Caroline Makepeace is the co-founder of ytravelblog.com with her husband, Craig.
Oneika Raymond: Explorer, media personality, and journalist Oneika Raymond is the host of two Travel Channel digital series: “Big City, Little Budget” and “One Bag and You’re Out”. She also appears on television as the in-house travel expert for CTV Canada’s national news program “Your Morning”. A bona fide travel junkie, Oneika’s adventures abroad have taken her to over 100 countries on 6 continents. Her most treasured travel experiences include bungee jumping over the Zambezi River, fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, and climbing active volcanoes in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Indonesia.
Oneika has worked as a spokesperson and ambassador for global brands such as Land Rover, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Star Alliance. Additionally, she has written for and been profiled by major outlets such as the BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, BuzzFeed, and CNN.
Arielle Tepper Madover is a lifelong New Yorker, Broadway producer, philanthropist, mother, and consummate New York City insider, who has always had her finger on the pulse of the city’s vast cultural offerings, dining, nightlife, hospitality and family activities.
A natural-born planner, Arielle launched What Should We Do?! in 2016, a personalized planning, recommendation and booking service for New Yorkers and visitors, to help make the city’s dizzying array of cultural and entertainment riches accessible and easy to enjoy to the fullest.
Prior to the launch of What Should We Do?! Arielle was widely recognized for her producing credits. She is currently the Board Chair at The Public Theater in New York City as well as a Tony Award winning Theater & Film Producer. In 1998, she created ATM Productions as a theatrical production company to develop and produce plays and musicals on and off Broadway, in London, regionally and on tour. Arielle’s producing credits include the film Genius and many acclaimed Broadway and Off-Broadway credits including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Elephant Man, Lucky Guy, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, Annie, Red, Hair, Hamlet, Frost/Nixon, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and A Raisin in the Sun.
In 2005, Arielle formed The Living Room for Artists, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization, to sustain and support the Summer Play Festival (SPF) for emerging writers, which was first presented in 2004. SPF formed an alliance with The Public Theater and the Donmar Warehouse through its creation of the Playwright Residency Program.
After graduating from Syracuse University and joining the University’s Board of Trustees, Arielle created The Tepper Center for Careers in Theater, which through The Tepper Semester in New York provides opportunities for college seniors to develop specific strategies for pursuing their career goals in the entertainment industry. Likewise, in 2005 she initiated a theater program for kindergarten through third graders at The Dalton School.
Arielle is on the Board of Governors for The Broadway League and The Board of the Janice and Philip Levin Foundation. She is an Emeritus member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and a past Board member of The Dalton School. Arielle is also a member of the Juilliard Drama Council, has been listed in Crain’s New York Business’ “40 under 40,” and was recognized as one of Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Females.”
Arielle resides in New York City with her husband, Ian and their three children. They love exploring new neighborhoods, restaurants and activities – often by way of a staycation, rediscovering their favorite city.
Kathleen Rellihan is the editor in chief of Adventure.com, a new online travel magazine that launched in early 2017. Kathleen is a travel journalist with over 12 years of online media experience—before launching Adventure.com, she was an editor at Travel Channel focusing on bringing more of a female voice to the the travel world with content such as the web series, The Lost Girls.
Nikki Vargas is Travel Editor of Culture Trip, covering human interest stories, travel news, animal rights and global stories. Nikki is also Host and Producer of the original Culture Trip series, Hungerlust, which explores the various cultures of NYC through the lens of food.
Since joining Culture Trip in 2016, Nikki has traveled to Iceland to report on the controversial whaling industry, Bali to expose the dog meat trade, Borneo to report on the effects of palm oil deforestation, Paris for the historic 2017 election and Colombia to write about the FARC peace deal and trace a family murder.
She’s a travel journalist with over 10 years of experience, and has worked her way across the world, including one stint where she lived on a ship that sailed around the world while working with Semester at Sea. She loves to travel and lives to help other women experience the world.
Professional Travel Hacker, Author & Humanitarian
Stephanie Zito, founder of wanderingforgood, is a professional travel hacker and part time humanitarian on a mission to help travelers access the globe through hotel, airline, and credit card points. Stephanie is the author of the award travel books Upgrade Unlocked: The Unconventional Guide to Luxury Travel on a budget, The Honeymoon Hack, and the forthcoming Go Girl: Travel Hacking Guide for Girls, and also is co-owner and managing editor of the Travel Hacking Cartel, a points and miles service.
Allison Fleece + Danielle Thornton are the Co-founders and Chief Adventurers of WHOA travel, a boutique adventure company that’s all about bringing women together to step out of their comfort zones and take on the world. After their first life changing climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, Allison and Danielle got the strength and courage to quit their jobs, start WHOA, and change the face of adventure travel. The unique combination of taking on an epic adventure with friends while connecting with local women changed them so profoundly they wanted more women to experience it. To date, they’ve shared over 400 adventures with women from Kilimanjaro to India to Peru, are employing and empowering women on 5 continents in the adventure travel industry, and have created a community of kickass, like minded women that spans over 20 countries.
Co-founder, Hopscotch The Globe
Kristen Sarah is one of the top travel videographers and travel video creators on YouTube. Her channel, Hopscotch the Globe, has over 25 million views and over 150,000 subscribers. Over the past 6 years, she has written, produced, and hosted dozens of video campaigns for some of the biggest international brands, companies, and tourism boards. She’s worked both behind and in front of the camera for major Canadian and US television networks such as Travel Channel, MTV, YTV, and Much Music. Just in the last year, Kristen hosted two web series with Travel Channel, a television pilot and produced the largest and most successful multi-media campaign with Toyota Motor Corporation to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Kristen is a Lonely Planet and Sony Ambassador, and has been named one of USA Today’s top travel videographers, one of Matador’s top travel YouTube creators, and one of the most influential women in travel by Flight Centre.
Alyssa Ramos is the solo female traveler behind the blog My Life’s a Movie, and notoriously known “badass” Instagrammer of the account @MyLifesATravelMovie. She is best known for her extreme solo travels, ambitious attitude towards life, dedicated following, and token back-of-head selfies that show the place, not the face. Alyssa has been to 51 countries so far, where she most enjoys adventure and interacting with locals. She also runs a charitable foundation called Heartsleeves.org, and a travel savings and makings program called The Wanderlust Workers.
As the co-founder and CEO of Grabr, the world’s first peer-to-peer delivery network, Daria Rebenok is involved in all aspects of the startup’s rapidly expanding business and actively leverages her greater expertise in strategy and marketing.
A self proclaimed “travel fanatic” and advocate for the share economy, Daria takes great pride in Grabr’s ability to establish a connection between globetrotters who want to enjoy the items they love from around the world even when they can’t travel themselves. Grabr’s mission and community is direct reflection of her passion for travel, sense of adventure, and belief in the positive affect an individual can have on another. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Daria grew up with a fascination for the world and foreign languages — learning English, Spanish, German, and Italian in addition to her already native tongue by the age of 20.
Travel, video and food blogger & social media influencer
Cailin O’Neil is an award winning travel, video, and food blogger and has been doing so for the past 7 years. With a background in the film and TV industry she has traveled the world to over 50 countries sharing her travels and stories on her blog, youtube and social media channels. In the past year Caitlin has also taken on using Snapchat to share content and has become an expert on the topic speaking at conferences around the world all while becoming quite the influencer on the platform.
World Traveler, Motivational Speaker & Writer
Sarah Dodd is a bilingual (English/Spanish) motivational speaker and solo traveler, who is on a wild adventure around the globe.
She is also the founder of the bilingual website, The Nomadic Dreamer, and has a weekly radio program called “Motivation with The Nomadic Dreamer,” where she brings an uplifting message from different places around the world.
She’s a TEDx speaker, a writer and a risk taker who had to overcome some serious hurdles before living her dream. Ever since she was young, Sarah always had the dream to travel, but given her financial situation, she put her wanderlust on hold. She focused on her studies and paid her way through college, until she finally earned her nursing degree.
In 2013 she moved to Spain, without knowing a single word of Spanish, just a few years later she gave a talk at the largest TEDx conference in Spain in Spanish.
Sarah’s mission in her travel is to spread a message of friendship and connection between countries and cultures through her travels around the globe. She has an exciting year of traveling ahead through South America, Europe and north Asia, where she will connect with schools, universities, non profits, tourism boards and companies in order to share and inspire in all that she has learned in her experiences around the world.
Founder of N’ A Perfect World
A born and raised New Yorker and global citizen, Nneya Richards is a fashion maven, starting at 15 years old as a founding contributing editor of TeenVOGUE magazine and is currently a fashion stylist & consultant and travel blogger at ‘N A Perfect World as well as an ambassador for the non-profit fashion organization, Glam4Good.
A frequent contributor to travel and fashion publications like Vogue Italia, Fathom Away, StyleCaster, TheTig.com her passion for cultural exploration – fluent in Spanish and Italian and having lived and travelled abroad extensively – and desire to see more faces and perspectives of people of colour in the travel industry led Nneya to launch ’N A Perfect World… a curated intersection of travel, food, fashion and geopolitics inspired by the global-citizen lifestyle of the millennial. And recently launching the podcast ‘Never Date A Traveler about dating and romance on the road.
Nneya Richards matriculated at Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies gaining a broad range of experience in the fashion world post college at top fashion houses including BCBG MaxAzria Group, Zac Posen and Topshop and as a fashion director at the New York Observer, as well as positions oversees with Milan-based media houses. Nneya balances her love of styling and editorial work with working with up-and-coming designers and brands from the ground up aiding in branding, public relations and tastemaker and VIP seeding.
Host and Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi
Mickela Mallozzi is the Emmy® Award-winning host and producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series airing on PBS. From re-discovering her family’s roots in Southern Italy to dancing tango in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. She has been featured in The New York Times, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, USA TODAY, and American Express.
Mickela now offers Bare Feet® Dance Tours, dance-focused itineraries based on the TV series, for travelers to join her in various destinations around the globe. Follow Mickela at @TravelBareFeet or go to TravelBareFeet.com for more information.
San Francisco-based writer, blogger and content strategist
She runs Bohemian Trails, an award-winning blog designed for the savvy and stylish traveler and contributes to a number of media outlets—Business Insider, WIRED, Budget Travel, Fodor’s and AFAR among others. Her lust for adventure began during a semester working for a fashion agency in London followed by a two-year stint at a record label in New York. Since then, her cultural escapades have taken her through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean.
She has two passports (United States and Ireland), is married to an Argentine entrepreneur and considers herself a citizen of the world. Megan has worked with a number of brands to better harness the power of social media and strategic copy. Some of her credits include Hearst, Condé Nast, The New York Times, Sonia’s Travels, Wind-up Records and Driver Digital. Bohemian Trails was awarded a Travel + Leisure SMITTY for Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Travel Photo-Journalist/Videographer and is currently ranked among the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world.
Gillian Morris is the co-founder and CEO of Hitlist, an app that alerts you when there are cheap flights for your dream trips. TIME named Hitlist one of the 50 Best Apps of 2016 and the app has been recognized as a ‘Best New App’ by the app store in 83 countries. Investors include the founders of jetBlue and the former Chairman of Orbitz.
Before entering the start-up world, Gillian worked as a consultant, journalist, and educator in Turkey, China, the Gulf states, and Syria. Her work has appeared in/on the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Buzzfeed, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and LifeHacker.
Travel Video Journalist
Emmy Award Winning Travel Video Journalist, On-Air Talent, Host, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, Videographer, Photographer, Editor. Creates entertaining original travel and lifestyle content for television, web, and social media / marketing campaigns.
Author, World Traveler, Entrepreneur
Deidre Mathis could be caught jumping from towers in New Zealand, bathing rescue elephants in Thailand, zip lining in a Mexican jungle or skydiving in the States. When she’s not trekking the globe, she is well known as a budget world traveler, author, and public speaker. Deidre is well-known as a budget world traveler, author, and public speaker. She has traveled to more than 36 countries, 6 continents, and she has lived abroad in 3 of those countries. Her first book, Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional has been supported in countries such as the U.A.E., China, and Australia.
Editor, Best Women’s Travel Writing
Lavinia Spalding is series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and author of two books: Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Sunset magazine, Yoga Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, The Guardian UK, Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell Journal, Overnight Buses, Off Assignment, and Every Day with Rachael Ray, and has been anthologized in The Best Travel Writing Volumes 9 and 10 (Travelers’ Tales), Days Like This (Independent Bookstore Day), and An Innocent Abroad (Lonely Planet). Lavinia also introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France. She recently moved to New Orleans, where she is working on becoming an expert on all things oyster.
Co-Founder/CEO of Hop & Jaunt, an independent creative agency based in New Orleans. Alyson Kilday has over 10 years of experience bringing to life brands and projects for both multi-nationals and startups.
Creative, energetic, and global would be the three words used to describe her the most. She’s passionate about the work, the projects she’s involved with, and the clients she gets to work with. Always on the lookout for new projects to bring to life.
Best-Selling Author “100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go”
Scott is one of the top 10 luxury travel influencers, who routinely works with brands all around the world.
From Miami, Scott spent 10 years working on Wall Street before becoming one of the top 10 luxury travel influencers in the industry. Today, @MrScottEddy is at the top of his game, working with brands from all around the world.
This is is his second time speaking at Women’s Travel Fest.