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IL: Helena Andrews

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Featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, The Washington Post, Essence, OUT and Uptown Washington journalist Helena Andrews is a purveyor of all things awesome. HarperCollins published her first book, a memoir in essays entitled BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK, on June 1st, 2010. Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has optioned the book as a feature film for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

A former staff writer at Politico and New York Times Style Section contributor, Helena now writes a popular weekly column called “Single-Minded” on being “free, single and disengaged” for The Root, a division of The Washington Post.

On December 10th, 2009 The Washington Post published a front-page profile of Helena that set the Interwebs on fire! The article, “Single Minded Success,” prompted responses from The Huffington Post, Jezebel and Racialicious among others. In it Helena explained why she wrote BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK: “What I’m trying to say about single black women [all women, really] is that you don’t know them as well as you think you do. They may not know themselves as well as they think they do.” She approaches single-hood with rare honesty and grit.

Helena has appeared on ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’s “Early Show,” CNN, XM Radio, NPR and NY1. She’s shared her unique take on everything pop culture from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (“totes cray cray”) to Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” (magical indoctrination) with millions of fans across the country.

After graduating from Columbia University in 2002, Helena scored a sweet $5.15/hour internship at O, the Oprah Magazine. (Like all good indentured serv… er, interns, she survived on Ramen noodles, free food in the break room and the kindness of strangers.)

In 2005, Helena earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, which provided the solid reporting foundation necessary to answer phones as a news assistant in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.

From there Helena went on to cover Capitol Hill for Politico, which resulted in an allergic reaction to politics that was cured only slightly by writing a book. She is currently working on the film adaptation of BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK and (as a former pro cheerleader) living vicariously through “So You Think You Can Dance?” and every horrendous dance movie ever made, including but not limited to the “Step Up” franchise.

Helena is currently writing the screenplay adaption of BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, will executive produce the project. “Someone recently told me that adapting your own book into a screenplay is like circumcising your own child. Here’s hoping it won’t be that bloody.”

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IL: Ryan Mack

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Ryan C. Mack

President of Optimum Capital Management, Ryan Mack: Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. Ryan Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance.  His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest NASDAQ trading firm in the nation, Knight Securities.  Having a passion for teaching he established his own financial awareness group in 2003 where he began to publish regular newsletters about various financial related issues that were of interest to people from all income levels. In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of financial literacy. Unions, churches, government-subsidized housing communities, municipal programs, nonprofits, inner-city organizations, international communities and especially colleges and universities have benefited from the financial workshops/programs that he has developed and instructed through Optimum Capital Management.

As a renowned public speaker he has provided keynote presentations to organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, NAACP, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Housing Preservation and Development, National Urban League, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Black MBA Association and many others, Microsoft Corporation, HSBC, KPMG, Johnson and Johnson, Six Flags, and Deutsche Bank.  With a strong sense of philanthropy he flew to South Africa to teach economic empowerment principles to those in need and has partnered with the local District Attorney’s office to teach financial literacy to previously incarcerated community residents with the aim of lowering recidivism rates.  He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as GMTV, CNBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, and BET discussing economic/social issues that impact American citizens.  Ryan has also been profiled in Tavis Smiley’s Covenant and Action (a New York Times Bestseller); co-authored a book with Kevin Powell entitled “The Black Male Handbook”; featured in Black Enterprise, African American Family, The Source & NV Magazine; contributes regularly to Huffingtonpost.com, The Network Journal, Fortune, and Black Enterprise; received the Top 40 Ander 40 Achievement Award from The Network Journal; was inducted by Medgar Evers College (where he currently serves as a board member) into its national honor society PI ETA KAPPA as a honorary member;  and received Tom Joyner’s “Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award” because of his efforts to empower the community with the crucial life skills of financial literacy.  Whether he is counseling a group of doctors at a convention or in Rikers Island providing a free course Ryan Mack’s comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment to all income levels has generated a level of much needed interest in a volatile economy.