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Writing Team

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Here are some of the awesome writers and contributors that help deliver valuable insight and information to you daily.




Amy AllenderStaff Writer

As a military spouse, Amy has moved many times. She has built and rebuilt a successful artistic design business in multiple states. She earned her degree in telecommunications from Ball State University in 2009 and has since offered lovely video production, graphic design and photography to nonprofits, ministries small businesses and families. She has a passion for life and strives to inspire others through her actions and writings. See more from Amy on her blog at



Shannon Baylor-Henderson-Contributor

Shannon Baylor-Henderson is a content connoisseur who writes everything from business documents to fictional stories via her small business, When she’s not writing, she’s binge watching reality TV, lip syncing and dancing to ’90’s music or hanging out with her family and her Labrador pup. She’s the author of three books, a coffee snob and an entrepreneur with a trunk load of business ideas. Check out her commentary on Twitter @imshannondotcom




 Alex Navarro-Contributor

Alex comes to @Distribion with a background in developing and executing national brand awareness campaigns. His passion is creating personalized marketing strategies and watching them come to life.  You can follow Alex on Twitter @meetalexnavarro





Lance McHenryStaff Writer

Lance McHenry is a writer, tea snob, entrepreneur, lover of #tech and #startups. His idea of triathlon is developing an idea, creating a prototype, and validating. He has been involved in the growth of several startups and now shares his ideas on business and tech. Follow him on Twitter @Lanceexpress.


Nicole DugganStaff Writer

Staff Writer: Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to Argentine parents, Nicole Duggan grew up hopping around North and South America, collecting stories and experiences that would later lead her to fall in love with what Voltaire once called “painting the voice”. An avid bookworm, wannabe Picasso, and passionate traveler, she considers herself an art-entrepreneur, with a knack for finding a way to bridge art with different aspects of reality (political, economic, social, etc), in order to understand the bigger picture that encompasses the structures in which human beings move.




Cassidy WelterStaff Writer

Cassidy Welter is a staff writer at StartUp Mindset.  She is a Chicago based writer navigating the world of economics, human rights, and politics. When she is not writing, she is working with Chicago non-profits, reading anything she can get her hands on, debating politics, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and eating her way across the city’s food scene. See more from Cassidy on Twitter at @CassidyWelter.





Rahaf KhalilStaff Writer

Rahaf Khalil is a staff writer at StartUp Mindset, Advocacy Coordinator at a non-profit, book club organizer, and overall lover of big ideas. She is passionate about exploring new ways of looking at social and cultural complexities as they intersect with tech and tech culture. She is an avid reader and a cat enthusiast.  Follower her on Twitter @rkaaay 


Justin Tan-Staff Writer

Justin Tan runs two small businesses and is passionate for all things related to branding, marketing and sales. He recently started a blog that documents his journey in becoming a successful freelancer marketing/copywriting consultant starting with no experience. Follow his story at




Summer Anderson-Staff Writer

Summer Anderson is a mother, wife, writer and long time lover of the game of golf. Her passion lies in writing from the heart, and on topics that are most important to the Millennial generation. She hopes to impact those through her writing and advice on marketing and social media communication. When she is not on the golf course, blogging or watching “Frozen” with her little ones, she can be found designing websites in her home state of Pennsylvania.  Follow her: Twitter @Summery08; Instagram summeryseason85



loraine20160809_193411Loraine CouturierStaff Writer

Loraine Couturier is a staff writer at StartUp Mindset and is a jet set writing chick from Canada that travels around the globe. Her writing and marketing skills are what keeps her eating exotic meals and jumping on planes. Loraine loves writing about pretty much anything and likes to pass on the knowledge she has to others.



Argee Abadines headshotArgee Abadines-Staff Writer

Argee Abadines is a freelancer writer and entrepreneur. He runs Bruner Learning Hub, an innovative learning center in the Philippines. 
As an educator entrepreneur, he also runs The Filipino Teacher, a valuable resource for teachers.





Lauren Stotler-Staff Writer

Lauren is a Human Resources professional who loves writing about everything business and budgeting in her free time. She has run several blogs of her own, the most current being My Simple & Happy – a site with budget friendly tips for millennial women. You can find her on her blog or at @Lauren_Stotler on Twitter.




Sadia SarwarStaff Writer

Sadia is a writer and upcoming novelist who enjoys speculating about business trends and voicing her opinions on current affairs. Read her musings on her site: and follow her on Twitter @sadiamhsarwar



Nancy Halseide –Associate Editor

Nancy Halseide has worked as an editor for the last decade for publishing houses, magazines and through freelance sites, including Editorial Freelance Association and (EditorNancy). She lives in the Pacific Northwest and has found her dream job in editing. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @nancyhalseide.