<a href="https://amberkahwaji.wordpress.com/">Amber Kahwaji</a> is an associate editor and contributing reporter at SmartFem.com. Amber provides daily content for SmartFem's online magazine as well as hosting various events for SmartFem Television. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Amber has used her knowledge and skills to help merge traditional journalism with today's everyday lifestyle stories, creating fun yet informative articles for SmartFem readers.
<strong>Amber on the go:</strong> When not busy at her writer's desk, Amber's passions include going to the theatre and working as a professional commercial actress. A die-hard fan of films and old Hollywood, Amber loves to get lost in classic movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Casablanca.
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Breanne Helaire is an associate editor for SmartFem.com. With a BA in communication Media studies, Breanne aspires to use journalism as a platform that allows her to use her voice to motivate and uplift others. Breanne believes in embracing your individuality, and hopes that her writing will empower others to not only embrace their true selves, but stand firm to their values. As Breanne pursues a career in the Journalism field she hopes to make a difference and inspire positive change.
<p class="Body">Deb Lapmardo has a long and happy history in the wine business. "Back East" she owned and managed Michael Charles Premier Wine, a fine wine retail shop. Deb also created and managed an online wine store and was sales manager for a fine wine distributorship. Deb has earned her Sommelier certification and specializes in wine education. She also authors <a href="http://thewinecellarsclub.com/" rel="follow"><span class="Hyperlink0"><span style="color: black;">thewinecellarsclub.com</span></span></a> and was a long time commentator for WFMJ-TV.</p>
<p class="Body">Now in Arizona she works as Wine Manager for Total Wine & More, and assists husband Chuck Lapmardo with the management of his business, <a href="http://eliteflighttraining.com/" rel="nofollow">Elite Flight Training</a>. In her spare time, she and Chuck love to cook great food, believing that the ultimate relaxation is to share good wine and good food with friends and family.</p>
Dov Baron is an international headline speaker for global conferences on leadership, influence, business and purpose driven authentic leadership. He’s been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of Next-Gen leadership. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire, Dov Baron is a master storyteller! Considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic, Purpose Driven Leadership, and the founder of <a href="http://FullMontyLeadership.com">FullMontyLeadership.com </a>
Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with diverse leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal. He is a bestselling author of several books. His latest is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more.
John Peragine is a published author of 14 books, has ghostwritten over 100 others. John is contributor for Reuters, the Today Show, and WineMaker magazine. He covered the John Edwards trial exclusively for Bloomberg News and the New York Times. He was a columnist in 2015-2016 in Speaker Magazine the official magazine of the National Speakers Association. He has written for a number of other national periodicals including Writer’s Digest.
John has been writing professionally since 2007, after working 13 years as a social worker and as a professional musician in the Western Piedmont Symphony as their piccolo player for over 25 years. John is a member of the National Writer's Union. (UAW-Local 1981), and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
John lives with his wife and children on the beautiful Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.
<a href="https://kristianafaddoul.wordpress.com">Kristiana Faddoul</a> joined SmartFem.com in July of 2015 in hopes of expanding her experience in the world of print journalism and magazine writing. Some of her responsibilities at SmartFem.com include content producing, editing, interviewing, and taking photography for the magazine. Kristiana is currently an undergraduate broadcast major at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Arizona State University. She plans to take the wildlife route of journalism, and one day work for Animal Planet, Discovery Communications, National Geographic, etc. as a videographer or producer. Kristiana strives to make her writing both entertaining and educational, hoping to really bring her environmental education to the surface along with the multitude of topics she covers.
<strong>Kristiana on the go:</strong> In her spare time, Kristiana can be found giving tours or hosting events at the Walter Cronkite School. When she isn’t involved in her journalism, Kristiana relaxes in her room playing video games, heads out with her friends and boyfriend on the town, and acts in plays and musicals around the valley. She is a secret nerd who loves adventure.
<p style="color: #000000;"><strong style="color: #1c1c1c;">Lea’s career is highlighted by 25 years of public relations</strong>, writing columns, hosting a radio show, and over a hundred TV appearances. Lea’s career includes news segments for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox TV, as well as writing a regular column for Runway Magazine, North Valley Magazine and AZ Weekly. Her articles have been featured in 101North, So Scottsdale, The Business Journal and Phoenix Woman. Previously as the founder of Lasting Impression Consulting and now SmartFem.com she has been retained by businesses all over the valley to help them improve their visibility and potential through the media. As a member of the National Speakers Association, Lea has also appeared as a motivational speaker throughout the country.</p>
<p style="color: #000000;"><strong style="color: #1c1c1c;">Lea started SmartFem.com in 2012</strong>, to pursue her passion of protecting and serving women. SmartFem is a calling and was inspired by her desire to protect and serve her daughter Lauren. SmartFem is an entertaining and informative magazine as well as a trusted guide which carefully screens its featured experts to ensure the highest standards of integrity and service. In fact, all of SmartFem’s experts must sign an integrity clause to ensure that readers get the very best customer experience. She also has made the company a branding and reputation enhancing entity which has helped market SmartFem’s experts both on and off line through high profile philanthropic events. Lea won the MVP award for going above and beyond with Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk in November of 2013. She also serves on several committee’s such as United Cerebral Palsy, Beach Ball, Florence Crittenton, Alice Cooper’s Rock the Runway, Oscar Experience and this year she will be co-chairing the AZ Wellness Red Carpet Event in March.</p>
<p style="color: #000000;">Lea has always enjoyed working with small business owners and her newest endeavor SmartFem allows her to help them on a much grander scale while catering to her passion of helping women.</p>
Lynn Moran is an Executive and Leadership Coach, Business Consultant and Dynamic Speaker. Lynn is focused on developing the leadership competencies of executives and business leaders so they are fully empowered to move into CEO and senior level positions.
She is currently the CEO of Sonoran Life Transition and Performance Coaching and Co-Owner of Arizona Coaching and Consulting Center. In addition to Leadership and Executive Coaching and Consulting, she provides inspirational speaker topics and expertly facilitates meetings and workshops on subjects as diverse as Performance Leadership, Effectively Managing Conflict, Managing Diverse and Challenging Environments, and other popular business and leadership topics. She presently serves her community through fund raising initiatives and is a Board Member of the Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum.
Sierra Ochoa is a student at Arizona State University. As a contributing author and editor at Smartfem she writes her own stories as well as aiding in other editorial duties. Her favorite things to write include all aspects of pop culture, with a focus on movie reviews/previews. Ochoa is passionate about magazine writing and she plans to continue writing for the rest of her career.