Cheryl Wood, Keynote Speaker

As an award-winning international speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur, Cheryl Wood impacts audiences around the world with her bold and audacious approach to living life. Individuals and corporations have been impacted by her relevant, relational, and riveting message of unleashing your personal power to excel at your next level. She trains audiences to overcome self-limiting thoughts of doubt and fear by giving strategic steps to help them ultimately reach their goals. Through telling her inspiring journey of moving from secretary to stadium speaker in six years, Cheryl empowers her audience to embrace their next level, personally and professionally.  Men and women who have been positively impacted by Cheryl’s content are more empowered to create the best version of themselves and become intentional in their performance and execution of their goals.

Cheryl is the CEO of Personal Power Enterprises, LLC and founder of the Play Time Is Over Women in Business Conference, and the Do It, Love It, Rock It training program which includes the Rock Your Stage University. She has been featured on the Dr. Oz show, ABC, Radio One, Fox 5 News, ESSENCE Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and multiple other media outlets. Cheryl has delivered the keynote for numerous organizations including: Federally Employed Women, Department of Defense Media Activity, Virginia Women in Public Finance, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and Blacks in Government. Previous clients include: Verizon Wireless, Small Business Administration, eWomen Network, National Association of Professional Women, Bowie Chamber of Commerce and Morgan State University.


Erika Etienne

Erika Etienne is an author, women’s empowerment speaker, ministry leader, life adviser, film producer, playwright and domestic violence advocate. Erika has made it her personal mission to uplift, empower, inspire, and encourage women to rise above their circumstances and fulfill their God-given purpose. She is also the founder of a faith-based women’s empowerment community, Power, Purpose, and Peace.

For over 10+ years, Erika has provided women with mentorship and practical strategies to identify their purpose and navigate successfully through life’s interruptions, all while maintaining their peace. This is what led her to start the Power, Purpose, and Peace, which offers women introspective bible studies, professional and personal development, spiritual advisement, retreats, and other individualized services.

With a commitment to help change the lives of women through storytelling, Erika was led to write and produce the stage plays, My Mother Prays for Me and Yes You Can, as well as other monologues and soliloquies. She has also been a repeat speaker and keynote at the annual Ladies of Victory and Empowerment Conference and sat on a number of domestic violence summit panels. Erika is currently producing a documentary to accompany her anthology and co-authoring a second, which are all positioned to impact women around the globe.

Erika is a powerhouse who impacts lives by transparently sharing her personal story of triumph over abuse, divorce, adversity, and a brush with death. She chronicles her journey with a resolution-centered process to lead women through the steps required to uncover the depths of their issues and begin living free to walk in their purpose. Her journey of growth and transformation epitomizes for women the truth of God’s word that He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34); therefore, showing women that what He has done in her life, is also available to them.


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Tara Darnley

I am Tara Darnley and I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend. Each day through my many roles and titles, I try to incorporate this attitude and mindset. Necessity is the mother of invention is an old proverb and very much true for me. Our daughter forced us into entrepreneurship; we saw a need for a teether at the time that she would not need to hold and that birth the idea of our first invention, the Yummy Mitt® teething mitten.

Together my husband and I are Co-Founders of Darlyng & Co., an award-winning Eco-Friendly baby brand. National attention has come our way via features on the Steve Harvey Talk Show, Marie Claire, Black Enterprise, What to Expect & Newborn and Pregnancy Magazine to name a few. Sold and distributed worldwide.

Like many, I worked in a toxic work environment and definitely did not want to return to that atmosphere after our first child. I did not want us to miss any important milestones in our daughter’s life and this motivated me more than any other thing to make sure we had a successful and profitable company to enable both of us to do so. With little capital, I was persistent in pushing forward, even if that meant filing and securing our own patent and trademarks through extensive research. Our kids inspire us daily. 

Dreams Inspire Reality is an extension of us, we believe in helping others succeed. Whatever success may look like to them. I wanted to launch a podcast that would highlight everyday creatives and entrepreneurs living their best lives possible. Sharing practical and strategic tips. Are you ready to turn your dreams into reality?


Nyala Phillip

Nyala Phillip is a Marketing & Income Strategist who’s best known for her straight shooter teaching. She is the founder of We Win Movement and a trusted coach to fellow Service Providers & Experts. With over 15 years of experience in Marketing and Business, owning her own successful online & offline businesses has given her a unique approach to fundamental brand building and creating business systems built to last.

Nyala faced many adversities such as growing up in the NYC foster care system, being a teenage Mom, going through trouble with the law, and surviving an 11-year abusive relationship.

Determined not to become a statistic, Nyala graduated college in 2007 with her B.A. in Accounting. She opened her first storefront business at 29 yrs old. Being an Entrepreneur through the We Win Movement, she has paved the way for countless women to see past their circumstances and build a life that they love.

Nyala is passionate about helping you discover your inner strength and become the bossed-up business woman you’re meant to be. Nyala offers real solutions for your brand and business growth. She focuses on helping her clients grow profitable brands that scream Authenticity.

Realizing the need to create a proven system for success Nyala created the C The Cash System™ which teaches Entrepreneurs how to Captivate & Cultivate a Community that Converts.


Diane Simovich 

Diane Simovich is Founder of BW NICE, Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education, a unique women’s networking organization established in April 2009, in central New Jersey. BW NICE provides women at all stages of business and personal life with support, education, and resources and encompasses three key elements: networking, education, and charity. Networking – BW NICE builds a support system of professional women who provide assistance and guidance to each other and those in need. Education – Members share best practices and methods for building a successful business and career. Charity – Each BW NICE chapter raises funds and awareness supporting local organizations in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. Additionally, each chapter provides critical support to women and children in transition through monthly donations as well as an annual gala fundraiser, The Red Shoe ™ Luncheon & Fashion Show. The Red Shoe ™ symbolizes unity, strength and empowerment and honors the journey of those who have been impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Patterned after a successful model she co-founded, launched, and nurtured in California, Diane had a desire to connect with like-minded business women in the community after a number of personal hardships brought her back to her New Jersey roots to be near family. BW NICE was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners of New Jersey in the non-profit category.

BW NICE has chapters throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio and is well on its way to becoming a national organization. For more information on BW NICE, visit www.bwnice.org.


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Dr. Fred Jones  

Frederick D. Jones J.D., writing coach and book publishing strategist, helps high achievers, visionary women, ministers, and families share their stories, value their voices, preserve their legacy, and transfer wealth from one generation to the next through intellectual property. More than 25 of his private coaching clients including attorneys, physicians, entrepreneurs, professors, housewives, pastors, and corporate CEOs have published bestselling books and become #1 in more than 50 categories on Amazon’s charts. Dr. Fred is the creator and host of the annual Write Your Worth Conference.


Dr. Jones started in the business in 1991 when he first heard the term intellectual property in law school.  He wrote his first book in 2003, published it in 2006 and became a best selling author in 2015 when he also matched his salary as a tenured college professor. In 2016, Dr. Jones left his tenured professorship to focus full-time on the book business that had blossomed from his coaching, speaking, and hosting live events that targeted the world of self publication.   

Today, as a writer, professor and attorney, Dr. Fred has published five Amazon #1 bestselling books and is the Book Coach and Publisher of myriad women - women of faith, women who believe in self-investing and women who want to build a business based on their bestselling book. 

Dr, Fred’s business, Fred Jones Unlimited, LLC  D/B/A Publish Me Now University was nominated for the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award. 


The most expensive thing you will ever pay - is attention to the wrong people!




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Audra Upchurch 

“What good is it to have professional success but my relationships are a personal mess?” Those are the stirring words echoed by Brooklyn born, U.S. Army veteran, marathon runner, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and 3x Amazon Best Selling author Mrs. Audra R. Upchurch. Audra is the proof positive evidence that not only are their lemonade transformations but the powerful turnaround to…sparkling champagne. A marathon runner, Audra understands what it takes to prepare your body, mind, and soul for that individual race. It’s not difficult, but it does take commitment, training, focus, and determination. In spite of severe life struggles such as teenage homelessness and teenage pregnancy, Audra stepped out on faith and decided to make a course correction. Her incredible life story and message for us today is “We Can Too.”


A powerhouse in her community, Audra supports programs that help women, families, and youth who are struggling with mental health issues and homelessness. It’s an honor for her to invest her heart, time, and treasure to support several programs that help women, families, and youth who are struggling with mental health issues and homelessness. Once such program that is dear to her heart is the Hampton Roads affiliate of Stand Up For Kids. In fact, under her successful leadership, Audra raised over $3K, in under 60 days, for the Hampton Roads affiliate of Stand Up For Kids’ one of their largest donations.   





Chanel Diane

Chanel Diane Fladger, also known as Chanel Diane, is a Production Assistant for Pocono 96.7 FM, Sistah Chat Radio located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in New York City and the Pocono Mountains, Chanel always had a passion for radio. Having obtained a B.A. in Communications from Cheyney Univeristy, class of 2009, Chanel continued her passion for radio production, earning an internship with WPHI, Philadelphia's 100.3 The Beat, as an intern for Envy McKee on Sunday morning The Envy McKee show for 2 years. After the internship was over, Chanel, started her own show entitled It's Real with Chanel Diane, which showcased the recognition of up-and-coming artists. Chanel's passion would lead her to host The Cookies and Cream Show with fellow co-host Penn Peroud. The show also emphasized up-and-coming artists while discussing entertainment topics and world news.

Chanel had the pleasure of interviewing VH1 reality TV show, Fantasia for Real's Joseph "Teeny" Barrino, VH1 show Love and Hip Hop's Amina Buddafly, and Grammy winner, singer, dancer, songwriter, and activist, Mya. Chanel is involved with community events and continues to build relationships with local businesses. Tune in on Pocono 96.7 FM, Sistah Chat Radio, which airs on Sundays from 9am-10am eastern time, or download the Pococno 96.7 FM app from the Play Store on Android or the App Store on iPhone. Follow Chanel on Intragram/Twitter: sisterchatradio and "Like" Sistah Chat Radio: Chanel diane and Sistah Chat Radio on Facebook.


Tarah Probst

Tarah was elected the first Female mayor of Stroudsburg in 200 years in 2015, and re-elected for a second term in 2017.

She earned her Law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2003 and her Bachelor’s degree from King’s College in 1992.

She spent her career in marketing, helping business owners grow and connect. In 2016 Tarah left the corporate world to open a restaurant in downtown Stroudsburg.

In her public office, she continues to work with citizens and businesses every day to address their concerns and solve their issues. She has brought significant positive change and business growth to Stroudsburg, along with increased media attention and has created social media outlets to promote businesses and other events.

Tarah brings an exciting perspective to #LIFTCon2018 and we know she will greatly touch the lives of the women in attendance at our Platinum VIP Day.

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More Speakers to Come!