Faculty & Guest Experts

 Our monthly membership curriculum is focused on one of the 12 ingredient of bravery outlined in Emily Ann Peterson's bestselling book, Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. We host twice-monthly masterclasses, guest expert lectures, office hours and more on these topics.



Our Founder, Emily Ann Peterson

She’s a singer-songwriter, creative consultant, and #1 bestselling author of the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous.

Emily Ann Peterson is best known by her fans, clients, and students for her uncanny ability to melt down difficult, throat-clenching stories and challenges into easy, step-by-step breaths of fresh air.

Her clients and students will tell you she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to their creative careers.

  • Trusted By "The Big Guys": Fortune500 companies and tech startups hire her as an audience strategist, content creator, coach and speaker.
  • Street Smarts, meet Book Smarts: 15 years of successful creative entrepreneurship began with a degree in business management.
  • Life PhD in First Impressions: Surviving & recovering from an eating disorder gives her the empathy and skills to help others minimize the stress of "putting yourself out there."
  • Her Secret Sauce? Copywriting and songwriting skills! She can take a complicated, yet crucial subject and synthesize it into a compelling and easy experience!
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Guest Experts

Each month we host an outside expert to speak on our monthly theme. Here are some of our favorites:


Michelle Mazur

With a Ph.D. in Communications, her business Communication Rebel® was founded on the belief that communication changes the world, so that’s what she helps business owners and speakers do: rebel against the status quo to make a difference, one compelling message at a time. She is the author of 3 books including the newly released 3 Word Rebellion: Create a One-of-a-kind Message that Grows Your Business into a Movement and the host of the Rebel Rising podcast. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her adoring husband, three obsessive felines, and a huge collection of Duran Duran memorabilia.

Podcast Episode: Your 3 Word Rebellion

Students-Only Interview: Finding Your 3 Word Rebellion

Ashton Szabo

Yoga teacher trainer, body movement expert, and perpetual student of all things spiritual. Heavily influenced by teachers like Douglas Brooks, Joseph Campbell and Alan Watts, Ashton brings a universality to his teachings that extends beyond just the realms of yoga. His concern is for the opening expansion and well being of his students. Not limited by the constraints of any one particular teaching or system, Ashton strives to help each student find what is useful for them in realizing their fullest potential.

Students-Only Interview: Balancing Discomfort & Curiosity

Amber Hawken

A diploma of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a qualified Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner, and a Deep State Re-Patterning Therapist are some of the professional qualifications and tools that Amber brings to her work around emotional, mental, and spiritual self-mastery, and she is the author of The Unf*ckwithable Life and the host of the podcast and YouTube series, Just Be You.

Podcast Episode: How to Be Honest

Students-Only Lecture: Is it Fear or Intuition?

Kristen Kalp

She is a healer, writer, and business coach. She creates books, breathwork, and retreats that help peeps get in touch with and stay true to their deepest selves -- not their popular-on-Instagram selves or 'professional' selves or 'what would be most profitable' selves, but their *soul* selves.

Podcast Episode: 5 Red Flags of Poor Planning

Students-Only Training: The Power of Breathwork

Ellis Delaney

A gifted songwriter and performer, Ellis is known for her stirring lyrics, open-hearted performances and contagious laughter. She got her start at coffee shops and now tours the folk circuit with nine albums to her credit. She has been a four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and Ellis has won more than a dozen songwriting and live performance awards.

Podcast Episode: Undefended Living

Students-Only Interview: Crucial Tools for ADHD & Creativity

Erika Olson

Currently living in London with her husband and 3 children, she is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, a rebel, a seeker, a light chaser, a book reader, an activist, a philanthropist, an attorney, a dancer, a baker, a music lover, a nature girl, a truth sayer and among many other things a singer and a songwriter. 

Podcast Episode: Finding Your Boundaries

Students-Only Interview: The Practicalities of Contracts & Agreements

Susan Steele

When Susan lost her shyness she started feeling more confident and realized there was nothing wrong with her.  Then she started a blog and found lots of other introverts who were just like her.  It made her very happy.  And social media came along and made connecting with new friends even easier. Now Susan has a mission – to help quiet people advocate for themselves and be proud of being an introvert. 

Students-Only Interview: Introverted Super Powers

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Rayne Parvis

Los Angeles-based certified personal stylist, Style Coach™, media personality, and author of Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab! entered the fashion industry as a fit model over 15 years ago, after which she began consulting for established bathing suit and lingerie brands like Felina, Manhattan Beachwear, Sunsets Inc., and Frederick’s of Hollywood. Rayne prides herself in teaching her clients how to make a garment FIT and FEEL better on their customers before going into production.

Students-Only Interview: The Psychology of Color

Michelle Lewis

Founder of Visibility Vixen®, Michelle is a Visibility Expert who specializes in helping launching entrepreneurs skyrocket their visibility, monetize their success and bring their unique message into the online space. Through her courses, podcast and facebook group “The Visible Entrepreneur” – she comes alongside each student to show them how to set up their systems, perfect their branding, and get on camera for video and live streaming to grow their business. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Just Luxe and Nav and on podcasts like Rich Bitch, Bare Naked Bravery, Market Beautifully, Self-Made Savvy, and Social Media To Sales.

Students-Only Interview: Livestreaming & Conquering New Mediums of Communication