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9 Things Photography Experts Do That You Can Start Doing Today

As an online photography instructor, I'm often asked by amateur photographers some variation of the same question: "How can I take better pictures without breaking the bank on a fancy-shmancy camera?"It's a great question, because I really believe that it's just a matter of training your eye to see things more artistically -- not how much money you spend on your camera gear. (But if your dearest aunt really wants to buy you a pricey, top-of-the-line camera, by all means, encourage her generosity!)...more
AcornOakForest, thanks, and glad to help! Bokeh really is a lot of fun--let me know when you try it!more

'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Will Keynote #BlogHer 15! Woot!

We're thrilled to announce today that Ava DuVernay, the award-winning director of Selma, will be the closing keynote speaker at #BlogHer15! Image: © Jens Kalaene/DPA/ZUMA Wire ...more
Wish I was going. I'd love to see her!more

These Everyday #Experts Will Inspire You to Own Your Expertise (VIDEO)

As adults, we know that practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, but it is imperative to mastering a skill. It doesn't matter if it's cycling, cooking, or parenting, we must practice if we want to get better. And, in fact, if we do something long enough — even without a degree — we can become Experts at any number of things. ...more
I'm an expert in social media management and strategy. It's rewarding to see good content fly!more

Being an Expert in Parenting Kids With Disabilities Means Listening, Too

I always avoided American Idol-like reality competitions, because I am a gummi-hearted sort who can't bear to witness mean people publicly humiliating earnest amateurs. ...more
Just to be clear -- autism is not a mental disorder. Many things in the DSM are not mental ...more

How to Sound Like an Authority Figure

We've been talking a lot about #Experts this week: what we mean by the term "expert," how to own your own expertise, and now we're going to discuss sounding like an expert. (Because that is totally part of it. You can be an expert all you want but if you can't communicate what you know, no one else can benefit from all your hard work.)...more
I'm terrible about the qualifiers - "sort of," "kind of," etc... I've been trying to break ...more

Get Excited! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Coming to #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us

Oscar winner. Emmy-winning guest star displaying her vocal chops on Glee. Eternal paparazzi target. Controversial conversation starter. Media mogul?Yes!Gwyneth Paltrow is all of the above, and I am very excited to announce she'll be conducting one of our classic fireside chats at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us this summer in New York.  ...more
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What #BlogHer15's 'Experts Among Us' Really Means for You

This year, at our annual conference celebrating women in social media, we are dramatically expanding our mission now that BlogHer is part of the larger SheKnows Media family. This transformation starts with our name and our theme: #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. In 2015, we're dedicating the BlogHer conference to the incredible expertise and inspiration women are delivering to each other every day via social media. ...more
I loved the exercise of identifying expertise for our email signatures! Although I had a head ...more

Kids on a Mission Take the Stage at #BlogHer15

Today, we announce the keynote that will kick off the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference on Friday morning. We're bringing three amazing women to the stage: Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez, journalist and Starfish Foundation founder Soledad O'Brien, and one of the masterminds behind our Hatch initiative, SheKnows Media's Chief Revenue Officer Samantha Skey. ...more
I have a question about Hach Labs. Do they need to come with a computer? Will they be at the ...more

Announcing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year Honorees!

Today we unveil the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year honorees. It’s our eighth year producing the Voices of the Year (affectionately known as #VOTY) but it never, NEVER gets old. This year the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Community Keynote will be held on Friday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. ET....more
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#BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Road Show and Party

The #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us team is taking a road trip this spring, and we’re bringing the party to our friends of Listen to Your Mother.This year, as we have since its inception, we are sponsoring the Listen to Your Mother show, but we're kicking it up a notch....more
So excited to meet some new faces in Boston!more

Speakers

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking(Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media and advocacy organizations, and her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. She works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. 

Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, artist and founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She is celebrating her 12th year of blogging! Her art and crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers, including Bloomingdales, Target, and Michaels. She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, including Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing and the novels, Waking up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing. She has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR, and now has an extensive Crafty Chica product line. Kathy lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and four Chihuahuas. Her mission is to spread positivity through creativity.

When Kathryn Finney started her wildly successful site “The Budget Fashionista ” in the summer of 2003, she had no idea she was creating the “Budget Fashion” movement. Kathryn’s frank advice and Midwestern charm turned a small site about looking fabulous on a budget into one of the top fashion sites on the Internet, with over 10 million unique visitors a year. In 2010, Kathryn joined Maria Shriver and Elizabeth Warren on AOL’s list of the Top Ten Women in Money. The re­lease of her Amazon best-selling book, How to Be a Budget Fashionista- The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous For Less (Random House/Ballantine Books), made her the first fashion blogger to receive a book deal from a major publishing house. The book is currently in its 7th printing.

Kathryn has been profiled and/or featured in The New York Times, O Magazine, Instyle, People, Wall Street Journal, Essence, Redbook, and over 600 other print publications. Her October 2010 cover story for Savvy MN magazine was the best selling issue in the history of the magazine. She’s a contributor to AOL Shopping, Lucky Magazine, and Real Simple Magazine. She’s also a frequent style contributor to television shows such as NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN Headline News, E! News and ABC’s Good Morning America and has served as a spokesperson for top brands including Febreze, Paypal, Rightfit, Marshalls/TJ Maxx and Sears.

As a top keynote speaker, Kathryn gives over 30 presentations per year, on topics such as entrepreneurship, new media and women, and challenges facing women leaders. She’s been a keynote speaker at top conferences such as SXSW Interactive, Black Enterprise Small Business Conference, BlogHer Business, Women Funding Network, and Professional Business Women’s Conference. An honors graduate of Yale University and Rutgers University, Kathryn continues to receive numerous honors for her work, including selection as one of America’s Smartest Shoppers (Style Network), Essence Magazine “Woman of Style”, one of Silicon Alley’s Top 100 People in Technology, one of the 100 Most Useful Websites by MSN Money, A Top Ten Twitter Feed by The Griot, and listed as a “favorite” blog by publications as diverse as Instyle, Real Simple Maga­zine, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Women’s Wear Daily. Kathryn is a strong supporter of projects that improve the lives of women and of projects that increase access to technology in African and African-American communities . She’s a founder and trustee of the Robert Finney Technology Fund, a fund created in honor of her late father, Robert, who was an engineer at Microsoft and EMC2. The fund provides scholarships to African-American high school and college students pursuing studies in technology related fields.

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking(Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media and advocacy organizations, and her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. She works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise.