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September 2009 Archive

Special Event Announcement: The Pine-Sol Lady!

Stop by Pine-Sol Table 108 during the 3:30 PM conference break for a chance to meet “The Pine-Sol Lady” and famed comedian Diane Amos.

Diane has served as the spokesperson for the national Pine-Sol® advertising campaign since 1993, and you might recognize her from the many commercials she’s done over the years or the latest Pine-Sol advertising campaign. Since 2007, she has contributed to the company’s Powerful Difference campaign, which aims to celebrate African-American women making an impact on their communities. Be sure to swing by our sponsor Pine-Sol’s table for a chance to meet her and get some fun swag.

You can also follow @PowerfulDiff on Twitter during the conference for live updates as to her arrival.
Heather’s in the spotlight today

Our featured speaker today (and the countdown is on by the way) is Ms. Heather Barmore. Heather will be one of the fabulous women on the panel for the Town Hall & Plenary Session – Marketing to Women of Color: The Real Deal. I’m looking forward to Heather’s remarks because she is witty and bright and honest. In the meanwhile here’s a little more about Heather in her own words:

Tell us something about you that you would never tell your mom? Six months shy of my 21st birthday I got caught – by the police – purchasing a handle of gin. Also I’m getting another tattoo.

In your spare ten minutes each day, what would you wish you could be doing? What are you actually doing? In my spare ten minutes I wish I could be at Anthropologie. I’m actually reluctantly returning messages via the phone. Which begs the question of why people don’t use email. Email is great and doesn’t require me to hem and haw on the phone I can do my work without having to speak to anyone. I like that.



If money was no object, what item of clothing or accessory would you like to have? A simple yet ornate Tiffany right hand ring. Inscribed would be ‘SINKing and loving it!’



You’re five minutes away from work and realized that you forgot something. What would be that one thing that would make you turn around and go back home? KLONOPIN!



Describe yourself in 5 adjectives? Indolent. Mercurial. Wino. Fun. Loyal.

If you were granted three wishes from an angel or genie what would you want? 1) A book deal that left me enough freedom to write but still do what I do 2) Someone to unpack my apartment/decorate/clean 3) To be three sizes smaller (oh, vanity!)



When you were growing up what did you want to become when you grew up? A Senator who was picked to be a Presidential nominee’s running mate and we end up winning (duh) so I become Vice President.



Which is the trait you love the most and least about yourself? I love to write and yet I spend so much time surrounded by words and thinking of words and then I get upset when people don’t like the particular words I’ve chosen. Because they’re buttheads (I picked that word out just for them).



Do you have a tattoo, where is it located and what does it stand for? I have a tattoo of a butterfly on the inside of my right ankle. It stands for “I just moved to DC, I’m 17 years old, I have a fake ID and so what ridiculously stupid thing can I do with my fake ID? I know! Get a tattoo of a stupid, ubiquitous, BUTTERFLY” Clearly there’s a lot of meaning to it.



What do you do when (you think) no one is looking? Pretend I’m being interviewed on Meet the Press or The Daily Show. I’m usually in the car. But I’m laughing my ass off and talking a lot and wildly gesticulating. I’d make an awesome interviewee.

For more from Heather check her out at http://nopasanada.org; @TheHeatherB on Twitter

Hotel Room Block Closes Today!

We wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Blogalicious discounted guest room block at the W Atlanta Midtown closes today. Don’t miss out on our great rate and reserve your room ASAP.

See you in 2 weeks!!!

Latoicha will put the spotlight on IP issues for you

As you may know, the three founding partners of Blogalicious are all attorneys. But, just as you would not go to the podiatrist for advice about your eyes, you will need to consult an intellectual property attorney for advice on the “Possibilities and Pitfalls of Having YOU on Net”. And that’s exactly what we’ve done. We are thrilled that Latoicha Givens will be sharing her expertise on the myriad of legal issues that we face in the blogasphere. Here’s a little more about Latoicha in her own words:

“Latoicha is the founding partner of the firm, Phillips Givens LLC. Her practice includes representation of start-ups, small, and mid-sized businesses in intellectual property matters. Specifically, she provides legal services in the following areas: trademarks, copyrights, legal issues in new media, and licensing issues. She also writes a law blog entitled http://www.iplaw101.com/. There she provides practical tips for individuals and small businesses in solving basic intellectual property issues. Latoicha is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues and has been featured in the Atlanta Tribune Magazine and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also a contributing writer for Black Web 2.0, the Brand Protection Council, and the United Kingdom Management Forum. She is also writes a beauty blog entitled Luxetips at http://www.luxetips.com/ There Latoicha shares how every woman can live the luxe life regardless of occupation or budget. Follow her on Twitter @IPLAW101 and @Luxetips.”

AND

• Tell us something about you that you would never tell your mom? No comment. LOL!

• In your spare ten minutes each day, what would you wish you could be doing? What are you actually doing? Lounging in the Sun. I am actually checking email or my social media accounts.

• If money was no object, what item of clothing or accessory would you like to have? Louis Vuitton Train Case.

• You’re five minutes away from work and realized that you forgot something. What would be that one thing that would make you turn around and go back home? My cell phone.

• Describe yourself in 5 adjectives? Outgoing, Emotional, Sociable, Funny, Optimistic

• If you were granted three wishes from an angel or genie what would you want? To be absolutely happy….always!

• When you were growing up what did you want to become when you grew up? Actually a Doctor and then a Lawyer, and Business Owner. I am doing 2 out of the 3.

• Which is the trait you love the most and least about yourself? I am so emotional. I love it because I am always feeling an emotion. I don’t like it because sometimes it makes me crazy!

• Do you have a tattoo, where is it located and what does it stand for? NO.

• What do you do when (you think) no one is looking? Dance and sing wherever I am.

A keynote from Karen

My fellow Trini is in the spotlight today and I’m so excited that she will be giving our Afternoon Keynote “The Beauty of Different“. Karen Walrond is a veteran in the blog world and has launched her love for photography into a beautifully successful brand. My words are few when it comes to talking about Karen because she truly inspires me in so many ways that I’m pretty much speechless. Here a little more about her:

Karen Walrond is a former lawyer, former engineer, and a current writer and photographer. Her fine art pieces and projects have been included in exhibits around the country. She was one of the founding contributors to the collaborative website, Shutter Sisters, a photoblog aimed at inspiring and creating community among avid women photographers. She is the author of Through the Gadling Lens, a weekly column on the travel site Gadling.com, with tips and other information on how to take amazing travel shots. She has appeared on both local and national television shows, including an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. And she’s the creative mind behind the blog Chookooloonks, a website that helps readers see that their ordinary lives are, in fact, extraordinary; and the author of the upcoming book, “The Beauty of Different,” a book that helps readers see that their differences are, in fact, their superpowers.

Please add Karen to your list of favs (if you haven’t already)
http://www.chookooloonks.com/

A keynote from Karen

My fellow Trini is in the spotlight today and I’m so excited that she will be giving our Afternoon Keynote “The Beauty of Different“. Karen Walrond is a veteran in the blog world and has launched her love for photography into a beautifully successful brand. My words are few when it comes to talking about Karen because she truly inspires me in so many ways that I’m pretty much speechless. Here a little more about her:

Karen Walrond is a former lawyer, former engineer, and a current writer and photographer. Her fine art pieces and projects have been included in exhibits around the country. She was one of the founding contributors to the collaborative website, Shutter Sisters, a photoblog aimed at inspiring and creating community among avid women photographers. She is the author of Through the Gadling Lens, a weekly column on the travel site Gadling.com, with tips and other information on how to take amazing travel shots. She has appeared on both local and national television shows, including an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. And she’s the creative mind behind the blog Chookooloonks, a website that helps readers see that their ordinary lives are, in fact, extraordinary; and the author of the upcoming book, “The Beauty of Different,” a book that helps readers see that their differences are, in fact, their superpowers.

Please add Karen to your list of favs (if you haven’t already)
http://www.chookooloonks.com/

Special Event Announcement: Blogalicious Movie Screening!

You heard it here first! We’ll be screening the newly-released Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Blogalicious. Power couple Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, present their first inspirational documentary dedicated to promoting marriage and parenting in the black community.

Bonus: Our very own speaker, Denene Millner, is featured in the movie!

Whether you’re married, single, or dating, and no matter what the shade of your skin, everyone will appreciate and enjoy this film centered around the importance of community and family.

Movie Description:
From the creators of the award winning website Black and Married With Kids comes a ground breaking documentary set to challenge negative stereotypes surrounding marriage and parenting in the black community. Couples and experts discuss topics such as the image and portrayal of black marriages and families, the effect the Obamas will have on marriage in the black community and the importance of parenting.


Stay tuned for more exciting special event announcements coming soon…

Ghennipher’s in the spotlight

Social Media and the Woman of Color is the panel on which today’s speaker, Ghennipher Weeks, will be participating. Ghennipher has a lot of insight on all things social media. Her blog gives great insight to the power and possibilities of social media and we are looking forward to her discussion. Here’s a little more about Ghennipher in her own words:

@Ghennipher is a veteran of the search marketing industry. Her first taste of the ever-changing world of search marketing began in 1999 as a web designer and internet marketing consultant for small local clients. Over the years, she expanded her clientele and has gained recognized expertise as an independent consultant to ecommerce, lead generation and content companies, providing them with strategy assessments and development, search engine optimization, conversion rate marketing, PPC advertising strategies, and in recent years, corporate social media training.

During 2008, she researched and helped create the book “SocialCorp: Social Media Goes Corporate”. She is currently the Director of Product Marketing at The Women’s Information Network Online (http://TheWINonline.com).

With over ten years of business experience in the trenches, Ghennipher is a perennial all-star in the world of internet marketing, Ghennipher has been a noted speaker at conferences and industry events such as Webmasterworld PubCon, Blissdom, Touchpoint and Search Engine Strategies.

Outside of working, Ghennipher is an IKEA junkie and determined foodie, insisting on the freshest ingredients, double cream in her coffee and an absolute refusal of microwave ovens. She has an occasional weakness for giant chocolate-chip cookies. She would like to live on a rocky coast in a temperate climate, the west coast of France being one future candidate. All that notwithstanding, Ghennipher is a die-hard overworking techno-nerd-entrepreneur.

Read her blog about social media topics at http://www.ghennipher.net/

Another Fabulous Sponsor Update!
With only three weeks until Blogalicious, we’re excited that so many wonderful brands are still signing on as sponsors. Here’s a snapshot of some of the great names that are helping to make our inaugral year a memorable one:

Rise and shine! Our Welcome Breakfast will be brought to us by the Glade Holiday Candles Collection.
Did someone say FREE CHILDCARE? Bring along your kiddies to take part in the Childcare Suite sponsored by Kimberly-Clark, makers of the Huggies brand. Make sure to sign up for this fabulously free service at registration (or send us an email).

Party with the Clever Girls. Join us in the SweetSuite sponsored in part by The Clever Girls Collective. With all the surprises up their sleeves, you don’t want to miss this one…

For all you Ladies Who Brunch, Suave Skin is making sure that our Sunday Brunch is specatcular.

Believe it or not, we’ll have another fabulous sponsor update for you next week!
Spotlighting Michelle

Community, advice and resources for working moms” is the by-line on this blog and it rightfully describes what our speaker is about. Michele Dortch will be a panelist on Mom 2.0 and after visiting her blog you’ll agree that she is a perfect fit for this session. Michelle, a mom of 3, offers her personal stories of balancing work and life, while sharing tips for other similarly-situated moms. Here are Michelle’s responses to our 10 fun questions:

In your spare ten minutes each day, what would you wish you could be doing?
Running or sleeping. These are the two activities that in short bursts give me incredible energy.

What are you actually doing?
Tidying my house! It’s a process that never seems to cease with three kids, a husband and a dog. Sadly, this doesn’t give me any energy and instead exhausts me.

You’re five minutes away from work and realized that you forgot something. What would be that one thing that would make you turn around and go back home?
My iPhone. Aside from air and water, my iPhone is an absolute necessity.

Describe yourself in 5 adjectives?
Honest (to a fault sometimes). Spiritual. Passionate. Focused. Helpful.

If you were granted three wishes from an angel or genie what would you want?
Wish #1 – To be 100% debt-free.
Wish #2 – To run a successful non-profit foundation that serves women & children in some way.
Wish #3 – To make a real living as a writer; I imagine working from my home located off the Southern California coastline – writing and loving every minute of it!

When you were growing up what did you want to become when you grew up?
I’ve always aspired to be a published writer, though my parents tried desperately to steer me in a different direction. They succeeded for a very long time. It’s not until recently (like the last 12 months) that I made a conscious decision to pursue writing as a career. Terrifying and exhilarating all at once!

Which is the trait you love the most and least about yourself?
What I love most: my loyalty to people and causes. If I believe in you or your cause, I will stand alongside you/it, be your advocate, and cheer you across the finish line. What I love least: I am so focused that I can be resistant to change. I’m quickly growing out of this the longer I’m a mom and married. Change is a mainstay in my life no matter what I do to prevent it!

What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
Ask her when you meet her*

General Info:Blogs: http://www.integratedmother.com/ and http://www.writerunpray.com/
Web: http://www.micheledortch.com/
Twitter: @integratedmom

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