Empowering women to create financial, social, and spiritual freedom
Recently featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as the next generation guru, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book “Add More ~ing to Your Life”. A hip guide to happiness published by QNY.
Gabrielle was just one year out of college, when she co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs. WEN started a local mentor program for young women, WEN Mentors, and is best known for its signature Gift of Service Exchange events. That same year, Gabrielle incorporated her own boutique public relations company, SparkPlug Communications.
In 2003 Gabrielle was the president of the Young Professionals Council for NARAL Pro Choice New York. Her brainchild event Strut Your Choice became a YPCC yearly fundraiser.
Since 2004 Gabrielle, who has a degree in theater from Syracuse University, has been on the speaking circuit. Gabrielle has presented lectures at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Learning Annex, Seattle Center for Women in Democracy, Nobel Women, Integral Yoga, Kripalu, Universities nationwide, The Step Up Women’s Network, The Junior Leagues and other venues. She also shared her message through her regular guest spot on bestselling author Karen Salmansohn’s Sirius Radio show “Be Happy Dammit.”
In 2007, she launched the brand Falling in Love with Your Future: A Young Woman’s Guide to Passion and Happiness, which takes the form of books, life coaching, lectures and more. An integral part of the program is the emphasis on guidance and mentors. Gabrielle recently launched her social networking site www.HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors.
>>From her position as CFO (Chief Five-Year Old) at her first lemonade stand, Jill Salzman has come a long way.
In high school, Jill created a music fanzine culling advertisers and distributing it throughout her hometown, just so she could land on the guest lists to her favorite concerts.
A graduate of Brown University and law school after that, she started Paperwork Media LLC, a music media firm. Her parentsÂ still wonder why she opted for the music business over the seductive and alluring career of a bankruptcy attorney.
She went on to co-create The Bumble Brand, LLC, which currently sellsÂ Bumble Bells, audible anklewear for the newest of human beings. Media response has been fantastic, sales are strong, and yes, her daughter still wears them.
Upon startingÂ The Founding Moms (formerlyÂ TheÂ Momtrepreneur Exchange), the response from moms continues to be as overwhelming as ever. Jill organizes Founding Momsâ€™Â Exchanges in cities around the globe to bring momtrepreneurs together, live and in-person, to network, learn and exchange with one another.Â Sheâ€™s constantly on the lookout for momtrepreneurs to open new Exchanges in new places.Â Recently profiled inÂ A Cup of Cappucino for The Entrepreneurâ€™s Spirit Volume II, nowÂ available at Amazon.com, Jill also speaks to corporations, universities and other organizations about why everyone should be paying more attention to their mothers.
When sheâ€™s not starting up a new venture, Jill enjoys baking, skiing, and erasing her daughtersâ€™ crayon artwork from the kitchen walls.
>>Will Christien has been wakeboarding for about 12 years after discovering the sport whilst traveling through Australia. She started to ride competitively in 1999 in the UK and now lives in Florida training, coaching and competing internationally. Along with her sponsors Mastercraft, CWB and Oâ€™Neill, she now runs coaching clinics throughout the USA called Wakechix, which provides wakeboard and boat driving tuition to girls/women. She rides and trains in Winter Haven with her Mastercraft and CWB team mates including Zane Schwenk, Jimmy Trask, Derek Grassman, Andrew Adkinson and Brian Hutton.
>>Theo Kogan, founder of Armour Beauty, has lived her whole teen and adult life in the Entertainment world. Theo’s passion for make up is incorporated into all areas of her life, from work to play. She is well known for her gorgeous over the top make up styles, from performing on stage as the singer in the legendary all female band Lunachicks to her current band Theo and The Skyscrapers. She’s been a print model for Calvin Klein, Burberry and most recently Kenneth Cole and has worked as an actress in film, television and stage. Theo’s passion for creating a beauty line comes from not being able to find unique products that include everything she desires in the lines currently in stores.
Christina Dunbar is a Transformational Coach and Sensuality Specialist. She is creator and host of The Power and Pleasure tele-series, Branch Leader of The Goddess Collective- LA (a group for conscious women in business) and CEO of The Power Goddess (www.thepowergoddess.com). Christinaâ€™s mission is to heal the blanket of shame that separates women from their Light. She does this by helping her clientsÂ honorÂ their sensualÂ AND Spiritual self , claimÂ their worth,Â catapultÂ their confidence, Â and find their voice so they create a fabulous future theyâ€™re in love with!
A former beauty queen turned social entrepreneur, Bessie A. Winn-Afeku, is on a purpose driven mission to educate, inspire, and empower. With an extensive background in beauty and pageantry, Bessie was also contestant in theÂ 2003 Miss Georgia USA pageant and a finalist in the Today’s Black Women Magazine Beauty Competition. This formerÂ Miss Black Georgia USA has truly breathed life into the clichÃ©d beauty pageant phrase, “Make the World a Better Place.”A native of Ghana West Africa, Winn-Afeku moved to Georgia at the age of seven years old. Bessie Winn-Afeku is a poised and covetedÂ speaker and Founder and Director ofÂ The She is Me Programâ„¢ which is a non-profit organization that aims to empower young women and ensure high school graduation through workshops, the arts, and exposing them to various careers, and positive role models while developing college readiness. She also blogs for theÂ IMPACT section of theHuffington Post. Winn-Afeku is theÂ Creator and Editor ofÂ thefabulousdogooder.com, site that chronicles fabulous giving and fabulous living. Bessie has been featured inÂ ESSENCE magazine,Â EBONY magazine, was recognized asÂ Atlanta’s 2010 Power 30 Under 30 in the area of Non-Profit work and community service, and is listed in the 2010 edition ofÂ Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. Bessie A. Winn-Afeku is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Sociology.
Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist/life coach, published author and a motivational speaker in New York City. She has a thriving practice providing intensive life/wellness coaching and psychotherapy to individuals and corporate clients nation wide. Her areas of expertise include life transition, transformative leadership, health crises management, effective communication, manifesting change and stress management among others.