In the summer and winter season, JoyTutor hosts its Celebrations of Courage event that presents awards for personal and entrepreneur growth-honoring the big and small accomplishments of ambitious, determined individuals from all walks of life. Be inspired or inspire others to reach higher to turn dreams into reality and make the impossible, possible. The 1st Celebrations of Courage event was held online on September 17, 2021. Click here for a complete list of winners. 


Our spring event is scheduled for June 4, 2022, and we will have the honor and pleasure of celebrating the resilience and determination of the following amazing women: Glenda M. Francis, Vivian Ward, Waneta Willis-Cooper, Carolyn Williams, Elle Stovall, Joelle Fouse, and Charlie Rogers



Glenda M. Francis

Glenda M Francis: JoyTutor Celebrations of Courage Honoree

Founder, Audacious Inner Works (AIW) Institute LLC 

Associate Certified Coach (ACC) & ICF Member 

Glenda M. Francis is a constructivist educator, professional life coach, and organizational development consultant specializing in facilitation, professional development, and curriculum and program development. Over the span of a 25-year career in education, her masterful teaching practices have profoundly impacted a wide diversity of students, teachers, and school communities.


Driven by a new mission to broaden her impact and reach among women, Black women in particular, in 2019, Glenda expanded her portfolio into professional coaching and founded Audacious Inner Works (AIW) Institute. AIW is a personal development service organization dedicated to self-cultivation and capacity building through its provision of coaching programs, Power Sips™️, workshops, and masterminds. As a life coach, Glenda specializes in confidence building, women’s wellness and power, and mindset. She’s passionate about powering women to bring forth their full potential and the unlived life within them.  


Whether teaching young minds, coaching educators, facilitating workshops and institutes, or partnering with clients, Glenda has thrived in a sustained mission to cultivate greatness in human potential. She engages you with love, deep listening, and a fierce commitment to your learning and transformation. An “inspirational powerhouse,” you can experience Glenda’s magnetic presence and warmth through coaching conversations, collaborations, and AIW’s programs and institutes. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Vivian Ward


Founder, The Cultured ExBeerience 

Vivian, is a wife and a mom who loves a good craft beer and turned her passion into The Cultured Exbeerience! After attending several beer tasting events, Vivian began to host them in my home. Each time, Vivian was met with disappointment when she could not find any Black-owned beers from the area distributors. Thus, the dream began of hosting beer tasting events to highlight those breweries.  Vivian's family and friends have helped make this dream a movement.

The Cultured Exbeerience mission is a simplistic one.  Love of the craft. Love of the people. We strive to support Black-owned breweries and other small/micro/nano breweries by creating a craft beer tasting experience that fosters respect, inclusion, empowerment and love.  Drink the good beer and fight the good fight!

Vivian Ward: JoyTutor Celebrations of Courage Honoree

Waneta Willis-Cooper


Founder, Mirror 2 Me Photos 

Wanetta Willis-JoyTutor Celebrations of Courage Honoree

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Like a phoenix who has risen from ashes, Waneta Willis-Cooper is a walking testimony that you can have love again and a joyful life. In 2011, Waneta married the love of her life, Anton Cooper. A match made in heaven and love that inspired others. What was a normal dental visit would forever change their union as Anton would later confirm he had cancer. Over the years following, Waneta would care for Anton with an unwavering, unconditional love. In February 2018, God called Anton home. 


The healing journey for Waneta was challenging but nothing she couldn't handle with the strength of God and the love and support of family and friends. After 4 years of doing the work to reinvent her life from the inside out, Waneta stands strong and tall as a woman who exudes self-love, forgiveness, and courage. In July 2022, Waneta will walk down the aisle again with her new love and soon-to-be life partner, Curtis Rupert. Their joy, love, and friendship are a true testimony of having a 2nd chance at love! 


Waneta has a 14-year career as a developmental therapist for children with special needs. As a true superwoman, Waneta owns three businesses: Mirror Me 2 Photos (an interactive photo booth company), Queen My Yoni (all-natural products for women's health), and a travel specialist with Inteltravel


Carolyn Williams


Chef & Founder, Oh She Cookin 

A jack of all trades, Ms. Carolyn Williams is blowing taste buds away with her blooming catering company, Oh She Cookin. Breaking ground in 2020, Carolyn served the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. Her love for serving high-quality food with fresh ingredients is her mission statement. 

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Carolyn Williams: JoyTutor Celebrations of Courage Honoree

Elle Stovall


Elle Stovall: JoyTutor Celebrations of Courage Honoree

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Founder, Elle Stovall

Fashion Designer

A South Korean native, raised in Chicago, IL, Elle Stovall has always had a love for fashion and designing. As a young child she would draw pictures of garments paying attention to the details and lines seen in the clothing her family would wear. One day, as fate would have it, she purchased her first sewing machine and the rest is history.


Elle started designing dance and clergy wear for churches and ministers but eventually evolved into what she really loved, ready-to-wear and custom women and menswear. Elle has been creating and designing for over 20 yrs and has taken full opportunity to make her mark in the fashion industry. Elle mentors many sewists and emerging designers through direct mentorship and virtually through her sewing community, The Elite Sewciety. She is also an author and a highly sought after lecturer.

Elle Stovall was created in 2008 by LeeChunHwa "Elle" Stovall. Elle's vision is for the confident woman who isn't afraid to make a statement with her own individual style. Elle Stovall offers a variety of clothing options from custom to ready-to-wear, casual to formal.