The Women Who Rock Their Roles (WWRTR) is a one-hour special, being taped in New York - a production of a A Name to Know, hosted by Alicia Figueras Lambert. The special highlights and tells the stories of women who represent excellence in what they do in their roles as professionals. However, most importantly, it recognizes them for the work they do in their communities to give back ~ especially with efforts to improve the lives of other women and children.
This initial group of awardees are being recognized for the work they do in the nonprofit sector, education, healthcare, fashion, beauty and the arts and how they have used their careers and talents to help others.
The special will feature the Women Who Rock Their Roles, their stories, their work, their lives, their passions. You'll get a chance to see them at work and in the studio after a special makeover provided by Vera Moore Cosmetics. The New York Special will be a production of A Name to Know.
A Name to Know is a premier media platform showcasing celebrities, top corporate CEO's, small business owners, not-for-profit organizations inventors, and young entrepreneurs. The show's purpose is to highlight successful journeys in an effort to be an inspiration for their viewers.
Television producer, host, publisher, teacher, advocate - Alicia Figueras-Lambert has worn many hats and served in many roles. Her self-described "eclectic" background has included being a retired veteran/drug interdiction agent, and running for New York State Governor (2010).
One of Alicia’s greatest passions is the welfare of children whose parents are incarcerated. While working at Rikers and Nassau County Maximum Security Jails as a teacher of cognitive behavior, she witnessed the affect incarceration had on the children, and saw that it was particularly hard during the Christmas season. Through her company, Excellence in Success, she produces several programs each year with proceeds used to purchase toys and other items to be given at Christmas to children of incarcerated parents. Wishing to extend support to these children beyond the holiday season, she founded C.H.E.L.A. 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that is working to establish peer to peer support groups across the state.
Alicia’s parents taught her that if you can’t be a tree, then be the best bush around. So, to follow her parent’s teachings, she has worked hard to touch many populations through her efforts to give back. Her publication “InnerVisions,” celebrates the spirit of altruism, and recognizes others in the community who do the same.
Quilla Bohannan, hairstylist and master wig-maker, is building confidence and bringing smiles to children who have lost their hair.
Dr. Nimmons career has proven that passion and professionalism can make the difference when it comes to educating our youth.
Toneisha D. Colson is the Founder of The 5 Karat Tiara Girls Mentorship Program, a not-for-profit organization.
Nyleescia founded FabDiva Gems & Jewels in 2016, an organization dedicated to girls' and women's empowerment.
Accomplished nurse, Shantay Carter, is also the founder of Women Of Integrity Inc. The seven-year-old organization’s mission is to “empower and educate women of all ages and ethnicities.”
Tracé Wilkins Francis is passionate about two things, children and literacy. She established Annie Jean Publishing, Inc., and under it published The Real-Life Adventures of Jo Jo Bean.
Master acting teacher and playwright, Angela Raymond, through her revolutionary progressive ideas and arts incentives, is actively changing the way children learn and express themselves.
After serving her Country, Marisa returned and dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and humane treatment of fellow veterans. She founded the non-profit Worldwide Veterans and Family Services.
Judith Gaffney is a World Changer with a big heart! She started her own fashion company, Culture Tees, with a portion of all sales going to help children and families living in shelters and others in need.
Jacqueline Love is a dynamic woman with over 20 years of experience in the educational, entertainment and fashion industries. She is our Fashioning Their Future Award Winner - a special award given to a person selected exclusively by M.G. Ballard Designs.
Marva G. Ballard has been designing professionally for over 36 years under the label M.G. Ballard Designs, established in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1980. The designer has moved operations as she has moved about in her multi-faceted career an artist, designer and educator. She relocated from Indianapolis to Tuskegee, AL in 1987 to teach Fashion Merchandising at Tuskegee University. Returning to full-time work as a designer in 1999, she began selling through retailers across the country.
She is best known for her Signature Collection of leather wearable and decorative art owned by many celebrities and professional men and women across the country. As a fine artist, she incorporates leather and other textiles in developing mixed media pieces. She also works as a graphic artist creating works for print as well as other wearables.
In 2011 she began offering the Essential Elements Collection of knit apparel. The Collection is made-to-order in the US and provides opportunities for young single mothers to earn income. Their hours are flexible, designed to wrap around the hours they need to attend school so they can better their lives and those of their children. Read more at www.mgballarddesigns.com.
CEO, Vera Moore former actress turned entrepreneur is President & CEO of the highly competitive family owned business, Vera Moore Cosmetics. Over the past 5 years Vera has built one of the most progressive and prestigious cosmetics and skincare lines for the global market.
Vera was contracted on national television as one of the first black actresses on the soap opera “Another World” NBC where she portrayed “Linda Metcalf” for ten years. She immediately realized the void in the market for quality products for women of color, specifically a natural looking foundation that didn’t rub off on your clothes. This gave birth to Vera Moore Cosmetics.
Her journey has led to national recognition on the covers of Black Enterprise Magazine, Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business, Networking Women, featured in the Wall Street Journal, Upscale Magazine, Beauty Store Business, received the Success Stories Award from Volvo Cars of North America, has hosted her own half hour radio segment “Skin Deep & Moore on WWRL Radio and featured in Black Enterprise’s Book Collection - "Against All Odds”. She holds many credits for other television programs and Broadway shows including the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical “Purlie Victorious. Read more at www.veramoorecosmetics.com.
Bishop Desmond Tutu is quoted as saying “If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is women.”
Research tells us that investing in the welfare and development of women benefits not only the women themselves but changes the trajectory of their families and the well-being of their communities. Research also tells us that the earlier we begin that investment the better. Considering this, we must embrace and guide the girls in our villages. We must help them build their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, help them recognize their gifts, expose them to their possibilities, and help them set a course for an education that will lead them to prosperity. Additionally, we must help them develop the resilience they will need to stay strong through the changes and adversity they will surely face.
Within our villages there are girls like Oprah Winfrey, who was fired from her first job as a news anchor for being too emotionally involved in the stories she reported. However, when they made her the host of a little talk show that was doing poorly in the ratings, just to let her ride out her contract, she found her seat of greatness and followed a path that changed the trajectory of her life. But her success also changed the trajectory of the lives of so many more, including the girls being educated at her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Within our villages there are other girls like J.K Rowling, who went from being a single mother on welfare to a best-selling author and billionaire with her Harry Potter books and film franchise. Her philanthropic efforts combat poverty and social inequality as well as provide funds for other organizations that aid children, one-parent families, and multiple sclerosis research. Within our village there are other girls like Ieshia Champs, the single mother of five who, against all possible odds, at the age of 33, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Law School, and soon after passed the bar exam.
These women are examples of why we recognize the women who not only excel in their professions, but accept the opportunity to be role models, and actively pave the way for others by sharing their time, talent and resources. In addition, we recognize them because they are willing to share their raw, honest “stories” - the stories that provide encouragement by demonstrating that setbacks, challenges, even tragedies, don’t have to mean the end of the journey or the inability to reach a goal. To us, these are the Women Who Rock Their Roles!
~ M.G. Ballard