Financial Business Seminar
Angelia White, EA
Angelia White is the founder and Managing Director of ALW Tax & Financial Services, established in March of 2020. Her firm specializes in providing tax resolution services to individuals and businesses facing tax problems with the IRS and local taxing authorities. In addition to these services, ALW also engages in providing tax preparation and general bookkeeping and accounting services.
Prior to ALW Tax & Financial Services, Angelia was the Senior Tax & Accounting Manager for a local accounting firm for seven years. She further leverages a deep background of 15 years of corporate accounting experience to deliver value-added service solutions to her clients.
Angelia earned an undergrad degree in business administration from South Georgia State College and has an accounting-focused MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is also an Enrolled Agent, credentialed by the United States Treasury Department to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.
Paul Wilson, Jr.
Paul Wilson, Jr. is an innovative and effective entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience creating and delivering high caliber consulting and training solutions to small businesses, corporations, non-profits, and professionals at all levels. He has extensive industry experience that spans leadership roles in small business development, community development, supply chain management, and supplier diversity. His expertise includes strategic planning, operational planning, leadership development, digital media, government and corporate contracting, and curriculum design and development.
Paul is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE). RICE is a business generator serving metro Atlanta, created to support Black entrepreneurs in overcoming the unique barriers they face in building thriving businesses. At 54,000 square feet, RICE is the largest center of its kind in the United States.
Previously Paul served as the Area Director of the UGA Small Business Development Center at Georgia State University. In that role he successfully led a dynamic team that provided consulting services, business solutions, educational training, and market research to startup, growing, and established small businesses that helped them achieve their short and long-term goals.
During his entrepreneurial journey, Paul leveraged his Master of Science in Organizational Management and Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management to impact several industries and organizations across the United States. Some of his previous client engagements include Southern Company, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), Nevada Energy, Vectren, Louisville Gas & Electric, AEP, Edison Electric Institute, Indiana Utility Association, Utility Purchasing Management Group, and NFL teams, including San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, and Minnesota Vikings.
He is a passionate champion for minority business development, expansion, and retention in the metro Atlanta region and beyond, and has built strong partnerships and collaborations with several small business development organizations. Additionally, he enjoys using his multi-media talents and skills to create digital content that informs, inspires, and challenges entrepreneurs and leaders to pursue their maximum potential.
Paul’s has been married to his wife, Shawnice, for 21 years, and they have been blessed with four amazing children.
Donald Ray Lamar, MBA
With over 20 years of practical executive and entrepreneurial leadership, Donald Lamar brings a wealth of experience to organizations, businesses, and institutions by defining, coaching, and guiding them to reach goals and other key measure of success leveraging a unique combination of technical and strategic abilities.
Currently, Donald serves as the Director of Entrepreneurial services & Area Director for the UGA SBDC Morehouse College office serving the West end, Metro Atlanta, and Fulton County. In this role, Donald is charged with its mission to drive direct impact by providing sustainable resources to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and business owners one business at a time.
Prior to joining UGA SBDC Morehouse center, Donald worked as a senior business consultant with the SBDC at Georgia State University. Additionally, Donald co-founded Drayton, Drayton & Lamar Inc.(www.ddlinc.com), as well as, owned, managed, and operated businesses in the technology, restaurant (i.e., Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint franchisee), and management consulting industries. Other notable contributions and experiences showcases his work as a senior business consultant for countless small business across the nation applying his knowledge of industry specializations in government contracting, systems integration, and general business management to include working for well-known large businesses like McDonnell Aircraft Company and General Dynamics Corporation
Mr. Lamar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from PVAMU and an Executive MBA from GSU’s Robinson College of Business. Additional certifications earned from Emory University in Big Data Analytics, as well as, involvement/memberships in several charitable organizations and industry groups
Cheryl Smith, MPA
Cheryl Smith is the CEO of Dewlyn Nonprofit Services, a Metro Atlanta-based nonprofit consulting firm, where she helps US nonprofit organizations build sustainability through training, coaching, and grant-writing.
She is also the author of the book, “21 Ways to Fund a Nonprofit,” she’s a member of the American Grant Writers' Association; the only nonprofit trainer for SCORE serving the North Metro Atlanta Counties; and, a guest speaker/trainer for Point University and the Cobb Collaborative.
Originally from Michigan, Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and went on to complete her Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
As a champion for the nonprofit community, Cheryl trains hundreds of nonprofit organizations each year, and she has successfully secured millions of dollars in government and private foundation grants for organizations that she has aligned with. Broadly, Cheryl’s specialty is building capacity in people and organizations, helping each to reach their highest and best potential.
Erin Pate, CFC
Certified Franchise Consultant | Career Transition Specialist | Business Owner
Erin Pate, Founder, and CEO of FranPursuit, a premier franchise consulting firm, has 21 years of experience across multiple brands in retail and senior care. Her career has been largely focused on consulting with new and veteran franchise owners on start-up, business development, operations, marketing, financials, and scaling for growth. Erin now consults with individuals exploring business ownership options through franchising, while also providing guidance to entrepreneurs considering franchising as a business model. Her passion is building strong working relationships with her clients and reputable franchise companies to help them achieve their goals.
Andre’ Kennebrew recently joined the Lifeshape International Staff as the Director of Relationships after spending 14 ½ years with Chick-fil-A. Andre’ started at Chick-fil-A in 2006 as a Franchise Selection Consultant. He spent 3 ½ years supporting the selection of Franchise Operators before moving over to Staff Selection to support the selection of Chick-fil-A Support Center Staff from 2010 to 2017. Andre’ moved over to work with the Leadership Development Program in Field Operations in 2017 where he supported the Recruiting, Selection and Coaching of Chick-fil-A Leadership Development participants.
Andre’ has built his reputation on two things. First, his unique ability to Recruit and Select Talent at Chick-fil-A. Second, Andre’ loves coaching and growing young talent. In addition, Andre’ loves supporting the growth of small businesses, non-profit organizations, and college and universities in advancing their mission by providing Leadership Training and Coaching.
Andre’ has led interview classes and workshops with several colleges and universities to prepare students for life after education. Andre’ is a highly sought-after mentor for millennials and the GEN Z generations.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A in 2006, Andre’ served as the Administrative Pastor at Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Tucker, GA. Andre’s Career also includes 15 years at First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo) as a Vice-President in the retail banking division where he supervised branch banking locations in the Atlanta market. His first job out of college was in the retail management leadership development program at Kroger.
Andre’ is a 1982 graduate of Davidson College where he was a three-year starter and letterman in football. Andre’ earned a Master of Ministry Degree from Luther Rice Seminary in the Atlanta area in 2004.
He serves as the Chairman of the Point University Trustee Board. He is also a member of the Impact 360 Curriculum Board and the Water Mission Board.
Andre’ lives in Lilburn, GA with his wife Donna. They have been married 33 years. They have two children. Holden is 30 and Kristen is 28.
His passions include providing career coaching for millennials and spending time with his family. He affectionately called “Coach Kennebrew”.