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UP!
MAY 5 - 6, 2018
George R. Brown Convention Center
SATURDAY 10AM ~ 5PM AND SUNDAY 11AM ~ 5PM
NATION'S
LARGEST
WOMEN'S
EXPO
WYNONNA
JUDD
CHRISTINA
MILIAN
KIRSTIE
ALLEY
WENDY
WILLIAMS
VALERIE
BERTINELLI
HOLLY
ROBINSON PEETE
HELEN
HUNT
 
NENE
LEAKES
LISA
VANDERPUMP
BRANDY
JANE
FONDA
Monica
DAPHNE
OZ
Kelly
Osbourne
 
Kyle
Richards
KANDI
BURRUSS
NANCY
GRACE
Bethenny
Frankel
Felicity
Huffman
Vivica
A. Fox
 
Amy
Grant
Tyler
Henry
Asa
Soltan
Haylie
Duff
Trina
Braxton
Mariel
Hemingway
Sheryl
Underwood
 
Cookie
Johnson
Carson
Kressley
Dr.
Heavenly Kimes
Dorinda
Medley
Lorraine
Bracco
Tionne
"T-Boz" Watkins
BO
DEREK
Jasmine
Guy
Jackée
Haylie
Duff
Kenya
Moore
Vicki
Lawrence
MC
Lyte
PATTI
STANGER
Judge
Lauren Lake
MARILU
HENNER
WYNONNA
JUDD
PHAEDRA
PARKS
MELISSA
GILBERT
SHERRI
SHEPHERD
Susan
Lucci
TABATHA
COFFEY
Leeza
Gibbons
Mario
Lopez
Lisa
Rinna
Kelis
 
RICKI
LAKE
Shannon
Beador
Melissa
Rivers
Kim
Zolciak-Biermann
Brooke
Burke
LeeAnne
Locken
 
Ramona
Singer
Shanice
Gabrielle
Reece
Laila
Ali
Rasheeda
 
Brandy
Entertainment Icon Delivers the Keynote Address Saturday at 1:30
Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become inspired by Keynote Address “My Mother, My Daughter” featuring entertainment Icon Brandy and her Super Mom Sonja Norwood as they challenge all mothers and daughters to stay together and love together. Brandy and Sonja will share their ups and downs, how they managed to love each other despite their differences and the importance of individuality and space, being best friends and the importance of making their relationship work. Brandy and Sonja will share their individual challenges and struggles to fight for their relationship despite the intensity of the celebrity factor and will inspire you to make the most of your family relationships in their powerful and engaging Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:30!

Brandy is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop singer, songwriter, and actress and became one of the most successful multi-media stars thanks to her constant presence on both the pop and R&B charts, her popular hit sitcom Moesha and the classic made-for-TV movie phenomenon Cinderella, which attracted more than 60 million viewers and broke new ground with its multi-cultural cast.

Since emerging with her 3x-platinum self-titled debut album (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide (including the 5x-platinum selling Never Say Never) and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States.

During her reign she recorded five albums and earned scores of awards, including Grammy, AMA’s, Soul Train Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Billboard Awards, MTV Awards, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and three BMI Awards.

While maintaining a recording career, Norwood also gained fame for starring in several film and TV projects including the hit sitcom, Moesha, A version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a supporting role in the I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, BET Networks series The Game, and as a judge on the #1 rated talent competition, America’s Got Talent. All of this success landed Brandy features in Billboard, Uptown Magazine, Essence Magazine, NY Daily News, Rolling Stone, The Today Show, PlayBill, and more!

Additionally, Brandy has also been a spokes model for Cover Girl, DKNY and Ultima/Kaneka brand by Brandy.

Brandy made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-Winning, record-breaking musical smash, Chicago as Roxie Hart. Chicago is the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history and Brandy is now a part of that history.
At the top of 2016, Brandy released Beggin & Pleadin, a bluesy trap-soul melody that was greeted with much admiration. There is more to come as Brandy works towards recording her seventh studio album.

Brandy and her Mom Sonja Norwood will share the ups and downs, how they manage to love each other despite their differences and the importance of individuality and space, being best friends and the importance of making their relationship work. Brandy and Sonja share their individual challenges and struggles to fight for their relationship despite the intensity of the teenage celebrity factor.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime Mother – Daughter Keynote Address that challenges all mothers and daughters to stay together, work together and love together on Saturday at 1:30.
Mariel Hemingway
Oscar Nominated Actress, Author, Health Advocate Delivers the Keynote Address Saturday at 1:00
Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family, Mariel is a prolific author, healthy lifestyle brand entrepreneur and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate.

In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in high-touch solutions which facilitate finding one’s authentic voice and experiencing the greatest sense of personal power, life balance, joy, fitness, authenticity and peace of mind.
Mariel shares her own evocative story about growing up in a home where there were great challenges in order to inspire others to do the same, thereby cultivating compassion and understanding and breaking down the stigma so often associated with the discussion of mental illness.

Mariel’s on camera film and television accomplishments include starring roles in: Manhattan, Lipstick, Personal Best, Star 80, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. She’s narrated several programs and films including the documentary Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life. Mariel and Oprah Winfrey executive produced, Running From Crazy, the Emmy nominated documentary focused on the 7 most recent suicides in the Hemingway family. Mariel’s best selling books include: Finding My Balance
, reflecting her life’s journey through the lens of her yoga and meditation practices.
Healthy Living from the Inside Out: a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies.  Mariel’s Kitchen is a healthy lifestyle cookbook offering creative gluten and sugar free recipes.  Running With Nature provides insights into the import and impact of making good choices based on an awareness of and respect for nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, movement, silence, compassion and connectedness to self and earth.

Mariel’s book releases also include her memoir: Out Came The Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family and INVISIBLE GIRL: a tender engaging book written in diary form for teen and tweens.  Don’t miss your chance to hear World Class Speaker Mariel Hemingway Deliver the Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:00.
MC Lyte
Legendary Entertainer, Actress and Bestselling Author Delivers the Keynote Address on Sunday at 1:00
At the tender age of 17, Brooklyn native MC Lyte first appeared on the scene with her debut album Lyte As A Rock. Her voice is distinctive and unforgettable. Since that time, her numerous achievements have helped her rise to hip hop “LEGEND” status. MC Lyte has a host of impressive “firsts” to her credit. She was the first rap artist to ever perform hip hop at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall and the first female to perform hip hop at the White House. The list goes on, from being the first solo female rapper nominated for a Grammy to being the first female rapper to receive a gold single.

Ever dedicated to her love of hip hop, MC Lyte continues to raise the bar and reinvent herself musically while expanding her resume and fan base. The talented Lyte is a well-respected entrepreneur, voice over talent, actress, public speaker, and philanthropist. Blessed with a gift for words, Lyte hosted BET/Centric’s hit TV talk show “Morning Cup” and she was heard weekly for six years as co-host of Sirius/XM’s “Café Mocha.” Her love for acting landed her roles on network television and the big screen and she’s also been the voice of the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and the BET Awards for the past decade.

A trailblazer in the industry, MC Lyte is a powerful role model for women and represents beauty and strength. She has twelve albums, including her critically acclaimed album, LEGEND, and her newest release, SpotLYTE Immediately following her Main Stage Appearance on Sunday at 1:00, you’ll have an opportunity to meet MC Lyte as she signs copies of her latest release with C0-Author and Financial Expert Lynn Richardson, Your Man Your Money at the Sunni Gyrl Pavilion at the Houston Ultimate Women's Expo!
Sonya Norwood
Producer, Hollywood Agent and Super-Mom Delivers the Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:30
Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become inspired by Keynote Address “My Mother, My Daughter” featuring entertainment Icon Brandy and her Super Mom Sonja Norwood as they challenge all mothers and daughters to stay together and love together. Brandy and Sonja will share their ups and downs, how they managed to love each other despite their differences and the importance of individuality and space, being best friends and the importance of making their relationship work. Brandy and Sonja will share their individual challenges and struggles to fight for their relationship despite the intensity of the celebrity factor and will inspire you to make the most of your family relationships in their powerful and engaging Keynote Address on Saturday at 1:30!

Sonja Norwood is an accomplished talent manager, television producer, and dealmaker, but most importantly a mother who has proven that dedication to family and faith are powerful tools for success.

Armed with a loving family and savvy business skills, Sonja Norwood has navigated the stellar careers of her children, award-winning entertainers Brandy and Ray J. While the journey has sometimes been rough—taking the singer-actors from platinum records to tabloid headlines, from personal tragedy back to TV stardom -- this Super-Mom has made sure that the Norwood Family has remained bonded together, and it is her role as a mother that most important to her.


As CEO of Norwood & Norwood Inc. for over twenty years, Sonja’s track record includes a bevy of achievements - multi-platinum success for her children, a host of TV, movies and endorsements relationships across the industry.
These achievements are even more astonishing when you consider that Sonja came into the entertainment industry without any seasoning, relying on the knowledge she gained from the corporate world to navigate the entertainment industry’s ambiguous terrain of recording, television, and film which also lead her to manage and to consult other talents.

Sonja realized the dangers of placing her young children’s future into the hands of strangers and decided to take on the daunting task of managing her children’s careers personally. Initially, it proved to be a bigger task than she had ever imagined, but she prevailed against the entertainment industry’s negative preconceptions of “stage moms” and “momagers.”

Sonja’s dedication to children led her to support the Norwood Kids Foundation, a non-profit community arts educational organization for children.
Vivica A. Fox
Award Winning Actress, Producer and Entrepreneur Delivers the Keynote Address Sunday at 1:30
Vivica A. Fox has co-starred with some of Hollywood’s hottest actors, including Academy Award winners Jamie Fox, Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg and Academy Award nominees Will Smith, Uma Thurman and Queen Latifah. Fox’s feature credits include Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” “Set It Off”, “Ella Enchanted,” “Independence Day,” “Soul Food,” “Batman and Robin,” “Kingdom Come,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”, “Boat Trip” and “Juwanna Mann.” She also co-produced and starred in “The Salon” with Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and in “The Hard Corps” alongside Jean Claude Van Damme.

In the world of reality, Fox hosted TV Land’s, The Cougar, and teamed up with VH1 to executive produce and host, Glam God. Vivica was also a fan favorite on ABC’s, Dancing With The Stars and served as a judge alongside Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway on the WB’s, The Starlet. On the Fox Network, Vivica also enjoyed success headlining her own sitcom, Getting Personal.

Fox was honored at the NAACP Theater Awards where she received the prestigious Spirit Award and won the NAACP Image Award and the Prism Award for Best Actress in a Television Series and was honored with the Lady of Soul Lena Horne Career Achievement Award. Vivica also stars in Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day and Fox has also been voted one of People magazine’s fifty most beautiful people.
Don’t miss Vivica A. Fox as she delivers an inspiring Keynote Address on Sunday at 1:30!
LeeAnne Locken
Actress, Model and Breakout Star of BRAVO’s “The Real Housewives of Dallas” Delivers the Keynote Address Sunday at 12:30
This Texas gal has a heart of gold. And her passion for her work shows! LeeAnne was born in Pasadena, Texas and currently resides in Dallas where she continues to create, produce & host television programs and star in commercials and films.

Passionate about comedy she was thrilled to have one of her commercials chosen by the ABC Network as one of "America's Funniest Commercials". LeeAnne has guest starred on "Big Rich Texas" and "GCB" on ABC and
"Chase" on CBS. LeeAnne also starred on TVLand’s "She's Got The Look".
One thing is for sure, LeeAnne has been in front of the camera for years; from the early days when she competed for the title of Miss USA to her role in "Miss Congeniality" with Sandra Bullock to co-hosting with Vanessa Williams.

LeeAnne is also a true social butterfly and has served as the Honorary Chair for the "No Tie Dinner" benefiting AIDS Services Dallas and she was the Co-Chair of "Art From the Heart" benefiting Dallas Challenge. She currently serves on the board of The Fashionistas and was honored to be on the Style Council for DIFFA and the Fashion Police for Fashion Group International. LeeAnne is always willing to lend her name and talents to as many charities as she can by either emceeing, hosting, walking the runway or chairing to bring attention to causes she is passionate about!
With a heart the "size of Texas," LeeAnne is sure to win you over with her big smile and even bigger personality!
Don’t miss your opportunity to hear LeeAnne Locken deliver an uplifting and empowering message on Sunday at 12:30.
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