2019 Be Fearless Summit Speaker Bios
KERRI QUIGLEY grew up in Brooklyn NY and began her fashion career by making clothing with fabric scraps and a hot glue gun. Always the entrepreneur; she created and sold jewelry and bell bottoms to her friends in junior high and began a women’s lounge wear line during her time studying business and fashion at Parsons the New School for Design. After five seasons working with Bloomingdales and a slew of other boutiques Kerri decided to move on to a new passion; teaching children how to sew. Never a stranger to the excitement of running a business, she created The Fashion Class in 2010 offering classes, camps and birthday parties for children in New York City.
WalkMyMind is an app-based corporate wellness program headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. WMM’s mission is to get people moving. Employees can listen to interesting content while competing in walking challenges — thus providing a holistic approach to improving both the mind and body.
ALEXA CURTIS is a young adult influencer and CEO of Life Unfiltered with Alexa, the lifestyle site for teens and parents. Curtis also founded the nonprofit Media Impact and Navigation for Teens, as seen on Forbes, Galore, Seventeen, CNN, NBC Nightly and more. @alexa_curtis
JARRETT MCGOVERN is a Cornell grad and Co-Founder of Rise Brewing Co. His mission to create the best tasting coffee imaginable began in 2014, while working for a water filtration company he began brewing and kegging nitro cold brew coffee in his apartment in New York City. He teamed up with Co-Founders Grant Gyesky and Justin Weinstein and turned Gyesky's garage into a nitro cold brewing facility while selling door to door in New York City introducing the city that never sleeps to "Nitro Cold Brew Coffee". Within a year they raised enough profits to build their own full scale Brewery in Stamford, CT with a mission to nitro cold brew with only organic ingredients and achieve incredible taste. His focus has been on product development and branding ever since. He lives in CT with his wife Rose Anna and daughter Layla.
Michelle Cordeiro Grant:
MICHELLE CORDEIRO GRANT is the Founder and CEO of LIVELY, has spent the tenure of her career creating brands and product for some of the world's largest retailers including Federated, VF Corporation, Limited Brands/ Victoria's Secret and Thrillist Media Group. Grant instantly fell in love with the entire process from concept to customer and realized that her passion was in supporting, creating and developing amazing brands and products. While working with Victoria's Secret, she learned that this $13B lingerie category, in the US alone, was dominated by this one brand, with one point of view. Grant was inspired to create a completely new experience for the category, — one she coined Leisurée— and so LIVELY was born.
CHINAE ALEXANDER is an entrepreneur, lifestyle personality, writer, speaker, and wellness expert based in Brooklyn, New York. Her message is to empower people to be better through positive thinking, active change, self-love. In addition to talking about her deep inner dislike of kale publicly in front of thousands on the internet, Chinae has a YouTube channel, is in the first stages of her first book, and just launched your soon-to-be favorite podcast, Press Send. Chinae was named Adidas's global brand ambassador for 2016 through 2018 and was recently featured exuding and inspiring confidence in Women's Health Magazine and the Today Show. In addition to partnering with leading brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Hyatt Hotel Group, Sephora, Fossil and Dove, Chinae recently held a principal role in a TV and Digital ad for well-known haircare brand, Pantene.
CHRISTINA TANCREDI is the Chief Operating Officer of Music Choice, a multifaceted digital music service that reaches millions of consumers nationwide through television, mobile app and web. Ms. Tancredi oversees operating functions at Music Choice, including distribution sales, programming, advertising, marketing, creative and product development. Her insight has helped build the brand and establish Music Choice as one of the most used outlets for music in the United States. Recently, she was instrumental in the launch of Music Choice in 19 million homes on DirecTV. Tancredi joined Music Choice in its early development stages in 1989 and was among the initial group of people who developed the idea for a digital music service broadcast by cable TV providers. Today, Music Choice’s free On-Demand music service and music channels are available in over 65 million U.S. homes with homes using the channels an average of 20 hours a week.
ZANIYA LEWIS is the Founder/CEO and Executive Director of YesSheCanCampaign, a 501(c)(3) youth-led non-profit that uses live events and technology to provide educational resources and professional development to girls and young women nationwide. Zaniya is a junior at The George Washington University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Human Services and Social Justice. She has been featured in Seventeen, 6abc Action News, Fox 29 Good Day, NBC10 News, Good Day DC, Sports Illustrated Kids, Courier Post, CBS News Dear President Trump Campaign, MAKERS Women and more.
Felice Dias (Norwestern Mutual)
FELICE DIAS joined Northwestern Mutual in 2002 after graduating from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She hit early company milestones including earning membership the International Million Dollar Round Table in her first six months, as well as growing her network from 3 to 1,000. Leadership opportunities soon followed, and Felice was appointed a College Unit Director in 2003, and then a Field Director in 2005. Unexpectedly in 2005 & 2009, Felice found herself on the other side of the table, as a client on claim. This caused a changed in her focus from personal production to working within the Northwestern Mutual system to better serve our community and ourselves. Since 2012 Felice has spent her time at NM working alongside advisors to help them grow their practices. No longer focused on client acquisition, but talent. Specifically focused on attracting advisors to the career, developing their skills, and helping them flourish with successful practices. She has done so both in the field and the home office. In 2017, she was one of only 10 women to be appointed a Managing Director, a role she covets even today. Felice is an avid & active supporter of Girls Inc, Relay for Life & Alzheimer’s Associations. If not working, she and her husband can be found with their 8 nieces and nephews, exploring in Maine, traveling abroad, cooking & jamming out to Rockband.
BRANDON CHRISTENSEN is an entrepreneur, investor, and mental health advocate working to decrease stigma and increase the accessibility of mental healthcare. After spending the last 8 years in marketing and enterprise technology consulting, he decided to leave the comfort of the corporate world to launch a startup in the rapidly growing industry of telehealth. Throughout his journey, he’s learned lessons about life, business, and mental health that have proved vital in his success today. He uses his experiences to help inspire others to take charge of their own mental health and pursue their dreams fearlessly.
DANIELLA MOHAZAB was born and raised in San Francisco, spent time abroad in Paris, and now lives in Los Angeles, where she attends the University of Southern California. She has always had a passion for mental health, mentoring middle schoolers to working with young women with mental illnesses. In 2017, Daniella launched Happy Pill, a company devoted to destigmatizing mental illnesses among young women. This past May, Daniella filed a lawsuit against USC for the malpractice of their former gynecologist. Daniella advocates for change and humanity. Though she still attends USC for graduate school, Daniella continues to fight for justice against the university for the unjust treatment that she received.
RACHEL GERSTEN is a licensed therapist, certified health coach, and the co-founder of Viva Wellness. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Arizona State University where she double majored in psychology and human development. She attended Teachers College Columbia University and earned two masters degrees (Ed.M., M.A.) in Psychological Counseling.
LUCI RAINEY is Sr. Vice President of Consumer Marketing and MarTech at Comcast’s Headquarters Office in Philadelphia. In her current role, she oversees corporate marketing strategy development and implementation for various programs that affect new customer acquisition, customer management and loyalty, new product marketing, home security and multi-cultural promotions and programs. She is also responsible for strategy and development of Comcast’s marketing automation platforms which include CRM, campaign analytics and other marketing tools and technologies designed to make marketing to customers more targeted, cost effective and efficient. Before joining Comcast in April 2010, Luci held marketing and customer service management roles at companies including Charter Communications, DIRECTV and PacifiCare. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University and is a graduate of 2015 CTAM Cable Executive Management Program, 2015 Next Marketing 50 Leadership Program and the WICT Betsy Magness Leadership program. In 2016, she was also elected to the Executive Board of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). As a leader she has a passion for talent development and marketing education. She is involved in guest lecturing on marketing at Boston College, Temple University, Wharton, University of Delaware as well as various conferences and believes that sharing her experiences with rising leaders is important. Her free time passions include travel abroad, cooking, reading and generally experiencing new things. She is also training currently to be an executive coach. Luci currently lives in Wallingford, PA with her two children.
ZANDRA CUNNINGHAM is an entrepreneur, Author, and philanthropist. Zandra’ fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was 9 years old; inspired by a simple “no” from her dad. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center program at Buffalo State College Just shy of her 10th birthday. Zandra is the youngest to graduate from the all adult class of the Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program at the University At Buffalo, a graduate of Lucky Break University and member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she teaches classes on entrepreneurship, advising youth and adults on how they too can get started early building their dreams. As the CEO of Young Mogul Prep School, and The Zandra "tlc"Foundation. Zandra is serial entrepreneur committed to providing entrepreneurial education, STEAM experiences, mentorship along with networking opportunities for young people so they can become change makers within their families and community.
AMANDA RANTUCCIO is the Director of Brand Marketing at Hulu. She’s on a mission, with her team, to build brand love and make Hulu a world-class brand. Amanda spent over a decade at advertising agencies developing a love for campaigns that connect with consumers and drive culture. After refining her chops working with clients such as Volkswagen and Taco Bell, Amanda eventually left agency life for Apple. During her time at Apple, she led global advertising campaigns for Apple Watch, Apple Music, HomePod and AirPods. Amanda now lives in Venice, California with her two cats, Cher and Britta. When not binging Hulu, she’s an amateur potter and just started Italian lessons so she can better communicate with her relatives in Sicily!
GABBY FROST is the founder and CEO of Buddy Project, a non-profit organization aiming to prevent suicide and raise awareness for mental health. When she was 14-years-old, she discovered that many of her friends from school and online were going through mental illness. She decided to create Buddy Project on April 8th, 2013, after discovering three girls on Twitter contemplating suicide. Gabby thought that by pairing people with a friend online, it could prevent suicide and give people a peer support system.
Gabby has received multiple awards and honors for her work with Buddy Project, which includes Her Campus' 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women, the Shorty Award in Teen Activism, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Award, PB Teen Extraordinary Teen, and Pennsylvania Hometown Hero for Glamour. She has been featured on Instagram, Huffington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today College, and Fox 29 Philly.
Gabby is a junior at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in Music Industry with a concentration in Business. She is a sister of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
NIKA CHUGH is a fourth year undergraduate student at Drexel University majoring in Marketing and minoring in Public Relations and Business Law. During her time at Drexel, Nika has interned at companies such as Comcast NBC Universal, SAP, and Jacobson Strategic Communications, and will be interning this spring and summer at Publicis Health Media. Her current focus lies in learning about advertising, public relations, marketing, event planning, and content creation. Additionally, Nika is passionate about uplifting and empowering voices of young women of color and recently did a Ted Talk on her experiences called “Age of the Brown Woman” as part of TedxLeBow at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.