Gearing Up For The Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to connect with a room full of students. It’s all kinds of awesome to be featured on a panel as a success story for hundreds of high school kids. Proud to be given the opportunity to share my journey and help answer some of their burning questions this Friday.


Media Advisory

Ontario Black History Society presents the 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow Conference

Bursting the Bubble on Media, Communications and Entertainment

Leaders of Tomorrow is an annual event that sees up to 600 Grade 9-12 students from across the GTA participate in a full-day of interactive presentations led by young role models. This year’s theme is ‘Bursting the Bubble on Media, Communications and Entertainment’.

TORONTO, ON – May 6, 2014 – Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) provides an intensive, engaging series of informative talks on a range of subjects connected to youth and the Black experience.

‘Bursting the Bubble on Media, Communications and Entertainment’ is the theme of the 2014 LoT edition. Students will learn from two panels, specializing in Media & Communications and Entertainment. They will be introduced to personalities from CBC and other media outlets. Actors, musicians and other entertainers will speak about their careers and education, and share their high school ambitions.

The 2013 edition ‘My Job is My Passion’ featured young, successful community members who shared their path to success. Students felt inspired, expanded their network, asked questions related to their post-secondary education path and much more.

Featured panelists include: Emily Mills, Maestro Wes Williams, Sasha-Ann Simons, Alain P. Arthur, Sean Mauricette, Curtis Bowles-Johnson, Keziah Myers, Anne-Marie Woods, Jerzee “Tha Icon” and Dwayne Morgan. This engaging event will be hosted by Simone Riding-Cunningham.

Students will:

  • Be inspired by the professional and academic journeys of recognizable, local professionals and celebrity guests
  • Interact with presenters during Q&A sessions
  • Enjoy lunch with students from other schools
  • Tour the UofT campus with current University students
  • Learn more about resources and events available through the OBHS

This year’s event is presented by the OBHS and made possible in part by our community sponsors: Booster Juice, Grace Kennedy, Pizza Pizza, Fred’s No Frills, Tim Hortons, Patty King, Caribbean Roti Palance and New College-University of Toronto. Special draw provided by Maple Leaf Sports and 3M.

DATE: Friday, May 9, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm LOCATION: William Doo Auditorium, New College 45 Willcocks St. Toronto, ON M5S 1C6 Attendance: Over 200 students registered to attend this event. Registration is now closed.


About the Ontario Black History Society

Founded in 1978, the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is the organization in Canada that is at the forefront in the celebration of Black history and heritage with a demonstrated record in the study, preservation and promotion of Black history in Ontario. The OBHS is also the only Ontario Provincial Heritage Organization of the Ministry of Culture devoted to Black history and heritage. For more information about the OBHS please visit: Media Contacts: 416 867-9420

Hacking Into Awesome! pt. 2

Another night in the world of webcasting. Episode 15 of The Lori and Cher show was a packed one – I was joined by writer, Melissa Bessey and associate producer, Adriel Smiley on the “Hot Topics” panel. We talked the day’s news headlines, including Palcohol (a powdered alcohol substance in the US), National #SendYourManANudeDay on Twitter, and a controversial children’s book titled “The Night Dad Went To Jail.” loriandcher2

The conversation then switched gears. Lori and Cher interviewed a woman named Desiree Lee, who has a compelling story of how she went from facing 135 years in prison to turning her life around and keeping teens from incarceration.

author, Desiree Lee

author, Desiree Lee

Missed the show? Watch us do our thing right here. The Lori and Cher show airs live on Tuesday nights at 9PM.


Hacking Into Awesome!


On March 4, I had the pleasure of making a guest appearance as a panelist on The Lori and Cher Show! If you haven’t heard yet, it’s a hot new weekly Google+ hangout, hosted by the equally bubbly and knowledgeable cousins Lori Williamson and Cher Jones. Each week, an expert guest lends advice on anything from life, to love  or business ventures.


I joined the gang for the top of episode 9 and talked “Hot Topics” including sexism on the job and Toronto’s infamous mayor, Rob Ford. The show then gets down to business with Workplace Bullying Expert, Henri Van Hulle. Watch the full episode on the YouTube channel, right here!

The Lori and Cher Show airs live on Tuesday nights at 9PM.