The Transformative Power of Knowledge & Opportunity
The mission of EDUFEST is to transform lives through the catalyst of education and resources. Every aspect of EDUFEST is directly aimed at influencing the quality of your life. Imparted information creates opportunity for innovation, it builds bridges to success and provides equity to all people; it is in the same spirit that we produce EDUFEST.
Our vision is to impact our world today and future generations through the transformative power of knowledge and opportunity.
The Edufest Experience
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Adult and Student Sessions
Adult Sessions: "Rebuild, Reset, Relaunch...EduFEST"
Topic: Think Tank Worldwide: From Entrepreneur to CEO
Description: Think Tank Worldwide is the ultimate “pick your brain” session. It’s your opportunity to have the conversation you always wanted to have with successful business owners to discover the secrets to their success. This panel of Founders, CEOs, and Directors is your opportunity to get your most pressing business questions answered and be a “fly on the wall” during the discussion that could get you to your first million. Returning to EDUFest for this discussion is CEO and Award-Winning Master Business Coach, Collette Portis, M.Ed. She will be joined by CEO and Financial Mentor Shikilia Caro, CEO and Government Contracting Coach Cassandra Bradford, and Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau Amy Rasor and Rodney Johnson, Director of Small Business Development Centers at Tarrant County College. They will discuss how to:
- move from owning your job to owning a business
- make the government your customer
- build, grow, and protect your business and financial legacy, and
- use the Better Business Bureau as your ally and community partner as you grow.
Come join the discussion and bring your questions because these presenters are armed with the information you need to win.
Topic: Chase Bank presents “Don’t Break the Bank!”
Facilitated by: Monique Winfree- Community Manager of Fort Worth and JP Morgan Chase Partners
JP Morgan Chase Bank will be hosting a full financial literacy course entitled YOUR FINANCIAL JOURNEY. In this workshop, they will discuss methods to help you budget your income based on your current financial situation, and how to save for your needs versus your wants. They will also have Ashley Moore, the Community Home Lending Manager to discuss what grants are available to you from Chase Bank to help you towards home ownership. Other partners to present will be their local Business Relationship Manager who will help you with any questions you may have on how to effectively save for and manage your business ideas. A wealth of knowledge will be jammed packed in this session about small business banking, budgeting, savings, retirement and credit restoration. Let Chase Bank help you on your way to Financial Understanding, so you don’t have to BREAK THE BANK!
Entrepreneurship/Small Business Workshop: Topic: The Perfect Pitch! No "Punt" Intended
Haven't you heard......the elevator pitching is dead, learn to close the deal instead. Join us at EduFEST for an engaging session on perfecting your business pitch. Learn some of the key techniques used to take your business to the next level.
In addition, The North Texas Entrepreneur Education and Training Center is gifting 3 local Entrepreneurs with $500 each of “start-up” seed money to support their efforts as a small business owner. Selected winners MUST be present during EDUFEST 2021 to receive funding. For more details on how to apply for the Edu-PITCH competition, visit our website.
Education Panel Discussion: “Voices & Votes: Equity in Public Schools”
Being born to lead means being willing to learn. A panelist of educators and community leaders of Leadership ISD, FWISD and Tarrant County fellows talk about hot topics in education and teaches people of all backgrounds and industries to be civic voices actively engaged in public education. The panel will discuss educational policies that have a direct impact on Texas schools.
The impact of the pandemic on education is sure to have long-term effects. Standardized test scores are being released throughout the country, and the inequities that existed before the pandemic have been exacerbated in certain communities. The panel will discuss issues of equity and the importance of political activism and voting. Panelists will explain why parental and community engagement in public education must include activism in education policy now more than ever.
Mental Health Panel Discussion: “It's OK to NOT be OK: Your Mental Health Post COVID-19"
In 2020, COVID-19 took this world by storm, and it has left its mark on ALL of us!
We've been sick, we've lost friends and loved ones, we've been quarantined and separated from one another, many of us have had to work from home, and we've had to hold school and church services virtually! All of this has been done in an effort to keep us safe; however, these drastic changes to our lives have not come without a price on our physical AND mental health. We are NOT okay, and the purpose of this panel is to discuss why NOT being okay, is actually OKAY!
A diverse panel of mental health professionals including psychologists, counselors, and social workers will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our individual and collective mental health. They will also discuss how the pandemic has impacted our educational system and the ways in which we grieve. And finally, the panel will discuss tips related to managing one's mental health in difficult times such as the times we're in right now. At the end of the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel related to managing one's mental health in the middle of a pandemic.
Other workshops and panel discussions include:
- “Buy, Sell or Go Home” – Home buyer’s Workshop presented by Chatman Realty Group & Partners
- “Boss the BIZ, and Don’t Lose the FAMILY” – The Family Business workshop – presented by Family Dynamics Coach & TV Personality Ms. Demi Austin-Thomas
- Medicare, Social Security, Disability/Retirement – Benefits Workshop presented by United Healthcare and Mitchell Senior Solutions
Youth Sessions: "Built Different"
Topic: “Personality Perspectives” presented by: TEZ JONES Training Solutions, LLC (TJTS)
In today’s competitive environment, some of the most successful leaders have experienced tremendous benefits from personal and professional development training. Results have included increased knowledge of self, others, better communication and productivity with the development of more effective strategies to maintain human capital. Students attending this session will get the opportunity to take the The Maxwell Method College and Career Assessment to understand more about their personalities and how they are wired. These DISC Reports identify predictable patterns of behavior, strengths, learning styles, and can aid in career choices.
Topic: I AM Leadership – Leading Youth Through Identity Crisis
Presented by: Letetia Brooks-Smith, CEO of the non-profit organization Destiny’s Leaders
During this workshop, we will discuss identity crisis in youth. Topics include faith, friendships and finances. Our Parent Engagement Segment will equip, engage and empower families with tools to heal, lead and grow while in crisis. A strength finder assessment will also be administered to all youth participating in this workshop.
Other youth sessions include:
- “Turning Technology and Talent into a Career
- “Built Different: Building Young Leaders and Generational Wealth”
Meet Our Speakers
Meet Our Speakers
Family Dynamics Coach, TV Personality, Mommy Motivator
Demi Austin-Thomas is the Founder and Visionary of Bee Empowered Incorporated; a non profit agency promoting healthy lifestyles and well-being for women and youth girls!
She serves as the Executive Producer and Curator of the ILIVE Women’s and Girls Wellness Expo and GLOW: Community Girls Night Out. Demi is dedicated and passionate about the importance of Women's and Girls Wellness issues and her heart and passion is simply to equip, empower and impact the lives of women daily.
Demi Austin Thomas, is also a certified Family Dynamics & Relationship Coach, and has been helping mom bosses and families navigate their way through some of their most difficult times!
For over 15 years she continues to serve her clients and community as a disruptor and relentless family crusader, who is wildly passionate about shifting mindsets and shining light on the matters at hand. She is a national TV personality and serves as a contributing guest expert to Hallmark's Home and Family Show, CBS The Doctors, NBC'S ACCESS Daily Talk Show and various other media outlets!
A kingdom agent & lover of Jesus Christ, Demi firmly believes in the power of prayer!
Demi finds joy in encouraging mothers to put on their spiritual super suits by reminding them of just how powerful, needed and valuable they really are as vision carriers & legacy Builders! Demi is the author of The Spark Up Life Journal, and has been married for 21 years to her beloved best friend and empty nest life partner James. She is the proud mother to her 3 adult children James Jr. Mikaylan & Micaih.
Dr. Stacia’ Alexander
Dr. Alexander is a Doctorate Level Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor and has owned and operated a private group mental health practice for 20 years. She has spearheaded programs helping over 17,000 individuals and families in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. As a heart teacher, she uses the personal and professional experiences she has had since childhood to connect with people on the resiliency to succeed; in private sessions and mass audiences. She also serves as the Clinic Director of Paul Quinn College’s Mental Health and Wellness Clinic.
She has been honored for her work especially in minority communities to normalize mental health treatment. Her company has held city, county, and state contracts to provide counseling services to further her advocacy ensuring people who would not normally access treatment have full access. Dr. Alexander speaks all over the United States about the importance of mental health treatment as it relates to other readily functioning areas of our lives; professional, spiritual, relationships, and with self.
VP Fort Worth Community Manager at JP Morgan Chase Bank
Monique Winfree was born and raised in Detroit, MI and transitioned to Fort Worth, TX in 2010. What motivates Monique is her family of 6 kids ranging from ages 22 to 14, her husband and her parents. She has a been in the Financial Industry for 22 years working at several Financial Institutions in the community including Bank of America, BBVA Bank and now JP Morgan Chase Bank. Supporting the community is what drives Monique and her passion is sharing her financial knowledge to anyone that will listen. She has taught Financial Literacy courses around the DFW area for the past 4 years focusing on helping people Budget and Repair their credit.
Last October, JPMorgan Chase committed $30 billion over the next five years to advance racial equity, drive an inclusive economic recovery, and break down barriers of systemic racism. This commitment reflected our continued belief that business and government leaders have a collective responsibility to stand up and address centuries of structural racism, and our commitment to do more. After learning of this initiative Monique joined the JP Morgan Chase team in April 2020 and is excited to be a part of this opportunity to help our local community. She will share in her workshop with The Potters House Fort Worth on how you can benefit from this initiative
CEO of TEZ JONES Training Solutions
As the founder and CEO of TEZ JONES Training Solutions (TJTS), Montez consults, trains and educates, leaders, managers, employees, and non-profits on the benefits of leadership, effective communication, and better interpersonal relationships. He is an Executive Director with the John C. Maxwell Team and a certified speaker, teacher, trainer, and coach. He is also an independent True Colors and a DISC consultant who conducts workshops on Keys to Personal Success, stress management, resiliency, marriage/singles, and teambuilding to name a few. He has a diverse portfolio of clients. He has facilitated workshops for Congressman Benny Thompson’s Leadership Team, the Mayor, City of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Air Force Global Strike Command’s Equal Opportunity Conference, U.S. Army’s Southern Regional Medical Command executive leadership cadre, Air Force Medical Operations Agency leadership, The Dallas Fort Worth Federal Executive Board. The Potter’s House of Dallas Marriage and Singles Departments, and Arlington ISD. Moreover, Montez has also facilitated John C. Maxwell Leadership training workshops throughout Joint Base San Antonio and Afghanistan. For his work, Montez was named as one of the top 100 leaders by the John C. Maxwell Team in 2014. Montez Jones’ myriad of education, travels, and life experience give him an exceptional understanding of varied personalities, leadership styles, teambuilding, and communications types. That background is coupled with his formal education. As a life-long learner, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina, and Associates Degrees in Instructor of Military Science and Technology and Social Services from the Community College of the Air Force. Additionally, Montez completed his Master’s in Business Administration in 2016 while simultaneously excelling as a career Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Specialist. He is a certified DA EEO Counselor and a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), Academic Instructor School, and is a certified Mediator along with being a Certified Diversity Professional. Lastly, he maintains an enrollment in the John C. Maxwell University while being mentored by the John C. Maxwell team and John C. Maxwell himself. Montez retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of honorable service. As an active duty military member, he held a variety of different positions that contribute to his ongoing success. He also held a position for the Fort Worth Army Corps of Engineers as an EEO Counselor and Special Emphasis/Disability Program Manager. This helped to groom him to be a dynamic speaker and bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the table. His talents include extensive leadership in Diversity Management, Equal Employment Opportunity and Equal Opportunity, Teambuilding, Organizational Development, as well as Strategic Planning. Montez delivers interactive training workshops to a variety of organizations and personnel. He also provides leadership coaching and facilitation for seasoned and newer leaders and managers. Montez offers practical solutions to real life issues and challenges. Lastly, Montez has coordinated African American Heritage Knowledge Bowls in Montana, North Carolina, Texas, and Kentucky.
M.A., LPC, BCPCC
Emily Benning Green
Emily grew up overseas as the daughter of missionary parents. Upon moving back to the States, she earned a Bachelor’s of Music Performance in her undergraduate studies. As her passions and interests grew, she decided to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she earned an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling. After launching her career in Inpatient Psych, she decided to take a holistic, brain based approach to counseling and helping relationships and transitioned to private practice. She has earned board certifications in Counseling as well Christian Counseling and loves helping adults and teenagers who struggle with feeling sad, scared or stuck. She loves being counselor who listens intently, a friend who runs and hikes, a wife to the amazing Ron Green, and an introvert who enjoys a good cup of coffee and a book.
Founder and Owner iLegacy Consulting and Counseling
Loving wife and mother are only two of the hats that Fort Worth native, Lachelle Goodrich, so proudly wears. She is an innovator, mentor, and community activist, just to name a few. Having come from humble beginnings, Lachelle is no stranger to challenge. Her ability to overcome and persevere, and her love for helping others do the same led her to pursue a graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. She is a huge advocate for women, children, and families; and her communal efforts to help people meet their maximum potential truly speak for themselves. Lachelle is very deep-rooted in the community, and has helped implement programs for voter education, “Stop the Violence”, and community mental health.
As an empowered woman, Lachelle has a strong desire to see others, especially women, succeed. This desire birth iLegacy Consulting and Counseling. Lachelle’s counseling service empowers and equips individuals with the tools and strategies needed to revive their light, manifest their dreams, and realize their worth. Through iLegacy, people see themselves, shift their perspectives, and are motivated to achieve. This fosters self-confidence and leads to positive outcomes. For more information about Lachelle and the services that iLegacy has to offer, please visit their Facebook Page: iLegacy Consulting and Counseling. Feel free to “like” and share as well.
PhD, Founder and CEO of the JAFA Group, Inc
James A. Farmer, PhD is the founder and CEO of the JAFA Group, Inc. and Developmental Coaching. Dr. Farmer has developed various innovative approaches to working with people in the areas of mental health, coaching, and counseling by incorporating concepts within neuroscience, psychology, self-esteem, spirituality, and communications. His clinical work and research encompass a wide range of topics, including: building authentic self-esteem, changing mindsets, decreasing destructive stress, adjusting attitudes, and eliminating depression and anxiety.
Dr. Farmer has authored or co-authored three books, seven e-books, and ten peer-reviewed articles. He also developed the first crisis support program for unwed mother, a tele-seminar on family issues, development coaching certification, and international global courses. He is a consultant to organizations, provides several workshops each year, and has mentored hundreds of professionals, students, teachers, athletes, and ministers.
Dr. Farmer has a private practice in counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy. He counsels and teaches his clients practical tools for life’s challenges. His goal is to assist unstable persons in becoming emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy.
Senior Mortgage Consultant for Prosperity Home Mortgage
Gary Walters is a Senior Mortgage Consultant for Prosperity Home Mortgage as part of the Community Leading Team. The Community Leading Team is dedicated to educating the community on homeownership and providing the necessary tools and programs to help potential buyers get qualified to purchase a home. He has been in the mortgage industry for over 20 years and has in-depth experience in providing conventional, jumbo, FHA, USDA, VA and downpayment assistance loan options for home purchase and refinance.
Prior to Prosperity Home Mortgage, Gary has worked with Wells Fargo and PennyMac as a loan officer. He has been a repurchase analyst for Nationstar, a loan auditor for Bank of America and a loan processor for JP Morgan Chase. He has also worked as a loan originator for several other mortgage companies in Texas and California.
In addition, Gary is a U.S. Army veteran and is the current residing President for VAREP - Veteran Association of Real Estate Professionals DFW Chapter. Gary is also a member of NAREB – National Association of Real Estate Brokers. He believes in teamwork, good communication and that customer service and a good client experience is always key. Throughout the years he has worked in marketing, processing, auditing, origination and as vice-president where he has learned how to take a mortgage loan from the beginning to end, keeping it simple and easy while educating customers, realtors, and industry partners.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas Dianna Flores came from a very humbled background.
Dianna completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Where she was able to capitalize on her athletic abilities. She later went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University.
She has served as a Mental Health Therapist and a Drug and Alcohol Intervention Specialist for years. Specializing in but not limited to adolescent behavior, school performance deficits, transition struggles, substance use issues and marriage & family concerns for over 20 years.
In this time, Dianna has been featured in local magazines and has been given the opportunity to speak to many audiences across the DFW area.
She is also a facilitator for the State of Texas in the Drug Offenders Education Program since 2014.
Her passion is to make a visible difference and help people find clarity in the areas they desire.
She often moves in her practice with the motto:
“Get to where you’re going, then enjoy where you’re at… We are not all designed to enjoy the journey”
REALTOR® and Team Leader of Chatman Realty Group
Sascha Chatman is a REALTOR® and the Team Leader of Chatman Realty Group, brokered by eXp Realty. CRG serves all DFW. Chatman Realty Group is in the top 10% of the DFW market and has helped 100s of families buy and sell their home. Sascha, specializes in helping 1st Time Home Buyers, Veterans, New Construction homes, and individuals needing to Sell and Buy a home at the same time. He is a proud member of the Potter's House of Fort Worth, where he has held many buyer seminars and webinars in partnership with the church. In addition to CRG, Sascha has a real estate coaching and consulting company, The Real Estate Tech Ninja, LLC, which he mentors agents across the nation.
Master Millennial, Ecosystem Builder, Speaker, Innovator, and Influential Business Strategist
Darlisa J. Diltz
Best known in the community for her Eco systematic approach to strategic planning, business development strategies, and professional empowerment, Darlisa has blazed the trail of entrepreneurship with passion and force. Educated with bachelors in Marketing Management, Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science and Information Technology, she has used her knowledge to educate, empower, and encourage the lives of many individuals looking to make entrepreneurship a reality.
Darlisa has worked in the capacity of economic development, community revitalization, and program development for the underserviced and underserved for over a decade. She has helped over 700 aspiring and seasoned business owners perfect their passion as an Entrepreneur or to determine if Entrepreneurship was a right fit for them.
She has owned several successful business endeavors to include a consulting firm, a youth entrepreneurs’ program, and currently, the North Texas Entrepreneur Education and Training Center.
She has been a catalyst for many projects to including but not limited to:
Cortex Innovation Community
Project liaison for City of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership initiative
National Black Association of MBA’s Entrepreneur Institute
University of Missouri Columbia Economic Gardening
Reap and reward Programming for Urban Strategies and Development
Workshop In Business Opportunity for the Gracehill Women’s Business Center
Some of her accomplishments included but not limited to:
Recipient of the Verizon Everyday Hero Award
Selected at a distinguished member of the Startup Champions Network
Curated the only vetted youth Entrepreneur and Leadership program curriculum in St. Louis Missouri alongside Junior Achievement
Served as liaison for entrepreneur development and training for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship for three consecutive years
Featured in the St. Louis, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas Business Journals
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