Meet The Girlboss Rally NYC Speakers
Sophia Amoruso, Founder & CEO, Girlboss Media
Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Girlboss Media, which connects women to explore success on their own terms through content, community, and experiences. Her 2014 New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS, which chronicled her early life as well as her experience as the CEO and founder of fashion empire Nasty Gal, was adapted into a scripted TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2017. Sophia is also the author of Nasty Galaxy and the forthcoming Girlboss Workbook, out on October 24, 2017.
Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, GE
Beth Comstock was named vice chair in August 2015. In this capacity, she leads GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth. She operates GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets and service models; drives brand value and partners to enhance GE’s inventive culture. This unit includes Current, GE Lighting, GE Ventures & Licensing and GE sales, marketing, and communications. Previously, she was president of integrated media at NBC Universal overseeing ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com, Peacock Equity, and acquiring ivillage.com. Beth is a member Nike’s Board of Directors and Trustee of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in biology.
Neha Gandhi, Editor in Chief & COO, Girlboss Media
As editor-in-chief of Girlboss, Neha is responsible for its' editorial vision, leading content, creative, and audience teams to tell powerful stories. She's focused on helping women rethink and redefine success on their own terms—and giving interesting, inspiring women a platform to share their stories and connect with other women. In her hybrid role as chief operating officer, she also spends a lot of time thinking about culture, mission, and the Girlboss team, striving to a create a modern workplace that leads by example.
Before joining Girlboss, Neha spent six years as an executive at Refinery29, most recently as SVP of Content Strategy & Innovation. In her time there, she was responsible for content development, audience growth, platform strategy, insights, and innovation. She grew the editorial team from 8 to 100; expanded the audience 15x, and helped to transition the team to a distributed content strategy. Equal parts news and entertainment junkie, she's interviewed luminaries ranging from Hillary Clinton to Madonna—and appeared as an expert on millennial women everywhere from MSNBC to Katie Couric Live to Social Media Week to SXSW.
She has previously held posts at Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, LHJ.com and More.com. In her life as a magazine editor, you could find her doing anything from shooting home décor stories to writing cover stories and producing b-roll on movie sets. Her work has appeared in Foam, In Style, Women’s Health, and ReadyMade, but her surprising byline of all time remains an interview with Donald Trump, from her first internship at People. She holds a BA in English literature from Princeton University—and harbors a fondness for em dashes along with a very real antipathy to emoticons.
Sarah Kunst, Founder & CEO, Proday
Sarah Kunst is founder and CEO of Proday.co, the leading sports media platform for those who don't 'stick to sports'. Proday.co covers the politics, style, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle of professional athletes. Kunst is an investor and entrepreneur who has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and several venture backed startups. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire and hosted a podcast for Forbes. Her philanthropic interests include Venture for America and The US State Department's Tech Women program. She is also on the Foundation Board at Michigan State University, her Alma Mater. Kunst has been named a Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 and named a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting.
Priya Malani, Founding Partner, Stash Wealth
Priya Malani is an entrepreneur and founder of Stash Wealth, a financial planning firm for H.E.N.R.Y.s™ [High Earners, Not Rich Yet]. After years of working on Wall Street, Priya left to work with millennials, who are largely ignored by traditional financial firms. Stash’s clients are 20 and 30-somethings who make good money and want something to show for it. In addition to running Stash, Priya serves as the Resident Financial Expert for Refinery29. She is a featured expert on numerous sites including Gawker, The Coveteur, Shape Magazine, Bustle, PureWow, Brit + Co and Forbes. She speaks regularly at business and universities around the country and has been invited to speak at Cornell, Harvard, New York University, Yelp, Twitter, Blue Apron, IBM, and more. She appears regularly as the Millennial Money Expert on SiriusXM’s Wake Up With Taylor broadcast.
Jerico Mandybur, Editorial Director, Girlboss Media
The editorial director of Girlboss Media, Jerico Mandybur brings seven years experience in digital publishing to girlboss.com. Born in Australia, she cut her teeth as a writer at DOLLY (think Seventeen, but Australian) and MTV, as well as independent fashion publications, before becoming Oyster Magazine's online editor and contributing print editor. She's led the editorial charge at ASOS in Australia and New Zealand, led a team of TV and digital journalists at NITV (National Indegineous Television) and set the editorial strategy (plenty of ridiculously cute animal videos,) for Mashable in Australia/New Zealand. Mandybur has written for outlets as diverse as The Guardian, V Magazine, and Dazed. She's passionate about social change, astrology, and patting all of the dogs.
Alyssa Mastromonaco, President of Global Communications Strategy & Talent, A&E Networks
Alyssa Mastromonaco’s recent book, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea about her time working for President Obama and being a short woman with gastrointestinal issues and an advocate for free tampons was a New York Times Best Seller and she is very proud of that.
She loves pinot noir, persian rescue cats, jambands generally, the Grateful Dead specifically, and if she could have lunch with one person it would either be Stevie Nicks or Jennifer Aniston. DM her if you want to know why.
Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter
From humble beginnings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc., Lisa Price transformed her beloved hobby of mixing up fragrances and creams at home into a multi-million dollar beauty empire. With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts, Lisa started building the collection that would become a beauty revolution. As a culmination to the Carol’s Daughter business trajectory, Price sold her company to L’Oréal USA in November 2014.
Price is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the National Black MBA Association's Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2000), the Working Woman Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2001), and is also the author of “Success Never Smelled So Sweet,” a remarkable memoir that chronicles her transformation from a young Black woman deep in debt and burdened by low self-esteem to the president of a multi-million dollar business. Looking back on her years growing up in Brooklyn, Price vividly recalls her recurring connection with nature: a profound love and appreciation of the natural fragrances of the world. Price continues to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of other women through her book, speaking engagements and business seminars.
Linda Wells, Chief Creative Officer, Revlon
Linda Wells is chief creative officer at Revlon. In her role, Linda is responsible for curating the look and feel of the Company’s brands at all consumer touch points including advertising, product innovation, packaging, digital and social presence, and point of sale.
Linda is the founding editor-in-chief of Allure Magazine, allure.com, and the Allure video channel. During her 25 year leadership tenure, she created the Allure Best of Beauty Awards, the Best of Beauty seal, and the Allure Beauty Box subscription service. Highly respected in the industry, Linda is recognized as an innovator in media and in beauty. In addition to establishing Allure as the preeminent beauty authority, she provided the highest level of journalistic coverage on important health and beauty topics for her readers.
Most recently, Linda was contributing beauty editor at large at New York Magazine's The Cut and the producer of "The Linda Wells Report," a beauty magazine within Hearst's Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Town & Country since March 2016.
Linda has a BA in English Literature from Trinity College.
Elaine Welteroth, Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue
As editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Welteroth is responsible for representing Teen Vogue's editorial vision, while also expanding the brand's presence through new consumer experiences and products. Most recently, Welteroth served as Teen Vogue's editor, where she managed the editorial direction of the magazine. She is largely responsible for the expansion of Teen Vogue's coverage to include a wide range of feminist, social-justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news. Welteroth edited September 2016’s For Girls By Girls issue, which was shot entirely by female photographers, and set the tone for the brand's increased emphasis on diversity, female empowerment, and cross-generational conversations. Welteroth joined Teen Vogue in 2012, when she became the first African-American to ever hold the post of beauty & health director at a Condé Nast publication. Prior to Teen Vogue, she was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and the beauty and style editor at Ebony magazine, where she started her editorial career. Welteroth is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and resides in Brooklyn.
Whitney Wolfe, Founder & CEO, Bumble
As founder and CEO of Bumble, Whitney Wolfe helms one of the fastest growing social networks in the world. In less than 3 years, her strategic vision has led to Bumble’s growth of nearly 20 million users worldwide and has singlehandedly disrupted the way people connect online and off. Adoption of Bumble was explosive and in addition to a rapidly growing user base, the company recently celebrated the 100,000,000th first move made by a woman. As the company has grown, Wolfe has executed upon her vision of making Bumble “the Facebook for people you don’t know.” In April 2016, Bumble launched BumbleBFF as a friend-finding feature and will go live with BumbleBIZZ October 1, 2017, which will connect users around professional interests.
Prior to Bumble, Wolfe was a co-founder of Tinder, serving as the company’s VP of marketing from 2012-2014. Leading up to her time with Tinder, Wolfe was the first marketing and sales hire on the Cardify team under the IAC Incubator at Hatch Labs, which was ultimately parlayed into the launch of Tinder. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Wolfe currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and three enormous dogs. When not running Bumble, Wolfe enjoys investing in female founded, cause-driven startups and mentoring the next wave of founders and tech executives.