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Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference


Auntie Karen Foundation

“Empowering, Enlightening & Educating through the Arts”

Dear Future Billionaire, Welcome to the 16th Annual Auntie Karen Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Conference. Our theme for today is “Wakanda: Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead” This year’s theme was inspired by the block buster Marvel movie, “The Black Panther” and the acronym S(Science) T (Technology) E (Engineering, Entrepreneurship) A(Arts) M(Math). Wakanda (/wəˈkændə/) is a fictional African nation appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.[1] It is the most prominent of several native African nations and home to the superhero Black Panther. Wakanda first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby At this conference today, you will have an opportunity to hear from some amazing professionals in the world of STEAM. We are blessed to have Scientists, Doctors, Engineers, Artists and even a member of the Black Panther Marvel Team! The foundation has enjoyed our powerful partnership with Benedict College for all 16 years! We extend our gratitude to Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis and our partners at Benedict College: The Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics, Mary Davis along with Dr. Tracy Dunn, Loreta Charles at the team with the Benedict College Business Development Center. In 2001, we had a dream to showcase the best young minds in our region and we created this conference to showcase their talent and creative abilities. Today you will have a chance to meet and talk to them. These amazing young entrepreneurs have had an impact on a national and global scale. Stephen Love, 2005 Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneur just won an Emmy! Wow!!! I created the Auntie Karen F.A.I.T.H. (Find a purpose or goal; Ask for help; Invest in your mind; Take time to plan; Help someone else) principles as a guide to living my dreams. My hope is that you will read and adopt these concepts to your life. You will see examples of these principles in action throughout the day! I would like to thank the Auntie Karen Board, YE Conference Co–Chair, Diann Selph and the 2018 Conference Committee for making this day possible. They have spent months organizing this day especially for you!!! We dedicate this day to one of our team members, Sarah B. Watson (August 28, 1957 – July 12, 2018)! I hope you take away something from this conference that will encourage you to start your own business. Remember, all great things begin with an idea! Sincerely,

Karen Alexander


Time 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Session A 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

10:15 AM - 10:50 AM

10:50 AM - 12:20 PM Business Development Center 10:50 AM-11:30 AM Workshop One 10:50 AM-11:30 AM

Workshop Two 11:40 AM -12:20 PM

Conference Room 1


Swinton Center Ballroom

Technology Science, Engineering & Math

Professional Development Product Management

Personal Development

Professional Development

Young Moguls


Entrepreneurs Panel

Welcome Opening Ceremony

Track Registration, Breakfast

KaReem Beckett Evangelina Hemphill. Latia Gary, Tameria Warren, Dennis A. Wilson, MD Stephen Hughes Patricia “Sunshyne” Pollock/Shaun Adams

Raquel M.R. Thomas Chandra Cleveland-Jennings/Angie B. Hugie/Ronald King

Naida Rutherford/Lawanda Holliman

Sanford Green

Sheneka Jackson Kinsey/Doris Gladney

Bus Transportation to Business Development Center for workshop sessions

Dr. Sybil Rosado, Sanford Greene, Evangelina Hemphill, Dr. Dennis Wilson

Karen Alexander Master of Ceremony - Courtland Thomas


“Dress Like You Want to be Addressed"/Business Etiquette Steps to Successful Entrepreneurship It’s On Me 2 – Teen Safety Tips/Exploring the Impact of Social Media Bullying/E-Prints Are Forever Robotics/S.T.E.A.M. Discussion with leaders in the Engineer/Science & Medical Fields How to Handle Your Money Developing and Marketing Your Talents/Maximizing Your Gifts

How to Grow Your Portfolio

“Future S.T.E.A.M.”

Entrepreneurs Panel - "Wakanda Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead"

Topic Breakfast provided by Langley Management Welcome Opening Ceremony

YE Showcase

Young Mogul

2018 Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference Schedule

Room #124 Room #127

Finance Business Development


Room #125 Room: # 121 - Multipurpose Room Room # 123 - Computer Lab Conference Room 2

Personal Development

Bus Transportation to David H. Swinton Center

Room David H. Swinton Center

Conference Room 1

Professional Development Product Management


President Agent






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Room #124 Room #127

Finance Business Development


Technology Science, Engineering & Math

Room #125 Room: # 121 - Multipurpose Room Room # 123 - Computer Lab Conference Room 2

David H. Swinton Center


Naida Rutherford/Lawanda Holliman “Dress Like You Want to be Addressed"/Business Etiquette Raquel M.R. Thomas Steps to Successful Entrepreneurship Chandra Cleveland-Jennings/Angie B. It’s On Me 2 – Teen Safety Hugie/Ronald King Tips/Exploring the Impact of Social Media Bullying/E-Prints Are Forever KaReem Beckett Robotics/S.T.E.A.M. Evangelina Hemphill. Latia Gary, Tameria Discussion with leaders in the Warren, Dennis A. Wilson, MD Engineer/Science & Medical Fields Stephen Hughes How to Handle Your Money Patricia “Sunshyne” Pollock/Shaun Adams Developing and Marketing Your Talents/Maximizing Your Gifts

David H. Swinton Center 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

David H. Swinton Center

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lunch provided by Big T's Barbecue & Grocho's Master of Ceremony: Courtland Thomas Entertainment and Young Entrepreneurs Showcase & Awarding of YE of the Year (Deborah Woodard Memorial)

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Keishan Scott

Tyra’s Big World of Flavor

Author, Minister

Tyra Jefferson has plans to become a Personal Chef, Caterer, owner of a food truck, restaurateur, author, actress, motivational speaker, and inspirational dancer. However, her first focus is Chef and food. Tyra has appeared on two (2) different shows on Food Network, where she was a finalist on each show. The first show was Food Network Star Kids, and she was 1 of 10 Finalist and made 4 of the 6 episodes aired in August 2016. Tyra then received a call to audition for Kids BBQ Championship Season 2, where she was casted and this show aired May 2017. Since these shows, Tyra has started her own business, Tyra’s BIG World of Flavor...”Where My Southern Flair Comes to Life”, and have been booking events ever since.

Zyona Kinsey-McNabb

Ziyon Kinsey-McNabb

Z-Mac Jewelry


Zyona D. Kinsey-McNabb, is the 9-year old CEO and founder of Z.Mac’s Jewelry. Zyona began her business at the age of 4. Her business began as a small venture with Zyona creating jewelry out of rubber bands. Since then, Zyona has been making jewelry with jewels, stones, and uniquely designed beads with a signature leaf-ring. She has even hand-crafted a set of jewelry for Olivia the Octopus. Zyona has plans for her business to grow, expand and eventually own her very own jewelry shop

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Keishan Scott, 17, is a young man of vision, ambition, and spirituality. When he was just 7, he was called by God in prayer into the gospel ministry; now having have preached for more than half of his life – 8 years. Within those 8 years, scripture has manifested that “A Child shall lead them.”Minister Scott was born December 2, 2000 to Tiffany Carter and Lashan Scott and is a native of Bishopville, SC. When he was just 13, his first published book, “Keys To The Kingdom: Get Your Kingdom Keys And Receive Power” appeared in the top 60% percentile of books purchased on Amazon. Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores worldwide, “Keys To The Kingdom” (2013), has and continues to resound and minister in encouraging ways to thousands of diverse individuals, both nationally and internationally. Since then, Scott has written and published another book entitled “Purpose Awakening” which helps individuals discover and awaken their true meaning and purpose.


Ziyon Kinsey-McNabb is a very humble 7 yr old artist who loves skate boarding and watching Harry Potter. He loves drawing and creating what nots in his spare time. He is a believer in Christ who isn’t afraid to say so. He believes that his talents are God given and he enjoys sharing with others. He has been doing art for two years.

2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Kaycee Thompkins

Zion Campbell

Kaycee Amyra Tompkins is the daughter of Willie Tompkins and Matalie Mickens. Kaycee exhibits the characteristics and drive of an all-around great kid. She attends Hammond School where she is an honor student, is a member of the JV Volleyball Team and The National Junior Honor Society. While at Hammond her favorite subjects are Math, Science and Spanish. When not excelling in her classwork she enjoys reading, dancing and has a passion for singing and dancing. This past May Kaycee made her theatrical debut as “Little Inez“ in the Musical “Hairspray”. Kaycee is also the proud owner of KAT’S Kreations, she designs and creates custom “Kreative” Jewelry and decorates candles. . She is a member of Good Shepherd Holiness Church under the leadership of Pastor Darryl Brooks. At Good Shepherd Kaycee is a member of the Youth Department serving on the Youth Choir, Youth Praise Team, Youth Praise Dancers and the Youth Community Service Outreach Team. Kaycee’s biggest dream is to become a doctor as she has a heart for helping people.

Zion Campbell is extremely proud to have the opportunity to perform in the showcase at the Young Entrepreneurs Conference sponsored by the Auntie Karen Foundation. Zion lives in Columbia, SC with his family and attends Dutch Fork Middle School. He is in the eighth grade, and his favorite subjects are English and Music. Zion began playing the guitar at the age of ten years old and began to take formal lessons at the age of eleven at Freeway Music under the instruction of AJ Lang. He has performed at local venues throughout the Columbia area.Zion is also a skilled drummer and has played under the instruction of Tony Lee at Freeway Music School. Zion is grateful to God for blessing him with the gift of music. Zion is also thankful to his mom, dad, brothers Nicholas, Michael, Matthew and grandparents for their love and support. He is also grateful to his mentor Terence Young for his guidance, support, the opportunity provided to perform and grow professionally.


KAT’S Kreations & Singer

Chicora Cooper

Visual Artist

Baker Chicora Cooper is a 22 year old self taught dessert professional, located in Columbia SC. She started baking in 2016 and opened her home based baking company “The Cake Box” in 2018. She not only offers custom cakes and treats, but group and “one-on-one” cake classes, and custom cake decorating supplies. Her two time viral creations, have been seen from coast to coast, and have been featured on multiple cake decorating pages. Through everything she has been reminded to keep god first and she knows that he is behind all of her success.

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Kaitlyn Counts


Kaitlyn Counts is a 13 year old eighth grader who attends St.Andrews middle school. She is an aspiring visual artist who enjoys drawing and graphic art. She won first place in her fifth grade art competition and has artwork on display at the district one school office. Kaitlyn aspires to have a career in drawing and graphic art. Kaitlyn also loves the culinary arts. She has a great love for cooking and experimenting with recipes to come up with her on spin on some of our every day foods and deserts.Kaitlyn is very active in her community also. She is a proud member of the St. John Baptist Church where she sings on the choir and dances in the mime ministry. She also regularly visit the C.M.Tucker center with the choir to spread Gods word and promises. In her down time Kaitlyn likes to play the piano, sew and do arts and crafts. Kaitlyn is the proud daughter of Byron and Monica Counts


Justin McClary



Justin “DJ MaC” McClary is currently a sixth grader at Summit Parkway Middle School in Columbia, SC. DJ MaC started mixing and playing around with tunes when he discovered a DJ app on his iPad. On his 2015 Christmas Wish List, he asked for DJ equipment and speakers and Santa delivered. After receiving his gifts, Justin started his entertainment business. Since starting his business, he has entertained children and adults at wedding receptions, school events, and festivals such as the New Year’s Eve at Noon Party at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, SC and the African Village at World of Nations in Jacksonville, FL. He was recognized as a Kid Boss on Evolving with TiffanyJ tv show. DJ MaC is continuing to hone his mixing skills and expand his music library. Justin McClary is also very active in his church,First Nazareth Baptist Church.Justin is the son of Terrence and Jennifer McClary and the older brother of Kelsey Marie McClary.

Beyond the Deep is an up and coming young variety band. The members are lead singer, Mya Bligen a sophomore at Columbia College, Greg Bailey and Kevin Washington on guitar, both sophomores at Francis Marion, Delaney Dunn a freshmen at USC on bass guitar, & Emmanuel Charles a senior at Spring Valley High School on drums. They’re looking to expand their horizons with music.

Jasmine Johnson

Motley Nelson



Jasmine J Johnson is the ten-year-old daughter of Percy and Stephanie Johnson. Shortly before her seventh birthday, Jasmine was visiting her maternal grandmother who was repeatedly playing a gospel spiritual CD sung by renowned opera singer Kathleen Battle. Jasmine excitedly let her grandmother know that she could “sing just like that lady!” When her grandmother heard her sing, she quickly realized that Jasmine was a “natural” Jasmine has been privileged to glorify God by singing Christian opera before congregations, the Festival of Roses in April 2016, and was invited to sing in Columbia, South Carolina for the Mayor and his Council members. Jasmine recorded a demo CD in January 2017 with five songs.She also enjoys reading and horseback riding. Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference


Motley Jasz Nelson,son of Fredric Nelson and Kendra Nelson.Motley was born February 8,2006. Motley is currently a 8th grader at Sandhills Middle School Gaston,SC.Motley’s hidden talent was revealed in 2014.Karen Alexander placed her camera in his hands and since then he has been taking awesome pictures. Now,Motley is the owner of his own business called Motley’s Photography.Motley had a chance to be on WLTX News Channel 19 to talk about his buisness.Motley also came in first place at the state fair in 2016 for photography.Motley’s picture will be in the state fair this year for photography.He is very gifted in music too.Motley had a chance to be on Good Day Columbia with a professional Drummer name Timothy Williams BKA “SLICE .Tim did a video to talk about his drumline institute School and Motley was one of the drummers..He embraces the position of a drummer at The Living Waters Christian Center in West Columbia SC


Dance South

Candles by Kehlani Jaii

Dance Company

Anita S. Staggers is the 16 year old owner of Candles by Kehlani Jaii. She is a Junior at Blythewood High School in Blythewood, South Carolina. She is the only child of Michael & Violet Staggers. Anita has been creating all type of scented candles for the past 3 years. It all began as a special Christmas present for her Mom. Her mother praise her gift so much that they thought it may be a good idea to sell some candles. Anita creative juices stated to flow and as she made candles she would share them with a few neighbors, then her parent’s co-workers and a local store which provided a shelf to display and sell Candles by Kehlani Jaii. Anita currently has a booth at the flea market where she sells her candles every weekend.

Asya Harris

This program is designed for children and teens ages 7 to 17. The Company Program to provide children and teens the opportunity to receive intensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and much more. Under the direction of the best well--‐trained seasoned professionals; the DSI Company Program focuses on preparing youth for a professional career in dance, and the performing arts. The Company Program provides youth the discipline needed to capitalize on their talent and help build the self-esteem needed to succeed in the industry. Dancers Compete in competitions and Showcases nationally. Dancers raise funds for competitions and performances through fundraisers created and organized by the youth. Dance South Company are the “Rising Stars” of our communities. .

Lee Central Media Literacy

Organic Farmer

Videographers (Don Patterson)

Asya Harris was born in Columbia, SC on August 18, 1998. Asya grew up in Sumter, South Carolina on the farm. Asya is the granddaughter of Azeez and Fathiyyah Mustafa, and daughter of Shaheed and Yolanda Harris. Asya’s first job was given by her grandfather Azeez Mustafa. Her job was to feed and water the baby chickens at the age of five years old. That’s when she started her first savings account. At the age of six, Asya continued to keep her first job, caring for the chickens, and also decided to start selling organic vegetables, herbal supplements, and herbal teas with her parents at local farmer markets. At the age of nine she entered into entrepreneurship, Asya has an essential oil and incense business with investment money she received from her grandparents. Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference

The Dance South Inc. Company Program


The Lee Central Middle School and the Bishopville Primary School Media Literacy Programs were developed in 2014 by the Lee County School District Office of Instruction and Professional Development. The purpose of the program is to show students how to utilize multimedia to enhance their education while exposing them to different career opportunities in the multimedia field. The program gives students a chance to develop and use their media skills to document events occurring at their schools, the district and their community. The media teams also developed promotional items for nursing homes, churches, and group homes. Effective teaching of a challenging and relevant curriculum are giving the Lee Central Middle School and the Bishopville Primary School students the skill to be successful members of an ever - changing society.

2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Sybil & Phoebe Rosado Sybil and Phoebe Rosado are sisters and business partners. Working together to sell over $5000 in Girl Scout cookies as Brownies encouraged them to start their own business. Sybil, a ten year old fifth grader, combines her artistic talents with Phoebe, an eight year old fourth grader, who’s natural business acumen has been evident since she she was four when she negotiated her first contract to sell her sisters art for a higher price than her sister had initially requested. Together they have created “Phoebe’s Paleo Snack Cart” to encourage health snacking and the “Reborn Relics” company where they revise discarded items into an assortment of art, clothing, and jewelry. The Rosado girls have a healthy dose of optimism and they inject this same positive energy into all that they do!

2017 Deborah Woodard Memorial Scholarship Winners Deborah Woodard (September 13, 1956 – January 23, 2009) actively served on the Auntie Karen Foundation Board. Her favorite program was the Young Entrepreneurs Conference. Since 2009, a scholarship in her honor is given to the winner of the Young Entrepreneurs Showcase.

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2018 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS Sheneka Jackson-Kinsey

Courtland Thomas

Sheneka L. JacksonKinsey currently teaches art in Bishopville, South Carolina at Lee Central High School. She studied at Benedict College where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art. Her Senior Art Exhibition consisted of ten 18” x 24”charcoal images of children who have experienced bullying, entitled “Beautiful People: No Longer Inferior to Words”. This show was homage to her childhood and an act of empowering bullied children to no longer allow the words of others to govern their lives. While attending Benedict College, she began working with the Auntie Karen Foundation where she has had the opportunity of sharing her work with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler and Lalah Hathaway. She illustrated a children’s book, A Hug While I’m Away, written by Karen Alexander. She also illustrated a poetry book, Memoirs of Alabama written by April Jones, which hasn’t been published yet. She owns her own business, Portraiture 4 Sure in which she draws, paints and creates art based off of images of her clients.

Courtland Thomas is the son of Cecil and Minnie Thomas and the twin brother of Courtney Thomas. Courtland is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a dual Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Human Resource management with minors in Advertising and Public Relations. While at the University of South Carolina, he was very involved on campus and off campus through internships and various community organizations. Courtland was a member of the gospel choir, association of African American students, student government executive cabinet and more. Courtland also volunteered with the Auntie Karen Foundation and was selected as the 2013 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Courtland also is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, where he served as chapter president in 2015 and the Kappa Iota chapter won State Chapter of the Year.In October of 2016.Courtland recently returned home to Columbia, SC and accepted a new role as District Marketing Manager with Aramark.

Dr. Dennis Wilson

Doris Gladney

Visual Artist & Educator



Dr. Dennis Wilson is a practicing Surgeon in Columbia, SC where he serves on staff at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, and Providence Hospital, where he serves as Chief of Surgery. In 2012, Dr. Wilson received the Palmetto Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association Physician of the Year award. Dr. Wilson retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service and was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star. Dr Wilson currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Midlands Education Economic Empowerment Center Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree from USC and earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Dr. Wilson is the proud son of Carnell Wilson Sr. and M. Veronica Wilson and he is married to Versie R. Bradley. Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference


Doris Gladney is a Teaching Assistant in Fairfield County. She loves Arts and Crafts. She has been creating works of art out of everything from yarn to cardboard. Her motto is anything can be made into something else. She has currently worked with the Auntie Karen Foundation and Lee County School District with the Project L. E. A. D. program where she taught the students how to make scrapbooks out of cardboard. Doris loves working with children. She loves encouraging them to strive to be the best that they can be. Doris is currently working on her very first children’s short story so stay tuned!!!!



Shaun Adams

Angela Hugie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. Ms. Hugie, currently serves as the Lexington County Director, and has over 20 years of juvenile justice experience. In 2008 she became the first person in the Juvenile Justice system in the Southeast Region to be a certified G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Instructor. G.R.E.A.T. is a schoolbased law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership, and opened the door for other juvenile justice professionals to be trained, and is now being taught in our agency across the state. She is a certified Victim Impact Instructor through the California Youth Authority, as well as a certified Victim Services Provider through the South Carolina Governor’s Office of Victim Services and Education.

Shaun Adams is a full time senior network & database security analyst at one of the largest publishing companies in the world (based in New York City). Raised in central New Jersey, Shaun is an alumnus of the NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, & Scientific Olympics) mentoring program. Shaun attended college at Lincoln University, the first historically black college, where he presided over the debate team, forensics society and the school newspaper, The Lincolnian. After college, Shaun went on to coach, mentor, judge, and assist the New Jersey ACT-SO program for many years. In 2009, Shaun was elected to serve as the ACT-SO chairperson of the New Brunswick area branch where he successfully grew the program from a handful of students to hundreds of participants and alumni. Shaun loves to mentor students and is a firm believer that students can achieve anything that they put their minds to. Shaun currently re-

SC DJJ, Educator


Ronald King

Evangelina Hemphill

City of Columbia


Mr. Ron King is the Financial Empowerment Programs Coordinator for the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department. In his role, King manages the City’s first ever “Bank On” Columbia program. An initiative designed to help Columbia residents get back into the financial mainstream. Mr. King also facilitates financial education workshops throughout the City of Columbia partnering with several community organizations. In his Career, King has held several program management positions in the private and non-profit sectors, including Director of Financial Sustainability for The Cooperative Ministry. There, he was responsible for generating more than 10 million dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits for the residents of the Midlands. Mr. King also leads the Mayor’s 2017 Finance Forward

Evangelina Hemphill is a corporate industrial engineer turned small business owner and is a sought-after STEM/ STEAM advocate, speaker, business mentor, and CEO of Hemphill Engineering Group LLC. Hemphill Engineering Group LLC is a certified inspection and consulting firm specializing in Roadway Construction Inspection services. With more than 18 years of experience as a corporate industrial engineer for multi-billion-dollar corporations, For almost two decades, Evangelina has been supporting girls and women to pursue STEM/STEAM careers. Her goal is to help 1000 women and girls globally to “Thrive and be the CEO of their life and business!” Married to Jason Hemphill for 14 years, they are the proud parents of Jason II, Jordan, and Joey.

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2018 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS Patricia “Sunshyne” Pollock Dr. Sybil Rosado Songwriter, Entrepreneur

Cyber Security Expert

Tricia Pollard, affectionately known as Sunshyne P (musically) is a mother of two beautiful young adults, a United States Army veteran, Caribbean soul recording artist, songwriter, Cardiovascular Sonographer, philanthropist poet, primary author of the Anthology “Diamonds from the Rough”, founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Distinguished Diamonds and Hummingbird’s Echo, LLC, speaker, mentor, advocate. Her occupation, and ultimate career choice as a Cardiovascular Sonographer, has positioned her to be a servant to others, caring for their personal needs. Matters of the heart have always been a subject of interest to her, and life’s experiences have equipped her to help others deal with matters of their hearts as well. Tricia’s goal is to inspire others to aim for maximum achievement at their own pace. She believes when God calls you to a purpose, as long as you have breath in your body you have a chance to fulfill it.

Dr. Sybil Rosado is a Cybersecurity training expert, Speaker, and Anthropologist. She educates and empowers students to understand the complexities of difference and master all that they are engineered to be as unique individuals in the global matrix of digital culture. Dr. Rosado is a tenured full-time Professor at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. A native of Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rosado holds a B.S. from Florida A & M University, a JD from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Florida, and an M.S. in Cybersecurity from Norfolk State University.

Sanford Green

Stephen Hughes


Financial Literacy

Steven Hughes is the founder and Chief Financial Mentor of Know Money, Incorporated educating youth and young adults about budgeting, saving, investing, debt elimination, and credit repair and recovery. Steven is a first-generation Jamaican-American and native of Columbia, SC. He studied Human Resources at Clemson University, and through his own life experiences, has become passionate about teaching his community about financial education. He returned to Columbia in 2010 and now focuses on motivating and inspiring others. With more than 5 years of financial experience, he utilizes his organization and business skills to assist clients in reaching their financial goals. As an entrepreneur, Steven has worked with individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to educate them and 12 their members and create money savvy individuals. He is committed to helping individuals and families create a financial foundation to build wealth.

Sanford Greene has worked professionally in the comic illustration and related industries for over 15 years. Working for mainline publishers such as, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image Comics. You can see his most recent work on the hit Marvel series “ Powerman and Iron Fist “ as well as covers for “ Black Panther ” and “ Luke Cage “. He is currently working on his creator owned online comic series for Webtoons called “1000” and the anticipated new title called “ Bitter Root “. A dark fantasy/action set during the Harlem Renaissance for Image comics, due out November.

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Rosado is the proud mother of Sybil (10) and Phoebe (8). Both girls attend Mandarin immersion school and dream of serving as the President and Vice President of the United States after earning their first million dollars as entrepreneurs. Their first joint business venture is a healthy snack cart for college students.

2018 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS Raquel Thomas Author, Entrepreneur

Acronyms like CEO and MBA are not usually associated with a girl from the “wrong” side of the tracts. But, Columbia, SC native Raquel Michelle Richardson Thomas decided as a child that despite her circumstances she would achieve her goals and change lives in the process. After receiving a BS in Business Marketing and an MBA, Raquel quickly began crafting an action plan to make her entrepreneurial goals a reality. Before the age of 35, Raquel owned and operated six thriving businesses. Her latest business venture combines fashion with a positive message and movement. Definitive. Movement. Rebellion. (DMR) Fashion is a declaration of self-expression which encourages and promotes the freedom of being your truest self. The retail fashion store also serves as an artist showcase and frequently hosts DMR Live featuring live performances by singers, spoken word artists, and musicians. Raquel is a single mother of two children, an author of two books, and a well sought-after speaker. In addition to her businesses, Raquel is the founder of Dream Catchers Foundation.

Lawanda Holliman Etiquette

Naida Rutherford Fashion Curator

Naida is a whimsical fashion curator, motivational speaker, visionary, designer, and entrepreneur. She has a unique ability to mix the old with the new, creating an intriguing, fresh style that is one-of-a-kind. Naida has a passion for helping women feel and look their best, regardless of budget. The Styled By Naida Foundation is dedicated to empowering and educating those from less fortunate communities about the importance of professional dress, self awareness, budgeting and professional etiquette. We have been assisting the community for years with apparel and toiletry donations. Now, we are expanding that service to include informational seminars on professional appearance, etiquette, code switching, financial literacy and budgeting with minimal resources.

Latia Gary Engineer

Latia Gary is from CleveLawanda J. Holliman, a land Ohio. She is CEO/ native South Carolinian, Quality Management Conis a Mom-Author- resultant at LG Solutions, tired U.S. Army Colonel, LLC. She has nearly 20 and CEO of Everything years’ experience in Etiquette and You, LLC. engineering, construcWith over 26 years of sertion, and manufacturing. vice, she has worked with In 2012, Latia moved to leaders in Government, South Carolina for the Universities and Corpoopportunity to work in rations as a Speaker, construction and energy. Trainer, and Consultant. During this time, Latia’s Lawanda is a dynamic desire for entrepreneurand skilled leader, faciliship flourished and in tator and trainer in helping organizational leaders meet 2013 she launched LG Solutions, LLC, a Compliance and their performance objectives through their most valuable Quality Assurance Consulting Firm. In 2015, Latia worked assets-people. She has also been a featured guest and with Midland’s Middle College to develop a mentoring proco-host on Military Network Radio. As a regular guest gram for their 11th and 12th grade students. The mentoring on the Military Moms Network Radio-she speaks to an program was developed to assist students in developing audience of over 1 million followers. Ms. Holliman is highly life skills to obtain and maintain employment, to become regarded for strategic planning and serves as the Chief valued employees and positive contributors to their comServices Officer for the National Center for Leadership and munity. Success, 13

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2018 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS Chandra Cleveland-Jennings Kareem Beckett Jennings Speaking


Chandra ClevelandJennings is the Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbia Protection Agency, C. Cleveland Speaks, Palmetto Youth Connection and Cleveland Productions. Columbia Protection Agency is a provider of professional, highly trained security officers rendering safety and protection services to businesses, corporation and large event planners such as the Democratic Presidential Debate in Myrtle Beach, SC, World Trade Center Memorial in SC and NC just to name a few. A native of Columbia, SC, Chandra began her career in law enforcement in 1989-2006 with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, burglary division. A staunch proponent of ridding our communities of juvenile crime, Chandra found Palmetto Youth Connection, a gender base mentoring organization program that encourages young people to live, act and dress in accordance with a positive self-image. PYC focuses on guiding young people ages 12-18 to be confident, have a mentor, live a fit and healthy life style.

KaReem Beckett was raised in Savannah, Georgia. After graduating from Robert W. Groves High School, KaReem attended Savannah State University. He majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. KaReem has earned a Masters in Education in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. After changing careers, KaReem began teaching at Lamar High School in Darlington School District. As a member of the South Carolina PACE program, KaReem developed an interest in planning engaging lessons in realworld math and science application. He has been a member of the W.J. Keenan family for sixteen years, and is a lead team mentor with the award winning Robo-Raiders, Team 1398. The team is a FIRST Robotics team that competes each year in an international technology competition. KaReem currently serves as the Lead MSAP teacher, in this role he leads the Richland One Leadership and Career development magnet program development.

Dr. Tameria Warren Whitehall Enviromental LLC

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Latia Gary is from CleveTameria M. Warren, Ph.D. is a senior project manager with Whitetail Environmental, LLC where she performs environmental work for the Department of the Defense (DoD). She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Warren specializes in environmental management systems, pollution prevention, hazardous materials management, and environmental education, and has a passion for addressing environmental issues concerning communities of color. In addition to her sustainability work, Dr. Warren enjoys volunteering with local civic and environmental organizations and teaching fitness classes. Dr. Warren received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University, M.S. in Envi14 ronmental, Health, and Safety Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College.

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2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS TEAM 2018 Conference Planning Committee Karen Alexander President Diann Selph, Co-Chair, Recruitment & Registration Barbara Bowman, Sponsorship Brenda Peterson, Speakers Bridget Bruce Wendy Holmes, Recruitment & Registration Toshia Addison, Volunteers Joan Mobley Belinda Williams, Recruitment & Registration Bret Whiting Elizabeth Alexander Val Eady

The Auntie Karen Foundation celebrates 16 years of showcasing youth entrepreneurs. We congratulate former 2005 Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneur, Stephen Love on winning his first Emmy!!!

Auntie Karen Board Karen Alexander Gwen Jordan Linda Wilson Melzina Cannon


Toshia Addison Andrew Campbell Lisa Macon Kevin Banks,Fortis College

In Memoriam

Benedict College Students: Special thanks to Dr. Sybil Rosado Brittany Thomas Andrés Sinisterra Felicia Belcher Grace Smith Adrionna Washington Demaria Sapp Jonquanet Brown Ahmed Yunus Rashawndra Murphy Ja’Quan Evans Aayana Noel

We dedicate this day to one of Auntie Karen Foundation family members: Executive Director, Sarah B. Watson (August 28, 1957 – July 12, 2018)

DDCP Communications & Lee Central Media Literacy Program Don Patterson, Coordinator Debbie Cherry Yvonne Brown

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THANK YOU!!!! Special Thanks!

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, Benedict College President Dr. Tracy Dunn, Interim Benedict College Dean for School of Business & Economics Dr. Janeen P. Witty, Benedict College Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Davis, Benedict College Melvin Miller, Benedict College Loreta Charles, Benedict College Larry Salley, Benedict College Don Patterson, DDCP Communications & Lee Central Media Literacy Team Jeff Elmore Byron Counts Tre Tailor

Media Sponsors Ricky Taylor

Deborah Woodard Memorial Danny & Dayna Woodard


BIG T’s Barbecue Langley Management, McDonalds (Elmwood Ave.) Groucho’s

CONFERENCE BAGS & BOTTLES City of Columbia OBO, Langley Management Michelle Harris, SC DHEC Elizabeth Alexander, Wells Fargo Columbia Metropolitian Airport


Erica McGee, BME Screenprinting

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Student Sponsors City of Columbia, Office of Business Development ID Newman United Methodist Church Lee Central School District Coretta McGill & Helen Davis Kerry Abel Henry & Patricia Motes Rev. Frederick Smith, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Newberry Dr. Aprel Barnes,Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, Brookland Community Pediatrics Vallorie Robinson, SC DJJ Kevin Banks, Fortis College Melissa Lindler, City of Columbia OBO


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2018 Conference Survey

Complete to receive and return to your leader to received a Yammie for The Auntie Karen

NAME: _________________________________________________________________________ PHONE: _________________________________

1. What did you enjoy most about the conference? _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ 2. What did you enjoy least about the conference? _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ 3. How would you rate the overall conference 1 – 10? 1 = lowest, 10 = highest. _______________________________________ 4. What topics are you most interested in? _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ ______________________________ 5. Are you interested in attending the conference next year? _______________________________________

8. What type business are you interested in? ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ 9. Are you a young entrepreneur? Yes ______ No _______ If yes, what type business do you have? ________________________________________ _______________________________________ ________________________________________ _______________________________________

6. Would you like a mentor or to be in a mentoring program? _______________________________________ _____________________________________ 7. Are there any conference items that need to be improved? _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _____________________________________ Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference


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Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference 2018  

The 16th Annual Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference was held on the campus of Benedict College on October 13, 2018. The theme was F...

Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference 2018  

The 16th Annual Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Conference was held on the campus of Benedict College on October 13, 2018. The theme was F...

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