Our Board Members
Founder & President
Women Who Uplifts fearless founder, Daphney Michelle Smith-Jackson, a Hagerstown, MD native, has faced many obstacles in life.
These trials began at age 7 learning of the murder of her father. At age 12 she was molested, she then lost her mother at the age of 14, and shortly thereafter became a teen mom to a beautiful baby girl at age 15. Daphney gave birth to her second child who was still born in 1993. Dropping out of high school in her senior year, having been involved in various mentally and physically abusive relationships, by age 22 Daphney was a single mother of 3 living children, without gainful employment. Despite the many trials Daphney has faced in life, giving up was not an option. Daphney’ s tenacious nature and workhorse mentality would force her to turn the statistic inside out.
Present day, Daphney is a North Carolina resident of 6 years, where she met her husband of 4 years, Ethan Jackson.
In August of 2015, Daphney founded Broker Builder Solutions, LLC. Broker Builder Solutions partners with group Benefits Brokers and Human Resource professionals to implement and support their enrollment platforms such as Employee Navigator and other Benefits administration software. Daphney started the company in her kitchen and in just 4.5 years has grown the organization to a team of 13. Daphney was honored to be recognized as a Champion on Enterprising Women Magazine’s 2020 list of World’s Top Women Entrepreneurs. Daphney is an active member of the Raleigh chapter of WPO (Women’s President Organization) and enjoys giving back to her community.
Daphney’s drive for the Women Who Uplift mentoring initiative stems from her desire to encourage and inspire all woman to fight through the many jabs that life throws your way. To use those jabs as building blocks and not roadblocks. Daphney wants to share her story and encourage women that no matter the obstacles faced in life you have the power to equip yourself with the tools to overcome and evolve into a better version of yourself.
To Learn more about Daphney and inquire about having her speak at your next event please Contact Us.
Shirley was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD. For the past 8 years Shirley has and continues to serve as an active member of the community she has always called home. In addition to serving Women Who Uplift, Shirley also serves on both the YMCA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Board of Directors. She is a proud 2018 graduate and Alumni of Leadership Washington County. She actively serves on the Over the Edge planning committee for the Boys and Girls club of Washington County. Shirley has been employed by Citigroup for the past 16 years. Her current position is in Bankcards as a Control and Compliance Senior Analyst. For fun, Shirley enjoys cooking and volunteers her time and treasures to her local community when the opportunity arises. Shirley is happiest when she is spending time with her 3 children; Mckail, Drew and Semaj. Five words that best describe Shirley are Love, Commitment, Integrity, Kindness and Loyalty.
Contina (Tina) M. Flemings, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Tina is a military spouse of 21.5 years.
Graduating from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Tina has 29+ years of experience in the financial arena. Tina enjoys her current role as a Budget Analyst for the Department of Defense at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
Tina has a demonstrated a track record of great leadership abilities by holding positions of Financial Advisor & President among a few committees through her career path. Tina has assumed Dual roles of Recording & Financial Secretary as a Member of Order of the Eastern since her tenure in 2000. Tina is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In addition to spending time with her husband Paul (Duke) Flemings and daughter Paige Flemings who is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Tina enjoys volunteering and public service to communities in need. Her passion is mentoring, bringing family & friends together and building a community of excellence in a positive setting.