Authors Bios

Saana Azzam

Saana Azzam is the founder and managing director of the leading speaker’s bureau in the Middle East, MENA Speakers. She represents over two hundred intellectual and impactful voices in the region. Dubbed the “experts’ expert,” Saana is skilled in the art of high-powered public speaking and communication and also coaches others in the art of giving memorable speeches.

Renee Balcom

Advocate Renee Balcom is the founder of the Raging Aging #WETOO MOVEMENT. She is passionate about changing the cultural norms about aging. After working with hundreds of people who are classified as age-ed, Renee came to realize that most of the information being provided to us about aging is wrong, most of our beliefs about aging is wrong, and her mission is to set the record straight. Renee is frequently asked to speak about changing the cultural attitudes about aging.

Melanie Benson

Melanie Benson, host of Own Your Bold Challenge, is a Success Amplifier. She hosts the Amplify Your Success podcast, is author of Rewired for Wealth, co-author of’s Start Up Guide to Starting an Information Marketing Business, and her success tips are featured in Bloomberg Business Week, Woman’s Day, and Parenting Magazine. Melanie serves on the Women Speaker’s Association Executive Team as well as the Association of Transformational Leaders. Growth resources are available on her website.

Dr. Janet Bieschke

Dr. Janet Bieschke, life coach, author, and inspirational speaker, retired after decades in the corporate world and now assists those ready to make life changes with ease, joy, and grace while they create peace of heart and mind. She brings peace to those facing an impending death and also to their loved ones. She and her husband, Richard, live in rural Wisconsin.

Laura Booker

Laura Booker is an educated, award-winning, extroverted alpha female. She is mother-in-training to a beautiful soul, Sophie. She is an aspiring serial entrepreneur, a student of life who is interested in giving back and expanding consciousness. She plans to retire on a cruise line, teaching contract bridge and yoga.

Ruth Broyde Sharone

Honored internationally for her interfaith activism and leadership, filmmaker and journalist Ruth Broyde Sharone is the creator of INTERFAITH: The Musical. A contributor to the Huffington Post and the Interfaith Observer, Ruth co-chaired the Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions for ten years. She also pioneered groundbreaking interfaith pilgrimages to the Middle East. Her documentary God and Allah Need to Talk and her interfaith memoir, Minefields & Miracles, have received multiple awards.

Christi Christiaens

Christi Christiaens is a certified health/nutrition coach, motivational speaker, and author. Originally from Belgium and having lived in several European countries, Christi’s international experience contributes greatly to her unique style of coaching. She combines over thirty-five years of experience with dedicated study in the areas of brain chemistry, neuropsychology, epigenetics, and anti-aging. Her expertise in these fields enables her to facilitate a true transformation in her clients’ well-being.

Elisabeth M. Clamon

Elizabeth M. Clamon, a naturopath, is living proof that natural healing works. She has not only survived, but thrived, despite childhood abuse, chronic illness, and being left disabled and bedridden for twelve years from an auto accident. She provides an insightful, inspirational, and educational experience to inspire people to overcome obstacles and live their dreams.

Deb Coman

Deb Coman is a content conversion strategist, copywriter, and speaker. She empowers business owners to create, share, and repurpose compelling messaging and content that attracts and converts. Delivering a comprehensive online presence that aligns with core values and builds relationships, Deb supports clients to simplify their marketing. As part of the Leadership Team at Women Speakers Association, Deb thrives in its spirit of connection and collaboration.

Michelle Cameron Coulter

Michelle Cameron Coulter, CEO and found-er of Inspiring Possibilities, is the embodiment of today’s woman. Strong and empowering, she has embraced life’s challenges with strength and courage. She brings insight, compassion, depth, and inspiration to the table, with six World Championships, an Olympic gold medal, marriage, four children, a successful inspirational speaking, workshop, and retreat business among her many accomplishments.

Veronica A. Cunningham

Veronica A. Cunningham is a multi-award-winning video and cablecast producer, spoken word recording/performance artist, inspirational speaker, songwriter, poet, transformational life coach, and author of Crushed But Not Conquered: A Guide to Celebrating the Champion in You. An insightful soul, Veronica helps others discover their gifts, create change, and develop a Champion Mindset. She conducts women’s empowerment sessions, and believes life is a laboratory of learning.

Andrea Dawn

Andrea Dawn is a spiritual alchemist with a focus on healing and helping people to reach their highest, truest soul self. She channels and delivers guided messages. These messages can be: archangels, angels, animal guides, galactic friends, spirit guides, energy of the living, inter-dimensional lives, roads before you, and more.

Anne-Marie Dekker

Anne-Marie Dekker is a storycatcher and narrative coach. Her strength is being a connector, and she is insatiably curious about people and the world. She assists her clients to explore endless possibilities and build new frontiers. Previously she has helped create and run companies in the entertainment, broad-casting, and magazine publishing industries.

Tracey Ehman

Tracey Ehman, an online presence and social media strategist, is the go-to person for enhancing your online presence, ensuring that you not only get “found” by your target audience, but that your website and social media efforts increase your revenues. Tracey is also part of the Women Speakers Association (WSA) Executive Team, where you can find her hosting the monthly #SpeakerChats and member calls.

Dr. Mary J. Huntley

Dr. Mary J. Huntley is the chief executive/ encouragement officer of Trinity Global Empowerment Ministries, Inc. She is a wife, author, prayer warrior, domestic violence awareness advocate, licensed clinical counselor, and certified master life coach. A clinical supervisor with the National Christian Counselors Association, Dr. Huntley is on a mission to empower others (especially women) to soar above the storm and reach their God-given potential.

Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson is the COO of a construction company in Beaverton, Oregon. She has over twenty years of high-level management experience and is a published author. She lived in Arizona for seventeen years, Silicon Valley for three years, and now is back home in Oregon. She is passionate about volunteering.

Alana Love

As a higher consciousness mentor and elite Certified High Performance CoachTM, Alana Love brings a unique mix of insight and proven systems to entrepreneurs, professionals, and individuals to virtually gain clarity, influence and strategies for success. Whether the desire is for personal or professional impact, Alana helps people choose differently, change their lives, and celebrate new outcomes. The founder of Mastery Enterprises and Expert Coaching Now, Alana currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Nicole S. Mason

Nicole S. Mason is a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland and the founder and CEO of Strategies For Success, LLC. In this capacity, she works with women leaders and executives to pull out what is already inside of them through the powerful practice of coaching. Nicole speaks professionally on the topics of confidence and effective leadership strategies.

Lakichay Nadira Muhammad

Affectionately known as “The Queen of Self Improvement,” AKA “The Wellness Angel,” Lakichay Nadira Muhammad is a wholistic health practitioner and mental health therapist who prides herself on helping clients obtain optimal health and wellness through mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional alignment. As a speaker, maternal health and parent advocate, womb wellness savant, and indigenous baby catcher, she believes that every woman is uniquely endowed with her own special gift, just waiting to be unwrapped.

Donna Rae Reese

Donna Rae Reese is an author, speaker, coach who came from very humble beginnings. She was raised on a grape farm, the youngest of nine children. With a tenacious attitude and competitive nature, she owned her first business by age twenty-four. She showed her gratitude by volunteering in her community and was elected to a local political seat. She retired at age forty-nine and is now sharing her story of overcoming obstacles worldwide.

Laura Rubinstein

Laura Rubinstein, CHt, Social Buzz Club founder, is an award-winning social media strategist, marketing consultant, certified hypnotherapist, and best-selling author of Social Media Myths Busted, Transform Your Body in the Mental Gym, and Feminine Power Cards. She has worked with over one thousand businesses and is highly sought after for her innovative profit-generating strategies and branding work.

Iva Schubart

Iva Schubart is a speaker, success coach, consultant, and author. She experienced that the Law of Attraction really exists and that it operates in every moment of our lives. She studied mechanical engineering, and after many challenges in her life, she finally found her purpose in life: to help and inspire people all over the world. Her first book, Sanguine-Love, is available from Amazon.

Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith is an inspirational speaker, author, dance and music teacher, wife, and mother. She works to help others that have faced tragedy by speaking and sharing her personal story of survival and accomplishment after being shot with an AK-47. Alicia believes that adversity can always be a catalyst for growth. You can read the full story of Alicia’s struggle in her autobiography Thread.

Corinna Stoeffl

For most of her life, Corinna Stoeffl searched for the answer to “Who am I?” Today she is a Certified “Being You” Facilitator with Access Consciousness®. She coaches individuals and groups, teaches courses, and gives presentations.

Kimberly Sulfridge

Kimberly Sulfridge is a serial entrepreneur, facilitator, author, speaker, traveler, photographer, sports enthusiast, wife, and mother of two adorable fur babies. She creates and facilitates mastermind groups for small business owners and speaks on entrepreneurship and teaching kids about money. She believes the right mindset is all the luck you need.

Dr. Lina Thakar

Dr. Lina Thakar is an internationally recognized Ayurveda doctor, wellness mentor, professional speaker, and author. She has helped over ten thousand clients to achieve balanced health over her 25 years of successful practice. As a holistic doctor and a professional speaker, her key vision is to spread the message to help people redesign their health by natural ways so they can potentially live longer.

Romance Waddington

Romance Waddington is a self-image mastery expert, motivational speaker, life coach, author, singer/songwriter, and serial entrepreneur. She has given talks on self-image at business networking events, in schools, at Rotary meetings, as well as open forums. In her spare time Romance is a keen amateur gardener who loves to explore the connections between the earthly garden and the mind. She is married with four children and lives in Derbyshire, England.

Fran Watson

For over thirty years Fran Watson has developed and facilitated various workshops. She obtained her degree at the age of fifty-one doing correspondence courses and working full-time while raising her four children. Fran is a firm believer in personal growth, serving on the executive of Toastmasters clubs and mentoring others in public speaking and career decision-making.

Gail Watson

Gail Watson is President and Founder of Woman Speakers Association (WSA), THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission. As the first-ever global community for women speakers, WSA provides a platform for women to get seen, booked and paid AND be part of a growing network reaching women in 120 countries.

Dr. Bria White

Dr. Bria White, author, speaker, and activist, is thoroughly entertaining and delightfully funny with a brutally honest delivery style that touches the heart of every listener. She has been called an “inspiration,” a “realist,” and a “true leader” for her resiliency to life’s most challenging experiences. The author of The Official Parent Handbook: Spare the Rule, Spoil the Child, Dr. White also speaks regularly and writes for several blogs and magazines.