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Our November Guests

November 21, 2021

The 2020 Election...
from Pandemic to Protests

Delta National President Beverly Smith (

Beverly E. Smith

National President & CEO
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Beverly Evans Smith is the 2017-2021 National President & CEO for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., one of the nation’s largest minority female-owned and operated public service non-profits. She also served as the
organization’s elected National First Vice President, National Secretary and was previously employed as Delta Sigma Theta’s Executive Director leading their headquarters business operation.

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Journalist & Philanthropist
Jacksonville, FL

Donna Deegan

Award-winning journalist, philanthropist, marathoner, and Jacksonville native, Donna Deegan anchored the First Coast News for twenty-five years. She is the founder of The DONNA Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial assistance and support to families living with breast cancer.


Kornisha McGill Brown

National President

Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Prior to being elected as National President, Kornisha served as the 2017-2019 Regional Director of the Southeastern Region. Kornisha also served as the 2015-2017 Southeastern Regional Secretary, Regional Nominating Committee member for 2 terms, and as Regional Chair of Rules and Regulations. Kornisha was recognized as “Chapter President of the Year” by the Southeastern Region at the 29th Biennial Mothers’ Regional Conference. She has been a member of the Columbus, GA (5-Star) Chapter for 13 years where she served as Chapter President, Chapter Vice-President, and much more.

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Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Ph.D.


The Links, Inc & Links Foundation, Inc

Dr. Kimberly L. Jeffries Leonard has a life-long commitment to public service exemplified throughout her successful professional, academic and civic endeavors. Dr. Jeffries Leonard is currently the 17th National President of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.


Johnnetta Betsch

Cole, Ph.D.


National Council of Negro Women 

Johnnetta Betsch Cole is the Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an organization of over 2 million women of African descent. NCNW’s mission is to advocate for and empower Black women, their families and their

November 7, 2021

Celebrating Women Who Are Making a Difference
& Living Their Dreams!

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Tanya James Grace, M.Div.

Spiritual & Wellness Contributor
The Sistah Covenant

Tanya James Grace has spent the past 20 years working in the health and wellness field. She has developed wellness programming in the corporate, private and nonprofit sectors. Tanya is currently an ordained pastor/minister and serves as a board-certified chaplain at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and group certified fitness instructor.

Anita Petteway-Tyler, M.D.

Medical Contributor
The Sistah Covenant

Dr. Anita Petteway-Tyler specializes in Internal Medicine in North Miami Beach. The board-certified physician focuses on preventive and primary care services as well as the treatment of chronic illnesses. She is also a clinical professor at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for first year medical students from NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a volunteer professor in the Department of Medicine.

Nancy G. Allen

President & CEO
Women's Business Enterprise Council of Florida

Nancy G. Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant, author and expert on women’s business issues. For more than 30 years, she has been helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As president and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of Florida, Nancy manages a team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business.


Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards, including being named as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA); a World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress; Women Impacting Public Policy’s Legacy Circle Award; and she was named an Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal, by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast.

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