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OCTOBER 5 - 6, 2019
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Keke Palmer
Megastar Actress, Singer, Dancer, Good Morning America Host & Author Delivers the Keynote Address Saturday at 1:30
Philanthropist and Talk Show host are just two of the titles the 25-year-old megastar, Keke Palmer, holds. With 15 years in the entertainment business, Keke's resume is quite impressive.

She began her career with a breakout role in the film “Akeelah and The Bee", and then starred as the title character in the hit cable series, “True Jackson, VP,” for which she received four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program.

Palmer has gone on to star in over 21 feature films and award-winning television shows, most recently the Emmy Award winning “Grease: Live” and “A Trip to Bountiful,” for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

Palmer also made Broadway history as the first African-American and youngest actress to star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic 1957 musical, “Cinderella.” Her first book, "I Don't Belong To You " was released by Simon and Schuster.

Palmer was hand-picked by Ryan Murphy for her television role as ZayDay in Fox's Scream Queens. Oscar nominated producer, Lee Daniels also selected the young starlet to guest star in his hit television show STAR. What began as a one-episode turned into an eight-episode arch.

Palmer starred in Berlin Station, filming season 3 of the EPIX's hit show in Budapest, Hungary. She is set to star Lionsgate’s upcoming film, Two Minutes of Fame, alongside Kat Williams and Jay Pharaoh. Palmer’s most recent starring role was in the movie, Pimp, on which she was also an executive producer.

Keke also continues to prioritize philanthropic activism, something that started many years again when she was a child entertainer. She is the co- founder of Saving Our Cinderellas , a community outreach program where she inspires girls of many different cultures all across the country in the areas of music and the arts. Having come from an impoverished community herself , she understands the importance of providing children with hope that their dreams can come true as well. She has also volunteered with such organizations as The Boys & Girls Club, World of Money, and many more.

Don't Miss your opportunity to become inspired as Keke Palmer Delivers the Keynote Address Saturday at 1:30
Kandi Burruss
Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter, Entrepreneur and Star of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Delivers the Keynote Address on Sunday at 2:00
Kandi Burruss is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, a former member of the platinum-selling music group Xscape, Kandi earned a Grammy for her work on TLC's mega-hit "No Scrubs" and also wrote the number-one hits "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Bug A Boo" for Destiny's Child. In 2000, Kandi became the first African-American woman ever to win the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Songwriter of the Year award.

An entrepreneur at heart, in the television realm, Kandi has served as a Creator and Executive Producer of the record breaking Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding, and The Kandi Factory. In addition, the business mogul owns  an award winning intimate luxury line, Bedroom Kandi, which has expanded into a in-home network.

Immediately following her Keynote Address, you'll have an opportunity to meet Kandi at The Bedroom Kandi Pavilion at the Chicago Ultimate Women's Expo!

Don’t miss your chance to become inspired by Kandi Burruss as she delivers the Keynote Address on Sunday at 2:00!
Porsha Williams
Beauty Entrepreneur, Co-Host of Dish Nation and Star of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Delivers the Keynote Address on Sunday at 1:00
Porsha Williams is a multi-talented television host and media personality, filled with big dreams and the ambition to make them a reality. A true "cornbread-fed Georgia Peach," Porsha was born and raised into a prominent and historic family in Atlanta, as she is the granddaughter of Civil Rights leader and philanthropist, Rev. Hosea Williams. Despite her busy workload, Porsha makes it a priority to remain heavily involved in her various charity partnerships.

Not only is Porsha one of the stars of Bravo's #1 show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but she is also the co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show Dish Nation. Recently, she co-starred alongside Vivica A. Fox and Columbus Short in the onstage remake of Two Can Play That Game. Since then, she has developed a passion for animated and on-screen scripted projects. Her fan-favorite voice can be heard as Carlotta in the animated movie CarGo, where she collaborated with Haley Joel Osment and Melissa Joan Hart. On the screen, Porsha shows off her acting skills playing the step-mother in TV One's Steppin' Back to Love, and made multiple other guest appearances in shows such as Fox's Star and films such as Sharknado 5: Global Swarming. She also appeared on the first season of The New Celebrity Apprentice.

Don't miss your chance to become inspired as Porsha delivers the Keynote Address on Sunday at 1:00
Anne Burrell
Food Network Superstar of "Chef Wanted", "Worst Cooks in America" and "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef" Presents the Keynote Address Saturday at 1:00
Anne Burrell hosts Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Chef Wanted and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York and studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy. Anne makes restaurant dishes accessible and reveals concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook on her Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. On her show Chef Wanted, Anne helps top restaurateurs find candidates with the right experience and creativity to become executive chefs. On Worst Cooks in America, Anne joins Tyler Florence in mentoring teams of hopeless home cooks from around the country, putting them through culinary boot camp.

Anne published her first cookbook, Cook Like a Rock Star, which gives home cooks the confidence and support to be rock stars in their own kitchens. Her cookbook earned a place on the New York Times Best Seller list and Anne released her second cookbook, Own Your Kitchen.

Growing up in upstate New York, Anne developed a passion for food and cooking at an early age. After obtaining an English and communications degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, she pursued her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation, she spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners while working at La Taverna del Lupo in Umbria and La Bottega del' 30, a Michelin one-star restaurant in Tuscany. During this year, Anne grew to truly appreciate and understand the philosophy of Italian cuisine and culture, which left a lasting impact on her culinary point of view.

Upon her arrival in New York City, Anne was hired as a sous chef at Felidia, working with Lidia Bastianich. She then served as a chef at Savoy, where she cooked over an open wood fire and created flavorful menus inspired by Mediterranean countries. Here Anne developed her personal culinary style: rustic food made with pure and simple ingredients with intense flavors.

Don’t Miss Anne Burrell Present the Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:00
MC Lyte
Legendary Entertainer Delivers the Keynote Address Sunday at 2:30
At the tender age of 17, Brooklyn native MC Lyte first appeared on the scene with her debut album Lyte As A
Rock. Her voice is distinctive and unforgettable. Since that time, her numerous achievements have helped her
rise to hip hop “LEGEND” status. MC Lyte has a host of impressive “firsts” to her credit. She was the first rap
artist to ever perform hip hop at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall and the first female to perform hip hop at
the White House. The list goes on, from being the first solo female rapper nominated for a Grammy to being the first
female rapper to receive a gold single.

Ever dedicated to her love of hip hop, MC Lyte continues to raise the bar and reinvent herself musically while
expanding her resume and fan base. The talented Lyte is a well-respected entrepreneur, voice over talent, actress,
public speaker, and philanthropist. Blessed with a gift for words, Lyte hosted BET/Centric’s hit TV talk show
“Morning Cup” and she was heard weekly for six years as co-host of Sirius/XM’s “Café Mocha.” Her love for acting
landed her roles on network television and the big screen and she’s also been the voice of the VH1 Hip Hop Honors
and the BET Awards for the past decade.

A trailblazer in the industry, MC Lyte is a powerful role model for women and represents beauty and strength. She
has twelve albums, including her critically acclaimed album, LEGEND, and her newest release, SpotLYTE

Immediately following her Main Stage Appearance on Sunday, you’ll have an opportunity to meet MC Lyte as she signs copies of her latest release with C0-Author and Financial Expert Lynn Richardson.

Don't miss your opportunity to become inspired by MC Lyte on Sunday at 2:30
Graham Elliot
Award Winning Chef, TV Personality from MasterChef, MasterChef Jr, Top Chef, Iron Chef and ABC-TV’s Family Food Fight Appears Sunday at 1:30!
Graham Elliot is an award winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author.

Elliot, a self-proclaimed "Navy brat" who has traveled the world and all fifty US states, has accrued many prestigious accolades including multiple James Beard Foundation Nominations. At age 27, Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs”. In May of 2008, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars.

In 2016 after 10 seasons with the MasterChef & MasterChef Jr. franchise, Chef Elliot left the show to join Bravo’s Emmy Award winning hit cooking competitions, Top Chef as a full time judge alongside Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons. And beginning Summer 2019, Graham joins restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry and "Iron Chef" Cat Cora on ABC-TV's Family Food Fight. Eight families from across the country share a common kitchen as they pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes and drama in pursuit of the title of America's No. 1 Food Family.

A life long dream to operate in Santa Monica California, Elliot partnered with premier dining collective K2 Restaurants to roll out his first west-coast casual takeaway called Petit Harvest offering more vegetable-focused fare including hummus with market vegetables, a Beyond burger, lots of salads, and more.
Petite Harvest is scheduled to open mid-late summer 2019. Since February 2018, Elliot continues to operate his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai.

In 2013, Graham decided to make a life change and focus on his health and family, and to date, has lost an amazing 150 pounds (starting at 400 and now down to 250). Since then he has run a marathon and continued to keep the weight off so that he can spend more quality time with his family and friends.

Don’t miss your opportunity to become inspired by Graham Elliot on Saturday at 1:30 on the Main Stage!

Dr. Lynn Richardson
Celebrity Financial Coach from the Steve Harvey Show and Bestselling Author Delivers the Keynote Address Sunday at 2:30
Dr. Lynn Richardson, Financial Expert, TV/Radio Personality, Bestselling Author, Host of “The Millionaire’s Roundtable” and “Money Mondays” on the Steve Harvey Show.

Lynn Richardson is a world renowned financial expert, entertainment executive, life coach and TV/Radio personality who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others achieve personal, professional, and spiritual harmony.

Named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Influencers in America, Dr. Lynn Richardson is an author, entertainment executive and celebrity financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. With more than two decades of leading roles in the banking and real estate sales industries, Lynn's vision is best portrayed in her books, most notably Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit and Financial Security, Lynn is featured regularly on The Steve TV Show, The Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show, BET Networks and has appeared in Essence, Jet, Upscale, on Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell, and in countless media outlets nationwide.

She published her first bestselling book, “Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit and Financial Security” and her second bestselling "Living Beyond Check to Monday: A Spiritual Path to Wealth and Prosperity," along with her third highly anticipated "Yes, You're Approved! The Real Deal About Getting a Mortgage and Buying a Home" and her recent release “The Symphony: A Guide to Creating and Balancing Multiple Streams of Income – Foreword by MC Lyte”.

Don't Miss Dr. Lynn Richardson deliver the Keynote Address with MC Lyte on Sunday at 2:30

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OCTOBER 5 - 6, 2019
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