Founder & Principal
Samaya founder Stephanie Goodell is an experienced marketing professional whose passion is accelerating the growth of women entrepreneurs and achieving gender parity. She is a dot connector, an optimist, and a keen facilitator of conversations and relationships. Philosophically and practically committed to experiential learning, collaborative relationships, and thought leadership, her work in global, corporate, higher education and non-profit settings has earned her a reputation for creativity, business acumen, and big-picture insights. Stephanie is a sought-after speaker, trainer and facilitator. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, leadership development, networking, and she is a certified facilitator for Take The Lead's core training- 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career. She was recently recognized for her work by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and is an alumna of the Fall 2015 national cohort.
One of Stephanie’s long-term goals is to open a leadership training school for girls in the Indian Himalayas. She recently made her first angel investment in a woman-led social venture as a result of completing the Pipeline Angels investing boot camp. In November of 2015, Stephanie was named to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New England Board of Advisors.
Monica is a purpose-driven creative producer and community leader with a passion for designing and producing projects that support environmental issues, innovative leadership, social justice, and the empowerment of women. With over 15 years of diverse professional experience, she shaped a career as a collaborative, tenacious problem solver. Her entrepreneurial and inclusive approach is a natural fit for leading initiatives and bringing people together for change. As an event producer she spearheaded experiences such as The Nines Music Festival, large scale galas, launch parties, film premieres and creative fêtes. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for One Common Unity in Washington, DC. Monica received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives in Groton, MA.
Kasia Beznoska graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology. She continued her education in Early Childhood Education, and in 2010 started down the path of becoming a female entrepreneur, starting her own small business called Growing With Yoga. In the Fall of 2015, Kasia became the new director of a non-profit organization called LKPY (Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth), which was created by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, who decided it was time for peace to surpass violence around the world. Kasia is a strong advocate of cultivating a heart-mind connection when working with youth, both in the classroom and beyond. It is a goal of hers to open a community-based center in New Hampshire, which will serve families of all income levels, offering a variety of mental and physical health classes for adults and children, including cooking, yoga, meditation, art, and more.