Melody Smith Johnson is a CNY transplant from Harlem, NY. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother who serves communities of color as a servant leader, ordained minister, advocate, mentor, and motivational speaker. As Founder & CEO of “The Initiative' a non-profit organization, she empowers the dreams of young women of color through scholarships, mentorship and entrepreneurship. (www.blsempower.org). She is Owner/Lead Designer of Divine Coverings, Inc. an online retail business where every product design helps women feel celebrated by “Adding Dazzle to the Details of Life.' Most recently, Melody joined the Harriet Tubman Troupe, founded by a cohort of women of color to tell the stories of Black women through theater arts. Melody is equally excited to be the visionary for the "My Hands Warm Your Heart - By Women, For Women' Project, which in partnership with Schweinfurth Art Center's Artisans, will donate handcrafted scarves and knitted outerwear to the women served by the Auburn Rescue Mission in Fall 2020.