Mocha Moms, Inc.

Saturday, September 25th 2021
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

About Us

Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier voice for mothers of color. Through chapters and online, Mocha Moms, Inc. provides support for women of color as they journey through all phases of motherhood while advocating for them nationally. Mocha Moms, Inc. also encourages the spirit of community activism and service among its members. Mocha Moms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join.


All times listed are Eastern Time (ET)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
11:10 AM - 11:15 AM
11:15 AM - 11:25 AM
Introduction of Board Members
State of Mocha Moms, Inc.
11:25 AM - 11:30 AM
Conference Purpose & Resources
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Guided Breathing Meditation. Holistically integrate your Mind, Body, and Spirit as you tap into the healing and restorative power of the breath

Takesha Meshe Kizart-Thomas



Instagram & Twitter: @TMKizart

Award-winning dramatic soprano, multi-genre performing artist and creative producer, Mrs. Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas brings her 15+ years of experience as a Master Vocal Technician and Breathing Meditation Expert to guide you to holistically integrate and free your mind, body, and spirit.

As an elite breathing athlete on the world’s leading stages, from Sydney Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera and beyond, Mrs. Kizart-Thomas harnesses the flexibility and power of the breath to fill halls seating thousands with zero amplification.

Following a major abdominal surgery along with pregnancy, childbirth, and new motherhood, she utilized and continues to utilize this same breathing power to heal, nourish, balance, restore, release, and revitalize.

A performer since the age of two, to sharing the stage with Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis, performing with Broadway in Chicago and on HBO, and currently developing new works, SHONDJ and Opera Reconstructed, she couples her international artistic viewpoint with a vision for the arts that seeks to create, educate, unify, and empower. The Chicago native, marriage and family advocate, and U.S. Coast Guard wife is an alumnae of the lauded University of North Texas and Philadelphia’s storied Academy of Vocal Arts, and counts music legends McKinley “Muddy Waters” Morganfield and Tina Turner among her relations.

An outspoken champion for Holistic Radical Self-Care, she believes one cannot operate from an empty cup. We all have a responsibility to tune in to the messages our minds, bodies, and spirits send and make the time, space, and place to fill ourselves first.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Sherri Shepherd


Sherri Shepherd is a renowned actress, comedienne and an Emmy® Award-winning former co-host of ABC’s “The View.” Whether on stage or screen, Sherri Shepherd’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences. Her multifaceted career includes roles in several acclaimed television and film projects.

Shepherd co-starred in the Netflix comedy series “Mr. Iglesias;” and as a recurring guest star on ABC’s “Call Your Mother.” She also appeared in the Netflix musical "A Week Away."

Shepherd’s other credits include “Trial and Error,” “Rosewood,” “Man With a Plan,” “30 Rock,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.” She was the first African-American woman to host a game show as host of four seasons of “The Newlywed Game. She made history portraying the first African-American version of the Evil Stepmother in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

In 2020, through her own production company, Faith Walker, Shepherd launched the popular. “Two Funny Mamas” podcast with fellow actress Kym Whitley. She also joined the Fox syndicated series “Dish Nation” as a daily co-host; after previously serving as a weekly co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” Her film credits include her first theatrical lead role in the “Brian Banks" biopic, “Ride Along 2,” “One for the Money,” “Top Five,” “Precious,” “Woodlawn,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” and “Beauty Shop,” among others.

A New York Times best-selling author, Shepherd released two books, “Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It),” and “Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break."

Stay connected with Sherri Shepherd:
Twitter & Instagram: @sherriEshepherd

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
1:05 PM - 2:05 PM


S.T.R.O.N.G. & W.E.A.K

S.T.R.O.N.G. - Strategic. Talented. Resilient. Optimistic. Necessary. Global. + W.E.A.K. - Wounded. Excuses. Alienated. Knocked-Out. This session will discuss how being strong is more than showing up in life as a superhuman with your cape on. Discovering how being strong serves you better when you understand how your strength merged with your weakness removes thoughts and actions that are no longer serving you, bring emotional healing, and serve as tools for playing the game of life.

Dr. Carla Michelle


Carla Michelle

PhDc – Business Psychology
MMFT – Focus: African American Families

Carla Michelle is an executive coach, author, and keynote speaker and the CEO and Founder of Dr. Carla Inc. – CM Coaching & Consulting Services. She is specialized in harmonizing the necessity of a developed mindset and the impact of productivity in life and the workplace. Carla Michelle explores the benefits of positive psychology through its strengths and virtues that empower high performing individuals and organizations

Carla Michelle is an executive coach, author, and keynote speaker and the CEO and Founder of Dr. Carla Inc. – CM Coaching & Consulting Services. She is specialized in harmonizing the necessity of a developed mindset and the impact of productivity in life and the workplace. Carla Michelle explores the benefits of positive psychology through its strengths and virtues that empower high performing individuals and organizations

Through her book, The S.T.R.O.N.G. Woman’s Playbook: Become Your Greatness and The S.T.R.O.N.G. Woman’s Network Podcast it is her goal to encourage the reader/listener to tap in to the power of thinking more Strategically, tapping into the highest level of their Talent in life and in business, utilizing their Resilience as a tool for a stronger foundation, how Optimism is the currency for a good life, understanding the power that resides in believing that they are Necessary, and how the world (Global) is waiting to embrace them for who they authentically are.

Interested in booking Carla Michelle? Email with your request.


This session will tackle the daunting process of facing down the fear of unexpected life cycle interruption. Oftentimes life's milestones do not show up as we imagined, what do we do if we are not prepared to pivot? Pivoting when life threw the most unexpected curveball was grueling and necessary. This presentation will allow for all Mochas to acknowledge their day-to-day pain points and what it will take to move through those with poise, ease and grace. This session will provide a safe space to align with others who see your experience likened to their own to form needed alliances.

Maryam Myika Day


Maryam Myika Day is an actress, writer, author, podcaster and Telly Award-winning producer. In 2020, Maryam joined the cast of THIS IS US, Season 4 playing the role of Doctor Meyer. Beginning her career with the role of the Buxom Chorine in the iconic, 2001 Tony Award Winning Broadway Revival of 42nd Street, she has had supporting roles in the feature film SMARTASS, starring Joey King of FX's Fargo, NBC’s Law and Order, FX’s hit show Rescue Me and many more.

As screenwriter, Maryam has penned the untold story of Tammi Terrell for the upcoming biopic MOUNTAIN HIGH, starring Kat Graham and produced by super producer Suzanne DePasse. Maryam is the screenwriter for MarVista Entertainment’s Christmas 2021 slate with A SISTERLY CHRISTMAS. In 2018, her made-for-television-movie about Jennifer Jones, the first African American Radio City Music Hall Rockette, was optioned by MarVista Entertainment as well. “Love Me Richie!,” Maryam’s one-act stage play, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and is in ongoing development; it was most recently nurtured at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. Her directorial debut, “Waiting for SuperMEN?!” premiered at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival. She is a two-time Sundance Screenwriter Fellowship finalist. Currently she is working on a secret project of musical icon MAXWELL.

Her 5-star rated podcast NORTH OF 40, is a white-knuckle memoir of death and rebirth: the gut wrenching story of one woman’s journey as she copes with a year of intense change and sudden tragedy, the premature birth of her daughter and subsequent fight-for-her babies life scenario with a 3 month stay in the NICU; to only lose her husband suddenly just eight months after their daughter’s birth. Broadcast worldwide and hub with Apple Podcasts, North of 40 has over 12,000 streams. Internationally acclaimed North of 40 has also topped Apple podcast Top 100 list.

2:05 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM



Did you know that one of the most important factors that shapes a woman’s sense of fulfillment and ability to achieve what she wants in life is her confidence? And yet a lack of confidence is the number one complaint. Lack of confidence holds women back from creating healthy relationships with their husbands, dating, family, friends and from achieving the success they desire at work, and feeling empowered to create positive and uplifting experiences for themselves.

Gail Crowder


Dr. Gail Crowder is a wife of over 33 years, mother of two boys and, adoptive mother of two girls the Founder and President of Bringing Sexy Back to the Marriage (BSB). After seeing a need in both secular and religious communities, Gail wanted to create a safe space dedicated to the spiritual and sexual enhancement of marriages for the modern-day wife. Gail has been responsible for spicing up thousands of marriages through the BSB conference and continues to change lives every day.

As an author, Certified Master Sexpert, Marriage and Life Coach, Gail has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows as a specialist and seasoned lifestyle & relationship expert.

Gail has authored several books related to marriage and sex, which include her signature book. “Bringing Sexy Back To The Marriage”, and her latest best-selling book, “Keep Your Legs Open: A Wives’ Guide to Sexual Satisfaction” and “Praying For The Penis: A Wives’ Guide to understanding a Male’s Sexual Health”. Gail’s energy, expertise, and tell-it-like-it is an approach makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.


In this presentation, I’ll give you practical tips on how you can lose weight, feel stronger, sexier, more confident in your body and WIN in fitness! This is Your Time! Create your fit, healthy lifestyle! Feel amazing in your body using the tips I’ll share with you.

Dr. Dianah Lake


Dianah T. Lake, MD (also known as Dr. Di) is an emergency medicine physician, menopause wellness expert, fitness & weight loss coach, best selling author, speaker, autism parent advocate and founder of Dr. Di Fitness.

Using her clinical experience as an emergency medicine physician, and her knowledge and passion as a fitness and weight loss coach, Dr. Di promotes a holistic approach to disease prevention, healthy living, fitness, weight loss, selfcare, longevity and overall wellness.

Work with Dr. Di to...

  • Sculpt a fit healthy body that you absolutely love!
  • Create a happy, healthy and holistic lifestyle
  • Customize a nutrition plan you can utilize for a lifetime.
  • Create a holistic approach to disease prevention, fitness, menopause relief, weight loss and overall wellness
  • Develop the fitness mindset so you can feel sexy, strong, confident and youthful again.

Dr. Di has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Black Enterprise Magazine, ABC News, Fox Sports and in Shape Magazine.

Join Us: Fit Boss Culture Club Fitness Accountability Facebook Group
Dr. Di Fit Life Facebook Public Fitness Page
Media appearances:
Book a Free Fitness Breakthrough Consultation
Free Menopause Relief Consultation
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM



Self-care is often touted as a new concept for Black mothers, but is it really? This presentation will explore historical self care practices of African-American mothers over the years, barriers to effective self-care routines and practical solutions for modern day application. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences throughout this breakout session.

Rhonda Richards-Smith


Rhonda Richards-Smith is an award-winning licensed psychotherapist and wellness expert. She serves as a speaker, consultant, and corporate wellness coach to brands and companies committed to the mental health and well-being of their employees and consumers. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Rhonda is also a graduate of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where she obtained her Master of Social Welfare degree.

Through wellness workshops, intimate fireside chats and conference stage appearances, Rhonda’s work has touched thousands of people across the globe. Her advice has been featured on-air and in a number of national media outlets including Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Forbes, Teen Vogue and Glamour Magazine. Rhonda’s professional experience of over 15 years has provided her with a strong foundation and expertise in the areas of personal wellness, self-love, stress management, and healthy relationships. In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys spending quiet moments outdoors, eating out with her husband, traveling to new destinations, watching great movies, connecting with her amazing group of girlfriends, and bonding with her daughters. Rhonda lives with her family in Los Angeles, California and is the founding president of the Mocha Moms, San Fernando Valley Chapter.

You can connect with Rhonda across all social media platforms @RhondaSmithLCSW.


This interactive workshop will assist women with understanding the importance of emotional and mental alignment as they further their careers and raise their families. So many are focused on chasing happiness that they forget to cultivate joy.

Dr. La'Tesha Sampson


Dr. La’Tesha is the epitome of academic, philanthropic and social service excellence. This Roselle, New Jersey native has proven to possess the wisdom of the ages and the heart of a self-effacing leader. Dr. La’Tesha has been serving disenfranchised individuals and communities for over two decades and believes in helping others transform their thinking to change their lives.

Dr. La’Tesha is the President and Founder of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services where she and her team of therapists provide innovative, therapeutic psychotherapy & life coaching services to thousands of individuals, couples, families, and groups each year.

She is also the Chief Executive Officer at Erase the Divide, a NJ based nonprofit, aimed at eradicating the digital divide in communities of color.

Dr. La'Tesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, author, grant -writer corporate and non profit trainer, and program facilitator. She loves to teach students and train them to be change agents in their communities.

As a professor who has served in the Master of Social Work departments at the University of New England and Rutgers University, she is currently a professor at both the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the Kean University Department of Social Work.

Dr. La’Tesha is a philanthropist and has partnered, sponsored, and assisted numerous nonprofit initiatives globally including programs in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Ghana, Mexico and Egypt. Each year she sponsors three NJ high school students with college or trade school scholarships.

In the consultation portion of her business, Dr. La'Tesha has provided notable training and facilitator services to 55 nonprofit and for profit organizations.

Dr. La'Tesha's community service includes a board membership position at Women of NJPAC. A Board Chair position at Rz the Flags, a Global Outreach Initiative focused on HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, human trafficking, and a Director of Business Development position at Women Operating in Opulence, a nonprofit financial literacy organization for women of color.

Dr. La’Tesha Sampson has earned a Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Metropolitan College of New York, a Master's of Social Work from Kean University, and a Ph.D in Christian Counseling and Psychology from Northwestern.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mocha Networking Lounge

Photo Booth
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You and/or your guests will need to register to enjoy all conference activities and perks.
Your registration includes: Self-care sessions, Mocha swag, dance party, movie night, networking lounge, photo booth, vendor shopping, on-demand playback and more!
You will receive log-in details from via email to attend the conference no later than the morning of the event.
The conference will be available On-Demand after sessions conclude, with the exception of Movie Night. This means you can watch sessions at your convenience for 30 days.
This is a virtual event. No need to travel or book a hotel room. You can participate from anywhere that has internet access. The conference is accessible from your desktop, mobile and tablet devices. (Chrome and Firefox work best, but any web browser will work).
Conference swag is reserved ONLY for registered attendees.
All Mochas and guests are welcome. In fact, we encourage you to invite others. Self-Care has no boundaries. You can simply share the link to this page.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a Mocha Resource “Swag Bag” for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online cart in your account and email them to yourself.
Send an email to for any technical assistance. A Help Desk will also be available to assist you during the conference.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. All you need is internet access.
No. Some sessions may have the ability to request a video chat or to see the virtual room, but it is not required in order to participate.