Simeko Watkins-Hartley, owner and creative director of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique. She has been in the hair industry for over 16 years and has had the privilege of working as a salon manager, creative director and consultant for one of the top natural hair salons in the country.
A face and name synonymous with international fashion campaigns and catwalk shows, Rachel Radharani Henna Ritfeld is the embodiment of diversity — professionally and personally. Seasoned model, sparkling screen presence in hit shows like MTV’s Hip-Hop Candy and numerous music videos (including 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake’s “Ayo Technology”)
LeAnne Dolce is the Founder and Publisher of Naptural Roots Magazine. The first natural hair care and lifestyle magazine dedicated entirely to the celebration and education of natural lifestyle! Having been natural for over 15 years, LeAnne is dedicated to showing the world that being natural is more than just hair; it is a lifestyle. LeAnne is also the owner of Jordan’s Treasures, a natural lifestyle product company and Napturally You Media. LeAnne holds a B.S. in Technical Communication, an M.S. in Technical Commnication, and her PMP professional certification.
Karen Chambers is the Creative Director of IMAN Cosmetics, where she oversees communications, product development and creative services for the internationally recognized cosmetics and skincare line. Ms. Chambers is an alumna of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. She is also a member of CEW (Cosmetics Executive Women) and was named one of the beauty industry’s leading women by Upscale Magazine. Her product launches have earned IMAN Cosmetics a coveted OPRAH Magazine “O” Award and an ESSENCE Magazine Award for Product of the Year.
It takes a remarkable person to commit themselves to life-learning while teaching others what they’ve learned; that particular person is Toshia. She has always been an exceptional learner, fascinated with discovering and growing. However, it hasn’t always been so easy for the child-prodigy. She wrote her first full length novel, at the age of seven, where she won first place in a writing competition