How to Make a Comeback: Find the courage to move past life's obstacles and setbacks, and learning the tools needed to go after what's yours.
On your journey, you will experience resistance and closed doors. Too many people stop due to feelings of failure. Your purpose is too important for you to give up. This open panel discussion will shed light on those who have achieved success, but not without setbacks. Open to men and women.
Joresa Blount, Host and Moderator
Joresa Blount is a journalist who reports on technology and innovation with a niche for profiling CEOs and founders of some of the most disrupted businesses in Silicon Valley. After a year of major setbacks in 2015 that included losing two jobs and having a major surgery, Blount created the digital talk show, The Comeback Series. As the host and producer, she interviews women who have had a defining setback that pushed them to go after their God-given purpose. Her passion for women and the tech space has led her to curate events for entrepreneurs and women in tech called Brown Girls Innovate Too.
Blount released her first book, #IChoseMe: Coming Back From Heartbreak and other Bad Relationships, in December 2016. The book is her call to action for women to stop compromising their purpose with toxic relationships, pick up their crown and get back to becoming the woman God is calling her to be. In addition, her e-course, 8daycomeback.com, helps women to identify their blocks, get over fear, and walk in their purpose.
Alissa Wilson, Creator of Stylish Curves
Alissa Wilson is an entrepreneur, speaker, and the creator and of the award winning fashion website Stylish Curves, which has been featured on Good Morning America and a host of other national media outlets.
Emily Lamia, Founder & CEO, Pivot Journeys
Emily has helped people grow and develop in their careers for over a decade. In 2015, she founded Pivot Journeys to create experiences that help individuals navigate their next career move and find meaningful work. Prior to starting Pivot Journeys, Emily worked at Girl Scouts of the USA, managing the Office of the National Board, where she supported the Board’s oversight and promotion of strategic initiatives for the Girl Scout Movement. Pivot Journeys offers professional development coaching and programs for individuals and organizations and we’re passionate about helping people grow and develop in their careers.
Squeaky Moore, Content Creator & Pitching Guru, Development Consultant & Author of #100Pitches: Mistakes I've Made So You Don't Have To
Squeaky Moore is regarded as the pitch guru for independent content creators. Squeaky is a mompreneur, content creator; producer, director, writer, and actress. She freelances as a development consultant and pitching coach. Squeaky’s mission is to enlighten, uplift, and inspire. She recently authored a book for content creators, #100Pitches: Mistakes, I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To, a film and television pitching guide geared towards independent content creators about the do’s and don’ts, and strategy of pitching television and film projects.
Chris Witherspoon, Correspondent at Fandango
Chris Witherspoon is currently a correspondent/host for Fandango. Prior to working with Fandango Chris was an entertainment analyst for CNN, and from 2011-2016 he served as the entertainment editor for theGrio.com. In addition to CNN, Chris has appeared on various NBC platforms including MSNBC, TODAY, Weekend TODAY, NBC’s Nightly News, and E! News. Throughout his career Chris has sat down for exclusive interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, and more. Chris graduated from Ohio University in 2004 after majoring in Communications Studies. He interned at ABC's Good Morning America and worked as an NBC page from 2005-2006.