You’re Invited! Connect with BELLA’s EIC, Courtenay Hall and Other Powerful Women at ETTWomen’s 2016 The Power of Connections Conference!

For the past 4 years, ETTWomen’s annual conference has brought together entrepreneurs, authors, teachers, artists and visionaries. BELLA’s Editor-In-Chief, Courtenay Hall is part of this year’s media panel and will be joined by other thought leaders and professionals. Attendees  receive powerful training, profound mind shifts, groundbreaking ideas, make deep connections and unique opportunities to change their lives and the lives of others through their business. See the line up of fabulous panelists, keynotes and workshop leaders below! Use code BELLA for a special discount!


Vanessa Coppes-Lynette-Barbieri


Vanessa Coppes and Lynette Barbieri share the vision of helping others and mentoring women on how to accomplish their personal and business goals. Rooting on social entrepreneurship, ETTWomen supports women entrepreneurs in building their businesses coming from a giving spirit.The group’s mission is to connect like minded women to network with intention, build relationships, learn from and support each other.



Courtenay Hall is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of BELLA New York, BELLA Los Angeles and Celebrity Page Magazines.

Courtenay is a 1993 graduate of NJ’s Summit High School, the town in which she was born and raised, as well as a 1997 graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. After graduation, she landed her first position at Grey Advertising in Manhattan, and after a year on the agency side, decided to enter the world of publishing. Her first position at a major New York publishing house was with Hachette Filipacchi where she worked in advertising sales at luxury shelter magazines Metropolitan Home and Elle Décor. From there, she moved to Meredith Corporation, where she broke company sales records at the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. After a successful venture at Meredith, she eventually accepted a position at Gruner + Jahr and was part of the New York team that launched Rosie O’Donnell’s national lifestyle magazine ROSIE.

Courtenay, always a dedicated magazine reader, began to see that there was something missing in the tri-state area market (NY, NJ, and CT). While there were lifestyle publications in print, she wanted to see one that spoke to all women (not just a specific demographic) about how to look and feel their best, emphasizing “Beauty Defined by You.” This approach set BELLA apart, as Courtenay’s vision was not to tell women what should be beautiful to them, but to include all aspects of beauty within the magazine and let the readers decide for themselves. In January 2011, BELLA New York premiered as the tri-state area’s premiere women’s luxury lifestyle publication, offering a sophisticated combination of fashion, beauty, health, philanthropy, arts and culture, cuisine, celebrity, and entertainment news.

Since founding the magazine, Courtenay has had the opportunity to work alongside notable authors from around the world, A-list celebrities, public figures, and many others. One of her most celebrated memories is the famous July/August 2013 cover story featuring Christie Brinkley and then 15-year old daughter, Sailor. It was the first time the duo ever posed for a cover story together and it made headlines across the globe, including features on, “The View,” and “E! News.” In addition to Christie Brinkley, there have been countless celebrities who have graced the cover of BELLA, including Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, Lisa Vanderpump, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Olivia Munn, Donald Trump and Maria Shriver.

In 2015, Courtenay also became a TV Correspondent, where she contributed weekly segments for the nationally syndicated entertainment show, Celebrity Page. Each week, you can find her discussing the latest in fashion, entertainment, and celebrity news or interviewing celebrities on various high profile red carpets in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Post’s Keith Kelly included BELLA New York in his January 2016 ‘Media Ink’ column, saying “While BELLA Media is not quite a rags-to-riches story just yet; it is at least a successful start-up in a generally unforgiving publishing world.”



Lucinda Cross is a best-selling author, Award winning and internationally known speaker, spokesperson and energetic teacher of personal and professional development. In 2006, she started the brand Activate Your Life Today! and is the President of Activate Worldwide Inc. a leadership services firm that specializes in the delivery of personal and professional development enrichment programs.



Dr. Robi Ludwig, nationally known psychotherapist and award winning reporter has been appearing on broadcast media since 1997, and is sought after for her psychological insights on a wide range of topics. She is currently a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s Scorned, which presents reenactment and analysis of marital homicide stories. She also hosted two seasons of TLC’s reality show, “One Week to Save Your Marriage” as well as , GSN’s reality game show, “Without Prejudice?”.

Dr. Ludwig appears as a regular on CNN, Headline News and The Fox News Channel, discussing psychological and lifestyle issues, as well as the criminal mind. She also appears on national shows such as: ET, TODAY, 20/20, ABC World News, The View, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, Wendy Williams, The Bill Cunningham Show, Neil Cavuto, Hannity and Lou Dobbs helping audiences and guests alike to understand the complexities of the human condition.



Vanessa Freeman is an anchor and reporter for News 12 Networks in NYC and is the former co-host and producer of Living Dayton, a WDTN 2 lifestyle show airing weekdays at 12pm. Together with co-host Shaun Kraisman, Vanessa helps serve audiences a daily dose of the very best that Dayton and the encompassing Miami Valley has to offer. Covering topics from fashion, entertainment, food, celebrity news, charitable events, and everything in between!

Prior to her work in Dayton, OH, Vanessa was a general assignment reporter in the Poconos for BRC TV-13 where she covered everything from grand openings to drug busts. A Baltimore native, Vanessa has a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations from Marymount University, which she used to parlay herself into the world of politics, working in Washington, D.C at NBC News and MSNBC.



Bailey Fruman, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist, speaker, author, and transformational success coach for leaders and entrepreneurs. She specializes in helping ambitious women get rid of fear and take action on living a life they love!

Named ‘one of the top 20 life coaches to watch’ by, Bailey is also the author of Own Your Power: Your Guide to Feeling Powerful, Fearless, and Free. Her writing has been published in works such as Huffington Post, Aspire Magazine, Elephant Journal, Popexpert, Natural Awakenings, and many guest blogs. Bailey will be featured in the anticipated anthology, Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening To Gratitude and Grace which will be published in August of 2016 by Inspired Living Publishing.



Sabina Hitchen is an entrepreneur, speaker and media expert dedicated to educating and empowering entrepreneurs to share their brand with the press and the world confidently and strategically.

This role of teacher and leader seems pre-ordained as Sabina’s past career saw her teaching high school students first in the Chicago public school system and then while also designing educational curriculum for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation charter schools. Upon moving to New York City after deeming a “New York Chapter” a necessity, she began a career in public relations and within a year she branched out on her own and started a successful and respected PR and social media agency specializing in start-ups and small businesses.



Audrey Puente is Meteorologist/Feature Reporter for WNYW/ Fox 5.  Previously, she was Chief Weather Anchor for WWOR-TV/My9 providing forecasts for the station’s “My9 News at Ten.”

Puente joined My9 from WCBS-TV where she provided weather forecasts for “CBS 2 News This Morning” and “CBS 2 News at Noon.” She also provided fill-in reports for the CBS national morning program “The Early Show.” Previously, she served as a meteorologist for WNBC-TV and delivered weekend reports for “Today in New York.” Prior to this, Puente was the weekend meteorologist for WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS., where she appeared on the station’s 5 PM and 10 PM newscasts. Earlier, she served as the weekend weather anchor for WXVT-TV in Greenville, MS and the weekday weather anchor at WJCL-TV in Savannah, GA. Puente began her career as a production assistant for WNYW-TV in New York.



Theodora Sergiou is the acting vice president and COO of Nicholas Pools Inc. and a recognized leader in the industry. She was honored in 2015 by the Professional Women in Construction as a Woman of Distinction. In 2014, she was named by New Jersey Monthly magazine as a Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneur and Business Owner, featured in the Forbes special New Jersey Women Business Leaders section, and often interviewed or asked to be a guest speaker. Theodora is an adjunct professor of marketing and management at Georgian Court University. She holds a MS of business administration from Rider University and a BS from Georgian Court University.



Candy Calderón comes from a business background and worked for several years with international corporations traveling the world developing their business, but always felt in her heart that health & wellness were her true calling.

After her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, she took it upon herself to learn everything needed to help her heal faster and naturally, decided to go back to school to study holistic nutrition, and her health & wellness career began.

Calderón now coaches people around the world with her signature programs and keynote speaks on how to prevent and reverse diseases, maintain a healthy lifestyle; she’s an avid plant-based nutrition advocate and educator, yoga, fitness & meditation lover. She’s passionate about transmitting her message to everyone in need, but especially to her women community.



Whether the conversation is about Career Achievements, Life Achievements or Humanitarian Service Joi Stanley’s name is frequently involved. Petite or small are adjectives that can only be used to describe her physique. Her accomplishments however, comes from the following…

Joi attended Rutgers State University in New Brunswick, NJ where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and her master’s in Communication. As a native of New Jersey she didn’t stray far away from home. It wasn’t because she feared change, prior to graduating, she was already involved in addressing the needs of her community. She learned the importance of becoming a minority female business owner at a very early age where she took her passion for fashion and opened a Custom Bridal Shop where she would be head designer. This would lead her to become President of Shades of Color Bridal and Formal Wear for 14 years. Her interest in the Bridal area would offer her the opportunity to become Vice President of the International Association of Certified Wedding Consultants, and Director of the Weddings for Us International Bridal Show.

 As her interest would peak in other areas, for some 18 years, Joi would work in the male dominated mortgage industry, where she would be an independent mortgage consultant. She would be co-owner with owner operator status for First Equity Home Loans, managing and educating an upwards of some 20 loan originators. Upon our countries economic crisis, Joi would join the number one mortgage company Wells Fargo, where she would serve as a Retail Sales Manager and Diverse Segments Manager.

 Joi Founded Progressive Achievers in 2006 where she serves as the Founder/President. Progressive Achievers would serve as a vehicle to Empower, Educate and Motive Women, giving them the opportunity to network with other professional women. The Women of Power platform serves as an Annual Luncheon Event that recognizes the accomplishments of women and is a known for giving women a time to come together to be rejuvenated. It also serves as a networking vehicle and allows for many relationships. in 2010 the Inspiring Young Mentors program would be formed, mentoring to young girls between the ages of 9-17, hosting its first Annual Mother Daughter Tea in January of 2012.

Come connect, learn and give back! Use code BELLA for a special discount!


November 18 +19, 2016

Bella Vista Country Club

Marlboro, NJ

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