We have a slightly new look to our blog… and a new set of speakers! In our eighth speaker line-up we are excited to welcome Ford Motor Company as a sponsor of Niche Parent Conference! Ford brings us a keynote address by Ford’s Manager of Global Trends that has spoken at TEDX Conference and has made her mark on Fast Company’s 2013 Top 100 Most Creative People in Business list. Wow! We’re also excited to welcome Lamar Tyler of Black and Married with Kids, and a host of other speakers sure to knock your socks off! Take a look and register for your pass now. Click here to receive 25% off your pass, good until August 16th and for select passes. Only 28 days until we kick things off in Sunny Fort Lauderdale!
Keynote Address, Ford Motor Company’s Manager of Ford Global Trends and Futuring
Sheryl Connelly, @SherylConnelly
As Ford’s global trends and futuring expert, Sheryl Connelly immerses herself in ever-evolving social, cultural, environmental, technological and economic ideas to imagine what consumers might want 20 years into the future.
Connelly collaborates with various business groups at Ford, using consumer trends research to help craft viable business solutions for changing customer needs. She provides a “functionally agnostic” view of the world while offering a different lens through which to view future shifts in the marketplace. Connelly recently created the company’s first consumer trend report – “Looking Forward with Ford” – that outlines 13 trends to watch for in 2013 and beyond. “When I say I’m a futurist, people snicker or laugh and think I’m kidding,” Connelly recently told “The State News.” “They usually reply with ‘Where’s your crystal ball?’ or ‘Read my palm.’ I can’t predict the future, but what I can say is, ‘Here’s something you should pay attention to.’” With Connelly, it’s not just the job she does for Ford Motor Company, but the creativity she brings to the role. Now that creativity has earned her a spot on Fast Company’s 2013 Top 100 Most Creative People in Business list – an annual look at the people and businesses that are redefining creativity in industry, culture and commerce. Connelly has spoken at several TEDX conferences in the United States, and earlier this year gave an attendee talk at TED Global in Edinburgh, Scotland. Connect with Sheryl on Twitter at @sherylconnelly.
Workshop: Vlogging – Making it Fun, Practical, and Professional
Video blogging doesn’t require fancy bells and whistles! With a camera/smart phone, decent lighting and touch of lipstick, you’re on your way to publishing vlogs on YouTube! Learn how simple vlogging can be and why you shouldn’t be intimidated!
Tania Luviano, @LatinaMomTV
Tania Luviano is the founder, editor in-chief and host of Latina Mom TV. She’s a 5 time Emmy award winning journalist, the host of the “Women’s Channel” official vlogger and investigative reporter for Terra.com, Mamiverse.com Vlogger, freelance reporter for NBC San Diego and Southern California Reporter for Fox News Latino. Tania is also a professional speaker, but her most important job is being a mom to her two boys, 6 and 4 years old. Connect with Tania on Twitter at @LatinaMomTV.
Workshop: Stop Thinking Like a Blogger and Start Thinking Like a Business!
Learn how to stop thinking like a blogger and how to start thinking like a business. This session will inspire bloggers to stop searching for Internet fame and instead develop revenue models that offer you the ability to financially sustain your lifestyle and your blog business.
Time will be spent breaking down misconceptions about turning your blog into a business. Drawing contrasts between how most bloggers think vs. how successful business owners think. And providing you with a blueprint to turn your blog into a six-figure business. The session will conclude with action Items on how bloggers in attendance can create more customers and make more money.
Attendees will learn:
- How to create a six figure blueprint for their business.
- What’s really required to build a full-time blog based business.
- 5 Steps to launch your business now.
Lamar Tyler, @BlackandMarried
Lamar Tyler wears many hats, not the least of which is being a husband and father of four. Using his motto “The Gatekeepers Are Gone,” Lamar, along with his wife Ronnie, has successfully leveraged social media to move the couple’s website BlackandMarriedWithKids.com in the last five years from a small personal blog to an international brand with just under 200,000 Facebook fans.
As a filmmaker Lamar has directed and produced four full-length documentaries which deal with the challenges and triumphs of marriage in the black community and have been screened to sell-out crowds nationwide. Among the recognition received for his work, in 2012 Lamar, along with wife Ronnie was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, a list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the black community for the second consecutive year. The list also includes President Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Tyler Perry among its ranks.
Along with managing the website, producing and directing films and developing social media strategies for well-known brands, Lamar travels the country screening his films, speaking on parenting and marriage-related topics to a variety of media outlets, and giving advice to aspiring bloggers on how to build their brands. Lamar and Ronnie are the parents of 4 children and call Atlanta home. Connect with Lamar on Twitter at @blackandmarried.
Panel: How to Make Something Out of Nothin’
Providing inspiration to new bloggers – blogging success is possible even with a “small” blog! With focus on quality content, stellar imagery and a clear mission, a small blogger can create community, make money and stay true to their original purpose in starting a blog. Niche blogging can be successful!
This session is great for beginning bloggers, bloggers “stuck in a rut”, bloggers frustrated with finding a balance between sponsored content and purposed content, bloggers looking for tips to create the most impact with readers’ short attention span – emote through imagery, write with passion, leave a legacy.
Attendees will take away a combination of practical tips and inspiration that can translate to their own blogging experience.
Chatón Turner @ChatonsWorld
Chatón Turner is raising her tenacious toddler in Pittsburgh, Pa. with the man she loves. An engaging speaker who uses humor to inspire, she is a mother, blogger and lawyer. She started her blog, Chaton’s World, a Working Mom’s Quest for Balance in Stilettos, in 2006. She is also a writer for Parent Society Magazine. She has been featured in the Pop City Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Parent Society Magazine, and Mommy Noire Magazine where she made the list of “11 Mom Bloggers You Should Bookmark”. She is also currently serving as a participant of the Verizon Wireless Mom campaign.
Chatón writes about issues related to working women trying to achieve work/life balance. She is passionate about helping women make the best choices about child rearing and employment and transforming the workplace so that women can make heartfelt choices instead of imposed ones.