Silvia Bajardi – The Directress
I’m really excited to tell you that I’ve got everything under control.
I’m really excited to tell you that I’ve got everything under control.
I laugh, cry, get excited, laugh, get emotional, dream, work, yell and laugh… All at the same time.
Comedy writer by day and fishmonger by night, Betsy found comedy on the gravel roads of Iowa through the oral folk tradition of school-bus jokes.
When she’s not slinging punchlines or slabs of salmon, she enjoys food and naps.
Nicole started life on a hobby farm in a small town in British Columbia, Canada. Here, she gained education on critical matters such as how to discriminate between goat turds and black jelly beans at Easter egg hunts.
When she was in grade five, she resolved to one day write a book and now, in her forties, she’s putting the final touches on her first novel and has recently launched a blog, normalizingnicole.com—procrastination is one of her strongpoints.
I’m a multilingual world traveler who favors humor over violence (but not food). Shortcut to connecting with any woman worldwide? Ask her how she feels about her mother-in-law.
Wannabe Wonder Woman
Commonly described as: spunky, irascible, crusher, sweet, the nicest, and a little crazy.
Laughter is medicine.
Shruti of the House of Syndrome Social, the first of her name, the unfunny, queen of the bumps and the scrapes, Khaleesi of randomness, breaker of awkward silences and plates and mother of houseplants.
She grew up in communist Czechoslovakia which resulted in hypertrophy of her BS detector.
She is curious about science and the world in general. She wants to know how nature works, what makes people tick and where her kids keep their stash of chocolate.
Is a sports-loving wife, mom and writer, she’s socially liberal, fiscally conservative and fiercely independent.
After suffering a traumatic back injury, she developed Fibromyalgia and assorted autoimmune diseases.
She became passionate about living her best life and helping others with chronic illness do the same.
Lena is chronically ill, but she’s also chronically awesome.
Peruvian /American actress, writer, stand up comedian.
Jewish American ‘dad’ meets Peruvian strict catholic “mom”…love kisses, birds and bees. Four children. Me one of them. Beware.
Coco has a diverse background working in psychology, marriage guidance, the African community and wildlife conservation programmes. In addition, she’s a champagne-guzzling wife and mother of two urchins, roles that keep her increasingly laughing through life.
Noga decided she was a feminist at around 7-8 years old and hasn’t looked back since.
She’s a hybrid American-Israeli, currently living in Tel Aviv and working in tech for Corporate America.
In her spare time (i.e. at night) she reads through her daily Google alerts for “Women in Tech” and teeters between utter depression and cautious optimism.
I will always be 17 and slightly crazy.
Katherine Wilson is an actress and writer living in Italy. She goes on Italian TV regularly to “explain” US politics and culture from an American prospective, a job that requires multiple espressos, proseccos, and talented makeup artists.
Her memoir, Only in Naples, tells about her experiences as an American feminist in the kitchen of her Neapolitan mother-in-law.
Sarahbella spent a few decades supporting women’s rights and pro-democracy non profits in Latin America. Now she’s putting all that rabble rousing experience into her special needs son, with some social criticism on the side.
Indu is an engineer, mother, wife and yogi. Raised by gypsies in India, she wonders about the nature of roots and stability, and questions everyone’s desire for “well adjusted” people. She currently lives in Arizona but is feeling the itch for a new place to pitch her tent.
Lynn is a Jill-of-all-trades and master-of-absolutely-nothing which is fine with her, out-of-the-box thinker who spent her working life trying to have as much fun as possible while getting paid for it.
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian who was in private practice for 8 years & now works at Arivale as a Coach and Clinical Education Lead providing nutrition and lifestyle counseling to clients using personalized genetic data and functional labs. She is also Chair of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, host of the web series & podcast “Mary’s Nutrition Show” and author of the recently published book “Serving the Broccoli Gods.”
She loves all vegetables except zucchini.
Leigh Anne Jasheway sleeps with three wiener dogs to scare men away. It’s totally working.
A comedy writer, stand-up comic, and humorous motivational speaker for 25 years (yes, she started in-utero!), Leigh Anne has written 25 books, 18 years of humor columns, buttons, magnets, bumper stickers, ransom notes, excuses, aprons (“Hi, my other apron burned in the fire” is hers), sarcastic comments around chalk outlines, and top 10 lists in the fog on strangers’ bathroom mirrors.
She won the Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award for her true story on how her first mammogram caught on fire and once hosted her own radio show called The Giggle Spot. Most guys couldn’t find it on the dial.
Giugi Carminati is an intersectional feminist and woman’s advocate. As attorney, blogger, public speaker and hobbyist author she spends her time explaining the patriarchy to all who will listen (and many who won’t).
She runs her law firm The Woman’s Lawyer out of Denver, CO, and her blog Argue Like a Girl from wherever she has internet access.
She speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Cussing.
Dawn Lutrell is an Oregon-based standup comedian, writer and addiction recovery speaker/advocate.
Once upon a time at the young age of 48, Dawn Lutrell decided the world needed more to laugh at.
Even without the help of her fairy godmother (who was busy hot-flashing and learning tai chi), Dawn magically transformed into a sought-after stand-up (except when she’s napping) comedian and addiction recovery speaker.
I write because not everyone has the fortune to live in hell, or as everyone else calls it: “the Middle East”.
Adina hails originally from sunny southern California, but please keep reading.
After realizing that her shiny Poli-Sci degree from UCLA meant that she had no job skills, Adina fell into a Technical Writer career thanks to a broken road of sketchy temp jobs.
She spent most of the 90’s in high tech until she had her first low tech pregnancy. Adina exited the high-tech world to focus on keeping her two human children alive, and to nurture her third child – Improvisational Comedy.
I’m a mom, a wife, and a copywriter, but those are very limiting labels. I’m also a cheese lover, karaoke performer, award-winning beer pong player, misophonia sufferer, and a dog person. I’m a puzzle enthusiast (jigsaw and crossword), word nerd, and Facebook addict (sadly, not recovering; Sorry, Matty). I watch too much TV, eat too many nachos, and take too many pictures of my children, and I’m not sorry about any of it.
I’m obsessed with buttholes. Not in like, a sexual way. They’re just so funny. I read somewhere that hairless cats leave butt puckers everywhere because they don’t have a fur barrier and everything after reading that has been downhill. That was the climax of my life. Butt puckers.
Catch me on my always funny and sometimes offensive blog Happily Hostile.
When I was a child I wanted to speak all languages, not only Portuguese. Actually, I wanted to be God, but I was told that seat had already been taken. So, I learned quite a few languages but had to pay for that obviously.
I tend to get sick when I don’t like a job, which happens almost all the time. It took me a long time to understand that despite my love of languages I was not destined to be a Computational Linguist, but a writer instead.
I already have a couple of novels in Portuguese, but the Nobel Prize still alludes me.
I was born in Lisbon, Portugal (yeah, Madonna lives there now), but I moved to Barcelona, Spain many years ago. That’s where I met our Directress when we were young and had no wrinkles!
Tashi Farmilo-Marouf tries to float down from the clouds every once in a while, to do something practical, like write poems. I’m a mother of five, artist and writer too.
Yes, this is the facial expression Katherine makes on first dates. If any sad, widowed men are interested in spending time with a gal that will never inspire them to replace their hearing aid batteries, she’s single and living in Portland, Oregon!
Katherine is a recovering “Type A” personality. Always the overachiever, she reached midlife crisis ten years early and recently dumped her career in healthcare for the pursuit of happiness. When she is not contemplating her place in the Universe or reading Brené Brown, you can find her enjoying true crime stories at her local coffee shop. Oh, we’re not telling you what coffee shop. Though, she’s never had a stalker…
Writing and humor are a life-long passion for Katherine (she’s too lazy to go skiing) and you are invited to laugh along as she figures out this life and happiness thing.
Lean, mean and green. OK, maybe not the lean part….
A twentysomething tall drink of manic-depression with a quick wit, an impressive cancer survival streak, and a face for radio.
A desperate lover of fashion and art, pretentious collector of vinyl records, proficient in barely passable French, and mother of two rescue kitties (I often emphasize that they were rescued so people know what a saint I am).
Erin Sanchez is a writer, storyteller, and business coach helping women get visible, credible, and memorable online so they can explode their brands and their bank accounts. Erin feels funny about writing in the third person, but also derives some odd pleasure from it. She hopes it’s not a narcissism thing passed down from her father.
She’s also trying to make #DespiteMyHistory happen—kind of like “that’s so fetch,” but meaningful. She uses the hashtag on social media to share stories about overcoming obstacles, oppression, and other fun topics that bring many of us together, and to celebrate her unlikely accomplishments given her history. She wants you to use it, too.
Erin lives in the Greater Seattle Area with four dogs, five chickens, and one husband. When she’s not enjoying the outdoors, you can find her blogging at www.CandidlyErin.com or hanging out in her Facebook group, The Rebellious Entrepreneurs’ Club.
She was raised in a household where competitiveness meant who could get the biggest laugh from the rest of the family. Asa result, she has a blended sense of humor from both parents: Her father’s love of words and puns and her mother’s ability to make a risqué double entendre out of just about any statement or situation. In her free time, she belongs to a walking/hiking club and is a genuine tree-hugging nature freak. Given the current “me too” movement, she never hugs the tree without first asking its permission.