Our October Guests

October 31, 2021

Celebrating Women Who Are Making a Difference...
the 20 & 30 Somethings!

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Jasmine Waters

Third-Year, Engineering Scholar
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 

Jasmine Waters is a third-year electrical engineering scholar from Jacksonville, Florida. She attends the illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. Jasmine serves as the treasurer for The FAMU-FSU chapter of The National Society of Black Engineers and is a proud member of the FAMU chapter of Women Student Union. She has work experience with Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) from an 2021 electrical engineering summer internship. Lastly, Jasmine enjoys traveling, shopping, and tutoring younger girls during her free time. 

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Kristin Jordan

Third-Year, Bachelor of Science in International Affairs
Florida State University

Kristin Jordan is in her third year at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs with a concentration in Public Administration and minors in both Economics and Education. Her interests in economic development and early childhood education have led Kristin to intern in the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida, and to her current position with the Florida Chamber Foundation, where she works on the Prosperity Project Initiative. A strong believer in the equality of access to educational opportunities, Kristin consistently advocates for the eradication of barriers to prosperity in children. Kristin aspires to pursue a career in educational policy development and hopes to one day become a policy analyst for the US Department of Education. When she is not busy researching causes of generational poverty, Kristin can be found taking walks through her college’s campus or at home listening to music.

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Nadia Esha

Fourth-Year, Electrical Engineering Scholar
University of North Florida

Tracie Davis is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She attended local  

public schools and graduated magna cum laude from Edward Waters  

College, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in  special education. Later, she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from University  of North Florida and is currently pursuing a second master’s in Public Administration at Florida  State University. 

Rep. Davis began her career as a special education teacher with Duval County Public Schools,  achieving many successful learning milestones with her students. In 2001, she joined the  Supervisor of Elections Office and advanced to serve in several leadership roles. In 2011, she was  appointed to serve as the first African American Deputy Supervisor of Elections. After a few years,  she joined the City of Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business Office. Rep. Davis uses her  experience from her blended professional background in education, elections, and business  management to successfully serve her community.  

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Saige Haynes

Third-Year; Media, Journalism, and Film Scholar
Howard University

Saige Haynes is a junior at Howard University, from Atlanta, Georgia. At Howard, she is working to earn her bachelors degree in Media, Journalism and Film with a concentration in Television and Film. Saige also serves as the Vice President of the Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Communications as well as the Chair of Hilltop Policy Board, which is the governing body of the university newspaper.

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Whitney Lewis

Fourth-Year; Environmental Science and Spanish Double Major
Florida State University

Whitney Lewis (she, her, hers) is a twenty-one-year-old Jacksonville native attending the Florida State University. Miss Lewis is a fourth-year senior double majoring in Environmental Science and Spanish. She is the current President of the FSU Section of National Council of Negro Women Inc., Director of External Affairs for the Renegade Leadership Honor Society, and a Special Purpose Employee for JEA. Miss Lewis works in Environmental Permitting & Compliance and has been a JEA Summer Co-Op Intern for three summers. Miss Lewis aspires to be a professional in the energy sector. She is a woman of ambition and is motivated by volunteerism and service.

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Alicia Thomas

Founder, Entrepreneur, & Self-Proclaimed Chef
Lush Pops ATL

Alicia Thomas is the Founder of Lush Pops ATL. She is an entrepreneur, healthcare coordinator, self-care fanatic, travel enthusiast, self-proclaimed chef and mixologist. Her entrepreneur journey began in 2019, when she started Lush Pops Atl. Alicia had just lost her grant funded position, new positions were coming few and far in between. Deciding to step out on faith and outside her comfort zone, Alicia finally took a stab at one of the business ideas in her head. Alicia has always enjoyed creating and mixing, she was often the unofficial mixologist at gatherings, it was only right to test out an idea she had years prior. Her company specializes in handcrafted, made to order, fresh fruit, alcohol infused frozen confections, in the form of popsicles and sorbets.  Lush pops was created to provide a nostalgic feeling of a summer day, hanging with friends, while enjoying a refreshing frozen treat. However, this time the treat has an addition of our favorite adult beverages. Alicia also has a background in healthcare, when she is not serving her delicious frozen treats, she works as a coordinator for a Surgical Oncology Physician. Alicia has an extensive healthcare background, she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Management and a Master’s in Public Health, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In her free time Alicia enjoys lounging in tropical climates, reading, museums, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Camille Copeland

Advanced Applications Engineer
Accenture

Camille Copeland is a Spring 2021 graduate from the University of North Florida. She has earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Computer and Information Sciences with a Minor in Business. She currently works as an Advanced Applications Engineer for Accenture, and will begin pursuing her Master’s in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Spring 2022.

Gabrielle Dunlap

Digital Communications
Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA)

Greetings, I am Gabrielle Dunlap, a recent graduate of THE Florida State University. I received my degree in Information Technology, and I currently work in Digital Communications at JEA in Jacksonville, FL. Aside from working corporately, I coach Allstar Cheerleading at Brandon Allstars and manage social media accounts for various cheerleading programs in the Southeast region. 

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Kyndall Smith

Graduate, Criminology
Florida State University

Kyndall Smith recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology with the intention of attending law school in the Fall of 2022. When she is not studying for the LSAT, she can be found reading or lounging by the pool. By joining the Legacy League, Kyndall hopes to hone her leadership skills and build lifetime connections in her local community!

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Wrachel J Davis

Assistant Project Manager
Clayton Company Consultants

Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Wrachel is a Trinidadian-American woman who graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

She is also pursuing Dual Master's degrees in Logistics and Supply Chain Management & Business Administration

 

Wrachel has work experience in the Water/Wastewater, Industrial Sales and Construction Industries, and enjoys sharing those experiences and being a mentor and friend to others

An avid tea drinker, she enjoys reading, listening to music and podcasts, traveling and immersing herself in other cultures

October 17, 2021

Celebrating Women Who Are Making a Difference: HER Story... In Search of Truth, Service & Democracy!
Part II

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Suzy Jackson

Senior Business Strategist
The Pollock Group, Inc. 

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Suzy M. Jackson is a project management specialist with 40 years of experience helping organizations grow, attain profitability, and care for the community.  Her business experience is divided between financial organizations and community based non-profits. This seeming dichotomy allows her to help organizations that do good operate sustainability. She currently serves as the Senior Business Strategist for The Pollock Group, Inc. She is the proud mother of an Air Force veteran. Suzy who enjoys music, travel, reading cookbooks and spending time with her wonderful grandchildren.

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Tracye Polson, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Tracye A. Polson is a licensed clinical social worker. She owns her own business - a counseling and psychotherapy practice in Jacksonville, FL where she works with individuals, couples, and families focusing on the many forms of relational trauma.

 

Dr. Polson was selected as Social Worker of the Year for 2018 by the NE Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Her teaching, clinical supervising and field experiences include - The University of North Florida, Smith College School for Social Work, The University of Maryland, and The George Washington University School for Professional Psychology. Early in her career, Dr. Polson worked as a foster care social worker and spent 12 years at The Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children in Rockville, Maryland in a variety of roles, culminating in the role of Executive Director. The Lourie Center is a nationally recognized non-profit focused on early childhood mental health prevention, intervention and education. In 2012, she was awarded the Center’s Outstanding Service Award.

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Rep. Tracie Davis

State Representative
District 13

Tracie Davis is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She attended local  

public schools and graduated magna cum laude from Edward Waters  

College, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in  special education. Later, she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from University  of North Florida and is currently pursuing a second master’s in Public Administration at Florida  State University. 

Rep. Davis began her career as a special education teacher with Duval County Public Schools,  achieving many successful learning milestones with her students. In 2001, she joined the  Supervisor of Elections Office and advanced to serve in several leadership roles. In 2011, she was  appointed to serve as the first African American Deputy Supervisor of Elections. After a few years,  she joined the City of Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business Office. Rep. Davis uses her  experience from her blended professional background in education, elections, and business  management to successfully serve her community.  

October 3, 2021

Celebrating Women Who Are Making a Difference:
Making Career & Money Moves!

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Rosemary Winbush

Speaker, Author, Leader, Trainer (SALT)
Kairos International

Rosemary Winbush is an author, speaker, consultant, blogger, trainer, coach, and producer focusing on women, children, families, and ministry/business leadership teams. She is gifted in helping others reach their maximum potential through self-evaluation, developing directional tracks, and producing results that yield success. Rosemary has worked with children and families for more than 30 years. She has over 30 years of ministry leadership, 19 years of ministerial staffing experience, along with corporate and community serving experience.  

She has authored spiritually based help books and marriage tools, and produced inspirational healing and affirmation albums. Rosemary has leveraged her expertise to assist families develop better home environments to promote family maturity, growth, and healthy living.

Rosemary is the founding host of the BEST Me project for students and The7Movement bible study project for women. She is a recipient of the R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate of the Year award. Rosemary has presented at special events, private business groups, workshops, conferences and worship services.

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Dwann Holmes

Founder
Global Institute of Church and Marketplace Prophets (GICMP)

Dwann Holmes is former broadcast journalist and is known as a Media Mentor to many.  She is an award-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated producer, inspirational speaker, crisis solutionist, and marketing executive called to leverage leaders into new levels of Kingdom Manifestation. She has combined her 20+ year media background with ministerial insight to show God's 5-fold ministry leaders and pastors how to easily evangelize on and offline.

 

As Founder of the Global Institute of Church and Marketplace Prophets (GICMP), Dwann is a prophetic authority to the nations called to set order and build systems of accountability for God's Kingdom mouthpieces across the world. Dwann is also the Founder and Lead Pastor of Global Prophetic Life Training & Worship Embassy.

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Shawnta Friday-Stroud

Vice President for University Advancement
and Executive Director

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Foundation, Inc.

Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., is the Vice President for  University Advancement and Executive Director of the  Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)  Foundation, Inc. She is also the Dean and a Professor of  Management in the School of Business and Industry at  FAMU. She is a former McKnight Doctoral Fellow and a  former McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellow.  

Dr. Friday-Stroud received her Ph.D. in Business  Administration with a concentration in Management  from Florida International University in Miami, FL, and  her B.S. and MBA from Florida A&M University. Dr.  Friday-Stroud has over 20 publications and 25 years of  consulting experience.