Nina Burleigh is the National Politic Correspondent at Newsweek Magazine. She is an award-winning journalist and the author of five books. Her last book, The Fatal Gift of Beauty, was a widely praised New York Times bestseller. In the last several years, she has covered an array of subjects, from American politics to the Arab Spring. She has written for numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Businessweek, The New Yorker, Time, New York and The New York Times. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span and NPR. She covered the Clinton White House for Time and now lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. Find her at ninaburleigh.com
Sonya has been teaching yoga and personal training in various states for 15 years. She blends her own teaching style based on an Ashtanga, Vinyasa and flow background. She has a degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University and holds certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She obtained yoga training through YogaFit and other yoga disciplines. She loves teaching and training, helping women connect mind, body, spirit, feeling great about themselves, finding a balance and most importantly, “Being the change they wish to see,” one of her favorite quotes adopted from Mahatma Gandhi. Sonya is the mother of two college-aged daughters and lives in Austin with her husband.
Carol Flake Chapman
After a stint in academia, where she taught courses in creative writing and women in literature, Carol Flake Chapman turned to journalism, working as writer and editor for several leading newspapers and magazines. She has covered religion and spirituality, culture, politics, travel and nature. Her recent book, Written in Water: A Memoir of Love, Death and Mystery, tells of her pilgrimage from grief to consolation after the sudden death of her husband on a wild river in Guatemala.
Kimberly Cihlar is a freelance writer, fashion blogger and jewelry designer based in New York City, sharing her style stories on Fashionwhirled.com and her jewelry creations on Collection13.com. Early in her career, she served as the Fashion Director to Fairchild’s men’s wear trade daily, DNR, and has since been published in ShowBoats Int’l., Cigar Aficionado, The New York Times’ Style Section, Wantful, GQ, British Esquire, British GQ, The International Herald Tribune and Dutch Magazine. Kimberly lives in Manhattan with her ever-so-patient husband and their two beloved dogs.
Helen Darling is best known as the writer for the crossover #1 hit song “Bring On The Rain” recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw, which was subsequently nominated for a Grammy. Darling started her career as a Chicago jingle singer on television and radio commercials for such clients as McDonald’s and 7-up. Her voice sang the familiar query, “Have you driven a Ford lately?” After moving to Nashville in 1993, Darling began singing back-up for such artists as Garth Brooks. On her first album, Brooks, Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell made cameo appearances. In 1998 Darling moved to Austin to pursue family and songwriting. She currently divides her time between Montana and Texas with her husband Dennis and their two sons.
Gail Dudley is CEO and Publisher of READY magazine, a quarterly print publication with readership in 17 countries. She is the author of seven books, and has served as a conference and workshop speaker in Canada, England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, equipping and motivating women around the world to walk boldly into their promised future. Gail is determined to encourage someone, and motivate everyone. She lives along with her husband in Columbus, Ohio. You can find her at: www.GailDudley.com
A native Oregonian, Teresa Elliott began her writing life at Wieden + Kennedy where she wrote ad campaigns that helped define the likes of Nike, Coca Cola and Microsoft. She’s lived in Austin since 1999 and works in a freelance capacity on national ad campaigns. When not involved in advertising, Teresa focuses on novels and screenplays that don’t sell; she’s currently working on a play that probably won’t either. She’s an Emmy® winner and a world traveler; 2015 took her to Uganda to help a friend adopt a child, and to Italy for three months, where she married Rino Pizzi, an artist and photographer.
Sarah Gold made her first international journey (to her mother’s native country, Australia) when she was barely two years old—and she’s been on the move ever since. Her travel articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Departures, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, and many other publications; eventually, she hopes to settle down and write a book. First, though, she’s aiming to fulfill a personal goal of visiting 50 countries by her 50th birthday.
Ginny Graves is an award-winning writer whose work focuses on women and the issues that fascinate, inspire, worry and beset them–from young crusaders taking a stand against rape culture to midlife women who’ve triumphed over serious mental illness and crime victims who found the grace to forgive their assailants. Her features have appeared in dozens of national magazines, including O, Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and National Geographic Adventure. When not writing, she’s usually on the trails or at the beach near her home in Marin County, California.
Ayun Halliday is a performer, playwright, and author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. She has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Open Culture, Narratively, BUST, Bitch, and Mainichi Weekly. As a member of the Neo-Futurists from 1989-1998, she wrote, directed and performed in over 500 short plays and several full-length solo performances. Longer works include The Mermaid’s Legs, Fawnbook and most recently, Zamboni Godot. Ayun is proud to be a 2017 Target Margin Theater Institute Fellow. She is also co-founder of of Theater of the Apes, chief primatologist of the award-winning East Village Inky zine and a homeschooler. Find her at: ayunhalliday.com
Cathi Hanauer is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels—Gone, Sweet Ruin, and My Sister’s Bones—and two anthologies, The Bitch in the House and The Bitch is Back, which was an NPR “Best Book” of 2016. She’s contributed articles, essays, and criticism to The New York Times, Elle, O—the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and many other publications, and was the monthly books columnist for both Glamour and Mademoiselle. In 2004, she and her husband, Daniel Jones, started the New York Times “Modern Love” column. She lives in western Massachusetts and New York City.
Christine Chang Hanway
Christine Chang Hanway is nosy about people and why they do what they do. On her website Fabulous Fabsters, she tells stories about women who are FAB — Fifty And Beyond. An architect by training — she’s also the London correspondent for Remodelista — she wonders if she should have been an anthropologist.
Ann Hillers spent ten years as an international tour guide leading folks around the world on high-end trips. Now she just drags her family and friends along for the ride and runs a freelance tour planning business. After six years living full time in Mexico, she settled, somewhat reluctantly, in San Diego. She has three boys in high school and a husband, Sam, who supports her travel addiction.
Sacha Jones is the founder of Stiggly Holistics, a holistic wellness practice based in New York City and Sullivan County, NY. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a lifelong learner. Inspired by her own healing she has created wellness packages for various learning styles—one-on-one coaching, small women’s groups, and larger group “cleanse & nourish” classes. She is also a Lifecycle Celebrant, trained at the Celebrant Foundation and Institute and believes very much in the power of ritual for healing and wellbeing. She is in her happy place while cooking, gardening, taking photos, listening to music and dancing, hanging out with her lovely hubby Mike, and making things with clay and yarn! Sitting still is something she’s still working on. Find her at Stiggly.com.
Amy Koko is the author of the memoir There’s Been A Change of Plans, A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife, published in October 2015 as well as the creator of the blog, Exwifenewlife.com, which deals with life after divorce and how great it can be. She is also a contributor to Huffington Post, Bravo Personal Space and SheSavvy. Amy lives in St. Petersburg, Florida and is the mother of four mostly well-adjusted kids and is currently working on her first novel.
Suzanne Braun Levine
Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, families, and changing gender roles. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine and the first woman to edit the Columbia Journalism Review. In her recent work Levine has celebrated a new stage of life – Second Adulthood – and she reports on the ongoing changes in women’s lives in her books, in media interviews (including Oprah! Charlie Rose and NPR) and lectures, and in frequent blogs for AARP, Encore.org, Huff/Post50, and Next/Avenue. She was a presenter at TEDx Women in 2011 and was honored on MAKERS.com – the largest video collection of women’s stories – for Women’s History Month 2014. She is on the Advisory Council of The Women’s Media Center and a WMC SheSource expert on women, media and family issues. Find her at suzannebraunlevine.com.
Kate Stone Lombardi
Kate Stone Lombardi has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She was a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and for seven years wrote a popular regional column that focused on family issues. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting Magazine and other national publications. Lombardi is the author of The Mama’s Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, published by Avery, part of the Penguin Group (USA).
Diane MacEachern is an award-winning entrepreneur and prominent green expert who recently received the “Image of the Future” award from the World Communication Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She was also named one of America’s EcoHeroes by Glamour magazine, and was named to Earth & Industry’s List of “16 Women in Sustainability You Must Follow.” Diane founded Big Green Purse to inspire women to use their consumer clout to protect the planet and themselves. A best-selling author, Diane’s “how to go green” books have collectively sold almost four hundred thousand copies. Diane’s most recent book, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, has been called “the big green bible” for the extensive information and easy-to-follow advice it offers. Diane lives with her family in the energy-efficient home they helped design and build outside Washington, D.C.
Ginny McReynolds holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, and writes about communication, retirement, reinvention, self-concept and creativity in The Washington Post, Curve magazine, Sixty and Me, and Together.guide. She writes a weekly blog, “Finally Time for This: A Beginner’s Guide to the Second Act of Life.” She retired three years ago from a 30-year career in community college education in California.
Judith Newman writes about entertainment, science, business, beauty, and popular culture for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Prevention, AARP, and National Geographic. As a book reviewer, she reviews regularly for People and writes the column on “Help Desk” for The York Times Book Review. She is a contributing editor for Allure and Prevention. Newman’s upcoming book for Harper Collins, To Siri With Love, was inspired by a 2014 article in The New York Times about her her autistic son’s relationship with Siri; it became the most emailed piece in the newspaper that year. She has also co-authored several books, including The Girl: A Life In The Shadow of Roman Polanski. Earlier, Miramax published her memoir, You Make Me Feel Like An Unnatural Woman: Diary of a New (Old) Mother, about becoming a mother late(ish) in life.
Elizabeth O’Brien, a native of Memphis, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville, and a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S), with a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in Austin. She also created and runs a pro bono counseling program at the Town Lake YMCA downtown. Elizabeth worked as a newspaper reporter in Florida and then for LIFE Magazine in New York City before moving to Austin to raise a family. She is the co-author, with her husband, photographer Michael O’Brien, of The Face of Texas (University of Texas Press), a book of portraits and stories of Texans, both famous and “ordinary.” The couple has three children, now young adults.
Katie Oxford was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and has been writing poetry and articles for more than 10 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, both in print and online. Her focus is in three areas: the little people who serve in often unnoticed ways; those who have been dramatically affected by front page news events; idiosyncrasies that affect our daily lives.
Janet Siroto’s work is always driven by her curiosity about culture. She’s currently a marketing consultant and trend-tracker at BrainReserve, a future-focused strategic agency in Manhattan. She also has deep expertise in content strategy, having served as editorial director of Match.com, as well as journalism: She held the Editor-in-Chief position at Time Inc.’s Family Life magazine, as well as senior editorial positions at Cosmopolitan, Redbook and Good Housekeeping. As a writer, her work has focused on women’s lives and cultural trends, and has appeared in New York, The New York Times, Vogue and many other publications. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and has two college-age sons
Stacey Tompkins is an integral relationship coach and hypnotherapist living in Bozeman, Montana. She works with youth, parents, individuals, couples and groups and writes articles, mediates, facilitates. Stacey has been married for 23 years. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Seattle. She is a Certified Integral Coach with training from New Ventures West in San Francisco, CA and is a Certified Heart Centered Hypnotherapist through The Wellness Institute in Issaquah, WA. She and her partner have raised two daughters while adventuring in Seattle, Central Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.
Densie is a freelance editor and writer, mainly on health and nutrition topics. She has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Parade Magazine and Berkeley Wellness Letter, and has provided consulting for a number of public relations firms. She has recently added fiction to the mix and is working on completing her second novel.
University of Baltimore professor Marion Winik is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and other books. She hosts The Weekly Reader podcast on WYPR. To sign up for her monthly email, go to marionwinik.com.