We are excited to announce the #AWBU 2013 Keynote Speaker is:
Boo Mama, Sophie Hudson
Well-known blogger, Entertainment Writer for The Pioneer Woman, Author
Sponsored by Petit Jean Meats!
With an urge to document the hilarity of family life, Sophie Hudson began writing her blog in November 2005. Since then she has seen her blog readership grow beyond what she would have thought possible. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. In addition to her blog, BooMama.net, Sophie writes on a regular basis for HomeLife magazine and is a regular contributor to the Pioneer Woman’s blog. She also serves as co-emcee for LifeWay’s annual dotMOM event and participates in Compassion International’s blogger initiative. Sophie lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, Alabama.
Book released June 1: A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon
Angie Albirght loves stories of all kinds, which is how she ended up an English major and then spent years in graduate school studying literature and culture. She currently works in nonprofit management and writes creative nonfiction at A Growing Season about growing up a farm kid in Iowa, being a loyal Arkansas transplant, single parenting a teenage boy and all the absurd and extraordinary things that happen in everyday life. Angie has a passion for community service, local foods, all things farming, cheese and the Razorbacks.
Precious Baugh is the lead graphic designer for Country Outfitter, the e-commerce superstar retail store based in Northwest Arkansas. She was part of the team that helped Country Outfitter become the fastest growing retail brand on Facebook, adding 6 million fans in 12 months. Precious is also the founder and lead instructor of Photoshop Bootcamp, a class designed to equip bloggers, moms and small business owners with basic design skills using Photoshop Elements. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband Mario.
Taylor Bradford is the blogger extraordinaire behind PinkHeelsPinkTruck.com, FabulousWardrobe.com, AiringYourLaundry.com and TheHopeMission.com. She loves all things shoes, books, cooking and meeting fellow bloggers.
Also the administrator of Texas Women Bloggers, she really is the Texas Jane of all Trades.
Professionally, Kerri Jackson Case has been an award winning reporter, accredited PR professional, results-driven public affairs practitioner, legal drug peddler, college professor and volunteer manager.
Personally, she consumes massive quantities of caffeine, throws fabulous parties, organizes her kid’s homeroom like nobody’s business, mixes fantastic cocktails and possibly, not even once, has ever parked legally. Despite a Southern upbringing, she does not twirl a baton.
She blogs at Drink, Sleep & Be Kerri.
Heidi Clark is the owner and editor of The Busy Nothings, a family blog started in 2007, which has evolved into a joint effort with other writers with the same heart and love of story telling. She is a wife, mom and lover of beauty. Heidi has been married to her college sweetheart, Ben for 11 years and has 2 adorable and crazy boys, Summit (6) and Sawyer (3). She shares about pain, special needs parenting, beauty, life and hilarity. Heidi works as the director of social media for CCF Brands and moonlights as a freelance writer at night. She loves her life.
Heather Davis is a momma, a blogger, a writer and a humorist. She’s the author of the TMI Mom series which includes Oversharing My Life and Fooling Around(Fall 2013, Buzz Books USA). She’s also a syndicated columnist. She was co-producer of the Listen To Your Mother-OKC show this past May. She’s the administrator of Oklahoma Women Bloggers and blogs at www.Minivan-Momma.com. She and her husband Brian, who was in the LTYM-NWA show in May 2013, have two beautifully sweet, adorably precious, and wickedly brilliant daughters who take after their mother. Twitter stalk her at @MinivanMomma2; find her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/
Heather Disarro is a native Texan who now lives in Little Rock with her husband Nate, son, and two rambunctious labs. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a degree in Restaurant/Hotel/Institutional Management and English. After forays in the restaurant, fashion and outdoor apparel industries, her passion for food, writing, photography and travel led her to begin a food- and life-based blog, Heather’s Dish, where she blogs on a daily basis. She also coordinates a blog dedicated to encouraging women to see their own true beauty, FacesofBeauty.org, which is run solely from individual contributions. In her free time, you can find Heather working out, playing hide-and-seek with her son, kneading bread or hiking with her family. She is a wife, mother, storyteller, writer, hopeful crafter, and all-around completely blessed!
Allyson Twiggs Dyer is the Executive Director of the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau, she’s been in the tourism profession for 12 years. Prior to Rogers, Dyer ran the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau for 9 years. Dyer attended the University of Arkansas on a basketball scholarship and received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. She’s married to David and has a 15 year old son. She spends most of her time in basketball gyms watching her son, Spencer, play basketball. She’s an amateur blogger with two blogs, www.sportzmomma.com and www.crazylittlelove.com and an avid social media user with twitter and instagram being her favorites! @allytwigzdyer
Tracey Eyster is the happily in love wife of Bill and the fun-filled mom of a twenty-year-old daughter and seventeen-year-old son. She has long been known as the “Fun Mom” and is fully devoted to her family and happiest when making memories with them. In 2008, she gathered a group of moms and created the website MomLife Today . Tracey is passionate about intentional, relational living and her home is a revolving door for lots of teens and college students! A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and always happy to share her experience with other moms – her first book continues to encourage moms as she cheers them on to Be The Mom. Tracey enjoys connecting with others through her personal blog at www.traceyster.com, and on Facebook @BeTheMom or Twitter @Momblog .
Natalie Ghidotti, APR, is principal of Ghidotti Communications, a public relations consulting firm in Little Rock. For seven years now, she has had a strategic partnership with Eric Rob & Isaac, an advertising/marketing firm in the River Market District. Prior to opening her own firm, Natalie was a senior public relations account executive with Mangan Holcomb Partners, a marketing, advertising and public relations firm in Little Rock. Her clients span all industries, including retail, software development, healthcare, banking/finance, real estate, professional services and nonprofits.Natalie is an active user of social media and one of the founders of LRTweetup, a monthly gathering of central Arkansans who use Twitter for business, personal branding and networking. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. twitter.com/ghidotti.
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author,
Julie Kohl is a Yankee who was “converted” to the South 13 years ago when she married an Arkansas boy,the love of her life, Richie. Julie spends her days teaching art to middle school and high school kids and trying to make as much of her own art as possible. At home when she’s not drawing or painting, searching Pinterest, reading a book, or playing with her English Mastiff dogs she can often be found cooking up a storm in her tiny but well used farm kitchen. Julie loves to cook and often blogs about her culinary creations at Eggs and Herbs. You can also often find Julie hanging out at Arkansas Women Bloggers where she serves as the Content Cultivator and Calendar Girl writing or collecting, editing and posting a lot of the pieces you read on there everyday. Stop by and see whats cooking at Eggs and Herbs and then connect with Julie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter or Pinterest.
Stephanie McCratic is the founder and editor of Evolved Mommy, the popular lifestyle blog with a tech focus that has been featured in local and national media. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband Steve and daughter Charlie, where she works in marketing and PR at Acumen Brands, better known as the parent company of Country Outfitter. Stephanie travels and speaks to groups all over the state and the country about her two passions: blogger outreach and social media marketing.
Robin O’Bryant is an award winning humor columnist and the blogger behind “Robin’s Chicks.” She is the author of the indie bestseller, Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves as well as A Second Helping: Best Loved Columns from Robin’s Chicks. O’Bryant is a regular contributor for The Huffington Post. Mashable listed her as one of the 17 Funniest Moms on Twitter and she regularly speaks at conferences on subjects ranging from spirituality and family life, to the creative process and marketing and promoting books.
For the talent portion of this competition she will simultaneously cook dinner while singing the Hokey Pokey with her four-year-old, doing math drills with her nine-year-old, nodding and smiling at her seven-year-old, while looking lovingly into her husband’s eyes and pretending to listen.
Kyran Pittman has been chronicling her “big, little life” online and in print since 2006. Along the way, she became a contributing editor to Good Housekeeping magazine, where her work frequently appears; and the author of a memoir, “Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life,” published in 2010 to critical acclaim (including a 4/4 star review in People magazine). A Canadian ex-pat, she lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and three sons, where she continues to tell her “story of us” at PlantingDandelions.com, a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog.
Gwen Rockwood and Shannon Magsam co-founded nwaMotherlode.com in May 2008. In 2010, they started the Mom’s Choice Business Directory to serve as a resource for moms looking for local mom-friendly businesses. In May 2013, they hosted the state’s first Mom Prom, a HUGE girls’ night out for moms and women that also benefits a great local charity. The party went so well they plan on making this an annual event. Though they’re the founding mamas, they have an amazing team of contributors who help keep nwaMotherlode humming along with great content that updates 7 days a week. All those different personality types make this website a great place to work and a wonderful place to visit. Hop over to their site and read all the fabulousness!
Passionate, curious and an “all in” kinda gal, Jacqueline Wolven has made her mark by making people, companies and towns grow. It may be through a coaching call where she asks a client to commit to being grateful each day, a small business that needs to hear the hard stuff to move on, or a small town that is looking to add some new sparkle. Whatever the need, Jacqueline has dedicated her career to making it happen for those around her.
Selfless? No! Her ultimate joy has been seeing the world open up for those around her, that is where she gets her joy from. She is the friend, partner, and consultant that tells you the difficult stuff head on, all the while knowing that the good stuff is right around the corner.
Big risks, big leaps and small steps and simple living are her trademarks personally and professionally. Be inspired, share the wild ride that life brings, and learn new skills along the way at jacquelinewolven.com.
We let a guy in! Well, only for a couple of hours!
Logan Lovelace is a 23 year-old freelance writer and blogger based out of Springdale, Arkansas. His blog Melodic Bread blog is a tech,web,and entertainment blog that focuses on cool and interesting things. Also, the occasional radio personality, Logan is passionate about blogging and WordPress and always willing to lend a hand to help other bloggers in need. You can find him on twitter at @melodicbread.
We are adding new speakers (and waiting on some of their bios), so check back often. What an inspiring, informative conference this will be! See you in September.