Workshop Speakers + Panelists: Round two
Find all the workshop descriptions here.
Summit guests can choose from Lunch Group 1 (early lunch, late workshops) or Group 2 (late lunch, early workshops)
Lunch Group 2
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author, The Big Life
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.
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 Forbes Magazine'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.
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.
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.
Co-host, The TJ Show
CBS Radio - Boston
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.
Writer and Editor
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.
Executive Editor of Elite Daily
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.
Director of Audience Development
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.
The Lady Project // Education First
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.
Lunch Group 1
Coach, Speaker, and the world's only Upliftologist™
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.
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.
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.
Founder & Chief Optimist
The Optimist Co.
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.
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
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.
Author, Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moderated by: Brittanny Taylor
Brittanny Taylor Photography
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.