LIZZ RUSSELL'S COCKTAILS & COUTURE 2019

Lizz Russell's

COCKTAIL & COUTURE

Fashion Show Highlights

Antoinette Love Ransom

Celebrity Host - Antoinette Love Ransom

 

Antoinette Love Ransom is a Fashion Designer/Model/ Hostess/PR guru, and Brand and Marketing Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives, and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional creative brand through events, arts, and social media. After spending nearly a decade working in Fashion, Event Production, and PR/Marketing for her company, “Exhibit Ambush” and a few big brands, Antoinette knows what truly drives conversions, sold-out events, and press interviews—and it’s not mastering the marketing flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.

 

This year Antoinette L. Ransom has been featured on CBS morning news, Echannel reality show, “Botched”, and is a brand ambassador for international brands such as Macy’s, IKEA, Lizz Russell Collection, Coffee Bean, St. Petersburg Vodka, and Levi’s. She’s been featured in numerous publications for her event production work and is involved with over 10 local nonprofits in both San Diego and Los Angeles.

 

Antoinette holds a BFA in Fashion Design/ Marketing. She’s a licensed life/health broker in the state of California, Illinois, Maryland, and Alabama. She’s a trained mentor and life coach with a focus on artistic development. A full-time mother of 2 young boys, which her son –Samuel McComb has been the face of big brands such as GUESS, Old Navy, Landsend, Peek Kids Clothing, Crazy 8’s, etc.

 

She loves what she does and looks forward to her talk show that’s in the early stages of negotiation with a couple of networks. Stay tuned for her talk show, “Let’s Chat with Antoinette” within the next year. It’s all about giving back and uplifting those who embrace change through entrepreneurship.

 

You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter under Antoinette Love Ransom.

Her personal email: theambushevent@gmail.com 

Kathy David

VIP GUEST & ANNOUNCER
KATHY DAVID

President & CEO of IT TechPros, Inc., #womanintech, Technologist, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, and Founder of Alpas Athletix, the Inventor of the World’s First-Ever Patent-Pending Design, a Strapless Sport-Performance Bra.

Kathy David is an immigrant from Cebu City, Philippines, who moved to the United States at the age of 12. She is a driven opportunity junkie who has founded two successful companies. Her first company, IT TechPros, Inc., was founded in 2006 along with her husband, Jeff David. IT TechPros was an idea the couple discussed casually, and the company was formed with the purpose to offer enterprise-level I.T.services and support to small companies. Their company is an award-winning Managed IT Services and Cyber Security Solutions and is recognized as one of the best I.T. services firm in their area. Her second company is Alpas Athletix, a women’s athleisure and fitness brand company. Kathy, a fitness enthusiast, was looking for a product she wanted for herself, but found out quickly that it did not exist in the marketplace. So out of her own need, she created the product to use for herself. Soon to follow, she offered her creation to women all over the world, and Alpas Athletix was born! Kathy is the inventor of the “Alpas Bra,” a patent-pending, world’s first-ever strapless sports-performance bra. It’s an alternative solution for women who hate getting tan lines on their chest, shoulders, and back that they get when wearing traditional sports bras while outdoors.

Kathy David

VIP GUEST & ANNOUNCER
KATHY DAVID

President & CEO of IT TechPros, Inc., #womanintech, Technologist, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, and Founder of Alpas Athletix, the Inventor of the World’s First-Ever Patent-Pending Design, a Strapless Sport-Performance Bra.

Kathy David is an immigrant from Cebu City, Philippines, who moved to the United States at the age of 12. She is a driven opportunity junkie who has founded two successful companies. Her first company, IT TechPros, Inc., was founded in 2006 along with her husband, Jeff David. IT TechPros was an idea the couple discussed casually, and the company was formed with the purpose to offer enterprise-level I.T.services and support to small companies. Their company is an award-winning Managed IT Services and Cyber Security Solutions and is recognized as one of the best I.T. services firm in their area. Her second company is Alpas Athletix, a women’s athleisure and fitness brand company. Kathy, a fitness enthusiast, was looking for a product she wanted for herself, but found out quickly that it did not exist in the marketplace. So out of her own need, she created the product to use for herself. Soon to follow, she offered her creation to women all over the world, and Alpas Athletix was born! Kathy is the inventor of the “Alpas Bra,” a patent-pending, world’s first-ever strapless sports-performance bra. It’s an alternative solution for women who hate getting tan lines on their chest, shoulders, and back that they get when wearing traditional sports bras while outdoors.

Visit it-techpros.com for more information

Jolisa Webb Dudley

Special Guest Model - Jolisa Webb Dudley
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, OUTREACH AND RETENTION
Department of Veterans Affairs

Jolisa Webb is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach ®, and the owner of Beauty in the Midst, LLC, Veteran-owned small business coaching, a consulting company headquartered in Fort Washington, MD. Jolisa is also a highly decorated Veteran and retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (USAF). She has over 30 years of executive, analytical and leadership expertise in strategic human resources management and services, with demonstrated success in the areas of command and control, communications, information management, personnel, training, protocol, and military equal opportunity.

 

A former Director, Ceremonies and Protocol, she is also a recognized Air Force ceremonies expert, having served as the office of primary responsible for White House, State Department, Department of Defense(DoD), HQ USAF ceremonies involving the Vice President, Secretaries of State and Defense, foreign Heads of State, senior DoD and USAF leaders.

In 2004, Jolisa was handpicked by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as Air Force representative for the high-profile Joint Task Force, Congressionally-mandated to develop comprehensive sexual assault prevention and response policy for DoD. As the Operations Officer, she was directly responsible for authoring the first-ever DoD Directive and Instruction on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. She also authored and gained the Secretary of Defense’s approval for the historic and nationally acclaimed policy to allow confidential reporting of sexual assault within the military.

Jolisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama, and her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University, Montgomery Alabama. She has also completed numerous professional development and leadership courses, to include Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, Alabama, as well as the Senior Executive Assessment Program in Denver, Colorado.

Jolisa is a divorcee, co-parent, recent semi empty-nester and the very proud Mother of a beautiful daughter, who is attending college and kind of sort of adulting by living on campus about 20 minutes away from home in Washington, D.C.

Shari William

Special Guest Model - Shari Williams

PRESIDENT - SHARI WILLIAMS ENTERPRISES LLC

 

Shari Williams embodies the mission of her entrepreneurial pursuits. She is driven, passionate and a visionary, all while maintaining her love for her family, friends, and colleagues. Shari Williams Enterprises, LLC is an innovative and creative consulting company designed to celebrate, promote and invest in the success of people, businesses, and organizations. Williams, a professional model, created a line of spa quality beauty 8 body care products that women can enjoy in the comfort of their homes. Shari created these products to address her own dry skin and eczema and quickly realized that all women could enjoy her whipped body butters, sugar scrubs, lotions, soaps, body mist sprays, and massage oils.

 

Passionate about flying drones and teaching, Williams recently expanded her business interests into the emerging drone industry, becoming a UAS licensed drone pilot, expert speaker, and instructor. Shari's instincts told her to stay current with new lines of business interest, "The drone industry is allowing Shari to be involved in a variety of areas, including real estate, construction, public safety, media, photography, and teaching one-on-one drone sessions and group classes. William's drive has allowed her to build the highly successful Woman Upl initiatives, a business and social networking membership circle that celebrates, promotes and invests in diverse women, businesses, organizations, and projects.

 

A graduate of Eastern University with a degree in Organizational Management, Williams is currently a Senior Communications Specialist for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and wife to State Senator Anthony H. Williams representing the 8th district covering Philadelphia and parts of Delaware County Pennsylvania. As the First Lady of the 8th to each pursuit, Shari brings a unique flair, a grounded nature, a commitment to the community and a wonderful sense of humor, she can't wait to see what unfolds every day in her life and in her entrepreneurial journey.

 

Email sw@shariwilliamsenterprises.com for more information. 

Visit her sites at www.shariwilliamsenterprises.com  and  www.shashaglam.com 

I could tell you the same story we’ve all heard a thousand times before. But I am a former GBS patient and life has moved forward, and I embrace life’s challenges that come my way every day, knowing that I have conquered an obstacle few understand. That which does not kill me only makes me stronger.

I am a social butterfly. At 39 years of age, I have chosen to live a fairly unconventional life. I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, and I can make you the best cocktail you’ve ever had. I was a lawyer once, but it wasn’t the life or the career that would make me happy. I decided I wanted to bartend at the beach, so I moved to San Diego in 2013, knowing no one.

 

While in the hospital, The Patio on Lamont held a fundraiser for me, and while they sectioned off a small section of the restaurant, expecting about 50 people, they were quickly overwhelmed when over 250 people came to show their support. I still have trouble wrapping my head around this incredible showing. I would tell you my defining characteristic is my ability to connect with people, and I cherish every new relationship. My community rallied around me. I will be forever thankful.

The Robert & Estelle Benson Award Winners 2019

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the GBS/CIDP Foundation International

 

May is GBS/CIDP Awareness Month. Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) are auto-immune disorders that attack your nerve cells and affect dozens of residents in San Diego every year and millions of people around the world.

Visit gbs-cidp.org for more information.

Richard (Rick) Shina

Richard Shina

I am Paige Luca Duffy and I am a GBS survivor.  In 2016 I had gone from a "normal" 19-year-old who had just graduated, started my transition and bought my first car, to becoming totally dependant on a ventilator and nurses.  Within hours I had lost control of my limbs and was trapped inside my own body, unable to eat, breath, speak or move on my own.

 

I was in recovery for nine months, and almost three years later, I still have residuals from this disease.  It was through the support of my family, friends, and fellow GBS patients that I was able to find the motivation to push through the pain and come out a stronger person.  Meeting Lizz Russell allowed me to stay positive, and being given this award has motivated me to try and spread awareness of GBS and to talk about my experience as a survivor. 

 

Paige Luca Duffy

Paige Luca Duffy

Frankee DJ Traxx

Dj Frankee Traxx

It took Frankee awhile to find the right job. He wanted something he wouldn’t feel bored doing, something exciting.  Frankee was a DJ. You might think this job would be perfect. Spinning for big parties. Lights, loud music, and people everywhere—he was paid to celebrate and make people happy.

It wasn’t for Frankee.  So Frankee trained to be a fireman. Again, what could be more heart-pumping, honorable, exciting, and meaningful than fighting fires and protecting your neighbors? Frankee has huge respect for the men and women of our fire departments, but it wasn’t for him.

Frankee trained to be a counselor, working directly with people. He studied contracting in school. He considered all kinds of options, throwing himself into anything—Frankee doesn’t do things halfway.

Ultimately, he found much of the work boring.  Now, that doesn’t mean he found work itself boring. Frankee is a hard-working, passionate person…he just hadn’t found the right fit. Until he found accounting.  That’s right, of all the jobs in the world, Frankee landed on accounting, and he loves it.

“I don’t get tired of it,” he said. I don’t hate it at all, I actually love it.” When he first decided to go all in on accounting, Frankee estimated he’d land 10-15 clients in 2019. That was the goal. As of this writing, we’re just a few months into 2019 and Frankee has already worked with 40 clients, and he expects that number to keep going up! He’s now aiming for 100 clients by the end of this year.  “It’s mostly word-of-mouth referrals, people who talk to people who worked with me, but I’ve gotten a lot of clients from my previous work, too.”

At previous jobs and classes, Frankee met a lot of people. He’s pretty well known in the community, especially as a disc jockey, and that boosted his accounting business. He didn’t waste any of those previous experiences, and it’s done a lot for his new business.  Friends, Frankee is a perfect example of the kind of people we love coming alongside. He’s passionate, he has drive and skill, and he just needed a little support to start building a business. He doesn’t even need us now!

Email Frankeetraxxvip@gmail.com for more information

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