, Jazzy’s aim remains to be mentioned amongst those who gave love to those around them at all. A woman of integrity, tangible realness, and reliability stands a lot longer than those who search for fame for superficial come ups. Jazzy McBee continues to strengthen her talents, expand horizons and business ventures continue to build on her integrity in the entertainment industry.

Candis White

Co-Founder and Executive Director,

DreamHouse Make A Difference Foundation Candis ‘SheIsHipHop’ White is the Founder and CEO of DreamHouse Management Group, an Atlanta-based organization that was birthed out of her love for music, the desire to help others walk in their greatness, and the awareness that, oftentimes, creatives forget that handling the business associated with their brand is just as important as creating. As a songwriter, accountant, and entertainer, Candis has combined her entertainment industry experience, college studies, and corporate background to help others build their brands and achieve their dreams. Candis is just as committed to making a difference in the lives of those outside of entertainment. She is also the Co-Founder of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the DreamHouse Make A Difference Foundation. Entrepreneur, rapper, mom, mentor, philanthropist—among other titles, Candis is determined to make her mark as a world changer!

Zsa Zsa Lambert-Hall Co-Founder and President,

DreamHouse Make A Difference Foundation Zsa Zsa Lambert-Hall is the CEO of Nexxlevel RTR Solutions, a firm that provides business support services tailor-made to take any business or organization to the next level. Her years of experience and exceptional follow-through is what also landed her a lead role as Chief Operating Officer at DreamHouse Management Group (DHMG). DHMG is an Atlanta-based company that provides business consulting services to entertainers, athletes, authors, and other public figures. Zsa Zsa believes that nothing is more glamorous than helping people achieve their “glow up” and fulfilling their aspirations. This is why she co-founded the DreamHouse Make a Difference Foundation, a community driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing teenagers with the resources, education, and opportunities necessary for a healthy transition from childhood to adulthood. Zsa Zsa believes that if she performs a little bit of good where she is, the small acts of kindness compounded over time will truly impact one life at a time. 5

THE SPEAKERS Nicci Gilbert-Daniels

CEO, WIRF Media | Producer | Singer, Grammy-Nominated R&B Group Brownstone

Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, founding member of the Grammy nominated group Brownstone, is one of television’s most sought after executive producers. As the CEO of WIRF MEDIA , an entertainment media company, WIRF aims to change the negative and toxic narratives about minority women through the creation of a national infrastructure that provides female content creators with platforms and resources to create, own and distribute content that not only entertains, but also uplifts, educates, informs and inspires. Nicci created TV One’s most popular docu-franchise, “R&B Divas”, and the popular BET networks series , “From the Bottom Up” and her upcoming Documentary Film “Broken Things”. Nicci’s intense passion for all that she does, effortlessly manifests itself in her many accomplishments, including deals and partnerships with the legendary Michael Jackson MJJ Records, super producer Tyler Perry, and television mogul Queen Latifah. Nicci is also an entrepreneur who launched Curvato a lifestyle brand for the niche plus size market. Nicci’s business and philanthropic achievements have garnered recognition from a variety of prestigious awards, including two Grammy nominations, BET Her Woman Of Impact, Lincoln Shining Star, InfluenceHER Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. In addition to all of her accolades, Nicci is the founder of The From The Bottom Up Foundation and she currently serves as a board member for the following organizations: Hip Hop Sisters, Beyond the Game Foundation and The Center for Black Women’s Wellness. Nicci is the true definition of a multi hyphenate career woman. She is a singer-writer-produceractress-speaker-designer-philanthropist, in addition to a positive image advocate. With Nicci’s commitment to her career overshadowed only by her devotion to her husband, daughter and new grandson, she has proven that with perseverance, hard work and dedication, the world is possible.


Aja McCutchen, MD Gastroenterologist

Dr. McCutchen is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens where she received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and served as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Scholar. After completing her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. McCutchen returned to Georgia to complete her internship and residency at Emory University Hospitals in Atlanta. During her residency, she was a NIH Fellow in Academics Scholar and received the 'Senior of the Year' award. She also served as an attending physician at Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa, Ga. During her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Dr. McCutchen served as Chief Fellow and also served as an emergency department physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Gainesville, Fla. Prior to joining Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, Dr. McCutchen was in private practice in Athens, Ga., for two years. She has been published in the Southern Medical Journal, the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the International Journal of Colorectal Disease. She is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In addition to general gastroenterology, Dr. McCutchen has a special interest in women’s GI health and gastrointestinal neoplasms.

Barmel Lyons

TV Reporter, CBS 46

Barmel Lyons is a woman of many talents, a Freelance News and Traffic Reporter with CBS 46 News, Co-Founder and Co-host of The Vision and Vibes Podcast, T.V. Host/ Red Carpet Entertainment Correspondent, Social Media Influencer and Motivational Speaker with a passion for all thing’s media.She has been seen on The TODAY SHOW, partnered with brands like DOVE and seen on TV ones red carpet. 7


Anchor, Fox 5 Atlanta

Alyse Eady is an Emmy award-winning anchor at FOX 5 Atlanta. In addition to being part of the Good Day Atlanta team, Alyse leads the “Wednesday’s Child” partnership with the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services and highlights foster children in need of adoption. Alyse was crowned Miss Arkansas in 2010, and represented her home state in the 2011 Miss America pageant, where she was first runner-up. On the final night of the pageant, her signature ventriloquism routine garnered national attention, hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and even trended on Twitter and Yahoo. Alyse was invited to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman, Showtime at the Apollo, The Rachel Maddow Show, Terry Fator's show in Las Vegas, and other national TV venues. She is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of America and traveled to Turkey and Germany with BGCA to work with children on U.S. Air Bases. Alyse was also invited to speak before Congress about the importance of youth programs, and met with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. Alyse holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Communications and has worked in the TV news business for over 12 years. She and her husband live in Dunwoody with their 3-year old daughter and 8-month old son.


LaShawnna Stanley

Casting Director | Producer | Life Coach

LaShawnna Stanley is a template for beating the odds. Her favor ain’t fair’s perspective has forced her to see life without limit. A walking tale of irony, LaShawnna Stanley’s early days began with teen-aged pregnancy; a result of what many may say is a foundation for failure. Born with an innate determination she overcame these obstacles despite the odds. LaShawnna used her adversities, creative mind and determination as tools to survive life’s challenges therefore creating opportunity. With her spirit in tow, LaShawnna Stanley founded Miami based Ethnicity Models inadvertently launching an empire-in-the-making. Her passion for meeting challenges and commitment to her goals led her to become the best in her field, all while spreading her message of self love. Her unmatched eye for beauty, talent and marketing instinct has taken her from Kansas City’s impoverished neighborhoods to future tycoon-ess of the continental U.S. Her agency, Ethnicity Models has cast the majority of talent throughout urban media, thus making her the primary resource in the country for ethnic beauty and talent. LaShawnna Stanley’s Miami based Ethnicity Models is a firm infamous for boasting the most diverse collection of ethnic talent to date. It’s distinctive, exotic beauties have enhanced marketing initiatives and media driven programs by merging Ethnicity’s signature beauty with some of the leading brands of lifestyle marketing. With rosters that span five major markets, Ethnicity has maintained a reliable source of talent for urban media and has often bridged the gap between global brands and the urban market; successfully executing

brand messaging. Currently in its tenth year Ethnicity Models has enjoyed increasing online popularity with its website www.ethnictymodels. com garnering more than 2 million hits per month and their MySpace page www.myspace. com/ethnicitymodels often topping the charts of the most popular MySpace pages. LaShawnna Stanley has made Ethnicity a mainstay by setting and maintaining a standard of professionalism and creative integrity. Day to day, LaShawnna Stanley takes survey of some of the most beautiful women in the industry. Unfortunately one thing remains common throughout her travels. The competitive environment and the levels women will go to make it have yielded a deep-rooted negative self image and sinking self value. LaShawnna has committed herself to reversing this stigma by enforcing self love and forcing the beauty and cultural diversity on her clients and her industry. In this way, she has reversed her strategy, don't hide your ethnic distinction, embrace it and call it what it is beauty. This has become her plight and passion. The I LOVE ME Foundation for the Restoration of Self Esteem and Self Love, and the I LOVE MY ETHNICITY campaign–a creative vehicle to promote brands that reach a multi-cultural market. LaShawnna Stanley and Ethnicity Models have been featured in numerous publications and multi-media outlets throughout the country. Ms. Stanley enjoys youth mentorship and spreading her message of empowerment & self love. Invite her to speak and share her story, she inspires change. 11


• What do I think about myself?

• What motivates me?

• What things do I value in my life?

• What stresses me out?

• What do I respect about myself?

• What things or actions can help me regain motivation after I lose it?

• How often do I ask for help?

• Am I willing to take risks for what matters most in life? • What relaxes me? • What’s my definition of success? • What are my self-defining moments? • What do I want to accomplish? • Who are the people in my life that matter most and why? • Who loves me unconditionally no matter what I do or say? • What makes me sad? • What makes me happy?


• How often do I spend time alone with myself without distractions from media or other people? • What is the best thing about myself in general–and why? What are my most significant characteristics as a person, both good and bad (e.g., selfless/selfish; envious)? • How can I be more compassionate with myself on a daily basis? • Am I good at letting things go? • What would I like to be remembered for? • What does the term self-love mean to me?

TIPS FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS • Keep expectations realistic. No one can be everything we might want them to be. • Talk with each other. Communication is essential to healthy relationships. • Be flexible. Healthy relationships allow for change and growth. • Be dependable. If you make plans with someone, follow through. If you take on a responsibility, complete it. Healthy relationships are trustworthy. • Be willing to forgive.

• Mutual respect. Respect means that each person values who the other is and understands the other person’s boundaries. • Trust. • Be Fair. • Remember it’s a process. Healthy relationships can be learned and practiced, and keep getting better. • Be yourself! Healthy relationships are made of real people. 13

TIPS FOR LEADING IN MALEDOMINATED INDUSTRIES • Be assertive • Trust your skills • Don't be afraid to ask for what you want • Cultivate friendships • Find a mentor

• Avoid getting easily offended

• Don’t worry about other people’s assumptions

• Learn how to handle conflict

• Stay positive

• Never stop learning • Be yourself

• Care about being respected more than being liked


• gethelp.aspx (1-800-273-TALK)

• (1-800-331-9474)

• (1-800-4ACHILD)

• (1-866-488-7386)

• Youth Helpline, Your Life Your Voice: 1-800-448-3000 • Safe Place: 1-888-290-7233


SELF-CARE CHECKLIST 5-minute meditation or breathing exercises Eat three main meals Establish a prioritized list of activities Unplug from technology for at least 2 hours a day

Spend time outside Spend quality time with your loved ones Exercise Drink Water Take your vitamins

Keep a clean desk/workspace

Listen to music

Unfollow negative people on social media

Try a new hobby

Read or listen to a chapter of a book

Look in the mirror and say to yourself, “I am beautiful.” “I am great.” I am enough.” Write in a journal

POSITIVE QUOTES FOR T It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." –MARIA POPOVA

With confidence, you have won before you have started." –MARCUS GARVEY

To succeed you have to believe in something with such passion that it becomes a reality." –ANITA RODDICK

It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." –MAE JEMISON

It isn’t where you come from; it’s where you’re going that counts." –ELLA FITZGERALD

Everyone you admire was once a beginner." –JACK BUTCHER

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us." –VIRGINA SATIR


No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self." –EDMOND MBIAKA

TEENS Never dull your shine for somebody else." –TYRA BANKS

Young people willing to push super hard to make something happen are among the most powerful forces in the world." –SAM ALTMAN

Youth comes but once in a lifetime." –HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

All great achievements require time." –MAYA ANGELOU

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." –HARRIET TUBMAN

You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself." –DIANA ROSS

I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world." –BEYONCÉ






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THANK YOU On behalf of The Fab 5 Foundation, Inc. and DreamHouse Make A Difference Foundation, we'd like to thank you for your participation in making this event a success. We wish you all much of your own continued success as individuals, brands and businesses. We could not have done this without you. To our young ladies in attendance, we want nothing more than to see you win. You are all awesome. You are all beautiful. You are all queens.... and never forget that. In this life, you will face disappointment and adversity, but never stop dreaming, never stop believing, and never stop pushing to pursue your passion and your purpose. When you want to give up, push even harder and I can promise you that your tenacity and hard will pay off. So embrace your journey. Embrace the good and the bad. And most importantly, embrace YOU. With Love,

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