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The Achiever's Spotlight

This is where we showcase the accomplishments of authors, ministries and businesspeople, exposing their triumphs to a broader network of individuals for the purpose of encouraging others who may be working towards what they have already accomplished and to create expanded business and/or ministry opportunities.

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Lisa L. Baker is a speaker, coach, and founder of Ascentim. She has more than two decades of financial experience in Fortune 500 companies and is a Ramsey Certified Master Financial Coach. No stranger to financial hardship, Lisa bounced back from extreme debt and bankruptcy to retire at the age of 54 – DEBT FREE!

Now, she helps others level up and live the life of their dreams. Lisa created the G.R.O.W. Finances course in which she shares her wisdom with others who are ready to go from financial bondage to financial freedom.

If you want to learn how to quickly Get out of debt, Retain more of your income, Organize and protect your assets, so you can, finally, Walk in wealth, Lisa will show you how.

Leslie J. Sherrod, LCSW-C, is the author of seven faith-based novels speaking to the hopes and dreams of diverse women. As both a writer and a licensed clinical social worker, Leslie tackles matters of social significance, including mental health, pursuing purpose, and spiritual growth. Through page-turning, satisfying suspense and heartwarming humor, Leslie draws on raw emotions to bring messages of healing and hope with her pen. Leslie lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children. Look for her eighth novel, Housebroken, a witty tale of a newlywed’s disastrous first year of marriage, to be released in the coming months.

JMG Academy strives to prepare students to be ready for the workforce. We offer comprehensive and balanced classes for students interested in becoming CNAs. NO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS NEEDED TO BECOME CERTIFIED!

Donna M. Gray-Banks is the Founder and Director of the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival (Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Spiritual and Health), one of the largest book festivals for minority and indie self-published authors in Florida.  The Festival began in 2011, and the City of Daytona Beach, Florida, began sponsorship of the Festival in 2012.


Gray-Banks is the author of a highly successful suspense erotic trilogy, Ila’s Diamonds I, II, and III, and is currently working on her fourth novel The House That Jack Built. Donna is a guest columnist for, the Daytona Times newspaper, and is a book broker. 


Gray-Banks is also the Executive Director of the Midtown Community Development Corporation in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is the host of a weekly zoom-cast Zoom In On A F.R.E.S.H. Conversation Monday nights from 8-9 p.m. where she features Black authors and entrepreneurs. 

Nina Cherie Franklin, PhD is a healthy living coach, globally recognized wellness expert, and the

woman behind the blog and brand That Salad Lady and That Salad Lady University.

Leveraging her scientific knowledge, academic background and extensive experience in health,

nutrition and fitness, Nina inspires healthy eating and living through practical hands-on

experiences, and empowers lasting lifestyle change through continuing education offerings and

lifelong learning opportunities.

As a commentator and regular contributor to scientific journals and national media

publications, Nina influences and challenges the wellness industry and is a strong advocate for

making healthy living more approachable, accessible and inclusive.

Destiny Mills is the founder of DMVA Services, a Virtual Assistant Agency that services company that provides high-quality, reliable, and affordable services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. She takes on the tasks that her clients don't have time for, so they can focus on what's important to them. Her clients range from pastors to boutique owners to marketing agencies.


 Destiny is also the author of Know Your Worth. A book created to empower young women to remember who they are in Christ and walk in all that He has called for them to be.

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