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Using Her Power for Good: Top Entrepreneurs Pay it Forward Judging “The Pitch” at #BlogHer18 Health

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:25:03 +0000

The Pitch is a platform and live event series that elevates, connects & celebrates female entrepreneurs. The Pitch platform elevates female entrepreneurship and innovation and serves to inspire a global community of women. The BlogHer community, in partnership with an assembly of strong women and men, hopes to change the ratio of women-led businesses.We are stoked to host The Pitch competition on-stage at #BlogHer18 Health this Jan. 31 in New York City. We will hear from some amazing women who are making waves in the health tech and wellness innovation.Today, we welcome our brilliant panel of judges who after building successful businesses themselves, use their power to raise up others.  In recent months, we have engaged in a range of discussions about a league of powerful executives who misused their power to denigrate employees, colleagues and would-be mentees.  Amid that unsurprising and overdue cattle call of offenders, we offer a respite to celebrate productive and meaningful use of power for good.   The Pitch’s esteemed judges bolster others investing their time and knowledge into a community of women who will continue to pass on the power. The Pitch judges will offer their expertise to our newest crop of pitchers. Meet Katherine Ryder, Tonya Lewis Lee, and Jaime Schmidt:Katherine Ryder: Katherine Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, an expert health network for women that leverages technology to expand access, lower costs, and make our healthcare system more inclusive. Maven offers on-demand video appointments, texts, and instant access to prescriptions to any woman, anywhere via its best-in-class health practitioner network. Maven Maternity is the leading maternity benefits program, helping expectant parents navigate fertility to the so-called “fourth trimester,” the transition back to work and all points in between.Tonya Lewis Lee: Sharing health & wellness practices alongside the importance of women’s health is something Tonya has always been passionate about. As a self-made producer, writer and entrepreneur, Tonya is promoting self-esteem and positive health outcomes through storytelling online, in books, film and television including her most recent launch of the Netflix sensation, ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ with husband Spike Lee. Tonya has devoted her efforts spanning two US administrations for nearly a decade with the program, A Healthy Baby Begins with You, to deliver valuable health information to millions of women. Tonya launched the news platform, Healthy You Now, featuring insightful articles and advice to encourage women of all ages, shapes and sizes to live happier, healthier lives. Tonya is continuing to expand her role as a women’s health advocate with the recent launch of her new line of premium women’s vitamin supplements, Movita. Created by Tonya and her army of specialists, doctors, and friends, Movita’s first product is a non-GMO, whole food based source of vitamins and minerals, expertly formulated to support each and every woman in her busy life and unique health needs.Jaime Schmidt: Schmidt’s Naturals, the new face of natural, is leading the charge to change the way people think about natural products making them accessible to all. Inspired by the Makers Movement taking place in Portland, Oregon, Jaime Schmidt began testing and retesting thousands of deodorant scents and formulas in her kitchen to perfect what is now Schmidt’s Naturals. Since the company’s start in 2010 selling products at the local farmer’s market, Schmidt’s has grown to a mass level reaching consumers across the globe. Jaime Schmidt is committed to providing effective, sustainably sourced, all-natural personal care products.Judges Katherine, Tonya and Jamie will join The Pitch emcee, Camila Alves McConaughey, co-owner of Yummy Spoonfuls, which aims to change the way babies and young children are nourished. We are still accepting submissions to pitch your health & wellness startup at #BlogHer18 Health. If you or someone you [...]

Holiday Tips from Hannah Bronfman

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:32:05 +0000

With the holidays in full swing, we reached out to our fabulous #BlogHer18 Health speakers and experts for some holiday tips! Hannah Bronfman is the founder of, a fitness guru, wellness expert and successful DJ. She is creating a killer soundtrack for the #BlogHer18 Health kick-off event, Find Your Flow, where we will be offering one-of-a-kind fitness, wellness and interactive experiences, along with tasty bites and healthy cocktails. The following day, Hannah will take the mainstage with fellow “welltrepreneurs”, Latham Thomas, Kelly LeVeque and Rens Kroes to discuss how to turn your passion into a thriving business and how to create an authentic and differentiated wellness brand. Check out Hannah’s holiday advice below and grab your ticket today – you won’t want to miss her!

Q: What is your best nutritional advice for the holidays?

A: I am a believer in balance and moderation. It's miserable to sit at a family dinner and feel restricted, so I love to create healthier alternatives to indulgent recipes by substituting more nutritionally dense ingredients, like monk fruit sugar or quinoa flour in desserts or using non-dairy ingredients to create creamy textures for sauces and curries. 

Q: What tips do you have for staying fit around the holidays?

A: Don't look at fitness as work - if it's part of your life, you will find ways to incorporate it when your routine is off during the holidays. Family walks (or runs!), at-home workouts, and restorative yoga classes are all great ways to keep active during the holidays.

Q: What is your favorite holiday cocktail?

A: Anything with Don Julio Tequila.

Q: Favorite way to de-stress around the holidays?

A: A bath! Also, taking the time to reflect on goals and what I am grateful for at the end of the year is always a refreshing way to put the little things into perspective.

Q: Any new fitness gadgets or gear we should put on our holiday wish lists?

A: I am dying to try the new Ash Pearl Laceless Adidas Ultra Boosts.



Q&A with Camila Alves McConaughey, Emcee of #ThePitch: Live at #BlogHer18 Health

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:03:59 +0000

Full Image:  We are so excited to announce that we will be bringing back #ThePitch: Live at #BlogHer18 Health during our Passion to Purpose keynote on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in New York. #ThePitch is a platform, content series and live competition, launched by SheKnows Media in 2015 to elevate, connect and support female entrepreneurs. This year, our Pitch competition emcee is a dedicated mother, lifestyle expert, and entrepreneur, Camila Alves McConaughey.Born and raised in Brazil to a family of farmers, Camila grew up with a strong connection to the taste and aroma of food made using only fresh-picked ingredients. She is the co-owner of Yummy Spoonfuls that has a mission to bring the values of simple manufacturing methods and fresh ingredients to change the way babies and young children are nourished.This year, at #BlogHer18 Health, up-and-coming female health tech and innovation entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to a panel of esteemed judges, who engage with the “pitchers” by asking them thought-provoking questions and providing their critiques in real time on stage. Ultimately, the competition winner is determined by a combination of judge’s scores and audience votes.Camila will be leading the competition on stage with the incredible panel of judges who will be announced soon. Want to learn more about what inspires Camila to pursue her career ambitions, how she balances that with family life, and the advice she’d offer to women entrepreneurs? Check out her Q&A below!But first, take note: We are now taking applications to compete on stage as a pitcher. If you or someone you know is an up and coming health technology and innovation entrepreneur and interested in participating in #ThePitch at #BlogHer18 Health, please complete the application here! What was the hardest lesson you learned during the process of growing Yummy Spoonfuls?Camila: Yummy Spoonfuls is the first-of-its-kind on the market and we spearheaded working to redefine healthy eating for a new generation by bringing fresh, organic baby food to the market. There wasn’t a roadmap to any of this. In addition to bringing a new product to consumers, we also work tirelessly to help educate parents and families on the importance of nutrition and unprocessed foods. It’s a huge undertaking, that have brought so many lessons along the way.BlogHer: What do you wish someone had told you when you were just starting your business?Camila: That a lot of times you are in the hands of big corporations and there’s only so much you can control. Therefore, I think I would’ve set my expectations in a different way and understood better the risks and rewards upfront. BlogHer: How does your family inspire you to pursue your career ambitions — and how do you balance both?Camila: My 7-year-old daughter has witnessed parents approach me and overheard parents sharing kind words with me about the brand. She’s also heard me speak on a few panels. Before bed she’ll come to me and say how proud she is of me for choosing to help parents and kids. When I’ve gone into a sales meeting to pitch Yummy Spoonfuls to stores my kids say, “we are praying for you momma, that the product will get in!”Those are the priceless moments in our family that continue to inspire me. There’s not one method or way to balance it all perfectly. You’re going to feel guilty here and there and will have to choose, sometimes. However, if you’re priorities are straight, then no matter what happens in your day you will always find you way back to what’s important.BlogHer: As a busy entrepreneur, what do you do to ensure you give yourself the self-care you need?Camila: I confess I need to get better at that! What I learned is, I need to find time to exercise and pay attention to how I feel. Lately I’ve been pretty good about incorporating exercise into my daily routine. I’ve also[...]

#BlogHer18 Health Book Recommendations

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:47:20 +0000

Full Image:  Looking for great books to gift this holiday season? We have put together a list of our top health & wellness authors, all of whom will be speaking at #BlogHer18 Health! Arianna Huffington The Sleep Revolution - We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, with profound consequences to our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What we need is nothing short of a sleep revolution: only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.Latham Thomas Own Your Glow - Combining spiritual, psychological, and self-reflective tools, Thomas offers an antidote to the hustle-hard, make-it-happen mainstream culture and fosters slowing down, intentionality, and self-care as a pathway to empowerment.  Kelly LeVequeBody Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever - Celebrity favorite health and wellness consultant Kelly LeVeque shares her secrets for losing weight, attuning ourselves to our bodies’ needs, and freeing ourselves from food drama in this essential wellness guide, which includes 88 delectable recipes!Keri Glassman, MS RD CDNThe New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever - With the abundance of conflicting advice out there, it's easy to see why people struggle with dieting. Dieters want clarity, they want to be told what to do. Women's Health contributing editor and author of The O2 Diet and The Slim Calm Sexy Diet Keri Glassman gives readers the be-all-end-all: 8 simple rules to lose the weight for good. Nastia LiukinFinding My Shine - Nastia Liukin is an Olympic gymnastics all-around gold medalist, but the road to her success was not an easy one. In Finding My Shine, she shares not only her personal journey of success but also her biggest challenges, including her career ending fall during the 2012 Olympic Trials that she now says was the defining moment of her life.  Dr. Logan LevkoffGot Teens?: The Doctor Moms' Guide to Sexuality, Social Media and Other Adolescent Realities  - The Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address the most cringe-worthy and difficult questions that kids often ask their parents. Topics include body development, emotional changes, bullying, social media, substance abuse, and more -- giving parents the confidence to tackle these subjects with authority and compassion.  Paula Rizzo Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Successful, and Less Stressed - What do Madonna, Martha Stewart, John Lennon, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is (or was) a list maker. Listful Thinking is the book that will give readers their lives back with indispensable tips on saving time, getting organized, improving productivity, saving money, and reducing stress. Phoebe Lapine The Wellness Project: How I learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life - The Wellness Project is the insightful and hilarious result of that year of exploration—part memoir and part health and wellness primer (complete with 20 healthy recipes), it’s a must-read not just for those suffering from autoimmune disease, but for anyone looking for simple ways to improve their health without sacrificing life’s pleasures.Jillian Michaels Yeah Baby!: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better Than Ever - Jillian, along with her team of top-notch experts, will change everything you think you know about pregnancy, arming you with the most cutting-edge information available, so you can make the right choices for you and your little one.What are some of your favorite health & wellness books that were life changing? Let us know by emailing u[...]

Announcing Passion to Purpose: Meet the Welltrepreneurs

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:15:31 +0000

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(image) At #BlogHer17 in Orlando, we introduced a new track, Passion to Profit, which focused on the amazing women taking their online platforms and turning them into successful businesses. This winter at #BlogHer18 Health, we are revisiting Passion to Profit with a health-related flair: Passion to Purpose: Meet the Welltrepreneurs. This is an opportunity to hear from women who have become health advocates and created respected businesses in the health and wellness space.

At BlogHer, it has been our mission to support female-led businesses, so we are thrilled to incorporate health & wellness makers and shakers into our programming. During Meet the Welltrepreneurs, you will learn how women turned their passion into a thriving business, what it takes to create an authentic and differentiated wellness brand, how to raise money for your business, when to quit your day job, and get your questions answered in our audience Q&A.

Moderating Meet the Welltrepreneurs on Wednesday afternoon is doula and author, Latham Thomas.  She will be picking the brains of wellness entrepreneurs, Hannah Bronfman and Kelly Leveque.

Latham Thomas aka Glow Maven, is a celebrity wellness/lifestyle maven and birth doula — transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. Latham is helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power. She is the founder of Mama Glow, a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education and holistic services for expectant and new mamas.

Hannah Bronfman is a DJ, influencer, and the founder of HBFIT, a unique destination for all things health, beauty, and fitness. On HBFIT, she shares everything from her homemade recipes to her studio spotlights reviewing fitness classes across New York City. Furthermore, she has melded her passion for food and wellness with philanthropy by founding Seed Street, an organization that provides equal access to fresh, healthy and local food to communities in need. 

Kelly Leveque is a Certified Celebrity Health Coach and Holistic Nutritionist based in Los Angeles. Guided by a practical and optimistic approach, Kelly helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals, and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life. Kelly is extremely passionate about the science of human nutrition and the desire to help clients achieve their personal health goals. Kelly has parlayed her passion for health, wellness and the science of nutrition into her first book, Body Love. Body Love will help you feel empowered by food and nutrition, live in balance, and free yourself from food woes forever.

Don’t miss this session on creating mini-empires in health & wellness.  Get your ticket to #BlogHer18 Health today!


Calling All Voices of the Year

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:26:24 +0000

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Now in its 11th year, Voices of the Year (#VOTY) comes to #BlogHer18 Health, continuing the tradition of celebrating women’s voices. Over the past 10 years, BlogHer has recognized content creators whose work deserves to be heard, seen and read.

This year, we bring you the Women’s Health Edition.  We are looking for inspiring women doing great things to advance women’s health and well-being.

Did you use your voice to make a positive impact on the health & wellness space in 2017?  Or do you know someone amazing who is an innovator in health & wellness? If so, please nominate yourself or another inspiring and influential woman you feel should be honored for her strong female voice in the following award categories:

  • Film & TV
  • Photo & Video
  • Social Impact
  • Written Work (book, blog, article)
  • Innovation (for entrepreneurs) 

Nominations for the #BlogHer18 Health VOTY are now open and will close November 26th at 11:59pm ET. Enter here:

*Note only ONE submission per category, so please select your best work! 

Get your ticket below – and see you in Tribeca this January!


Venue with a View

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:51:02 +0000

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In past years, we’ve gathered in some amazing cities and venues.  When we decided to host #BlogHer18 Health, since it hadn’t been done before, we had a cool opportunity to rethink our space.  We looked at loads of places to find a healthy vibe – a good mix of inspiration and light to drive our conversations forward.  And we found it!

We can’t wait for you to see the spot we’ve chosen.  #BlogHer18 Health will take place in the heart of lower Manhattan at Tribeca 360.  It’s a beautiful, open space with panoramic views of the city and the Hudson River.  We think it is the perfect backdrop for an inspiring and energizing day.


On the evening of January 30th, we’ll kickstart #BlogHer18 Health with Find Your Flow – a networking mixer with interactive health & wellness activities taking place upstairs at Tribeca Rooftop.  This penthouse space has a gorgeous glass ceiling and a dramatic staircase in the center of the room (check it out in the pic above).  Throughout the evening, you’ll meet fitness experts and we’ll feature cool interactive stations – perfect for Instagram.  And if the January weather is mild enough, we just might set up a special activity on the roof!

Day Two, January 31st, is a full-day program at Tribeca 360.  We will transform the whole floor into 3 areas: The Main Stage (where all keynotes and workshop sessions will take place), The Inside Track (where you can network with our sponsors and recharge your phones), and The Refuel Station (where we’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, and lots of healthy snacks). See the full schedule here.

Next week, we’ll share information on our official hotel, the Arlo Soho – a brand new hotel in the area that’s a few blocks away.  (If you can’t wait, book a room now for our special $149/night rate!)

For anyone in NYC, Tribeca 360/Rooftop is just south of Canal on Debrosses.  You can get there on the 1, A, C, E – it’s just a quick walk from the Canal Street stop.

Get your ticket below – and see you in Tribeca this January!


Influencer Workshop Preview: Media Masterclass

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:40:48 +0000

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With #BlogHer18 Health programming shaping up, we’re excited to share the first of three Influencer Workshops with you. One big change with this conference is that all sessions will occur on the mainstage, just like keynotes – no need to pick and choose which sessions you want to attend.  At #BlogHer18 Health, you can see everything! 

BlogHer conferences have always incorporated educational sessions with the main purpose of helping our attendees grow their businesses and connect with one another -- and this year is no different. The trend of influencer marketing isn’t going anywhere and we want to help prepare you for opportunities to work directly with brands and media outlets. 

The Influencer Workshop: Media Masterclass on Wednesday afternoon will include tactical advice on positioning yourself as an expert, communicating your unique value, and an interactive Q&A to test your skills. This session will leave you feeling more comfortable pitching yourself for on-camera opportunities.

It will be led by Keri Glassman, a renowned celebrity nutritionist and healthy cooking expert and Candice Kumai, an internationally-renowned wellness expert, chef and content creator. Joining Keri and Candice will be media coaches, Paula Rizzo and Terri Trespicio, creators of Lights Camera Expert -- an online course geared towards helping entrepreneurs, authors, and experts get media attention. Together they will teach you how to craft your pitch and crush any media opportunities that come your way. 

Stay tuned for additional information and speaker announcements for our other two Influencer Workshops, The Business of Influence and Creating Killer Content where we will cover creating next-level content, how to work with brands, how to negotiate your value/influence and how to navigate tricky FTC rules. 

Get the full schedule here and see you in New York this January!

Meet Our Advisory Board

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:50:55 +0000

Full Image:  Each year, we select a handful of thought leaders to advise and inspire us as we’re developing our conferences.  This year, we look to the members of our dynamic and diverse #BlogHer18 Health Advisory Board, all of whom are committed to improving women’s health through both sciences and story, to guide innovation and quality in our programming.The #BlogHer18 Health Advisory Board comprises many of the most influential and powerful voices in media, health and wellness. Members include:Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO of Thrive Global, and Co-Founder of The Huffington Post media brandAviva Romm, MD, women and children’s integrative medicine expert, midwife, and best-selling authorChristine Bibbo Herr, fashion, fitness and lifestyle expert and the creator of NYCPretty.comJessica Shepherd, MD, women’s health expert, OBGYN and contributor on OzKaja Perina, Editor-in-Chief, Psychology TodayKatherine Ryder, Founder & CEO of MavenKeri Glassman, renowned celebrity nutritionist and Founder & CEO of Nutritious Life and The Nutrition SchoolLatham Thomas, Wellness Maven, Doula and Founder of Mama GlowNeala Rafizadeh, MD, psychiatrist, and certified yoga instructorNitika Chopra, self-esteem coach and host of Host of “Naturally Beautiful” on Z LivingPhoebe Lapine, author, chef, Hashimoto’s advocate and creator of the Feed Me Phoebe blogReesa Lake, Partner and Senior Vice President, Digital Brand ArchitectsSarah Brokaw, best-selling author, and host of the “Shared Secrets” podcastThis year’s Advisory Board is spearheaded by me and our President Samantha Skey. In addition, our Editor-in-Chief Justine Goodman and Elizabeth Yuko, MD, Health & Sex Editor at and Editor of, will participate on the board.We met as a group yesterday and a great discussion centered around prioritizing self-care, mental health, gut health, fertility, and living with chronic conditions. The standout takeaway was that wellness is often portrayed as glossy and glamorous, when in reality; health is messy, complicated, and unique to each person.  This concept gets to the heart of what we envision for #BlogHer18 Health – an unabashed and unfiltered dialogue around important health and wellness issues.We can’t wait to share additional speakers and plans in the coming months. So far, we’ve announced media visionary Arianna Huffington; Jillian Michaels, one of the world’s foremost wellness entrepreneurs; Nastia Liukin, a five-time Olympic medalist and nine-time World Medalist in women’s gymnastics, NBC commentator and entrepreneur; celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author Kelly LeVeque; and many more.More than 500 content creators, social media influencers, authors, entrepreneurs, brand executives and industry thought leaders are expected to attend #BlogHer18 Health in New York City on January 30-31, 2018. Together, we hope this event informs, inspires, and ignites you – the female content creator -- to use your platforms to build a healthier world.[...]

Media Icon Arianna Huffington to Keynote #BlogHer18 Health

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:50:49 +0000

We are profoundly pumped to announce that the indomitable Arianna Huffington will join us as a keynote speaker at #BlogHer18 Health, a conference for health and wellness creators taking place January 2018 in New York City. She will also serve on our Executive Advisory Board to inform our programming and help us to deliver upon our mission to help women lead healthier lives. Arianna, who, like Beyoncé, is recognized by first name alone, exemplifies the leadership and impact BlogHer Health endeavors to celebrate.  Her voice is informed, personal, candid and insatiably curious.  Our goal in launching BlogHer Health is to explore women’s minds and bodies with unabashed honesty, intelligence, and respect.  As such, Arianna’s was the first number we called when contemplating collaborators. Arianna Huffington leads a conversation that traverses both medical and spiritual health. She employs science along with relatable stories to raise consciousness and stimulate behavior changes to optimize our well-being.  #BlogHer18 Health provides tools for life integration.  Rather than a balance between two or more forces, we aspire to integrate life’s forces to exist harmoniously -- welcoming the pressure while reveling in the calm. We see a woman’s health as inextricably linked to her performance, her success and her happiness.  So, whether we are riffing on sleep, fertility, fashion or career, we look to Ms. Huffington to help us live healthier lives. Named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and Forbes Most Powerful Women lists, Arianna Huffington is the co-founder of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Huffington Post media brand. In November 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a media, technology, and corporate services company helping individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance. Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology. Recent science has shown that the pervasive belief that burnout is the price individuals must pay for success is a delusion. It is known, instead, that when individuals prioritize their well-being, their decision-making, creativity, and productivity improve dramatically.  “At Thrive, we are committed to accelerating the culture shift that allows people to reclaim their lives and move from merely surviving to thriving,” Arianna Huffington said. “SheKnows Media and its #BlogHer conference series share a mission to inspire individuals to prioritize their wellbeing to achieve greatness in all aspects of their lives. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned throughout my career with a roomful of like-minded female content creators.”Arianna is a true pioneer, and now she is using her immense influence to help us evolve our thinking about the important, undeniable role that personal well-being plays when it comes to our careers. We could not be more thrilled to welcome her to #BlogHer18 Health to reveal what inspired her to launch Thrive Global after more than a decade at The Huffington Post, and what she believes it takes to live a truly successful life.Arianna joins an exciting and growing list of premier speakers at #BlogHer18 Health, including: Jillian Michaels, one of the world’s foremost wellness entrepreneurs; Dr. Jessica Shepherd, a women’s health expert, OBGYN and contributor on Oz; and Nitika Chopra, host of “Naturally Beautiful” on Z Living and a self-esteem advocate; to name a few. In addition, the following key influencers are among the newest to join the #BlogHer18 Health speaker roster:Amy Ziering, a two-time Emmy Award-winning and Acade[...]

10 Favorite NYC Fitness Influencers

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:18:33 +0000

Full Image:  Headed to #BlogHer18 Health in NYC in January? We rounded up a handful of our favorite NYC-based fitness influencers who motivate us daily with their tips, workouts and all around positivity. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they always have the most killer workout gear.Amanda Kloots of The Rope + The DanceBec Donlan of Sweat with BecBrooke Mullen of BAM FIT NYCChinae Alexander Christine Bibbo Herr of NYC Pretty Evann ClinganHannah Bronfman of HBFitJules Hunt of Om and the CityRacheal Weathers of Yoga Rachael Taylor Sinning of Taylor Walker Fit Many of these influencers will be at #BlogHer18 Health in NYC this January. Who are your favorite fitness influencers? Let us know but emailing us at your ticket today – space is limited!  [...]

Grab Your Badge for #BlogHer18 Health

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:44:37 +0000

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We’re excited to announce that our #BlogHer18 Health social badges and blog bling are officially here! Let all your followers know that you’ll be in the Big Apple this January to kick off 2018 in a big way. Whether you’re attending, speaking or sponsoring, we’ve got you covered. Grab your badge below.

In addition to the fabulous badges, we thought it might be fun to go behind the scenes with our design team on the inspiration and visuals for our upcoming conference. A hip location like NYC was exactly what the doctor ordered to give our health theme a little extra oomph! We quickly realized that we had all the fuel we needed to develop a fresh look & feel that would play off of this “city of lights” and “city that never sleeps”. Some words that immediately came to mind include ELECTRIC, EDGY, VIBRANT, HIGH-ENERGY, STRONG, MOVEMENT, POP, ACTIVE and STREET STYLE. 


With a vibrant color palette (think fitness wear), bold edgy graphics (think pop art), engaging imagery and an inviting conference logo, we were on our way to building a lively visual identity that presents the perfect blend of Health & NYC. 

And we’re just getting started. Exciting things are in the works... stay tuned for more!






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Fitness Legend Jillian Michaels to Keynote #BlogHer18 Health

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:58:31 +0000

Full Image:  Our goal in launching BlogHer Health is to explore women’s minds and bodies with unabashed honesty, intelligence, and respect.  #BlogHer18 Health will amplify the voices who build awareness, action, and impact on women’s lives.  In addition to celebrating some women at the forefront of innovation in health and wellness, we will provide the tools and direction that content creators and advocates need to build their platforms to reach larger audiences and drive strong engagement. We have always celebrated female content creators and entrepreneurs.  These are the voices and personalities who power our community and move our culture forward.  With that in mind, I am particularly stoked to announce Jillian Michaels, one of the world’s foremost wellness entrepreneurs, as our first keynote for the BlogHer Health conference. Jillian exemplifies our #WinningWomen platform with her proud game face and unapologetic ambition.  She dominates in the health and fitness space with her successful Jillian Michaels app and fitness streaming platform FitFusion, hit television series, bestselling workout DVDs, eight New York Times-bestselling books, and an award-winning podcast. As President of Empowered Media, she and her company are also investors in numerous like-minded health and wellness companies. We created the #WinningWomen platform to highlight women who pursue the sport of life with a relentless drive to succeed.  #WinningWomen focuses on the positive pursuit of a win, whether the outcome is ultimately one of victory or simply a game well-played, #WinningWomen are teammates and individual contributors.  They are mothers, daughters, friends, executives, entrepreneurs, and athletes.  They are the women who strive and win or lose, who continue to pursue excellence with passion and persistence.When we approached Jillian about being a keynote speaker, she said, “A long, productive, happy and fulfilled life starts with a commitment to good physical and mental health. I am excited to be part of a conference that explores all aspects of living well – from nutrition to fitness to self-care and everything in between.”Jillian Michaels represents much of what we value at BlogHer; her drive and her humor allow her to win with grit and grace, and her personal stories allow her to reach and inspire a huge audience of men and women who aspire to lead their best lives.  BlogHer celebrates women who have taken their passion and their purpose and created meaningful business impact.  She is all of that, with a killer game for the win.      Also joining Jillian on our #BlogHer18 Health speaker roster, are:Jessica Shepherd, MD, women’s health expert, OBGYN, and contributor on Dr. OzDr. Logan Levkoff, a renowned sexologist, author, and TV personalityLatham Thomas, women's wellness expert, founder of Mama Glow and author of Own Your GlowNitika Chopra, host of “Naturally Beautiful” on Z Living and self-esteem advocateElizabeth Yuko,  Bioethicist, Health & Sex Editor at SheKnows and HelloFloYou won’t want to miss this! [...]

Call for #BlogHer18 Health Speakers - Now Closed

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:54:13 +0000

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We recently announced our very first health and wellness-focused conference, #BlogHer18 Health, taking place January 30-31 in New York City. We’re also trying a new format. Breakout sessions (we’re calling them Influencer Workshops) will occur on the main stage (just like keynotes!) so you’ll have maximum exposure to 500 attendees, and they won’t have to choose which sessions to attend.

Our call for #BlogHer18 Health speakers launched last week and it’s been great to see how many of you are interested in sharing your expertise in the health & wellness space, and sharing social media best practices.  You have until Saturday, September 30th to submit your application using this form: NOW CLOSED.

In general, we are looking for dynamic speakers with an interesting point of view, a personal story, or a passion for health and wellness content creation.  We’ll be mixing up presentation styles so the sessions will range from solo spotlight talks (think TedX style), to a 2-person fireside chat, to a moderated panel discussion, to an interactive workshop.

We are currently recruiting speakers for the following themes:

  • Health & Wellness
    • Find Your Flow: A sunset workout session & networking mixer
    • Learn From Her: Trending health & wellness issues that impact women’s lives
    • #WinningWomen: Personal stories of strong women overcoming health obstacles
    • Passion to Purpose: Health advocates who made an impact by doing what they love
    • Wine + Gyn: Honest talk about reproductive health
  • Content Creation & Social Media Influence
    • Brand Building: Defining your personal brand, breaking through the clutter and teaching the best marketing strategies to content creators
    • Mastering Social Media: Leveraging the latest social media networks and techniques to explain how to up your publishing game and maximize an influencer’s ability to work with brands
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Entrepreneurship and the Business of Influence: Monetizing your platform, how to find mentorship, build a network, and create brand extensions and new revenue streams.

Once submissions close, we’ll review all applications and we hope to send a status by mid-October to everyone who applied, so be on the lookout for that.

If you’re not quite ready to speak, register to attend!—The discounted $99 tickets ($199 value) are going fast:

We look forward to reading your application and look forward to seeing you in New York this January!

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 Wo[...]

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.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:  src="" width="760" height="515" frameborder="0">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:   src="" width="760" height="515" frameborder="0">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 #365WithDisabilityNia Evans from the National Women's Law Center with their Video #LetHerLearn which you can view here: src="" width="760" height="515" frameborder="0"> Leslie Mac and Marissa Jenae Johnson sharing their Impact with src="" width="760" height="515" frameborder="0">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.


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.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. Interested in attending a future BlogHer event? Sign up for the #BlogHer newsletter for announcements and opportunities. [...]

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:


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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