As a business coach, writer, and speaker, I believe in championing women and encouraging the next generation of leaders age 40 and under.
Every month, I’ll highlight ten women under 40 who make the world a better place by leading and loving well. Go follow and support them, they’re doing awesome things!
As President and Owner of Illuminate Literary Agency, Jenni Burke is on a mission to see authors truly thrive, so their words and lives can make a deep and lasting impact in the world for good. Her love of books and Jesus led her into the Christian publishing industry in 2003. Jenni’s career progressed from the editorial department of a publishing house, to working with D.C. Jacobson & Associates as an author relations manager, associate agent, and senior literary agent, before she stepped into her current role as president and owner in 2019. She rebranded the agency to Illuminate Literary in 2020. A few of her clients include Alli Worthington, Liz Forkin Bohannon, Jess Connolly, Jamie Ivey, and Myquillyn Smith. Jenni is a native Central Oregonian, where she lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys getting her hands in the dirt with her family, ministering with her local community, or planning her next trip to Italy. After a long day working on books, Jenni likes to relax with … a book.
Melissa is a professional counselor in the Dallas area. Her passion is helping men and women overcome challenges, process painful emotions, and understand their God-given identity. She wrote a free guide, The Secret to Confidence, to help women ditch insecurities and discover their true selves. Melissa also hosts a weekly podcast show, Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. She is married with a 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.
Lindsay is a writer and the founder of For the Hope, an online community where words find their home in healing spaces. For the Hope was born out of not only a lifelong battle with mental health but specifically an intense season of life-altering anxiety. Years of healing brought her from a person of complete hopelessness to one that has become defined by hope. She desires to help others see this in themselves and their faith—to take them by the hand and usher in the words and the voice that can bring forth change and redemption. She wrote a free gift for you called, Peace for A Restless Soul: A Guide to Help You See in the Dark. Lindsay resides in Brooklyn, NYC—swimming among vibrant cultures, echoing boomboxes, and the occasional garbage-strewn street. She lives there with the people who hold her heart; her husband Dane and their two young children.
Ashlee Eiland serves as Associate Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church. She shares God’s message of redemption and reconciliation at conferences, colleges, and events around the country. She began her professional career working for Nestlé USA and left corporate America to pursue full-time vocational ministry. Ashlee earned a BA in international relations from the University of Southern California, completed her Master’s in organizational leadership at Judson University, and received a certificate in spiritual formation from Moody Bible Institute. She’s the author of HUMAN(KIND), which released this past April and received a coveted Publisher’s Weekly starred review. For fun, Ashlee enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, reading, baking, and CrossFit. Ashlee and her husband, Delwin, have three children and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Latasha is a speaker, writer, and the host of the Overcome to Become Podcast . She equips and empowers women with the tools to overcome anything that dares to stand in between them and who God called them to be. Her life is proof of this truth: our past and imperfections do not have the power to diminish our purpose. She is also a passionate educator who has spent the past 17 years serving in the roles of teacher, assistant principal, principal, and now director of instruction. She has been married for 15 years and has four beautiful girls ranging in age from 21 to 6 years old. In her downtime you can find her curled up with a book, spending time with family and friends, or on a foodie adventure.
Jensine is a wife and mother, Instagram gal, bibliophile and sports enthusiast. She believes we all have influence right where we are, whether our platform is 2,000 followers or two toddlers following for snacks. She hopes to use our daily influence + social media to bring the beauty of words and images and real grace together to reflect our true light and life in Jesus. While she currently lives in the SF Bay Area, she is always planning her next trip across the country or around the world. Scroll on by and say hi @jensane and find out what she’s reading on her new book podcast @penandpagegals!
Sophia Kim is a wife and mom to three kids and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s been a blogger for the better part of the last decade and currently blogs at sophiaksays.com where she writes mainly about her faith, motherhood, and parenting a daughter on the autism spectrum. Sophia loves encouraging other women, especially mothers who are newly finding themselves on the path of special needs parenting. She also co-hosts a book-lovers podcast called Pen & Page Gals and can be found spending most of her free time curled up with a good read.
Kaitlin Chappell Rogers is a writer, speaker, and encourager living in Huntsville, AL with her husband, Caleb. Her love language is coffee and her hobbies include traveling the world and finding the best brunch spots. Kaitlin is passionate about people and helping them see who they are to God. She enjoys leading writing workshops for women at her local rescue mission and serving her city with Church of the Highlands. Words are the way she points people to Jesus and how she worships Him too. Kaitlin lives by Revelation 12:11 and strives to make an eternal difference whenever and wherever she can. You can get to know Kaitlin better by reading her blogs and grabbing her books “Hey Little Flower Girl” and “Not from God.”
Caris Snider is a Christian communicator who shares the hope of God through speaking, writing, and leading worship. She is the author of Anxiety Elephants: A 31 Day Devotional To Help Stomp Out Your Anxiety. Her passion for the Lord is evident as she shares her experiences of overcoming anxiety, depression, fear and shame. Caris desires to help women of all generations, young and old, to see their value and worth through the eyes of the Lord. She values providing a voice to the voiceless and helping those who feel alone. Caris wants everyone to find the freedom to go after their purpose and calling on their lives because no one else can accomplish what God has created them to do.
Sharon Yu is a licensed marriage and family therapist who founded her private practice Sharon Yu Therapy in Los Angeles, California. Her practice focuses on helping individuals heal from codependency in their relationships, de-stigmatizing mental health care for Asian Americans, and integrating spirituality with gender, cultural, and sexual identities. Sharon has written articles for Healthline, Cosmopolitan, and Parade Magazines regarding ways to cultivate positive mental health care, navigate parenting challenges, and overcome moving home stressors for young adults due to the pandemic. Sharon lives in Los Angeles with her partner and three young kids.