SUMMIT SPEAKER GALLERY TEST

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Claudia Cordova Rucker

Founder of Estetica Mia-A Jurlique Wellness Spa and Beyond Ordinary Business Methodology

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Do Business Beautifully

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Suzanne Carpenter

Certified Nutritional Consultant

Suz Carpenter created a virtual nutrition education company called CarpenterOne80 whose mission is to provide affordable and simple programs that can clear up food confusion so that people can win at losing weight. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and the CEO and Founder of CarpenterOne80, as well as the creator of Babysit My Plate, The Food Peace University and S.O.S. (Suz on your shoulder). These three different virtual bite-sized nutrition courses were designed to teach you what you need to know to create sustainable results.

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Get Your Health and Wellness Solid

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Mae Chandran

Award-winning Jam Maker

Having been born female in China, I know well the treatment of women as 2nd class citizens in a society that worships sons and considers daughters worthless. My father sold my birth papers for money because he thought girls brought no economic value. My proudest achievements- overcoming my childhood and creating a happy family in America where both our son and daughter are equally loved and told they can achieve anything by hard work.

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Kitchen Table Talk in the AAPI Community

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Danica Ivanovska Lepojevikj

Integral Growth Mentor and Holistic Birth & Motherhood Mentor, Astarta Wellbeing Academy

She guides multipassionate individuals to overcome every personal, professional and spiritual challenge without giving away their power. Her personal “passion project” is supporting pregnant women and new mothers to conquer any emotional doubts, institutional obstacles and social pressure. Over her 20-year career, she integrates her vast knowledge in different disciplines - as psychologist, integral yoga teacher, doula, breastfeeding counselor, poet and qualitative research specialist - to provide a spherical approach to personal development.

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Empowering Women Birth by Birth

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Carolyn Koppel

Founder, Aaron's Coffee Corner

Carolyn Koppel founded Aaron’s Coffee Corner while sitting with her son Aaron in his hospital room. Her mission is to provide 24/7 access to free Keurig coffee to the family, friends and caregivers admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Ann & Robert Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

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Microagressions Towards Female Caregivers

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Aleksandra Di Gesaro

Fashion Photographer, Writer and Entrepreneur

Aleksandra Di Gesaro is a fashion photographer, writer, and entrepreneur based in Milan, Italy. She graduated Law but then understood it wasn’t her true calling and decided to pursue the artistic career. Now she helps artists to do the same – turn their passion into a full-time job and make a living creating art. Her photographs won numerous competitions and have been published in international magazines and she loves taking pictures during Milan Fashion Week. In her free time, she loves reading and traveling – the further the better.

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How to Turn Your Disadvantages into Advantages

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Laura Friedman

Assemblymember, 43rd District

Laura Friedman was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 43rd Assembly District. Her legislative work is focused on: addressing the housing affordability and homelessness crisis, combating climate change, and protecting vulnerable communities. Long recognized as a steadfast advocate for the environment, sustainable communities, and active transportation, in 2020 she was appointed to serve as the Chair for the Assembly Committee on Transportation, which marks a shift towards forward-thinking policies.

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Coming Soon

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Ann Lewandowski

Program Assistant, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy

Ann Lewandowski graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2020 with a BAJ in Journalism and concentration in News Reporting and Editing and a BA in American Studies with a minor in Spanish. She currently works as the Program Assistant for the Center for International Media Assistance in Washington, DC. Previously she worked as an intern at the International Press Institute, as President of Reporters Without Borders at IU, and as Director of Operations at TEDxIndianaUniversity.

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19, 20, 21: COVID-19 and Its Effects on the Classes of 2020 and 2021

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Erica Wright

U First Founder and CEO

Erica Wright is the founder of U FIRST, INC., a charitable organization dedicated to serving the homeless with the basic necessities in efforts to restore their dignity and help them to lead a healthy and whole life.

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Equality for the Unhoused

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Charlotte Harrington

Host of The Fresh Lens Podcast

Charlotte Harrington is the host of The Fresh Lens Podcast and our niece. At just 13 years of age, Charlotte is a social justice advocate whose passion for women's rights and support of the Black Lives Matter movement, among other issues, has inspired her to launch her own weekly show to tackle the tough issues.

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Starting Young in the Fight for Social Justice

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Kim Roxie

Founder & CEO at LAMIK Beauty

Kim Roxie is the founder and CEO of LAMIK Beauty, a clean beauty brand that caters to multicultural women. After opening her own shop at age 21 with a $500 investment, she ran that store for 14 years and was the youngest African-American woman to have her products carried in a major department store. In 2019, Roxie pivoted her business into an innovative e-commerce beauty company that allows consumers to digitally try on cosmetics.

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Passionistas Profiles

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Andrea B. Briscoe

Founder & President, Love You Back To Life

Andrea Briscoe is a native Washingtonian with 30 years of community outreach focusing on re-entry programming, homeless communities, and single mothers in shelters. Her passion has elevated this community work as CEO of Love You Back To Life a non-profit agency which serves the homeless communities in the DMV area. She holds a BS in Evangelism and Christian Leadership. She is a certified Life Coach. She is the President of the Owings Mills Toastmasters International Club.

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Passionistas Profiles: Storyteller Event

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Susan Feniger
Susan Feniger

Principle of Navigators Consulting. Susan X Jane is the Principle of Navigators Consulting. Susan is a skilled facilitator, trainer and coach, with experience in organizational development and strategic planning. She has over 25 years of experience working in mission-focused organizations, supporting communities to create change and training leaders

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Join the Passionistas Day Party!

 

On Monday, March 15 at 5pm EST | 8pm PST the Passionistas Project Co-Foundera Amy & Nancy Harrington will be hosting party and inviting all of the Passionistas we have interviewed in the past two years. Join us for the Facebook live stream as we hear about their latest efforts. Bring your favorite cocktail or beverage of choice so we can toast each other and celebrate being Passionistas.

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Monday, March 15 at 5pm EST | 8pm PST