Scottsdale and the Motown Sound!

Scottsdale and the Motown Sound!

Join Fatimah Halim and Joel P Martin as we emcee, the Motown sound! The city of Scottsdale will be bringing communities and generations together! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ starting at 4 p.m. for the city’s first-ever Motown Community Concert. Read more below…

Enjoy free outdoor concerts and community diversity. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ starting at 4 p.m. for the city’s first-ever Motown Community Concert, featuring the unique and powerful sound of the Motown.The Supremes, Temptations, Mary Wells, and the music of today that was influenced by the Motown artistry! Band Lineup includes The George Howard Band and the Lady’s of Motown links to the external site from Tucson, AZ and Outside the Line links to the external site from Chandler, AZ. Relax and bring your family, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and friends to this one-of-a-kind, generational and diversity event.

Recently recognized as one of the best live music venues in Arizona, we invite all folks and generations to not only enjoy this fabulous and free concert but also to enjoy this city park amenities.

Food is available for purchase. Train and Carousel rides are $2. Children two and under ride free with a paying adult. Beer Permit must be purchased for consumption of beer. No hard alcohol or wine is permitted. NO GLASS BOTTLES.

Visit links to the external site for information on park amenities.

Essence Ventures: The Power of Values and being Valued.

Essence Ventures: The Power of Values and being Valued.

“Values are the morals that we live by. They reside deep within us, and they affect our emotions. They are tough to alter, and often reside in our unconsciousness” (Source: How To Be A Positively Powerful Person! The Spirit-Filled Edition. Dr. Joel Martin). 

Values keep us healthy — emotionally, spiritually, and physically. They are the ones that we must unquestionably keep, and the ones that must direct our actions. Our values are our strengths. As a consultant, executive coach and facilitator, I’ve been called me ‘The Transformation Generator’ for a reason.  My unwavering promise is that I make sure the people I work for achieve their ULTIMATE goals in life and business. I value what they value and their missions as my own. The value that keeps me motivated is commitment. 

Dr. Joel P. Martin, now President of Positively Powerful / Triad West, Inc. and daughter, Cybel Martin, now ICG Local 600 Director of Photography.

So, I had an emotional response when I read that Essence magazine, a client of my ad agency years ago, is Black owned once again. The values Essence personified were acknowledgment, respect and commitment. They were committed to bringing equity and equality as “a marquee lifestyle brand for African American women.”

Congratulations to “@Essence Ventures LLC, a company launched in 2017 by Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis. As a result, the Essence brand has returned to a 100% black-owned independent company, after 12 years of being owned by Time.….As part of the new deal, Essence President Michelle Ebanks will continue in her role and join its board of directors. In addition, Michelle Ebanks, along with a Black female-led executive team, will have an equity stake in the business….Said Ebanks in a statement. “In addition, it represents a critical recognition, centering and elevation of the Black women running the business from solely a leadership position to a co-ownership position.” Derek Dingle adds, “The “groundbreaking” transaction “demonstrates that a number of African American entrepreneurs can execute with vision and wherewithal to return valuable institutions to African American ownership – a rare event in contemporary Black business history.” @blackenterprise @Essence Read more here.

BOCA Advertisement created by JPMartin Associates for the Black Owned Communications Alliance. Photograph by John Pinderhughes.

Dr. Joel P. Martin is a marketing, coaching, training, and consulting professional. The former owner and operator of a full-service NYC-based advertising agency, she founded Triad West, Inc. more than 15 years ago to provide clients with expertise in developing leaders; diverse and inclusive cultures; and aligned high-performing teams. She specializes in transformative leadership development and empowerment programs for Women.  Dr. Martin provides services across the U.S. and globally. She has earned an MA in Psychology, Ph.D. in Communications and admission as a Fellow of the Wharton Business School. She is the founder of the Positively Powerful Woman Awards & Programs celebrating its 11th year. Triad West, Inc. is a woman  owned and operated WBENC certified corporation.



Positively Powerful Sponsors Are Stars!

Positively Powerful Sponsors Are Stars!

I am honored to end the year with a huge “THANK YOU!!” to the Positively Powerful Sponsors. Our Sponsors are the stars for us…on center stage for their generosity. Join me in supporting, acknowledging, purchasing from, tweeting about and being fans of the 2017 Triad West Positively Powerful Sponsors. 

“Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light.” Pythagoras

It was a big year and we made a Positively Powerful difference together. We celebrated the 10th Annual Awards at the Desert Botanical Garden where we spotlighted women business leaders Nona Lee, Arizona Diamondbacks, Lisa Loo, Arizona State University, Rhonda Peter-James, Intel and Jackie Wszalek, Splash Printing and Marketing.

Then in collaboration with ASU-CSRD and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Ilana Lowery, editor-in-chief of the Phoenix Business Journal and I co-facilitated the Global Woman’s World Cafe. In the US, we designed and implemented the 3-Day Women’s Empowerment Workshop with ASU-CSRD; and in Mayalsia, with Milestone Training. Desert Botanical Garden was the site for the Positively Powerful Sponsorship Appreciation “Our Sponsors are Stars” Breakfast.

Positively Powerful Woman Awards Mission:”Acknowledge the accomplishments of women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams”. Join us for the 2018 11th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards celebration. It will be held Thursday evening, May 17, 2018, at the Desert Botanical Garden. If you would like to learn more about 2018 Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities please contact Positively Powerful Triad West, Inc. Ms./Dr. Joel P. Martin, president at or click here to send an online message. THANK YOU in advance for your interest.

2017 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Sponsors

  • Southwest Airlines: The Official Airline of the Positively Powerful Woman Awards and Positively Powerful Women.
  • Salt River Project: As one of Arizona’s largest utilities, Salt River Project has delivered low-cost, reliable power and water for more than 100 years.
  • Desert Botanical Garden: A living museum, the Southwest’s largest botanical garden, a dynamic membership opportunity and the Positively Powerful Woman Awards venue for 2017 and 2018.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Our great baseball team and “One Of The 10 Best Organizations To Work For In Sports” (Source: Forbes).
  • Care1st Health Plan Arizona: A customer-focused company dedicated to providing health and well being.
  • Splash: The woman-owned, woman-operated, printing, and marketing company.
  • Comfort Keepers, a Sodexo Brand: Elder-care provided under the leadership of Rev. Sheriolyn Curry-Lasley, Pastor, Greater Bethel AME Church.  
  • Intel: Providing solutions powering the smart and connected digital world we live in. Recipient of a perfect score of 100 percent for the second consecutive year on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
  • KTO Enterprises: The company of educator, philanthropist, lecturer, and writer Kay T. Oliver who delivers a powerful message on the nuances of developing and sustaining meaningful relationships.  Author of Winter’s Love and Princess Aisha and the Cave of Judgment.
  • ABC15: Media Partner making it possible to have television coverage and ABC Sonoran Living TV Host Susan Casper as the Positively Powerful Awards Emcee.
  • City of Scottsdale: Known for its spa resorts, golf courses, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • Molina Fine Jewelers: Internationally recognized jeweler and top gemological expert known worldwide, Alfredo J. Molina, is Chairman and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers and Black, Starr & Frost, America’s first jeweler since 1810.
  • Cox: TV, Gigablast Internet, digital telephone, home security and tech solutions services for its residential and business customers. 
  • Arizona State University: A public research university ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation, dedicated to accessibility and excellence, and selected as the nation’s most innovative school for the third year in a row. 
  • The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Arizona State University: A leading interdisciplinary, problem-solving venture committed to socially embedded scholarship, increasing awareness and informed dialogue involving the topics of race and democracy. A Positively Powerful collaborative partner.
  • Arizona Informant Newspaper: An important voice for the AZ Black community since 1971. The family-owned and operated newspaper continues to capture the attention of the Black community and others. It is the only African-American owned weekly newspaper in the state. 
  • Milestone Training Center: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, co-producer of the Positively Powerful Woman 3-Day Empowerment Workshop in Kuala Lumpur.

A woman who dares to be powerful…creates success.

powerful womanBeing a powerful woman has many faces. May 17, 2018, Dr. Pamela Williamson will receive the Positively Powerful Woman Visionary Leadership Award. Dr. Williamson is the President of WBENC West where she facilitates beneficial procurement opportunities between women-owned businesses and corporations across the US. She is a powerful servant-leader. She is a customer-focused visionary. And, she means business.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid” Audre Lorde.


Being Positively Powerful is more than a title. Every human being has the capacity to live a successful fulfilling life like Dr. Williamson and our previous 50 honorees. It may not always be easy, but it is possible.” Dr. Joel P. Martin, Triad West Inc. Awards Founder.

Being positively powerful means:

  • Resilient in the face of challenges or obstacles. It is not just what we do, it is how we do it.
  • Focusing on diversity and inclusion. Being a champion of an inclusive environment that embraces everyone.
  • Having a healthy mindset and body, which may take reinventing oneself, an exciting and worthwhile adventure.
  • Being financially educated for personal and professional success.
  • Sharing what we know and who we know in collaboration with others.
  • Owning our personal power as the author of our life and legacy.
  • Being powerful also means living a life of deep and meaningful relationships. In the case of Dr. Williamson, she is the wife of Ben and mother of two daughters, Alexandria ages 17 and Skyler age 12.

WBENC Members and Corporations: Sponsor the 11th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards. Share your commitment and advocate for women leaders. The founder of this program is WBENC Certified Triad West Inc., Dr. Joel Martin, President. For more information on the event, previous recipients, marketing opportunities, who we are, and the success we stand for, please click here. To become a WBENC Corporate Member or Certified Women Business Enterprise, click here.

The 2018 Positively Powerful Woman Awards will be Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the renowned Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ. Reception: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Awards presentation: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Success for Women in business is good for everyone

Success for Women in business is good for everyone

The success of women in leadership roles.

The payout for firms that embrace success for females in leadership roles could be lucrative, as studies have shown that companies with 30% women executives average better returns. That in itself should be enough to sway corporations on the fence about installing female advancement programs and incentives into their organizations. Whether it will remains to be seen….Further advancement will likely require a cultural and psychological shift within the minds of employees of all levels and, perhaps, in all of our minds.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” — Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United State.


While there has been some success for women in the corporate arena, the fact is that gender inequality stems from a slew of assumptions, prejudices and learned behaviors that take time to be undone.   “People tune women out and why do they do that?” posits Betty Spence president, National Association for Female Executives “That’s a cultural thing and it’s probably a universal thing.” If true, such a tendency would mean a swath of input and human capital is going unrecognized.

Declare and commit to success-related actions

The growth in women’s accomplishments are moving at a painfully slow pace with results being that some very exceptional women with diverse backgrounds are losing faith and are giving up on the business world. Before giving up, remember there are many paths to success and sometimes all that is needed to clear your mind, refocus on your vision of success and commit.

Declarations Part 2: Birthing a future.

Declarations Part 2: Birthing a future.

On June 25, 2016, sixty-nine women and men attendees of the 9th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards bet that there was. Each one of them took advantage of the opportunity to write a letter to their future selves, a letter that would be mailed back to them on June 1, 2017 – 9 days before the 10th Annual Awards – and nearly one year later. The letters were blessed by the Pastor Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley of Greater Bethel AME Church. What did they write? Only they know. Perhaps we will find out but that is not the important part. What was important was that they declared.

Fatimah Halim is another person who declared what she wished would happen some day. Fatimah wanted to take the Blueprint for Womanhood participants to a STEAM & Global Citizenship Trip to Ghana. Well, she is the president/CEO of Life Paradigms, Inc. and now in partnership with Strong TIES Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) Program her wish is going to be reality on July 3-18, 2017

A declaration is a formal public statement about a goal that once spoken changes reality.

The 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards will be honoring Life Paradigms Blueprint for Womanhood as the 2017 nonprofit organization of the year. We will also be raising funds to support their STEAM trip to Ghana as part of our program. Join us.

Is there an unforeseen power in declaring for a future? In the words of Russell Redenbaugh, “Declarations precede leaps.” Russell Redenbaugh did this as a young boy. Learn more from this extraordinary man who became blind at 16 and overcame adversities in his TEDxBend video “Post-Traumatic Gifted: Moving from Scarcity to Abundance.” 


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