“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” ― Sheryl Sandberg
The Babes behind BWH:
CHELSEA DUDEVOIRE FOUNDER/CEO
Chelsea is a Florida native with a background in writing, integrated marketing and competitive dancing. She created BWH from a need for camaraderie, community and connection among other hardworking women despite location, industry or profession. She currently works full-time in the environmental infrastructure industry and part-time in the real estate development industry in addition to running the show here. She holds a B.A. in Editing, Writing & Media from Florida State University.
Aspires to be: Loreali Gilmore
Dream interviewee: Jenny Slate
Can't live without: Black coffee
MARA STROBEL-LANKA CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mara is a content creator and retail associate by day, and our creative visionary/Chelsea's right-hand-woman by nights and weekends. As the first official BWH employee, she has been instrumental in everything from brand and content curation and development to social media management, event planning, and managing our team of contributing writers. Her interests include intersectional feminism, sailing, sustainable living, painting, and planning her next dinner party.
Aspires to be: Hermoine Granger
Dream interviewee: J.K. Rowling
Can't live without: Bagels
HEATHER CROTEAU EDITOR
An American transplant by way of Weymouth, England, Heather is our editor-in-chief in addition to working as lead copywriter for an advertising agency where she's responsible for overseeing the quality and communication of clients' copywriting needs. Her focus as an editor has always been about really extraordinary voices, helping bring confidence and clarity to their story, then simply passing them the microphone. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Sean, and their two Australian Shepherd-mixes, Draper and Faye.
Aspires to be: 1/2 Peggy Olson, 1/2 Julie Andrews
Dream interviewee: Shonda Rhimes
Can't live without: Claritin
HURLEY WINKLER BOOK CLUB COORDINATOR
Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, Hurley Winkler wears many hats. She's a freelance writer and also works for the Jacksonville Public Library, where she hosts the podcast Completely Booked. She coordinates Babes Who Hustle's official book club, Babes + Books, where she gets to discuss books written by women. Hurley earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She lives in Neptune Beach with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Susan.
Aspires to be: Leslie Knope
Dream interviewee: Terry Gross
Can't live without: Headphones
INA MEZINI ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Originally from Tirana, Albania, Ina graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Communications. By day, she works full-time on the marketing and production side of the A/E/C industry. When she isn't editing proposals to win over prospective projects, she's assisting BWH with client pitching, content creation, merchandise fulfillment and all-things administrative. She's a lover of adventure, a good meal, the great outdoors, and hammock hangs with her dog, Diesel.
Aspires to be: 1/2 Katniss Everdeen, 1/2 Olivia Benson