Lauren Zalaznick, Tina Brown, Donna Byrd and Ilene Chaiken Set to Headline BlogHer '09 -- The Largest Conference for Women Who B

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Lauren Zalaznick, Tina Brown, Donna Byrd and Ilene Chaiken Set to Headline BlogHer '09 -- The Largest Conference for Women Who Blog Speakers at Fifth Annual Conference Include Some of the Biggest Names in the Media Industry REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--May 27, 2009-- BlogHer, the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online, today announced the keynote speaker line-up for BlogHer Business and BlogHer ‘09, both to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Chicago, IL from July 23-25. On July 23rd, Lauren Zalaznick, President of NBC Universal’s Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Network, will headline BlogHer Business -- BlogHer’s annual crash course on best practices for marketing to women online. On Saturday July 25th, Tina Brown, founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast; Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root and Ilene Chaiken, creator of "The L Word" and will headline BlogHer ’09, discussing how they are revolutionizing popular, for-profit media by placing online, social media front and center. “We are thrilled to welcome Lauren, Tina, Donna and Ilene as keynote speakers for this year's BlogHer conference," said BlogHer COO and co-founder Elisa Camahort Page. "They represent some of the most influential women in the field of media today and are powerful examples of how to marry traditional experience with new tools and incisive business savvy." Other speakers scheduled for the 2009 conference include online safety experts Anne Collier and danah boyd, Op-Ed Project founder Catherine Orenstein, Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley, blogger-author Stefanie Wilde-Taylor and the four recipients of BlogHer’s International Activist Blogger scholarship program, hailing from Malawi, India, Bolivia and Nigeria. For more information on this year's speakers, please visit: About BlogHer’s Keynote speakers: Tina Brown is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast. She is the author of the 2007 New York Times best seller "The Diana Chronicles.” She has written for numerous publications including The Times of London, The Spectator, and the Washington Post. Tina's revitalization of publications began at the Tatler - she became editor-in-chief in 1979; circulation rose dramatically and soon purchased by Condé Nast in 1982. She became editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair at the end of 1983. With Tina at the helm from 1984-1992, they won 4 National Magazine Awards; she was named Advertising Age's first Magazine Editor of the Year. In 1992, Tina took on revitalizing The New Yorker. In her 6 ½ year tenure, circulation increased 28%; in 1992, Tina was the first magazine editor to be honored with the National Press Foundation's Editor of the Year Award. In 1998, she co-founded Talk Media with Harvey and Bob Weinstein of Miramax, launched Talk magazine and Talk Miramax Books which published best sellers by Rudy Giuliani, Queen Noor and Madeleine Albright. Donna Byrd is Publisher of, a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives. As publisher, Byrd leverages her expertise in marketing, strategic business planning and digital innovation to lead one of the top African American-focused daily magazines on the Web. Prior to joining, Byrd was CEO of Black America Web, where she worked with entrepreneur and national radio personality Tom Joyner to launch one of the top three African-American news and lifestyle websites. Most recently, she was a founding partner with Kickoff Marketing, a strategic planning and brand firm, and has held previous positions at The Coca-Cola Company and Procter and Gamble where she developed and managed marketing strategies for new products. Byrd is a regular speaker on technology, entrepreneurship and professional women’s issues and was recently named one of the top people under 40 to watch in Washington by Washington Life magazine. Ilene Chaiken is an award winning writer and producer of film and television who has worked openly as a lesbian in Hollywood for over 25 years. She is internationally known for her creation of Showtime Networks' groundbreaking series, “The L Word." “The L Word” has grown into a cultural phenomenon, giving a worldwide audience of both gay and straight fans the opportunity to get a glimpse into the complex lives and relationships of a group of LGBT friends and lovers. Since the creation and subsequent success of “The L Word,” Chaiken has been recognized as one of Power Up’s Top 10 Lesbians in Hollywood and as one of OUT magazine’s 100 most powerful gay people in Hollywood. In January 2007, Chaiken and a small group of prominent women from the entertainment and technology worlds launched, a fully-featured social networking and media site on the Web for lesbians and their friends. Lauren Zalaznick, President of NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, iVillage – the original online destination for women – and “Green is Universal,” NBC Universal’s ongoing environmental initiative as well as NBC Universal’s health and wellness program. She was named President, NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks in May 2008, when she added iVillage to her portfolio and announced the launch of Women@NBCU, a sales and marketing initiative designed to create custom solutions for advertisers seeking to connect with a highly targeted female demographic. Zalaznick was named president of Bravo in May 2004 and expanded her oversight in May 2007 when the network announced the formation of Bravo Media, a multimedia global content company targeting every consumer touch point. Under her watch, Bravo has become the No. 1 ranked entertainment cable network for upscale, educated and engaged television viewers. Since NBC Universal acquired Oxygen in 2007, under Zalaznick's oversight the network has shattered every previous ratings record and recorded its best year ever in 2008 across all demographic, on-air, on-line, and financial metrics. Zalaznick was named among Time 100’s most influential people in 2009. About BlogHer Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer’s mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online and creates opportunities for its members via a community hub (, annual conferences and an publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. BlogHer provides the highest quality content on a range of topics, with all blogs continually edited to meet strict editorial standards, including content quality, category relevance and blog frequency. BlogHer enjoys a strategic partnership with iVillage, part of Women@NBCU, which includes other NBC Universal brands including Bravo and Oxygen. BlogHer’s investors include Venrock, Peacock Equity, a joint venture between NBC Universal and GE Commercial Finance’s Media, and Azure Capital Partners. Contacts: Lindsey Scott Racepoint Group 415-694-6713 Elisa Camahort Page BlogHer Inc. 408-504-5708 ###