Michael Bennett Kress
PHOTOGRAPHER Credit for our cover photo goes to Michael Bennett Kress. For over 25 years Michael Bennett Kress has delivered unique imagery and attentive customer service and has now assembled a talented team of creative artists to capture and preserve your precious memories from weddings, events and portraiture. View Michael’s Portfolio
Abby is a content strategist and content coach for small business owners, helping to get her clients' written message out to their audience, in their own voice and on their own terms. She specializes in working with female-owned, service-based businesses to generate ideas and strategies that help to move their businesses forward with content that attracts the perfect clients. Abby firmly believes in the power of educating and empowering business owners so they can grow their businesses without breaking the bank. Community over competition is truly her jam!
When she’s not crafting words or coaching her clients through their own writing roadblocks, you can find her exploring the mountains near her home in Phoenix or finding new ways to get her teenaged daughter to take a break from the school books and technology. You can follow her on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Connect with Abby at abbymherman.com
Mallika Malhotra of Mikifoto + Co is a professional photographer and brand mentor who works with women entrepreneurs and small business owners. She is on a mission to inspire and empower thousands of women to own their brand and message with confidence through photography, branding and live workshops. She combines her strategic business sense, her creativity and her photography skills to help women in business stand out and emerge as leaders in their industry. She specializes in brand photography, messaging and strategy. www.mikifoto.com
Jen Schwartz, expert postpartum depression survivor and real, bad-ass mom is the founder of the blog, The Medicated Mommy. After kicking postpartum depression’s ass, she learned the importance of accepting herself as the mom she is (one who pops an antidepressant every morning), not the mom she thought she should to be (domestic goddess and Pinterest’s mom of the year). Jen is here to tell you, you’re not alone. Forget about the mom you think you should be. Tell all those “shoulds” to go f**k off! The mom you are is amazing and she is enough. Jen is a published author, influencer at Mogul, and regular contributor for The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, The Mighty, Motherlucker, Red Tricycle, and Suburban Misfit Mom. Her writing has also been featured in Scary Mommy, Mamalode, For Every Mom, Kveller, Blunt Moms, and more. themedicatedmommy.com
Kelly has been with Power Tots since 2003 and was a competitive dance and gymnastics student for over nine years. She was taught in dance and gymnastics by founder Kathi Donnelly for 6 of the 9 years and began working at Power Tots upon completion of college. She holds degrees in Business Management and Psychology from East Carolina University. She plans to be able to offer Power Tots to children all over the world. Kelly received Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Certification in June of 2008, 200 hours RYT in December of 2009, and a she became a certified Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) Teacher in 2014.
“I love being the highlight of a child’s day and being able to send them back to class with a smile and sense of accomplishment." https://www.powertotsinc.com/index.php
I'm just a mom living a dream. Spreading my love and passion for fitness and enjoying every second of it! Keeping it simple, trying to do one thing, spin the very best we know how! My partner and I love spin, we love fitness, and we love sharing it with others. We also love our community and other small business like ourselves, and we will continue to grow and bring the best spinning experience we possibly can out of little studio for years to come http://www.saltcyclestudio.com
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Jennifer Bronsnick, MSW, LCSW is passionate about supporting moms to feel happy and healthy. As a mother of three daughters under 8 and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety Jennifer knows exactly how challenging motherhood can be. She also knows that there is hope for all of us and with accurate information, support and inspiration that mothers and families can thrive. Jennifer’s years of clinical experience as a social worker and her own personal journey gives her the unique ability to guide other moms on their path to health and wellness. TheMindfulFamily.com
Kalen Arreola was a Captain in the Army Reserve and was a Public Affairs Officer from 2003 to 2013, serving in units across the United States to include Nashvil le, Tenn., Denver, Colo. and Southern Calif. Previously, she was the c ommand PAO for the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, Calif. serving the western region of the United States under a 2-Star command.
She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom V supporting the 13th Sus tainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 3rd Infantry Division. She has wo rked with embedded reporters from major news agencies, including NBC, Fox, NPR, CBN, ABC and CBS. She also developed a successful hometown news campaign that reached o ut to more than 250 hometown news markets to tell the story of the American Soldier during the surge. Her previous civilian occupation was on the Corporate Communicat ions team for PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. where she assisted in the creation of PETCO ’ s social media platforms.
She was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2008 for her work in I raq and was a 2010 MacArthur Leadership Award nominee. Her leadership during OIF V al so resulted in Army Commendation Medals for her entire print journalis t team, after their weekly publication earned first place in the Keith L. Ware Journal ism Awards for the Best Field Publication in the United States Army 2007. Kalen is active in the military nonprofit sector, serving on boards for Honoring Our Fallen, Flying Lea therneck Historical Foundation, the Yellow Ribbon Registry Network, and the Wom en Veterans of Colorado. She is also a member of VFW Post 1, the Reserve Officers Association, Military Officers Association and the Association of the United States Army. She studied Advertising and Design at the Art Institutes and holds a B.A. degree in Communications with concentrations in Print and Web Journalism. She is graduating with a Masters Degree in Business Administration in December 2016. http://kalenmarieconsulting.com/
GUEST CONTRIBUTORQuirky and authentic in all her thousand parts, she’s known for calling to sing you silly songs when you’re feeling blue and her infectious smile. She loves listening to people’s stories and always coaxes people to reveal the movie that is their life. Her story includes battling online business super villains into submission as an Online Business Manager, helping clients pump up the volume on their online presence or share their stories via new media, rockin’ a microphone and singing her little heart out at conferences, in musicals and yes, even a Karaoke night or two (okay 300!), and being the Go-To-Techie-Gal when things go wrong or you just can’t figure out how to get the Internet Gremlins to play nice. Find her online at iDeborah.com.
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS BREE WHITLOCK, ABBY HERMAN, MALIKA MALHOTRA, JEN SCHWARTZ, KELLY SORENSEN, LISA PEZIK, HOPE, JENNIFER BRONSNICK, KALEN MARIE & DEBORAH CARRARO
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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS MICHAEL BENNETT KRESS
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY DEBORAH CARRARO
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