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A queer, fierce femme originally from NJ, Chef Karen Akunowicz started cooking to impress a girl. She is currently the Executive Chef/Partner at Myers+Chang in Boston and the co-author of the Myers+Chang at Home Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin 2017.) She is a 2015, 2016 James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northeast and competed on Season 13 of Bravo TV’s Top Chef-California.
Waldemar Albrecht immigrated to the US from Venezuela to follow his passion for Gastronomy and Culinaria. In 2003, he become a full time Maitre Fromager at Artisanal restaurant, as well as member of the Faculty at Artisanal Premium Cheese. He is a spokesperson for Lactalis-USA and does food tours with friend and partner Clarisa Penzini. He is also the cheese buyer for the Battery Place Markets in Manhattan.
After more than 10 years in the entertainment industry, MK Bateman worked as a corporate communications and marketing manager before journeying into the world of freelance writing. He has written and blogged about an assortment of subjects, including travel, food, cinema, health, and web content. He is currently living in Vermont with his husband, Kyle, and working on his first novel.
Matthew Biancaniello is a cocktail chef, author of Eat Your Drink and the host of the show, Good Spirits, on A&E. Cocktail Chef,Author of EAT YOUR DRINK and host of the upcoming show, GOOD SPIRITS on A&E. He creates adventurous cocktail experiences based on Farm Fresh and unique organic ingredients.
Elena Brower is a renowned author, speaker and teacher of yoga and meditation. Influenced by Katonah Yoga, Para Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, she is the author of Art of Attention, a yoga workbook now translated into five languages. Elena is also the creator of Teach Yoga, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide, and an executive producer of On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey.
Cara Castronuova is a celebrity fitness trainer and athlete. She was featured as a head trainer on NBC’s hit The Biggest Loser. She is a spokesperson for Puma, and the only female spokesperson on Everlast’s extensive roster of champions. Cara, a former champion boxer and two-time Golden Gloves Champion, is passionate about helping people embrace fitness – mind, body and soul.
Founder of trampoLEAN & Body Architect, celebrity trainer Louis Coraggio has designed fitness programs for Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Liev Schreiber, Valentino Garavani and more. He sets new fitness trends that blend movement science and a variety of athletic disciplines. Louis is a fitness expert for FOX 5 News and has been featured in GQ.com and myriad publications.
Jennifer Lynne Collins
Born and raised in the Deep South. 51 years old. Badass Archivist. Historian. LGBTQ Activist for over 30 years. Tree hugger, dirt worshipper, wisdom seeker. Married to Leslie Anne Miller. Mom to Alex Smith who is the Policy and Advocacy Director for AIDS Alabama, grandmother to Oliver. Board member West Alabama AIDS Outreach, Board of Directors The Change Project.
Jack S. Ezon is president and partner in Ovation Vacations, a travel management firm specializing in luxury travel experiences. In his role, Jack oversees the agency’s independent contractors and in-house vacation consultants. Over the past six years, he has grown Ovation’s leisure business from $3 million to over $300 million by catering to Ovation’s high-end corporate clients.
William Fitch started working with wine in 1992, after a long obsession with perfume. In 1998, he received his certification as a sommelier while working at Il Buco. Between 1998 and 2009, he created wine lists for 12 different restaurants in the New York area and elsewhere, and lived in Paris where he delved into that city's Natural wine scene. He currently runs the wine programs for Vinegar Hill House and Faun restaurants, both in Brooklyn.
Lori Hart is a well-known Hollywood beauty artist specializing in healthy alternatives to plastic surgery. Her nurturing and very private healing rejuvenation spa, Lori Hart About Face And Beyond, is a star favorite. She has run her own cosmetic company for more than 25 years and is continuously researching the most advanced technologies. Her custom-blended minerals are sought after by many around the world.
UK-native Benjamin Huntington is a world-renowned architect and interior designer. He is the owner of NY-based design studio Veritate Design. He has studied, taught and developed “Urban Feng Shui,” a unique style that blends various schools, disciplines and scientific knowledge. He has been published in many local, national and international magazines and books and presents his Feng Shui workshops and lectures to audiences across the globe.
Dedicated to improving the lives of other people, JeffThe420Chef is the author of The 420 Gourmet: The Art of Elevated Cannabis Cuisine and host of the “Wake and Bake with JeffThe420Chef podcast. He is the only cannabis chef in the world that specializes in cooking and baking with specially crafted, strain specific “Light Tasting” and “Tasteless" canna-butters and canna-oils, created to achieve the health and wellness goals of those who choose to medicate with cannabis. Look out for The Cannabis Cooking Channel launching in April 2017
For over 30 years, Gary Jones has been responsible for the conception, strategic, positioning, formula development, introduction, promotion and continued education of over 3,000 unique beauty and personal care products. At Beauticontrol, he was instrumental in developing the company's portfolio of age-defying skin care solutions, spa quality bath and body treatments and color cosmetics. He and his husband currently reside in Sedona, Arizona.
A former NCAA athlete , Kara Kilian competes as an athlete in MMA and tours with Point Guard College as a director in training. She is also one of few females to complete Sealfit's Kokoro and Basic Training. Kara is a physical preparation coach, physical therapy technician and wellness advisor for older adults, high school, collegiate, tactical and professional athletes. She also advises world class doctors in the pursuit of a healthy performing future for all walks of life.
A world-renowned mind-body expert, Patricia has been a trailblazer in the fitness world for many years. Her innovative workouts, instructor training programs, coaching events and lifestyle products have made a huge impact in the lives of people worldwide. Her signature workout, the intenSati Method, is a revolutionary concept that combines the power of positivity, cardio exercise, mindfulness and meditation.
Rachel Piazza has managed to make her life out of what she enjoys most: music, yoga, design, food, drink, and dogs. Over the last 15 years, she has worked at some of the most influential restaurants in NYC, completed advanced yoga teaching certifications, received a Masters in Architecture, collaborated with musical tastemakers from various corners of the world, and played an integral role in a number of outstanding beverage programs. Her favorite cocktail creation to date is called The Marble Rye, in which she pays homage to a Seinfeld episode that had her in laughing in stitches.
Tom Postillo & Mickey Conlan
Tom Postilio & Mickey Conlon are internationally renowned for their command of the global luxury real estate market, and stand out even among the exclusive coterie of New York's "super brokers." They are responsible for more than $2 billion in residential sales. Tom & Mickey have been named among the Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals in the United States by REAL Trends and the Wall Street Journal. The heralded "Dream Team” is the top-pick for a Who's Who list of celebrity clients that includes Barry Manilow, Joan Collins, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, and David Sanborn.
With a successful career in modeling, acting and dancing on and off Broadway, Mike Ragan founded RAGS, a high end custom furniture company which is celebrating its 25th year in business. He is a brand identity expert, marketing and merchandising consultant. He proudly partners with renowned designers and retailers around the country to create some of the best home interiors in the world. Mike’s love of food, nature, photography and travel serve as inspiration on a daily basis. He resides in Southern California with his partner, Ben, and Weimaraners, Olive and Dover.
Primavera Salvá is a certified Teacher in Naam Yoga Levels I, II and III, Shakti Naam Level I and II and Kabbalah of Birth. She travels internationally training teachers in these modalities. She is also a Harmonyum healing practitioner. She has been teaching Yoga and Meditation to adults and children in New York City since 1999 and offers consultations for those interested in learning how spirituality can change their life.
Sara Triplett is an experienced litigator and trial attorney. Very early in her career, she was individually selected to be a part of the Houston Trial Team on the largest class action securities case in U.S. history, the Enron Newby matter. Her practice now emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including actions involving mass torts, class action claims, and soft intellectual property (copyright, trademark, and licensing). She and her family live in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Michael W. Twitty is a proud gay culinary historian and Judaic studies teacher. He draws from his Black and Jewish cultures to explore the delicious ways food expresses our identities, our values and our spirits. As such, he likes to be known as the Identity Chef. His book, “The Cooking Gene,” is a journey to the South in search of the intersection of food, politics and genealogy.
With 15 years of event experience to his credit, Brian Worley is revered as a top wedding and event planner/designer throughout the world. His client list includes celebrities, movie studios and TV networks, including E!, WE TV, The Style Channel, TLC and Lifetime. He has
produced and designed American Idol parties, award red carpets, Grammy after parties and so much more! He is even a royal favorite, having planned and produced the Foundation Polo Challenge in Santa Barbara for Prince William and Kate Middleton.