Lunch Keynote

As an added bonus, John Avlon returns to the #BlogHer17 stage for a Spotlight Talk about his book, "Washington's Farewell:  The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations".  He'll share how his book is relevant to the current landscape - and even a nod to Broadway's "Hamilton".

Immediately following, will be the incomparable, Serena Williams.

As part of this keynote Serena will be unveiling a new cause to which she’s turning her prodigious attention, but also talking about the various philanthropic efforts and causes she has been both spearheading and supporting for years now.

Add to that her evolving life as an entrepreneur who has launched several businesses and recently joined the board of a Silicon Valley tech company, and Serena is the epitome of following one’s passions and applying the same focus and intensity to all areas of one’s life.

Serena is a true icon, and an inspiration in many more ways than one, and we can’t wait to learn more about what drives her today, when she has already achieved so much.

Samantha Skey, President of SheKnows Media will sit down with Serena for what we are sure to be a fantastic conversation!

Luvvie Ajayi has been a BlogHer attendee and speaker almost every year since 2010. Whether talking about digital strategy or using her platform to do good via her charity The Red Pump Project, Luvvie has been a steady presence willing to share her knowledge and her experiences. Fast forward seven years, and Luvvie’s career has blown up. New York Times Best Selling book. TV show based on the book in development with none other than television goddess Shonda Rhimes. On every “it” list, from Oprah’s Super Soul 100 to Essence Magazine’s Woke 100. If you were parachuted into the LuvvNation in 2016 you probably thought this was some kind of meteoric overnight success, but Luvvie has been working her vision (and her butt off) for a decade.

BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page will sit down with Luvvie and ask her all about what she thinks paved the way for the kind of year she is having. And knowing Luvvie, this conversation will be filled with humor, inspiration, motivation, and actionable takeaways.