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The Happier Hour

The Happier Hour is a weekly live show hosted by Kathleen Butler Smith, and joined by a team of co-hosts. The one hour show features interviews with women from around the world sharing thought-provoking stories about their lives, along with financial, entertainment, informative and cultural segments.  


Weekly Segments:

  • “I’ll Have What She’s Having…”  Mixologist, Realtor, and Influencer Extraordinaire, Stefani Werring.

  • “Top Things You Need to Know” Elizabeth Schulte Roth will share the best of the best from her hit newsletter!

  • “Know Your Worth” Kathy Entwistle, Private Wealth Advisor of Morgan Stanley shares a financial tip!

  • "Weekly Must-Haves" New Jersey Family's Pick of the Week.

  • "One More Thing" Seema McGrath presents -The Proust Challenge.

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Every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM and Sunday night at 8PM

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Wednesday, June 16th at 6PM

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Laura Taylor

 Founder of Mingle Mocktails 

Laura Taylor, a high performing software executive, mother of two teenagers and happily married wife of over 20 years, found herself drinking too much- turning to alcohol to relieve the stress of balancing a family, career, and appearances of an ‘ideal’ lifestyle while feeling broken inside. With hard work and support of those around her, Laura quit drinking and got sober 5 years ago. While re-entering social situations, she found that her only option was bland seltzer, leaving her feeling uncomfortable and left out. Inspired by successful female entrepreneurs including Sara Blakeley and Tory Burch, who granted Laura an honorary Tory Burch Fellowship, Laura set out on a mission to remove the stigma associated with sobriety. In 2017, Mingle Mocktails was born, providing a healthy and delicious solution. 

Laura set out to craft her beverage from only the purest ingredients. The booze-free beverage is low- calorie, low-sugar and made from natural botanical ingredients, for a refreshing alternative anywhere, anytime. As a result of Laura’s hard work and dedication, Mingle Mocktails is available on her website, regional supermarkets, Amazon, as well as Whole Foods! The beverage is available in five flavors (Blood Orange Elderflower Mimosa, Cucumber Melon Mojito, Blackberry 

How To Move Mountains!


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Kara Richardson Whitely

 Plus-Size Author, Public Speaker and Adventurer.

 Against all odds, Kara took on Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, three times, conquered her fears and shared her incredible journey in her autobiography,  "Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds and The Weight of Being".  


The story is so inspirational that it is coming to the big screen and being made into a major motion picture by Amazon Studios.  Chrissy Metz  (This Is Us) is not only producing the film but starring in it as well.


Kara has been featured in The New York Times and on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS' The Talk and countless other media outlets. She is an influencer for L.L. Bean and a contributor for Backpacker. She helps brands achieve authentic growth by connecting with the untapped market of the 67 percent of women who are size 12 and above.


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Time to Travel!

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Stephanie Linnartz

 President of Marriott International, Inc.

Stephanie Linnartz is the president of Marriott International, Inc., the world’s largest hospitality company with more than 7,600 properties across 133 countries and territories and 30 brands. It also has the travel industry’s largest customer-loyalty program, Marriott BonvoyTM, which has more than 147 million members, and some of the most iconic brands in travel, including The Ritz-Carlton®, St. Regis® Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Sheraton®, W® Hotels Worldwide, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, Westin®, Renaissance® Hotels, and Le Méridien®. 

Before her appointment as president in February 2021, Ms. Linnartz was Group President Consumer Operations, Technology and Emerging Businesses. Ms. Linnartz joined Marriott in 1997 as a financial analyst. Over the years, she worked in various roles within operations, finance, revenue management, sales, marketing, brand management, distribution, technology and digital. Under her leadership, the company launched a new home rental offering, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, and has expanded its consumer offerings to include travel categories beyond hotels, such as tours and activities, dining and transportation. 


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Nora Francescani Skinner

Senior Vice President, Drama Series HBO

Nora Francescani Skinner has worked as Senior Vice President, Drama Series at HBO since September 2015.  While at HBO, she has been the point executive on Brad Inglesby’s MARE OF EASTTOWN starring Kate Winslet, Jesse Armstrong’s SUCCESSION, Damon Lindelof’s WATCHMEN, Richard Price’s THE OUTSIDER, Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERSand (upcoming) Mike White’s THE WHITE LOTUS, and Hagai Levi’s SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, among others.     


Prior to HBO, Skinner was the Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Indian Paintbrush, a New York and Los Angeles-based production and financing company (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Labor Day). Before joining Indian Paintbrush, Skinner was the Senior Vice President of Development at Scott Rudin Productions in New York, where she worked on The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball, Revolutionary Road, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Julie & Julia, among other film, television and theater projects. In addition to working on the Tribeca Film Festival, Skinner served as the Director of Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Theatrical Productions and the Co-Managing Director of their Tribeca Theater Festival. 


Film credits: Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (Executive Producer), directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Executive Producer), directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth, The Reader (Associate Producer), directed by Stephen Daldry and written by David Hare, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, Doubt (Associate Producer), written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, starring Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.


Artists For Change

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Julia Verdin

Producer, Director and Writer

As a Director/Writer Julia Verdin’s credits include the feature film “ Angie: Lost Girls” starring Olivia D'Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Anthony Montgomery and MC Lite. Julia also directed the award-winning short film “Lost Girls”and narrative short "Brown" about foster youth.
Julia is passionate about making social issue driven films as a writer/ director and using the power of film to shed light on important social and humanitarian issues. She has also created/directed short promos for non-profits and a short doc on Child trafficking.  

Julia transitioned to directing from a successful producing career. She has produced 36 films, including theatrical releases “Merchant of Venice” with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, “Stander” with Thomas Jane and Deborah Unger, and “2 Jacks” with Sienna Miller, Danny and Jack Huston and Jacqueline Bisset, which played in many major film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, AFI, Montreal and London film festivals.

Fashion For The Face

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Brigitte Reiss-Andersen

Celebrity Makeup Artist

Brigitte Reiss-Andersen's career as a fashion and celebrity makeup artist spans an impressive four decades at the top of her industry. She started her remarkable journey in Paris in the early 80’s, working in the inner circle of the Yves St Laurent Couture house. Soon, she was collaborating with the celebrated photographers, magazines and supermodels of that glamorous era.


After moving to New York, her career expanded further and Brigitte became one of the elite talents to regularly work for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, In Style, Marie Claire and ELLE. To date her work has been featured on the cover of more than 200 magazines and in innumerable ad campaigns for major brands.

Brigitte has made up a long list of legends and stars in the entertainment industry: Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Glenn Close. She has worked with an impressive 28 Academy Award winners including Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda and Lupita Nyong’o. 

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Emily Callahan

Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, ALSAC


As Chief Marketing and Experience Officer for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Emily Callahan oversees the development of marketing, brand and communications strategies that ensure promotion and protection of the St. Jude brand as a leading brand worldwide. Her teams are responsible for brand marketing; marketing research and strategy; enterprise content; public relations; crisis communications; entertainment marketing; patient relations; and marketing operations and analytics. She also oversees event experiences for St. Jude supporters as well as ALSAC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Platform. 

Prior to joining ALSAC, Emily was the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Networks for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.  Prior to joining Komen, Emily was a supervisor at Edelman Public Relations, the world’s largest independent PR firm.

Emily served as an adjunct professor in the graduate journalism program at the University of North Texas. She currently serves as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and co-chairs the Memphis Brand Initiative. She has received a number of accolades including the 2017 CMO Officers Award from The CMO Club, Non-Profit PR Director of the Year and Corporate Responsibility Co-Executive of the Year by PR News and the Dallas Business Journal’s and the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 awards as well as the Memphis Business Journal’s Super Women in Business distinction. 

Tiny Victories


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Nicki Radzely

Co-Founder of Doddle &Co.


 Nicki Radzely is an award-winning marketer and co-founder of Doddle & Co, an innovative line of children’s products she started with her partner,Janna Badger over Skype (when they lived on opposite sides of the globe). A Flint, Michigan native she built her now-million dollar company in Montclair, NJ. With bootstrap roots (Nicki has raised money on Kickstarter and Shark Tank), Doddle is now a favorite brand at Nordstrom, Pottery Barn Kids and Anthropologie and buy buy Baby, amongst 900+ national retailers big and small. They’ve been featured in Business Insider, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Daily News, Mother Mag, Bloomberg News, Parents, and Pregnancy & Newborn not to mention a favorite among celebrities like Kylie Jenner. They were also just named one of the "Best Baby Pacifiers" of 2021 by What To Expect.


The Confidence Code


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Claire Shipman

Journalist & Public Speaker

NYT Best Selling Author


 Claire Shipman is a journalist, author, and public speaker. Before turning to writing, Claire spent almost three decades as an award-winning television journalist. For the last 14 years Claire was a regular contributor to Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. Before that she served as White House correspondent for NBC News where she regularly reported on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News and TODAY. Prior to that, she worked for CNN for a decade, covering the White House, and also posted in Moscow for 5 years, covering the fall of the Soviet Union. Claire’s reporting from Moscow helped CNN earn a National Headliners Award, and a coveted Peabody award. She received a DuPont Award and an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising, and a DuPont Award for CNN’s coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. She graduated from Columbia College and later earned a Master’s degree from the School of International Affairs there. She’s now a member of Columbia’s Board of Trustees. She lives in Washington, DC with her family.


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Modern Mom Probs


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Tara Clark

Author, Blogger & Social Media Influencer

Modern Mom Probs

 Established in 2017, Modern Mom Probs is a parenting humor and lifestyle Instagram account developed by Tara Clark. She presents realistic issues facing modern parents in a humorous, heart-warming light. Tara creates content for the parenting powerhouse website Scary Mommy and was featured in (201) Magazine as an Influencer to Watch. Tara is a frequent guest on podcasts discussing modern parenting. These podcasts include Marriage and Martinis, Fun in a Mom Bun, Mother Her, and Breaking Down Parenting – The Parent Normal Podcast. She is the author of the book "Modern Mom Probs: A Survival Guide for 21 Century Mothers". 


Tara Clark is the very funny and authentic voice of a generation of modern mothers. She got her start in social media while working at Nickelodeon, where she oversaw the social media accounts for Nick Jr. and Nick@Nite. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Villanova University and an MBA from Metropolitan College of New York in Media Management. 


What's Your Story?


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 Laurie Gelman

Best Selling Author

"Class Mom", "You've Been Volunteered" 

and "Yoga Pant Nation: A Novel"

From talk shows and music shows to parenting shows and news, Laurie Gelman has a wide range of media talents. She now adds best selling author to the list with her brutal take on room parenting in both "Class Mom" and "You’ve Been Volunteered".  Her most recent novel “Yoga Pant Nation: A Novel” is due to be released this summer!


She began her career in Canada, then went on to co-host several shows in both Canada and the U.S. including the groundbreaking show Breakfast Time with Tom Bergeron for the f/X network. Laurie spent two years as a correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America, and, later, The Early Show on CBS. She was a contributing editor for the now defunct Cookie Magazine and a blogger for  More importantly, she was the class mom at her daughters' school for 5 years. She considers this the toughest job she has ever had. Laurie is married to Michael Gelman, Executive Producer of ABC's Live with Kelly and Ryan and is the mother of two beautiful girls.

All In The Family


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 Ann Mashburn

Chief Creative Officer & Designer 

Mashburn, LLC

Ann’s career in fashion began in editorial at Conde Nast, where she served as an assistant to famed Vogue fashion editor and stylist Polly Mellen, Following her time at Vogue, Ann was then named fashion editor of Glamour and then went on to style at J.Crew.
In 2007, Ann, Sid & their five daughters moved to Atlanta to pursue his own line. Inspired by the beauty and attention to detail of shops in Tokyo & Milan, as well as the end-to-end service tradition of old-school American haberdashers, Sid & Ann opened a single men's shop, SID MASHBURN, on the West Side of Atlanta that year. And in 2010, they expanded the business with a full women’s line and shop, ANN MASHBURN, which is inspired by Ann’s time as a fashion editor.

Flagship SID and ANN shops opened in Houston in winter 2013, and the duo opened their third and fourth set of retail locations in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and Dallas, fall 2015. The brand has since expanded to the West Coast, with the fall 2016 opening of a Sid Mashburn-only men’s shop in the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. In February 2018, Sid and Ann expanded their flagship Atlanta retail footprint with the opening of an adjacent Mashburn coffee shop and experiential lifestyle concept shop.

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"How to Make a Difference"


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Andrea Verdone Gorsegner

Founder & President

 Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer

Andrea  is an advocate and fundraiser for pediatric cancer research and a supporter of victims and their families. She began her career as a photography editor for In Style, Lucky, and Women’s Health magazines, but life took a drastic turn on August 16, 2012, when her daughter Natalie, now 11, was diagnosed with high-risk acutelymphoblasticleukemia. Twenty-eight heart-wrenching months later, Natalie was declared cancer-free in November of 2014. 


Approximately six months into Natalie’s treatment, Andrea began fundraising, through her Infinite Love Facebook page, which evolved into a registered 501(c)(3), and to date has helped to raise over a million dollars for childhood cancer research.


In 2014, Andrea received the Humanitarian Award from the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation, in March of 2016 she was granted the Point of Light award  and in February 2017 she was given an Innovators Award from BioNJ.   Andrea and her family have appeared on the Today Show as well as in numerous publications including Parents magazine, The New York Daily news, and Women’s Health magazine to name a few. Andrea was interviewed by Joanna Gagis on her PBS show Life & Living, and she and her daughter Hannah were featured in People Magazine for shaving their heads.  In addition, Hannah & Natalie Gorsegner wrote a song entitled “Fighter” with singer/songwriter Taylor Tote with 100% of the profits going toward childhood cancer research. Andrea was the Executive Producer for the filming of the music video for “Fighter” which won the “Best Home Grown Music Award” at the Garden State Film Festival as well as the “RWJ Barnabas Award” at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, and finally, won “Best Music Video” at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.  


The Unexpected Journey


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India Hicks

 Designer,  Entrepreneur & Best-Selling Author

Designer, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and mother of five, India Hicks was born in London, England, and comes from both British and design royalty. Her father was famed interior decorator David Hicks, and her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was the last Viceroy of India. 

India who has often made bold life choices, which have led to a multi-faceted, unexpected life journey. She has authored four design books, modeled for Ralph Lauren, among others, and been an on-air personality for networks ranging from Bravo to the BBC. She has had her hand in the design world for over two decades – from hotels to home collections. 

In 2015 India launched her eponymous Direct Sales brand. British Heritage and a fresh perspective on island life informed this exclusive lifestyle collection. This closed its doors six years later just ahead of the pandemic. 

More recently India launched a Podcast series - a look into the life her extraordinary mother Lady Pamela - recording wonderfully intimate conversations between mother and daughter. 

In September 2020, India's new book ‘An Entertaining Story’ was published by Rizzoli. India now consults with fashion, home and lifestyle brands. 

Living in the Bahamas for the past 25 years India was in the position to partner with the disaster relief agency 'Global Empowerment Mission' as an on the ground force, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and remains on their advisory board today. India also helped establish the Harbour Island Food Bank which provides sustained food security for those who lost their income as a result of the economic shut down in The Bahamas. She continues her volunteering work for both organizations. 


Your Fully Charged Life


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Meaghan B. Murphy

 Best-Selling Author Your Fully Charged Life

Content Director at Woman's Day Magazine 

Meaghan is a longtime magazine editor, writer, on-air lifestyle expert, podcaster, and certified trainer. Currently the content director at Woman's Day magazine, Murphy is a media veteran who previously served as executive editor of Good Housekeeping. She lives with her husband and their three children  in Westfield, New Jersey.

Your Fully Charged Life is Meaghan's practical guide to bringing your best self to every moment, even when the pressures of daily life leave you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and wallowing in negative thoughts. Spanning health, work, family time, and more, this book reveals small changes in outlook and habits that yield big results, without ever sacrificing who you are.


Meaghan’s mission is to help readers approach life in new ways, see things from a different perspective and take action when they might have otherwise done nothing or felt powerless or down. Her advice and tips and tricks inspire an incredible amount of natural and genuine energy, enthusiasm, joy and positivity. Part physical, part mental and emotional, Meaghan’s philosophy is a contagious zest for life that comes from feeling open and game, healthy and capable, motivated, optimistic and a bubbly punch of other positive emotions. And it’s all based on one principle: Every day, every hour, sometimes moment-to-moment, you can consciously choose to act in a positive way or look for the positive in situations.



Back In Studio!


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Chassie Post

 TV Style Correspondent, Host and Lifestyle Editor 

Chassie Post is a sought after TV Style Correspondent, Host and Lifestyle Editor who is best known for bringing her upbeat style savvy and know-how to women across the country.  As a guest on national television shows such as The Today Show, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, E!, Wendy Williams Show, GMA, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Live w/ Regis & Kelly, CNN, The Steve Harvey Show and more, Chassie covers the hottest trends in all things style: from fashion to design to entertaining to celebrity to wellness and beauty.  Whether it’s dishing about Oscar red carpet looks or incorporating bold color into your décor, millions of viewers have seen her as their go-to style source.

Known for her keen and exuberant eye, Chassie started her career as an art gallerist, launching the Chassie Post Galleries in New York and Atlanta where she exhibited the work of emerging contemporary artitsts. She then shifted into media, joining the magazine world as an Editor and Stylist for national fashion, home and lifestyle magazines. She acted as Contributing Style Editor for Conde Nast's Domino and Cookie Magazines, representing the brands on television as style correspondent and as an editorial stylist for titles ranging from Glamour to O The Oprah Magazine. Her style advice has been featured in numerous publications such as House Beautiful,, Marie Claire, New York Post, Domino Magazine,, Living Etc. and more.  Chassie also acted as Lifestyle Editor and TV Correspondent at, representing the site on-air as well as creating and producing their national broadcast segments.  Most recently, she continues her work in editorial television as Lifestyle Correspondent for Yahoo.

This past December, Chassie launched a capsule collection of accessories entitled Sequin & Burlap which is available in limited editions on  She is also developing a new house tours show which launched in January called Chic & Awe, co-hosting with sister-in-law Sara Ruffin Costello.


"Icky Bits"


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Marla Wynne

CEO - MarlaWynne Collection / WynneLayers

Marla Ginsburg spent 20 years behind the camera as one of the highest-ranking female television executives in Europe. Based in Paris, she produced some of the longest running international co-productions in television history, (Highlander and La Femme Nikita). However, all that changed in 2008, when, as Ginsburg likes to tell the story, she “landed on derriere, losing her job, her home, and almost her sanity.” 


Ginsburg’s entrepreneurial reinvention that began in her garage and launched on TV retail over a decade ago is now a global lifestyle brand with sales in excess of $60 Million. Over the years, her product line has expanded to include handbags, jewelry, pajamas, outerwear and a diffusion label called “WynneLayers,” with several new and dynamic additional launches slated for Q4 in 2021. 


Ranked as a top-selling brands on HSN in the US, QVCuk and TSC in Canada, MarlaWynne and WynneLayers are among the fastest growing apparel brands in the history of TV Retail.  In 2019, Ginsburg’s brands were launched at QVC in Italy and QVC Japan. This year, the MarlaWynne brand collaborated with the national retailer, Chico’s, and featured in over 200 of their stores across the U.S..

Inspiration became a Passion 

 Passion became a Business


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Holly Daniels Christensen

Founder &CEO,  Dune Jewelry &Co.

Holly Daniels Christensen left home at 15 years old and never looked back, taking a variety of jobs with stints as a zookeeper, a pharmacy technician, a promotional model, a bartender and a cellphone, car and cruise salesperson.  And she spent 14 years as a top agent in Boston’s highly competitive real estate market.  
Meanwhile, Holly also spent years collecting "memories" from her many trips to the sea.  Inspired by the motto “live for the moment, then take it with you,” she managed to accumulate a beautiful array of sands and other natural elements. In 2007, she took this passion one step further and turned these beach memories into unique, sand-filled jewelry designs that she made for family and friends while sitting at her kitchen table.

In 2010, she realized there was a broader demand for her jewelry and decided to turn her passion into a true business by starting Dune Jewelry.  Over the past decade, Holly has grown the business to incorporate sand and natural elements from over 4,500 iconic and memorable locations around the globe, including sand from beaches and ballparks, soil, earth from hiking trails, clay from canyons, flower petals, power stones, golf course grass and more.​

Thanks to this unique “bootstrap” entrepreneur who proved over and over again that she was unafraid of hard work, Holly’s Dune Jewelry was voted the 2016 Woman-Owned Business of the Year for Massachusetts and New England by the Small Business Association (SBA). 

Good Things Come In Small Packages


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Caren Sinclair-Kay

President of Dormify

Caren Sinclair-Kay is the President and on the Board of Dormify, a small space home decor e-commerce business, where she is responsible for overseeing all things related to the company's growth.  Caren is seasoned e-commerce and digital media executive and entrepreneur who has started three online businesses over the past 15 years, two of which were acquired by strategic buyers.  She started her digital career running business development and e-commerce at, a first-generation social network.  She went on to become a Senior Executive at Oxygen Media and Rodale before starting her first company Red Jam Media in 2005.  Red Jam Media was acquired by Third Age Inc. and Caren stayed involved to build ThirdAge into the largest content site/social network focused on baby boomers.  Caren then co-founded and was the CEO of DoodleDeals, a discovery and daily deal site for young moms.   DoodleDeals was acquired by Plum District (Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, Comcast Ventures) after only 18 months of launching and Caren stayed on to lead Strategic Partnerships.  


Caren has been an Advisor to several early stage digital media and e-commerce companies including Greatist, Noom, Bare Snacks, Bluum, LOZO, Red Rover, and Kidz Central Station.  She is very active in the start-up community having been an Advisor at DreamIt Ventures, a judge and Mentor for the Wharton Start Up Challenge, and a guest lecturer for various Entrepreneurship courses.  

What You Say & How You Say It


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Jane Hanson 

Emmy award winning television journalist and Media coach

 Jane Hanson has spent over 30 years helping people learn to communicate better. 

Among her diverse array of media and presentation training clients: top tier leaders of corporations spanning the fields of finance, insurance, startups, technology, education, fashion and media; publishers and editors in chief of numerous national magazines; key opinion leaders in the pharmaceutical industry; politicians and world leaders, internet entrepreneurs; chefs and restaurateurs. She has also hosted programs on cable channels and private satellite broadcasts, covering nearly every subject, from healthcare to food to finance to religion. And she is a frequent speaker, emcee, host, and panel moderator. Events she has participated in range from the New York Emmys to Toys for Tots to the Race for the Cure to the Randall’s island Sports Foundation. 


Jane Hanson grew up on the prairies of rural Minnesota, coming to New York three decades ago to join the NBC networks. She began as an anchor and correspondent for NBC New York in 1979. In 1988, Jane was named co-anchor of “Today in New York,” a position she held until 2003 when she became the station’s primary anchor for local programming and the host of “Jane’s New York”; She covered events ranging from the tragedy of 9/11 to the joy of Yankees victory parades to Wall Street and Washington; has interviewed presidents, business magnates, prisoners, and celebrities; traveled as far as the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and the great depths miles below New York City for her special reports. Most recently she hosted a daily entertainment and lifestyle program, New York Live, for NBC4 in New York City.

Jane has won 9 Emmy Awards. In addition, she was named Correspondent of the Year by New York’s Police Detectives and received a similar honor from New York’s Firefighters. She has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for her service to the community. Jane has served as the March of Dimes Walk-America Chairman, honorary chair for the Susan B. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, and as a board member of Graham Windham, Phipps Houses, the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, and Telecare. 

The Definition of Paradise


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Caytha Jentis

Writer & Producer

Pooling To Paradise
Pooling to Paradise is an indie comedy about a ride-share that turns into an unexpected road trip to Paradise, Nevada for four strangers each at a crossroads in their lives.
Better is about the unexpected connection they all find which is something we could all use today!

Caytha Jentis has written, directed and produced feature films, an online series, and an award-winning stage play that has been turned into a musical. She has several projects in various stages of development, and has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and a BS in TV/Film from Syracuse University. 

​She began her career as a literary agent in New York and was profiled by the Writers Guild and Screenwriter Magazine. She is a member of the Writers Guild, Film Fatales and the Producers Guild.

Her credits include: 

The Other F Word, an online comedy series that streamed on Amazon and was one of its top series four months in a row. It now streams on The Girlfriend, AARP Gen X platform. It features: Steve Guttenberg, Judy Gold, Alysia Reiner and Gilbert Gottfried. 


​Bad Parents, which she wrote/produced and directed and currently streams on HBO, Hulu and Starz. It had previously streamed on Netflix and made the Redbox and iTunes top 20 comedy lists. The cast includes: Janeane Garofalo, Cheri Oteri, Christopher Titus and Kristen Johnston. 


And Then Came Love, a romantic comedy feature which now streams on Amazon. Its cast includes: Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt, Anna Camp and Ben Vereen. 

The One,  a feature film drama.

Exposed, a feature film thriller.

 She also wrote the award winning stage play It’s All About the Kids.  A stage play version of  Pooling to Paradise that has been selected to be part of NYC's Emerging Artists New Works Series in the Fall. 

Broadway Will Be Back!


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Betsy Dollinger

Founder and President 

bd Productions


​​"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." - Les Miserables

And so will the curtain!


Founder and president of bd productions, Betsy has spent over 25 years in the theatre business, where she has worked on some of the most iconic shows in Broadway history, including CHICAGO and WICKED.

Betsy  is currently a Producing Partner on the Broadway shows JAGGED LITTLE PILL and DIANA. Betsy has enjoyed varied roles throughout her career, including producing, marketing, casting, creative development, booking and touring. She created bd productions to offer marketing, creative development and executive producing services to clients. Current marketing clients include the Broadway productions of SIX and MRS DOUBTFIRE, the off-Broadway production and national tour of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and the upcoming productions of THE NOTEBOOK and DEVIL WEARS PRADA. bd productions grew out of bd marketing, a boutique entertainment and lifestyle marketing firm. Past clients included Broadway productions such as WICKED, IF/THEN and ANNIE, as well as restaurant and retail clients.

Prior to founding bd marketing, Betsy was the Director of Casting and Creative Development at National Artists Management where she oversaw the casting and creative development of Broadway shows, including CHICAGO, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and GREASE. As the Director of Programming at Pace Theatrical Company (currently known as Broadway Across America), Betsy was responsible for programming all Broadway Show Series engagements in over 25 markets nationwide, and as the Director of the National Touring Theatre Council at the Broadway League, she developed marketing concepts, promotions and events for industry leaders from across the country.



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Janine Wallace

Founder of Cartwright

Janine Wallaceis a patent attorney, entrepreneur, mother of 3, and handbag aficionado.  Before founding Cartwright, she founded and sold 2 startups, an application software company and a full-service intellectual property law firm.  After which, Janine held executive positions as both a Patent Partner and Chief Legal Officer of direct to consumer brands.

A graduate of The George Washington University’s engineering program, Janine has a passion for STEM based thinking, which has most recently led her to design a carryall with an innovative locking mechanism - the Cartwright Privacy Bag. In 2020, the Cartwright bag was recognized by Forbes, Popsugar, MSN, and People as a best gift. 


For her work supplying and donating medical masks to healthcare workers, Janine was named a 2020 Force for Change by NJ’s Leading Woman Entrepreneurs. 

How Do You Get To Shark Tank?


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Monica Ferguson

Co-Founder of The Solemates

Monica Ferguson is  the Cofounder of The Solemates, a line of fashion solutions. Known for the namesake product, a patented heel cap that prevents high heels from sinking into grass and getting stuck in cracks, Solemates is an innovative brand that marries the concepts of beauty and cosmetics with the pragmatism of traditional shoe care.⁠ Solemates offers solutions to common shoe frustrations ranging from blisterprevention, comfort, foul weather protection, and more. Solemates are available in⁠
10,000 retailers across the USA including CVS, DSW, David's Bridal, as well as onAmazon and the company website (


Solemates were⁠ featured on Shark Tank (Season 8, Episode 4) and in numerous media outlets including The Today Show, O Magazine, Us Weekly, Buzzfeed, People Magazine, Real⁠ Simple, and more. Celebrity customers include Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Platten, Lauren Conrad, Viola Davis, Gayle King, and Natalie⁠ Morales.⁠

Prior to launching Solemates, Monica worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.⁠ Monica has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC Your Business,⁠ Business Insider, Forbes, CNBC, & Fox 5 New York.⁠

Monica graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Finance and studied at Oxford University’s Trinity College. She obtained her MBA from Columbia ⁠



Local Businesses Supported...60 ⁠

Meals Delivered...15,000⁠

Money Raised...175,000⁠

Front Line Workers Helped...Priceless⁠


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Katie Darcy

Founder of FLAG - Summit, New Jersey

At the beginning of the Pandemic, an incredible organization was born- FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group).  @FLAG.2020 was founded to help feed front line health care workers while simultaneously helping to keep local restaurants in business.  When Katie Darcy, a mother of 4, learned about the mission she immediately became involved and founded a local chapter in Summit, New Jersey. Along with her children and the help of the community she managed to raise over $20,000 on her very first day!⁠

 As a Business Manager with fifteen years of diversified experience within the non profit, financial and legal sectors, Katie put her experience to work and established an incredible team of volunteers. Primarily serving health care workers at Overlook Hospital, she managed to raise enough funds to simultaneously support local restaurants and businesses as well.  And with each month the program and the recipients have all grown as well.  ⁠

Katie has been featured in numerous media outlets and was recently named a recipient of The Junior League of Summit's 2020 Jean Hudson Gano Community Service Award.⁠



Be The First To Raise Your Hand!


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Christina Geist

Founder of Boombox Gifts

Author and Co-Founder of True Geist

After taking four years off when her kids were toddlers, Christina Geist started two small businesses and sold her first children’s book, Buddy's Bedtime Battery, to Random House right around her 40th birthday.  Her 2nd release Sorry Grown-Ups, You Can't Go To School! debuted at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller list.


In addition to publishing, Christina has spent the past 6 years as co-owner of a boutique branding firm, True Geist, and using that income as the seed capital, she in turn created  her own brand, Boombox Gifts, an online boutique for personalized memory boxes co-created by family and friends. Boombox Gifts has been featured in numerous media outlets including, O Magazine, Today , Martha Stewart Weddings and USA Today , just to name a few!


Geist's early career spans news producing, public relations, marketing, brand and design strategy positions at large agencies like Arnold Worldwide and Interbrand, in house at Johnson & Johnson and inside growing startups. She lives in New York with her husband (and Ridgewood High School prom date), Sunday TODAY and Morning Joe host Willie Geist, and their kids, Lucie and George.



Be A Natural Beauty


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Gillian Stollwerk Garrett

Founder of Gilly's Organics

A dreamer, writer, speaker, inspirer, "mixologist," and wellness advocate, you can find this mother of three whipping up batches of sugar scrub (and other splendid goodies for her line of products), and filling the shelves your local (NY/NJ/CT) Whole Foods with her line of all-natural beauty products.⁠

As a child Gilly grew up in her parent's pharmacy always "mixing things"... clearly a foreshadowing of her future. After college, she worked in cable TV and then as a writer for Estee Lauder for many years. She eventually developed a passion for natural living and began making her own oils blends to help her dry skin and hair. After numerous requests for her products, she realized that it was time to turn that idea into a business...and @gillysorganics was born! ⁠


It's All About The Kids


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Cara Natterson, MD

CARA NATTERSON, MD, is a pediatrician, consultant, and New York Times bestselling author of puberty and parenting books. In 2020, she launched OOMLA, a company dedicated to making puberty more comfortable, literally.

Cara’s journey through health advocacy began at Harvard College, Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the University of California at San Francisco. In 2000, Cara joined Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, caring for thousands of kids from birth through their teen years. In 2008, she founded Worry Proof Consulting, a practice that gives parents time their primary doctors often don’t have to cover medical, behavioral, and parenting issues in depth. Cara travels the country speaking to both kids and parents about taking ownership of their health and wellness, translating cutting- edge research into understandable, actionable, and even entertaining information.


Cara has served on several boards as a Director or Advisor, including Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Honest Company, Zemcar, Baby2Baby, and The John Thomas Dye School.


And when she’s not doing any of this other stuff, she is spending time with the people who make her all the better at it: her husband and two teenage kids.

IVF, Unfiltered

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Brett Russo

Author of "The Underwear in My Shoe"

After another call from the fertility clinic reporting negative test results, Brett Russo started to panic. Unrecognizable to herself after countless rounds of unsuccessful IVF, at thirty-eight she felt like a failure to herself, a disappointment to her husband, and the only female on Facebook without kids.

In The Underwear in My Shoe, Brett takes you on her journey through IVF, a story of personal struggle and isolation mixed with humor. She shows you that only when she truly lost herself did she discover her inner strength and a sisterhood in the other women going through IVF—discoveries that changed her forever.

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Golf + Martinis = Golftini!

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Susan Hess

CEO & Founder of Golftini

Golftini unknowingly erupted 15 years ago when owner and designer, Susan Hess, couldn’t find any stylish women’s golf clothes to wear on the course. She set out to the NYC garment district and found a sample maker, and designed her first skort. Soon after, Susan started selling skorts to friends and golf shops. After hearing about the PGA golf trade show, she signed up and received her first big order.

Sounds easy, right? No, not at all. While raising 3 boys, without a fashion degree or any business background she figured out how to make it work.  All along the way, she’s met people that helped her and still gives back when she can help others. 


"Older" is the new "Younger"

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Pamela Redmond

New York Times Bestselling Author

"Younger" & "Older"

Pamela Redmond is the New York Times bestselling author of both humor books and novels, including "Younger," now a hit television show created by Sex & The City’s Darren Star, starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff. Thankfully for all of us, she has just released it's sequel, "Older"!

Her other books include the historical novel "The Possibility of You" and the bestsellers "How Not To Act Old" and "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30". She is also a name expert and the cocreator with Linda Rosenkrantz of a groundbreaking series on baby names and the world’s largest baby name website, Nameberry.


It's All About The Journey

The Happier Hour

Melissa Clayton

CEO and Founder of Tiny Tags

Melissa Clayton is CEO and founder of Tiny Tags, an online jewelry store designing and creating fine personalized jewelry for mothers. Tiny Tags’s mission is to celebrate children and each woman’s unique journey of motherhood.  Redefining ‘mommy jewelry’ with simple and classic designs, Tiny Tags is adorned by celebrities and moms all over the globe. Tiny Tags has been featured in People Magazine, Instyle, Refinery29, WhoWhatWear and many more.  From new moms to those wearing their necklaces in remembrance of their little ones, or as a symbol of strength for those loved ones dealing with a personal struggle. 

As a former CPA who knew she had to break out on her own path, Melissa is obsessed with entrepreneurship and sharing the lessons she has learned along the way.  Melissa holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Massachusetts and a MS in Accounting and MBA from Northeastern. Melissa is a wife and mother to three boys and resides in MA.  

Play Like a Girl!

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Kate T. Parker

New York Times Bestselling Author


Owner/Photographer @ Kate T Parker Photography


Kate is a mother, wife, Ironman, professional photographer and New York Times Bestselling author who shoots both personal projects and commercial work for her clients. Her STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY photo series led to collaborations with brands such as Disney, Athleta, Kellogg’s, and NBC. It has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of SITNP, partnering with organizations such as Girls on the Run, Girl Up, The Arthur Blank Family Foundation, Disney, Glam4Good, and The Bully Project by investing in children's’ health and education. Kate is also the author of Strong is the New Pretty: The Guided Journal, The Heart of a Boy and Play Like A Girl.


Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, O Magazine, A Mighty Girl, Vogue, Redbook, NY Magazine, People, Good Morning America, Shape Magazine, Buzzfeed, Self Magazine, DailyWorth, CNN, Vanity Fair Italy, Today Show, PDN, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Garden and Gun, and ESPN W.

 It Takes A Village!

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Brooke Markevicius

Founder and CEO of Allobee 
Need a service?  They have it!

Brooke started her career in Non-Profit management and then discovered a love of all things technology (she was fixing everyone's computer issues and suggesting ways to upgrade their systems) and decided to get a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

She went on to work at Postmates in Operations until she left 5 years ago when she realized the lack of flexibility it provided for her as a new mother.  Brooke went on to do freelance Web Development and IT Project Management before helping to co-found a co-working space for moms in Tacoma, Washington,, The Pod Works.  There she saw that moms had created their own little economy buying and selling each other's goods and services.  In an effort to get moms paid more and on a larger scale, Brooke took her tech skills and love for supporting mom-owned businesses and merged them into one idea, Allobee.


Allobee has become the one-stop shopping platform for small businesses, and startups, who need help either finding and/or providing their goods and freelance services.

How to Juggle Life both...

On and Off the NFL Football Field!

The Happier Hour

Atoya Burleson

Lifestyle Blogger & Podcast host of inSIDELINES

Atoya Burleson, the host of the successful podcast in SIDELINES, is also currently launching a lifestyle blog at  Atoya's podcast is based upon honest, raw, and hilarious conversations about football from the female perspective. Everything is drawn from her life as a wife, mother, and fan spending over 11 years in the NFL with her husband Nate Burleson. Atoya's lifestyle blog opens up her life and home by sharing all the things she’s learned and loved over the years - home design, decor, fashion, travel, lifestyle, being a MOMba, and her relationship with her husband Nate. Atoya's dream of giving women a voice in the sports world through connecting, empowering, and creating a safe place for other women to comfortably unveil themselves has finally come to pass!


Atoya is an accomplished educator, athlete and businesswoman with a Psychology degree and Masters's degree in Education. She was a Division 1 Collegiate hurdle champion at the University of Nevada Reno and helped lead her team to a Women’s team championship. She’s coached high athletes as well as worked within NCAA compliance and she continues to share her knowledge with student-athletes and those that are looking to further their careers both in education and sports.

 Something missing in the market?

Make it!


The "Virtual" Happier Hour

Missy Tannen

Co-Founder of Boll & Branch​



Missy Tannen is the Founder and Head of Product Design and Development of Boll & Branch, the world’s leading luxury and sustainable home brand. A passionate creative, Missy brings a fresh perspective to the textile industry, challenging conventional design and sourcing by launching the world’s first Fair Trade certified bedding in 2014.  Believing in quality with a conscious Missy has been recognized by Fast Company, Architectural Digest and Forbes for her unique approach to textile development that produces award-winning products while ensuring ethical and sustainable practices at every step. 

"All Politics is Local..."

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

with Heather Lende

New York Times Bestselling Author

OF BEARS AND BALLOTS: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

New York Times bestselling author Heather Lende has been writing about her hometown  -- Haines, Alaska and about what community means since she published If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name in 2006   After the 2016 elections, Lende was inspired to take a more active role in politics and decided to run for office in Haines. And…She won! 

HEATHER LENDE has contributed essays and commentary to NPR, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler, among other newspapers and magazines, and is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day. A columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, she is the obituary writer for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines and the recipient of the Suzan Nightingale McKay Best Columnist Award from the Alaska Press Club. Her previous bestselling books are Find the Good, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, and If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. Lende was voted Citizen of the Year, Haines Chamber of Commerce, in 2004. Her website is

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

Mara Davis

Talent Booker at Adult Swim [Originals]

Radio and Television Personality

Mara Davis is a radio personality, emcee, brand ambassador and one of the most well known (and liked) media mavens in Atlanta. Davis is currently the co-host of the tv show Atlanta Eats and the host of Atlanta Eats radio.  Mara is also a music contributor for Atlanta's NPR-WABE-FM and a brand ambassador for the Village Vets, Frye Boots and Karoo Glasses. She also launched the Atlanta build out for Tastemade, a global food community connecting the world through food. Mara was the host of the popular “Radio Free Lunch” request hour on Dave-FM – and now puts that musical knowledge and instinct to use every day booking guests for Adult Swim’s streaming shows… including Sting, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Jason Isbell and many others you will hear about in the years ahead. Mara came to Atlanta for the classic rock station, Z-93 that became Dave-FM. She created the popular "Radio Free Lunch"​ a daily radio request show. Throughout her radio and TV career she's interviewed celebrities and chefs including Alton Brown, Hugh Acheson, Adele, Bradley Cooper, Robert Plant, Jane Fonda and won several "Best Of Atlanta"​ spots in Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine. 

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

 Katye Stanzak

Founder of The Vault, The  Project Physique

and coreRIDE

How to combine food, fitness & fashion?

Just ask Katye


Katye is a classically trained chef, founder of the Project Physique & coreRIDE fitness methods and a lover of fashion. She is constantly evolving & her lifestyle brand is a dedication to all things FOODIE | FITNESS | STYLISH FUN. 

The Pandemic Pivot

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

with Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO of Luminary

To Adapt or Stay the Course....

That is the question and Cate has the Answer!


 After spending over two decades in corporate America leading global,  multi-billion dollar businesses and P&Ls, Cate Luzio self-funded and launched Luminary roughly 18 months ago. Luminary  is a global collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks through community and content.  Members have physical access in New York City to three floors of communal working and social space (including a rooftop deck, fitness and podcast studios and a beauty bar ) and a new Digital Membership and enhanced platform, hosting over 400 events, workshops and programs since March.  Cate has also just recently launched the  Luminary Collective, a virtual marketplace featuring over 200+ women-led businesses and services, many of which are experiencing extreme hardship during this difficult time.

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

 Ilana Raia

Founder of  & CEO of 


 " to help girls raise their hands instead of lowering their standards."⁠

  • Between the ages of 8 and 14 girls’ confidence can drop by 30%⁠

  • By age 14 girls are dropping their sports at 2x the rate of boys ⁠

  • The biggest fall off of girls in computer science remains between the ages of 13 and 17 ⁠

But...what if they didn't?⁠

What if, at exactly the time when some girls are quitting what they love they met the right female role model?  ⁠

A former Skadden Arps lawyer and guest lecturer at Columbia University, Illana has been busy since 2016 founding Être - a resource and mentorship platform for girls approaching high school. She thinks of Être as knowledge strategy for girls - highlighting valuable tools and role models they will need to change the world - and contributes to HuffPost, Ellevate, Ms. Magazine and Thrive Global on these issues. Named a Mogul Influencer in 2017, Illana has appeared in the HuffPost "Talk To Me" video series, participated in the 2018 Balance Project Interviews and the 2019 #WomenWhoRock campaign, and has been featured on Cheddar TV and podcasts like The Other 50%, UBS’ Signature Series, Finding Brave and Women To Watch Media. Her journey from lawyer to founder was profiled in Forbes and Worth, and her award-winning book “Être: Girls, Who Do You Want To Be?” was released in Oct. 2019 on Day of the Girl.⁠

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

Marylyn McLaughlin

Travel Blogger and Consultant 


 So you don't want to travel by planes or trains...

but that automobile is calling your name!


The "Drivable Vacation"  is the new trendy Destination!

But where to go? Where to stay? What to do?

Just ask Marylyn McLaughlin, our resident morphmom travel guru about the latest and the greatest last-minute getaways!

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

Meredith Masony 

Founder of That's Inappropriate and That's Inappropriate Parents


Meredith is the mother of 3 and the Founder of the social media empire,  That's Inappropriate, with close to 3 million followers across all channels.  She is a  blogger, vlogger,  podcaster,  speaker, and author of "Scoop The Poop" who strives to help parents thrive instead of surviving through humor and honesty as they attempt to navigate daily struggles.  Her mission is to educate parents about choosing their battles in life and helping women find themselves. 

Meet The Moms

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

 Denise Albert

Award-winning journalist, television producer and Co-Founder of The MOMS ( and Mamarazzi Celebrity Events. 


 Denise is a Former Senior Producer at Good Morning America, and Former President and Executive Producer at David Blaine Productions. She has contributed to The Huffington Post Parents and The Huffington Post Divorce, where she wrote a series called, “Divorce Diaries”. Denise previously served as a feature reporter for NBA-TV and a producer at Inside Edition.   She was the Co-Host of MOMS & The City on NBC’s Digital Television Platform and Co-Host of The MOMS on SiriusXM Radio and Mamarazzi on The MOMS created a series called Mamarazzi. featuring celebrities in a town-hall discussion, including Emmy and Oscar winners, Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Goldie Hawn. 

Denise is not only a Breast Cancer Advocate but a Survivor as well! She  has shared her story on and had an on-going series at

We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

 Author-Chrishaunda Lee Perez

 "We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women"


Join us for our weekly Happier Hour with author, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, as we discuss her Oprah Winfrey heralded coming of age novel which explores the difficult decisions and situations girls find themselves in as they approach womanhood. A must-read for women of all ages.⁠

Chrishaunda Lee Perez is a writer, producer, creator, and orator. Ms. Perez serves as an advocate for women and teen girls, engaging groups around the world, enlightening audiences about bridging gaps between teen girls and women, encouraging adults to fully consider a teenaged girl's point of view, and elevating empathetic communication as a source of relieving certain traumas and strengthening human connection. They often serve as a key focus in her written works, including acclaimed historical fantasy/magical realism short film, "The Forever Tree" and powerful true story of miracles, "Share The Dream: Building Noah's Ark One Prayer at a Time". Currently, Ms. Perez is in pre-production for her first narrative film about two mothers and their sons and the debilitating effects of addiction.

Have you ever met a SUPERHERO??

The "Virtual" Happier Hour

Simone Gordon, 

CEO & Founder The Black Fairy Godmother Organization, Activist, Motivational Speaker & Domestic Violence Specialist.


Simone is a single mom raising a son with autism and a  full- time nursing student who is also saving the emergency at a time.  This 2020 Webby award winner devotes her life to helping women in crisis around the globe with emergency funds and supplies and does it all through her Instagram account.  

Don't miss this opportunity to meet your SUPERHERO  in person....

The New Face of the Workspace

We discuss the myriad of issues that returning to work brings. We will cover risk mitigation, legal ramifications and how to navigate the complexities of employment issues, including workplace safety and employee privacy.  We will also learn how the workspace can and should adapt to protect employees and how co-working spaces are addressing the changing environment of shared space.  We will share suggestions and opportunities from The Community Food Bank of NJ  as to how you can help others during this challenging time. We hope to provide you with concrete tips and takeaways, so you return to work armed with a transition plan


Kathleen Butler Smith (Moderator)
Founder - MORPHMOM
Janelle Edwards-Stewart - Employment Attorney 

,Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Pam Kapsimalis - Business Attorney,

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Sandee Markwith- -Principal  of Studio 1200
Lynne Pagano - Co-Founder and COO of The Co-Co
Susan Present - Founding Chair, 

Women Fighting Hunger Council of The Community Food Bank of NJ

The Yay in Every Day!

In case you thought you missed it...You are in Luck!

Virtual “How-To” Happy Hour

Meaghan B Murphy

Content Director of Woman’s Day Magazine


Author of upcoming 2021 release:

"The Fully Charged Life: A Radically Simple Guide to Having Endless Energy & Filling Every Day with Yay" 

Grab a glass of wine and join morphmom and our co-host New Jersey Family  as Meaghan teaches us all how to find that

Fully Charged Life…


Meaghan B Murphy, formerly Executive Editor  of Good Housekeeping,  is a writer, editor, on-air personality, lifestyle and health expert and influencer, a home-hack master and certified personal trainer. She is also  a regular guest expert on “Today,” “Live with Kelly & Ryan,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Inside Edition” and many more. 

Enjoy Our Taped Happy Hour

What's Your Story?

Virtual “How-To” Happy Hour

Author, Laurie Gelman

"Class Mom” and “You’ve Been Volunteered”


Where else can you ask TV personality & Best-Selling Author,

Laurie Gelman, how to share YOUR story?⠀


From talk shows and music shows to parenting shows and news, Laurie Gelman has a wide range of media talents. She now adds best selling author to the list with her brutal take on room parenting in both "Class Mom" and "You’ve Been Volunteered". She began her career in Canada, then went on to co-host several shows in both Canada and the U.S. including the groundbreaking show Breakfast Time with Tom Bergeron for the f/X network. Laurie spent two years as a correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America, and, later, The Early Show on CBS. She was a contributing editor for the now defunct Cookie Magazine and a blogger for  More importantly, she was the class mom at her daughters' school for 5 years. She considers this the toughest job she has ever had. Laurie is married to Michael Gelman, Executive Producer of ABC's Live with Kelly and Ryan and is the mother of two beautiful girls. Laurie's ability to talk and write openly and candidly about herself, AND the trials, tribulations and joys of being a wife, mother and woman gives her a unique voice as a writer and broadcaster.