Our Board

Emra Smith – Founder, President/CEO

Emra Smith is the Founder, President & CEO for the International School of Story where she has created a Place and Platform where women give and receive HOPE, empowered to boldly step into their stories., finding purpose for their dreams with goals and entrepreneurial ventures.  Emra is creator of the HOPE Doll Project and HOPE Walk and Voices of Hope.

Emra is a TEDX, Global Speaker, Author, Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Executive Life Coach – a Social Impact Entrepreneur.

Emra is a Facilitator of HOPE currently writing her 5th book and developing The HOPE App which is Your Private Mentor Coach to prevent emotions from escalating when you’re under stress. Keeping you focused on HOPE, not anxiety, depression and being ineffective. Emra is passionate about inclusion in diversity, helping women unpack, heal, find purpose, write and publish their stories of HOPE.

As a sought after Executive & Life Coach for leaders to facilitate change, Emra is a Certified Coach through Coach Training Alliance and has also completed Licensure and Specialty-Certification as a New Life Story® Wellness Coach.  Her expertise in the psychology and neuroscience of coaching extends her considerable experience in Life Coaching.

Emra started speaking and teaching as a teen in her church and continued to do so throughout her Marketing & Sales career. She became a Corporate Trainer in the Hospitality Industry and further specialized in Customer Service and numerous Human Resource and safety training. Emra is a global speaker who speaks to many various organizations, churches and corporations.

Emra has differentiated herself through her unique and powerful inspirational speaking which is poured into any given topic or training.

Shaillee Junega – Chief Strategy Officer

Shaillee is a technology and operations optimization advisor specializing in developing and managing innovative services portfolios for health systems and service collaboratives. She is highly experienced in leading transformation solutions that generate measurable value and create performance excellence. Recognized as a national expert in business innovation and analytics,

Shaillee works with organizations globally to build strategies that align organizations’ business objectives with evolving market trends, positioning them for sustainable success. She currently runs healthcare consulting firm, leading the Digital Innovation and Advanced Analytics services portfolio for Lumina Health Partners. Prior to running a successful healthcare consulting practice, Shaillee has held positions as global leader Digital Health and Advanced Analytics; Chief Data Officer, VP Customer Success, IT Director Interoperability and Continuum of Care; and National Lead Business Services Transformation.

As Chief Global Strategy Officer with Empower Billion Women Foundation, Shaillee assists with development and execution of global strategy allowing EBW to expand its contribution and impact within domestic and international markets by financially empowering women to launch, grow and scale their businesses and support UN Sustainable Development Goal of gender equality.

With the bulk of her primary education from India, she got her bachelor’s in business administration from Eastern Michigan University in Michigan, USA. Shaillee also works with high risk youth, teaching mindfulness as a tool to create academic and behavioral excellence. She lives in Austin, Texas with two rambunctious boys and her husband.

Tina Allton – CFO & Treasurer

Dr Tina Allton is a global entrepreneur, global keynote speaker, educational psychologist, and an award wiinning business mentor spanning the international business, nonprofit, medical, women’s empowerment, and global impact worlds.

Tina has co-founded 6 successful businesses over a 16-year period and worked and mentored over 5,000 entrepreneurs along her career.
Tina is Vice President for the Women’s Committee and former High Commissioner to Ghana for the World Business Angels and affiliated partner of the G20 Financial inclusion Committee, she helped identify key partners within the government of Ghana to deliver a comprehensive Africa Master plan developed by the WBAF.

She’s the co-founder of Undefeeted, a fastest growth diabetes nonprofit inspired by her daughter, which launched in UK in 2015, within 5 months won an award for Best Not for Profit organisation and has done for for 4 years running, a year to date in 2016 it had had an unprecedented 6.7 Million global reach.

Tina has started a movement NOW – Nations Of Women. Their vision is to inspire, empower and strategically vand to connect women in order to spearhead systemic change across the nations.

During her time as Co-founder of the Global Humanitarian project HUM in India she worked with 35, 000+ plus women on entrepreneurship as well as empowering these women through various initiatives.

For over a decade Tina led the multi award winning Circle Podiatry together with her husband to win over 15 awards nationally including Best Small business in London for service excellence.

Tina has a proven track record in leadership, business growth, women’s empowerment, sales and global business expansion etc she has personally done over 2.2 million pounds in sales in her own family business.

Tina is a loving wife and mother to her blended family of seven children and one granddaughter.

Mim Senft – Board Member

Mim is the CEO Motivity Partnerships, Inc. a consulting firm that helps organizations create integrated, actionable and measurable engagement, health and gender/D&I strategy for their workforce.  She is also the co-founder and CEO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering more healthy female leadership at all levels for a more sustainable world.

Mim Senft has over 25 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation.  She had oversight of strategy under the Optum umbrella for the Goldman Sachs Wellness Program, worked with national clients on both benefits design and effective worksite wellness initiatives for over 70 clients while working at NFP.  She combines her benefits underwriting, HR, finance and health/wellbeing expertise to provide more effect ways to create work cultures that are resilient and intentionally inclusive.  She is a speaker at conferences and roundtables on workplace thriving, gender balance, and creating cultures where there is intentional inclusion and a stronger bottom line.

She holds certifications in group benefits, worksite wellness and property casualty insurance.

Memberships include:  National Wellness Institute (served on the Board of Directors), The Global Wellness Institute’s Future of Well Work Initiative, and The American Sustainable Business Council.


Amy Shippy
Amy Shippy is a highly successful business women, super creative with a heart of giving and serving women entrepreneurs. Amy is a wife and mother of 3 teenage boys. She owns a wholesale bakery, Marché de Macarons – which adds to her powerful story of stepping out of depression, making Macarons for a party, started with a shoestring budget with a girlfriend and growing an ever-expanding business. 
Deciding to fund her eldest sons college, she started designing printing t-shirts, moved into a successful niche and once again is building a successful business with a home accessory company, Blue Poppy Designs and Lilliebelles with the yummiest pecans, expanding to teas and so much more!
Building businesses is her passion, even when it’s not easy. Listening to her speak at an event, these words will ever stick: “If your business is only costing you money, it’s a hobby. When it’s making you money, it’s a business”.
Amy has a background in graphic design and a degree in Religious Studies, which is put to good use in her businesses and evident in her support of others, always ready to serve. Amy surrounds herself with powerful women and says it has always helped her to be a better version of herself. 

Anna McCoy –  Global Advisor

Anna can be seen on her TV Show, Anna Live on Facebook and is a a principal and chief strategy and global officer of UrbanAmerica, a private real estate equity and development firm, founded in 1998. Her 25-year unique background brings a multitude of different operating experiences, she is both a creative thinker and influential collaborator. She facilitates UrbanAmerica’s New Tax Market Credit program and its women empowerment initiatives. The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) was designed to increase the flow of capital to businesses and low-income communities by providing a modest tax incentive to private investors. UA is a certified CDE and has received $267M in NMTC allocations since 2006 and has deployed over $800M in low and moderate communities over the past 18 years through its real estate investments and master plan developments.

Anna is a published author of three books, Walk Powerful at Zero, Woman Act Now and Building Generational Wealth. In 2016, from the President Barak Obama, she received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service. Anna is the recipient of the Women of Excellence Award from Epitome Magazine, named “The Power Connector” by Effectual Magazine, published in Nigeria. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from St. Thomas College. She was appointed Ambassador at Large by WOLMI.

Greg Wallace – Board Advisor

Greg Wallace helps leaders and organizations achieve their own definition of success as president of The Wallace Group, a management consulting firm and its ministry arm, KG Ministries. He regularly speaks, teaches, writes, and consults on leadership, organizational effectiveness, and change management.

Variety is the spice of Greg’s work, academic, and community live. During a 22-year corporate career, he held executive positions that guided strategy, operations, human resources, safety, and training. He has earned degrees in political science, law, and organizational development, and is currently pursuing a doctoral diploma in apostolic leadership. He also serves on a variety of boards that further ministry, empowerment, educational, and leadership missions. Greg has been married to his wife Linda, for more than 20 years, and together they parent a blended family of four adult children and six grandchildren.


You matter to God.
Your stories matter to Him. 

The big ones and the everyday little ones. 
It is through you and each of your stories that 
He shares HOPE, LOVE and LIFE to the world around you.

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