As a host of The Artists Forum TV (AFTV), I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing amazing local artists of all disciplines, and shining a spotlight on their work. Here are links to my latest interviews:
Horizons for Homeless Children strives to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts, and helps their families succeed, by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. At its facility, "every homeless child will have the opportunity to learn, play, and thrive."
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, for its 25th Anniversary spring fundraising gala, entitled "A Night For Tomorrow," I served as Storyteller of a special presentation. My job was to present with clarity and power the Horizons for Homeless Children's history and mission, and the necessity for its work to continue. The event was a huge success. The attendees were so greatly moved and inspired, that Horizons surpassed its fundraising goal! I was honored to speak on behalf of such a noble cause.
Testimonial --“I have twice had the extraordinary good fortune to work with Lisa Nicole Wilkerson as a public speaker and performer – once to launch our organization Opportunity Nation (www.opportunitynation.org) the Apollo Theater in NYC, and a second time as part of a theatrical depiction of 25 years of impact of Horizons for Homeless Children, the largest organization in the country working on behalf of homeless children. Lisa is an incredibly talented, flexible, and engaging professional – it’s hard for me to imagine crafting another major public event without her engagement.”
- Mark Edwards
Testimonial --“I had the pleasure of working with Lisa Nicole Wilkerson on Horizons for Homeless Children’s 25thAnniversary Spring Event, A Night for Tomorrow, in April of 2014. The event is our single largest fundraiser of the year, and in order to meet our goals the program must be powerful, moving, and impactful. Lisa played an essential role as she told our story, gracefully underscored the crisis of child and family homelessness, and communicated the need for our work in a powerful way. Her poise and approach drew the audience in from the moment she began. Offstage, Lisa was a joy to work with, eager to collaborate with our team to ensure that the final program was an accurate portrayal of our vision. I would highly recommend Lisa for any such role, and hope to have the opportunity to work with her again in the future.”
- Alisha Atlas-Corbett
Director of Events
Horizons for Homeless Children
photos by Spector Photography
InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center is a dance and music education facility dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families, by instilling confidence, self-awareness and a sense of the importance of community-building. Created by husband-wife team Leon and Kristine Smith, the facility provides open classes, as well as an Academy Program curriculum, which offers aspiring dancers an elevated dance study experience.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, I was honored to serve as the guest speaker for the center's first annual awards ceremony for its 2012-2013 Academy Program. While technical development is a major program focus, high scholastic achievement (maintaining at 3.0 GPA is required), participating in community service, and overall self-development are also emphasized. I spoke on the topic "Learning To Choose Success," while emphasizing my platform "Everything You Need You Already Have, and Everything You Have Is Good Enough"®. The students present were go-getters, and I was grateful to have played a small part in planting even more seeds of positivity to further propel them to go and accomplish their dreams!
Lisa Nicole Wilkerson was the featured guest speaker and panel discussion participant at this year's Women's Panel Career Series at Long Island University in Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. She spoke to an audience of college students on developing and maintaining a career in the performing arts.
The Learning 2012 Conference is a diverse program of sessions, workshops and discussions providing insights into the current and future states of learning and leadership. It is conducted and attended by key thought and learning leaders with business, learning, technology and media backgrounds. This year, there were about 1,600 attendees from around the world, and General Colin Powell was the featured keynote speaker.
Lisa sang “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway hit Wicked and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from Disney’s The Lion King. She spoke on the topic “Learning To Choose Success,” and shared perspectives on the power of decision making, knowing your product and/or services and doing the work. Through telling her personal story, she illuminated the topic through the themes of career transitioning, persevering and reinventing oneself to stay relevant.
Testimonial --“I had the privilege of listening to Lisa Nicole Wilkerson during the Learning 2012 conference in Orlando. Lisa’s message of Choosing Success is a heartfelt, genuine testimony to living authentically. Lisa has a gift of telling stories that connect her with the audience. She is inspiring, articulate, and confident. She has experienced heartache and success, and articulates her journey in an engaging, interactive way. In addition to speaking, Lisa’s ability to paralyze a room with her powerful, spectacular singing voice is hands down, extraordinary. Truly a phenomenal talent. I would highly recommend Lisa!”
Managing Director, Training Department
Testimonial --“Lisa’s presentation was uplifting, inspiring and entertaining. She is passionate and her ability to move an audience is remarkable. Everyone seemed to embrace her personal story of choosing the life you want to live, coupled with ambition, resolve, drive, and passion one can triumph against all odds to live the life they choose.”
Dr. Sydney Savion
Popular Author of the book Camouflage to Pinstripes
Opportunity Nation is a national, bipartisan campaign promoting opportunity and social mobility in America. As a member of the Opportunity Nation Leadership Council, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson is among a group of diverse, iconic leaders, including the Honorable Melody Barnes, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington and Russell Simmons, who have lent their names and voices to the Opportunity Nation campaign.
On November 3, 2011, Lisa served as host and story-teller for this initiative’s launch at the historic Apollo Theater.
Shannon’s S.H.A.R.E. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education and recruitment of potential bone marrow donors through various programs and services, especially in communities where the need is most prevalent. It is committed to providing support, hope and aid to patients and their families, with a focus on those in need of bone marrow transplants. S.H.A.R.E. stands for Support, Hope, Aid, Recruit and Educate.
Lisa served as host for Shannon’s S.HA.R.E.’s first annual fundraising gala on November 7, 2011.