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Introducing #BlogHer18 Health

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:27:29 +0000

Full Image:  Can you believe we are about to enter our fourth year of SheKnows Media and BlogHer produced conferences? From our first event together at #BlogHer15 in NYC to #BlogHerFood15 in Chicago, #BlogHer16 in LA, #BlogHerFood16 in Austin, and most recently, #BlogHer17 in sunny Orlando, it’s been such an honor to be a part of this community of inspiring women.For our 2018 conference season, we’re so excited to be heading back to our hometown, NYC, to announce a brand-new event: #BlogHer18 Health.It will take place on January 30-31, 2018. The idea for #BlogHer18 Health was born from the great feedback we received on the health-related programming at our annual conference, and is fueled by our Webby award-winning sister site, HelloFlo. So, you’ll see some familiar themes like Wine + Gyn and #WinningWomen alongside a few new ones. It will be a good way to kick off the year strong, leading up to our annual conference next summer (those plans are underway too!).We really think you’ll love the venue we chose for #BlogHer18 Health. We’ll be in the heart of Tribeca in a very modern space with gorgeous 360 degree views of lower Manhattan. It’s perfect for an intimate gathering of about 500 health & wellness influencers, speakers and sponsors. Plus, we made a deal with a local boutique hotel for anyone from out of town so you can save on rooms -- details coming soon.We’re also trying something different with our tickets…We really want to make #BlogHer18 Health affordable and streamline the whole registration process, so there will be just 2 ticket types: General Admission for $199 and VIP Admission for $249.A General Admission ticket will give you access to 1.5 days of keynote programming, influencer workshops, networking, all official meals and a tote bag full of swag from our sponsors. With a VIP pass, you will have access to all that -- plus a tote bag upgrade, first access to meet & greets, and a dedicated check-in line when you arrive.But the most exciting thing is for a limited time we are offering $99 General Admission tickets!How do you get one? Be among the first 100 people to register, and you’ll receive this discounted rate. The offer expires after 100 tickets are sold, or on September 30th (whichever comes first).Our program is shaping up too – all designed with the content creator in mind so you’ll leave feeling informed, inspired, and ready to innovate. We started to list the schedule here so you can get a sense of what’s in store – but check back often, we’ll be making frequent updates. We launched our call for speakers today too, so apply here if you’re an expert in the health & wellness space.We’ll share more details via our newsletter and our Facebook group as they become available, so make sure to sign up if you haven’t already.Hope to see you in NYC this January for #BlogHer18 Health![...]



7 Simple SEO Hacks for Non-Techie Bloggers

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:51:28 +0000

Want to be an expert in SEO but you don’t know where or how to start? Start simple with these hacks from SEO expert and author Stephan Spencer who co-presented with his daughter Chloe Spencer at BlogHer17 in the highly acclaimed session SEO: Search Engine Algorithms. Stephan was kind enough to write this up for us so we could give more SEO information to the community at large. Take it away, Stephan!Maybe you thought you’ve done what is needed to SEO your website. Maybe you even did all the “easy” stuff: good keywords that suit your niche, an XML sitemap, optimized titles and copy. But nothing seems to let you get past your competitors in Google search results for your keywords of choice.You find yourself asking what to do. You don’t want to go through all the work again and wait for some unknown period of time to get results. In short, your time and resources are limited. Is it even possible to do a few tweaks on the existing blog you’ve created?Lucky for you it is. The following hacks I have are made for SEO beginners and these hacks don’t cost a lot or require extensive work. Curious? Let’s start then.1.     Link to your most important blog posts from your home pageBarring some unusual circumstance, Google considers your homepage as the most important page of your blog and has the most voting power. When you link from your homepage, you send a strong signal to Google that the particular post is very important. Yet, most blogs only link to the 10 most recent posts and not to the all-time top performers.  This is a big missed opportunity.Which posts should you feature on your homepage? The ones you most want to rank! Aside from the category navigation that serves as a great pathway into your archives for Google, a leaderboard or list of most popular posts can provide a nice shortcut for both your readers and for Googlebot. In short, feature your best stuff! Resist the temptation to just stick these links in your footer, because footer links aren’t valued as much by Google.2.     Be aware of your image sizeOne thing that will annoy your readers to no end is a long wait for the page to load. One of the most common culprits is large image sizes. So remember to compress your images to the smallest file size possible that still looks good on the screen. I’ve seen images as big as 6mb on the homepage. Crazy! Slow pages will hurt your rankings and your conversion.Use WebPageTest to check the file sizes of your images. When you find overly large images, simply resize them in your favorite photo editing app and upload them again.3.     Check for Links Leading to 404sDid you know that 404 error pages can be bad for your SEO? That’s because 404 pages are a dead end for PageRank. In other words, any links to your site that point to a 404 error aren’t counted as votes by Google.To check for 404 pages on your site and any links associated with them (internal or external links), use Google Search Console. If you have an externally linked page that is a 404, fix it, quick! Fortunately, recovery on link equity and/or traffic happens pretty fast, so this fix is a no-brainer and soon you should start seeing results.  To do this on Google Search Console:Go to Crawl > Crawl Errors > Not Found.Click on each URL returning a 404, choose the “Linked From” tab, and it will show you the URLs linking to that error page.If it shows links, whether external or internal, place a 301 redirect to the 404 URLs to the next best page on your site which you feel is the most relevant. An easy way to add the redirects is with the Redirection plugin for WordPress.There are many other cool tools you can use to reclaim your broken links, such as Link Research Tools’ Link Juice Recovery Tool and Ahrefs’ Broken Links report, but for SEO newbies, we’ll keep it simple for now.4.     Leverage your off-site content that is not published on your blogYou may have garnered online exposure by being featured on a popu[...]



Seen and Heard at #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year Community Keynote

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:51:39 +0000

The #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year Community Keynote (emceed by the incredible Janet Mock) blew the doors of the ballroom at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. Here's a list of the work featured on stage.

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In the group titled "The Importance of Being Seen and Heard" the following pieces were shared:

Katia Bishops for "You Know What an Accent Means?"

Pamela Valentine for "An Open Letter To Any Parent Who Can't Imagine Raising A Trans Kid"

Anthonia Akitunde sharing her Video for "These Are Our Children" which you can view below:

 

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In the group titled "Finding The Light, Finding Your Power" the following pieces were shared:

Larisha Campbell for "The Truth of Going From 1 to 2 Kids"

Mary Widdicks for "Who Needs Condoms When You Have Vomit?"

Megan Baca for "My Beauty Score"

Whitney Cicero shared her Video, "If Siri Was A Mom" which you can view here: 

 

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In the group titled "Your Call to Action: Take Your Inner Transformation and Turn It Outward" the following pieces were shared:

Tabias Wilson for "The (R)evolution Will Not Be Hashtagged"

Meriah Nichols for her Impact piece #365WithDisability

Nia Evans from the National Women's Law Center with their Video #LetHerLearn which you can view here:

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 Leslie Mac and Marissa Jenae Johnson sharing their Impact with SafetyPinBox.com

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Thank you to the Honorees for sharing your stories. You made us laugh, cry and think. It takes talent and strength to use one’s platform in an impactful way, and you’ve inspired us all to follow your lead. 

Make sure to check out the incredible work from all of the 2017 Voices of the Year Honorees!

Jennifer Evers is the Sr. Logistics Manager for Events and the Chairwoman of the Voices of the Year Committee.  You can find her on most social platforms at @AFewGoodJens




Tennis Champion Serena Williams to Keynote #BlogHer17

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:25 +0000

Today I couldn’t be more thrilled than to announce that entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the greatest tennis champion of all time (yeah, I said it) Serena Williams will be joining us on Friday at Lunch for an intimate conversation about her passion for giving back, her latest philanthropic efforts, the evolution of her life and career, and what comes next for her.

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As part of this keynote Serena will be unveiling a new cause to which she’s turning her prodigious attention, but also talking about the various philanthropic efforts and causes she has been both spearheading and supporting for years now.

Add to that her evolving life as an entrepreneur who has launched several businesses and recently joined the board of a Silicon Valley tech company, and Serena is the epitome of following one’s passions and applying the same focus and intensity to all areas of one’s life.

Serena is a true icon, and an inspiration in many more ways than one, and we can’t wait to learn more about what drives her today, when she has already achieved so much.

Elisa Camahort Page is the Co-Founder of BlogHer and Conference Program Chair.  You can find her on Twitter at @ElisaC

 

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Hatch Panel Added to #BlogHer17 Closing Keynote

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:56:55 +0000

This year at #BlogHer17, we are bringing Hatch back to the mainstage! We first introduced our signature Generation Z initiative at #BlogHer15 with Hatch Labs, and the Hatch program is returning for its third year as a keynote. On Saturday, June 24th, our closing keynote will feature our Hatch Kids in a discussion on “Advice to My 7th Grade Self”, which coincides with the launch of a new #HatchKids video series of the same name.

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

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Moderating our conversation will be Gabrielle Reece, a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, model, wife and mother. The former professional beach volleyball player was Nike's first female spokeswoman is also appearing at the #WinningWomen: Demystifying Peak Performance keynote that was announced earlier this week. 

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

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

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

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

Be sure to check out this awesome segment during the closing keynote, it is one you won’t want to miss!

Jen Denton is the Vice President of Community Programs at SheKnows Media.  She's an Expert Internet Detective, Basketball Mom, and Multitasker.

 

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Olympic Champion Laurie Hernandez, World Class Athletes join #BlogHer17

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:12:23 +0000

We are proud to share that for the first time in its history, the BlogHer conference will feature a keynote with world-renowned athletes focused on the important role female athletes play as an inspiration to women and girls, how playing sports can influence self-esteem and future success, and how we can all use the passion and perseverance of an athlete to achieve peak performance in other areas of our lives.

Check out the impressive list of women from various sports who will join us to talk about their passion and perseverance:

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Moderator Donna Orender is a former All America and Professional basketball player, executive for the PGA Tour and WNBA President. Donna is now CEO of Orender Unlimited a business consulting company and founder of GENERATION W, a platform dedicated to connecting, inspiring and educating women and girls.

Laurie Hernandez is an Olympic gymnast and Gold medalist. Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Laurie has gone on to win the “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23, and her first book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” chronicling her journey thus far will be published in January 2017.

Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, model, wife and mother. The former professional beach volleyball player was Nike's first female spokeswoman.

Dani Rylan is the Founder and Commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League. Rylan launched the NWHL in April of 2015 with aspirations of growing the landscape of women's hockey across the globe.

Jessi Miley-Dyer is the Women’s Commissioner for the World Surf League (WSL), which is the worldwide sanctioning organization for men’s and women’s professional surfing. She is charged with upholding the integrity of the sport and manages all aspects specific to the women’s tour.

The panel will kick off with a spotlight talk from Orender on the inner athlete in us all. The panel will also explore how these athletes use their considerable social media reach and influence for good.

We know you’ll see that these athlete’s journeys, trials, and tribulations are not so different from your own, and that you’ll be motivated by the persistence they demonstrate to constantly perform and succeed, much like we all do. Make sure you join us on Saturday during the Morning Keynote for exciting panel!

Lauren Millea Goveo is the Senior Public Relations Manager for SheKnows Media.  You can find her on Twitter at @LMillea

 

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New Main Stage Amazingness, including Cat Cora and Gabi Gregg!

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:59:29 +0000

The hits keep coming even as there are less than two weeks to go.

Today we announced some awesome additions to our schedule.

First, I am just thrilled to announced that celebrity chef Cat Cora will sit down with Carla Hall as part of Carla’s previously announced Saturday lunchtime fireside chat. Renowned as an Iron Chef, author, and restauranteur, Cat will bring her own tales of highs and lows to the conversation, as she and Carla dish (pun intended) and compare notes on their respective journeys. I’ve actually tried to get Cat to #BlogHerFood several times in the past, so this a total personal bonus for me to have her joining us :)

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The second is an additional panel added to our Thursday afternoon keynote segment exploring moving from Passion to Profit, and featuring three influencers who have built massive online audiences (and subsequently livelihoods) doing what they love best.

The conversation will be led by Tai Beauchamp, a veteran journalist, media personality and entrepreneur who is the founder of TheTaiLife.com. You may remember Tai as she was one of our judges at our very first Pitch competition at #BlogHer15.

She’ll be joined Anastasia Ashley, who parlayed being a professional surfer into a career as a model (including in Sports Illustrated) and ultimately an Instagram influencer with more than a million followers on that platform.

Finally, Gabi Gregg is known for making the transition from a style blogger who encourages women of all sizes and cultures to feel beautiful to the swimwear designer behind Gabi Fresh, whose collection has been featured in Glamour, Teen Vogue and on “Good Morning America”. It’s the dream trajectory for many a blogger, and she’ll be at #BlogHer17 to tell us all about how it happened.

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Look to hear authentic tales of starting out, starting to scale, and keeping their audiences engaged and integrity intact in all they do, including making a living.

These new additions serve to reinforce the recurring themes that will resonate across our main and break-out stages…pursuing your passion, making impact and making a living, and the fact that women’s empowerment and admirable achievement can come in every sector from athletics to advocacy, from food to fashion.

Elisa Camahort Page is the Co-Founder of BlogHer and Conference Program Chair.  You can find her on Twitter at @ElisaC

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Spotlight Talks And Mindful Moments Enliven the #BlogHer17 Main Stage

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:11:04 +0000

We may already have a jam packed main stage keynote schedule, especially with our most recent announcements, but you know the saying? More is more.

OK, maybe that’s not exactly the usual saying, but when it comes to the #BlogHer17 main stage schedule it definitely applies.

We’re rolling out a series of Spotlight Talks and Mindful Moments to kick off keynote segments throughout our three conference days, featuring cool people doing cool things. You’re going to want to get to know each and every one.

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Spotlight Talks

Think of these as mini-TED or Ignite-style talks, and in fact quite similar to the 10x10 Talks we did for our 10th anniversary conference in 2014. Quick takes. Amuse bouches for your brain. Smart people sharing fresh takes and new spins on topics you may have thought were well-trodden. Featuring:

  • Gina Pell, serial entrepreneur, elaborates on her philosophy that there is a totally age-agnostic generation of people called Perennials.
  • Ruma Bose, our Pitch emcee, author of the intriguingly-titled Mother Teresa, CEO, explains what she learned about leadership from her time as a volunteer with Mother Teresa’s mission.
  • Donna Orender, former head of the WNBA, affirms that the discipline of an athlete lives within us all.
  • Keech Combe-Shetty, CEO of Vagisil, Inc., is out to de-stigmatize  women's bodies and their specific health needs.
  • Bobby Jones, CMO of PeaceFirst and author of Good is the New Cool, advocates for changing the narrative for and about youth.

Mindful Moments

We want to bring the spirit of our new Health & Wellness track to the main stage and throughout the conference, so each day will kick off with a group Mindful Moment exercise, led by one of these practitioners drawn from our community:

You can expect every main stage segment to bring you big ideas, inspirational leaders, actionable advice, stories you never heard about people you thought you knew…and yes, a few moments to center yourself, set your intentions for the day, and feel the energy of a group of empowered and empowering women!

Elisa Camahort Page is the Co-Founder of BlogHer and Conference Program Chair.  You can find her on Twitter at @ElisaC

 

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The Amazing Entrepreneurs Pitching You at #BlogHer17

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:58:35 +0000

In 2015, we launched a SheKnows Media corporate initiative, #ThePitch, which seeks to empower, elevate, and connect female entrepreneurs. We hosted our first-ever pitch competition at #BlogHer15, and it became an instant tradition. With its outstanding success, we have expanded The Pitch to include networking events and an online content series featuring our amazing community of female business leaders.

We’ve already announced the impressive women who will serve as judges for the #BlogHer17 pitch competition, and today we’re thrilled to announce the emcee for the event and the four diverse, innovative entrepreneurs who will be pitching bright and early Saturday morning, June 24th.

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The Pitch Keynote start with opening remarks by our emcee, Ruma Bose. Ruma is a successful business executive, entrepreneur, humanitarian leader, and former president of the Chobani Foundation and Chobani Ventures. Her opening remarks will be drawn from her best-selling book Mother Teresa, CEO, which explores unexpected lessons in leadership she learned as a volunteer with Mother Teresa’s mission.

Ruma will then be joined onstage by our panel of judges to conduct a Q&A with and thoughtful critiques, support, and challenging questions to push these women to reach their utmost potential. The rock star women founders pitching in this year’s competition are:

  • Esosa Ighodaro, Co-Founder of CoSign, a platform that allows users to earn money by turning their photos into digital storefronts.
  • Lynn Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Spotlight:Girls, which produces the Go Girls! Camp and celebrates and activates girls and women through multi-media learning experiences, products and events.
  • Jeanne Lewis, CEO and Founder of Capsure, a mobile app for capturing, collaborating and sharing personal moments from the past, present and future in a private space.
  • Yasmine Mustafa, Founder of ROAR for Good, which works to prevent sexual violence through fashionable accessories.

As in years past, the winner of The Pitch at #BlogHer17 will be determined by a combination of the rankings from the judges as well as the popular vote of #BlogHer17 attendees. The winner will receive a year-long marketing, media, and promotional support package valued at $50,000 from SheKnows Media. 

Jen Denton is the Vice President of Community Programs at SheKnows Media.  She's an Expert Internet Detective, Basketball Mom, and Multitasker.

 

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Chelsea Clinton joins the #BlogHer17 Kick-Off Keynote on Thursday, June 22nd

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:02:02 +0000

It’s an honor to announce today that Chelsea Clinton is joining our this year's #BlogHer17 Kick-off Keynote on June 22nd.  Chelsea will sit down in conversation with previously announced Cecile Richards.Some of us probably grew up right alongside Chelsea, but few of us have the credentials necessary to engage in this far-reaching conversations about women’s rights and women's health, both domestically and around the world. After receiving her BA in History from Stanford University, Chelsea went on to obtain a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University, and a PhD in International Relations from Oxford.  Chelsea has already been passionate about issues in the health space, using her doctoral dissertation to examine the first decade of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Today, health continued to be one of her focus areas: You may know she’s the Vice-Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works across programs to address major health issues like the opioid epidemic and childhood obesity.  Her focus on health has also led her to positions lecturing at the Columbia School of Public Health, as well as opportunities to serve on the boards of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHIA) - which works to expand access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications and services in the developing world, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, and the Weill Cornell Medical College.While working on health issues is certainly at the forefront of Chelsea's professional career, she has also authored important books for young readers, including It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, and the newly published She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.  She is also the co-author of the recently published book Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?.Recently, Chelsea has also become a very vocal advocate for women’s health, women's rights and other social justice issues online…she’s one of my go-to Twitter feeds not only for her own sharp commentary, but as a gateway to other great sources of information. (She's @ChelseaClinton on Twitter)In addition to being a famous daughter and mom, she’s a scholar, an activist, a philanthropist, and an expert.We can’t wait to hear Chelsea and Cecile discuss the politics, economics, and emotions that are intertwined with women’s health issues here and around the world.Elisa Camahort Page is the Co-Founder of BlogHer and Conference Program Chair.  You can find her on Twitter at @ElisaC Interested in attending a future BlogHer event? Sign up for the #BlogHer newsletter for announcements and opportunities.[...]



SEO Expert Chloe Spencer: From BlogHer to Business!

Tue, 30 May 2017 12:09:49 +0000

Chloe Spencer, who will be heading up our SEO session at #BlogHer17 with Stephan Spencer (her dad!),  is an SEO and Online Marketing Specialist who has been running her own companies for eleven years. Her first-ever speaking engagement was at #BlogHer07 in Chicago when she was just sixteen years old! We wanted to catch up with Chloe and find out how that appearance changed the trajectory of her life over the past decade. Can you tell us about your first BlogHer speaking experience?My first BlogHer conference, my first conference ever, was in 2007 in Chicago. I had just turned sixteen, and I was speaking on the “Professional Blogging” panel—it was my first ever public speaking engagement and I was thrilled, and VERY nervous!I remember the room being so packed that people were standing in the back and sitting on the floor, and I was the youngest person there, let alone at the whole conference! I had acquired the nickname “the sixteen-year-old blogger” by the end of the 3 days. During my time at #BlogHer07 I even had the opportunity to be interviewed by Business Week Magazine. It was such an exciting and amazing experience.I treasure that my first public speaking experience was at BlogHer, surrounded by inspiring and supportive women—it gave me a safe place to come out of my shell and speak about my successes and my passion for what I was doing, no matter how nerdy or dorky it was.The tech world, especially back then, was predominantly run by middle-aged men; so being a teenage girl in tech, I felt inferior to the majority of the industry and the thought of getting on a stage to speak about my business to a room full of adults was a terrifying thought! But the moment I was in that room with all those wonderful women, giving encouraging nods if my voice was too quiet and clapping and cheering for me when I spoke about my successes, I felt empowered. I was a part of this big blogging family, where I was not only accepted but admired and applauded. That amazing first experience lead me to speak at almost a dozen more conferences within the following few years, as well as multiple TV appearances, video and radio interviews, and many more. Back then, what did you envision for your future?At sixteen years old I had the typical plan for my future; go to college and start a career. As the years went by I began to realize that path wasn’t for me, and certainly not the only path to success as most older generations believed and influenced us to believe. Times were changing—you could create a business online from your own home as easy as creating a blog and talking about what you loved, and you could get recognized, even famous, via YouTube, Facebook, etc.It was the age of tech, and I was a millennial growing up in the midst of it. It was my type of world, and I flourished in it. Entrepreneurship became my number one passion in life. What happened after that BlogHer conference?I realized that I was quite literally born to be an entrepreneur—it brought me so much joy, freedom, independence, and the ability to do what I loved, whenever I wanted. There was no way I could work as an employee at a dead-end job.I developed a fierce passion for entrepreneurship, and never looked back. Today my business continues to grow, and I continue to branch out with new projects. Currently I’m in the process of building a company in the natural/green living and health/wellness sphere, which is very closely aligned with my passions and what matters most to me—I’m really excited for what the future holds! How did you put your plans into action, and how has that worked out?When I first started my SEO consulting business in 2011, I was working another job on the side, for a few years actually. When I finally decided to run my business full-[...]



Ana Navarro to Join Joy Reid for #BlogHer17 Friday Welcome Keynote

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:33:08 +0000

Over the past year I have found many new sources to follow online as I obsessively follow the news. Perhaps my favorite has been CNN, ABC, and Telemundo analyst and Republican strategist, Ana Navarro.

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Her Twitter bio provides a good intro to Ana’s background and her sense of humor: “Nicaraguan by birth. American by choice. Miamian b/c God loves me.” As does the final line of her official bio: “She lives in Miami, FL with a high-maintenance Hispanic man. She has no children or pets, and her plants tend to shrivel and die. She has no hobbies or activities, requiring significant attention span or physical exertion.”

But in addition to the humor, Ana delivers incisive, blunt commentary on current affairs, with exactly zero qualms about speaking truth to power, even within her own party.

Her political bona fides are significant: She served in Gov. Jeb Bush's Transition Team and Administration. In 2001, she served as Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. She was the National Hispanic Co-Chair for John McCain’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. She has advised numerous Federal and State campaigns in Florida and nationally. In 2012, she served as National Hispanic Co-Chair for Gov. Jon Huntsman’s Presidential Campaign.

In other words: When Ana speaks, I pay attention, even if I sometimes disagree, perhaps especially when I disagree.

Having Ana and previously announced Joy Reid together, two huge news commentators who also happen to know exactly how to leverage social media to get their views distributed to an even wider audience, I expect an intense conversation about the influence and impact of news media in today’s landscape…especially the importance of women’s voices in that media.

It is not to be missed.

Elisa Camahort Page is the Co-Founder of BlogHer and Conference Program Chair.  You can find her on Twitter at @ElisaC

 

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Yasmeen Hassan and Maria Bello to Discuss the State of Women and Girls at #BlogHer17

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:59:29 +0000

The announcements are coming fast and furious now with four weeks to go, and we are gratified to bring an important conversation to the #BlogHer17 stage to examine the state of women and girls around the world, with two women who are focused on improving that state. We’re taking the conversation significantly more international with a dynamic pair of global activists who will take the main stage on Saturday afternoon.Actor, author, producer, and activist Maria Bello has focused her energies on global women’s rights for thirty years. She was voted one of Variety magazine’s most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism with women in Darfur. Maria also traveled to Kosovo during the war to interview women about the genocide and sexual violence against them and lobbied congress to organize the first ever hearing on rape as a weapon of war. She started a women’s clinic in Haiti and holds the title of Ambassador at Large for the women in Haiti. She has spoken at the State Department on women and social business and at the UN on women in media. She is also a ReFrame Ambassador for Women in Film to work towards gender parity in the entertainment industry. Her films in production center on women and diverse voices. For example, Maria is currently producing a VR piece and 2D documentary about an all female militia fighting ISIS.Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, an organization that has been is using the law for 25 years to protect and promote human rights for women and girls around the world. Their motto is that “legal change means social change…and it works”. Prior to joining Equality Now, she was with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women. She has served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, provided expert guidance to the U.N. Trust to End Violence Against Women, and advocates for women’s rights through appearances in numerous media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Yasmeen holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School where, among other subjects, she studied Islamic law and women’s rights. For Yasmeen, the law makes a critical difference; it is a statement of your worth as a citizen and influences the direction your life will take. Growing up in Pakistan, her defining moment came at age 10 when her country’s laws were ‘Islamacized’ treating women as second class citizens. Advocating for women’s rights became a major part of Yasmeen’s education and career, ultimately leading her to author the first study of domestic violence in Pakistan which became the nation’s submission to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.These two warriors for women will talk about the real change they’ve seen, the tactics that have been most effectively…and how they prioritize the work that remains to be done.I expect to be inspired. Galvanized. Perhaps humbled. Because Maria and Yasmeen are walking the talk on behalf of women across the globe.Elisa Camahort Page is the Co-Founder of BlogHer and Conference Program Chair.  You can find her on Twitter at @ElisaC Interested in attending a future BlogHer event? Sign up for the #BlogHer newsletter for announcements and opportunities.[...]



#BlogHer17 Welcomes Inspiring Makers & Creators Zerlina Maxwell, Amy Ziering and Sarah Spain as Closing Keynote

Thu, 04 May 2017 12:01:56 +0000

I’m happy to reveal today that #BlogHer17 will close out with a keynote panel discussion that explores the life of independent makers and creators – how they integrate making media, making a change, making an impact, and making a living.

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We’ve lined up some impressive, dare I say bad-ass, women to lay their cards on the table, starting with these three incredible women.  

  • Amy Ziering is the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker behind the documentaries “The Hunting Ground” and “Invisible War.” The former addresses sexual assault on college campuses, the latter covers the same harrowing topic, but in the military. Yes, these are tough subjects in which to immerse yourself, but Amy’s work has led to important policy and legislative conversations and, ultimately, change.
  • Zerlina Maxwell was already an in-demand political analyst when she was tapped to be the Director of Progressive Media for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. I interviewed her for our Who SheKnows podcast in that capacity and was completely intellectually smitten :) Since the election Zerlina is now the Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and she and another former campaign colleague, Jess McIntosh, are rallying the #resistance with her weekly newsletter, “Signal Boost.”
  • Sarah Spain is a Peabody Award-winning journalist for ESPN including as a columnist for espnW, a SportsCenter Reporter, and as the host of her own "That's What She Said” podcast.You may recognize her most, though, as the creator of the #MorethanMean viral video that shone a harsh spotlight on the online harassment and trolling she and fellow sports journalist Julie DeCaro experienced (along with most of the known female universe online, of course). A Chicago-area native, she grew up in Lake Forest, where she played basketball and was all-state in field hockey and track. She went on to attend Cornell University, where she was a heptathlete and captain of the Track & Field team.

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

 

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Announcing the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year Honorees

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:48 +0000

One of our favorite days of the year is here and we couldn't be more excited! We are thrilled to unveil the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year honorees.  For ten years, Voices of the Year (or #VOTY as we lovingly refer to it) has been the heart and soul of the #BlogHer conference.  The brilliant work created by you - our community - overwhelms us with its beauty, laughter, and impact on the world outside the internet.  You shared your stories, pictures, and videos about life in this rapidly changing world we live in, and we heard you.  Loud and clear.Every one of the pieces submitted was reviewed by at least two judges and up to six. Judges were recruited from former Voices of the Year recipients and SheKnows Media staff. We thank all our judges for their hard work!We are so excited to honor these outstanding creators who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, laugh more, and do more at the #BlogHer17 Community Keynote on Friday, June 23rd, at 4:30 p.m. ET with Janet Mock as our fabulous emcee. Get ready to click your heart out, and join us in congratulating this year’s Voices of the Year!VideoDeva Dalporto for Stressed Out Mom ParodyOneika Raymond for Dear Dutch People: Zwarte Piet Is RACISTXenia Zayas for Moro de Guandules Dominicano, Chef Zee CooksIn addition, the following honorees will present their honored work from the stage as part of the #BlogHer17 Voices of the Year community keynote:Anthonia AkitundeWhitney CiceroNia EvansCongratulations to all the honorees, whose videos will be on display throughout the Voices of the Year reception.Eye CandyErin Bender for her photoSamantha Broxton for her photo journalKimberly Dickerson for her photoXenia Galaviz for her photoNanette Gomez for her photoJessica Hall for her photoAlisha Nesbitt for her photoKhadijat Oseni for her Instagram feedSusan Pazera for her Instagram feedLizz Porter for her photoRosalynda Thorn for her photoCongratulations to our Eye Candy category honorees! All Eye Candy will be on display during the #BlogHer17 VOTY Community Keynote and throughout the Voices of the Year reception.Food PhotographyAndrew Bernard for his photoNicole Dawson for her photoSharon Lachendro for her photoPriya Lakshminarayan for her photoThien-Kim Lam for her photoVanessa Mota for her photoLauren Pariseau for her photoTash Shan for her photoCongratulations to our Food Photography category honorees! All Food Photography will be on display during the #BlogHer17 VOTY Community Keynote and throughout the Voices of the Year reception.Written Work (Long)Sara Baker for We Are All Shitty ParentsChristina Berchini for We Don't Have a 'Diversity' Problem in EducationAmy Chesler for Expressing MotherhoodAmy Freeman for A Lesson In Gender Pronouns For My Fellow Former English MajorsArnebya Herndon for How Many Minutes Will It TakeKristen Hewitt for The Power Of YesKelly Hoover Greenway for Finding Joy in the Face of CancerMike Julianelle for We Must Raise Our Boys to Defy Rape CultureLisa Lucca for Two Roofs, One HomeKelly Macias for A Letter to My Young Self on the Eve of Hillary Clinton's Nomination For PresidentKathryn Mayer for When Your College Baby Leaves Her Lovey BehindJenn O'Connor for My Foster Child Is Gone, Am I Still A Mother?Liz Petrone for Raising the RevolutionSamara Rose for Greetings From The Loony BinNancy Ruffin for Revolutionary Women: Breaking The Ties That Bind UsLisa Sadikman for Reclaiming All My Pieces, Motherhood IncludedAlisa Schindler for The Difference Between a Father and a DadTina Shoulders for A Letter to the Fathers of My ChildrenTheresa Sutton for The Day My Daughter Rejected My BlacknessLinda Wolff for Colonoscopies Are Not For SissiesKimberl[...]



The Food Track at #BlogHer17 is Here, and It’s Delicious!

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:59:48 +0000

Full Image:  When we decided to roll our food programming and community back into our annual event it was because food is one of our most important categories, and not having it represented at annual felt like we were missing a limb. We’re ready to today to unveil the "Food Is Life" program track that's been added to the schedule for #BlogHer17, and it’s a group of incredibly practical, always useful sessions, with an emphasis on their application within the food space, but on topics that are surely important to all online content creators.On Friday we’ll kick off with a topic that looks at one of the other reasons we rolled Food back in to Annual: How to evolve your brand if you’ve spent years as a food blogger, but want to branch out. This happens to other folks way outside the food category (“mommy bloggers” I’m looking at you!) but we’ve seen the trend strongly amongst food bloggers. We’re calling it Un-Bore Your Brand, and we’re mostly talking about how sometimes you can get bored with your own brand and want to stretch your wings, even when you have an audience and community who loves you (and may even be resistant to change). Even if that’s the case, many have achieved this without a problem, and you can too!We’ll then feature a session that takes you from Fork to Phone, how to create images and other content that are both beautiful and effective using only your mobile phone, and targeting the best mobile experience for your ever-mobile audience. I’d say “mobile” one more time, but I think you get the gist. This is about so much more than pretty pictures (although our speakers, like Adrianna Adarme from A Cozy Kitchen, certainly are publishing those).Friday’s final session focuses on the future of food blogging…by talking with some Gen Z foodies. Led by MasterChef Junior finalist Zac Kara and young food activist Haile Thomas, these kids put me to shame with both their cooking and their accomplishments!On Saturday we dig in deep on two perennial favorite topics:Cookbook publishing kicks off the day, with speakers representing every facet of traditional publishing and some folks who are proponents for the ways to successfully publish outside the traditional publishing space. From cookbook author Julia Turshen to innovators in the space like Kathy Strahs and Babette Pepaj, we look at the ins and outs and help you make your decision about how to make your cookbook dream a reality.Finally, Brands and Bloggers. We close out the track by talking about this favorite topic…this session is always packed, I’ll just put it that way. We’ll have food-focused bloggers and the brands and agencies who work with them talking about what works, and what doesn’t…from ALL perspectives.  Learn how to pitch, win, and renew business with brands. Learn how to most effectively and authentically work with bloggers. Learn how NOT to end up a #PRFail case study!And. Just one more thing: This morning we announced how we're bringing Food to the mainstage at #BlogHer17 by presenting an intimate keynote conversation with the one and only Carla Hall on Saturday! You can read more about it in this morning's other big announcement post here!It’s all happening in this jam-packed food track, and if you’ve not yet bought your #BlogHer17 conference ticket, now’s the time! Interested in attending a future BlogHer event? Sign up for the #BlogHer newsletter for announcements and opportunities.[...]



Keynote Announcement: Carla Hall to Join Us at #BlogHer17

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:41:09 +0000

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Some of you may remember that Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew”, restaurateur, cookbook author, and beloved “Top Chef” competitor, joined us last Fall in Austin for #BlogHerFood16. She moderated a wonderful keynote discussion about how long it takes to achieve “overnight” success (a theme we will be re-visiting at #BlogHer17 with our keynote speaker Luvvie Ajayi, by the way). Carla was an awesome moderator…to a fault. really, because I know I was hungry to hear more from her than time allowed.


Luckily we have this little shindig #BlogHer17 coming up, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to sit down and dig deeper with Carla. Carla is also a perfect choice to embody why we are happy to roll our food community back into the annual conference. So you can peruse the track of food sessions we just announced today, and know that Carla Hall is the piece de resistance of a scrumptious two days of food-focused programming.

Carla will be featured in an intimate talk about the highs, lows and unpredictable moments in her journey from accountant (did you know that?) to caterer to food world domination. How did she plan such a trajectory? How does she make her most fateful decisions? You’ll be surprised at her approach.

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And we also want to talk to her about one of the conference’s other recurring themes: How to integrate your values into your day to day life. Carla is like so many of us…balancing running a business and living her values by approaching it differently than most people do or would.  

I “met” Carla for the first time interviewing her via phone for our podcast, and then in person at #BlogHerFood. We decided we had so much in common we were sisters separated at birth…and I think you’ll all feel the same way after spending time with Carla at #BlogHer17. She is just that open, authentic and down to earth.

But meanwhile, somehow, also completely rocking her career and her life. We can all learn from that!

What would you ask Carla if you had the chance?

 

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Cecile Richards, Margaret Cho, and Logan Levkoff kick off #BlogHer17

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Full Image:  Some days my job is the most fun, like when I get to announce super-cool keynote conversations at #BlogHer17.As we previously announced we’re adding a new health & wellness theme throughout the conference, on the heels of last year’s Wine & Gyn Kick-Off Keynote. So, this year, we will once again kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon with a keynote on this theme, this time with a frank and provocative conversation about women’s bodies, health, rights, and yes…sex too.The Kick-Off Keynote will begin with a one-on-one interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Whether it’s ACA or the latest tax plan Planned Parenthood always seems to be at the center of political debate. While abortion continues to draw controversy even 44 years after the right to choose became the law of the land, today, the controversy has extended to one about women’s health more broadly. It seems everyone has an opinion about women’s access to contraception, preventive testing, and even the value of maternity care! While those conversations in Washington seem to be dominated by rooms full of men, we thought a room full of women deserved to hear the positions of Planned Parenthood on all of these issues, straight from the source.From the political to the personal (although those lines are always blurred when it comes to women’s bodies), BlogHer’s sister property HelloFlo presents “Between the Stirrups…”, part of our continuing mission to get us all comfortable with our bodies, with sex, and with not only being positive and empowered women when it comes to our bodies and health, but raising the next generation to be positive and empowered too. HelloFlo founder and SheKnows Senior Vice President Naama Bloom will lead what is guaranteed to be an enlightening chat (and maybe a slightly wild one) because she is joined by none other than comedian, actress, activist Margaret Cho and television sexpert Logan Levkoff.  Here’s a bit of BlogHer trivia: Logan spoke on BlogHer’s very first panel about sex way back at BlogHer ’06!!! And Margaret? She was at BlogHer ’10 in New York City, appearing at a Harley Davidson event. We’re thrilled to have them both back!So, come for the provocative and likely hilarious Kick-Off Keynote, stay for the ever-growing list of other amazing women joining us at #BlogHer17, including Joy Reid, Janet Mock, Luvvie Ajayi, Meredith Walker, and learning from the dozens of accomplished speakers appearing throughout the conference in our break-out track. And to meet sponsors in our Expo. And to connect with friends new and old. And to walk away with more knowledge, inspiration, and self-belief than you had when you walked in.    Interested in attending a future BlogHer event? Sign up for the #BlogHer newsletter for announcements and opportunities. [...]



#ThePitch: Live Returns to #BlogHer17

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:02:53 +0000

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When we first produced #ThePitch: Live at #BlogHer15, we knew we had a new tradition on our hands, so I’m thrilled to announce that our third annual pitch competition for women entrepreneurs will take place at #BlogHer17 on Saturday, June 24th in Orlando.

If you are not familiar, #ThePitch is a platform and video series launched by SheKnows Media to elevate, connect, and coach female entrepreneurs. Women business owners and founders pitch to a high-profile panel of judges who ask questions and provide their critiques in real time from the stage. The competition winner is ultimately decided by a combination of rankings from the judges and the votes of the #BlogHer17 attendees.

This year’s Pitchers (who will be announced soon) will face questions from this panel of expert judges:

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Joy Reid to Lead Keynote Conversation at #BlogHer17 this June in Orlando

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:39:54 +0000

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Today I am excited to announce that Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s AM Joy show, will be joining us at #BlogHer17 for a very important keynote conversation about the impact, influence, and importance of media… especially raising women’s voice in media.

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I’m so thrilled to be able to make this announcement now, while there are still two days left to register for the conference at our Earlybird Pricing (prices go up $150 at 12:01AM Wednesday morning)! With Joy joining already-announced blogger, longtime BlogHer community member, and NYT bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi and author and activist Janet Mock on our main stage (and even more great announcements still to come, I SWEAR!) you really really don’t want to miss it :)

But back to why this keynote conversation about the media is so timely and important right now:

The news itself has become newsworthy. The media is under fire, even under duress, and yet getting more support (moral and financial) than it’s seen in a long time… but what’s going to happen in the long run? And what can we, influencers who also make media, do to support a free press yet watchdog the watchdogs? I can’t be the only one who is fascinated to hear what it’s like from the inside of the media outlets feeling the heat and fighting fire with fire.

If you are not familiar with Joy (!), she is a political analyst for MSNBC where she hosts “AM Joy” (weekends 10AM-12PM ET), which brings viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers, perspective on the critical political stories shaping the election season and beyond, plus compelling discussions with America’s preeminent political minds. “AM Joy” has been on fire. Only launched last May, it has already delivered MSNBC their biggest total view audience in that time period ever.

Joy is also the co-author of We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama and author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide. She was previously managing editor of theGrio.com and is a current columnist for The Daily Beast.

In other words, she has been a bad-ass woman in media for a long time, both online and on air, and I can’t wait to hear what she shares with the BlogHer attendees this June!

 

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