Meet the event sponsors for EmpowerU Sis

Kiki teaches HipHop Cardio Dance Fitness in North Minneapolis encouraging everyBODY at any age to be fit. With music and dance being her passion she decided to become a Zumba Instructor in 2017 but later became a Fitness Instructor to try different workout Formats.

She is now able to bring her passions together to inspire others and teach classes surrounding the Twin Cities.

Her mission is to embrace health & wellness through dance and to create a space where daily acts of self-love and self care are a regular part of everyday life.

Event speaker

Giving It A Voice Non Profit was created to be a resource, safe space, and platform for those that are broken, struggling with trauma, lost, rejected and feel hopeless. It is our desire to create space, 

provide resources and opportunities for people to identify barriers and “blind spots”, begin to heal, discover their value and gifts, learn how to use their voice, in order to not only live transformed lives, but reach back and help others.
This summer Giving It A Voice launched the “Who Am I Project” which is an investment in our inner-city youth ages 8-17 with a graduation celebration and an opportunity to earn a stipend upon completion. We are focusing on violence prevention by empowering strong leaders for our communities, creating space and tools for them to discover who they are, their gifts and how they can use them now and in the future; understanding that they are already leaders and the impact of their choices; character building; learn what community is and why they are valuable to the community, which creates awareness and connectedness; provide consistent mentorship. We are implementing a stronger family component and inclusion to our programming as family structures need to be restored and supportive of change.
Giving It A Voice desires increased partnerships within the community because we are stronger and have more impact together.

Event speaker

Event sponsor

Since making the big move from the Twin Cities to Granite Falls, Michele Huggins has opened a small business called Doughp Creations.  Focusing on providing her customers with quality organic fermented drinks and sourdough bread, she also partners with local farmers for organic heritage grains, which she stone mills into flour. 

Michele actively volunteers in her community and sits on several community service and environmental boards as well.

Previously, Michele had careers in education and finance. In her current consultant work, she utilizes her skills from undergraduate work at UMCP (BA), graduate work at Cardinal Stritch University (MBA), and her Project Management Certification.

You can find Michele: @DoughpCreations

Event sponsor

At Butter Luv Aromatics we hand craft each item with luv and also with you in mind. 

Butter Luv is a line of sustainably-crafted self-care items. We value creating products that are nourishing for the skin. 

We here at Butter Luv hope that the products we make help you to create your very own peaceful experience so that you may Relax, Renew and Revitalize. 


Swag bag creator

I am Alexia Rowe. I was born in Atlanta, GA, but have spent time in numerous states within the U.S. which I am grateful for. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters who I did not grow up with but always kept in close contact with. I was raised by my uncle and great cousin who always led the way and told me about the importance of education. Growing up alone, I fell in love with art. It was my therapy and something I held near and dear to my heart. As time progressed, I moved from Atlanta to Minnesota where I started working in early childhood education. I fell in love instantly. The encounters I had with the kids and the happiness on their faces made me feel better than any job I have ever had. I started transferring my paper art into digital form to make my students individual gifts with their favorite tv characters, animals, etc. I was overwhelmed by the feedback and the response from the kids to know that someone paid attention to what they enjoyed most outside of the classroom. That inspired me to start my own business, “The Creative Rowe”, creating art for the little ones and making personalized gifts. As this journey starts in Minnesota, I can only hope to grow from here. I plan to open my printing room and make personal and professional products for others. More than anything I would love to expand and teach others on how to do such crafts. I want to encourage others that the best start is simply just to start.

Instagram @tcreativerowe

Our Photographer

Assandra Baysah Photography was founded in fall of 2018 as a side hustle idea for CEO/Founder Assandra Baysah while she was a sophomore in college. Assandra used her refund check from North Carolina Central University and began taking photos of any and everything, but with a focus on lifestyle photography. She shot mostly senior portraits and college events during this time. After graduating with a degree in Communications, she got her LLC and officially became a lifestyle and branding photography company servicing mostly BIPOC individuals and businesses in the Twin Cities.

Event sponsor

Dabre, LLC started with a vision to provide a quality Ginger Juice Drink with flavors that are unmatchable. We are based in Minneapolis, MN, family owned and operated. With a recipe made at home in the kitchen by our mother. She created Ginger Juice using all-natural ingredients. It had an amazing taste that everyone could enjoy from toddlers to the elderly. Leaving everyone with a refreshing smile. Ginger Juice would be prepared last for family gatherings, but the first item devoured. With its crisp and refreshing taste, we wanted to share it with the world.  

Stay connected through FB & IG @dbgingerjuice

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