Workshop Speakers + Panelists: Round two
Find all the workshop descriptions here.
Summit guests can choose from Lunch Group A (early lunch, late workshops) or Group B (late lunch, early workshops)
Lunch Group A, Keynote: Emily Belden
Founder, Fifteen Media
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.
Co-host, The TJ Show
CBS Radio - Boston
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.
Blogger and Digital Influencer, Twenty Something Plus
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.
A Life in the Fashion Lane
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.
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.
Founder & CEO, Reworking Parents
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.
Member Lead Strategist, SoFi
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.
Context & Co.
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.
The Branding Edit
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.
Shannon Sexton Potter
Owner, Harmony on Hope Massage
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.
Lunch Group B, Keynote: Blair Imani
Author & Activist
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.
Casey Erin Clark
Cofounder and Coach, Vital Voice Training
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.
Founder, The Corporate Sister LLC
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.
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.
SELF CARE Panel
The Queen of Working Happier, Not Harder, Kate Hanley Coaching
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.
Founder & Fitstylist, Fitstyle by Shana
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.
Salt + Slate, Strategic Wellness for Women
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.