|SMW Editors / Advisory Board Members / Contributors
|Josie Brown is a feature writer whose articles on relationships and couples communication have appeared in Redbookand Complete Woman, as well as AOL’s Women Channel, Yahoo.com’s Personals Channel, askmen.com, affluentmale.com and numerous news and media outlets. She is also the editor of John Gray’s Mars Venus Advice, Dr. Gray’s internationally syndicated question-and-answer columns; and co-author, along with her husband, Martin, for Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know [Signal Press]. Josie left the advertising industry to become a crusading investigative reporter. But because we live in a voyeuristic culture vulture society with an insatiable appetite for celebrity journalism, Josie found more work (and better pay) by rubbing elbows (not to mention egos) with the rich and famous. These days Josie still writes about celebrity, sex and scandal, only now it’s fiction-which, she insists, is just as strange as what she knows to be fact. Her novels include Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books] Impossibly Tongue-Tied [HarperCollins/Avon] and True Hollywood Lies [Diversion Books]. Her next book, The Baby Planner, will be on bookshelves in April 2011. You can read excerpts of all her books on her blog: www.josiebrown.com. She lives in Marin County, California, with Martin and their two children. Email Josie|
|Erin Donnelly is an accomplished fashion and beauty writer who has traveled the globe in search of miracle wrinkle creams, comfortable heels, and bikinis that create the illusion of perfect abs. In addition to overseeing SingleMindedWomen.com’s Style channel, Erin also contributes to style sites like Refinery 29, Lemondrop, TopButton.com, UptownScoop.com and PursePage.com. As the former senior editor for Sheckys.com, Erin wrote and edited the annual Beauty Book, a guide to New York City’s premier spas and salons and top beauty products. Erin has also written for WWD Scoop, Bust, Tango, Rave*SQ, Upscale, Red Nightlife, and the new in-flight magazine from Skybus Airlines, as well as numerous New York City travel guidebooks. Erin’s style and nightlife expertise has caught the attention of several media outlets, including: “Good Day NY”; CBS 2 in New York; Crain’s Business News; The Daily News, NYC; and Century FM in the UK, for which Erin posted dispatches as “The ‘Sex and the City’ Girl.” After spending the past five years living in New York City and London, Erin is currently based in the mellower climes of Austin, TX. Email Erin|
|Catherine Cassidy founded U*styled in 2008 to support busy women everywhere. YOU are our mission. U*styled is dedicated to empowering women and giving you the tools to discover the lifestyle you deserve. A graduate of USC with a degree in Business, Catherine flirted with the idea of a career in Real Estate, Finance or Consulting. However, it was her experience at Nordstrom over her summer breaks that made the decision – FASHION was it! This led to a job at Robinsons May before being acquired by Macy’s and then a founding member of the BCBG Merchandising team. These positions in the Fashion Industry had Catherine behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, working one-on-one with the creative director, designers, owner and buyers of a major label, and constantly tracking trends. As a merchandiser, her responsibility was to ensure the stores had the best assortments always considering the color, trends, inspiration and what the customers wanted. Now, as a personal stylist, she takes a unique approach to personal style and brand image when applying these skills to YOUR closet. The perfect assortment isn’t about following the trends, it’s about creating YOUR best style. Of course, living in style isn’t just about Fashion. It’s about doing little things that add up to a fabulous lifestyle. The bottom line is that we all strive to be healthy, look great and celebrate our successes (and all the beauty) in our lives. U*styled’s mission is to support you in these needs and to make balancing it all easier for amazing women everywhere. That way, you all can be sure you’re spending our valuable time doing the things that matter most. Catherine has worked with clients across a broad range of industries and career stages including Real Estate, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Entrepreneurs and Celebrity Entrepreneurs.|
|Career & Money Editor|
|Paula Santonocito, GCDF is a freelance business journalist specializing in employment issues. She is the author of more than 1,000 articles on a wide range of career and human resource topics. Articles by Paula Santonocito have been featured in many global and domestic publications and information outlets, including Thomson Reuters’ HRWire; The Wall Street Journal site CareerJournal.com; Expatica HR; Monster.com Office HQ; and others. In addition, her work has been posted at more than 100 websites throughout the world, referenced in academic and legal publications as well as books, and translated into several languages. Paula also serves as managing editor of Recruiting Trends and is a contributing editor to HRInsider.ca. She has been a featured guest on radio programs, and has been quoted in numerous articles. Paula’s SingleMindedWomen.com article, “2010: Top 10 Cities for Single Women,” and its in-depth research, which examines career and other opportunities in major United States cities, was covered by NBC. A certified career expert, Paula Santonocito holds a Workforce Career Coach Facilitator (WCCF) certificate from Thomas Edison State College and has been awarded the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) designation from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). Email Paula|
|Martin Brown is an author and journalist whose articles on health and relationship trends have appeared in print in Redbook, Playboy, and Complete Woman magazines; and online in Yahoo’s relationship channel, Mars Venus Living, and weekly columns as the health editor for Single Minded Women. As a former personal trainer and as a cancer survivor, his commitment to diet, fitness and wellness has spanned three decades. His latest book, Fit in 50 Days, will be released in May 2011. Email Martin|
|Fabiana Santana is a freelance food writer, editor, and recipe tester & developer based in New York City. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute’s Culinary Technique program and has worked as a writer and recipe taster for Family Circle, Profile Magazine, Shecky’s, Julib.com, Time Out NY and many others. Fabiana also wrote the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of BLT Living, Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Lifestyle and Food magazine. In addition, she has done food styling and produced food photography. As an experienced photo editor, Fabiana has also worked at Vanity Fair, CN Portfolio, Maxim, Stuff, Men’s Health, Star, TV Guide, and a variety of other consumer magazines during the course of her career.|
|“Sex & the Single Woman” blogger Maggie Malach is a young journalist whose works have appeared in Cincinnati Magazine and Inspired Mother. As a relationship writer, she focuses on one of the most complex topics in the known world: men. Her daily blog chronicles the ups and downs of the single woman’s life. Maggie also contributes articles on beauty and style, which serve to feed her addiction to fashion.Her resume includes a bi-weekly opinions column in which she ponders over such serious matters as vampires, Facebook and Dora the Explorer.|
|SMW Advisory Board Members / Contributors|
|John Gray is the author of 15 best-selling books, including Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, the number one best-selling relationship book of the last decade. In the past ten years, over 30 million Mars and Venus books have been sold in over 40 languages throughout the world. An expert in the field of communication, John Gray’s focus is to help men and women understand, respect and appreciate their differences in both personal and professional relationships. In his many books, CDs, DVDs, tapes, workshops and seminars, he provides practical tools and insights to effectively manage stress and improve relationships at all stages and ages by creating the brain chemistry of health, happiness and lasting romance. Dr. John Gray has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, The View, Politically Incorrect, Larry King, and others. He has been profiled in Newsweek, Time, Forbes, USA Today, TV Guide, and People, among others. John Gray, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of communication and relationships, is the author of fifteen books, was a certified marriage and family therapist for over 15 years, and has been conducting personal-growth seminars for over thirty years. John Gray lives with his wife and three children in Northern California.|
|John Challenger is chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the global outplacement consultancy that pioneered outplacement as an employer-paid benefit in the 1960s. A recognized thought leader on workplace, labor, and economic issues, his insight is frequently sought out by major foreign and domestic broadcast and print media. Challenger serves on the President’s Circle steering committee of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is president and board member of the Japan America Society of Chicago. In 2004, he served on the Host Committee for the Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference. Challenger is also a member of the board of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and chaired the organization’s 2005 Summit, during which he conducted an interview with former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. Challenger is active in the Chicago chapters of World Presidents Organization and Chief Executives Organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Union League Club and is active in the Economic Club of Chicago, Chicago Club and Metropolitan Club. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago International Film Festival. A graduate of Harvard University, Challenger currently serves as Regional Director Great Lakes of the Harvard Alumni Association. He also sits on the board of the Harvard Club of Chicago and served as its President from 2002 to 2004. Challenger serves on the Parent’s Council of Miami (Ohio) University, where his oldest son is a student. Challenger resides in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife Nancy and five children.|
|Dr. Keith Ablow is a controversial voice in an age of over-medication, quick fixes, and “get over it” mainstream ways. As one of the leading healing voices in America, Dr. Ablow’s core message is that no one has a perfect life, that all of us have pain we must overcome and that when we face our conflicts head-on we become more powerful than ever before. He graduated Brown University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is on the faculty of New England Medical Center in Boston. Board certified not only in adult and adolescent psychiatry, but also forensic psychiatry, he has a relentless passion to help people find the truth and has testified an expert witness in numerous high profile murder trials. Dr. Ablow is also a FOX News contributor and contributing editor at Good Housekeeping and Men’s Fitness.|
|Dr. Susan Bartell is a nationally renowned psychologist and author who has been helping families lead healthier, happier lives for over fifteen years. She is the author of four books, Dr. Susan’s Kids-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Parent Action Plan for Success, Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The EASY, FUN way to Look and Feel Good!, Stepliving for Teens and Mommy or Daddy: Whose Side am I On?. She is also the author of the internationally syndicated parenting column, A Teachable Moment. She is the founder and director of www.girlsonlyweightloss.com and www.havinganotherbaby.com. Dr. Susan is a popular media expert who can regularly be found offering advice on national TV as well as well as on radio stations across the country. She is also frequently quoted in national print media; she is an expert advisor to KIWI parenting magazine, Disney iParenting Media, BonusFamilies.com and Nickelodeon and ParentConnect.com. Dr. Susan lives and works in suburban New York, maintaining a private practice, counseling adults, children, and teens. She is a sought after speaker, lecturing widely on a broad range of topics and in many different settings including schools, community centers, parenting groups and corporations.|
|Sandi Duffy is a freelance writer whose article topics range from relationships to educational issues to parenting. She has been an educator for the past 13 years. Sandi once worked as a Project Manager for various pharmaceutical advertising and medical education companies and has been employed an editor for medical and surgical publications. She left the advertising industry in 1995 to pursue a career as an educator and has never looked back. Currently she works as a teacher in New Jersey and also runs workshops for other professional educators covering various educational practices. Widowed suddenly in 2007 and left to care for her two young children alone, Sandi started her blog A Widow for One Year and is currently working on a memoir, Young Widow: One Woman’s Journey Through the First Year and Beyond. She lives in Northern New Jersey with her two young children.|
|Ginny Mees has been a REALTOR for the past eleven years in the San Francisco Bay area, and she is the Founder of the Independent Women Homeowner network: WomenHomeowners.com. She says she did not seek out her passion, her passion found her! Over the course of her real estate career, she found more and more single women: business professionals, divorcees, and widows entrusted her to serve their real estate needs. She herself had been a single mother for more than eight years, and had relied on real estate professionals to make buying and selling decisions four different times while being corporately relocated throughout the USA. She gained a unique insight into the difference between serving single women in what is often their most valuable financial asset.Women today represent the fastest growing demographic of homebuyers: 23% of the buyers are single women, compared with only 9% being single men. Men more likely view homeownership as something they do when they settle down and get married. Women on the other hand, understand the emotional and financial independence associated with owning their own home without a man or partner.
Ginny has taken these life experiences and built a network that serves both the real estate needs of single women, but also the professional needs of women looking to differentiate themselves by serving this niche. Featured in the July 2009 issue of REALTOR magazine as an overlooked niche, The Independent Women Homeowner Network is a great service for single women. Ginny is also writing a Single Women’s guide to buying and selling real estate.
Ginny and her husband Paul, spend their time between San Francisco, The Hague and Lago di Garda. In their blended family they have four children: three grown, and one nine year old son.
|Lynn Armitage’s childhood dream of the perfect life never included divorce and single parenting. Barbie and Ken are supposed to live happily ever after. There’s no such thing as Divorced Barbie or Single Mom Barbie. But perhaps Mattel missed the boat. Had we played with these super heroes, maybe we’d be better prepared as adults for the hard reality that in California, where Lynn lives, close to 60% of marriages end in divorce, with Barbie forced to vacate the Dream House and move to the Barbie Trailer. Lynn is a divorced, single parent, as many of us are. And she didn’t realize until after her divorce what a tremendous responsibility it is to shape the life of another human being. In her case, two human beings, who were 6 and 2 when she split up with their father. While Lynn tries her hardest to maintain a semblance of strength and normalcy in their fractured and altered lives, there’s a strong undercurrent of guilt and worry. She wonders, “Did I do the right thing? Are my kids happy? Will they end up in therapy? While I would love to go back about 15 years, knowing what I know now, and marry the RIGHT man, I can’t. Instead, I have to make lemonade and remember why I chose to be a single parent in the first place – because it was the only shot at happiness for me and my girls.” As single parents, there are many issues we grapple with day after day independent of two-parent households. Lynn hopes to provide readers with a voice in the wilderness of single parenting, and address those topics that are so relevant to us. While being a single parent isn’t easy, it helps to know that no matter how alone we feel sometimes, we’re definitely in good company.|
|Erin Lozano is co-founder and COO of Green Sherpa and is dedicated to inspiring women to live and spend authentically. Her 13 years of experience in cash flow analysis for businesses and individuals helped her formulate the basis for the Green Sherpa™ Personal Cash Flow Management™ solution.Previously, Erin served 6 years as CEO of Simplicity Services, a personal assistance service for the home that helped families organize their finances, bills and other personal living expenses. Having earned a BA in anthropology (focus: patterns of currency and trade) from UC Berkeley, Erin has gone on to run three businesses after studying advanced accounting as a post-grad at UC Berkeley. Over her career, she has built up experience as a real estate and economic development executive, having represented major personal financiers, investors and companies in a number of mid-range purchases throughout the US.
Erin blogs about money and food at greensherpette.com, where she touts living out of her backyard by buying locally, discovering the joys of cooking, and raising kids.
My intent is to inspire myself and others to live authentically.
Green Sherpa is remaking the online personal financial management market with a product that is forward looking, answering in real time the questions “how am I doing and can I afford this.” In this current economic environment, where individuals and families are stressed about their financial health, Green Sherpa is the product to bring in more Clarity, Power and Choice in your financial life. It’s a 3-step process: organize your financial history, make a plan for the future and then discuss that plan with someone.
|Barbara Slate is a graphic novelist who created characters for Marvel and DCComics. She writes Betty and Veronica for Archie Comics and her book, YOU CAN DO A GRAPHIC NOVEL is coming out Jan. 2010 from ALPHA, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Her character, MS. LIZ appeared on millions of greeting cards, a comic strip in Cosmopolitan magazine, and as an animated feature on NBC’S TODAY SHOW. Barbara created ANGEL LOVE for DCCOMICS , YUPPIES FROM HELL for Marvel Comics, and put her own spin on the Disney Classics BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and POCAHONTAS, and Mattel’s BARBIE. Barbara’s art has been exhibited in many galleries and reviewed by THE NEW YORK TIMES. She is profiled in A CENTURY OF WOMAN CARTOONISTS. Barbara is currently writing her column, teaching, and doing her graphic novel.|
|Animator Allen Mezquida worked at Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony. He’s even had a film on Nickelodeon. We fell in love with his Smigly character, a lovelorn dude who misses out on a perfect relationship with one well-drawn gal by about THIS much. You can enjoy Smigly’s adventures here on SMW, as well as on Allen’s website: Smigly.tv|
|Manisha Thakor is the co-author of two top-selling personal finance books: On My Own Two Feet and Get Financially Naked. Manisha’s financial literacy advocacy work for women has been featured in national print publications ranging from The New York Times to Glamour Magazine. She appears regularly on national TV and radio networks ranging from ABC News Now to NPR. Prior to this Manisha spent 15 years working in the financial services industry as an analyst, portfolio manager, and marketing/client service executive. Manisha earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, her BA from Wellesley College, and is also a CFA charterholder.|
|Stephanie Florman is a Relationship Coach and Advice Expert for Master Matchmakers, the company behind VH1’s Tough Love Series. Stephanie is most passionate about teaching people how to have a healthy and happy relationship with themselves because she knows it is the starting point for developing a meaningful and rewarding relationship with another.Visit her online at www.StephanieFlorman.com or at www.mastermatchmakers.com, join her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.|
|Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized author, educator, speaker, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living. Lang offers expertise in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Centenary College.
Lang has been interviewed for numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV shows including “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Network. Lang is a monthly contributor for “Family Beautiful” magazine, a weekly columnist for MommyTalk.com, a regular featured expert on the “Expat Show” broadcasted weekly on the New York ABC affiliate WTBQ-AM, and a Blogger at www.MyHappyBlog.vox.com.
Lang is the author of two books: “Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance and Finding Happiness.”