Empower Now tells the true stories of 14 young minority Black professionals and their journeys to success. Through both obstacles and victories, they were able to fulfill their dreams.
In their stories you will find helpful tips, inspiring quotes, and life lessons coming from individuals in various fields including Medicine, Education, Engineering, and Dentistry. Just like they are fulfilling their dreams, you can too! It’s time for you to be empowered now!
AUTHORS OF EMPOWER NOW FOR WOMEN
DANIELLE PROUT, MBA
Danielle Renee Prout, MBA, was born in Gretna, Louisiana at Meadow Crest Hospital on June 29, 1989. She was raised in Plaquemine Parish in Boothville, Louisiana until Hurricane Katrina came in 2005. She then moved to Plaquemine, Louisiana and attended Plaquemine Senior High School where she graduated with honors.
She then attended Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received an academic scholarship. She majored in Political Science and minored in Vocal Performance. She decided to achieve a higher degree after college from Southern University A & M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received her MBA. She is currently working on her PH.D in Psychology at Grand Canyon University. She finished real estate school last year at Donaldson Educational Services in May 2016, and is now a certified mortgage inspector.
Prout is also a case manager where she counsels, assists, and helps her clients in every way possible that at times can be major task. She works with people who are elderly, young, and have mental illnesses. She assists finding housing for her clients which has led to many moving into permanent housing. A very rewarding job!
She is very active in her church located in Plaquemine, Louisiana named Zion Field Ministries. She has been part of the praise and worship team for almost 10 years.
Prout has one daughter named Tiffany Jewel Prout who she loves and adores. She was born on May 13, 2017 at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is my life and my focus.
BRIDGET A. MOORE, PHARM.D
Bridget A. Moore, Pharm.D, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a resident of Macon, Georgia is a registered pharmacist and a veteran of the United States Air Force. She has practiced pharmacy for over 18 years.
Bridget knew she wanted to be a pharmacist at age 14 and did not allow anything to stop her. She discovered her love for Chemistry while attending a summer enrichment program at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She was inspired by their motto “Deo Adjuvenate Non Timendum” interpreted in Latin as “If God is with us, nothing is to be feared.” It was with this determination she pursued her purpose with passion and earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Xavier in 1999.
In May 2007, Dr. Moore’s quest for greatness led to a direct appointment in the United States Air Force as a Commissioned Officer. She commanded the operations and delivery of pharmaceutical services for over 26,000 military members, dependents, and retirees. Her tours of duty included Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Aviano Air Base, Italy; and Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Her duties involved serving as Officer in Charge, Pharmacy Flight Commander, Chief of Inpatient Pharmacy, and Diagnostics and Therapeutics Flight Commander. Her most notable publication “Air Force Pharmacy: The Right Choice” was a tool to recruit more pharmacists in the military.
Bridget became the first African American female Diagnostics and Therapeutics Flight Commander at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia in 2013. Her professional memberships include American Pharmaceutical Association, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her mission is to empower young people to discover their God-given gifts and make a decision to become successful.
ALEXANDRA McCARTY, PHARM.D
Alexandra McCarty, Pharm. D was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree in 2011. She is currently in retail pharmacy management for a large pharmacy chain and has been since 2012.
She has been a part of corporate leadership programs which has yielded her the opportunity to speak at her company’s graduate intern Conference in 2013. This began her desire to share her professional experiences with the world.
Married with 2 children, Alexandra spends the majority of her time at baseball parks and football fields following her eldest son’s sport “career” and is beyond grateful to be able to share her story to other young women who may be inspired by it.
DR. ALISHA THOMPSON CONGRESS
Family Medicine Doctor
Dr. Alisha Thompson Congress is a Family Medicine Physician, blogger, mentor, speaker, and most importantly- Mommy to Langston Miles. Born and raised in Hueytown, Alabama Dr. Congress currently runs a hospital based clinic. It is the same hospital where she was born. Talk about full circle! She has overcome various obstacles on her journey but is grateful to be able to use those life experiences to encourage, inspire, and motivate others.
Dr. Congress is a proud graduate of Talladega College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She later attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
As mentioned, Dr. Congress is the mother of Langston who is a former 23 weeker micropreemie. As a result of her experiences, she has started a company and blog- Miracles and MILEStones to provide support to NICU parents- most especially working NICU parents.
Learn more about Dr. Congress’s NICU journey at
JILLIAN HARRISON-JONES, MMA
Jillian Harrison-Jones, MMA, from Rochester, NY, is a third year doctoral student in Choral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and serves as the Music Director for MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, and the Richard W. Wesp Assistant Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Jillian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Lincoln University (PA), a Bachelor of Music degree from Roberts Wesleyan College (NY), and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Connecticut. While in Connecticut, she held appointments as the Assistant Conductor of the Willimantic Symphony Orchestra as well as the Assistant Director of the UConn Women’s Choir.
As a vocal coach, lyric soprano, conductor and clinician, Jillian has tremendous experience with children’s, women’s, collegiate and professional choirs and orchestras. She recently spent the summer of 2017 touring Tokyo, Japan with the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and serving as the assistant conductor of “It’s A Grand Night for Singing” in Lexington, Kentucky, working alongside Dr. Everett McCorvey, Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies and Founder of the American Spiritual Ensemble. Jillian’s career objective is to transform lives through music, especially youth, as she believes, “If you can capture a child musically and artistically, then you can influence them academically and spiritually.”
As a scholar, Jillian’s research interest is in the performance practice and scholarship of African American Spirituals and Gospel Music, and devotes her career to redeeming the forgotten and lesser known choral works and biographies of African American composers such as Glenn Burleigh, Undine Smith Moore, Robert Nathaniel Dett, and more: “The contributions of these remarkable African American musicians ought not be discounted in the history books of American music. Our young black men and women who aspire to pursue careers as professional musicians need as many trailblazing role models as possible to look to!”
Jillian is married to The Reverend Winterbourne Harrison-Jones, Pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, IN. She hopes that her journey and testimony will inspire someone else to believe that truly, all things are possible through hard work and a deep-seeded faith in God.
DR. AMBER ROBINS
Dr. Amber Robins is the creator of the Empower Now movement. She is a board certified family medicine doctor and the health and media fellow at PBS News Hour/Georgetown University. She is passionate about individuals telling their stories to help others on their journey to success. She attended Xavier University of Louisiana and graduated Magna Cum Laude as a Biology major and Chemistry minor. During her senior year of college she was elected Miss Xavier University of Louisiana 2009–2010. Dr. Robins is graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Robins is the author of “The Write Prescription: Finding the ‘Right’ Spiritual Dosage to Overcome Any Obstacle” available on Amazon. She has worked for ABC News Medical Unit and wrote several articles, one which featured her experience as a minority doctor called “Doctor’s Take: Being A Minority In Medicine.” She also has written for various magazines like 40z Rock Magazine and The Journal for Minority Medical Students in her own column entitled “Diary of a Medical Student.”
Dr. Robins desires to touch the world through her experiences and stories of life as a doctor and advocate for mankind.
You can find her blog and video posts on
Family Medicine Doctor
Family Medicine Doctor
MIA ROBINS, MPH
Health Policy Specialist
Mia Robins, MPH, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, currently serves as a Senior Public Health Consultant at the MITRE Corporation. Her background lies in the sciences and public health in which she received a Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master in Public Health from Emory University.
At the front lines of America’s health care system, Mia continues to improve access to health care for all. She has served in various capacities in government and consulting at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Booz Allen Hamilton, and HM Health Solutions, a Highmark health plan subsidiary. Through her efforts as a passionate public servant, Mia has been engaged in ground-breaking efforts which includes the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as been a sought after resource for government compliance and health policy initiatives which have led to countless recognitions in her field.
In addition to her work in health, Mia has a passion for mentoring and serving the community. In her previous firm, she was passionate about being the trailblazer and change maker. One of her most proud accomplishments was the creation of “The Sister Circle”, a mentoring circle for women of color, the first of its kind in her previous firm. In addition to her day-to-day work, Mia is passionate about her community. Her hope is to continue to impact many throughout the country and world through love, support, passion, and hard work. She lives by the mantra “May you let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify Him.”