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 5,000 attendees in 2013. 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 2010-2013. Together, BlogHer’s co-founders were named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, 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, theAnita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has also been honored as an AlwaysOn PowerPlayer, 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, Advisory Board for Our Hen House and is a Member of the Digital Hollywood Women’s Entertainment and Technology Board.
A serial entrepreneur in the tech sector, Unicorn Media founder Bill Rinehart was inspired to create the company when he recognized the difficulty publishers and broadcasters had in capitalizing on video assets delivered via IP channels. He and his team set out to create an efficient way to monetize content on any device with patented technology that enables insertion of targeted ads as well as analytics and performance management tools. The result is Unicorn Media. Over the last 20 years, Bill has been instrumental in the development of key elements of the commercial Internet: inter-connectivity, high-speed networks, seamless Web hosting and content delivery services. Previously, Bill was the founding CEO at Limelight Networks, the largest media streaming company in the world. While there, Bill led a $130 million private investment from Goldman Sachs, which was followed by a successful IPO. At the time of Bill’s departure to create Unicorn Media, Limelight Networks counted Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube and many other name brands among its customers for mission-critical video content streaming.
Rebecca Sprynczynatyk – Senior Director of Communications at Infusionsoft.
As the head of Communications at Infusionsoft, Rebecca is responsible for crafting the company story and taking it to market through PR, social media and events. She oversees all market research initiatives and uses the insights to create targeted messaging and strategic communications that strengthen the company brand and reputation as a small business thought leader.
Rebecca was named one the 5 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business under 35 by Arizona Business Magazine in 2013. @rebeccaspry
Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead (taketheleadwomen.com), to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.
The bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power, she began her journey as a teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas. People magazine called her “The Voice of Experience” when she became president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a position she held from 1996–2005. Her passion now is to remove the last remaining obstacle to leadership parity: women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power. so they can reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good – their own and society’s.
Gloria teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University and inspires both men and women with her keynotes and Power Tool workshops. On her website she writes two popular blogs, “Heartfeldt” and “9 Ways.” She has appeared on most national network and cable shows and as a commentator has been published in major media including The New York Times, Daily Beast, Salon, forbeswoman.com, and Huffington Post, and hangs out on social media far too much. http://www.GloriaFeldt.com @GloriaFeldt https://www.facebook.com/GloriaFeldt.Fanpage http://www.linkedin.com/in/gloriafeldt
Ben Parr is a respected technology entrepreneur, investor and journalist. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of #DOMINATEFUND, an early-stage venture capital firm that coaches startups on how to get attention for their products by coaching startups on press, marketing, customer and user acquisition, viral products, and how to navigate Hollywood.
In addition to #DOMINATEFUND, Parr is also a Columnist & Commentator for the popular technology news site CNET, where he opines on technology and entrepreneurship. He is currently writing his first book, Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People’s Attention, due in2014 from Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin. Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including Fortune, CNN, Fox News, TechCrunch, CNBC, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, Globe and Mail, The Atlantic, Wired, The Denver Post, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Sky News, PC World, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Toronto Sun, CBS News, TheWrap, Del Spiegel, Business Insider and The New York Times. In 2011 Parr was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media, and in 2012 he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30.
Scarlett Spring, MBA serves as President of VisionGate a Phoenix based diagnostic company dedicated to saving lives through early cancer detection and prevention. The Cell-CT™ is a revolutionary automated 3D cell imaging platform that generates high-resolution 3D biosignatures from intact cells. She is responsible for managing strategic initiatives, investor relations and day to day operations of VisionGate. Scarlett, a prior executive in major pharma with over two decades of national sales and marketing experience of blockbuster drugs. Before joining VisionGate, Scarlett served 2½ years as COO and Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council where she had profit and loss responsibility for a $4.9M budget and led a 27-person team. Her functions included investor relations, building collaborative relationships among the 19 member municipalities, and crafting strategies for the healthcare/biomedical industry. Scarlett has extensive prior experience in the oncology field. She spent 19 years at AstraZeneca where she was responsible for the management of $1.8B in product sales and a 375-person sales team as the company’s national sales director for oncology and urology divisions. Over her tenure, she led numerous change-management initiatives resulting in the strongest years of oncology performance—driving key oncology brand growth, including lung cancer chemotherapy drugs, 50%, 45%, 42% and 29% respectively over a four year timeframe. She also has experience in the GI area with the launch of Prilosec and Nexium for reflux disease (GERD) while building her career, starting at the field sales representative level and rising through several marketing and sales roles, ultimately with responsibility over a 500+ person sales team including eight regional sales directors and 64 district managers
In 2006, Heidi Jannenga, a leading sports physical therapist and clinic director, was trying to find simple documentation software for her outpatient therapy clinic that was web-based, affordable, and specifically for physical therapy practices. She asked her husband Brad, a veteran software developer specializing in web-based applications, to help in her search. When they couldn’t find an adequate solution on the market, they decided to build their own web-based physical therapy software. In 2008, the duo launched WebPT, and within three years, it grew into the leading physical therapy EMR system for rehab therapy clinics.
James Archer is the founder and CEO of Forty (http://forty.co), a nationally-respected experience design firm that for over a decade has helped companies get their crap together and present a unified and powerful experience for their customers and staff. He has shared his passion and expertise with clients like Microsoft, Motorola, Walmart, and Yahoo, and projects he’s worked on have appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company, Business Week, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, AdAge, NPR, and others.
Pat Sullivan is widely recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the high-tech industry. He is the founder and former CEO of ACT!®, the top selling contact management solution used by millions of business professionals around the world. Following the sale of ACT! to Symantec, Mr. Sullivan founded SalesLogix in 1996 and led its successful IPO in May 1999 and ultimate sale to The Sage Group in 2001. In 2005, Mr. Sullivan launched Jigsaw Health and published the book Wellness Piece by Piece in an effort to help the 125 million Americans suffering from chronic health conditions. Mr. Sullivan was named by Sales and Marketing Management magazine as one of the “80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History” among the ranks of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Jack Welch, Donald Trump and Bill Gates. He has also been honored with the prestigious Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award twice for his success at both ACT! and SalesLogix®. He is currently working on his next entrée to the sales and marketing industry with Contatta. Follow him on social media at @Contatta & facebook.com/Contatta
Aliza Sherman is the foremost authority on women and the Internet and on work/life technologies. Aliza is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. She is an international keynote speaker, author of 10 books, and a digital marketing strategist since 1992.
In addition to starting the first woman-owned Internet company in the early 90s, Cybergrrl, Inc., she has been writing, speaking and consulting about social media since 2006 and social mobile marketing since 2010. She is also well known for her expertise on women’s technology and business issues.
She is an advocate of sensible, practical and manageable uses of technology that achieve business goals. She deftly cuts through hype to get to the essence of what tech tools to use and how to use them well for optimal results.