Aji Oliyide is a Senior Program Manager at Google who has worked on a number of projects related to product launches, and mergers and acquisitions. Aji sits on the board of directors for San Francisco CASA, a San Francisco non-profit devoted to supporting youth in the foster care system. In addition to board service, she enjoys volunteering and travelling. In 2011, she traveled to Nepal to participate in a charity trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp resulting in over $5,000 personally raised for a local Nepalese non-profit. In her spare time, Aji explores her creative side through her blog (Pivot Points) and her podcast Eat.Plank.Live. Her blog is focused on sharing insights from the decisions and events in people's lives that have influenced their path and how they interact with the world. Her podcast focuses on the role that food and fitness plays in our lives and is now live on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. Aji holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!
Director of women's market strategy at Northwestern Mutual. She has more than 15 years of experience empowering women worldwide in the fields of media, technology, entrepreneurship and finance.
New York based Amanda Pearl Brotman is the founder and designer of AMANDA PEARL, a sustainable accessories brand whose aesthetic is a study in dualities, creating a truly modern sensibility and approach to jewelry.
Born and raised in Seattle, Amanda's childhood was both full of culture and the arts, and the freedom to explore the wild outdoors. Twelve years studying and performing with Pacific Northwest Ballet instilled an unerring discipline and sharp attention to detail, which was tempered by her ceaseless curiosity about the natural world.
Constantly pushing boundaries, Amanda left for NYC where she received a degree in Art History and Visual Arts from Barnard College. After a tenure at Marc Jacobs, in the technical design and production departments, Amanda brought her experience to Erin Fetherston's womenswear label, where she was Collection Director, before decamping to launch AMANDA PEARL.
Amanda is settled in NYC with her husband and boys, but still considers the Pacific Northwest 'home' – drawing upon its stunning natural beauty and innovative spirit as inspiration for her work.
Amanda won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for her handbag designs, and was most recently a finalist in the fine jewelry category.
Amy Andersson is the founder and music director of Orchestra Moderne NYC. Ms. Andersson is on a mission to bring young audiences into concert halls with culturally and socially relevant programs. She has led more than 90 orchestras worldwide in more than 22 countries. She has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS Morning News, and CBS Evening News, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and covered in many more national and international media outlets.
Anna Dolce is a life and business strategist, hospitality coach, keynote speaker and writer. Leveraging her diverse background in show business, hospitality and entrepreneurship Anna helps various entrepreneurs, senior executives, prominent artists and elite athletes solve their most complex challenges and achieve their most ambitious aims. Anna has spoken from the TEDx stage and major conferences and industry shows on the topics of hospitality, leadership culture, and entrepreneurship.
Visit annadolce.com to get in touch.
Arielle Tepper is a theater and film producer, native New Yorker, and founder of the concierge service, WhatShouldWeDo?! She also serves as the Board Chair for The Public Theater in New York and has won six Tony Awards.
Audrey Fairbrother is the Marketing Manager for Boldly, a premium subscription staffing company connecting demanding founders and executives with highly skilled, meticulously matched help.
Brittany Netta is a Visual Designer at one of the worlds most admired technology companies, Fiserv. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Technical Design and a Minor in Art History. Brittany is passionate about educating others in the underrepresentation of women in the US tech sector, and is making strides towards closing the gender gap through working with organizations including Girls Who Code and Built by Girls.
Bryce Gruber is the Editor in Chief at TheLuxurySpot.com, a morning news contributor, and a strong cheese enthusiast. When she's not snacking at her desk she plays mom to 4 sassy little squirts, wife to a man with a thick accent, and neighbor to the wonderful weirdos of NYC.
I'm the proud founder of HerHeadquarters, a woman-owned tech company that caters to women entrepreneurs. In June 2019, we released the first product from the company, HerHeadquarters app, the first brand partnership platform exclusive to women entrepreneurs within the fashion, beauty, entertainment, events, and PR industries. Since launching, HerHeadquarters has grown a national user base, expanded into a small, but mighty all female team, and gained national press coverage with Cheddar, Business Insider, Thrive Global, AfroTech, and more.
As we expand, the vision is to grow HerHeadquarters into a global brand that reinforces and celebrates the power of women entrepreneurs through unique products and experiences.
Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and author of Heard Mentality, We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter, and Do Nothing: How To Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing and Underliving. In her 20-year career in public radio, she has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Celeste's TEDx Talk sharing 10 ways to have a better conversation has over 19 million total views to date.
As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds.
Charlene Wheeless is a renowned communications expert, author and speaker with more than three decades of experience in corporate communications. After serving 15 years in C-suite positions, her life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, Wheeless combines her extensive knowledge of leadership and communications with her skill managing adversity to help others learn to retain authenticity, in life and in business and find strength in vulnerability.
Cherie Aimée is an internationally known near-death survivor, heart transplant recipient, regular TV featured guest, global keynote speaker and influential columnist for top media publications. Her articles on SWAAY cover resilience and what it means to be a woman in technology. She's been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, NBC TODAY Show with Megyn Kelly, ABC News, Forbes, Inc., and several other media outlets. Her mission is to positively impact 1 billion lives around the world.
Born in China, raised in New Jersey, and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Christina Perla is the Cofounder & CEO of Makelab, a 3D printing service company.
After acquiring a friend's company with her partner, Manny, Makelab was born and Perla hasn't stopped since. In addition to running the business, she is also on the Board of Directors for the global nonprofit, Women in 3D Printing. Aside from thinking of engaging ways to activate the local NYC 3D printing community, Perla works with other Board Members to foster a diverse industry and expand the global reach of Women in 3D Printing through interviews, events, networking opportunities, and resources.
When she has free time, Perla loves to spend it with her fiancé and their dog, Milo. She enjoys a good, long, strenuous hike anywhere woodsy during the warmer months, and prefers to start every day with a good, usually challenging, workout.
SWAAY's Editorial Writer, Chyna, is a passionate journalist and sociologist. She has made NYC her home for four years and is passionate about sharing the stories of inspiring, impacting individuals.
Cloe Luv is a born and bred Brooklyn, New York entrepreneur, philanthropist and renaissance woman. Luv's Brooklyn co-working space, Cloe's Corner, offers a professional space where female entrepreneurs can thrive through community and sharing entrepreneurial skills. Her 501c3 non-profit organization, Women With Voices, works to empower women through teaching business and financial skills and creating networking opportunities. Cloe's New York City music production company, Brook Brovaz, scores music soundtracks for thousands of television and film projects. The Brook Brovaz debut album, A Brooklyn Summer, is out now.
Dana Pharant is a speaker and life coach focusing on teaching people how to be a badass in life.
Cotton has spent her entire career fighting for independence, space to create her own sound and an audience that would journey with her. Cotton released Small White Town in 2005 and then released the critically acclaimed Rare Child in 2008 as a true indie artist. followed by the Live Child EP (2009) in relatively quick succession. In 2012 came Gun in Your Hand (another collaborative effort with Kevin Salem) followed by Woodstock (2014), The Real Book (2014), A Prayer (2016), and The Mystery of Me (2017). Cotton is no stranger to the classic rock 'n roll story... she's lived some life; seen and been through some serious shit, and this powerful body of work is what she did with it.
Unsatisfied with the lack of natural feminine hygiene and wellness solutions to common vaginal issues, Deeannah Seymour developed pH-D® Feminine Health in 2014 with the introduction of the brand's best-selling boric acid suppositories. Having spent two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, she wanted a natural solution that wouldn't give rise to unwanted side-effects – and it had to be backed by research. She examined hundreds of clinical studies on the use of boric acid vaginal suppositories to help with feminine issues and vaginal balance.
Today, pH-D has successfully helped millions of women while becoming one of the top-selling feminine hygiene brands.