Our Participants

Meet the 2021 Co-Hort:

Robin Beaman

Robin E. Beaman is a recognized leader in the fields of corporate relations, media relations and advertising. She is the president of Beaman Incorporated, an award-winning communications and advertising agency that has yielded tremendous dividends and successful wins for major organizations and Fortune 500 companies including Nielsen, Coca Cola, British Petroleum, Allstate, Illinois Department of Transportation, Revlon and HBO.

Robin received her Bachelor of Arts from the School of Communications at Howard University and her MS from the Kogod School of Business at American University. She is also the graduate of the Executive Professional Service Firm Program at Harvard University.

Elsie Cardell

As the former Vice President of L’Oreal USA, responsible for managing the commercial business in the US, Canada & Caribbean, Elsie is one of the most trusted and respected leaders in the multicultural beauty industry, having influenced the sales destiny of national and international hair care brands representing in the hundreds of millions in global sales. She has 30 years of experience in strategic sales leadership with some of the world's leading beauty & multicultural companies.

Results Sales & Marketing LLC, is a premier sales and marketing company that supports small to midsize manufacturers in mass, specialty and salon retailers.  Results is known for consistently delivering YOY double digit sales growth coupled with expanding distribution.

Sheila Coates

Be Your Own Brand (BYOB) is the culmination of Coates’ two decades of experience as a marketing executive specializing in artist development, branding and imaging. During her tenure in the music industry, Coates worked with some of the most recognizable names in the business. Her client list reads like a “Who’s Who” in popular music — Mary J. Blige, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Toni Braxton, Lenny Kravitz, Barry White, Jill Scott, Babyface, Monica, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Q-Tip, Lalah Hathaway, and many others. She has created images for more than 100 videos, red-carpets events and television programs such as: The GRAMMY® Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah, The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

Cecelia Harrison

Cecelia Harrison BS, RHIA, CCA, CRCR is the owner of ReveNewCycle Management and Consulting which was founded in 2016. Cecelia currently teaches Basic CPT Coding at Malcolm X College. In 2019 Ms. Harrison graduated from Chicago State University with her bachelor's degree in Health Information Administration. She has been in the Health Information industry for 20 years. As a former Section 8 recipient Cecelia is thrilled to take her business to the next level so she can hire those within her community. Joining this program will help her in facilitating her training program Blossoming Rose which will add much needed diversity to the Health Information Management field.

Nichole Jackson

Bronzeville Wingz, located in the historic Bronzeville community at 4300 S Michigan Ave., specializes in sauced naked and battered chicken. Owned and operated by Nichole M. Jackson, a Bronzeville native, the restaurant is unlike most specialty chicken restaurants, offering over 30 sauce flavors and preparation choice, making them a fan favorite for most wing lovers.  In addition to chicken, the restaurant offers a small amount of seafood and vegetarian options.

She currently resides in  Bronzeville and owns and operates her business in the neighborhood, with her daughter Kristian.

Larvetta Loftin

L3 Agency is a full-service marketing and communications agency focused on influencer marketing and delivering authentic content for brand engagement. L3 Agency has been responsible for executing award-winning marketing and branding experiential campaigns for Verizon, Bacardi, Toyota, McDonald’s, CVS Pharmacy, ComEd  and The Chicago Community Trust. Larvetta has also built an incredible career as a content creator, brand marketing strategist, authentic speaker, media personality, master networker, community advocate, author, and social entrepreneur. She recently launched her own business web series, on YouTube under LarvettaSpeaks TV  for women of color in Chicago to pitch for access for capital, resources, and expert mentorshipfor Upward Women.

Pam Redwood-Harris

Signature Media Group Speakers (SMG Speakers), is a full service speakers’ bureau that books, brands and manages national speaking talent for special events and has quickly become one of the nation’s leading professional speakers’ bureaus—representing powerful speakers who inspire audiences through their story and impactful message.

Pam has assisted in developing speaking opportunities for the careers of many prominent celebrities, politicians, authors and news journalists, such as multimedia journalist Roland Martin; Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank; White House Correspondent & CNN Analyst April Ryan, Ice Cube, former TV Show host Judge Glenda Hatchett and activist and world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni.

Toi Salter

Toi Salter is a recognized leader in the field of financial and business management. As CEO and Founder of Salter Financial Management LLC, she manages and oversees the day-to-day and long-term financial & business affairs for professional athletes and media personalities.

Ms. Salter, a 20 plus year financial professional, is especially committed to professional athletes after seeing how so many lost their wealth because of improper financial guidance and counsel. Determined not to let this happen on her watch, she landed top picks in the NBA against all odds and incorporated the industry’s most respected wealth institutions and top tier financial professionals as part of her team. This approach has been a winning combination.