Schedule of Events

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Thursday, April 14

3:00-6:00 pm Registration Desk Open – Murcia Room, Conference Events Center
6:00 -8:00 pm Casual no-host cocktails and appetizers – J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub

All conference sessions will take place in the Marquis Ballroom. Please check the hotel map for location. The expo will be located in the Marquis Ballroom also.

Friday, April 15

7:00 – 7:30 am Rise and shine self-guided photo walk
7:30 – 9:00 am Registration Desk Open
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast – Marquis 5
9:00 am – Welcome and opening remarks
Social Media Superstars – How We Did It – Keynote Speakers – Lori Moreno & Jodi Okun, Sharon Greenthal (moderator)
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Break
Panel – Making the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life – Dr. Bob (Robert Prokoski, MD), Sheree Lavelle, Lynne Rosenberg (moderator)
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch (Marquis 5) and Expo
Panel – Best Tips for Working with Brands – Erika Paman-Mercados (ZAPPOS), Deborah Kelly (BOIRON), Sabrina Riddle (MADISON REED) Beth Rosen (moderator)
2:45 – 3:15 pm – Break and Expo
Panel – Say My Name, Say My Name: Creating Your Brand Through Your Blog – Glenda K. Harrison, Tammy Bleck, Shannon Bradley-Colleary, Danica Kombol (moderator)
Panel – Aging Out Loud: Blogging Your Way Through Midlife – Walker Thornton, Lynne Spreen  Treva Brandon-Scharf  (moderator)
5:00 pm – Programming ends for the day
Dinner (on your own)
6:00 – 7:00 Chicagonista Live Red Carpet Show
7:00 pm #MadeToMove Disco with Osteo Bi-Flex – get your 70s disco shoes ready to boogie down!

Saturday, April 16

7:00 – 7:30 am Rise and Shine Yoga (limited): Outside Marquis Ballroom
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast: Marquis 5
9:00 am: Announcements
Panel – Author! Author! Getting Published and Liking It – Janie Emaus, Elaine Ambrose, Judy Rothman Rofe’, Dina Eisenberg (moderator)
Panel – The Art of Crafting Personal Essays That Get Published – Susan Maccarelli, Estelle Erasmus, Jill Robbins (moderator)
10:45 – 11:15: Break and Expo time
Panel – Travel is a Part of Your Life, Make it a Part of Your Blog!
Gypsy Nesters – David James & Veronica James – Sara Broers (moderator)
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (Marquis 5) and Expo Time
Panel – If You Film it, They Will Watch: Video Content Creation – MJ Tam, Nancy Loo, Debba Haupert, Sharon Gitelle (moderator)
Now What? Blogging and Careers at Midlife – Doreen McGettigan, Valerie Albarda, Pamela Lutrell, Candace Karu (moderator)
3:00 – 3:45 pm: Snack Break brought to you by Vibrant Nation. Final expo time
Excellent Email Marketing with Feedblitz– Phil Hollows – FeedBlitz
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Closing