Composer, musician, and producer Megan Cavallari has a knack for creating music that industry legend Richard Kraft recently called “amazing and earworm candy.” From film and television soundtracks to stage musicals to having composed music for the Los Angeles Kings, the award-winning Philadelphia native has managed to land at the top of a her profession (despite the fact that less than 1% of all professional composers are females).
Now Cavallari has been tapped to write and produce the soundtrack, songs, and score for the upcoming animated feature “Jacob Marley” with animator and visual effects director Russ Francis. That goes along with her Jonathan McHugh-produced opera “The Righteous One: The Irena Sandler Story,” about a WWII hero who saved 2500 children in the Warsaw Ghetto, and her ongoing collaboration with Grammy-nominated pop producer Eric Robinson.
Perhaps Cavallari’s favorite gig is her passion and dedication to ice hockey (she regularly plays left wing in a men’s league). Cavallari is also a committed vegan. While raising an eleven year old daughter with juvenile arthritis, Cavallari has also launched the Talk Foundation Project, where she records the thoughts and observations of terminally ill children. With a tireless positivity grounded in her Jewish faith, her unique professional profile is matched only by her amazing work ethic and generous spirit.
In 2008, Kara Dolce was a 26-year-old girl working in New York City looking to grow her career and live the city life! After her grandmother "Mema" passed away from a long battle with breast cancer, Kara performed a self-breast exam only to find a small lump on her left breast. Kara then immediately went to her doctor for which she was told "you are too young" to worry. She pushed to have an exam and biopsy to find out she had Stage 3B estrogen-receptive, Her2+, non-BRCA gene breast cancer.
Kara went on to have a double mastectomy, 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 4 weeks of radiation, fertility treatments (egg retrieval), 1 year of Herceptin treatments and will be on hormone therapy for a total of 10 years. Kara did this all with a smile on her face, lipstick on her lips and strength in her heart. Kara was "Fighting Pretty."
After receiving so much love and support from everyone around her, Kara decided to help women feel this sense of strength by helping them feel beautiful and inspired. She started making care packages (a.k.a "Pretty Packages") out of her 800 square foot apartment in Brooklyn, NY. and officially started her non-profit organization, Fighting Pretty.
In less than one year, Fighting Pretty sent 500 Pretty Package to women all over the country. Fighting Pretty has been recognized by the American Cancer Society and has received in-kind product donations from companies such as Revlon, Maybelline, Happy Socks and more, and even has a new “Fighting Pretty” nail polish named after them by O.P.I. To date, Fighting Pretty has sent over 3,500 Pretty Packages all over the United States including several countries globally, and operates out of Portland, Oregon.
Kara and her growing team at Fighting Pretty works every day to truly help women – of all ages, all over the world, battling cancer feel strong and beautiful. To learn more about Fighting Pretty, make a donation or request a Pretty Package for a friend or loved one, please visit www.fightingpretty.org.
Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which in 2017 celebrates its 25th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space, one of the world's largest franchise businesses and a recognized leader in franchisor-franchisee relationships.
HFC's three brands including Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft™ are consistently rated at the top of their categories and supported by 1,300 franchisees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
As CEO, Behzadi leads the HFC executive team to expand the HFC family of brands by leveraging her financial, operational and franchising experience, as well as her passion for helping franchisees realize their financial and personal dreams.
She is currently embarking on a company-wide initiative to grow installations to record levels across all three brands in 2017 - which, for the signature Budget Blinds brand translates into a most-ever 2.6 million window-covering installations for the year at a record pace of 50,000 per week. She also projects HFC brands to be operating in more than 9,000 North American cities by the end of the year.
A recognized expert in all aspects of franchise growth and development, Behzadi is also distinguished as one of a relatively few female CEOs in the franchising space.
Topic: Small business marketing on a budget
Melissa Forziat is a marketing consultant and event planner. She founded Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing in 2012 and currently works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans.
Before starting her business, Melissa held event planning roles at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Rugby World Cup, and US Olympic Committee. In her spare time, Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors at Ventures – a Seattle-based non-profit that helps low-income entrepreneurs to gain self-sufficiency through business ownership. She is also very active in the Seattle improv comedy scene. http://melissaforziatevents.com
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In this lively conversation, Tanna Frederick shares how creative people can enjoy successful careers while doing what they love.
Tanna Frederick can currently be seen starring in Henry Jaglom’s romantic mystery “Ovation” opposite James Denton.
Frederick is also producing and starring in the virtual reality series “Defrost.” Directed by Randal Kleiser, series cast members include Bruce Davison, Harry Hamlin, Christopher Atkins and Carl Weathers. “Defrost” was presented at Sundance’s New Frontier Program and Cannes Film Festival.
Next year, she’ll also star as a single mother who returns to Iowa (Frederick’s hometown) to deal with her past in “Garner, Iowa.”
Frederick is a mainstay of the Los Angeles theatre community. In 2013, she won the LA Stage and Eddon awards for Best Actress for N. Richard Nash’s “The Rainmaker” at the Edgemar Theatre. The Los Angeles Times gave it Critics’ Choice and said, “The standout of this terrific cast is Tanna Frederick’s acerbically yearning Lizzie…It’s a transformation not to be missed.”
This month Frederick will direct and star in “Sylvia” at the Odyssey Theatre opening on October 21st. In a previous run of the play, the Huffington Post said “Tanna Frederick is truly brilliant as Sylvia. She embodies the fun-loving, childlike spirit of the dog.”
Frederick's performance in her first feature with Jaglom, “Hollywood Dreams,” earned her Best Actress at WorldFest Houston, Montana International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival and the Wild Rose Film Festival. The film took Best Picture honors at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival and to Best Comedy at WorldFest Houston. She was named Method Fest’s “Performer to Watch” and has also received the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s “Maverick” Award.
Off-screen, Frederick has proved just as driven and talented. A fitness aficionado who runs daily, Frederick ranked 52nd out of 1,321 women in her division in the LA Marathon.
She is a second-degree Tae Kwon Do blackbelt and a passionate surfer. She founded “Project Save Our Surf,” a non-profit that promotes clean oceans and water. She is also founder of the Iowa Film Festival, now in its’ seventh year and was named recipient of the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.
Alissa Chavez is a teenage inventor who made headlines for her product Hot Seat.
Hot Seat is an alarm system that prevents children from being accidentally left in a hot car. Alissa was raised by her single mother who owns a home childcare business. When Alissa was 14 years old she heard so many stories of kids dying after they were unintentionally left in a hot car. These stories were heartbreaking and she wanted to do something to prevent these types of accidents.
Hot seat started as a project for her school science fair at age 14. She patented her product that same year. Alissa made headlines for Hot Seat and was even named one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year: Tech Heroes and Hometown Heroes. Hot Seat is the first of many products Alissa plans to bring to the market with her company Assila.
Where you can purchase Hot Seat: www.babyhotseat.com
Melding her skills, knowledge, and talents with more than 20 years experience in the financial sector, Kim Harris has become known as the "Legacy Creation" Strategist.
As a SBA Women in Business Champion, Kim helps individuals navigate through the challenges of life and business growth by providing guidance and training in solidifying their vision for purpose and establishing their life's legacy. She is responsible for raising more than $5MM in corporate sponsorships and grants from entities such as JP Morgan Chase, Verizon Wireless, Citi, Office Max, American Airlines, and many more!
Her signature wealth creation strategy, My Personal Banking System™, helps individuals, and business owners utilize fully protected IRS regulations to develop of a personal banking system which allows her clients an opportunity escalate cash reserves for self-financing and secure a financial future.
Her goal is to empower more people to be in control of their money and create the life, business, and legacy they deserve.
Topic: Maternity Leave Planning for Entrepreneurs
Arianna Taboada is a maternal health consultant who works with experienced entrepreneurs who are becoming first-time mothers, helping them customize their maternity leave plan and return to work. She is deeply committed to providing on-going, multi-faceted support that meets the professional, physical, mental, social, and emotional needs of entrepreneurs as they babyproof their business and navigate new motherhood.
Prior to her consulting practice, Arianna worked on maternal health issues for over a decade as a health educator, a social worker in a mental health clinic, a reproductive health researcher, and a yoga therapist.
She draws from her expertise as a maternal health professional, combined with her experience as a business owner and mother, to provide highly personalized services so expecting entrepreneurs have the tools and information they need to make decisions and take action when it comes to balancing their business with a new baby.
Arianna lives, works, and plays with her family in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Get her workbook to learn how a business owner can plan out her maternity leave and return to work on her terms. http://bit.ly/expectingentrepreneur
Known to many as, "Ms. Cindy," Cindy Tawiah is the creator and owner of the Diva By Cindy hair care system and its philanthropic efforts, The Diva Project.
Inspired by a chemistry teacher, at the age of sixteen, Cindy began experimenting with making beauty products. Her love of chemistry never left her, and in 2007, Cindy created the Diva By Cindy hair care product line.
Prior to creating the Diva By Cindy hair care system, Cindy worked as a registered nurse for 13 years. Her bedside manner transcended the traditional medical field and became the impetus for her entrepreneurial efforts. Cindy is passionate about women and serving their whole being, and it shows through her outreach.
Cindy created Diva By Cindy products to enrich and inspire women by giving them a superb product that transforms their lives by stopping the hair from shedding and breaking and stimulates healthy hair growth. Ultimately, Cindy seeks to heal, restore, and transform women. One way she achieves this mission is through The Diva Project. Launched in 2004, The Diva Project offers women affected by domestic violence a day of beauty and healing. Sales from Cindy's hair care products support her outreach. Truly, Diva By Cindy is a product with heart!
Cindy lives by six guiding principles: Prayer, Passion, Perseverance, Persistence, Presence, and Positivity!
Kim Harris is referred to as The "Legacy Creation" Strategist™ and noted owner of KIM XI LEGACY ENTERPRISE LLC™. Ms. Harris helps others to create their legacies in life and business by sharing information and knowledge that strengthens their financial future.
With more than 20 years of corporate, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial experience, Kim helps business owners navigate through the challenges of business growth to establish a solid standing in the marketplace through training and consulting. She is responsible for raising more than $5MM in corporate sponsorships and grants in the previous 15 years from entities such as JP Morgan Chase, Verizon Wireless, Citi, Office Max, American Airlines, and many more. Kim is also a recipient of the prestigious SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year Award.
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