EVO Speakers: A - H

Kelly Alfieri  

Kelly Alfieri

Kelly Alfieri is the Digital Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Living and is responsible for the editorial programming of Marthastewart.com. For over 15 years she’s been leading content development for the Web and has received nominations for an Interactive Emmy and min Best of the Web award.  Prior to her role at Martha Stewart, Kelly was the Lifestyle Editorial Director at iVillage and the Digital Director and Conde Nast’s much beloved and sorely missed parenting title Cookie.

Kelly lives in New York City’s West Village with her husband Matthew and twin six-year old cuties, Clementine and Nathaniel.

Blog: marthastewart.com

Heather Carson  

Heather Carson

As a mom of six, dancing was just one more thing on my “used to do before I got married and had kids” list. I watched all the cheesy dance movies and dance reality shows and lived vicariously through them. Choreographing un-danced dances in my head to the radio during carpool.  Then I found Zumba. Suddenly I had a reason to dance again- cleverly hidden under the name of a workout. I was immediately hooked!  With Zumba, everyone can dance. Every age, every fitness level, every dance skill level. Zumba really is for everyone.  Zumba is changing my body. I’m stronger and leaner and a lot more fit. But more important to me, Zumba is changing how I FEEL about my body. I’m more confident, happier, and energized. Zumba helped me get my groove back!
I love teaching Zumba classes! I discovered an amazing creative outlet through Zumba- now all those un-danced dances have somewhere to live. I love interacting with students, having fun, and getting a workout all at the same time. Zumba hours go by way too fast! You are concentrating on the moves, jamming to the music, and suddenly- it’s over and you are drenched in sweat and smiles. Come join me!

Twitter: twitter.com/heatherhcarson

Blog: heathercarson.net

Facebook: facebook.com/HeatherHCarson

Sandy Coughlin  

Sandy Coughlin

Sandy Coughlin is a mom to three active teenagers who loves to cook and host dinner parites. Her book, The Reluctant Entertainer, based upon her inspiring blog, restores the lost art of hospitality. “Great food and great decor,” she says, “… should help us bless others with relaxation, easier conversations, and deeper friendships–that’s the heart and purpose of soulful entertaining.” You can follow Sandy on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Twitter: twitter.com/SandyCoughlinRE

Blog: reluctantentertainer.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Reluctant-Entertainer/342046494294

Diane Cu  

Diane Cu

My name is Diane Cu. I studied to be a Doctor, Scientist and join the Peace Corps when I grew up. Then in 1995 I returned to my birthplace of Viet-Nam and shortly after, worked on a 6 month research project to save endangered species in a wet rain forest. To document the most important year of my life, I borrowed my Father’s film camera. That camera changed my life, my career.

I found continuing comfort, compassion, empathy & inspiration through the lens. My camera is my voice and it allows me to live life twice, through stories that I see and feel through the lens and the memories that I capture with my camera.

I’m lucky to have a career in what I love most: as a professional food, portrait & special events photographer. My advertising, cookbook & editorial clients include Williams Sonoma, Whole Foods, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Weekly, Dole Foods, Thermador Appliances, The French Culinary Institute, Wiley, Sterling Publications, Lark Crafts and Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt.

Through my love of food, travel and people, I write a food and photography blog with my love, Todd Porter on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com since 2008.

My sincerest hope is to continue to encourage women to embrace the camera as their visual voice and to experience the same personal and spiritual growth that I have.

Twitter: twitter.com/WhiteOnRice

Blog: whiteonricecouple.com

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/White-On-Rice-Couple/78892690210

Cristi Dame  

Cristi Dame

Cristi Dame is a mommy by day, family counselor, photographer, blogger, and fashionista by night. She’s in love with her extremely supportive husband and her busy toddler. She admits to having an obsession with mint oreos and cake batter ice cream and usually has her camera as an accessory wherever she goes.

As an award winning photographer, Cristi Dame has over 12 years of experience shooting everything from weddings to being on the set of documentaries in third world countries. More recently, she can be found behind the lens of a camera on the set of fashion shoots. Her most recent work has been shooting the look book for www.solestruck.com and www.iwantproof.com. She also enjoys shooting and writing tutorials on fashion and home life for blogs such as www.howdoesshe.com and www.trulymodlydeeply.

In 2009, Cristi graduated from Idaho State University with her Masters in counseling and combines the use of photography and expressive art in her sessions. She encourages the individuals she sees in her private practice (www.liveinspiredcounseling.com) to see through a “new lens” and find inner peace through photography and the expressive arts.

During her more recent quest to “slow down” and focus on motherhood she has created a personal blog www.weedstowishes.com where she shares her honest thoughts about dreams, personal trials, motherhood, art therapy, fashion, and pretty much anything that’s on her mind. She hopes to use her knowledge as a counselor and skills as a photographer to portray seeing the beauty of every day life.

Twitter: twitter.com/weedstowishes

Blog: weedstowishes.com

Asha Dornfest  

Asha Dornfest

Asha Dornfest is the founder of Parent Hacks, a blog devoted to sharing parents’ “forehead-smackingly smart” tips and practical wisdom. Since its launch in 2005, Parent Hacks has received a number of mentions and awards, including being named the “Most Useful” of Babble’s Top 50 Mom Blogs two years in a row.
She’s currently hard at work with her coauthor and Wonder Twin Christine Koh (Boston Mamas) on their forthcoming book: Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less, to be published by Bibliomotion in early 2013.
Asha also writes for Babble Voices at The Accidental Expert, and was one of the original panelists for the video blog Momversation. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, 12 year-old son, and 8 year-old daughter.

Twitter: twitter.com/parenthacks

Blog: parenthacks.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/parenthacks

Kristen Doyle  

Kristen Doyle

Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers.

Kristen has expanded her reach to include working with major brands as well as providing editorial content and direction for nationwide print publications and websites. Her freelance writing career spans working with magazines on a local and national level as well as creating valuable web content for a variety of sites across the web.

Kristen is a busy mom of 4 young kids, loves to entertain, has a passion for photography, and believes in keeping things simple. An avid reader, an almost runner, a horrible gardener, and the wife of an outstanding man, Kristen’s goal is to connect and create meaningful relationships with others.

Twitter: twitter.com/dineanddish

Blog: dineanddish.net

Facebook: facebook.com/DineDish

Sarah Evans  

Sarah Evans

Sarah is the Chief Evangelist at Tracky (www.tracky.com), an open social collaboration platform, and owner of Sevans Strategy a new media consultancy.It’s her personal mission-to engage and employ the use of emerging technologies in all communication-that connects her with a rapidly growing base of more than 120,000 people.A self-described “social media freak,” Sarah initiated and moderates #journchat, the weekly live chat between PR professionals, journalists and bloggers on the microblogging platform, Twitter.She shares her social media and tech favorites on Sarah’s Faves (sarahsfav.es) as well as a daily resource for PR professionals called Commentz.

Sarah previously worked with a local crisis center to raise more than $161,000 via social media and is a team member of the Guiness Book World Record holding #beatcancer.

She can be seen in the February 2010 edition of Vanity Fair’s America’s Tweethearts, Forbes’ 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter and Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Hot Startups of 2010.

Twitter: twitter.com/PRsarahevans

Blog: tracky.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElginSpartans

Mary Fallon  

Mary Fallon

Mary Fallon is co-founder of Itizen (www.itizen.com), a community marketplace for selling and swapping kids’ things. Over the past three years Mary has lead the creative vision, brand strategy, design and user experience for Itizen. Mary also serves as creative strategist and designer for other startups, as well as for a number of nationally recognized brands such as Best Buy, Levi Strauss & Co., Cherokee, SeaWorld and Disney.

Prior to launching Itizen, Mary spent over 16 years experience in the design and advertising industry. Her innovation and “big thinking” has been behind work ranging from brand reinvention and product development to motion work and large-scale digital media campaigns. She has extensive experience in retail branding for clients such as Target and Kohl’s. Mary’s work has been recognized by AIGA, Communication Arts, HOW, ID magazine, Print, the Webbys, RACie, and Ad Fed.

Mary lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two adorable children, Murphy and Frances.

Twitter: twitter.com/helloitizen

Blog: itizen.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Itizen

Megan Faulkner Brown  

Megan Faulkner Brown

Megan Faulkner Brown, founder of The Sweet Tooth Fairy, embraced the foundations of baking and entrepreneurship simultaneously, and at an early age. Some of Brown’s earliest memories are of sitting at the kitchen counter helping her mom make cookies. From her mother Megan learned exactly what color chocolate chip cookies should be when they emerge from the oven, and how a tasty treat can bring a smile to any face. From her father Megan gleaned an entrepreneurial spirit and the courage to pursue lofty ambitions. From the perfect mixture of these philosophies emerged The Sweet Tooth Fairy, a gourmet bake shop that has quickly become one of the most beloved companies in the Rocky Mountain region.

Recently crowned champion of “Cupcake Wars,” Megan continues to lead the company as Chief Visionary Officer. In addition to training the company’s growing number of employees, finding new locations and introducing her signature Cakebites™ on the Rachael Ray Show, QVC and the Gayle King Show, Megan spends her time returning to her roots, standing over her mixing bowl with pinches and powdered sugar developing new recipes. Before any product hits the shelves of the 11 Sweet Tooth Fairy locations, it is first refined in Megan’s kitchen.

Megan’s passions expand beyond baking and mixing. Prior to embarking on her baking career, she was a staff member for former U.S. Representative Chris Cannon for nine years. However, her favorite job is being the spouse of Ethan Brown and the proud mother of four children, who serve as the company’s executive taste testers. Megan sincerely believes that every role, whether it is cooking up meaningful legislation, creating special delights to ease someone’s day or reading a bedtime story, provides an opportunity to better society. With this mindset, Megan launched the Bake a Difference initiative, which actively supports causes that seek to improve and inspire communities.

Megan is looking forward to leading the continued growth of The Sweet Tooth Fairy, helping customers in new communities make memories with those they care about, one batch at a time.

Twitter: twitter.com/sweettoothfairy

Blog: thesweettoothfairy.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/The-Sweet-Tooth-Fairy/102711098024

Mary Sue and Susan  

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, two of America’s most beloved chefs, are hands-on owner-operators of the popular and critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Border Grill Truck, their latest venture together, brings their modern Latin cuisine to neighborhoods throughout Southern California. Feniger also is the chef/owner of STREET in Los Angeles, with a unique a spin on street foods from around the world.

Business partners for more than 25 years, Mary Sue and Susan are authors of several cookbooks, including Cooking with Too Hot Tamales, Mesa Mexicana and City Cuisine. They are television veterans, starring in nearly 400 episodes of Food Network’s popular “Too Hot Tamales” and “Tamales World Tour” series and most recently both were contestants on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” Since 1996, they have had several homes on the radio dial in Los Angeles, including KCRW, KFWB and KFI.

Mary Sue and Susan are active members of the community, playing leading roles in many charities, notably Share Our Strength® and the Scleroderma Research Foundation®. They also are passionate about the environment and practice many eco-friendly policies at their restaurants, including serving only sustainable seafood as part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

For more information about Mary Sue and Susan, visit their website at marysueandsusan.com.

Blog: marysueandsusan.com

Jana Francis  

Jana Francis

Jana Francis is the Founder and President of Steal Network – an interactive marketing company that delivers top-quality brands one day at a time to its online communities of women obsessed with their daily deal websites BabySteals.com, KidSteals.com, and ScrapbookSteals.com.  Jana has built Steal Network into a profitable company that employs over 82 people.  All without investor capital or loans.

In addition to spoon feeding women two amazing steals every day at 9am and 9pm MST, Steal Network’s mission statement “we send joy” means more than simply selling products. Steal Network lives to connect with its fans and provide fanatical customer service, the best brands in the industry at a steal, and lightning-fast fulfillment from their 35,000 square foot warehouse in Salt Lake City.Jana’s love of online deal hunting, her quest for finding the most sought-after baby products and the desire to be her own boss after returning from maternity leave were the catalysts for launching BabySteals.com – the first website in the Steal Network family in April of 2008. It was also the first daily deal site targeted to women.

Before founding Steal Network, Jana spent her career specializing in advertising and marketing for technology and internet companies in Silicon Valley, California, and for KSL, the largest media company in Utah.

Twitter: twitter.com/jana_babysteals

Blog: stealnetwork.com

Facebook: facebook.com/babysteals

Doug French  

Doug French

Doug French is a writer and single dad who began his personal blog, Laid-Off Dad, in June 2003, and is co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit. He has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington PostBabble, and Parents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. In July 2010, he made the still-curious decision to create When the Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with his ex-wife. She and he and their two young sons live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can follow him on Twitter @LOD.

Twitter: twitter.com/LOD

Blog: laidoffdad.typepad.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Laid-Off-Dad/124827830931137

Dennis Goedegebuure  

Dennis Goedegebuure

Dennis is  the Vice President of Internet Marketing for Geeknet, Inc. In this role he is primarily responsible for driving more traffic to sites like SlashdotSourceforge and Freecode.com. Prior to Geeknet Dennis was with eBay for 9+ years in various roles on the Internet Marketing team, last as Director Global SEO.

He started his eBay career in The Netherlands office working for both eBay and Marktplaats, which is their local classifieds site. After 3.5 years eBay transferred Dennis over to the US San Jose office, to take on a global coordination role in Internet Marketing, with the emphasis on SEO. For the last 3 years at eBay Dennis has been responsible for all SEO for the 22 global eBay marketplaces sites.

Next to his professional interest in everything on the Internet, Dennis is an active blogger on TheNextCorner, where he writes on all things Internet Marketing. Inspired by the stories and websites of the participants of an SEO workshop on EVO-11, Dennis is looking to help bloggers grow their traffic through SEO and Social Media. As one of Dennis’ hobbies is Photography, he is experimenting quite often with image search, StumbleUpon and Twitter to understand traffic driving strategies for image heavy websites. You can find his best pictures, which are used in these experiments, at DPictures.com.

Inspired by the stories from Bloggers on the EVO conference, Dennis has started a new project to give bloggers a platform to get in the spotlight and drive traffic. You can now be featured on BloggerSpotlight.com.

Twitter: twitter.com/TheNextCorner

Blog: thenextcorner.net/

Jennifer Gosse  

Jennifer Gosse

Jennifer is the CMO of Tracky, an open social collaboration platform. Jennifer is passionate about facilitating more meaningful connections and productive collaboration. At Tracky, she enjoys the daily opportunity to help people and groups simplify their tasks and get more out of their social connections.

Because we’re living in the age of mobile collaboration, we can literally connect with nearly anyone in the world, instantly. It’s an amazing time, yet managing “it all” can get stressful. Thus, Jennifer believes that when software can get out of the way and help people organize the vastness of knowledge and connections that we’re swimming in, then productivity and happiness increase.

Jennifer has been building companies, developing websites and creating online marketing campaigns since the mid-90s. She is an expert in project management software, search and online marketing.

Twitter: twitter.com/jennifergosse

Blog: tracky.com

Teri Goudie  

Teri Goudie

Teri Goudie is an international communications consultant with valuable insight on controlling any type of communication opportunity. Goudie teaches clients to use the media as a business tool but her practical approach has also been proven to work during presentations, meetings, email and social networking.

Goudie started her career as a journalist with ABC News.  She has spent more than 25 years as a media coach and is ranked among the top consultants in the country.  Goudie works with CEOs, doctors, lawyers, registered dieticians, athletes, and bloggers.

She has created a simple five-step method that turns words into action. Her method stresses the importance of connecting to the audience by using verbal pictures to create behavior change and loyalty. She also teaches the discipline of speaking top down, the need for comparative proof points and the joy of personalizing even the most complicated information. During her sessions, clients learn to crystallize their story and turn it into a one-minute elevator pitch.

Twitter: twitter.com/terigoudie

Blog: GoudieMedia.com

Elke Govertsen  

Elke Govertsen

Elke Govertsen is a Montana entrepreneur and founder of Mamalode (magazine for moms, print, web and ipad). She has grown Mamalode from a free local publication to having subscribers in all 50 states and 10 other countries. She has been featured in Real Simple, Where Women Create, 406 Woman, Ad Tech, and entrepreneur.com. She speaks on a variety of topics, from social media to overcoming poverty. She also leads the Learn As You Go lecture series for small businesses and is passionate about economic development in Montana. Her special skills include extreme bootstrapping, overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities. Of the many things she has learned by doing Mamalode, her ability to work with absolute chaos/kids/mess just might be the best.

Twitter: twitter.com/mamalode

Blog: mamalode.com

Facebook: facebook.com/mamalode

Dori Graff  

Dori Graff

Dori Graff is co-founder of Itizen (www.itizen.com), a community marketplace for selling and swapping kids’ things. After her son was born five years ago, Dori was amazed by the sheer volume of stuff that came with being a parent. In an effort to be somewhat financially and environmentally responsible, she increasingly began to swap things with friends as well as buy and sell second-hand goods. Both Dori and her business partner, Mary Fallon, found that these things have the ability to serve as touch points and can strengthen our connections to others. Out of this, the idea for Itizen was born.

Prior to launching Itizen, Dori spent 12+ years in the design and advertising industry developing marketing campaigns and communication strategies for retailers such as Target, Kohl’s, and Best Buy. During this time, she gained expertise in building brands and developing the trust and loyalty needed to establish meaningful connections with customers and end users. This experience combined with her involvement in the Collaborative Consumption business community (i.e. businesses that facilitate swapping, sharing, renting and peer-to-peer commerce) provides her with a unique perspective on how brands can effectively communicate and engage with their consumers in this new economy. Prior speaking engagements on this topic include 2010 Feast on Good panel on Collaborative Consumption and 2011 SXSW panel on The New Sharing Economy.

Dori also serves as an account strategist for Warecorp, a software development company. In this position, she helps guide other startups through product development and launch.

Twitter: twitter.com/helloitizen

Blog: itizen.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Itizen

Justin Hackworth  

Justin Hackworth

Justin Hackworth is a nationally recognized photographer based in Utah, working throughout the United States for a variety of wedding, portrait, corporate and editorial clients.

His photographs have shown in galleries such as: Finch Lane Gallery, Art Access Gallery, the Central Utah Art Center, the Springville Museum of Art, the Kimball Art Center, Brigham Young University, as well as the following national publications: Photo District News, Glamour, People, Professional Photographer, Photographer’s Forum, Ladies Home Journal, Parade, and American Photo. Selected pieces have been acquired by the Utah Arts Council and the Millennium Arts Center for their permanent collections.

Justin lives in Provo, Utah, with his lovely wife and two boys. He has some of the state capitols memorized and can often be seen eating at Station 22, just down the street from his office. He is happy.

Twitter: twitter.com/justinhackworth

Blog: justinhackworth.com/blog

Facebook: facebook.com/justinhackworth

Jaden Hair  

Jaden Hair

Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. You can watch her cook on Daytime Show, syndicated in 120 markets. Jaden is a food columnist for Discovery HealthTLC and for Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook and is currently writing her second book. She lives on five acres with her husband, Scott, and two boys Andrew and Nathan, dog Coco, 10 chickens, 524 fish, and 1 baby alligator (not by choice). 

Twitter: twitter.com/steamykitchen

Blog: steamykitchen.com

Facebook: facebook.com/steamykitchen

Helen Jane Hearn  

Helen Jane Hearn

Helen Jane Hearn is Director of Publishers and Communities at
Federated Media where she supports and educates publishers on the
independent web. Helen Jane has written at her blog helenjane.com
since 1998. An entertaining enthusiast, Helen Jane is founder of
Cheesewhizzes, a nation-wide cheese tasting club (featured in Food &
Wine magazine). Helen Jane has spoken at SXSW, the Foodbuzz Festival,
Mom 2.0, the Digital Family Summit and 2010 and 2011 EVO conferences.
Helen Jane is also captain of her bocce team, Joanie Loves Bocce. She
 lives and plays in California’s Napa Valley with her husband and two toddler daughters.

Twitter: twitter.com/helenjane

Blog: HelenJane.com

Jill Houk  

Jill Houk

Chef Jill Houk is a professional chef, product spokesperson, and culinary consultant. She specializes in consumer engagement, recipe development, cooking instruction, and product ideation.
Chef Jill honed her culinary skills as a professional catering chef and cooking instructor. Originally pursuing a career in information technology consulting, she now adeptly mixes the research and project-management skills practiced in information technology with knowledge of flavors, cooking techniques, and consumer dining trends that she’s learned as a chef. This dynamic combination enables her to create food-related strategies and tactics that promote and sell products for clients such as Ajinomoto, Applegate Farms, Driscoll’s Berries, Sara Lee and its suite of companies (Ball Park Franks, Bryan Foods, Gallo Salame, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee Deli, Sara Lee Sweets, and Senseo), and World Kitchen brands (Baker’s Secret, Chicago Cutlery, Corelle, CorningWare, Pyrex, SnapWare).

 

With a polished yet fun style, Chef Jill has appeared across a variety of media, including local and national television, over radio, on the internet, and in trade shows. Some of her favorite work includes teaching cooking classes to individuals and groups.
In addition, Chef Jill is active in many non-profit organizations that focus on the connection between food and health, such as the American Cancer Society,  American Heart Association, Healthy Schools Campaign, and Purple Asparagus. When not working or volunteering, Jill is cooking for her husband and son, running, biking, and traveling.

Twitter: twitter.com/chefjyh

Facebook: facebook.com/JillHouk

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