#BlogHer17 Welcomes Inspiring Makers & Creators Zerlina Maxwell, Amy Ziering and Sarah Spain as Closing Keynote

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I’m happy to reveal today that #BlogHer17 will close out with a keynote panel discussion that explores the life of independent makers and creators – how they integrate making media, making a change, making an impact, and making a living.

We’ve lined up some impressive, dare I say bad-ass, women to lay their cards on the table, starting with these three incredible women.  

  • Amy Ziering is the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker behind the documentaries “The Hunting Ground” and “Invisible War.” The former addresses sexual assault on college campuses, the latter covers the same harrowing topic, but in the military. Yes, these are tough subjects in which to immerse yourself, but Amy’s work has led to important policy and legislative conversations and, ultimately, change.
  • Zerlina Maxwell was already an in-demand political analyst when she was tapped to be the Director of Progressive Media for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. I interviewed her for our Who SheKnows podcast in that capacity and was completely intellectually smitten :) Since the election Zerlina is now the Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and she and another former campaign colleague, Jess McIntosh, are rallying the #resistance with her weekly newsletter, “Signal Boost.”
  • Sarah Spain is a Peabody Award-winning journalist for ESPN including as a columnist for espnW, a SportsCenter Reporter, and as the host of her own "That's What She Said” podcast.You may recognize her most, though, as the creator of the #MorethanMean viral video that shone a harsh spotlight on the online harassment and trolling she and fellow sports journalist Julie DeCaro experienced (along with most of the known female universe online, of course). A Chicago-area native, she grew up in Lake Forest, where she played basketball and was all-state in field hockey and track. She went on to attend Cornell University, where she was a heptathlete and captain of the Track & Field team.

Amy, Zerlina, and Sarah are building lives with meaning and leveraging every media platform that exists to make sure their work is seen, their voices are heard, and their impact is significant. I can’t wait to get a shot in the arm from hearing this conversation.  It’s the perfect way to send us all back to our laptops, ready to take over the world!


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