Keynote Session Speakers
JENNY LAWSON | The Bloggess
Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is the New York Times bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) as well as a columnist and blogger. Her personal blog, The Bloggess, averages millions of page views per month. She is one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter with over 300,000 followers and growing daily. Jenny has been a regular contributor to the online Houston Chronicle since 2006 and also writes a popular advice column and satirical sex column. Jenny lives in Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.
Laura Mayes is an Emmy-winning writer, and a co-founder of the Mom 2.0 Summit, Camp Mighty, as well as Kirtsy. Over the last few years, she has created, developed and produced a variety of events and programs for women in media including industry conferences, brand events, book and product launches, the curation of national art exhibits and nationwide programs to educate women about social media, Laura created and edited the Kirtsy book, Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Online Favorites and continues to write for a variety of blogs and publications, including her personal blog, Blog con Queso.
SATURDAY GUIDED JOURNALING
ERIN LOECHNER | Design For Mankind
A former art director / stylist in Los Angeles, Erin Loechner has been blogging and speaking for more than a decade and has garnered a loyal, design-loving following with over one million fans worldwide. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in a variety of publications (The New York Times, Glamour, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor) and in a 2-year / 24-episode web show on HGTV.com. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. She is the executive editor of Clementine Daily.
SATURDAY MORNING KEYNOTE
BETHANY JOY CLARK | TOMS
Bethany Joy Clark is the Director of Global Customer Engagement for TOMS, the One for One® company where for every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. Her work focuses on supporting and inspiring individuals and groups to create positive change in their communities. Bethany has led the growth of TOMS Community by collaborating with diverse audience groups and creating resources that inspire supporters to leverage their platforms to share the TOMS story within their communities. Bethany currently serves on the Board of Advisors for an exciting, fashionable startup: Sword & Plough. She and her husband Trevor reside with their yellow Labrador Duke in Los Angeles.
SATURDAY DINNER CO-KEYNOTE
Caroline Rector | Unfancy
Caroline lives in Austin, Texas and shares an apartment with her outdoorsy husband and indoorsy dog. She spent seven years as a photographer before she started her minimalist fashion blog, Unfancy, in 2014. In just a few short months, Unfancy gained a cult following and estiablished itself as a source of positivity for women who want to simplify their lives. Caroline has been featured on The Lively Show, Austin Woman Magazine, Camille Styles, and Into Mind. When she's not blogging up a storm, you can find her reading nerdy books, taking boxing lessons, or sharing an order of Torchy's queso with her husband.
SATURDAY DINNER CO-KEYNOTE
Jess Lively | The Lively Show
Jess lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Mr. Lively, and her Westie, (Ben) Franklin. She also drinks an unusual amount of iced tea and loves decorating. She helps people live from Values-based intentions through her online course, LifeWithIntentionOnline.com, and through my bi-weekly podcast, TheLivelyShow.com.
SUNDAY FAREWELL KEYNOTE
SOPHIA RIVKA ROSSI | Hello Giggles
Sophia Rossi is the co-founder and CEO of Hello Giggles, which is a positive online community for women of all ages, covering the latest in culture, style, relationships, friendship, careers, and issues that matter most to young women’s lives. A platform for writers and artists to create and share, Hello Giggles welcomes reader contributions and publishes them daily. Sophia's first book, A Tale of Two Besties, loosely based on her friendship with her Hello Giggles co-founder Zooey Deschanel, comes out May 19th on Penguin's Razorbill imprint. Sophia hopes this will pave the way for a Hello Giggles book line.
Nicole is a blogger, podcast co-host, and ISFP from Austin, TX. She believes in Sisterhood and the power of the right outfit, both of which are frequent topics on Writes Like A Girl. By day, Nicole is the Editor of international wedding website Junebug Weddings. By night, you can hear her on Breakfast for Dinner Podcast where she and her boyfriend discuss pop culture and current events. Nicole is cat mom to Contessa, and she is happiest when she is eating brunch.