Be Blogalicious July 2013 - Be Blogalicious

July 2013 Archive

BlogaliciousFIVE Session Announcement: How to “Lean In” to Your Business Without Sacrificing Your Relationships or Your Family
There’s been a lot of buzz about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.  In the book , she deals with the lack of women in positions of leadership in business and across the board. In this workshop, we plan to teach women to how to lean into their business without sacrificing their relationships or their families.  Many of us want the business and the family, but too few people are teaching how to navigate this successfully. We hope to teach participants how to:

1. Define what success looks like for their business and their family.
2. Create a support network for their success in both.
3. Set parameters/boundaries around business and family
4. Discuss expectations and how to manage them on a regular basis and renegotiate them when needed.
5. Create a plan of preparation/ prevention versus recovery / rescue for their business and family.

 

Alisha C. Walker {@iluvbeinmarried}

 

Ronnie Harris Tyler {@ronnietyler and @blackandmarried}

BlogaliciousFIVE Session Announcement: Pursuing Your Blogging Passion While Working Your 9-5

Many of us bloggers are growing our media empires “on the side” – working a day job while also working our blogs part-time.  The common thinking is to covet the full-time blogging career, but finding ways to use your blogging and social media skills in the workplace can be just the right boost to your career or help transition to blogging full-time (if that’s what you want!).

For those interested in climbing the corporate ladder or adding to their work experience, finding opportunities to use your blogging skills can lead to working on cross-functional teams, greater visibility in your work organization, adding some security to your current position, transitioning to a new role, or ultimately a promotion.  And for those working towards the goal of becoming a “full-time” blogger, we’ll discuss how to maintain a balance between both workloads, streamlining goals and laying the foundation for making the career leap.

Meet your panelists!  

Boni Candelario {@coachmupboni}

Aliah Davis McHenry {@aliahpr}

Denise Johnson {@rainydaydiva}

BlogaliciousFIVE General Session Announcement: Digital Storytelling ~ The Next Wave of Brand/Blogger Relationships

Talk to any blogger or any brand rep and you’ll find that we are all generally tired of the same old pitches, product reviews and giveaway posts that we’ve all become so used to.  Creating content that is original, compelling and creative takes a collaborative effort on both sides.  This panel will cover how to capture, archive and share your story; what types of expectations both sides should have going into such a relationship; different types of content that can come out of it; how bloggers can extend these relationships beyond the execution; and the role of the publicist in navigating the campaign.

Meet your panel of digital storytelling aficionados:

 

Brandi Jeter {@BrandiJeter}

Jyl Johnson Pattee {@JylMomIF}

Gayle Weiswasser {@gweiswasser}

Laurie White {@lauriewrites}

Special Event Announcement!: Success Secrets From Blogging Rockstars #BlogaHouston {08.07.13}

Frederick and Karen have over 16 years of blogging experience between them and both are sought after speakers, writers, and consultants. Their wisdom and insight will help you to avoid mistakes and build your blog into a powerful platform.

In addition, you will be treated to the beautiful sounds of local jazz legend, Joe Carmouche.

Don’t miss this entertaining, educational event!

 

For More Details and to RSVP, Visit Our Event Page HERE.

#Blogalicious5 Speaker Announcement!: 10 Steps General Session

Whoa! As bloggers and empire builders, there is SO much information to take in and implement at every turn.  We created this general session as our gift-wrapped present to you: these 7 subject matter experts are going to walk you through 10 Must-Know Steps to conquering the following:

10 Steps to: Working Smarter, Not Harder
by Amy Mascott ~ @teachmama

 

10 Steps to: Defining Your Ideal Customer or Reader
{and engaging them to market your product or service}
by Yoly Mason ~ @yolymason

 

10 Steps to: Creating a Stream of Income with Mobile Marketing
by Jennene Biggins ~ @geturbizmobile

 

10 Steps to: Cornering Your Market and Mastering Your Niche
by Marie Denee ~ @mariedenee

10 Steps to: Maximizing Your Pinterest Presence to Drive Traffic and Engagement
by Susan Wenner Jackson ~ @SusanWJackson

 

10 Steps to: Narrowcasting:
Making the Most of the Connections You Already Have
by Amy Vernon ~ @amyvernon

 

10 Steps to: Leveraging the Strengths of Your Team {or Community} for Success
by DeEtta Jones ~ @DeEttaMJones

Event Announcement! Blogalicious + BiT Present: Reaching LVL 100 ~ NYC {August 1, 2013}

 

Blogalicious and Blacks in Tech: NYC present an evening of fun and conversation surrounding the business of blogging as we lead up to the 2013 Blogalicious conference in Atlanta! The event will focus on success stories of media empire founders who took their blogs to the next level; Whether it being taking their sites and turning them into profitable businesses, landing a book or TV deal, or creating a brand-new new career, the evening will feature bloggers who have expanded their media empires from basic blogs to fundable businesses.

Our Panelists:

Andia Winslow – Pro Golfer and Founder, The Fit Cycle
Jonn Nubian – Managing Partner, YRB Magazine
Yoli Ouiya – Yoli’s Green Living
Teri Johnson – Co-Founder and Host, Travelista TV
Monique Nelson – Chairman and CEO, UniWorld Group, Inc.

For More Details and to RSVP, visit: http://BlogaBiT.eventbrite.com

#Blogalicious5 Speaker Announcement: Professionalism In Blogging #CommunityJam Session

The Ripple Effect of Blogger Professionalism:

How and Why to Maintain Professionalism in Blogging That Extends Way Beyond Your Personal Blog

 

Let’s face it: the times, they have a’changed.  Gone are the days of naivete when we could say and do whatever we wanted on our blogs (and elsewhere) without worrying about the consequences.  In this age of blogger empire-building, we need to be aware of our actions and reputations more than ever; each post, campaign, conversation and interaction can impact our business relationships for better or worse.  The key to success is being professional every step of the way.  

In our BlogaliciousFIVE #CommunityJam Session these powerhouse players will engage in an open and honest conversation about:

  • best practices of how PR agencies like to work with bloggers when a misstep happens
  • how to handle others who aren’t respectful of your professional work
  • how bloggers’ behavior can impact conference involvement by brands
  • how to build a reputation that is “brand safe”

Leticia Barr

Leticia is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology.  She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational resources. Leticia consults as a social media strategist, educating and speaking to brands and fellow bloggers about the social media space while also freelance writing. She is a columnist for Parents.com where she shares quick technology tips and resources through her Tech Savvy Parents column and is a contributor to Scholastic Parents’ Learning Toolkit. Leticia enjoys the distinction of having been Parents Magazine’s Editors’ Pick for Best Tech BlogBabble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs, and named as one of the 50 Top Twitter Moms by Babble.  She can almost always be found online, often on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Skype if she hasn’t unplugged to spend time with her husband, 2 children, and their overly enthusiastic Yellow Labrador.

 

 

Amy Lupold Bair

Amy Lupold Bair, blogger, social media marketer, and mom, is the founder of Resourceful Mommy Media.  In 2008, Amy burst onto the social media scene inventing the Twitter Party – a hashtagged social event with panelists and a conversational theme catering to the needs of clients ranging from e-commerce start-ups to nationally recognized trusted brands.  Developing from her own successful relationships with public relations firms and companies, Amy developed a network for fellow bloggers in early 2009.  The Global Influence Network has grown to include over 2000 social media savvy bloggers.

A former English teacher and a writer at heart, Amy continues to blog on her personal site, ResourcefulMommy.com.  Amy is also the author of Raising Digital Families For Dummies, a guide for parents raising digital natives.  You can follow her on Twitter at @ResourcefulMom

 

 

Kelby Carr

Kelby Carr is the founder and CEO of Type-A Parent, the first social network for parents who blog (founded in 2007), and Type-A Parent Conference, the world’s top parent blog conference in its fifth year. She’s been coding since 1982, social networking online since 1984, web publishing since 1992, blogging since 2002 and tweeting since 2007. She is the author of Pinterest For Dummies and Pinterest Marketing For Dummies.

 

 

Adrianna Giuliani

Adrianna serves as a SVP, Creative & Strategic Planner at DeVries PR, leading the Creative & Strategic Services Team—the hub of strategy, creative and digital for the agency.  During her career Adrianna has worked on a range of lifestyle brands including Frito Lay, Cadbury Adams, ABSOLUT vodka, Home Depot, Weight Watchers and P&G to drive strategy and programming. She is energized by helping brands insert themselves into the pop culture stream by creating value and entertainment for their audiences—as is evident in some of her recent work like “Pantene Goes Back to the 80s,” Downy’s “Mike in Window” and Sam Adams “Crowd Craft”—programs that she created in partnership with the teams at DeVries. Recently she has worked to infuse this sensibility into the agency by creating Trending @DeVries—a team that mines the stream for percolating conversations, trends and ideas that brands can tap to create “Always On” moments that drive awareness, engagement and relevance for their audiences.

Adrianna specializes in insight work and trend spotting and has given client and industry talks on everything from generational differences in the work place to what brands can learn from Lady Gaga. Adrianna completed her Masters in Strategic Communication at Columbia University concentrating on integrated marketing and digital word of mouth. She also blogs as part of Social Media Week’s global editorial team and for PR Week—and guest lectures at Columbia University and Stevens Institute. You can read some of her musings here.

 

Cecily Kellogg

Cecily Kellogg is a writer, content strategist, and overall lover of words. Since 2004, many of her words have resided at her site Uppercase Woman. Her clients have included Microsoft’s Bing, Citibank, SEER Interactive, Babble Media and many more. She’s also a social media junkie, and has worked with a variety of companies, authors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to increase brand awareness through social media projects. Cecily lives outside of Philadelphia and smack dab in the middle of the sandwich generation with her husband, seven year old daughter, and mother.

 

 

Danica Kombol

Danica Kombol is the co-founder of Everywhere, a leading social media marketing firm with clients such as Macy’s, Cox Communications, Imax and Coca-Cola.  Everywhere holds the Guinness Record for the “most widespread social marketing message” as a result of their social good campaign, #BeatCancer.

As a Social Media marketer, Danica draws on her extensive background as a television producer and public relations executive. She began her career at Sesame Workshop where she was involved in the international versions of Sesame Street. She went on to become a successful television producer working on such legendary shows as Saturday Night Live, Kids in the Hall and VH1.

You can follow her on twitter @danicakombol or @beEverywhere.

 

 

Stefania Pomponi

Clever Girls Collective, Inc. co-founder, President & Chief Evangelist Stefania Pomponi (@citymama) is a seasoned social media professional and nationally-recognized blogger.  She leads Clever Girls Collective’s corporate communications and PR efforts and is responsible for inking several key client relationships. She lives in Palo Alto, CA with her three amazing children.

Announcing the Inaugural BlogaliciousFIVE Press Pool!

The White House  has a Press Pool…why shouldn’t we?   We decided to assemble a spirited team of bloggers to cover the latest news briefings about BlogaliciousFIVE. Instead of going to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to hear the briefings, the Blogger Press Pool will be reporting from Anywhere, USA.  Make sure to follow each of these bloggers for breaking updates on BlogaliciousFIVE speakers, brands, panels, happenings, lifestyle tips and more.  They’ll have the inside track on this year’s hottest conference celebrating diversity in social media…

@IAmSaddidy

Adrienne Gadling is a lipstick loving, nail polish addict who spends her creative energy freelance writing. She is also the co-creator of Sadiddy, an online magazine written by fashion and beauty bloggers. With a degree in Communication from Indiana University, Adrienne’s work has been featured in publications likeUpscale, Rolling Out and StyleBlazer, and has had the opportunity to interview influential people such as Dick Gregory, Dionne Warwick, Rachel Roy and Drake. When she’s not writing, the Midwest native enjoys baking and mentoring young women.

@VeryBusyMama

Born in Chile, raised in the U.S. and educated in the U.K., María José Ovalle is a public relations professional, a freelance writer and a family and fashion blogger at Very Busy Mamá—Life, Beauty & Style. After six years of working and living in London, she now lives in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area with her husband and four-year-old bilingual son and newborn daughter. A self-proclaimed beauty and style junkie, María José started her blog to show that no matter what your size, budget or time constraints, all mamás should look and feel their best!

 

@QueenofSwag4U

Vanessa is a Geeky Latina New Yorker now living in Los Angeles with her Family. She blogs about Food, Family, Life, and all that inspires her. She is also a freelance writer for CBS LA, Time To Play Magazine, and the King’s Hawaiian Bread Blog. You can visit her on her blogs The Queen of Swag and Disney Domain.

@MrMikeStreet

Mike Street is a Senior Digital Strategist based in Harlem, NYC. He has a passion for emerging media, technology & social innovation.  Having spent 13 years in the digital space, Mike Street has worked with top tier brands such as Time Magazine, Oprah Winfrey, OWN TV, Rémy Martin, Oscar de la Renta, Lexus, Turner Broadcasting, and BET Networks. He is passionate about the community of Harlem and runs a popular Facebook page all about Harlem that has 85,000 fans.

@TheGoToLadies

Some people dream in black and white, but the No. 1 Go-To Lady, Aniesia Williams, has always dreamt in color. So, she’s familiar with the red hot urgency of start-ups seeking attention in a crowded marketplace, the blue period of large corporations struggling to find their “digital mojo” and the passionate purple prose of those who have worked with The Go To Ladies™to help color in the bland, fruitless areas of their digital media strategies.

Williams has a solid business background, with expertise in contract negotiations and business. She founded the Beleza Group™, an integrated communications firm and parent company of The Go To Ladies™, because she had earned a reputation as a woman who knew how to connect businesses with potential clients. She began to build brands for clients and continued to expand her personal brand. Williams took on challenging roles including serving as the National Director of Branding, Marketing and Communication for Black Women for Obama, and as the Chief Marketing Officer for The Curvy Revolution/Curvy Magazine, an organization and publication that reaches more than 250,000 women throughout the country.

Williams used these experiences, and many more, to enhance her companies’ digital outreach capabilities. Between her individual networks and those of her companies, she reaches more than 20 million people on a monthly basis across all social platforms.

Ms. Williams speaks, teaches and executes strategies on a global stage – client by client and, she still dreams in color.

@SwarthyDaisy

In 2009, my love for Natural Hair catapulted me into a world of Social Media. Hosting a number of tweet-ups, meet-ups, and Business mixers, I have worn plenty of hats. I am the Chief Blogger at The Swarthy Suite as well as The Educated System. I am also the founder of the tech-heavy movement Fro-Fi Collective and the co-founder of Chocolate Chat Atlanta.
Special Announcement: BlogaliciousFIVE Welcomes Kia Motors As Its Title Sponsor!

Sophistication and Connectivity: two qualities that Kia and Blogalicious have in common.

Have you seen a new Kia lately? Their sleek-looking new vehicle models have seemingly taken the roads by storm.  And we are liking what we see!   With the brand’s focus on cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and one of the lowest cost of ownerships in the industry, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kia as our 2013 Title Sponsor.

They’ve got lots of treats in store for us, including the opportunity to test drive their thoughtfully designed vehicles on the streets of Atlanta.  Please join us in giving a warm Blogalicious welcome to Kia Motors! We are looking forward to developing strong relationships between Kia and our digital community.

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The @beblogalicious community is excited to welcome Top 100 Global Brand Kia Motors (@KMA_pr) as the Title Sponsor of #Blogalicious5!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2013

Contact: Xina Eiland

703-785-4358, xina@xinapr.com

 

KIA MOTORS AMERICA NAMED EXCLUSIVE AUTO SPONSOR

OF BLOGALICIOUS WEEKEND IN ATLANTA

 

July 16, 2013 (Washington, D.C.)—Blogalicious, a multicultural blogging community that celebrates diversity in digital media, is proud to announce that Kia Motors America (KMA) will sponsor the fifth annual Blogalicious Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3-5, 2013.  This is the first time the automaker has participated as a corporate sponsor of the popular and diverse social media conference. BlogaliciousFIVE boasts an amazing list of iconic speakers and bloggers who will come to discuss how to take the business of blogging to the next level.

“Blogalicious is thrilled to have Kia to serve as our Title Sponsor of BlogaliciousFIVE,” said Stacey Ferguson, chief-curator of Blogalicious. “Kia has established itself as one of the fastest growing, and innovative automotive brands; the company fits perfectly within our conference theme of Create.Build.Fund.”

Kia, which recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand’s “Top 100 Global Brands” and “50 Best Global Brands,”  is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time in 2012.  By combining European-influenced styling with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and one of the lowest cost of ownerships in the industry, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication. As part of the sponsorship, Kia will have an opportunity to interact with hundreds of attendees and bloggers who will then be able to share, with their millions of followers, the exciting things that Kia is doing. Kia also will create unique experiences for attendees, including vehicle test drives, to provide opportunities to learn more about the brand and its award-winning cars and CUVs.

“Connectivity is one Kia’s primary marketing pillars and serving as the title sponsor of Blogalicious will allow us to forge deeper connections with women and their audiences in the digital media community,” said Candelaria Powell, Multicultural Marketing Manager, KMA. “The mission of Blogalicious is consistent with our company’s core values and we are excited to have the opportunity to engage and interact with conference attendees and showcase the tremendous advancements the Kia brand has made over the last few years.”

The fifth annual Blogalicious Weekend will include powerful keynotes, panel discussions and breakout sessions centered around online content creation, brand building, and funding opportunities. The conference will take place October 3-5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. To register, please visit www.conference.beblogalicious.com.

 

ABOUT BLOGALICIOUS WEEKEND

Blogalicious, founded in 2009, is the premier multicultural digital media community celebrating diversity in social media.  By offering marketing, educational, networking and social opportunities geared towards women of all backgrounds, Blogalicious serves to uplift and advance its community of over 2,000 official members in their digital endeavors, and connect them with lifestyle consumer brands.  Under the Blogalicious umbrella are several unique efforts, all dedicated to fostering diversity — both of ethnicity and thought — in social media, including the bLink Marketing Network; the #BeUplifted social media chat series; and the Blogalicious Weekend Conference, which generates upwards of 300M media impressions yearly.

 

ABOUT KIA MOTORS AMERICA

Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA.  In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.  Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its website – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

 

Announcing the BlogaliciousFIVE All-Star Keynote! #Bloga5AllStars

You know them. You love them. You’ve seen their names in bloggy lights.

We’ve invited 8 blogging rockstars from our community to dish on how they’ve built their media empires.  Of course, in true Blogalicious fashion, this lineup of moguls brings a diversity of background, experience and career paths to the table and they’re eager to share their blueprints with you.

Join us in welcoming these inspiring, brilliant entrepreneurs – who are always on their grind – to BlogaliciousFIVE:

 

Patrice Yursik

Trinidadian writer Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate natural hair and beauty in all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Afrobella has done campaigns for Urban Decay and Lancôme, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Essence, Ebony, Glamour and Fast Company. Internationally she has been featured in Caribbean Beat, the Trinidad Guardian, the UK’s Black Beauty magazine, and OK Nigeria.

In 2011, she partnered with MAC Cosmetics to create the “All Of My Purple Life” lipglass — it sold out in a week! She has covered New York Fashion Week, the BET Awards, the Essence Women in Film luncheon and the Oscars, and was listed in Ebony Magazine’s Power 100.

She has spoken at several conferences including Blogging While Brown, BlogHer, Blogworld’s New Media Expo, Blogalicious, and at TEDx 2012 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

 

Sheila Bernus Dowd

A serial entrepreneur, visionary, community builder, and speaker, Sheila leads Clever Girls Collective‘s overall vision and strategic alliances.

Over the last 18 years, Sheila’s led dozens of high-performance teams and raised over $10M in operating capital for social venture start-ups. While Executive Director of Public Allies (holding the same position as Michelle Obama), Sheila ran the Silicon Valley office, developing a new platform to train the next generation of non-profit leaders, and creating a national tech plan for 10 sites. Sheila was responsible for long-term strategic planning at Project Cornerstone, where she formed partnerships to engage Silicon Valley’s businesses, elected officials, schools, and residents to expand youth development programs impacting over 450,000 children. As co-founder of the Left Coast Live music festival and conference, Sheila has been directly responsible for securing sponsors and hiring the emerging artists who showcase the best of the West Coast, revitalizing San Jose’s music scene.

Sheila is a sought-after and inspirational speaker especially among the digital and blogging community, and has spoken about blog monetization and SEO on over a dozen panels. Sheila serves on the Yahoo! Mother Board, is the co-founder Lookiloos.com (a nationally syndicated home and garden site), and frequently trains local non-profits on social media applications.

Shameeka Ayers

A corporate girl for nearly fifteen years, Shameeka Ayers married her love of marketing and public relations with her obsession with new media to create her alter ego, blog and brand, The Broke Socialite™, in 2006. Through this newly-found voice, Shameeka has utilized social media to create a national series of highly-lauded dessert festivals called Sugar Coma Events™ in 2010. She also produces lavish!™, a lifestyle bloggers’ conference for those who utilize social media to engage about interior design, style, travel, food & wine and other general lifestyle considerations. Shameeka recently penned Instantly!: How Quickly I Realized I HATE My Job, a snarky novella about occupational crossroads. Shameeka made her “Exit, Stage Left” from corporate America in 2010 and is a highly sought motivational speaker about her transition from employee to unlikely entrepreneur.

 

Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi is a writer, digital strategist and trainer with a passion for social justice. She’s been blogging for 10 years, and Awesomely Luvvie is her award-winning entertainment and humor blog where she covers all things pop culture from TV to technology to life’s random adventures. As a trainer, Luvvie’s presented at several conferences over the years on the topics of social media, online communications, nonprofit marketing and digital strategy. She’s also winner of the Women’s Media Center 2012 Social Media Award.

In 2009, Luvvie founded The Red Pump Project with Karyn Watkins. Red Pump is a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives and Red Pump has been featured on the Huffington Post, in EBONY Magazine, NBC and many more outlets.

Isabel is the founder and chief at Alpha Mom, an online parenting destination and marketing research lab. Isabel and Alpha Mom have been featured by leading national media such as USA Today, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Forbes anointed Alpha Mom one of the Top 10 Mommy Hood Gurus and Parents Magazine named Isabel one of the ten “Power Moms”. Isabel lives in New York City with her husband and eight-year-old son. When she grows up she wants to be Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights.

 

Denene Millner

New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is a hotly sought after award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting, social media and book publishing industries. The former Parenting magazine columnist has penned 22 books, including Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, co-written with Steve Harvey. She also is the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a critically acclaimed blog that examines the intersection of parenting and motherhood through the multi-cultural experience. Under Millner’s leadership, MyBrownBaby has won numerous awards and enjoyed recognition as a Top Mom Blog of 2011 and 2012 by Babble.com, solidifying it as one of the most respected and celebrated niche blogs on the web. Millner frequently contributes as an entertainment writer for Essence, Ebony and Jet; her extensive television experience includes appearances on the The Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show, HLN, MSNBC and the Rachel Ray show. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters.

 

Lamar Tyler

Lamar Tyler wears many hats, not the least of which is being a husband and father of four. Using his motto “The Gatekeepers Are Gone,” Lamar, along with his wife Ronnie, has successfully leveraged social media to move the couple’s website BlackandMarriedWithKids.com in the last five years from a small personal blog to an international brand with over 180,000 Facebook fans. As a filmmaker Lamar directed and produced four full-length documentaries which deal with the challenges and triumphs of marriage in the black community and have been screened to sell-out crowds nationwide.  Among the recognition received for his work, in 2012 Lamar, along with wife Ronnie was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, a list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the black community for the second consecutive year. The list also includes President Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Tyler Perry among its ranks.

 

 

Maggie Mason

Since 2000, Maggie Mason’s lifestyle site Mighty Girl has drawn hundreds of thousands of readers a month. Her Mighty Life List has been sponsored by Fortune 500 companies, and she is a co-founder of Mighty Events, which hosts Camp Mighty and the Mighty Summit. Mason pioneered the shopping blog space with Mighty Goods, named one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Cool Sites of the Year and Best Shopping Site by Forbes and BusinessWeek. That site was acquired by Staircase Ventures in 2010, along with sister sites Mighty Haus andMighty Junior. Mason is author of No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog, a Twitter power user (@Maggie), and a two-time Bloggie nominee for lifetime achievement. She keynotes and speaks regularly at conferences including SxSW, Mom 2.0, the ALT Design Conference, and Blogher. She is a member of Intel’s social media advisory board, and her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition Sunday, in The New York Times, and Elle Magazine among others. She lives in San Francisco with her son.

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