NO ONE EVER SLOWS HER AGENDA

HerAgenda.com's mission is to universalize the motto of No one Ever Slows Her Agenda through our online initiatives. The site serves as an information and inspiration hub for millennial women.

Her Agenda provides inspiration through the stories of real women succeeding in their industries while also highlighting the information and resources needed to achieve that success.  Resources include the latest in events, scholarships, conferences, internships and job opportunities for young women to reach their full potential.

The goal is to empower women to not allow anything to stop them from reaching their goals and aspirations while providing them with the resources to overcome their challenges. The professionals featured on HerAgenda.com have the power to break the mold and illustrate to young women across America that if they believe it they can achieve it.  Each of them is the embodiment of the No one Ever Slows Her Agenda motto within their own industries.

The resources available to the members on the site can potentially put them in a position to better strategize and visualize life and career options.

Despite efforts to achieve equality, women still earn less money than men; they are overlooked for promotions and are not likely to carry the title of CEO or President at major corporations. Among the Fortune 500 companies, only 24 have CEO's who are women, and before 1996 all the CEOs were men.

The presence of women in these positions continues to shock and awe, further solidifying women as the “other” when it comes to positions of power. There’s a cycle of normalcy and complacency that exists around these sensitive topics.

Utilizing mentorship, personal empowerment, and an increase in information, women can mobilize through empowering themselves to ultimately break down the patriarchal structures of society and claim their power.

Site Sections & Features

The Main Agenda This section serves as the homepage. Its full of information regarding women, career, life and navigating it all. It is also where we showcase our key events, features and interviews.

Power Agendas: A Peek Inside Her Agenda This section features the stories of inspirational women executives, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. These women are leaders in their fields and will allow users to get a peek into their agendas showcasing a day in the life of these women and highlighting their inspiration and their motivations.

Power Directory A directory featuring women empowerment organizations across the country.  Each listing features a short blurb about the organization along with vital information including the address and website.  This section allows users to connect with a local organization or club for more face to face interaction, an increase in mentorship and empowerment. If you would like to be added to our Power Directory, email us info@heragenda.com.

Your Agenda & Opportunities (Events, Panels, Job opportunities, Internships & more) What would be an agenda site without dates and things to do?  HerAgenda.com keeps users updated with productive things to fill their agendas. These sections serve to promote positive activity in the lives of young women. The calendar features events, workshops, panels, internships, scholarships and more to help our users move their agendas along. If you would like to submit an event or opportunity email us: info@heragenda.com.

TEAM

 

Rhonesha 'N.E.S.H.A.' Byng

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HerAgenda.com was inspired by the personal motto of the founder, Rhonesha Byng, of “No one Ever Slows Her Agenda.” A girl with dreams that stack much higher than her petite 5-foot-2 inch frame, Rhonesha knows a thing or two about getting things done. Balancing journalism and entrepreneurship this young professional seems to already have her hands full, and she's only just beginning to embark upon her agenda. Her philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda--which was also the inspiration for her first venture, HerAgenda.com. It's a site that serves as an information and inspiration hub for millennial women. With experience in magazines, TV, radio, and fashion, she's working towards growing as a multi-platform journalist in addition to developing her entrepreneurial endeavors. She's won awards both as a journalist and an entrepreneur from The Associated Press, Youth Venture, The Kauffman Foundation, NYABJ and more. Hewlett Packard and Clutch Magazine named her one of the top African American Women to follow and dubbed her a ‘Tech Tastemaker.’ Seventeen Magazine thinks she's "Pretty Amazing" naming her a "Pretty Amazing Girl of the Week" (July 2011).  For more visit about.me/neshasagenda.

Contact: Info@HerAgenda.com

Interns:

Imani Johnson, Social Media

ImaniJohnson Imani Johnson, 17, is a senior at Valley Stream South High School, and plans to attend New York University in the fall. She has developed her skills as a journalist, starting as a staff writer and later becoming the co-editor of her high school newspaper, Southern Bell. Johnson has been recognized by the blog, Valley Stream Mom, for her contributions as a teen blogger. In addition, Johnson has worked as an intern in social media marketing for corporations such as Girl on Campus, The TaDa Group and has participated in research for the non-profit organization Envision Valley Stream. Additionally, she has worked with the group High5 for the past three years as a teen beat writer, covering art and theater performances around New York City. Johnson aspires to be a broadcast journalist and a news producer. She believes that technology and the media have broken down many of the barriers that continue to divide mankind by giving us an opportunity to unite and evoke change. "I want to give a voice to people who otherwise would not have that chance,” Johnson says. She adamantly believes that given a platform to report about major domestic and international issues will encourage dialogue and inspire others to become actively involved in making a change. Johnson explains, "Journalism is a cure to ignorance, inspiration for the common man, the spark of all revolutions, and the voice for humanity. I want nothing more than to be a part of that."

Contact: Imani.Johnson@hergaenda.com

Robyn Mowatt, Editorial

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Robyn Mowatt is a recent graduate of Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, she is a blossoming creative who is obsessed with Twitter and Tumblr. Throughout her matriculation at FAMU she began as a Magazine Production student and completed the program as a Broadcast Journalism major. She has acquired a resume full of positions related to the fashion industry and print/online media industry. Robyn loves writing about creatives, film, music and is passionate about ethnic models, designers of color and the black film industry. Shaka King writer/creator of the 2013 Sundance Film Newlyweeds and Lena Waithe producer of the 2014 Sundance Film Dear White People are individuals she has interviewed for feature stories.  Writing, styling and event planning are her strongest skillsets. She has worked with unique companies like ASOS, Rent the Runway, Marie Claire, Toms Shoes and Her Campus Media. Social media marketing, millennial women and start-up companies created by women also peak her interest. To keep up with her follow her on Twitter @robyn_mowatt.

Contact: Robyn.Mowatt@heragenda.com

 

Mariam Sulakian, Marketing/Editorial

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Mariam Sulakian is a freshman matriculating into Duke University this fall, hoping to double major in public policy and computer science. An editor for her school paper and reporter for various publications, journalism has been an essential part of Mariam's daily life the past five years. Hoping to intertwine her love for journalism with her growing passion for entrepreneurship, she yearns to build a foundation for the advancement of all women through her writing and her work. Whether through involvement in her political community or volunteering in support of international non-profits, Mariam aims to make a difference in whatever way possible. As for the future? She aspires to become a lawyer, programmer, doctor, journalist, statistician, entrepreneur, and economist. No, she can't do it all, but she hopes her curiosity will eventually lead her to the right place.

Contact: Mariam.Sulakian@heragenda.com

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Contributors:

Whitney L. Barkley

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Whitney L. Barkley is a native of Columbus, Ohio that supports the success of millennial women who are entering the workforce. She is taking her experiences and translating them into career advice that helps with job retention, online branding, job searching, and career advancement. Whitney is currently a Marketing Coordinator for a non-profit and enjoys mentoring youth and dabbling in to code. She is a proud wife, graduate of Wilberforce University, and member of the American Marketing Association.

Felicity H. Barber 

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Felicity H. Barber is a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. She writes speeches, advises business leaders on messaging and coaches people in the art of persuasion. Before moving to San Francisco from London and setting up her business, Thoughtful Speech, she was an in-house speechwriter at Lloyd’s of London, the global insurer. Prior to Lloyd’s Felicity worked in British politics formulating policy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls. In 2010 Felicity stood for election, campaigning in the area where she grew up. Fun Fact: Felicity has written a book presented as a gift to HM The Queen. She can be contacted at felicity@thoughtfulspeech.com or via thoughtfulspeech.com.

Asha Boston

Asha Boston is currently a senior at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Upon receiving her degree in International Relations the Brooklyn, NY native plans to embark on a career in photo journalism to help her understand beauty beyond the standard ideologies of our culture. When she's not hitting the books, Asha spends her time traveling, reading and writing. Follow her on twitter: @AshaKayB

Contact: Asha@HerAgenda.com

Laurence Bradford

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Laurence Bradford is a former copywriter turned front-end web developer. Nonetheless, she continues to write regularly on her blog at learntocodewith.me -- which is dedicated to helping beginners teach themselves how to code. Say “Hi!” to Laurence on Twitter @learncodewithme.

Erica Buddington 

Through her writing Erica tells the story of her diaspora and women everywhere; she spends her mornings lecturing our next generation and her evenings scribing tales that will help to mold their perspectives. She is currently studying Creative Writing at New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is currently working on finishing her first novel.

Stevie Coleman

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Stevie Coleman works in Minneapolis as an HR Generalist where she is also a part of an HR Leadership Development Program at a Fortune 100 company. She worked for 3.5 years as a Career Services Paraprofessional at The Career Center during her undergraduate career and 1.5 years as a Graduate Advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business during her time in graduate school. Stevie earned both a Bachelor of Science in Management and her MHRIR (Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alexandra Coppadge

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Alexandra Coppadge currently serves as the Director of Communications for the City of Wilmington, DE and spokeswoman for the Mayor. As the Mayor and City’s spokeswoman, her work focuses on developing and implementing communications strategies to attract positive media coverage. Coppadge strives to empower the next generation of emerging young, female leaders in the workforce by sharing her experiences as one of the youngest Directors within municipal government across the country. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Follow her on twitter: @Im_Alex_C

Liz Furl

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Liz Furl is the co-founder and co-host of the LadyBits podcast on the 5by5 network and the founder and editor-in-chief of Real Talk  Both are geared toward twenty-something life shown in its rawest, realest light. A graduate of the University of Rochester, she has an honors BA in English with a concentration in creative writing, and used that to land an office job on the outskirts of Rochester, NY. Recently, though, she has made forays into freelance writing, and has published pieces with xoJane, Twenty-Something Living, Pink and Black Magazine, and Forever 20 Somethings. She’s a recovering workaholic who has eschewed a 12-step program in favor of 24/7 support from her amazing husband and two ridiculous cats. You can find her on Twitter @LizFurl if you like irreverent musings, rants about minutia, and/or sincere appreciation for others.

Darian S. Harvin

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Darian Symone Harvin is a 23-year-old journalist who wants to disrupt television. She is a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA where she received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Her pursuits stretch beyond the the realm of journalism and into entrepreneurship. She's currently working at NBC News and  hopes to play an influential role in creating a more diverse and accepting media industry that is a reflection of the world we live in. You can reach Darian at darianharvin@gmail.com or on Twitter.

Sarah Landrum

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Sarah Landrum recently graduated from Penn State with degrees in Marketing and PR. Now, she's a freelance writer and career blogger sharing advice on navigating the work world and achieving happiness and success in your career. You can find her tweeting her agenda@SarahLandrum.

Sydney Love

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After beginning her second year at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Sydney Love took a faithful leap and is currently taking a year off to do some self-exploration. She currently resides in San Diego, California and is taking classes at California State University of San Marcos. She plans to pursue an English-Literature major and Africana Studies minor. In her free time, Sydney enjoys reviewing local coffee shops for her personal blog and soaking in the sunshine that San Diego has to offer. Follow her on Twitter: @mssalove.

Ijeoma S. Nwatu

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Ijeoma S. Nwatu is a graduate of George Mason University where she earned a B.S. in Public Administration with a minor in Communications. Ijeoma has held a variety of positions in the non-profit sector as well as startup companies. Currently, she is a senior community manager at a creative agency in the DC area. She is passionate about women entrepreneurs, digital media and startups. Say hello to her on Twitter @ijeomasnwatu.

Kristiana Monterosso

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Kristiana Monterosso is a writer in New York City, where she currently resides. She is a recent graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where she received her B.A in English Literature. Kristiana hopes to contribute more to "women-empowering-women" movements and eventually publish her own book.

Ndidi Obasi

ndidi_obasi Ndidi Obasi is the politics writer for HerAgenda. She is a native of Northern Virginia and a junior at Temple University majoring in Media Studies and Production and double minoring in Spanish and History. Following college she hopes to pursue a career in the media industry as a TV producer. Follow her on twitter: @NdidiObasi.

Tiffany Patterson

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Tiffany Patterson is an Educator and Writer trying to navigate the alternate universe some like to call New York City. Going confidently in the direction of her dreams you can follow her on twitter @writethev.

Jordyn Short

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Jordyn Short is the CEO, Founder and Creative Director of Pretty Girl Movement, LLC. and Indigenous Complex. The 24 year old fitness enthusiast is an active duty soldier and college senior majoring in cyber-security at the University of Maryland University College. She is currently stationed in Washington, DC.

Tiffany Stewart

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Tiffany is someone you would describe as a media enthusiast. This particular enthusiasm led Tiffany to St. John's University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts and then on to The New School where she completed her Master of Art degree in Media Studies. Her ultimate goal is to be an on-air journalist but until then you can read and watch her work on her YouTube series, "As Told By Tiffany," music/entertainment blogs such as TheShopBlog and MusicXclusives and Her Agenda, of course! Follow her on twitter: @astoldbytiffy.

Contact: Tiffany.Stewart@heragenda.com

Anulekha Venkatram

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After starting a business her third year at Allegheny College, Anulekha fell in love with the startup world. An entrepreneur and technical marketing graduate of Startup Institute, she's excited to get involved in New York City's startup ecosystem. In her free time, she enjoys reading Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, blogging her fitness adventures, and listening to (mostly) Bollywood music. Follow her on Twitter: @AnulekhaV

 

Kate Wilson

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Kate Wilson recently graduated from a tiny liberal arts school with a degree in English Literature, wherein she spent the last four years discussing the existential meaning of life and morality.  If she can become a successful career girl and navigate the real world, you can, too. Follow her @kateowilson or on her blog JetFeeds.com.

Local Event Curators:

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Stacie Brodie, Washington D.C.

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Stacie is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her B.A. in American Studies. As an undergrad, Stacie focused her studies on the experiences of black male student-athletes at predominantly white institutions and its impact on their collegiate and post-collegiate development. She went on to work in professional sports before transitioning to her current position in higher education. Stacie is currently completing a graduate certificate in Public Relations as a way to tie together her two career interests. Outside of work, Stacie enjoys writing, planning events, exploring museums and the arts, and running. And of course, exploring the District! Connect with Stacie on Twitter: @staciebecca.

Candy Calderon, Philadelphia

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Candy comes from a business background and worked for several years with international corporations traveling the world developing their business, but always felt in her heart that health & wellness were her true calling. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she took it upon herself to learn everything needed to help her heal faster and naturally. That’s when she learned about the benefits and healing qualities of a plant-based diet, eventually switching to that lifestyle and her journey as a holistic health coach began. She now coaches people all over the world on how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle; she’s an avid plant-based nutrition advocate and educator, amateur chef, plus a yoga & meditation lover. She’s passionate about transmitting her message to everyone in need, but especially to her Latino/Hispanic community.

www.facebook.com/NamiByCandy ||  Twitter: @namibycandy

Victoria Clark, NYC

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Victoria Clark brings specificity, focus and clarity to social media and content strategy as a content strategist.  She works with solopreneurs, career transitioners and creatives to craft their ideas and content to break through the social media clutter in a way that's authentic and impactful.  Victoria is also membership and event manager for In Good Company, a community and workspace for women entrepreneurs in NYC. During her downtime, she loves discovering new businesses, talking to business owners, watching classic movies and hot yoga. She can be found on Twitter at @vclark2012 and @thursinterview.

Erin Duncan, San Francisco

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As a Bay Area native, Erin is always on the lookout and exploring what the region has to offer. For work Erin is a communication associate for IABC managing social media, email marketing and overall communication planning. In her spare time loves to travel, read and find the best tea in random coffee shops around the bay area. Erin also blogs at bellametaphor.com covering music, books and other random happiness. Tweet Erin @bellametaphor for tweets about music, reality shows and current events.

Asta Druskinyte | Stockhom, Sweden

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Asta is a young professional who has been nurtured in global waters. Asta has a B.A. degree in finance and accounting. She brings couple years of experience in finance, market research, sales and marketing across industries such as advertising, technology and banking. The last couple of years, Asta was spearheading LUXIDLAB bringing best of minds, conversations and technology when it comes to Lucid Dreaming. Currently exploring oceans of marketing and studying the Swedish language. In her free time Asta is a true dance addict, undoubtedly passionate about salsa and kizomba. Above all she loves networking sessions, reading books and learning from personal development guru’s such as Brendon Burchard, Louise Hay.

Irma Enriquez, Albany, NY

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My name is Irma Enriquez and I am an upcoming junior at The University at Albany. I am majoring in Communications and minoring in Business. I hold an executive board position as fundraiser chair at my university’s Amnesty International committee and have been doing volunteer work for Amnesty International over the course of the summer. I have a huge interest in non-profit organizations that work for and towards a goal that benefits individuals in need.

Trinity Furtick, Charlotte, NC

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Trinity Furtick is a rising Senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majors in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Health. She enjoys all things writing and social media, and has even done freelance jobs where she enhanced websites and social media platforms for small businesses. Trinity hopes to work in the Non-profit sector with a healthcare organization as well as start her own Public Relations consulting firm. In her spare time she enjoys relieving stress with Zumba as well as an occasional Yoga session.

 Vishakha Gupta, San Jose, CA

vish_heragenda2 I graduated this May with a BA degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Puget Sound. I've since relocated to San Jose, CA (where I grew up). I'm currently a marketing coordinator intern at a cyber security company in the Silicon Valley. When I'm not working I maintain two blogs a personal and a professional, and I work on a novel I hope to publish someday. I'm also addicted to authentic Indian chai, lip gloss, and gluten-free baking.

Lauren Hogue, San Diego

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Lauren Hogue is a Patient Coordinator & Marketing Administrator for a well-known Plastic Surgeon in San Diego, California. She is also a full-time Designer for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. In her spare time, Lauren focuses on networking and meeting like-minded women who are looking to reach their fullest potential. She is inspired by and deeply cares about the success of others. Lauren regularly attends local events and seminars featuring topics such as, women empowerment, entrepreneurial growth, and personal enrichment. She has even created her own platform called Chicks Rising, where women looking to grow spiritually, personally, and professionally can meet to support one another and make a difference in each other’s lives.

Tyshia Ingram, Philadelphia

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Tyshia Ingram is a beauty and lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, and mompreneur. A Philadelphia native, she started her career out of Temple University interning at the Philadelphia Business Journal, and it was there she discovered her love of writing and entrepreneurship. Her passion for pretty and purpose to empower women of color led her to create This Brown Queen, a blog celebrating brown girls in beauty, style, and life. She lends her brown beauty expertise as a contributing writer to CosmoBiz salon magazine and multiple industry websites. When she’s not blogging, you can find her building a select freelance clientele offering various digital media services to beauty and lifestyle brands. Catch her chasing dreams and writing from the heart in lipstick and pumps at thisbrownqueen.com.

Melissa Kimble, Digital Events

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Obsessed with telling and curating stories within the digital and social media space, Melissa Kimble is a Chicago native with a heart for the South (particularly Memphis, TN.) A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, Melissa is currently a freelance social media manager for Golin while building her own social media management company, Kimble Communications. Having worked with brands such as Girls Inc., Sprite, American Family Insurance, 100 Life Goals University, and ABC's Shark Tank, Melissa's favorite aspect of digital and social media is its ability to connect people via their stories. When she is not working or running her blog My Creative Connection, Melissa enjoys good food, good laughs, and reading great stories.  Connect with her on Twitter: @Melissa_Kimble

Christine Louis-Jacques, Washington D.C.

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Just a few words to describe myself: passionate, team player and persistent. I am an administrative professional working within the non-profit sector in the heart of Washington, DC concentrating in the areas of community awareness, and project management. On my personal time, I blog about all things hair, fashion and embracing your authentic self. My interest lie in continuously strengthening my skills in social media marketing, brand management and content planning. I am a keen believer in always going after your passions. You can't go wrong!

 

Kristen Petty, Denver

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Kristen has always had a passion for service and community work and is excited to be able to merge this with her passion for women and girls empowerment via this role as an Event Curator for Her Agenda. Kristen works at a public policy strategy firm in Denver, Colorado, specializing in bridging the gap between people and policy and working on large and small-scale public engagement efforts. In her spare time, she loves to travel and has been on several service trips throughout the United States and Ecuador to engage in social and environmental justice issues. Her most recent adventure was to India where she volunteered at an all girls school for six weeks.

Daniella Pierre, Miami

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Daniella Pierre is a dynamic, driven and determined community activist, serving all for a greater good. As a highly accomplished, efficient and dynamic Human Resources Professional, Daniella possesses over 10 years of progressive and specialized experience in full-cycle recruitment support, staffing solutions and innovative strategies. Throughout the years, she has been a staunch advocate for equality, higher education, women’s rights, at-risk youth, community engagement, career development and economic empowerment. Daniella is a proud alumna of Florida International University (FIU), having earned her Masters of Science in Human Resource Management. She enjoys networking with a purpose, couponing, event planning, hair styling and creative arts.

Candace Queen, Austin, TX

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Candace is an art director and visual designer based in Austin, TX. By day, she operates a branding and design consultancy, Harris Hall Brand Initiative, dedicated to educating emerging businesses, organizations and independent professionals about the value of branding and how to do it properly. By night, she's completing an M.A. in Advertising at the University of Texas. She currently holds a B.A. in Advertising from the University of Houston. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, exploring Austin and traveling. Be sure to connect with her on Twitter @candace_d_queen!

Maria Isabel Rego, National Health Events

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Maria Isabel Rego is the founder at OHEALL (Oral Health Equity for All). She has a B.A. degree in Biology and a M.A. degree in Health Education and Promotion. Bel has been involved in health equity promotion, community outreach, public health research and education for over five years. She loves interacting and exchanging ideas with other professionals by attending meetings and being a presenter and speaker at numerous professional conferences such as the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education’s Students and Early Professionals Panel, the American Public Health Association and the Women’s Health Annual Congress. When Bel is not promoting oral health equity, she is either having a good time with friends and family, hanging out in nature, taking her cocker spaniel Shade out for walks, knitting and crocheting, going on gallery hops or trying out different kinds of teas and foods!

 

Alyssa Reid, New York City

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Alyssa Reid is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish; her concentration is in entertainment, media, and technology. Alyssa currently works in the Programming Department at Food Network where she manages programming budgets and assists in acquisition planning, negotiation and licensing deals for Food Network and Cooking Channel. Her long-term goals include obtaining a degree in law and starting a non-profit arts foundation for young adults. Alyssa he enjoys anything media-related, planning events, shopping, and spending time with her son, Bryson.

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