BlogHer Food '13 Speakers

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Addie Broyles
Austin American-Statesman

As the food writer for the Austin American-Statesman, Addie Broyles writes about everything from farmers and up-and-coming chefs to food trends in Austin and beyond in a weekly column and blog called Relish Austin. When she’s not chasing after her two young sons, the Ozarks native and University of Missouri graduate writes about women and food at The Feminist Kitchen and is the advisory council chair of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Addie is spearheading an Austin Food Blogger Alliance community cookbook that is slated to come out in April 2013.

In 2011, Addie was named by Tribeza magazine as one of the top 10 Austinites to watch and was voted the top food writer in the city two years in a row by readers of the Austin Chronicle. She recently won the National Headliner Award for special or feature column on one subject by an individual, and her freelance work has appeared in Dwell and The Guardian.

Alexandra Williams, MA
Owner, Fun And Fit

Alexandra Williams, MA has been teaching, mentoring, presenting, emceeing, editing and writing for over 30 years. Currently teaching in the Dept. of Exercise Studies at UC Santa Barbara, she is a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Fitness Journal, columnist for AAA Westways magazine, and frequent freelance writer and guest blogger for numerous print and online health sites.

Alexandra co-hosts the international online radio show, "Fun and Fit" on womensradio.com with her twin sister, as well as appearing with her on numerous television and radio programs as guest speakers. Both together and separately, Alexandra and her twin Kymberly have presented workshops on writing, business, social media and fitness around the world.

Alexandra is also a former judge for international aerobic championships. Her advanced degree in counseling has helped her more fully understand the power and importance of words and the meaning behind them. 

Alice Currah
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Alice Currah is the writer, photographer, and author behind the popular food blog and cookbook of the same name. In 2010 Forbes named Alice as 'One of Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers' and she also won Saveur's first ever cover photography contest. Her writing and photos have appeared in numerous media outlets online and in print including Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Huffington Post, and many more. She also writes a weekly column for PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers. In her spare time she enjoys eating around town and spending time with her family. She lives in Seattle, WA with her three children and husband.
Anna Lappe
Founder, Small Planet Institute

Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator, known for her work as a sustainable food advocate. The co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to nine others, Anna’s work has been widely translated internationally and featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. Named one of Time magazine’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund.

She is currently leading the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative project using online videos, a web-based resource center, and grassroots events to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming across the United States.

Her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury 2010), was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of the year. Anna is also the co-author of Hope’s Edge (Penguin 2002), which chronicles social movements fighting hunger around the world, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Penguin 2006), showcasing the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food and including seasonal menus from chef Bryant Terry.

Anna can be seen as the co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast and as a featured expert on PBS’s Need to Know, the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet, and the PBS documentary, Nourish. Anna is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has been on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and Leonard Lopate Show. Anna’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Domino, Food & Wine, Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Vibe, among many other publications.

With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised nearly id="mce_marker" million for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002.

Anna’s writing and advocacy have earned her numerous accolades. In 2009, The New York Times magazine featured Anna among a handful of “food fighters.” In 2007, she was chosen by the Missing Peace Project for the Compassion in Action Award and in 2006 Anna was selected for Contribute magazine’s “21 Under 40 Making a Difference.”

Ben Rhau
Writer and Publisher/You Fed a Baby Chili?

Ben think of himself as a serial beginner. He's worked as a trader on Wall Street, research scientist, and now digital media professional. He took up writing and photography in his late 30s, and it’s completely changed the way he lives. Ben writes things, mostly about food. He takes pictures, mostly of strange people. He can be found on most major social media platforms (and also some smaller ones).

Carrie Pacini
For The Feast

Carrie Pacini is a chilled glass of champagne, disguised as a mother, writer, entrepreneur and creative technologist. She is currently the co-creator and lead writer for For The Feast and co-founder of the Mom 2.0 Summit.

Prior to co-creating For The Feast and Mom 2.0, Carrie co-founded The Wine Conference — an intimate exploration of fine wine & food pairings, featuring national experts like Gary Vaynerchuk and award-winning regional chefs.

Carrie’s work has been featured and “Top 10” listed in both online and traditional publications such as Forbes, Mashable.com, Parent & Child Magazine, Yahoo Picks, and many others. When she’s not organizing events and building her businesses, Carrie serves on the Board of Directors for the Italian Cultural and Community Center, and conquers intimidating dishes in her home kitchen — with the help of her husband John and 8- and 11-year old sous chefs, Giulia and Adrian. Carrie’s bubbly enthusiasm for Classical and Old World cuisine has also fueled numerous global travel adventures, where she continues her epic quest to find the perfect bottle of sparkling rosé.

Catherine McCord
Founder, Weelicious, Inc

Launched in 2007, Catherine, mom to Kenya (6) and Chloe (4), created Weelicious.com as a platform to show parents around the world how easy and beneficial it is to expose children to wholesome and delicious homemade food. After personally struggling with how to feed Kenya, Catherine recognized a need for realistic, accessible and nutritious recipes for parents using minimal ingredients that are fully loaded with flavor. Weelicious, which now houses over 1200 original recipes, isn’t about taking risks or presenting challenges in the kitchen. Catherine inspires her community with ingredients that are readily available and recipes that are fast and easy to follow.  Debuting a new recipe or tip daily and how-to cooking videos posted every Tuesday, Weelicious is a wealth of information and has quickly developed an international audience on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Catherine takes her inner ‘mom-ologue’ from the web to the page with her book, Weelicious: One Family. One Meal. Starting out as an inspirational feeding guide, Catherine cleverly weaves together first-hand experiences with factual evidence, and then naturally progresses into 140 of her own can-do “easy, fresh, and fun” recipes. Summer 2013 Weelicious Lunches will be published with over 160 simple recipes to get kids excited about school lunch.

Chef Ayinde Howell
Executive Chef / ieatgrassdotcom
Chef Ayinde Howell
Executive Chef / ieatgrassdotcom

Ayinde Howell is an executive Chef living and working in New York City. His recipes have been published in the New York Times, Essence Magazine, VegNews Magazine and many others. He is a fourth generation entrepreneur with two businesses and a 501c3 under his belt. He currently holds the position of founder and “Bossman” of the award winning iEatGrass.com, also home to his critically acclaimed culinary event brand, Wildflower.

Christine Pittman

Christine Pittman is a busy mom with a 4 year old, a baby and a globe-trotting husband. In between changing diapers and answering millions of “Why Mommy” questions she writes, develops recipes and takes photographs for her blog cookthestory.com. When she started her blog 2 years ago her photography was badly lit and out of focus thanks to her Point-Shoot-Flash! technique. After attending many workshops and conferences, doing a lot of reading and practicing, her technique has improved to the point where her photographs now appear regularly on respected food photography sites.

Christy Horton
Pastry Chef and Blogger Liaison at CookingPlanit.com, Philanthropy Chair for Austin Food Bloggers Alliance
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Christy Horton
Pastry Chef and Blogger Liaison at CookingPlanit.com, Philanthropy Chair for Austin Food Bloggers Alliance
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Christy Horton is a trained pastry chef and avid blogger. She graduated summa cum laude from the le Cordon Bleu Patisserie program in 2006 and worked at several local bakeries and restaurants around Austin. But her favorite gig was at the Central Market Cooking School where she had the opportunity to work with such culinary luminaries as Rebecca Rather, Nick Malgieri, George Geary, and David Lebovitz.

In 2009 Christy's adventures expanded from the culinary to the literary when she began blogging at epicuriosities.com. The Austin Food Blogger's Alliance formed in 2010 and she was one of the founding members of the AFBA which is now the largest alliance of food bloggers in the country. Because of her dedication to non-profit fundraising and near obsessive need to volunteer, Christy will be serving on the board of the AFBA as the chair of the Philanthropy Committee for 2013-2014.

Serendipity and relentless pursuit of culinary adventures led to a working relationship with Cooking Planit when it was still in development phase, at first as part of a panel of bloggers and later as a consultant on developing a partnership with the AFBA. Literally the day before going to a second interview for an office job, Christy was invited to join the culinary team at Cooking Planit to develop recipes both savory and (coming soon!) sweet.

Christy Morgan
The Blissful Chef

Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef, has been tantalizing taste buds for years as a vegan chef, cooking instructor, food writer, and cookbook author. Christy’s mission is to show that a whole food plant-based diet can be delicious, easy and will bring more energy and bliss into your life! Her fun and informative classes teach amateurs and seasoned veterans alike how to create simple yet delicious, sustainable, “green” meals using local organic produce and seasonal cooking techniques. Wellness Reboot is Christy's new online wellness program that anyone can join to get healthy and fit.

Christy has been seen on VegNews.com, One Green Planet, Daily Candy, Fox Good Day, From A to Vegan, and is a guest on numerous radio shows and podcasts including Martha Stewart Living Radio, Our Hen House, Vegan World Radio, and the Dr. Don Show. Her cookbook Blissful Bites is available now where books our sold! Find out more at The Blissful Chef.com. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and visit her Facebook page.

Claudia Kousoulas
Founder, Appetite for Books

Claudia Kousoulas is a freelance writer, cookbook author, and editor who blogs at Appetite for Books, where she reviews cookbooks and reports on food adventures. Many of those adventures involve culinary history. As a former president and current board member of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. she contributes to the group’s examination of the ways food, in different times and places, unites us, divides us, and ultimately defines us.

Her credits include an essay in The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food Industry (Greenwood Publishing, 2008) on that all-American delight—SPAM. She wrote Cast Iron Classics for Collector’s Press in 2007, which features more than 80 recipes from starters to desserts, from Hangtown Fry to Caramel Apple Pie that take a special savor from grandma’s favorite skillet. She is currently developing cookbooks on soups, breads, and desserts. She has interviewed chefs and authors, written features on historical recipes, dinner parties, hot and cold drinks and more for local and national publications.

Claudia is a regular contributor to Cookbook Digest, a national publication that reviews and excerpts a varied selection of current, popular, and seasonal cookbooks. Other credits include Fresh magazine, Washington Woman, Edible Chesapeake, Mothering magazine, and CHoWline.

If there’s a food event, Claudia is there, from a food truck muster, to the office holiday cookie swap, to entering a blue ribbon layer cake in the county fair. Let’s eat!

Colette Martin
Writer and Allergen-Free Baker

Colette Martin is a cookbook author, food photographer, food allergy advocate and an expert on how to bake allergen-free. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts and the upcoming Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette understands first-hand what it means to transform her kitchen to accommodate multiple food allergies. Colette is a member of the Kids with Food Allergies advisory board.

Corinne Fay
Social Networking Associate / The Lisa Ekus Group
Corinne Fay
Social Networking Associate / The Lisa Ekus Group

As Social Networking Associate, Corinne oversees The Lisa Ekus Group’s various internet incarnations, including the website and social media. She also works on PR campaigns, promotes TLEG’s many accomplished authors and the culinary media training program, and reviews incoming book proposals.

Corinne has been proudly working for the only full-service culinary agency to offer Public Relations, Media Training, Literary and Talent Representation, as well as Career Consulting—all within the culinary realm—since 2009.

An avid Instagrammer (@corfay), Corinne loves taking snaps of scenic Western Massachusetts and well-executed meals. Last October, Corinne and her colleague Sally Ekus (also at BlogHer Food!) ran a half-marathon and raised over $20,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To find out more about The Lisa Ekus Group and Corinne, please visit www.lisaekus.com

David Leite
Publisher | Leite's Culinaria
David Leite
Publisher | Leite's Culinaria

David Leite (pronounced leet) is the author of The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. David writes about everything from champagne to Welsh food to high tea to being a super taster for publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, and epicurious.com. David is a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Living Radio program, Living Today and often reads his work on public radio’s food program The Splendid Table hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. He’s a regular guest on WTNH-TV, appears on The Today Show.

David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article, “In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam” and was nominated in 2009 for his article “Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret,” both from the New York Times. He’s also a four-time nominee for the Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. In addition, he was a 2007 and 2006 winner of an Association of Food Journalists Award. His essays have been included in the Best Food Writing series in 2001, and from 2002 to 2011. Leite’s Culinaria, which David created in 1999, won the 2007 James Beard Award for Web Site Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition and the 2006 James Beard Award for Best Food Web Site, a 2006 Food Blog Award, the 2005 World Food Media Award for Best Food and/or Drink Web Site, and was named Best Writer’s Web Site for 2002 by Writer’s Digest.

Denise Tanton
Senior Community Manager, BlogHer.com

Denise is the BlogHer Community Manager who started her life on the internet by developing a serious addiction to chat at iVillage. From there she was employed at Women.com as a Message Board Moderator and WebMd as a Senior Community Moderator.

Diane Cu
White On Rice Couple

Diane Cu is a professional photographer, stylist and filmaker based in Los Angeles. Fueled by her love of local culture and a home cooked meal, she loves sharing stories of amazing people from her travels. Diane's advertising and editorial work can be found in Oprah Winfrey Network, Whole Foods, Williams Sonoma, Cooking Channel, Sunset Magazine and published cookbooks. She co-writes the food & photography blog WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. and is co-founder of EvoMultimedia.com 

 

Diane Lang (aka Momo)
Social Media Manager, BlogHer

Diane (aka Momo) is the Social Media Manager for BlogHer, the premium cross-platform media network and publisher for women. A former lunch-lady, and self-taught social-media professional, she is proof that you can change your life at the age of 40.

Diane has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, Columbus Monthly Magazine, and Babble's List of the Top 100 Mom Blogs in 2011 and 2012. She was a BlogHer Voices of the Year Finalist in 2010, the BlogHer Voices of the Year Niche People's Choice Honoree in 2011 and was recently named a Favorite Central Ohio Mom Blogger by the James Thurber House. When she isn't tweeting, posting to LinkedIn, or pinning for the BlogHer Community of 55 million, Diane can be found blogging at Momo Fali, where she writes about her sports-fanatic husband, teen daughter and her special-needs son.

Donna Pierce
Contributing Editor, Skillet Diaries

Donna Pierce is a national award-winning food and travel journalist, Contributing Editor for Upscale Magazine and the former Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune. She grew up with deep roots in Mobile, Alabama, where her family lived for five generations before her parents moved to Missouri.

Donna lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles before a return to Missouri where she was an adjunct instructor and Food Editor for the University of Missouri Journalism School.

She has traveled to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean exploring the roots of African American culinary traditions. She is a former board member of the Southern Foodways Association, a current board member of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a member of the Association of Food Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the James Beard Foundation.

Pierce, a Chicago resident for a decade, is the founder of BlackAmericaCooks.com and SkilletDiaries.com. She is working on the launch of The Skillet Project, a nonprofit organization uniting elders and children with the goal of healthy eating.

Dresden Shumaker
Writer, CreatingMotherhood.com
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Dresden Shumaker
Writer, CreatingMotherhood.com
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Dresden chronicles her adventures in single parenting (including the awesome story of how the internet got her pregnant) on CreatingMotherhood.com.

For the last few years she has worked in new media for a tech startup in Philadelphia, as a web designer and graphic artist, and as a freelance writer. She also covers entertainment news at Babble.com and is a contributor to Kids in the House. Dresden's writing has been featured or syndicated in The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, AimingLow, Parenting, Type-A Parent, and BlogHer.

Dresden is invested in causes connected to ending child hunger and caregiver support for the Alzheimer's community. She is a blogger and advocate for Feeding America and was recently honored by BlogHer in 2012 as a Voice of the Year for her post, "Welfare Queen."

Due to height restrictions Dresden missed her calling as a Muppet. She has persevered as an appreciator of all things mah na mah na. 

Edie Goodwin
Co-Owner, Princess & Moose's Sister Bakery
Edie Goodwin
Co-Owner, Princess & Moose's Sister Bakery

Edie Goodwin and her sister, Stephanie, officially started Princess & Moose's Sister back in July of 2012 when they took their brownies to Live Oak Market to sell to the public. They kicked it all off with Kickstarter in December 2011. It allowed them to get the needed funds to take their business to the next level. They were no longer "home bakers!"

Edie and Stephanie focus on using local products, small batch baking to keep the integrity of their products, and consider themselves "granny bakers" who do old school baking with a twist. They like to try different combinations as well as push the envelope when it comes to trying new things. They try to think outside the box.

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.

Elly Spinweber
Marketing and Communications Director, Partnership for a Healthier America

Elly Spinweber is marketing and communications director at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity in a generation. Elly leads PHA’s daily communications strategy, including digital and social efforts like the MyPlateRecipes Pinterest partnership, which brings together PHA, Let’s Move!, USDA’s MyPlate, and the nation’s top recipe creators to offer thousands of tasty recipes to anyone looking for healthier meals.

Elly has more than a decade of experience leading health-related communications and marketing campaigns. She joined PHA from AARP, where she led press strategy and outreach for the organization’s charitable and service initiatives, including AARP and AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger. The Drive pairs four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon with AARP Foundation to raise funds, build awareness of, and engage Americans across the country in the fight against hunger. The effort is focused on the nine million Americans over 50 who are at risk of hunger every day.

She lives in the DC area with her husband and their elderly Chihuahua. In her spare time, she is pursuing a master’s degree in public health and trying mightily to grow lettuce, tomatoes, peas and peppers in her patio container garden.

Hana Bieliauskas
Account Manager, CMA
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Hana Bieliauskas is a public relations pro with experience working in agency, nonprofit and media environments, where she has worked with food, business-to-business, health care and nonprofit clients. Today, she leads digital projects for CMA, a national PR firm, including social media strategy and implementation, blogger engagement programs and digital promotions and advertising. Hana works closely with many national food bloggers and has planned award-winning events attended by leading food bloggers.

Hana lives in Columbus, Ohio, and serves on the Race Planning Committee of the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and on the Development Committee for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is a Head Coach and member of the Marketing Committee for Girls on the Run of Franklin County and volunteers weekly at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Hana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a specialization in Political Science, from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. When she’s not busy tweeting, pinning or devouring news online, she enjoys running, traveling and volunteering. She recently launched her personal blog, www.FollowMyFootnotes.com.

Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
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Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
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Hank Shaw runs the James Beard Award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, which explores wild food whether it's foraged, fished or hunted. He is also the author of two cookbooks and his work has appeared in magazines ranging from Field & Stream to Food & Wine. He lives near Sacramento, CA.

Heather Nauta
Holistic Nutritionist/Healthy Eating Starts Here
Heather Nauta
Holistic Nutritionist/Healthy Eating Starts Here

Heather Nauta is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, showing you how to have fun while making simple, fast, healthy and incredibly delicious meals that leave you and your family satisfied and full of energy. She posts free videos with vegan recipes and nutrition advice every week, and offers nutritionally-balanced online meal plans and health-oriented video cooking classes.

Heather has built a loyal following of over 15,000 subscribers on YouTube in just three years by posting videos consistently every week. She specializes in helping people get to an optimal level of health by getting them on a nutritionally-complete healthy meal plan, and supporting them to guarantee they achieve their health goals at www.HealthyEatingStartsHere.com.

Henry Fong
Co-Founder, Nom Nom Paleo
Henry Fong
Co-Founder, Nom Nom Paleo

Henry Fong co-founded and works behind the scenes at Nom Nom Paleo, a popular and award-winning food blog authored by his wife, Michelle Tam.

A busy lawyer by day and sleep-deprived graphic artist by night, he’s responsible for Nom Nom Paleo’s distinctive design and photography, which won a Homies Award from Apartment Therapy for Best Food Photography on a Blog in 2012.

Together, Michelle and Henry created the bestselling Nom Nom Paleo cookbook app for the iPad®, which has remained at the top of the App Store charts since its launch in April 2012. Their print cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing) will be released in December 2013.

Henry is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School.

Hetal Jannu
Co-founder, Show Me the Curry
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Hetal Jannu
Co-founder, Show Me the Curry
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Hetal Jannu is the co-founder of ShowMeTheCurry.com, a blog dedicated to teaching Indian cuisine through the visual medium.  She, along with her friend and business partner Anuja Balasubramanian, has been producing simple, easy to follow cooking videos for the past 2 years.  With the increasing popularity of video based cooking blogs, ShowMeTheCurry.com is rapidly growing with visitors from all corners of the world.

Hetal graduated from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with a degree in Finance.  After being in the corporate world for a few years, she became an entrepreneur, starting her own consulting company.  With the birth of her first child, Hetal took time off to become a full-time mom.  When her children were independent, she started looking for an opportunity to get back into business. Together with her friend Anuja, she founded ShowMeTheCurry.com with a vision to make Indian cooking easy for everyone.

ShowMeTheCurry.com has received wide recognition in media such as USA Today, CNN International, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, WFAA TV, CBS 11 and others.

Hilah Johnson
Publisher/Vlogger, Hilah Cooking
Hilah Johnson
Publisher/Vlogger, Hilah Cooking

Hilah Johnson started HilahCooking in January 2010 with her partner Christopher Sharpe. They produce two how-to videos a week and she has written four cookbooks so far. Her focus is mostly on simple recipes with a Texas touch that cooks of all skill levels can create at home with confidence.

In March of 2012 she quit her dumb day job to work full-time on HilahCooking. She and Christopher tied the knot in December 2012 and live in Austin, Texas with their two ornery dogs. In addition to cooking and writing, she enjoys long walks, chips and salsa, drinking beer, sewing, singing, and bringing home stray animals.

Irvin Lin
Founder, Eat the Love

Irvin Lin is a graphic designer and art director turned IACP award-winning photographer, blue ribbon baker acclaimed food writer, experienced recipe developer and occasional social media consultant. His nationally recognized blog “Eat the Love” was a finalist in the 2011 Saveur magazine Best Food Blog Awards in the category of Best Baking and Dessert Blogs, as well as featured in numerous places like Food New Journal/Food52 News, Bon Appetit's Daily Links, The Cooking Channel, US Masterchef Magazine and PBS Food's 11 Food Blogs We Liked in 2011.

He has taught and presented at a number of conference including IACP, The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, BlogHer Food, Foodbuzz Fest, Book Passage Travel and Photography conference and the San Francisco Social Media Club. His photography and design clients have included BevMo!, Simply Recipes, Ben & Jerry's, and Wendy's, as well as numerous other start ups and small businesses

He currently freelances, dividing his time between photography, design, recipe development and writing, as well as consulting with start-ups and individuals about the power of social media.

Jackie Stone
Social Media Editor, Austin American-Statesman
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Jackie Stone
Social Media Editor, Austin American-Statesman
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Jackie Stone is the social media editor at the Austin American-Statesman, running social media accounts, training and strategies for the Statesman and its life and entertainment side, Austin360. She worked as a reporter and editor with various news organizations before coming to her current position in social media.

In her day to day, she lives in the social media world, relaying the stories about the Austin area told by Statesman and Austin360 reporters through the social media lens on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and any other social media platform she can get her hands on.

Jan Ziff
CEO, Broomstick Productions, Inc.
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Jan Ziff
CEO, Broomstick Productions, Inc.
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A feisty, trail blazing BBC correspondent, Jan made her career pulling no punches and telling the story as she saw it. An overriding quest for the truth, coupled with the rock solid belief that women can go anywhere and do anything regardless of race, color and creed took her from the Middle East, to Mongolia from Spain to the US State Department.

What a change!

Today Jan heads a small group of people working to create the most magical, wonderful apps for kids, based on the quirky character of Heckerty.  A 409-year old, green faced witch with a heart of gold, Heckerty stumbles through her spells with her faithful cat Zanzibar who tries to get her out of scrapes as she repeatedly gets into them.

Heckerty's stories appeal to children aged 3-9. The second story in the series, Heckerty Cook, is available this month from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play and Amazon. It is accompanied by a coloring book, and several languages.

Jennie Y Chen
Director of Research and Content, Trendline Interactive
Jennie Y Chen
Director of Research and Content, Trendline Interactive

Jennie’s diverse interests surprisingly all come together. Jennie started creating web content in 2001, but it wasn’t on food yet! Jennie started Keep Austin Dog Friendly for her own dog, Mouse. The site expanded into a community hub for Austin, and Jennie eventually launched it as an iphone app on the the 9th anniversary of the of the site. 

Jennie now also writes a food blog (Misohungry) and freelances with other publications. She’s also the Education chair of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance and active with other local food organizations and nonprofits. She was the force behind the Cupcake Smackdown events, that benefited a non-profit each year, and she also lead the interactive food concept for TEDxAustin in 2012 and 2013. She turned a conference lunch for 500 into a family style lunch that focused on building communities around food. All the ingredients were locally sourced with the help of partners, and prepared by all community minded chefs from top restaurants in Austin. 

Professionally, Jennie consulted in social media strategy development, data analytics and insights, created interactive experiences, community and fan building strategies, and content strategy in the technology sphere. She enjoys testing creative content and interactive branding with her clients, based upon the consumer culture and data insights. She is currently the Director of Research and Content at Trendline Interactive.

Jenny Rosenstrach
Dinner: A Love Story
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Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story, now a book published by Ecco. She was the features director at Cookie magazine for four years and special projects editor at Real Simple for six. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous national publications and anthologies including Cookie, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, and the op-ed page of The New York Times. She has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NBC’s Today. She and her husband, Andy Ward write “The Providers” column for Bon Appétit. They live with their two daughters in Westchester County, New York.

Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR
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Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR
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Jim Lin is a VP, Digital Strategist at Ketchum PR. In addition to relishing the fact that he gets to legitimately hang out on Twitter all day, Jim’s job is to push the boundaries of digital and social media to ensure that his clients break through the chatter to become the conversation, whatever or wherever that may be. Jim’s professional background encompasses over seventeen years of business development, marketing, and public relations experience, where he’s done everything from launching companies like Fiji Water, to helping Los Angeles County track child abuse treatment, to stalking Johnny Cash during a sound check.

On the personal side, Jim is the blogger behind the popular Busy Dad Blog. To the outside world, his blog is a repository of anecdotal parenting adventures with his two kids; to Jim, it is a roadmap that helps him piece together where he's been the past couple days, when he suddenly wakes up drooling and disoriented in his office. As BusyDad, Jim has worked with numerous consumer brands on campaigns as well as ambassadorships, including Huggies, Vicks, and Zatarain’s. He is also is active in conference circles, having served as a speaker/panelist at BlogHer, BlogWorld, Blissdom, Dad 2.0 Summit, Mom 2.0 Summit, Type-A Parent, Bulldog Reporter, and PR Newswire. Of course, he’s most proud of being a two-time BlogHer Voices of the Year honoree.

Having maintained a strict “separation of blog and state” throughout the past seven years, Jim’s position at Ketchum represents a bold new, oftentimes scary world to him. His personal and professional lives have collided head-on to form a single identity that’s the same online and off, office and home.

While this gives him the unique insight to develop campaigns from the perspective of both the marketer as well as the target audience, he can no longer tell his readers he is a ninja operative for the government – and his colleagues know of his undying allegiance to Princess Leia.

A native Bostonian, Jim holds a BA degree from Harvard University, a black belt in Shotokan Karate, a few Muay Thai trophies, and a whole lot of bumps and bruises to show for it… actually, those are from his kids.

John Knox
Senior Software Developer, Evernote
John Knox
Senior Software Developer, Evernote

John has been building native mobile apps since the iOS SDK became publicly available. He currently develops iPhone, iPad, and Android apps for Evernote. In the past John has developed tests for microprocessors, made software for hearing aids, consulted independently, and authored the book "Crafting Beer with (512) Brewing Company."

When not at work, you might find him taking photos of the food and drinks at a local eatery, windsurfing on the Gulf Coast, or exploring someplace new.

Joy the Baker
Cookbook Author, Baker, Blogger
Joy the Baker
Cookbook Author, Baker, Blogger

Joy Wilson is the voice behind the popular blog, Joy the Baker.  She is a baker, food photographer, cookbook author, and curator of all things sweet.

Joy the Baker is a chronicle of everything from Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies and Spinach Avocado Salads, to kitten wrangling and nail polish.     

In four years, Joy the Baker has been named one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by The London Times, Eight of the Very Best Food Blogs by Forbes, and the Best Baking Blog by Saveur. She has been featured in Food & Wine and Sunset Magazine.    

Joy is also co-creator of Homefries.com, a growing site dedicated to lifestyle audio and video podcasts.  She hosts two podcasts:  The Joy the Baker Podcast and We're About to Be Friends.  

Joy lives in Venice, California with her monstrous cat named Jules, an admirable collection of nail polish, and a refrigerator full of butter. 

Julie Deily
Publisher, The Little Kitchen
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Julie Deily
Publisher, The Little Kitchen
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Julie Deily was a software engineer for ten years before making the transition to full-time blogger at The Little Kitchen as well as freelance recipe developer and food photographer.

She started her food blog in December 2009 and has had the opportunity to work with amazing brands such as, KitchenAid, Land O'Lakes Butter, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Sierra Mist. She has helped organized three Food Blog Forum Orlando events, co-organized three food blogger cookie swaps, has spoken at the Florida Blogger Conference and BlogHer Food.

Julie Gunlock
Independent Women's Forum
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Julie Gunlock
Independent Women's Forum
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Julie Gunlock is the Director of the Independent Women's Forum's Women for Food Freedom Project and also serves as a Senior Fellow covering food regulations and culture issues. Before joining the IWF, Gunlock served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Gunlock has written about food and culture for the New York Post, the Washington Post, New York Daily News, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Times, National Review Magazine, National Interest Magazine, the Tampa Tribune, and Townhall.com. She has offered political commentary on national television and radio programs. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three young and perpetually hungry children.

Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer

Julie Ross Godar is the executive editor of BlogHer. She's been at the best job in the world since 2008. Some highlights (so far) include co-editing the community food anthology Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It's Going; covering the political conventions in 2012; and discovering new talent every day.

Julie has over 20 years' experience in the editorial biz. Before BlogHer, Julie worked as a managing editor and freelance writer, mostly of food and travel stories.

Julie is also an obsessive reader, culinary camper, word nerd, and Jeopardy! champion. She lives in San Francisco.

Kari Dilloo
Group PR Manager, Bing & MSN, Microsoft
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Kari Dilloo
Group PR Manager, Bing & MSN, Microsoft
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Kari Dilloo is a PR and integrated marcom pro with more than 15 years of experience promoting consumer brands. Currently, Kari helps drive consumer PR for Bing and MSN at Microsoft, including leading the team's social influencer and blogger programs. Prior to Bing and MSN, Kari also worked at Xbox (consumer and corporate PR), Expedia (consumer PR), Edelman (MSN, Cranium), Imagio/J.Walter Thompson (Atom.com) and Publicis (Washington State Potatoes, Nestle).

Some of her favorite (although not always glamorous) career memories include getting dressing up in a potato suit and appearing on Evening Magazine, going on Dr. Phil to give away a vacation package to a couple that lost their ‘spark’, eating cheese with Christie Brinkley at her house in the Hamptons, helping convince Toru Iwatani (creator of Pac-Man) to make a new version of Pac-Man before he retired, and working with a variety of "celebrities" that felt compelled to wear sunglasses indoors long after their careers peaked.

Kari is a Montana native who grew up in a small town self-proclaimed as the Malted Barley Capital of the World. Kari and her husband Ken have 3.5 year old twins, Luci and Mason, that keep them very happy and very busy.

Kate Payne
Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

Kate Payne is an author, freelance writer and educator.

Her writing includes non-profit grants writing, web content, essays and articles for publications like Edible Austin, HGTV Mag, Acres USA Mag, Canning Across America and the kitchn websites, and others.

She teaches classes on home food preservation and other food-based instruction both privately and at culinary instruction schools and centers like Whole Foods, Central Market, and The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Kate also leads a spring 10-week writing workshop in Austin, TX. She honed her creative improvisation and DIY skills while living in Brooklyn, where she wrote her first book, Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking (HarperCollins 2011). Kate became an avid home canner and gluten-free baker also while living in NYC. She posts recipes, how-to's and other home-project tutorials to her blog.

She is presently at work on her second book, Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen (HarperCollins, 2014) and currently promoting a line of aprons recently added to her online shop.

She lives in Austin, TX with her wife, documentary photographer Jo Ann Santangelo, and travels regularly to cities across the US and Canada for classes, demonstrations and speaking opportunities.

Kathy Strahs
Founder, Panini Happy

Kathy Strahs channels her passions for cooking and online media into two food blogs:  Panini Happy, with over 200 creative grilled sandwich recipes and other innovative uses for the panini maker, and Cooking On the Side, featuring the recipes she finds printed on food packaging. Her first cookbook will be published by the Harvard Common Press in 2013.

Kathy’s work has been featured in Pillsbury Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine and the Associated Press, on the New York Times, Saveur, TLC and Food News Journal websites and highlighted in The Wall Street Journal. She has been listed among the Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers by Babble.com for several years. She has also served as an Executive Judge for the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles, World Food Championships in Las Vegas and a number of San Diego County Fair cooking competitions.

Kathy entered the food world following a career in online marketing and advertising for several well known consumer brands. A Silicon Valley native and proud alumna of Stanford University, she now lives in beautiful San Diego, California with her husband Mike and their two preschoolers.

Katie Jasiewicz
Publisher, Katie's Cucina

Katie Jasiewicz is the author of KatiesCucina.com. She is a marketing professional by day and home cook, food blogger, and recipe developer by night. Katie’s Cucina is a place where she shares her love for food – developing and cooking mouthwatering recipes weekly, baking indulgent desserts, and sharing foodie travels from coast to coast.

Katie is a self-taught food photographer. Her interest in photography spans many years, but she never knew where to start — that is, until food blogging helped ignite her passion to capture the most appetizing of images. Over the past year Katie has refined her skills and turned her hobby into an entrepreneurial success story. Katie has worked with major national brands; developing and testing recipes for them and capturing beautiful photos that represent the sheer art and joy of cooking.

Katie has been featured on The Huffington Post, Gourmet.com, and has filmed three cooking segments for both local and nationally syndicated television programs — including The Daily Buzz, Good Day Orlando, and Life, Love, Shopping.

With Katie's savvy marketing background, love for all things social media, and recent ventures in food photography, she is a blogging "Jane of All Trades."

Kelly Cox
Co-Founder, Original Fare
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Kelly Cox
Co-Founder, Original Fare
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Kelly Cox, co-founder of Iron Way Films, a leading online video production company, loves to tell stories for people, brands, and ideas that have something meaningful the world needs to know about. Recently, she launched her original content platform, Original Fare, dedicated to discovering America’s greatest local craft fare. Previously, she created Disney’s "Imagine Your Planet" web series featuring classrooms around the country working to improve their planet. She's created video campaigns for Cisco, John Hardy, Participant Media, US Open, and more. She also found herself traveling the country to interview the most innovative individuals shaping our society for the National Academy of Engineering.

Kelly began her video production and social media marketing business while traveling around the country and interviewing today’s most influential artists and musicians for environmental powerhouse, NRDC. Kelly’s creative circle has been featured in London magazine “Dazed & Confused.” She has also been featured in Glamour Magazine’s “50 Women Doing Great Green Things,” “GOOD Magazine”, “Seventeen”, and once upon a time was selected as “Interview” magazine’s Top 50 Under 30 To Watch. She has spoken at South by Southwest, Arts Presenters, and Martha's Vineyard Women's Entrepreneurial Network.

Kristen Doyle
Dine & Dish

Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers.

Kristen has expanded her reach to include working with major brands (Bush’s Beans, Green Mountain Coffee, Hallmark, Zatarain’s…just to name a few) as well as providing editorial content and direction for nationwide print publications and websites. Her freelance writing career spans working with magazines on a local and national level as well as creating valuable web content for a variety of sites across the web.

Kristen is a busy mom of 4 young kids, loves to entertain, has a passion for photography, and believes in keeping things simple. An avid reader, a kind of runner, a horrible gardener, and the wife of an outstanding man, her ultimate life goal is to connect and create meaningful relationships with others.

Kristin Guy
The Cuisinerd
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Kristin Guy is a Los Angeles based food & lifestyle expert with over a decade of experience working in the design and entertainment industries. With a New Media degree from UC San Diego, she has her finger on the pulse of all things social media and a love for new technology. Kristin has worked with brands such as Walt Disney, DC Comics and Warner Brothers, which have given her a leading edge in brand development, creative forecasting and award winning digital/new media advertising campaigns.

Laura Fuentes
Founder & CEO, MOMables
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Laura Fuentes
Founder & CEO, MOMables
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Laura Fuentes is the Founder/CEO of MOMables®, the first meal-planning service for healthy and fresh school lunches. Born in Spain and raised on Tapas, she currently resides in what she calls “Southern Suburbia” along with her husband and 3 children.

Laura’s background is in Global Economics and has an MBA in International Business Development; but her passions are family, good food and living a love-filled life. In her personal blog, SuperGlueMom.com, she writes about motherhood, good family food, managing deadlines and keeping her cool, even when her kids super-glued her hair.

In 2012, MOMables was a finalist in Wharton’s Social Media Leadership Awards for the creative use of social media in the Entrepreneurship category. Laura is a weekly contributor on Mamiverse.com, where she shares the full-time working mom perspective and encourages Latina moms to focus on what’s important. She shares her love for kid’s food on MacaroniKid Eats & Fitness, Happy Baby Brand and The Sneaky Chef. Laura also partners with major brands to promote healthier food and has been featured on numerous websites such as Today.com.

In the MOMables blog, her popular Lunchbox Wars Series continues to attract the interest of thousands who seek healthier alternatives to packaged lunches. Launching her business with zero marketing budget, the success of her personal brand and MOMables is a true testament to the effectiveness social media.

Laura Watt
Cubit's

Between posting pixels and planting purple carrots, fine-artist-turned-farmer Laura Watt is an entrepreneur and owner of organic seed company, Cubit's. As author and photographer of the blog, cubitsorganics.com, she shares her appetite for local food, ethical food production, organic gardening and whole foods cooking. As mother to a young family she considers every meal a miracle.  

Laura Williams
Social Media Manager, Urbanspoon
Laura Williams
Social Media Manager, Urbanspoon

Laura Williams is the enthusiastic Community Manager for Urbanspoon, cultivating a dynamic trifecta of bloggers, diners, & restaurants who share a passion for good food.

She also works with philanthropic causes & social enterprises to discover their influencers online and build interactive experiences to inspire engagement.

When she is offline, Laura lives in Seattle with her husband. Currently on her short-term goal list: Earn a white belt in Nia Dance Technique. Camp in a yurt this summer. Sing at an open mike night.

Lea Webb
Managing Principal, Webb Consulting

Lea Webb is an award-winning activist, working to bridge the gap between local and state government to bring about positive change in her community.  Her greatest achievement includes being the first and youngest African American representative on the Binghamton City Council. She is the Managing Principal at Webb Consulting, whose mission is to provide expertise training and strategy development for public and private organizations in order to maximize positive community impact.

Ms. Webb previously worked as a community organizer with Citizen Action of NY where she coordinated the Health Care for All New York Racial/Ethnic Disparities Task Force in addition to other issues such as quality education and green jobs to name a few.

She has worked for the last several years on food insecurity issues in the community. Recently, Lea brought together public and private partnerships to address a 15 year food desert in her district by securing plans for a grocery store. She has also developed legislation on community food systems, supported community gardens, urban farms, and farmer’s markets that are assisting in “turning food deserts into food oasis.” In addition, she has led her city’s effort in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Cities and Towns” initiative.

She is a member of the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, whose aim is to develop community based strategies to address childhood obesity in Broome County. She was recognized as one of tomorrow’s leaders by Oprah magazine and the White House Project, and was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga NAACP for her significant contributions to her community.

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 BlogHer.com. 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, BlogHer.com, 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 Law.com. 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 Women.com, 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.

Lori Lange
RecipeGirl, Inc.
Lori Lange is a former elementary school teacher with a passion for cooking, travel, regional food discoveries, fine wine and entertaining. She shares all of that and more on her website- RecipeGirl.com, which was established in 2006. Now a trusted recipe developer for companies such as Gold Medal Flour, McCormick, Kraft, Pepperidge Farm and Tabasco, Lori will publish her first cookbook, “The Recipe Girl Cookbook,” in April 2013. Lori cooks from her kitchen in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and food-blogging son Brooks (RecipeBoy.com).
Mallory Dash
Writer, Total Noms
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Mallory Dash
Writer, Total Noms
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Mallory is the creator and writer of Total Noms, a recipe blog dedicated to delicious, easy-to-prepare appetizers, meals and desserts. Mallory works full-time as a project manager at a premium cable network by day, along with owning an online bake shop, Mile End Bakery. She lives with her fiance in Jersey City, NJ and loves food, Star Wars, and photography.

Marla Meridith
Owner, FamilyFreshCooking

As the creator of the highly successful lifestyle blog Family Fresh Cooking, Marla has great experience in healthy recipe development, food styling, photography, social media and graphic design. She has been published in various print publications, around the web and been on TV. She has an upbeat, fresh style and personality that is captured in her vibrant, whole food recipes. She is well recognized in the field for her food, lifestyle & travel photography. Marla is the proud mother of two small children. She delicately balances a life filled with great ambitions, athletics, parenting and lots of travel. You can find Marla on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Mary Helen Leonard
Publisher, Mary Makes Dinner

As an avid food blogger and online culinary instructor, Mary Helen has spent the last several years eating out loud. She’s a professionally trained cook with a background in French, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines, from a food-crazy family of fishermen and restaurateurs. This mix of culinary influences has resulted in a cooking style that Mary Helen likes to call “homespun fusion”. Comfort foods are often at the heart of her recipes, and they tend to be peppered with unexpected flavors and ingredients. 

She enjoys sharing her skills online as a culinary instructor for ChefHangout.com, a site that uses Google + Hangout technology to host live, interactive cooking classes. She also manages a large community on G+ called "In the Kitchen". This lively culinary forum uses photos, video, and hangouts to share their love of all things edible.

Mary Helen also loves competitive cooking. Recently, she took home the prize for “most experimented” at the 2012 Austin Food Experiment for her tomatillo ice cream. In November of 2012, Mary Helen began a series of cook-offs using G+ Hangout technology. Food Bloggers compete live, in real-time via streaming video to G+ and YouTube.

Mary Helen’s food obsessions include, but are not limited to: noodles, pickles, rice balls, avocado, hot sauce, quinoa, dim sum, beer-garitas, sweet potatoes, and, of course, ice cream.

Melisa Wells
Social Media Researcher, BlogHer

Melisa is a social media researcher for BlogHer, a job which seemed like a natural career step for her after she became addicted to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Melisa is the author of two books, "Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet" and the more recent "Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go: Nearly 200 Ways To Enjoy Chicagoland With Tweens and Teens". If she writes a third book, it will probably have a one-word title, two max.

She is a freelance writer both in print and online, regularly contributing business features to salon industry trade magazine "Nailpro" and lifestyle posts at Manilla.com.

She is one of the co-producers of Chicago's Listen To Your Mother show, now in its second year, and a partner at Social RevUp, a company that connects brands and bloggers via customized events.

For more than five years Melisa has been blogging at Suburban Scrawl, where she writes about her love of Chicago, life, fitness, and her family, which includes her high school sweetheart husband, their two nearly grown sons, and a very naughty beagle named Roxie.

Melissa Skorpil
Photographer
Melissa Skorpil is a commercial photographer specializing in food photography. Melissa combines her love of the culinary arts with her art and photography education to create tantalizing food imagery. Based in Austin, Texas, Melissa's clients include restaurants, advertising agencies and editorial publications. She is a member of American Society of Media Photographers, the Professional Photographers of America, and currently serves as the Photo Editor for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance community cookbook. When not photographing food, you'll find her chopping fruits and vegetables in her kitchen with her Beagle under foot.
Merry-Jennifer Markham
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Merry-Jennifer Markham is a self-taught home cook and writer who has been blogging since 2006. She founded her food blog, The Merry Gourmet, in early 2010 after discovering that much of her creative writing was centered on food. Merry-Jennifer’s blog and food writing have been featured online in The Huffington Post, The Florida Times-Union, Gourmet Live, and Fine Cooking. 

A self-described “multi-tasker of the grandest sort,” Merry-Jennifer works full time as a hematologist-oncologist, teaches in a medical school, and occasionally writes articles for publication in the medical literature. She lives in Florida with her husband, 9-year old daughter, 6-year old son, and their two cats.

Michelle Berger Marshall
Director of Nutrition, Feeding America

Michelle Marshall, MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Nutrition at Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, where she oversees the nutrition strategy and supporting initiatives. She has been at Feeding America for the last 4 years and currently supports food banks in their efforts to increase healthy food access, raise awareness of food insecurity as a public health issue and promote nutrition education. She leads the partnership between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the National Dairy Council and oversees Feeding America’s Diabetes initiative supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, which is evaluating how food bank programs can support food insecure clients in the management of type 2 Diabetes.

Michelle has presented on the relationship between Food Insecurity & Obesity highlighting the role of food banks at the Weight of the Nation, Society for Nutrition Education, Anti-Hunger Policy, on Huffington Post Live and at several Feeding America conferences. She is published in JADA for research on malnutrition in HIV/AIDS orphaned children in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA and a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the American Public Health Association.

Michelle Tam
Founder, Nom Nom Paleo

Michelle Tam is the sardonic foodie and working mom behind Nom Nom Paleo, a popular and award-winning food blog devoted to Paleo food porn and recipes galore.

Covering everything from kitchen shortcuts to tips on dining out, the site demonstrates with vivid food photography that Paleo eating is possible for anyone -- even those with busy schedules and demanding palates. Michelle is passionate about helping readers implement and sustain an ancestral dietary approach; on a daily basis, she writes about how home cooks can spend less time in the kitchen and still end up with nutritious, flavor-packed meals for the entire family.

Michelle has a degree in Nutrition & Food Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of California at San Francisco. Although Michelle’s training emphasized conventional approaches to nutrition and health, she discovered the science and benefits of Paleo eating two years ago, finding that it was the only approach that helped to whittle down her midsection and fuel her with enough energy to wrangle two small boys, hold down a full-time night shift hospital job, cook for a houseful of hungry cavepeople, lift heavy stuff at her CrossFit box, and maintain a daily blog.

In the Spring of 2012, Michelle released the Nom Nom Paleo interactive cookbook for the iPad®, a visual feast packed with brand new recipes, as well as updated versions of classic Nom Nom Paleo dishes. Within the first 24 hours of its release in April 2012, it was featured as one of the top three paid Lifestyle apps in the App Store. It continues to be one of the bestselling paid Food & Drink apps in the App Store.

Michelle’s blog was recently recognized by the editors and readers of Saveur Magazine as the Best Special Diets Blog of 2012. She also won Apartment Therapy and thekitchn.com’s 2012 Homies Award for Best Food Photography on a Blog. Michelle's first cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing), will be released in December 2013

Mike Antares
HONK!TX

As a co-founder of HONK!TX, a principal committee member for HONK! Fest West, and a self-employed creative generalist, Mike*Antares has been integral to successful crowdfunding campaigns using Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe. He also recently participated in a conference on the future of entrepreneurial crowdfunding.

In his downtime, M*A makes merry with the Minor Mishap Marching Band, tweets at @mikeantares @honktx @minormishapmb and @hackgrowth, and cruises the intersection of big ideas in print and web form.

He estimates he's written about 4 million words so far, though most are strangely absent from the Internet. He's also flown with two Presidents, had radio shows in 2 cities and 1 outback town, and he never starts a day without black coffee and birdsong.

He's currently seeking his next opportunity and hopes to go all-in with an amazing company.

Molly Wizenberg
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Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times, and her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has been published in the Best Food Writing series and The Art of Eating, and she wrote a monthly column in Bon Appetit from 2008 to 2011. With her husband Brandon Pettit, she owns the restaurant Delancey, in Seattle.  She is currently working on her second book.

Natanya Anderson
Director, Social Media, Whole Foods Market
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Natanya Anderson
Director, Social Media, Whole Foods Market
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Natanya Anderson is the Director of Social Media at Whole Foods Market as well as the President of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, a non-profit organization established to promote blogger philanthropy and education. Prior to joining Whole Foods Market, she was the Vice President of Content and Community at Austin-based Powered, Inc., a social marketing agency.

Ms. Anderson has been working with social and new media for over a decade with a focus on both strategy and execution, helping organizations across a wide spectrum change the way they engage and communicate with their customers and other constituents. She is well versed in all areas of social media but has built a focused practice in the development and delivery of community and social content programs. By participating in social media as a food blogger, Ms. Anderson blends her passion for food and entertaining with her intense interest in social media and as a result is able to provide an in-the-trenches view of social media to help guide the Whole Foods social media strategy and operations. As a founding member of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, Ms. Anderson is helping shape the future of social content creation as well as brand/blogger relations. 

Ms. Anderson blogs about cooking and entertaining at Fete & Feast (feteandfeast.com) and the joy of being an epicurean in Austin at the Austin Food Lovers’ Companion (austinfoodlovers.com). Follow her on twitter at@natanyap.

Rachel Matthews
Publisher, A Southern Fairytale
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Rachel Matthews
Publisher, A Southern Fairytale
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Rachel Matthews is the publisher of A Southern Fairytale, a food blog and journal of her happily-ever-after with one cowboy boot wearin', Harley ridin’,Texan Prince Charming and their two 8th generation Texan children.  Since 2008, Rachel has been sharing her favorite family recipes, stories, and photographs on her blog, which has received accolades from Babble, Southern Living and Social Luxe, and was featured in the Think Food cookbook.

Rachel’s ability to tell stories through words, photos, and food has earned her both a large and loyal online audience and long-term relationships as both Blog Ambassador and Recipe Developer with major food brands including Zatarain's, Bush's Beans, California Avocado Commission, and Minute Maid.

She hosts a weekly recipe roundup called Mouthwatering Mondays on her blog, writes for Babble Voices, and has contributed to BlogHer, Blissfully Domestic, Divine Caroline, The Mushroom Channel, and more. When Rachel isn’t writing, cooking, or taking pictures with her Canon, you can find her in a cute pair of boots, belly- laughing with friends and her family.

Rachelle King
Owner & Founder, Blinded by the Bite
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Rachelle King
Owner & Founder, Blinded by the Bite
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At the crossroads of food & conversation people connect - and this is where Rachelle King, author of Blinded By The Bite! ™ a freelance food writer, is navigating her way through gluten-free lifestyle, with an emphasis on healthy & sustainable eating. Eating locally & sustainably is healthier for you and for our environment.

Rachelle has been a featured food blogger for Foodpress.com, Austin360.com, and she has been repeatedly featured by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Rachelle is a founding member and the current Treasurer for the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance. She also volunteers with AIDS Services Austin March of Dimes, SXSW Eco and the Sustainable Food Center. Rachelle is also one of the founding members the Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, as well as been an instrumental team member of Austin Bakes. As a professional PR/Social Media Consultant, Rachelle’s clients include several Austin companies, including Kohana Coffee, Delysia Chocolates and Edible Austin, as well as Nourished – A Food Blogger Conference.

Rachelle is currently attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in conjunction with a certificate degree to be awarded by The State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase College and will graduate in March 2013.

Rachelle also writes for Examiner.com as the Austin Gluten-Free Examiner.

Rebecca Otis
Content/Social Media Manager - Digital Third Coast
Rebecca Otis
Content/Social Media Manager - Digital Third Coast

Award-winning entertainment and food blogger Rebecca Otis has a passion for helping small and locally-owned businesses grow, promote, and get noticed. She founded a company, LocalizeAustin, in 2009 as a local business consultancy, serving up ideas in marketing, communications, and social media strategy, connecting business owners to the right people and resources along the way. She continues to believe in the power of connecting people online and offline, and now serves as the Content/Social Media Manager at Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing in Chicago.

Prior to founding her company, Rebecca served as the Social Media Administrator and strategist for the official State website, Texas.gov. The social media strategy and policies she developed in this role are currently being used as a model for State and local governments nationwide. Rebecca is a proud Longhorn alum, receiving a top-tier degree in Business Administration in Marketing and Communications from the McCombs School of Business.

Rebecca was a Rising Star Finalist in the 2012 Women of Influence 'Profiles in Power' awards hosted by the Austin Business Journal.

Learn more about Rebecca: RebeccaOtis.com

Regan Jones, RD
Owner, ReganMillerJones, Inc.

ReganMillerJones, Inc., offers nutrition-based support in food communications & marketing, recipe development & photography, social & traditional media relations, and is the parent company of the Web’s most prominent dietitian-owned healthy food site portfolio with brands including Healthy Aperture, The Recipe ReDux, The Professional Palate blog and RDs4Disclosure. The company is owned and managed by Regan Jones, RD.

A graduate of Auburn University (Magna Cum Laude) and The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jones began her career in 1998 as Assistant Editor for Cooking Light and Weight Watchers Magazines. In 2001, she began serving as Nutrition Communications Director for the Southeast Dairy Association where she was appointed National Spokesperson for the National Dairy Council. She has been featured in hundreds of television and radio segments nationwide and has been quoted in publications including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Jones is co-founder of Healthy Aperture - the web's first and only healthy food photo gallery curated by registered dietitians - and The Recipe ReDux - the first and only online recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. Her monthly participation in The ReDux, as well as her personal views on the topics of food and nutrition are detailed regularly on The Professional Palate Blog.

On her blog Jones also shares her successes (and struggles) as the nutritionist- mom of two young children, as well as her thoughts on the balance between career, family and the need for life's special indulgences. She enjoys these little indulgences from her home in Georgia with her husband and two young sons.

Ruth Harding
Freelance Writer
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It took Ruth Harding seven tries to find the right college major. She dabbled in musical theater, interior design, library science, and a few more majors before realizing that there was a reason she usually aced the essay portions of tests in any subject. She stayed put as an English major long enough to earn a degree. Soon after, Ruth and her husband had the first of their four children. For the next few years, the only thing Ruth used her degree for was the composition of very descriptive Christmas family newsletters. 

Eventually, the adventures of motherhood inspired Ruth to begin keeping her own blogs, A House in Holland and A Trip to Holland. Writing, designing, and managing blogs for her own personal enjoyment led Ruth to opportunities to do so professionally. She currently works as a freelance writer who specializes in virtually assisting professional bloggers. Writing, proofreading, photo editing, comment screening, and social media management are just a few of the many tasks Ruth handles for her clients at Windmill Words. She's passionate about helping bloggers to have the tools they need to grow their audience and the time they need to continue to create great content.

Ruth lives in Northern California with her family and dog.

Sabra Krock

Sabra Krock is a Manhattan-based photographer specializing in two of the best things in life: food/still life and children. Her work can be seen in numerous cookbooks, magazines, and in print/on the web for private clients. Recent clients include Food and Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Knopf, Workman Publishing, Harvard Common Press and Crumbs Bake Shop.  She writes the blog Spoonful (www.spoonfulblog.com). In addition to her photography business, Sabra is the Vice President of Creative Marketing and Co-Owner of Everything But Water, a national retailer of swim, resortwear and accessories (www.everythingbutwater.com).

Sabrina Modelle

Sabrina Modelle is the face behind the tart...The Tomato Tart, that is. In March 2011, she created The Online Bakesale for Japan, featuring over 90 bloggers from four continents. Her food writing and photography have been featured on The Jerusalem Post, Discovery Channel’s Green Wine Guide, and in the Green Market Baking Book (Sterling, 2010). When she’s not writing about food, Sabrina is a web designer, creative director, & usability expert working both with food bloggers and brands as well as nonprofits such as Amnesty International, UNICEF, and Defenders of Wildlife. In her downtime, Sabrina can usually be found with her nose in a cookbook and a dog in her lap.

Sally Ekus
Manager and Literary Agent at The Lisa Ekus Group
Sally Ekus
Manager and Literary Agent at The Lisa Ekus Group

Sally Ekus, Agency Manager and Literary Agent, joined The Lisa Ekus Group in 2009. She represents a wide range of culinary talent, from first-time cookbook authors to seasoned chefs, professional food writers, bloggers, and television personalities. Sally loves being the liaison between an author and their publisher. She takes great pride in guiding authors towards their dreams of publication. From concept to contract, she has brokered more than forty book deals.

After graduating from Ithaca College, Sally worked in the mental health field. An unexpected turn of events, and some great food along the way, led her to return to New England (Massachusetts) to join her mother, Lisa Ekus, in the eponymous family business. Sally often credits her formal training in listening, communication, and negotiation in the mental health field as her foundation for success with her authors.

As part of the first official culinary delegation, Sally has made two trips to Vietnam where she cultivated a deep love of phở. Sally spends what little free time she has cooking spicy food and running marathons. She is a dedicated supporter and advocate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and especially their Team in Training program.

The Lisa Ekus Group is a full-service culinary agency, the only agency of its kind to offer Public Relations, Media Training, Literary and Talent agency services, as well as Career Consulting, all within the culinary realm.

For pictures of tacos, phở, spicy food and an occasional sunset or tree follow Sally on Instagram and Twitter.

Samantha Seeley
Publisher and Photographer, Sweet Remedy
Samantha Seeley
Publisher and Photographer, Sweet Remedy

Samantha Seeley is a published food and lifestyle photographer, blogger, recipe developer and busy student. While mainly self-taught she is currently taking photography courses at Suny Orange in Middletown, NY. Samantha is also anxiously awaiting acceptance into the Photography program at Suny New Paltz. Her love of food and photography has helped her grow into her camera and has pushed her to pursue photography. While working her day job, blogging and keeping up with homework keeps her busy year round, she has developed a quick photography work flow that has granted her success with her images and has made it possible for her work to be seen in The Daily Gazette, featured on various blog posts and even on the cover of the new culinary memoir: The (Faux) Pastry Chef: How I found my Baking Fix by Mimi Shotland Fix.

Sara Tetreault
Creator, Go Gingham

Sara Tetreault writes and speaks about simple, healthy, and less expensive living. From fishing and canning salmon in Alaska with her grandparents while growing up, to picking and preserving fruit with her children today, Sara cooks from scratch in her small kitchen without a microwave, grows vegetables in her urban garden, and meal plans every week as a way to save money and reduce food waste.

Her tips and methods can be found at Go Gingham - Stylishly Frugal Living where she shares about living well on less with thoughtful spending, smart use of resources, and efficient use of time. She lives in Portland and loves good food, travel, and cashmere. With home swapping, cooking at home, and thrifting, she hopes to inspire you with her stylishly frugal ways. Sara keeps a home, one husband, two children, and three chickens in her backyard.

Sean Timberlake
Founder, Punk Domestics

Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He has written the blog Hedonia with his photographer husband DPaul Brown since 2006, and he launched Punk Domestics, a content aggregation and community site for DIY food enthusiasts, in 2010.

Shannon Traeger
Communication Manager, Entertainment & Media Relations, Feeding America
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Shannon Traeger
Communication Manager, Entertainment & Media Relations, Feeding America
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Shannon Traeger is Communication Manager at Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. She works primarily on the Entertainment Outreach and Media Relations teams for any Feeding America opportunity that involves our Entertainment Council, celebrities, and media of all kinds, including TV, radio, print, and social. Shannon also manages the Feeding America Blogger Council, a group of amazing people who are true advocates dedicated to promoting hunger-relief in their social media spaces.

When Shannon’s not at work, you’ll find her at CorePower Yoga teaching and practicing yoga and spinning. Shannon also loves running: so far she’s completed San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers 12K (beware of naked people running), Chicago’s Hot Chocolate 15K, and the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Shannon also enjoys oil painting, a great funk band, and spending time with family and friends.

Shannon has a BA degree in Anthropology from University of Notre Dame, which was hands-down the best decision of her college career. Anthropology incorporates all her interests: culture, art, nutrition, travel, human evolution, and study of the unique ways we humans live, work, and tick.

Shannon is thrilled to be a part of the Advisory Committee for BlogHer Food ’13 and the moderator for the “Your Brand + Your Causes” panel. BlogHer Food ’13 is Shannon’s third BlogHer conference, and every year she’s moved and inspired by the number of bloggers looking to use their social spaces for positive change.

Sommer Collier
Publisher, A Spicy Perspective

Sommer is best known for her popular recipe blog ASpicyPerspective.com. She's a former cooking instructor turned blogger, food wrter, recipe developer, food stylist and photographer.

Sommer loves to share recipes from travel experiences and family memories, as well as decedent treats and healthy meal options. She was recently honored by TIME online magazine as one of "The Top 30 Pinners You Should Follow" on Pinterest.

Stacie Billis
Founder, One Hungry Mama

Stacie Billis is a parenting expert with a focus on family nutrition dedicated to helping busy parents fit healthy family eating into their packed schedules. In her practice, Stacie works with parents one-on-one, leading them through her “Real Food in Real Family Time” program. The 3-month program helps parents achieve their healthy eating goals by serving up personalized pantry and planning solutions, as well as empowering them with parenting tools to get their kids on board with a new, healthier approach to food.

Stacie is also a freelance writer and blogger at One Hungry Mama where she posts original family-friendly recipes and waxes poetic about bringing joy back to the family table. As a mother of two hungry boys herself, Stacie knows that kids change the way we cook, but they don't have to change how well we eat. Or how much fun we have while eating!

Stacie earned a Master’s in Child Development at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and honed her skills creating content for families at Sesame Workshop. She began concentrating on food while developing ChowBaby Foods, an organic family food brand. After that—and two children later—Stacie has settled into working directly with parents and writing from home.

Stacie is the editor of Peko Peko: Family-Friendly Japanese Recipes a cookbook to support recovery in Japan; the food contributor to popular parenting site Cool Mom Picks; a Huffington Post contributor; a contributor to the site of famed “green” pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene; a two-time Babble Top Food Mom Blogger; and a two-time Red Tricycle Totally Awesome runner up. She’s been featured in many other fabulous publications, but would rather chat with you than list them all. So find her on Twitter and Facebook!

Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
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Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
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Stacy Morrison is editor in chief and Director of Content Programming for BlogHer, as well as a writer, author, blogger, mother, and consultant in New York City. Before moving to BlogHer, Morrison was a magazine editor for 20 years, most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine (2004-2010), Executive Editor of Marie Claire, Founding Editor in Chief of ONE (a short-lived dot.com-era design magazine), Editor in Chief at Modern Bride, and more. During each of those positions, Morrison oversaw digital properties for each. Morrison is a sought-out expert on women in America, and has made numerous appearances on the Today Show, among other TV programs. She is author of Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, which Kirkus Reviews called “candid and inspiring.” http://www.fallingapartinonepiece.com She is at work on her second book.

Morrison is also a dedicated domestic violence awareness advocate and has received numerous awards and honors for her work in this field, including the Safe Horizon Champion Award and the National Domestic Violence Hotline Vital Link Award. She recently became a founding board member of the non-profit Violence UnSilenced, a safe online community where abuse survivors can share their stories and receive community support. Her personal blog is called Filling In The Blanks.

Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media

Stephanie Quilao is the Founder and Chief Storyteller of Thriving Media. She is well-known for her (now retired) healthy living blog Back in Skinny Jeans, and healthy eating blog Noshtopia. She has produced two mobile apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile, and is launching In October 2013 an iPhone food photo editing app. Her personal blog is StephanieQuilao.com.

Recently, Stephanie made the move from Phoenix, AZ back to Silicon Valley to pursue her dream of building mobile health apps to help spread healthiness through smart devices.

Stephanie's blog work has appeared in iVillage Diet and Health, Livestrong, AOL Diet & Fitness, FOX News Health, USA Today, Reuters, About.com, Lifehacker, MSNBC.com Clicked, TechMeme, and Yahoo Tech. She has been written about in Wall Street Journal Digits, LA Times Food Blog, Women's Health, CNBC "On the Money," and PBS Media Shift.

Stephanie is the author of the books, "Back in Skinny Jeans," "Be Awesome on Twitter," and "Death of a Road Warrior."

Todd Porter
White On Rice Couple

Todd Porter is a Southern California based photographer and filmmaker. After 14 years in restaurant management, he found another calling in photography and film by documenting food, people, and their stories. Todd is the co-founder of EvoMultimedia.com and co-publisher of WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. He has shot for both advertising and editorial clients such as Whole Foods, Thermador, Sunset Magazine, Lucini Italia, Williams Sonoma, Food and Wine, and the Los Angeles Times.

Vianney Rodriguez
Founder, Sweet Life

Vianney Rodriguez is the founder and recipe developer for Sweet Life. A Proud Tejana who feels lucky to have the best of both worlds, Vianney was happily raised in Texas by Mexican parents. Her blog name, Sweet Life, refers to living a Sweet Life enriched with the spice of two diverse worlds enveloped with the memories of growing up in a Mexican household.

Her love and cultural ties to Mexico with the appreciation of being raised in Texas combine to create original recipes featured on Sweet Life. She spends her days in the kitchen blending the flavors of both worlds along with her two children and husband. Vianney shares her love for authentic Mexican food, Tex-Mex and Texas plates.

Happy to be recognized as Latism 2012 Best Latina Food Blogger, one of NBC Latino food blogs we love and Mama Latina’s 12 Best Latin Food Blogs. In her blog, Sweet Life, Vianney celebrates life, la cocina, la familia, and her flavorful heritage. Passionate about blogging, she shares her knowledge on Latina Bloggers Connect, where she strives to help new food bloggers find their voice, share their dishes and enjoy the tasty life of recipe development. Vianney has had the pleasure to work with Maseca, Avocados for Mexico and New Latina.

Whitney Lauritsen
Founder, Eco-Vegan Gal

Whitney Lauritsen is many things: journalist, filmmaker, photographer, social media guru… but most of all she is an eco-conscious vegan. She dedicates her time and energies to spreading awareness about how to make healthy eating choices and develop a planet-friendly lifestyle.

Whitney graduated from Emerson College in 2004 with a degree in film production. After several years of working in the industry she discovered a passion for journalism and launched the Eco-Vegan Gal website in 2008. She combines these skills and enthusiasms to produce video content on wellness and sustainability, which has resulted in a wildly successful channel on YouTube. Whitney has also been tagged in Social Media circles as a rising star: Mashable named her one of the Top 75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter, and she was included in NBC New York’s list of Top 10 Eco Hotties on Twitter.

In addition to sharing her tips on being kind to your body and to the earth on Eco-Vegan Gal, Whitney is a regular contributor to various health and green outlets. Her articles have appeared in Organic Authority, Women's Conference, EcoStiletto and Healthy Bitch Daily, she is the former host of Ecorazzi’s Good Gossip YouTube series, and she has appeared on shows such as Blythe Raw Live. Additionally, her film background led her to assist the filmmakers behind acclaimed documentaries Forks Over Knives, FUEL and The Big Fix, and you can find her photography, cinematography and editing projects on sites like Elephant Journal.

Originally from Massachusetts, Whitney lives in Venice Beach with her eco-vegan dog Evie.