SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2018 | WATER'S EDGE RESORT AND SPA | WESTBROOK, CT

Speaker Bios

Speakers subject to change.

Suzanne Gundersen

Suzanne is a Holistic Mentor to women with stress, anxiety, body tension, trauma to reconnect with themselves more genuinely and authentically, so that they can live life with aliveness and get what they truly want. She offers Energy Tapping (similar to EFT) and TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) to help the MindBody shift into a direction of recovery. Suzanne’s own early developmental trauma led her to seek holistic approaches that helped shed the layers of dysfunction, uncover her value and begin living life with aliveness. You too can transform holistically and Suzanne can help mentor your path. She speaks, teaches classes, workshops, host monthly women’s transformation retreats, has private clients from all over the world. She leads a private Facebook group, The Empowered Social rEvolution, that provides support and strategies to women help them shift from their stress and struggle.

Elizabeth Kott

Metro-Detroit native, Elizabeth Kott, began her career in Los Angeles ten years ago, working in celebrity-driven PR and digital brand development. Quickly, she became a founding member of Rachel Zoe’s digital media arm, launching The Zoe Report. Inspired by the merging worlds of fashion and digital, Kott then moved on to shift the scope of online fashion consignment with her own resale concept, Closet Rich, a private service that sold and donated previously worn items from the most coveted celebrity closets. Much was accomplished during Kott’s Closet Rich era; she helped launch luxury basics line, Cotton Citizen; She designed the greatly admired R*ch as Fuck line sold at LA retail institution, Fred Segal; she created and hosted the philanthropically driven web-series, Closet Rich; produced, co-wrote and directed a number of fashion-minded comedic shorts for youtube with an all female cast and crew; and became the go-to stylist for the top names in digital talent for book covers, editorial, red carpet and television. In 2015 Kott emerged out from behind the scenes when she and her best friend and frequent collaborator, Stephanie Simbari, had the soul’s calling to create a podcast, That’s So Retrograde, based on their curiosities surrounding consciousness and wellbeing. That’s So Retrograde, has since grown to over 2 million downloads, and has received many accolades as a top self help podcast on iTunes. Although her energy has shifted to spreading the message of wellness for all, Kott continues her fashion focus as a lead advisor to the recently launched women’s luxury athletic apparel line, Wone. You can find her, @elizabethkott for a bit of shameless self promotion coupled with some hard hitting Real Housewives commentary.

Max La Manna

Max is a zero-waste vegan chef who never wastes food and resourcefully creates delicious meals while being an avid voice for sustainability and environmental conservation around the world. His expertise in the kitchen stems from his father who is also a self-taught chef. Max created his ‘Eating With Max’ concept to connect people together with food, and to mindfully aware others how we can live more sustainably. His work and advocacy towards eliminating food waste, reducing our plastic pollution & consumption and to his low-impact conscious lifestyle has been featured in recent publications in NowThis, Buzzfeed and Mashable. Max truly believes his passion for eliminating food waste and protecting the environment will inspire others to make positive disruptive changes to improve the quality of life for all.

Stephanie Simbari

Is a funny creative who names comedian / actress / writer and host as some of her titles. She was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City and spent most of her teen years drinking malt liquor and taking the train to NYC to get body piercings she would later live to regret. She’s since mostly cleaned up her act and become a devoted yogini and spiritual seeker. She tours the country as a stand up comedian, and was a series regular on ‘Funny Girls’ on Oxygen. You can find her on the Netflix in the critically acclaimed indie film ‘Coldwater’ and she co-hosts her very own podcast, the highly rated and what many have called “Life Changing” wellness show, ‘That’s So Retrograde’. 

Anna Toonk

Anna is a spiritual worker who often uses cards, but usually just knows things. Originally from the South, grew up abroad and practices in NYC. She reads tarot, the Akashic Records, offers reiki, and intuitive channeled guidance delivering this in a loving but grounded manner. She thrives on helping people get where they want to go in their life empowering them to make their most authentic decisions. She not only loves this work but has extensive training in it. She completed a one on one 12 week Soul Mastery Intensive Training with the wildly talented Lindsay Mack attended Delphi University of Spiritual Studies, completing their In-Depth Channeling program, and studied the Akashic Records with Christina Cross and is a Usui Reiki Master. Her gifts include clairvoyance, clairsentience, and medium work. She’s a seer, feeler and intuitive channel giving you the truest intuitive message she is able to obtain from spirit guides, benevolent loved ones who have passed on, and Spirit. She teaches classes about tarot, herbs, intuition, crystals and all things mystical. Her aim is to make ancient practices more accessible to people, and explore how they can be used in our modern lives. Anna’s worked with numerous individuals one on one and with such brands as: Soho House, Free People, Vogue, Dagne Dover, Spellbound Sky, Chloe, 1Hotels, Moxie Hotels, Kit and ace, Urban Outfitters, Sanctuary World, Campowerment, and Nativas.