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Journey to Success with Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD Media
Tayo Rockson is an author, change agent, podcaster and cross-cultural expert who focuses on helping people connect across cultures. With his strategic leadership and consulting firm, he helps corporations improve their bottom line by incorporating diversity, inclusion and social justice strategies. His work has been featured in NowThis News, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur. In addition to this, he has spoken at the United Nations Foundation as well as the World Bank.
Journey to Success with Adam White: Founder and CEO, Front Office Sports LLC
Adam is currently a senior at the University of Miami (FL) majoring in Sports Administration with a minor in Marketing. Beyond his commitments of running and growing Front Office Sports (FOS), Adam is currently an intern for the University of Miami Athletic Department in the Hurricane Club, as well as a manager and server at the UM Rathskeller. Adam was born and raised in Arizona and has sports business experience working for Formula E, opendorse and the Arizona Sports Foundation among others. When he can find down time, Adam plays baseball and works on his 93 Ford Ranger.
Randi Kassan, the CEO of Do Lyfe Activewear launched her Kickstarter campaign just days ago. Within 3 days, she was 100% funded and rapidly growing. Randi’s journey hasn’t been easy to get where she is today, but the one thing that drives her and will continue to drive her is her extreme ability to persevere when things get challenging.
Success Spotlight with Ashley Burns: Owner and Photographer of Ashley Burns Photography
Ashley Burns is a lifestyle and wedding photographer based out of Los Angeles, California. She grew up with a love of photography since a very young age and started her business as a senior in high school when she was offered to shoot her first wedding. Nearly six years later, she has been published six times and has had the pleasure of capturing memories for hundreds of people with all different backgrounds and stories to share in front of her lens.
Success Spotlight with Richard Washington: CNBC News Associate
Richard is what happens when a Dallas Cowboy Super Bowl Champ & a network television producer fall in love and decide to start a family. Richard is a family first man and thankful everyday for supportive parents that taught him that he could do anything he sets his mind to. His passion is connecting people through the medium of story telling.
Success Spotlight with Kiki Halliday: Singer/Songwriter
Kiki Halliday is a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. Her music pulls together different aspects of blues, pop and soulful sounds to create something that is bright yet vulnerable. Kiki released her first complete work, "The Love Notes EP", in November 2014. Recently, she has been working on collaborations with other artists such as with LA producer/DJ Matt DiMona on his debut EP, Up All Night, where she co-wrote and sang on the synth. R&B infused track, "Next 2 U" and another with Philadelphia-based hip-hop artist and rapper, Frzy, on his upcoming album God King Slave. Her music has been featured on the TV show, "The Young and the Restless" and her song, "Beautiful Soul" will be included in the upcoming motion picture I'm Not Ashamed due out in theaters October 21st. Kiki continues to put on live shows in the LA and San Diego areas.
Success Spotlight Questions with Raymond Merrill II: Professional Boxer
I'm from Inglewood, California. I was born deaf, but I can hear with my hearing aids, and I read lips. I have a mother and younger brother who are also deaf. I'm a professional fighter pursuing to make history to become the first black deaf champion in the history of boxing, and to be a voice for the deaf community.
Success Spotlight with Devyn O’Brien: Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships for the Los Angeles Lakers
Devyn grew up in Irvine, CA with her brother Chris and parents Susan and Tim. She's part of a basketball family. Her family is also extremely active and fit (dad’s a health teacher and basketball coach, brother played basketball through college and pro in Mexico up until he became a personal trainer/coach and mom is a massage therapist who works out nearly every day). Devyn is an independent perfectionist in many aspects of life who lives for fun and adventure. The more years pass, the more she realizes how important her time is. She prides herself on choosing to spend her free time wisely on the people she cares about most.
Success Spotlight with Jamaal Benjamin: Founder & NBA Skills Development Coach at Game Shots Basketball
Jamaal Benjamin is the founder of Game Shots Basketball and an NBA Skills Development Coach. A former collegiate basketball player, Jamaal has skills development experience at various levels.
Success Spotlight with Kaitlin Mogentale: CEO & Founder at Pulp Pantry
Kaitlin Mogentale is a Chicago-native, food waste warrior. After graduating from the University of Southern California with an Environmental Studies degree and minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Urban Policy & Planning, Kaitlin set out to combine her interests in food justice and sustainability into what has now become Pulp Pantry. She believes that local entrepreneurs have an opportunity to provide the pathways for better connection with food, community, personal and environmental health in the midst of a broken food system.