Ivana is a modern Cinderella married to an Italian prince. She came from modest means and met her Prince Charming while on scholarship at Pepperdine University. Their 2 fabulous kids (ages 2 and 3 years) are the latest additions to a 1000-year lineage that includes kings of Sicily and Spain, and Catherine of Aragon, a pope and a saint. She has a Masters of Education and has worked with kids for over 20 years - from designing learning toys to tutoring homeless children. For Ivana, life is more about attitude than money. She’s wild about kids and motherhood. The Super Mom juggling act between life, love, kids and career inspired her new book, A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby's First Year, co-written with her mom, Magdalene Smith, and sister, Marisa Smith. Their blog is a blend of humor, practical advice and lifestyle tips on the essentials--how to live well on any budget. Consider Ivana "Dear Abby" with a tiara and baby sling.
Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose!®. After her son was diagnosed with autism, she shelved a legal career to monitor his therapy and launch a business that would strike a better work/life balance. Mabel’s Labels has grown from a basement start-up into an award winning international phenomenon. It has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com and is widely recognized for its business and product excellence. As company spokeswoman, Julie is a well-known personality amongst mom entrepreneurs and her dynamic personality has led to numerous speaking engagements, from morning TV to university business classes. With humor and candor, Julie’s writing focuses on her experiences raising a big, happy family while running a successful business, and has appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. Follow her on Twitter @JulieCole
Cori Linder is a mother, writer, editor, athlete, teacher, volunteer... and sometimes all at once! As a professional editor, she has worked closely with notable child development specialists, editing their books. She has a B.A. degree in Communications from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California (USC). She has published a children’s book as well as interviews and articles in magazines. As a creative writer, her passion is to apply creative writing concepts to those of parenting. She hopes she can write in a way that illustrates that perspective while inspiring parents to add more color and flavor to children's lives! Her goal: to encourage and empower moms. P.S. She drinks coffee through a straw, sings in the car, and is thrilled when somebody knows how to use an em dash in punctuation. Twitter: @editorcori
Casey Berna's previous life was as a social worker and community service enthusiast. Inspired by her new life staying home with her daughter, she created http://www.kidslikeike.com/, a new website for preschoolers and http://www.chancesour.blogspot.com/ sharing her journey with infertility.
Susanna Morgan is a mom, parenting non-expert and writer of Not June where she blogs about being June Cleaver's nemesis. She lives in a city by the sea in Southern California with her two boys, two guinea pigs and two dogs (the two fish died). She is greatly outnumbered.
You can follow her on Twitter @NotJune
Erica Diamond is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of WomenOnTheFence.com, Entrepreneur, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Radio Correspondent, and Spokesperson. After enjoying seven years of great financial success with her Company, Erica sold her business in 2006 to Canada's Largest Bag Retail Chain. Her business journey along the way has awarded her a Young Entrepreneur Award, Top 30 under 30 Entrepreneur Award, Top 40 under 40 Entrepreneur Award nomination, among numerous others, and finally, The Profit Hot 50 Award - One of Canada's 50 Emerging Growth Companies. Erica Diamond is the author of the new release, The 99 Things Women Wish They Knew... Before Starting Their Own Business, endorsed by names such as Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York and Brooke Burke, and Suzy Welch. Women on the Fence was recently named FORBES TOP 100 SITES FOR WOMEN. Erica Diamond has been named 25 Best Twitter Feeds For Women, 50 Best Blogs By Women, and was recently named to the coveted list of THE TOP 20 WOMEN IN CANADA.
Sarah is a mom of three awesome kids who make her laugh, cry and pull out her hair. She observes the world around her; applies her own experiences and then writes about them. She thinks she’s pretty funny sometimes, but she could just be delusional and need to tweak her sleep/coffee ratio. Sarah waves the NAFTA flag having lived in small town NJ, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago and Mexico City and is now back in her hometown of Toronto.
Her current rule to live by is: Be Kind to Your Fellow Moms (Parents).
Follow her on Twitter @sarahdyer or for extra kicks start a game with her on Words with Friends (poper12).