When it comes to finding collaborators to work on a massive book project, there is one key ingredient: You gotta really like and respect each other. That was the secret sauce for Cynthia, Hope and Cindy. We hope that you feel the love as you peruse the pages of your What’s Next Journal. Scroll down to learn a bit more about each of us.
Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder and president of Inkandescent® Inc., a national PR firm and publishing company that the long-time journalist founded in 2008. With the goal of helping entrepreneurs supersize their small businesses, Hope and her team of 10 publish online magazines (including InkandescentWomen.com and BeInkandescent Health & Wellness: BeInkandescent.com), produce dozens of podcast shows on InkandescentRadio.com, and film, direct, and produce videos featured on Inkandescent.tv.
During the pandemic, Hope began supersizing her own small business by featuring live and recorded classes through her popular portals by teachers and coaches located around the U.S. Not only do these professionals get a website with her sites, an interview that posts on Inkandescent’s radio and TV channels, they also have access to incredibly affordable PR packages (starting at $100/month) to promote their work. Best of all, they become part of a national community of entrepreneurs who work together to build each other’s brands. With that mission in mind, Hope also launched an online store to showcase and sell the work of the truly amazing women in her network who create gorgeous handmade goodies: InkandescentShop.com.
What’s Next? In 2021 Hope will launch Inkandescent Kids magazine and provide the opportunity for more women to publish their own books through InkandescentPublishing.com. Hope’s books include PR Rules: The Playbook — an entrepreneur’s guide to supersizing your small business using the 8 Steps to PR SuccessTM, and her newest tome, Why Divorce: 5 Reasons to Leave.
Learn more about this entrepreneur with a passion for communicating through her online portfolio: Powered-by-Hope.com.
Cynthia de Lorenzi is a TEDx Women and international motivational speaker, expert interviewer and moderator, co-author and social media expert and consultant, producer, artist, and futurist who likes to refer to herself as a serial entrepreneur and social commentator on the status of women in our world and their impact on our culture and economy today.
The New Mexico Technology Council awarded her the 2017 Women In Technology Wonder Women award, Washington Business Journal selected her as one of the top 25 “Women Who Mean Business” in 2006, SmartCEO magazine awarded her the BRAVA award in 2009 and was awarded SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence by her peers as well as recognized by Enterprising Women in 2010.
Her organization, Success in the City has been featured in the Business Section of the Washington Post, NPR, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and Washington’s Finest. As found and chief executive officer of Suc- cess in the City, Ms. de Lorenzi leads and unconventional business networking organization for entre- preneurs and senior level executive business leaders.
She has written for magazines like HerLife Magazine for women and Strictly Marketing Magazine on using Google+ and social media for business.
Cynthia is passionate about empowering others and the principle of paying-it- forward. In addition to leading Success in the City, Ms. de Lorenzi served as a Board member of The Telework Coalition, The Women’s Center and Community Business Partnership including The Women’s Business Center, which provides training, assistance and support to businesswomen in Northern Virginia.
Prior to founding Success in the City Cynthia served as the CEO of PatriotNet, an ISP headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Her previous experience includes leadership of the North Texas Technology and as a Politi- cal Advocate for the Concord Coalition, a nationwide, non-partisan grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy.
Today she is recognized as one of Washington DCs influential women, interviewer, keynote speaker, emcee, moderator, entrepreneur, CEO, motivational speaker, pundit, commentator and social media expert. She welcomes the opportunity to consult, speak and present to conferences and organizations seeking a fresh perspective on topics related to success, overcoming obstacles and using social media to build business and enhance your brand.
Cindy Seip was born with a crayon in one hand and a camera in the other, professional photographer, designer and mermaid (yes, mermaid) Cindy Seip has never ventured far from her creative instincts. Through the years, her creative side took hair pin turns, but always finished with a checkered flag.
As an “A+” student in art, it was her 12th grade art teacher, Mr. Popovitch, that set her on a profes- sional course in design introducing her to the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. There, she would earn her degree in Advertising Design.
She began her career at the Miami Herald Tropic magazine and later started her own design + under- water portrait photography business. Over the years Seip has amassed an impressive client list with some high-profile names like, Sony, Nasdaq, Ericsson, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AvMed, Miami Interna- tional Book Fair, Breakthrough Miami and many more. Her accolades reflect her keen eye for design.
Seip resides in sunny Miami with her husband, Miami Herald Photojournalist, Al Diaz, two great kids and a cute Wheaten Terrier named Amanda Bubbles.