Conference Corner: Your Ideas for BlogHer '13

Over the past few weeks, we've been featuring a few post-BlogHer recaps from around the community, including this action plan for veteran BlogHers, and this to-do (and to-don't) tip list for BlogHer Newbies....more

UPDATE: BlogHer '13 Registration Is Open!

Update: Earlybird pricing for BlogHer '13 ended at midnight (Pacific) on November 7.  We are currently offering a 25% discount off the current price.  Go here for more information.***************************************Hi everyone!Today we are happy to open Earlybird registration for BlogHer '13, taking place between July 25-27, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois! As always, BlogHer has reserved a limited number of tickets at the lowest possible price -- a savings of $200 for bloggers -- for those of you who purchase between now and November 7th....more
Hi there! I'm registered for this year's conference but don't remember getting a ...more


Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Amie's work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine and many others.

Ellen Seidman is an editor, blogger, web content consultant, special needs advocate and proud mom of two. She has held senior positions at Glamour, SELF, Redbook and Good Housekeeping, and done freelance projects for Martha Stewart Living, Allure, People StyleWatch and In Style. She's currently a contributing editor for Health magazine.

Ellen writes Love That Max, an award-winning blog about kids with special needs who kick butt. Max is her son, he has disabilities and, yes, he kicks butt. Love That Max has been featured on,, The New York Times' blog The Motherlode, Yahoo,, and The Daily Mail, as well as in Redbook, Real Simple, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day and Family Circle.

Ellen also blogs for, and, and writes for publications. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Redbook and All You, among others. Essays of hers are featured in the books The Elephant in the Playroom, Minimalist Parenting and Good Enough Is The New Perfect. In addition, she's done web content projects for Disney's BabyZone, and USAToday/BlogHer.

A Social Good Fellow for the United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, she also sits on the board of Family Member, a nonprofit that works to ensure people living with special needs and disabilities are represented fairly and accurately in news, entertainment and social media.

Honors include being a two-time BlogHer Voices of the Year honoree, a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog for three years, and one of Parenting magazine's 50 Must-Read Moms. Plus, her children think she makes really good spaghetti.

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys biking, binge-watching TV series and breathing.

Erika Nicole Kendall is the author of the fitness and food blog A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss, where she chronicles her journey of losing well over 150lbs, transforming herself from 330lbs to a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness and weight loss. Her blog is chock-full of everything she has learned along the way to help her lose and keep the weight off.

Erika’s blog is a hilarious and personal mixture of everything from emotional eating to body image to exercise to eating “clean” to what she calls “the photoshop diet” and something peculiarly called “booty paint.” Her readers are passionate about health, as they have built a community around supporting and cheering on fitness newbies into full on fit-stars. Erika has built a reputation for being a shameless truth-teller, and her readers trust her to bring equal amounts of passion and resources to every topic. She is currently a regular contributor to where she breaks down nutrition and fitness in her column, aptly titled "Get Life!"

Erika and her community been featured on NPR, in Essence Magazine, on Yahoo! Health, in Shape, on Woman’s Day, in Heart & Soul Magazine, on The Michael Baisden Show, and Erika has even had her own segment on The Doctor Oz Show as well as videos on his website. She is a two-time winner of the “Best Health & Wellness Award” and the “Best Food Blog” award in the Black Weblog Awards, and was recently recognized by Shape Magazine as one of the “Best Weight Loss Blogs” in their Best Blogger Awards. Erika was also recognized by The Root as one of 30 Black Blogs to Watch. When she’s not spreading love, cheer and jokes on twitter, she’s helping out at her daughter’s school or being dragged across New York by her two giant puppies.

If there's one thing Jennipher Walters believes, it's that "diet" is a four-letter word and that a number on the scale should never determine your self-worth. After struggling with her own emotional eating issues during high school and college and overcoming them, she is passionate about helping others to embrace a healthy lifestyle as a way to feel good -- and have fun!

Jennipher is so passionate about these issues and helping women to find their inner and outer confidence that she co-founded the popular healthy living websites in 2008, in 2010 and in January with her friend Erin Whitehead. Through product reviews, personal blogs, workout music playlists and more, these sites give women the encouragement, tips and the tools to live a healthy and fulfilled life. In 2012, Jennipher began teaching online "Fit Bottomed Girls Life" classes that take women on a virtual journey to eat, work out and live like a Fit Bottomed Girl.

In addition to sharing her personal experience with health and wellness, Jennipher has several fitness credentials under her belt to give advice, too. She is an ACE-certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor. In fact, Jennipher has been working in and writing about the health and industry for a little more than a decade. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota, she has also written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine and SparkPeople.

Although she no longer trains clients, she worked for many years as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, in addition to being a senior associate editor for the trade health club magazine Club Industry and working as the fitness program director/marketing director at WellSpring, a health and wellness career school in Kansas City.

In her free time, Jenn can be found challenging her husband Ryan to a wicked game of MarioKart on the Wii, chomping on kale (her all-time favorite veggie), updating her 1960s-decorated home in Kansas City, Mo., doing CrossFit-inspired workouts and running with her rescue pup Siena. She also enjoys cooking, trying new recipes and kicking back with the quieter side of exercise, including yoga and meditation. While easy going by nature, she is a fierce competitor when it comes to skeeball and tennis.