2019 Guest Speakers



Amy Baldwin

Amy Baldwin

Amy Baldwin is a Certified Sex Educator, Sex and Relationship Coach, co-owner of a mother-daughter owned pleasure boutique called Pure Pleasure, and co-host of the Shameless Sex Podcast. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-focused sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection.

Alexandra Fine

Alexandra Fine

Alexandra Fine is a lifelong student of sexual health. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Dame Products, a credentialed sexologist, and a member of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2018.

She co-founded Dame Products to start necessary conversations, to listen rather than assume, and to create products that enhance intimacy. After earning her Masters in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in sex therapy from Columbia, Fine decided to lend her passion and expertise to the world of sextech.

In just five years, Dame Products and its meticulously engineered vibrators have been met with critical and popular acclaim, earning praise in outlets including New York Times, Forbes, Wired, BBC and most recently the Today Show.

April Lampert

April Lampert

April Lampert has been educating people about sexual pleasure, health and wellness at a global scale for the past 11 years. She travels internationally as VP of Hot Octopuss, an innovative pleasure product company. April was voted Woman of the Year in the adult industry, and continues to climb to new heights as the empowered woman that she is.

Ariel Martinez

Ariel Martinez

Ariel Martinez works as the community manager of MakeLoveNotPorn, where she focuses on spreading the joy of #realworldsex and building community around shared sexual values.

Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis as part of her CannaSexual® brand. As a professional sex educator and coach, she helps people navigate these topics to make sure they are interacting, loving, and feeling their best in and out of the bedroom.

Nominated for multiple awards including the 2018 XBiz Awards for “Sexpert of the Yearand she made the top five nominees for the 2018 California Cannabis Awards for “Influencer of the Year” category. Her work has been profiled in The Huffington Post, and referenced in The London Times, Newsweek, BBC3, and LA Weekly. She was the featured expert on VICELAND TV’s “Stoned Sex” episode of their new series, Slutever, hosted by Karley Sciortino. An extended cut of the episode was re-aired during VICELAND TV’s Weed Week in April 2018.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Women’s Studies and has completed graduate coursework for a Master of Arts in Philosophy. Ashley is also a certified and attuned Reiki II Practitioner, a certified consulting hypnotist, and a trained victim advocate.

Bahar Baharloo

Bahar Baharloo

Bahar Baharloo c/o '14 is a sex educator/activist and current manager at the legendary sex toy boutique The Pleasure Chest in the Upper East Side. Since her departure from Bennington, her interests in the field of sexuality, gender, and education have blossomed. Her current project, peachfuzz co-op, is a growing effort to build an Intersectional, Sex-Positive, QTPOC-led collective and boutique where education and activism meet sexuality. She is thrilled to start the new year on a *second* Bennington related performance, and hopes to dip her toes back into the roiling waters of theater now that she has settled in the city. A few personal memorable moments of theater at Bennington was performing in a full crocodile mask and costume made by Bronwyn Maloney for Nom de Guerre, a piece by Sarah Matusek, directing a rag-tag bunch of nerds in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and of course, exploding in flames every night as Ms. Havisham in Great Expectations. She is a new resident of Brooklyn.

Carly S

Carly S

Carly S is The Queen of Wands, sex educator, porn star, model, sex blogger, and bad bitch from the Bronx. Manager of some of NYC’s hottest award winning sex toy stores, Carly has been featured as an educator at Exxxotica, Cycles and Sex, Sex Expo, Cosmopolitan contributor, a regular educator and new manager at Manhattans famous West Village Pleasure Chest. Countless podcasts with your favorite personalities Carly is also a polyamorous, thicc as hell woman of color who will either rock your world or ruin it as a proud Virgo.

Charlotte Taillor

Charlotte Taillor

Charlotte Taillor is a queer intersectional feminist, sex workers' rights activist, and the founder of The Taillor Group. In the past, she has worked in Advertising, Marketing Research, Business Development, and blogged about human rights and international politics. A Brazilian transplant, Charlotte studied Communications at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, and Business at Fordham University, in New York City. Find her on Instagram @feministress.

Dominnique Karetsos

Dominnique Karetsos

With a preference for working in disruptive industries and challenging environments, it’s no surprise that Dominnique Karetsos specialises in growth for sex tech start-ups.

She is instrumental in shaping the next generation of sex tech brands entering the market and has a true entrepreneurial calling for being part of the sex tech revolution. An established business & brand architect, founder and innovator , BBC radio broadcaster , Dominnique has nearly two decades of experience delivering results in multi-sector business transformation.

(former) Head of EMEA Intimina for the world’s leading intimate lifestyle company, Lelo Group, she is focused purely on sexual health, wellness and technology. Dominnique now invests and / or sits on several advisory boards including MysteryVibe, Pureeros, Get Luwi , Elara.care and co-founded break-through Healthy Pleasure Collective, the first integrated agency for Sextech Start ups, with business partner Dr Maria Peraza.

Healthy Pleasure works with leaders like MysteryVibe, Myhixel, CoConu, Realbotix and more, pairing the latest technology with sex tech products to generate powerful and lasting innovations that are the motors for economic and social change and most of all bring innovation to sexual health.

Dominnique’s next aim is to bring the world’s first attachable responsive stimulator to the market with her business partner, world renowned Urologist Dr Maria Peraza Godoy. She can be seen spreading the word of Healthy Pleasure as Sex & Industry expert on the likes of Oprah, Women's Health, Shape, Bustle, Elite Daily, BBC, TNW, Well & Good, Voice Americ Radio, PureEdit.

Erica Braverman

Erica Braverman

Erica Braverman is the founder of Erica Braverman PR, a public relations consultancy specializing in sexual wellness, beauty and lifestyle brands. She was named 2017 Marketing Executive of the Year by XBIZ Magazine, and was most recently featured in Glamour and The New York Times. Erica previously lead consumer marketing and PR at Doc Johnson, where she oversaw the development and execution of integrated, buzz-worthy consumer marketing campaigns, acted as a regular media spokesperson and identified new business opportunities via strategic marketing partnerships. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida

Karlie Redd

Karlie Redd

Karlie Redd is a certified sexologist and star of VH1's Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Reality Show Royalty winner of the 2019 MTV Awards.

Karlie completed an extensive program to become a certified sexologist as a way to better answer the many sex and relationship questions she gets asked by her fans on a regular basis. She also recently partnered with American Pleasure products brand, Doc Johnson to develop a curated box of products as well as a replica Main Squeeze stroker. Karlie’s Redd’s official blog with Doc Johnson is slated to launch later this year as a platform for Redd to speak on the wealth of information she’s learned on her journey. In the meantime, Karlie has a product recommendations page consisting of the products she has mentioned on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.

Kris Fretz

Kris Fretz

As the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Emojibator, the original eggplant emoji vibrator company, Kris is a dedicated advocate for orgasm equality. Her background in political organizing and digital marketing inspired her to launch her first business at 23. Kris' work has been featured in 100+ publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Buzzfeed, and Mashable.

Leidy Dahiana

Leidy Dahiana

Leidy Dahiana is a licensed Erotic Blueprints™️ Coach & a graduate of New York University’s Communications program-specializing in interpersonal relationships. She combines her enthusiasm for sex and communication, alongside 20 years of movement coaching to bring her clients a versatile toolkit for deeper connection and pleasure.

Who specifically do you like to help/serve?

Motivated individuals who want to explore and expand their capacity to receive and give pleasure on a deeper level.

Lidia Bonilla

Lidia Bonilla

Covered by Fast Company, Tech Crunch, and Huffington Post, the Moi Box Deluxe launched Lidia’s reputation as a design innovator, change agent and sought after expert. She speaks on topics ranging from sex in communities of color and dismantling sexual taboos to the nuts and bolts of turning an idea into a real product.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that, in her former career as a compliance and regulatory expert, Lidia worked with various “naughty” financial institutions. Raised in Miami, she calls Brooklyn home. Her spirits animals include Beyoncé, Rihanna, and the entire cast of the Golden Girls.

Maureen Pollack

Maureen Pollack

Maureen is CEO of Mojo Enterprise and the inventor of The WaterSlyde™, a revolutionary, patented feminine hygiene device and stimulator. She’s also a co-owner of Lovability Inc., a women-owned lifestyle platform that empowers girls and women to take control of their sexual health and wellness. Maureen believes in removing the stigma around sexual pleasure and personal hygiene, advocating for every woman's right to feel comfortable and confident in all aspects of her life. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Maureen strives to support women in all stages of their lives to embrace self-love and intimacy through coaching and products.

Megwyn White

Megwyn White

Megwyn is an innovator and educator in the realm of somatic healing and sexuality. Her work focuses on a greater understanding of how the entire body via the nervous system supports orgasmic energy and health and wellness. She has trained in both the fields of sexuality and the voice and has found a powerful connection between the two.

Her groundbreaking technique called Sonic Sex has helped individuals and couples expand orgasmic pleasure through activating the connections of the voice using simple methods of using resonance to awaken pleasure and unlock dormant energy in the body.

Her background and education include receiving a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 where she graduated with the departmental award. She has studied many different forms of somatic based healing techniques in addition to her training in physical acting and vocal training including Watsu, Yamuna Body Logic, Pilates, and yoga.

She continues her studies in the body with regular education, and partners with the Satisfyer to bridge sexuality and wellness.

Melanie Cristol

Melanie Cristol

Melanie Cristol is the founder & CEO of Lorals, a sexual wellness brand that helps people across the world have more frequent — and more pleasurable — intimate experiences. Melanieand Lorals have been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Fast Company, Autostraddle, Playboy, and other publications worldwide. She is a frequent podcast guest on shows such as Art of Manufacturing, Girl Boner, How Cum, and Women Who Tech.

Prior to founding Lorals, Melanie worked as an attorney at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she represented consumer-products, healthcare, and technology companies, as well as individuals. In a highlight of her legal career, Melanie was part of the legal team that secured gay marriage rights for the western United States. She has also fought for LGBTQ rights in California and Ohio as a field organizer with the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Ryan DiMartino

Ryan DiMartino

Ryan DiMartino is the General Manager East for the Pleasure Chest, where they wrangle a robust program of education and events. They work in pursuit of justice and joy at the intersections of sexuality and gender with a focus on sex workers' rights, alternative family building, and body autonomy, after a decade of work in the sex industry. They reside in Queens with their partner and pups.

Sunny Rodgers

Sunny Rodgers

Sunny Rodgers, ACS, is a Clinical Sexologist, multi-certified Sexual Health & Wellness Educator, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. She serves as Ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association and is the resident Sexual Health & Wellness Educator for Pipedream Products. Since 2000, Sunny has helped thousands improve their relationships and experience successful intimate lives.

Suzanne Sinatra

Suzanne Sinatra

I am the Founder of Private Packs. We are a personal healthcare brand that makes hot and cold therapy packs for the intimate areas. Our first pack is for the vulva and it can be used after childbirth, post bikini waxes and more.

Tatiana Carrera

Tatiana Carrera

Passion. She is a subject matter expert in the Art of Enhancing Sexual Intimacy, benefitting singles, couples or newlyweds. Her workshops and seminars are enlightening, refreshing and interactive with her participants. “We live in a fast paced, instant gratification, and sexually charged culture that moves from point “A” right to “Z”. Especially when defining how orgasms are and should be obtained, often ignoring points “B” through “Y.” I show you how taking a moment to learn how to actually enjoy the sexual Pleasure Journey, by kissing, incorporating our 5 Senses when we are in the act of foreplay; and finding our Erogenous Zones, will help both men and women achieve an explosive orgasm.”

Taylor Sparks

Taylor Sparks

Among many things, Taylor (aka Mariposa) is a passionate erotic educator, certified in both holistic aromatherapy and human behavior. With over a decade of experience in the natural skin care/cosmetics industry, Ms. Sparks launched OrganicLoven.com, a site that offers organic, natural and eco-friendly sensual body pleasures. Taylor is also a driving force in creating opportunities and valuable resources for the open lifestyle community.

While traveling around the globe, Taylor has become renowned in the adult travel industry and is a powerful public speaker both nationally and internationally. Her workshop series: ‘How To Make Good Pussy, Better,’ is extremely popular and focuses on the benefits of organic lubricants, vegan condoms, and Liberator sex pillows.

An active and accomplished blogger, her online offerings can be found on her Green Fitness and Organic Loven Blogs, as well as guest blogs for the Organic Body Care, Open Lifestyle, and Fitness industries. Taylor is also a published author; her most recent book entitled What's a Girl To Do In a Big City if She Can't Dance? When Stripping is Not an Option!

Valarie Merced

Valarie Merced

Valarie Merced is a doula, a relationship and sexuality coach, and founder of Precipice Magazine. She finds her inspiration within the intricate world of relationships and intimacy. She received her Bachelor’s in psychology and sexuality at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She currently lives in Brooklyn and spends her time refining her coaching skills, frequenting conferences, and traveling the world in search of new and expansive perspectives on love, sex, and healing.