Christina Abrams: In her native Barcelona, Spain, Cristina was a prominent member of Barcelona’s social community. She worked as a Film & Production Coordinator for TV3, Television of Catalunya, Spain from 1992 until 1994. During the Barcelona 1992 Olympics she coordinated the logistics for the production staff of Australia’s Channel 7. In 1989, Cristina worked as a Sales Executive for Zoom Television in Barcelona as a representative during the Cannes Film & Television Festival selling production and post-production services. Upon re-locating to Miami in 1994 Cristina established a production company to assist her European clients on location, with this experience Cristina was able to establish her credentials in the South Florida business community as a respected Event Planner. Prior to joining Global Spectrum in January 2009, Cristina worked at the Miami International Airport as a Sales & Event Manager from 2003 until 2008. Her experience organizing and planning events and her excellent customer service skills earned her a key role as liaison with Protocol and International Affairs at the Miami International Airport Aviation Department. In addition to her international expertise Cristina has organized multiple events for companies like Sony Music and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. In addition to her Event Planning responsibilities, Cristina also taught an Event Planning course at Miami Dade College. Ms. Abrams finished her studies in Public Relations in 1983 in Barcelona. She obtained her title as a Certified Event Planner in Miami, Florida in 2007 and she continues her studies in Public Administration at Barry University.
Kathleen Alfiero: Kathleen Alfiero’s passion for the well-being of young people has been the foundation of her professional life. She worked for over 25 years in public education as a teacher and substance abuse counselor, has hosted a television program featuring the stories of extraordinary ordinary people that has aired on PBS and worked in live shows in theatres throughout Maine. In 1996, Kathleen was the Executive Director of Maine Communities Face Alcohol, a nationally recognized statewide substance abuse prevention effort summarized in Voices of Hope, a report recognized by the PEW Center with the Batton Award for Civic Journalism. As founder of Appreciation Unlimited, Kathleen explores and shares the talents, gifts, and contributions of people of all ages through multimedia to a global audience. Celebrate ME, a non-profit arm, produces educational programs and events using storytelling as a medium for positive change and features school people, parents, children and communities.
Gwendolyn Alston: Gwen was born and raised in New York City, got her B.A. at Vassar College and her M.A. at NYU. She’s fluent in French and Spanish and has been living in Madrid for 20 years, where she got her PhD in Comparative Literature from the Complutense University of Madrid and worked in the publishing industry for fifteen years, in marketing and as an editor. During that time, she developed series about art and artists, psychoanalysis, women and business. Five years ago, she quit her publishing job and set up her own company. Along with her sister Angela, now based in Dallas, Gwen runs MocaMedia, offering grassroots outreach services and consultation for independent filmmakers. As she is concerned about environmental, social and cultural issues, representing films that have a mission and a call to action for specific causes was a natural transition. There are many satisfying aspects to her work: working closely with her clients to help them fulfill their goals and dreams for their film; learning about widely diverse subjects; the challenge of reaching out to different communities and getting them excited about a film and its mission; and taking full advantage of new technologies at her fingertips to spread the word and connect with communities, while working remotely from any part of the world. Her business also allows Gwen the possibility to spend
more flexible time with her two daughters, Claudia and Sofia.
Marilyn Anderson: Marilyn Anderson is an award-winning WGA writer for film and television. On television, she wrote for “Murphy Brown,” “FAME,” “Friday the 13th – the Series,” “Sherman Oaks,” and other episodic TV. She was on the writing staff of “Carol & Company,” starring Carol Burnett, Richard Kind, and Jeremy Piven. Marilyn is the recipient of a LUMINAS Award for the positive depiction of women in film & television. She has sold feature screenplays to several studios and networks. One of her romantic comedies was produced and aired on Lifetime last year, and she is currently producing two feature films. Three of Marilyn’s screenplays won top honors in screenwriting competitions, including the American Screenwriting Contest, Writer’s Digest Screenwriting Contest and Scriptapalooza. In addition, she is a judge for the Nicholl’s Screenwriting Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that awards the Oscars. Ms. Anderson is the author of the humorous relationship book, “NEVER KISS A FROG: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp.” The book is published in the U.S. and 10 other countries. Her Web Series, NEVER KISS A FROG, is based on the book, and features funny dating scenarios as mini-episodes for mobile and broadband content. It is currently airing on various web sites including www.neverkissafrog.com.
As a comedy writer, relationship expert, and speaker, Marilyn has appeared throughout the country with her unique blend of comedy and advice. She has been on over 250 radio & television shows and was the “Dating, Flirting & Kissing” Coach on TV’s “Extreme Makeover.” In addition, Ms. Anderson writes relationship, humor, and travel articles for magazines and newspapers nationwide, and she has performed as a stand-up comic, actress, and improvisational actor. Marilyn also offers private consulting and seminars on “Screenwriting” and on “Publicity & Promotion.”
Alice Andrews: Alice Andrews teaches psychology and evolutionary studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She’s the founder and executive editor of The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science, Culture and the founder and editor of “Entelechy: Mind & Culture. Both journals bridge the arts and humanities with science, particularly evolutionary theory. She’s also the author of Trine Erotic, an evolutionary psychological novel that’s been used in various college courses nationwide. Alice is an environmental activist and founded and chairs both Mothers & Others United to Shut Down Indian Point, as well as Beyond Pesticides in Ulster County; she served on the Village of New Paltz Environmental Conservation Commission from 2006 to 2010.
Nambata Angula: Nambata Angula has a BBA degree from the University of Namibia, and is currently pursuing her MBA degree in Finance through an online school, Capella University. She has approximately 7 years of experience in the finance/accounting industry and has been working at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the past three years. Her current position at the United Nations is a Payroll Examiner but hopes to branch out to the finance/investment field (which is where her pas- sion lies) once she completes her MBA degree.
Nambata is passionate about current affairs and enjoys reading and spending time with her ten- year-old daughter. She also enjoys mentoring young people and providing advice where possible. She currently services on the Advisory Board of the African Film Workshop.
Carol B. Armitage: Carol has a BS degree from University of Delaware and an MS degree from Princeton University, both in electrical engineering, and approximately 20 years of industry experience in the telecommunications industry. She worked for about 17 years at Bell Labs/Lucent where her last position was as a Director in the wideband access division followed by 3 years at General Instrument (broadband communications), where her last position was as Senior VP of Technology and Strategy. Her strengths are in executive management of product and technology design and development, including VLSI, optics, circuit design, software, and system integration.
Carol is currently on the Board of Directors of several technology companies, both public and private, as well as for a non-profit, documentary video production co. She is also on the Advisory Board of several high tech companies. She is a counselor at SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Execs) providing business advice for start-up companies.
Michele Baldwin: This mutli-talented artist: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Inspirer, is a bright and fearless creative spiritual being, who wears many hats. There is nothing mediocre about Michele. She proudly embraces her journey toward her greatness as an artist and a human being. No matter what side of the camera or stage she’s on, a day with her is enlightening, entertaining, fun and more importantly highly productive, as she genuinely lives for the greater good of a project. Michele is passionate about her life, her dreams, staying positive and is constantly taking on new challenges. She believes that with creativity and imagination, sprinkled with a dash of strong passion, determination and belief in self, you CAN do anything. “Keep on Keeping on No Matter the Circumstance”, is one of her fleeting Mantras. As one of six children, Michele aka Chele (Shell-ay), Mich B~ or Mikki (by her beloved father), easily found an audience to perform her many comedic or dramatic skits to. Even today, when not on a professional gig, she can be spotted acting out a Dramedy or two for friends and family. Michele stands apart from her peers as a powerful determined spirit and a ray of positive light and honesty that shines from within. She is genuinely sweet, humble and gracious, and has a purposeful focus and persistent drive! She has a huge heart that she shares with not just her loving family, but she can always be found helping others. Michele lets nothing stop her from reaching her goals as a creative artist and is always working on a varied array of projects. Presently, she is in production with the web series An Actor’s Life: the Series, of which she is creator, producer, director and star, portrays Delilah in the Play Imperfect Women of the Bible, of which she is also co-producer, and is producer and AD on two upcoming feature films. Michele has been on several TV shows like, Wicked Attractions, One Life to Live, Law and Order CSI, and a few TV Pilots, in movies; independent shorts and features, and has graced many NYC stages: Ensemble Studio, Manhattan Ensemble, Hudson Guild, and 59E59 Theaters, Theater for the New City and New Federal Theater, as well as the internet and volunteering for film festivals such as, IFP, Tribecca Film Festival, Reel Sisters and Image Nation. Michele attains to do good in the world and has always been “A Star,” especially in the eyes of her beloved father, Thomas, whom she knows is happily smiling down on her. She is a member of: NYWIFT, SAG, AFTRA.
Christina Bark: Strategic Planning ● Business Transformation ● Risk Management
Deb Ashner: Deb has a M.P.H. from New York University with a focus on international community health and holds a B.A. from Richmond College in the U.K. with a degree in sociology with a minor in African economic development. She has worked for over 20 years in the fields of public health and public policy and is a skilled senior manager with in-depth expertise working on innovative programs with an emphasis on capacity building and sustainability. In addition, she has led multi-year sector research projects utilizing beat practices and analyzing data for publication. For over a decade she has been the leader at Ashner Associates, a high impact consulting firm, working on projects in the US and in Sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the National Governors Association, and Housing works in New York.
Her other past professional experiences include working with advocacy groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice and the AIDS Action Council. Further, Deb has worked as contractor for the US Agency for International Development and held internships with several international NGO’s and PVO’s.
She volunteers for several non-profit organizations in the greater Washington, DC area and serves on the steering committee for the Washington Jew Film Festival.
Christina Bark is a trusted business advisor with expertise in strategy, risk management, operational optimization, leadership development and change implementation.
Christina’s diverse experience as a corporate leader, attorney and entrepreneur has honed her ability to design and promote achievable solutions, even when the odds are against a favorable outcome. Her results-oriented approach is well-suited to accelerate growth, optimize operations, manage risk and introduce new business models. Whether you are considering starting a venture, expanding a business, energizing teams and leaders, managing change or exiting a business successfully, Christina serves as a catalyst for breakthrough results.
Previously, Christina was Global Leader of Business Affairs for Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consulting firm and $1.2 billion subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan companies [NYSE:MMC]. While at Oliver Wyman, Christina was responsible for business process optimization, operational risk mitigation and leading a global team. She focused on enhancing the firm’s ability to win projects, increase client loyalty and maximize revenue while minimizing risk exposure. She also led programs that enhanced the business through innovative training and organizational transformation.
Christina’s legal expertise has fueled her business success. She served as Chief Legal Counsel for Oliver Wyman prior to its acquisition by Marsh & McLennan, as General Counsel of Scient, Inc. and as a Senior Attorney for IBM. She practiced law with Porter Simon, a California- and Nevada-based firm, and in the San Francisco office of Proskauer Rose LLP, a New York-based firm. She has represented private, public and governmental clients in the areas of general commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate and land use, employment law, traditional labor law, complex litigation, trust and estate administration and bankruptcy from the creditor’s perspective. Christina is admitted to practice in California and Nevada.
Christina’s “hands-on” experience building businesses fortifies her effectiveness as an advisor. Oliver Wyman has been one of the fastest growing top-tier, strategy-consulting firms with an annual growth rate exceeding 20%. Scient was one of the fastest growing consulting and technology services start-ups during the dot-com era. Christina was also co-owner of a retail business in the San Francisco Bay Area founded with limited capital and an abundance of sweat equity. Armed with a shrewd business plan, talent for capitalizing on free marketing and publicity, a healthy dose of optimism, a fondness for simple solutions and relentless perseverance, the business expanded into four locations in five years and was successfully sold at a competitive price. Christina understands the challenges and accountability of driving business growth. Christina graduated from Vassar College (A.B., Sociology) and Stanford Law School (J.D.).
Celeste Beatty: Celeste Beatty is President, CEO and Brewster of Harlem Brewing Company. She became fascinated with beer brewing in the early 1990’s. Beatty created the recipe for Harlem Brewing’s Sugar Hill Golden Ale. Ms. Beatty is an INC Magazine-William J. Clinton Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur. Through this initiative, Beatty worked closely with Pete Slossberg, mentor and founder of Pete’s Wicked Ale. She is the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Harlem Business Alliance) and the Local Hero Award (Alliance of Resident Theaters). Beatty has served as advisor to several start-up ventures, focusing on the specialty beer market. Ms. Beatty is a regular guest speaker at seminars that focus on entrepreneurship and branding. Future plans include a product launch in China, April 2008. Ms. Beatty is an International Studies graduate of Shaw University and continued her studies at NYU. She apprenticed at the Beerworks Brewery in Brooklyn, NY.
Monica Bennett: Monica Bennett is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Life Coach, and Bachelors in Naturopathy. After receiving a bachelors in Naturopathy, she was drawn to the art of reflexology and believes this healing power can help people become healthier and more in tune with their body, mind and spirit. Monica has also been a horticulturist for 22 years and loves how nature restores balance in life. She has come to see that just like roots are so important to the plants’ health, our feet are important to our health and well being. They root us, and keep us connected to all of life’s energy. Reflex-zone pressure is a powerful technique to keep us healthy. The feet mirror the image of the body and contain, neurologically speaking, the same elements that make up the body as a whole. Each foot corresponds to exactly half the body. The secret is simply to soften all of the hardness and knots in one’s feet and put them in good working order again by reflexing them. This will activate the organs, lead to better blood circulation, help balance the distribution of nutrients, and promote the disposal of waste products, which will lead to a healthy, ailment-free body. Reflexology can help alleviate a broad range of acute and chronic health problems. Along with realizing how important it is to take care of one’s body, Monica also became aware that the mind must be receptive to growth and be open to receive the benefits of wanting to be healthy. This is crucial for any healing to occur. By helping people overcome blocks and resistance, new ways of thinking can open this channel for allowing the flow of positive energy to vibrate through and to you creating harmony and a relaxed state of being. Being a life coach gives me an opportunity to assist people to live a full and rewarding life.
Beth Berman: Beth Berman is the Principal Marketing and Resume/Networking Consultant at BPB Solutions, which serves individuals and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. She is a dynamic Marketing/Sales and Recruiting/Job Search Coaching Professional with 20+ years of progressive experience and proven results in corporate as well as small business environments. Her latest endeavor, BPB Solutions carries the slogan: Promoting People, Businesses, Products and Services, and Beth accomplishes this for her clients in an impactful, professional manner. Beth is an expert resume writer/editor, with proven results and satisfied clients (at all levels, from career novices to professionals and executives) across diverse industries. She brings this real-world experience to her current projects (and offers complimentary resume critiques and initial consultations). Beth is also focused on growing businesses, introducing new product concepts, and integrating Social Networking into each organization’s (online and offline) marketing mix. Her experience has been concentrated business development and sales, as well as in the development and introduction of new products and services. She now brings her positive outlook and her marketing expertise and successful record to client projects.
Judi Biamonte: Judi has been a New York City teacher since 1998. Judi holds an undergraduate degree in History and a graduate degree in Education and Curriculum Development, both of which she received from Molloy College. Recently she has completed a post-graduate degree in Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Before becoming a teacher Judi was part of a small family business growing flowers, did medical billing for a large orthopedic doctors office and was in retail sales and leasing. Today she happily lives with her husband and best friend with their cat Popi. They have 3 children and 1 grandson.
Julie Bilinkas: Julie Bilinkas is a Director for Avaya (a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions). Julie is an energetic, passionate and seasoned operational leader with 30 years of demonstrated achievements in; Operations (localizing software for all global markets, authoring technical publications for varied audience profiles, building a major R&D hub in India), Global Product Management (where she launched new products to market in 90 countries and created customer loyalty offers resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue), Global Marketing (Identifying target markets, conducting customer seminars, increasing market share) Sales & Sales Support (exceeding sales quotas, generating sales opportunities), Customer Service, Technical Support, Finance and IT. Julie has a proven track record increasing revenues and improving customer satisfaction while decreasing costs and expenses. Julie has a passion for; the Arts/Entertainment industry, providing mentoring to promising new performing artists and International Travel.
Samantha Bilinkas: Samantha Bilinkas (aka “Sam”) is a BFA Drama student at NYU Tisch. She has performed professionally in a Broadway Workshop (Night of the Hunter), Off Broadway (Trials of Ms. Katherine), and in several independent movies (Spy, Temma, When We Grow Up, Civil War, Right Field, Vacant, Recoil). In addition, she has performed in numerous local and regional productions with roles that included; ; The Cherry Orchard (Lyuba Ranevsky), Steel Magnolias (Truvy Jones), The Children’s Hour (Karen Wright), Is He Dead (Marie), Doubt (Sister Aloysius), Noises Off (as Dottie and also Vicky/Brooke), Equus (Jill), Halcyon Days (Patricia), Hello Dolly (Irene Malloy), Godspell (Peggy), Fools (Sophia), Sound of Music (Elsa Schrader), Tuptim (The King and I), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Sam is a professional actress, photographer (and belayer!) but also is an accomplished singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet and creative writer. Sam is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Fiona Bloom: With over 18+ years in the entertainment industry- music industry maven Fiona Bloom launched The Bloom Effect in 2007. A unique one stop that specializes in branding for artists, labels, and lifestyle companies. The Bloom Effect brings a huge rolodex of global contacts from around the world to its clients providing a wealth of insight/knowledge and consultation for getting your project seen and heard. The Bloom Effect specializes in launch parties, international music events, live shows, album publicity, digital marketing, A&R consulting, and promotion. The Bloom Effect has produced over 1000 shows, consulted on 200+ album projects and has been a part of over 300 artists’ careers. The Bloom Effect clients have included The Lyricist Lounge, BabyGrande Records, Tommy Boy, Spectre Music, Penalty Recordings, MIDEM, Avery*Sunshine, MarzLovejoy, StonesThrow Recordings, Mixtape Riot, Game, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, Nelson George, Mudville, Aloe Blacc, Maya Azucena, Wayna, Bill Laswell, SOB’s, The Renaissance Hotel, Anthony David, Roxy Cottontail, Erin Barra, Terry Poison, Sway Dasafo, Saian Supa Crew, and others. The Bloom Effect has always prided itself in having its fingers on the pulse and always being ahead of the curve. The Bloom Effect understands and appreciates real and innovative talent without compromise. Whether you just need consulting, advice, publicity, want to put a listening party together or need some help with direction overseas— The Bloom Effect is at your service. Just ask the clients. Creating The Buzz, Spreading The Bloom. Prior to running her own business, Fiona has overseen many careers including her time at EMI Records where she ran marketing campaigns for Gang Starr, Shara Nelson, The Solsonics, Eternal and others. At Sub Verse Music and 3-2-1 Records she signed and marketed Blackalicious, MF Doom, C-Rayz Walz, Skeme Team and more. She also showcased and gave NY debuts to some of the hottest indie acts on the scene including Slum Village, Zion I, Atmosphere, Aloe Blacc, Swollen Members, etc; Her latest outreach has been with the International Hip Hop community giving artists from around the world a platform to express themselves and perform in front of enthusiastic audiences. A few of those opportunities garnered deals, partnerships and tours in U.S. In the works is a book, a documentary and Intl Hip Hop Festival. http://www.thebloomeffect.com
Suzanne Bronski: Drawing on an extensive public relations and communications career, Suzanne Bronski delivers profit, nonprofit and agency world expertise to clients. From the PR agency Rubenstein Associates to the Fortune 500 company Avon Products, inc., she has successfully placed stories in national and international media outlets and co-produced highly visible events with mega-personalities such as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Richard Gere, Barbara Walters and Lily Tomlin. Suzanne’s nonprofit focus includes the American Museum of Natural history, the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Botanical Garden, The New York Society Library, The New School, The McKelvey Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Suzanne has worked on the other side of the desk in the media world as a freelance segment producer for a popular TV news anchor. For a live daily show in the major New York market with millions of viewers, she identified emerging trends, crafted human-interest stories and tracked down compelling interviews from Alan Alda to former Harlem kingpin Frank Lucas to undocumented workers who agreed to reveal their personal stories.
She was also a senior archive researcher for VLAST (POWER), a feature film documentary that was the first film to delve into the arrest and trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly the wealthiest man in Russia. The film has been selected for The Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight Festival in February, 2010, the Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 and the Berkshire International Film Festival 2010. http://www.vlastthefilm.com
An MBA graduate, Suzanne currently consults for Phil & Co., a boutique public relations firm, which specializing in philanthropies and companies that are striving to do good in the world.
Jeremy Ann Brown: Jeremy has worked as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York and New Jersey for more than 20 years. In 1994 she survived a violent crime and since that event has become an advisor, lecturer and advocate for crime victims. Prior to her career as a CASAC and crime victim’s advocate, Jeremy was a singer/actress working in musical comedy theater in summer stock, community theater as well as on Broadway. Jeremy is divorced with two children, ages 42 and 43. At 70, she is looking forward to mentoring and helping women by sharing her experience, strength and hope.
Lisa Stephanian Burton: Lisa Stephanian Burton was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and obtained her JD, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law in 1992, where she was named to the Order of the Coif. In her 20 years of practice, she has worked with a number of not for profit organizations focused on youth and young adults. Working with a Boston-based organization she provides training on employment issues to young adults about to enter internships at local companies. In her corporate life, she is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius practicing employment law and business immigration. Lisa and her husband Mark live in Concord, Massachusetts where they spend as much time as possible with their daughter Jordan, their boy-girl twins Ian and Rory and Lulu their black lab.
Tess Cacciatore: Tess Cacciatore is an award-winning producer, videographer, journalist and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life advocating for peace, justice and equality around the globe. Prior to co-founding Global Women’s Empowerment Network, Cacciatore was the founder and executive director of the World Trust Foundation, an organization that mentors youth to become future leaders working for a sustainable world. Throughout the past decade Cacciatore has traveled the globe connecting youth-focused non-profit organizations, inspiring youth to learn, think and take action for positive change in their lives, in their local communities and in the global community.
Cacciatore has spoken regularly at the United Nations (Geneva and New York) and other international platforms on behalf of children and the important use of media and technology to bridge the cultures of the world. She has addressed thousands of people through numerous conferences, workshops and festivals, and millions through radio and TV appearances. Media appearances include: “The Today Show,” “Prime Time with John Stossel,” “Waking Up in America,” “The Lisa Garr Show” and several cable talk shows. She has also appeared in such publications as: Family Circle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, and Parenting Magazine.
Cacciatore hosted a weekly radio show called “Live Feed” to raise awareness of the FEED 333 program under the World Trust umbrella that spanned each holiday season from 2005-2008. She recently appeared in three feature films about her work (“The Millionaire Mind,” “The Peace Project,” and “Voices of Women”).
Cacciatore’ s career as a producer in the entertainment and technology industries has spanned more than 20 years, and drives the global productions through GWEN. Productions and events include: Earth Day LA, Human Rights Symposiums for Youth, live-streamed broadcasts connecting world leaders at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and fundraising programs that have served the homeless and needy globally. Cacciatore was an instrumental part of raising funds to feed 1.3 million children in 33 days through social networking and build 38 homes in Sri Lanka in answer to the 2005 tsunami. She has traveled the United States and abroad to conduct empowerment camps, workshops and mentorship curriculum, to name a few. Cacciatore has participated on many boards over the years including Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) where she held the position of vice president and interim president of the Los Angeles Chapter. She also served on the board of Offbeat Prodigies (an organization that mentors gifted children with special needs). She is also a founding member of the Women’s Speakers Association.
In 2003 Cacciatore was awarded the Fete d’ Excellence within the Sub-Commission for Human Rights at the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) for her work in educational entertainment.
Fiona Campbell Webster: Fiona Campbell Webster is a media and entertainment attorney and a jazz/lounge singer/songwriter. Fiona was born in England and moved to Australia as a child where she started her singing career studying opera singing at the Royal Queensland Conservatorium of music. Fiona returned to the U.K in her twenties where she pursued a career as a singer/songwriter recording in the jazz lounge genre, firstly as the main singer on the album “Hypnotone AI” released on Creation Records in the U.K, and then with her band Transit UK with songs co-written by Fiona and released on chill out lounge compilations distributed by Neurodisc Recordings entitled “Global Lounge” and “Café Lounge”. For twenty years Fiona performed
regularly on the London jazz scene at various jazz venues with some of London’s top jazz musicians and as part of the Soho Jazz Festival each year. Fiona’s smoky jazz/lounge style evokes influences ranging from classic swing jazz performers such as Ella Fitzgerald to contemporary cross over jazz/pop artists such as Rickie Lee Jones and Dusty Springfield. While working as a singer in London, Fiona studied law and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2005 after training with Harbottle and Lewis LLP, a firm of solicitors specialising in media and entertainment law in the West End of London. Fiona has 8 years experience as a UK qualified solicitor specialising in media, and entertainment covering the industries of internet and mobile distribution services, television broadcasting, music, live event and modeling agencies. Since her move to New York, Fiona is currently in the process of applying for admission to practice law as an attorney in New York.
In January 2009, Fiona joined a startup internet and mobile distribution company, Babelgum www.babelgum.com as the Senior Legal Counsel. Babelgum had offices in London, Milan, Ireland and New York. Fiona was initially based in the London office and then spent six months in the New York office of Babelgum US advising the global group companies and reporting to the group General Counsel. More recently Fiona provided UK legal and business affairs consulting services to Pacific Global Management UK Ltd advising the group companies in London, Paris, Milan and China in relation to all in house legal and business affairs requirements arising out of television and live event programmes, high fashion modeling agencies, product licensing and sponsorship arrangements.
Following her qualification in 2005, Fiona worked as a television programming and live event production lawyer, firstly for Entertainment Rights Ltd a children’s television production company, then UKTV, a joint venture company set up between BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media for which she provided legal and business affairs advice to ten different cable channels from History, Food, Style and Entertainment. All of her advisory roles have included local and international music licensing issues and matters.
Valentina Caniglia: Italian-born Valentina Caniglia is an experienced cinematographer who combines her cinematic skills with the moving image camera to shape the light and create illuminative colors that give life in every frames she makes.
For many years, Valentina has always been a cinematographer who focuses her creative and technical knowledge to translate words into visual images which better adapt into a narrative story.
At early age Valentina started her cinematography and camera operator career for dramas, comedies, music videos, commercials, industrials, television episodes, web episodes and documentaries using all kind of formats in video and film and technique with high speed photography, stop motion, special effects, time lapse photography, blue and green screen. She has since traveled around the globe participating in films in USA, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia.
Valentina Caniglia is bi-coastal in New York and Los Angeles.
Throughout her life Valentina discovered the language of light, shadows, movement and composition, which she could use to develop her unique style. A style based on the quality of light and camera work associated to the narrative of a film, music video, commercial, television episode or a documentary.
Her vision strongly create a visual language that translate the script into strong images able to transmit magic emotions which adapt into the story. She has since become a Cinematographer for various production companies where she unveiled her professionalism and creativity.
In 2010, Valentina Caniglia was the cinematographer for The Festival Of Light with Ritu Singh Pande, Aidan Quinn,Jimi Mistry,Melinda Shankar, Ritu Singh Pande.
Valentina was the cinematographer for the film Return To Sender with Bill Cobbs directed by 79th Oscar winner producer Ravi Malhotra. She teamed with Jerry Melichar manager of Distributor Services at Focus Features International in the film Landlocked with Leslie Lyles and was the Director Of Photography on 2nd unit of the film Paraiso Travel with John Leguizamo, Offical selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2008.
In October 2007, Valentina filmed the feature film “Pomegranates and Myrr” in Middle East, directed by Najwa Najwar with Hiam Abbass and Ali Suliman actors from the Oscar nominated foreign film “Paradise Now”.
Valentina’s other work include the film Vespertine a drama featured on Showtime Tv, Ho Man! a dark comedy, Official selection of the Berlin Film Festival 2003, Nightmare a thriller film released in Europe, winner of the Chicago film festival 2005 and awarded at the New York film festival 2005 and The Woods Have Eyes a thriller with Franky Adonis released in 2006.
Her work as a Director of Photography can be seen on MTV, Channel Plus, ShowTime TV, RAI as well as numerous nationally aired commercials, such as British Airways directed by Nikhil Advani, Ford directed by Kunal Kapoor, Nike directed by Mai La Thai, 2003 GBX , watch you step, and 2004 GBX, make your mark directed by Franco Barbeite both commercials received the Telly Award for two consecutive years.
As Director Of Photography Valentina also made her mark in the music video world where she lensed the music video of Aesop Rock, Fast Cars, which achieved the first position on the MTV 2005 music videos award,the Stain, Articolo 31, Enzo Gragnaniello and The Roots.
In addition to Sailors, a documentary entirely shot on a cargo ship for 25 days, Valentina Caniglia’s feature documentary work includes Double Vision, Artwatch that was shown at the New York Film Festival 2004 and Rage doesn’t sleep.
Julia Cheng, Esq.: Julia Cheng is a partner at the law firm of Di Santo LLP. Julia specializes in advising startups, on-going businesses or individuals on issues relating to business or intellectual property matters. Her clients include foreign and domestic clients ranging from individuals to established or startup businesses in the fields of software, internet, wireless, branding, entertainment, music, health & fitness, food and non-profit in their dealings with companies which include Fortune 500 companies, government institutions and sophisticated investors such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts, major record labels, Conde Nast, Getty Images, PBS, East Timor government, Copyright Office of Liberia and Icahn ventures. Prior to joining the firm Di Santo LLP, Julia practiced law for several years at the Wall Street firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and successfully ran her own practice, CyberlawStudio, Pllc, a corporate and intellectual law boutique for seasoned entrepreneurs from her studio apartment in downtown Manhattan. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Fordham University School of Law, Julia spent her childhood growing up in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, has traveled to 20+ countries (and counting) and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and French (descending scale of proficiency). While not advising clients, Julia immerses herself in music composition/production courses at The Juilliard School.
Holly Cohen: Holly Cohen is a career coach known for empowering people at all ages and at all stages of their lives – college students seeking summer/co-op jobs or entering the work force, older adults who have lost their jobs due to downsizing, women returning to work after a long absence, or anyone looking to make a career change. Employers include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Career Development Center, Troy, NY, global career transition consulting firms (DBM, Washington, DC and Lee Hecht Harrison,Holyoke, MA) and the Center for Professional Development, Hartford, CT. After her husband Fred died from a brain tumor in 2006, she assumed responsibility for the building materials company they owned in Westchester County. Holly guided their long-term strategic plan and oversaw the senior management team while preserving employee, customer and vendor loyalty. She later positioned the business for sale and sold it in 2010. To honor Fred’s memory, she collaborates with the staff at Hartford Hospital’s Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center to plan, market and sponsor a symposium for patients and families living with brain tumors. This annual event features nationally-known neuro-oncologists and wellness professionals who provide the latest treatment options, strategies for navigating change, and hope. She graduated from Georgetown University, speaks conversational Spanish and is now embracing all that comes with her recent move to NYC.
Tasha Cohen: Tasha Cohen, Event Planner/Producer, has had the amazing opportunity to share her talents and skills with some of the most influential people in the industry. Her talents range from a vision to create a “dream come true” affair, to managing a smooth and timely event, foreseeing all possible obstacles before they occur. Her attention to detail and pride in a well-planned event helps add to her value. Her vision, values and integrity are a part of her success. Her creative development leads to an event that is not just an experience, but an opportunity to make memories. The majority of her business is on a referral basis with a long list of satisfied clients. While she has had many years of event planning experience, i.e. weddings showers, theme parties, corporate parties, fashion shows, talent showcases, and special events, Tasha’s real love is gearing young individuals not to be just performers but to be humble, honest and most of all be team players. Being a singer and actress herself and the mother of an up and coming child star, Tasha finds joy in helping him and other children within her community alike succeed in this business by helping to provide the necessary tools in order to further their talents in this industry.
Tasha has always taught her son that in life you can’t always wait for an opportunity to present itself—sometimes you have to create your own. With this strong aspiration to help young individuals, she decided to create a platform called “I’M A STAR TOO” for teens & young adults with dreams of becoming a star, because she truly believes that all of our children are stars!!!
Paula Darlington: Paula is a multi-media consultant who has worked in book publishing as an editor and publicist as well as in marketing assisting local businesses with television advertising campaigns. She has written for large corporate newsletters and executive speeches and has put together many successful events for both politicians and corporations. Currently she assists local businesses manage their social media and email communication to their customers.
In addition, she has also produced several web sites including one for the legendary Danny Kortchmar’s band Slo Leak. Her real passion is music and she regularly performs as a soprano soloist for Chris Coogan and The Good News Gospel Choir including one very memorable night as the opening soloist for a show with Mavis Staples at The Westport Country Playhouse. She is currently working on a recording project with Charlie Karp, whom she performs with. Although Paula is based out of Redding, CT, she frequently travels to New York City for business as well as for interesting meetings such as I Can Still Do That and Women Who Lunch and Network.
Elaine T. Davis: Elaine Totten Davis is a certified life and career coach (C.E.C) and a certified Energy Leadership Coach. With more than 25 years’ experience in advertising and publishing, Elaine partners with creative professionals such as photographers, writers, art directors, and fine artists to help them focus on their professional and personal aspirations.
Together, Elaine and her clients explore ways to tap into strengths, identify barriers, and develop strategies for achieving long- and short-term goals. Elaine’s resume includes roles as: 1) An Advertising Art Producer at both BBDO Worldwide in New York and Arnold Worldwide in Boston, 2) a Sales and Marketing Representative for both the Black Book in New York and AtEdge – Serbin Communications based out of Santa Barbara, CA and 3) a freelance Photo Consultant marketing and editing commercial photographers’ portfolios. In addition to her work with creative professionals, Elaine is passionate about supporting women in their pursuit to sustain a balance between the careers they love and the personal lives they treasure. Elaine values the ideas that “life happens all day” and that “we can all make things possible.
Devin Desjarlais: Devin Desjarlais is a young social media and public relations professional who began her career far before graduating college. She started as the Editor in Chief for her university newspaper where she quickly realized that hands-on experience was the only motivation necessary to succeed. After a year of managing a 16-person staff and $80,000 budget, she went on to become Web Editor for a Village Voice Media Newspaper, New Media teacher for College Media Advisers’ conventions, and Social Media Account Manager for Max Borges Agency. Devin recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dream of leaving Florida for a city with a true digital hub. She’s a black belt in Taekwondo, lives with her husband and four cats, and never quite lost her childish curiosity.
Dorothy Doppstadt: Dorothy Doppstadt the president of Surge Partners Company, teaches college students how to “surge ahead” and achieve in the professional world. Faculty and students have applauded her workshops as relevant, informative and engaging. Her combination of corporate experience at ABC NEWS as a national award-winning reporter and her ten years teaching experience as a writing professor at various universities and colleges in and around New York City are valuable assets for preparing students as they launch into an increasingly competitive work environment. Professor Doppstadt has taught broadcast writing and production at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has developed courses at Fordham University, including the journalism core requirement, screenwriting, Shakespeare in Film, and advanced writing for the media. She has also taught business writing, magazine writing and feature writing at Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has a Master of Fine Arts in writing, a terminal degree, from Columbia University. Sony Pictures and Avenue Production have optioned several of her original screenplays.
Paula Dorf: Paula Dorf is the creative mastermind behind Paula Dorf Cosmetics; a high quality collection of brushes and color cosmetics. Paula’s products are admired as the best in the business by fellow professional makeup artists, celebrities and most importantly, makeup lovers around the world.
It is the ultimate tribute to Paula that industry leaders know her collection of unique products “did not exist” until Paula created them. She first envisioned many of these products while working as the lead makeup artist on album covers, music videos, and films during the 1980s and 1990s in New York City.
Crafting brushes from art supply stores, her early tools included the award winning Foundation Brush, Cheek Cream Brush and Eye Transformer Brush, so unique they are patented. Paula’s designs are so phenomenal that other companies have tried to duplicate them, yet none have been able to match.
Paula is famous for unique “trick” products that offer solutions to every woman’s makeup concerns, such as Transformer® (from eye shadow to liquid liner), Perfect Illusion® for lips (ends feathering lips), Perfect Illusion® for eyes (smoothes skin), Perfect Primer® (keeps foundation fresh), Enhancer® baby eyes (brightens eyes) and Clean-Up Stick® (erases makeup mistakes)
After working on her unparalleled brush collection, Paula was inspired to create a high quality, long-wearing, easy to use color cosmetic line that is designed for every woman. Paula’s makeup philosophy is to empower women and is captured best in her signature phrase: Become your own makeup artist®.
Seen in the latest issues of In Style, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle and on celebrities including Jessica Simpson, Sandra Bullock, Debra Messing and Reneé Zellweger, Paula’s products are constantly embraced as industry favorites.
Paula Dorf Cosmetics has received a variety of accolades over the years including multiple “Allure Best of Beauty” awards, Self Magazine’s Healthy Beauty Award and the Fashion Group International “Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2006.
Paula was born in the Bronx, New York and currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and co-founder, Sandy Dekovnick, the company’s CEO. When taking breaks from product development for her collections, Paula enjoys having fun with her family and friends, watching movies, attending concerts and visiting museums in her beloved city of New York. She is personally dedicated to helping others by participating in two important non-profit organizations: Gilda’s Club based in New York City and the Wildlife Waystation, a rescue and reserve for animals based in California.
Samantha N. Drazin: Samantha is currently employed by the Max Borges Agency in Miami, FL, the only 100% consumer electronic focused PR firm. Previous experience includes Wall Street Communications where Samantha coordinated all editorial outreach and account planning to increase brand awareness within the industry for eight companies in the broadcast technology industry. Samantha also carries more than two years of experience in public relations, account management, media relations, crisis management, event planning, and copy editing, particularly within the technology, luxury brands, and hospitality and health verticals. Samantha is well-versed in entertainment-education and corporate social responsibility. In addition to her professional career, Samantha is independently developing her own children’s series under the theory of entertainment-education that she hopes to have published in the next few years. Samantha is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where she obtained a BA in Government and Psychology, and also a graduate of the University of Miami where she obtained her MA in Public Relations.
Mindy Dutka: Mindy is President/Founder of The Event Company. She brings over 25 years experience in Event Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Sales, Advertising, Community Relations, Business Development, Fundraising and Customer Service to every project she undertakes.
Her trademark is her attention to detail and her ability to think quickly on her feet, solving problems swiftly and effectively. She has the unique talent to determine her client’s needs and deliver them with successful results. Mindy’s events produce feelings of camaraderie and excitement, which equal a memorable, outstanding event. Being the consummate professional, she makes it all look easy while making the client look like a superstar. Her background includes employment with Fortune 500 companies Rueben H. Donnelly, Pitney Bowes and Chase Manhattan Bank. As director of Sales & Marketing for Chase Manhattan’s Conference Center, Mindy managed the conference center, from a start-up to over $3 million dollars in revenue, a client base of over 60 corporations and the implementation of more than 1200 meetings within the first year.
In 1995 she started, S’Mall Happenings Inc. and created an award winning family program called “Kid’s Causes.” S’Mall Happenings Inc. grew rapidly and has now evolved into The Event Company. The Event Company is a full service Event Marketing firm that plans a multitude of events and marketing programs for an impressive roster of ever-growing clients.
Carolyn Enger: American pianist Carolyn Enger is a passionate and distinctive musician whose recitals express her joy of sharing great music with audiences. In an era when musical interpretation has become predictable, Ms. Enger’s memorable concert experiences make an indelible impression on the individuals who hear them. Ms. Enger has appeared in many venues throughout the New York City and New Jersey area including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Piano Centre, Yamaha Artist Services, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and the Puffin Cultural Center.
Her many recitals have also included numerous outreach concerts for libraries, community centers, churches, and synagogues. Ms. Enger presents programs designed to inspire audiences to engage deeply with classical music of all kinds. Her concert repertoire includes piano literature from all periods, ranging from the great masterworks of European history to fresh new discoveries from living composers. Her recital programs are carefully crafted to the venues and performance contexts in which she appears. She has recently created recital programs featuring music by a number of living American and Israeli composers including Ned Rorem, Lowell Liebermann, Avner Dorman, Lior Navok, and Menachem Zur. Ms. Enger has released a recording entitled In Evening Air, which includes music of Beethoven, Scriabin, Hanson, Copland, Rorem, and Liebermann. She has also recorded a forthcoming CD devoted entirely to piano music of Ned Rorem.
Ms. Enger is a graduate of Molloy College. She has furthered her musical study at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, Vassar College, and the Adamant Music School in Vermont. Her teachers have included Marc Silverman, Arkady Aronov, Peter Vinograde, and Robert MacDonald. She has also participated in masterclasses and coaching with Ward Davenny, Golda Vainberg, and Jacob Lateiner.
Ms. Enger was a student of the late Freda Rosenblatt, a musical descendant of Theodor Leschetizky, one of the world’s foremost piano teachers (whose students included the famous pianists Ignace Paderewski and Artur Schnabel). Leschetizky himself was a student of Carl Czerny, who in turn was Beethoven’s star pupil. Ms. Enger is honored to be a part of this distinguished tradition.
Furthering her interest in distinctive concert experiences, Ms. Enger is currently working on a multimedia project that will combine music, literature, and images, centering on the lives of Holocaust survivors.
Lynn Eros: Lynn’s expertise is in marketing analytics and product management. She has 10+ years experience at Morgan Stanley, most recently as Vice President, Product Manager leading a global marketing system and team. Lynn has held other senior posts within Morgan Stanley: within Equity Marketing Analytics generating new revenue ideas, and within Technology preparing financial forecasts and budgets. She has extensive client relationship experience and 5 years as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse.
Lynn holds an MBA from Emory University and a BSE in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has always enjoyed travel (over 15 countries and 5 continents so far). Lynn just joined an improv comedy group and performs on stage in NYC. Her other passions include dogs, hiking, sailing, reading, and mentoring.
Dr. Sondra Farganis: Sondra Farganis is the former Director of the Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School, holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, a M.A. from the New School, and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University. Before coming to the New School in 1988, she taught at CUNY, Vassar, and Hamilton. At the New School, she has been the Chair of the Social Sciences Department, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the founder and Director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Her books include: The Black Revolt and Democratic Politics; The Social Reconstruction of the Feminine Character; and Situating Feminism: From Thought to Action. She has written numerous articles for scholarly journals on subjects ranging from theories of liberty, identity formation, Hannah Arendt, intellectuals, and postmodernism. She has been president of both the New York State Political Science Association and the Northeast Political Science Association and has chaired the Theory Prize section of the American Sociological Association. Her current research is on the role of social movements and the cultural elite in the transformation of American society. She is also a Trustee of the Poughkeepsie Public Library.
Lorraine Frankfurt: Lorraine Frankfurt, born and raised in Staten Island, New York now resides just minutes outside the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area in Northern Virginia. Starting in the late 1970s, Lorraine worked on Wall Street for years in administrative positions in companies such as Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and was office manager in the commodities exchange for the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange at the World Trade Center. In these positions she developed computer and technical skills that carried her over to managerial positions in Washington where she worked for government contracting firms, managing Word Processing and Graphics Departments that were responsible for the final products presented for proposals, along with carrying out the projects themselves. Eventually, she had her own business contracting out her technical expertise. Over the past decade plus, Lorraine has been moving in a completely differently direction, juggling two different “worlds” as it were. Just this year she has completely given up her clients from her old business and has dedicated herself to her non-profit organization, the Namasté Center of Light and Education, Inc. The Center is dedicated to helping one open up their awareness to oneself, thereby living a happy and more balanced life. Lorraine is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner, is certified in Reconnective Healing™ and The Reconnection™, Crystal Healing, Vibrational Healing and Metamorphosis—after studying for a year, in early October, she will become a teacher of Metamorphosis. She also offers Life Coaching, Intuitive Guidance, Cellular Release of fear and negativity and Brain Gym—learning through kinesiology. Lorraine is an Ordained Minister of the Universal Brotherhood Movement, a multi-faith organization.
Wilhelmina Frankfurt: Wilhelmina Frankfurt is a former ballerina with The New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She is a choreographer, director, coach and teacher. She has been the Artist in Residence at Sarah Lawrence College, SunyUlster, and The Masters School. She has presented lectures and performances on Balanchine at numerous venues and schools( ie Vassar College, The Harvey Milk School, Ballet Florida School in Palm Beach). She is on the Board of The Real Theater Company and The Clockwork Theater Company. Currently, Ms Frankfurt is on the faculty of Talent Unlimited High School for The Performing Arts In New York City where she serves as director of the Musical Theater Department and teaches ballet in the Dance Department. She also has developed a method for integrating the teachings of George Balanchine for public school dance students. She has three children Maggie, Jake and Sarah-Mae.
Valerie J. Fullilove: Valerie J. Fullilove is a writer/producer originally from Long, Island, now residing in New Jersey. As CEO of Trinity Park Productions, Valerie is determined to bring inspirational and thought provoking projects to the table. Her play When Doves Fly opened to rave reviews and her screenplay Laura Lee was a finalist in an independent film festival. Valerie is currently enrolled in an intense six-month screenwriting course in order to hone her skills and to be able to help other inspiring writers take their projects to a higher level.
Heather Lea Gerdes: Heather Lea Gerdes was born (literally) on Sunset Beach, California. She has been involved in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. Beginning her career as a dancer, she performed with the Florida Ballet Company and was classically trained in the Cecchetti Method of Dance. She holds and A.I.S.T.D. (Associate Level) in that discipline. Heather later studied with Finis Jhung in New York and has since completed his 2009 teaching workshop at the Ailey School. Throughout Heather’s performing career, she developed and established her strengths as a teacher and choreographer. She’s taught and choreographed in New York, Japan, Vienna and London. Heather is certified in Group Fitness training with AFAA and has recently completed its Practical Yoga Workshop. She’s also completed Levels 1, 2, & 3 of UZAZU, The Language of Energy, a study in achieving energy embodiment that utilizes polarity-based movement, breath, and sound. Heather currently teaches Country Cardio® dance exercise, a program of her creation. She’s looking forward to teaching her new classes, Ballet for Real People and Flex Ropes for Divas as well.
New York City was Heather’s base for approximately thirteen years. While there, she performed the role of Velma in the Broadway Revival of West Side Story, and later, toured with that company throughout Italy and France. She also performed in the Broadway production of Copperfield. Heather danced the female lead in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ when the show was the first All-American company to perform in London’s West End. After the show’s run, she participated in the American/British Equity Exchange program and performed with the London company of Cats. Heather has worked on thirty films from background to day-player roles. She was one of the original dancers in the film, Dirty Dancing. In Los Angeles, Heather was in the Whoville Choir in Ron Howard’s, The Grinch, and recently worked on the Sprint Picture Mail print campaign, the pilot for ABC’s Eli Stone. In David Zucker’s 2008, An American Carol, Heather was featured in a dancing/singing role as a Professor. IN 2011, Heather appeared in Glee with Gwyneth Paltrow. Heather holds a BA in Motion Picture Technology. Her production experience includes assisting in the Principals Casting Office of HBO’s, From the Earth the Moon and later, assisting the Director of Photography on this same Emmy award-winning mini-series. She’s worked with Bill Dance Casting in Los Angeles on various projects, handled production coordinating and locations for others, and directed and produced her own documentary entitled, “Save the Last Drive-In.” Heather spent six months as an agent-in-training at the Bobby Ball Agency in the Dance/Music division, coordinating the acquisition of some 150 New York based musical theatre and dance clients as well as maintaining the Los Angeles client roster.
Heather is currently represented by Clear Talent Group in Los Angeles and is the Script Department Supervisor for LMNO Cable Group, where she’s worked multiple seasons on network and cable shows for Soapnet, HGTV, Discovery, TLC, and WE … I Get That A Lot, The Little Couple, I Wanna Be a Soap Star, National Body Challenge, Over Your Head, Deserving Design, Wedding Central, to name a scant few.
Melissa Gibson: Melissa Gibson is seasoned marketing and business development professional withover 20 years of client service and consulting experience. As the founder and Presidentof New In Town, Inc., she works with both individuals and businesses in the areas of customer acquisition, new product development, new ventures launches, business expansion and business development. Melissa received a B.S. in Agriculture Economics and Management from Cornell University and a Masters of Brand Management from the University of Georgia, on a full scholarship from Coca-Cola. Her career began on the leading edge of database marketing technology, as an account executive working with such clients as Colgate-Palmolive,
Brown-Forman, Frito-Lay and Fisher-Price for a pioneering database marketing firm in Dallas, Texas. After several years spent servicing national accounts, Melissa decided to apply her expertise and knowledge to helping small, local and regional retailers and services. With her strong entrepreneurial spirit and desire to disperse cutting edge database and target marketing concepts, Melissa founded New In Town Inc., on Long Island, NY. New In Town was established in 1991 as a direct marketing firm specializing in new customer acquisition through turn-key direct marketing programs targeting new movers. Most
notably, the New In Town program has been proven in hundreds of grocery stores in the New York Metro area. New In Town also works with local retailers and services of every type; such as dentists, landscapers, jewelry stores, pizza parlors, hair salons, shoe stores, florists, restaurants and community banks. While new mover programs continue to be at the heart of New In Town, Inc., the firm‘s offerings have expanded to include business development and expansion consulting, including “think-tank” expertise, event production, new product and business launch strategy development, as well as professional coaching for individuals seeking to establish their own businesses. Long-term projects have included serving at the helm of Business Development for Beach Tennis USA, V-Beach Volleyball, ZapmyTax, as well as having developed direct marketing programs for Fortunoffs, King Kullen and Ethan
Allen. With an avid passion for snowboarding and a desire to live a quality of life that involves an active lifestyle among people who have an appreciation for their surroundings, Melissa has recently re-located New In Town Inc. to the Hudson Valley, NY area. She is eager to work with local and regional businesses in order to help them develop and thrive. To further expand its toolbox of services, New In Town has partnered with LoPresti Design and Media. This new affiliation brings added expertise in conceptual design, digital work, web development and production, as well as public relations designed to reach both mainstream and newer social media outlets. Melissa Gibson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on her cell phone: (516) 428-6058.
Lisa Gold: Lisa Gold comes from a show business background growing up with a comedian father and fortunate to be encouraged every step of the way during her 30 year career. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, she also attended the acclaimed Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before leaving to study acting privately with renown teachers Gordon Hunt and Darryl Hickman. She began working professionally at age 16 and has made an income from acting or singing every year since, performing for Presidents, Astronauts (the 20th anniversary of the first lunar landing) and audiences worldwide. Her musical theater credits include a long list of well known shows as well as some groundbreaking new works headed for Broadway. Currently working in television (most recently the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children), commercials, print and independent film, she has turned her attention to leading seminars on the Business of the Business as a way to contribute to others from experience she has gained both as a performer and as one of the owners of Actors Connection. A small mom and pop networking facility in the 90’s, Actors Connection has grown into the #1 Networking/Educational studio in New York. The studio today, with over 120 networking events monthly, is a testament to the need and desire of actors needing vital connections that will ultimately lead to their desired success. Lisa’s underlying purpose in everything she does is to end the “Starving Artist” syndrome by aligning with like-minded individuals and entities who believe creative artists deserve to make a great living at their chosen profession.
Amy Goldberg: Amy has spent the last 16 years in residential real estate sales and management. Prior to that 10 years of experience at WNBC-TV, New York in broadcast journalism. No matter what my vocation over the last 25 years I have found that people are at the heart of every transaction and they should be treated with care, patience and respect.
My affilliations: Currently a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.- and a former member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) I participated on the Committee for Professional Standards and Ethics on the state level, and the Committee for Realtor Education in Ulster County NY. (1996-2004)
In my present position as the Director of Sales for Shares of New York Marketing LLC, I , specialize in the sale of “unsold” shares in existing cooperative buildings and condominium of conversions. Shares offers a diverse selection of renovated and un-renovated apartments on Manhattan’s Upper Westside and Whitestone, Queens.
Marcy J. Gordon Marcy J. Gordon is a highly experienced attorney with many years of providing sound business advice and strategy to her clients. Marcy has a broad range of experience as an attorney, entrepreneur, project manager and technology procurement professional. Marcy’s advice has saved her clients untold amounts in time as well as money. Marcy has advised start-ups as well as major Wall Street financial services firms. Marcy has been a computer consultant, software developer, technical writer and software entrepreneur. She has advised and participated in major business transactions, including a $4-billion asset sale. Marcy has a proven ability to win client loyalty. Even while working as an attorney, clients repeatedly came to her for business advice and strategy. Marcy has been an attorney at Commodore Business Machines, Prodigy, Globix, Merril Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and UBS, as well as at an intellectual property/technology boutique firm (Brown, Raysman & Millstein) and a major law firm (Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal). She has represented buyers and sellers, and did a legal internship with a defense contractor, negotiating US government contracts. Marcy has done a variety of techology, licensing, and general goods and services contracts, including major outsourcing arrangements and telecommunications agreements. In addition, she has done trademark work, advertising agreements, construction contracts, utility contracts, HR agreements and a variety of data services agreements in the financial services industry. Marcy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.
Nadine Christine Hamdan: Nadine Christine, aka Nadine Christine Hamdan is an accomplished comedy writer, producer and entrepreneur who has sold several screenplays for film and currently working for production companies and networks as a writer for television sitcoms. As the creator and producer” The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian”, one of the largest Internet talent comedy competition’s which launched in fall of 2004 and lasted for 3 seasons, she learned early on about the importance of the internet. She is also the Executive Producer and head of development of the live and broadcast versions of “Hollywood’s Master Storyteller”, also known as HMS. Now in it’s 9th year, HMS is getting bigger and better than ever.
Due to the fact that HMS didn’t have a budget early on, Nadine and her partners had to get on the horn and invite all the major A-Listers to HMS as guests, which include, but not limited too (George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, Oliver Stone and Pierce Brosnan, but who’s bragging) and get butt’s in the theater seats at the Arclight Cinema and then eventually at Mann’s Chinese, where HMS currently resides. It was also through that time that Nadine learned the importance of marketing and publicity. From there, in 2007, she gave birth to Euphoric Media Group to integrate a rather large publicity division that represents A-Z listers and a few martians. In 2008, Nadine and her partners took on the social media platform and began designing large scale websites that would utilize the Internet and a mix of mainstream publicity, coupled with fantastic relationships and built a PR and Marketing company that reaches over 700 million people a year. And we’re being modest. With her infatuation for the Intertnet and live broadcasts, Nadine is currently working on four simulcast productions, going live in 2012 with the most prestigious guests in Hollywood’s Master Storytellers history, and launching one of the largest live digital distribution deals in Hollywood.
Right after Euphoric Ent. was born, Nadine teamed up with Doug Schwartz (creator of Baywatch) to develop several TV shows that are currently at the networks. In the process she also has 3 projects in full development, including one with E! Entertainment, her mecca. She’s teamed up with Rachelle Carson Begley (“Living With Ed”) for “Pampered Girls Guide to Green”. Currently in development with Euphoric, Nadine’s slate includes “The Glamorous Life” starring Sheila E., “Find Me A Friggin Husband” starring Cloris Leachman and “Fitness Model Factory” and “The Model Mom” starring Jennifer Nicole Lee, “Who Is Jose” starring Jose Canseco, “Naughty Looking For Nice” with several of Charlie Sheen’s ex-girlfriends, in full development and “Aircrew TV”. On the sitcom side, Nadine has created and is in full development with “The Crooner”, “Exposed” and “The Straight Lesbian”.
As one of the most connected people in Los Angeles, Nadine is described as an “outlet” that anyone can plug into and reach the Hollywood decision makers at the networks, studio’s and production companies. Building, branding and creating relationships is what she is all about. Even if it’s marketing and branding a toothpick, Nadine and her team are on it to make it the most interesting and needed toothpick in the universe (and with advanced animation, the toothpick will dance).
“We Create” is Euphoric Media’s motto and corporate slug line. You will not find anything “normal” in working with Nadine and her team. But you will find it entertaining, effective, fun, delightful, frustrating, creative and at the end of the day, the deal will be closed. You want to meet someone, we’ll make it happen. You wish to create a show and get it sold, we’ll show you how and if you have a brand, or YOU are the brand, then we’ll get it out and create something incredible that the public will love, relate too and want. Writing, creating, producing and being globally conscious is what Nadine is passionate about (botox and chocolate as well).
Dori Hartley: Dori Hartley is a native New Yorker, a writer, illustrator, actor, musician and a ten-year cancer survivor. Hartley started her writing career as a lyricist, penning tunes for Tears For Fears, The Goo Goo Dolls, Carlos Santana, Daphne Rubin Vega, Morcheeba and Patricia Kaas. Her lyrics inspired the writers of the HBO series, The Sopranos, to create an entire show revolving around her song, “Nobody Loves Me But You”. Episode #11, “A Hit is a Hit”, refers to Ms. Hartley’s song as “the hit” which drives the plot. She is presently working as a columnist for the Huffington Post, where her controversial articles have been featured on the front page of the New York, Women’s, Parents and Religion sections. She received over one million hits in one day, on her autobiographical essay, “Rocky Horror ‘Glee’ Episode a Time Warp for Original Floor-Show Frank”. Her work can also be found in Psychology Today, ParentDish, MyDaily and More Magazine. She attended Parsons The New School of Design, where she studied Illustration and Fine Art, and New Media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Angels and Echoes is her first novel. She lives with her daughter and two cats, in South Florida.
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Her column on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dori-hartley
Her column on ParentDish: http://www.parentdish.com/bloggers/dori-hartley/
Her website and art gallery: http://dorihartley.com/
Her blog on Red Room: http://redroom.com/member/dori-hartley
Suzanne Harvey: Suzanne Harvey is an experienced consultant for business and industry development and international marketing specializing in the design and implementation of a wide range of economic development, marketing and investment projects. With more than 25 years experience, Ms. Harvey applies her expertise to formulate and execute comprehensive research, marketing, technical, training, product design/adaptation and market entry programs targeted to industrial, consumer, investment and business sectors. This includes the organization of fairs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and seminars. Ms. Harvey’s clients include U.S. and international private sector corporations, government agencies, and industry associations. As a result of long-time collaboration with the civil sector, national and international NGO’s, international development entities including U.S. Government agencies, The World Bank, The United Nations and The Commonwealth Secretariat, and because of her strong relationship with private industry executives as well as public and civil sector officials, Ms. Harvey is able to play a key role as liaison between all segments. Prior to her work in international marketing, Ms. Harvey was employed in fashion retailing serving as a buyer for the well known fashion leader, Bloomingdales, as well as buying for mainstay retailing chains as Vornado and Orbachs. In addition to writing and publishing trend forecasts and training manuals for specific sectors, Ms Havey is a frequent presenter at marketing seminars, workshops and conferences both in the U.S. and abroad. Suzanne Harvey is a member of the Board of Directors of three UN affiliated Non Governmental Organizations (NGO), The Peacemaker Corps, US National Committee for UNWomen, Friends of the United Nations and has served on the board of the Metropolitan Council of the American Jewish Congress, chaired the International Committee for the Met Council at AJC, and is active in local, regional and international civic affairs.
Sabine Hoffman: Sabine Hoffman began her journey to becoming a film editor in Berlin, studying art, philosophy and film history.
In the United States Ms Hoffman has edited independent feature films for over 12 years, including Rebecca Miller’s films “Personal Velocity” (Sundance Grand Jury Award and Best Cinematography winner and also the winner of the John Cassavettes Award) , and “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” (starring Daniel Day Lewis).
She edited Morgan J. Freeman’s “Desert Blue” and “Hurricane Streets” (which won the Audience, Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival), Alex Sichel’s “All Over Me” (a Teddy Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival), “The Day the Ponies Come Back”, directed by Jerry Schatzberg (also director of “Panic in Needle Park” ) and “Harlem Aria” (winner of three Audience Awards : Urban World Film Festival in NYC, the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival), directed by William Jennings, starring Damon Wayans and Gabriel Casseus.
Other credits include “Brother to Brother “(winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Gordon Parks Award, the Grand Jury, Audience and Best Actor awards at Outfest, and the Showtime vanguard award) ,“Saving Face”, directed by Alice Wu (starring Joan Chen) and “Off the Black” , directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Nick Nolte.
Sabine has also edited numerous documentary films, including the Academy Award nominated “Ferry Tales” , directed by Katja Esson, as well as “The Party is Over”, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Thomas Allen Harris “The Twelve Deciples of Nelson Mandela”.
She has served as a consultant and story advisor on numerous productions, most recently on “playground”, a documentary directed by Libby Spears, produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.
Ms Hoffman most recently completed Rebecca Miller’s upcoming feature film “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” (starring Robin Wright Penn, Keanu Reeves, Julienne Moore and Wynona Ryder) and is currently editing “An Invisible Sign of my Own”, directed by Marilyn Agrelo (“Mad Hot Ballroom”), starring Jessica Alba, Chris Messina and J.K. Simmons.
Ms. Hoffman served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and founded the Editing Award for feature and documentary narratives at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2004.
Barbara Hutson: With over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Barbara Hutson started Wits End Media in 2004, a full service boutique publicity campaign offering PR, event planning
and creative marketing services to corporate and individual clients in the music, non-profit, film, art, fashion and retail industries. With offices in Manhattan, Wits End creates strategic communications and promotions program that measurably increase brand awareness, excite the trade, drive traffic to retail, and impact sales. With Wits End, you never get junior account reps, empty promises, meaningless progress reports or double talk. Barbara Hutson is a seasoned industry professional, has innovative and creative ideas, and a “Whatever it takes, get the job done right!” philosophy.
Previously, Hutson spent four years as Senior Supervisor of Corporate Entertainment for B/W/R, a subsidiary of Ogilvy Public Relations World Wide. Based in the company’s New York office, her focus was brand marketing and promotion, public relations and event planning. The many clients she was responsible for included; Target product launches, Nantucket Film Festival, LVMH/Grand Marnier sponsorship of The New York Film Festival, FUBU Entertainment, Grand Centenario, the Tanqueray 10 new ad campaign, the 2003 Allied Domecq/ launch of Wet by Beefeater, the 2003 Post Grammy Party for Nelly and *Nsync and many others.
In her capacity as Managing Director of the UK-based Laister Dickson & Associates, Hutson opened the U.S. offices of the firm in Los Angeles in 1990. Under her guidance, Laister Dickson managed campaigns for multi-artist projects such as “Bob “Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Tribute at Madison Square Garden”; “Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa” at Wembley Stadium in the UK; “Tribute to Freddy Mercury: Concert for AIDS Awareness” at Wembley Stadium; Roger Waters’ “The Wall” in Berlin; “Rock in Rio II” in Brazil; “Guitar Legends Concert” in Spain; “The Wizards of Oz” week-long festival of Australian bands in Los Angeles; “Red Hot and Dance” in New York City; and many more. With her guidance the firm also created campaigns for pay-per-view events by Dire Straits and Rod Stuart. Additionally, Hutson represented such artists as Natalie Cole, David Copperfield, Tom Jones, Prince, Lisa Stansfield, The Cult, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Prince, and Val Kilmer. Through these and other relationships, Hutson worked with all the major talent agencies including CAA, William
Morris, and ICM, as well as record companies such as RCA, BMG, Geffen, EMI, Sony, Warner
Brothers, and A & M.
Following Laister Dickson, Barbara joined the L.A. office of Dennis Davidson and Associates, spearheading numerous film release campaigns for all the motion picture studios and independents and manning the press offices of the Cannes Film Festival, coordinating interviews, screenings, parties and other events.
After DDA, Barbara worked on her own as an independent consultant in L.A., before moving back to New York City to join BWR Public Relations/Ogilvy. One of her many projects included serving as director of marketing and media relations for the Slamdance International Film Festival in 1996 and 1997. A year later she was appointed to the same post for the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Nicole Johnson: Nicole Johnson (18) is a second year student at NYU studying creative directing and public administration. As founder and creative director of Javanna Productions, Nicole encourages her members to cultivate humanity and world citizenship through the arts. Javanna Productions is a non profit production company that raises funds and awareness for both domestic and international causes. Every year, Javanna Productions presents an effort entitled M.O.V.E. (Motivation Opportunity Vision Entertainment). This year’s effort, M.O.V.E. For
Cambodia, requires the members to learn about East Asian culture post regime. With that knowledge they are encouraged to use their craft to raise funds to build a school in Cambodia via the Bernie Krisher Rural School Project Foundation. http://www.indiegogo.com/MOVE. After
relocating to New York from Miami Florida at age 15, Nicole launched her production company into full force raising funds and awareness for causes such as Autism, Diabetes, Celiac disease, Aids/HIV and recently, education in rural parts of the world. Nicole is also a loyal delegate of the United Nation International Year of Youth Program and has received the UN Allykatzz Leads Linking Youth award along with 3 National Youth Theater Awards for her performance in off broadway productions of A Chorus Line, Into The Woods and Bye Bye Birdie. In addition to her work in the theater, Nicole is head of Community Service at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) providing both local and international BDC students with community service opportunities through Javanna Productions M.O.V.E. jpmove.webs.co
Ana Maria Jomolca: Ana Maria is a Cuban-American writer, director and actress. Several of her plays have appeared Off Broadway. She has written and performed in theAtrainplays and The House of Bernarda Alba at Repertorio Español. Her one-woman show Just Another Spic was work-shopped at Manhattan Theatre Source.
She wrote and produced the film, everygirl, which debuted at Tribeca Film Center and screened at “Women in the Director’s Chair International Film Festival” in Chicago, The New Festival in NYC, BAM Cinema and Pioneer Theatre’s New Filmmaker’s Forum. TVappearances include; 30 ROCK, Without a Trace, The Jury, directed by Barry Levinson, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Criminal Intent, and Rescue Me.
She has been published in The Sun Magazine, The New York Press, ‘National Geographic’s ‘Glimpse Abroad’ and GLEE magazine. She received her MFA in Fiction Writing at Hunter College under the tutelage of Peter Carey and Colum McCann and her short story, Twin Bed, in Sisters: An Anthology is out now in bookstores.
Her visual art, PINS, RODS & OTHER INTRUSIONS, a photo essay exploration of “the body as canvas” was on exhibit at The Estrogenius Festival. She currently performs the stage adaptation of Sandra Cisneros’s novel, The House on Mango Street (one woman show) as part of The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Program.
Her most recent play, Chiquitina, debuted in New York in 2009 and will return this fall 2010.
Cory Kahaney: Cory is every woman. Mother, daughter, wife…ex-wife. You have seen her on The Late Show with David Letterman, The View and Showtime. This year Cory was featured on Nick Mom’s night out. Stand Up Stilettos and is about to make her sixth appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.” Other television credits include her stand-up special, Comedy Central Presents, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Her off-Broadway hit “The J.A.P. Show” ran for six months in New York City and continues to tour the country under a new name, “The Princesses of Comedy.” Her new show, “Pastrami on Rye with Mayo,” about the last four comics who work the Catskills, has been selling out theaters to rave reviews. Cory conceived and developed “The Radio Ritas,” a nationally syndicated radio show for Greenstone Media, a company created by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda to provide radio programming for woman. Her one-person show, “Having it all and other Myths,” premiered at the 1999 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. “Having it all and other Myths” was subsequently produced as a half-hour special for HBO, leading to development deals with Warner Brothers and CBS. Cory has also been featured three times at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She was voted best comedian in NYC by Backstage Magazine and Best female comedian by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.
Pamela Kantor: Pam is a CPA committed to helping people at every stage of their lives and businesses flourish through understanding and mentoring excellent financial, accounting and tax practices. She’s considered a “fix-it” professional, in that she has an uncanny ability to come in to an environment, hone in on the challenges and provide process and procedure to correct, improve and move an organization to another level. She is currently the CFO of Charter One Hotels & Resorts, a national hotel management company and was the co-owner of Chasen Reed, a multi-unit high end retailer. Previously, Pam was the Vice President of Product Development with Christopher Radko and maintained her own CPA practice in New York for many years. Alongside her financial acumen, she has produced off-Broadway and provided general management for a myriad of theatrical and television productions. She is currently working on a series of books designed to assist people in different stages of their life deal with money and all the responsibilities that come with life. She received her degrees from New York University in Accounting/Taxation and Theatre.
Susan Kelly: Susan Kelley is a VP in the Global Technology Group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. KBW is a boutique investment bank that specializes in the financial services sector. At KBW, Susan is responsible for managing enterprise projects across the front and back office, with a focus in the Sales and Trading vertical.
Prior to joining KBW, Susan spent several years at Deutsche Bank in trading room technology and was a member of the team that developed the first electronic Order Management System for Cash Equities. With over 15 years of experience in trading system technology, Susan has been involved in building trading platforms for energy companies, and buy-side and sell-side firms in the financial services sector.
Susan has always had a passion for the transformational power technology welds in shaping the modern human experience. Her hands-on involvement in the evolution of electronic trading has enabled her to participate in the rise of the capital markets over the past two decades, and experience first-hand, the impact this has had on the global economy and the global village.
Susan has a degree in Science, Technology and Society from Vassar College. She did graduate studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
Susan is involved in several professional and non-profit organizations. She is active in the Women’s Fund of New Jersey, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in the state of New Jersey. Susan is a fitness enthusiast and has a special interest in women’s and senior fitness.
Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN: is a Masters level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She has maintained a private counseling practice and consulting business since 1987. As consulting Nutritionist to the national Stonyfield Farm yogurt company, she writes a popular Wellness Moosletter, answers consumer questions and helps with new product development.
As Co-President of Natural Affinity Ventures, Inc. with Dan Schneider, Vicki and Dan are creating a network and virtual community of like-minded business and health consumers by creating A Discount Card with a Conscience.
Vicki offers onsite Corporate Wellness programs to create a healthier workplace. With personalized goals and group incentives, businesses can have a healthier bottom line. Employees are more productive, use less sick time and insurance usage goes down.
Vicki has worked with people of all ages promoting nutrition for wellness while addressing diverse chronic health conditions. Working as a consultant to food companies, businesses, schools and organizations, Vicki communicates healthy nutrition guidelines that make it easy to move towards health.
Drawing on her comprehensive knowledge of nutrition throughout the life cycle provides Vicki with a broad perspective when speaking, counseling, consulting and writing; allowing her to specialize in Nutrition for Wellness.
Vicki lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with her Green Architect husband, Rick Alfandre, twin daughters, Joy and Sonia, dog Pearl and Jaspurr the cat.
Cassandra Kubinski: Songwriter, singer, actress, and producer Cassandra Kubinski is currently celebrating the release of her fourth album, JUST BEING MYSELF, produced with Edd Kalehoff (the composer/producer behind Monday Night Football, The Price is Right, The View, Good Morning America, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, and more). JUST BEING MYSELF features jazz trumpeter Chris Botti on the song “Je T’aime”, as well as a unique cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and 14 other originals. Cassandra’s songwriting and recording career encompasses her 3 award-winning albums (Live at Camp Nashville, Hold the Sun, and Hiding Underneath), a production partnership with TRIFECTA that has led to placements on Lifetime, Bravo, MTV, Food Network and more TV networks; and in movies, jingle singing (Maybelline, Barnes and Noble, Twizzlers), voice-overs (Dunkin Donuts, Capitol One, Hasbro toys), stage and screen acting (Clear Blue Tuesday, Spin City, Finding Forrester, “The Audience” (Drama Desk nom)). 4 of Cassandra’s songs were recently featured prominently on the hit Lifetime show “Dance Moms.” Cassandra performs regularly worldwide, and also writes songs for other artists and brands. She holds a BA Theatre degree from Florida State University, is a certified yoga instructor, and a foodie. JustBeingMyself.me
Deanne Landress: Deanne Landress has just completed a 10-year stint building and selling an internet cafe in Maplewood, NJ. Prior to that she was involved with finance, primarily trading mortgages (or anything that ‘rolls, floats, or flies!). Earlier in her career she was in politics, as a lobbyist for DC-37, AFSCME, running campaigns and working in Albany. Her duties for the union included organizing community groups of union members in neighborhoods ranging from Harlem to Co-op City, Far Rockaways to East New York. She attended Vassar, ’78 and Stanford GSB, ’82.
Stephanie Lear: Stephanie Lear is a Video and Broadcast Producer for top New York-area companies(and non-governmental organizations). She has had over 15 years of experience producing video for leading corporate and consumer brands: from production planning and on-location producing and directing to overseeing all aspects of post production (editing, scoring, etc.). She is known for her skills as an interviewer. Stephanie is highly regarded for her ability to foster superb client relationships and her track record for delivering a final product that exceeds expectations.
Linda Lees: Linda Lees is director of Creative Cities International (CCI), a consultancy based in New York and London founded on the conviction that culture and the arts are at the heart of successful urban regeneration and social well-being. CCI has organized international conferences and forums to research challenging issues in urban planning, resulting in the Vitality Index™, a set of criteria focusing on the elements that make cities attractive, livable and sustainable. It has recently finished the “Take Me to The River” project in West Harlem.
Dr. Lees’s experience encompasses the worlds of academics, theatre, and public programming. She has served as Director of Humanities in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University and Director of Cultural Affairs for the British Council in New York. In that role, she developed and produced the UKwithNY festival’s cultural program in October 2001, which hosted over 100 events in the arts and education from the four nations of the UK. In Washington, DC, she produced public programs for the Smithsonian Institution and was founder and artistic director of The Next Stage, a theatre which produced international work as a platform for the exchange of ideas on culture and foreign policy.
Dr. Lees has taught at several universities including Georgetown University. She holds a BA from Boston University, an MA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Association of Museums and a voting member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts). She serves on the American advisory board of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
Maggie Levin: Maggie Levin is an all-purpose production expert, with a background in theatre, film, fashion and music. She has worked as an assistant and
coordinator for ESPN, the National Board of Review, Blue Man Group, Fox Theatricals, Orbit Digital Media, and Impossible Casting. Graduate
of Fordham Lincoln Center and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, Maggie founded her own not-for-profit theatre company and
began producing shows at the age of 22. She is an award-winning playwright and director, social media guru, and digital designer. Her work in online media includes web management for Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck & Michael Mina, as well as the digital presence for Santa Monica’s SOL-LA Music Academy. In recent months, she has branched deeper into writing and fashion – she is a contributing pop editor for MXDWN.com, and a freelance fit model for Quiksilver, Current/Elliott and Forever 21. She is a creative chameleon – hard-working, fast-learning, and deeply dedicated to any task set before her.
Kathryn S. Levine: Kathryn is a dynamic broadcast media professional with over 500 hours of first-run nationally syndicated television credits. Created, supervised, and delivered over 2000 episodes of daytime television programming. Expertise in all aspects of above and below the line production; including contracts, budgets, hiring, talent management, set design, editing, and control room operations. Credits include: “Texas Justice”, “Forgive or Forget”, “The Ricki Lake Show”, “The Richard Bey Show”, “The Christopher Lowell Show”, and others. Kathryn holds a Masters in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison, NJ where she teaches “Audio Visual Media Production”. She also teaches “Aesthetics and Analysis of Television” at Brookdale Community College-Lincroft, NJ. Kathryn began her career as a television producer at KCOP in LA. Prior to that she served as a radio producer at KSDO in San Diego. Kathryn is a member of National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Women in Communications, The National Organization for Women, and the International Association of Business Communicators. She is Listed on International Movie Data Base (IMDB).
Sarah Levy: Sarah Levy is a sophomore studying Public Relations at Montclair State University. As a junior in Livingston High School in New Jersey, Sarah was the recipient of the Yale Book Award, given to her “For Outstanding Personal Character and Intellectual Promise”. Throughout her academic career, she has been an advocate for children with learning disabilities. Sarah also has a strong appreciation of the artistic process and has been working closely with a local artist and her management team in producing videos and creating a web based presence. Her interests include music, film, television and the social media. Sarah loves reaching out to creative minds and help artists pave their way to success. She looks forward to working with performing artists in the future and being involved in the entertainment industry.
Peekoo (Alfreda) Lewis: Peekoo (Alfreda) Lewis was born on Snapper Hill, in Monrovia, Liberia. She was educated in Sierra Leone and the United States. Peekoo established Palaver Hut Special Events in 1990 and has worked with many clients including the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations, The Apollo Theater, Russell Simmons’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Liberian filmmaker Gerald Barclay’s GeeBee Productions, Wesley Snipes’ Amen Ra Productions and many independent films and music video productions. She and her husband, Jaheed Ashley, are the East Coast representatives for the Pan African Film Festival, and have recently completed production on a documentary about Nigerian musical icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, titled Fela, Fresh From Africa. Ms. Lewis also works in theater, does grants research and is a founding member of the International Mothers of Liberia. She resides in New York City.
Nicole Liao: Nicole Liao is currently a third year student at the University of Southern California, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Marketing. Her short-term career objectives currently include: obtaining a Bachelor in International Relations degree, and starting a career in international affairs, preferably in foreign service or government agencies, with a prestigious firm. In the long-term, she looks to purse a MBA degree while continuing to develop a successful career in international affairs. Nicole feels that her education from the University of Southern California has provided her with the knowledge and competency to succeed in any higher-level education. Furthermore, she believes she has matured and strengthened many personal values such as her integrity, professionalism, and leadership through her practical internships. During the internship at Mode Creation Munich (MCM) Worldwide in Shanghai in 2010, Nicole conducted market research of luxury products and identified market segment to manage marketing strategies, financial statement and coordinated with marketing professionals to develop business plan to launch a new product line. She also worked at POP Design Inc. in Shanghai in 2009, where she designed marketing plans for client-interface ads by analysis of geographic scope in local market and conducted advertising tutorials for various software programs to maximize the efficiency of sharing information and communication through executives and international clients. Most notably in her school years, her position as a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society is an achievement where she collaborated with organizations for fundraising efforts by conducting community service and participated in weekly meeting to discuss and organize the cultural awareness events. Nicole is ready to apply all of her experiences and education as an undergraduate student towards a career in international affairs.
Kim Lockett: Kim Lockett is an actress/entertainer. Originally from Springfield, MA, Kim worked for Big Y Foods, Inc. for a little over six years as a Learning Services Support and Media Support person. She recorded over 70 voice-overs for many of Big Y’s computer based trainings and was also one of two news broadcasters for Big Y News—internal news broadcast highlighting Big Y’s events and company culture. Kim graduated in 2006 from Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. Her theater performances there include Marshael Foster in The Wake of Jamey Foster and Cora in Tom Walker. She transferred to Rutgers University in 2009 to pursue a Journalism and Media Studies Degree but recently put her degree on hold to pursue an acting career. She will play Delilah in the original piece Imperfect Women of the Bible, written and directed by Marsha Trice.
Catherine Lofton-Fraser: Catherine Lofton-Fraser is a licensed acupuncturist in Manhattan. She holds a Masters degree of Science in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in New York City. Catherine kept one foot in the East and one foot in the West in regards to her education at PCOM, completing a four-year program that emphasized traditional style Chinese acupuncture, Chinese medicine theory, bodywork (tui -na and shiatsu), along with anatomy and physiology, nutrition and western disease diagnosis. Catherine treated over 300 patients as an intern at the PCOM clinic and participated in many outreach programs while at PCOM. She continues a life- long endeavor to embrace as many approaches to healing as possible; participating in various modality workshops to keep growing as a practitioner. Catherine believes in the powerful healing dynamic between patient and practitioner and the body’s innate ability to move towards balance. She uses a blend of traditional Chinese acupuncture and Korean style acupuncture called Sujok techniques to gently bring patients into harmony within their body, mind and spirit.
Rebecca Lopez: Rebecca Hoe Lopez, Esq. is a corporate attorney specializing in international commercial law, technology development and licensing, securities and financial services. Rebecca started her career with the Wall Street firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and has since worked at MasterCard International, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, American Express Corporation and American International Group, Inc. She is currently building her own practice for a range of corporate clients. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and the University of Michigan Law School. She is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.
Beverlie Lord: The creation of Satsun Photography is a revolutionary salute. I woke up one morning and realized the powers of my dreams were sent to make me happy. Thus began the revolution: full of creation, open and limitless. This thought has inspired me every day and every moment, to walk into my future. To create, respect and honor in my soul the search for Truth. Identity. Peace.
It is my belief that we all long for some meaningful work, some creative endeavor by which the energies within us can flow out and heal the world. This belief is why I dedicated myself to working with children and youth in the non-profit sector for almost a decade. Upon quitting my job in 2004, I realized that effecting social change can consist of anything as long as the forms – love, peace and truth – are present.
As a photographer I believe that everything and everyone have “beautiful moments.” My job is to be around when these moments occur and capture them. Nothing lasts forever – this is true but if a photographer is around we can definitely prolong what was for generations to come. My most favorite quote at the moment – “Don’t cry because you think it’s over – smile because it happened.”
Iris Mack: Iris Mack, Ph.D., EMBA, founded Phat Math, Inc. in Miami, Florida. She and her colleagues at Phat Math launched the mathematics edutainment social network PhatMath.com. Students in grades K-12 and College have access to free 24/7 online math homework help on PhatMath.com – recently named one of the Top 50 Social Sites for Educators and Academics. Dr. Mack and her colleagues at Phat Math, Inc. also offer math and finance boot camps to help students increase their math test scoresand to learn financial literacy survival skills.
Dr. Iris Mack earned a Harvard doctorate in Applied Mathematics and a London Business School MBA. She is a former MITprofessor. Dr. Mack is also a former Derivatives Financial Engineer and Trader who has worked in financial institutions in the U.S., London and Asia. Oxford-trained mathematician Dr. Paul Wilmott – founder of the Certificate of Quantitative Finance Program in London – has invited Dr. Mack to join his team of high-powered quantitative financial markets bloggers on wilmott.com.
Dr. Mack currently serves on a National Academy of Sciences Research Advisory Board. A few years ago she was selected as a NASA astronaut semi-finalist. Dr. Mack spent the past year in London and various western European countries consulting, lecturing and conducting research for a book about the derivatives markets and for the next book in the math edutainment series. More information about Phat Math, Inc. and Dr. Mack may be found on http://www.IMackGroup.com.
Leslie K. Malin: Leslie K. Malin has over twenty five year experience as a mentor, consultant, speaker, entrepreneur, and psychotherapist working with people who want to achieve “more to life”.
Leslie has trained, coached and consulted with literally thousands of people across industries and inspired them with her vision of what is possible for them. She is the co-author of The Essential Coaching Book and the author of the forthcoming book, More to Life at Work: 4 Pathways to Deeper Meaning and Joy in Your Livelihood and The Alchemy of Aging: Re-Imagining, Re-Inventing, and Re-Purposing Your Life after 50
Leslie has coached professional women for many years. With Ladies Who Launch, she was a facilitator of Intensive Incubator groups in the Hudson Valley. “I adore working with women who are called to create something wonderful in their lives, in their work, and in the broader community.” In her role as the Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Ulster County she designed and managed Project Hope the first Woman to Woman Mentoring Program in Ulster County that was funded by Hope’s Fund, a United Way affiliate. Community women were screened and selected as Mentors; then trained and matched with an Associate, an Ulster County women 18 years old + who wanted to make changes in their lives but did not have the ability to access mentoring services. The program is presently a year old and has positively impacted the lives of both Mentor and Associate.
Leslie is constantly re-inventing her life and career. Presently, she is focused on working with people 50 years old + who are challenged by the changes they are experiencing in their work, life and relationships as they age. Alchemy of Aging offers counseling, coaching, and workshops. She is also a certified by the National Association of Social Workers as a Geriatric Care Manager working with individuals and families facilitating the transitions into new living arrangements and healthcare systems and to serve as the point person to oversee and quality-ensure the services they are receiving.
She has been interviewed for numerous articles on spirituality and personal empowerment in the workplace both in the US and Canada. She has been quoted in The Long Island Business News, The Tennessean, and The Vancouver Times as well as frequently interviewed and quoted in Patricia Kitchen’s column in the Career Section of Newsday.
Leslie has a B.A. from Vassar College and holds a Masters in Social Work from the Adelphi University School of Social Work. She is a member of the Academy of Clinical Social Workers, and is a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager.
Jillian Markowitz: Jillian Markowitz is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious Gallatin School of Independent Studies at New York University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Markowitz created an interdisciplinary major combining business and film studies. This unique focus lead her to accept a full scholarship to Hofstra Law School where she is currently in her third and final year. Her professional resume includes credit as a producer for the unreleased film, Elise. She plans to use her education and skills as a lawyer producer.
Savannah McCauley: Savannah McCauley is a newcomer to the film and performing arts spectrum in New York City as a freshman at Pace University. As a native from California she moved to the city in hopes of studying and working with professionals to gain experience and enjoying the magic of cinematography. In her accepted statement essay to Pace University, she thoroughly explains this driving passion for filmmaking and discussed her goals as a film student. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree she is majoring in Film and Screen Studies with a minor in English. She plans to study all aspects of film and writing in hopes of working in the industry as a writer, director, and actor. As she works through her curriculum at Pace, she also spends her time studying theatre and acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre in Union Square.
Dr. Jan McDonald: DR. JAN MCDONALD is an honors graduate of Vassar College and Harvard Medical School. She trained at the Mayo Clinic, Mass General, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and Wayne State. She is an award winning and Board Certified Dermatologist with offices in North Carolina and Virginia (Diplomat American Board of Dermatology – Board certified in dermatology and dermatological surgery. Re-certified June 2005, scoring in the top 98 percentile of test.) Dr. McDonald has also done graduate studies at the University of Michigan Law School and won a scholarship to Dartmouth’s Tuck Minority Business Executive Program, a highly selective program for successful entrepreneurs with over 1.5 million dollars in sales.
Dr. McDonald’s extensive community service work includes House of Delegates Nevada Medical Association , Board of Directors Clark County Medical Society, Member of Democratic Host Committee for President Clinton in Las Vegas, Member of Las Vegas Mayor’s Board of Women Advisors (Mayor Jan Jones), Co-founder and Board of Directors Black Business Council , Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, Member Board of Directors Nevada Task Force on AIDS , Member Women’s Leadership Council Nevada Democratic Party . Dr. MacDonald is also member of the Board of Directors of the International Exchange Institute and the First Winner of the America the Beautiful Fund/ I Can Still Do That Foundation “American Beauty” award.
Mieko Mendez: Mieko Mendez is the founder and president of M. Mendez Consulting, Inc., providing remote bookkeeping and financial consulting services to small businesses in various industries. As a certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor, she has assisted many clients to optimize overall financial control and growth.Formerly with the elite Deloitte & Touche Japanese Business Unit, she is also experienced in human resources and translation. Her language skills are native-level in both Japanese and English. In a previous life, Mieko was a conservatory-trained classical clarinetist, performing on-stage and in internationally recognized film and CD productions.
Hillary-Marie Michael: Hillary-Marie, Founder and Director of Jersey Tap Fest, is most known for being a tap soloist, performer, choreographer and teacher, specializing in the American art form of Rhythm Tap Dance. Her other dance training includes Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Swing, African and Modern. Having established herself as a reputable teacher, Hillary-Marie teaches weekly tap classes across the state of New Jersey.Hillary-Marie has been mentored by and assistant to Dr. Harold ‘Stumpy’ Cromer since 2007 and mentored by Karen Callaway Williams since 2004. A native to New Jersey, she has been a company member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble since April 2006, where she continues to be overseen by Founder and Artistic Director Deborah Mitchell and Maurice Chestnut. Outside of the ensemble, she has worked with The Russian Moscow Ballet, The American Tap Dance Foundation as well as award-winning composers Marvin Hamlisch, Leonard Oxley and Nikki Denner. Outside of teaching and performance, she is currently a writer for Terrence Taps’ Tap Dance Blog. Additionally, Hillary-Marie is a member of the International Tap Association and New Jersey Jazz Society, where she dedicates herself to keeping the art form of tap dance alive.
Bistra Milovansky: Bistra Milovansky is the founder of Visas4Artists.com, an online platform and community facilitating the mobility of talent and ideas in art, science, media and technology. A fourth generation lawyer in her family, trained in two jurisdictions Bulgaria and USA, and a former Journalist/Producer for Radio Free Europe, the Bulgarian National Radio and TV and Time Warner, New York, Bistra Milovansky brings professional expertise, ethics, efficiency and unique perspective to each case she takes on. Bistra Milovansky is also the founder of BeLawyerBeHappy.com, a platform for legal professionals to exchange ideas, share opportunity, event, product and service information, promoting life balance, happiness and harmony, while pursuing career in the ultimate adversarial professional environment. Successful entrepreneur and solo practitioner, Bistra Milovansky shares her expertise with her peers and other professionals through private consulting and executive coaching practice. The Individual and Group Executive Coaching sessions for lawyers, law students and executives are designed to build and further develop professional and life balance skills.
Theresa Moore: Ms. Moore is President and Founder of T-Time Productions LLC. T-Time Productions develops and produces unique programming and content for various media platforms including television, film, online/broadband and wireless. Current projects include “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35” (www.licensetothrive.org), a multi-media educational project which examines the critical role of the Title IX legislation in helping to create female leaders; educational programming for use in South African schools; a documentary exploring the history of multi-racial adoptions; and a documentary about the history of African Americans in professional football.
Prior to T-Time, Moore was an executive at ESPN with responsibilities that included television advertising sales and business affairs for the company?s new media platforms including business development and content acquisition. While at ESPN, Moore also created programming for the network including “The Block Party” which aired for three seasons and “Images in Black and White,” a documentary that aired on ESPN in February 2005 as a part of the network’s programming schedule for Black History Month. Moore’s work has been considered for Peabody, Sports Emmy, Billie and NAACP Image awards and has been featured on “Good Morning America.” Moore previously worked at The Coca-Cola Company where she developed and executed strategic marketing and promotional plans for some of the world’s premiere sports properties as well as Coca-Cola’s ethnic audiences and also worked at Chubb Insurance as an underwriting manager with responsibilities for financial and liability analysis and risk management.
Moore received her BA from Harvard University and her Masters of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta. She is also a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership and Development Program at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and has completed extensive coursework at New York University. She serves on the board of directors of The Harvard Varsity Club, the Opportunity Network and the Ubuntu Education Fund. She is a member of the Visiting Committee for Athletics to the Harvard Board of Overseers. In 2002, she was inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the 2005 Harlem YMCA Salute to Black Achievers in Industry award. She is currently featured on the “Ivy at 50” website which highlights the accomplishments of a select group of Ivy League student-athletes over the past 50 years. Moore was also inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Athlete Hall of Fame in May 2007.
Sarah Nagourney: Songwriter/Singer/Producer, SARAH NAGOURNEY is showing up everywhere these days with platinum records and a charting US single, she is helping a growing number of prominent artists catch fire with her strikingly original compositions. Sarah has written songs with a veritable “who’s who” in the music industry including Chris Difford (Squeeze), Phil Thornally (The Cure, Brian Adams), Steve Booker (Duffy, Natalie Imbruglia, Melissa Etheridge), Steve Daly (Pink, JLS) and Isaac Hasson (Demi Lovato). Her recent hits include a song on Wynonna Judd’s #1 critically-acclaimed release “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” the charting single and “Ordinary” for TV personality Wayne Brady’s debut album, “A Change Is Gonna Come” (which earned a Grammy® nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performancecategory). Sarah had a song on the platinum-selling “Happy” by Dutch pop sensation Sita [Jive] and the title track of the platinum “Startin’ Somethin’” by Australia’s Scandal’us [Mushroom]. Oxford-educated, Sarah’s background heralds an inquisitive mind and a worldly point-of-view. Her solo album, “Realm Of My Senses” established Sarah as an emerging new talent on the international radar. Her ability to recast life’s seemingly-ordinary details with insight and impact inspired Ad Lib magazine to comment: “She possesses the lyrical depth of Joni Mitchell.” Sarah has, recently, been involved with the careers ofPolina Goudiva (Ultra, Sean Kingston), Peta Jeffress(Universal), Zarif (Sony), and Gedeon Luke(American Idol finalist). She is has been a guest speaker at New York University’s (NYU’s) Music department, and she wears many hats running publishing for herself and other artists, as well as mentoring new talent in and out of the studio. With a rapidly-growing catalog of hits heard around the world, and songs in TV and film, Sarah Nagourney is staking her claim in the songwriting firmament.
Maria Nemeth, Ph.D. , MCC: “Would it be all right with you if life got easier?” Whether you are looking at how you use money, time or any other source of energy to achieve your creative goals, Maria Nemeth has discovered a way for you to do it. And do it with clarity, focus, ease and grace.
Maria Nemeth, uses an effective and accessible coaching model that has empowered thousands throughout the world to move beyond self-limiting thoughts, worries and doubts. As a result they wake up to their own gifts. Her work supports people in being productive and effective while making their own unique contribution.
Her outstanding presentation skills combined with her unique perspective, warmth, compassion and humor provide a fascinating, focused and fun approach to topics. As a result, areas that are often difficult to face—such as how to use money to create a prosperous and meaningful life—come alive with possibility and promise. The tools she teaches are simple yet powerful. People immediately see how to incorporate them into whatever they are doing. They experience hope and gratitude as they attain tangible results with ease.
The core principles Dr. Nemeth teaches are based on more than 30 years of tested personal research developing and leading hundreds of successful seminars, and workshops. Her lectures are an outgrowth of her extensive background as a licensed clinical psychologist. She has served as a professor in the California UC system, as well as a director of clinical programs assisting alcohol and substance abuse clients. She has authored articles and three successful books, including The Energy of Money for which she was featured on Oprah. Her nine-hour audio cassette tapes of The Energy of Money won the 1999 Audie award for best Personal Development Series. Maria has also studied numerous wisdom traditions and integrated these into her philosophy.
As an MCC, Master Certified Coach, the Founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, an International Coach Federation accredited training program, Maria Nemeth is an international leader in the field of coach training. The Academy for Coaching Excellence combines training in powerful principles and specific tools to develop professional coaches who produce maximum results in any coaching situation. The Academy for Coaching Excellence delivers both on-site and distant learning programs to people around the world.
The focus of her life is supporting people in discovering their own capacity, abilities and talents and the development of a worldwide connected coaching community concentrating on individual and professional empowerment where success includes making a unique contribution.
Michelle Ng: Michelle Ng is a juris doctorate candidate at the UCLA School of Law, class of 2012. She is interested in doing transactional work after graduation. Prior to entering law school, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in Legal Studies, with a minor in Philosophy. During that time, Michelle Ng was a member of the Mock Trial Team at her university as well as a Ronald H. Brown Scholar. Michelle Ng is interested in international, criminal and labor law. Recently, for her substantive analytical writing, she conducted research and drafted a comment on the use of biotechnology on the production of food and the effects it has on the food market, both on national policies and international trade. In her free time, Michelle tutors youths in indigent neighborhoods in Los Angeles and serves as a mentor to incoming law students. In her free time, Michelle likes to run, practice yoga, and shop.
Elizabeth Nielson: Elizabeth Nielson is native of Woodstock, NY. She earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2003, and her BA in Psychology form Eugene Lang College the same year. Elizabeth went on to pursue an MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research and is currently working on her dissertation to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. Elizabeth resides part of the year in Brazil, at her home in Caraguatatuba, SP, and part on the Adriatic coast of Italy. She and her husband rent vacation properties in Italy, Brazil, and Woodstock, NY. Together they design and build houses in a coastal community in Brazil. Elizabeth has also worked on many artistic projects at places like MOMA’s PS1, and indipendently. Elizabeth has also worked in NYC and upstate NY as a substance abuse counselor in various settings while pursuing her PhD. She served on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Convention Committee (2009-2011) and volunteered for a full year with Habit for Humanity in Santiago, Chile in 2006. Elizabeth enjoys traveling, cooking, arts, and learning languages. She blogs about her travels at blog.marverde.info
Michelle Ng: Michelle Ng is a juris doctorate candidate at the UCLA School of Law, class of 2012. She is interested in doing transactional work after graduation. Prior to entering law school, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in Legal Studies, with a minor in Philosophy. During that time, Michelle Ng was a member of the Mock Trial Team at her university as well as a Ronald H. Brown Scholar. Michelle Ng is interested in international, criminal and labor law. Recently, for her substantive analytical writing, she conducted research and drafted a comment on the use of biotechnology on the production of food and the effects it has on the food market, both on national policies and international trade. In her free time, Michelle tutors youths in indigent neighborhoods in Los Angeles and serves as a mentor to incoming law students. In her free time, Michelle likes to run, practice yoga, and shop.
Dorrie Pariser: Dorrie is a native New Yorker who received a BA from Vassar College in Economics and Mathematics and took additional Economics training at NYU. Dorrie’s passion has been food related. After working on Wall Street doing business planning, strategic planning and some data base analysis, Dorrie opened her own catering company, World Wide Events Ltd. in 1997. That company grew to a prominent member of the high end, full service, custom caterers serving the corporate, non-profit and individual areas. With all her clients, service was most important but, with her non-profits, it was her joy to help with fundraising or all that was needed to produce wonderful evenings within their tight budgets. Dorrie is now mentoring a young company in the catering field. Dorrie is looking for a position where she may use her analytical skills, her client skills and her planning skills.
Adrienne Patashny: Vibrational Sound & Energy Healer, Reiki Master, Transformational Breath Facilitator, Singer/Songwriter, Actress, Inspirational Coach, Office Assistant. A life time of experience, so much to share as life’s journey can be challenging at times. Reasonable rates to fit your needs. Allowing ourselves the possibility of balancing our healing space is the positive life force being created in the moment. You deserve it. Adrienne Patashny, 845-750-3778, Soundways1111@aol.com
Jan Pedis: Jan Pedis is a media image consult for print, stage and screen who is accustomed to traveling worldwide for studio and location work. Jan enjoys working in collaboration with directors, photographers, art directors, creative directors, stylists, researchers and private clients to create their intended look to better define genre development. Her experience ranges from working with Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, movie stars, musicians, actors, athletes, directors, models, authors and politicians on: Film and TV broadcasts of short and full length feature films, Broadway Theatre, Lincoln Center City Opera, press for feature films, commercials, promos, talk shows, music videos, educational shows, corporate industrials, satellite media press tours, advertising and editorial photography, weddings, galas, parties, private & group make-up classes & personalized haircuts.
Pamela Peeters: Pamela consults companies and personalities towards sustainable business development and leadership enhancement. She lectures internationally as a sustainability personality. Pamela Peeters grew up in the country side of Belgium. She launched her first environmental magazine – grab the green – at the age of 12. Pamela obtained a first Master degree in Economics in 1995 and researched through her thesis on how nations can change consumption and production patterns towards sustainable levels. She obtained another Master in Environmental Management in 1997 and wrote a second thesis on the creation of indicators that could be used by urban policy makers in their development plans towards sustainable city transitions. She obtained a distinction for both of her contributions. Thanks to the successful completion of an additional course in Psychology, she became an Eco Consultant from the French University in Brussels and continued researching on sustainable business applications in international emerging markets during various assignments. In 1997 she developed a reorganization program for a management federation of the Flemish government and created strategies that would open up their business opportunities in the sustainable development market. She prepared the state visit of the Prince of Belgium to India in 1998 while identifying bilateral trade opportunities in the environmental techno-logy sector. Later that year, she joined a Brussels PR company where she managed various international accounts – such as the green SMART city car – for whom she did their market introduction. Driven by the desire to solely dedicate her time to mainstream sustainable development, she moved to the USA in 1999 and completed a research fellowship at Columbia University where she drafted the design of the first TV show that promoted Sustainable lifestyles. The “OUR PLANET” lifestyle television series got launched in 2001 and she has since then produced and hosted more than 200 episodes. She launched a second TV format – “STYLING THE NEW WORLD” – in 2003, which introduced European companies to the American market. In 2005 she joined the marketing team of the US partnerships for the UNESCO decade for Sustainable Development and launched the Sustainable Planet film festival later on that year. The festival is currently produced in four countries and more countries are joining shortly. Her first book URBAN ECOLOGY got published in 2007 and later that year she developed the online Sustainable Styles magazine. Her first children’s book called ECO HERO is in pre-production and an Ethical Fashion television series is in development. She was recently honored with the Crystal Environment Award during the World Environment Summit in Bahrain.
Charlotte W. Pfahl, Esq.: Charlotee received a B.A. cum laude from University of Denver in 1973 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1978. She also attended Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., the N.Y.U. School of Law, LLM. in Taxation, and the World Trade Institute.
Ms. Pfahl specializes in private client matters (wills, trusts, family limited partnerships) and real estate law. She represents foreign and domestic clients – including individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations in a number of jurisdictions – on a broad range of domestic and transnational business transactions, including organization of domestic and off-shore entities and trusts, acquisitions of business interests and property, buy-outs and financing, as well as real estate matters, commercial and residential acquisitions, and leasing. Her real estate-related clients include cooperative corporations, developers, foreign banking institutions, and private investors.
Ms. Pfahl is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Florida and to the Bars of the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and The International Alliance.
Bette Prinsen: Bette Prinsen is presently at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a substitute ballet teacher in the Ailey Extension Program for Adults and also at Broadway Dance Center as a substitute ballet teacher in New York City. She has also taught at Ballet Hispanico and the Zena Rommet floor-barre in New York City. Among her many teaching credits, Bette has been the Director of the Ballet Department of the Great Neck Arts Center as well as ballet instructor for the Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts on Long Island. After dancing professionally in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta for many years Bette began her own successful contemporary ballet company, Ballet En Noir, and later received her Master of Arts in Dance and Dance Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She also holds a Bachelors degree from Vassar College.
Demi Rabaza: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Demi Rabaza has a huge space in her heart for music. She has been singing since the age of three years old and started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12. When it comes to performing, she puts her heart and soul on the stage. Growing up in NYC, Demi has found many opportunities to perform. She participated in the All-Stars Talent Network talent show in early 2010. The ASTN is a foundation that helps aspiring performers fulfill their dreams of being on stage. Prior to the ASTN talent show, Demi has participated in school performances and talent shows. She has also auditioned for shows like America’s Got Talent and The Voice. She currently is teaching guitar to teenagers and kids.
Grace Ng Rahme, Esq.: Grace Ng Rahme is an attorney and a real estate broker. As an attorney, Grace’s background is in immigration law, intellectual property, corporate formation, and litigation. She has also clerked for a federal judge and worked in the litigation bureau at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. As a real estate broker, Grace is the Vice President of Business Development for Triumph Property Group, Ltd. and oversees the Manhattan-based brokerage’s expansion into various Brooklyn neighborhoods. Grace works closely with developers to come up with creative marketing strategies and has brought her passion of art and non-profit to real estate through various cross-marketing efforts such as art exhibitions, benefit concerts, and green-living expos. Prior to becoming an attorney and broker, Grace was a therapist for autistic children, piano teacher, and artist in California, where she grew up.
Anne Radford: Anne Radford, an attorney licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut, is currently spending time in Atlanta and excited about getting involved with the I Can Do That Foundation.
A Georgia native, she has spent the past fifteen years in the northeast, attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts before moving to New York City. Following several years as a caseworker for children in foster care, she entered the accelerated law degree program at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. During her school tenure, she interned with Federal Judge Harold Baer of the Second Circuit, aided in criminal defense cases with the Legal Aid Society, and worked in foster care and adoption law with The Law Office of James Abramson. Following law school, she worked in the Civil Courts of New York City as a trial lawyer with the Wall Street firm of Jaffe & Koumourdas, LLP, focusing on insurance defense, and was involved in numerous cases that successfully broke-up fraud rings.
More recently, Anne has volunteered with the Sunshine Kids Foundation and with the Fulton County CASA program, as an advocate for children in foster care.
She is a 1994 graduate of Atlanta’s Paideia School, received a degree in Psychology from Wellesley College in 1998 and a Juris Doctor from Cardozo School of Law in 2003.
Jamie Rambo: A self described “do-it all’er” has been in the radio industry for over 5 years. At 20, before ever stepping inside of a university, she entered the business at WHIZ in Zanesville, OH. Over her career, she has hosted 3 radio shows, filled in for jocks on various air shifts, produced several live call-in shows and has voiced commercials for a variety of companies-even the world famous Longaberger Corporation. Her vast knowledge & passion for music along with her strong work ethic shines through in every task put in front of her. Jamie took a break from radio for nearly 4 years; she was the Marketing Assistant for Yark Automotive Group in Toledo, OH-the 5th largest Jeep dealer in the country. Later, she became the Marketing Director for Bristol Properties, a 200 unit apartment community in the Toledo suburb of Holland. In 2009, she began a year and a half long courtship with a well-respected underground hip hop producer that led her back into the business she loved. Jamie was hired by Clear Channel in Toledo as a Technical Producer. While there, she perfected her skills not only as a producer, but also in editing as well. In 2010, the sudden loss of her beloved Step-Father led Jamie & her family back to Zanesville. She picked her career back up at WHIZ where she began a 3 month run as the temporary afternoon drive time jock & eventually landing her own show. Her laid back, relatable yet sassy approach on air made her an audience favorite.
Currently, Jamie has cut back her time at WHIZ to focus on her full time job with a cable company: she hopes to begin a new chapter in her career as a Voiceover Artist. Jamie is excited & honored to be affiliated with ICanStillDoThat.org not only for
networking, but to offer any advice/support to anyone in the business. For examples of her work, you can visit her YouTube page @http://www.youtube.com/user/jamierovena
Upon completion of her formal education she quickly secured her own weekly performance at New York’s Village Gate, singing backing vocals for Buzzy Linhart, and then, after moving to Boston, she and a few graduates from New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music founded the 10 piece funk orchestra, The Daddys, which enjoyed 4 successful years together, a sponsorship from music gear chain Daddy’s Junky Music and a Boston Music Award nomination for best Funk Band in 1995. Afterward she worked in myriad genres, recording and performing with local and regional rock, folk, R&B, world and funk bands in an effort to absorb as many influences as possible to expand her versatility.
After 9 successful years of working in the New England music scene, she returned to New York and was almost immediately called back to New England to work with multiple Boston Music Award winners Superhoney while their lead singer recuperated from vocal cord surgery. Not long afterward, Jam band Percy Hill literally tracked her down for a special 12 piece project resulting in the double CD Percy Hill Live. Having fallen in love with the open, improvisational jam band genre, she joined Gent Treadly, a New York-based jam band, which led to her singing backing vocals for Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead) and live work with the Zen Tricksters and Reid Genauer and the Assembly of Dust. All the while, keeping her jazz chops honed with her own duo, trio, and quartet as well as working with R&B groups around the Tri-state Area. In 2005, The Anastasia René Quartet completed a 12 night tour of Moscow and Siberia.
Her most recent recorded work includes Certitude, a CD of Bahai’ texts interpreted as jazz, reggae artist Bigga Haitian’s Sak Pase; and Percy Hill’s 2003 release Live.
She performed with Roberto Morbioli and his band Morblus and Roomful of Blues in Luxembourg in the summer of 2012 and can often be seen singing with guitarist Bert Elliot; Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard; saxophonist, Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers) and New Orleans vocalist and piano virtuoso, Henry Butler. She performs several times a month at Manhattan’s Blue Water Grill.
Francesca Rizzo: Francesca Rizzo is an award-winning multi-media artist working in video, film, theater, publishing, fine arts and social media. She specializes in creating media content, marketing, programming and building welcoming communities for commercial, social or artistic purposes.
By combining her above-ground background in pr, advertising & marketing with her underground experience in indie filmmaking, experimental theatre and avant-garde works she’s been able to produce polished, entertaining & informative media that is provocative, funny and highly imaginative.
Although she has a great deal of professional experience under her belt, “I’m eternally curious and expand my skill base continuously,” says Rizzo. Last year she picked up Digital Storytelling while earning a BA in Media Arts and garnered the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence along the way.
For 14 years she was the CEO of MovieBaby Productions, Inc. a Tribeca-based independent film & video company which created award-winning short films and marketing videos as well as radio & on-air promo campaigns for MTV, Nickelodeon, Bravo and PBS. In the aftermath of 9/11, she went on to design and head up The CineSalon, a series of video production workshops and film study programs offered through universities, cultural arts organizations and other educational institutions.
During her term as president of the ailing non-profit CineWomen NY (now merged with NYWIFT), she re-branded the organization and introduced it’s first website, e-newsletter, member weblist, screening series, affiliate relationships and festival participation which resulted in quintupling the organization’s membership.
In the 90′s, she has championed films made by and about women into producing female-themed screening events & symposiums including Beyond The Babe: Writing Women Who Rock and The World According to Girls in Manhattan and, in recent years she has programmed the Cinema-Femina film/video series at New Jersey’s premier Union County Performing Arts Center.
Francesca is now looking to channel her passion and skills into a full-time executive position where she can create media content, program, brand and market a social business or organization trying to make a difference in the world. She possesses highly effective traditional PR skills and is equally equipped to create top-notch ad campaigns, materials, video, podcasts, websites and blogs all in-house.
Kyle Lamont Robinson: Kyle Lamont Robinson graduated from The University of Missouri- Columbia in 2007 with a degree in English. She was a four time recipient of The Gannett Scholarship for outstanding journalism. She spent her first two years at Mizzou on the Big VII swim team fulfilling her scholarship obligations. She was a distance swimmer which gave her lots of time to think; which in turn, helped her realize that swimming was no longer her passion. She set her sights on Broadcast Journalism. After completing an internship with Fox 10 News in Phoenix, Arizona she caught the bug and immediately applied for another internship with the ABC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. Out of all the applicants from the Broadcast Journalism School, she was accepted. She worked very hard while simultaneously holding down a job as an artist liaison for The Blue Note, a live music venue.
Here, she found the power of music and the meaning of a shared experience. Her hard work at ABC paid off and she was offered a job as a morning show production assistant. After Kyle graduated she embarked on a solo road trip across the country searching for a road that would lead her to a career. The road led to NYC. No career in broadcasting yet, but lots of live music. Currently, Kyle is working to create her own web series as in Internet Journalist. The series will capture and showcase the intricacies of an artist or band and the hard work that’s needed in order to make a concert happen. Utilizing her unique reporting style and alluring panache, combined with her love and knowledge for live music, will make the series one of a kind. Please contact me if you know how to design a website, edit video or operate a camera. This is Grass Rootz baby!
Allie Roth: Allie Roth is a career and executive coach with 25 years experience and the founder and director of the Center for Creativity and Work. Her holistic and pragmatic approach and warm and inspiring style have helped thousands of men and women find more creativity, fulfillment and meaning in their work and personal lives.
For corporations and the non-profit sector, Allie has designed training programs and conducted seminars in managing change, visioning and goal setting, creativity, career development, leadership and stress management. She has coached managers and executives from over 60 companies in clarifying vision, communications and building inspired teams while integrating personal wellness with their business objectives.
In her private coaching practice, Allie has counseled and coached corporate executives, small business owners and solo entrepreneurs, attorneys, educators, non-profit directors, artists, helping professionals and others. She is a frequent public speaker and an active member of the Career Counselor’s Consortium and the Sustainable Business Alliance and has taught career related courses at NYU, College of New Rochelle, SUNY Ulster, Omega Institute and the New York Open Center.
Allie comes from a background of teaching English, recruiting, training and outplacement. In addition to her Master’s degree in English, she has done graduate work in counseling and career development. Her work is based on Jungian and transpersonal psychology which she integrates with her recent studies and training in Coaching, Chi Kung, Yoga, Interface Ministry and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. She has been interviewed and featured in the Denver Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and in Healthy Living and Smart Money magazines. She can be reached at email@example.com and her website is www.allieroth.com.
Judy Sahagian: Judy Sahagian has been in the real estate industry for over 17 years. She first received her real estate license when she was 18, leading to her subsequent pursuit of real estate ventures in appraisal, mortgages, construction project management, sales, and franchising. Throughout her career and the twists and turns of the economy, networking and referrals have played an essential role in her survival and eventual success. In 2009, Judy signed on with GreenPearl Events, where she helped the company in its transition from a producer of casual industry networking events to a conference and media powerhouse. Ryan Slack, GreenPearl’s CEO and also founding CEO of PropertyShark.com, mentored Judy in all aspects of event production, planning, sales, and perhaps most importantly successful image and brand management.
On June 30, 2010 JudyNetworks.com launched to fill the void left by GreenPearl Events shift into the conference industry. Today, JudyNetworks holds well-attended and highly acclaimed networking events across the entire New York tri-state area and the west coast. If you are looking to grow your business connections, JudyNetworks events can make it happen.
On May 11, 2011 JudyNetworks Teamed up with LiveOpenHouse.tv and cooked up their new popular web show “What’s Cooking in Real Estate?” which is a unique synergy of high powered networking and content driven video production. Every month, Real Estate Celebrities and industry leaders are pared up with top chefs joined with a live studio audience, which consist of handpicked real estate professionals to discuss specific market trends while preparing delectable dishes.
Judy Sahagian now holds her license at Prudential Douglas Elliman and is tagged the Princess of retail real estate. This fall, Judy Sahagian and Faith Hope Consolo are working on a global tour where they will be creating the ultimate shopping experience nationally and internationally. They will be traveling to places such as India, China and Brazil…Faith Hope Consolo, the “Queen of Retail”, is the most renowned retail broker and consultant in the country, not only for her knowledge, reputation, and taste, but also for her key role in revitalizing and sculpting retail corridors across the nation and beyond.
Carol Scott: Carol Scott is the C.E.O. of ECA World Fitness. An international organization for Fitness Professionals. She is an International presenter, speaker and consultant for the fitness industry. Carol has spoken on such varied topics as fitness workouts and trainings, programming, and nutrition to branding and creating marketing strategies. She has appeared on network TV, featured in Newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, and consults for Fitness Publications world wide. She is the recipient of 2003 Program Director of the Year award from IDEA, Health and Fitness Association. Carol is the former National Director of Group Fitness for Equinox Fitness Clubs. She is sought after for her ability to identify and create fitness trends, and her successful marketing and advertising campaigns. Her fitness philosophy mixes results with fun. “Be Yourself, Everyone else is taken” oscar wilde.
Becky Sellinger: Becky Sellinger is a Sculptor, Video and Performance Artist Currently working and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated in May 2011 from The School of Art and Design at Purchase College, State University of New York, from where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and The Deans Award for Best Sculptor. Becky is the current artist in resident at Neighborhood Bike Works, an affiliate of Philadelphia’s beloved Magic Gardens and Arts on South. Becky has worn many hats as an artist, working as a set builder, puppet fabricator, performer, ceramics teacher, concert promoter, gallery curator, and fashion production. She enjoys being an artist for her ability to work in many different capacities.
Ingrid Sertso: INGRID SERTSO is a Vocalist, and Poet. Through her work with such avant-jazz musicians as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso established herself as a captivating, adventurous vocalist, capable of blending jazz, African, South American and other worldbeat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound.
Although Sertso didn’t become well-known until the release of Dance with It in 1994, she spent over 20 years honing her art. During the late ’60s, she lived in Europe, leading her own trios and performing with the likes of Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Karl Berger and Leo Wright; she also worked as a music teacher at several institutions in Europe. In 1972, she became a permanent resident of the United States and she released her first album, We Are You, on Calig Records. Over the next few years she taught, while she performed in North America and Europe with the likes of Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Moses, Dave Holland, Perry Robinson and Jumma Santos. In 1974, she released Kalaparush on Trio Records in Japan. It was followed in 1975 by Peace Church Concerts on India Navigation/CMC Records.
In 1975, Sertso became a faculty member at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She stayed there through 1975 and 1976, before moving to the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Calgary, Canada. She had two residencies at Banff before moving to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, where she became the co-director. While working at the Creative Music Studio, she began singing in the Art of Improvisation with Berger and David Inzenon. In 1979, she toured major European cities as a solo artists, supported by the Woodstock Workshop Orchestra. She also released an album on MPS Records that year.
During the early ’80s, Sertso remained a co-director at the Creative Music Studio, while continuing to record and perform with a variety of musicians, including such mainstays as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, as well as Paulo Moura, Nana Vasconcelos, Steve Gorn, Dan Brubeck and Mike Richmond. In 1984, she performed with the Music Universe Orchestra at the Kool Festival in New York and released a duet album, Changing the Time, with Berger on Horo Records in Italy. She also toured Europe twice during this time and she also toured West Africa with Olatunji and Aiyb Dieng.
Sertso’s career picked up momentum during the latter half of the ’90s. She held a series of concerts and workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she regularly tour the US on club and festival circuit. Sertso also toured Europe twice and sang solo vocals on Berger’s orchestral ballet, The Bird. She was one of the co-leaders of Rhythm Changes, who released the Jazzdance album on ITM Records. During these five years, she also performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Lee Konitz, Frank Luther, Anthony Cox, Leroy Jenkins, Jimmy Cobber, Linda Montano and Karl Berger.
In 1990, Sertso catapulted back into the mainstream jazz spotlight through her version “Until the Rain Comes” on Don Cherry’s Multi Kulti album. Shortly afterward, she began working on a new album, but she became sidetracked by collaborating with Karl Berger and guitarist Paul Koji Shigihara. The trio blended original compositions with Sertso’s poetry, improvisations and interpretations of traditional tune. Sertso also regularly performed poetry readings at the Tinker Street Cafe in Woodstock and the Knitting Factory in New York, and she also regularly played clubs along the Northeast coast. In 1994, she released her comeback album Dance with It, which earned postitive reviews. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)
Ari Shagal: Composer, lyricist, and all-around goofball Ari Shagal describes herself as “the secret freak offspring of Todd Rundgren and Laura Nyro.” As the frontwoman of the Summarily Dismissed, this University of Chicago alumna occupies a distinct niche in the music world– that of the funny woman. In a society that discourages women from flying the flag of humor, Ari bravely bucks the trend, casting herself in the mold of such veteran eccentric musicians and bands as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Ween, and They Might Be Giants, in addition to the aforementioned Rundgren. Other compositional influences include Donald Fagen, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and Gil Evans. The Summarily Dismissed will release their album Throw Money in the fall of 2009.
Laura Sharpe: Artists for Trauma, a 501 c3 non profit - Founder and Executive Director. CYAnalogies LLC – CEO. After surviving a near death experience from a 2008 helicopter crash and involvement with the arts as an integral part of her dramatic recovery, Laura has first hand experience and understanding of how valuable artistic engagement is to physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. She is an involved human, business woman and volunteer in her communities. Laura was Co-Creator and Producer of multi-media event, The Laura Project- “Remembered – Interpretations of Reconstruction”, held in Santa Monica, California, March 2011.
A patron and appreciator of the arts with over 20+ years exposure and engagement with corporate business structure; Laura aims to provide immediately recovering military and civilian trauma survivors with artistic engagement for positive benefit to their recovery.
Peri Shaw: Peri Shaw is the former owner of Zelda ,a design house specializing in vintage inspired women’s wear and accessories. Zelda’s clients included Julia Roberts, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, among many others. In addition, Zelda apparel has appeared in such TV shows as Seinfeld and Friends, and in major motion pictures including First Wives’ Club and Evita. Peri has also worked as an independent contractor as PR and Events Associate and most recently spent three years as an Adjunct Professor and Advisor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has a background as a voice over artist and is especially interested in lending her voice to inspirational, spiritual projects ie documentaries, storytelling etc.
Amanda Sileo: Amanda is a senior at Pace University in downtown Manhattan, she is a film and screen studies major. She recently finished up an internship at Mister-Lister films. There she helped them promote their film “Breaking Upwards” which was picked up and distributed by IFC. She set up screenings at colleges and film schools, contacted press, worked the New York premiere, and also performed personal assistant duties for lead actress Zoe Lister-Jones. It was a learning experience in how to promote your own independent film. Amanda has taken production classes and is interested in that aspect of film, however she did enjoy the publicity work as well. She is a hard working and driven 22 year old who is eager to learn.
Shelley Simpson: Born in Detroit, Michigan Shelley Simpson lived in the Detroit area and in then in Ann Arbor until leaving Michigan for Washington DC in 1994. But she calls NYC home and has no plans to change that – ever! She does leave the City occasionally — mostly to visit her children and grandchildren who live in Laguna Beach, CA and Atlanta, GA. While her original career plan was to become a teacher, she ultimately went to law school. She holds a B.S. Degree in Education and a Juris Doctor and is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Florida. As an attorney, Shelley practiced law in Michigan where she concentrated on representing people with AIDS/Hiv and abused and neglected children. She was a member of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, lawyers and social workers focused on family wellness issues before leaving the practice of law and accepting an appointment as the Assistant Dean of Students at the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School) where she taught Legal Research and Writing and was also a student advisor and oversaw the Student Career Planning and Placement and Financial Aid Departments. Transitioning from law to politics happened spontaneously and was not part of any grand plan. Her political activism that had begun after graduating from law school led to political work at the state, local and national level. She has since worked on Mayoral Races, Congressional races, two Presidential Campaigns. She served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for a Michigan member of Congress in DC and did constituent work for a Florida Congressman in his Florida office. She worked on healthcare policy as a registered lobbyist for the AARP and on social policy at the Human Rights Campaign.
Among other things she has written for publication, has spoken publically on diverse topics, appeared regularly on a syndicated television show in Detroit, has worked in retail, waited tables, bartended, done short order food preparation and even worked in a bookstore managing the children’s book department.
After moving to NYC on what she considers “a total fluke that resulted in a childhood dream come true,” she found herself once again in the world of politics which was followed by positions in two City agencies. It was shortly after becoming a New Yorker that she was introduced to the JuicePlus Virtual Franchise. She fell in love with the JuicePlus product and business because both combine to offer a simple solution to two complex problems – maintaining optimum health and enjoying financial security. She knew the importance of good nutrition – having learned that in her law practice and, of course as a Mom. And after working on health policy in DC, the healthcare crisis was no stranger. Although starting part time, it wasn’t long before it became clear that sharing opportunity for good health and financial security was her full time passion. And with the time freedom that has comes from owning her own business she is looking for opportunities to use her teaching skills and her desire to share her skills and experience with others to help them identify and achieve their dreams.
Maria Sivori: Born into a family of Neapolitan restaurateurs, Maria developed a love for cooking as a child and as a teenager worked alongside her mother and grandmother at Icumani, the family restaurant. Coming to America in 2000, she quickly broke into the New York culinary world, establishing a reputation for creativity and quality which led to posts as Chef at Caffe Pompei, Cinema Paradiso (Astoria), and a brief return to Italy as Sous Chef at Milan’s Princi. Maria’s strong personality and passion for her art puts a unique stamp on her dishes. She currently has her own catering business and is exploring opening her own restaurant.
Maria also has a weakness for Martinis and can drink any three Northern Italians under the table with one hand tied behind her back, blindfolded, and standing on her head.
Jane Park Smith: Jane Park Smith believes every talent is gifted for the purpose of serving and uplifting others. She enjoys a dynamic career as an accomplished actress, model, speaker, writer and often volunteers as a wellness coach. A rising star in television and film, her diversified credits include Rizzoli & Isles, Reno911, 24, Bones, and Street Warrior and varies independent films. As a former Ms. America, she loves emceeing events, especially when children or rescued animals are involved! This UCLA Bruin alum’s greatest desire is to continue to serve and speak out for the voiceless and oppressed worldwide, particularly through Film projects. Her most current passion project is her inspirational non-fiction book entitled “Rocky the Rescue–A Collection of His Rescue Tales.” 90% of the proceeds are earmarked for animal rescue (Dogs Without Borders) and other non-profit organizations.
Zenda Snyder: Zenda Snyder is a creative force behind prominent retailers and manufacturers, defining their place in the market and merchandising their products and brands to maximize market share. Her expertise includes visual merchandising, store planning, fixture design, and marketing strategy. Zendas’ accomplished career ranges from major specialty chains to department stores and new business start-ups.
Her professional achievements include:
> Owner of Zenda Snyder LLC Zenda consults with The Grayson Company (a full service retail consultancy), DASH design, and several retailers such as Kenneth Cole, Nautica, and Macys serving their needs such as design and manufacturing for consumer environments.
> Working as a consultant with companies such as Kathy Van Zeeland, Ricky’s of Canada, Safilo, and Fleetwood. At Fleetwood, Zenda headed up the re-creation of their brand image which involved designing new fixture lines, designing a new catalog, web site, advertising, and logo. This new brand image more than doubled Fleetwood’s sales within 2 years.
> Founder of George, a custom retail fixture and design company approximately 30,000 square feet. George has built fixtures for Solstice, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Macys, and many other retailers.
> Co-founder and Designer of Look, an innovative fixturing company offering contemporary retail store fixtures for clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Burdines, Macys, and Dayton Hudson. Zenda has been instrumental in conceptualizing this company’s strategic image and marketing direction. In the first three years, Look became a highly visible and profitable trendsetter.
> Vice President of Fitch, a multidisciplinary design firm. Zenda directed a team to maximize brand identity by the use of creative design solutions for retailers and manufacturers such as London Fog, Reebok, Whistler, and JBL.
> Director of Visual Merchandising for 900 stores for Lerner, New York, a division of The Limited Inc. Zenda was instrumental in all aspects of visual merchandising, store planning, and brand identity for a 1.2 billion dollar business. Zenda designed and strategized the visual merchandising program, which is still in effect today.
> Conceptual designer for Burdines, creating promotional shop concepts and presentation strategies for the entire chain.
Joellen Sommers: Joellen Sommers has over 15 years of financial and operational experience at The New York Times, Price Waterhouse Coopers and The Nielsen Company. She has extensive experience in entertainment/media/new media including music, theater, film and real estate. She consults with a variety of businesses, non-profits and individuals as their P/T CFO/Business Manager and is a CPA, CFE, MBA and Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.
Nicole Sotto, ESQ.: Nicole Sotto is focused on entertainment law, and is licensed to practice in the state of New York and New Jersey. Her entertainment experience spans for more than 14 years, and includes her studies at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute where she gained an understanding of the complex business and creative interplay among actors, writers, directors, producers, and managers. Previously, Nicole worked for 13 years as a commercial print model, and has signed with four modeling and talent agencies in New York and New Jersey. Her Miss New York 2001, America’s National Teenager, title earned her a college scholarship. Nicole’s sports experience includes 10 years of training with Olympic-level coaches, and being awarded the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) Gold Medal. In the fine arts, Nicole studied nine years of intensive ballet training at the Official School of the New Jersey School of Ballet Company. While completing her Juris Doctorate, she served as Co-President of the Arts, Entertainment, & Sports Law Society, and closely worked with leading entertainment attorneys from private law firms, talent agencies, ESPN, the NBA, and the NFL. Prior to law school, Nicole gained first-hand experience with corporate law as a M&A paralegal for Latham and Watkins LLP, and during her in-house counsel internship for Schering-Plough Corporation. Additionally, Nicole has enjoyed the honor of interning under New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office. Nicole currently serves as a member of the Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. She graduated cum laude, with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Spanish from Messiah College, and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Nelsie Spencer: As a writer and performer Nelsie has worked with super agent Ari Emanuel, Jane Fonda, Dorothy Lyman, Gloria Steinem, Tony-Award Winning producer and director Dash Epstein and Morton De Costa respectively. Nelsie’s career as a writer began in 1987 when her play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy (in which she also co-starred with co-author Laury Marker) premiered at Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theatre in Westport, Ct. This was the first of many sold-out and critically acclaimed productions. Since then Nelsie has written stand-up, worked in radio, edited just about every genre from websites to novels and screenplays. Her novel, The Playgroup, was published in 2003 by St. Martins and her romantic comedy screenplay, A Girl’s Best Friend, was recently optioned by Lucky Monkey Pictures and is slated to be shot early 2013. Since 2007 Nelsie has been using her almost three decades of writing experience to help other writers as a Teacher, Writing Coach, Script Doctor and Ghostwriter.
Maia Spilman, Esq: Maia Spilman is an intellectual property attorney with over eleven years of experience in entertainment, music and new media. She has been in-house counsel for INgrooves, BMG Distribution, an associate at Selverne, Mandelbaum & Mintz, LLP and had her own practice for several years.
Maia is currently a member of the Information Technology Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the former Chair of the Small Law Firms Committee of the same association. She is also a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and serves on the Board of the Musicians Foundation.
Maia received her J.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. She is also a proud graduate of the High School of Music & Art in New York City (the “Fame” school). She has a passion for music, sailing, running and travel.
Jennifer Squillante: Jennifer Squillante has more than a decade of professional sales experience within both the finance and residential/commercial real estate industries. Jennifer’s ambition, professionalism, and leadership skills contributed to her success in real estate finance for Silver Hill Financial in Miami, where she started as a Sales Associate and fast-tracked to upper management within 5 years, helping grow the company from 10 to 500 employees. She remained top sales person throughout her tenure, despite having begun her career without any experience in the industry. Placing the utmost importance on developing long-term business relationships, Jennifer employs her superior negotiating skills and intimate knowledge of real estate finance for the benefit of her
clients. Her personable nature and direct attitude inspire their trust and loyalty. Jennifer was born and raised in Connecticut, and has lived in Manhattan, Miami Beach, Italy and Bali. She enjoys traveling and is passionate about food and wine, which prompted her to obtain her Advanced WSET wine certification. A New Yorker at heart, Jennifer is thrilled with her decision to return to the city.
Vicki Stadlen: Vicki Stadlen is a native New Yorker. She received a B.A. in European Literature from Brooklyn College and then studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. When she returned home, she pursued a career in the theater for a number of years and also taught in New York City elementary schools. After raising her own children, Vicki completed a certificate program at the National Center for Paralegal Studies in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as a compliance officer for the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity investigating cases of employment discrimination and later worked as a paralegal for the New York City Law Department. For the past ten years, she was the administrative assistant to the senior vice president of a large non-profit organization. Vicki is currently seeking employment that will utilize her analytical, interpersonal, investigative and administrative skills.
Dr. Sharna L. Striar: Sharna L. Striar, M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N. is a nationally known expert in the area of human sexuality, intimacy, and relationships. Over the course of many years, Dr. Striar has studied and taught at leading institutions in her field, including the University of Michigan, Hunter College, and Seton Hall University, has lectured extensively, is the author of dozens of articles, and has been a frequent expert guest on national radio and television. She is a Psychiatric Nurse, Certified Sex Therapist, and Psychotherapist, and is also trained in neuro-linguistic programming and in hypnotherapy. She is also the Dean of Nursing for The International University for Graduate Studies in St. Kitts, W.I.
Lucy Swensen, MS: Lucy has lived multiple lives and hopes to continue metamorphing. She has been an inner city schoolteacher, a Woodstock Children’s Center first grade teacher and a GED instructor at the Woodstock Youth Center. She was a computer consultant for Blue Cross and a Senior Systems Analyst for Chase Manhattan Bank corporate headquarters. She helped design money transfer systems. She has sold her hand made accessories and her 3 dimensional art pieces to many NYC stores – Macy’s, Henry Bendells, Fiorucci’s, etc. as well as designing merchandise for major bands including the Clash, Pat Benetar and Blondie. She is currently owner and designer at The Turning Mill, a multi-media music and art studio in the Hudson Valley. Most of her life she has been involved in local groups involving children; donating her time and services. She is an election inspector and has even spent some time as a real estate agent. She is the mother of Valen, a talented and creative daughter following in her proud mom’s footsteps.
Lucy also comes with all the mainstream credentials-BS in Education from CCNY/ magna cum laude, MS in the child individualized curriculum- CCNY, Computer Programming Certification – NYU, Audio Visual Certification, NYS teaching license, NYC teaching license, Real Estate License, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Delta Phi and all that good stuff. She also brings a host of alternative credentials – Body Centered Therapy Certification, Essential Oil Massage-Training Certification I, II and III, Plant Spirit Medicine -one year Apprenticeship, Reiki Master 1 and is now on the path to Reiki 2, 3 and reflexology certifications.
Joy P. Taylor: Event Production (A/V, writing, entertainment, speakers, venues, etc.) Wedding Planning, Baby Boomer Parties, Commitment Ceremonies, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs (vud den J )…and (drum roll). I am a professional writer as well. Articles, scripts, speeches, PR and Marketing, website design, etc. In the days of “used to was it,” I even had a call-in talk show called THE TAYLORED WORD…. At present I am writing a humorous self-help book which I hope to showcase on Oprah, and I am also freelancing for all those luxuries in life, i.e., food, shelter…Yes, a creative gal, but I am diverse and flexible as well J …I also have extensive experience in the insurance industry…I was head of a department in one of the largest Third Party Administrators in this country, of which I mediated and negotiated with over quarter of a million policyholders, each Department of Insurance in every State, every internal department, and the insurance companies we administered for. I was also an Associate to the President of an A.M. Best rated Life company. The best of both words…corporate and creative. Please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Jean Templin: A thirty year veteran of theatre, film and television, Deborah Jean has played important roles with many of America’s most prestigious regional companies. She is the recipient of Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and the Los Angeles Arts Council’s Richard Burton Award in Acting. Credits include Dolly Levi in HELLO, DOLLY!, Miss Hannigan in ANNIE and her one woman show UNSINKABLE WOMEN, all at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre (celebrating its 200th year in 2009), the Lady from Lincoln in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS at Trinity Rep in Providence, Rhode Island and Bertie in THE CLUB at Boston’s Charles Street Playhouse. At the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., she played Mary Stewart in the 50th anniversary production of the musical ANIMAL CRACKERS.
She was featured in the San Francisco engagement of Herb Gardner’s I’M NOT RAPPAPORT opposite Nehemiah Persoff and Ben Vereen. National tours include MAMMA MIA!, TITANIC: A NEW MUSICAL, ANNIE (as Grace Farrell opposite Harve Presnell), and PASSION OF DRACULA with Jose Greco. Her New York stage credits range from the New York premiere of WE’RE STILL HOT! and the Cameron Mackintosh production of TOMFOOLERY at the Village Gate to ETERNAL LOVE, a musical adaptation of the story of Abelard and Heloise. At the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, Ms. Templin starred as Auschwitz survivor, French chanteuse Fania Fenelon in the United Kingdom stage premiere of Arthur Miller’s PLAYING FOR TIME.
In a completely different vein one of her most challenging roles was Florence Foster Jenkins, the self-styled opera diva in SOUVENIR. Learning five arias and singing them with complete lack of rhythm, pitch and tone, Deborah Jean played Florence at Stageworks Hudson, the Charles Wood Theatre and Cape May Stage. She created and performed three cabarets to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. In July of 2012 she sings the Betty Buckley track in Ragtag Entertainment’s Songs from the Heart benefiting ‘God’s Love We Deliver” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City
Ms. Templin trained at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from California State University/Long Beach. She has served as a Resident Professional Theatre Associate and Visiting Professor at Cornell and Susquehanna Universities. She served as a member of the on-camera faculty at New York’s School for Film and Television. An experienced television and film actress, she has been featured on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON,MIDNIGHT CALLER, SUPERIOR COURT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN and the Mike Hammer television movie, MORE THAN A MURDER starring Stacey Keach. Ms. Templin has been in a number of commercials including national spots for Charmin, Old Spice and ABC Daytime and the New York State Lottery Commercial (featuring the World Trade Center) Her film credits include the Women’s Study Professor in STEAM with Ruby Dee, on of the featured ballroom dancer in Penny Marshall’s AWAKENINGS and work on over 20 films shot in New York City. Her one woman play UNSINKABLE WOMEN: STORIES AND SONGS FROM THE TITANIC first toured the United State through John Adams and The JENA Company in 2003. In June of 2012 she was invited to perform at the Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival in Great Britain. In August 2012, she will return the Weathervane Theatre for her fifth summer of alternating rotating repertory as a member of the Resident Equity Company performing in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and MOON OVER BUFFALO. Deborah Jean has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1977.
Caroline Thomas: Caroline Thomas is the Founder and Director of Total Theatre Lab (TTL) and has been teaching acting for over twenty years. After graduating from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she returned to NYC to complete her studies in Method Acting as well as the Meisner Technique, with Mordecai Lawner of the Neighborhood Playhouse. Ms. Thomas is also a distinguished teacher of voice and speech. She incorporates into all her teaching, innovative techniques from training with Jerzy Grotowski, Andre Gregory and Robert Wilson. She has appeared as an actress both Off-Broadway and in Regional theatres. Performances include the Nurse in Medea at The Kennedy Center and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at The Roundabout Theater. She has produced and directed dozens of readings and showcase productions, often with combined casts of students and professional actors. Her plays, sometimes written from student improvisations and with specific students in mind, have been showcased Off-Off-Broadway and in Gainesville, Florida at the Acrosstown Repertory Company. Ms. Thomas was Casting Director for the feature film,Anna, in which Sally Kirkland achieved an Academy Award nomination for the title role.
Sabrina Tillman-Bean: Sabrina Tillman-Bean is owner and managing artist of You MOVE ME Artworks, an emerging multimedia art company based in Austin, Texas, with the heart and soul of its owner’s hometown, New Orleans. After studying Art History at Vassar College, her then fascination with the world of art became a lifelong passion. Her portfolio currently includes commissioned works in collaboration with clients who desire a creation tailored to their aesthetic preferences, relationships and unique history.
Logan Tracey: Logan Tracey is an actress and singer based in New York City. A graduate of Ithaca College and the National Theatre Institute, Ms. Tracey has been performing in film, television, and theatre since moving to NYC in 2003. Logan has performed in numerous new musicals, as Sheila in HAIR at the Gallery Players, completed a season of summer stock at the Saxtons River Playhouse playing Catherine in Pippin and Laurie in Oklahoma! With a focus on comedy and improv (and training from the Upright Citizens Brigade), Ms. Tracey has performed with CollegeHumor.com, NBC.com, in the NY Underground Comedy Festival, numerous NYCFringe Festivals, and on All My Children and Guiding Light. Ms. Tracey has a strong background in Musical Theare and teaches dance and directs at SophieDance in Hollywood, CA. Logan is great with kids and loves teaching and working with children. Check out her website for photos, music, and a performance reel: www.logantracey.com
Cindy Tran: Cindy Tran is the Founder & President of Transformative Coaching. As a leadership coach, she works with high achievers who want to be at the top of their game by realizing to the fullest their innate potential. Cindy passionately believes in the magnificent beauty at the core of each individual, that we each can bring our biggest impact to the world when we reconnect with and fully embrace our own inner magnificence. Prior to founding Transformative Coaching, Cindy had spent 14 years in the corporate world working as a marketing executive at Unilever, one of the greatest global consumer goods companies. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, developing and nurturing a portfolio of iconic global brands across Personal Care and Foods/ Beverages. A seasoned business leader and passionate brand developer, Cindy has a strong track record in brand stewardship, business turnaround, and unlocking new growth opportunities. With her rich business background and strong passion for giving back, Cindy provides pro-bono consulting service at Community Partners, a non-profit program of the Harvard Business School Club of New York. She also serves on the Standing Committee for Women Mentor Women initiative. Living in Manhattan, New York City, Cindy considers herself blessed being a grateful student of Raj Yoga, an avid Ashtanga yogi, a passionate Latin dancer, an outdoor sport enthusiast, and a perpetual Life’s learner & lover. Cindy is a trained professional coach with the world-renowned The Coaches Training Institute, and a member of the International Coach Federation. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jamie Turndorf, Ph.D.: Dr. Turndorf holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is an internationally known emotional communication expert, relationship therapist, author and advice columnist read by millions.
Known worldwide as Dr. Love, through the web, television, radio, and print, Dr. Turndorf has authored, Till Death Do Us Part (Unless I Kill You First): A Step-by-Step Guide for Resolving Relationship Conflict. Her book was endorsed by two New York Times #1 Best Selling Authors Dr. John Gray who wrote “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus,” John Bradshaw who wrote “Homecoming” and Pulitzer Prize winning author and Harvard Professor Dr. John Mack.
Dr. Turndorf is the creator of askdrlove.com, the first relationship advice site on the internet. The site has received up to three million hits per month and was voted Best of the Net and Hottest Site on the Web. At her website, she offers the world’s first searchable relationship advice database and the web’s only customized automated consultations that are tailored to users’ age, sex, gender, sexual-orientation, marital status, life situation and presenting problem.
Dr. Turndorf has appeared on every major television network including, NBC, CNN, CBS, Fox, on such programs as Later Today, Fox Five, America’s Talking, Inside Edition, VH1, and many others. Her expert advice has been featured on the radio and in print on WebMD, iVillage, and in magazines and newspapers worldwide.
As Founder/Director of the Center for Emotional Communication, she has spent the past twenty-five years perfecting her Core Therapy method, which enables people to unearth and heal the early wounds that interfere with our ability to establish and maintain loving relationships with others and ourselves.
Dr. Turndorf is the inventor of the award-winning game, LoveQuest: The Game of Finding Mr. Right, nominated by Mensa as the “Most Creative and Intellectually Challenging Game of the Year” and voted by Fun and Games magazine as a sure winner for the international “Most Creative Game of the Year” award.
She has also authored the foreword to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Affair Proof Love and co-authored The Pleasure of Your Company: A Socio-Psychological Analysis of Modern Sociability (with Emile Jean Pin).
Since the recent death of Emile Jean Pin, her beloved husband of 27 years, she has discovered that relationships do not end in death. His miraculous manifestations, often in front of witnesses, have proven to her that there is life after life. Jean has asked her to tell their story to ease the two greatest and most universal fears: that of loving and losing and that of death and dying. Her experiences with him have led her to develop a groundbreaking form of grief therapy that diverges from traditional Western approach (grieve, let go and move on). By contrast, her method guides people to reconnect and, if needed, make peace with the deceased. Her story and new grief therapy method is soon to be presented in her latest book entitled Love Never Dies: How to Reconnect and Make Peace with the Deceased.
NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
Who’s Who in the World – 1996 through present
Who’s Who of American Women – 2000 – present
Who’s Who in America- Millennium Edition – 2000 and through present
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare – 1997-98 through present
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 1996-97 through present
Stacey van Hooven: Stacey is a native New Yorker who now lives in Munich, Germany. She is Vice President and General Counsel for Tissue Europe, a division of SCA Hygiene Products SE where she is entrusted with the overall responsibility for the legal work within the Business Group. She is also the company’s European Compliance Officer. In addition to her legal work, Stacey teaches a course in U.S. Business Law at the law school in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Stacey is a graduate of the joint CCNY/NYLS Urban Legal Studies Program. She began her legal career in 1985 as a litigator on civil commercial matters. Later, she served in City government under the leadership of Mayor Ed Koch and his successor, Mayor David Dinkins, as an investigative attorney with the New York City Department of Investigation. In 1991, she moved to Munich, Germany where she founded her own business law practice advising German clients on American law and assisting German law firms in American related corporate and commercial matters and later formed an affiliation with the law firm of Jacob & Associates. She has been with SCA since 2007. Stacey is a founding member and was the first President of Beth Shalom, the liberal Jewish community in Munich.
DJ Lady Verse: For DJ Lady Verse, simply being the premier female DJ in New York’s Hudson Valley doesn’t cut it. Her aim is much, much higher. Throughout her ten-year career the Woodstock-based spinstress has toiled tirelessly behind the decks, focusing hard on developing her impeccable song selection and airtight, seamless mixes; on honing her technique and use of sampling, scratching and effects to its current razor-edged perfection. Her objective? Just one. To be nothing less than the region’s best DJ—period. And it shows, night after night after night. For proof, just check the legions of orgasmically satiated dancers in the dozens of rooms that Lady Verse has rocked up and down the East Coast, from New York to L.A., Miami to the U.K. and beyond. “My main goal is to move the crowd,” says Verse “I like to mix it up. I spin anything from top 40, house, classic hip-hop, R&B, reggae, reggaeton, ’80s pop hits, whatever it takes to get the party going. I also like to play and perform my original tracks. It adds a live, organic element that you don’t get from most DJs.” Also an accomplished singer-songwriter (under the name Valen) with an innate understanding of music, Verse has a strong background in dance. She comes complete with DJ equipment and a sound system and is able to travel to gigs. So whether you’re talking clubs, parties, business events, or any other special happening you can dream up, DJ Lady Verse is ready and waiting to move your feet and blow your mind. Word.
Joan M. Vitello, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FAHA, NEA-BC: Dr. Joan Vitello has over 30 years experience in hospital organizations ranging from a clinical staff nurse to most recently where she served as the System VP and Chief Nursing Officer for Hallmark Health System and for her last 8 months there as the Chief Operating Officer for Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, MA. She is now an independent consultant specializing in leadership development, appreciative inquiry, positivity training and coaching, emotional intelligence skills building and service excellence. During her tenure in health care, Joan has championed the value of collaboration and the need to build linkages with other disciplines outside nursing to ensure the overall excellence of patient care.
She has combined her clinical expertise with a formal educational background in organizational development. With this expertise, Joan has consulted on leadership development, emotional intelligence, positive emotions, systems thinking and strategic planning. She has consulted with the Boston Public Schools system in regards to curriculum development of their health careers academy. In addition, Dr. Vitello has served as a consultant to 3M Healthcare, Hewlett-Packard, Kontron Cardiovascular Inc., Wilkes Barre General Hospital, Georgetown University, Mount Sinai Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Northeastern University and Regis College School of Nursing and hospitals in England, India, China and Israel, among others.
Joan is passionate that in order to find meaningful work, people must be appreciative of the talents they can bring to their work. She is studying positive emotions and how we as human beings can improve upon on our positive words, images and actions. She is also proud of the fact that she wants to help develop young aspiring leaders to become more effective leaders through self-reflection, coaching and feedback.
Renée E. Warren: Renée E. Warren is the president of Arielle-Wren, Inc. and co-founder of Noelle-Elaine Media, Inc. She has been able to incorporate all of her passions under one umbrella; from real estate to event planning to mentoring and teaching young minds — she manages it all.
Under her two nationally recognized firms, she has worked with: Ariel Mutual Funds, BET, BTV247, Charles Schwab, Citibank, Cricket mobile phones, Black Enterprise magazine, Essence, Joint Center Health Policy Institute, MONEY magazine, Disney & Disney Channel, L’Oreal, Mitchell & Titus, LLP, The National Association of Black Accountants, The National Cancer Institute, The National Association Black MBA Association, The National Urban League, Pepsi, Porter Novelli, The SCOOTER Store, The Steve Harvey Foundation, UNCF and Williams Capital Group to mention a few.
Prior to creating her companies, she worked for CNBC, Dow Jones & Company, WTKR-TV (CBS), The Daily Press, The Virginian-Pilot and often wrote for Black Enterprise and Essence magazines.
She is the co-author of You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread, The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business and is an Adjunct/Assistant Professor at New York University where she teaches Social Media & Event Public Relations.
Dr. Jody Whitehouse: Joan has served as the 25th President of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the world’s largest nursing specialty organization. She has also served on various other health care boards and not-for-profit boards and was recently the President of the Visions of a Better World Foundation. Joan was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and as a Fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. Joan received her associate degree from Massasoit Community College, her BSN from the University of Massachusetts and was awarded her MSN from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in Cardiovascular/Critical Care. She received her M.A.in Organizational Development and her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from The Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Her dissertation research explored the leadership practices and emotional intelligence of nursing leaders. An internationally recognized author, lecturer, researcher, Joan has received numerous awards and recognitions in healthcare. Her most recent honor came early this year as she named the “2009 Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing” by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses.
Janice Whitney: Janice Whitney, J.D., obtained her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1980. She attended that State University of New York at Binghamton, graduating with a BA in political science from Harpur College in December 1976. Janice received New York State certification as a Unified Court System Dispute Resolution Mediator in 1994. She also has Alternative Dispute Resolution certificates from Harvard University, the American Arbitration Association, the Environmental Law Institute and the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute. Janice is an author, published by Cambridge University, England and has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Director and to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol Browner during a detail as her Special Assistant. She has more than a decade of experience as a teacher, trainer for EPA, including course offerings at EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institute (a/k/a NETI) and the Federal Executive Institute Center for Executive Leadership. Ms. Whitney began her career at EPA as an Assistant Regional Counsel before joining the Indian Program where she served as an Environmental Protection Specialist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 offices located in New York City. She was selected to serve on a two year detail reporting to Headquarters, as the Lead Region Coordinator for the entire National Indian program. She now serves as Consultation Specialist tasked with designing, developing, delivering, managing and evaluating a comprehensive environmental training curriculum and consultation program and developing implementation guidelines and tools for the national Tribal Consultation Policy and providing recommendations on implementation policy issues in accordance with President Clinton and Obama’s Executive Orders. Before coming to work for EPA, Ms. Whitney worked in private law practice specializing in corporate, intellectual property, civil rights and entertainment law from 1980 to 1990. She was an Adjunct Professor with Manhattanville College, Pace University. She worked at Arista Records and served as counsel for Record Plant Studios in NYC. She is also an attorney in good standing with the NYS Bar Association and a long-standing member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Wendy R. Williams: Wendy R. Williams is a Private Mortgage Banker with Wells Fargo. She has been in the mortgage business for twelve years. Wendy is also a licensed New York Real Estate Broker and a Texas licensed CPA.
In her “spare” time, Wendy edits and writes for www.newyorkcool.com, an online zine that covers “New York from every perspective.”
Andrea Wolper: Vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist Andrea Wolper is a respected member of the New York jazz and improvised music communities. Andrea performs regularly in the New York area, and tours nationally and internationally. She leads her own jazz group, The Andrea Wolper Trio / Quartet, is a member of the improvising trio, “TranceFormation,” with Connie Crothers and Ken Filiano, and appears as a guest artist with numerous other artists and ensembles. Andrea teaches vocal technique, does performance coaching, and leads workshops and master classes. One of her original songs is the 5th most downloaded track of all time at AllAboutJazz.com (click here; it’s free! http://snipr.com/aaj-freedownload). Andrea is a President Emerita of International Women in Jazz, and served as an Advisor to the Jazz Vocal Coalition. In addition to her musical endeavors, Andrea is a former freelance writer, with books and numerous articles to her credit, including the first-of-its-kind collection, “Women’s Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives” (co-editor, Julie S. Peters; Routledge, 1994). Andrea is a lifelong human rights activist. Originally from California, Andrea resides in Brooklyn, NY. For more about information, including performance schedule, or to send an email, please visit www.AndreaWolper.com
Emily Wolper: Emily Wolper founded E. Wolper, Inc. Admissions Consulting in 1999 after having served as an admissions officer at Columbia University. Ms. Wolper, who holds a BA in religion from Vassar College and an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, consults privately to both undergraduate and graduate applicants and their families, sharing with them the knowledge that she has gained during her years on the admissions side and throughout her consulting career. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator of workshops and is very passionate about helping students discover their interests through extracurricular activities.
Emily is the former President of the Vassar Club of New York. Under her leadership, the club grew significantly and developed new and compelling programming, reaching all generations of Vassar Alumnae/i. She is a professional singer, avid crafter and leadership volunteer. She works with teens at the Red Cross in her hometown of Morristown, NJ, and she is an active member of and frequent soloist in the award winning Harmonium Choral Society. Emily is also a proud member of In Good Company Workspaces, a workspace and community for women entrepreneurs.
Jan Yager: Jan Yager, Ph.D.’s 31 books in 28 languages include Creative Time Management; Creative Time Management for the New Millennium; 365 Daily Affirmations for Time Management; and Work Less, Do More: The 14-Day Productivity Makeover; Grow Global; Productive Relationships; Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing; 365 Daily Affirmations for Happiness; When Friendship Hurts; Friendshifts; 125 Ways to Meet the Love of Your Life, 365 Daily Affirmations for Friendship (forthcoming), among others including a children’s book, The Cantaloupe Cat, and several novels such as the thrillerJust Your Everyday People and her first solo novel, The Pretty One. Her articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and online including The New York Times, Parade, consumeraffairs.com, Newsday, Family Circle, Redbook, Glamour, Opera News, Los Angeles Times, Better Homes & Gardens,Harper’s, the Wall Street Journal online, and other publications.
A sociologist, speaker, workshop leader, and coach, Jan’s areas of expertise include business topics — time management, business protocol, international business, business writing, business relationships—, relationship issues — friendship, romantic relationships — and books — how to write a book from scratch, finding an agent, getting published by a traditional publisher or self-publishing, foreign rights, and book promotion.
Dr. Yager’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in sociology from The City University of New York with a pre-doctoral fellowship in medical sociology with the National Science Foundation, a year of graduate work in art therapy at Hahnemann Medical College, as well as an M.A. in criminal justice from Goddard College Graduate Program under the mentorship of the late sociologist and criminologist Dr. Arthur Niederhoffer of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has taught over the years at several colleges and universities including The New School, Temple University, the New York Institute of Technology, St. John’s University, Penn State, and, most recently, the University of Connecticut.
Yager has been interviewed extensively by major media including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Sunday Morning, CNN, and Nightline, including several international author tours to Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and throughout the UK.
Published by major houses, including Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Facts on File, Inc., Dr. Yager has also run her own independent publishing company since 1996, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. (http://www.hannacroixcreekbooks.com)
Dr. Yager and her husband Fred, who live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, have two grown sons and a grandson. For more information on Jan Yager, or to read her blogs on a variety of topics, go to: www.drjanyager.com orhttp://www.drjanyager.com/blog or http://www.whenfriendshiphurts.com. Follow her tweets on twitter: @drjanyager or @hannacroixcreek
Catherine Yi: Originally hailing from the Bay Area, is a freshman at University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Music History with a minor in Music Industry. Past experience includes writing for several affluent music blogs and interning at a recording studio in San Francisco. She is currently a member of the UCLA Regent Scholar Society, which represents the top 1.5% of the university, the Undergraduate Business Society, UCLA’s largest business organization, UCLA Radio, College Music Journal’s best student-run, Internet-only station of 2012, and The Daily Bruin, one of the country’s leading student newspapers since 1919.
Dr. Alina Yurkovsky: Dr. Alina Yurkovsky is a school and clinical psychologist as well as a life coach. She is the Director of Student Services at Montclair Kimberley Academy, a prep school in Montclair, NJ, where she works as school psychologist and oversees all the social/emotional issues for Pre-K through 12th grade. She works with children and adults on a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, social anxiety, ADHD. She helps with living through, learning from and healing major life events such as divorce, career transitions, as well as the grief and mourning process. Dr. Yurkovsky is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relational Self Psychology (psychoanalytic approach) and Focusing (great for creative, “right brain” thinkers). She has worked at a variety of prep schools including The Dalton School, The Dwight-Englewood School and currently, Montclair Kimberley Academy. She also trained at Bellevue hospital and did several years of post-doctoral training at several psychoanalytic institutes in New York City.
Lisa Zari: Lisa is founder/president of Zari International. She has now added a new division to her already versatile agency — ‘Z’ Woman Designs — helping her growing array of clients, here and abroad, develop their own brand distinction through logo design and public relations.
Lisa also heads Zari Intl Productions, a division which specializes in photo shoots (pre and post production) for global clients. Her company deals with a full range of services — studio rentals, insurance, equipment, catering, permits, and usage negotiations. It guides, consults and aides creative teams with casting, talent, and location scouting. The company’s clients in Belgium include Blue Water and Green Grass.
Prior to this, Lisa was a Photographer’s Representative / Independent Contractor at Creative Management Agency, managing the careers of 10 leading photographers, while launching new talent. Her efforts resulted in sales growth of 25%. Her duties, which included negotiating of all legal usage of photography, entailed working with art buyers and editors on layouts.She also organizied breakfast portfolio reviews at ad agencies. Her clients included: Bank of America, Merck, Make a Wish Foundation, and Verizon. Photographers she represented were Jim Erickson, Alaister Thain, Olaf Veltman, Markku, and Henrik Halvarsson.
Lisa’s first business venture was Zari International USA / Europa, a photographic and multi- talent agency. She managed the careers of 15 photographers, as well as numerous make-up artists, hair stylists, and fashion / prop stylists. Her art division represented popular editorial Illustrators. Her work included brand development, advertising placement, assignment negociation, interviews, and staff develpoment. Clients included: La Perla, Neiman Marcus, Cosmair, Parker Pens, Kodak, Sony Music and Relvon. Some of the well known photographers were Joyce Tenneson, Marc Hauser and Regis Fialaire.
Prior to this, Lisa Zari traveled the globe as a fashion model, working with leading international modeling agencies, and appearing in various ad campaigns, publications, and commercials.
Amanda Zwirn: Amanda has been involved in stage productions at French Woods Camp since age nine. In June, 2010 she graduated from NYC’s Firorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, majoring in Technical Theatre, where she worked on major productions in dance, musical theatre and drama. In her spare time she has volunteered her theatre skills to a local non-profit community theatre organization in her neighborhood of Rockaway Beach. She is currently a sophomore at The Hartt School, a performing arts conservatory at the University of Hartford, majoring in Performing Arts Management. She plans on seeking a career in television production.