BlogHer PRO '13 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. Alicia and her husband Joe recently realized their dream of moving to Boulder, CO where they live with a golden retriever puppy named Radish.
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.

In her years as a product review blogger, Ana has worked on numerous social media campaigns with well-known brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, American Girl Dolls, Disney, Energizer, American Express, Zhu Zhu Pets and OfficeMax.  She is also a brand ambassador for Sony Playstation, Nukotoys, Ubisoft, Word Lock and Leapfrog.  Ana is currently the San Francisco Bay Area editor for The Savvy Source and a regular contributor to the Silicon Valley Mamas blog. Her posts have been syndicated on BlogHer, Creativity for Kids, Time to Play and Mad About Multiples.

Angele Lafond
Founder & CEO, Shoebox-Be-Gone
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Angele Lafond
Founder & CEO, Shoebox-Be-Gone
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When it comes to social media and tax law, trust the leading expert! Angele is an award-winning accounting and CEO of Shoebox-Be-Gone (the accounting firm that speaks human).

Drawing from a varied experience her approach is both engaging and informative, bringing in some real-world examples and a few funnies thrown in for good measure. Not your dad's accountant!

She blogs the funnies at DomestiqueManager.com, the business at MakingCentsofBusiness.com and the "stuff I don't want my mother in law to twitter-stalk" at MyUsedUterus.com.

In her spare time Angele runs a full-cycle accounting firm and coaches small business owners. She also helps brands and agencies create IRS and CRA compliant blogger relations programs.

Wife to 1, Mother of 3, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Public speaker... Possibly (probably?) a coffee addict. Just call her Superwoman!

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. 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.

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. As a co-founder of The Morning Assembly, Chrissy produces educational workshops and networking events aimed at empowering fellow female entrepreneurs and influencers in the Bay Area.

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.
 
Connie is passionate about using social media for social good. She is the Chairperson of the LinkedIn for Good Foundation, serves on the board of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter as well as Go Inspire Go.

Connie earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Southern California and a Master’s degree at Stanford University.

Daria Musk

Before the summer of 2011 Daria Musk was a young singer/songwriter with big dreams, an entrepreneurial streak, and a global-sized heart. A weekend of lugging her guitar amps through the rain and an invitation to Google+ sparked the idea to perform a live concert via Google+'s video chat feature, "Hangouts." Girl in the woods of Connecticut turned early-adopter and went global overnight. Daria is breaking new ground, pushing the boundaries in music, tech and social media, gaining millions of fans around the world along the way.

She's been called "An amazing innovator" by Mayor Cory Booker, "The Darling Of Disruption" by IBM CEO Ginny Rometty, an "Enthusiasm Force Multiplier" by Google's Vic Gundotra, music industry giant Jermaine Dupri says, "Daria is the kind of artist all young musicians should aspire to be" and after her recent TED Talk Chris Anderson simply said, "You moved us all."

She’s been featured by Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, Mashable, Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America. She's given two TED Talks, spoken and sung for SXSW, MIDEM, IBM, The GRAMMYs, Google and more. She’s now taking her online connection to the live stage - creating interactive global concerts everywhere she goes, hitting three continents already this year.

Recognized for her natural instinct for social strategy, marketing and innovative business ideas Daria has also been tapped to build social media campaigns for major NYC real estate company Stonehenge, Verizon, a major Broadway show, The Future Of Storytelling, MTV and more.

Daria is also passionate about give-back and social good. She works directly with The ONE Campaign, Save The Children, The School Fund and often lends her voice to projects and organizations making a difference in the world.

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. With more than 3,000 attendees expected at this year’s annual conference alone, the flagship event is the largest conference for women social media leaders in the world and has been described as “ComicCon for women who blog” by Variety magazine.

Elisa’s other major focus is to bring the story of BlogHer and the influence of the women in its community, to life via research, helping BlogHer’s customers glean critical insights about how women connect, share and behave online and off.  Elisa’s work leading BlogHer’s consumer insights team, as well as marketing and public relations, has resulted in coverage and profiles from many of the leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life in recent keynotes at Marketing to Women, MediaBistro Circus, Fem 2.0, New Communications Forum, BlogPaws and WOMMA Marketing Summit and sessions at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Before bringing her marketing expertise to the Internet industry, Elisa was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Her last corporate position was as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed a team of product managers and five product lines.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has been honored as an NCWIT Hero.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute. A native of the Bay Area, she lives in San Jose with her software developer husband.

Elise Bauer
Simply Recipes
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Elise Bauer
Simply Recipes
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Elise Bauer publishes the popular and award-winning food blog Simply Recipes. Ten years ago, after a twenty year career in technology marketing consulting, Elise created Simply Recipes to keep a record of what she was learning from cooking with her parents. What started as a hobby during the last economic recession has grown to reach over 10 million site visitors a month, and now Elise manages it as her full-time profession. These days Elise spends most of each day cooking, taking photographs of food, and answering reader questions. She knows it's not her life's purpose to be an online Betty Crocker, but that doesn't matter, she's having fun with it. Elise also founded Food Blog Alliance, a group-authored site for tutorials and tips for food bloggers.  You can find Elise on Twitter @simplyrecipes, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/simplyrecipes, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/elisebauer, and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/simplyrecipes.

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. Working for companies around the globe, she specializes in business alignment, company and product messaging and positioning, marketing strategy, and Public Relations. For the last 9 years, as CEO of StrategicLee Inc., she has worked with a number of companies including, Alcatel-Lucent, Atelier US, The Demo Conferences, dotCloud, Guidewire Group, Huddle.com, Idera, Marvell Semiconductor, NVIDIA, Objectivity/InfiniteGraph, Open Networking Summit, Pantheon, Rightware, SRI International, TrustYou and UBIFrance. A branding junkie, she is very interested in the effects of social media on personal and business brands and has given talks on the subject for Stanford University, the German American Business Association, the French Chamber of Commerce and others. She has served as a startup mentor for Spark Labs, the Chamber's Business Booster and Guidewire Group's Studio G.

Prior to founding StrategicLee, Erica has held marketing and PR positions with Blanc & Otus Public Relations, FOX Sports, Neale-May & Partners, The New York Public Library and Prudential Health Insurance of America. She was a journalist at award-winning City on a Hill Press and at talk show host at NPR affiliate KZSC. Erica holds bachelor's degrees in Politics and Journalism from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

An avid soccer fan, Erica tries to escape to see a professional match as often as she can. You can always find her at World Cup.

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. She has a wide range of experiences, including CEO of a startup called Stylefeeder/Top Ten Sources, appearing on Oprah's Book Club, working as a first grade teacher in the LA Unified School District, launching two successful Kickstarter campaigns and being published in Harvard Business Review. She lives in Boston with her husband, an MIT geek and gets occasional visits from her son who studies Meteorology at SJSU.

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.

Harry has been featured on Bloomberg TV, 20/20, The Today Show, the New York Times, and NPR and as a keynote speaker or panelist at CES, Mobile Marketing Association, Digital Hollywood, Mobile Media Summit and the AlwaysOn Conferences. Harry lives in New York City and holds seven patents on wireless technology. He graduated with honors from Harvard College.

Jadah Sellner
Simple Green Smoothies

Jadah wants to live in a world where your breakfast in the morning feels like a BIG yes.

As the co-founder of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com and a world changing mom, in less than 8 months after launching her website, she's grown her social media platforms to over 200,000 Instagram followers, 60,000 Facebook fans, 4 million page views, and 100,000+ subscribers who receive leafy love notes every week.

Jadah primarily teaches people how to rock the green smoothie lifestyle with plant-based recipes, and she's experimenting with helping moms build their passion business, but ultimately her work is about giving people permission to say yes to themselves.  

Her next two exciting projects: World Changer Profit Lab and Mamapreneur Mastermind Retreats, are coming to a city near you.

Jadah co-facilitates the Mamapreneur Mastermind Retreat at Bloom Retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area and also does touring workshops around the world with World Changer Profit Lab. With these two projects, Jadah helps people (especially moms) rethink the future of their business with creative ideas and step-by-step guidance.

Visit SimpleGreenSmoothies.com and fall in love with a healthy lifestyle with The FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge!

When's the last time your breakfast in the morning felt like a BIG yes?

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. Jenny is a veteran of every single BlogHer conference and is currently looking forward to sharing her expertise on working with BlogHer to market-proof your revenue stream at BlogHer PRO '13. 

Jenny is Vice President of Influencer Services at BlogHer, which means she gets paid to read blogs and get to know bloggers.  She thinks that she has the most awesome job ever.

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.

From the tiniest error message to a major launch announcement, every word that comes from a company contributes to its brand narrative. As a storyteller, Jessica crafts that narrative. She is singularly obsessed with the trafficking of words in the world—the words that we use publicly and what they mean. More and more, “publicly” means “on the Internet.”  

Jessica holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine. She also publishes non-fiction in various online venues and has an essay forthcoming in a book on the culture of childhood in nineteenth-century America.

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. Jim’s professional background encompasses over seventeen years of business development, marketing, and public relations experience, where he’s done everything from launching companies like Fiji Water, to helping Los Angeles County track child abuse treatment, to stalking Johnny Cash during a sound check.

On the personal side, Jim is the blogger behind the popular Busy Dad Blog. To the outside world, his blog is a repository of anecdotal parenting adventures with his two kids; to Jim, it is a roadmap that helps him piece together where he's been the past couple days, when he suddenly wakes up drooling and disoriented in his office. As BusyDad, Jim has worked with numerous consumer brands on campaigns as well as ambassadorships, including Huggies, Vicks, and Zatarain’s. He is also is active in conference circles, having served as a speaker/panelist at BlogHer, BlogWorld, Blissdom, Dad 2.0 Summit, Mom 2.0 Summit, Type-A Parent, Bulldog Reporter, and PR Newswire. Of course, he’s most proud of being a two-time BlogHer Voices of the Year honoree.

Having maintained a strict “separation of blog and state” throughout the past seven years, Jim’s position at Ketchum represents a bold new, oftentimes scary world to him. His personal and professional lives have collided head-on to form a single identity that’s the same online and off, office and home.

While this gives him the unique insight to develop campaigns from the perspective of both the marketer as well as the target audience, he can no longer tell his readers he is a ninja operative for the government – and his colleagues know of his undying allegiance to Princess Leia.

A native Bostonian, Jim holds a BA degree from Harvard University, a black belt in Shotokan Karate, a few Muay Thai trophies, and a whole lot of bumps and bruises to show for it… actually, those are from his kids.

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.

She considers herself a creative entrepreneur and is the self-published author of It Takes An Egg Timer, A Guide To Creating The Time For Your Life and a novel, The Secrets They Kept. Joanne contributes to The Huffington Post, ForbesWoman, and BlogHer. A two-time career reinventor, her previous incarnations include teaching in the public school system and sales and marketing positions for CBS and Time Warner.  She is also an Adjunct Professor in Digital Marketing at NYU with a passion for beaches, good wine and laughter.

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.

Jory frequently gives private presentations and training sessions to Fortune 500 companies and their internal and external strategy teams, bringing community insights and case studies directly to companies and agencies that are navigating the social media space. Leveraging her prior experience in both print and online media, Jory works within brand teams to deconstruct media models and to develop messaging and campaigns that resonate with bloggers, blog readers and brands.

BlogHer’s integrated sponsorship model, which combines live events and media channels, has grown to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

Jory is BlogHer’s representative on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Board of Directors, and serves on the advisory board of start-ups FeedBlitz and Juno Baby.   Jory also represents BlogHer at public speaking engagements, having keynoted such events as ad:tech Chicago and the Marketing to Moms Conference, and spoken on panels at events for the IAB, ANA, AMA and WOMMA and at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, BlogWorld Expo, the Monaco Media Forum, Girls in Tech and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Jory helped high-technology start-ups Pluck and Rojo develop the models to launch successful blog syndication initiatives and served as producer as Third Age transitioned from traditional web destination to a network of bloggers.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Jory lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jesse and their young daughters.

Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer
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Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer
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Julie Ross Godar is the executive editor of BlogHer. She's been at the best job in the world since 2008. Some highlights (so far) include co-editing the community food anthology Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It's Going; covering the political conventions in 2012; and discovering new talent every day.

Julie has over 20 years' experience in the editorial biz. Before BlogHer, Julie worked as a managing editor and freelance writer, mostly of food and travel stories.

Julie is also an obsessive reader, culinary camper, word nerd, and Jeopardy! champion. She lives in San Francisco.

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. During her eight years at CMD, Julie has brought a wealth of experience to strategic planning, working with content creators and social influencers, project management, social media practice and media training. Julie is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

 

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 sometimes exotic recipes in the tiny San Francisco kitchen she has outgrown, and has shared her cooking-related adventures online since 2008.  Although she could fill endless amounts of time researching, writing, cooking, tasting, discussing, and revising recipes on BatterLicker.com, as well as trying hundreds of new restaurants in San Francisco, she works full time as in-house corporate counsel at BlogHer.  Kristen is happy to hear from readers, and fellow lovers and makers of food and cocktails, and can be reached via facebooktwitterpinterest and email (batterlicker@gmail.com).

Maya Bisineer
MeMeTales
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Maya Bisineer is an entrepreneur. She founded MeMeTales to provide parents with tools to raise smarter kids. MeMeTales gives parents resources disguised as inspiration and kids learning disguised as mobile games. Last year, Maya officially relocated to the SF Bay area, raised funding and officially joined the entrepreneur bandwagon.

Maya's life before startups involved big companies, software development, architecture and technology strategy. Maya has been a speaker at several social media and tech conferences including Blogher 11, Blogher 12, Blogher 13, Blissdom, EVO, OReilly's Tools of Change, GeekGirlCon, WomenWhoStartup, 140Conf and more.

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. She loves mobile and social almost as much as she loves beauty, fashion, and California – though she’ll always her a Midwestern girl at heart.  When Monique isn’t building relationships at BlogHer, where she works as an Account Executive, she’s getting her Dailey Method on, or spending time with husband and their three 4-legged "kids," and lavishing attention on her ridiculously adorable nephew, Isaac. 

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. Paul was previously Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Westwood One and Corporate Director of the Digital Media & Interactive Division at Greater Media. Early in his career, Paul worked with venture capital and early stage startups in the evaluation and execution of their strategic growth and development opportunities. 

Paul holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an AB Honors degree from Brown University in Organizational Behavior and Management. He lives in Milton, MA with his wife and two sons.

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.

Purvi’s personal story with cancer and her passion, background and career in design and online media proved the natural inspiration to involve kids with cancer and art. What became the Kids & Art Foundation provides an outlet for children with cancer and their siblings to express their emotions through art, under the coaching and guidance of local artists. The resulting artwork, through auctions, supports the Foundation and other cancer charities.

Sarah Penna
Chief Creative Officer, Big Frame

Sarah Penna co-founded Big Frame, a media company and talent management firm in Los Angeles, at the age of 26. She now serves at its Chief Creative Officer. Less than half of a year into business, her company was named the “CAA for the digital set,” and is now one of the top networks on YouTube with over 300 talent signed and 11.3M monthly uniques. Sarah has been putting exceptional efforts into redefining the new Hollywood by producing TV-quality shows for the web. These efforts include Meridian - a sci-fi short film series starring Orlando Jones, Squaresville - a coming of age dramedy, and Sync - a science fiction action thriller about a special agent/body snatcher (launched by Big Frame as part of YouTube’s original channels initiative), just to name a few. Big Frame and its talent have been featured in the New York Times, Variety, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Forbes. Sarah was recently spotlighted in Huffington Post and also hailed as “the most influential new media entrepreneur you've never heard of” by ReadWriteWeb.

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.

She's been exploiting her three children and her mommy issues online since 2005 on her personal blog, Whiskey In My Sippy Cup Shannonigans {dot} co, yo. She's been involved with BlogHer at the speaker-level since 2008, and now serves as the Content Marketing Manager at BlogHer. She fills her idle hour(s) sitting on the Board of Directors of Violence Unsilenced, a domestic violence awareness non-profit and devising digital communication strategies for companies who are terrified of the internet. 

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. Morrison is a sought-out expert on women in America, and has made numerous appearances on the Today Show, among other TV programs. She is author of Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, which Kirkus Reviews called “candid and inspiring.” http://www.fallingapartinonepiece.com She is at work on her second book.

Morrison is also a dedicated domestic violence awareness advocate and has received numerous awards and honors for her work in this field, including the Safe Horizon Champion Award and the National Domestic Violence Hotline Vital Link Award. She recently became a founding board member of the non-profit Violence UnSilenced, a safe online community where abuse survivors can share their stories and receive community support. Her personal blog is called Filling In The Blanks.

Stephanie Liebold
Travelcraft Journal + Bold Avenue
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Stephanie Liebold
Travelcraft Journal + Bold Avenue
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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.

While she enjoys design work and being her own boss (most of the time), she missed writing. And having hobbies outside of work.

She recently launched Travelcraft Journal for the sheer joy of writing, making time to (attempt to) craft, and sharing her quirky excursions around her home state of Arizona, as well as destinations that are farther down the road.

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. She is currently on television multiple times a day in the Ninja Cooking System infomercial, and is a spokesperson for the product. Further information can be found at stephanieodea.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.

Recently, Stephanie made the move from Phoenix, AZ back to Silicon Valley to pursue her dream of building mobile health apps to help spread healthiness through smart devices.

Stephanie's blog work has appeared in iVillage Diet and Health, Livestrong, AOL Diet & Fitness, FOX News Health, USA Today, Reuters, About.com, Lifehacker, MSNBC.com Clicked, TechMeme, and Yahoo Tech. She has been written about in Wall Street Journal Digits, LA Times Food Blog, Women's Health, CNBC "On the Money," and PBS Media Shift.

Stephanie is the author of the books, "Back in Skinny Jeans," "Be Awesome on Twitter," and "Death of a Road Warrior."

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.

She is known for developing cutting edge digital and experiential marketing campaigns for an impressive roster of companies and professional sports teams like AT&T, JCPenney, GameStop, Brinkers (Chili’s), Nintendo, Nokia, RIM, LG, State Farm, Kimberly-Clark (Huggies), Frito-Lay (Doritos), Monster.com, The United States Air Force, the San Diego Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, and the San Antonio Spurs.

Her contributions as an internal entrepreneur as a founding member of MasterCard Worldwide’s Information Products and Services team still yield the company over $50 million in revenue annually even many years later! She is recognized as an international and US patent holder, for her work to identify behavioral patterns in purchasing data and predicting more profitable cross-marketing opportunities. She also led MasterCard’s mobile marketing, loyalty and commerce initiatives, including business development with major banks, mobile network operators, handset manufacturers and mobile wallet suppliers. Mrs. Mulry was a key member of the Corporate Strategy team leading up to the historic IPO of MasterCard Worldwide.

Mrs. Mulry lives in Northern Los Angeles County with a bunch of boys: her devoted and supportive husband Will, three sons and her dog, Danny. While she is enormously grateful for all of her blessings, please send sneakers, shorts, waffles and Legos because she can never stock enough of them. She’s been called a rose among the thorns and enjoys having girl time with her fabulous and ambitious friends.

Mrs. Mulry is available for speaking engagements at marketing, wireless industry, education and cause-oriented conferences, community group meetings and schools.

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. Her new book, Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message, shares her pioneering model from the acclaimed leadership program for making the journey from playing small—being held back by fear and self-doubt—to playing big, taking bold action to pursue what you see as your callings. Her work has been featured on national media from The New York Times to Today Show to Harvard Business Review, and has captivated women from all walks of life including Maria Shriver, Jillian Michaels and Elizabeth Gilbert.