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Tanya Young Williams
Tanya Young Williams is a Chief Strategy Officer who has worked in the media relations and corporate development fields for over 15 years.  She received her J.D. from Yeshiva University, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and her B.S. from St. John's University.  Over the years, Ms. Young Williams has held the titles of Executive Vice-President of Development, Vice-President, Executive Producer of Events and Public Relations Consultant.  Her employers and clients have included large national non-profit organizations, board of directors, public relations firms and numerous high-tech start-up businesses.    For eight years, Ms. Young Williams worked closely with the industry leader of Crisis Management, Mrs. Judy Smith, wherein she honed her strategy and pitching techniques.  Ms. Young Williams is a featured contributor to Huffington Post, commentator on Headline News (HLN) and serves as legal analyst for KTLA.  She is the mother of two daughters, Tryumph and Whizdom.

karyn biopicKaryn Parsons
is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Karyn created the non-profit organization, Sweet Blackberry, after being inspired by the true tale of a determined slave and the remarkable lengths he travelled to find his freedom.  Karyn’s mother, a librarian in the Black Resource Center of a library in South Central Los Angeles, would share stories of African-American accomplishment with her daughter. A mother and activist, Karyn created Sweet Blackberry to use the power of stories to inspire youth.

Camille Edwards

Camille Edwards (VP & News Director Eyewitness News, WABC-TV)

Camille Edwards is Vice President/News Director for WABC-TV, the most-watched television station in the country. Under her leadership, WABC’s Eyewitness News is the No. 1 rated news operation in New York, the nation’s largest television market.

In her role as News Director, Ms. Edwards oversees all news operations for WABC, including early morning, afternoon, evening and weekend newscasts. She is also responsible for 7online.com. Ms. Edwards joined Eyewitness News in July of 2012 . Before joining WABC-TV, she was Vice President of News at WRC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was the News Director at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, IL.

Ms. Edwards has a long history with the ABC-owned station group. She was the Assistant News Director at top-rated WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and Executive Producer at WLS-TV in Chicago, IL. She started her career as a reporter in Toledo, Ohio before making the jump to producing. She was a producer at WBAL-TV in Baltimore and WBBM-TV in Chicago before entering management.   She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, former Vice President of Broadcast for NABJ-Chicago, and served on the Board of Destination DC, Washington DC’s Board of Tourism. Ms. Edwards is a scholarship winner of RTNDA’s Management Seminar for News Directors. She also is the recipient of the Excellence in Communication Award from the Chicago Public School System. Under her leadership, WRC-TV earned several Emmys including the coverage of the Blizzard of 2010, the Discovery Channel Hostage Crisis and the first Inauguration of President Barak Obama.   Ms. Edwards was born in Delaware, but considers Detroit her hometown. She is a graduate of University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a degree in Communications and a minor in English. She pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority while at Michigan. She resides in Manhattan and spends her free time with her family and mentoring young people who want to get into broadcasting.

Dr. Aliya BrowneAliya Frances Browne, D.O. FACC

Dr. Aliya Browne, D.O is a board certified clinical cardiologist and practices noninvasive cardiology at Central Jersey Heart Group LLC. Dr. Browne specializes in cardiovascular care and prevention of heart diseases in adult women, as well as men.  She is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. She received her Bachelors degree from Temple University, and attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine /New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury NY, where she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Aliya Browne trained in the St. Barnabas Hospital System/Union Hospital System where she completed her Internal Medicine training. She then went on to Deborah Heart and Lung Center where she completed a Fellowship in Noninvasive Cardiology.

Dr. Aliya Browne has worked at Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates where she was a partner.  She returned to Deborah Heart and Lung Center and started their Women’s Center, and served as Medical Director of outpatient sites. Most recently she opened her own practice Central Jersey Heart Group LLC in Ewing, NJ where she is principal owner.

Dr. Browne has many affiliations including; Fellow of American College of Cardiology, Diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.
Member of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Women in Cardiology Section of the American College of Cardiology, as well as member of the American Osteopathic Association, Heart Failure Society of America, American Society of Echocardiology, New Jersey Medical Society, and the American Society of Hypertension. She is an ambassador for the American Heart Association and sits on their executive leadership committee for the Central New Jersey Go Red for Women Luncheon. She is a Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

She is a sought after lecturer, and speaker on women and heart disease, and has been featured in newspaper, and magazine articles, featured on Radio programs discussing Heart Disease and Women and has been seen on television with ‘Caucus New Jersey’ discussing these same issues. She was a recipient of the Network Journal Magazines “ 40 Under Forty Award” in 2005.


She is happily married to her college sweetheart and is mother to twins. Her motto is ‘To whom much is given much is required’. She dedicates her practice to her grandmother who died suddenly from heart disease when she was thirteen. This had a dramatic impact on her life and guided her in her specialty path.


Melissa McDowell

Melissa McDowell is the Owner and Creative Director of the couture invitation company, House of Papier. The company, established in 2007, marries Melissa's love of fashion and her love for design and all things wedding, to create Designer Invitations for Your Fashionable Life.TMmelissa mcdowell_137pxwide

Born in California and raised in Germany, Melissa has a sixth sense for all things fabulous. Her designs are inspired by what she sees in the fashion and wedding industry. Every February and September she can be found under the tents during New York Fashion Week garnering inspiration for the next House of Papier collection. Colors, textures, fabric, and trimmings from the runway all come into play for her invitation designs. Just as fashion greats create couture collections in fashion houses, Melissa designs couture invitations in the House of Papier. She has a penchant for creating noteworthy designs that evoke glamour, allure and distinction. Her goal is to ensure that your wedding invitations set you apart from the rest.

In addition to being a stationer, Melissa is also an educator. She spent nine years training teachers and 6 years training and teaching at the university level. She holds an Ed.M in Technology in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Tuskegee University. Always an educator at heart, Melissa has a passion for teaching up-and-coming entrepreneurs how to get started in the stationery business. As a result, she started Stationery University in 2012.

Melissa speaks fluent German and in her spare time enjoys working out, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Clay AlderferClayton P. Alderfer

After serving as a senior faculty member and program director at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and the Yale School of Organization & Management, Clayton P. Alderfer has formed a consulting firm, Alderfer & Associates, to provide organizational diagnosis and consultation services for clients in the private, not-for profit, and public sectors.

Clay is a widely recognized for his formulation of two influential theories that have influenced education and practice in the field of management. From 1966-89, his research addressed human needs in organizations and resulted in the formation and empirical testing of Existence, Relatedness, and Growth (E.R.G.) theory, a body of work now frequently cited in management textbooks. Beginning in 1971, empirical research and consultation with organizations in the private, public, and not-for profit sectors, led to formulation of embedded inter-group relations theory. This theory and its associated diagnostic methods form the basis of Clay’s consulting practice concerning organizations, leadership, race relations, family business, and corporate governance.

Clay P. Alderfer grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and completed a B.S. degree with high honors from Yale University in 1962 and a Ph.D. from the same institution in 1966. Since 1975, he has held a diploma in organizational consulting psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

After a brief term at Cornell University (1966-68), Clay held senior faculty appointments at Yale University (1968-1992) and Rutgers University (1992-2006). At Cornell, his position was in the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration (now the Johnson School). At Yale, he was a faculty member in the Department of Administrative Sciences and, after 1974, in the School of Organization & Management. There he played a key role in founding the school and developing the Master of Public and Private Management program, while serving as Director of Professional Studies and Associate Dean. In the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, while serving Director of the Doctoral Program in Organizational Psychology for 12 years, he played a major part in advancing that program. He served on that faculty for 14 years, and, in 2006, received the Teacher of the Year Award. From 1990-2003, he served as editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. He has also served on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and the Family Business Review.

Currently, he is a writer and a consultant in private practice.

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