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Part 1: Notable Keynotes and Celebrities that Showed Up and Showed Out at Blogalicious Weekend

Selecting a keynote speaker for Blogalicious Weekend is a task we take very seriously. This individual has to bring the energy and set the tone for the entire Weekend. Below, we share some of our notable favorites! 

Blogalicious 2009:  Karen Walrond and Kim Coles 


Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks lit up our inaugural conference with her powerful message about “The Beauty of Different.” Kimberly Coleman (Mom In The City) shared this reaction: “The message really resonated with me. She encouraged us to figure out what made us different – our “superpower.” That’s the only way that we can be who we are meant to be and to live out our own personal dreams.”


During Disney Interactive’s The Princess and the Frog New Orleans-style Luncheon, one of us did a double take. Is that THE Kim Coles from ‘Living Single’ tip-toeing into the ballroom?! Turns out she was in the hotel as part of the presenting team for the BET Hip Hop Awards, and saw the fabulous group of ladies entering the luncheon; she decided our event was more fun to attend and she crashed for a few minutes. She said she would be back! Later that night, Kim joined us in the Clever Girls’ Yummie Tummie Suite. We had a ball sipping on bubbly and noshing on tasty cupcakes Good times! We love that, 8 years later, she is still connected with our community.

Blogalicious 2010:  Loni Love, Marc Morial and Kindred The Family Soul

Whew! Let’s talk about Miami, shall we? We had the great honor of having Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League (and former mayor of New Orleans), present our Opening Keynote. We felt inspired as Mr. Morial applauded us for lifting our voices and talked of the important work to be done in our communities. We’ve remained good friends with the Urban League – and Blogalicious family members were invited to live blog President Obama’s speech at their Centennial Conference! A Moment to remember.

And then, there was Loni Love! Presented by McDonald’s – a long-time Blogalicious partner – Loni, a Cafe Mocha Radio personality and co-host on The Real, had us in stitches as she hosted our luncheon AND took the time to interview several bloggers one-on-one.




A private performance for the Blogalicious attendees by Kindred The Family Soul, capped off an evening presented by General Mills (complete with topless waiters serving Yoplait martinis!) The duo was so down to earth and personable that they blessed us with a repeat, surprise, performance the next day. We’ve kept in touch and have been cheering them on ever since, through their webisodes, Wal-mart commercials and more!


Blogalicious 2011:  Jessie Jones, Paula Patton, and Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.

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Jessie Jones’, then-founder of U-ology, motivational speech tackledrelationship building.  “We need to develop an “army” with those that want to build with us. If you only have support from 2 people then great, build from there. Don’t waste time with people who won’t support you.” (Quote source: Mommy Factor) We enjoyed having our Canadian brother grace the stage – congrats on your new agency, Jesse!!!


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The line for the Cover Girl QUEEN Collection Suite was out the door! That’s because the gorgeous and warm Paula Patton was their brand ambassador on hand to meet and greet with the Blogalicious community. Justice Fergie’s mom was oh-so-tickled when Ms. Patton told her that she should be so very proud of her daughter – we’re proud of you, Paula!




Breakfast for dinner you say? We think that’s a great idea! And so did Aunt Jemima, who brought their brand ambassador, Chef Aaron “Big Daddy” McCargo from the Food Network to Blogalicious. Not only did he perform live cooking demos  and host our Pancake Dinner, but he also took the time to autograph his cookbook: Simply Done, Well Done for everyone in attendance. Keep cookin’ with grease, Chef!



Blogalicious 2012: Mario Armstrong and Doug E. Fresh 


Mario Armstrong kickoff Blogalicious 2012 on a high note. He gave an energizing keynote sharing his entrepreneurship journey, and kept it all the way real by sharing a screenshot of his negative bank account statement to show that the road to entrepreneurship is not always paved in gold. After his keynote, 30+ bloggers continued the conversation outside of the ballroom! Attendees couldn’t get enough to his wisdom and energy. [P.S. Congrats on the launch of The Never Settle Show, Mario!!]



Those of you where were there already know. This is hands down THE BEST closing party we hosted in the history of Blogalicious. Gain took us back to early 90’s and bought Doug E. Fresh to help us relive the nostalgia. Attendees are still talking about this party today! Thanks #GainFresh!!


But wait! There’s MORE. Part 2 Up Next!


Blogalicious 2017: Who would YOU want to see this year? 

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Comment below or tweet us at @beblogalicious with your suggestions!


{P.S. Blogalicious 2017 Weekend call for speakers will open in May! Stay tuned for more details) 

#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


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 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.

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

Iiiiiiit’s #InspoLab Time!

{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!



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.




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





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.




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.

#Blogalicious8 Speaker Announcement: The Bosses Behind The Brands: An Exclusive Conversation w. Agency Executives

Join four successful bosses for a frank discussion about what goes into influencer relationships and collaborations.  Everywhere Agency founder, Danica Kombol, One2One Network founder/CEO, Barbara Jones, Flowers Communications Group account supervisor, Nicole Pierce  and KIA Motors Social Media and Communications Manager, John Dominguez offer an inside look on influencer engagement. Hear from bosses who represent some of your favorite brands on a daily basis!

The Bosses Behind The Brands: An Exclusive Conversation w. Agency Executives ~ Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 @ 4:15pm

Barbara Jones :: One2One Network 


After spending 20 years in the music business as a marketing executive, Barbara Jones felt drawn to create a space where brands and agencies could harness the power of social media influencers. After founding One2One Network and co-founding BlissDom Events in 2008 and then evolving to form the integrated social media agency Blissful Media Group, she has become a sought-after social media and influencer marketing consultant and speaker.

Barbara and her family love being active in their community, including being active on the board of the local teen center, and they pretty much enjoy all winter sports. She happily lives and works in Greenwich, CT, but dreams of living full-time in the mountains and snowboarding whenever possible.  After all, she’s mastered composing emails on her iPhone from a chairlift without dropping it (yet), and it would be a shame for that skill to go to waste.


Danica Kombol :: Everywhere Agency 


Danica Kombol is the CEO of the Everywhere Agency, a leading social media and content marketing firm that works with Fortune 500 companies crafting and executing successful campaigns. She founded the blogger network, Everywhere Society to power the agency’s many award winning influencer campaigns for clients like Macy’s, Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, Domain.ME, Carters and others.

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 and went on to become a successful television producer working on such legendary shows as Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall. She blogs alternately about social media trends on her own site and about entrepreneurism at 


Nicole Pierce :: Flowers Communications Group 


Nicole Pierce is an Account Supervisor at Flowers Communications Group (FCG), an award-winning integrated marketing communications agency that specializes in multicultural public relations and marketing. In her role, she leads the development and execution of communications strategies across client accounts. She has a passion for building mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders on behalf of the brands she works on. In her spare time, Nicole blogs on the Chicago Now network, as Go 2 Mommy and occasionally writes as a contributor for

You can follow her on Twitter @CNicolePRGirl and on IG at @Go2Mommy.


John Dominguez :: KIA Motors



Supporting influencer communities has been the primary motivation for John in his role leading influencer outreach for Kia Motors America. John’s background in American cultural studies and music history has guided his strategy and approach of content via storytelling, which puts the natural talents of bloggers and content creators at the forefront of his partnerships.  In addition to his role in social media, John also contributes to the communications and creative strategy behind Kia’s product launches for traditional automotive and social media.   

John is married to an amazing public school teacher and has two wonderful boys who join in his love of music and Maurice Sendak.


You will walk away with key pointers, best practices, and even learn that they may be more like you than you think! This is truly a discussion you won’t want to miss!


Pssst …. Wednesday is the LAST DAY to book your conference hotel at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. We have secured a special rate of $169 for conference attendees. See you there!

#Blogalicious8 Conversation + Private Book Signing with NYT Best-Selling Author Luvvie Ajayi

Team Blogalicious is excited to announce New York Times Best-Selling Author, Luvvie Ajayi will be in the hooooouse! Her debut book: “I’m Judging You” launched on September 13th and became an instant best seller.  From Blogger to Best-Seller: Luvvie truly epitomizes our conference theme: #ContentIsLife

Luvvie will be at Blogalicious Weekend on Friday, November 4th at 6:00pm. Following her chat with Blogalicious Co-Founder, Stacey Ferguson, Luvvie will host an autograph signing + photo session. Bring your copy of “I’m Judging You” for her to sign.  If you need to order a copy, you may do so here.*



*This post contains affiliate links, however, the opinions written below are our own.
Blogalicious Weekend 2016 Keynote Speakers – Part 1: Nely Galán + Ramon Ray

When we think of our conference theme, #ContentIsLife, we envision influencers at the helm of amazing creative projects are using their platforms to galvanize a movement. We’re so proud to announce the following keynote speakers for this year’s Blogalicious Weekend conference, who compliment our vision so well.

Both individuals are well-known and respected in their fields, have extensive experience producing content in all forms and represent the brilliance of multicultural content creators. And most importantly, they both have promised to light our stage on fire!

 Keynote Speaker: Nely Galán

Topic: How to Become Self Made and Live a Rich Life in Every Way

Nely Galan will share what she’s learned from her amazing journey from immigrant kid, to the youngest to the tv station manager to becoming the first Latina President of a Television Network, Telemundo, to creating her own company which launched over 700 shows in English and Spanish making her the “Latina Tyler Perry”.
Galan just wrote the New York Times Best Selling Book Self Made, Becoming Empowered, Self Reliant and Rich in Every Way”. She will share all the secrets from her book including where is all the hidden money in America for women of color.

About Nely
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents.  An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan”.

After becoming self-made on her own terms, Galán has made it her mission to teach women—regardless of age or background—how they too can become entrepreneurs. Her New York Times best-selling book, SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way.  Inspired by the new revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multicultural women, Galán wrote the book as a manifesto to ignite the SELF MADE movement, uniting all women on a quest for an economic future they control.

Galán is also the founder of the nonprofit The Adelante Movement (“Move it forward!” in Spanish), which seeks to train and empower Latinas to become entrepreneurs. Soon, not just Latinas, but women of all backgrounds began showing up to her events, a clear signal to Galán that all women, and particularly multi-cultural women, were leading a new economic women’s movement.

Keynote Speaker: Ramon Ray



Topic: Free Publicity: Get Buzz and Attention in the Media

How can your business get the attention of local and national media? It’s not hard, it just takes strategy and creativity. Ramon shares his secret sauce for getting the media talking about YOU and your product or service. Businesses who get media attention build credibility and quickly extend their brand reach faster than simple word of mouth marketing or other marketing. Attendees will leave this insightful, energized and practical keynote with specific tools and best practices to get the attention of local and national media.

About Ramon
Ramon is passionate about helping small business entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He is an entrepreneur (started 4 companies and sold one), best selling author, journalist, event producer, speaker and event host.

Ramon is Small Business Evangelist, Infusionsoft and Editor of Smart Hustle Magazine. His third book, Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing, is an best seller. Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant, he touts hands-on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software and more. Ramon’s expertise is small business technology, marketing, sales, business startup and his favorite, personal branding. Learn more at


Nely will be opening Blogalicious Weekend with her dynamic talk on Friday, November 4th at 10am and Ramon is our featured closing keynote that same day at 5pm.  We’re excited that both of these dynamic leaders will be at Blogalicious Weekend! View our agenda here and don’t forget to secure your hotel room before the cut-off date.

See you in FIVE weeks!

#Blogalicious8 Keynote Speakers

More #Blogalicious8 Speaker Announcements: Say HELLO to a Few Familiar + New Faces!

This Week’s Speaker Announcements

We’re just going to keep the announcements coming! We’re so excited to introduce a lot of new faces to the Blogalicious community and to bring back a few familiar ones.

Without further ado, we’re excited to welcome the following speakers back to Blogalicious Weekend:

Trina Small: The Baby Shopaholic



Pamela J. Booker: Koils by Nature and Black Biz Scope



Amber Wright: Talk to Amber



And say hello to the fresh crop of faces that will be in Atlanta in November:

Melissa Potter Forde: Think Big Think You



Tara Gates Anderson:



Maia Kotlus-Gates: Twitter



Lexi Felder: Lexi with the Curls



Lauren Thomas: Lauren Thomas TV



Kim McCarter: Kim


Maggy Francois: Maggy



Courtney Rhodes: The Brandista Guide 



Ashely Danyel Freeman: Don’t Die Afraid 



Adeea Rogers:



Whew! Guess what? There’s still more to come! Spread the news and tell a friend to tell a friend. Many of you asked about our online agenda, well you’re in luck – you can find it HERE! Note that it’s still a work in progress, but you’ll get a sense of the awesomeness in store.


Power Presenter Monday: Lamar Tyler

Power Presenter Monday: Lamar Tyler



If you’ve been on the Internet for at least six weeks, chances are you’ve heard the terms “The Tylers”, “Black and Married With Kids” or “Traffic & Sales Profit Tour”. Those things have one thing in common and his name is Lamar Tyler, six-figure-making entrepreneur extraordinaire. Lamar started Black and Married with Kids with his wife, Ronnie, and has since blazed the trail for passionate dreamers who desire financial freedom. He and his wife were named two of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, a list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the black community for the second year in a row, sharing ranks with President Barack Obama, Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, and Tyler Perry. In 2014, Tyler New Media (their media company) was a Black Enterprise Family Business of the Year Finalist and in 2015, Tyler New Media was recognized as one of Infusionsoft’s Small Business ICON finalists.

This year, Lamar Tyler will be speaking at our first ever VIP Mastermind Day at Blogalicious Weekend. Want to learn more about him? Here’s a piece of his biography, which is yet another reason you need to be in attendance this year.


Hi, I’m Lamar Tyler, creator of Traffic Sales & Profit and probably one of the hardest working digital influencers in the game. I live my life by the motto: Passion, Purpose, and Profit, and it has never steered me wrong. This life-work hustle creed has taken my company Tyler New Media and my blog Black and Married with Kids (BMWK) from being a small personal blog to an international brand. This life-work hustle creed has taken the business from making “no figures” to grossing over seven-figures.

Not to brag, but I’m the real deal when it comes to making money online look easy. Just ask my clients. I’m not like these other business coaches out here that talk about building brands but have never built one with their own hands site by site, sale by sale.

For years, I have put in the work, made the mistakes, invested thousands in trainings, consultants, and paid my dues. As a result, I’ve been able to crack the cash code for living large as an online entrepreneur and created the Profit Camp to help visionaries like you get on the quickest path to profit and the land of milk and honey.

I did the hard work so you won’t have to.

Traffic Sales & Profit is a success formula, pure and simple. It gives you all of the surefire systems and strategies to take your online profits to the next level. Through Traffic Sales & Profit’s signature digital marketing strategies, I have taught entrepreneurs in different niches and markets how to generate profit with ease and in little time—regardless of their email lists sizes and their start-up budgets.





Power Presenter Monday: Lamar Tyler

Watch Wednesday: LIVE Periscope with Jessica Clark

Periscope with Jessica Clark Today

Join us on Periscope at 1:30 PM EST today as our VIP Mastermind Day presenter Jessica Clark hosts a pre-mastermind just for you. Jessica will introduce herself as well as share resources and tips on how to become a better business owner.

In short, Jessica Clark is an entrepreneur, author and family woman with a bright smile. But when you dig deeper into who she is, it is obvious that she’s a leader who’s deeply focused on transforming the lives of other entrepreneurs by using excellent organizational, visionary and strategic skills. After leaving a corporate position in the UK, Jessica took a leap of faith and launched her own business in 2002, allowing her to enhance the way business owners operate in their offices. Now, she uses a hands-on approach with CEOs and their key executives toidentify and address the underlying causes of business disorganization: broken processes, poor hiring, and lack of clear planning. Jessica’s way of identifying and rectifying internal break downs of businesses is one exemplary reason why we’re glad to learn from her.

Follow @BeBlogalicious and @Jessica_D_Clark on Periscope.



Want to learn more about Jessica Clark? Read her Power Presenter Spotlight.



Live Periscope with Jessica Clark | Be Blogalicious

Power Presenter Monday: Jessica Clark

Power Presenter Monday: Jessica Clark


In short, Jessica Clark is an entrepreneur, author and family woman with a bright smile. But when you dig deeper into who she is, it is obvious that she’s a leader who’s deeply focused on transforming the lives of other entrepreneurs by using excellent organizational, visionary and strategic skills. After leaving a corporate position in the UK, Jessica took a leap of faith and launched her own business in 2002, allowing her to enhance the way business owners operate in their offices. Now, she uses a hands-on approach with CEOs and their key executives to identify and address the underlying causes of business disorganization: broken processes, poor hiring, and lack of clear planning. Jessica’s way of identifying and rectifying internal break downs of businesses is one exemplary reason why we’re glad to learn from her.

Want to learn more about Jessica Clark? Here’s her biography and yet another reason you should attend #BYOE15 VIP Mastermind Day!


Every personality and behavioral evaluation Jessica Clark has ever taken shows her skills to be collaborative, organized, and completely comfortable working both in the visionary strategic and the hands-on tactical sides of business. Jessica leveraged her skills and traits early in her career by working with visionary business owners who needed to build, fix, or grow tactical systems and processes in order to increase revenue and surpass goals.
After leaving a corporate role in the UK, Jessica launched and ran Room to Breathe from 2002-2010; a successful hands on professional organizing firm with a sole focus on improving the physical efficiency of business owners in their office spaces. Jessica saw a greater need in addressing the causes of disorganization and closed the practice in 2010 to focus on building RTB Consulting to address those needs.
Jessica currently invests her time and energy with clients on management-level approaches of improving the business. Her company RTB Consulting provides services relating to the “business of running the business.” Services include: annual and mid-year strategic planning sessions, small group workshops, team and group trainings, and one on one External COO consulting. You can learn more about specific services at
Jessica frequently speaks at conferences on topics such as improving internal processes, effective delegation skills, efficient hiring practices, and communication skills to promote teamwork.
Jessica serves as Administrator for the Entrepreneur’s Organization:Sacramento Chapter; sits on the Board of Resource Area For Teachers-Sacramento. She served on the board of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Small Business Committee of the same.
Jessica makes her home in Sacramento, California with her husband Michael and her bonus daughter, Grace. She enjoys photography, re-learning playing the piano, baseball, camping, and hanging out with friends outdoors.
Specialties: strategic planning, operational management consulting, mentoring, process development, process improvement, public speaking, training, relationship management, entrepreneurship.




Power Presenter Monday: Jessica Clark

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