Carla Youngblood
I am a Certified Public Accountant, motivational speaker, author, and comedienne. In October 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surviving chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and radiation, inspiring others became my new mission. I fulfill that mission by serving as a Forge Peer Volunteer and sharing my story via stand-up comedy. I share my journey with cancer and everyday life situations through energetic stories with honesty and quick wit. My goal is to inspire others to see life through lens of hope.
Ericka Murdock
Ericka Louise Murdock is a modern messenger for the culture. 
It all started when Ericka’s or “E. Louise” passion for fashion was fully ignited after being charged by family and friends to style and design custom pieces for their wardrobe. As a result, her blog “ShapElyLouise”, was born and a community that embraced and empowered women with curves all over the world was forged. 
The quadruple threat: writer, stylist, designer, and body positive advocate, is a passionate artisan who strives to evoke emotions and inspire people through her artistic mediums. The unapologetic, self-proclaimed “Stylist with designer tendencies”, is widely regarded for her signature aesthetic and fresh point of view, continuing to boldly redefine vintage, yet modern style and merging comfort, functionality, and fashion. A native of Montgomery, AL, Ericka has been dressing clients who turn to her for show-stopping, magnificent creations for over 10 years. 
An encourager at heart, Ericka’s unique experiences have helped to mold her into the radical, forward-thinking creative and social advocate she is today. To her, every day — every minute, is an opportunity to teach women how to celebrate their bodies, regardless of size, and to live a life that’s fused with color, culture and confidence without compromise.
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