Tammy Tibbetts 


Tammy is the Founder and President of She's the First, an organization that profits the world by investing in girls' education (

Tammy is responsible for fundraising strategy and community building for She's the First. Under her leadership, revenues have more than doubled year after year. She develops partnerships with luminaries, philanthropists, companies, and media that take She's the First to the next level.

Her success has been recognized by Diane von Furstenberg, Chelsea Clinton, Nanette Lepore, and on the “Under 30” lists of TIME,, and Glamour, as well as Fast Company’s “Most Creative in Business,” among others.

Prior to working for She's the First, Tammy was the first-ever, award-winning Social Media Editor at Seventeen. It was during her career at Hearst Digital Media that she founded She’s the First, originally as a YouTube video campaign. She blogs on leadership at and tweets daily via @tammytibbetts.



Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan was born in California to Chinese immigrants. She began figure skating at the age of five, entering and winning her first competition one year later.

Her dedication, focus and athleticism quickly propelled her to legendary status in the sport. Michelle is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history with five world titles, nine national titles and two Olympic medals.

Michelle moved from the rink to public service in 2006, when then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice appointed her as the first U.S. public diplomacy envoy. As such, she engaged young people around the world in discussions on leadership in social and educational issues.

In 2010, President Obama appointed Michelle to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition which advises the president on programs and initiatives to motivate Americans of all ages to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Michelle is currently employed by the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs. She serves on the State Department’s Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports and the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International.

Michelle was awarded the U.S. Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year in 2003, the 2001 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America, and 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.

Michelle earned a degree in International Studies from the University of Denver and a master's degree in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

In May 2010, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

Michelle lives in Providence with her husband, Clay Pell.



Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker began her television career with Nickelodeon’s NICK NEWS.  During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys. Working her way up to senior producer, Meredith traveled to all 50 states to interview kids who had interesting stories to tell. This would become the foundation for her deepening interest in the lives of young people.

Next, she served as head of the Talent Department at the iconic Saturday Night Live, where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler.

Now living in Austin, Meredith offers her time as a mentor at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, gives speeches on how you can be a “smart girl” no matter your age or place in life, and devotes lots of her time and talent to what has become her passion: directing the organization she co-created with Amy Poehler, “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.” It is a groundbreaking way to use the internet to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the lives of young women.  

In addition, Meredith leads the Smart Girls camps and workshops.

Thursday Bram_headshot.jpg

Thursday Bram

Thursday Bram writes about the business of creativity, along with small business and freelance topics. She's the founder of Hyper Modern Writing, a content marketing agency dedicated to promoting small businesses. You can find Thursday on Twitter.


Melinda Rainsberger

Melinda Rainsberger runs the video production company They're Using Tools! She is a creativomnicon with a penchant for combining web analytics, video, animation, digital and traditional materials into successful video campaigns. Her company, They're Using Tools!, specializes in web media, photography, web design, broadcast animation and experimental video. Basically, the cool stuff you find on the internet.

She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 with a bachelors in film/animation/video. When not running They're Using Tools!, she participates in video contests and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.


Stephanie Schechter

Over the course of her 20 year career as a designer, creative director, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, Stephanie has developed a strong passion for helping new businesses succeed. She has been the creative force behind many brand experiences for a wide range of consumer products and services. Her experience gives her a unique perspective on what it takes to build a successful brand, reach a target audience, and maintain a strong identity when growing a business.

Margo Rowder_headshot_bw.jpg

Margo Rowder

Margo Rowder's career began with seven years in traditional advertising, where she art directed print ads and TV spots for clients like Mastercard, Sears, Dove, and Heineken. She then shifted to digital marketing, where for six years she wrote pages and campaigns for clients like United Airlines, Sebastian Haircare, and Google. Rowder's latest assignment has her increasing the Television Academy's reach and engagement as its first Social Media Manager, in addition to creating content and telling stories through design, filmmaking, improv comedy, and all the latest gadgets (like Google Glass).

Rowder also appreciates the simple power of the written word; her young adult novel 30 Decibels has won awards from the likes of Chicago's Printer's Row Lit Fest and has garnered her professional representation in Hollywood.


Kate Hanley

A coach, yoga teacher, and journalist, Kate teaches busy, frazzled women how to slow down, breathe deep, and trust their gut. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Parents, and Whole Living. The co-author of "The 28 Days Lighter Diet" and author of "The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide" (skirt!),

Kate lives with her family in an ever-evolving fixer-upper on the East Side of Providence.  


Monica Lee

Artist and creative professional, Monica Lee is the host and founder of Smart Creative Women, a web show featuring women in the “business of creativity.” Monica speaks to guests via entertaining interviews as viewers gain helpful tools and motivation to harness their own creativity. Due to the success of the show, she has created an e-course Smart Creative Style which takes creative businesses one step further incorporating an individual's unique style into their brands. 

Hannah Brencher_headshot_1.jpg

Hannah Brencher

Writer, TED Speaker, and expert in millennial communications, Hannah Brencher, 25, pins her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. After spending a year writing and mailing over 400 love letters to strangers across the world, Hannah launched The World Needs More Love Letters in August 2011—an internationally recognized organization that harnesses the power behind social media to mobilize and empower individuals through tangible acts of love. More Love Letters is active across 6 continents, 47 countries, all 50 states, and over 100 college campuses.

Hannah was named as one of the White House's "Women Working to Do Good," a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, and the 2013 Honoree for the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. She has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, BBC News, Glamour and Oprah.

Kristen van Liew_headshot.jpg

Kristen Minsky

Flapper, tapper, and Gal about town, Kristen Minsky is a neo-vaudevillian thru-and-thru and probably best known as Director of Chifferobe Events and The TropiGals and as one half of New York's “1920s tap sensations”, The Minsky Sisters. Her background includes a BFA in Studio Art and Performance Studies from NYU and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD, as well as working with the production team for PERFORMA, New York's world-class biennial focused on visual arts performance.

She has been written about in The New York Times, Providence Journal, and Providence Phoenix, illustrated in The New Yorker, and pictured in The New York Post, among others. In 2011, she was also named one of Providence Monthly's "10 to Watch". 

Nikki Groom_headshot_bw.jpg

Nikki Groom

Fed up of copy that lacks soul, artistry, and compassion? Nikki Groom is, too.  As an ink slinger and digital scribe, Nikki has written for women entrepreneurs all over the globe, helping them articulate what they do in a way that makes the world sit up and take notice.

Her motto? Being who you say you are + doing things your way = being impossible to ignore. Since emerging as a copywriter for women entrepreneurs, Nikki has been touted as “THE Copywriter to Watch” by whip-cracking business confidence expert Erika Lyremark, received high praise from a multitude of entrepreneurial mavens, and been hailed as a force of nature and a rising superstar. 


Carly Heitlinger  

Carly is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. She started her blog College Prep in 2008 as a distraction from her dreaded Accounting 101 class. Blogging as "The College Prepster" has allowed Carly to share her voice and story with countless other girls. Integrating her knack for business and passion for writing, she founded her company TCP Inc and... had to actually use what she learned from accounting!

She is the author of The Freshman 50 and currently resides in New York City, where she spends her time writing and searching for the best pastries.


Mackenzie Horan 

After graduation, Mackenzie expanded her blog Design Darling to an online boutique. Design Darling the blog chronicles Mackenzie's personal style with sprinkles of her life in the city.

Her boutique features a tightly edited assortment tailored to the color-loving, preppy-leaning, and style-savvy woman.

Nikki Groom_headshot_bw.jpg

Olivia Lane

Olivia Lane is a green living educator and health coach. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of healthy, sustainable living via her blog and through her book, Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning.

She also loves dancing in supermarket aisles, hugs, and the thrill of client "aha" moments. 


Maureen Kerrigan 

Maureen Kerrigan is a Financial Advisor, Accredited Wealth Manager, First Vice President and a member of the Director’s Council and Portfolio Managers groups with RBC Wealth Management here in Providence.

As the mother of four daughters, she is passionate about helping women of all ages take charge of their financial well being.

Join her for an interactive conversation  - it will be worth the time you invest!


Bethany Hodge

A Cape Cod native who transferred to Rhode Island in 2008, Bethany has been conducting international and domestic negotiation in the travel industry for the past six years. In obtaining an advanced degree in Intercultural Communication, she translated Spanish negotiation messages for the United Nations.

In addition to owning a snarky cross-stitch Etsy shop, Bethany is currently in charge of Inside Business Development for G Adventures, a small group adventure tour operator. 

Jennifer Tress_headshot.jpg

Jennifer Tress

As featured on Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and many more outlets, Jennifer Tress is the author of the newly released memoir You're Not Pretty Enough.

She is also a speaker and the founder of the Project by the same name, which is aimed at building higher self-esteem by providing a forum and discussions around beauty norms and their impact on the individual.


Rebekah Epstein 

Rebekah Epstein is the founder of fifteen media, an agency that works exclusively with PR firms to streamline media relations in a digital era. She specializes in business, lifestyle, fashion and beauty. She also blogs about the ups and downs of gen y entrepreneurship at NeonNotebook


Carole Ann Penney

Carole Ann Penney is never satisfied to have just one answer to the question, "What do you do?" She stitches together her work as a life purpose coach, blogger, modern quilter, and arts & culture administrator to support and encourage others to connect the dots between what matters to them most, to uncover and articulate their unique sense of purpose, and to authentically and intentionally design their futures.

Carole Ann earned a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and completed her training as a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in Marlborough, MA. When she is not coaching, she can be found supporting public humanities projects at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, blogging at and the PVD Lady Project, or designing modern quilts in her studio.  


Pamela O'Hara
@Batchbook // @pamohara

Pam is CEO of Batchbook, which she co-founded in 2006. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

Previously, Pam co-founded and managed operations at Matrix Group International, a web development firm in the Washington, D.C., area that develops web-based technologies for large and small trade associations. A former consultant to small businesses, her web career started in 1994, when she designed websites and managed online communications for U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn and the Food Marketing Institute.

Pam holds dual degrees in English and History from the University of Richmond. She resides in coastal Rhode Island with her husband, two daughters and one son.

Pam is CEO of Batchbook, which she co-founded in 2006. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

As a businesswoman and a mother, Pam is committed to running a company that can adapt to the unique needs of both its employees and its customers to foster better organization, increased productivity and a more balanced life. She balances the fast pace of running a technology start-up with other roles including:

Chairwoman of The Small Business Web, the international trade association of cloud software for small business. Since Batchbook co-founded the group in 2009 it has grown to more than 250 web-based applications and has been described by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as "a fundamentally different way of doing business."Mentor for Betaspring, a startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneursHead of the "Geeks for Good" food pantry drives that reach out toProvidence Geeks members.


Lulu Locks

Lulu is the owner of Suite Tart, a West Side salon that blends old-school techniques with fashion forward aesthetics, and Providence Pin-Up, a vintage styling and photography studio. She has styled performance art for Liz Collins at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston and Dawn Kasper at the Whitney Museum. As director of installations for StyleWeek Northeast, Lulu has created custom looks for Marchesa, the Rhode Island School of Design, Dear Kate and Seams Couture.

Lulu is also a guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design, frequent participant in Chifferobe and charity events like The Red Tent, and a National Design Team member for Alfa Parf Milano.

Amy McCoy

Spring has sprung, and it's time to start enjoying the plethora of produce available to us - let's move beyond the Caesar salad, shall we? In this session, we'll learn how to make simple, delicious salad dressings from scratch, and will share ideas for salad combinations that go way beyond basic Romaine.

Courtney Lopez

Artisan coffee and specialty roasts each have distinct flavor profiles, aroma and notes. In this session, roaster Courtney Lopez will discuss how to pair multiple types of coffee with food dishes to maximize flavor and palate enjoyment. 

Jaclyn Altieri

Beyonce is a lady who is strong, determined, successful, fabulous, and talented. Despite if she's your favorite or not, her swag is pretty undeniable. In this lightening round you will get to put forth your BEST BEY. Get an amazing instagold instagram photo taken, and learn a quick dance routine to one of Queen Bey's jams. 

Kristen Lemoine

Meredith Crane

Sarah Buchanan


Audrey McClelland


Audrey McClelland is the co-founder of, Getting Gorgeous Events and Rhody Mamas.  Audrey has become a powerful force in social media as a digital influencer, consultant, and brand ambassador/spokesperson… and named from Nielsen Ratings as one of the most powerful mom’s online.


Jenna Goudreau

Jenna Goudreau is the editor of Strategy and Careers at Business Insider, a digital business publication that attracts 45 million unique visitors a month. Previously, Jenna worked as an associate editor at and as a staff leadership reporter for Forbes magazine and While at Forbes, she assistant edited the annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women and helped launch and grow, an online channel for professional women.

Jenna has appeared on CBS, CNBC and MSNBC and contributed to ForbesWoman, Businessweek and Ladies' Home Journal magazines. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in journalism and sociology and was honored with a best in business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in 2012. 

Taylor Trudon_headshot.jpg

Taylor Trudon

Taylor Trudon is deputy editor of HuffPost Teen at The Huffington Post. She studied journalism and women's studies at the University of Connecticut, where she completed internships at <em>Seventeen </em>and <em>O</em>, The Oprah Magazine. Taylor is a 2009 New York Women in Communications, Inc. Foundation scholarship recipient and the first-ever NYWICI Hearst scholarship recipient (2010).

She is an AOL Cultural Ambassador and serves as co-chair of Scholar Relations on the NYWICI Foundation Board. 

Rebekah Epstein

Rebekah Epstein is the founder of fifteen media, an agency that works exclusively with PR firms to streamline media relations in a digital era. She specializes in business, lifestyle, fashion and beauty. She also blogs about the ups and downs of gen y entrepreneurship at NeonNotebook


Debbie Stoller

Debbie Stoller is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of BUST Magazine, the magazine “for women with something to get off their chests.” She is also the developer of, the head of the subscriptions department, and the entire IT department.

Before starting BUST, Debbie worked a low-level job at Nickelodeon, which is all she was really qualified to do with a PhD in the Psychology of Women from Yale. Eventually Debbie became Nick’s first Director of Digital Content, then left to work on BUST full time. As a side job, Debbie has published 5 knitting and crocheting books under the title “Stitch ‘n Bitch.” She lives with two insane dogs and one evil cat in Brooklyn, NY. In her spare time, she likes to sleep.


Ashley Erling

Ashley Erling is the executive producer of The Rhode Show on WPRI 12, Southern New England's only daily morning lifestyle and entertainment program. She also appears regularly in the weekly “Rhody Roundup” segment. A style lover, Ashley started the fashion blog “Wears it from?” where she hunts down fashion seen on TV as well as the latest trends.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys shopping, watching way too many E! and Bravo shows, and going to bed early because of her ridiculous morning TV schedule.