As a Wholistic Health Practitioner & Motivational Speaker, Katia Powell has over a decade of experience in healthcare and research, and five years of Doctoral Studies. These years of experience, her own personal journey of losing 200lbs (and keeping it off!) have ignited her passion for being a Health and Wellness Entrepreneur. Katia has also found that being a licensed Zumba Instructor and AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, “allow me to be a part of something innovative, creative and bigger than myself to solve a problem that society can benefit from.” Katia shared, “I want to create a living legacy that has an impact beyond my lifetime.”
Ms. Powell always knew she wanted to be her own boss and make her own rules. She is the CEO and Founder of Black Girls Nutrition (BGN), the social network that understands your nutritional needs and provides 24/7 support through technology. BGN’s motto is to "Lose the Weight, NOT your culture!" The company is grounded in a mission to inspire and motivate women and girls of color to release unhealthy nutritional habits, design a healthy lifestyle, and intentionally empower each other to walk in their own truth. Some of the best advice she received was: You can’t be poor while being poor – learn to marry your passion with profit.
Katia is an active member in her own community. She currently serves on the Board of the Fenway CDC, the Planning Committee for the New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School, is a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar, and a member of the Health Committee for the NAACP Boston Branch.
Katia is no stranger to the Blueprint Conference. A few years ago, Katia led a Zumba physical activity and is ready to participate again this year. Her hope is to inspire within each Conference attendee that “anything they want to achieve is POSSIBLE with the right resources and mentors. It will take hard work but the payoff is so worth it in the end.” This year Katia will be sharing her story to becoming an entrepreneur and using technology as a facilitator for our Ideation workshop.