Workshop Speakers + PANELISTS: Round One
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Emily Belden is an author with powerhouse publisher, Harlequin. They acquired her debut novel BURNED (out Summer 2017) and a follow up story in a two-book deal. You can read her best-selling, LOL memoir, Eightysixed, out now and for sale at the summit.
Marcia Coné is a writer, speaker, change strategist, and advocate for women. As founding CEO of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, she successfully advocated for policy advances, including women’s leadership, representation, and paid family leave. Her activism continues through her writing, speaking, and consulting with philanthropic, corporate, and government organizations.
Alex Dickinson is the CEO and Founder of Ask For It, a boutique communications training and consulting firm whose mission is to foster confidence and inspiration in leadership and life. Alex got laid off from her last job and decided that instead of getting another unsatisfying corporate role, she'd make some lemonade and focus on turning her side hustle into a full time gig. So wherever you are in your career - just starting out, looking for that next big promotion (and raise!), switching gears, or you’re at a crossroads like she was - Alex invites you to dive in with her. You don’t need anyone’s permission to advocate for yourself. You need a strategy, self-confidence and a cheering squad to hold you accountable. Visit www.askforit.co/alexs-story to learn more.
Alex Friedman, LOLA Co-Founder: Alex led analytics at Flurry Analytics (acquired by Yahoo in August 2014) and was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in New York. She previously attended Wharton for business school and Dartmouth College for undergrad, and has over the years been actively involved in the Young Women's Leadership Network.
Adrian Granzella Larssen is a writer, editor, and storyteller who helps women navigate career transitions in a digital world. After making her own career change, she became Editor-in-Chief of TheMuse.com, the platform that's helped more than 50 million people find and succeed at their dream jobs. When she's not working, you'll find her practicing yoga and planning her next dinner party. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Jordana Kier, LOLA Co-Founder: Before co-founding LOLA, Jordana received her MBA from Columbia Business School, during which she worked at Rent the Runway and Quidsi. Jordana graduated from Dartmouth College. She is also on the board of Drive Change, a 501(c)(3) food truck that employs and teaches transferable skills to youth in the NYC criminal justice system.
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.
She Should Run
Clare Bresnahan works and lives in Washington, DC, where she has dedicated her career to increasing women and girls’ representation through advocacy, political engagement, and social change efforts.
Clare joined She Should Run in 2012 as the Programs Director responsible for directing organization’s research and programs expanding the pipeline of America’s future women elected leaders. Her passion for sparking women’s political careers drives her commitment to She Should Run’s mission.
Clare started her career at the Girl Scouts of the USA Public Policy and Advocacy Office in 2008. Clare led GSUSA’s legislative and public affairs strategies for advancing the girl perspective in youth policy issues. Under her leadership, the Girl Scouts launched one of its largest advocacy efforts to promote healthier, balanced images of women and girls within the media and entertainment industry - The Healthy Media Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls.
She recently graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2008 from American University with a B.A. in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. She also teaches political entrepreneurship for the nonpartisan organization, New Leaders Council, and has served as the New Leaders Council DC Chapter Co-Director. While Clare loves the national work she leads in DC, she is a proud Midwest native, who hails from the Queen City - Cincinnati, Ohio.
Women in STEM Panel
Abbey is the CEO and Founder of Knightly - a mobile safety network for college students. Knightly placed second in the 2016 Harvard Women in Business Innovation Competition and third in the 2015 MITEF Beantown Throwdown Pitch Competition. In 2015, Knightly was named one of the '5 Campus Startups to Watch' by BostInno. Abbey is currently a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University and was named one of the 'Most Impressive Undergrads' by BostInno in 2016. She is passionate about design thinking and entrepreneurship in engineering.
Ashlee Ammons, Cofounder/COO,Mixtroz, holds a BA in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Notably, Ashlee was hired as the 1st intern to NBAStar LeBron James. Recently relocated to Nashville, TN from New York City, Ashlee established a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of A-Listers including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay Z as well as large brands like Moët Hennessy and Coca-Cola. Ashlee has in depth knowledge of event planning and this combined with the optimized Mixtroz consumer experience gives her the passion to succeed.
Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. As a science data “story teller” she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.
Yuri is the founder and CEO of Zencare, a website that connects millennials with top mental health professionals. Yuri started Zencare when she struggled to find a therapist herself and has since helped over 1,000 individuals connect with quality-vetted clinicians in Providence and Boston. A graduate of Brown University and previously a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Yuri is an avid yogi and loves her work supporting both prospective clients and therapists.
Girl Develop It
Zalyndria co-founded Girl Develop It Providence with the hope of inspiring women to level up their tech skills and provide a judgement free environment for women to learn, grow, and thrive. She acts as Chapter Leader working to build a supportive organization by coordinating classes, facilitating social events, and building partnerships. Additionally, she teaches a variety of technical classes offered by GDI. Aside from volunteering, Zalyndria also works as a Full Stack Web Developer at CVS Health. For fun Zalyndria spends time with her little chorkie named Idgy and eats ginger ice cream.