Maureen Spataro is a native of Brooklyn, NY currently living in Sayreville, NJ. A frequent speaker to groups of survivors of sexual, emotional and physical abuse her goal is to raise the funds to purchase a location that is for victims run solely by survivors. As a woman who has experienced all three types of abuse, beginning at the age of 6 years old, Maureen understands the impact and benefits to a victim’s healing when they are speaking directly with someone who has walked the path they find themselves traveling. Respectful of the medical community, Maureen is hoping through her speaking events and engagements that she can help the medical community see these benefits and that survivor to victim connection can become a part of the healing process.
ETTWomen’s The Power of Connections Conference 2019 brought together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries at The Asbury Hotel.
Every year, attendees receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business.
Thank you Teresa Pyskaty for capturing Day 2 so beautifully ❤️ Thank you Ana and Aria for all your help and backup shots too! A big Shout out to our amazing vendors and sponsors! ✨🎉 We could not make this event possible without your support! Thank you! You are the best 😁✨ AT&T Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski Bailey Frumen LV Makeup Artist DivineDivas Ross Caryn Launch to Legacy Manasquan Bank Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Cheryl Brennan Colorstreet M&tbank Yolo’s Custom Designs Karen AzzarelloKaren Azzarello -The Cocoa Exchange Founding Curator Selfie Snapshots #ThePowerOfConnections2019
Join us for a powerful weekend and connect with some pretty remarkable women in business, media, and much more!
It’s going to be one amazing weekend! Detailed agenda below!
Don’t miss it! bit.ly/ThePowerOfConnections2019
Neapoli Restaurant, AT&T, Google, Joanne Trancucci Gubitosi, Mantraband, Manasquan Bank, Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, Vanessa Coppes, Lynette Barbieri, Theodora Sergiou, Audrey Puente, FOX 5, Jillian Edwards Coburn, Lauren Vena – LV Makeup Artist, Courtenay Cooper Hall – BELLA Media Group, Brianne Tursi Manz, Lynn Kurtz Franco, Lynn Osborne, Jordan Osborne, Bailey Frumen, Vallori Thomas, Melanie Cunningham, Lisa Marie Falbo – Hip New Jersey, Carey Reilly, Crystal Glass, Andrea Samacicia Mullan, Shenna Vaughn
Mo Roberson has a passion for helping people feel better, inside and out. For almost 6 years as a Smart Fitness Certified and Annette Lange Pre/Post Natal Certified personal trainer, he has had the privilege of helping those in his community care for their minds, bodies, and spirits. Roberson has recently began to pursue a modeling career and has aspirations to venture into acting.
He’ll be leading our WAKE UP morning exercise session on Saturday morning and introducing our speakers at #ThePowerOfConnections2019! We can’t wait until you connect with his infectious energy 🏃♀️
THE MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, are co-creators of a multi-platform lifestyle brand featured on TV, online, in print, in taxicabs. They hosted the nationwide radio program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa on SiriusXM Stars from 2013-2016.
Albert and Gerstein have turned motherhood into a major business venture that reaches millions of parents each month. The MOMS created a town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi® where they provide influential moms and media access to celebrities to discuss topics surrounding parenting.
Albert and Gerstein have 5 children between the two of them and reside in New York City.
Audrey Puente is Meteorologist/Feature Reporter for WNYW/ Fox 5. Previously, she was Chief Weather Anchor for WWOR-TV/My9 providing forecasts for the station’s “My9 News at Ten.”
Puente joined My9 from WCBS-TV where she provided weather forecasts for “CBS 2 News This Morning” and “CBS 2 News at Noon.” She also provided fill-in reports for the CBS national morning program “The Early Show.” Previously, she served as a meteorologist for WNBC-TV and delivered weekend reports for “Today in New York.” Prior to this, Puente was the weekend meteorologist for WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS., where she appeared on the station’s 5 PM and 10 PM newscasts. Earlier, she served as the weekend weather anchor for WXVT-TV in Greenville, MS and the weekday weather anchor at WJCL-TV in Savannah, GA. Puente began her career as a production assistant for WNYW-TV in New York.
Jillian Coburn is an entrepreneur, inventor, outdoorswoman, and mother of three who is passionately committed to supporting and elevating women who have nowhere to turn and living under the shadows of domestic violence. A survivor herself, Jillian energetically assists women living with abuse by empowering and teaching them how to get out, heal and build a life they’ve always imagined.
Jillian is co-owner of NOLA Prestige Electric, a women/minority based contracting company. She is also an up and coming inventor soon to release a product invented for families with kids and who have animals.
A successful businesswoman, Jillian founded the apparel line, Reel Housewives of the Deep South, in 2014, producing one-of-a-kind American-made designs for Southern women who love the outdoors and choose “catfishing over catfighting!”
Jillian spends her time on the lake or at home creating new books. She is readily involved with PTA and is the president of Fundraising. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Jillian lives and works in Lago Vista, Texas with her husband and three children.
Bailey Frumen, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and coach mentoring ambitious leaders and entrepreneurs by providing the roadmap that takes them from frustration & overwhelm into action & purpose.
She has been named ‘one of the top 20 life coaches to watch’ by popexpert.com. Bailey is the author of Own Your Power: Your Guide to Feeling Powerful, Fearless, and Free. Her work has been published in Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Aspire Magazine, Natural Awakenings, Popexpert, and numerous guest blogs. She is also a featured author in the best-selling anthology, Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening To Gratitude & Grace through Inspired Living Publishing.
Through her Own Your Power Mastery, live events, speaking engagements, and transformational coaching, Bailey helps leaders and entrepreneurs to find clarity and connection to purpose, so that they can take the action. With 10+ years of experience, Bailey guides driven women and men cut through the fog of feeling stuck and overwhelmed by feeling confident to master their mindset and live the life they’ve always wanted. For more from Bailey, check out BaileyFrumen.com or say hello on Facebook and Instagram!
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”.
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.”