🚨🚨🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨🚨🚨
We’re going virtual and YOU’RE INVITED!
Yes, you read that right! The 2022 YCS Style Retreat is going virtual and you’re going to WANT to be there!
With the cases of Covid-19 and other communicable diseases on the rise, I made the difficult decision to post-pone our in-person retreat until March 24-26, 2023.
Instead, I’ll be hosting a virtual retreat Saturday October 1 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm!!! The best part, I’ll be bringing you all of our retreat speakers PLUS I’ve added a new panel discussion you’re going to LOVE!
If I have learned nothing else over the past two-and-a-half years, I have learned how to pivot. And, once again, I’m doing that by taking the YCS Style Retreat virtual!
But, not to fear . . . because I’m still so excited to provide you with a powerful, insightful, and intimate experience during this year’s virtual retreat! Not only will our original retreat speakers be joining us, the virtual retreat will feature a BRAND NEW closing panel that I know you will absolutely LOVE!
This expertly curated virtual event will bring together dynamic speakers, inspirational sessions and TONS of fun — all from the comfort of your home (or favorite coffee bar, or favorite beach chair, or wherever you can relax and focus).
2022 Virtual Retreat | Saturday October 1, 2022
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM | Zoom
|9:30 AM -9:55 AM||WELCOME + OPENING SESSION|
|10 AM – 10:50 AM||SOUL SHIFT with SHUN STRICKLAND, SoulShift Founder|
|11 AM – 11:50 AM||YOUR GOOD BODY with JENNIFER TAYLOR WAGNER, Author + Speaker|
|12 PM – 12:50 PM||YOUR HEAD, YOUR HEART + YOUR STYLE with ERIKA CARTLEDGE, Image Architect|
|1 PM – 1:50 PM||BETTER TOGETHER: THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD GIRLFRIENDS WHILE CHASING YOUR DREAMS|
with CORA ATKINSON, Award-Winning Producer,
ERIKA CARTLEDGE, Image Architect,
ANIKA JONES, The Community Curator +
LATOYA MARTIN, Director
|1:50 PM – 2 PM||CLOSING SESSION|
Shun Strickland is a Jesus lover, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, pastor, business strategist, coach and activist. She’s passionate about seeing people, especially women, step into their God given identity and live out their God given dreams. She uses her prophetic insight to help people grow, become and make the SoulShift, transform their mindsets, break cycles so they can live and walk in freedom.
Shun believes that if we think differently we can live differently. Her no nonsense, in your face, approach creates the accountability needed for transformation if you’re willing to do the work – no shortcuts!
Shun has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, a Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Masters Degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a life long learner who is committed to using her knowledge to equip and empower others.
Shun is the wife of Dr. Edwin Strickland. They have been married for 25+ years. She is also the mother of five amazing children: three daughters – Taylor, Jordan and Canaan and two sons – Chase and Caleb.
Shun pastors Fellowship of Champions Church with her husband, Edwin. She also owns Shun Strickland Enterprises a coaching and speaking business. Shun is the author of several faith based personal development books and workbooks.
Learn more about Shun’s work: www.shiftwithshun.com/
Jennifer Taylor Wagner is the author of Your Good Body, and is passionate about challenging our approach to health, wellness, and body image. As a certified fitness instructor, Jennifer invites us to celebrate our bodies by moving our bodies in ways we enjoy. Whether hosting online webinars, speaking in churches, or chatting at MOPS meetings, she is committed to helping others find hope in their journey. Jennifer lives in Virginia with her husband, Phil and their two kids. Visit her online at jennifertaylorwagner.com.
Learn more about Jennifer’s work: www.jennifertaylorwagner.com
Follow Jennifer on Social Media: Instagram
Erika Cartledge, your retreat host, is the founder/owner of Your Chic is Showing. She is a personal stylist who helps her clients elevate their personal style and build their confidence. Erika is a certified image consultant and has nearly a decade of experience, styling and educating hundreds of people through one-on-one services, workshops, masterclasses, webinars, and publications. Erika believes that elevated style should be accessible to anyone, anywhere and proudly offers all of her services both in-person and virtually.
Erika graduated, Cum Laude, from Howard University. She’s now based in the Washington, DC metro-area where she lives with her awesome husband Roger and their three incredible children.
Learn more about Erika’s work: www.yourchicisshowing.com
Cora Atkinson works on documentary features and series productions at Words + Pictures. She is an award-winning producer and filmmaker who in 2021 was the co-producer of Summer of Soul (… or When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised), directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. The film earned top honors at the Sundance Film Festival, receiving both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary. She is currently producing a feature documentary about the world’s most well-known pool player, Jeanette Lee, the Black Widow. Cora has worked for years as a producer on a wide range of long form series, documentaries, feature films, and branded content.
Cora holds a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Television Production from Howard University in Washington D.C. She proudly hails from Clinton, Maryland, and currently lives in NYC.
Learn more about Cora’s work: www.coraatkinson.com
Follow Cora on Social Media: Instagram
Creativity. Analysis. Communication
These are the personal and professional pillars that Anika S. Jones strives to uphold. She serves as the Lead Consultant of Holistic Fluency LLC; where the approach is: Collective Mindset + Feedback Cycle = Collaborative Stakeholder Communities for Empowered Solutions. Her unique approach merges Social & Emotional Learning with multiple facets of data to support individuals and organizations in defining, developing, and demonstrating community. Led by Anika, the organization proves that it is gifted with giving perspective, shining a light, building capacity, and sprinkling a little cayenne when needed – on virtually any educational topic. However – community, the village, and all that comes with it is her focus and fave! You can be assured that some intentional communication and awareness gems will be conveyed during time with her; while generally giving you some things to think about.
Anika believes that we all must work to do our part to see, study, and support each other; in order to be outstanding members of the village that we talk about so often. It is throughout her work that insight, confidence, and efficacy are increased through development of positive decision-making skills, holistic advocacy, and servant leadership.
When Anika is not busy being The Community Curator, she enjoys traveling, creating new recipes, connecting with family & friends, and her time as a sports Mom.
Learn more about Anika’s work: www.holisticfluency.com
LaToya Martin is passionate about her faith, family, and fun! She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. The winters were not her friend, so she took her talents to the east coast for college. She earned a Bachelor of
Business Administration degree from Howard University, in Washington, DC where she participated with the Baptist Student Ministry, School of Business Student Council, Howard Homecoming Committee, National Council of Negro Women, and a member of The International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, Iota Rho Chapter.
Upon completion of her degree, she moved to King of Prussia, PA to work as an auditor for SEI Investments. It was there that her passion for internal audit and the financial services industry grew. SEI introduced LaToya to two organizations for community engagement, City Year and Big Brother Big Sister of America. These two organizations became her focus for volunteering in the broader Philadelphia community and allowed her to make an impact. She was blessed to find Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia where she continued to cultivate and mature her relationship with Christ. While a member of Enon, LaToya was an active member of Fire Escape (Young Adult Ministry), Praise Team and Spirit of David dance ministry. LaToya continued her love for dance by dancing semiprofessionally with West Chester Dance Works, under the teaching of Diane Matthews (one of the founding members of Philadanco). It was with West Chester Dance Works where she performed in the production of “Rachel Harris”, which was about the freedom of a runaway slave in Pennsylvania.
LaToya moved with her family to Keller, TX in January 2012. Upon arrival, there was an immediate need to find a new church home. The Potter’s House of Dallas became their new home. It was there that LaToya was able to join the Women and Dance Ministries. She had the privilege of performing for large conferences and influential leaders. This experience gave her the confidence to create her own dance company, Elle Dionne LLC. A place here no matter your size, religion, or affiliation, everyone is welcome to enjoy the movement of dance. In addition, she did not forget her roots and continues to volunteer with the Junior League of America in Arlington and Big Brother Big Sister of America. She recently became an active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
LaToya and her family reside in Haslet, TX. She is the proud wife of Chef John Martin Jr., mother of 2 sons: John (Tre) and Luke (affectionally known as the ‘bible brothers’). Currently, LaToya is the Head of Risk and Controls for the Chief Administrator Office at The Bank of New York Mellon. She is a Lean
Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Control Self-Assessment Auditor, and has her Master’s in Business Administration from Texas A&M Commerce. In her spare time, you can catch her working out with E2E Family, reading a good book (Black authors are her favorite), assisting her husband with his
catering company “Chef’s Plate”, and/or being a chauffeur for her boys’ activities. If asked she will tell you her favorite scripture is “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23.
General Admission tickets provide you with access to the Virtual Style Retreat, as well as replays of ALL retreat sessions. General Admission tickets are $47.
VIP ticket holders will gain access to ALL Virtual Style Retreat sessions and replays and will receive a gift box that includes books from retreat speakers, a complimentary rapid styling session, and other treats! VIP tickets must be purchased by September 24, 2022. VIP tickets are $97.