Saturday Morning Keynote

We have an exciting and jam-packed morning on Saturday!

Latham Thomas, Doula, and Founder of MamaGlow and GlowMaven will start the day with our Mindful Moment.  Latham loves helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power.

Next up:  #ThePitch:  Live presented by Mail Chimp! 


Now in its 3rd year, #ThePitch is a platform and video series launched by SheKnows Media to elevate, connect and coach female entrepreneurs. #ThePitch will take place live at #BlogHer17, where women business owners and founders will give a pitch to a high-profile panel of judges and an audience of content creators, social media influencers, entrepreneurs, industry luminaries and brand executives.

Emcee, Ruma Bose is a successful business executive, entrepreneur, humanitarian leader, and former president of the Chobani Foundation and Chobani Ventures. Her opening remarks will be drawn from her best-selling book Mother Teresa, CEO, which explores unexpected lessons in leadership she learned as a volunteer with Mother Teresa’s mission.

Ruma will then be joined onstage by our panel of judges to conduct a Q&A with and thoughtful critiques, support, and challenging questions to push these women to reach their utmost potential.  This year’s Pitchers will face questions from this panel of expert judges:

The rock star women founders pitching in this year’s competition are:

  • Esosa Ighodaro, Co-Founder of CoSign, a platform that allows users to earn money by turning their photos into digital storefronts.
  • Lynn Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Spotlight:Girls, which produces the Go Girls! Camp and celebrates and activates girls and women through multi-media learning experiences, products and events.
  • Jeanne Lewis, CEO and Founder of Capsure, a mobile app for capturing, collaborating and sharing personal moments from the past, present and future in a private space.
  • Yasmine Mustafa, Founder of ROAR for Good, which works to prevent sexual violence through fashionable accessories.

As in years past, the winner of The Pitch at #BlogHer17 will be determined by a combination of the rankings from the judges as well as the popular vote of #BlogHer17 attendees. The winner will receive a year-long marketing, media, and promotional support package valued at $50,000 from SheKnows Media.

#WinningWomen: Passion and Perseverence

Immediately following #ThePitch, we will feature a keynote with world-renowned athletes focused on the important role female athletes play as an inspiration to women and girls, how playing sports can influence self-esteem and future success, and how we can all use the passion and perseverance of an athlete to achieve peak performance in other areas of our lives. Learn how these athletes use their considerable social media reach and influence for good.

Moderator Donna Orender is a former All America and Professional basketball player, executive for the PGA Tour and WNBA President. Donna is now CEO of Orender Unlimited a business consulting company and founder of GENERATION W, a platform dedicated to connecting, inspiring and educating women and girls.  Donna's opening remarks will share her thoughts on the discipline of an athlete lives within us all.

Laurie Hernandez is an Olympic gymnast and Gold medalist. Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Laurie has gone on to win the “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23, and her first book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” chronicling her journey thus far will be published in January 2017.

Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, model, wife and mother. The former professional beach volleyball player was Nike's first female spokeswoman.

Dani Rylan is the Founder and Commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League. Rylan launched the NWHL in April of 2015 with aspirations of growing the landscape of women's hockey across the globe.

Jessi Miley-Dyer is the Women’s Commissioner for the World Surf League (WSL), which is the worldwide sanctioning organization for men’s and women’s professional surfing. She is charged with upholding the integrity of the sport and manages all aspects specific to the women’s tour.

It's an exciting morning packed with powerhouse women - don't miss it!