ALLI

 

Keynote Speaker: 

 
Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, author and speaker. She is the founder of Blissfully Domestic online magazine, and the co-founder of Blissdom Conference. She’s a wife, a mom to five sons, and a stepmom to an awesome daughter. Some of her interests: social good, startups, photography, transmedia, tech, photography, gardening, and ice cream. You can learn more about her on her website, Alli Worthington. Also, follow her fabulousness on Twitter at @alli.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Workshops:

Talya Tate Boerner is the daughter of an Arkansas cotton farmer. She grew up making mud pies and does her best thinking wearing gardening gloves. Talya is passionate about writing and spends most days working on her first book and blogging at Grace, Grits and Gardening. She and her husband, John, live in Dallas with their two miniature schnauzers, Lucy and Annabelle.

Taylor Bradford is the owner/editor of PinkHeelsPinkTruck.com, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on fashion, beauty, fitness, food, blogging tips/tricks, crafts/DIY and books. She is the Community Director of the Texas Women Bloggers,  the founder and co-host of an online book club called the #LiteraryJunkies, and a co-founder/creator of the #NOEXCUSES Fitness Challenge Series. She is a shoe lover, fitness-guru, book hoarder, and wanna-be fashionista. She calls Texas home, Chai Tea Latte’s her go-to drink and time spent with her hubby and friends music to her soul. Her motto in the blogging world is to roll out your own red carpet and keep your big girl panties pulled up high. She’s an open book with blogging and has a passion for sharing everything she learns!!

Stephanie Buckley is the founder of this amazing group (and in 7 other states), relies on her friends to make the wonderful happen, believes in the power of goodness and kindness, treating others better then you want to be treated.  

James Busvlogger is a fourth generation Arkansas boy, and the stay-at-home dad of two boys, two girls, and a 1976 Volkswagon Bus named Willie. He is a video blogger (vlogger) on YouTube, operating under the moniker “Busvlogger,” a lifestyle brand that inspires viewers to put themselves in the drivers seat of their lives: intentional living from the heart, home, food, and the land—all spun with humor and sass.

After rounding up four other vlogging stay-at-home parents, he co-founded the YouTube channel TheStayAtHomes. As a very special community grew, James came to appreciate what a passionate and driven force women can be online. Today, James is signed to the Kin Community, the #1 video network for women’s programming on YouTube, featuring the best lifestyle programming across food, fitness, entertainment, style, home, and DIY.

Alison Chino is a born and bred Arkansan who lives in Scotland, where she is learning to walk everywhere and to live with tiny appliances. She loves hiking the Scottish Highlands with her husband and kids on the weekends. Read about her adventures on her food and travel blog, Chino House (allisonchino.com) or follow her at Instagram.com/alisonchino.

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 college sweetheart, Ben, for 12 years and has two adorable and crazy boys, Summit and Sawyer. She shares about pain, special needs parenting, beauty, life, and hilarity. Heidi work as the director of social media for CCF Brands and moonlights as a freelance writer at night. She loves her life.

Sarah Daigle bio is concise and to-the-point: “Canadian-American. Educated woman. A mother of boys. Step-mom to teen girls. Someone who thinks code is sexy. Empowering business with data via@FieldAgentApp.” Her specialties include startup dreaming, technical training, social strategies and mobile apps. She is a strong advocate for exposing female and male children alike to coding at an early age as a leader of Ozark STEM Foundation. Sarah earned her B.A. degree at Bishop’s University and her Masters in IT Education at Dalhousie University (Canada).

Heather Disarro is a food-centric lifestyle blogger who is passionate about embracing the beauty that surrounds us within our everyday lives. She is a Texan living the expat life in central Arkansas with her husband, son, and two massive dogs. Heather writes her blog, Heather’s Dish, from an office filled with dust, dog fur, toys, and plenty of love, grace, and music. She specialized in creating delicious and creatively nourishing recipes. Cooking seasonally and with as many local ingredients as possible is an important component to Heather’s style of food. She revels in the opportunity to bring the love of cooking to the world as a way to love others well.

Allyson Dyer is a marketing and public relations professional with more than 13 years’ experience in destination marketing and community development. Her career has included leadership roles with two of the most dynamic cities in the northwest Arkansas metro area. Areas of responsibility include leading all sales efforts, developing and implementing large-scale marketing plans as well as all advertising, branding, content marketing and social media.

Mari Farthing is the local administrator of Oklahoma Women Bloggers living in the Oklahoma City area with her husband, two tween children, and a pair of red-eared sliders (Gamera and Mud). Originally from Wisconsin, Mari arrived in Oklahoma courtesy of the United States Air Force and decided to put down roots in the red dirt when her husband retired from active duty service in 2011. Mari maintains two of her own blogs, www.MariFarthing.com and www.MariEdits.glogspot.com and contributes to several others (like www.BookyGoodness.com). She blogs about family, music, crafts and cooking, pop culture, writing, editing, books, and really just about anything that runs through her brain. Mari has a wealth of editing experience, including a five-year run as editor of a local parenting publication and two years as contract editor for a local small press. Mari finds inspiration in her children, well-crafted words, and a great glass of wine. Currently Mari continues to write and edit when not knitting and running.

Rhonda Franz is a freelance writer, licensed teacher, home operations specialist, and domestic chef. She combines her professional background and mommyhood experiences to write on family, parenting, cooking, and education. In her articles, she likes to emphasize the opportunities parents have in everyday experiences to teach children, and offer strategies and solutions for managing a household with an on-call, traveling husband. Rhonda’s work has been featured on the MSNBC Today Show mom blog and NWAMotherlode, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a contributor to Arkansas Gardener magazine, Peekaboo magazine, and parenting publications around the country.

A city girl at heart, she is raising three lively boys in the woods of northwest Arkansas. You can read more about her at rhondafranz.com, and (soon) at captainmom.net, and find her chirping on Twitter as @rhondafranz. 

Jerusalem Greer is a writer, speaker, nest-fluffer, urban farm-gal, and author of A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together. Jerusalem lives with her husband and two sons in a 1940s cottage in Arkansas at the crossroads of beauty and mess with an ever-changing rotation of pets, including a henhouse full of chickens. As a family, they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life. She blogs about all of this and more at jerusalemgreer.com.

Kim Herrington is an online marketing consultant for businesses and bloggers and specializes in pairing content with search engine optimization. She is the founder of Bear & Beagle Creative, and online marketing agency, and The Made Thing, a blog about living an intentionally happy life. Kim has helped clients from across the country build better businesses through the power of strategic online content. She lives in Conway, Arkansas with her boyfriend.

Sarabeth Jones and Whitney Loibner are framily. They love to take trips together, especially cruises. They love to have drinks on the patio together, especially margaritas. And they love living in Dogtown and taking pictures of it all. Whitney is quite adept at putting funny things in Sarabeth’s purse for her to find later, and Sarabeth is practically a professional at borrowing Whitney’s clothes. They can’t wait to have a party do this session with YOU! whitneyloibner.com | thedramatic.com

Mel Lockcuff is a wife and homeschool mom to two boys and a cat named Harold. She and her family are transfers to Arkansas and love life in the northwest region. They have recently acquired 10 chickens, which they plan to raise in their budding back yard homestead.

Laurie Marshall is a freelance writer and blogger from northwest Arkansas. In addition to her love for a perfectly turned phrase, she has a passion for reusing and repurposing, and may get a little too excited about power tolls and the wall of paint chips at her local home improvement store. Laurie graduated from the BA program in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas in 2007 at the ripe old age of 39, and after spending six years working at a desk job (that she loved!), she took the leap and began her freelancing career. Her work has been published on VisitRogersArkansas.com, TasteArkansas.com, NWAMedia.com, and in AY Magazine and Do South, among others.

Stacey Mason spent 18 years at Walmart Stores, Inc. Her varied jobs and disciplines within the company uniquely positioned her for subsequent roles held in Corporate Leadership Development and Culture Coaching. She has since founded Mason On Leadership, a leadership consultancy that focuses largely on behavioral assessments and executive coaching. She holds certifications including The Birkman Method – Senior Consultant, and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Stacey is a columnist for a B2B publication, writing about Thought Leadership, and a contributor to a business and leadership book title, “The Birkman Method: Your Personality at Work” (Jossey-Bass, 2013). Prior to her years in corporate America, Stacey was a competitive gymnast, and coached at Bela Karolyi World Gymnastics Camps. She is now a long distance trail runner and avid reader and is currently learning to play the piano. 

Elizabeth Michael works in the interactive department of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods where she implements and measures integrated digital marketing plans for clients. Prior to joining CJRW, she worked for the Paul Michael Company, where she managed retail operations and established the company’s marketing department. She orchestrated yearly campaigns and media buys for the company and created and maintained the company website. Elizabeth led the opening of Lafayette, LA, in 2009 and the online store in 2013. She launched D&P Interiors in 2013.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Lake Village, Arkansas. She traveled north for her education, and graduated from Villanova University with B.A. in English Literature. She is starting her Masters in Business Administration from University of Arkansas Little Rock this fall.

Delanna Padilla is a partner with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, one of the premier law firms in Arkansas and the region with offices in Little Rock and Rogers.  Delanna practices in the areas of corporate law, legal malpractice, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, taxation, health law, and labor and employment. Her tax practice includes work in the areas of LLC and partnership taxes, corporate taxation, personal taxation (including federal, state, and local tax), municipal tax exempt financing, and exempt organizations.  

Jacqueline Presley  is the owner of Creative Outpour, where she’s been blogging about sewing, cooking, faith and community events since 2009. She is the Social Media Manager for Oh Baby Foods and has also worked events with Storyline, an influence network and is a member of Collective Bias’s Social Fabric blogger network.  She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her hilarious husband, Spencer,and her two above average children, Katie (5) & Jackson (3). You can find her on Twitter @jdpresley & Instagram @jacquelinepresley 

Caroline Puddephatt has seven years of advertising and public relations experience. Prior to joining Ghidotti Communications, she worked on the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Magic Springs and Crystal Falls accounts for another Little Rock agency. 

Caroline’s specialties include tourism, customer service, and industry-targeted messaging. During her four years marketing Arkansas, Caroline planned, managed, and contributed to a number of public relations and partnership programs for The Natural State. She serves as account executive for clients in a wide range of retail, education, and professional services. During her spare time, Caroline enjoys giving back to the city she loves by volunteering for the Junior League of Little Rock, Sculpture at the River Market, and Mount St. Mary’s Academy.

Paige Ray is a blogger, quilter, and former (okay, sometimes not-so-former) shy girl. Her superpower: fighting through her introversion and making great connections with other smart and talented people across the world. She believes in the power of curiosity, creativity, community, and kindness. Ultimately, she just wants to help other introverts learn the art of saying, “hi,” and the magic that comes with those relationships. Check out her blog at approachingjoy.com and come introduce yourself on Twitter, @paige_meredith or watch her shenanigans in real time on Instagram, @approaching_joy.

Dr. Margaret Rutherford is a clinical psychologist who has practiced in Fayetteville, Arkansas for over 20 years. She coined the term “NestAche” for her personal experiences with empty nest and began blogging about it in 2012. Since then, she has become the Mental Health columnist at Midlife Boulevard, and has been featured on The Huffington Post, BlogHer, Bomeon, and here at Arkansas Women Bloggers. She can be found on her own website, Dr.MargaretRutherford.com or on Twitter @doctor_margaret, writing with hopefully some humor and wisdom on mental health, midlife, and of course, empty nest!

Kat Robinson is a passionate Foodways and travel writer living in Little Rock with her daughter, Hunter. She has been blogging and writing since 2007 with Arkansas Foodways, eccentric individuals, and unique restaurants and destinations at TieDyeTravels.com. Her first book, Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, covers great pie makers and restaurants; her second book, Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley, ties together transportation and the spread of regional cuisine throughout northern and western Arkansas. Look for her third book, Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta, this summer.

Beth Stephens is a marketer, writer, communication strategist, and blogger with excessive enthusiasm. She is currently transitioning away from the delights of working for herself to launch an internal retail marketing agency for Kendal King Group, a 26-year old company based in Kansas City and Bentonville with clients such as the NBA, DreamWorks Animation, and Garmin. Beth conceptualized and helped launch the first Arkansas Women Bloggers conference and blogs once in a while at The Little Magpie, The Food Adventuress, and Magpie Marketing in an attempt to bring fewer words home to her husband, Fred. They live with their daughters, Sophie and Ainsley in a circa 1905 money pit of a house in historic downtown Rogers.

Jamie Smith has been a blogger since 2005 and it has opened up many doors to her, including being the way she met her husband. A journalist by training, Jamie started her own freelance writing business after being laid off four years ago. Jamie’s Notebook is now her full time (sometimes more than full time!) job and her services include corporate blog writing, website, copywriting, and feature writing. Jamie is also active in offering workshops about the need for and process of corporate blogging.

A “work-at-home fur mom,” Jamie loves spending time with her husband and their four pets. She is also active in several nonprofit organizations, including Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas, Polina’s Promise, and Captivating Heart Women’s Retreat ministries.

Jacqueline Wolven started her career designing packages for Ninja Turtle Toys, Star Wars Episode One Packaging, and a host of consumer goods. After a solid career in graphic design in San Francisco, she jumped feet first into corporate business development. She worked with technology clients such as Cisco Systems, Citrix, and HP. Her travel and incentive marketing programs and  materials are featured in the Pampered Chef corporate museum.

Wolven divides her time as a Main Street director and consulting for small businesses nationwide providing hands-on marketing solutions to grow their business. Her personal motto is “Life is short; live simply and work smarter.” She speaks nationwide on brand development, community organization, amplifying your story, personal and professional development, and tips and tools for to make your way along the journey. She lives with her husband on a small homestead built in 1899 in Eureka Springs, and is proud parent of a daughter at University of Arkansas. Keep connected through Twitter @jackiewolven or online at jacquelinewolven.com.