“Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend comes near you

Goaldiggers it is time to get The Life You Want! I recently attended “Oprah’s The Life You Want” Weekend. It is an eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend featuring Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests, sponsored by Toyota and Olay. Each tour stop spans two days. On Friday nights, Oprah takes the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening. Then on Saturdays, Oprah leads a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series “Iyanla Fix My Life,” regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert; and one of Time 100’s Most Influential people, Pastor Rob Bell. Continue reading

Today’s GoalDigger: Stacii Jae Johnson

Stacii Jae Johnson is a true GOALdigger she is a well known political/lifestyle influencer and celebrity personality. An accomplished business strategist, program developer, fundraiser, and professional actor with over 15 years of experience. As Entertainment & Special Events Director, Stacii Jae was known as the social secretary of the south, top advisor and a member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s executive leadership team for 3+ years. On behalf of the Mayor, she served as a representative and speaker on various panels relating to the City of Atlanta and the importance of the film/television, fashion, and music industries to the city’s urban community and economy.

Prior to working in Mayor Reed’s administration she still was making political “herstory” Johnson was one of the leading fundraisers during his campaign for mayor of Atlanta. She served on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 regional finance committee while also working closely with team Hillary on the development of an overall strategy for building, maintaining, and mobilizing support within the young professional and female demographic. Stacii Jae successfully recruited hundreds of young professionals to actively join, participate, and donate financially to support the election of Hillary Clinton for President through founding the group “Young Professionals in Atlanta for Hillary” and co-founding “Generation C”. She led fundraising efforts for both organizations in Atlanta and California. Most recently, Stacii Jae served as a fundraiser and Obama Victory Trustee in support of the reelection of President Barack Obama. To learn more about today’s GOALDigger visit http://staciijaejohnson.com/

Today’s Goaldigger: Andrea J. Catchings

Andrea J. Catchings is an Atlanta-based choreographer/educator who began her training at the early age of four. While TV shows like Fame and In Living Color were a catalyst, her passion for dance has been fueled by a desire for self-expression and to develop meaningful learning exchanges in the process. Having spent much of her youth as a competitive gymnast, as well as a track and field athlete, dance became a way to nurture her creativity. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Emory University, Andrea was an active dance company member and recipient of the Oxford College Dance Award (1999). Additionally, she performed on the dance team and made many choreographic contributions to AHANA—Emory’s multi-cultural dance troupe. In 2004, she appeared as a principal dancer in a reconstruction of José Limón’s most notable work, There is a Time, under the direction of Nina Watt. Andrea also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University, and has formerly served on faculty with Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. As an independent choreographer for various cultural events and ensemble performanaces, Andrea collaborates with other artists through community outreach initiatives. She currently teaches at Atlanta Metropolitan State College and advocates for expanding access to performing arts opportunities within typically underserved communities of Atlanta. Her other interests include reading, socializing with family/friends, and traveling abroad.

Today’s Goaldigger: Ericka Newsome-Hill

Ericka Newsome-Hill is director of community affairs for the Atlanta Braves and executive director of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. In this capacity Newsome directs the many corporate relations and community service initiatives of the Atlanta Braves and implements the philanthropic programs of The Braves Foundation. Dedicated to strengthening communities and brightening the futures of children, Newsome is instrumental in furthering the Braves long-standing commitment of being a strong community partner and giving back to organizations in need. Continue reading

Event: Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival

Women Interactive is a two day interactive technology festival for women who produce and share digital content with a special emphasis on women of color. In keeping with the fast paced nature of technology, WICTF allows college students, collegiate faculty, technology, media, creative professionals and enthusiasts the opportunity to interact with innovative technology by following the three pillars on which the festival is based: Interaction, Education and Inspiration. To purchase tickets click here

Event: MARTA Invites You! Regional Small and Minority Business Summit

Dear Business Owner:

The Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity (DEO), on behalf of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) General Manager, Mr. Keith T. Parker, AICP, would like to cordially invite your organization to participate in the Regional Small and Minority Business Summit on Thursday, September 26, 2013, to be held at the MARTA Headquarters Building. The purpose of this event is to provide small and minority-owned firms with a forecast of collaborations, projects, and initiatives, which will provide significant contracting opportunities throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta region. You will also be given the opportunity to match-make/network with the primes who are seeking your particular services.

We are inviting you to participate as a small and minority business owner. As such, you will participate in 1-on-1 match-making interviews with attending regional stakeholders and primes.

The Regional Summit will be conducted in two sessions on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the MARTA Headquarters Building Atrium located at 2424 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. We ask that you indicate the services your company provides when you RSVP along with which session you plan to attend.

Please RSVP, via the Regional Summit confirmation email, at twilliams1@itsmarta.com, no later than Friday, September 13, 2013, to confirm your participation in this event. If you have questions, please contact Talmech M. Williams, Regional Summit Chairman, at (404) 848-4644.

We look forward to your participation in this event.


Ferdinand L. Risco Jr., MBA
Executive Director, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Today’s GOALdigger: Sarah-Elizabeth Langford

Today’s GOALdigger is Sarah-Elizabeth Langford. Sarah-Elizabeth Langford is a beauty queen who has competed at both Miss America and Miss USA. She grew up in Georgia where her father was a state senator.Sarah-Elizabeth Langford attended the prestigious Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated class of 1996. She completed a degree in French from the University of Michigan in 2000. She later attended the Howard University School of Law, which she graduated from in 2006. This GOALdigger is not afraid of fear either. She won $50,000 on Miss USA Fear Factor. Donated half to youth mentoring organization, United Youth Adult Conference. You may see this GOALdigger in the community giving back and attending several high profile political events.

Today’s Goaldigger: Nicole Garner of The Garner Circle

Author Nicole K. Garner, founder of The Garner Circle PR, celebrated the book launch for “Are You In Inc: PR’s Alter Ego” and the kick off for the “Running In Heels” Multi-Market Tour at TAGS boutique (owned by Bravo TV’s Kandi Burress). This ultimate guide focuses on niche Public Relations and publicity disciplines of fashion, music, entertainment and film. Continue reading

Event Alert: Learn the Secret to Business Success @ ‘Dr. Heavenly University’

(ATLANTA) May 24, 2013 – Dr. Heavenly Kimes – board-certified dentist, entrepreneur and author of Dr. Heavenly’s Business Prescriptions – will host her first annual two-part business seminar “Dr. Heavenly University” on June 28, 2013 and October 4, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport. The goal of this seminar is teach aspiring and existing entrepreneurs how to start and run a successful business.
Conference speakers include Dr. Heavenly along with Margaret McIntyre (Dental and Medical Business Management), Kevin Thomas (Owner, Kevin Thomas Financial Services, LLC), Tommy Lester (Vice President, Healthcare Business Banking, PNC Bank), and Cary S. King (Senior Attorney, Jacobs & King). Continue reading

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