17 June, 2021


Charity Elder is an award-winning journalist and media executive with more than 20 years working and leading in broadcast and digital newsrooms. Her first book, THE RISE OF BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA, releases in the fall 2022 from Skyhorse Publishing.

Charity was a senior adviser to the Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign –– advising and strategizing ways to engage the Black community. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Charity was the Head of Video and Audio for Yahoo News responsible for a multi-million dollar production and staff budget. During her tenure, Yahoo News video saw record audience growth with more than 1 billion video views on-network (making video on Yahoo News #3 in the online News/Information category on Comscore behind CNN and NBC). At Yahoo News, Charity developed the first podcast unit and studio, created and launched the first slate of OTT video, and built the first XR unit, which employed virtual, augmented and mixed realities to deepen audience engagement. Having covered every presidential election since the ’04 cycle, Charity began her career as a network television producer, first at NBC News and then at CBS News, where she covered breaking news stories like Hurricane Katrina, the VA Tech Shooting and the Michael Jackson trial. 

Charity has lectured at Purchase College SUNY and is now an adjunct professor at Hunter College’s Department of Film and Media Studies in New York City. She holds a Masters of Arts in Mass Communications and Broadcast Journalism from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

A proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Author’s Guild, philanthropic endeavors include serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester (New York) and as a Board Fellow at Trinity College. Charity is passionate about the continued success of the Black community and believes that her achievements open doors for successive generations of Black women. Charity is particularly committed to mentoring young women on methods of success and helping them to achieve their professional goals.

 Charity was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, learning early the significance of being Black and female in America. She is active in her local church and enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

15 June, 2021


Julie Stamm, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brings a unique perspective on the issues of repetitive head impacts in youth sports as a scientist and expert in the field, an anatomist with knowledge of childhood development throughout the body and the brain, and an athletic trainer who has provided medical care for athletes in a variety of sports. As an avid sports fan and a three-sport high school athlete from a small town in Wisconsin, she values the importance of sports participation for children. She resides in Fitchburg, WI.  THE BRAIN ON YOUTH SPORTS: The Science, The Myths, and The Future (Rowman, July 2021) is her first book.

Follow her @JulieStammPhD on Twitter and Facebook.

2 June, 2021


Tara Clark, creator of Instagram’s @modernmomprobs, is the author of the book Modern Mom Probs: A Survival Guide for 21st Century Mothers (Post Hill Press, March 2021). She presents realistic issues facing modern parents in a humorous, heart-warming light. A frequent guest on podcasts discussing parenting, Tara is the very funny and authentic voice of a generation of modern mothers.

She got her start in social media while working at Nickelodeon, where she oversaw the social media accounts for Nick Jr. and Nick@Nite. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Villanova University and an MBA from Metropolitan College of New York in Media Management. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

19 May, 2021


Claire Lerner, LCSW,  is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. She served asthe Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for more than 18 years. Claire has also
been a practicing clinician for 33 years, partnering with parents to do the detective work of decoding their children’s behavior to solve their most vexing childrearing challenges. She also
provides training to local preschools and pediatric residents.

Claire’s first book, WHY IS MY CHILD IN CHARGE? A Road Map to End Power Struggles, Increase Cooperation, and Find More Joy in Parenting, will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in Fall 2021. Claire is the author of hundreds of parenting resources, including books, blogs, podcasts and videos. She writes a column for PBS Kids and her work has been published by multiple parenting publications. She has served as a content expert for numerous national daily newspapers. Claire is the mother of two very spirited children, Sam (30) and Jess (28), and two stepchildren, Justin (30) and Sammy (27). She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Rich, and two, also very spirited, pups.

1 March, 2021


Marj Charlier has been writing fiction since retiring from journalism (The Wall Street Journal) and corporate finance ten years ago. THE REBEL NUN is her first traditionally published novel (Blackstone Publishing, March, 2021), first historical novel, and eleventh novel overall. She teaches workshops on writing and publishing at libraries in Southern California, owns a hybrid publishing company, Sunacumen Press, and writes book reviews for Midwest Book Review. She holds a degree in journalism from Iowa State University, a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Regis University. She publishes two websites,, and her publishing website,; two Facebook pages, and; and a Twitter presence, @AuthorMarj.

17 February, 2021


Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning photographer, writer, educator and producer. Her work explores the intergenerational impact of migration and memory. She currently works as an audio producer and digital storyteller with USC Shoah Foundation.

In 2019, Rachael released her first podcast — We Share The Same Sky. It was the first-ever narrative podcast based on a Holocaust survivor’s testimony and tells the story of her decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s war story. We Share The Same Sky was listed as one of the best podcasts of the year by HuffPost, a Reader’s Pick by Vulture Magazine and as a “Show We Love” by Apple Podcasts; it is now being taught in high school classrooms around the world. Her forthcoming memoir by the same name will be published in fall of 2021 by Blackstone Publishing.  It will be available in hardcover, ebook and audio.

After the sudden loss of her young husband in 2016, Rachael began Welcome to Widowhood, an ongoing portrait series that tells the stories of women under 40 who have lost their partners. She continues to tell her own grief story on Instagram with #nowawidowstillawife.

Rachael has been published and featured by NPR, PRI’s The WorldKind World, WBUR, GBH, The Boston GlobeImages & Voices of Hope, The Times of Israel and various other publications throughout Israel, Europe and the United States. In 2017, Rachael was the subject of an award-winning multimedia series produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, titled Beyond Sides of History. She holds a degree in Communications from Temple University and is an alumnus of The Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has completed educator’s seminars with Yad Vashem and Facing History & Ourselves.

Rachael has worked in over a dozen countries and is currently based in Maine.

For more about Rachael, go to

30 January, 2021


Michael Sadowski is an award-winning writer and author of several books, including In a Queer Voice, Safe Is Not Enough, and Adolescents at School. He is an administrator and professor at Bard College, where he specializes in gender studies and adolescent development. His memoir, MEN I’VE NEVER BEEN, will be published by the University of Wisconsin’s Living Out Series in May 2021.


19 October, 2020


Maryon Stewart is a renowned healthcare expert who is often referred to as the Pioneer of the Natural Menopause Movement.  She coaches women throughout the globe on how to be symptom-free and enjoy life to the fullest through perimenopause and menopause.  Her new book MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY: The Six-Week Guide to Calming Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, Getting Your Sex Drive Back, Sharpening Memory and Reclaiming Well-Being, will be published by New World Library in November 2020.  It has a Foreword by Emmanuella Wolloch, MD.

Stewart has written more than 20 books, written regular columns for newspapers and magazines, and had her own television and radio shows. In 2018, she was voted one of the most inspirational women in the UK and awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen of England.  She is the mother of four children and now lives with her American husband in Florida, splitting her time between home and London.

Maryon Stewart Social Media links




29 September, 2020


Marilyn Fedewa Served for over 15 years in higher education administration and university advancement, including at Pepperdine University (L.A. and Malibu, California), Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), and finally as advancement vice president of Olivet College (Olivet, MI). Then, striking out on her own, she developed Cambridge Connections, offering communications and public relations services to educational groups.

In an unusual twist of events in 1997, Fedewa discovered a set of books that had languished in the family library since 1952. It was 17th century mystic Sor Maria of Agreda’s signature work, titled Mystical City of God. Learning that the little-known Agreda mystic had been praised by RadioTelevisionEspanole (RTVE) as one of the nine most influential women in Spanish history, Fedewa was intrigued. The next year, when she and her late husband visited Biarritz in France on a special holiday, she learned that Sor Maria’s birthplace of Agreda was only 90 miles away – albeit via a challenging drive through the Pyrenees Mountains.

They made the drive, of course, and after interviewing the present-day nuns at Sor Maria’s convent for the better part of a week, Fedewa had a new mission – to research the extraordinary legacy of this inspiring woman, while still servicing her clients. Her first book about Sor Maria came out in 2009 and was hailed as the definitive biography on the mystic in English. In her latest book, Fedewa produced a more popular read on Sor Maria of Agreda, “for young adults of all ages.” In it, she focuses more on the mystic’s fascinating legacy in the American Southwest, and the Vatican’s attention to her in the last decade.  

Fedewa has a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Science, plus graduate hours in Education.  She taught junior high English in Rochester (New York) prior to her stint in higher education administration and development. Her books, starting with the most recent, include:

DARK EYES, LADY BLUE: Maria of Agreda (Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press, 2020). Offered in softcover 2020, Kindle/ebook 2021.

MARIA of AGREDA: Mystical Lady in Blue (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press: 2009). Offered in hardcover (sold out), softcover, Kindle/ebook, and audio book.

MAN in MOTION: Michigan’s Legendary Senate Majority Leader, Emil Lockwood co-authored with S. C. Fedewa (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003). Offered in hardcover and softcover. 

Visit Marilyn Fedewa’s website at 

16 September, 2020


A co-host of the twice Emmy-nominated Hot Bench (CBS Television Distribution), Tanya Acker is also host of The Tanya Acker Show podcast.  Her first book, MAKE YOUR CASE:  Finding Your Win in Civil Court, releases in October 2020 from Diversion Books.

Tanya is an experienced civil litigator who has represented a wide array of clients, from major automobile manufacturers in high stakes product liability litigation to media companies in hotly contested trade secret disputes.  She has been a featured commentator on various broadcasts (Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, CNN Reports, Anderson Cooper 360, Your World With Neil Cavuto, CNBC Reports, HLN’s Special Report, Great Britain’s GMTV and Sky News, among others) and has guest co-hosted CNBC’s Power Lunch. C Magazine included her in an election season profile on noteworthy California women in politics and Women Inc. recently named her one of 2019’s Most Influential Corporate Board Directors.  Tanya also has contributed to the Huffington Post and served as a Temporary Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program.

While a student at Yale Law School, Tanya represented low-income women in family law cases and served as a teaching assistant in Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure courses.  She also worked at the Office of White House Counsel, the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice, and the private law firms Irell & Manella, O’Melveny & Myers, and Williams & Connolly; at Williams & Connolly, she assisted President Clinton’s personal lawyers with press interviews, worked on the preparation of Congressional testimony for pending product liability legislation, and researched First Amendment issues.  After graduating from Yale, Tanya served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  After her clerkship, the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Tanya a Bristow Fellowship. While working as a Bristow Fellow, Tanya drafted Supreme Court briefs and helped prepare the Solicitor General for oral argument before the High Court.  Among the cases on which Tanya worked was Clinton v. Jones, where she assisted both the Solicitor General and President Clinton’s personal attorneys in preparing for oral argument. 

In private practice, Tanya’s legal work spanned a broad variety of matters, from civil litigation involving public and private entities, to various constitutional cases, to the provision of business counseling and advice.  She also maintained a commitment to pro bono work, receiving the ACLU’s First Amendment Award for her successful representation of a group of homeless individuals against the City of Santa Barbara.  Tanya later worked in entertainment industry outreach for the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign and as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Los Angeles mayoral campaign of City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.  After that, she worked as the General Counsel of a company that manufactured emissions control products.

Tanya received her B.A. degree from Howard University in 1992, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She was awarded a Luard Scholarship for study at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, and served there as the co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Women’s Magazine.  At Yale Law School, she was awarded an Earl Warren Scholarship by the NAACP and a Coker Fellowship by the Yale faculty.


Tanya maintains an active involvement in various philanthropic, civic and business organizations.  A volunteer with Love Takes Root, she has traveled to Haiti to work in a clinic and orphanage founded by that organization.  She is a member of the Beverly Hills West (CA) chapter of The Links, Incorporated and additionally serves on the boards of Public Counsel; the Western Justice Center; the Boy Scouts of America; PacWest Bancorp; and also as a trustee of the Pacific Battleship Center, which operates the Battleship USS IOWA Museum.  She is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Yale Law Fund Board.