Meet Vallori Thomas at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Vallori Thomas, WOW’s Founder and Principal Coach, is an ICF certified coach known for delivering potent results. She has expertise in professional development, leadership and corporate training, team dynamics, communication, as well as executive and one-on-one coaching. A practitioner of Context Mastery, Vallori is adept at vision building and breakthrough learning. She is an enthusiastic and indefatigable keynote speaker and facilitator who has conducted adult and youth leadership development programs in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C, Seattle and Atlanta.

Recently, Vallori began expanding her reach to other countries, traveling first to South Africa and later to Peru, Thailand and Brazil to bring a message of empowerment, and to raise money and awareness for indigent social programs there. She focuses largely on women, entrepreneurs, corporate development and youth.

With a background in entertainment that focused on service delivery, Vallori went on to become an executive in the fashion industry. She says that the coaching she received from her mentor, Robin Lynn, Founder of Momentum Education, is what empowered her to undertake a career in a new industry and be successful at it. That’s also when Vallori discovered her own talent for coaching, and began developing the skills and expertise that led to the creation of WOW Coaching and Consulting.

In 2003, Vallori founded her own nonprofit organization that provides personal effectiveness and performance training to women seeking to re-enter the workforce following an institutional hiatus. She has been profiled in local newspapers; “The Huff Post”, “Amsterdam News”, a recurring guest on the Dr Oz Show, the access cable programs “Never II Late” and “Something to Offer,” as well as “News 12”in New York. She just completed writing a book of inspirations “POSSIBILITOLOGY It’s A Great Day To Be Amazing!” A Real-Life Guide to Purpose & Possibility”.

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Meet Courtenay Hall, Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Courtenay Hall is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of BELLA New York and BELLA Los Angeles Magazines.

Courtenay is a 1993 graduate of NJ’s Summit High School, the town in which she was born and raised, as well as a 1997 graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. After graduation, she landed her first position at Grey Advertising in Manhattan, and after a year on the agency side, decided to enter the world of publishing. Her first position at a major New York publishing house was with Hachette Filipacchi where she worked in advertising sales at luxury shelter magazines Metropolitan Home and Elle Décor. From there, she moved to Meredith Corporation, where she broke company sales records at the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. After a successful venture at Meredith, she eventually accepted a position at Gruner + Jahr and was part of the New York team that launched Rosie O’Donnell’s national lifestyle magazine ROSIE.

Courtenay, always a dedicated magazine reader, began to see that there was something missing in the tri-state area market (NY, NJ, and CT). While there were lifestyle publications in print, she wanted to see one that spoke to all women (not just a specific demographic) about how to look and feel their best, emphasizing “Beauty Defined by You.” This approach set BELLA apart, as Courtenay’s vision was not to tell women what should be beautiful to them, but to include all aspects of beauty within the magazine and let the readers decide for themselves. In January 2011, BELLA New York premiered as the tri-state area’s premiere women’s luxury lifestyle publication, offering a sophisticated combination of fashion, beauty, health, philanthropy, arts and culture, cuisine, celebrity, and entertainment news.

Since founding the magazine, Courtenay has had the opportunity to work alongside notable authors from around the world, A-list celebrities, public figures, and many others. One of her most celebrated memories is the famous July/August 2013 cover story featuring Christie Brinkley and then 15-year old daughter, Sailor. It was the first time the duo ever posed for a cover story together and it made headlines across the globe, including features on Vogue.com, “The View,” and “E! News.” In addition to Christie Brinkley, there have been countless celebrities who have graced the cover of BELLA, including Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, Lisa Vanderpump, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Olivia Munn, Donald Trump and Maria Shriver.

In 2015, Courtenay also became a TV Correspondent, where she contributed weekly segments for the nationally syndicated entertainment show, Celebrity Page and most recently BELLATV Live. Each week, you can find her or the BELLA team discussing the latest in fashion, entertainment, and celebrity news or interviewing celebrities on various high profile red carpets in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Post’s Keith Kelly included BELLA New York in his January 2016 ‘Media Ink’ column, saying “While BELLA Media is not quite a rags-to-riches story just yet; it is at least a successful start-up in a generally unforgiving publishing world.”

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Meet Crystal Glass Warner, Fashion Show Designer at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Crystal Glass Warner is the CEO/Founder of Lor’ Dour Design LLC., who creates custom women’s apparel, dancewear, and Crystal Glass Cosmetics.

“WOMEN WITH PURPOSE”, their Spring/Summer Collection 2018 which mixes modern American classic esthetics with knit/jersey fabrics in beautiful prints and colors. Warner has re-invented the way women wear fashion by creating fashion that’s movable, breathable, comfortable and adaptable. During the 2016 season Crystal showcased her designs at Harlem Fashion Week, at the Saint Barbara Annual Fashion Show in Toms River, NJ and graced the stage on Spotlight NJ with Della Crews on News 12. By working as a professional makeup artist/wardrobe stylist in NY Fashion Week and Film, Warner worked up-close and personal with models, actors and celebrities. Twelve years ago when asked by a model if she had a makeup line Warner started the development of her brand for all women’s skin tones – Crystal Glass Cosmetics. Customers grew at an alarming rate by giving tips of the trade. Fashion is Warner’s first love. As a young teen she made her first dress for her dolls at age 8. Her goal as an entrepreneur in the fashion & beauty industry is to bring her 30 years of experience to help women create a wardrobe for the workplace and beyond.

Warner’s give back program consists of helping women restart their lives by giving fashion and beauty makeovers by using the best make up and looking for the best anti aging cream reviews. Success is doing the work and having a passion for what you love. Crystal is currently preparing for the Grand Indie Wise Film Festival in Miami in August 2017. Crystal launches her 2nd book publication “Dancers That Cook”; on quick healthy cooking and completing her feature film this summer.

 

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Meet Andrea Mullan, Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

Andrea Mullan is a passionate communicator and entrepreneur who in 2009 founded Victory Public Relations to provide custom, prestige public relations campaigns to increase awareness of and generate valuable buzz for health, wellness, beauty, and lifestyle brands. Her intimate understanding of the media, attention to relationships, and unique ability to identify trends and compelling storylines has powered countless exciting campaigns for clients globally. Andrea launched VPR early in her career when she first understood that the typical office structure wouldn’t support her ambition to succeed professionally as well as to pursue the family life she envisioned. She continues to oversee the growth of VPR as well as strategy for some of the most exciting and innovative experts and brands in the health, wellness, beauty, and lifestyle space.

 

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Meet Brianne Manz, Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Brianne Manz was once a fashion showroom owner now turned mother, blogger and writer. Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things mommy, because being a mom doesn’t mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine just to name a few.

 

Connect with Brianne at The Power of Connections, 2019!

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Meet Shenna Vaughn, Creative Leader at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Shenna Vaughn is the artist behind what she describes as ‘Soulful Funk on Canvas’. Vaughn’s intuitive abstract paintings tell subconscious narratives of the deep stories of the soul. Her use of warm colors sets the stage for the expression of the personal thoughts that we all confront. Her work invites the audience to enter a personal conversation of reflection and confession. While these subjects are introduced through her particular use of pigments and textures, the symbolism used uninhibitedly exposes vulnerability.

We had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with Queens based artist Shenna Vaughn at the I am Woman Conference, hosted by Sylvia High in 2016. We were so honored and excited when she participated at The Power of Connections, 2016. She’s been back every year since!

Vaughn says,”As I became older, I began to do other things. Circumstances occurred, responsibilities kicked in, and I found myself allowing the masses to tell me what I should be doing along with the fear of being judged. During this time I was miserable, angry and couldn’t even figure out why. I was a closet painter and no one knew I even had this gift. Then one day one of my dearest friends, Leanna, cared enough and introduced me to a transformational workshop. There I was able to find my path again. From that day forward I picked up my brush and never looked back. I started to honor my wants and needs. I decided to be the woman that I didn’t see growing up – painting not only my story but many others with the hope of inspiring others not to give up on their dream.”

Shenna Vaughn is the artist behind what she describes as ‘Soulful Funk on Canvas’. Vaughn’s intuitive abstract paintings tell subconscious narratives of the deep stories of the soul. Her use of warm colors sets the stage for the expression of the personal thoughts that we all confront. Her work invites the audience to enter a personal conversation of reflection and confession. While these subjects are introduced through her particular use of pigments and textures, the symbolism used uninhibitedly exposes vulnerability.

 

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Meet Divine DIVAS Jordan and Lynn Osborne at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

The Divine DIVAS Jordan and Lynn Osborne, believe that their journey is guided by God (their divine purpose) and expect the most of themselves. One passion, two voices.

They use their personal journey and professional experience to inspire others who are dealing with life-altering circumstances to see that there is always another path. While their journey to starting a business together was different from others, they both have been finding ways to thrive with autoimmune conditions that left them reevaluating their life plans.

The Divine DIVAS offer education on making better choices for what we introduce to our bodies and minds by replacing toxins of all kinds (thoughts, environment, products, people) with healthier alternatives. We encourage healthy living head to toe.

Lynn and Jordan share their story in their own words:

Lynn, “At 40 life drastically changed  when I woke up with Sudden Hearing Loss and could not return to work in planned profession. While adapting to my new normal I returned to college to complete my Bachelor’s degree in psychology, the journey led me to pursue a Master’s degree in holistic health. While my plan changed to accommodate several autoimmune conditions, chronic pain and hearing loss; the goal of having a family business remained constant. I needed to find a way to achieve that and accommodate my new life. My passion has always been to help others in some capacity and through that continued desire plus a place of gratitude that my journey wasn’t life threatening I wanted to find a way to encourage others to continue to dream and succeed in ways they may not have planned or expected.”

Jordan, “At 24 the picture of what I thought my life would look like changed. I was a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with the goal of one day opening my own salon. Being Diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and all of the complications that accompany these conditions I felt like my life was over before it began. Starting Divine Divas gave me a way to utilize my skills and continue helping people even if it is not from behind the chair.”

 

The Divine DIVAS will lead the following workshop:

Prioritize Yourself: Self Care is not Selfish!

Self-care is not a luxury, when we get busy the first “expendable” area we drop is “me-time”; taking time to nurture yourself is not selfish, it is health care.

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Meet Lisa Marie Latino, Media Panelist at #ThePowerOfConnections2019

Lisa Marie Latino is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe.

In 2014, Latino co-launched HipNewJersey.com, an online lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the site’s executive producer and host.

Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and WFAN Sports Radio’s Boomer and Carton Show. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University.

In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later.

Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication. She currently lives in New Jersey.

 

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Meet Melanie Cunningham at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

Melanie Cunningham is the founder of Melanie Cunningham Law Office P.C. and Launch to LegacyTM, where she helps small business owners, through one on one engagements, or guided programs, gain a peace of mind about the operation of their business today and plan for their futures.

Melanie returned to the law after a 10+ compliance career because of her belief she had a passion and knack for making legal principals user-friendly for everyday people (especially those without a family history of entrepreneurship) striking out on their own.  Melanie’s belief that entrepreneurs and micro-and small business owners play a critical role in our communities, propelled her to start a firm that delivers excellent legal support and protection to this vital and well-deserved audience.  She excels in making the law accessible, uncomplicated, and stress-free, for busy, and often overwhelmed, small business owners.

Melanie’s Workshop

Launch the Business You Love Legally!:

How Effective Planning Increases Your Confidence & Propels Your Business Growth

Melanie will provide a 20 point assessment highlighting the Legal, Insurance, Financial, Tax concerns for small business owners.  

You will leave having a better understanding of intellectual property and which property right may apply.

Connect with Melanie at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

 

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Meet Carey Reilly at ETTWomen’s Annual Conference: The Power of Connections, 2019

Named O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine’s TOP 50 Influencers and Brand Ambassadors of 2017, Carey Reilly has hosted over 80 episodes of the talk show The Daily Glow on Facebook Watch. She’s a Travel and Lifestyle writer for Foxnews.com, Today.com, Familytraveller.com and founder of Notsoskinnymom.com. Reilly is a recurring guest on NBC’s Today Show,  VH-1, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, The Joy Behar Show. She’s been a guest on Harry Connick Jr’s TV Show, Harry, Food Network’s The Kitchen, Cooking Channel’s Everyday Chinese and Food Network’s Rewrapped hosted by Joey Fatone.

Get ready to laugh your socks off with Carey at #ThePowerOfConnections2019!

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