What a joyous gift we celebrate with the birth of Jesus!
At a recent Influence Lab Christmas Gathering in Hollywood, Kim Dorr-Tilley enlightened leading women of faith working in the media and entertainment industry on the significance of Bethlehem and with a deeper understanding of the Christmas Carol, Joy to the World. We will never sing the words, “He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found” ever again the same way and you won’t either after watching her insightful and researched history of the importance of Bethlehem. If you weren’t able to attend, or perhaps, like me, you were there and want to hear this soul freeing message of God’s redemption of us again, watch it now! “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:36.
What a joyous gift we celebrate with the birth of Jesus!
“God put us in the ‘time-out chair,” said Kathleen Cooke as she hosted the Influence Lab Women’s Online Gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic. “His goal is for us to emerge with new direction and a happy heart.” Influence Lab Women was honored to host 5 top professional women working in media and entertainment for an online webinar during the historic global outbreak of the corona virus.
Deborah Pegues, Jackelyn Viera-Iloff, Edwina Findley-Dickerson, Shari Rigby and Karen Covell were all interviewed on how to endure and to emerge from this global disruption. Topics of health, finances, careers, faith and lifestyles were covered as each woman brought insights and wisdom on how their faith has been impacted, how they have grown stronger during their time of social distancing, and how we can too. Each shared resources, contact information, and upcoming events so that viewers could continue conversations and connection after the live event.
New York bestselling author and TV host, Deborah Pegues, said “It’s time to practice what we preach.” It’s time to ACT. Jackelyn Viera-Iloff, senior advisor to Joel Osteen Ministries and Founder of Starlighter Films and Entertainment, went on to say that “Faith is the currency of Heaven, and God gave us a spirit of faith not fear.” She told Kathleen that we also have to laugh. God is a god of laughter and joy changes our environment.
The third presenter, Hollywood actress, speaker and co-founder of AbundantLifeU, Edwina Findley-Dickerson, gave us concrete information on how to deal with the financial fallout due to the massive shutdown. She reminded us that this is a ‘Joseph’ moment. Joseph had no idea that God was planning to use him to advise Pharaoh of the seven years of abundance and to prepare for the seven years of drought that eventually came. God has been preparing us for this pandemic, but we have to be knowledgeable in how to use our finances to give to those who are in need. Shari Rigby, inspirational actress, writer, and speaker then let us know that God always has a plan. “He is not the God of confusion but of clarity.” We are not to walk in fear but faith.
The final speaker of the event was Karen Covell. Karen shared about her brother-in-law who was an actor in New York succumbing to the corona virus and passing into arms of God in less than a week. She challenged us to not be in grief for our careers, finances, lifestyle, health or even death during this time because God wants us to walk in joy. “God doesn’t make mistakes.” He knows from the beginning how long we have on earth and all our ‘what if’s.’ We have to trust Him boldly knowing that God wants us to always be moving forward, and most importantly, toward Him.
Victoria Hansen, the moderator of the Chat Room during the webinar and who popped in after each presenter to give out questions that had come in, finally shared the many prayer requests that attendees sent in during the event. Karen Covell then led the Gathering in prayer for health and God’s provision and courage both now and for the future. Kathleen then encouraged all to be strong and stay safe in the arms of Jesus.
Watch the entire webinar. It will encourage and mentor you both now and to come as we all choose to put God first in our families, careers, and life, and to influence the world.
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Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War ll – By Darlene Deibler Rose
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Jackelyn Viera – Iloff
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Deborah Smith – Pegues
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LEAD LIKE A WOMAN
Thirty Days Books – Tongue – Anger – Finances – Emotions – Fear
Confronting Without Offending
Forgive, Let Go, and Live
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Consider the Lilies: Get Rooted in Your Destiny by Discovering God’s Plan
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Host: Kathleen Cooke – Founding Partner and Executive Vice President, Cooke Media Group and The Influence Lab; actress, producer, global speaker, and author of Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected to God in a Distracted Culture.
Kathleen is writer, speaker, media producer, and former actress. She and husband Phil Cooke are co-founders of Cooke Media Group and the nonprofit The Influence Lab. Along with her monthly blog at kathleencooke.com, she created the online bi-monthly Influence Women’s Journal designed for media and entertainment professionals and is the author of the devotional, Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected to God in a Distracted Culture. You can read her weekly blog and find out more at KathleenCooke.com.
Karen Covell – Founding Director, Hollywood Prayer Network; Board Member, PGA; Co-Founder, JC Productions.
The founding director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN), Karen speaks internationally on how Christians can pray for the people in the entertainment industry. Karen is also the co-founder and producer at JC Productions and an active member of the Producers Guild of America. She is also a published co-author of two books: How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out, (also called “The J Bomb”) and The Day I Met God. Her vision for HPN mobilizes prayer for the global entertainment industry and encourages Christians to support this marketplace.
Edwina Findley-Dickerson – Film and Television Actress; Speaker, Author and Co-Founder, AbundantLifeU.
Edwina Findley Dickerson is a powerhouse speaker, award-winning actress, and author, hailed by Oscar Winner Viola Davis as “A Life Force!” Edwina has starred in multiple television series and movies, including Fear The Walking Dead, HBO’s The Wire, HBO’s Treme, HBO’s Veep, Black Lightning, One Life To Live, Get Hard with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and “Kelly” in If Loving You Is Wrong, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Edwina studied theatre and classical music at the historic Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, and is a magna cum laude graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Edwina and her husband Kelvin are the Co-Founders of the nonprofit organization AbundantLifeU, and regularly travel the world empowering audiences to get their financial house in order, build wealth, explode their purpose, and live their God-given dreams. They are parents of two sweet and busy little girls, Victoria Rose and London Joy.
Jackelyn Viera Iloff – Senior Advisor, Joel Osteen Ministries; Producer and Founder, StarLighter Films; author of What If You Could? and a contributing writer at Church Growth Magazine.
Jackelyn is a senior advisor at Joel Osteen Ministries and Lakewood Church, the largest congregation in the U.S. She is an ordained minister/ speaker and the author of What If You Could…Find Faith in the Face of Fear. The Founder of StarLighter Films and Entertainment consulting numerous entertainment projects and development, Jackelyn is also the founder of the SouthCoast Alliance – a group of faith filled film makers whose mission is to change the way Hollywood sees faith films as a genre and create new strategies to create inspirational films.
Deborah Smith Pegues – Bestselling Author, TV Host, CPA/MBA, Certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach.
Deborah Smith Pegues is an award-winning, bestselling author of 17 inspirational books with over 2 million sold. Her book, 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue, has sold over 1 million copies. Her new book hits the streets in August, Lead Like A Woman, (more to come on that). Deborah is a global speaker, John Maxwell leadership coach, CPA/MBA, and CEO of The Pegues Group, Inc., a boutique ministry financial consulting firm. She is a former MCA/Universal Studios VP. Regularly featured in the national media, Deborah hosts Winning with Deborah, a faith-based TV program that streams on the TBN Salsa Network. Confidence, Excellence, and Optimism are her calling cards.
Shari Rigby – Actress (October Baby, Overcomer), director, writer, producer, author and inspirational speaker.
Shari Rigby is an actress, director, writer, producer, author and inspirational speaker. Shari is best known as one of the leading actresses in the faith and family inspirational entertainment for her roles in the Overcomer, October Baby, Not Today, Wildflower and The Least of These. Shari is outspoken and passionate about her faith and family. She continues to thrive in the entertainment industry as a role model and mentor to women of all ages through her ministry, The Women In My World. Shari and her husband, Matt have been married for twenty-three years and have been blessed to raise two boys together.