I remember Arianna Huffington being laughed at and openly doubted by members of the Old Media when she started a news site in May of 2005. Now that website, The Huffington Post, is one of the most popular around the globe (and my favorite), and is a shining star of the explosion of New Media. Her website's mix of news links and blogs has made it a runaway hit.
Betty Nguyen - @bettynguyencnn
Whether interviewing news makers or on assignment in foreign countries, CNN Weekend Anchor Betty Nguyen makes it look easy. Her calm demeanor has been an asset in intense discussions about hot button issues, and was particularly useful when she got into the isolated country of Myanmar and showed images of devastation caused by a deadly cyclone.
CARRIE WILKERSON - @barefoot_exec
Carrie Wilkerson has created great, resourceful websites: blogbarefoot.com is for both men and women, and awhw.org is specifically for stay-at-home women. In fact, she has even allowed guest bloggers to submit posts to her blog, something I intend to gleefully emulate very soon. And for the record, her term "barefoot executive" is so on point!
DEBBY GIASULLO TAFUR - @DGiasullo_Tafur
MIRIE FRASER - @entreprediva
Mirie Fraser is an Entrepreneur and "Life Design Coach" who is always seeking "ways to create ongoing LifeGasms" for her self and others. Her upcoming, well-publicized 3 day Entreprediva Retreat in The Great Smokey Mountains is a winner.
FREDA MOOCOTCH - @FredaMooncotch
She heads the website, AlphaWomen, which is promoted as the site "for the indefinable woman". And believe me, it completely lives up to its billing. It's a very substantive site - rich with great advice, tips, and profiles of site members. Great video message from Freda too.
KRISTI JONES - @kjoneskc
Kristi Jones is a top Recruitment Specialist and Staffing Consultant. She is involved in seminar and workshops focusing on "human capital management, employment brand strategy and sales/marketing skill development". In a down economy, she's someone you want in your corner.
Michelle Rosado - @mikaila
In addition to being a powerful advocate for peace, this 9/11 survivor has become a popular author and speaker. It took me years to get over seeing the second plane hit Tower II of the World Trade Center on 9/11, the very building she narrowly escaped from after being high up on the 95th floor.
SHARITTA ALLEN - @SharittaAllen
As a well-known recruiter and staffing consultant, she truly delivers the goods for her clients, and is connected in every corner and major metropolitan area of this country. From Wall Street to Mainstreet, this is also a top recruiter you want in your corner.
SUMMER LOVE - @summer_g
In the interest of full disclosure, I actually know Summer Love. We met in college, and have been friends for a decade. She has been a fixture in musical circles for years from writing songs for industry heavyweights and hit makers. I'm sure Summer could write an R&B ballad about a mountain range and it would a be a #1 smash. She's just that good.