Doors open and brunch buffet begins for all attendees. Grab your plate, shop with the vendors, and network with fellow attendees.

DJ Laing will be kicking off the event at 12pm with R&B, Trap, Soul, Hip-Hop and more. Get settled in. Grab some brunch, and get ready for the program to begin!


We kick the event off with a warm welcome from our host, Danielle Fontus. We will run through the day’s schedule and introduce our line up of empowerment talks.

1:10PM - 1:25PM EMPOWERMENT TALK WITH Lejorne leys: "The Bounce Back"

Lejorne is a transparent leader with proven skills of working directly with individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. He believes in the power of education, social intelligence and transformational leadership.

Lejorne’s transformational style of leadership truly developed during his undergrad years at the Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus in roles such as Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader/Coordinator, and the Charter President of the LIU Chapter of the NAACP, while earning his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Extremely passionate about providing positive life coaching and mentorship for young adults, Lejorne spent three years as an internship and career coordinator for an alternative high school before accepting a position at one of America’s most prestigious Ivy League institutions as a career counselor. He now utilizes his expertise to help undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students access professional success in the tech industry as a recruiter at Twitter.

Lejorne continues to build on his ability to effectively impact the lives of those he encounters in a whole new way while remaining true to his belief that, "persistence leaves no man hanging, but only grants success to those who try."

2:00PM - 2:15PM: EMPOWERMENT TALK WITH Lena cohen: "Stop, Drop, and Roll - Life changing tools for success!"

For over 14 years Lena Cohen has dedicated her life to helping others find happiness, peace, and success. As a TED Speaker, decorated community activist, author and highly sought after life coach, Lena shares her knowledge and expertise in a way that inspires people to live their best life possible. She trains and counsels people on how to access, understand, and regulate their emotions; to have a heightened sense of self-awareness to achieve emotional and intellectual growth.

With this high level of emotional intelligence training Lena helps people focus on self-development, advancement, and fulfillment in their careers. All the while still promoting a life of balance, which includes satisfaction in the areas of physical health, relationships, mental wellness, and spirituality.

3:00PM - 3:15PM: EMPOWERMENT Interview WITH ANDRE JOHNSON: "A New Mindset Through Fitness"

Andre Johnson is a Master Personal Trainer, nutritionist, mentor, life coach and gym owner.  Fitness and a healthy way of living wasn't always a part of his life.  As a youth he was overweight, topping the scales at over 450 pounds.  Andre choose to lead a reckless lifestyle which landed him in prison.  This could have been the end of his story, his journey in life, but he chose to make a change.  Andre began to take care of himself and got healthy for the first time in his life.  While trying to better himself physically he realized that he had a passion for fitness and decided that personal training was his calling.

Over 5 years ago he was released from prison and hasn't looked back since.  His bad choices as a youth could have destroyed his life but he was too determined not to give up.  Andre has lost over 220 pounds, kept it off for nearly 5 years and has dedicated his life to helping others reach their fitness goals.

Andre's story is so much more than one of extreme weight loss, it’s the story of a young black man that turned his life around and now lives to inspire and encourage others to do the same.  Whether its mentoring youth, helping someone loose excess weight or just seeing the true beauty within, he is a living example of how fitness can change your life, the lives of those around you and hopefully the lives of those in our community.

In March 2016, Andre opened his own fitness facility to enable him to make the real community impact that he always hoped for.  Andre Johnson is Fitness Fast Team!

4:00PM - 4:20PM: EMPOWERMENT TALK with Beth diana smith: “Dream Chasing”

Beth Diana Smith is the Owner and Principal Designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, a New Jersey based interior design company. Beth, her work, and her design advice have been featured in various print and online publications including Vogue.com, EBONY, and The New York Times. And, most recently, co-starring/hosting the show Restoring Glory on HGTV!

But know that interior design came years after pursuing degrees in business and accounting to satiate her love of processes and business strategy. After completing her M.B.A., she spent more than a decade in corporate finance in companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Viacom honing her skills in understanding clients, analytics, budgeting, and a keen attention to detail. 

4:20pm: Closing Remarks by Empowerment Social co-founder, Kimberly Brown

If you were in attendance this year, you’ll remember that the closing remarks ended with a surprise proposal!