Inspiring Change: Karrine Steffans


Growing up, no one told me anything. The adults just did things around me, never thinking of how it would all affect me as I grew up in the midst of their mistakes. There was never one time- not once- when an adult sat me down and had a conversation with me about what was happening, what was going to happen, and how I was to handle it Continue Reading


Lynda Obst: Feature Film Producer, Author


Anyone who is a fan of amazing movies is familiar with the work of Lynda Obst. She’s produced some of the most famous films of the last few decades, from Adventures in Babysitting to Sleepless in Seattle and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days– grossing over one billion dollars in the box office. My personal favorite, Someone Like You, was developed over ten years ago and is still incredibly relevant and ridiculously Continue Reading


Kirsten Smith: Author, Writer of Hit Movies


Kirsten Smith, or, as she’s more widely known, “Kiwi,” is one of the most charming, magnetic women in Hollywood. She’s honest, funny and incredibly feminine, but you never for one second take her for something less than brilliant and an absolute force. You know Kiwi from watching the movies she’s written over and over (and over) again. Classics like “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Legally Blonde” and “The House Bunny”- to name a few of my personal favorites.

Most recently, Kiwi has written my new go to book suggestion, “Trinkets.” It’s the story of three high school girls from different cliques and different walks of life who meet in a shoplifters anonymous meeting. The way she tells the story is magical, and each girl brings something so uniquely amazing to the book that by the end you want to be best friends with all three. Continue Reading


Sarah Sophie Flicker: Director, Performer, Activist


There is not one singular adjective to describe Sarah Sophie Flicker, although ethereal does immediately come to mind. Each week that goes by I learn something new and impressive about her vast talents. She is a founding member of The Citizens Band, as well as the director of award-winning video PSAs that raise awareness her many causes- from the environment to women’s rights. She is a fashion icon and muse, with a style that is truly unique, graceful, Continue Reading

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Lisa Roth: Creator of Rockabye Baby


If you combine an enormous void in a major market with a genius innovator, you have Lisa Roth and her brainchild, Rockabye Baby.

Anyone with a child or even anyone who knows a child, knows their choices in entertainment can be annoying at best and ear-bleedingly awful at worst (is Barney still a thing??). Enter Rockabye Baby, a musical solution that makes everyone happy, and if you can Continue Reading

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Zerlina Maxwell: Political Analyst


On the (very) off chance you have not yet heard of Zerlina Maxwell, allow me to introduce you. And please, mark my words, she will soon be a household name — so you should pay attention.

Maxwell is a feminist force who takes on everything from politics, sexual assault and domestic violence to pop culture in one fell swoop. She’s been everywhere from the White House to the pages of the New York Times. She can seamlessly transition from commanding a room to starting a Twitter movement.

If there’s a conversation about women’s issues happening, you’ll likely find Maxwell at the Continue Reading

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Lea Redmond: Author, All Lovely Things


All Lovely Things is not just a book, it’s a journey. Your journey — a catalogue of important items and moments in your life. It’s an interactive guide to yourself. Most of all, it’s beautiful and fun.

Lea Redmond has used her unique talents to create a tangible collection of personal moments, which she uses to give her readers an opportunity to reflect and creatively explore their own moments in history.

With All Lovely Things you can organize and recreate your lifelong collections of objects and memories, and thanks to Redmond’s extraordinary talent at bringing the unusual to life Continue Reading


Freya Estreller: Co-Founder, Coolhaus and Founder, Ludlows Cocktails


As a trendsetting entrepreneur, Freya Estreller has managed to dominate two American obsessions: ice cream and booze. Her first company, Coolhaus, which she co-founded with Natasha Case, is “architecturally-inspired” gourmet ice cream. With catchy names like I.M. Pei-nut butter, plus an ice-cream-mobile like nothing you’ve ever seen, they’re leaving an indelible mark on an industry whose most interesting advancement was previously the introduction of cookie dough.

Her latest venture, Ludlows Cocktails, is proof that she isn’t afraid to embark on any journey, no matter Continue Reading


Inspiring Sound: Molly Neuman


After years spent running Lookout Records and Indivision Management, it was a relief to accept my first position at eMusic. It was liberating to have a regular salary, benefits and an infrastructure that didn’t need to be built from scratch. Even with that liberty, however, I couldn’t help but start something new on the side, so I launched Simple Social Graces Discos – a tiny record label focusing on bands from Spain (with a few notable U.S. exceptions).

My inspiration was that I had been spending as much time as possible in Spain, and had met some incredible people. I was hearing and seeing amazing bands that I wanted to share Continue Reading


Mercedes Helnwein: Visual Artist


Born in Vienna and raised in Ireland, Mercedes Helnwein has a one-of-a-kind artistic identity that leaves an immediate impact on its viewer. She’s pursued art her entire life, from drawing and painting to filmmaking, and has found acclaim in every medium.

In addition to her aforementioned creative abilities, she’s written a book, The Potential Hazards of Hester Day, that has been published in two languages, and she can play the strings off a banjo.

Through her tireless and exceptional work, she has already created a legacy of enormous Continue Reading


Inspiring Resilience: Noreen Springstead


When I share with people that my 22-year professional journey has unfolded at one company, they’re quick to remark how unusual that is, especially today when workers hop from job to job. When they hear that the company is a non-profit whose mission is to end hunger and poverty, they often wonder why I chose to dedicate my life to a cause that can seem so unattainable.

Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world. Following in the footsteps of my mother who travelled to El Salvador as a young nursing student to give back, and guided by the stories of my Irish grandparents who talked of the “great hunger” in Ireland, I didn’t think twice about applying for an entry-level job as the receptionist for WhyHunger. I knew I wanted to start a career that was grounded in social justice, and Continue Reading