BlogHer Business '10 Speakers


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Andrea Wolinetz

Andrea Wolinetz, Partner and Group Director, manages MEC Global's social media division, Community Activation, a group dedicated to assisting MEC brands in multidirectional conversations between themselves and consumers. By focusing on the convergence of technology, infrastructure, consumer dialogue and content creation, CA has created successful interaction and engagement programs for many MEC clients including: Energizer, Schick, Macy’s, Colgate Palmolive, Xerox, Novartis, and IKEA.

Andy Markowitz
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Andy will lead a Global Digital Strategy Group across GE with a focus on driving stakeholder connection and conversion. That includes instituting first-class digital capabilities in areas including search, content social media, and customer engagement, as well as training and development to help businesses gain marketplace understanding.

Beth LaPierre

Beth LaPierre is the first Chief Listening Officer at Eastman Kodak, the world's foremost imaging innovator. As Chief Listener, Beth is responsible for the strategy and development of Kodak's Social Intelligence efforts for both B2C and B2B businesses. Beth uses the power of the Web to drive customer satisfaction, identify influencers and customer segments, inform product innovation, mine and analyze consumer sentiment, and to measure social media marketing efforts.  

Bonin Bough

Since joining PepsiCo in 2008 from his post as EVP of Weber Shandwick's social media practice Screengrab, B. Bonin Bough has been tasked with getting PepsiCo on the social media map and into the hearts and minds of online brand influencers.

Carol Hymowitz

Carol Hymowitz is known throughout the business community in the U.S. and internationally for her writing, editing and speaking about leadership and management issues.

Chris Victor

Christopher Victor has been in the digital media space for 11 years and is currently a Director, Senior Partner in the Digital Exchange group at Mindshare. For the last three and a half years, he has been working to develop the overall digital strategy and craft media solutions for various brand initiatives, direct response programs and CRM efforts for Sprint. He is also a senior advisor to the Mindshare MMotion agency community board.

Daina Middleton

A pioneer in the digital marketing space and marketing professional with more than 20 years in the industry, Daina Middleton is the CEO of Performics, the performance marketing division of Publicis Groupe. As one of the largest and oldest search and performance media agencies, Performics delivers performance marketing solutions and solid results for a list of blue chip clients through smart innovation and solving complex challenges.

Dawn Winchester
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Dawn Winchester joined R/GA in 1999 to create R/GA’s first client management and marketing communications service offerings. She is a key member of the executive management team and contributes to the development of R/GA’s service offerings, market positioning, new business, and operations. As the EVP, chief marketing services officer, she heads the rapidly growing account management team that oversees client relationships internationally.

Debbie Wogan
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As BlogHer’s Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales, Debbie Wogan develops strategic partnerships and advertising programs with Fortune 500 brands. She is responsible for developing highly-customized marketing campaigns and advertising that help brands establish ongoing relationships within BlogHer's diverse and influential community of social media-savvy women.

Diane Hessan

Diane Hessan is President and CEO of Communispace, one of the fastest growing social networking companies in the country, “with a Blue Chip client list that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous," according to Advertising Age. A pioneer in creating online communities to help marketers generate consumer insights, Diane helped found Communispace in 1999 and hasn’t looked back.

Dina Fierro

With nine+ years of experience in traditional public relations, marketing and copywriting for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands and an embarrassing addiction to Facebook and Twitter, Dina's transition into social media was a seamless one.

At Attention, Dina oversees the digital strategy - including digital engagement, events 2.0, social identity and measurement - for two dozen leading fashion & beauty brands, including Aveda, MAC Cosmetics, Clinique, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Rachel Roy, Nine West, Hudson Jeans and David Yurman.

Ekaterina Walter

Ekaterina Walter is a marketer, thinker, speaker, and connector. As a Social Media Strategist for Intel, Ekaterina works at the intersection of high tech and integrated marketing—driving campaigns and helping colleagues to leverage new media in support of business goals. She believes that building relationships with customers should be at the core of any business and that social media provides a perfect opportunity to do so. Ekaterina is on the Board of Directors for Internet Strategy Forum. You can find her on Twitter @ekaterinawalter. She blogs at

Gayle Weiswasser

Gayle is the Vice President of Social Media Communications at Discovery Communications, where she oversees social media strategy for Discovery and its networks and corporate initiatives. This includes Facebook and Twitter strategy and implementation, as well as social media outreach, partnerships with location-based services, and social media monitoring. Prior to Discovery, she worked at a crisis communications firm, where she helped corporate clients develop and implement non-traditional communications plans around products, issues and crisis response.

Gina Garrubbo
EVP of BlogHer

Gina Garrubbo draws from her more than 20 years of experience in media leadership and sales innovation to help further BlogHer’s development as one of the top community and media networks for women who blog. Garrubo works closely with co-founder and President of Strategic Alliances Jory Des Jardins to build momentum in the advertising community and set the standard for how brands and bloggers work together.

Grace Jones

She doesn’t Twitter and she barely blogs, but Grace Jones has carved out a constructive place for herself on the message boards at BurdaStyle, LionBrand, Ravelry and Flickr. A Master of Creative Apparel Design (at least that’s what her degree says), she perpetually seeks new inspiration for her growing collection of personally rendered garments. In between knitting and sewing, Grace works as a Technical Designer in NYC. She pins down her creative musings on restlessgrace.

Ilana Rabinowitz

Ilana Rabinowitz has been developing branded media for Lion Brand since the launch of a catalog and website in 1996. Since then she has added social media including a blog, podcast, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter. The efforts of a talented marketing team have grown the company’s audience to number in the millions.

Jane Collins

Jane Collins is currently the Director of Market Research for BlogHer. As part of her responsibilities, she designs, fields and interprets online survey studies for internal BlogHer efforts as well as to support client needs. In addition, Jane contributes monthly posts to a Research center on

Jonathan Kopp

Jonathan Kopp, Partner & Global Director of Ketchum Digital, is the lead digital communications strategist for Ketchum worldwide. He launched and runs the Ketchum Global Digital Network and oversees all aspects of digital and social media strategy, counsel and program development; interactive design and development; graphical design and content; and rich media products and services.

Global Trend Spotter, Researcher, and Marketer

Kelley Skoloda is a global trend spotter and recognized authority on how big consumer brands market to women and moms. Her groundbreaking research and initiatives for Ketchum helped it become a top consumer agency worldwide while positioning her as a leading spokesperson on this topic. Her business book, Too Busy to Shop: Marketing to Multi-Minding Women, was named a “must read” by Publishers Weekly and is in its second printing. Known for thinking big, moving fast, and taking care of people along the way, her work has garnered multimillion-dollar revenues and agenda-setting earned media.

Kristin Suppelsa

Kristin is Vice President and Manager, Communications at Liberty Mutual and manages brand advertising and The Responsibility Project. In her tenure, the responsibility campaign has grown to include an integrated campaign featuring Liberty Mutual’s auto and home insurance products, a social media approach with at its core and active Facebook and Twitter components, as well as partnerships with Oprah and NBC.

Lesley Pinckney
VP, Walton Isaacson

Lesley Pinckney is the vice president of Interactive at Walton Isaacson (WI). Lesley is responsible for managing strategic interactive partnerships and multi-platform development, making her a key asset to the integration of marketing and advertising for WI and their clients. She is based in WI’s Chicago office, but works across all offices.

Leslie Dance

Leslie Dance joined Kodak in 2008 as Director and Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications. In this role, she is focused on building Kodak’s global brand awareness as well as directing marketing communications efforts for Kodak’s range of consumer and commercial businesses. She coordinates the efforts of an internal team, as well as a global network of agencies that support Kodak’s initiatives.

Leslie’s experience in marketing and communications spans a range of industries – from theater to luxury resorts, to fashion to technology.

Liza Barry-Kessler

I am a lawyer working with companies and organizations to protect their data, their people, and their reputations.

In partnership with key stakeholders in your company, I develop corporate policies and train employees so that everyone understands the groundrules for using social media. I also work with all levels of corporate staff to evaluate data security and privacy policies and practices, reduce the risk of data breach, and limit the impact of state data breach notification requirements when there is exposure.

Lynne d Johnson

Lynne d Johnson is the SVP, Social Media for the Advertising Research Foundation, where she is responsible for content, brand and social media development and strategy, as well as developing consumer insights, market research, and true metrics for the industry at large via the ARF Social Media Council. As a consultant, Lynne works with Web and media properties on content, brand, and social media development and strategy.

Maria Niles
Director of Client Services at BlogHer

Maria Niles is BlogHer's Client Services Director. Her business experience includes branding and marketing strategy, social media strategies, consumer market research and new product development. Prior to joining BlogHer, Maria founded ConsumerPop Marketing Consulting and she held brand management positions at consumer goods and services companies such as Netflix, Campbell’s Soup and Kraft Foods.

Marisa Thalberg

Marisa Thalberg has had a uniquely diverse and accomplished career spanning almost every facet of interactive and traditional marketing, advertising and communications, combining entrepreneurial thinking with blue-chip business discipline. Marisa’s experience is threaded with an expertise in communicating with women.

Nichole Goodyear

As CEO and President of Brickfish®, Nichole oversees all facets of the company. Nichole has a proven executive management record, with years of experience successfully building technology companies. Under her leadership, Brickfish has received the prestigious Red Herring Award as one of the Top 100 Global technology companies in the world, and an OMMA Award for Best Viral Campaign.

Paull Young

Paull Young is the Director of Digital at NYC based non-profit charity: water. Prior to charity: water Paull was a Senior Account Director at Converseon, and speaks at BlogHer Business on their behalf in his role as a 'Converseon Fellow'.

Phyllis Joseph

Phyllis joined Unilever ten years ago and her role within the media team has evolved in concert with the dynamic media landscape.

As partner to brand marketers, agency teams, and media companies, she plays an integral role in helping local and global brands craft their stories in relevant and engaging ways, and disseminate them across channels.

As media team lead on Unilever’s Foods brands she’s a driver of multi-brand initiatives which leverage brands’ common insights across a range of digital and social platforms.

Sara Devine

Sara Devine is currently the associate director of social media at MindShare Worldwide, for Sprint. She is shaping Sprint’s social media strategy and programs.

Stacey Ferguson
Chief Curator, Blogalicious

Featured in Southern Living, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, The Root, and so many more, Stacey is a sought-after media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, freelance writer, advisory board member, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.

Stephanie Agresta
EVP, Managing Director of Social Media for Weber Shandwick
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Stephanie Agresta
EVP, Managing Director of Social Media for Weber Shandwick
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A pacesetter in digital media for nearly 15 years, Stephanie Agresta is EVP, Managing Director of Social Media for the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick. In this role, Stephanie leads global initiatives in online community management, the emerging area of Influencer Relationship Management (IRM), and growth of the digital management team and thought leadership platforms.

Terri Holley

Terri Holley is the CEO and principal of Creative Blog Solutions, an interactive and social marketing firm that works with businesses that understand the value of leveraging emerging technology to build deeper relationships with prospects, customers and constituents.   Believing that social media marketing should deliver a strong return on investment, Terri helps clients strategically leverage the social web to build brand authority, generate high quality leads and increase market share.