Acclaimed celebrity photographer and creative director of The Mothers Ball, Lola Melani, is known for her elegant and intimate portraits, which have been featured in the media worldwide. Lola specializes in maternity, newborn and beauty photography; and her style blends editorial, fashion and fine art photography. The ethereal signature look of her portraiture has attracted a clientele that includes global dignitaries, public figures and celebrities.
Lola speaks frequently about her journey from immigrant to the United States to one of the world’s leading photographers and she espouses that we all have an opportunity to make a positive difference in the world through our work. When not in her studio capturing the beauty of life and family, Lola curates masterclass seminars, where she mentors fellow photographers on how to find their own unique style to take their art form and businesses to the next level.
In 2017, Lola founded The Lola Melani Fund, a charity that empowers women at every stage of motherhood by enhancing a mother’s capacity to advocate for herself, her family and her community.
Amanda J. Slavin
Speaker Training and Development
Amanda Slavin is CEO and Founder of CatalystCreativ, an award-winning brand marketing firm specializing in audience engagement. Using the Seventh Level Engagement Framework—a proprietary methodology adapted from Amanda’s thesis work while earning her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction—Catalyst has helped enhance engagement for brands like Google, The Nature Conservancy, and Coca Cola through through design, experiences, and campaigns.
In October 2019, she published the #1 Amazon Best Selling book, The Seventh Level, which explains her proprietary framework, and guides readers to use it for themselves.
A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Amanda co-founded and launched the Charity Connector event series, helped organize TEDx Big Apple, and co-produced the Global Festival, a 60,000-person concert in Central Park. She is a founding advisory board member for NPR’s GenListen, is on the advisory board for Global Citizen, and is an active angel investor and advisor to 10+ startups.
She’s spoken at SXSW, TED, Summit Series, and INBOUND about how The Seventh Level Engagement Framework is the future of meaningful, personal connections. Amanda’s groundbreaking thought leadership has been covered by Inc Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.
Kimberly King is a global social entrepreneur and noted expert in the fields of public-private-partnerships, international development, gender & youth, and sustainable innovation eco-systems. Her passion is working at the intersections of business, strategy and social impact, creating ground-breaking marketing and financial models generating more than $4B dollars in revenue to date.
King’s diverse experience reflects 20+ yrs as a leader in multi-sector joint ventures working with financial services, cooperatives and impact investing; sustainability solutions in business, environment and economic development; civic and community engagement; marketing and media; entrepreneurship education and enterprise incubator and accelerator programs.
Clients/Partners include American Express/AMEX Advisors, Credit Union National Association, NBC, PBS, AT&T, Coca-Cola, AARP, the Cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, and San Juan, the Govts of Mauritius, Slovakia and United States, the Indian Ocean Commission, World Trade Center Association and the United Nations.
King is CEO of HumanTec Labs. and Cofounder of One Island Institute. She serves as a special projects consultant to the United Nations and Sr. Advisor to the Institute for Sustainable Development and Urban Innovation Exchange.
A lifelong champion for women and girls, Kimberly is Vice President of the International Women’s Think Tank and NGO representative to the UN Commission on Women. She is the Cofounder of WIESD – Women in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development – based in Sweden and the US, and a Founding Partner of The Mothers Ball, LLC.
Kimberly is an international speaker, media producer and featured co-author in “The Power of Team”. She has worked and traveled to nearly 70 countries and is an honored recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Humanitarian Award.
Co-producer/Fashion and Talent Partnerships Director
Annette BibbyOliver, founder of Los Angeles-based Dreamhouse Marketing and co-producer of The Mothers Ball, has established a reputation in the fashion and entertainment industry over the last ten years for her integration of top fashion, accessories and lifestyle brands with events that generate tremendous social impact. Throughout the entertainment and media industries, Annette is renowned for bridging the gap between marketing and celebrity events to create powerful brand positioning, publicity-worthy campaigns and memorable experiences for the brands she represents. Annette’s ability to foster a concept through product development to product launch has led her to head national marketing campaigns, with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, American Heart Association, PATH
(People Assisting The Homeless) — and her own non-profit, Dreamprom, which she founded seven years ago.
When Annette first joined the industry, event production was a curated concept more than a recognized profession.
She has proudly participated in its evolution, and Annette has emerged to play a key role in production of sponsorship liaison teams. She has built a loyal clientele through her ability to implement a variety of marketing and brand positioning tactics to engage attendees and increase event visibility and revenue.
In addition to producing and curating brand partnerships for stellar events around the globe, Annette is also a sought-after consultant not only to major lifestyle and fashion brands, but also to celebrity brands seeking product development, brand partnerships and new launches to market, as well as marketing events and strategic brand placement and positioning.
Despite fast-tracking her success over the past decade, Annette recalls it wasn’t all glitz and glamour over the years. A rollercoaster of highs and lows and sacrifices led her to become the resilient and astute businesswoman she is today: “I no longer allow curiosity to spur me to take on a project, rather I choose projects with a purpose I am passionate about, and I make those decisions based on the instincts and experiences of a savvy business professional.” Annette’s company, Dreamhouse MBG, is becoming a dominant force within the event production space. The Dreamhouse event roster boasts The White House Correspondents Dinner, David Lynch Foundation Lifetime of Bliss Awards, City of Hope Gala, Annual Grammy Foundation MusiCares, Espy Awards/BET & Centric Soul Train Awards, 2017 Cinemoi Goes to Cannes Film Festival, 2019 Remy Martin Oscars After Party and now The Mothers Ball, and many more of the most celebrated events in global entertainment and media.
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