She Steps Forward Conference for Christian Women


MARCH 26-28, 2020



Our Speakers

Elaine Lankford

Elaine is the founder of Transforming Love Ministries and the creator of the She Steps Forward conference. Her ministry is designed to empower everyday women to chase God-sized dreams. She believes every woman has a calling and every follower of Christ can become a leader in the faith. As an author, speaker, and leadership coach, Elaine is changing the way women’s ministry is done in Hampton Roads.

Want to connect with Elaine pre- and post-conference? Join the TLM Sisterhood, a Facebook group created for women looking for a faith-based, online community.

Would rather meet with others in person? Come on out to the TLM Community-wide Bible study, happening every other Tuesday OR join us via Facebook Live.

Need someone to help you get your God-sized dream off the ground? As a John Maxwell Team certified speaker, trainer, teacher, and coach, Elaine is available for one-on-one and group coaching sessions to help you achieve the dream God has placed in your heart.

You can pick up a copy of Elaine’s book, "Love Echoed Back: I Cried Out; He Answered" at the conference or via

Dr. Angela Reddix

Dr. Angela D. Reddix is the visionary and innovative force behind Envision Lead Grow, a Norfolk 501(c)(3) nonprofit entrepreneurship and mentoring organization. As Founder and Chairman of ELG, Dr. Angela is a passionate mentor and advisor to the next generation of young girls and women and a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

Dr. Reddix also serves as President & CEO of ARDX, award-winning healthcare management and IT consulting firm dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Dr. Angela’s unique ability to inspire greatness through the lessons of her own story has earned her a coveted position on the Old Dominion University’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, the Humanitarian Award presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Women of Achievement Award presented by Old Dominion University, ODU’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Founder’s Day Regional Service Awards, the Leading Ladies of Hampton Roads Award presented by Coastal Virginia Business Magazine, the Still Hope Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Big Blue-Ribbon Award, Inside Business’s Women in Business Award, and many other notable achievements.

As a trusted community leader, Dr. Reddix serves as a member of the CIVIC Leadership Institute, the Women President’s Organization, and Old Dominion University’s Economic Development Catalyst Task Force, as well as board member and trustee to various local organizations including the United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation Board of Trustees, the YWCA of South Hampton Roads Board of Directors, Old Dominion University’s Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, ODU’s Friends of the Humanities Board, the Kempsville Entrepreneurship Academy Board of Advisors, Norfolk State University’s School of Business Advisory Board, and the Hampton Roads Chamber Regional and Trustee Board.

Committed to lifelong learning and achievement, Dr. Angela is currently an instructor of Entrepreneurship and Business at Norfolk State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from James Madison University, a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Bowie State University with a focus on Training, a graduate certificate in Healthcare Compliance from The George Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Angela was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and has a husband and three children.

Pastor Deborah Belle Holland

Pastor Deborah Holland was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She grew up in the church under her father, the late Pastor Wendell B. Belle Sr. and her mother, Dr. Laverne R. Belle.

As a child, she understood the value of ministry and when she was a teenager she felt God calling her to a deeper relationship with Him. She was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit on January 10, 1992. Ministry has been her main focus in life and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

On July 26, 1997, she married the love of her life, Pastor Sean Holland, and knew God had a special call on their lives when God joined them together in holy matrimony. She has two children, Maliyah Holland and the late Sean Allen Holland Jr. (S.J). Pastors Sean and Deborah founded Oasis Family Worship Center in June 2012, where they pastor together. Oasis has been a place known to advance the Kingdom of God by teaching the Word of God and empowering people to live according to the scriptures.

After having a desire to birth a women’s ministry, Pastor Deborah founded No Sista Left Behind (NSLB) in 2013 and has taken NSLB to Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan. Her vision has been to awaken an army of prophetic women to arise, stand in position, and take their rightful place in the Kingdom. NSLB equips women with the necessary tools to walk in complete victory in every area of their lives and encourages women to build quality relationships to enhance unity.

Along with Pastor Deborah helping others in reaching their destiny in Christ, she is a licensed Ohio Realtor and has worked in the nonprofit sector for 12 years. She counts it a privilege and honor to serve in all areas of her life.

Mitzi Neely

Mitzi Neely is an inspiring motivational speaker and author who encourages women of all ages through her experiences and shortcomings. She has been blessed with a passion and love for people that stretches across the generations.

It is her faith that has motivated her to pursue excellence in all her endeavors. It is Mitzi’s primary goal to use her gifts and talents as God leads, always waiting patiently before turning to the right or to the left, listening for His voice saying “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV

Her desire whenever she teaches is honesty and transparency, such that God receives glory and honor.

“Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” John 7:18 NIV

Mitzi’s heart is to lighten your load while conveying the message that nobody’s perfect. So often God places certain people in your life at just the right moment; whether the reason is to teach you, grow you in your walk with Him, or to simply love and lift others up. Whatever your struggle or need, you will find encouragement through her words as she refreshes your heart and renews your joy.

Mitzi is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loves sweet tea and hails from the Lone Star State. Aside from her position as a central office administrator in an East Texas school district, she enjoys spending time with her family, writing, speaking, cooking, and sewing.

Follow Mitzi at because the joy of the journey is learning in His Word together.

Alesha Brown

Victim, survivor, leader or visionary: at times we all need to be inspired. Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru, is a best-selling author, international editor & publisher and transformational speaker who encourages audiences by igniting the fire within and helping them take center stage.

With comprehensive, simple techniques and words of inspiration, Alesha helps the old and young alike, grab ahold of their dreams while identifying the roots of their unhappiness and those things that hold them back. A humorist and gifted speaker, Alesha Brown delivers entertaining, engaging presentations with thought-provoking exercises and vivid illustrations to connect with an audience.

She is the owner of Fruition Publishing Concierge Services (a division of Alesha Brown, LLC) where she offers author consultation, writing coaching and publishing services to help people share their stories with the masses. As a childhood abuse survivor, she is on a mission to reverse the damage of abuse by encouraging survivors to write and publish their story in order to pay it forward and create a circle of healing. She also serves as the Vice President and Program Facilitator of Crusading Outreach Ministry Inc. 501 c 3, a 27-year nonprofit headquartered in Newport News Virginia.

Alesha spearheads the revitalization of signature programs and outreach partnerships. She is the creator and host of The Entrepreneurs’ Lounge Radio Show, designed to expose the myths, pains & struggle of entrepreneurship and interview influential experts to give laser-focused solutions. The show uses its featured guests and Mindset Coach to help listeners release the weight of it all.

Alesha takes a vision and makes it a reality through creative strategic development. She has appeared on and hosted various radio podcasts, media platforms, and magazine outlets. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that exist in the life of a person, or an organization, and implements strategies to help clients capitalize on opportunities identified by broadening their thinking, employing strategic planning and building collaborative relationships. Help clients find their voice, position themselves as experts and create profitable platforms that provide solutions to their target audiences.

Pastor Tina Davis

Tina Joy Davis is the pastor of worship and leadership development at New Life Church, a multi-site, multi-ethnic church based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Before that, she spent eight years as a campus pastor, women’s ministry director, and years as a worship leader and director. She is the founder of “DNA,” a ministry to young women calling them into their God-given identity.

Born and raised as a missionary kid in Caracas, Venezuela, she has a love for the nations and missions work. She travels nationally and internationally conference speaking, with a focus on leadership, worship, and women.

She has an MA in Counseling and an MA in Practical Theology and worked bi-vocationally for many years as a counselor with at-risk teens and their families. It is her desire to see people walk in the fullness of who they are in Christ and recognize their Divine design and destiny found only in Him. She is a foodie fanatic, coffee connoisseur and has a major crush on her like-hearted, Kingdom-minded entrepreneurial husband, Christopher. They live in Chesapeake, VA.

Angela Ianni

Angela Ianni is the CEO of Ianni Group LLC and the creator of Overcoming Overwhelm, an eight-week program for individuals struggling with overwhelm, depression, and anxiety. She has been a life and business coach for 10+ years and has helped hundreds of men and women find joy, peace, and clarity in their lives.

Her #1 passion is helping people grow personally and in business through mindset work and lifestyle changes.

When she’s not busy changing the lives of her clients, Angela loves knitting, reading, hanging with her family, binge-watching Downton Abbey, and putting her culinary arts degree to good use.

She holds an MBA in finance and a B.S. in Public Relations and Marketing. You can learn more about Angela at

Katy Calabrese

After a lifetime of faking perfection and clawing her way up the corporate ladder, Katy decided to drop the curtain and get real with her friends, her family, and most importantly, herself. A self-professed, raging workaholic and obsessive perfectionist, she is intimately familiar with failure and maybe not so familiar with herself. As she fully embraces entering this #seasonofkaty, she is learning that the laundry is better off almost always, almost done and life is more and more about purpose and family, and less and less about success and public opinion. An expert in all things Super Mario Bros. and old school Nintendo, she loves hanging at home with her newlywed husband, twin sons and teenage daughter, giant wannabe-chihuahua 150lb. dog/chicken Gambit, one very large bearded dragon, Cricket, a handful of mostly alive fish and one barely deserves to be mentioned, annoyingly lacking in personal space, black cat, Leo. With over a decade of experience in sales and marketing, Katy was recently recognized as 2016 Inside Business Women in Business honoree. An avid writer, Katy was the original writer behind the mommy blog, Chaos & Kiddos, and has contributed to a variety of respected media outlets, including Scott’s Local Business Corner: The Drive, The Huffington Post, The International Bloggers Association, She Knows: Experts Among Us,, The Female Entrepreneur Association, Inside Business, Curatti, UK Linkology, This Woman Can and more. She speaks regularly to small business groups, entrepreneurial circles, workshops for professional women and working moms, high school classes, faith-based women's gatherings, virtual seminars, and public events.

Alicia Eichmann

Alicia Eichmann is a mom of 4 with big dreams and a background in religious studies as well as marketing and business strategy. She has a Master’s degree in Biblical Literature from Regent University and is licensed as a Growth Coach with Lifeforming Leadership Coaching. She has 9 years of experience in marketing and small business. After school, she took time off to have kids and began learning websites and coding with help from her husband. This turned into a marketing-focused job that she was able to do mostly from home for several years while raising their 4 small boys. She is currently focused on homeschooling and building the foundation for her career as a writer and speaker.

Born and raised in Kansas City, she loves being in Hampton Roads and relatively close to both the ocean and the mountains. She is a big fan of the legacy Star Wars movies and books and has yet to see the new movies. She collects the girl-themed Legos that come in pink, purple and turquoise, and her most prized possession is her library of books. She currently lives in Chesapeake with her husband Charles, and their four adventurous boys ages 9, 7, 4 and 2. For more from her visit

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Letitia Bates

Letitia Bates is a Certified Life Coach and founder of At The Wheel Coaching. She specializes in resilience coaching to manage the emotional stress caused by unresolved trauma. She uses success tools to help her clients overcome obstacles and achieve personal goals. Letitia is a summa cum laude graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Development. She has attended training in EMU’s STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) program. She is a #1 Amazon Bestselling author of the book, I CAN: 12 Keys to Achieve Personal Success in the SMARTEST Way.

Cynthia Gossman

Known locally as THE Cynthia Gossman, the Happy Coach, Cynthia has nearly 20 years of experience in coaching others on navigating, regulating and articulating emotions and training individuals, students, professionals and organizations on emotional intelligence and positive psychology. She provides one on one mentorships, group masterminds, workshops, and motivational speaking to teach you how to live your best life.
Specializing in grief recovery, forgiveness, anger management, JOY restoration, and emotional intelligence, Cynthia has been honored to speak to several non-profits and organizations.
Cynthia was nationally recognized by Parade magazine and Living the Life, an ABC Family TV Show, for her excellence in coaching and in mentoring fellow widows and widowers. Locally, she has been the recipient of the WAVY TV “10 Who Care” Award and the WTKR Community Star Award for her accomplishments in giving back to the community.

Today, Cynthia continues to evolve in personal leadership and growth, offering services that guide individuals and companies toward emotional intelligence. Trained by OKA (Otter Kroger Associates) in the EQ-i2.0 self-assessment and the EQ360 team assessment instruments she is certified to administer both of these powerful tools.

Cynthia continues to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention awareness through her involvement with NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) and AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention). She is an active member of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads and Special Olympics of Virginia. She remains passionate about helping individuals discover greater self-awareness and better self-management.

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