conference Host and Founder
Topic: Pursuing success god's way
In 2014, Jordone Branch founded the JordoneWrites organization to help women and young ladies deepen their relationships with God amid stormy pasts. Since then, God has used her gift of speaking to empower the hearts of women worldwide. Her passion to help women led her to write her first book, I Believe in God, Now What?, which is her personal testimony of how God turned her life of addiction, promiscuity, depression, a suicidal attempt, and the guilt of rape, around for His glory.
Jordone is all too familiar with pursuing success for the wrong reasons. Growing up, she often used her resume and accolades to hide her insecurities, pain, and low self-esteem. She spent her college years travelling across Europe and working for notable companies such as CNN, but she was still empty inside because she wasn't living the true success of following God's Word. She enjoyed church on Sunday, but during the week, she continuously followed behind peer pressure, alcoholism, and premarital sex. After years of failed mistakes, she finally realized that pursuing success is following God's Word and His path for her life. Now, she's determined to help women and girls to pursue success God's way. She wants others to see that the truest form of prosperity is to be successful in the eyes of the Lord.
She hopes her candid depiction of her life before God will let others know they aren’t alone, hoping they’ll understand they can come to God just as they are.
Learn more: JordoneWrites.com
topic: youth ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Eddie Massey, the founder of AI In Action, has always had a passion for technology. He grew up in a low income community and experienced firsthand the challenges of being hungry to learn, but limited by financial constraints and his community. While studying computer science at Case Western Reserve University and later on at Claflin University, Eddie decided to use his diverse background in politics, science, and technology to help give students like him the opportunity to explore their passion for technology. He doesn't want financial or geographic constraints to hinder anyone from learning the power of coding.
He’s a two time attendee of the Clinton Global Initiative University and has been listed on "Innov8tiv’s" Top 50 Visionary Young Men to Watch. Eddie attributes all of his success to his faith in God.
He also serves as the Associate Pastor of his church, The Feast of the Lord in Orangeburg, SC. He aspires to make a positive impact on others in everything that he does.
Learn more: http://aiinaction.org/
topic: pursuing technology with christ
As a native of Columbia, SC, Taylor Green has always been on a quest of challenging the status quo through education.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in Science Teaching, Taylor helped launch the CS First program at Google – focusing on creativity and expression through code for young learners. Since its beginnings in 2013, CS First has reached more than 800,000 students around the world.
Taylor received her Masters degree at Harvard University in Technology, Innovation, & Education. With a focus on curriculum design and data analysis, she has contributed to the design of learning opportunities for projects and organizations, including The College Board, Year Up, and Resilient Coders.
Taylor is also on the advisory board for Holberg Financial – an educational and technology oriented financial planning company, designed for young Millennials.
She currently works as a chemistry teacher at Brookland-Cayce High School. She attends NewSpring Church in Columbia, and enjoys spending her spare time finding new Podcasts, binge-watching Netflix, and baking.
Taylor continues on her mission of creating better learning outcomes that are thoughtful, data driven, and relevant inside and outside of the classroom.
Topic: pursuing education with christ
Hayward Jean is the Principal of Mellichamp Elementary School in Orangeburg, SC. At Mellichamp Elementary School, Jean and his dynamic team of professionals are making history. Together they were one of eight South Carolina schools in 2013 to go from an "F" rating to an "A" rating in one year. His school consistently meets standard towards the 2020 SC Performance Vision, and in 2014, they were the recipient of the school's first ever Palmetto Silver Award winner for academic performance.
Recently, Jean has been featured on the cover of the leadership brochure of ASCD, which is one of the largest global educational communities in the world. The Orangeburg Branch of the NAACP named Jean as the Presidential Citation for Educator of the Year in 2016 and the I’Mpossible Scholarship Fund named him as the inaugural recipient of the Living the Legacy Award. National education expert, Salome Thomas-EL writes of Jean in his award-winning book entitled, The Immortality of Influence, with a foreword written by actor, Will Smith.
Jean was honored as Claflin University’s first Young Alumnus Visionary Award recipient featured in the University’s Hall of Fame, and is a member of the Orangeburg Young Professionals' 20 executives under 40. The South Carolina NAACP Awarded Jean the Presidential Citation Award for Education Advocacy in 2009.
Jean is also known for being featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show for his affiliation with the "Call Me Mister" program, which aims to support African American males who desire to become educators.
As a motivational speaker, Hayward is the founder and president of Speak Life Enterprises, LLC, a motivational speaking organization. He is also the Assistant Pastor of the Feast of the Lord church in Orangeburg, SC. Hayward resides in Orangeburg, SC with his lovely wife, Starlette and their three beautiful children, Hayward, 8, Malachi, 6, and Imani, 3.
Topic: Ladies and Business with Christ
Starlette Jean is the Owner and Director of H.I.S. (Heaven's Idea of Special) Children's CDLC after-school and summer camp program.
After working in education for over ten years and recognizing the need for after school programs for the youth in her community, Star channeled her passion into purpose by becoming the executive director of her own child development learning center.
In just under a year, Starlette has been able to gather community youth from across her area into one location to become serious about their studies and has even helped draw some of them closer to Christ.
During the day, Starlette enjoys teaching her second grade classroom while continuing to be an inspiration to our youth.
She attends The Feast of the Lord in Orangeburg, SC. She serves as a worship leader and the Women's Ministry President at her church.
Starlette loves seeing women of all ages progress into the individuals God has purposed them to be. Her ministry motto is "don't let later be too late." Don't wait on a circumstance or feeling to come before giving your life to Christ. Trust Christ with your life now!
Starlette Jean is the wife of Hayward Jean, mother of 3 jewels (Micah, Malachi and Imani), educator, minister and most of all daughter of our Lord and Savior!
Topic: Law, government, and criminal justice
Belinda Davis-Branch is the owner of The Law Office of Belinda Davis-Branch, LLC located in Orangeburg, SC. She practices in the areas of personal Injury, employment, family, criminal, probate law, and more.
Belinda has practiced law for more than 25 years at the federal and state level. Her post bachelor’s education was completed in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburg and Duquesne University where she earned a Master of Social Work, Master of Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree.
Belinda has represented individuals and business entities in various areas of the law. Her career began with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, in Washington, DC. Next, she was employed as the Senior Attorney for the Department of Public Welfare in Harrisburg, PA. In 1995, Belinda returned to South Carolina and worked for 8 years as the General Counsel for South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. In 2005, she was employed as an Associate Counsel for the law firm of Horger and Horger in Orangeburg, SC.
Belinda has been married to Gregory C. Branch for 28 years. They have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Her memberships include: Williams Chapel AME Church, Board of Brown Chapel Community Development, Board of 93.7 Radio station, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Jack and Jill organization.
Belinda is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Pennsylvania. She is also a certified mediator in Family and Civil Mediation.
Learn more: http://www.belindadavisbranchlaw.com
TOPIC: PURSUING FINE ARTS WITH CHRIST
Dr. Kizzi Staley Gibson is a native of Washington DC; however, she was raised in Orangeburg SC. She attended Orangeburg county public schools and received her high school diploma from Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in 1999. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Claflin University in 2003, her graduated degree in Education with a concentration in Divergent Learning from Columbia College in 2005, and a doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in E-learning from Northcentral University in 2016. At an early age, Dr. Gibson recognized her love for the Fine Arts, she enjoyed both the visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture etc..) and the preforming arts (singing, dance, drama etc..). She was blessed to compete and win in numerous county, state, national, and international level visual arts competitions and exhibitions. She utilized her God-given talent as a visual artist to create countless pieces of artwork that would eventual catapulte her into her current educational and career choice.
Dr. Gibson is the daughter of Mr. Alvin & Bretta Staley of Orangeburg S.C., Artist and retired Visual Arts Instructors. n the early 1980’s the family began attending Greater Faith Baptist Church in Orangeburg S.C. where the Rev. Dr. N. L. A. Griffin was the pastor. While attending Greater Faith Baptist Church Dr. Gibson accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1986. During her years at Greater Faith Baptist Church she was involved in the youth ministry, Vacation Bible School, Camp Daniels Christian summer camp, youth choir, and the praise dance team. She was raised in a Christian home where biblical principles were taught, evangelism was encouraged, and the power of the Holy Spirit was emphasized. Dr. Gibson was taught that her body was the temple of the Holy Spirit by her grandmother, mother, and mothers in the church. Due to her belief in the word of God, and her desire to obey the word of God she decided to save herself for the man God would lead her to marry during the summer of 2004.
Dr. Gibson is the wife of Mr. Jerry Lee Gibson of Harrisonburg VA, they married on July 31, 2004. They have two children, David Jeremiah Gibson (11) and Alysia Mae Gibson (9). They live in Lexington SC and attend Lexington Church of God where the Pastors are Mark and Natalie Crumpton. She encourages young woman to pray and listen to the voice of the Lord before making decisions, keep a prayer box or prayer journal, have a Christian woman who can sever as an accountability partner, and seek wise counsel from older Christian women who are willing to pray for you and share their life’s experiences with you.
TOPIC: LADIES AND MEDIA WITH CHRIST
Kimberlei Davis is the Digital Content Producer for ABC Columbia News.
The New York City native joined the team in August 2015.
In this newly-created role, she serves as producer and editor for all digital content by developing and implementing a multi-screen strategy for the web, app and social-media platforms.
In addition, Kimberlei trains in digital, mobile and social reporting tools and techniques as well as writes breaking news stories and reports on what’s trending on ABC Columbia.
Among other degrees, the United States Army veteran, has a B.A. in Journalism from Johnson C. Smith University.
Working in the field of journalism since 2002, she has worked as a radio host, public relations executive and print news writer and columnist.
Kimberlei and her son, Benjamin, serve as spokespersons for miracle families for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon.
Since 2009, Kimberlei spearheads the recognition of student achievement and those making societal awareness with outreach, through her non-profit LEAP, Inc.
In her spare time, Kimberlei enjoys reading, traveling and working in the community.
She’s a member of the Orangeburg Young Professionals, a 2015 Leadership Orangeburg County alum, Board Member for Orangeburg County First Steps and former Board Member of OCSD5’s Bootstraps Mentoring Foundation.
Kimberlei is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, attends Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church in Orangeburg and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Sharon Quinn joined the Orangeburg Community as Deputy Superintendent of Schools and Administration for Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5. She currently serves as Executive Director of Early Childhood and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor at Claflin University.
A native of Houston, TX, Dr. Quinn served as Regional Executive Principal providing leadership to 17 schools. She graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Human Development from Texas A & M University.
Dr. Quinn is a member of several professional organizations including the International Literacy Association (ILA), The Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Her Christian and community service has included church deacon, decision counselor, Bible teacher, mentor, and benevolence administrator. She has written two books: a children’s book entitled, A Place for Kids, and Holy Moses, an autobiography depicting the medical journey of Dr. Moses Wilcox.
Since in Orangeburg, she and her husband attend Cornerstone Community Church where they serve as small group facilitators. Together they have four grown children all of whom reside in Texas.
topic: leadership and christ
Topic: pursuing medicine with christ
Dr. Ashley Primus practices internal medicine at Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.
She is a member of the American College of Physicians, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the American Medical Association. She is the author of several works including Racial Ethnic Differences in Diabetes Fatalism in an Ethnically Diverse Primary Care Sample with Type 2 Diabetes and Gamba, Gabon: Biodiversity of an equatorial African Rainforest Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington.
Her hobbies and interests include traveling, health disparities, cooking, networking, and sports.