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In the spring and fall season, the JoyTutor Celebrations of Courage event presents awards for personal and entrepreneur growth-honoring the big and small accomplishments of ambitious, determined individuals from all walks of life. The various category winners are awarded a crystal tower with a diamond resting on top. The 1st Celebrations of Courage event was held online on September 17th, 2021, click here to watch. Click here for a complete list of winners. 


Be inspired or inspire others to reach higher to turn dreams into reality and make the impossible, possible.  

During this event, we will have the honor and pleasure of celebrating the resilience and determination of JoAnna Williams, the founder of JoyTutor, transforming lives from the inside out! Turning trials into triumphs, we will celebrate Azizah McEntire, the co-author of a new book, From Hurting to Healing,  and the founder of a therapy practice, Healing On Us. From finding your superpower to launching a new podcast, we will celebrate Tamara Knightenauthor of two books and host of two podcasts, Spicy Knights and Inspiration Station.  

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JoAnnna Williams

Founder, JoyTutor

Personal and Business Development

Breaking through significant barriers and setting a new standard for herself and her family, JoAnna Williams transformed her life from the inside out. JoAnna healed from trauma and generational karma and relaunched her podcast (JoyTutor). 


With strength and perseverance, JoAnna changed her life and is now helping others to change the course of theirs through her business, JoyTutor. Offering entrepreneur development services, JoAnna helps individuals’ set up a business and develop a business plan. JoAnna also provides personal development services and assists individuals with taking actionable steps towards their goals and dreams.

Azizah McEntire

Founder, Healing On Us

Co-author, From Hurting to Healing 

Azizah McEntire is the founder of a not-for-profit organization: Azizah Love Loves. Initially launched as a weekly podcast that empowers domestic violence and sexual assault victims, the Azizah Love Loves brand has expanded its reach by providing summits and events that enable women to heal holistically. The guiding principle - you are worthy of a love that loves! Walking the walk, Azizah left her corporate career and launched her own therapy practice, Healing On Us, and co-authored her first book, From Hurting to Healing.

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Tamara Knighten

Founder, Tamara Knighten Ent.

Author of Dashing and Confident and Burned But Not Broken

If beauty for ashes was a person, it would be Tamara. Through healing and releasing years of pain, Tamara unlocked  own her courageous superpowers and came back  "healed, happy and whole."  As a result, Tamara Knighten Enterprises, was created, helping entrepreneurs heal, teaching aspiring podcasters how to launch, and encouraging storytellers to write. Tamara's mission is to help every entrepreneur release their pain, unlock their superpowers, and activate their businesses. Tamara's tribe finds daily inspiration from her podcast, The Inspiration Station, and spice things up a little in her Spicy Knight Ryders Facebook group. 


6:00 p.m. – Check-in and cocktails: Guests receive name badges, are seated at their assigned table, get to know each other, sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres.

6:30 p.m. – Dinner: The Founder of JoyTutor, JoAnna Riggins, will kick-off dinner with a toast of gratitude. Guests will enjoy an exquisite 5-course meal. 

7:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: A special guest speaker will discuss dreaming big and unlocking your abundant mindset to create and grow in every area of your life.  

7:30 p.m. – Opening Introduction: Guests are welcomed and we thank each sponsor for their invaluable contributions. 

7:40 p.m. – Presentation of awards:  Honorees will receive the JoyTutor Courage Award for inspiring, teaching, breaking barriers, and empowering others.

8:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Closing remarks: We will end the event with reflections on an amazing night, thank our guests, honoress, and sponsors. 

Elegant 5-Course Dinner

Be sure to bring your appetite! We will eat some of the best cuisines prepared by a local, small business (restaurant or caterer) within our community. Dining together as we celebrate the big and small wins of our amazing guests deserves the finest of cuisines. Our five-course meal includes soup, appetizers, salads, a main course, and desserts.


JoyTutor will set the mood and create a memorable celebration with local musicians as the backdrop of our joyful event. What better way to showcase local artists and their talents while setting the tone and ambiance for JoyTutor's celebratory event. Get ready to be blown away by the amazing talents of aspiring artists and celebrate with inspiration and joy.

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