Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
June 4-7, 2020

The Players

Meet THE Players of girlfriend, relax! retreat!

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Dr. J. Sabrina simmons


Dr. J. Sabrina Simmons is an expert in Organizational Leadership who loves to inspire others to live their best life and intentionally live a life of joy, peace, and RESToration. When life-changing circumstances and or significant transitions occur, she believes resiliency and RESToration are essential ingredients needed in our lives to move forward.” A wife, mother and grandmother, she loves spending time with her family, friends, volunteering, and serving in ministry. 

Dr. J. Sabrina is the CEO of Limits Off Ministries Inc., and Co-Owner of Limits Off Travel Services. She is also the author of the Dissertation: Effects of Mentoring on Career Advancement for Women and People of Color. She is a certified Emotional Intelligence and Diversity facilitator. Most recently, she is the co-author of “Destiny DeFined, We did it R Way.”Dr. J. Sabrina’s life work is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations positively change their world through fulfilling their purpose and destiny. 



Dr. Cathy Barnes


Dr. Cathy Barnes is CEO of Sudden Impact Solutions, LLC, a graduate level research professor, and an entrepreneur. She is an internationally published author and a certified Civility, Relationship and Self-Empowerment Coach. Dr. Barnes is also an Educator who focuses on strategic advancement, authentic romance, and mental and physical relationships. She conducts seminars on topics such as: Civility, Self-Image-Esteem-Confidence, Sex and Sanity, The Superwoman Syndrome, Racial Battle Fatigue, Diversity-Beyond Race, Mental Hygiene and Psychological Safety, Building Bridges and Boundaries and Conflict Navigation. 

She works with organizations, individuals or groups as a consultant, coach, keynote speaker, and retreat facilitator all over the globe. Her desire is to help women balance Personal Emotional Wellness, Real World Demands, and Spiritual Sanctity.



Arena Dixon

Arena Dixon, known as the Personal Wellness Enthusiast, is a go-getting entrepreneur, change agent, advocate for women. Arena sees herself as a survivor who has achieved success despite her challenging childhood. She truly understands how the effects of adversity can hinder one’s ability to blossom. Arena has had a remarkable journey from being completely broken in spirit, to being a blossoming woman whose mission is to nurture the lives of those who have allowed the blows of life to stifle the process of growing and living in a productive environment.

As the founder of the Whole Woman Project, author and speaker, Arena imparts a powerful message to women’s groups, military spouses, non-profit organizations and schools. Arena's style is amusingly humorous, thought provoking and on point. She is the girl next door ready to uplift you with comforting words and a heart as big as Texas. 

A Southern girl who believes in sweet tea and hospitality, Arena hails from Clarksville, TN and is the proud mother of two.  



Ursula Butts


Ursula Butts has intimate passion for leading Gods people to worship at His Throne. She knows that she is called to praise; but understands she was created to worship God. Giving God all the glory, she takes none. Ursula has captivated crowds with her intense worship and high energy praise. She is known for having the gift to take  people beyond the Veil. Having a prophetic anointing, Ursula’s power of healing and deliverance is felt as she ministers through the Song of The Lord. Ursula fully understands that God seeks after worshippers, and whose hearts worship Him fully in Spirit and in Truth.

Ursula is currently a worship leader at New Birth Christian Ministries Columbus, Ohio where Bishop Kenneth Moore serves as Pastor. Ursula released an EP titled “Healer” in October 2018.

Married to Damon Butts, she is the mother of 3 sons and a grandmother of 4.



Shannon "ChE'dON" wARD


Shannon “Che'Don” Ward is an award winning, national recording singer and songwriter. She is also an Indie Author Legacy Award Finalist, empowerment Speaker, Celebrity Interviewer the Founder & CEO of F.L.Y Movement, Host of FLY Conversations with Che’Don Radio, and a the Co-Host of Define U Radio. A former member of national recording group “Transparent”, Shannon has been singing all her life. Music is what she breaths and through this, the single “FLY” was born. 

Shannon has since written and published the book about her journey as well as the development of her coaching program “F.L.Y- Finally Loving Yourself”. She is co-author of “For a Mother's Heart”, “Unapologetically Winning”, and “Through the Valley”, an Amazon #1 Best Seller. She is the mother to 1 amazing son.

“There is so much more within me to do, and by GOD’s grace I will accomplish it all and more!” 




Alexis alexander-smith


Alexis Alexander-Smith is a native of Jacksonville Florida. She has over 25 years of experience in the areas of telecommunications, transportation logistics and mortgage banking. Alexis has worked for major corporations such as AT&T, Coca-Cola and PNC Bank where She has served on employee engagement groups as well as diversity and inclusion focus groups.

Alexis uses her social media platform to uplift and inspire whenever possible and she is a leader in ministry at her church. In her spare time, she likes to cook, travel and write short stories. She has been married for 19 years and is a proud Air Force mom.



gwen brinkley


Gwen Brinkley has an extensive background in government health services, corporate and nonprofit arenas. She has a dual Master of Arts in Human Resources Development and Management from Webster University, a bachelor’s in General Business from Jacksonville University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

A servant-leader, Gwen has served on the Board of Directors of numerous not-for-profit organizations, helping the children of the Jacksonville community. She also enjoys spending time with her family and serving in her church ministry.