OUR TEAM


THE FOUNDER

E. JAGUAR BECKFORD

FOUNDER AND CEO

Jaguar is a former entertainment attorney who has provided contract administration for SONY, produced music festivals for Rachelle Farrell, Stan Getz, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Etta James, and BB King and even worked with Nancy Wilson. She traveled to Senegal, then onto South Africa and opened a restaurant in Johannesburg. She's shopped the music demos of Chrisette Michelle, Lloyd, Shaliek Rivers, Cory Gunz and Lyfe Jennings and has litigated for Eric B and Rakim. She was hired to produce the largest outdoor concert at Independence Square Accra, Ghana and produced Ghana's very first "official" theater stage play called "Romantic Nonsense." In 2013, Jaguar launched Jaguar and Company Clothier where she presently designs “male identified” clothing for women. Her work has appeared on Cathy Lee and Hoda, Steven Spielberg's Red Carpet event for the Lucky Seven premiere, VH1's Mob Wives, Hip Hop sensation Smiff n' Wesson, many periodicals, editorials and presented her line in several New York Fashion Week events.




BRITNI LESHÁ

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Britni Leshá is a travel and hospitality industry project management professional based in Queens, New York. Originally from the Washington, D.C. metro area, Britni has long been known as a vocal advocate of LGBT rights, having served as Diversity Co-Chair of both the D.C. and Greater NYC Steering Committees of the Human Rights Campaign. When she's not traveling professionally or volunteering with various LGBT Homeless Youth Initiatives in NYC, Britni enjoys Krav Maga (Israeli Self Defense) training and educating herself on the latest developments in holistic wellness and green living.



THE BOARD

SONIA ALLEYNE

Sonia Alleyne is the Press Secretary and Director of Public Information for the New York City Department of Finance, managing and developing communications strategies and branding for the nation’s largest and most complex municipal tax administration, which manages more than $33 billion and values more than one million properties for a total market value of $988 billion.

Before joining the Department of Finance, Sonia was editorial director at Black Enterprise, responsible for content direction across multiple platforms including television, magazine, events and digital, breaking editorial exclusives with top business talent such as Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, former McDonalds CEO Don Thompson, Canadian billionaire Michael Lee Chin, and Oprah Winfrey. She launched and managed several brand franchises including the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” and commissioned the first stories on the LGBT community, including the cover “Black and Gay in Corporate America,” which won the 2012 GLADD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Article.


IAN PETERS

Ian Peters is a business consultant to RFW. He is a former professional model and actor. He currently owns and operates entertainment consulting firm, Ian Peters Agency. Along with a vast and supportive database of contacts, he brings 15+ years of experience working with various entertainment, fashion and sports organizations to the RFW table. He will hold the position of board member and his duties are spelled out in the by-laws and include attending meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions, and participating in fundraisers. He serves on committees or task forces and offers to take on special assignments as needed.


ESTYLZ SANTIAGO

2009 Grammy for Wardrobe and Image Consultant. Fashion editorial stylist, film and television costume designer. Creator of ESWATER AND NUTRIMINZ the first and only Artesian Organic Virgin and Alkaline water from the Carribean, as well as the very first Super food Moringa Powder by Nutriminz. His work has been featured in a variety of television, music and editorial productions. Staff Producer of “Inside the Celebrity Closet” for the 2nd year in a row. He is now currently working on his music debut and taking the next step in fulfilling his dreams.


FABIAN BURRELL

Fabian Burrell is an active member of the LGBT community in New York City. She served, for one year, as the Convener of Maranatha, a ministry of The Riverside Church New York City committed to serving God and fostering greater understanding while promoting equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning people. She is also a member of the LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and a former board member of Harlem Pride.

After spending many years in media publishing as a journalist, editor, public relations practitioner, event planner and promotions manager, Fabian founded Aziza Public Relations in 2000.

A graduate of Kingsborough Community College where she received the El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) Award for Scholastic Achievement, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the CUNY Baccalaureate Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, and is working on a Master’s degree in Emergency Management (Homeland Security track).

She is currently an Instructional Designer at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.


JAMES HESTER

Hester’s career in public relations and promotions began at thirteen, when as a busboy at the Front Row restaurant owned by two New York Giants, Mr. Hester collected autographs. He then launched his business, giving parties for celebrities such as NFL Pro-Bowler Herschel Walker, New York Yankees All-Star Dave Winfield and inimitable WBLS programmer and DJ Frankie Crocker. Mr. Hester has worked with supermodels Beverly Johnson and Naomi Campbell, manager Bethann Hardison and her son actor Kadeem Hardison (“A Different World”), chart-topping dance act C&C Music Factory, the late fashion icon Gianni Versace, and hip-hop superstars Salt-N-Pepa.


SUE PHILLIPS

Sue Phillips, President Scenterprises Ltd™ has had a distinguished career in the Cosmetic and Fragrance Industry, and has held senior positions at Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme, Paris and Tiffany & Co., where as Vice President of Marketing, she developed and launched the first Women’s and Men’s Fragrances, TIFFANY and TIFFANY FOR MEN throughout USA and International Markets. Sue recently launched THE SCENTARIUM™, NY’s newest perfumery! Celebrity Clients such as Entertainer Jamie Foxx, Rapper Won-G, Event & Wedding planners and many others have all created Custom Scents with Sue Phillips. Interestingly, 40% of her clients are men who prefer to meet with Sue Phillips for a scent consultation, rather than shopping for fragrance at Department stores.


INGRID GALVEZ

Ingrid Galvez is a busy woman who has vast experience in strategic business planning and team dynamics across multiple industries which keeps her on her toes. With more than 10 years’ experience in Financial Services, she has held a number of different roles in Corporate Actions, Professional Services Education and HR: Training and Development. All of this has provided Ingrid with the sound background and skills necessary to provide high-level assessments of Departments, Processes and Teams. Ingrid is the Organizational Development Consultant of Strategic Remedy Group, a New York based company. She coaches individual professionals in transition and those committed to their professional development and personal growth. She works with individuals looking to develop better working relationships and communication styles. Ingrid applies assessments to provide a better understanding of individual differences, preferences and characteristics; as well as the way a person prefers to take action, respond and initiate solutions and how to leverage these skills in their current environment.


THE CREATIVES

ANTHONY JONES

From top beauty magazines and television networks to national advertising campaigns, countless weddings and some of the most famous faces in fashion and entertainment -- New York make-up artist Anthony Jones is the ultimate expert in make-up artistry. Anthony’s professional experience is broad and far-reaching, an obvious testament to his ability to find and illuminate the beauty in any subject. His work has graced the pages of Glamour, Brides and Essence, and the screens of television shows airing on ABC, NBC, HBO, MTV, VH-1 and BET. Meanwhile the famous faces to which Anthony has provided his flawless touch include Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Eve, Jill Scott, Clive Davis, Angie Stone, Deborah Cox, Nona Gaye, and numerous others. National advertising campaigns for Ashley Stewart, McDonald’s and General Motors' Ford Focus have also utilized Anthony's expertise.


ANNETTE BIBBYOLIVER

Brand Manager: Develop and implements marketing plans including all elements of the marketing mix by applying techniques to specific product, product line, or brand. Seeking to increase product's perceived value to the customer and thereby increase brand franchise and brand equity. Increasing product awareness & sales, by making a comparison with competing products more favorable. Including foundational research, and post event tracking and analysis, ensuring research plan is completed. ~ Dreamhouse Marketing Group is house & partners with 212 Showroom formerly via brazil showroom in New York fashion district. #241 west 37 street, in the fame Terri John Fashion building. Runs a multi brand fashion, accessories & lifestyle product showroom in Hollywood, CA.


GINNI SARASWATI

Ginni is the media personality and creative management powerhouse you’ve heard on the airwaves, seen on your TV screens and at many festivals and events around the world. She lives in MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA but feels truly at home taking a bite out of the BIG APPLE. Starting her own international entertainment and events company BLING in 2012, Ginni has risen through the ranks of the Australian media scene to be one of the leading LGBT radio personalities and event and entertainment managers in the merry land of Oz – Australia.


PRESS

MONA ELYAFI

Mona Elyafi is the founder and CEO of ILDK Media ­ an independent boutique PR firm specializing in the LGBT Market and dedicated to creating, developing and implementing stand­alone publicity & marketing campaigns. With years of PR expertise working with a variety of high profile clients and LGBT special events, ILDK Media has positioned itself as a dominant voice and authority in LGBT­oriented publicity campaigns, marketing and social media strategies. Some of her high­profiled LGBT campaigns include Valentine (“The Real L Word”), Michelle C. Bonilla, Tello Films, Antigone Rising, Billie Myers and The Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, CA. among others.

With her formative years spent working at some of the top PR agencies such as The Lee Solters Company, Norman Winter & Associate, Luck Media and Marketing as well as Harper PR, Mona Elyafi carries an impressive professional entertainment PR dossier. She has worked on campaigns for the likes of Chaka Khan, Rick James, Lisa Rinna, Taylor Dayne, Chris Tucker, Tommy Davidson, Peter Reckell and Gloria Gaynor, to name a few. Armed with a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University, Elyafi occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post.


PROMOTIONS

MONICK MONELL

As a Brooklynite, Monick Monell likes to bring everyone together from all varieties; making it known to show the "Brooklyn Way". As a party promoter, having such a diverse crowd, has made it easy for Monick to interact and get to know her audiences ideal style of partying. From Working with Nikki Hill Spice NYC for Art and Music (the next big movement); Kate Frawely, who throws mega parties and is well known in the community for Lover Girls, and now working with Jagandco on Rainbow Fashion Week; Monick is tapping into a new level of partying.