Liza Barry-Kessler, the Managing Partner of Privacy Counsel, LLC, is a lawyer working with companies and organizations to protect their data, their people, and their reputations. Previously, Liza has worked for EarthLink, AOL, and the Center for Democracy & Technology, and as a lobbyist representing organizations like the American Library Association, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the Consortium on School Networking. She is co-author of Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, has written numerous articles, including “Endorsements, Testimonials, and Bloggers: The New FTC Guides” in the December 2009 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, and is an award-winning personal blogger at www.LizaWasHere.com. Liza graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and from Smith College.
Gwen Bell, @gwenbell
Gwen blogs at GwenBell.com. She’s founder of a yoga studio in Japan, a brand enthusiast for Nintendo, an A-list karaoke star, and non-lame consultant. She’s hard at work discovering and sharing the humanity of tech (in 140 characters or less).
Isabel Kallman, @alphamom
Isabel is the founder and chief at Alpha Mom, which began as the nation’s first parenting TV channel found in 13 million homes and has since transformed itself into an online destination and marketing research lab. The term “Alpha Mom” has been recognized by media– such as USA Today, The Today Show, and Good Morning America– as the category generic for the ultimate influencers. Most recently, Forbes anointed Alpha Mom one of the Top 10 Mommy ‘Hood Gurus. For Isabel, this year should bring some exciting new business initiatives that are in the works and fun travel with her husband and 6.5 year-old son.
BlogHer CEO and co-founder Lisa Stone is a leading expert on developing successful online communities and interactive programming for women. A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa became the executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com. While there, she oversaw all original programming, integrated Hearst and Rodale magazines, and grew Women.com to a Top-30 site.
Lisa was the first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University (2002), and began blogging as an extension of her 2004 political reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Lisa regularly brings her analysis of new media business models to high-profile events, such as the ONA (Online News Assn.) Annual Conference, Supernova, AlwaysOn, the EconWomen Summit and the Fairchild | WWD Summit. Lisa sits on the Advisory Board for the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communications.
David Wescott, @dwescott1
David Wescott directs the social media team for APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm. He served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and worked on energy and economic issues. He also managed a pediatrics department in a public hospital in the mid-nineties.
David writes a personal blog called It’s Not a Lecture and a column called “Living Locally, Working Globally” for Business Lexington. He is a contributor and podcast producer for Earth & Industry. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, his son, and his chocolate Labrador retriever.