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By Ed Gray

By Dr. Stacia Pierce


By Jacquie Lewis Kemp

From Karen Taylor Bass 20 ON BRANDING… By Jewell R. Powell

09 GIVE TO GET! By Melinda T. Emerson



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By Dr. Bellandra B. Foster, P.E.

11 WORDS OF WISDOM From Bishop-elect Lyle Dukes and Pastor Deborah Dukes

12 KEEP GETTING UP By Bonnie St. John

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By Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook

By Rhonda J. Smith

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By Rosalind Y. Tompkins

By Kim Brooks



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By Sandra Steen

From Minister Mary D. Edwards

By Deana Murphy



By Deborah Smith Pegues

By Michelle McKinney Hammond




By Deborah Smith Pollard, Ph.D.

From Nicole Cleveland

By Dr. Teresa Hairston



By DeMonica D. Gladney, Esq.


From Dr. Ty Adams

By Rev. Deborah D. Jenkins

33 BELIEF, HOPE, CHANGE By Valder Beebe


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By Venus Mason Theus

Editor and Publisher Pam Perry Ministry Marketing Solutions

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See It, Say It, Sow It! By Dr. Stacia Pierce First, Pam, I am overjoyed to celebrate this milestone with you. It comes at one of my favorite times of the year! As we embark on another year of the Women’s Success Conference, it means a lot to me that you are here with us. You have been a wonderful, mentee and supporter of the Conference for many years now. Congratulations on turning 50 and beginning a new chapter in life. I am confident that you will reach new pinnacles of success; and as your life coach, I will be right here cheering you along the way! I love that your theme is How to Brand Your Best Life, because it rings so true. While working on my new branding kit, Reinvent Your Brand in 30 Days, I did extensive research on how a highly regarded brand begins and it’s pretty simple: Your best life and your brand begins with YOU. Your image, your attitude and your aptitude all play an essential part in your life-long success. As I’ve coached celebrities, CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, the wives of professional athletes and individuals that just desire personal success, I see the following secrets work time and time again: See It. What is your best life? You must be able to visualize your goals and dreams if you want to achieve them. Build your brand on the canvas of your imagination. Then bring the vision before you for daily motivation. Often, I glance through my Purpose Portfolio and view my Storyboards where my goals are outlined with pictures and words. The person you see is the person others will promote! Say It! Positive self-talk is the prelude to all personal success. Say the right things about your life, company and your brand! Vocalize your victory and be confident in your conversations. Word of mouth marketing begins with you. Sow It! While building your best life and creating a brand worthy of recognition, you must invest in the tools, resources, organizations and people that will lead to your perpetual success. Invest in good books and mind expanding experiences. Be generous and create a cycle of success and strong foundation for your life and your brand.

Dr. Stacia Pierce is America’s #1 Women’s Success and Lifestyle Coach. She’s an award-winning speaker, television personality and author of over 20 books, including the best-sellers Inspired to Succeed and her signature four-book series 25 Ways Women Can Motivate Themselves. Dr. Pierce is now focusing her considerable talent and energy on educating corporate America on executive development, coaching and life strategist aimed at moving companies forward. Websites & Social Media:

Again Pam congratulations. I have seen you See It! Say It! And Sow It! for many years now. It’s no wonder that you are becoming such an incredible success story. As you continue to help others build their dreams may you realize every dream of your own! Continue to build your life and your brand to be a light to others. I am proud of you! Happy Birthday! Many Blessings and Continued Success, Dr. Stacia Pierce

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A Word from the Editor & Publisher

Pam Perry Welcome to P Magazine! Magazine! As I celebrate a half century in my life – this is What I know for sure: Pursue Peace – that you may discover your Purpose. Allow your Purpose to become your Passion And your Passion will give you Power, that will Propel you to your Place in destiny And Prosperity will meet you there. Pam Perry, publisher of P Magazine “The 10 Ps to Destiny” P.S. Enjoy the words of wisdom from some of my favorite author friends…….they will tell you how they “brand their best life.” I’d appreciation YOUR comments. Go to and add comments, videos or photos of YOUR best brand! “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”—Proverbs 21:5

HOW DO YOU BRAND YOUR BEST LIFE EVER? That’s a question that numerous professionals have pondered—at least, in some form—while plotting and planning strategies to improve how they reach their various customers. So P Magazine decided to ask our friends and colleagues for a little help. These branding superstars—authors, speakers, pastors, ministry leaders, corporate executives, moms, dads, around-the-way sistas and brothas—have provided their branding secrets to help you enhance your life, ministry, and career. Everything they’ve learned or experienced over the years that can help you avoid personal and professional pitfalls and take your life to the next level is included here. So grab a notebook and a pencil and glean from these words of wisdom. Enjoy!

Branding Advice From Karen Taylor-Bass


ere are a few tips for how I live my personal brand:

1) I pray each morning and night for ordained opportunities and the ability to live God's vision for me. 2) Work out. To be the best and give to others -- I strive for preservation of life.

BIOGRAPHY Considered one of the premier authorities in the public relations industry, Karen Taylor Bass, has set the standard in providing strategic branding, marketing and public relations coaching to entrepreneurs, mompreneurs, small business owners and corporations. Her message of public relations as an empowerment tool has appeared in such publications: Entrepreneur magazine, NY Daily News, Marie Claire, Billboard, Heart & Soul, Essence, The Network Journal, Black Enterprise and the Philadelphia Daily News. Taylor Bass has spoken extensively on how to secure A-List Public Relations on a shoestring budget.

3) I love you. The words are powerful and each day I look into the mirror and affirm my love for self. I am a work in progress like each and everyone.

Karen Taylor Bass, The PR ExpertÂŽ Coach. Author. Motivational Speaker. Radio Host. Blogger.

For additional information visit and

Recently, Taylor Bass joined the team at as a resident Blogger, commenting on issues related to entrepreneurship, social media, women and mommy-hood.

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Give to Get! By Melinda F. Emerson

I BIOGRAPHY Melinda Emerson “SmallBizLady” is an author, speaker and small business coach whose areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. Melinda‘s mission is to End Small Business Failure. She publishes a bi-weekly resource blog,, and hosts a weekly talk show on Twitter called #Smallbizchat for emerging entrepreneurs. As one on the nation’s leading small business experts, Melinda has been featured on NBC Nightly News and in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report and Black Enterprise Magazine. Her first book Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works, was released in March 2010.

live by the motto give to get. I try to approach all relationships

looking for what I can give. My mission as an author and small business coach is to End Small Business Failure. I achieve this by helping would-be and emerging entrepreneurs understand the things about business that they may not recognize that they do not know. I believe that you need a life plan, a financial plan, a niche customer, a business plan and a personal theme song to survive life as an entrepreneur. I live my personal best by trying to always be an example of God’s light and love. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to live my passion helping small business owners. Although I am serious about business, I openly acknowledge who I am and who’s I am and the role that my faith has played in my success. Melinda F. Emerson “Smallbizlady” Author, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months Websites & Social Media: (Blog)

For information, visit

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Make God First Priority By Dr. Bellandra B. Foster, P.E.


desire to enhance my relationship with God on a daily basis. I

strive to make God first priority to help me to maintain a life of peace and sanity and to lead me in the right direction to a victorious life.

BIOGRAPHY Bellandra Benefield Foster is the Founder and President of BBF Engineering Services, PC, an engineering consulting firm. Married for over 25 years and the mother of two sons, she has created a formula for combining a successful professional life with a peaceful, nurturing household. Dr. Foster earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, worked in industry—then founded her own companies. She is a popular speaker on “building bridges” to achieve success in marriage, family, career and entrepreneurship. Dr. Foster has been nationally recognized in Jet, Black Enterprise, Essence and Hope Today magazines. Dr. Foster is the author of For Love and Money: Seven Guidelines for Achieving Success in Your Home and Business, she explains in seven principals how readers can prioritize God, marriage, family and career/entrepreneurship while maintaining order, success and peace in their lives. She outlines how many of us no longer have the job that we trusted would be there until retirement. We realize that our current position with any company is no longer safe and stable, but we are sometimes apprehensive of moving into entrepreneurship. However, she explains that entrepreneurship can be successful with the implementation of the right principles and priority.

I incorporate “life” principles to maintain my physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health. If we do not take care of our own health, we eventually will not be here to fulfill our purpose on the earth. Make Room for “Cuddle Time!" Make time for those who are important in your life. My spouse and children are a priority in my life. It is important for me to spend valuable family time with my spouse and children and to be available for them. I always strive to create a home environment of peace and sanctity so when we walk through the doors into our home, it does not reflect the chaos going on in the world.

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Words of Wisdom From Bishop-elect Lyle Dukes and Pastor Deborah Dukes


f you want something different, you've got to do something

different. If you want a change, you've got to make a change. It all comes down to love.

Websites & Social Media: BIOGRAPHY Bishop-Elect Lyle Dukes and Pastor Deborah Dukes are the founders and pastors of Harvest Life Changers Church, an innovative and progressive ministry of over 6,000 members, located in Woodbridge, Virginia. They have served in this position since the inception of the church in 1995. Bishop-Elect Dukes and Pastor Deborah were both saved at an early age and have over 30 years of sacrificial service.

“Impacting and life-changing” describes the ministry of Bishop-Elect Dukes and Pastor Deborah, which includes the powerful “Changing Lives Together” initiative. This initiative endeavors to minister to souls on a global scale through conferences and other events, special programs, training and global ventures such as disaster relief (e.g., Haiti Earthquake) and building construction. They recently dedicated the Harvest Conference Center in Nakuru, Kenya. Other vibrant ministry entities include their international “Heart to Heart” television program, a chain of Christian bookstores, a record label (The Sound of Harvest), and a publishing company (Harvest Word Publishing). Bishop-Elect Dukes and Pastor Deborah have dedicated their lives to the service of the Lord and the advancement of His Kingdom. Their heartfelt desire is that their lives and ministry would continually bring glory, honor and praise to Jesus Christ. P Magazine • May 2010 -Page 11-

Keep Getting Up By Bonnie St. John


hen I fell down while racing as a skier in the

Paralympics—fell when I was in first place mind you—I got back up again and still managed to finish third. By winning that Bronze, I became the first African-American to win an Olympic or Paralympic medal in ski racing. But more importantly, I learned the value of getting up faster after you fall down. The gold medalist had also fallen, but she got up faster and won! BIOGRAPHY Despite having her right leg amputated at age five; Bonnie became the first AfricanAmerican to win Olympic medals in ski racing at the 1984 Paralympics. She has been honored for this achievement at Nike Headquarters, at the Essence Awards, at the White House Black History Month celebration, and with a featured quote on millions of Starbucks Cups. After the Olympics, Bonnie went on to graduate with honors from Harvard, win a Rhodes scholarship, and earn her Masters in economics from Oxford. In 1992, she worked in the White House as a director of the National Economic Council.

We all fall down, but getting good at getting up is what matters in life.

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As a highly sought after international keynote speaker, Bonnie St. John has inspired and entertained executives at Pepsi, Pfizer, AT&T, American Express, IBM, the Wits Business School in South Africa, and over 500 more companies and associations. Bonnie has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, People, Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, and many other national media outlets. A best-selling author, Bonnie’s fifth and most recent book, Live Your Joy, features a series of inspirational parables designed to guide you through tips and tools for finding and maintaining joy in a hectic, 21st Century world.

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Branding the Best Design By Deana Murphy


railblazing the faith-based Kingdom-minded interior design

system penned in my Designing for the King: From Chaos to Order by Designing Within, I developed a personal brand approach for worldwide recognition by doing primary these three things: 1.Establish a Viral Footprint

BIOGRAPHY You may know her as a design expert on HGTV, Fine Living, in O at Home Magazine, or as a finest designer of Greater Philadelphia, or maybe you've heard of her inclusion in New York Metropolitan’s Who’s Who or recognized as one the seven influential black Christian authors, or have seen her work in several signature magazines, or know she co-author Victorious Living for Women and is magna cum laude honoree in Interior Architecture and Design, or know she’s earning a doctorate in Theology. What you may not know about Deana Murphy, however, several years ago God gave her a creative comparison of designing the places where we live to designing the places of our heart. She traced design back to the Bible and discovered the answers she was seeking. Today, Deana has combined her passions of designing, writing and the Bible. As a result, Designing for the King is now a reality. It was voted the 2010 best book of the year by Empowering Everyday Women Magazine’s team, the #1 on-line urban niche magazine. In step with her mission to educate, elevate, and encourage, in 2009 she founded the Designing for Success Institute helping people design their lives from the inside out. An inspirational speaker and lifestyle coach, her knowledge of her subject is thorough and her expression is passionate. P Magazine • May 2010 -Page 13-

Wherever there’s an online opportunity to be heard or seen, I used these openings to market my brand. I pre-launched Designing for the King by participating in blogs, teleconferences, on-line interviews, enews letters, adding coming soon signatures and social media sites. Four months prior to its official release date (which in terms of marketing is extremely late) the buzz did capture over 100 pre-orders. My name brand now ranks #1 on Google. 2. Become an Expert In addition to my e-news letters, I write articles for both print and virtual magazines and generally mention the book in the article and always mention it in the by-line with a head shot. As an expert, I intentionally promoted Designing for the King in local and national home design magazines over two years before the manuscript was complete by simply stating an approximate release date. This created the power of viral word of mouth. 3. Ask and Initiate My marketing budget was zero, zilch, zip! I asked people to help me, but with an sincerity of heart, not with a beggarly attitude. You have not because you ask not. I asked celebrated people to render a review, read a chapter or two and some the entire manuscript which lead to a channel of endorsements and created lots of buzz about my brand. I initiate conversations with people and ask them about what they do in order to set off the opportunity to share my elevator speech. Websites & Social Media:

Refuse to Conform By Deborah Smith Pegues

I BIOGRAPHY Deborah Smith Pegues is an international speaker who captivates and motivates secular and religious audiences with her hard-hitting directness and humor on a variety of topics ranging from confronting interpersonal conflicts to managing personal finances. She is a best selling author with the unique ability to address readers across all social, racial, and economic strata. The most popular of her twelve books, "30 Days to Taming the Tongue" has sold over half-million copies and has revolutionized conversations across America. A Certified Public Accountant to high profile celebrities and mega-churches, Deborah holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas and an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Southern California. She is also a Certified Behavioral Consultant specializing in helping people to understand, accept and appreciate personality differences. She is a frequent guest on numerous radio and television talk shows to discuss the life-changing principles set forth in her works. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of World Vision USA, the billion-dollar Christian humanitarian organization. Respected leaders have praised her excellence, forthrightness and integrity. Deborah and her husband, Darnell Pegues, have been happily married for over 31 years. Together, they conduct marriage enrichment seminars.

envision my life as a stool with four legs that must stay in

balance. The base of the stool represents my spiritual foundation and beliefs; the legs represent the four major aspects of my daily life, i.e., the relational, financial, emotional and physical. Each of these aspects must be firmly connected to and conducted out of these beliefs if I am to stand and excel. I live my best life when I refuse to allow societal or cultural norms to dictate my behavior in these areas. Excellence is my brand. Relationally, I strive to be an excellent wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and colleague with healthy boundaries and a generous spirit. Financially, I stay out of debt, live beneath my means, and maintain good cash reserves—realizing that God is my source. Emotionally, I refuse to succumb to insecurities and unforgiveness, choosing rather to walk in Supreme Confidence in the all-powerful, all-knowing, and always-present God of the Universe. Physically, I simply desire to be a good steward over the only body that I’ll ever get to do God’s will on the earth. Consequently, I am not ashamed to declare in my writings or my professional and secular interactions that the Bible shapes and dictates my world views.

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How I Brand Myself By Deborah Smith Pollard, Ph.D.


never thought of what I do as “branding” myself until I

starting following Pam’s advice. Here are the things I do to keep my name, that is, my brand, reputable: I try to always under promise but over deliver. In other words, I want someone who has booked or hired me to be delighted and not disappointed by my work!

BIOGRAPHY Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard is the awardwinning author of When the Church Becomes Your Party: Contemporary Gospel Music (Wayne State University Press), a “2009 Michigan Notable Book.” Its chapters cover praise and worship music, the changing dress code in the Black Church, Christian rap, women gospel announcers, and gospel musical plays. Because of her expertise in these areas, Dr. Pollard has delivered lectures around the world.

I keep my word. If I say I’m coming, I show up. I don’t break my promise to one group just because a more impressive group makes an offer. I strive for excellence. My prayer is always, “God, allow what I am about to do to honor You and bless your people!”

Websites & Social Media: Blog:

Since October, 1994, Dr. Pollard has been the host and producer of Strong Inspirations on FM 98 WJLB-Detroit, heard Sundays, 6-10 AM. In 2005, she was named Gospel Announcer of the Year Award during the Stellar Awards. Previously, she produced the Emmyaward winning television show “GodSounds” on Detroit’s WDIV-TV for 8 years as well as the McDonald’s GospelFest and the Motor City Praisefest for 22 years. An Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of MichiganDearborn since 1995, Pollard served as director of the African and African American Studies program from 20022006. In 2010, she was named the recipient of two prestigious campus-wide honors, The “Susan B. Anthony Award” and the “Distinguished Service Award.”

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The 3P’s of Writing for Aspiring Authors By DeMonica D. Gladney, Esq.


s an attorney and best-selling author, I have been able to

live my best literary life by following these 3 “P’s” of Writing, which I encourage all aspiring authors to understand and embrace before they even pick up the pen to start their book project:

BIOGRAPHY DeMonica D. Gladney, Esq., received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, cum laude, from Lamar University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center. She is Counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation and previously served as Briefing Attorney for the Texas 14th Court of Appeals. Ms. Gladney is the Vice-Chair of the Women Lawyers Division, Corporate Liaison of the Commercial Law Section, and Chaplain of the National Bar Association. She is the past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and past Chair of the African-American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Gladney is also an accomplished poet, author and speaker. She is the bestselling author of Willing to Wait: From Revelation to Manifestation, Reflections from God and Identity Theft: Discovering the Real You. Her book, Willing to Wait, was ranked #7 on the BCBD National Independent Publishers’ Top 50 Bestseller’s List. Ms. Gladney has been featured in various media, including the Houston Daystar TV Network, the Pearland Journal, Ladies First Magazine, and the Black Christian News and included in the 2010 editions of Who’s Who Among Executives & Professionals and Who’s Who in Black Houston.

1) Passion is essential to pursuing your writing goals. You must have passion for whatever you do because it is the force that will drive you to pursue your dreams. If you desire to become a published author, you must be passionate about writing and willing to go the extra mile. Your passion will keep you motivated, energized and productive and help you to pursue your writing goals. 2) Purpose is essential to understanding your writing goals. – You must write with a sense of purpose. It’s important to know why you’re writing – “What is your goal or purpose for writing?” The long-term purpose of writing is to communicate with a certain audience. To successfully do so, knowing your purpose for writing will help to make you a better writer. 3) Process is essential to achieving your writing goals. – You must understand that writing and publishing a book is a process. There are many steps (from conception to completion) required throughout the process. Becoming a published author is not going to happen over night, so get ready for the long haul. The first step in the process is to get started and commit to putting in the time necessary to achieve your writing goals. Websites & Social Media:

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Give Honor Where It Is Due By Dr. Gail Hayes


onor is something that always comes back. Remember,

that there is always someone watching you and your conduct. Honoring others is not easy and sometimes the best way to honor others is to avoid them. Honor yourself. I am still learning this one. Learning to love and honor yourself is one of the best gifts you can give to that person called you. Take time for meditation, rest, and a good pedicure! This works for me because I have to sit still and allow someone else to pamper me. It is okay to take care of yourself!

BIOGRAPHY Dr. Gail M. Hayes is a much soughtafter conference speaker who speaks the message of identity, purpose and destiny to others. She has appeared on QVC, Christian Television Network, Total Christian Television and the Sky Angel Network. She has a BS in criminal justice, MA in public relations, and a Ph.D. in counseling. Shone lives in Durham, NC with her husband and two children.

Become selfless instead of selfish. The perfect example is air travel. When the flight attendants discuss the oxygen masks, they tell you that if something happens, to first put on your mask. You are then in position to help others. Many of us neglect ourselves and become angry or resentful if others do the same. It’s time to don our masks and take care of ourselves first Once we do, we can then begin to live our best lives. We can then enjoy the view from our mountain top and give to others one of the most powerful gifts on earth…ourselves!

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Living My Personal Best By Ed Gray


ow do I live my personal best? In whatever, I do—

BIOGRAPHY Ed Gray has risen to national prominence by powerfully impacting the lives of others. From college campuses to state prisons to major corporations, people want to hear Ed Gray speak. The Detroit News described him as "a master at showing people how to get the most out of themselves." In another article, News columnist Betty DeRamus said, "He’s poised, polished and people take notes when Ed Gray speaks.” The Michigan Chronicle wrote, "He thrills listeners with a wake-you-up delivery and a you will believe message." Once pegged a slow learner, he believed the label to be true and failed first grade. Through the loving interaction of his stepmother and a third grade teacher, the shy boy who once did not believe in himself began to turn his life around. At age 12 he developed a passion for reading self help books and applying what he learned to his own life. Ed won numerous oratorical and writing contests. He also won a four-year theatre scholarship to Wayne State University. P Magazine • May 2010 -Page 18-

especially my calling as a minister who speaks and writes—I do it as if it is being done unto God. I do not do what I do just for Gods people but unto God. His people are just the benefactors of my work. How do I brand my best life? By putting my life and work through an eight-step litmus test found in Phil. 4:8. Is it true? Is worthy of honor? Is it right? Is it pure? (In other words, not “watered down”) Does it pay allegiance to my Acronym A.R.T. (Abundantly Rich Thoughts)? Does it live up to my name? Is it Excellent? Is it praise worthy? Website: Phone: 770-384-1084 Biography continued… Since July 1991, Ed has hosted and written the nationally syndicated radio feature Power Minute. The show is syndicated by Anderson Communications in Atlanta and is heard on more than 80 radio stations across the United States. His work has caught the attention of many. The mayor of Shreveport, La., proclaimed Friday, May 12, 1995, as "Ed Gray Day" in the city and honored him with a key. On June 22, 1994, the mayor and city council of Huntsville, Ala., upheld him with honorary citizen status. Ed was selected for the 1992 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America. He was also selected for the 1999 edition of International Who’s Who. Ed is the author of the best-selling book, 40 Days to a Life of G.O.L.D. (God Ordained Life Development). He is an ordained Apostle and gifted Prophet.

Despite the Odds By Jacquie Lewis Kemp


y adult life has changed dramatically over the past 10

years. I went from a busy wife, mother and CEO of a small automotive stamping company to that same woman, except with the complication of kidney failure and secretly doing peritoneal dialysis. After a kidney transplant, a pancreas transplant and a bout with the West Nile Virus—all in 3 years, I closed the business and with some rehab, became a stay at home mom. BIOGRAPHY Jacqueline Lewis-Kemp was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 7 and was insulin dependent for 33 years. While living with diabetes, Jacquie began her career at Lewis Metal Stamping the Monday following her graduation from college—since her new boss would be her father. After working with him for eight years, her father died suddenly and Jacquie stepped into very big shoes to fill, not to mention working through grief. In time, she grew the company and doubled sales. She joined the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers and was selected to join Oakland University Business School’s Board of Visitors. Jacquie was also awarded Black Enterprise magazine’s “Rising Star” award in 1996. Kidney failure, transplants and concern about the worsening economy forced Jacquie to evaluate the viability of the business and whether to continue her father’s legacy, or secure her son’s future. What she came to recognize was that her father was much more than brick and mortar, she closed the business. Or so she thought this was her decision. As Jacquie reviewed her life and the seemingly amazing medical procedures and the coincidence of how P Magazine • May 2010 -Page 19-

What I began to realize was how incredibly blessed I had been, and how terribly bored I had become. I am used to multitasking—doing several things at once. More importantly as I recalled my life threatening episodes and the timing of those events, I knew that they couldn’t be a mere coincidence. Combining new found energy with a need to tell my testimony yielded my book Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds. If I thought writing was a joy, sharing my testimony with others by promoting this book has given me purpose. Financial gain is good, however watching the reaction on audiences faces as I discuss the book, and receiving hugs from people touched by diabetes or kidney disease is satisfying. But, when people follow along and see the power of Christ and how He has worked in my life, they go beyond the specifics of glucose control and dialysis in my car, and understand His blessed assurance for our lives.

Biography continued…


perfectly events were timed, she realized that it was not work that she could have ever done herself. Only God could have had this plan for her life and presented a path to ensure her success. Jacquie now volunteers and speaks for Gift of Life, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, diabetes support groups and diabetes seminars in Muskegon, Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospitals; is chair of the "Choose to Live" program at the American Diabetes Association; and does fundraising for the University of Michigan Transplant Center.

On Branding… By Jewell R. Powell


s a #1 bestselling and award winning author of Marriage

101: Building a Life Together by Faith, I strategically developed a brand by making my products and services, especially my website, as a resource for African-American couples to refer to regarding marriage and family. I was able to brand Marriage 101 because of this one simple phrase “Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan.”

BIOGRAPHY Jewell R. Powell affectionately known as the “Marriage Coach” is an author, entrepreneur, and inspirational teacher with a heart and passion for helping couples have great marriages and helping women live purposeful lives. She is the author of the Award Winner Best Christian Inspiration book Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith published by Revell/Baker. An avid student who loves to learn, Jewell graduated from VCMI Ministerial Training School. She also has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in contracts management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has started a second master’s degree program at Regent University, School of Divinity. Jewell has spent the last ten years working with her husband, building a successful management consulting company, Antiok Holdings, Inc. She has also started her own company, Grace Publishing, which publishes books for new authors and will be an avenue for personally mentoring them to be successful and profitable authors. In her spare time, she devours books and loves to shop. Jewell lives with her husband and two beautiful daughters in southern Maryland. You can visit for more information.

I have a strategic plan, marketing & promotion plan, and a branding plan that I actually update yearly. I know each month what is a priority, what products I want to develop at that time or what area I want to focus on (i.e. marketing, sales, etc). My goal was always to work with a major publishing company for my 1st book, which was published by Revell/Baker Publishing in 2009, to get distribution and to be known as a ‘published’ writer. In planning, you not only have to conduct research, but you have to incorporate what you learn. And because I am not an expert in marketing, sales, web development, etc., I used professionals in their area of expertise. A professional website, well-written books, and impressive marketing materials are essential to professional people and/or organizations wanting to be a part of what you do. I have also made a personal decision not to look at what other authors are doing, in the sense of competing them, because I am running a marathon and not a sprint. Therefore, I am pacing myself for longevity and greatness. Websites & Social Media:

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Tips for Living Well By Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook (Dr. Sujay)


ere are a few tried-and-true tips for living well:

BIOGRAPHY Suzan Johnson Cook—b.k.a. Dr. Sujay—is the President of MOVING UP PRODUCTIONS, INC. a sales, technology, relationships and management consultant firm. She was a television producer with NBC and ABC and also served with CBS. She has had a distinguished career in public service, having served as a Presidential Advisor, a White House Fellow on The Domestic Policy Council and directly worked with a Cabinet Secretary. She is a member of the distinguished Renaissance Weekend. After attending Riverdale Country School, she received a Bachelors in Speech, cum laude, from Boston's Emerson College and holds two Master's Degrees, one of which is in Technology from Columbia University. She also has an earned Doctorate. An Alumna of Harvard University, she served as a faculty member, teaching Speech and Communications to some of today's most distinguished leaders. She is a graduate of the Minority Business Executive Program at Dartmouth College's Amos Tuck Business School. Dr. Sujay is the author of nine successful books, which include: her latest release Moving Up (Doubleday: 2008), Too Blessed to Be Stressed (Nelson: 1998), A New Dating Attitude – Getting Ready For The Mate God Has For You (Zondervan: 2000) and The Sister's Rules for Ministry (Word: 2003). Her latest, Live Like You're Blessed (Doubleday: 2006), was featured on Good Morning America, the Tavis Smiley show and is becoming a Bestseller.

l) LIVE your best life. LIVE every day well. Enjoy it. If you are able-bodied, WORK. Work hard. Play hard. And then find time for rest and renewal. Recreation means Re-Creation. And it's in that time that God reveals to you your heart—your heart for HIM—and your passion—what He has given you to do that no one else can do like you, but you. Passion and prayer go hand in hand. Prayers connect when you make time for God (the Creator) and yourself (the Creature). 2) Know that you are DESTINED FOR Greatness. Read my new book On Becoming a Woman of Destiny ( Penguin Press:20l0) and Jeremiah 29:ll—God has plans for you…plans for a FABULOUS future. 3) Fight for your family. At the end of the day, they are the ones still there for you. Contact: or e-mail at Join us for A Sister's Soul Journey Conference and Retreat for women of Faith: a conference for female Christian leaders from all over the world——October 9-12, 2010 in Ft. Lauderdale , Fla. , Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel Phenomenal—Real Sisterhood—Real Rest for your weary soul MAP: Mentoring, Advocacy and Preparation & Presentation for Public Life

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Be Consistent By Kim Brooks


e diligent, remain consistent in your message, stick to your

platform, be creative, keep an online presence, respond to the needs of your audience, build your list of contacts and remain in constant communication with a blessing and you'll be blessed!

BIOGRAPHY Award-winning author, licensed minister, national speaker and songwriter, Kim Brooks, of Detroit, MI is the Black Expressions Bestselling Author of, He’s Fine…But is He Saved? its highly acclaimed sequel, He’s Saved…But is He For Real?, nonfiction debut, The Little Black Survival Book for Single Saints, and her newest advice book for singles, How To Date And Stay Saved.

I brand my best life by remaining consistent with my online presence and platform of abstinence until marriage ...though the method of delivery may change (i.e. ,fiction or nonfiction book, blog, speech or song) the message of Christ's redeeming love, and how to live victoriously as a single believer remains the same. I also brand my best life by remaining relevant, remaining true to myself, and remaining true to the God I serve. Websites & Social Media: (official blog) (Read free excerpts from new book)

She is a dean's list graduate of Word of Faith Bible Training Center, and an English graduate of Michigan State University. An abstinence until marriage advocate, which is not only her speaking platform but also her testimony as she is a virgin in her early thirties, Kim has been featured in Gospel Today, JET and has appeared as a guest on The Word Network and a regular on Totally Christian Television. Sign up for her free e-newsletter and online daily devotional for Christian singles entitled, The Single Heart, at P Magazine • May 2010 -Page 22-

Wise Words From Minister Mary D. Edwards


y life's mission is to impact my generation in such a way

that my positive presence will still be felt after I depart from this life and that the very mention of the name “M.D. EDWARDS” will bring healing to ones spirit, soul, and body.


BIOGRAPHY Mary Darlene Edwards was featured in Who's Who in Black Detroit (2007 & 2009). Voted "One of the Most Influential African American Women in Metropolitan Detroit,” she is co-founder of Joy of Jesus Ministries, founder of The Called and Ready Writers, CEO of Leaves of Gold Consulting, LLC (Editing, Self-Publishing, Coaching), and founder of His Lovely Wife Ministries/Widows With Wisdom. Minister Mary Edwards Author/Book Coach/Editor Speaker/Consultant (313) 330-4490

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Three Ways to Live Your Best Life By Michelle McKinney Hammond

I BIOGRAPHY As a bestselling author, speaker, singer and television co-host, Michelle has authored over 30 books (selling over one million copies worldwide), including best-selling titles The Diva Principle, Sassy, Single and Satisfied, 101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention, and Secrets of an Irresistible Woman. A gifted vocalist, Michelle has recorded two CD’s, It’s Amazing and Let’s Go In and co-hosted the Emmy Awardwinning television talk show Aspiring Women. She has appeared on countless television shows including Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, E Channel’s “Soap Talk,” NBC’s The Other Half, The 700 Club, and BET’s Oh Drama! as well as a regular relationship segment on WGN Morning News. She has graced the cover of magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman Precious Times, The Plain Truth and Gospel Today. She has been a contributing writer for Spirit Led Woman, Discipleship Journal and has been featured in articles in Shine, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press and The New York Times. Michelle’s underlying message is “get yourself in spiritual order and your natural life will come together.” Her passion is to give relevant and workable solutions to people’s questions based in timeless spiritual truths. Sharing solid, effective principles that will help her audience to navigate through the journey of life and reach the ultimate destination of living and loving to their fullest potential.

stay true to God and my calling.

Every decision I make is made in the light of asking myself three very simple questions: Would what I’m about to do make God smile? Does this decision feed into my life definition and calling? Does my choice line up with how I was created, the purpose I was created for, and God’s ultimate design for my life? I’ve learned that if my choice is simply to gain selfish pleasure or chase after the material it is neither fulfilling or profitable. Though it might afford me a moment of instant gratification it is not sustainable in joy or in effect. I stay true to my personal mission statement. I believe that just as cars move down the street people ought to stay in their lane. You know what happens when you cross over to the wrong lane—someone gets hurt. Whether you get hurt by rejection because you moved out of your “sweet spot” or area of expertise, or someone got hurt because you were not qualified to do what you had promised. When you stay true to your personal gifting, and what you were created and called to do, it will give you joy. Joy mingled with knowledge and gifting is the fuel behind excellence. Excellence is a powerful force that benefits everyone. It blesses others and opens even greater doors for you. Though it is easy to get distracted by a lot of good ideas I try to make sure they are God ideas before I sign up for them. This ensures that I stay in my lane and reach my desired destination. I stay true to myself and the needs of others. My greatest joy is serving. Learning to be discerning about where to focus and what to give is how I remain true to myself so that I always have a surplus to pour out. This means learning how to say a very difficult word at times, “No.” I have to remind myself that it is being said in the interest of the greater good. I also know that as long as my motivation is that of service I know I can never go wrong. Therefore I take the time to find out what people need and make sure I give them what they need as opposed to what I think they may want. When I get feedback that lets me know I’ve served well and someone’s needs have been met it’s like eating a big, fat steak. It fills and fulfills me. Like Jesus said, “My food is doing the will of my Father who sent me and completing the task He sent me to.” Sometimes people don’t understand why I do what I do for others but at the end of the day I know that God is well pleased and that gives me great peace and joy. Website:

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A Life Lesson From Nicole Cleveland


ur mission is accomplished when we offer hope and a

moment of encouragement, even if it's to just one woman.

Websites & Social Media:

BIOGRAPHY Motivational Speaker, Workshop Leader, Radio Host, and Author, Nicole Cleveland lives her life on purpose. Her mission is to ensure that women are not suffering in silence, as she once was. In 2006 Nicole founded Breathe Again Magazine An online monthly magazine designed to uplift hurting women. In 2010 Nicole released, So He Cheated, Now What? Her personal testimony of overcoming an affair in her marriage. An affair that produced a child. Visit her online at

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Princesses Do Become Queens By Rev. Deborah D. Jenkins

A BIOGRAPHY Pastor Deborah D. Jenkins, affectionately called, “Pastor Deb,” serves as Pastor and co-founder of Faith @ Work Christian Church with her husband Co-Pastor Frank J. Jenkins, in Bronx, NY. Pastor Deb has been in ministry for 13 years and in full-time ministry for 5 years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Public Administration and Policy ,and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from New York Theological Seminary, where she is an Adjunct Professor in both the M.Div. and Certificate Programs. Pastor Deb founded the No More Drama Women’s Conference in 2002 and has been a mentor/coach to hundreds of women. She speaks nationally and is the author of two dynamic leadership books, Leading through Adversity: Lessons from the Prophets (2004) and the latest dedicated to women, Preparing the Princess to be Queen: With 31 Successpirations for the Princess (2010).

s a Success and Character Marketing Coach and author of

Preparing the Princess to be Queen: With 31 Successpirations for the Princess, I have developed a Character Attraction branding strategy to move every Princess towards her destiny as Queen and to propel every Queen to godly-Success. Here are my Top 3 brand building techniques: Coin a Catchy Branding Slogan: We often fall well-short of divine purpose because we’ve allowed everyone and every circumstance to define us. My branding slogan is “Have you Met the Princess?™ This is an instant conversation generator and I am subsequently invited to numerous events for presentations! Teach! Maximizing every opportunity also provides space for teaching principles of the book. Those taught are empowered by the free-experience and are willing to purchase services. Wearing a Crown Brooch: I have several different crown-shaped brooches that I wear on everything from cotton-tees to silk blouses. I am automatically associated with royalty—when asked about it I am able to ask my branded question, “Have you Met the Princess?™ For further information about Pastor Deb visit her website

She owns three businesses—all of which compliment her godly destiny as a Queen. Connect with her on: Twitter: Facebook: or

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A Real Strong Woman By Rhonda J. Smith


hen I look at my life, I realize that I have always been

known as a strong person who writes. When I asked myself what I wanted to be known for, I realized my heart’s desire was to be a strong biblical woman who taught others this through my lifestyle and lecturing.

BIOGRAPHY Rhonda J. Smith is a wife, mother, minister, teacher, writer, speaker and friend who is dedicated to marriage, ministry and motherhood. She is overjoyed to see people walking in what they were born to do. One of her chief aims is to see women walk in the freedom of Christ and make no apologies for doing so. To that end, Rhonda blogs three times a week at to challenge Christian women, particularly African-American women, to refuse to walk in their strength and rely on the power of God. A past full-time speech instructor and communications coordinator at Detroit’s Wayne County Community College District, Rhonda is a full-time homemaker and journalist. She has written for a number of publications, including The Detroit News, Newsday (New York), Chicago Tribune, Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and Charisma Magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication, both from Wayne State University, Detroit. She has applied her professional communications background to teach teen girls and women at church; speak at various ministry functions; write and edit newsletters for Christian ministries; and teach public speaking workshops. She and her family attend Evangel Ministries in Detroit, where they live.

I have structured my life to accomplish this by: 1) Delving daily into God’s word and 2) Discipling women through scheduled oneon-one bible-centered meetings and phone calls and blogging to debunk the myths of worldly strength by exposing wrong notions and reworking and aligning them with biblical thought. I have set up my blog to automatically post to Facebook and Yahoo Updates. Because of this, my readership has increased, even internationally.

Some of my blog messages will be in my upcoming book with the working title of either Destroying the Myth of the Strong Black Woman or The Strong Black Woman: Re-imagined and Reengineered. You can now read excerpts at Also visit my new site, scheduled to launch June 2010, at I can be reached on Facebook at

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Continue to be You By Rosalind Y. Tompkins


his season of my life is truly proving to be both new and

exciting thanks to my connection with Pam Perry. Before I connected with Pam, I believe that I was branding my life by being my authentic self; however, I had no clue as to how to be strategic and obtain specific goals that I desired to accomplish. BIOGRAPHY Rosalind Y. Tompkins has been said to be an icon in Tallahassee, Florida because of her work with families in crisis. The over twenty-years in recovery former addict founded Mothers In Crisis, Inc. (MIC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) community-based organization in 1991. MIC has impacted the lives of thousands of families. She also founded Turning Point International Church in 1998 where she serves as the senior pastor. Rosalind Y. Tompkins is the published author of the books, “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope." “Rare Anointing." and the newly released, “You Are Beautiful." She is a prophetic poet who writes and recites poetry and spoken word and has been compared to the likes of Maya Angelou. She has two CD’s of poetry, “Poems of Life Volumes One and Two.”

Now I am branding my best life by continuing to be ME, my authentic self, I am just doing it with finesse and power thanks to the coaching of Pam Perry. I live my personal best by remaining true to my call, purpose, and destiny. I am tapping into my God given streams of power and allowing them to flow like never before. As the author of three nonfiction inspirational books, As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope, Rare Anointing, and You Are Beautiful. I understand the necessity of following tried and true principles of wisdom in order to obtain success in life. \With that in mind, I am following those who God has ordained to lead me to higher heights and deeper depths as I live my personal best and brand my best life! Websites & Social Media:

The Florida State University graduate has literally branded the Tallahassee and surrounding areas with the now famous trademark, “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope®!" With a ready smile, piercing eyes and a warm heart she teaches and preaches throughout the nation and around the world. Rosalind Y. Tompkins is also a Life Coach who helps others fulfill their God given dreams and destinies. Her passion is to see lives transformed and activate positive change in others. She has been anointed by God to co-create and release purpose and power!

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Live Your Brand By Sandra Steen


rand Identification. I began by first answering the

BIOGRAPHY Sandra Steen is the CEO of Sandra Steen & Associates, Inc. (SSA Inc.), an International training, consulting and speaking firm founded in 1993, Ms Steen’s Oats to Joy, Inc., a gourmet oatmeal cookie company founded in 2004 and Joy Incorporated, a holding company for her previously formed companies as well as future ventures. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with over 20 years of corporate experience, and considered a communications expert within the corporate world. As a noted author and worldrenowned inspirational and motivational speaker, Sandra Steen travels the world assisting companies and organizations in increasing communication effectiveness, building strong teams and increasing and promoting company morale. In June 2010 Sandra will announce the launching of Sandra Steen Ministries which will offer training, speaking and ministry designed specifically for Churches and Non-Profit organizations. Ms Steen has traveled internationally with a Fortune 500 corporate audience that has ranged from Sony, Disney, Wal-Mart, AT&T, JC Penney, Sea World of Texas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the San Antonio Spurs, Procter & Gamble, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many others. With a growing list of attendees, Ms. Steen has spoken to over 500,000 people declaring a message of defined purpose, higher living, business excellence and endless JOY!

question: What is my major business? I remembered when Southwest Airlines answered this same question they determined they were in the “transportation” business rather than the “airline” business. When I wrote the book Who Stole My JOY? I realized that I was not just in the training, speaking or consulting business; I was in the JOY business. From a business perspective JOY makes total sense, since it is in unlimited supply and endless demand. JOY has also become a very popular word choice for National Advertisers, promoting everything from cereal to cars! Creating JOY Related Products. Once I understood I was in the JOY business I could create products that were related to the JOY message in my book. The JOY Institute was created to be an umbrella organization for the various seminars and teachings that were offered to the public. Ms Steen’s Oats to JOY was a product that was created to tie in the JOY message to a food product. Operation JOY™ was a message designed to send our oatmeal cookies to the Military. JoyWear™ is a trademark clothing line of inspirational clothing. I also began branding the question, “Who wouldn’t want more Joy?” That question kept the JOY opportunities endless. Consistent JOY Message. I worked consistently to create an authentic JOY message. This message could be read on signature blocks for letters and emails as I signed off “Much JOY” to everyone. Message reinforcement was designed in a spoken word devotional CD designed to get your day started in JOY! In numerous radio interviews or during a keynote address I would always find the opportunity to stress the importance of living with JOY. It is not uncommon now for people to associate me as some brand of JOY Mastery. It has become quite refreshing to have people greet me and others with a common phrase I use a lot: “Have a Joyous day!” You can follow Sandra Steen on Facebook and find out more information by going to www.sandrasteen .com.

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Become Intentional about Your Life By Simon T. Bailey


hen you become intentional about your life, you become

unstoppable in creating your future. Is that your mantra for your life? If not, you may want to consider it. Here is how you can live your personal best right now: Surround yourself with 360 degree thinkers. When you do you will begin to think and see like them. When you surround yourself with 45 degree thinkers you will only think and see to a certain degree!

BIOGRAPHY Simon T. Bailey is author of the bestseller Release Your Brilliance published by HarperCollins and ranked #17 of the Top 100 books being read by Corporate America according to 800CEORead. He was selected as one of the top 25 “hot” Speakers shaping the speaking profession by Speaker Magazine. He is a repeat Thought Leader at Dell, Microsoft, Society of Human Resource Management, IBM and Executive Women International just to name a few. He has also shared the stage with Jim Collins, Dr. Stephen Covey, Cokie Roberts, Ken Blanchard and Judge Glenda Hatchett. Most recently he was nominated for the National Speaker Association CPAE – 2010 Speaker Hall of Fame distinction. Previously, he was sales director for Disney Institute based at the Walt Disney World Resort and has twenty years of experience in the tourism industry.

Sell out to your dream, destiny, and desire to be. No more meandering around waiting to be discovered. Discover yourself. Be your own American Idol, hold your arms up and dance with the star called you. When you develop an appetite for the spectacular you no longer settle for the crumbs of the ordinary. Resist the gravitational pull to be average. If Steve Jobs would have listened to the pundits then the iPod, iPhone, and iTunes would remain a figment of his imagination. But no, he pushed aside those who were spamming him with negativity and walked in the opposite direction. The reality is that some people are more negative than an undeveloped piece of film. Don’t let it be you. Oh Brilliant One, becoming your personal best is a daily intention. Go for it!

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Seek God’s Best By Dr. Teresa Hairston

I BIOGRAPHY Dr. Teresa Hairston has worked diligently over the last 21 years to build her company from the ground up. The founder and publisher of Gospel Today is now enjoying the fruits of her labor and her publication is a valued resource in the faith community. “I started the company from a four-page newsletter as a way to reach the urban Christian community and it has become one of the world's largest publications of its type. This is a vision that God gave me, it's certainly not something I signed up for — it is obedience from start to finish. It has been a journey of faith,” she says. Building an empire wasn't easy for the divorced mother of three, but she found the strength to conquer the obstacles. “I didn't have the money, the education, the background, friends or anything else to support what I was doing," Hairston says. “I just had faith and belief that if God called me to do it, then he would take me through it.” The success Hairston has obtained through her television show Gospel Today, and the publication of the same name, has opened the door for her to share more of her knowledge with others through her new book, How to Pursue Your Purpose. To purchase: see Email:

am "driven" by my understanding of the opportunity and

responsibility I have to leave a legacy during my lifetime. It is MY responsibility to expand my capacity to accomplish the assignment God has given me. I do that through relationships—with God, myself and others; formal and informal education (study); and experiences—both spiritual, physical and emotional. We are all assigned to "worship" God. Worship is a lifestyle, not a musical style. When we worship God—in spirit and in truth—we come into communion with God, and it is then that the Holy Spirit reveals specific assignments and unique direction to our spirits; and also reveals truth to our minds. It isn’t always easy or convenient to discern or obey the “leading” of the Holy Spirit, but when we do, and we go where He leads, we always find that we exceed our own grasp and we experience “overflow.” My goal in the future is to achieve “best” in every area of my life. I will do this by not actualizing MY best, but seeking God’s best. I have learned that the more I yield my mind, body and spirit to Him, the better His best is “in” and “through” me—and the more I lose control to Him, the better the journey is “in” Him! Teresa Hairston Founder/President, Gospel Today Magazine Founder/President, Gospel Heritage Foundation

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Personal Branding Tips From Dr. Ty Adams


ow do I brand my best life?

1. Always remember and Teach that my Success camouflages itself as failure in its infant stage. BIOGRAPHY Ty Adams, CEO and Founder of Heaven Enterprises and Girls Gone, is a sex and relationship expert, best-selling author and life coach. She is the voice of counsel to thousands around the world through her celebrated web-based column, Ask Dr. Ty. After being nominated and receiving more than 100,000 hits per month on her daily radio program within one month of its release, Ty began preparing for the launch of her syndicated television broadcast, Ty Live; slated to launch in 2010! Along with two new books, Married & Not Having Sex and How Do I Get Married?

2. Living by example is the best sermon I can ever preach! 3. Being relevant, transparent, living with integrity, in purity & making God #1 is the fabric of my life and brand!

Websites & Social Media:

Ty is highly recognized as the creative pen behind the best-selling book, Single Saved and Having Sex, reaching best-seller status in its inception. This literary work has landed her on numerous television and radio programs, including TBN’s Praise the Lord, The 700 Club and earmarked as an Essence Magazine bestseller and’s Top 100. Affectionately known as “Dr. Ty,” she skillfully navigates through multimedia, books, television and theater to help design and fashion healthy lifestyles. Whether speaking or writing, “Helping Life Live” is the motto and the mission of this dynamic orator. Dr. Ty’s bold, rams horn approach to lifestyle, sex and relationships makes her one of the most sought after speakers in the country, distinguishing her as a leading advisor and “SEXpert” in America.

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Belief, Hope, Change By Valder Beebe


he Valder Beebe Show ( is one of the

unique 21st century shows that offer authentic belief, hope and change in each broadcast for our female audience. We approach topics such as spirituality, money, health and relationships. We want to create a niche, a place where women can go to feel better and aspire to live the life they dream of in their souls." As my teams and I dive deeper into the lifestyle, self-help, entertainment and spiritual themes, we use as vehicles my weekly show, which has been a syndicated talk show for 5 years, and my successful monthly newspaper-magazine pages, Beebe’s Smart Living. These brands are designed to inspire, ignite and massage Belief, Hope, and Change as they are founded on the strongest principles, love and faith.

BIOGRAPHY Valder Beebe hosts The Valder Beebe Show, a spiritual talk show “for women by women” broadcast on KKVI Radio FM 89.9/95.9 (

Websites & Social Media: and Pod Cast on Contact Valder Beebe via or email

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In 2008, I was offered an opportunity to syndicate my lifestyle pages, BeeBe’s Smart Living, to the Power Pages News published by Hattie Kelly. The idea for providing media content had been in my soul for years as I had labored writing book reviews for local papers, then creating my first content page in Dallas’ The Black Economic Times Newspaper (now defunct). I had a belief in my heart that I could bring to the audience relevant, informative and entertaining topics that would always inspire belief, hope and change in their lives. So I began my journey of belief in the BeeBe Brand. Today the BeeBe Brand is a media content provider. From a strong belief, we now broadcast the Valder Beebe Show on FM Radio, Internet Radio, Pod Cast and our own Internet Television Network. The Show is also delivered as content to and affiliate web sites; printed as BeeBe’s Smart Living lifestyle pages in the Power Pages News; broadcast daily on the Internet’s, and as Valder Beebe Show’s THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW and soon to launch Valder Beebe Show’s SMART LIVING GREEN (environmental interviews and infomercials). We believe in the power of words, so we have book clubs in Dallas, New Orleans and Mississippi. Belief, Hope, Change is about knowing that all the resources you will ever need or want are at your fingertips. All you have to do is identify what you want to do with them and then practice the feeling-place of what it will feel like when that happens. If you can believe and hope that you can be, do or have anything you desire, you are a blessed human who has come forth to create an EXTRAORDINARY life. There is nothing holding you back, other than your own contradictory thought of “I can’t.” Now all you must do is to change your belief. You must affirm to yourself that you must savor life more, laugh more, and anticipate positively more. I frequently open my show with “change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change.” And I have heard from many listeners, viewers and readers of the Valder Beebe Show, who have stated they too have embraced this mantra, so just try it. What beliefs lie unrequited in your heart? What hope do you want to bring to the world? What change can you make to better Planet Earth?

Pearls of Wisdom on Branding By Venus Mason Theus


s a wife coach and the author of Pearls of Wisdom for

Wives: How to Have a Joyfully-Ever-After Marriage, I developed a personal brand strategy to make my services/book a household word. Here are my top three brand building techniques:

BIOGRAPHY Venus is dedicated to helping married women find joy in all situations. She also teaches brides-to-be and someday brides how to choose and prepare for marriage wisely. She is passionate about cultivating a community of what she refers to as 21st Century “P31s” – empowered, yet nurturing women who know their value and operate within the purpose for which they were created. She is the author of Brown Paper Bag, a novel and her first non-fiction work, an eBook entitled Pearls of Wisdom for Wives: How to Have a Joyfully Ever After Marriage which was released this year on Valentine’s day. She and her husband Rick recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Their blended four generation family is comprised of four adult offspring and 15 grandchildren. Venus and Rick serve together as the codirectors of the Uplift Family Ministry at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Her platform of JoyfullyEver-After Marriage offers hope, healing and assurance that contrary to popular belief, monogamous, joyful marriage is indeed alive and well!

Start early. Even before I completed the first chapter of my book, I had my graphics designer include a “coming soon” banner on the image of my book cover to place on my website, blogs, social networking sites and email signatures. People began to recognize my book a year before the manuscript was complete. Host events that are centered on your brand. I created wisdom4wives, (w4w) an online social network exclusively for my target market which is married women and brides-to-be. In conjunction with my online presence, I host Jeans and Pearls, quarterly offline events for members and their friends. Be a billboard. People associate me with “pearls.” Whether I’m wearing a pair of jeans, a business suit or my Sunday best, my ensemble is incomplete if it doesn’t include a pearl necklace, a bracelet or a pair of pearl earrings. I also have an enormous fauxpearl ring that I wear for the sole purpose of soliciting conversation. When someone comments about my ring, it presents an opportunity for my 30-second elevator pitch.

For further information about Venus visit her website,

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