Meet our 2016 Shades of Success: Dallas’ Influential Women

OUR MISSION

The event is prepared with the intentions of bringing awareness to abused women. Therefore, this will be an outstanding opportunity for us to embrace, educate, and empower other women. This is the time to be an example and shine before them through our success.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

Shade of Success has an active mission to bring forth, influential, empowering, and successful women; utilizing their involvement in the community to generate awareness towards charitable initiatives. The vision is to become one of the most successful, leading example women organizations within the Dallas sector to raise a generous amount of funds to donate to a non-profit organization and impact the message of charity.

 

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Danyel Surrency Jones

Danyel Surrency Jones has over 17 years of sales & marketing leadership experience. Her unique skills as a strategist and implementor have been developed from working with world class healthcare organizations. In 2013, Danyel transitioned from a corporate environment and applied her talents as the Co-Founder and COO of a new entrepreneurial venture. The company, POWERHANDZ Inc., has designed, manufactured and  marketed an innovative line of sports training products which have already been sold to consumers in more than 55 countries and successfully built brand awareness with thousands of youth and professional sports organizations including the NBA, NFL, MLB, WNBA and PGA.

Previously, Danyel spent close to two decades as a leader in progressive sales, marketing, communication and national accounts positions within the medical device industry. Most recently, she spent the last nine years with Medtronic Surgical Technologies where she was promoted to Director, National Accounts and then following another promotion, she ultimately led a team Area Managers, as well as clinical specialists for several growing regions. Danyel was also the first women to be elected President of Medtronic’s sales employee resource group called EXCEL, where she effectively led eight committees and 350 sales representatives supporting Medtronic’s global businesses.

In addition to her role as COO with POWERHANDZ Inc., Danyel is passionate and motivated by her faith and giving back. She currently serves as President of the Board for The Power To Give Foundation. Its mission is to build legacies of service in underserved communities that inspire youth to increase a commitment to athletic and academic excellence.  The vision is carried out through programs that provide life skills and leadership training which promote the core values of the community we service. Danyel and the foundation belief, if youth are given the proper tools, resources, and guidance, they are more likely to fulfill their destiny.

Danyel earned her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration at the University of Central Florida and obtained her MBA in Healthcare Management from Florida International University. She also graduated from the Wharton School of Business Marketing Leadership Program. Originally from Florida, Danyel currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and business partner Darnell Jones, their daughter Hartley Rose and is expecting their new blessing in October.

 

 

Stefani Morrow, Passionpreneur

Stefani Morrow is a former school principal that has expanded her reach far beyond the traditional classroom setting. Since making the transition from principal to passionpreneur in 2013 she has become an award-winning author, educational consultant and trainer, transformational archite10Shades-93ct and empowerment speaker. Her gifts of teaching, speaking, training and coaching are now used to instruct and inspire others in creating a more fulfilled existence.

She and her husband Gene are the founders of Transformation Living Systems, a DFW-based training and personal development company created to instruct others in redefining their reality. She is also the founder of Gathering of the Giraffes, an empowerment network for women in business and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Above all else, Stefani’s desire is to see people empowered to create a life of significance and meaning.

 

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Dr. Regina Spellmon

Dr. Regina Spellmon is an anointed, ordained minister of the gospel, with a Doctorate in Theology and a Masters of Divinity degree. As the founder and visionary behind Regina Spellmon Ministries, Building Bridges to Paths of Purpose, her message centers on building self-image and promoting spiritual growth. Dr. Regina is also a motivational speaker and an award winning author of From Pieces to Peace, voted in 2015 as Reader’s Choice, best testimony. She also serves as a sexual assault advocate and recently launched Get Briefed, a strategic intervention of advocacy, education and empowerment dedicated to ending this widespread abuse! Dr. Regina’s mission is to serve as a beacon of knowledge to the uninformed and a source of hope, help, and healing to the women who have experienced sexual violence. She is a mother, grandmother, mentor and the Pastor of Ambassadors Today.

 

Lin Johnson

Since 2001, Lin Johnson has had the honor and privilege to be one of the Official Fitness Trainers of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She has been feat10Shades-65ured on the CMT hit show “Making the Team – The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” for the last 10 Seasons, as well as HBO Hardknocks, ABC Wife Swap, Dr. Phill’s Weight Loss Challenge, and many others. She is also the Founder of “Fit in the City” (www.linsfitinthecity.com) a personalized 9 week life changing wellness coaching program that teaches participants to find their passion by developing a strong well balanced, healthy & fit, life foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

Angie Ransome-Jones

A first-time author, Angie Ransome-Jones has already made her mark in the literary world. Her book, entitled “Path to Peace, A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One,” chronicles her journey of finding peace after the sudden and devastating loss of her father in 2013. Now she has made it her mission and ministry to help others suffering the loss of a loved one, by providing advice on how to cope. After undergoing what she refers to as “the process,” Angie discovered th10Shades-46at there is much more to death than laying a person to rest and outlines in the book practical steps to not only dealing with loss, but preparing for it financially, spiritually and emotionally. Since its release, “Path to Peace” has received wide acclaim and was recognized as a “Good Read” by the Arkansas Times and included in its 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. In addition, the book is quickly climbing Amazon’s list of Best Sellers and is available in both the Arkansas and Texas library systems. Angie will be a featured author at the upcoming National Book Club Conference (NBCC) in Atlanta and was recently featured in Author Corner of Trendsetters-to-Trendsetters magazine and as a guest on the Lady Wisdom Talk Show in New York.

 

When not traveling across the country for book signings, Angie is busy promoting her non-profit 501C-3 organization, Magnifying our Mothers (M.O.M.), which she founded in 2010 after losing her Mother to cancer years earlier. The organization not only provides grief counseling services for the bereaved, but also financial support to assist with funeral costs and mentoring services and financial support for children who have lost a parent (Legacy Keeper Kids). In addition, M.O.M. participates in various charitable events and causes throughout the year, and gives to a designated charity each year at its annual event. Angie served as Executive Producer of her first stage production, entitled Mamalogues in May 2014, benefitting local charity Moving Mountains for Mimi, and was featured in Southern Dallas County Business & Living Magazine.

 

Angie has been married to her husband, Kenneth, for 22 years and they have two sons, Myles (21) and Keaton (17). In addition, she holds an MBA and a full-time position as a Banking Vice President and Project Manager and serves as a freelance yoga instructor, in her spare time. She also serves as an avid volunteer by delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at her church (Concord Church) and she serves on the Board of WISE Casa, a domestic violence shelter. Lastly, Angie is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Toastmasters International.

 

 

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Tatyana Uspenskaya-Murphy

Tatyana Uspenskaya-Murphy is a woman of Renaissance spirit. Born in Russia, she has brought her many talents to the United States to make an impact in this world.   After completing educations in Fine Art, English Language and Business, she has not settled for one career, but has chosen to maintain several at once. Tatyana is an established portrait artist, having completed portraits for such notable people as Mr. Dedman Sr., the founder of ClubCorp of American, David Yurman, a world-renown jeweler, and the Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings. She holds a position of a Senior Creative Designer at a global luxury retail visual merchandising company, serves as an editor of Art and Culture segment of Fashion Scoop magazine, and also has a published novel under her belt. Tatyana is an avid supporter of many charitable causes: she serves on a host committee for SPCA Fur Ball Gala, designs custom jackets for yearly DIFFA shows and auctions, and donates her art for Round Up for Autism and Art from the Heart initiatives.

 

10Shades-102Lumbie Mlambo

Lumbie Mlambo is a philanthropist and CEO of Equanimity LLC, a publishing firm for Equanimity Magazine (www.equanimitymag.com), a lifestyle publication that shares the stories of “real people and their search to lead better lives.” She’s married to a wonderful man for 27 years and together they have 2 sons- 22 and 28 years old.

Growing up the youngest of 10 children in a rural part of Zimbabwe, Africa, Lumbie was blissfully unaware her neighborhood was poor because she found ways to enjoy her childhood despite the suffering and struggle. Her father, an orphan who never went to school and whose own lack of family growing up inspired him to raise his children with discipline and hope, found a way to send all of his children to college to pursue their dreams.

Lumbie’s parents were farmers who raised cattle and grew crops (largely, corn) to feed their large family, and Lumbie grew up feeling loved and supported, learning from them the value of not judging others, being humble, appreciating the little things and understanding that positive change for the better can come, no matter how hopeless the current moment may seem. Facing incredible odds, Lumbie immigrated to the United States. Discovering a passion for computer science and Information Technology, Lumbie – who moved with her husband’s job to Indiana – earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Indiana University at South Bend and later returned to Texas to get her B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University. She launched her career in Software Development in 1996 and later worked as a business analyst and project manager in the IT Industry. Her background includes an extraordinary 10-year stint as a Software Engineer with JP Morgan Chase, where she was in charge of developing robust mortgage-related consumer software.

Lumbie’s life was more clearly revealed to her during recovery from a stroke in 2001 that left her partially paralyzed; she has since recovered, but considers herself “forever a stroke patient.” The stroke occurred four days after visiting her gravely ill father in her country of birth. As a direct result, in 2013 Lumbie co-founded and launched a non-profit organization with the sole purpose to provide charitable services to aid disadvantaged communities worldwide. The charity JB Dondolo Inc. is named for her father JB Dondolo and it promotes and develops projects that stimulate growth and improve people’s lives in low-income areas. The charity is currently working on providing clean water to a hospital and school, as well as refurbishing the hospital so it has basic necessities.

In line with Lumbie’s values and ongoing desire to give back to her local community, Equanimity has a powerful philanthropic aspect as well. The magazine stages a yearly

charitable gala for JB Dondolo, Inc. to help raise funds and to acknowledge and award people who serve and make an impact in their communities. This year’s gala is on October 14 https://equanimityawardsbenefitgala.splashthat.com .

Lumbie is multilingual, speaking English, Zulu, Ndebele and French.

 

 

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Star Williams

Star Williams has been blessed with inner strength and a deep passion for building networking connections among women. More than five years ago, Mrs. Williams began to form the vision of an organization that would touch the lives of women from all walks of life and throughout this country. Emerged from her efforts, Mrs. Williams began her role as CEO and founder of Power Forward Woman on June 1, 2012. This miraculous Movement encompasses a group of women dedicated to reaching common goals, becoming empowered, empowering others while growing in number and in deeds. Star strives to bring women together from around the globe in an effort to build strong relationships and support systems to achieve their goals.

 

 10Shades-139 (1)Dr. Catrina Pullum

Dr. Pullum has been called a Trailblazer, Transformer, and a Visionary. Her life’s mission to help women heal and grow their greatness! Dr. Pullum has an enlivening presence that compels people to stop allowing limits placed on them to hinder their growth toward becoming all that God destined them to be. Dr. Pullum uses her broad experience and successful track record to assist her clients in their needs.

Dr. Pullum is one of the powerful voices that God is raising up to empower others to discover what God has in store for them. As a visionary coach, executive mentor, trainer and empowered speaker, Dr. Pullum’s thought provoking workshops are ones that will push you into your next level. Having overcome many challenges and trials that would have taken most out, Dr. Pullum displays a passion and fire for God that says God is absolutely in control. Through her testimony and life-changing messages delivered with passion, dignity and strength, in her own personal style will encourage and inspire you.

Dr. Pullum serves as one of the Executive Officers of PullCorp Media & Business Consulting Group where she specializes in artist management, music production, public relations, and business consulting. She serves as the board chair of Center of Empowerment for Families & Youth, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income and at-risk families. Dr. Pullum is also the founder of RARE Inc., an organization dedicated to empowering young women through training and personal development, using practical and biblical principles. Dr. Pullum serves as the CEO of Puissance Maison Productions. Puissance Maison Productions is a company that offers film and video production services. Dr. Pullum has produced & directed several commercials, movies, and plays. She serves as a International Officer for the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship. Dr. Pullum is affiliated with several organizations.

A New Orleans native and Tulane University Alumni, Dr. Pullum has been recognized for her life’s work with proclamations from the House of Representatives and Office of Mayor-President and by other entities. Dr. Pullum’s heart is to empower lives, heal the broken, and win souls for the Kingdom!

 

 

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Bianca Jackson serves as senior director of fund & community development for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support where she utilizes over 15 years of communication skills to raise money to support women and children experiencing domestic violence. Prior to, she was the strategic communications manager for Medical City Dallas Hospital, spending nine years producing internal videos, leading media efforts and shaping the corporate culture.

Bianca has been featured on local television, local and national radio news segments, and magazines, including a snippet in O, The Magazine.

Bianca holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Temple University in Philadelphia where she earned the Lee Carl Award for excellence in PR and graduated magna cum laude.

She also holds a master’s degree in organizational communication from Dallas Baptist University. Bianca resides in Dallas, and is a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church.

 

 

 

 

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