Previous Speakers 

Emily Merrell, Founder of Six Degree Society - How to Network Like a Pro and Build Your Community From Scratch

September 21, 2019

Emily is the founder of Six Degrees Society, a women’s focused networking organization that specializes in curated connections. Her events target women of various industries and cater to personal, professional and lifestyle development. She hosts weekly events in NYC and SF. In her free time, you can find her exploring new restaurants, drinking bold bottles of wine, taking early morning workout classes, planning her next trip or playing the name game. Follow her adventures at @emilyamerrell.

Danielle Vito, Social Media Producer, The Points Guy - Living Your Best Life - A Discussion on Travel, Point Hacking, and Social Media

September 8th, 2019

Danielle is a Brooklyn-native with a passion for social media, travel, and dining. Wherever she is, she most likely got there on credit card points. From managing social media for The Points Guy to multiple NYC restaurants, she has worked for companies that inspire others to indulge in the best things in life!

Nutrition & Wellness Brunch with Jessica Cording, Registered Dietitian, Wellness

January 28, 2018

Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, integrative nutrition health coach, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with corporations, individuals, food and lifestyle brands, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable.

Building Your Business Brunch with Kelly Lynn Adams, Business & Leadership Life Coach

February, 11th, 2017

About Kelly Lynn Adams, Business Leadership Life Coach 

As a certified business, leadership and life coach, motivational speaker and founder of The After 5 Club, Kelly Lynn has helped thousands of women build smart and sustainable businesses. She has helped women to redefine success through shifting their mindsets, manage their time and monetize in their careers.

Kelly Lynn has also spent over 12 years in corporate finance for some of the top fashion and retail brands in the world.

She is on a mission to help one woman and one business at a time realize that they can be, do and have anything that they desire. On her path to leave a legacy for the next generation to come, she teaches woman on how to do the same. She helps women to end the struggle and lead a life of freedom and fun.

You can find out more about Kelly Lynn at her website and on social media under Kelly Lynn Adams

Lifestyle Blogging & Digital Media Brunch with Jennifer Casson Tripucka Creator & Editor of

November 5th, 2016

About Jennifer Casson Tripucka:


Jennifer Casson Tripucka is a digital editor at BRIDES Magazine (of Condé Nast) and the creator and editor behind the popular lifestyle website, She is also a freelance photographer, specializing in headshots, lifestyle portraits, and engagement sessions in the Hudson County area. Before her digital and writing dreams came to fruition, Jennifer's career started with an interest in human behavior — she served as a school counselor in public education for the past five years, after obtaining her undergraduate and Master's degrees in psychology from Lehigh University. At 29 years of age, her blogging expertise and social media knowledge have led her to pursue her passion in writing and editing for a national publication.

Bridal Brunch with Stephanie Cain, Real Weddings Editor at The Knot

October 29, 2016

About Stephanie Cain:

Stephanie Cain is a New York-based writer and editor, whose work has appeared in Esquire, The Knot, Brides, Wine Spectator, PEOPLE, Prevention, Elle and Specialty Food News. She is currently the Real Weddings Editor at The Knot, where she oversees the editorial component of the real wedding features in the national magazine, 16 regional publications and digitally at Additionally, she ran content marketing and social media programs at e-commerce startup and developed fashion tech events with Decoded Fashion. She also teaches yoga at Crunch Gyms and volunteers with the New York Junior League as a host committee vice chair for a food tasting fundraising event. She holds a Masters of Journalism from Columbia University and lives with her husband, Vik, on the Upper East Side. 

Connecting Audience & Content Creators Brunch with Mackenzie Kruvant, Senior Social Editor & Writer at BuzzFeed

July, 23rd, 2016

About Mackenzie Kruvant:

Mackenzie Kruvant is a Senior Social Editor and Writer at BuzzFeed. She specializes in distributed content, which is just BuzzFeed's fancy way of saying that she looks at what and why we share what we share on social media platforms. She then uses what she's learned to help outside content creators, editors, videographers, and social designers create assets that audiences connect with. She also oversees Instagram strategy for BuzzFeed, looking after 10 accounts with a combined following of over 6,000,000 followers. When she's not working she's tweeting at @TheRock and writing her Instagram recommendation newsletter (

Digital Meets Content Brunch with Callie Schweitzer Editorial Director of Audience Strategy, Time Inc.

June 18th, 2016

Callie Schweitzer is the Editorial Director of Audience Strategy for Time Inc. and the founder of Motto, an empowerment platform for millennial women from the editors of TIME. She works across Time Inc. on initiatives that grow digital revenue opportunities and expand audiences. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington Post and PEOPLE. She was named to AdWeek's list of Future Publishers in 2015 and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in December 2012 and 2013. TIME named her Twitter feed one of the world’s best in 2013. Business Insider named her one of the 30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30 in 2013. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers, the Poynter National Advisory Board and the USC Annenberg Alumni Board.

Beyond Networking - Building Better Friendship Brunch - with the Founders of Monarq

April 2nd, 2016

Diana Murakhovskaya & Irene Ryabaya, Co-Founders of Monarq 


After almost a decade in finance we left the glitter and flashing lights of Wall Street for the hacking and hustling of the startup world. We traveled the world (both together and apart), mentored, connected with many inspiring people and worked on our own EdTech, FinTech, foodie and social media startups.


One day on a mountain in Borneo, Malaysia, it dawned on us that the best way for us build an inspiring company we’d be proud to call our own would be to blend our skills in tech, sales and finance and to combine our mutual tenacity and overarching ability to get sh*t done.


Serendipity brought us together as friends and business partners. Now we want to share with other women the joy and fulfillment our friendship has given us. And so, Monarq was born!

Beauty and Online Branding Brunch with Deepica Mutyala On Air Beauty Expert and YouTube Personality

March 19, 2016

As a little girl growing up in a South Asian community in Texas, Deepica Mutyala stood out for two reasons: her love of beauty and her obsession with the Big Apple. She has previously worked at L'Oreal and most recently at Birchbox, a role that exposed to her the latest innovations in beauty and helped her build a rolodex of top stylists, celebrity makeup artists, and brand CEOs as well as giving her exposure to doing videos for Birchbox in addition to her day job. With her product expertise and on-camera experience, she thought ‘why not create my own channel where I can share everything I've learned through the years?


Deepica launched her YouTube channel in January 2015 around the premise of “beauty decoded”. What started as a hobby quickly turned into much more -- her second video on how to mask under eye circles with lipstick went viral, garnering over 9 million views from women all over the world. A flurry of broadcast and editorial opportunities followed, including appearances on Dr. Oz and The TODAY Show, which has turned into a regular gig for her as a contributor. Today, Deepica is based in the West Village living out her dreams as a full time YouTube personalityand on-air beauty expert. 

Diversity and Media Technology Brunch with Naeemah Philippeaux, Agency Development Manager, at Google

February 27th, 2016

For the past 3 years, Naeemah Philippeaux has been an Agency Development Manager by day and a passionate believer for Diversity and Media by night (or all day as well!) at Google. In NYC, she acts as the Events Manager for Diversity in Computer Science by working with creators and speakers to increase the diversity within computer science, showing that women and minorities are just as able and likely to be part of the computer science world. She is also the Founder of, an underground online community for creators of all kind. Tree of Creativity acts as a platform where people's voices can be heard. 

August 2nd, 2015

Joining us to speak was Allison De Meulder, CEO + Founder of Matrick & Eve Designs and Allison launched her first business in 1999. Her company,, was one of the first online retailers of personalized invitations and announcements. In 2015, she is one of the few original online invitation companies that has survived the dot com bust and the wave of consolidation in the industry. The company is still privately owned and never accepted any capital or debt. Their products have been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Real Weddings, The Knot Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Woman’s Day and numerous other publications.


In December of 2014, she successfully launched the wholesale line Matrick & Eve, a strong brand of paper and gifts sold in brick and mortar stores. She saw an opportunity in the market for creative, fun and unique products. The line features greeting cards, coasters, notepads, stationery, and more. All of the products are designed, printed and packaged in-house at the Matrick and Eve studio, proudly made in the USA.  

Conquering Your Career and Job Search Brunch with Jaime Petkanics, Founder of The Prepary

July 11th, 2015

Jaime Petkanics is the Founder of The Prepary, an online resource and consulting service that helps people navigate their job searches and careers. Prior to starting The Prepary, Jaime was a Recruiter and Talent Manager at top companies including JPMorgan and Tory Burch for 7 years. 


From sitting on the other side of the table, Jaime learned what separated the good candidates from truly great ones and is passionate about sharing that knowledge with others. Through her consulting services, she has helped over 100 clients reach their job search goals. 


Jaime's advice has been featured in Fast Company, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and The Muse and The Prepary was recently named by Forbes as one of the top 100 websites for your career.

#WomenWhoWork Brunch with Marissa Kraxberger

May 30th, 2015

Marissa Kraxberger is the Vice President of Creative for Ivanka’s growing fashion brand. She is charged with the creative direction for the entire Ivanka Trump brand, which includes defining the voice of the brand, the overall creative and editorial direction of, strategy and execution of the company’s social media presence and managing an in house creative team.


She has had a diverse career in design, art direction and brand development for high-profile fashion and lifestyle brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade New York and Oscar de la Renta. She is also the author of Lady & Prince , where she blogs  about her life as a working mom in the fashion industry, raising kids in the city and her travel adventures.

Culinary Entrepreneurship Brunch with Lisa Gross

April 25th, 2015

Lisa is the daughter of a Korean immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker. She was raised on one grandmother's denjang-guk and the other's matzoh ball soup. The League of Kitchens is borne out of her passion for New York City, her love of cooking, and her connection to the immigrant experience. Lisa's projects as an artist, educator, and social entrepreneur create opportunities for learning, connection, and multi-sensory engagement. Her work deals with questions of civic engagement, social history, cross-cultural relations, domestic space, and national identity. She is the founder of The Boston Tree Party, a former food writer for the NY Press, and a frequent speaker at universities and conferences. Lisa received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and has a B.A. from Yale University.


Digital Marketing and Content Strategy Brunch with Katrina Craigwell

February 21st, 2015

Katrina Craigwell is Director of Global Content & Programming at General Electric (GE). She is responsible for digital content production and distribution strategy for GE in the U.S., as well as partnering with GE's digital teams globally.


Prior to GE, she was Associate Director at social media agency Attention, working with clients including CNN, HLN, WE tv, A&E and The Guardian. Craigwell began her career in public relations at the Independent Film Channel, working on some of IFC's first social media campaigns. She was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising for 2014, and AdAge's Creativity 50 in 2012.

Healthy Lifestyle Brunch with Fitness Blogger, Evann Clingan

January 31st, 2015

Evann Clingan is a fitness enthusiast and blogger living in Manhattan. As a 20-something professional living in the city, Evann knows how difficult it can be to maintain a consistently healthy lifestyle while living in one of the fastest-paced cities in the world. She believes it’s all about finding the right balance, so she’s learned to incorporate her workouts into her adventurous lifestyle, reminding herself to eat healthier and stay positive every day. Evann uses her blog as a creative outlet to share fitness experiences, trends, and brands through highly visual content. When she’s not blogging, Evann is working as a Senior Analyst at 360i, a digital advertising agency, on clients such as Toyota and Target. She has been featured as an expert on various blogs, such as SheKnows, Dear Kate, and SoulCycle.

Personal Branding Brunch with Pamela Weinberg, Career Coach and Personal Brand Strategist

November 16th, 2014

Pamela Weinberg is a frequent presenter to corporations, professional organizations and non-profits on career and workplace issues. Popular topics include: “Personal Branding for Professional Development”,  “Managing your Quarter Life Crisis” and “Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family”. Pamela also runs Career Development Groups at institutions to provide professional development and branding support for key employees and affinity groups.


A frequent speaker on college campuses, Pamela runs workshops and webinars for students and alumni at universities such as NYU, Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University and more. Pamela also blogs as a featured career coach at and


Pamela Weinberg works with clients in various stages of career development both privately and in groups. She specializes in helping clients build their personal brands for job searches and career advancement, and to help them become thought-leaders in their fields. Pamela is also an adjunct instructor at NYU-SCPS in the field of Career Management.

1 Year Anniversary "Brunch for Dinner" Event

September 4th, 2014

Christina Vuleta is founder of 40:20 Vision, a resource to start conversations and facilitate mentoring between generations. She runs a mentoring network for established and aspiring / early stage entrepreneurs and is co-creator of the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 List.


Christina is a consulting partner at The Global Citizens, a new model of consultancy focused on global strategy and transforming communities. Through her extensive work applying trends and futures tobusiness, she is adept at helping companies leverage change and get ahead of opportunities. In her career she has worked with a wide variety of clients from global consumer packaged goods to luxury, lifestyle and retail.


Christina also currently serves as a strategic advisor at Perks Consulting, a digital consultancy focused on transferring digital and entrepreneurial competence. Christina guides the company’s strategy practice and specializes on the convergence of startup methodology and brand strategy.


To all her projects Christina brings a unique background combining brand strategy, consumer insight and trends and futures consulting. She specializes in providing creative, high level strategic solutions that inspire new thinking and create actionable ideas.


She began her career Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and went on to work at Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve, Kirshenbaum Bond Senacal and Partners and The Futures Company. She has also taught at General Assembly and spoken at SXSW Interactive and Social Media Week. You can find her writing at Women 2.0, Medium, The Huffington Post and The Daily Muse.

Entrepreneurship Brunch with Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder at

August 10th, 2014

Soraya Darabi is the co-founder of, a shopping platform and lifestyle destination for the next generation of consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Zady launched to rave reviews in August 2013, and was featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section with an article entitled: Feel-Good Fashion: The New Black.


What Whole Foods has done for the organic food movement, Zady does for sourced products. Zady is amongst the first online retailers to seamlessly integrate commerce, rich media content and social media to provide customers with a dynamic shopping experience. On Zady, customers can learn about the conscious consumer movement and purchase beautiful goods that were created with craftsmanship and artisanship – qualities that have been sacrificed in a world of cheap prices and fast production. 

Storytelling Brunch with Jen Glantz, Writer at The Things I Learned From, Author of All My Friends Are Engaged and Professional Bridesmaid

August 3rd, 2014

Jen Glantz is a 20-something writer living in NYC. She’s the brains – and the heart – behind the site The Things I Learned From, the author of All My Friends are Engaged (a best-seller on Amazon), and most recently, the professional bridesmaid who posted an ad on Craigslist.


Maybe you’ve seen her before on The Huffington Post, NY Mag, Thought Catalog, or on a giant  poster hanging outside the New York Public Library where she’s WANTED for an overwhelming amount of unpaid late fees.


After stumbling off the stage at her college graduation 4+ years ago (with two diplomas that are now covered in mothballs along with her pristine Beanie Baby collection and neglected tamagotchis), Jen postmarked herself in three different states where she’s worked a total of four very different jobs. Jen started her brand to relate to her readers through chaotically honest and beautifully raw stories.

Blogging Brunch with speaker Molly Ford, Founder of Smart, Pretty & Awkward

June 28th, 2014

Molly Ford is the founder of Smart, Pretty & Awkward, a lifestyle website that offers three pieces of advice each post: how to be smarter, how to be prettier, and how to be (less) awkward. Molly works in marketing for a large media entertainment company in Manhattan, has an undergraduate business degree focused on finance and entrepreneurship, and a Master’s degree in international marketing. She is also the co-chair of the organizing committee of the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 awards. 

Love and Success Brunch with Dr. Sonya Rhodes

May 3rd, 2014

Dr. Sonya Rhodes is a psychotherapist and expert on marital and family relationships. Having received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, she is the co-author of four books: Surviving Family Life; Cold Feet: Why Men Don't Commit; and Second Honeymoon: The Mid-Life Marriage. Her new book, co-authored with Susan Schneider, The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match: How Strong Women Can Find Love, Success and Happiness Without Settling (William Morrow), came out in Spring 2014.


As the marriage columnist for McCall’s magazine for several years, Dr. Rhodes discussed issues affecting couples at all stages of the life cycle. Dr. Rhodes has also been a guest on television programs including Oprah, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. Sonya now keeps a regular blog on Huffington Post.


Dr. Rhodes has held part-time faculty positions at Columbia University, Hunter College, and New York Medical College.

Empowerment in Love Letters Brunch with Hannah Brencher of More Love Letters

March 15th, 2014

Writer and TED Speaker, Hannah Brencher, 25, pins her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. Hannah is founder of The World Needs More Love Letters—an internationally recognized organization that harnesses the power behind social media to mobilize and empower individuals through tangible acts of love. More Love Letters is active across 6 continents, 47 countries, all 50 states, and over 100 college campuses. Hannah was named as one of the White House's "Women Working to Do Good," a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, and the 2013 Honoree for the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. She has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, BBC News, Glamour and Oprah. She recently accepted her first book deal with Howard Books of Simon & Schuster. Her memoir “If You Find This Letter” will be in bookstores worldwide in Winter 2015.

Financial Planning 101 Brunch Presented by The Newman Group at Morgan Stanley

March 2nd, 2014

As a mother – daughter team of financial advisors, Cindy and Morgan are positioned to help provide clients with continuity through working with successive generations and to better identify with our clients values. We practice problem solving over product pushing; our communication with clients is service or education based. By knowing what is important to you and by leveraging Morgan Stanley’s resources, we work with our clients to help maximize their ability to earn, save, and preserve their wealth for current and future generations.

January Resolutions Brunch

January 19th, 2014

Caroline Zwick is a life coach for women who want to create lives they love but don’t know how. She has helped hundreds of women who are struggling with issues around their identity, job, relationship, or body. Caroline has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and graduated as a published author for her work on women and the mind-body connection. She uses a combination of mindfulness, depth psychology, dreamwork, and positive psychology to help her clients find unique solutions and get the results they want in a way that is highly effective yet fun and insightful. Caroline’s work has been featured by The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Your Bella Life, The Beauty Bean and Cafe Truth. She has spoken at companies such as Martha Stewart Living on how to create a happier and more balanced life. Find out more about Caroline at 

November Social Media Brunch

November 17th, 2013

Nisha Chittal is an experienced journalist and social media strategist who is the Social Media Content Editor for MSNBC. In this role, she develops social media strategy for the network's 22 show units, working closely with the show teams on editorial content, strategy, and campaign development. She also writes for


Previously, Nisha lead social media at Travel Channel in Washington, DC, and also worked at digital agency MXM Social, advising a variety of brands on social and digital strategy.


Nisha has also written about women's issues, politics, and technology for a variety of publications, including Huffington Post, Poynter Online, Ms Magazine, The American Prospect, Jezebel, and others.


October Events Brunch

October 20th, 2013

Equal parts marketing strategist and proud feminist, Angela Giacchetti’s career is focused on bringing people together around shared passions and causes. As New York City Marketing Manager for Eventbrite, Angela leads local marketing efforts and manages the Eventbrite community in NYC.


Currently, Angela serves as Pro-Choice Network Chair of WIN.NYC and is an active member of NYTechWomen. She’s also had the honor of speaking at the Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute, the Planned Parenthood Truth Tour, and Purchase College’s 30th Annual Natural & Social Science Symposium.

In her past life in nonprofit development and public affairs, Angela advocated on behalf of issues in public health, education, and gender equity.


She holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase College. You can find her on Twitter: @BriteNYC.

September Makers & Crafters Event

September 15th, 2013

Megan Nattall is a copywriter by day and a crafter by night. She was born and raised in Oregon where she attended University of Oregon. Upon graduation she moved to New York to pursue advertising copywriting. Currently she is a senior writer at kbs+ and has also done time at Publicis, Chiat and Poke. Outside of the office Megan enjoys creating nontraditional greeting cards at her Etsy shop, The Invisible Kitten.

August Passion Project Event

August 3rd, 2013

Monica Lo

Monica is an art director slash interactive designer. She dabbles in food styling, photography and is a Krav Maga practitioner. She has experience working for lean & mean digital shops, advertising agencies, startups and entertainment projects. Monica is currently a senior art director at kbs+, a Google Glass Explorer and an ACD working on an animated web series about a filthy hotdog namedTransfurter.


Megan Nuttall

Megan is a copywriter by day and a crafter by night. She was born and raised in Oregon where she attended University of Oregon. Upon graduation she moved to New York to pursue advertising copywriting. Currently she is a senior writer at kbs+ and has also done time at Publicis, Chiat and Poke. Outside of the office Megan enjoys creating nontraditional greeting cards at her Etsy shop, The Invisible Kitten.


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