Meet Our Line-Up of World-Class Speakers

Marti Hampton | Keynote Speaker

Marti Hampton | Keynote Speaker

President, Re/Max One Realty

Speaking Topic: The Art of Empowering Greatness in Others to Build a Limitless Business

When Marti Hampton first started as a Triangle Realtor, she had nothing and knew very few people. As a single parent, with no supporting income, no sphere of influence, very little credit, and a clunker for a car, all Marti had was a strong work ethic, grateful heart and appreciation of the American Dream. She believed her opportunity to care for her family and serve the community would be achieved with a career in residential real estate.

Marti’s vision, determination and passion fueled a total Triangle Real Estate volume of over $100 billion.  Last year, her volume was $120 million.  Marti has been the recipient of over 50 different prestigious awards, including multiple awards for being the #1 RE/MAX Team in the US, #3 RE/MAX Team in the World, multiple Diamond Club Awards and continuous ranking as a Top Agents in the US.  Hampton has also earned the RE/MAX Circle of Legends, Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement, and Luminary of Distinction Awards. Marti Hampton has also been listed as “The Most Powerful Women in Real Estate” in the National Relocation & Real Estate Magazine and has been designated as a finalist for Inman’s “Innovator of the Year Award” for her Coming Soon platform & national web site.

Marti is very passionate about helping buyers and sellers succeed in the ever changing, fast paced world of residential real estate. She is also passionate about giving back to the community. Local charities are very near to her heart. Some of the charities she has supported are the United Veteran’s Corp, Frankie Lemmon Foundation, and Beads of Courage, First in Families, Miracle Jump Start, Passage Homes, Autism Society, Children’s Miracle Network, and House of Hope.

Marti is passionate is excelling at marketing and technology. “I am in the business of doing it differently; I have a different way of looking at things. We, as agents, have to think bigger and better, stay ahead of Real Estate trends and be up to speed on the newest technology.” Her website,, also benefits home buyers by showing them homes that are preparing to enter the market in the next week or next month.

When Marti isn’t working, and she is always working, she enjoys traveling, exercising, nutrition, music, and spending time with her family. She has three of her own children, who live out of state. Six children through marriage, two are in the business with her, Paul Cardon and Kim Harrison, and thirteen grandchildren. Her husband, Marvin is retired and loves to build and remodel homes. Above all of her successes, Marti wants to be remembered for being a good mom and a good wife. She loves her children and friends, taking care of her parents, and as she puts it, “Being a good wicked stepmother!”

Debrena Jackson Gandy | Keynote Speaker

Debrena Jackson Gandy | Keynote Speaker

President, Masterminds

Speaking Topic: The Juicy Woman’s Path to A More Abundant Life

Debrena Jackson Gandy is a nationally published best-selling author, a 3rd generation entrepreneur, speaker, organizational development consultant and trainer, holistic success coach, relationships coach, TV Show Host, and Huffington Post Contributor.

As an expert in personal growth and spiritual development, she’s been seen on CNN, CNN Live, Good Day New York, Good Morning Texas, and Good Day D. C., as well as a host of regional news talk shows, over 50 radio shows, and in magazines such as Oprah’s O, Essence, Ebony and Woman’s Day.  She is former leader of the Liturgical ministry at her church, growing it from 8 to 25 people, and also of a 12-month Women’s Prayer Gathering, P. A. C. T., Prayer Absolutely Changes Things.  In March of this year, she co-founded an independent, inter-church monthly women’s gathering, The Upper Room, that focuses on going “higher and deeper” in our relationship with the Lord, and thus going higher and deeper in  prayer, meditation, Bible understanding, healing and worship.

Her clients include companies such as Nordstrom, Boeing, Federal Department of Education, Century 21, Kinko’s, University of Washington, Columbia University, Essence Magazine, Oprah’s O Magazine, Traci Lynn International, Black Women’s Expo, The State of Washington (3 of its largest departments), County and City government, and a host of women’s empowerment conferences and professional associations. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Highline College, on the Advisory Board for the Matt Griffin YMCA, on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the City of Des Moines, WA; on the 2020 Leadership Circle for TeamChild; and was recently appointed as a Commissioner to the Port of Seattle’s Police Department on its Civil Service Commission.

She has an annual Mentee Breakfast for her 13 mentees, ages 33 to 55, in the Greater Seattle Area.  In addition, Debrena designs and facilitates transformational courses, signature events, tele-courses, and retreats for clients and students, and has clocked over 5000 coaching hours as a Master Coach.  She is Founder of the Love Academy 101 and 201, and Men-tality 101 and 201, live relationships courses based on her new “Love Truths” relationships paradigm introduced in her newest book, The Love Lies.  She is also founder and host of a national book reading and discussion group, The Love Lies BOOK CAFÉ, with over 1,200 members on Facebook. She is passionate about teaching others, especially women, how to manifest “life more abundantly,” – Life as full as possible of God’s best. She and her husband Joseph of 24 years (and counting) have three beautiful, brilliant daughters.

Jes Averhart| Speaker

Jes Averhart| Speaker

Executive Director, Leadership Triangle | President, The Sesa Group

Speaking Topic: The Secrets to Creating Powerful Collaborations

Jesica Averhart is the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle, a non-profit established to educate and develop leaders that elevate the regional thought-leadership and activate change. Before taking the helm at Leadership Triangle, Jesica served as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Capitol Broadcasting – working with the American Underground (a world-renowned Google tech hub) and American Tobacco, a nationally acclaimed and world-class destination for everything from business to baseball.

Prior to her work with Leadership Triangle and Capitol Broadcasting, Jesica founded a boutique event production company specializing in providing professional event management services for organizations such as the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), The Procter & Gamble Company, Pepsi Cola North America, Novozymes, Time Warner Cable, NCACDSS, Cisco Systems, Del Monte as well as a growing number of companies based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.  Jesica is active on the Boards of Youth Villages (Chair), Prevent Child Abuse NC (Chair), Nasher Friends Board and YMCA of Greater Durham.

Jesica had the good fortune of working on her grandparent’s farm, while at the same time, learning the ropes in the family’s real estate and appraisal business.  She was the first in her family to accept a corporate role after college…. but it didn’t take long before she started her own company, making her a 4th generation entrepreneur.  Her greatest gift is her fifteen year-old son Tre’, who brings her joy, keeps life FUN and all things in perspective!

Tammie Harris | Speaker

Tammie Harris | Speaker

Tammie Harris Team Leader/Broker/Realtor | Re/Max One Realty

Speaking Topic: There is Nothing Left to Fear

Tammie T. Harris is a native of Greenville, North Carolina who resides in Wake Forest, NC.  Her goal is to see people experience wholeness in every area of their lives.  Her theme for life is Let the living begin, Be Healthy, Wealthy & Wise!  She is an encourager & motivator! Tammie is a licensed Real Estate professional and owns The Tammie Harris Team LLC with ReMax One Realty in Raleigh NC.  She is a Member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors as well as the National Associations of Realtors. Her Team of Real Estate specialist includes working with Foreclosures, Investors, Estate Sales and Listing homes as well as working with Buyers with purchases. Tammie has been assisting families with meeting life goals for over 25 years.

She and her husband Adam are Pastors of New Seed Ministries in Chapel Hill, NC where she serves in the Women’s Department, Youth/Young adult Ministry and The Outreach Department. Her goal is to see people experience wholeness in every area of their lives.  Her theme for life is Let the living begin, Be Healthy, Wealthy & Wise!  She is an encourager & motivator! They have three wonderful sons Michael 27, Aaron 25 & Jalen 15.

Karen Albright | Speaker

Karen Albright | Speaker

President, Bodylase Med Spa

Speaking Topic: The Truly Accomplished Woman: Powerful Strategies to Have a Thriving Business and Family Life

Karen Albright is the owner of BodyLase®, a medical spa with two locations in the Triangle. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and University of Connecticut School of Law. After practicing law with a large firm in Connecticut for several years, Karen moved to Raleigh in 1994 with her husband and children. Soon after coming to Raleigh, she taught legal writing at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Duke Law School.

In 2002, Karen opened BodyLase Laser Hair Removal with her husband, Dr. Daniel Albright. Karen has grown and expanded the company into a million dollar business. BodyLase® now has two locations and offers a multitude of cosmetic medical and traditional spa services.

In 2009, Karen was received the Women in Business Award by the Triangle Business Journal. In June of 2010, Karen was honored as Business Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Raleigh Chapter. In 2011 and 2013, Karen was awarded the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Steady Growth and Profitability Award for the success of BodyLase®. In 2011, Karen was named a Woman Extraordinaire by Business Leader Magazine. In 2012, Karen received the distinguished Top 50 Entrepreneurs. Karen was honored in 2016 with the NAWBO-Greater Raleigh Corporate Partner of the Year Award for her longstanding and proven commitment to the success of women‐owned business in our local area. She currently resides in North Raleigh with her husband and three children.

Sheyla Blackman | Speaker

Sheyla Blackman | Speaker

President and CEO ITMC Solutions, LLC | Government Contractor Coach, LLC

Speaking Topic: Developing A Kingdom Wealth Mindset

Sheyla Blackman, a native North Carolinian, began her successful career in 1981 and has spent over thirty-five years providing consulting services to the US federal government. She worked hard in school, graduated with honors and left NC to pursue her dreams in IT. Sheyla has won federal contracts that exceed $250M in value and does not allow anyone to tell her she is not capable of succeeding.

Sheyla came from a family of eight children so feeling lost and unnoticed was a given.  She was told that she wasn’t pretty enough or that she didn’t have what it took to achieve her dreams.  The negative words that were spoken to her caused her to have very low self-esteem.  The only positive thing that she remembers hearing when she was growing up was that she was so smart.  She held on to that with all that she had.  She worked hard in school, graduated with honors and left NC to pursue her dreams in IT.

Sheyla learned how to move beyond the negative words and emotions that she grew up with and has a passion to help other women do the same.  Applying the knowledge and skills that she has gained from working with some of the best minds in business, Sheyla is helping woman achieve amazing dreams. A lover of God and travel, Sheyla is also the mother of three very successful children and the grandmother of two.

Vickie Gibbs | Speaker

Vickie Gibbs | Speaker

Principal and Co-Founder, Marlow Consulting Group

Speaking Topic: The 7 Keys to Upleveling Your Marketing

Vickie Gibbs has over 20 years of experience in growth businesses & entrepreneurial ventures. She is currently the Principal & Co-Founder of Marlow Consulting Group, which helps businesses define priorities and execute those successfully in order to get to the next level. She focuses on their practice areas of Marketing/ Business Strategy, Commercialization of New Products, and Leadership/ Team Development and Coaching.

Vickie’s experience includes over 20 years with industries such as Media, eCommerce, and Mobile, with companies like Viacom, Motricity, and In addition to her business experience, she also serves as a Principal Advisor and co-founder of SoarTriangle, a non-profit organization focused on closing the funding gap for female entrepreneurs.

Vickie received her BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University (graduated with distinction), and her MBA (Dean’s Scholar) from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.

Michelle Wilder Baker | Speaker

Michelle Wilder Baker | Speaker

Lead Realtor and Mentor, The Tammie Harris Team at Re/Max One Realty | President, Transaction Genie

Speaking Topic: No Holding Back: The Power of Being Confident in Who God Created You To Be

Michelle Wilder-Baker is a faithful follower of Christ Jesus.  Her love for Christ is evident in the way she loves others.  Michelle is confident in whom God has made her to be, and she encourages others to live an authentic life.  One of her favorite sayings is “Truth crushed to earth shall rise again!”  Michelle believes that she is called to touch the lives of women, and to help them look beyond their inadequacies in order to reach their fullest potential.

Michelle is a graduate of North Carolina Central University.  She was a social work/counselor for over 24 years, while practicing real estate for the past 11+ years.  In December 2012, Michelle stepped out on faith and began to live her dream of being a full time entrepreneur.  Michelle is the Lead Realtor and Mentor on the Tammie Harris Team at Re/Max One Realty, and she owns her own company, Transaction Genie.

Michelle is an active member of several professional and social organizations such as the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the Local and National Associations of Realtors, International Alliance of Christian Business Women, and Solo Moms Makeover International. In 2009, Michelle was blessed to marry the man God prepared for her, Willie Baker.  Willie and Michelle reside in Wake Forest, NC.  They have 2 wonderful adult children who reside in Florida with their families, 3 very handsome grandsons, and 1 granddaughter. Willie and Michelle are ministry partners with New Seeds Ministry under the leadership of Adam and Tammie Harris.

Ericka D. James | Conference Host

Ericka D. James | Conference Host

President, The Convergence Center and Founder, Int'l Alliance of Christian Business Women

Ericka developed a passion for entrepreneurship as she witnessed her parents build the family business they started when she was 5 years old into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Her testimony is one of overcoming, forgiveness, faith, complete surrender, obedience and an unyielding pursuit of the revelation and manifestation of God. Her more than 25 years of experience in guiding people to become the person God created them to be, her anointing as a speaker, talent and humor as a natural entertainer, converge to create a life-changing experience for her audiences.

She is the CEO of The Convergence Center LLC, a world-class training organization and the Founder of The International Alliance of Christian Business Women, a training and development organization for Christian women called to build businesses that improve lives and impact communities. She has created a collection of highly sought-after trainings, certifications, and resources that include numerous CDs, podcasts, articles, trainings, teaching tools and six books including The Power of Vision, The Fearless Living Challenge, Inside the Bulls-eye, When God Calls, Beyond Fearless: How to Remove Every Hindrance From Your Life, and Your Heart is the Key. She will be releasing her next book, Uplevel and Rise: The Christian Woman’s Ultimate Guide to Business Success in 2018. She is happily married, has a 22 year-old daughter, Kalii, who she raised as a single mother, and through marriage has the honor of being a mother in a blended family.