Speaker Bios

Jewel

Jewel
Singer/Songwriter
Celebrity Mom

@jeweljk

Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter.

From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the three-time Grammy nominee, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career. Her singular style and beauty continuously land her on the covers of such diverse magazines as Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, In Style, Glamour and Seventeen. Stuff listed her among its '102 Sexiest Women in the World’ while Blender went further, crowning her 'rock’s sexiest poet. ‘

In February of 2013, Jewel released her first ever career-spanning collection that includes new recordings of two classic hits with guest vocalists: “Foolish Games” with Kelly Clarkson and “You Were Meant For Me” with the Pistol Annies. The Greatest Hits album also includes one brand new single titled Two Hearts Breaking." It's a tender ballad about a once-great love, powered by thumping drums, rough-edged guitars.

Later in 2013, Jewel starred as June Carter Cash in the much anticipated Lifetime film, “Ring of Fire”.

2011 brought new joy to the singer/songwriter as she welcomed baby Kase Townes to the world. Soon after the singer released The Merry Goes’Round, her second children’s album with Fisher-Price® and Somerset Entertainment. The album written while pregnant and inspired by Kase, appeals to kids and parents alike and includes over 15 songs and 4 classics such as The Green Grass Grows All Around and My Favorite Things, plus new whimsical Jewel story-telling originals. The album was named itunes Children’s Album of the Year in 2011. The album was followed up in 2012 with a picture book and CD based on a song from The Merry Goes ‘Round. The book titled, “That’s What I’d Do” is perfect for bedtime sharing again-and-again.

After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel returned to her roots with the release of her debut country album Perfectly Clear in June 2008, which garnered her a spot at #1 on the Billboard country album charts. Perfectly Clear was the debut release on the Nashville-based independent label The Valory Music Co.

Shortly after Perfectly Clear, Jewel debuted her first-ever independent release, Lullaby, in a partnership with Fisher-Price® and Somerset Entertainment. Lullaby was produced by Jewel and recorded at her home studio in Stephenville, TX. To date, it as sold over 350,000 copies. The 15-track album features 10 self-penned songs and a few standards including beautiful renditions of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” The acoustic record is reminiscent of Jewel’s twelve-time platinum album Pieces of You.

Jewel has spent a lot of time in Nashville over the last few years, and has naturally been drawn to and accepted by the Nashville music community. She has hosted the country reality show "Nashville Star" and she has made a number of appearances at Muzik Mafia events. She co-wrote and sings with new artist Jason Michael Carroll on "No Good In Goodbye" which appeared on his debut album, Waitin' In The Country (Arista Nashville). She was also invited to sing with Merle Haggard, a long time hero of hers, on his album of #1’s.

In 2010, Jewel maintained her country roots as she returned to the format with her sophomore follow-up album, Sweet and Wild. The album was written and produced by Jewel. Her insightful love ballad Satisfied, received a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”

“The theme of this album is finding what’s true about you and your life, and defending it and valuing it above all else,” said Jewel. “My newest country album will share so many of my personal feelings of love and happiness that I have written into the songs,” said Jewel.

In the summer of 2011 Jewel was seen as host and judge on the Bravo series, Platinum Hit. The show followed 12 up-and-coming musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive and also featured fellow songwriter Kara DioGuardia.

Also near and dear to Jewel’s heart is her charitable initiative, Project Cleanwater, which she continues to support, unwaveringly. Jewel founded Project Clean Water in 1997. Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Jewel became ill and couldn’t afford to buy the bottled water she needed for her sick kidneys. She then realized it was difficult to obtain clean water in the United States, and discovered it was a huge problem globally. She has been relentless in her efforts to bring safe water to those in need and create awareness of clean water shortages around the world.

Project Clean Water has recently partnered with Virgin Unite and the Voss Foundation to create the "Give A Drop" campaign. Donations of $5.00 can be made by texting the message "DROP" to phone number 85944. Money raised through text donations will benefit the partnership, which is currently working in Pel in the Dogon region of Mali, where 40 water retention structures were recently completed. This spring, work will also begin to help rural villages in southeast Ethiopia expand their access to clean water.

 
Zanny Oltman

Zanny Oltman
VP Marketing Partnerships
Destination Maternity Corporation
@DestinationMat

Zanny Oltman oversees all marketing partnerships for Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp., the world’s largest maternity apparel retailer, including the brands A Pea In the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and Destination Maternity. Zanny is responsible for all marketing opportunities created for companies serving expectant mothers and new families. She leads all data licensing initiatives, sampling programs, in-store signage campaigns, e-marketing, web sponsorship, and in-store and online-subscription based programs. Tailored to each partner’s needs, these programs connect with Destination Maternity customers searching for the best products and services for them and their families.

With close to 20 years of experience in lifestyle marketing, Zanny has created programs which leverage traditional media, online environments, and retail space. She graduated from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College with a B.S. in Television Production and received an MBA with a major in Marketing from Drexel University. Zanny lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three children.

 
Julie Cole

Julie Cole
Co-Founder
Mabel’s Labels
@mabelhood

@juliecole

Julie is a mother of six and co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose!® After her eldest son was diagnosed with autism, she shelved a legal career to monitor his therapy and launch a business that would strike a better work/life balance. Mabel’s Labels has since grown from basement start-up into an award-winning, celebrity-loved phenomenon, featured on The View, Today, The Early Show, Rachael Ray, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, People. com, Forbes.com, and in Parents, In Style, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and countless other media outlets. It was named to Inc.com’s list of 20 Awesome Facebook Fan Pages and Hubspot’s The 15 Best Facebook Pages You’ve Ever Seen. As company spokesperson, Julie is well known amongst N. American mom entrepreneurs, with her dynamic personality making her an in-demand speaker everywhere from university business classes to TV and radio shows, including a regular spot as parenting expert on HLN’s Raising America (Atlanta) and CH Morning Live. In addition to interviews and articles in major print publications, she is a syndicated blogger whose writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites.

 
Cooper Munroe

Cooper Munroe
Co-founder
The Motherhood, Inc.
@TheMotherhood

@CooperMunroe

Cooper Munroe, co-founder of The Motherhood, Inc. is an award-winning marketing-to-moms expert with more than 25 years of experience working with top public relations firms, Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profits. With more than 150 blue chip consumer brands and organizations as clients, The Motherhood Inc has created and led many of the premier social media campaigns of the last seven years. With a network of influential social media moms and dads across the country, The Motherhood empowers mothers on the web to get into action on behalf of brands, organizations and causes they believe in.

Named the Renaissance Communicator of the Year by PRSA Pittsburgh in 2014, Cooper has also won numerous additional awards including Enterprising Women of the Year. The Motherhood campaigns have generated extensive coverage by major media including The Oprah Show, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, the Today Show and the New York Times. The Motherhood has won Web Awards, PRSA Awards, a Best of Blogs Award for Most Inspirational Blog of the Year, were named among the Top Ten Power Moms on the Web by Parents Magazine, a Top 50 Most Influential Site by Kred, Person of the Week by ABC News and has twice been a finalist for a Webby. Cooper speaks often about the power of moms online at top conferences, including BlogHer, PA and MA Conferences for Women, M2Moms, the Mom 2.0 Summit and, recently, presented a TEDx Talk titled The Motherhood Effect.

 
Bill Tancer

Bill Tancer
General Manager of Global Research
Experian Marketing Services
Author
Click... What Millions of People Do Online and Why it Matters

@experianmkt

A New York Times bestselling author and former columnist for TIME magazine, Bill Tancer brings more than 15 years of marketing, market research and business strategy experience to Experian Marketing Services. As the general manager for global research, Bill leads a team of research analysts that specialize in providing cutting-edge research and insight into consumer behavior, both retail and shopping trends and the application of competitive intelligence.

Bill is the author of two books, Everyone's a Critic - Winning Customers in a Review-Driven World to be released in August 2014 by Penguin Portfolio and The New York Times Best Seller Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why it Matters. Bill's analysis of the online landscape has been quoted extensively in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Businessweek, Forbes and CNN, among others. Named Television Week’s “12 to Watch” for 2008, Bill is a frequent guest on business television and radio programming including CNBC and Fox Business News and his analysis of the online landscape was a feature subject in ABC News’ hit series 20/20.

Bill has served on the board of directors for SEMPO, and he is currently on the advisory board for the PEW Internet and American Life Project. Prior to joining Experian Marketing, Bill led market research and strategy teams at LookSmart, Zaplet, NBC Internet and Pacific Bell Internet Services. Bill has also covered the internet sector for Gartner Group as a senior technology marketplace consultant.

Bill is located in San Francisco, CA.

 
Holly Hamann

Holly Hamann
Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer
TapInfluence
@TapInfluence

@HollyHamann

Holly Hamann is co-founder of TapInfluence, the industry’s only cloud-based software that automates the creation, management and measurement of influencer marketing programs. Marketers use TapInfluence to scale their online reach and engagement with consumers in a meaningful and authentic way. Social influencers use TapInfluence to connect with relevant brands and generate revenue from their content. Holly has spent her career launching start-ups in the internet, multimedia, entertainment, video, and other high-tech industries. She is a public speaker, contributing writer on technology and marketing to various publications, is an American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year recipient, and a guest blogger for The Huffington Post. She holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, is an active triathlete, and blogs about technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

 
Christine Wilson

Christine Wilson
Founder & CEO
MtoM Consulting, LLC
@MtoMConsulting

Christine Wilson has spent more than 15 years working with thought leaders and industry influencers in information technology, entertainment, market research, and digital content. Her extensive marketing experience with the pioneer cable network Oxygen Media sparked her passion for marketing to women and speaking to them in a way that truly resonates. Christine led the marketing and business development for Synacor and ContentNow, digital and content start-ups, as well as chaired the board of a 2000-member moms’ organization. In 2011 she started MtoM Consulting, LLC to assist businesses and brands in communicating with moms in the digital space. Her uncanny ability to know exactly where moms are online-- and how to speak to them -- has helped her grow MtoM to a highly successful full service digital marketing firm.

Christine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and sits on the board of The Reading Connection. She resides in Arlington, VA with her husband and two young boys, and has a little sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters that lives with her family.

 
Lauren Fitzgerald

Lauren Fitzgerald
Managing Director
The Mom Complex

The Mom Complex’s mission is to turn the challenges of motherhood into growth opportunities for brands, and this mission is one Lauren Fitzgerald truly believes in. As the Lead Engagement Manager for the company, Lauren has worked with global brands like Johnson & Johnson, Playskool, Walmart, Unilever and Colgate, helping them better understand their mom customers and mom employees. However, at the end of the day, what matters most to her is impacting the lives of moms for the better. It’s what gets Lauren out of bed every morning. And she needs all the help she can get with a 3 year old and 1 year old at keeping her up at night!

Lauren lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Tony, 3 year old daughter Lydia, and 1 year old son Trey.

 
Leslie Godwin

Leslie Godwin
Senior Shopper Marketing Manager
Kellogg Company

Leslie Godwin has had the privilege of working with global brands and best-in-class teams throughout her career, first with Nestle USA and now with the Kellogg Company. In her time at Nestle, Leslie learned high-level analytics and managed a team of highly regarded reps for the Nestle Military business. Now as the Senior Shopper Marketing Manager on the Kellogg Walmart team, Leslie gets to develop nationwide programs using Kellogg’s extensive portfolio of brands. But it’s about more than just selling waffles and cereal. Her work makes the lives of moms easier. And she loves that.

Leslie lives in Bentonville, Arkansas with her husband Brad and her sassy 2-year-old daughter Dia.

 
Kelley Skoloda

Kelley Skoloda
Partner/Director, Global Brand Marketing Practice
Ketchum
@toobusytoshop

Kelley Skoloda, Partner/Director of Ketchum’s Global Brand Marketing Practice, is a recognized authority on marketing to women. She is responsible for thought-leadership, major client stewardship and Practice growth in the consumer arena. Kelley is the architect of the widely publicized Women 25to54, a communications offering that provides a better way to reach “multi-mindingSM” female consumers.

In Kelley’s distinguished career with the global, top-ten public relations firm, Ketchum, she has counseled dozens of companies and blue-chip brands including the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Canned Food Alliance, Aetna, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, Daimler Chrysler, Kellogg’s® Special K® along with other Kellogg’s brands, Kimberly-Clark, Libby’s and Rite Aid Corporation.

Kelley is a sought-after speaker and commentator on the subject of marketing to women and has been featured in BusinessWeek Online, BRANDWEEK magazine, CNNMoney.com, Today’s Chicago Woman, The Washington Post, PRWeek magazine and others.

Kelley’s blog, www.toobusytoshop.blogspot.com, helped her collect input from women across the country for her business book, Too Busy to Shop: Marketing to Multi-Minding Women (2009, Praeger Publishers).

Kelley earned her M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her undergraduate degree from Seton Hill University, where she now sits on the Board of Trustees. She and her husband, David, reside in Pittsburgh with their two children, Jake and Ellie.

 
Elisa Camahort Page

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO
BlogHer, Inc.

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. With Elisa leading the BlogHer conference business, it has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to many diverse events that hosted more than 5,500 attendees in 2012. Elisa’s work leading consumer insights and public relations has resulted in coverage from many leading media outlets, including USA TODAY, New York Times, Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, TODAY Show, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2010-2013, as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek, and as Innovator Of The Year by InfusionSoft. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes for 2010-2012. Together, BlogHer’s co-founders were in the Ernst & Young Winning Women Class of 2011, have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company, and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine. In 2011, they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has also been honored as an NCWIT Hero and as one of the AWM's Sixty@60.

Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and SXSW V2V, Advisory Board for Food on the Table, the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute, and as a Member of the Digital Hollywood Women's Entertainment and Technology Board.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Before bringing her marketing expertise to the Internet industry, Elisa was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Her last corporate position was as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed a team of product managers and five product lines.

 
Liz O’Donnell

Liz O’Donnell
Author, Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman

Liz O'Donnell is a communications pro, author and blogger. She has spent most of her career helping companies create and execute communications and marketing programs that track to business objectives and drive measurable results and impact.

 Liz has worked with start-ups as well as Fortune 50 companies. Her clients have ranged from enterprise and consumer technology companies to large commercial banks to sustainable building materials and mainstream consumer products.

As the author of the book Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman, and the founder of Hello Ladies, one of the top 100 websites for women according to Forbes and a Best of the Net per Working Mother magazine, Liz is particularly tuned in to the growing demographic of working mothers and the unique challenges and opportunities they face. She is passionate about helping women thrive and helping companies reach and mobilize this powerful resource. Her opinions on the topic have been sought by Time, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail and The Levo League.

Liz is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and MomsRising. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, The Glass Hammer, BlogHer, PTO Today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Gatehouse Media.

 
Josh Himwich

Josh Himwich
VP of Product for The Bump and Registry Businesses
TheBump.com
@himwich

Josh Himwich was Employee #4 at Quidsi, the parent company of Diapers.com, Soap.com, and Wag.com. He led the Product team that built out their family of sites, which were bought by Amazon in late 2010 for $550MM. He's now the VP of Product for XO Group, the home to The Knot, The Bump and The Nest, where he manages Product for The Bump and Registry businesses.

 
Sharon Vinderine

Sharon Vinderine
Founder, CEO
PTPA Media, Inc.
@PTPASharon
@PTPA

Sharon Vinderine is the Founder of Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA), where over 100,000 parents come on a monthly basis to make purchasing decisions for their family.

PTPA was started after Vinderine, an inventor of a baby product, was looking for ways to promote one of her new products. After submitting her new product to several “awards” that had promised to reach her consumer audience, she was disappointed to find that everyone who applied was an automatic winner – receiving no feedback or outreach. This prompted the creation of The Parent Tested Parent Approved Awards.

PTPA is based on the foundation that people want the highest quality products for their families. What better way to ensure that your child is getting the best products than by having fellow parents tests them?

As a leader in her field, Vinderine has been acknowledged by the media as an industry leader and innovator. Vinderine has been recommended as a “top notch Entrepreneur with tremendous smarts”. She has appeared on over 100 morning shows on TV networks including ABC, NBC and the Fox News Network. Vinderine was a contributor on HLN’s Raising America and has been invited to feature PTPA winning products on shows such as The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Fox and Friends, KTLA, WPIX, FOX, Global, and Lang and O’Leary in Toronto.

Before venturing into the world of baby products, Vinderine was the founder of the first wireless Internet company in Canada, MIPPS Net Online which was ranked as one of “Canada’s Hottest Start Ups” by Profit Magazine and was later sold to Primus Telecommunications.

Vinderine received her Double Honours degree from York University in Toronto and continues leading her two successful companies –PTPA Media and Small Made Simple -- from Toronto. She resides in Toronto with her husband and two children, aged 8 and 10 respectively.

 
Laura Berg

Laura Berg
President and Founder
My Smart Hands Inc.

Laura Berg is the president and founder of My Smart Hands Inc., one of North America’s leading Baby Signing companies. Her YouTube channel is one of Canada’s top ranked channels with over 26 million views. Because of her ranking, she was invited to join Maker Studio (recently acquired by Disney), North America’s largest YouTube network recently purchased by Disney. Laura started her business out of her home and has seen it blossom into an international company with over 200 instructors worldwide. Utilizing social media, specifically YouTube, she grew her brand internationally, becoming a recognized expert in the field of baby signing. In 2011, Laura secured a book deal with Avery Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA). Her definitive 300 page guide, The Baby Signing Bible was published in September 2012.

Recently Yahoo Shine recognized Laura as one of the top 7 Mom Entrepreneurs who have made it big, putting her in the company of J.K Rowling and Paula Dean.

Laura has won many awards and been recognized in the media all over the world. She appeared on Canada’s Dragons Den television show (equivalent to Shark Tank in the US) where she secured a business deal from two of the investors. Laura was also named a top 10 Chatelaine Entrepreneur of the Year and a finalist in the TBOT Business of the Year award. She has appeared on the front page of the Toronto Star, been showcased in the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, MacLean’s Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine and many more.

 
Alison Kramer

Alison Kramer
Writer and Co-Creator
UnMarketing

Alison Kramer is a writer and co-creator of content at UnMarketing. Prior to co-writing four best selling books, she developed and ran an international maternity lingerie company called Nummies. Alison writes and speaks about social media, parenting, business and marketing. Alison is mother of a bunch of awesome minis, reluctant runner and yogi. Her current adventures include co-hosting the UnPodcast with the wonderful Scott Stratten. Their fourth book, “UnSelling” launches Fall 2014.

 
Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon
Chief Brand Officer
WWE

Stephanie McMahon was named Chief Brand Officer in December 2013 and is responsible for leading WWE’s efforts to further enhance its brand reputation among key constituencies including advertisers, media, business partners and investors. Stephanie serves as the company’s brand ambassador and works with WWE’s business units to support key growth initiatives. She is the primary spokesperson for WWE's CSR initiatives, including Be a STAR, WWE’s anti-bullying program and along with her husband, Paul Levesque, has started and funded a cause for Pediatric brain and spinal cancer called, Conner’s Cure.

Prior to being named Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie was Executive Vice President, Creative and was responsible for overseeing the creative development of all WWE television, pay-per-view programming, print, digital and social media content.

Stephanie began her career with WWE in 1998 as an Account Executive for the WWE sales office in New York City, while also developing her television personality on WWE programming. Stephanie's career growth and development spans over multiple business areas including directing and producing some of WWE's televised events. She has also managed WWE's Talent Relations, Talent Brand Management and Live Events businesses.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for both the USO Metropolitan Washington and the digital media company, Tout, Inc. Stephanie has received Fairfield County Business Journal's 2010 “40 Under 40” award and was recognized as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Cable" by CableFAX magazine for four out of the past five years. In 2013, Stephanie was named to Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” and was also named one of Multichannel News’s “Women to Watch.” In May of 2104, she was named as one of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News’s “Women in the Game.”

Stephanie is a working mother of three daughters ages 8,6 and 4.

 
Stacy DeBroff

Stacy DeBroff
Founder and CEO
Mom Central Consulting
@StacyDeBroff
@MCConsulting

Social media strategist, best-selling author, attorney, and founder and CEO of Mom Central Consulting, Stacy brings more than two decades of award-winning experience and insight to the nation’s top brands, agencies, and organizations.

Mom Central Consulting, the leading social media consulting firm focused on the Mom Market, works with over 200 brands each year to develop powerful influencer marketing programs targeted to Moms. With offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Toronto, Canada, Mom Central Consulting delivers cutting-edge social media and digital campaigns – engaging influencers as passionate brand advocates – to achieve focused marketing results. Our robust Mom Central Testing Panel garners real-world insights throughout the Mom Marketplace, which informs our ROI-driven campaigns. For the past three years, Inc. magazine has named Mom Central Consulting to its annual Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

With media experience ranging from The Today Show to The Wall Street Journal, Stacy remains a sought-after national spokesperson. Moreover, she trend-spots regularly with national brands and speaks frequently to national and international audiences on a wide range of subjects, including influence marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, and consumer trends. In 2012, Stacy received the third-annual MomFirst Award from M2Moms.

Prior to Mom Central Consulting, Stacy founded and ran the Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School.

 
Erica Ehm

Erica Ehm
Founder & Publisher
YummyMummyClub.ca

Erica Ehm is Founder, Publisher of YummyMummyClub.ca, the online lifestyle magazine written for moms by moms.

Everyone in Canada knows Erica Ehm as one of the first stars of MuchMusic, Canada's music video station. Today she is known as a leader in the mom space. Launched eight years ago after the successful run of her internationally syndicated Yummy Mummy TV series, YummyMummyClub.ca has become one of the most influential websites for women with kids in Canada. With an eclectic editorial mandate to reflect life seen through the prism of motherhood, YMC has a stable of 50 niche resident bloggers and hundreds of influencers in the #YMCCommunity who write and share compelling content for discerning moms.

Considered one of the pioneers of integrated sponsored programs, Erica's definition of fun is coming up with innovative and engaging ways for brands to connect with moms (she doesn't get out much). Erica became yummy thanks to her son Josh, daughter Jessie and husband Terry.

 
Brandon Murphy

Brandon Murphy
EVP, Chief Strategy Officer
22squared
@22squared
@BRMURPHY

Brandon is responsible for strategic oversight for all of our clients’ brands. He guides positioning development, engagement planning, social/digital strategy, creative development, and optimization strategy. Having been with the agency for nine years, he’s led a variety of successful campaigns for our clients, as well as helped reposition and rebrand the agency from West Wayne to 22squared. Prior to joining 22squared, Brandon was a strategist at Campbell-Ewald, and at Fahlgren Advertising, and was partner of a shopper marketing firm specializing in retail branding strategies.

 
Saya Heathco

Saya Heathco
Planning Director
22squared
@22squared
@sayag

Since joining 22squared, Saya has led brand strategy and insights development for American Standard, Florida’s Natural, Publix Super Markets and, most recently, OGX. Her career began in Chicago with marketing experience spanning CPG, healthcare, tourism, arts and numerous mom targets. Past clients include H.J. Heinz, Hilton Worldwide, Frito-Lay, ConAgra, Central DuPage Hospital and Blue Man Group. Saya holds a Master's Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

 
Jenny Rosenstratch
Photo: Johnny Miller

Jenny Rosenstrach
Author
Dinner: A Love Story
Random House

@dinnerlovestory

Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story and author of the books Dinner: A Love Story and the recently released Dinner: The Playbook. She has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NBC’s Today. She and her husband, Andy Ward, write “The Provider’s” column for Bon Appétit. They live in Westchester County, New York, with their two young daughters.

 
Sharon Chang

Sharon Chang
Director of Product Management
Yahoo!


Sharon Chang is head of product management for Yahoo Lifestyles, including Yahoo Style and Yahoo Beauty digital magazines. She was previously head of product management for Yahoo News, spearheading the launch of Katie Couric on the network. Sharon has extensive marketing experience creating new products for enterprise software companies, the consumer web and iOS and Android apps. Sharon was the head of marketing at Rockmelt before its acquisition by Yahoo. Previously, she held product marketing roles at a variety of tech companies including Opsware and HP (twice). Sharon has an MBA from the University of Southern California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters, ages 4 and 7.

 
Courtney M. Miller

Courtney M. Miller
Director of Account Planning + Strategy
AbelsonTaylor
@CMiller0817
@AbelsonTaylor



12 years of advertising experience and curiosity hasn’t killed this cool cat! Director of Account Planning + Strategy, Courtney Miller combines her anthropologic mind and constant quest to understand “why” to discover insights and build strategies that turn everyday thinking on its head (while managing to land on her feet every time). Category experience spans the gamut from nutritionals to retail marketing, pediatrics, weight management, and mental health. But her true passion lies in the deep understanding of moms, working on an infant formula brand, toddler nutritionals, Burger King youth marketing, and even a medical device for women having C-sections. Courtney is an expert storyteller, leading multidisciplinary think tanks, brainstorms, workshops and trainings - both client and agency wide. She is also one of the leaders of AbelsonTaylor's baby care practice, pioneering proprietary research initiatives and thought-leadership efforts. What’s more? She is a practicing mother of two!

 
Beverly Wright

Beverly Wright
VP, Account Director
AbelsonTaylor
@AbelsonTaylor



Beverly truly believes that brands have the power to make a difference (not to be confused with having a point of difference) in the lives of their consumers. There’s nothing she’s more passionate about than helping them harness that power for good and keeping them from falling prey to lost opportunity. Having worked with top clients that include P&G, Kraft, S.C. Johnson, and McDonald’s on brands like Windex, Glade, Tampax, and Happy Meal, Beverly has spent 19 years driving innovative communications that have helped brands truly connect with women throughout their life journey to drive use, build preference, and ultimately, engender brand love. As VP, Account Director at AbelsonTaylor, she’s poised to help take her clients’ Health and Wellness brands to new heights.

 
Liz Hawks

Liz Hawks
Senior Vice President & Partner
FleishmanHillard
@lizhawks


A mother of three, and a senior vice president and partner at FleishmanHillard, Liz Hawks is the founding chair of the firm’s global and award-winning global marketing-to-moms practice group. In this role, she counsels clients like Hallmark, Helzberg Diamonds, Abbott Nutrition, Monsanto, Hasbro and others to strategically dialogue with moms in ways that translate to better acquisition and retention of the lucrative “mom market.” Ms. Hawks is often a featured speaker at national conferences, and has been interviewed by industry leading media like PRWeek and Mashable on the subject of marketing to moms. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Kansas.

 
Laura Hutfless

Laura Hutfless
Agent Music Partnerships
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
@LEHNash


Laura Hutfless is an Agent in the Music Partnership department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Hutfless works in the Nashville office and helps develop innovative partnerships between CAA clients and corporate brands that go above and beyond traditional tour sponsorships and endorsement deals. She has worked with many of the world’s leading brands including Anheuser-Busch, Kraft, AT&T, Dr. Pepper, ConAgra Foods Inc., Beringer Wines, Country Financial, RAM Trucks, Hallmark, and more to develop 360 degree entertainment platforms that utilize CAA talent and properties. Programs developed by Laura have received back-to-back Billboard Concert Marketing & Promotion Nominations (ConAgra Foods & Scooter Braun Projects) in 2013, (Ram Trucks & Zac Brown “Letters for Lyrics” Campaign) in 2011 and (Hallmark & Demi Lovato Text Band Launch) in 2012. The Letters for Lyrics program also won the Gold Ex Marketing Award in 2011.

Laura was named to Billboard’s Power Player Top 30 Under 30 List in 2010 and again on Billboard’s Power Player 40 Under 40 List in 2012 and 2013.

 
Christine Ryder

Christine Ryder
Regional VP Sales
Unruly
@unrulyco



Christine Ryder brings more than two decades of selling experience in the digital advertising industry to her role as Unruly's Regional Vice President of Sales in Chicago. She brings first-hand experience initiating and growing advertising partnerships with leading brands including Kraft, Kellogg’s, Unilever, General Mills, HP, Kimberly-Clark, General Motors, Target, Purina, and McDonald’s. Ryder is responsible for expanding Unruly’s presence throughout the Midwest serving clients from Detroit to Dallas.

Prior to joining Unruly, Christine held a number of sales leadership roles at digital heavyweights including AOL, Glam, and iVillage, as well as a variety of start-ups centered around content, social and video. In addition, she has served as president of the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association, where she helped with drive the organization's growth and saw a resurgence of membership, board and committee participation.

 
Angie Read

Angie Read
Senior Vice President & Partner
FleishmanHillard
@angieread



Angie Read is a senior vice president and partner at FleishmanHillard, where she specializes in integrated and entertainment marketing for national consumer clients including Hallmark, Dearfoams, Foot Petals, Helzberg and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Including her time as a branded entertainment manager at Sprint, Read has concepted, brokered and managed successful celebrity programs since 2001 with talent such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Grant, Demi Lovato, Jase and Si Robertson, Cody Simpson, and Jewel, among others. Read is also a member of FleishmanHillard’s global marketing to moms practice group where she marries her entertainment expertise with the unique needs of clients interested in reaching this important audience.

 
Noelle Perillo

Noelle Perillo
Director, Corporate Relations
Special Olympics International
@SpecialOlympics
@noelleperillo


Noelle Perillo is director of corporate relations at Special Olympics International, the global headquarters for the organization. Noelle works with Fortune 50 partners to provide strategy and program development for sponsorships, cause-related marketing, corporate gifts or grants, employee engagement and third party fundraisers. Corporate partnerships are essential to Special Olympics pursuit of advancing the mission of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Noelle began her career at Ketchum as a public relations and marketing communications professional. She worked with clients in health care, consumer products and the food industry developing award-winning communications programs. Noelle’s work focused on marketing to women and moms and she led teams to win 18 industry awards including a PRSA Silver and Bronze Anvil. At Ketchum, she particularly enjoyed cause marketing and CSR work for Kraft Foods and Kellogg Company and wanted to continue her focus here.

After thirteen years working at the agency, Noelle brought her skills as a client manager and marketer to the nonprofit world. At Special Olympics, Noelle works with P&G, Mattel, CVS and other companies in the in the CPG, financial services, retail and food industry.

Noelle earned her B.A. from American University in Public Communications and Pre-Law. She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and three-year-old son.

 
Brook Klawitter

Brook Klawitter
Special Olympics International



Brook Klawitter is the Director of the Finance Shared Services organization for USG Corporation and manages a team of 200 accounting professionals across 3 countries. As a working mom, Brook balances the demands of a challenging and rewarding career with the many rewards associated with being a mother to 3 young children including one with special needs. When their son was born with Down syndrome 8 years ago, Brook and her husband, Dave, were introduced to a number of services and support groups available to families with disabilities and found a home with Special Olympics due to the opportunity to celebrate Jack’s achievements regardless of how they compared to developmental standards. For the last six years, Brook has led a monthly Special Olympics Young Athlete program in the South Suburbs of Chicago, chaired a fundraising committee, participated in setting the 3-5 year plan for the Young Athletes program and helped to raise $120,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. Most recently, Brook became Jack’s speech coach and looks forward to helping him achieve his next set of goals.

 
Jack Klawitter

Jack Klawitter
Special Olympics International



Jack Klawitter is the youngest Global Messenger for Special Olympics Illinois and loves to give speeches about the impact and benefits of Special Olympics in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. This engaging 8 year old has been showing and telling everyone he meets about the fun things he’s done, skills he’s built and confidence he’s gained through participation in the Special Olympics Young Athletes program since he was 2 years old. Jack loves to play most sports but really excels at golf, basketball, softball and running. Jack is a fully included third grader at Peotone Elementary School. He uses the skills and experiences he’s gained through Special Olympics to build friendships and relationships essential to a balanced and positive learning environment.

 
Sue Gillan

Sue Gillan
Creative Director
O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul


Having divided the majority of her career between improvisational comedy and advertising/marketing, Sue loves finding the sweet spot between creativity and strategy. An alumnus of the Second City Comedy Theater in Chicago, Sue started as a performer and writer for the resident company and went on to direct the National Touring Company, as well as serving as Creative Director for Second City Communications for brands like Seattle’s Best Coffee and Hanes. She has directed and created content for live product launches and trade shows, and dozens of broadcast, digital and social campaigns for brands like Samsung, State Farm, Kraft, Kmart, Taco Bell and KFC. In her role as O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul’s Creative Director. Sue’s built an “A-Team” of improviser talent, who combine strategy with humor to deliver everything from traditional advertising to experiential live content for clients including Big Lots, Pizza Hut’s WingStreet, Facebook, Turtle Wax and Orbitz.

 
Therese Caruso

Therese Caruso
Managing Director, Global Strategy + Insights
Zeno Group
@theresecaruso


Therese Caruso, Managing Director of Global Strategy + Insights, leads the Strategic Planning function for Zeno Group. With over 20 years of brand marketing experience, she has refined the role of Planning, applying it to a channel agnostic approach. This methodology anchors thinking in research that drives toward an insight, a core strategy, and a galvanizing idea that brings the strategy to life.

Bringing a real specialty in consumer insights and trends, Therese has a passion for marketing to women and moms and is extremely well-versed in the mindset, values and behaviors of women at various ages and life stages. Working with clients such as Unilever, Kimberly Clark, Starbucks and Johnson & Johnson, she has applied a Planning methodology to build effective social purpose campaigns, as well.

A frequent lecturer on what drives behavior, Therese has held several board positions, helping brands and charities better understand the marketplace in which they compete. Currently, she is on the Advisory Board of Iconoculture, the leading global trends forecasting firm.

Therese is married with two daughters and lives in Connecticut.

 
Laura Wagner

Laura Wagner
Creative Director
Free Agents Marketing


Laura Wagner is the Creative Director at Free Agents Marketing, a 45 person agency based in Richmond, Virginia that believes for every brand there’s an opportunity for growth by creating experiences and sharing ideas between people and brands. She is a strategic and visionary creative leader with over two decades of experience delivering creative solutions that strengthen brands, improve market share and fulfill business objectives. She has successfully created and launched several local and national brands during her career, and she has extensive marketing and multi-channel experience that expands the health care, financial, retail and automotive industries. While with Free Agents, Laura has helped health care systems like University of Colorado Health and Bon Secours Virginia develop their brand and grow volumes among key service lines. Prior to joining Free Agents Marketing, she spent time on the client side, leading in-house creative departments for Sears Automotive and Circuit City Stores Inc. Laura is a graduate of Mary Washington College with bachelor’s degree in studio art.

 
Carrie Glasscock

Carrie Glasscock
Director, Corporate Relations
Susan G. Komen

Carrie Glasscock joined Susan G. Komen in 2005. In her tenure at Komen, Carrie has been responsible for the development of many signature Komen partnerships and programs, including the breast cancer awareness and fundraising initiative with WWE. Carrie’s team currently oversees Komen’s portfolio of more than 100 corporate partnerships which generate approximately $30 million in donations annually for the organization and reach millions of people with important breast health messaging. Prior to joining Komen, Mrs. Glasscock served as the Director of Development and Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Charlotte, NC. Carrie began her career in politics where she served on former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot’s gubernatorial campaign staff. A graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Carrie currently resides in Dallas, TX with her husband Scott.

 
Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, R.N.

Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, R.N.
CEO
HealthyWomen
@BBCRN
@Healthywomen

Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, R.N., brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and, as a practicing registered nurse, medical knowledge to her role as CEO of HealthyWomen, a nonprofit organization providing women with in-depth, objective, physician-approved information on a broad range of women's health issues.

Beth has worked in the healthcare industry for nearly 20 years, helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women’s health issues. These programs have run the gamut from heart health and cancers to migraines and oral hygiene. Her management and marketing expertise is particularly critical as HealthyWomen moves to expand its outreach to millions of women across the country through updated technology, wider program distribution and new public education and awareness efforts.

 
Dominique Debroux

Dominique Debroux
Co-Founder and CEO
Big Belli
@BigBelliCo

Inspired by her need for easily accessible information and communal support during the difficult early part of her pregnancy with daughter Gaia, Dominique Debroux leveraged her business background to create the multi-media web portal Big Belli around her husband’s, filmmaker Christopher Henze, pregnancy documentary 40 Weeks.

Prior to the creation of Big Belli, Dominique worked in the US fashion industry for over 20 years; mostly for luxury European women’s wear designers (Thierry Mugler, Escada, Gianfranco Ferre and Rena Lange). She was GM of the US division of the French brand Lilith 2003-2011. In this role she repositioned the brand, found new sales avenues, strongly increased the New York flagship’s profitability and opened new boutiques. In 2012 she stepped into the VP and GM role for the US division of the Spanish wedding dress designer Rosa Clara and left in 2014 to spearhead Big Belli.

Aside from her abilities to run a tight and profitable business, a key strength of Dominique’s has always been to quickly and thoroughly analyze a particular market, understand what it’s needs are, and know how to fulfill those needs. Dominque lives and works in Cliffside Park, NJ.

 
Gregg Horvat

Gregg Horvat
Sr. Brand Manager
Capri Sun – Kraft Foods

Gregg Horvat is Senior Brand Manager of Capri Sun at Kraft in Northfield, Il. Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion. Gregg is responsible for strategy, consumer communication, growth initiatives, and oversight of the Capri Sun brand, America’s leading kid’s juice drink and one of the largest brands in the Kraft portfolio. Previous to leading Capri Sun, Gregg managed the Crystal Light, Country Time, and Tang brands at Kraft.

Gregg holds an undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master in Business Administration degree from Duke University.

He makes his home in Chicago with his wife Laura.

 
Kelly McCabe

Kelly McCabe
VP of Strategic Relationships
Crowdtap

As VP of Strategic Relationships at Crowdtap, Kelly McCabe manages partnerships with leading Fortune 500 brands. Crowdtap, the leading People-Powered Marketing Platform, was recently named the 4th fastest growing marketing company on the Inc. 5,000. Previously, Kelly was with Zoom Media & Marketing, a leading place based digital media and experiential company. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton College of Arts & Sciences.

 
Tania Haigh

Tania Haigh
Principal and Founder
Magnolia Insights, Inc.

Tania Haigh is a woman, wife, proud mom to daughter Vivian, a Latina, and so much more. This Spring at M2W®, as lead of Marketing to Women at McDonald's USA, she presented the Winning Over Women keynote presentation. At the M2Moms® conference, she debuts as the Principal and Founder of Magnolia. Magnolia is a Marketing to Women and Moms strategy firm built on a Multicultural platform. Tania is partnering with Crowdtap to bring Marketing to Women and Moms expertise.

 
Jackie Bird

Jackie Bird
CEO & Chief Insights Officer
Roundtable Host
Redbean Society, LLC
@RedbeanSociety

Jackie Bird is a pioneer in Hispanic marketing in the U.S. A brand marketer turned communications expert, Jackie started her career with Procter & Gamble Puerto Rico. Breaking the glass ceiling, she has walked the talk as a recognized C-level executive at Grey Worldwide (2000-2008) helping Fortune 500 clients build brand preference among Hispanic consumers

Grounded on research and the consumer insights gathered over her 25-year career experience, in 2009 Jackie founded Redbean Society, a business and marketing consultancy in New York. Her company has paved the way for marketers to better understand Latina women and the influence that cross-cultural consumer segments have over brand development in an increasingly diverse, cross cultural America. The 2011 Latina Shopper Study by Redbean Society and New American Dimensions led to the segmentation of Latina shoppers into four distinct behavioral profiles for marketers to craft their shopper marketing strategies.

Jackie is an avid enthusiast of Latin American art, music and culture; enjoys sushi as much as Puertorican arroz con habichuelas (rice & beans); and loves to ski powder in Colorado, sail the Caribbean and bicycling in Central Park. She is married and resides in New York City.

 
Kendra Simpson

Kendra Simpson
Vice President, Social Strategy
Social@Ogilvy

Kendra is a vice president with Social@Ogilvy, where she focuses on content strategy, consumer engagement, digital marketing, outreach and relationship building. She leads the social strategy for a number of consumer and corporate clients including the Huggies’ brand pages and social channels across North America.

 
Mary Anne Graf

Mary Anne Graf
VP Women’s Services, Bon Secours Virginia Health System
President
Healthcare Innovations
Author, The Complete Guide to Women's Health Service Line Marketing

Mary Anne Graf is a skilled, high energy executive, author, presenter, facilitator and coach who makes things happen. Her areas of expertise include organizational change and innovation, market-driven program design, and women’s and children’s services business development and marketing. Author of two books including the recently published The Complete Guide to Women’s Health Service Line Marketing, Mary Anne manages women’s services for the 17 hospital Virginia Bon Secours IDS, the largest faith-based system in Virginia.

 
Ellen Briggs

Ellen Briggs
Founder, President, Food Consultant, Author
Kid Kritics

Ellen Briggs, Founder, President, Food Consultant, Author, has spent most of her career in sales and marketing in the media, advertising, and natural foods industries. She began her Better Food Choices education as a child. Her mother refused to succumb to the original Wonder Bread and T.V. Dinner trends. Organic gardens were found in her family’s yard, a novelty at the time. Over time, all of this made an impression on Ellen. She followed her mother’s better choices lifestyle when she became mother of Deirdre and Justin. After thirty years of either working or being a stay-at-home mom, Ellen started a food consulting business. She began working directly with mothers and kids, guiding them through grocery stores in search of Better Food Choices kids would eat. The foundation of the Better Food Choices concept and related publications and programs were built on these experiences. It has evolved into the Family Food Experts, home of the Kid Kritics Approved Seal. Thousands of hours have been spent with kids, running Kid Kritics Taste Tests, listening to their responses, educating them on food as well as interacting and speaking with moms and dads. Weekly she hosts a radio show: Family Food Experts Kitchen. Ellen has 3 grandchildren a following of thousands. Ellen knows kids!

 
Janis Daly

Janis Daly
Senior Director of Sponsorship Sales
School Family Media

At School Family Media, Janis leads efforts in building unique, integrated marketing solutions that connect America's blue-chip brands to involved and engaged moms through programs activated by School Family Media’s network of PTO and PTA groups at K-8 schools nationwide.

She has developed partnerships and new programs specifically designed to meet objectives of clients such as Procter & Gamble, Hasbro, Elmer’s, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the National Football League, CVS and Walgreen’s, and other mom/family focused companies.

Beyond her own personal experience as a mother of two, she developed a keen understanding of the consumer “mom market” while leading national sales efforts for Radio Disney where she created mom-focused and kid-friendly on air and event marketing programs. In addition to her work with The Walt Disney Company, Janis has also worked closely with other blue-chip consumer companies including Coca-Cola USA and Bank of America in roles in corporate marketing and agency management.

Janis is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. In her “spare” time, Janis has enjoyed being a hockey mom, soccer mom, football mom, lacrosse mom and baseball mom.

 
Christine de la Garza

Christine de la Garza
Founder & CMO
RAKKOON

Christine de la Garza is raising a first generation “digital native,” and finds herself parenting in a wild west digital landscape that offers amazing opportunities, but also has some challenging pitfalls. So, she is deeply gratified to introduce RAKKOON, a product that serves as a parent’s digital parenting companion.

RAKKOON lets parents see smoke before there’s fire. It’s a breakthrough in parental intelligence that provides insights into children’s digital lives without being intrusive or overbearing. It’s a must have for concerned parents who want to raise smart, tech-savvy kids without risking they grow up too fast.

With RAKKOON, parents can build trust and inspire conversations with their kids while monitoring, managing, and educating them as they use social media and mobile devices. RAKKOON helps prevent unsafe behavior, ensure privacy, and create boundaries when necessary ― helping parents teach their children to make responsible choices in cyberspace and in life.

Christine is a veteran global & multicultural ad executive, formerly of Ammirati, Ogilvy & Mather, and SpikeDDB, who went rogue to build products, launch start-ups and lead evolving organizations into modern marketing maturity. Today, in addition to being one of three Founders and the Chief Marketing Officer behind RAKKOON, this working mom also mentors women in creative entrepreneurship, and is steering her uber-techie teen through the ever-evolving mobile+social territory.

 
 

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