Motivational Speaker – Community Leader & Activist – Influencer

Weslyn Mahogany Bowers

Born into humble beginning’s where her front door led to a half paved dirt road in Savannah, Georgia, on the West Side, Mahogany knew at a tender age that she wanted to be on the big screen. She knew that she was destined to be a star. Growing up in the inner city of Savannah, she encountered several obstacles, from being homeless to missing consecutive meals on the weekends to significant life lessons and mentoring sessions that would soon recreate the very city she called home.

As a child, she watched her favorite artists on the boxed TV screen. She began to perfect her craft of dancing and entertainment as she studied the moves of Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Bobby Brown, and honed into her acting skills by watching female actresses like Angela Bassett. It was then, at that time, that she began her love affair for the arts.

Mahogany would practice for hours, getting the entire routine down and would soon be creating her own choreography and scenes and entertaining anyone who would watch. As the years passed and her passion for the spotlight grew, the opportunity to showcase her talents and audition for the new prestigious high school in Savannah at Savannah Arts Academy was inevitable. It was at this art school, where she began to notice the difference between her peers and herself and discovered that she stood out because of her raw talent as an artist. In 2002, she was among the very first graduating class.

Immediately after high school, Mahogany was shipped off to begin modeling with Ford Modeling Agency Wilhelmina New York for a year. Her modeling portfolio has allowed her to rub shoulders and share the runways with top designers such as Calvin Klein and Christian Dior.

As college soon began to approach, her love for dancing, acting, and understanding art, and the entertainment world became more apparent. In 2005, she earned an AA degree in Marketing Management and Business Management from Savannah Technical College, and continued her studies at HBCU Savannah State University and studied Mass Communication with a concentration in PR & Journalism and where she is currently pursuing her BA degree in the field of Business. 

Mahogany’s career started with her love of the arts and desired to put on a show. Her talents and tenacity have made room for her, as she is a well-received performer in many aspects of visual arts, including dance, music, poetry, theater, and fashion. The pinnacle of her career was birthed in 1996 as she performed with the world-renowned Sankofa Dance Theater in the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

From there, Mahogany traveled to Ghana in West Africa and performed in the PANA-FEST Festival, where she taught American style dance in the village to the school children and, in return, learned about the Ghanaian culture. She received rave reviews in the New York Times for a dance performance off-Broadway and has worked with many famous artists in the industry, including Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Beyoncé on the Southeastern leg of their tours and music videos. 

After an exciting run in the entertainment and fashion industry, Mahogany returned home to share her talents directly with her community. Mahogany became an instructor at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), teaching multiple styles of dance and lending her talent of fashion at the annual SCAD International Fashion Show. After five years of teaching dance, Mahogany tried her hand at the world of radio and became an on-air radio personality for Clear Channel Communications / IHeart Media and is the voice for 94.1 The BEAT, LOVE 101.1 and WSOK Gospel. She swiftly gained popularity, earning the number one spot as an on-air personality and was deemed as THE VOICE. After 11 years in the radio business learning about media, the growing digital age, communications, strategic advertisement, and team building, Mahogany found her greatest love and true calling for the place she called home – a place where her roots were and that dusty half paved dirt road. Her community…

Before leaving in 2002 to pursue her career in the entertainment industry, she enjoyed volunteering at the local runaway and homeless shelters in Savannah (Grace House and Magdalene House) and found it extremely natural to mentor those in need of help and guidance. In 1997, Mahogany discovered her gift of working with the youth at the St. Pius Resource Center and quickly grew a new passion for this age group. Her mentorship extended to the youth at the Boys & Girls Club, The West Broad YMCA, AWOL, and the surrounding schools in the Chatham County area.

In 2011, Mahogany took her outreach to the next level and started a program to try to close the hunger gap in the community she grew up in. She named this program Blessings In A Book Bag Inc. Monday through Friday, kids eat at school, but on the weekends, that need to eat is still there. For over ten successful years now, Blessings In A Book Bag feeds over 100 children every Friday at Otis J Brock Elementary School. The organization packs book bags filled with non-perishable, easy to prepare food items to sustain the students over the weekends so that on Monday morning students return to school focused and ready to work.

The mission is higher test scores, reduced absences, and better overall health. In 2017 Mahogany was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to take her speaking talents even further on the red carpet of the Tedx stage, where she discussed “The Difference Between Being Right And Righteous.” Her goal as a speaker is to cultivate the minds, bodies, and spirits of the next generation and help them understand that the sky is the limit. This same year, she decided to live up to her signature objective and received her yoga certification with a concentration in Life, Work, and Balance. In her weekly yoga classes she guides all who attend on balancing life when adversity strikes.

Two years later, she published “I Needed This,” which can be found wherever books are sold. This book is full of daily motivational quotes to inspire those who need assistance as we go through the ebb and flow of life. It is aimed to serve as a crutch when you lose motivation or hope, that same year (2018) Next Level Signature Services consultant training was coined – an organization that trains an array of clients in the fields of food service, hospitality, HR employee relations and diversity training by designing customized material that meets each foundations core needs and learning outcomes.

Her dreams as a little girl to become a star have come true. Her mission in life is to be a influencer of change and a beacon of hope.

It is safe to say that her drive to push the envelope in all that she does, create change, and mentor the youth speaks volumes. Mahogany says that “In life there are those who want to be good, those who want to be great and then there are those like me who only desire to be legendary. There are people who say the sky is the limit, but I know a man once walked on the moon.“

Weslyn Mahogany Bowers for State House District 163

Platform Points

Labor

Helping to provide job readiness training and certification opportunities to the community.

Community Center Development

Developing the community centers we already have with the funds and training to better serve the youth and elderly in our community.

Continued Adult Education

Providing the community with resources and education certifications that will help secure jobs for Savannians and give them a opportunity to earn a living wage.

Railroad from Atlanta to Savannah

To help move the needle forward so Savannahians can move back and forth between Atlanta and Savannah to do business and open up opportunities for the community.

Cradle to College

Did you know that it’s not mandated that children in Georgia go to pre K? Our children are starting behind and playing a game of catch up in our education system. My goal is to help bridge that gap so our children in Savannah are not only reading and writing at grade level, but also ahead of the learning curve, ensuring that children know how to read before first grade.

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