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CHRISTY PELLAND- NATIONAL DIRECTOR SHEJUMPS

Ridiculously optimistic adventure mom, Christy Pelland, joined SheJumps as a volunteer in 2014 with ten years of diverse work experience from illustration to event management. In 2015, she created the SheJumps Wild Skills Youth Initiative which focuses on teaching foundational outdoor skills to young girls which are applicable in any location.

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Seattle, SpeakerGeorgina Miranda
JENNIFER DEADERICK-BEYOND YOUR SUMMIT

As a breast cancer survivor herself, Jennifer started Beyond Your Summit to support cancer patients and others facing health challenges to go beyond “surviving” illness to living fully through the adversity – and beyond.  Her unique methodology combining Western and Eastern philosophies provides an integrated approach to helping people overcome the challenges faced throughout the journey of cancer.  
 

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ABIOLA AKANNI-YOGA BY BIOLA


Abiola Akanni is an undeniable force in the yogic community, actively and intentionally cultivating truly holistic wellness and inclusivity for all fitness levels, genders, and ethnicities. A self-proclaimed self-love activist, she's on a mission to create non-judgemental spaces for all to develop their personal yoga practice. This lead her to found Yoga by Biola, the platform from which she shares culturally expressive yoga rooted in yogic philosophy and infused with creative movement and music, offering gentle sound baths, the Divine Feminine Workshop, and Trap Vinyasa™.

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Seattle, SpeakerGeorgina Miranda
KATIE CONLON- FULBRIGHT RESEARCH FELLOW AND ENVIRONMENTALIST

Katie is a Fulbright Research Fellow in Sri Lanka completing her PhD dissertation on Plastic Waste (theme: Plastic waste in the global south and how to work towards waste minimization/zero waste). In efforts to make her research practical and applicable, she advocates for zero waste, and also works on curriculum relating to waste and plastic awareness. This past summer she made a presentation for the local government in Ladakh, India (aka Little Tibet), on ways they can shift their waste policy and practices - she was also able to get in some incredible solo-trekking. Over the years, Katie’s research, studies and work have led her to live in 9 countries around the globe and visit over 50, and she’s had some amazing adventures along the journey.

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STEPH JAGGER-AUTHOR, COACH, RECORD BREAKER

She is an author, speaker, coach, and world record smasher who lives on Bainbridge Island (otherwise known as Jurassic). She holds a CEC (certified Executive Coach) degree from Royal Roads University and she believes purposeful living doesn’t happen with one toe dangling in, but that we jump in, fully submerge, and sit in the juice. Think pickle, not cucumber. 

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SERITA WESLEY- PRODUCER, WIEDEN + KENNEDY PORTLAND

In the spring of 2016, the digital travel platform On She Goes was born out of a need that Serita and her team saw for women of color to see and hear themselves represented in mainstream travel media. As a founding member of On She Goes, Serita was deeply involved in its web production and launch strategy. As the only Content Producer for On She Goes; Serita writes, develops, produces and oversees all media content featured on the website and social channels, as well as the successful podcast, hosted by herself and her fellow On She Goes team members.

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HEATHER LAPTALO- ADVENTURE ATHLETE

Heather Laptalo is an adventurer, storyteller and sponsored athlete. Even though doctors once labeled her as deformed and disabled, she is now described as "addicted to high altitudes, obsessed with open vistas, and a little too excited about heart-pounding suffer-fests that challenge her mental and physical boundaries.

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ANDREA AMOUR- FOUNDER UPDATE COACHING

I wasn't always a dating expert, but I've always been a problem-solver. From creating programming for Peace Corps to launching international markets for tech companies, I hustle to find solutions to everyday problems and thrive under pressure.

So when many of my friends were single, unhappy, and feeling stuck, I asked them how I could help improve their dating lives. I used their feedback to create UpDate Coaching, a full-service solution that takes the "work" out of dating. I strive for all of my clients to live their happiest lives; and to be excited to date again.

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KATE SAUL- WELLNESS PRACTITIONER

After years of being a graphic designer in NYC and pushing her stress to the limit, Kate decided to completely leave the hustle behind and pursue a career in wellness. She has her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and works as an acupuncturist in women’s health.

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SONJ BASHA- INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER. CREATING BRAVE SPACES.

Sonj Basha. Seattle based international traveler. They/Them pronouns. Creating Brave Spaces. 

Professionally Sonj is a speaker, facilitating empowering workshops to bring forth our most vulnerable selves to honor our pain for the world and embody authentic and inspiring activism.

Politically Basha serves as a Commissioner for the City of Seattle engaging community involvement and expanding the efforts of equity.

Socially they build community for Queer and Trans People of Color to engage safer and inviting affinity spaces to be fully expressed.

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