Kherri Jean is a Senior Territory Account Manager for a large pharmaceutical company. She has been in the healthcare industry for more than 15 years in divisions spanning Vision Care, Rheumatology, Oncology and Dental. She has won several sales awards and leadership awards during her tenure, including President's Club. She is also the CEO of Full of Wander Travel Company, a luxury travel agency. Beginning in 2020, she helped her 10 -year-old son fulfill his philanthropic dreams with the origination of the “Race to Kindness,” a series of events designed to spread kindness throughout the country. With the help from family, friends and people all over the world, they have completed the “Race to 500 Toys,” and the “Race to 100,000 Meals.” They are currently working on the “Race to 500,000 Books” to provide books to children and adults across the country who may not have access to books. She enjoys travelling (her favorite places to visit are Barcelona, Capri, Dubai and Monaco); listening to audiobooks with her family, and watching movies. She is married to McDonald, and is the mother to Orion, 10 and Crown, 5. Kherri earned her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degree from Florida A&M University in 2006.
Shavonda Sharre Griffin, a lifelong resident of the Manasota area, is a humanitarian, Minister, youth organizer, Credit Repair & Financial Consultant, Realtor, Insurance Agent, poet, author, inventor and so much more. A graduate of Palmetto High School in 1997, and a graduate of Manatee Community College (n/k/a State College of Florida) with an associate degree in Social Work. As president of Active Concerned Team, Inc. (A.C.T. Now) Mrs. Griffin worked to instill the philosophy that there are no limits for someone who tries their best and gives their all; to look beyond what is perceived and to think outside the box. She has been active in the community for over twenty years, starting many community organizations, such as “Youth of Empowerment” back in 2003, and Active Concerned Citizens, Inc. in 2007, and receiving praise, honor, and awards for her numerous efforts; winning a Hometown Hero Award from the Henry Lawrence Foundation in February 2010, a Humanitarian Award presented at the Unsung Hero Awards ceremony hosted by Wayne Washington held May 2010 and Unsung Heroine Award from the Manatee County Branch NAACP 2012. In 2012 she started her own cleaning business to provide an uplifting outlet for individuals that needed a second chance at rebuilding their lives with greater respect and income. She taught individuals how to revive their credit and later became a realtor so that she could take them from renting to becoming homeowners. She also obtained her insurance license to provide the full package that individuals need to develop a whole life plan with everything included. Shavonda is a devoted minister as the Shepard for God Is Real Ministries in Palmetto FL, her story is still being written and she is on another chapter that is yet to unfold. Helping to make communities a better place for individuals to live in, her mission is to instill the philosophy “without God there is nothing, with God you are and can accomplish anything”!
Maggie Parker is the managing partner and founder of Innovan Neighborhoods, LLC, a community-oriented real estate development and consulting firm in Dallas. From joint ventures for affordable single-family homes to leading phased, master-planning development strategies in transitioning neighborhoods, she works to build and strengthen neighborhoods in concert with community stakeholders.
Kazai is not only one of my favorite people, she’s my 20 year old daughter. Kazai Drew is a junior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Mass Communications. She is also a freelance photographer. She is the inspiration for my third book, Fly Away. In this episode, Kazai and I will discuss being a part of Generation Z, the challenges of being a college student during the pandemic, and our relationship as mother and daughter.
Dr. Suzanne Slonim is the Founder and Medical Director of the Fibroid Institute Dallas, as well as an accomplished businesswoman with an entrepreneurial spirit. She founded Fibroid Institute Dallas out of concern for the high incidence of surgeries to treat uterine fibroids. She is the only Interventional Radiologist in the region who solely focuses on treating fibroids with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive procedure to treat fibroids without surgery. As the institute's medical director, she has dedicated her practice to expanding access and educating women about their treatment choices. Dr. Slonim is considered a pioneer in interventional radiology. She is among only 12 percent in the highly specialized surgical field who are women. In her 25-year practice, she has performed more than 30,000 procedures, and she is widely regarded as a leading expert in UFE. She also is a sought-after speaker and author of the 2018 book, Pain-Free Periods — Banish Menstrual Misery, Fight Fibroids, and Get Your Life Back. She is repeatedly recognized as a “Best Doctor” in the North Texas area and recently she was named a 2020 Women in Business award honoree by the Dallas Business Journal. Suzanne’s wife, Pam Gerber, is a renowned connector in the City of Dallas. She is the former Executive Director of Entrepreneurs For North Texas, a member of the LGBT Task Force for the City of Dallas and is a proud Board Member of the nonprofit, City Year. Pam also served National Chief of Staff & Founding Executive Director of the San Jose City Year. The recipient of many awards, Pam was honored in 2012 by Dallas Business Journal as a Top 25 Women in Business.