JERYL BRUNNER Author and Journalist Author and journalist, Jeryl Brunner, has contributed to a variety of publications including O, the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Delta Sky, Vanity Fair, Four Seasons, People, Parade, AOL, Huffington Post and In Style e where she was a staff correspondent for many years. While at In Style, Jeryl contributed to every section of the magazine. Jeryl is the author of My City, My New York, Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places in its third printing. Her newest book is My City My Los Angeles. Visit her at jerylbrunner.com.
GALIA GICHON Founder, Down-to-Earth Finance Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 19 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in finance. She founded, Down to Earth Finance, which offers individual sessions and seminars without selling any investments. She is the author of My Money Matters, a boxed set with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks. Galia has been widely quoted as an expert on money and women, including mentions in The New York Times, TODAY Show, Newsweek, Real Simple, NBC Weekend Today Show, Essence and more. She is a frequent speaker at Barnard College and Freelancers Union. Before starting her own company, Galia was a securities research analyst at Bear Stearns and Nomura Securities, and also worked for Institutional Investor. She is actively involved in Angel Investing for women-owned companies and was part of Pipeline Fellowship. You can visit her at www.downtoearthfinance.com.
KELSYE NELSON CEO and Co-Founder, Writer.ly Kelsye Nelson is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Writer.ly, an online marketplace that connects writers to publishing professionals. She is also a publishing consultant and auhor represented by Foreward Literary. Other roles have included Vice President of Growth and Outreach at Brown Paper Tickets and leading marketing efforts at Hedgebrook, TransACT, and Headsprout. She's a board member of The University of Washington Digital Publishing Program and The Seattle Free Lances Association.
LAURA SHIN Finance, Business, and Tech Journalist Laura Shin is a freelance personal finance, business and tech journalist and contributor to Forbes' personal finance channel. She has also published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, AARP Foundation, ZDNet, The Fiscal Times, and many others. She is the author of the Forbes ebook, "The Millennial Game Plan: Career and Money Secrets To Succeed In Today’s World." She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and has a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. To learn more about her, go to www.laurashin.com or follow her at @laurashin.
CARRIE SLOAN VP, Editorial Content, CafeMom.com Carrie Sloan is the CP of Editorial Content at CafeMom. Prior to this, she was VP and Editor in Chief of LearnVest.com, the leading personal finance site, named a top 50 website by TIME magazine and one of the Top 100 websites for Women by Forbes. Previously she was the editor of AOL's women site Lemondrop.com, the editor-in-chief of yourtango.com and a features editor at Marie Claire, Seventeen, and Mademoiselle. As a freelance writer her work has been published in the New York Daily News, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Weddings, Budget Travel, Seventeen, and Specialty Food, and her stories have appeared in the AP and on the Today Show. She loves helping writers find and craft their ideas in a way that will attract editors' attention.
MATT VILLANO FREELANCE WRITER Matt Villano proudly never has held a full-time job. In more than 17 years as a freelance writer, editor and copywriter, he has penned original journalism content for outlets including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Sunset; crafted copy for companies including Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes-Benz, Dell, and Comcast; and written marketing materials for a variety of wineries and restaurants. Currently, he serves as senior editor and a contributor at the Expedia Viewfinder blog from Expedia, and is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine. Villano also blogs about family travel on his own site, Wandering Pod. Learn more about him at Whalehead.com.