Single Mom Network
Below is a list of our Leadership and a registration form. Thank you so much for your support of the Single Mom Network, and we look forward to receiving your submittal.
Samantha Gregory is a highly respected figure in the fields of personal development and technology. With over 20 years of experience in various technology roles at notable companies such as NASA, AFLAC, Verizon, Chrysler, Delta Airlines, and Google, she has established herself as a leading expert in the industry. In addition to her technology work, Samantha is a successful author, speaker, and consultant. Through her writing, blog, and coaching program Blyss Life™, she empowers women to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Samantha is also the founder of RichSingleMomma.com, the first online magazine for single mothers focused on personal finance, parenting, and personal development. She has been featured in notable publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Essence Magazine.
Samantha is the author of, No More Crumbs: How to Stop Dating (and Mating) for Crumbs and Get the Cake You Deserve in 10 Crucial Steps!, The Magic Money Formula, and 100 Secrets of Successful Single Motherhood. She has 11 other ebooks and has collaborated on three book projects. She is the founder of the nonprofit SMILES (Single Mom Institute for Life and Economic Stability). It provides financial and technology education resources so single moms can uplevel their life and income. Her community involvement includes sitting on the Worthy Single Mom Scholarship review committee, being a SheTalks business grants contributor, and speaking for various women’s empowerment summits. She loves traveling, graphic design, and creating new memories with family and friends.
Dawn Stargell Moore
Dawn Stargell Moore
Dawn Stargell Moore is the Founder and CEO of Moore 2 Life Consultants, LLC. and has over two decades of strategic leadership experience in managing customer sales, service, and academic growth and retention initiatives. In her most current role, Dawn serves as the Dean of Campus and University Partnerships, for a prominent institution of higher learning, where she has been entrusted to lead growth and retention initiatives for the state of Georgia.
Dawn enjoys making a difference in the lives of others and volunteers her time with Women in Technology, lending her knowledge and guidance to teens and young adults pursuing STEAM career paths and is a mentor of their WIT Campus and Single Mother’s Mentoring Program. She also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the 7 Cords Foundation in addition to Executive Leadership roles for the Computer Information Systems, Business, and Management Advisory Boards of institutions within the Technical College System of Georgia. Dawn is also an active member of the Education, Economic Development, and Diversity and Inclusion Committees with various Chambers of Commerce.
In addition, she is an accomplished speaker and offers her wisdom to others by sharing her journey to purpose on local, national, and international platforms such as The Single Mom’s Network, Women in Business, Success Women’s Conferences, Kairos Unleash Virtual Conference, Impowered Ministries, Black, and Iconic CEOs and Undo Ordinary Global Ministries.
Dr. Lewis Pate
Dr. Lewis Pate
Dr. Lewis Pate leads the Cybersecurity Operations Center for CACI International Company, located in San Antonio, Texas. His responsibilities in this role include providing 24/7/365, end-to-end, globally reaching cybersecurity services to customer value chains around the world. He has over 25 years of international experience spanning 11 countries in the areas of Cloud Service security, IT Infrastructure Design, Telecommunications Architecture, Information Assurance and Enterprise Governance. He skillfully balances his three-fold passion as a practitioner, academic, and instructor. Lewis has held several leading positions with multinational companies within both the public and private sectors. His excellent record of accomplishment includes leading numerous large-scale project teams to seamlessly deploy business solutions, integrate legacy with emerging technologies, and align people and processes to meet mission goals. Lewis injects his wealth of knowledge and experience into training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
Ben is a security consultant, author, speaker, and thought leader with over 10 years of experience in security resolution for global crime agencies, and corporate and personal brands. In his role as CEO at Allen Forensics Inc, a US-based Cyber Risk Advisory Firm, he leads security consulting, training in cyber security, online privacy, and investigation of financial crimes. Ben is also a licensed private investigator and certified fraud examiner. He combines technical expertise with cutting-edge knowledge in emerging fields such as insider threat and personal/digital privacy concierge to design custom security programs and solutions.
His experience spans both internal and external consulting services with Chase Bank, Standard Chartered bank, Robinhood Financial, Deutsche Bank, MoneyGram, GuideHouse Inc, Department of State Services in Nigeria, and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Nigeria) amongst others. He also serves on the board of Cyber Security Non-Profit Dallas.
Ben has an MBA from Lincoln University in Oakland, CA, and a Bachelors’s in Accounting. He has spoken at the Cyber Craft Summit US amongst others. He is co-author of Cyber Security Essentials: Understanding Risk and Controls which explores new thinking on risk assessment, behavioral cyber security, insider threat, and best practices. He is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and the North Texas Crime Commission.
Taujuanna (TJ) Ware is the Founder and CEO of Xqusite Marketing, a service marketing & branding agency located in Atlanta, GA. Her team works with small to mid-size businesses to build and grow their brands through unique marketing and branding strategies that are customized for each client.
Born and raised in Montgomery, AL TJ is an entrepreneur who is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. She launched the Single Mom Network in 2018 to provide single mothers with the resources they need to grow and thrive personally & professionally while facing everyday life challenges. She was also selected by Facebook (Meta) to lead the Meta Developer Circles: Atlanta group where she serves the tech community by hosting monthly meetups that consist of hackathons, workshops, seminars, and training all tied to the tech industry.
When TJ isn’t working with clients or serving the community she enjoys spending time with her 17yo son and traveling. She is super excited about growing and being an asset within the Metro Atlanta community and beyond.
Brandon Branham, chief technology officer (CTO) and Assistant City Manager, leads the City of Peachtree Corners’ groundbreaking smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) programs. Overseeing one of the first real-world smart city ecosystems deployed in the United States, he is bringing the region to the forefront in the development of next generation IoT technologies that will change the face of business and society in the near future – both within the country and across the world.
Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is the country’s first true smart city technology proving ground – featuring real connected city infrastructure and thousands of interacting residents/vehicles that can’t be replicated by closed or controlled testing environments. The 500-acre technology park and 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test street creates conditions that enable robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous services/vehicles and countless more emerging applications to be trialed, developed and ultimately deployed globally.
Serving as the model for how government entities and the free market must collaborate to build out smart cities and regions in the United States, Curiosity Lab showcases how buildings and other city fixtures are enabling, and connecting with, devices and solutions. When it comes to autonomous technologies, for example, Curiosity Lab’s mobile 5G network, combined with direct short-range communications (DSRC) roadside units, enable disruptive technology developers to test vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications in an unprecedented manner. Intelligent traffic cameras and traffic signals, along with smart street lights and data sensors, push video and invaluable data to a central operations center for analysis and action. All reflective of how city infrastructure will soon communicate with machines and humans on a scale never seen before.
Branham serves on various boards in the community, and recently received his certification in cybersecurity leadership from the Professional Development Academy, in conjunction with the International City Managers Association. Branham has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University and is an active member of Georgia Government Finance Officers Association. He lives in the city with his wife and two children.