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The National Reconciliation Week

The first 30 people to register and attend will each  receive a special door prize.


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Reconciliation is a journey--not a destination.

Are you ready to take the trip?

RECONCILIATION is a proactive procedure of reconnecting first with ourselves and then with another to create an internal emotional and spiritual environment where love, forgiveness and healing will occur and where the soul is empowered to reach its highest potential--whether personal or professional.

In the course of any life disintegration occurs. We become disconnected from our basic principles, values or core vision of ourselves, including our prime relationship with family. RECONCILIATION IS THE VEHICLE FOR REPAIRING, RECONNECTING, REBUILDING OR REDESIGNING THAT CRITICAL FOUNDATION.


  •  Conducting a Self-Assessment;

  •  Crafting or shaping a new vision by systematically eliminating historic trauma, poisonous thoughts and         behaviors; and

  •  Implementing and fortifying that new vision using specific techniques and tools, including establishing empowering rituals.



Improve your emotional, spiritual and physical health

 Improve your relationships with others, including romantic partners

and family members

Improve your personal and professional achievements



  Created by Esther Productions Inc., the National Reconciliation Week: For Self & Family has been designed to:


    Help individuals and families heal from the emotional, mental and physical   trauma of estrangement;

   Teach effective methods of self- and familial care that would reduce the       potential recurrence of previous trauma;

   Offer effective tools for developing and maintaining, whole, healthy and stable relationships both personal and familial, including providing the framework for successful co-parenting; and 


    Better equip individuals and families in creating a new post-pandemic   normal that is inspiring and empowering.



Dynamic, entertaining and motivational flash speeches from top national emerging and seasoned leaders in the personal growth and development community, discussing reconciliation, self-actualization and empowerment kick off THE NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK--June 6-10,2022. 

Each day at 12 pm (EST) there will be an EstherTALK presentation. DON’T MISS THEM

Yasmine Arrington (June 6) received rave reviews when she appeared at Esther Productions Inc.’s Discovery Awards Ceremony in 2021. She’s back to motivate The National Reconciliation Week audience with an exciting speech about unmasking the true you. Arrington is the author of Daily Reflections for Social Entrepreneurs Journal. She has been featured in Essence, Black Enterprise, Forbes Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Baltimore Times, and on ABC7 News WJLA and NBC4 for her community work with ScholarCHIPS. She founded that nonprofit organization while a high school junior. It provides college scholarships, mentoring and a peer support network to children of incarcerated parents, inspiring them to complete their college education. It has awarded nearly a half million dollars in college scholarships to dozens of scholars. Arrington has received several awards including the Washington Business Journal Top 40 Under 40, the Linowes Leadership Award from the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Peace First Prize, the DC Social Innovation Prize and Angel Among Us Award from the National Council of Negro Women.

Dr. Nic Hardy (June 7) is a psychotherapist in Houston, Texas who operates a popular counseling service. This will be his first appearance at The National Reconciliation Week; he is expected to examine family estrangement with the goal of ending it. In his practice, Dr. Hardy helps adult, individuals and couples improve their relationships and grow as individuals. His authenticity and relatability have allowed him to help people from all walks of life. He has been featured national publications such as HuffPost, Cosmopolitan, NBC, PsychCentral, AskMen, Fatherly, and many others. Dr. Hardy is married and has a beautiful daughter named Brooklyn. 

jonetta rose barras (June 8), a national leader in the women’s fatherhood movement, has been a keynote speaker or workshop presenter at dozens of national and international conferences. She is also the founder of Esther Productions Inc. and chief visionary of The National Reconciliation Week. Barras is the author of the groundbreaking book” Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women,” a Blackboard bestseller. She is also the author of “Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies.” Barras is an award-winning journalist whose writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, USA Today, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Essence magazine, the New Republic, the Washingtonian, and Crisis magazine. She has been quoted in several notable publications, including The New York Times. 

A.Scott Bolden, Esq. (June 9) has been active in the fatherhood movement for two decades; he is a favorite among longtime participants in Esther Productions Inc. projects, although this is his first appearance at The National Reconciliation Week. A celebrity lawyer, he is seen regularly on major television networks sharing his expert analysis and passionate insights on high-profile legal cases and hot-button news issues. His is a powerful voice at the intersection of race, law, and politics. Scott is a nationally acclaimed attorney and partner at Reed Smith LLP, trailblazing white-collar defense lawyer, former Chair of the D.C. Democratic Party, crusader for racial justice, legal commentator, and political analyst. He was inducted into the Washington Bar Association Hall of Fame, received the 2021 Ollie May Cooper Award and was named one of 100 Most Influential lawyers in law and business by Savoy Magazine. His story about meeting and reconciling with his eldest daughter is sure to bring tears while inspiring other dads to connect with their children.   (

Stacey Clark, MEd, CALD, (June 10) is a Certified Authentic Lifestyle Design Coach who lives in Fort Worth, TX. She returns to The National Reconciliation Week, offering insight and information about the importance of forgiveness in the reconciliation process. A social entrepreneur and author, Clark is the executive director of a national nonprofit that provides coaching and consulting services. As a personal development coach and consultant, she combines her knowledge of IT, project management, communications, and training with her research in positive psychology, neurology, and wellness to offer women of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity and access to grow, transform and thrive in their lives. The executive director and founder of Leap Learn Live, a nonprofit company, Clark is on a mission to empower underemployed, career seeking single moms with the critical and creative thinking skills they need to overcome the ravages of multidimensional poverty. As an entrepreneur, she believes in an economy of kindness, and building community over competition. She believes in creating and bringing products and services that offer real and lasting value to the communities she serves. Stacey’s commercial website is Her books, products and services teach women to focus on manifesting wellness in the ten dimensions of their lives. 

FIVE DAYS OF INTERACTIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE WORKSHOPS BEGINNING AT 12:15 PM THROUGH 1:30 PM (EST). These sessions feature some of the country’s most talented clinicians, nonprofit managers, therapists and artists-healers.  



June 6-10!

Janis F. Kearney is leads (June 6 at 12:15 PM) MEMOIR AS SELF DISCOVERY AND RECONCILIATION. This is her first appearance at The National Reconciliation Week. She is an author, book publisher, diarist, memoirist and writing instructor. She is a 2016 inductee into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame, an inductee into the National History Makers Archive, and former president and current board member of the AR Pioneer Chapter of Pen Women. Kearney was managing editor for civil rights legend Daisy L. Bates’ historic Arkansas State Press Newspaper, before purchasing and becoming publisher of the newspaper in 1988. She was a director of communications for the US Small Business Administration under President Bill Clinton. In 1995, he appointed her the first Personal Diarist to a President; she served in that role through June 2001. After a two-year stint as a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Kearney and her husband Bob J. Nash, a former director of presidential personnel in the Clinton White House, founded Writing our World Publishing. She has written or co-written 17 books, including Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir. Other WOW Publishing books include Something to Write Home About: Memories of a Presidential Diarist; Conversations: William J. Clinton…from Hope to Harlem; Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place; Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road. Kearney is also the founder of the Read.Write.Share Writers Project, which includes memoir-writing seminars, lectures and workshops.


John A. Johnson leads (June 6 at 12:45 pm) UNMASKING AND FINDING MYSELF. A native Washingtonian, Johnson is the founder and creator of Verbal Gymnastics Theater Company. He holds a B.A in theater from the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked as a drama therapist, written and produced six plays and authored a collection of poetry--“Love for Her." He has received multiple fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and honors for his participation in "Sounds of the Underground" DC HIP HOP Theatre Festival. His most recent contribution is to a radio project at American University's WAMU 88.5 FM in conjunction with the Association of Independent Radio called “Anacostia Unmapped,” which captures the narratives of local residents in rapidly changing communities “East of the River” in Washington D.C. Johnson has been recently exploring an innovative form of theatre/storytelling called Playback Theatre and is coming off a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC.

Tracie Robinson, Ph.D., BC-DMT, RP, CHT, leads (June 7) UNITE AND CONQUER: Ending Family Estrangement. She holds a doctorate in intrapersonal psychology and a master’s in dance/movement therapy. Dr. Tracie is the owner and founder of Emotions N Motion Healing Practices, a non-profit organization, and president of Essences of Wellness Authentic Transformations, LLC. She uses structure and/or authentic dance and movement to facilitate synergistic change. With the goal of exposing people to their predispositions by integrating movement, gestures, rhythms, breaths, verbal and non-verbal communication with a less defended expression of the body. The art of dance is used as a therapeutic tool to bring about holistic healing in clinical populations including, but not limited to physical, emotional and psychological trauma, depression, PTSD, substance abuse disorders, and body image/eating disorders. Dr. Tracie also holds certifications in Reiki, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Traditional & Kemetic Yoga, and Herbal Medicines. 

Tasha M. Smith, LCPC-S, LPC, CCTP-II, CTMH, CMC-1, NCC, co-leads with Jennifer Y. Okosun (June 8) THE ROAD UNTRAVELED: Moving Beyond Trauma to Reconcile with Self and Provide Self-Care. Smith is co-founder and chief operating officer for Y.O.U Holistic H&WC and founder of Rejuvenating Hearts & Minds, LLC. This is her first round at The National Reconciliation Week. She will provide guidance for solo reconcilers on how to identify trauma in their lives and how to begin to heal. She is a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Smith received her master's in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University. Smith has worked with adults and homeless populations with adverse childhood experiences, trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, phase of life challenges that trigger anxiety/depressive symptoms, and couples/family counseling.


Jennifer Yolanda Okosun co-leads (June 8) THE ROAD UNTRAVELED: Moving Beyond Trauma to Reconcile with Self and Provide Self-Care. She is a writer, speaker, and the founder of Parents Rise Network. Parents Rise is an uplifting and supportive community for young parents and organizations that help elevate parents and their children for optimal well-being through personal development education. Okosun has written an evidence-based personal development curriculum covering categories such as character, communication, self-care and community building. She also serves on the board of the Margie Mclean Foundation as a family advocate. She is currently pursuing a degree in behavioral health with a focus on media psychology. She will release her book,“Raising Yourself to Raise the Next Generation,” later this year.

Jacquelyn Smith-Edwards leads (June 9) IT TAKES TWO…MAYBE MORE: Co-Parenting. She is the co-founder of Building Constructive Communities Foundation (BCCF), a nonprofit organization that promotes health and wellness for youth and their families through education, mentoring, coaching, training, and enrichment opportunities. She is also the founder of Black LOVE 365, which focuses on acknowledging the power of love and celebrating healthy BLACK relationships, marriages, families and communities. Smith-Edwards serves as facilitator of Community Support Circles that provides a safe space for youth and adults to confront life experiences that have created feelings of hurt, anger and shame. This space welcomes transparency and vulnerability. It is also a space where individuals are accepted and allowed to develop healthy coping strategies while healing. She also has worked in prevention services at Henrico Area Mental Health since 2001. Smith-Edwards is a teaching faculty member in social work at Virginia Union Commonwealth University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in social work; she also holds a master’s in Philosophy of Human Services from Walden University.


Carmen E. Haskins, LCSW, CCTP, co-leads with Rose Shelton (June 9) IT TAKES TWO…MAYBE MORE: Blended Families, which focuses on reconciliation for families with members who are from the LGBTQ+ community. Haskins is founder of P.I.N.K Solutions, PLLC. She is a clinical social worker specialist in High Point, North Carolina. She is the author of a trauma focused book, "Secrets Kill: Come out of the Darkness." Haskins has more than 11 years of diverse experiences with a particular focus on healing from trauma and abuse. Populations served include but are not limited to PTSD, Anxiety, LGBTQ+, relationship/marital issues, depression, and managing stress. Haskins has worked with troubled youth and families as well. This is her first time presenting at The National Reconciliation Week.

Rose Shelton, PhD, NCC, LCPC, C.Ht, co-leads with Carmen Haskins (June 9—12:50 pm) IT TAKES TWO…MAYBE MORE: Blended Families, which focuses on reconciliation for families. Dr. Rose is a licensed and nationally certified professional counselor. She holds an MBA in International Relations, a master’s in clinical mental health counseling, and a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Capella University with a focus in multicultural theory and social justice advocacy competency. This is Dr. Rose’s second appearance at The National Reconciliation Week. Certified in hypnotherapy and addictions counseling, Dr. Rose uses a number of approaches from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Psychodynamics to Hypnosis to assist client’s in working through current conflicts in life and bringing about their desired outcomes for themselves. She has published three books: In the Morning When I Rise, I Am She and Law of First Thought. She has published articles in Exposure Magazine and in the DC Line.


Joy Jones leads (June 10) WRITING AND STRAWBERRY SHAKE SUNDAYS, a focus on tools and resources to ensure long-term reconciliation success, including creative journaling. Jones is award-winning trainer, performance poet, playwright and author from Washington, D.C. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit. Jones is the director of The Spoken Word performance poetry ensemble, founder of the Double Dutch team, DC Retro Jumpers and works for DC Public Library. She has authored several books-- her latest, JAYLA JUMPS IN, received a starred review on Booklist. Jones is a former director of community relations at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. With Ed Washington, she co-founded a creative expression program at St. Elizabeths Hospital (SEH)  that has been in existence for more than 30 years; she publishes a newsletter and yearly chapbooks of patients’ writings. In 2002, St. Elizabeths honored her work with a Volunteer Recognition award, and in 2003 she received the Mayor’s Community Service Award.


THE CLOSING RITUAL (June 10—1:00pm) Dr. Tracie Robinson and jonetta rose barras return to close the week with a special presentation. 



ADDISON SWITZER, co-producer TNRW, is on the board of directors of Esther Productions Inc. and serves as its visual director. He has worked with The National Reconciliation Week since its founding in 2019. A proud dad and grandad, with two daughters and three granddaughters, Switzer is a native Washingtonian currently residing in Cheverly, MD. A professional actor who has been on most of the local stages, including Arena, Shakespeare Theatre, African Continuum Theatre and appeared on popular television programs like The Wire, Switzer is president of

AFRIKA ABNEY has been a consultant to Esther Productions Inc from its inception in 2004. A native Washingtonian, she graduated from the prestigious Corcoran School of the Arts. For more than 20 years, Abney has used her formal training and background in the arts to successfully provide services to artists, nonprofits corporations, small businesses, community centers, churches, individuals, and schools.

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