EVO Speakers: I - Z

Jennifer James  

Jennifer James

Jennifer James is a pioneer in the mom blogging movement and founder of the first social network for mom bloggers: theMom Bloggers Club, a social network of over 18k mom bloggers raging from US mom bloggers and vloggers to gamers and UK mummy bloggers. Jennifer is also the founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a global coalition of nearly 1k mom bloggers representing 16 countries who use social media and blogging to advance information to their networks about pressing global issues. Through her work with Mom Bloggers for Social Good Jennifer forged partnerships with some of the largest nonprofit organizations and NGOs in the world. James currently sits on the Advisory Council for ONE Moms and writes for the Gates Foundation and the Ricki Lake Show.
A recognized leader in the parent blogging and social good space, Jennifer has been featured on NPR, CNN, and in Parenting magazine and her work has been cited on Mashable, Read Write Web, Radian 6, and Forbes.

Twitter: twitter.com/socialgoodmoms

Blog: mombloggersforsocialgood.com

Facebook: facebook.com/mombloggersforsocialgood

Kevin Kennedy  

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy is an entrepreneur, an Internet pioneer, investor, and has been at the forefront of the women’s movement online since 1995.  Kevin is the co-founder and CEO of Webgrrls International and has been developing business and Internet strategies for corporations and small to mid-sized companies since ’94. The following is a partial client list: Avon’s Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade, Estee Lauder Companies: Clinique, Origins, Jane Cosmetics, Fairchild Publishing: Jane Magazine.

He is a speaker and presenter around the country on topics such as entrepreneurship, building businesses, managing brands, sales and marketing, and building community and has been frequently asked to speak on behalf of the US State Department to foreign government representatives about the Internet industry and supporting women in technology and business. Kevin has been featured in publications including Wall Street Journal, Information Week and Entrepreneur’s Business Startups and has appeared in television and radio segments about the importance of technology and understanding the women’s market online.

Thien-Kim Lam  

Thien-Kim Lam

Frequently burning the midnight oil with a mug of coffee, Thien-Kim Lam sneaks in her blogging time after her two young children are in bed. With over 10+ years experience in the party plan industry, she has taken her networking skills and business expertise to create her social media presence. She runs From Left to Write, a virtual book club with a community of bloggers where they read a featured book and discuss it. Her personal blog I’m Not the Nanny covers multicultural parenting, work-life balance, and her addiction to tech and social media. Keep up on her Top Chef obsession as well as the fun food and crafts she does with her kids on My Cup of Creativi-Tea. She also a contributor to numerous other sites and blogs. Somewhere in between her kids, her husband, and her business she manages to squeeze in some art, some books, and long hot bubble baths. Plus coffee, lots of coffee.


Twitter: twitter.com/thienkim

Blog: fromlefttowrite.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/fromlefttowrite

Amy Mascott  

Amy Mascott

Amy Mascott is the creator of teachmama.com, where she shares tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers for their children. Capitalizing on learning opportunities in the every day and inspiring curiosity through games and play, Amy encourages a ‘lifestyle of learning’ where parents both prepare their children for school and help them to grow excited and informed about the world around them. Recognizing the need for more peer collaboration, Amy built the community ‘we teach’, a forum for parents and teachers to connect, share ideas, and grow as educators—no matter the classroom. ‘we teach’ has quickly become one of the most successful and highly-trafficked educational forums on the web.

A Reading Specialist, writer, consultant, and mom to a crazy-cool 8, 6, and 5-year-old, Amy’s reflections on literacy, parenting, and social media have been featured on dozens of online and print publications, including Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents, readwritethink.org, Mom’s Homeroom, and more. She hails from the Keystone State but lives in the DC Metro area where she’s either cheering for her kids on the soccer field, biting her nails during swim & dive meets, or buzzing around her kids’ elementary school, doing the Room Parent thing.

Twitter: twitter.com/teachmama

Blog: teachmama.com

Facebook: facebook.com/teachmama

Allison McDonald  

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is the founder of No Time For Flash Cards a popular education and craft blog for kids syndicated by Scholastic.com. A former preschool teacher turned mom Allison shows her readers how to make every day educational through play and art. Since founding No Time For Flash Cards  in 2008 Allison has received many accolades including  been named Best of The Web by Fit Pregnancy.com and  A Top Craft Mom Blog by Babble. In addition to spreading her love of glitter and children’s books to parents everywhere Allison also works as a brand ambassador for Melissa & DougTogether Counts, and sits on the advisory board for MeMeTales.com. Allison lives on an island outside of Seattle with her five year old son , 2 year-old daughter and husband.

Twitter: twitter.com/noflashcards

Blog: notimeforflashcards.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/notimeforflashcards

Heather Morgan Shott  

Heather Morgan Shott

Heather Morgan Shott has 14 years of digital writing and editing experience. Currently, she’s a senior editor for Parents.com and author of High Chair Timesa blog about food fights and mommy wars. Prior to joining the staff of Parents.com, Heather was the founding editor of MixingBowl.com, Meredith Corporation’s first social network, and senior food editor for sister publication, BHG.com. She has also held digital editor positions with NGTraveler.com, Brides.com, and WineSpectator.com. Heather has written about parenting, travel, weddings, food and wine, and art for Parents, American Baby, Wine Spectator, Better Homes and Gardens, Modern Bride, and National Geographic Traveler magazines. She lives with her husband Chris, and their 2-year-old son, Mason, in New York City.

Twitter: twitter.com/highchairtimes

Blog: highchairtimes.com

Facebook: facebook.com/highchairtimes

Todd Porter  

Todd Porter

Born on a cattle ranch, I grew up playing in the creek running through our property, exploring the hillsides, and chasing herds of deer on horseback. It was a way of life far removed from the average modern American, but one that forged my spirit of self-sufficiency and thoughtful observer. My name is Todd Porter.

I’ve always found comfort in nestling in next to life flowing around me and observing. Through my travels and daily perceptions, new perspectives continually are forged before my eyes.  Picking up a camera to capture and seek these moments and perspectives was immediately a natural extension of my essence.

Today that essence, combined with a zeal for food, fascination with people, and a phenomenal partner/love I’ve forged a career I love: as a professional food, portrait & special events photographer. Our 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.

Outside of my professional life, besides seeking and training in aikido, my love, Diane Cu, and I continue to share our stories on food, travel, and life through photography on our site, WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

Twitter: twitter.com/WhiteOnRice

Blog: whiteonricecouple.com

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

Ellen Seidman  

Ellen Seidman

Ellen Seidman is a blogger, magazine editor and writer, and proud mom of two. She writes Love That Max, an award-winning blog about kids with special needs who kick butt. One of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs, it’s been featured on CNN.com, Today.com, The Huffington Post and MSN.com. Ellen also writes blogs for Parents.com (To The Max) and Babble (1000 Perplexing Things About Parenthood).

A magazine editor by day, Ellen has held senior positions at Glamour, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Child, and freelance-edited for SELF, American Baby, People StyleWatch and Martha Stewart Living. She helped launch Glamour.com, one of the top sites in its category. Ellen also consults with sites on content, including Disney’s BabyZone, Huggies.com and Makeup.com. Her writing has appeared in Real Simple, Good Housekeeping and Redbook, among other national magazines. She’s currently editing for Health magazine. In her spare time, she likes to breathe.

Twitter: twitter.com/LoveThatMax

Blog: lovethatmax.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Love-That-Max/206112039516

Devi Thomas  

Devi Thomas

Devi Thomas joined the UN Foundation in 2011 as Director of Shot@Life. She oversees the campaign and strategic communications, branding and marketing needs of the campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, Devi worked as a senior consultant in cause branding strategies. She also held the position of Director of Cause Branding at Cone, Inc, a leading cause communications agency where she specialized in corporate cause marketing campaigns and public-private partnerships. For over seven years, Devi has led strategic marketing, corporate social responsibility and shared value philanthropic campaigns, including work for clients such as Pfizer, ITT Corporation, Wal-Mart, and Western Union. She has worked on award-winning campaigns including ITT Watermark, ITT’s signature corporate citizenship program and Western Union’s Our World Our Family. She previously worked in marketing and communications at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City where she helped build the Inner City 100. She is also a former reporter who has worked for Canadian Press and Reuters. Devi holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Masters of International Relations from Boston University. She is the proud daughter of Indian immigrants and is mother to Noah, her 1-year-old who receives his vaccinations right on schedule.

Blog: shotatlife.org/

Jen Tilley  

Jen Tilley

Jen Tilley is a Senior Account Executive at Mom It Forward by day. In her spare time, you will most likely find her in the kitchen covered in either flour, sugar, or both. She is the author, photographer, and recipe developer on How To Simplify, a blog that shares tips, tricks, and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen.

Her love of photography started at a young age and she quickly found herself spending countless hours in the dark room developing film. While studying journalism at Michigan State University, she enrolled in a photojournalism class, switched to digital photography, and traveled to the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic to study photography. She has studied photojournalism, as well as documentary, food, portraiture, and landscape photography. Samples of her work can be viewed on her photography site, Jen Tilley Photography.

She is originally from Michigan but now lives in a D.C. rowhouse. She was lucky enough to marry her best friend and they share their home with a boxer mix named Caster and a lab mix named Tugboat. You will most likely find her working on the computer, spending time with family and friends, playing with her dogs, baking and cooking in the kitchen, taking photographs, traveling, or tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.

Twitter: twitter.com/HowToSimplify

Blog: HowTo-Simplify.com

Facebook: facebook.com/HowToSimplify

Paul Vogelzang  

Paul Vogelzang

Paul has more than 13 years of experience in social media and online marketing. As a self- proclaimed, clear-eyed optimist, he believes in the power of the Internet to change markets…and change the world.

In the course of his career, he has taken on prominent communications, marketing and business development roles as founder, along with his wife, Gretchen, of the wildly popular show, MommyCast, whose prominent tag line is: “Holding the World Together, One Child at a Time.®

MommyCast has won the “Best Family & Parenting Site,” in 2007 & 2008, and was voted Top Podcast by Apple iTunes in 2008. Paul and MommyCast, in 2010, have launched their new show, MommyCast Latina. Paul is also responsible for the MommyCast representation by The Wm. Morris/Endeavor Agency, working with new media funding organization, Believe Entertainment, and is on the board of directors of International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), and the International Association of Web TV (IAWTV). He is an expert in online marketing, affiliate program management and web 2.0 strategies, an industry speaker for trade show and panel discussions, and has been quoted in major publications such as BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, MSNCB, Bloomberg, Crain’s Business News, Variety Magazine, Hollywood Reporter and ClickZ.

Paul blogs at numerous sites, and also twitters compulsively. Paul’s background also includes a significant role in the US Federal Government where he was Special Assistant to the Secretary of Treasury, overseeing digital efforts and outreach. While at Treasury, Paul authored several articles on privacy, use of new media by government, and financial services in social networking.

Before the Internet Industry came along, Paul worked with organizations focused on public policy and he holds a Masters in Business Administration, and currently focuses his time on new media consulting for business and government. Paul speaks frequently at industry events, having spoken as the keynote, New vs. Traditional Media, at 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). William Morris/Endeavor Agency, Beverly Hills, California, represents Paul.

Twitter: twitter.com/ptvogel

Blog: mommycast.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/PaulVogelzang

Karen Walrond  

Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond is a writer and photographer, and creator of the award-winning site Chookooloonks.com. Karen is the author of The Beauty of Different, a book that will convince you that the thing that makes you different might just be your superpower. Having contributed to several major national publications, she is a sought-after keynote speaker, and has appeared television and other news media, including appearing on CNN.com, PBS and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Twitter: twitter.com/chookooloonks

Blog: Chookooloonks.com

Nelly Yusupova  

Nelly Yusupova

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of Webgrrls International, Chapter Leader of NYC Webgrrls, and Founder of Digitalwoman.com.

Nelly is a technical strategist, an Internet, social media, and marketing expert and consultant. Nelly works with entrepreneurs and teaches them how to use and leverage technology in their business.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, SmartMoney SmallBiz, TechRepublic’s Women’s Radio.

Blog: Digitalwoman.com

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