WHO WE ARE
ATHENA SPEAKERS BUREAU (ASB) connects transformational messages to communities and businesses resulting in changed lives and communities.
We have a dynamic roster of experienced professionals who are leaders in their respective fields. ASB is the go-to place to find speakers and subject matter expert professionals. We provide our client partners with exceptional quality and superior matchmaking connections. Our primary mission is to improve lives, businesses, and communities through inspirational, highly engaging and impactful messengers. Our goal is to help our client partners meet their organizational needs.
Whether you want an engaging speaker to inspire your team, a change management agent to generate meaningful organizational transformation, or an impactful keynote address, Athena Speakers Bureau is your connector.
THELMA A. SIAS
THELMA A. SIAS
THE SIAS GROUP, LLC
Thelma A. Sias is one of Milwaukee’s most powerful women because of her leadership and commitment to serve her community. She is proud to be the fifth of eleven children of the late Roosevelt & Pauline Sias, raised on the family farm in Mayersville, Mississippi. Thelma joined Wisconsin Gas (and now We Energies) in 1986. In 2003, she was appointed vice president. In 2015, she was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, in 2016, Savoy Magazine’s list of Top Influential Women in Corporate America, in 2017, she was named to The History Makers’ Collection at the Library of Congress and honored by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation with the Doug Jansson Leadership Award. In 2018, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Sias is currently a board member of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Sojourner Peace Center, and Cardinal Stritch University. Sias is now a retired executive and the founder and CEO of The Sias Group LLC.
A dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, and Radio Host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting which results in individual and organizational goal achievement. He has appeared on America’s Premier Experts which airs on major networks across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Alonzo has served over 1,000 individuals through personal and professional development, delivered training to a plethora of Fortune 500 Companies, College and Universities, Institutions of Higher Learning, Foreign Countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Guam), nonprofit organizations, and is consistently retained to be the keynote speaker at large and small events across the country.
He holds a bachelor’s in Accounting, three master’s degrees (Public Administration, Human Resource & Labor Relations, Business Administration), and is nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Human Services. He is also currently in the process of obtaining his Doctorate in Business Administration.
He currently serves on the State Board of Directors for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), National Board of Directors for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), and the Fire and Police Commission for the City of Howard.
Find more at www.alonzokelly.com
THE BELIEVE COACH
Inspirational, Innovative, and Empowering are but a few words to define the character of Nicholas Dillon.
An entrepreneur in his own right, Dillon is on a mission to pursue his passion and build a legacy of influence.
Thousands of individuals from the community to corporate America have learned from Dillon’s insight on Leadership & Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, & Personal Empowerment.
“My dad always had an entrepreneurial spirit and my mom encouraged me to be the best I can be in life because average will never get noticed or recognized,” says Dillon, who later in life took the leap of faith to pursue his education and the world of self-improvement a Certified Life Coach and counselor.
The Milwaukee native possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and a Masters in Adult Education, as an alumnus of Marquette University and University of Phoenix, respectively. Nicholas also completed an additional MS degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and is currently enrolled in a Post Graduate Doctoral studies in Behavioral Psychology.
Dillon initially launched his professional career in the field of Insurance & Risk Management. His career has placed him in front of business executives which served as a launching pad for the multifaceted professional he has become.
PASTOR LAZONNIE BELTON
VISIONS OF HAIR DESIGN INSTITUTE
Pastor Lazonnie Belton is a trailblazer who has In addition to Pastor Belton’s iconic success in the built her career through dedication, commitment cosmetology field in Milwaukee, she also received an and innovation as a business leader. Graduating earned Doctorate of Theology from Grace Theological from beauty school in 1975, Lazonnie mastered
Seminary. She has conducted leadership training in her cosmetology career in Milwaukee’s most the areas of deliverance, relationships, intercession, distinguished salons. In 1988, Lazonnie took her spiritual and ministry gifts and spiritual warfare. leap of entrepreneurship and opened a high end, full She and her husband, Apostle Sam Belton, serve as service salon on Milwaukee’s prestigious east side,
the senior pastors of Spirit of Truth World Ministries. relocating later to two locations on the northwest Lazonnie is also an aspiring actress and performer, side of Milwaukee. She is the esteemed founder
entertaining anyone that who’s path she crosses with and president of Visions in Hair Design Institute of her enthusiastic and powerful presence. Cosmetology (VHD), the only African American owned and operated school of cosmetology in Milwaukee. For over three decades she has serviced the Greater Milwaukee area with excellence in cosmetology. In addition to leading VHD, she owns Visions II. salon
KALAN R. HAYWOOD SR.
HAYWOOD GROUP, LLC
Kalan R. Haywood, Sr. is the founder and President of Haywood Group, LLC. He is responsible for the procurement of debt and equity financing for new and existing real estate developments, day to day business operations, business development, and the overall performance of the existing portfolio. Kalan also is responsible for strategic planning and business development for the company.
Kalan has incredible expertise in scheduling, budgeting and cost control. He has proven experience at value engineering both hard and soft costs and has been involved with the vision, concept, and creation of the built environment for over 15 years.
Kalan is an active member of the City of Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board, Southeast Wisconsin Regional Housing Plan Committee (SEWRPC) Housing Advisory Board, YMCA Urban Campus Center Board, and Community First Board of Directors. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Haywood Group was the recipient of the 2008 Minority Contractor of the Year Award. He also received the 2007 Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation. This allocation marked the first time in Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority’s 35 year history that a minority developer was awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits. His experience and knowledge in developing, designing and building both commercial-use properties and multifamily housing makes him an integral member of the Haywood Group team
WIDE AWAKE, INC.
Sandye Brown is the founder of Wide Awake, Inc., a transformational personal and leadership development firm, which serves clients nationally in both the public and private sectors. Known for her work as a personal and leadership transformation architect, Sandye is a 30-year veteran in the field of coaching.
In her seasoned career as a transformational coach, Sandye has coached thousands of leaders nationally in numerous industries including banking, education, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, transportation as well as several non-profit organizations.
Along with her coaching experience, for over 25 years Sandye’s focus
has been leadership development, organizational change, program
design and program facilitation. In these areas, Sandye primarily designs and delivers transformational leadership development programs with
a strong coaching component.
In an industry of an estimated 53,000 coaching professionals globally, Sandye is one of approximately 700 coaches who has achieved the designation of Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation.
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF GREATER MILWAUKEE
“I have had the honor of serving our community for the past 20 years, formerly serving as a Police Officer and an Educator working with high school youth in Milwaukee for 14 years. Currently, I’m the Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. My passion remains working with policy, systems, and individuals to assess and provide access that fosters healing. An example of this is Serve2Unite, an organization I co-founded in response to a tragedy. Our organization has engaged communities locally and nationally to build positive coalitions and communal identity addressing conflict and reconciliation through a public health lens. Over the past 8 years, this work has been locally and internationally recognized for our work building safe, inclusive communities. Over the past year, I have become a published author of the memoir, “The Gift of Our Wounds,” and have collaborated with diverse communities to bring a voice to healthy survivorship. I'm also an award-winning columnist with Milwaukee Independent bridging communal trauma to mental health. Finally, I am also honored to sit on the Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee as my goal is to make mental health and public health accessible to all communities.”