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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.

Join the conversation every Wednesday night at 6:30PM 

via our complimentary Zoom conversation or Facebook Live @morphmom

Watch us on NJ12+

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

Verizon channel 530 or Optimum channel 61

Live Stream - http://news12.plus/new-jersey/

It's "Bow" Time

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Lindie Royall & Becca Grider

Co-Founders of The  Little Poppy Co.

In a short walk home, a brand new bow was lost, and Little Poppy Co. was born.

 

Started in 2015 by two Utah mothers, Lindie Royall and Becca Grider , Little Poppy Co. has exponentially grown into a multimillion-dollar company. As with most morphmoms, the partners found something missing in the market...and filled that gap.  As mothers with young children, they realized the not only the desire for bows, but the realization they they were also lost all too frequently. They joined forces and created the  ORIGINAL bow subscription service that offers stylish bows to surprise buyers( and children)  every month.  

Just Enough...

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Liz Lange
CEO & Creative Director of Figue

 Founder of Liz Lange Maternity

In 1997, Liz Lange pioneered "maternity chic" by creating stylish, body conscious clothes for pregnant women. Working alone out of a one-room office, she created Liz Lange Maternity, changing the face of maternity fashions and revolutionizing the category. A decade later it was one of the largest maternity apparel brands in the world and in 2007, after dressing every major pregnant celebrity, including including Cate BlanchettCindy CrawfordGwyneth PaltrowJulia Roberts, , Kate Winslet, and Reese Witherspoon, and opening multiple flagship Liz Lange boutiques and forging major licensing deals with Nike and Target, Liz sold the brand.

Liz is the also the author of "Liz Lange's Maternity Style: How to look Fabulous during the Most Fashion-Challenged Time" published by Random House.

In 2010 Liz' first women's ready to wear collection launched on HSN, Completely Me™ by Liz Lange. 

In December 2020, Lange acquired Figue, a popular dress brand, of which she is now the CEO and Creative Director. 

Lange is also the star of the popular Sony podcast, "The Just Enough Family."

Liz has been recognized with many awards including Crain's Rising Star Award, Crain's 40 under 40, Time Magazine's "most powerful entrepreneur's". In addition to all of her fashion press coverage, Liz has also been profiled in major business publications including the WSJ and Harvard Business Review. Liz has appeared on Oprah, CNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg

Liz is actively involved in many charities and was a spokesperson for cervical cancer awareness. She spends most of her time these days running Figue as its CEO and Creative Director, and also investing in other consumer facing brands.

She lives in NYC, East Hampton and Palm Beach with her husband, her two college aged children and her two dogs.

When Oprah Loves Your Dress...

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Jean Marie Clarke
Founder PAX PHILOMENA

 

Jean Marie Clarke, founder of PAX PHILOMENA, is on a mission to share her life-long love and passion for beautiful textiles through this transnational clothing line. A quintessential citizen of the world, Jean Marie was born in Calcutta, India to Anglo-Indian parents, whose families had been living in India for five generations. She emigrated with her family to America at a young age as a British citizen and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.

As the daughter of immigrants, she could not afford to buy clothes deemed “fashionable,” so she tailored and sewed her own clothing from original fabrics. Earning a scholarship to Princeton University, Jean Marie felt a calling to study art history, focusing on Italian Renaissance studies. She studied abroad in Rome, learned Italian, and fell in love with the sense of aesthetics that permeates the Italian culture.

After graduation, she met Antonio Ratti the owner of Ratti SPA Textile Mill in Como, Italy. Impressed with her passion for textiles, Ratti hired her to work from his Como office designing and selling printed fabrics for the American luxury home furnishings market. For the last two decades, Jean Marie has travelled the world representing European textile mills. However, always feeling a calling to India, she has finally stepped foot back on Indian soil and has created PAX PHILOMENA to combine her love of India and Italy with her passion for beauty, color, design, and comfort in clothing.

As part of Jean Marie's mission, a portion of all PAX PHILOMENA proceeds go to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity who continue to serve others and spread peace in America, India, and throughout the world.

A Renaissance Woman

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Eugenia Foxworth
Founder Foxworth Realty

Podcast Host "The Foxworth Theory"

 

The journey of renaissance woman Eugenia Foxworth has many milestones – scholar, fashionista, art curator, flight attendant, real estate business owner and organizational president, scholarship committee executive and, most recently,  podcast host.

After a brief stint as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines, Eugenia decided to follow her love for fine art and fashion. She first opened a Mexican clothing boutique in midtown Manhattan.  Soon thereafter, she launched Foxworth Art Gallery, on the east side of the NYC. While simultaneously living out her passion for art, fashion and culture, Eugenia experienced a flood in her gallery. After many failed attempts at finding a new location with her broker, she decided to take matters into her own hands and obtain a real estate license so she could find her perfect place without having to rely upon others.

In 2008, Foxworth Realty opened its doors. She has since been honored as a “Woman of Excellence” by the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce and highlighted by Real Estate Agent Advisor  as “One of the Phenomenal Women in Real Estate”. On May 1st, 2021 she took on a new title as the President of FIABCI-USA.  She is the first African-American to be elected to this position.

Eugenia Foxworth can add yet another milestone along her journey – podcast host for "The Foxworth Theory", a new series that will cover, of course, art, fashion and culture. 

Helping Mamas

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Jamie Lackey
Founder & CEO Helping Mamas

 

After nearly 20 years as a social worker, Jamie Lackey saw first-hand that the mothers she served couldn’t afford the basic necessities to care for their babies and children. The statistics remain staggering – one in three women in Georgia can’t afford diapers. So, in 2014, she took a leap and founded Helping Mamas, with a mission to collect and donate baby supplies to organizations who serve women and children in need in Georgia.

Lackey successfully raised $100,000 in financial and $50,000 in in-kind donations in the first year alone and has worked tirelessly to grow the organization to include over 150 partner agencies across the state serving over 55,000 families to distribute over 1,000,000 essential baby items such as diapers, clothing, baby wipes, strollers and car seats. 

In her role as CEO, Lackey oversees and manages volunteers, corporate groups and partnerships; prepares grants and works with an active board of directors; and handles the day-to-day operations to move the agency forward.

She is the recipient of the United Way of Metro Atlanta’s first annual Spark award, which recognizes a local nonprofit organization with the most innovative strategy to impacting poverty. 

Jamie received a Master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Lackey is a working mother of two and resides in Snellville, GA. 

Who Didn't Have a crush on David Cassidy?

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Robyn Hadden
 Actress, CSEP, Realtor  & Founder RKH Management, LLC

Personal Assistant Michael Crawford & David Cassidy

 

Robyn Hadden, CSEP, started working in show business at the age of six.   After graduating from college, she began her professional career at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino as a production assistant during the installation of the largest show at that time, EFX.  After sitting next to the show’s star at a table read, she was hand picked to be Michael Crawford’s personal assistant.  She continued this role with his successor, David Cassidy.  She continued working with David as he opened two additional shows and toured the United States and United Kingdom. 

Robyn earned her Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation from the International Live Events Association in 2000, then received her Master’s Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005.  David Cassidy left Las Vegas and Robyn accepted a position at UNLV a year later as the event manager  before serving as the Director of Alumni & College Relations at the UNLV College of Hospitality.  

40 years old, divorced and single, Robyn followed her dream of becoming a mother.  Her OB/GYN recommended a fertility clinic  where she became a "Single Mother By Choice" (SMBC) through IVF and an anonymous donor.  She became a mother to Jack in 2011.  Late in December 2013, she met the love of her life, and she and Jack moved back to her hometown in October 2014 to join Scott and his son, Jordan in Ohio.  Robyn continued her events management career as the Associate Director of Special Events at The Ohio State University.  

At 50, she started her own company, RKH Management LLC, and just passed the Florida Real Estate License Sales Associates exam.   She is currently working with a successful real estate team as their business manager. 

Really Famous

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Kara Mayer Robinson
 TV Host and Producer Really Famous

 

Kara Mayer Robinson is a celebrity interviewer, TV talk show host, and host and producer of the TV and film talent-interview show Really Famous.

 

Kara interviews A-listers including Spike Lee, Tony Goldwyn, Mayim Bialik, Dennis Quaid, Talia Shire, Mike Rowe and Padma Lakshmi for television, podcasts, digital media, print and live events. The conversations are intended to reveal who the guests really are and how they really feel, in order to get to know the real person behind the fame.

 

Really Famous is available across a multitude of audio and video platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, YouTube, IGTV and Facebook Video.

 

Kara is also an esteemed journalist (The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Emmy, Travel + Leisure, etc.) and Columbia University-trained psychotherapist.

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It's All About The Arts!

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Fran Kirmser
 Tony Award Winning Producer,  Dancer & Author


Fran Kirmser is Two-Time Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer, fundraiser, former Dancer, and co-Author of the book A Life In Dance.  Fran has her finger on the pulse of live performing arts and entertainment in New York City. 

 

Her award-winning and fan-favorite productions include the rock musical HAIR, sports plays LOMBARDI and MAGIC/BIRD, and play revivals WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS starring Al Pacino. She’s helped produce the work of hundreds of artists throughout her 25-year career and has worked in Development at major institutions such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Martha Graham Dance Company.  

 

An entrepreneur and single Mom, she has run her own company for over two decades while raising a daughter.  Fran’s passion is teaching young artists the business side of the arts and has done so at universities in half of our 50 states including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of California, Wayne State University, University of Hawaii, Alvin Ailey/Fordham and Columbia University among others.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Sabina Carr
 CEO of the San Antonio Botanical Garden


Sabina Carr is the chief executive officer for the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Sabina joined the San Antonio Botanical Garden in the fall of 2019 after an extensive national search. She arrived at a significant juncture for the public garden that had just transitioned to privatization in January 2019. Sabina directs all operations for the 38-acre public garden located in the heart of San Antonio’s cultural corridor, and under her leadership oversees fundraising, education, marketing, business administration and horticultural efforts with an annual visitation of 170,000 and a membership household base of over 11,000, doubled from 5,000 households during her tenure.

The Botanical Garden recently completed a successful $40M capital campaign that transformed the garden with stunning new gardens, facilities and amenities, including a culinary garden, an outdoor teaching kitchen, family adventure garden, and new state-of-the-art event and education center. Sabina has activated these new spaces with expanded hours, new events such as the Sips & Sunset in the Garden series, new art exhibitions including the world debut of Frida Kahlo Oasis and Origami in the Garden², and horticulture exhibitions such as Wildflowers in the Garden & Orchid Weekend. This activation has attracted more earned revenue and served to broaden audiences while connecting more people to the importance of plants in our lives.

She is Past President of the Board of the American Public Gardens Association, a national network of over 600 member gardens and over 9,000 individual members in 14 countries. Prior to joining the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Sabina was Vice President, Marketing for the Atlanta Botanical Garden where she helped lead the garden’s impressive growth over 15 years by quadrupling three key areas: annual operating budget, annual visitation and household membership. Before her career in public gardens, Sabina worked in New York City and held marketing positions with American Express, Conde Nast, and Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. She holds a B.A, in English Literature from Southern Methodist.

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Paying It Forward

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Simone Gordon
 Founder of The Black Fairy Godmother Foundation


Simone Gordon, affectionately known as The Black Fairy Godmother, has been featured on almost every T.V. talk show and news outlet you can think of, from "The Kelly Clarkson Show" to "Good Morning America". And yet, the New Jersey native remains humble as the face of a network of 'guardian angels' who come to the rescue of thousands of women-led families living in abject poverty and experiencing domestic violence. Her motivation for helping women in crisis is deeply personal.

Simone desperately sought out resources to help take care of herself and her nonverbal, autistic son. Frustrated by the lack of available aid in her state, her motherly instincts kicked in, and she got creative. In countless Facebook groups, Simone unabashedly petitioned for help to secure food, diapers, and formula for her son. Humbly she encountered kind-hearted strangers, who she regards as guardian angels, offering emergency assistance in her time of need. However, the support and generosity didn't stop there; Simone was even able to return to school due to a guardian angel paying her unpaid tuition bill.

Overwhelmed with gratitude, Simone knew that her hardship could be the equivalent of someone else's point of no return. She felt compelled to pay it forward and began to research the various socio-economic conditions that disproportionately impact African Americans. Alarmed by the statistics, she sprang into action, creating a platform to help families in adverse situations, the mantra of her mission: "Women and children first." She began with a social media platform that ultimately evolved into The Black Fairy Godmother Foundation.

Today, a growing legion of international supporters, within the Black Fairy Godmother Network all agree, Black Fairy Godmother is a name perfectly befitting of a woman who remains a vigilant lifeline to many. The Black Fairy Godmother Foundation has been the recipient of a number of grants from various organizations, including  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tony Burch/Upworthy Foundation,  Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Foundation, and the Grapevine Foundation, Benevity (partnership with Google). 

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Calling The Shots

 

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Joy Taylor
 Radio Personality & Podcast Host

Television Host at Fox Sports 1


Joy Taylor co-hosts THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, which airs weekdays on FS1, as well as the popular "Maybe I'm Crazy" Podcast. Taylor joined FOX Sports in March 2016 for the launch of SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED and served as the moderator on the debate show until July 2018.

 

Prior to joining FOX Sports, Taylor spent the previous five years in Miami radio, including a successful three-year stint at 790 AM The Ticket, where she was co-host for the station’s top-rated morning-drive program, "Zaslow and Joy Show," after starting with the station as the show’s executive producer. Taylor also served as the host of "Thursday Night Live" and "Fantasy Football Today" on CBSSports.com.

 

A Pittsburgh native and the younger sister of former Miami Dolphins star Jason Taylor, she attended Barry University and earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting. While at Barry, she hosted her own radio show, "The Noise," and served as station manager for WBRY Radio.

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"The Bone Code"

 

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Dr. Kathy Reichs
New York Times Best-Selling Author

Producer of the hit Fox TV series "Bones"


Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became both a New York Times and international bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.  Her latest novel, The Bone Code,  is Kathy’s twentieth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.  In addition, Kathy co-authored The Virals young adult series with her son.

  

Kathy  was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and to the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted in the recovery of remains at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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Oh Baby!

 

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Fiona Sahakian
Founder of Posh Peanut


Fiona Sahakian founded Posh Peanut Children’s Boutique in the  beginning of 2011 and it all began because of a genuine love for children, children’s clothing and an inventive excitement needing to be fulfilled. Fiona had been a successful hairstylist in Los Angeles CA for 12 years before fully committing her focus to growing her brand.  Fiona decided it was time to begin a new chapter in her life and left her job as a hairstylist so she could fully immerse herself into the future of Posh Peanut. 

Fiona initially launched Posh Peanut with children's clothing &accessories on Etsy.com and was soon kicked off the platform due to the brand’s outstanding success. She then created PoshPeanut.com, which is now available on AmazonNordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue- becoming the number one baby brand and searched brand at Saks Fifth Avenue after Chanel.

 

They’ve built a huge following around the world and have  solidified themselves as a favorite among celebrities including Chrissy Teigen, Kylie Jenner, Kate Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria and more!

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"Is Your Partner Sports-Obsessed?"

 

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Ernestine Sclafani Bayless
Bestselling Author
"Balls: How To Keep Your Relationship Alive
When You Live With A Sports Obsessed Guy."⁠

 


Ernestine Sclafani Bayless enjoys spending free time shopping, going to concert, the movies, and the theatre: pretty much anything other than watching sports. When she started dating and then married Skip Bayless, one of the most influential figures in sports media, something had to give. And it did.⁠

Ernestine's Amazon bestselling book explains just how to keep a relationship alive - and still going strong - while learning how to coexist with Skip's "other woman"- who she's come to know , live with and put a name to: sports.⁠

For nearly three decades Ernestine built a reputation in the world of public relations by using chutzpah and charm to help other people and brands share their stories. Now it's her turn, with her literary debut of "Balls: How To Keep Your Relationship Alive When you Live With A Sports Obsessed Guy."⁠

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"It ain't over until you say it's over"

 

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Lesley Jane Seymour

 Founder of Covey Club

&

Media Entrepreneur 

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur and founder of CoveyClub a new club for life-long learners launched in February 2018 (Covey is a small flock of birds). CoveyClub allows women 40+ to bond over issues of interest and concern through webinars (Coffee & Conversation) or topics in the CoveyClub blog which is written and produced by the best journalists around the world. CoveyClub also weekly podcasts with women reinventing themselves (The Reinvent Yourself Podcast) and an app (CoveyConnect) where women can connect and talk with each other about similar interests. 

 

From 2008-2016, Lesley served as Editor-In-Chief of More Magazine, the leading lifestyle magazine for women over forty with a readership of 1.5 million. She was also the Editor-in- Chief and Social Media Director of More.com, which attracted over 12 million monthly page views and 600,000 unique visitors. Before taking over More, Lesley served as the Editor-in- Chief for Marie Claire, Redbook, YM, and Beauty Director of Glamour, and copywriter and senior editor at Vogue.

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Everyone is Part of the Party!

 

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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 

Got Flour?

 

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Jennifer Lapidus

 Founder of Carolina Ground Flour Mill

&

Author of "Southern Ground"

RECLAIMING FLAVOR THROUGH STONE-MILLED FLOUR [A BAKING BOOK]

Jennifer Lapidus is transforming bakery offerings across the southern United States with intensely flavorful flour, made from grains grown and cold stone-milled in the heart of the South at Carolina Ground Flour Mill. While delivering extraordinary taste, texture, and story, cold stone-milled flour also allows bakers to move away from industrial commodity flours to create sustainable and artisanal products. Jennifer is bridging the gap between local farmers and bakers. Now, in her latest cookbook, “Southern Ground: RECLAIMING FLAVOR THROUGH STONE-MILLED FLOUR [A BAKING BOOK]" Jennifer celebrates the incredible work of bakers all over the South Serving instruction and insight into how to use and enjoy these flavor-forward flours of geographic distinction,

Jennifer has been featured in Peter Reinhart's book "Whole Grain Breads",  The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Splendid Table, Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Saveur, Taste of the South, and numerous other local publications. Jennifer sits on the board of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and is co-organizer of the Asheville Bread Festival.

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School's Out...Now What?

 

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Meg Ragland

 President and Co-Founder of Plum Print 

 It was an overflowing art drawer in Meg Ragland’s Brooklyn kitchen that helped give rise to the formation of Plum Print. Her daughter (now 15) and twin boys (10) were prolific preschool artists. So Ragland teamed up with her cousin, who had the same “creative clutter” storage issue in Manhattan, to cofound Plum Print in 2012. 

 

Plum Print takes the overwhelming piles of artwork that children create and turn them into elegant coffee table books. The company was founded in New York and moved their headquarters to Asheville, North Carolina in 2013. The company was profitable in just 10 months and has customers in all 50 states and around the globe. Plum Print has gained national media attention, appearing in magazines such as Parents, Good Housekeeping and Real Simple, and numerous blogs, including Gywneth Paltrow’s GOOP, and Cool Mom Picks, Plum Print has also been featured  on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC World News and CNBC’s Power Pitch.

 

Before launching Plum Print, Meg was the health director at Family Circle magazine. A seasoned editor and writer, Meg has been published in Glamour, Self, Fitness, Health, Marie Claire, Child, and the Boston Globe. She regularly appeared on morning television discussing health, nutrition, fitness, psychology and parenting issues. She’s the author of Get A Freelance Life, mediabistro.com's Insider Guide to Freelance Writing.

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. 

HBO...GO!

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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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FINDING CURES. SAVING CHILDREN

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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 babycenter.com.  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, NewYorkTimes.com, Marie Claire, New York Post, Domino Magazine, Today.com, Living Etc. and more.  Chassie also acted as Lifestyle Editor and TV Correspondent at Gilt.com, 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 ChassiePost.com.  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).