Synopsis of 2016 CWTT Panelist
Priscilla R. LaNier
New Birth Church Senior Pastor/Motivational Speaker & Businesswoman
“Protect What You Build”
Priscilla LaNier is currently the Senior Pastor of New Birth Church (Trenton, NJ) one of two churches she has founded. She has been preaching the gospel for over 22 years. Pastor Priscilla is an experienced gospel radio announcer for over 12 years on WTSR 91.3 FM (Ewing, NJ) and has been featured on WIMG 1300 AM, WZBN 99.3 FM of Trenton and Burlington, NJ as well as Trentonian.com TV. She has been a musician/psalmist for over 20 years and has played for area churches in Newark, Trenton, Lawrenceville and Princeton Theological Seminary’s (of Princeton University) first “Hour of Power” service on campus. She has a social work background and experience in financial services that spans over 17 years. Through her business, "Protect What You Build", she provides financial services for families, individuals and business owners for Mortgage Protection, Life Insurance, Income Protection and Retirement. She offers seminars to community organizations and especially to churches in hopes of seeing clergy and their congregations be financially protected. She is the Central Jersey Coordinator for Decision America Tour. Pastor Priscilla is a graduate of The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Minor in Biology.
Citadel of Hope Mission Pulpit Associate Ordained Minister/Inspirational Speaker & NJEA - Educator
Sheila White is an Ordained Minister and Pulpit Associate at Citadel of Hope Mission. She is an inspiring speaker, encourager and teacher of God's Word. In the secular world, she has over 20 years’ experience in the Education field and has a passion for “teaching” children. Sheila was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award for 2015 from The George Washington Carver School, East Orange NJ School District. She is a member of the New Jersey Education Association [NJEA]. In 1995, she earned a CDA (Child Development Associate). She continued her studies in the field of Education earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with certification to teach grades Kdg-5th and a P-3 endorsement in 2006. She was also inducted as a lifetime member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society in 2006. Sheila has a Master’s Degree in Reading and Curriculum. She has acquired all of this while managing the responsibilities of a wife, mother, educator, and a faithful minister who is dedicated to the spreading and sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sheila is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Theology. She understands setting goals and reaching them.
Amber Noble Garland
Entrepreneur/Expert/Strategist/Celebrity & Business Manager/ Author/Speaker/ Philanthropist
I For Talent LLC,
Amber Noble Garland is an impressive renaissance woman under the age of 40 who has amassed an outstanding list of achievements over her nearly 25-year business career; Visionary, Entrepreneur, Career Transition & Empowerment Coach, Talent Manager, Brand Strategist, Marketer, Real Estate Expert, Author and Speaker are among the hats she wears. A Temple University graduate, this former radio marketing & promotion executive of more than a decade and brand manager for Def Jam Records for 6+ years used her marketing savvy to help break new and emerging talent such as Chrisette Michele and contributed to further developing the careers of Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Juelz Santana, 112, The Roots, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Richie and The Isley Brothers. Amber has had the privilege of working directly with some of the most renowned business executives in the world (Cathy Hughes, Alfred Liggins, Lyor Cohen, Antonio “LA” Reid, Sylvia Rhone, her late mentor & friend Jheryl Busby, and Kevin Liles). Amber remains immersed in the entertainment business as chief dealmaker at her own boutique talent management, booking, TV production and consulting firm, I For Talent LLC, an enterprise she began during her college career. Past or present clients include Egypt Sherrod, Idris Elba, and Laila Ali. Amber is also an inspiring motivational speaker who has shared her profound perspective at renowned annual gatherings like the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and exclusive business panel forums for INC. Magazine. Her core message focuses on encouraging others to create their own opportunities and to vigorously pursue their aspirations of transitioning from being an employee to an entrepreneur. Amber’s commitment to a life of service and giving back is demonstrated as she regularly advises the next generation of business executives and entrepreneurs by way of mentorship. Each year she volunteers as an instructor for the WEEN Academy (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network) and teaches an interactive course about talent management and personal branding. As the founding chairperson of the EC Family Foundation, she helped conceptualize and name the organization, along with securing the final resource needed to help the organization obtain it's 501(c)3 status and she spearheaded the creation of particular outreach programs such as the "Rising Media Stars Boot Camp." Her involvement with The BOSS Network as a member is something that she’s quite proud of. 2015 marked the official establishment of the Noble Acts of Kindness (NAOK), a philanthropic endeavor encouraging the recycling of career, financial, housing, clothing, medical and recreational resources, has been years in the making and is very close to her heart.
Lanier Vocal Direct LLC. The Music School & WWM Ministries & Gospel Soul Cafe
LaTishia LaNier-McKinnie is a Minister of the Gospel and recently ordained as an Elder. She is a Music Director and Worship Leader at City Harvest International Church. LaTishia is the founder and CEO of Gospel Soul Cafe. She is the Owner and CEO of LaNier Vocal Direct LLC. The Music School. She is a music coach and Artist developer. She has 22 years of experience in the field of management in entertainment, program coordinating and vocal/piano coaching. Her background as Activity Director for Adult Medical daycare facilities many years has allowed her hands-on experience in great programming structure and coordinating shows and events. LaTishia has performed at the greatest music halls in America such as, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Newark Symphony Hall and NJPAC, to name a few. She has sung with some of the greatest well-known established Gospel singers (Shirley Ceasar, Donald Malloy, Milton Biggham, Donald Lawrence, Shirley Murdock, Kurt Carr, Nancy Jackson, Natalie Wilson, ALFWC’s very own Bishop George C. Searight, Donald Dumpson of Jubilee Singers, and many others). LaTishia has also starred in many Gospel Music Theatrical Productions such as “Lord lift us Higher” with Jimmy Black Productions based in Connecticut, “Looking for Love in all the wrong places” with Melissa Huggins and many others. She was also the musical director for both productions. She owns WWM Ministries, a Church Service Enhancement Program. LaTishia is well known for her ability to be a worshipper, a great singer, and an outstanding emcee for various local productions. Her educational background expresses a concentration in B.A. in Arts Administration, from Westminster Choir College.
Veronica C. Munford
Entrepreneur/ Graphic Designer/ Inspirational Speaker and Author
Veronica C. Munford is a member of First Presbyterian Deliverance Church in Atlantic City, NJ. She is blessed to be a wife, mother and grandmother. She has accomplished so much in her lifetime thus far. She is the CEO for Gifted Services. Her Expertise is: Social Media Design, Telecommunications & Ecommerce, Wellness Education and she is a Literary Author. She has a passion to Inspire and Empower Women. Her Ultimate Goal is to open her own Women Center. Veronica is the Author of Journey to the Recovery of Love Series with a story so powerful that women of all ages can relate too. After going through a life of Rejection, Pain, and Misunderstandings. Looking for love in all the wrong places, after being hurt so many times a miracle finally happened. Her 2nd Book will be released in the Fall 2016.” Every Opportunity in her life has allowed her to travel abroad to not only share her story, “A LIFE without LOVE” but also to help numerous people to empower their families.