BlogHer Entrepreneurs '12 Speakers

Below are just some of the mentors and speakers who'll be coming. Check back soon as we continue to add more!


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Alena Gribskov
Communications & Program Manager at Yale Entrepreneurial Institute

Alena Gribskov is the Communications & Program Manager at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, an office of Yale University whose mission is to help students start and accelerate new companies.  Alena manages communications and student programs, including the Summer Fellowship Program, a competitive ten-week business boot camp for the most promising student companies on Yale’s campus.  In addition, she develops and leads academic-year initiatives for student entrepreneurs.

Alicia Morga
Founder and CEO of

Alicia Morga is the founder and CEO of Refleta.  Formerly, she was the founder and CEO of Consorte Media, a digital marketing company focused on the Hispanic market and funded by leading Silicon Valley venture firms, The Mayfield Fund and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Alicia was named a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2009 one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company. 

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.

Amy Chang
Director of Google's Measurement and Reporting Initiatives
Amy Chang
Director of Google's Measurement and Reporting Initiatives

Amy Chang leads Google's Advertiser Measurement & Reporting efforts, which includes Google Analytics. Under her direction, Google Analytics is now on over 50% of Alexa’s Top 1 Million sites worldwide, and has completely changed the face of the web analytics and media measurement industries.

Angela Benton
CEO of Black Web Media

Angela Benton’s experience spans a variety of industries and roles.  She has worked at several InterActive Corp businesses including,, and  Additionally she has held roles at, UPS, and Homes of Color Magazine.  Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of roles in design, marketing, development, and digital strategy.  She is one of Fast

Angie Chang
Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Women 2.0

Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management, web UI design, and entrepreneurship. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once. Angie holds a BA in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad
Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.

Brad Feld
Managing Director of Foundry Group

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures.

Brooke Carey
Editor at Portfolio

Brooke Carey is an Editor at Portfolio, where she started her career as an Editorial Assistant in 2007 after graduating summa cum laude from Syracuse University. Her first original acquisition, Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff by Erin Arvedlund, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller. Since then she has actively built her list in the areas of entrepreneurship/small business, marketing, psychology, sociology, business narrative, and personal finance.

Catherine Courage
VP of Product Design at Citrix

Catherine Courage is the VP of Product Design at Citrix.  Her team is focused on driving design thought leadership and execution throughout the company. She is responsible for providing cross company design thinking education, delivering leading user interface designs, and driving a seamless experience across all products and services. Prior to joining Citrix, Catherine was the Director of User Experience at She also worked at Oracle as a Principal Usability Engineer and manager of the Customer Design Partners Program.

Christina Allen
Director of Product Management at LinkedIn

As the Director of Product Management at LinkedIn, Christina leads the product team, focusing on building data-rich tools to help students worldwide explore career possibilities, and build strong professional networks to support them at each professional milestone - from college selection to their first job after graduation.  Over the years, she has worked with diverse companies and industries focused on developing world-class consumer and enterprise products and services.

Cindy Padnos
Founding Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures
Cindy Padnos
Founding Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures

Cindy Padnos is the founder and managing director of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B cloud computing.

Danielle Naftulin
Partner at Cooley LLP

Danielle Naftulin is a partner in Cooley’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Financings practice groups within Cooley’s business department.  Danielle represents start-ups and their investors from the earliest stages of a company’s lifecycle through exit or IPO and beyond.  In her pragmatic and client-centric approach, Danielle works collaboratively with

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.

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.

Heidi Roizen
Venture Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Heidi Roizen has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem – as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, and educator.

After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford, Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Heidi joined Apple as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations.

Holly Hamann
Co-founder and CMO, TapInfluence

I am co-founder and CMO of TapInfluence, an influencer marketing platform serving brands and agencies. I have helped launch six tech companies in the social media, video, and software spaces. Seasoned entrepreneur, speaker, and American Marketing Association “Marketer of the Year” recipient.

Ilana Westerman
CEO of Create with Context, Inc.

Ilana Westerman is CEO of Create with Context, Inc., a leading digital strategy consulting firm. She champions the role of people plus context behind the design of innovative technology solutions, ensuring that digital products and services align with human needs, goals, and desires.

Ilana began working on digital innovation in the mid-1990s, including on the award-winning IBM Nagano Olympics web presence. As an early member of Yahoo!, she helped build the Yahoo! User Experience team, leading R&D teams for key properties.

Janice Chaffin
Group President, Consumer Business Unit of Symantec Corporation
Janice Chaffin
Group President, Consumer Business Unit of Symantec Corporation

Janice Chaffin leads Symantec’s Consumer Business Unit, which includes Symantec's market-leading Norton™ brand. Since assuming her role in 2006, Chaffin has expanded the Norton portfolio “beyond the PC” to address the explosion of mobile devices and consumer created data. Under her leadership, Norton has received nearly 570 awards for its superior products and grown revenues for 13 consecutive quarters.

Chaffin previously served as Symantec’s first Chief Marketing Officer and spent 21 years at Hewlett-Packard.

Janice Roberts
Managing Director at Mayfield Fund

Janice Roberts is Managing Director at Mayfield Fund and invests in mobile, wireless, communications, and consumer technology companies.  She currently serves on the board of directors of PlayFirst and Quickoffice. Prior to joining Mayfield, Janice built a successful early-stage investment portfolio as president of 3Com Ventures. She also held various executive positions at 3Com where she led global marketing and business development operations including Palm Computing subsidiary.

Jen Shelby
Vice President of Client Services at Astia

Jen Shelby has extensive marketing expertise and a track record in preparing companies for next-level growth. Possessing leadership skills that translate to a high-impact management style, Jen conceives and executes innovative go-to-market strategies. Jen has held a variety of positions ranging from Chief Marketing Officer at Betty Confidential to Vice President at P3M, and is founder of Signature Leadership, a consulting firm that positions companies to scale and accelerate growth by creating relationships and providing exceptional client management.

Joanne Lang
Founder and CEO of AboutOne

Joanne Lang is Founder and CEO of AboutOne, a gamified online organizer that adds filing and reporting capabilities to popular calendar and contacts applications so users can quickly store and manage multi-media memories and household paperwork.

Before starting AboutOne in 2010, Joanne was an executive on SAP’s original cloud technology team. She recognized that she had Facebook for friends and LinkedIn for business, but nothing in the middle to help manage her home life.

Karen Appleton
Vice President of Business Development at Box

Karen Appleton is the VP of Business Development at Box, where she initiates, evaluates, and structures new business opportunities, including strategic alliances and partnerships.

Prior to Box, Karen was VP of Development and a member of the executive team at Prosper Marketplace, responsible for a range of growth activity. She also served as National Marketing Director at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, and Head of BD at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP.

Kathryn Finney
Founder and CEO of TBF Group, LLC

Kathryn Finney is the founder and CEO of TBF Group, LLC. Founded in 2003, the network’s flagship property is The Budget Fashionista, which reaches a global audience of more than 10 million+ unique visitors a year. An honors graduate of Yale and Rutgers Universities, Kathryn has been featured in more than 600 media outlets, including TODAY show, Good Morning America, CNN,  and has been profiled in  the New York Times, USA TODAY, the Wall Street Journal, and InStyle.

Keith Teare
CEO and Founder of, Inc., Founder of Archimede Labs
Keith Teare
CEO and Founder of, Inc., Founder of Archimede Labs

Keith Teare is the CEO and founder of Inc. and a founder at the Palo Alto incubator, Archimedes Labs. Previously, he co-founded TechCrunch. Teare has a track record as a serial entrepreneur with big ideas and has achieved significant returns for investors in the US and in his native UK. He is a sociologist by training, but leaned to code in his 20's. His is a product-focused ideas person by nature.

Laura Gordon
Assistant Director of Marketing at Ernst & Young
Laura Gordon
Assistant Director of Marketing at Ernst & Young

Laura Gordon is the assistant director of marketing for Ernst & Young’s Northern California region. Ms. Gordon has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and has managed awards programs that include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award, Colorado’s Technology Association Apex awards, and ReliabilityOne™ and ServiceOne Awards for the utility industry.  Her subject matter expertise includes developing marketing campaigns, structuring sponsorships, and creating business development programs.


Laura Perciasepe
Editor and Trade Paperback Coordinator at Riverhead Books/Penguin
Laura Perciasepe
Editor and Trade Paperback Coordinator at Riverhead Books/Penguin

Laura Perciasepe is an editor and the Trade Paperback Coordinator at Riverhead Books/Penguin. She acquires and edits a wide range of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction. She is from Baltimore and lives in Brooklyn.

Laurie Yoler
SVP Business Development, Qualcomm

Laurie Yoler has been helping innovative technology companies grow for over twenty five years as an executive, advisor, investor and board member. She has served on the boards of public companies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.

Lila Ibrahim
Investment Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Lila Ibrahim joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2010, working across the firm's digital and greentech portfolios. Lila currently leads KPCB's business development efforts, key partnerships and strategic initiatives for the firm and KPCB's portfolio companies while serving as the chief of staff for John Doerr.

Outside of KPCB, Lila is the co-founder of Team4Tech, a non-profit organization established in 2012 to improve education in developing countries through innovative technology solutions.

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer
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

Lynn Forbes

Lynn Forbes is a digital strategy expert who has worked at the executive level for such companies as Hearst, Microsoft, Disney, Scripps Networks, Tennis Channel and BlogHer. With more than 25 years experience in content and product development, Lynn is a highly regarded digital consultant and blogger. Her blog, Employee to Employme: A Journey to Entrepreneurship, focuses on the evolution from employee mindset to entrepreneurship and how to joyfully embrace transition and change.

Mara Lewis
Co-Founder and CEO of
Mara Lewis
Co-Founder and CEO of

Mara is the co-founder and CEO of - a gamified sharing platform that lets users 'check in' to websites, earn points, and unlock deals from online locations. Previously, Mara was the co-founder and CEO of SpeedFeed Live, the first roulette-style video chat network on Facebook that allowed users to meet new people based on shared likes, interests, and social affinities.

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.

Nelly Yusupova
Webgrrls International

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of, Founder of, and creator of

Just recently included in Fast Company's, "League of Extraordinary Women", Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’s movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”. She is a technical strategist, an Internet, social media, and marketing expert and consultant. Nelly works with entrepreneurs and teaches them how to use and leverage technology in their business.

Nicole Lazzaro
Founder and President of XEODesign, Inc.

Nicole Lazzaro, founder and President of XEODesign, Inc., has twenty years of expertise in Player Experience Design (PXD) for mass-market entertainment products. She was voted by Gamasutra as one of the Top 20 women working in video games, and cited by Wired, Fast Company, CNET, ABC News, The Hollywood Reporter, and Red Herring.

Rachel Pike
Investment Professional at Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Rachel Pike joined Draper Fisher Jurvetson in 2010 and is active in the clean technology, software, and mobility sectors.  Prior to joining DFJ, Rachel completed her Ph.D.

Robin Wolaner
Entrepreneur and Executive

Robin Wolaner is an executive with broad experience in start-ups and managing companies.

Sandra Oh Lin
Founder and CEO of Kiwi Crate

Sandra Oh Lin is the founder and CEO of Kiwi Crate.  Kiwi Crate curates and delivers all of the materials and inspiration needed to do hands-on activities for kids, including art, science, imaginative play, and more.

Before founding Kiwi Crate, Sandra was the GM for eBay Fashion, an industry leader with $5.5 billion in annual sales. Prior to eBay, Sandra launched PayPal Mobile and led product management and marketing at start-ups including Transium and RemitNet.

Sandra’s early career began at Procter & Gamble where she managed global upstream product development.

Sandy Jen
CTO and Co-Founder of Meebo

Sandy Jen is CTO and co-founder of Meebo, a company that strives to connect people to what is important to them.  Meebo provides an embeddable JavaScript bar that leverages its wide distribution of half the US Internet population to provide a great way for publishers and advertisers to engage with their users.  Jen, along with friends Seth Sternberg and Elaine Wherry, started Meebo in 2005.  Jen runs the Engineering team, and considers her team her greatest accomplishment at Meebo.

Shani Higgins
Chief Executive Officer at Technorati

Shani Higgins joined Technorati in 2007 to lead strategy and day-to-day operations for the company’s advertising sales, business development, and the Technorati Media advertising network. Under Shani’s leadership, Technorati Media’s network launched in 2008 and has since become the largest social media advertising network, with more than 3,000 sites and a US reach of 183 million.

Shelley Taniguchi-Sabol
Owner and Consultant at PSWE

Shelley Taniguchi-Sabol is a relationship and project management professional with more than 15 years’ experience launching marketing programs and initiatives that create visibility and connection with brands and people.   Shelley began her career with the belief that events and experiences are a powerful platform for communication and community-building.  Prior to starting her own consulting business, Shelley honed her experiential marketing and program management skills serving in a variety of positions Nike, Paramount Pictures, Momentum, LMU, and most recently at On Board

Sue Callaway
Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Entree Media, CEO of THE AUTO 100
Sue Callaway
Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Entree Media, CEO of THE AUTO 100

Sue Callaway is an executive producer with Entrée Media, a company she co-owns with Fortune Editor-at-Large Pattie Sellers, and is the founder and CEO of THE AUTO 100, a content site due to launch in Q3 2012. Callaway also writes for Fortune and produces segments for, and CBS News’ “The Early Show.” From 1994 through 2000, Callaway was a senior editor at Fortune, where she helped create franchises such as The Most Powerful Women in Business. Ford Motor Company hired Callaway in 2000 to serve as Director of Marketing for its luxury brands.

Susan Etlinger
Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter Group, where she works with global companies to develop measurable social media strategies that support their business objectives. Susan has a diverse background in marketing and strategic planning for both corporations and agencies. She’s a frequent speaker on social media and has been extensively quoted in outlets including Fast Company, BBC, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Teneshia Jackson-Warner
CEO/COO, 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.

Tish Whitcraft
Chief Customer Officer at Tagged

As Chief Customer Officer at Tagged, Tish leads advertising, sales operations, revenue, customer experience, and security efforts to deliver on the company’s brand promise to customers.

Prior to joining Tagged, Tish was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Operations for Myspace, where she was responsible for worldwide customer experience, user feedback, online user support, community, user analytics and privacy, safety and security. Tish also spent five years as Vice President with Yahoo!

Virginia Smith Younce
Senior Editor at The Penguin Press
Virginia Smith Younce
Senior Editor at The Penguin Press

Ginny Smith Younce is a native of Macon, GA. She is a Senior Editor at The Penguin Press and has worked with authors including Daniel Yergin, Pamela Druckerman, Gary Marcus, Rana Dasgupta, Emily Oster, Marja Mills, Ann Napolitano, Paula Broadwell, Gay Talese, Kenji Yoshino, Andrew Delbanco, Daniel J. Sharfstein, Jeet Thayil, Edward Behr, Mario Batali, Jessica Stern, Simon Schama, Thurston Clarke, Steven Solomon, Sue Roe, and Nate Silver. Prior to coming to Penguin, she worked at Ecco/HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

Wendy Lea
CEO of Get Satisfaction

Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction. Wendy currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital ( and Corporate Visions. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley and was awarded the Watermak’s “Woman Who Made Her Mark” award.