Keynote Speakers

We will be announcing the Keynote Speakers soon so stay tuned!

Kathleen Harris  

Kathleen Harris

Kathleen Harris was named Managing Editor, RealSimple.com in June 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the award-winning lifestyle brand’s digital content and product strategy, including the daily website, the brand’s several successful apps and its social media strategy. Under Harris’ leadership, RealSimple.com continues to grow and currently reaches more than four million Unique Visitors per month, according to comScore. Real Simple’s app, “No Time to Cook?” was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media in 2011, and Real Simple received four nominations from min’s Best of the Web Awards in 2012. In May 2012, Real Simple became the first magazine brand to reach more than 100,000 followers on Pinterest.

Before joining RealSimple.com in January 2008, Harris was Deputy Editor of The Knot Inc., where she was responsible for all content and new site launches for TheKnot.com working closely with the sales team to develop cross-promotional and traffic-driving programs. She previously held positions at Time Inc. Custom Publishing, Real People Magazine and LuxuryFinder.com.

Harris received a BS from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband and son.

Blog: RealSimple.com

Derreck Kayongo  

Derreck Kayongo

Fleeing the rule of Dictator Idi Amin as a child in Uganda… Monitoring elections with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia… Joining forces with the hospitality industry to create a sustainable, simple yet brilliant recycling solution to the growing problem of soap disposal… Derreck Kayongo has some amazing stories to tell.

Kayongo’s journey from child refugee to fearless visionary is filled with moments of inspiration (along with the benefits of good, old-fashioned sweat equity) that make him one of the most popular – and authentic – speakers on the circuit today. From Africa to Atlanta with nothing but a dream and tenacity, Kayongo beat the odds, earned an education, and has served in leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected NGOs since 1994. Today, he shares his vivacious spirit and invaluable experience in the areas entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, global health, social justice and professional engagement with audiences in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds.

Derreck Kayongo’s ability to motivate others to understand the role their work and skills can play in problem solving is one of the many reasons he was a finalist for 2011 CNN’S Hero. Add to that the mantra of being a voice for the voiceless through his noble work of giving back, including dedicating his life to improving the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people across the globe: he has worked with the American Friends Service Committee as Program Director for the Southeast Peace Education program; joined Amnesty International as the Director of the Southeast Region; and currently serves as Senior Advocacy Coordinator for the Southeast region with CARE International.

In 2009, Kayongo and his wife Sarah embarked on a new journey pursuing their life-long passion of starting an NGO of their own. The Global Soap Project focuses on repurposing partially-used soap from hotels into new soap for needy populations, particularly in Africa. To date, The Global Soap Project has been able to donate 190,000 bars of soap to over twenty countries some of which include Afghanistan, Iraq, Swaziland, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Haiti, Malawi etc…

Accolades:

Derreck Kayongo is a proud naturalized U.S. citizen. He has been recognized as a 2011 CNN HEROES; won the Maxx Entrepreneurship award; recipient of the Refugee Services Award; honored by Congressman John Lewis with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition; is currently writing his autobiography; has been featured in more than 20 news stories in the U.S., featured on Fox News as part of the Real American story series; featured on CNN with Fredricka Whitfield.

Experience:

Since 1994, Derreck Kayongo has given more than 500 speeches on key issues related to poverty reduction in Africa; mainly on water and sanitation, soap, HIV/AIDS, Child Soldiers, Health and Sanitation, Impact of Landmines in Africa, Countries in Conflict and role of basic Education for Girls in Africa, et al.

Kathy Mangum  

Kathy Mangum

As executive producer and vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering, Kathy Mangum sets priorities and directs creative efforts for Disney park attractions throughout the world.

Currently, Mangum is the executive show producer of Cars Land, a 12-acre land and expansion of Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Cars Land brings to life the town and lovable characters of Radiator Springs from the Disney•Pixar animated film Cars, with three new attractions plus shopping and dining experiences. This all-new land is scheduled to open in summer 2012.

Previously Mangum and her team opened Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland in 2007. Her experience also includes oversight of enhancements to the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot, including The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction, Turtle Talk with Crush and Bruce’s Shark World. Walt Disney World Resort’s water parks- Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach- as well as Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom and Soarin’ at Epcot also reflect her creative direction.

Mangum began her Disney career in 1976, working at Disneyland Park while a student at California State University, Fullerton. After graduating in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in English, she became a writer for the Tokyo Disneyland Planning Center and has since applied her talents to numerous ventures with the organization.

Blog: disneyland.disney.go.com/

Aaron Sharinian  

Aaron Sherinian

Aaron Sherinian serves as the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations. Mr. Sherinian has served as Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the United Nations Foundation since 2009. He has led the Foundation’s public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence.
Before joining the UN Foundation, Aaron Sherinian served as Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government development assistance agency administering poverty reduction grants totaling over $7 billion in 40 partner countries. In this capacity, he oversaw the agency’s strategic communications portfolio, media relationships, and public relations agenda.  His professional background includes a decade of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Before returning to Washington, he was Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, where he was responsible for Embassy relations with media outlets and acted as the Ambassador’s communications advisor.
His diplomatic experience includes a tour as Deputy Political and Economic Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, where he managed programmatic coordination and outreach for the U.S. government’s annual assistance budget of $90 million.
He served in the Political and Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica and in the Office of Policy Planning under two Assistant Secretaries of State for the Western Hemisphere. His experience also includes service at U.S. Missions in Colombia and the Holy See (Vatican).
Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Sherinian worked at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). He also held positions as a marketing consultant for the Italian distributors for Apple Computer and as a freelance interpreter and writer in Italy.  He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).
Mr. Sherinian is a native of Pasadena, California. He holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS) and Brigham Young University. In addition to Spanish, he speaks Italian, Armenian, and French. He and his wife have three children.


Ignite Speakers

evo'12 is kicking off with Ignite! "Enlighten us, but make it quick" is the slogan of Ignite - a community event celebrating the passion and creativity of geek culture, sponsored by O'Reilly media. Ignite events showcase a series of speakers who, in rapid succession, give 5-minute talks on whatever ignites their passion.


Lucrecer Braxton  

Lucrecer Braxton

An award-winning photographer, writer and vlogger, Lucrecer believes that happiness is what you make of it. Lucrecer appreciates all that life has blessed her; her children, her faith and her spirit. She has been a mixed-media artist most of her life, a photographer for over fourteen years, and a writer since she started self-publishing her romance novels for her friends at the tender age of 11. Possessing many catchphrases, her favorites as of late are “hot mess”, ” for the love of…” and “shut your mouth! just shut it!” The last being said when she hears something that blows her mind. Lucrecer loves sharing her love of artpersonalized birthday songs and the never ending battle to end pet-peeves with the power of video. You can follow Lucrecer on Twitter @lucrecerbraxton and read about her life and the pursuit of everyday happiness at the Art Slam.

Twitter: twitter.com/lucrecerbraxton

Blog: art-slam.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/artslamblog

Tracey Clark  

Tracey Clark

Tracey Clark spends her days (and nights) juggling an all-encompassing career as a photographer/writer/blogger/teacher with the precarious art of raising both a spirited grade-schooler and a tireless teen with her husband in sunny So Cal. Although she’s got 20 years of professional photography under her belt she simply considers herself an Everyday Photographer, not only because she shoots every day but because her favorite subject matter is the light and magic found in everyday life.

Tracey founded the community photo blog Shutter Sisters, where women with a passion for photography are celebrated daily. She also co-hosts an annual event for the community with the next one, Oasis, happening in October 2012. She teaches a number of creative photo centric workshops at Big Picture Classes and can also be found on her personal blog.

Tracey is the author of Waiting for Baby, Baby of Mine and is co-author of Expressive Photography: a Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooing From the Heart. Right now, she is most giddy about her soon-coming latest title Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood, due out July 2012.

Twitter: twitter.com/traceyclark

Blog: shuttersisters.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/shuttersisters

Sheila Bernus Dowd  

Sheila Bernus Dowd

A serial entrepreneur, visionary, community builder, and speaker, Sheila leads Clever Girls Collective’s overall vision and strategic alliances. Over the last 18 years, Sheila’s led dozens of high-performance teams and raised over $10M in operating capital for social venture start-ups. While Executive Director of Public Allies (holding the same position as Michelle Obama), Sheila ran the Silicon Valley office, developing a new platform to train the next generation of non-profit leaders, and creating a national tech plan for 10 sites. Sheila was responsible for long-term strategic planning at Project Cornerstone, where she formed partnerships to engage Silicon Valley’s businesses, elected officials, schools, and residents to expand youth development programs impacting over 450,000 children. As co-founder of the Left Coast Live music festival and conference, Sheila has been directly responsible for securing sponsors and hiring the emerging artists who showcase the best of the West Coast, revitalizing San Jose’s music scene. Sheila is a sought-after and inspirational speaker especially among the digital and blogging community, and has spoken about blog monetization and SEO on over a dozen panels. Sheila serves on the Yahoo! Mother Board, is the co-founder Lookiloos.com (a nationally syndicated home and garden site), and frequently trains local non-profits on social media applications.

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/xiaolinmama

Blog: xiaolinmama.com

Facebook: facebook.com/#!/sheilabernusdowd

Jenny Eckton  

Jenny Eckton

Jenny Eckton was born and raised in New York, and at age 19 moved to Utah to be in a band with some friends. She’s been blogging since 2005 at formerlyphread.com, and has enjoyed guest-blogging on other sites, as well as presenting at conferences, including BlogHer in August, 2011, in San Diego. Jenny and her husband Darin have been married for almost 15 years, live in Provo, Utah, and have six children (5 Alive, 1 in Heaven). Jenny enjoys music, triathlons, Zumba, and traveling. You can follow Jenny on twitter @formerlyphread.

Twitter: twitter.com/formerlyphread

Blog: formerlyphread.com

Facebook: facebook.com/formerlyphread

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Beth Engelman

Beth Engelman is single mom living large on a shoestring budget. Her website, www.mommyonashoestring.com, is chock full of crafts, recipes and activities families can do without breaking the bank. Her column “Mommy on a Shoestring,” appears in over 30 local papers around the Chicago area as well as on the Chicago Sun-Times / Pioneer Press website where you can also view her “Mommy on a Shoestring” video series. She is regular contributor to ““You and Me this Morning” on WCIU-TV  as well as WGN’s Midday News. You can also see Beth on NBC Universal iVillage where she is an iVoice contributor, reporting on stories that affect her community. For more information visit www.mommyonashoestring.com.

Twitter: twitter.com/momonashoe

Blog: mommyonashoestring.com

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Mommy-on-a-Shoestring/118794533304

Amy Graff  

Amy Graff

Amy Graff has 15 years of experience in writing and editing and jumped into the world of blogging four years ago. She contributes to BabyCenter’s recently relaunched Momformation blog and helps manage the site’s team of 30 bloggers. She’s also on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she writes a daily parenting blog called The Mommy Files. And for the past three years, Amy has helped motivate families to travel as Best Western Hotel’s family travel spokesperson. She appears on television talk shows across the country, sharing tips on how to travel with kids and stay sane. Amy received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two kids.

Twitter: twitter.com/bayareamoms

Blog: momformation.com

Rachael Herrscher  

Rachael Herrscher

Rachael Herrscher the co-founder of evo Conference and is also the founder of TodaysMama.com, an online media and publishing company founded in 2004. TodaysMama produces regional reference guides for mothers and families and has a presence in 27 markets across the U.S.  Rachael oversees general business operations, new market development, partnerships, and marketing initiatives. Rachael was a finalist for the 2007 Stevie Awards “Best Young Entrepreneur” award, was named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch in 2009 and one of the “Top 5 CEO’s you Should Watch on Twitter” by Business Week Magazine. She was also recently featured in the book “UpStarts!: How Gen Y Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business.” Rachael was 1 of 9 women listed in both the 2010 and 2011 v100 as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in Utah to lead a successful startup in the next 5-7 years.

Twitter: twitter.com/todaysmama

Blog: todaysmama.com

Facebook: facebook.com/todaysmama

Jyl Johnson Pattee  

Jyl Johnson Pattee

Jyl Johnson Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward, an influential online community of women. She is also the co-founder of the popular Girls’ Night Out (#gno) Twitter parties, and the co-founder and organizer of the evo Conference. Currently, she sits on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org, was named one of Parent Magazine’s Top 10 Power Moms, and is on Babble’s list of Top Twitter Moms of 2011.

Through her Mom It Forward company, Jyl provides unique media opportunities to companies and organizations that want to reach influential moms online. She also consults regularly about using social media to extend brand reach to moms and women. Her current client roster includes brands such as Birds Eye, Microsoft, PBS KIDS, T-Mobile, and many more.

In a past life, she was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two boys; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Twitter: twitter.com/jylmomIF

Blog: momitforward.com

Facebook: facebook.com/momitforward

Jeannette Kaplun  

Jeannette Kaplun

An award-winning journalist and internationally recognized parenting expert, Jeannette Kaplun has over 17 years of experience on TV, radio, online media and as a published author. Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Chile, Jeannette is truly bilingual and bicultural. Currently she is Todobebé, Inc.´s Chief Content Officer and co-hosts the Spanish-language network TV show ¡Viva la Familia! de Todobebé, which airs on Univision. She is also the author of Todobebé: Todo lo que necesitas saber para el primer año de tu bebé (Rayo, 2006) and blogs in English for Babble Voices.

In 1999 Jeannette co-founded Todobebe.com, the first pan regional baby and parenting website in Spanish and Portuguese. She began blogging about her pregnancy and motherhood in the early 2000’s, which makes her a true pioneer in the Latino/Hispanic blogging world. In 2010, Todobebe.com received Portada´s Hispanic Digital and Print Media award as Top Content Provider to Hispanic Audiences. In 2006, the company received the Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award. She has also been crucial in the development of the trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) Todobebé apps and oversees content on vivalafamilia.com and blogsdemamas.com. In 2011 Jeannette won LATISM´s Best Parenting Blogger award.

She has been a speaker at major conferences throughout the US, Mexico and Chile regarding content, social media and online communities, including BlogHer, Blogalicious, EVO, LATISM, Blissdom, Hispanicize, Social Media Week Miami, SheStreams and SheCon.

From 1998 to 2002, she was the co-host for the Discovery Channel Latin America/Iberia’s technology show, “Vida@línea” where she reviewed the latest tech products. Previously she worked as a news reporter in Chile’s Channel 13 and graduated at the top of her class at the prestigious Journalism School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In addition, she holds a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences from the Universidad Gabriela Mistral, also in Chile.

A photography fan, Jeannette resides in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two children. Follow her on Twitter @jeannettekaplun or connect with her through her personal Facebook page. She actively supports different charitable causes, including St. Jude´s Children´s Hospital, Share our Strength, Bloggers4Haiti and Project Medishare, among others.

Twitter: twitter.com/jeannettekaplun

Blog: todobebe.com

Facebook: facebook.com/jeannettekaplunTV

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Cecily Kellogg

Cecily is best known for her popular blog Uppercase Woman, her raw tone and humor on Twitter as @CecilyK, and her posts about social media and moms on MomCrunch for Babble. Cecily lives in the Philadelphia area, is happily married, and is mom to a fierce and amazing daughter. Cecily also currently works with AboutOne doing Social Media Strategy. Cecily was named by Babble as one of the Top 100 Mom Bloggers in 2011 (and Top 50 Twitter Moms in 2010).

Twitter: twitter.com/cecilyk

Blog: uppercasewoman.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/Uppercasewoman

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Casey Mullins

Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer and nice person living with her husband and two little ladies in the corn fields of Indiana. She loves taking pictures, adores telling stories, wishes people would take better care of each other and sleeps with a one eyed cat named Wink whom she met on the Internet. Her unintentional authenticity and accidental honesty about depression, infertility, and personal struggles has allowed her to speak to the hearts of many on her personal blog moosh in indy. She’s also a regular contributor to Babble.com and can be found trolling local bakeries and taking naps in the sunshine. Find her on twitter @mooshinindy.

Twitter: twitter.com/mooshinindy

Blog: mooshinindy.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/mooshinindy

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