OCTOBER 13-14 | ITASCA, IL
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Speakers

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Lenore Skenazy
Tina Meier
Keynote Speaker
Saturday General Session: Bullying and Cyberbullying: How Parents Can Help
On October 16, 2006, Tina Meier’s life took a devastating turn when her 13 year old daughter, Megan Taylor Meier, took her own life after being cyberbullied by an adult neighbor posing as a fictitious boy named “Josh Evans” on MySpace. In December of 2007, Tina Meier founded the Megan Meier Foundation, a non-profit organization that proactively addresses issues of bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide in today's world.

Since its inception, Tina and Foundation staff have reached over 270,000 students, parents, and educators in 35 different states. Tina worked closely with Senator Scott Rupp and Governor Matt Blunt’s Internet Task Force for the State of Missouri to help pass Senate Bill 818, which went into law on August 28, 2008. Tina has received numerous recognitions and awards on behalf of the Foundation for her bullying prevention efforts, including the Teen Line’s Humanitarian of the Year award in 2009 and the Judge Arnold Krekel Trailblazer Award in 2013 from the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Through her work, Tina hopes to inspire others to "Be Megan's Voice...Be the Change!"

Website: meganmeierfoundation.org
Karissa Barber
Karissa Barber
Emcee

Karissa Barber is back for her third year as WOW Summit emcee! As a theatrical and screen actor, she has performed on stage internationally and in various film and TV productions, including staring in her playwrighting debut, MASTERWORK . Karissa lives in Central Florida with her husband and four children.

Website: karissabarber.com
Angela Jagiello
Angela Jagiello
Saturday Workshop: A Mom’s Guide to Labeling Claims: Organic, Natural, and Non-GMO
During the past 15 years, Angela Jagiello has embraced marketing and public relations roles at some of the leading companies in the organic industry. In her current position as Associate Director of Conference and Product Development at the Organic Trade Association, she produces industry research and conferences, and runs a speaker’s bureau. Jagiello wakes up feeling fortunate to be at the nexus of so many interesting conversations, working in an industry that is helping families and farmers thrive. She studied journalism and English at the University of Alaska before earning her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver.

Website: ota.com
Annie Douglass
Annie Douglass, Chief Mom Ambassador
Friday Panel: Balancing Work and Motherhood
As Executive Vice President of May Media Group, but better known as Chief Mom Ambassador, Annie is an experienced leader in digital and influencer marketing, brand strategy, and consumer engagement. She’s passionate about helping parents raise healthier families and has been the driving force behind growing the Moms Meet community from 20,000 to over 130,000 members. Annie is the creator of the successful WOW Summit event, now in it’s 5th year. While she takes great pride in her career, she is proud to say that her biggest achievement in life is being a wife to an amazing man and raising her three kids.

Website: momsmeet.com
Lenore Skenazy
Barbara Roll
Friday Workshop: How To Work with Brands Successfully: A Company’s Perspective
Vice President of Marketing at DERMA E, is a multi-lingual senior marketing executive. With over 20 years in the field, Barbara heads various areas of marketing from PR, Promotional, and Brand Marketing to Product Development, Retail Marketing, and Business Development Strategies. Her passion is in the digital space where she has focused her promotional marketing energy on Influencer Marketing, Social Media Strategies, and Digital Ad Spend tactics. Barbara spends her downtime with her family of five, traveling Southern California in their 1959 teardrop travel trailer, doing yoga, and gardening.

Beth Engelman
Beth Engelman
Friday Panel: How to Find Your Voice and Rise Above the Doubt
Beth Engelman is a mom on a mission! Her passion? Helping families find fun and simple ways to spend quality time together without breaking the bank. She shares tips, tricks and more in her award-winning column, “Mommy on a Shoestring”, which is published by the Chicago Tribune Media (and syndicated in over 30 newspapers). Beth is co-founder of Mommyonahsoestring.com and is a frequent guest on several Chicago-area news programs including WGN’s “Midday News” and ABC Chicago’s “Windy City Live.” Beth also reports on family topics and parenting trends for “Business First AM,” which is a nationally syndicated business news program. Her family fun ideas and articles have appeared in a number of national magazines and websites including “Redbook,” “Family Fun,” Café Mom, and CNN. Beth is a former Kindergarten teacher, holds a Masters Degree in Education and has written several children’s books for LeapFrog Toys, Piggy Toes Press, Nickelodeon and Disney Publishing.

Website: mommyonashoestring.com
Carolina King
Carolina King
Friday Workshop: Increase Your Blog Income by Using Affiliate Links
Saturday Workshop: DIY Products You Can Make in Under 5 Minutes
Carolina is an entrepreneur turned stay-at-home mom of two amazing little girls. She is a writer at Mama instincts, where she blogs about gentle parenting practices, green living, motherhood, and fun kid activities. She has a passion for helping moms, traveling, and babywearing.

Carolina survives parenting thanks to her awesome mom friends, her hidden stash of chocolates, and her love affair with coffee. Above all, she believes in raising kids by listening to her mama instincts.

Website: MamaInstincts.com
Cathy Adams
Cathy Cassani Adams
Friday Panel: How to Find Your Voice and Rise Above the Doubt

Cathy Cassani Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent coach, and self-awareness expert, focused on parenting and the personal empowerment of women and young girls. Her most recent book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award. For almost seven years she and her husband have hosted Zen Parenting Radio, a top-ten kids and family podcast on iTunes. Cathy is a sought-after parent and female empowerment speaker, lending her expertise to many news, radio, and print outlets over the years. She is mom to three girls, ages 14, 12, and 9.

Website: Zenparentingradio.com
Dayna Abraham
Dawn Jackson Blatner
Saturday Workshop: Superfood Swaps for a Cleaner Routine
Dawn is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and certified specialist in sports dietetics. She is the nutritionist for the World Series Champion Chicago CUBS, sits on the advisory board of SHAPE magazine, and writes an award-winning weekly blog called Nutrition WOW. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet, named one of the best plant-based diets by US News. Her newest book is The Superfood Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave Without the C.R.A.P (food with C hemicals; R efined sugar and flour; A rtificial sweeteners and colors; and P reservatives).

Website: dawnjacksonblatner.com
Dana Tarello Casale
Dana Tarello Casale
Friday Panel: Balancing Work and Motherhood

Dana is an experienced and dedicated marketing executive who focuses on global branding, product innovation and management with a proven track record of success worldwide. She combines 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, and operations management with a thorough knowledge of the nutritional supplement industry and global brand management. During her tenure, Dana has been promoted numerous times and was formally appointed to General Manager and Vice President of Solgar U.S. in 2011.

Website: solgar.com
Dayna Abraham
Dayna Abraham
Friday Panel: How to Find Your Voice and Rise Above the Doubt
Friday Workshop: Become a Viral Video Ninja
Saturday Workshop: The Secret to Raising Happy, Healthy Kids
Dayna Abraham is the mother to three, totally awesome Superkids that inspire her every day to be the best grown-up sidekick they could ask for. When she’s not helping her kids conquer the world, she keeps busy by blogging at Lemon Lime Adventures, writing books like The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day, and drinking lots of coffee. Before becoming a writer, Dayna was a National Board Certified teacher, where she met some of the coolest Superkids on earth. As a little girl, she wished others saw her as a Superkid. So now, she’s made it her mission to inspire kids and grownups to love kids for who they are and embrace their differences.

Website: lemonlimeadventures.com
Dena Blizzard
Eirene Heidelberger
General Session: How to Keep the ME in MomMe
Eirene Heidelberger is the founder of GIT Mom (Get It Together, Mom!), a nationally renowned, parent coaching firm that empowers moms to feel in control in this totally out-of-control experience we call parenting. GIT Mom is the only coaching company in the country focused on a mom’s happiness, rather than their kid’s. GIT Mom uses a failproof, 7-step system with its clients to create a harmonious home and a happier mom—because happy, confident, independent moms raise well-adjusted, self-assured, and happy kids.

In addition to coaching mommies around the country, Eirene can be found everywhere from the Huffington Post to the TODAY show as an expert on hot button parenting issues. She is also a contributor to TODAY Parents, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, and many more parenting resources.

Website: gitmom.com
Jenny Duranski
Jenny Duranski
Friday Panel: Balancing Work and Motherhood
With over 15 years experience in the spa industry, Jenny Duranski has become a passionate advocate for green beauty. After getting sick from working with toxic products as a nail technician, Jenny founded Noktivo, Chicago's first and only non-toxic nail salon in 2013. Four years later, she founded the first green beauty boutique and organic spa in Chicago, Lena Rose. In 2016 Jenny lobbied with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in Washington D.C. She shared her personal story with legislators as a professional in the field and discussed why laws need to be written regarding the products beauty industry professionals work with. Jenny has been featured in The New York Times, Self Magazine, as well as Entrepreneur and Brides magazines.

Website: shoplenarose.com
Dr. Drew Ramsey, M.D.
Joy McCarthy
Saturday General Session: Top Ways to Detox Your Life Joyously
Joy McCarthy is the Founder and Creator of Joyous Health, a blog that inspires others to live a healthy, whole, and joyous life. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Clinical Detoxification Specialist, and best-selling author of two cookbooks: Joyous Health and Joyous Detox. A trusted nutrition expert, Joy has been featured in hundreds of publications, both online and in print, and is a regular health expert on TV. Joy lives in Toronto with her husband Walker and their daughter Vienna, who loves avocados and curried scrambled eggs. Joy loves social media and shares her passion for food, family, and fun as a way to channel positive energy into the lives of others.

Website: joyoushealth.com
Rachel Martin
Kara Carrero
Friday Workshop: Break Free from the Echo-Chamber of Blogging to Write Viral Posts
Saturday Workshop: Turn Your Picky Eater into a Health Food Lover
Kara is an author, wife, and mother of three children, living in Boston, MA. She is passionate about intentional parenting, the process of raising self-sufficient kids, and living a healthier, more natural life. She is primarily a parenting blogger and holds a degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development. Kara now works as a consultant and one-on-one blog coach. She helps parents connect with their children and bloggers maximize their online businesses, thus improving their return on time invested so they can spend more time on the important things in life.

Website: karacarrero.com
Maxine Wolf
Maxine Wolf, CEO KIWI magazine & Moms Meet
Friday Panel: Balancing Work and Motherhood
Maxine Wolf founded May Media Group, LLC in 2006. As a result, she launched KIWI magazine to help parents raise their children the healthiest way possible in a non-judgmental, balanced, and fun format. Maxine soon realized the need for a similar meeting place for like-minded moms where they can try natural, organic, and eco products first-hand to learn how to raise healthier families. Moms Meet was born in 2009 and in a short time has grown exponentially.

Website: kiwimagonline.com momsmeet.com
Dan R Morris
Megan Grano & Molly Erdman from The Break Womb
Saturday Comedy Breaks
The BreakWomb is a trio of moms who do sketch comedy...or a trio of sketch comedians who do motherhood. The longtime friends, whose resumes include The Second City Chicago's Mainstage and E.T.C. Theater and The Groundlings Main Company, launched their web series after all having kids around the same time. Their videos tackle parenthood topics ranging from baby monitors to birthday parties and have been featured on the Huffington Post, TODAY Parents, Buzzfeed, PopSugar Moms, Scary Mommy, BBC, Daily Mail, and Upworthy.

Website: thebreakwomb.com
Natasha C. Nicholes
Natasha C. Nicholes
Friday Panel: Balancing Work and Motherhood
Natasha C. Nicholes is a serious maker. To be a serious maker, you need the ability to see things not as they are but as they can be, and you need the skills to make that vision into reality. That is Natasha’s super power.
Together with her husband, Natasha is raising four bold and brilliant children. She even homeschools. But when she was researching online to find families like hers, she didn’t find any voices of African Americans represented. So, she created her own space at housefulofnicholes.com. Through her blog, Natasha forged partnerships with companies and organizations such as Kia, Samsung, General Mills, Dream Kids, and Habitat for Humanity. She has spoken at conferences such as Blogalicious, BlogHer, and National Box Tops University. She is the Travel Editor for the Mom 2.0 Summit and was a cast member for the Chicago 2017 Listen to Your Mother Show.

Website: housefulofnicholes.com
Vicki Reece
Vicki Reece
Friday Panel: How to Find Your Voice and Rise Above the Doubt
Vicki Reece, the company founder and CEO, has over 20 years experience in the mom and child space. She has been featured in interviews on ABC, NBC, CBS, WGN, and showcased in more than one hundred newspapers and magazines. Vicki’s Joy of Mom has over 1.4 million friends, with a weekly reach that’s exceeded 42 million moms. As a mom, author, television guest, and parenting advocate, Vicki engages with her community daily.

Website: joyofmom.com




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