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

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.

Over the course of her 10+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Amy Turn Sharp

Amy Turn Sharp is the wood queen of Little Alouette, an organic wooden toy shop she runs alongside her master carpenter husband, Joe. Their sweet little toys are all over the world now, from tiny boutiques to American Eagle 77 Kids shops. Even Martha Stewart thought Alouette’s toys were fabulous and extended an invitation to the shop to sell wee wood toys in NYC last holiday season at a private event.

Anne Kuo Lukito

Anne Kuo Lukito has been hooked on crafting since her dad showed her how to sew on a button at age 8. As a self-proclaimed “Crafty MacGyver,” her many endeavors over the years have included sewing, papermaking, cardmaking, silk painting, jewelry fabrication, baking and even a few failed attempts at learning to crochet from her grandmother. Anne discovered the world of knitting in 2006, after teaching herself to knit from a book.

Becky Higgins
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Becky has a passion for living well and documenting life. Since 1997 she has been authoring books, creating artwork, writing articles, teaching classes, and designing products—all in the name of scrapbooking.

Connie Bensen

Connie Bensen is a leading Social Media & Community Strategist who has provided resources and mentorship since 2007. Her career in social media began when she and her sister created a community for digital scrapbookers at http://DigiScrapInfo.com. In addition to helping digital scrapbookers get their supplies organized, Connie provided online marketing tips.

Corinne Leigh
DIY Diva/Media Goddess
Corinne Leigh has been making videos for 10 years; working in Haiti, living on buses that run on recycled veggie oil and building DIY community at ThreadBanger and Craftovision. She is an expert in developing online communities, social networking and short form video content and is passionate about living eco and being a good person.
Crissy Herron
Founder of IndieBizChicks.com

Crissy Herron is the founder of IndieBizChicks.com, the website for women who'd rather work for themselves, than work for the man.

She likes blogging, music, experimenting in the kitchen, and taking lots of pictures. She is the "world's best aunt," and spends a lot of time with her nephews and niece. Of course, she likes spending time with the rest of her family, too.

She is a proud resident of the Mitten State. (For those of you who aren't great at geography, that's Michigan.)

Cristina Ferrare

As an accomplished author, television personality, entrepreneur, actress, motivational speaker, blogger, wife, mother, and grandmother, Cristina Ferrare dishes out yet one more curtain call: hosting her own show for OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love features celebrity guests along with members of Cristina’s family and friends who serve up great ideas for all kinds of real-life situations.

ERICA MAUTER
Erica Mauter for Ward 11

Erica Mauter is a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council. She's the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Women's Choir and Twin Cities Girls' Choir, following a decade-plus engineering career and years of nonprofit board service and campaign volunteerism. She also serves as an appointee to the City of Minneapolis Capital Long- Range Improvements Committee, advising on the capital budget.

Gina Luker

Gina created The Shabby Creek Cottage in 2009 to chronicle her and her husband’s journey of remodeling her childhood home. A mom of two girls, Gina shares DIY tips and home décor ideas on her blog. They take on all of their projects with their own labor to save costs, creating a custom home on a fraction of the budget. When she’s not busy with remodels or blogging, Gina also runs an Etsy.com shop.

Holly Becker

Holly Becker is the founder and editor of decor8, the internationally-known design site dedicated to delivering fresh design ideas meant to inspire its over 45,000 daily readers to live a more fulfilling, authentic and creative life. Since its launch in January 2006, decor8 has been mentioned in over 70 national and international publications, in addition to radio and television programs and Blogger ranked it #10 in 2008.

KATHY CANO-MURILLO
Crafter, Artist, and Author

One woman, one brand, multiple passions. Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist & founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She spreads the gospel of glitter – literally through her DIY projects and figuratively through her speeches, workshops, books, and essays. A former reporter for The Arizona Republic, she is now a full-time creativepreneur which has led to partnerships with Coca-Cola, HSN, HP, WordPress, Disney & many others.

Marie LeBaron

Marie LeBaron is the founder and managing editor of Make and Takes and is a mother of 3 living in Seattle. Marie graduated with an Early Childhood and Elementary teaching degree, taught 4 years of kindergarten, and now shares many of her tips and tricks she's learned over the years on her blog.

Megan Auman

Megan Auman is a designer, maker, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business. Her eponymous jewelry line is sold in stores across the US and online. In 2009, Megan founded Crafting an MBA to help designers and makers develop their business skills.

Megan Jordan

Megan Jordan parents and writes by the same clear principle: the beauty is in the threadbare. "Relish the Velveteen. Revel in the Threadbare." underscores her personal blog, Velveteen Mind.

Mena Trott

Blogging since 2001, Mena Trott co-founded Six Apart and now serves as a board member of Say Media. During the past ten years, she has worked to bring blogging to the masses while keeping the personal voice front and center. She has spoken at Ted, D: All Things Digital, SXSW, and BlogHer, and has appeared on the cover of Fortune Magazine. After an extended maternity leave, Mena has devoted her efforts to The Sew Weekly, on online community she began that is devoted to sewing. She lives in San Francisco.

Nancy Malay

While many know Nancy Malay as “The Christmas Lady”, these days she creates a variety of vintage-inspired items for every Holiday, born from the spirit of old postcards and antique toys. In her cozy home workshop in Faribault, MN, she meticulously handcrafts her pieces using paperclay, papier mache and cloth. Embellishments of mica, antique trimmings, German glass glitter and tinsel add the sparkle and look reminiscent of earlier days.

Nora Abousteit
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Nora Abousteit is the co-founder of BurdaStyle.com, a DIY fashion community of 500,000+ members who share techniques, projects, and PDF sewing patterns to print at home. Previously, Nora worked at a German publishing house–writing speeches, organizing workshops, and planning events for the World Economic Forum. She is also a founding member of the DLD Conference.

Stacie Tamaki

What does an Advertising Art college drop out + retail sales super seller become when she grows up? An entrepreneur!

When Stacie Tamaki had the opportunity to create some bridal veils for a fashion show back in 1997 she jumped at the chance. Not because it was something she'd always dreamed of doing, she did it because it sounded interesting.

Years later her custom couture bridal accessory company, The Flirty Bride, needed a website. She thought what better way to get one than to learn how to make it herself.

Stacy Julian
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Stacy Julian is a recognized leader in the scrapbooking industry and the visionary founder of Big Picture Classes (BPC).

Tara Gentile
Blogger & Business Coach

Tara Gentile is a creative business coach who empowers passion-driven entrepreneurs to actualize their ideas, visions, and dreams – turning them into dollars and cents. She brings a creative approach to branding, product development, and marketing that incorporates both strategy and high touch design.

Traci Bautista
After a successful career climbing the corporate ladder in Silicon Valley, marketing high-tech start ups and brands like IBM and Animal Planet, Traci left the corporate world to pursue her passion for art. The year 2011 marks the 10-year anniversary of launching her creative business endeavor treiC designs. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she worked as a graphic designer, event planner, marketing director, professional cheerleader, elementary art teacher, fashion designer, and web designer—to name just a few positions.
Wendy Piersall

Wendy Piersall has been blogging professionally for nearly 5 years and established herself as an early voice helping people build a business online via blogging. She has written for Entrepreneur.com and was featured on the Today Show as an advocate for mom owned online businesses. In 2009 she was named by Nielsen as one of the 16 most influential moms online. She transformed her personal blog into a powerful blog network, selling it to private investors soon thereafter. Today she runs the Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Blog Network, attracting nearly 250,000 monthly visitors.

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