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Brunch In Red


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Keynote Speaker


Woman of Power Award




Sponsors Information Previous Award Honorees

HONOREES Award Descriptions


CHIEF MIRTHA RAMOS .“First Responders Award” -Recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions of top law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medical personnel . (Public, private, and voluntary personnel—both front line and management—in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services and private security)







.“First Responders Award” -Recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions of top law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medical personnel . (Public, private, and voluntary personnel—both front line and management—in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services and private security)

“Against All Odds Award”– Honors a person of resilience and inspiration that refuses to be limited by what has traditionally been known as a physical challenge under extremely difficult circumstances. She is busy redefining “able” and making positive changes in the lives of others. services and private security)

.“Anedra S. Williams- Millennial of The Year Award". The ASW Millennial of The Year Award is presented to a dynamic individual who is a young professional that contributes to the community through public service, make significant strides in business sectors, or serve as cultural ambassadors.




.“ “Policy Influencer of The Year Award”- Given to a legislator, policymaker, or advocate who through exceptional measures in public service, have improved outcomes in the target areas of teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, or women’s participation in decision-making processes.Contribution also includes the advancement of building positive policy change for women and girls in our state.




.“ Women In Ministry Innovation Award". The Women In Ministry Innovation Award is presented to a creative individual in ministry that has found multiple resources and tools to help minister Gods word, stay connected to others, navigate this season of COVID-19 and continue doing ministry well.


VERONICA APPLEWHITE “Essential Worker Award” -Recognizes an individual that risked their health to ensure the goods and services we rely on were available.

BIANCA HAMILTON “Unsung Hero in Education Award” This award recognizes a teacher, principal, or educator that puts her heart and soul into everything she does, but often goes unrecognized. This educator works behind the scenes and goes above and beyond the typical requirements of an educator organization/staff member.

SHARON BREWSTER " Business Woman of The Year". The Business Woman of The Year Award is presented to an individual that's successfully pivoted during the pandemic and maintained a sustainable path to profitability. Required: At least 5 years or more in business , exemplify a strong sense of self, success-driven work ethic, and the extraordinary accomplishments to show for it.


LORETTA BROWN “Essential Worker Award” -Recognizes an individual that risked their health to ensure the goods and services we rely on were available.


WE ARE EMPOWERED BY WHAT WE LEARN AND WHAT WE ARE EXPOSED T0 My hope is to continue to provide learning opportunities for women and expose them to greatness with in our own women network

Thank You To Our Sponsors EMPOWERED SPONSOR




BRUNCH IN RED Our brunch is a space where women are able to network and celebrate each other. Annually the National Women's Empowerment Ministry brunch with this empowered purpose. We are excited about our 2021 virtual edition, The Red Blouse Brunch Experience, a weekend filled with empowered networking through the most popular networking circuits for women. From Education, to Communications & Entertainment, to Women in Business through Careers or Entrepreneurship and lastly Politics and Government, our faith based community is here to propel women to the next level.

What sets us apart from other women organizations is that due to our collaborative leadership style and culture, the women’s empowerment ministry embraces true Christcentered relationships that are called to serve, build up other women, and strengthen the women community. We can accomplish more through unity and collaborative relationships and that’s our empowerment motto!

2020 Red Dress Brunch

The National Women’s Empowerment Ministry is one of the national organizations building bridges across multiple platforms known for empowering other women through community events, programs, and workshops, as well as providing tools and resources for the growth and development for the women's community. 2


Growing up I always knew that I was a leader and that I would be influential one day in my community. I just did not know how. As I begin to serve in the church growing up, God gave me a heart for women’s ministry. And I understood that what a woman does comes from who she believes she is. And I believed, that although I had struggles in my career, understanding how to be a wife, a mom, a daughter, a mentor, and a leader in the church that my destiny was tied to helping other women discover their God-given purpose and talents to impact the church and the world. My struggles led me on a journey to discover my own power through learning and exposure. And believe it or not, this is why I believe "we are empowered by what we learn and what we are exposed to. And I thank God daily for the journey he took me on for empowered discovery. Currently I serve serves as Executive Pastor along side my husband, Senior Pastor Tony Cash of Global Leadership Christian Center. I am the CEO of Jackson HR & Administrative Services LLC, Ydennek Girls Who Lead Mentoring Program, and Founder Of The National Women’s Empowerment Ministry. And though all of these organizations I am in the business of serving women and Girl, which is my empowered pleasure.

Eleshia V. Cash Eeshia V. Cash Founder & CEO




HER Wisdom HERLeadership Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the LORD has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the LORD gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down. (Judges 4:14 NIV) ”Don’t listen to those who say YOU CAN’T. Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, I CAN.”.- Shirley Chisom “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl, watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender. Our country has sent you a clear message: dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they’ve never seen it before.”.-

Vice President Kamala Harris

Keynote Speaker

Stacey H. Twyman In her quest to teach, train, and develop transformational leaders, Stacey H. Twyman graduated from Cum Laude in 2019, from Regent University earning a Master's in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Mentoring and Leadership Coaching.As an innovator, Stacey H. Twyman started her own professional, management development, and training company, Meta-Leadership Factory, LLC, where she is the President and CEO. As an author, Stacey Self-published three books, 6 Highly Successful Habits fo the Ant; The Apostle Paul: Transformational Leadership and 6 Highly Successful Habits of the Ant 2.0. As a student and to advance further in academic studies, Stacey Twyman is pursuing her doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership with a focus in Ecclesiastical Leadership. As a teacher, Mrs. Twyman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Beulah Heights University and the Co- Pastor of of Strong Tower Christian Center in Snellville, Georgia, where she co-labors with her husband Senior Pastor, David Twyman. Co-Pastor Stacey loves the Lord with all her heart, soul, and mind; and is humbled to serve God's people.


Dr. Felicia Philips-

Woman of Power Award The Woman of Power Award is the National Women's Empowerment Ministry highest women's empowerment award that recognizes the woman who has made the greatest stride in redefining influence and is changing the way our country thinks about women leading across multiple platforms. SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR + MASTER BUSINESS STRATEGIST


Dr. Felicia Phillips is a Master Business Strategist and CEO of PPICW, Incorporated headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. PPICW is a 2-Time awardwinning, certified MBE consulting firm specializing in small business, program and leadership development. Felicia has built her 30-year entrepreneurial career on serving, educating and mentoring small and diverse businesses as well as assisting corporations with their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. PPICW has had the privilege to work with companies like Southern Company, Wells Fargo, Papa John’s International, Grady Health System, Delta Air Lines, the Small Business Administration and many other organizations.Dr. Felicia is Founder of the One Million Dreams Foundation for Black Women and Girls as well as her annual conference, MogulCon both assisting black businesses grow and scale for profitability. She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, the Atlanta Business League and has been featured on CBS, FOX, BET and many other media outlets.




Chief Mirtha Ramos

FIRST RESPONDERS AWARD Ahief Mirtha V. Ramos began her law enforcement career in 1997 with the Miami-Dade Police Department. During her tenure she served in various assignments including uniform patrol, investigations, emergency management, community policing, and police administration. Chief Ramos excelled and rose through the ranks. In 2016, she was appointed to Division Chief of one of the largest and busiest divisions of the Miami-Dade Police Department. In that role, she managed four police districts, the Airport and Seaport, the Special Events Units, the Special Patrol Bureau that houses the Department’s high liability units such as, the Special Response Team, Aviation, Marine Patrol, Bomb Disposal, Canine, and Motors. On November 4, 2019, Chief Ramos was appointed to Chief of the DeKalb County Police Department. She is responsible for the daily operations of the DeKalb County Police Department and the safety of DeKalb’s 700,000 citizens. She leads 800 sworn police officers and 110 civilian employees. She has command of the police department’s $95.1 million budget.Chief Ramos is a compassionate, nononsense, hands on leader. She believes in transparency and teamwork. Since her appointment as DeKalb County Chief of Police, she has placed an emphasis on community outreach and engagement. She embraces community policing and uses it as a tool to address crime, positively engage youth and strengthen relationships between the department and the community. She is an innovative leader with new ideas, and she brings a wealth of experience to the improvement of public safety. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology of Leadership from Penn State University and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. She attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Women’s Leadership Institute. Chief Ramos has completed numerous professional leadership and law enforcement continuing education courses and received many departmental commendations throughout her career.She is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Major Cities Chiefs Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the DeKalb County Chiefs Association.


Aprille Moore


Aprille Moore has worked with the Fulton County Marshal’s Department for 13 years and currently serves in the rank of Sergeant. She is responsible for coordinating agency training and ensuring that all sworn personnel are in compliance with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council requirements, investigating formal complaints of alleged officer misconduct, performing background investigations, and coordinating the College Internship and Physical Fitness & Wellness Programs. In addition to her responsibilities as a Departmental Training Coordinator, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Emergency Medical Instructor, she is assigned to the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center serving as the Chief Coordinator. In this role, Sergeant Moore is responsible for the daily operations of basic, advanced and specialized law enforcement training courses, training and evaluating the performance of coordinators and instructors, and assisting with curriculum development. As a Registered Neutral with the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution, Aprille employs her skills to augment peace officers de-escalation training to improve police-citizen encounters .Aprille is a 2014 graduate of LEAD Atlanta, the Atlanta Emergency Preparedness Institute, and the United Way Volunteer Involvement Program, as well as a 2015 inductee of Outstanding Atlanta and 2019 New Leaders Council Fellow. In 2020, she received The Junior League of DeKalb County Spirit of the League Award. Aprille earned her Master of Public Administration from Troy University and her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. During her personal time, Aprille serves as a Community Ambassador for youthSpark providing prevention and awareness training to schools, churches and other members of the community on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. In 2015, she became an Ambassador for the Black Girls RUN! Atlanta Chapter, where she leads weekly group runs, implements fitness programs, and serves as a liaison between the CEO and over 20,000 women. As an avid runner, Aprille took her passion to the next level by becoming an RRCA Certified Running Coach to support new and veteran runners. She is an active member of Jack and Jill of American Stone Mountain Chapter and she also serves in leadership roles for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Atlanta Alumnae Chapter and The Junior League of DeKalb County.Born and raised in Decatur, GA, Aprille loves being a mother to her two sons, running marathons, cooking, watching football, and painting. As a woman of faith, she is a proud and devoted member of the West End Seventh-day Adventist Church.


STACEY GRANT A.S.W. - MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR AWARD As an advocate of the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and girl empowerment, Stacey uses her platform of Self-Esteem: Build a Girl to reach the community.

Stacey King Grant currently resides in Statesboro, Georgia. She is the wife of Akeem Grant and mother of Harleigh and Teagan. Stacey is the Director of Student Life at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Ga. Stacey attended Georgia Southern University and received a B.S. in Health & Physical Education and a M.Ed. in Kinesiology. Proactive in the community, Stacey is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Founder of Our Girls Rock Too!, Inc.(OGR2), and a board member of Statesboro Community Youth Network. As an advocate of the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and girl empowerment, Stacey uses her platform of SelfEsteem: Build a Girl to reach the community. This platform has allowed her to reach youth in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Thomas University, East Georgia State College, Georgia Southern University, women groups and many church groups. OGR2 was founded May 7, 2012 to serve, embrace, uplift, empower, and educate girls ages 7 to 18. The organization’s mission is to build self-esteem and encourage young ladies to become comfortable in their own skin and to love themselves. The organization hosts monthly programs for youth and parents, annual conferences, college tours, summer camps, scholarships, and back to school supplies.Stacey is well respected in her community as a mentor, life coach and positive role model. She has been recognized by her community for the dedication and commitment to OGR2 and was nominated Northland’s Cable Hometown Hero 2014 and Non-Profit of the year 2018. She also received the Amazing Grace Ministries Community Service Award 2014 and Women of Inspiration Leadership Award 2014.



Kedral Sewell Thornton is a native of Decatur, GA. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and Central Michigan University and is an Academic Coach in the DeKalb County School District.

After her breast cancer diagnosis in 2019, Kedral decided to not only fight the disease, but to advocate for survivors and bring awareness to her community, particularly young African women. Three months after her final treatment in July of 2020, Kedral launched her Breast Cancer Awareness month agenda. During the month of October, she presented Pink Moments, which provide information about breast cancer, each day on her social media platforms. She donated Survivor Swag Bags to the chemotherapy treatment center where she herself received chemo, and Kedral created the ‘PinkDay Best’ Virtual Run/Walk to unite communities and begin discussions about breast cancer. And has served as guest speaker for a breast cancer event at the University of Kentucky and the women of New Mercies Christian Church. Most recently, Kedral received the ‘Pink Warrior Award’ from the WAOK radio station in Atlanta, GA. Kedral is a member of New Mercies Christian Church in Lilburn, GA. She is also a member of the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the East Suburban Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Kedral currently resides in Lithonia, GA with her husband James and her seven-year-old daughter Leila Grace.



Rhonda Taylor POLICY INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR AWARD Rhonda Taylor began her political career through working in the beauty industry. The owner of a salon, Instructor and Product Educator, advocacy brought her profession and her political volunteerism together. Her seasoned tenure in the beauty industry afforded her the opportunity of lobbying in the Georgia General Assembly when a Senate Bill came before committee to deregulate licensing in the cosmetology industry. She rallied the licensees and fought the Senate Bill with a huge win; this catapulting her deeper than volunteerism in the political arena. Taylor’s political experience includes that of media director, strategist and campaign manager on both the local and state levels. She worked with the Obama Campaign (OFA-GA) in 2007 & 2012 where she managed both volunteerism and GOTV and was elected as a Delegate for the 2012 Democratic National Convention representing the state of Georgia. Ms. Taylor is the Representative Elect for the Georgia House of Representatives and will represent the 91st district. OGR2 was founded May 7, 2012 to serve, embrace, uplift, empower, and educate girls ages 7 to 18. The organization’s mission is to build self-esteem and encourage young ladies to become comfortable in their own skin and to love themselves. The organization hosts monthly programs for youth and parents, annual conferences, college tours, summer camps, scholarships, and back to school supplies. Stacey is well respected in her community as a mentor, life coach and positive role model. She has been recognized by her community for the dedication and commitment to OGR2 and was nominated Northland’s Cable Hometown Hero 2014 and Non-Profit of the year 2018. She also received the Amazing Grace Ministries Community Service Award 2014 and Women of Inspiration Leadership Award 2014. 10

Bianca Hamilton

UNSUNG HERO IN EDUCATION AWARD Mrs. Bianca Hamilton was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from City Honors High School. After high school, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Business Administration Pre-Law. In 1989, she moved to Georgia and attended Georgia State University College of Law. After one year of law school, she discovered that law was not for her and transitioned into banking for three years. While working as a banker, she led her branch’s efforts in their partners in education relationship with Renfroe Middle School. It was then, her desire to become an educator was born. Mrs. Hamilton acquired her teacher certification at Brenau University, earned a Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia State University, and later added on leadership certification through the University of Georgia. Currently, she is the Principal of DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, a kindergarten through eighth grade performing arts magnet school in the DeKalb County School District. She began her career in education as a teacher in 1994 with Cartersville City Schools, served as a teacher with City Schools of Decatur for ten years, then became an Education Program Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education, and subsequently a School Improvement Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and now Principal with the DeKalb County School District. In the midst of her career, she took a year and a half off to solely focus on her family. Two quotes reflect her professional and personal journey; one by former President, Barack Obama, “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” and the other by Ray Bradbury, “Love what you do and do what you love.” In her spare time, she loves to dance and go to the movies. Mrs. Hamilton is the proud wife of Wayne Hamilton and mother of Jahi, 21, and Imani, 18. Her favorite scripture, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” drives her passion to “Dream Big!” for all stakeholders at DESA, herself and her family.




Dr. Jacqueline Mohair

Dr. Jacqueline Mohair is a nationally known Transformational Business & Life Strategist, Advocate, Professor, Life Coach, Minister, Serial Entrepreneur, and Ambassador to the UN. She is an author who has written inspirational books on empowerment and entrepreneurship, teaching Women from all walks of life how to win through faith. Dr. Mohair serves as the UN appointee for the His Marvelous Grace Support Foundation. She is the Former State Candidate for Georgia House of Representatives for District 103. Dr. Mohair has a strong record of humanitarian service that includes operating as CoFounder of Trinity Girls Network, all things Trinity to include Trinity Vocational Solutions LLC, Trinity International University of Ambassadors & T.I.U.A School of Business that offers Christian & Business Education globally. She sits on the Board of the Whitney E. Houston Foundation. An organization that focuses on empowering and changing the lives of youth. Her motto is “You were created by a creator who’s given you Power to Create from the Well Within”. Dr. Mohair is the recipient of the 2016 44th President Barack Obama LifeTime Achievement Award. She received the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from the Office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Mississippi State University; attained a Masters in Educational Leadership from Argosy University; a Masters in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University; a Doctorate of Ministry and Leadership from the Canadian International University & Seminary, two Honorary Doctorate Degree’s in Divinity, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) with special concentration in International Business from Argosy University and received numerous civic and private association awards. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 12

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Sharon Brewster Sharon Brewster is the Founder and Brand Strategist of Brewster Branding. Through her leadership and keen business acumen, Sharon transformed Brewster Branding from a traditional business model of designing brand elements into a truly innovative business model. She leverages technology, her clinical experience, now combined with newly acquired entrepreneurial strategies to continue offering best-in-class service and experience to her clients. The result has been significant growth in her business, increased volunteer services, and helping women in business as well as Veterans.

Sharon Brewster is passionate about design for business innovation, growth, and entrepreneurship. Merging creativity, technology, and a psychologically-nuanced technique, she collaborates with business owners and entrepreneurs to develop their brand. Sharon also uses her business acumen and relationship building skills to social market clients as they launch. Using print, web, and social media, Sharon designs with a supportive approach to help clients achieve their business goals. Her talent is creating strong, unique, and recognized brands..

Sharon recently earned a Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University and is an advocate and leader in supporting entrepreneurial goals of women in business. She holds a Master’s Certificate in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University, a BFA in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College. When she is not working, you can find Sharon spending time with her family, participating in kickboxing classes, and creating crafts for her most recent venture Wreaths by Jane Smith.



My platform is to petition uniform cohesive licensure for all healthcare workers for the 50 states and territories for rapid call to care in emergencies in disaster areas of need.

Veronica Applewhite is a board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) which is an advanced practice registered nurse with a graduate level education specializing in the science of anesthesia. She has been a CRNA in this highly skilled profession for 8 years and a registered nurse for 18 years. As a CRNA Veronica plays a multi-faceted role in healthcare. Her primary role is to provide the miracle of anesthesia for pain-free surgeries and other procedures. Many times she is the sole provider at rural hospitals, dental clinics and various office based facilities, but she also works collaboratively with anesthesiologists in larger hospitals. Not only does she provide general anesthesia for many of the common surgeries but she also provides the pain relieving epidurals used during childbirth.

Veronica believes that being in the healthcare industry means being able to be flexible and adaptable to abrupt changes and for Veronica this behavior was put to test at the beginning of 2020 year as she had to step out of her comfort zone and provide additional skills in the role of advanced practice in the intensive care units (ICUs) during the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the two of the hardest hit epicenters of the country: New York and New Jersey. Veronica is an army veteran who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Kennesaw State University, and a Masters of Science Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Alabama. Veronica is a proud and active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Critical Care Nurse Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated with Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter.



My name is Loretta Brown but I prefer to be called Gladys. I am so honored to have been nominated by my daughter and selected for a 2021 National Women's "Essential Worker Award." My greatest accomplishment in life is to have been called out from the world to be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lorretta Brown is the mother of a beautiful daughter and granddaughter. She is a member and a Sunday School teacher at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Loretta graduated from Virginia College of Birmingham with an Associates Degree in Medical Administration and Assisting. she also attended Southeastern Bible College and earned a Diploma in Leadership Ministries. Loretta Brown has been a Medical Assistant for 22 years and since 2008 she's had the pleasure of being employed at the Birmingham Pain Center. She is also currently employed at Publix Super Market in Vestavia Hills, AL as a cashier. She's never seen her jobs as just a place to work. These are places of ministry to her. Working in a doctor's office she is presented with evangelistic opportunities that the late Reverend Billy Graham would have envied. Loretta tries to minister and present a case for Christ with every chance she gets. At the beginning of the Pandemic, she worked both jobs full time. Alabama's Governor Kay Ivey shut down our city to cut down the spread of COVID- 19. Only essential workers were allowed to work. She wanted to give back to the community and working at the Birmingham Pain Center and Publix allowed her to do exactly that.



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