S O U T H E R N C A
| LET'S GET REAL EVENT |
lombardi house, lOS ANGELES
JUNE 15, 2017
MEET OUR EMCEE
ASHLEY LEMIEUX (@THESHINEPROJECT)
Ashley LeMieux is the founder and CEO of The Shine Project and is a firm believer that everyone was born to Shine. Ashley is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who lives in Phoenix, AZ. Her company, The Shine Project, employs at risk youth in America to help them break the cycle and reach their potential.
She has a passion for cheering on the under dog, helping women develop themselves personally and professionally, and for allowing others to see the triumphs and heartaches in her life to help them find strength in their own journey. Ashley's life mantra is "Make it Happen", and nothing makes her happier than being able to help women do just that in their own lives.
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: "I live with a broken heart."
*A percentage of all ticket sales will go to the Shine Project to help mentor and equip inner-city youth with the tools to discover their personal value and pursue a college education.
Laura rush & nicole Barlow (@bebonafide)
Laura and Nicole are the founders of Be Bona Fide and their passion for this movement has been fueled by so many incredible women. They will be taking you through their journey of how Be Bona Fide began and where they are now because of it.
Bona Fide means real; genuine. This word is very powerful as it is the center of our movement. People are craving realness. Not only on our social media platforms but in our daily lives as well. The sole purpose of these events is to allow you to peel back the layers/filters that we put up, encourage you to overcome adversity and work on self-love and acceptance that can be applied into our everyday routine.
Laura (left) is a mom of two little girls and is the Designer and Event Planner for Be Bona Fide.
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: "I have my own stash of plastic cutlery at home because I don't like to eat off metal utensils. I am also a recovering self-hater who works daily on loving my body and myself."
Nicole (right) is a mommy to be in August! She is the Public Relations and Marketing Director for Be Bona Fide.
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: "I have a strong case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and comparing myself too much."
Baby Boy Bakery is an ever growing space dedicated to my son Ryan Cruz. My name is Jacqui and I started my blog Baby Boy Bakery when my son was just a few months old to capture all our life’s moments; the good, the bad, the mundane and our favorite, the delicious. Our blog centered around recipes that I created with my son and stories of my motherhood journey.
My husband Dan and I lost our three year old son in May of 2014. Since losing Ryan, Baby Boy Bakery has become a space where many come to learn about our story and how we dedicate everyday to our son. Now, Baby Boy Bakery strives to be a destination were people can come for delicious kid-friendly recipes and inspiration to live a loud and wild life no matter the ugly we are faced with. Ryan was such a bright and loving light. You can see it stream through his smile. Now that he is physically gone I want to continue his legacy as best I can through this beautiful online space we created together when he was just a baby.
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: "I love saying 'I can't make it' so I can just stay in bed with ice cream & Friends reruns. Also, I'm always happy. But a lot of times I'm smiling through my pain."
Founded in 2011, Healthy is the New Skinny (HNS) began as an online blog and over the years has transformed into a clothing brand and social media campaign that promotes positive body image and lifestyles for women all over the world. HNS has been featured in a variety of publications including: Fox News, People Magazine, and the New York Post. In addition, HNS has been heralded as one of the top social media pages to follow for body positivity according to MTV and Marie Claire.
Using Healthy is the New Skinny as her platform, Willcox speaks out against harmful advertising and encourages people from all over the world to model healthy body image and self-love by living an authentic healthy lifestyle. As a public speaker, Willcox aims to educate, inform, and empower girls and women to rise up against media manipulation and teaches them how to protect against it.
SARAH SAPORA (@sarahsapora)
Sarah is out to change the word, one woman at a time. With her larger-than-life laughter and tenacious passion for serving other women, Sarah believes in one simple idea - that each of us (no matter how much we weigh, how old we are, or however we feel we “messed up” in the past) has the ability to find our own #BeGreater. She is a self-love champion and a wellness advocate known for her keen ability to “talk about the hard stuff.” Sarah is also on her own committed journey to living a happier, healthier, and more badass life.
Sarah has spent the majority of her career working in marketing and public relations for brands catering to women. She is the former marketing gal for Chippendales (yes, Chippendales) and spent seven years working directly in women’s plus size fashion. She is a writer and creative soul with an affinity for cowboy boots, strength training #beastmode style, and healing crystals. She has been featured online a variety of places, including Women’s Health, Today Show, Refinery 29, Allure, and Bustle. Her writing is featured on Huffington Post and Plus Model Magazine. She is a blossoming coach, motivator, and currently leads personal growth groups for women online. Her goal? To show other women that they are visible, valuable, and have the ability to be the “hero” in their own lives.
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: "I've never been happier and healthier in my entire adult work-in-progress life, but I still struggle with the changes in my body. I make a conscious choice every day to accept and be peaceful with who I am, where I am."
Hi my name is Brooke White, I'm kind of a goober but I love life. I'm a major over-analyzer, slow poke, HSP (highly sensitive person) and recovering perfectionist. As the eldest of 4 and was raised in a music loving family in the hot desert land of Mesa, AZ. But, I always knew I would end up in California to be closer to Mickey Mouse, the beach and the land of dreamers! So I packed up my jeep and moved here when I was 20 in hopes of finding out who I was and becoming a singer-songwriter. As you can imagine it wasn't easy being a starving artist! After a handful of years spent chasing the dream, writing songs, cutting hair in her bathroom and nannying twins, I finally landed one giant crazy break when I was granted a golden ticket to perform on seasons 7 American idol. I truly felt unworthy of the show and almost died of a no-confidence attack, you could find me crying and hyperventilating in a bathroom stall of CBS studios almost daily. I struggled to compare myself (like I always have) to the other contestants and their super impressive voices. I grew up wishing I sounded like the little mermaid, but pretty much sounded like Barry White with my low raspy voice. I would go on to dislike the sound of my voice for most of my life. Despite my nearly paralyzing self doubt, I learned to just keep going, and that it isn't about competing and comparing, but connecting and other solid life lessons. By some wild miracle, I managed to finish in fifth place! Holy Moly! After the show I went on tour with the top ten, touring the country, coming up through the floor on a grand piano night after night in sold out arenas. I kinda can't believe that it happened to me and don't take it for granted. After the Idol ride I have tried my absolute darnedest to chart my course as as a relevant indie artist in the entertainment industry. Also hard. I started my record label "June Baby Records" (i was born in june:-) and I've released 7 records including 3 EP's and a full length record with my indie fold rock band, Jack and White. I've played to full rooms, I've played for empty rooms. I've done some other funny interesting stuff I never thought I'd do, like host the red carpet for TV guide, judged Miss America alongside Rush Limbaugh (true story!) and did some acting in a couple of made for TV movies, it was incredibly fun! These days you usually can find me on The Girls With Glasses Show a fun youtube channel and lifestyle series alongside my super talented BFF and partner in crime Summer Bellessa. Most of the time were working on some kind of silly parody or music video for liquid Plumber or something. Its crazy but we have fun and even make a living as creative moms. It's all pretty wacky that this has been my life!
As for me and my man Dave Ray CPA (thats what I call him) my complete polar opposite from Nova Scotia, we've been married for over 13 years. I'm proud to say we have come a long way. I find marriage to be my biggest learning opportunity. I am thankful to him for loving and supporting me through my insanity. After an unexpected 8 year wait and a big surprise, we welcomed our first child, London, who is the coolest little free spirit we call "Londy Loo" in May 2012. A month later I turned 29. We looked forward to expanding our family. But after a couple years of trying, miscarrying and just not getting pregnant, we realized we had a serious problem. Long story long, it was hard. After almost 4 years of of secondary infertility, I gave birth to my happy Sonny in September of 2016, thanks to miracle of IVF. He is the best and I love my kids. I would be lying through my teeth if I didn't say the mom life is a humbling and challenging experience! But after everything I've got to do, it is still the coolest thing I've done so far. I'm juggling, dropping so many balls, but turn up the music and boogie with my kids. with my kids and just trying to do my best. I think I used to think I wanted that big T. Swift success, but as I get older I don't really want to be famous that bad, I just want to dance, I just want to sing, I just want seek joy, and I want to share joy, with anyone and everyone, because it's fun, because it's healing, because it feels right. Mainly I just want to help others feel less alone.
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: After almost 33 years of self-hating, I finally like myself!
Tiffany, known as Crystal in the music industry will help us end the night by serenading us with a few of her songs outside under the lights.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT LOMBARDI HOUSE
We will provide Perfect Bar's and Suja Juice to get you fueled and ready for our yoga/mindfulness session.
OUR YOGA INSTRUCTOR
OUR SWAG BAG CONTRIBUTORS
MEET OUR DISCUSSION LEADERS
These inspiring ladies will lead a table of you women through a series of stimulating and enlightening questions. This will be an excellent opportunity to GET REAL with one another and form new bonds and friendships with the incredible women surrounding you this night. Everyone will randomly be assigned to a table. That way we can all step out of our comfort zones and get to know the influential people around you.
OUR MEDIA TEAM
DEENA cormier | PHOTOGRAPHER |(@deenacormierphotography)
I am Deena Cormier Photography
BONA FIDE CONFESSION: I start a new diet every Monday... and fail the very same day.
I have been a photographer in sunny San Diego for 11 beautiful years! I am excited and grateful every day to be doing the job that I LOVE while raising my 3 amazing children.
skye amanda | PHOTOGRAPHER (@skyeamandaphoto) skyeamandaphotography.com
Born and raised in Utah Skye Amanda has always been in love with photography. The ability to capture a moment in time fascinated her from a young age. Skye Amanda turned her bliss into a business after graduating high school but between university, internships and part time jobs she hasn't ever taken it on full time. She says maybe one day she will. For now, she's hoping to just make people feel beautiful one click at a time.
Marissa Rascon | VIDEOGRAPHER (@reelradfilms) reelradfilms.com
We're Gabriel and Marissa Rascon your duo behind Reel Rad Films!
We're a husband and wife filmmaking team in Los Angeles, CA. We met at our church back home in Fresno, CA and married 10 years later in 2015 (whoo!) We feel blessed to continue living our calling through filmmaking.
We believe there is no greater feeling than living your potential and sharing those experiences with others. Filmmaking is an extension of our heart, and we want you to feel empowered, inspired and in awe of your story when you watch your film. Our style is for the non-traditional, urban, unique, adventure seekers. Capturing those unposed, candid and intimate moments give us LIFE!