Here’s a video review of this year’s lineup with SOBCon Co-Founder Terry Starbucker St. Marie (followed by the individual bios):
Sean Ogle is an expert at helping people turn their passions and skill-sets into sustainable businesses that can be run from anywhere on Earth. As the founder of Location 180 he uses the power of his blog to get the message out on the benefits of lifestyle entrepreneurship. He has been featured in Yahoo!, Forbes, and the book The Art of Non-Conformity. When he’s not working from the beaches of Bali or the coffeeshops of Portland he can be found talking his way into high-class establishments where he probably doesn’t belong.
Chris Brogan is the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Impact Equation. He is CEO of Human Business Works, a publishing and media company that helps you do the work you want to do, only better. Chris has consulted and spoken with companies like Google, Coca-Cola, Dell, GM, Microsoft, Pepsico, and many more. He lives in northern Massachusetts, and is 1/2 of the band D3one3, with Jacqueline Carly. Learn more at chrisbrogan.com
Barbara Jones is CEO of Blissful Media Group. She founded the premier word of mouth and blog network One2One Network, and co-founded BlissDom Events, which produces top social media conferences for women. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant on digital marketing, social media, community building and word of mouth marketing. She happily works in the NYC Tri-State area but dreams of living in the mountains and snowboarding as much as possible. She has mastered composing emails on her iPhone from a chairlift without dropping it (yet). Barbara is happily married and has three kids who inspire her daily.
Jeannie Walters is the Chief Customer Experience Investigator™ and founder of 360Connext, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in improving the customer experience for growing, customer-centric organizations. Jeannie speaks, writes, consults and generally thinks about how the small experiences we have each day – going to the bank, ordering online, tweeting – create the greater experience of our lives. She has worked with a wide range of organizations, including universities and prep schools, banks and credit unions, technology companies, some of the largest financial services companies in the world and countless entrepreneurs. Walters lives outside of Chicago with her husband Mike and their two young sons. As such, her current hobbies include cheering on distracted t-ball players and building impressive Lego villages.
Andrew C. Marshall [Drew] is the Principal of Primed Associates, LLC, an innovation consultancy. He lives in central NJ and works with clients across the USA and around the world. Prior to founding Primed Associates, LLC, Drew spent ten years with Princeton-based management consulting firm Kepner-Tregoe where he rose to become a Partner and the Chief Innovation Officer. He is a co-host of the weekly innovation-focused Twitter chat, #innochat, the founder, host and producer of Ignite Princeton and a contributor to the Innovation Excellence and Collaborative Innovation blogs.
Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is currently the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country. Carol can also be seen weekly on a variety of national television outlets including Fox Business, CNBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC commenting on business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics.
Carol has helped companies complete more than $2 billion in capital raising, M&A and other corporate finance transactions. She also has an action figure made in her own likeness.
Ric Dragon is the author of Social Marketology and the DragonSearch Online Marketing Manual, both published by Mc-Graw Hill. He is the CEO and co-founder of DragonSearch, with more than 20 years of extensive experience in graphic design, information architecture, web development and digital marketing. As an artist, Ric has been shown in countless group and solo shows. He is a regular guest columnist for Marketing Land, and Social Media Monthly, and a speaker at many marketing and business conferences.
Alli Worthington founded Blissfully Domestic Magazine as well as co-founded the wildly successful BlissDom Conference. In 2010 BlissDom expanded into Canada with BlissDom Canada and became the first International Women’s Social Media conference. She also serves on the Intel Social Media Advisory Board as well as the Gener.us Board of Advisers, and is an advisor to Safe World, an NGO committed to meeting needs around the world in the areas of community health, and education.
Sonia Simone was a founding partner of Copyblogger Media when it formed in 2010, and serves as the company’s chief marketing officer. She has a long background in traditional marketing, both with startups and in more established corporate environments. She also created and ran a well-received marketing course for small business, The Remarkable Marketing Blueprint, which is now part of Teaching Sells.
Sonia is a longtime veteran of social media (she first got online in 1989), and as the content marketing revolution is evolving, she’s finding that her once-weird ideas are becoming mainstream. This has been as much a surprise to her as it is to anyone.
Dianna Mullins is a serial entrepreneur, most recently co-founding Silicon Valley based Glam Media. In addition to her passion for tech, she is also the creator of The Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship Fund and adviser to women-led companies. Her career has been focused on early stage start-ups, organizational structures, company culture, team dynamics and most importantly, people. An avid lover of independent film and women’s issues, Dianna is both a vocal and active advocate of women in the film industry. She cares deeply about LGBT equality and has been an openly active fighter for marriage equality in California and the US for over two decades. Dianna is currently working on her first screenplay and is excited to dive into the world of filmmaking an industry she has only viewed from the outside prior to this project.
Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Inc. and founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in business and beyond. Farber is a seasoned leadership coach and consultant who has worked with a vast array of public and private organizations in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, public education, non-profits, and government. His third book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership, debuted as a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” And his first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is already considered a classic, having recently been named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. His newest volume, The Radical Leap Re-Energized, is available now.