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Just Call Me Chef is a call to action and movement. Highlighting Black Women Chefs more than just a calendar, Just Call me Chef is a sisterhood, a professional networking organization, mentorship, and marketing opportunity.
Founded by Culinary Socialite, Catina Smith, hosts exclusive events such as Dinner at The Fay an underground Supper Club featuring chefs of color, Eat Black Baltimore a food expo for black owned food businesses and fund raising initiative to raise money for Brunch for Brothers a mentoring session for boys. Just Call me Chef will become a tour, focusing on members traveling to different cities, connecting with other chefs, hosting panels, and demos. There are many black chefs that have "made it", but it is rare that we see them in the spotlight. Representation matters and Just Call Me Chef is looking to change the narrative, break not only glass ceilings as women, but also shatter stereotypes of what it means to be a black chef.
JUST CALL ME CHEF 30% DISCOUNT TICKETS LISTING IN THE JUST CALL ME CHEF MEMBER DIRECTORY EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO JUST CALL ME CHEF WORKSHOPS OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR JUST CALL ME CHEF SCHOLARSHIPS,INTERNSHIPS AND GRANTS NETWORK WITH SOME OF THE INDUSTRIES WELL KNOWN CHEFS.
Kezia M. Williams is a young philanthropist, revolutionary, Black entrepreneur advocate and business coach.
Currently, Ms. Williams manages a $25 million funded national entrepreneurship initiative for the United Negro College Fund. In this capacity, she develops and administers curricula, leads an online educational community and designs business creation and development programs for 375 African-American undergraduate scholars attending over 70 colleges and universities across the nation.
Ms. Williams is also serves a Chief Executive Officer of The Black upstart – a national training initiative serving African-American innovators interested in starting successful and profitable businesses. Through the administration of an accelerator program, the Black upstart has administered a culturally-sensitive, innovative curriculum that integrates experiential learning methods and lean startup methodology to 122 African-American entrepreneurs in the District of Columbia, Brooklyn and Baltimore. All Black upstart graduates have launched ventures in 12 cities.
Ms. Williams also Chairs Capital Cause, a 501c3 nonprofit that trains young philanthropists to collectively volunteer their skills and fund grants to support startup nonprofits that serve minority communities. Under Ms. Williams’ leadership, Capital Cause has engaged 5,000 millennials in philanthropic acts.
Ms. Williams’ has been recognized by Black Enterprise, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Good Morning Washington and Madame Noir as a thought leader in entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Ms. Williams is a proud alum of Christopher Newport University, daughter of Gail Elaine Davis and a native of Richmond, Virginia.
Mariessa Terrell is a native Washingtonian who has been practicing law for over 16 years, specializing in trademark, trademark enforcement, licensing and contracts. Through her firm, SBC Law Group, Mariessa provides marketing, intellectual property docketing services, software licensing and intellectual property law services to a variety of corporate and business development clients, including: Lockheed Martin Corporation Information Systems and Global Services; Leidos Corporation, the University of the District of Columbia; the Washington Baptist Seminary; Global Villages Publishing, Raine Magazine; Gloria Gelfand Marketing Co. and many others.
Prior to starting her own firm in 2003, Mariessa served as a trademark attorney for the US Patent and Trademark Office where she prosecuted trademarks for leaders in the publishing, fashion and beauty industries. Mariessa also served as a law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Cheryl Long, who presided over the Tax Division of the Superior Court of District of Columbia.
In 2004, Mariessa created FashionTrademarks.biz, a special division of her firm dedicated to addressing the unique needs of fashion purveyors.
In 2006, Mariessa drafted legislation to create a DC Commission on Fashion Arts and Events; and in 2013, Mayor Vincent Gray appointed Mariessa to serve as a DC Fashion Commissioner. Earlier this year, Mayor Muriel Bowser reappointed Mariessa to serve an additional 4 years.
In 2015, Mariessa assumed the role of Adjunct Professor & Supervising Attorney of the Howard University School of Law Intellectual Property Law Clinic.
In October 2017, Mariessa was retained by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to help manage their trademark portfolio and oversee IP enforcement.
In addition to practicing law, Mariessa serves as the Executive Director of the High Tea Society, a mentoring program for girls in Washington, DC and produces and hosts a 30 min episodic television series featuring her alter ego Simone Butterfly Fabulous Freelance Fashion Investigator.
Lauren Owan serve as the Vice Chair of Economic Development for the National Black United Front, which is a grassroots movement with the mission to unite like minded individuals and organizations that are committed to uplifting the black community and connect with the our African ancestry. I would like to share our mission with your audience and hopefully connect with other Africans/African American interesting in volunteering or community work in the DMV area. I also host my own podcast Akata Girl Chronicles which centers various topics and pop culture themes around the unique perspective of an African and Black American woman. Check out my social media page for more info:
IG: @akatagrl_ / @blackunitedfront/ @akatagirlpodcast
Christian Johnson is a Personal brand stylist, content creator, and blogger. Her creativity, keen eye for detail and love for all things fashion and entrepreneurship has manifested into three separate brands within one. Christen is styling, planning events and producing content for all three of her brands and has chosen to expand into public speaking. Today, she is focusing a lot of her time servicing clients and expanding SophisticatedChic Brand into something bigger than herself. Her goal is to help women rediscover their confidence through style so they can successfully grow their businesses and personal brands.
Christen has worked C with countless professional women, helping them build their capsule wardrobes, brands and rediscover their confidence through fashion. Her clean and classic style with pops of colors/prints has attracted the likes of many. You can check out who she's worked with and their experiences here.
“The SCB styling experience is one of a kind. Christen was definitely timely, professional and classy in her approach. She helped calm my nerves and went the extra mile to take a few videos and behind the scenes pictures. Thanks a lot Christen."
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