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. This past fall, she debuted the YEI Idea Institute, a series of networking events, skill-sharing workshops, and guest lectures geared toward early-stage 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.  She writes an expert blog on leadership for Fast and articles for the Huffington Post.  In her spare time, she created the iPhone app gottaFeeling, wrote Create iPhone Apps That Rock: A Guide for Non-Technical Folks and waxes philosophical at

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.

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.

Prior to Google, Amy helped build the affiliate and paid search channels driving user acquisition at eBay. She also spent a number of years with McKinsey & Co as a consultant specializing in semiconductor, software, and services.   She began her career with hardware engineering positions at Intel, AMD, and Motorola.

Amy has a BS in Electrical Engineering with a Hardware sub-specialty from Stanford University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering with a Networking Systems focus also from Stanford.


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 Company Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010 and one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 150 in 2010.  Her expertise lies in New Media.

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.

Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. Ann received a BA in mathematics and in business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas.

Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, Karmasphere, MuleSoft, Sonatype, Star Analytics and Voltage Security. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas. Ann is an advisor to numerous entrepreneur groups, as well as Director and former Chairperson of SV Forum.

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. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

Brad serves on the board of BigDoor Media, Cheezburger Networks, FitbitGnipMakerBot, Oblong, Orbotix, and Standing Cloud for Foundry Group.  Active with several non-profit organizations, he is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Startup Weekend. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts and AsktheVC. 

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from MIT.

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. Her recent and upcoming projects include The Big Enough Company by Adelaide Lancaster and Amy Abrams, The Ultralight Startup by Jason Baptiste, and The Method Method by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry.

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. Catherine co-authored the book Understanding Your Users and is an active publisher and speaker in the design community. She holds a Masters of Applied Sciences specializing in Human Factors from the University of Toronto.

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. Christina received her BFA in Industrial Design, and her MS in Design and Computing from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her PhD in Communications and Anthropology at Northwestern University.

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. Current investments and board seats include BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla and Xactly Corporation. Honored as one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, and as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area in 2011, Cindy has been helping accelerate emerging technology companies for over 25 years. She has raised and deployed more than $100M in venture funding to launch dozens of innovative start-ups and bring them to successful outcomes. Cindy is an advisor to Astia and Project Olympus and is a member of the Business Board of Advisors for Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

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 clients and others to achieve outcomes that meet her clients’ business needs and those of the other parties around the table.  In addition to her private practice at Cooley, Danielle has taught numerous seminars on venture capital transactions at UCLA School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, and Stanford Law School.

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.

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.

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. Heidi then entered the venture capital world, serving as Managing Director for Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007.

Today, Heidi is a Venture Partner at leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. She is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

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. I am an active triathlete and write about social media, influencer marketing and leadership for Fast Company, Huffington Post, Chief Marketer,, and my own blog,

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. She currently serves as CEO at Create with Context, where her leadership has brought significant growth since its 2005 inception, with clients ranging from global brands such as Accenture, BarclayCard, Intuit, Panasonic, Visa, and Yahoo!, to emerging technology providers including Windspire Energy, Ingenuity, and NextWindow.

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. In 2010, she received the Family Online Safety Institute’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and was named Best Executive by the 2009 Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Chaffin sits on the board of directors for International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) and on the advisory council of Illuminate Ventures. 

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. Previously, Janice was Managing Director and President of BICC Data Networks.

Janice serves on the boards of ARM Holdings plc, RealNetworks, and is an advisor to Illuminate Ventures, which primarily invests in companies that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs.

Janice holds an honors degree in commerce from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

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. Jen's extensive background in marketing and brand building, as well as her expertise in start-up strategies, bring valuable insight and business skills to her clients.

Participating in many advisory boards over the years, Jen is considered a leading female marketing spokesperson and advisor.

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. She designed AboutOne based on her experiences as the mother of four.

Joanne was named a Forbes Top Ten Female Entrepreneurs to Watch, received seed funding from Ben Franklin SEP, Series A from Golden Seeds and MAG, and was accepted in the Astia and DreamIt portfolios.

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. At Lexis-Nexis, she launched the firm's internet product and ran business development for the state of Hawaii.

Karen earned a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in international business from Towson University. She serves on the Board of Directors for SV2.

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. Kathryn is considered an expert in building branded, women-centered online properties and is a frequent speaker at conferences such as South by Southwest (SXSW), New York Women in Communications, and numerous colleges and universities.

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.

Ms. Gordon was the Vice President of Operations for Colorado’s Technology Association, Marketing Executive for PA Consulting, and held marketing positions at Stanford Medical Center and Grubb & Ellis.  Laura was awarded a bachelor's degree in business management from St. Mary’s of California, Moraga.

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.

She currently serves as SVP Business Development for Qualcomm. She was previously a founding Managing Director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, helping entrepreneurs to build strategic alliances, complete M&A transactions and raise capital. Prior to that, Yoler was chief development officer at Intellectual Ventures, exploring invention and investment opportunities in a wide variety of technology areas ranging from software, semiconductors, electronic devices, consumer products, lasers, biotechnology and medical devices.

Yoler has been an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products, both from within large companies like Visa, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture, and as one of a small group of founders/investors of a new entrepreneurial venture with a radical idea like Tesla Motors, DNA Direct, and Packet Design.

Yoler currently serves on the board of advisors of Tesla Motors, the board of directors of the Washington State University Research Foundation, and the advisory boards of Scripted, Curious, and Silicon Valley Comes to UK. She previously served on the board of directors of Tesla Motors since its founding, the public company Interactive Investor (until it was acquired by AMP), the advisory board of DNA Direct (acquired by Medco), and the technical advisory board of Index Ventures.

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. The Team4Tech project is an outgrowth of Lila's Henry Crown Fellowship, an entrepreneurial leadership program at the Aspen Institute.

Before joining KPCB, Lila had a diverse 18-year career with Intel Corp. Most recently, she led the start-up business of Intel's Emerging Markets Product Group. Based in China, she was responsible for the ethnographic research, engineering development and marketing of products focused on global education. Under Lila's leadership, more than 50 countries deployed the education solutions, creating hundreds of local jobs and improving the lives and potential of millions of students. Lila joined Intel in 1990 as a design engineer for the Pentium® processor. During her tenure, she held a variety of technical, marketing and management positions, including assignments in Japan to enable DVD standards for the PC industry and in the Asia Pacific region to pioneer the global expansion of Intel's premier developer program. Lila also served as chief of staff to former Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, a position in which she facilitated the technical, program and public aspects of his role with Intel and the United Nations. During this time, Lila led the Digital Village Initiative to deliver technology projects that advanced entrepreneurship, health, education and e-governance from the Amazon to Africa.

Based on her business and community service leadership, Lila was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Lila has received national recognition from the Anita Borg Institute (Women of Vision, 2010); VARBusiness (Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the Channel, 2008); and Purdue University (Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer, 2010). She was also featured on the cover of ForbesWoman for her role promoting women in technology (2009). Over the past decade, Lila has established and sustained three computer labs at the orphanage in Lebanon where her father was raised. Lila earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, where she continues to guest lecture.

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 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.

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. Mara volunteers her time as an instructor and mentor with the Technovation Challenge, an after-school program that teaches high school girls to develop mobile apps and write business plans. Originally from Boston, Mara moved to San Francisco in 2008 after deciding she’d had enough of the east coast ice storms. 

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. Maria’s experience in the social media space has led to speaking engagements in a variety of settings from the MIT Media Lab to conferences covering social media use for business and how digital media is transforming business.

After establishing ConsumerPop Marketing Consulting in 2005, Maria assisted a variety of companies with their social media and marketing efforts. Clients included LiveWorld, JWT Digital and Kleenex® brand tissues, JFK University, a global cosmetics company, a leading CPG healthcare brand, retailers, advertising and PR agencies. Projects included development of marketing strategy and plans, mission statements, brand essence and identity, corporate blogs and blogging strategies, blogger outreach strategies, ad network development, video blog strategy and production, social media monitoring programs and online community development and management.

Maria holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, a Master's degree from the University of Chicago and BA from UCLA.

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.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay, O’Reilly, SmartMoney SmallBiz, TechRepublic’s Women’s Radio.

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. Her clients include: Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Sega, PlayFirst, The Cartoon Network, Disney, Lucas Arts, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog, Mattel, Monolith, Xfire, D.I.C.E, Leap Frog, Ugobe, The Learning Company, Broderbund, Roxio, Cisco, Sierra Online, and Maxis.

Since founding XEODesign in 1992, Nicole's design and research has improved over 40 million player experiences, including several popular franchises for casual audiences. Tilt World, an iPhone game striving for social good, is her latest endeavor.

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. in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Cambridge.  During her time there, Rachel served as President of the Gates Scholars, worked on a field campaign in Malaysia, and gave a short TED University talk on the scale of scientific research behind climate headlines.

Previously, Rachel earned a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in African studies at Northwestern University. She also spent a year in Tanzania, where she studied at the University of Dar es Salaam and gained experience working on a Bus Rapid Transit planning project as an assistant consultant.

Robin Wolaner
Entrepreneur and Executive

Robin Wolaner is an executive with broad experience in start-ups and managing companies. She is the author of Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career.

In 1985, she founded Parenting magazine, the most successful magazine launch of the decade and later sold to Time Inc. Parenting’s founding is documented in one of the most popular case studies by Harvard Business School.

Her career encompasses heading magazine development for Time Inc., serving as president/CEO of Sunset Publishing and as executive vice president of CNET, and founding TeeBeeDee, a social network for people 40+.  Robin is currently advising the founders of Skout, the mobile way to meet, and PolkStreetPress, the Pixar of picture books.

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. Sandra graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.  Jen, a rock climber and Ultimate Frisbee player, graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science, and is a recipient of the Founders Fund TechFellows Award in Engineering Leadership.

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. Shani was a driving force behind the Technorati Media acquisition of SV Moms in 2010 and BlogCritics in 2008, and directed the development of the Technorati Media Exchange– the first private exchange for brand-safe independent and socially engaging publishers– which launched in April 2011. Previously, Shani held senior management roles at Infoseek/GO/Disney, Ziff Davis, Benedek Investment Group, and Tacit Software. She earned her BA in Communication from Rutgers University.

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 Entertainment, producing mobile marketing tour and grassroots sampling programs.  Shelley’s passion for sports, capacity-building, and advancing women in business has fueled her core client focus. Her specialties include strategic planning, marketing, branding, event planning/execution and interactive marketing.

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. In 2001, she became General Manager of Jaguar Cars North America.

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. Find her on Twitter at @setlinger and at her blog, Thought Experiments, at

Telle Whitney
President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute

Dr. Telle Whitney is the President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute. She held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel Corporation, and co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

She serves on the advisory boards of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Illuminate Ventures.

She has received numerous awards including:  ACM Distinguished Service, the Marie Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement, Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf, and San Jose Business Journal Top100 Women of Influence.

Dr. Whitney received her PhD from Caltech, and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah, both in Computer Science.

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.

Teneshia’s career started in corporate America at IBM Global Services. After a few years at IBM, she embarked upon a dream journey led by passion, persistence and faith which resulted in an apprenticeship with globally successful innovator, entrepreneur and business mogul, Russell Simmons. Under Russell’s leadership, Teneshia gained valuable experience as the General Manager of Rush Communications. Inspired and encouraged by Russell, Teneshia began her own entrepreneurial path, and founded The EGAMI Group in 2007.

Now an award-winning multicultural marketing firm, The EGAMI Group helps brands to “INSPIRE”, “CONNECT” and “ACTIVATE” consumers through innovative, invigorated and best in class marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships, custom community programs, public relations and/or new product launches. As CEO, Teneshia has led the firm from a dream concept to a thriving multi-million dollar business, delivering award-winning client work for leading brands such as P&G’s Bounty and My Black is Beautiful, GAIN, Verizon Wireless, Dasani, General Motors, Target, KFC, Major League Baseball and more, The EGAMI Group was ranked among the Top 500 Diversity Businesses by

In fall 2012, Teneshia 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 as the first book to be written on multicultural purpose-driven marketing. In November 2012, Teneshia launched the Purpose Awards to salute brands, companies, organizations and individuals who are purpose-driven in their respective fields. In 2013, she also found The Dream Project Symposium, an annual symposium to support aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals to take their dreams, ideas and businesses to new heights.

A graduate of Alabama A&M University, Teneshia is the recipient of the coveted Black Enterprise Rising Star and 40 Under 40, AdColor MVP, The Network Journal Forty Under 40 Awards. She has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, ABC News and more.

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! where she led global customer care and experience for the online giant’s 850 million users in 48 markets across 68 different product categories.

Tish is known throughout the technology industry as an influencer, thought leader, and visionary on customer experience, product quality, global relevancy, and social media.

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. She has a degree in History with Honors from Yale University and a two year Acting Course Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

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.

Prior to Get Satisfaction Wendy was co-founder of On Target a sales consulting firm acquired by Siebel Systems in 1999. After the acquisition, Wendy served as Vice President of eBusiness Consulting at Siebel Systems.

Wendy holds a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from University of Mississippi.