Meet the team 

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WORKSHOP LEADERS:

We've asked some of our very favorite people from all over the internet to join us for a weekend in the woods, and to our absolute delight, they said yes.

 
 
Cyndie Spiegel

Cyndie Spiegel

Keynote Workshop Leader

Cyndie is a Brooklyn-based small business consultant, coach, and TEDx speaker. She is also the founder of The Collective (of Us), a small business accelerator for women and The Community (of Us), an online hub for conversation and change-making community.

She is on a mission to empower 100,000 women to build BOLD businesses and conversations by the year 2020.

Her straight talk and visionary perspective on creating women-owned businesses, overcoming imposter complex and embracing fear; inspire women globally to build bold, profitable businesses.

She is a sought-after speaker for creative conferences around the country and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Glamour Magazine, Teen Vogue, and The Huffington Post.

She can't wait to turn active social media… OFF and chillaxed lady power game… ON!

 
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Jay Pryor

Keynote Workshop Leader

Nothing is more powerful than leading by example, and Jay Pryor is a living example of the power of possibility in transforming your life. Born female, Jay transitioned to male after 35 years of living life as a woman. Now living as a gender non-conforming person, Jay has truly unique insight into how differently women experience the world versus men, the challenges that the LGBT+ community faces daily.

Jay is a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

They can't wait to meet new people and make new friends. 

 
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Meg Keene

camp director & Workshop Leader

Meg runs one of the largest independent wedding wedding publications in the world, A Practical Wedding, and is the founder of The Compact. Meg has written two books, creatively titled A Practical Wedding, and A Practical Wedding Planner, both top sellers on the wedding bookshelf. Her work has been referenced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Jezebel, and Refinery 29, among other outlets. She graduated from NYU with her degree in Experimental Theatre, so just wait for talent show night. She manages the best, most feminist team in the world from the APW offices in East Oakland, where she lives with her husband and two small kids. 

She can't wait for dance class.

 
  Leah Tioxon   Camp Witch   Leah  is a nomad, a mom, a Radical Self Love advocate, a creator and keeper of sacred space, and a happy-hearted human who loves to travel, teach, learn, and hug some trees. She's also SuperWoo with a Master’s in Social Work—so you can expect some intense spirituality with a heavy helping of practicality. She's all about figuring out how to live the healthiest, happiest life she can, while juggling multiple loves and interests and to-do lists. She loves helping women create the life they most want.   She can't wait to howl at the moon with a pack of wild women.

Leah Tioxon

Camp Witch

Leah is a nomad, a mom, a Radical Self Love advocate, a creator and keeper of sacred space, and a happy-hearted human who loves to travel, teach, learn, and hug some trees. She's also SuperWoo with a Master’s in Social Work—so you can expect some intense spirituality with a heavy helping of practicality. She's all about figuring out how to live the healthiest, happiest life she can, while juggling multiple loves and interests and to-do lists. She loves helping women create the life they most want.

She can't wait to howl at the moon with a pack of wild women.

  Chloe Jackman    YogA instructor & Cabin Leader    Chloe  is a sassy San Franciscan with attitude. On any given day you’ll catch her sportin’ cheetah, stripes, turquoise or gold (sometimes all at once) rocking her #FrecklesnFro and dancing on the job. Did she mention she's a native? Native San Franciscan, that is.   She can't wait to find unicorns in the forest.

Chloe Jackman

YogA instructor & Cabin Leader

Chloe is a sassy San Franciscan with attitude. On any given day you’ll catch her sportin’ cheetah, stripes, turquoise or gold (sometimes all at once) rocking her #FrecklesnFro and dancing on the job. Did she mention she's a native? Native San Franciscan, that is.

She can't wait to find unicorns in the forest.

  Eve Sturges    vision boarding & licensed therapist   Eve Sturges made all her dreams come true when she had a baby in the  middle of college at age 22. Just kidding! Her life has been a roller coaster of fails and triumphs, tears and laughter. Her pursuit for inspiration as a waitressing single-mom birthed her first blog,  The Magpie List , launched a writing career, and led her to a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. As well as musings for APW, Eve's work can be found at Rookie magazine, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post,  and Refinery29. Her creativity and humor colors all areas of her life, including her unique brand of psychotherapy, which she calls MagpieLife. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband who does not want any pets right now and two kids who would like just a cat or puppy. 

Eve Sturges

vision boarding & licensed therapist

Eve Sturges made all her dreams come true when she had a baby in the  middle of college at age 22. Just kidding! Her life has been a roller coaster of fails and triumphs, tears and laughter. Her pursuit for inspiration as a waitressing single-mom birthed her first blog, The Magpie List, launched a writing career, and led her to a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. As well as musings for APW, Eve's work can be found at Rookie magazine, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post,  and Refinery29. Her creativity and humor colors all areas of her life, including her unique brand of psychotherapy, which she calls MagpieLife. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband who does not want any pets right now and two kids who would like just a cat or puppy. 

 Jareesa Tucker McClure   cabin leader   Jareesa Tucker McClure is a thirty-something in the Twin Cities, with the world's cutest baby daughter. She’s a chemist turned supply chain project manager (and part-time writer) who spends her time knitting and running a Twin Cities Black professionals organization. Follow her rants on Twitter at  @Jubilance1922  or on her blog,  Black Girl Unlost .      She can't wait to knit by the campfire.

Jareesa Tucker McClure

cabin leader

Jareesa Tucker McClure is a thirty-something in the Twin Cities, with the world's cutest baby daughter. She’s a chemist turned supply chain project manager (and part-time writer) who spends her time knitting and running a Twin Cities Black professionals organization. Follow her rants on Twitter at @Jubilance1922 or on her blog, Black Girl Unlost.

 

She can't wait to knit by the campfire.

 Manya Dotson   Cabin Leader   Manya Dotson is an avid adventurer, amateur artist, designer of all the things, novice gardener, bath-lover, and believer-in-magic. She also happens to run programs that are engaging, inspiring, and serving adolescent girls across many African countries with life-planning and contraceptive services for an international non-profit, and lived in West Africa and Kenya for 17 years running big public health program, before moving to the DC area two years ago to take on a global role. Manya is a long-time contributor to APW, laying it all bare on a variety of topics in the hopes that others don't have to learn the hard way. Manya has two girls, aged 17 and 12, and  is married to her beloved Brian. When Manya turned 40 she gave herself permission to sparkle as much as need be. Turns out, it's A LOT. Also? Her cabin is going to be really special (see: believes in magic).      She can't wait to make crafts. (And talk about sex by the campfire)

Manya Dotson

Cabin Leader

Manya Dotson is an avid adventurer, amateur artist, designer of all the things, novice gardener, bath-lover, and believer-in-magic. She also happens to run programs that are engaging, inspiring, and serving adolescent girls across many African countries with life-planning and contraceptive services for an international non-profit, and lived in West Africa and Kenya for 17 years running big public health program, before moving to the DC area two years ago to take on a global role. Manya is a long-time contributor to APW, laying it all bare on a variety of topics in the hopes that others don't have to learn the hard way. Manya has two girls, aged 17 and 12, and  is married to her beloved Brian. When Manya turned 40 she gave herself permission to sparkle as much as need be. Turns out, it's A LOT. Also? Her cabin is going to be really special (see: believes in magic).

 

She can't wait to make crafts. (And talk about sex by the campfire)

  Nicole Gervacio    Workshop Leader   Nicole Gervacio is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California - occupied Huichin. As a cultural producer, she is open to all methods and mediums available to express a concept, from visual work to movement, video to written word. Throughout her career as an artist, she has taught dance classes, original choreography, and movement workshops to empower the individual as well as the collective. Through spaces like Hipline dance studio and more recently in collaboration with Liberation Spring, a decolonial grassroots freedom school, and Abun-dance, a donation based gathering for healing expression, Nicole's experience has culminated to her most recent work: embodied drama. embodied drama is a dance class that encourages experimentation that exercises the mind, body, and soul.   She can't wait to dance.    

Nicole Gervacio

Workshop Leader

Nicole Gervacio is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California - occupied Huichin. As a cultural producer, she is open to all methods and mediums available to express a concept, from visual work to movement, video to written word. Throughout her career as an artist, she has taught dance classes, original choreography, and movement workshops to empower the individual as well as the collective. Through spaces like Hipline dance studio and more recently in collaboration with Liberation Spring, a decolonial grassroots freedom school, and Abun-dance, a donation based gathering for healing expression, Nicole's experience has culminated to her most recent work: embodied drama. embodied drama is a dance class that encourages experimentation that exercises the mind, body, and soul.

She can't wait to dance.

 

 Monique Malcolm   WORKSHOP leader   Monique Malcolm is an intuitive problem solver who develops tools, resources, and strategies for women who are in search of less confusion and more clarity while starting their businesses. Through her online community  Keep Chasing the Stars  and her podcast  Pimp Your Brilliance , she curates an outlet for dreamers who are obsessed with the idea of pursuing greatness. She's also the creator of the  Visionary Journal , a goal setting system designed to give ambitious creatives an action plan to push the limits on what’s possible for their lives.   Monique is a woman on a mission to push everyone she meets a little closer to the stars in the galaxy of their dreams. When she’s not running her blossoming empire, you can find her soaking up the Florida sun on a sandy beach with her husband and son.   She can't wait to see the stars with less light pollution and eating plenty of smores.

Monique Malcolm

WORKSHOP leader

Monique Malcolm is an intuitive problem solver who develops tools, resources, and strategies for women who are in search of less confusion and more clarity while starting their businesses. Through her online community Keep Chasing the Stars and her podcast Pimp Your Brilliance, she curates an outlet for dreamers who are obsessed with the idea of pursuing greatness. She's also the creator of the Visionary Journal, a goal setting system designed to give ambitious creatives an action plan to push the limits on what’s possible for their lives. 

Monique is a woman on a mission to push everyone she meets a little closer to the stars in the galaxy of their dreams. When she’s not running her blossoming empire, you can find her soaking up the Florida sun on a sandy beach with her husband and son.

She can't wait to see the stars with less light pollution and eating plenty of smores.

 Elise Moreno   WORKSHOP leader   Elise Moreno is a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is inspired by the beautiful Bay Area and the interesting people that inhabit it.  Her illustrations have been published by Buzzfeed and Huffpost Women. When not behind her desk she can be found at various drawing meet-ups, riding her bike around Oakland, or talking to her cat.   She can't wait to make new friends and go swimming!

Elise Moreno

WORKSHOP leader

Elise Moreno is a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is inspired by the beautiful Bay Area and the interesting people that inhabit it.

Her illustrations have been published by Buzzfeed and Huffpost Women. When not behind her desk she can be found at various drawing meet-ups, riding her bike around Oakland, or talking to her cat.

She can't wait to make new friends and go swimming!

More Workshop Leaders coming soon.

If you're interested in leading a workshop at camp, drop us a line.

Camp STaff

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This is camp for women in the middle of everything. It's for those of us juggling so many balls we know we're dropping them all over the place, but what are we going to do? The Compact Camp is a time for us  to sit down. to have no responsibilities, and no push notifications. It's a chance to stop connecting, and to actually connect. To experience the wonder of camp like you did as a kid (but without any of the bad parts). It's our chance to get back to basics, make a craft, fly by moonlight on a zipline, or dance it out. It's about female friendship, and adult joy.

Through our day jobs at A Practical Wedding, our goal has always to foster community and connection for smart women. In 2018, we decided that we needed to get out from behind our computers, and do this thing. Together.

 
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Maddie Eisenhart

Camp Co-Director

Maddie is The Compact's resident Hufflepuff, and Chief Revenue Officer at A Practical Wedding. Prior to joining the ranks at APW, Maddie had a brief, yet unsatisfying stint in the entertainment industry, followed by a riveting year researching couponing habits among suburban shoppers. Her other career highlights include: getting kicked out of a Def Leppard concert for being too young to work the floor, and interviewing Hanson for local access TV. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia.

She can't wait for archery.

 
  Chelsea Hanepen    Operations Manager   Chelsea Hanepen is a  floral designer  and all around creative from the San Francisco Bay Area. When Chelsea isn’t at APW or playing with flowers, she spends her time wandering Northern California looking for the best camping spots (with the best wild flowers and swimming holes) and tasting all the food and craft beer that the area has to offer.   She can't wait to unplug.

Chelsea Hanepen

Operations Manager

Chelsea Hanepen is a floral designer and all around creative from the San Francisco Bay Area. When Chelsea isn’t at APW or playing with flowers, she spends her time wandering Northern California looking for the best camping spots (with the best wild flowers and swimming holes) and tasting all the food and craft beer that the area has to offer.

She can't wait to unplug.

  Najva Sol   Staff  Najva Sol is a queer Iranian-American photographer, writer, consultant, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Storytelling is her life. As a photojournalist, she’s shot everything from Art Basel to the Democratic National Convention. Getting hired by Moleskine & sponsored by Lomography in the same year made her low-fi childhood dreams come true. Najva consults on social media, brand strategy, and digital community for select clients, but only uses her powers for good. She’s spoken at lots of fancy places, like Harvard and Columbia, and been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time Out New York. She is Director of Digital Strategy for  A Practical Wedding.     She can't wait to make new friends.

Najva Sol

Staff

Najva Sol is a queer Iranian-American photographer, writer, consultant, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Storytelling is her life. As a photojournalist, she’s shot everything from Art Basel to the Democratic National Convention. Getting hired by Moleskine & sponsored by Lomography in the same year made her low-fi childhood dreams come true. Najva consults on social media, brand strategy, and digital community for select clients, but only uses her powers for good. She’s spoken at lots of fancy places, like Harvard and Columbia, and been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time Out New York. She is Director of Digital Strategy for A Practical Wedding. 

She can't wait to make new friends.

  Keriann Kohler    Staff   After spending her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, Keriann embarked on a mission to make up for lost time by doing All The Things. Highlights include: an undergrad honors thesis on set design and starlets during the golden age of MGM; working front of house for Suge Knight, Yo Yo Ma, and Democratic Presidential Debates; studying art history in situ in Italy; set construction for everything from grad theses to Tyra Banks to the Oscars; a decade of working for a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts magazine; acting in an award-winning short film; and—of course—being Director of Brand Partnerships for A Practical Wedding.    She can't wait for all the woo-woo stuff.

Keriann Kohler

Staff

After spending her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, Keriann embarked on a mission to make up for lost time by doing All The Things. Highlights include: an undergrad honors thesis on set design and starlets during the golden age of MGM; working front of house for Suge Knight, Yo Yo Ma, and Democratic Presidential Debates; studying art history in situ in Italy; set construction for everything from grad theses to Tyra Banks to the Oscars; a decade of working for a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts magazine; acting in an award-winning short film; and—of course—being Director of Brand Partnerships for A Practical Wedding.


She can't wait for all the woo-woo stuff.