EPISODE 12: STEPHANIE MARK

Co-founder of the Coveteur

Stephanie Mark is the Co-founder and Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships for The Coveteur, the leading destination for a luxurious, behind-the-scenes look at all things fashion, lifestyle and culture. She uses her innate sense of style to help drive creative direction for the company’s partnerships and collaborations, and her serious street cred in the fashion industry has led to explosive growth for the brand.
 As a graduate student from Parsons with a focus in Fashion Marketing, Mark interned with Kate Lanphear, Style Director at ELLE. She then assisted celebrity stylists Leslie Fremar and Annabel Tollman with dressing and accessorizing their A-list clientele, including Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron and Julianne Moore, among others. 
Mark’s experience in fashion and celebrity styling, coupled with the rapid rise of personal blogging and social media, provoked her to create The Coveteur in 2011. She distinguished the brand’s identity by offering visitors a behind-the-scenes look at homes and closets of today’s most popular influencers, celebrities and tastemakers. 
Most recently, Mark uprooted The Coveteur’s headquarters from her hometown of Toronto to New York City; to further expand the brand (and position it for global domination). 
 

EPISODE 11: DEE POKU

Founder & CEO of WIE

Dee Poku-Spalding is a social entrepreneur who was born in the UK and raised between London and Accra. She is the Founder and CEO of WIE, an influential women’s leadership network. WIE connects emerging and established women leaders, and works to equip the next generation with the tools to succeed. The organization has attracted an incredible range of speakers to its global symposiums and salons, including Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates, and Nancy Pelosi. 

She is also the founder of The Other Festival, launched in June 2016, a first of its kind all female festival. The Other Festival showcases the talented makers who are breaking the rules and redefining how business is done.  

A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures). She oversaw the international movie release campaigns for films including Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’; the Coen brothers’ ‘No Country For Old Men’ & ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’; Sofia Coppola’s 'Lost in Translation', Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Babel’ & ’21 Grams’ and Ang Lee’s 'Brokeback Mountain'. 

She is often asked to speak on women’s leadership issues at conferences and events around the world, and has shared her insights at the Women’s Urban Economic Forum; CUP Women’s Leadership Forum; the Acumen Fund’s New Leadership For Tomorrow; Influencer Con, Women Werk, BAFTA and Her Agenda amongst others. 

Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She currently lives in New York with her husband and their son Sebastian. www.theotherfestival.co, www.wienetwork.org @deepoku, @otherfestival, @wienetwork

EPISODE 10B: LIA HUNT

CORPORATE EXECUTIVE & EX-DOMINATRIX 

Writer & corporate executive Lia Hunt delves deeper into her past as a professional dominatrix in Part 2 of Episode 10.

EPISODE 10A: LIA HUNT

 Corporate Executive & Ex-Dominatrix 

Lia Hunt is a writer who works under a pseudonym to protect her identity.  Lia worked as a dominatrix for six years before leaving the sex industry to pursue a career in the corporate world. She now works for a multi-national conglomerate and writes about her experiences pseudonymously. Lia periodically shares her work through Tiny Letter.

EPISODE 9: MORGAN SAYLOR

Actress & Math Student

Morgan Saylor acts, writes, and breathes. She was raised in Atlanta but now calls New York home. She will next be seen in Elizabeth Wood's feature debut WHITE GIRL, a breakout film of this year's Sundance film festival, which opens in theaters September 2nd.

Other recent film credits include Rob Reiner's BEING CHARLIE, Carter Smith's JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD, and also as Kevin Costner's daughter in Disney's McFARLAND, directed by Niki Caro.  Saylor starred as Dana Brody for three seasons on Showtime's critically acclaimed series, HOMELAND. 

Saylor made her stage debut in 2015 opposite Cherry Jones and Zoe Kazan in the Manhattan Theater Club production, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, written by Sarah Treem and directed by Pam MacKinnon. Morgan recently finished her first year at The University of Chicago. It was an absolute delight and she plans to continue with the hopes of a major in mathematics.

EPISODE 8: SIMONE SNEED

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Board Liaison for the Environmental Defense Fund

Simone N. Sneed is a management geek and non-profit professional who actually loves her job. As the Board Liaison for the Environmental Defense Fund, she partners with philanthropic stakeholders to advance market based solutions to environmental and social inequities, in the U.S. and around the world. 

Prior to EDF, Simone raised $25 Million dollars for issues ranging from international LGBT human rights to teen pregnancy prevention and worked with civil rights activist Van Jones to launch Dream Corps, a non-profit accelerator home to #YesWeCode, #cut50 and #GreenForAll. 

Driven by her commitment to next generation social impact managers, Simone is part of the leadership team for the Nexus Global Youth Summit’s Climate Working Group and a professor of public service management at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  She serves on the boards of the Ms. Foundation and Be: More America and is a contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Huffington Post. Simone spends her free time living in the Catskill Mountains, with her partner, a theater director and their two cats, Jimmie and Lance.

EPISODE 7: SARAH SOPHIE FLICKER

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Activist & Performer

Sarah Sophie is an activist, producer, writer, filmmaker, cultural organizer, creative director, and movement builder.  

Founder and Creative Director of celebrated political cabaret group, The Citizens Band, she is the Editor-At-Large for Violet Book. Her writing can be found at Hello Giggles, Rookie Magazine, Refinery 29, The Cut, Cosmo.com, Violet Book, Stylist, Rizzoli's publication "The Inspired Home" and her site, At Once, focusing on the intersection of feminism and parenthood. 

Along with Lizz Winstead she helped found Lady Parts Justice a reproductive rights and get out the vote campaign using humor and media to expose anti-women legislation and inform on the local and federal level. 

Her award winning film work with co-director Maximilla Lukacs has been showcased around the globe. In 2012, along with Rebecca Parks Fernandez and Tennessee Thomas, they co-founded The Department Of Peace, a production company geared toward creating consciousness raising content and inspiring political action. Their work includes the "You Don't Own Me" and " Bad Reputation" Get Out The Vote PSA'S. 

She is currently working with ART NOT WAR as Content Producer and Creative Director

EPISODE 6: CINDY GALLOP

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Founder & CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn/IfWeRanTheWorld

Cindy Gallop is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising.  She started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.  She is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld.com, co-action software launched in beta at TED 2010 and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study; and of makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009. 

She and cofounders Corey Innis (CTO) and Oonie Chase (User Experience) launched makelovenotporn.tv - ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ - in public beta in 2013. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech ventures, a personal brand/life/executive coach, and a consultant on brand and business innovation for companies around the world.

BusinessInsider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and cited her as number 33 on their list of 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and number one on their list of Top 30 People In Advertising To Follow On Twitter.  Cindypublished ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as one of TED’s line of TEDBooks. You can follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.

EPISODE 5: CIPRIANA QUANN

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Writer and Co-founder of Lifestyle site Urban Bush Babes

Cipriana Quann is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Urban Bush Babes, the definitive source for natural hair.  The online publication also focuses on fashion, health, lifestyle, music and arts & culture.

Working closely with her identical twin sister, TK Wonder, the duo has made Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, WWD’s and the New York Times best dressed lists.

Cipriana continues to strive towards building a larger platform that goes beyond the labels while stepping out the box to connect, commend and inspire others to feel comfortable in their own skin no matter how “unique”.

EPISODE 4: LIZZY PLAPINGER

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Lead Singer of MSMR & Co-Founder of Neon Gold Records

Lizzy Plapinger is the lead vocalist of alt-pop duo MS MR and co-owner of boutique record label Neon Gold Records.

During her sophomore year at Vassar College, Lizzy established Neon Gold Records with her childhood friend Derek Davies, specializing in limited-run, seven-inch vinyl singles. Operating out of her dorm room, the label helped launch the early careers of bands such as Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding and Marina & the Diamonds.

While at Vassar, Lizzy also met her future MS MR partner Max Hershenow.  In 2011, they anonymously released a demo EP, Ghost City USA, which was met with instant online success and prompted them to go public as MS MR. MS MR signed with Columbia Records and released its debut album, Secondhand Rapture, in 2013. 

As MS MR grew into an international touring band, Neon Gold continues to thrive, having partnered with Atlantic Records in 2014 for acclaimed releases with Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens, among others.

EPISODE 3: KRISTY CAYLOR

COMING SOON

ENTREPRENEUR & FASHION EXPERT

Kristy Caylor, an entrepreneur, fashion visionary and humanitarian brings the prowess of both fashion and business acumen to her newest endeavor, CERCI. Caylor is in the early stages of building a technology platform that will transform the fashion ecosystem.  Previously, she founded Maiyet, a pioneering luxury brand that seamlessly integrates world class design with a strong social philosophy.

Deeply committed to sustainability, Caylor was an early innovator with Gap's Product (RED) and has served on the leadership committee for Cradle to Cradle's Fashion +. She is a member of the CFDA, where she is on the Lexus Fashion Initiative advisory board.  She also regularly participates with the UN Foundation and the World Economic Forum. 

Caylor has been profiled and featured in  the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Vogue, W and Elle.   She holds an MBA from University of Southern California and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. 

EPISODE 2: CLEO WADE

COMING SOON

POET, ARTIST AND SPEAKER

Cleo is a dedicated advocate of female empowerment, and has spoken at NYU’s "Women on the Move" panel, as well as taught courses in self-love and self expression at Austin’s SXSW. As an activist for gender and race equality, Cleo sits on the Creative Council of Emily’s List and the board of the National Black Theater in Harlem. Cleo is a founding member of the female arts collective chez conversations and regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar and Saint Heron.

Episode 1: Chelsea Leyland

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DJ & EPILEPSY ADVOCATE

A cultural trendsetter and influencer, Chelsea has made a name for herself in the fashion and art communities.  Her creativity and exceptional taste in music is celebrated by fashion and lifestyle brands, establishing her reputation as one of the most in-demand female DJs.  Chelsea is currently a weekly host on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio and also seasonally curates music for runway shows during NY, London & Paris Fashion weeks.