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Thursday, November 3
 

8:00am

[VIP Mastermind Day] Presented by AARP
Sponsors
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AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
Azalea

8:00am

[VIP Mastermind Day] Breakfast + Mastermind Session
Imagine 50 of your smartest and most focused colleagues together, in a room, talking empire-building strategies with no-holds barred - for an entire day. You’ll hear Power Presentations from Stacey Ferguson, Arsha Jones and Amber Anderson, all who hit the superior levels of success in their businesses who will share the blueprints of their success with you.

Opportunities for sharing, Q&A, networking, refreshing and reflection will be built-into the day.  We will dive deep into your empires and those of our Power Presenters to give you real strategies to walk away with.

Thursday November 3, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Azalea

9:00am

[VIP Mastermind Day] #Multipassionate: How to Align Your Passions Into A Cohesive Brand Strategy w. Stacey Ferguson

It’s no secret that the most successful brands are the ones that are a reflection of the person behind it. So how do you fulfill your purpose by creating a brand that encompasses all of your gifts? There is a way for multipassionate entrepreneurs to channel their awesome and align their passions into a cohesive business strategy!

We’ll cover:
– What should be a hobby vs. what should be a revenue stream.
– How to be strategic in building your brand one facet at a time.
– The 4-Part Formula to consider when streamlining your passions.

Because I like fun and parties and creating aha! moments, get ready for some hands-on activities that will force you to think outside of the box!


Speakers
avatar for Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Chief Curator, Blogalicious
Featured in The Washington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, Southern Living, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.  As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Azalea

11:00am

11:30am

Deya Direct Book Signing
If it is possible for a book to be healing, spiritual, smart, and sexy at the same time, then this is it. From Bestselling author and creator of the Man Whisperer Multimedia Series comes the new book Soft is the New Power by Deya “Direct” Smith. What if everything you thought you understood about communicating with men was wrong? Would you be willing to re-calibrate your thinking to possess the love and life you desire? Do you realize that you have an innate power to attract amazing relationships through your ability to communicate using a soft and strategic strategy? Smith shows readers how to return to the organic softness that is feminine power. Many women are losing themselves in an effort to keep up with the male-dominated workplace and the new-age approaches to dating and relationships. 

Speakers
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Deya Smith

Founder, Deya Direct
DEYA SMITH, AKA “DEYA DIRECT!” warmly regarded as ‘The Go-to Girlfriend’ as a result of her producing high-level media content that counsels, empowers and caters to women and their lifestyle. In her quest to help women with self-love and love relationships, Deya Direct also developed the “The Man Whisperer Series” which is a multimedia panel and course that teaches women the art of connecting... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
Exhbitor Hall

11:30am

[VIP Mastermind Day] Treat Your Site Like the Product It Is w. Amber Anderson

This session will be a group workshop with industry-leading product manager, Amber Anderson focused on teaching bloggers how to rethink the way they build, market & manage their blogs.

We’ll cover:
– A blog is a product. It has customers, competitors and a lifecycle.
– By treating a blog like a product, you’ll be able to make more with less & how.
– The tools required to create your first product plan and one-year roadmap.


Speakers
avatar for Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson is the founder of Kayson where she specializes in helping people identify, build (or evolve), launch and manage “things” their businesses can sell. Over the last ten years, Amberhas created tangible and intangible products that save or make her clients more than $1 billion per year. | | After eight years of success in the corporate setting with companies like Apollo Group, Education 2020 and... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Azalea

12:00pm

Registration
Thursday November 3, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Desk

1:30pm

[VIP Mastermind Day] Lunch + Special Remarks by AARP and Jo-Robin Banks
Speakers
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Jo-Robin Banks

Innovation and Project Management Consultant,, AARP
Jo-Robin Banks, Innovation and Project Management Consultant, Multicultural | Leadership | | | Jo-Robin Banks is a business professional and aspiring entrepreneur uniquely skilled inimplementing the rigor of project management while allowing for the process ofdiscovery that is enabled by an understanding and practice of innovation. She has anextensive background in working with both nonprofit and for profit organizations, with an emphasis on... Read More →

Sponsors
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AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Azalea

1:45pm

EARLY BIRD SESSION :: Blogging Big: Proven Tactics for Gaining Traction for Your Small to Medium Sized Blog
Speakers
avatar for Quiana Agbai

Quiana Agbai

Blogger
A Blogalicious veteran, Quiana enjoys exploring young family life on her blog Harlem Lovebirds which she started in 2009. A graduate of Wellesley College with 8 years of corporate experience in the advertising industry, Quiana took a leap of faith to become a mompreneur running Trifecta Media Group, a marketing, PR and graphic design consulting firm with her sisters who are based in NYC. A certified Toastmaster Competent Communicator, Quiana... Read More →
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Ashley Marshall-Seward

Founder, Mommy Week
Ashley is the owner & creator of the Award Winning mom blog MommyWeek.com. On MommyWeek Ashley provides mom's with tips on parenting, travel, recipes, women's lifestyle, and family fun. The creation of MommyWeek has given Ashley the ability to run a successful business doing what she loves all while homeschooling her children from her dining room table. Ashley has also been seen featured on Essence.com & ForHarriet.com. On a daily you can... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Buckhead Ballrooms

1:45pm

EARLY BIRD SESSION :: Leading Your Team YOUR Way

With the digital age being the Information Age and people turning into entrepreneurs overnight, there's one thing missing from this power-intensive I-never-sleep-I-just-work generation. TEAMWORK! Everyone is becoming their own boss AND their own team. My class will focus on garnering your power, honing in on what you bring to the table and relationship building for what you don't. Creating a lifestyle that doesn't wear on all of your energy and shows you how to leverage your persuasion and genuine passion to build a team that inspires you and helps lift some of the bricks to building a solid foundation for a brand that is here to stay.




Speakers
avatar for Angela Walker

Angela Walker

Avid Creator
I’ve always found bios to be interesting. I mean, I’m supposed to make you fall in love with a story that took me 27 years to build by condensing it
to less than eight sentences. As you can see, I’ve already used up two so let me cut to the chase. | | Hi, I’m Angela Walker and I give business and leader- ship tips from the perspective of a salon owner.
I’ve always been a lover of hair... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Buckhead Ballrooms

2:30pm

[VIP Mastermind Day] Building Beyond the Blog w. eCommerce w. Arsha Jones

This workshop is all about teaching you how to think beyond your blogs and to evolve from ‘hustlers’ to business men and women in the eCommerce industry. We’ll discuss knowing your why, product creation and the basics of how to get started.

We’ll cover:
– How eCommerce is an opportunity to explore your creativity
– Identifying what product you will bring to the market and how your product will add value to the lives of your customers.
– How to get started in 5 critical steps, including the technical basics of establishing an e-Commerce biz

Get ready for lots of hands-on activities, group work and Q&A!


Speakers
avatar for Arsha Jones

Arsha Jones

Entrepreneur, Brand. Build. Sell.
Arsha Jones is a creative soul with a penchant for marketing, sales, technology, social media, and popular culture. An emerging leader in the e-commerce industry, she has built multiple, highly profitable brands, one of which has seen revenues approaching nearly a quarter of a million dollars in less than two years. | | Known for her quiet demeanor and business prowess, Arsha’s brands have been featured in or on media outlets such as... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Azalea

3:00pm

EARLY BIRD SESSION :: Elevating Your Circle of Influence

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. But, what do you do when you look around and realize that those closest to you don't represent where you are headed? As you continue to build your blog/business and have your eyes set on world domination, how do you close the gap between the people currently in your life who are completely fine with the status quo and those who are truly power players in the marketplace? This workshop will strategically walk the participants through how to: cultivate and elevate your circle,  get on the radar of decision makers and establish the group work for elevating your relationship management game.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ransaw Smith

Jennifer Ransaw Smith

Personal Brand + Elevation Strategist, Brand id
Jennifer Ransaw Smith is a nationally sought-after Personal Elevation strategist, leadership development mentor and Personal branding consultant. As the founding CEO of Brand id|Strategic Partners, the nation’s only full-service personal elevation agency, she works with entrepreneurs and executives from coast-to-coast to help them leverage their expertise to become game changers within their industry—and... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Workshop E

3:00pm

EARLY BIRD SESSION :: Nail Your Sponsored Content!

A sponsored post is more than just saying “OMG! This product is amazeballs”! But what are the keys to success for a great partnership (and great content!) between influencers and brands? In this session, Trina, a style influencer and blogger of The Baby Shopaholic, and Maia, a brand strategist from Niche, a leading network for social media creators, will highlight key do’s and don’ts of sponsored content deals. They’ll walk you through the entire life cycle of a sponsored campaign sharing perspectives from both sides, from the start of the pitch and assignment to the finish, sharing content and engaging with audiences. Maia and Trina will also highlight examples of influencer-brand partnerships, as well as share some techniques and tools they use to create smart and winning content. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Maia Kotlus-Gates

Maia Kotlus-Gates

Brand Strategist, Niche
Maia has over nine years of digital communications, marketing and public relations experience, including influencer relations; social media content creation and community management; health care, consumer, entertainment and public affairs communications; media training and event management.  Currently, Maia is a brand strategist at Niche — a leading network of 35,000+ content creators — whose focus is to connect... Read More →
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Trina Small

Style Influencer, Baby Shopaholic
Wife, mom, and fashion-obsessed shopaholic, Trina Small, knows that being fab has no starting age. Her mommy fashion blog, Baby Shopaholic, chronicles all of her adventures in fashion with her daughters, Peyton and Harper, in tow. A marketing graduate of Southern Illinois University, Trina needed a fashion and gained experience as a fashion stylist for several magazines, photo shoots, and videos. | | Currently based in... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Workshop A

4:15pm

EARLY BIRD SESSION :: Create Your Own Mobile App
How would your business change if all 500 of your loyal tribe looked at their phone when you announce the launch of your new product? That can happen with push notifications from your own mobile app.  It's easy to do and you don't need to know any coding.

Thursday November 3, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Buckhead Ballrooms

4:15pm

EARLY BIRD SESSION :: The Bosses Behind The Brands: An Exclusive Conversation w. Agency Executives
Join four successful bosses for a frank discussion about what goes into influencer relationships and collaborations.  Everywhere Agency founder, Danica Kombol, One2One Network founder/CEO, Barbara Jones, Flowers Communications Group account supervisor, Nicole Pierce and Communications/Social Media Manager of Kia Motors, John Dominguez offer an inside look on influencer engagement. Hear from bosses who represent some of your favorite brands on a daily basis. You will walk away with key pointers, best practices, and even learn that they may be more like you than you think! This is truly a discussion you won’t want to miss!

Speakers
avatar for John Dominguez

John Dominguez

Kia Motors America
Supporting influencer communities has been the primary motivation for John in his role leading influencer outreach for Kia Motors America. John’s background in American cultural studies and music history has guided his strategy and approach of content via storytelling, which puts the natural talents of bloggers and content creators at the forefront of his partnerships.  In addition to his role in social media, John also contributes... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

CEO, Blissful Media Group
After spending 20 years in the music business as a marketing executive, Barbara Jones felt drawn to create a space where brands and agencies could harness the power of social media influencers. After founding One2One Network and co-founding BlissDom Events in 2008 and then evolving to form the integrated social media agency Blissful Media Group, she has become a sought-after social media and influencer marketing consultant and... Read More →
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Danica Kombol

CEO, Everywhere Agency
Danica Kombol is the CEO of the Everywhere Agency, a leading social media and content marketing firm that works with Fortune 500 companies crafting and executing successful campaigns. She founded the blogger network, Everywhere Society to power the agency’s many award winning influencer campaigns for clients like Macy’s, Coca-Cola, Cox | Communications, Domain.ME, Carters and others. | | As a social media... Read More →
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Nicole Pierce

Account Supervisor, Flowers Communications
Nicole Pierce is an Account Supervisor at Flowers Communications Group (FCG), an award-winning integrated marketing communications agency that specializes in multicultural public relations and marketing. In her role, she leads the development and execution of communications strategies across client accounts. She has a passion for building mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders on behalf of the brands she works on. In her... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Buckhead Ballrooms

4:30pm

5:00pm

[VIP Mastermind Day] Cocktail Reception
Let's adjourn and celebrate the day's accomplishments with toasting over a few cocktails. The event is only open to VIP Mastermind Day attendees. 

Thursday November 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Library

6:00pm

Evening Registration
Thursday November 3, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration Desk

7:00pm

Conference Kickoff Welcome Reception presented by Coca-Cola
Sponsors
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Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero™, vitaminwater®, POWERADE®, Minute Maid®, Simply™, Georgia®, Dasani... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom

10:00pm

BY INVITATION :: Sip 'n Strategize w. Stacey Ferguson
Those interested in the Rockstar Influencer Coaching Program will be invited to spend time in Stacey's Suite for an intimate convo with her and the Growth Coaches about your brand challenges and goals! She'll also be sharing tips and strategies for making the most out of the weekend. Stay tuned for your invite [and watch out for the bonus!} 

Thursday November 3, 2016 10:00pm - Friday November 4, 2016 10:30pm
Private Suite
 
Friday, November 4
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday November 4, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

The bStore
Friday November 4, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Registration
Friday November 4, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Registration Desk

8:00am

Sponsor Exhibitor Booths + Hospitality Suites Open!
Sponsors
avatar for AARP

AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and... Read More →
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Change The Cycle

As a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, we strive to make advances toward greater certainty for our customers by providing them with cutting-edge technology that makes a real difference. We move to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and work to achieve both incremental and transformational progress to improve patients’ lives. | | We are passionate and resolute in our purpose; we call it The Science of Sure. This... Read More →
avatar for Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero™, vitaminwater®, POWERADE®, Minute Maid®, Simply™, Georgia®, Dasani... Read More →
avatar for Domain.Me

Domain.Me

Are you trying to find a way to take control of your online identity? Maybe trying to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry? .ME is uniquely positioned to provide you with the space you need to build your personal brand and create a captivating online persona that's a direct reflection of YOU. But maybe, you are more interested in giving your business a more personal feel? No problem! .ME provides you with an easy way to build... Read More →
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Dove®

Dove®
At Dove®, we know that social media bombards women and girls with messages that can be hurtful and destructive to their self-esteem and confidence.Dove® research shows 82% of women feel the beauty standards set by social media are unrealistic. In the African American community, not only do those unrealistic beauty ideals come from social media, but are also filtered through the lens of mainstream society. To address these... Read More →
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FlipBoard

Flipboard is a social magazine where you can find and share stories that move the world forward. Use Flipboard to follow your favorite sources from around the world; then save stories, images and videos into your own Flipboard Magazines that reflect your interests, express your perspectives, or are simply things you want to save for later. Bloggers can add content to Flipboard using the Flip.It button, making it instantly accessible to... Read More →
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Hasbro

Meet TORCH, My Blazin’ Dragon pet, an exciting and spunky baby dragon from the FURREAL FRIENDS line from Hasbro. This adorable plush baby dragon takes pet play to the next level featuring 50-plus sound and motion combinations. Don’t forget to feed him his treat – a tasty, toasted marshmallow! Follow the search to find out where you can find Torch at Blogalicious and receive a special treat of your own! #WhereisTorch
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IZEA

IZEA provides bloggers, Viners, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other online personalities the ability to monetize their online influence. Use our platform to connect with brands you love for sponsorships.
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Jack Daniel's

#FriendsofJack
This year at Blogalicious, Jack Daniel’s invites all of you to become “Friends of Jack.”  Throughout the weekend, you can stop by the “Friends of Jack” Lounge in the exhibitor hall for fun demos, tastings, prizes and more. And on Friday, November 4, Jack Daniel’s will host an elite offsite event for all “Friends of Jack”- both old and new. Keep up... Read More →
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Love Always YJE

Love Always YJE
When was the last time you wrote a love letter? With all the negativity in the world, now is the perfect time to spread a little love and remind others to #lovealways. Visit the Love Always Lounge and pen a special note to yourself or someone that makes your heart smile. Love letters will be mailed for free and all Love Always ambassadors will be entered into a drawing for a lovely surprise. | | Hashtags#lovealways#lovealwayslounge | Social... Read More →
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Phonetic Eyewear

At Phonetic Computer Eyewear, we offer glasses with clear, prescription quality lenses that have a special coating to deflect a portion of unwanted blue light. We put these lenses into our frames designed for you – someone who wants to protect their eyes and still look good. Available in plano (no prescription), add powers for a little extra magnification, and with prescription lenses, our frames are perfect for working at your... Read More →
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Positive Images

Official Brand Portrait Sponsor of Blogalicious Weekend 2016. VIP Mastermind Day attendees will receive a complimentary portrait session and a retouched Digital Negative. General conference attendees will have the opprotunity to have a photo session.


Friday November 4, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead

8:15am

Opening Remarks by Stacey Ferguson
Speakers
avatar for Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Chief Curator, Blogalicious
Featured in The Washington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, Southern Living, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.  As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom

9:00am

#SpeakBeautiful Partner Content Conversation presented by Dove
Speakers
avatar for Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi

Writer + Author + Digital Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie
Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year blogging veteran, she’s the voice behind the widely respected blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com, where she covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit. Her blog inspired her debut book, titled I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, which was released in... Read More →
avatar for Dre Brown

Dre Brown

Makeup Artist + Creator, belleIEVE Beauty
Driven to infuse each creative encounter with joy-inducing laughter, makeup artist/groomer Dre Brown seeks to offer both something for the eye and for the soul. Southern-born with big city savvy, this free spirit sees her approach to beauty as a vehicle through which she cultivates delight and empowerment in those she reaches. | | Self-taught, Dre has cultivated her skills as a makeup artist over the past decade freelancing for... Read More →
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Marie Denee

The Curvy Fashionista
Marie Denee, also known as “The Curvy Fashionista”, is an established and respected voice in the plus size fashion arena. With over eleven years of experience, Marie has made it her mission to continuously show women that they can be Curvy, Confident, and Chic. Through The Curvy Fashionista, Marie showcases fashion options, and shares news and events for plus size women in a world where fashion for the plus size... Read More →
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Claudia Krusch

Content Creator, Fashion Influencer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, TrendyLatina.com
Claudia Krusch is a native Brazilian Mom, Linguist, Translator, Teacher and speaker of 4 languages. She's also a Content Creator at TrendyLatina.com, Fashion Influencer, Speaker, Entrepreneur and owner of SocialCoerce Marketing, where she coaches and oversees social media content for 20 businesses in 3 States. | | She loves automobiles and is a member of IMPA (International Motor Press Association) and WAPA (Washington... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Dove®

Dove®

Dove®
At Dove®, we know that social media bombards women and girls with messages that can be hurtful and destructive to their self-esteem and confidence.Dove® research shows 82% of women feel the beauty standards set by social media are unrealistic. In the African American community, not only do those unrealistic beauty ideals come from social media, but are also filtered through the lens of mainstream society. To address these... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Morning Keynote: "How to Become a Self Made woman and Live a Rich Life in Every Way" by Nely Galán
Blogalicious Weekend 2016 Opening Keynote

Nely Galan will share what she’s learned from her amazing journey from immigrant kid, to the youngest to the tv station manager to becoming the first Latina President of a Television Network, Telemundo, to creating her own company which launched over 700 shows in English and Spanish making her the “Latina Tyler Perry”. Galan just wrote the New York Times Best Selling Book Self Made, Becoming Empowered, Self Reliant and Rich in Every Way”. She will share all the secrets from her book including where is all the hidden money in America for women of color. 

Speakers
avatar for Nely Galan

Nely Galan

Founder + CEO, Galan Entertainment
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents.  An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom

11:00am

Nely Galán Book Signing
What does it mean to be self-made? It's not just about having money, but financial empowerment is where it begins. It means getting out of survival mode, where you are one problem away from catastrophe. It means changing your mindset from instant gratification to goal orientation. It means being able to sleep at night without worry. It means being rich in every way: rich in money, rich in family, rich in love, rich in time - abundant!

Purchase your very own copy of Self-Made on-site at Blogalicious and meet Nely to have it signed. 

Speakers
avatar for Nely Galan

Nely Galan

Founder + CEO, Galan Entertainment
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents.  An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Exhbitor Hall

11:00am

Morning Break
Engage with event sponsors in exhibit hall and hospitality suties. Network. Catch your breath. Grab a snack. Be Blogalicious! 

Friday November 4, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead

11:30am

WORKSHOP :: Brand. Build. Blowup!
Brand. Build. Blow Up! is a session designed to provide a step by step approach to creating and developing your brand. Through breaking down the branding landscape, you will learn how to build a solid brand foundation, elevate your exposure through strategic branded events, and increase your bottom line by securing with corporate sponsorships. As you are the ultimate ambassador for your brand you will leave this session ready to position your business and brand to make an explosive impact within its desired target markets!!!

Speakers
avatar for Tara Gates Anderson

Tara Gates Anderson

Business Branding Expert & Media Correspondent, CEO TGA UNIFIED
Tara Gates Anderson’s career spans over 15 years in the entrepreneurship, business and public relations arenas and over 22 years in education in both the public and non-profit sectors. In the business and public relations fields she has established long-standing influential relationships and has built and trained teams of business leaders domestically and internationally. Ms. Anderson is an influential speaker for conferences and events... Read More →
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Maggy Francois

Founder, Maggy Francois, LLC
Maggy "Fancy" Francois is the brains behind Maggy Francois, LLC, a boutique event design firm that focuses on the comprehensive planning and design of fashion, social, corporate and non-profit events, activations, image consulting and styling.  Francois is a firecracker, blending her signature style, innovative ideas and creative magic to deliver inspired, one-of-a-kind productions and experiences. Francois is a visionary with unmatched... Read More →
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Courtney Rhodes

Founder, The Brandista Guide
As an integrated brand strategist, marketer and personal branding professional, Courtney spends her days working with individuals and businesses to cultivate, direct and leverage (make profitable) the authenticity in their brands. As a former General Sales and Advertising Sales Executive, she spent over a decade employed and consulting in radio, television, print, digital and outdoor media for  Clear Channel, CBS-TV, Uptown... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Grand Ballroom 3

11:30am

WORKSHOP :: Periscope Best Practices

 If content is king, then live streaming is queen in the kingdom of social and digital media. Periscope is a great platform to build a movement and earn profit.   This session will focus on the POWER of  Periscope and how bloggers can go from lurking (consuming content) to loving it (creating content) with ease and confidence; as a strategy to increase their visibility, establish authority in their niche, and build community. 



Speakers
avatar for Pamela J. Booker

Pamela J. Booker

Founder + CEO, Koils By Nature
Pamela J. Booker is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Koils by Nature. Established in 2009 in Washington DC and now based in Atlanta, Georgia; Koils by Nature is a rising brand of affordable all natural hair care products for all types and textures of hair. Pamela graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, served in the United States Army and after... Read More →
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Adeea Rogers

Founder, The Trendy Socialite
Adeea Rogers–also known as The Trendy Socialite–is a social media maven, | experienced event host, webinar and workshop facilitator, and public | speaker. Her calling is to help empower and encourage others to develop | and pursue their purpose. And as a result she is known on Periscope as The | Purpose Pusher. Adeea uses her unique and systematic approach to | processes, planning, and productivity to allow others to connect with... Read More →
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Amber Wright

Public Speaking Coach, Talk To Amber
Amber L. Wright is a Los Angeles based communication expert, public speaking coach, and award-winning adjunct professor in Communication Studies, whose mission is to teach you how to speak with less fear and more finesse – on and off the stage. An authority on interpersonal communication and relationships, she has been featured in or mentioned on sites such as Forbes.com, BlackEnterprise.com, SheKnows.com... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Ivy

11:30am

WORKSHOP :: Protect Your Content, Protect Your Blog: Legal Considerations for Your Brand
Speakers
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Tyra Hughley Smith

Copyright and Trademark Attorney, Hughley Smith Law
Tyra Hughley Smith is a licensed attorney who has been practicing for over seven | years. Her areas
of practice include intellectual property (copyright and | trademarks), entertainment, and business law and contracts. She is a member of the | colloquially known as the "Photo Attorney" law firm, where she represents | photographers, photo agencies, and other creatives in protecting their copyright | rights and obtaining compensation for their... Read More →
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Shahara Wright

Business Law Attorney
Shahara Wright is a CEO, business law attorney, professor, community leader, speaker and author.  She has been the owner and Lead Attorney of The Wright Firm, PLLC for 15 years.  Shaharaprovides small and mid-sized companies with legal and business strategies including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, investor packages and contracts.  She has experience with product development, bringing products from mere... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:20pm
Azalea

12:30pm

WORKSHOP :: Content Upgrade: How to Repurpose and Monetize Your Content
Music artist have been doing it for years and you can too. They sample old songs and make them new hits that make money. In this workshop, you will learn how to breathe new life into your old, free content and repurpose your material, transforming your written words into a profitable podcast and video summit.

Speakers
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Shade Y. Adu

Personal Brand Strategist
Shadé Y. Adu, a personal brand strategist, international speaker, bestselling author, and founder of Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC. Shade helps women entrepreneurs use the power of social media and live streaming to brand, build, and monetize digital programs, products, and services. Shadé has been featured in Hello Beautiful, Black Enterprise, The Network Journal, and the Rachel Ray... Read More →
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Denise LaRosa

Founder/Host, Mom Talk Denise
Denise LaRosa, M.Ed. is the founder, host and CEO of Mom Talk with Denise LaRosa, LLC, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform mothers along their journey in motherhood. Denise utilizes her parenting experiences and background as an elementary | educator to bring mothers invaluable information and resources on parenting. | | Denise has interviewed successful moms and parenting experts like Kim West aka The... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Grand Ballroom 3

12:30pm

WORKSHOP :: Why Content is Queen When It Comes Monetizing
Speakers
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Adanna Dill

Founder, Adanna Media, Inc.
Adanna Dill is an Award-Winning content creator, founder of the parenting | lifestyle blog, Rattles and Heels and the owner of Adanna Media, Inc. | Adanna created Rattles and Heels when she saw the need for an online | space for multicultural millennial moms like herself. Since starting in 2013, | Adanna has gone on to partner with many prestigious brands as an | influencer. She has been featured on Buzz Feed, Huffington Post and | appeared in... Read More →
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MJ Jacks

Founder, Fab Haute Mama
Melissa aka MJ is a wife, mom, entrepreneur and future children's book author. She blogs at FabHauteMama.com a space for new and seasoned moms looking for everyday advice, recipes, and real mom truths which she candidly shares in her #baremom posts. | As a former culinary student, by day, MJ is passionate about sharing mom and toddler approved food with the occasional treat in between. Her recipes for breastfeeding moms... Read More →
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Ashley Marshall-Seward

Founder, Mommy Week
Ashley is the owner & creator of the Award Winning mom blog MommyWeek.com. On MommyWeek Ashley provides mom's with tips on parenting, travel, recipes, women's lifestyle, and family fun. The creation of MommyWeek has given Ashley the ability to run a successful business doing what she loves all while homeschooling her children from her dining room table. Ashley has also been seen featured on Essence.com & ForHarriet.com. On a daily you can... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Ivy

12:30pm

WORKSHOP: Designing Your Sales Funnel System
Let's face it, bloggers are learning to monetize their brands are fascinating rates.  It's now time to bank on your expertise.  During this #InspoLab, Brand Strategist Kim McCarter will help attendees create engaging content ideas that will help them shift readers to paying clients with the use of an automated sales funnel system that will make launching a new product, or challenge seamless by introducing a six-step system that can be incorporated by using free to moderately priced engagement tools.  

Speakers
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Kim McCarter

Brand + Business Success Coach
Kim McCarter , “Queen of Romance Your Hustle” is a Strategic Brand and Business Success Coach for femalepreneurs who are ready to create their impact on the world by doing what they love.  She is best known for her straight-talk advice and helping women entrepreneurs create strategic action steps that will increase revenue in their businesses.   | “Busy should never steal our... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Azalea

1:30pm

neTWERKing - Strategies to Keep Your Network Jumping
Are you tired of connecting with people on sites like LinkedIn or handing out and collecting business cards never to talk to the person again? Along our journeys we meet interesting people who have the potential to add rich content to our lives which in turn is useful for our blogs, vlogs, podcasts and the such. It's time to learn real methods for keeping an active network. It's not just about what you can get but also what you can give. We are inextricably linked but seldom do we tap into the power of our network to help us achieve our goals.  This twerk session begins with some actual twerking! But not the raunchy, clutch your pearls kind. We are talking about some clean, kid-friendly neTWERKing of the minds. ​W​e will begin this session with a “Twerk Off." ​So be prepared to connect with the one that may be exactly who you need to take your plans to the next level! ​.Remember this is about building and using our network to ​give and ​get what we need, so show us what you twerking with!It’s time to twerk! Or better put,  it’s time to put in the Time, Work, and Energy to build Relationships that are Kinetic!

 


Speakers
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Kristen R. Harris

KRH Enterprises



Friday November 4, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:30pm

Lunch + "Content Is Life...And It's Also Your Influence: Use It to Attract Brand Partnerships" w. Stacey Ferguson
It's easy to think about the content you create and your opportunities with brand partners as two separate things. In this power talk by Stacey Ferguson, you'll learn just how important it is to consider your message AND your medium in order to connect the dots between your content and your cash.

Speakers
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Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Chief Curator, Blogalicious
Featured in The Washington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, Southern Living, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.  As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

#GIRLBOSS: A Candid Conversation w. Rockstar Influencers
IRL case studies, reflections and lessons learned, shared by students from Stacey's Rockstar Influencer Program. Get inspired and cheer on your colleagues' successes!

Friday November 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom

3:30pm

Afternoon Break
Friday November 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom

4:00pm

HOT TOPIC: #Hashtag Activism Panel Conversation

In just a few short years, Twitter – and Instagram for that matter – have quickly moved from this ‘quirky-hipster’ kind of technology to a powerhouse social media platform used to promote awareness on so many different issues. The hashtag, in all its simplicity, has been rebranded as a conversation starter. Whatever you choose to put behind the hashtag symbol has the potential of driving a conversation to the next level and before you know it, you’ve joined a movement you care about all from the comfort of your smartphone.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS#LOVEWINS#LOVEISLOVE#WHYISTAYED#BLACKLIVESMATTER

But is it enough? How does this platform get people off their devices and connect to people on the ground? As a blogger or thought leader, how can you effectively engage your audiences on these issues? Most importantly, how do you balance your personal and professional life/view without alienating your audience?

With all that is happening in the country, this conversation is essential. We carefully curated a group of social media influencers in our community to lead the conversation: #Hashtag Activism during Blogalicious Weekend.


Moderators
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Jonelle Henry

Districtly Speaking
Jonelle Henry is a respected journalist, "conversation starter", and leader in her field with over 15 years of media & communications experience. She is currently the international producer at C-SPAN. During her years at C-SPAN, she’s produced a wide range of stories and events including the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and Barack Obama’s Election Night coverage in Chicago. Jonelle received her... Read More →

Speakers
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Jorge Alvarado

Multi Faceted Glamour + Personality Coach / TV Host
With a knack for creative expression and a myriad of talents, multifaceted personality Jorge Alvarado is now sharing his resources and insider knowledge of the fashion and media industries through his glamour and personality coaching blog Thee Fab Lab. His late night talk show The JorgeShow won the 2014 Talkie Award for Best LifeStyle Show. The show not only entertained but also promoted the social consciousness of community and... Read More →
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Britni Danielle

Director of Entertainment + Culture, Ebony
Britni Danielle is journalist, editor, and novelist who is passionate about telling stories. She’s written extensively for both print and digital publications on a myriad of topics, including dating, feminism, race, parenting, and pop culture.  In 2011, Britni took a leap of faith and left her job as a public school teacher to pursue writing full-time. Since then, she’s amassed thousands of... Read More →
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Erika Nicole Kendall

Blogger
Erika Nicole Kendall is the author of the fitness and food blog A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss, where she chronicles her journey of losing well over 150lbs, and what she has learned along the way to help her lose and keep the weight off. Erika’s blog is a hilarious and personal mixture of everything from emotional eating to body image to exercise to eating “clean” to what she calls “the photoshop... Read More →
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Sili Recio

Blogger + Activist, My Mamihood
Sili Recio is a mom, blogger and activist based in Orlando, Florida. She is deeply committed to changing the world and works daily to inspire and empower women through storytelling and advocacy. Sili is an associate campaign director at MomsRising.org, a national grassroots organization advocating for moms and families. She is also the Chief Executive Mami at MyMamihood.com.



Friday November 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm

Closing Keynote :: Free Publicity! Get Buzz and Attention in the Media by Ramon Ray
How can your business can get the attention of local and national media! It's not hard it just takes strategy and creativity. Ramon's been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journey, Inc Magazine and beyond. He shares his secret sauce for getting the media talking about YOU and your product or service. Businesses who get media attention build credibility and quickly extend their brand reach faster than simple word of mouth marketing or other marketing. Attendees will leave this insightful, energized and practical presentation with specific tools and best practices to get the attention of local and national media.

By attending Ramon's presentation, attendees will learn the specific steps they need to take to boost their personal brands. Attendees will learn the importance of neetworking, media, events and more in the growth of their brands.

Ramon is a serial entrepreneur, best selling author (Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing), international speaker and more. Ramon is publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine and Small Business Success Evangelist at Infusionsoft. He's a piano player, graduate of the FBI Citizens academy, former United Nations staff member and interviewed President Obama in the President's first Google Hangout. See Ramon's full bio at http://www.ramonray.com 

Speakers
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Ramon Ray

Small Business Evangelist
Ramon is passionate about helping small business entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He is an entrepreneur (started 4 companies and sold one), best selling author, journalist, event producer, speaker and event host.  | | Ramon is Small Business Evangelist, Infusionsoft and Editor of Smart Hustle Magazine. His third book is Amazon.com best seller “Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing”. Get to know Ramon... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom

6:00pm

"I'm Judging You" Conversation & Book Signing w. Luvvie Ajayi and Stacey Ferguson

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Luvvie Ajayi will be in the hooooouse! Her debut book: “I’m Judging You” launched on September 13th and became an instant best seller.  From Blogger to Best-Seller: Luvvie truly epitomizes our conference theme: #ContentIsLife

Luvvie will be at Blogalicious Weekend on Friday, November 4th at 6:00pm. Following her chat with Blogalicious Co-Founder, Stacey Ferguson, Luvvie will host an autograph signing + photo session. You can purchase your copy of the book on-site!



Moderators
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Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Chief Curator, Blogalicious
Featured in The Washington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, Southern Living, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.  As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle... Read More →

Speakers
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Luvvie Ajayi

Writer + Author + Digital Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie
Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year blogging veteran, she’s the voice behind the widely respected blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com, where she covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit. Her blog inspired her debut book, titled I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, which was released in... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom

7:00pm

#INSPOLAB :: Crafting Your Sales Concept [RSVP Required]

Whether you’re a creative, small business owner, solopreneur or big brand, the cost efficient and highly effective nature of content marketing can enhance brand image, create brand advocates, foster trust, build authority, increase leads, generate demand, and most of all, result in SALES for your business.

Attendees will walk away from this session with a vision-board-like template for an effective sales page, along with the inspiration to think like a publisher, create an effective content marketing strategy and design their best life.

During this session, attendees will scrapbook their way to embracing their publishing power to:

-Create a content marketing plan that drives demand for their business.

-Produce a high volume of content with little time and limited budget.

-Make sense of content marketing tools and overcome distribution challenges.

-Accurately measure impact and effectiveness of content and ‘get good’ quickly.


Speakers
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Sharon Hadden

Founder, Social Savvy Consulting Group, LLC
Sharon L. Hadden is a communications consultant and content strategist. A former public affairs specialist, Sharon uses vision, research, collaboration and creativity to craft stellar content and digital strategy for organizations, both small and large. Sharon is a writer first, by passion and profession and helps businesses gain the clarity they need to make smart marketing decisions through courses, consulting and digital products... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ivy

7:00pm

#INSPOLAB :: Creating Your Own Subscription Box [RSVP Required]

Residual income, or “automatic money”, is the true answer to the freedom you desire with entrepreneurship. Therefore, finding a business model that automates income is something close to genius. In 2016, subscription boxes are the new hustle, and the subby box guru Taylar Barrington will teach you how to choose a niche, create an idea, curate a box, master the logistics, own the experience and keep ‘em coming back!

So, what’s the big deal about sub boxes anyway? This new product concept creates a relationship between you and your customer and these days, the customer experience is everything. As a subscription box owner, you get to introduce customers to new products, create partnerships with national brands and offer a product experience that they’ll love.  
Easier said than done though. It’s not enough to grab a few products, stuff them in a box and ship ‘em off. You need a plan – a real one!

Taylar Barrington, an entrepreneur who got her start selling lemonade at the age of 8, started the UniversiTee Box after college! Now the brand has propelled into a six-figure business and she’s at Blogalicious8, to help you get there too!

How To Build A Subscription Box Business You Love

Learn how to create residual income through learning about one of the newest ways to curate a consumer experience – subscription boxes! Taylar Barrington, the owner of the UniversiTee Box will teach you how to:

 Find and locate an audience with the greatest chemistry• Develop a subscription box idea that they’ll obsess over• Curate the ideal box by understanding the art of curation• Master logistics by understanding the process• Get access to a private list of industry leaders in subscription box automation• & Complete a master activity for putting your ideas down on paper


Speakers
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Taylor Barrington

CEO, UniversiTEEs Box
Taylar A. Barrington has used her three years of experience as a full-time entrepreneur creating brands that make a difference in the lives of her customers. As a former marketer, MBA graduate, award-winning designer and sales guru, she combined her skills and passion to develop her six figure company. She is the sole Founder of the UniversiTee Box, a vibrant and edgy subscription-based membership for college girls and a Co-Founder of FOAM, a... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Azalea

7:00pm

#INSPOLAB :: How to Shoot Your Own Stunning Stock Images [RSVP Required]
Do you spend hours searching for relevant blog images? What if you could create your own images that speak directly to your audience? Join wedding photographer /videographer Chip Dizárd for this hands on session where you will learn how to light, stage, pose objects and people to create stock images that look great and speak to your audience.

*DSLR cameras or smart phones are suggested.

Speakers
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Chip Dizard

Founder, Chip Dizard Weddings
Chip is an serial entrepreneur with a passion for all things technology and media. He is the founder / lead cinematographer of Chip Dizard Wedding Films a wedding videography firm that films couple’s love stories internationally. Chip graduated from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland with a degree in Media Art/Communication, and discovered the love for tech in 1999 after he created a web sites for local nonprofit organizations... Read More →



Friday November 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Grand Ballroom 3
 
Saturday, November 5
 

7:00am

WORKSHOP :: Yoga, Meditation & Self-Care for Creatives
Yoga Teacher and Living Ayurveda Guide, Robyn Donaldson and her teaching assistant Keme Hawkins will offer a memorable experience to support the inner artist in all of us. During the class, we'll explore some general principles of Ayurveda and Yoga to give participants a boost of energy and confidence in their creative process and work life balance. Participants will learn classical and innovative approaches to self care, meditation and Prana Vinyasa yoga based on the teachings of master teacher, Shiva Rea.

SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/yogaB8

Speakers
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Robyn Donaldson

Founder, Robyn's Healthy Living
Robyn Donaldson, (J.D.) is the Founder of Robyn’s Healthy Living, a health and | wellness website about Yoga and Ayurveda. Robyn has taught yoga around the U.S. | and Indonesia at yoga studios, The Yoga House Atlanta, her community yoga space, | the Centers for Disease Control and various gyms. | | Robyn began focusing on healthy living after being a caretaker for ailing relatives | towards the end of their lives. After law graduating... Read More →
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Keme Hawkins

Founder, Mawuangels
Keme Hawkins is a yogi and freelance writer living in Atlanta, Ga. She completed her Master’s in Afro-American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she traveled to Brazil and became fascinated with Afro-Brazilian culture. This culminated in her | dissertation for her doctorate in English at Emory University. In addition to her academic training Keme has studied various modes of health and healing in... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Library

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Registration
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm
Registration Desk

8:00am

The bStore
Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm
Exhbitor Hall

8:00am

Sponsor Exhibitor Booths + Hospitality Suites Open!
Sponsors
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AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and... Read More →
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Change The Cycle

As a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, we strive to make advances toward greater certainty for our customers by providing them with cutting-edge technology that makes a real difference. We move to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and work to achieve both incremental and transformational progress to improve patients’ lives. | | We are passionate and resolute in our purpose; we call it The Science of Sure. This... Read More →
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Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero™, vitaminwater®, POWERADE®, Minute Maid®, Simply™, Georgia®, Dasani... Read More →
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Domain.Me

Are you trying to find a way to take control of your online identity? Maybe trying to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry? .ME is uniquely positioned to provide you with the space you need to build your personal brand and create a captivating online persona that's a direct reflection of YOU. But maybe, you are more interested in giving your business a more personal feel? No problem! .ME provides you with an easy way to build... Read More →
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Dove®

Dove®
At Dove®, we know that social media bombards women and girls with messages that can be hurtful and destructive to their self-esteem and confidence.Dove® research shows 82% of women feel the beauty standards set by social media are unrealistic. In the African American community, not only do those unrealistic beauty ideals come from social media, but are also filtered through the lens of mainstream society. To address these... Read More →
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FlipBoard

Flipboard is a social magazine where you can find and share stories that move the world forward. Use Flipboard to follow your favorite sources from around the world; then save stories, images and videos into your own Flipboard Magazines that reflect your interests, express your perspectives, or are simply things you want to save for later. Bloggers can add content to Flipboard using the Flip.It button, making it instantly accessible to... Read More →
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Hasbro

Meet TORCH, My Blazin’ Dragon pet, an exciting and spunky baby dragon from the FURREAL FRIENDS line from Hasbro. This adorable plush baby dragon takes pet play to the next level featuring 50-plus sound and motion combinations. Don’t forget to feed him his treat – a tasty, toasted marshmallow! Follow the search to find out where you can find Torch at Blogalicious and receive a special treat of your own! #WhereisTorch
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IZEA

IZEA provides bloggers, Viners, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other online personalities the ability to monetize their online influence. Use our platform to connect with brands you love for sponsorships.
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Jack Daniel's

#FriendsofJack
This year at Blogalicious, Jack Daniel’s invites all of you to become “Friends of Jack.”  Throughout the weekend, you can stop by the “Friends of Jack” Lounge in the exhibitor hall for fun demos, tastings, prizes and more. And on Friday, November 4, Jack Daniel’s will host an elite offsite event for all “Friends of Jack”- both old and new. Keep up... Read More →
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Love Always YJE

Love Always YJE
When was the last time you wrote a love letter? With all the negativity in the world, now is the perfect time to spread a little love and remind others to #lovealways. Visit the Love Always Lounge and pen a special note to yourself or someone that makes your heart smile. Love letters will be mailed for free and all Love Always ambassadors will be entered into a drawing for a lovely surprise. | | Hashtags#lovealways#lovealwayslounge | Social... Read More →
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Phonetic Eyewear

At Phonetic Computer Eyewear, we offer glasses with clear, prescription quality lenses that have a special coating to deflect a portion of unwanted blue light. We put these lenses into our frames designed for you – someone who wants to protect their eyes and still look good. Available in plano (no prescription), add powers for a little extra magnification, and with prescription lenses, our frames are perfect for working at your... Read More →
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Positive Images

Official Brand Portrait Sponsor of Blogalicious Weekend 2016. VIP Mastermind Day attendees will receive a complimentary portrait session and a retouched Digital Negative. General conference attendees will have the opprotunity to have a photo session.


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead

8:30am

Content Talks: Bring Your Breakfast and Learn!
Featured Content Talks 

 3 Simple Steps to Be Authentic in your Content :: Elisha + Elyssa Fernandez

In this empowering, high energy session, Blogalicious Attendees will learn:

- The 3 Ways to Being Authentic On/Off-line
- How to tell your WHY Story to Connect to the Audience
- How to Deal with Critics Easily and Effectively
- Practical Ways to Deeply Connect with your Target Audience

Blogalicious attendees will leave with a clear understanding of why and how they can write authentic content so they can start helping those around them and make a BIG difference in the world!


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Life in Translation: Shaping Experiences into Impactful, Dynamic, and Marketable Content :: Tyece Wilkins, Ashley Coleman and GG Renee Hill 

There are milestones and memories. There’s the look in a lover’s eyes right before the door slams and he leaves forever and the smile spread ear to ear on our baby girl’s face as she rocks on a swing set. Life tingles with both extraordinary and everyday experiences–the very things that build us, break us, and become our content.

 So, how do we do it? How do we shape these experiences into everything from blog posts to book chapters? How do we distill the raw details of life into work that rises above the digital noise and resounds for our readers? How do we translate all that life hurls our way into impactful, dynamic and marketable content?

 In this panel, three personal bloggers share triumphs, pitfalls, and, most importantly, lessons learned about how they have shaped their experiences into content that not only resonates, but also leads to other opportunities.

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Your Message As A Catalyst :: Ashely D. Freeman 
Both the laughs and the pain make you who you are. But how many times do we feel comfortable enough to reveal our most vulnerable moments? We fail to realize that sharing our message, can be a catalyst for the next person's breakthrough. Our stories are the personal lifelines of our brands and allow us to connect and be authentic with our audience. If you haven't figured out a flawless way to deliver it or you don't think it is important enough to share, this session is for you! Join me to develop your message as a catalyst for change. 

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Partnerships & Paychecks: How bloggers, brands and agencies can connect for shared success :: Lauren Thomas + Alexis Felder

As the creator economy continues to grow and evolve, content creators are exploring new ways to monetize their message while brands are looking for innovative ways to connect with new audiences. Join us for a candid conversation to learn about the shifts that are happening in the influencer marketing space  and to get tips that will help bloggers, brands and agencies develop  deeper relationships, stay in compliance with the latest FTC guidelines and create campaigns that will lead to shared success. 

 

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Coleman

Ashley Coleman

Writer
Ashley Coleman is a writer and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. The cultivator of the online space WriteLaughDream.com, she writes about life, love, and pursuing goals as a writer. Her work as a writing mentor helps other writers develop their voice and writing habits through one-on- one sessions, courses, and workshops. The author of Dear Love: A Love Letter to You hosts women’s brunches on the east coast, has been a... Read More →
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Alexis Felder

Founder, Lexi Curls
 Alexis "Lexi" Felder was one of the original natural hair bloggers on YouTube encouraging women of color to embrace their natural hair and be comfortable in the skin they're in. While spreading self love, she has traveled the world and shares her journeys with her audience on LexiWithTheCurls.com.  She has excelled in the digital space collaborating with brands such as Macy's, Ford, and Unilever brands. She works as the Digital... Read More →
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Elisha Fernandez

Founder + Kidpreneur, Wholly Art
Elisha is a homeschooled 13 year-old, and a passionate best-selling author, artist, kidpreneur, and speaker. She loves to write, read, spell, draw, paint, and play the piano and guitar. She is proud to be a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Practitioner, trained by Jay Conrad Levinson himself. If Elisha had only 3 words to describe herself they would be creative, generous, and humorous. Elisha lives in Fort Worth, TX with her family and she loves... Read More →
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Elyssa Fernandez

Founder + Kidpreneur, Wholly Art
Elyssa is 12 years old. She enjoys being an entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker, artist, and coach. She is homeschooled, and her greatest coach and mentor is her mom, Elayna Fernandez. Elyssa plays the guitar and piano, and she loves to play with her sisters, draw, read, write stories, dance ballet, play tennis, and ride her bike. She’s fascinated with nature, especially animals, and to avoid hurting them, she became vegan at age... Read More →
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Melissa Potter Forde

Melissa Potter Forde is a connector, communications strategist, consultant and speaker. She deftly weaves these multiple competencies into her work helping professionals, small business owners, media mavens, and entrepreneurs to understand their personal brand and leverage it to create life changing success. Melissa has helped open doors for her clients to attract positions with Fortune 500 companies, land TV pilots, create... Read More →
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Ashley Danyel Freeman

Resiliency Activator, Don\'t Die Afraid
Ashley Freeman is a motivational speaker and creator who empowers individuals to realize that their circumstances don't hinder their future. She utilizes her platform DontDieAfraid.com to emphasize that adversity is only present to help you realize how resilient you are. Each obstacle should be used as a stepping stone to success. Ashley finds joy in impacting the lives of others through serving, educating, and motivating. She transforms her life... Read More →
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GG Rennee Hill

Author/Speaker/Creative Coach
GG Renee Hill is an author, speaker and creative coach who blogs at AlltheManyLayers.com. Through her blog, books and writing courses, she empowers women to embrace all their layers, creatively and shamelessly.  Featured by BlackEnterprise.com as a notable blogger to follow in 2015, GG is passionate about going beyond the surface to create meaningful content and safe spaces for women to own their voices and tell their stories. She... Read More →
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Lauren Thomas

Digital Marketing Strategist
Lauren Thomas develops and executes social media strategies for billion dollar brands. Lauren leverages digital marketing to help clients increase brand awareness, generate leads and drive sales. She has worked with a variety of businesses, ranging from mom and pop shops to Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company and Macy’s. | Lauren is also the Founder and Host of Digital Diversity, a web... Read More →
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Tyece Wilkins

Founder, Twenties Unscripted
Tyece Wilkins believes in the power of witty women, wise words and full wine glasses. She is the voice behind Twenties Unscripted and author of Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity. Her Twenties Unscripted mission is to cultivate a personal blog that sparks young women to connect to the best, bravest and boldest parts of themselves. After being named by Clutch Magazine as one of the... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

The Perfect Pitch IV Contest presented by Wells Fargo
Blogalicious and Wells Fargo are back with the fourth edition of The Perfect Pitch contest, providing the small business owners with an opportunity to pitch their business ideas in the big leagues!!  

Sponsors


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom

11:30am

Morning Break
Celebrate with our finalists. Engage with sponsors. Stretch your legs. Have a snack. 

Saturday November 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead

12:30pm

WORKSHOP :: Content Strategies for WordPress

In this hands-on workshop, users of all levels can expect to learn different ways to create content strategies for their WordPress sites and blogs. I will cover several ways to create an editorial calendar, how to generate content ideas, and resources for implementing good content creation practices using tools in WordPress. 



Speakers
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Angelica Yarde

Owner, Studio 404
Angelica Yarde is the co-founder of Sevenality, a brand strategy agency, located in Orlando, Florida. She is also the owner of Studio 404 Paper and co-host of the Heart + Hustle Podcast. She has been a graphic designer and front-end web developer for twelve years and is passionate about helping brands achieve their goals using design and user-experience based solutions. She is and instructor and mentor for Girls Who Code Orlando... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Grand Ballroom 3

12:30pm

WORKSHOP :: Pitch Like a Pro!
There are so many bloggers at various levels of their career that have no idea how to pitch to companies. Many bloggers think it's out of their reach to ask for the things they want and I can show them how easy it is to craft a pitch letter geared towards the companies they want to work with. I have had great success in writing pitch letters for myself and for bloggers and I would love to share my expertise with the women at Blogalicious. I have 10 tips to share. Here are 3. (1) Decide the type of relationship you want with the brand. (2) Pitch to your pay grade (3) pitch to companies already familiar with. 

Speakers
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Roni Faida Clark

Travel Guru
Roni is a trilingual travel expert who has been traveling the world for over 20 years. She loves God, family, and life and wakes up each morning grateful for laughter, friendship, wit and coffee. 


Saturday November 5, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Ivy

12:30pm

WORKSHOP :: Productizing + Monetizing Your Content: Sell Without Being Salesy
When comes to creating a product, the hardest part is figuring out what to create. As bloggers or content creators, we have tons of profitable content that we can rebrand or repackage into a money making product. But the question is “How, Sway?! How?!” There’s no right or wrong way to monetize your blog. The issue in many cases is where do you start. I have been fortunate to generate more than $100,000 a year blogging. I couldn’t do that if I didn’t implement multiple streams of income. I’ll cover all the ways I have been able to generate the maximum amount of revenue from my site. We can outline about 50 ways to monetize your blog. I’ll break down what has been the most profitable and help you identify the best places for you to start.

Speakers
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Tamara Floyd

Founder, Natural Hair Rules
Tamara Floyd is a full-time multi-passionate entrepreneur and part-time superhero with a simple mission, World Domination.  | | She started her blog, Natural Hair Rules.com in 2008 as a creative outlet and online natural hair journal. Over the years it has garnered more than one million monthly pageviews and a following nearly 700,000 across all social media channels. She has had the honor of working with top brands and... Read More →



Saturday November 5, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Azalea

1:30pm

Lunch + Content Conversation w. Change The Cycle: "Unmasking the Myths about Women’s Health: Below The Belt Edition"
In today’s world where it seems nothing is off-limits for discussion, there are still topics women shy away from regarding their feminine health. Change the Cycle is an online community where women with heavy periods share struggles and find solutions. We strive to raise awareness of heavy periods, its causes, and potential treatment options by sharing content that is both fun and empowering.   The #DaretoWearWhite campaign at Blogalicious is all about empowering women to tackle those below the belt, taboo topics, some of which were not covered in female bodies 101.  Join OBGYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd and women’s health advocate and founder of the White Dress Project, Tanika Gray Valbrun for an hour of girl talk over lunch - no topics are off-limits.   Change the Cycle encourages you to send in the questions you would like answered during the session; you can do so by emailing Lauren.Wilson@zenogroup.com before the conference or visit Change the Cycle in Suite A all weekend to anonymously submit your questions to the Unmask the Myths box.

Sponsors
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Change The Cycle

As a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, we strive to make advances toward greater certainty for our customers by providing them with cutting-edge technology that makes a real difference. We move to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and work to achieve both incremental and transformational progress to improve patients’ lives. | | We are passionate and resolute in our purpose; we call it The Science of Sure. This... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

3:00pm

Saturday Closing Keynote :: Breaking the Mold with Tenacity and Innovation w. Andréa + Robin McBride
Breaking the Mold with Tenacity and Innovation

You dream it, you believe in it, you can do it! However, being a woman in business, there are going to be some interesting challenges along the way. Hear first hand Robin & Andréa McBride’s inspiring story and three key business lessons they learned on the road to establishing McBride Sisters Wines - lessons that any woman in business can relate to and apply to her own pursuits.

Speakers
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Andréa McBride

Entrepreneur + Wine Maker, McBride Sisters Wine Company
Though continents apart, the sisters were raised around vineyards in newly developing wine regions (Monterey, California, and Marlborough, New Zealand)—each independently fostering our own appreciation for the craft of winemaking and each unaware of the other for nearly half their lives. Despite the 7,000 miles that separated them, they would eventually find their way to each other in 1999. Their story, proof of the bond that can form over... Read More →
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Robin McBride

Entrepreneur + Wine Maker, McBride Sisters Wine Company
Though continents apart, the sisters were raised around vineyards in newly developing wine regions (Monterey, California, and Marlborough, New Zealand)—each independently fostering our own appreciation for the craft of winemaking and each unaware of the other for nearly half their lives. Despite the 7,000 miles that separated them, they would eventually find their way to each other in 1999. Their story, proof of the bond that can form over... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom

3:45pm

Closing Remarks w. Stacey Ferguson
Speakers
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Stacey Ferguson {Justice Fergie}

Chief Curator, Blogalicious
Featured in The Washington Post, EBONY, Black Enterprise, Southern Living, and on NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Mashable, FOX, The Root, and more, Stacey is a sought-after influencer coach, media personality, digital brand strategist, content creator, public speaker, and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media.  As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom

4:00pm

Hospitality Suite Parties
Sponsors
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AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and... Read More →
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Change The Cycle

As a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, we strive to make advances toward greater certainty for our customers by providing them with cutting-edge technology that makes a real difference. We move to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and work to achieve both incremental and transformational progress to improve patients’ lives. | | We are passionate and resolute in our purpose; we call it The Science of Sure. This... Read More →
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Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero™, vitaminwater®, POWERADE®, Minute Maid®, Simply™, Georgia®, Dasani... Read More →
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Domain.Me

Are you trying to find a way to take control of your online identity? Maybe trying to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry? .ME is uniquely positioned to provide you with the space you need to build your personal brand and create a captivating online persona that's a direct reflection of YOU. But maybe, you are more interested in giving your business a more personal feel? No problem! .ME provides you with an easy way to build... Read More →
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Dove®

Dove®
At Dove®, we know that social media bombards women and girls with messages that can be hurtful and destructive to their self-esteem and confidence.Dove® research shows 82% of women feel the beauty standards set by social media are unrealistic. In the African American community, not only do those unrealistic beauty ideals come from social media, but are also filtered through the lens of mainstream society. To address these... Read More →
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FlipBoard

Flipboard is a social magazine where you can find and share stories that move the world forward. Use Flipboard to follow your favorite sources from around the world; then save stories, images and videos into your own Flipboard Magazines that reflect your interests, express your perspectives, or are simply things you want to save for later. Bloggers can add content to Flipboard using the Flip.It button, making it instantly accessible to... Read More →
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Hasbro

Meet TORCH, My Blazin’ Dragon pet, an exciting and spunky baby dragon from the FURREAL FRIENDS line from Hasbro. This adorable plush baby dragon takes pet play to the next level featuring 50-plus sound and motion combinations. Don’t forget to feed him his treat – a tasty, toasted marshmallow! Follow the search to find out where you can find Torch at Blogalicious and receive a special treat of your own! #WhereisTorch
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IZEA

IZEA provides bloggers, Viners, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other online personalities the ability to monetize their online influence. Use our platform to connect with brands you love for sponsorships.
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Jack Daniel's

#FriendsofJack
This year at Blogalicious, Jack Daniel’s invites all of you to become “Friends of Jack.”  Throughout the weekend, you can stop by the “Friends of Jack” Lounge in the exhibitor hall for fun demos, tastings, prizes and more. And on Friday, November 4, Jack Daniel’s will host an elite offsite event for all “Friends of Jack”- both old and new. Keep up... Read More →
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Love Always YJE

Love Always YJE
When was the last time you wrote a love letter? With all the negativity in the world, now is the perfect time to spread a little love and remind others to #lovealways. Visit the Love Always Lounge and pen a special note to yourself or someone that makes your heart smile. Love letters will be mailed for free and all Love Always ambassadors will be entered into a drawing for a lovely surprise. | | Hashtags#lovealways#lovealwayslounge | Social... Read More →
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Phonetic Eyewear

At Phonetic Computer Eyewear, we offer glasses with clear, prescription quality lenses that have a special coating to deflect a portion of unwanted blue light. We put these lenses into our frames designed for you – someone who wants to protect their eyes and still look good. Available in plano (no prescription), add powers for a little extra magnification, and with prescription lenses, our frames are perfect for working at your... Read More →
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Positive Images

Official Brand Portrait Sponsor of Blogalicious Weekend 2016. VIP Mastermind Day attendees will receive a complimentary portrait session and a retouched Digital Negative. General conference attendees will have the opprotunity to have a photo session.


Saturday November 5, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhbitor Hall

5:00pm