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Laurie Petersen

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Editor-in-Chief, AOL Jobs

Laurie Petersen is an award-winning editor, writer, executive producer, investment banking researcher, balloon handler, virtual world creator, general manager, teacher, coach and entrepreneur. She's helped launch startups at CBS, The New York Times Co., iVillage, TheDeal.com, ADWEEK and MediaPost. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and high schools. Her greatest passion is helping people understand their potential and connecting those who should know each other. She lives in New Jersey with her teenage daughter. Follow her @lauriepete

Mack Gelber

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Mack Gelber is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has covered entertainment for AOL TV, and contributed fiction to Joyland Magazine and the Bushwick Review. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied creative writing. Twitter: @mackgelber

Jessica A. Agate

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Jessica was a travel writer in her former life. Now she’s The Cleaning Diva. After nearly a decade of globe-trotting, Jessica jumped ship several years ago to follow her dream of owning her own business and live the rest of her life boss-free. I know – it’s dreamy, right? She’s blended her passion for cleaning to help families and busy professionals keep their homes in shape at the Jersey Shore, with her flair for writing by sharing stories and tips with those who want to keep it clean, and spend the rest of their lives being their own boss. Follow her at njcleaningdiva.com,and @NJCleaningDiva, to learn her secrets!

Donna Ballman

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Donna Ballman’s book, Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards, was the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase. Donna is the award-winning author of The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers, a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. She’s been representing executives, physicians and employees in Florida, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and other employment law issues since 1986. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home, was named one of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ABA Blawg 100 best legal blogs, Paralegal 411’s Top 25 Labor and Employment law Blogs of 2013 and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs.

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Rhona Bronson

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Rhona Bronson has spent more than 30 years in various marketing and communications positions with well-known consumer product and media brands. After being laid off as a Senior VP of Marketing in 2009, she started her own business marketing consulting company in North Jersey. She hung up her entrepreneurial hat after being recruited to lead a marketing group for a well-known regional newspaper in South Jersey. Laid off again in 2013, she conducted a focused job search resulting in her newest position as Director of Marketing for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Follow her on Twitter - @marketingplaza.

Sarah Browne

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Sarah Browne is a consumer insights strategist, writer, and expert advisor on trends, innovation and emerging cultural change, especially in the workplace. A serial entrepreneur and specialist in angel investing, she loves to be in-the-trenches, taking seed stage products from concept to commercialization.

Tiffany Daniels

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I am...a Millennial (or Gen Y). The good, the bad and the connected. But there's more to me - and us - than entitlement. I believe it's time to start self-defining. See more at my blog at http://www.reluctantmillennial.com/.

Max Dorfman

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Max Dorfman is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied Political Theory and Psychology, and Columbia University, where he earned his MA in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in various capacities in the mental health field, from rehabilitation centers, to a jail, and currently, a school for children with behavioral issues and learning disabilities.

Kristen Felicetti

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Kristen Felicetti is a writer, editor, and filmmaker. Her writing has appeared in HobartElectric Literature, failbetter, The Fanzine, and elsewhere. She is the editor of The Bushwick Review and lives in Brooklyn.

Jessica Hagy

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Jessica Hagy is a freelance cartoonist, writer, and artist best known for her award-winning blog, Indexed and her bestselling book, How to be Interesting. A fixture in the online creative space, Jessica has been illustrating, consulting, and speaking on creativity since 2006.

John Hoover

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John Hoover, PhD, coaches executives and others to venture outside their box.  By day he is a mild-mannered  SVP at Partners International in New York City (partners-international.com) and is an executive coach who is really and truly certified by the ICF, a coach supervisor certified by the Coaching Supervision Academy, & a former Marriage & Family Therapy intern, licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  It's all about relationships, if you haven't picked up on that theme.  Dr. John's hat trick--executive, coach, and PhD--is the perfect storm for supervising executive coaches & working as a thinking partner to those developing leadership and talent strategies that align what individuals do best with what organizations need most. (More relationship stuff.)  With more than 12 books to his credit, including the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal best-selling "How to Work for an Idiot," Dr. Hoover co-created the Contextual Coaching™ framework at Partners International & teaches fun stuff at Fielding Graduate University.

Bill Hartnett

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Bill Hartnett is a digital, marketing and social media consultant with extensive cable, broadcast and digital experience. He began his career in Seattle and worked at NBC News, Current TV, WNBC, WWOR-TV and more. He has spent the last few years learning how to navigate the treacherous waters of job search so you don't have to. Follow Bill’s blog World on Shuffle.

Shelley Huber

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Shelley Huber writes about workplace issues, leadership, and wellness. She is the founder of MindBody360, a content development and consulting firm that works with corporate clients to develop programs and workshops on leadership presence and stress management.

Jill Jacinto

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I'm curious by nature. I ask a lot of questions and often have my nose buried in a newspaper, book or blog. I'm always the first person to say, "Let's Google it." My curiosity led me to become a journalism major and from there an on-air reporter for the financial news website, Minyanville. I currently am the Associate Director of Editorial & Communications for WORKS by Nicole Williams which is a lifestyle brand that helps young professional women with their career success. I've also worked very closely with LinkedIn for the last few years. Helping young women discover their career dreams via writing, mentoring & profile makeovers is a passion of mine. Uncovering their desired careers and helping them succeed is very rewarding.

Susan P Joyce

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Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been studying, writing, and teaching smart online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and currently a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff "graduate" who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Founder and President of NETability, Inc., Susan is owner, editor, and publisher of Job-Hunt.org and WorkCoachCafe.com, both Forbes Best Websites for Your Career.

Jay Kilberg

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Jay Kilberg is an information services executive with more than 18 years experience leading and building global businesses in the information/internet space. He's held senior leadership roles in financial and business information, data and analytics, financial services, publishing, e-learning, media and consulting. Most recently, Jay served as President and COO of an e-learning start-up. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Interactive Data Corporation with responsibility for its Real-Time Services division. Before IDC, Jay had a 15-year tenure at The McGraw-Hill Companies serving in various key leadership roles across numerous businesses for the global information services provider in financial services, media and education. He began his career with Deloitte as a consultant and CPA. Jay earned an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Columbia Business School and a BBA in Accounting from Emory University.

Carol Kopp

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Carol Kopp is a veteran producer, developer, writer and editor for Internet news sites. She was formerly a senior news producer for CBSNews.com. She has created personal finance features for CNBC, developed a travel database for a national business consortium, and writes features about the business of consumer technology for Minyanville.com. She was senior news manager of the pioneering Prodigy online news service.

Meredith Lepore

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Meredith is the Editor at Large with Levo League and her work has appeared in Marie Claire @ Work, Women's Health, Self, DailyWorth, Business Insider and Refinery 29. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and is obsessed with SoulCycle and her Yorkie, Otis. 

Justin Lingenfelter

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Justin is an "experience" guy. His passions include designing processes, increasing efficiency, improving communication, and creating quality content. His background in administration, operations, customer/client services, management, and concert production has given Justin expert knowledge through hands-on experience. He lives with his wife and two wonderful boys in Kansas City. When he’s not ridding the world of evil, he likes to enjoy warm weather, learn (about anything), and drink way too much coffee.

Shannon McLay

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Shannon McLay is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, NextGen Financial, to help clients in their 20s and 30s get financially fit. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way to Financial Fitness and her partnership with Money Saving Pro, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for others.  

Andrew Mellen

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, speaker and trainer, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life! He's often called "The Most Organized Man in America" and is the founder of Unstuff U® -- the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center. Andrew has addressed audiences from TEDx and Sustainable Silicon Valley to International Trade Expo UK. 

Kyle Moyer

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Kyle Moyer grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He graduated with honors from Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, in August of 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in History with a Minor in Education. Kyle also was a guitarist in Belmont’s School of Music, where he performed on NPR. He recently joined one of northern Colorado’s best blues bands, The Blues Dogs. Kyle is passionate about a wide range of topics from politics to cars. In his free time he works on musical projects, reads, collects records, enjoys British television, and co-hosts a weekly all-vinyl radio show. Kyle would love to pursue graduate school in the future, but currently is focused on beginning a career. 

Marty Nemko

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The San Francisco Bay Guardian called Marty Nemko "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach." He also blogs for PsychologyToday.com and is in his 25th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco.) Marty Nemko's sixth and seventh books are: How to Do Life: What They Didn't Teach You in School and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Proposals for a Better America. More than 2,000 of his published writings are free on www.martynemko.com.

J.T. O'Donnell

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J.T. O'Donnell is a career and workplace expert who founded the top-ranked career advice site, CAREEREALISM.com. In 2009, she launched CareerHMO, the first on-line career care membership site which specializes in curing chronic career pain.

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Aaron Price

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Aaron is the cofounder of livecube.co, the worlds most engaging event app used by many Fortune 1000 companies. He's also the founder of the award-winning NJ Tech Meetup, NJ's largest tech community. With an early entrepreneurial drive sparked when awarded a patent in high school, he went on to found deliverU, effordables, and weCraft. He lives in Hoboken with his wife and their two proudest startups, their two daughters.

David Rheins

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David Rheins writes, takes pictures and runs a number of websites. He is Founder and CEO of MJBA Publishing, LLC, and former senior media executive with AOL, Time Warner, Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. 

Miriam Salpeter

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Miriam Salpeter is a job search and social media consultant, career coach, author, speaker, resume writer and owner of Keppie Careers. She is author of Social Networking for Business Success, Social Networking for Career Success and 100 Conversations for Career Success. Miriam teaches job seekers and entrepreneurs how to incorporate social media tools along with traditional strategies to empower their success. Get her free white paper: 5 Mistakes Job Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them.

Erik Sherman

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Erik Sherman has written for the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He's a regular contributor to CBS MoneyWatch and Inc.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ErikSherman.

Tom Siebert

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Tom Siebert is an award-winning former journalist, ad man and PR guy, who also ran his family's fresh cut flower wholesale business for seven years and taught high school English for two. He has lived in New York, Paris, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Savannah, Baltimore and four different suburbs and exurbs of New Jersey. He founded and operates San Diego-based Wolfgang Solo: Strategic Communications & Benevolent Propaganda. @TomSiebert

Jack Silbert

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Jack Silbert is a humor writer, journalist, children's author, editor, movie reviewer, weekly internet-radio DJ, and frequent master of ceremonies. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, New York Press, Weird New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly, Nickelodeon, Glamour, Parent and Child and a wide variety of websites including Gawker and Media Darlings. During his lengthy tenure as editor with Scholastic Classroom Magazines, he proudly accepted the AEP's Golden Lamp Award for best periodical, 2009. Jack lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and is rather fond of independent music, baseball, and sandwiches. Additional humorous ramblings by Jack can be found at saltinwound.com.

Diana St. Lifer

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Diana St. Lifer has been a professional writer and editor for more than 25 years, holding various communications and marketing positions in higher education. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and a Post-B.A. Certificate in Child Advocacy from Montclair State University, NJ. Diana is a certified professional life coach who works with adults and teens to help them take positive action to create the life of their dreams. She is also a coach with Grad Life Choices, a free assistance program for unemployed college graduates.

Cali Williams Yost

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Cali Williams Yost believes that when business and people partner, they create award-winning flexible workplaces that achieve high performance and work+life well being.

For two decades, as a workplace expert, author, speaker and founder of the Flex Strategy Group / Work Life Fit Inc., Yost has helped hundreds of organizations make flexible work part of their culture and business strategy. And, she has shown thousands of individuals how to use that flexibility to take control of their work+life fit and find success, on and off the job.

Leaders from diverse organizations, such as E&Y, Novo Nordisk, Quest Diagnostics, the United Nations, USDA, Stanford University and the Singapore Government, regularly seek out her high-impact, often contrarian, yet always practical, insights into what it takes for flexibility to really succeed in the workplace.

An honors graduate of Columbia Business School, Yost’s pioneering work+life “fit” how-to advice for individuals can be found in the recently released, Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, (Center Street/Hachette, 2013), and in the critically-acclaimed, Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2004).

Called “one of the most sophisticated thinkers,” on work and life issues by The New York Times, Yost is frequently asked to comment in the media. She has appeared on the TODAY Show, most recently with Maria Shriver as part of her “Doing It All” series, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and in Fast Company, USAToday, and the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to being named one of Mashable’s Top 14 Career Experts on Twitter, and one of Columbia Business School’s Alumni Changing the World, her websites have been awarded “Best of the Web” distinctions by Forbes.com and WorkingMother.com.