VOTE Your Best Life

June 29, 2020

LJ Holloway For Congress for the 5th Congressional District in Florida. LJ Holloway stopped by to share with others on VOTE Your Best Life to share her Vision how Others can help, Teach unregistered voters how to make an impact and how we can get out to vote during the Elections in 2020. You can contact LJ Holloway for more information at http://www.lj4congress.com


DERRICK Hayes Interview with Artist Joe Galaxy

December 25, 2015

JoeGalaxyEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Sun Star Records artist Joe Galaxy who is anything but your typical musician. The multi-hybrid rhymer showcases a futuristic sound that crosses genres and delivers music that appeals to fans of techno, pop, rock and hip-hop. Influenced by everyone from Beethoven to Nirvana and Led Zeppelin to Lil Wayne. 2016 is the year to be “Grateful” and release the debut album late Winter called the same: “Grateful”.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to succeed to ultra-success in my music career, family, peace of mind, and financially at the same time! I’m at peace now and know who I am regardless of which plateau I reach. For me, it’s a personal challenge to see how far we can take this thing man! Let’s get to the top. So far, I’ve achieved a killer album ft Pitbull & Renegade Foxxx, my music is playing worldwide on major radio, the fire is blazing. My goal is to win a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and be on the cover of GQ magazine. If I can inspire others to go for their dreams and have fun then that is an accomplishment too. Nothing exceeds like success baby! Follow me on Instagram: @TheJoeGalaxy to find out the up to the minute on my project and connect with me. I’d love hear from you.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

My educational background is life, a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, elite military training, & extensive acting/comedy programs. I use all of these educational backgrounds in my daily life. The no-quit, determined attitude is absolutely required to make it in the entertainment industry, especially the music industry. Initiative is the life blood of an entertainment industry entrepreneur. Remember, it is your career, nobody else gives a s$*t. But we all are playing a role and humor and not taking yourself too seriously will put everything in perspective. I don’t know how I use computer science these days except to make jokes about nerds because I am
one. lol Nerd is the other N word, lol. But I can say it because I was in the National Honor Society for Computer Science in College. haha for reals…

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I have a universal appeal/look. I am a natural connector/networker. I am very confident but I come of humble, like a regular “Joe.” I do have a prosperity, personal development consciousness so my mindset is aligned with positivity. I understand cause and effect.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now? JoeGalaxy2

I was born ready. I just took awhile to find and get with the right people.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Mr. Ron King who is one of the single most talented modern day Picasso of our time. I’ve never seen anyone produce more masterpieces per moment in my life. We could burn all of his art to date and he would produce more even better master pieces tomorrow and start over. It’s truly a phenomena.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

All of them, OMG. There is nothing and noboday that can stop me. If this isn’t your attitude with supreme confidence in you then youre done. If you believe in yourself so much and your burning desire is there can’t nothing stop you. If you have doubt, then redo your work or work on your craft. The stepping stones appear out of nowhere when you believe and have a positive mental attitude. You will then see the way and not the challenges. I know that sounds like some Mr. Miagi shizl but it is true.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I feel the most important keys are to stay the course, get with the right people, realize that over night success is a result of preparation that leads to that break through. How many years does it take to become a doctor or get a degree. Well keep that in mind when pursuing your dreams. Do it because you truly love it and it is your passion. Do what others aren’t willing to do. Develop yourself so you actually are the value and the money will flow to the value.

Visit Joe Galaxy for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Judge Angela Cox

October 5, 2015

JudgeCoxEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Judge Angela Cox who is the 1st black female appointed in the 4th judicial circuit in Fl., A prominent & sought after speaker. Her passion-“to help others, find their purpose in life.”

In November of 2014, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Cox to the Circuit Court bench. Prior to her appointment, she served as a County Court Judge for nine years… after being appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.

She attended Tennessee State University as an undergrad and received her J.D. Degree from the University of Memphis School of Law.

Judge Cox serves her community by being a mentor, as a committed volunteer in her local church, as a volunteer for the Justice Teaching Initiative in Duval County Public and Private Schools… and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Judge Angela M. Cox is a Detroit native. Her story will have you in tears and leave you, inspired. From young-to old- Judge Cox engages her audiences – and leaves them with the desire to find their passion and purpose in life.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream was to become a member of the judiciary in the State of Florida. I achieved my goal and my dream became a reality when I was first appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005 to our County Court and then appointed in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott to our Circuit Court as the first African American Woman in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University.

Juris Doctor from Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis.

I use my degrees every single day since receiving them. I practiced Criminal Prosecution and I serve in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The ability  to motivate others to find their purpose in life.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

The process of knowing I was and am ready is continuous. When I was 17, my only sibling who was 18 was shot and killed. I knew then that I wanted to be a criminal prosecutor and one day a Judge. Getting to that place was no easy feat but as I moved in the direction of my goal, I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

My husband, Sgt. Travis Cox. He is an intelligent, articulate, hardworking, and valued member of our law enforcement community.  He embodies the definition of a professional. He makes me and everyone he encounters want to be their very best.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I grew up in less than ideal circumstances in Detroit, Michigan. My mother was addicted to drugs so my primary care was left to my grandmother and then my aunt when I was 15 and my grandmother died. I had a terrible attitude because I felt that life wasn’t fair but my aunt stressed that if I didn’t like the life I was living, to change it. So I did. Hard work, a better attitude,   taking responsibility for my actions, making better choices, choosing the right friends and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to me helped me to live my best life.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Live a life of integrity. Be a person of your word. Be on time, all the time. Have a vision for the areas of your life, write it down and make a plan to bring the vision to pass. Don’t let the answer “no” steal your dream, all you need is one yes.

Visit Judge Angela Cox for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Unsigned Artist KZ

June 26, 2015

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Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with  KZ  who is a phenomenol unsigned  Artist and Songwriter from Pensacola Florida. With 10+years of amazing musical accomplishments under  my belt. Such as tons of radio play from stations stemming from Florida to  Germany. Multiple magazine placements including The Source & Ozone  Magazine. I’ve opened up for dozens of A-List celebrities and entertainers.  Also I was selected for BET 106 & Parks FREESTYLE FRIDAY. And currently I  was also selected as one of the Top 20. In the Snoop Dogg Collaboration  Contest.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My  dreams/goals is to one day soon start my own Indie label. With only major  distribution from the major labels. That way I have full creative control  over the music I put out. And give unsigned artists the same platform as  the major labels free of charge if I believe in them and choose to  represent them.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

My educational background is communication and soon will be  business entrepreneuring. Which are the 2 main ingredients. I apply daily  in starting and successfully running my own business/record label.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Experience and hardworking plus unique quality  music is what I bring to the table. The industry is currently oversaturated  with the same sound. And the consumers/listeners are in high demand for  something new and different. I plan on being the voice of a new era of  music and entertainment.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I had a premonition years and years ago that this is what I’m  destined to do. Being a huge fan of music since I was 9 yrs old til now. I  realized as I was getting older that the same passion burned inside of me  and never changed. The knowledge, progression, experience, and constant  determination. Has definitely prepared me for what is destined.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

My manager and mentor David Malone.  Is very important when mentioning my support system. He has not only helped  shape and mold me into the artist I am today. But he grinds alongside me  24/7 to make situations happen. Truly a blessing to have David in my corner for real.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Failure and letdowns are common obstacles in preventing success.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

So the keys to success. Is to simply overcome those Failures/letdowns and keep pushing forward. Either the weight of the world is placed on your shoulders. To make you stronger or break you. So its up to you on how you choose to carry it.

Visit KZ for more information.


DERRICK Interview with WSVN Reporter Ashley Morrison

September 11, 2014

AshleyCBSMoneyWatchEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars. DERRICK Interview with CBS News Anchor Ashley Morrison

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Ashley Morrison who started out her career in finance as a series 6 & 63 licensed Estate Tax Planner. Ashley then turned her attention and talents to Broadcast Journalism.  Working her way across the country, she landed in New York, first at WPIX , then at Bloomberg TV as an Anchor and Stocks Editor and as a Business News anchor for CBS Moneywatch.

Ashley also played a news reporter in Steven Soderbergh’s movie “Side Effects” with Jude Law, released in March 2013. She has also been featured in several style magazines and was on the cover of “SHE” magazine in May 2013 for her accomplishments as a broadcast journalist. In January 2014 she was inducted in the first ever “Hall Of Fame” at her high school, Columbus East High School.

AshleyM1D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I have two types of goals in life, professional and personal goals. Professionally, my goals as a newscaster have changed since my move to South Florida.  Having a professional background in finance before my career in broadcasting, it made sense that while I was in New York City I would cover business news, anchoring CBS MoneyWatch at CBS news and before that being an anchor, stocks editor and reporter at Bloomberg TV. Now with my recent moved to south Florida and working at WSVN as a news reporter, I’m still learning my way around the area, learning about the issues and meeting the players in South Florida. That’s exactly what happened when I first landed in NYC, I was a reporter so I could learn as much about the area and that’s what I’m doing now. I’ve also been reporting for their entertainment show Deco Drive, which has also been a lot of fun. I’m just taking my time right now to feel things out and see exactly where I can be the most beneficial in South Florida, just as I did when I was in NYC. My personal goal in my life is to be the best mother I can possibly be to my 9 year-old son Jack. Everyone who knows me, knows that he is my entire life and I only hope one day when he grows up, he’ll look back and say I had the best mom ever and we will continue to be close.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to North Carolina State University on a 4 year full scholarship for tennis. I majored in broadcast journalism but most of my electives were in economics and business because I have always has an interest in both. When I first graduated college, I was a series 6 and 63 licensed financial planner, specializing in estate tax planning cases. Then I changed over to my career in broadcast television. I believe more than anything it was my career as a tennis player that taught me that if you want something you will have to work very hard to get it. Nobody is going to hand you anything nor should they. You will have to earn it for yourself based on a combination of commitment, focus, sacrifice, hard work and talent, but once you get there be prepared to continue to work just as hard to stay there.

AshleyMR is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The resources that I believe I bring to the table in my industry is many years of experience at the highest level you can reach in the broadcast industry. I also have my background in finance that sets me apart.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I think that everybody has special talents and skills, mine just happened to be in broadcast journalism. Being in front of a camera and talking comes very easy to me and I enjoy it very much. Whether it is reporting the latest news on the economy, business news, local news or entertainment news, I enjoy it all. I’m very lucky to be doing something that I love so much. However, there are many, many other professions that I’m quite certain I would be terrible at.

AshleyM2I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I think people should keep their eye out for my very dear friend and my former co-anchor on the CBS Morning News Terrel Brown. Terrel is now working at the ABC station in Chicago, but we also shared an office together for many years at CBS news and he has so much talent, intelligence and is just an overall amazing person. Keep your eye on him world!!

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I think the biggest challenge for me is finding enough hours in the day to get everything done that I need to get done. I feel like I’m constantly running around with either my tv hat on or my mommy hat on and there never seems to be any time to just relax but I’m used to it. I’ve become a professional juggler as most working moms are too!!!

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Don’t expect for anything to come easy. Be ready to work very hard and don’t complain about it. When I worked at CBS News anchoring Moneywatch, I got up at 12:30 AM to go to work for many years. What might have looked like a glamorous job to many, was very hard work actually. Most people also don’t know that I not only anchored CBS MoneyWatch, I also produced and wrote everything. Another thing I would advise in any industry is to treat everyone with respect and professional courtesy. Don’t ever think your job is more important than anybody else’s or that you are more important than anybody else. Appreciate everything you have, appreciate your job and appreciate everyone you work with and what they do and bring to the table too.

Visit Ashley Morrison for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Author Roy Glenn

February 12, 2014

RoyGlennEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Author Roy Glenn who is known as the master of urban suspense. Roy Glenn is the author of Treat Me Nice, Wanda’s Reign, The Indictment of Mike Black, Misunderstood, and Is It a Crime, which became a best seller and gave birth to the popular character, Mike Black.

Other novels in The Mike Black Saga include; Beneath The Surface, Out of Control, No Loose Ends, Prelude to War, Secrets of War and A Tale of Three Women. Roy is also a contributing author in the popular series Girls From Da Hood and Around The Way Girls.

His other novels include Crime of Passion, Body of Evidence and Ulterior Motive which feature the character, attorney Marcus Douglas. After Hour’s Tales, Doctor-Patient Confidentiality, Killing Them Softly: An Erotic Tale of Murder.

Roy was born and raised in The Bronx and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he is working on several projects including, I Came to Bring The Pain, the next installments in The Mike Black Saga. And The Kimberley Process.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I have achieved so much and have so much to be thankful for. I love the way that I earn my living; writing. I love where I live; I have great friends and family that I love. I believe that is a major achievement in life. But I still have dreams and goals, which is to write a screenplay and see it produced on the big screen.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to college and since my craft is using the written word to tell a story, I can say that I get to apply what I’ve learned everyday.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Organization and discipline.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I decided to do it, then I woke up one morning and got started.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

The writer Aja. She is a great writer

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

You name it and it came at me. I just refused to surrender.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Decide what you want to do and get started, now. The world is waiting for what you have to offer.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Stay true!

Visit Author Roy Glenn for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Author Kyle J. Brown

March 5, 2013

KyleJBrownEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Kyle J Brown who is a writer of fiction on various subjects ranging from fantasy to adventure and beyond. His descriptive style of writing, self-defined as fandescript, can be found throughout all of his works.  His most recent book  is When the Earth and Man Were Young,  (SokheChapke Publishing, Amazon.com).  A native of Columbia, SC, he now resides in the mystical coasts of St Petersburg, FL and can be reached at www.fandescript.com.

What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to become a successful and best-selling author and that my original, trademark brand of writing, called  Fandescript becomes  part of my legacy as a writer.  I believe that my ability to write is a God-given talent and want to use my talent to the fullest.  As a writer I hope to enlighten, encourage and motivate readers to understand and appreciate the world around them.  I became more passionate about achieving my dream when I reached the milestone of publishing my first book titled WHEN THE EARTH AND MAN WERE YOUNG.  I then realized that there is something powerful about having what you imagine leave your mind and end up on pages in a book.

What encourages you?

Many things in my life experience keep me encouraged.  My faith in God, my family, friends and close-knit group of associates motivate me to continue writing.  I’m also very encouraged by nature. As in nature, if an animal is considered prey by a predator and can survive being hunted in the harsh elements of the wild, then we (who are humans) who have the gift of imagination and the mind to create can surely overcome any obstacle set before us. We have our own share of trials and perils. However, there is the ever present fire of imagination and creation that is given to us by God, which separates us, among many other things, than other creatures. We can dream, imagine, and create. No other species can do such.

What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The imaginative ways that I view the world sets me apart from others.  Moreover, my personal drive and ambitions are the assets that keep me focused on my dream.

As an author, I am able to write in many genres– I am a poet, as well as a fantasy and suspense novelist  and children’s book author.  My writing style has been recognized as unique, likened to no other writer, and has been coined “Fandescript”, which combines elements of fantasy and highly detailed descriptive writing.  My goal as a Fandescript author is to give readers relatable stories that challenge, inspire and keep them coming back for more.

When did you realize that you were ready for what you are doing now?KJBbookcover

For most of my life I’ve been writing stories.  My parents and grandparents encouraged me to write even when I was a young boy.  But I became more committed to writing when I lost my “day” job.  Sometimes things happen for a reason and believe losing my job ignited the burning desire to focus on writing, which is truly my passion. While looking for work to pay my bills, I used writing as my personal source of inspiration and realized that even as a struggling artist, sacrifices have to be made and risks must be taken.  Writing gave me solace when I was most discouraged about the state of the job market.

Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

There are many great individuals in literature who are worthy of note but I quickly think of Rod Serling who was the creator of the Twilight Zone, Night Gallery,  and other similar series and programs that caused us to think more deeply about ourselves as humans and how we relate to and impact each other.  He creatively used fantasy to delve into moral and political dilemmas of the time, while pushing our imaginations to limits we had not experienced before. What was most impressive about him, in my opinion, is that despite the naysayers, he persevered and created programs that have stood the test of time.  His stories, which were filled with intrigue and  mystery challenged us to think and were not type-cast by race, gender or ethnicity.

When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

As always, my belief in God helps me to endure the most difficult times I’ve ever encountered. Plus, I believe in “ME” .  If we don’t understand or recognize our capabilities, success will never be ours to enjoy.  I also think we all have a story inside of us and I am determined to tell all of the stories that I have been blessed to have inside of me.  My desire is that all my books inspire positive and life-changing effects on anyone who reads them.  I am determined not to fail in pursuing and reaching my goals.

What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

First of all, don’t decide small beginnings for yourself.  Be the best you can be at whatever you pursue. Be sure to own your ideas and your dreams by writing them down.  In writing and journaling my ideas I am able to create characters I want to develop or story lines that eventually become novels.  You don’t need a lot of money to get started.  Much of what I write first ends up in a dollar store composition book and using fifty-cent pen to write them down.  Also, it is important to note that if you don’t have a college degree or some type of special certification, it should never stop you from improving and refining your skills or your craft.  Use available tools, your knowledge and whatever skills you have  to get you what you want. Be creative in your writing and don’t be bound by what is out there already.  In my own writing I focus on the human spirit, on our triumphs and tragedies, rather than the flesh of man. Lastly, get plenty of rest.  Getting plenty of rest is most essential if you are to be as creative and innovative in your writing as possible.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

I never, never give up on my goals.As an author, I’ve personally endured many things that could have easily caused others to give up their dreams.  In spite of these things I continue to write and pursue my work as the original “Fandescript” author.

Visit Kyle J. Brown for more information.


DERRICK Interview with The Health Care Concierge L.J. Holloway

November 27, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with the Health Care Concierge L.J. Holloway, the CEO of All About HealthCARE Advocates in Jacksonville, Florida.  When L.J. Holloway was unable to walk or talk and disgusted with the lack of care received by many while in the hospital, All About HealthCARE Advocates was born. The name was an immaculate conception that married a law degree (Advocate) and the words ‘premature death” (HealthCARE).

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to educate and enlighten all about health with care. We know that health care is two different words but it should be one word. People should be able to serve and help provide or help assist their health with care which is one.  With All About HealthCare Advocates we have the word CARE capitalized because care should be the core competence in health.  I don’t want there to be any  segment of society to be confused of any services that are available for their health.  Whether diagnosis, diagnostic or if it is a disease everyone should be enlightened and educated about their health.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

When I see a patient at the onset of a diagnosis that is afraid and is not empowered and does not know the importance of recording their information or knowing what their blood levels are but seeing a patient recover. These are two things that encourage me.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Advocates help patients to navigate through the system and accompany patients on appointments, and hospital visits.  When we are there with them we are not just a tape recorder but trained to have good listening skills. We listen early in the morning sometimes at 4 AM or 5 AM when the doctors are making their rounds. We take care of the administrative part of lives so that patients can focus on their recovery.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready in 2010 when I was on my sick bed.  I myself had a brain tumor and could not walk or talk. God gave me this vision in 2007 but I understood the demands of business and I did not want to manage employees and I certainly did not want to embark on a new enterprise that would require me to brand and work long hours.  I thought I was at the point in my life where I could rest and relax and not work long hours.

In 2010 a friend of mine was the franchisee of the year and I was going to support and that morning the Lord woke me up at 3 AM in the morning and I realized that I had to do it lest I die. This was my calling to fulfill.  I realized I was an advocate.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Other than my mother Helen Jackson Holloway and my late Grandmother Jewel Tunsill Holloway; MaVynee Betsch who was known as “The Beach Lady” is the great-granddaughter of  A.L. Lewis who was one of seven founders of the Afro-American Life Insurance Co., and sister to Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, who was president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C . and the first African American President of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. MaVynee lived in Jacksonville, Florida and was instrumental in the research to conserve and protect the environment.

Dr.  Kenneth Jones developed a technique for kidney transplants that is unique and has done many kidney transplants for people all over the world. Dr. Jones is presently the Chief of General Surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

My faith. God gave me this business and He is not a man that will lie. When he plants a seed it will come forth. The seed was planted in me in 2007 on my sick bed and the seed did not come to fruition until 2010 and I know that everything he says will come to pass and when I get a little weary I lean on Galatians 6:9.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Have a dream but before you pursue your dream make sure you write your dream down. When you write something down you retain it and more importantly it makes you think and process it. Have discipline. It will require discipline to get up on the days when you don’t want to get up and when they say it can’t or won’t be done. Be determined to meet the goal you set out to accomplish.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

When you are an entrepreneur everyone has ideas. Make sure you have the development meaning the fundraising if you are non profit or the funds if you are for profit to sustain your business before you can make a profit. This will help you stay afloat during the lean times as they will come.

Visit L.J. Holloway for more information.


Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes Provides Back To School Motivation For Students and Staff

July 10, 2012

Countless students and staff vow to come back to school energized and ready for success. Be it in the classroom or outside the classroom goals cannot be accomplished without the right motivation to take the necessary steps. With a guiding hand and powerful words, Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes is here to help.

From assemblies for students to Professional Development workshops and seminars for staff Hayes empowers his message, “There’s More In STORE For You” to lift scholars and educators to their next level.

“There’s More In STORE For You” is an ideal program for meetings, conferences, and events at schools, colleges and educational organizations.

With over 20 years experience Derrick Hayes has been featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as Fulton County Board of Education, Muscogee County Board of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

As a featured writer, Hayes has had articles and columns appear in several publications and on many Web sites. Hayes has written for Next Step Magazine, www.BlackEmerge.com, www.DiversityInc.com, The Anointed News Journal, and others. Most recently, Hayes has was a author contributor in The Power Of Persistence and Facebook For Your Business. Derrick Hayes current book is entitled 1 WORD Is All It Takes™.

Contact Derrick Hayes:

Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at www.DerrickHayes.com and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662.


5 Strangers I Met At Lunch

May 24, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In 2008 my wife and I were on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Fantastic Voyage and one day we both decided to go to separate events and meet up at a later time. When I went to lunch I saw a table with 5 people and I asked if I could sit with them. Everyone was cool. I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me. They knew each other.

Now it’s 2012 and I remember the lunch like it was yesterday. 2 of the 5 people I met that day I still communicate with on a regular basis. 3 of the 5 people at the table that day are now on the legal team for the family of Trayvon Martin and they are Benjamin Crump, Daryl Parks and Natalie Jackson. Their efforts have helped give birth to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation. The JusticeTM is a non-profit organization that was established in March of 2012.  If you want get involved with this movement go to  www.justicetm.org for more information on ways you can support this cause.

The 4th person at the table was CoCo Brown who has appeared in movies, plays and had the independent music classic Sun Dress. The 5th person at the table that day was L.J. Holloway who was a lawyer back then but now has started a nonprofit organization called All About HealthCare Advocates.

Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson

Benjamin L. Crump is a principal with the Tallahassee firm of Parks & Crump, LLC. Mr. Crump has been recognized for his generous contributions to those in need, excellence in the legal profession and personal service to the community. Recently, Mr. Crump received the distinction as the first African-American to be named Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in recognition of his donation of $1,000,000.00 to the Legal Services of North Florida. Visit Benjamin Crump for more information.

Daryl Parks is a founding and managing partner of Parks & Crump, LLC. He hails from Haines City, Florida, and attended Florida A&M University on a Presidential Scholarship. While there, Mr. Parks was the first Student Body President elected to two consecutive terms and founded the National Coalition of Black College Student Governments. In 1992, Mr. Parks was selected as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s National College Brother of the Year and received his Bachelor degree in political science and economics. He graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 1995 and had his first client only one day after being sworn into The Florida Bar. Visit Daryl Parks for more information.

Natalie Jackson is the founder of The Women’s Trial Group and has more than 13 years of combined leadership, media and legal experience. She is best known for her work advocating for the legal concerns of women and children and her work in the fields of criminal defense, personal injury, injury to children and wrongful death as it relates to women and their families as well as being featured with her high profile clients on: The Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CNN, Fox News, Headline News, and most local and state news channels. Visit Natalie Jackson for more information.

CoCo Brown is leader of The Phat Cat Players that sparked an Independent movement when their song “Sundress” began climbing Billboard’s hip-hop/R&B charts in early spring 2000. On the Parlane Entertainment label, the track first attracted attention when it was featured on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Coco has made appearances in the play Love In The Nick Of Tyme and the movie Madea’s Family Reunion. Visit CoCo Brown for more information.

L.J. Holloway is an Author, Advocate and student of  Aviation. A divine original willing to DO the impossible, to achieve the inevitable.  Her life’s mission is to educate and enlighten.  Ms. Holloway devotes her energy and efforts toward three of her passions: Books; an Annual Benefit; and Business (all of which are inter-related and born on the same day). Consistent with the three’s in her life, lj is a native and resident of Jacksonville, Florida who plays on Amelia Island at historic American Beach and works in the Nation’s Capital (Washington, D.C.). L.J. Holloway earned the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida College of Law and in her spare time enjoys fine dining, international travel and spending time with mature adults who impart wisdom. Visit L.J. Holloway for more information.

I wrote this to remind you that when you are amongst strangers you just might be entertaining angels.  I recently read in Reid Hoffman’s Book, The Start Up of You that the word company is derived from the Latin cum and pane, which means breaking bread together. You may never know when or where but sooner or later you will be breaking bread with great company.

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs as the Encouragement Speaker. For more information or to book Derrick Hayes for a meeting, conference or event email him at info@derrickhayes.com or call (706) 615-1662.