Speakers

    • Scott Norton, Sir Kensington's

      Scott Norton

      Scott Norton, Sir Kensington’s 

      As head of marketing and creative for Sir Kensington's, Scott focuses on re-imagining condiments, along with the way they are understood and positioned in American culture. Beginning only with a concept Sir Kensington's has grown to work with thousands of retail stores and hundreds of celebrated restaurants. A devotee of experience design, he support's the company's dual focus on both nourishing and entertaining customers. Previously, Scott co-founded AsiaWheeling, traveling to 23 different countries the eastern hemisphere over ten months on a folding bicycle.  During this adventure, he ate

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    • Desiree Smith, Wilton

      Desiree Smith

      Desiree Smith, Wilton 

      Desiree Smith is the Public Relations Manager for Wilton Enterprises. She grew up in the western suburbs and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Desiree gained experience working in both print and broadcast media from the campus newspaper and television station and through internships with local media. Desiree then worked for a video production company that specializes in videos for recruiting and HR professionals. She moved on to actually working in the staffing and recruiting industry but soon realized she wanted to be working in a more creat

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    • Hope Bertram, Digital Megaphone

      Hope Bertram

      Hope Bertram, Digital Megaphone 

      Hope Bertram, Digital Megaphone Founder and CEO, is an Emmy nominated interactive marketing strategist from the Chicagoland area. She holds a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and has worked as a Direct / Interactive Marketer at top companies such as GE Consumer Finance, Discover Card and Sears Holdings. Most recently she’s become well versed with working with brands and bloggers on live and virtual events that produced results.  Creating integrated programs and partnering with top players has been a key to her success while working with clients and

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    • David Hammond

      David C. Hammond

      David Hammond 

      David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food/travel journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the approximately 15K member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David has produced segments for Chicago National Public Radio, including two seasons of the “Soundbites” series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight. David was featured on "Good Morning, America," "Chicago, Tonight," and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas. He is the food blogger for Oakpark.com and provides a weekly food column in The Wedn

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    • Dr. Sandy Goldberg

      Dr. Sandy Goldberg

      Dr. Sandy Goldberg 

      Dr. Sandy Goldberg has been a regular contributor to NBC5 News since 1994. Her regularly scheduled series “Food for Thought” is featured on NBC5 twice weekly. Throughout the years she has appeared in several special series, notably Real Life Weight Loss and One Woman’s Story, a history of her own struggle with breast cancer. Dr. Sandy Goldberg is a clinical nutritionist specializing in nutrition counseling and the treatment of eating disorders. Her treatment mode is intensely personal working one-on-one with clients to develop an individual plan for healthy eating specifically tailored to t

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    • Cait Weingartner,  prettyandfun.com

      Cait Weingartner

      Cait Weingartner, prettyandfun.com 

      Hi, I'm Cait. I'm a digital strategist by day, lifestyle blogger by night. Pretty & Fun was started in 2011 as an outlet for me to share all that inspires me, which happens to mostly be things that are pretty and fun. Expect to see posts that cover my interests and current happenings, ranging from outfits and interior design to DIYs and beauty product reviews. Cait has over 46K followers on Pinterest. See more at Prettyandfun.com

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    • Jessica Murnane, onepartplant.com

      Jessica Murnane

      Jessica Murnane, onepartplant.com 

      After changing her own diet four years ago to avoid getting a major surgery, designer Jessica Murnane has become a wellness advocate and self-described plant-vangelist, spreading the good word on good food. Jessica is the creator of the website and restaurant program, One Part Plant, with the mission of making good food more accessible and less intimidating. From a popular steakhouse in Chicago to one of NYC’s favorite bakeries, she’s worked with some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country to get more plant-based items on their menus. With her design-driven, laid back approach, she’s

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    • Beth Rosen

      Beth Rosen

      Beth Rosen 

      Beth K. Rosen is a leading edge Social Media strategist whose versatility and expertise in media and the promotional arts allows individuals and companies realize their full potential on Twitter, Facebook as well as through podcasting and blogging. Beth draws upon her vast experience as a radio, film and commercial producer to structure, implement and maintain highly focused and beneficial Social Media campaigns for businesses. Beth founded 4 Keys Media a digital media company specializing in online and offline campaigns. 4 Keys Media has worked with many brand to successfully build the bra

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    • Andrea Metcalf, Author

      Andrea Metcalf

      Andrea Metcalf, Author “Naked Fitness” 

      Andrea is passionate about fitness, health and wellness and inspiring people to live their best lives.. With over 30 years experience in the healthy lifestyle industry, she has become recognized by national media outlets as a trusted expert and adviser. As a nationally requested speaker representing American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association among many other leading health authorities, she is a best-selling author, "Naked Fitness" (Vanguard Press), fitness DVD choreographer and trainer, as well as a force in the business media world. Most

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    • Maris Callahan

      Maris Callahan

      Maris Callahan 

      Maris Callahan has nearly a decade of PR & Marketing experience culled primarily in the food and restaurant industries. Maris is a skilled media expert and longtime believer in the power of social media. She is passionate about finding the creative story angles that will captivate readers and get her clients on the radars of her vast media connections in Chicago and nationally. Maris is passionate about two things: PR and food. Maris gets excited when it comes to helping a company find its story, and then she loves sharing that story with the world through her PR work. She is also passi

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