A fashion media professional, avid blogger, founder and executive producer of the television series Designing Africa, with her hit campaign, 100 Days of African Fashion, Diana Opoti is a champion of the continent’s fashion design market, growing to become one of the Africa’s most formidable fashion connectors.
In 2014 Diana Opoti was nominated as “Outstanding Trend Communicator of the Year” by The Africa Fashion Awards.
Shirley Mae Springer Staten, international keynoter, singer and workshop facilitator, moves people forward beyond their limiting ideas. A born storyteller and dynamic a ccapella vocalist, she brings an unrivaled blend of vision, passion and sheer virtuosity to her work.
From the age of five, Shirley Mae picked cotton in the fields of Georgia. Her transformation came with many challenges. A daydreamer and dyslexic, she graduated from high school not knowing how to read. By the early 1990s she had managed to work her way through college and earn her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
Shirley Mae, like no one else, can weave words and music to empower her audience. She is a multitalented performing artist who motivates people to recognize and break through their self-imposed limitations. She can hold a group spellbound with stories of her struggles against the obstacles of the world. Her message of hope will show you how to "keep movin' forward".
"Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" author and performer Michael Broussard is the producer, director and emcee of the Five Minute Follies, Philadelphia’s only ongoing family friendly vintage variety show. He is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
Michael’s abuse came at the hands of a trusted guardian, his stepfather. While children are often warned about “stranger danger”, studies show that 75% to 90% of offenders are known to the child. Often they are a family member, a friend, or a well respected person in the community.
The long term effects of this abuse have followed Michael well into adulthood and have affected every aspect of his life. Every relationship, whether personal or professional, has been colored by the abuse.
Like many survivors, Michael struggles daily with a host of mental health conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and chronic low self esteem.
"Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" is Michael’s way of taking back the power from his abuser and reaching out to his fellow survivors to tell them they can do the same. And while the show is fairly intense and sometimes dark in nature, it also includes a healthy amount of humor and, ultimately, a very positive, empowering and triumphant message of hope and healing.
Angelina Estrada-Burney currently serves as a staff member for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, senior Senator from Alaska. A large part of her duties revolve around assisting Alaskans from all walks of life and establishing effective dialogue with state leaders on a variety of issues. In this capacity, she serves as an important communications conduit between the Senator and the constituency of Alaska. Previously she served in the Anchorage and Fairbanks Offices of the Governor, worked on Capitol Hill for the Alaska Congressional Delegation, worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature and as a Special Assistant in the Department of Commerce and Community Development.
She is active in the Anchorage Hispanic community and is an inaugural Board of Director and Past President of the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska. She was chosen to represent Alaska at the 2002 and 2004 National Hispanic Leadership Summit in Washington DC.
Ms. Estrada-Burney's strong sense of community and love for Alaska is demonstrated by the organizations she supports. She is a past Board member of Alaskans for Drug Free Youth, Anchorage Hispanic Cultural Committee, Healing Racism in Anchorage, the Municipality's Committee for the Promotion of Tolerance and Diversity, the School Districts Minority Education Committee and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairbanks and Anchorage.She has served as the Vice President of Public Relations for Bridge Builders of Anchorage and volunteered on the board development committee for Girl Scouts Susitna Council. She was recently featured in the award winning video "Anchorage is our Home" created for the non-profit Healing Racism in Anchorage as a tool to spotlight racism issues in our own community and was one of the Anchorage Centennial grant recipients for her collaboration on the Cultural Divers grant project highlighting the lives of immigrants that arrive in Anchorage the last 100 years.
She has been recognized by both her peers and community leaders for her efforts to improve all Alaskan's sense of unity through involvement and mutual respect. Past recognition includes her selection in 1997 to the inaugural class of "Civic Entrepreneurs" for the Alaska Humanities Forum's Leadership Anchorage program and as a 1998 recipient of UAA's "Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times" award.In 2002, she was an honored recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce's prestigious Top 40 Under 40 award and was selected as the 2008 Anchorage Republican Woman of the Year.
Angelina is a first generation American originally from Alamogordo, New Mexico.Her husband Erik retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years and they have chosen to make Anchorage their permanent home.
Pedro Eustache (Caracas born August 18, 1959), is a creative solo flautist - "World Music" woodwinds-reeds-wind synthesizers and composer with extensive academic studies and more than 35 years of professional experience. He has more than seven years of symphonic experience and a collection of around 600 instruments from all over the world, many of which having been created, built, designed, and/or modified by himself.