Maria Ross is a brand strategist, author and speaker who believes cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive. As creator of Red Slice, she advises startups, entrepreneurs and small to midsize companies on how to craft irresistible brands. Maria is the author of the Amazon best-selling seller Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget, (2nd Edition) and her humorous and heartfelt memoir, Rebooting My Brain. A dynamic speaker, she has delighted audiences ranging from The New York Times to the Chamber of Commerce to BlogHer and has appeared in and written for numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, ABC News, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, NPR and Entrepreneur Magazine. Maria lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, baby boy and their precocious Black Lab mix. Learn how to tell your irresistible story at red-slice.com or spark a conversation with Maria on Twitter @redslice
Beth Blecherman is an entrepreneur with technology expertise in the areas of family life, education, business and social media. She started her career in programming, system auditing and then Senior Manager, Computer Process Integrity, for Deloitte. After senior management Beth took on family management and began writing online as her career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com and shares across social media channels including Twitter @TechMama. Beth is well known for past articles at LaptopMag.com, Mashable, CoolMomTech.com and DotComplicated.
Beth has a consulting practice and advises startups with product, website, app testing and social media strategy. Her speaking engagements include BlogHer, UC Berkeley Extension, 500 Startups MamaBear Tech, Draper University, Mom 2.0, CES and SXSW. Beth’s book "My Parent Plan" applies professional project planning concepts to parenting. She can be found on lists such as Time 140 Best Twitter Feeds, Working Mother.com List of Most Powerful Moms in Social Media, and Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women.
Susan Getgood has been involved in online marketing since the early 90s, and watched the web evolve from the first browsers to the interactive communities we participate in today.
In Fall 2010, Susan joined BlogHer Inc. where she currently serves as Vice President of Influencer Marketing. In this role, she connects social media influencers with the brands they love through mutually beneficial business and advertising opportunities.
As an independent consultant from 2004 to 2010, she helped organizations integrate social media into their marketing strategies to meet their customers online, build their brands and drive revenue. Clients included HP, Kaplan University, Kraft, Goodwill Industries and CamelBak as well as PR agencies, start-ups and small businesses nationwide.
Prior to that, Susan held a variety of corporate marketing and management roles including Senior Vice President of Marketing at Internet software company SurfControl, General Manager of Cyber Patrol and Director of Corporate Communications at The Learning Company.
Her professional marketing blog, where she writes about social media and marketing strategy, is Marketing Roadmaps. She also writes a personal blog, Snapshot Chronicles. Her first book, Professional Blogging For Dummies (Wiley), was published in July 2010.
Susan speaks regularly at social media conferences like BlogHer, Mom 2.0 and New Comm Forum. She is a co-founder of ethics initiative Blog With Integrity and appeared on the Today Show in April 2010 to talk about respect and responsibility in the blogosphere.
Skye Kilaen came to BlogHer in 2007 after years of being "the techie" in human services and advocacy organizations. Her work with influencers revolves around making BlogHer programs easier to understand, enroll in, and enjoy!