2011 Speakers

“If the Buddha had two kids, a dog named Blue, a Southern accent, and a huge crush on Johnny Depp, his name would be Patti Digh,” wrote one reviewer after Digh’s grassroots bestseller, Life Is a Verb, was published. Digh (pronounced “dye”) is a Southern-born master storyteller whose stories are full of humor, poignancy, surprise, pain, and knowing. Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally, was one of five finalists for the prestigious Books for a Better Life award and a nominee for a Book of the Year award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA). Her award-winning blog on which it was based, 37days.com, brings together readers from ages 12 through 95 across the globe; readers of that blog created an unprecedented 43-city book tour for Patti when the book arrived. Patti has published three books since Life is a Verb, including Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives, What I Wish For You: simple wisdom for a happy life, and Creative Is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative, which is also a nominee for a Book of the Year award from SIBA. Her smart, funny, and moving writing and speaking will touch your heart deeply. Audiences come away from her readings and speeches both laughing and crying, and with a clearer sense of what’s important in their own lives.

Leticia is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in finding the best technology products, websites, and resources for children of all ages.   She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to evaluate the many different kinds of technology that come through her door and loves sharing honest feedback to make recommendations to her readers.  Leticia splits her day between serving as a social media consultant, family internet safety and security expert for BitDefender, and being a mom.  Her nights are spent blogging at her own site, writing weekly columns for The LeapFrog Community and Mom Blog Magazine, consulting for educational companies like PBS Teachers, working behind the scenes on the MyBlogalicious site, and Tweeting.  Frequently asked how she does it all, she replies that she doesn’t sleep much!


Dianna Brodine has contributed to Type-A Parent for 2 ½ years as a writer and editor and currently serves as a community manager. Kelby Carr is responsible for dragging her kicking and screaming into social media, a skill set which Dianna has now merged with her career in magazine publishing. As managing editor for a small publisher, Dianna develops content schedules, assigns articles to outside writers, supervises layout and performs copyediting for three magazines focused on manufacturing and product decorating industries. She also works to bring social media to production-oriented businesses and has spoken at several conferences about methods of implementing social media strategies in manufacturing marketing.  As a mother of three daughters, Dianna blogs about the love she has for her children, red wine and books at Mama in Pajamas, where her motto is ‘Women in Bunny Slippers Rule the World.’

Kelby Carr is the founder and CEO of Type-A Parent, a social network and multi-author magazine-style blog for digital moms and dads, and Type-A Parent Conference. A former journalist with 15 years of experience in newspapers, she is the publisher of Investigative Mommy Blogger, providing daily breaking news and investigative journalism for moms. She’s been geeking it out on computers since she was 10, social networking online since the 1980s, web publishing since the early 1990s, blogging since 2002 and tweeting since 2007.

Angela England is a freelance writer, social media teacher and problogging consultant active online for decades. She now works full-time from home and lives in rural Oklahoma with her husband and four children. Founder of Untrained Housewife, she blogs about blogging at angengland.com and is Editor-in-Chief of Blissfully Domestic. She’s contributed to many websites including Type-A-Parent, Scandinavian Child, Suite101 and more. When asked how she is able to do it all she’ll usually quip lack of sleep and plenty of Dr. Pepper.


Alyssa Gregory is an entrepreneur, a small business enthusiast, a writer, a speaker and a consultant who has a passion for learning, creating opportunities for collaboration, and sharing knowledge. She reaches over 700,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs every month through her many online and offline ventures, and is well respected by her peers for the practical small business information and advice that she shares with her readers, clients and colleagues. Alyssa’s insight can be found online on About.com, SitePoint.com and on her recently launched online community for entrepreneurs, SmallBusinessBonfire.com. For a full listing of her credentials, projects and work, please visit AlyssaGregory.com.


After 11 years as an Army Logistic Officer, Jenn Fowler traded her combat boots for tennis shoes and became stay at home mom and wife in Upstate New York. She combined her love of writing with her passion for saving money to create “Frugal Upstate” in January 2006.  There she teaches people “tips tricks & techniques” of how to live a good life, on a budget!  Jenn is a blogger, speaker and social media consultant specializing in blogger outreach.  She is a founding member of “The Walmart Moms” and on the advisory board of “Life. . . Supplemented.”  In her nonexistent “spare time” she enjoys reading romance and fantasy, knitting, jewelry making, gardening and cooking.  Her favorite quote is “Those who dance are often thought mad by those who cannot hear the music.”

Debba Haupert is passionate about social media! With over 20 years of corporate marketing, she now focuses her marketing efforts on social media to help companies reach/build their ‘communities.’ She built the online community of women called: GIRLFRIENDOLOGY blog, BlogTalkRadio show, ‘Girlfriendology Guides’ eBooks, girlfriend gifts and more. ‘Addicted’ (in a good way!) to social media, Debba has over 22,000 Twitter followers and 15,000 female Facebook Fans. She/Girlfriendology has worked with Biz, Kroger, The UPS Store,Frito-Lay, Healthy Choice, Crystal Light, International Delight and other brands. She teaches/speaks on social media marketing. She and Girlfriendology can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn.

As Chief Executive Mommy at High Impact Mom, Amanda encounters all sorts of madness while she goes to bat for teachers as local PTSO secretary, corrals two busy daughters, manages a successful social media marketing company, attends college fulltime, and occasionally finds time for a date with her husband. Sometimes she even lives to blog about it; Amanda is a social media addict, a compulsive volunteer, and devoted mama…she might also a little bit crazy.

“Art is my passion. It is who I am. I create, because I cannot help myself.” Lisa Lehmann is a jewelry artist! She loves working in her studio and playing with fire (seriously)! What makes her eclectic jewelry collection at Studio Jewel stand apart from the rest is that her modern designs are distinctly feminine. Noticeably elegant and uncontrollably addictive! She loves the limitless possibilities of working with metal and transforming something dull and lifeless into stunning, wearable art. She is also a mom to four amazing kids – Noah, Anneke, Isabel & Tahlia! Two of them are teenagers…can you say humbling? Wife to one…Jonathan for 17 years. She is passionate about homeschooling, writing, photography, exercise, her golden retrievers and living creatively EVERY single day!

Kelly Loubet is the mother of two girls and the founder of the blog Everyday Childhood (Est. 2008). She loves to create, write and share her passion of the power of social media with others. Kelly is the President of the Arizona Chapter of Mom It Forward. Each month, she devotes time to charitable giving in her community. In her other life… she’s the Social Media Marketing Manager for Social2B, where she helps brands develop their social media marketing strategy.

Melanie Nelson owns BloggingBasics101.com, a nationally-recognized site that provides tips and instructions for beginning and intermediate bloggers. She regularly shares information about building community, improving SEO, monetizing your blog, and using Facebook to build your business. Melanie also co-authored TypePad for Dummies and is a freelance technical editor.

Deb Ng is a professional blogger, social media enthusiast and Conference Director for BlogWorld & New Media Expo. Deb is also the author of “Online Community Management for Dummies” (Wiley) due out in early November.

Greg has published over 1000 articles online and has written on subjects ranging from hacking your iPhone to how to change a diaper. Currently, he hosts a web show called Freezer Burns where he publishes video reviews of frozen foods as the self-proclaimed “Frozen Food Master” at www.FreezerBurns.com.

Wendy Piersall has been an entrepreneur for most of her professional career and has more than 15 years of marketing experience under her belt. She has been blogging professionally for 5 years and sold her Sparkplugging business blog network in 2009. Currently she runs the Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Blog Network, attracting over 300,000 monthly visitors. She has written for Entrepreneur.com and has been featured on the Today Show as an advocate for women and moms in business. Her first book, Mom Blogging for Dummies, is being released in the summer of 2011.

Sarah Pinnix is a blogger, vlogger, new media marketing coach, and mom of three. She plots her world domination schemes from a small town in the NC Mountains. Sarah began blogging in 2007 with her personal/parenting blog Real Life. She founded High Country Mom Squad, an online magazine for Northwest NC Moms. She and her contributors share community information, and partner with local small businesses to rock the local mom space! After being stopped in various public places for impromptu social media brainstorming, Sarah created a local New Media Marketing Workshop teaching business people how to change their marketing paradigm using social media tools. Sarah teaches workshops, speaks about social media and consults as a strategist regularly.

Ana Roca Castro started her career at Columbia University where she managed technical projects for the School of Public Health. She then led the implementation of Oracle systems for the United Nations. In 2007, Ana started Premier Social Media to help businesses and organizations achieve their objectives via state-of-the-art social media development. Ana and her team have developed two internal Social Networks, over 50 Facebook applications and social games, 68 iPhone/Android apps, more than 100 widgets and over a dozen Twitter Applications. Ana has a particular passion for education and engagement through transmedia. The team has embarked in the development of social games for the Department of Education. Her clients also include Toshiba, Walmart, FedEx, the World Bank, Hersheys and Nickelodeon. Ana is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Latinos in Social Media #Latism, the largest organization of Latino professionals engaged in social media. She is also a serial entrepreneur, currently cooking Gigcoin, KidsFunPlaza, and iGiftThanks with amazing women who moved from partners to sisters. Ana’s most important role is to be a mom to the Fantasticos4, three energetic and creative boys and a 1-year-old geek princess. Ana’s priority will always be to raise happy kids who see the beauty in diversity and understand the need to change the world – one cause per time.

Jessica Rosenberg is a mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, blogger, writer, marketer, dishwasher, chauffeur, bed maker, and everything-in-between-er. She spends her days juggling all her roles and working to become a certified Life Coach. She blogs at It’s my life…  and posts product reviews at The Lemonade Stand.

Ellen Seidman writes Love That Max, a blog about raising kids with special needs who kick butt. In 2010, it ranked #20 in Babble’s list of Top 50 Mom Blogs. Also, her kids Max and Sabrina ranked her #1 grilled-cheese maker. A longtime magazine editor, Ellen is very adept at grasping pencils. She’s held senior positions at Redbook, Good Housekeeping, SELF, Teen People (RIP!) and Glamour, where she helped relaunch Glamour.com and hired the majority of the site’s bloggers. She has done projects for Martha Stewart Living, American Baby and In Style. Currently, she is a contributor at Redbook, a columnist for Mom Blog Magazine and a blogger for USA Today. One of her essays is featured in the anthology The Elephant In The Playroom. In her spare time, she likes to breathe.


Hidden by her monitor, Heather Solos is charming, witty, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. In public, she’s
a little shy and happiest at the nerd’s table riffing on web tech and shiny toys over beer and nachos. At home in the Lowcountry of South
Carolina, she’s a writer and busy with four kids and a patient husband who doesn’t seem to mind living in a test kitchen where food must be
photographed before it is served. She blogs at Home-Ec 101, and is the author of Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook It, Clean It, Fix It, Wash It.

Kelly Whalen is editor of the ¢entsible life, a personal finance and lifestyle blog. The mom of 4 uses her 13 years experience as a stay at home mom to help readers find solutions and products to balance their needs with their dreams. Kelly currently acts as Community Manager for Wise Bread.com (a personal finance portal). She also consults for brands and businesses on social media strategy with business partner Julie Pron at their consulting firm Just Centsible. Kelly and her blog have been featured in publications such as Money magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Woman’s Day among others. Kelly has appeared on The Today Show and NBC’s 10! Show.