2020 Mentor Directory

Jason L. Ford (SQUEEZE)

Author, stage performer and creative designer 

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Jason L. Ford is a creative working and thriving in the Metro Detroit area. He is known as a profound writer, performer, and actor who loves to build dialogue. He is the author of The Sub-American Dream and host of Word Wednesdays at Detroitisthenewblack.

Kristy Stanford

Mindset Coaching and Community Outreach

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Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Kristy Love is a renowned, multimedia specialist, with a passion and zeal for all things entertainment. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Film studies from Eastern Michigan University, Kristy sought to make a name for herself, hence, the formation of “ Kristy Love Media”. Creating such shows, as “My Media Melody”, “The With Love Show”, “Black Wall Street Series”. Working as a mindset and goal coach she is active in shifting the mindset in the black community to help uplift and inspire. Kristy is surely determined to use her platform to change the world and the self-proclaimed “ affirmation guru” is just getting started.

Tristan L Layfield

Career Coach & Resume Writing

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Tristan Layfield is a career coach and resume writer that has helped over 350 people become their own biggest advocate in their careers. With his work featured in major publications such as Black Enterprise, The Muse, and more, Tristan is on a mission to help job seekers by building professional brands that effectively communicate their value and help attract their ideal jobs and employers. From resumes and cover letters to LinkedIn profiles and one-on-one coaching, the services he offers take a holistic approach to completely transform his client’s mindset and job search processes.

Joseph Tompkins

I'm Joseph. R. Tompkins the founder and CEO of the Coalition for Black Success and Black Success Clothing. I'm a native Detroiter, Renowned entrepreneur and Forbes the Culture member I was also recently nominated to be on the 2020 Forbes 30under30 list.

I served in the US Army for eight years And I'm most passionate about helping people from all walks of life, especially people of color. I firmly believes in hard work, persistence, and consistency. However, I gives back to society by providing Mentoring, Food & Coat drives and Sponsor Events in the community.

My greatest accomplishment remains being a father to his children Aiden and Ayanna, who are my daily motivations to succeed and Im is inspired by my quote, “Mediocrity comes to those who wait; Greatness comes to those who pursue it.



CEO & FOUNDER OF THE Coalition for Black Success and Black Success Clothing

N'Kenge Robertson

Student teacher at Cass Technical HS, Founder of Peace Plan Positivity Products & Accountability Counts

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My name is N’Kengé Robertson, a recent graduate of Michigan State University 19’ with a B.A. in Secondary English Education minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I am a current 11th grade English student teacher at Cass Technical High School, Founder of Accountability Counts, and Peace Plan Positivity Products. I am passionate about the emotional and mental well-being of others, implementing anti-racist pedagogies inside the classroom space, and helping youth find their true authentic purpose to strive in the real world.

Brittany Shontel

Podcast Host

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Brittany Shontel is the visionary & cohost of the pretty lit podcast, a show where the righteous, ratchet & real gather to have a conversation. she is passionate about encouraging others to let their light shine in whatever room they are called to. her podcast is 3 years old & has been listened to all over the world.


Flight Attendant and Author

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Lando Success is a Flight Attendant, Author, and businessman willing to teach you how to make money with or without having a college degree.

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Jhaelynn Elam

Research scientist and entrepreneur

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Jhaelynn Elam is a Sensory and Consumer Research Scientist at Amway, specifically within the Nutrilite™ brand. By day, Jhaelynn manages a Descriptive Panel, works with cross-functional teams to understand client needs, supports product innovation from ideation to launch, and also designs and executes consumer tests that support product development decisions. Additionally, she is the founder of Sizije, a travel company that sets out to empower modern-day travelers through cultural experiences and global communities.

Blake Hare

Entrepreneur/ Non-Profit Founder

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Blake Hare
Age: 27
Degree: Western Michigan University major Business management w/ a minor in marketing and general business
Business: Clothing Brand BillionaireByConfidence (BxC) / Superb For Men ( A cologne for men )
Non-profit: Detroit Entrepreneurs

Lamaria Grace

Life coach, peer support coach, influencer, event operations, entrepreneur.

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A 27 y/o 2x entrepreneur, student, educator, and self proclaimed “director of self discovery.” Lamaria combines formal counseling training with life experience, and finds art and creativity in all forms of profession, avocation, and healing styles. While still working to master some techniques, Lamaria delved into her community to exchange life skills, and soon became the sought after self care guru. Lamaria founded SelfCare Sunday to provide a space for healing to communities. SCS is a monthly open group therapy session that offers a safe space be supported. These sessions both encourage attendees to express themselves, and provide a safe place for vulnerability and humility. Lamaria’s goal is that everyone “knows better and does better,” personally and socially.
Lamaria is also a member of the whlgn, a neighborhood institution housing some of Detroit’s most influential creative entrepreneurs. 

Inglish Reed-Jones

CEO, Millennials-Vs-Everybody

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Greetings! I’m Inglish Reed-Jones, The Joyful Change Agent! Also known as a free spirit and a passionate doer! I graduated magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University, earning my Bachelor of Communication with a focus in Advocacy and emphasis in Social Services. I’m a proud millennial on the move, determined to unite my fellow like-minded peers to be change agents in our communities and world. For me, it’s simply not enough to exist in our societies without making a positive impact. I’m determined to leave my mark. I created a platform and movement to execute this exact purpose, MILLENNIALS-VS-EVERYBODY! MVE is a social enterprise and a movement for millennial-doers who want to make a positive change within themselves and their communities.I am a CEO and Founder of a global social enterprise, Philanthropist, Public Speaker and Joyful Change Agent on fire to empower millennials, communities & the world!

Keyon Clinton

Execution Coach (International Speaker, Best Selling Author, Fitness Enthusiast, Creator of 1% Better)

Born and raised in the infamous zip code 48205 of Detroit, MI which is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Keyon Clinton is a proud product of his environment and he is NOT A STATISTIC! He received his Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University in Electrical Engineering and is currently working for a multi-billion dollar company, while also pursuing his education further to obtain his master’s degree in Business Administration.

His philanthropic character has led him on a journey to invest in youth advancement all over the world, which ultimately inspired the founding of his very own business, F.A.M.I.L.Y. (Forget About Me, I Love You). He is an author, motivational speaker, life coach, mentor, philanthropist and most importantly a servant of the Lord. “My mission in life is to always be a blessing to others no matter what you are doing in life" and standing by this, Keyon truly believes that we must sacrifice our own self-gratification for the success of others.