Riese Bernard

CEO/CFO/Editor-in-Chief/Co-Founder, Autostraddle.com

Marie Bernard, aka "Riese," is the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder, CFO of Autostraddle.com, the world's most popular independently owned lesbian website. Since its 2009 launch, Autostraddle has built a worldwide queer community and garnered honors including two GLAAD Award nominations and the 2012 Webblog Award's "Blog of the Year." In 2012, Autostraddle held its first A-Camp, a wildly successful camp/conference hybrid for LGBT women in the San Bernardino mountains which just wrapped up its fifth session. Riese is also a freelance journalist, award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, got wise in New York City, and now lives in Berkeley. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better, The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and The Hazards of Being Female," and "Dirty Girls," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nerve.com and Jezebel. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer 2011, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex.