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AGATHA ACHINDU...

A dedicated mother, entrepreneur and chef, Agatha Achindu founded Yummy Spoonfuls® out of a desire to bring the freshest, most organic foods to every baby. As a child growing up in Cameroon, she ate only foods from her family’s gardens and local markets. Following her son’s birth in 2004, she struggled to find meals for him that were equally delicious and nutritious. Determined, she took to her kitchen to create meals packed with healthy organic ingredients—and nothing else.

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ALESSANDRA TORRE...

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, most with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. Two of her books have been optioned for film, and her books have been translated in seven different languages, in over twenty countries.

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ALICE BRADLEY...

Alice Bradley is the senior parenting editor at She Knows Media. She is also co-author of the humor book Let’s Panic About Babies. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous places, including Salon, Nerve, Redbook, The Sun, Good Housekeeping, and Creative Nonfiction. She’s been writing the blog Finslippy for over 13 years, and has been featured in the New York Times and on Good Morning America and Today. Her podcast The League of Awkward Unicorns focuses on mental health and has been featured in The Guardian.

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ALLISON KENNY...

Allison Kenny is a blogger, author, entrepreneur and performer. Known for her heartfelt, empowering stories, Allison was honored as a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2016 and is now a featured writer with SheKnows Experts Among Us. Her blog, Raising a Go Girl, was celebrated by Healthline as one of the best LGBT Parenting Blogs of 2016. Allison writes about her multicultural, queer family who came together through foster adoption in Oakland, CA.

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AMIYRAH MARTIN...

Amiyrah is the owner of 4 Hats and Frugal, a website dedicated to teaching families how to have fun on a dime, how to be a "baller on a budget," and how to live a full life on less. A pioneer in Live Streaming, Amiyrah has been featured in campaigns and commercials for brands such as Target, Kohls, Disney Parks and Resorts, ALDI and more, due to her engaged community on Periscope and Facebook Live.

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AMY CHOI...

Amy S. Choi is co-founder and editorial director of The Mash-Up Americans, a publisher that explores race, culture and identity in America and what makes us who we are. She is also the co-creator and co-host of The Mash-Up Americans podcast, which focuses on thoughtful conversations with Mash-Up luminaries such as Margaret Cho, Nina Garcia, and the world's expert in Spanglish.

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ANANDA LEEKE...

Ananda Leeke thrives mindfully as an author, artist, digital strategist, and yoga and reiki teacher in Washington, DC. Leeke draws on her 20+ years of creative writing, digital communications, mindfulness, and project management expertise to help businesses and organizations create content strategies, infrastructure, and stress management tools that institutionalize their social media and support staff. The Obama administration recognized her as a social media thought leader.

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ANGELA CHAMBLISS...

Angela Chambliss is the Strategic Leader of the Best Buy Blogger Network which resides in the Marketing division for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. This initiative reaches hundreds of millions of consumers through innovative programs by weaving Best Buy into engaging organic content about real life experiences.

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ARSHA JONES...

Arsha Jones is a creative soul with a penchant for marketing, sales, technology, social media, and popular culture. An emerging leader in the e-commerce industry, she has built multiple, highly profitable brands, one of which has seen revenues approaching nearly a three-quarters of a million dollars in less than two years. Known for her quiet demeanor and business prowess, Arsha’s brands have been featured in or on media outlets such as Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, FOX, CBS, and TV One.

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ASHLEE MARIE PRISBREY...

Ashlee Marie is a self taught cake decorator and home chef. She loves cooking and baking from scratch and teaching others how easy it is to make amazing and delicious food at home. You can usually find her in the kitchen making dinner for her family or creating a birthday cake for one of her 5 kids or filming - always filming. As a total geek she loves creating cakes based on movies, books and video games! She's passionate about empowering other home chefs and aspiring cake decorators to feel confident in the kitchen as they try new things. If she can do it so can you!

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ASHLEY KOFF, RD...

Ashley Koff RD is your better health enabler. For decades, Koff has helped thousands get and keep better health by learning to make better — not perfect — nutrition choices more often. A go-to nutrition expert for the country’s leading doctors, the media, companies and non-profit organizations, Koff regularly shares her Better Nutrition message with millions.

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AUGUST MCLAUGHLIN...

August McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally recognized health and sexuality writer and host and creator of Girl Boner®. Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, DAME Magazine, the Huffington Post, LIVESTRONG.com and more. Kirkus Reviews called her first novel, In Her Shadow, “an engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues.” Her latest book, Embraceable: Empowering Facts and True Stories About Women’s Sexuality, is a celebration of women’s sexual empowerment.

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BABETTE PEPAJ...

Babette Pepaj launched BakeSpace.com in 2006 as the Web’s first food-themed social network, and has grown the site into a diversified media and events company for people who are passionate about food, cooking and the culinary lifestyle. Described by USA Today as “The closest thing to a Facebook-like food site,” the core BakeSpace community currently has more than 70,000 member-submitted recipes.

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BASSEY IKPI...

Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born, American raised writer and mental health advocate. She has been featured in international publications and media outlets from fashion magazines to profiles chronicling her work and life as a mental health activist. Bassey has written for several media platforms from digital to print on the topic of mental health and pop culture.

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BETH BLECHERMAN...

Beth Blecherman pivoted from Senior Manager, Deloitte, to a journalist covering lifestyle, fashion & tech. Her website TechMamas.com (Twitter @TechMama) was on lists such as Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women and AlwaysOn’s 2103 List of Power Players in Technology Business Media.

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BETH LEE...

Beth Lee is the kitchen-table storyteller you wish lived next door. Formally a Silicon Valley marketing professional, in 2010 Beth realized she’d rather talk about pita chips than memory chips and started her food blog OMG! Yummy. After attending her first blogging conference a few months later, Beth continued her career transformation.

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BRANDI RILEY...

Brandi Riley is the Social Media Manager for BlogHer at SheKnows Media and an Digital Influencer. She is the founder of the Courage to Earn community for outrageously brave entrepreneurs. Known for personalized blog coaching and career development, Brandi has managed blogger outreach for hundreds of campaigns, and her door is always open to bloggers who need a push. She uses her knowledge of what brands want to help bloggers get what they need...more work!

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CARLA HALL...

Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz. Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars”, where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites.

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CAROLYN GERIN...

Carolyn is the co-founder of Cannawise.co, a strategic branding and creative agency with expertise in retail product launches, brand development, and digital marketing to the medical, scientific and lifestyle companies in the B2B and B2C new cannabis economy. Carolyn served as Founder/CEO Subset Inc., San Francisco: an award winning digital design, print, web and product development agency with state, national and global clients. She created Chronicle Books bestselling, 3-book 'Anti-Bride' series, and served as Sr.

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CASSANDRA CUMMINGS...

Cassandra Cummings is the founder of The Stocks & Stilettos Society and the owner of her own Registered Investment Advisory firm. Cassandra has practiced as a Licensed Financial Advisor and Investment Adviser Representative for more than a decade. She is the author of ""Rich On Purpose: How to Change Your Mindset and Get the Money You Desire."" She is also the creator of the 21-Day Stock Market Challenge and first-ever, Stock Starter Kit for Women. She's a baddie in her own right and lives in Oakland, CA.

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CATHERINE ENNY...

Catherine's music career kicked off as producer and manager for Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Monster Magnet, and then partnered up with Warren Entner, manager of Rage Against The Machine, Faith No More launching the firm, Ignition Marketing. A move from Los Angeles to San Francisco brought on diversity - signing Michael Franti, among many other artists and in 2017 she signed Nahko And Medicine For The People. For 12 years she produced the 80k capacity Power To The Peaceful Festival.

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CATHY HACKL...

Cathy Hackl is the founder of Mixed Reality Marketing one of the top VR/AR blogs in the industry. She's also the founder of Latinos in VR/AR and one of the women leading the virtual revolution. She's been named by Onalytica as a leading augmented reality influencer and also by NBC News as one of the top Latina women in VR. She's a pioneer in immersive marketing and is launching a VR/AR 101 course for marketers and communicators. She loves mixed reality, tech, drones and robots.

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CECILE RICHARDS...

Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights.  

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CHLOE SPENCER...

Chloe Spencer is an SEO and Online Marketing Specialist, who has been running her own companies for 11 years. She started her first business at 14 years old, NeopetsFanatic.com. Her site became the most popular Neopets fan site on the Internet, some of her pages sporting over 5,000 comments. Chloe monetized her top-of-page-one Google rankings and tens-of-thousands of daily pageviews into passive income with Google AdSense. No longer a Neopets fanatic, Chloe has been running an SEO and social media marketing business for the past 7 years, working with clients around the world.

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CRYSTAL COLON...

Crystal Colon is a tax expert having focused on small business taxation for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an auditor, a runner and lover of puzzles. She owns and operates Flor Bella Boutique. Crystal is also a public speaker who focuses on helping small business minimize their taxes and maximize their income.

See Crystal at Top Legal and Tax issues for Your Small Business in The Art & Science of Building Your Platform track on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 2:30pm - 3:45pm.

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DANIELLE FAUST...

Danielle Faust is a wellness coach, writer and speaker based in south Florida. She is the candid voice behind OKDani.com, the award winning family lifestyle, travel and wellness blog. As a coach, Danielle helps busy women get their lives and bodies in shape. Her freelance writing can be found all over the web on topics ranging from healthy living to parenting. Danielle has been tapped by Essence, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Forbes and more for her perspective on all things lifestyle, travel and family related.

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DANIELLE WILEY...

Danielle is widely recognized as an industry leader in content marketing, influencer programming and social media strategy. Prior to founding Sway, Danielle ran social strategy for Edelman’s Chicago-based digital group. Recognizing a need to professionalize and streamline the process for connecting influencers with brands, she launched Sway Group in June 2011.

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DAVID HENRY STERRY...

"David Henry Sterry is the author of 16 books, a performer, muckraker, educator, activist, and co-founder of The Book Doctors. He's helped dozens and dozens of writers get successfully published with his book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. His first memoir, Chicken Self:-Portrait of a Man for Rent, has been translated into 12 languages and is being made into a movie by the showrunner of Dexter.

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DEBBIE BOOKSTABER...

"Debbie Bookstaber is the President of ElementAssociates.com, a digital marketing and influencer outreach agency based in Philadelphia. She also serves as the CMO of Hashtracking.com, a leading social media analytics company. Debbie has 15+ years of marketing experience and has managed online marketing programs responsible for several hundred million dollars in annual sales.

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DEVA DALPORTO...

Deva Dalporto of MyLifeSuckers is the creator of dozens of viral videos, including “Male Pattern Blindness,” “I Just Need Some Space,” "What Does the Kid Say," "Why Moms Yell” and "Yoga Pants Rap.” Her videos have garnered well over 100 million views and have been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, People, CNN, Headline News, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Today Parents, Yahoo’s homepage, Today Australia, The Huffington Post, Parents.com and many more.

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DIOR VARGAS...

Dior Vargas is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She is a volunteer crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line and works full time as an Outreach Coordinator for Project UROK, an initiative of the Child Mind Institute.

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DOREEN BLOCH...

Doreen Bloch is the founder and CEO of Poshly, the consumer-centric data company. Since launching Poshly in 2012, she has raised $3.5 million in funding for the business and worked with more than 50 brands, including L'Oreal, Time Inc., Walgreens, and more. Doreen started her career at Yahoo!, and she is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, a Forbes and Inc. "30 Under 30" CEO, and a recipient of L'Oreal's NEXT Generation Women in Digital Award.

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DOROTHEA BOZICOLONA-VOLPE...

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe is a strategic digital marketing executive who is fluent in 4 languages and specializes in developing business for international brands (Fortune 500) via initiating and integrating social media and digital strategies and enterprise social networking, as well as, building strategic partnerships and implementing marketing technologies. She teaches marketers & business leaders how to measure, optimize and build current new media efforts to increase value & develop strong relationships between brands and fans.

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ELAYNA FERNANDEZ...

Known worldwide as The Positive MOM, Elayna is an award-winning storyteller, renowned digital strategist, and an avid student of pain. Elayna helps mom rewrite their story, heal their wounds, and create a life they love — on their own terms. She also encourages, empowers, and equips moms with tools to increase their impact, influence, and income without guilt, shame, or regrets. Born and raised in a slum in the Dominican Republic, and a former single mom, Elayna now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her loving husband and 3 homeschooled daughters.

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ERICA DERMER...

Erica Dermer started Celiac and the Beast because she had a new, humorous, and smart voice to bring to the gluten-free table. With a background in marketing/PR, and market research, she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for marketing, and branding in the specialty diets and natural products industry. It also helps that she’s a “so-so” cook, relying on gluten-free products to help her get through her day without burning down the kitchen.

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ERICA MAUTER...

Erica Mauter is a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council. She's the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Women's Choir and Twin Cities Girls' Choir, following a decade-plus engineering career and years of nonprofit board service and campaign volunteerism. She also serves as an appointee to the City of Minneapolis Capital Long- Range Improvements Committee, advising on the capital budget.

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GIANELLE VEIS...

An entrepreneur, brand builder, and management consultant, Gianelle Veis is Founder of The Opportunista, a digital education platform that helps aspiring and early-stage women entrepreneurs develop business ideas from concept to company.

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GINA PELL...

Gina Pell is an award-winning creative director and tech entrepreneur who recently coined the term Perennials to describe curious, ever-blooming people of all ages. Pell is also Content Chief and Co-Founder of THE WHAT, an eclectic weekly newsletter for Perennials.

See Gina at Transformation is Ageless in the Heart & Soul Track on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 11:15am - 12:30pm.

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GRAEME SEABROOK...

Graeme Seabrook is a Self-Care Coach who helps moms to find and re-center themselves in their lives. She has created The Self-Care Squad, a community on Facebook, where women come together to learn from each other and support each other on their self-care journeys. She is a blogger, a speaker, and a course creator. A mom to two toddlers, her personal squad resides in Charleston, SC.

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HAILE THOMAS...

Haile Thomas is a 16-year-old, youth health activist, social entrepreneur, speaker, vegan chef, and the countries youngest Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is also the co-founder and CEO of the HAPPY Organization established in 2012 in Arizona, and now headquartered in New Windsor, NY. HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth) was established to address the need for free and/or low cost plant-based nutrition and culinary education for young people, particularly in underserved/at-risk communities.

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IRIS WAICHLER...

Ms. Waichler has worked as a patient advocate and licensed clinical social worker for 40 years. She spent 13 years working with people with catastrophic illnesses and covering the emergency room in hospitals. She has done individual, family, and group counseling with patients and families. She is the author of the award winning book, The Ultimate Role Reversal How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents. It was voted one of the top books on caregiving.

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JAMIA WILSON...

Jamia Wilson is a leading voice on feminist and women's rights issues whose work and words have appeared in and on the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Today Show, CNN, The Washington Post, Elle, Refinery 29, The Guardian, and more. She's the executive director of Women, Action, and the Media, and a staff writer for Rookie Magazine and has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, Babe, The V Word, Slut: The Play, When Grace Meets Power and I Still Believe Anita Hill.

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JANE KO...

A Taste of Koko is Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. A Taste of Koko is the official restaurant expert for Visit Austin TX, and has been featured in O Magazine, InStyle Magazine, OWN TV Network. Collaborations include Target, IKEA, PayPal, Bud Light, Starbucks, and more.

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JANET MOCK...

Janet Mock is the New York Times-bestselling author of Redefining Realness, and host of MSNBC's "So POPular!," a weekly series about popular culture, politics, identity, and representation. She also serves as contributing editor for Marie Claire—the magazine where she first stepped forward publicly as a young trans woman.

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JASMINE BANKS...

Jasmine is a Black queer femme mental health activist whose work happens at the intersections of mental health and race. Jasmine is a firm believer in the impact of storytelling and the transformational power of centering Black women.

See Jasmine at Modern Love: Blended Families, Fluid Identities and Digital Intimacies in the Health & Wellness Track on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:30am - 12:00pm

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JEN JAMES...

Jen has held many prominent roles at Crisis Text Line, including creating the volunteer curriculum & training, hiring & training the original supervision team, and serving as the voice of the community. Bottomline: Jen is the heart of Crisis Text Line and the spine of its philosophy. Prior to her role as Founding Supervisor of Crisis Text Line, Jen created the first Chat and Text Crisis service available in Michigan.

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JENNIFER EVERS...

Jennifer Evers is the founder of Me, Myself and Jen, a lifestyle blog launched in 2011. Since launching, Me, Myself and Jen has become an authentic voice in the Chicago landscape for parenting advice, community events, and heartfelt stories of life as a single parent. An "accidental entrepreneur", Jennifer’s social media business, MM&J Consulting, was born of a desire to share turn her passion for blogging in to a career and still be able to juggle the demands of life as a single parent.

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JESS SANFILIPPO...

Jessi Sanfilippo is the award-winning comedian behind the millennial lifestyle site, SHUGGILIPPO.com — a space designed to take parenting, pop culture and life with a grain of salt. Jess is also the co-founder of the online influencer community, TotallyProfesh.com.

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JESSICA STIER...

Jessica is the blogger behind Desserts With Benefits, a healthy dessert recipe blog, and has been blogging for six years. She is a sweet tooth at heart with a passion for nutrition, health, and wellness. Sometimes she likes to bake and photograph food, other times she likes watching TV and cuddling with her puppy, Cherry. But at all times, without fail, she likes eating cookies.

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JJ RAMBERG...

JJ Ramberg is the co-founder of Goodshop - the first shopfunding site - which both saves shoppers money and contributes to their favorite cause. To date, Goodshop has raised more than $12 million to find homes for stray animals, feed the hungry, fund cancer research, rebuild after natural disasters and more. It has also saved shoppers more than $100 million by automatically providing the best coupon codes and deals at check out for thousands of stores.

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JOHANNA COOK...

National cooking personality and host, Johanna M. Cook has been captivating audiences with Momma Cuisine and her cooking show, "In The Kitch with Momma Cuisine" since 2009. Momma Cuisine's mission is to simply get families across America making Great Everyday Meals with simply, affordably and elegantly.

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JULIA TURSHEN...

Julia Turshen is the author of Small Victories, named one of the Best Cookbooks of Fall 2016 by The New York Times. She has coauthored such cookbooks as Spain…A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali, It’s All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with Dana Cowin, as well as The Kimchi Chronicles, Hot Bread Kitchen, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Buvette. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, SELF, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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JULIE DEILY...

Julie Deily was a software engineer for ten years before making the transition to fulltime blogger at The Little Kitchen as well as food photographer and social media consultant.

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KATHY CANO-MURILLO...

One woman, one brand, multiple passions. Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist & founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She spreads the gospel of glitter – literally through her DIY projects and figuratively through her speeches, workshops, books, and essays. A former reporter for The Arizona Republic, she is now a full-time creativepreneur which has led to partnerships with Coca-Cola, HSN, HP, WordPress, Disney & many others.

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KATHY STRAHS...

Kathy Strahs is the author of The Lemonade Stand Cookbook, The 8x8 Cookbook, and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, and the voice behind the blogs PaniniHappy.com, CookingOntheSide.com, and SunnyDaysGoodFood.com.

A former marketer with an MBA from Stanford, Kathy founded Burnt Cheese Press, a food-focused independent publishing company, in 2015. Its first release, The 8x8 Cookbook, received the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Gold Award for Best First Book-Nonfiction.

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KIMBERLY ZAPATA...

Kimberly Zapata is a wife, writer, public speaker, mental health advocate, and mom.

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KRISTIN SHAW...

Kristin Shaw is a freelance writer, published author, wife, and mother based in Austin, Texas. She’s a co-producer of the Listen to Your Mother show in Austin. In 2014 and 2015, she was named a BlogHer Voice of the Year.

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LAIN EHMANN...

With degrees from Stanford University and Syracuse University, and decades in the professional and entrepreneurial world, I love finding innovative and unexpected solutions to communication challenges. My gift is sorting through the overwhelm of information, ideas, expectations, and noise to communicate your value with simple, powerful clarity.

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LATHAM THOMAS...

Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven, is a celebrity wellness/lifestyle maven and birth doula — transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 — an enlightened group of leaders elevating humanity with their work. Latham is helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power.

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LOGAN LEVKOFF...

Dr. Logan Levkoff is a sexuality educator, relationship expert, and television talking head. She lectures across the country on issues of sexuality, health, media, and parenting. As a thought leader this space, Logan frequently appears on television as a pundit and was the founding sexuality expert on Married at First Sight. Logan also hosted the digital show, Mom Ed: In the Bedroom, for CafeMom. She has written numerous books, the most recent is Got Teens? The Doctor Moms' Guide to Sexuality, Social Media, and Other Adolescent Realities.

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LORRAINE C. LADISH...

Lorraine C. Ladish is a 21st century communicator, helping empower women to achieve their goals. She is the founder and CEO of Viva Fifty!, a bilingual community that celebrates midlife and beyond. Lorraine is a content creator and regular contributor to NBCNews, Huffpost, AARP and Mom.me. She has also contributed to People en Español, La Palma of The Palm Beach Post, Purple Clover, Latina magazine and Redbook. Her next book on embracing your age and making it work for you will be published by HarperCollins in 2017.

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LUVVIE AJAYI...

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times-bestselling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism. A 13-year blogging veteran, she covers all things pop culture on her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. Her first book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, was released in September 2016 and became an instant best seller.

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MARGARET CHO...

Beginning with her early days in Southern California, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a taboo topic, there are literally no subjects off limits. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and a tolerant teacher to those with open minds and open hearts. 

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MELANIE EDWARDS...

With a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, over 10 years’ experience in Information Technology, 3 years’ experience in e-learning, and 10 years in social media, Melanie is well-versed in technology and fully embraces her role as digital entrepreneur. Through modernmami.com™, Melanie provides an honest depiction of modern life for today's woman from a Latina working mom’s perspective. Melanie’s insight is often sought by social media peers and organizations.

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MEREDITH WALKER...

Meredith Walker began her television career under the mentorship of legendary journalist Linda Ellerbee at Nick News. As a producer of that show, Walker traveled to nearly every state in the U.S.A. interviewing kids for the Peabody and Emmy® award winning series. This experience would become the foundation of her deepening interest in the lives of young people. Next, Walker served as head of the Talent Department for Saturday Night Live where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler.

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MONA DARLING...

Mona Darling is a women's adventure coach. She loves to teach women a lot of crazy things, including how to travel hack their way across the world.

See Mona at You CAN Travel the World Right Now, Regardless of Your Circumstances in the Heart & Soul track on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 9:45am - 11:00am.

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MS. CANDY BLOG...

Ms. Candy Blog is the first candy livestreamer and an award-nominated YouTuber on the World of Wonder (“RuPaul's Drag Race”) network. With a degree in English, two in theatre and a background in corporate training, instructional design and community management, Ms. Candy Blog has worked for such brands as Google/YouTube, Yahoo!, J.P. Morgan and American Express. As a candy persona, she has partnered with Hershey’s, Lindt, HSN, Epix, It'Sugar, Sour Patch Kids, Sugarpova, Peeps/Mike & Ike, Jelly Belly, Torie & Howard, & Whirly Pop.

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NAAMA BLOOM...

Naama Bloom is the founder and CEO of HelloFlo.com, a modern-day women's health company. She is a 15+ year marketing leader with a significant track record of building high-performing teams, launching and managing brands, customer acquisition, PR, and direct marketing. In 2013, she launched HelloFlo with the goal of empowering women and girls to celebrate all stages of their life, from puberty to menopause. HelloFlo's first two promotional videos, "Camp Gyno" and "First Moon Party" have received over 40 million views.

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NATALIA OBERTI NOGUERA...

"Dubbed 'The Coach' by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale and she serves on the boards of Walker's Legacy, Women 2.0, and iRelaunch. Inc.

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NATASHA NICHOLES...

Born and bred in Chicago,Natasha is a wife to Shomari and mother to Nathaniel, Jessica, Penelope and Zachary. She loves all thing travel, gardening, Bruno Mars and Benedict Cumberbatch. If you make her laugh out loud, you're loved by her. You can catch her trying everything under the sun, or napping. Just check her blog, Houseful of Nicholes to see what and when, exactly. Apparently, words have been a very important aspect of Natasha's life as she's told she uses a lot of them from both her parents and husband.

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NATHAN ENGELS...

In 2007, Nathan Engels built a blog into one of the largest sites in his niche. He successfully sold this blog and started another one in a completely different niche: food! Today, WannaBite has over 200 million views, a full content studio in his home and over 400,000 monthly visitors. On top of that, he maintains a full time job at a large ad agency, Northlich, where he is the senior marketing strategist for major national brands like Kroger, Ball Mason Jars, Marco's Pizza, Loyola and many more.

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NICOLE YOUNG...

Nicole S. Young is a photographer and author who specializes in food, travel, and landscape photography. She loves to teach, learn, and share what she knows through her blog, articles, podcasts, interviews, and other training materials.

See Nicole in Fork to Phone: Using Mobile Apps to Create Visual and Social Content in the Food is Life track on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 11:15am - 12:30pm.

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ONEIKA RAYMOND...

Oneika Raymond is an educator, writer, serial expat, and travel junkie whose adventures abroad have taken her to nearly 100 countries on six continents. She's also the voice behind Oneika the Traveller, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women and people of color to see the world.

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QUIANA AGBAI...

Quiana Agbai has been covering urban family life on her blog Harlem Lovebirds since 2009. A graduate of Wellesley College with 8 years of experience in the advertising industry, Quiana took a leap of faith to become a mompreneur launching Trifecta Media Group, a marketing, PR, and graphic design firm with her NYC-based sisters. A certified Toastmaster, Quiana enjoys empowering her peers to pursue their passions and has appeared on ABC’s The Chew and The Dr.

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RUTH CARTER...

Known for her daring antics and outgoing personality, Ruth Carter is a licensed Arizona attorney. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, social media law, business formation and contracts, and flash mob law. Ruth was selected as an American Bar Association Legal Rebel in 2012 and for the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013. She also wrote three best-selling books on guerrilla marketing and social media law including The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed.

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SAGE PRICE...

Sage is a 9 years old Kid Blogger from Atlanta, GA who loves culinary adventure. Her passion for food comes from the people around her who also love to cook. With inspiration from her Mother, Father, TT , Nana, and Granny B, Sage has developed a palate for excellent food.

Sage started her blog this year as place to share her culinary adventures with the world. She has met many amazing chefs who have inspired her to one day be a successful chef herself.

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SARAH BROKAW...

Inspired by the remarkable women she met while researching my NY Times Best selling book, Fortytude ; Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life - Through the 40's, 50's and Beyond, Sarah Brokaw launched a discussion series called Wise Women of LA where women of diverse backgrounds could meet, share and support each other in achieving their professional and personal goals. Most recently, she hosts a podcast series called Shared Secrets in which both women and men with wisdom graciously let us in on their secrets.

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SARAH FADER...

Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York. Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder.

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SHARON TITUS...

Sharon is the co-creator, co-writer, and cohost of the Hungry Squared Podcast. She is a self taught home cook and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. She loves fermented foods, hiking, camping, and telling stories by a campfire. She and her family live in Salt Lake City.

See Sharon at Hands-On Podcasting Lesson: Record, Edit and Post a Mini Podcast on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 2:30pm - 3:45pm.

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SHIREEN MITCHELL...

Shireen Mitchell is an award-winning technological woman of color, founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, diversity analyst, and a political, digital & social strategist. Shireen is an Internet pioneer who was born and raised in the projects of New York City, playing video games before they could be played on televisions and designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going world wide. As a serial founder she's founded Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc. the first organization to focus on women and girls of color in tech and online access.

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SILI RECIO...

Sili Recio is an activist and founder of MyMamihood.com, a site focused on the life, liberty and pursuit of Maminess. A staff member at MomsRising.org, she recently founded Our Digital Disruption, an organization created as a reaction to agencies, brands, and influencers who refuse to invest in racial equity accountability. Proud of her Afro-Dominican heritage, Sili is committed to uplifting mothers and children around the world by sharing her story and experiences.
 

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SKYLAR BOUCHARD...

Dining with Skyler is blog geared towards discovering a new taste, whether it be in the kitchen, a five-star restaurant or an abandoned burger shack. Skyler is one of the youngest female “foodie” personalities making a name for herself online, on television and through social media.

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STEPHAN SPENCER...

Stephan Spencer is an internationally recognized SEO expert, consultant, and bestselling author. His 3 books: The Art of SEO, Google Power Search, and Social eCommerce. The Art of SEO, now in its third edition and weighing in at nearly 1000 pages, is considered THE bible on search engine optimization, boasts testimonials from such industry giants as Seth Godin and Tony Hsieh, and is even used as a textbook at universities. Stephan founded Netconcepts in 1995 and grew it into a multinational SEO agency before selling it in 2010 to Covario.

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STEPHANIE FLOR...

By day, Stephanie is a NYC-based makeup artist who works with some of the most influential celebs out there from Mariah Carey to Sting. After hours she’s a bona fide #BeautyTraveler who’s traveled to over 25 countries in search of the deeper meaning to beauty. Stephanie is the host of “Sacred Beauty,” a regular beauty and travel series on Latina.com. She’s also been named as one of Latina Magazine’s “Beauty Vanguards” and was featured in Glamour and Skyla’s “Making Her Mark” campaign.

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SUSANNA BARBEE...

Susanna is a freelance writer and online marketing professional, as well as the creator of ZealousMom.com. She writes for a number of genres including websites, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and social media platforms. Susanna also generates content for print and web-based marketing materials and is a regular columnist for two newspapers. She often writes with a candor and honesty that's appreciated in a world of facades. Susanna is the mom to two boys, ages 8 and 5.

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TAI BEAUCHAMP...

An internationally recognized style influencer, public speaker, media personality, and entrepreneur, Tai Beauchamp inspires women around the world to celebrate their inner and outer beauty. A publishing industry veteran, Tai has expertise in media, fashion, and beauty that has been solidified through her experience as a beauty and fashion editor at top publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, and O, The Oprah Magazine—where she made history as the magazine's youngest and first African-American beauty director.

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TAMARA HOLT...

Tamara has dedicated her career to helping and inspiring Americans to make positive changes in their lives and worlds. In editorial, marketing, and activism, she is known for her ability to distill information into simple messages and targeted actions.

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Tanya Steel...

Tanya Steel is Editorial Director of Clean Plates. She’s also the Award Director for the Julia Child Award, a cookbook author, and conceiver of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” with former First Lady Michelle Obama, an annual event for five years at the White House. Formerly Editorial Director of Epicurious, Gourmet Live, and Gourmet.com; she was an editor at Bon Appetit and Food & Wine, and wrote for The New York Times for four years.

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TARRANT FIGLIO...

Tarrant Figlio is the blogger behind Retro Food. Parent Soup began a long-time love affair with working in online communities 22 years ago and Figlio hasn't left them since. Offline, she tends to her dogs, her garden, her relationship, and fusses over her grandchildren.

See Tarrant at How to Navigate Mental Health Issues Online and Offline in the Health & Wellness track on Friday, June 22, 2017 from 11:15am - 12:30pm.

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TOBY BLOOMBERG...

Toby Bloomberg is no stranger to the world of social media. With the launch of her award winning blog Diva Marketing in 2004, she is considered one of the pioneers of blogging and social media marketing. She is recognized for her expertise in combining digital media with traditional marketing values (strategy, consumer insights, segmentation) while maintaining conversation authenticity.

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TRACEY MICHAE'L LEWIS-GIGGETTS...

As a writer, educator, and content creator, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts offers those who hear her speak and read her work an authentic experience; an opportunity to explore the intersection of culture, identity and faith/spirituality at the most challenging levels. Her blog, Tilted Halo and Living By Grace, has seen an exponential increase in engagement in the last two years and, in 2016, she was honored as one of the “Voices of the Year” by BlogHer.

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TYRA HUGHLEY SMITH...

Tyra Hughley Smith is an attorney and the owner of Hughley Smith Law, a legal practice focusing on copyright, trademark, and business law for content creators and small businesses. Tyra has authored a legal guide entitled Insights From the Inside: A Legal Guide for Small Businesses and Content Creators. She has been practicing in this arena for almost a decade since graduating from the University of Southern California with a joint degree in Law (Juris Doctor) and a Master’s in Communication Management (M.C.M.).

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WINTER REDD...

Pharmacist by day, food nerd by night. Winter loves all things food, so much so that she started a podcast called Hungry Squared with her good friend, Sharon, and her husband, Lee, on tech. She loves to cook and eat what her chef husband makes her. She loves to show her 2-year old daughter, Lucy, how to bake. And they all love telling bad jokes--let's taco 'bout it!

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YVETTE M ARQUEZ-SHARPNACK...

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is the owner of the award-winning blog, MuyBuenoCookbook.com. Yvette is devoted to developing healthy Latin-inspired recipes, and to educating others about how to enjoy traditional cultural cuisine in a healthful way while keeping traditions alive. She is the co-author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails. She has been featured on Taste of Home magazine, Latina magazine, People en Español magazine, and Cosmopolitan magazine.

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ZAC KARA...

Celebrity cook and television personality, Zac Kara was a semi-finalist in Gordan Ramsay’s Masterchef Junior Cooking Competition. He also appeared on Fox’s Masterchef Celebrity Showdown and Masterchef Cruise. Fourteen year old Zac is selftaught and attends culinary school online. He also stars and produces the awardwinning, YouTube series, Cooking with Zac.

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ZAHRA ALJABRI...

Zahra Aljabri is the CEO of Mode-sty, the leading modest fashion brand for women of all faiths. Mode-sty offers on trend stylish clothing with the extra coverage the modest women is looking for. Her e-commerce is more than a store — she's built an interfaith community of women that is breaking down religious, racial and ethnic divides. Mode-sty brings together women to promote the message of unity, solidarity, and beauty on our own terms.

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