Nona Jones leads Facebook’s global work with faith-based, nonprofit, youth, and multicultural organizations to help them build community around their mission on the world’s leading social media platform.
Prior to Facebook, Nona served as Chief External Affairs Officer for PACE Center for Girls, the Florida-based, statewide network of 19 Centers where she led Federal and State Legislative Advocacy, Program Expansion, Resource Development and Brand Strategy. Immediately prior to PACE, Nona served as Public Affairs Director for Gainesville Regional Utilities where she received the American Public Power Association’s Robert F. Roundtree Rising Star Award as national peer recognition of her leadership while under the age of 35.
Nona has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch,” Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars,” and Business in the Heart of Florida Magazine as a “40 Under 40 Community Leader.” The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council named her a “Woman Who Makes a Difference” and she is a Presidential Leadership Scholars Program Alumna, a national leadership development initiative jointly led by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.
She earned her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as a University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus. She serves alongside her husband, Pastor Timothy Jones, Sr., in leading Open Door Ministries church in Gainesville, Florida. She counts her two young-sons, Timothy, Jr. and Isaac, as her greatest joys and is a proud puppy mom to the family’s Goldendoodle girl, Shiloh.
Compassionate, Zealous, Visionary and Inspiring are just a few of the words that describe Jasmine Crowe, an HBCU alumna who is working to make the world a better place. In 2011 she founded BlackCelebrityGiving.com (BCG). The idea for the site came from the vivid awareness of a lack of media coverage for black celebrities doing positive things to impact our communities. BCG was frontier in providing content of celebrity philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and causes that directly correlate with the black community. BCG partnered with celebrities across the nation in a host of cause campaigns to ensure their star-power was being used for good. Today lead by Jasmine, BCG has hosted activations in more than 20 US cities and the UK, South Africa and Haiti and has has collected and donated over three million items to causes worldwide and fed over 80,000 people through the Sunday Soul Homeless feeding initiative. Jasmine also served as the creator and executive producer of ChangeMakers a half hour docu-series profiling how celebrities use their star power for social change which premiered on Magic Johnson’s network ASPIRE!
In January of 2017, she launched Goodr, a sustainable food waste management company that leverages technology to combat hunger. Today Goodr redirects surplus food from convention centers, hotels, airports, and businesses to the millions of people who are food insecure. Under Jasmine’s direction the company now has clients that include: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Delta Airlines and more.
She has been featured in Huffington Post, The HARRY Show, Blavity, Upworthy, NBC, Black Enterprise, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and featured as a Hero of Hunger in a Brawny Paper Towels commercial.
Jasmine recently wrote her first children’s book series titled “Giving is Good” which teaches youth the importance of giving back thru a variety of causes. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, working out and spending time with friends and family.
Abbie Samuel of Preston Luxe is the powerhouse beauty business guru for minority women. With over 20 years extensive experience in the spa, beauty, and cosmetic industry, as a Licensed Esthetician, Nail Technician, and salon owner, she has seen and heard it all when it comes to service-based businesses. Using her vast wisdom, Abbie created a system that teaches beauty professionals, step-by-step, how to create, launch, and grow a business worth flaunting. She’s done it all — and she’ll teach you how to thrive as you launch your business. She is a mom of three and resides in Miami, Florida.
A Note From Abbie
NOT TOO LONG AGO, I STOOD EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE NOW.
I know how exhausting the long hours are; how hard it is to show up and serve clients that are anything but dreamy. I’ve battled the little voice urging me to quit as I stare down another discouraging paycheck. After 20 years in the beauty industry as a designer, salon owner, licensed esthetician and nail technician, believe me when I say – I get it. Your skills and your passion command so much more.
Back when I was starting out, I would have given anything for a mentor in the beauty industry that understood me. Someone that didn’t just talk the talk – but had actually worked her way to the top. I was looking for support, guidance and empowerment.
And honey, this is where I step in wearing my favorite Christian Louboutins. It’s time to kickstart your business!
During my session, you’ll discover a system that teaches entrepreneurs, step-by-step, how to create a business worth flaunting. You’ll also find a community of badass women who are ready to strut with you through the highs and lows of building a swoon-worthy brand.
Imagine running a showstopping brand and still having time for mani dates with your girls. Oh, and go ahead and take off to New York for the weekend – your business can run itself.
I know what you’re thinking – that little voice is back, trying to tell you no. But it’s all within reach. If I can do it on my own, imagine what you’ll accomplish with personalized, expert coaching and a community of your peers cheering you on.