Graciously ME 2016 Women's Empowerment Conference will be an event that impacts and transforms your life. My team and I worked diligently to ensure that your experience is one that will last long after the conference is over. The awesome group of informational and motivational speakers are seasoned and ready to share. Keeping in true Graciously ME fashion, along with the great session topic based on relationships, spirituality, wellness, and more we will have FUN as we shop, fellowship, support, encourage and build up one another. 2016 is the year to WALK IN YOUR GREATNESS!




Jameelah Scott, Founder of Graciously ME

Jameelah Scott is a makeup artist and inspirational speaker with a passion for women's beauty both inside and out.  She is the founder of this great movement, Graciously ME.  A movement established to empower, inform, promote, motivate and inspire women to create a life where dreams are realized, goals are obtained and plans become executed.  As a makeup artist and owner of Jameelah Scott Makeup Artistry, her work has been featured in publications such as She's So Glamorous Magazine, Limitless Look Magazine, and LaBelle Africana Blog to name a few. However, as a speaker, she uses real life illustrations to reveal precious nuggets about why women should walk in the greatness they were created from.  Jameelah has coined the phrase, In a world where you can be anything, I choose to be GRACIOUSLY ME.  She hopes that you choose the same because no one can beat you being you.

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Dr. Sharon Spratley, Pastor & Spiritual Leader

Dr. Sharon Y. Spratley, known by many as “The Transformer” is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Victory & Praise Family Worship Ministries in Hopewell, Virginia. She is recognized as the First African American woman to build a church in the City of Hopewell, VA.  Dr. Spratley has completed numerous Biblical Studies and extensive training in Pastoral and Ministerial Leadership. This training equipped her to oversee many churches through out the years.  Dr. Spratley received her certification in Anger Management, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, and Financial Counseling from Rover University.  She currently serves the John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell, Virginia, as a volunteer Chaplain and assists as volunteer Clergy at  Southside Regional Medical Center of Petersburg, VA.  Dr. Spratley is founder and leader of Wailing Women of the Word. She continues to minister through prison outreach, radio, seminars, church revivals and various conferences.  She lives by the motto “A family that prays together stays together”.  Dr. Spratley utilizes God’s word to bring life, health, prosperity, and spiritual enrichment to his people. 

Hasani Pettiford, Celebrity Marriage Coach

Living out the principles he teaches within his own marriage, Hasani created Couples Academy, a relationship-based learning institute committed to placing couples on the path to fulfillment. Hasani Pettiford is a celebrity marriage coach who has spent 17 years working with high profile clients, entertainers, professional athletes, Hollywood and corporate execs, small business owners and professionals.  Hasani has privately worked with couples in 14 states throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Their private and group intensives, retreats, coaching programs and weekly counseling sessions are making an impact globally. Hasani has personally worked with over 300 organizations (corporate/collegiate) training them on interpersonal relationships.  He is a 2x best-selling author of thirteen books. Their expert advice has been sought after by national networks including NBC, TLC, CW Network, BET, TV-One, TBN, Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal, Hasani and Danielle Pettiford have been happily married for 13 years and have four beautiful girls.

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Brenda D. Powell, Motivational Speaker

Most of her friends affectionately call her by her full name, Brenda D. Powell.  Brenda is a creative who has studied Organizational Management and Interior Design.  Brenda is a dream and goals catalyst know as "The Dream Igniter" who is also an extraordinarily innovative clothing/jewelry designer.  She is the Chief Designer for Brenda D Powell Unlimited.  She believes her divine assignment is to nurture women from all areas of life by providing Jewels, (which are life tips & words of wisdom) and encouraging them to add extra to their ordinary and stand in their extraordinary!

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Kasaun Wilson, National Comedian

Jersey City, New Jersey is the hometown of one of the brightest, up-and- coming stars in the country. Mr. Kasaun Wilson is a stand-up comedian who has been touring colleges, churches, and theaters all around the country. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the historic Howard University (THE MECCA) in Washington, DC, Kasaun Wilson started an acting and stand-up comedy career that is still garnering him national attention today. He won DC Improv’s Funniest College Student competition representing Howard University, has opened up for some of this country’s greatest acts including Grammy Award Winner, Tye Tribbett, Greg Proops (Whose Line is it Anyway?), Gary Owen (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Think Like a Man) and featured for Donnell Rawlings (Chappelle’s Show), and has also been highlighted in the Washington Post for his acting work on “Sanctified” at the Lincoln Theater and “Standing on the Edge” in the DC Black Theatre Festival. Known for his quick wit and setting himself apart for being one of the country’s brightest clean comedians, Kasaun has featured in some of this country’s greatest venues including the DC Improv, the UniverSoul Circus, The Ohio State University, the Stand-Up NY Comedy Club, and the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA to name a few. All of these great shows led to Kasaun being featured on  season 9 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Whether it is on the silver screen, the theater stage, or with a mic in his hand, look out for Howard University’s own Mr. Kasaun Wilson. 

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Melessa Brown Freeman, Celebrity Hair Stylist

Award winning and Celebrity Owner/Stylist, Melessa Denee, has worked in the cosmetology industry for over 23 years with clients in DE, MD, SC, NC, AZ, PA and elite clients in Beverly Hills,CA .  Melessa's formal training started at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA majoring in Fashion Designs/Fashion Merchandising.  In 1988, she began working as a cosmetology apprentice in a prestigious salon in DE and soon after went on to obtain her professional license as a beautician.  Melessa is now the owner of two salons, Melessa's Ultimate Hair Design in DE and Melessa's Weave Palace in Baltimore, MD. Along with the salons, she is also the creator of The Posh Collection, A hair care line formulated for both women and men of all ethnicities to achieve healthy hair.  Her newest celebrity client is Mrs Evelyn Braxton of the Braxton Family Values.  Melessa's range of abilities are extensive, from natural hair, full extensions, clip-ins, custom made wigs and everything in between. Melessa has a diverse clientele, however, she has become the go to stylist for many women who have suffered severe hair loss due to chemotherapy, heredity, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalance and trauma due to accidents or surgery. Melessa's vision and life mission is to reach others on an international level.  She thanks God each and every day for the opportunity to serve her clients.  Her Motto:  Come and Be Blessed by the hands that were blessed by the Best!

Sachiko Goode, Life Coach

Sachiko S. Goode is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a native of Richmond, Virginia and the proud mother of a seven year old daughter “Makenna”. She stands firm in the belief that aspiration involves preparation.  Having obtained degrees and certifications in Psychology, Human Resources, and Energy Leadership, she found balance after  embracing the scripture found in Ephesians 6:8 “…the Lord will reward each of us for the good we do..,” (NLT) and developed a mindset to help raise the level of consciousness in people to live a life of purpose.  As a sought after conference speaker and presenter, workshop facilitator and guest lecturer, she educates, empowers and encourages individuals to see their divine purpose and destiny.  In 2015, God impressed upon her heart to launch her consulting/life coaching practice “Divine Strategies” where she helps to align people with their core values and beliefs to a prudent positive life style.

Shakiah Gilstrap, RN, MSN

Shakiah Gilstrap, a registered nurse, obtained her nursing degree from the University of Delaware, and her Masters degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Having struggled with her weight for the majority of her life, she took it upon herself to research and learn proper nutrition and exercise.  While pregnant, she gained a total of 60 pounds. Through trial and error, she has managed to lose 55 of those pounds while being a full time mother, nurse, and student. Her goal is to help women make small changes that have an overall positive effect, not just on weight lost, but health in general.





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