BlogHer '14 Speakers

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A'Driane Nieves

In her past lives, A'Driane (friends and family call her 'Addye'-you can too!) was a Texas born military brat & junior dog handler with dreams of winning Best in Show at Westminster, a police officer in the United States Air Force, and a single mother. (She was also the only kid in 5th grade singing "Get Off," by Prince).

Nowadays she's a boy mom of 3, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of transparency and vulnerability, she owns her story by writing (and dancing) it all out on her blog, Butterfly Confessions. She survives the joys and madness with a carefully constructed cocktail of Lamictal, Twitter, Prince, and Jesus.

Aisha Sultan
Columnist/Home and Family Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist, blogger and home and family editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was a 2011-12 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied parenting and privacy in the digital age. She is a regular radio commentator and has appeared as a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC. Her work has appeared in more than 60 print and online publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She is frequently asked to speak at conferences related to journalism, writing and parenting.

AJ Wolfe
Owner/Cambrick Yard LLC and
AJ Wolfe
Owner/Cambrick Yard LLC and

AJ Wolfe is the owner of Cambrick Yard Media, an online media company creating high-quality, entertaining, and useful online brands and products. Topics currently covered by over 20 Cambrick Yard web properties include personal finance, social media, travel, current events and news, food, and philanthropy.

Alexandra Rosas
Blogger/Humor Writer/Memoirist/Speaker

ALEXANDRA ROSAS is a first-generation American who has been writing memoir and humor since 2006. In 2011, her life changed when she became part of the cast of LTYM Madison. She now produces and directs the LTYM show in Milwaukee. Alexandra has performed as a national storyteller with TheMoth, and is the Grand StorySLAM champion for Milwaukee. A BlogHer Voice of the Year four years running, she has been published in several anthologies. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, Purple Clover, MetroParent Milwaukee, and is an essayist for her local NPR station. A Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger, you can find her living online at her personal blog Good Day, Regular People, and offline with her husband and three children in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Ali Eteraz

Ali Eteraz grew up speaking Spanish in the Dominican Republic, then moved to Pakistan where he attended both a madrassa and a Catholic school, and eventually arrived in Brooklyn, from where he moved between eleven more states, ending up in California.

His debut short story collection, Falsipedies and Fibsiennes, is due out in September, 2014 (Guernica Editions). His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in storySouth, Chicago Quarterly Review, Akashic Books, Crossborder, and Forge Journal, among others. His first story, Tyranny, was a finalist for a Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. His latest story, The Price of Paradise, is about migrant laborers in the Persian Gulf.

Eteraz is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Children of Dust (HarperCollins, 2009). It was selected as a New Statesman Book of the Year and was featured on PBS with Tavis Smiley, NPR with Terry Gross, C-SPAN2, and numerous international outlets. The book grew out of his award-winning (now retired) blog called Unwilling Self-Negation.

He has also written for Jewcy, Alternet, and the Guardian. His most recent article, The Death of the Urdu Script, led to an invite with the Microsoft language team and won the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize judged by novelist and NYTimes book columnist Mohsin Hamid. Eteraz is also the managing editor of, a zine dedicated to master artisans.

Eteraz graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta and is a lawyer by training. He is an inhabitant of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto where he is at work on his next project.

Alicia Navarro
CEO and Co-Founder of Skimlinks

Alicia Navarro became an entrepreneur at an early age, with several ventures under her belt before Skimlinks. She studied technology, earning the university medal for Computing Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She worked for over 10 years with a series of telcos, media companies and startups, designing and launching mobile and internet-based applications in Australia and the UK. She eventually launched Skimbit, a company offering social decision-making tools, in London in 2007. The following year, at the heart of the financial crisis, she pivoted Skimbit into Skimlinks, after users and investors showed interest in the automated affiliate marketing technology she’d developed to monetize her site. She now splits her time between London and San Francisco.

Since 2007, Alicia has grown the company to over 60 employees across offices in London, San Francisco and soon, Tokyo; has raised $10m in venture capital funding; and last year, drove annual retail sales of $500M.

Alicia's vision for Skimlinks is to see online publishers rewarded for the role they play in informing purchase decisions, by removing the technical and administrative complexities that hamper would-be affiliates. This, she believes, will help evolve affiliate marketing into a mainstream ubiquitous revenue model.

Allison McDonald
No Time For Flash Cards

Allison McDonald is the founder of No Time For Flash Cards a popular education and craft blog for kids . A former preschool teacher turned mom Allison shows her readers how to make every day educational through play and art. In addition to spreading her love of glitter and children’s books to parents everywhere since early 2008 Allison also writes about family literacy for Scholastic Parents and hands on learning for PBS Parents.

Allison lives with her family outside of Seattle in a yellow farmhouse with a red door.

Ana L. Flores

Ana L. Flores has over 15 years of experience as a content creator and television producer, with a specialty in the U.S. Hispanic industry. After becoming a mom, she co-founded SpanglishBaby, the award-winning, go-to online community and resource for parents raising bilingual and bicultural.

In December of 2010, Ana appeared on the cover of Hispanic Business Magazine as “The New Face of Social Media," just one month after launching Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc, a boutique digital influencer marketing agency where she creates strategic content marketing and native advertising campaigns connecting brands and social causes with digital Latina influencers and bloggers. She began LBC as a one-woman show, launching the site, developing content and making connections with bloggers and marketers of prestigious Fortune 500 companies. She knew that the Latina marketplace deserved to engage more completely with brands, and that Latina bloggers could benefit from the opportunities and resources that brand campaigns make possible. Today, Latina Bloggers Connect is consolidated as the largest network of Latina bloggers in all verticals and the client list continues to expand.

Ana coauthored the book "Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America" and can also be found on her personal lifestyle blog, her weekly Babble Voices column, as a writer, and as a contributor and advocate of the Moms Clean Air Force and a United Nations Foundation Social Fellow. She’s also had the honor of presenting at conferences such as BlogHer, The Adelante Movement, LATISM, New Generation Latino Consortium, Blissdom, Hispanicize, Blogalicious, Digital Hollywood and BlogWorld Expo, and of partnering with LATISM to spearhead the Top Latina Bloguera Retreat in Washington D.C., where 70 bloggers were invited to receive a briefing at the White House.

Ana shares more of her personal life and insights as a Latina mom and entrepreneur on her blog

Angele Lafond
Founder & CEO, Shoebox-Be-Gone

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, the business at and the "stuff I don't want my mother in law to twitter-stalk" at

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!

Anita Sarah Jackson
Director of Social Media & Blogging,

Anita Sarah Jackson is the Director of Social Media and Blogging for Working across the organization, as well as with external policy partners, MomsRising's social media strategic development has become integrated with every campaign. Reaching out in both creative and tried-and-true ways, MomsRising's social media reach is now approximately 3.5 million, including an active, diverse and influential Facebook and Twitter following.

Anita leads the innovative social media campaigns that spur grassroots action, organizational growth and partnerships, and lawmakers' attention. Her social media strategies have also gained earned media for MomsRising, as with the coverage following their Tweetchat with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Anita earned her AB from UC Berkeley and her JD from American University's Washington College of Law, where she focused on women's rights and human rights.

Arianna Huffington
Chair, President, and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna Huffington
Chair, President, and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books, including the upcoming Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, to be published by Crown in March 2014.

Arianna launched The Huffington Post in May 2005, and the site quickly became one of the most widely read and frequently cited media outlets on the Internet. The next year, Arianna keynoted BlogHer’s second annual conference, also held in Silicon Valley. In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2012, the Huffington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.

Arnebya Herndon

Arnebya is a writer, blogger, and speaker. A technical editor by day, she is the writer behind the parenting/lifestyle blog What Now and Why, which she started in 2008. A winner of Washington DC's Larry Neal Writer's Award for fiction in 2006, Arnebya has been a BlogHer Voice of the Year twice (2012 and 2013, op-ed) and was a member of the 2013 Listen to Your Mother DC cast. Her work has been featured on various parenting blogs and in The Washington City Paper's annual fiction issue. An advocate for mental health awareness and self care, Arnebya spoke at HealthMinder Day at BlogHer ’13 on Self Care and Social Health: Mental Health in the Online Space.

August McLaughlin
Founder/Girl Boner

August McLaughlin is an award-winning health and sexuality writer, radio personality and creator of the empowering female sexuality brand Girl Boner. Her work has been featured by, Sexual Wellness News, DAME Magazine and more. Her first novel, IN HER SHADOW, a 2013 Indies for Excellence finalist, derives from her experience with anorexia while working in the fashion industry. August is represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and loves connecting with readers and writers throughout social media!

Barbara Dybwad
Director of Business Development, Engadget

Barb Dybwad has been living and breathing the online new media world for over a decade, sporting a career path through web development, professional blogging, virtual team management, business development, and executive leadership. She's currently the head of business development for top tech destinations Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW at AOL Tech.

Previous roles include VP of Content and founding editor at Tecca, Senior Tech Editor at Mashable, Director of Production at Crowd Fusion, Producer and Editor of Obsessable, Producer of the Joystiq network, founder of WoW Insider, Massively and Big Download, Senior Editor of Engadget, and Editor-in-Chief of the Social Software Weblog. Her work has appeared in Forbes,, CNN, ABC News, USA Today, and Yahoo News among others, and she is a regular speaker at industry events focused on topics in the fields of social media, technology, gaming, mobile, and virtual worlds.

Barb is a musician, information junkie, traveler, and gamer who enjoys being distracted by funny cats on the internet and following an obscene number of topics in scitech and beyond. She lives in the San Francisco Bay by way of Los Angeles and Ithaca, NY.

Beth Kanter
Author, Networked Nonprofit

Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Beth is an internationally recognized trainer who has developed and implemented effective sector capacity building programs that help organizations integrate social media, network building, and relationship marketing best practices. Beth is an expert in facilitating online and offline peer learning, curriculum development based on traditional adult learning theory, and other instructional approaches. She has trained thousands of nonprofits around the world.

She co-authored the book titled “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 that introduced the nonprofit field to a new way of working in an age of connected networks. Her second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, with Co-Author KD Paine, was published in October, 2012 and awarded the Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award for 2013. Both books have reached #1 on the list of nonprofit books on Amazon and used in college courses around the world.

She was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She is Visiting Scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2009-2013. She was a Society of New Communications Research Fellow for 2010.

She currently works a consulting providing facilitation, training, and capacity building for nonprofits, foundations, and government. Her clients include George Lucas Foundation, HHS, Knight Foundation, and others.

Betty Cahill
Content Creator /Delishytown

Betty Cahill is an organic gardener, writer, chef and comedian. She writes about cooking and gardening on her blog, Betty recently started an organic Edible Landscaping consulting business and loves helping people grow food in their own gardens.

Betty Cahill has been an improviser and comic since her early twenties and enjoyed a year as a featured performer and writer on SNL in 1991 and '92. She currently enjoys gardening, cooking, slinging food porn and writing about all of it in Southern California with her hilarious husband Michael Coleman, and two equally funny terriers.

While many people use Tumblr to drive traffic to their blog, Betty Cahill has always used her tumblr site as her main blog site. She believes strongly that the microblogging platform Tumblr provides allows for delectable food and garden photos, along with foodie stories and easy to follow simple recipes and gardening tips.

Brandi Riley
Sr. Manager, Community Relations / Collective Bias
Brandi Riley
Sr. Manager, Community Relations / Collective Bias

Brandi Jeter-Riley is the Sr. Manager of Community Relations at Collective Bias’ Oakland, California office. She is passionate about working with the thousands of bloggers who make up the Social Fabric community at Collective Bias. In her role, Brandi partners with clients and online influencers to create engaging digital campaigns, and has worked with national brands like Mars, Crayola, and Hallmark in her 2 years with CB. In addition to that, she is responsible for managing blogger engagement projects like the SoFab Champions ambassador program, and leads the Blogger Mentor program. Brandi has coached hundreds of Bloggers on everything from blog design to content and career planning. Brandi is dedicated to encouraging not only Social Fabric members but all women who want to share their stories online. In addition to working with Collective Bias, she writes for her own blogs, Mama Knows It All, and is the co-founder of the authentic support blogger group, Pushing Lovely. Brandi is a happy newlywed, and anxious, overbearing mom to an outrageously adorable, soon to be kindergartener.

Carrie Forrest
Carrie on Living

Carrie Forrest, MBA/MPH, is the author of the blog Carrie on Living (formerly Carrie on Vegan).

Carrie’s background is in non-profit healthcare fundraising. She holds masters degrees in business administration from the University of Southern California and in public health from the University of Massachusetts.

Carrie’s interest in wellness began over a decade ago to address the debilitating migraines, allergies, hormonal imbalances, and anxiety she was experiencing. After extensive research and study, she transformed her diet, substituting processed foods with whole, primarily plant-based ingredients.

In 2012, despite resolving most of her health issues, Carrie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She underwent surgery and is now living cancer-free.

Now a professional blogger, Carrie shares information on how to make healthy cooking easy and delicious while also discussing topics of intuitive eating and stress management.

Carrie lives with her husband and tabby cat in California. When she’s not washing kale for a green smoothie, she can be found looking at food porn on Instagram or attempting to not hurt herself on the yoga mat.

CeCe Olisa
Plus Size Princess
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CeCe Olisa
Plus Size Princess
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Once upon a time, there was a Plus Size Princess Named CeCe who left her West Coast kingdom to live on the magical island of Manhattan.

She soon discovered that New York life as a curvy girl had its ups and downs. Can CeCe fulfill her passions, love her body, find love, and score the perfect pair of wide calf boots? In New York City, anything is possible… As seen on Wendy Williams, Refinery29, FOX, CNN, Marie Claire, Huffington Post, NPR and more!

Charlie Capen

Charlie Capen is co-founder of -- an entertainment site for dads, moms, and those with no plans of procreating, whatsoever. A colorblind, undisciplined multi-hyphenate living near the outskirts of Los Angeles, Charlie was raised in captivity atop the hills of San Francisco as the son of a roaming radio DJ father and executive power mom. As a father of two boys who’ve never let him sleep more than two hours at a time in the past five years, Charlie has since become allergic to sleep.

Not so much a “how-to”, but a “how-not-to” site, is centered around two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity as they navigate fatherhood and try to look smart doing so. Last year, Charlie co-authored a best-selling parenting book, "The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions: Survival Tips for Co-Sleeping Parents” through Random House. They aren’t experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending.

Charlie’s work has appeared on the front pages of AOL, Buzzfeed,, Huff Post Parents, Art of Manliness, BabyCenter, Babble, Neatorama, Laughing Squid, Reddit, and a host of other websites that smell delicious. He currently presides as Director of Online Engagement at 20th Century Fox Television.

Cheryl Contee
CEO/Fission Strategy & Co-Founder of

Cheryl Contee, CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. Cheryl co-founded #YesWeCode with Van Jones and Amy Henderson to help low opportunity youth to become high quality technologists. She was also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl was recently named as an Affiliate of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011 as did Black Enterprise. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digita l strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco.

Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, C-Span, BBC, Current TV, MSNBC and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Focus100/Digital Undivided, Guttmacher Institute, Citizen Engagement Lab and Public Radio International. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.

Cheryl Dumesnil

A poet, memoirist, and blogger at Huffington Post and VillageQ, Cheryl Dumesnil writes from the crossroads of parenthood, politics, suburbia, and lesbian life. Her books include an award-winning collection of poems, In Praise of Falling; a memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood; and the anthology Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, co-edited with Kim Addonizio. Dumesnil has taught creative writing for over 20 years, at universities, festivals, and writers conferences. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife Tracie and their two sons.

Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Cherylyn Harley LeBon is a lawyer and public affairs executive with almost 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C. and is the President and CEO of KLAR Strategies. She provides grassroots/coalition development, strategic counsel, and media strategy to executives, corporations, trade associations, and non-profits.

She has worked as senior executive in the federal government and as a Vice-President of Public Affairs for a national trade association where she directed media and communications strategy; health coalitions, and corporate partnerships. Additionally, Cherylyn served as a Senior Counsel with the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee and was responsible for judicial nominations, the Department of Justice oversight, and civil and human rights.

She writes about policy, business and legal issues for a variety of publications and serves as Co-Chair of Project 21, leadership network with the National Center for Public Policy Research. Cherylyn is a regular guest and commentator on nationally broadcast radio and television programs.

Cherylyn was a Research Guest and Lecturer at the University of Bremen Law School in Germany and has lectured across the U.S. and Europe on American business, leadership, and policy issues. She was formerly an adjunct public policy professor with the Washington Center in Washington, DC. Cherylyn is a 2013 graduate of Georgetown University’s program in Executive Leadership Coaching.

Chloe Spencer
Online Entrepreneur
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Chloe Spencer
Online Entrepreneur
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Chloe Spencer is a 23-year-old internet entrepreneur who started her first business at 14 years old,, a fan site on the Nickelodeon-owned site Neopets. Multiple pages of her blog gained more than 5,000 comments. Chloe monetized her page-one Google rankings and thousands of daily pageviews into cold hard cash with Google AdSense at age 15, making her tens of thousands of dollars passive income. Today, no longer a Neopets fanatic, Chloe is working as an individual consultant for web development, SEO, social media and content marketing. She also has several new projects in progress, including an information product and a fashion website. Chloe also blogs for the Huffington Post, Lip-Sticking and New Directions In Computing, as well as her personal blog,

Chloe has spoken at BlogHer, SMX West, Ypulse, DMA, BlogWorld & New Media Expo, SES, BlogPaws, and SMOC. She’s presented live on Denver’s 9News to an estimated 1.2 million viewers, and she appeared on the Bay Area’s ABC7 News. Chloe also appeared in The Capital Times Newspaper, and was interviewed by Blog Talk Radio, WebProNews, ClickZ, Tech Smith, ProBlogger, ReelSEO, Blogger Stories and Business Week Magazine. In 2008 Chloe was on the list of Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs Under 21.

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.

Christine Candelaria
Freelance Writer, Producer
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Christine Candelaria
Freelance Writer, Producer
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Christine is a freelance writer, producer and on-camera talent who loves telling stories through video (and her blog if she ever finds the time). She lives in Santa Cruz, California where the motto is "Keep Santa Cruz Weird." She is doing her part by homeschooling, raising her family vegetarian, and all without a TV! Christine’s work includes producing her own NBC Universal / iVillage cooking show and marketing travel locations through creating digital content that enhances the travel experience for families. She was selected in a nationwide search to become one of twelve “iVoices for iVillage” in 2010 and her digital clients have received “Best of” awards for her marketing strategies, video content and production skills. From shooting video on her smart phone to directing a crew, Christine has one bit of advice: speak up, don’t babble, dab that oily forehead and look straight into the camera!

Cynthia Liu
K-12 News Network

K-12 News Network is a civic tech endeavor that helps citizen media makers support and strengthen neighborhood public schools through watchdog journalism, grassroots reports and updates, and use of online advocacy tools that enable strong civic engagement.

We've helped communities pass a parcel tax that funds school extras, enabled high school students to mobilize 5,000 community supporters who sought, and got, a new initiative in the Mayor's office to partner with city, businesses, and school districts to create apprenticeships that lead to jobs. We supported a year-long investigative journalism effort that peeled back the hidden costs to the public of a poorly-thought out plan to buy iPads for students, and when school board official threatened to tank the re-appointment of the chief watchdog, we helped galvanize community members to petition the school board and keep the watchdog in place.

Finally, in one week we rebuilt a maliciously-hacked website that provides important information to parents seeking to opt their children out of damaging and incessant high-stakes testing -- and we gave them more and better online organizing features than it had before.

We believe social media can be a tool for meaningful civic engagement and we coach parents, teachers, students, and community members who help public schools thrive.

Cynthia Samuels
Partner, The Cobblestone Team
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Cynthia Samuels
Partner, The Cobblestone Team
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Born in the first of the Baby Boom, Cynthia has always identified with two groups: women, and her early boomer tribe, with whom she’s shared new ideas and values, new music, (very) occasionally new drugs, and new ways of relating to their parents. Later they sought equal rights for minorities and for women, and created new ways to raise their kids and to be citizens.

She’s loved politics for most of her life, (starting with a massive JFK scrapbook she kept in junior high,) and began her working life as press secretary to the 1968 anti-war presidential campaign of Senator Eugene McCarthy before moving to journalism.

An early netizen, she arrived online just as Mozilla was released and learned how to live on the Web by crashing panels at early LA web conferences like Digital World, Internet Word and Siggraph.

She’s been a BlogHer member since 2006 and has worked with bloggers through entities as diverse as Echo Ditto, The Center for American Progress, TiVo and Previous online experience includes a lengthy stint at iVillage, where she designed and then supervised Education Central, an education sub site, and extensive collaboration on Internet safety issues, later serving as iVillage’s Washington editor. She’s also worked with Amazon, EXCITE, Jim Henson Interactive, Universal Studios, CNN, and The Women’s Media Center.

Her pre-Internet journalism experience includes nine years at the TODAY SHOW, seven at CBS News and three at NPR. Author of It's A Free Country, a Young Person's Guide to Politics and Elections, which is she in the process of transforming into a website/eBook, she has published numerous New York Times and Washington Post book reviews as well as many other articles and reports.

Presentations and appearances include BlogHer, Campaign Tech and Campaign Tech West, SF.girls, Exceptional Women in Publishing, NetRoots, the TODAY Show; Good Morning America, the Center for Innovative Learning Technology; America Links Up; Net Day DC; Net Day LA; Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Children's Interactive Media Festivals, which she produced, as well as scores of legislative testimonies, television, radio and print interviews and media appearances.

Cynthia and her husband live in San Francisco, near their two sons, both in the game business, their wives and their grandchildren. This is her seventh BlogHer Conference.

Cynthia Sanchez
Oh So Pinteresting

Cynthia Sanchez is the CEO and founder of Oh So Pinteresting. She and her team work with businesses to create and implement Pinterest and social media solutions. Her clients range from companies in the sports apparel industry to Beverly Hills jewelers. She is an iternational speaker, writer and podcaster. She has been featured by Social Media Examiner and Entrepreneur as a leading Pinterest expert.

Dana Rudolph
Founder and Publisher

Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian, a GLAAD Media Award-winning blog for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents, covering a mix of parenting, politics, diversions, and resources. She also writes a regular “Mombian” column for several LGBT newspapers around the country, and has reported on a variety of other LGBT political and legal topics for both mainstream and LGBT publications. She has been a speaker at numerous LGBT and blogging events. She also created and hosts the annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day blog carnival, now in its ninth year, in which all LGBTQ bloggers and allies may participate by posting in support of LGBTQ families.

Dana began her career in Internet content development, strategy, and marketing during the first dotcom boom, and has worked at a startup, a Fortune 100 corporation, and a non-profit, in addition to her freelance work. Her current day job is as the online content manager for the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum at the Wellesley Centers for Women, a program that trains teachers, parents, and community leaders to lead seminars that widen and deepen curricula and make communities more inclusive. (In her Mombian work, she speaks solely for herself, not her employer.) She balances parenting, job, and blogging in the Boston area with her spouse of 21 years and their 10-year-old son, who inspires her work.

Danae Ringelmann
Co-Founder and CFO of Indiegogo

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest funding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives.

Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered publicly traded entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank.

Danae was listed on Fast Company’s “Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology” in 2011, and was named one of Fortune's "40 Under 40" in September 2013 and featured in ELLE Magazine’s Top Women in Tech in 2014. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world,including TEDx, Le Web and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America's Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013.

Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower. She currently resides in San Francisco.

danah boyd
Microsoft Research

danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She is also the founder and president of a new think/do tank called the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research examines the intersection of technology and society. Currently, she's focused on research questions related to "big data", privacy and publicity, and teen culture. Her 2014 book - "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" - has received widespread praise from scholars, parents, and journalists.

Danielle Smith
Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is a former award-winning television news anchor and reporter turned digital correspondent, lifestyle entrepreneur, host, spokesperson, media trainer, lover of all things video and public speaker who lives to empower women to utilize the power of social and media to follow their passions. She is the author of two books, Social Media Engagement for Dummies and Mom, Incorporated and is the founder and primary author of and She hosts and produces the original lifestyle series ‘Keeping Style in Your Life' and is proud to be a contributor to well-known online magazine, SheKnows. She has emceed events that included guest appearances by the First Lady, Michelle Obama and Martha Stewart. Additionally, she does regular media appearances, has worked as a Red Carpet correspondent at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the 2011 ProBowl in Hawaii and 2010 Winter Olympic Games on beha lf of P&G and has championed the fight against Child Hunger, working directly with the Con Agra Foods Foundation. As a result of her work, Smith has been featured nationally on the CBS Early Show, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and in USA Today, Forbes, and Publisher's Weekly.

Dannielle Owens-Reid
Co-Founder, Everyone Is Gay
Dannielle Owens-Reid
Co-Founder, Everyone Is Gay

Dannielle resides in Los Angeles, and has been working with LGBTQ young people for over four years as the co-founder of Everyone Is Gay. She holds a BA in Theater Performance, and also worked extensively in the world of social media, working for and heading up social interactions for Virgin Mobile on the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour in 2012. She created the blog Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber, and recently co-authored the book This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, with business partner, Kristin Russo.

Darryle Pollack
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I never signed up for this…..
is the title of Darryle’s blog, TED talk, and upcoming book, in honor of all the times she has said those words.

Throughout her life Darryle has been a pioneer: one of the first women to graduate from Yale; breaking ground as an award-winning television journalist; an early adopter for her generation in blogging and social media, and founder of WHOA! Network, an online platform showcasing women midlife and beyond.

One thing Darryle didn’t sign up for is the topic of the post she read as BlogHer Voice of the Year: that women become more invisible as they age. She continues to be far from invisible, as a writer, speaker and relentless supporter of vital, involved women at any age.

Darryle also didn’t sign up for cancer, which transformed her life and transformed her into a breast cancer survivor and activist who led a lawsuit to save a breast cancer vaccine. Cancer also introduced Darryle to mosaics, and to become a mosaic artist, including her collection of Boobalas, which she calls “thinking outside the bra.”



Deb Rox
Entertainment Editor, BlogHer

Deb Rox is the Entertainment Editor for and co-host of BlogHer's annual Queerosphere party. In addition to writing, she consults and trains on diverse communications and management topics including community development and social media and works on a diversity of blog-related projects including the Listen to Your Mother Show. She blogs at Deb on the Rocks and Tweets way too much at @debontherocks

Deborah Jackson
Founder and CEO, Plum Alley

After graduating from Columbia Business School and joining Goldman Sachs, Deborah spent 21 years on Wall Street before founding Plum Alley, an e-commerce and crowdfunding site for women's innovation. Also a Founder of the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in women-founded mobile tech companies, Deborah's initiatives and properties all have a common goal: to champion women to become builders of technology, companies and their own wealth.

Deborah is a frequent speaker, and judge for many events around innovation, women, technology, crowdfunding and entrepreneurship. She was recently named a top influencer in the crowdfunding industry, and in the past year, has spoken for the Texas, Boston, and Philadelphia Conferences for Women; Blogher Entrepreneurs; Harvard Business School; Columbia Women in Business; Wharton Women in Business; Womensphere; We Festival; and 85 Broads. Her accolades include Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women in 2012, 40 Women to Watch in 2013 and Plum Alley being named by Forbes as a company to watch in 2014.

Deborah has served on numerous governmental, charitable and national non-profit boards during the last 20 years such as Legal Momentum, Heart and Soul Charitable Fund, and French American Aid for Children.

Her achievements have been recognized in publications and organizations including: Fast Company, League of Extraordinary Women, August 2012; Forbes, Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs, August 2012; Columbia Venture Community CVC 30 list, November 2011; Mashable 44 Female Founders to Know, August 2012. Additionally, Deborah has served as a judge for numerous competitions including Startup Weekend, Technovation, Columbia Social Entrepreneurs,, Columbia Business Odyssey and Women 2.0.

Demetria Lucas
Author; Creator,

Affectionately known as "Belle”, Demetria L. Lucas is the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life (Atria); the creator of the award-winning personal blog; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where Demetria helps clients solve their dating dilemmas and build healthy relationships. Demetria is also a contributing editor for The Root, where she pens two weekly dating and relationship advice columns, "Ask Demetria” and “She Matters”, and is a contributing writer for the websites of The Grio, XO Jane, Essence, Clutch, Vibe Vixen and Uptown.

Demetria was named one of “the Blogosphere’s Best” by Black Enterprise Magazine, selected among "30 Black Bloggers You Should Know" by The Root, picked as one of's “40 Fierce & Fab Under 40”, and featured as "The Best of Brooklyn" by Brooklyn News 12. Additionally her debut book, A Belle in Brooklyn, was nominated for “Best Self Help” at the 2011 African-American Literary Awards, and her blog was awarded Best Personal Blog in the 2010 Black Weblog Awards.

Since being dubbed “the Black Carrie Bradshaw” in a Washington Post profile, Demetria has become a sought after media personality and speaker. She’s appeared on The Today Show, The Anderson Cooper Show, The Dr. Drew Show on Headline News, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Issues with Jane Velez on Headline News, and the Oprah Radio Show. She’s also been a guest speaker at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Howard, NYU, and Spelman College; and a hostess at the Essence Music Festival, the Fort Greene Music Festival, Circle of Sisters, For Sisters only and many more. Demetria was also featured in the 2012 photo exhibition Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora.
Demetria is the former Relationships Editor and dating columnist at Essence magazine, and has been a freelance writer for The New York Times, The Guardian, People, VIBE, XXL, Black Enterprise and ESPN the Magazine. She's blogged about her dating experiences for and been a book editor for Harlequin and BET Books, where she edited national bestselling and award-winning romance authors.

She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English, then earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from New York University. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on her second book, Don't Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love. . Follow Demetria on Twitter: @abelleinbk

Doug French
Co-founder, Dad 2.0 Summit

Doug French is a writer and single dad who began blogging in June 2003. He is also co-founder and organizer of the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. He has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, SlateThe Huffington Post, and Parents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. In July 2010, he co-created When The Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with his ex-wife. She and he and their two sons live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Elaine Plummer
R.N., B.S.N.
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Elaine Plummer is a loving wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother, loyal friend and consummate professional. She wears her heart on her sleeve and freely expresses her views in her writing.

During her 26-year career at the Procter & Gamble Company, Elaine Plummer was a global external relations manager, media spokesperson, communications expert and researcher. Her areas of expertise included teens, women and family health. Ms. Plummer was part of the team that developed P&G’s teen website, Though retired from Procter & Gamble, she serves as one of the site’s women’s health experts answering questions from women and teens about periods, puberty, menstrual protection products and other health topics.

Working alone and in partnership with Davidson Communications and External Relations, Ms. Plummer has been responsible for projects involving strategy development, media training and public relations for a variety of organizations, such as The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation and Speaking of Women’s Health. She has a soft spot in her heart for projects that are pro women and families. She was also involved with the “Not One More Child” Campaign with the Surviving Parents Coalition and the National Association to Protect Children. In 2008, Ms. Plummer was asked to co-lead public relations for the International Adoption Center of Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati. From 2010 to 2011, Ms. Plummer provided medical information to health care professionals and consumers as a nurse specialist for a large global pharmaceutical company. Her work involved identifying adverse events, educating consumers and partnering with health care professionals in their effort to provide quality care to patients.

For twelve years, Ms. Plummer served on the board of Greater Cincinnati's Women Helping Women. Women Helping Women is a unique, nonprofit provider of crisis intervention and support services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Additionally, she has served on the board of Cancer Family Care of Cincinnati and The Dragonfly Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing comfort and joy to kids and young adults enduring cancer and bone marrow transplants. Ms. Plummer has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since 1987.

In the blogging world, Ms. Plummer’s goes by the name, elaineR.N. There, she mostly focuses on health and well-being. Her humor shines as she offers information on topics, focused on women’s health. Every once in a while, you can find her blogging about current events, family happenings and holiday celebrations.

Elan Morgan
Blogger and Designer

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from (, spreads gratitude through the Grace in Small Things ( social network, celebrates quality blogging with the Canadian Weblog Awards (, and speaks all over. She has been featured in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

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

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, on Instagram at, and on Pinterest at

Erica Diamond

Erica Diamond is the leading Women’s Expert in Lifestyle, Entrepreneurship, Parenting and Balance. Erica Diamond, Certified Success and Life Coach, is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Award-Winning Women’s Lifestyle Brand Women On The Fence®,, Weekly Parenting Correspondent on Global TV, Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Huffington Post contributor, Spokesperson, and Author of the women’s entrepreneurial book, 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Starting Their Own Business. Most recently, Erica founded the Global Get Off The Fence Movement inspiring people worldwide to get off the fence, get unstuck and thrive.

Erica Diamond has been named to the coveted list of The Top 20 Women in Canada as well as FORBES Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Women In Business on Twitter. Erica Diamond was the Spokesperson for National Entrepreneurship Day and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.

Erin Gleeson
The Forest Feast
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Erin Gleeson
The Forest Feast
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Erin Gleeson worked as a food photographer in New York City for several years before moving to a cabin in the woods in Northern California in 2011. There she started the blog, and now cookbook, The Forest Feast, featuring simple, colorful, vegetable based recipes. Each recipe is presented visually, with minimal text, and Erin’s own photography, watercolor illustration and handwriting guide you through the steps to make each dish. Erin also teaches photography and Photoshop at the college level and works as a freelance food photographer, shooting for books, magazines, newspapers and restaurants.

Esta Soler
President and Founder, Futures Without Violence

One of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, Esta Soler is a pioneer who founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. With offices in San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C., Futures Without Violence has set the pace for innovative educational programs, public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to prevent and end violence against women and children worldwide.

Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence, then Family Violence Prevention Fund, was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000, 2005, and 2013. Now, she is mobilizing partners to respond to the epidemic of sexual assault on the college campus – and continuing her efforts to pass the International Violence Against Women Act to prevent gender-based violence on a global scale.

Soler is an advisory board member to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a joint initiative between Duke University and University of California—Los Angeles, and until recently was a trustee for the Blue Shield of California Foundation. She has been a consultant and advisor to numerous public and private agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Soros Justice Fellowship Program, the Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations in American Government initiative, the Aspen Institute, and more.

Soler’s many awards include a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California Public Health Heroes Award. She is also the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and the Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award from the Employment Law Center in San Francisco for pioneering work on behalf of women and children. Soler holds an honorary doctorate from Simmons College in Boston.

Feminista Jones
Love & Sex Section Editor,

Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker and sex-positive Black feminist woman from New York City. She is an award-winning writer and blogger who focuses on health and well-being, specifically in areas of mental health, sexual health, and physical health. She is currently the Love & Sex section editor at She also co-hosts a podcast called This Week In Blackness: After Dark, which discusses topics related to sex and sexuality from a sex-positive approach. Feminista has been featured in online publications as a contributor to and columnist at, and has been syndicated in and

Feminista has also been regularly featured on Huffingpost Live, has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Exhale Show on Aspire Network, and her work has been featured on MSNBC (Melissa Harris-Perry and All In with Chris Hayes).  In 2013, Feminista was a UN Foundation Fellow and a Shorty Award Finalist in #SocialFitness. Feminista has spoken at BlogHer '13, Princeton University, Columbia University, and will be a panelist and Ignite KeyNote speaker at NetRoots Nation '14.  She has been a guest on several radio shows and will be featured at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit '14 and at Dartmouth College in the fall. Feminista is divorced, is a mom, and Feminista doesn't sleep.

Francheska Medina
Hey Fran Hey

Francheska (Fran) Kahlo Medina is a lifestyle blogger born and raised in Harlem, New York. After years of struggling with a painful Kidney complication, Fran was inspired to heal herself through natural home remedies and alternative medicine. Highly motivated by the positive outcome, Fran became a fierce advocate of clean eating, fitness, and DIY health and beauty. As a result, she founded in January of 2011 which has become her soundboard for inspiring others to practice healthy living. The site promotes a wellness experience through nutritional and affordable recipes, fitness motivation, daily Q&A’s, and natural beauty tips ranging from acne aid to transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Fran also hosts YouTube tutorials on natural living to over 100k+ subscribers. Featured in the Huffington Post, Refinery29, Essence, Vibe, Vibe Vixen and Ebony, Fran hopes to continue making health information easily accessible a nd comprehensive for all.

Grace Hwang Lynch
News & Politics Editor, BlogHer

Grace Hwang Lynch is a journalist, blogger, and photographer. With a background in television news reporting, she founded the website HapaMama in 2008, to give a voice to Asian mixed-race family issues. She is also the News & Politics Editor for BlogHer. Her work has been published on Salon, PBS, and InCultureParent. She has been quoted as a cultural critic in the Wall Street Journal and Cleveland Plain Dealer and was nominated for a Social Media Award by the Women's Media Center.

Grace Sandra

Lioness-hearted, big dreaming, Jesus following, Mama, blogger, author, advocate, community activist & natural hair enthusiast from the D!

Guy Kawasaki
Author; Chief Evangelist, Canva

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Hank Shaw runs the James Beard Award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, which explores wild food whether it's foraged, fished or hunted. He is also the author of two cookbooks and his work has appeared in magazines ranging from Field & Stream to Food & Wine. He lives near Sacramento, CA.

Heidi Ferrer
CEO Paper Girl Productions

Heidi Ferrer is a screen and TV writer and the founder of the popular website

Girl to Mom has a regular audience of over 35,000 unique monthly visitors in 178 countries and averages 300,000 to 400,000 page views per month.

The site was voted one of the “25 Funniest Mom Blogs” by Circle of Moms.

As a screenwriter, Ms. Ferrer has been successful for over a decade. Amongst the relatively small percentage of female writers in Hollywood, her personal earnings have topped 1.3 million dollars.

Ms. Ferrer’s first Hollywood "spec" screenplay sale was in 1997, when her script The C Word, sold to producer Arnold Kopelson, (The Fugitive, Seven, Best Picture Oscar winner for Platoon), and 20th Century Fox Studios.
Since then, she has sold and optioned many original screenplays, as well as having been hired to re-write other feature projects, for studios including: Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, and New Line Cinema.

In TV, she has written two episodes of the TV series Dawson's Creek, that have aired many times on both national and international television, as well as an episode of the ABC TV series Wasteland.

She is currently co-writing an original TV pilot that was optioned by Muse Entertainment and Southwell/Neal Entertainment.

The producers in the movie and TV business she has worked with include: Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's 11, 12 and 13), Arnold Rifkin (The Whole 10 Yards, 16 Blocks), Debra Martin Chase (Courage Under Fire, The Cheetah Girls, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (writer of Legally Blonde, producer and writer, The House Bunny), Greg Berlanti (Brothers and Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money), and Kevin Williamson (Scream, Dawson's Creek).
Heidi’s movie Princess premiered in April 2008 on the ABC Family Channel to three million viewers. It was the top rated cable movie in that month, in the key demographics of women 18-34, and females 12-34.

Ms. Ferrer self-published her first novel, Crooked Love in 2012. It’s available on and Kindle and is based on the true life story of her own young son Bexon’s rare form of potentially fatal scoliosis and a mother’s race to find a cure before it’s too late.

After ten miraculous and lifesaving body casts, her son’s spine has gone from 63 degrees to virtually normal, with no surgeries. He is nearly cured and is thriving.

Heidi lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband Nick and son Bex.

Isabel Kallman
Alpha Mom

Isabel Kallman is the founder and chief at Alpha Mom, an online parenting website. Isabel and Alpha Mom have been featured by leading national media such as USA Today, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Forbes anointed Alpha Mom one of the Top 10 Mommy Hood Gurus and Parents Magazine named Isabel one of the ten "Power Moms." Before launching Alpha Mom, Isabel spent a decade at a leading Wall Street firm working in international investment banking and equities. Isabel lives in New York City with her husband and eleven-year-old son.

Jane Park
Founder & CEO, Julep Beauty
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Jane Park
Founder & CEO, Julep Beauty
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Jane Park CEO of fast growing beauty brand Julep Beauty, the world's fastest growing multi-channel beauty brand. Prior to starting Julep, Jane was an executive at Starbucks and also worked with the preeminent global strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group. Jane was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She now lives with her husband and two children in Seattle, Washington. Jane received her B.A. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jayne Heinrich
Blogger, The Naptown Organizer & A Full Clipboard
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Jayne Heinrich
Blogger, The Naptown Organizer & A Full Clipboard
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Jayne has been blogging since 2011 at The Naptown Organizer blog - an organized, natural parenting blog - as well as recently created, a resource for medical and adult/geriatric speech language pathologists. As a mother of two very young children and wife of seven years, Jayne fully enjoys blogging as a creative outlet to feed her own soul after caring for everyone else's - gladly!

JC Little
The Animated Woman

Montreal-based JC Little is an award-winning story artist and animation director, with a career spanning more than 30 years. Her background includes new media, commercials, feature films, and the Disney-syndicated and Gemini-nominated kids’ TV show My Life Me. She is best known online as The Animated Woman and draws regularly for her personal blog of the same name at Her playful style, wit and ability to illustrate tender moments have earned her two BlogHer Voice of the Year Honours and three 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards, and she’s just launched her first picture-book The LAST Snowman. JC lives in a messy house with her lovely British husband and three fantastically opinionated children.

Jen Lee Reeves
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Jen Lee Reeves is passionate about social media and advocacy. She is the national social communications trainer at AARP and is the founder of a special needs community, Born Just Right. Reeves trains how to use social media and communicate across platforms. She also shares stories and lessons as a parent of a child who was born with a physical difference. Reeves regularly speaks on the power of social media in business, journalism and the higher education world. She often focuses on ways to improve digital literacy across all generations.

Reeves is married with two kids and a new puppy. She is a fan of technology, running, travel and photography.

Jenni Chiu

Jenni is a writer and vlogger best known for her 68% humorous blog - She is also making a name for herself in the video world as a "Mommaloguer" for SheKnows and with her own YouTube channel - JenniChiuTube.

Jenni has contributed to the Huffington Post, Randi Zuckerberg's Dot Complicated, Felicity Huffman's What the Flicka, and Mamalode magazine. She has also recently joined the Babble Bureau network at Disney Interactive Family.

She was named a Voice of the Year in Humor and presented at the 2011 Community Keynote. She was also a Voice of the Year in 2013 in Op-ed.

Jenni has a passion for social media, people that dance, and bravery. She lives in the Bay Area with her two boys, husband, and two lesbian dogs.

Jennifer Burden
CEO & Founder, World Moms Blog

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Blog, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Blog currently writes from over 20 countries, has over 50 contributors, is a volunteer effort and was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 and 2013." Also in 2013, World Moms Blog was called a "must read" by the New York Times Motherlode.

Jennifer is the stay-at-home mother to two young girls, a UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign Champion and an advocate for #ONEMoms. She was also a member of a delegation to Uganda to view UNICEF's family health programs with Shot@Life in 2012 and a UN Foundation "Global Influencer Fellow" in 2013. She also co-created the #Moms4MDGs twitter campaign that extended from July 2013 to March 2014 to raise awareness on all 8 of the UN's Millennium Development Goals to help eradicate extreme poverty. Her writing has been featured by Shot@Life, Huffington Post,, and The Gates Foundation's "Impatient Optimists." She has also spoken by request of the UN Foundation in NYC and Washington, DC.

Jennifer can be found on Twitter @WorldMomsBlog and @JenniferBurden.

Jennifer Evers
MM&J Consulting

Hello! I’m Jennifer Evers, President and founder of MM&J Consulting. I’m a social media specialist, providing social media marketing, training and event promotion for individuals and businesses.

I got my start in social media somewhat unexpectedly. Following my lifelong love of travel, I was studying at my local community college to become a travel agent. It was there that I first got truly involved in social media … and I was smitten. I put my travel agent plans aside and I haven’t looked back yet.

In 2011, I created the lifestyle blog Me, Myself and Jen ( My work there focuses on family, parenting and travel, as well as product and brand reviews. As the blog has grown, I’ve become a respected voice in the blogging community, and I’m now a regular contributor to Chicago Parent Magazine.

By 2013, I realized that with my specialized knowledge and in-the-trenches experience, I could help others learn how to navigate the complex and often confusing world of social media. I founded MM&J Consulting, and the response has been amazing.

Through MM&J, I’ve worked with charitable organizations, travel and tour operators (my travel agent training comes in handy!), retail and consignment stores and local celebrity personalities. In our first year of business, MM&J was named semi-finalist for “Most Awesome Mom-Run Businesses” for the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards. I’ve made several appearances on the pages of Naperville’s Glancer Magazine, the “Not So Soccer Mom” web radio show, the Daily Herald newspaper, CBS News Chicago, and the LIVE! With Momma Cuisine Cooking Talkshow in a segment called “The Scoop”, where I talked about trending topics in pop culture.

In a nutshell, I love to help people connect. I would love to learn more about you, too. You can contact me directly at I look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer L. Pozner
Women In Media & News; Reality Bites Back

Media critic Jennifer L. Pozner is a journalist, author, and the Founding Director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), which increases women’s presence and power in public debate through media analysis, education, and advocacy.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry called Jennifer’s book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, “required reading for every American girl and woman.” Cecelia Lederer, writer for “The Colbert Report,” describes Reality Bites Back as “insightful, funny, fun…Everyone who owns a TV, or plans to interact with anyone who owns a TV, needs to read this book.” Jennifer also produced, co-wrote and starred in the satirical media literacy web series, “Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn.”

Jennifer’s freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Ms. magazine, Elle Canada, Macleans, In These Times, Bitch magazine, Salon, and AlterNet, among many others. She has delivered media commentary on CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, HLN, FOX, NPR, CBC…and “The Daily Show.” And, because she's a sucker for punishment, she's gone head to head with the most blustery boys of cable news, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough.

Jennifer has served as an advisor and featured analyst for several documentaries, including the award-winning OWN film Miss Representation, interviewed alongside Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Delores Huerta, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice,and Margaret Cho.

A noted media literacy educator, Jennifer has spoken on gender, race, class, and sexuality in the media – and facilitated media literacy workshops -- at more than 200 schools, conferences, non-profits and businesses across the United States, Canada, Turkey, and the United Nations. (Some talks include “Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV Is Bad for Women…and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex, and sheer common sense”; “When Anchormen Attack: Sexism & Racism in Election Coverage”; and “Hillary Clinton Is a Size 8 & Other Useless Things I Learned From the News”; among other topics related to journalism, entertainment, advertising, media policy, and their effects on a slate of social justice issues.) Additionally, she conducts media trainings for gender and racial justice groups including Women for Afghan Women, SPARK, NOW, YWCA, and others.

Forbes named @jennpozner one of “20 Inspiring Women To Follow On Twitter.” She cribbed her personal motto from Ani DiFranco: “I fight with love, I laugh with rage. You gotta live light enough to see the humor, and long enough to see some change.”

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.

Jenny Lawson
Author, Blogger

Jenny Lawson is best known as The Bloggess.  Her humor blog is irreverent and has developed a huge cult following.  Her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir is a #1 NYT bestseller which has been translated into too many languages for her to keep up with.  Her writing has been lauded on CNN, People, Time Magazine, The Today Show and more.  MSNBC calls her an “internet rockstar” and Forbes repeatedly lists as one of their Top 100 Websites for Women.  She once fell on Katie Couric, who still called her “Hilarious.”   She writes often of her struggles with mental illness and it's possible she'll be doing her keynote while hiding under a table.

Jill Krause
Creator, Baby Rabies

Jill Krause began blogging at 7 years ago, when her baby fever became serious.

Since then, she's been recognized by Vogue, Time, and Babble for her writing on her blog and across social media. She's been featured on the Huffington Post and, and has been a guest on Raising America and News Now. She's also a regular contributor for The Broadcast- a lifestyle TV show in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

Jill also speaks to audiences around the country about the power of giving yourself permission to change as a parent, blending her extensive background in public speaking with motherhood.

She's passionate about capturing big and small moments through the lens of her camera, and is always working on improving her visual storytelling by learning all she can about the craft of photography.

All that glamourous stuff said, she mostly smells like sour milk, and thinks a trip to Target with 3 kids is the equivalent of a hike up Mt. Everest in flip-flops.

Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR
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.

Jo White
Founder, Mediamum

Jo White is an academic and entrepreneur who researches the ways people connect and use information communication technology to 'get things done'. Her Masters thesis (2010) considered the engagement and effect a Nestle-sponsored weekend event had on attending bloggers and their communities.

Jo is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she works in Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis). She specializes in ethnographic methods to investigate why and how people connect and mobilize in response to disasters.

Her dissertation work looks at how people with animals use social media during disasters. Jo has published on the work of pet advocates during Hurricane Sandy, who used Facebook to reunite animals with their families. Other work completed includes the online response of horse experts to the needs of a ranch in Northern Colorado following the devastation caused by the 2013 floods, resulting in the evacuation of 38 horses to a temporary ranch on the plains. She brought researchers and practitioners together to create maps of Fairgrounds in two counties of Colorado that will assist the public in evacuations, and is currently completing work on a high fidelity prototype of an animal evacuation app that will be used to help with intake, monitoring and release of animals in disasters. She holds FEMA certifications, and is an engaged member of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps as well as the Douglas/Elbert County Animal Response Team.

Jo is a proven entrepreneur, having sold her first company at 22. She's a graduate of the inaugural Founder Institute in Silicon Valley. On her blog, Mediamum, Jo highlights contentious and passionate areas such as immigration and women's issues, and her adventures as an Australian mum living in the US. While she has two adult kids in Sydney, and two teens in the US, she spends a ton of time in online chat.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado and loves hiking the foothills of the Rockies with her beloved dog, Jet.

Johanna Stein

Johanna Stein is a writer/producer/director/forward/slash/abuser whose work has appeared on CBS, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, PBS, HBO, Oxygen, The Movie Network, UPN, VH-1, CTV, and The CBC. Her directing credits include “We’re With the Band” for Comedy Central; and the short film, “Sorority Sluts 3: Spring Break! (The Outtakes)” which played at film festivals across the country and is far less porn-y than it sounds. Johanna has appeared in movies (including David Lynch’s “Mullholland Drive” and “Shoot or Be Shot” opposite William Shatner); and on such TV series as “The Late Late Show”. She has written for award-winning children’s shows like “O’Grady” and “Word Girl”, as well as Disney’s newest animated series, “Wander Over Yonder”. Most recently Johanna completed production on “Life of Mom”, a 24-episo de web-series that she created, wrote & starred in for Yahoo!

In addition to her work onscreen, Johanna’s comedic essays can be found in The New York Times, Parents Magazine, the anthology "Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine" – and soon in a bookstore near you: her first book “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane (& Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source)” comes out April 29th.

Johanna has a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg and is a proud dropout of the American Film Institute’s MFA program. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and a tiny dog who once ate a couch. For more information:

Jordan Page

Jordan Page is the creator of the popular finance and frugal living blog, "; where frugal gets a facelift". After bouncing back from tough financial times with record-breaking speed, her mission is to bring the new definition of "frugal" to the world and personally prove that being frugal actually allows you to DO more, HAVE more, and LIVE more than you ever thought possible. Her no-holds-barred writing style and simple and effective budgeting methods have gone viral, and have been noted by the likes of LifeHacker, SheKnows, and even TLC. She and her husband Bubba live in Utah with their 3 kids (that she had within 3 years! Yies!) and 110lb dog, and enjoy movie nights at home and dance parties in their kitchen.

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,, 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 DeNeen
Fabulous Blogging
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Julie DeNeen
Fabulous Blogging
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Julie DeNeen is a full-time web designer and blogger, making her mark on the Internet with a tech blog called Fabulous Blogging.

Julie's specialty is teaching tech to people who hate tech. Her blog covers everything from design to Wordpress to the awful sinking feeling of what to do when a blog isn't going the way you'd hoped. With a degree in Clinical Psychology, Julie enjoys the "whys" of blogging just as much as the "how".

An award winning lifestyle blogger as well, she was chosen as Anderson Cooper's blogger of the day in 2012 and appeared on Anderson Live several times, as well as the BBC World Have Your Say radio program. Her most recent piece about her confession as a Social Media Addict was featured in the New York Times Sunday Style Section.

Off the Internet, she is a mom of three, a musician, foodie, and theater buff.

Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer
Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer

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.

Jyl Johnson Pattee
Founder/CEO, Mom It Forward

Jyl Johnson Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward Media, a digital agency and network of social media influencers. She is also the co-founder of the evo Conference (2010-12), the founder of Family Forward Retreats and Events, and was on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City (2010-11). Currently, she sits on the Mom Advisory Council for, is a Shot@Life Champion with the United Nations Foundation, was named one of Parent Magazine’s Top 10 Power Moms, and was on Babble’s list of Top Twitter Moms.

Through her Mom It Forward company, Jyl provides unique media opportunities to companies and organizations that want to reach influential parents online. She also consults regularly about using social media to extend brand reach to parents, including dads and millennial moms.

In a past life, she was an award-winning copywriter, designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies, and PTO president. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two boys; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Kamy Wicoff
Founder and SheWrites Press

Kamy Wicoff is the founder of, the world's largest online community for women writers. She is also the founder, with publisher Brooke Warner, of SheWrites Press. Kamy's first book, the bestselling "I Do But I Don't: Why The Way We Marry Matters," was published by DaCapo in 2006. Her first novel, "Wishful Thinking," about a divorced mom who gets an app on her phone that allows her to be in more than one place at the same time (the superpower every woman needs), will be published by SWP in April 2015. Her work has appeared in, and has been anthologized in WHY I’M STILL MARRIED: WOMEN WRITE THEIR HEARTS OUT ON LOVE, LOSS, SEX AND WHO DOES THE DISHES (Hudson Press, February 2006), and ABOUT FACE: WOMEN WRITE ABOUT WHAT THEY SEE WHEN THEY LOOK IN THE MIRROR (Seal Press, June 2008). Kamy lives in Brooklyn with her sons, Max and Jed.

Kara Swisher
Executive Editor, Re/code

Kara Swisher is currently the co-CEO and co-owner of Revere Digital, with Walt Mossberg. It is a tech and media news company that publishes the Re/code site and also puts on a series of Code Conferences, which features prominent speakers from the digital industry.

Revere has minority investments from NBC News and Windsor Media.

Katherine Stone
Founder, Postpartum Progress

Katherine Stone is the founder and publisher of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression and new moms’ emotional health. Katherine is also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with maternal mental illness.

In 2014, she won the Iris Award for her philanthropic work in the parent blogging arena. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. AND, she's been a question on Jeopardy.

Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post among others. She often speaks publicly at such events as SXSW, BlogHer, the Mom 2.0 Summit, and many women’s health events. Prior to joining the world of posters and tweeters, she spent seven years in marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

Kathy Cano-Murillo
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Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, artist and founder of the award-winning site, She is celebrating her 12th year of blogging! Her art and crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers, including Bloomingdales, Target, and Michaels. She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, including Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing and the novels, Waking up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing. She has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR, and now has an extensive Crafty Chica product line. Kathy lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and four Chihuahuas. Her mission is to spread positivity through creativity.

Kelly Wickham
Guidance Dean/Writer

Kelly Wickham is a public school administrator at a technology magnet school. She is a writer who pens the blog "Mocha Momma" where she writes about being a teen mom, education issues, and the intersection of race.

Kerrie Mendoza
Owner, Family Food and Travel
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Kerrie Mendoza
Owner, Family Food and Travel
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Kerrie blogs at Family Food and Travel. Kerrie loves, writing, travel, photography, and fabulous food and has combined all of her loves into her blog. Having traveled to over 30 countries Kerrie is a passionate traveler, food enthusiast and avid cook and baker. Kerrie is a mom of twin boys who remind her everyday about what’s important in life and who are her favorite traveling companions.

Kerrie is always working to improve her photography, her balance and finding time for the little things in life. With over two years of blogging under her belt and many years of writing, recipe creation and traveling she is thrilled to speak at Blog Her about tips and tricks for organizing in your first year of blogging.

Kerry Thompson
Skin & Tonics

Kerry’s passion for interactive design sprouted when both she and the Internet were just babies. She got her start in 1998 as a multimedia designer, and later fell in love with the principles of user experience (UX) design after working with an agency that helped spearhead the movement. Since then, she’s worked on high profile projects for a wide range of clients including Fidelity Investments, First Citizen’s Bank, ActionAid USA, and EMILY’s List. She currently leads the UX design efforts at Lulu Press, where she focuses on making it easy for enthusiasts and independent authors to share what they love with the world.

Kerry also researches, writes, and designs for her popular skin care focused blog Skin & Tonics, which provides insights, guides, and reviews for fellow ingredient obsessed skin care geeks.

Kerry Washington
Actor, Activist, Style Icon

Emmy nominated Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless actress who continues to shine on both the big screen and small.  A native of The Bronx, Washington has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film.

In television, Washington currently stars in the hit ABC drama “Scandal.”  For this role, Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African American woman to a headline a network TV show since the 1974 short-lived series “Get Christie Love.” In 2013, Washington earned her first primetime Emmy award nomination for her portrayal of Olivia Pope.  She was also awarded an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and the show won for Best Drama.  The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service.

An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009.  She also is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Kim Demmon
Editor / Today's Creative Blog
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Kim Demmon
Editor / Today's Creative Blog
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Kim is the editor and owner of Today's Creative Blog, and InspirationDIY as well as a monthly guest on ABC Katu AMNW Morning Show in Portland Oregon as their Creative Expert. Kim represents a creative lifestyle with ideas for DIY crafts, home decor and delicious meals. From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son and middle-aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable adolescent Labradoodle, Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. "Life is more fun when it's creative!"

Kimberly Blessing
Director of Technology, Think Brownstone
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Kimberly Blessing
Director of Technology, Think Brownstone
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Kimberly Blessing is the Director of Web Development and Technology Consulting at Think Brownstone, an experience design firm based in the Philadelphia area. In her 20-year career on the Web, Kimberly has evangelized design, code, and accessibility best practices while holding senior engineering and management roles at Comcast, PayPal, and AOL. She has served on the W3C HTML and CSS Working Groups and was a member and co-lead of the Web Standards Project, the grass roots organization that helped the web standards movement get beyond the “browser wars”. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College (B.A., Computer Science) and The George Washington University (M.Sc., Computer Science), Kimberly is also a passionate advocate for increasing the number of women in computing and technology fields.

Kristen Howerton
Rage Against the Minivan

Kristen is a professor of psychology, mom of four, and the founder of the blog Rage Against the Minivan.where you might find musings about the impact of the skinny jean on Kristen's self-esteem, her tendency to spill food on her laptop, and her inappropriate crush on Jon Stewart. She also indulges in sleep-deprived rants about parenting, poop, adoption, politics, race, religion, social justice, and various other subjects that her mother warned her not to discuss in public.

In addition to her own blog, Kristen is a regular contributor to Disney's parenting site Babble, as well as to Huffington Post and OC Family Magazine.

In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

Kristina Chew
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I started blogging about my teenage son Charlie in June of 2005. I've never stopped -- and thanks to blogging, I am now Online Advocacy and Marketing Manager at Care2. Prior to this, I taught taught ancient Greek and Latin for 20 years at universities on the East Coast and the Midwest. My essays on autism and disability studies have appeared in the Guardian, the Chronicle of Higher Education and in a number of collections including the recent Worlds of Autism: Across the Spectrum of Neurological Difference.

Laura Mazer
Executive Editor, Seal Press

Laura Mazer is a veteran book editor and publishing consultant. Before joining Seal Press as executive editor, she was the managing editor of Counterpoint and the executive editor of the imprint Soft Skull Press. In the 1990s, she was the managing editor of Creators Syndicate, the international agency that represents some of the most widely published opinion writers around the globe, including Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Susan Estrich, Benazir Bhutto, and more. Laura was also a senior editor at Brill's Content magazine, and served as the special sections editor at the Los Angeles Times. She currently sits on the advisory board of The Op-Ed Project.

Laura Otto
Mount Mary University

Laura Otto is an Associate Professor of English at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate blogging, creative writing and journalism courses. She spearheaded the development of the University's new Writing for New Media major and recently created a series of new media/blogging courses for that program.

Laura is also the co-founder of Key to Admission (, a college admissions essay review service. She also works as a freelance writer and editor for lifestyle magazines, business newspapers and other publications.

Laura earned an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University - Bloomington and dual BA degrees in English and Rhetoric from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Through the process of teaching (and putting into practice) a range of writing genres and forms, Laura has discovered that many of the "tips and tricks" traditionally taught to budding novelists and poets can help bloggers achieve power, lyricism and detail in their blog posts.

Lauren Drell
Branded Content Editor

Lauren Drell is Mashable's Branded Content Editor. In her role, she develops, writes and edits custom content for a range of Mashable's advertisers, including Samsung, Marriott, AmEx and Gap. She joined Mashable in February 2011 as an Assistant Editor. Lauren is from Los Angeles, but adopted the East Coast as home after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. As if New York weren't cold enough, she headed to Chicago for a year to earn her MSJ from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism (and eat deep-dish pizza). In her free time, Lauren can be found Instagramming @Franklinpup, doing a #newthing and spotting typos for Spelchekt.

Laurie Luck
Smart Dog University

Animal trainer. Entrepreneur. Blogger. Puppy raiser. Teacher. Pooper scooper.

Laurie Luck has many titles, but everything revolves around her love of working with dogs and their people. After getting her formal education in learning and behavior, Laurie made her love of dogs her profession by becoming an animal trainer.

Finding success in her profession, she began to teach others -- both dog owners and professional dog trainers -- and really found her niche in blogging and video production. The stars of her instructional dog training videos are her own dogs, as well as the puppies she raises for service work.

Raising puppies for Service Dogs of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, is the most fulfilling aspect of Laurie's work and she's the proud raiser of more than 16 service dogs. She chronicles the first year of a pup in training, including the ups and downs, the training, the work, and the challenges -- and the hardest part: saying goodbye to a dog you've loved and raised for the past year.

Laurie has almost twenty years of immersion in the world, a M.A. in psychology, has served as President of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), and is Faculty of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. She's been invited to speak at local and national educational events, she contributes to local and national publications, and is forever open to learning.

She lives with a very patient husband and three released service dogs in the Baltimore Washington metro area.

Lindsey Shepard
VP of Sales and Marketing/GoldieBlox

Lindsey Shepard was Debbie Sterling’s first hire at GoldieBlox where she currently holds the title of Rainmaker and Resident Mom.

GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers, is a book series+construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines.

In her role as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at GoldieBlox, Lindsey facilitated fundraising efforts when the company turned to Kickstarter for launch. GoldieBlox raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and went on to pre-sell over $1,000,000 of toys before a single unit was ever shipped. Lindsey then brought GoldieBlox from Kickstarter to national distribution with Toys ‘R Us in less than 6 months.

As a mother of two young kids, Lindsey has spent the last several years performing one "life-hack" after another, proving that engineering is a lifestyle, not just a degree. She has made it her mission to empower women to recognize that they are so much more than the titles on their business cards or their appointed position at the PTA. She hopes to reach the woman that are raising the girls of GoldieBlox, and to encourage them to embrace their natural inclination toward innovation and invention.

Prior to GoldieBlox, Lindsey served as the Director of Sales for Lori Bonn, a national jewelry company. For the past 15 years, she has also served as a professional jewelry buyer, a photographer, a writer, an executive sales trainer, and a changer of diapers.

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at As principal architect of BlogHer’s distributed, cross-platform media business, Lisa developed innovative models for profitable, premium online media, and for recognizing and compensating a new wave of content creators.

Lisa has shepherded the company 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,, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa began developing new social media business models during her tenure as the first Internet journalist awarded a coveted Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2002. Lisa first blogged as part of her 2004 election coverage for the Los Angeles Times, the same year she developed and launched the first sponsored blog network for Lisa’s expertise and vision has led to numerous innovations in the social media space.

Prior to the Nieman Fellowship, Lisa was among the early drivers of some of the most successful online communities and interactive programming for women. As the executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for, Lisa grew the 18-channel network to a Top 30 site and oversaw all original programming and the development and integration of content community initiatives with Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO’s Sex and the City, Bloomberg, and Gallup and Knight Ridder. 

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.

Lisa has been honored among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2010), the Most Powerful Moms in Media by Working Mother Magazine (2010), AlwaysOn Top 25 Women in Tech (2009) and the Influencers of Silicon Valley by the San Jose Mercury (2009). She is a frequent speaker at leading industry events, including the Montgomery Technology Conference, Online News Association Annual Conference, EconWomen Summit, Fairchild|WWD Summit, Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, Supernova and the AlwaysOn Summit.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Lisa is a member of the Advisory Boards for both the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communications. She lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Lissa Rankin
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Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. She is on a grass roots mission to put the "care" back in health care, and to heal our broken health care system - one doctor and one patient at a time.

Discouraged by our broken health care system and curious why some patients do everything "right" but still wind up sick, Lissa set out to discover why some patients experience miraculous cures from seemingly incurable illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. She researched what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness - not just diet, exercise and standard healthy behaviors, but everything else. What she uncovered in the mainstream medical literature led her to develop a type of medical practice she terms "Whole Health Medicine," based on the scientifically-proven healthy behaviors she shares in Mind Over Medicine. She is now leading a health care revolution to empower patients to heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such medical "miracles."

Lissa's work is featured on a hit public television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, which aired nationwide. She also delivered three popular TEDx talks, and she is on the speaking circuit with Hay House's "I Can Do It" conferences. Lissa's work has also been featured on over 30 television shows, over 50 radio shows, and in publications such as O Magazine, the New York Times, Health, Women’s Health, Forbes, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Fox News, Huffington Post, People, Woman’s Day, WebMD, and CNN.

Liz Henry
Geek Her

Liz Henry is a freelance writer and memoirist living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has written for xoJane, TODAY, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, BlogHer, The Broad Side, Aiming Low, NBC News and more. Liz is a contributor to "The Myth of the Good Mother" from Seal Press; and was voted a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2012 and 2013. She was a cast member of Listen to Your Mother in 2011 in Philadelphia. Her video work has been seen on iVillage and NBC affiliates in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia.

Liz is one of the 2% of teen moms who graduated college before turning 30. She rarely pants and counts Henry Rollins, Grumpy Cat and Oprah as inspirations. She's fueled by Diet Coke.

Lucrecer Braxton

An award-winning photographer, vlogger and mixed-media artist Lucrecer draws inspiration for her work from everyday life and her three amazing children.

She has been a photographer for over fourteen years and fell in love with it after taking a continuing education class. Since winning her first photography contest, she has had numerous photographs published. Lucrecer has been commissioned to create art journals as part of a collaborative project with Bowling Green State University’s art department as well as had many of her original art pieces published in magazines and books. Now, her focus is on helping people see how amazing they are through the portraiture and how to embrace their awesome by telling stories with their pictures.

Lucrecer is a smart, passionate and motivating speaker. Her pursuit of living a full life has led to a variety of speaking, workshop-leading and panel discussion opportunities. She delivers soul-stirring messages that motivate people to do their best and never give up.

Lucrecer was born in Georgia and is southern girl at heart. Having lived in a variety of cities and countries such as Montana, Florida, England and now Ohio, she credits her constant moving around with molding her sense of adventure.

Luvvie Ajayi
Awesomely Luvvie

Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, humorist and digital strategist who believes in using the power of technology for social change. A ten-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind, covering everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to social issues and life’s random adventures. Her latest website is, where she writes about all things geekdom.

She is also the Executive Director of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls using red shoes as a symbol of empowerment.

Luvvie is a columnist for TheGrio, has contributed her writing to XOJane, EBONY, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine, and has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times,,,, Black Enterprise, The Root and more.

She was winner of the 2012 Women’s Media Center Social Media Award, a 30 under 30 JET Magazine honoree, and is one of Babble’s 25 Bloggers Changing the World. Luvvie is an alum of the University of Illinois.

Lynnee Jimenez
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Lynnee Jimenez
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Lynnee Jimenez (Co-Founder/Co-Blogger) manages business operations for Club Chica Circle but is best known for being dangerous with a glue gun. She is most comfortable with her label maker and checklist in hand. Her background in finance and management with companies of all sizes- from start-up mode to Fortune 100- give her grounding. You will find her balancing life with her tween daughter, Miranda, or her twin-preschool aged sons while also rooting on the University of Illinois teams from afar in Palo Alto, CA. She shares a passion of hiking the Grand Canyon with her husband, Ed.

Margaret Dilloway
American Housewife

Margaret writes novels about family relationships, published by Putnam Books: SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS (winner of Best Women's Fiction from the American Library Association), and HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. Margaret lives in southern California with her three children, a Goldendoodle named Gatsby, and her husband, a former Army Ranger.

Maria Guido
Associate Editor, Mommyish

Maria Guido is a writer and photographer who calls Brooklyn, NY home - even though she doesn't live there anymore. She makes parents everywhere feel better about themselves via her blog, Guerrilla Mom, and as a regular contributor and Associate Editor of Mommyish. Her work has been published on many parenting sites, including Essential Baby, Momtastic, Mamapedia, Essential Kids and Huffpost Parents. She used to be cool. Her kids don't care.

Maribel Lara
Account Director, Social Media Marketing, VaynerMedia
Maribel Lara
Account Director, Social Media Marketing, VaynerMedia

Maribel is an Account Supervisor at VaynerMedia in New York City. During the day she supports fortune 500 brands in developing and executing paid, owned and earned strategies across social channels like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and YouTube. In her spare time, you can find her tweeting as @Latina_Sweetie or blogging at Qué Pasa NYC where she writes about what’s cooking in her kitchen and the experiences that keep her ticking. Maribel holds an MBA from Baruch College, The City University of New York, an MSEd in Higher Education Administration (she worked in Education for 7 years before making the switch) and a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Tufts University (Go Jumbos!).

Martha Rebour
Deputy Director, Shot@Life

Martha Rebour joined the United Nations Foundation in June 2014 as Deputy Director of Shot@ Life. In this position, Martha oversees the campaign, manages the communications and marketing, and supervises the campaign team members. Martha has 15 years of experience in strategic branding, digital and social media marketing, messaging, creative development, partnership building and consumer research for corporate and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Martha ran her own marketing firm – MBR Marketing – where she directed strategic planning and marketing for clients such as the InterAmerican Development Bank, Ogilvy Public Relations, National Geographic, PBS and the Institute for Conservation Leadership. She received her Master’s degree in French from New York University and taught French at Sidwell Friends School. Martha is passionate about healthy living and also has a degree in Holistic Nutrition from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In her spare time Martha enjoys cooking, reading contemporary fiction and spending time traveling and being outside with her family.

Maya Bisineer

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.

Meiko Patton
Career Consultant / Copywriter
Meiko Patton
Career Consultant / Copywriter

MEIKO S. PATTON is as a writer/editor for the federal government, federal career consultant and principal blogger at She is also the author of 52 Ways To Get Paid More & Promoted Faster: How-To Tips for Federal Employees.

Melanie Feehan
Manager Influencer Programs 360pr

Melanie is a veteran blogger who understands all things social media. As an author of two successful blogs and a syndicated newspaper food column, she’s keenly aware of the ins and outs of content promotion.

With vast experience on all of the popular social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, Melanie knows what it takes to get content in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

As a bonafide foodie, Melanie’s favorite thing to do is cook. And in her spare time that’s pretty much all she does which makes perfect sense when you take into consideration that she is the mom of four perpetually hungry children including two teenage sons.

Her biggest bucket list item is to visit Paris sans children and eat her way through that magnificent city without a caloric care in her mind.

Melanie Perkins
Co-Founder & CEO, Canva

When she was only 19 years old, Melanie co-founded her first company Fusion Books, now the largest yearbook provider in Australia. Melanie’s vision for the future of design, helped lead her to launching Canva. In addition to being a passionate entrepreneur, she is an avid traveler and has backpacked around the world.

Melissa Barnes
Head of Global Brands, Twitter

As Twitter’s influence grows around the world so too does the marketing opportunity for global brands. In her leadership role Melissa is focused on accelerating the success of Twitter's top global partners through her work with C-level executives and their global teams. Her goal: drive measureable business results through more robust activations at the market level, as well as scaled worldwide.

Previously Melissa was a senior vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, where she lead the consumer digital team and helped companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, BMW, Tommy Hilfiger, Hyatt and others cut their teeth in social business planning. She has deep experience in developing long-term strategy, content and community management models and managing crises within social media.

Melissa graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. She is @MelissaBarnes on Twitter.

Monica Barnett
Blueprint for Style
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Monica Barnett is the author of a newly released style guidebook called "Without Saying A Word: The Silent Power of Style". In addition, she is the chief image curator behind her brand Blueprint for Style and runs a style blog for professional men and women under the same name.

She has been doing wardrobe styling and image consulting for over 11 years and has dedicated herself to this profession full-time for the last 6 years. In her time, she has appeared on television and in written media including, The Washington Post,, and WUSA-9 to name a few. When she is not working with individuals curate their outward appearance and businesses to create more style savvy staff, she is traveling and representing various brands across the country. Her work with major corporations like Time, Comcast and NBC Universal focuses on getting staff and employees to "show up with their A game" for work.

She's also part of Vogue's Influencer Network, a member of Lucky Magazine's Style Collective, and a personal shopper for Saks Fifth Avenue.

She believes that when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, people notice.

Her mission is to step lightly across continents, share style, and find beauty in others.

Morra Aarons-Mele
Women Online

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of Women Online and The Mission List. She helps mission driven clients from Obama for America to AARP create online campaigns that mobilize women. She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat, and launched Wal-Mart’s first blog. She was founding Political Director for, and has written for BlogHer as well as The Harvard Business Review Online, The Huffington Post, MomsRising, The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She has covered events from the White House to the campaign trail to Harvard Law School in her role as a blogger on women, politics, and work.

During the 2004 Presidential Election, Morra was the Director of Internet Marketing for the Democratic National Committee. After the 2004 election she founded Edelman’s digital public affairs team where she worked with Fortune 50 clients. Morra has degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School and Brown University.

Myriam Joire
Chief Evangelist, Pebble

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.

Natalia Oberti Noguera
Founder & CEO/Pipeline Fellowship

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company's Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as's "25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech." Women's eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider included her on its 2013 list "The 30 Most Important Women in Tech under 30." You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

Natalia Simmons
Owner/Ma Nouvelle Mode
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Natalia Simmons
Owner/Ma Nouvelle Mode
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Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

Natasha Nicholes
Owner - Houseful Of Nicholes

Natasha wishes that Chicago stayed a nice 75 degrees year round, except on Christmas. It's allowed to snow then.

As a wife, mom of four, and writer, she's been given pretty awesome opportunities that she occasionally lets her husband and kids ride her coattails on.

When she’s not homeschooling, cleaning,sewing reading, or attending church, you can find her drooling over Bruno Mars, Benedict Cumberbatch or Will Smith. If she's not talking about that, she's napping. Because napping is important.

You can find out more about Natasha on her blog Houseful of Nicholes where she documents her crazy world of six as often as she possibly can.

Neeti Madan
Literary Agent, Sterling Lord Literistic
Neeti Madan
Literary Agent, Sterling Lord Literistic

Neeti Madan has been an agent for over 15 years and represents a wide range of authors, among them #1 New York Times best sellers Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) and Lisa Lillien (Hungry Girl), Container Store Founder and CEO Kip Tindell, biographer Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, and novelist Tommy Hays. Her books run the gamut from the commercial to the cerebral. She is drawn to memoir, journalism, history, popular culture, business, lifestyle and virtually any intelligent writing on intriguing topics.

Neil Kramer
Citizen of the Month

Neil Kramer is a writer, photographer, and a blogger at his personal site, Citizen of the Month. He lives in New York City. He has worked with Disney Television and HBO films. He’s currently working on a screenplay. He posts a lot of photos to Instagram.

Nellie Bowles
Reporter, Re/code

Nellie Bowles is a reporter for Recode covering tech culture and trends.

Patrice Lee
Generation Opportunity

Patrice Lee, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, is the Director of Outreach at Generation Opportunity where she works to promote economic opportunity for Millennials. Patrice has held various policy and media roles in Washington D.C. She also held consulting roles as a speech writer for a United Nations spokesman and a manager for a student travel program to South Africa.

Born in the Caribbean, Patrice grew up in Boston, MA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in international relations from Boston College. Patrice’s unique background fuels her passion to defend freedom and faith in America.

Patricia A. Patton
Blogger, Writer, Entrepreneur
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Patricia A. Patton
Blogger, Writer, Entrepreneur
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Patricia A. Patton is the principal content creator at BoomerWizdom, a blog focusing on health, travel, and technology. On her website she coaches individuals and conducts group classes for those who are reimagining their lives in meaningful and entrepreneurial ways. Via this site, she also partners with corporate and non profit clients who wish to extend their reach to her community of readers . Educated as a linguist and trained as a creative analytic who worked in hospitality and in tourism for a foreign government, she brings a cosmopolitan understanding to the question of what is meaningful in life and a passion for lifelong learning. She began blogging in 2008 as a healthy living entrepreneur on the Jersey Shore where she sold wild salmon burgers, wheat grass shots, and smoothies beachside in competition with hamburgers and french fries. She lost this battle and as a result now fancies herself an expert in the busin ess knowledge that failures bring. She lives close to the ocean with Jinji, her Bouvier des Flandres, grows food in the summer that she cooks and maintains an exciting electronic bi-coastal relationship with her grandson Seu. She is presently launching, a site for modern grandmothers like herself.

Patricia Haddock
The Successful Professional

Patricia Haddock turns your passion into profits by creating a product and service gold mine. As expert content and product strategist, she helps you:
- attract the customers you want
- create entire lines of products and services that keep customers coming back for more
- build a gold mine for your business that pays off for years to come

The author of 11 books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of client communications, Patricia has been a successful entrepreneur for more tan 20 years.

Pauline Campos
Latina Magazine Dimelo Advice Columnist & Blogger at Aspiring Mama
Pauline Campos
Latina Magazine Dimelo Advice Columnist & Blogger at Aspiring Mama

Pauline Campos is Latina Magazine’s #Dimelo advice & relationship columnist, editor of the ebook anthology, Strong Like Butterfly, an #amtrak blogger, and a radio personality. Pauline blogs three times a week at Aspiring Mama (or when she remembers to take her Adderall.) Strong like Butterfly is currently available on Smashwords.

Peg Fitzpatrick
Social Media Strategist

Peg Fitzpatrick is co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki. Peg is a social media strategist innovating the world of social media. She’s spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Google, Audi, Canva, and Virgin.

When she dies and meets Saint Peter, the first thing he’ll say is, “I follow you on Pinterest.” You can find Peg's on writing on LinkedIn and her blog She's also a Huffington Post contributor and Co-Editor-in-Chief at 12 Most.

She currently lives with her husband of a zillion years, smart, gorgeous and funny off-spring, and lovable golden retriever in beautiful New Hampshire.

Polly Pagenhart
Writer, Family Programs Director

Polly Pagenhart has been writing about her lesbian and gender-queer parenthood since soon after becoming a parent. Her essay “Confessions of a Lesbian Dad” appeared in the Lambda Literary Award–nominated anthology Confessions of the Other Mother (Beacon, 2006), and she's been publishing her blog Lesbian Dad, since 2006. It has won a wide audience and numerous recognitions ranging from Best New Blog (Weblog Awards, 2006) to Best GLBT Blog (The Bloggies, 2010). Several recognitions are as a dad blogger (Babble, 2011, 2013), which speaks volumes about how, contrary to what we might think, paradox can indeed be totally comprehensible. She co-founded the website VillageQ (where queer meets family), and now works as Family Programs Director for Our Family Coalition, the San Francisco Bay Area's LGBT family support and advocacy organization. She has written reflections about lesbian parenting elsewhere online, and has al so published on the topics of LGBT studies and multiculturalism (in Tilting the Tower: Lesbians/Teaching/Queer Subjects, Routledge, 1994), as well as feminist pedagogy and popular culture (in Feminist Teacher). She's a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (English and Ethnic Studies), and did graduate study at University of Minnesota (American and Feminist Studies). She has spoken about LGBT families and writing at social media conferences (BlogHer, Mom 2.0, Dad 2.0), and has read her essays at BlogHer, Litquake, the Listen to Your Mother show and in talks at Berkeley and Stanford. She lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

Rachel Thomas
CoFounder & President, LeanIn.Org
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Rachel Thomas
CoFounder & President, LeanIn.Org
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Rachel Thomas is Cofounder and President of LeanIn.Org, an organization committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Before LeanIn.Org, Rachel cofounded and served as President and CMO of Subtext, the first collaborative reading platform for K12 classrooms (acquired by Renaissance Learning in 2013). Prior to Subtext, she was VP of marketing for Playdom, a leading social gaming company (acquired by Disney in 2010). Rachel has also led large-scale strategy and marketing initiatives for a number of well-known consumer and technology brands, and founded and ran a successful Web 1.0 recruitment firm called BrainTrust. Rachel graduated with honors from Georgetown University. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband Scott and two young children Gavin and Haley.

Rae Lewis-Thornton
Rae Lewis-Thornton, Inc.

Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award winning AIDS Activist. She rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with HIV/AIDS in a cover story to Essence Magazine in 1994. Rae travels worldwide in an unending crusade in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Rae Lewis-Thornton has been featured in countless magazines such as, Glamour, O-The Oprah Magazine, Jet, Ebony, Woman’s Day, Emerge, Black Excellence, Heart and Soul WOE, Poz as well as, many newspaper outlets. She has been featured on national television shows and on-line news outlet ssuch as Nightline, Dateline, Black Entertainment Television (BET) The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Montel Williams Show, Huffington Post Live, AOL. She received an Emmy Award for an on-going series of first-person news reports on her life of Living With AIDS, for CBS-Chicago.

RLT launched a line of fashion bracelets, RLT Collection in 2009,

Rae is a pioneer in using Social Media to educate and challenge stigma around HIV/AIDS and to promote issues around self-love. Her integrated use of Social Media has gained her national acclaim. She was featured on BET News, and in a cover story for the Chicago Tribune, that was picked up by the Associated Press .
Her award winning blog Diva Living With AIDS has had unprecedented success. ( She won the CBS Most Valuable Blogger Award in Health and Wellness in 2010, the Black WEBlog Award in Health and Wellness in 2012. She was named a top 10 Social Maker in HIV/AIDS in 2014 by ShareCare, Dr. Oz’s interactive wellness site.

Rae Lewis-Thornton blog is syndicated at, and She also blogs at ChicagoMoms. Rae can be found educating on Twitter daily @RaeLT in 2010 she won the British Academy of Golden Tweet Award in Public Service.

Rae  has published two books, Amazing Grace: Letters Along my Journey and The Politics of Respectability. She received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from her alma mater Northeastern Illinois University in 2011, as well as, countless other awards for her work around HIV/AIDS. She is an ordained minster. Rae received her Master of Divinity Degree in 2003 from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has done Ph. D Studies in Church History at the the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Rae Lewis-Thornton has lived with HIV for 31 years and AIDS for 22. She continues to use her life and story to enrich the lives of others.

Richelle Parham
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, eBay North America
Richelle Parham
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, eBay North America

As Chief Marketing Officer of eBay North America, Richelle Parham leverages her background in consumer and digital marketing to develop strategies and execute all marketing activities to reach 100+ million active eBay users. Ms. Parham is responsible for all areas of eBay North American marketing activities, including consumer product marketing, loyalty and relationship marketing, digital marketing, global citizenship, search optimization and search marketing, seller marketing, market research and eBay's global partner network. She has been with eBay since November of 2010. 

Prior to joining eBay, Ms. Parham served as head of Global Marketing Innovation and Initiatives and Global Marketing Services at Visa Inc. Her experience also includes 13 years at Digitas, Inc., a world leading marketing agency, where she held a variety of senior leadership roles, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the agency's Chicago office.

Ms. Parham has received many awards and honors, including the 2013 Direct Marketing News Marketing Hall of Femme; 2012 Women of Influence award by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal; and induction into the World Association for Cooperative Education Co-op Hall of Fame in 2012. She was named a Top 12 Innovator of Marketing and Advertising by Black Enterprise magazine in 2013, and was one of Savoy magazine's Top Women for 2012. She was also honored by the Council of Urban Professionals Women's Leadership Forum. Since 2012, Ms. Parham has served on the board of directors for Scripps Network Interactive Inc

Ms. Parham is a member of the board of directors of the CMO Collective and its governing body. She is a strong advocate of empowering female leaders through STEM programs such as Dare2BDigital, GirlStart, and Girls Who Code.

Ms. Parham holds a double Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Design Arts from Drexel University.

Riese Bernard
Riese Bernard

Marie Bernard, aka "Riese," is the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder, CFO of, the world's most popular independently owned lesbian website. Since its 2009 launch, Autostraddle has built a worldwide queer community and garnered honors including two GLAAD Award nominations and the 2012 Webblog Award's "Blog of the Year." In 2012, Autostraddle held its first A-Camp, a wildly successful camp/conference hybrid for LGBT women in the San Bernardino mountains which just wrapped up its fifth session. Riese is also a freelance journalist, award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, got wise in New York City, and now lives in Berkeley. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better, The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and The Hazards of Being Female," and "Dirty Girls," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including and Jezebel. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer 2011, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex.

Rita Arens
Deputy Editor, BlogHer; Surrender, Dorothy

Rita Arens is the deputy editor of In 2014, Arens also celebrates ten years of writing at her personal blog: Surrender, Dorothy.

Arens is the author of young adult novel THE OBVIOUS GAME (InkSpell Publishing, 2013); the editor of parenting anthology SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (Chicago Review Press, 2008); and the co-editor of ROOTS: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us (Open Road, 2013).

Arens has attended eight BlogHer annual conferences and is looking forward to speaking in 2014.

Roni Noone
SkinnyMinnyMedia LLC
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Roni Noone
SkinnyMinnyMedia LLC
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Roni Noone used her blog, Roni’s Weigh, to shed 70 pounds, start a running habit, get over a fear of weight training, complete her first marathon and run seven Tough Mudders, yes, seven. In 2011, she published her first cookbook based on recipes shared on the popular GreenLiteBites and brought the fourth annual FitBloggin’ conference to Portland, Ore., bringing together new and seasoned health, wellness, fitness and weight-loss bloggers for knowledge, personal growth and networking.

Recognizing the power of blogging, she also started a supportive online community called BlogToLose where more than 6,000 users are blogging to reach their own weight-loss goals.

Roni has represented and consulted for a wide variety of clients in the health and fitness industry including: Kellogg, The Laughing Cow, Liberty Mutual, HumanaVitality, Weight Watchers, Kraft, Vitalicious, Subway, Johns Hopkins University, Quaker, Nutrilite, ALDI and Pom. She has also been featured in many media outlets including CNN, the Today show, Inside Edition, Ladies Home Journal, Everyday Health, Women’s World, Woman’s Day, and Wired.

Roni is doing one of three things at this very moment: Blogging, cooking or traveling.

Shannon Des Roches Rosa
Senior Editor
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Shannon Des Roches Rosa speaks internationally and writes frequently on autism parenting, advocacy, geekery, and iPads. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, KQED Forum, Family Circle, The Gates Foundation, and The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. She is BlogHer's contributing editor for parenting children with special needs, and senior editor and co-founder of Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. Her enthusiasms often outstrip her social skills.

Shivani Garg Patel

Shivani Garg Patel is Co-founder of Samahope, a crowdfunding site for doctors providing critical medical treatments for the world's poorest. She is a former Microsoft product manager, and McKinsey consultant turned social entrepreneur. Her technology-driven social innovation work spans the Grameen Foundation, World Bank and World Health Organization. Her work with Samahope is inspired partly by her time in college leading a non-profit that provided free medical and social services to the low-income population of Berkeley.

Shivani has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a B.A. in Cognitive Science from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stacey Ferguson
Founder and CEO

Stacey (known online as Justice Fergie) is an attorney, veteran blogger, event producer, social media personality, public speaker, freelance writer, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.

As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, she combines media, publishing, consulting & events to inspire women to live richly with strategies for turning personal passions into viable brands. She is a technology attorney by trade and regularly consults with both startups and established brands on digital and brand strategy.

Stacey also is an accomplished public speaker, presenting at conferences and events nationally and served as an Advisor for Media Bistro’s Social Media Marketing Bootcamp. She was a contributing tech writer for Babble (a Disney brand); a vlogger on the OMMA award-winning SheKnows’ Mommalogues; and is an inaugural cast member of Go Mighty. She is also a proud ONE Campaign Community Partner, Shot@Life Fellow, and an Advisory Board Member of ‘we teach’, iBlog Magazine, and Fanatchicks.

Stacey has been featured in various media, including NPR, Fox, Southern Living Magazine, The Washington Post, The Loop21, Mashable, Sirius-XM Radio, Uptown Magazine, Black Enterprise, JET Magazine, Mommy Noire, and all around the Web.

She is a wife, and mother of 3 and resides in the DC Metro Area.

Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.

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 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.” 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.

Stephan Spencer
Co-author of The Art of SEO
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Stephan Spencer
Co-author of The Art of SEO
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Stephan Spencer is an internationally recognized SEO expert. He is the author of Google Power Search, co-author of The Art of SEO, and co-author of the upcoming Social eCommerce (due out this year), all published by O'Reilly. His clients have included Zappos, Sony, Quiksilver, CNBC, Chanel, and many other big brands.

Stephan founded Netconcepts in 1995 and grew it into a multi-national SEO agency before selling it in 2010 to paid and organic search software/services agency Covario.

Stephan is the inventor of the automated pay-for-performance SEO technology platform GravityStream, re-branded as RIO SEO Website Optimizer and now owned by Covario.

He is a Senior Contributor to Practical Ecommerce and to, and a columnist for Search Engine Land, Multichannel Merchant, and The Huffington Post. He’s also contributed to DM News, Catalog Age, Catalog Success, Building Online Business, Unlimited, and NZ Marketing magazine, among others.

Stephan is a frequent conference speaker on SEO and other online marketing topics. He's spoken for the American Marketing Association (AMA),, Internet Retailer, Search Marketing Expo (SMX), Direct Marketing Association (DMA),, IncisiveMedia (Search Engine Strategies), O’Reilly, PubCon, ECMOD, IQPC and IIR, among others. His hundreds of speaking gigs have taken him around the globe – everywhere from Berlin, London, Toronto, Santiago, Sydney and Auckland, to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and places in between.

Stephan has been blogging since 2004. He's blogged on the Huffington Post,, the Blog, the CNET Blog Network, as well as his own blogs that include:,,,, and Google I Suggest.

Stephan is on the board of Impact Network and on the advisory board of CrowdGather.

He holds an M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stephanie Liebold
Travelcraft Journal + Bold Avenue

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.

Susan Getgood
VP Influencer Marketing, BlogHer

Susan Getgood has been involved in online marketing since the early 90s, and watched the web evolve from the first browsers to the interactive communities we participate in today.

In Fall 2010, Susan joined BlogHer Inc. where she currently serves as Vice President of Influencer Marketing. In this role, she connects social media influencers with the brands they love through mutually beneficial business and advertising opportunities.

As an independent consultant from 2004 to 2010, she helped organizations integrate social media into their marketing strategies to meet their customers online, build their brands and drive revenue. Clients included HP, Kaplan University, Kraft, Goodwill Industries and CamelBak as well as PR agencies, start-ups and small businesses nationwide.

Prior to that, Susan held a variety of corporate marketing and management roles including Senior Vice President of Marketing at Internet software company SurfControl, General Manager of Cyber Patrol and Director of Corporate Communications at The Learning Company.

Her professional marketing blog, where she writes about social media and marketing strategy, is Marketing Roadmaps. She also writes a personal blog, Snapshot Chronicles. Her first book, Professional Blogging For Dummies (Wiley), was published in July 2010.

Susan speaks regularly at social media conferences like BlogHer, Mom 2.0 and New Comm Forum. She is a co-founder of ethics initiative Blog With Integrity and appeared on the Today Show in April 2010 to talk about respect and responsibility in the blogosphere.

Susan Goldberg
Writer & editor, go!communications &
Susan Goldberg
Writer & editor, go!communications &

Susan Goldberg is a writer, editor, essayist and blogger, and coeditor of the award-winning anthology And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families (Insomniac Press, 2009). Her personal essays have been featured in Ms., Lilith, Today’s Parent and Stealing Time magazines, as well as in several anthologies and collections. Susan is a contributing blogger for and Today’s Parent, where she blogs weekly as The Other Mother. In 2002, she received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence from the Editors’ Association of Canada. In 2012, Susan was chosen as one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year community keynote speakers. She is currently working on Overflow, a performance piece about lingerie, motherhood and hereditary breast cancer. Susan is one of approximately 30 Jews in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two sons. Read more at

Susie Yoo
Kramer Holcomb & Sheik, LLP

Susie is an experienced attorney who specializes in media and entertainment law. In those fields, Susie’s practice focuses on both transactional and litigation issues including protection of intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets), setting up the company and obtaining necessary licenses, digital media and e-commerce, business agreements and a wide range of business litigation. In particular, Susie has numerous superstar blog clients who she assisted in building their brands from scratch into thriving businesses. Due to her diverse background in multiple industries including fashion, beauty and technology startups, Susie is able to provide strategic planning advice to her clients on developing their brands to the fullest extent possible.

Drawing from multiple industries, Susie also strategically assists clients in creating multiple revenue streams through expanding their brands in both traditional and online media including television, film and celebrity endorsements. With a genuine passion for the blogging world and a true belief in its capacity to revolutionize e-commerce, Susie is thrilled to be presenting at the BlogHer Conference and sharing her tips to properly structure a blogging business and to position it for maximum success.

Teneshia Jackson-Warner
CEO/Egami Consulting

Teneshia Jackson Warner’s life story has been one of perseverance, diligence, risk-taking and inspiration. Her motto “It’s not enough to follow your dreams, we must chase them”, is a theme that is weaved throughout the impressive career that Teneshia has built over a decade spanning multicultural marketing, project management and inspirational life coaching.

Teneshia began her career as a mentee of the globally successful innovator, entrepreneur and hip-hop Mogul, Russell Simmons. For five years under Russell’s leadership, Teneshia gained valuable experience as the as General Manager of Rush Communications. Inspired and encouraged by Russell, Teneshia embarked upon her own entrepreneurial path, and founded her own marketing firm, Egami Consulting Group (Egami).

Egami is now an award-winning multicultural marketing firm and as CEO/COO, Teneshia connects brands to urban and multicultural consumers. Egami enables brands to “INSPIRE”, consumers through innovative, invigorated and engaging best in class marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships, custom community programs, public relations and/or new product launches. Since 2007, she has led the firm from a dream concept to a thriving multi-million dollar business.

Under Teneshia’s leadership, Egami formed a strategic partnership with the world’s third largest communications firm MSL Group, a Publicis Groupe global engagement firm, and acts as their exclusive diversity marketing partner working to deliver multicultural marketing solutions to their client network. Together they have delivered award-winning client work for leading brands such as P&G’s Bounty and My Black is Beautiful, Verizon Wireless, Hennessy, Heineken, Dasani, General Motors, Western Union and KFC.

Teneshia has won several business awards including the coveted Black Enterprise Rising Star 40 and Under in 2012 and in 2010, she was also recognized by The Network Journal Forty Under 40 Award for US African-American achievers. has ranked Egami among the Top 500 Diversity Businesses for 2012. In 2009 as testament to their collaborative prowess, Egami and MSL Group received an ADCOLOR Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) award celebrating agencies that partner to deliver innovative solutions to their respective industries.

In fall 2012, Teneshia made her debut as an author released Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Deliver Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences. Published by Paramount Marketing, with the foreword provided by Russell Simmons, her book received rave reviews from leading marketing influencers, celebrities and industry press as the first book to be written on multicultural Purpose-Driven Marketing.

On November 13th 2012, Teneshia launched the Inaugural Purpose Awards which salutes and honors brands.

Thien-Kim Lam

As Vietnamese-American raised in Louisiana with biracial children, Thien-Kim has been luckily enough to field questions like “Where are you really from?” and “Are those really your kids?” They make perfect topics for her blog where she writes about multicultural parenting, work-life balance, food, and creativity. She also provides resources for parents who want to celebrate their children’s multicultural heritage through books, food, and crafts. She has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and The Washington Post.

She’s also the head book nerd at a virtual book club and community for bloggers who read books together and write personal essays inspired by their monthly selections.

Thien-Kim is a recovering Asian overachiever and former perfectionist. Her dream is to one day hire a cabana boy who will serve her margaritas, give her foot massages and clean her kitchen.

Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore comedy album LIVE. The album sold over 100,000 units in just 6 weeks, which is unheard of for comedy albums today. Louis CK is quoted as saying that it is one of the best stand-up performances he ever saw.  During this album release, Tig was reviewed and profiled by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine amongst many others. During this campaign Tig also closed a book deal with Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Tig's project with Showtime, entitled, Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro, follows Tig as she performs in the actual homes, barns and cul-de-sacs of selected fans across the country.  Tig also recently appeared in the Lake Bell feature, In a World, and is next slated to appear in the feature Walk of Shame opposite Elizabeth Banks, and Shreveport opposite Ryan Phillippe, both due out in 2014. Tig continues to host her weekly podcast, Professor Blastoff, which has consistently been in the top 10 iTunes comedy podcast charts.

Tig remains a favorite on both NPR’s, This American Life, and on Conan.  In previous years Tig has Guest Starred on shows such as ABC’s Suburgatory, NBC’s The Office and Community, HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim, wrote for The 2011 Emmy’s and 2010 MTV Movie Awards, and toured nationally and internationally at the most reputable comedy and music festivals. 

Timothy Dahl
Founder/Editor, Charles & Hudson
Speaking Events:
Timothy Dahl
Founder/Editor, Charles & Hudson
Speaking Events:

Timothy is the founder of the home improvement site, Charles & Hudson, and Webby-nominated DIY family site, Built by Kids.

His previous gigs include This Old House and later joining Hearst to launch their home design portal and manage the online content of ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day.

He's spoken at Alt Design Summit, Craftsman Experience, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the National Hardware Show.

He has been published in Wired Design, Popular Mechanics, Family Handyman, Bob Vila, DIY Network and AOL.

Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell is a Cuban American and bicultural Latina, building a legacy for her biracial children through an exploration of personal identity, food culture, mixed family travels, and multiracial parenting values.

De Su Mama is Spanish and means “from your mother,” evoking the foundation of the many love letters that exist on her blog. Combined with passionate writing, Vanessa utilizes the power of photography to tell the story of her family legacy - and, hopefully, showcase the beauty of mixed race families.

Vanessa is also a freelance writer for noteworthy parenting outlets, such as:, and Her writing has been featured on Huffington Post, BlogHer, among other reputable sites. De Su Mama has been honored with awards and recognitions from both Hispanic and general markets, and serves as brand ambassador for a variety of companies.

A California native, Vanessa resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband and two children.

Whit Honea
The Honea Express

Whit Honea is the author of "The Parents' Phrase Book" and has contributed to a number of websites including BabyCenter, Babble, GeekDad, The Stir, TODAY, CBS, Huffington Post, Good Men Project, and AOL. He lives in the greater Los Angeles area with his wife, two boys, and a couple of lazy dogs.