Women Empowering Change

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2017 WEC Conference Speakers


Shunte Gamble is a self-taught business guru, co-founder of My Beautiful Family Inc. (MBF Inc.) and Women Empowering Change (WEC), editor-in-chief of BBU! Magazine™ and WEC Business Journal, author, fashion designer, and certified Texas Educator. With the release of her first book, “Therapy for Your Soul Book of Poetry”, she set out to share her personal testimony of finding her way as a young single mother back to God through writing. It was then she knew she wanted to do more. She wanted to host events that empowered those attending, spotlight others, and gave back. Through her passion of event planning and hosting, she has had remarkable experiences and connections that have allowed her to give back to various communities in need. Shunte has been awarded Houston’s 40 under 40 “Influential  Award” and named as HEAVP’s 29 Women in Business Women that Rock.  She has also been featured on the Live Well Network offering DIY design tips. Shunte is dedicated to providing community support through volunteering, fundraising for charities both local and statewide, professional development for small business owners and entrepreneurs, and social outings designed to empower and uplift.

:: FRIDAY ::

Author & CEO | Key Note LaShanda Gary

Topic: You are Built for this: Designed to Influence

LaShanda Gary

Author & CEO TL James

Topic: The Building Blocks of Leadership

James is a Maverick Leader. With her inspirational and entrepreneurial message and passionate and visionary coaching skills, she is a creative solution guide.

In 2007, TL James realized her first big dream when she released the first of her new Best Selling Series, The MPire – a sci-fi thriller. During her own literary journey, she learned many processes to ignited and aligned herself with her dreams, re-patterned her actions (reactions) brought on fear and accelerated her results and success. In 2009, she established PHE Ink – Writing Solutions Firm. She worked with aspiring writers and authors, helping them build their literary dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives. In 2014, Life Mastery Institute certified her to teach the Dream Builder Program. She combines the Dream Builder Program, along with the Laws of Attraction Practices, to teach a well-rounded successful program and not only focuses on the results but the journey. Through her motivational talks and powerful workshops, TL helps individuals achieve new heights of aliveness and success. Her compassionate, compelling style calls her clients to be inspires and supports them to live into the full expression of who they are meant to be.

CEO Remi Umanah

Topic: Opportunities & Obstacles: Nobody Said it Would be Easy

Remi Umanah is a Nigerian born, Atlanta raised speaker, aspiring author, knowledge seeker, visionary, woman of action and an ambassador for the gospel of Christ. The passion and the drive this woman has is remarkable. Her involvement in her community and church speaks volume. Remi is the Founder and CEO of a non-profit organization called Driven Vision. This woman has been involved in building and restoring relationships with Christ, motivating the young and bringing a community together under the name of God. Her goal is to help individuals embrace their Christianity and love for Christ while being an example in all she does.

CEO Erselette Baxter

Topic: Making Your Money Matter

Erselette Baxter has over twenty years experience as a Senior Accountant. Ms. Baxter is heavily involved in empowering and giving back to the community. She is impassioned about helping people find solutions for their long-term financial goals. She can work with you to implement a fiscal and investment strategy that suits your needs. Ms. Baxter is a people-oriented local entrepreneur who loves helping the community through financial empowerment. She believes in leading by example and "lifting as she climbs". Her dedication to improving the community's fiscal literacy and inspiring multi-generational clients to build a brighter financial future is unparalleled.

Gala Emcee Dr. Teriya Richmond

Teriya Richmond aka Dr Mocha Millennium Woman

 Dr. Richmond is a Chicago native and studied medicine at the
 University of Illinois-COM Rockford. She also received her
Masters of Public Health at the University of Illinois-SPH
Chicago. She and her husband Jack moved to Houston so that
Dr. Richmond could pursue her Family and Community Residency
at Baylor College of Medicine. She is now currently CEO of her own medical entity Teriya M Richmond, MD MPH PLLC. 
Her passions include women's health and empowerment through fitness fashion and philanthropy for which she created her brand Mocha Millennium Woman! Dr Richmond also has two wonderful sons Jaxon and Jazz.


Spoken Word Artist | Key Note Baritone

Topic: The Learning Curve


Author & Business Coach Myra Stepter

Topic: Bully Free Zone | Stopping Self Sabotage

Myra J. Stepter is a Business Strategist, Empowerment Speaker, and Author.  She is the owner of Press To Be Powerful Beyond Measure, a coaching company based out of Houston, TX since 2012.  Through Press To Be Powerful Beyond, she is able to help passionate multitaskers quiet the mental noise to become genuinely understand themselves, be open to finding their purpose, and connect 

authentically with others in life and business. 

Myra also founded theClarity Is movement. The Clarity Is movement was launched to help women tackle the illusion of limiting beliefs that lead to generations of misinformation. Myra holds two Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited certifications as a Certified Empowerment Coach and Master SPIRIT Life Coach after an 8 month accelerated program from Express Coaching division of Rhema International Training Group in 2012.  Myra also is a licensed Christian minister and an advocate for mental health awareness working  with A Mother's Sanctuary and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

CEO Connie Gomez

Topic: Cultivating Creativity for the Vision

Connie Gomez

:: SUNDAY ::

Key Note Speaker | Public Speaker Faye Carter

Houstonian-born singer/speaker Faye Carter has been singing as long as she can remember. She has sang for various venues throughout Texas including Discovery Green, The Houston Livestock and Rodeo, KITU-TV 34 in Beaumont and KETH-TV14 in Houston. She currently performs with her high school alumni ‘The Kashmere Reunion Stage Band’. She is a biblical counselor graduate from the College of Biblical Studies. She also writes ‘The Counselor Corner’ columns for the Beautifully Being U! Magazine.