BlogHer '07 Speakers

Meet the fabulous BlogHer '07 Speakers!




AlwaysArousedGirl

Panel: Digital Exhibitionists or Chroniclers of their Time: Will Naked Bloggers Make History?

AlwaysArousedGirl

AAG's been keeping a journal since she was a tiny wee girl; for the past 21 months, her journal's been online. She writes about marriage, divorce, dating, parenting, adoption, love, and sex. Lots of sex. AAG's thrilled to be speaking (stammering? stuttering? blushing? trembling?) at BlogHer about identity, nakedness and other facets of personal blogging. She's also terrified that someone will make fun of her lack of a mani/pedi, nice shoes and a fabulous purse. But that won't stop her from being there. ps--There will be oodles of swag in this session. Seriously. Oodles. Be there.

Amira Al Hussaini

Panel: Women Across the World, Blogging: the Voice For Silenced Communities

Amira Al Hussaini

Born, raised and educated in Bahrain, Amira is the first Bahraini journalist to become the news editor of an English Language daily. She is also the first Arab woman to ever win the Dag Hammarskjold Scholarship, in 1995, which has opened the door for her return to the United Nations headquarters in New York to cover the UNs sessions repeatedly over the years. Today she is Global Voices Online Middle East and North Africa Editor and Arabic translator – a post which opens up millions of possibilities to dive into the underground world of blogging in the Middle East every day.

Faye Anderson

Panel: How to Write Great Political Coverage: From Breaking News to Op-Ed

Faye Anderson

Faye M. Anderson is a citizen journalist, and communications and public policy consultant. Anderson@Large, a featured blog of Typepad.com, was included in the first scholarly research examining the role of black bloggers and the blogosphere. Faye is the writer and producer of Counting on Democracy, a documentary about the 2000 election debacle, which aired on PBS and Link TV. In a New York Times op-ed piece, Faye popularized the metaphor “illusion of inclusion” to characterize Republican minority outreach efforts. Faye holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA in Political Science from the City College of New York.

Betsy Aoki

Panel: The Life Stages of Online Communities

Betsy Aoki

Betsy Aoki recently joined Microsoft’s Xbox XNA team after working on Live QnA (qna.live.com), a large-scale consumer question-and-answer site with reputation and rating systems. She created "Norbert, the Cod of Conduct" to help keep order and assist newcomers to the site. Prior to that, Betsy was Microsoft's "Blog Queen" responsible for launching Microsoft's corporate blogging efforts at blogs.msdn.com and blogs.technet.com. An award-winning MFA poet and former Seattle Times columnist, she is also known for having founded the Seattle chapter of Webgrrls, the first Seattle chapter of Linuxchix, and being the first Web hire for seattletimes.com.

Heather Barmore

Panel: Digital Exhibitionists or Chroniclers of their Time: Will Naked Bloggers Make History?

Heather Barmore

Heather Barmore (Heather B.) is the author of No Pasa Nada (www.nopasanada.org), which tracks the first two years after her college graduation and not-so graceful entrée into the ‘adult world.’ (She has come to realize that becoming an actual adult possibly takes decades.) Heather is a Contributing Editor for BlogHer in the area of Business, Career and Personal Finance from the mind of a ‘young workaholic,’ and a freelance blogger in the area of women’s involvement in the political process. In 2006, along with Stacy Campbell and Kris Likey, she started IndieBloggers.org, a site dedicated to giving independent bloggers space to show off their writing talents.

Elise Bauer

Panel: Technical Tools To Build Traffic

Elise Bauer

For much of her career, Elise Bauer has been advising technology companies on their marketing and business strategies. Her clients over the last twenty years have included Apple, Symantec, Warner Music Group, Seagate, Technorati, and a host of technology start-up companies. A few years ago Elise started Simply Recipes (http://www.elise.com/recipes), a food and cooking blog, as a place to keep a record of what she was learning, cooking with her parents. Over the last 4 years Simply Recipes has grown to reach over 40,000 visitors a day, and produces more than 3 million page views per month. According to FeedBurner, there are over 200,000 subscribers to Simply Recipe's RSS feed. Elise was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "hidden influencers" of the web.

Liza Barry-Kessler

Panel: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Online Communities

Liza Barry-Kessler

Liza Barry-Kessler is the founder and coordinator of LesbianFamily.org, a blog portal that helps people to find all kinds of lesbian family blogs. She writes on a wide range of topics including parenthood, books, and politics on her personal blog, LizaWasHere By day, Liza is an attorney with an Internet communications company. She and her partner have been non-legally married since 2003 and mothers since 2006. Liza is co-author of the book Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues Facing Public, School, and Academic Libraries. Liza dreams of being able to support her family as a writer of both "fun stuff" and important issues.

Gina Bianchini

Panel: Day Two Keynote Breakfast: What Humans Do with Artificial Intelligence

Gina Bianchini

Gina Bianchini is the co-founder and CEO of Ning (www.ning.com), a social networking service with a twist - it empowers people to create their own social websites and social networks. Prior to Ning, she was co-founder and president of Harmonic Communications which was acquired by Dentsu. She has also held positions at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A from Stanford Business School.

Britt Bravo

Panel: Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Part 1 - Raising Money

Britt Bravo

Britt specializes in stories about people and organizations who are creating positive change. She writes for blogs, produces podcasts and teaches others how to blog and podcast. She writes for BlogHer (where she is the Co-editor of the Social Change, Nonprofits and NGO section), Have Fun * Do Good, NetSquared and WorldChanging San Francisco, and produces three podcasts: the Big Vision Podcast, the NetSquared Podcast, and the Arts and Healing Podcast. Using her 16 years of experience working with nonprofits, socially responsible businesses, and artists, Britt provides consulting to nonprofits and individuals to help them realize their Big Vision.

Susie Bright

Panel: Privacy, Exposure, Risk: Can you maintain safer spaces online?

Susie Bright

Susie Bright is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio show host, performer, all on the subject of sexuality and politics. She publishes Susie Bright's Journal at susiebright.blogs.com, is an editor of The Best American Erotica, and has authored Mommy's Little Girl, Full Exposure, and The Sexual State of the Union. She is a host and producer of Audible Presents: In Bed with Susie Bright (http://www.audible.com/susiebright). She currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

Nina Burokas

Panel: Self-branding and Self-promotion

Nina Burokas

Nina Burokas is a brand and communications strategist with expertise in personal branding, digital branding and leadership development. She advises women on managing their brand as an asset: for visibility, credibility and market value. In addition, she consults with organizations on using personal branding to achieve performance, development and cultural objectives. A Kellogg MBA and Reach Certified Brand Strategist, Nina has a passion for people, life and generally “keeping it hot.” She is the Director of WITI – OC, Brand Champion for IABC – OC, co-producer of Innovation Conversations and book editor and columnist for Savvy magazine.

Elisa Camahort

Panel: Day One General Session: Welcome, Day Two Keynote Breakfast: What Humans Do with Artificial Intelligence

Elisa Camahort

Elisa Camahort is a co-founder of BlogHer and manages its events, marketing and corporate operations. A marketing executive with 17 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Elisa Camahort was at the vanguard of professional and business blogging and currently writes nine blogs. She blogs at various times about marketing, health issues, green and eco-conscious living, being a vegan, and reality TV talent shows like American Idol and Project Runway!

Anastacia Campbell

Panel: Digital Exhibitionists or Chroniclers of their Time: Will Naked Bloggers Make History?

Anastacia Campbell

Anastacia Campbell has absolutely no idea what to do with her life. She graduated college with an enviable GPA planning a career in law, but it wasn’t meant to be. Meanwhile, she blogs at the wildly popular* www.jurgennation.com, and is a photographer whose work is found at Anastacia Campbell Photography (www.anastaciacampbell.com). She founded Indie Bloggers (www.indiebloggers.org), a growing community of writers who fall under the radar, and co-manages the site with her BFF, Kris. She dreams at night (and during the day when she should be working) of becoming a full-time writer/photographer; she just needs some help.
* That’s a lie, but have you seen these other bios?

Kathy Cano-Murillo

Panel: The Art of Crafts

Kathy Cano-Murillo

In the early '90s - long before crafts were cool again - Kathy Cano-Murillo made her glittery Latino pop art as a way to celebrate her culture, express her personality - and pay the bills. After creating hundreds of handmade pieces for boutiques, galleries and corporations, Kathy joined The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter and eventually became their weekly craft columnist. Her column, which is now syndicated through Gannett News Service, led to six published books including Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul (Rayo/Harper Collins). Kathy recently joined Duncan Crafts, where she is currently designing a bold and sparkly Crafty Chica product line. Her web site, CraftyChica.com, receives nearly 2 million hits a month and remains a one-woman operation.

Zoë Chafe

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Zoë Chafe

Zoë Chafe is a research associate at the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization. She writes for publications such as State of the World, Vital Signs, and World Watch magazine, and co-authored the recent report, “Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace”. She tracks travel trends and “green” living options. Her current research focuses on carbon markets and carbon offsets. Zoë previously worked with the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi. She served on the national steering committee of SustainUS, the US Youth Network for Sustainable Development.

Jenny Cisney

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Jenny Cisney

Jenny Cisney is a web designer for Eastman Kodak. Eleven years ago she moved to Rochester, NY to get a MFA in Computer Graphics Design at Rochester Institute of Technology... then never left town. In her spare time she likes photography, knitting, gardening, cooking, snowboarding, traveling, collecting vintage pyrex and eating cupcakes. If you travel with her you WILL eat cupcakes and you WILL have your picture taken while you are eating them. Always willing to try new things she is currently learning Suzuki violin, yoga and sustainable living. You can find her at her own blog www.ljcfyi.com, the Kodak corporate blog 1000words.kodak.com and on Rocha-chatter, a blog about Rochester on the local Insider newspaper site www.rochesterinsider.com/blogs/chatter.

Tracey Clark

Panel: Blogging is More Than Words

Tracey Clark

With a passion for capturing the beauty of everyday life in pictures and an unbridled enthusiasm for sharing her musings with the masses, Tracey Clark keeps herself in constant creative motion. She’s managed to blend her love for photography and writing with the precarious art of raising both a spirited preschooler and a tireless tween, creating a perfect alchemy. Besides photography, two Motherhood Journals with Chronicle Books, Picture This at ClubMom and contributions to Minti, AlphaMom and Culture Brats, she’s behind Mother May I and her latest project Shutter Sisters. With all that, Tracey claims she’s just scratching the surface.

Stephanie Cockerl

Panel: Self-branding and Self-promotion

Stephanie Cockerl

Stephanie M. Cockerl is the owner of nextSTEPH, which specializes in online marketing, web site analysis, web site design, and development. With over 10 years of experience, nextSTEPH has won numerous awards including being a finalist in the Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs, and receiving the Bronze Award from Portfolios.com. Stephanie has been featured in MediaBistro's AvantGuild; in Webgrrls.com; in Silicon Salley Magazine; and as a "Featured Technodiva" on iVillage.com. She is also a contributing author. Stephanie received her MBA in Media Management from Metropolitan College of New York and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree (B. Arch) from Cornell University.

Cheryl Colan

Panel: Advanced Multimedia Labs

Cheryl Colan

Cheryl Colan teaches Digital Multimedia and Computer Graphics courses at Scottsdale Community College and at Phoenix College. She began her career in multimedia working at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, where she produced video and audio components for permanent exhibitions. Cheryl teaches Digital Storytelling as a semester-long class for students, and as a week-long workshop for faculty. In Spring 2007, Cheryl taught Arizona's first college course on videoblogging at Phoenix College. She founded Node101 Phoenix in 2006 to bring free, on-demand vlogging workshops to her local community.

Catherine Connors

Panel: The State of the Momosphere

Catherine Connors

Catherine Connors is a mother, writer and recovering academic. When she's not changing diapers, delivering lectures on political philosophy or writing scholarly articles about the characterization of motherhood in Western philosophy, she blogs as Her Bad Mother (www.badladies.blogspot.com). She's also the moderator of Her Bad Mother's Basement (www.herbadmother.blogspot.com), a open, confessional blog-space for "unpostable" posts, the founder and editor of MommyBlogsToronto ( www.mommyblogstoronto.com), a collaborative blogzine for parent bloggers in Toronto, Canada, and beyond, and one of the founders of BlogRhet (www.blogrhet.blogspot.com), a collaborative blog for academics and others interested in critical analysis of blogs and blogging. She relaxes by gossiping at Babble.com, inventing cocktails and trimming her toenails, which grow really, really quickly.

Gina Cooper

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Gina Cooper

Gina Cooper is executive director of the YearlyKos Convention, a first-of-its-kind, off-line gathering of progressive activists, politicians, media and organizations who use the internet to effect real-space change. Often cited as a spokeswoman for other online activists, Gina has appeared on several national radio and television programs, including NPR's Morning Edition and CSpan's Washington Journal, and has been quoted in The New York Times and other major newspapers. Before her work with YKC, Gina was an early netroots activist and high school teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. Gina blogs her personal thoughts as a private citizen turned political organizer at ginacooper.com.

Ann Crady

Panel: Privacy, Exposure, Risk: Can you maintain safer spaces online?

Ann Crady

Ann Crady is the CEO and founder of Maya’s Mom (http://mayasmom.com), a leading social networking site for parents. Launching in November 2006, Crady secured a notable roster of angel investors, including Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, ex-Yahoo! executive Geoff Ralston, Tickle founder James Currier, Presto’s Raymond Stern, Michael Tanne of Wink, angel investor Jeff Clavier, and venture capitalist firm, True Ventures. Prior to founding Maya’s Mom, Crady served a five-year tenure at Yahoo!. As director of business development for Yahoo! Autos, Crady grew revenue from $10M in 2001 to $42M in 2005, and later served as the division’s director of strategic initiatives, spearheading major partner relationships.

Kate Daniels

Panel: How to Write Great Political Coverage: From Breaking News to Op-Ed

Kate Daniels

Katharine Daniels is the founder and Executive Editor of The Women’s International Perspective (The WIP), a comprehensive news website of women contributors that reports world news, opinion, and commentary. Prior to The WIP, she taught ESL and Spanish and regularly blogged las meditaciones de victoria, a blend of political, social, and cultural commentary. Katharine earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Sarah Lawrence College and her Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University. Katharine has lived and studied in Central and South America and currently resides in California with her husband.

Laina Dawes

Panel: Does the Blogosphere Need an Intolerance Intervention?

Laina Dawes

Laina Dawes is a freelance journalist, music critic and blogger from Toronto, Ontario. She is a contributing editor for the Race, Ethnicity and Culture section for BlogHer. She moderated a panel at the 2007 South By Southwest Interactive Festival entitled "Bridging the Cultural Divide Online," where panellists discussed how discussing race online can be problematic for bloggers and how the acknowledgement of diverse populations on social networking sites can be improved. She was also a panellist at the 2006 South By Southwest Interactive Festival, the 2005 Blogher conference and presented a paper on black women in the metal scene at the Experience Music Project conference in 2005.

Virginia DeBolt

Panel: Find Out Why Bloggers Care About Web Standards

Virginia DeBolt

Virginia DeBolt, writer and educator, writes about web design, web standards, accessibility and other web related topics from an education point of view. She’s written two books aimed at both learners and teachers of HTML and CSS that emphasize using standards and accessibility in web design as best practices. The books are Integrated HTML and CSS: A Smarter, Faster Way to Learn and Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS. Her blog on these topics is Web Teacher (http://www.webteacher.ws). Virginia is a lifelong writer. When she was teaching in the public schools, she wrote four books to help teachers teach writing. Now she is involved in writing groups and has a creative writing blog that provides writing prompts and encourages writers to begin a piece of writing at First 50 Words (http://first50.wordpress.com).

Kalyn Denny

Panel: The Art of Foodblogging

Kalyn Denny

Fourth grade teacher by day, food blogger by night, Kalyn Denny combines a love for food, writing, and community in her blog: Kalyn's Kitchen, and at Blogher.org. Kalyn discovered blogging accidentally when her brother suggested it as a way to keep up with recipe requests. Now, Kalyn's recipes are featured in newspapers and on many sites, and in 2006 Kalyn's Kitchen won a Food Blog Award for best theme blog. Kalyn also created Weekend Herb Blogging, a popular weekly event. Before being a blogger, she catered houseboat trips and was an officer in the Davis, Utah, and National Education Association.

Jory Des Jardins

Panel: Day One General Session: Welcome, The State of the Momosphere

Jory Des Jardins

Jory is co-founder of BlogHer, an organization that creates opportunities for women bloggers to pursue exposure, education, and community and that works with media and technology companies on integrating traditional and social media into their business and editorial practices. She writes on women’s business issues, marketing, blogging, and entrepreneurship for Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and her blog, Pause, which has provided the basis for a book she is writing on women in the workplace and an essay on corporate authenticity in More Space: Nine Antidotes to Complacency in Business. She’s written for The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Working Woman, USA Today Magazine, and The New York Times.

Jody DeVere

Panel: Professional Blogging: Ways and Means

Jody DeVere

Jody DeVere comes to Ask Patty with more than twenty-five years of achievement as a successful entrepreneur focused on sales and marketing leadership including ten years developing web based business solutions across diverse industries. DeVere is currently the President of the Woman's Automotive Association International (www.waai.com), the premier women's organization for women automotive professionals, a member of the Car Care Council Women's Board, a member of the California State Advisory Board for SkillsUSA, Chairperson of the United Spinal Motor Sports Committee, and a member of the SEMA Businesswomen's Networking Association. DeVere is based in Southern California and has three children and five grandchildren.

Dory Devlin

Panel: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Online Communities

Dory Devlin

Dory Devlin blogs daily about kids, parents, and technology on Yahoo! Tech. She is 45, the mom of three kids (ages 14, 12, and 10), and only beginning to truly clue in to the power of the social web. She'd like to help more women of various ages tap into the opportunity and community prevalent in the blogosphere. As a journalist for more than 20 years, Dory has been a newspaper reporter and columnist, exploring work-life balance, workplace issues, and entrepreneurship. She has also written for Fortune Small Business and the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com. Her blogs provide a daily look at the convergence of work, family life, and technology.

Barb Dybwad

Panel: Blogging Workflow Tools and Tricks

Barb Dybwad

Barb Dybwad is a Producer at Weblogs, Inc., an AOL company. She oversees the Technorati #1 blog Engadget, popular gaming blog Joystiq, and their niche spinoffs. Previously she was senior editor at Engadget and editor-in-chief
of the Social Software Weblog. Before becoming a professional blogger, Barb owned and operated her own web development business, Live Mind Design. LMD designed and developed sites for academia and small businesses in PHP/MySQL and ColdFusion, from back end to front. Current interests include participatory culture, gaming, social computing, web 2.0, MMORPGs, knowledge management, social media, remix technologies, mobile technologies, and the placeless office.

Esther Dyson

Panel: Day Two Keynote Breakfast: What Humans Do with Artificial Intelligence

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is the Internet’s court jester, a person of no institutional importance who somehow manages to speak the truth and to be heard when and where it matters. Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include 23andMe, Boxbe, CVO Group, Eventful, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity (UK), NewspaperDirect, Yandex (Russia)…and WPP Group (not a start-up). Some of her other direct IT investments include Flickr and Del.icio.us (sold to Yahoo!), BrightMail (sold to Symantec), Orbitz (sold to Cendant), Medstory (sold to Microsoft), ActiveWeave, BlogAds, ChoiceStream, Dotomi, Linkstorm, Mashery, Ovusoft, Plazes, Powerset, Resilient, Tacit, Technorati, Visible Path, Vizu.com and Zedo. She does business as EDventure, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004. You can find out more from links at www.edventure.com.

Laurie Toby Edison

Panel: Our Bodies, Our Blogs

Laurie Toby Edison

Photographer Laurie Toby Edison and editor Debbie Notkin write together on their body image blog "Body Impolitic". She has published Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes. Edison's photographs have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Toronto, Boston, London, Shanghai and San Francisco. Her solo exhibition "Meditations on the Body" at the National Museum of Art in Osaka featured 100 photographs. She has recently completed Women of Japan, clothed portraits of women from many cultures and backgrounds. Women of Japan will be a featured exhibition of Nippon 2007, D104the World Science fiction Convention (www.laurietobyedison.com/discuss).

Elizabeth Edwards

Panel: Closing Keynote

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards shares her husband's deep commitment to improving the daily lives of all Americans and making sure that everyone in this country has the opportunity to succeed. A passionate advocate for children and families, as well as an accomplished attorney, she has been a tireless advocate for many important causes. Elizabeth is the daughter of a decorated Navy pilot. In her early years, she attended school in Japan, where her father was stationed with a reconnaissance squadron, flying missions over China and North Korea. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Elizabeth majored in English. She went on to study American literature but then switched to law, graduating from UNC Law School in May 1977. She met John in law school, and they got married the Saturday after they took the bar exam.

Like her husband, Elizabeth has an impressive legal background. Following law school, she clerked with U.S. District Court Judge Calvitt Clarke, Jr. in Norfolk, Virginia. Later, she worked for the North Carolina Attorney General's office and then was a bankruptcy lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Elizabeth also taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at UNC Law School for two years, and in 1997-98, she was a member of the first group of Public Fellows at the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.

Both Elizabeth and her husband are strongly committed to strengthening communities and expanding educational opportunities for all children. She volunteered with the Parent Teacher Associations at her children's schools, and has been active in their youth soccer leagues in several roles. In 1996, John and Elizabeth helped establish the Wade Edwards Foundation, and helped build a free computer lab—the Wade Edwards Learning Lab—for high school students in Raleigh. Recently, the foundation opened a similar computer lab in Goldsboro. Elizabeth volunteered at the lab in Raleigh nearly every day, until the family came to Washington following her husband's 1998 election to the U.S. Senate. The Wade Edwards Foundation also runs a statewide short fiction contest for North Carolina's high school juniors, awarding scholarships and grants to high school English students.

The country has gotten to know Elizabeth as she has campaigned extensively across the country during her husband's presidential and vice-presidential campaigns. The day after the general election in 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Elizabeth was in remission until March 2007 when she discovered her cancer had returned. Elizabeth and John made the decision to continue on with the campaign and Elizabeth has kept an active schedule of campaign activities. Elizabeth's courageous battle with breast cancer has served as an inspiration to women across the country.

John and Elizabeth have four children, including: their eldest daughter, Catharine, who is attending law school; nine-year-old Emma Claire; and a seven-year-old son, Jack. Their first child, Wade, died in 1996.

Elizabeth Edwards

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth is the author of three blogs, is married to her High School Sweetheart, and is the proud stay-at-home Mother to her two sons Ryan and Nathan and her daughter Kaitlyn. She blogs to stay sane while caring for her family, the house, the dog, the cat, and pretty much everything else. When not blogging, she enjoys reading, watching TV and movies, shopping at Target, and drinking way too much coffee and Diet Coke. She enjoys telling parenting stories at Table for Five, writing product reviews at MomReviews, and sharing favorite recipes at MomCooks. Contact her at elizabeth@table4five.net.

Colette Ellis

Panel: Mentoring and Coaching

Colette Ellis

Colette Ellis is a Blogger, Coach, Educator, and Speaker. As Founding Principal of InStep Consulting LLC (www.instepconsulting.com), she helps people and organizations discover their competent advantage™. Adept at learning her client’s needs, Colette bases her intuitive approach on nearly 15 years providing professional development services to leading Fortune 500 companies. She believes that a keen awareness of your motivators, values and training needs combined with an aptitude to promote your talents will enable you define a successful career path. Via her Competent Advantage™ career coaching program (http://competent-advantage.blogspot.com), Colette helps clients identify strengths and position themselves for new opportunities.

Kelly Erb

Panel: Professional Blogging: Business Considerations

Kelly Erb

When Kelly Philips Erb entered law school, she swore that she would never take a course in tax law course because it sounded boring and she didn't want to wear a suit to work. More than 10 years later, Kelly is an attorney where her specific focus is... tax law. It took an energetic tax professor to make Kelly realize that tax isn't boring but it's often presented in complicated and dry terms. Determined to change this, Kelly created taxgirl.com. As part of her popular "ask the taxgirl" segment, she finds a number of her questions come from small business owners - and bloggers - who aren't quite sure how to report their nontraditional jobs for tax purposes.

Lara Ferroni

Panel: Food Photography

Lara Ferroni

Lara Ferroni, a Seattle food photographer and writer, has a not-so-small obsession with food. Where most people might simply cook and eat, Lara feels compelled to document each and every bite and sip. From culinary tours through the ID to snapping photos in some of best kitchens to indulging in a five-hour feast, she almost always doing something with food. Lara has penned pieces and snapped shots for Seattle Magazine, Portland Monthly Magazine, Edible San Francisco and Seattle Best Places in addition to her own blog Cook & Eat (http://www.cookandeat.com). Knowing that there are others out there, like her, that were trying to improve their photography, she started another blog dedicated to food styling and photography called Still Life With (http://www.stilllifewith.com), to help other bloggers learn a trick or two.

Shuna Fish Lydon

Panel: The Art of Foodblogging

Shuna Fish Lydon

Shuna Fish Lydon is a seasonal, fruit-inspired pastry chef who has been cooking professionally for almost 15 years. Her resume includes such notable kitchens as Gramercy Tavern, The French Laundry and Citizen Cake. Shuna began blogging when she bought her first computer, just over two years ago. Understanding only the basics of email, Shuna was introduced to blogs and began Eggbeater with the help of friend, Jen Maiser of Life Begins @ Thirty. Eggbeater has won two awards consecutively from The Best Food Blog Awards. This is her second year at BlogHer and she is honored to be coming this year as a speaker.

Panel: The Art of Storytelling

Claire Fontaine

Claire Fontaine worked in film for several years before the publication of her bestselling memoir, Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back, HarperCollins, 2006. Written with her daughter, Mia, in alternating first-person accounts, the widely-acclaimed Come Back is Target's Winter 2007 Bookmarked Book Club Pick. Claire brought a screenwriter's tools, most crucially structure, to the memoir-writing process to craft a unique dual-narrative that resonates powerfully with readers across a broad spectrum. It is her firm belief that humans are hard-wired for three-act structure, in writing and in life. Claire divides her time between a nascent gourmet food business (a long-time dream) and working on another mother/daughter book with Mia.

Vanessa Fox

Panel: Technical Tools To Build Traffic

Vanessa Fox

Vanessa Fox was previously product manager for Google Webmaster Central, where she built tools to help site owners learn more about their sites in the Google index. She recently joined Zillow, focused on the challenges of the vertical and local search space. She regularly participates in the conversation about search in the blogosphere and forums on the web. She speaks at search-related conferences throughout the year and is an avid Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan.

Kim Gandy

Panel: Patriots Act: How to Turn Your Blog into a GOtV (Get Out the Vote) Machine

Kim Gandy

Kim Gandy was re-elected to her second term as President of the National Organization for Women (NOW) on July 3, 2005. She was first elected President in 2001, after serving as Executive Vice President since 1991 and National Secretary from 1987 to 1991. As President of NOW, Gandy also chairs NOW's Foundation and Political Action Committees and serves as the organization's principal spokesperson. Gandy oversees NOW's initiatives and campaigns, including: NOW's Women-Friendly Workplace campaign; the Campus Action Network, Young Feminist Task Force, Racial Diversity Program, Save the Courts Initiative and Equal Marriage Campaign.

Panel: Blogging is More Than Words

Renee Garner

Renee Garner is a 2 dimensional artist from Matthews, North Carolina with a university education in painting, drawing and fibers as fine art. She has been shown her work for the past 10 years and promotes herself through her website, http://wolfieandthesneak.com, and her blog, http://nobitingwolfie.blogspot.com. Her artwork explores the value and lure of commodity by dissecting the everyday world. Her pieces assimilate immaterial and unassuming objects with symbols of importance, status, and beauty resulting in an invaluable art object. Renee considers aesthetics and how they determine worth. Each work is a question of consumption and the resultant waste from consumerism.

Elaine Gingery

Panel: It’s Your Passion, Not Size, That Matters

Elaine Gingery

Once the Managing Director of a kick ass alternative theatre, Elaine now enjoys the job of mama to two kick ass alternative girls, age two and four. She holds a Creative Writing degree with a minor in Women's Studies and can be found writing about and photographing her family at Wannabe Hippie (http://www.wannabehippie.com/), tending the zen garden that is Mama Says Om (http://www.mamasaysom.com) and working up a political rant at The Soccer Mom Vote (http://www.thesoccermomvote.com). She spends her free time trying to come up with alternative ways to say "NO!", knitting badly, running around in circles and working as a 1950's Tupperware lady.

Jane Goldman

Panel: The Life Stages of Online Communities

Jane Goldman

Jane Goldman, Editor in Chief of CNET Networks Lifestyle, oversees the editorial and development teams of CHOW.com, an interactive media property for food and drink enthusiasts, and UrbanBaby, the ultimate parenting resource. Before founding the magazine CHOW (the print version of the website chow.com), Jane was editor of The Industry Standard, the record-breaking magazine about business and technology. She’s been a writer or editor for magazines including New York, Rolling Stone, Wired, Savvy, and Us, and has a degree in law from Stanford, another in film production from NYU.

Anna Greenberg

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Anna Greenberg

Anna Greenberg is a leading Democratic pollster and polling expert. She advises campaigns, advocacy organizations, and foundations in the United States. Greenberg has played a key role in helping to elect Democratic women to Congress, including, in 2006, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She has also polled extensively for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other independent expenditure campaigns. In the 2004 election cycle, she worked closely with organizations
involved in the presidential campaign including MoveOn.org, The Media Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Women’s Voices Women Vote, and the League of Conservation Voters, helping them develop message, advertising, and targeting strategies.

Tish Grier

Panel: Does the Blogosphere Need an Intolerance Intervention?

Tish Grier

Tish Grier is one of the Agent Provocateurs of the blogosphere, challenging the A-list and creating conversation and conncetion in unexpected places. She has worked on innovative projects such as Assignment Zero (http://zero.newassignment.net) the We Media Miami conference, and the Corante Media Hub. In between, she blogs about new media at the Constant Observer (http://spap-oop.blogspot.com) and occasionally about her personal life at Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams (http://lovehopesexdreams.blogspot.com).

Liz Gumbinner

Panel: Professional Blogging: Business Considerations

Liz Gumbinner

Liz Gumbinner is as an award-winning advertising creative director, having developed work for brands like Mitsubishi, Old Navy, and Universal theme parks. But in the blog world, she's known as the voice behind Mom-101 (http://mom-101.blogspot.com), a popular parenting blog which has been featured in the New York Times, and lauded as "funny some of the time" by an enthusiastic anonymous commenter. Along with her partner Kristen Chase, Liz is also the co-founder and editor of Cool Mom Picks (http://coolmompicks.com), a shopping blog featuring cheeky reviews of kids' gifts and gear with an independent sensibility. And yes, both of her blogs happily accept advertising.

Mary Katharine Ham

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is an editor and blogger with a background in both the mainstream media and conservative politics. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2002 with a degree in Newspaper Journalism. She was a sports and features reporter and copy editor at a North Carolina newspaper, where she won two North Carolina Press Association awards. After that, she headed to The Heritage Foundation as the editor of The Insider magazine. She served as a columnist and associate editor of Townhall.com before she joined the Salem team as editor in October 2005. Since working with Salem Communications, she has blogged at the Townhall Blog, written a column, and produced a weekly video blog called HamNation.

Gena Haskett

Panel: Advanced Multimedia Labs

Gena Haskett

Gena is a videoblogger and writer in the Los Angeles area. Currently she creates content for Out On The Stoop (http://outonthestoop.blogspot.com), a free form video/text blog that documents her experiences traveling around Los Angeles and connections to the world beyond artificial borders. Most recently she was one of the curators to Pixelodeon 2007. Gena also contributes to Vidlicious (http://vidlicious.blogspot.com), an online video collective of female vloggers.

Liz Henry

Panel: Does the Blogosphere Need an Intolerance Intervention?

Liz Henry

Liz Henry is a blogger, literary critic, poet, translator, and geek. She writes for BlogHer.org, othermag, Metroblogging, ALTA, Composite, and Feministsf.net. Liz works for Socialtext, a wiki software company, as the open source project manager. You can find her at http://bookmaniac.net.

Jennifer Hogg

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Jennifer Hogg

Jennifer Hogg served in the Army National Guard in Buffalo, New York from 2000-2005. Her opposition to the war started prior to the initial invasion based on the information available at that time. Jennifer saw activation on 9/11 and activation of her unit where mechanics and welders were deployed as Infantry, barring her from deployment. Unable to further answer to her conscience due to the war and the treatment of minorities in the military, she left the military as a SGT and is active in GI resistance through Iraq Veterans Against the War serving as a Board member and treasurer.

Kim Holmes

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Kim Holmes

Kim (aka Zoot) started building web pages back before the days of WYSIWYG design. She is very stubborn and is still building web pages using Notepad. When Kim started blogging in 2003, she found that this stubbornness came in very handy in the world of blog design where edits usually have to be made template code. She has spent the years since helping bloggers do everything from adding banners to their sidebar to creating themes. She considers this "fun" because deep down inside, she is a giant geek.

Denise Howell

Panel: Professional Blogging: Business Considerations

Denise Howell

Denise Howell is a lawyer, blogger, and podcaster. As an appellate and intellectual property litigator, she has handled matters for a wide variety of industries and individuals and enjoys broad industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law. Denise's writings on online communication and syndication techniques are widely referenced as pioneering texts that examine the legal and cultural ramifications of these media. She writes one of the first law-related weblogs, Bag and Baggage, in addition to authoring ZDNet’s Lawgarithms.com. Denise also hosts two audio series, probing the areas where technology and society intersect to form issues under existing and developing law. Denise is both a member of the Identity Gang (a Harvard Law School/Berkman Center affiliated working group examining digital identity issues) and on the advisory boards of Top Ten Media and the Law and Policy Institutions Guide.

Tara Hunt

Panel: Privacy, Exposure, Risk: Can you maintain safer spaces online?

Tara Hunt

Tara 'miss rogue' Hunt has spent most of her adult life online, either participating in or building communities. From the first wave of online marketing when she was in Canada, showing companies how to brave this new medium, all the way to being part of one of the companies in Silicon Valley that led the wave into Web 2.0: the participatory web. Tara understands how the the participatory web is changing all of our relationships: B2C, B2B and C2C. She doesn't believe in pushing messages or creating strong brands, only in the power of building relationships. She co-founded Citizen Agency in 2006 with the mission of teaching her clients how to work more effectively with the communities they serve and how to embrace and adjust to all of the changes in culture businesses are facing. She maintains a successful blog over at HorsePigCow.

Jasmine

Panel: The Art of Foodblogging

Jasmine (from Confessions of a Cardamom Addict)

Jasmine’s foodblogging licence comes from one simple truth: she likes to eat…and she likes to prattle…okay, that’s two simple truths. The daughter of an excellent Indian home cook who turns everything into a curry, Jasmine is happiest surrounded by sharp knives, fresh food and quick wits. Jasmine records her culinary thoughts and disasters in two blogs: Confessions of a Cardamom Addict (http://cardamomaddict.blogspot.com) features recipes, reviews, and research; SensualGourmet: Kitchen Diaries records her scullery banalities. Both blogs, along with other omnivorous ramblings are accessible through SensualGourmet.ca. She is also the editor of Foodieblogs.net and a columnist for Canada Eats.

Birdie Jaworski

Panel: The Art of Storytelling

Birdie Jaworski

Birdie Jaworski lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico with her two young bys. Birdie's blogs have been featured in the NYT, the Wall Street Jurnal, and Time Magazine. Birdie is a Contributing Editor at BlogHer, and a Correspondent for Gather.com. Birdie writes about life in rural northeast New Mexico. She has had printed stories published in Good Housekeeping, the San Diego Reader, the Las Vegas Times, Adoption Today, in addition to many other print and online publications. Birdie recently completing writing a memoir of her time as an Avon Lady. Birdie's internet home is at http://www.lapajaro.com.

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Jessica (from Kerflop)

Jessica is an entrepreneur raising three noisy children in the middle of potato country. In a life that is often chaotic, writing website code feels like a dream vacation to an island resort where logic reigns supreme and no one will dump a vat of yogurt all over her freshly coded style sheet. A self taught web designer, Jessica owns and runs a couple of businesses with her husband: www.diapershop.com and verybaby.com. She enjoys helping others start their own businesses and weblogs, and owns far too many domain names. Jessica writes about her daily life www.kerflop.com and tries to remember to reboot the laundry before it turns sour.

Lynne D. Johnson

Panel: Privacy, Exposure, Risk: Can you maintain safer spaces online?

Lynne D. Johnson

Lynne D. Johnson is the senior editor of FastCompany.com (http://www.fastcompany.com). In this capacity, she oversees editorial and community functionality of the site. Prior to joining Fast Company, Lynne was the General Manager, New Media for Vibe and Spin magazines, with responsibility for management of day-to-day marketing, editorial, production, business development, and sales operations for the magazines’ web and mobile properties. She also formerly served as a reporter and editor of BlackPlanet.com, the leading ethnic social networking site, as well as associate editor of Digital New York, a magazine and online destination for creatives working in digital media; among various other writing and editing positions in both print and online media. Lynne holds an MBA in Media Management from the Metropolitan College of New York, and advanced certificate in Multicultural Studies from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and a BA in Journalism from the State University of New York College at New Paltz.

Krystyn Heide

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Krystyn Jones

Krystyn has been designing for over a decade for advertising agencies, new media companies and brands such as AT&T and Busch, among others. She currently operates as Senior Designer at Squarespace -- which she affectiontely refers to as "the swankiest web publishing company in the universe". She's also the green thumb behind Mama Says Om, a zen garden for women writers and artists she co-founded with one of this year's other speakers, Elaine Gingery.

Val Jones

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Val Jones

Val Jones, M.D., began medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1996. She founded the Clinical Nutrition and Obesity e-section of the Medscape General Medicine journal, was principal investigator of several clinical trials, and won first place in the 2005 Peter Cyrus Rizzo III research competition. She has worked part time as a food critic in New York City, a medical cartoonist, and Chief Resident of Rehabilitation Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. She is also a running enthusiast. After her residency, she joined Revolution Health to serve as Senior Medical Director of the portal. She is dedicated to her patients and to revolutionizing the U.S. health care system for their sakes.

Chris Jordan

Panel: The State of the Momosphere

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan got married straight out of graduate school to her trophy husband, gave birth to more kids than you can count on one hand, and after twelve years of parenting still looks around and wonders when the real mother is going to come home. She has pieced together a career writing mainly about the exploits of her family and tries to balance her children's privacy with her desire to tell her story. In her spare time, she and her husband are rescuing their historic old house from a century of neglect and bad taste. Chris writes the blog Notes From the Trenches (www.notesfromthetrenches.com) and recently began writing for BlogHer in the DIY category.

Jan Kabili

Panel: Food Photography

Jan Kabili

Jan Kabili is an author, podcaster, and nationally known Photoshop guru. She produces photoshoponline.tv, a popular Photoshop training video podcast. She has blogged professionally for AOL Weblogs Inc., O’Reilly, and BlogHer. Jan’s recent speaking engagements include SXSW, Bar Camp, and Web Video Summit. Jan has authored many Photoshop books and writes for MacWorld and Photoshop User magazines. She is a consultant to Adobe Systems and has taught for lynda.com and other leading training companies and universities. Jan has a graduate degree in photography and a law degree from Stanford Law School (from which she is happily recovering).

Christine Kane

Panel: Finding and Following Your Passion

Christine Kane

Christine Kane is a singer-songwriter and performer. She regularly headlines at celebrated festivals and theatres, but her career has expanded far beyond typical indie-music boundaries. Two national dance companies have choreographed ballets to Christine's music, spotlighting her at top Performance Arts centers. Christine’s songs have been recorded by popular artists, including Kathy Mattea and “Nashville Star” finalist Casey Simpson. Borders Books named one of Christine’s CD's "The Best of 2003," and The Washington Post called her “a petite powerhouse of a singer.” Christine is also sought-after as a teacher and speaker. In this capacity, she has appeared with several best-selling authors, including SARK and Jennifer Louden.

Beth Kanter

Panel: Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Part 1 - Raising Money

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter is a trainer, coach, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of technology. She has worked on projects that include: training, curriculum development, research, and evaluation. Her expertise is how to use new web tools (blogging, tagging, wikis, photo sharing, video blogging, screencasting, social networking sites, and virtual worlds, etc.) to support nonprofit. She is an experienced coach to "digital immigrants" in the personal mastery of these tools. She is a professional blogger and writes about the use of social media tools in the nonprofit sector for social change. You can learn more about Beth Kanter at http://beth.typepad.com, http://bethkanter.wikispaces.com, and http://www.bethkanter.org.

Alanna Kellogg

Panel: The Art of Foodblogging

Alanna Kellogg

Alanna Kellogg is the 'veggie evangelist' at A Veggie Venture, inspiring readers with recipes for vegetables from Asparagus to Zucchini -- and Amaranth to Zuccote -- many from the farmers markets in her hometown of St. Louis. When not peeling, chopping, braising, roasting and calculating Weight Watchers points, she also writes Kitchen Parade, the food and recipe column her mom started when Alanna was a baby. She is known for Quick Suppers and ‘Alanna-sizing’ recipes for portion size and sugar and fat content. Her flair for cooking extends to the herbs and flowers in her garden.

 

Panel: Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Part 1 - Raising Money

VITA

VITA's professional background is quite diverse, from being a career counselor to working with government ministers. She is currently an arts researcher, manages events and PR, and is a script assessor. She has been promoting blogging tools and strategic social media applications through www.vitalingus.com for over seven years.

Skye Kilaen

Panel: Find Out Why Bloggers Care About Web Standards

Skye Kilaen

Skye Kilaen isn't a programmer, but that hasn't stopped her from making websites more accessible to visitors with disabilities. She's on a mission to convince bloggers of all types that it's easy and worthwhile to make sure their blogs say "Welcome" instead of "Do Not Enter." Her blog All Access Blogging is a source for concrete instructions for making any blog more accessible – even if you don't know an alt attribute from a skip navigation link (yet). Skye also writes about action movies at the feminist and anti-racist blog Heroine Content and about her life at Flooded Lizard Kingdom.

Mia Kim

Panel: The Art of Writing Reviews

Mia Kim

Mia Kim founded Popgadget.net, a technology and innovative lifestyle blog for women in April 2004, after over ten years of working in the new media industry. She was the new media director of BMG Entertainment, and worked as a technology strategist for companies such as Berlitz and Oxygen. She has a BFA in Film from New York University, where she also got her Master's in Interactive Telecommunications. She has been a new media instructor at NYU and contributes to many style and technology publications.

Nupur Kittur

Panel: The Art of Foodblogging

Nupur Kittur

Nupur recently obtained a doctorate in molecular biology but lives a secret life as a foodie. She started her blog "One Hot Stove" (http://onehotstove.blogspot.com) as an escape from the stress of graduate school. Writing the blog sparked off a alphabetical series about the cuisine of her home state of Maharashtra in India, and an obsession with Indian regional cuisine. Today, Nupur's blog charts her baby steps as an awestruck home cook tasting the culture of her land. Two years of food blogging have reinforced her belief that the sharing of food, both virtually and literally, make the world a better place.

Mur Lafferty

Panel: Advanced Multimedia Labs

Mur Lafferty

Mur has been podcasting since 2004, hosting or producing podcasts such as Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should Be Writing, Lulu Radio, Pseudodpod and John Edwards' One America Podcast. She works in the media department of Lulu.TV, producing and managing original vid- and podcasts for the site. In 2006, she co-wrote Tricks of the Podcasting Masters, a creative how-to book on podcasting. She has podcasted three novellas and plans to release a full-length novel in podcast form in Fall 2007. Mur has worked on the Internet for 11 years, either as a developer or writer for sites such as GameGirlz, Women Gamers, The Escapist and Grumble Magazine.

Jenny Lauck

Panel: Our Bodies, Our Blogs

Jenny Lauck

Jenny Lauck is a stay-at-home mom to three busy kids, who are the inspiration behind Three Kid Circus. After BlogHer 2005, where she was a panelist on the first ever Mommyblogging panel, Jenny and Jenn Satterwhite co-founded Mommybloggers.com. Jenny also maintains Big Slice of Life, Small Slice of Cheesecake, a weight loss blog at ClubMom. She can't seem to lose any weight, but she sure likes to talk about it. Jenny is a BlogHer Contributing Editor, offering her two cents on the latest movies, and serves up product and media reviews at Three Kid Circus Auditions. She really needs a nap.

Kate Lee

Panel: Book to Blog and Back Again

Kate Lee

Kate Lee has been at ICM for five years. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clients include Gawker founding editor Elizabeth Spiers; New Yorker writer Cristina Henriquez; New York Times reporter Lily Koppel; Guilt & Pleasure publisher and editor Roger Bennett and Jules Shell, respectively; HarperCollins Executive Editor David Hirshey; UCLA professor Josh Kun; Vanity Fair contributing editor Kate Reardon; memoirists David Matthews and Hana Schank (the latter a Discover Barnes & Noble Great New Writer); Deadspin’s Will Leitch, The Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar; Los Angeles Times editor Matt Welch; New York Post Page Six reporter Paula Froelich; Boston Globe Magazine columnist Alison Lobron; Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Denise Brodey; interior designer Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy, and TreeHugger.com, the biggest eco-site on the web. She also represents prominent bloggers including Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit.com), Jeff Jarvis (Buzzmachine.com) and Alex Balk and Doree Shafrir, both of Gawker.

Jen Lemen

Panel: It’s Your Passion, Not Size, That Matters

Jen Lemen

Jen Lemen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her partner Dave and two wild children, Madeleine and Carter. All day long neighbors young and old climb through the Magic Door of her friendly old house bearing mugs of freshly brewed coffee, buttercup bouquets or savory feasts from faraway lands. When Jen's not dreaming up new ideas or eating a communal meal on her porch, you can find her two floors up in The Tower where she writes and illustrates zines from scratch. She tells the stories of this small but beautiful life on her blog jenlemen.com.

Kris Likey

Panel: Digital Exhibitionists or Chroniclers of their Time: Will Naked Bloggers Make History?

Kris Likey

Kris Likey is resident bridesmaid at "I’m not a girl, not yet a wino" (mamalikey.blogspot.com), her attempt at a lasting and relatively accurate account of the life of a DC 30-something. She is one of the mavens behind Indie Bloggers (www.indiebloggers.org), a new site devoted to the beautiful community that is personal blogging. Kris is a firm believer in the healing powers of wine, CourtTV, and always carrying a pen so as not to miss a bloggable moment. When not failing miserably at group sports, Kris likes to harass small children and those who insist on making “What exit?” New Jersey jokes.

Carol Lin

Panel: The Life Stages of Online Communities

Carol Lin

Carol is a former CNN Anchor, and founder of www.carollinreporting and the Cancer Social Network. Carol Lin's role as National Correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America took her around the nation, from covering the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey, the capture of the Unabomber, to exposing fraudulent adoption rings. During her 8 year tenure at CNN, Carol Lin traveled the world. Her passion was traveling to a number of warzones to go in-depth on the conflict and the people affected. Her personal story of loss and recovery after the birth of her child and the loss of her husband to cancer has propelled her to a ground-breaking new media site for families of cancer patients. The Beta version is launching as www.carollinreporting.com on August 31st 2007.

Lena Lotsey

Panel: The State of the Momosphere

Lena Lotsey

Lena Lotsey is a freelance writer from Southern California who is scared of the ocean and allergic to the sun. She gave up her promising career in mortgage banking five years ago to wipe butts. Lena chronicles her trials in motherhood for Club Mom on her popular blog, Cheeky Lotus, as well as on her personal website, The Cheeky Lotus. As if she is not neglecting her family enough, she also exercises her mad gossip skills on the hugely popular pop-culture website, Mamapop. She believes you can never have enough love in your heart or vodka in your freezer.

Mary Jo Manzanares

Panel: Speaker Training

Mary Jo Manzanares

Mary Jo Manzanares has worn many hats over the course of her career, and blogger is only the most recent. Mary Jo is also an attorney, flight attendant, speaker and trainer. She develops and delivers interactive workshops on public speaking skills, and works with businesses, professional groups, and non-profits to design communication and leadership programs. She speaks frequently on the topic of public speaking, and works with a limited number of individuals as a private speech coach. Mary Jo now combines her love of travel with her other interests and skills as the Travel & Culture Channel Editor for b5media, and blogs at Flyaway Café (www.flyawaycafe.com) and The Seattle Traveler (www.theseattletraveler.com).

Yvonne Marie

Panel: Our Bodies, Our Blogs

Yvonne Marie

Yvonne's success story has taken her from High School Grad and stay at home mom of three, to published writer. Her personal blog, Joy Unexpected, is read by thousands weekly and was recently featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. One of the subjects she writes openly about is her struggle with weight and body image. She has publicly documented her weight loss, her weight gain and her journey to be at peace with a body she has spent years hating. Her honesty on the subject has angered some, but mostly resonated with many women who deal with the same struggle on a daily basis.

Wendy McClure

Panel: Our Bodies, Our Blogs

Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure has been writing online since 2001. She is the author of the memoir I'm Not the New Me, detailing her ambivalent adventures with weight, online identity, and doing "the fat girl tuck" in photos. She's s also known for her collection of 1974 diet recipe cards and the related book The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan. Her blog posts on subjects such as fat suits and Dove advertising became the basis for essays in Australian Style and the Chicago Sun-Times. Additionally, Wendy is the pop culture columnist at BUST magazine and a contributor to The New York Times.

Emily McKhann

Panel: Getting it On(line) for a Cause : Part 2 - Raising Consciousness

Emily McKhann

Emily McKhann is a blogger, writer and web entrepreneur. She shares a blog with Cooper Munroe, called Been There, and together they are leading BlogHers Act, a year-long effort to harness the power of women bloggers around a single cause. They won the Best of Blogs Award for Most Inspirational Blog of the Year in 2005 for their work following Hurricane Katrina. Emily and Cooper are building a website for mothers, called theMotherHood.com, coming this summer. Additionally, Emily is on the executive team of MomsRising.org and co-authored the book Living with the End in Mind that Oprah featured on her show several times.

Rachelle Mee-Chapman

Panel: It’s Your Passion, Not Size, That Matters

Rachelle Mee-Chapman

Rachelle is a writer, artist, and mother who bases her eclectic career out of her Seattle studio. A firm believer that “small is beautiful,” Rachelle writes about art, life and motherhood at Magpie Girl, where she offers a tiny but perfect collection of handmade goods, artful zine’s, and vintage clothes. When she’s not getting distracted by sparkly things, Rachelle incubates other writing projects at the Urban Abbess where she blogs her about work as a very un-traditional ordained minister.

Susan Mernit

Panel: Speaker Training

Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit is a longtime blogger at susanmernit.blogspot.com, and a contributing editor to BlogHer, focusing on Sex & Relationships. A former consultant, Netscape, and AOL exec, she's been the head of product development for Yahoo! Personals for the past 18 months and loves her job (most of the time). She's an advisor to Placeblogger, the Center for Citizen Media and OurMedia and a longtime supporter of life-long learning, pushing the boundaries and embracing joy. Come say hello at the conference and tell her about your passions and experiences...she likes to learn.

Paula Mooney

Panel: Professional Blogging: Ways and Means

Paula Mooney

Paula Neal Mooney has been blogging since December 2005 and runs both PaulaNealMooney.com and WatchFreeEpisodes.com. She helps other bloggers make money and gain readers by describing methods she's used to increase her online income, which she reports to her readers monthly. Author of the famous "Paula's List of Blogger and Webmaster Salaries," Paula's latest passion is helping Googlers find their favorite TV shows to watch online.

Cooper Munroe

Panel: Getting it On(line) for a Cause : Part 2 - Raising Consciousness

Cooper Munroe

Cooper Munroe is a blogger, writer, social activist and web entrepreneur. A contributing writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cooper can also be found writing at Been There, the blog she shares with Emily McKhann, HuffingtonPost.com, MomsRising.org, and BlogHer.org, where she is a contributing editor. Cooper and Emily won a Best of Blogs award for Most Inspirational Blog in 2005 for the work they did after Hurricane Katrina, an experience that taught them first-hand about the profound power of women organizing online. Look for TheMotherHood.com, (www.themotherhood.com), a website for mothers that Cooper and Emily are launching this summer. Cooper lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Rick, and their four kids.

Annalee Newitz

Panel: Day Two Keynote Breakfast: What Humans Do with Artificial Intelligence

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is a writer who covers the collisions between technology and media, culture and science. She is a contributing writer at Wired magazine, editor of indie magazine other, and writes the nationally syndicated column Techsploitation. She is the co-editor of She's Such a Geek, a collection of essays about female nerds. She's also President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.

Maria Niles

Panel: The Art of Writing Reviews

Maria Niles

Maria Niles is a writer, editor, marketing consultant and market researcher. Maria has been a volunteer and speaker for BlogHer conferences since their inception and serves on the ’07 Conference Advisory Board. In addition, Maria is a Contributing Editor at BlogHer.org where she blogs about television. Maria posts sporadically to several blogs and shares her reviews and thoughts on pop culture on her blog Beyond Help (http://mariax.vox.com) and can always be found at marianiles.com

Joy Palmer

Panel: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Online Communities

Joy Palmer

Joy Palmer is Projects Director at Michigan State University's digital humanities research center, Matrix. A PhD in English, Joy is especially interested in the relation of gender to online social networking theories and especially how various communities articulate the contested meanings of gender and sexuality through the processes of online writing, interaction, debate and consensus-building. Joy started her personal blog, GingaJoy, as a means to escape the academic voice and to experiment with different forms of writing. Since then, she has found that blogging has inspired her intellectually, and one result of this is the newly established "meta" blog, BlogRhet.

Jasmeen Patheja

Panel: The Life Stages of Online Communities

Jasmeen Patheja

Jasmeen believes that people's interaction and participation completes her work. Her work is interventionist and uses a range of media; performance, photography, video and the blog. She has been committed to creating interactions in public spaces through a public and participatory arts project Blank Noise. Blank Noise project which started out as a student project is now a worldwide community of people interested in looking/confronting and exploring street sexual harassment/ 'eve teasing'. www.blanknoiseproject.blogspot.com is an online community that probes and addresses street sexual harassment via both online events and street interventions across cities in India and now Pakistan. Jasmeen and Blank Noise have triggered debates about the intangibilty of street sexual harassment/violence, notion of 'modesty' and have challenged societal attitudes towards the issue referred to in popular parlance flippantly as "eve teasing." She graduated in visual arts from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in 2003 and has been a fellow/affiliate at Sarai and Ashoka Innovators for the public. She has been an artist in residence at Khoj, India and is currently an artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stutgart, Germany. Jasmeen is based in Bangalore, India.

Kim Pearson

Panel: How to Write Great Political Coverage: From Breaking News to Op-Ed

Kim Pearson

Kim Pearson is a contributing editor for the Media and Law sections of BlogHer. Her personal blog is Professor Kim’s News Notes (http://professorkim.blogspot.com) She is an Associate Professor of English at The College of New Jersey, where she teaches writing courses in journalism and interactive multimedia, and does research on new tools for interactive journalism.

Bea Peltre

Panel: Food Photography

Bea Peltre

Béatrice Peltre writes the Food Photography Award Winning Blog “La Tartine Gourmande” (http://www.latartinegourmande.com). Her food blog features anecdotal stories, photography and original bilingual recipes. She grew up in France, traveled around the world where she taught French and worked as a technical translator, and now lives in Boston. She is a contributor to the magazine Edible Boston and a freelance food photographer, stylist and recipe developer. She can be reached at bea@beaskitchen.com.

Wendy Piersall

Panel: Mentoring and Coaching

Wendy Piersall

Wendy Piersall is an experienced entrepreneur who blogs on home business, internet marketing, and work-life balance. She is also a certified coach and an online marketing consultant, mixing both life coaching and business consulting together as she works primarily with entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and home business owners. Wendy writes on her blog eMoms at Home and for the Entrepreneur.com Blog Network on business building at Inspired Business Growth.

Elizabeth Perry

Panel: Mentoring and Coaching

Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry is a writer, teacher, and new media artist from Pittsburgh, PA. She works at The Ellis School, an independent school for girls, where she is passionate about the potential for technology in a K-12 curriculum. As a catalyst, coach, and collaborator, she is a technical advisor and mentor to fellow faculty members and students. Her own sketchblog, woolgathering… (http://elizabethperry.com/woolgathering), celebrates and reflects on everyday life with daily drawings and paintings. In the coming year Elizabeth will divide her time between The Ellis School and Carnegie Mellon University, where she will begin an artists' residency and research fellowship at the Studio for Creative Inquiry.

Leah Petersen

Panel: The Art of Crafts

Leah Petersen

Leah Peterson is a freelance and sometimes professional writer, photographer, artist and crafter. She is a compulsive starter-upper and now hosts two reading series, a craft-trading site and a blogger network. Leah also believes in sustainability, conserving resources and is herself made from 100% recycled material. You can find all Leah's projects at www.leahpeah.com.

Stefania Pomponi Butler

Panel: Professional Blogging: Ways and Means

Stefania Pomponi Butler

Stefania Pomponi Butler a.k.a. CityMama (http://citymama.typepad.com) is the Blog Editor/Lead Blogger for Babble.com (http://babble.com) overseeing the parenting news and info blog Strollerderby (http://strollerderby.com) as well as Droolicious (baby products) and FameCrawler (celebrity babies). Stefania is a Founding Editor of Kimchi Mamas (http://kimchimamas.typepad.com) and was also a Contributing Editor (Books and Entertainment) for BlogHer. She also blogs cooking for families at her food blog, Family Food. Her work has appeared in various parenting magazines, in the New York Times, and on Pacific Time on NPR. Stefania lives in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Georgia Popplewell

Panel: Women Across the World

Georgia Popplewell

Georgia Popplewell is a media producer, journalist, editor and blogger from Trinidad and Tobago. She has worked in independent television in the Caribbean since 1989 and has written extensively on culture, music, film and sport. In 2005, she started Caribbean Free Radio (http://www.caribbeanfreeradio.com/blog), the Caribbean’s first podcast. Georgia is co-Managing Editor and Podcast Editor at Global Voices (http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/).

Marilyn Porter

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Marilyn Porter

Marilyn has loved writing since she was a child. Her dreams of writing have been put on hold while she raises her family but thank goodness for blogs! She has written the blog Slackermama (http://slackermama.com) for two and a half years and started Lilac Pixels (http://lilacpixels.com), hoping to beautify other WordPress blogs. She has provided both free and customized templates for over two years and loves the creative outlet and technical challenge it has given her. She hopes to share her expertise and excitement with other bloggers who want their blog to look its best!

Jennifer Pozner

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Jennifer Pozner

Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a women’s media analysis, education and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing women’s presence and power in the public debate (www.wimnonline.org). For WIMN, she conducts media trainings for women’s groups, helps journalists and producers via the POWER Sources Project, and manages WIMN’s Voices, a group blog on women and the media (www.wimnonline.org/WIMNsVoicesBlog). Her work has been published in Ms., Newsday, Chicago Tribune and numerous others. Pozner has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity & Colmes” and “Scarborough Country,” which isn’t nearly as fun as writing for Bitch magazine. She lectures about women, media, politics and pop culture at colleges across the country, conducts media trainings for women’s groups, and is writing a book about reality TV as anti-feminist backlash. In 2006, she was one chosen as one of “The Real Hot 100,” a Girls in Government project honoring young women leaders.

Lisa Reardon

Panel: The Life Stages of Online Communities

Lisa Reardon

Lisa Reardon is the Community Editor of OurChart.com, the new social networking site for lesbians that was launched from an idea in the Showtime hit series "The L Word." Prior to becoming everyone's starter friend on the Chart, Lisa wrote about a variety of LGBT topics for Gay.com/PlanetOut, where she worked from 1999-2006, most recently in the role of Senior Producer. She lives in Boston with her girlfriend and their karaoke machine.

Ree

Panel: The Art of Storytelling

Ree

Ree, aka The Pioneer Woman, chronicles her decade-long transition from spoiled city girl to isolated ranch wife on her award-winning weblog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman (www.thepioneerwoman.com). Ree faithfully posts daily contributions to her site, including inspiring photography, tongue-in-cheek poetry, and often hilarious stories about her experiences as a city girl stuck in rural America. Ree recently launched a separate food blog, The Pioneer Woman Cooks! (www.thepioneerwomancooks.com), where she posts step-by-step pictorial recipes of the simple and delicious meals she cooks for her family. In her former life, Ree attended University of Southern California, where she majored in Gerontology.

Kristin Roach

Panel: The Art of Crafts

Kristin Roach

Craft Leftovers was founded in July of 2006. Patterns are unique ideas for creative living with what you have on hand. Kristin Roach learned to knit, crochet, and sew when she moved away to university as a way to pass the time. It became a compulsion, and she saw her space being filled with apparently useless scraps. This realization led to the creation of a new project, something that kept her stash accountable. This project was Craft Leftovers. She is currently studying Painting at Northern Illinois University and works at the local yarn shop where she teaches knitting and crochet.

Rochelle Robinson

Panel: Getting it On(line) for a Cause : Part 2 - Raising Consciousness

Rochelle Robinson

Rochelle Robinson specializes in online advocacy using technology for positive changes in public consciousness, law, and social policy. She works with philanthropic organizations to build a strong grassroots presence through strategic campaign development and online communications planning. Her experience involves online communications, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, public affairs, community organizing, advocacy, and organizational development. She also consults with businesses interested in enhancing their corporate philanthropy programs. Rochelle recently joined the Feminist Majority Foundation as the Online Program Manager, adding to her range of clients including The Washington Post, The White House, Children’s Defense Fund, Northern Virginia Community College, and FEMA.

Valencia Roner

Panel: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Online Communities

Valencia Roner

Valencia Roner currently writes for two blogs, Why Black Women Are Angry and Three Brothers and a Sister - both on Blogger. Valencia’s primary blog, Why Black Women Are Angry, is a new twist on a misguided stereotype that’s quick to label Black women as angry. Her blog’s intent is to give voice to a segment of a community whose views are usually shut out of the broader mainstream discussion. Valencia’s first book is due out next year entitled Why Black Women Are Angry: Imus, Hip Hop & the Power of the Web. For more visit: http://whyblackwomenareangry.blogspot.com.

Juliana Rotich

Panel: Women Across the World

Juliana Rotich

Is a Diaspora Kenyan who blogs at www.afromusing.com. She writes primarily about renewable energy with a focus on Africa. She is also a contributing author on www.afrigadget.com where she is part of a team that highlights African Ingenuity in everything from children’s toys to wind powered cell phone base stations. Juliana would like to see a shift towards more adoption of renewable and sustainable energy in the developing world and an emphasis towards conservation. This would impact women’s lives greatly because African women often breathe in smoke from wood burning fires on a day to day basis.

Liza Sabater

Panel: Patriots Act: How to Turn Your Blog into a GOtV (Get Out the Vote) Machine

Liza Sabater

Liza Sabater is a feminist culture critic, new media art producer, web developer, blogpreneur and the founder of two of the most influential national and local blogs in the United States. culturekitchen (http://culturekitchen.com) has been described as a progressive's dream with “a little attitude, a lot of scholarship, a good dose of humor and plenty of enlightening stuff.” It is the founding blog of the Feminist Bloggers Network, the Digital Ethnorati Project and the Digital Civil Rights Workgroup. The Daily Gotham (http://dailygotham.com), a member of BlogPAC’s 50 state initiative, is described by New York politics insiders as "the 800lb gorilla" of New York City’s grassroots. It is one of the founding blogs of the New York Progressive Bloggers Caucus.

Cynthia Samuels

Panel: Media Training

Cynthia Samuels

As a broadcast journalist, Cynthia Samuels spent 9 years as political producer of NBC's Today Show and several at CBS News, was the first executive producer of Channel One, seen daily in 12,000 U.S. high schools, Senior National Editor at NPR, and among those who launched the Women’s Media Center and Greenstone Radio Network. She’s published a children’s book It’s A Free Country, a Young Person’s Guide to Politics and Elections (Atheneum, 1988) as well as numerous children’s book reviews in the New York Times and Washington Post. She lives in Washington, DC, is married and mother of two grown sons.

Heather Sanders

Panel: Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Heather Sanders

In early 2001, Heather Sanders’ interest was piqued by some free web space. Dissatisfied with the templates offered, she taught herself to code, learning the skills needed to build her first 3 online businesses. From there, Heather started 5 online businesses, selling 3 to chase greater interests. Her experience is varied - SEO, hosting, and e-commerce, but her love is the dynamic platform of blog software; specifically WordPress. Heather blogs about life, marriage, and motherhood at OhMyStinkinHeck.com. She also ghostwrites, offers web design, website maintenance, and blog customizations. Heather designed and runs Clothdiapersale.com, licensedCEU.com, and moderates a WAHM ("Work At Home Mom") forum.

The Sarcastic Journalist

Panel: Media Training

The Sarcastic Journalist

“SJ” is a full time freelance writer that specializes in newspapers and magazines. She previously worked as a features writer at a daily newspaper, where she covered a variety of subjects. She's recently spent time doing celebrity interviews for the site "Parent Dish." She has been on both ends of the interview process numerous times and is constantly on the look for people who aren’t scared to speak with the media. She has interviewed countless celebrities and a former President as well as plenty of “average Janes.” She lives with her family in Houston and blogs at shenuts.com.

Sheila Scarborough

Panel: Finding and Following Your Passion

Sheila Scarborough

Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” but Sheila Scarborough vowed to never make that mistake. She served with her family for almost 23 years as a seagoing Navy officer, aboard ships in Hawaii, California, Virginia and Japan plus duty in Washington D.C., Rhode Island and the Netherlands. Sheila decided to combine her love for travel and communication into a freelance career. Not a believer in luck, she found that “opportunity met preparation” when a local drag race developed into her other specialty: motor sports blogging.

Arieanna Schweber

Panel: Professional Blogging: Ways and Means

Arieanna Schweber

Arieanna Schweber (Foley) is a professional blogger and the Channel Editor for b5media's 45 Celebrity & Entertainment blogs (www.b5media.com). Arieanna writes 13 blogs on a diversity of topics, from Cooking Gadgets to Coffee to Lindsay Lohan. She maintains her own sites and consults with clients, but spends most of her time developing her b5media blogs and channels. Arieanna hires and trains bloggers for b5media, expands the niche-topic coverage of her channels, and works to develop strong online communities. Arieanna has degree in Business and Marketing, and has been a professional blogger for more than two years. Her personal blog is Blogaholics.ca.

Amy Sedaris

Panel: The Art of Crafts

Amy Sedaris

An accomplished comedienne, writer, actress and best-selling author, Amy Sedaris’ entertainment career began in Chicago as a member of The Second City Theatre. She has collaborated with humorists Steven Colbert, Paul Dinello and her brother, David Sedaris. With David, they become the The Talent Family of New York City; developing plays including Jamboree, Stump the Host, Stitches, Obie Award winner -- One-Woman Shoe, Incident at Cobbler's Knob, Little Frieda Mysteries and The Book of Liz. In television, her role as Jerry Blank on Comedy Central’s cult favorite, Strangers with Candy exemplified her own personality and endeared her to the public. Sedaris continued to work steadily on television, including Just Shoot Me, Sex and the City, Ed and Monk. She appeared in several films, such as Strangers with Candy, Maid in Manhattan, School of Rock, Chicken Little and Elf. As a foodie, Amy operates a small business selling homemade baked goods; her specialties include cheese balls and cupcakes. Recently, she offered her thoughts on entertaining in the book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Anita Sharma

Anita Sharma joined Lake Research Partners as a senior analyst in 2006. At LRP, she works on a range of issues, with most recent work focusing on children’s health, education and early childhood development. Her current clients include the Kellogg Foundation, the Center for Summer Learning, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, and Community Service Society of New York. Prior to joining LRP, Anita was Assistant Director of the Government Performance Project, a research project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and now under the Pew Center on the States. While there, she helped oversee the research and reporting for a study of state governments. Anita has also worked as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development on an evaluation of a local economic development initiative in Livingstone, Zambia.

Aliza Sherman

Panel: The Life Stages of Online Communities

Aliza Sherman

Aliza aka "Cybergrrl" builds, works, writes and practically lives in cyberspace. She survived local BBSs in the late 80s to start the first full-service, woman-owned new media company (Cybergrrl, Inc.) and the first global women's hybrid online/offline new media organization (Webgrrls International) in the mid-90s. That year, Newsweek magazine named her one of the "Top 50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet." She has authored seven books and now blogs on numerous blogs, joins too many social networks, plays dress-up in Second Life and aspires to podcast. Her main blog is babyfruit.com. She lives in Alaska with her wildlife biologist husband and their daughter.

Siel

Panel: Getting it On(line) for a Cause : Part 2 - Raising Consciousness

Siel

Siel most notoriously writes about a greener Los Angeles – and other topics that strike her fancy – at greenlagirl.com. In her free time, she writes poetry and fiction – and her dissertation, which'll hopefully be over and done with come BlogHer '08. Technically, Siel's a full-time graduate student – and has been for six years now. In her fantasy life, she works as hard as she plays. In real life, she spends the bulk of her time drinking wine at happy hour, blogging, reading voraciously and gazing at the beautiful sunsets over Santa Monica beach.

Sarah Simmons

Panel: Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Sarah Simmons

Sarah Simmons is the Deputy Director of Strategy for John McCain’s campaign for President and served as the Deputy Strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful re-election campaign in California. She has worked on a variety of campaigns at every level of government. Sarah served as an Associate Director in the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the Bush White House, as a Senior Project Director for Public Opinion Strategies, as the Political Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin and at the Republican National Committee. She has successfully managed political campaigns in Virginia and Wisconsin and has experience in opposition research. Sarah holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from American University, where she also earned her Bachelor's degree. Sarah was named one of Campaigns & Elections magazine’s Rising Stars in 2007.

Rashmi Sinha

Panel: Keynote Breakfast: What Humans Do with Artificial Intelligence

Rashmi Sinha

Rashmi Sinha is a an designer, researcher and entrepreneur. She is the CEO for SlideShare, a community for sharing presentations. Rashmi has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Brown University, and a PostDoc in Human-Computer Interaction from UC Berkeley. In 2002, she co-founded Uzanto, a user experience consultancy that created MindCanvas - a game-like software for customer research. Her next venture SlideShare (launched Oct 2006) is growing fast, letting people share and find presentations on almost any topic under the sun. Rashmi blogs about the social web and other interests at www.rashmisinha.com. She also co-chairs the monthly BayCHI talk series.

Keri Smith

Panel: Blogging is More Than Words

Keri Smith

Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several books including “Wreck this Journal” (2007 Perigee), “The Guerilla Art Kit” (2007 Princeton Architectural Press), “Living Out Loud –Activities to Fuel a Creative Life” (published 2003 by Chronicle Books), and “Tear up this Book! :The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, And Journal Book For Girls!”, (2005 American Girl). She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for How Magazine. Keri spends her days putting stickers up all over North America, collecting found paper clips, and searching for the perfect cup of tea. She will continue to put out books, draw, write in journals in dark cafes, and dance on street corners for the rest of her life. Follow her adventures at kerismith.com.

Nina Smith

Panel: Professional Blogging: Business Considerations

Nina Smith

Nina Smith, Professional Blogging: Business Considerations

Nina Smith is the founder of Queercents, a personal finance blog offering a distinctly queer perspective on money for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. Nina oversees the day-to-day business, which includes generating advertising revenue and managing a team of writers producing daily content. Known for her Ten Money Questions ™ series, Nina has been featured on Logo from MTV Networks and profiled in The Advocate magazine along with many other regional LGBT publications. She resides in Newport Beach, CA with her partner and purse… we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping without coupons.

Chloe Spencer

Panel: Professional Blogging: Ways and Means

Chloe Spencer

Chloe Spencer is a 16 year old blogger who has been blogging about the hugely popular kids site Neopets for about a year and half. Some pages of her website, NeopetsFanatic.com, sport more than 3000 comments. Chloe monetizes her 11,000 daily pageviews into cold hard cash with Google AdSense. She's a busy girl and only blogs once or twice a month, but still she makes between $10 and $30 per day -- money while she sleeps! Chloe is an aspiring documentary filmmaker who has lived in New Zealand for the past eight years. She currently resides in Wisconsin with her parents and two sisters.

Carmen Stacier

Panel: Finding and Following Your Passion

Carmen Stacier

Carmen Staicer is mom to six kids. In the past two years, she's lost 70 pounds by being faithful to a New Year's resolution. Much to her surprise, diet and exercise has become a daily passion. She blogs about her challenges and success at living a healthy life at The Elff Diet. She also blogs about a never ending laundry pile and a desire for a self cleaning house at Mom to the Screaming Masses . She can still do the splits and is training for a half marathon, mostly for the rock concert at the end.

Ariel Meadow Stallings

Panel: Book to Blog and Back Again

Ariel Meadow Stallings

A writer and editor for a decade, Ariel Meadow Stallings' articles have been published in print and web publications including ReadyMade Magazine, Seattle Weekly, and Movies.com (http://movies.com/). She began blogging in 2000 and is a 2001 graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University. Her first book, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta Free Alternatives for Independent Brides (http://offbeatbride.com), which was inspired by posts on her blog, Electrolicious.com, was published in February 2007.

Katherine Stone

Panel: Blogging: the Voice For Silenced Communities

Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone suffered postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder with the birth of her son in 2001. Because of that profound experience, she is now an advocate for women with postpartum mood disorders. Her work centers on her blog Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.typepad.com), which is the most widely read blog in the United States on postpartum depression and other related illnesses. Her articles on PPD have appeared in such places as Newsweek magazine (July 7, 2004) and www.womenshealth.gov, a United States Department of Health & Human Services website (October 2005).

Lisa Stone

Panel: Day One General Session: Welcome, Earn Our Votes: What Questions Do Women Bloggers Want Candidates to Answer in Election 2008?

Lisa Stone

The originator of BlogHer, award-winning journalist and blogger Lisa Stone has launched successful blog networks and interactive programming for many national brands, including Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO's Sex and the City, Knight Ridder Digital, American Lawyer Media and Glam Media. While executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com, Lisa launched an 18-channel network and helped grow it to a Top 30 site overseeing all original content programming and newsletters, including a team of 25 and an annual budget of $3 MM. Her team's best-known work included Bachelors of Silicon Valley, The Women.com | Bloomberg Index, R U A 10? and Majority 2000, an election initiative with Good Housekeeping and Gallup. Lisa has written for The New York Times. the Los Angeles Times, The Oakland Tribune, Publisher's Weekly and Frommer's, among other publications. She is the first internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. Lisa's personal blog, Surfette, began as an extension of her 2004 convention blog for the Los Angeles Times.

Liz Strauss

Panel: Mentoring and Coaching

Liz Strauss

Liz Strauss works with individuals and businesses to find the passion and strategy that makes meaning, and moves clients forward almost immediately. Through her Perfect Virtual Manager service, Liz guides and learns by listening. She'll tell you that relationships are everyone's business -- head and heart belong together. A founder of SOBCon07, Liz has worked in print, software, and online publishing with small companies and giants such as Pearson, Reed Elsevier, and Wolters Kluwer. Her writing is know for it's warm, authentic voice that shows sincere appreciation of others. You'll find Liz at Successful-Blog, where you're only a stranger once.

Zoe Strauss

Panel: Blogging is More Than Words

Zoe Strauss

Zoe Strauss

Zoe Strauss is a 37 year old Philadelphia born and raised photographer and installation artist.

Yukako Tajee Tajima

Panel: Advanced Multimedia Labs

Yukako Tajee Tajima

Tajee is a podcaster as well as marketing manager of Voice Bank, Inc from Japan. She promotes podcasting for charity. She also teaches how to start audio and video podcasting by throwing workshops for beginners.

You can learn about her shows for charity at: http://amino-tajee.com/charity. She also released a song, called "Clover" on iTunes for charity last December. Proceeds from her song will be donated to children's education in Asian countries. Voice Bank, Inc. (www.voiceblog.jp) owns the biggest podcasting portal in Japan. Voice Bank, Inc. also has original software, “Alligator”, which provide easier subscribing and creating podcasts.

Zephyr Teachout

Panel: Patriots Act: How to Turn Your Blog into a GOtV (Get Out the Vote) Machine

Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke Law School, teaching and researching in the field known as the "Law of Democracy." She is an internationally known expert on online organizing and the use of the internet in political campaigns. She was the Director of Online Organizing for Howard Dean's Campaign, the National Director of Baobabs College Labs, and the National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, where she spearheaded distributed research projects on Congress and earmarks. She has an MA in Political Science from Duke, a J.D. from Duke, and a BA in English from Yale.

Pim Techamuanvivit

Panel: Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Part 1 - Raising Money

Pim Techamuanvivit

Pim grew up in Bangkok, was shipped off to study in other places, and somehow found herself living and loving it in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her blog, Chez Pim, chronicles her globetrotting adventures –and misadventures- in the world of all things edible, from vibrant street-side fares in Asia to the refined world of Three Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. She also cooks a mean pot of curry. Pim quit her Silicon Valley job in 2005 to pursue a career in food: the writing, reporting, and basically anything interesting thereof that comes her way. She has since published recipes, writings, and photographs in the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit magazine, Men's Vogue, among others. In 2006, Pim and a handful of food blogging friends created a fundraising drive on their blogs to help the victims of the tsunami tragedy in Southeast Asia, where she came from. The campaign, called Menu for Hope, has now become an annual tradition in the food blogging community, raising funds to support worthy organizations such as the Red Cross, UNICEF, and UN World Food Programme. Menu for Hope 3, which ran for two weeks in December 2006, raised $60, 925.12 for the WFP. Menu for Hope 4 is in planning now.

Tenni Theurer

Panel: Getting Custom: What Web Designers Know

Tenni Theurer

Tenni Theurer manages the Exceptional Performance team at Yahoo! to align business and engineering teams to build products better, faster, and more efficient. She has recently published a series of performance blogs on Yahoo's User Interface Blog. Prior to Yahoo!, Tenni worked in IBM’s Pervasive Computing group involved in developing high performance enterprise mobile solutions. She worked directly with customers on large-scale deployments and was involved in marketing and competitive research, as well as performance and development. Tenni holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Kathryn Thompson

Panel: Does the Blogosphere Need an Intolerance Intervention?

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn Thompson currently blogs for the award-winning Parenting Post at Parenting.com and her personal blog at DaringYoungMom.com, where she periodically receives awards from people like her mom. She has blogged for the Seattle PI, has been chosen as a Babytalk Magazine favorite and was recently featured on The Today Show, talking about who techie geek moms are people too. Experiences early in her blogging career solidified her intolerance for intolerant people. She has a degree in English and Media Arts from Brigham Young University.

Robyn Tippins

Panel: Advanced Multimedia Labs

Robyn Tippins

Robyn Tippins is a social media consultant with almost 10 years experience in the online media field. From her early days marketing her own small business using forums and email lists, to blogging, podcasting, vlogging and video game immersion, she’s often used social networking to engage and communicate. In her current role, Robyn works to foster a deep community experience for all the members of MyBlogLog. Robyn has advised Fortune 500 companies on blogging, social networking and blog promotion. Her podcasts feature some of the web’s most exciting and well known Web 2.0 experts in fields such as VoIP, Technology, Marketing, Social Networking, Video Games and Blogging.

Gayla Trail

Panel: Blogging is More Than Words

Gayla Trail

Gayla Trail is an accomplished graphic designer, writer, and photographer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the creator of the popular gardening project, You Grow Girl and the author of You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening. Gayla’s work as a photographer is informed by both her passion for gardening and the natural world and her childhood experiences growing up in Southern Ontario. At its heart, her work is expressive and evocative of emotions tied to locations and the nuances of human presence. Her personal site, MakingHappy.com was recently named Best Canadian Photoblog, and her work exhibited in several North American galleries, magazines, and books.

Gina Trapani

Panel: Blogging Workflow Tools and Tricks, Book to Blog and Back Again

Gina Trapani

Gina Trapani (http://ginatrapani.org) is an independent web programmer and technology writer based in San Diego, California. Relocated from Brooklyn, New York, Gina is the founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a weblog on software and productivity, which became a book entitled Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day, published by Wiley in December 2006. A Sun-certified Java programmer, Gina builds Firefox extensions and web sites. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Women's Health and WIRED Magazine.

Penelope Trunk

Panel: Self-branding and Self-promotion

Penelope Trunk

Penelope Trunk writes at the intersection of work and life. She is the author of the book Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success. Her blog, Brazen Careerist, has been featured in Business Week, The London Guardian, and Wall St. Journal’s CareerJournal. She is a columnist at the Boston Globe and Yahoo Finance, and her column has been syndicated in more than 200 publications. Earlier, she was a software executive, and then she founded two companies. She has been through an IPO, an acquisition and a bankruptcy. Before that she played professional beach volleyball.

Susan Voisin

Panel: The Art of Foodblogging

Susan Voisin

Susan has been sharing recipes for over 14 years through email lists and her two vegan websites. Last year she decided to experiment with this new format called a blog, and FatFree Vegan Kitchen was born. Her emphasis on whole foods and low-fat cooking has proved to be popular not just with vegetarians and dieters but with people looking for healthy, home-tested recipes that taste good. Blogging has opened up new opportunities for her, including a job photographing recipes for writer Nava Atlas' next cookbook.

Denise Wakeman

Panel: Book to Blog and Back Again

Denise Wakeman

Denise Wakeman is a founding partner of The Blog Squadâ„¢, a division of Krakoff Wakeman Associates, Inc. Since 1996, Denise has been assisting professionals and small businesses to leverage the Internet with online marketing strategies using blogs, ezines, content development plans and ecommerce systems. Denise has more than 20 years experience in small business management and with her partner Patsi Krakoff, is co-author of numerous blogging programs and books including "Build a Better Blog: The Ultimate Guide for Boosting Your Business with a Professional Blog" and "The Blog to Book Project." The Blog Squad hosts "Blogging and Beyond" a weekly Internet radio show, authors 10 business blogs and publishes two e-newsletters.

Lena West

Panel: Advanced Multimedia Labs

Lena L. West

Lena L. West is the CEO & Founder of xynoMedia (zhy-know-media) Technology (http://www.xynoMedia.com) and the creator of the popular program, The Technology Diet. Known as a “geek with speak,” Lena understands complex technology concepts and distills them into actionable strategies. She regularly empowers her clients with business and technology strategies that increase passive income by as much as 25-50%. Business-owners routinely hire Lena to access her “big picture” brain power. xynoMedia’s mission is to help 10,000 businesses grow 25-50% by 2010.

Eugenia Williamson

Panel: The Art of Writing Reviews

Eugenia Williamson

Eugenia Williamson is co-founder and co-editor of Literago.org, a website devoted to building the Chicago literary community through a curated calendar of weekly events, reviews of readings, and news items of local interest. While not working on Literago, Williamson writes freelance book reviews. She received her MA in American Literature from the University of Chicago.

Nelly Yusupova

Panel: Getting Custom: What Web Designers Know, Taking Your Blog to the Next Level (A Lab Segment)

Nelly Yusupova

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of Webgrrls International, the Founder of DigitalWoman.com and the Chapter Leader of New York City Webgrrls. She is an Internet expert and strategist and is a Wall Street Journal “Woman on the IT fast track”. She has been featured as a tech expert on NBC¹s Today Show, in INC Magazine, in Newsday and is an Industry speaker about careers in technology, building community and the power of networking. She earned her BS in computer science and is fluent in PHP, MySQL, Java, ASP, JSP, Oracle, Perl/CGI, HTML, JavaScript, Unix scripting, Telnet, FTP, UNIX.

Natalie Zee Drieu

Panel: The Art of Crafts

Natalie Zee Drieu

Natalie Zee Drieu is Associate Editor for CRAFT Magazine and writes for the CRAFT blog at http://craftzine.com. She has written three best-selling web design books and one trade book, The Last Mile, about broadband technology and business. Her personal blog Coquette, http://coquette.blogs.com, is rated one of the Top 50 Fashion Blogs in the U.S. by FashionIQ and covers her love of fashion, technology, and crafts. For more than ten years she has designed digital projects for world-renowned brands such as Mattel, Yahoo, Levi’s, and Macromedia. Natalie received her degree in Mass Communications and Technology from U.C. Berkeley.

Claire Zulkey

Panel: The Art of Writing Reviews

Claire Zulkey

Claire Zulkey is a Chicago writer who runs the site Zulkey.com, which has received press from the New Yorker, USA Today and on Anderson Cooper 360 amongst other places. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Chicago Magazine, Modern Bride and the Wall Street Journal.com and she has written reviews for publications including the LA Times, Time Out Chicago and Popmatters.com.

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Vint Falken

SL Panel: Second Life: REAL business-brilliant or bust?

Vint Falken

Vint Falken is an almost one year old female Second Life Resident that splits her time between Second Life photography and her Second Life blog VintFalken.com. Starting out as a club danser she vowed to a certain someone that she
would not end up in the SLescort business. Keeping to that she is now has a good running Second Life blog, is one of the officers for the SL BLoggers group and is engaged in several commercial and non-commercial SL projects of which multiple include blogs in one way or another.

Jeanette K. Gibson

SL Panel: Second Life: REAL business-brilliant or bust?

Jeanette K. Gibson

With 14 years of experience in corporate communications and 8 years of experience at Cisco Systems, Jeanette Gibson leads Cisco’s New Media & Operations group. In this role, she is responsible for extending Cisco’s leadership and innovation with new media and overseeing the vision and direction of Cisco’s award winning online newsroom, News@Cisco. Gibson is responsible for developing and communicating the direction of Cisco’s corporate blogging and podcasting initiatives and driving its web strategy for communications websites, News@Cisco and the Investor Relations and Analyst Relations Websites. In addition, Gibson manages operations for corporate communications involving strategy and planning, budget management and training programs.

Sarah Granger

SL Panel: Candidates in SL-good, bad, indifferent?

Sarah Granger

Sarah Granger led the launch of the "first true weblog to be put up by a politician,” according to Wired News and political analysts in 2003 while directing Internet strategy for former Senator Gary Hart's presidential exploratory organization, pre-empting the Dean campaign and building the Gary Hart News Blog to a status as one of the most popular blogs in the world. A consultant, speaker and writer, Sarah manages online communications for nonprofit and political organizations. She contributes to the Silicon Valley Moms Blog, and her own blog at sairy.com features ruminations on technology, politics, philanthropy and culture.

Brander Heron

SL Panel: Second Life: REAL business-brilliant or bust?

Brander Heron (aka Nina Burokas)

Brander Heron is a brand and communications strategist with expertise in personal branding, digital branding and leadership development. She advises women on managing their brand as an asset: for visibility, credibility and market value. In addition, she consults with organizations on using personal branding to achieve performance, development and cultural objectives. A Kellogg MBA and Reach Certified Brand Strategist, Brander has a passion for people, life and generally “keeping it hot.” She is the Director of WITI – OC, Brand Champion for IABC – OC, co-producer of Innovation Conversations and book editor and columnist for Savvy magazine.

Cybergrrl Oh

SL Panel: Covering a Virtual World

Cybergrrl Oh (aka Aliza Sherman)

Cybergrrl Oh is the Writer in Residence on Elysian Isle (owned by Random House UK) and a business reporter for SLNN.com. In RL, she builds, works, writes and practically lives in cyberspace. She survived local BBSs in the late 80s to start the first full-service, woman-owned new media company (Cybergrrl, Inc.) and the first global women's hybrid online/offline new media organization (Webgrrls International) in the mid-90s. That year, Newsweek magazine named her one of the "Top 50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet." She has authored seven books and blogs on numerous blogs, joins too many social networks, and aspires to podcast. She lives in Alaska with her wildlife biologist husband and their daughter.

TheDiva Rockin

SL Panel: Combining blogging and Second Life

TheDiva Rockin (aka Kera Richard)

TheDiva's Second Life began in August 2006 as a means for self promotion. It wasn't until January 2007 when she created her personal blog as a way to keep track of all that she was doing in life. Soon after SL Fashion Police was created, and recently expanded to include a second writer. In First Life TheDiva is married with 2 cats living in New Jersey. She works in Second Life full time with The Electric Sheep Company.

Linda Zimmer

SL Panel: Second Life: REAL business-brilliant or bust?

Linda Zimmer

Linda Zimmer is CEO of MarCom:Interactive, a social and emerging media consultancy, serving an international clientele of corporate, non-profit and public brands. She is a expert at innovating marketing, communications and branding for contemporary audiences and social trends. Linda’s current project is spearheading the formation of the Modern Media Institute, a professional development institute focused on uses of new media in branding practices. She is also among a cadre of innovators employing virtual worlds for branding, training, and marketing communications and writes a popular blog on the topic, Business Communicators of Second Life. Ms. Zimmer presents frequently at technology and marketing conferences, and is a guest lecturer at colleges and universities. She is quoted in business publications such as Business Week, U.S. News and Computer Weekly; publishes extensively on the Web and writes for business, technology and marketing trade publications.

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