About Us

Conscious Connection is the Digital Magazine for Cultural Creatives

Our mission is to empower people everywhere to be the change that the world needs while designing the ultimate lifestyle in the process. We’ve assembled a global community of celebrity change agents, social entrepreneurs and conscious companies all dedicated to inspiring our readers to fulfill their potential and impact the world. But Conscious Connection is more than just a magazine — we are part of a global movement that’s uniting eco-style and sustainability values to redefine consumption and usher in a new era of abundance and prosperity. Meet our team of global change agents below:

Anthony Chiaravallo

Founder & Publisher

Anthony Chiaravallo is a modern day eco-renaissance man with a passion for social business and a love of all things creative. Anthony handles the overall strategic direction of the magazine and conducts all of our acclaimed Enlightened Interviews. As an accomplished Digital Marketing Strategist, he has worked with a wide variety of corporate, nonprofit and celebrity clients to develop data-driven creative marketing strategies.

After some deep soul searching that culminated in a Puerto Rican surf sabbatical, Anthony founded Conscious Connection in March of 2010 with the vision to inspire others to change the world doing what they love. He received his Bachelors of Business from Rider University and can often be found running Conscious Connection Magazine while on mountaineering expeditions or surfing exotic locations across the globe. Follow him on Twitter @anthonychiara.

Tara Barnett

Director of Content

Tara came to Conscious Connection as a Social Media Manager and quickly rose through the ranks to become our Director of Content. With expertise spanning social media marketing, content development and visual storytelling she ensures our content is resonating with our readership of cultural creatives.

As a visual artist, she also dedicates time towards paintings that explore personal narratives, natural elements and lyrical imagery. Tara received her BFA in Illustration from Parsons the New School for Design and shortly after received her Masters from Monmouth University.

Sophia Bennett

Editor, Social Business

Sophia Bennett is in charge of our editorial calendar, ensuring each article meets our highest quality standards while driving user action.

She came to Conscious Connection specializing in social business, sustainability and impact marketing communications. Her work has appeared on over two dozen blogs, magazines and newspapers. She also helps corporate clients share their stories about ways they’re making the world a better place. In her spare time Sophia enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, craft projects, and spending time with her husband and twin daughters.

Sarah Nolet

Editor, Sustainability

Sarah Nolet is the Founder of AgThentic, an innovation and sustainability consulting firm for the food system. Sarah received a masters in System Design and Management from MIT, where she ran the Food and Agriculture Club, co-founded the MIT-Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize, and wrote her thesis on “Accelerating Sustainability-Oriented Innovations in Agribusiness”. Sarah recently moved to Sydney, Australia where she is exploring, and catalyzing action within, the AgTech innovation ecosystem. Nolet also holds a B.S. in both Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

Lauren Grogan

Editor, Health & Wellness

Lauren Forney HHC, RYT is a Holistic Health Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher based in Red Bank, NJ. As the Conscious Connection resident health expert, she’s passionate about educating our readers on the benefits of healthy living so they can make consistently wise choices regarding their nutrition and overall well-being. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, she combines this knowledge into her health counseling by providing simple actions people can adapt into their everyday lives. Lauren received her Health Counseling Certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified through the Yoga Alliance, as well. Check her out at Center Your Health.

Jacquie Ottman

Green Marketing Counsel

Jacquelyn Ottman is considered the nation’s foremost expert on green marketing and ensures our content meets the highest ethical standards in sustainability reporting. The founder and principal of the New York City-based J. Ottman Consulting, she has advised over 60 Fortune 500 companies and the US EPA Energy Star and USDA Certified Biobased labels. She is the author of the award-winning, The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding (Berrett-Koehler 2011), and the co-author of the recently released How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims: What Marketers Need to Know about the Updated FTC Green Guides (Advertising Age, 2013). A Respected Sustainability Leader, Ottman has keynoted conferences and given workshops in all four corners of the world, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek and many other business publications.

Kyla Heinz

Photo Journalist

Kyla Heinz came to Conscious Connection with the mission of producing thoroughly inspiring images to compliment our life changing content. Her unique approach focuses on combining the movement, sounds and color of the natural world. Through her photographs for Conscious Connection, she designs an expression of the world from our unique point of view. Each photograph she takes brings to life a part of our magazine and the vision of the creative and sustainable world we collectively envision.