Nikki is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Unearth Women. Previously, Nikki worked as Places Editor of Atlas Obscura, Travel Editor of Culture Trip, Digital Marketing Manager of FOOD & WINE magazine, and as a freelance journalist. Nikki has spoken at various travel conferences including the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, New York Times Travel Show, New York Travel Fest and as a guest commentator on Cheddar News TV and NPR Weekend Edition. Nikki has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue Spain, and more. Her bylines have appeared on the HuffPost, VICE, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.
Elise Fitzsimmons is Publisher and Co-Founder of Unearth Women. As Publisher, Elise is tasked with overseeing business development of the company, the production of the print magazine, and managing the finances of the company. Formerly, Elise worked as the Membership Director for a public radio station in Aspen, Colorado where she was responsible for the acquisition of over one million dollars in individual contributions, donor relations and membership maintenance, marketing, and event planning.
Kelly Lewis is the Co-Founder of Unearth Women and was part of the initial ideation of the magazine. As a respected entrepreneur in the travel space, Kelly is also the Founder of Go! Girl Guides, the founder of the annual Women’s Travel Fest—a sold-out consumer travel event for women who love to travel—and Damesly, a tour company for professional and creative women.
Rachel Gould is an Executive Editor at Unearth Women where she is tasked with capturing the compelling narratives of revolutionary ladies around the world. As Executive Editor, Rachel oversees editing of stories in the internationally sold quarterly print publication. Formerly Art & Design Editor at Culture Trip, where she was an original member of the core editorial team that collaboratively established the digital publication’s voice, Rachel lives in pursuit of the social, cultural, and political power of visual art. She currently works as a freelance journalist and hosts the art vlog Several Circles.
Stephanie Flor is the editorial Beauty Director of Unearth Women Magazine. As a professional hair and make-up artist, Flor brings her wealth of knowledge and talent to each issue to help curate the 'Journey to Beauty' section of the magazine.
Megan Roy is an award-winning creative director and designer. Megan’s focus is creating powerful, memorable brand extensions—from editorial work to advertising, integrated marketing and beyond. Formerly Creative Director of Entrepreneur magazine, her clients include Giant Bikes/Liv Cycling, Comedy Central, Down East magazine, Level Equity, It’s Wholesome vegan foods, Inman News, Storey Creative and various non-profits.
Alycin Bektesh is an award-winning multimedia journalist recognized for her public affairs reporting and newsroom leadership. A Colorado native, she currently resides in Aspen, CO, but has also made herself at home in Bennington Vermont, New York City, and Bloomington, Indiana. Alycin has won numerous awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalist and the Colorado Broadcasters Association and is a 2018 recipient of a regional Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Amber works closely with Elise and Alycin on the development and planning of the soon-to-launch Unearth Women podcast. Amber received an M.A. degree in Liberal Studies: Women’s Studies, Gender, and Sexuality from CUNY’s Graduate Center and University, and an honors B.A. in English from The City College of New York. Previously Amber worked as the Home and Design Editor at Culture Trip, the Executive Editor for Metropolitan Magazine, and the Editor for ResidencyNY Magazine. In 2015, Amber started her own company, ACS Media Services, and has over 8+ years of experience as a writer/editor in the NYC area.
Jenna Kunze is a Staff Writer and a journalist whose work has been motivated by travel. After two years teaching English and freelancing in Asia, Jenna relocated to Southeast Alaska, where she reports for a local newspaper. She has been published by Matador Network, Outpost Magazine, Lost Tribe Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, Cargo Literary, and in various local publications in South Korea and Nepal.
Frequent Digital Contributors
Mazuba Kapambwe is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in CNN Travel, The Culture Trip and in-flight magazines for Proflight and Arik Air. She also hosts a travel themed podcast called Mwende Bwino (Go Well) that inspires people to explore their city, country, continent and beyond.
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Alex Saint is a content writer and blogger, based in Bristol, England. With a range of writing experience behind her that started with blogging at Travelettes.net and includes penning travel guides for BBM Live Magazine and managing her own blog Saints on a Plane with her sister, her passion is encouraging people to see the world.
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Sarah is a writer and blogger who runs the travel blog Endless Distances. Her writing has been featured in other publications such as Artful Blogging, Travel Her Way, Hostelling International, and various tourism board magazines. She spent four years living in the UK, where she did her MSc in Occupational Therapy and worked with multiple refugee and asylum seeker organizations, including Refugee Women's Centre.
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Maria Eilersen is the former Public Relations Manager at Unearth Women, and is responsible for amplifying Unearth Women’s story in the press. Maria has delivered award-winning PR campaigns and her own bylines have appeared in Interview Magazine, The Copenhagen Post, Trendland and more, covering travel, lifestyle, fashion and food.
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Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer specializing in travel, personal finance and business. Her work has appeared in Fodors, ShermansTravel, Travelocity, Orbitz, Afar, Newsday, Money, ABCNews.com, Quartz, Forbes.com, The New York Times, among others. She is based in New York.