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Jessica Flannigan is a Minneapolis-based lifestyle blogger and editor at LivetheFancyLife.com, a freelance writer, communications consultant and contributor at several web and print publications. Before becoming a full-time blogger and freelance writer, she worked in corporate communications. Live the Fancy Life has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Style Me Pretty Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Hostess with the Mostess, I HEART Organizing and more. Jessica has brought her authentic voice and beautifully styled images to many brands and publications. When Jessica isn’t working, she is playing with her children and planning her next travel adventure with her family.
Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, Inc., where she spent five and a years leading social innovation.

In Claire’s time at Twitter, she was called everything from “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) and “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (The Washington Post) to a “Force for Good“ (Forbes) and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company).

Claire is the author of six books, including Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time, Greater Expectations: Succeed (and Stay Sane) in an On-Demand, All-Access, Always-On Age, and Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption.

She is a frequent international speaker on social media, business and innovation and has been invited to deliver keynotes and trainings at organizations like the Vatican, the US State Department, Verizon, South by Southwest, TEDX, and many others.

She writes a popular business blog at ClaireDiazOrtiz.com and serves as a LinkedIn Influencer, one of a select group of several hundred global leaders chosen to provide original content on the LinkedIn platform.

Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, and has a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University.

She is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya.

She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources such as CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, and many others.

Read more about her at www.ClaireDiazOrtiz.com or via @claire on Twitter.

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Michelle Joseph is the Founder and CEO of PeopleFoundry Inc. Michelle and her organization have developed a unique and successful recruitment model to identify and build organizations’ talent. PeopleFoundry specifically targets technology and digital firms experiencing high-growth periods. Michelle’s main responsibilities as CEO include the strategic development and growth of PeopleFoundry, operational planning and continuously adapting to a national landscape of talent. She regularly partners with founders and CEOs to help expand the human capital of their businesses.

Prior to founding PeopleFoundry Inc, Michelle served as the Chief People Officer for a UK based eSourcing business, TradingPartners. Her responsibilities there included aligning management structure with business needs while guiding organizational change, process improvement and conflict resolution on a global basis. Michelle successfully helped strengthen and stabilize corporate expansion by establishing a new senior management team that transitioned the company from a singular to a growth-and-profit focus. She partnered with the CEO on expansion plans for emerging markets including Shanghai, Tokyo and New York.

Michelle holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Dayton. She received her Master’s in Human Resources Management in 2008 from Cornell University. Michelle is an active member in the community. She is a mentor at 1871, the HR mentor at MATTER, serves as a contributor to the Taproot Foundation, on the board of Designation, a member of the Young Executives Club of Chicago as well as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Michelle supports the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author Duct Tape Marketing, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine. His blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for marketing and small business and his podcast, a top ten marketing show on iTunes was called a “must listen” by Fast Company magazine.
Christine Perkett is a senior marketing and PR consultant, and the founder and CEO of SeeDepth, a PR Analytics platform that makes measurement easy, meaningful and profitable for PR agencies and corporate communications teams. She has been named a “Top 100 Must Follow Marketing Mind” in Forbes, “A Top 100 Small Business Influencer” in the Small Business Influencer Awards and a “Top 50 Social Media Influencer on Twitter” by Cision.
Amy Locurto is a graphic designer who shares party ideas, recipes, crafts and family stories on her DIY lifestyle blog Living Locurto. She is also co-founder of the award winning photography blog, I Heart Faces, where she hosts fun photo challenges, photo tips and tutorials. Her goal is to encourage others to live a more creative life! Amy’s DIY ideas and licensed art can be seen on various paper products along with US Weekly, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy and The Huffington Post. Amy lives in Dallas, Texas where she enjoys getting creative with her two children.
Mark Vruno is chief editor of Printing News magazine. Based in Chicago, he has reported on the commercial print industry for more than 20 years and also has written for related publications and websites, including Editor & Publisher, News & Techand Package Design. Previously, Vruno was executive editor of Graphic Arts Monthly and Graphic Arts Online. He has also spent several years in marketing, public relations and corporate communications, working for such firms as RR Donnelley, Banta, Agfa Graphics and Fujifilm Graphic Systems USA.
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Penelope Trunk has launched four startups. Her most recent is Quistic. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in technology by TechCrunch. She writes a blog about career advice, and Inc magazine called her “the worlds most influential career coach.” Penelope homeschools her two sons on a farm in Wisconsin.

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