I’m back! From Florida, and to week four of my #SoFabColor Influencer list. I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Conference in Orlando. I was one of about 15 African-American Social Media Influencers, equaling about 10% of the total number of attendees. (An increase from past years.) I took advantage of having such phenomenal women readily available to me and caught their brilliance on video just for you. I will share their insights through posts and video the rest of this week, but first let me introduce them to you.
Desiree Peeples @MommyReporter
Desiree Peeples worked in traditional broadcast media for almost ten years, but after a layoff and a baby she began blogging as a way to keep up her journalism skills. She eventually launched MommyReporter.com, a news and information site for social media moms, as well as The Better Mom Show, a unique daily podcast with an emphasis on making mommy life easier. She is a social media trainer, manager and consultant, with an emphasis on working with churches and church leaders in helping them to digitally connect with their congregations while building an online presence.
Joyce Bewer @MommyTalkShow
MommyTalkShow.com was created by Emmy award-winning TV journalist Joyce Brewer.
The video blog and web show unites her passion (Motherhood) with her profession (TV News). MommyTalkShow.com tapes a monthly talk show at family-friendly locations around Atlanta. E-mail Joyce@MommyTalkShow.com to learn how your Atlanta gallery, studio, medical office, play space, etc. can be featured on Mommy Talk Show, showcased in professionally produced marketing videos to use on your website and promoted on social media.
Lorraine Robertson @AskWifey
I launched Run Wifey Run because I’m always running – running my household; running my career; running a personal chauffeur service for my kids; and running – literally – for my health … and sanity. Ahem.
I do my best to balance marriage, motherhood and all the mayhem with a writing career that I love dearly. I’m on a mission to to be the healthiest that I can be and hope to inspire others to do the same. I just shed 25 pounds for my 40th birthday and I’m training for marathon number two – The Chicago Marathon. I recently published my first book; frequently write for several national magazines; I’m a Fox5 TV My Atlanta Moms host blogger; I blog at TravelingMom.com sharing destination running tips as Marathon TravelingMom; I write often at My Brown Baby; I’m on the American Cancer Society Blogger Advisory Council; and you may have seen my wedding on TLC’s “A Wedding Story or caught me on The Travel Channel’s television show “Great Cruises: Why Not the Mediterranean?”
Michele Dugar @MicheleDugar
Stylish, Simple, & Soulful,
Ideas for Home Entertaining, Family Life, & Decor
Plenty of cool finds, practical tips and inspirational ideas to help you make the most of your home and live the “sweet life”.
Brandi Jeeter @Mamaknowsitall
Valerie RoweKamp @CharmedValerie
I’m Valerie Rowekamp aka “CharmedValerie”. I’m a wife, mom to 2 boys, and I lead a charmed life by taking the time to enjoy the magic in every moment (sounds corny but it’s so true).
I’ve been a dancer, college cheerleader, nanny, spokesmodel, Dallas Stars Ice Girl, and social media coordinator.
I’m your typical Sagittarius, extremely resourceful, creative, goofy, extroverted, passionate, and scatterbrained.
Christy Matte @MoreThanMommy
Christy is a Boston mom blogger, freelance writer, speaker and consultant. She holds an M.Ed. in Technology in Education and has a background working with non-profits, informal education, and young people. Christy has presented on topics ranging from Internet safety to how to craft a useful product review. Her speaking experience includes BlogHer, Blogalicious, Blissdom, the Consumer Electronics Show, and Engage Expo (now Digital Kids). She has been featured as an Internet Safety expert on a number of radio shows, as well. Christy has been blogging since 2001 and is a respected member of the mom blogging community. She co-founded Boston Parent Bloggers as a way to share her enthusiasm and expertise, as well as create a tighter sense of unity among mom and dad bloggers in the New England area.
Jackie Harper @freeismylife
Renee J. Ross @ReneeJRoss
A self-confessed social media junkie, Renee leverages the power of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of important social and health-related causes. Over the last year, Renée has lost over 50 pounds and utilized social media to document her journey.
Renée was named as one of the top Moms in digital media in Nielson’s Online 2009 Power Moms list. She is a member of the Walmart Moms Social Media program. She is a contributing editor for BlogHer.com and a member Hanes’ Social Media Comfort Crew. She has been a spokesperson for EA SPORTS Active and was recently featured in national commercials for this product.
Renée has appeared in Parents Magazine, Southern Living, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. She has also been featured on MSN’s Health Channel webisode series Kellogg’s The Victory Project.
Deborah J. Mitchell @SocialTVDeb
Multimedia producer Deborah Mitchell accesses her extensive career in television fusing traditional media skills with social media tools to provide guidance to aspiring online personalities in polishing and expanding their brand identity. Mitchell, whose experience includes creating and executing television show proposals from inception through program development, also provides valued counsel to traditional media companies seeking to identify and develop viable talent and stories for the Web.
Mitchell’s transition from producing traditional national television expanded into the creation of Deborah Mitchell Media Associates in 2010 and co-founding The Blogger Connection in 2012, both of which involve connecting brands and bloggers with event and conference sponsorship opportunities, television placement on local and national programs, media training, social media branding. In 2013 Deb rebranded and has launched her new site deborahmitchellmediaassociates.com. With an emphasis on preparing talent for on-air and generating story and promotional ideas, Mitchell is proficient in tailoring existing video and live productions onto various platforms.
Melaanie Sheridan @AdramaticMommy
My name is Melanie. I’m 38, married to a peach of a man and mom to one really great boy. I like reading, shoes, chocolate, Girl’s Night Out and shopping. Social Media fascinates me! I learn something new about it every day and enjoy sharing what I’m learning with others.
Jennifer James @MomBloggersClub
These women astound me with all they know and do. The best part is they are going to share some of their wisdom with you right here through video. So be back tomorrow. But in the meantime stop by their sites and learn a little bit more about them yourself. I guarantee you will be all the better for the effort, and so will our community. “Go #SoFabColor!”
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