Keona Anntionette, CEO & Founder
Cleo Valentine, Co-Producer
Susan Henderson, Co-Producer
Inland Empire and Los Angeles area
Keona is a mother, wife, poet, influential community leader, motivational speaker, and a boundless creative. Born in Los Angeles, Keona has been excelling at public speaking since an adolescent. She was always encouraged to recite her original poetry pieces at her mother's poetry events. As an elementary school student in Houston, Keona won a fictional short story contest sponsored by Scholastic. She was awarded with having her story published in the nationally dispersed Scholastic newsletter. In middle school, Keona's poetry piece on the Holocaust was featured at the Houston Holocaust Museum. As a high school student in Memphis, Keona won 1st place in the Tennessee state VICA Speech Competition. Keona was then eligible to move on to compete in the VICA Nationals, yet was faced with a difficult choice- compete in Nationals or accept a full scholarship to attend Northfield Mount Hermon (a preparatory school in Boston). In Boston, Keona majored in Creative Writing,which helped strengthen her creative writing and public speaking skills, while in the company of excellent scholars from around the world.
Keona has always been driven by her passion to create and inspire. After college, she took that passion and began hosting informal meet ups focused on women empowerment. Today, through Positive Women Meet Up LLC, Keona produces women empowerment events that help women to develop their passion into a successful project or business, provides consulting services, and continues to motivate women to achieve their goals while giving them the tools to do so. Over the years, Keona's women empowerment events have become well respected and well known in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles areas.
On her journey to develop women empowerment events, Keona has been able to secure sponsorships and partnerships with brands who understand the importance of women empowerment and believe in Keona's vision. Some of those companies are Kim Kimble Hair Care, Bare Snacks, DRY Sparkling, Oyin Handmade, PNK DiGGER Cosmetics, Bobbi Boss, Eden Bodyworks, Jane Carter Solution, Mane Therapy, Harmless Harvest, The Bag Lady 41, and many more.
Over the years, Keona has helped other women to develop their passions into successful projects, produce successful events, and secure sponsorship from companies such as Bare Snacks, Harmless Harvest, Kind Snacks, Coca-Cola Co., Smile Bright teeth whitening, San Bernardino Valley College, SoCal Gas, and Avlon Industries to name a few. Currently, Keona provides consulting services for individuals, brands/companies/organizations, and entrepreneurs in the following areas: speaker development, sponsorship acquisition and professional development.
In her free time, Keona loves traveling, creative writing, fashion, and photography. She is a member of Order of the Eastern Star, and volunteers as the secretary for UC Riverside Black Alumni Chapter Board. Keona continues to be a positive influence in the community.
Fun fact: In 2015, she appeared in an episode of Jeanine Daniel's show, Becoming Nia (Check YouTube for Black & Sexy TV).
To book Keona as a speaker or host for your next event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.