DR. IAN SMITH
Ian K. Smith, M.D. is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of SUPER SHRED, SHRED, THE 4 DAY DIET, THE FAT SMASH DIET and EXTREME FAT SMASH DIET among 7 other books including, SHRED Diet Cookbook, EAT, Happy, and The Blackbird Papers. He is a former co-host of Emmy-winning “The Doctors” TV show, a medical contributor to “The Rachael Ray Show” and host of the nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch.
He is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for NewsChannel 4 where he filed reports for NBC’s “Nightly News” and the “Today” show as well as WNBC’s various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including “The Oprah Show,” “Good Morning America” “CBS This Morning” “The View,” “The Talk,” “Dr. Oz,” ‘Dr. Phil,” “Anderson Cooper 360″ and “Showbiz Tonight.”
He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, Publisher’s Weekly, Red Book, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, People, Essence, Ebony, University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway, Cosmopolitan, Women’s World, and Black Enterprise.
Dr. Smith is the founder of two major national health initiatives—the 50 Million Pound Challenge and the Makeover Mile—that have helped millions of people lose weight and improve their health.
A graduate of Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Smith was appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition in 2010 and is serving a second term.
Navarrow Wright has emerged as one of the distinctive and insightful voices in America and a premier expert on how the convergence of technology, the Internet, mass media and social media can change lives, businesses and society.
He is the president of Maximum Leverage Solutions, a consulting firm the works with startups, businesses and brands in the areas technology and product strategy. Working with clients such as Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group and Google. Wright has served as CTO of Radio One’s online division Interactive One, CTO of Black Entertainment Television and as co-founder of GlobalGrind.com with Russell Simmons. Wright raised the funds for the venture from Accel Partners, who were also the leading investors in Facebook.
His latest company “NxtScreen” will be launching 1rst quarter this year. Wright recently launched the “Close the divide project.” (http://closethedividefor.me). Wright’s vision for the initiative is build awareness among underserved communities (minorities and women) about the opportunities that technology can provide in key areas such as education, healthcare, career growth and entrepreneurship. He has appeared on the television shows Run’s house, Gotti’s Way and the Steve Harvey radio show. He was picked by Network Journal Magazine as one of the their “ 40 Under forty” professionals to watch in 2009 and selected by the Innovation Generation as one of the nation’s top 100 GenerationNEXT and Information Technology leaders.
Wright frequently speaks at SXSW and has been interviewed on various media outlets such as NPR & Techcrunch and CNN. Wright also blogs for several publications including the HuffingtonPost and is a Linkedin Influencer.
He has been selected by CNN for the Black in America series, which aired on November 13th 2011 and focused on blacks in technology. He was also picked By Black Enterprise Magazine for their “Next Steve Jobs list: The 10 people to watch in Technology” in 2012. He has been invited to the White house on several occasions to be involved in discussions on how policy changes can help with technology adoption and is considered an expert on the convergence of technology and media.
Navarrow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rider University.
Her mission is to educate women how to appreciate the natural hair they have. Through the GetItStrait!
Marcos Mercado has devoted over 25 years to ministering and helping people all over the world. He answered his calling at the young age of 16 when he started preaching in New York City, where he was born and raised.
Marcos has worn many hats over the years, including that of Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Radio Personality, Marriage Counselor and Relationship Specialist.
For the last seven years Marcos has impacted listeners throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina and Detroit Michigan. Currently you can hear him weekly on the popular Radio One talk-show “Marriage Beyond the Vows.” As a highly sought speaker Marcos uses his God-given ability to counsel and inspire all types of people. He was recently featured on Fox29 News and has spoken around the world in places as far as the Caribbean, South America, and Asia.
Marcos resides in Delaware where is also serves as the Lead Pastor of a dynamic and fast growing church.
Marcos is happily married to his wife Amarilis for over 17 years. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children ages 15 and 11.
Attorney Dean Weitzman, Esq.
Managing partner of MyPhillyLawyer, helping his clients get the best legal representation that they can find in every case the firm handles.
Dean is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania trial lawyer’s associations. He has extensive litigation experience throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Courts as well as the Federal district courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His trial experience includes medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, workman’s compensation, and estate litigation.
He’s also out in the public eye as the host of an hour-long Court Radio show on legal issues every Sunday morning on WRNB-FM 100.3, helping local residents by talking with them about their rights in everything from car accidents to wills, trusts and real estate matters.
Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in 1984 and his Juris Doctor in 1987 from Temple University School of Law. He worked throughout college to put himself through school working as the supervisor in a group home for mentally-handicapped adults.
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Dean is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, following the Phillies and the Eagles as well as Temple’s football and basketball teams.
“I’m a big booster for Temple University,” he said. “I spent seven years there as a student. I believe in the principles of a quality education, inexpensively and in the city. Temple’s first president, Russell H. Conwell, talked about finding educational ‘diamonds’ in Philadelphia’s own backyards. I believe in that and I’m a product of the Philadelphia public school system and Temple University. That’s really who I am.”
Dean is also a volunteer in his community, serving as a Big Brother and as a business sponsor for several non-profit groups, including Variety, The Children’s Charity, the American Cancer Society, the Bread of Life Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Ellen Weber is the Executive Director of Temple University’s Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. Her courses focus on launching ideas and getting them funded. She also leads educational initiatives focused on women entrepreneurs and women investors. As part of her role in the IEI, she serves as the Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures
She is also the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures (www.robinhoodventures.com), a leading angel group helping to fuel startup growth in the Philadelphia region. She is very active in the Philadelphia startup community, supporting Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. Ellen serves on the board of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs and on the Engagement Committee for the University City Sciences Center.
Previously, Ellen was the COO and co-founder of VisionMine (www.visionmine.com), which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations.
Ellen has more than 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. She has been a Managing Director and Founder of Antiphony Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in helping companies create sustainable value through innovation. She was involved in the growth of Investor Force, a provider of technology-based solutions for institutional investment professionals, where she created the company’s initial human resources department, facilitated strategic planning, and managed the organizational aspects of the company’s mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, she spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She was also a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting.
Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.
The creator, Reuben Canada, said it is a ‘health boost in a bottle’ that is ‘deliciously spicy.’
“If you are dragging, it has a pick-me-up, and the reason it has a pick-me-up is because ginger is an anti-inflammatory,” Canada said. He added that the ginger, along with some cayenne pepper, really gets the blood flowing.
“It’s kind of like having clean oil versus dirty oil in the car,” Canada said. Canada, a patent attorney and Swarthmore College grad, cashed in his 401k and invested all of his savings to sell the concoction he first whipped up in his kitchen at 20th and Spruce. You can now find the original JinJa and the newest flavor, Dragon Fruit, at stores like Di Bruno Brothers, Kroger and Albertsons. Canada says he will never forget the first time he saw it on display at Whole Foods.
“It looked like a JinJa shrine and they said ‘we are going to order 12 cases and I said “12 cases? I’m rich!”
If you buy JinJa online, the company will donate 15 percent of sales to Laurel House, a non-profit that helps victims of domestic violence.
Dyana Williams, a native New Yorker, is a radio and music industry professional, journalist, community activist, documentarian as well as the co-founder of the Pennsylvania-based, non-profit advocacy organization, the International Association of African American Music Foundation (IAAAM Foundation). Williams currently hosts a weekly broadcast, Soulful Sunday on Radio One’s 100.3 WRNB from 10am to 3pm.
Additionally, Williams serves as a frequent commentator in TV One’s docu-series Unsung, and is the CEO of Influence Entertainment, a media consulting and artist development firm where she coaches high-profile celebrities in the sports and entertainment arenas. Her roster includes a wide genre of individuals such as; Rihanna, The Dave Matthews Band, Ne-Yo, Keke Palmer, Justin Bieber, Mary Mary, Erykah Badu, Michael Vick, Usher, ASAP Rocky, and several others.
Attorney Georgette Miller
When Georgette Miller founded the law firm of the Law Offices of Georgette Miller & Associates, P.C., she did so with the intent of creating a firm that practices law with honesty, integrity, and a focus on teamwork.
She was focused on this goal when she immigrated to the United States in order to pursue a legal career in bankruptcy and real estate law.
Over the years, Georgette Miller has created a successful program for eliminating debt and creating financial stability. The success of the program has caused the expansion to five offices in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The Attorneys at GMLAW have taken great pride in helping our clients eliminate tens of millions of dollars in debt and allowing them to get started on the road to financial freedom.