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Robin Devonish, aka “The Spirited Speaker” is a highly sought after speaker and event emcee. She’s been the choice of event planners for entertainment and speaking for more than 10 years. Known for her breath-taking storytelling skills, inspirational principles and the command of a room, Robin has been called to speak and share the stage with headliners such as Lucinda Cross, Les Brown, Sherri Shepherd, KeKe Palmer, Carla Stephens and Darin Henson, just to name a few. As a writer, author, publishing maven, and cancer survivor, Ms. Devonish has the ability to turn your event into a highly entertaining experience.

Robin’s journey has been both inspiring and impactful. She has emceed and entertained thousands along the way to come to this realization: It is less about how many people you have in the room and more about the lifelong influence and experience each event brings. She has masterfully crafted her messages and stories while sharing strategies for real life improvements while keeping everyone engaged and entertained. Book Robin today by emailing robin@robinedevonish.com


After the devastating loss of a lifelong friend, Daveda James began to realize that there was more to her life than she knew. Her spiritual journey had begun. Since college, she had always found herself working with youth in some capacity, even though her degree was in Computer Engineering. Through music, academics, and mentoring, working with youth, teenagers, and even adults had always been a central focal point in her life. Daveda soon realized that in order to better aid and be an example to others, she would have to grow stronger spiritually.

In her seeking, she found Bikram yoga, which challenges the mind, body, and spirit to align into total concentration and focus. She was then introduced to Inferno Hot Pilates, which strengthens the mind and the body and was instantly hooked. Daveda attended Inferno Hot Pilates training and obtained her certification shortly after. Through Yoga, Pilates, and meditation, Daveda strengthened her confidence, talents, and Divine knowing, in an effort to help guide all who where just beginning their spiritual journeys. Daveda has experience with the foster care system as she has several aunts and uncles who were adopted by her grandparents. She has seen first-hand that foster care alumni can be very successful individuals living happy lives with the right support.


Serita Cox, along with husband Reid, launched iFoster in October of 2010. As the visionary and driving force behind iFoster, Serita brings to bear her personal experience with foster care, devoted commitment to a number of youth development initiatives, and over a decade of experience in executive-level management, corporate strategy consulting and non-profit strategy consulting.

Prior to founding iFoster, Serita was a strategy consultant with The Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders accelerate social change. Her primary focus area was youth development, with clients including some of the largest philanthropic foundations and non-profits serving at-risk youth. Her previous work experience has been in the for-profit sector where she both worked as the senior executive leading global strategy, business operations, and e-business for 3Com Corporation and as a consultant and senior leadership advisor on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and e-business.

For her work at iFoster, Serita has been recognized by the White House Office of Social Innovation as a Citizen Innovator, is an Echoing Green Fellow, and an American Leader of Change. Serita has a BSc (Highest Honors) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Carleton University in Canada, and an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Bronfman School of Business at McGill University in Canada. Serita currently serves on the Board of Directors of GirlTrek, a national non-profit that mobilizes women in Black communities to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives through a habit of daily walking.
Serita can be contacted at serita@ifoster.org.


Christian Benjamin is the founder of 12.26 Studios, a multicultural creative agency that focuses on positive social change, and partner in the BenjaminMorrow Agency, an agency that

He was born in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and launched his high school sports career at Duval High School into an athletic scholarship at Bowie State University, majoring in Fine Arts. After an injury-shortened playing professional football in the Arena League, Christian returned back to the DC to start 12.26 Studios, which was named in honor of his late mother, who was born on December 26th.

Most importantly, is that Christian serves on a special board with GirlUp, a United Nation nonprofit focused on global initiatives for young girls; is an ambassador of Covenant House, a homeless teen shelter; and a mentor at YearUp Inc, a foundation dedicated to closing the opportunity divide with minorities in the workforce. Christian also speaks at Cheltenham Youth Facility, a jail for minors, and Mr. Benjamin is also one of the youngest inducted members of the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, a service and social organization with more than 34,000 chapters around the world.

As an Adopted son of a preacher and foster parent, changing the world through service is the most important facet of Christian's life. True leadership means giving through time, and leading through action.


Charlene Bolden is an advocate for self-discovery and personal transformation. She has risen to become an author of Moments of Surrender Revealing The Missing Pieces. A Certified Life Empowerment Coach, speaker, and founder of Launching Out Empowerment Coaching L.L.C--a company designed exclusively for foster youth and young adults. Charlene’s personal story is the perfect voice for empowerment. Charlene Bolden studied Public Relations at Prince Georges Community College. She received her BA in Communications with a minor in Accounting, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Recognizing her gift for helping others succeed, she sought instruction from The Coach Training Academy, where she completed an International Coach Federation (ICF) and Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA) accredited, professional certified coaching program. Charlene brings a vast background in communications, public relations, marketing and business development to the table. She is also highly experienced in branding and life coaching. Her work with international clientele allows individuals and organizations to experience her


Charlene Collier, PHR, is an Human Resources professional with over 10-plus years of experience in various areas of human resources management, including employee relations, recruiting, talent management, change management and organizational development.

A native of Washington, D.C., Charlene received her Bachelors degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park and obtained a dual Masters degree (HR Management and Business Administration) from the University of Maryland University College. She has held various HR roles in several industries, such as non-profit, entertainment, healthcare, and government contracting.

Charlene is the Founder and President of Capitol Consulting Group (www.capitolconsultinggrp.com), a consulting practice providing Organizational Development, Leadership & Development and Strategic Planning to Fortune 100 business and individuals, alike. In addition, she also serves as a Sr. HR Consultant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and HR Instructor in the Business, Management, and Legal Programs Department at UCLA Extension.

Charlene currently resides in Los Angeles, California.