Speakers

We’ve assembled 7 world class speakers for the Body Positive Dating Master Class! Get to know them a little better here.

(For a short listing of the schedule, click here.)

Golda Poretsky (Your Host) — Crafting Awesome Online Dating Profiles That Attract Who You’re Looking For

golda roundIn this class, Golda will share her top techniques for creating online profiles that attract the people you’re looking to date. She’ll share what she’s gleaned from working on her clients’ online profiles, her own experience with online dating, and a bit of marketing know-how to show you how you can create a profile that is really attractive to your ideal partners while feeling totally authentic for you. You’ll walk away from this call with Golda’s surprisingly powerful, yet simple techniques for creating an online profile that represents you and what you’re looking for in your next date.

About Golda: Golda Poretsky, HHC is an outspoken advocate for the rights of a fat people. She is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body Love Wellness, a program designed for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. Her programs and activism work have been featured on CBS’s The Early Show, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s LX New York and in Time Out New York. She is also author of Stop Dieting Now: 25 Reasons To Stop, 25 Ways To Heal, available in softcover, Kindle, and Nook. Golda’s big, fat dream is for every plus sized woman to own her power, beauty, and body, whatever her size.

Cija Black — Restart Your Love Life with a Heart Makeover

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can find real love online, and this talk will cover key steps for doing just that. This presentation is for you if you haven’t had great results from online dating, don’t know where to start with online dating, or are afraid that online dating isn’t for you at your present size. No matter where you are in your dating journey, you’ll learn important keys for attracting others, how to enjoy flirting online while still getting real live dates with quality partners, and how to have fun with it all. Throw away those assumptions and fears about online dating and take a chance — Cija will show you how!

About Cija: Cija Black is the author of MODERN LOVE: The Grownup’s Guide to Relationships & Online Dating. Her dating and relationship expertise comes from 20 years of in-the-trenches dating using personal ads and dating websites and from a lifetime of real-world experience helping people understand what they really want and more importantly really what they need.

Hanne Blank — The Biggest Sex Organ Is The Brain: Opening Your Mind To Better Sexual Options

hanne roundThe biggest sexual organ you have is between your ears, not between your legs. Improving how you think about sex and relationships is the single best way to improve how you have them. Hanne Blank helps you think bigger and better about your sex life — about your body image and body issues in sexual relationships, figuring out what you want and telling your partners about it, letting go of sexual shame, creating opportunities for size-positive sex-positive play, and more.

About Hanne: Hanne Blank is a writer, historian, speaker, and scholar of fortune who works at the intersection of bodies, sex, and culture. She is the author of ten books, most recently The Unapologetic Fat Girls’ Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, and the revised second edition of Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size and Those Who Love Them. She splits her time between a small town in north central Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.

Tasha Fierce — Beyond ‘No Fat Chicks’: Getting Over Stereotypes about Fat and Sex

tasha roundSocietal beliefs about fat women and sex can make dating while fat hazardous to your self-esteem. Learn how to combat stereotypes about fat sexuality, start changing the way you think about fat and sex, and navigate the dating world as a sexually empowered fat woman.

About Tasha: Tasha Fierce is a thirtysomething black feminist writer and sex-positive fat chick living in Los Angeles. Her writing on sex, fat, and race has been featured in places such as Bitch Magazine, Jezebel, Racialicious and Clutch Magazine, as well as in several anthologies. She blogs at Sex and the Fat Girl and talks politics, sex, and general lewdness on Twitter.

Virgie Tovar — 10 Things About Sex You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

virgie roundWhen’s the last time you had sex with a gray-eyed Spaniard on a Portuguese terrace while you watched the ocean tide and the moon rise? Virgie’s answer: January 21, 2013. Equipped with an MA in Human Sexuality and over a decade of experience as a sex educator, phone sex operator and absurdly successful deal-closer, Virgie offers her secrets of anatomy, vibrators, dirty talk, flirtation, orgasms, porn, relaxation and tips on pleasing male-bodied partners (yes, like the Spaniard).

About Virgie: Virgie Tovar is a fat activist, writer and body image expert/coach. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion and holds an MA in Human Sexuality with an emphasis on the intersections of gender, race and size.

Rebecca Jane Weinstein — The Naked Truth About Fat Sex: The Top Five Things I Learned About Attraction And Body Size (noon Eastern)

rebecca roundIn Rebecca’s popular book, Fat Sex: The Naked Truth, she tackled the myths and realities about fat people and sex. In this not-to-be-missed talk, she’ll share what she learned in that process.

About Rebecca: Rebecca Jane Weinstein is the author of the book “Fat Sex: The Naked Truth” and is currently working on her next book “Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences.” Trained as a lawyer and social worker, Rebecca has been working as an advocate and writer for nearly twenty years. She is the founder of People Of Size, an online community and social networking site which provides information, support, and interaction for “people of size.” A person of size herself, she understands the struggles that so many experience living in a world with a “war on fat.”

Sheri Winston — Abundant Woman, Abundantly Sexy

sheri winston roundThe most sexually attractive thing is being confident in your own deliciousness. In this talk, acclaimed sexuality teacher Sheri Winston will show you how you can be a “woman of abundance” who is abundantly comfortable with her sexuality. She’ll also share tips on how to become your own erotic virtuoso (and how that sexual confidence and your erotic ease will attract others).

About Sheri: Sheri Winston CNM, RN, BSN, LMT is a celebrated Wholistic Sexuality teacher, author of the award-winning Women’s Anatomy of Arousal – Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure*, and Succulent SexCraft – A Hands-On Guide to Erotic Play and Practice (due out in Spring 2013). As the founder and executive director of the Center for the Intimate Arts, Sheri offers empowering erotic education for men and women. Her unique and holistic teachings are informed by over a dozen years as a sexuality teacher on top of her decades of practice as a certified nurse-midwife, gynecology practitioner, registered nurse, holistic healer, childbirth educator and massage therapist. Winner of the 2010 Book of the Year Award – American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

To see a brief schedule, click here!