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.

Cheryl Contee
CEO/Fission Strategy & Co-Founder of

Cheryl Contee, CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of, 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.

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,, 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 is an author of 3 cookbooks, a television chef and publisher of Jaden and her husband, Scott, have run Steamy Kitchen as a full time family business for the past 8 years.

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.

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

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.

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 (, 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 N

MJ Tam

MJ Tam is a New Media innovator and professional blogger who is always finding new ways in bridging gaps between the new and old media dichotomy. She launched & produce (along with Beth Rosen) Chicago's Social Talk Show called the #ChicagonistaLIVE show and has been widely watched online and offline.

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.

Influencer Marketer, Connector, and Social Media Expert

Susan is Senior Vice President of Influencer Marketing at SheKnows Media. In this role, she leads the company’s influencer marketing practice and the teams responsible for delivering the social marketing products and programs that engage consumers and deliver results. Previously, she was SheKnows’ SVP of Integrated Marketing, a role she assumed subsequent to SheKnows’ acquisition of BlogHer in November 2014. Follow Susan on Twitter @sgetgood.