Abbey is the CEO and Founder of Knightly - a mobile safety network for college students. Knightly placed second in the 2016 Harvard Women in Business Innovation Competition and third in the 2015 MITEF Beantown Throwdown Pitch Competition. In 2015, Knightly was named one of the '5 Campus Startups to Watch' by BostInno. Abbey is currently a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University and was named one of the 'Most Impressive Undergrads' by BostInno in 2016. She is passionate about design thinking and entrepreneurship in engineering.
Adebisi Adebowale Coach, Speaker, and the world's only Upliftologist™ Upliftology™ @upliftology
Adebisi Adebowale is a Speaker, Coach, and the world's only Upliftologist™. Through her coaching company Upliftology™, she helps Millennials find their voice and purpose to maximize their time building the lives of their dreams into reality. Referred to as the Master of Upliftment, Adebisi's clients have earned over $1 million dollars (to date) in scholarships for their educational pursuits, and boast of attending schools such as Columbia University, Syracuse University, and University of California- Berkeley, among others. Her clients have also networked their way to the opportunities of their dreams.
Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. As a science data “story teller” she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.
“What do you do?” is Carley’s least favorite question in the world. She much prefers, “What do you live for?” Because you can tell a lot about a person by what makes them get out of bed in the morning. For Carley, that thing is writing. A copywriter by trade, and a blogger by choice, she has spent the last five years in the agency world crafting stories for brands we all know and love. For Carley, putting her thoughts on paper, on packaging, on billboards, on napkins, and on the Internet is simply a way of life.
Carley considers herself fortunate to have aligned her passion and her profession. That path was not a straight, narrow, or easy one. Nothing worth it ever is. A journey for a late night slice of Pizza. Taking the L train into Brooklyn. Falling in love. Each can be a grueling process, but once you arrive? Straight up magic.
Emily Belden is an author with powerhouse publisher, Harlequin. They acquired her debut novel BURNED (out Summer 2017) and a follow up story in a two-book deal. You can read her best-selling, LOL memoir, Eightysixed, out now and for sale at the summit.
Rosalie Berrios MA, founder & CEO of SimplyBetter Co. and SimplyBetterYou Coaching, is an International Miracle Coach, Motivational Speaker and Songwriter. Rosalie’s life mission is to create more love, more inner peace and more balance in the world. As a International Miracle Coach, Rosalie guides clients from all over the world to attract miracles into their life, live in their truth and step into their power. Rosalie travels nationally and internationally facilitating motivational workshops that inspire audiences to pursue the very dreams they deem impossible.
Rosalie holds a Master's in Psychology and has extensive experience as a Behavioral Specialist, Individual and Family Therapist, Mentor and Coach. Rosalie loves traveling the world with her husband who proudly serves in the U.S. Navy.
Gabrielle (Gabby) Bill is a Philadelphia-based Career Coach who helps mid-career professionals find, and land, jobs that they love. Before becoming a coach, Gabby spent eight years working in corporate marketing jobs for companies such as Disney and Capital One, and also earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, she's a dog mom to two chihuahuas, an officer in the Philadelphia chapter of Geek Girl Brunch and an avid beauty blogger. She's excited to be leading a workshop at the Lady Project Summit for the first time this year!
Tuesday P. Brooks is Principal Accountant at Ajoy Management Enterprise, a tax accounting firm in NYC. As a fellow small business owner, Tuesday understands the challenges of sustaining healthy cash flow and building capacity, and as such is a trusted business advisor on matters such as tax compliance, credit readiness and cash flow management. Recognized as an agent of change, Tuesday is a native New Yorker who practices active citizenship, is board member of several community based organizations, and regularly employs and trains young adults for professional career readiness. Her mission is to help small business owners manage their finances well so they can focus on their goals and grow.
Ellie Brown is a visual artist, new to RI. She has a BFA from MassArt and a MFA from San Jose State University, both in Photography. She has shown her work extensively nationally and internationally and won numerous grants, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. She began POP!sicle Artist Marketing straight out of graduate school after seeing a need in her peers to have assistance with the business side of art.
Erica Busillo Adams is the Co-Founder and CEO of (step)mom: v, and she is on a mission to empower(step)moms, redefine motherhood, and conquer crisis over cocktails. Erica is a passionate change maker and non-profit leader who has built her career working for incredible organizations like The Philadelphia Orchestra, Save The Bay, and The Autism Project, where she is currently the head of development.
Erica sits on the Boards of Directors of Fusionworks Dance Company and The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, has performed as a solo dance artist in Fringe PVD, and was selected as an “Emerging Nonprofit Leader” by the Rhode Island Foundation in 2014. Erica studied Communications, Dance, and Comparative Religion at Northwestern University and currently lives in Providence, RI with her husband, two amazing (step)daughters, chocolate lab, and tabby cat.
Rhonesha is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda. Her philosophy in life is represented by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda, which was also the inspiration for her company – HerAgenda.com.
The site is a digital media platform that bridges the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Her Agenda was listed in FORBES' 2013 list of The 100 Best Websites For Women and named one of the 10 Best Sites For Millennial Women.
Rhonesha was named one of ForbesMagazine's 30 Under 30 in 2017. She's also been listed as 28 Under 28 by NBCBLK and one of 29 People To Know by BET. She's spoken at The White House and The United State of Women Summit. She's also received awards from the Associated Press, and the New York Association of Black Journalists for her work in journalism. Early in her career, as a field producer with NBC New York (WNBC-TV) she earned an Emmy award as part of team coverage for a breaking news story. Rhonesha is an alumna Posse Scholar and attended Depauw University on a full-tuition leadership scholarship.
Human Capital Consultant by day, career and lifestyle blogger by night – Victoria is an ambitious young New Yorker who enjoys writing her life story as though she’s the protagonist of a novel, observing the world from as many angles as possible, laughing until her stomach hurts, and helping other people achieve their dreams.
As a former National Officer of the marketing association DECA, Victoria is an accomplished leader and speaker, having spoken in front of audiences ranging from 15 to 15,000. Her signature workshops cover the areas of personal branding, effective communication, and leadership.
When Victoria isn’t running around Manhattan tasked with several missions in her planner, you will find her at Deloitte Consulting where she helps solve clients' biggest human capital problems. Victoria is also a blogger, aspiring novelist, and travel enthusiast. She loves board games, smoothies, and couponing.
Chrystina is a blogger and small business owner living in Philadelphia, PA. She blogs about hosting parties, sending handmade greeting cards, and how to stay in touch with people in today's world. She is the founder of PHLbloggers, a blogger meet-up group in Philadelphia, and The Blog Connect, a blog conference. When she's not blogging she can be found singing, taking photographs, baking, traveling, or doing some construction consulting.
Marcia Coné is a writer, speaker, change strategist, and advocate for women. As founding CEO of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, she successfully advocated for policy advances, including women’s leadership, representation, and paid family leave. Her activism continues through her writing, speaking, and consulting with philanthropic, corporate, and government organizations.
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and wellness writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life through drama-free healthy eating. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking and counseling, she works with individuals, food companies, private healthcare companies, and the media to help make delicious, nourishing food approachable and enjoyable.
As the first woman in her family to graduate from college, Ashley Crouch has risen to become the CEO of Appleseed Communications, a company that helps rising female entrepreneurs get the media attention they deserve. She has worked with best-selling authors, CEOs of multimillion dollar companies, TEDx speakers, social innovators, and more. She has helped her clients get featured on hundreds of outlets, coordinated writing arrangements with Business Insider or American Express OPEN Forum, created marketing partnerships with the United Nations Foundation, speaking opportunities at The Atlantic LIVE, Columbia University, Massachusetts Conference for Women, and more.
Paromita De has been an educationist for over seven years, working both as a practitioner and researcher. She founded DIYA Solutions, LLC: Data-driven Inquiry for Youth Achievement, through which she conducts independent data analysis and program evaluations in the education and social sectors. She has also been a researcher at both Project Zero and the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Education Pioneers Fellow with the New York City Department of Education. Paromita is especially interested in the topic of human potential and diversity and how we can utilize formative practices to support them.
Margit Detweiler is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Webby-honored TueNight.com, a storytelling site and event series exploring the lives of women over 40. Margit is also president of Gyrate Media, LLC (http://www.gyratemedia.com) a content strategy and editorial development firm based in Brooklyn. With 20+ years experience in media, Margit has led the editorial vision for some of the top media brands, as editorial director of RealSimple.com, director of Aol Health, executive editor at EverydayHealth.com and managing editor of the Philadelphia City Paper. Margit is also an award-winning reporter and editor and has contributed to the Associated Press, Redbook, Village Voice, Bust, Rolling Stone and many others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and feisty cat Alice.
Alex Dickinson is the CEO and Founder of Ask For It, a boutique communications training and consulting firm whose mission is to foster confidence and inspiration in leadership and life. Alex got laid off from her last job and decided that instead of getting another unsatisfying corporate role, she'd make some lemonade and focus on turning her side hustle into a full time gig. So wherever you are in your career - just starting out, looking for that next big promotion (and raise!), switching gears, or you’re at a crossroads like she was - Alex invites you to dive in with her. You don’t need anyone’s permission to advocate for yourself. You need a strategy, self-confidence and a cheering squad to hold you accountable. Visit www.askforit.co/alexs-story to learn more.
Devin is a life long optimist and product developer. She utilized these passions after she suffered and asthma attack from a leading "green" cleaning product and created a line of truly natural cleaning products with an ingredient list you can easily read. Aside from running her growing company, she also shares her optimistic approach to business success and the tools that have worked in talks and workshops.
Liz is the CEO and founder of E-Squared Agency, a boutique studio that helps startups and small businesses with their blogs, newsletters, and other content. Prior to E-Squared, Liz served as a marketing manager at Google, under Google for Entrepreneurs. Previously, she has also been head of marketing for General Assembly in London.
It didn’t take long in Rebekah Epstein’s career to learn that she had a knack for getting her clients the media attention they needed to thrive. With a BS in Media, Culture & Communication at New York University and tenure at both NYLON and Vogue magazines, Rebekah knows firsthand what catches the attention of top-tier media. And through her time at the New York office of People’s Revolution, helmed by fashion publicist and NY Times best-selling author Kelly Cutrone, she had established the media contacts and relationships she needed to start her own successful PR firm.
But unlike most PR firms, where time is split across client communications, meetings and administration, Rebekah solely focuses on what she does best - getting her clients into the media! Across outlets, including television, magazines and online. Her reliability and results-driven attitude has landed her clients of 30+ PR firms with placements in some of the most renowned news sources of our time, including Forbes, Associated Press, The New York Times and more.
Rebekah has been published in business magazines like Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and PR Couture, and her work has been spotlighted in publications such as Austin Business Journal and Austin Woman Magazine. She hosts regular PR workshops for small businesses who want to learn how to get the media attention they need. PR firms also leverage her expertise to train their publicists, both new and seasoned, on the ins and outs of modern-day PR. When she is not working, Rebekah enjoys hanging out with her husband and dog, as well as volunteering her time with non-profit organizations focused on promoting the education of young, professional women.
Twenty something going on thirty, Bethany is a Greater Boston Area based life and style blogger learning that less can be more. A self-proclaimed recovering shopaholic, and borderline hoarder. She now shares how to stylishly make the most of your wardrobe and what you need to have in it to do so.
Alex Friedman, LOLA Co-Founder: Alex led analytics at Flurry Analytics (acquired by Yahoo in August 2014) and was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in New York. She previously attended Wharton for business school and Dartmouth College for undergrad, and has over the years been actively involved in the Young Women's Leadership Network.
Adrian Granzella Larssen is a writer, editor, and storyteller who helps women navigate career transitions in a digital world. After making her own career change, she became Editor-in-Chief of TheMuse.com, the platform that's helped more than 50 million people find and succeed at their dream jobs. When she's not working, you'll find her practicing yoga and planning her next dinner party. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Elana Lyn Gross is a content strategist at mllnnl, journalist, and founder of the personal and professional development website, Elana Lyn. Elana Lyn provides millennial women with actionable job search, career, and wellness advice. More than 100 women from a wide range of industries have been interviewed in the Career Profile series. Elana's writing has been published in Forbes, Fortune, TIME, Women's Health, Business Insider, Fast Company, Mashable, Refinery 29, Brit + Co, The Huffington Post, and more.
Jocelyn is part of the Marketing Education team at MailChimp and is passionate about helping small business grow. For over 6 years, she has worked closely with MailChimp users assisting to build effective email marketing strategies and now focuses on marketing education.
When Jocelyn is not working, she enjoys exploring the amazing city of Atlanta where she resides.
Lisa Jakub is a writer, writing teacher and retired actor. After working in the film industry for eighteen years (in films such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day) she left Los Angeles in search of something that felt more authentic to her. She found her true path as a writer. Her memoir, You Look Like That Girl, was published last year and she is working on a new book - about anxiety, depression and panic attacks. She now lives in Virginia with her husband.
Jordana Kier, LOLA Co-Founder: Before co-founding LOLA, Jordana received her MBA from Columbia Business School, during which she worked at Rent the Runway and Quidsi. Jordana graduated from Dartmouth College. She is also on the board of Drive Change, a 501(c)(3) food truck that employs and teaches transferable skills to youth in the NYC criminal justice system.
Pamela Kornblatt is the President of Tax Strategists, an accounting firm started by her father. The Tax Strategists help startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals make tax efficient decisions so they can keep more capital to grow their businesses, save for their futures and enjoy. Pam believes that taxes can be approachable, understandable (and maybe even enjoyable). As a business owner, she loves helping others navigate the ever changing, ever complicated tax system. Pamela received a B.S. from Duke University and a Masters from Columbia.
Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current position is with Book Riot, the largest independent book website in North America, where she focuses on talking about young adult literature in all of its manifestations.
Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband, her bunny, and three needy-but-awesome cats. In her free time, she does yoga, writes for her personal blog STACKED (stackedbooks.org), drinks a lot of tea, and enjoys disappearing for days reading good books.
Her latest book is Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, February 2017) a collection of art, essays, and words from over 44 voices. Kelly's writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, at Rookie Magazine, The Horn Book, BlogHer, School Library Journal.
Belma McCaffrey is a writer, business leader and the creator of Work Bigger, a movement to bring self awareness and creativity to the forefront of work. Her mission is to provide 20 to 30-somethings with the tools they need to make a valuable impact in the workplace, and to ultimately change the world.
Passionate about mentorship, Belma is on the Executive Board of the Newhouse 44, the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications alumni group. She's played a key role in developing the 2016 mentorship program for recent graduates.
Belma has also led several leadership and negotiation trainings with General Assembly, Syracuse University, Levo League, and Women Catalysts. Her work has been mentioned in Fortune, Inc., Create&Cultivate, among several others, and she was recently listed as a Millennial to Watch.
Prior to launching Work Bigger, Belma spent 10+ years in media strategy and business development roles at companies like GroupM, Conde Nast and the Associated Press. More recently, she's led AP's initiatives to drive innovation through user generated content and virtual reality.
Morgan joined the Newman Group in 2012 after beginning her career in international development, bringing with her a social conscience and global awareness. Morgan’s role on the team is investment management and marketing. She created the Achieving Women Seminar Program, a turnkey program designed to spread the message of women’s empowerment through financial education. Morgan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics and International Politics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economic Honor Society and is Series 7, 66, and Life & Health Insurance licensed. She is the President of the NYC Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and a member of the Crossfit Dynamix Competition Team & the NY Next Gen Board of ORT America.
Cynthia Newman Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Morgan Stanley @TheNewmanGroup2
Cindy Newman, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, works with achieving women who lead full, active lives and often find their finances don’t get the attention they deserve. Throughout her career, Cindy has reached thousands of women by leading workshops and seminars for organizations ranging from trade associations & social groups to Fortune 500 companies. Cindy served on the Monmouth University Planned Giving Council Advisory Board & was a Trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County.
She currently serves as a mentor in the college bound program for the Monmouth County Boys & Girls Club. Cindy is a graduate of Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a minor in Accounting, where she served on the Board of Trustees.
Vivian is a Digital Content Producer living in New York, helping other creatives with their digital presence. She's the Founder of Too Damn Young, a community + resource for teens and young adults who have lost someone they love. She's also the Creator + Host of Creating Espacios, a podcast dedicated to elevating Latina trailblazers.
Erin Ollila graduated from Fairfield University with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She believes in the power of words and how a message can inform - and even transform - its intended audience. Her writing can be found all over the internet and in print, and includes interviews, ghostwriting, blog posts, and creative nonfiction. Erin is a geek for SEO and all things social media. She lives in Southeastern Massachusetts, neighboring Providence, Rhode Island, her favorite small city.
Carole Ann is a life purpose coach, nonprofit leader, quilter, and blogger based in Providence, Rhode Island. She works with people and organizations to uncover, articulate, and activate their mission in order to move forward with intentionality and in alignment with their true purpose. When she is not coaching, she is trying to keep up with her two year-old daughter Avery Jean, or designing modern quilts in her studio.
Jess Peterson is CEO and Creative Producer of Mighty Oak, a full service studio that specializes in hand-made animation and documentary video. She’s also the host of HATCH, a meet-up group for creative female founders.
For the past decade, she’s worked in music and the visual arts, helping brands, artists, and cultural institutions find their voice. Recent Mighty Oak work includes projects for Estee Lauder, Penguin Books, Perrier, Samsung, Ted Talks, West Elm, GE, and The New York Times.
She’s been honored to speak about entrepreneurship and storytelling at General Assembly, Etsy HQ, IFP's Film Week, and Brooklyn's Northside Festival. She and her team have been featured in The Huffington Post, Forbes, Oxygen, Mashable, Brooklyn Magazine, Fusion, and Brit & Co.
When she’s not telling stories, you can find Jess behind a wedding dj booth, spinning records with her husband.
Avery is an ambitious and driven digital marketing expert with a zeal for all things in life. She completed her MBA at Rutgers Business School with specialities in Marketing and International Business. She is passionate about innovation and launched an app to educate the next generation of blood bankers. Today, she leads a marketing team at Audible.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, unleashing the power of spoken word through audiobooks. Avery is continuously in search of her next challenge. In 2015, she completed her first Ironman, and crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon two weeks later. While fitness is a big part of her life, she is a firm believer in balance. A total foodie, she indulges in gourmet cooking (and eating!), inspired by her two favorite chefs, Mario Batali and Giada De Laurentiis. She volunteers for a fantastic non-profit called LiLy, visiting and bringing smiles to seniors who live on their own. She continues to build her life with an ever-supportive and equally badass partner, and her wonderful family. She is grateful for her rockstar brothers (but seriously, one is a rockstar), Mom and Pop (because she doesn’t like the word stepdad).
Loren Raye Co-host, The TJ Show CBS Radio - Boston @lorenraye
Loren is co-host of The TJ Show on Boston's 103.3 AMP Radio, and the morning entertainment reporter for WBZ News Radio 1030. She is the 2015 and 2016 Gracie Award recipient for Outstanding Morning Drive Personality and creator of the "Badass Chick," which highlights women and girls following their passion, giving back to the community and/or breaking stereotypes. She is also a voice over artist and believes that three things are essential to a happy life: good food, good company, and a comfy pair of sweatpants.
Naomi was raised in the woods by a psychic hippie Italian single mom who taught her to work hard and relish the paradoxes of life. As an Associate Producer at Nail, Naomi spends her day turning abstract ideas into actual, tangible awesome things. That could be videos, photographs, posters, or stuffed animals. Ultimately her job is to make killer content by hiring people who can plus an idea, on time and under budget. She does this by obsessing about every detail while always keeping the big picture in mind—all while implementing ninja-level tact along the way. If Naomi had to be described in 3 fiction characters, she would be Hermione Granger, Jessica Day, and Mindy Lahiri’s alter ego; Beyonce Pad Thai.
Nicole is a multimedia storyteller and author of The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen (featured in The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constiution and New Republic).
She has contributed to SheKnows, Civil Eats, First We Feast, Cherry Bombe, Amtrak, Southern Foodways Alliance Gravy , Travel Noire and hosted Hot Grease podcast on Heritage Radio Network. Taylor founded The Modern Travelers' Green Zine and is an editor for Crop Stories, a biannual zine that digs deep into relationships between farmer and table. She lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Yuri is the founder and CEO of Zencare, a website that connects millennials with top mental health professionals. Yuri started Zencare when she struggled to find a therapist herself and has since helped over 1,000 individuals connect with quality-vetted clinicians in Providence and Boston. A graduate of Brown University and previously a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Yuri is an avid yogi and loves her work supporting both prospective clients and therapists.
Kaitlyn Vicente Community Manager NAIL Communications @kaitvmaim
Kaitlyn grew up on the Internet—her awkward adolescent years safely entombed in the dormant servers of AIM, Live journal, and MySpace. As a community manager at NAIL, she charms trolls and maintains a brand’s voice and tone across nuanced platforms, while staying culturally relevant, authentic, and timely. Her goal is to build up the brand’s reputation through a collection of fast, short-term relationships and consumer conversations. To describe Kaitlyn in three fictional characters, she’d be April Ludgate from Parks and Recreations, Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice, and Abbi’s alter ego Val from Broad City.
Maruta Z. Vitols, Ph.D., is the Founder and Owner of A+ Academic Coaching. An expert in teaching writing, Dr. Vitols works with high school students and their parents to make the college application process less stressful. She also helps college students apply to graduate school and complete grant applications (she specializes in Fulbright awards).
Lesley Ware is an author, entrepreneur, and fashion educator. Lesley helps tweens discover their personal style and talents through fun and creativity. She has written two books: Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas, selected by Amazon.com editors as one of the best children’s nonfiction books of 2015, and the recently-published My Fab Fashion Style File. Lesley lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and newly rescued kitten.
Kate Ziegler is an Operations Coordinator and Property Manager at Mintz Levin, and is also a Boston-based Realtor, small business owner, designer, cycling advocate, and speaker on The Hustle. Kate has lived and worked in Boston for more than a decade; born and raised on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, she has made Roxbury and Jamaica Plain home since attending Northeastern University to study International Affairs and Art.
The daughter of a contractor, Kate has worked in roofing and construction, and now owns and manages multi-family property in JP where she lives with her partner, Jack Romano. Kate also works as a Realtor with Arborview Realty, specializing in helping first-time home buyers and millennials narrow their search and navigate the buying process, and runs boutique design firm Union Jack Creative in her free time.
Lily is a writer and editor based in New York. Currently, you can find her doing largely politics and news reporting for Teen Vogue or talking about food culture for TIME's breakfast site, Extra Crispy. In recent months, her writing has been featured on Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Mashable, Fast Company, Newsweek, Forbes, and more. Tweet her at @lkherman.
Caitlin Abber was recently appointed Executive Editor of News and Entertainment at Elite Daily. Earlier this year she produced Public Radio International's 2016 election campaign, "The UnConvention," which aimed to understand and amplify the political concerns and passions of millennials. Prior to PRI, she focused on social issues and lifestyle content as the Senior Digital Editor of Women's Health Magazine, and the creator, producer, and host of their podcast, "Uninterrupted," where she had the opportunity to interview remarkable wome, includin Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Chirlane McCray, and Arianna Huffington. Before her time at Women's Health, Abber blended pop culture and politics as the Senior Issues Editor at MTV News, where she led the brand in covering some of the most pressing and intersectional issues facing her generation, such as the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality, the Black Lives Matter movement, sexual assault on college campuses, climate change, and sexism in the media. Abber received a Masters in Media Studies from The New School in 201, and an undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 200. She is a graduate of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices training.
Christine Mockler Casper
Christine Mockler Casper C M & M, Inc.
Christine Mockler Casper, Keynote, Executive Coach/Trainer is the President of a Leadership Training Company – Communication, Motivation & Management, Inc. She works with executives internationally to challenge, inspire and develop their professional and personal performance to maximize business results. Her firm has provided consulting, coaching, design, and training programs for over 450 leading corporations and over 500,000 individuals. She is the author of From Now On With Passion - A Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Breaking Corporate Silence - How High Influence Leaders Create A Culture of Voice.
Clare Bresnahan works and lives in Washington, DC, where she has dedicated her career to increasing women and girls’ representation through advocacy, political engagement, and social change efforts.
Clare joined She Should Run in 2012 as the Programs Director responsible for directing organization’s research and programs expanding the pipeline of America’s future women elected leaders. Her passion for sparking women’s political careers drives her commitment to She Should Run’s mission.
Clare started her career at the Girl Scouts of the USA Public Policy and Advocacy Office in 2008. Clare led GSUSA’s legislative and public affairs strategies for advancing the girl perspective in youth policy issues. Under her leadership, the Girl Scouts launched one of its largest advocacy efforts to promote healthier, balanced images of women and girls within the media and entertainment industry - The Healthy Media Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls.
She recently graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2008 from American University with a B.A. in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. She also teaches political entrepreneurship for the nonpartisan organization, New Leaders Council, and has served as the New Leaders Council DC Chapter Co-Director. While Clare loves the national work she leads in DC, she is a proud Midwest native, who hails from the Queen City - Cincinnati, Ohio.
Radical Darling is beyond just the name of her blog. Melanie Patterson harnesses her part edgy / part sweet demeanor to curate a space that lives in the same world, from her personal style to the art she creates, to social justice topics she holds near to her heart. Her #blackgirlmagic has landed her in publications such as Glamour, Marie Claire, and Teen Vogue, amongst others.
Sarah Blodgett is the creator and editor of Everyday Starlet, a makeup and beauty blog and YouTube channel designed to inspired everyday women to unleash her inner celebrity.
Diana Matthews Associate Producer & Distribution Director KoMedia & Dream, Girl Film @DianaLouisee
Diana is the associate producer and distribution director for Dream, Girl, a documentary film showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. Her unrelenting passion for feminism and the empowerment of women and girls globally is the guiding force that inspires her to get out of bed every morning.
Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Diana recently moved to New York City and now calls Park Slope, Brooklyn her home. She holds a Master of Journalism from Carleton University and dreams of becoming a screenwriter.
Brittanny Taylor Brittanny Taylor Photography @Brittanny
Brittanny Taylor is a fashion and lifestyle photographer and social media consultant based in Providence, Rhode Island. She works with bloggers, influencers, and small business owners to develop their brand from photography to best social media practices to grow their businesses.
She has been published in Huffington Post, Bitch Media, Nylon Japan, Elle, Vogue Italia, Complex, and Vibe Magazines to name a few.
Olivia is a Providence-based stylist who lives for helping her clients go through personal transformations by falling in love with their wardrobes, and enhancing their signature styles. As a style expert, Olivia works with companies, and professional photographers to bring their vision for fashion spreads and photo shoots to life with sheer creativity and passion.
When she's not spending time with her family of 4 (dog included), she is either interviewing designers and shops for her Style Stops Facebook Live series, or scouting for vintage finds!
Joining Small Girls PR from NARS Cosmetics, Nicole brings over five years of personal branding, paid digital media, influencer campaign strategy, and social media strategy to the Creative Strategy team. With a focus on elevating clients within the digital space, Nicole prides herself in being an expert within the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle spheres. In her spare time, Nicole is a triathlete and influencer within the fitness realm, frequently working with brands like adidas, Equinox, and Sweaty Betty.
Erin has over 10 years in driving consumer brand growth globally in the juvenile product sector. She left corporate America to follow her dream and is now Founder and CEO of Momma Love. Momma Love is a collection of e-commerce brands delivering the best in quality for moms, babies, and children. The brand was inspired by her connection with her mom who passed away, and her journey to become a mother herself. She is a mom to two adventurous little boys.
In 2006 Kaitlyn Roberts founded Easy Entertaining Inc. a farm to fork catering venture. In the ten years since Ms. Roberts has emerged onto the New England culinary scene, she had grown the company into culinary force; catering everything from in-home dinner parties to million dollar fundraisers, and employing over 30 hard-working and creative Rhode Islanders. In 2012, Roberts opened a sustainable cafe on Providence's West Side, to rave reviews and most recently won a prestigious “Best of RI award” from Rhode Island Monthly for “Private Party Pros."
Nicole Peterkin is the owner of Peterkin Financial where she provides comprehensive financial planning for a flat fee that isn’t tied to assets or income to make financial advice more accessible. In 6 years in business, she has helped over 500 clients improve their financial lives. Most of Nicole’s clients are sole-proprietors and closely-held businesses looking for planning that balances their competing business and personal needs. She is the author of, “If You Love Your Family, Save Like It” and speaks regularly on the topics of entrepreneurship and personal finance.
Tricia Fazio is a Leveraged Financial Solutions Manager for Citrin Cooperman. Tricia has more than seven years’ experience providing attest and accounting services to clients in varies industries including non-profit, healthcare, government and manufacturing. Among Tricia’s strength is her ability to analyze and interpret financial data to help clients/business owners make sound business decisions. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University and currently serves as the Treasurer on the board of The Lady Project and Assistant Treasurer on the board of The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.
Renee Aloisio Principal Citrin Cooperman
Renee Aloisio is a principal in Citrin Cooperman’s Rhode Island office. She has broad expertise in marketing, human resources, negotiation and conflict resolution, office and workflow management, and leadership development. Her keen sense for identifying talent and her balanced approach to communications, negotiations, and critical conversations have been integral to the company’s growth and success. Renee currently serves on the American Heart Association’s Go-Red Executive Leadership Team and represents the firm's Providence office sponsorship of Circle of Red. She currently serves on the advisory board of Advancing Women’s Excellence (AWE), and also serves as co-delegate for Vision 2020 RI, a national organization that focuses on women’s economic and social equality and works with affiliated organizations to advance the issues most important to women. Renee earned a B.S. in Accounting from Rhode Island College where she was recognized in 2009 as an Alumni Award Honor Roll inductee.
A Cape Cod native, Sarah spent ten years in Providence after graduating in 2005 from Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Sarah is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Momma Love, a RI-based children's brand.
Sarah lost her first child, following a traumatic birth injury. She went on to have two daughters, and has blogged about loss, hope and motherhood on her blog.
Sarah lives on Cape Cod and serves as a Board Member of the Lady Project.
Nisha Chittal Director of Audience Development Tasting Table @nishachittal
Nisha Chittal is a journalist and digital strategist with eight years of experience in building and managing engagement strategies for publishers, media companies, and brands. She currently is the Director of Audience development at Tasting Table. In January 2016, she was named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" in Media.
Prior to Tasting Table, Nisha worked on social & audience engagement strategy at MSNBC & NBC News, where she launched MSNBC's presence on Snapchat and led the network's experimentation with emerging platforms including Kik, Line, and Instagram Stories. She has written about digital trends for NBCNews.com & MSNBC.com and appeared on TV and in web videos for MSNBC to talk social trends. She guest hosted "Code Forward," an online show on MSNBC.com about tech trends, in 2015.
Prior to NBC News, she led social media strategy at Travel Channel in Washington, DC, and prior to that, worked at digital agency MXM Social, helping brands like Kraft Foods and Coffee-mate launch their first social media accounts and dip their toes into the social world.
Nisha has also written about women's issues, politics, and technology for a variety of publications, including Elle Magazine, the Huffington Post, Poynter Online, Ms Magazine, The American Prospect, Jezebel, and others. She has had essays published in three anthologies, including the Amazon Kindle Serial "The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women."
She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Zalyndria co-founded Girl Develop It Providence with the hope of inspiring women to level up their tech skills and provide a judgement free environment for women to learn, grow, and thrive. She acts as Chapter Leader working to build a supportive organization by coordinating classes, facilitating social events, and building partnerships. Additionally, she teaches a variety of technical classes offered by GDI. Aside from volunteering, Zalyndria also works as a Full Stack Web Developer at CVS Health. For fun Zalyndria spends time with her little chorkie named Idgy and eats ginger ice cream.
Ann Shoket is the author of THE BIG LIFE. She has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennial women. As Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen from 2007 to 2014, she led the magazine to become the number-one teen magazine on every platform with innovative content around the most important issues facing young women today.
Sylvia S. Kwan, CFA, Ph.D.
Sylvia S. Kwan, CFA, Ph.D. Ellevest Chief Investment Officer @Ellevest
Sylvia is the Chief Investment Officer at Ellevest, a digital investment platform redefining investing for women. She is responsible for developing the investment portfolios and proprietary algorithms that drive Ellevest’s investment recommendations. Previously, she held senior roles at Financial Engines, Charles Schwab, and the Boston Company. Sylvia serves on the Board of Trustees at Grinnell College, where she chairs the Finance Committee and serves as a member of the investment Committee that oversees the College’s $1.7B endowment. She earned a B.S. in applied mathematics and computer science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.
Jennifer Romolini is the author of "Weird In a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures." She is the former editor in chief and vice president of content at HelloGiggles, a site for millennial women founded by actress Zooey Deschanel. Romolini was previously the editor in chief of Yahoo Shine, the deputy editor of Lucky Magazine, and held editorial positions at Time Out New York and Talk Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sharmin Attaran Associate Professor of Marketing, Bryant University @prof_shar
Sharmin Attaran is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Bryant University. Her teaching and research focus on topics such as Consumer Behavior and Digital Marketing. She also runs a comprehensive digital marketing consulting firm aiming at refining marketing strategies for businesses. She runs workshops and training for non-profits, local businesses, and SMEs to help audit, design and manage their digital marketing strategies.
Melissa Travis Business Sales Director, HealthSource RI for Employers @HSRI_Employers
Melissa Travis is the Business Sales Director for HealthSource RI for Employers. She is responsible for business/industry relations and sales strategy for the SHOP (Small Employers Healthy Options Program) program which has been recognized as one of the top perforing exchanges in the United States and has been with the program from its inception. Ms. Travis works closely with the Small Business Administration, RI Commerce Corporation, SBANE, Chambers of Commerce, Lt. Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council, the Rhode Island Society of CPA’s and Financial Planning Association of Rhode Island. She also serves on the ACT Statewide Leadership Taskforce focused on serving the small business community in Rhode Island.
Prior to joining the Health Benefits Exchange, Ms. Travis held sales management positions including Senior Sales Manager for Global Operations for Tandberg/CISCO in Norway and Sales Manager for Teknor Apex International.
Ms. Travis serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Mass Energy, and the U.S. Green Building Council and chairs the Rhode Island Cities and Towns Advocacy Committee. She is Co-Chair of the SBA Committee on Healthcare, a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE), a member of the ACT Statewide Leadership Taskforce and a member of the Lt. Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council
She holds a professional Accident & Health license with National Association of Insurance Producers and a Producer License for the State of Rhode Island and attended the University of Rhode Island for graduate studies and Johnson & Wales University for Business Administration. Ms. Travis teaches healthcare seminars for various organizations and universities in the state. She was awarded the Small Business Administration Director Award for 2016 for the work she has done to help small business owners in Rhode Island.
Deepti Sharma Kapur is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat - a service where companies order team meals from local food vendors. A lifelong community servant, Deepti started FoodtoEat to help small, immigrant-owned food vendors use technology to build sustainable businesses. She’s a Forbes Under 30 alumna and a mentor with WENYC – the NYC Mayor’s initiative where women entrepreneurs help women start businesses.
After a career in fashion publishing, a move up north, three babies and four houses, I have a deep appreciation for time management and effectiveness. I love nothing more than helping people tell their story through their personal appearance. I am now an independent stylist for W by Worth and the best part about my job is the women I get to meet.
Nicole Arias The Lady Project // Education First @_nicovega
Nicole is a recent graduate from Johnson & Wales University, where she studied International Business Management. With a strong passion for travel and culture she finds herself resonating most with the word 'Wanderlust'. Currently, Nicole works in the travel industry as an Operations Coordinator at Education First, Cultural Care Au Pair.
Her involvement with the lady project began her senior year of college as the expansion intern where she worked alongside the LP CEO/Co-founder Sierra Barter to help with the development of new and upcoming chapters.
Joy is an Advertising Account Executive at Burns Group. Joy moved to NYC immediately after completing her degree in Marketing Communications at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where she met Lady Project founders Sierra Barter & Julie Sygiel. Joy's favorite things include eating / drinking al fresco, personality tests (INTJ), friends' dogs, and aimlessly wandering this marvelous city.