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A Transformative Weekend Celebration for National Mentorship Month!

Jan 19, 2024 | News | 0 comments


Exciting Weekend Ahead! Join us for an empowering two-day event as we celebrate National Mentorship Month 🌟. In collaboration walk with, Chosen Pen Publishing invites you to be part of a transformative experience delving into the profound impact and importance of mentors in our community.

Save the Date: [January 19th]
πŸ’‘ Admission: $35 for both days

πŸ‘₯ TAG your friends in mentorship, counseling, and advocacy circles! Let’s come together to explore, learn, and make a lasting impact.


Want to share your products or services? Contact Dr. Anissa Short for exciting vendor and exhibitor opportunities:
πŸ’Ό Both Days – $75: Bring your table and enjoy Saturday lunch with us.


Elevate your organization’s visibility and impact. A $300 sponsorship investment includes:
✨ Admission for both Friday and Saturday
✨ Concessions on Friday, lunch on Saturday
✨ A coveted vendor spot on Saturday


1. Dr. Norma McLauchlin – Host

Dr. Norma McLauchlin, a trailblazing force in Ministry and leadership, serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Norma McLauchlin Global Ministries, Chosen Pen Publishing, Ministers’ Mates Matter, Free to Choose Ministry, and the annual Lady Lifers TM Women’s Conferences. With a heart dedicated to inspiring women, Dr. McLauchlin empowers them to embrace spiritual change and lead more fulfilling lives.

Drawing from her rich experiences as a wife, mother, co-pastor, and administrator, Dr. McLauchlin uniquely connects with women from all walks of life. She has fervently answered the call to assist women in developing their self-esteem and self-worth, with Lady Lifers being just one avenue through which she encourages transformation and self-realization.

Dr. McLauchlin’s humility in conveying God’s Word and genuine care for His people set her apart as a profound minister, teacher, visionary, exhorter, and leader. Her organizational prowess, guidance, coordination, and execution behind the scenes reflect her commitment to the Kingdom of God, leaving an indelible mark of faithfulness and dedication.

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Leadership from Central Michigan University, a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Technical and State University, and a Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University, Dr. McLauchlin transitioned to a successful career in higher education. Her impact on students, both academically and spiritually, paved the way for her professional ministry journey in 1986 at New Life Bible Church of America, INC.

Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer alongside her husband, Pastor Allen S. McLauchlin, Dr. McLauchlin continues to evolve spiritually through biblical studies. Her ongoing journey is marked by success, achievement, and a commitment to faith-based empowerment, contributing to the growth and spiritual servitude of New Life.

2. Ebony Walker – Panel Moderator (Friday)

Ebony M. Walker is a living embodiment of resilience and strength. She effortlessly wears numerous hats – Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Entrepreneur, Pastor, Author, and Friend.

Armed with a degree in Criminal Justice, Ebony embarked on a career as a Paralegal and Professional Background Screener, briefly traversing the legal landscape. Yet her true passions – writing, speaking, and music – beckoned. She finally embraced her writing gifts and stands as the CEO and Senior Writer of Walk UpWrite, a platform offering an array of services including ghostwriting, copywriting, and book coaching. Known as Your Literary Midwife, her clientele spans continents. She is also the Founder of What’s Next Strategy Consulting, helping ministries and business owners create plans of action that target their following levels of success and attainment.

Ordained as a Pastor in 2015, Ebony has also been recognized as the following: Multi Award Winner for ACHI Magazine (2021 Servant Leader of the Year and 2022 Woman of the Year), 8x Amazon International Bestselling Author, and more. Her influence extends to the media, with features via ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, CW, Boston Herald, and Telemundo. She has spoken on stage in front of influential marketplace figures and has been accredited with resuscitating the visions of millionaires and billionaires.

Ebony is unashamed of being a woman of prayer. She relies wholeheartedly on God’s grace to fulfill her assignments. Presently residing in Fayetteville, NC, with her husband, Apostle John Walker, she is the mother to a blended family of four adult children and nine grandchildren.
When not working on a book project, mentoring other young women, or traveling the world doing Ministry, Ebony enjoys visiting historical landmarks, attending sporting events, and networking.

3. Dr. Anissa Short – Emcee (both days)

Motivational, genuine, truthful, and conscientious are a few of the words used to describe Dr. Short and the delivery of her messages to women, especially female entrepreneurs. As a conference speaker, five-time best-selling author, and host of summits and workshops, Dr. Short has transformed her decades of entrepreneurial experience into engaging events that serve to educate, empower, and encourage.
Her principled messages, filled with comical antidotes, have been shared in various networking circles, retreats, summits, the Forbes Business Council stage, and the University of South Africa TEDx stage.

4. Mr. Alphonso Short – Panel Moderator (Saturday)

With a distinguished career spanning over 30 years in Federal Government employment, Coach Short has consistently devoted himself to a life of service, particularly in areas focused on the upliftment of men and children. From serving as a dedicated tutor and mentor in the Adopt a School program to coaching boys’ basketball in the city’s Parks and Recreation programs, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, and assuming diverse leadership roles in Ministry, Coach Short has unwaveringly committed himself to making a positive and lasting impact.

5. Mr. Stephon Ferguson – KeyNote (Saturday)

Meet Stephon Ferguson, a Motivational Performer whose on-stage portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is captivating. Ferguson has astounded audiences worldwide, with performances echoing across historic venues from Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama, to the Teatro Lope de Vega in Madrid, Spain. His renditions of Dr. King’s speeches and sermons, delivered with precision and passion, aim not only to preserve the legacy of the civil rights icon but also to educate and inspire positive change.

As an Inspirational Speaker, Ferguson seamlessly weaves live King quotes, surprise voices, and a touch of humor into his talks, specializing in Nonviolence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Personal Growth. Trained by renowned speakers Les Brown and John Maxwell, he brings diverse skills to the table. As a member of the John Maxwell Team, Ferguson serves as a Speaker, Trainer, and Coach.

Off-stage, Ferguson showcases his versatility in Voice Overs, possessing many character voices, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. CT Butla, President Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Gandhi, and more. His voiceover work adds another dimension to his talent, creating engaging and memorable experiences.

Stephon Ferguson is not just a performer; he’s a catalyst for inspiration and change, using his unique gifts to spread messages of love, nonviolence, peace, and unity in alignment with the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Explore his impactful work on The Dream Lives website. Mr. Stephon Ferguson

πŸ“… Date: January 19th
πŸŽ‰ Time: 7 PM
πŸ“˜ Book: Amazon best seller published by Chosen Pen
πŸŽ‰ Details: Casual celebration with music, food, and a chance to secure your book copy.

TEDx panels during the Mentors Make Your Mark weekend

1. Dr. Anissa Short: Mistress of Ceremony

Dr. Anissa Short, our esteemed Mistress of Ceremony, is a multifaceted individual with a rich array of literary works, insightful keynotes, and a guiding philosophy that resonates with empowerment and inspiration.

What do you have in your House? – A practical discussion on the gift and blessing of home-based entrepreneurship.
Dr. Anissa Short brings a wealth of wisdom, creativity, and motivational insights to our event, ensuring an experience that inspires and uplifts.

2. Ebony Walker: Panel Moderator

Ebony M. Walker is a dynamic force, juggling roles as a Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur, and Pastor. With a background in criminal justice, she transitioned to the CEO of Walk UpWrite, Your Literary Midwife, which offers global ghostwriting and coaching services. As the Founder of What’s Next Strategy Consulting, Ebony guides ministries and businesses to new heights.

An 8x Amazon International Bestselling Author, Ebony’s influence extends to ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, CW, Boston Herald, and Telemundo media features. Ordained in 2015, she’s a recipient of multiple awards, recognized for resuscitating visions. Ebony, unashamedly a woman of prayer, resides in Fayetteville, NC, with her husband and is a devoted mother. Beyond her impactful work, she finds joy in history, sports, and networking.

3. Jurlonna Walker: Panelist Speaker

JurLonna Walker Hermon, a renowned Author and Lifestyle Coach, specializes in guiding Christian leaders and entrepreneurs to embrace their purpose and confidently step into their God-given destiny. Committed to steering individuals away from mediocrity, JurLonna has a track record of helping clients establish thriving businesses, publish impactful books, and explore new ventures.

With over 15 years of leadership, consulting, and training experience and over a decade as an entrepreneur, JurLonna brings a wealth of expertise to her coaching practice. As a distinguished #1 Amazon Bestseller Author, she engages with clients through personalized sessions, group programs, online courses, and in-person workshops.

Residing in North Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands, JurLonna Walker Hermon continues to inspire and empower individuals to reach their highest potential.

4. Joyce Licorish: Panelist Speaker

Joyce Licorish, a creative force, wears multiple hats as the founder of the One Race Human Race Foundation, CEO of DreamEmpire, LLC, and accomplished author and musician.

As the proud author of 6 Amazon bestsellers, including ‘The Forgotten Timepiece’ and ‘God Has a Paintbrush,’ Joyce has made her mark in literature. Her musical journey, fronting the neo-soul band “SoulCandy,” has taken her from Indianapolis to N.Y.’s Copacabana, opening for legends like Chaka Khan and Babyface.

In theater, she starred in ‘Dreamgirls’ and directed the national tour of ‘Color Purple the Musical.’ Behind the scenes, Joyce excels as a 1st Assistant Director for films like ‘Haunted Trail’ and co-producer of ‘Finding Tony.’

A national speaker with a resonant voice featured in over 100 projects for Amazon Audible, Joyce’s influence extends to commercial voiceovers and her Sweet Inspirations podcast on YouTube, offering inspiration to a broad audience.

5. Portia Basham: Panelist Speaker

Meet the remarkable Dr. Portia Basham, a true mompreneur and accomplished brand strategist, who seamlessly blends her roles with confidence, radiance, and grace while passionately ministering the Gospel. Boasting over 25 years of expertise in entrepreneurship and hospitality, she champions the belief that an exceptional customer experience is the cornerstone of success.

Beyond her strategic prowess, Dr. Portia wears various hats as a mentor, biblical teacher, international speaker, and 5x Amazon Bestseller Author. Her life’s purpose is clear – to equip fellow ladypreneurs with the tools and resources essential for grounding their purpose in business and life.

At the heart of her offerings is the unique service “Building Like A Leading Lady.” In this invaluable brand strategy session, Dr. Portia guides women entrepreneurs through crafting a solid and successful brand. This involves developing a clear plan to make their brand stand out and effectively communicating unique selling points that resonate with their customers. By the end of this 60-minute session, clients have a blueprint for success and a plan to build lasting emotional connections with their customers.

Dr. Portia’s dynamic leadership and wealth of experience make her a force for empowerment, influencing and assisting women in their journey toward success in both life and business. Elevate your business to new heights by contacting Dr. Portia today and discovering how “Building Like A Leading Lady” can catalyze your business growth.

6. Kelsey Battle: Panelist Speaker (ManXChange)

Meet Kelsey Battle, a Fayetteville, NC native whose inspiring journey from overcoming illiteracy to achieving a B.A. in Psychology exemplifies resilience. With over 11 years of military service, Kelsey developed the motivational clothing line ICAN (I Can Achieve Now), inspired by a desire to instigate positive change after the Columbine High School shootings.

Beyond his military commitment, Kelsey is a highly successful entrepreneur, owning multi-million dollar businesses. His story of courage, boldness, and relentless pursuit of success is a shining example, inspiring others to push beyond limits and achieve greatness in all aspects of life.

7. Derrick Garner: Panelist Speaker (ManXChange)

Meet Derrick Garner, a Bronx native with a journey of resilience and purpose. After overcoming challenges in high school, he found his path in the US Marine Corps, majoring in communication, career counseling, money management, and leadership development. Four honorable discharges later, Derrick emerged with a successful military career.

Transitioning to civilian life, Derrick ventured into the Direct Sales industry with Financial Services, affiliating with A.L. Williams and Primerica. The LIFE Community became the canvas for his legacy. Derrick’s journey reflects the profound realization of a vocation over a career. As a key leadership team member at Grace Baptist Church in Raeford, NC, he continues to impact lives. For Derrick, understanding the “why” has become the cornerstone of his journey.

8. Malik Davis: Panelist Speakers (ManXChange)

Genuine and a Game-Changer. A proud native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Malik is known for his commitment to service and hometown pride. Starting in the medical field after graduation, he transitioned to Cumberland County Schools. He later served as a clerk for the District Court Judge’s Office, embracing opportunities to serve his community.

Malik’s dedication extends to city-appointed volunteer roles, including Vice Chair of the Fayetteville Next Advisory Commission, aimed at improving the quality of life for young adults. Actively involved in his local church, the board of Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, and the Communicare Youth Juvenile Mentorship Program, Malik is deeply engaged in community service.

In 2023, Malik was elected City Councilman of District 2 in Fayetteville, crediting his faith and previous experiences to inspire his commitment to public service. With a passion for making his city a better place to live, work, and recreate, Malik Davis is a dynamic force for positive change.

9. Alphonso Short: Moderator (ManXChange)

With over 30 years of Federal Government employment, Coach Short has devoted his life to building up men and children through various avenues of service. From tutoring and mentoring in the Adopt a School program to coaching boys’ basketball in city Parks and Recreation programs, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, and assuming leadership roles in the Ministry, his commitment to making a difference is unwavering.

10. Stephon Ferguson: Keynote Speaker

Stephon Ferguson is a renowned Motivational Performer and Keynote Speaker, captivating audiences globally with his spot-on renditions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. Beyond the stage, he lends his versatile voice to characters like President Bill Clinton and Gandhi. With a focus on inspiring themes such as nonviolence and personal growth, Stephon is a dynamic speaker who leaves a lasting impact on diverse audiences worldwide.

11. Nate Whitsett: Panelist Speakers

Nate Whitsett is the President and Founder of Anointed Living LLC, collaborating with Think a Plus Consulting, a non-profit educational training and consulting company. Renowned as a Coach, Motivational Teacher, and Rap Artist, Nate developed a guide for dealing with challenging students by integrating rap into the classroom for character education.

Beyond his impactful work in education, Nate is an outstanding world-traveled speaker. Yet, his most incredible pride lies in his family. Residing in Romulus, Michigan, with his wife Esta and their two sons, Josiah and Seth, Nate celebrates 24 years of a happy marriage. He firmly believes that being a husband and a father are his two most important roles and responsibilities in life.

πŸ“© More details and a full schedule will be coming your way soon! Stay tuned for updates as we gear up for an event that promises inspiration, networking, and community building. Let’s make an impact together!


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