Our April Guests

April 4, 2021

Lakitsia C. Gaines

State Farm Insurance & Financial Services
Multi-Agency Owner/Community Advocate

Lakitsia Gaines is a Miami, FL native and a graduate of Florida A&M University in  Tallahassee.  

After 10 years of promotions and relocations with State Farm, Lakitsia wanted  more than success as an employee of a fortune 500 company. She wanted to be  her own boss, achieve independent financial freedom and give more back to her  community. So, in 2006, she became an agency owner of the #1 auto, life,  homeowners and boat insurer in the country – State Farm. She has a team of 15  multilingual and licensed insurance and financial services professionals  dedicated to protecting your wealth. They speak Russian, French, Creole,  Spanish, English and her favorite language - MONEY. As one of nearly 200  agents out of 19,000 across the country, she has two State Farm agencies: her  flagship agency is located in Miami and the newest addition is Hallandale Beach.

Dionne Polite

AARP Florida
Director of State Operations

Dionne Polite is AARP Florida’s Director of State Operations.  In this role, she is responsible for the oversight and management of operations, which includes all outreach initiatives, engagement opportunities and education efforts in the state of Florida to its 50+ communities.  Previously, Dionne was the Associate State Director of Multicultural Outreach for AARP New York, where she was responsible for initiatives focused on the African American/Black and Caribbean communities in that state.  

 

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. 

April 18, 2021

Pastor Kimberly N. McKissick

Executive Pastor at The Betel Church
Personal Development Coach

Pastor Kimberly is a Personal Development Coach under
LADYKIMSPEAKS and Executive Pastor at The Bethel Church where
her husband Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. is the pastor. Pastor Kim
mentors Pastor’s Wives under 40 and offers one on one coaching
sessions which include but not limited to spiritual guidance and life
strategies.


Pastor Kim is the author of two books. The Joy Spot discusses the
roles you play in life while handling the hiccups God’s way and still
have joy in doing so. The Entrepreneur’s Bag gives tools for business
success.
 

Nakia R. Wright, CEO 

Chief Operating Officer for The Gathering at Forestville
Entrepreneur, Community Advocate, Motivational Speaker

Dr. Nakia R. Wright is a woman of many hats. She is a wife, mother, entrepreneur,  community advocate, and motivational speaker, among many other things. However, first and  foremost Dr. Wright is a servant to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Dr. Wright currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for The Gathering at Forestville, serving  under the leadership of Bishop Donald A. Wright. She currently serves as the head of the Gathering  of Ladies, which is the women’s ministry at TGAF. Nakia seeks to uplift, strengthen, and speak life  into women by being a transparent vessel that is dedicated to the success of every heart she  

encounters. 

Chi'Ira "Lady O" Oliver

Women of Worship Ministry
Elizabet Baptist Church
Entrepreneur

Chi’Ira Oliver, affectionally known as Lady O, at her core, is the personification of grace and power. Where she leads, she loves.  Where she equips, she empowers.  Where she supports, she soars.  A native of Louisiana, and a graduate of Grambling State University and Southern University A&M College, Lady Oliver has married her intellect with her ingenuity and has left an indelible impact on women all over the nation through her ministry and passion for God’s people.

Striving to be a “Titus 2 woman”, Lady Oliver is thankful for the blessings of God in her husband, Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr., and their three beautiful children, Craig Oliver, Jr., affectionately known as C.J., Corrie Kené and Charlee Reign Oliver.  Her family is not a responsibility that she takes lightly.  She has stated that as long as she is on this earth, her family (gems) will forever be her priority. 

Gwen T. Hewitt

Area Development Director
North Central Florida
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)