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Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early 90s with her GRAMMY-award winning albums, Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, which featured hits such as, "Something To Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." With ten GRAMMYs under her belt and a long history of social activism, she tours regularly incorporating many benefit concerts into her schedule. After a brief hiatus, Raitt played over 170 shows in North America, Singapore, Australia/New Zealand, the UK and Europe in 2012/2013, recharged with a batch of great new songs to play in her live set along with the tried and true favorites that have treated her very loyal following to countless memorable shows through the years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's nineteenth album, Slipstream, is daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. Released in 2012, and earning Raitt her 10th GRAMMY Award (for Best Americana Album,) Slipstream marked Raitt's first new album in seven years, and the debut for her newly-minted label, Redwing Records.

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Olga Murray

Olga Murray (Founder, Honorary Board President) In Nepal, the Nepal Youth Foundation kids call her “Olga didi,” meaning “older sister.” As the honorary president of NYF, Olga Murray is living proof that getting older doesn’t mean slowing down. Born in 1925 in Transylvania, Olga came with her parents and sister to the U.S. when she was six year old. After graduation from Columbia University, she earned a law degree from George Washington University, where she was one of a handful of female students. Olga worked her way through school as a researcher and writer for famed muckraking columnist Drew Pearson. With her law degree in hand, she found that no law firm would hire a woman. So Olga knocked on the door of the California Supreme Court, where she became a research attorney for Chief Justice Phil Gibson. When he retired, Olga joined the law staff of the new Justice Stanley Mosk. During her 37-year tenure at the Court, Olga helped to write important decisions in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental policy. She retired from law in 1992 to launch yet another career—helping impoverished children in Nepal. Annually, Olga spends half the year in Sausalito, California, raising funds for Nepal Youth Foundation, and the other six months in Nepal overseeing NYF projects—redefining just what a didi can do.

Cris Williamson

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed, for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.

For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. "She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues."

Today, with 30 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver. The songs and the celebration continue with the release of her 31st, her new 2-CD set, Pray Tell. Cris is currently touring the songs from this album, and at the same time, is in deep preparation for the 40th Anniversary of The Changer and the Changed.

Suzanne Westenhoefer

The first openly gay comedian in the United States, Suzanne has delivered gay material to straight audiences in mainstream comedy clubs beginning in NYC since the early ’90s. After accepting a dare, she entered the world of comedy by accident and her life has never been the same since. Suzanne soon became the first lesbian comedian to garner an HBO Comedy Special, earning her a Cable Ace Award nomination. Additionally, a performance on “Late Night with David Letterman” marked the first by an openly lesbian comedian. Suzanne works mostly unscripted, so when she hits the stage it’s an unpredictable, original night of comedy magic. On land or at sea, Suzanne delights audiences with over 100 performances a year at theatres, clubs, colleges, fundraisers and cruise and resort vacations. Having toured with the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco while on Olivia Cruises, Suzanne wishes she’d been born a rockstar. Her comedy special and documentary, “A Bottom on Top,” aired on LOGO Television in fall 2007 and is available on DVD. In the summer of 2006, Suzanne starred nightly on the GSN’s remake of the classic game show, “I’ve Got a Secret.” HBO, Bravo and LOGO TV specials dot her resume.

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(1994): Nominated for a Cable Ace Award “Nothing in my Closet but my Clothes” (1999): Gay and Lesbian American Music Award (GLAMA) winner for best comedy CD “I’m Not Cindy Brady” (2000): GLAMA winner for best comedy CD “Guaranteed Fresh” (2003): GLAMA winner for best comedy CD

Nedra Johnson

Nedra Johnson is a singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist born & living in New York City. Her unique style of guitar playing is unmistakably informed by her many years as a professional bassist and keeps her live solo acoustic performances more on an R&B tip then what one might expect of a "girl with a guitar."

Nedra's self-titled sophomore release is a joyful mix of R&B, funk, rock and gospel that won an OUTMUSIC Award (Outstanding New Recording – Female). Each song is a testimony of her experience as a black openly-lesbian woman in love, spirituality, community or politics.

Nedra has performed internationally at jazz, blues, pride & women's music festivals as a solo artist and as tuba player/vocalist with her father Howard Johnson & his group, Gravity.

Whether in front of an intimate audience such as at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall or a large festival audience of 7000 like Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Nedra performs with a strength and vulnerability that makes each listener feel like they are getting to know her on a personal level. Her thoughtful choice of words reflects not only who she is, but also speaks to the heart in a way that mirrors the emotions many find difficult to express.

Poppy Champlin

Poppy Champlin is a veteran comic whose sharp wit and intuitive jokes can penetrate the heart of any discerning audience's funny bone. Poppy erupts onto the stage with a hip, fearless and in your face style of comedy that can persuade any crowd to come along for a ride that is highly personal and completely relatable. Rapid fire jokes mixed in with her skewed take on life, topped off with a few short comedic songs, keeps her audiences laughing and coming back for more. Poppy is not a sadist, but she is most happy when she leaves her audience screaming, crying and doubled over in pain...from laughter.

Her stand-up pedigree is flawless; from VH-1, to A&E, Oprah Winfrey and The Joan Rivers Show to her latest gig on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and traveling with Olivia Cruises where she has earned a reputation of being one of the fastest witted female comediennes on either coast.

Graduating from The University of Rhode Island with a BFA in theatre, Poppy set out for Chicago where she attended the famed Second City Comedy Troupe. She refined her chops in Chicago opening for such comics as Ray Ramano, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks and Rosie O’Donnell.

When Poppy hit tinsel town, she continued to study acting at the Larry Moss studios and has since put up her critically acclaimed One Woman Show, "A Chocolate Sandwich."

She was a staff writer for FOX’s Show Me The Funny.

She wrote, starred in and produced, a comedy pilot called News you Can't Use–think Tracy Ulman takes on the News.

Poppy currently can be seen performing her comedy, in the HBO Documentary “All Aboard Rosie’s Family Vacation” as well as, hosting her own popular comedy show; “Cocktails and Comedy” at the infamous GirlBar in West Hollywood.

Ever increasing her visibility, she performed for over 25.000 people in the closing ceremonies of the Gay Games in Chicago. She has performed for troops in both Japan and Korea. She was invited to perform in South Africa, at The Cape Town Comedy Festival. And, Poppy produces her own touring troupe called, Queer Queens of Qomedy, now in it's third year.

Poppy tackles tough subjects with ease. In this comedienne’s hands we can laugh at life’s most formidable perils... and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all.

Sandra Valls

Sandra Valls is a brash, high energy, smart, outrageously funny, Latina comic… and then some! Voted by Latina Magazine as one of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots, Sandra will make you laugh till your face hurts with her frank, no holds barred funny stuff.

Sandra ignites the stage with powerful, electric performances in 2 Showtime hit comedy specials, THE LATIN DIVAS OF COMEDY (nominated for an Alma Award) and PRIDE: LGBT COMEDY SLAM! , hosted by Bruce Vilanch (both available for viewing now on Hulu.com). In a time when gays and lesbians in the United States are still struggling and fighting for equality, Sandra Valls unapologetically takes the road less travelled, celebrates her sexuality, and steps up to the front lines entertaining and educating folks through laughter and plenty of PRIDE! So it comes as no surprise that she was voted one of Curve Magazine’s Top 10 funniest lesbian comics and Top 10 faces to watch in 2010 by Diva Magazine.

Her other television credits include NickMom Night Out (Nickelodeon), Outlaugh Festival, One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla! (HBO), Que Locos (Galavision), Funny is Funny, Latino 101 (Sitv), BET’s Comic View and countless other tv spots including MTV3’s Quiero mis Quince, Wanna be Latinos and Top Tr3ce, Mun2 Comedy Documentary and I love Jenny!

Sandra’s hosting credits include La Femme Film Awards (4 years in a row), Power UP 10 Amazing Gay Women and Men Gala, and GLAAD Awards, to name a few. From hosting to touring with the Latin Divas and Queer Queens of Qomedy to sharing the stage with Eva Longoria at the HBO Comedy Festival, Sandra still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering and producing comedy shows for various causes including benefits/fundraisers for Aids, sobriety, domestic violence and LGBT rights.

Always an activist of human rights, Sandra was just recently honored in her hometown of Laredo with the 2013 International Woman’s Day Award for being a trailblazer and empowering women and was chosen by Unidos-The National Latino LGBT Human Rights Organization to be part of their prestigious list for Project VISIBLE Latinos LGBT in the USA and Puerto Rico: Out in Leadership. GLAAD has honored Sandra’s work at Mun2 with a Special Recognition Award for her groundbreaking achievements in production for promoting fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community in English-speaking Latino television including benefits/fundraisers for Aids, sobriety, domestic violence and LGBT rights.

Furthermore, The California Senate presented Sandra with a Certificate of Recognition for her relentless support of people in recovery in the LGBT community as exemplified by her leadership in producing “One Gay at a Time", a comedy show that celebrates people in recovery.

Sandra is also an actor, singer, and a published author. Pick up your copy of Out on the Edge: America’s Rebel Comics and read all about what it’s like to be a lesbian and a woman of color in the comedy world!

Josie Smith Malave

Josie Smith Malave "Chef Josie" is a classically trained chef, global adventurist, inspirational speaker, social entrepreneur, ratings worthy TV/radio personality and founder of Global Soul Project – a food, youth and community initiative.

This big-hearted, outspoken chef has been featured in People Magazine and numerous other publications. She was a standout on Bravo TV's award-winning show, Top Chef and named Global Soul Chef by Color Magazine.

Josie's life journey has become a part of her own brand. Her initiative, Global Soul Project, embodies all that is close to her heart, from her rich and diverse ethnic heritage to her values around food inclusivity, youth empowerment and community. She continues to use food as tool to inspire, engage and teach the folks around her.

Tiffani Faison

Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks has been surrounded by diverse cultures and exceptional cuisine since childhood. Born in Northern Germany, she moved throughout the globe and was exposed to a wide range of foods. From Greek, Mediterranean, and Austrian cuisine, to Modern American, Southern Classics and New England-style delicacies, her appetite for learning and for cooking was inspired by her varied surroundings.

Tiffani began her career working as a line cook for celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Todd English. She soon caught the eye of her superiors, and as a result was given the opportunity to travel and cook side-by-side with Chef Todd English. Tiffani was then hand-selected by Chef Daniel Boulud to open his first West Coast venture, the Wynn Hotel, which earned the Mobil five-star, five-diamond award.

In 2006 Tiffani was cast on the first season of Bravo’s hit show Top Chef and placed as the runner-up. Her direct approach and obvious talent earned her respect and praise from industry insiders and viewers alike. After the frenzy of Top Chef, Tiffani went to work for Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon on Nantucket to get back to the roots of cooking. She was then tapped by her former mentor Todd English to become the Executive Chef of a 400-room boutique hotel and restaurant in post-Katrina New Orleans. Following New Orleans, Tiffani was asked to work privately for two known actors and Hollywood’s A-List was quick to recognize her cooking skills. She made her way north when she was recruited to be a consultant for The Culinary Edge in San Francisco, California and worked with the principals of the company on myriad projects.

In 2010, Tiffani became Executive Chef of Rocca Kitchen & Bar in Boston, Massachusetts and garnered a glowing three-star review from The Boston Globe just several months after revamping the restaurant’s menu. In the fall of 2011, she opened the much-anticipated Sweet Cheeks, a Southern-Style Barbecue restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Sweet Cheeks is the first restaurant that Tiffani has had full creative vision for and draws inspiration from her love of barbecue and extensive travels in the South. Sweet Cheeks received a “three-star” review from The Boston Globe and was awarded “Boston’s Best Barbecue” by both Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian in 2012. Her biscuits with honey butter have created addictions around New England and were even deemed “the best in the world” by Forbes.

Tiffani has been an active and forward advocate in the LGBT community, giving her time, resources and support to MassEquality, GLAD, PFLAG and Fenway Health. She makes equal treatment of our community her first priority in her fundraising and advocacy efforts.

She has been a guest multiple times on the NBC TODAY Show as well as appeared on Simply Ming, The Food Network and OWN. She has been a contributing chef to numerous cookbooks and has been featured in such national outlets as SELF, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and Food & Wine. She was also one of eighteen chefs invited to compete on Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars in 2010 and again in 2014 the inaugural season of Top Chef Duels.

DJ Citizen Jane

DJ Citizen Jane is a Miami native who began in the 90's as a turn-table DJ spinning freestyle, and emerged into the nightlife scene to rise to the top with hard work, talent and dedication. Citizen Jane is an Open Format DJ with vast music style with no boundaries, and plays the best in dance, top 40, retro, rock, latin rock and indie, with influences extending into house, hip- hop, salsa, merengue and reggaeton. Her ability to read and keep a crowd going has allowed her to obtain resident DJ and headliner DJ billing at the hottest South Beach clubs and venues. Citizen Jane has also spun at celebrity private parties, corporate client events and special circuit events and had the pleasure to DJ at known venues in Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Orlando, Tampa, LA and New York - dropping her beats internationally.

Citizen Jane is currently a Resident DJ for Icandee's weekly Saturday parties Flirt, Fame Fatale, and the weekly Sunday Sizzling T-Dance Party at Dapur Lounge. Citizen Jane has been on various TV Shows aired on international networks Telemundo and Univision, including "Sabado Gigante" and "Un Nuevo Dia".

She was featured and interviewed on Bump and Logo TV as the "Hottest Female DJ" in Miami. Check out the interview on www.bumptv.com, Episode 7, Season 4 - Miami, Florida; and www.logotv.com.

Her love of music extends beyond her high energy DJ beats and has led her to become an International DJ/Producer.

DJ Pat Pat

DJ Pat Pat, knows her music, having largely been influenced by her Cuban roots surrounded by Salsa and Merengue. She was born in Miami and raised in Naples, Florida, where it all started with her stomping out beats for her High School Marching Band. Currently she is an extremely well-diversified business owner who has excelled in the music industry for the last 16 years. With her determination and passion, she continues to succeed traveling the world by mixing and video DJ’ing Top 40, Hip Hop, Latin, Reggae, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and House Music. She had the opportunity to open for several world renowned artists. With her overwhelming popularity, Pat Pat jumped on the airwaves as a co-host and DJ at WBTT-FM 105.5 The Beat, hosted and DJ’ed the midday show for WTLQ-FM Latino 97.7, started on WHYI-FM Y100 as a mix syndicate, performed as a television DJ for a show on Telemundo called Martin Ycasa, and appeared on LOGO TV for Gimme Sugar Truck Stop Miami. Pat Pat has even joined forces with the owners of PandoraEvents.com and for the last 9 years has rocked out the hottest Women’s events such as: White Party in South Beach Miami, Girls in Wonderland in Orlando Florida, Aqua Girl Miami Florida, Miami Beach Pride, Pensacola Pride, Atlanta Pride, San Francisco Pride, and New York City Pride. Pat Pat has been featured on Mark’s List, in the Miami Herald, She Mag, and Curve Magazine. Check out her latest mixes, hosted by Pitbull “Mr. Worldwide”, on www.soundcloud.com/djpatpat. DJ Pat Pat is ready to spin her beats for The Ladies of Olivia!

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Selisse Berry

Selisse Berry is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance for the annual Workplace Summit since 1999, the expansion of volunteer regional affiliates across the United States and many global initiatives. Selisse’s vision has been instrumental in creating an international organization whose philosophy reflects the importance of treating all colleagues in the workplace with respect and dignity. Since her first job as a guidance counselor, Selisse has continued her commitment to justice as a teacher and as a leader of several social service organizations prior to founding Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She has master’s degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Selisse and her wife, Cynthia Martin, were legally married in California in 2008. Selisse was awarded the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award in San Francisco, California. Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, an anthology of personal stories of executive trailblazers who have transformed the workplace for LGBT people.

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