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The Resilient Black Women Who Are Shaping the World with Their Faith in 2020

Virtual Panel

Shade Y. Adu

          Shadé Y. Adu, a personal brand strategist, international speaker, bestselling author, and founder of Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC. Shade helps women entrepreneurs use the power of social media and live streaming to brand, build, and monetize digital programs, products, and services. Shadé has been featured in Hello Beautiful, Black Enterprise, The Network Journal, and Rachael Ray Show. Shadé has spoken at and facilitated numerous workshops in Kazakhstan, Ghana, and universities, high schools, and institutions throughout the United States.

          In addition to being a full-time entrepreneur, Shadé is a full-time doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Shadé attributes her success to a network of mentors and spiritual favor. With a sincere passion for her line of work and a tenacious drive to succeed, Shadé is sure to make even more colossal changes in the world around her.

Kimberly A. Adams

          Evangelist Kimberly A. Adams, born in Brunswick, GA and raised in Syracuse, New York is an anointed vessel called by God for a time such as this.  She is the wife of Elder William Adams, Jr. who fully supports her in the call from God upon her life. Evangelist Adams accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1989 and was filled with Holy Spirit thereafter.  She continues to grow daily in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She walks with a daily purpose to be faithful and obedient to the will of God for her life as the Holy Spirit leads her.  In 2005 she accepted her call to ministry to expound, teach the Word of God, and inspire other believers in their walk with Christ. 

She has served under the leadership of Supt. Bryant L. Gerald, Sr., Immanuel Temple C.O.G.I.C., Inc. and Pastor Nathaniel Brown, Deliverance Ministries, Inc. both in Syracuse, NY.  Under their leadership she held positions on the Trustee Board, Sunday School Teacher, Usher Board, Pastor’s Aide Committee, Adult Choir President, Choir Member, Adjutant, Office Administrator, President Hospitality Dept (Locally, District, and Jurisdiction), Prayer Warrior, and other committees within the church as needed.  Her gifts have made room for her. 


          After being tried, tested, delivered and empowered by the Holy Spirit in 2017 she received her license to Minister as Evangelist Missionary under Pastor Nathaniel Brown, Bishop Ronald J. Hoston, Jurisdictional Prelate and Mother Saundra L. Reed, Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women of the New York Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ.

She now serves on the Ministerial Staff, teaches Bible Band, and 7 Touches Ministry in her local church, The Greater Evangelical Church of God in Christ where Supt. Kenneth W. Reed is the Pastor.  She is the Prayer Warrior Captain in the New York Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction COGIC Department of Women under the leadership of Supervisor Saundra L. Reed.


          She has served as the Local Syracuse Chapter Coordinator for Activ8Her 2019-2020.  Uniting women of different ages, stages, and denominations locally within the community using God’s Word as the foundation.

She is the founder of Embrace You Women’s Ministry est. 2020, which is dedicated to guiding women to a place in God where they are transformed, healed, set free, delivered, and forgiven. Embracing and loving who they are according to the Word of and not allowing their past or present hurts define them. 

To God Be The Glory

Kimmoly K. LaBoo

          Kimmoly K. LaBoo is a Published Author, International Speaker, and Certified Master Life Coach. She is at the helm of LaBoo Publishing Enterprise, as CEO and founder. She is a highly respected change agent in her community and around the world. Her award-winning company was created for the independent self-publisher. Kimmoly enjoys providing expert guidance and unlimited support to her clients, helping them recognize their brilliance, sharing their stories with the world, as writers. 


          She has dedicated her life to serving girls and women through mentoring, and coaching. Her compassionate coaching style challenges clients to embrace change and show up confidently, using their unique gifts and talents to impact and serve others. She was recently named among the Top 25 Women in Business by Courageous Woman magazine. She has appeared on Think Tech Hawaii, WPB Networks, Heaven 600 Radio, ABC2News, FOX5 News, and has graced many stages speaking and training to include, Department of Veterans Affairs, Blacks in Government National Training Conference, and Coppin State University. Kimmoly is the mother of two amazing sons and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Shalonda Waggoner

          Shalonda Waggoner is the Founding President of LatterHouse Decor that is located in the metropolitan area of Dallas, TX. LatterHouse Decor is a design ministry that offers no-cost interior decorating services to women and families that have been relocated due to domestic violence. Domestic violence is not a glamorous subject matter. It is a hard conversation to have. It's often the silence of those that have lived through domestic violence or those who are currently living through it, that feel embarrassed and ashamed.


           Shalonda began counseling and learned that the women in her group also had similar stories of not being able to take anything but a few clothing items when they fled from their abuser. She sought the Lord for instruction on what she could do to be an agent of change in the domestic violence community. While in her study time, she came across the Scripture Haggai 2:9 and felt an immediate connection. The "latter house" shall be greater than the former,' says the Lord of Hosts.' And in this place I will give peace,' says the Lord of Hosts. From that Scripture, LatterHouse Decor was born.


          Shalonda realized the importance of women not only having a safe place to call home for them and their children, but having a beautiful home filled with light and color. With multiple home installations completed, it is no wonder that service to survivors of domestic violence has become her purple ribbon mission.

Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling

          Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling is a serial entrepreneur. Me’Shae has been in the Special Events, Conferencing and Hospitality industry for 25 years. Me’Shae made history in 2018 when she became the first Franchise Owner/Operator of EventPrep, Inc., in New York State and the northeastern territory. EventPrep sources procure and contracts hotel venues for clients nationwide in addition to event planning. Prior to becoming a business owner, Me’Shae was a Director of Special Events and Conferences at Syracuse University for ten years.


          Just The Basics Financial Literacy is Me’Shae’s micro-socio enterprise. She is the author of “How To Save Money & Organize Your Finances” as well as a Course Handbook in Financial Literacy, and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance. Me’Shae is the Executive Producer of the 2021 Financial Empowerment Summit, merging her experience in event and conference planning with her passion for financial education. 


          Me’Shae’s ventures are MWBE-Certified with The City of Syracuse, New York State, and the NY/NJ Minority Supplier Development Council. Being a representative of the audience she serves, Me’Shae was most recently appointed Executive Director of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance, Central New York’s regional minority chamber of commerce.


          Me’Shae is an alumna of The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (M.P.A. 1990). Me’Shae serves on a number of executive and advisory boards, and enjoys volunteering and contributing philanthropically to the local community. She and her husband of 28 years, Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., attend Abundant Life Christian Center, and are former members of the Grammy® award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Dr. Brandiss Pearson

          Dr. Brandiss Pearson is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, currently working as Director of Community Engagement at St. Joseph’s Health. Brandiss is also an adjunct professor at St Joseph’s College of Nursing. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, B.S. in social work from Syracuse University, a post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing from Le Moyne College, and her master’s degrees in nursing with a minor in education from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Pearson earned her doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College, where her research focused on strategies for well-being for Black women in executive leadership. 


          Dr. Pearson is a graduate of the Health Foundation of Central and Western New York’s Healthcare Leadership Fellows program, which focuses on addressing disparities for the young and elderly impacted by poverty in the community. Dr. Pearson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated. She has served on several boards of directors and currently serves on the board of directors for the Syracuse Community Connections and the Syracuse Lyme Alliance. Her passion is helping people transition from where they are to where they want to be. Dr. Pearson encourages others to be unwavering and unapologetic in their pursuit of justice, happiness and service to all mankind.

Phylicia Anderson

          Phylicia Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to at-risk populations, Black youth, and mental health. She specifically takes pride in her empowerment work for Black women and girls. Her clinical skills and advocacy has been the catalyst to develop mentally healthy, resilient children for the over ten years throughout the country. 


          In past roles she has served as a Program Coordinator for a Multicultural Center, Clinical Therapist for a foster care agency, School-based mental health therapist, and District Behavior Interventionist for one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia. She currently leads a school-based mental health program throughout multiple Georgia counties. She has shared her expertise at national conferences, school districts, community agencies, and mental health organizations.

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