BlogHer '11: Pathfinder Day Speakers


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Carleen Brice...

Carleen Brice is author of ORANGE MINT AND HONEY, an Essence “Recommended Read” and a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book,” and the best-selling CHILDREN OF THE WATERS. In February 2010, ORANGE MINT AND HONEY premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network as SINS OF THE MOTHER, starring Jill Scott. It was the second-highest rated original movie in LMN’s history and received two 2011 NAACP Image Awards. Brice is the recipient of the 2009 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the 2008 Break Out Author Award at the African American Literary Awards Show.

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Colleen Lindsay...

Colleen Lindsay is an unrepentant nerd and digital native who spent most of her formative years hiding beneath the blankets with a flashlight and a book. Her obsession with reading was a hard habit to break; as a result, she’s worked in the book industry since 1984. Her first job in publishing was in Northern California as a mass merchandise sales assistant for Ballantine Books.

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"Debbie Bookstaber is the President of, a digital marketing and influencer outreach agency based in Philadelphia. She also serves as the CMO of, 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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Gina McCauley...

Called “the Dean of Black Bloggers” and “a woman who's on the cutting edge of the internet and social media," Gina McCauley is one of the most influential African American digital media content creators in the world. In 2007, she was named to ESSENCE magazine's list of the 25 Most Influential African Americans. She has written for ESSENCE magazine and, The Guardian, and The Observer.

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Gwen Bell...

Gwen Bell is a Digital Liberator. She looks you in the eye when she talks to you. She expects the same of you (and helps you learn to put down the damn iPhone).

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Jess Weiner is changing cultural messages one brand at a time. From Barbie’s latest body evolution to Dove’s memorable Real Beauty campaign, the results of her work behind the scenes have come to light over the years, making significant waves in terms of how we approach women, girls and confidence.

Jess is an acclaimed writer, speaker, author and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience as a thought leader on social and cultural change.

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Katherine Stone...

Katherine Stone is the founder and publisher of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression and new moms’ emotional health. Katherine is also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with maternal mental illness.

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Kathryn Finney...

Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that finds, supports, and trains urban tech entrepreneurs. DID runs the highly successful FOCUS Fellow program, a 16 week accelerator/incubator program for black women founders/co-founders of tech enabled companies. Focus Fellows have raised over 10 Million Dollars in Angel and/or Venture funding for their companies. 10% of FOCUS Fellows have raised over $1MM in funding.

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Melissa Ford...

Melissa Ford is the author of the award-winning website, Stirrup Queens (, as well as three books; Measure of Love (Bell Bridge, 2013) and Life from Scratch (Bell Bridge, 2010), two novels about a blogger finding her voice after a divorce and continuing to blog through new love, and N

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Morgan Shanahan is a founding Parenting Editor at BuzzFeed who used to sell screenplays and write national commercial campaigns. She lives in LA with her family and far too many dogs.

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Ree Drummond...

Ree Drummond is a writer, photographer, ranch wife, homeschooler, and the creator of the blog The Pioneer Woman, which she started in 1996 in her pajamas. Named Weblog of the Year at the 2011, 2010 and 2009 Bloggie™ Awards, has been the launching pad for a multi-media career that includes a hit Food Network television show of the same name and four The New York Times Best Sellers across three genres.

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Sandra Miley...

Sandra Miley, vice president of corporate marketing at Vocera, has an accomplished track record of developing compelling brands and driving sales growth for numerous successful high-tech companies. Over the course of 20 years, Sandra has demonstrated her ability to recognize early market trends and latent customer needs, as well as make complex technologies easy to understand. As a result Sandra has fueled global expansion and accelerated growth of recognized brands, including Juniper Networks, Adobe, Brocade, Cisco, and Nokia.

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Sara Hawkins...
Sara Hawkins is a blogger, lawyer, homeschooler, and all around jane of many trades. She began blogging while in law school back when dial-up was all the rage. Sara has been a lawyer for 15 years and has worked in a large law firm, as in-house counsel, and is now a solo practitioner. She provides legal guidance to businesses of all sizes regarding a variety of topics, including social media, digital rights and ethics, and is passionate about the law and making it understandable, accessible and fun. She blogs about her life and fulfilling all her hope and dreams at Saving For Someday.
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