Tina Louise


Tina Louise is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. As a literacy and academic advocate, she became a Learning Leaders volunteer member in New York City twelve years ago and has been helping young students gain not only literary skills, but also confidence, self-determination and proof of their own potential.

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Drum Associates

Executive Human Capital Solutions

Founded in 1967, Drum Associates is one of the leading privately held, global executive search firms. Over the past 40 years, Drum Associates has evolved into a full service recruitment firm, which addresses the diverse human resources requirements of a wide range of industries on a global basis.

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Lake Naomi Club

Premier Country Club Community

Nestled on what is known as “The Great Plateau” at the top of the Pocono Mountains, Lake Naomi-Timber Trails is the Country Club for those who love the good life of sports and the outdoors. With its pristine lakes, rustic wooded lots, country homes, meticulously groomed facilities, and first-class cuisine, it’s no wonder Lake Naomi Club has been the beloved retreat of families everywhere for over a century.

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Bentley Meeker

Lighting & Staging

Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging is one of New York City's top lighting vendors. With over 12 years experience in lighting and events, Bentley Meeker has built a reputation for providing outstanding service, creative solutions and state-of-the-art lighting for a diverse range of events.

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Kathy Miller-Kramer

Invisibelt is the flat, undetectable and adjustable belt with a slimming effect that has become a must-have item for fashionistas of all ages. Kathy launched her business after realizing the need for this product in the fashion market.

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Savvy & Co.

Sample Sale Operator

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Alexis Martin-Neely

Personal Family Lawyer

Alexis is the "Nation's leading expert teaching parents how to protect their children and their assets." She is the founder of the Family Wealth Planning Institute,, and is the author of the new book on legal planning for adults, Wear Clean Underwear!

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ABM Industries

Facility Service Contractors

ABM Industries Incorporated is one of the largest facility services contractors listed on the New York Stock Exchange. ABM provides janitorial, parking, engineering, security, lighting and mechanical services for thousands of commercial, industrial, institutional, and retail facilities in hundreds of cities across the United States and British Columbia, Canada.



Manhattan Commercial Realty Co.

Robert Bielsky

Robert is the Founder and President of MCR, Manhattan’s most trusted commercial leasing agency that offers highly personalized service throughout the leasing process. He is the son of a Holocaust hero who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during World War II. This story is now being made into a Paramount Vantage movie, Defiance, by Ed Zwick, starring Daniel Craig and premiering in December.

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Take In Case

Kim Hartman and Maureen Cooney

TAKE IN CASE presents a solution for carrying an EpiPen® Auto-Injector when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. It is precisely those times – when you are on the go - that you are at the greatest risk of needing it most. TAKE IN CASE increases preparedness by making it easy to always have this essential medication on hand.

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Casual Game Developer

Established in 2000, PopCap Games is a casual gaming developer and publisher, based in Seattle, Washington. PopCap’s games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and its flagship title Bejeweled has sold more than 10 million units across all major platforms. PopCap also runs a developer program to provide an opportunity for independent game developers to create and spread their games.



MeeWee Entertainment

Perry Landesberg, Daniel Klein

Cofounders Perry, a former producer for MTV's Lyricist Lounge, and Daniel, a former teacher, launched MeeWee Entertainment after realizing the need for entertaining, inspirational, and educational music for children. MeeWee recently debuted its new hip-hop album exclusively for children entitled "MeeWee: Hip-Hop for Kids.".

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Dr. Michael Silverman

Author of Unleash Your Dreams, Neuroscientist and Psychologist

Dr. Michael Silverman is a licensed psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. He is currently Co-Director of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Michael holds the rank of Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Assistant Attending Professor at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Michael also maintains a private psychotherapy practice where his clients include high-profile business professionals, celebrities, and athletes. In the Spring of 2008 he authored his first book "Unleash Your Dreams" published by John Wiley and Sons.

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Rivka Tadjer

Author and Journalist

Rivka Tadjer’s chilling and darkly funny novel, Two Weeks Under, answers the daily din of our weight obsession with this question: If you could go under a completely safe, affordable, two-week vanity coma to lose weight, would you do it. And one last thing Tadjer would like to know: size zero. Who decided that was a size?

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Custom Dresses

Coco Myles knows that it's both more fun and exciting to wear a beautiful new dress if you can design it. Today’s young women are savvy when it comes to both fashion and technology and are more than capable of designing their own stunning dresses for any occasion. By creating a design partnership between their customers and their dressmakers, Coco Myles offers a unique shopping experience that’s not only fun but also pleasing on the wallet since their handmade dresses are shipped directly from our dressmakers to their customers without the need for middlemen or retailers.

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Dr. Robert Melillo

Co-Founder of Brain Balance Centers

Neurologist, researcher, author and co-founder of the Brain Balance™ Centers.

Dr. Robert Melillo is an internationally known author, lecturer and researcher within the field of neurology, specializing in childhood disorders. His personal mission to find a cure for neurobehavioral disorders began after helping a child achieve life-altering behavioral improvements from their work together. He has since devoted himself to the study and treatment of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders in children, such as Autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s. Dr. Melillo is the originator of the Brain Balance Program® and co-founder of the Brain Balance™ Centers ( These ground breaking achievement centers help children with neuro-behavioral deficits improve their academic, social and behavioral functions using a drug-free approach.

For the past four years, Dr. Melillo has served as an adjunct professor of functional neuroanatomy at Touro College and Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also an associate professor of clinical neurology and childhood behavior disorders with The Carrick Institute.

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Andrew Shaffer

Founder of Order of St. Nick Greeting Cards &

Andrew Shaffer might just be the only working comedy writer with a graduate business degree. Instead of using his MBA to enter the exciting world of investment banking, he has taken the unconventional route of funnyman. His humorous holiday cards, sold online under the publishing name Order of St. Nick, have been featured on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" and on dozens of websites, newspapers, and magazines across the world. Prior to starting his own greeting card business, Shaffer worked as an office manager in the education and telecommunications industries.Shaffer studied creative writing for a semester at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and later honed his craft at the Second City in Chicago.Andrew Shaffer lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa, and enjoys staring pensively into the camera in his free time.


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Ed Barkin

Screenwriter, Director and Author

Ed Barkin was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Yale University. He has written numerous screenplays and plays and has made three original feature films. His most recent film, “Unforeseen,” had its international premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival. Variety called it “offbeat and accomplished” and singled Ed out for mention as an “attention-capturing” writer/director. Ed has also published a number of articles in top academic journals, such as the "Journal of Consciousness Studies" and the "International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence." "I Wish You Were Dead" is his first novel.

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Subin Associates, LLP

Personal Injury Attorneys

The personal injury attorneys of Subin Associates have successfully represented thousands of injured individuals and families involved in personal injury, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, construction accidents, and wrongful death cases over the years. They have recovered more than $500 million for their clients.

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Lior Arussy

CEO and Founder of Strativity Group

A former executive at Hewlett-Packard, Lior Arussy established Strativity Group to share his vision of creating a more profitable customer experience. Arussy is the author of multiple books, such as "Passionate & Profitable: Why Customer Strategies Fail and 10 Steps to Do Them Right!" (Wiley 2005), as well as Focus: Customer, a syndicated column. In addition, he received CRM Magazine's "2003 Influential Leaders" award based on his innovations and contributions to the industry. Arussy has been recognized for his work in The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, among other publications.

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Chef Domenic Chiaromonte

Executive Chef of Match Restaurant

Domenic Chiaromonte is a renowned International Red Seal Chef and Executive Chef for match Restaurant and Event Venue in Toronto, Ontario. His culinary accomplishments have been recognized by the ICA Las Vegas (CATIE) Awards and landed him a position as a top ten finalist in Food Network’s Superstar Chef Challenge in 2007. In his training with some of the world’s most accomplished chefs, Domenic Chiaromonte had the opportunity to experience an array of international food and flavors thus developing his distinct culinary approach that highlights a unique fusion of tastes and styles. Chef Domenic has been invited to appear in a variety of Food & Entertainment Magazines, he has also done his share of syndicated network television.

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Dr. John D. Bonanno & Dr. Matthew J. Bonanno

Plastic Surgeons & Cosmetic Surgery Experts

New York plastic surgeons, Dr. John D. Bonanno and Dr. Matthew J. Bonanno, specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, their goal is to provide the highest level of cosmetic surgery that is both natural looking and customized to each individual. Each patient receives individualized personal attention and each doctor carefully listens to the patient's concerns and goals. The cosmetic surgeons in our practice are masters in the art and science of plastic surgery. They are gifted, skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Their abilities, artistry, and expertise are of the highest level and they have a combined experience in cosmetic surgery of over 35 years.

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Elizabeth Kelley

Attorney:Specializing in Criminal Defense

Elizabeth Kelley is a Criminal Defense Attorney based in Cleveland, Ohio. Attorney Kelley specializes in representing individuals with mental illness including PTSD & Bi-popular Disorder. She is a regular on CNN HLN, TruTV, and radio shows everywhere.

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Dr. Dennis Lin, M.D.

Sex Therapist & Psychiatrist

Dennis Lin, M.D. is an attending physician on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, at Harvard University, his M.D. degree at Tufts University School of Medicine, and then completed his specialization in psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He was a visiting consultant in Sheffield, England at Porterbrook Clinic, which specializes in sexual dysfunction.

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Elyse S. Goldweber & Nina S. Epstein


Since 1995, Goldweber Epstein LLP has been dedicated to attaining practical solutions to legal problems through effective communication and diligent attention to detail. By examining the facts of each case, Elyse S. Goldweber and Nina S. Epstein tailor the course of action to achieve their clients' goals as quickly and efficiently as possible, making their representation fit the subtleties of each case. The firm approaches each case aggressively, yet maintains open lines of communication with opposing counsel so as to avoid litigation when possible. In the event that the case is not settled, they have the skills to ensure that our clients are prepared for trial.

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Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan

CFDA Member & Accessories Pioneer

Kelly Ryan was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to New York where she attended Parsons School of Design. Upon graduation, Kelly began her career as an art director in the field of advertising, but soon yearned for greener pastures. She followed her passion for accessory design and never looked back.

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Freshman Fund

Jason Olim

Freshman Fund is a recently launched social networking site that helps friends and family give the lasting gift of a college education to children through its online gift registry. This company was recently launched by Jason and his partners in summer 2008.

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Internet Social Networking Experts

Echo Ditto creates vibrant communities online and empower people through the creative use of emerging technologies. Following on their progressive values, they believe that building authentic internet voices and the establishment of a vigorous open source community is critical to the functioning of democracy.



Joyce Weinberg

Food Expert

Joyce Weinberg, founder and highly-regarded food expert and author, has been in the food business for more than 20 years. She is a recognized authority on artisanal, or handmade foods. Joyce is regularly quoted in the media, heard on the radio, and seen on TV for her food expertise. She is a former restaurateur, Fortune 500 food brand manager, and teaches at NYU. Joyce is also a catering expert, and her book, "The Everything Guide to The Catering Business," is available at book retailers around the country.



Merry Miller

Merry Miller is an entrepreneurial American business woman, entertainment news booker/reporter, and professional harpist. She was the producer/booker of the late Joel Siegel's Meet the Directors and Stars series.She is also the former Head of Programming at the Learning Annex. An integral part of the team, Miller helped take the company from two million to one hundred million dollars in annual revenue in under three years. She was named as one of the 40 "rising stars" in 2007's "40 under 40" list by Crain's magazine.



Bill Tush

Entertainment Reporter

Throughout his career, Bill has interviewed, and indeed befriended, many of the brightest stars in show business. He continues to be actively involved in the industry and is often called upon to comment on major developments within the entertainment community. In addition to an insider's view, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of movie and television history.



Lakshmi NYC

The Goddess Line

Lakshmi NYC's Goddess Line is a unique, "yoga-esque" fragrance concept in the same vein as aromathepy. Exceptionally blended with non-irritable natural oils, Goddess creator Jo Hook's fine collections of candles, bath products, and scents have brought their otherworldly aromas to stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Avril Levigne and Kate Bekinsale.



Marc S. Zimbler MD, FACS

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon

Dr. Zimbler’s practice focuses on aesthetic facial cosmetic surgery and facial skin cancer reconstruction. He stresses natural and subtle cosmetic procedures, which enhance rather than change one’s image. Dr. Zimbler specializes in minimally invasive surgery with diminished scarring.



Dr. Carl G. Arinoldo

Psychologist / Parenting Expert

Dr. Carl G. Arinoldo has operated his own private practice for over 30 years, specializing in parent-child relationships, stress management, and relaxation training. He has contributed to numerous articles for professional journals and consumer publications. Dr. Arinoldo has produced and hosted a regional cable television show and he has appeared as an expert guest on various television and radio programs.



Lauren Zander

Founder/Chairman of The Handel Group

Fueled by a commitment to make a difference, Lauren Zander decided early on that she would do what she had to, to create change. Little did she know that it would lead her to become one of the country’s top life coaches, particularly in the area of interpersonal relationships.



Urban Rapture NYC

Barbara Purcell

Barbara founded Urban Rapture NYC as a relationship and health/wellness haven for New York City. She is an expert on wellness and relationships, and has coached hundreds of men and women to healthier and happier lifestyles. She will be featured in an August '08 episode of the Tyra Banks Show, helping couples with stress relief.

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Shoshanna Rikon

NYC's #1 Jewish Matchmaker

Shoshanna's Matches is a private company specializing in traditional match-making services for Jewish professional men and women. Because so many of today's top professionals find it difficult to set aside time for personal pleasure and dating, she has devoted herself to helping these highly successful individuals cut down on the time and stress involved in finding their ideal life partners.