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Thursday, February 23
 

12:00pm

"Handmade Marketplace" sponsored by Blissfully Domestic. Curated by The Lovely Guide.

Before the conference kicks off, we'll be bringing together some of the finest handmade vendors to show, share and sell their wares to BlissDom attendees.  Interested in being considered for a spot in the Handmade Marketplace?  Stay tuned for submission details coming in November.

Sponsored by Blissfully Domestic and curated by the lovely ladies at The Lovely Guide.


Thursday February 23, 2012 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom B

12:00pm

Registration - Open 12-5 pm

Registration will be open from 12-5 pm in Tennessee Lobby A


Thursday February 23, 2012 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Tennessee Lobby A

2:30pm

First Bliss - Newcomer Meet-Up

Remember your first kiss?  We want you to remember your First Bliss the same way? (Of course, if it's a pleasant experience, of course!)   This is a meet-up for those who have come to BlissDom for the first time and maybe have come not knowing anyone at all.  Stop by, say hi, we'll introduce you around so you can have some friendly, familiar faces when the conference kicks off officially that night. 

We hope you'll join us.

P.S. We also have a rule- there's no crying in the bathroom at BlissDom.  ;-)



Thursday February 23, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tennessee Ballroom A

7:00pm

Official Kick-Off Reception - Sponsored by Babble

Come to the our fabulous Kick-Off Reception-turned-Fiesta sponsored this year by Babble.  We'll have a fun fiesta including mexican fare and who knows, maybe we'll get a line dance going of La Cucaracha!  Either way, it's the perfect time to connect with friends old and new before the conference kicks off. 

We'll also be having a short performance by BlissDom'09 alum, Nathan Pacheco, formerly of Yanni Voices.  You won't want to miss it!



Thursday February 23, 2012 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Water's Edge
 
Friday, February 24
 

7:00am

Fitness Session with Suzanne Bowen

Get your morning started with a fitness session from Suzanne Bowen

Suzanne Bowen is an AFAA certified Group Fitness & Pilates instructor classically trained at The Lotte Berk Method in New York City and Bridgehampton. She is the Nashville, TN, based creator of BarreAmped, BarreAmped Fire, and BarreAmped Boot Camp. She has created and starred in numerous internationally renowned fitness DVDs including 10 Minute Solution Pilates Perfect Body and Suzanne Bowen’s Gorgeous Core. Her workouts and DVDs have been featured in several publications including Fitness Magazine, USA Today, Prevention, and Pilates Style. She and her husband, Levi, own Seren Motus Fitness Studios in Franklin, TN, where she offers her signature extreme results BarreAmped classes. Suzanne will be teaching a a fusion-barre class which is a fusion of ballet and modern (dance inspired postures- not actual dance), Pilates and yoga. It will be a core based class which will leave participants worked, centered and stretched. A great kick off! Sign Up for Suzanne's session on Friday at 7 am here.


Friday February 24, 2012 7:00am - 8:00am
Hermitage A

8:00am

Breakfast - Sponsored by The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign

Special thanks to our sponsor The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign who will be providing a healthy breakfast for our attendees!



Friday February 24, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am
Tennessee Lobby B

8:00am

Registration - Open 8 am - 6 pm

Registration will be open from 8 am to 6 pm in Tennessee Lobby A


Friday February 24, 2012 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tennessee Lobby A

8:00am

Sponsor Exhibits & Suites Open from 8 am to 6 pm

The fabulous sponsors who support BlissDom will have exhibits and suites open during this timeframe and they'll be ready to engage with you.  Please take some time to stop by each area and check out what each sponsor is doing.  They have created these experiences just for you.  Lucky you!


Friday February 24, 2012 8:00am - 6:00pm
TN Lobby A & Magnolia Mezzanine

9:00am

Welcome w/The Bliss Chicks & Opening Keynote w/Jon Acuff

You won't want to be late to the opening kick off to the conference sessions.  The Bliss Chicks will kick it off and then hand it to our opening keynote speaker Jon Acuff.  It will be followed by some fun surprises.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff

What if? | This is the question Jon Acuff is asking, and the answer is surprising. With a blog that is read in over 97% of the countries in the world, Jon Acuff has spent the last three years exploring what it means to take ideas to unexpected places. | Touring the country as a sought-after speaker, he’s worked with everyone from dairy farmers to CEOs of billion-dollar companies to turn ideas into action. And it all started with two... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
Tennessee Ballroom C

10:30am

Break
Friday February 24, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

11:00am

Business Track: Is Your Idea the Next Facebook? How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Turn Your Brilliant Idea Into a Real Business

So you have a great idea, relentless passion, and a nagging suspicion your idea could be the next Twitter or Instagram. Being passionate about your idea is a big part of what it takes to win but it’s not enough. You also need a solid roadmap, a reality check, and entrepreneurial skills that can guide your start-up from concept to customers. Entrepreneurs have a radar for opportunities, innovation, and competition. They attract stellar teams, take vigilant care of their brands, and have a network of support. This session will walk attendees through the fundamentals of building a sound business plan and cover critical areas needed to take on building a business.


Speakers
avatar for Holly Hamann

Holly Hamann

Holly is co-founder of BlogFrog, a web-based company offering community-building tools for bloggers and brands. She has spent her career helping launch start-ups in the internet, multimedia, entertainment, video, and other high-tech industries. | Holly is a contributing writer on technology and marketing to various publications, an American Marketing Association “Marketer of the Year” recipient, and a blogger for The... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:30am
Tennessee Ballroom C

11:00am

Life Development Track: Living (and Embracing) the Best of the Life You Have Created for Yourself

If you ever think “How did I get here?” or realize after moments and events pass you by, that you can’t recall actually enjoying them, it might be time to force a new perspective, mute the noise around you (especially your smartphone) and ask yourself basic questions to ensure you’re living the life you wanted to live. This session will allow you to take a deep breath, question yourself, look at your priorities, evaluate what isn’t working and embrace what you have created for yourself.


Speakers
avatar for Jeannette Kaplun

Jeannette Kaplun

Founder & Chief Content Officer, Hispana Global
An award-winning bilingual journalist and TV host featured on The Chew, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, Despierta América, and other shows, Jeannette  Kaplun is recognized as a lifestyle expert, parenting writer and conference speaker. Born in Texas and raised in Chile, Jeannette launched in 2012 her lifestyle blog Hispana Global in English and Spanish, which offers advice on parenting, beauty, travel, technology and... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:30am
Tennessee Ballroom D/E

11:00am

Photography Track: Shoot Like A Woman - Part I

Photography has a history of intimidating women and being a man’s hobby with all the technology involved.  But times are changing!  Women are finding empowerment and voice through their camera.  And yet, there is still the overwhelming experience of opening your camera manual and not understanding a word.  “Shoot Like a Woman” is going to change that!

There are three parts to shooting like a woman; understanding your camera (the technical aspects that will change your photos overnight), identifying and implementing key story telling elements to capture your audience, and allowing your heart to be your guide versus a shot list.  Me Ra Koh inspires thousands of a women each year through conferences and photography workshops.  She is the photo expert for NBC’s The Nate Berkus Show.  She has a heart to empower the women of Blissdom 2012 by bringing change to our understanding of photography.  Get ready ladies, regardless of whether you are a beginner or advanced, bring your camera, notebook and creative spirit (and probably Kleenex too).  This session is going to take your understanding of photography to a whole new level!

Me Ra Koh is proudly supported by SONY.




Friday February 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm
Magnolia Ballroom

11:00am

Writing Track: Cut to the Chase: Learn Why Less is More When it Comes to your Writing

Your voice is your currency. Your personal writing style is what draws people to your blog. But when you start writing, it’s easy to become attached to needless words that bore and confuse readers. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to edit your own posts by cutting language that’s redundant, vague, or meaningless. We’ll also teach you to write clear, clickable, SEO friendly headlines. By writing clearly and concisely, you’ll free your voice.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Graff

Amy Graff

Amy Graff is on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she writes a daily online parenting news column called The Mommy Files. She contributes to BabyCenter’s Momformation blog and helps manage the site’s team of 45 bloggers. Passionate about global health issues, Amy traveled to Kenya and Ghana with the advocacy group ONE to increase awareness about the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa. She's also... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hermitage C/D

12:30pm

Boxed Lunch & Expo Exploration - 12:30-2:30 pm

This is the perfect time to grab a quick bite and then explore all of the exhibitor and suites that have been put together just for you.  You won't want to miss a one!


Friday February 24, 2012 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Tennessee Lobby B

2:30pm

Business Track: LIKEABILITY 2.0: Women, Influence and the Social Web

A well-researched paradox about professional women describes the inverse correlation between success and likeability (or put more bluntly, when it comes to getting ahead at the office, nice girls finish last.) Female entrepreneurship and the social web are turning that paradox on its head, however, suggesting the new model of female professional success has everything to do with likeability.

In this session we’ll tackle questions such as: is being likeable the same as being popular? Can you be nice without surrendering your effectiveness? What can bloggers learn from women in conventional professional roles, and vice versa? Join us as we roll up our sleeves and take the gloves off for a frank conversation about the true nature of likeability and what it means for your professional goals.


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Smirnov

Stephanie Smirnov

Stephanie Smirnov is President and Chief Creative Officer of DeVries Public Relations. Stephanie oversees the agency’s Strategic and Creative Services team, which includes strategic planning and social media programming. She has over two decades of consumer public relations experience, currently working with clients such as P&G, Pepperidge Farm and E & J Gallo. Stephanie speaks regularly about effective brand-blogger... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom C

2:30pm

Life Development Track: DO LESS As A Life Strategy

Do you experience moments (or tidal waves) of overwhelm in your life? Does your life – physically and/or emotionally – feel cluttered? Do you wish you could do less but still be creative, productive, inspired, fulfilled, and awesome? It is possible. In this session, Christine Koh will share her exploration and implementation of doing less as a life strategy, and how it has paid off personally and professionally. You will be challenged to reflect on the why behind what you do, and given the tools to reassess and recalibrate your behavior to do less — and ultimately remove the clutter that may be getting in the way of finding your path to true awesomeness.


Speakers
avatar for Christine Koh

Christine Koh

Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned writer, editor, designer, consultant, and impassioned conversationalist. She spent a decade in academia – during which time she was awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Institutes of Health to fund her Ph.D. research at Queen’s University and joint-appointment postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom D/E

2:30pm

Photography Track: Shoot Like A Woman - Part II

Photography has a history of intimidating women and being a man’s hobby with all the technology involved.  But times are changing!  Women are finding empowerment and voice through their camera.  And yet, there is still the overwhelming experience of opening your camera manual and not understanding a word.  “Shoot Like a Woman” is going to change that!

There are three parts to shooting like a woman; understanding your camera (the technical aspects that will change your photos overnight), identifying and implementing key story telling elements to capture your audience, and allowing your heart to be your guide versus a shot list.  Me Ra Koh inspires thousands of a women each year through conferences and photography workshops.  She is the photo expert for NBC’s The Nate Berkus Show.  She has a heart to empower the women of Blissdom 2012 by bringing change to our understanding of photography.  Get ready ladies, regardless of whether you are a beginner or advanced, bring your camera, notebook and creative spirit (and probably Kleenex too).  This session is going to take your understanding of photography to a whole new level!

Me Ra Koh is proudly supported by SONY.




Friday February 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Magnolia Ballroom

2:30pm

Writing Track: Fierce Living from Your Creative Heart

Calling all creative women!  You know who you are Ms. Artist, Collage Maker, Crafter, Dancer, Dramatic Performer, Musician, Painter, Photographer, Poet, Sculptor, and Ms. Writer.  When’s the last time you allowed yourself the space to dream, imagine, and create something that inspired a deep feeling of peace, play, and fulfillment?  Wait no more. During this session, you will have an opportunity to explore your inner women (also known as archetypes or personalities) and the role they play in your creativity through mindful writing exercises and discussion.  The takeaways include ways to tap into your inner women’s intuition, imagination, and nurturing energy as “fierce living” growth opportunities for 2012 and beyond.


Speakers
avatar for Ananda Leeke

Ananda Leeke

Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades”: innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. She is also the founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network and Digital Sisterhood Month, an annual celebration for social media women in December. Her mission is “Empowering U2BU through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga.” She serves as a... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Hermitage C/D

4:00pm

Yo Crunch Break

Enjoy this delicious break sponsored by YoCrunch® - a creamy yogurt with FUN toppings you mix in!  Yummy, nutritious indulgence-anytime of day!  Great Yogurt. Real FUN!™ Follow us @YoCrunch



Friday February 24, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Tennessee Lobby B

4:30pm

Business Track: Ignite the Sparks of Passion with the Fuel of Purpose

Do the work you love, love the work you do.  Sounds great, but have you questioned if passion alone is enough to pay the bills? If not, you should. Together, we’ll dig deeper than passion and reveal your ultimate business asset: Purpose, an unstoppable force that draws opportunities to you while bringing joy and real value to everything you do. Learn how to grow your passion with purpose and see great rewards in your business and life.


Speakers
avatar for Justin McCullough

Justin McCullough

Justin connects hearts and minds to dreams and actionable goals through a belief in aligning passion and purpose for true success.  With simple ideas like give to get, action equals results, and focus on the greater good, Justin makes it easy to see sometimes complex ideas become easy to understand.  Having started many businesses, worked for many, and consulted many, Justin gives a deep and wide look at where individuals often... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom C

4:30pm

Life Development Track: The Present Principle: How to be Present in a Demanding World

“The days are long, but the years are short.” (Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project)

Do your days go by in a flash of carpools, board meetings, and piano lessons? Is your to-do list killing you? Are you so frantic that you don’t have time to nourish yourself – let alone reach out to others? Do you wish that giving could be a more present part of your day? Do you wish you could find peace and presence in your daily life? Join us as we discuss the 7-step strategy for living in the Present – every day. A hint? It starts with the morning.


Speakers
avatar for Claire Diaz Ortiz

Claire Diaz Ortiz

Claire leads social innovation at Twitter, where she has worked since 2009. She wrote Twitter for Good: Change the World one Tweet at a Time and is a frequent international speaker on social media, leadership, and social change. Claire began using Twitter in 2006 while living in a Christian orphanage in Kenya – where she met and fell in love with the now 18-year-old Sammy Ikua Gachagua (@sammyikua), an up-and-coming motivational... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2012 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom D/E

4:30pm

Photography: Capturing The Moment: No Matter What Subjects You Like To Shoot

Aimee Giese believes the heart of photography is capturing the moment. That moment is different for each photographer, whether they shoot portraits, nature, architecture, or simply snap the kids on a phone. There are techniques that can help a photographer see the moment before it happens, prepare for it, and also get the most of the moment after the shot. Aimee’s photos take you to exactly where she was when she had he camera in hand – and she would like to help you reflect that in your photography too.


Speakers
avatar for Aimee Giese

Aimee Giese

Greeblemonkey / Giese Media
Aimee Giese is a graphic designer, web developer, social media strategist and photographer. She recently left Klein Buendel, the firm she co-founded in 2002, to start her own gig: Giese Media. She also writes Greeblemonkey, a parenting and lifestyle blog. Aimee lives in Denver with her two boys, husband Bryan and 8 year old son, Declan.


Friday February 24, 2012 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Magnolia Ballroom

7:00pm

The Lorax Party

Join Universal Pictures as they celebrate the upcoming release of their new family friendly film DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX!  Come enjoy music, food, themed cocktails and some very special giveaways.   Don’t miss your chance for a photo opp with the Lorax himself!


Friday February 24, 2012 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Delta Lobby A

8:00pm

Girls Night Out - Sponsored by ConAgra Foods

Sponsored by ConAgra Foods in support of the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. 

We HOPE you'll take this opportunity to join us for this 'let's get dressed up' night of fabulous food, drinks and entertainment.  Expect fun surprises (as usual!)   Wear your cute shoes and leave any drama at home.  Look for special announcements on entertainment coming soon!  We HOPE you'll be there! 

 

 



Friday February 24, 2012 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Delta Ballroom A
 
Saturday, February 25
 

7:00am

Fitness Session with Amy Cotta

Saturday, 7-8 am (Location : Hermitage A) – Start your day off right with a fitness session from Amy Cotta.

Amy is the author of Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans, mother of six, entrepreneur, inventor, award-winning athlete, personal trainer, fitness video star, and television personality. Amy is a seasoned fitness writer. She recently co-produced a series of 36 articles, quizzes, slideshows and videos for Disney Inc.’s Lose the Baby Weight Challenge on BabyZone.com, the internet’s largest parenting website. A respected and trusted media personality, Amy is the health expert on many Nashville area talk shows and news program.

Amy Cotta will be focused on body weight exercises to firm and tone your core. Easy step by step exercises that anyone at any age or exercise level can do!  Get jump started on Saturday morning with one of the top fitness experts and author of “Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans”. Let Amy help you get back in those skinny jean in the back of your closet.

Sign up for Amy's session on Saturday at 7 am here.

Amy will be doing a book signing on Saturday at 8:45 am at the Barnes & Noble booth.


Saturday February 25, 2012 7:00am - 8:00am
Hermitage A

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday February 25, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am
Tennessee Lobby B

8:00am

Registration Open - 8 am - 12 pm

Registration is open from 8 am to 12 pm in the Tennessee Lobby A


Saturday February 25, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
Tennessee Lobby A

8:00am

Sponsor Exhibits & Suites Open - 8 am - 5:00 pm

The fabulous sponsors who support BlissDom will have exhibits and suites open during this timeframe and they'll be ready to engage with you.  Please take some time to stop by each area and check out what each sponsor is doing.  They have created these experiences just for you.  Lucky you!


Saturday February 25, 2012 8:00am - 5:00pm
TN Lobby A & Magnolia Mezzanine

9:30am

Business Track: Legal Confidence: Empower Yourself for Blogging Success

When it comes to legal issues, blogging and business can often take on a new challenge. With topics such as what type of business to form, how to protect your content, understanding contractual obligations, and taxes, understanding the legal implications of blogging empower you and gives you confidence for making informed decisions. Learn real world solutions to issues facing the blogging community.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Hawkins

Sara Hawkins

Sara is a lawyer, blogger, and all-around Jane of many trades. Sara has been a lawyer for over 15 years and provides legal guidance to entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes regarding a variety of topics, including social media, digital rights and ethics, and is passionate about the law and making it understandable, accessible and fun. Online since 1995, Sara has been navigating the world wide web and its changes as they pertain to... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am
Tennessee Ballroom C

9:30am

Life Development Track: Putting Purpose First: The Benefits of Working with Intention

As Helen Keller once said, “True happiness…is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Often times we make the mistake of starting something, of putting pen to paper, of launching a company, without defining our purpose. Finding himself disappointed when success left him unfulfilled, a business with purpose is exactly where Tyler Merrick identified his need of a course correction. This session encourages you to take a step back, or to begin again, this time with a clear purpose in mind. It will help you define your ‘why’ so that you have greater clarity on your ‘who, where, what and how.’


Speakers
avatar for Tyler Merrick

Tyler Merrick

Tyler Merrick honed his business skills working for his family’s pet food business. After growing the business from $3 million to $45 million in just five years, Merrick decided to take his expertise in a new direction. He founded Project 7, a consumer goods company that gives back to non-profits in seven areas of need: Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Save the Earth, and Teach... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am
Tennessee Ballroom D/E

9:30am

Photography Track: Storytelling and Embracing Imperfection: Empower Your Visual Voice with Photography and Video

The power of visual story telling lies in your authentic voice, deep message and imperfect images. Meaningful stories and making moving images to share your unique creative voice lies beyond conventional, technical perfection. Learn how to trust your inner voice and embrace your charming imperfections to share your own special and beautiful story, visually.

I believe that when you embrace your own individual way of capturing life moments around you, that your personal style will blossom. Loving your imperfections will make your special and rare voice heard loudly. Don’t compare your photographs to others because there is no such thing as a technically perfect photograph.


Speakers
avatar for Diane Cu

Diane Cu

Hello, I’m Diane. I’m a professional photographer, filmmaker and food stylist. I started as a curious kid with an old film camera that belonged to my father. I found joy in capturing the raw world around me and sharing those stories with anyone who was interested in seeing what I saw through my lens. Fast forward about 25 years later, I continue to document my world through food, travel and family portraiture photography. My... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am
Magnolia Ballroom

9:30am

Writing Track: How to Fall Back in Love with Writing & Create Your Best Work Yet

Are you tired of chasing numbers? Have you built a community that feels more like a chore or achieved success doing work you’re no longer passionate about? Maybe it’s time to start over, to fall back in love with writing. This session will help you do just that — to fall back in love with writing and create your best work yet.

Jeff Goins will share his love affair with writing, how he built a blog he resented, and how starting over was the best creative business decision he could make.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins

Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Nashville after graduating from Illinois College and spending a year traveling as a musician. After a long year of letter-writing and long-distance phone calls, he moved to Tennessee to “see about a girl.” In 2008, he married that girl. | Jeff now lives with his wife Ashley and dog Lyric (@lyricthedog on Twitter). Since 2006, he has been working from home as a writer and nonprofit marketer... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am
Hermitage C/D

11:00am

Break
Saturday February 25, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

11:30am

Business Track: 3 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Grow Your Facebook Fan Page

Discover how setting goals and asking the right questions can boost your Facebook engagement and establish you as an authority in your niche. Melanie explains how to take your Facebook fan page from meh to amazing with a few tweaks to your status updates and tracking efforts.


Speakers
avatar for Melanie Nelson

Melanie Nelson

Melanie Nelson is a professional blogger and social media consultant who has been working with business websites since 1995 (it’s true — she remembers Mosaic and Netscape). She is currently writing Facebook All-In-One for Dummies, which is due in stores this spring. As a veteran of online publishing and marketing, Melanie has grown with changes as they happen and looks ahead to coming innovations. Melanie owns Blogging Basics... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom C

11:30am

Life Development Track: Stop Monetizing Joy: Rediscover the Benefits of Cultivating Hobbies

You are a great writer… and then you turned it into a job. You are a great photographer… and then you turned it into a job. Whatever happened to the “just for fun” indulgences? Your need for release hasn’t changed, even if your driving ambition has. Rediscover the life-affirming benefits of developing your interests without all the pressure of turning it into a business. An examination of the concept of “flow” and how it can embolden a happy, inspired, and thriving life. Dig deep to find what makes your inner self smile – and learn how to incorporate your new craft into bite-sized daily activities that will guarantee a creatively fulfilled life!


Speakers
avatar for Erin Loechner

Erin Loechner

Juggling an active Internet career with writing, speaking and consulting, Erin can be found daily at DesignForMankind.com, her art/design blog that was recently honored as one of the London Time’s top 50 design blogs in the world. She currently hosts a renovation column on HGTV.com where she catalogs her experiences as an impromptu interior designer. Erin’s work has been featured in Glamour, Lucky, Dwell, Readymade, Nylon, Print... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom D/E

11:30am

Photography Track: Expanding Your Brand: Mobile Photography, Microblogging and Instagram

Join Ryan and Jason to discuss all aspects of mobile photography, from composition and consistency to editing-on-the-fly. We’ll show you how social media can successfully bridge the gap between your formal blog posts. Because while your awesome sandwich or an “OMG check out this gorgeous dress!”-photo might not constitute a dedicated post on your site, the things you encounter on any given day are sure to be interesting to your followers. Explore the full range of your “brand” by capturing a behind-the-scenes look at life beyond your blog.Mobile photography and social networking (using sites like Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) will drive traffic to your blog and, in the process, become a separate outlet for your creativity. Share all your half-baked thoughts and stand-alone images while increasing your web-presence. Keep readers engaged and allow them to connect with you. Make mobile photography work for you.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Hudson

Jason Hudson

Jason is a freelance photographer and blogger from Toronto, Canada. He shoots lifestyle, food and fashion for a variety of clients, from Canadian department store giant The Hudson’s Bay Company to publications like Toronto Life Magazine and Canadian House & Home. | With his partner in crime, Ryan Marshall (www.pacingthepanicroom.com) he’ll be seen teaching Studio Lighting 101 at ALT Summit in an effort to dispel... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Marshall

Ryan Marshall

Just before becoming a husband and father, Ryan decided to run from the regular 9-5 life, and become a photographer and story teller for a living. His blog Pacing the Panic Room was the home base for the story of the building of a family. He has worked on recent projects for The Gap, Redken, Pureology, Babytalk Magazine, Pregnancy Magazine, Crescer, and Fast Company.


Saturday February 25, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm
Magnolia Ballroom

11:30am

Writing Track: Grow Your Platform, Keep Your Voice: Maintain Quality While Expanding Your Brand

So you love to write… but where can it take you? You have your ideas, your interests, and your desire to make an impact beyond your personal blog, but how can you stand out in a saturated blogosphere? One key ingredient: quality. Quality writing, quality presentation, quality YOU. Your best voice is your best asset, so use it to build an expansive online space that breathes you. In this session, Tsh will share how she built Simple Living Media with a priority of quality, meaning-infused writing and how you can develop and transition content from your blog to other potential platforms to expand your brand. Find inspiration to infuse your best work with practical know-how, making your vision a reality.


Speakers
avatar for Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Organized Simplicity and is the writer and editor of SimpleMom.net, a blog about living simply at home with kids. She is also the founder of SimpleLivingMedia.com, home to five blogs dedicated to simple and intentional living. | | Her blog has been mentioned on HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, and more. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm
Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

1:00pm

Lunch & Special Performance - Sponsored by NutritionPossible.com

Come and join us for a lovely sit-down meal with special entertainment you won't want to miss!  This special event is sponsored by Centrum in support of their Nutrition Possible campaign. 

Don't forget to take a moment to take the Nutrition Possible test at nutritionpossible.com and bring your results to the Centrum Nutrition Possible booth in TN Lobby A.

When lunch is over you can use extra time to explore the suites and exhibits!



Saturday February 25, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Delta Ballroom A

2:30pm

Business Track: Branding You: The Merger Between Their Perception and Your Reality

Internet access, electronic media, and networking continue to explode and in the midst of it there’s a conversation happening about you. Yes – YOU. Every digital impression about you or by you contributes to how others think and feel about you. Are you influencing this conversation or simply letting it happen? Now is the time to purposefully determine the worldwide impression of YOU. Back up and get a running start on defining, causing and directing your emotional and intellectual connection with the world. Learn how to influence and engage others with the real story. Live out the you, you were created to be in such a time as this!


Speakers
avatar for Tami Heim

Tami Heim

Tami Heim is the president and CEO of the Christian Leadership Alliance, headquartered in San Clemente, CA. Her professional career includes executive leadership experience in the technology, marketing, publishing and retail industries. She has served as a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc. Tami has... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom C

2:30pm

Life Development Track: Creating Your Personal Life Plan

Few people have a plan for their life. Most are passive spectators, watching their life unfold, one day at a time. In this presentation, Michael Hyatt explains how to go from reactive to proactive and develop a plan for accomplishing those priorities that matter most.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S.  Michael has been speaking publicly for more than 25 years and has keynoted more than 100 events as well as having appeared on more than 100 television shows, including several on ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN.  Michael’s blog is the top... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom D/E

2:30pm

Photography Track: It’s in the Details: Mastering Your Angles and Compositions

Being an ace photographer doesn’t require an arts degree or even a closet of fancy equipment, but rather some basic knowledge and skills that anyone can acquire. Learn how to diversify your travel and vacation shots–or simply take better shots of your kids and family–by shifting your photography focus to improving your composition and better utilizing angles. This workshop will highlight basic lighting techniques, the Rule of Thirds, finding patterns, framing, and other relevant tips for amateur and intermediate photographers.


Speakers
avatar for Kristin Luna

Kristin Luna

Kristin Luna is a Tennessee-born travel writer, who spent the past seven years working as an editor and author in New York City and San Francisco–though her apartment has always been mostly a place to store her clothes, as she’s on the road more often than not. She documents her globetrotting in print, through the lens and online via her blog, Camels & Chocolate: Tales from a Travel Addict. When not traveling or penning... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Magnolia Ballroom

2:30pm

Writing Track: More Method to Your Madness: Bringing Real-World Discipline to Your Online Writing

To quote Samuel Johnson, “What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.”  In keeping with the Blissdom ’12 theme of “making it count,” this session invites you to elevate your writing to a new level of excellence.  No matter how freeform your creative process may be, writing that captivates readers doesn’t just “happen.”  Rather, it results from discipline, tried-and-true practices and a healthy dose of humility.  This session will help attendees embrace these practices, with a focus on a critical aspect of the writing process:  editing.  From big-picture concepts to single commas, creating superior blog content requires rigorous honing, refining and polishing of the material.  What’s the payoff of all that effort?  The satisfaction of knowing when you hit the publish button that the work you are unleashing on the world is the best it can be.


Speakers
avatar for Anna Lefler

Anna Lefler

Anna Lefler is an award-winning writer and humorist and the author of The CHICKtionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know (Adams Media, November 2011). Her work has appeared online at Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Big Jewel, Funny Not Slutty and My Pheme, among others. Her essays on modern motherhood have been nationally syndicated and her fiction has been presented onstage by WordTheatre Los... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Hermitage C/D

4:00pm

Break
Saturday February 25, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214

4:45pm

Closing Keynote - Brooke Chaffin, Alisa Volkman & Catherine Connors of Disney/Babble

Our closing keynote is shaping up to be a pivotal conversation, because the world is changing and you are forging that change. We’re beyond pleased to tell you that Alisa Volkman, co-founder of Babble.com and Catherine Connors, Director of Community and Social Good at Babble.com, Author of Her Bad Mother and all-round awesomesauce will be joined by Brooke Chaffin from Disney Interactive Media Group to discuss the changing media landscape – and how what you do is effecting that very change.

Once upon a time, a place in traditional media – a spot on television, a bit on radio, some columns in a magazine or in newsprint – was the summit of creative and artistic ambition. For women in particular – who have historically not had the same kind of access to means of broadcast communication as have men – success as a writer, photographer, artist, businessperson, and storyteller has long been pinned in at least some part to access to and/or attention from these established channels of communication.

But times have changed, and women are no longer on the sidelines of the culture. They’re at its center, courted and engaged by the powerhouse players of old media. And this is in large part due to the transformation of media that has been driven substantially by the power of women’s storytelling. That power is such that it continues to change the shape of media, to the extent that a place in ‘old media’ is no longer the summit of creative achievement but rather a step along the way.

Please join us as Alisa Volkman and Catherine Connors from Babble and Brooke Chaffin from Disney Interactive Media Group will talk about the reasons why YOU are the driving force of new media and the new storytelling revolution, how you can best position yourself to take advantage of that, and how doing so may, in fact, change the world. It’s going to be lively – no chairs on a stage but rather a dynamic, energy-driven discussion. Smart women showing smart attendees why your work is so important. We can’t wait to give you a pat on the back and maybe a kick in the pants. See you soon!


Speakers
avatar for Brooke Chaffin

Brooke Chaffin

Brooke Chaffin is the SVP of Women and Family for the Disney Interactive Media Group. Prior to joining Disney, Brooke served as the President of Auditude, Inc., a media and technology company focused upon solving some of the most challenging issues around online video distribution and monetization. Prior to joining Auditude, Brooke spent six years at Yahoo in a variety of roles in Yahoo’s Media Group, where she was responsible for... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Connors

Catherine Connors

Catherine is a mother, writer and recovering academic who recently contributed to Canada’s brain drain by relocating to New York City. She’s the Director of Community and Social Good at Babble, the author of HerBadMother.com and a freelance writer who writes, sometimes, about surviving motherhood, sometimes about surviving womanhood, sometimes about trying to make the world a better place, and more often than not about her belief... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Volkman

Alisa Volkman

Alisa Volkman co-founded Babble with her husband, Rufus Griscom, in December 2006. In her capacity as Vice President of Sales Strategy and Brand Development, Alisa oversees design, influences product development, and leads a team that creates and sells innovative custom advertising programs. Prior to that she served as vice president of sales and marketing at Nerve Media from 2001- 2008, during which time she grew advertising into... Read More →


Saturday February 25, 2012 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Tennessee Ballroom C

7:30pm

Girls Night In sponsored by OWN - Oprah's Next Chapter plus special event with Famous Footwear

On Saturday night’s Girls Night In, come comfy and hang out with us for a screening from OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter (a fun ‘Girls Night In’ episode with Oprah and her friends Gayle King and Paula Deen) PLUS, for added fun, a few lucky winners will get to go ‘Shoe Crazy’ with Famous Footwear.

Finally, to wrap things up, YOU ARE THE STARS as we all hit the dance floor and fire up the karaoke!


Saturday February 25, 2012 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Delta Ballroom A