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Event Recap: South LA Saves Power and Purpose Conference

2017 Power and Purpose Conference

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 South LA Saves Power and Purpose Conference. What a great time it was!

I knew from the moment that the speaker line up was announced that this would be a powerful, life-changing event.

South LA Saves Power and Purpose Conference

The conference started out on a high note as keynote speaker Jarim Person Lynn, wealth coach, author, and founder of Brass Knuckle Finance, took the stage to share the 7 Steps to Zero Debt. I’ve followed Jarim on social media for quite some time, and have even read one of his books, so I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to meet him in person. I love his direct, no-nonsense, tough love approach to teaching debt reduction, investing, and wealth building, and his presentation did not disappoint. Key take-away: 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (yikes!) and would not be able to survive a period of extended job loss. Too often we mistake sacrifice for hard living. You have to reduce the things that take away from your cash flow and invest more of that income.

Power and Purpose Conference - Jarim Person Lynn

Power and Purpose Conference - Jarim Person Lynn

Next up, there was a panel discussion and q&a session featuring a talented line up of inspiring entrepreneurs. There were so many jewels of wisdom being dropped, I think my pen was working a mile a minute as I took notes! Some of my favorite nuggets:

Restee Collins, founder of The Blueprint Project:

  • You can have an abundance mindset even when you’re in poverty. It’s a choice.
  • If you don’t know something, go to Google to figure out how to figure it out! Don’t allow what you don’t know to cause you to be stagnant.

Billionaire P.A. – Founder of Wealthy Minds, Inc.:

  • Don’t suppress your dreams to support someone else’s ego.
  • You don’t have to be perfect to be successful.

Power and Purpose Conference - Panel

Deanna Dupree – Wardrobe Stylist, CEO Deanna’s Style Haus

  • You don’t have to be one dimensional. It’s ok to be multi-passionate and multi-talented.
  • Do what you do best and outsource the rest. If you can’t execute something, find someone who can.

Toushonta Hogan – Founder of Scentscational Soaps (whose product line is now available in Target stores…soooo proud of her!!!!)

  • Bad days don’t exist. Any day that you wake up is a good day!
  • Even when you feel like giving up, keep going. Your time will come.

2017 Power and Purpose Conference - Panel

The session was wrapped up by keynote speaker Michelle Harris Collins, founder and program director of n

, sharing tips on how to be a Better You. It all starts with your choice, character, and competitive edge.

2017 Power and Purpose - Michelle Harris Collins

She went on to explain that you have no right to be underneath your circumstances (something I can definitely relate to). Your life is not only about who you are now, but also who you can become.

Check out a few more highlights from the day:

A full house, waiting to soak up the knowledge by the power speakers and panelists!2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Keynote speaker Michelle Harris Collins opened her presentation with an ice breaker, having attendees turn to their neighbors to give a gentle massage.2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Panelists Restee Collins and Billionaire PA sharing a moment.
2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Power couple/speaking duo, The Collins, pose for a pic after shutting down the house with their jewels of wisdom.2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Attendees networking during a short break between sessions.2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Undoubtedly one of my absolute favorite moments: speaker Billionaire PA helping an attendee to stand and “speak her dreams into existence!”2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Power panelists posing with host, the beautiful and talented Cortney Ren’ae, founder of Flourishe Media Group, who did a wonderful job of keeping the event flowing and the crowd on their toes!2017 Power and Purpose Conference

I have to give a HUGE shout out to Rashunda Rene (pictured below on the left), founder of South LA Saves for putting together such a wonderful event. I’ve been to several of her events, and I have to say that I always walk away feeling empowered, uplifted, and motivated!

2017 Power and Purpose Conference

If you missed out on the 2017 Power and Purpose Conference, be sure to connect with Rashunda on Facebook and Instagram to stay on top of what’s happening next!

Recap: The List Tour Conference

If you want your business to flourish and grow, it is an absolute MUST, that you continue to invest in ongoing training, seek more knowledge, and learn new skills.

A great way to do that is to attend workshops, conferences, and live events that will teach you new strategies and equip you with the resources  and tools you need to take your biz to the next level.  I swear every time I leave an event, I walk away feeling pumped up and ready to take the (business) world by storm!

So, when the the opportunity arose for me to attend The List Tour conference, hosted by LaTanya Washington, founder of LW Special Events Management, I knew that I HAD to be there.

The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference

What a wonderful event it was! The day was filled with a stellar line up of speakers.  Overall, it was a high energy, fun-filled day of learning, networking, and growth.  Attendees left with actionable steps that they could implement to uplevel their businesses and processes in the areas of marketing, branding, systems, staffing and much, much more.

Highlights included a breakout jam session to Beyonce’s Formation, a Shark Tank-style pitch session that brought contestants to tears at the possibility of seeing their vision come to life, and witnessing a pair of mini-moguls share their business concept.

Check out some of my key takeaways:

Dr. Monica Wilson – Psychotherapist, Business Consultant

– Don’t sit on your gifts. To thine own self be true. Turn your pain into your purpose.

– Your purpose is not about you…it’s bigger than you. You’re making a mark in the world, unseen or seen.

Constance Moonzwe – Executive Director, ITH Staffing

Constance Moonzwe The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference
– Sometimes you may have the vision, but you may not be the right person to drive your business forward. Figure out what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, and partner with someone to help you.

– Finding ‘A Players” begins with setting the bar high. Your organization doesn’t have roomfor B, C, or D players. A players are people that can do 90% of the position well.

Dawn Osborne – Next Level Management & Consulting

Dawn Osborne The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference– Focused action beats brilliance every time. Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

– You need a niche instead of being a generalist – jack of all trades, master of none.

– If you don’t believe in your product or service, do something else. You have to believe in it in order to sell it to someone else.

Lydia & Peter Mehit – Custom Business Planning & Solutions

Lydia and Peter Mehit The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference

– Focus on the customer FIRST, then the product. If you know who your customer is, then you’ll know how to market to them.

– Price your products or services at a price that YOU are uncomfortable. If you are comfortable, you are not charging enough.

Queenie Johnson – Brand Strategist, Mama Be Brilliant

Queenie Johnson The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference

Things you need to release (that you’ve been taught)

  1. Fear
  2. A mentality that there is not enough
  3. The thought that you can’t trust anybody.
  4. The need for validation. The reason you’re stagnant right now is because someone is not telling you “good job.”
  5. Fear of failure

– You’ve been trained out of your authority, and it’s YOUR job to decide to rule your world.

– Have a big message, but tailor it according to who you’re speaking to.

– Your message has to pull at the gut, count the cost, and be energetically exciting, and it has to be about THEM, not you.

Sweenie May – Marketing Mastermind Coach

Sweeney Mae The List Tour Los Angeles Business Conference

Profile your target market – Study and speak their language.

Learn (and master) the difference between a soft sell vs. a hard sell

The day was PACKED with valuable content…no fluff. Exactly what I look for when determining the events that are worth my time and monetary investment. The List Tour is definitely worth it!

It was also a great opportunity to network, and see a few of my fave women in business:

Cortney Renee of Flourish Media Group
Michelle Harris Collins of The Persona Program
Queenie Johnson of Mama Be Brilliant

BIG thank you, and congratulations goes out to LaTonya Washington for organizing such a wonderful event. It was such an honor to be a part of this interactive experience!

LaTonya Washington - Founder of The List Tour
LaTonya Washington – Founder of The List Tour

The next stop on the tour is Houston on Saturday, October 22.  For more details, and to purchase tickets, check out their website at

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Michelle Collins

Happy Monday, Future Moguls! It’s the first Monday of a fresh new month, so you know what that means?! It’s time to get inspired by a new Mogul in the Making!

This week’s entrepreneur spotlight features Michelle Harris Collins, who is doing amazing things to mentor and empower our youth.  Michelle is the founder of The Persona Program, an organization dedicated to unleashing potential in young minds, as preparation for success for a lifetime of excellence through interactive programs and events.  She also recently launched MomSuite, a community where women raising t(w)een daughters can share, inspire and connect with other moms for the purpose of establishing an accountability village.

Read on to learn more about the awesome things Michelle is doing to support young girls on their journey to succeed in every area of their life!

Michelle Collins - Founder of The Persona Program

Name: Michelle Collins

Location: Southern California

Business Name: The Persona Program | MomSuite

Years in Business: 8 officially

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I live and breathe my passion full time.

Why did you start your business?

The Persona Program was created out of my innate love and connection with youth, specifically girls. At the time, I realized that the foundation that I was laying for my own first born 5 year old daughter ( I now have 3 children – two girls and a boy), the values that I would share with her, the hope and opportunity that I couldn’t wait to create for her, it dawned on me that I could share and support other girls with this same information and more. I initially started with teaching Life Skills, Etiquette and Basic Manners. I soon discovered that many of our girls were dealing with heavier issues like low self esteem and poor body image. So I adjusted the focus to include the lessons of self esteem, self love and self value. These are incorporated in the three “C’s” of our mission: Building CONFIDENCE, Developing CHARACTER and Promoting proper CONDUCT. I needed to teach these girls how and why they should accept themselves as they are but improve by working on the characteristics that count the most and will yield success in the future. Over the last couple of years, we have included entrepreneurship as an awareness of the importance of living bold, sharing your gift with the world and creating a successful mindset towards money. Finally, Social Entrepreneurship is also our focus. Girls need to understand that while they are talented and do have gifts and abilities to share, they also have a responsibility to leave the world a better place with those gifts.

Michelle Collins - Beauty, Brains, and Bling Event

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is I have designed and created a space, a platform and a community that I can share myself, and what is divinely downloaded to me. It takes many forms and could be an event, mentorship, coaching, encouraging, supporting… With that, I work with God to transform lives, mindsets and behavior. What could be more rewarding than that? Oh yes, I am an example to my children as I encourage them to live not only for themselves but to serve others as well, which should be mutually beneficially.

What are your biggest challenges?

My biggest challenge is sometimes there seem not to be enough hours in a day! Like most women I wear many hats and I am completely fulfilled. However, I am learning to listen to my body, practice self care and be proud and okay with even the smallest of achievements or the tiniest task crossed off my list.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

The best business advice is the following: Define Your Own Success. You Are Your Only Competition. Work Hard and Pray Harder.

Michelle Collins - Founder of The Persona Program

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I am the force surrounded by my cloud of family and supporters.

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years my business, personal brand will explode. My goal with God’s help is to remain consistent, pure, effective and relevant.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

1. Write down everything! Your brain will contain information only for so long, before you soon forget.

2. Pace yourself by slowing down if you must, adjusting when needed but never completely give up because remember, you have a responsibility not just to fulfill your assignment in the earth realm, but to be a blessing to others with it as well.

3. Encourage your own self. Today the crowd will root for you and tomorrow they may leave you stranded. Stand in your own power, pat your own self on the back and keep it moving in good times and bad times.

Michelle is hosting a wonderful event for teen girls called “I Imagine Me Beautiful”  THIS Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10am-3pm.  The interactive workshop will include hands on activities geared toward empowering girls to understand who they are, the responsibility they have to share their gifts with the world, creating a healthy space and knowing that they are enough. It will be an epic day designed to support her on a journey to succeed in every area of her life!  Grab your ticket at 

(I have personally attended a few of Michelle’s past events, and both my daughter’s and I absolutely LOVED them! Your girls will be in for a real treat!)

Michelle Collins - I Imagine Me Beautiful Event


For more information on Michelle Collins, connect with her online at:

The Persona Program - Michelle Harris Collins

The Persona Program: Website |  Instagram

MomSuite - Michelle Harris Collins

MomSuite: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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