Advocate and Board Member of www.StudentsWithoutMothers.org - Founded by Mary Torrence.
A non profit organization dedicated to helping high school students without mothers help themselves by empowering them to continue their education. Maria has a real passion to help them and you will find out why this is so important to her when she speaks on our stage at the summit.
Maria is an accomplished and talented chanteuse, representing a new breed of interpreter in the theatre of song. Song stylist in her own right, Maria Howell has shared the musical stage with artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. Like Howell, her music is a
collective of sultry, soulful, smooth tones. She not only combines sounds such as R&B with jazzy punctuations, she evokes an international flavor into her flambé of recordings.
She is also a talented actress with many TV and movie credit to her name. Her earliest film performance was as the choir soloist in the movie, "The Color Purple". Her rendition of "God Is Trying to Tell You Something" was memorable, but the offerings of the Maria we know today, are also truly unforgettable. She played Seeder (District 11 Victor), in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as well as a recurring cast member on the NBC Hit TV series, “Revolution”, and Lifetime's "Devious Maids". Other credits to her name are, MTV's "Finding Carter", "The Good Lie", starring Reese Witherspoon. Upcoming projects for 2015 include the USA TV series, "Complications"and feature film "Sons 2 The Grave", directed by Mykelti Williamson (Bubba in Forrest Gump).
you may know her father, Jeff.
Is a super star in her own right as a student and full time philanthropist giving young people inspiration to do the same while she helps children around the globe.
www.Compassion.com and www.CharityWater.org are just a few of the non profits she shares her time and talents with in a big way. Jordan’s trip to Kenya when she was 14 years old inspired her to do what she could as a teen to fight malaria halfway across the world. After a trip to Kibera, Jordan teamed up with Compassion International to develop the Bite Back Campaign, an initiative that raises money and awareness for the disease. Jordan has raised $500,000 for the cause. She’s used Facebook and other social networking tools to challenge teens to donate $10 to purchase a mosquito net. Jordan encourages her peers “bite back” against the bug that kills more African children than HIV/AIDS.
Jordan is currently the assistant producer of "Imba Means Sing" which is the intimate character portrait and enchanting journey of Angel, Moses, and Nina - three children growing up in the slums of Uganda, who get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the world with the GRAMMY-nominated African Children's Choir, raising support to put themselves through college. www.Imbafilm.com
I know you will love meeting her at the summit as she is sure to be AWE- INSPIRING!
I love her quote on her Twitter page: "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."