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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
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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
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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
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Introducing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Conference Agenda!

We've always gone to BlogHer conferences to learn, to connect, to be entertained and inspired. But #BlogHer15 has a new name...and an over-arching theme: Experts Among Us. ...more
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Announcing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Call for Volunteers!

In 2005 we launched our first BlogHer conference, and we did it with the help of our community. Since that time, volunteers have been a staple in our conference planning, and once again the time has come... time to volunteer for #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us in New York! We call these volunteer positions BlogHerships. ...more
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Don't Tell Me They're Not Real: Internet Friends Are Real Life Friends

Don't tell me they're not real. I left a comment on the most random blog post I had ever come across in my many times clicking the "Random" button on LiveJournal. The blogger replied. I replied. Then the blogger's friend replied. I looked at his avatar, this friend of the original blogger, and my eyebrow raised a little bit. The back and forth conversation went on all evening, one comment after the other. Days later, AOL Instant Messenger names were exchanged. Three years later, we stood in front of our friends and family and exchanged vows. ...more
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Announcing BlogHer Food '15 and the Call for Ideas

Today we are excited to announce the BlogHer Food '15: Experts Among Us conference! ...more
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#BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year Submissions Are Open!

EDITED ON 2/9: Submissions have closed for the 2015 #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year.EDITED ON 01/19: See below for clarification on the definition of submission categories.Today, we kick off your nominations for the Voices of the Year, our annual celebration of the most inspiring voices in our community. From these nominations will emerge our honorees, some of whom will take the stage to keynote #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, in a gala event at the BlogHer annual conference in New York City in July 2015....more
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Speakers

A writer, speaker, instructor and sexpert with a law degree, Lauren Marie Fleming (also known as Queerie Bradshaw to most of the Internet) loves to put both sides of her brain to use. Along with running websites of her own, Lauren consults with bloggers, artists, writers and other right-brain types to help turn their creative ideas into functioning, practical, sustainable products, services or events. Lauren also teaches classes on writing, creating and building an online brand and sexual education both in person and on her website CreativitySquared.com.

Lauren particularly loves helping women, queers, people of color and other members of minority groups find, and most importantly amplify, their voice online and discover ways to make a profit by doing what they love. To help people own their value as a writer, she started the Big Deal Campaign (#BigDeal) at BlogHer 2012, which encourages bloggers to put aside site and follower statistics and see all bloggers as important voices that deserve to be heard.

As a long-time blogger (and BlogHer attendee), Lauren is also Editor-in-chief of QueerieBradshaw.com, a site for frisky feminists and politiqueers. Started as a blog for Curve Magazine and now run as an independent site, Queerie Bradshaw promotes sex-positive feminism, healthy body images, racial equality and queer rhetoric through honest, hilarious and (hopefully) insightful personal stories from Lauren and other contributing writers. The site also offers an array of information about sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity and provides other bloggers with a forum to talk about subjects that may be too risqué for their own blogs.

Lauren also occasionally blogs about travel at SinfulMisadventures.com.

Lauren's favorite part about speaking and attending conference is meeting new people, so she encourages everyone to approach her at any time before, during or after the conference to say hello, especially nervous newbies.

By day, Liz Gumbinner is an ad agency creative director, but online, she's best known as the co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech. Called "the online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd" by Parents Magazine, it’s been cited as a favorite parenting blog by Real Simple, inStyle, and the Telegraph UK. Liz is also the author of Mom-101 which has been featured in the New York Times, CNN and NPR. Liz is often seen discussing parenting trends and culture in national media including NBC's TODAY Show.  Liz has also been named a top digital influencer by Forbes, Nielsen, and the NY Post, and is a recipient of an AWNY Game Changers award.

By day, Liz Gumbinner is an ad agency creative director, but online, she's best known as the co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech. Called "the online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd" by Parents Magazine, it’s been cited as a favorite parenting blog by Real Simple, inStyle, and the Telegraph UK. Liz is also the author of Mom-101 which has been featured in the New York Times, CNN and NPR. Liz is often seen discussing parenting trends and culture in national media including NBC's TODAY Show.  Liz has also been named a top digital influencer by Forbes, Nielsen, and the NY Post, and is a recipient of an AWNY Game Changers award.

Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that finds, supports, and trains urban tech entrepreneurs. DID runs the highly successful FOCUS Fellow program, a 16 week accelerator/incubator program for black women founders/co-founders of tech enabled companies. Focus Fellows have raised over 10 Million Dollars in Angel and/or Venture funding for their companies. 10% of FOCUS Fellows have raised over $1MM in funding.

digitalundivided also leads a number of other important initiatives including #ProjectDiane, a project that disrupts pattern-matching in tech by identifying black women founders of tech enabled companies., and START, a program in partnership with the United Negro College Fund that teaches startup basics to students at Historically Black Colleges.

In 2013, Kathryn received the Champion of Change Award from the White House for her work increasing inclusion in the tech industry. She’s also received the New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100, Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy”.

On February 26, 2015, Kathryn was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day”.

From 2012-2014, she’s served as Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, INC (sold to SheKnows Media). She was also one of the first lifestyle bloggers and the CEO of TBF Group, LLC, parent company of the highly influential The Budget Fashionista Brand (sold to Speak Media), which reached a global audience of 13 million+ unique visitors a year. Kathryn and TBF were featured in more than 1000 media outlets, including the TODAY show, and the New York Times, The success of the TBF has led to the book: How to be a Budget Fashionista (Random House) and partnerships with major brands such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and TJ Maxx.

Kathryn is an honors graduate of Yale University where she received numerous awards including the Courtland Van Creed Award and Rutgers University, where she was a member of the USA Today All Academic Team and was voted by her class of 2500 to received her Class Award for scholarship and service. .

Kathryn is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences such as Velocity NYC, South by Southwest (SXSW), New York Women in Communications, Columbia School of Business, and other leading organizations. She is also a columnist for Inc.

She lives in Harlem with her husband, a Software Engineer. Contact her via twitter or at Kathryn @ digitalundivided.com