“Onward and Upward, in a spiritual sense, means that I keep pressing on toward the mark. Come what may, in spite of all adversity, I look to the hills from which comes my help. Then, I confidently and boldly climb higher and higher.”— Leslie E. Royal
Onward and Upward with Leslie E. Royal, presented by Ashro, is a popular video series spotlighting nationally renowned African American women who are making an EXCEPTIONAL difference in their global and local community. Season 2, featuring 12 notable women, just wrapped up and it was a blast!
Ashro, the premier fashion apparel company for Black women, continues its commitment to caring for African American women and their families in a holistic way. There is innate beauty and exquisiteness in all women and Ashro has a special way of illuminating and nurturing our nature.
As with Season 1, Season 2 continues Ashro’s pledge of being committed to inspiring, empowering, informing, uplifting, and keeping the positive vibes flowing among our sisters. I began the season by sharing a special welcome video. Once again, from the office in my home in metro Atlanta, I had a wonderful time of getting to know the phenomenal women virtually.
Feel free to peruse this enlightening, interactive Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal Season 2 summary below. It features great images designed by The Ashro Team and intriguing videos with the ladies in their natural element. You can get to know the magnificent ladies further by clicking on links to their websites, social media pages, and other mediums spotlighting their most recent accolades.
Lisa Peyton-Caire – Episode 1: Prioritizing Your Health and Wellbeing
As founder, president, and CEO of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, Lisa and her team have an unwavering commitment to serving the black community through leadership development, health education, and its wellness programs. The nonprofit organization’s Black Women’s Wellness Day is an annual summit that encourages women and girls to lead a healthy lifestyle. You can support the conference and the organization by clicking on this link.
Silvette Bullard – Episode 2: The Sweet Julobell Bakery Recipe of Love
The love is in the details with every cake that Silvette Bullard bakes. Sweet Julobell Bakery, named for her grandmothers and an aunt, features the most delectable, buttery, and moist layer cakes, mini Bundts, and regular size Bundt cakes. The delectable flavors like Red Velvet, Salted Caramel Whiskey, 7 Up, and Butter Pound, keep her customers coming back for more. Spotlighted in 7 Delightful Sweets and Confections That Will Wow Loved Ones This Christmas, she is a wonderful inspiration to others who aspire to start their own business. Click on this link to place an order.
LaNesha DeBardelaben – Episode 3: Discovering the Essence of African American History
Black History comes to life at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, Washington under the leadership of LaNesha DeBardelaben as president and CEO. Whether she’s hosting A’ Lelia Bundles, the great granddaughter of the legendary Madame C. J. Walker, the distinguished Dr. Cornel West, a Youth Curator Program, or the Iconic Black Women exhibit virtually, she’s educating others perpetually. To partner with the museum in a number of ways, click here.
Tonya Rapley – Episode 4: Basking in the Joy of Financial Freedom
As founder of My Fab Finance, owner of Club Loofah, and now the co-host of a series called Going from Broke which celebrity actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher serves as the executive producer, Tonya Rapley focuses on ensuring others become financially free. She is an amazing multifaceted millennial and entrepreneur. Sign up for her FREE Financial Success Bundle which includes a financial checkup checklist, budgeting calendar, budget template, debt repayment tracker, daily expense tracker, and net worth calculator.
Leona Dotson – Episode 5: Navigating the Corporate World
As Director of Immersive Experiences for Microsoft, Leona Dotson is certainly a classy, astute woman to emulate. Over her 17-year career with this tech giant, she has worn many hats. From working Finance Rotation Analyst and Finance Manager for the Worldwide Office Team to becoming Executive Communications Manager and Chief of staff, she continues to be a person of excellence. This fully qualifies her to give us great advice on how to perform at an optimum level within a Fortune 500 company.
Chef Ta-Ta – Episode 6: The Life-Giving Elements of Healthy Cuisine
Ta-Tanisha Snead is affectionately known as Chef Ta-Ta and The Dopest Chef. She mesmerizes clients and their guests with her spectacular dishes. A multifaceted entrepreneur, she is the founder of Food Swingz luxury catering company, Dope by Design chef apparel company, Amuse Bouche Supper Club, Eye Sea Cream organic Sea Moss ice cream line, and the Plant Based Culinary Institute. Chef Ta-Ta has been featured in many articles including The Brilliance and Elegance of Chef Ta-Ta Revolutionizes Plant Based Cooking Industry. Further, she was a contestant on Cuttthroat Kitchen on the Food Network.
Dr. Johnecia L. Mason – Episode 7: Realizing the Gift of Education
A college professor at Beulah Heights University and Piedmont Technical College, Dr. Johnecia L. Mason understands that education is “The Great Equalizer”. She and her husband, Dr. Rodney Alex Mason, Jr. founded a nonprofit called Rodney’s Gift, Inc after their firstborn son Rodney Alex Mason III, born prematurely, passed away 12 days after his birth. The organization educates families on healthy pregnancies, provides resources, and offers financial scholarships. Today, the Masons have a healthy son who’s name is Rodney Alex Mason IV. A very stylish and artistic person, she founded Creations by Johnecia, LLC. It customizes jewelry, accessories, and wood products for men, women, and children.
Brittney ShaRaun is a kind, beautiful, free spirit of a woman who has a heart of gold. A finalist on Tyra Bank’s America’s Next Top Model, she has appeared in spots for Saks Fifth Avenue, Ashro, Christian Siriano, Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s, DSW Shoes, and more. She modeled for the Oprah Winfrey Show and Tyra Banks Show as well as appeared in several music videos. But she has a heart for serving others and does so as a wellness practitioner and with her nonprofit ServeUp.
Tiffany Aliche – Episode 9: Living Richer and Building Legacies with The Budgetnista
Known as America’s Favorite Personal Finace Educator, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is the author of the New York Times bestseller Get Good with Money. She is truly God’s gift to the world as she has more than 1 million Dream Catchers who have signed up with her over the past decade. Her Facebook audience tops 650,000 and her Instagram following exceeds 482,000. She has a special way of connecting with others and helping them feel better about their financial situation through her Live Richer Academy and many social media platforms. Moreover, she offers a platform for everyone to share their economic successes and challenges as she joins in daily to help them navigate their way to financial wholeness. She’s so effective, she’s been invited to appear on countless national media outlets including MSNBC, ESSENCE, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Forbes, Redbook, Black Enterprise, U.S. News & World Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, OWN, and CBS.
Sharon Grant – Episode 10: Managing the Stressors in Life
During this turbulent time in global history, we can breathe easier and exhale deeply after listening to the calming counsel and sage advice coming from Sharon Grant, LPC and CAADC. Having over 25 years’ experience, the founder and CEO of Oasis of Serenity Counseling & Consulting Services focuses on the growth and inner peace of her clients. Sharon coaches leaders, small businesses, corporate teams, entrepreneurs, individuals, and couples. Passionate about marital enrichment and divorce prevention, she places special emphasis couples.
Arlene Brooks – Episode 11: Presenting Coffee Speaks N Tea Talks
Everyone loves coffee, tea, and of course, TALKING. Arlene Brooks brings all of this together under one roof in a magnificent way with her coffee shop in Tampa, Florida called Coffee Speaks N Tea Talks. She has a powerfully inspirational story as she maintains her full time employment while embarking on this wonderful journey. She serves locally inspired cuisine and beverages in a cozy environment with chic décor. Her tasty menu selections include Doroteas like peach, Small Plates such as The Beast, banana pudding desserts, espresso flavors like Affogato, coffee – hot or iced, lemonade flavors like Blood Orange Peach, Frappafreeze choices such as Caramel, lattes including White Chocolate Mocha, muffins, and many more drink flavors and side items. She hosts special events for the locals which include her Jazz Under the Starz series which was featured on CBS News. She is also the owner of Living in the F.O.G. which is a company that sells inspirational caps, t-shirts, drawstring backpacks, scullies, and accessories.
Angela Shelf Medearis – Episode 12: Exploring Culinary History with The Kitchen Diva
The Kitchen Diva is full of joy and energy as she discusses culinary history and the cuisine that she has prepared in her cookbooks like The New African-American Kitchen and The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook which focuses on more than 150 healthy and tasty recipes to prepare for diabetics and their families and friends who dine with them. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning author of more than 100 books in seven languages and has sold 14 million worldwide. The president of Diva Productions Inc and founder of a nonprofit health education organization called Book Boosters Inc., she has appeared on numerous local, regional, and national television shows such as Dr. Oz, The Today Show, The Food Network, Chron.com, and PBS. She is also a columnist as her healthy lifestyle articles have appeared in international Hearst/King publications. Check out her kid-friendly vegetarian meal video too.
Leslie’s Dazzling Dozen Ashro Ensembles Worn During Season 2 Interviews Lookbook
Ashro styles me for each interview. I carefully select each outfit based on the topic and style of the guests. I had lots of fun with it this season. Please check out the head to toe pics as I was out and about at home in Atlanta or on vacation in various cities.
Keeping Up with Leslie
Leslie E. Royal is an Ashro Brand Ambassador and the host of their popular video series called Onward and Upward with Leslie E. Royal. She is also a global travel writer, author, product profile expert, micro-influencer, and multi-media journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, The Ashro Blog, FORTUNE.com, Medium, and AAA Southern Traveler. The creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog, she is the author of two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) and How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps ($9.95). Follow Leslie on Instagram @LesliesLane and see her Amazon Author Page.