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Matchmakers Conference 2013

May 2-6, 2013

Travel & Conference Itinerary

Thursday: Board ship at 4pm. 7pm Cocktail Hour Dinner at 8:30pm. 

Friday: Conference, 4-8pm. Dinner at 8:30pm. 

Saturday: Free Day in Mexico!

Sunday: Conference, 4-8pm. Dinner at 8:30pm. 

Monday: Arrival at port, 7am. 


Prices range from $455 for an indoor cabin to $655 for a cabin with a veranda. 

Conference registration is $150 if cabin is reserved before December 31. Registation after January 1 increases to $200. 

Matchmakers Alliance members receive $50 off their cruise registration. Not a member? Join today

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2013 Matchmakers Conference Speakers Include: 


Blanca Cobb

Blanca Cobb is a media personality, trial consultant, lie detection and body language expert, keynote speaker, trainer, and author. As the founder and president of the North Carolina based TruthBlazer, Blanca offers trial consulting services, statement analysis for law enforcement, keynote speaking, and teaches courses on body language and detecting deception. Blanca is also a Senior Instructor at the Body Language Institute in Washington, DC. Blanca shares her people-reading secrets and techniques with law enforcement, lawyers, judges, physicians, CEOs, parents and everyday people who want to separate fact from fiction. Blanca has been interviewed by Good Morning America, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC affiliates as well as the New York Daily News, The Root, and Cosmopolitan magazines. Blanca has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Psychology from North Carolina State University.

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Evan Marc Katz

Evan Marc Kats is a dating coach and author of "Why You're Still Single: Things Your Friends Would Tell You If You Promised Not To Get Mad" and "I Can't Believe I'm Buying this Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating," Evan has established himself as America's leading dating expert. From online dating, to dating, to relationship coaching, Evan has helped thousands of singles gain power and control over their love lives. Since 2004, he has been seen in hundreds of media outlets, including features in the New York Times, Wall St. Journal and Cosmopolitan, and appearances on CNN, Today, The Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and The Rachael Ray Show.

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Rachel DeAlto

Rachel DeAlto is a flirting and communications expert ( and the author of Flirt Fearlessly: The A to Z Guide to Getting Your Flirt On available now. Rachel is dedicated to helping people communicate more effectively and make better connections.

Rachel believes that “flirting” is a facet of the art of communication, and is not always about the seduction. The art of the flirt is about giving compliments, making people feel good, and feeling good about yourself through the positivity you spread. Rachel has always been in touch with her inner flirt, and further developed her communications expertise through her undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and later as a practicing trial attorney after receiving her Juris Doctorate at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Rachel has been featured on a multitude of media outlets including: BetterTV, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, iVillage, Redbook, PlayBoy Radio, Yahoo Shine, YourTango and is a featured expert with


Julie Ferman

Julie Ferman is a personal matchmaker, consultant, dating coach, media personality, professional speaker, and producer of dating industry conferences and events. Julie founded her personal matchmaking service, Cupid’s Coach in 2001 to dignify and simplify the love search process for selective, relationship-minded professionals. Now a subsidiary of eLove, the company provides localized, national and high-end personal matchmaking services and a full menu of coaching services to single love seekers throughout California, the U.S., and beyond.

Julie is a frequent speaker at national/international Internet Dating conferences, and received the Best Matchmaker award from the Internet Dating/Social Networking conference at iDate2010, 2011 and also 2012. Julie has been a guest on countless television shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr. Phil, NBC’s The Match Off, NBC’s Life Moments and Fox News, and we’ve seen her in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, Woman’s World, Westlake Magazine, and the Orange County Business Journal. With over 1,100 marriages to her credit, Julie Ferman knows the love business and is eager to share her secrets.

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Jasbina Ahluwalia

Jasbina Ahluwalia is an attorney turned entrepreneur, Relationship Expert, Radio Show Host and Matchmaker / Dating Coach. Jasbina was one of the finalists in OPRAHS search for a new TV Host. She has received worldwide press including in Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., San Jose Mercury News, Live TV and Radio. 

Jasbina is the CEO & Founder of Intersections Match, the only National Matchmaking & Dating Coaching Firm for South Asian Singles throughout the country. She is also a Co-Founder of (to be launched in early 2013) - a Global Online Dating Community and Social Network for South Asian Singles. Jasbina also hosts Intersections Talk Radio, a monthly holistic lifestyle show - conversations with published authors/experts on relationships and health and wellness. Jasbina serves as a Relationship Expert in publications and online forums throughout North America, including Your Tango, India Currents, Bibi Magazine, Generation Ginger, Oye Times (Canada), India West and Desi Club. She has also moderated/participated on panels at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Northwestern & Columbia. Jasbina previously practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago. She earned her B.A/M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Kim Rosenberg

Kim Rosenberg, President and Founder of Mixology has over a decade of business and sales management experience, several years of which were with a prominent international matchmaking company. Kim created Mixology after finding a crucial need for matchmaking services in the gay and lesbian community. Her passionate nature and ability to understand her clients allow her to advise and steer them in the direction of their goals in finding a life partner. Her warm disposition and quick analytical skills are also what make her successful and supportive to her clients. She is incredibly well connected in the DC business and LGBT communities, maintaining a seat on the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce where she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.

Kim volunteers with many local nonprofit organizations benefiting the LGBT community. She has recently been featured in Washington Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40”, Bethesda Magazine, Oxygen network’s “Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood”, Metro Weekly, Washington Life Magazine, Frontiers LA, Smart CEO Magazine, Refinery29,, SheWired, Tagg Magazine and Mixology’s popular LGBT dating advice column, “Mix in the City” in the Washington Blade.

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Michelle Jacoby

Michelle Jacoby is a matchmaker, dating and relationship coach and the owner of DC Matchmaking, an upscale boutique matchmaking company for commitment-minded singles in Washington, DC, MD and VA. Michelle has gained national recognition and was awarded finalist for best matchmaker in the US at the 2011 iDate Awards and was a speaker at the 2010 National Matchmaking Conference. Michelle was also a featured presenter at the 2012 iDate Matchmaking Conference in Miami. She has appeared in The Washington Post, The Northwest and Georgetown Currents, The Washington Examiner, Bethesda Magazine, WUSA Channel 9, News Channel 8 - Let's Talk Live and NBC Washington. Her articles have been featured in Your Tango, EHarmony Advice, Washington Life Magazine, Alexandria Women, Fairfax Women and Southern Maryland Women Magazines.

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Laurie Berzack

Laurie Berzack, founder of Chai Expectations, a personal matchmaking service for Jewish singles, and Carolinas Matchmaker a matchmaking service for all faiths, has developed a state-of-the-art database software, Matchmaker Select. Laurie spent five years fine-tuning the program, which is currently being licensed and is the only one of its kind in the industry. Matchmaker Select involves a completely secure, password-protected matchmaking application, which enables matchmakers to utilize a comprehensive prospect search engine to email, track, assess, compare and more. The software features several capabilities, including prospect management, date scheduling, a transaction calendar, mass email, payment request application and reporting.

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Laurie Davis

Laurie Davis is the founder of eFlirt Expert, an online dating consultancy, and the author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Jan 2013). Her company helps singles navigate flirting and relationships via technology by writing their online dating profiles, decoding their date’s text messages, schooling them in Facebook flirting, and helping them transition to meaningful, offline relationships. Laurie was nominated Best Dating Coach in the 2013 and 2012 iDate Awards and her advice has been featured in over 200 international media outlets including The New York Times, Good Morning America, Forbes, Men’s Health and Marie Claire. She is engaged to her tweetheart who she eFlirted with in 140 characters on Twitter.

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Matthew Hensrud

Matthew Hensrud is a proud to wear approximately seven hats.  Since he started working for startups in 2006, he's taken roles including Producer, Project Manager, Lead Developer, Technology Strategist, and Chief Product Officer.  His expertise ranges from How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee, to choosing platform choices, launch planning, and user experience design.  As an avid (and successful) internet dater, he is keenly interested in how the Internet can facilitate meeting that special someone.  Matthew advises companies and individuals on expanding their digital audience, website enhancement, and social media strategy.

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Thomas Edwards

Thomas Edwards is the founder of The Professional Wingman, a social strategy consultancy helping singles develop better social skills to improve their their love life. An leading expert in dating and lifestyle strategy, peers, colleagues and media have deemed him, the "Love Doctor." Thomas' knowledge and unique approach to dating strategy and lifestyle development have received attention from many media sources, including features in Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, CNN, Ebony Magazine, Boston Globe, Reuters, E! Online and Fox Business.

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Maria Avgitidis

Maria Avgitidis is a love entrepreneur!  As a fourth generation matchmaker and professional dating coach, her clients seeks out relationship advice and tips and tricks to proper dating etiquette to find and introduce them to their perfect match. Maria is the founder and head matchmaker at Agape Match, a matchmaking firm that caters to New Yorkers and Greek singles around the globe. Maria is expanding her traditional matchmaking service with an online dating platform, appropriately named ("Love me" in Greek) set to launch in Winter 2013. is an online dating site for Greek singles, both in Greece and the Diaspora. Essentially, Maria has a goal to create more Greek babies in this world.

Maria Avgitidis is also one of the founders of the Matchmakers Alliance- a place where dating professionals share ideas and collaborate to best serve their clients. As a result of her intimate involvement with the Matchmakers Alliance, she also hosts the Matchmakers Conference in the Spring, where matchmakers from around the world come to connect and network in person.

Maria's dating expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including Esquire, MSN, Neo Magazine, Reuters, CBS, Seventeen, The Hellenic Voice, The Pappas Post, Metro Greece, AOL, and many others. Her success as a matchmaker has gained national recognition and awarded best matchmaking service in New York City by CBS News. She was also awarded as a finalist for best matchmaker, most innovative company, and best dating site design at the 2012 iDate Awards and best matchmaker at the 2013 iDate Awards. 

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Louie Felix

Louie Felix is the CEO of Elite Matchmaking, a highly personalized Matchmaking Company and recently founded Q Introductions. For almost a decad, Louie was the CEO of one of the Nations largest personalized matchmaking companies with 20 locations and a client base of well over 20,000 active clients. Additionally, the past 3 years, Louie ran all of the Sales and Operations for one of the largest California based dating companies, Table For Six. Prior to becoming an expert in the matchmaking industry, Louie was the Senior Vice President of sales and Operations for a publicly traded company with over 3,500 locations. His passion to combine his professional business growth and management background with his extensive matchmaking and relationship coaching success has assisted with the rapid expansion of Elite Matchmaking and the inception of Q Introductions. 


Christie Mims

Christie Mims is The Radical Fairy Godmother to the Woman Trapped in Her Suit. A job reinvention specialist, she is a certified professional career and transition coach with a background working for Fortune 500 companies. As a former business unit director in a top consulting firm, she has been there, done that, and worn those uncomfortable shoes. So, while she knows that career transition is hard, it doesn’t have to be lonely!

Christie holds a BA in History from the University of Virginia, a Master‘s in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, and is a certified professional coach and certified mediator. Christie has been a featured speaker and expert at Women for Hire, Success in the City, WTOP, The University of Syracuse, and The University of Kent.

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Kimberly Seltzer

Kimberly Seltzer LCSW is a Therapist, Matchmaker, Image Expert and Dating Coach based in Los Angeles. She utilizes the unique combined use of therapy, in-field date coaching, NLP and styling to help people with their confidence and dating life. Kimberly helps women and men update and discover their dating image through wardrobe consultation, assistance in purchasing clothes that fit each body type and lifestyle and set life goals. Kimberly is also a single mom who specializes working with divorcees to get their mojo back and navigate the dating world. She has enjoyed opportunities on the radio and on the web including appearances with Andy Richter and Paul Tompkins in eBay's Winner's Guide to Winning and in a recent interview with Tim Matheson on HuffPost Live.

Kimberly is the owner of Elite Image Makeovers providing image consultation, dating coaching, dating after divorce programs and matchmaking. She also runs the VIP division at one of the largest nationwide matchmaking companies, Elite Matchmaking in Beverly Hills, CA. Kimberly infuses image consulting and dating coaching as part of this unique matchmaking process. In addition, she is a dating coach and image consultant for Dating with Dignity and The Art of Charm. Her specialty is helping people with dating after divorce. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Divorce on behalf of Art of Charm and you can see her other articles and videos as an expert on, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Fox News Magazine and Yahoo Shine.


Carmelia Ray

Carmelia Ray is an Author, Matchmaking Expert, and Director of Business Development for Carmelia has been working in the matchmaking industry for over twenty years working with North America's leading matchmaking services. She has personally interviewed over 60,000 singles and helped over 7,000 clients with their search to finding someone special. She is the author of the E-book, “The Ultimate A-Z Guide to Attracting and Keeping Your Soul Mate”, and a conference host to iDate; the largest internet dating and social media conference worldwide. She currently writes for Inside Fitness, Your Tango, Top Choice Magazine, Dating Advice, Eligible Magazine & eLove Magazine to name a few, on the topics of Love, Sex, Dating & Relationships.

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Christine Hart

As a Dating & Relationship Coach for over 13 years, Christine is the founder of Your Date Coach Inc. and is the Director of Communications at She is an industry leader in navigating the world of effective male/female communication. Her guidance and techniques as a coach have led to more than 65 lasting marriages. She is the author of 'The Art of Living a Flirtatious Life', - a book dedicated to helping women connect with the power of their femininity. Christine has appeared on various media including interviews with The Huffington Post, The Financial Post, CTV National, CityTV, CTV, CBC, Much Music, GlobalTV, CP24, Elle Magazine, Flare Magazine, Canadian Living, Globe & Mail, National Post and The Toronto Star. She is also one of the regular Dating Experts on CosmoTV's hit show, "LoveTrap". Christine holds a BA in Communication Studies, is a Certified CCF Coach and is a graduate of Alison Armstrong's PAX Mastery Program.


Audrey Melnik

Audrey Melnik is founder and developer of WotWentWrong, a new way for people to get advice about their dating lives – directly from their Exes or via crowdsourced insights. Melnik previously lived in New York City, where she was a part of the Sex andthe City dating lifestyle and its occasional dysfunction, as well as New York’s thriving tech community. She credits the city with her inspiration for WotWentWrong, realizing the web could answer relationship dilemmas faster and more satisfyingly than any newspaper column or magazine sex quiz. WotWentWrong aims to help people move beyond repeating the same dating mistakes and increasing their chances for sustaining healthy, fulfilling relationships.

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