Women of Heritage Breakfast 2014

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Sharnell Weathersby

Senior Associate Brand Manager of The Hershey Company

Co-President of Lead One, LLC

Sharnell Weathersby is a marketing guru with a passion for empowering women leaders to successfully brand themselves, market their business and increase their leadership influence. Weathersby has professional experience in branding and building integrated marketing strategies with some of today’s leading consumer brands.

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Marketing and a MBA in Management from Eastern University; Weathersby consults women leaders and small business owners on the process of building an effective branding strategy to communicate and reach a targeted consumer base. She manages a $500M brand portfolio as Sr. Associate Brand Manager at The Hershey Company in the U.S. chocolate business.

A mother, wife, and working professional herself; Weathersby shares the many hats that women today wear. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL; she is a byproduct of strong-educated women who intentionally invested into her emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As a result of their impact, Weathersby continues the legacy of mentoring young women and fostering personal growth.

In collaboration with her husband, Darnell Weathersby, Sharnell is co-President of Lead One, LLC. where she leads marketing consulting services and also conducts workshops and seminars providing resources that target individual growth and self-empowerment.

Additionally, she provides leadership to regional and community initiatives serving on the Board of the Greater Harrisburg Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. and as member of the Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Tracey C. Jones

President of Tremendous Life Books

Author, speaker, publisher, Air Force veteran, and daughter of the late bestselling author and motivational speaker, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, Tracey C. Jones is the President of Tremendous Life Books. She serves as a Trustee at Lancaster Bible College, and on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and the Amelia Givin Library. She is also active in local military and civic associations.

Tracey believes you’ll be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. She is the mother of 9 rescue pets, 4 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 ducks, and the co-pawthor of three books: True Blue Leadership: Top 10 Tricks from the Chief Motivational Hound, From Underdog to Wonder Dog, and Saucy Aussie Living: Top 10 Ways to Get a Second Leash on Life which she published with two of her canine kids.

Tracey’s oversees the Books for Tremendous Living Foundation which has donated over $900,000 to local homeless shelters, missions groups, disaster recovery organizations, and scholarships to local colleges. Tracey enjoys the outdoors, biking, golfing, traveling, spending time with her pets, and of course…reading!!!

Rickie Freedman

Rickie Meryl Freedman

Reiki by Rickie

Reiki Master/Teacher, P.T.

Bringing an Integrative approach to Holistic Health, Rickie’s expertise spans across many aspects of healthcare, particularly pain and stress management as well as the reduction of addictive behaviors, anxiety and sleep issues.

Her specialty and gift, “Reiki by Rickie ~Gentle Touch, Deep Healing”, individualized Healing and Balancing sessions, is one of many tools. Rickie also teaches all levels of Reiki Classes, including “Reiki for Healthcare Professionals” and “ReikiKids”. She has created and conducts numerous workshops, including “Introduction to Reiki”, “Stress Management”, “The Power of a Positive Attitude”, “From Grief to Gratitude”, “Choosing Peace in Challenging Times”, and “Chakra Healing and Balancing”. Rickie offers her Reiki Sessions, and unique Therapeutic Massage at “ReikiSpace & Learning Place”, Harrisburg’s first Reiki Center, which she created and opened on 4/1/13.

ReikiSpace includes fifteen Reiki Practitioners trained by Rickie, and a Mentorship program.

Rickie’s Mission in the world is to bring the Inner Peace of the Reiki Experience in a grounded way to as many people as possible in every walk of life. “I don’t DO Reiki, I LIVE Reiki!” With the knowledge that every thought, word and emotion carries energy and affects ourselves, others and the world, Rickie believes that “Our world and this Earth need all the Light, Love and Positive Energy we can possibly share!”


Michelle Foster

Regional Director of Mission Delivery Programs for the American Diabetes Association

Michelle Foster, Regional Director of Mission Delivery Programs for the American Diabetes Association, is responsible for disseminating diabetes outreach and education to at-risk communities.  Working in diverse environments, Mrs. Fosters develops, oversees and implements programs and outreach events targeting high risk populations including African Americans, Latinos, seniors, and children. She works to ensure that the overall delivery of programs and activities is in accordance with the mission and the goals of the organization: “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”

Nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States has diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes. It serves the community through the funding of publishing of scientific findings, providing vital information, advocacy, services, and other efforts for people with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals. Mrs. Foster’s work is centered on helping individuals living with diabetes or caregivers better understand how to manage their disease and provide them with adequate resources and care to accomplish that. She educates on ways to prevent or delay onset of diabetes, separates myth from reality, and gives easy-to-implement tools and resources.

Mrs. Fosters is dedicated to reaching communities to create awareness, prevent diabetes among at-risk populations and to ensure that all people with diabetes get the best care, treatment and information about how to manage their diabetes. Her passion stems from educating and empowering individuals to take better care of themselves, their families and their community.

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