Maggie Anbalagan Maggie Anbalagan grew good southern roots in Louisville, Kentucky, but has always had a heart with wings that fly her around the world to explore, taste and embrace new cultures and experiences. She has volunteered in Kenya, studied abroad in Bolivia, lived and taught in Mexico, wedding shopped in India, and eaten her way through Italy. From an innate fascination with words and languages grew her love of writing, and she holds a degree in both Literature and Spanish. Maggie is also a certified Yoga Instructor and Studio Manager at Wild Heart Yoga in Austin, Texas.When she’s not jet-setting, you’ll find her in the studio and on the mat, covering miles on Austin’s trails, recreating favorite flavors in the kitchen with her husband, and writing in coffee shops around town. And you’ll never catch her without snacks in her purse. Lisa Elbert Lisa is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn by way of the Midwest. She’s been completely immersed in the culinary industry for nearly a decade, working for hospitality groups, writing for trade publications and digital media companies, and eating and drinking her way across the country (all work related, of course!). Her areas of expertise are in wine and spirits, with certifications through the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Her writing has been published on various digital media sites and blogs, as well as in print. Lisa is an avid traveler, photographer, and cheeseburger chaser. Instagram Joanna Coker Joanna Coker, M.A. is a communications professional who has worked across various industries, developing compelling content and creating communications strategies that connect a brand to its target audience. A Hoosier girl turned Georgia peach, Joanna enjoys exploring the City of Atlanta’s many great resources and amenities, including its parks, shopping centers and constantly evolving restaurant scene. As a textbook Millennial, Joanna enjoys taking selfies, engaging in gif conversations, and rooftop dining with friends. Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest . Jess Cording Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian, nutrition communications consultant, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life through drama-free healthy eating. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking and counseling, she works with individuals, food companies, healthcare companies, and the media to help make delicious, nourishing food approachable and enjoyable. She blogs at Jessica Cording Nutrition ( http://www.jessicacordingnutrition.com/ ) . For regular updates about nutrition and wellness, follow her on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest Gracie Deale Gracie Deale, a South African native, grew up in Boston, and majored in English at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She loves writing about food, fashion, places to visit, and things to do in the city. Sarah Guilbeaux Sarah Guilbeaux is a freelance writer and photographer living in Brooklyn, New York with her wife and two of the sweetest little kitties you’ve ever seen. Michele Lando Michele Lando is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and founder of writestylesonline.com , which presents tips to enhance your resume and professional appearance. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Danielle Koban Danielle Koban is a freelance writer and blogger located in Charlotte, NC. To learn more about Danielle, visit www.danielledoolen.com . Hayley Dare Professional nomad, leader in training, and hustler by trade. Started 10 years ago at the University of Arizona as a History/Poli Sci. Undergrad who now finds herself as a Merchandiser in NYC. How’d that happen? She found her passion, and went after it. After 2.5 years in Washington, D.C. as a Senator’s Legislative Aide, she realized politics was not her long-term goal. She moved cross country to San Francisco to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, received her degree in Product Development, and never looked back. Hayley now has experience in Footwear & Apparel Merchandising, with the dream of figuring out how fashion can be a more collaborative, contributing industry to society. Personally, she loves staying active, adventuring around her new city, and watching college sports like it’s an actual hobby. Ali Sussman I graduated from Boston University in 2013. Directly after college, I entered into a career at Nickelodeon & Sprout NBCUniversal. I should add– I really love kids! I mixed my media background with this passion and found both companies to be a great choice. However, the corporate environment wasn’t exactly for me. After I left, I wanted to hold onto some of my past experience, so I am currently the Director of Marketing for the Children’s Media Association.Then, I started @YourWeekendPlans. This is an e-mail subscription service that delivers NYC weekend itineraries every Thursday– right to your inbox! The plans change weekly, depending on openings, seasonal activities, etc. They can even be customized to your liking – including interests in food, fitness and culture. Trust me, this isn’t your average NYC to do list, as we have unique and interesting spots that are just waiting to be discovered. Kara Caroccio A New Yorker in every sense of the word, Kara Caroccio began her professional career after graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and Fine Arts. Her background includes experience in the non-profit and art space, as well as a position as Executive Assistant to the Chairman at IMG Media. She is an active member of her community, involved in the local church and volunteer work for her alma maters. She is an activist for lyme disease and children with learning differences. She explores creative ways to match art, fashion and philanthropy by participating in local community events. In her free time, Kara can be found trying out new restaurants, exploring local art exhibits or painting alongside her bare-eyed cockatoo, Buddy. Erica Joy Dunn Erica Joy Dunn is a Reiki Master and Certified Holistic Health Counselor, working with people who are looking to improve and restore their vital health through spirituality. Guided by the present moment, Erica facilitates reiki sessions all over New York City and her work has been featured on mindbodygreen , Thrive Global and Mama Glow . Erica is an intuitive marketing and brand strategist and the Founder of The Wellness Mercantile which is a print + digital monthly magazine that celebrates women in the wellness industry and the movement towards collective consciousness. Sara Ochs Sara Ochs is an associate attorney at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP in downtown New Orleans, where she specializes in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution of general civil defense cases. A native of Albany, New York, Sara attended Loyola University Maryland for her undergraduate degree. Sara then decided to escape the snow and moved to New Orleans to attend law school at Loyola New Orleans College of Law. As soon as she set foot in New Orleans, she knew she wouldn’t be leaving for a while. She is an avid runner, writer, and travel addict. When she’s not working or planning trips to new destinations, Sara spends her time trying out all the new restaurants and bars New Orleans has to offer.
Tara Rae Bradford Tara Rae Bradford is an International Growth Strategist & Success Coach. She is the founder of The Potentialista® , a mentorship program to help female entrepreneurs and influencers live extraordinary lives and become visionary leaders. Tara has 9 years of experience helping individuals and families through tragedies. When she reached the top of her career path by the age of 26 she discovered that happiness and success are not the same thing. So, after reinventing her own life, she completed her certification in high performance coaching with a focus on neurolinguistic programming so she could help others create the free and fulfilling lives they are meant to be living too! Mercey Livingston Mercey Livingston is a Mississippi native who attended The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS where she majored in Journalism and Public Relations and minored in French. After spending a summer studying abroad in Paris (which delayed her graduation by a semester #worthit) she worked in Public Relations in the hospitality and tourism industry for nearly two years. Now, she is hitting the books once again and working on a Master’s degree in Mass Communication with a focus in Women’s and Gender Studies. Mercey is also the Podcast Producer for Mavenly + Co, and Health + Fitness Writer at ZELO Fit, an Atlanta- based fitness startup. You can find Mercey hitting early morning barre classes, looking for a great cup of coffee, reading or listening to podcasts in her free time.
Jamie Caroccio Originally from Queens, New York, Jamie Caroccio is a poet, sheep-lover, world traveler and business owner. She studied Creative Writing and Spanish at St. Lawrence University where she participated in the study abroad program in Madrid, Spain for a year. While studying abroad, she met the Madrid-born man that is now her husband. After moving back to Madrid for a year to teach English, she returned to NYC to co-found a bilingual digital agency, HiSpire with her husband. When she’s not working on building her business and writing content, she can be found traveling, drinking wine and writing poetry. Kathryn Selby Experiences sales leader in the consumer product space with a focus on corporate + large scale retail sales. Kathryn has worked for several brands including S’well Bottle, SOMA, Yoobi and many more! I have experience in building brands to launch in a retail space, opening new distribution channels and onboarding key accounts such as Apple or Starbucks!I have a passion for building and organizing brands and sales teams as well as helping people. From these passions Got It Girl was born, a full service consumer products sales consulting firm to help build your brand through organization and new channels! Currently I am building my own consumer product to launch in market. Hoping to launch a product that solves a daily problem but also has a big impact on the world.Outside of my hustle I am a SoulCycle lover, Dog Mommy and entertainer! I am getting married this Fall and have really enjoyed planning my first large scale event! Alyson Garrido Alyson is passionate about helping people advance their careers and find jobs they will enjoy. As a career coach, she partners with her clients to identify their strengths and create a path towards a more fulfilling career. Alyson also provides support for interview preparation, salary negotiations and performance reviews, ensuring her clients present themselves and their goals in the best possible light. Learn more at www.alysongarrido.com .