16th Annual GlamourGals leadership training Institute


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Allegra Cohen

Allegra is the Founder and CEO of ABUNdance. She is the ultimate FUNGINEER! She teaches the importance of play and reawakens us to a way of living where the only thing that exists is endless possibility. She brings together skills and wisdom from her extensive background in acting, voiceovers and dance. You may have heard her voice in commercials such as Tide, Hertz, Splenda and Ulta. As an award-winning Film Producer, she has produced films for James Franco and Adrian Brody.


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Bea O’Carroll

Bea is the COO of Reciprocity Trading, a cryptocurrency trading company. Prior to this, she worked on Wall Street for over 15 years before jumping into bitcoin and startup-land in 2015. Bea holds a BA from St. John's University and is an active volunteer with Hour Children, an organization based in Queens that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community.


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Kendra Newton

Kendra is a Marketing and Publicity Coach for influencers, authors, and entrepreneurs, helping them to promote their platforms, become influential storytellers and change makers in their industry. Over the course of her career, she has worked for high-profile companies and brands including Hearst Magazines, Bauer Publishing, Pantene and Victoria's Secret. She is also the Marketing Director for Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world.

www.KendraNewton.com | @kendranewt | @knewton27 | LinkedIn | Facebook

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Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich

Julie is a career empowerment expert, as well as the host of the podcast Coffee Break w/ NYWICI and a digital content, marketing, and social media specialist. She honed her career expertise by navigating the corporate ladder at Warner Bros. (editorial director of Alloy Entertainment), Hearst (site director for the Hearst Teen Network), and AOL (editor and on-air personality at AOL RED). She is currently the managing partner and president of editorial operations at Masthead Media Company, which she co-founded. Julie is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and a proud recipient of a New York Women in Communications WiCi Award, which celebrates the career achievements of rising stars in communications.

Masthead Media | @julieinnyc | LinkedIn

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Dr. Catrise Austin

Dr. Austin is a trailblazing expert in the field of dentistry and was voted one of the 25 Top Women in Dentistry 2015. She is the founder of VIP Smiles author of multiple dental consumer books, a professional speaker, a beauty and health blogger, a national Colgate Total brand spokesperson, and a business woman. Best known as the “Dentist to the Stars,” many celebrities have placed their teeth in her capable hands. Dr. Austin is an award-winning dentist who has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Discover Health, TMZ, and more.

VIP Smiles | @drcatriseaustin | Facebook | LinkedIn


Workshop Leaders

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Brenda Torres-Wells

Brenda is a dynamic, innovative developer and director of therapeutic approaches and is a committee member to United Nations Staff Recreation Council. Her commitment and dedication in the health and education field is well respected, as her goal is to continue to explore and set trends by developing successful therapeutic programs that provides cognitive, physical, spiritual, emotional and social stimulation for her clients to promote a better quality of life.

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Hyungjoo Han

Hyungjoo is a litigation associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in the firm’s New York office. She represents clients in commercial, corporate governance, and white collar matters. She graduated from Northwestern University and earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During her free time, Hyungjoo likes to cook and work on jigsaw puzzles.

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Randi Gutbrod

Randi is currently the Development and Alumni Relations Manager at Cathedral High School, an all-girls private school located in Midtown Manhattan. Prior to this role, she worked at GlamourGals as the Chapter Curriculum Coordinator. She is passionate about empowering students to build meaningful intergenerational relationships with both their alumni networks and those in their local communities. Randi is a proud alumna of CUNY Macaulay Honors College, where she majored in Political Science, Economics, and Business. Additionally, she loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, home-cooking, and all things Dungeons & Dragons.


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Jill Slye

Jill is a Harvard University Extension School Instructor with 29 years of business experience in sales, communications, public speaking, career event planning, and employer relations. Jill’s vision, passion, and drive put her at the forefront of such diverse causes as: Women in Business for Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, Harvard Extension Business Society, Women’s Motocross-District 34 NY, and the Quali-Tea of Life Series for the Women of the Harvard Club. Prior to Harvard, Jill sold commercial trucks and was honored with more than a decade of annual Achievement Awards from General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck. In addition to teaching, Jill has her own coaching business, A Sounding Board, LLC.

Harvard | A Sounding Board | LinkedIn


Special Guests

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Jackie Koppell

Jackie is a graduate of Cornell University and is currently a freelance news and content creator at act.tv. She is the former Head of Talent at AwesomenessTV, a digital production company that focuses on teen content. Jackie is also the creator and host of the smart political comedy brand, Newsy News. Her content has been featured by George Takei, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic & Upworthy among others, and she’s regularly a guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and podcasts. Most recently she sold a pilot to NowThis that focuses on comedy & civics.

Maile Pacheco

Maile is the founder of beGlammed, an on-demand beauty service that delivers professional hairstylists and makeup artists straight to your door. She has been in the beauty and fashion industry for more than 10 years as a professional makeup artist and marketing manager. Before launching beGlammed, she served as Artist Relations Specialist for MAC Cosmetics, where she managed MAC’s professional relationships in the entertainment industry. Her background includes beauty marketing, corporate sponsorships and relationship building with power players in the beauty industry and celebrity makeup artists and hairstylists. She is also a board member of the prestigious Makeup Designory makeup school.

@mailepacheco | beGlammed

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Shola Adisa-Farrar

Shola is a Jamaican American artist from Oakland, California who splits her time between New York City and Paris, France. An American Music Ambassador, Shola has headlined concerts in over 14 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Her sound has been described as a vibrant medley of Jazz and Soul with Caribbean flavors and a touch of Afrobeat. Her debut album, Lost Myself (Hot Casa Records, 2016), was the #1 selling Jazz album on iTunes France during its release week and was named “Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2016” by Echoes Magazine (UK). Music from the album was hand-selected and featured in Season 1 of Spike Lee’s Netflix series, “She's Gotta Have It.”

@sholaadisafarrar | www.SholaAdisaFarrar.com

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Christina Sookhoo

Christina is a past President Glammy Scholarship Award-Winner and current Harvard University Extension School ALB Degree Candidate in Journalism, minoring in Economics. A lifelong entrepreneur, she started her first company in social media marketing, which later developed into branding and PR, continuing to consult in event planning/hosting, media relations, and brand development/equity. She is currently a part-owner in World Artists United LLC, a boutique record label and entertainment company helping artists and athletes build brands and legacies, and she co-founded the Music Entrepreneur Conference, bringing resources and executive experts to artists worldwide.

@christina_sookhoo | World Artists United | Facebook | LinkedIn

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