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Bethenny FrankelSee Full Bio
Bethenny Frankel is a businesswoman ahead of the curve, who has always identified and capitalized on business opportunities, from becoming a natural food's chef and marketing Bethenny Bakes, her healthy baked goods to selling "Princess Pashminas" at house parties, and ultimately creating the low-calorie cocktail category, with the launch of Skinnygirl Cocktails.
The runner up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart led her to Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, followed by the spin-off series, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After... Viewers were captivated by her wit, wisdom and humor as they followed her personal life becoming a mother and her professional journey creating her Skinnygirl empire, leading to her being named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbesmagazine. She brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to Bethenny, her nationally syndicated daytime talk program. Most recently, Bethenny joined ABC-TV's Shark Tank as a guest shark.
She is the five-time New York Times bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The Skinnygirl™ Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life, and I Suck At Relationships So You Don't Have To. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the children's book, Cookie Meets Peanut, and the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails.
Not fulfilled with business alone, Bethenny's life's experiences have inspired her to help other women in crisis find their own strength and resilience with the launch of B Strong, in partnership with Dress for Success. B Strong: Find Your Yes is a crisis intervention initiative that will provide real time emergency assistance to women who face crises on their road to success. Additionally, Bethenny established "B Strong / Delivering Good" in partnership with the highly respected 501C3, Delivering Good, as well as "B Strong Global Better," collecting aid and donations from across the country to help women and their families affected by the recent natural disasters impacting Texas, Florida, California and the Caribbean. As a result of Bethenny's efforts, B Strong has marshaled over 10 million pounds of aid to date that is destined primarily for Puerto Rico. Bethenny helped coordinate the chartering of 55+ private planes to help deliver aid and relief to those hit hardest by the disaster. Raising over $800,000 for cash cards, and collecting $20 million worth of disaster relief to distribute, this has been called one of the largest privately run humanitarian efforts in US history.Close
Dorinda MedleySee Full BioBorn in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Dorinda graduated from college and arrived in New York City, working in the showrooms of Liz Claiborne. She met her first husband and followed him to London to start a family and eventually her own cashmere company, DCL Cashmere. Many high-profile London clients like Princess Diana and Joan Collins became acquaintances, and soon, Dorinda left her mark on London society. Ten years in London also brought her a daughter, Hannah, a divorce, and a wish to return to New York to figure out life in the city as a single mom. In 2005, Dorinda met and married financier Dr. Richard Medley, a former Washington power broker and respected speechwriter to congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and together they worked on fund-raising for charitable causes with the likes of Bishop Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Secretary Madeline Albright, and President Bill and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
After the tragic loss of their beloved Richard in 2011, Dorinda and Hannah found strength in each other and in their loved ones to overcome the radical changes of losing a husband, friend, companion, and father figure. Through perseverance and support from her close friends, Dorinda climbed right back to the top of New York society, eventually meeting boyfriend John Mahdessian, owner of New York's legendary couture restoration house Madame Paulette. Dorinda is always directing her energy and focus into her home, her family, her friends, her favorite charitable organizations like BeautyforFreedom.org, her Twitter, and her love for pop culture. Dorinda's passion for entertaining was also deeply enhanced with the purchase of Blue Stone Manor, an 11-bedroom estate in her native Great Barrington. Nothing gives Dorinda more pleasure than a weekend or holiday spent with great company, home-cooked meals, and the festive, personal touches she is known for. She enjoys the theater, the beach, the mountains, fabulous parties, a great dirty martini, and all types of fashion—both high-end and high-street—and considers all of her pieces collector's items. There's never enough glitz, glam and sparkle for this true New York City Housewife. Close
Carole RadziwillSee Full BioBest-selling author and award-winning journalist Carole Radziwill grew up in upstate New York. She moved to New York City to attend college, earning a B.A. at Hunter College and a masters degree at New York University. In 1988, she landed an internship at ABC News. It was the start of a long and rewarding career. Carole's work with Peter Jennings' documentary unit and the news magazine shows Primetime Live and 20/20 garnered her three Emmy Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award, and a GLAAD Award. Carole has traveled all over the world for her work, reporting on stories from places like Cambodia, India, and the Middle East. She was assigned to Israel in 1991 to cover the first Gulf War. In 2001, during the Afghanistan War, she spent a month embedded in the 101st Airborne Division in Kandahar. While there, she filmed for the ABC docuseries Profiles from the Front Line.
In 2003, Carole left ABC News to write her first book, What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love. It is a moving account of her life, her marriage to fellow ABC News producer Anthony Radziwill, and their heartbreaking battle with cancer. What Remains spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and was nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award. Carole was a contributor to Glamourmagazine where she wrote celebrity cover stories and a monthly column called "Lunch Date." Her first novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating, was published in February 2014 and was optioned by Critical Content. It is currently being adapted into a television series. She is also at work on a political humor book and a scripted television show based on her life in New York City. Carole is the president of the board in her building and is pet mom to two kitties, and a dog. As of this writing, she calls them all Baby. Close
LuAnn de LessepsSee Full Bio
Luann De Lesseps is everyone’s favorite Countess. Her two children, Victoria and Noel are both accomplished artists and entrepreneurs. In 2014, Luann, known for her distinctive style, successfully launched her own fashion line, the Countess Collection, for Evine.com, and she now continued her Countess Luann-Styled for Living brand with a home bedding collection. Upcoming new brands will include home and jewelry collections.
Luann continues to challenge herself and expand her horizons with frequent hosting and guest appearances on national and regional shows like Today Show, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, The Talk, Access Hollywood, Celebrity Page TV, Good Day New York, and others. She appeared as a guest star on the popular Hulu show Difficult People, and fans can still see her in airings of her appearance on Law & Order: SVU. Luann recently filmed a role in the new indie movie Babymoon. Her theater credits include Celebrity Autobiography. Luann authored the book Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance & Flair and her three dance singles, “Money Can't Buy You Class," "Chic, C'est la Vie," and "Girl Code,” continue to be popular across the globe.
A champion of many charities, including Look Good Feel Better, the American Cancer Society, GLAAD, Look Good Feel Better and ACE Partnership for the Homeless, Luann divides her time between Her Manhattan apartment and her home in Sag Harbor.Close
Ramona SingerSee Full Bio
Ramona Singer is a true entrepreneur, most recently developing her own anti-aging skincare line, Ageless by Ramona. To ensure her products have the best possible ingredients, formulas, and benefits, Ramona sought out the guidance and endorsement of Dr. Amy Lewis, a top NYC dermatologist. Ageless By Ramona will launch in April 2018.
At an early age, Ramona had a passion for fashion, and later attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was the first graduate of the four-year honors program, earning a BS in marketing. Ramona began her career in the elite Macy's executive training program as a buyer and continued it in sales management for major fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and French Connection. At the age of 30, her entrepreneurial spirit arose and she launched her own company dealing in closeout merchandise, working with some of the largest retailers. Once that spirit was ignited, Ramona continued to develop it by branching into the wine and accessory industry with the launch of the True Faith jewelry collection with HSN and her Ramona Pinot Grigio and Ramona Red. Her fashion prowess and creative direction can now be seen through her creation of jewelry pieces for Safe Horizon, a charity empowering victims of violence to move from crisis to confidence. All proceeds will be donated to Safe Horizon.Close
Sonja MorganSee Full BioSonja Morgan is a fixture of New York City society. She got her start modeling in Paris and Milan and studying marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, representing high-end luxury brands while keeping her Berkshire-bred sensibilities and values. Sonja used her business acumen and social skills—along with rock-and-rollers, royalty, and the power set—to launch several award-winning luxury fashion brands and successful hot spots across the country. Sonja captured America's attention with her groundbreaking toaster oven recipes, which inspired the all-encompassing international fashion lifestyle brand she wishes to grow globally with her partners. She launched the Sonja Morgan New York sportswear, ready-to-wear, evening gown, swimwear, and fine jewelry collection—which is now available at www.sonjamorgannewyork.com—during New York Fall Fashion Week 2015. She continued to expand her brand with the launch of TipsyGirl, a Prosecco and sparkling Rosé line.
As a divorced single mother, Sonja dedicates her time to her 16-year-old daughter, her businesses, and her philanthropy, which includes work with children, artists, the LGBT community, and animals. A lover of the arts, Sonja enjoys producing, writing, and performing her inspirational "caburlesque" song skits at her Sonja in the City events that benefit her charities. Sonja received one of her first awards in 1990 at the St. Regis for being a Singular Sensation for her charity work as a young single woman alongside Vanessa Noel and Mira Sorvino. She received a New York State Senate award in July 2013 for her entrepreneurial business savvy, her use of the media, and again her charity work. She was interviewed on those topics and her "Philanthrocapitalism" by The Economist magazine at the New York Stock Exchange for Bloomberg TV. In October 2016 she made her Off-Broadway acting debut in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, in which Sonja was able to play her alter-ego in the character of a sexually repressed teacher while still incorporating her signature bawdy, sexy sense of humor that viewers know her for. Sonja's motto remains "Live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain." Close
Tinsley MortimerSee Full BioTinsley Randolph Mercer Mortimer comes armed with a touch of Southern charm and a whole lot of socialite glamour. Tinsley hails from Virginia and spent her childhood years growing up at Graymont, the Mercer family house in Richmond, Virginia. She then attended boarding school at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where she met her first husband, Topper Mortimer. Together, the high school sweethearts moved to New York City, where Tinsley attended Columbia University and graduated with a degree in art history. As soon as Tinsley landed in New York, her blonde hair, Southern belle charm, and personal branding abilities propelled her into high society. After working at Vogue, she transitioned to a career in public relations. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Tinsley built a successful personal brand that was launched with a line of handbags, Samantha Thavasa by Tinsley Mortimer, and then a clothing collection, Riccimie by Tinsley Mortimer, which was sold exclusively in Japan. Tinsley then became the beauty ambassador for the iconic French fashion design house of Christian Dior and helped to create a lip gloss coined Tinsley Pink.
Tinsley made her TV debut in the season premiere of Gossip Girl and launched a tabletop collection, but when her marriage with Topper came to a devastating end, she decided to take a sabbatical from the fast-paced and overwhelming lifestyle that she created for herself in New York City. In 2016 Tinsley decided to move back to New York City. She is thrilled to reenter the New York social scene alongside her friends and begin the next chapter of her life. Tinsley is here to prove that there is more to her than meets the eye. Close