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PUBLISHER’S VIEW| DR. LEI LEWIS According to research, “as chronic diseases rise, the burden of care for patients at home disportionately falls on women; resulting in huge implications for women’s participation in the workforce and the health of female caregivers.”


ow exciting! The sights and sounds of Christmas are with us once again. For me Christmas is one of the most favorite times of the year. It is a time to remember God’s gift to the world, his Son Jesus Christ. It is a time when families stop what they are doing and come together bearing gifts for each other. For me it is a time of reflection and assessment. I love this time of the year. Thank you for including WOW Magazine as a part of your reading material. Each issue we hope to bring a new, thought provoking and challenging segment to our publication. Starting with this issue we are excited to debut “Health Wise” an exciting and informative new section on women’s health. You’ve heard the cliché” a “woman’s work is never done” neither is the awesome challenge of staying healthy.

Think about it, “Good health is also wealth.”

In HealthWise, we will share health related information from medical specialists and others with an important perspective on Women’s Health.


As women, we invest tremendous time managing our businesses and careers and, unfortunately, too often to the detriment of our own health. It is no secret that good health is our greatest asset; therefore, the most important goal should be the protection of that asset. Before the balance sheets are reviewed, before that all-important business meeting, we must ensure that we prioritize our lives by taking care of “first things first…..our health.”

No client, board, dinner or “other meeting” is more important than our “health meeting” with the doctor. As we enjoy the holiday season, I encourage all of us to re-purpose our lives by investing time concentrating on our health by making an effort to understand and listen to our bodies. It is easy to reschedule the doctor’s appointment and ignore those little annoying aches and symptoms that pop up from time to time. Many of us, habitually, have conditioned our lives where we literally function day to day on auto-pilot. Our busy schedule demands it. Those periodic annoyances are nothing more than Mother Nature’s subtle way of trying to get our attention but because we are fixated on finishing the task at hand we, unfortunately, ignore the signals until the problem is exacerbated.


Obviously, women featured in WOW lead very busy and successful lives. They are not only focused on their respective field of endeavors, most also devote an inordinate amount of time attending to family demands. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “women are major consumers of health care services, negotiating not only their own complex health care but often managing care for their family members as well.: It is a well documented that women serve as the “Chief Medical Officer” in most families.

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Be as far from the door as possible. There is likely more than one place to put your bed, and if you have a choice and it is aesthetically pleasing to you, place your bed as far from the door as possible. The best position for your head is in the corner farthest from the door. The further from the door you are, the more empowered the position is. In the gangster example, the further he is from the door, the safer he is. He has more time to prepare himself to fight any “enemies” who might walk through the door.

Avoid situating your bed in the direct path of the doorway. Stand at the entrance of your bedroom and imagine a light the width of the door shining into the room. Anywhere the light hits is considered the “path of the doorway”. This path is like a strong windy tunnel of unseen, fast-moving energy. When you sleep in the path of the doorway, you have to work to “fend off ” this strong flow, thereby losing personal energy while you’re sleeping. It’s energetically calmer to sleep anywhere in the room other than in this pathway. A common misconception is that sleeping with your feet pointing at the door is “bad”. This is a problem only if your feet are pointing at the door while you are sleeping in the path of the door. By Alice Inoue What if I told you that the position of your bed and where you sleep each night has a great effect on your life, your health and your disposition? Would you believe me? I didn’t believe it until I started this line of work and witnessed hundreds of cases of “proof ” that there is something to it. Bed positioning is extremely important in feng shui. No matter what school of feng shui you follow, it’s a foundational aspect of the philosophy, as it has a relationship to how you position yourself in life, which in turn has an effect on how empowered you are and, to a degree, how successful you are.

Gangsters and animals know positioning The next time you watch a movie that shows a head mob guy sitting in a restaurant, notice that he’s always sitting in what is known in feng shui as the “power position”. He is far from the door, usually in the far corner, facing the door, so that no one can surprise attack him from behind, and he can see who comes in the door.



In the same way, animals position themselves to face the door so that all they need to do is open one eye to see who is approaching.

Empowered bed positioning Feng shui uses the same concept in bed positioning. If you put yourself in an em powering position you create a better energy for you to be empowered. Here are the “power position” guidelines:

Be able to see the door from the bed. This means that when you are lying in bed, you need only open your eyes to see the door; you don’t have to turn your head or crane your neck. At our deepest level, we feel most secure in this position.

If you have no choice but to position yourself in the path of the door, with feet pointing at the door, place a small table at the foot of your bed with a plant or large crystal that will buffer some of the energy so you don’t have to process it all.

This will energetically serve to deflect the draining energy of the bathroom. Hold this as your intention when you are installing the mirror.

Consider the bigger picture Some people position their beds against a solid wall because they have read that it is “bad” feng shui to have your head under a window. Although having your head under a window is not as favorable as a solid wall, it’s far better than to sleep in a position where you cannot see the door. If you have a window above your head, close the curtains or shades at night to cover up the “hole” in the wall to be energetically protected.

Use your down time for support By sleeping in an empowered position, you can use the “down” time while you are sleeping to your utmost advantage – not only get more peaceful rest but to give yourself an opportunity to be your best self each day!

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Avoid having the wall to the bathroom behind your head. The bathroom consists of many drains, so the energy of the bathroom is draining. When you sleep with your head against the wall of the bathroom, it “pulls away” some of your body’s energy. The most energetically draining wall is the one with the toilet attached to it. If you have no other choice but to keep your bed in this position, place a small mirror on the headboard, or on the wall just below the top of the mattress, in the approximate area where you lay your head, with the mirror side facing the bathroom. You can purchase a four to six inch diameter mirror at a craft store and use double-stick mirror tape to attach it.



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Your Success is My Success and My Success is Your Success Deborah Scott Thomas CEO Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated





Deborah Scott Thomas | Data Solutions & Technology, Incorporated Deborah Scott Thomas is the President and CEO of Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST), a consulting company headquartered in Lanham, Maryland. She founded the company in 1994 with a specific vision in mind; a successful company that provides outstanding customer service while effecting positive change for her employee family. She dreamed of a company that would be built on the 3 R’s: respect, reputation, and reliability. Through hard work and dedication she has grown the company by more than 200 employees in the United States and abroad. DST’s core capabilities are management support, information technology, logistics and operations, aviation management, and scientific and technical services. Clients are a who’s who of federal agencies, to include the Department of Energy; Department of Defense; Defense Intelligence Agency; Defense Information Systems Agency; and Department of Commerce. Her commitment community service, mentoring, and excellence has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, most recently, the Spelman College Legacy of Leadership Award; The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in 2011; the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.; the Distinguished Hornet Entrepreneurial Award from the Alabama State University (ASU) National Alumni Association’s Philadelphia Chapter; and the first Silhouette of Service Award from Alabama State University’s College of Business Administration. Where do you see DST going in the next decade? We will continue to maintain the company’s number one priority: 100% Customer Satisfaction! We will continue to be one of the best consulting companies in the nation, one that effects positive change for people. We will continue to help educational institutions grow and cultivate productive citizens, such as my alma mater, Alabama State University, and Bowie State University (BSU). Are you and your company involved in your community? Absolutely! We are truly committed to giving back



to the community. For instance, DST employees have contributed time, energy, spirit, and donations to help make the annual March of Dimes March for Babies fundraiser an overwhelming success. For six consecutive years DST has been a Top 5 Team for Prince George’s County March for Babies. Moreover, I serve on several advisory boards, such as the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and BSU’s College of Arts & Sciences. Giving of our time and finances is oftentimes the tipping point for our community reaching its true potential and becoming a ‘place of choice’ for people to live and work. One of my role models, Edie Fraser, tells us to “ generously support others in every way that we can.” What played a role in you reaching your goals? My roots began in the beautiful state of Alabama where my family were farmers. I one of seven children. Even though we lost our father early in life, he had a tremendous impact on our lives. My mother instilled in my siblings and me a solid foundation – courage, giving, sharing, being the best we could be, compassion, and strength of character. Two of my mother’s favorite principles of life, which I have always used as touchstones, are: 1.

Put God first in your life, and all will be given to you

2. Get an education from Alabama State University (ASU) and you can go any where in the world. So, I live by these every day and am grateful for ASU where I also received my Air Force commission. For many of us the preparation to become a successful entrepreneur involves general and specific knowledge. I find that successful entrepreneurs are those who hunger for experience, knowledge, and find challenges and obstacles to be opportunities for growth, for example, my

military experiences has help shape my life and provided the foundation for my leadership skills. While in the military I earned a master’s degree which increased my overall management abilities. After serving my country for more than three decades I retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve. Moreover, I have also worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as small businesses which enhanced my knowledge of business. Likewise, it was also important for me that while building the company I devote quality time for my family. I am married to an entrepreneur, Oatice Thomas, who is President and CEO of Operations & Technology Incorporated. We have three awesome sons who are striving to make a positive impact on the world. I believe a balanced life entails enjoying every aspect of your time on this earth. So we must purposely carve out time to enjoy the people and things that we identify as being important to us. Can you expound on your activities that bring education, industry and government together? Definitely! We are hosting the second annual national HBCU entrepreneurship conference at Ala-

bama State University on March 5-7, 2012. The goals of the conference are to enable attendees the opportunity to learn about business development; entrepreneurship; grants; contracting; and fellowships. Last year our conference had a special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Conference attendees will come from federal, state and local agencies; corporations; small businesses; higher education community, including faculty, staff, students and alumni; and high school students interested in attending college. The HBCU entrepreneurship conference brings together the holy trinity: industry, government and education. The conference participants have an opportunity to develop relationships and partnerships that can help them be successful in their undertakings. Please visit the website at for more information. For more information on Deborah or her company contact:

Tammi Thomas Vice President, Strategic Management Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated 240-487-1479 (direct) 301-741-1647 (cell)



Many successful entrepeneurs that I know have failed many times in different ventures but those that PERSEVERE have a greater chance of success. SUCCESS is so different to so many different people, so each woman really has to ask herself how they measure success and what is their ultimate goal?

Laurie A. Sossa | Southern Barter Club Tell us about Southern Barter Club SBC is a national membership based trading organization where members earn and spend trade dollars instead of cash dollars for their transactions. Our market place is for large and small businesses to earn buying power in the form of trade currency as they offer their professional services, inventory and available resources to other members within the network.

Laurie A. Sossa CEO, Founder, Southern Barter Club, Inc. CEO, Founder, Eco-Trade Global, LLC

Bartering Your Way To Success

SBC is a parallel economy and alternative market place for businesses. Our brokers bring buying power to our members and help them acquire needed goods and services without using cash. Our trade currency is reportable income to the IRS. We are a third party record keeper for all trade transactions. We have ah online barter store and trading platform as well as a brick and mortar showroom filled with hard goods available without cash as well as certificates for a wide variety of goods and services. SBC hostsmonthly networking events for our members to meet other businesses that trade, trade shows, and we have our very own social media platform where members can connect, trade and network online within the SBC community. Tell me about going green and some of the work you do outside SBC. We recently launched our sister company, Eco-Trade Global consisting of eco-friendly and sustainable businesses that reuse and recycle and trade. This directory is for those looking to run their business using green businesses or if they want to adapt to a green life style they can tap into this resource to easily find green businesses they can connect, network and trade with. I am also involved with several non-profits and serve on the board of directors for the World Chamber of Commerce and chair the committee for barter and global trading. I recommend that any cash strapped non-profit use trading their memberships and sponsorships to fund the growth of their organization. One of the initiatives of the WCC is sustaining the environment which inspired me to form Ecotrade global. I also host a local television show called Barter is Better which brings general awareness to barter. We interview local businesses in the studio and on-site at their business, that share their true life success stories about using barter to run their business and personal life. There is a lot of interest with this topic especially with the state of the economy.

What kind of businesses can we expect to find in your network? Our network includes large and small corporations, small business owners, business organizations, nonprofits, chambers of commerce, service providers and basically any one with goods, services or resources that are open to earning and using our community trade currency.



Is trading limited to Southern Barter Club members and only in the southeast? We belong to two international reciprocal trading organizations. These strong alliances with other barter exchanges nation wide, expand trading opportunities for our members. The trade currency we share is actually global. Members can acquire local and national advertising in print, billboard, radio and TV as well as graphic design services, printing, office equipment and repair, legal services, healthcare services, dining, hotel accommodations and more with SBC members and upwards of 50,000 other businesses owners that trade within the trade network.

What is your inspiration and what are satisfying aspects of what you do? I get tremendous satisfaction from my work but at the end of the day it is really my family that inspires me the most I often come across businesses and non profits that are I need of funding or additional revenue and they don’t realize they actually have their very own private currency in the form of their goods and services they can offer so it’s great to be able to introduce them to the concept of organized trade and help them help themselves. I find it very satisfying working closely with many non-profits that really do so much for people in the community and for businesses and it’s very rewarding being involved and being able to support them.

What advice can you share with aspiring female entrepreneurs on being successful? Don’t give up. Many successful entrepreneurs that I know have failed many times in different ventures but those that persevere have a greater chance of success. Success is so different to so many different people, so each woman really has to ask herself how they measure success and what is their ultimate goal? Success is not only measured by how much money one makes, but also about attaining peace and contentment along with a great quality of life. When asked what business I am in, I respond by saying that I am in the networking business and I also trade- so I can’t emphasize enough how important networking is and the doors that it opens. Equally, important is making time to mentor and help others by sharing what you have learned from your own life’s journey. And obviously, I encourage anyone starting a business that wants to grow their business, to make sure that they incorporate organized trading as a component to their business model as it will attract new business, help use under utilized assets , minimize cash outlay and increase their bottom line. You can email Laurie at, visit her website at, connect with her on facebook and follow her on Twitter.



Throughout my career I have learned to recognize when another person is in need and to PAY IT FORWARD, which helps me to respect what has been given to me. I ensure I instill that concept in my children as well as other children with whom I am in contact. It is important to give back.”

Juanita Ann Bates | Anuschka Health Care Group Club Juanita, what inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare? My dream started from what my mother told me when I was young. She instilled many core values within me and also told me that if a person shows, kindness, compassion and love; and have given it unconditionally with no expectations; they would have in turn given the greatest gift any person can give. As I grew older I realized that I wanted to be that person to others and be able to give a voice to the weak, disabled, and emotionally or physically challenged people in the world.

What impact has being an African-American woman had on your chosen career? As an African American woman I realize that I have even more responsibility to be a role model and success for little African American girls out there. They unfortunately do not have many role models so it’s important that they are aware that people like me exist. It’s similar to President Barack Obama demonstrating to African American boys and girls to realize that they, too, can be President of the United States one day.

What are the most difficult challenges you face in your career? One of the most difficult challenges that I am constantly facing is also what has brought me this far in my career and that is my big heart. Because I have such compassion for people I wanted to help everyone and that can be a challenge.

Do you feel that women in general have a more difficult time succeeding in your field versus their male counterparts? I’ve always been determined to do what I am passionate about. While the executive side of the medical industry is make dominated, women who love to see people healthy and happy will succeed if they are passionate and determined regardless of their gender.

How have you overcome them? I’ve become better about realizing that I cannot do it all and have surrounded myself with key people who are helping me implement and spread my vision of love and kindness. How did you develop the concept of Anuschka Healthcare? The word Anuschka means “like no other” and can never be duplicated. I’ve always wanted to provide rehabilitation facilities, and with my unique concept and design I know it will be successful.



What is your vision for Anuschka in 10 years? To keep growing and expanding as a company. What legacy do you hope to leave for future generations? That hard work, persistence and dedication pays off. Throughout my career I have learned to recognize when another person is in need and to pay it forward, which helps me to respect what has been given to me. I ensure I instill that concept in my children as well as other children with whom I am in contact. It is important to give back.”







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Theo, How long have you been in the NBA? THEO: 16 years How long have you and Kristina been married? THEO: 12 years How many children do you guys have? THEO: 6, 4 girls and twin boys. How long have you lived in Atlanta? THEO: 8 years Theo, you are now living your dream, so tells us, where and when did it begin? THEO: In Detroit, drafted in 1995.

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be the best at it and you have to work at it to be the best. Theo, do you have a word of advise to shout out to moms raising kids alone? THEO: Mom stay involved with your kids 100%, don’t Give us some background. THEO: I was born in Demopolis, Ala, I have 2 brothers, I worry about not having the father around, don’t even am the middle child. None of them play professional ball. bring it up. The kids will understand that, and it leaves a One brother is a chemist and did play football in college. lasting impression on them. Never bashed the father, you My mother made sure all of her boys had a good education. don’t need to. The kids know what the real deal is. If it is at We were the first generation to go to college on my mother all possible, keep the family extremely involved in church, side. I grew up in a single parent home and I can truly say, for church is a family. There are males in the church that will be able to help provide that male bonding. my Mom did a great job. I am so very proud of her. Was it hard growing up in single parent home? THEO: Not for me, but I am sure it was hard for her, she was only 19 years old when she ended up in a teenage pregnancy. She had to quit school and come home , my father was not around. She did the very best that she could do, and it was enough. My Mom is very stern and educated oriented. She pushed education to its highest level. Our conversation at the dinner table was to be the very best that you could be. Mom went back to college at the age of 40 and finished her degree. She taught us well and I always remembered these words that she would share with us, “even if you are the garbage man



Your Mom must have done something right, you have such a good attitude. THEO: You see my Mom would accept no excuses, I was born with a disability and at the age of 3, I had to have corrected surgery. I was born with a genetic birth defect. I wore a cast and leg braces because the doctors had to break my leg. They had to break the bones and reset the leg, the foot was turned inside. Well, we can certainly see that you are an obstacle remover, against all odds, look at you now, playing on one of the best teams in the NBA League, the LA Lakers. You are indeed a

My, what challenges, but you are now signed with a number 1 team, what happened? THEO: Youngevity happened. Mike Glen with Youngevity, was speaking about mineral deficiency even though we How did you become such a positive person? THEO: I learned that if you take a positive approach you ate right etc, but body was still falling apart, Mike introwill come out positive. I tell the young guys it is the posi- duced me to Phil Oliver, who works with Dr. Waller, owner of Youngevity, who said, athletes become mineral deficientive attitude that will generate positive results. cy and there body breaks down, it shortens their career and Now, I know life in the NBA has not been a bed of roses, life. He goes on to explain that when athlete sweat they send so take us through some of the physical drama you en- out the minerals that your body need to function, the mineral calcium, is the one they lose the most, the body breaks counter when you first came into the NBA. THEO: I came into the league, had to have pre-draft down and bones become brittle, it is like osteoporosis. I, physical, first couple of years played in Detroit, end- later met Ted with that same organization and began taked up cracking my knee cap, I had a micro fracture, ing the minerals diligently, and got my body back together. had surgery for that, lost cartilage in kneecap, bone on “I and Kristina are Diamond Associates in Youngevity” bone. Continued to play, eventually traded to Philadelphia, played 3 years even with injuries, broke his wrist, What a comeback. but still made the all star team in 2001, and ended up THEO: I came in second for defensive player of the year getting traded to Atlanta, went into rehab, started back and was first in the league in block shots for the next 2 playing and ended up tearing the cartilage in hip, one years, no knee issues, everything was back to 100%. I, of the worst injuries that a basketball player could have, started the season with San Antonio, then traded to Charmost basket ball players have to retire after that., ended lotte and became a starter and helped guide the team to its up having surgery on my hip, encountered problems first playoff after 15 years in the league. Now, I am playing with the LA Lakers this year. What a life!. with healing. leader and a winner. What was your major in college? THEO: Communications.




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am Ninoska Villavicencio Zorabedian, Editor of this new segment of the Women of Wealth magazine intending to heighten the work of Latin Women. Discipline, passion, confidence and strength, are the characteristics within the women of this magazine. They are recognized as leaders in their diverse fields of occupation, successful and powerful women of the world. In each new edition, I will present these Powerful Latin Women and their outstanding achievements. In this first segment of Powerful Latin Women, we will present two powerful women, who in the passage of their life have moved to the forefront of Latin women. Solange Warner and Sanaz Hooman are successful women in business, more importantly, they are Philanthropists. I was born in La Paz, Bolivia. . My profession is dentistry, specializing in Periodontal and Endodontic. I graduated from the University of Chile and the University of Conception. I have been working more than 20 years with dedication, hard work and care with my brother and partner, Dr. Julio Ivan Villavicencio, who is specialist in Orthodontic and Oral Rehabilitation. We created a multidisciplinary team with higher standards for our profession, offering a higher quality of care and service for our patients. I am married and residing in this wonderful country. I am full of intuitiveness and expecting to contribute great creativity to this awesome publication.

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Soy Ninoska Villavicencio de Zorabedian, Editora de este nuevo segmento de la revista Women of Wealth que tiene por objeto realzar el trabajo que la mujer Latina ha venido desempeñando a lo largo de los anos. Disciplina, pasión, confianza y fortaleza, es lo que las caracteriza y son reconocidas como líderes en los diversos campos que ocupan. Dejemos que la vida de estas mujeres que han logrado el éxito fuera de sus países, nos inspire y motive con sus emocionantes experiencias. Las invito a compartir conmigo esta aventura, presentando en cada nueva edición a estas destacadas mujeres, que cada día van dejando huella en lo que hacen. En este primer segmento de Mujeres Latinas Poderosas, les presentaremos a dos sorprendentes damas, que en el trayecto de sus vidas han puesto en alto el nombre de la mujer Latina. Solange y Sanah son exitosas empresarias, que están realizando una enorme labor Filantrópica. Nací en La Paz, Bolivia. De profesión Odontóloga,, especialista en Periodoncia y Endodoncia. Me gradué de la Universidad de Chile y de la Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Hace 20 años que ejerzo esta profesión, que me ha llenado de triunfos y satisfacciones y junto a mi socio y hermano, el Dr. Julio Iván Villavicencio, especialista en Ortodoncia y Rehabilitación Oral creamos un equipo multidisciplinario con elevados estándares profesionales, que ofrecen una alta calidad en el servicio y el cuidado de nuestros pacientes. Actualmente estoy casada y residiendo en este país maravilloso, me encuentro llena de expectativas e inquietudes y entre estas el de aportar creativamente a esta revista.



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n our quest to identify women whose names are synonymous with success, it is difficult to find words that can better describe Sanaz Hooman, the consummate professional POWER figure and mentor to millions of women. Her reputation has been well earned as she “walks the talk”. She does what she says, and says what she means – a very rare commodity in today’s business climate. It was Sanaz’s retail experience that provided her with the necessary communication skills to excel at everything she has tackled, which is why she became the youngest National Manager for one of Canada’s major retail stores. These experiences lead her to opening her own manufacturing factory which is still operating successfully today. Raised in Toronto, Sanaz comes from a family of entrepreneurs all with the same dedication and determination to reach the top regardless how challenging the journey. She has overcome language and cultural barriers along the way having immigrated to Toronto from Iran as a young woman. Much to her credit and despite her hectic, globe-trotting schedule she also helps mentors and couches, entrepreneurs around the globe to build a foundation for their targets in life! “In this day and age mentorship has become a vital tool for those wishing to get to the top in any venture, and regardless of of much you know, or think you know, mentorship plays a crucial role in business development,” says Sanaz.

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“So many times women reach the pinnacle of success, yet they forget where they started and who helped them along the way. They also forget the importance of reaching back to bring others along with them.”

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Through her wealth of “street” experience Sanaz is a much sought after mentor with a “down to earth no nonsense, don’t waste my time” approach. Over the years she has worked with thousands of female entrepreneurs helping and inspiring them to even greater heights and paving their way to achieving ultimate success. Says Sanaz, “At Global Wealth Trade we have made it part of our mission to support all types of charities both large and small. One of the best examples of giving back is through the funding we provide for Olympic Athletes. “Riviera”







by Nicolas Lewis

asim Reed is a native to the prestigious city. Mayor Reed’s roots began in the Cascade community of southwest Atlanta where he attended Fulton County public schools. He received his undergraduate & law degrees from Howard University in Washington D.C. In 1998 Mayor Reed was elected to the Georgia General Assembly where he served two terms as State Representative. From 2002 until 2009 he was a member of Georgia State Senate during which he served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Since beginning inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta January 4, 2010, Mayor Reed has made a profound and immediate impact on the city’s communities. During his first year in office he increased the city’s reserves from $7.4 million dollars to $56 million dollars. He has improved fire rescue response times, hired over 200 police officers and reopened all the city’s recreational centers.

In an interview with WOW magazine Mayor Reed was asked:

How does the position of Mayor help you to empower women of Atlanta?

“I have a continued commitment to women owned businesses. “I have a strong relationship with my mother who helped to shape my opinion on how vital women are to an organization that functions well.”



During Mayor Reed’s term, Hartsfield Jackson Airport has spent more than one billion dollars with women and minority owned firms. Out of seven most senior positions in Mayor Reed’s administration five are held by women. Candace Byrd is Chief of Staff. Ms. Byrd is one of only two women in the history of the city of Atlanta to hold the position. Cathy Hampton is a graduate of Spelman College & Harvard Law School. Cathy Hampton is the City Attorney. Joya De Foor is the Chief Financial Officer. Sonji Jacobs Dade is Director of Communications & Duriya Farooqui is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. “Not only do I believe in the talent, merit and value that women bring to an organization, I live it in a verifiable way. This administration has as many women in positions of leadership as any in at least the last four years.”

Did you ever have a mentor/s?

“My mother and father were mentors to me, as well as my three brothers Charles, Carlton and Tracy. They were the most important sources of mentorship and examples of what to be as a man.” Mayor Reed’s parents divorced when he was in the seventh grade. His parents remained untied in raising him. He not only believes his mother and father served as mentors to him, but sends a powerful message to families where African-American children are being raised in homes in which the parents



Mayor Kasim Reed (left), Gov. Nathan Deal (far right) and Detlev von Platen (middle), President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, announced that the company will build a new headquarters in Georgia, creating approximately 100 jobs over the next three years.

separate. “When you have a child that is loved, raising that child in a unified way is invaluable to the outcome of the child.”

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What is your vision for the city of Atlanta?

How do Women-Owned Firms in Georgia compare to Women-Owned Firms in other parts of the country?

“I envision Atlanta becoming a world class city. Atlanta is on the path to being one of the leading cities in the world. It will take a lot of work and time but we have the assets for it. Hartsfield Jackson Airport is the busiest airport in the world. Atlanta is fourth in the nation with the number of fortune 500 companies based in the metro Atlanta area. Atlanta is still a very young city.”

What are your goals for small business?

Atlanta has made path breaking changes to provide opportunities to small businesses. We have a program that I believe to be unmatched.” Commerce Connect is a program that links business owners with federal, state, local and non-profit resources. “I applaud U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke for bringing CommerceConnect services to the city of Atlanta.”

How will this affect women owned businesses?

Newly cross-trained Commerce staff working in existing local department offices is assisting Atlanta area businesses which include women owned businesses. Assistance is available no matter where the business owner is in their business life cycle, whether just getting off the ground or looking to expand into overseas markets – in collaboration with state and local partners. Trained CommerceConnect specialists can assess clients’ business needs – whether it’s access to capital, intellectual property protection, export promotion or guidance on how to make operations more efficient – and refer them to appropriate resources. Atlanta area businesses interested in working with CommerceConnect



According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, Georgia ranks number one in percent growth in number, employment and sales for women-owned firms. The City of Atlanta actively promotes full and equal business opportunities for minority and female business enterprises through the City of Atlanta’s Equal Business Opportunity (EBO), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Programs and our Minority/Female Business Enterprise (M/FBE) program. If you are a minority or female-owned business, we invite you to visit the Office of Contract Compliance to learn how to obtain a City of Atlanta Supplier ID and apply for M/FBE certification.

Mayor share with us your spiritual aspirations?

I try to speak in a church at least once a month. “God has a calling on my life. He certainly has demonstrated that he has his hand on my life and I have a witness to share based upon my experience with Jesus Christ. It is so gratifying for me to be able to visit a church and share my witness.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“I see myself as the Mayor of Atlanta. I’ve never been happier in my life. I receive great satisfaction from what I’m doing.”

Mayor one last question, do you have aspirations on becoming president of the United States?

“Not at all. I don’t want to be president. We have a great president. I just want to be Mayor.”

Roger Bobb is the current CEO of Bobbcat Films. In just a short time he has managed to work his way up from producing and directing what he would call low budget music videos and short films to becoming the Executive Vice-President of Tyler Perry Studios, and now having his own film company. He was born in London, and his family moved to the US when he was 4 years old. Bobb was raised in Brooklyn, New York and credits his interest in film making to his childhood. He and his brother would memorize and quote lines from their favorite movies. They loved movies and found it as a form of escapism. Bobb thought the film making business was just for white guys from Hollywood that were far, far away, until he saw and was inspired by Spike Lees’ movie, “She’s Gotta Have It”, that was filmed a few blocks from his neighborhood. Now, he knew what the future held for him. Bobb attended the Brooklyn College and the School of Visual Arts. Soon thereafter he became a Paralegal, where his company moved him to the heart of the film making city, Los Angeles California. His second view of filmmaking occurred in front of his Corporate Apartment Complex. He became totally fascinated and said to himself, “this is what I have got to do”. It was during this time that a lot of new up and coming directors, producers and film makers started to surface, like Robert Townsend of Hollywood Shuffle fame, Nick Gomez (Laws of Gravity), Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) and a host of other independent film makers. Not knowing anything about film making did not stop Roger Bobb. He started out writing, directing, starring in and producing low budget short films. He won a few film festival contests and started making music videos, where he took on many roles. The big turning point in Bobb’s directing and producing career came when he entered a program given by the Directors Guild of America (DGA). This program is call the DGA Trainee program. It is a 2 year training program that teaches people how to make films. Bobb trained with veteran film makers, such as Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, and James Mangold. During this time he worked on movies like Cop Land, New York Undercover, and NYPD Blue. Bob credits this tremendous amount of experience as helping to jump start his career. In 2004 Bobb received a call from Tyler Perry who was looking for someone to help him produce “Diary of A Mad Black Woman” and the rest is history. Roger Bobb worked with Tyler Perry extensively to produce such hit films as, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea Goes to Jail, The Fam-

ily that Prays, Madea’s Family Reunion and a host of other hits. After eleven films, 222 episodes of House of Payne, 140 episodes of Meet the Browns, and seven years later, Bobb is ready to take that leap of faith and branch out on his own. He developed Bobbcat Films and the purpose of Bobbcat Films is to create various genres of film and entertainment. Bobb said that he will be doing reality shows, films and sitcoms. He would like to produce shows that will uplift, encourage and inspire people. Studios are now more receptive to financing Black Film, and Bobbcat Films will act as a conduit to other studios to produce film. Bobb stated that when House of Payne started, there was relatively only one Black sitcom, The Game, now there are 5 or 6 different sitcoms. There is a climate of inclusion now, states Bobb. He is very excited about his Film Company and filmmaking in general in today’s climate. He has a desire and vision to produce the type of programming he would like to see on film and television. If someone has a script and wants Bobb to look it over to produce, he recommends going through the correct process of submitting it to him through an agent. Although he does not directly hire actors and actresses, he states that he is always looking for new talent and can recommend talent to casting directors. He feels the Atlanta market is booming and has room for new talent. “Atlanta is considered the New Hollywood of the South. More sitcoms are being filmed in Atlanta right now; five sitcoms are being filmed here right now. The films and sitcoms being filmed here in Atlanta is by no means an accident with studios like Tyler Perry Studios,

Young people looking to get into the film business should work on their craft always, recommends Bobb. If you are a writer, you should write. It does not matter whether you get hired or not but you should always be honing your craft, and the Rain Forest Films, Bobbcat Films, and BET.

same goes for Actors. You should act if you act, whether you are acting in church or the church basement, or local stage production you should also be perfecting your craft. Bobb also recommends going to your local college and getting involved in film there, ‘I love what I do because I feel it has an importance in society to tell a story that motivate and inspires people.’ Bobb believes films are recession proof. “It is the cheapest form of entertainment. You can always turn on that box and escape”.

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d inBobb, closing a board that the member DGA program of the Bronze from the Lens Directors Film Festival noted in closing that the DGA program from the Directors g film Guild makers of American learn about is afilm. greatBobb 2 yearalso program encourages to help inspiring film makers learn about film. Bobb also encourages m festivals young are inspiring featured filminmakers Atlantatoand attend morefilm all over festivals. the Four film festivals are featured in Atlanta and more all over the ortunity nation. for Bobb you togoes meetonfilm to say makers”. that “this can be the perfect opportunity for you to meet film makers”.

feel about you leaving his WOW: How does Tyler Perry feel about you leaving his n your own? Company and branching out on your own? o I highly respect, has given BOBB: Tyler Perry, a man who I highly respect, has given nt for me and my new jourme his support and is excitement for me and my new journey with Bobbcat Films. Productions now?

WOW: Why leave Tyler Perry Productions now?

nd the opportunities are BOBB: here. The climate is right and the opportunities are here. nce working with Tyler, but I feel it was a fantastic experience working with Tyler, but to produce the things I now wantthat I have the opportunity to produce the things I want take the leap of faith andtogodo personally, then why not take the leap of faith and go forth and produce.

e for Bobbcat Films?

WOW: What plans do you have for Bobbcat Films?

ate and harness the sameBOBB: sucI plan to create. generate and harness the same sucudios, film and sitcom process I brought to Tyler Perry Studios, film and sitcom proany. ductions to my own film company.

your fans and the general WOW: How exciting for you, your fans and the general d out more about Roger public. If you would like to find out more about Roger films, you can do so at Bobb’s film company, Bobbcat films, you can do so at Bobbcat



GRIND- How To Turn Your Coffee Break into Your Big Break

“If you shoot for the stars and miss, you can still hit the moon”.

In a world where it seems that everyone is looking to become the next American Idol, America’s Next Top Model, or the next Apprentice, there are very few how-to blueprints in the marketplace.  While talent is a huge determining factor in a person’s success—there are many other elements that separate the stars from the wannabes.      GRIND:  HOW TO TURN YOUR COFFEE BREAK INTO YOUR BIG BREAK by CJ Miller delivers that blueprint, with honesty, humor and quite a bit of insight. This is CJ Miller’s journey of how he put himself on the track to reach the stars and along the way learned some life lessons that could help anyone in any field.        The story begins with CJ’s frustration at yet another audition. Out of that frustration came a plan. If success wasn’t coming to him, he was going out to find it. He decided to start working at a well-known coffee house. Once inside the chain he secured a transfer to a Hollywood coffee house where he knew producers, directors, casting agents, and other power players came to get their morning joe.       CJ knew that with his good looks, charm and personality, all he needed was face time to make his dreams come true; what better place than where these Hollywood star makers would be relaxed and use to seeing him everyday. Except, there’s more here than how to make it in the entertainment field; this is also a story of overcoming adversity, fighting through disappointment and failure and still pursuing your goals because as CJ points out even if you shoot for the stars and miss, you can still hit the moon.

by Shivonne Taylor





Financial Matters clearly identify many of the key issues that can face wealthy investors. The entire financial plan is a living document, so we review it regularly to ensure each client is on track. We believe a written plan increases one’s chances of success.”



hen seeking financial planning advice it’s always best to discuss such matters with a licensed professional. Taking investment advice or planning your retirement based on a tip from a family member or friend can often prove to be disastrous.

A Harvard Business Review article in September of 2009 indicated that private wealth is expected to grow from $14 trillion at that time to $22 million by 2020, and 50% of it will be managed by women.”

And what does Mr. Moss believe most women investors are looking for in a business relationship with a financial advisor? “Like many high net worth investors, Dan Moss, Jr. is a Financial Advisor and Senior women investors are looking for caring Vice President with Morgan Stanley Smith professionals who are competent and will Barney in Atlanta, Georgia. With his team, he always act in their best interests. They are provides families and corporate clients with looking for a trusting and open business comprehensive financial planning and wealth Dan Moss Jr. relationship and want an approach taimanagement. Dan, a CFP® practitioner with Senior Vice President 38 years of experience, works with long-time Financial Advisor-Global Wealth Management lored to their unique needs and desires. I also believe they want to work with somepartner Tim Jeffrey, Financial Advisor, a CFP® CFP Morgan Stanley Smith Barney one who is accessible, listens well, and professional with 17 years of experience. Dan works for an organization which is a good and Tim have a passion for educating their clicorporate citizen. And consistently great customer service is also ents, and both are former Emory University Center for Lifelong a must!” Learning instructors. “Jennifer Ryan, also a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, assists the group in many of “The benefit to clients in developing an overall financial planour endeavors and Janet Cleveland is the group’s seasoned adning approach is paramount. First and foremost, we recommend ministrative arm” says Dan. a written financial plan, which acts as a roadmap for each client’s financial future. This document is created after much discussion When asked if he advised many women as clients he stated and review of the client’s specific financial situation. We’ve cre“Over half of our client relationships are with women, and that ated a visual depiction of this process on our web site to more reflects a growing control of wealth by women in our society.



When asked what the general market outTim Jeffrey, Financial Advisor, CFP® look was going forward in his opinion Dan replied,“We share Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s optimism on the global stock markets in general over the rest of this decade, especially after an overall subpar equity performance in the last ten years or so. We particularly like potential longer-term opportunities in the emerging overseas markets. Whenever you find a fast-growing middle class, you can find attractive investment ideas; in our opinion, this is taking place in many emerging markets today. Generally speaking, we are not as optimistic on fixed-income investing, but there many subsets of bonds that can perform well even if interest rates go up on a global basis. We also believe there are potential investment opportunities going forward to take advantage of what might continue to be a longer-term decline in the U.S. dollar.”“As we carefully guide clients through this financial planning process” he continued, “We have significant capabilities through our firm here at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Our organization has 130 years of combined experience in serving our clients with integrity and care. We also have one of the most comprehensive manager due-diligence teams in the indusJanet Cleveland Administration try, with a 40-person group covering approximately 1,300 investment products quarterly. Another differentiator is in our firm’s Wealth Planning Centers, one of which is here in Atlanta. These centers embrace a client-centric/consultative approach for high net worth (HNW) investors by providing ideas and individually tailored HNW solutions.” “Secondly, I would emphasize our team approach, which provides enhanced perspectives and skills. Besides the resources within the firm, we can reach out to other financial profes-

sionals we know and trust. With all of these resources, we strive to effectively help clients address retirement, education funding, insurance, lending, tax, legacy planning, philanthropic, and other needs.” “What distinguishes our team at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is that we have a real passion for helping our clients become informed investors, and our female clients seem to be particularly receptive to this focus of ours. As long-time students of the stock market, Tim and I are firm believers in a disciplined process of investing and the importance of diversification. By providing consistent education on time-honored investing principles in regular client review meetings and through frequent seminars we sponsor, we believe our clients will be more confident in their plan and stay the course despite inherent market volatility and uncertainty.” From his extensive experience with his clients, Dan Moss feels that the ultimate rewards in building wealth are varied based on individual goals and retirement needs. “Besides certain basic lifestyle goals, I think we all want to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to leave a legacy for our families and for causes each of us holds dear within our heart. I believe that is what your magazine is working so hard to foster.

Jennifer Ryan, Financial Advisor

Our clients have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to attain their wealth. At the Moss Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney we believe it is an honor and a privilege to provide them some of the best tools and investment advice to help them attain these cherished goals and dreams. Each and every day we have to earn that trust in relationships with each of our clients.” Dan can be reached at (404) 365-3674 or at Please visit for more information. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss. International investing may not be suitable for every investor and is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political factors, withholding, lack of liquidity, the absence of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting foreign issuers. These risks may be magnified in emerging markets. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney or its affiliates. All opinions are subject to change without notice. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice.



Financial Matters



Gina Rinehart set to become the world’s richest person

photo illustration of Gina Rinehart

Woman of Success

Written By Tony Martin CFO Women Of Wealth Magazine


hen will a woman be the richest person in the world? This was the headlines for a Wall St. Journal article on August 1, 2011. The article suggests that women may be doing better than men in the broader scheme, but they are under-represented at the upper echelon of wealth. The number of women on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans has dropped by half since 1996.

Now if her privately held company, Hancock Prospecting were publicly traded, her net worth would be $30 billion placing her in the top 10 globally. Based on a few projections and commodity prices, her net worth could top $100 billion. I am not providing advice to anyone but here is what I have been doing since I have learned this new information. I have researched a few of the private, publicly traded companies and alternative investments in this space. If it is good enough for Ms. Rinehart it is good enough for me.

According to a report from Citigroup, mining heiress Georgina “Gina” Rinehart is on course to overtake Carlos Slim as the richest person in the world if commodity prices keep rising. Ms. Rinehart’s three coal and iron ore projects are among the 10 most promising projects in the world.


Wealth leaves clues and patterns. There is always room at the top. The people that make the Forbes 400 list willingly share how they accumulate their fortunes annually. Follow the leader and become that leader that others desire to follow.


ernie Lawrence-Watkins is a seasoned transactional attorney in the areas of Entertainment, Intellectual Property, New Media and Corporate Law. Some of her clients have obtained some of the highest accolades in their career, including, but not limited to Grammy Awards and Tony Awards. She also received The Token of Appreciation Award from Music in the Metro, a non-profit organization located in Des Moines, Iowa for bringing youth and the music industry together. Throughout her career, she has served on the Board of several nonprofit organizations, including the Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), United Way-African American Partnership, Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Smyrna Basketball Association, Inc., and co-founder of Black Women in Entertainment Law (BWEL). She currently serves as a local advisory Board member to 1-Economy Corporation, and Branch, Banking and Trust (BB&T), the fourth largest bank in the Southeast region. She maintains a column called “Ask Bernie the Attorney” for an online publication over the years. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), Women in Film and Television Atlanta, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Lawrence-Watkins is married with two sons, ages 9 and 12.

Bernie, have you experienced any challenges as a woman practicing law in the entertainment field? Yes. Entertainment Law is a male dominated field. Potential clients have the perception that women will not be as aggressive in a negotiation. We are perceived as being women in the traditional sense. So, from the onset of meeting with a new client, we (women) are faced with having to prove that we can be as assertive and know how to play hardball. What would you say has impacted you the most over the years?



Having a family has impacted me most over the years because it has taught me how to maintain balance in my life. My work schedule can be quite hectic at times. My responsibilities as a mother and a wife allow me to cater to my family in a way that takes my mind far away from my work. My sons know their mother is a professional with time constraints, but they also see that I make myself available to address their every need. It is important for them to see a strong woman who, in their eyes, can do it all. It helps set the standard for what qualities they should look for in a woman.

How do you see women as change agents in your field? If more women pursued a career in entertainment law, it would help to level the playing field. We serve as role models to others who aspire to follow in our footsteps; I call it “women empowering women.” The more women we have in positions of power, the less likely women will face the fear of not being able to break the glass ceiling. What role does your company play in mentoring? Every year we invite high school, undergraduate and/or law students who are interested in the field of Entertainment Law to either intern or shadow us for a day at the office. We expose them to the different aspects of what is entailed in running an entertainment law practice and arm them with the necessary tools to compete. How do you mentor other women? I make myself available and talk to women about how to conduct themselves in a business environment. I also talk to them about my experiences and offer advice regarding any concerns they may be facing in their practice or the field of entertainment, in general. My goal is to help guide women so they can avoid some of the pitfalls in the business. WOMENOFWEALTHMAGAZINE.COM |


A Man at The Top Of His Game


By ShiVonne Taylor

ernard H. Coleman, Jr., Esq. was born in West Palm Beach, FL to a single, teenage mother who was denied the opportunity to participate in her high school graduation because she was pregnant with him. He reluctantly remembers the times when his mother did not eat to make sure that he and his brother had enough. He vividly remembers food stamps and the government-issued powdered milk and blocks of cheese that they often relied on during the hardest years of his young life. Despite the many obstacles he faced in his childhood, Bernard was inspired by his family’s love, faith and work ethic to rise above humble beginnings to become one of the most well-known and well-respected Sports & Entertainment Attorneys in the country. The seeds of success were planted early by Bernard’s grandmother, Bernice Lyles, who worked as a maid for wealthy families in Palm Beach, Florida. Bernard’s father inspired him to be the best at whatever he did and provided the foundation for the athletic ability that would open doors in his life. His mother is a woman of faith who he attributes with introducing him to God.

During Bernard’s freshman year, tragedy struck. He suffered a football career ending knee injury that caused him to miss over a month of classes. He had to endure two agonizing knee surgeries and a long, grueling rehabilitation process. He spent over 2 years rehabilitating his knee just to be able to walk normally again. He had every reason to give up and go home, but he persevered. While at Harvard, Bernard even found time to study abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt during his junior year. He remembers sailing down the Nile River and placing his feet into the Red Sea as a 20 year old American college student. Through all that he experienced while at Harvard, Bernard not only competed with his peers; he graduated from Harvard on time and with honors. Bernard went from Harvard to the University Of Virginia School Of Law. Upon graduating from law school in 1996, He began as an Associate at one of Atlanta’s most prestigious law firms. He later became a Partner at a mid-sized law firm in Atlanta before joining Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP along with his mentor and the man he affectionately refers to as his “Professional Father,” John F. Sandy Smith, Esq.

In high school, Bernard was a star football player (like his father before him who was drafted to play in the NFL). He was also a captain of the football team as a fullback scoring 14 touchdowns during his senior year. Football proved to be a springboard out of poverty and on to bigger and better things. Bernard graduated from Boyd Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 as the Valedictorian of a graduating class of 400 students. He interviewed with every Ivy League college and chose Harvard (or should I say, Harvard chose him).

Now in the 15th year of his legal career, Bernard has closed over a billion dollars in transactions ranging from complex merger/acquisition transactions to endorsement deals and strategic partnerships for his athlete and entertainment industry clients. He heads the Sports and Entertainment Practice in Atlanta for Womble Carlyle, and he is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice. Womble Carlyle is a full-service law firm approaching 600 lawyers and one of the top law firms in the United States. The firm’s offices span from Georgia to South Carolina, North Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and out to California. However, what Bernard enjoys most about Womble Carlyle is the firm’s entrepreneurial and congenial culture. According to Bernard, Integrity, Devotion to Clients and Respect for the Individual are the core values of this firm. When he learned that the firm was governed by these core values, he knew he had found his professional home.

Upon being accepted to Harvard, Bernard faced the challenge of how he was going to get to school and meet all of his expenses. That’s when God sent an angel into his life—an attorney by the name of Martin D. Cohen out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Cohen had a foundation that helped disadvantaged young people pay for college. Mr. Cohen’s wife had read about Bernard in the local newspaper and encouraged him to apply for a scholarship through their foundation. Between the financial aid package from Harvard, the Cohen’s generosity and his three college work-study jobs, Bernard was able to pay his tuition, book fees, and room and board for the four years he was at Harvard. When Bernard arrived at Harvard, he quickly saw that most of his fellow students had a much different path to Harvard than he. Many of the students had attended the country’s most elite prep schools. Many students had family and friends who attended Harvard and other Ivy League schools.

Bernard’s peers at Harvard were wellprepared and seemed groomed from childhood for the Harvard experience. He did not have the advantages afforded to most of his classmates, but this did not discourage him. Hard work was one of the values instilled in him by his grandmother. Failure was not an option.

Through his firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice, he enjoys working with such sports legends as Evander Holyfield and Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Falcon’s Pro-Bowl Wide Receiver Roddy White, rising music stars like child prodigy Tyvion Harris a/k/a Tveezy (who is touted as a superstar in the making), rising movie/ television stars Robert “Iron E” Singleton (The Blind Side and hit television series, Walking Dead) and Sharon Morris (The Blind Side, Due Date, Green Lantern and Secret Life of Bees). Bernard also counsels film producers on organizing, structuring and raising capital for their film projects, and his practice also helps television show producers get television shows placed with television networks. y vision for this law practice is to help clients make money, make history and make a difference. Bernard is passionate about his vision, and he shares it with every client prospect he meets. He has fast become one of the most sought-after Sports & Entertainment Attorneys in the country. Today, he is living his dream, and his greatest fulfillment comes from helping others live theirs. Bernard is a shining example of what the American Dream can be, and as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started. You can reach him at or 404-962-7576.




By Dr. Lei Lewis

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spent the day at one of ance. The crowd is pushing, smilthe most exciting, power- ing, yelling, we rushed forward to ful and memorable events see who is on the Red Carpet, it’s that I have ever attended. I Gayle King, looking the dynamic stood and watched women woman that we know her to be from all walks of life, nationalities and bustling with boundless enand backgrounds scurry into the ergy. In a quick second I shared Georgia World Congress Center. a quick glimpse of Women Of Some attended in wheelchairs, Wealth Magazine with her; she some on walking canes and all briefly looked and replied “awebathing in anticipation of what some.” That sealed it for me. new discoveries the day would share with them. I felt the pulsat- She saw it, she liked ing energy of the crowd; it was a it, need I say more?    roaring drumbeat in anticipation The crowd is on the move again, of Oprah’s Red Carpet appear- and suddenly we’re graced with

the presence of the one and only Susan Orman, world-renowned financial guru. WOW was lucky to get in a few questions, which we’ll share later. Continuing along the Red Carpet, we did a brief interview with Eva Larue and Lisa Ling. Both encouraged women to follow their passion and not give up. Lisa told us that we can have it all just do it with balance. Our next interview was the infamous political advisor, Donna Brazile. Donna is someone whom I’ve long admired for her political astuteness. I’ve often wondered why Donna is not running

for office; she would make a great politician.   Another exhilarating moment occurred when I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Oz. He was very confident in his responses and remained steadfast with a very positive attitude. I could see that he was up for the challenge. I loved it. I asked him about his story on the Apple Juice poisoning. He replied, “I reported what I found and I am sticking to my story.” I found him to be very open and charismatic. We have chosen Dr. Oz to be one of the WOW MEN, read more about him in that section.    

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. Suddenly, Gayle steps on to the stage and we all go wild as she introduces the “O You Team.” After the fun introductions and their responses to the question Gayle posed to them (such as “what do they know for sure”) the O You Team left the stage. Oh, my, the moment we’ve all been waiting for...magically, and suddenly, the entire room is dead silent, it seems we all stopped breathing in unimaginable anticipation. “Bam” there SHE stood, the most powerful, influential and wealthiest woman in the whole world. >



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erri J. Vaughn is an actress who for over a decade has captivated the hearts of her fans. She first captured America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show.” She has also played the role of Brenda in the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls”, alongside Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. These two movie appearances only scratch the surface of Terri’s accomplishments as a renowned Hollywood actress.

This “However” isn’t necessary, Terri’s rise to stardom took root in humble beginnings. Terri grew up as the daughter of a hardworking secretary and department store employee. While in her youth, Terri invested her time into studying, singing in her church choir, modeling, and working at McDonald’s. By remaining committed to these endeavors, Terri grew into a woman of discipline and self-confidence. She even funded her own tuition at California State University, during which she entered the Miss Black California Pageant contest. Terri’s experience with this pageant helped her to see her passion for acting, which has landed her in films including “Friday” (1995), “Don’t be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” (1996), “Fair Game” (2005), “Daddy’s Little Girls” (2007) and “Three Can Play That Game” (2007). “The success of my career has been a long journey, but my big break came when I played Lovita Alizay Jenkins on the Steve Harvey Show. For five years, I was part of that show, and I’m very grateful for Steve Harvey. He’s incredible. He’s talented, smart and funny. He’s my godfather. And I’m also very thankful for Lovita Alizay Jenkins because she was the one who put me on the map!” When Terri is not dazzling her audience on the big screen, she remains a devoted wife and a mother. “She is married to Karon Riley, an NFL player, and they have two children.” Recently, Terri and her family relocated from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

Along with her role as an actress, businesswoman, wife and mother, Terri has shown her commitment to bettering the lives of young women.

“My mission is to provide a nurturing and supporting community for Atlanta-based talent where they can feel a sense of camaraderie that I so deeply fell in love with during my 17 years living in Hollywood, as well as a haven for out-of-town actors to unwind while filming in Atlanta.” Through The Green Room Lounge, Terri has graciously given back to her community by supporting two nonprofit organizations: Take Wings Foundation, whose mission is to build the self-esteem of at-risk teens, and the Colored My Mind, whose mission is to improve the lives of children and adults affected by autism. Terri is a remarkable woman who from humble beginnings has built an incredible acting career and legacy for young women. She has cultivated her passion into creating a lounge that serves as a hub for artistic and creative talent in the south. Therefore, it is of no surprise that Terri Vaughn continues to leave an impact in her community. For more information on Terri Vaughn, visit her website:, or visit The Green Lounge Room’s website at



Stylist, Olando Narcisse • Makeup, Terrell Maurice • Hair, Derek Jae

Within a few years of arriving in Atlanta, Terri channeled her creative juices into creating the Green Room Lounge. Nestled in Buckhead, an upscale community, The Green Room is one of the finest lounges in Atlanta.” While in the lounge, people have the option of taking acting courses or networking while enjoying an elegant hors d’oeuv or a cup of coffee. Furthermore, the lounge is artfully decorated with books—many of which were used by Terri and her former students—on subjects including acting, theater and entertainment.

From Humble Beginnings to Creating a Legacy by Wanda M. Simmons WOMENOFWEALTHMAGAZINE.COM |


r. Lei Lewis, a non-denominational minister and International motivational speaker, is the Founder, Publisher and CEO of Women of Wealth Magazine, one of the leading publications on financial education, mentoring and philanthropy. She is also the Founder and Executive Producer of the Annual Global Women Financial and Philanthropy Summit featuring the Red Carpet Experience and Mentor/Mentee Partnership Luncheon. As a woman continuously evolving, she founded the 1000 Women Strong Mentoring (WSMI) Global Initiative in 2010. The motto of WSMI is “Changing The Face Of Wealth through financial education, mentoring and philanthropy”. In addition to the above, she is the Executive Producer of the Women of Wealth Magazine Reality Show. Dr. Lei, a coal miner’s daughter, was born in the hills of West Virginia. At the age of 13, her mother was killed by her father in a domestic violence encounter. She and her nine siblings moved to Florida to begin a new journey, without mother or father. In spite of her tragic beginnings and against all odds, she can proudly state that she is a first generation lawyer and a graduate of the University Of Georgia Law School. As an entrepreneur, she practiced business and nonprofit law for over 15 years.

She states: “it is still too painful to look back down that road”.

Dr. Lewis has ministered and taught in South Africa, London, Paris and Amsterdam. Today, she is positioned to change the face of a nation through her multicultural vision to change the face of wealth through mentoring, financial education, empowerment and philanthropy. She is the Author of two books. Her first book, Empowered by Christ to Live, graphically paint the story of how she hovered between life and death. Details of that part of the journey will be revealed in her quest to redesign her future. Although it happened over 10 years ago, she states “it is still too painful to look back down that road”. She has hosted several television shows and all about transforming lives. Dr. Lei has to have a passion to see women at the top. She often states “WOW Magazine will give women an opportunity to network and earn a seat at the table with powerful mentoring leaders.

WOW Women readers recognize that it is no longer sufficient to merely look at the table from afar but instead she is demanding a seat at the table.” Currently there are over 10.6 million women-owned businesses employing 19.1 million people and generating $2.5 trillion in sales. Women make or influence over 80% of all purchasing decisions. While women wield significant influence they still lack proportionate influence and power in the corporate world. The overall employment situation of women has not evolved significantly since 2001. WOW Magazine has chosen to participate in the movement to Change the Face of Wealth by launching the 1000 Women Strong Mentoring (WSMI) Global Initiative. By the end of 2012, the goal is to have enrolled 1000 women into our mentoring program with each woman paired with a mentor within her industry. Our Mentor Mentee Partnership Initiative will have several components to it.


Women who want to be a part of our mentoring Initiative should visit our website at and enroll in our mentoring community. Our focus is women of wealth and power mentoring women of various cultures who are on the cutting edge of success. WOW Magazine is about enabling women to become their own personal Architect in redesigning their future. Some of you will recall the Doris Day song, “Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours, to see Que Sera, Sera, what will be, will be.” Well I do not believe that, I believe if you can see yourself in the future, we will see each other at the top. In the first phase of my life, I journeyed through life as a minister and a lawyer. Now, I am enjoying the journey as I evolve and explore all aspects of my journey as a publisher, film maker, mentor and philanthropist. On behalf of WOW Magazine, Dr. Lei has covered events all over the nation, from the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, the BET events to Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women Leaders and so many more. I invite you to come along with me and share my journey as I go forth in my quest to redesign my future, with God as my Chief Architect. Visit me at www.womenofwealthmagazine. com and move forward with me as I set out to redesign my future. Please write me at lei.womenofwealthmz@ and tell me about your quest to redesign your future, using the plans of the greatest Architect that ever lived, God, our father. I will reply back and display some of your stories in a future issue of WOW Magazine. Come on; write to me, you just might have your winning story featured in a future segment of WOW Reality TV Show. Remember,

“See yourself in the future and I will see you at the top”

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by Shondalon Hoffler



Wow 2012 04 winter  

FEATURING: Oprah Strength Equals Power

Wow 2012 04 winter  

FEATURING: Oprah Strength Equals Power