Attorney, New York Times Bestselling Author and Star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:00
PHAEDRA PARKS "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Phaedra Parks is an entertainment attorney, television show producer, New York Times Bestselling Author and breakout star of BRAVO's hit "The Real Housewives of Atlanta".
The definition of grace, style, and sultry southern savoir-faire, Phaedra was born and raised in Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors and a Juris Doctorate. As the Managing Partner of THE PARKS GROUP, she practices law in the areas of Entertainment, Intellectual Property Rights, Civil and Criminal Litigation and has evolved into a formidable business woman and philanthropist with a diverse professional career that encompasses acute interpretations of the law to weekly appearances on major networks and television programming alike.
While cultivating her career as an exceptional attorney, Phaedra has served as a legal analyst for HLN during the Zimmerman Trial, NBC and Fox News during the Michael Jackson trial, Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Justice, EXTRA, Court TV and various local news outlets. In addition to an analyst, Phaedra has also been featured in numerous media publications including Newsweek, People, US Weekly, The Boston Herald, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and The New York Times.
While diversifying her career in the law, Phaedra successfully worked as the consulting producer and talent for one of BET's most highly viewed shows, Tiny & Toya and continues to bring flavor and flair to "The Real Housewives of Atlanta".
Progressing in accordance with her personal mantra, "style is void without substance," the substance of the ever so stylish Attorney Phaedra Parks has been consistently celebrated through the countless accolades and commendations bestowed upon her throughout her career.
Phaedra also allocates time to engage in philanthropy and community service. Phaedra is a philanthropic partner with Cool Girls and Jane Fonda's Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) and actively sits on the boards for the Junior League, the Children's Shelter, the American Bar Association's Advisory Board, the Ryan Cameron Foundation, The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women, the University of Georgia's Donald L. Hollowell Professorship Endorsement Committee, and the University of Georgia's Law School Alumni Counsel.
An undeniable woman of southern charm, distinction, and success, Phaedra's most noteworthy position is that of mother to Ayden and Dylan. Whether she is gardening, litigating in the courtroom, brokering a major deal, or speaking before her peers, the ultimate belle with hometown flair will inevitably deliver an uplifting and empowering message on Living Your Best Life at the Houston Ultimate Women's Expo on Saturday at 1:00.
MARIO LOPEZ Emmy Winning Host "Extra"
Emmy Award Winning Host of "EXTRA", Actor and New York Times Bestselling Author Keynote Address on Saturday at 2:00
A man of many trades, Mario Lopez has the overwhelming desire to always keep active. Mario is the Emmy winning host of EXTRA, a nationally syndicated daily show. Concurrently, Lopez is the host of the nationwide radio show "On with Mario Lopez".
Lopez New York Times Bestselling autobiography, "Just Between Us" shares his successes and disappointments, never before--told stories and family values. Lopez became a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide "Extra Lean" and his follow up "Extra Lean Family" featuring recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned "Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness" a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children's' book he co--authored with his sister Marissa. As a follow up to "Mud Tacos", Lopez released "Mario & Baby Gia", a children's book he wrote for his daughter which is currently being developed into an animated series.
No stranger to rigorous routines, Lopez danced his way to the finals on ABC's hit show Dancing with the Stars and completed his first run on Broadway in the long running hit musical A Chorus Line.
Mario was named the Alumni Ambassador of Fitness by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America while joining the ranks of other prominent alumni, including President Clinton and Denzel Washington and in the organization's BE GREAT campaign. Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today's young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the key role community based organizations like play in the positive development of children.
Most recently Mario has gotten close and personal with some of today's hottest celebrities and most influential Latino superstars on NUVOtv's exclusive interview series, Mario One--on--One. Special guests include Eva Longoria, Mark Sanchez, George Lopez, Emilio & Gloria Estefan, Anjelah Johnson, and Kat Von D among others.
Even with all his other ventures, Mario is still in love with acting. Lopez reincarnated his guest starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on Nip/Tuck and ABC-TV's Holiday in Handcuffs and the most watched program ever on the Oxygen Network, Husband for Hire.
Don't miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Mario Lopez deliver an uplifting and empowering message on Saturday at 2:00.
LISA VANDERPUMP "Vanderpump Rules" and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, Lifestyle Aficionado and Bestselling Author Delivers the Keynote Address on Saturday at 12:00
Lisa's motto in life is find something that you love to do and then you won't have to work a day in your life! Born and raised in London, Lisa lived in Monte Carlo and the South of France before moving to California. Married to her husband Ken Todd, the couple recently celebrated their thirty-year anniversary and renewed their vows. While living in Europe, Lisa designed various homes, yachts and all 26 of their bars and restaurants.
Lisa hasn't slowed down since moving to the states. She and her husband currently own three restaurants: Villa Blanca, the celebrity hangout described as "the sexiest restaurant" in Beverly Hills; SUR in West Hollywood, which is featured on the Bravo docu-series "Vanderpump Rules" and her latest restaurant success, PUMP. Lisa is also the fan favorite star and original member of the breakout hit series "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills".
Lisa is also a contributor for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine and spends a lot of time at Epione, where she has developed a serious skin care line with her partner Dr. Simon Ourian.
Lisa and Ken are known for their philanthropic efforts and their generous support to various charities.
Lisa is candid about the fact that she spends every night in bed with a gigolo, also known as her pint-sized pup, Giggy.
Don't miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become inspired by Lisa Vanderpump as she delivers the Houston Ultimate Women's Expo Keynote Address.
Immediately following her Keynote Address, you'll have an opportunity to meet Lisa at the LVP Sangria Tasting Lounge as you enjoy a sample tasting of LVP, a luscious, refreshing sangria made from Spanish rosé and red wines!
VICKI LAWRENCE "Mama's Family & "The Carol Burnett Show"
Emmy Award Winning Actress, "Mama's Family", "The Carol Burnett Show" Keynote Address on Sunday at 2:00
During her senior year of high school, Vicki Lawrence sent Carol Burnett a letter which included a local newspaper article mentioning their resemblance. Vicki invited Ms. Burnett to the local fire department's "Miss Fireball Contest" in which she was performing. Ms. Burnett, looking for an actress to play her kid sister on her new variety series, contacted Vicki and made arrangements to come to the event. The rest is television history. "The Carol Burnett Show" premiered in the fall of 1967; the same year Vicki entered UCLA to study Theater Arts. She spent eleven years with Carol, earning an Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations.
After the Burnett show ended, Vicki went on to star in her own TV series, "Mama's Family" which still airs daily throughout the country. Vicki also received a gold record as a recording artist for her international hit single, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
Vicki became one of the few successful, female game show hosts when she took on the daytime network-version of "Win, Lose or Draw" and further perfected her hosting skills on her own daytime talk show, appropriately called "Vicki!." She received critical acclaim when she was the only talk show host since Oprah to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her freshman year and later returned to daytime talk as the host of "Fox After Breakfast".
On stage Vicki has appeared in numerous productions, including "Carousel," "Send Me No Flowers," "No, No, Nanette," "My Fat Friend," "Chapter Two," "Twigs," "Hello Dolly," "Special Occasions," "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It ON The Road," "Annie Get Your Gun" and live from the Grand Ole Opry, "Nunsense 3: The Jamboree".
Vicki currently tours the country with her stage production "Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show."
Vicki's Keynote Address shares her approach in life to meeting every obstacle with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!"
Don't miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Vicki Lawrence deliver an uplifting and empowering message on Sunday at 2:00.
LEEZA GIBBONS Emmy Winning Host, Author, Health Advocate
Emmy Award Winning Host, New York Times Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur and Health Advocate Delivers the Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:45
Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well-known pop-culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, EMMY award winner and a New York Times bestselling author.
The spectrum of Leeza's career in entertainment and news media is diverse and impressive. Her on-camera hosting dominance in the entertainment-news and talk-show arenas, ranges from the most popular entertainment news show in history, Entertainment Tonight, to her award-winning daytime talk show, Leeza.
Leeza published her first NY Times Bestseller, Take 2, a personal growth guide designed to help people recreate themselves and hit the reset button on their lives.
Later that year, Leeza won the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for the PBS show 'My Generation'.
Leeza was crowned the winner of NBC's ‘Celebrity Apprentice'. Having raised over $700,000 for her foundation, Leeza became the 2nd woman ever to win the long-standing competition show. This season also reignited the storied franchise for NBC as the show delivered their highest overall ratings in nearly 5 years.
Recognized as a social entrepreneur, Leeza has become one of the leading voices for issues facing family caregivers. When her mother and grandmother were struggling with Alzheimer's disease, she created what she wished she and her family had and started the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation. Her training as a journalist united with her compassion and business savvy when she opened the foundation's signature programs Leeza's Place and Leeza's Care Connection, offering free services for family caregivers encouraging them to call on their courage and summon their strength for the long journey ahead.
Over the years, Leeza has become known as a trusted girlfriend, valued confidante, and source of inspiration and information, empowering women to show up for their lives with confidence and pride. Whether it's her scrapbook line honoring the value of memories, her jewelry collection to symbolize transformation, or her cosmetic products to reveal inner and outer beauty, Leeza develops programs and products to help women claim their strength and rewrite the story of their lives.
Immediately following her Keynote Address you'll have an opportunity to meet Leeza at the Books Pavilion at the Houston Ultimate Women's Expo as she signs copies of her latest release "Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big"
Don't miss your opportunity to become inspired by Leeza Gibbons with a motivating Keynote address on Getting More Out of Your Life and Business at the Houston Ultimate Women's Expo on Saturday at 1:45.
JASMINE GUY Actress, Author, Producer
Award Winning Actress, Bestselling Author and Director Keynote Address on Sunday at 1:00
Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago. She is currently performing Raisin' Cane, a one-woman musical journey through the Harlem Renaissance, throughout the U.S., backed by the Avery Sharpe Trio, and has recurring roles in both If Loving You is Wrong, Tyler Perry's hit drama series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and as Grams on the popular CW series Vampire Diaries.
After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle.
Her other television performances include: NYPD Blue, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Melrose Place and Living Single. One of her favorite roles was that of Roxy, the grim reaper meter maid on Showtime's hit series Dead Like Me.
Jasmine released her self-titled album on Warner Bros. Records, featuring the hit single Try Me. Try Me was produced by Full Force and features Xcape with Candy Burgess. The song shot up the R & B charts quickly to Gold status, and fueled the success of the album's second and third chart singles Another Like My Lover and I Just Wanna Hold You.
Jasmine penned the biography Evolution of a Revolutionary which chronicles the life and journey of Afeni Shakur -- Black Panther, activist and mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur.
Jasmine shares her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. Her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts and provides an inspirational backdrop to her Keynote Address on Sunday at at 1:00.
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HOUSTON ULTIMATE WOMEN'S EXPO April 9-10, 2016 | NRG Reliant CenterSaturday 10AM ~ 5PM and Sunday 11AM ~ 5PM