Week 1: April 21st, 22nd, 23rd
Week 2: April 27th, 28th, 29th
all @7pm EST Facebook Live
Tired of seeing a misrepresentation of Black Women on social media and reality tv?
Yeah...me too. Which is why I created the WE ARE movement.
WE ARE's mission is to highlight the journeys of Black Women who are making it happen!
My goal is to provide inspiration to our young girls who are looking to become something amazing when they get older.
So grab your daughters and some snacks and join us on Facebook for 6 nights of AMAZING BLACK WOMEN!
Join this powerhouse of women for 6 nights of inspiration and enlightenment.
Meet your speakers:
April 21st @ 7pm EST
Dr. Ashley McDonald
Dr. Ashley B. McDonald graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, receiving her doctorate in pharmacy on May 15, 2010. She has been involved in number of organizations including the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship (CPF), Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (SSHP), and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). Dr. McDonald worked in the retail pharmacy setting for three years before completing her first year residency with the Cleveland Clinic Hospital System in 2014. She then continued her training and completed a second year residency specializing in Geriatrics at the Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland Ohio in 2015. She obtained her Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Certification (BCGP) July 2016.
Dr. McDonald works for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS) and in June 2019, received the CPS Best Practice Award. Currently, Dr. McDonald is the Pharmacy Director and Geriatric Pharmacist Specialist at Sunrise Vista Health and Wellness, an adult, geriatric, and adolescent psychiatric hospital in northeast Ohio. She is also active in the autistic community by assisting her husband and brother-in-law with their family owned autistic school, CASS-MIND academy located in Zanesville, OH. CASS-MIND was founded in 2012 and provides cost-free education and developmental services for students with autism.
April 22nd @ 7pm EST
Calista (Phair) Tucker
Calista (Phair) Tucker is a native of Seattle, WA and CEO & Founder of Calista Phair, LLC. Calista is your Talent Fairy Godmother and makes magic for companies to connect and keep the best talent with a zeal for business coaching, while possessing a work matrix combination consisting of Talent Acquisition, Change Management, Human Resources, Recruitment and Workforce Training. With over 15 years of expertise as a senior recruiter and consulting, Calista has strong social-media experience and has become a networking guru, which led to successful ‘grass roots’ recruiting and implementing community outreach in filling various company’s one to two years vacant positions within three to six months.
Calista is a graduate of Bennett College, in Greensboro, North Carolina and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Inc. Calista is a recipient of the 2016 CMBCC (Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce) “30 under 30” recognition honoring Charlotte’s brightest young business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. She also was Prosocialites July 17’ Women of the Month #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) and featured on Fox 46 News Good Day Charlotte and recognized for being an impactful woman in business. Calista was Woman of the Month for Autumn Magazine based out of Phoenix, AZ August 2017. In May 2020, Calista earned a certificate at Cornell University under the Bank of America Institute program entitled Women’s Entrepreneurship. August 16th, Calista was featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette sharing stories of four working women called “Losing Ground To COVID.” Calista recently received acceptance to a national program New Leaders Council which trains and promotes the next generation of progressive leaders and she began the Pittsburgh Cohort January 2021.
April 23rd @ 7pm EST
Committed to advancing the public welfare, Jennifer Blemur is the State Caucus Network Director for Millennial Action Project.
When young leaders flex their collective power, they can spearhead policy that improves the lives of their constituents and the nation. Jennifer's goal in working in state policy is to ensure that elected officials not only know what's happening in their communities but are equipped with sensible legislative solutions. Collaborating with elected officials to create transformative change is core to Jennifer's belief that government can effectively meet the needs of its people.
Jennifer previously served as the Director of the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL), a program of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND). WiLL is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities. Prior to WiLL, she served as a Legislative Counsel at the Council of the District of Columbia, where she drafted legislation, met with stakeholders, and helped community members. Her work in state policy began with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators where she worked as Policy Associate and Legal Counsel writing policy articles and toolkits for legislators. She also organized policy symposia and worked with legislators on national policy priorities.
A licensed attorney living in the District of Columbia, Jennifer is a graduate of the David A. Clarke School of Law, a native New Yorker, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and a first-generation Haitian-American.
April 27th @ 7pm EST
Paula Ilochi is the owner and founder of Directing Paths LLC. Directing Paths LLC provides the tools to enhance mental and physical health by teaching people through small, daily steps necessary to lead a healthier lifestyle. Paula recognized the need of promoting healing loudly and created a platform that encourages survivors to find their voice throughout their healing process. Directing Path's platform provides comprehensive health and wellness programs to assist individuals in reaching their full potential while maintaining their improved self.
Paula works as an intuitive transformation coach who empowers individuals healing from past abuse to set healthy boundaries, build self-confidence and develop a healthy mindset. Paula has helped over 4,000 individuals during her 10 years' experience as a trauma-based coach and is also a survivor of domestic abuse. Her story of survival paired with her education has allowed her to bring compassion and education to the clients she serves.
April 28th @ 7pm EST
Dr. Lailah Issac
Lailah Issac, D.O. is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Chemistry and played on the Women's Soccer team. She completed her medical school education at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. Her residency training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) was completed at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in 2014. She then pursued subspecialty training in Sports Medicine through a sports medicine fellowship at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She currently works as a sports medicine physician in Ft Lauderdale, FL, is an assistant professor at an osteopathic medical school and serves as a team physician for a Division II University and local highschools. She is board certified as both PM&R and Sports Medicine physician.
Most important to Lailah is her faith and family. She is a Christ follower and member of Legacy Church in Florida. She is the daughter of two incredible parents, and one of four woman doctors alongside her mother and two sisters.
Lailah enjoys mentoring youth, medical students/residents/fellows as well as student athletes at various levels. She embraces the opportunity of bringing her perspective as a Black woman to her profession and community, and supports other Black women doing the same.
April 29th @7pm EST
Akeya Kester is a native of McKeesport, Pa.
She is a Clinical Supervisor at a mental health facility located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Akeya also provides individual therapy to those experiencing depression, anxiety, and daily stressors through her private practice, A Key To Peace.
Akeya obtained her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California University of Pa. After graduation, Akeya pursued a career in infant mental health where she worked as a family engagement specialist assisting families with social and emotional interactions with children ages 0-3. Continuing her passion for children, Akeya became an elected school director for the Woodland Hills School district. In addition to Akeya’s bachelor’s degree, she received her Master’s in Professional Counseling at Carlow University where her primary focus was trauma and drug and alcohol. Akeya also served on the board of the Master’s in Professional Counseling program at Carlow University as a student advocate. In 2016, Akeya moved forward in her career and shifted her focus from children to drug and alcohol as she witnessed first hand through her work how families were impacted by substance abuse.
Akeya has provided service in the mental health field for over a decade and continues to work diligently to help those who want to become better versions of themselves.