Jon Bond is one of the advertising and marketing industry’s most recognized thought leaders and entrepreneurs. He has developed several significant companies and marketing concepts over his 30-year career. Bond co-authored “Under the Radar,” which has been published in 5 languages. He is a keynote speaker and has lectured at Harvard Business School, Columbia, NYU, The University of Texas and his alma mater, Washington University (St. Louis). Bond has appeared on CNN, 20/20, CNBC, 20/20, Barbara Walters, Deborah Norville and Piers Morgan, and in 2010 was voted number 4 in Adweek’s “Executive of the Decade” poll.
Edward J. Cembal is the Canadian author of the highly anticipated literary horror novel The Monsters in our Shadows. Born in Toronto, he wrote his first story in grade one, featuring the night terrors that would plague him all his life. Needless to say, teachers were “concerned.” Growing up a storyteller, he toured as a musician before a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy took him from the road. Diving back into writing that explores existential horrors, his work has quickly received an enlivened response. When he’s not hunched over putting pen to paper or adrift in his mind on stormy days, he can be found in his library playing piano and orchestrating sound design for film and television. If it weren’t for his marvellous wife or big softy of a pup Juno, he surely would have fallen to madness. However, he’s not ruling the descent out entirely.
Meagan Church is a writer, wordsmith and storyteller by trade. She has a degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Indiana University, and works as a freelance writer/storyteller for brands, blogs and organizations. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets. To learn more about her writing, visit www.MeaganChurch.com, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @mchurchwriter.
Marian Dealy is a filmmaker and an award winning Ph.D. in Biology. Before doing her thesis at UCSD in molecular genetics, she worked on deciphering the human genome at Human Genome Sciences and as an AIDS researcher at the National Institutes of Health in a Biosafety Level 2/3 lab.
Sam DeMase is a Career Confidence Coach and Self-Advocacy Expert with a community of 375,000+ followers on social media (@apowermood). She has helped thousands of women advocate for themselves at work, land their dream job, and earn what they're worth. Her best-selling resume guide and online courses have been purchased in 25+ countries worldwide. Her expertise has been featured in print, on podcasts, and speaking engagements at companies and universities. She has 10+ years of professional experience in Learning & Development, Facilitation, and Recruiting and holds a BA in Business from NYU. Sam has built global training teams for multi-million-dollar corporations, created world-class training programs from the ground up, interviewed hundreds of candidates, and navigated her way up the corporate ladder. She faced many challenges in her career and learned to advocate for herself every step of the way. She is proud to teach other women how to do the same.
Dr. Amanda Hanson is a doctor of psychology, leading expert, author, and coach who helped hundreds of women break out of their misery patterns through the uniquely designed blend of traditional therapy and proven holistic methods.
Dr. Amanda specializes in such topics as mental healing, self-love, relationships, and midlife.
Unlike many other experts, Dr. Amanda doesn't believe midlife must be tied to a crisis. She offers an alternative narrative that guides women to strive in midlife and enjoy it to the fullest.
Dr. Amanda Hanson is a huge stand for navigating the aging journey out of a place of self-reverence, respect, and love. To learn about Dr. Amanda's programs and offers head to www.AmandaHanson.com
Jimmy Harney is a New York Times-published essayist and leading music industry communications executive. An NYU graduate with a concentration in creative writing, Harney’s writing about his own life has garnered international attention. His 2020 personal essay “In Defense of My Emu Tattoo” was published by The New York Times for the outlet's internationally acclaimed "Modern Love" column and has since been translated into multiple languages and published for readers across the globe. For over ten years, he’s also crafted messaging and compelling editorials alongside some of the biggest names in entertainment - from Oscar-winning actors and influential athletes to Grammy-winners and global music legends like Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Motley Crue, and Janet Jackson, to name a few. FOr more information, visit his site: www.jimmyharney.com
Chenel King is a poet, fiction writer, and Emmy winner from Walnut, California. King has dedicated her writing to exploring, expanding, complicating, and acknowledging Black people's everyday lives, losses, and victories. King has such a deep sense of duty to explore the different worlds of Black women and men in the most intimate, endearing, and honest ways. Regardless of their ultimate objective, the aim is to tell their story.
King has a few degrees but the best learning has come from the Black women and her father--before and around her. King's work has been featured in Shondaland.com, Every Other literary collective, Cultural Daily, and Ginger the Zine. King has attended The Hurston/Wright Weekend Writer's Session and Tin House's Writer's Workshop.
David Key Parrish was a semi-retired technical writer and first-time author of the non-fiction book, Losing Jon (Spring 2020 from Kensington). After growing up in a blue-collar family near Durham, North Carolina, attending college, marrying his Ohio-raised wife, and following a public health job to Jackson, Mississippi, David switched careers and moved with his wife and sons to Maryland, halfway between their Ohio and North Carolina families.
Marc Landas is the author of Cold War Resistance: Antibiotics and the War Against Communism (University of Nebraska Press, 2020) and The Fallen: A True Story of American POWs and Japanese Wartime Atrocities (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). He was a contributor to an anthology about Queens, New York, The Forgotten Borough (SUNY Press, 2011). His short stories have been published in literary journals such as Crack the Spine, In Stereo, the Commonline Journal, Conclave, Thrice, and the Grey Sparrow Journal.
Kim Masson is a native New Yorker and novelist who writes humorous tales about the Big Apple's quirkiest residents. As an urban pioneer, she's survived tourist seasons and hipster invasions. From her crumbly Brooklyn loft which she shares with her artist husband and tough-as-nails kitty, Masson dishes out New York adventures with a hearty dose of humor and cheeky flavor.
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Pamela Todd is the author of THE BLIND FAITH HOTEL (Simon and Schuster, 2008), a novel about a young girl who is sentenced to community service at a prairie preserve. THE BLIND FAITH HOTEL was a recipient of the Midwest Booksellers Award, a co-winner of the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, an ALAN pick for December 2008, and was awarded an Illinois Arts Council grant. Her first novel, PIG AND THE SHRINK (Delacorte 1999) was awarded a grant for contemporary fiction for young people from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, served as a core teaching artist for the Ragdale Foundation, and has taught writing and journaling in a women’s prison. During her free-time Todd’s passion is gardening with native plants to increase biodiversity. She co-founded a local chapter of Wild Ones, a national organization devoted to increasing populations of birds, bees and butterflies by creating habitat in our own backyards. She currently lives and writes in Oak Park, IL.
Stephanie Wyeld has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering, which means she’s probably clever, but these degrees have very little to do with her writing now. They did, however, lead her to a career in ergonomics, workplace injury, and particularly chronic pain, which, along with her fundamentalist Christian upbringing,has helped her cultivate just the right amount of inner turmoil to write books. Her words can be found in SavvyMom, BluntMoms, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and the Woolfer (Revel Media). Her story, Thirst, was published in a recent collection, Musings. She is on the executive of the Canadian Author’s Association, Toronto branch, and a past Writer-in-Residence at Heliconian Club. She can be found on Twitter @steph_the_twit, and on Facebook. She lives in Toronto with her adored family.
Melissa Yap-Stewart is an award-winning children’s book author and acclaimed script supervisor of numerous movies and television shows filmed in New York. She hails from a small seaside town in West Malaysia and graduated with honors from Columbia University. When she’s not writing or working on set, she can be found having a cuppa at her favorite teashop or hiking the magnificent trails in the Hudson Valley.
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