Speakers | Mentors
This year, Type-A Parent is adding a new mentor program. During the Wilsonart Mentor Meetup on Friday, all attendees will have a chance to network and connect with a thought leader in the parent blogging space. As those of you who have attended in the past know, Type-A is not a conference for cliques. We strive to make everyone feel embraced and welcome. The thought leaders are not separated by podiums, only to be met by standing in line for a few rushed words at the end of a session. Over lunch, every attendee will be assigned a mentor table along with a few fellow attendees, and have a chance to chat and get to know your mentor.
Meet the Mentors:
Maria T. Bailey is an award-winning author, host of Mom Talk Radio, co-host of the “Good Day” with Doug Stephan show, co-founder of Mom TV, nationally known speaker and the foremost marketing authority on marketing to moms. Her company, BSM Media, is a full service marketing and media firm. She is the author of Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Share of the Trillion Dollar Market, The Women’s Home Based Business Book of Answers, Trillion Dollar Moms: Marketing to a New Generation of Mothers and Mom 3.0 – Leveraging Emerging Technologies and Media to Market With Moms.
Amy Lupold Bair
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 nearly 1500 social media savvy bloggers. A former English teacher and a writer at heart, Amy continues to blog on her personal site, ResourcefulMommy.com. You can hear more of what Amy has to say at LifetimeMoms.com where Amy is a Parenting Channel leader.
Joanne Bamberger is a writer, political commentator, and recovering attorney better known around the blogosphere as PunditMom. A new media expert and authority on political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne is a regular contributor to AOL’s Politics Daily, The Huffington Post, MomsRising, and MOMocrats. Her political commentary has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and NPR. Her freelance work has been featured in the Washington Post, American Lawyer Media publications, Washingtonian Magazine, and more. Joanne is a co-founder of the soon-to-be launched blog The DC Moms. She wrote her just-released book, “Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America” before Sarah Palin ever invented the phrase “mama grizzlies.” In her “spare” time, Joanne also provides new media consulting services for numerous clients who focus on politics and women’s issues.
Leticia is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in finding the best technology products, websites, and resources for children of all ages. She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to evaluate the many different kinds of technology that come through her door and loves sharing honest feedback to make recommendations to her readers. Leticia splits her day between serving as a social media consultant, family internet safety and security expert for BitDefender, and being a mom. Her nights are spent blogging at her own site, writing weekly columns for The LeapFrog Community and Mom Blog Magazine, consulting for educational companies like PBS Teachers, working behind the scenes on the MyBlogalicious site, and Tweeting. Frequently asked how she does it all, she replies that she doesn’t sleep much!
Debbie is the co-founder of Bloganthropy.org and one of the bloggers behind Mamanista.com. Bloganthropy.org empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual and monthly awards, Bloganthropy.org recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie is a partner at Moss-Tucker Associates where she leads online marketing, affiliate marketing and social media initiatives for their clients. She has over 10 years of affiliate marketing experience – both as an advertiser and an affiliate. Debbie loves helping other bloggers monetize their blogs through affiliate marketing and advertising. An active volunteer and mom to two young boys, Debbie serves on several charitable boards and was elected to a position on her local school board in 2007. Debbie graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a Bachelors and Masters in History.
Monica Brady is the Owner and Author of Mommy Brain Reports and her personal blog, Mommy Brain Life. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years, and is a work at home mother to her beautiful identical twin girls, Alexandra and Victoria. City girl gone country, Monica is enjoying life in Coastal NC after her family’s move from California. Monica has been blogging online since 2001, when she lived in Okinawa, Japan. She currently participates in several Social Media groups including the Walmart Moms and Hanes Comfort Crew. Monica is a blogger, vlogger, Social Media Consultant and Project Manager. She has been seen on TV, in the newspaper and online in several places!
Kris Cain is a Chicago area mom to two sets of twins, gadget addict, and blogger who has worked in IT for over 14 years. OnLittleTechGirl.com she writes about gadgets, her children and more. She is Tech Editor on Mom Blog Magazine, Featured Writer on Type-A Parent, and Tech Writer on KidGrade.com. Kris has spoken at Type-A Mom conference, Gleek Retreat, Blogalicious, and at the Child’s Play Communications Blogger Brunch. She has been featured in articles both online and in print, been interviewed for a book, and has even been on TV and in the news. She has connected with great companies such as AMD, AT&T, Intel, HP, eBay, GM, Sears, Western Digital, Google, CNN, and more. Kris figured out a while ago that she was destined to be really busy (hence the 2 sets of twins), and she has found peace with that.
Kelby Carr is the founder and CEO of Type-A Parent, a social network and multi-author magazine-style blog for digital moms and dads, and Type-A Parent Conference. A former journalist with 15 years of experience in newspapers, she is the publisher of Investigative Mommy Blogger, providing daily breaking news and investigative journalism for moms. She’s been geeking it out on computers since she was 10, social networking online since the 1980s, web publishing since the early 1990s, blogging since 2002 and tweeting since 2007.
Melanie Edwards is the founder and editor of ModernMami™.com, a lifestyle blog from the perspective of a Latina working mother and a Parenting.com Must-Read Blog. Melanie holds a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering and over 10 years experience in Information Technology. She has spoken at various social media conferences, including Type-A Parent, Blogalicious Weekend, and BlogHer. Currently, Melanie is serving as a brand ambassador for Nintendo and the Let’s Play initiative, and is a member of the BabyCenter Blog Network and Walmart Moms. Through Ella Media, Melanie also provides digital marketing services for bloggers and brands and focuses on connecting businesses with today’s digital Latina. Married 8 years, she is the proud mother of an energized 5-year-old girl and newborn boy, and is raising them in a bilingual, multicultural environment. Originally from Puerto Rico, Melanie now resides in Orlando, Florida. Connect with Melanie on Twitter, Facebook, and 40weeks Plus.
Angela England is a freelance writer, social media teacher and problogging consultant active online for decades. She now works full-time from home and lives in rural Oklahoma with her husband and four children. Founder of Untrained Housewife, she blogs about blogging at angengland.com and is Editor-in-Chief of Blissfully Domestic. She’s contributed to many websites including Type-A-Parent, Scandinavian Child, Suite101 and more. When asked how she is able to do it all she’ll usually quip lack of sleep and plenty of Dr. Pepper.
Ilina Ewen is a mother of two sons, ages 7 and 5, and a self described brown thumb. She can dance her way around a kitchen but is totally lost in her yard. She dreams of a lush green yard that her sons can frolic in, that vegetables will thrive in, and that adds a punch of color to her view from the kitchen island. Ilina is a seasoned marketer, writer, and brand strategist who loves the comforts of working from home with her dog underfoot and good strong coffee within reach. She also pours her heart and time into her work as an accidental activist and has a passion for education and food related issues. She relishes her time to curl up with a book and has a hankering to learn to play better tennis, but somehow life keeps getting in the way. Ilina represents a real world example of someone trying to having it all without spending it all, be it time, energy, or money. She blogs at Dirt & Noise, where you can find her dishing on current events and life’s goings on through the lens of a mother. She also posts a weekly feature called 5:00 Fridays, a cocktail recipe with the story that inspired it. Cheers!
Jennifer James is the creator of the Mom Bloggers Club, one of the largest social networks for moms who blog at over 13,000 registered users and is the founder of Mom Blog magazine, the daily online magazine that chronicles the business of mom blogging. Jennifer has been mentioned in Brandweek, BabyTalk magazine, and the Yorkshire Post(UK), CNN.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Megan Jordan operates her social media vehicles in low gear. She updates her personal blog, Velveteen Mind, whenever she damn well pleases. Her literary magazine, Story Bleed Magazine, aches for you to discover yourself where the lines between our stories bleed together, unexpectedly resonating. And it’s working. Her balance and perspective make her a sought-after voice in the parenting community, at top social media conferences, and for influential consulting projects. Megan Jordan’s approach to integrated marketing in social media has generated solid case studies that are modeled almost immediately. Writing from Gulfport, Mississippi, Megan infuses her writing with depth as rich as mud in the bayou and humor bold as blackened shrimp. Megan is working on a book about resilience and our cumbersome blessings.
Barbara Jones is the Founder/CEO of one of the leading women’s word of mouth marketing company, One2One Network. Her company specializes in marketing, PR and social media campaigns utilizing her network socially-connected women and moms to help promote products and services within their social circles both online and offline. Barbara also is the Co-Founder/CEO of BlissDom Events which produces BlissDom and BlissDom Canada, which are women’s blogging and social media conferences in the U.S. and in Canada, respectively. Blissful Media Group, the newest venture with her business partners, creates and distributes digital content (e.g., sponsored webisodes BlissTV), business manages sites (e.g, BlissfullyDomestic.com) and blogging talent. Prior to founding these social media companies, Barbara spent 20 years in marketing, sales and distribution in the music industry creating successful campaigns for a widevariety of artist and soundtrack projects. Her prior positions included SVP of Marketing for both Warner Bros. Records and Columbia Records, respectively. When not getting caught up in the ‘black hole’ of social media, Barbara’s either riding the back bowls of Utah with her husband or trying to keep her iPhone away from her three kids.
Best known for her popular blog Uppercase Woman and her flamboyant presence on Twitter, Cecily entertains tens of thousands on a daily basis. Her raw tone and humor has put Cecily in high demand as both a speaker and a writer. Cecily was named by Babble as one of the Top 50 Twitter Moms and has recently discovered her tweets can occasionally create a butterfly effect (just ask Amazon). Cecily is sober, liberal, unapologetic about being fat, happily married, and mom to a fierce and amazing daughter born in June of 2006. Cecily is an editor at Aiming Low (a site that celebrates avoiding perfection), writes about badass parenting at Sweetney, and currently works at SEER Interactive as a Social Media Strategist, helps companies navigate the momosphere, and dabbles in graphic design making media kits for bloggers. She spends each day practicing being kind while swearing with raw abandon.
Mr. Lady is seldom a mister, and never a lady. She gave up a life of making martinis and babies – both mostly in bars – to become somebody’s mother (x3) and somebody’s wife (x1) (so far). Offline, she writes everything from Marketing Communications to technical training manuals. She was also deported from Canada. That was fun. Online, she’s been exploiting her preschool daughter and teen sons since 2005 on her personal blog, Whiskey In My Sippy Cup. She fills her idle hour(s) serving as an editor/resident dungeon-master at Storybleed.com, trying to look not totally asymmetrical on Momversation and is one of many contributing sociopaths at PoliteFictions.
Ron Mattocks is the daddy blogger behind the nerdy glasses of Clark Kent’s Lunchbox and the author of the book, Sugar Milk: What One Dad Drinks When He Can’t Afford Vodka. In addition to writing for a number of other publications and providing content for major brands, Ron also develops social media strategies for small and midsized companies. He has been known to crash the occasion mom blog conference as a speaker, and harbors a deep fondness for the artistry of Cold Play and the genius of Richard Marx.
Anissa was a wife and mom of three. Then things got really exciting when Anissa had two strokes and ended up in a wheelchair.
Deb Ng is a professional blogger, social media enthusiast and Conference Director for BlogWorld & New Media Expo.
Deb is also the author of “Online Community Management for Dummies” (Wiley) due out in early November.
By day Gregory Ng is the Chief Experience Officer at Brooks Bell Interactive, an online direct response agency in Raleigh North Carolina. By night, he is “The Frozen Food Master”, the host of a niche webshow reviewing frozen foods at Freezerburns.com. Greg is an accomplished blogger, videoblogger, and lifestreamer. But he considers his biggest accomplishments as his role of husband and father of 3.
Jendi Pagano is a virtual assistant specializing in video marketing and creation through her company, Scenes and Cinema, LLC. She is also a blogger, vlogger, podcaster, social media director and freelance writer. Her husband had no idea what he was starting when he bought her that first domain name in 2007. She is addicted to video blogging and launched Simple Vlogging Tips to encourage other bloggers to just push record and vlog it. You can also find her at ProfitableMommyBlogging, TypeAParent, and live streaming every Friday at MomTV. She lives in Pennsylvania close to four chocolate factories (she doesn’t go a day without chocolate), stays busy homeschooling her three children, and tries to make sure the dog, cat, and rabbit get fed.
Sarah Pinnix is a blogger, vlogger, new media marketing coach, and mom of three. She plots her world domination schemes from a small town in the NC Mountains. Sarah began blogging in 2007 with her personal/parenting blog Real Life. She founded High Country Mom Squad, an online magazine for Northwest NC Moms. She and her contributors share community information, and partner with local small businesses to rock the local mom space! After being stopped in various public places for impromptu social media brainstorming, Sarah created a local New Media Marketing Workshop teaching business people how to change their marketing paradigm using social media tools. Sarah teaches workshops, speaks about social media and consults as a strategist regularly.
Shannan Powell is a community manager, blogger and work at home mom of three boys. Choosing not to return to retail management after the birth of her second child, she launched a career as a freelance content writer. She quickly discovered blogging and her fascination with social media grew like wildfire. Five years later, she is the community manager for Resourceful Mommy Media and the Global Influence Network. You can read her sporadic and random ramblings on life at her blog, From Cribs to Car Keys.
Lucretia M. Pruitt’s online habit started back in 1979 with BBSing – she’s a bona fide geek (ex-programmer & CIS professor.) Previously known as “GeekMommy,” Lucretia’s been dedicating herself to Social Media full-time for many years now. She’s always looking for the next thing technology is revolutionizing.
Jessica Rosenberg is a mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, blogger, writer, marketer, dishwasher, chauffeur, bed maker, and everything-in-between-er. She spends her days juggling all her roles and working to become a certified Life Coach. She blogs at It’s my life… and posts product reviews at The Lemonade Stand.
Linda Sellers is a mom of three teens from Richmond, VA. She discovered blogging and social media through building, promoting and eventually selling a successful e-commerce site. Linda concentrates her personal blog Welcome to Linneyville on digital diy, product reviews, short cut recipes and photography. A mild shopping and/or Canon camera addiction enticed her to create an online photography community featuring artistic photos of brands, products and logos on flickr and at Brandographers. Linda holds positions as Senior Project Manager for One2One Network, a word of mouth marketing firm matching bloggers with the brands they love and Business Manager for Blissfully Domestic, the premier online magazine for women.
Jo-Lynne writes the popular mom blog, Musings of a Housewife, which serves as her memoir and general brain dump. One of Nielsen’s Power Moms, she enjoys speaking at conferences both local and national. In addition to her Musings, she also owns DCR Design, a blog design and consulting company; and she is a co-owner of the style blog, All Things Chic. She’s on the advisory board for Bloganthropy and a brand ambassador for Therapon Skin Health. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne runs Eat Local Philly, a resource site for locally sourced foods; and she moderates the Philly Social Media Moms, a forum for area mom bloggers to network and socialize. In her spare time, which dwindles by the day, she loves to cook, read, and she dabbles in photography. Jo-Lynne is a happily married mother of three living in a rural suburb of Philadelphia.
Danielle Smith is a former award winning Television News Anchor and reporter who has turned her attention to the online world. As the founder of ExtraordinaryMommy.com, Danielle has been seen and heard on The CBS Early Show, Fox News, CNN, and NPR as well as many local stations. Her ability to connect with people via video has made her a popular ‘go-to’ for Video and Vlogging Tips. She is a speaker, a story-teller, author, the Producer and Host of Bliss TV and has been hired just this year as a correspondent for Proctor & Gamble at both the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and, most recently, the ProBowl in Hawaii. Danielle is also Mommy to two sweet and sassy small people.
Hidden by her monitor, Heather Solos is charming, witty, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. In public, she’s a little shy and happiest at the nerd’s table riffing on web tech and shiny toys over beer and nachos. At home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she’s a writer and busy with four kids and a patient husband who doesn’t seem to mind living in a test kitchen where food must be photographed before it is served. She blogs at Home-Ec 101, and is the author of Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook It, Clean It, Fix It, Wash It.
Katherine Stone is the author of Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Postpartum Progress has been named among the top ten depression sites on the web by PsychCentral, won a 2010 Fit Pregnancy Best of the Web Award, and is a Parenting magazine Must-Read Mom Runner-Up. Katherine is also the founder and executive director of Postpartum Progress Inc., a non-profit dedicated to vastly improving the support and services available to women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Additionally, she writes the weekly column “If Mama Ain’t Happy” on ParentDish, and is a guest contributor for the topic of PPD at BlogHer. She was the winner of the 2010 Bloganthropy Award, given for using social media to make a difference, and was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2008.
Alli Worthington is one of the most recognized names in social media and the Lifestyle-blogger community. Allison is well known and respected among her peers and the marketing community. She is the founder and publisher of Blissfully Domestic women’s magazine, one of the most trusted women’s destinations online. Blissfully Domestic magazine proudly promotes original content from talented women from around the world. She is the Co-Founder of the wildly successful BlissDom Conference. The BlissDom Conference has sold out all four years. Blissdom was developed to help women connect, learn and develop their blogs and their businesses. BlissDom strives to give the right brands the ability to connect with these influencers in a welcoming environment to build relationships and communication between both sides. In October 2010, BlissDom went international. BlissDom Canada, hosted in Toronto, was Canada’s first Social Media conference for Women. Alli is a dynamic consultant and strategist who specializes in advising social media strategy, vetting promotional campaigns and advising best practices for effective blogger outreach. Fortune 500 companies, small business owners and individual bloggers work with Alli to develop a vision, a brand identity and social media strategy. Alli serves on Intel‘s social media advisory board.
Tara is a wife and mother of two small girls who left a 10-year career as a high school science teacher to be an at-home mom, professional blogger and social media consultant. She has been publishing Feels Like Home since 2007, where she encourages her readers through a variety of posts: food and cooking tips, craft tutorials, home management hints, and a myriad of parenting (mis)adventures that help make her readers’ lives easier – or at least make them laugh. Currently serving as an Ambassador for Similac Strong Moms and Arm & Hammer’s Switch to Save program, a Blogger Advocate for Mizkan, and a member of MomAgenda’s Council of Media Moms, Tara is the featured Life at Home blogger at Sonsi Living. She also operates an Etsy shop called Violet Elephant, a local blog called Harrisburg Area Moms, and encourages other bloggers through speaking engagements including Type-A Parent and Bloggy Boot Camp.