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Love Your Body: National Spokespeople
Kim Gandy was elected president of NOW on its 35th anniversary, June 30, 2001, after serving as executive vice president since 1991 and vice president-membership from 1987 to 1991. As president, Gandy is the organization's CEO, CFO and principal spokesperson. She also chairs the NOW Foundation and the NOW Political Action Committees.
An activist and mother of two young daughters who uses her skills as an organizer and an attorney to advance women's rights issues, Gandy has served NOW at the local, state and national level since 1973. Read more
Wendy Hilsen-Bernard, M.S., L.P.C. is a nationally known author, speaker, and mind-body wellness expert. A psychotherapist, life coach, and health and wellness educator, her groundbreaking programs and publications integrate the ancient science of yoga and meditation with the modern psychology of soul-centered psychotherapy and personal coaching. She maintains a private practice counseling and coaching individuals, and leads workshops and retreats nationwide. Hilsen-Bernard has been an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Western Connecticut State University and a guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts. email: MyStillRiver@aol.com
Wendy Shanker is a 32-year-old writer and comedian whose first book, The Fat Girls Guide to Life, was published in April 2004. In spring 2004, Bitch magazine called Shanker's novel "a collection of razor-sharp retorts to the diet industry and our female-focused culture of body obsession and self-loathing." Shanker co-hosted Oxygen's She-Commerce, a show about shopping and style. She also appeared on Oxygen as an entertainment correspondent for Pure Oxygen, and a movie reviewer for Girls On. She has been featured in fashion and style segments on Lifetime and on The Ricki Lake Show, and has written for networks including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and ABC. She has performed at numerous comedy clubs in New York and Los Angeles, including Caroline's, Stand Up New York and Luna Lounge. As a writer for Grace Magazine, Shanker's words reached a million plus-size women with every issue; she was also a frequent contributor to Mode, Grace's predecessor. Her byline has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, Seventeen and Teen People, as well as alternative women's magazines like Bust and Bitch. She is a contributor to the anthology Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image. Shanker is currently one of Us Weekly's Fashion Police and is conducting her first nationwide book tour.
Olga Vives is a long-time NOW activist and a former sales and marketing professional. Originally from Cuba, Vives has been a strong women's rights advocate in Illinois for decades. She was elected Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women in June 2001. She oversees the grassroots organizing efforts that are the backbone of the organization. Vives has been an outspoken leader in the feminist movement and has served at various levels of NOW, including chapter president, Illinois NOW Action Vice President, National Board member, Regional Director and former Chair of NOW's National Lesbian Rights Committee. She is a coalition builder who works to expand NOW's reach to more women of color, lesbians, and young feminists.As a mother of three, an immigrant, a lesbian, a Hispanic, an organizer and a mid-westerner, Vives brings a unique and diverse combination of insights and experiences to the office of NOW Action Vice President. Read more
Jessica Weiner is an author, self-esteem expert, and advice columnist who reaches audiences worldwide through her books, speaking engagements and media appearances. Weiner's new book, Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds From Now (Simon and Schuster '06), attempts to decode the "language of fat" that women speak every day and explores how body image controls the way women think about all aspects of their lives: health, wealth, family, career and relationships. Weiner's first book, A Very Hungry Girl, chronicles her own self-discovery and ultimate recovery from an eating disorder and explores how she has helped thousands of young people address a multitude of self-esteem related issues.
Weiner is a regular contributor for The Today Show and CNN Showbiz Tonight. She currently writes about body image and self-esteem for CosmoGirl! Magazine and her work has been featured on Oprah, CNN, The Early Show, MTV, The View, Good Morning America and in The Washington Post, Teen People and countless other media outlets.
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