Kimberly Seals Allers is a leading authority on issues relating to modern, mothers of color, author of The Mocha Manual™ series of books and founder of www.MochaManual.com, a daily parenting and lifestyle destination and blog for African American moms and moms-to-be. An award-winning journalist, Kimberly is also popular public speaker and consultant on the mom of color market, and fiercely committed to the fight to reduce the high infant and maternal mortality rates and increase the low breastfeeding rates in the African American community.
In addition to her popular blog on MochaManual.com, …Read more
Helena Andrews is an author and screenwriter who chronicles "this grown up life." Her memoir-in-essays, "Bitch is the New Black" (HarperCollins), was optioned by "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Helena's work has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Marie Claire, TheRoot.com among other national publications. Currently Helena is a regular contributor to the digital lady mag, xoJane.com, founded by Jane Pratt.
Roo Ciambriello (that’s pronounced ru cham-bree-yellow) is best known for her storytelling humor blog, NiceGirlNotes, where she writes about awkward moments as a teenager, growing up with a fresh-off-the-boat Filipino mother, and her philosophy on dancing at weddings.
Her blog has been a catalyst for a number of writing, speaking, and media-ing opportunities, requiring Roo to keep close tabs on Merriam-Webster and launch a search for the perfect set of fake reading glasses to complement her ‘thinky face.’Read more
Julia Coney is the editor of All About the Pretty a niche lifestyle website dedicated to curated information on beauty + fashion, travel, food + wine, and yoga.
If you want exclusive beauty products from Paris, the best sushi in Barbados, koshary in Cairo, fashion week in New York, fry jacks in Belize, crawfish in New Orleans, and custom lotion in Capri stay awhile reading All About the Pretty as your personal lifestyle and travel guide.
All About the Pretty has been featured in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, Glamour Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, a Celebrity Cruise advertisement, Essenc…Read more
Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson is a versatile writer, editor, and reporter with experience covering women's lifestyle, home design, health and wellness, and travel. Her eight years of experience include creating both print and digital media content, with a healthy dose of social networking on the side. Look for her work in magazines including Martha Stewart Living, Parenting, Essence, IN New York and Where New York; websites including ShelterPop.com, HGTV.com, ELLEDecor.com and The Huffington Post, where she is a lifestyle editor.
Julie Diaz-Asper has spent more than two decades helping large organizations innovate and pursue new market opportunities. As a strategy consultant with Booz Allen and Coopers & Lybrand, she focused on leveraging new technologies to create new markets for telecom and media companies. She later worked with American Express finding innovative ways to use the Internet to reach, service, and engage its commercial card customer base. Recently she worked with AARP on LifeTuner, a financial literacy 2.0 site that reaches 20 to 30 year olds leveraging community, interactive tools and social media to h…Read more
Kiratiana Freelon is a travel enthusiast, culturist, lecturer and the author of "Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Black Paris: Get Lost and Get Found." Her digital efforts also landed her on Black Enterprises’s list of Top Women to follow on Tech. In a valiant effort to merge her travel and digital lives, she will soon be launching the book as a mobile guide for the Android and iPhone platforms. She is the founder and principal of Eunique Enterprises, a digital and marketing consulting firm.
Kiratiana first caught the travel bug as a 20 year-old student studying abroad in Munich, Germany. Her week…
Tracey Friley is a travel junkie and award winning travel writer, entrepreneur & humanitarian with a love for all things related to global culture. A self-proclaimed Culturalista, Tracey isn’t just a Francophile and retailer with a penchant for wholesale shopping on annual trips to Paris, but she is an active contributor to American Airlines’ BlackAtlas.com; Travel Editorialista on MyBlogalicious.com; owns and operates OBG Adventure Camps - the only travel and learning adventure camp of its kind in the nation for girls 11-16; and is the founder of The Passport Party Project, a philanthropic …Read more
Tara Ziegmont is a wife and mother of two small girls who left a 10-year career as a high school science teacher to be an at-home mom and entrepreneur. She has been publishing Feels Like Home (http://FeelsLikeHomeBlog.com) since 2007, where she encourages her readers through a variety of posts: food and cooking tips, craft ideas, home management hints, and a myriad of parenting (mis)adventures that help make her readers’ lives easier – or at least make them laugh. Tara also operates a local blog called Harrisburg Area Moms (http://HarrisburgAreaMoms.com), loves to encourage other bloggers thr…Read more
Adrianna serves as a SVP, Creative & Strategic Planner at DeVries collaborating with account teams to develop programs that challenge conventional thinking and connect to pop culture. She is fascinated by how social media has changed from a reflection of how we communicate to a catalyst that shapes how people and companies relate to the world around them.
During her career Adrianna has worked on a range of lifestyle brands including ABSOLUT Vodka, Cadbury Adams, Weight Watchers, Best Buy, Ikea, Tide, Gain and Frito-Lay to drive strategy and programming. Adrianna recently completed her Masters…Read more
LaShanda Henry has been developing websites for over 10 years. She owns over 15 web properties focused primarily on creating positive websites for people of color. Having built her own successful online empire she now devotes much of her time to teaching women entrepreneurs how to do the same. Some of her websites include Multiple Shades of You Online (an African American Web Portal), the Black Moms Club, SistaSense (Money and Marketing Blog) and the Black Business Women Online Social Network.
As both a web designer and internet marketing coach, LaShanda has been featured in magazines such as…Read more
A tech-savvy, insightful, and highly creative new media “maverick” who is always operating outside the box, Terri Holley understands the nuances of interactive marketing, emerging technology and how both are used to build deeper relationships with prospects and customers. Along with serving as CEO of Holley Creative, Terri has been a contributor to Women Grow Business, recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the best marketing and social media blogs written by women. A sought-after speaker, Terri regularly presents at national conferences to engage in robust conversation about social media a…Read more
With a background in consumer marketing and PR, Corine's involvement in the social media and blogging communities has lead her to work on many integrated social media campaigns, summits and ambassadorships programs for various brands.
A member of the blogosphere since 2003, Corine's lifestyle blog- Complicated Mama has made her a social media influencer with over 8,000 twitter followers. Referenced as part of the "Twitter-ati", Corine’s influence in the blogosphere was nominated by and featured on Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Connect and in the newly published Digital Mom’s Handbook.… Read more
Niri traded the rat race in Engineering for her rug rats and returned to her passion for writing at MommyNiri.com after she became a mom. She’s coupled her work in blogging to further several charitable projects and events, such as putting an end teacher-funded classrooms, supporting Rwanda Path2Peace and Heart 4 Haiti, building playgrounds with Kaboom, hosting events to support Autism, and working on the End Child Hunger campaign. In December 2010, she launched a Mommy Niri Cares holiday drive to provide items to children born into poverty. That spawned a newly launched site MommyNiriCares.co…Read more
Tara Pringle Jefferson revels in creating great content, whether online, in print, or through in-person workshops. She is the blogger behind TheYoungMommyLife.com, the premiere online destination for mothers in their twenties. She is also the author of Make It Happen, a “get your career right” guidebook for the mothers who are still wondering what they want to be when they grow up. She is managing editor of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, and is a freelance writer for Loop21.com, Momtourage.com, Disney, and countless others. She is an established copyeditor, and currently works with Amazon’s Crea…Read more
Your passion can be your life’s work!
Jesse Jones lives by these words, and has made it a mission to help others tap into their own passions and actualize their dreams through their careers.
At 29, Jesse has a zest for life that is fuelled by ambition and positive energy. His own ability to recognize that which makes him excited has created the opportunity for Jesse to transfer those elements into his own fulfilling career as an authority on marketing, brand development, and consumer relationships.
Jesse created U-ology 101, a motivational address that helps people identify the things they …Read more
Cat Lincoln is a respected marketing professional, lifestyle blogger and co-founding principal of Clever Girls Collective, Inc, a full service social media agency with a proprietary network of influencers that reaches 20 million+ pageviews.
Cat has nearly 20 years of traditional marketing experience, leading strategic, brand, and creative programs for Fortune 500 companies. During tenures at ADP and Wells Fargo she directed B-to-B and B-to-C initiatives that targeted high-net-worth and luxury consumers. Cat has blogged professionally for UpTake, Babble and several AOL lifestyle sites, as wel…Read more
With more than three years providing strategic counsel for brands like Kodak, Frito-Lay, ConAgra Foods, H&R Block and IKEA, Nancy has developed strategic influencer programs, local market events, Twitter and Facebook content sourcing and event sponsorships. She often works with companies to develop their internal social media guidelines and teaches seminars on web culture, social media for productivity and Twitter 101.
Nancy has developed a specialty in engaging parents online, and in that capacity she has been a featured speaker at sold-out conferences including BlogHer ‘10, Blissfully Domes…Read more
Joi-Marie McKenzie is the editor-in-chief of The Fab Empire, an award-winning Web site site that covers society, politics, celebrities and local events in Baltimore, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. McKenzie, with her team of contributors and photographers, has successfully created a brand that speaks to the needs of young urban professionals. McKenzie also serves as the assistant entertainment editor for The Loop 21, a site that offers insight, resources and opinions on African American issues. Previously, she freelanced for The Afro American Newspaper, Clutch Magazine, NBC New York and …Read more
Media Mingle is a minority-owned & operated full-service Public/Media Relations and Marketing consultancy specializing in advertising, event planning and creating media strategies and tailored networking opportunities for members of the media, bloggers and national brands. Media Mingle is experienced in communications and can offer the capabilities and expertise of a corporation but, with the individualized, unique attention only a small boutique can deliver. Media Mingle's speciality is hosting and leading its trademarked Media Mingles -- fun, speed networking sessions where the nervousness a…Read more
Donald T. Moore has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of business disciplines including Brand Management, Advertising, Media Sales and General Management of large organizations. During his career, he has repeatedly demonstrated a record of achievement and success in several fast paced, competitive markets.
As President of Burrell Digital, Don oversees all elements of the Agency’s digital practice. He has responsibility for all clients, working closely with Burrell teams to devise the most effective, interactive programs that meet or exceed business objectives. Examining all potent…Read more
Anna Palmer serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of winwinapps, a Vermont based software development and micro Venture Capital company that creates software to "help you help them." In restaurants, school systems, nonprofit organizations, families, and groups of friends, WinWin Apps studies behavior and seeks technological solutions to increase efficiency in what people are already doing. http://blog.winwinapps.com/
Before creating WinWin, Anna held the position of Executive Director at several non-profit organizations located in Burlington, Vermont. She ran Burlington’s Art Hop fes…Read more
For over 15 years, Shawna Renee has dedicated her life to creating compelling, entertaining and informative radio and new media programming. Her career started at the age of 15 when she began screening phone calls for her father’s talk show, The Joe Madison Show on WXYT-AM in her hometown Detroit, Michigan. After graduating Howard University with a dual degree in Telecommunications Management and Radio Production, Shawna returned to talk radio as Executive Producer and Programming Assistant for WOL-AM in Washington DC. She went on to produce and co-host the #1 rated morning show in Baltimor…Read more
Edita Gassmann Rodriguez graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in broadcast-journalism. She began her career at NBC Los Angeles where she worked the news assignment desk, and shuffled scripts to fancy on-air personalities. She went on to line-produce KNBC’s daily magazine show “YourLA.” In 2007 Edita was awarded the Mark of Excellence Award for “Television In-Depth Report” by the Society of Professional Journalists for a special she produced for “On Point,” which aired on LA Channel 36.
Edita later transitioned to the other end of the business working at Edelman…Read more
Ted Rubin is a leading social marketing strategist and coined the term ROR, Return on Relationship… a concept he believes is the cornerstone for building an engaged multi-million member database, many of whom are vocal advocates for the brand, like the one he built for e.l.f. Cosmetics (EyesLipsFace.com) as the Chief Marketing Officer between 2008 and 2010, and the one being built for OpenSky where Ted, until very recently, was the Chief Social Marketing Officer.Read more
Carol Schiller is a copywriter, marketer and the Social Media Director at Cozi.com. Before getting hooked on the world of online marketing, Carol spent over 10 years marketing and licensing branded fashion for companies including Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren Footwear, and Anne Klein.
You can follow Carol on Twitter @Cozifamily and @CarolSchiller, and read her blog about the art of selling with words and the latest in social media for brands at http://www.carolschiller.com/blog.
A confirmed foodie who once worked as a personal chef, Carol also occasionally blogs about family-friendly food ideas…Read more
Aliza Sherman is a Web pioneer, mobile strategist, and social media innovator. She speaks around the world and writes about Internet, social media, mobile, and women’s tech and business issues. Aliza specializes in making technology more accessible to humans. In 1995, Newsweek named her one of the “Top People Who Matter Most on the Internet” after she founded the first woman-owned, full-service Internet company, Cybergrrl, Inc. and the first global Internet networking organization for women, Webgrrls International. Aliza provides high-level, strategic digital consulting focused on the women’s …Read more
Jessica Smith enjoys more than a decade of marketing, business development and social media expertise.
She is a Regional Manager at Plum District, a site that connects moms with daily deals and inspirations from businesses in their community.
A super user and first adopter, Jessica has been using Twitter and Facebook since 2007. She started connecting with people online in the late 1980's on Prodigy and in the mid-90's she was learning and sharing with other college students on Greekpages.com.
She was named one of the Power Mom 50 by Nielsen Online. Additionally, she’s received other acco…
Somewhere between her first and second kids and coming to grips with her imperfections, television personality Rene Syler realized good enough was perfect for her. During her distinguished media career, including four years as anchor on CBS' The Early Show, Rene has always shown the courage to stand behind her convictions. While there, she conducted high profile interviews with First Lady Laura Bush, Senator John McCain as well as a host of celebrities. She is focused on creating a leading community for moms who understand the challenges of motherhood, and want to share information, stories an…Read more
Devi Ramachandran Thomas joined the UN Foundation in May 2011 as Director of Shot@Life, to manage the campaign and oversee the daily programmatic, communications, marketing, and fundraising needs of the campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, Devi worked as a senior consultant in sustainability and cause marketing strategies. She also held the position of Director of Cause Branding at Cone, Inc, a leading cause communications agency where she specialized in corporate cause marketing campaigns and public-private partnerships. For over seven years, Devi has led strategic marketing, corporate…Read more
Along with her husband Lamar, Ronnie is co-creator of the award winning website BlackandMarriedWithKids.com (BMWK) which is one of the largest marriage and parenting sites on the web. Their website, BlackandMarriedWithKids.com has earned several awards and accolades, including being named one of 2010’s Must Read Blogs by Parenting Magazine. The website founded in December 2007 has a staff of 10 contributing writers, and a managing editor.
Ronnie tours the country screening their documentaries which have amassed a Facebook fan page with over 80,000 fans, as well as speaking at various events …
Erika Hollinshead Ward, Owner of Erika Ward Interiors, is an interior designer, web magazine contributor, speaker, internationally recognized blogger, and philanthropist. Her strong social media presence has positioned her as a well-respected key influencer in the local, national, and international design community. She’s been called upon to speak in several panel discussions by industry leaders such as Kravet and AmericasMart Atlanta and has also spoken at blog conferences on using social media to build a thriving interior design business. Erika’s passion for providing design and lifestyle di…Read more
Karyn Brianne Watkins is a passionate healthcare and nonprofit communicator focused on using new media to promote positive social and health behaviors.
Karyn is the Founder of The Fabulous Giver, a website promoting a giving lifestyle and the many charitable initiatives of brands and nonprofit organizations. She is also the co-founder of The Red Pump Project, a nationwide HIV/AIDS awareness nonprofit focused on women and girls. Originally launched in March 2009 as a blogger initiative, The Red Pump Project now has an online and ground presence via the support of Red Pump ambassadors across th…Read more
Amanda Yates is the “Marketing Department” at Food on the Table, an online service and mobile app dedicated to help families save money and eat better at the grocery store. Prior to Food on the Table, she worked in marketing at the Whole Foods Market headquarters in Austin, TX. She is passionate about family dinnertime, consumer technology, rare cheeses, and golden retrievers. She graduated with a B.S. in Commerce from Washington and Lee University and earned an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.
Pittsburgh native Damon Young (aka “The Champ”) is the co-founder of the award-winning VerySmartBrothas.com, co-author of “Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night: The Very Smart Brothas Guide To Dating, Mating and Fighting Crime,” and head editor of The Hill Review.