BlogHer PRO '13 Speakers

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Speakers

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Alicia DiRago
CEO, Whimseybox
Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox, a DIY/craft kit subscription and ecommerce business that helps people Stop Pinning + Start Making. She started blogging in 2009 about DIY, style and design at dismountcreative.com which led to the idea + audience that turned Whimseybox from a dream to a venture-backed startup that has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, on television and online.
Ana Picazo
Bonggamom

Ana Picazo is a work-at-home Silicon Valley mom with a daughter and twin boys.  In 2007 she began writing for the Silicon Valley Moms Blog as a way to connect with fellow moms and share the joys and challenges of parenting.  Her blogging quickly expanded from a part-time hobby to a full-time hobby and a part-time job when she began blogging for The Savvy Source, a resource for parents of preschoolers, and started her own product review blog, Bonggamom Finds.

Angele Lafond
Chief Creator of Genius, Shoebox-Be-Gone
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Angele Lafond
Chief Creator of Genius, Shoebox-Be-Gone
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By day an award winning accountant, Chief Creator of Genius, and wannabe super-mom. Angele is also a public speaker and the leading expert in social media’s impact on tax law. By night… she's an exhausted entrepreneurial mom with too many great ideas and too little hours in a day.

Beth Blecherman
Founder, TechMamas.com

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.

Bethann Stenseth
YouTube
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Bethann Stenseth is a part of the New Partner Development team at YouTube, where she works with content creators to develop their channels via the YouTube Partner Program. During her presentation, Bethann will be addressing questions such as "how does YouTube help creators?" and "what can new creators do to grow their audiences?"

Bethann studied Advertising and Merchandising at Northern Arizona University . She is based in San Bruno, CA at YouTube Headquarters.

Britt Reints
Author
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Britt Reints is a writer, speaker, and happiness advocate. Her book, An Amateur's Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness, offers a realistic and personal look at the journey we all must take to figure out what makes us happy. She writes the award-winning blog, In Pursuit of Happiness, and contributes to many media outlets. Her writing has been featured at The Huffington Post, Pittsburgh Magazine, and Redbook.com. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two kids.

Chrissy Watson
Owner, Outlaw Mom LLC

Chrissy is an Intellectual Property & New Media Lawyer, Blogger, and Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. She writes the new media law blog, BloggerEsq, where she helps brands and bloggers navigate the social media legal landscape, and is a frequent speaker across the country on the most pressing issues facing online content creators today. Chrissy also writes a popular lifestyle blog, The Outlaw Mom® Blog, where she shares creative style & entertaining tutorials and early education activities geared toward parents #RaisingThinkingKids.

Connie Chan Wang
Social Media Strategist, LinkedIn
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Connie Chan Wang
Social Media Strategist, LinkedIn
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Connie Chan Wang is living the dream at LinkedIn! She currently leads social media strategy at LinkedIn where she founded and now manages the Social Media Center of Excellence. She is also the chief editor of the LinkedIn corporate blog at blog.linkedin.com and is responsible for growing and managing LinkedIn social media properties including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
 

Daria Musk
A\V - Authentic Voice

After a nearly overnight success, singing for an instant global audience of millions (3.6 million fans & 46 million views to date) — through her first-of-a-kind live interactive online concerts —  Daria Musk’s influence and ideas have spilled over from songs into speaking engagements, TED Talks, tours, and behind-the-scenes consulting for the world’s biggest tech and entertainment companies.

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer
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Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research for the company and with her leadership, the BlogHer conference business has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to five diverse events that will host over 4,000 attendees in 2011.

Elise Bauer
Simply Recipes
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Elise Bauer
Simply Recipes
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The creator of Simply Recipes, Elise Bauer is a pioneer in food blogging. She started Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family’s recipes. Over the years the site has grown and these days inspires millions of visitors every month with its approachable, tested, scratch-cooking recipes.

Erica Lee
CEO, StrategicLee Inc.

Erica Lee brings 20 years of business strategy, public relations, marketing and journalism experience. She has worked in a wide range of industries including high tech, government, insurance, politics, non-profit and general consumer products. Focused on helping companies develop business strategies that grow revenues, Erica has implemented a variety of tactics from customer programs to partnership strategies to media launches.

Halley Suitt Tucker
Writer, Boston Globe's BetaBoston

Halley Suitt Tucker is a reporter for the Boston Globe's section on innovation, BetaBoston. She's an entrepreneur, author and has been a tech blogger since 2002. Her books, Founders Less Than Three and Does This Startup Make Me Look Fat? explore the ways women entrepreneurs can get ahead in the innovation economy.

Harry Kargman
Founder & CEO, Kargo
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Harry Kargman
Founder & CEO, Kargo
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Harry Kargman is the founder and CEO of Kargo, the leading mobile publisher platform. Founded in 2003, Kargo delivers advertising and integrated rich media across its proprietary network of major media mobile websites, apps and tablet experiences. Kargo has been recognized with numerous awards including an OMMA for its advertising campaigns as well as a Red Herring Top 100 winner in 2013 and an AlwaysOn OnMobile Top 100 winner in 2013.

JADAH SELLNER
Spoken Word Poet, Dreamer, and Movement Starter
JADAH SELLNER
Spoken Word Poet, Dreamer, and Movement Starter

Jadah Sellner is a community builder, movement starter, spoken word poet, dreamer, entrepreneur and co-founder of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com, which has a rawkin' online community of 415,000 Instagram followers, 315,000 Facebook fans, 350,000 email subscribers, and over 30 million website page views. She's the co-author of "Simple Green Smoothies" and has been featured on The Doctors TV show, O Magazine, and is also an international keynote speaker.

Jenifer Monroe
Director, Influencer Services
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Jenifer Monroe
Director, Influencer Services
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Jenifer Monroe has been blogging since 2002 and attended the first BlogHer conference in 2005. A founding member of the BlogHer Publishing Network, she has been a BlogHer employee since 2007.

Jenny Lauck

Jenny Lauck sent the kids outside to play and started her parenting blog Three Kid Circus back in 2004. At the first BlogHer conference in 2005, she participated as a panelist at the first Mommyblogging session. That one conference was all it took - she fell in love with the BlogHer community.

Jessica Collier
Storytelling Consultant
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Jessica Collier
Storytelling Consultant
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Jessica Collier consults for organizations that need writing and content strategy expertise. She has wrangled words for several San Francisco startups, including Delicious Monster Software and Medium. Her professional interests lie in the future of reading and writing online.

Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR

Jim Lin is a VP, Digital Strategist at Ketchum PR. In addition to relishing the fact that he gets to legitimately hang out on Twitter all day, Jim’s job is to push the boundaries of digital and social media to ensure that his clients break through the chatter to become the conversation, whatever or wherever that may be.

Joanne Tombrakos
Storyteller ~ Consultant ~ Digital Evangelist
Joanne Tombrakos
Storyteller ~ Consultant ~ Digital Evangelist

Joanne Tombrakos is a Storyteller, Consultant and Digital Evangelist who blogs on demystifying digital for business and life at www.joannetombrakos.com.

Joanne works with individuals as well as corporations to better understand this beast we call digital. Her programs are designed to inform, educate and offer practical tools and training to keep you, your staff and your business digitally relevant and marketable. Topics range from Digital Marketing 101 - The Broad Strokes to Selling In The Age Of The Educated Consumer.

Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer
Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer

Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances and lead evangelist to top revenue partners. With Jory’s leadership, BlogHer has developed its own distinctive, brand of strategic partnership, helping to facilitate constructive dialogue between some of the world’s major brands and women who are social media leaders and their readers.

JULIE ROSS GODAR
Executive Editorial Director of SheKnows, Jeopardy! Champ, and Culinary Camper
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JULIE ROSS GODAR
Executive Editorial Director of SheKnows, Jeopardy! Champ, and Culinary Camper
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As the Executive Editorial Director, Julie leads the editorial content and vision for the She Knows Experts community, where she's focused on just how compelling people can be when they're passionate about something, be it a technique that's going to change your dinner, a TV show that's going to change your binge-watching habits, or an idea that's going to change the world. Julie also oversees editorial for BlogHer.com.

Julie Yamamoto
Managing Director, CMD

A journalist by training, Julie has participated first-hand in the information revolution that brought mainstream communications from print to pixels. Julie began her journalism career working for major daily newspapers in Southern California, and later as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Los Angeles. After working in daily news, her career path took her into public relations and marketing communications both in-house at organizations on the East Coast and on the agency side of the fence at leading firms in the West.

Kristen Herwitz
Corporate Counsel at BlogHer; Owner/Recipe Developer at BatterLicker.com
Kristen Herwitz
Corporate Counsel at BlogHer; Owner/Recipe Developer at BatterLicker.com

Ever since childhood, Kristen has had an unstoppable urge (frequently fulfilled, of course) to lick the batter off a bowl, spoon, finger, or any other kitchen utensil available.  Whether the desire arose in defiance of her mother’s cautioning against eating raw eggs or merely from the velvety chocolate deliciousness that is brownie batter, she can hardly say.  All she knows is that her predisposition towards tasting as-yet-unfinished products of culinary experimentation has continued to this very day. Kristen fearlessly attempts new, challenging, and someti

Maya Bisineer
VP, Product at SheKnows
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Maya Bisineer
VP, Product at SheKnows
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Maya Bisineer is VP of Product at SheKnows. She heads the development of the SheKnows Momentum platform. Maya has been an entrepreneur and technologist for over 15 years. She spent several years at corporations and founding startups. Eventually, her passion to support women entrepreneurs in this wonderful community lead her to BlogHer.

Michelle Langston
Theme Wrangler
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Michelle is a Tar Heel-born-and-bred web designer and developer who built her first site at the age of 14. More than a decade later, she’s still at it. She works as a Theme Wrangler for Automattic. Aside from WordPress themes, Michelle enjoys sunshine, long walks, hiking, choir singing, pondering the mysteries of the universe, and paddling with the local Dragon Boat team. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with her feline partner-in-crime, Harmony.

Mike Adamick
Writer
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Mike Adamick is a San Francisco stay-at-home dad, writer, crafter, inveterate tinkerer, and author of the family craft book, Dad's Book of Awesome Projects, and the upcoming science book, The Family Lab.

His work appears on NPR, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, BuzzFeed, Jezebel.com and Babble.com. His blog, Cry It Out! Memoirs of a stay-at-home dad, was named "best dad blog in cyberspace" by Disney's Babble.com.

Monique Maestas-Gower
Account Executive, BlogHer
Monique Maestas-Gower
Account Executive, BlogHer

Monique Maestas Gower has been working in mobile tech and social media longer than iPhones have existed – in fact, she stood in line for the launch of the very first iPhone, uphill, in the snow, both ways.

Myriam Joire
Chief Evangelist, Pebble
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Myriam Joire
Chief Evangelist, Pebble
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Myriam Joire was born wearing combat boots and holding a keyboard; moments later she picked up a soldering iron. She's been stomping, typing and hacking ever since. After spending years being a code-monkey in the video game industry, she joined Engadget as Senior Mobile Editor and became In(ternet) famous. She’s been called a “personality” and a “pundit“, but mostly she’s a tomboy with a fondness for other queers, punks, nerds, and misbegotten social deviants. She now pimps watches as the Chief Evangelist for Pebble. She's based in San Francisco.

Paul Krasinski
Chief Marketing Officer, Visible Measures
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Paul Krasinski
Chief Marketing Officer, Visible Measures
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Paul Krasinski is Chief Marketing Officer at Visible Measures. Paul comes to Visible Measures as a thought leader in digital audience measurement. Prior to Visible Measures, he served as CEO of Umbel, Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Analytics at Arbitron (acquired by Nielsen) and Chief Operating Officer at Ando Media (acquired by Triton Media Group). In these positions, Paul developed the deep understanding, insight and industry relationships required to revolutionize digital audience measurement.

Porter Gale
Author and Marketer

Porter Gale is a marketing expert, start-up advisor, and public speaker. She is the author of Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age, released by Simon & Schuster/Atria in June 2013. From 2007 to 2011, she was the VP of Marketing at Virgin America.

Purvi Shah
Founder, Kids & Art
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Purvi Shah
Founder, Kids & Art
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Purvi Shah shah has over 15 years of design experience ranging from textile and fashion design to print design and naturally progressed to web and touch technology.

Purvi has a Masters in Communications Design from Pratt Institute New York, and has held multiple highly acclaimed positions, including Creative Director at MediaZone and Art Director at KeepMedia Inc. She has also been an active member of American Institute of Graphic Arts and a part-time faculty member in the Graduate New Media Department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

SARAH PENNA
Talent Manager, Digital Content Creator, and Speaker
SARAH PENNA
Talent Manager, Digital Content Creator, and Speaker

Sarah Penna is the Head of Awestruck, a new network & lifestyle brand from AwesomenessTV targeting millennial moms. In this role, Penna is responsible for identifying talent and new creators to sign to the Awestruck multi-channel network. Penna is also the Co-Founder of Big Frame, one of the top talent management firms in the digital space.

Shannon Carroll/Mr Lady
Content Marketing Manager, BlogHer
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Shannon Carroll/Mr Lady
Content Marketing Manager, BlogHer
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Mr Lady is seldom a mister, and never a lady. She gave up a life of making martinis and babies - both mostly in bars - after becoming somebody's mother (x3) and somebody's wife (x1) (working on X2). She kills hamsters and cookies with ruthless efficiency, and sometimes drinks with Communists. She was also deported from Canada once. That was fun.

Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
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Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
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Stacy Morrison is editor in chief and Director of Content Programming for BlogHer, as well as a writer, author, blogger, mother, and consultant in New York City. Before moving to BlogHer, Morrison was a magazine editor for 20 years, most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine (2004-2010), Executive Editor of Marie Claire, Founding Editor in Chief of ONE (a short-lived dot.com-era design magazine), Editor in Chief at Modern Bride, and more. During each of those positions, Morrison oversaw digital properties for each.

STEPHANIE LIEBOLD
Blogger, Designer, and Traveler
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STEPHANIE LIEBOLD
Blogger, Designer, and Traveler
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Stephanie Liebold hates writing bios. But she loves writing stories and has been composing them since before she could actually write the words down. Her first blog was a LiveJournal about her study abroad experience in Spain in 2003.

Even though she graduated from Arizona State University as an English major, she was working as a graphic designer within a year. She founded Bold Avenue in 2005 and has built it into a boutique design agency that focuses on branding, print, and t-shirt design for small businesses and community events.

Stephanie O'Dea
Author and Blogger
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Stephanie O'Dea
Author and Blogger
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Stephanie O'Dea made a New Year's Resolution to use her slow cooker every single day in 2008 and write about it online. This simple idea resulted in a highly-trafficked website and four books, one of which spent six weeks on the New York Times best sellers list. Stephanie has appeared on Good Morning America three times, The Rachael Ray Show, featured in Real Simple Magazine, Woman’s World, and Oprah.com. She is a contributing editor to Simply Gluten Free magazine and a recipe contributor to ABC.com.

Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media
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Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media
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Stephanie Quilao is the Founder and Chief Storyteller of Thriving Media. She is well-known for her (now retired) healthy living blog Back in Skinny Jeans, and healthy eating blog Noshtopia. She has produced two mobile apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile, and is launching In October 2013 an iPhone food photo editing app. Her personal blog is StephanieQuilao.com.

Tania Mulry
CEO and Founder
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Tania Mulry
CEO and Founder
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Tania Mulry is a social entrepreneur and award-winning mobile marketer, and USC Adjunct Professor.

She is the founder and CEO of DDx Media, Inc., a marketing consultancy and software development firm, as well as the creator of edRover.com. edRover was recognized by AT&T as the best application of 2011 in the Social Good category. Impressed by the edRover concept and Mrs. Mulry’s contest pitch, AT&T asked her to join the AT&T Developers Advisory Council. EdRover also won the Grand Prize in the Microsoft Fastpitch Competition.

Tara Mohr
Wise Living

Tara Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. She helps women play bigger in sharing their voices and bringing forward their ideas in work and in life using a unique approach that blends inner work and practical skills training. Tara is the creator of the Playing Big leadership program for women, which now has more than 1000 graduates from around the world.

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