BlogHer http://www.blogher.com/feed/all/1?search= en Childcare Options at #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/childcare-options-blogher17 <!--paging_filter--><p>Orlando is a fun and family-focused destination, and many of you have decided to add a getaway either before or after your #BlogHer17 experience. While the conference itself does not have an official childcare provider, there are options available to you during your stay at the <a href="https://aws.passkey.com/event/16304348/owner/9591246/home" target="_blank">Hilton Bonnet Creek</a>.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/Childcare_2_BH17.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>First, there is the <a href="http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/activities/kids-club" target="_blank">Kids Club</a> located on the Waldorf Astoria side of the property (no worries - the Hilton and the Waldorf are connected!) that is available daily from 10:30am - 2:30pm. This option is for children ages 5-12 and advanced reservations are required. Check out their <a href="http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/activities/kids-club" target="_blank">website</a> to learn more (including pricing) and reach out to the Concierge to make arrangements at 407-597-5388.</p><p>Additionally, there is an <a href="http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/activities/kids-club" target="_blank">Astoria After Dark</a> program that is only available on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Information on prices and how to make arrangements can also be found on the <a href="http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/activities/kids-club" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>For your childcare needs outside of these times, there are two local services that the hotel suggests:</p><p><a href="http://www.SittersInASecond.com" target="_blank"><strong>SittersInASecond.com</strong></a> - 407-721-2330</p><p><a href="http://www.SunshineBabysitting.com"><strong>SunshineBabysitting.com</strong></a> - 407-421-6505</p><p>These two organizations are provided as a convenience and are not contracted by #BlogHer17.</p><p>If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at <a href="mailto:Registration@SheKnows.com">Registration@SheKnows.com</a></p><p><em>Jennifer Evers is the Sr. Logistics Manager for Events and the Chairwoman of the Voices of the Year Committee.&nbsp; You can find her on most social platforms at <a href="http://twitter.com/AFewGoodJens"><a href="http://twitter.com/AFewGoodJens">@AFewGoodJens</a></a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><center><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com"><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/bigregisterbutton.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a></center><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>You can't see the show if you don't go to #BlogHer17. <br />Register now for your seat in sunny Orlando June 22-24, 2017.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17" target="_blank">#BlogHer17: </a>&nbsp;is THE largest conference for women content creators in the world.</p><p>Don’t wait!&nbsp; <a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">Register now: Space is limited.</a><br />Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blogher.com/sign-bloghers-email-newsletters">#BlogHer17 newsletter</a> for announcements and opportunities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-285725.jpg Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000 AFewGoodJens 2548713 at http://www.blogher.com Announcing the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year Honorees http://www.blogher.com/announcing-blogher17-voices-year-honorees <!--paging_filter--><p>One of our favorite days of the year is here and we couldn't be more excited! We are thrilled to unveil the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year honorees.&nbsp; For ten years, Voices of the Year (or #VOTY as we lovingly refer to it) has been the heart and soul of the #BlogHer conference.&nbsp; The brilliant work created by you - our community - overwhelms us with its beauty, laughter, and impact on the world outside the internet.&nbsp; You shared your stories, pictures, and videos about life in this rapidly changing world we live in, and we heard you.&nbsp; Loud and clear.</p><p>Every one of the pieces submitted was reviewed by at least two judges and up to six. Judges were recruited from former Voices of the Year recipients and SheKnows Media staff. We thank all our <a href="http://www.blogher.com/submissions-are-open-blogher17-voices-year" target="_blank">judges</a> for their hard work!</p><p>We are so excited to honor these outstanding creators who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, laugh more, and do more at the #BlogHer17 Community Keynote on Friday, June 23rd, at 4:30 p.m. ET with <a href="http://www.blogher.com/janet-mock-will-emcee-voices-year-blogher17" target="_blank">Janet Mock</a> as our fabulous emcee.&nbsp;</p><p>Get ready to click your heart out, and join us in congratulating this year’s Voices of the Year!</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH_CON_post_BH17_VOTYHonoree.jpg" alt="" height="426" width="750" /></p><p style="text-align: center;">Video</p><ul><li>Deva Dalporto for <a href="https://youtu.be/IvL8NAVq0CY" target="_blank">Stressed Out Mom Parody</a></li><li>Oneika Raymond for <a href="https://youtu.be/Yfk464WJQ74" target="_blank">Dear Dutch People: Zwarte Piet Is RACIST</a></li><li>Xenia Zayas for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36frZdnFtc" target="_blank">Moro de Guandules Dominicano, Chef Zee Cooks</a></li></ul><p>In addition, the following honorees will present their honored work from the stage as part of the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year community keynote:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.matermea.com/" target="_blank">Anthonia Akitunde</a></li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_un6mEaESAScREC7e-wC0g" target="_blank">Whitney Cicero</a></li><li><a href="http://www.letherlearn.org" target="_blank">Nia Evans</a></li></ul><p>Congratulations to all the honorees, whose videos will be on display throughout the Voices of the Year reception.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Eye Candy</p><ul><li>Erin Bender for her <a href="http://travelwithbender.com/files/4314/8600/2109/IMG_9478-2.jpg" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Samantha Broxton for her <a href="http://vsco.co/raisingself/journal/the-end-of-hope" target="_blank">photo journal</a></li><li>Kimberly Dickerson for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFccG6Furcr/?taken-by=kimcdickerson" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Xenia Galaviz for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLh-SD_BM0U/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Nanette Gomez for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BGFtQ2tu-rw/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Jessica Hall for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLUnstXhZqd/?taken-by=asouthernmother" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Alisha Nesbitt for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLma__BhZ1t/?taken-by=enchantedevent" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Khadijat Oseni for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jetsetterproblems/" target="_blank">Instagram feed</a></li><li>Susan Pazera for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/susanpazera/" target="_blank">Instagram feed</a></li><li>Lizz Porter for her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BN27rvRDCkQ/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Rosalynda Thorn for her <a href="https://instagram.com/p/BMHPx01FpDO/" target="_blank">photo</a></li></ul><p>Congratulations to our Eye Candy category honorees! All Eye Candy will be on display during the #BlogHer17 VOTY Community Keynote and throughout the Voices of the Year reception.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH17_Social_VOTYHonorees.jpg" alt="" height="1080" width="1080" /></p><p style="text-align: center;">Food Photography</p><ul><li>Andrew Bernard for his <a href="http://wereparentsblog.com/peanut-butter-and-jelly-smoothie-bowl/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Nicole Dawson for her <a href="http://allergylicious.com/theatre-cookies-chocolate-chip-popcorn-cookies/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Sharon Lachendro for her <a href="http://www.whattheforkfoodblog.com/2017/01/11/paleo-chocolate-truffles/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Priya Lakshminarayan for her <a href="http://cookilicious.com/appetizers_snacks/stella-cheese-rice-methi-kebab-tater-tot-stuffing/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Thien-Kim Lam for her <a href="http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2016/07/make-crispy-pan-fried-tofu.html" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Vanessa Mota for her <a href="http://smartlittlecookie.net/home/slow-cooker-taco-chicken-chili/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Lauren Pariseau for her <a href="http://hungerthirstplay.com/french-pear-cosmopolitan/" target="_blank">photo</a></li><li>Tash Shan for her <a href="http://akitchencat.com.au/five-hour-lamb/" target="_blank">photo</a></li></ul><p>Congratulations to our Food Photography category honorees! All Food Photography will be on display during the #BlogHer17 VOTY Community Keynote and throughout the Voices of the Year reception.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Written Work (Long)</p><ul><li>Sara Baker for <a href="https://nopurplewalls.com/2016/06/16/we-are-all-shitty-parents/" target="_blank">We Are All Shitty Parents</a></li><li>Christina Berchini for <a href="http://diverseeducation.com/article/88359/" target="_blank">We Don't Have a 'Diversity' Problem in Education</a></li><li>Amy Chesler for <a href="https://thishouseoflove.net/2017/01/05/expressing-motherhood/" target="_blank">Expressing Motherhood</a></li><li>Amy Freeman for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-lesson-in-gender-pronouns-for-my-fellow-former-english_us_5890f292e4b02c397c178d58" target="_blank">A Lesson In Gender Pronouns For My Fellow Former English Majors</a></li><li>Arnebya Herndon for <a href="http://arnebya.com/2016/05/09/many-minutes-will-take/" target="_blank">How Many Minutes Will It Take</a></li><li>Kristen Hewitt for <a href="http://www.mommyinsports.com/the-power-of-yes/" target="_blank">The Power Of Yes</a></li><li>Kelly Hoover Greenway for <a href="http://www.parent.co/finding-joy-in-the-face-of-cancer/" target="_blank">Finding Joy in the Face of Cancer</a></li><li>Mike Julianelle for <a href="http://dadandburied.com/2016/10/14/defy-rape-culture/" target="_blank">We Must Raise Our Boys to Defy Rape Culture</a></li><li>Lisa Lucca for <a href="https://lisalucca.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/two-roofs-one-home/" target="_blank">Two Roofs, One Home</a></li><li>Kelly Macias for <a href="http://www.conflictundone.com/blog/2016/7/29/a-letter-to-my-young-self-on-the-eve-of-hillary-clintons-nomination-for-president" target="_blank">A Letter to My Young Self on the Eve of Hillary Clinton's Nomination For President</a></li><li>Kathryn Mayer for <a href="http://grownandflown.com/college-baby-lovey-behind/" target="_blank">When Your College Baby Leaves Her Lovey Behind</a></li><li>Jenn O'Connor for <a href="https://motherwellmag.com/2017/01/17/my-foster-child-is-gone-am-i-still-a-mother/" target="_blank">My Foster Child Is Gone, Am I Still A Mother?</a></li><li>Liz Petrone for <a href="http://www.lizpetrone.com/raising-the-revolution/" target="_blank">Raising the Revolution</a></li><li>Samara Rose for <a href="https://samaraspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/greetings-from-the-loony-bin/" target="_blank">Greetings From The Loony Bin</a></li><li>Nancy Ruffin for <a href="http://themanifeststation.net/2016/06/22/revolutionary-women-breaking-ties-bind-us/#more-16472" target="_blank">Revolutionary Women: Breaking The Ties That Bind Us</a></li><li>Lisa Sadikman for <a href="https://flingome.com/2016/02/28/reclaiming-all-my-pieces-motherhood-included/" target="_blank">Reclaiming All My Pieces, Motherhood Included</a></li><li>Alisa Schindler for <a href="http://themanifeststation.net/2016/10/20/difference-father-dad/" target="_blank">The Difference Between a Father and a Dad</a></li><li>Tina Shoulders for <a href="http://noirecare.com/a-letter-to-the-fathers-of-my-children/" target="_blank">A Letter to the Fathers of My Children</a></li><li>Theresa Sutton for <a href="http://www.beingreese.com/2017/02/the-day-my-daughter-rejected-my.html" target="_blank">The Day My Daughter Rejected My Blackness</a></li><li>Linda Wolff for <a href="http://www.carpoolgoddess.com/colonoscopies-not-sissies/" target="_blank">Colonoscopies Are Not For Sissies</a></li><li>Kimberly Zapata for <a href="https://www.babble.com/entertainment/thank-you-carrie-fisher-mental-health-advocate/" target="_blank">Thank You, Carrie Fisher, For Giving a Voice to All Of Us Battling Mental Illness</a></li></ul><p>All long written work will be on display throughout the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year reception. Congratulations to all our long written work honorees.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Impact</p><ul><li>Rowan Grigsby for <a href="https://crossknit.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/so-you-wanna-be-an-intersectional-feminist/" target="_blank">How to Survive in Intersectional Feminist Spaces 101</a></li><li>Taya Dunn Johnson for <a href="http://www.upworthy.com/please-read-this-before-you-post-another-rip-on-social-media?c=apstream" target="_blank">Please Read This Before Your Post Another RIP On Social Media</a></li></ul><p>In addition, the following honorees will present their honored work from the stage as part of the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year community keynote:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.safetypinbox.com/" target="_blank">Leslie Mac &amp; Marissa Jenae Johnson</a></li><li><a href="http://www.twothirdsoftheplanet.com/about/" target="_blank">Meriah Nichols</a></li></ul><p>Congratulations to our Impact category honorees! All honorees' submissions will be on display during the Voices of the Year reception.</p><p style="text-align: center;">Written Work (Short)</p><ul><li>Elaine Alguire for <a href="http://www.misselaineouslife.com/a-random-saturday/" target="_blank">A Random Saturday</a></li><li>Denise Nichole Andrews for <a href="https://denisenicholeandrews.com/2017/02/03/four-letter-words/" target="_blank">Four Letter Words</a></li><li>Lindsey Andrews for <a href="http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/blessings-from-infertility/" target="_blank">Blessings From Infertility</a></li><li>Danielle Dayney for <a href="https://danielledayney.com/2016/10/03/just-below-the-surface/" target="_blank">Just Below The Surface: My Relationship With Alcohol</a></li><li>Lori Duron for <a href="https://raisingmyrainbow.com/2016/06/12/he-just-needs-to-find-his-people-then-hell-be-safe/" target="_blank">He Just Needs to Find His People, Then He'll Be Safe</a></li><li>Meredith Ethington for <a href="http://www.perfectionpending.net/2016/09/20/why-i-take-the-pill/" target="_blank">Why I Take The Pill</a></li><li>Paula Fitzgibbons for <a href="http://mommymeansit.com/alton-and-philando/" target="_blank">Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen</a></li><li>Lea Grover for <a href="http://www.yourtango.com/2016295008/this-how-ill-love-you" target="_blank">This is How I'll Love You</a></li><li>Danielle James for <a href="https://dksjames.com/2016/09/10/bompa/" target="_blank">Bompa</a></li><li>Diane Lang for <a href="http://www.momofali.com/2016/07/take-my-hand/" target="_blank">Take My Hand</a></li><li>Lana Nieves for <a href="http://superherolunchbox.blogspot.com/2016/08/strong.html" target="_blank">Strong</a></li><li>Cameron Reeves Poynter for <a href="http://luckyorangepants.com/2016/07/29/this-is-the-me-they-love-new-article-on-yourtango/" target="_blank">This is the Me They Love</a></li><li>Sarah Rudell Beach for <a href="http://leftbrainbuddha.com/loving-kind-new-year-wishes/" target="_blank">Loving and Kind New Year Wishes</a></li><li>Ellen Seidman for <a href="http://www.lovethatmax.com/2016/07/helping-children-with-special-needs.html" target="_blank">20 Wishes for My Child With Special Needs</a></li><li>Danielle Slaughter for <a href="http://mamademics.com/colored-girls-never-enough/" target="_blank">For Colored Girls Who Are Never Enough</a></li><li>Anusha Srinivasan for <a href="https://anusrini20.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/grief/" target="_blank">grief</a></li><li>Alice Jones Webb for <a href="http://differentthanaverage.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-beautiful-mess-our-children-leave.html" target="_blank">The Beautiful Mess Our Children Leave Behind</a></li><li>Melissa Camara Wilkins for <a href="http://melissacamarawilkins.com/blog/when-listening-is-a-lament/" target="_blank">When Listening is a Lament</a></li><li>Aliza Worthington for <a href="http://theworthingtonpost.net/2016/11/05/the-hitler-paradox/" target="_blank">The Hitler Paradox</a></li></ul><p>In addition, the following honorees will present their honored work from the stage as part of the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year community keynote:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.discoverdiaries.com/" target="_blank">Megan Baca</a></li><li><a href="https://iamthemilk.wordpress.com/category/sometimes-im-deep/" target="_blank">Katia Bishops</a></li><li><a href="http://wereparents.com/" target="_blank">Larisha Campbell</a></li><li><a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/affirmed-mom" target="_blank">Pamela Valentine</a></li><li><a href="http://outmannedmommy.com/" target="_blank">Mary Widdicks</a></li><li><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tabias-olajuawon" target="_blank">Tabias Wilson</a></li></ul><p>Congratulations to all of our short written work honorees! All honorees' written work will be on display during the Voices of the Year reception.</p><p><em>Jennifer Evers is the Sr. Logistics Manager for Events and the Chairwoman of the Voices of the Year Committee.&nbsp; You can find her on most social platforms at <a href="http://twitter.com/AFewGoodJens">@AFewGoodJens</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><center><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com"><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/bigregisterbutton.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a></center><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>You can't see the show if you don't go to #BlogHer17. <br />Register now for your seat in sunny Orlando June 22-24, 2017.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17" target="_blank">#BlogHer17: </a>&nbsp;is THE largest conference for women content creators in the world.</p><p><strong>Don’t wait:</strong></p><p><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">Register now: Space is limited.</a><br />Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blogher.com/sign-bloghers-email-newsletters" target="_blank">#BlogHer17 newsletter</a> for announcements and opportunities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-285725.jpg Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:48 +0000 AFewGoodJens 2545120 at http://www.blogher.com The Food Track at #BlogHer17 is Here, and It’s Delicious! http://www.blogher.com/food-track-blogher17-here-and-its-delicious <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="298" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/BH_CON_post_teaser_BH17_Food1.jpg?1492555611" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When we decided to roll our <a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17-brings-back-food-expo" target="_blank">food programming and community back into our annual event</a> it was because food is one of our most important categories, and not having it represented at annual felt like we were missing a limb. We’re ready to today to unveil the "Food Is Life" program track that's been added to the <a href="http://www.blogher.com/node/2458157/schedule" target="_blank">schedule for #BlogHer17</a>, and it’s a group of incredibly practical, always useful sessions, with an emphasis on their application within the food space, but on topics that are surely important to all online content creators.</p><p>On Friday we’ll kick off with a topic that looks at one of the other reasons we rolled Food back in to Annual: How to evolve your brand if you’ve spent years as a food blogger, but want to branch out. This happens to other folks way outside the food category (“mommy bloggers” I’m looking at you!) but we’ve seen the trend strongly amongst food bloggers. We’re calling it Un-Bore Your Brand, and we’re mostly talking about how sometimes you can get bored with your own brand and want to stretch your wings, even when you have an audience and community who loves you (and may even be resistant to change). Even if that’s the case, many have achieved this without a problem, and you can too!<br /><br />We’ll then feature a session that takes you from Fork to Phone, how to create images and other content that are both beautiful and effective using only your mobile phone, and targeting the best mobile experience for your ever-mobile audience. I’d say “mobile” one more time, but I think you get the gist. This is about so much more than pretty pictures (although our speakers, like <a href="https://www.instagram.com/acozykitchen/" target="_blank">Adrianna Adarme</a> from A Cozy Kitchen, certainly are publishing those).</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH_CON_post_BH17_Food1.jpg" alt="" width="696" height="438" /></p><p><br />Friday’s final session focuses on the future of food blogging…by talking with some Gen Z foodies. Led by MasterChef Junior finalist <a href="http://zackara.com/" target="_blank">Zac Kara</a> and young food activist <a href="https://www.hailevthomas.com/" target="_blank">Haile Thomas</a>, these kids put me to shame with both their cooking and their accomplishments!<br /><br />On Saturday we dig in deep on two perennial favorite topics:<br /><br />Cookbook publishing kicks off the day, with speakers representing every facet of traditional publishing and some folks who are proponents for the ways to successfully publish outside the traditional publishing space. From cookbook author <a href="http://www.juliaturshen.com/" target="_blank">Julia Turshen</a> to innovators in the space like <a href="https://www.burntcheesepress.com/" target="_blank">Kathy Strahs </a>and <a href="http://cookbookcafe.com/" target="_blank">Babette Pepaj</a>, we look at the ins and outs and help you make your decision about how to make your cookbook dream a reality.<br /><br />Finally, Brands and Bloggers. We close out the track by talking about this favorite topic…this session is always packed, I’ll just put it that way. We’ll have food-focused bloggers and the brands and agencies who work with them talking about what works, and what doesn’t…from ALL perspectives.&nbsp; Learn how to pitch, win, and renew business with brands. Learn how to most effectively and authentically work with bloggers. Learn how NOT to end up a #PRFail case study!</p><p>And. Just one more thing: This morning we announced how we're bringing Food to the mainstage at #BlogHer17 by presenting an <a href="https://www.blogher.com/keynote-announcement-carla-hall-join-us-blogher17" target="_blank">intimate keynote conversation with the one and only Carla Hall</a> on Saturday! You can read more about it in this morning's other big announcement post here!<br /><br />It’s all happening in this jam-packed food track, and if you’ve not yet bought your #BlogHer17 conference ticket, now’s the time! <br /><br /></p><center><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com"><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/bigregisterbutton.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a></center><p>&nbsp;<strong>You can't see the show if you don't go to #BlogHer17. <br />Register now for your seat in sunny Orlando June 22-24, 2017.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17" target="_blank">#BlogHer17: </a>&nbsp;is THE largest conference for women content creators in the world.</p><p>Don’t wait:</p><p><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">Register now: Space is limited.</a><br />Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blogher.com/sign-bloghers-email-newsletters">#BlogHer17 newsletter</a> for announcements and opportunities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-12.jpg Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:59:48 +0000 Elisa Camahort 2545510 at http://www.blogher.com Keynote Announcement: Carla Hall to Join Us at #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/keynote-announcement-carla-hall-join-us-blogher17 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="298" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/BH_CON_teaser_298x169_BH17_Carla.jpg?1492553235" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Some of you may remember that Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew”, restaurateur, <a href="http://carlahallbakes.com/pages/cookbooks" target="_blank">cookbook author</a>, and beloved “Top Chef” competitor, joined us last Fall in Austin for #BlogHerFood16. She moderated a wonderful keynote discussion about how long it takes to achieve “overnight” success (a theme we will be re-visiting at #BlogHer17 with our keynote speaker Luvvie Ajayi, by the way). Carla was an awesome moderator…to a fault. really, because I know I was hungry to hear more from her than time allowed.</p><p><br />Luckily we have this little shindig #BlogHer17 coming up, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to sit down and dig deeper with Carla. Carla is also a perfect choice to embody why we are happy to roll our food community back into the annual conference. So you can peruse <a href="https://www.blogher.com/food-track-blogher17-here-and-its-delicious" target="_blank">the track of food sessions we just announced today</a>, and know that Carla Hall is the piece de resistance of a scrumptious two days of food-focused programming.<br /><br />Carla will be featured in an intimate talk about the highs, lows and unpredictable moments in her journey from accountant (did you know that?) to caterer to food world domination. How did she plan such a trajectory? How does she make her most fateful decisions? You’ll be surprised at her approach.</p><p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/files/images/offers/Carla_Hall.png" alt="" /><br />And we also want to talk to her about one of the conference’s other recurring themes: How to integrate your values into your day to day life. Carla is like so many of us…balancing running a business and living her values by approaching it differently than most people do or would. &nbsp;<br /><br />I “met” Carla for the first time interviewing her via phone <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-16-dishing-with-carla-hall/id1122754745?i=1000376184246&amp;mt=2" target="_blank">for our podcast</a>, and then in person at #BlogHerFood. We decided we had so much in common we were sisters separated at birth…and I think you’ll all feel the same way after spending time with Carla at #BlogHer17. She is just that open, authentic and down to earth.<br /><br />But meanwhile, somehow, also completely rocking her career and her life. We can all learn from that!<br /><br />What would you ask Carla if you had the chance?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><center><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com"><img src="https://www.blogher.com/files/bigregisterbutton.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a></center><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>You can't see the show if you don't go to #BlogHer17. <br />Register now for your seat in sunny Orlando June 22-24, 2017.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17" target="_blank">#BlogHer17: </a>&nbsp;is THE largest conference for women content creators in the world.</p><p>Don’t wait:</p><p><a href="https://blogher17.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">Register now: Space is limited.</a><br />Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blogher.com/sign-bloghers-email-newsletters">#BlogHer17 newsletter</a> for announcements and opportunities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-12.jpg Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:41:09 +0000 Elisa Camahort 2546315 at http://www.blogher.com Cecile Richards, Margaret Cho, and Logan Levkoff kick off #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/cecile-richards-margaret-cho-and-logan-levkoff-kick-blogher17 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="298" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/BH_CON_teaser_298x169_BH17_Keynotes_CecileMargaretLogan.jpg?1491422651" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Some days my job is the most fun, like when I get to announce super-cool keynote conversations at #BlogHer17.</p><p>As we previously announced we’re adding a new health &amp; wellness theme throughout the conference, on the heels of last year’s Wine &amp; Gyn Kick-Off Keynote. So, this year, we will once again kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon with a keynote on this theme, this time with a frank and provocative conversation about women’s bodies, health, rights, and yes…sex too.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH_Post-Image_596x338_CecileRichards.png" alt="" /></p><p>The Kick-Off Keynote will begin with a one-on-one interview with <strong>Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards</strong>. Whether it’s ACA or the latest tax plan Planned Parenthood always seems to be at the center of political debate. While abortion continues to draw controversy even 44 years after the right to choose became the law of the land, today, the controversy has extended to one about women’s health more broadly. It seems everyone has an opinion about women’s access to contraception, preventive testing, and even the value of maternity care! While those conversations in Washington seem to be dominated by rooms full of men, we thought a room full of women deserved to hear the positions of Planned Parenthood on all of these issues, straight from the source.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH_Post-Image_596x338_MargaretCho.png" alt="" /></p><p>From the political to the personal (although those lines are always blurred when it comes to women’s bodies), BlogHer’s sister property HelloFlo presents “Between the Stirrups…”, part of our continuing mission to get us all comfortable with our bodies, with sex, and with not only being positive and empowered women when it comes to our bodies and health, but raising the next generation to be positive and empowered too. <strong>HelloFlo founder and SheKnows Senior Vice President Naama Bloom</strong> will lead what is guaranteed to be an enlightening chat (and maybe a slightly wild one) because she is joined by none other than comedian, actress, activist <strong>Margaret Cho</strong> and television sexpert <strong>Logan Levkoff. </strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;<img src="/files/images/offers/BH_Post-Image_596x338_LoganLevkoff.png" alt="" /></strong></p><p>Here’s a bit of BlogHer trivia: Logan spoke on BlogHer’s very first panel about sex way back at BlogHer ’06!!! And Margaret? She was at BlogHer ’10 in New York City, appearing at a Harley Davidson event. We’re thrilled to have them both back!</p><p>So, come for the provocative and likely hilarious Kick-Off Keynote, stay for the ever-growing list of other amazing women joining us at #BlogHer17, including <a href="http://www.blogher.com/joy-reid-lead-keynote-conversation-blogher17-june-orlando">Joy Reid</a>, <a href="http://www.blogher.com/janet-mock-will-emcee-voices-year-blogher17">Janet Mock</a>, <a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17-register-now">Luvvie Ajayi</a>, <a href="http://www.blogher.com/thepitch-live-returns-blogher17">Meredith Walker</a>, and learning from the dozens of accomplished speakers appearing throughout the conference in our <a href="http://www.blogher.com/node/2458157/schedule">break-out track</a>. And to meet sponsors in our Expo. And to connect with friends new and old. And to walk away with more knowledge, inspiration, and self-belief than you had when you walked in.</p><p>To register for or learn more about #BlogHer17, click <a href="http://blogher17.eventbrite.com/">here</a>. More information about SheKnows Media can be found at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sheknowsmedia.com/">www.sheknowsmedia.com</a>.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH17_KeynoteAnnouncement_MargaretLoganCecile_SOCIAL.png" alt="" /></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-12.jpg Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000 Elisa Camahort 2542968 at http://www.blogher.com #ThePitch: Live Returns to #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/thepitch-live-returns-blogher17 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="298" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/BH_CON_teaser_298x169_BH17_Pitch_0.jpg?1492553601" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When we first produced #ThePitch: Live at #BlogHer15, we knew we had a new tradition on our hands, so I’m thrilled to announce that our third annual pitch competition for women entrepreneurs will take place at <a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17?from=pod">#BlogHer17</a> on Saturday, June 24<sup>th</sup> in Orlando.</p><p>If you are not familiar, <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/special-series/the-pitch">#ThePitch</a> is a platform and video series launched by SheKnows Media to elevate, connect, and coach female entrepreneurs. Women business owners and founders pitch to a high-profile panel of judges who ask questions and provide their critiques in real time from the stage. The competition winner is ultimately decided by a combination of rankings from the judges and the votes of the #BlogHer17 attendees.</p><p>This year’s Pitchers (who will be announced soon) will face questions from this panel of expert judges:</p><ul><li>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blogher.com/agatha-achindu-0" target="_blank"> <strong>Agatha Achindu</strong></a>, Founder of <a href="https://yummyspoonfuls.com/">Yummy Spoonfuls®</a></li></ul><ul><li>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.blogher.com/doreen-bloch" target="_blank"><strong>Doreen Bloch</strong></a>, Founder and CEO of <a href="https://www.poshly.com/">Poshly</a></li></ul><ul><li>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.blogher.com/meredith-walker" target="_blank"><strong>Meredith Walker</strong></a>, Co-Founder and Executive Director of <a href="https://amysmartgirls.com/">Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls</a></li></ul><ul><li>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.blogher.com/natalia-oberti-noguera" target="_blank"><strong>Natalia Oberti Noguera</strong></a>, Founder and CEO of <a href="http://pipelineangels.com/">Pipeline Angels</a></li></ul><ul><li>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.blogher.com/zahra-aljabri" target="_blank"><strong>Zahra Aljabri</strong></a>, Co-Founder of <a href="https://www.mode-sty.com/">Mode-sty</a> and <a href="http://www.blogher.com/zahra-aljabri-wins-10k-marketing-support-pitch">winner of #ThePitch: Live in 2016</a></li></ul><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH17_Pitch_JudgesAnnouncement_post.png" alt="" /></p><p>There’s still time to register for #BlogHer17. If you don’t want to miss these impressive judges, our other keynote speakers including <a href="http://www.blogher.com/joy-reid-lead-keynote-conversation-blogher17-june-orlando">Joy Reid</a>, <a href="http://www.blogher.com/janet-mock-will-emcee-voices-year-blogher17">Janet Mock</a>, <a href="http://www.blogher.com/luvvie-ajayi">Luvvie Ajayi</a>, and the amazing full roster of <a href="http://www.blogher.com/node/2458157/speakers">speakers</a> we have assembled, then don’t! Just click <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blogher17-conference-tickets-26709536944">here</a> to buy your tickets.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-12.jpg Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:02:53 +0000 Elisa Camahort 2538349 at http://www.blogher.com Joy Reid to Lead Keynote Conversation at #BlogHer17 this June in Orlando http://www.blogher.com/joy-reid-lead-keynote-conversation-blogher17-june-orlando <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="298" height="169" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/BH_CON_teaser_298x169_BH17_Keynote_JoyReid.jpg?1488209367" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Today I am excited to announce that Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s AM Joy show, will be joining us at #BlogHer17 for a very important keynote conversation about the impact, influence, and importance of media… especially raising women’s voice in media.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/BH_CON_485x485_BH17_Keynote_JoyReid.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>I’m so thrilled to be able to make this announcement now, while there are still two days left to <a href="http://www.blogher.com/conferences">register for the conference</a> at our Earlybird Pricing (prices go up $150 at 12:01AM Wednesday morning)! With Joy joining already-announced blogger, longtime BlogHer community member, and NYT bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi and author and activist Janet Mock on our main stage (and even more great announcements still to come, I SWEAR!) you really really don’t want to miss it :)</p><p>But back to why this keynote conversation about the media is so timely and important right now:</p><p>The news itself has become newsworthy. The media is under fire, even under duress, and yet getting more support (moral and financial) than it’s seen in a long time… but what’s going to happen in the long run? And what can we, influencers who also make media, do to support a free press yet watchdog the watchdogs? I can’t be the only one who is fascinated to hear what it’s like from the inside of the media outlets feeling the heat and fighting fire with fire.</p><p>If you are not familiar with Joy (!), she is a political analyst for MSNBC where she hosts “AM Joy” (weekends 10AM-12PM ET), which brings viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers, perspective on the critical political stories shaping the election season and beyond, plus compelling discussions with America’s preeminent political minds. “AM Joy” has been on fire. Only launched last May, it has already delivered MSNBC their biggest total view audience in that time period ever.</p><p>Joy is also the co-author of <em>We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama</em>&nbsp;and author of the book <em>Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide</em>. She was previously managing editor of theGrio.com and is a current columnist for The Daily Beast.</p><p>In other words, she has been a bad-ass woman in media for a long time, both online and on air, and I can’t wait to hear what she shares with the BlogHer attendees this June!</p><p><a href="http://www.blogher.com/conferences">Join us in Orlando</a> in just four months. And stay tuned for more announcements. They’re coming!</p><p>And come talk about Joy on our Facebook page, see you there.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-12.jpg Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:39:54 +0000 Elisa Camahort 2530564 at http://www.blogher.com #BlogHer17 Brings Back Food Expo http://www.blogher.com/blogher17-brings-back-food-expo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="2048" height="1365" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/blogherfood16.jpg?1486493916" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Today I’m announcing a new addition to <a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher17">#BlogHer17</a> this June in Orlando that also affects our Food Conference. We are merging a food focus back into the annual conference this June, meaning we’re introducing everything from a new food-focused program track to a new “Food Pavilion” sponsor area in the Expo.</p><p><img src="/files/blogherfood16.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>Eight years ago, with food as our largest content category, we broke out and started the first BlogHer Food Conference. It started as one day and about 300 people, but it eventually grew. Over the past five years it has settled in to a very familiar routine and a very stable size.</p><p>But two things happened:</p><p>Not entirely unexpectedly, our food community ended up being in the position of choosing between our two major conferences, and their presence at our annual conference waned. This has felt like more and more of a miss in the last few years. If food creators drive so much traffic, interest and engagement, and if food content has been part of the growth story of so many emerging social platforms over the last few years, then food creators seem like a necessary component to serve the mission of our annual conference.</p><p>The other thing that happened is that creators have become less niche-ified over the past 8 years. You’ve probably seen a lot of parenting bloggers expand to talk about travel, or food, or crafts, or other topics. The same thing has happened with our food community. More and more general “lifestyle” bloggers are involved because food is part of everyone’s life. And more and more food bloggers are branching into these same broader lifestyle categories.</p><p>The bottom line is that we want our annual conference to be the one place where we all come together across interests, across demographics, across platforms… and so this year we’re taking steps to make that happen.</p><p>It’s obviously important to us to do this to make the most of our annual conference, but we also think it will turn out to be important for the food community of both attendees and sponsors, expanding your circle to include more folks who will be very interested in what you’re doing.</p><p>And we are creating multiple ways to spotlight what you’re doing to make your welcome (back) to the annual conference as fun and easy as possible:</p><p>• We’ll be introducing a “Food Pavilion” area in the Expo to feature our food sponsors<br />• We've already introduced a new Food Photography category to the Voices of the Year, so we can honor the scrumptious work of food bloggers<br />• We’re integrating food-focused speakers into every track of the existing program<br />• But perhaps most excitingly: We’re adding a new Food track to the program, and we’re looking for our food experts to be a part of it.</p><p><img src="/files/images/offers/blogherfood17-photo.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>The Food Track:</p><p>As of today we’ve opened up a new submission form, and we are looking for our experts in the following topics:</p><p>1. Food Photography for Your Blog, for Instagram, for cookbooks<br />2. Food Career Options: Have You Turned Your Best Recipe into a Product? Or Become a Professional Recipe Developer?<br />3. The Good, Bad &amp; Ugly of Cookbook Publishing <br />4. The Latest Success Tactics on Pinterest<br />5. Un-Bore Your Brand: How to Expand, Evolve, or Just Switch Up Your Brand as a Creative<br />6. Brands and Bloggers Working Together in the Food Vertical<br />7. The Future of Food Blogging: Teens and Tweens Cooking Online</p><p>Go to <a href="https://form.jotform.com/70336240898158" target="_blank">this link</a> to share your expertise, pedigree and credentials to speak on these topics (one submission per topic) and we will be circling back to add the Food Track to the program as quickly as we can. Deadline is end of day February 21st, so don’t let that time speed by without submitting.</p><p><strong>What else is coming for Events in 2017?</strong></p><p>As we make this change to our conference schedule, we are also planning to launch a brand new series of smaller, regional events that highlight all of SheKnows Media’s community-driven initiatives that serve our mission. You may remember The Pitch and Wine + Gyn from their activations at our annual conference, and we want to bring those to more cities, along with our Hatch program for tweens and teens, and even add other targeted events that speak to our core SheKnows content areas that include parenting, health and, yes, food, too.</p><p>We’ll be working to release a schedule of all the opportunities to see SheKnows where you are, but we certainly hope you’ll come to where we are this June in Orlando! You can still <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blogher17-conference-tickets-26709536944" target="_parent">register with earlybird pricing</a> here until February 28th.&nbsp;</p><p>Come to our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/blogherannual/?fref=nf" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> to discuss and ask any questions you may have.</p><p>Or feel free to email the team at <a href="mailto:conferences@sheknows.com">conferences@sheknows.com</a> if you have a private question.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BlogHer Conferences #BlogHer17 http://www.blogher.com/files/imagecache/user_small/user_pictures/picture-12.jpg Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:58:36 +0000 Elisa Camahort 2523607 at http://www.blogher.com She's Geeky offers a space for women in STEAM to connect http://www.blogher.com/shes-geeky-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-full-image"> <div class="field-label">Full Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_full_image" width="5472" height="3648" alt="" src="http://www.blogher.com/files/computer_1.jpg?1485294036" /> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Julie Ross Godar interviewed She's Geeky co-organizer, Estee Solomon Gray, about the work She's Geeky is doing to give women in STEAM careers a space to connect. <em>One-Day Special Edition of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ShesGeeky.org">She's Geeky</a>&nbsp;Unconference on Jan 28th in the Bay Area to be with each other as women in STEAM engage with issues in this unprecedented time. Sign up for the event&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-geeky-special-2017-edition-tickets-9166532345">here</a>.</em></em></p><p><strong>What are the goals of She's Geeky?</strong></p><p>Generally to connect and inspire women in STEAM. To continually surface key topics, to address pressing issues and questions, to stimulate innovation and connection across disciplines, industries, and generations.</p><p>To learn from and with each other. To push the boundaries of language and practice to say what now needs to be said and build what now needs to be built.</p><p>She’s Geeky does not try to replace other women in tech or engineering monthly meetups or communities our goal is to connect what is now a flourishing landscape of networks and conferences and programs with a unique, freewheeling space for cross-pollination, inspiration, and support women to women.</p><p><strong>What do you want every participant to walk away with?</strong></p><p>Very practical stuff: A solution to a problem. Insight into a new tool, practice, buzzword, technology. The confidence that comes from putting out a topic and/or making a session meaningful for others too. The next gig, a new partner, an ally, a friend. Whatever it takes to not leave the industry or a company whose mission you still appreciate but whose workstyle or culture hurts. The ability to see and take a different next step and a few faces to turn to as you do. A good laugh or three. At least one totally unexpected takeaway. And a sense of being part of making the tech-infused future more female than it has been.</p><p>We want every participant to walk away savoring that special sense of deep learning, others’ experience gathering, insight sharing, worldview extension, connection and confirmation that she already knows tends arise from conversations and collaborations among women dealing with what I call the everyday “business of life.” We want every participant to walk away more comfortable with showing, sharing and&nbsp;optimizing the multiple roles and intersecting identities she is made of. And we want every participant to walk away carrying the core of an answer to the question of how the technology, or science, or math, or art she is producing might be made to better serve and reflect her values.</p><p><strong>How did the idea to launch these events come about?</strong></p><p>From conversation between a couple of women geeky enough to be holding their own in some very techy conversations that were early enough, foundational enough, and technically gnarly enough to require crossing not only existing company and industry bounds but those separating sectors: corporate, nonprofit, public sector, and academia.</p><p>As She’s Geeky founder Kaliya Young describes it, everywhere she went a few women were playing key roles in these technology and market-defining conversation. In most places they were starting to come together internally and at the occasional industry event but had no awareness of or access to their counterparts in other industries and sectors. So she and a few others decide to create a way for that to happen for geeky women of any and all ages, disciplines, and job descriptions to literally see and hear<br />one another, unmediated by others.</p><p>The UnConference format was a perfect match in that it relies on something that women tend to do naturally: bring themselves and their questions into a face to face event and then quickly and effectively orchestrate a multithreaded conversation that fits the time, space and people in the room or at the table.</p><p>When one of them remembered the cover of a 2006 anthology called “She’s Such a Geek: Women write about science, technology and other nerdy stuff,” they pounced and launched the first She’s Geeky, in the Bay Area, in 2007. Twenty events in 6 US cities have happened since. Each low budget, high impact, locally organized and amazingly diverse.</p><p><strong>How do you define "geeky"?</strong></p><p>Loosely. And proactively. Following the advice of women leaders like Gloria Feldt to define your own terms first (before someone else defines you) and to “use what you’ve got.”</p><p>“Geek” is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream<br />people. In current use, however, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person passionately engaged with what others consider obscure, technical or niche topics. Such topics typically require a command of detail and the ability to construct, enter, navigate, and interact with a whole dynamic system or universe. Relative to<br />the term 'nerd,' geekiness implies a bias toward action, as in “Geeks Get It Done.” When applied to women, geeky also means busting stereotypes of what it means to be a geek. She’s Geeky is both a celebration and a call to arms.</p><p><strong>What's an unConference?</strong></p><p>Unconference methods range from anything more organized then a cocktail party and less organized than talking heads on panel. At She’s Geeky we use a method called Open Space Technology. We begin each day with a blank wall and, with a facilitator guiding the process, in less than an hour attendees create a full, multitrack conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to all. At a She’s Geeky unConference we ask participants to volunteer to create digital notes of each session, if appropriate, and contribute them to the whole for posting on the event website. The day ends with a closing circle where highlights and insights from the day are shared and sometimes there is a whole group conversation.</p><p>All participants are welcome to propose conversations, which means that breaking issues in their fields, or for women in general, can be discussed and are not restricted to an agenda created months in advance. We find that many people have similar ideas about sessions. As a result, this creates rich dialogue, collaboration and peer-to-peer learning. UnConferences are now common addenda to tech industry conference. They are highly valued as the time and place to think out loud with others and spend some time actively learning with colleagues pushing the limits.</p><p><strong>Tell me about the Special Convening. How is it different, and what prompted it?</strong></p><p>Over Thanksgiving weekend a small group gathered to consider what the second decade of She’s Geeky might be. Midway through the strategy discussion (what’s changed, what’s needed, is there a brand here, etc) we realized that the customary date for the annual two day “mothership” SG Bay Area event fell a week after the Inauguration and the rumored #womensmarch’s. In an instant, it was clear that this year of all years, a place to regroup, reenergize and redirect our efforts for the everyday haul ahead was essential. No woman we know was unaffected by the campaign, the election, the transition , and the reactions of Silicon Valley personalities and businesses thus far. So we pared it to one day. We added an Organizing Question: "What are WE, the women of tech and STEAM, doing in this time?" We decided to trust that the we could cover expenses mainly with participant fees and contributions. And went for it.</p><p><strong>What's the experience like for moms and daughters?</strong></p><p>Speaking as a mom, it’s a rare and wonderful thing to be able to bring one’s child into one’s adult world in its naturally occurring form. In the past, ‘tween and teen daughters have tagged along with mom, proposed and led sessions, come for a few hours or stayed and participated all day. And never ignored by the crowd, as you might imagine.</p><p>One of the phenomena we’ve been noticing recently is moms and daughters both working in tech. Can’t wait to start asking about and hearing what that’s like!</p><p><strong>What was the most memorable take‐away you've ever gotten from She's Geeky?</strong></p><p>For me, truthfully, it was something about the meaning and prevalence of 'geeky' and nd how it shows up in women. I’m a Boomer. I have BA in neurophysiology and biomechanics (I had been a dancer) from Yale, MBA and an MSEE (computer architecture) degree from Stanford. I came to Silicon Valley when it was semiconductor driven and decades later found myself back on the Stanford campus as a visiting scholar in social entrepreneurship. I co-wrote one of the most quoted nontechnical articles in tech industry history for the launch edition of Fast Company magazine in 1995 (“the People are the Company”).</p><p>I remember sitting in a cluster of chairs in the hall at the Computer History Museum and seeing what I identified as geekily-dressed young woman with a great look, thoroughly absorbed in listening to the session and I knew suddenly that I’d have looked just like her were I born a decade or two later. I’d have seen my own quite celebrated “analytical” skills as much deeper, multicolored and masterful than I knew to see them then.</p><p><strong>How has the tech culture changed, if at all, since the first She's Geeky in 2007?</strong></p><p>Huge changes. iOs and its inbuilt visual, tactile, and social functionality was brand new in 2007. BlogHer was still asking that brilliant opening question, “Where are the women bloggers?” We knew they were there but literally couldn’t see them. Now we know and see women in tech. We see smart female face and forms grace the covers and pages of tech pubs. Grace Hopper is an annual rite. But there’s also a huge elephant in the Valley. And broculture pervades entrepreneurship in ways seen and spoken and not. Some see a low point in women’s acceptance as tech professionals relative to the mid 80s, when personal technology was just emerging.</p><p>Many more things are speakable today than a decade ago and many more networks enable the speaking. Women are VERY connected. Collaboration is considered a basic business competency in most tech organizations. Employers and investors are beginning to acknowledge that “pipeline” is no longer the main problem. “Implicit bias” training and revamped hiring processes are widely understood as necessary but not sufficient. You could say that the table is now set for going beyond “the low hanging fruit.” In my opinion, figuring out the basics of relational productivity and rewarding, promoting, and designing products for them is the next battleground.</p><p><strong>How do you typically address the "A" in STEAM at an unConference?</strong></p><p>First of all, by recognizing it. It was at my first She’s Geeky that I first understood that many of the younger women in the room had entered the tech world through the door of design, powered by what we now call the Maker ethos. They were entering through the then emerging craft of building websites, of designing software experiences, of creating blogs, or working for tech companies doing those jobs . In the process they found themselves learning to code, establishing mastery in what we know call digital<br />media, making rich contributions to product and marketing teams, going to grad school and on.</p><p>It was a quiet phenomenon for a long time because, like much else relating to women, it felt risky to talk about. Nor did we have the language, until recently when the A formally got added to STEM.</p><p>Each year, each unConference, the A shows up differently depending on the participants and the program that emerges. But one look around the room tends to make the point pretty quickly.</p><p><strong>I read that you want to take it to the next level this year. What are you planning to level up in 2017?</strong></p><p>We’re open to shifting everything from refining the brand and how She’s Geeky adds value to a bubbling ecosystem to the format and variety of She’s Geeky events. From the mix of curated (i.e. invited) and emergent content to the staffing model (extremely minimal to date.). We intended to start 2017 by asking and listening and convening small groups in the first half of the year, speaking with potential funders, women in the first decade of their career, women leaving or resuming their careers.</p><p>Then November 9th happened.</p><p>At this point, a "full" She’s Geeky Bay Area is in the works for May 2017 to build upon what happens on the 28th and start manifesting what’s required by these very special times.</p><p><strong>Is there anything I haven’t asked about that you’d like to share with our</strong><br /><strong>community?</strong></p><p>One of our ‘uplevelings’ for 2017 is an attempt to build upon the new giving habits many women adopted over the last year by adding “personal”, “team”, and “girlfriend group” sponsorship options with appropriate recognition :). One of the tenets of the Open Space Technology movement is that whoever is in the room is the right set of people to have the conversation. But geeky women who are not in the<br />room also benefit, in part through their friends, team members, etc, &nbsp;and know they do.&nbsp;&nbsp;So we hope to create a new tradition of women directly funding women-to-women<br />conversation through national, cross-disciplinary nonprofits like She’s Geeky.</p><p><em>Follow Estee Solomon Gray on <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/esteesolomongray" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/estee" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. 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