MEET THE TEAM

RIA HARRIS

NATIONAL PAGEANT DIRECTOR

 

Over the past few years, I thought about the many phenomenal women that I know who have experienced so many hardships, faced so many difficulties, endured so many tragedies and yet they kept working, kept striving, kept uplifting others despite their pain. Knowing that most of these women were never acknowledged for their achievements saddened me. That sadness motivated me to create The Beyond Beautiful World Pageant. 

 

I am a Chicago native, having attended Thomas Hoyne, Edward Blyden & Arthur Dixon elementary schools and graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. My B.S. in Psychology & Rhetoric was earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I also pledged Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. of which I am a life member and an active member of Eta Xi Sigma chapter. My career paths are diverse-a real estate broker in Illinois & Indiana (The Divergent Diva of Real Estate), CEO of A Peculiar Treasure, LLC, a Cook County Adult Probation Officer and NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE BEYOND BEAUTIFUL WORLD PAGEANT!

 

Having been raised by parents who believed in giving back, supporting people in need and causes that resonate with me are second nature. I mentor a few young people, support Project Kennedy, donate to the various causes my friends support and financially contribute to the households of people that I know are in need. Reading has been a lifelong passion and I also enjoy boxing, archery & studying the Holy Bible. I am married and have one adult son.

 

The inaugural Beyond Beautiful World Pageant far exceeded my expectations! Crowning the women who exemplify faith, resilience, courage, beauty & joy and are now Ambassadors of The Beyond Beautiful World Pageant was such an honor! The Beyond Beautiful World Pageant is a celebration of womanhood with Ms Beyond Beautiful World, Ms Ruby, Ms Emerald, Ms Sapphire and, starting in 2022, Ms Diamond being inspirations for other girls and women to keep striving to attain their goals, accomplish their aspirations and turn their dreams into their truths for the betterment of the world.

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PAMELA BRAXTON

ASSISTANT PAGEANT DIRECTOR

 

I am honored and delighted to be Co-Director of The Beyond Beautiful World Pageant, where women are celebrated and empowered, and communities are uplifted. 

 

I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, graduating from Lindblom Technical High School.  I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University, where I pledged the illustrious Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Subsequently, I obtained a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Governors State University and upon moving to Atlanta, GA in 2009, I received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Kennesaw State University with an emphasis in mental health.  I am presently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

 

Throughout my more than 25 years in the Social Services profession, I have acquired experience in leadership, management, marketing, development, branding, and community outreach/event planning, where I have built and maintained collaborative relationships among non-profit organizations and government entities.

 

Currently, I am the proud founder and CEO of Golden Day Counseling and Consulting, LLC, where our mission is to provide therapeutic services and tools to empower and strengthen individuals, couples, families, and communities with the goal of building resiliency. Starting my own practice has been a passion of mine and I am excited to empower people to live not just their best life, but their Golden life.

 

I enjoy conducting self-care activities, reading fiction/mystery novels, watching documentaries and mindless television, and spending time with family.