BlogHer '11 Agenda

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Day 1: Friday, August 5, 2011
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast (Sails Pavilion) >>
Newbie Breakfast (Ballroom 20 A-D) >>
9:00am - 10:00am Welcome and Speed Dating, Featuring BlogHer Co-Founders Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins, and Lisa Stone (Ballroom 20 A-D) >>
10:00am - 10:30am Morning Break (Sails Pavilion) >>
10:00am - 12:00pm Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2) >>
10:30am - 11:45am Change the World | Cyberbullying Isn't Just for Teens: What to Do if You're the Victim of Trolls, Haters... and Worse (Room 6B) >>
Change Yourself | Your Perfect Imperfections: Blogging Your Way to Self-Acceptance (Room 6A) >>
The Write Brain | Essential Writing and Editing Skills (Room 6E) >>
Minding Your Own Business | Bad Blogger Pitches (The Other Side of the PR-Blogger Relationship) (Room 6F) >>
Birds of a Feather Track One | Widowhood (Room 5B) >>
Birds of a Feather Track Two | PatientBloggers (Room 5A) >>
Room of Your Own | Leveraging Your Blog to Build E-Products for Sale (Room 4) >>
Experience | Wellness for Bloggers (Room 3) >>
Sponsored: Being the CTO of Your Life, brought to you by Samsung (Room 11B) >>
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch and Birds of a Feather (Sails Pavilion) >>
Lunch and Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference (Room 4) >>
12:30pm - 2:30pm Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2) >>
1:15pm - 2:30pm Change the World | Media Literacy: Today's Most Necessary Skill (Room 6B) >>
Change Yourself | Food Photography That Will Feed Your Soul (Room 6A) >>
The Write Brain | Essential Blog Content Development Workshop [Double-Slot] (Room 6E) >>
Minding Your Own Business | Connecting with Brands from the Inside Out (Room 6F) >>
Birds of a Feather Track One | Boomer Bloggers (Room 5B) >>
Birds of a Feather Track Two | We Don't Need No Stinkin' Recession: Frugal Blogging Is Always in Fashion (Room 5A) >>
Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference (continued) (Room 4) >>
Experience | From Page to Stage (Room 3) >>
Sponsored: Success on Our Own Terms: A Discussion with Huffington Post Women, brought to you by AOL (Room 11B) >>
2:30pm - 4:30pm Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2) >>
2:45pm - 4:00pm Change the World | Our Food Future: Kids, Cooking, and Health (Room 6B) >>
Change Yourself | Old-School Bloggers: Beginner to Big-Time to Burnout and Everywhere in Between (Room 6A) >>
The Write Brain | Essential Blog Content Development Workshop [Double-Slot] (Room 6E) >>
Minding Your Own Business | Peer Networking: Working Together to Help All Boats Rise (Room 6F) >>
Birds of a Feather Track One | FaithBloggers (Room 5B) >>
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Patriarchy! (Room 5A) >>
Room of Your Own | Perfecting Product Reviews (Room 4) >>
Experience | Lose Your Inhibitions, Live Your Dreams, Learn the “Single Ladies” Dance (Room 3) >>
Sponsored: The Tie that Binds Parent and Child, brought to you by Verizon, Parenting Magazine and BlogHer (Room 11B) >>
4:00pm - 4:45pm Afternoon Break (Sails Pavilion) >>
4:45pm - 6:00pm Community Keynote (Ballroom 20 A-D) >>
6:00pm - 8:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Voices of the Year Reception (Pavilion Terrace & West Terrace) >>
8:00pm - 10:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Listen to Your Mother/Letter to Your Mother Open Mic Salon (Room 8) >>
9:00pm - 1:00am OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Sparklecorn (Ballroom 20 A-D) >>
Day 2: Saturday, August 6, 2011
9:00am - 10:00am Breakfast (Sails Pavilion) >>
10:00am - 10:30am Day Two Recap (Sails Pavilion) >>
10:45am - 12:00pm Change the World | BlogHer '11 International Activist Scholarship Winners (Room 6B) >>
Change Yourself | 'Til Blog Do Us Part? (Room 6A) >>
Social Media Geek | Video Blogging U (Room 1B) >>
The Write Brain | How to Pitch Freelance Editorial Work from Some Busy Editorial People (Room 6E) >>
Minding Your Own Business | Your Blog Can Make You a Social Media Marketer (Room 6F) >>
Birds of a Feather Track One | Stepbloggers (Room 5B) >>
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Online, Everyone Can Walk, Hear, Speak, See: Disability and Blogging (Room 5A) >>
Room of Your Own | Great Blog Design (Room 4) >>
Experience | The Unexpected Viral Explosion (Room 3) >>
Sponsored: The Path to Healthy Financial Balance, brought to you by Chase Blueprint (Room 11B) >>
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Keynote: Exploring Inspiration and Leadership with Indra Nooyi (Ballroom 20 A-D) >>
1:30pm - 2:45pm Change the World | Malcolm Gladwell is Missing the Point: Revolutions are Happening Online (Room 6B) >>
Change Yourself | Unplug, Unfriend, Unfollow, Unwind: Is That Sacrilege? (Room 6A) >>
Social Media Geek | Implementing Community Features on Your Blog (Room 1B) >>
The Write Brain | How to Pitch a Book (Room 6E) >>
Minding Your Own Business | Your Blog Can Make You a Local Hero (Room 6F) >>
Birds of a Feather Track One | Modern Marthas: Women Who Blog Hearth and Home and the Stereotypes They Smash (Room 5B) >>
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Milbloggers (Room 5A) >>
Room of Your Own | Putting the "Professional" in Professional Blogging (Room 4) >>
Experience | Create a Vision Board (Room 3) >>
Sponsored: Being a Mobile Role Model, brought to you by LG and their Text Ed Council (Room 11B) >>
3:00pm - 4:15pm Change the World | Owning Your Beauty: If We Change the Conversation, Can We Change the Culture? (Room 6B) >>
Change Yourself | How Do You Sustain an Online Community and Keep Your Own Sanity? (Room 6A) >>
Social Media Geek | Mobile Multimedia: Making Media on the Go (Room 1B) >>
The Write Brain | Uncharted Territory: Video Storyboarding and Scripting for the Writer (Room 6E) >>
Minding Your Own Business | When Diversity is Simply Good Business (Room 6F) >>
Birds of a Feather Track One | Humor Bloggers (Room 5B) >>
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Twitterholics (Room 5A) >>
Room of Your Own | How to Create a Kick A$$ Proposal (Room 4) >>
Experience | Create a Vision Board (continued) (Room 3) >>
"Coming Out" as Undocumented: The Children of Immigration; The Definition of American (Room 11B) >>
4:15pm - 5:00pm Afternoon Break (Sails Pavilion) >>
5:00pm - 6:00pm Closing Keynote: Women in the Media. Women Making Media. (Ballroom 20 A-D) >>
8:00pm - 10:30pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Social Fiesta (Marriott Coronado Terrace) >>
9:00pm - 11:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Aiming Low (Marriott Seaview) >>
10:00pm - 1:00am OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: CheeseburgHer (Marriott Marina Ballroom) >>

Session Details

Day 1

Breakfast (Sails Pavilion)
Newbie Breakfast (Ballroom 20 A-D)
Welcome and Speed Dating, Featuring BlogHer Co-Founders Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins, and Lisa Stone (Ballroom 20 A-D)
Morning Break (Sails Pavilion)
Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2)

On Friday, the Social Media Geek track will answer the long-heard call for more one-on-one and hands-on interaction. It’s our version of the Genius Bar: The BlogHer Geek Bar. Because it’s always 5pm somewhere!  Troubleshoot a specific problem with your site, learn something you always wanted to know, or finally create your own customized hack to fulfill a long-unfulfilled need. 

 

The first Geek Bar session runs from 10:00am to noon, and will feature 15-minute individual or small group consultations (up to five attendees per timeslot).

 

Sign up online (on-site signups available, too!) to get some quality face time with the following genius gals on these geeky topics:

 

Ana Lydia Ochoa: Top Five Tools for Measurement

Deborah Shane: How to Create and Host Killer Podcasts and Internet Radio Shows

Leticia Barr: Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Media Platforms But Were Afraid to Ask (Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, StumbleUpon, Instagram, and Skype.)

Liz Henry: Internet Sleuthing

Shanna Cote: Beginning WordPress

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Change the World | Cyberbullying Isn't Just for Teens: What to Do if You're the Victim of Trolls, Haters... and Worse (Room 6B)

Sad but true: women in our community encounter trolls on the internet pretty regularly. Sometimes we shine it on; sometimes we speak out. Sometimes we’re so used to it we dismiss it altogether. “Ignore the trolls,” as we like to say at BlogHer. But what if harassment crosses the line into something that should not be dismissed? When does a troll become a stalker, and what can you do about it? This is not a session about what we should do to protect our privacy or set boundaries. It’s about what to do when enough is enough. What do the authorities need? Which authorities should you call? What does and does not cross the line for different authorities (local, federal, etc.) Erin Kotecki Vest moderates a discussion with Andrea Weckerle, Autumn Sandeen, and Shellie Ross about what to do and what to expect.

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Change Yourself | Your Perfect Imperfections: Blogging Your Way to Self-Acceptance (Room 6A)

Many bloggers will tell you that their readers think they’re sharing way more than they really are. But there are many parts of themselves they hold back… including their imperfections. And it’s so easy to do on a blog. But there are also those bloggers who use their writing to explore their vulnerability, who share their hardest experiences. Their least proud moments. Their scariest thoughts. Those bloggers have found this to be a path to not only self-acceptance, but a path to helping other people, even as they help themselves. What would you blog if you were not afraid? What would you blog if you found your imperfection human… and perfect? Gretchen Rubin moderates this panel with Brené Brown, Mr Lady, and Shauna James Ahern.

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The Write Brain | Essential Writing and Editing Skills (Room 6E)

Most of us have learned these skills at one point, but over the years they get lost, forgotten, or pushed aside by time constraints and texting conventions that creep into even our most deeply-felt storytelling. We’re not talking about simply “their” vs. “there” mistakes. No, if you struggle to remember why you should avoid the “passive voice,” how many pronouns are too many, and when it’s OK to start a sentence with a conjunction, this session,  moderated by former college writing instructor Polly Pagenhart and featuring bona fide English teacher Jane Goodwin and professional editor K.T. Bradford, will help you tighten up your prose so that every word, clause, sentence, and paragraph can have its intended and fullest impact.

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Minding Your Own Business | Bad Blogger Pitches (The Other Side of the PR-Blogger Relationship) (Room 6F)

BlogHer has produced many many sessions over the years focused on bad PR pitches. It’s certainly advice that never gets old, and advice that is, all too often, still needed. But some noble PR professionals are here to tell you: they get bad pitches too. As the blogosphere has changed, bloggers are getting more proactive about trying to secure work, sponsorship, gigs, and more from brands. And mis-steps happen. Again: all too often. The PR professionals on this panel aren’t just PR experts, they’re close to the BlogHer community specifically. They’re going to tell you exactly what works and what absolutely doesn’t. ‘Cause tough love goes both ways! Liz Gumbinner (ad exec by day, blogger by night) moderates the conversation with a trio we like to call the "Power Stephanies": Stephanie Agresta from Weber Shandwick, Stephanie Azzarone from Child’s Play Communications, and Stephanie Smirnov from Devries PR.

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Birds of a Feather Track One | Widowhood (Room 5B)

Kim Trimble will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about widowhood.

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Birds of a Feather Track Two | PatientBloggers (Room 5A)

Katie Loeb will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about health from the perspective of a medical patient.

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Room of Your Own | Leveraging Your Blog to Build E-Products for Sale (Room 4)

Tara Mohr, author of Wise Living blog, blogger for Huffington Post, and creator of the "Playing Big" online course for women, moderates the conversation with Megan Auman, author of the Crafting an MBA blog and creator of the Marketing for Makers program, and Tara Gentile, author of Scoutie Girl blog and creator of the Website Kick Start & Art of Action programs. Together they will share lessons they’ve learned as they’ve utilized their blog content and community to create successful products. In this session, they’ll talk about how you can find out what kind of product your readers will actually buy from you; how to create a product that taps your natural strengths–so the process feels inspired and easy; how to gracefully transition into selling a product on your blog, without disrupting the community feel or seeming "sales-y"; how to price your product and get comfortable charging what your work is really worth; how to reach more people with your product, especially if your blog audience is still small; how to get your readers ready for the release of a product; and the unexpected benefits of offering a product on your blog.

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Experience | Wellness for Bloggers (Room 3)

Life can be stressful! And for many of us, blogging, even as it provides release or community or income or all three, is often piled on top of over-full lives.  What better than to address your wellness in a room full of your bloggy peers? Ananda Leeke is just what the doctor ordered, and she’ll lead a session filled with office yoga, breathing exercises, and self-care practices to enhance the online and offline lives of bloggers.

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Sponsored: Being the CTO of Your Life, brought to you by Samsung (Room 11B)

The advent of smartphones and mobile applications has created new opportunities to manage your life. Whether you're looking for ways to increase productivity, align multiple schedules, track your fitness goals, shop (with or without bargains!), or just have fun, it can all live in your mobile device. In fact, the choices can be overwhelming! This session will turn you into a bona fide CTO of your own life...personal life, professional life, family life, you name it. Maria Niles moderates the discussion with Samsung's Peggy AngCarley Knobloch, Grace Duffy, Katie Linendoll and Catherine Captain, who each offer their best tips about the latest technology and application options for managing your life!

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Lunch and Birds of a Feather (Sails Pavilion)
Lunch and Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference (Room 4)

The special needs blogging community is big enough–and important enough–to warrant this nearly three-hour mini-conference, co-hosted by moderator Julia Roberts and Support for Special Needs, and featuring Aurelia Cotta, Robert Rummel-Hudson, and Shannon Rosa.

The Special Needs Mini-Conference will begin with its own lunch service (11:45am – 1:15pm), at which you’ll have a chance to connect with other attendees as you share a meal. It will continue on through to the first afternoon “breakout” session (1:15pm – 2:30pm).  In it, you will explore such topics as: blogging authentically whether you are an anonymous blogger or a public one; how to tell a story no one wants to hear (and be heard anyway) in the larger mainstream blogging world; and how to build your blogging community, gain momentum, or to use your site for education and awareness.

Aurelia, Julia, Robert, and Shannon will share their own insights with the larger group, but you'll also have the opportunity to go deeper in small round-table discussions moderated by parents of kids with special needs.  Connect and share is the goal of this time carved out for niche bloggers in the special needs arena.

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Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2)

On Friday, the Social Media Geek track will answer the long-heard call for more one-on-one and hands-on interaction. It’s our version of the Genius Bar: The BlogHer Geek Bar. Because it’s always 5pm somewhere!  Troubleshoot a specific problem with your site, learn something you always wanted to know, or finally create your own customized hack to fulfill a long-unfulfilled need. 

 

The second Geek Bar session runs from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, and will feature 15-minute individual or small group consultations (up to five attendees per timeslot).

 

Sign up online (on-site signups available, too!) to get some quality face time with the following genius gals on these geeky topics:

 

Dresden Shumaker: Get to Know Your WordPress Blog's Guts

Gena Haskett: Tips for Editing Videos

Katherine Mancuso: Make Your Blog Accessible to All

Sarah Kimmel: Fix Your Sick PC

Trina Schwimmer: Gaming

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Change the World | Media Literacy: Today's Most Necessary Skill (Room 6B)

Back when some of us were growing up (cough cough), it was a lot easier to know who to trust. Because there weren’t that many sources to choose from. There were three networks and just a couple of national news-focused print properties. Of course, that news was produced almost exclusively by people who came from remarkably similar backgrounds and pedigrees. Now, you can find news and perspective broadcast from every corner of the earth, and produced by every possible demographic. Which is great. And overwhelming. And sometimes confusing. For us. And for our kids, who are growing up with this amazing panoply of information sources and choices. Knowing that misinformation, misleading pranks, and mistakes can be spread rapidly and globally, where corrections or retractions may never reach you, Jenn Pozner and Sofia Quintero will teach you how to validate a source, double-check the veracity of an item, and, perhaps most difficult of all, find context when it seems to be purposely withheld. Media literacy is a necessary life skill in this new information age. Get it. And hand it down to your kids.

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Change Yourself | Food Photography That Will Feed Your Soul (Room 6A)

At BlogHer Food ’10, Saveur magazine photographer Penny De Los Santos shared her photographs and her stories in a darkened room. By the time she was done, most of the attendees had been moved to tears… and moved to realize that they had it in them to create and share images that spoke to them and connected them to others. It was a magic trick, and we’re still not sure how she pulled it off. With the simplest images telling the deepest stories, photography may be the context, but her message is definitely one of inspiration and transformation.

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The Write Brain | Essential Blog Content Development Workshop [Double-Slot] (Room 6E)

Maybe you’re new and feeling a little daunted at the prospect of creating content from now until forever. Or maybe you feel like you’ve actually been at it forever and don’t know if you have creative juices left. This workshop is designed to get those juices flowing. This double-length workshop is designed to cover ideationcreation, and manifestation of great blog content!

IDEATION (1:15pm - 2pm, 45 minutes): Britt Bravo, longtime professional "do-good" blogger and "Juicy Blogging" instructor, leads you through exercises to understand who you are, who you think your reader is, and what kind of content would meet your goals. You’ll emerge from this segment with a list of blog post ideas you didn’t know you had in you.

CREATION (2:15pm - 3pm, 45 minutes): Ready to take those ideas into drafts? Great! But forget everything you've heard, there are rules to blogging, and Harvard's own Elizabeth Soutter is here to teach them to you.  She'll cover the basics of how to build a great post, giving you practical, take-home instructions that really will change the way you write.  Bring a draft for a chance to have her edit and critique your work.

MANIFESTATION (3:15pm - 4pm, 45 minutes): You've "ideated" and "created," now you're motivated!  Julie Weckerlein will now show you how to harness that motivation and manifest it in the form of a sustainable blogging practice. She's learned a few tricks on how to be a prolific and polished blogger over the past 10 years while raising a family in the midst of a full-time military career.  She'll help you figure out how to find time when you have none, document your creativity, keep the blogging passion alive, and more.

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Minding Your Own Business | Connecting with Brands from the Inside Out (Room 6F)

There are two steps to working with brands. Doing it right requires sharply strategic and tenaciously tactical thinking. Without both, you’ll be left wondering how everyone else does it. The first step is understanding your brand. It takes honesty, openness, and confidence. What do you have to offer? What makes you that special snowflake? Once you figure that out, the second step is all about making sure everyone else figures it out too. It takes persistence, research, chutzpah, and patience. Our speakers are going to walk you through the process… with specifics that will help you replicate their results. Susan Getgood moderates the discussion with Amie Valpone and Maya Bisineer.

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Birds of a Feather Track One | Boomer Bloggers (Room 5B)

Judi Freedman hosts this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about life from the 50+ perspective.

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Birds of a Feather Track Two | We Don't Need No Stinkin' Recession: Frugal Blogging Is Always in Fashion (Room 5A)

Sara Hawkins will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about frugality, deals, couponing, money-saving, and more.

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Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference (continued) (Room 4)

The special needs blogging community is big enough–and important enough–to warrant this nearly three-hour mini-conference, co-hosted by moderator Julia Roberts and Support for Special Needs, and featuring Aurelia Cotta, Robert Rummel-Hudson, and Shannon Rosa.

The Special Needs Mini-Conference will begin with its own lunch service (11:45am – 1:15pm), at which you’ll have a chance to connect with other attendees as you share a meal. It will continue on through to the first afternoon “breakout” session (1:15pm – 2:30pm).  In it, you will explore such topics as: blogging authentically whether you are an anonymous blogger or a public one; how to tell a story no one wants to hear (and be heard anyway) in the larger mainstream blogging world; and how to build your blogging community, gain momentum, or to use your site for education and awareness.

Aurelia, Julia, Robert, and Shannon will share their own insights with the larger group, but you'll also have the opportunity to go deeper in small round-table discussions moderated by parents of kids with special needs.  Connect and share is the goal of this time carved out for niche bloggers in the special needs arena.

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Experience | From Page to Stage (Room 3)

When bloggers talk about “audience,” they usually mean readers. But have you ever considered reading your work, or speaking before a live audience? Does the idea intrigue you, or leave you terrified? Yes, and yes?

Differences exist in writing for a reader and for a listener, and in this workshop Amy Wilson (author of When Did I Get Like This and star of her one-woman show Mother Load) and Ann Imig ("Stay-at-Home-Humorist" and National Director of Listen to Your Mother) explore how to adjust your writing accordingly.

Amy and Ann will talk about all aspects of reading or performing before an audience, including: timing, working with audience reactions, tools to reduce stage fright, and finding the material you've already written that will work best in a reading or performance. Participants may volunteer to workshop a post out loud, using suggested tips from the facilitators and the audience. Finally, they’ll discuss how to create your own opportunities to perform your work and bring it to a wider audience.

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Sponsored: Success on Our Own Terms: A Discussion with Huffington Post Women, brought to you by AOL (Room 11B)

The prevailing culture tells us that nothing succeeds like excess, that working 80 hours a week is better than working 70, that being plugged in 24/7 is expected, and that sleeping less and multi-tasking more are an express elevator to the top. But there's no better proof that a different model is possible than this conference. Thanks to the female blogosphere and its indomitable energy and reach, we know unequivocally that a woman with a laptop and a voice can change her life -- and dramatically impact others'. On this panel we'll talk with top writers and female executives about ways we can "unplug and recharge” and how, together, we can make it more acceptable for women to build careers on their own terms. Lori Leibovich, executive women's editor of the Huffington Post, moderates this conversation with five women, who are successful on their own terms: Christina Norman, Jane Buckingham, Janice Min, and Susan Stiffleman.

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Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2)

On Friday, the Social Media Geek track will answer the long-heard call for more one-on-one and hands-on interaction. It’s our version of the Genius Bar: The BlogHer Geek Bar. Because it’s always 5pm somewhere!  Troubleshoot a specific problem with your site, learn something you always wanted to know, or finally create your own customized hack to fulfill a long-unfulfilled need. 

 

The last Geek Bar session of the day runs from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, and will feature 15-minute individual or small group consultations (up to five attendees per timeslot).

 

Sign up online (on-site signups available, too!) to get some quality face time with the following genius gals on these geeky topics:

 

Astacia Carter: DIY WordPress

Eva Smith: Improve Your Site Display on Mobile

Grace Duffy: Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Media Platforms But Were Afraid to Ask (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Foursquare, Google +, Google +1, LinkedIn, and Quora.)

Jan Kabili: Post-Production Editing in Photoshop and Lightroom

Liz Henry and Skye Kilaen: When Bad Things Happen to Good Blogs: What You Need to do BEFORE Disaster Strikes

Sarah Kimmel: Fix Your Sick Blog

Shanna Cote: Self-Hosting Your Blog

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Change the World | Our Food Future: Kids, Cooking, and Health (Room 6B)

The odds are stacked against kids today, when it comes to food. In this encore of a panel from last fall’s BlogHer Food conference, you’ll learn how some bloggers are out to change not only how kids think about food, but also what they’re eating. We'll discuss why kids face so many obstacles to eating healthy (some of the reasons may surprise you) and what you can do–in your home and in your community–to start to change the odds in our kids' favor.

Elaine Wu, from Virgo Blue (and BlogHer) moderates a discussion with Diana Johnson (aka DianasaurDishes), who is pulling a Jamie Oliver in her own community, and Laura Sampson from Hey, What's For Dinner Mom?, who helps parents strategize how to get their kids to eat more healthfully. Finally, this panel will feature Mrs. Q from Fed Up With School Lunch, the anonymous school employee who is documenting what it's like to eat just what the kids eat every single day for a year.

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Change Yourself | Old-School Bloggers: Beginner to Big-Time to Burnout and Everywhere in Between (Room 6A)

BlogHer launched back in 2005, and the bloggers who have been around since that time have seen the blogosphere change a lot. Both from the inside, as blogging first exploded, then became augmented by other tools like Twitter and Tumblr, and from the outside, as brands, politicians, and the media all began to infiltrate and then become an accepted part of the blogging landscape. And in seven years, people change a lot. So, at BlogHer #7, let’s satisfy that seven-year-itch and join moderator Kyran Pittman to talk about what long-time bloggers, like Elizabeth Thielke, Jenn Satterwhite, and Kathryn Finney, do to keep it fresh. Even if sometimes the answer is: we don’t keep it fresh!

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The Write Brain | Essential Blog Content Development Workshop [Double-Slot] (Room 6E)

Maybe you’re new and feeling a little daunted at the prospect of creating content from now until forever. Or maybe you feel like you’ve actually been at it forever and don’t know if you have creative juices left. This workshop is designed to get those juices flowing. This double-length workshop is designed to cover ideationcreation, and manifestation of great blog content!

IDEATION (1:15pm - 2pm, 45 minutes): Britt Bravo, longtime professional "do-good" blogger and "Juicy Blogging" instructor, leads you through exercises to understand who you are, who you think your reader is, and what kind of content would meet your goals. You’ll emerge from this segment with a list of blog post ideas you didn’t know you had in you.

CREATION (2:15pm - 3pm, 45 minutes): Ready to take those ideas into drafts? Great! But forget everything you've heard, there are rules to blogging, and Harvard's own Elizabeth Soutter is here to teach them to you.  She'll cover the basics of how to build a great post, giving you practical, take-home instructions that really will change the way you write.  Bring a draft for a chance to have her edit and critique your work.

MANIFESTATION (3:15pm - 4pm, 45 minutes): You've "ideated" and "created," now you're motivated!  Julie Weckerlein will now show you how to harness that motivation and manifest it in the form of a sustainable blogging practice. She's learned a few tricks on how to be a prolific and polished blogger over the past 10 years while raising a family in the midst of a full-time military career.  She'll help you figure out how to find time when you have none, document your creativity, keep the blogging passion alive, and more.

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Minding Your Own Business | Peer Networking: Working Together to Help All Boats Rise (Room 6F)

Much of our online business is conducted with online friends. And we all know that blogging has provided a source of support and understanding. Are you regularly taking that support offline? Are you using that support to the advantage of your business? Have you put some structure around it? This session will look at the value in creating structured peer networking groups–offline if possible, online if not–in order to accomplish specific professional goals. Whether you want to work on your writing, your business model, or your value proposition, being supported by and accountable to a group of trusted peers can provide exactly the boost you need. Liz Strauss moderates the conversation with Ananda Leeke, Heather Mann, and Vikki Reich, who will help you figure out what kind of group you need, and how to set it up to deliver.

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Birds of a Feather Track One | FaithBloggers (Room 5B)

Deborah Kolben hosts this meet-up for attendees blogging about faith: all aspects, all religions, all perspectives welcome.

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Birds of a Feather Track Two | Patriarchy! (Room 5A)

Denise Tanton will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about patriarchy!

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Room of Your Own | Perfecting Product Reviews (Room 4)

Stacie Haight Connerty from The Product Review Place moderates the conversation with Amy Bellgardt from MomSpark and Niri Jaganath from Mommy Niri, taking you through the ins and outs of perfecting your product reviews. Ask questions! Get answers! Learn and share! Beginning with the "pitch letter" and moving all the way through to asking for the giveaway or not, this action-inspiring session will give you the confidence necessary to navigate the world of product reviews.

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Experience | Lose Your Inhibitions, Live Your Dreams, Learn the “Single Ladies” Dance (Room 3)

At BlogHer ’10, Jenny Eckton of formerly phread got to live out one of her dreams and dance in front of a crowd.  And the crowd loved it. But here’s a little secret: she says she’s not really what you would call a dancer. She’d say she’s a dancer in her mind and in her dreams, unbeknownst to those watching her change diapers and motor her minivan around town.

Blogging often helps us recognize and realize the dreams that motherhood and/or work may leave little space for. And that's what this session will be about: getting back in touch with those dreams, through dance.  We’ll clear away the chairs and learn the dance that so many people were talking about last year. Prepare to toss aside your inhibitions and live your own dreams on the dance floor and throughout the weekend!

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Sponsored: The Tie that Binds Parent and Child, brought to you by Verizon, Parenting Magazine and BlogHer (Room 11B)

Technology has revolutionized parenting. According to BlogHer's research, it's an incredible boon to most parents... helping them feel like they're in close contact with their children. In this session, Lynne Fleck-Seitz from TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. will moderate a discussion with Carrie Jacobson from Verizon, Catherine McManus from Parenting Magazine, and Jane Collins from BlogHer, who together will introduce their latest research on how moms feel about technology's role in their own lives, and in their relationship with their kids. Come find out if you're on the cutting edge of modern parenting!

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Afternoon Break (Sails Pavilion)

Afternoon Break brought to you by Dove Ice Cream.

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Community Keynote (Ballroom 20 A-D)

The Voices of the Year Community Keynote is presented by HTC.

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OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Voices of the Year Reception (Pavilion Terrace & West Terrace)

There may be no way to top last year's Gala, designed and curated by kirtsy, but we will be honoring our Voices of the Year, and we hope after hearing them read at the Community Keynote, that you will want to honor them too.

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OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Listen to Your Mother/Letter to Your Mother Open Mic Salon (Room 8)

We hope, in fact, that you are so inspired by the 2011 Voices of the Year that you will want to pick your favorite post and read it for a supportive audience yourself. This year BlogHer is sponsoring the 2011 Listen to your Mother Show, curated by Ann Imig from Ann's Rants. And since LTYM is already a "show on the road", we invited her to bring it to BlogHer '11. Unlike LTYM or Voices of the Year, this will not be a pre-selected or curated experience. This is more like a karaoke-style open mic: Pick your post, throw your name in the hat, and get the chance to read it out loud for other bloggers who are there to do the same...and who are likely all equally one-part-nervous, one-part-excited. BlogHer is for every kind of blogger, so we are adding a "Letter to Your Mother" component...because we all have a mother! So, while you're readying your submissions for the Voices of the Year, keep an eye out for posts that you might also want to read during the LTYM Open Mic Salon!

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OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Sparklecorn (Ballroom 20 A-D)

What will the fabulous Sparklecorn ladies cook up for the third annual Sparklecorn? Pretty sure there will be unicorns. No doubt dancing will be involved. Glow sticks and glitter? Seems reasonable to assume. But will they have other tricks up their sleeves? You'll have to come and see! Co-hosted by BlogHer and MamaPop.

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Day 2

Breakfast (Sails Pavilion)
Day Two Recap (Sails Pavilion)
Change the World | BlogHer '11 International Activist Scholarship Winners (Room 6B)

Our third annual International Activist Blogger scholarship highlights the work of women who are galvanizing social change and social justice across their communities–and by the very public and distributed nature of the Internet–across the world. For some of them, this work is not without risk, yet still they continue. Because raising their voices is not a luxury or a whim or an option. It is a necessity.

We hope that every attendee can be inspired, right along with us, by the work of this year's impressive scholarship recipients. Cheryl Contee, founder of Jack & Jill Politics, moderates the conversation among this year's International Activist Scholarship Winners: Reem Abbas, from Sudan, publisher of I Have No Tribe, I'm Sudanese; Simone Leid, from Trinidad and Tobago, publisher of Women Speak: Women Tell Their Stories of Discrimination; and Yoani Sanchez, from Cuba, publisher of Generacion Y.  Perhaps their work can serve as a catalyst to activate each of us and our communities around the issues closest to our hearts.

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Change Yourself | 'Til Blog Do Us Part? (Room 6A)

Why do we applaud women for sharing the struggles of motherhood, but not the struggles of marriage? Blogging can have a dramatic impact on a personal relationship–good, bad, and ugly. Does writing about your marriage prevent you from dealing with the problems in your marriage–or does it encourage other people to seek help because they know they aren't alone? Do you become distanced from your spouse because of how much you share online, or do  you feel better because you've gotten to express yourself? Does blogging about your marriage replace expressing yourself to your spouse? And what do you do when you face separation or divorce? Not blogging about it can become the elephant in the blog, but talking about it can open you up to criticism–even if you protect the other person involved in your story. Join moderator Britt Reints to discuss our relationships and our blogs with Deesha Philyaw, Doug French, and Erin Mantz.

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Social Media Geek | Video Blogging U (Room 1B)

Video blogging is truly coming into its own, but not only that: opportunity abounds for video bloggers: it’s what every media site and brand is clamoring for. Carley Knobloch moderates a session with Jenny Ingram and Corinne Leigh about different styles of video blogging, from on-the-go reporting to scripted sitcom.  They'll discuss everything from conception to execution. (And if this session intrigues you, don’t forget to hop on over to the Writing track later in the day and take a session focused entirely on storyboarding and scripting for video!)

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The Write Brain | How to Pitch Freelance Editorial Work from Some Busy Editorial People (Room 6E)

There is paying freelance work to be found: online and off; local, regional, and national; expert analysis, pure opinion, and personal storytelling. You have a portfolio of work available in your blog archives. Several busy managing editors, such as Julie Godar, moderator, along with Barb Dybwad, Nicola Bridges, and Stephanie Wood, will tell you exactly how to find them, figure out their submission process, and put your best work forward for their consideration.

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Minding Your Own Business | Your Blog Can Make You a Social Media Marketer (Room 6F)

Social media, in and of itself, is not synonymous with marketing. Social media users are not, by virtue of their Twitter accounts alone, marketers. However: social media expertise is a big plus on any resume, pretty much required if you want to go into PR, communications or marketing of any kind, particularly with a consumer-focused company. If you’ve been thinking of making the leap into full-time employment as a social media marketer, this session will help you walk the marketing talk… and figure out if it’s the path for you. Elisa Camahort Page moderates the conversation with Jessica Kirkwood, Marcy Massura, and Melissa Lion.  BlogHer’s own head marketer will discuss with women who have made the leap.

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Birds of a Feather Track One | Stepbloggers (Room 5B)

Lisa Hartman is the host at this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about parenting and family life among step-families.

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Birds of a Feather Track Two | Online, Everyone Can Walk, Hear, Speak, See: Disability and Blogging (Room 5A)

Katherine Mancuso will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about disability.

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Room of Your Own | Great Blog Design (Room 4)

Great design is subjective. Except when it's not. There are hard and fast rules that bloggers should abide by in order to have the most visually appealing blog possible. Cynthia Wheeler, an illustrator who blogs at Nap Warden and has designed over 100 blogs, and Jill Smokler, a graphic designer who blogs at Scary Mommy, each know a thing or two about good design. Both hold BFAs in design and have spent years pouring over typography, illustrations, and photography, and hope to make the blog world a more beautiful place. They will provide real, take-home advice that is sure to make any great blog even better.

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Experience | The Unexpected Viral Explosion (Room 3)

Ashleigh Burroughs of The Burrow was shot in Tuscon with Rep. Gabby Giffords and found herself on national news and in the hospital. Liz Henry was the blogger who helped uncover the false identity of Gay Girl in Damascus, sparking international outcry. And Sarah Manley of Nerdy Apple Bottom wrote about her son’s Halloween costume (Daphne, from Scooby Doo) in the post heard ‘round the world. How do you respond when your formerly small-to-medium blog traffic suddenly skyrockets? What does your family say when Good Morning America, The Today Show, or BBC-NYT-WashPo are knocking down your door? And is there a way to turn lemons into bloggy lemonade? Liz moderates a discussion wih Ashleigh and Sarah, who all three share what their exceptional experiences have taught them about the power – and challenge – of online communities and unexpected notoriety.

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Sponsored: The Path to Healthy Financial Balance, brought to you by Chase Blueprint (Room 11B)

BlogHer research has often shown that money is a more taboo subject than even sex when it comes to blogging. Despite our cultural reluctance to talk about money, personal finances and financial management have never been hotter topics, online and off. Technically, we're out of the recession but most of us are not yet feeling out of the woods. This session will explore the new tools and conversations that have cropped up around the need to manage your finances. We will also look at recent research on consumer behavior...and where we could all improve. Wall Street Journal personal finance columnist Katherine Rosman moderates a discussion featuring personal finance blogger Suba Jagannathan, frugal and couponing blogger Denise Tanton and Chase’s Caryn Kaiser, an expert in consumer financial behavior, for an illuminating conversation about our attitudes towards money... and how to take control of your personal finances.

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Lunch Keynote: Exploring Inspiration and Leadership with Indra Nooyi (Ballroom 20 A-D)

Ranked #1 on Fortune Magazine's list of "The Most Powerful Women in Business" and responsible for running a $60 billion-dollar business, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi is an inspiring role model for many ambitious women. She is also a woman whose journey includes emigrating to the United States as a young adult, and climbing the corporate ladder while raising two daughters. Willow Bay, senior editor at Huffington Post, Special Correspondent for Bloomberg Television, and former CNN anchor, interviews Ms. Nooyi about her personal journey, her professional advice, and what has inspired PepsiCo's Performance with Purpose mission. Ms. Nooyi will also take questions from the BlogHer community about how you can draw on your own unique talents and strengths to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

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Change the World | Malcolm Gladwell is Missing the Point: Revolutions are Happening Online (Room 6B)

Sure, social media may be “just a tool.” A communications tool. An organizing tool. A truth-exposing tool. A can’t-be-ignored tool. A global tool. A peaceful tool. An accessible tool. A barrier-breaking tool. It’s many tools in one, it’s even a floor wax. The point is: social media is being used for good, doing good, and accomplishing good every day, and it brings power to the people. The kind of power that changes laws, changes corporate policies, and even changes governments. Are there issues with what or who to trust? Can an action get out of hand? Can great numbers of people be satisfied with a "Twibbon" as their only form of “action"? Sure. But certainly there are hangers-on to any movement, more inclined to talk than walk. But social media is helping more people walk the walk of social change, and in this session you’ll hear some concrete examples. Cheryl Contee will moderate a conversation with some folks who have started some fires, including Dr. Goddess, Gina McCauley, and Katherine Stone.

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Change Yourself | Unplug, Unfriend, Unfollow, Unwind: Is That Sacrilege? (Room 6A)

In a world of 24/7/365 connection: do you ever simply unplug? And in a world where people announce every Twitter follower milestone, have you ever gone through and pared down your list? Have you done spring cleaning online? Have you instituted regular offline days or hours? How about a whole month? Have you taken a blog or Facebook profile private? So, what’d you do with all that new-found free time and freedom? That previously unknown privacy? Can you, in fact, go back? Or are occasional eBreaks a way to propel yourself forward? Talk to Gwen Bell, who has been there and done that.

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Social Media Geek | Implementing Community Features on Your Blog (Room 1B)

A range of new tools have cropped up over the last couple of years that allow you to take your community out of the comments on your posts and give them center-stage. In this session, Adria Richards will moderate a discussion about tools for implementing community features plug-ins for Wordpress, Drupal, Typepad, and more with Holly Hamann from BlogFrog and Sara Rosso from Automattic. Which is right for you and what are the implementation shortcuts and headaches you should know about?

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The Write Brain | How to Pitch a Book (Room 6E)

You hear those stories about overnight successes and writers being discovered by virtue of their blog alone, but for most the path to published authorhood follows a much longer and well-worn path. Either path, though, depends on having great material, splendidly showcased. Moderator Ellen Gerstein, along with Carleen BriceColleen Lindsay, and Sarah Maizes, focus on how to pitch an agent and how to write a book proposal–whether for non-fiction or fiction.

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Minding Your Own Business | Your Blog Can Make You a Local Hero (Room 6F)

You may be setting your sights on getting top-tier attention and gigs. And that’s great. But you can probably start your journey closer to home and start building up your portfolio, clips reel, press mentions, and resume. Success breeds success, and becoming a big fish in your local pond can take you all the right places, while actually putting money in your pocket along the way. Blogger Janis Elspas moderates the conversation with Darya Pino, Jaden Hair, and Lindsay Ferrier, who will talk about how they have leveraged their blog to get regular features on local TV and regular columns for local publications. Nothing bolsters a portfolio like a regular paying gig, after all!

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Birds of a Feather Track One | Modern Marthas: Women Who Blog Hearth and Home and the Stereotypes They Smash (Room 5B)

Jes Ferris will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about cooking, crafts, and other home activities.

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Birds of a Feather Track Two | Milbloggers (Room 5A)

Stephanie Himel-Nelson will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about military life.

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Room of Your Own | Putting the "Professional" in Professional Blogging (Room 4)

There is much more to blogging professionally than SEO-rich titles and catchy content.  Hear from four bloggers who have worked on both sides of PR/marketing campaigns not only earning a living blogging, but also facilitating bloggers being paid for their time.  Learn what works, what doesn’t, and what you need to know to make the leap from journaling to earning.  

Amy Lupold Bair, who blogs at ResourcefulMommy.com (and owns Global Influence), moderates the discussion among Janine Nickel, who blogs at TwoferMom.com (and co-owns Buzz Cooperative), Jessica Rosenberg, who blogs at ItsJessicasLife.com (and is a Marketing Associate at Tiny Prints), and Linda Sellers, who blogs at ShortPumpPreppy.com (and is a Senior Project Manager at One2One Network).

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Experience | Create a Vision Board (Room 3)

"My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things."  Bill Gates

A vision board is a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It's a simple yet powerful tool that many people have used to clarify their dreams, and turn them into reality. So why not use a vision board to make your blogging dreams a reality–or simply refine your focus, define your goals, and become a better blogger?

In this hands-on session, Shannon Entin of The Discipline Project helps you learn how to apply the concept of a vision board to your blog. We'll talk about finding your niche and analyzing blogs in that niche. Then we'll discuss tools to help you set–and achieve–goals for your blogging. You'll create a vision for blogging success.

To make this session most productive, please collect some photos (from the web or magazines) that represent your blogging topics, niche, goals, and vision and bring them with you. We'll have a few extra magazines available and you can also create your vision board on your computer if you bring it along.

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Sponsored: Being a Mobile Role Model, brought to you by LG and their Text Ed Council (Room 11B)

Mobile technology has been a huge boon to parents, bringing both convenience and peace of mind. When used properly and responsibly, mobile phones can provide many positive benefits including opening the lines of communication. That being said, it is also one more tool that can be mis-used, by parents and kids alike.  Recent research conducted by LG Mobile Phones found that adults are more comfortable than ever using mobile phone technology, yet very few believe their children engage in harmful mobile phone behaviors – such as texting while driving and sexting.  Yet, LG’s research has shown that parents also engage in these questionable behaviors. 

To help parents address the risks of mobile phone misuse among teens, and how their own behavior could impact their children, LG Mobile Phones launched a comprehensive initiative called LG Text Ed. Providing insight into the complexities of contemporary parenting in the new mobile reality, blogger and middle school administrator Kelly Wickham will moderate a discussion with Rosalind WisemanLG Text Ed Advisory Council member and author of the seminal work on raising daughters in today's world, Queen Bees and Wannabes, the basis of the movie "Mean Girls". Joining them both will be Maria Vargas, a girl gamer, and Camille Hakansson, a teenage book blogger, to give you a 360 degree perspective on how tweens, teens and adults can all educate themselves on the dangers of mobile phone misuse, discover strategies to help prevent potential problems and learn how to model positive behavior to their children and their peers.

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Change the World | Owning Your Beauty: If We Change the Conversation, Can We Change the Culture? (Room 6B)

BlogHer’s year-long Own Your Beauty project has been ongoing for several months and has many more to go. It has clearly struck a chord with the BlogHer community, encouragingchange in the way we think and the way we feel about ourselves. Now, how can we push that change out beyond our own perspectives? If we truly change the way society perceives women and their beauty, will it have much much wider ramifications? In this case, the personal might be political, cultural, and socio-economic! Rita Arens moderates this conversation, joined by Jess WeinerKaren Walrond, Kate Harding, and Stephanie Nielson.

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Change Yourself | How Do You Sustain an Online Community and Keep Your Own Sanity? (Room 6A)

Among the top reasons that bloggers blog, according to every social media study BlogHer has ever conducted, is to create and be a part of a community. But make no mistake: building, nurturing, and sustaining community can be as draining as it is bolstering. It can pump you up and drag you down. Your community can be there for you when you need them… and sometimes they can be the last thing you want to deal with! If you’re in it for the long haul, if the long-term gains far outweigh the occasional unwanted drama, how do you take care of your community and yourself? How do you enlist deputies? How do you recognize when there are elements, topics, or members that need to go? Moderator Maria Niles talks with community-builders, such as Eden Kennedy, Elisa Batista, Julia Roberts, and Marie “Riese” Lyn Bernard, who share their insights and concrete tactics.

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Social Media Geek | Mobile Multimedia: Making Media on the Go (Room 1B)

Since 2005, every year was going to be the “year of the mobile” and over five years later we finally seem to be there! You’ll probably see more attendees walking around with mobile than laptops at BlogHer this year. But does that mean that all we can publish are Tweets and check-ins? Actually, no. Today’s devices are small, powerful, multi-purpose, and increasingly user-friendly. Learn from some unrepentant gadget geeks how you can make the most of the devices that fit right in your pocket. Moderator Beth Blecherman will lead Julie Yamamoto and Kris Cain in a gadget geek-fest.

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The Write Brain | Uncharted Territory: Video Storyboarding and Scripting for the Writer (Room 6E)

When exploring your options for writing work, don’t overlook the increasing amount of video being produced for the web. It might seem like a lot of vlogging is totally off-the-cuff, but there is more and more scripted, produced video out there, and it represents opportunity for writers. In this session, Corinne Leigh and Sarah Lane will explore writing specifically for video and how you can leverage your writing skills for this medium.

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Minding Your Own Business | When Diversity is Simply Good Business (Room 6F)

Television and print advertising get disproportionate marketing dollars compared to online. Why? Well, change is hard, for one thing. But also: advertisers believe they know every little detail about who is seeing their advertising in those media. Subscriber information and services like Nielsen break down audience into easily identified buckets. But online can also offer the ability to target niche audiences. Entire departments within PR firms and brand marketing organizations are dedicated to finding and reaching diverse audiences, and their existence speaks to a fertile opportunity. But if you’re building an affinity community online, are you finding that the niche marketers are banging on your door?

We've covered for years at BlogHer that this is not always the case–and that remains true to this day. The women on this panel represent a range of such affinity communities, and are making the case that there is a huge opportunity... for them, their communities, and for brands.  As moderator, Deb Rox talks with Ana Flores, Dana Rudolph, Denene Millner, and Tracey Friley, about how to understand your market and proactively position its value to a marketing community that doesn't always realize what they're missing!

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Birds of a Feather Track One | Humor Bloggers (Room 5B)

Mona Hickey will host this informal meet-up for attendees blogging about humor.

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Birds of a Feather Track Two | Twitterholics (Room 5A)

Karen Green and Schmutzie will host this informal meet-up for Twitterholics.

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Room of Your Own | How to Create a Kick A$$ Proposal (Room 4)

You could throw out a pitch on Twitter, but chances are that 140 characters won’t be enough to describe who you are and what you can do to adequately represent a company!  Learn how to craft pitches that effectively convey your experience and strengths so that brands can capitalize on your talents–all from established bloggers who have created successful campaigns for a multitude of companies.

Panelists include moderator Leticia Barr, along with Andrea FellmanJulie Meyers Pron, and Kelly Whalen: half of the eight-person Splash Creative Media team, and some of the brains behind Fill the BackpackAll About the Bump Month, and several other campaigns.

Andrea, Julie, Kelly, and Leticia collaborate as Splash Creative Media but also work individually to successfully pitch companies like BabyCenterLands’ EndMabel’s LabelsClever Girls Collective, and Location Labs for campaigns, conference sponsorships, speaking engagements, ad revenue, and consulting jobs.  They will share practical strategies about how to craft pitches that won’t just be noticed, they’ll be funded!

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Experience | Create a Vision Board (continued) (Room 3)

We've held the room so that those who would like to continue working on the vision board they began in the previous session (see Vision Board) may continue to do so.

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"Coming Out" as Undocumented: The Children of Immigration; The Definition of American (Room 11B)

Last month, inspired by a march of teenage undocumented immigrants, Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Jose Antonio Vargas "came out" as an undocumented immigrant. Or an illegal alien, depending on your perspective. His was a story of being brought here as a youth, discovering his real status years later, and then, yes, covering it up and living with constant apprehension, coupled with a drive to overachieve and prove his worth as an American. Immigration is a political hot potato, yet nothing seems to get done. It's a daily story in our host city of San Diego, and a "somebody else's problem" kind of story for many of us. If nothing else, Vargas' story proves that we actually don't know whose problem it might be... our friend, our colleague, our kid's BFF. Lisa Stone will moderate a conversation with Vargas himself, his Define American colleague and Fox News contributor, Jehmu Greene, the high school principal who helped him, Pat Hyland, and two Southern Californians: Irvine, CA progressive blogger Adriana Maestas and Erica Holloway, a conservative consultant from San Diego.

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Afternoon Break (Sails Pavilion)
Closing Keynote: Women in the Media. Women Making Media. (Ballroom 20 A-D)

BlogHer closing keynotes are often focused on sending you back to your keyboards, ready to make some noise, make a living, and/or make a difference, just making the most of your very own "personal printing press," your blogs. 2011 is no different. If you want to get fired up about how women are represented by the media and in the making of media, there are few folks more qualified to strike the match than Emmy-Award winning Carol Jenkins, former head of the Women's Media Center, Fatemeh Fakhraie, founder of Muslimah Media Watch, and Ricki Lake... who we've all watched grow up from John Waters' non-traditional ingenue to longtime talk show host to documentary film maker. BlogHer co-founder Lisa Stone will moderate the interactive conversation with three impassioned and activist women.

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OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Social Fiesta (Marriott Coronado Terrace)

The second annual Social Fiesta is back, celebrating Latinas and Hispanic culture with music, food, dancing, connections...and more music and dancing! Don't forget, we're in San Diego, and it's just a tiny bit famous for its Mexican and Latin-American-inspired food. Co-hosted by BlogHer and Latino(a)s in Social Media #LATISM.

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OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Aiming Low (Marriott Seaview)

This year we're proud that the second annual Aiming Low party is an official BlogHer community party, and its theme is Come As You Are. Focused more on relaxing and conversation (and maybe a little box wine) and less on going wild. Consider this the place you recharge your batteries (and maybe get a foot massage) before closing out the night! Co-hosted by BlogHer and Aiming Low.

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OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: CheeseburgHer (Marriott Marina Ballroom)

Just like the People's Party, this is the 5th annual CheeseburgHer Party at BlogHer! [Still can't believe it.] With music, dancing, photo booths and, well, beds, the tradition born in a 2007 hotel suite lives on! You haven't attended BlogHer until you've partied with a bag on your head! Co-hosted by BlogHer and The CheeseburgHers.

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