OUR 2022 HONOREES
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
PRECIOUS L WILLIAMS | WWW.PERFECTPITCHESBYPRECIOUS.COM
PRECIOUS Williams is a 13-time elevator pitch champion who has sold her services to Fortune 500 companies with great success. Our clients, as well as Precious, have appeared on “Shark Tank,” The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, and MSNBC for the power of the “killer” pitch.
Dr. Contessa Metcalfe, The Face of Influence
Dr. Contessa Metcalfe was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up involved in every activity imaginable, from debate, tennis, debutante, and cheerleading. She was crowned as her high school homecoming queen. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana, earning her undergraduate degree in psychology/pre-medicine.
After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Metcalfe answered her call to patriotism and decided to join the Navy. The Navy taught her to fly and allowed her to travel the world as a flight surgeon. She completed her residency training at the National Naval Medical Center and Meharry Medical College and owns Chastain Integrative Medicine, located in the prestigious Buckhead region of Atlanta, where she specializes in medical aesthetics, preventive, occupational, and addiction medicine. She is also co-owner of Haute’ Doc Nutraceuticals, a supplier of high-quality vitamins and supplements.
In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Metcalfe also works as a pharmacovigilance physician for a major pharmaceutical company. When not on the clock, she enjoys volunteering, writing, riding motorcycles, traveling, and spending quality time with her family – husband, Dr. Walter Scott Metcalfe, and their three children, Lauren (13), Landon (12), and Laila (8).
Dr. Metcalfe advocates for criminal justice reform and health equity, especially in marginalized communities and veterans. She lives by the motto, “Food is medicine, and prevention is the key to healthy living.”
Life Speaks Life, The Voice of the People
A professional orator, leader, and mentor, Life has the innate ability to captivate audiences through his empowering delivery while simultaneously providing education, inspiration, and entertainment. Though every engagement is constructed to make the event a memorable experience, Life is committed to providing actionable content geared towards creating transformations in the listeners' lives.
A philanthropic motivational Speaker and poet from Conway, South Carolina, Life's "from Projects to the Pulpit, 1 or 1 Million" approach to speaking has labeled him an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist and motivational speaker.
The 21-year United States Marine Corps retired Gunnery Sergeant, with over a decade of experience as a Therapeutic Foster Parent, has committed himself to his purpose. As a Marine, motivation, leadership, conflict resolution, and clear and concise communication, are foundational principles he has professionally honed for over half his existence.
From being noted for his 2007 viral 9/11-inspired poem "And She Called " to then being requested to speak at the First Nations Pathways Conference for International Human Rights and Social Justice alongside Civil Rights Activists Dr. Angela Davis, Dr. Gracelyn Smallwood, and 60 Minutes Australia Reporter Jeff McMullen at James Cooke College in
Townsville, Australia, Life's fiery, heart-felt, life-influenced delivery has made way for him to share his gift on various stages at various universities, churches, prisons, projects, and corners around the world, with transformational results.
Dr. Shade Y Adu
The Digital Revolutionary Award
Shadé Y. Adu, is a personal brand strategist, international speaker, bestselling author, and founder of Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC. Shade helps women entrepreneurs use the power of social media and live streaming to brand, build, and monetize digital programs, products, and services. Shadé has been featured in Hello Beautiful, Black Enterprise, The Network Journal, and Rachael Ray Show. Shadé has spoken at and facilitated numerous workshops in Kazakhstan, Ghana, and universities, high schools, and institutions throughout the United States.
In addition to being a full-time entrepreneur, Shadé is a full-time doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Shadé attributes her success to a network of mentors and spiritual favor. With a sincere passion for her line of work and a tenacious drive to succeed, Shadé is sure to make even more colossal changes in the world around her.