Contributors

Iman Oubou

Aside from being the founder and Editor-In-Chief of SWAAY Media, Iman is also Miss New York US, a philanthropist, a champion of Women Entrepreneurs, a Scientist and a Fashionista. She is the host of the popular podcast Entrepreneurs En Vogue, powered by SWAAY.

Belisa Silva

Belisa is an editor with more than 10 years of experience. Prior to SWAAY, she worked as freelance writer, covering lifestyle, fashion and beauty industries. Belisa was a Market Editor at Women's Wear Daily for five years, where she interviewed rockstar business women like Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez and Iman. Belisa also contributes to Cosmetic Executive Women, where she highlights female executives making an impact in the beauty industry.

Amy Corcoran

Amy is an Irish writer, avid foodie and feminist with an insatiable appetite for novels and empowering women's writing. She has enjoyed calling Dublin, Paris and now New York her home.

Shannon Matloob

Shannon is a contributor at SWAAY. She has a degree in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University with a passion identifying and researching other women on the path to greatness.

Paula Gosney

The creator of Belief School; a writer, businesswoman, warrior, speaker and mum. Fiercely honest, a passionate coach, and a woman who knows we are so much more capable than we allow ourselves to believe. Belief School is the culmination of everything she has learned, taught and lived through. Paula says if she had been exposed to the principles that now define her life and are the foundation of Belief School, she would have healed quicker, loved earlier and been able to contribute sooner.

Kelsi Zimmerman

Kelsi is a digital beauty, fashion and lifestyle writer who resides in New York City. In addition to SWAAY, she also contributes to Teen Vogue, Women's Health and New Beauty.

Nitika Chopra

Nitika Chopra is a certified life coach, wellness entrepreneur and a motivational lifestyle guru who champions self love. She is also the host of the talk show Naturally Beautiful on Z Living which focuses on a holistic approach to beauty from the inside out.

Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is a writer and editor in New York. Her work has appeared in Self, Refinery29, Bustle, Prevention and many more. When she's not traveling or spending time with friends, she's going to the latest boxing class, trying a new food trend or volunteering.

Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal is a NYC-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in Glamour, Redbookmag.com, EW.com and so many others in her career spanning almost 20 years. She's the author of five books, has interviewed A-list celebrities, written about women and career topics, health, money and more.

Courtney Leiva

Courtney Leiva is a lifestyle and beauty writer who has contributed to Refinery29, Women's Health, NewBeauty, Byrdie and Self.com. When she's not writing, she's usually found experimenting with new gluten-free recipes that pop in her head. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @misscourtneysays!

Lauren Benet Stephenson

Lauren Benet Stephenson is a journalist and creative consultant who specializes in digital editorial strategy. She lives in Brooklyn, is studying the history of women's reproductive rights and social organization, and hopes to expand upon her meager pantsuit collection.

Allison Cooper

Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!

Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of aSweatLife.com a fitness-focused inspirational site. With a background in Journalism and social media marketing, she is also a certified personal and Nike trainer, spending much of her time hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #sweatworking events across Chicago.

Leslie Tayne

Leslie H. Tayne has more than 15 years' experience in the practice area of consumer and business financial debt-related services. Speaker, Author of Life & Debt, Attorney and Founder of the Tayne Law Group, P.C., Leslie is working towards reshaping the debt industry by offering real, proven solutions to help her clients get back on the road to financial freedom.

StartUp Mindset

StartUp Mindset was developed to help entrepreneurs and anyone else who wants to succeed in business. You'll find information, tools, resources, motivation and a ton of other goodies to spark your Startup mindset.

Alexandria Nelson

Alex is a contributor to SWAAY focused on bringing attention to spectacular women and promoting the role of millennials in today's business world. When she is not blogging about the do's, don'ts and how to's of a successful entrepreneurship, you will likely find her holed up with a good book and a glass of wine.

Colleen Minkewicz

Colleen is a college student at SUNY New Paltz graduating in Spring 2017 majoring in English and Creative Writing. She aspires to become an editor/work in publishing in the future.

Jodi Flynn

Jodi Flynn spent the early part of her career in senior management in the financial services industry. Using the confidence she developed during her work in Mutual Fund Operations, she found she flourished in the areas of supervising/mentoring, project management and team building. It was during this time that she discovered her calling – to listen for, nurture and bring out the very best in people. She knew she wanted to focus her career on helping others discover success and fulfillment in their own lives and careers. She is also the host of Women Taking The Lead Podcast, which focuses on inspiring women from humble beginnings to overcome self-doubt so they can lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor.

Kat Boogaard

Kat (Short for Katarina) is the voice behind the popular and inspiring blog Lemonade Linings. She is a freelance writer by day and a dog snuggler by night (and also most of the day). She gets to wake up everyday and work on things that she loves, and she's all about helping you feel that very same way about your life and career.

Kerry Heaps

Kerry Heaps is the Founder and President of Kerry’s Network, Inc., a marketing organization that provides Business-to-Business Marketing services. She is also the host of Strictly Marketing Talk Radio and publisher of Strictly Marketing Magazine. The magazine has recently spun off an online community for Strictly Women in Marketing, for Women (and Men) looking to gain more media exposure.

Bailey Van Tassel

Bailey Cuzner founded Abel Impact out of her deep love for helping make a difference. Bailey’s professional background is in marketing, non-profit management, sales, and fundraising. She spent many years understanding traditional sales, marketing, and PR – loving the practical and competitive nature of the private sector, but felt it lacked some of the fulfillment she wanted. She has worked with companies like Google, MasterCard, Bovespa, Club Corp, and many others.

May Busch

May Busch brings her insights and experiences following her successful investment banking career to help top leaders advance their organizations, and to promote greater thought leadership, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit in the workplace. She offers workshops, keynotes, consulting and executive coaching to high-potential and high-performance leaders. Prior to this, May enjoyed a 24-year career at Morgan Stanley spanning two continents and nine different business roles across Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Firm Management.

Liz Toombs

Owner and President, Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors – www.polkadotsandrosebuds.com. The work of Liz and her team can be seen on college campuses around the country as well as homes and businesses in more than 25 states. Liz dispels many myths about decorators, such as they are not affordable and they will decorate your house they want they want, not how you want. Also of note: Liz is a cancer survivor (melanoma) and her mom passed away from cancer. Because of her commitment to fighting cancer, a great deal of Liz’s charitable resources and time go to the American Cancer Society. She is starting a college scholarship at the University of KY (she’s an alum) for a student in her same field of study that has lost a parent to illness and needs assistance with tuition. Liz lives in Lexington, KY.

Rose Wheeler

Rose Wheeler works with words on a daily basis as a content and social media manager for her clients at Marketing With Style. She's also an editor and lifestyle blogger. When she's not working with her awesome clients, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, blogging, styling, and running her online boutique.

Felissa Allard

Felissa Allard writes about beauty, lifestyle, health, and parenting. She has worked at New York Daily News, Life & Style Weekly, and About.com. Currently, Allard freelances for a number of outlets including SELF, Modern Mom, Working Mother, and Cosmopolitan.com.

Stacey Sullivan Hall

In her day job, Stacey Hall serves as a veteran PR flack enjoying the art of the written word and a good corporate reputation crisis. At night, she unwinds with creative writing, crosswords and California Chardonnay.

Dina Scherer

Dina Scherer is a Certified NYC Image & Wardrobe Stylist, Personal Shopper, and owner of Modnitsa Styling. Over the past 9 years she's been helping women define & polish their authentic style & build a wardrobe that makes them feel confident every day.

Samantha Miles

Samantha Miles is a multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in various newsrooms in Colorado, Texas, and Columbia Nightly News in New York City. She has also written for several online publications, and won awards for her journalism in the Arab Spring Uprisings for her piece - "The Jasmine Flowers: Women of the Tunisian Revolution," where she interviewed women rewriting the Tunisian constitution after the revolution. She has written about women from various cultures covering issues of domestic violence, social justice, and beauty pressures.

Wendy Rose Gould

Wendy Rose Gould is a reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona. She covers women’s lifestyle topics for numerous digital publications, including Refinery29, InStyle, xoVain, Headspace, PopSugar and ModCloth. You can learn more about her at WendyGould.com.

Helen Bui

Helen Bui is an entrepreneur, media & advertising veteran, advisor, mentor and economic empowerment champion. Helen is currently the Founder at Skylet, a platform that is helping young women become smarter about their money. Skylet members have access to lifestage specific communities, education, information and tools to help them become smarter about their money. The Stash-it app, now a part of Skylet, was featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of the helpful financial apps for millennials.

Heather Monahan

Career Expert, Heather Monahan, aka the #BossInHeels, is a seasoned executive that currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer at the Beasley Media Group. Despite being a single Mom, Heather has climbed the corporate ladder and has broken the glass ceiling, and is now looking to empower other women and millennials on how to do the same.

Lona Alia

Lona Alia, CEO and Founder of Style Lend, got her start in fashion at the age of 16 modeling in Albania for companies like GUESS and Versace. In 2013, Lona combined her love for fashion and entrepreneurship and came up with the idea of Style Lend while traveling the world. She wanted to create a platform to borrow clothes from stylish women all over the world. Enter Style Lend, a peer-to-peer marketplace based in NYC that provides a website and app for lending and renting designer dresses.

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star is an internationally recognized photographer, who dropped out of law school, picked up a camera and pursued her dreams. She built a worldwide brand from scratch and leveraged social media marketing to build a six-figure business in her first year. Jasmine amassed hundreds of thousands of followers through her online educational efforts, and empowers entrepreneurs to build a brand and market it on social media.

Shannon McLay

Shannon is a financial planner who left a "traditional" financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She helps people become financially fit through her company, her book, her blog and her podcast.

Susan Trombetti

Susan Trombetti is a leading celebrity matchmaker, relationship expert, and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking. Susan has helped discerning singles across the country discover long-term relationships and partnerships that are both rewarding and fulfilling. When it comes to all-things-love, Susan is the person to speak with.

Neeta Bhushan

Dr. Neeta Bhushan is an emotional intelligence advocate, international speaker, host of the Revolutionary Leadership podcast and founder of the Global GRIT Institute. She is also the author of the Amazon Best Seller, Emotional GRIT with a social footprint of 40K fans/followers.

JoQueta Handy

JoQueta Handy Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Integrative Medicine doctor with a doctorate in quantum medicine and a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist with 21 years of experience. She is the founder and president of Children’s Opportunity for Brilliance International. COB’s mission is to educate, empower and support children, parents, families and educators whose lives are impacted by autism spectrum disorders and other learning challenges.

Stephen Doyle

"Steve Doyle, originally from Philadelphia, holds a B.A. Professional Writing from Penn State University. He's a blogger, short-story writer and has created several hundred marketing content pieces for clients such as: JC Ehrlich, Ambius, Henckels & McCoy, DDC Group, Burns Logistics Solutions, Inc., etc. Steve is an award-winning, highly skilled communicator who loves to help get others' stories told in as an engaging manner as possible."

Kelly King Bakehorn

The Lexington, KY-based Kelly King Bakehorn is the co-owner, founder and event manager of Venues of The Grand Reserve. She has more than 25 years of experience as a dynamic entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. Based in Lexington’s historic, yet ever-evolving Distillery District, the five unique venues include: The Grand Reserve, The Barrel House Events Center, Garden Branch, The Speakeasy Room and Distillery Square.

Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky is a freelance lifestyles writer based in New York City, who contributes regularly to iVillage, SheKnows.com, xoJane, Huffington Post, and The Fashion Spot as well as many other print and web outlets.

Stephenie Hope

Stephenie, co-owner of Genius Kids Club, has a degree in Early Childhood Education, has taught preschool in the Los Angeles area. After years of happily working television production and a stint in publicity, she found her way back to working with children and the immense joy when working with kids.

Jen Glantz

Jen Glantz is the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) and the founder of the head-turning business, Bridesmaid for Hire. She can often be spotted wearing old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store or on first dates.

Shayna Marcos

Shayna is a dynamic content editor with a well-rounded background in the music industry as well as a penchant for the beauty and fashion space.

Bridge2Act

Hitha Palepu and Samira Panah are the co-founders of Bridge2Act. Bridge2Act, is a transformational platform that enables you to give the moment you feel compelled. 10 seconds. 3 taps. Instant impact. Providing a simple, educated, and effective tool for giving, Bridge2Act partners with audited nonprofits and digital media to initiate targeted calls-to-action in published content.

Faith Hope Consolo

Faith is a retail expert and trend spotter. She is the chairman of Douglas Elliman's retail real estate division. She knows what luxury retail trends are happening and can comment on this for 2017.

Savita Iyer

Savita Iyer-Ahrestani is a freelance writer with close to 20 years of reporting and writing experience. She has worked as a business journalist in New York and as a freelancer, she’s reported and written articles on a wide range of topics from the United States, Switzerland, India and The Netherlands. She holds a Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications and her articles and essays have appeared in a range of different publications across the globe. Savita is the co-author of “Brandstorm: Surviving and Thriving in the Consumer-Led Marketplace” (Palgrave-MacMillan 2012). She is represented by Laura Yorke of the Carol Mann Agency, New York, and is currently working on a novel.

Jami Schwartz

Jami Schwartz is in charge of content at Kabbage. Kabbage helps small businesses get the funding they need to grow. Through a fully automated, online platform, businesses can link their latest business data, allowing us to review the overall health of their business to approve and provide lines of credit up to $100,000 in minutes.

Brett Galley

Raised in New York City and around the world by her journalist / artist mother and explorer father, Brett’s life has never been dull. Following art school Brett opened her first art gallery with her mother, acclaimed artist Joyce Galley in Greenwich, CT. As the space became a hot spot for events, Brett satisfied the demand for full event planning and concert production by creating Hollywood Pop Gallery & Le Pop Nouveau. Brett’s appreciative clients include American Express, Diana Ross, Robert DeNiro, Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, Bon Jovi, the Robin Hood Foundation, the New York Yankees, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Elisette Carlson

Prior to founding SMACK! Media in 2009, Elisette Carlson was the Director of Marketing at Zoot Sports, a global leader in multi-sports products. Elisette’s passion for sports marketing started at a young age while assisting her father with World Cup soccer events and athletes. A graduate of Princeton University, Elisette was named NCAA First Team All- American and All-Ivy League in Women’s Rowing. As a National Champion coxswain for 2 countries, her competitive drive and determination molded her into a leader and motivator.

Morag Barrett

Morag Barrett is the author of the bestselling book, Cultivate, and co-author of The Future-Proof Workplace (Wiley). She is also the founder and CEO of SkyeTeam, an international HR and leadership development company. Originally from the UK, she has worked with more than 3,000 leaders in twenty countries on four continents.

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa is the founder and chief designer at Redesign.Studio. Vanessa has always been innovating. Before taking the entrepreneurship plunge and founding re.design, she was a partner at McKinsey & Company where she co-led their innovation practice. An inveterate networker, Vanessa supports women professionals as co-president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Ellevate Network.

Simone Milasas

Simone is the founder of Joy of Business as well as the Worldwide Coordinator for Access Consciousness, which is now in 170+ countries. She has a regular radio show on OM Times Radio Network called ‘Joy of Business’, and regularly appears in the media sharing practical tools that offer greater possibilities in the areas of money, business, creativity, empowerment and improving your life.

Amy Trask

Trask currently serves as an analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, appearing regularly on That Other Pregame Show and periodically on NFL Today. Trask is one of the original group of panelists appearing on the historic, first ever all women's sports talk show, We Need To Talk on CBS Sports Network. Trask is also writing a book entitled You Negotiate Like a Girl on her experience as an executive in the NFL

Donna Ston​eham

Dr. Stoneham is an executive coach and transformational leadership expert author of The Thriver’s Edge: Seven Key to Transform the Way you Live, Love, and Lead.

Carol Talbot

Carol is an inspiration in the inspiration business. She is sought-after by organizations and individuals seeking a learning consultant, thought-partner, and keynote speaker ‘with a difference’.

Amaya Jones

26-year-old Amaya Jones was always destined to create. As the daughter of two artists, she has creativity running through her veins. An Arts degree and experience working in galleries led to her very own creative project in the field of holistic fine jewelry. Each piece of Amaya Jones Jewelry is handmade using the healing stone tourmaline whose energetic properties enhance wholeness and help bring a sense of balance. The dainty pieces are complimented by 14K gold bands.

Anna Akbari

Anna Akbari, PhD, is a sociologist, writer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Sociology of Style, an image and life coaching company, and a partner in HVCK, a Silicon Valley innovation consultancy. A former professor at New York University and Parsons School of Design, she is a frequent public speaker at conferences and for corporations and has written for and been featured by Forbes, CNN, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Financial Times, TED, Bulletproof Executive, New York Observer, DailyWorth, The Huffington Post, and dozens more. Her new book, Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness, hit shelves December 27, 2016.

Catriona Pollard

Catriona Pollard is the author of From Unknown To Expert, a step by step framework designed to help entrepreneurs develop effective PR and social media strategies to become recognised as influencers in their field.

Stacia Pierce

With books, newsletters, retail products, appearances and countless online outlets as part of her growing empire, Pierce is able to inspire over 100,000 people weekly and shows no signs of slowing down. She was and named Top Women Who Mean Business by the Orlando Business Journal, and has worked with Grammy and Emmy winners, television personalities throughout the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.

Kristin McGrath

Kristin McGrath, editor and financial expert at CreditCardForum has more than 7 years in the financial service industry and is a seasoned expert on credit card products, usage and trends. As the blogger and editorial director for www.CreditCardForum.com, she has first-hand knowledge of what consumers are discussing when it comes to their credit cards.

Sydney Lorch

Sydney is a journalism and psychology student at the University of Miami. She is a Jewish New Yorker who has brought her New York attitude and spunk to the hot streets of Miami. She also writes for The Odyssey.

Kim Jabal

Kim Jabal is an Internet and social media executive with over 20 years of finance, operations, and IT experience at high growth companies across various stages of development, including Google, Path, Lytro, Goldman Sachs, and Accenture. She’s currently CFO of Weebly, the ecommerce site builder for small businesses and on the board of directors of FedEx and of Bring Change 2 Mind.

Dr. Amy Serin

Dr. Amy Serin is a clinical neuropsychologist, Buzzies inventor and Co-Founder of The TouchPoint Solution. Her work in therapy and applied neuroscience led to the discovery that the Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation (BLAST) component of a successful PTSD treatment could be used as a stand-alone product. The result was Buzzies, a lifestyle neuroscience wearable technology that not only relieves stress and anxiety, but also improves focus, reduces cravings, improves performance, manages anger, reduces sensory overload and betters enable sleep.

Julie Benezet

Julie Benezet spent 25 years in law and business, and for the past fifteen years has coached executives from virtually every industry. She built Amazon’s first global real estate organization, and led for ten years the “Challenges of Leadership” program for executives at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Julie holds a master’s of psychology and law degrees from McGill University and a B.A. in psychology and anthropology from Cornell University. She is the author of the recent book, The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There Is None.

Joy Schoffler

Joy Schoffler, principal of Leverage PR, is a nationally recognized author and speaker in the field of innovative financial services marketing and communications. An active leader within the technology community, Joy sits on the board of SXSW V2V and is a mentor for the Yodlee Interactive Incubator helping to guide the next generation of financial technology companies.

Jessica Zweig

Jessica Zweig is one of Chicago’s most recognized women entrepreneurs, known for building personal brands. She was named one of the ‘Top 7 Digital Marketers to Watch in 2017’, by INC. As serial entrepreneur, Jessica is the Founder and CEO of the SimplyBe Agency, a personal branding firm based in Chicago.

Laleh Alemzadeh-Hancock

Laleh Alemzadeh-Hancock is a management consultant, Joy of Business facilitator, and founder and CEO of Belapemo and Global Wellness for All. A passionate change-agent, Laleh has empowered thousands of individuals including Fortune 500 executives, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, athletes and veterans to achieve optimal growth. 

Tiny Hay

Tina Hay comes from a diverse background encompassing film, technology and finance. Her personal struggles understanding complex financial topics led her to found Napkin Finance, a guide to everything you need to know about money in 30 seconds or less.  The mission of the company is to empower readers to make smart money decisions and build a lifetime of financial well-being.

Allison Engel

Allison Engel is director of women’s market strategy at Northwestern Mutual. She has more than 15 years of experience empowering women worldwide in the fields of media, technology, entrepreneurship and finance.

Lisa Ivler

Lisa is the owner of Lisa Ivler Events LLC., a small event planning company specializing in Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Sweet 16s, and Divorce Parties!

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