Announcing Day Two Keynote Panel Speakers!

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I am thrilled to announce the speakers for our Day Two Closing Session. Check it out:

Closing Keynote - Creating Your Platform: Chris Nolan leads a discussion with four powerhouse women: Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief founder and professional blogger Grace Davis, Huffington Post founder and author Arianna Huffington, WashingtonPost.com/Newsweek Interactive CEO and Publisher Caroline Little and SixApart founder and President Mena Trott. These women have used the web to create and control their agenda...and give a voice to others. Whether your agenda is transforming your life, your business or the world, this closing session should send you back to your lives (or on to the cocktail party) inspired, energized and ready to make things happen!

Full text of this morning's press release is in the extended entry.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BlogHer, the Web's Number-One Guide to Women Bloggers, Announces Keynote Speakers for BlogHer Conference '06

Arianna Huffington, Caroline Little, Caterina Fake, Meg Hourihan and Mena Trott among those to address BlogHer '06

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2006 - BlogHer LLC (http://www.blogher.com), the Web's number-one guide to women bloggers, today announced keynote speakers for day two of BlogHer Conference '06, to be held July 28 - 29 in San Jose, CA. The keynote panels feature prominent women in online publishing, technology and public service. Now in its second year, BlogHer '06, which is nearly sold out, has doubled in size, growing into a two-day conference and targeting 750 attendees.

The second day of the conference focuses on community, conversation and the culture of blogging. The closing keynote panel, called "Creating Your Own Platform," features women who have led and inspired movements of their own. Moderated by web publisher Chris Nolan of Spot-on.com, the panel features Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor of The Huffington Post, Caroline Little, CEO and Publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, Mena Trott, co-founder and President of Six Apart, and Grace Davis, mother, professional blogger and creator of the Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief blog.

In keeping with BlogHer Conference's interactive discussion format, the panel will feature an opportunity, facilitated by Ms. Nolan, for BlogHer attendees to ask these accomplished speakers direct questions.

Previously announced was day one's lunchtime keynote conversation with technology pioneers Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and Blogger (née Pyra Labs) co-founder Meg Hourihan, called What's Next?, led by Marnie Webb, vice president of Knowledge Services for non-profit technology enabler CompuMentor. Day one of the conference is already sold out. To register for day two of BlogHer Conference 06, go to http://www.blogher.com/about-blogher-conference-06.

More about BlogHer Conference '06 keynote speakers

Arianna Huffington (http://huffingtonpost.com): Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor of HuffingtonPost.com, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of eleven books. Her latest book is On Becoming Fearless: a Roadmap for Women. Huffington serves on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems.

Caroline Little: Caroline Little is chief executive officer and publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. She joined WPNI as general counsel in 1997; she became senior vice president/administration and general counsel in 1999. Little was named chief operating officer in 2000 and president in early 2003.

Chris Nolan (http://www.spot-on.com/nolan/): Chris Nolan is the founder of Spot-on.com. Ms. Nolan's work has appeared in The New York Post, Wired.com, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Fortune and Business 2.0. She has spoken frequently on the impact of "stand alone journalism" - a phrase she has coined to describe the work that experienced and professional journalists are doing on the web.

Mena Trott (http://www.sixapart.com/about/corner/): Mena Trott is co-founder and president of Six Apart, the company behind the Movable Type publishing platform, TypePad weblogging service and LiveJournal, an online community organized around personal journals. Ms. Trott was named one of Fast Company's "Fast 50 for 2004" and PC Magazine's "People of the Year" for 2004.

Grace Davis (http://gracedavis.typepad.com): Grace Davis was born in 1955 to Filipino immigrants. In 2005 Ms. Davis became an accidental relief worker by creating the Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief blog. Her successful efforts to get supplies and donations into the hurricane disaster zones via the blog were recognized by the local and national media.

About BlogHer
Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer LLC's mission is to create opportunities for women bloggers to pursue exposure, education, and community, through online platforms and regular conferences. The BlogHer Network (www.blogher.org) is the Web's number one guide to blogs by women, where 60+ editors write guides to the hottest blogging by women in 20+ popular topics.. The company's second annual conference, BlogHer '06, has expanded into a two-day conference targeting 750 attendees and press. Companies such as MSN Spaces and Yahoo! are participating as premium sponsors. The conference will take place in San Jose, CA, July 28-29. The company's latest initiative is the BlogHer Advertising Network, BlogHer's first qualified, targeted environment for contextual advertising showcasing a growing list of women bloggers who are parents. For more information see http://www.blogher.com/advertise.

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Elisa Camahort, President, Events & Marketing
BlogHer LLC
elisa@blogher.org
cell: 408-504-5708

or

Krause Taylor Associates for BlogHer
Nicole Cote
Nicole@krause-taylor.com
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