Workshop Speakers + panelists: Round Five
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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.
Food Writer & Cookbook Author
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.
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.
Union Jack Creative
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.
Associate Producer & Distribution Director
KoMedia & Dream, Girl Film
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 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.
Small Girls PR
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.
Easy Entertaining Inc.
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."
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.