Closing Keynote: #HatchKids, Makers & Creators Zerlina Maxwell, Amy Ziering and Sarah Spain

Starting this last and final segment of #BlogHer17, we will be announcing the winner of #ThePitch:Live

Then Bobby Jones, CMO of PeaceFirst and author of Good is the New Cool, advocates for changing the narrative for and about youth.  He will be introduced by our #HatchKid Zeeshan.

Speaking of #HatchKids, Reed, Zaki, Elyssa, and Jojo—all of whom are between 12 and 13 years old - will take the stage to ask adults they look up to what they would have told their younger selves about surviving puberty, middle school and high school, overcoming insecurities and acquiring self-confidence, as well as finding the courage to chase their dreams.

Moderating this conversation will be Gabrielle Reece, 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 is also appearing at the #WinningWomen: Passion and Perseverance keynote that was announced earlier this week. 

Joining our #HatchKids and Gabrielle are two women who are serious about mentorship and being a positive role model to the younger generation.

Quincy Davis is a 22-year-old professional surfer hailing from Montauk, New York. It was there that she rode her first wave, received a sponsorship from Volcom at age 12, and became a standout on the junior tour, winning contests around the world. She spends her summers supporting environmental charities and mentoring young girls through Montauk Board Riders All Girls Surf Camp and most recently is working on a fashion collaboration with Volcom.

Charli Howard is a British born model and aspiring writer, hailing from South-East London. After refusing to accept the pressures to conform to the unrealistic body standards of the high fashion modeling industry, Charli took the risk of speaking out and is now an advocate for teenagers and young women for body positivity. With no plans to change the standards of the fashion industry, she hopes to continue the message to make room for all by not finding beauty in a number.

Through our Hatch program, we aim to give tweens and teens a voice to discuss digital literacy and the issues that are most pertinent to them. These conversations are our way to create impactful digital content that empowers and educates the next generation of thought leaders.

In our Makers & Creators Keynote, we've got three bad-ass women who lay their cards on the table.

Amy Ziering is the award-winning filmmaker behind the documentaries “The Hunting Ground” and “Invisible War.” The former addresses sexual assault on college campuses, the latter covers the same harrowing topic, but in the military. Yes, these are tough subjects in which to immerse yourself, but Amy’s work has led to important policy and legislative conversations and, ultimately, change.
 
Zerlina Maxwell was already an in-demand political analyst when she was tapped to be the Director of Progressive Media for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. I interviewed her for our Who SheKnows podcast in that capacity and was completely intellectually smitten :) Since the election Zerlina is now the Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and she and another former campaign colleague, Jess McIntosh, are rallying the #resistance with her weekly newsletter, “Signal Boost.”

Sarah Spain is a Peabody Award-winning journalist for ESPN including as a columnist for espnW, a SportsCenter Reporter, and as the host of her own "That's What She Said” podcast.You may recognize her most, though, as the creator of the #MorethanMean viral video that shone a harsh spotlight on the online harassment and trolling she and fellow sports journalist Julie DeCaro experienced (along with most of the known female universe online, of course). A Chicago-area native, she grew up in Lake Forest, where she played basketball and was all-state in field hockey and track. She went on to attend Cornell University, where she was a heptathlete and captain of the Track & Field team.

Moderating this conversation will by #BlogHer Co-Founder and our Conference Programming Chair, Elisa Camahort Page.

Amy, Zerlina, and Sarah are building lives with meaning and leveraging every media platform that exists to make sure their work is seen, their voices are heard, and their impact is significant. I can’t wait to get a shot in the arm from hearing this conversation.  It’s the perfect way to send us all back to our laptops, ready to take over the world!