Art Historian for the Smithsonian Institute
I came to Italy in 1989 expecting to stay for a maximum of 2 years and ended up making Florence my home. Since then I have been teaching art history in Florence for both undergraduates and adults. My special interests include the study of the economy and patronage of 15th century Florence and relating it to works of art. I firmly believe the best way to understand a work of art is by exploring the context in which it was made. What makes art history interesting and relevant today is the study of the political situation, economic conditions, patronage, and the artist's personality all of which are reflected in the work of art. It makes art come alive!
I have lectured for Syracuse University, Stanford University, and Wisconsin-Michigan programs in Florence. I am also the Resident Director for the Smithsonian Associate’s Programs in Italy, developed art history programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Yale Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums. I am on the advisory board of the Friends of Florence and I consult for CEO and YPO programs in Europe. Since March 2020, I developed a program called Art History Encounters which brings the art and culture of Italy to people's homes.
Founder & CEO of Maison 276
I'm the Founder/CEO of Maison 276, a beauty company created with nutrient-rich botanicals and designed to inspire women to celebrate their own version of beauty, not someone else’s version of who they should be. After becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of clean, effective beauty products in the market, I began formulating my own skin and hair care products. My body butters quickly went viral in my local community and eventually found their way to the beauty editors at ESSENCE. I launched my company in 2016 when the Pomegranate Kiss Body Butter, now a Best Seller, was introduced to nearly 15,000 ESSENCE BeautyBox subscribers. My follow-up launch to the popular body butter was our unique Maison 276 3-Step Haircare System, an innovative and clean hair care system that brightens and hydrates silver and blonde hair.
In 2019, I won QVC’s The Big Find, a nationwide search for new, innovative brands. Our 3-Step System became a QVC Best Seller two months after its launch. We've since received national attention for our entrepreneurial journey, including features by The TODAY Show, Vogue, USA Today, O Magazine, People, ESSENCE Magazine and AARP Podcast “How She Did It”.
Prior to founding Maison 276, I enjoyed a career in healthcare management and financial services, which included stints at Texas Children’s Hospital, the nation’s largest pediatric healthcare system and ranked as the #3 children’s hospital in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and Arthur Andersen.
I was born and raised in New Orleans which provided the inspiration for the company’s name. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Houston.
Cookbook Writer and Food Stylist
I'm a cookbook writer and food stylist and most recently, the author of GRAZE: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals. While my profession is culinary, my passion is as a home cook who encourages others to find joy and ease in the act of preparing delicious food. As Mark Bittman, the author of How to Cook Everything, said about my latest book: “Suzanne has always been one of my favorite cooks because she gets what makes home cooking so great—not fancy tools or exotic ingredients, but just the act of being in the kitchen, cooking for those she cares about, taking good ingredients and letting them shine. I love this book because it’s exactly how I cook—and how I love to eat.”
My food writing has appeared in The New York Times and Tin House Literary Magazine among other publications. I live in Connecticut and am a devoted gardener and wood turner who, with my husband, creates handmade home goods from salvaged local wood.
Yoga Therapist Specializing in Osteoporosis
I'm a Healthy Aging and Bone health Expert, helping women with a diagnosis of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis take control of their bone health naturally. I have helped hundreds of women rescue their spiraling out of control bone loss, stop and reverse it and improve their DEXA scan scores and get their active lifestyle back.
At 51, I had a total hip replacement, and I got my strength and confidence back slowly and safely. I learned that having bone and joint issues can make you feel weak, fragile, and breakable and feel like you can't rely on your body to live the life of your dreams.
If you desire to live an active life, travel, and explore the world, and not be sidelined by fear and worry then I'd love to show you how to have a stronger body, bones, and balance forever. I create online programs, teaches weekly classes, and hosts live group Master Classes. I also create customized programs for you to transform and take charge of your bone health.
Photographer & Visual Storyteller
I'm a 'fixer' with a camera. If you have a challenge, then I use editorial/magazine style photography to help solve it. After 20 years working as a Director/Producer/Production Executive in television (Martha Stewart, ESPN, MTV, PBS, Food Network, etc.) I turned my attention to my passion—Photography—over a decade ago. And storytelling is still central to my work.
Sleep Specialist & Assistant Professor at Yale
Hello, fellow Revelers! As a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, I treat behavioral sleep disorders (like insomnia) in children, adolescents and adults. I'm a pediatric sleep specialist at Yale and Connecticut Children's Medical Center and treat adult patients with sleep difficulties at the Yale Centers for Sleep Medicine. I'm also an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. My specialty areas include insomnia, narcolepsy, circadian sleep disorders and pediatric sleep issues such as behavioral insomnia of childhood. I'm also a mom of three so I know both personally and professionally how important great sleep is! My book, Become Your Child's Sleep Coach: The Bedtime Doctor's 5-Step Guide, Ages 3-10, teaches parents how to help their preschool- and elementary school-aged children become great sleepers.
Bestselling Author and Cultural Critic
I'm a #1 New York Times bestselling author and feminist cultural critic who blends science, social science, and storytelling to help you understand yourself—why you want what you want, feel what you feel, and do what you do—better. My work has appeared in The Journal of Sex and Martial Therapy, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, Psychology Today, and more. I was the regular sex columnist for Refinery 29 and Elle Italia and I'm the author of seven books including UNTRUE, a reconsideration of female non-monogamy across cultures and species. Critics called UNTRUE ‘indispensable’ and ‘revolutionary.
Financial Therapist, Author, and Founder of The Art of Money
I am a financial therapist, author, and founder of The Art of Money, a year-long money school and global community.
I earned a Masters in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University, working in the mental health field for over a decade before realizing my mission was to merge emotional literacy with financial literacy.
In 2001, I created a financial therapy methodology that integrates practical financial tools with a nurturing, body-centered approach and weaves together personal, couple, and creative entrepreneurial money teachings into one complete tapestry. For two decades now, I have guided thousands of people into more authentic, empowered relationships with money.
My work has been featured on Oprah.com, Inc.com, The Cut, Reuters Money, USA Today, Nerdwalle, RealSimple, MindBodyGreen and REDBOOK. I have also been featured on the cover of Experience Life Magazine and Mindful Magazine.
I am also the Author of The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness and forthcoming book, The Art of Money Workbook (pub date: 5/31/22).
Novelist and Creative Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine
I'm a lecturer in Medical Humanities and Ethics at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Creative Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine. I have published two novels, The Cure for Grief (Scriber, 2008) and The Season of Migration (FSG, 2015), was a recipient of a NEA Literature grant and a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, and in 2018-19 was an inaugural fellow at Columbia's Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris, France.
Professor of African American Studies, Georgetown University
I'm a Professor of African American Studies and a faculty affiliate of Women's Studies at Georgetown University. My research and teaching areas are Black sexuality studies, African American literary and cultural studies, and Black feminist theory. I'm the author of four books: The Afterlives of Kathleen Collins: A Black Woman Filmmaker’s Search for New Life (Indiana University Press, 2021), A Dirty South Manifesto: Sexual Resistance and Imagination in the New South (University of California Press, 2019); Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2015); Mutha’ is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (Ohio State Univ. Press, 2007). I received my Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.
Certified Yoga Instructor
I have certifications in the anatomy and physiology of “How Yoga Heals”, and the healing science of “Yoga Nidra”, besides being a certified Yoga Instructor in the Integral, Hatha, and Vinyasa styles. I have helped individuals with back pain, knee pain, arthritis, and other joint-related issues, improve their mobility and strength, and regain their normal active lifestyle.
I’ve been practicing Yoga for the last 25 years and teaching for the last eight. My classes are holistic, providing an experiential avenue to students to find the strength, knowledge and peace that lies within each of us. Through Yoga, I help students find their own path to a healthy body, joyful mind, and a contented and purposeful life.
I teach classes and workshops at the India International School Cultural Center in Chantilly, VA, and also provide online instruction in private and group classes via zoom.
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