Meet The Jump Into 2021 Summit Speakers

Sara Alepin, CEO of District Bliss

Sara Alepin

CEO, District Bliss & Photos from the Harty

Sara is a master connector. She’s so good at it, she turned it into a business when founding the District Bliss community.

As an extrovert living in a work-from-home world, she’s found ways to leverage connections and continue to expand her multiple businesses, even during the pandemic.

She’s also the voice behind The Wedding Dish and Laughing with Gingers podcasts.

When she’s not podcasting or running a business, she’s spending time with her family, sipping either coffee or wine, traveling, or chasing around her crazy Frenchie Clouseau.


Kelly Carlin

Author and Speaker

Kelly Carlin is an author, performer, podcast/radio host, speaker and life coach/teacher. In 2015, her best-selling memoir, “A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George,” was published by St. Martin’s Press. In 2017, she retired her solo show of the same name and turned her focus to her other passion – empowering women through her online community and coaching program Women on the Verge. You can hear her on her popular podcast, “Waking from the American Dream,” and her SiriusXM show, “The Kelly Carlin Show.” She teaches and speaks yearly at Chautauqua Institution, Pacifica Graduate Institute and many other live and online events.

Devin Brinkley

CEO, Creative Gravity Consulting

Devin Brinkley, MBA is the founder and CEO of Creative Gravity Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in growing small businesses through creative strategies. ½ Corporate, ½ Entrepreneur, Devin is well versed in various industries including healthcare, dining, retail and podcasts. Having started a food truck from the ground up, solely marketing on social media, Devin knows how incredibly challenging it is to grow a small business. She uses her background in Business Administration and Communications, and years of experience as a social media manager, to build clear and effective marketing and business strategies for other small business owners.

Devin is passionate about creating innovative content that is impactful and engaging and is driven by the desire to help other entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

DeDee Cai

Founder & Holistic Business Strategist, Fit to Profit

DeDee Cai, founder and a holistic business strategist of Fit to Profit, a company that utilizes psychology, cognitive science, holistic wellness, and business to help get entrepreneurs mentally fit to attain peak level of performance in their businesses.

With over 12 years of experience in running her own businesses in the brick/mortar, health/ wellness industry, DeDee married her love for living an optimal lifestyle, and business to create FTP. She believes that your self-worth is your net worth, and she’s on a mission to empower women to be financially independent by building wealth from the inside out.

Doreen Vanderhart

Owner, Knap Creative

Doreen Vanderhart, owner of Knap Creative (pronouce the “k”), a marketing and design agency, specializes in helping brands level up their marketing.

Doreen is the original graphic designer, marketing nerd, and writing expert here Knap Creative. She is driven by curiosity, an unapologetic enthusiastic person and lover of puffy clouds.

Maddie Johnson

Founder and CEO, Living With Pickles

Maddie Johnson is an Emmy-winning producer, animal rescuer, and runs a mission-driven Instagram that gets ~3 million impressions per week. She features pet, lifestyle, home decor, and cruelty-free food/fashion products. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Dodo, Animal Planet, People Magazine, the New York Post and local TV news. Her content is creative, wholesome, playful, and charming. A typical post features Maddie alongside what she calls the “farm-ily”—her 10+ rescue pets (pigs, dogs, chickens, rabbits) and constant rotation of fosters (oftentimes puppies, but she’s also rehabilitated lambs, piglets, bunnies, and even a baby cow). Their community has fallen in love with the rescue mission, the off-the-chart levels of cute, and sharing in the joys of gardening, design, and beloved farm-ily pets.

Kristina Kury

Founder & CEO, Sprout Creative

Kristina Kury, Founder & CEO of Sprout Creative, which specializes in marketing for entrepreneurs, realized the passion small business owners had was being stunted by the lack of time, understanding and commitment to their businesses marketing needs. Their expertise lies in their business and supporting that dream. Marketing is overwhelming, laborious and confusing.

She decided it was time to jump in with them and help build a cohesive marketing plan to get them back to making their dreams shine so they can affect positive change.

She has over 10 years experience in the marketing industry with brands such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Wolfgang Puck and Sky Zone.

Roshni Baronia

Go-Global Strategist, RB Consulting

Roshni Baronia, Go-Global Strategist of RB Consulting, specializes in bespoke sales and strategic planning advisory. Roshni is a lifelong learner and you can would always find her reading books, attending seminars, enrolling in e-courses, signing up for webinars or just meeting people because the knowledge gained is never wasted. She has acquired certifications in Entrepreneurship from EDII, Ahmedabad, Project management from the University of Irvine and Strategic Sales Management from Funduko University, EXIM procedures from NIESBUD, Business Communication and Digital Marketing that helps her arrive at creative business solutions for her customers.

She now engages with her customers through service packages, workshops, valuable content, free resources, social media and more, and is a catalyst to their success journey and impacting many more lives through them.

Emily Merrell

Founder & CEO, Six Degrees Society

Emily Merell is the Chief Networker and Founder of Six Degrees Society. People also (lovingly) refer to her as “20 questions” because she always loved figuring out people’s stories. While working in the fashion industry, she dreamt up a place where individuals could come together from all industries, all backgrounds and show up who they are — unapologetically. Nothing makes her happier than connecting people who could mutually make each other’s lives more enjoyable.

In addition to Six Degrees Society, Emily also works with companies, founders, and solopreneurs who are looking to build a strong community of their own, plan events that inspire and develop partnerships that move the needle.

Casey Renae

Owner and Lead Designer, Snipes Design Agency

Casey Snipes, Owner and Lead Designer of Snipes Design Agency and better known as Casey Renae, brands success-driven entrepreneurs and corporations, guiding clients through brand strategy, visual communication, and design details. Casey Renae has created logos, websites, and branding strategies for many clients including Bobbi Kristina Serenity House. Terrence   J, La La Anthony, Yandy Smith-Harris, Jr., and Howard University. She’s the recipient of several awards including recognition as one of WKYS 93.9’s 30 Under 30 and Life Media’s ‘She Rocks DC’ Award for Graphic Designer of The Year. During her downtime, Casey is a sushi connoisseur and a mother of two tremendous little boys!

Erin Perkins

Operations Maven, Disability Advocate, & Graphic Designer, Mabely Q

Erin founded Mabely Q in 2018 to work with rebel women entrepreneurs who are ready to take their business from start-up to scale-up. The other focus of Mabely Q is being an advocate & educator on why accessibility is important and showing businesses how to be more inclusive. The focus of her work is operations & design of her clients. This gives her clients an opportunity to completely focus their time on their clients while she unifies their branding across all social media platforms, their website and even print. In addition, she is able to create concrete plans of action, then execute the systems and strategies for her clients.

As a former graphic designer and digital asset manager for a major corporation, she has been able to create a business that uniquely benefits her clients with her knowledge and understanding of design as well as keeping their operations running. In addition, she has  developed a guide that allows for the online industry to have a resource on creating more accessibility for deaf people. And will be shifting her business to focus on helping other small businesses make small changes towards accessibility. You can find more information about her work at

Helen Tremethick

CEO, Helen Tremethick

Helen Tremethick, Brand Voice Strategist & Business Coach, helps growing and scaling entrepreneurs connect faster, better, and easier with their audiences whether they’re online, at a networking event, or simply having dinner with friends. Hundreds of quirky, honest, radical, brilliant business owners just like you, working to build profitable, values-driven businesses with just the right amount of sass and strategy (or Love & Badassery).

Helen as taught hundreds of business owners (and representatives of multi-national companies) how to connect with their audiences. She’s built and directed teams, restructured operations, and facilitated multiple strategic planning events. She knows business on an intimate level but more importantly, she knows how you need to communicate with your people.

Melissa McFarlane

CEO, Creative Successful Entrepreneurs


Melissa McFarlane is an internationally-recognized coach with over 28 years of experience in executive, business, and personal coaching.
A sought-after speaker with a wide range of career and personal enhancement topics on which she presents, Melissa also has designed and taught many training programs and workshops around the United States and abroad.
At Creative Successful Entrepreneurs, Melissa helps RIGHT-BRAIN creative visionaries and Mavericks to make a LEFT-BRAIN living, by getting their big ideas into the world, where those ideas can make a difference. More specifically, working in private and elite small group environments, Melissa helps her clients in both realms to create new personal and professional visions, define timelines and action plans, learn skills, assemble support, maintain accountability and ultimately make good on the promise of lives.

Lexie Smith

Founder, THEPRBAR inc.

Lexie Smith, Founder of THEPRBAR, inc., created THEPRBAR inc. to establish a fun and inspiring brand that specializes in educating motivated entrepreneurs on how to expand their impact, influence, and revenue through PR.

From winning Shark Tank brands, to some of Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest-Growing Companies in America”, Lexi has helped countless companies and entrepreneurs gain accelerated success through the world of Public Relations. With 10 years of PR and Marketing experience, serving most recently as a VP of PR and Marketing of a high 8-figure industry disruptor, she has been recognized as top “20 in their 20s” and “Brilliant PR Experts under 30”, and “Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2020”. BUT cooler than that, through their work together, her clients have earned accolades such as “Entrepreneur of the Year” in their city, “Most Entrepreneurial Companies in America” – Entrepreneur Magazine, “Best Kept Secret” in Beverly Hills, “Most Innovative Gyms in America”, and have been featured in outlets such as CNN, Forbes, Wired, LA Times, FabFitFun, ABC, US Weekly, HuffPost, WIRED, CBS, USA Today, and MUCH, MUCH, more.

Sasha Willis

Owner, Creations By Sasha

Host, The Swirl and Sip Podcast

Sasha Willis is the boss lady behind Creations By Sasha and co-host of The Swirl and Sip Podcast. As a lifestyle brand, blogger, podcaster, and speaker, Sasha keeps it real talking all things mom-life, wifelife, business, and womanhood while filling her online shop with mugs, wine glasses, apparel, prints and more, created for the modern woman who’s building their own empire, hustling at a 9-5, or raising up little ones to conquer the world!

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