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About Our Speakers 

Dr. Valerie Carter Smith

Valerie is currently the executive director/treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia. She was formerly a home missionary to the Hillside Baptist Center in Richmond and director of the center. She enjoyed encouraging others to pursue a vocational or community college education.

She served the WMU of Virginia for 5 years as the associate of Christian Social Ministries. She served the Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, in the area of domestic and international missions and church-growth ministries for over 11 years.

She has designed an S~P~A experience for women on mission who are concerned about racial reconciliation. She loves working with Sisters Who Care and WMU of VA because it places her in a position to uplift women. 

Debra Berry

Debra Berry is the author of Be Restored! and has encouraged and uplifted readers for over a decade. She is a gifted communicator who models service to others and encourages them through her writings. She is the NBCA Director of Publishing Administration for the Publishing Division of the Sunday School Publishing Board, National Baptist Convention.

Debra served as a ministry consultant throughout her decade as ministry consultant at Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention. Berry’s encouragement in speaking engagements, including for the Sisters Who Care network, helped to launch a powerful sisterhood for African American women throughout the US. 

Linda Murray Bullard

For over 30 years, Linda has been helping decision makers become more confident in their choices. She has been utilizing her project management and business skills to help people live better lives. Linda has helped with resume assistance and was highlighted in an article, "Read, Set...Plan," which was featured in Edge Magazine.

She is an author of "The Well Ran Dry: Memoirs of a Motherless Child”, which have been distributed to readers in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The book was accepted by the Library of Congress on December 31, 2013. She is a believer and feels the Lord has been leading her to work with others on vision boarding during this season. She works with all age groups from teens to adults.

Specialties include: Startups, Personal Development, Human Capital Developer

Young Adult Spotlight 

Kamilah Jones

Kamilah is 20 years old and grew up in Chattanooga’s inner-city housing, Harriett Tuman. She is the product of a single-parent home, who has learned to trust God with her future.

Kamilah is a sophomore attending the University of Southern California studying business administration and environmental sustainability.

She has held internships since 16 ranging from working with real estate company to a nonprofit to her previous university, the University of Tennessee. Before transferring, she was inducted into the UT honor society of 1794 scholars. In high school she was captain of her school's Science Olympiad team for two years, a member of the honor society, and graduated in the top 10% of her high school class. 

She has volunteer experience including helping serve at the food kitchen, local nursing homes, and building habitat homes, and more. She was a representative for the National Honor Society locally and was a member of the inaugural cohort for the Chattanooga Mayor’s youth council. 

Clarissa Oliva

Clarissa was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Chattanooga, TN. She is the youngest of five children. She has been a member of One Accord Community Church for the past seven years.

She has been apart of Awana for the past six years and now serves as an Awana leader for Trek and is also a youth assistant. She also assists with the Sunday school department as much as possible.

Clarissa loves to serve and share the Gospel with others and is also committed to living as the woman God created her to be, and to giving Him all the glory because it is not about her it is about Him!

Christian Womens' Job Corp 

Janice Carter

>> Janice Carter, CWJC/CMJC State Coordinator for Tennessee WMU. CWJC/CMJC equip women and men, in a Christian context, for life and employment. Through over 15 sites in Tennessee and nearly 200 registered and certified CWJC/CMJC sites across the nation, thousands of women and men each year gain hope for their future.

 CWJC/CMJC sites impact lives by offering

 * High School Equivalency Diplomas

 * English as a Second Language Classes

 * Computer Classes

 * Bible Study

 * Mentoring

 * Job Readiness Skills.

About Our Entertainers

Morgan Avery McCoy

Morgan is an American award-winning actress, author, motivational speaker, educator, CEO of production company, M.A.M. Inc. & Executive Director of her non-profit, A.C.T. 4 Life, Inc. She can be seen on national TV commercials, films, and most recently the Box Office Hit Harriet starring Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monet.

While not on set, Morgan tours the country speaking and presenting her one-woman shows: Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House, She’s Got Issues, and Care for Me: The Cry of the Fatherless. Within the shows, Morgan utilizes her unique story telling ability through comedy and drama to motivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Deborah Gunn

Deborah and her husband, Alex of 33 years, have been members of New Covenant Fellowship Church for over 19 years. They serve in several capacities including the Marriage Ministry, the Outreach Ministry, and Deborah has been a member of the Praise Team for 18 years.

Deborah’s favorite

book in the Bible is Proverbs. Her favorite scriptures are “The Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, He is watching” Proverbs

5:21, and “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”, Matthew 22:37

In 2019 she started a company called INSPIRE. INSPIRE is an acronym for INSPIRATIONAL, NETWORKER, STRATEGIC, INNOVATOR, RELATABLE and ENTHUSIASTIC. The company provides professional development workshops and innovative Women’s conferences