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Al Lord, Lexerd Capital Management

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

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David Blobaum, National Test Prep Association

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 Great Day Washington

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Emily Dowdall, Reinvestment Fund

EXPERTISE: fair housing, gentrification, urban redevelopment, affordable housing, food insecurity, childcare, early childhood education, public policy, data-driven public policy solutions

BIO: Emily Dowdall is President of Policy Solutions at Reinvestment Fund. She guides civic leaders across the country to make data-driven, strategic decisions that strengthen communities. Her leading edge research on critical issues including the affordable housing crisis, neighborhood stabilization, and access to early childhood education has informed numerous policy initiatives and investments.

RECENT MEDIA: Listen to Emily on WHYY


Hey Mama

ABOUT: HeyMama is the largest and fastest growing online community of working and entrepreneurial moms in the country, dedicated to providing support, information, relationships, and solidarity for over 3,400 moms. 

RECENT MEDIA: See Hey Mama Founder, Amri Kibbler, on Pix 11 here.


Luna Bay

ABOUT: Luna Bay was started by a team of women passionate about wellness, adventure, community and fun – and we plan to spread those values through simple, honest, boozy booch. We were the first of its kind to be produced and distributed in Chicago. And now we are proudly on shelf coast-to-coast. All products are gluten free, low in sugar, vegan and naturally fermented to 6% for a boozy bite.

RECENT MEDIA: Watch Luna Bay's Founder on WGN

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Mark LaScola, On the Mark

EXPERTISE: Business strategy, digital transformation, organizational change, restructuring vs redesign 


ABOUT: Mark LaScola, the founder of ON THE MARK, established the company in 1990 with a background in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. With over 500 successful global redesigns, he has trained 5,000 executives worldwide. Mark actively contributes to the industry, sharing insights at events and he is also the author of a leading integrated redesign/transformation solution.


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ABOUT: Raisin is a no-fee, online savings platform whose mission is to give people more ways to save with fewer hassles. They offer market-leading rates from community and mid-sized banks and credit unions nationwide, making it easy to maximize federal deposit insurance coverage. Raisin operates in 30 markets worldwide, with 400+ partner financial institutions, serving over 1.5 million customers. Through their platform, Raisin has helped savers earn more than $1.5 Billion in interest globally.

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Shanna Hocking, One Bold Move A Day

EXPERTISE: leadership, philanthropy, women's empowerment, workplace issues & success, overcoming adversity

BIO: Shanna A. Hocking is the founder and CEO 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. She is also the author of One Bold Move a Day

RECENT MEDIA: See Shanna on PHL 17


Tammy Trenta, Family Financial

EXPERTISE: Finance, markets, crypto

BIO: Tammy Trenta, MBA, CFP, EA, CTP, 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

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Chris Markowski, Watchdog on Wall Street

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

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Dr. Efrat “E” LaMandre, PhD, FNP-C,
The Knew Method

EXPERTISE: autoimmune disease, functional medicine, integrative medicine, chronic pain, insomnia, brain fog, chronic fatigue, weight issues, hormone imbalance, gut skin connection, microbiome, brain fog, inflammation, inflammaging, food as medicine, alternative health, memory loss, mental pruning, Hashimoto's disease, Alzheimer's, PCOS, psoriasis, IBS, fibromyalgia


Dr. Efrat LaMandre, PhD, FNP-C, affectionately known as 'Dr. E,' is a leader in functional medicine and certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine. She founded The Knew Method, a national functional medicine coaching company serving clients nationwide. Dr. E is also the author of the best-selling book 'It's Not In Your Head,' where she introduces her functional medicine approach, helping individuals understand the root causes of their health concerns. Through this method, she has aided her patients in optimizing their health, reducing medication dependency, and preventing illness. 

Dr. E holds the position of Chair of the Staten Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and serves as clinical faculty at Wagner College.



Gloria Molist, Olivo Amigo

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: See Gloria on California Bountiful

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Julia Olayanju, PhD, MPH, FoocNiche-ED

EXPERTISE: Food science, nutrition, nutrition education


BIO: Dr. Julia Olayanju is a scientist, educator and thought-leader driving change in the food industry.   She is the founder at FoodNiche Inc. a company focused on tackling the challenges in our food system through strategic partnerships and educative programming. Since 2017, she and her team have facilitated learning and collaboration among food industry stakeholders and thought-leaders in the academic communities. More recently she co-founded FoodNiche-ED, a technology company that empowers teachers to introduce the science of food and health to schools without increasing the teachers’ workload. 



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Mara Smith, Inspiro Tequila

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

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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.

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The Seeing Eye

EXPERTISE: People With Blindness, People with Low Vision, Service Animals, Seeing Eye® Dogs, Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Service Animals, Dog Handlers, Disability, Disability Advocacy, Social Justice

ABOUT THE SEEING EYE: Established 95 years ago, The Seeing Eye is a pioneer of the guide dog movement. The Seeing Eye is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people with blindness and low vision through the use of Seeing Eye®  dogs.

RECENT MEDIA: Coming soon!


Sophia Ruan Gushée, Ruan Living

EXPERTISE: Nontoxic living, health, wellness, reducing toxic exposures

BIO: Sophia Ruan Gushée is a nontoxic lifestyle expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures and several detox workbooks. She is praised by experts in both medical and wellness fields for her practical approach to avoiding toxins and cultivating a healthier home environment.

Sophia served on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Council and Well + Good Council. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Business School, Sophia has helped thousands of people enjoy healthier lives by simplifying nontoxic living, while protecting the ease and convenience of modern life.

RECENT MEDIA: See Sophia on Fox 54’s “Wellness Wednesday” here.

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