Reality Stars, Coaches, Millionaires Inspire Game Changers at Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla (FNN News) – While the 11th annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival promises to fill the Sun Life Stadium and the surrounding area with 73,000-plus attendees for the annual star-studded concert series happening Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, JITG has an equally enthralling event on Friday, March 18th: the Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon (WICL), presented by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and sponsored by State Farm, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, FL 33180). The 6th annual WICL will set the weekend afire as dynamic women and men join forces to talk about what’s real, what’s not, and what it takes to be fierce and unstoppable. Transformational life coach and sought-after keynote speaker Dee Thompson will host this year’s event, which boasts a celebrity panelist lineup:

Cynthia Bailey: Supermodel and BRAVO TV reality star from “Housewives of Atlanta.” He recently launched her new collection, Cynthia Bailey Eyewear

Lisa Nicole Cloud: Author, motivational speaker, sales trainer, CEO of Elite Marketing Strategies, Lisa Nicole Cloud Enterprises, fashion collection, The Lisa Nicole Collection, and BRAVO TV reality star from “Married to Medicine”

Dr. Traci Lynn: Motivational speaker and founder of the multi-million dollar Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry enterprise

Dr. “Vikki” Johnson: Soul-wealth coach and healer, bestselling author, sisterhood specialist, and ordained Elder

Vicky Townsend: President and CEO of Inspiration University and founder of what was known as South Florida’s light music and jazz station, Lite FM

Dr. Heavenly Kimes: Atlanta dentist, author, inspirational speaker, business powerhouse, relationship expert, and BRAVO TV reality star from “Married to Medicine”

Bern Nadette Stains: Best known as the quick-witted, sexy, savvy, and original “It” girl, Thelma Evans, from the groundbreaking first African American sitcom, “Good Times”

Lucinda Cross: Bestselling author, internationally known speaker, spokesperson and energetic teacher of personal and professional development

Dr. Sonjia: Bestselling author of Sex in South Beach and is a certified sexologist

Angie Nicolas: Owner of the Hotspot 813 Fashion Boutique located in Tampa, FL, and fashion commentator on NBC News Channel 8 Daytime TV

Ray Crittenden: Former wide receiver for the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers

The speakers look forward to pouring their expertise into the audience, and some anticipate being enriched as well. “I look forward to interesting conversations,” said Dr. Heavenly Kimes, who received the America’s Top Dentist award from the Consumer Research Council of America. She said that her WICL topic, “It’s a Man’s World,” and the topic of relationships in general always generates interesting conversations. Dr. Kimes entered the world of relationship coaching after noticing the audience response on her radio show in Atlanta. While the show was originally her platform to discuss her business expertise, she found more and more people calling in to ask her relationship questions. “People would ask me questions like, ‘How do you manage having three kids and two dogs and working and keeping your husband happy at the same time?’ So I became a certified relationship coach.” Dr. Heavenly has spoken on other panels and plans to do more. She is the author of the upcoming book The Business of Love.

Dr. Traci Lynn is contagiously passionate about her “Game Changers” segment. She will be discussing “what it takes to change the game in your own life, how to make it an impactful year by being your best possible you. You can’t do it the same old way.” The Philly transplant, an entrepreneur from the age of twenty-six, counts herself as a game-changer with the success of Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry—now 35,000 independent consultants strong in forty-eight states—and is ready to show attendees how to be game changers themselves based on her experience. “This is my life,” she told FNN News. “I give it as I live it.”

Dr. Lynn’s game changing efforts continue: over the last two years, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry has been developing the necessary infrastructure to become a global enterprise, starting with expansion into Canada and Puerto Rico.

Dee Thompson, who was a WICL panelist last year for her groundbreaking Purpose Never Dies coaching program, is a conference regular. “I attend every year, and try not miss,” she told FNN News. “It’s a fabulous event of such powerful women.” Thompson noted that this year’s WICL will also include a fashion show hosted by Angie Nicholas that incorporates three designers from this years panelist lineup: fashions from Nicholas’s Hotspot 813 Fashion Boutique, Cynthia Bailey’s eyewear line, and Dr. Traci Lynn’s Fashion Jewelry.

Thompson, who held South Florida’s first empowerment conference in 1998, has a heart for events like WICL. She is currently gearing up to tour for her next program, My Purpose Never Dies 2, and will be speaking all over the country. She is a Les Brown mentee, and shared the stage with him as well as other renowned speakers like Lisa Nichols.

This year’s WICL attendees will come away with practical tools they need to make an imprint on the world. Thompson’s passion is helping people find their purpose. “It’s exciting when you’re doing what you’re born to do,” she effused. “You have two births: the day you’re born and the day you find out why you’re here…I never enroll new coaching clients until they know who they are.” Dr. Lynn’s biggest takeaway is equally foundational: “Never quit. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your vision. Just because they don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not real.” In addressing those who suffer with self-doubt and ask themselves, “Who am I to do this?” she provides this answer for them to improve their mindset: “I came here to do it. That’s who I am. I’m just the best me that I can be.”



Jamaica-born author and freelance journalist Mellissa Thomas is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She helps CEOs and executives, advisors, coaches, consultants, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book.

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