Rheanna leads brand marketing and internal communications for a digital agency. With an early career in politics and mission-driven orgs, she now works to connect corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social good to a more lifestyle-focused, digital and creative world. On the weekends she’s a freelance writer and publicist, and she runs a business with her designer/builder brother. She’s also a single mom to a spunky four year old girl.
ARIEL GORDON JEWELRY
Ariel Gordon Maffei launched her eponymous collection in 2009. Her collection focuses on both quality and accessibility, and is designed to make wearers feel effortlessly stylish. She has designed exclusive capsule collections for legendary retailers and has been worn by beauties like Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Karlie Kloss, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Olivia Wilde, and Drew Barrymore. The collection has been featured in the pages of Vogue, InStyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Nylon, Flare, Interview and more. Online outlets range from editorial coverage on Vogue.com, GOOP, Who What Wear, Refinery29, The Cut, Into the Gloss, and Racked to lifestyle coverage on The Coveteur, and Man Repeller.
Sherri McMullen opened her Oakland boutique McMullen in 2007 to immediate acclaim. The high-fashion boutique quickly gained national recognition, being named one of the top boutiques in the country by WWD. Sherri has developed a reputation for carrying emerging designers before they achieve national recognition—McMullen was one of the first shops to carry lines like Ulla Johnson, Nomia and Rosie Assoulin in the Bay Area, and it's the exclusive purveyor of Nigerian brand Maki Oh in the US.
Sherri has been featured as a fashion innovator by outlets such as Forbes, Vogue, Goop, The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Magazine, 7x7, Diablo, Mother Magazine and more.
Ruby Press founder Melissa Davis began her career as a fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar and Mademoiselle magazines in NYC. Melissa founded Ruby Press in 2001 and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Design Sponge, Lonny, Gap.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, Marie Claire, San Francisco Chronicle, PopSugar, and Glitter Guide. She has been invited to speak at top universities, and has offered PR advice in books Craft Inc, and Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR. In 2014, she wrote and self-published the IPPY-award winning This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places and was invited to be a panelist Watermark’s Lead On Conference for Women.
MARIA DEL RIO
MARIA DEL RIO PHOTOGRAPHY
Maria was born in Mexico and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she began studying photography in high school with a busted 35mm camera. When she started she thought photography was only a hobby for men with money, it wasn't a space she saw as accessible to a Mexican American female. During college she began assisting photographers and learning as much as possible about the art form. While grateful for the technical and business skills developed, she often felt discouraged by the lack of female, much less females of color, in commercial photography to look up to. She persisted in photography as a creative outlet, the darkroom became her late night sanctuary as she worked hard at building her skillset and refining her voice. She is now repped by Lola Creative Agency and has worked for clients such as Benefit, Gap, Everlane and Refinery29, and print publications such as Vogue Ukraine and Nylon. Maria strives to carve out a space of diversity in photography through representation both in front and behind the lens.
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
1122 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
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