Alt Summer 2015 Keynotes

People come to Alt Summit for many reasons. Some love the chance to discuss the ever-changing field of blogging and social media - they can't wait to talk with peers about what's working and what's next. Others come to make connections, to collaborate, and to facilitate change. And everyone is hoping for a hefty dose of inspiration. The sort of inspiration that gets you fired up about your work, about your goals, and about your life. Happily, Alt Summer is absolutely overflowing with inspiration. For example, today we are thrilled to announce the keynotes of Alt Summer! 

Opening Keynote

Our Opening Keynote will knock your socks off! Four Internet Powerhouses will give stand alone talks on four different topics. We'll learn about creating a platform to help the underserved, we'll learn about responding to online hate, we'll learn about overcoming creative blocks, and we'll learn how to make something and grow it. We're pleased to introduce your Opening Keynote Speakers:

Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts and a post-grad in Design. She has worked as a designer and creative director for years and is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator. Danielle writes daily posts showcasing artwork from around the world and has hung actual art exhibitions from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. In 2014 she published two books, both with Chronicle Books, titled Creative Block and Collage. Danielle has just started writing her third book which will be released Fall 2016.

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the CEO and founder of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made goods, a socially-inspired business that promotes goods made by and stories told by survivors of abuse, conflict, and disease. TO THE MARKET works to economically empower survivors in over 20 countries and has been profiled broadly on platforms like Glamour.com, People.com, BloombergTV, and FoxBusiness. Jane loves to find other survivor supporters and share how they can make a difference in the lives of others.

Award winning illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle was named the #1 Instagram account to follow by MTV and Buzzfeed. In the two years she's followed her passion, she has successfully turned the hobby of art and animation into her full time career. By utilizing the power of social media to market herself, she grew from 400 followers to 450k. By simply sharing her creativity with the world she was able to quit her day job, open her own animation agency, and grow her clientele to include some of today's top brands!

Heather B. Armstrong is widely acknowledged to be the most popular "mommy blogger" in the world. She has over 1.5 million followers on Twitter and an incredibly active audience. Forbes Magazine recently named her one of the 30 most influential women in media, while also separately listing her website, dooce, as a top 100 website for women. Time Magazine has twice listed dooce as one of the 25 best blogs in the world. And her first book about the birth of her first daughter, It Sucked and Then I Cried, became a New York Times Bestseller. Armstrong lives in Salt Lake City with her two daughters and two insane dogs, all who appear as vivid characters in her writing.

And can you believe that's just the Opening Keynote? The Alt Summer schedule is outstanding! We're having the hardest time choosing which classes to attend. You, too?

Closing Keynote

While you're plotting out your conference schedule, one thing you for sure need to pencil in is the Closing Keynote. And you're in luck, because there's nothing else happening during the Closing Keynote, so you don't even have to choose! And we guarantee you'll LOVE the Closing Keynote because the speaker is social media genius, Guy Kawasaki!

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online design service, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple and special advisor to the CEO of the Motorola business unit of Google. His many acclaimed books include The Art of the State and Enchantment. Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Guy is an always-in-demand speaker, and getting to hear from him is the perfect way to close the conference on a high note. We can't wait!

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.