Communications strategist Alonia Jones will be a panelist on the Womens Panel "Get Your House In Order" and a featured speaker for the closing gala. Alonia Jones represents an estimable and incomparable blend of inspirational speaking, print and broadcast journalism, as well as personal, professional and spiritual development. She is the visionary leader of Dream 2 Destiny Enterprises, a full service corporate communications and professional development company wherein she helps people realize their dreams and organizations achieve their goals. Deeply committed to excellence, the certified life coach is renowned for effectively addressing and fulfilling her clients’ needs. She is also CEO of D2D Publishing & Media Group where she chronicles everything from individual memoirs to special commemorative compilations.
As a respected journalist, the Atlanta Business League celebrated Alonia as one of its top three storytellers and featured the trio on the cover of its annual resource guide in 2011. She is the founding publisher of IMANI Magazine (1997-2004), which received a letter of commendation from the White House. The publication also played a key role in Alonia earning the Alumnae Achievement Award in Media and Communications from Spelman College. Perhaps her greatest career milestone is that of being nominated for Most Outstanding Journalist by the Electronic Urban Report. The nomination is an honor she shared with Susan Taylor (former ESSENCE Magazine Editor-in-Chief) and romance novelist Zane. Admirably, Alonia has recently re-inked her publisher’s pen and is the new publisher of South Fulton Lifestyle, an inspirational, monthly, community-focused magazine based in South Fulton, Georgia (SoFu). Additionally, Alonia is the mastermind behind the B.O.S.S.℠ personal and business development series as well as the BFLY℠ brand of inspiration. She is a board member of the Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce.
An Atlanta native, Alonia is a product of the Atlanta Public Schools System; she graduated Salutatorian of Bass High School. A Mayor’s Scholar (an honor received for excellence in essay writing), Alonia earned her undergraduate degree in English from Spelman College. She has earned credits towards a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and Theology from Luther Rice Seminary. In addition to preaching and teaching life-changing messages and lessons, Elder Jones has greatly impacted the faith community by reaching international audiences as a contributing writer for PreachingWoman.com and the online magazine, ShulamiteWomen.com. She is currently the servant leader/pastor of Dream to Destiny Ministries, Inc. in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Alonia Jones is the author of six self-published books. She has also ghostwritten books, speeches, articles, scripts and more for celebrities, pastors, entrepreneurs, among others. Additionally, she has written countless feature articles for Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, Who’s Who in Black Birmingham and Who’s Who in Black Alabama. Her passion for working with youth is manifested through her work with her nonprofit initiative, The Dream Institute. As such, she helps youth (and adults facing major life changes) to tactfully articulate their life’s dreams and enhance their leadership and critical thinking skills through the enhancement and strengthening of their writing and public speaking skills.
With family as one of her top priorities, Alonia is the happy wife of Navy veteran, Rodney Jones Sr. Her blended family consists of her children: James Jr., Kori Alexis and Emmanuel Alonzo Jernigan and Rodney Jones Jr.; mother, Velma Parks; grandchildren, Jaylynn Jones and Cali Parker Jones; nephew and niece (whom she helped raise), Ralph and Laquita Harrison and great nephew, Khaleb Harrison. For more information on visit aloniajones.com or dayoftheboss.com