F.A.C.S. University

Speaker Profiles

Mary Parker – Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and self-made millionaire, in 2001 Mary founded ALL N ONE Security in the kitchen of her home with only one employee, herself. Today, ALL N ONE employs a staff of more than 200 individuals. Under her leadership, this firm has blossomed into a multi-million-dollar enterprise specializing in Security Technology, Personal Security, and Traffic Control. Her company is a nationally certified African-American, full-service, female owned security firm with offices in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Africa. Ms. Parker’s company has worked side-by-side with the United States Secret Service to protect President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mary is the author of the insightful literary gem, “The Chick iIn Charge: Life Lessons, Business Principles, & Inspirational Tools for Optimum Success.” This book is a necessary life tool that infuses the challenges, triumphs, and obstacles in her life to evoke the fire of purpose, vision, and perseverance in the lives of women and entrepreneurs. This book guarantees to change all areas and aspects of life for the better. With an accomplished, educated, and impressive resume of monumental successes that are notable and numerous

A national business mogul, history-making entrepreneur, and global model for womanhood, Mary is changing the world with a global mission of women entrepreneurship, empowerment. Her powerful leadership style, awe-inspiring business accomplishments, and humble background are seamlessly woven together to develop F.A.C.S. University, a holistic incubation program that carries female entrepreneurs from ideation to implementation and ultimately business success.

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Sara Blakely – An entrepreneur, inventor, marketing guru, and founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine’s Time 100 annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. As of 2014, Sara was listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Forced to wear pantyhose while a door-to-door salesman in the hot Floridian climate, Blakely disliked the appearance of the seamed foot while wearing open-toed shoes, but liked the way that the control-top eliminated panty lines and made her body appear firmer.

At age 27, while still working at Danka, Sara spent two years and $5,000 researching and developing her hosiery idea. Upon completing her product, Blakely managed to arrange a meeting with a representative of the Neiman Marcus Group, at which she changed into the product in the ladies-restroom in the presence of the Neiman Marcus buyer to prove the benefits of her innovation. Blakely’s product was sold in seven Neiman Marcus stores as a result of the meeting; Bloomingdales, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman soon followed. At around this time, Blakely sent a basket of products to Oprah Winfrey’s television program, with a gift card that explained what she was attempting to develop.

In November 2000, Winfrey named Spanx a “Favorite Product”, leading to a significant rise in popularity and sales, as well as Blakely’s resignation from Danka. Spanx achieved US$4 million in sales in its first year and US$10 million in sales in its second year, in 2001, Blakely signed a contract with QVC, the home shopping channel and sold 8,000 pairs in the first six minutes of operation. Today Sara is celebrated as one of the most influential and successful female entrepreneurs in the world with a global impact and market presence.

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Joy Mangano – An American inventor, entrepreneur and endless dreamer, decided at an early age to be a problem solver, armed with a BA in business administration from Pace University and frustrated with household mopping, Joy invented a new kind of mop, the Miracle Mop. Despite the challenges that many entrepreneurs face, Joy’s big break came in 1992 when she appeared on QVC. Her first 6 appearance on QVC helped the Miracle Mop sell out—more than 18,000 mops in less than a half an hour. Soon after she began appearing on QVC in 1992, Mangano began spending 120 hours a year on air. She now appears regularly on HSN, and is considered to be HSN’s most successful purveyor, with annual sales of more than $150 million.

Her hourly sales regularly top $1 Million. Mangano holds more than 100 patents for her inventions. But that was just the beginning, for both the Miracle Mop and Joy’s success. She has since sold millions of Miracle Mops and has created scores of other products, such as Rolykit, Huggable Hangers and the Piatto Bakery Box. “I think my products have been successful because they have mass appeal,” she has said. “I’m just like everybody else out there. I’m a mom, I work, I have a house to clean, things to organize. We all have certain similar needs, and I address them.”In 1999 Joy sold her company, which has hundreds of millions in sales, making her one of the most successful female entrepreneurs and inventors in modern history. The 2015 film Joy was loosely based on her life. Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Mangano.

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Cathy L. Hughes – Entrepreneur, radio and television personality and business executive extraordinaire. In 1980 Cathy founded the media company Radio One, and along with then-husband Dewey Hughes, bought AM radio station WOL 1450 in Washington, D.C. Nineteen years later when the company went public in 1999, Cathy became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation. pioneer in African-American radio, in the 1970s, Hughes created the urban radio format called “The Quiet Storm” on Howard University’s radio station WHUR with disc jockey and fellow Howard student Melvin Lindsay.

A Despite her success, Cathy endured many difficulties during her early years, In 1980 after acquiring AM radio station WOL 1450 in Washington, D.C., she was faced with rebuilding a facility destroyed by the stations previous employees. Subsequently, Cathy faced financial difficulties and subsequently lost her home and moved with her young son to live at the station. Her fortunes began to change when she revamped the R&B station to a 24-hour talk radio format with the theme, “Information is Power.” Hughes served as the stations Morning Show Host for 11 years and WOL is still the most listened to talk radio station in the nation’s capital.Radio One went on to own 70 radio stations in nine major markets in the U.S. In 1999, Radio One became a publicly traded company, listed under the NASDAQ stock exchange. As of 2007, Hughes’s son, Alfred Liggins, III, serves as CEO and president of Radio One, and Hughes as chairperson. Hughes is also a minority owner of BET industries. In January 2004, Radio One launched TV One, a national cable and satellite television network which bills itself as the “lifestyle and entertainment network for African-American adults.” Hughes interviews prominent personalities, usually in the entertainment industry, for the network’s talk program TV One on One.

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"The F.A.C.S. Program is a game changer. F.A.C.S. is designed to help business owners thrive and grow. From start to finish, Mary Parker hands-out the keys to the game of success.”

Jessica Manning Jessica Manning PR