The Power of Your Story: Encouragement for Women

Description: Join summit host Alexa Bigwarfe as she facilitates a conversation with six women on the power of their stories, and providing encouragement to women. 

Format: Panel Discusssion

Level: This presentation is for all levels. 


E. Claudette Freeman

E. Claudette Freeman


A multi-faceted and ever evolving story creating words and stories that live, dance, move, inspire and transform.  E. (Emily) Claudette Freeman spent some 24 years in radio in South Florida; half her career spent working with news giants WINZ and WIOD; and Gospel AM 1490 WMBM – before launching E. Claudette Freeman Creative Holdings. Freeman’s broadcast acumen is currently heard in two unique podcasts on Spreaker, under the Write Word Awakened Movement. Freeman’s literary honors include penning the Miami Arena Black History Program starring Danny Glover, and staged theatrical performances at the Quest Theatre of West Palm Beach, Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center, Virginia Union University, Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company, Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis, and the National Black Theatre Conference.
She is the author of the several books including: PIECES AND ME – THE STUFF THAT WAKES ME P AT NIGHT, and PRECIOUS REDEMPTION. She is also a contributor to CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN’S SOUL, invited to the project by Author/Global Motivator Lisa Nichols. Freeman heads Pecan Tree Publishing and its imprint FREEMAN THOMAS BOOKS with a catalog of more than two dozen books, with another 8 planned for release in the next 6 months. PTP works with authors who have made a conscience decision to self-publish with a company that provides nuances of major traditional publishing houses. Freeman Thomas Books produces company developed titles.


Chou Hallegra

Chou Hallegra

Founder, Grace and Hope Consulting

Chou Hallegra is a Mental Health & Ability Consultant, as well as a published Author, sought-after Speaker and Certified Life Coach passionate about empowering people to achieve emotional wellness, reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. She is on a mission to help people rise above their circumstances so they can be more and do more. Chou is originally from Brazzaville, Congo and has made South Central Pennsylvania her home away from home. Find out more about Chou and her work at
Marrietta Grant-Silvera

Marrietta Grant-Silvera

Motivational Speaker

Marrietta Grant-Silvera is a motivational speaker, who has been trained by The Writers Bureau, a community journalist with USAID, and the author of the forthcoming titles,  Comfort Through Adversity,  and Bounce Back from Setbacks.  Marrietta helps professionals shift from being setback by their stressors, to achieve personal/professional growth. Their success is secured by channelling the skill sets acquired through these challenges into remodelling their life. She also facilitates work/school/community groups in preparing for, and recovering from natural/man-made disasters through the Red Cross.

Marrietta Grant-Silvera is passionate about improving Communities and Family Life and mentoring Youth. As a Youth Leader, she co-ordinated and hosted programmes on Drug Abuse, Coping with Rape, Love, Marriage, Sex, Adolescence and Single Parenting among others, presented in the format of Panel Discussions, drama, or musicals. Her new website,, will be launched in upcoming weeks.  Marrietta has 3 sons and is avid about observing people’s behaviour.

Kimberly Ann Klasnic

Kimberly Ann Klasnic

Speaker, Author and Entertainer

Kimberly Ann is a wife, mother of 3 adult children and now Grandmother! Professionally, she is an entertainer (actress/vocalist), Public Speaker, Host and international Educator who has traveled the country as a world-class singer with a Gold Record showband and appeared in several national commercials and films. Growing up with very little in a mill town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, she has navigated her way through the struggles of domestic violence and lower socioeconomic living by using the power of positive thinking as well as other personal and spiritual growth techniques that have enabled her to pursue her dreams and help empower others to do the same.

In 2004, Kimberly Ann was nominated for multiple Indie music awards as a Top 50 artist for her debut CD “Got to Get Up.” She has been the opening act for such greats as Darius Rucker, American Idol Winner, Candice Glover, The Isley Brothers, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and more! Kimberly Ann has recently published a children’s book and is ready to bring all her knowledge and expertise in the forthcoming book “Make It” which will teach others how to find fulfilling work as an entertainer outside of Hollywood & The Big Apple!
Kimberly Ann wants to help you truly SHINE in your career and in every aspect of your daily life with the help of her STAR Success System!

Laura Lyles Reagan

Laura Lyles Reagan

Author and Sociologist

Reagan is an applied sociologist committed to equality, utilizing the interactionist approach. Her advocacy and practice focuses on the need for equitable interactions in the family, education, healthcare and in the world of work. Her work often involves persons of color and specifically, the people of the borderland on the Texas – Mexico border.
She is a former Sociology instructor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She has taught Deviance, Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence, Community Development, Non-Profit Management and Grant Writing. In practicing sociological equality, Reagan has won over $65,000,000 in grant funding for municipalities, school districts, colleges and non-profits. To these ends, she has facilitated multiple coalitions. Her original research, “Dynamic Duos” about adult mentor and parent impact on youth and teens was featured in the Journal of Applied Social Science, 2013.
Reagan’s career spans service from Mexico City as a youth substance abuse counselor, to non-profit management in South Texas to non-profit management in South Texas and now, in Galveston-Houston as a consultant.
She recently published a book, How to Raise Respectful Parents: Better Communication for Teen and Parent Relationships, which is published by Moonshine Cove Publishing. The book was a 2018 International Book Award Finalist, 2017 Best Book Finalist and won the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. It has been translated to Spanish, Como Criar Padres Respetuosos.

Kerri Daniels

Kerri Daniels

Author and Christian Ministry Leader

Born in Lansing, Michigan, but a lifetime resident of Adrian, you will find Kerri either on her back deck playing guitar while deer pass by to hear her or trudging through her garden, tearing out weeds, and praying over her favorite fruits and veggies. .Over the years, Kerri has witnessed, first-hand, that by putting our complete trust in God, in every circumstance of her life, she found light in every dark place, gained dominion over despair, and now rest in the arms of our God’s truth, love, peace. Kerri is a published author, journalist, and women’s Christian ministry leader.

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