Sharnikya Howard is the founder of Life Abundantly Coaching where she provides purpose coaching to help women identify and walk boldly in their God-given purpose and career coaching to help women make informed decisions about their professional development and career trajectory. She is the founder of The Belle Connection, a mentoring program for young ladies in middle school which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), self-esteem, and service. She serves on the board of directors for two local non-profits and recently launched the iEvolve program for single mothers in underserved communities where she provides life-skills training/workshops.
Sharanda Foster is a 2 times Amazon Best Selling Author. Her self published book is entitled Shaken Faith: Healing My Broken Spirit in the Midst of My Storm.
She is also the co-author of the Book Shift: Twenty Women Share Stories of Strength, Courage and Succeeding Against the Odds. Believing that writing is therapy to the soul, she has been writing for over 20 years consisting of poetry, books, and stage plays.
From her love for writing, she created the production company Out on Faith Productions LLC in 2012. Be sure to connect with her on Instagram @sharandafoster
I recently enjoyed a last minute staycation at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria and had to share my awesome experience! The front desk staff was extremely welcoming and pleasantly answered my millions of questions throughout my stay. Located about 15 minutes or so from downtown Atlanta, the hotel is easily accessible from the 285 and 75 highways.
Upon entry you will be pleasantly surprised by the upscale decor including striped walls and plush seating. The room accommodation is equally chic, including a lounge chair, desk area and flat screen television. The onsite restaurant offers an assorted menu of tasty cuisine options and a breakfast buffet with a hot omelette station. My guest and I indulged in the shrimp & grits, ravioli, fried green tomatoes and drinks from the bar, (which were the perfect mix of strong & sweet!) There is a heated inside pool, which is awesome considering the unpredictable Atlanta weather. There is also a 24 hour snack bar beside the front desk, (had to snag some late-night m&m's).
Overall I was very pleased with my stay and ofcourse brought along my Glambitious Success Journal to plan more amazing empowerment efforts. I will definitely be returning whenever I need a quick getaway or some downtime!
On Feb. 22, Kontrol Magazine hosted their first annual Women of Style Dinner, a series of dinners that are designed to honor amazing women making moves in the fashion and beauty world. The spectacular event took place at House of Blended Ink in Atlanta. The mood for the evening was set with an elegant black and gold themed atmosphere designed by Kimberly Hamilton of Sapphire Décor, Sweet Seats, Divine Celebrations and Imperial Hair Collections. Kontrol‘s latest cover girl, Angela Simmons, was recognized for her contributions to the fashion industry with the first Women of Style Award. “This award means a lot to mean and this night is a moment that I will always cherish with me,” said Simmons.
As the guests mixed and mingled with Simmons, they were served with some of Atlanta’s finest cuisine provided by local caterer Ebony Jones and Brown Sugar Desserts. Delicious cocktails served by bartending company Rum on the Run were also swirling around the room courtesy of sponsors Effen Vodka and Martell Cognac.
The Women of Style Dinner also brought out a few other distinguished business professionals in the entertainment industry to celebrate the affair. Those in attendance included Jasmine Burke, Monyetta Shaw, Christian Johnson, Bo Talley, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Lillie Mae.
Erica Caver Vines was born in Tuscaloosa, AL and raised in Fayette, AL. She grew up in a single-parent home with her mother and was co-parented by her father, the late Erick L. Caver who lived in Salt Lake City, UT. She is thirty years old, and currently a paralegal as she has been for over the past five years. Erica obtained her Associates degree in paralegal from Virginia College in Birmingham, AL, she is currently working on living out her dream and building her business and non- profits to become a mentor and advocate for young girls by speaking and encouraging women all over the world.
Erica wrote her phenomenal devotional and story titled "Mending the Broken Spirit-A Devotional for Women" as a help to reveal the struggles and hurdles that women face and how she too had to overcome some of those same struggles that others do today; How she looked for love in all the wrong places, channeled her emotions the wrong way and inflicted them on others and much more. Erica hopes that her devotional and self-revealing stories will help empower and prevent women who are facing some of these same challenges from taking some of the same dark roads that she did before walking into her salvation. She hopes that these stories and tips will be an encouragement to move you to be the woman than you have been created to be and seek dealing and healing much differently than society tells you to. To connect with her on Instagram follow: @sassyandsaved_
A dynamic performer, actress and spokesmodel with distinctive style and quick wit, Africa Miranda won the hearts of many across the US and around the globe as the breakout star of Bravo TV’s The New Atlanta. Fans fell in love with her witty personality and of course her fabulous head of hair, but also her down to earth girl next door appeal. After appearing on The New Atlanta, Africa was named the first ever Brand Ambassador for international hair care company Creme of Nature. Having already been the face of their previous Argan Oil from Morocco campaign, the brand recognized Africa’s connection with their consumers and felt she was a perfect fit. As Brand Ambassador she represented the company in various capacities including special appearances, hosting social media chats, and speaking at events and on panels. Check out our exclusive interview with her after the break!
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Global visionary Nirjary Desai has upped the ante in the world of event production and wedding coordination over the past decade. With a keen emphasis on creativity and customer service, her 4 companies KIS (cubed) Events, S3 Catering, Glam Squad and Bridal Elements by Nirjary Desai, have delivered the WOW factor to celebrities and top brands in the U.S., India, London, the Caribbean & beyond. Her distinctive vision and business acumen has garnered features on Bravo TV, the Wedding Channel, Harpers Baazar Bride India, Huffington Post and more. She can also be seen making a guest appearance in the new film "Meet The Patels", now in theaters around the country.
She is stylish, sassy, the true creative marketing head of her businesses. Born in Africa & raised in the US, after finishing her undergrad at the University of South Carolina, she pursued her MBA in International Marketing & Brand Management. Her career began with working for American Airlines then to Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and next to independent boutique experiences under the guidance of Preferred Hotel Group.
Desai went full-time into the event business in 2007 and in 2012 she became Co-Owner of S3 Catering. She now focuses on growing her brands all over the US & Internationally. Nirjary’s motto is "if it’s not perfect it’s not right!" As a burgeoning mogul, Nirjary will soon offer franchising opportunities and is eager to share her business savvy and branding insight with hopes of encouraging female entrepreneurs to expand their efforts abroad.
Check out her businesses online at: KisCubedEvents.com & S3Catering.com! Also connect on Instagram @Kis_Cubed_Events!