LaShundra has embarked upon a journey that has taken her to new heights, surprising depths, and a life full of unexpected twists and turns. She is the newly appointed Deputy Director of BAEO, an advocacy organization for educational options. LaShundra is a visionary leader, Bridge Builder and Licensed (K-12) Educator in TN & MS. A Product of Memphis City Schools, Distinguished graduate of Tennessee State University-B.S. (’06), University of Memphis-MAT (’09), Freedom Bible College & Seminary (’12) and Walden University-EdS (’13).
Miss Rich, as she is known as and lovingly called, by her many students and colleagues, is the founder/owner of tri-dimensional consulting firm, RichED established in 2011, with a mission that aims to combine the service industries of: education, business & church by crafting an international approach to consulting and creating collaborative consultancy experiences. Also, she founded the Girls Will Be Girls Ministry, which recently won Tri-State Defender’s “Best in Black” Award for Best Faith-Based Outreach Ministry. Miss Rich is a sough-after speaker in ministry, empowerment and education.
Miss Rich is the proud daughter of the late Rev. Franklin J. & Dorothy Richmond and mother of one daughter, Madison. Her personal motto: I Win!
Chris Eggleston founded and is the director of Global Innovation Now Inc., a company that wants to connect businesses to their customers using a mobile app. He worked for one of the largest non-profit agencies in America for eight years, where he was able to understand how to build business-to-business relationships around the city. Chris is passionate about helping other businesses grow and building a stronger economy using technology via mobile devices.
With degree in Information Technology (IT) from the University of Memphis, Chris focuses on how information and computing systems support processes, sales, research, and communications needs of a business. He is a member of the Crescent Club of Memphis , Black Business Association, Memphis Chamber of Commerce, and the Cooper-Young Association. Chris was nominated twice in the Tri-State Defender’s Best in Black Awards for “Best New Business” in 2014 and “Best Niche Business” this year. Also, he’s held a summer camp for kids at the University of Memphis’ Crews Center for Entrepreneurship over the last two summers. Chris is a native Memphian and lives by this motto “No Egos, We Grow!”
Tami Sawyer is a native Memphian and social justice advocate. She graduated from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in 2000 and after two years at Hampton University, she completed her degree at the University of Memphis in 2004. After graduation from college, Tami moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University School of Law. During her 10 years in DC, Tami interned on Capitol Hill, ran a successful cupcake business, coordinated events for organizations such as Congressional Black Caucus and worked for six years as a contractor with the United States Navy. Upon returning home to Memphis in 2013, Tami became involved with the black lives matter movement and voter registration initiatives in the city. Tami currently works in the education arena and is preparing to launch Power Box, a digital black business directory. Tami is a member of the River City (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated where she is the Communications & Public Relations Chair. In her free time, Tami enjoys Midtown living and spending time with her nieces.
DeVonte’ Payton is a native Memphian and a self-proclaimed ambassador of the city. As Director of Student Recruitment for KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools, DeVonte is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing a strategic student recruitment plan designed to increase enrollment and support retention in each of the eight KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools. In this role, he participates in and supervises recruitment at local schools, supervise school tours/host enrollment fairs, and coordinate responses to visitation and information requests from schools and parents in the community. DeVonte’ has an enormous passion for education, personal development, and community uplift. He developed this passion for serving his community while working as a peer tutor with Peer Power, a tutoring and mentoring program.
DeVonte’ is a graduate of the University of Memphis and is an active leadership board member for GiVE 365 and Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP). He joined both organizations to build strong bonds and partnerships with people and organizations that share a similar vision for enhancing the Memphis community.
In his spare time, DeVonte’ likes to explore the local restaurant scene and attend Memphis basketball games with his wife, Alyssa, and their precocious 2 year old son, Dylan.
Memphis has been very good to Beaumont, TX native Ena Esco. She moved to Memphis at the tender age of 16 and made way for a plethora of opportunity. Upon graduating from Millington-Central High School, Ena attended LeMoyne-Owen College where she was a Dubois Scholar and very active in her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. In 2000, she was crowned Miss LeMoyne-Owen College and graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration the following year.
As a senior in college, Ena began her career in radio as a research coordinator/board op at Flinn Broadcasting’s urban format Hot 107.1FM (KXHT). After two months she hit the air waves and has been on the air ever since. Her next move in radio was at an urban format with Clear Channel’s K97FM (WHRK). Ena’s experience also includes Citadel’s urban format Power99 (WMPW) and urban AC Soul Classics 103.5FM (WRBO).
Ena Esco has been in the radio business for over 14 years and has worked in various roles such as producer, voice-over talent, morning show co-host, mid-day, and weekend talent. Ena also holds an MBA and has worked in Corporate America in procurement and marketing. She is also married with children. Ena currently holds down your weekends on K97FM, .
Milton Aaron Knox is a 22-year-old aspiring entrepreneur and music producer. He has been involved in many citywide outreach programs for youth development and community involvement such as the youth division on United Way as well as graduating from the Bridge Builders program in high school. Determined to continue his passion for community involvement, he became Vice President of NAACP college division at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Under his leadership, he lead one of the largest new membership campaigns in history of the organization at UTCy. Currently, Mr. Knox is an Executive Account and Branding manager for J. Whitlow Consulting Firm. He is planning to pursue a degree in musical production and engineering in the spring.
Native Memphian, Lucresha Wilson aka LW (the latest connection), naturaLWonder (social ego), Wilo Reign (at your service) is the definition of social media. This thought-provoking feat is transcending the art of communication, redefining the essence of doing business, and remixing social interface effortlessly under one interesting nexus entitled CreativEnergy & Co, the brain that never stops thinking of things to do. Simply, she creates social concepts to usher new ventures of connecting charity to entertainment, education, and elevation with an ultimate goal to proliferate a new type of entrepreneurial remedy and charitable foundation for all to muse. In her spare time (hollering), this creative maven enjoys dating Memphis, exploring social safaris, and everything taste nirvana.
Mantra: “If you want something, you had better make some noise.”–Malcolm X