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Friday, November 13
 

7:30am

Registration
Friday November 13, 2015 7:30am - 8:00pm
Registration Desk

8:00am

SPONSORS ONLY: "Leading the Revolution; The Role of Emerging Brands in Changing How Americans Eat"
Speakers
avatar for Joel Warady

Joel Warady

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods
Joel D. Warady is Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods, a leading brand in the North American Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly CPG category. Prior to joining Enjoy Life, Joel was Principal of Joel Warady Group, a Marketing, Social Media, and Business Growth consulting firm. Joel Warady Group was the marketing agency of record for a number of small but growing brands looking to raise their brand awareness through word of mouth... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
TBA

9:00am

Break
Friday November 13, 2015 9:00am - 9:15am
TBA

9:15am

SPONSORS ONLY: "Talk to Me"~ How to Approach Bloggers and Get Results
So you want to work with bloggers? Before sending that press release, make sure you’re pitching to bloggers the right way. Hear from two professional bloggers about how they like to receive press releases, pitches, and what works for talking to bloggers to build your brand and market your product. Learn how to best position your product to get your product reviewed and promoted by key influencers in your market. Learn ways to work with a blogger – beyond just a product review. Understand how a positive blogger relationship can expand your traditional marketing and advertising efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Dermer

Erica Dermer

Blogger, Celiac and the Beast
Erica Dermer is founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast. She started her website because she felt like she had a new and humorous voice to bring to the gluten-free table, and desperately needed some celiac catharsis through writing and blogging. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged... Read More →
avatar for Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire Blog
Keeley McGuire is the proud mother of “Little Miss”, her sous chef. Together they love spending time in the kitchen creating, cooking, and making fun foods. Keeley views the challenges of working full-time, parenthood, and food allergies as an adventure! Her goal is to show the world that “food can be fun with food allergies”.  | Keeley has been featured on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in the Huffington Post, Multiplicity... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

10:15am

Break
Friday November 13, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

SPONSORS ONLY: TBA
Friday November 13, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
TBA

11:45am

SPONSORS ONLY Lunch
Friday November 13, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

1:00pm

2:00pm

Social Media Boot Camp – How to get the most out of Twitter and Periscope

Still wondering what all the fuss is about with Twitter or Periscope? In this special pre-conference workshop, you will receive the keys you need to unlock the secrets of these channels! Join blogger and social media professional Missy Berggren (@marketingmama) of marketingmama.com for an interactive, hands-on training.

The Twitter session will begin with the basics and progress to advanced features that will help you enjoy tweeting and grow your blog readership. Periscope, the new live-streaming app, is a fun way to share your world with others and educate people about food allergies. Bring your laptop, smart phone, notebook and a willingness to try new things!

WORKSHOP OUTLINE:

  • 2 - 3 p.m. Twitter Basics for Beginners 
  • 3 - 4 p.m. Advanced Twitter Lessons to Maximize Your Impact
  • 4 - 5 p.m. Periscope Demonstration and Inspiration 

Speakers
avatar for Missy Voronyak

Missy Voronyak

Missy (Berggren) Voronyak  is a marketing and social media professional with more than 17 years of health care marketing and communications experience, as well as a food allergy parent and blogger. As a director with WCG, Missy helps global brands with digital marketing and social media strategy and content development. She frequently hosts social media trainings for bloggers, physicians, executives and more. Missy is the founder of the... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Big Thompson

6:00pm

Welcoming Party
Friday November 13, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Colorado Ballroom
 
Saturday, November 14
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Saturday November 14, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Colorado Ballroom

7:45am

Registration
Saturday November 14, 2015 7:45am - 3:00pm
TBA

8:30am

Creating A Media Kit
Annelies will walk through how to create a professional Media Kit. 

Speakers
avatar for Annelies Zijderveld

Annelies Zijderveld

Annelies Zijderveld is the founder of Citron Presse Creative, an online marketing and content strategy company with deep roots in the culinary world. She has worked in food marketing for 13 years and thrives on helping connect good food brands with their core customers. She is also the author of the cookbook, Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea, recently published by Andrews McMeel.  Her writing work has also been published in Sated... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Big Thompson

8:30am

Food Allergy 101 Question & Answers & Addressing Food Allergy Mortality
Join Dr. Michael Pistiner of AllergyHome; as he answers your questions about food allergies, and addresses the "Elephant in the Room" Mortality and Food allergies. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr Michael Pistiner

Dr Michael Pistiner

Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc is the content provider for AllergyHome a free, food allergy education website. He works as a pediatric allergist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He volunteers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and is a food allergy educator and advocate. Dr. Pistiner is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics where he is a member of the Council of School Health and Section of Allergy & Immunology, and a... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Platte River

9:00am

10:00am

Break
Saturday November 14, 2015 10:00am - 10:15am
TBA

10:15am

Defining Your Brand & Making Your Plan
Who am I? Yes, you have a name. You might even have a website and a blog. But who are you? Learn how to define your brand and make a plan for your future of blogging. Find your niche to actually expand your potential for content, reviews, and paid work with brands. Build your brand with social media, conferences and expos, and targeted online presence. Learn how to pitch potential clients with a media kit. Learn how to get beyond just a paid review with a brand, and continue a profitable and positive relationship with a company and product.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Dermer

Erica Dermer

Blogger, Celiac and the Beast
Erica Dermer is founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast. She started her website because she felt like she had a new and humorous voice to bring to the gluten-free table, and desperately needed some celiac catharsis through writing and blogging. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged... Read More →
avatar for Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire Blog
Keeley McGuire is the proud mother of “Little Miss”, her sous chef. Together they love spending time in the kitchen creating, cooking, and making fun foods. Keeley views the challenges of working full-time, parenthood, and food allergies as an adventure! Her goal is to show the world that “food can be fun with food allergies”.  | Keeley has been featured on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in the Huffington Post, Multiplicity... Read More →
avatar for Holly Yzquierdo

Holly Yzquierdo

Blogger, My Plant-Based Family
Holly is a Plant-Based blogger with a focus on allergy-friendly food that won't break the budget. A self-proclaimed Meal Planning Extraordinaire, she creates free weekly meal plans for her readers and Custom Meal Plans for clients. | | Holly published her first book, The Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide: How to Cook, Shop and Eat Well in January. She is working to launch a new business that will help families navigate their food allergies.


Saturday November 14, 2015 10:15am - 11:45am
Big Thompson

11:45am

Lunch
Saturday November 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Colorado Ballroom

12:45pm

1:45pm

Break
Saturday November 14, 2015 1:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Pinterest
Speakers
avatar for Michelle Palin

Michelle Palin

Blogger, My Gluten-free Kitchen
Michelle Palin was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010, then set out to convert all of her family favorite recipes to gluten-free. Since 2012, she has been sharing her gluten-free recipes, favorite products and tips on her blog My Gluten-free Kitchen. She enjoys being in the kitchen, developing from-scratch recipes for decadent desserts and easy family meals. She has developed recipes for a variety of brands, including FABLOGCON sponsors... Read More →
avatar for Chandice Probst

Chandice Probst

Founder (GFF), Gluten-Free Frenzy
Chandice Probst is the Founder of www.glutenfreefrenzy.com  Chandice Founded the Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona East Valley Chapter four years ago. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise and health wellness from Arizona State University. Recently she joined the Delight Gluten Free Magazine team as a regular contributing writer. Chandice has been featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, Channel 12 Arizona Midday and in print... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Big Thompson

2:00pm

Activism and Advocacy
Speakers
avatar for Robyn O'Brien

Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It
Robyn O’Brien, a former food industry analyst, author, and mother of four,  triggered an allergic reaction in the food world when she asked a simple question: “Are we allergic to our food or what’s been done to it?” She brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that recent changes to our food supply are having on the health of families, companies and economy. Robyn has been... Read More →
avatar for Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard, a celiac diagnosed in 1999, is also an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness. This former prosecuting attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen, and Jules had perfected an every-purpose flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking and sharing food with others. Her company, gfJules (formerly Jules Gluten... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Platte River

3:30pm

Break
Saturday November 14, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

Pitching Your Ideas
Speakers
avatar for Sally Ekus

Sally Ekus

Sally Ekus joined The Lisa Ekus Group in 2009. She represents a wide range of culinary talent, from first-time cookbook authors to seasoned chefs, professional food writers to bloggers, and even a few television personalities. Sally loves being the liaison between an author and their publisher, and takes great pride in guiding authors towards their dreams of publication. She especially loves working on special diet and allergy friendly projects... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Fleming

Alisa Fleming

Author, Go Dairy Free
Alisa Fleming founded the largest dairy-free website, GoDairyFree.org, in 2004, which is now host to over 2 million unique special diet visitors per year. She has since written and published the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: the Guide and Cookbook for  Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, published another best-selling vegan author, and co-produced several ebooks. In 2011, she also joined Allergic... Read More →
avatar for Colette Martin

Colette Martin

Author, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nut
Colette Martin is a food allergy mom, an expert on how to bake allergen-free, and author of Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette... Read More →
avatar for Chandice Probst

Chandice Probst

Founder (GFF), Gluten-Free Frenzy
Chandice Probst is the Founder of www.glutenfreefrenzy.com  Chandice Founded the Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona East Valley Chapter four years ago. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise and health wellness from Arizona State University. Recently she joined the Delight Gluten Free Magazine team as a regular contributing writer. Chandice has been featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, Channel 12 Arizona Midday and in print... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Big Thompson

3:45pm

Accommodating Allergies in Real Life
Speakers
avatar for Gina Clowes

Gina Clowes

Gina Clowes is National Director, Training and Community Outreach for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), and Program Director for a cooperative agreement with the | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She is the founder of the | online support group AllergyMoms.com serving thousands of families and | professional members worldwide. A well-known speaker, coach and consultant, | her advice has appeared in... Read More →
avatar for Lianne Mandelbaum

Lianne Mandelbaum

Founder, No Nut Traveler
Lianne Mandelbaum graduated Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY Albany, and graduated with honors, earning an MS in Physical Therapy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Married and has three children: one allergic to nuts. Like many food allergy families, the Mandelbaums have had difficult experiences with commercial air travel.  These experiences have inspired Lianne’s activism.  In Nov 2013 ,she launched The No Nut... Read More →
avatar for Mary C. Vargas

Mary C. Vargas

Managing Partner, Stein & Vargas, LLP
Advancing the civil rights of individuals with disabilities is my passion. Stein & Vargas, LLP has earned a national reputation for impact litigation in the disability rights arena winning critical victories on behalf of people with disabilities in access to education, healthcare, and employment. Civil rights work is both personal and professional when it comes to representing those with food allergies and their families. As a... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Platte River

6:00pm

Wine & Sign Cocktail Party & Guest Speakers
This is our annual celebration of the many authors in our community at the 3rd annual Wine and Sign Party. We will be featuring over 20 published authors who will have their books available for sale, and autographs. (You may even bring your copy from home!). Join us this evening for cocktails, buffet dinner, and our guest speakers. 

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde.  His most recent book is Another Person’s Poison: A History of Food Allergy, published by Columbia University Press in 2015.  His previous books include Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD (Reaktion/University of Chicago Press, 2012) , which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, and An Alternative... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Colorado Ballroom
 
Sunday, November 15
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Sunday November 15, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
TBA

8:30am

Recipe Development
Speakers
avatar for Jackie Ourman

Jackie Ourman

Jackie Ourman is a chef, recipe developer and food writer. She recently worked as a test kitchen contributor at Bon Appétit Magazine. Jackie began her culinary journey in 2011 after she and her son were diagnosed with celiac disease, in addition to managing life-threatening food allergies for two of her children. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and graduated with highest honors. Jackie is passionate... Read More →
avatar for Cybele Pascal

Cybele Pascal

CYBELE PASCAL is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook and The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, the Today show, Good Morning America Health, PBS, and NPR. She is a leading blogger in the field with an award-winning website, and lectures and teaches nationally. She is also the CEO and president of Cybele's Free-to-Eat... Read More →
avatar for Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard, a celiac diagnosed in 1999, is also an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness. This former prosecuting attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen, and Jules had perfected an every-purpose flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking and sharing food with others. Her company, gfJules (formerly Jules Gluten... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Big Thompson

8:30am

Epinephrine & Auto Injectors
Speakers
avatar for Dr Julie Brown

Dr Julie Brown

Julie Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is co-Director of research for the Division of Emergency Medicine.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and works in the Seattle Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.  She is Canadian but has crisscrossed the border many times over the years: she received her... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Platte River

9:00am

Sanofi Connections Lounge & Expo
Sunday November 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Registration
Sunday November 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

10:15am

"Blog and Order" Legal Q & A Panel

Blog and Order: Legal Q&A Panel

Assly Sayyar, Esq., of Assly Sayyar, Attorney at Law, Inc. –She will answer questions regarding defamation, corporate formation and governance, and contracts

Francis Rushford, Esq., of Rushford Bagla, Leakakos, LLP – He will answer questions about intellectual property, trademarks, copyrights etc.

Kelly Bagla, Esq.  of Rushford Bagla Leakakos, LLP – She will answer questions about entrepreneurial and business law and most importantly raising capital and money to start or bring your business to the next level.

We will be asking attendees for solicited questions ahead of the conference, so please stay tuned for the call for your legal questions! 

Speakers
avatar for Francis Rushford, Esq.

Francis Rushford, Esq.

Francis Rushford is a Partner at Rushford Bagla Leakskos, LLP and has over 35 years of experience in law and technology. He is currently providing strategic advice and counsel to a very select group of global Fortune 500 Companies. Francis is also a founder and Managing Director at RSL Holdings, Inc., which is an Intellectual Property business that helps customers monetize their Intellectual Property. Prior to starting his firm Francis was... Read More →
avatar for Assly Sayyar

Assly Sayyar

CEO, Assly Sayyar, Attorney at Law
Assly Sayyar is Of Counsel to Rushford Bagla Leakakos, LLP and is a skilled and diligent attorney who has been practicing as a trial attorney since 2004.  Assly has strong litigation experience and is capable of handling California, Nevada, and Federal civil lawsuits from start to finish, taking potential clients through pre-litigation options, litigation and/or arbitration, trial if necessary, post judgment appeal, and judgment... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 10:15am - 11:45am
Big Thompson

10:15am

College Accommodations
Speakers
avatar for Jim Long

Jim Long

Jim Long is an attorney living in Denver and formerly a Senior Attorney with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, in the Denver Enforcement Office.  Jim’s undergraduate degree is in English from Creighton University.  He went to law school at the University of Texas School Of Law and completed the Graduate Program at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School.  Jim served as an officer in... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith is a current college student living with severe food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, and fish. He is currently studying public policy and economics with a minor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU). Diagnosed at 9 months old, he has lived his entire life managing food allergies. Morgan wrote a monthly column in AllergicChild.com’s monthly newsletter entitled... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

AllergicChild
Nicole Smith is the author of three children’s books about food allergies. Her first book, best seller on Amazon, Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children’s Story of Peanut Allergies was published in 1999 by her publishing company, Allergic Child Publishing Group. She created her website, AllergicChild.com, in 2000 to assist other families managing severe food allergies. Cody the Allergic Cow: A Children’s Story of... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 10:15am - 11:45am
Platte River

10:45am

Break
Sunday November 15, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
TBA

11:45am

Lunch
Sunday November 15, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Colorado Ballroom

1:00pm

Raffle Prize Drawings
Sunday November 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
TBA

1:45pm

Publishing & Promoting Your Book: Simple Steps For Putting It All Together
Publishing & Promoting Your Book: Simple Steps For Putting It All Together Whether you only have an idea for a book or just finished writing your last chapter, find out how you can publish and promote your book! Learn the step-by-step process to independently publish through the Amazon platform, how you can create a prelaunch plan to help gain sales before the book is released and effective strategies to increase sales and get Amazon reviews after it's published.

Speakers
avatar for Rivka Kawano

Rivka Kawano

Author, What To Post: A Complete Guide to Effective Social Media
Rivka Kawano is a social media expert, speaker, and author of the book What To Post: A Complete Guide to Effective Social Media. She also has first hand experience with the danger that food allergies present and loves to help people find ways to reach their audience with this important message. As an avid reader and literacy advocate as well as author she has a passion for books, authors, and the whole publishing process. Nothing makes her... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Stratton

Stacey Stratton

Peanut Free Zone
Stacey Stratton is using her BA in Communications, MA in Special Education, and experience as an educator, to work with parents and schools in communicating the special needs of children with food allergies.  Her book, Allergies at School, is a resourceful guide for parents working with their school to help increase their child’s safety. Stacey is also the founder and creator of PeanutFreeZone.com, a... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Big Thompson

1:45pm

Filling the Voids: Nutritional Needs & Baking Substitions
Speakers
avatar for Charissa Luke

Charissa Luke

Co-Owner, Zest Bakery
Charissa Luke is co-owner of Zest Bakery, a gluten-free bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Charissa is a self taught baker that was first introduced to gluten-free baking when she met her husband Patrick who has Celiacs Disease. After years of experimental baking in the home kitchen, Charissa and her husband Patrick Luke opened Zest Bakery in 2010 to fill a void on the SF peninsula. Zest Bakery is well known for their local and organic... Read More →
avatar for Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard, a celiac diagnosed in 1999, is also an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness. This former prosecuting attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen, and Jules had perfected an every-purpose flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking and sharing food with others. Her company, gfJules (formerly Jules Gluten... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Platte River

3:00pm

Social Media -What You Need to be Be Implementing
Speakers
avatar for Ritesh Patel

Ritesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Ritesh has over 15 years of professional experience. As the Chief Digital Officer at Ogilvy CommonHealth, he is well-versed in the digital arena and has developed comprehensive digital and social media programs for several healthcare clients, as well as implemented standards for best practices using a variety of digital and social platforms.


Sunday November 15, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Big Thompson