Amanda Slavin

Amanda Slavin had every intention of being a teacher. Receiving an undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, her path seemed set – teach and connect with students daily by keeping them engaged. Instead, she ended up in marketing. And she just so happens to be really, really good at it. “Brand marketing…

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Leslie Gallin

Leslie Gallin might just be the reason those fabulous kitten heels are completing your outfit today. As president of footwear at UBM Advanstar, an event and marketing service company, Leslie takes the lead on creating some of the industry’s largest marketplace trade shows to bring suppliers and retailers together, including MAGIC, where buyers find the…

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Jess Levin

We all know that girl: the one who’s the ultimate insider. She can click off the best boutique hotels, let you know if that newest release is really worth seeing, and advise you on whether or not that local burger joint is dog-friendly. She’s a mover and a shaker. A connoisseur. Most importantly, she’s a…

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Ijeoma Okeagu

After graduation, all Ijeoma Okeagu dreamed of was the security of paid employment. But, it seemed the universe had greater plans for her. Fresh out of college with no dream job in sight, Ijeoma chose to develop the skills she had to create the type of job she wanted. Armed with a bachelor's degree in…

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Kate Addis

While Katie Addis was busy changing her major (five times!) and worrying about falling into a career she wasn't passionate about, she didn't realize she was also gaining valuable experience for a job she'd love. While school was important, it was her summer involvement as a counselor, trainer and camp director with Camp Adventure Youth…

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Laurel Mintz

While some women dream of the job they'd like to have, Laurel Mintz unexpectedly happened upon hers. When her father fell ill, someone needed to handle the family business. So, Laurel stepped up and by age 26, was running a team of 60 in two different retail locations. Even after her father reassumed his role,…

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Audrey Chaney

Audrey Chaney has been designing florals and events for more than a decade, but her passion was already blooming back in the fourth grade, when she came up with her first arrangement. So, it was only natural that in high school, one of her first jobs was at a flower shop where she immersed herself…

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Renee Patrone

Renee Patrone is one of those lucky ladies who can fervently say she's "… doing what I love and loving what I do." A self-described social butterfly, Renee originally set her sights on a career as an actress, but unfortunately, her passion didn't necessarily translate to talent. So Renee turned her ability to be the…

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Erin Mavian + Kym Pitlor

New York City. It's the backdrop for everything iconic; from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Sex and the City" to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Like the Little Black Dress of cities, we can't imagine a better setting for a wedding proposal than NYC. And Erin Mavian and Kym Pitlor happen to agree. After a series of party…

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Amber Dobson

A lot of women have told us they aspire to be an event planner. Dreaming up parties and weddings … for a living almost sounds too good to be true. While it has its perks, it also requires a lot of work, as Amber Dobson, an event specialist for Agapé Events will tell you. The…

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