Pathfinder Day at BlogHer '13 Speakers

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Bryant Terry
chef. activist. author.

Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of three books, including his latest The Inspired Vegan. He is the host of Urban Organic, a multi-episode web series. His interest in cooking and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food. Bryant completed the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. He holds an MA in American History from New York University and a BA in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2008 to 2010, Bryant was a Food and Society Policy Fellows. He lives and creates in Oakland, California, with his wife and daughter.

Cheryl Contee
CEO/Fission Strategy & Co-Founder of Attentive.ly

Cheryl Contee, CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of Attentive.ly, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. Cheryl co-founded #YesWeCode with Van Jones and Amy Henderson to help low opportunity youth to become high quality technologists. She was also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl was recently named as an Affiliate of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011 as did Black Enterprise. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digita l strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco.

Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, C-Span, BBC, Current TV, MSNBC and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Focus100/Digital Undivided, Guttmacher Institute, Citizen Engagement Lab and Public Radio International. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.

Hannah Kaminsky
Author of My Sweet Vegan

Growing up as a vegan with a voracious sweet tooth, Hannah Kaminsky had to learn to bake for herself at a young age.  Endlessly experimenting with different recipes and creative combinations, there is always some new dessert or treat to taste in her busy kitchen. Developing her skills primarily through trials for her blog, BitterSweetBlog.com, food photography quickly became a passion as well, and is now the focus of her college degree. She is also the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and the upcoming Easy as Vegan Pie.

Jaden Hair
Steamy Kitchen

Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. She is one of the chef stars on this season's Recipe Rehab show on ABC.

You can also watch her cook monthly on Daytime Show, syndicated in 140 markets. Jaden has been a food columnist for Discovery Health, TLC and for The Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook and the Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites.

Katherine Stone
Founder, Postpartum Progress

Katherine Stone is the founder and publisher of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression and new moms’ emotional health. Katherine is also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with maternal mental illness.

In 2014, she won the Iris Award for her philanthropic work in the parent blogging arena. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. AND, she's been a question on Jeopardy.

Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post among others. She often speaks publicly at such events as SXSW, BlogHer, the Mom 2.0 Summit, and many women’s health events. Prior to joining the world of posters and tweeters, she spent seven years in marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

Lianne Farbes
Publisher and Digital Consultant

Lianne Farbes is the Founder and CEO of Digital Girl Media. A known staple within the New York media and PR scene, Lianne is a sought after digital consultant who has worked with some of the most influential names over the past 7 years within the beauty and lifestyle industries. Her award winning blog The Makeup Girl, has been featured in the pages of Lucky, InStyle and Ebony magazines and on Glamour.com.

She is an on air beauty expert who currently serves as a brand ambassador for Avon, Inc., RoC Skincare and Aveeno. She has also consulted with major companies like Unilever and their Suave, Dove & Ponds brands, several Proctor & Gamble Beauty brands, Johnson & Johnson, and Estee Lauder's MAC Cosmetics. She is also the founder of the highly successful online editor event Cocktails & Couture. A sought after speaker, Lianne can be found providing industry forecasts and other insightful information at many high profile blogging meet-ups and conferences nationwide.

Even though Lianne has achieved much success, to her the most memorable achievement is the collaboration with MAC Cosmetics on a capsule collection called "Bloggers Obsessions" that went on sale online in North America. Her shade, Hocus Pocus, an ode to the ever popular smokey eye, debuted on June 21, 2011, and sold out in a week.

Maria Ross
Creator + Chief Brand Strategist, Red Slice
Maria Ross
Creator + Chief Brand Strategist, Red Slice

Maria Ross is a brand strategist, author and speaker who believes cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive. As creator of Red Slice, she advises startups, entrepreneurs and small to midsize companies on how to craft irresistible brands. Maria is the author of the Amazon best-selling seller Branding Basics for Small Business: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget, (2nd Edition) and her humorous and heartfelt memoir, Rebooting My Brain. A dynamic speaker, she has delighted audiences ranging from The New York Times to the Chamber of Commerce to BlogHer and has appeared in and written for numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, ABC News, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, NPR and Entrepreneur Magazine. Maria lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, baby boy and their precocious Black Lab mix. Learn how to tell your irresistible story at red-slice.com or spark a conversation with Maria on Twitter @redslice

Melissa Ford
Author of the books, Life from Scratch and Measure of Love, and the blog, Stirrup Queens
Melissa Ford
Author of the books, Life from Scratch and Measure of Love, and the blog, Stirrup Queens

Melissa Ford is the author of the award-winning website, Stirrup Queens (http://stirrup-queens.com), as well as three books; Measure of Love (Bell Bridge, 2013) and Life from Scratch (Bell Bridge, 2010), two novels about a blogger finding her voice after a divorce and continuing to blog through new love, and Navigating the Land of If (Seal Press, 2009), a guide to infertility and pregnancy loss. Stirrup Queens was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten motherhood blogs. She is also the Blogging & Social Media section editor at BlogHer. Melissa completed her MFA at the University of Massachusetts. Ford lives in Washington, D.C. with her writer husband, Joshua, and their twins. You can find her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFordAuthor) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/stirrupqueen).

MJ Tam
Editor, Chicagonista

MJ Tam is the editor of Chicagonista and the creator of City Connect Media, Inc. (CCMI), which owns and operates Chicagonista.com and other city sites including TheChicagoMoms.com.  Under CCMI she created Chicagonista LIVE!, the first live-streamed online talk show in Chicago, with co-host and broadcast journalist Nancy Loo and new media personalities Beth Rosen and Duong Sheahan.

The interactive #ChicagonistaLIVE show boasts a 4.7M Twitter impression during the one hour of the show and has broadcasted live from Chicago’s famous landmarks such as Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), John Hancock Observatory, Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier, McCormick Place, Hawthorne RaceCourse, Vienna Beef and many more.

MJ and the show have been featured in many traditional TV and print media outlets including CBS Chicago, NBC Chicago, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WBEZ 91.5, and more. She is also a frequent segment contributor for the Windy City LIVE, an ABC Chicago affiliate daily morning TV talk show.

Before professionally blogging, MJ once traveled extensively for the fashion industry and made rapport between major department stores and a New York based designer brand. There she got to dabble and write about fashion reports and compare trends among current designer brands. When the kids came along, MJ started writing about Chicago fashion and turned Chicagonista.com in to a Chicago lifestyles and trends site where she scours great places/events for “movers, shakers & baby makers." She also keeps updated on the newest and greatest on social media and tech. Her love of fashion and technology have suddenly become one.

Just recently MJ launched Women Driving Excellence with her good friend and ChicagonistaLIVE co-host Beth Rosen. It is a grassroots community using multimedia platforms featuring inspiring women who help start, accelerate, fuel, and steer others to excellence. They successfully launched by taking over Women’s Day at the Chicago Auto Show, honoring local Chicago women trailblazers and partnering up with the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, and Cars.com, and also landed major media exposures. They hope to bring Women Driving Excellence to other cities as well.

Nataly Kogan
Co-Founder and CEO, Happier

Nataly Kogan is the co-founder and CEO of Happier, based in Boston. Inspired by research on happiness, the company's mission is to inspire millions of people to do more of what makes them happier. Nataly has held top positions at WHERE (sold to PayPal), Microsoft's Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), McKinsey & Co., and Hudson Ventures, a venture capital firm in New York, and founded the online community for working mothers and a publishing company for students. Nataly and her parents immigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when she was thirteen and she graduated with University Honors from Wesleyan University. Nataly lives outside Boston with her husband and young daughter but is forever a New Yorker at heart.

Susan Getgood
VP Influencer Marketing, BlogHer

Susan Getgood has been involved in online marketing since the early 90s, and watched the web evolve from the first browsers to the interactive communities we participate in today.

In Fall 2010, Susan joined BlogHer Inc. where she currently serves as Vice President of Influencer Marketing. In this role, she connects social media influencers with the brands they love through mutually beneficial business and advertising opportunities.

As an independent consultant from 2004 to 2010, she helped organizations integrate social media into their marketing strategies to meet their customers online, build their brands and drive revenue. Clients included HP, Kaplan University, Kraft, Goodwill Industries and CamelBak as well as PR agencies, start-ups and small businesses nationwide.

Prior to that, Susan held a variety of corporate marketing and management roles including Senior Vice President of Marketing at Internet software company SurfControl, General Manager of Cyber Patrol and Director of Corporate Communications at The Learning Company.

Her professional marketing blog, where she writes about social media and marketing strategy, is Marketing Roadmaps. She also writes a personal blog, Snapshot Chronicles. Her first book, Professional Blogging For Dummies (Wiley), was published in July 2010.

Susan speaks regularly at social media conferences like BlogHer, Mom 2.0 and New Comm Forum. She is a co-founder of ethics initiative Blog With Integrity and appeared on the Today Show in April 2010 to talk about respect and responsibility in the blogosphere.