Meet the team at the Brave Girls Alliance. Profiles in alphabetical order.
Brave Girls Alliance - Executive Directors
Inês Almeida is the CEO and Founder of TowardTheStars, a marketplace and movement that provides gifts and resources that inspire and enable girls to be Strong, Smart and Daring.
Inês is an entrepreneur, business leader and activist that enjoys applying her skills in technology, business, strategy and innovation to lead or support initiatives that drive a positive impact in the world. You can find her in-depth profile here and you can connect with her on Facebook (TowardTheStars), Twitter (@GirlEmpowerment) and LinkedIn. Inês is also the creator of 7wonderlicious, an iPad app with empowering stories for girls aged 3 to 7.
Melissa Atkins Wardy
Melissa Atkins Wardy is the owner of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company offering apparel and gifts to full of awesome children at pigtailpals.com. Her book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, Birth to Tween” will be released January 2014 by Chicago Review Press. She advocates and writes about issues involving gender stereotypes and the sexualization in childhood. You can read her blog or find her on Facebook (Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies) and Twitter at @PigtailPals. It is time we change the way we think about childhood.
Brave Girls Alliance - Advisory Board
Lori Day, MEd, EdS
Is an educational psychologist and consultant with Lori Day Consulting in Newburyport, MA. Previously Lori worked as a psychologist, teacher and school administrator for over 25 years in public schools, private schools, and at the college level. Lori is also a freelance writer, as well as a blogger for the Huffington Post and various other sites, writing about parenting, education, child development, gender, media, and pop culture. Her first book, Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, is coming out in May of 2014. You can connect with Lori about mother-daughter book clubs and good literature for girls on her Facebook author page or about parenting and education on her Facebook business page.
Nancy Gruver is founder of the groundbreaking safe social network and magazine for girls ages 8 and up, New Moon Girls, author of How To Say It® To Girls: Communicating With Your Growing Daughter (Penguin Putnam, 2004), speaks and blogs on girls’ issues, parenting, and media.
newmoon.com & daughters.com
Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD
Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, is a child, adolescent and family psychologist in private practice based in New York City. She is the owner of Hartstein Psychological Services, PLLC, a small group therapy practice aimed at providing services to children, teens and their families. Much of her work addresses issues facing girls and young women today, including self-esteem, relationships, and self-worth. Dr. Hartstein is the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters. Dr. Hartstein is a frequent contributor to television, radio and print news outlets, and can often be seen on NBC, CBS and CNN. www.drjen.com
Lindsay and Lexie Kite
Lexie and Lindsay Kite are 27-year-old identical twins with PhDs in the study of media and body image, as well as co-directors of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. They share their doctoral research through their website, beautyredefined.net, and through a visual presentation they've shared with tens of thousands throughout the U.S. since 2009. Lindsay and Lexie's research centers on media literacy and promoting positive body image through recognizing, rejecting and resisting harmful messages about female bodies.
Jodi Norgaard has always been involved in sports and it was while working with young girls that Jodi realized the need for a positive doll for girls that would be age appropriate, proportioned properly and send a positive message about a healthy lifestyle – physically, mentally and emotionally - through sports. Jodi's young daughter consulted on the development of the line, which launched to huge fanfare in 2008. At the heart of Go! Go! Sports Girls is the message to girls to dream big and go for it.
Dr. Robyn Silverman
Dr. Robyn Silverman is the go-to body image expert and child/teen development specialist who appears regularly on national TV such as The Today Show & Good Morning America. An award-winning writer and professional speaker, she has been the content consultant for 17 books, has provided thousands of parenting/educator tips to media, and writes a character/leadership curriculum called Powerful Words for personal development programs worldwide. Dr. Robyn is the author of the body image book Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It and has most recently contributed an expert chapter to the book Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis, a companion book to the acclaimed film of the same name. To learn more, visit DrRobynSilverman.com, follow her on Facebook (DrRobynSilverman), or Twitter (@DrRobyn).
Michele Yulo is the founder of Princess Free Zone, Inc., a brand and blog that offers an alternative to all things princess for little girls by addressing issues of gender and gender stereotyping. She is also the author of the children's book Super Tool Lula the Kind Warrior for kids 5-8 years old. She holds a master’s degree in English from Georgia State University and enjoys writing and enlightened discourse. You can visit her websites at princessfreezone.com and supertoollula.com or connect with her via Facebook and Twitter.
Dana Edell, Ph.D. is an activist-scholar-artist and the executive director of SPARK Movement, an intergenerational, girl-fueled activist organization committed to ending the sexualization of girls. Prior to SPARK, she was the co-founder/executive director of viBe Theater Experience, from 2002-2012, where she directed and produced more than 60 original plays, 7 CDs of new music, and 8 arts-based resource guidebooks, all written and performed by girls. She’s also the chair of the task force for girls’ participation at the United Nations’ Working Group on Girls. Dana teaches at NYU and CUNY and earned a BA in Classics/Ancient Greek from Brown, an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia and a PhD in Educational Theatre from NYU.
Pia Guerrero is a media literacy expert with a focus on body image, race, and representation. She has delivered workshops around the US directly presenting to hundreds of teachers, youth workers, and youth. She is the co-founder and editor of Adios Barbie the pioneering intersectional body image and identity website. Pia is also the Director of SheHeroes, which empowers tween girls to pursue rewarding careers by engaging them with the online stories of diverse women role models in non-traditional careers. Her media literacy and standards based curriculum has been piloted in numerous public elementary schools in Northern California; and aimed to increase academic achievement and self-awareness through projects that promoted cultural pride and cross-cultural understanding. Pia writing has appeared in Body Outlaws: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity (Seal Press, 2004), AfterImage – The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism and Bitch, among others. She has appeared regularly on CNN’s HLN, HuffPost Live, and on numerous radio programs nationally.
Rebecca Hains, PhD
Rebecca Hains is a children's media culture expert. A professor of advertising and media studies at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., her research focuses on girls and media. She is the author of Growing Up With Girl Power: Girlhood on Screen and in Everyday Life (Peter Lang Press) and several essays in anthologies and peer-reviewed journals, including Popular Communications and Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Rebecca has spoken about her work at more than 30 national and international conferences and events, including the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media in Los Angeles and the Prix Jeunesse International, a festival in Germany that promotes excellence in children's television worldwide. She is also a contributor to the Christian Science Monitor's "Modern Parenthood" blog. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or read her blog.
Melanie Klein, MA
Melanie Klein, MA is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College, teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has worked with the new citizen journalists of the LA Academy of Global Girl Media and the peer-educators of J.A.D.E (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) on ways to tap into the power of their own voice. She is an expert contributor in the areas of media literacy and body image issues for Proud2Bme, a NEDA project. She is the adviser of the Santa Monica College Leadership Alliance and the founder and co-coordinator of Women, Action + Media, Los Angeles (WAM! Los Angeles). She founded FeministFatale.com and is a contributor at Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal, Intent.com, MindBodyGreen and Ms. Magazine’s blog.
Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD
Lyn Mikel Brown is Professor of Education at Colby College, co-creator of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a social change nonprofit, and (with Dr. Deborah Tolman) co-founder of SPARK Movement. She is the author of five books, including Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls, and Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketer’s Schemes (with Sharon Lamb; winner of a Books For A Better Life Award). In addition to her research and teaching gigs, she develops strength-based programs and materials that help adults scaffold girls’ social change work and oversees the online media literacy and activism campaign, Powered By Girl (PBG). You can read more about her work here.
Kelly Parks Snider
Kelly Parks Snider is the co-founder of Project Girl a nationally recognized non-profit, award-winning program and touring exhibition that combines art, media literacy and girl-led activism into a unique educational experience for children, parents and educators. Project girl was recently featured in Family Circle Magazine and was an awarded youth program in the new national youth empowerment and philanthropy program called Best Buy’s @15 Change Exchange project. Zilly: A Modern-Day Fable is Kelly’s most recent children’s book. Kelly explores contemporary cultural and social issues – using art and words, she educates communities, stimulates dialogue about target issues and creates social change. Her work exhibits nationally through both public and private galleries.
Dr Jennifer Shewmaker, PhD
Jennifer W. Shewmaker is a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology. She has worked with hundreds of families, children, and teachers in her career. Dr. Shewmaker is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. She is the author of a blog on media literacy at jennifershewmaker.com and the mother of three daughters. Dr. Shewmaker was selected to be a member of the 2012 class of the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Along with writing and presenting at professional conferences, Dr. Shewmaker provides media literacy workshops that help parents, teachers, and children learn to examine media messages and plan a thoughtful, effective response.