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.
Ann Keeling's career in communications has spanned over twenty years and with positions in brand design, public relations, advertising and photography. She has developed a skill set in M&A communications across a wide spectrum of business categories including advertising effectiveness, commercial real estate investment, wealth management, residential real estate, and STEM among others. Keeling established Cristofoli-Keeling, Inc. in 1999. Ms. Keeling has been named one of the Top 10 Women In Advertising, Marketing & PR by Women's Business Cincinnati; one of fifteen "Business Women to Watch" by The Cincinnati Enquirer; a 2006 "Wise Woman" in the 100 Wise Women Program.
Cristofoli-Keeling, Inc. is a majority woman-owned firm designed for today's agile business environment providing strategic consultation, planning and implementation in the areas of PR, brand design and marketing planning, to B2B, B2C and non-profit clients.
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.
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.
Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. 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.
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.
Jessica Madden, MD, is the Medical Director at Aeroflow Breastpumps, a durable medical equipment provider that helps hundreds of thousands of women to receive breast pumps through insurance each year. She is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist who has been taking care of newborn babies for over 15 years. She is currently on staff in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and has experience working in NICUs in the Boston Children's Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital networks. Dr. Madden provides in-home newborn medicine and lactation support through Primrose Newborn Care, a small business that she opened in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, and spending time with her four school-aged children.
Jeanne Rihm is a personal fashion stylist who specializes in helping women understand their unique body so they can dress with confidence. Jeanne's 25+ years of industry experience is rooted in the fashion capital of NYC collaborating with major designers and working with companies like Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren. She is the official fashion stylist for TEDxLincolnSquare, and Speakers Who Dare, in New York City. Jeanne has been seen on various radio and TV like NYC TalkRadio and Comcast Xfinity's, Empower Hour, discussing proven styling tips to teach women how to find the most flattering clothes for their body. Jeanne has developed an on-line E-course, "Dressing with Confidence,Dressing for You". In this on-line course she educates busy women how to look and feel their authentic best! She has been featured by CareerSpots in a video tutorial teaching young people how to dress for the workforce, and as a resident fashion expert in CBS Philly's Ask A Philadelphia Expert.
Jeanne lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two sons and her dog Beamer. FashionJeanne.com
Kimberly is a globally acclaimed celebrity hypnotist and author of the best-selling book Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You've Always Wanted. With her highly developed intuition and ability to hear the unspoken, clientele have enjoyed her processes and ability to help them enhance their lives. Many years of success have given her the insight to encourage others through Life Management Consultation. Her outstanding ability to disarm life's potential upsets, creation of disease and her power of focus on mind wellness lends itself to exceptional creators around the globe. After developing, writing and hosting a talk radio program on KLSX 97.1 FM Los Angeles, Kimberly has entered private practice as personal advisor in politics, sports and entertainment."
Founder & CEO at Nudesox, the first company to create athleisure socks in various shades of nude that closely match your skin tone. Leila is a student at the University of Southern California with a major in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurship.
Leslie Hassler is a dynamic author, speaker, and business strategist guiding women owned, service-based businesses into more profits, cash flow, and success. Business owners come to Leslie tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed from constantly putting out fires instead of thinking strategically to scale.
Using her more than 12 years of experience in business, finance, mindset, and more, Leslie takes multiple 6 and 7 figure businesses from cash-strapped and struggling to profitable and thriving with her unique Scaling Rich Method.
Her genius has also been featured on stages around the United States such as the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, and more.
If you are interested in exploring the next steps you need to take to grow your service based business to the next level, check out Leslie's quiz here to get on the path so you can finally Scale Rich.
Co-founder & CEO @ KÜDZOO, an app that recognizes and rewards students for academic achievements and mindful screen time. Passionate about startups, growth-hacking, fundraising, the future of education, gender equality, & my dog.
After receiving a spinal chord injury at age 10 and being told she'd never walk again, life changed faster than Madeline could've imagined, but she remained resilient and has since walked across the stage for her university diploma, skydived, base-jumped, maintained a long-distance relationship, and competed in numerous pageants growing up before winning Miss Wheelchair USA. Madeline also founded and is the Executive Director for Live Boundless, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live productive lives regardless of their disabilities and recently became a spokesperson for Aeroflow Healthcare, her incontinence product provider.
Madeline Familia is a brand marketing and public relations consultant. Familia is also a writer who covers entrepreneurship, leadership, culture, politics, and social issues. Familia is the CEO and Founder of New York City-based Creative Voices PR.
As the Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, Mita's efforts to build an inclusive culture are being celebrated. Under her leadership, Unilever was named the #1 Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother Media in 2018. She also co-created the first of its kind Cultural Immersions series to increase the cultural competency of marketers training over 4,000 marketers to date.
Natalie Andersen is an editorial writer and enthusiastic blogger. She believes that everyone's life has to be the result of the choices they make, but a helping hand is always welcomed.
Nina Ojeda is a serial entrepreneur, writer, speaker and currently CEO of PRÊTE. Prior to the launch of PRÊTE, she founded The Avenue West, a go-to-market agency that focused on launching startups and building growth stage companies; which she sold in 2016. She frequently lectures and sits on panels about startup survival, marketing and entrepreneurship. When she's not working (or getting her weekly blowout), she's likely spending time with her rescue dogs or helping her brother save the planet from single-use plastic with his company she helped found, Dook.
Nisa Amoils was named one of the Top 100 Women in Fintech. For the past decade, she has been a venture investor primarily focused on disruptive technologies. She is a former securities lawyer and on the boards of several companies and institutions.
Storyteller | Survivor | Social Impact
Nubia DuVall Wilson is a published author, journalist and advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse. As a storyteller, her mission is to liberate survivors of sexual abuse by curating content that supports their wellbeing and gives them a voice and a community to embrace the reality of living and loving after assault. In May 2018, she published her second book, The Survivors Club, a supernatural novella inspired by her journey to heal as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, which is the inspiration behind a new TV pilot currently being pitched. Nubia is also the founder of Cielo Consulting, a boutique public relations and marketing agency. Nubia graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in English and a minor in Religion. Learn more at nubiaduvall.com.
Sandi Harari joined BARKER in 2006, making the agency one of only 3 percent in the business to boast a female Creative Director at the time. With over 20 years of experience in advertising and branding, she has experience in health and beauty, fashion, film, and lifestyle marketing. Sandi has been recognized in industry publications including Ad Age, Adweek, and Forbes. A champion advocate for women in the workplace, she was also recently named a 2017 Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It.
Shivani Mangar is an NYC-based Editorial Writer for SWAAY who is passionate about female empowerment. She enjoys writing, reading and creating digital art.
Sophie Slutsky is a writer and editor with a background in Communication, Feminist/Gender/Sexuality studies, and English. Sophie is interested in gendered media representations and intersectional feminism. In addition to writing for SWAAY, Sophie is the creator of @Feminism_in_squares and is writing a book on intersectional feminism and its modern connection to social media and female body image.
Known worldwide as the "First Lady of Nails," OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann initially made her mark on the beauty industry in 1989, when she created the first 30 OPI nail lacquers. Thanks to her keen eye for color, several of these shades still remain bestsellers in OPI's classics collection, including OPI Red, Malaga Wine and Coney Island Cotton Candy.
In her 35 years at OPI, Suzi has continued to set trends for the nail industry. She ignited the dark nail revolution with the deep purple Lincoln Park After Dark, was the first to add real diamond dust to nail lacquer, and mainstreamed nail art with Shatter by OPI.
Suzi has created thousands of iconic OPI shades, including I'm Not Really a Waitress, one of her best-known colors, which has been heralded as the perfect shade of red by women across the globe. Allure inducted this lacquer into its Beauty Hall of Fame in 2011, after it won the Best Nail Polish award nine times.
Suzi pioneered the development of OPI partnerships, elevating consumers' overall brand experience. Under her guidance, OPI became the first nail care brand to collaborate with Hollywood's top films and celebrities, as well as iconic companies including Coca-Cola, DELL and Ford Mustang.
As Brand Ambassador, Suzi serves as the voice of OPI, the world's largest professional nail brand. Suzi is the go-to authority for beauty editors and fashion designers alike, regularly contributing to stories both in the U.S. and internationally about nail care and color trends.
Born in Hungary, Suzi was attracted to the beauty world at an early age. She cultivated her instinct for color and style in the garment industry of New York City, where she also attained a degree from Hunter College. Suzi's passion for fashion translates into year after year of on-trend nail lacquer shades, worn by celebrities and consumers alike to accessorize the season's hottest looks.
Suzi places a strong emphasis on philanthropic contributions through the Fischmann Family Foundation, which focuses on education. The Fischmann Family Foundation provides scholarships and financial aid at various institutions. "I strongly believe that education is one the most important things we can provide our children. No one can take away from you what you learn, and with education comes so many other opportunities," Suzi explains.
Suzi lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
In March 2019, her autobiography titled "I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time" was published. For more information, visit
Tianna Bell is Creative Director of Belle Bar Organics, a family business co-owned by her mother and sister. Belle Bar Organics is the easiest solution for creating your own unique, holistic beauty regimen. She believes that empowerment, simplicity, convenience, and access is the key to helping everyone live a well-balanced lifestyle.
Talofa Lava! I am a Social Worker by day and Founder of Lady Pasifika, a platform sharing stories from Pacific Island women that are authentic and unapologetic.
I am excited and honored to be in this community of Boss Women who are taking control of the narrative for all women!
Victoria is the Co-Founder of Lux Beauty Club. After successfully building the Lux platform to sell hair extensions, they realized that by taking a holistic approach to hair and beauty since beauty starts from within added proprietary formulas for hair, skin and nails infused with CBD. They currently sell online and wholesale via spas, salons, large retailers and have experienced explosive growth through partnerships and licensing deals.
Victoria and Leslie appeared on Project Runway: Fashion Startup in August 2016, and have also been featured in TIME Magazine, Forbes, Allure, Latina, Univision's Primer Impacto,Telemundo, Shape, Huffington Post, NY Post , Barstools Sports and many others.
Wendy Rose Gould is a reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona. She covers women's lifestyle topics for numerous digital publications, including Refinery29, InStyle, xoVain, Headspace, PopSugar and ModCloth. You can learn more about her at WendyGould.com.