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2019 June Mag

2019 June Mag.

Noelle Jones helps to lead PR efforts for Fortune 500 companies around their sports and entertainment activations and initiatives.

Noelle Jones is a gifted writer, brand innovator, public relations practitioner and serial entrepreneur who has worked in many industry sectors over the past 5 years. A lifelong lover of the arts and culture, Noelle is currently the Public Relations Manager at Atlanta-based integrated marketing agency You Are Here. In her role, Noelle helps to lead PR efforts for Fortune 500 companies around their sports and entertainment activations and initiatives. Previously, Noelle worked as the Public Relations Specialist at the High Museum of Art, one of the largest arts institutions in the Southeast.

Recently named one of Atlanta’s “Top Young Professionals” in the Atlanta Tribune’s May 2018 issue and named as a “Mover and Shaker” in South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine’s latest edition, Noelle is honored to push the culture of her hometown forward through the arts and various community initiatives. Noelle is a graduate of Howard University where she earned a B.A. in Print Journalism. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Public Relations Society of America. Noelle enjoys supporting small business marketing and PR initiatives through her consulting company We Thrive Media, LLC and dabblingin event production through family-owned business AEE Productions.

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2019 May Mag

2019 May Mag.

Erika N. Salter is revered as one of the most knowledgeable and reliable immigration attorneys in Texas.

Erika N. Salter is founder and managing partner of The Law Offices of Erika N. Salter, P.C., one of Dallas’s most highly sought and regarded immigration and criminal law firms. Erika is revered as one of the most knowledgeable and reliable immigration attorneys in Texas. Serendipitously, she learned her outstanding business acumen from her grandfather, Freddie Lee, who broke racial, educational and social barriers to become one of Tampa’s most successful construction business owners. Like Freddie Lee, Erika has positioned herself as an outstanding African American immigration attorney with the fastest growing, multi-million-dollar business serving thousands of immigrant families throughout Texas. With a success rate of more than 90% positive resolutions, her Dallas and Ft. Worth firms are honored to provide exceptional services in the most complicated areas of criminal, immigration and naturalization law. She is especially renowned in the areas of obtaining lawful status, deportation, citizenship, political asylum, green card applications and general immigration issues.

Erika, realizing the need to give as much as she receives, serves in many organizations. In addition to her legal services, she has an unfailing resolve to mentor young students. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Girl Friends, Incorporated, The National Smart Set, Incorporated ,The Ft Worth/Dallas Metroplex Chapter of Chums, Incorporated, The Moles, Incorporated and The Links Incorporated, where she served as the youngest member of the Executive Council and Foundation Board, as Fund Development Chair. In this capacity, Erika helped to raise over $3 million. As a testament to her continuous desire of excellence and drive for success, she is a proud graduate of The Links, Incorporated 2016 Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute.

In addition to participating in her many community service organizations, Erika is one of 238 businesses and non-profit organizations that has consistently supported the Dallas Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. She has deligently supported one of the educational organizations within the Dallas School District and provided scholarships to students participating in the educational program entitled, “Educational Is Freedom”. Each year an intern from this program is given an opportunity to work at the law office and, once the intern completes the program and enters college, Attorney Salter provides financial assistance to students that have worked for the law firm.
Most recently, she was recognized by numerous non-profits as “Top Donor”, an award of distinction given to philanthropic individuals. She actively mentors many of the new and upcoming attorneys and is extremely proud of the cadre of young lawyers under her tutelage. When they succeed, she emphatically celebrates their successes and accomplishments. Erika does this in remembrance of her grandparents and parents, who helped develop her philanthropic, socially conscious mindset.

Erika N. Salter is a native of Tampa, Florida. She has a BA in English Education from Tuskegee University and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She is a member of State of Texas Supreme Court, United States District Court, Northern District, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Section, Tarrant County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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2019 April Mag

2019 April Mag.

Nataly Williams has turned her passion for sports into a successful professional career.

Nataly Williams is a charismatic professional in the sports industry, with over 8 years of progressive career experience in collegiate and professional athletics.  Nataly has used her different talents from being a sports broadcaster to currently working in athletic development at Michigan State University.  Her unique passion comes from her family roots.  Nataly’s father, Coach Bobby Williams was the first black Head Football Coach at Michigan State, and currently serves as the Special Teams Coordinator at The University of Oregon.  The William’s family previously were at The University of Alabama where they won five National Championships.

Nataly joined the Spartan Fund in December of 2016 in the role of donor relations, communications, and stewardship.  Nataly’s job focuses on sustaining positive relations between MSU Athletics and donors by effective stewardship, she also leads a variety of communications and marketing efforts to enhance the Spartan Fund brand. 

Prior to joining Michigan State, she served as the Assistant to the Director of Life Skills and Community Outreach at the University of Alabama.  While in Tuscaloosa, she coordinated media appearances and community service for athletes to build relationships around the local community. 

After earning her Bachelor’s from The University of Alabama, Nataly went on to New Jersey, where she interned with NFL Films, contributing content to the popular segments “NFL Films Presents”, NFL Top 10”, and “Inside of the NFL”.  She also worked as a freelance sports reporter covering teams in the SEC, for CBS Sports, and ESPN.

Nataly being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc has been an active in a wide variety of community service programs in the Lansing, and Tuscaloosa areas.

Instagram: nataly_williams

Twitter: NatalyYvonne

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2019 March Mag

2019 March Mag.

Shane Salter – accomplished non-profit leader – bring passion and experience to the March of Dimes mission.

Shane Salter
Accomplished non-profit leader brings passion, experience and personal connection to the mission. 

It’s hard to imagine that it was just two years ago that The March of Dimes appointed Shane Salter as its Executive Director for Atlanta – Central Georgia.

Salter joined the March of Dimes with 25 years of experience in leadership, advocacy and non-profit management. Most recently, he was the Brand Ambassador for the Charlotte Hornets, Founder & Executive Director of CASA DC, Chief of Staff for Health and Human Services, Director of the Freddie Mac Foundation and the National Director of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.

Shane Salter has a Masters in Management and Leadership from Webster University and undergraduate degrees in Health and Human Services and Healthcare Management from Elmira College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is also an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. “Shane is an extraordinarily well-rounded business executive who has experience leading all major functions of an organization,” said Brett Bartlett, Chair of the March of Dimes Atlanta – Central Georgia board.

“His deep passion for the well-being of children and families, made him the clear choice as our Executive Director of Market Development. Our board looks forward to working with Shane to strategically develop new opportunities to fund research, services, education and advocacy that improve the health of mothers and

As Executive Director of Market Development, Shane Salter oversees all community partnerships, fundraising and volunteer development for Atlanta and Central Georgia. Salter is the proud father of three adult children through birth and four by way of adoption. Beyond the challenge of raising great children with various disabilities, he now leads the phenomenal team of passionate advocates, leaders and community organizers.

“The March of Dimes is widely regarded as one of America’s most notable and accomplished nonprofit health organizations, having established its roots under President Roosevelt,” said Salter. “I am honored to lead the Atlanta – Central Georgia Market in our campaign for the health of all moms and the strength of all babies.” The rich history of the March of Dimes and the incredible milestones it has achieved, directly affects the health and lives of millions of people today. I enjoy finding new ways to secure the resources and public support we need to fund lifesaving research and to deliver programs and services to the community.”

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading organization for pregnancy and baby health. The nonprofit group seeks to help moms have healthy pregnancies and give babies a healthy start, and works to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. It funds research, services, education and advocacy. For the latest resources and information, visit (English) or (Spanish). Information on Georgia activities and programs may be found on Facebook (@marchofdimesgeorgia) and Twitter @marchofdimesga).


When: May 4, 2019 
Where: Atlanta, Georgia …. 
Historic Fourth Ward Park 
Time: 7:30am Festival Site; 9:00am 5K Walk

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2019 Feb. Mag

2019 Feb. Mag.

Denise Smith has coordinated enterprise wide projects for some of the most recognized brands in both technology and consumer products.

Denise Smith, a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a certified project management professional whose career spans a period of over seventeen years. With a focus on the management of complex business challenges, she has established a firm track record as a skilled strategist and project leader who has coordinated enterprise wide projects for domestic and international accounts involving some of the most recognized brand names in both technology, including Verizon, Amazon, Blackberry, and in consumer products, including Black&Decker, Coca Cola, Home Depot, Michelin, Wachovia, McGraw ­Hill and Western Union.

Her expertise includes business strategy development, project estimating, scope determination, gap analysis, business process reengineering, issue mitigation, configuration, custom code specifications, testing, training and post implementation support. She readily transforms a company’s strategic roadmaps and objectives into workable solutions and benchmarks performance against key operational targets and goals to aid the development of key internal processes and technology driven services. She is known for leveraging her cross-cultural skills and international experience to lead high performing teams.

After commencing her collegiate education at Northeastern University, Denise ultimately transferred to Spelman College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in May 1999. In December 2014, Denise obtained a Master of Business Administration with a focus in the innovation of technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Denise is currently the HR Systems Portfolio Lead for Service Centre, CoreHR, and Reporting & Analytics with EY. Denise also serves as the innovation leader of EY Atlanta Unity as an supportive advocate for the LGBT+ community and helps to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT+ employees through her words and behaviors. This in turn helps support an open and inclusive workplace for everyone. In addition, she has served as one of the Southeast Region Corporate Responsibility Champions that execute the firm’s Corporate Responsibility programs that are focused around education, entrepreneurship, and environment. She is active in several organizations: Technology Association of Georgia; Women In Technology (“WIT”) Volunteer Program Director for WIT Forums and Socials; United Way Cole Women United Cabinet: Vice Chair; Most Valuable Kids: Advisory Board.

Denise has always prided herself on being an active member in each community in which she has lived, a penchant, which found its start growing up in Guilford, Connecticut.  A resident of Atlanta for over twelve years, she has been an active participant in a wide variety of community service programs.  Along with her husband, son and daughter, she is a member of Buckhead Church where she served as an Volunteer Team Captain for the organization’s KidStuf program.

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2019 Jan. Mag

2019 Jan. Mag.

Meet Noelle Renee Hughley – Radio Personality, Multimedia Journalist, Public Speaker, Social Influencer and Model.

Noelle Renee Hughley is a free-spirit, with a genuine presence. Her innovative style as a Radio Personality, Multimedia Journalist, Public Speaker, Social Influencer and Model allows her to light up any room she walks into.

As the Radio Host for the fastest and largest growing digital urban radio station, Streetz 105.1. Noelle’s energy creates bonds with listeners through her content and production skills. Her capability led to the accomplishment of reaching over a million streams worldwide.  As early as 2014, Noelle captured the hearts of many, when she was crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA 2014 and has since earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism from Lindenwood University.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and a mentor for B’Fly Girls Inc.; Noelle is on a mission to be of service to all mankind.

YouTube: NoelleReneeXo

Instagram: NoelleReneexo

Twitter: NoelleReneeXo

Facebook: Noelle Hughley


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2018 Dec. Mag

2018 Dec. Mag.

Meet Bev McMillan, a business leader, community leader and philanthropist!

Bev McMillan, a business leader, community leader and philanthropist.  Native from Savannah, Georgia and reared in Akron, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Akron, with a BA in Clothing and Textiles.  The Master of Business was attained in the year 2010 from the University of Phoenix.  Bev began her career in retail management which landed a major role within the L Brands family, navigating through various roles in the Victoria’s Secret brand for over 25 years. 
Bev and her husband Lennard arrived in Albuquerque, NM in the early 2000’s transferring with Victoria’s Secret to lead the care center facility in Rio Rancho, NM.  Both Bev & Lennard began actively working within the community serving those citizens who were the most vulnerable.  Bev McMillan is a current member of The Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated for the last 14 years and serves Western Area Program Chair.  Bev is also a member of the Iota Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated.
Bev has utilized her time well within the Albuquerque area serving on various boards to ensure the “giving back” to the community was an ever important attribute she received from parental teachings. Service on boards such as The Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central New Mexico, Haven House Domestic Violence Shelter, Lovelace Women’s Hospital and Trustee for the Albuquerque Community Foundation.
Bev’s most recent role as the Marketing and Fundraising Chair for Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center led her into the most recent promotion as United Way of Central New Mexico, Executive Director for Mission:Families .  United Way of Central New Mexico newest initiative, Mission:Families focuses on creating stable families and providing resources, including supporting working families and student success. The initiative’s goal is to reduce the number of adverse childhood experiences by 50 percent by 2030 in central New Mexico. Educational experiences and workforce readiness can be impacted by early childhood trauma.  
Bev loves providing for others and extremely committed to serving those who are the vulnerable and in need.  The favorite quote from Muhammad Ali is her mantra, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”!

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2018 Nov. Mag

2018 Nov. Mag.

Genma Stringer Holmes is a highly-recognized and award-winning Serial Entrepreneur, Media Influencer, and Editor-in-Chief!

Genma Stringer Holmes is a highly-recognized and award-winning Serial Entrepreneur, Media Influencer, and Editor-in-Chief. She is the owner of Holmes Pest Control, Executive Producer of Living Your Best Life Radio, and the Editor-in-Chief of GSH Media.

Genma’s heart for non-profits and organizations, combined with her communications skills, have won her numerous awards from the International Association of Business Communicators, for projects as diverse as editorial work on several print publications, to digital communication branding and management.

Among the many social media campaigns Genma has created and managed, you’ll find prestigious organizations such as The Ohio State University; MD Anderson Cancer Center; University of Houston; Intercultural Cancer Council; University of Tennessee at Memphis; Meharry Medical College; The Links, Incorporated; and the National Day of the American Cowboy, to name a few.

Genma has also been recognized for her various philanthropic endeavors. In 2015, Genma was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a Difference Maker Honoree on National Philanthropy Day for her work with military families. In 2017, she was a Nashville Business JournalWomen of Influence Honoree, and she was chosen as the Brentwood Woman’s Club Member of the Year. In 2018, she was named one of The 25 Most Influential Black Women in America, and she received the President’s Choice Award from the Brentwood-Franklin Women’s Service Club for her work with the General Federation of Women’s Club.

If you talk with Genma for any length of time, you’ll know why she is internationally known for her advocacy work for military families and veteran communities. She has received numerous accolades for her work as the founder of the Military Fund at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. She has helped raise over $600K for military families during her annual Christmas #livingtogivenow social media campaign, and with her fundraisers that benefit veteran service organizations. For the past several years, Genma has proudly helped the Rotary Club of Nashville, the third largest Rotary Club in the world, with their Veteran’s Day Program by securing notable speakers who have made the program one of the club’s most attended events.

Genma has been featured in numerous publications including, most recently, Nashville Business Journal, The Tennessean, Style Blueprint, Essence, Black Enterprise, The Network Journal, The New York Times, Speakers Magazine, Family Business, Worthwhile, First Woman and Huffington Post. For nearly ten years, Genma has been heard during the holidays on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and she can be heard each weekend on Living Your Best Life Radio on WENO in Nashville. 

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2018 October Mag

2018 October Mag

Revered multimedia personality Rashan Ali has a passion for sports and empowering young women and the people of Atlanta!

With a passion for sports, empowering young women and the people of Atlanta, Rashan Ali continues to establish herself as a formidable and revered multimedia personality within the sports and entertainment industries.

While attending Florida A & M University as a Broadcast Journalism major, Rashan knew that she wanted to share her voice with the world, and set out on a quest to make that happen. She became heavily involved in the entertainment scene in Atlanta, working for LaFace Records and the personal assistant to the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Rashan entered a contest searching for new talent on Atlanta radio station HOT 107.9 FM and was handpicked from over 500 applicants to join popular radio personality Ryan Cameron on-air. Her charisma and grace appealed to millions of listeners, which quickly propelled the program’s rating into the #1 position during its 6-10 AM time slot. She then went on to become the host of the “A-Team” Morning Show on the same station. Rashan’s journey in radio came full circle in 2010 when she reunited with Ryan Cameron for a year as the co-host of The Ryan Cameron Show on V-103 FM, Atlanta’s #1 urban formatted station. She later joined new hip hop station 94.5 as the host of “The Streetz Morning Grind” in 2012.

Unique Perspective and Passion for Sports

Rashan’s unique perspective and passion for sports has resulted in sideline reporting for the Atlanta Hawks (2005 – 2009), the Southern Conference Sports Network (2011), the Atlanta Football Classic for NBC Sports Network (2011-2012), college football and basketball for CBS Sports Network (2012-2015) and for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Preview Show, which aired on ESPN 2 and ESPN U. She was also the Social Media Correspondent for NBA TV’s “GameTime” during the NBA Playoffs (2010 – 2013) and worked on the network’s show “Fantasy Insider” in the same capacity for two seasons. Ali hosted Atlanta and Company After Noon on NBC (Atl). She also hosted Under Armour Highlights of the week on the NFHS Network and “HBCU Playback” on Aspire TV.  Ali freelanced for CNN and HLN’s Bleacher Report. and served as the co-host of “Rise Up Weekly” on Atlanta’s CW 69 for the past three seasons. Also also freelanced as a sports anchor on NBA TV.  She recently launched her own podcast, “The Cool Soror Podcast” which explores the stories of women and men in black, greek lettered organizations.  She recently expanded the brand incorporating all “Cool People.”  Rashan currently serves as co-host of “Sister Circle” – a nationally syndicated talk show on TV One.

Empowering Sporty Girls

Ali remains involved in countless charities and organizations. She is an active member of the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2006, she founded Sporty Girls, Inc., -a non-profit organization that encourages personal growth through participation in non-traditional sports like golf, tennis, soccer, swimming and lacrosse. Sporty Girls, Inc. has made an indelible impact on young, female athletes through her Camp Elite, Sporty Tract to Scholarship, Get Girls Sporty and Sporty Clinics programs. Sporty Girls has served more than 1,000 girls throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. Ali recently authored of first children’s book entitled, “Piper Sky’s Pink Popsicle Shoes.”

Ali enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters, Bailey and Carter. For more information about Rashan Ali, please visit:

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2018 September Mag

2018 September Mag.

Style Show with Ida’s Idea!

For the past 34 years, Ida Polite has served as President of Ida’s Idea, her own Fashion House. A graduate of Saint Paul’s College, Ida’s first professional job was an accountant with Blanchard Management in New York City at the World Trade Center II. Her next position was a buyer for three major boutiques in New York City. Those positions were exciting and she worked very hard to make sure those stores stayed on top of the fashion trend. Her experience as a buyer ultimately lead to entrepreneurship — Ida’s Idea. 
Ida’s Idea is located in Washington D.C., the heart of the nation’s capital. Showcasing contemporary and designer fashions with luxury shopping and a bit of cache. Not only does Ida’s Idea market great designs and accessories, but also offers internship opportunities to fashion design students from Howard University, the University of Maryland and other local colleges. Interns are taught how to identify market value, pricing, store designs and taken to New York city to meet with top designers. Ida enjoys going into the classroom lecturing on Entrepreneurship and Fashion.
Ida has received numerous awards. In 2014, she received the Living Legacy Award from Be There Magazine, the Business Achievement Award from National Capital Area NANBPWC, Inc. in March 2013 and Outstanding Entrepreneur Award- “Women in Excellence” from The Alumni Association of Ballou S.T.A.Y. in 2008. Ida’s Idea is known around the Washington DC area for donations of clothing to women re-entering the work force.
Ida is married to Bob Polite. They are proud parents of a daughter and a granddaughter.    

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