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(ATLANTA, GA) – May 29, 2018 – Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III thought-leader and best-selling author of Master Your Emotions, is assembling both national and global leaders and entrepreneurs for the 2018 iElevate Conference held June 19th-24th at The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta, where he serves as senior pastor. Hundreds are expected to hear from prominent leaders on topics of social relevance.

“iElevate is uniquely spectacular,” Bishop Allen said. “There’s nothing like it for men, women, those who identify as straight/same-gender-loving/transgender, youth, children and entire families. There is something for everyone. You will learn how to elevate in your health, relationships, politics, advocacy, leadership, community activism, finances, vision and spirituality. This is for everyone, no matter who you are – whether getting over your past or claiming your future ahead. It will be healing, it’s inspiring, it’s exciting, it’s entertaining – it’s an experience with something for everyone.”

Originated in 2018, the iElevate Conference was designed to offer many of the country’s great thought provoking thinkers, leaders and voices a platform to safely participate and address some of the most sensitive and salient subjects from a faith point of view. The conference is of the first and only inclusive conferences with a mission to transform, empower and equip people of faith with the resources and tools needed to impact their immediate community and reach their goals.

At this year’s iElevate, attendees can expect a diverse and dynamic set of programing designed for all conference goers, including well-recognized events from O.C. Allen, as well as several new initiatives such as an HIV awareness campaign in collaboration with the Prevention From The Pulpit Initiative. Attendees of iElevate 2018 will gain unprecedented access to workshops, worship experiences, marketplaces and more.

A partial list of this year’s iElevate speakers, influencers, panelists, entertainers and Vision Community Foundation Black Tie Gala honorees include:

Oliver Clyde Allen, III – Senior Pastor, “The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta”
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms – Atlanta Mayor
Rev. Al Sharpton – Civil Rights Activist and radio/TV personality
Iyanla Vanzant – Inspirational Speaker, spiritual teacher, author, life coach and television personality.
Vivica A. Fox – author & actress, “Two Can Play That Game,” “Set It Off”
Tisha Campbell-Martin –actress, “Martin,” “My Wife & Kids,”
Rashad Burgess – Regional Director, Gilead Science
Sandy Thurman – Former White House Office of AIDS Director
Terri J. Vaughn – Director, Actress, “Steve Harvey Show,” and Philanthropist
Phil Wilson – founder of Black AIDS Institute
Anthony Williams – fashion designer of Lifetime’s “Project Runway”
Ricky Dillard – E One recording artist
Le’Andria Johnson – RCA Inspiration recording artist
Claire Sulmers – founder of
T.C. Carson – actor, “Living Single,” “Greenleaf”
Dr. Daniel Black – author of Perfect Peace and professor of African American Studies at Morehouse.

The complete roster of speakers, entertainers, seminars and other events will be announced soon in keeping with iElevate’s core program tracks:

iElevate Pastors and Leadership
iElevate Men
iElevate Women’s
iElevate Code Red
iElevate Millennial
iElevate Trans
Vision Community Foundation Black Tie Gala

This summer’s conference is one of the most highly anticipated conferences that the city of Atlanta has ever experienced. As the architect and visionary for iElevate, Bishop OC Allen keeps diversity and inclusion top of mind in every aspect of the conference. Everyone can experience iElevate regardless of disability, creed, gender, sexuality, nationality, or ethnicity.

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