Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter's House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas. Named "America's Best Preacher" by Time Magazine, Jakes' voice reverberates from the world's most prominent stages. Through a nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes extends a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of empowerment to the oppressed and disenfranchised. Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain's 100 Most Influential Black People and EBONY's Power150. His worldwide impact can be felt through a media empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, greeting cards and conference series. His latest film, "Jumping the Broom" broke opening weekend box office records, ranking as the #1 comedy and #3 in overall revenues.

First Lady Serita Jakes
First Lady Serita Jakes is a celebrated author and performing arts principal in her own right as well as being the Director of The Potter’s House WoMan to Woman Program and visionary of the Gold’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program. Mrs. Jakes birthed the program in 2003 and has since overseen its growth into a widely recognized series that is respected for its transforming success by ministries and organizations across the globe.

Pastor Sheryl Brady
A pastor, conference speaker, lecturer and recording artist, Pastor Sheryl Brady has traveled extensively around the globe for more than 25 years. She serves as the campus pastor of The Potter's House of North Dallas. The new campus launched its worship services on April 11th, 2010 and focuses on family-centric outreach programs highlighted by Pastor Brady's unique worship style and adherence to solid Biblical principles. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences including the internationally-acclaimed MegaFest and was the first female speaker ever at ManPower, the men's only conference hosted by Bishop T. D. Jakes. She is the author of the book “You Have It In You” which debuted during the Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference.

Pastor Bonne Moon
Raised on the mission fields in the Republic of Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, Pastor Bonné Moon possesses a rich Christian heritage and deep background in evangelism and biblical teaching. Her entrepreneurial gifting enabled her to run a successful Dallas-based business while pursuing her passion for ministry. Pastor Moon joined The Potters House in 1996, becoming licensed to minister in 1999 and ordained in 2002 and set into the Office of Pastor by Bishop T.D. Jakes in 2006. With a personal motto of "grow by growing others," Pastor Moon is known for her love of God's revealed word and for relating to the diversity found within the Kingdom of God. Her pastoral oversight includes The Potter's House School of Ministry, the singles ministry the women's ministry and the medical ministry. An accomplished international speaker, Pastor Moon is also a prolific author of several study guides and books covering a wide variety of topics.

Natasha Stewart
Natasha Stewart is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. She received her bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1993 and a master’s degree in Christian counseling in 1996. In 2000 she obtained her Oklahoma Professional Counselor’s License, and in 2007 she obtained her Texas Professional Counselor’s License.

Natasha is an internationally acclaimed sought after motivational speaker, trainer and teacher.  She has spoken in the Caribbean, Canada and all over the United States. Natasha has made special guest appearances on the Potter’s Touch, and various radio/T.V., programs such as:

  • The #1 drive time show - Las Vegas’ Conversations with Cool G
  • The Mo & Mickey Show
  • Served as the “Relationship Expert” for NBC Non-Stop Channel Five.
  • Featured in a number of magazines such as Heart & Soul and Emotions.

  • Natasha Stewart currently serves as the Director of The Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health at The Potter’s House of Dallas. Natasha’s desire is to see people live out their God-given purpose and fulfill the mandate on their lives. It is with this in mind, that she is able to effectively blend the truths of God’s infallible word with sound clinical practices, promoting unity in Mind, Body and Spirit.

    Carla Harris
    Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors.

    For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum.

    Cheryl Jackson
    Cheryl “Action” Jackson is an author, motivational speaker, television show host and philanthropist with a true story of triumph to tell. Just as her famous nickname suggests, Cheryl Jackson is a woman of action! She boldly overcomes barriers and has become known as one who creates her own opportunities for success.

    Jackson began her career working in a car dealership where her salary was close to minimum wage. However, after being inspired by a trainer who challenged her ability because she lacked formal college training , the always-determined Jackson was promoted and quickly rose through the ranks, traveling all across the country and making a high six-figure income!

    Jackson later became a radio show host on one of the top Gospel stations in the Dallas market by pitching her concept to the general manager and she landed a role where she wrote and produced her own segment on the Texas daily talk show, Good Morning Texas, after successfully pitching herself for an extreme couponing segment on the show! The list of Cheryl Jackson’s self-made successes goes on, but this success was not earned without challenges.

    Dr. Tim Clinton
    Tim Clinton, Ed.D., (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored or co-authored 20 books including his latest, Break Through: When to Give In, How to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 33 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan and Zach.

    Ellen and Lana Ector
    Ellen Ector
    Fitness expert, Ellen Ector brings over twenty years of nutrition and training experience to her private, Atlanta based studio, Gymnetics Fitness. Built on the idea that fitness should be a part of your DNA, Gymnetics has become the premiere source for personal and group training to Atlanta’s elite. Always an avid runner and lover of sports, the Ohio native relocated to Atlanta, GA in 2000 and has competed in over 400 competitive road races and several triathlons.

    One of her proudest moments is being honored by the state of Georgia for creating a walking program for adults with disabilities that resulted in outstanding results and weight loss for its participants. Ellen is currently working on continued efforts to help end childhood obesity as well as training children in track-and-field and cross country. With the release of her and her daughter’s first highly anticipated workout DVD, “Black Girls Workout TOO!”, 61 year old, Ellen Ector, is a force to be reckoned with in the fitness industry.

    Lana Ector
    Lana Ector is certified personal trainer and nutritionist who specializes in weight loss and group training. As a college athlete, she participated in a number of fitness competitions that segued into her work as a fitness instructor and trainer to Atlanta’s elite. As a nutritionist, Lana has created customized meal plans to match her client’s individual metabolism and weight loss goals.

    Serving as co-owner of Gymnetics Fitness, she is committed to providing her clients with the motivation and support needed to implement a healthy workout regimen into their daily routines. Dubbed the “Fitness Vixen”, Lana’s mantra is that every woman should have killer abs and glutes. Current projects include the release of her first workout DVD, “Black Girls Workout TOO!”, currently available online as well as a fitness clothing line that debuted early 2013.

    Lisa Bevere
    Lisa Bevere believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God's Word in award-winning curriculums and best-selling books (Lioness Arising, Fight Like a Girl, Nurture, Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry, and more). Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for change, she rallies others to be an answer to desperate problems near and far. She and her husband John Bevere co-founded Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. Lisa is the mother of four sons and grandmother of two.

    Merri Dee
    As an award-winning broadcaster and Author of a new Memoir (2013), LIFE LESSONS ON FAITH, FORGIVENESS & GRACE, Merri Dee heads MD Communications, a consulting practice that inspires individuals and employees to rise above challenges and seize control of their destinies. She is a celebrated motivational and inspirational speaker, a highly popular panelist, moderator and master of ceremonies, a life-changing career coach, a successful fundraising strategist, and a fierce advocate for violence prevention.

    As a trailblazer in both radio and television, Merri Dee has served as a newscaster, talk-show host, and staff announcer. Later she served as Director of Community Relations at superstation WGN-TV and as advisor to other Tribune owned TV stations.

    Having hosted countless parades, telethons, and television specials, she is considered an acclaimed interviewer and television host. Merri Dee has shared the stage with well-known entertainers such as Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Wilson, Bernie Mack, Frank Sinatra, and hundreds of other celebrities. Her success as a telethon host and fundraiser has helped well-deserving non-profit organizations achieve their financial goals. For more than 30 years, Merri Dee served as the co-host and presenter of the nationally syndicated “UNCF Annual Evening of Stars,” raising tens of millions of dollars for college scholarships. And she leveraged her relationship with the McCormick Foundation to raise more than $31 million for Chicago Children’s Charities.

    Shannon Tanner
    Shannon Yvette Tanner has one mission: empower people to embrace their God-given worth and value. When Shannon arrives, lives change. Through her transparent, engaging style, she takes people on a transformational journey that compels them to look within. Through her national workshops, inner-healing clinics and private life-coaching practice, Shannon guides people to examine the limiting beliefs that have sabotaged them from experiencing God’s best for their lives.

    Shannon has been inspiring audiences for nearly two decades with messages of authentic life transformation. As a pioneer in the field of women's spiritual and holistic health, Shannon founded Body Temple Wellness Workshops. From the late 90’s to 2008, Shannon partnered with churches, universities and faith-based organizations nationwide. Shannon’s groundbreaking Body Temple Wellness Workshops helped thousands of participants lose weight, regain health and emotional freedom.

    Currently, Shannon is the visionary voice behind, a relationship and personal growth blog that has grown to over 100,000 readers in less than two short years.

    Shannon is a published author, award-winning speaker and successful entrepreneur. Thousands have attended her relationship and personal growth conferences. She is the founder of “Worthy”-- a live national conference series that empowers attendees to expand their vision, own their value and embrace their God-given worth. The “Worthy” message has resonated with people worldwide, from Lagos, Nigeria to London as well has throughout the United States. Participants at the Worthy workshops report profound life growth and sustainable personal transformation.

    Soledad OBrien

    Soledad O'Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America”. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.

    It was recently announced that O’Brien has entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, the premium cable and satellite television network. O’Brien joins the Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel team as of June 2013, and has reported on breaking news from around the globe.

    In 2011 she won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She also received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont award. O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and it's follow-up "Latino in America" are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013, "Latino in America 2," the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary "Gay in America: Gary and Tony have a baby", and "Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door" also won numerous journalism awards. O'Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek Magazines "10 People who Make America Great". In 2013, O'Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.

    Sonya Woods
    Elder Woods holds a Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Wade’s College and Degree in Drama/ Communications from Dillard University. She has also completed Biblical Studies at The Southern Bible Institute of Dallas. Elder Sonya has been a member of the Potter’s House since 1996. She was licensed as a Minister in 1999, and ordained an Elder in 2002.

    Sonya serves in the Potter’s House Ministerial Department, WoMan to Woman Ministries, and The Potter’s House School of Ministry as an instructor. She is also a 1999 graduate of the Christian Women’s Leadership Development Program.

    In her spare time, she serves as a teacher/ speaker for “Best Friend’s Bible Chat”, the Christian Women’s Leadership Development Program with Heartfelt International Ministries. She has recently launched “Ruth’s Daughter Bible Study group in memory of her mother. Sonya has worked in the Fashion and Makeup Industry for 20+ years. She has honed her artistry skills and perfected her knowledge to assist others in developing their own personal style.

    She currently works as a Wardrobe Stylist/ Makeup Artist for Stanley Korshak, Dallas, Texas, where many trust her expertise and advice. Her clientele includes celebrities, socialites and the working woman. She has recently launched her own website:

    Mix a classic chic style, with truth based on the Word of God, add a little sass, humor and you have Sonya…. Style, Substance, Solutions!!

    Judge Lynn C. Toler
    Lynn Toler is currently the host of the nationally syndicated and Emmy-Nominated television show, Divorce Court. She is a graduate of Harvard University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School. At 33, she was elected judge of The Cleveland Heights Municipal Court and served there for 8 years. While on the bench, Judge Lynn volunteered actively in her community creating her own programs, such as Woman Talk and The CHIP Program - an intensive probationary program for young, male, chronic offenders. Judge Lynn has been the host of Divorce Court since 2006. In 2007, she expanded her television presence by becoming the host of the prime time television show, Decision House. In 2008 and 2009, she was a bi-monthly contributor on NPR’s News and Notes. In 2009, she became a co-executive producer of Wedlock or Deadlock, a new syndicated series based on a segment of Divorce Court. Judge Lynn is currently married to Eric Mumford. She has two sons and four stepsons

    Patrick E. Winfield II
    Patrick E. Winfield II’s leadership has been extensive, serving in both education and ministry fields. As an educator, leader and pastor his mission is to transform lives, build leaders and strengthen families by helping people discover and live in the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.

    In his strides toward education, Pastor Winfield received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English, and a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois, in Champaign, Urbana. He received a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. He’s continued his passion for education through many opportunities such as: English Department Head; Teacher, Vice Principal, Coach, AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) Coordinator and Principal of Clay Academy. He is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Dallas Baptist University.

    As a leader, Patrick Winfield believes in service leadership that is exercised through modeling, mentoring, instructing and life coaching. He is consumed with impacting people’s lives and helping them become effective leaders. As a leader and mentor he has helped establish a College Bible Study in Champaign, Ill., that still reaches out to college students to keep them grounded in God. He has served in short term missions in South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. His passion in service and leadership has also provided a vibrant Youth Ministry in Chicago, IL.

    As pastor, Patrick Winfield’s passion for empowering people to become their best is demonstrated in his preaching and teaching. Pastor Winfield accepted the call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on September 16, 1991. He was ordained on October 6, 1996. He has enforced his role in pastoral leadership as: Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor in Chicago, and Establishmentarian of a thriving and growing church in Las Vegas, Nevada. As he continues to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in Fort Worth, he stands on the scripture Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

    Pastor Winfield’s greatest inspiration by far is Veronica, his wife, and their three sons: Christiaan, Joshua and Caleb.

    Nedra Patrice James
    Nedra Patrice James is a native of Dallas, Texas. She began her formal training in theater at the Dallas Theater Center. During her training in the teen conservatory program, under the famed artistic director Dr. Paul Baker, and founding director of the Arts Magnet High School at Booker Washington, she became a member of the groundbreaking Janus Players. Her alliance with the Dallas Theater Center continues through high school as an ensemble cast member of the Park Bench Players. She was the only teen actor invited to perform with the adult troupe.

    Nedra is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance, and a Masters of Church Music Administration and choral conducting from Scarritt University in Nashville, Tennessee. During her under graduate study at Spelman College she chartered a chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Ms. James was a founding member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, the first of its kind on campus. Her other activities included touring with the Spelman Glee Club, Student government Association and working in the music ministries of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

    Ms. James served as the Minister of Music for the historical New Hope Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas and was the founding director of the Inspirational Ensemble. She later joined the theater faculty of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and continued to work on numerous projects in the arts. She was recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts as an outstanding arts mentor. Her artistic legacy and direction is identified by the success of her students. A few of these former students include: Grammy award winners Roy Hargrove, (jazz trumpeter), God’s Property Myron Butler, Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, Shawn Martin. television actors: Erica Tazel, Joi Watson, and Broadway artists Cedric Neal and Chris Edwards. Directing credits include: The Wiz, Once on This Island, Guy & Dolls, Fame, Sophisticated Ladies, SaintTous, Dreamigirls, Purlie and Aint Misbehavin to name a few.

    Her 30 year career spans national and international art projects including stage, film, television, tours, fine art, and mega misnistries.

    Dr. Jill Waggoner-Jones

    Dr. Jill Waggoner is one of the most sought after medical speakers, she is well known for her unique presentation style which is both educational and entertaining. Dr. Waggoner holds a Master’s Degree and a Medical Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

    She has certifications in both Preventive Medicine and Wellness Coordination from the Prestigious Cooper Institute. She is a residency trained, board certified Family Practice Physician, with more than 20 years experience in the medical field. She is member of the North American Menopause Society and has a special interest in an integrative approach to medicine; an approach that uses multiple healing modalities to help her patients obtain optimal health. She has dedicated her life to teaching her patients how to flourish and embrace better living through better health.

    She is a television personality and discusses relevant medical topics weekly on the syndicated “Ask Dr. Jill” television segment. She has served as a medical expert for NBC, ABC and Fox, and has been a featured guest and conference speaker. She is the author of three books; the most recent Hormone Harmony was released in the spring of 2013. Connect with Jill at and

    Shon Michaux-Simon
    Shon Michaux-Simon has quickly made herself one of New York’s most indispensable makeup artists. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Shon has always had a natural sense of artistic ability. Her true makeup artistry talent was discovered while attending Shenandoah Conservatory of Music as a Music Education major. After College, and 9 years as a music teacher and working full time in ministry, Shon began to test the waters and try something new.

    In 2008, Shon took a leap of faith and moved to New York city and her career immediately took off. From freelancing with MAC cosmetics to engaging actors, musicians to fashion’s most iconic image-makers, Shon has developed a devoted clientele who repeatedly request her for personal appearances and on-camera events. Her consistent rise as an in-demand talent reflects her unique ability to create looks that are as flawless on the red carpet as they are on the printed page. Her credits include Vogue, Italian Vogue, Seventeen, Saturday Night Live, Love & Hip Hop New York, Sanya’s Glam & gold, The Chew, GLEE, BET Black Girls Rock, and Inside Edition to name a few.While her background was working with celebrities and on air talent, it was with real women where Shon found her niche.

    In addition to artistry, Shon actively works with GLAM4GOOD which gives life changing makeovers, dramatic giveaways and transformative fashion adventures to everyday heroes. Shon says “ Nothing feels better to me than to know you made someone feel beautiful....inside out.