BlogHer PRO '12 Speakers

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Ana Lydia Ochoa-Monaco
Founder

An active blogger since the late 1990s, Ana Lydia Ochoa-Monaco founded the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective, or #LLBlog as its commonly recognized on Twitter in 2011. The collective is an international community of more than 325 diverse Latina & Latino lifestyle bloggers, is anchored by a private Facebook community, and real-time Twitter conversations. #LLBLOG was created to provide a platform for Hispanic bloggers that write about lifestyle topics, to share accomplishments, resources and tools with other network members.

In 2011, less than six months after its launch, The Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective was nominated by LATISM (Latinos in Social Media), as “Best Lifestyle Blogger.” In 2012, both the Shorty Awards and The Social Revolucion of SxSW nominated the Collective in the Innovator category.

In 2012, the collective was also a finalist in the Chase Mission Small Business, and was nominated for both the Latino Social Network Leader and Lifestyle Blogger Category in the LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) Awards. #LLBLOG currently has a content partnership with the MiTu YouTube Lifestyle Network and Latina Magazine.

Ana Lydia is also founder and president of Padma Media and Marketing, Inc. reached national recognition in 2006 for her visionary approach to multi-cultural consumer outreach. Under her leadership, Padma has developed programs that strategically align social media and PR with public outreach to reach diverse and niche consumers, including Spanish-speaking and bilingual Hispanics.

Industry trade magazines and journals have often relied on Ana Lydia’s expertise for various articles and industry trend reports. She has been quoted in leading publications including Money Magazine, CNN Money, Ad Age and PR Week

After the City of Los Angeles and former Mayor James K. Hahn recognized her public relations career, California Senator Hilda Solis commended the launch of padma media & marketing in 2006. Ana Lydia alo received the YWCA Phenomenal Woman Award in 2003, and was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the 2009 Women Making a Difference Award.

In 2008 Ana Lydia was a finalist for the Idea Café Innovation and Originality Awards, and was nominated by Inc. Magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. That same year, Ana Lydia was featured in Crave Los Angeles,’ “The Urban Girl’s Manifesto,” as one of 125 “women you need to know” in Los Angeles.

Beth Blecherman
Founder, TechMamas.com

Beth Blecherman is an entrepreneur with technology expertise in the areas of family life, education, business and social media. She started her career in programming, system auditing and then Senior Manager, Computer Process Integrity, for Deloitte. After senior management Beth took on family management and began writing online as her career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com and shares across social media channels including Twitter @TechMama. Beth is well known for past articles at LaptopMag.com, Mashable, CoolMomTech.com and DotComplicated.

Beth has a consulting practice and advises startups with product, website, app testing and social media strategy. Her speaking engagements include BlogHer, UC Berkeley Extension, 500 Startups MamaBear Tech, Draper University,  Mom 2.0, CES and SXSW. Beth’s book "My Parent Plan" applies professional project planning concepts to parenting.  She can be found on lists such as Time 140 Best Twitter Feeds, Working Mother.com List of Most Powerful Moms in Social Media, and Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women.

Carley Knobloch
Founder, Digiwirl

Carley Knobloch is a personal tech expert and Today Show contributor. Carley scours the web to find gadgets and apps that make managing life a little easier. Her Webby-nominated show Digitwirl offers up bite-sized tech tips and gadgets that save time and money.  Carley also decodes social media on eHow's Tech channel and The Ricki Lake Show. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two kids, springer spaniel, and myriad tablets.

Carolyn Jung
Freelance writer and Founder of FoodGal.com

Carolyn Jung is an award-winning food and wine writer based in Silicon Valley, California. She is the recipient of a James Beard Award for feature writing about restaurants/chefs, a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism award of excellence for diversity writing, an award from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, and numerous first-place honors from the Association of Food Journalists, and the Peninsula Press Club. She has judged a bevy of food contests, including the biggie of them all, the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

For 11 years, she was the food writer/editor for the San Jose Mercury News. She also was a contributor to the book, “The Slow Food Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area.”

Currently, she is a freelance food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, Coastal Living, Food Arts, Wine Spectator, Via, East Bay Express, Oakland magazine, Alameda magazine and other publications, including the online site, Tasting Table San Francisco. She ghost-writes and tests recipes for cookbook authors. She lends expertise as a food industry/food trend consultant. Additionally, she was a judge for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards.

In 2008, she created FoodGal.com, a food and wine blog that features interviews with celebrated chefs, reviews of intriguing cookbooks and products, the scoop on new restaurants, irresistible recipes, and her singular take on how food touches every aspect of our lives. In 2009, her blog was awarded second place for “Best Food Blog” in the nation by the Association of Food Journalists.

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.

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

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

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

Deb Rox
Entertainment Editor, BlogHer

Deb Rox is the Entertainment Editor for BlogHer.com and co-host of BlogHer's annual Queerosphere party. In addition to writing, she consults and trains on diverse communications and management topics including community development and social media and works on a diversity of blog-related projects including the Listen to Your Mother Show. She blogs at Deb on the Rocks and Tweets way too much at @debontherocks

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 

 

Duane Forrester
Sr. Product Manager - Bing

Duane Forrester is a Sr. Product Manager with Bing’s Webmaster Program. Previously, he was an inhouse search marketer running the SEO program for MSN in the US & Americas. He's also the founding co-chair of SEMPO's In-House SEM Committee, was formerly on the Board of Directors for SEMPO and is the author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog & Turn Clicks Into Customers. Duane was a moderator at www.searchengineforums.com, maintains his own blog at www.theonlinemarketingguy.com, used to write for Search Engine Land, and has almost 15 years’ experience as an SEO.

Elaine Wu
Director of Corporate Communications, Vocera

Elaine spent more than 10 years in television and radio as a producer, writer and correspondent for places like MTV Asia and CBS in San Francisco. In 2003, she left broadcasting for Silicon Valley, working for companies like Intuit, BlogHer, and Rocket Fuel, managing wide-ranging corporate communications campaigns, customer reference programs, and social media efforts. She is currently the director of corporate communications for Vocera, a company whose communications technology is used in mission-critical environments. Her personal blog, VirgoBlue, was started more than seven years ago after friends recommended she find a place to compile her frequent tips about food and travel.

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.

Elise Bauer
Simply Recipes

Elise Bauer publishes the popular and award-winning food blog Simply Recipes. Ten years ago, after a twenty year career in technology marketing consulting, Elise created Simply Recipes to keep a record of what she was learning from cooking with her parents. What started as a hobby during the last economic recession has grown to reach over 10 million site visitors a month, and now Elise manages it as her full-time profession. These days Elise spends most of each day cooking, taking photographs of food, and answering reader questions. She knows it's not her life's purpose to be an online Betty Crocker, but that doesn't matter, she's having fun with it. Elise also founded Food Blog Alliance, a group-authored site for tutorials and tips for food bloggers.  You can find Elise on Twitter @simplyrecipes, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/simplyrecipes, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/elisebauer, and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/simplyrecipes.

Esther Crawford
Founder, Blankket

Esther Crawford is the founder of Blankket, a place for families to connect and share privately. In 2011 she launched glmps, an iPhone app for sharing life's moments. Previously she was a national spokeswoman and blogger for Weight Watchers, appearing in commercials alongside Jennifer Hudson. She started blogging in 2004 and met her husband through her blog - he was a commenter.

Jenifer Monroe
Director, Influencer Services
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Jenifer Monroe
Director, Influencer Services
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Jenifer Monroe has been blogging since 2002 and attended the first BlogHer conference in 2005. A founding member of the BlogHer Publishing Network, she has been a BlogHer employee since 2007.

Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy is a Project Manager at an educational software company, where she designs and implements in-person and virtual trainings and creates video tutorials. Prior to working in the software field, she was an elementary school teacher teaching in California and West Africa. As a teacher, Jennifer was instrumental in increasing student achievement, engaging parents, and implementing after school programs. She earned the Teacher of the Year Award in 2010.

Jennifer started blogging in 2005 with Life in Cameroon, a personal blog about living in Cameroon, West Africa. She recently started The Video Mojo to fuse her passion of teaching and making videos.

Jenny Lauck
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Jenny Lauck sent the kids outside to play and started her parenting blog Three Kid Circus back in 2004. At the first BlogHer conference in 2005, she participated as a panelist at the first Mommyblogging session. That one conference was all it took - she fell in love with the BlogHer community. Jenny is a veteran of every single BlogHer conference and is currently looking forward to sharing her expertise on working with BlogHer to market-proof your revenue stream at BlogHer PRO '13. 

Jenny is Vice President of Influencer Services at BlogHer, which means she gets paid to read blogs and get to know bloggers.  She thinks that she has the most awesome job ever.

Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR

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.

Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer
Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer

Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances and lead evangelist to top revenue partners. With Jory’s leadership, BlogHer has developed its own distinctive, brand of strategic partnership, helping to facilitate constructive dialogue between some of the world’s major brands and women who are social media leaders and their readers.

Jory frequently gives private presentations and training sessions to Fortune 500 companies and their internal and external strategy teams, bringing community insights and case studies directly to companies and agencies that are navigating the social media space. Leveraging her prior experience in both print and online media, Jory works within brand teams to deconstruct media models and to develop messaging and campaigns that resonate with bloggers, blog readers and brands.

BlogHer’s integrated sponsorship model, which combines live events and media channels, has grown 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.

Jory is BlogHer’s representative on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Board of Directors, and serves on the advisory board of start-ups FeedBlitz and Juno Baby.   Jory also represents BlogHer at public speaking engagements, having keynoted such events as ad:tech Chicago and the Marketing to Moms Conference, and spoken on panels at events for the IAB, ANA, AMA and WOMMA and at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, BlogWorld Expo, the Monaco Media Forum, Girls in Tech and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Jory helped high-technology start-ups Pluck and Rojo develop the models to launch successful blog syndication initiatives and served as producer as Third Age transitioned from traditional web destination to a network of bloggers.

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. Jory lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jesse and their young daughters.

Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer
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Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer
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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

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.

Maria Niles
Director of Client Services at BlogHer

Maria Niles is BlogHer's Client Services Director. Her business experience includes branding and marketing strategy, social media strategies, consumer market research and new product development. Prior to joining BlogHer, Maria founded ConsumerPop Marketing Consulting and she held brand management positions at consumer goods and services companies such as Netflix, Campbell’s Soup and Kraft Foods. Maria’s experience in the social media space has led to speaking engagements in a variety of settings from the MIT Media Lab to conferences covering social media use for business and how digital media is transforming business.

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

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

Maria Ross
Creator + Chief Brand Strategist, Red Slice

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

Maya Bisineer
MeMeTales

Maya Bisineer is an entrepreneur. She founded MeMeTales to provide parents with tools to raise smarter kids. MeMeTales gives parents resources disguised as inspiration and kids learning disguised as mobile games. Last year, Maya officially relocated to the SF Bay area, raised funding and officially joined the entrepreneur bandwagon.

Maya's life before startups involved big companies, software development, architecture and technology strategy. Maya has been a speaker at several social media and tech conferences including Blogher 11, Blogher 12, Blogher 13, Blissdom, EVO, OReilly's Tools of Change, GeekGirlCon, WomenWhoStartup, 140Conf and more.

Nelly Yusupova
Webgrrls International

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of Webgrrls.com, Founder of Digitalwoman.com, and creator of TechSpeakForEntrepreneurs.com

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

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

Sarah Kramer
Vegan Superstar, Sarah's Place

Affectionately known as the “vegan queen-bee” by friends, and dubbed “The World’s Coolest Vegan” by Herbivore Magazine, Sarah Kramer is the vegan godmother of all things cruelty-free. Sarah’s vegan empire began as a simple idea; in 1998 she was low on cash, so she (and her co-author at the time Tanya Barnard) photocopied, hand-bound, and gave out a homemade indie-style zine full of recipes for friends and family one holiday season. How punk rock!

They received an overwhelmingly positive response, which spurred the realization that her aims to change the world could become a reality in the most fun way: writing cookbooks! The seed that was planted by that zine soon grew into what it is today: “the vegan bible” How It All Vegan!, Sarah’s best-selling cookbook. It has sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide, and is a popular favorite of vegans from all over. From there sprouted its sequel, The Garden of Vegan, and then a third book, La Dolce Vegan!

While traveling on various book tours, Sarah realized the problem of finding vegan food on the road still had to be addressed. How does a vegan stay healthy while traveling? Thus was born Vegan à Go-Go!, a pocket-sized, travel-friendly compilation of the most popular recipes from the first three books, plus 25 exciting new recipes. It’s a fun and pocket-sized necessity for any jet-setting vegan.

Sarah’s cookbooks and other projects have grown to become a staple in vegan or vegan-curious households across the globe, as they’re easy to follow and are full of personality. Today she’s selling books like (animal-product-free) hotcakes! How It All Vegan! won the 2003/2004 VegNews Veggie award for the Best Veg Cookbook, and Sarah also won their award for favorite cookbook author in 2005. La Dolce Vegan! received an M-Award in 2006 for “favorite book.”

In 2012 Sarah released GoVegan! w/Sarah Kramer an iPhone/iPad app for those who are vegan curious. The app includes 50 delectable animal-free recipes from Sarah’s various cookbooks plus 10 brand new ones, along with original videos and audio tips from Sarah, an emailable shopping list, and a whole lot more. Sarah’s unique message is that “being vegan” is not just about food. Veganism is a positive and compassionate lifestyle choice. “What Mick Jagger is to rock ‘n’ roll, Sarah Kramer is to the vegan lifestyle.“ -Bust magazine

Skye Kilaen
Director, Influencer Services

Skye Kilaen came to BlogHer in 2007 after years of being "the techie" in human services and advocacy organizations.  Her work with influencers revolves around making BlogHer programs easier to understand, enroll in, and enjoy!

Stephanie O'Dea
Author and Blogger

Stephanie O'Dea made a New Year's Resolution to use her slow cooker every single day in 2008 and write about it online. This simple idea resulted in a highly-trafficked website and four books, one of which spent six weeks on the New York Times best sellers list. Stephanie has appeared on Good Morning America three times, The Rachael Ray Show, featured in Real Simple Magazine, Woman’s World, and Oprah.com. She is a contributing editor to Simply Gluten Free magazine and a recipe contributor to ABC.com. She is currently on television multiple times a day in the Ninja Cooking System infomercial, and is a spokesperson for the product. Further information can be found at stephanieodea.com.

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."

Susan Getgood
VP Influencer Marketing, BlogHer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teneshia Jackson-Warner
CEO/Egami Consulting

Teneshia Jackson Warner’s life story has been one of perseverance, diligence, risk-taking and inspiration. Her motto “It’s not enough to follow your dreams, we must chase them”, is a theme that is weaved throughout the impressive career that Teneshia has built over a decade spanning multicultural marketing, project management and inspirational life coaching.

Teneshia began her career as a mentee of the globally successful innovator, entrepreneur and hip-hop Mogul, Russell Simmons. For five years under Russell’s leadership, Teneshia gained valuable experience as the as General Manager of Rush Communications. Inspired and encouraged by Russell, Teneshia embarked upon her own entrepreneurial path, and founded her own marketing firm, Egami Consulting Group (Egami).

Egami is now an award-winning multicultural marketing firm and as CEO/COO, Teneshia connects brands to urban and multicultural consumers. Egami enables brands to “INSPIRE”, consumers through innovative, invigorated and engaging best in class marketing campaigns, strategic partnerships, custom community programs, public relations and/or new product launches. Since 2007, she has led the firm from a dream concept to a thriving multi-million dollar business.

Under Teneshia’s leadership, Egami formed a strategic partnership with the world’s third largest communications firm MSL Group, a Publicis Groupe global engagement firm, and acts as their exclusive diversity marketing partner working to deliver multicultural marketing solutions to their client network. Together they have delivered award-winning client work for leading brands such as P&G’s Bounty and My Black is Beautiful, Verizon Wireless, Hennessy, Heineken, Dasani, General Motors, Western Union and KFC.

Teneshia has won several business awards including the coveted Black Enterprise Rising Star 40 and Under in 2012 and in 2010, she was also recognized by The Network Journal Forty Under 40 Award for US African-American achievers. DiversityBusiness.com has ranked Egami among the Top 500 Diversity Businesses for 2012. In 2009 as testament to their collaborative prowess, Egami and MSL Group received an ADCOLOR Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) award celebrating agencies that partner to deliver innovative solutions to their respective industries.

In fall 2012, Teneshia made her debut as an author released Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Deliver Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences. Published by Paramount Marketing, with the foreword provided by Russell Simmons, her book received rave reviews from leading marketing influencers, celebrities and industry press as the first book to be written on multicultural Purpose-Driven Marketing.

On November 13th 2012, Teneshia launched the Inaugural Purpose Awards which salutes and honors brands.

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.