Our Speakers

The AAWSB 19th Annual Prayer Brunch on October 20, 2018 11:00 AM features Marlisa Goldsmith of WPXI-News Team and our Mistress of Ceremony.

Meet our 19th AAWSB Annual Prayer Brunch Mistress of Ceremony, Emmy award-winning journalist, Marlisa Goldsmith of Pittsburgh’s WPXI Channel 11 News.

“Being in Pittsburgh is exciting! It’s an interesting city and I’m enjoying myself here,” Goldsmith said. “Especially the people…”.

Marlisa is a Maryland native. She attended school at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She began her career in Abilene, Texas, where she was an evening reporter for KRBC. She later moved to Little Rock, Ark., to report and anchor for THV11, CBS affiliate. While at THV11, Goldsmith reported on a variety of crime, policy changes, and country ordinances and her stories won THV11 a regional Emmy Award.

Marlisa is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new food and volunteering.

Come to our 19th Annual AAWSB Prayer Brunch and meet Marlisa, Saturday October 20, 2018 at 11am at the Monroeville Convention Center.

MarlisaGoldsmith2_EmCeeMarlisa Goldsmith, WPXI News Anchor – 2018 African American Womens Speaker’s Bureau Mistress of Ceremonies.



Our Guest Speaker is Reverend Dr. Lori D Spears of Mount Ararat Baptist Church.

Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears is a native of North Carolina. She relocated to Pittsburgh in 2004 to continue her career in fundraising with Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Rev. Dr. Spears of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA where Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis serves as the Senior Pastor. She is serving as the Dean of Next Level Small Cell Groups within Mt. Ararat. As primary leader of the small cell groups, she is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan in conjunction with the Senior Pastor. Additionally, she is the primary writer for the Next Level Small Cell Groups at Mt. Ararat.  The ultimate goal is to develop disciples that possess lifelong relationships with Jesus who are spiritually mature through the discipline of studying God’s word, which yields transformed lives.

In addition to her active role at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Dr. Spears is the Associate Director for Carnegie Mellon University within the CMU Portugal International Graduate Program in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to her current position, she served as a Major Gift Officer in Individual Giving with Carnegie Mellon’s University Advancement Division. As a ten-year fundraising veteran, she also served as the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts, and as Director of Planned Giving at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Educationally, Lori received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management, a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Media-Journalism from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

She accepted the call to Ministry in 1997 in Jordan Temple Bible Church of God, Inc. located in Lillington, NC.  Her true mission in life is to be a servant in the Kingdom of God, accomplish all that has been assigned to her hands and to demonstrate preaching by the life that she lives.  Her favorite scripture and motto is “One thing have I desired of the Lord and that will I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me.” Psalms 27:4-5

Professional affiliations and awards include: Executive Board Member of the Healthy Preacher Movement, Carnegie Mellon University Leadership Academy, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Burritt Education Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Kresge HBCU Initiative and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Her mission in life is simple, to please the Lord!




One of this year’s AAWSB Prayer Brunch Soloist is Lytia Brock. We are Blessed to have her. Here is more about this busy Mother, Author, Pastor and Singer.

Meet Pittsburgh Native, Lytia Brock, Soloist at our 19th Annual Prayer Brunch. Lytia is an author, pastor and mother just to name a few. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Irene O. Bartko award; a prestigious award given through the Barko Foundation that celebrates the strides of single and minority mothers.

Lytia has successfully published her book “Making the Most of Life’s Lemons” in 2016 and plans to release a series of others in the near future. Also amongst her list of accomplishments, she is a songstress (Tinna James) with passion and penchant for aiding those in need of a counselor, you will hear her at our AAWSB Prayer Brunch.

Pastor Lytia founded a non-profit called Cloaked In Favor Outreach Ministries to help serve the people of God that are not always the status quo. Through Cloaked in Favor, God has blessed the outreach efforts to reach Ghana, the Philippines, Kenya, India and the USA. Come hear Lytia at our 19th Annual AAWSB Prayer Bruch October 20, 2018 at the Monroeville Convention Center.



Our Soloist Tonya Carrington, will bless us at this year’s Prayer Brunch.



One of our great guests providing  music at the 19th Annual AAWSB Prayer Bunch, Jazz musician, Mr Calvin Stemley.

Join Us this year for another positively amazing time.  Our speaker are truly inspirational.  Tickets are just $35.  For so little you can get and contribute to so much! Call now for tickets or information 412.520.4587.

“The African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, a vital volunteer organization, continues to inform people in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region about breast cancer and how it is found moderately in higher numbers among White women than African-American women. However, statistics show that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer.”

…. The Pittsburgh Courier 

Click Here for the full Article written by Tene Croom

Want to know more about the origins of our speakers and the African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, click here. . .

The amazing talents of Lynn Hayes Freeland and Brenda Waters as Mistress of Ceremonies, has graced the African American Women’s Speakers Bureau’s Annual Prayer Brunch, an event that provides fund raising, support and spirit raising for all who attend each year.


Great Mistresses of Ceremonies in Previous AAWSB Prayer Bunches 

Brenda Waters KDKA
Brenda Waters, KDKA Mistress of Ceremonies
Lynn Hayes Freeland, KDKA
Lynn Hayes Freeland, KDKA Mistress of Ceremonies

We have been Blessed with speakers from a variety of life, including healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, cancer patients, Ministers and Pastors.

Each year we have have many entertainers and spiritual speakers.  Seen below is the Reverend Cheryl Ruffin, our keynote speaker from our 15th Annual Prayer Brunch.

Our Annual Prayer Brunch, is always inspirational and up lifting click here for more information about previous years Prayer Brunch.

Rev Cheryl Ruffin, Keynote Speaker
Photo taken by Tene Croom, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Courier.



Tene Croom, The New Pittsburgh Courier
Tene Croom, The New Pittsburgh Courier

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