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Jenesse Center, Inc. is a Domestic Violence Intervention Program with a focus on transforming the lives of families through self-empowerment and education. Jenesse's programs and services teach women how to embrace their worth, including the awareness that they are beautiful.


This philosophy is actively incorporated in Jenesse's Vocational Education Program. The goal of the program is to provide women with the skills and knowledge they will need to obtain lasting employment.


The latest addition to Jenesse's Vocational Education Program is an interactive experience. The Jenesse Style Center consists of a salon for beauty/hair careeducation and a wardrobe closet where women can select garments, shoes and accessories that express who they are and where they are going on their journey. Part emporium and part beauty haven, the Center offers women an opportunity to learn how to develop a personal style through a variety of educational videos, motivational/empowerment presentations and direct sessions with experts.


Jenesse celebrates the idea that people can use their gifts and passion, including their love of fashion and style, to offer real hope and facilitate real change in the lives of those in crisis. Riaz Pate, Mikki Taylor, Aimee Carpenter, Leslee Feldman and Tamara Houston were honored at the 2011 Celebrity Fashion Show for their role in bringing the amazing vision of the Jenesse Style Center to life.








Riaz Patel

Executive Producer, Axial Entertainment

Riaz is a two-time Emmy-nominated Executive Producer. For his reinvention of Style Network's "How Do I Look?" Riaz was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for a Daytime Emmy Award. Prior to his work with Style Network, Riaz's credits include the US-version of "How to Look Good Naked," "Why Can't I Be You?" for MTV, "Into Character" for AMC, and "Ultimates – Around the World in 30 Days" for INHD – all of which he created, Executive Produced and directed. Through his production company, Axial Entertainment, he has Executive Produced pilots and series for MTV, A&E, OWN, AMC, Lifetime, Bravo and Style Network.


Mikki Taylor

Author/Beauty & Style Expert

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty and style. From A-list celebrities and world-renowned cover models, to women-in-the-know, Mikki influences all types of women with her vision of beauty and style. She has devoted a lifetime to helping women manage their inner and outer beauty and inspiring them to own their lives to the fullest. For 30 years, Taylor served as ESSENCE Magazine's groundbreaking Beauty & Cover Director, and is now Editor-at-Large for the publication. Taylor has been featured on many television outlets, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, TODAY, Weekend Today, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, EXTRA, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment Television, CNN, TV Guide Channel, VH1, and Style Network. One of Taylor's most treasured experiences was a trip to South Africa in 2007, at the special invitation of Oprah Winfrey, where she served as an instructor to 149 girls ages 12-14, at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls Arts Workshop.


Aimee Carpenter

Indigo Mountain PR, West Coast PR for Judith Leiber and Adrienne Vittadini

For the past 6 years Aimee Carpenter has been one of the top celebrity product placement PR representatives. She expands the relationships she has developed to assist with fundraising initiatives to bring relief to those in need. Some of her partnerships have included: Judith Leiber, Lucky Brand Jeans, Raven Denim, Adrienne Vittadini, Judith Ripka Jewelry, Staurino Fratelli Jewelry, Favero Jewelry, Kate Spade, Maybelline, Julie K LA, PopChips, Lola et Moi, Spike and Annie, Dari Boutique, Amber Sakai Clothing, and Rising Tide Fair Trade. Aimee created, organized and spearheaded the Youth Run 4 Haiti with actor Josh Duhamel and Fergie. The first event raised over $75,000 and all funds went directly to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. The 2nd Youth Run Relief effort benefitted the Japan/Tsunami relief. Over $100,000 was collected.


Leslee Feldman

Head of Casting, DreamWorks Studios

Leslee Feldman is the Head of Casting at DreamWorks Studios. During her nearly 16 years at the company, she has overseen casting for both DreamWorks' live-action films and television projects. She also serves as Casting Director for all of DreamWorks Animation's films and has cast every animated film since the studio's inception. With her help, the studio has enjoyed much success, and has been responsible for some of the most honored films in recent years, including three consecutive Best Picture Academy Award wins for American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind and the first Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for Shrek. Recently she worked on the much acclaimed film The Help as well as DreamWorks Animation's highly anticipated Puss in Boots. Leslee has also lent her talents to DreamWorks' critical and commercial successes such as Transformers, Tropic Thunder, Dreamgirls, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How To Train Your Dragon. Leslee serves on the boards of We Advance for Haiti and The Young Angels of America.


Tamara Houston

Managing Partner, Roundtable Entertainment

Managing Partner of one of Hollywood's most select artist management and media production companies. Roundtable's rich roster is comprised of boldface Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award winning actors and hosts spanning the entertainment worlds of television and film as well as Grammy winning multi-Platinum recording artists. Under Ms. Houston's leadership the company has expanded into the United Kingdom and is in active development on two television shows. Always conscious of the social responsibility that comes with great opportunity Ms. Houston has a strong commitment to philanthropy. She has been active on committees for national and international charities such as 'First Star,' 'Shine On Sierra Leone' and 'Braintrust.'