Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren

Researcher, educator, and author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill

Karla McLaren, M.Ed, who is an award-winning author, researcher, educator, and empathy pioneer. In addition to her book The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill she’s also the author of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You, so we have the honor of learning from someone who is well-versed in not just understanding the emotions of others, but also how we can use them to better access our own growth.    

Shasta Nelson

Shasta Nelson

CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, speaker, and two-time author, including Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness

Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is the Founder of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women’s friendship matching site in 65 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong female relationships can be found in her books Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness and Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. She also writes at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in the Huffington Post, speaks across the country, and is a friendship expert in the media appearing on such shows as Katie Couric and the Today Show. 

Samantha Ettus

Samantha Ettus

Bestselling author of 5 books, including The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction

Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Samantha Ettus has become a bestselling author of five books, a writer for Forbes, a renowned speaker and host of a nationally syndicated call-in radio show. She makes regular national television appearances on shows including NBC News, The Doctors, Fox and Friends, Access Hollywood, and The Today Show, among others. She has been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Inc, Fast Company and Success Magazine.  Most importantly, one of the pieces of her successful “Pie Life” that she teaches is friendship.

Dr. Amy Banks

Dr. Amy Banks

Psychotherapist and author of Wired to Connect: The Surprising Link Between Brain Science and Strong, Healthy Relationships

Amy Banks, M.D. specializes in psychotherapy with people who suffer from chronic disconnection, but she wrote the book Wired to Connect: The Surprising Link Between Brain Science and Strong, Healthy Relationships to help all of us see how we can improve our relationships by rewiring our brain. After being an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, she now has a private practice and is also the director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Christine Arylo

Christine Arylo

Bestselling author of 3 books, including Madly in Love with Me: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend

Christine Arylo was a marketing executive who earned her MBA from Kellogg, when she felt called to create a self-love movement for women and girls. A visionary entrepreneur and transformational teacher whose programs and retreats have reached over 35,000 people, and a certified yoga and meditation teacher, her expertise in helping women drop into their hearts and heal themselves so that they might connect with others in more meaningful ways makes her the go-to source for our community when we want to increase our self-love!

Christine Hassler

Christine Hassler

Bestselling author of 3 books, including Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life

Christine Hassler is a former Hollywood agent and achievement addict turned best selling author, speaker, and Gen Y consultant for companies and brands. Christine has appeared and been featured as an expert in media outlets such as: The Today Show, CNN, FOX, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many more. Having earned a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology, her expertise and advice is invaluable when it comes to managing our expectations in our friendships!