As we prepare for our 5th annual celebration of inspiration, WeINSPIREday, Saturday, June 2nd, WeINSPIRE wanted to check-in with our WeINSPIRE Ambassadors from 2014 to 2017  to see what they've been up to these days and ask them questions that could be of inspiration to you! WeINSPIRE Ambassadors are individuals nominated by their community for going above and beyond to inspire others to be truly inspirational in service, leadership, volunteerism, and in life.  Nominate your next WeINSPIRE Ambassador TODAY!

 

Hope Kent

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Founder/Executive Director, Purposefully Empowering And Reaching Little Sisters, Inc. (The P.E.A.R.L.S.)

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

HK: The best advice I have ever received came from my parents. "Find out what they like, how they like it, and give it to them JUST that way". This advice directly impacts my relationship with teachers, bosses, etc. In life you realize that everyone is different, but we must be flexible and respond appropriately to authority in every situation.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

HK: If I could talk to any person for an hour, it would probably be my Daddy. I would want to hear his encouraging words, and hear him say how proud he is of me.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

HK: Seeing a mentee/student years down the road, and hearing them say "THANK YOU".

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

HK: Make Room - Jonathan McReynolds
Drake - God's Plan

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

HK: We are pleased to host our 3rd Annual Bowties and PEARLS Tea fundraising event which will be held on June 2nd, 2018 from Noon-3:30 in Bowie, MD. The goals of the event are to raise funds for the upcoming year, garner support of our program and highlight this year's achievements.

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Audrey Callahan

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Founder/CEO, Audrey Callahan Music

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

AC: To be authentic. Yes, with others, but more importantly, with yourself. To be yourself, truly in yourself, in a world filled with messaging encouraging you to be something you're not, is the greatest accomplishment. From this place of self-love and self-awareness, everything in your outer world will begin to fall beautifully into place.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?: 

AC: The answer to this is a resounding, Jesus! What an inspiration his teachings are. To hear them from his mouth would be incredible. I'd also love to know where he disappeared to from 12 to 29. I have my ideas so it would be great to talk with him about those missing years, where he went, what he discovered, learned, etc.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

AC: magic, pure love and all around love

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.:

AC: I Was Here - Beyoncé
This Is Me - The Greatest Showman
Climb Every Mountain - The Sound of Music

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

AC: Yes, indeed!

Released an EP, woop woop! http://audreymusic.com/product/awakening-physical-album/

Casted  in a full length feature film regarding my nomadic life. It's called RV Nomads and airs October 18,2018: https://www.epicnomadtv.com/rv-nomads/
I'm also the voice over for the film and have been hired to write and sing the title track.

Tickets for the red carpet release and festival (where I'll be performing) are on sale now. The festival is called NomadFest and attendees can get 10% off if they use my code: Audrey
https://www.epicnomadtv.com/register/

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Brandon Frame

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Chief Visionary Office, TheBlackManCan, Inc.

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

BF: Once you make an observation, you have an obligation.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

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BF: I would sit down with Lebron James. I think he pursues excellence with impeccable effort and would like to know what steps he takes daily to stay the course.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

BF: Family, Peers, Legacy!

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.:

BF: Love Your- J. Cole
Kevin Ross - Be Great
King in You - Donald Lawrence

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

BF: TheBlackManCan Awards is June 16th in Atlanta, GA Click here for more information:

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Jolleen Wagner

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Seton Education Partners

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

JW: Among some of the best advice I've received wasn't words at all, but the model of life well lived. Charles Kitson, FSC taught me, by living: to love deeply, to prioritize compassion and empathy, to think critically, and to commit my life to justice.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

JW: Any person I haven't met yet...listening is one of the only spaces we can be still and be moved at the same time.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

JW: Being moved to action grounded in goodness. Whether you inspire someone else or allow yourself to be inspired by someone else, inspiration creates this added energy that propels goodness forth. It's quite remarkable.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

JW:  First Burn-Hamilton April Hamildrop
DJ Khaled's "Jermaine's Interlude-feat. J. Cole
Beautiful-Miguel feat. Mariah Carey

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Joaquin Ortiz

Founder, Conscious Acts Of Kindness

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WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

JO: Never give up, believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in your vision.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

JO: I believe in reincarnation, so I would love to sit with one of my own past lives and have an introspective conversation about my karma and growth.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

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JO:  Being influenced or influencing others in a way that creates positive changes in the world

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

JO: Florence and the machine

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Damon Jones

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Founder, So Others Can Keep Striding - SOCKS

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

DJ: Trust God.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

DJ: King David. He was a "man after God's heart." He came from a home where he was ignored by his earthly father and rebuked by his brothers. But he remained faithful to his station and became king.

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King David

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

DJ: seeing someone else flourish.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

DJ: Oceans by Hillsong United

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

DJ: We have monthly group outreach to provide an opportunity for the community-at-large to participate in giving socks and showing love.

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PK Kersey

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 Founder, That Suits You

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

PK: Excellence cost more but it pays for itself.... Always push to be the best.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

PK: Myles Munroe because his wisdom was priceless.

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WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

PK: Doing what you are gifted to do while making an amazing life for you and your family and motivating millions to do the same.

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

PK: My visionary project #SUITEDFORSUCCESS will be out in June! 25 men sharing their story of success.

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Nicole Fernandez

Founder, Game Time Foundation

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

NF: To listen to my heart, to follow and go after my visions no matter what people think or say.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:  

NF: I would love to meet Oprah, it would be an honor to sit and chat with her for 1 hour. I've always admired her as a journalist, woman and person. She's accomplished so much and has always made a path to get to where she's wanted even if the pathway wasn't built. I'd love to ask about cheer and life advices. I love to listen to her podcasts while I drive.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

NF: love and passion for doing what you do. LOVE AND PASSION FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

NF: Oprah's Super Soul Sunday- Jimmy Kimmel: What do you stand for?
Lewis Howes The School of Greatness- Transform Your Struggle into Strength with The Bella Twins
Rethinking Storytelling To Help People Care-Mariana Atencio, TEDxUniversityofNevada

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

NF: This year was our 4th birthday- January 2018. GT has helped more than 1,100 children in sports teams in Northern Colombia. GT has recycled more than 2,000 lbs. of used equipment. Have an upcoming 10 x 20 x 30 fundraising event stay tuned on our social media.

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Jeffrey Benson

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Founder, Innovative Trader's Group

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

JB: My dad always told me and my siblings to believe in God and believe in yourself. It doesn’t matter if others don’t believe in what you see, it’s up to you to bring your vision to fruition and make the doubters now believers. That statement has always stuck with me and I operate in those beliefs today.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

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JB: There are many people that I would love to sit and speak with of the past, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou to name a few. If I ever get a chance to spend an hour of someone's time, I would like to sit and talk with Oprah. Oprah has spent time and interviewed hundreds of people but specifically some of the individuals I named earlier as well as Pres. Obama, Warren Buffet, Jay-Z, etc. and I'm sure she would be able to impart some wisdom that she was able to obtain from each one of those conversations along with the knowledge she has gathered over the years.

With the information that she shared with me, I'm sure it would increase my knowledge and network, which would empower me to create and reach higher heights.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

JB: Waking up every morning to my wife and kids before I start my day. Inspiration is, teaching an individual a new skill and helping them become financially free. Inspiration is mentoring young males and watching them develop into fine gentlemen. Inspiration is creating success and seeing the pride in your parents face when you walk on stage to accept an award for your hard work and effective efforts.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

JB: Optimistic-Sounds of Blackness
Champion-Kanye West
Made a Way-Travis Greene

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

JB: We have formed a new company "Innovative Traders Group" to teach new investors how to trade currency on the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market. If anyone is interested in this wonderful opportunity, feel free to visit our website, www.innovativetradersgroup.com or you can reach me directly at JBenson84@hotmail.com. I am chairing a city/statewide campaign for the State of Delaware "Seaford Goes Purple". The campaign is derived from the Chris Herren Project that educates individuals on the effects of opioid addiction and prevention efforts.

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Garrett Philbin

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Be Awesome Not Broke

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?:  

GP: Point your compass in the direction of fear.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

GP: Me in 40 years so I could get perspective on what really was important for me to focus on in life, and what I could have easily just let go of.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

GP: A gift we can give to others. A GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO OTHERS.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.:  

GP: 'Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)' - Andy Grammar
'Lay It On Me' (feat. Keiynan Lonsdale) - Kasbo

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

  Beyond The Dollar: Conversations on How Money Affects Your Well-Being By Sarah Li Cain & Garrett Philbin

Beyond The Dollar: Conversations on How Money Affects Your Well-Being
By Sarah Li Cain & Garrett Philbin

GP: As the Founder of Be Awesome Not Broke, I just finished the first season of a podcast collaboration with Sarah Li Cain (founder of High Fiving Dollars) called Beyond The Dollar, where we have deep and honest conversations about how money affects our wellbeing - links to iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher."

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Duvalier Malone

Founder, Duvalier Malone Enterprises

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

DM: When you see something that isn’t right, that is injustice to use your voice and speak up and speak out. To always stand in your truth because we all were created differently and the world is awaiting us all to find our truth.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

DM: Oprah- Growing up a poor boy from Mississippi, I have always been inspired by Oprah story of growing up in Mississippi into poverty. As a young boy from Mississippi, I would love to gain some wisdom lessons from Oprah.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

DM: The ability to look beyond one’s self and find something greater than yourself in service to all mankind. THE ABILITY TO LOOK BEYOND ONE’S SELF & FIND SOMETHING GREATER THAN YOURSELF IN SERVICE TO ALL MANKIND.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.:  

DM: Common and John Legend - Glory

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
** MEDIA ALERT **

Community Activist Duvalier Malone to host Author Talk/Book Signing

WHAT: Community Activist Duvalier Malone will host a Book Signing on May 22, 2018, at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe in Washington, D.C. 

The title of his new book is Those Who Give A Damn: A Manual for Making a Difference How a small town boy dreamed of changing his fate. You may know his story, but do you understand his struggle?

Those Who Give A Damn is a story of struggle, adversity and the will to succeed. Join Duvalier Malone as he details how he overcame tragedy in the best way possible: in the service of his fellow man and woman. Duvalier seeks to give a manual on how to serve humanity. As a small town boy who chased his dreams and found the path to manhood that was forged by the footsteps of those who paved the way, Duvalier was blessed with the tools to give back to his community. He now wants to share those tools with others, by showing through example how to rise above one’s circumstances and achieve in spite of the hardships and obstacles that lay in one’s way. While agonizing over his own place in the world, Duvalier discovered that his measure was hidden in his own courage, strength and hope. This moment of achievement is chronicled in the memoir of this community servant who wishes to inspire others the way he was inspired by those who went before him.

“In today’s political environment it is important that we use our voices and circle of influence to initiate change within our community said Malone”
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
WHERE: Sankofa Video Books & Café 

2714 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
TIME: 5:30 PM
MEDIA CONTACT: Duvalier Malone

duvaliermaloneenterprise@yahoo.com

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Timea Gaines

Founder/CEO, Love Life Media, LLC

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?:

TG: The person who has the power is the person who is not afraid to walk away.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

TG: Oprah Winfrey. I admire her business sensibility as a women of color in a very competitive and sometimes unforgiving industry. I believe she's found a way to master the balance of business and wellness.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

TG: The ability to grow free from the idea that failure is our enemy. The more we embrace our failures, the more we give others strength to grow without judgment. The cycle continues and because of it growth and self love become attainable.

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

TG: India Arie- Beautiful Flower

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Malcolm "MJ" Harris

Chief Executive Officer, MJ Harris OmniMedia

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

MJ: Inspiration is all around us and available to us in any moment! It’s limitless to those who are open to receiving it. 

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Taurell Butts

Successful Women Achieving Goals Inc. 

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

TB: A servant is a leader first

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

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TB: I would like to talk to former first lady, Michelle Obama. She’s intelligent, beautiful, and smart. 

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

TB: to keep going despite of what you’re going through in life. 


TiQuann Jett-Jamison

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Culture Changing Christians/ Set Me Up 4 Success

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?:

TJ: Connections and meaningful relationships are worth more than money.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

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TJ: If I could sit on a bench and chat for an hour with someone it would be my grandfather who recently passed away last year (2017). I chose him because he was a my father figure and mentor growing up. I learned a lot from our previous conversations and from just him leading by example. He taught me financial skills, the importance of family, as well as what hard work looks like, as well as how to enjoy life.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

TJ: The ability to accomplish goals while helping others along the way. THE ABILITY TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS WHILE HELPING OTHERS ALONG THE WAY!

 WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

TJ: Meek Mill- Dreams and Nightmare (Intro)

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?:

TJ: Our bookbag drive for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year (August) 

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Saranah Holmes              

Founder, Daily Do Good

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

SH: watching someone overcome obstacles and achieve something with grace.

 


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Troy Purnell

Founder, Gotta Be a Better Way Foundation 

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

TP: seeing lives change before my eyes.

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Rachel D. Wilson

CEO & Principal, LADY Rebranded, LLC

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?:

RW:  If you believe in your work, just keep moving forward. You will fail, you will make mistakes, but you have to keep moving one foot in front of the other.

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:

RW:  I'd like to talk to Michelle Obama. I have such respect for her not only as a businesswoman but as a wife and mother. I 'd love to talk with her about the lessons she's learned and how she is able to balance all of her responsibilities so gracefully.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

RW:  Knowing that you have been called to fulfill a specific purpose in your life and being courageous enough to go on a journey to fulfill that purpose.

 WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

RW:  Won't He Do It by Koryn Hawthorne
Shining by Beyoncé, Jay-Z & DJ Khaled
Anything on the Black Panther Album by Kendrick Lamar

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?:

RW:  I'll be launching my YouTube channel officially on Tuesday, June 5th. I've also been selected to for the 2018 cohort of the Changing The Face of Philanthropy Summit in DC. 
 

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Kelsey Aida Roualdes

Founder,  KelseyAida.com

WeINSPIRE: What was the best piece of advice you've ever received?: 

KR: Prioritize feeling good. Because when you feel good you not only feel good, but it's so easy to manifest the life of your dreams!

WeINSPIRE: If you could sit on a bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone who would it be? Why?:  

KR: Abraham Hicks, because they are my favorite spiritual teacher and I have so many questions to ask them! So far everything I've learned from them has been spot on and helps me immensely.

WeINSPIRE: Inspiration is: 

KR:  Being in alignment with your true self... Connecting with the Universe... Feeling good... Ideas from above...

WeINSPIRE: Tell us one-three music tracks you've listen to recently that motivate you.: 

KR:  I love to meditate to "Diatribe". by Oliver Michael because it get's me FIRED UP and makes me feel as magical and powerful as Eleven from Stranger Things (one of my favorite TV shows).

"I like it" by Cardi B. gets me excited about all the awesome things I'm manifesting these days. I also resonate with her sass.

Latin dance music, in general, always motivates me to shake my booty, which is an extremely fun and important way I get tapped in and turned on!

WeINSPIRE: Any updates or upcoming events you would like us to know?: 

KR: I'm getting ready to open up enrollment to my online course Manifesting Masterclass again before the price goes up! It's for anybody who wants to learn the easier way to feeling good and achieving/attracting all their wishes and desires. You can learn more about it here. https://www.thebestmanifestingcourse.com/

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