SHE Day: Speakers & Panelists
Jennifer Klotz, MS, RD, LDN - co-founder SHE Changes Everything
Holistic Nutritionist. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She has over a decade of experience in helping people live healthy lifestyles by finding the root cause of health dysfunction. Jennifer was the Director of Nutrition & Wellness for a thriving integrative medical practice in Chicago for many years. She currently lives in Southern California and conducts patient-focused counseling. She specializes in the areas of gluten-free, food allergies, GI disorders, hormone dysfunction, infertility, weight loss, and weight management counseling. She advocates for spreading awareness about food sensitivities and nutritional issues not addressed by mainstream medicine.
Heather Young, 500 HR RYT, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, co-Founder SHE Changes Everything
Director of Communications. Certified Yoga Instructor and I-CAYT Therapist. Heather has a Master’s Degree in Communication and over a decade of experience in the publishing and marketing industries. As much as she loves creative marketing and developing brand strategy, she also enjoys teaching yoga and advocating sustainable fitness. Heather teaches her own unique blend of Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Strength Training. Her personal philosophy is that exercise should build your body up instead of gradually wearing it down. Exercises should be chosen for their long-term benefit to the body and designed to build on each other. The results are less injuries and reduced wear and tear on the body, plus a noticeably stronger sense of wellness.
Elisha Chan, Founder Elisha C.
Elisha C. is an ethical brand on a mission to end poverty through job creation. She found her passion while traveling on many Haiti trips as a student at UCLA. She currently works with many artisans and producers throughout Haiti, while doing philanthropy work in a small village called Fond Doux, Haiti. She has since established a Scholarship Program, sending underprivileged youth to school, from preschool to university. She serves as a board member of Fair Trade LA, a nonprofit to educate and inspire consumers to embrace fair trade products so global farmers and artisans have the opportunity to earn a fair and sustainable living.
Amy Bond, co-founder Lucy & Jo
Amy first traveled to Kenya at 19 to study wildlife biology and immediately fell in love with the culture and the use of adornment to record and pass down stories. In graduate school, she returned to Africa studying gorillas and primate conservation but couldn't ignore her love of the people or the potential of their art as a pathway out of poverty. She left grad school to pursue market-based solutions to social challenges working in fair trade, start-ups and non-profits for 15 years before starting Lucy & Jo in 2015. Lucy & Jo works with nearly 100 artisans across Uganda and Kenya and has a formal partnership with the non-profit, Gorilla Doctors, donating 5% of every sale.
Michelle Chavez, co-founder Tote Project
The Tote Project is a purpose-driven company that uses fair trade, organic accessories to support survivors of modern day slavery around the world. As an ethical fashion advocate she highlights brands that are good for people and the planet through her social media channels, speaking engagements and website, MichelleForGood.com.
She is also a business member of Fair Trade Los Angeles. Through all of her work she strives to bring conscious consumerism from a niche to a norm.
Briana Reesing, RN, BSN, CEN
Briana’s passion for health and wellness began with a career as an Emergency Room Nurse, a career path that quickly opened her eyes to the outcomes that poor nutrition and lifestyle choices can have on our bodies. Speaking from personal experience, she overcame an incredible healing journey of her own due to adult onset food allergies that were a mystery to the medical community. She has since developed a passion for sharing her story and inspiring others to take care of their own health through motivating us on a daily basis with healthier food choices & choosing ‘self care’ as a priority over on her feed @BeachLifeOrganic. She has also joined forces with a team of super-foodies over at www.SuperLife.com to keep spreading the message of health and inspiring others to live their version of their healthiest life with a deeper understanding of nutrition through superfoods. Catch her making her famous (superfood) matcha latte in her instagram stories almost daily or sample it yourself during her SHE day event demo.
Chef Amber Caudle
Spent her early culinary formative years studying and cooking in Colorado, Napa Valley, Italy and Spain. Chef Amber then brought her culinary vision to Los Angeles where she took her place as Executive Chef of Mediterraneo.
In 2012, Chef Amber was ready to take the next step in her life’s journey …realizing her dream of creating a cafe of her own. Chef Amber envisioned and brought to life the the SOURCE CAFE at the beach. Her belief in the rejuvenating and restorative power of fresh, whole, nutritious foods has made her unique artisanal foods cafe a focal point of the Hermosa Beach and larger South Bay community. She also shares delicious inspiration at chefamber.com.
Taryn Hipwell, Founder Beyond the Label
Beyond the Label is a charitable organization that addresses the question “What's in my tee?” to encourage shoppers to consider what their T-shirt is made of. Taryn studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM, she is on the Advisory Board for the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College, and she moderates panels for TEDxLA, PETA, Fashion Revolution Day and Beyond the Label. She was awarded the Fashion Against Bullying Award and Green Hero Award by eduPOWERED Media Group and Champions Against Bullying Taryn was the Arts Chair and is currently the Fashion Chair for UN WOMEN-USNC LA (United Nations). Taryn is committed to writing and producing fun, authentic, and bold content, books and events that shatter stereotypes, shift perceptions and change lives. To learn more check out LABeyondtheLabel.com