“Good Morning America” contributor Tory Johnson helps women make great things happen. Tory made the shift from employee to entrepreneur and built two multi-million dollar career-focused businesses after a painful firing. Now, after a second major shift—losing more than 60 pounds in a year—Tory is on a mission to help others change their mind for a better life. A New York Times bestselling author and contributing editor to SUCCESS, Tory lives in New York with her husband and their teenage twins.
Brad Montague is working to foster creativity and compassion in the next generation. He is the creator of Kid President, the popular web series featured on Rainn Wilson’s Soulpancake Youtube channel. With over 28 millions views and a mission to move people into action for the common good, the series has developed a following young and old alike. Brad is also the director of GO! Camp, an experience for young people who want to change the world, and co-founder of Love In Stereo, a collective of artists striving to create work that matters. He lives and works in Tennessee with his wife, Kristi and 9 month old son Miles.
René Syler is a woman on a mission!
After two decades as a television news anchor, including four years on CBS’ The Early Show, René decided it was time for a change. Tired of reading from a teleprompter, René was determined to find her own voice and inspire women like herself – juggling busy lives, raising children and trying to live up to impossible parenting ideals. The result is René’s missive on modern motherhood, Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting and its subsequent website www.goodenoughmother.com.
René believes passionately in finding your voice and living by your own standards. As the daughter of two breast cancer survivors, René underwent a highly publicized, preventive mastectomy in 2007. She now works tirelessly to promote early detection and travels the country speaking to groups about health issues, modern parenting and the importance of putting yourself first.
René is also host of Sweet Retreats, the top-rated show on the Live Well Network and co-host of Exhale on Magic Johnson’s Aspire network. She also makes regular guest appearances on The Today Show, CNN, BET and The Doctors and is an in-demand speaker.
She is a proud wife to Buff Parham and mother to Casey and Cole.
Maria Bailey is an award-winning author, radio talk show host, nationally known speaker and the foremost marketing authority on marketing to moms. Her book, Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Piece of the Trillion Dollar Market, was the first to examine the buying power of mothers and the most effective marketing initiatives to tap the $1.7 trillion market. Her newest book, Power Moms: The New Rules for Engaging Mom Influencers Who Drive Brand Choice, offers a guide to engaging the Power Moms—influential mothers who help spread the word about products and services—to drive sales to your bottom line by creating a buzz online and offline. Power Moms also includes an unparalleled Directory of Influential Power Moms.
Maria is also the co-host of Mom Talk Radio™, the first nationally syndicated radio show for moms, Founder/CEO of BlueSuitMom.com, the award winning website for executive working mothers and the creator of Smart Mom Solutions, a product line that offers solutions to everyday challenges for busy moms.
She serves as a resource on work/life/family balance, working mother, marketing and women business stories for national media including BBC, CNBC, World News Tonight, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Self, O Magazine, and Parent. She and her company have been featured in Women’s Day, Money, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Post, in addition to hundreds of local radio and television shows. Inc. Magazine named Maria one of America’s Best Work and Life Balance resources in February 2004.
She has served as President of several non-profit organizations and founded The South Florida Parenting Conference. She was a 2001 finalist for Working Woman Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the first recipient of Women in Communication’s Women of the Year-Technology Award and South Florida Up and Comer. Her company, BlueSuitMom.com was named Women Owned Business of the Year-2001 by The South Florida Business Journal. Most recently Ms. Bailey was named “Mother of the Year-2003 by the Broward County Medical Association and Healthy Mother-Healthy Babies Organization.
The mother of four children, Ms. Bailey lives in Pompano, Florida with her husband. She is a marathon runner and enjoys travel.
Amy Lupold Bair, blogger, social media marketer, and mom, is the founder of Resourceful Mommy Media. In 2008, Amy burst onto the social media scene inventing the Twitter Party – a hashtagged social event with panelists and a conversational theme catering to the needs of clients ranging from e-commerce start-ups to nationally recognized trusted brands. Developing from her own successful relationships with public relations firms and companies, Amy developed a network for fellow bloggers in early 2009. The Global Influence Network has grown to include over 2000 social media savvy bloggers.
A former English teacher and a writer at heart, Amy continues to blog on her personal site, ResourcefulMommy.com. Amy is also the author of Raising Digital Families For Dummies, a guide for parents raising digital natives.
Charlene is an attorney turned blogger writing about luxury living for practical Moms at CharleneChronicles.com, family fun for Massachusetts Moms at Metrowest-Mamas.com, and legal and blogger business advice at LawyerChicks.com. She likes to travel in style and shop in resale luxury, while doing fun local activities with her kids.
Charlene has spoken at over 10 social media conferences and events since 2011 and in addition to Family Travel Magazine, also writes for Savvy Source and The Toy Insider. She hosts several shows on Mom TV for travel, social media and fashion, and has been quoted and seen in a variety of news outlets.
Charlene lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two very young children. She has worked in the White House and the State House, as well as written laws and regulations around the country. She is a marathon runner, aerobics instructor and considers a Starbucks drive-thru the epitome of awesomeness.
Nicole Feliciano is a lifestyle expert, TV personality, and Founder of Momtrends.com–an online resource for moms craving a fashionable and fabulous life. Nicole graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in English Literature, and spent a decade working in fashion–most notably as an executive with Polo Ralph Lauren. Momtrends provides busy women with a daily dose of style. Each day Nicole and her team of writers, interpret trends for women working with less time, less energy and possibly less money than they had before the kids came along. The Momtrends vision is about embracing the joys of being a mom while still acknowledging the fashionista that lurks behind the stroller or wheel of the SUV.
When she became a mom in 2005, the fashion maven embarked on her next career as a freelance writer and began contributing to Babble.com, Time Out New York Kids, and many more online and paper publications. With these writing credits under her belt, she created a blog for hip moms who didn’t want to leave their style in the delivery room. Momtrends launched in 2007 and continues to provide the latest news on things trendy and cool for families with a large focus on video posts. She’s built a loyal following with the style-centric, online, mom community by making fashion fun and accessible.
In addition to her online presence, Nicole has created a thriving events business that connects top-tier brands with the nation’s most influential bloggers. Under the Momtrends umbrella, she’s hosted nearly 50 exclusive events from a swank product launch with Jessica Alba for the Honest Company, to glamorous fashion shows, to intimate movie previews with actresses like Julianne Moore. The Momtrends Event Series has become a sought-after experience.
In 2010 she was named a Top 50 Twitter Mom and included in the 50 Best Blog’s By Women. And in 2011 Momtrends was nominated by Parents.com as one of the Most Fashionable Mom Blogs. She has been featured on numerous television shows as a trend forecaster.
Nicole is a polished public speaker (engagements include, SheStreams, SuperMompreneurs Confernence, PRSA: “Meet the Mommy Media”, and Teutonia “Hello! New York” and RBaby Foundation “Passions, Priorities and Community” Samsung High Capacity Moms, etc.) and has worked with companies such as Ralph Lauren, Tide, Westfield Malls and Avon as a spokesperson. P&G sent Nicole to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics to cover the Thank You Mom program as a Mom Correspondent. When she’s not scoping out fads and fashions, you can find her in NYC with her two young daughters and husband.
Sara R. Fisher, Co-Founder and Principal, was a marketer before she became a mom. A graduate of the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program, Sara has managed integrated marketing communications campaigns for internet companies, sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. In her time at the world’s largest independent public relations firm, Edelman, Sara ran international and cross-functional communications programs for United Airlines, Toys “R” Us and Johnson & Johnson.
But when she became a mom, she found her voice, and started her funny and popular mom blog, Self-Made Mom, which told her tales of trying to balance work and motherhood. After leaving the corporate world to focus on her children, Sara’s blog changed focus to parenting in Chicago and she started writing for Chicago Parent magazine, where she currently writes the “Best in Chi” column.
While scouting out what’s hip for the mom, baby and preschooler set in the city, she was able to marry her love of writing with marketing to her mom friends. It was a match made in heaven and 2 Moms Media, LLC was born. Sara has a passion for helping brands launch with purpose and connect in the right ways with their targets of women and moms.
In her non-existent spare time, Sara can be found in the carpool line, not working out at East Bank Club, or aimlessly strolling the aisles of Target pushing the bus cart.
After 15+ years in Traditional Media, Joey traded in the microphone for the diaper bag. Her son Boston, born in 2008, not only changed her life…but changed the way she looked at media. In order to document his life for friends and family in the midwest, Joey started Real Mom Media. In the beginning it was just a spec of dust on the corner of your computer screen but over the years, Joey has turned it into a way of life. And even a way to pay for her sons college education!
Joey hosted radio shows in major markets across the country, including mornings in Chicago at 9FM and also on the legendary WTMX, Chicago. After moving to Philadephia, Joey could be heard on WBEN and later WNUW. She is now host of Real Mom Radio on Ben FM highlighting moms in and around Philadelphia. Joey currently hosts Better Philly on WPHL-17 & she’s also a contributing parenting expert on Fox, NBC and other traditional media outlets.
Joey has been featured nationally on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, KATIE COURIC Show, Dr. Oz, Redbook, The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, The Talk, Fox and Friends & The Newlywed Game.
Nancy Friedman is the Queen Bee and co-founder of KidzVuz LLC, a tween focused multi-platform entertainment company featuring a COPPA compliant video review and sharing website, KidzVuz.com, a KidzVuz iOS app, for reviews on the go, and KidzVuz Parents, on online resource for parents of tweens.
Prior to co-founding KidzVuz, Nancy spent nearly two decades as a freelance television writer and producer, creating marketing, promotional and branding material for clients as diverse as Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, HBO, Lifetime Television, WCBS and ESPN Classic, where her work won her two Pro-Max/BDA awards.
Amy Hodges was a vlogger before vlogging was cool! There are countless Super 8 reels of interviews and antics from Amy’s life. The interviews included such elusive subjects as Bear, a stuffed animal, and Tuffy, the dachshund who would rather be left alone. Alas until those tapes can be found and transferred, we will just have to imagine what they contain. Since cameras and editing have gone digital, it has been much easier for Amy to create fun, short videos. She lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband, John, two teenagers, and a ridiculous number of animals. She works as the Associate for Youth Ministries for the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, coordinating youth ministries for over 150 churches in Southeastern North Carolina. She loves great conversation, thoughtful quotes, a variety of music, and hearty laughter!
You can find her videos on her blog, A Million Boxes, and on MomTV!
Miss Lori burst onto the Television scene in 2006 as the first ever live host of the PBS Kids Preschool Block. She guided children through the world of preschool edutainment for three years. Miss Lori leveraged that notoriety and success in the social sphere creating MissLori.TV where she brings together brands and the families they are targeting through her shareviews, insightful editorials and her spokesperson work. Miss Lori’s years in front of audiences have made her a fine tuned media trainer and consultant. Her vast experience has also made her a sought after speaker and moderator. Miss Lori’s unique ability to read an audience in real time and tailor her content to better meet their needs, increases the value get for attendees and event organizers alike. It was just such a display that caught the attention of Babble.com editors, inspiring an invite to join their Babble Voices team. Miss Lori launched “SMILING On with Miss Lori” on the site in December of 2012 and is steadily building an audience of loyal readers who look to her for insight on life, parenting, health, and social conscience all laced with her trademark smile. Miss Lori continues to delight young people with over 80 live concerts a year through her company Miss Lori’s CAMPUS. She just released her much anticipated sophomore CD “AWESOME 8!” and is looking to publish her children’s series “Little Miss Lori; Adventures in Five Year Old Living” in 2014. “Let Your SMILE Shine On!”™
Jessica McFadden is the creator and author of the popular lifestyle blog for parents, A Parent in America, as well as the award-winning hyperlocal parenting website A Parent in Silver Spring, which has been featured in media such as CNN, Forbes, and The Washington Post as a top resource for Washington, DC area parents. Jessica has successfully and creatively incorporated video in both of her websites, growing her readership, viewership and scope of content. Jessica is the host of Real Life Style with Jessica McFadden on MomTV, a monthly live webcast that has a cult following of stylish women who love the online party feel and accessible lifestyle topics. Jessica has also served as a regular contributor to Nickelodeon ParentsConnect,TLC’s Parentables,The Washington Post and Washington, DC-area Patch sites. However, Jessica says that her most important gig is being a wife to Chris and mom to nine-year-old son Charlie, seven-year-old daughter Eve, and two-year-old daughter Alice.
Amy Oztan, founder of SelfishMom.com, is a full-time blogger and writer. Amy’s work has appeared in Redbook Magazine and online in RedbookMag.com, Momtourage.com, BlogCritics.com, the NYCMomsBlog.com, BlissfullyDomestic.com, brownstoner.com, and FilmingInBrooklyn.com, and has been syndicated to dozens of online and print newspapers. Amy also co-founded a podcast covering blogging and technology topics at BloggingAngels.com.
Amy was named Babble.com’s Funniest Mom on Twitter for 2010 (@SelfishMom) and was on WorkingMother.com’s list of the fifteen most powerful women in social media. Amy has appeared on panels at the SheStreams Conference, BlogWorld East, Time To Play, and CE Week in NY, speaking about podcasting, maintaining integrity while writing sponsored posts, and best practices for working with bloggers. Originally from Buffalo, Amy now lives in a spooky brownstone in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two children, and cat.
Colleen Padilla is the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com, the co-author of The Digital Mom Handbook (published by HarperCollins in 2011), founder of Disneyed.com, and is a full-time mom for her two children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5).
Classy Mommy has over 3 million views on YouTube, over 28,000 Twitter followers, and the website features over 1500 product and travel reviews, lively videos, parenting advice and more. Colleen has been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, MSNBC and Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs.
Colleen studied Anthropology and earned her MBA at Cornell. She has worked in Corporate America for Ford Motor Company, Wells Fargo, and Sanofi-Aventis. Recently, Colleen has been a spokesperson for Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex, Tide, Schick Intuition, Mattel Games, Energizer Rechargeables, TJ Maxx & Marshalls and more.
Jendi Pagano started making online videos in 2008, quickly became addicted, and now actively video blogs, creates formal videos, records live events, and creates & markets videos for clients. She learned how to create an online video presence that got her content to the front page of Google and YouTube. She launched SimpleVloggingTips.com and @vloggingtips to encourage other new vloggers. She works as a content creator, social media director, and speaker with an emphasis on video marketing & creation.
Jendi lives in PA with her husband, stays busy homeschooling her 3 children, blogs at JendisJournal.com, and tries to make sure the dog, birds, and rabbit get fed.
Divina Rodriguez was born in Asuncion, Paraguay. She is a wife, a Mami of two children under the age of six and holds a Masters in Communications from Fairfield University.
She is co-founder of Trumpeting Media LLC a Social Media consulting company that leverages social media to enhance brand recognition for clients who value the importance of giving back to the community. In addition to Trumpeting Media, Divina is co-founder of DancingHotdogs.com where she writes about entertainment, technology, family travel and products and offers tips on unlocking the magic of Disney on theDisneyFiles.com.
Divina has been featured as an expert in Parents Magazine, NBC Latino, Time To PlayMag, NY Metroparents, Red Tricycle New York and on panels of leading social media conferences.
Hollie Schultz is the most recognized baby gear expert in the country with her video reviews generating over 25 million views on YouTube alone. This “spokesmom” has been featured on almost every major media network including ABC, NBC, CBS, and WGN.
This mother of three is the founder and President of The Baby Gizmo Company, one of the most popular parent resource sites in the world. Baby Gizmo focuses on reviews, product videos and kid-friendly recipes and travel.
Hollie is also an accomplished author. Her book, The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide,was published by Thomas Nelson in February 2008. In the book, instead of *what* to buy, she teaches parents *how* to buy more than 400 different types of baby products.
Hollie currently resides in Chicago. When not testing strollers on her stroller obstacle course, you might find her exploring a new family-friendly travel destination or whipping up something fantastic in the kitchen.
Renée was named as one of the top Moms in digital media in Nielson’s Online Power Moms list. She is a member of the Walmart Moms Social Media program. She is a Contributing Editor for BlogHer.com, a member of Hanes’ Social Media Comfort Crew, a Polar training computer ambassador and a McDonald’s Healthy living Blogger. She is a Hershey’s “Good Life Guru” spokesperson for the Moderation Nation website. She has been a Nestle Family Blogger, a Sabra Tastemakers Panel member, a Serta iComfort ambassador, Disney Social Media Mom, and a Panasonic Living in HD participant. She has been a Rock n Blogger (runner) for the Competitor group, she is an ambassador for the Pretty Muddy race series and she is a #runchat blogger. She has been a spokesperson for EA SPORTS Active and was featured in national commercials for this product.
Renée is a frequent speaker at social media conferences and her appearances include: BlogHer 09, Blissdom 10 and 11, Blogalicious 10, BlogWorld Expo 09, Type A Mom Expo 09, The Mind of Mom Summit, and Mom 2.0 April 2011, Moms in Business Unite May 2011, Blogalicious 2011, BlogHer 12 and Blogalicious 12.
On her YouTube channel Renée chronicled her 50 pound weight loss and continues to provide healthy living tips, reviews and fun on her channel. She ran her first half-marathon in October 2010 and raised over $5000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a member of Team in Training. She has run 14 half marathons and ran her first marathon in October 2012. Renée is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner are both Emmy Award-winning television producers, New York Times bestselling authors and social media moms. They have each spent more than one decade working at NBC’s TODAY Show. Their first book, “Today’s Moms: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year” was published in 2009 by Harper Collins. With more than 370,000 Twitter followers, @TodaysMoms has been listed as ”one to follow” since 2009 by Twitter.com and ranked #3 in “The 50 Best Twitter Moms” by Babble.com for 2010. Their second book, “Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us” was an immediate New York Times bestseller and spent 9 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. They both live in New York City with their families.