Instructor bios

Here are your 8 coaches and mentors:

Stephanie Barnhart is the Author/Founder of, New York Editor for Mommy Nearest Magazine, and Founder/Social Media Strategist of Stephanie is also a speaker of best online practices for small business and soloprenurs, as well as an educator to parents on social media monitoring. She has also been seen in the New York Times, PARENTGUIDE News, NY Metro Parent, ABC News, and been a contributing author on various websites.

Stephanie Mellor Doyle is a lifestyle blogger at Life According to Steph, where she covers anything and everything from organization and hausfrauing to cooking to general life observations and advice. Her day job finds her running the marketing and communications of a small Philadelphia firm, including website overhauls and use of social media across multiple platforms. Using networking and social media, she has grown her blog to one that receives tens of thousands of monthly page views.

Kali Hawlk is a personal finance blogger who dishes out advice on money and more for sensible twenty-somethings at She’s experienced in living well on less and properly handling side hustle income. With a background in writing and a passion for finance, she’s eager to help other bloggers learn how to manage their blogging income and make the most out of every dollar. Her writing can be seen on sites such as The Huffington Post, GoGirl Finance, and H&R Block.

Miranda Marquit is a successful freelance writer and professional blogger. She is one of the most prolific bloggers in the personal finance space. Miranda began her freelancing business in 2005 after completing her M.A. in Journalism at Syracuse University. She is the author of Confessions of a Professional Blogger and the writer behind, a web site about freelancing. Miranda’s work has been seen on sites including The Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and NPR.

Jesse Michelsen has been working in the tech industry since 2005 as a systems administrator, developer and security consultant. He specializes in WordPress, LAMP and Python development. He has a passion for the web and social progress. He’s been blogging since 2009 and currently writes at about entrepreneurship and start ups. He’s also one of the founders of Manteresting, the guy’s alternative to Pinterest.

Kathleen O’Malley is the creator of the personal finance and frugal living blog, Frugal Portland, where she writes about fun, frugal things to do in her hometown of Portland, Oregon as well as ways to make the most of our short time here on the planet. Topics include living simply and having fun on a shoestring. In just two years, Kathleen has eliminated her debt and grown her audience with the help of Frugal Portland. By figuring out some of the key “blogging rules” she’s taken her site from zero volume to one that makes a five-figure income a year. She is also a contributing writer to Babble.

Joe Saul-Sehy is the co-host of the popular Stacking Benjamins podcast. His podcast was recently featured on the Stitcher Holiday Survival Guide as one of 10 financial podcasts to help you through the holiday season. Joe’s hosted a radio show, appeared on weekly local television news, and has given speeches at companies such as Chrysler, IBM, Xerox and Microsoft. His advice has appeared in Child, Bride, and Best Life magazines, as well as newspapers ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Sun-Times, Baltimore Sun, and Detroit News. He paid his way through college as a wedding disc jockey. He’s a pro at podcasting equipment, show planning, on-air interviewing and direction, scoring guests, advertising your podcast and finding advertisers.

Laura Yamin is a Lifestyle blogger and coach who blogs at She helps women create a life that is beyond their wildest dreams by focusing on taking actions that create more time, money and happiness.  She is passionate about blogging monetization as it is rich with creative opportunities to create revenue streams while sharing your passions to the world.   Her work in this topic has been featured at FitBloggin’ 13, Healthy Living Blog, and Thrive Hive training.

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