Women Rock It ® events empower women to overcome the emotional, social, and professional obstacles holding them back in life. The events, for women and men, encourage open conversation about intimate truths, bringing the audience beyond the intellectual and into the realm of feelings. Coupling personal and professional development, Women Rock It® embraces both sides of the same set of issues that women regularly face, all while providing a supportive environment to connect and unite for change.
This year, we present Women Rock It ® with Heart on April 20, 2013, the 10 year anniversary of the sudden death of Erik Grieve, 29, the late husband of Women Rock It Co-Producer Hyla Molander. On April 20, 2003, Hyla was seven months pregnant with their second daughter when she and her 17-month-old watched Erik die from Brugada Syndrome.
We bring you Women Rock It® with Heart as a celebration of life, a tribute to healing hearts, and a reminder of the strength within us all to find light in our darkness. It will be a night of miracles.
With the help of world-renowned geneticist Dr. Charles Antzelevitch, one of the evening's featured speakers, Molander recently discovered that her young daughters, 9 and 11, both inherited their late father's Brugada Syndrome. Proceeds from Women Rock It with Heart will go to The Cardiac Institute at the Masonic Medical Research Lab (www.mmrl.edu), which is developing a treatment to prevent ventricular fibrillation in Brugada Syndrome and other SIDS and SADS diseases that cause sudden cardiac death.
This year's event will kick off the evening with a VIP Mix & Mingle. The Main Event will address your needs in life, success and health as its panel of speakers and entertainers share from the heart their practical knowledge, wisdom and talents. The evening will end on a high note with a lively after-party for further connection and celebration.
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Deb has been working in the field of youth sexual health since 1993, when she discovered the power of the Internet to discuss sensitive topics while creating the immensely popular Go Ask Alice at Columbia University.
Hyla Molander—author, inspirational speaker, social media maven, photographer, widow, wife, and mother of four—is the founder of Social Good Project, Widowed Web on Facebook, and co-founder of Women Rock It.
Eight years ago, during her seventh month of pregnancy, when she and her 17-month-old daughter watched their beloved Erik, 29, drop dead on the kitchen floor, Hyla knew she had to make meaning of her tragedy. Through her writing, speaking engagements, and social media journey, she has found that meaning. As a spokesperson for the Masonic Medical Research Lab, Hyla raises awareness about Brugada Syndrome—the unrecognized genetic problem which led to her late husband's death. In addition, she helps companies define what they believe in, so that they can use social media to forge authentic connections that will make a difference in the world.
Hyla's book, Finding Light: Images and Words of Hope, encourages those who have experienced any type of tragedy to push through their darkness. Other writing projects include her forthcoming memoir, Drop Dead Life: A Pregnant Widow's Heartfelt and Often Comic Journey through Death, Birth, and Rebirth, and her marketing guide, Secrets of Scribd Success: How Writers, Entrepreneurs, Non-Profits, and Corporations Can Grow Their Audience with Scribd.com.
Charles Antzelevitch's Bio
Dr. Antzelevitch is the Executive Director and Director of Research of the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL), an internationally prominent biomedical research institute located in Utica, NY. He also holds an academic appointment as Professor of Pharmacology at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and an endowed chair in Experimental Cardiology (Gordon K. Moe Scholar) at the MMRL. Dr. Antzelevitch succeeded Dr. Gordon K. Moe, who served as Director of the institute from 1959 to 1984.
Dr. Antzelevitch's career has been highlighted by a number of awards and honors. Recent honors include the Distinguished Scientist Award from the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE, currently Heart Rhythm Society, 2002), Excellence in Cardiovascular Science Award of the NE Affiliate American Heart Association (2003), the Carl J. Wiggers Award from the American Physiological Society (2007), the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American College of Cardiology (2011) and the Distinguished Service Award of the RAM Medical Research Foundation (1994), and the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the Grand Lodge of Masons of NYS (2001). He was elected a Fellow of the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society in 1984, the American College of Cardiology in 1996, American Heart Association in 2001 and the Heart Rhythm Society in 2006. He is listed in over a dozen Who's Who and International Directories of distinguished leaders and
men of science. From 1996 to 1998 he served as President of the International Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, a society of basic and clinical scientists and physicians from countries throughout the world specializing in cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias. Since 1998, he has served as Secretary/ Treasurer of the Society.
His contributions to the scientific literature include over 450 original papers and book chapters, over 340 abstracts, and 6 books. He is an internationally renowned authority in these areas and is an often invited to speak at international symposia and to present seminars and Cardiology Grand Rounds at medical schools and institutes throughout the world. His scientific achievements include 1) the discovery and characterization of reflected reentry, phase 2 reentry, and late phase 3 EADs as mechanisms of extrasystolic activity capable of precipitating life–threatening ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation;
2) pioneering work demonstrating electrical heterogeneity within ventricular myocardium, particularly transmural dispersion of repolarization and discovery of a unique population of cells, named M cells, opening new doors to our understanding of electrophysiology and pharmacology of the heart and arrhythmogenic mechanisms; 3) delineation of the cellular and ionic basis for the long QT, Brugada, and short QT syndromes as well as catecholaminergic VT; and design of novel approaches to therapy of these syndromes; 4) the cellular and ionic basis fore the J wave and T wave of the ECG; 5) uncovering the genetic basis for Brugada, Short QT, Long QT and Early Repolarization syndromes and design of novel therapeutic modalities; and 6) discovery of novel therapy for atrial fibrillation using atrial-selective sodium channel blockers.
His contribution to the training of promising young scientists and physicians is evidenced by his students' first place or finalist standing in eight international Young Investigator Award competitions at the American College of Cardiology, the North American Society for Pacing and Electrophysiology and the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiography.
Dr. Antzelevitch is a member of and has served as Chairman of a number of committees at the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association (AHA), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and American College of Cardiology. He serves as Associate Editor of PACE and on the Editorial Board of several leading medical journals.
Devyn Rush' Bio
Devyn Rush has been singing for as long as she could talk. Having grown up in a very musical family and originating the role of Anna in Spring Awakening at Lincoln Center and understudying Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre, Devyn decided to move to New York City immediately after graduating high school.
Most recently, Devyn was featured on this season of American Idol, where she was given the title of "The Singing Waitress." Now a singer/songwriter/yoga teacher, Devyn is a child advocate and combines song-writing with yoga to build emotional self-awareness, proprioception, and awareness of others for adolescents.
Bryan is the founder of Belief Energy LLC and LinkedIn's Nonprofit Enabler.
Bryan sees the world through an energetic enabler's eyes. Bryan is founder of Belief Energy, a personal development movement created to foster optimal living for all people. Afterall, BEing is much better than just being. In his career, Bryan has helped thousands of nonprofit organizations operate better using online platforms. Last spring Bryan joined LinkedIn to launch their LinkedIn Nonprofit Solutions program. Previously, Bryan spent nine years at salesforce.com where he helped launch many of their social impact initiatives. Bryan enjoys running in the steep mountains and anything else involving his wife and daughter.
Christine Bronstein's Bio
Christine Bronstein is the founder an CEO of A Band of Wives, a social network and information website for all women-married, single and everything in-between. A Band of Wives helps women bring community back to their communities in a variety of ways.
Christine was CEO of one of the few women run, venture backed health and fitness companies in the nation for 8 years and president of a child-welfare foundation for 3 years. Her writing has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal online and more.
She is a graduate of Columbia/UC-Berkeley executive MBA program and a member of the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. Christine is married to Hearst/San Francisco Chronicle's Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein and mother of three.
Evan Bailyn's Bio
Evan Bailyn is an internet entrepreneur, bestselling author, and child advocate. He is primarily known as a search engine optimization expert, having used his ability to rank at the top of Google to build and sell five businesses, including one of the largest children's websites online. His first book, Outsmarting Google, debuted to rave reviews in mid-2011. Its sequel, Outsmarting Social Media, comes out in early 2012.
Evan is the founder of The Evan Bailyn Foundation, which promotes emotional awareness in children. His Facebook page, which encourages people to be true to themselves, gained over 100,000 fans in a year, making it one of the most popular non-celebrity pages on Facebook.
Currently, he offers marketing services through his companies, First Page Sage and Good Media Co. Under his tutelage, clients have established the predominant websites in their industries, become New York Times bestselling authors, and grown multimillion dollar product lines. His voice can be found on the social media pages of celebrities worldwide.
Evan has been interviewed on ABC and Fox News and featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The International Business Times, and Crain's. He is a frequent speaker, having keynoted numerous social media conferences, including Digital Hollywood and Social Media For Nonprofits.
Siobhan Neilland's Bio
Siobhan Neilland, founder of OneMama, represents the heart of this organization. Passionate about making a difference in the world, Siobhan created OneMama to show those in need that they are loved and matter in this world.
Inspired by a Ugandan midwife, Mama Jamira, Siobhan found her calling helping people in desperate conditions empower themselves to create change. As she worked to help Mama Jamira's community, her vision blossomed into creating an organization that encompassed no limits, servicing impoverished communities worldwide. As a successful entrepreneur, Siobhan has taken her keen business sense and transmuted OneMama into a model that will create self- sustainability in each community it supports.
No stranger to poverty and hardship, Siobhan uses her own losses to inspire change and teach the global community how to overcome obstacles to achieve a fulfilling life. "Fighting for my Joy", is Siobhan's lifelong motto.
I want to make this a revolutionary social change. We can all find that little inscription in our heart to show that we can make a difference in the world. -Siobhan Neilland
Beth Kanter's Bio
Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She co-authored the book titled “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Her second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, with Co-Author KD Paine, will be published in October, 2012.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Emerge California, Kimberly worked at the national office, Emerge America, as the National Affiliate Director. During her two years at Emerge America, Kimberly launched two new state programs – Emerge Oregon and the very first affiliate in the South, Emerge Kentucky.
Kimberly also developed and implemented systems to increase the organizational infrastructure at both the national and state affiliate level. She also worked to strengthen and standardize the Emerge program and curriculum to preserve brand quality and consistency.
A 2007 Emerge California graduate, Kimberly has personal experience with the Emerge program and a deep commitment to the organization's mission of inspiring and encouraging women to step up to leadership roles and step into political power.
The majority of Kimberly's background and experience is in operations management and organizational infrastructure development and implementation. She has worked in private industry, state government and the non-profit sector.
Today, Kimberly is passionate about empowering women and helping Emerge California bolster its brand and influence as the program continues to strengthen and grow throughout the state.
Appointed by the Mayor in 2009, Kimberly is also a Commissioner for the Community Development Commission in the City of Richmond.
Kimberly has two children, one husband, a dog and a turtle, and holds a B.A. in English from Jacksonville University and a J.D. from the John F. Kennedy School of Law.
Deb Levine's Bio
Deb has been working in the field of youth sexual health since 1993, when she discovered the power of the Internet to discuss sensitive topics while creating the immensely popular Go Ask Alice at Columbia University. She is currently the Executive Director and visionary leader of ISIS, a non-profit organization using social and mobile media for youth sexual and reproductive health. Her work has been cited in former President Clinton's Advisory Council Report on Education and the Internet, and in 2009, she was a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow. In addition to authoring a book (Ballantine, 1998), she has written sex advice columns for AOL, Time-Warner, Planned Parenthood Federation, and Yahoo! She has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Bill O'Reilly show, among others. Deb holds a Bachelor's of Social Work from Cornell University and a Master's of Arts in Experiential Education from New York University. She is on the Board of Directors at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute. She has two daughters and lives in Oakland, CA.
Claudine Buglisi's Bio
Dr. Claudine Buglisi is a leader in healthcare practice management, serving as a Domestic Violence advocate and practicing Audiologist in the Bay Area. In addition to her many roles as a Physician MD, Claudine is an Executive Consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists who is committed to helping other women become entrepreneurs so that they can create the life they never thought possible. As a single mom of two, she believes that a glass of wine can make most days better, which has resulted in her award-winning wine business with Boisset Wine Living at Home. She credits the insight she received from multiple generations of family, friends and patients for giving her the strength to pursue her passions against many odds. She writes and speaks publicly about pushing through fear, surviving abuse, and the importance of recognizing the comedic twist in life’s transitions.
Paula Conway's Bio
Paula Conway is a media success strategist, publisher, author and prolific entrepreneur. A mediameister who lands clients in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal on a regular basis, her clients include the rich, the famous, the celebrated, and the extremely
clever entrepreneur with an early stage start-up and limited funding. Like-minded visionaries seek Paula's expertise for creating high level marketing and branding deals, individual talent management, business and sales growth, content management and publishing, among other creative opportunities. Her extensive media background includes working on and off with ABC News in several capacities for more than a decade, representing large-scale Broadway productions, and working in The White House.
As a publisher, Paula's fresh travel and lifestyle content is syndicated nationally and internationally through many partners such as American Airlines and Hilton. As a press agent, Paula has represented a cadre of clients from politicians and Broadway shows to corporate entities, including ABC Television, David Copperfield, The Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Company, The Broadway Kids, RENT: The Musical, The Lion King, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Sunbeam grills, GE home appliances, TheMuseumCompany.com, renowned eye surgeon Dr. Joe Dello Russo, plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffery Epstein, The Caron Foundation, and Microsoft Teletubbies. Paula served as a publicist for Harper Collins/ REGAN on such titles as Juicy: Confessions of a Baseball Wife, A Few Good Eggs: Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility, and Decorating on eBay.
As a writer, Paula Conway She has written on the subjects of beauty and travel for more than a decade, having contributed to the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Boston Herald, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, The Robb Report, New Jersey Monthly, MACO Destinations and MACO Caribbean Living magazines and many others. She has also worked as a syndicated columnist for Fashion Wire Daily covering travel and beauty, and was the travel editor for Looking Good Now! (Weider publications) magazine before it closed in 2006. She continues to write and edit while overseeing a public relations firm and television production and publishing company.
Paula served as the editor-in-chief of DElight! and Connected Living magazines, distributed to more than 1.3 million homes nationwide. Paula hosted a national weekly show called "Paula Travels" on Sirius radio for more than two years, and contributes travel segments to several other shows on Sirius. Paula has served as the travel editor for New York and Hamptons Resident for more than five years and is a two-time author of the best-selling book The Beauty Buyble, published by Harper Collins (November 2006), and The Everything Calorie Counting Cookbook, published by Adams Media (November 2007).
Paula holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from New York University.
Jessica Buchleitner's Bio
Jessica Buchleitner is an advocacy journalist working with the United Nations affiliated Women News Network, reporting on women's rights developments globally. She currently serves on a United Nations committee with the City of San Francisco. As an NGO delegate to the UN's 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, she met with NGO advocates from around the world who are working towards advancing women's rights. She is currently finishing a book project entitled 50 Women, which features the life stories of 50 women from 30 countries.
Stephanie Rach's Bio
Stephanie Rach is the Founder and Creative Director of IAG Media, Executive Director of Growing Up for Good, and creator of the award winning eco-educational series Let’s Go Chipper. An early adopter of technology, Stephanie's core expertise is brand, communications and messaging within a social media, education and event platform. She is a natural born storyteller. Stephanie's work has helped corporations and organizations reach high visibility and guided senior-level corporate leaders to find an appropriate voice in the social media world with special attention to bridging professional and personal lives, integrating special events, public relations and new initiatives. Her recent release, Beyond the Moon with Luna, is the next series inspiring girls to leap for their dreams while supporting other girls along the way. Setting her sites to the future, Stephanie is currently leading the marketing for the Sustainable Food Project and Pavilion launching at Expo Milano 2015.
Patricia V. Davis' Bio
Patricia V. Davis is the author of the bestselling Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece, and The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know. Known for her talks and writing on women’s issues and publishing, Patricia holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Education, and is the founder of The Women's PowerStrategy Conference. For more about Patricia visit:www.patriciaVdavis.com
Tatiana Grieve Oliver's Bio
Tatiana Grieve Oliver, age 11, is the author of It’s Okay to Cry: Comforting Words, Gentle Guidance, and Helpful Activities for Grieving Children. Nine years after witnessing the sudden death of her father, Erik Grieve, Tatiana learned that she and her younger sister had both inherited Brugada Syndrome—the same sudden death cardiac condition which took her father’s life. She now advocates for defibrillators in schools and public places, in addition to writing and speaking about Brugada Syndrome.