Workshop Speakers + panelists: Round four
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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.
Founder & CEO, Magnify Progress
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.
Realtor / Partner, Arborview Realty / Union Jack Creative
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.
Writer + Speaker/Facilitator, SPEAK Educators
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.
Founder, Spanish Works
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!
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.
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.
Travel. Sip. Repeat.
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.