Opening Speaker: Akilah Richards

outdoorbio2013-ASR-918x802Certified Family Life Educator, Akilah S. Richards, founded The Life Design Agency to help women nurture their minds, bodies, and businesses through her workshops, e-curricula, books, and blog posts.

Akilah helps women engage in self-exploration, self-expression, and self-governance, and learn how to utilize emotional wellness practices to reclaim their voice in their work-life experiences. The international speaker has authored several books—including the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller, How She Got Free. 

Her work has been featured in national publications such as Essence, Clutch, and Real Simple magazines, and online spaces such as MSNBC’s Today Moms,, and