KEYNOTE: Gretchen Rubin is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and on her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. Gretch started her career in law and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based bite-size dessert company, Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a post-dessert guilt trip, Ben-Ishay personally develops all of Baked by Melissa’s unique, bite-size cupcake creations and product offerings. Baked by Melissa operates 13 locations and ships nationwide.


Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Chocolate, was just named The Top 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Born out of her kitchen mixing chocolate with wasabi, yellow curry, bacon, and fennel, she's taken her creative company to over $30 million in annual sales. She's also LEED-certified green Willy Wonka-esque Chocolate Temple where visitors can participate in "chocolate meditations" and is inspiring other creative entrepreneurs to grow their companies "artfully." 


Why would Gilt co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson leave a $600 million-a-year company for Glamsquad, a small startup? Always at the top of trends, Alexandra is passionate about revolutionizing the way women spend money on themselves yet again. She's an entrepreneur who has established herself as a pioneer in digital retail commerce, a skilled deal maker, and an expert in business development and marketing. 



Kelly Hoey is an columnist and appears regularly as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch. Named one of the 100 most influential women on Twitter, Kelly is an expert in leveraging networks, building engaged communities and positioning strategies for networking. 

Amanda Steinberg is the founder & CEO of DailyWorth, the leading financial media platform for women, named by Forbes Magazine in 2015 as a "New Money Master" and financial luminary shaping the future of investing. Amanda is a thought-leader on the topic of women and money. 

Victoria Pettibone is Vice President of Astia, based out of New York City. Victoria is also an angel investor, and has invested in a number of the Astia Angels’ deals. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

Jessica Peltz is the Investment Director at kbs+ Ventures, focusing on sourcing deal flow and making investment recommendations for early stage tech startups looking to transform the media and advertising industry. She ispecializes in helping connect marketers with emerging technology. 

Catherine Clifford is a senior writer at Previously, she was the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the NY bureau for CNN.

Jesse Hirsch is the editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines. His stories have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, Wine and Spirits, and more. 

Latham Thomas is a maternity lifestyle maven. Her practice Mama Glow provides support to pre/postnatal women along their journey to motherhood offering culinary and nutritional services, yoga, and birth coaching services. 

Nitika Chopra is the host of the talk show "Naturally Beautiful" on Z Living and a Self-Love Expert for fans around the globe. Nitika is on a mission to inspire radical self-love.


Winning at Wealth: 
The Surprising Truth about Business, Money & Luxury Living

Vanessa Shaw is an International Business and Success Coach, Wealth Mentor and Inspirational Speaker. She is on a mission to eradicate "smallness" and end the financial and emotional roller coaster so many entrepreneurs face. 

Speaking U: Learn to Discover & Deliver Your Signature speech

Once an extremely shy child, Robyn Hatcher is now passionate about helping individuals express themselves effectively and powerfully. Robyn is an author and communication skills expert and Founder of SpeakEtc., a boutique communication and presentation-skills training company.

Periscope for Business: How to Take Advantage of the Hottest New Marketing Tool on the Web

CEO of, Nika Stewart has built a reputation for turning entrepreneurs and thought leaders into social media superstars. Nika helps clients leverage the awesome power of social media to spread their messages and maximize brand awareness.

Dare To Live Your Truth:
4 Radical Shifts to Package, Price & Sell Your Services

When service-based entrepreneurs are looking to create a sustainable, successful business that supports the life they want, they call Carolyn Herfurth, creator of Evolve Accelerator. Carolyn is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs take charge of their lives through their businesses. 

Style Power Success: 
Create your CEO Style for Press, Presence and Profits

Ustyled CEO Catherine Cassidy will connect the dots for you to get from HERE to THERE and BEYOND so you can create your own style statement, powerful presence, and exploding success. Learn to have your own professional style and steps to create it effortlessly every day.

Dream to Execution: How to Have a SOLD OUT Event!

Jillian Wright, co-founder of Indie Beauty Expo, knows how to bring the dream of running a successful event into reality. Jillian will share her secrets to marketing, branding, and promoting your event so you sell more tickets and have a full house!  

Behaving Wealthy
Revenue – Costs = Profit

Robin A. Young, Certified Financial Planner™, shows you how to MAKE and KEEP more money from your business so you can spend to your heart’s desire. Robin will walk you through the steps you need to ensure that your business is paying you instead of you paying it.

Charisma: How to Turn Up the Heat on Your Communication

Kelly Hadous is CEO and founder of emiisor an online education company that is solely focused on communication, and founder of Win The Room, a public speaking and leadership training company. Kelly can help you turn up the volume on your communication for resounding effects.