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Women Who Lead In Business | May 10, 2023 | Guest- L. Joy Williams


The hosts of Women Who Lead In Business will welcome L. Joy Williams as a guest on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The show is live from 7:00 -8:00 pm ET on the Vision & Purpose LifeStyle Magazine Facebook page.


About L. Joy Williams

L. Joy Williams is a highly sought-after political strategist, public speaker, political analyst, and social justice activist.

With over a decade of experience in politics, and over fifteen years in public speaking, L. Joy has made a name for herself as a respected, intelligent voice in modern politics.


Demonstrating a strong talent as a political planner and tactician, both in political campaigns and government, L. Joy has been a regularly featured commentator on MSNBC (“Up with David Gura”; “Melissa Harris-Perry Show”; “AM Joy”), and NY1 (“Inside City Hall”).

L. Joy’s passion for political and community activism was instilled at an early age, stemming from a deep-rooted family history and commitment to civil rights and social justice. In this tradition, L. Joy currently serves as the President of the Brooklyn NAACP, one of the most generational diverse branches in the country. She is also the Legislative Coordinator for the New York State NAACP Conference of Branches. Her outstanding leadership has increased chapter membership and engagement, making Brooklyn NAACP one of the leading civil rights groups in New York City.

Since embarking on her career as a political strategist with the 2002 McCall for Governor campaign, L. Joy's experience as a trusted political advisor and strategist has made her a go-to team member. Recently she has worked with a number of prominent and notable political figures, including Letitia James, Jumaane Williams, and Cynthia Nixon, for whom she served as Senior Advisor during Nixon’s gubernatorial run in New York State. L. Joy has also held key positions such as Campaign Manager for former New York State Assembly Member Karim Camara; GOTV Supervisor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Kerry/Edwards 2004 Presidential campaign; Special Assistant to former New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller; Program Assistant at Demos, a nonpartisan public policy and advocacy organization; and Deputy Director of Community Relations for then–New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson. She went on to become Thompson’s Political Director in his 2009 mayoral campaign.

L. Joy is Chairman Emeritus of Higher Heights for America and now serves as Chair of the Higher Heights PAC. In these roles, L. Joy travels the country training, advising, and supporting efforts to build Black women’s political power and leadership potential. Working with Higher Heights L. Joy has assisted Nina Turner's campaigns for Ohio Secretary of State, Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia, and several congressional campaigns. During the 2014 midterm election, L. Joy managed a voter engagement campaign for Higher Heights in Georgia and Ohio targeting Black women, who had only participated in presidential elections, encouraging them to vote in the federal midterm and state elections. The highly successful campaign increased enthusiasm and turnout by over ten percentage points.

A dynamic public speaker, L. Joy has presented at several conferences and has been on numerous panels, focusing primarily on the impact and power of Black women voters including the NAACP National Convention in San Antonio, TX, and the interactive media conference SXSW about the political power of digital communities in 2018. From 2012-2016, she was a staple at Netroots Nation, where she presented “#BlackWomenLead: The Role and Importance of Black Women Organizers” and “#BlackWomenLead: Harnessing Black Women’s Political Power and Leadership Potential w/ Sen. Nina Turner”, while also airing live as a former co-host of “This Week In Blackness”, one of the first Black-run political podcasts and web series. And in 2015, she was a featured speaker at the Women’s Freedom Conference, the first all-digital conference organized completely by women of color. Drawing upon her extensive career in politics, government, and community work L. Joy believes in empowering communities with the knowledge and skills to be active participants in democracy. Recognizing the need for civic education and engagement in an accessible format L. Joy created #SundayCivics to teach civics using the current political landscape. The weekly show now airs Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on SiriusXM Urban View and is available on demand on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Radio Public, and all podcast platforms. L. Joy’s passion for civic action and commitment to progressive growth for all Americans cannot be understated. Rooted in a generational family tradition of community service, L. Joy walks in the steps of those who fought before her and encourages every citizen to become involved in America’s political process.


About the Hosts



Dawn Marie Bornheimer is an industry leader with a unique combination of interpersonal, business, and strategic skills. Her 18 years of professional experience have taken her from classroom teacher to world-class sales and marketing executive. As the Director Healthcare Partnerships for Kognito, she leads the strategic expansion efforts to bring experiential learning opportunities to current and future healthcare providers.

From being a vital part of a team that generated $1.4M in sales, a full 10 percent increase over the previous year, to increasing reading and math skills by 20 percent as an educator, or mentoring high-potential professionals to make the most out of their leadership potential, Dawn has formulated her own unique brand of secret sauce that has allowed her to parlay each experience into an opportunity for even greater success.


A frequent speaker on the topic of leadership, Dawn strives to help support young girls and women to find their voice. She believes that through mentoring and being mentored, we all play an essential role in our individual and collective success.


Maisha B. Hoye is the CEO of BSHG, LLC which manages and markets Customer 1st Marketing, Maisha’s Lemonade Stand, and other entrepreneurial brands. She believes in the entrepreneurial spirit and all her companies are created with the philosophy of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics.)

Her mission is to create wealth opportunities for herself, her family, and clients through the spirit of entrepreneurship and marketing know-how.

She started Maisha’s Lemonade Stand as a way to fulfill that mission. Since 2012, she has monetized and built the blog up to year-over-year growth with posts and advertisers that focus on the #HealthyWealthyWise and inspire entrepreneurs.

With her company Customer 1st Marketing, Maisha has developed marketing programs for startups to mid-size organizations, all with limited budgets and resources, in very competitive and innovative marketplaces. Ms. Hoye believes that successful marketing programs begin with the assessment of the business from the customer’s point of view and then develop marketing action plans.


Prior to her entrepreneur journey, Maisha’s career in Marketing was all about lead generation and hitting revenue goals. In these positions, she also rebranded companies, created marketing and sales processes and her companies won Partner of the Year awards, recognition from state and local governments, and Supplier Diversity awards.

A proud Hampton University Bachelor's Degree graduate and proud single mother, she gives back to her school as Communication and Fundraising Chair of the local chapter and serves as President of her son’s high school.


Janelle Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of JTOA Corporation. She is a collaborative leader with a continuous track record of empowering teams to deliver creative business solutions for industry and government.


JTOA Corporation is an award-winning management consultancy committed to optimizing organizational success through people, performance, and products (SM).


Janelle empowers and elevates by coaching and training while serving various boards and organization committees. She builds bridges of opportunities to expand resources that cultivate businesses and communities.


Dedicated to optimizing people, performance, and products for organizational success. Taylor's inclusive leadership has supported world-class government organizations including the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security, and state and local agencies by improving operational efficiencies and supporting high-dollar, complex programs, and portfolios.


Dr. Sharon H. Porter (Dr. Sharon), educator, author, publisher, and host, is the President of SHP Enterprise, the umbrella entity of Perfect Time SHP LLC, Publishing and SHP Media and Broadcasting, and Vision & Purpose LifeStyle Magazine and Media, LLC. She is the Executive Director and Founder of The Next In Line to Lead Aspiring Principal Leadership Academy (APLA), where she trains, mentors, and coaches assistant principals from across the U.S. who desire to take the helm as principals.


Dr. Sharon is the owner and Editor-In-Chief of Vision & Purpose LifeStyle Magazine and Media and is the host of The I Am Dr. Sharon Show. She is a founding partner and Vice-President of Media and Communications for WNM Ventures LLC. She also currently serves as an elementary school principal in Maryland.


Dr. Sharon is a graduate of Howard University, Walden University, Johns Hopkins University, National-Louis University, and Winston-Salem State University. She is a part of the 2019 Harvard University School of Education Women in Leadership Cohort. She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, International Association of Women (IAW), American Business Women's Association (ABWA), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Black Women Education Leaders (BWEL). She serves on the Board of Advisors for The Women of Prince George’s and Envision, Lead, Grow (ELG), Inc.


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