ILENE HADDAD is a graphic designer, business owner, blogger and grand poobah of BlogathonATX. Her work with the local blogging community earned her the Women Communicators of Austin’s Creative Initiative Award and a Statesman Social Media Award. In her spare time, she enjoys co-working with fellow entrepreneurs, drawing a webcomic and drinking decaf espresso. She lives in Austin with her husband, Bill, and two useless dogs with entitlement issues.
KAY MARLEY-DILWORTH believes wholeheartedly in the Mexican saying “panza llena, corazón contento” (full stomach, happy heart), and has embarked upon a quest to bring delectable food to each BlogathonATX conference. She follows the Austin restaurant scene in her Twitter feed @ATXFoodnews, and blogs about blissful bites at atxfoodnews.com. Kay’s favorite things in life include her family, champagne, and reading (and the order depends on the day).
AMANDA QURAISHI is a digital media professional, writer and activist. She has successfully developed social media strategies for her clients & employers, as well as for her own personal brand. She also is a member of the BlogathonATX executive planning committee. Her activism revolves around interfaith dialogue, social justice and homelessness. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children, and a cat named Olive.
ANNETTE PRIEST doesn’t make anything, she makes anything easier… and usually more fun too. Her international UX practice helps companies understand human behavior and brains so their products sell more and suck less. Annette will be emceeing the event this year, all the more reason to pay attention when she speaks.
ERIC WEISS is a WordPress consultant who has been a speaker at WordCamp Austin every year. He is also a co-host on the Die Robot Die and Crowd Cast podcasts. He is also the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Skeptics On The .Net and soon to launch Skeptical Examiner. In the past he has worked as a freelance technology journalist on the web and in print. Eric is currently attending culinary school at ACC and blogging about the experience and other food related subjects at Skeptic Chef. His full (outdated) portfolio is available at ericweiss.me. Eric is the boss of the Tech Support Room and will be giving a presentation on Search Engine Optimization.
CATHY BENAVIDES is a fashion blogger (Austin Slave to Fashion) and runs a social media company, Slave to Social. When she’s not obsessively Instagramming her cat’s every move, she is busy hoarding shoes, lip gloss, and owls. She answers to “hey you,” “@slavetofashion,” and of course “registration table lady.”
LYDIA FIEDLER is the Community and Site Manager of Splitcoaststampers.com – the world’s largest papercrafting community – and has been an artist and a crafter all her life. Her competing passions are technology and art. She’s a power consumer and producer of online content, pleased that social media provides a world well suited to the curious. Past lives include a Master’s in Slavic Linguistics, an MBA and a few decades of both Human Resources and Marketing management. Lydia’s superpowers include bacon and giggling. She will be moderating a panel on monetizing your blog and might even demonstrate a stamping technique if you ask nicely.
JULIE GOMOLL has been immersed in design and web development for a long-ass time. She rode the first wave of Internet “communities” by selling her design firm to Excite. Remember Excite? No? Damn. Youngsters these days. Julie has started several successful companies, and a couple of not-so-successful companies that demonstrated how true it is that we learn a ton by our failures. She has expertise in graphic design, marketing, branding, messaging, SEO, content development, analytics, and strategy. And now that she’s in culinary school, she’s also happy to teach you the best way to make a hollandaise, or debate the status of Molecular Gastronomy as a cuisine. Julie will be dishing out expertise in the Room for Improvement.
MICHAEL YEW is a native Austinite living in Austin for 40+ years. Over the past 20 of those years, his titles have included Engineer, QA Analyst and Software Engineer. Michael is also a semi-professional photographer with interests in travel as well as a technical improviser in the Austin Improv community. He will be BlogathonATX’s morning photographer, so smile and say ‘cheese’ when you see him!