Emma Gray is a senior reporter focused on women's issues at HuffPost, and the author of "A Girl's Guide To Joining The Resistance." She is also the co-host of the "Bachelor"-themed podcast, "Here To Make Friends," which was named a "must-listen" by The Daily Dot, and has appeared as an expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.
Her work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Nylon and Teen Vogue. Emma is an alum of McGill University in Montreal, which is probably why she has such a soft spot for poutine and St. Viateur bagels.
Blair Imani is an author and activist living at the intersection of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. Imani is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History. She is the founder and Executive Director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for women and nonbinary people.
Emily Belden is the author of the novels Hot Mess and Husband Material (HarperCollins), and of Eightysixed: A Memoir about Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals. She lives in Chicago with her rescue dog, Mr. Jarbles.
Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the founder of Barre & Soul®, a collection of award-winning yoga and barre studios, an athleisure line, and home to the world's most authentic online Barre Teacher Training, Barre Guild Academy. She is a student of Esther Fairfax, daughter of the original creator of barre, Lotte Berk. Andrea’s feminist writings have appeared in Forbes, the Huffington Post, xoJane, Entrepreneur and more. Her first book, Own It All, will be published winter 2019. Barresoul.com
Rebekah Epstein is the founder of fifteen media, a boutique PR firm specializing in media relations. While living in NYC, she worked at national magazines: NYLON & Vogue, as well as, fashion PR firm, People’s Revolution. Working on both sides of the industry has given Rebekah a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t. She started fifteen media over seven years ago. Since then, She has worked with PR firms to get them more media placements for their clients (think: ghost publicist, similar to a ghostwriter) AND small businesses who need media placements to gain additional credibility and exposure.
Her clients have been featured in Forbes, Health, Refinery 29, Everyday Health, Men’s Health, etc.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot (bookriot.com). Along with maintaining her long-running YA blog Stacked (stackedbooks.org), she has edited two anthologies for young adults. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is available now, and (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health will be available in October 2018. In her free time, she teaches and practices yoga and participates in 5K walks.
Carole Ann Penney, CPC, is the Founder & CEO of Penney Leadership, LLC. She coaches new and mid-level leaders who are seeking more meaningful careers and stepping into their authentic leadership. Carole Ann has a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and holds certifications in nonprofit management & leadership (Tufts University) and professional coaching (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching). She is a member of The Lady Project’s Board of Directors, and mentors emerging female leaders through Brown University's Women's Launch Pad Program. When she is not coaching, she’s developing the most important emerging leader in her life—her three year old daughter, Avery Jean.
Loren Raye Co-host, The TJ Show CBS Radio - Boston @lorenraye
A two-time Gracie Award recipient for Outstanding Morning Drive Personality, Loren is co-host of The TJ Show on 103.3 AMP Radio in Boston. A proud Penn Stater, she worked for nationally-syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show for almost six years before trading the Hudson for the Charles Rivers. Loren is also a voice over artist who lives for pop culture and enjoys watching copious amounts of television on her couch. She firmly believes three things are essential to a happy life: good food, good company and a comfy pair of sweat pants.
Elizabeth Suever Partner, Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce, Inc. @elizabethsuever
Elizabeth Suever is a partner at the law firm of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce in Providence, RI where she specializes in lobbying before the Rhode Island General Assembly on behalf of corporations, trade organizations and non-profits on complex issues including corporate and personal taxation, employment law, insurance law and health care law. Elizabeth also specializes in advising clients in highly regulated industries both before the Rhode Island General Assembly and administrative agencies.
Bethany is the creator and voice of Twenty Something Plus, her New England based life and style blog. She is an up and coming digital influencer. You can find her on Instagram oversharing outfit inspiration, style tips, and the hottest sales.
Casey Erin Clark is a professional actress who, after 18 months on tour with Les Miserables, read the book Half the Sky and got fired up about issues facing women in the world today. The answer to “what can I do?” came out of her passion for the human voice. Casey co-founded Vital Voice Training, a voice and speech coaching company on a mission to change the conversation about what women are “supposed” to sound like and empower everyone to own the power of their full vocal instrument and presence. She also teaches singing to pros and amateurs of all ages, performed on the 2013 Oscars with the Les Mis movie cast, and will be featured on the upcoming concept album for brand new musical The Innocence. Casey sang her first solo at 4 and was branded “bossy” back in kindergarten — she can recommend the best breakfast in most major cities in the US — and is happy to demonstrate the Lafayette speed rap from Hamilton.
Kate Hanley The Queen of Working Happier, Not Harder, Kate Hanley Coaching @katehanleyauthor
Kate Hanley, aka “The Queen of Overcoming Overwhelm,” teaches smart women how to stop second-guessing themselves and do the great things that are calling to them—while also feeling great along the way.
The creator of the Feel Great, Do Great Formula and author of four books (including How to Be a Better Person and Stress Less), Kate’s work has been featured in Fortune, Inc., Fast Company, the Harvard Business Review and on the Today show. A dedicated student of yoga and meditation for nearly 25 years, entrepreneur for 15 years, and coach for five years, Kate combines mind-body practice, business know-how, and coaching principles to create a one-of-a-kind approach to creating true success and fulfillment. She also relies on the academic training she received while earning her master’s degree in educational communications and technology from NYU to deliver these teachings in impactful ways.
Rebecca L. Twitchell, Founder of half full, llc, is passionate about connecting people and complements any strategic plan with a touch of creativity. Rebecca aspires to live each day as optimistically and realistically as possible. Her story is the backbone behind why half full exists. Go ahead and shake her hand, and ask for the left one. A graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University and the University of California San Diego, Rebecca partnered with two colleagues to form half full, llc in 2004 – a company inspired by several years of strategic planning and facilitation for the clients they served. After acquiring half full from her partners in 2009, Rebecca enhanced the mission of the company to strengthen its commitment to corporate social responsibility. She is known for her facilitation style, problem solving techniques and keen ability to adapt and plow through any issues that may affect any of her clients locally, throughout the U.S. and globally (Africa being a favorite).
Rebecca is also a Community Partner Faculty Member at the Providence College Feinstein Institute of Public Service and can be found belting out the latest tunes in her car in between client appointments.
Shayla O'Keeffe is a communications specialist with a passion for writing. Shayla works at Jabil, a global manufacturing services company headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, writing external and internal material for employee programs, culture campaigns, and philanthropic and community outreach. In her spare time, she writes for a personal blog, has published work on The Lady Project blog and is - uncomfortably - sitting on an unpublished book. Shayla's eclectic background includes criminology, law, public administration and marketing, but what connected all of her intersts was her desire to read and write.
Mary Alice O’Connor joined the half full team full-time after lending her event planning and facilitation talents as a consultant for the past three years. Mary Alice has spent the last decade in the nonprofit field, serving primarily in development and communications roles. In her current role, she provides support with events: managing the 400 space, coordinating workshops, galas and other special events, and overseeing half full's database and communication systems.
While her passion is event planning, Mary Alice also has a special place in her heart for national service as she served two terms as an AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader and an AmeriCorps VISTA member before leading and coordinating the Rhode Island Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA grant program for four years. A graduate of Providence College, Mary Alice also co-teaches classes through the Public and Community Service Department. In her spare time, she enjoys driving cross country, playing fetch with her pitbull Sydney, and training for her next bike race.
Joy Liu is a Certified Financial Trainer® at The Financial Gym. While her employers and clients are based in NYC, she works from her home office in North Carolina.
She started her career in Account Management in major NYC creative advertising agencies working on iconic brands like M&M’S, Dove Chocolate, Ricola, and [ yellow tail ] wine.
After time spent realizing her passions lied outside of creating 30 second commercials combined with becoming a military spouse, she began her mission to craft a career that was geo-independent and focused on solving problems that were important to her values.
Patsy Culp Founder & Celebration Strategist And Celebrate, LLC @andcelebrate
Patsy Culp empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners to connect on a deeper level with their audience through the context of live events and visual storytelling. Her company, And Celebrate, takes a Mary-Poppins-like-approach to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners accelerate & celebrate their event ideas into action. Through The Branding Edit, a boutique visual storytelling studio she co-founded with Brittanny Taylor & Olivia Rodrigues, she helps entrepreneurs and small business owners refine their brand messages and amplify their presence online.
Michelle's work is dedicated to helping ignite braver and kinder connections between people. She works in private practice as a holistic psychotherapist and coach in Providence, Rhode Island. She also works as a corporate diversity and wellness specialist with UK-based consultancy, The Equality Group. Learn more at michellevitale.com.
Dana is owner and HR fanatic of Boss Consulting, a boutique-consulting firm that offers human resource services to small businesses. Her business was started with an obsession for everything HR and a crazy desire to help others.
Dana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations both from the University of Rhode Island, located in Dana’s home state. In addition, Dana has obtained a SHRM-CP designation and brings over seven years of HR experience in the hospitality and non-profit sectors to her work.
Shana is the founder of FitStyle by Shana, which offers programs to help you find time for fitness in your everyday life as well as exercise & exploration city tours. Prior to establishing her company, she worked for Technolutions, the leading technology platform for higher education admissions offices and spent over a decade at Yale University working in several leadership positions. As a fitness expert and author, Shana has been featured in national magazines, websites and fitness blogs and is seen regularly on WTNH News 8. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and is licensed to teach Zumba and Pound Fitness. Shana holds a B.A. from Yale University and is known for doing leg lifts in line at Starbucks.
Solange Lopes is an author, speaker and founder of the career, business and lifestyle platform for women The Corporate Sister. She is passionate about helping women own their voices and unleash their potential by aligning with their purpose in their careers, businesses and lives.
Her articles have been featured on the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Her book "Girl, Take Back Your Career" is published and available on Amazon.
Rachael Ellison is an organizational development consultant and executive coach specializing in work-life synergy. Rachael co-authored an internationally distributed paper titled "Better Work, Better Life." The paper catalyzed a campaign to improve work-life practices in the U.S. and abroad. Her consulting practice, The REworking Group, advises forward thinking companies on best practices for attracting, retaining and developing talent in the face of work-life changes. Since establishing her coaching practice, REworking Parents in 2009, she has coached hundreds of executives through personal transitions in the workplace-specifically the transition to parenthood. Ellison's extensive clientele includes numerous Fortune 500 companies and name brands. She is a well-known columnist and speaker on her expertise whose work has been featured in NYTimes, Slate, NPR, Forbes, Fortune and Oprah Magazine.
Alexa Curtis founded A Life in the Fashion Lane, full - time lifestyle site for young adults in 2011. She skipped college and decide to pursue her dreams of inspiring young people across the globe to follow theirs. She started the nonprofit Media Impact and Navigation for Teens in 2016, and appears on shows like CNN, NBC, TODAY and more.
Hannah Bae worked her butt off for 10 years as a journalist before she decided to take a plunge, quit her full-time job at CNN, and pursue her creative passions. After leaving the world of breaking news, she got married, started a Korean food writing and illustration project with her husband, brought home her dream dog Ramona, and launched a freelance career writing about Korean-American identity, health, family and, of course, Korean cuisine. Check out her work at @eatdrinkdraw on Instagram and at hannahbae.com.
Malous is a first generation immigrant and has a strong STEM background, with a masters degree in Chemistry. She has worked as a programmer and was most recently a senior product manager for IBM Watson, where she applied machine learning and cognitive technologies to enhance access to large news and information data sets. She is passionate about driving better engagement and awareness in the political space, and wants to use her knowledge of technology and news to build a platform to help citizens become more active and informed.
Leah DeCesare is the award-winning author of Forks, Knives, and Spoons and the nonfiction parenting series Naked Parenting, based on her work as a doula, early parenting educator, and mom of three. Her articles on parenting have been featured in The Huffington Post, Eligible Magazine, Simply Woman, the International Doula, and The Key, among others.
In 2008, she cofounded the nonprofit Doulas of Rhode Island, and in 2013 she spearheaded the Campaign for Hope to build the Kampala Children's Centre for Hope and Wellness in Uganda.
In a past life, DeCesare worked in public relations and event planning. She now writes and volunteers in Rhode Island, where she lives with her family.
Jyoti Rao University of South Florida St. Petersburg (she, her, hers)
Jyoti has been a valued contributor and member of organizations centered around women in philanthropy and leadership since 2007. As an experienced higher education professional, she has built sustainable business partnerships between students, colleges, and universities. Jyoti enjoys a vibrant and sunny lifestyle in Florida, recently named as having the second-highest growth rate in the nation for women-owned businesses.
Megan McCourt is a Director at Small Girls PR where she heads a 'Women in Business' hub, promoting the work of female entrepreneurs. She's spent her career as an impassioned storyteller, working on Capitol Hill, for national newspapers and the Girl Scouts of the USA. Her career goal is to be President of the United States.
Kirsten is the founder of ROSA GOLD, an eCommerce company, that she started on the side, with a $200 embroidery machine in her tiny Hoboken apartment. It's now a thriving business, that prides itself in giving back to other women around the globe. She's been graciously featured in Women@Forbes, Side Hustle School, eCommerce Magazine and recently served as a member of the US Delegation at GES 2017. When she's not working (ha!) she loves yoga-ing, book-clubbing and searching far and wide for NYC's best chocolate chip cookie (So far... it's at Maman)
My name is Julie Sanford. I am an woman, mom, wife, entrepreneur, designer and believer that everyone is capable of living their best life today. My passion lies in creating space(s) that are functional and beautiful. To have one without the other will not allow you to 'live' or 'work' freely. I work with individuals, businesses and/or organizations looking to create lasting change that will result in you living your best life.
Kate Ziegler Realtor / Partner, Arborview Realty / Union Jack Creative @KZiegs
Kate Ziegler is an Operations Supervisor and Property Manager at Mintz Levin, and is also a Boston-based Realtor, investor, designer, cycling advocate, and speaker on The Hustle. Born and raised on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, she has made Boston 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 Boston, 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.
A member of The Junior League of Boston, BOS Lady Project, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Leadership Alumni Council, PPLM Young Friends Steering Committee, Women's Lunch Place Young Professionals Network, the Alliance for Business Leadership, and the Mayor's Late Night Task Force, Kate is committed to seeing all of Boston thrive.
Amma Marfo Writer + Speaker/Facilitator, SPEAK Educators @ammamarfo
Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA.
She is an avid and prolific writer; she writes often for her own blog and contributes on a freelance basis to several publications. Her first book, THE I'S HAVE IT: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs, was released in January 2014; her second, LIGHT IT UP, was released in October 2015. Her third, CULTIVATING CREATIVITY, was released in October 2017.
She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Startup Institute Boston, and OviaHealth.
Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter @ammamarfo.
Kayla Drozd leads marketing at HiRoad, a new behavior-based insurance company that launched in Rhode Island this year. Though the following background won't scream "mindfulness expert" she's experimented with a number of practices to help her become more mindful and focused in a realistic way for a hustlin' lady's life.
Her background is in marketing, consumer research, and strong attempts at spreading kindness and social good in the process. Prior to HiRoad, she was at State Farm Insurance helping grow their understanding and engagement with millennial audiences. After working on the launch of their social media presence and a variety of integrated national marketing efforts, she led research at Next Door Chicago, a cafe and co-working space focused on financial education and learning about customer needs. Her philosophy is centered on empathy, connection, and two-way value. At HiRoad, she is leading the brand and culture development on the ground across all things market activation.
Currently living in Portland, Oregon- Kayla is an outdoor enthusiast and is bicoastal with about half of her time in Providence.
Alexandra Dickinson is a career and negotiation expert. She is a membership strategy lead at SoFi and a contributing writer at Women@Forbes. Prior to joining SoFi, she was founder and CEO of a negotiation training and coaching company called Ask For It. She has spoken at organizations like UN Women, Columbia Business School and Facebook, and her work has been highlighted in places like CNBC, New York Magazine and The Muse.
Katie McDonald, CEO and Founder of bnourished, is a sought after Speaker and Self-care Strategist who challenges us to step into the full responsibility and privilege of exceptional self-care. Depleted by the dis-ease of busyness as well as disease, she heeded the call to slow down and transform from a human doing into a human being. A frequent guest on The Rhode Show and in media such as Huffington Post and Apartment Therapy, Katie works with Swarovski, Brown University Center for Entrepreneurship, Women Presidents' Organization and more.
Tiffany Davis has spent a decade-plus building brands big and small - from discovering rising star brands and trends as a writer and editor for DailyCandy.com, NBC, and Glamour, to producing video segments for the likes of Tribeca Film Festival, Proctor & Gamble, and Ann Taylor. Tiff's got a passion for storytelling, dreaming big, and taking smart leaps. Case in point? Birthing a new (human) baby and business baby (brand studio Context & Co., which she runs with her sister, Amber) last fall.
Internet Marketing consultant, single mom of 2 boys, and safe beauty advocate, Meredith McBride, has been preaching natural living since the 1980s. As a child Meredith was diagnosed with severe asthma, allergies, and excema and as an alternative to the copious amounts of drugs she was prescribed -- only to get sicker -- she sought out natural therapies. She will share with you what she has learned.
Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, a technology platform offering on-demand expert advice for women in business, career and life. She is a serial entrepreneur, former Wall Street sales leader and an author of 9 books. She has been has been featured in CBS Marketwatch, Fox News and more.
Candice Cook Simmons is an attorney, published writer and business strategist who works at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and business. She is the Managing Partner of The Cook Law Group, PLLC, and the Co-Founder of Namaskar Media--a media company focused on the creation of documentary content addressing social impact and entrepreneurship featuring diverse individuals changing the world on a global scale by working on projects ranging from blockchain technology to coffee. Selected in 2018 as one of New York's top attorneys in her field, Cook's firm has handled groundbreaking business and intellectual property matters-including the trademarking strategy behind Dominique Ansel's Cronut™ pastry as well as business, entertainment, social impact/entrepreneurship, film, television, and talent issues for clients across the globe including in Japan, China, Israel, Monaco, Mexico, France, U.S., UAE, Ghana, South Africa, and the UK.
Olivia Rodrigues co-founded The Branding Edit- a boutique visual storytelling studio that specializes in helping passionate entrepreneurs refine their brand, expand their presence online & off, and connect on a deeper level with their audience--with Brittanny Taylor and Patsy Culp. This fall, she is launching Antou Studio - an online destination for curated luxurious pieces made by African designers.
Janet Kraus is the founder and CEO of Peach, a lifestyle brand with a mission to help women "elevate their everyday" and thrive personally and professionally. Peach offers contemporary and comfortable apparel for gym, work and play. Kraus is a Harvard Business school professor, teaching entrepreneurship to students. Previously, Kraus co-founded and sold two companies in the high-end travel and leisure industry: Spire and Circles. An angel investment and startup advisor, Kraus and the companies she has led or advised have been profiled in the WSJ, Fortune, Fortune Small Business and New York Times. Kraus is a recipient of Boston's 40 Under 40 and a finalist of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Janet received a B.A. degree from Yale and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and 11 year old daughter twins.
Shannon is the founder and has been Co-Owner of Harmony on Hope Massage since 2012. Over her decade as a licensed massage therapist, as well as her 20 years as a theater artist, she has gained a deep sensitivity to the needs of others. She tailors her work around the idea that the body is made to hold us and be the catalyst for our deepest purpose. Her current deepest purpose is her 18 month old daughter, Ellery.
Dr. Wendy O'Connor is a Stanford-trained Clinical Psychologist and Wellness Strategist for women. She is the founder of Salt + Slate, Strategic Wellness for Women, which runs a 6-week life mapping intensive called Your Life By Design™. Take the reins, get unstuck, and create a purposeful and fulfilling life with an accountability partner by your side.
Rebecca Rhoads is the former President of Providence Toastmasters, part of an international public speaking organization. Rebecca works to empower people to identify, track, and achieve their goals. She is also founder of Spanish Works where she translates and interprets for businesses who want to communicate across cultures. Rebecca previously taught Spanish at the University of Rhode Island and is currently growing her business and leading workshops for the Center for Women and Enterprise. Rebecca enjoys international travel and recently traveled to Cuba and Spain. When you see Rebecca at the conference today, tell her which UNESCO Centre is in Granada, Spain and she'll teach you a fun saying in Spanish!
For a lot of years, Julie sat behind an editor’s desk and used her vacation time to travel. Now, she’s a freelance writer who’s road tripping - and tasting - her way across the country, from Dollywood to Disneyland and everywhere in between. She documents everything on her website, Travel-Sip-Repeat.com, and for Forbes, Bloomberg, Spoon University, The Improper Bostonian, Grok Nation and more. Julie was previously executive editor and creative director of Providence Monthly, where she won several awards for her lifestyle and food writing.