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Single people often feel like there are not enough resources for them in this world, and being single is hard — so hard, in fact, dating coach Jenna Birch get a lot of questions about how to do it well. So it feels good and healthy, not disheartening and depressing. Birch, author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love, will host an interactive talk on How to Be Single in 2019. She will dive into how to build a full, complete life while you’re dating, how to make sure that romantic highs and lows remain in perspective, and what skillsets should be in your romantic toolbox. Other core topics will include ethical dating (dating multiple people at once, communication, breaking it off without ghosting), situationships, how to tell if it’s someone is truly interested, doing a regular dating cleanse/detox, and the value of building friendships before relationships (or at least in equal measure).


  • Jenna Birch - Author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love 
  • Jennifer L Taitz - Psy.D., A.B.P.P., author of How to Be Single & Happy, board-certified cognitive behavioral clinical psychologist and a certified dialectical behavioral therapist 
  • Averry Cox - LMFTA 
  • Dr. Karla Ivankovich - Clinical Counselor at OnePatient Global Health in Chicago 
  • Marina Resto - Marketing Director and Brand Strategist, IG: @dating_in_seattle 

Stay tuned as we announce more panelists!


I’m a freelance journalist, focusing on topics like health, wellness, dating, relationships, beauty and lifestyle. I’m author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love (Grand Central Life & Style, January 2018), a dating guide for modern women trying to navigate today’s complicated romantic landscape. I also pen a weekly relationship advice column, PureWow's 'Between the Sheets.' My work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, O, Real Simple, Man Repeller and The Washington Post, among others.


Jennifer L. Taitz, Psy.D., A.B.P.P., is author of How to Be Single and Happy, a board-certified cognitive behavioral clinical psychologist and a certified dialectical behavioral therapist who specializes in offering people proven tools to enhance their life.Passionate about spreading wellness to the masses, Dr. Taitz's writing has been published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Dr. Taitz is passionate about helping people move past habits that interfere with their capacity for joy. Her first book, End Emotional Eating, earned a Seal of Merit from the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Dr. Taitz has presented her novel clinical application on mindfulness and managing emotions at national and international conferences. She serves as an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles, and maintains a clinical practice, LA CBT DBT. How to be Single and Happy is a Women's Health Magazine and Verywell Mind best self-help book of 2019. 

Averry Cox, LMFTA, is a Seattle-based therapist. She helps clients that describe themselves as feeling powerless, obligated, confused, overwhelmed, or stuck, supporting individuals in regaining control in their lives by encouraging curiosity, self-empowerment and boosting self-esteem. Together with her clients, her goal is to discover the unhelpful patterns that are active in their life and relationships, then develop the skills to break those negative cycles.


Dr. Karla Ivankovich is a clinical counselor at OnePatient Global Health in Chicago, and psychology lecturer at the undergraduate and graduate level. She hosted a show on iHeartRadio show, Life & Love, for four years, covering all things sex and dating. She is now an expert for Psychology Today, with a blog on relationship issues and sexuality.

Marina Resto is a marketing director and brand strategist by day, semi-pro dating expert and hype girl by night. After starting an Instagram account specific to Seattle's unique dating scene,Dating in Seattle, she's been flooded with fellow Seattlites asking for advice. She is dedicated to empowering local singles, keeping conversation positive, and lifting up those around her through humor and wit.

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