Beth Bacheldor is a former journalist. She got her start at daily newspapers in the Washington, D.C., metro area, covering everything from crime and legislative beats to education. She then began working for magazines and online publications covering business and technology. Writing for publications such as InformationWeek, CIO.com, IT World, EdTech Magazine, Government Computer News and more, Beth documented the dot.com boom and bust, covered the web and e-commerce just as they got started, and wrote about pioneer tech titans like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison. She also covered the U.S. Congress, the federal government and the Clinton/Gore administration, writing about technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the Internet and information security.
Glynis Whitted Bell is a 1991 Graduate of Mass Communications Department at Winston-Salem State University. She obtained a MS in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2006.
She has had an extensive career track which includes local government, higher education, non-profit, corporate and retail management.
Glynis has fulfilled a long time dream of chartering a Dress for Success Affiliate in Winston-Salem. Dress for Success is a national non-profit organization that helps women return to the workplace by providing them with interview suiting and business separates for their interview and active job search as well as the on-going skills to be successful in work and in life. The organization received its non-profit status in March 2010 and since then has served well over 200 women.
Glynis has a passion for fashion and enjoys sharing practical shopping tips, wardrobe assessment, as well as personal image and brand building workshops with groups. She is authoring her first book to share appropriate dressing tips, image enhancement and inspiration to young ladies. Glynis created Glynis Bell Integrated, LLC. (GBI), in January 2015. She provides professional image assessments, workshops, seminars and personal development training to women.
She has been recognized for her community service efforts with Leadership Awards from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and The Winston Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In addition she was recognized by the Mayor Pro Temp, as an Outstanding Woman Leader of the Year in 2011.
Jennifer Brick is a freelance writer and former teacher in Durham, North Carolina. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Follow her on Twitter @jenbrickwrites.
NaShonda Cooke is a 17-year veteran of North Carolina public school system. She continues to be active in several roles of standing for public education, speaking on several topics that effect the women and children of North Carolina. Currently, NaShonda teaches 5th grade and serves as director of an after-school program that address the needs of at-risk minority males known as Men of Honor. She lives in Durham with her two daughters, Victoria (12) and Na’Via (9).
Melissa Geil is an academic and freelance writer. Her areas interest for her writing and research include disability studies, early modern literature, education, gender studies, and environmental justice.
Annadele Herman is a laboratory scientist at Duke University Hospital. She can frequently be found traversing a mountain summit, willing seeds to germinate, or building furniture. She lives in Durham, NC with a blurry toddler, tolerant husband, and, often, a foster puppy or three.
Antionette Kerr is a syndicated columnist, lover of poetry and a nonprofit consultant.
Cassie Murphy is a new mother and after 6 years of working in customer service has decided that the world could benefit from a huge dose of kindness.
Rachelle Sorensen-Cox is former Mormon, aspiring tennis player and Community College graduate. A native of Utah, she now makes her home in Asheville with her daughter and pet house rabbit, Shadow.
Rain Tiller is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Global Studies, with a concentration in International Relations. She also minors in Women’s and Gender Studies. When she’s not writing papers, Rain can be found working on programs with the local human rights center to benefit women and children in the Chapel Hill refugee and immigrant community. In her free time, Rain enjoys reading, research, and collecting strange art.
A native of Kansas, Amber Ukena is a marketing and PR consultant who earned her stripes launching tech startups in Seattle, eventually managing multi-million-dollar marketing accounts and global campaigns for a west coast agency specializing in the IT and high-tech sector.
Ten years post graduation, she started her own marketing agency that grew from a one-person consultancy to an eight-person firm with over a half-million dollars in annual revenue. Amber has worked with Intel, Red Hat, BMW, Hitachi, J.P. Morgan Chase, The Walt Disney Company and others on independent and collaborative global campaigns including thought leadership and market positioning.
In 2014, Amber co-founded Conteuse, a marketing agency in North Carolina dedicated to helping organizations tell their stories, with veteran journalist Beth Bacheldor. Amber resides in beautiful Asheville, N.C. with her partner Jim and their two sons. She lives in a house full of boys who treat her like a queen (most of the time) and is mom to a 10-year-old social butterfly who hails from Ethiopia and step-mom to a 7-year-old train enthusiast.