Latoya Hawthorne-Stiner | Founder, Photographer, Web + Graphic Designer
Latoya Hawthorne (Hawthorne-Stiner as of 2018) was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She relocated to New York with her family when she was seven to pursue their dreams to open a Jamaican restaurant. The business has flourished over the past three decades and Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery is now a franchise of over 120 restaurants in the US and Canada. Latoya knew from a young age that she wanted to run her own business. Latoya was surrounded by strong women. Her grandmother took care of her and her siblings while her mother worked tirelessly to make ends meet. She decided to study advertising in college since she had a passion for creating new products as well as designing them and tailoring them to customer’s needs.
Latoya was scouted by an agency and started modeling at the age of 16. Her path changed when she met a man who later became her boyfriend. Little did she know a relationship would change her path. She would endure four years of physical and emotional abuse, but would escape.
In 2007, Latoya relocated to California and started working with some of Southern California’s finest photographers. She became curious about telling stories behind the lens when she was on set. She met many women who started over in life because of unforeseen circumstances. She began opening up to other women about her story and had meaningful interactions with those who started over due to unforeseen circumstances. These interactions led to profiling them photographically and aiding them with their personal enterprises, putting to use her web and graphic design savvy.
Latoya founded A Walking Virtue in 2011. The mission of A Walking Virtue is to empower women creatives to live a life of love through social entrepreneurship. A Walking Virtue is a design and photography studio. The boutique agency creates content with social impact, including graphic design, web design, product photography, portraits, and special events.
When she’s not educating consumers on ethical shopping, she works with women creatives to launch their businesses. Latoya can be found making natural skin care products, kombucha, exploring nature, and enjoying life with her husband and two dogs during her leisure time.
Kerry-Ann Ellington | Content Curator
Kerry-Ann is a native of the beautiful island of Jamaica. In the 90’s, her family migrated to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. She completed the arduous Pre-Medical Magnet program and graduated with honors at Ely High school in Pompano Beach FL. Upon graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Kerry-Ann relocated to California where she now resides with her husband Delwin, their 3 gorgeous boys and their family dogs Chip & Dale.
Blessed with the opportunity to live in a state where she not only pursues her passion for acting, Kerry-Ann’s love for the arts now transcends behind the scenes in show business. She is now a highly-sought after, award winning filmmaker and screenwriter. Besides being on production sets, she takes on the role of a community activist and philanthropist. Kerry-Ann lends a hand to various organizations in support of military families and women empowerment.
She supports the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to wounded and critically ill service members and their families. Due to her ambitious work ethic and service driven heart for military families, Kerry-Ann, along with 29 other hard working and dedicated military spouses, were recipients of “Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012.” This tremendous opportunity gave Kerry-Ann a chance to meet and get to know one of her mentors, Ms. Oprah Winfrey.
She also writes memorable social media content for her sister’s organization, A Walking Virtue. An organization whose mission is to empower women to live a life of love through social entrepreneurship.
In her spare time, Kerry-Ann loves doing fun activities with her family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, baking, reading and a hearty obsession with board games.