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Mom 2.0 Summit Speakers and Panel Topics for 2012. Get Ready for What’s Next.

Okay, so there’s been a lot of talk about the parties and the sponsors and the food and the fun surrounding Mom 2.0 Summit in Miami this year. But it’s a little harder to collect all the conversations…as we were there to connect, to converse and to “Get Ready for What’s Next.” This was actually really easy to accomplish because there were so many incredible speakers who stepped up to the microphone with a few words of wisdom (you can see the whole schedule right here). But it took a while to compile all the reports…almost as long as it took to put the content together.

I have to say, as someone who is on the team charged with creating content for an event months before it happens, it’s always tricky to project what we’ll be talking about half a year in advance. After all, this is social media. The hot topics of conversation change every week. The big picture discussion topics change each month. So what will we be talking about next year…who knows?

What was extremely obvious to me last November when we looked through the long list of speaking applications submitted…people wanted to talk about what was coming next. Or how to decide what to do next. Or how to spot the next best thing. You get the point…and the point is, there was a lot of interest in the pursuit of NEXT. It’s a big topic. And we had 55 speakers who approached it in different ways.

I hate that I can’t attend every single panel. It’s always an issue at conferences…and especially at Mom 2.0, as I’ve been thinking and reading about the topics for months…I want to attend every session. If anyone has an idea about how to fix this and/or make this happen, please let  me know. (No really, please let me know.)

In the meantime, this is the next best thing….an overview on each of the panels at Mom 2.0 2012. Three keynote panels. Eight breakout panels. Eleven sessions of goodness….Check them out! (Links to Live Blogger overview posts are included. So awesome)


  • Keynote Conversation: Brené Brown and Jess Weiner 1 of 11
    Keynote Conversation: Brené Brown and Jess Weiner
    I took the stage on a panel (for the first time in the history of Mom 2) with shame researcher Brené Brown and "storyteller for social change" Jess Weiner in a discussion of how we can best move into what's next: with intention, with the courage to look at our own imperfections, and with support from people who have earned our trust. Read more about this Opening Keynote Conversation with Brene Brown and Jess Weiner, right here.
  • Standing in the Spotlight: What do you want & how will you handle it? 2 of 11
    Standing in the Spotlight: What do you want & how will you handle it?
    The Standing in the Spotlight session was a conversation between Kristen Chase, Tracey Gaughren-Perez, Leane Vandeman and Amy Anderson moderated by Ciaran Blumenfeld-Maso.Read more about "Standing in the Spotlight," right here.
  • Shaping the message to make change: 10 Ways Moms can change media 3 of 11
    Shaping the message to make change: 10 Ways Moms can change media
    This super interesting panel was led by Shelly Kramer, Kat Gordon, Kathleen Mullens and Kami Huyse. Read more about "Ten Ways Moms Can Change Media," right here.
  • Make It Happen, Ladies: Figuring Out Whats Next For You 4 of 11
    Make It Happen, Ladies: Figuring Out Whats Next For You
    Thankfully, the session "Setting Your Course in What's Next: How Do You Even Do That?" helped address the new questions many of us are asking ourselves. The powerhouse panel included Jessica Shyba of Momma's Gone City, Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks, Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom and Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends. Read more about "Setting Your Course in What's Next," right here.
  • Stepping to the Front of the Line: Case Studies in Doing Things Differently 5 of 11
    Stepping to the Front of the Line: Case Studies in Doing Things Differently
    Esther Koo of Southard Communications, Diana Heather of Totsy, Maria Emmer-Aanes of Nature's Path, and Elizabeth Hebda of Living Social discussed ways of doing things just a little differently. Read more about these Case Studies, right here.
  • Keynote Entrepreneurs Panel 6 of 11
    Keynote Entrepreneurs Panel
    What a powerhouse foursome! Maggie Mason, professional lifestyle blogger at Mighty Girl, acted as keynote moderator interviewing Liz Lange of Liz Lange Maternity and Shopafrolic, Pilar Guzman, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living, and Lee Rhodes, founder of Glassybaby. Read more about this Powerhouse Panel, right here.
  • Whats The Latest? How are we evaluating engagement, metrics, and influence 7 of 11
    Whats The Latest? How are we evaluating engagement, metrics, and influence
    Always a very popular panel, this year's metrics and engagement panel was led by Isabel Kallman of Alpha Mom, Missy Maher of Edelman, Adam Keats of Weber Shandwick, Rob Candelino, Vice President, Brand Building, for Unilever's Skincare business. Read more about "What's the Latest," right here.
  • Moving from Mom Blogger to Mom Who Blogs: How to Transition Your Site, Brand and Focus 8 of 11
    Moving from Mom Blogger to Mom Who Blogs: How to Transition Your Site, Brand and Focus
    Pam Lewis, Sarah James, Roxanna Sarmiento, Danielle Wiley and Susan Wagner led a discussion on transition and what's next. Read more about "Moving from Mom Blogger to Mom Who Blogs," right here.
  • Hot Topics: Six Tips On Advocating for Important Issues in 2012 9 of 11
    Hot Topics: Six Tips On Advocating for Important Issues in 2012
    Buffy Wicks, a community organizer who works for the Obama re-election campaign, moderated a panel with Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan, Ellen Seidman of Love that Max and Samantha Ettus from Forbes Women on the hot blogging topics of 2012. Read more about the "Hot Topics of 2012," right here.
  • Planning, Launching and Sustaining Your Product Mix 10 of 11
    Planning, Launching and Sustaining Your Product Mix
    A fabulous fun panel of entrepreneurs shared their paths to success. Rebecca Kaykas-Wolff founder of Petit Couture, Sarah Bryden-Brown of Blogstar and GoMighty, Kathryn Tucker founder of Red Rover, and Daniel Witenberg Founder, KidzCert shared how they have forged their way into both the business world, and the world of social media. Read more about "Planning, Launching and Sustaining Your Product Mix," right here.
  • And The Big Mom 2.0 Keynote Media Grande Panel Finale! 11 of 11
    And The Big Mom 2.0 Keynote Media Grande Panel Finale!
    Babble Voices own Catherine Connors, Allana Harkin and Samantha Bee as well as #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Jenny Lawson aka "The Bloggess" joined forces to talk about What's Next in Media. Read more about "What Happens When New Media Drops The New and Just Becomes Media," right here.

How about that? I love having all these in one place. A huge thanks to the writers of these recaps...Laurie White, Katherine StoneMorgan Shanahan, Nicole Morgan, and Leslie Fandrich. And again, reading these is almost as good as being there…almost.

Besides these panels, we also had a few solo-speaker general sessions. Brene Brown did a feature presentation, and in another attempt to help not-miss-things this year, we added an “Anything But General” Session….Twelve, seven-minute experts presented a variety of topics…12 presentations…each just 7 minutes long. It was very well received, and I think it will become a new Mom 2 Tradition. I’ll post more on those excellent presentations very soon.

In the meantime, I’m already thinking about next year. The format and topics of Mom 2.0 change every year…some years there are more sessions, some years it’s more tech heavy, some years there are more hands-on workshops. We try to match the content not only to what is going on in any given year, but also to the location, the environment, the theme and vibe of that year’s event. And speaking of “What’s Next,” give me a preview of what you think you’ll be wanting to talk about next year.

What topics are on your mind, what do you want to discuss, and what kinds of sessions would you like to attend?

All photos by Michael Cummings of Dream in Pictures

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