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Amy Allender-Staff 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



 Sarah Murphy-Contributor

Sarah Murphy has over a decade of experience in leadership positions, coming most recently from a Director of Operations position with one of Nashville’s top IT consulting firms where she managed over 40 engineers. Sarah obtained her master’s in management from Cornell University. She started her career in the hospitality industry; managing front-of-house operations before transitioning to the business operations and finance side as the Director of Profitability for a large restaurant company in Washington, DC. She’s passionate about team culture, developing new and young managers into effective and empathetic leaders, and to helping better prepare seasoned leaders for the unique challenges associated with developing the burgeoning Millennial workforce.  You can follow Sarah on Twitter @Sarahmmurphy.  Visit her blog at



Lance McHenry-Staff 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 Duggan-Staff 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 Welter-Staff 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 Khalil-Staff 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 



Robert U. Lee-Staff Writer

Robert U. Lee is a StartUp Mindset staff writer, a proud father, one of USANA Health Sciences’ top directors, ELITE Trainer of XTRM 1-11 and the creator of Amazing Life Daily.  Follow Robert on Twitter @pinoydaddy1969





 Kelly Gaines-Staff Writer

Kelly is a staff writer for StartUp Mindset. Kelly was raised in New Jersey and schooled in Philadelphia. Her work has been seen on Her Campus and The Artifice. She has found that a willingness to try anything leads to great opportunities as a freelancer. She has gotten to travel and explore while writing about dozens of topics, and editing for some of the most talented people in the freelancing business today.




Spencer_Bio_PhotoSpencer Mills-Staff Writer

Staff Writer: Spencer is a poet at heart and an aspiring novelist who hopes to express, and be a part of, what the best of both the tech and art worlds have to offer. Spencer currently works in the IT & Telecom industry, and also volunteers for the @CrisisTextLine. When he’s not writing you’ll most likely catch him enjoying Florida’s beaches, or partaking in what he calls “the three essential M’s” (movies, music, and macaroni).  Add him on Linkedin.



loraine20160809_193411Loraine Couturier-Staff 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.





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.