Slalom Element Laboratories
ABOUT: Slalom Element Laboratories push the boundaries of what's possible with hands-on discovery and inspiration. Explore the future and unleash your creativity. Our labs are exploring themes that are at the core of how humanity and technology are inspiring the future of how we work, play, travel, learn and stay healthy.
EXPERTISE: Beauty industry, small business, women’s empowerment, overcoming adversity, working motherhood
BIO: Jessica Walker is a successful business owner, entrepreneur, and beauty and wellness expert who owns J Walker Salon Group in New Jersey. Jessica opened her business at the tender age of 19 and has grown the enterprise from one small salon to four locations offering upscale beauty and wellness services, along with a bridal and event business. She now has 25 years of experience in the beauty and wellness industry that she draws on in her highly regarded leadership style, Leading With Kindness.
RECENT MEDIA: See Jessica on Fox Business
Dr. Frank Contacessa (aka “Dr. Frank”)
EXPERTISE: Medicine, COVID, health, wellness, medical news
BIO: Dr. Contacessa, affectionately called “Dr Frank,” is a board certified internist, recently relocated from New York to Florida. He is currently with MDVIP in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has more than 20 years of direct patient care experience.
Dr. Frank is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Frank prioritizes the doctor-patient relationship above all else, as it is the foundation that supports everything else he does as a physician. He focuses on prevention and a healthy lifestyle as the keys to good health, taking a personal approach with each patient to help them achieve and maintain wellness.
RECENT MEDIA: See Dr. Frank on Jersey Matters
EXPERTISE: Finance, markets, crypto
BIO: Tammy Trenta, MBA, CFP, CTC, CEXP, is the Founder & CEO of Family Financial, an asset management firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Trenta opened her firm with 25 years of industry experience. Trenta believes in a holistic, 360 degree approach to wealth and financial management, integrating financial, tax, and legal guidance to deliver optimal outcomes on behalf of her clients' financial goals. Trenta is a media veteran, first appearing on Season 5 of The Apprentice, where she made it to the final five.
RECENT MEDIA: See Tammy on TD Ameritrade Network
North Penn Water Authority
ABOUT: North Penn Water Authority is a municipally owned, non-profit Authority with a ten member Board of Directors. The most important duty of NPWA is to provide the public with a safe and reliable supply of drinking water. What started out as a small water utility serving 7,000 customers in 7 municipalities has grown to one providing water to more than 35,000 customers in 20 municipalities. There have been many changes over the decades, but one thing remains the same: NPWA is committed to bringing our customers a safe, reliable, and economical water supply now and into the future.
EXPERTISE: Markets, jobs, economy, inflation, the “everyman”/“everywoman” investor
BIO: Chris Markowski founded Markowski Investments in 1995, which is an SEC Registered Investment Advisory. He's known as the "Watchdog on Wall Street" and has been appearing on television for two decades. Chris is a champion for the individual investor and an investor advocate. Chris is a veteran TV guest with decades of experience.
RECENT MEDIA: See Chris on Fox Business
EXPERTISE: Food allergies, infant nutrition, early allergen introduction, entrepreneurship
BIO: Meenal Lele is the Founder & CEO of Lil Mixins, a food allergy introduction company for babies. Lele started on her journey of giving babies a healthy start when her own son was rushed to the ER from a severe food allergy reaction. Today, it is her mission to end the food allergy epidemic in America. Her product line started with Lil Mixins protein powders, an early allergen introduction solution for babies. Her story is one of inspiration as she took her sadness and anger over her son’s chronic food allergy diagnosis and turned it into purpose by helping others. Lele has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, on Fox, and many other outlets.
EXPERTISE: leadership, philanthropy, women's empowerment, workplace issues & success, overcoming adversity
BIO: Shanna A. Hocking is Principal of Hocking Leadership, which helps companies and nonprofit organizations build stronger workplace cultures, develop leaders to reach their potential, and support women to thrive at work, and she is the author of One Bold Move a Day.
RECENT MEDIA: See Shanna on Pix 11 NY
EXPERTISE: SAT, ACT, standardized testing, higher education, education, diversity in education
BIO: David Blobaum leads the National Test Prep Association's Advocacy Committee, which works to support the appropriate use of testing in admissions and uphold the highest ethical standards in the test preparation industry. He graduated from the University of Chicago with honors both from the college and in his major, and he received his Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. In college, he took seriously the University of Chicago’s aim of a “Renaissance” or well-rounded education and took courses in 17 different disciplines, ranging from Statistics and Economics to Philosophy and Art History. Since then, he has devoted himself to helping students reach their potential through education and, more broadly, to help empower them to succeed in life. To do so, he co-founded the education company Summit Prep in 2013 with a classmate from college, Eva Addae. When David is not teaching the next generation of students, he enjoys reading and hiking. His favorite travel spot is Brazil -- his wife's home country.
RECENT MEDIA: See David on "The Balancing Act" by Montel Williams
EXPERTISE: Small business, spirits, environmental manufacturing, social impact, CPG product development, small business strategy & success, women’s leadership
BIO: Amanda Victoria is an award-winning leader in cocktail, spirits, and lifestyle communication, education, corporate environmental and social impact, and premium spirits product development and revenue strategy.
In 2019, Amanda launched Siponey Spritz Co.™ the first in-category B Corp certified canned cocktail, as a super-premium canned alternative, made with the best ingredients.
Her work has been featured prominently in the media as an eminent wine and spirits authority, entrepreneur, and environmental and social activist.
RECENT MEDIA: See Amanda on Cheddar.
EXPERTISE: Real estate, investing, inflation, supply chain issues related to construction materials
BIO: Al Lord is the Founder & CEO of Lexerd Capital Management, a real estate firm that primarily sponsors investments in opportunistic multifamily real estate assets throughout the United States. Lexerd has managed over $1 Billion in assets since its founding.
RECENT MEDIA: See Al on Bloomberg
EXPERTISE: Olive Oil, EVOO, vinegar, spices, Mediterranean cooking & lifestyle, small business
BIO: Gloria Molist was born and raised in Spain, where happiness is built around the table and a drizzle of olive oil is a must. When she moved to the United States, she couldn’t find quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) like she had grown to appreciate and love, so as an olive oil sommelier, she decided to start Olivo Amigo to bring fresh EVOO to the United States. Today, she’s expanded the Mediterranean experience she brings to the US with a selection of vinegars, spices, and housewares to promote wellness, flavor, gratitude, and celebration.
RECENT MEDIA: Coming soon!
EXPERTISE: Tequila, small business, giving back to women in business, entrepreneurship, spirits, career pivots and transitions
BIO: Mara Smith is the Founder of Inspiro Tequila, a tequila brand that is owned, created, and inspired by women, a rare find in the tequila industry.
Mara is also on a mission to give back to other female founders. This was the inspiration and vision behind the Inspiro Purple Bicycle Project, created to financially support and mentor female founders enabling them to get started, manage the bumps along the way, and move forward to follow their dreams.
RECENT MEDIA: See Mara on Bloomberg Quicktake