Workshop Speakers + PANELISTS: Round One
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Founder & Celebration Strategist
And Celebrate, LLC
Patsy Culp empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners to connect on a deeper level with their audience through the context of live events and visual storytelling. Her company, And Celebrate, takes a Mary-Poppins-like-approach to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners accelerate & celebrate their event ideas into action. Through The Branding Edit, a boutique visual storytelling studio she co-founded with Brittanny Taylor & Olivia Rodrigues, she helps entrepreneurs and small business owners refine their brand messages and amplify their presence online.
Licensed Holistic Psychotherapist and Coach, Michelle Vitale, LMHC
Michelle's work is dedicated to helping ignite braver and kinder connections between people. She works in private practice as a holistic psychotherapist and coach in Providence, Rhode Island. She also works as a corporate diversity and wellness specialist with UK-based consultancy, The Equality Group. Learn more at michellevitale.com.
Owner and HR Fanatic
Dana is owner and HR fanatic of Boss Consulting, a boutique-consulting firm that offers human resource services to small businesses. Her business was started with an obsession for everything HR and a crazy desire to help others.
Dana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations both from the University of Rhode Island, located in Dana’s home state. In addition, Dana has obtained a SHRM-CP designation and brings over seven years of HR experience in the hospitality and non-profit sectors to her work.
Founder & Fitstylist, Fitstyle by Shana
Shana is the founder of FitStyle by Shana, which offers programs to help you find time for fitness in your everyday life as well as exercise & exploration city tours. Prior to establishing her company, she worked for Technolutions, the leading technology platform for higher education admissions offices and spent over a decade at Yale University working in several leadership positions. As a fitness expert and author, Shana has been featured in national magazines, websites and fitness blogs and is seen regularly on WTNH News 8. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and is licensed to teach Zumba and Pound Fitness. Shana holds a B.A. from Yale University and is known for doing leg lifts in line at Starbucks.
My name is Julie Sanford. I am an woman, mom, wife, entrepreneur, designer and believer that everyone is capable of living their best life today. My passion lies in creating space(s) that are functional and beautiful. To have one without the other will not allow you to 'live' or 'work' freely. I work with individuals, businesses and/or organizations looking to create lasting change that will result in you living your best life.
Katie McDonald, CEO and Founder of bnourished, is a sought after Speaker and Self-care Strategist who challenges us to step into the full responsibility and privilege of exceptional self-care. Depleted by the dis-ease of busyness as well as disease, she heeded the call to slow down and transform from a human doing into a human being. A frequent guest on The Rhode Show and in media such as Huffington Post and Apartment Therapy, Katie works with Swarovski, Brown University Center for Entrepreneurship, Women Presidents' Organization and more.
Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, a technology platform offering on-demand expert advice for women in business, career and life. She is a serial entrepreneur, former Wall Street sales leader and an author of 9 books. She has been has been featured in CBS Marketwatch, Fox News and more.
WOMEN LEADING THE CHANGE PANEL
Partner, Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce, Inc.
Elizabeth Suever is a partner at the law firm of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce in Providence, RI where she specializes in lobbying before the Rhode Island General Assembly on behalf of corporations, trade organizations and non-profits on complex issues including corporate and personal taxation, employment law, insurance law and health care law. Elizabeth also specializes in advising clients in highly regulated industries both before the Rhode Island General Assembly and administrative agencies.
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.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
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Jyoti has been a valued contributor and member of organizations centered around women in philanthropy and leadership since 2007. As an experienced higher education professional, she has built sustainable business partnerships between students, colleges, and universities. Jyoti enjoys a vibrant and sunny lifestyle in Florida, recently named as having the second-highest growth rate in the nation for women-owned businesses.
Candice Cook Simmons
The Cook Law Group, PLLC
Candice Cook Simmons is an attorney, published writer and business strategist who works at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and business. She is the Managing Partner of The Cook Law Group, PLLC, and the Co-Founder of Namaskar Media--a media company focused on the creation of documentary content addressing social impact and entrepreneurship featuring diverse individuals changing the world on a global scale by working on projects ranging from blockchain technology to coffee. Selected in 2018 as one of New York's top attorneys in her field, Cook's firm has handled groundbreaking business and intellectual property matters-including the trademarking strategy behind Dominique Ansel's Cronut™ pastry as well as business, entertainment, social impact/entrepreneurship, film, television, and talent issues for clients across the globe including in Japan, China, Israel, Monaco, Mexico, France, U.S., UAE, Ghana, South Africa, and the UK.