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9 Reasons You Want to Join the Blogalicious #SocialSquad

The “Social Squad” is our term of endearment for our conference volunteer team. They deliver the utmost in attendee experience and are the definition of service! From the things you do see, like their smiling faces at Registration, to the things you don’t see, like them getting down and dirty unloading pallets of boxes and stuffing the hundreds of swag bags, their hard work and dedication contributes to the Blogalicious Weekend experience in countless ways…

Why would you want to join the social squad? 

1. You’re in THE official Blogalicious Club! #SquadGoals
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It is THE squad to be in! This group of ladies (and gents) have the most fun behind the scenes and form a bond that extends beyond the conference.

2. (Purple) Flower Power

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Every member rocks a purple flower with pride. When you see the flower, you can rest assured that this person is ready to help and to provide service with a smile.

3. Complimentary Registration to Blogalicious Weekend

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In exchange for complimentary registration, volunteers work 12 hours over the course of the conference to help us pull off an successful event. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to play and attend the workshops you desire.

4. Extra Swag!

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Every year, we have extra swag. Sometimes folks don’t claim their bag or sponsors send us more than we need. On the last day of the conference, we give everything away. Squad members usually get to pick first!

5. Jana, the BEST Squad Leader

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Picture is blurry because it’s hard to catch Jana in action!

Jana, the Social Squad Coordinator, is THE. ABSOLUTE.BEST. If you don’t know, now you know. She runs a tight ship but she is the sweetest and protective of her troop. Squad members always make sure to remind Jana to eat at some point during the conference. She doesn’t always listen ;) Tweet her to say hi.

6. Grow Your Network / Make New Friends

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The bond that forms within this group is tight. Everyone keeps in touch after the conference and engages via their very own private Facebook group.

7. Give Back and Save

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When planning to attend any conference out of town, costs add up quickly! By volunteering their time, Social Squad members can offset that by donating their time. Win-win!

8. The Behind-the-Scenes Blogalicious Experience

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Squad members are required to show up at least one day before the event to help us prepare. This affords our volunteers a chance to see #TeamBlogalicious in action and observe the machine that is Blogalicious Weekend.

9. Get to Know Brands and Speakers On a Personal Level

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Social Squad member with Byron Lars/Kia.

Volunteers work closely with sponsors and speakers assisting them with whatever they need to ensure they have a positive experience. This means developing a personal relationship with key players that you can add to your Rolodex (do they still make those?). You get our point!

Want to join the #SocialSquad? There’s still time to apply. Application deadline is 4/3. If you have any questions, tweet us at @Beblogalicious!

Call for Volunteers! Applications Now Being Accepted for Blogalicious Weekend Social Squad
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Volunteering provides an opportunity for anyone, from the novice blogger to the social media enthusiast, to help #Blogalicious9 run smoothly both for presenters and participants — and to be an active Conference participant with a complimentary Conference Registration (Note: if you are selected to join the Social Squad and you have already purchased a conference ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Each year a robust network of social media influencers and enthusiasts from all over the world gather to collaborate, connect and uplift one another, and this impressive gathering couldn’t happen without the help of an amazing group of volunteers.

The 2017 Conference will be held from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, 2017.  The policies below outline guidelines and procedures that will allow the Blogalicious Weekend 2017 volunteer experience to be beneficial to both Blogalicious and its volunteers:

Recruitment & Eligibility

Volunteers for Blogalicious Weekend 2017 are selected based on:

·       Ability to perform the volunteer position (experience, knowledge, skills);

·       Ability to work a minimum of 12 hours over the course of the Conference;

·       Ability to volunteer for entirety of the 4-day Conference unless an emergency occurs;

·       Ability and willingness to attend mandatory orientation;

·       Ability to handle multiple tasks with a positive attitude; and

·       A heartfelt desire to serve

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Benefits

Volunteers, lovingly referred to as our “Social Squad,” are considered representatives of Blogalicious for the entirety of the Conference, and are therefore asked to present themselves accordingly.

In exchange for their service, volunteers will receive a complimentary conference registration.  This ticket includes: Admission to all official conference social events workshops, keynote sessions, meals and swag bag.

Time Commitment

During the Blogalicious Weekend, all volunteers are required to work 4-hour shifts daily or a minimum of 12 hours.  Every attempt will be made to place volunteers in positions that meet both their needs (free time to attend sessions of interests and enjoy the Conference) and the needs of the Conference.

Volunteers should plan their travel to arrive by Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017 to participate in swag bag stuffing and to attend the mandatory on-site Social Squad Orientation. {Note: Volunteers will not receive travel assistance or travel reimbursement to or from the Conference site.}

Age Requirement

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Performance Concerns & Dismissal

All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of productivity, cooperation, and attendance.  Blogalicious accepts the service of volunteers with the understanding that enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitudes are expected for a well-managed and successful volunteer experience.

In cases of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, Blogalicious reserves the right to make determinations regarding the suitability of volunteers to continue in service.

Timeline

April 3: Application Deadline
April 28: Applicants are Notified
October 4: Social Squad Orientation

(Volunteer positions are limited.)

Apply here to be a member of the #Blogalicious9 Social Squad!

 

Questions? Please email Jana Pauldin, Social Squad Coordinator: jana (at) beblogalicious.com

What You Need to Know About Attending, Speaking, Sleeping, Nursing, and Volunteering at Blogalicious 2017!

 

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If we had a dollar for every time an excited member of our community inquires about submitting to speak or volunteer during Blogalicious Weekend, we’d be writing this post from a beach in Bora Bora! Thank you, thank you for your emails, messages, texts and DMs! Your interest and enthusiasm is not taken for granted because our conference doesn’t happen without your talents, energy and gifts. Here are some details that will hopefully allow us to allow you to allow all of us to be great:

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Blogalicious Weekend Tickets:

General Admission Influencer Passes, General Admission Industry Passes and VIP Experience passes are available for purchase. Early Bird ticket sales ended February 2nd, but our regular ticket prices are still great! What is the difference between the ticket types? We’re glad you asked!

Influencer Pass:
This ticket type is for Bloggers, Social Media Influencers and Entrepreneurs and includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

Industry Pass:
This ticket type is for PR agency executives, brand representatives and professionals on the corporate side of the social media industry.  The Industry Pass includes includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

VIP Experience Pass:
This ticket type is for anyone who wants to participate in advanced-level trainings and take advantage of VIP perks. The VIP Experience Pass includes a full day of trainings (VIP Mastermind Day) and a private cocktail reception on October 5th. In addition, this ticket type includes all of the benefits of the Influencer/Industry Pass. For an idea of what VIP Mastermind Day looked like in past years, check out the Thursday agendas for 2016 and 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re adding some super-fly perks for those who are VIP Experience ticket-holders. We’re still dreaming up fun and valuable surprises to stay tuned for those details. For this reason, we’ve upgraded the name of the ticket from VIP Mastermind Day to VIP Experience – why contain the awesome to just one day?

But I already Bought My Early Bird/Influencer/Industry Pass! I want to enjoy the VIP Experience!
No worries. If you have already purchased your ticket and want to become a VIP, simply select the VIP Experience Upgrade option to add on – you’re all set!!

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Speaking Opportunities:

We love sourcing our speakers from the community – we truly do. Here’s the cool thing: over the last 8 years, the landscape of the blogging, business and social media space has evolved in an amazing way. This means that your expectations and needs have grown drastically. We love this. It means that we have to carefully curate who our conference presenters will be. Each year, the bar is raised! Also, if you’ve attended a Blogalicious Weekend, then you know our agenda is jam-packed. We’ve got to balance the sessions with the sponsor events and activities and also allow you precious time for networking and connecting with your Blogalicious family. That means we have a limited number of session slots (like 12 max!) available.

If you are a knowledgeable and charismatic professional speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator, subject matter expert WITH speaking experience, then we want you to submit, submit, submit.

Our Call for Speakers will open on May 1st and it will close on May 22nd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Volunteer Opportunities:

The Blogalicious Social Squad is EVERYTHING! Seriously, our volunteer team is amazing and makes the engine run like well-oiled machine on-site. If you have a serving heart, are willing to work, play well with others and want to be a part of a special sisterhood, then the Social Squad is for you. It’s important to note that our volunteers have to dedicate a minimum number of hours to working during the conference, and will need to roll with the punches, be flexible and rise to the occasion! That said, the Social Squad members have a BLAST and get to experience the conference sessions and events too. Sound interesting to you? Great!

Our Call for Social Squad applications will open on March 1st and will close on April 3rd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Other Items to Note:

Hotel Rooms.  Our discounted Blogalicious 2017 Room Block at the Hilton Miami Downtown is open and rooms are available for $199. Our room block closes on September 12th. Please don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your room! Click here to reserve.

Policy re. Children.  Only nursing infants are allowed in the conference space at Blogalicious Weekend in order to provide the best possible experience for our attendees. [Neither Team Blogalicious nor the Social Squad are responsible for tending to your child.]

Ticket Refund Policy. Your ticket purchase is non-refundable but you may transfer your registration to another participant by contacting the organizer NO LATER THAN September 3rd, 2017. The exception to this is if you have purchased a ticket and then are chosen to be a speaker or a volunteer, then Blogalicious will refund your purchase.

 

Ok! That’s it for now. Hopefully this post answers a few FAQs. Look for Blogalicious Weekend updates to ramp up in the Spring!!

xo,
Team Blogalicious

 

Blogalicious 2017 Badge Bling Is Here!

Hey now!! Are you dreaming of warm, sunny days and the crashing surf like we are? Since October can’t get here soon enough, we’re doing our best to daydream and these site badges for Blogalicious Miami are helping to do the trick for now! For starters, they’re nice and blue like that Florida ocean, and – if you put your face real close to your laptop monitor – you’ll even feel the sun rays beaming on your face [see what we did there? ;)]

Once you’ve registered and booked your room, make sure to make your friends jealous by letting them know that you’re Blogalicious by displaying a badge on your site, on your Instagram feed, heck, make it your new profile pic!

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The Official #Blogalicious8 Tees Are Here!

We’ve partnered with Tees in the Trap for the third year in a row to bring you the official #Blogalicious8 tees:

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No IOU’s.
No layaway.
No payment plan.
What is a bitcoin? Nah!
No gift cards.
Exposure doesn’t pay my bills.
Show me the money!

In other words…Checks or it didn’t happen!

 


 

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Don’t worry about what I’m doing. Don’t ask about my next move. #StealthMode until I launch. Don’t believe me? Just watch.

 

The shirts are available in black OR grey and limited quantities. Once they are gone, they are GONE! Click here to order your official #Blogalicious8 tee. 

If you are attending Blogalicious Conference in Atlanta November 3-5, you may opt to pick up your shirt on-site. Select “Ship Everywhere Else” option and we’ll have your shirt ready at the bStore.

#Blogalicious8 Closing Keynote Announcement: Robin and Andréa McBride

#TeamBlogalicious has been keeping this announcement close to the vest for the last few weeks. We’re finally ready to pop the cork and close out Blogalicious Weekend with the official announcement that Andréa + Robin McBride – two long-lost sisters who found their way back to each other, bonded over wine and created a successful business together – will be at B8!

About the Closing Keynote:

You dream it, you believe in it, you can do it! However, being a woman in business, there are going to be some interesting challenges along the way. Hear first hand Robin & Andréa McBride’s inspiring story and three key business lessons they learned on the road to establishing McBride Sisters Wines – lessons that any woman in business can relate to and apply to her own pursuits.

 

Meet the McBride Sisters: Entrepreneurs and Wine Makers

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About the Sisters:

Though continents apart, the sisters were raised around vineyards in newly developing wine regions (Monterey, California, and Marlborough, New Zealand)—each independently fostering our own appreciation for the craft of winemaking and each unaware of the other for nearly half their lives.

Despite the 7,000 miles that separated them, they would eventually find their way to each other in 1999. Their story, proof of the bond that can form over a bottle of wine and is a story they are now telling with the McBride Sisters Collection.

As entrepreneurs with over 11 years in the wine business they have been involved in every facet of the industry from grape growing, winemaking, importation, distribution, sales and marketing. Their passion lies in making wine and connecting with wine lovers around the world.

As Vintners the sisters have two wine brands under the McBride Sisters Wine Company: The first is eco.love Wines from New Zealand, the second is the newly unveiled Truvée Wines from the Central Coast of California. The McBride Sisters Wine Company sells over 1.2 Million bottles of wine per year.

 

We can’t wait to hear this message of empowerment. Learn more about their wine company here and follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @McBrideSisters.

5 Things VIP Mastermind Day Attendees Need to Know
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Are You Read to Uplevel Your Brand?
VIP Mastermind Day Is Just Around the Corner!


Here are 5 Things You Need to Know to Get Ready for Thursday, Nov. 3rd:

  1. VIP Mastermind Day Check-In will take place starting at 7:30am in the Azalea Foyer (Lobby Level) of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta – Buckhead. You’ll receive your badge and workbook (and a few other surprises) to start your day the right way!
  2. Throughout the weekend, you will have exclusive access to a VIP Lounge for downtime, interviews by our Social Media Ambassadors, time with the Growth Coaches, refreshments and a chill place to put your feet up. Located in Cassis B (Lower Lobby Level). 
  3. Grab the best seat in the house during the General Sessions in the Grand Ballroom (Lower Lobby Level)! Just look for the tables near the front of the room marked ‘Reserved’ – those are for YOU. 
  4. Remember the Brand Growth Questionnaire we asked you to fill out a couple of weeks ago? We truly do need each and every VIP Mastermind Day attendee to complete it for maximum ROI on your conference experience. Go ahead and CLICK HERE to get that out of the way. 
  5. SURPRISE! Thanks to our small business partner, Positive Images, each of you who is interested can sign up to participate in a FREE Branded Headshot Portrait Session and receive your favorite image from the shoot [a $235 value!]. These sessions will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3rd (don’t worry, they are just 10-min. sessions, so you can just pop out of VIP MM Day and pop back in when you’re done).For tips on what to expect and a welcome video from your photographer, Gisele, CLICK HERE.

>>>Reserve your complimentary headshot portrait session here! <<<


Wishing you were a VIP? It’s not too late! There are just 12 spots left for VIP Mastermind Day. You can upgrade your Regular Conference Registration by selecting the UPGRADE ticketing option HERE.

Want to know what it’s all about? CHECK THIS OUT.

Watch Stacey’s Periscopes! ‘5 Reasons You Need to Be At VIP Mastermind Day’
PART ONE ○ PART TWO

Upgrade your ticket!

It’s #InspoLab Time! RSVP to Save Your Seat

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{RSVP ASAP to reserve your seat}

What are #InspoLabs?
ICYMI – These Inspiration Labs are hands-on workshops with creative instructors passionate about their craft; creative minds in media sharing their processes and career paths, baked into our agenda for maximum enjoyment. In order for these workshop instructors to give you maximum attention and teaching, the size of these Labs are limited!

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Workshop Description:
Do you spend hours searching for relevant blog images? What if you could create your own images that speak directly to your audience? Join wedding photographer /videographer Chip Dizárd for this hands on session where you will learn how to light, stage, pose objects and people to create stock images that look great and speak to your audience. *DSLR cameras or smart phones are suggested.

RSVP:
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Workshop Description:
Subscription boxes are the new hustle! Not only does they create residual income for your business, but they are a great collaboration opportunity between brands and your customers – introducing them to products that would not have ever come across their radar. Easier said than done though. It’s not enough to grab a few amazing products, stuff them in the box and ship them. You need a plan first! Taylar Barrington started UniversiTee Box while she was still a college student and the brand propelled into a six-figure business.

Launching Your Subscription Box

Learn how to create residual income through one of the newest ways to curate a consumer experience – subscription boxes! Taylar Barrington, the owner of the UniversiTee Box will teach you how to:

* Develop a subscription box idea that you’ll be obsessed with

* Curate an ideal box by understanding the art of creating a shipment

* Find and locate the audience with the greatest chemistry

* And connect you with tools that will automate your business

RSVP:
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Workshop Description:

Whether you’re a creative, small business owner, solopreneur or big brand, the cost efficient and highly effective nature of content marketing can enhance brand image, create brand advocates, foster trust, build authority, increase leads, generate demand, and most of all, result in SALES for your business.

Attendees will walk away from this session with a vision-board-like template for an effective sales page, along with the inspiration to think like a publisher, create an effective content marketing strategy and design their best life.

During this session, attendees will scrapbook their way to embracing their publishing power to:

-Create a content marketing plan that drives demand for their business.

-Produce a high volume of content with little time and limited budget.

-Make sense of content marketing tools and overcome distribution challenges.

-Accurately measure impact and effectiveness of content and ‘get good’ quickly.

RSVP:
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PLEASE NOTE:

These #InspoLabs are filled on a first-come, first-served RSVP basis.

You *MUST* be registered for the Blogalicious Weekend conference in order to RSVP.

You may only RSVP for ONE #InspoLab.

The #InspoLabs wil take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 4th from 7pm – 8:30pm.

Announcing Our #Blogalicious8 Social Media Ambassadors!

If your conference was themed Content Is Life, wouldn’t you find the best influencers and rock stars to promote your brand during show time? We know you would! That’s why we handpicked some of the best influencers in the game for the job. With great pleasure, we’d like to announce our Social Media Ambassadors (#SMAB8) for Blogalicious Weekend 2016.

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Elayna Fernandez of The Positive Mom

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Elayna, author, speaker and award-winning success guide, is predominately known as The Positive Mom. With a mission to encourage, empower and equip moms to have more influence at home and in the world, Elayna lives a life of joy, balance, and success. Her philosophy is “BE positive and you’ll BE powerful!”

“I love Motherhood and I believe it is a partnership with God; the highest calling of a woman in this planet. I love mentoring mom bloggers how to turn pain into purpose and their passion into their paycheck by developing a millionaire mom mindset. I consider myself a geekess and word-nerd and I love pouring my heart out about the topics of motherhood, mompreneurship, and motivation for moms.”

Read her latest post, “How to Decide Which Conference is Worth Attending”


Neosha Gardner of Create HER Stock

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Neosha is the mastermind behind the popular stock photography company, CreateHer Stock, “your destination for images you can truly relate to. Curated for bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color.” When it comes to producing delectable digital content and cultivating healthy communities, Neosha is a veteran go-to. Her skill set is impressive, but what will win you over is her bubbly, ambitious attitude.

“I’m also the graphic creative designer and business owner of @HUNCreative, a brand design studio for awesome women who mean business. I’ve been blogging since about 2010 and have come quite a long way from where I was in the beginning. In a nutshell, I’m a girl boss, who enjoys lounging in her bed while rocking luscious natural hair and connecting with wonderful women.”

Read her latest post, “CreateHER Stock is Heading to Blogalicious 2016!”


LeAnne Fairweather of Moments of a Black Queen

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LeAnne is a social entrepreneur, who serves artists, producers, and entrepreneurs looking for help with their online presence. On her lifestyle blog, Moments of a Black Queen, she chronicles the intersections of fashion, art, and being a Caribbean Afro-Latina living in America. LeAnne is enthusiastic, energetic and just as crazy about media as we are!

“I am a Jamaican blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia sharing my ideas about the world through my online platforms. Social media is where I discover content, interact with brands, and market my profile to thousands of virtual users every day. Using the internet to connect with people from across the globe spreads my mission to endorse reggae and a positive lifestyle to hundreds of followers on the web.”

Read her latest post “Blogalicious 8: I Am A Social Media 


If we do say so ourselves, our Ambassadors are lit! They’re pumped and ready to help foster a positive and unique experience for Blogalicious Weekend attendees. Over the next 2 weeks (and of course during the conference) you will begin to see conference-related content on their social channels and blogs. Please welcome them with warm comments, likes, and shares as we gear up for the #ContentIsLife #Blogalicious8 conference.

We’ll see you there.

Buy your Blogalicious ticket here.

Introducing Your #Blogalicious8 MC: Deya Smith | @deyadirect
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Deya Smith (aka Deya Direct!) is warmly regarded as ‘The Go-to Girlfriend’ as a result of her producing high-level media content that counsels, empowers and caters to women and their lifestyle. In her quest to help women with self-love and love relationships, Deya Direct also developed the “The Man Whisperer Series” which is a multimedia panel and course that teaches women the art of connecting to a man’s heart. A former Miss Black USA, she brings her unique skills as a national correspondent/host; her passion and knowledge as a veteran producer; her charisma and sense of humor as an actress, blogger, personality, inspirational speaker, and most recently author; to the world of multimedia. She is also the creator of the social media community Fly and Fabulous Women of Purpose.

This best-selling author has been writing blogs for the benefit of millions for over 12 years. Known for her direct and provocative style, Deya works as the Lead Content Producer for the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). The TJMS reaches 8 million listeners daily. DEYA DIRECT, who speaks directly to the hearts, minds and souls of women, pulls no punches with her engaging approach, is becoming an influential voice to be reckoned with.

Originally from New Haven, CT.  Deya now resides in Dallas, TX.  She is a graduate of Howard University. And engaged to be married.

Follow her on: Instagram @deyadirect | Twitter: @deyadirect | Website: DeyaDirect.net

With her vast experience producing content for radio, for web and most recently with her newly released book, Soft Is the New Power (affiliate link!), Deya is the perfect fit for this year’s conference theme #ContentIsLife!  

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