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A blast from the past programs!
Thank you to the facilitators who volunteered their time, and services to meet the needs of our participants.

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Our GuestS

Renita johnson AKA DJ DOOP

Victoria Rollins


Performing a custom poetry piece

Jessica mcallop-mcleallan

keynote speaker

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Jessica McCallop-McClellan is a motivational speaker, (Jessica Lynn Speaks Life), she has been the keynote speaker at many women’s events and inspirational movements. She is also the Founder and President of Giving Hope & Help Inc., “Voice of the voiceless”, survivor and advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, education and cancer support advocate, philanthropist, voice for equality and justice as well the radio/internet talk show host of Jessica Lynn Speaks Life, formerly PURPOSE, PASSION & POWER with Jessica Lynn on KUAW Radio Station.  

Jessica has received several prestigious awards and recognitions from on her philanthropic work, humanitarianism, and leadership in the community and with Giving Hope & Help Inc. 

Jessica has been featured in media, podcasts, magazines, and television many times for the impact she and the organization are making in the community and across the globe. 

Jessica is a 1st generation graduate from Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge, LA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing.  She also holds a Master of Science in Business Management (MSM) from Baker University – Baldwin City, KS.  Jessica has over twenty-seven years of sales and management experience including ten years of pharmaceutical and medical sales experience.  She is an Independent Corporate Trainer/Facilitator; a member of Central Exchange, Polka DOT Powerhouse – Kansas City, KS Chapter, Sister’s Circle-GKC, Southern University And A&M College Alumni Federation, an INROADS Kansas City Inc. Alumna and faithful member of City Center Church. 

Jessica resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband of over 20+ years.  She loves spending time with her husband, adult children and two grandsons and family. 

Mia ramsey

MC HOst/moderator


As a Kansas City Missouri native, Mia Ramsey has been called to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ by using life experiences to encourage and empower many.  Her organic nature to inspire through the gift of laughter, music and raw truth has allowed her and others to heal from tragedies and to walk boldly into triumph.  As a perpetual entrepreneur, she continues to move forward in pursuit of changing lives, one love, one light, one lyric and one laugh at a time. 


Mia is the proud wife to Derrell Ramsey of 24 years and mother of their 2 girls, Taylor & Sydney.  She is an Elder, Minister of Music and Chief Administrative Assistant at Kingdom Word Ministries. Mia is the comedic effortless host and MC for many events and productions across the country, often hosting events with keynotes such as Donna Brazile, Ana Navarro and Beverly Bond’s founder of Black Girls Rock. 


As Founder and Singer/Songwriter of the Christian Soul Band; Soul Serenade, Mia has shared the stage with an array of national artists ranging from the great poet legend Nikki Giovanni to Musical Directing with Tony Award Winning Artistic Director, Ricardo Khan.  Former radio talk show host of her own program, Real Talk with Mia Ramsey, she is Owner of JWEAR apparel and accessories, Founder of Sisters of Substance (SOS) Women's Empowerment Organization, Co-Owner of 2 Peas in a Pod Brand Marketing Group and has recently been named the newest Executive Director for the renowned, musical organization, Kansas City Boys & Kansas City Girls Choirs. 


With much more on the horizon, she continues to move forward in pursuit of changing lives, one love, one light, one lyric, one laugh at a time.


Chosen participants will have the opportunity to participate in a mini shark tank business pitch for a cash prize!


Our goal for the pitch competition is to encourage young ladies to participate in this competition.  This competition is a great opportunity for participants to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges with a chance to win financial funding for their businesses.  The pitch competition is structured around a 5-minute pitch, essentially, the time it would take someone to pitch their idea while they ride up a slow elevator.

For participants to be selected to participate in the competition they have to go through the Girl boss leadership development and Entrepreneurship program.

 A well-planned pitch can open doors to success in their future endeavors.  Ideas may be at any stage in the preliminary competition:  Idea Generators– with no revenues, prototypes or products are welcome! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO Alayna Johnson & Kamrin Johnson



Leadership Development & Confidence Building Ages 11-13
College Prep & Entrepreneurship Ages 14-18


Leadership Development

India Wells-Carter, Owner of Fresh Factory KC is a Kansas City native, creative and entrepreneur. Inspired by Kansas City’s rich art culture and feel-good Midwestern vibes, she sought to create a fresh and fun social experience for all Kansas Citians to enjoy. A good selfie and a great party are just a few things India treasures and loves to celebrate! 


Prior to opening Fresh Factory KC, India served in a variety of roles within the educational nonprofit sector in Kansas City. She began her career with the University of Missouri-Columbia (her alma mater) recruiting diverse students to campus and transitioned to supporting youth at the Kauffman Foundation as a Postsecondary Coach and Career Development Coordinator with Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Since then, she has managed national and local nonprofit organizations/programs supporting Kansas City students, educators and families. 

Sh'kyra nicols

Confidence Building

My name is Sha’Kyra Nichols, A Unit Director at the Boys & Girls Club. My motto is, “It only takes one adult to change a child’s life.” My life goal is to reach as many children as possible in one lifetime. I graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S in Social Science. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Delta Eta the Alumnae chapter.

Kelley Barnes

COllege prep

Kelley Barnes is the Director of Education & Post-Secondary Planning for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City where she oversees educational and career related partnerships and opportunities for Club members. For the past 15 years, she has dedicated her career to helping teenagers find their purpose and plan their future. She has worked as a middle and high school teacher with Kansas City Public Schools and the Hickman Mills School District, and worked as a Post-Secondary Coach for Kauffman Scholars, Inc.

Jonaie Johnson


Jonaie Johnson has a degree in entrepreneurship along with a history of success. She graduated from the University of Missouri Kansa City at the top of her class as a Summa Cum Laude Latin Honoree. She was selected as the 2020 UMKC Bloch Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Jonaie is currently the Founder & CEO of a PetTech company, Interplay. Interplay allows dog parents to remotely control their dog's crating experience. She is dedicated to contributing to the development of underrepresented communities.



Owner of Rise up Resiliency Center



Tammy Buckner

CEO of Techquity Digital, a software solutions company and the co-founder of WeCode KC


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