JOANN TOLBERT-YANCY-FOUNDER
The Grand Diva

In 1999 while on tour with “The African American Women on Tour Empowerment Conference “in Chicago, a group of true Divas discussed the possibility of establishing an official Divas Organization.  Divas United became a national organization in less than a year with 500 plus members, by our Grand Diva, Joann Tolbert-Yancy, an author and powerful speaker.Divas United is an organization that supports the efforts of women to achieve professional, educational, career, cultural and economic development necessary to manage their own careers and personal lives and control their own destinies Over the last eighteen (18) years our organization has grown tremendously.  

We started our journey to empowerment by retreating each year to fabulous resorts and destinations.Our first retreat was in Biloxi MS in 2000 and they treated us so grand that we went back to Biloxi in 2001.  In 2002 we took our first Divas United Cruise to the Bahamas and later that year we had our empowerment Conference in Miami, FL.  In 2003, we headed to Montego Bay Jamaica and Las Vegas.  But our retreat to Cancun in 2004 was delightfully delicious and we took over the French Quarters in New Orleans .  In 2005 we cruised to the Bahamas again held our empowerment conference in Dallas, TX.   In 2006 we went back to Cancun and yes we cruised again, but this time it was Del Playa Carmen, Mexico and Key West, FL.   Since we just cannot get cruising out of our system, in 2007 we cruised to the Bahamas and Coco Cay.  In 2008 we set our sights on Orlando, FL for our women's conference in March of that year and cruised again in October.  In 2009 it was our 10th year anniversary and we headed to the mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Trust me, our Native American Brothers hadn't seen such beauty.  In 2010, San Antonio was the spot for us and in 2011, we hit the high seas again and just chilled out on deck, danced all night and watched how every one just marveled over or beauty, poise and class.  In October 2013, ninety-five (95) of us Divas hit Montego Bay, Jamaica and just took over.  It was awesome.In 2015 we headed to Cabos San Lucas Mexico and took to the high seas again in 2016.  There were Divas everywhere! Our retreats are where we get together and just "Exhale" for two or three days to remind us of who we are and how special we really are.  We rejuvenate our spirits and calm our souls.Currently there are over 500 members with seven (7) chapters nation-wide.

​This indeed is a great organization and we welcome you. If you would like to join our organization, please email the Grand Diva! jyancy@divasunited.com

Warmest Regards,

Joann Tolbert-Yancy
​The Grand Diva