Christy Rutherford (@christy.rutherford) An executive coach and busines advisor, Christy Rutherford assists women in leadership with getting promoted through office politics and self-care. Since June 2020, she assisted black women with earning $1.5 million in promotions, raises and bonuses. A Harvard Business School Alumna, Rutherford is also a certified Executive Leadership Coach from Georgetown University and has been featured in Forbes three times. She is Harvard Business School’s 2018 Launching New Ventures Pitch Contest Grand Master Champion. An author, Rutherford published five #1 best-selling books on Amazon in eight months. Rutherford is the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander (Lieutenant Colonel equivalent) in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225+ year history where her demographic was .1%.
Amanda Gorman (@amandascgorman) Amanda Gorman is America’s youngest poet to write and recite a piece at a presidential inauguration at the age of 22. Last year, she graduated cum laude from Harvard college with a degree in sociology. Gorman has expressed her intention to run for president in 2036 and after reading her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration in 2021, Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for her aspiration. At 16, Gorman became the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles and the first national youth poet laureate three years later. Gorman’s art and activism focus on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.
Gorman published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015.
Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) Stacey Abrams spent nearly 10 years building a Democratic political infrastructure in Georgia. First with her New Georgia Project and then with Fair Fight, the voting rights organization she founded after losing her campaign for governor in 2018.
When Georgia was flipped from red to blue, for the first time in nearly 30 years, everyone who is anyone knows that Abrams played a key role in making this happen. It’s estimated that Abrams’ team got more than 800,000 new people registered to vote, with 45% of them being under the age of 30 and 49% people of color. Her efforts continued when earlier this year, the Democrats flipped both of Georgia’s Senate seats from the incumbent Republicans.
Although Abrams was unsuccessful in her run for governor, she played a much bigger role in shaping and saving the democracy of this country.
Taurea Vision Avant (@visionavant) The founder of Show Your Success LLC and Book Profits Club, Taurea Avant has assisted over 5000 speakers, coaches and networkers with writing books to grow their businesses and build multiple streams of income. Avant’s non-profit Urban CEO Network was founded in 2019 to help empower and educate men and women from the Urban Community in a non-intimidating way. Avant is an author of more than 15+ books and the latest is "Don't Go Broke Trying to Be a Business Owner". She has been featured on ABC, Fox, CBS and more. A computer science graduate from Hampton University, Avant recently spoke on a TEDx stage, presenting her insight on “What Does Being Urban Mean to Me.”
Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) Despite being married to NBA player, Stephen Curry, Ayesha is making her own mark in the world as an actress, cookbook author, and cooking television personality. After guest roles in several television shows and movies, hosted her own show, Ayesha's Homemade on Food Network in 2017. Curry sits at the helm of a restaurant franchise, cookbooks, cookware and bedding brands, and a wine label that together have generated more than $25 million. Curry recently launched Sweet July magazine that puts people of color at the forefront and focuses on a black family lifestyle.
She cofounded the foundation, The Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation with husband Stephen Curry and to provide more than 300,000 meals a week to students and families impacted by Covid-19.
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