Kristin Cruz, morning host on The Morning Show with Mark and Kristin on KOST103.5 FM, is a 4th generation LA native, proud Latina, and Mommy Blogger. Married to Fireman Matt, her high school sweetheart, she is the mommy of Isabel, 3, and Cruz, 4 months. Obsessed foodies, Kristin & Matt will go to any length to find the best BBQ, the best cheesecake, anything! Matt runs companychow.com, a recipe site dedicated to the recipes proudly passed on by firemen in America’s firehouses. Kristin is a regular guest on HLN and you can follow her latest exploits here on her KOST Mommy Blog.
The Woman Who is Making CA Better for Professional Women
Michelle Patterson is the Executive Director of the California Women’s Conference and the recently launched WomenNetwork.com. A recognized visionary and lauded business accelerator, Michelle Patterson is a sought-after expert on such issues as the women’s economy, professional development, networking, and business growth. She is a written contributor and guest on media outlets including The Huffington Post, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, and over a dozen TV stations in California. Prior to this she was with Robert Half, the world’s leader in specialized staffing, where she was Regional VP. She has worked with daily deal giants Groupon and Living Social and today consults with companies on connecting and recruiting the best talent.
As founder and CEO of Cloud b, Linda Suh, took her keen eye for design and years of experience in the fashion industry and applied her passion, expertise, and mother’s intuition into developing unique, innovative products designed to help children sleep. A mother of two children, Linda started this journey with Cloud b when her daughter Madeleine was only 2 months old. Now 10 years later, her two children Madeleine and Kaidan are ten and six. As the brand grew throughout these years, her children have continued to grow as the inspiration behind the heart of the brand. Cloud b products now help families sleep better and stay healthier in 42 countries around the world.
Direct Sales Company
Diane Prince Johnston, Founder and CEO of Winnie & Kat, has an entrepreneurial background in temporary staffing and business management. Diane co-founded her first company when she was twenty-seven years old and has since participated in the management of multiple companies; taking them from start-up ventures to multi-million dollar national businesses.
Start Up Veteran
Lynn Perkins, Co-Founder and CEO of UrbanSitter, has more than 15 years of experience building and growing consumer businesses. Prior to founding UrbanSitter, Lynn served as founder and CEO of Xuny.com and VP of Business Development at Bridgepath.com. At Gap Inc., LaSalle Partners, and Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Lynn gained extensive business and transaction experience.
Franchises for Moms
The Co-Owners of Kaia Fit, Sharon Kassity, Nikki Warren, and Kristen Loos bring to our event years of business expertise. Certified trainers and successful gym owners, these empowered women launched Kaia Fit to inspire, encourage and engage other women. Want to learn all about starting a business from scratch or starting a franchise? These ladies can help.
Kimberley Blaine, MA, MFT, has been named one of the most powerful moms in social media by Working Mother Magazine — She is the executive producer of the Go-To MomTM web series which addresses the overall mental health & well-being of mothers – her show was one of the first grass-roots web series launched in 2007. She is also the producer of the branded entertainment show www.MommytoMommy.TV (sponsored in part by Sony Electronics). Kimberley is Google+‘s FIRST family partner, launching their online community where parents share and communicate on the world’s largest search engine. Kimberley is a founding partner of MomPulse.TV, the fastest growing YouTube networks for moms owned by Fullscreen. She is the author of The Internet Mommy & What Smart Mothers Know and The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children (Jossey-Bass/WILEY).
Samantha Ettus is a bestselling author of four Random House books, a writer for Forbes and Disney’s Babble, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Working Moms Lifestyle. As a working Mom with three lovely kids and an entrepreneurial husband she truly understands the needs for work-life balance. Her site Working Moms Lifestyle offers advice to Moms on how to achieve that balance. Samantha is regular guest on nationally syndicated TV shows on the topic of work-life balance and is currently working on her next book on this same topic.
Cheryl Petran is the CEO of The Pump Station & Nurtury who makes sure that thousands of LA Moms, stay informed and educated, have the products they need most at their finger tips and keeps the lactation consultants on hand. Cheryl oversees operations of all 3 LA locations, manages the eCommerce site and is heavily involved in the 4 biggest baby events in LA, including The Pump Station’s own Boobiepalooza. Prior to The Pump Station Cheryl headed-up product development and marketing at Jakks Pacific and was a buyer for many years with Target.
Professional Recruiter, Coach, Friend to Moms
Julie Lacouture is the Principal and co-owner of Mom Corps Los Angeles, a business specializing in helping companies find highly-qualified talent for flexible, part-time, or temporary jobs. After working for over 12 years in marketing, advertising, and non-profit, in 2010 Julie decided to fulfill her lifelong dream of running her own company and open a Mom Corps franchise in Los Angeles with business partner Kate Pletcher. Before launching Mom Corps Los Angeles, Julie served as Senior Director at DonorsChoose.org in Los Angeles, where she developed cause-related marketing partnerships with companies such as Disney, Experian, and Paramount Pictures. Julie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual BA in Advertising and Psychology from Syracuse University and has an MBA from UCLA.
Lawyer by trade, Entrepreneur and Working Mom
Lisa Weinberger is a lawyer and a mom. She has had the good fortune to work at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm, representing some of the biggest names in Hollywood. But when she had her son it was instantly clear that motherhood was her true passion. It wasn’t long before she realized that she could use her skills and experience as an employment lawyer to help others like herself–the parents she was meeting on the playground, at music class and at her mommy groups. She wanted to create a place where parents would feel comfortable asking questions, parent-to-parent, and get straightforward answers from someone who understands employment law. So, she combined her two loves and carved out her niche practice of Mom, Esq.
Irene Anderson is an Independent Investment Advisor and Representative of Primerica with over 20 years of experience in financial services. Prior to starting her own business at Primerica in 2004, Irene was a Vice President of JP Morgan and helped establish their private banking group in Hong Kong. Primerica’s mission is to help families become properly protected, debt free and financially independent, and she is passionate about educating parents about how money and investing works and helping them build towards a secure future. She is also actively expanding her business and mentors a team of women who are moms who want to earn a higher income but still have time flexibility for their families. She met her husband in New York after her graduation from Cornell University and they have two teenagers.
Lawyer, Mom and Parent Empowerer
Sona Tatiyants, Founder of Tatiyants Law, P.C., takes pride in balancing a sophisticated understanding of the complex and ever-changing worlds of estate and business planning with a warm, personalized approach to her clients’ needs. As a wife, mother and business owner, she has an intimate understanding of how overwhelming many of the issues she deals with can feel. So she works hard to personalize each plan to meet her clients’ needs, whether it’s for estate or tax planning, business formation, probate or trust administration.
Jenny Feldon was born in California and grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Boston University and earned her MFA in creative writing from the New School University. Her work has appeared in nonfiction anthologies as well as many online and print publications, including Parenting magazine, Parenting.com and the Huffington Post. She writes the popular blog Karma (Continued….) and was named one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year in 2012. Jenny’s first book, Karma Gone Bad, will be published by Sourcebooks in November 2013 and is available for pre-order here. Jenny lives in Los Angeles with her family, where she balances writing, motherhood, and giant cups of coffee…mostly all at once.
Lian Dolan is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of two best-selling novels, Helen of Pasadena, which was nominated for Best Fiction by the Southern California Independent Booksellers, and her latest book, Elizabeth the First Wife ( Prospect Park Books, May 2013). She also co-authored Satellite Sisters UnCommon Senses, a bestselling book of essays. (Penguin, 2001) In addition, she has written extensively for a variety of media, including a television pilot for Nick at Night and monthly columns for O, the Oprah Magazine and Working Mother Magazine and now Pasadena Magazine. Her broadcast career includes creating and hosting the nationally syndicated radio show Satellite Sisters, winner of nine Gracie Allen Awards for Excellence in Women’s Media and the popular podcast The Chaos Chronicles. Lian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Classics. She is married and lives in Pasadena, California with her husband and two sons.
Jennifer Burnham-Grubbs, CEO of Quantum Insurance Services, prides herself on providing the highest level of expertise and advice to clients (many of whom are moms just like her!) on matters of Life & Health coverage, Disability and Long Term Care insurance for individuals and businesses. Her work includes staying up-to-date on the many changes afoot as a result of Health Care Reform, so she can help families find the best deals on health insurance in an ever-changing marketplace; strategizing with employers to find affordable ways of offering benefits to employees, while insurance costs continually rise; and providing nitty-gritty insights from a 360° approach as to what kinds of insurance her clients really need. By making their priorities her top priority (rather than pushing sales), she earns the trust of every person who comes to Quantum Insurance Services for help.
Teacher, Author and CEO
Chudney Ross, CEO of Books and Cookies, has a gift with children and has gained countless hours of experience working throughout the years as a preschool and elementary school teacher, children’s ski instructor and a music and creative movement leader. After graduating from Georgetown University with a double major in English and Fine Arts, Chudney became a teacher in inner city Washington, DC with Americorp’s Teach For America. She continued to teach in the LA public school system for years after. It was while teaching that Chudney found her talent for writing. She recently completed an edgy and thought-provoking new children’s book series, Bean’s Books, which will be published by Harper Collins in the summer of 2012.
Sarah Maizes is a former Literary Agent and animation executive turned comedian, award-winning author, freelance writer, and parenting humorist. She is the author of several humor books including“Got Milf? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great and Rocking a Minivan”(Berkley Publishing Group); and three books for children. Her first book, “On My Way To The Bath” (Walker Books), was chosen by Children’s Book Council as a “Best Children’s Book of 2013″ and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Main Selection. It’s sequel, “On My Way to Bed” (also a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Holiday Selection) was a New York Times“Bookshelf Pick” and will be out in September 2013. Her third book in the series “On My Way to School” will be published in 2014. She is a regular contributor to TODAYMoms.com, The Huffington Post, and CBS/LosAngeles.com’s “Best of LA.” Her work has also been featured on Glamour.com, MarieClaire.com, ParentsConnect.com, Momtourage.com, TheWellMom.com and Autisable.com – a website for parents dealing with Autism.
Gretchen Ritter, a 15 year veteran of Fitness Management, started the LA based fitness concierge service, The Results Factory, in 2011. A former NCAA swimmer, Gretchen’s official fitness career started with an ACE personal training certification when her two boys started pre- school. Since then, she has led numerous teams & hundreds of trainers on both coasts for Town Sports Int’l, Sports Club/LA & Spectrum. She is currently a founding partner in Studio K Training, launching a new brand in Pacific Palisades while continuing to represent & market the talents of over 100 independent LA based trainers.
An extraordinary accomplished executive in the health and fitness industry with over 14 years of diverse professional experience in the field, Beth Franklin has consistently demonstrated the passion, vision, dedication and diligence necessary to be successful in the business world. As a result of her brilliant body of work, Beth has earned recognition in the exclusive network of prominent professionals with Stanford Who’s Who. Exercising her wealth of knowledge in the field as well as her magnificent management skills, Beth currently serves as Director of Franchise Operations for Total Woman Gym + Spa, which is the largest, full-service gym and spa in California with 15 company owned locations; offering all of the amenities that women desire in a fitness center plus a full service spa with the look and feel of a five star day spa.