Michelle Cove, founder and Executive Director

Michelle is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and journalist whose projects have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Katie Couric’s talk show “Katie,” “The Today Show,” Fox TV, and national publications including The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Parenting, MORE, and U.S. World News & Report. She is the author of the book I Love Mondays (Seal Press, 2012), co-author of the national bestseller I’m Not Mad, I Just Hate You!: A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict (Viking, 1999), and author of Seeking Happily Ever After (Tarcher Penguin, 2010). Michelle was Sr. Editor of the national magazine Girls’ Life, and continues to blog regularly for the award-winning Huffington Post Parents and Girls Leadership Institute

 Michelle is the director and producer of the feature-length documentary “Seeking Happily Ever After” (Lionsgate, 2010), as well as One and Only (2016), her documentary about only children. Michelle lectures and leads workshops around the U.S., and has spoken at institutions including: Harvard University, Stanford University, Boston College, Boston University, Clark University, and Sixth & I. She has also presented at several conferences, including Mom 2.0 Summit, Celebrating Women: Mind, Body & Spirit, The National Media Literacy and Education Conference, Boston International Kids Film Festival and The Worcester Women’s Leadership conference. Michelle is married with a 13-year-old daughter, and lives in Brookline, Mass. Visit www.michellecove.com to learn more about Michelle’s projects. michelle@mediagirls.org

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Amanda Mozea, Education Outreach Manager

​Amanda Mozea graduated from Harvard College, where she concentrated in Social Studies with a focus field titled “Racial Inequality in Contemporary America” and a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. Throughout college, Amanda mentored young girls in Boston’s South End through the program Strong Women Strong Girls. Amanda is a firm believer in the power of media to enact change. While a student at Harvard, Amanda created a multiracial student photo gallery to bring attention to Harvard’s lack of institutional support for multiracial students. The gallery has expanded into the website: http://we-are-other.com. In addition to her zeal for female empowerment and media studies, Amanda is an avid fan of the Blues, travel, and food from all corners of the globe. amanda@mediagirls.org


Angela Scott, Operations Manager

Angela Scott graduated from Bentley University in 2015 with a degree in Management, and set her sites immediately on empowering people to be their best selves.  She served as a Membership Recruitment Specialist with the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, and was actively involved with the Center for Women and Business at Bentley which led her to create her own Empowering Bentley Women Conference.  She has served as a SMART girls program leader at her local Boys & Girls Club and has always been motivated to inspire girls to find their voice.  She has a passion for health, fitness, and education, and lived her dream in April 2017 of completing the Boston Marathon.

Board Members

TaraLynn A. Casperson

TaraLynn A. Casperson is an associate in the Trusts and Estates Department at the nationally ranked Nutter McClennen & Fish law offices in Boston, MA. In addition to her summer associate work at Nutter, Taralynn’s professional experience includes serving as an intern at Greater Hartford Legal Aid and at an intellectual property law firm in Connecticut. During law school, TaraLynn served as the vice president of finance for the Student Legal Forum, the 2013-2014 Issues & Concerns chair of the Black Law Students Association, and on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Tax Review. Prior to law school, TaraLynn worked as a lead paralegal on international commercial litigation matters at a law firm in Washington, D.C.

Advice for speaking up: Accepting that your voice is powerful enough to effect change is a little scary, but you must. Do it afraid, do it thoughtfully, and get used to the idea that you can (and will) make a difference if you speak up.

Gina Coletti

Gina Coletti is a Trust Advisor at Choate, Hall, and Stewart in Boston, MA.  She specializes in wealth management and estate planning and is responsible for delivering comprehensive advice to high net worth families throughout New England.  She received her CTFA designation from the American Bankers Association and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.  Gina gives back to her community through volunteering at inner city organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and Citizen School.  She developed an entrepreneurship program for middle school students, which is taught as an afterschool program at a Boston Public school.  She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Club Friends Council.

​Advice for speaking up: 
 You deserve to be part of the conversation.  Your voice and opinions matter.  You can make the world a better place by speaking up and standing true to your values.

Michelle Cove

Michelle Cove is the founder and Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS. She is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and journalist whose projects have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Katie Couric’s talk show “Katie,” “The Today Show,” Fox TV, and national publications including The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Parenting, MORE, and U.S. World News & Report. She is the author of I Love Mondays (Seal Press, 2012), co-author of the national bestseller I’m Not Mad, I Just Hate You!: A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict (Viking, 1999), and author of Seeking Happily Ever After (Tarcher Penguin, 2010). Michelle continues to blog regularly for the award-winning Huffington Post Parents, and speaks at festivals and conferences around the country.

Advice on speaking up: Girls tend to speak up when they already know their answer is right but it’s important to speak up for the sake of sharing your ideas and participating in the discussion.

Armandina Cueva

Marketing Operations Consultant
Netflix- 
The Jillian Group

Armandina Cueva is a Marketing Operations Consultant who has been in the media industry for 20 years between Mexico and USA Markets, producing, running operations, and management for TV/Radio/Media/Music platforms. Currently a digital marketing operations consultant for Netflix-The Jillian Group. Member of The Television Academy (Emmys),  WGBH’s Corporate Executive Council (NPR Boston), Chief Communication Officer for ALPFA Boston (Association of Latino Professionals) and 2013 Latino Leader by Latino Leaders Magazine. Has a BA in Science of Communications from ITESM (2001), Business Management in Entertainment from UCLA (2014) and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Institute Program with MIT Sloan Management (2018).

Advice for speaking up: You have a voice, use it! you have a space, fill it! Take the time to get to know YOU, is ok to reinvent yourself, just be true and work to become the best version you can be.

Melissa Grossman

Melissa Grossman has over 20 years of non-profit management experience with a focus on leadership development, program development and implementation, and fundraising with organizations both small and large, including Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In addition to her role at MEDIAGIRLS, she directs a national book and author program focusing on issues of gender and religion at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.  Melissa also serves on the Board of Directors of Families First, an organization dedicated to improving parenting skills in at-risk communities. A lifelong consumer of media, Melissa is also the mother of a ten-year-old girl and has tremendous passion for issues of gender, body image and self-esteem. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and has her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University. ​

Advice for speaking up: Believe that your ideas and perspective are important.  The conversation is not complete without your voice.

Pebbles (Susan Semedo)

Pebbles (Susan Semedo) is a co-host of HOT 96.9FM’s morning show “The Get Up Crew,” and has been a top radio personality in Boston for more than 20 years. Prior to working on HOT 96.9, she was the co-host of “Ramiro & Pebbles in the Morning” on JAM’N 94.5FM, and began her radio career at the urban contemporary station WILD-AM. A graduate of Northeastern University, Pebbles has always had a deep and strong commitment to the community. An advocate on issues affecting women and girls, she has donated her time to numerous organizations serving youth.

 

​Advice for speaking up: When that voice in your head tells you that what you have to say isn’t important, tell it to shut up. There is only one you, and you bring something to the world that no one else can. Get to really know who you are, what you believe, and find a way to let your voice be heard. It isn’t always in the things we verbalize either. Your voice is in all the ways you express yourself: your writing, music, dance, artwork, etc. Find your voice and use it.

Rachel Kalvert

Rachel Kalvert is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Boston seeing both individuals and couples. Rachel helps her clients understand their strengths in the workplace and also the patterns that may be causing dissatisfaction or conflict in their professional life. Through her consulting firm, Making Parenting WORK, Rachel also provides workshops to support working parents and expectant mothers in the workplace. Rachel became a Psychoanalyst after training at Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and obtained a MSW from New York University. Rachel received her BA from Smith College.

Advice for speaking up: Everyone has opinions on what is too aggressive or not aggressive enough for women in the workplace. You will never win unless you are true to yourself. Speak your ideas, and own what you know!

Kelli Morrison

Kelli Morrison is the Assistant Controller and Vice President of External Reporting at Cengage Learning, a large educational publisher located in Boston. Kelli has more than 20 years of experience in both public and private accounting and finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds an MBA from Boston University, and a BS in Mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. As a senior finance leader in a male-dominated field, Kelli has had plenty of practice in advocating for herself.

Advice for speaking up: I’ve learned it is important to be both a good listener and confident speaker. When in conversation, try active listening, such as repeating what someone else has expressed as their point of view, before responding to them. This will allow you to engage the listener and demonstrate you HEAR them and they will be more likely to listen to you and hear what YOU say to them.

Elisa Vincent

Elisa Vincent has built a career in human capital and women’s leadership management and consulting.  She is currently Director, Talent Management and Organizational Design at ThermoFisher Scientific.  She has held many leadership roles in talent management, learning and development,  international and intercultural education, diversity and inclusion strategy and training, and leadership development and coaching, specifically of women across their career journeys.  Throughout her career, Elisa has been a leader and advocate for women’s advancement in professional and social contexts, having founded women’s leadership programs in many organizations she has worked for.

Advice for speaking up: Follow your heart always. There will be many people along the way who will tell you are too much or too little of something.  Don’t listen to them.  You are the right amount of everything you need to be.  You define your own success.

Zanefa Walsh

Zanefa Walsh is a marketing and communications professional with diversity and inclusion experience. Currently, she is the Marketing Director for ChopChop Family, a not-for-profit that educates families about the benefits of cooking and eating healthy food together. She holds a bachelor’s in Anthropology from George Washington University, a master’s in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland, and an M.S. in Digital Marketing and Design from Brandeis University. Her academic qualifications from the U.S. and Switzerland, as well as experiences from living abroad and traveling extensively throughout Africa and Europe, enhance her ability to communicate effectively with and on behalf of individuals from various cultural backgrounds. She uses cultural sensitivity, diplomacy, mediation, patience and empathy to limit misinterpretations that commonly occur in cross-cultural communication.

Advice for speaking up: During a conversation, have you ever said “Good point, orI never thought of that”? Well, those responses are a result of someone speaking up. Share your ideas and opinions. Speaking up exposes others to another way of thinking.

Advisors

Jacqueline Boas

With nearly 20 years’ experience in communications across multiple industries and sectors, Jacqueline currently serves as the Head of Communications & Brand for OSRAM, one of the world’s leading lighting manufacturers with a track record of more than 100 years. In her current role she represents the global communications and brand strategy with oversight of media relations, digital marketing, trade show and events, government/industry affairs and employee communications. Prior to joining OSRAM, she ran Corporate Communications for Lewiston, Maine-based, Northeast Bank. She oversaw the corporate charitable foundation and managed Corporate Social Responsibility for the med device manufacturer, Boston Scientific. Early in her career she interned with ABC News 20/20 (during the Barbara Walters era) which sparked her passion for communications. Her love of service started while getting her MA in Anthropology at Columbia University. Jacqueline also has her BA in Anthropology & Women’s Studies from Syracuse University and her MBA from Simmons University.

Damita Davis

Damita Davis serves as the Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Boston College. Prior to this position, Damita was the Director of Multicultural Programs at Emmanuel College, where she was responsible for the development of diversity education programs and initiatives for students on campus. Damita conducts trainings for Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, other paraprofessionals and staff, and created the Rose Bulter Browne Leadership and Mentor Program for Women of Color as a course at The University of Rhode Island. Damita has served as a training consultant for Special Programs for Talent Development at URI, and developed curriculum for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Damita is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), served as a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Women in Education, and is founder and immediate past President of African American Women in Higher Education-New England.

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson works at Boston University, where she serves as Director of Advising within the Provost’s Office. Before moving to BU, Laura served as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard University. At Harvard, she taught courses in History & Literature and in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, including “Girl Talk,” “Gender and Sports,” and “Gender and Education.”  Laura holds a doctorate from Boston University in American Studies, with a specialization in gender studies.  She earned a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused her studies on the social and emotional development of adolescents and young adults.

 

Jessie Newman

Jessie Newman has a long history of success as a corporate communications and social responsibility leader. Her expertise is in developing internal and external communications strategy, shaping culture and employee engagement, and effectively driving transformational change. She is currently the Director, Community Relations for Fresenius Medical Care North America based in Waltham, MA. Her most recent role was as the Vice President of Corporate Programs for the Mile High United Way in Denver. Prior to joining the United Way, she was president of a consulting firm that specialized in communications and Corporate Social Responsibility programs, with clients like Harvard Pilgrim Health Foundation, Fresenius Medical Care and Jackson Health.

Amy Kingman

Amy Kingman is the Director of Advancement for Breakthrough Greater Boston, an organization dedicated to transforming urban education by putting kids in low-income communities on the path to college and inspiring and training the next generation of urban teachers. Most recently, Amy was the Boston Executive Director for Strong Women, Strong Girls, a mentoring program working to raising the aspirations of girls in low-income communities. Amy has dedicated her professional career to increasing opportunities for all young people. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Skidmore College. In addition to her work advising MEDIAGIRLS, Amy currently serves on the steering committee of Women in Nonprofits, the Youth Villages Women of Excellence selection committee and is a volunteer with Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring.

 

Kavita Pillay

Kavita Pillay is a documentary producer, radio reporter and media consultant, who has traveled widely while unearthing a range of stories. Kavita began working in film as a documentary producer at Northern Light Productions. In 2005, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to India, where she started researching and producing a feature-length documentary about Indian men named Stalin and Lenin (expected completion: 2017). After studying at the Prague Film School, she was named a 2009 Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH Boston. Kavita has received film related grants from the LEF Foundation, the Flaherty Film Fellowship and the Sundance Documentary Film Program, and was a 2011 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and a 2014 New Voices Fellow with the Association of Independents in Radio.

 

Kelly Segal

Kelly Segal has run her own consultancy, K.S. Advisors, since 2010.  She works with nonprofits to accelerate impact by improving efficiency. Her clients include both small and large non-profits in the areas of education, politics, child advocacy, social justice, and women’s empowerment.  Prior to that, she worked for 15 years in the nonprofit sector in a wide variety of roles.  She is passionate about gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

 

Erin Thornton

Erin Thornton helps individuals, nonprofits and companies who are serious about making a difference in the world develop and execute a plan to do just that. In 2015, she founded Erin Thornton Consulting, through which she has been advising new clients on how to leverage their own unique attributes to address global challenges. Erin is also a Partner and Co-Founder of HIVE, a collective designed to help organizations and individuals put social impact at the heart of their work. From 2010 to 2015, she worked with co-founder Christy Turlington Burns as the Executive Director of Every Mother Counts (EMC), a campaign designed to engage the public on the issue of global maternal health. Erin spent 8 years on the Executive Leadership team as the Global Policy Director of DATA and later the ONE campaign to fight global poverty. Erin joined co-founders Bono and Bobby Shriver at the organization’s inception and was responsible for establishing ONE as a critical partner for policymakers and lead thinkers alike. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University and received her master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University. Erin was recognized as one of the Top 40 Leaders in Global Development Under the Age of 40 in 2010.

 

Emily Weinstein

Emily Weinstein is a social scientist and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Graduate School Education. She studies how social media influence the everyday lives of tweens, teens, and young adults. Emily’s research appears in peer-reviewed academic journals including Journal of Adolescent Research, New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior. Her work has also been covered in popular publications such as TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Boston Globe. Emily loves working with school and families to reshape how we think and talk about digital citizenship. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cornell University, as well as a master’s degree in Prevention Science & Practice and a doctorate in Human Development & Education, both from Harvard University.