The Own Your Power Team is ready to take your game to the next level! We specialize in personal empowerment and business development.


Iveta Rietschel


In 2012, Iveta Rietschel, founder and President of Bookkeeping and Financial Solutions joined the Own Your Power team! She received her BA degree in Accounting and International Business from Business Academy in Czech Republic in 1986. She then started her own, a very successful Accounting firm servicing many small businesses in Czech Republic and Germany. After relocating to the US, Iveta decided to broaden her education and gained Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Phoenix. For several years she has been working in Finance Department in local government, and pursued many additional certifications. Iveta is a member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association and is certified State of Florida Public Notary and Signing Agent.


Sheila Hawkins

Project Manager

Sheila, AKA the “Do It In Time Diva” of The Third Eye Group, has been on the team as  Project Manager since 2010 advising Simone on best practices for procedures and assisting with the team’s expansion and management.


Laron Henderson

Social Media Manager

Laron has been working as the Social Media Marketer for Own Your Power Communications since 2008. He is responsible for promoting Own Your Power events on the social media sites,  welcoming new members, and driving traffic to Own Your Power sites. He also manages some social media campaigns for OYP clients. He has been working with technology for the past eight years. The experience has inspired him to start  his own firm, Just Be Social that specializes in social media marketing.


Pittershawn Palmer

Book Editor for Simone Kelly’s fiction and non-fiction works

Pittershawn is a freelance writer, journalist, speech writer, copywriter and copy editor who has worked with Oprah Magazine, Essence, Black Enterprise, Black Voices, Fierce, The Source, Kuji and New Vision in Business magazines, as well as the Chicago Defender, QBR The Black Book Review and the Harlem Book Fair, in positions ranging from freelance writer and fact-checker to researcher, editor, copy editor and associate publisher. She made her mark in journalism by conducting flawless research and masterful interviews. Since then she has published dozens of articles covering business, literary and general topics.

Pittershawn earned her B.A. in English from Iona College where she graduated with honors, and was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Journalism at the same institution and will soon begin studies towards an M.F.A. in Writing.



Cat Wagman


Cat, a resident of Pembroke Pines, Florida, has been on the team since 2009 as an editor for Own Your Power. Her amazing talent with writing helps bring many of our marketing materials, blog posts, and ezines to life.
As a professional writer and President of Working Words, Inc., (FL) her mission and her  passion is to understand what you want to achieve, and then enhance it with creative marketing concepts and publicity opportunities to successfully expand your personal influence, and raise public awareness of your brand, products, and services. Her intuitive connection with written and spoken words has enabled her to help hundreds of business owners and individuals express themselves in ways they never thought possible. She is the author of “Why … THANK YOU! – How To Have FUN Writing Fantastic Notes and More.” Her Specialties: Copywriting, Scriptwriting, Editing, Creative Collaboration, Press Releases, Website Content, Articles, Interviews, Procedures.