The Jewel Summit is designed to offer young girls of the Overtown and surrounding communities a chance to examine the meaning of respect and how it can effect their every day lives. This summit provides them with an opportunity to form solid values in an encouraging and supportive environment.
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In this session we focus on teaching our jewels how to make choices grounded in self-respect. A theme we commonly address relates to knowing their self worth.
From this session, these young girls will learn and practice techniques such as how to approach others, express themselves with clarity, set healthy boundaries and learn how body language and tone of voice can help or hinder their communication with others.
Mothers Empowerment Sessions
In correlation with our focus on the development of these jewels in our society, this summit also addresses the leading women in their lives; mothers and other women in parenting roles.
This session focuses on self image, addressing how one sees herself. Mothers are asked to examine their past and present situations as a channel in which to gauge the direction they’re headed in.
2017 Jewel Summit Activities
Old Fashioned Fun!
There were a wide variety of activities for the mother’s and daughters to engage in.
Our team members led this crowd pleaser keeping everyones blood moving!
2017 Keynote Speaker
Natasha D. Mayne graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Law. Thereafter, on a full academic scholarship, Ms. Mayne attended the University of Florida College of Law and received her Juris Doctorate with honors. During her tenure at the University of Florida, Ms. Mayne was a member of the Law School’s Trial Team and was named “Best Overall Advocate” at the prestigious Florida Bar Trial Competition, with her Team receiving the “Best Team” Award. Ms. Mayne also received the National Order of Barristers Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy and served as Editor for the Journal of Technology Law and Policy.
Ms. Mayne is a family/marital law and commercial/business litigation attorney. Additionally, Ms. Mayne is a certified family law mediator and Guardian Ad Litem. Devoting her career to providing excellence in practicing law and mediating cases, she established The Mayne Law Firm, P.A. with offices in Davie/Fort Lauderdale and Miramar, Florida.
Prior to opening her own law firm, Ms. Mayne worked for prestigious law firms in Florida for almost a decade and gained extensive professional experience in complex commercial litigation, business law and contract law. She is highly regarded for her ability to assist clients in addressing and extricating themselves from difficult and potentially costly situations. Throughout her career, she has assisted and achieved favorable results for a diverse group of clients in cases related to commercial litigation, business law, contract law and family law. Ms. Mayne is renowned for being an excellent, knowledgeable and aggressive business attorney as she assisted prominent hospitals and businesses throughout Florida with day-to-day legal guidance as to how to protect itself from lawsuits and litigated complex matters successfully. She takes her clients’ matters personally which fuels her passion to provide top-notch and innovative lawyering.
Ms. Mayne published an authoritative article addressing risks of being hauled into foreign courts when disputes arise through the internet. The article entitled “Internet Users Beware of Personal Jurisdiction” can be found on Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.
As a family lawyer, Ms. Mayne is a firm believer in using mediation and collaborative law whenever possible, and most of time she is able to settle cases out of court. She understands the emotional and financial difficulty of divorce and works hard to settle cases calmly and quickly. However, if litigation is necessary to protect the best interest of her clients, she is known to not back down and aggressively litigate. Ms. Mayne is a dedicated and compassionate attorney who has settled and litigated all aspects of family law, including contested and uncontested divorces, paternity suits, adoptions, child support, temporary and permanent child custody and support issues, spousal support matters, division of property (equitable distribution), both civil and domestic violence restraining orders, name changes, guardianships, as well as modification and enforcement of family law orders and judgments.
In addition to growing a successful law practice, Ms. Mayne served on the Board of Directors for NBA Player, Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center and numerous other professional and charity organizations. Also, Ms. Mayne is a radio and television personality and hosts various community events throughout South Florida. She is renowned for her unprecedented fashion and style, along with a witty personality and unforgettably, her undeniable legal intellect and resourcefulness.
2017 Mothers' Empowerment Panel Moderator
Angela Bailey’s story reads like the blueprint drawn for most youth born in any urban community in the United States. She was born to a poor single mother, reared in a housing project, and she recalls a time when money was more than tight, it was non‐existent. Furthermore, she was inundated with dismal images of what appeared to be a future full of the same for her. However, in time, Angela’s story takesa turn that mirrors the famed poet and author Maya Angelou’s. Angelou credits a teacher for opening her mind to thinking “outside the box” and not allowing her impoverished surroundings to influence the path her life would take. Likewise, Angela Bailey received the same inspirational advice as a child, and like Angelou, she hasn’t looked back since.
“I am a fighter and I decided in the 5th grade, thanks to my teacher, that I would not be like the women in my community that succumbed to the stumbling blocks placed before them,” she states. Truly, those stumbling blocks became stepping-‐stones and a foundation for building Ms. Bailey’s self esteem and lifting her above what she calls “generational curses” plaguing her community. Angela went on to graduate from High School in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from the illustrious Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While at FAMU, she was active in many campus organizations and didn’t realize that she was honing her natural leadership ability while doing so.
After graduating in 1996, she worked as a professional runway model, which afforded her the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and observe different cultures. After making a decision to return home, to live, she made a shocking discovery. Although she had grown and changed tremendously, unfortunately her community had not. She immediately thought that something must be done. She founded Walk This Way Productions ‐ an event planning, image consulting, and fashion show Production Company, responsible for Central Florida’s most anticipated annual event “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fashion Extravaganza.”
In the year 2000 she founded Urban Reflections-‐a community based program dedicated to empowering at‐risk girls/youth. Urban Reflections is a mentoring organization that offers information and guidance on social and health awareness, academic tutoring, and most importantly focuses on developing a positive self‐image.
She says, “I refused to succumb to societal ills…. I believe in learning all you can and doing the impossible. I was shown a way out, and with God’s help I did it. Now I MUST show those after me the road I have taken and inspire them to do the same.”
2017 Mothers' Empowerment Panelists
Alison Austin has had an extensive international career in ecotourism, community and youth development, with the Organization of American States (OAS) and as CEO of Miami’s Belafonte TACOLCY Center. Austin has the ability to listen to the needs of the community and implement programs & services that positively impact youth and families. Her current passion is designing mindfulness programming for young women. These programs are created for youth that are “aging out” of dependency or are homeless. The latest curriculum design; Finding your Power, Purpose and Presence, is a personal development and well-being course that guides students on a journey towards self-awareness and workplace etiquette. Where participates learn to stand in their truth. Austin has expanded this work into a new company, AVA Within: A Mindbending Group to assist women in connecting to their purpose and living a more meaningful life.
Tracy Wilson Mourning
Tracy Wilson Mourning is a mentor, designer, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, soon-to-be published author, loving mother, and wife to NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning. She is a Howard University graduate with a major in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Business. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tracy is a proud resident of the South Florida community.
In 2002, Tracy founded the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and has been fully dedicated to enriching the lives of young women ever since. The mission of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program is to encourage the balance of mind, body, and soul in girls and young women by providing nurturing experiences that not only illuminate their paths but inform their decisions with self-reliance and hope, empowering their future. The Honey Shine Mentoring program serves as a guide through bi-weekly workshops and a summer camp created with the sole purpose of educating and supporting these girls and young women in an effort to prepare them for a future filled with endless possibilities in the positive. Tracy is currently working with the Honey Shine team to expand the program across the country.
Tracy is also the CEO and co-founder of Honey Child by Tracy Wilson Mourning (Honey Child Enterprises, LLC), a brand of bath and body products of unparalleled quality. Tracy created this collection to encourage women to indulge in a moment of self-celebration and appreciation. This time of personal reflection and devotion is essential to balancing the multi-faceted aspects of being a “Goddess”, “Soulmate”, “Lover” and “Friend”, all roles that women play at some time in their lives, either individually or simultaneously. Honey Child Enterprises is committed to supporting the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and has been featured in magazines such as In Style, Essence and Ocean Drive.
Tracy is a proud mother to sons Trey and Alijah, and daughter Myka. Tracy is grateful for the higher power that is her beacon and that guides her life’s path. This spiritual foundation is a central motivation in all that Tracy does, providing her with the peace and empowerment that is reflected in the ideologies of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Honey Child Enterprises.
Dr. Roslyn Artis
In February of 2014, Dr. Artis was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first female President in the University’s 138 year history. Dr. Artis has provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family during her tenure. Among her many achievements are the significant technology enhancements on campus, new facility construction, innovative partnerships, as well as increased national exposure and resource development for the institution.
Dr. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from sister HBCU, West Virginia State University. The consummate professional, Dr. Artis also holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.
Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Artis enjoyed a robust civil litigation practice. A strong community activist, Dr. Artis is past Chair of the WV Board of Law Examiners and a past president of the Mountain State Bar Association – the oldest minority bar association in the country. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Honey Shine, Inc. and the Beacon Council – Academic Leaders Council.
Nationally, she is a member of the Presidents’ Advisory Board for Title III Administrators and the Educational Testing Service Presidents’ Advisory Council. She is a member of the national board of directors for the United Negro College Fund and has recently been appointed to the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, where she will serve alongside other presidents of independent colleges and leaders in higher education. Dr. Artis also serves as the Chair of the Education Committee for the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) to which she was appointed by former U.S. Secretary Jeh Johnson.
A prolific speaker, critical thinker and fierce advocate for educational access, Dr. Artis has been recognized for her work locally and nationally and is frequently engaged as a mentor, lecturer and catalyst for strategic transformation. Her passion for education, youth development and service to the community is manifested through her work with numerous organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America.
As a Christian Attorney whose moral compass is grounded in faith and fellowship, Kaysia (pronounced Kay-see-ah) M. Earley is known for achieving exceptional results, and has gained the recognition and a well-deserved reputation as a fierce litigator who fights for her clients’ fundamental rights. Founding attorney for Earley Law Firm, PLLC, she focuses on both criminal and civil litigation and is a strong advocate for her clients without trading in her Christian values.
The middle child of seven siblings, she was raised by a single mother, and grew up in the inner-city Miami neighborhood. Kaysia is a first-generation college graduate and the first in her family to earn a professional degree. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Howard University, Washington, DC in 2004. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL in 2013.
Kaysia has practiced both as a government attorney and in the private sector. As a former Assistant Public Defender, Kaysia consistently delivered the best results for her clients throughout every stage of her representation: from investigations, to clerk’s magistrate hearings, to trials, and probation hearings. She effectively managed a caseload of 180–220 clients, through all phases of the judicial process. She served as first chair in over 60 non-jury and jury trials, ranging from third-degree felonies to misdemeanors, and won dismissals in over 200 other cases only fourteen months. She has also practiced in the juvenile division, where she developed a deep understanding of the practice of juvenile law.
During law school, Kaysia clerked for the Honorable Judge Andrew Siegel, of the 17th Judicial Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Kaysia gained extensive experience working as a paralegal specialist with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and various practice areas including, Intellectual Property, White Collar, Tax, Securities, Patent Prosecution, and Corporate & Regulatory Law. Additionally, her experience as a congressional intern on Capitol Hill provided valuable insight in Politics and Law & Public Policy.
As an active member in her profession and community, Kaysia is a firm believer of the biblical principal, “for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48 KJV). In recognition of that, Kaysia has been and continues to be actively involved in her community as a lecturer at her church, local homeless shelters, detention centers, and universities, on topics relating to criminal law, trial practice, and oral presentation skills. She is very passionate about empowering youth for generations to come. Kaysia resides in Sunrise, Florida and is a loving wife to her husband David Earley of 12 years, and the proud mother of four children (one daughter and three sons).
As chief operating officer, Claudia is responsible for United Way’s overall fundraising, public policy, community investment and staff development, including the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education and the United Way Center for Financial Stability. A member of the team since 1994, Claudia joined the organization as director of United Way Direct, responsible for event and cause-related fundraising, and then took over leadership giving, major gifts fundraising, before assuming position of senior vice president of community investments and development.
She serves on the board of The Children’s Trust and is a member of the International Women’s Forum Florida.
Prior to joining United Way of Miami-Dade, Claudia ventured in advertising sales and marketing for local South Florida business publications. She majored in political science at University of Florida and is a graduate of Leadership Miami. Claudia raises two fantastic children and loves biking.
2017 Jewel Summit Location
Jose de Diego Middle School
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