2019 Keynote Speaker
Tina Knowles-Lawson is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She began her career as a stylist for the superstar group, Destiny’s Child and later designed for Beyoncé’s world music tours, television performances and red carpet appearances. As designer, she created the successful clothing lines, House of Deréon, Deréon and Miss Tina.
Her philanthropic work includes the establishment of The Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth in Houston, Texas, the Survivor Foundation and Miss A Meal. Tina is author of Destiny’s Style is currently working on her second book. With husband, actor Richard Lawson, her latest philanthropic initiative is the launch of the non-profit WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles.
The WACO Theater center is dedicated to the empowerment of artists within a diversified pool of LA communities and creates a space where art can occur.
As part of their many initiatives, the center will offer community mentorship programs, which includes Tina’s Angels, a year long mentorship program and platform that focuses on the education and empowerment of girls and emphasizes the importance of proper etiquette, dental and personal hygiene and exposure to arts and culture.
The overall goal of the mentorship program is to provide experiences that will improve the young people’s quality of life and encourages them to dream big.