Bios

Kimberly Briner Conrad, Brand Marketing & Development
After over a decade working at beauty/fashion magazines such as Allure, Lucky, Star, Brides and People StyleWatch, Kimberly decided to work on something closer to home and her heart - toys. With four young children at home, her house is one big case study in play. Kimberly believes that all children are primed with a sense of wonder and endless possibility that should be nurtured through thoughtful toys. Working for a parent-inspired toymaker like Global Girl allows her to put those values to work.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in both International Studies and French from Susquehanna University. She met her husband Andy while studying in France and working at the Council of Europe. Kimberly now resides with her family in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

 

Shirley Velasquez, Author
Shirley Velasquez is the author of the Global Girl's book series. She grew up in New York City in a house filled with many children's books, which she loved to read with her three younger siblings. After working as a reporter at women's magazine's such as Ms., Glamour and Elle, and living in Paris, France, Shirley became the current editor of Latina magazine and Latina.com. Her work has appeared in Elle, Glamour, American Way, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan Magazine For Latinas,InStyle, Ms., Latina, Family Circle, The New York Sun, Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice (McSweeney’s/Voice of Witness)and Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting (Harper Collins), an anthology of essays.
Rebecca Evans, Illustrator
Rebecca Evans is an illustrator and author living in Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Messiah College with a concentration in Drawing and Illustration in 2000, and also completed coursework from the Tyler School of Art. She worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to her first love: children’s book illustration and writing. Her experience includes illustrating and authoring children’s books, teaching art at the local Art Center, and publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses. She regularly speaks at elementary schools and shares her love of literature and art with children. She is also a member of the SCBWI. She lives in Maryland and enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, and working from her home studio. You can view her work at www.rebeccaevans.net
   
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