2014 Summit Keynote Speaker
Founder, AllergyKids Foundation
Topic: Food for 21st Century Families: How health changes affected our kitchens
Bio: Robyn O’Brien leads a nonprofit and has worked with food companies like Nestle, Chipotle, and others to help shed light on the changing landscape of the health of our families and how it impacts their product portfolios. She is a best-selling author, public speaker, strategist, and mother of four. She brings insight and detailed analysis to her research on the health of the American food system.
Executive Director, Environmental Working Group
Topic: Green Your Home: Simple steps to a planet-friendly house
Bio: Heather White is a nationally recognized expert on environmental law and policy with more than 15 years’ experience. She is the Executive Director of EWG, the nation’s most effective environmental advocacy organization, and uses game-changing, original research to help individuals, businesses, and governments make better decisions to protect public health and the environment.
Traci Paige Johnson
Creator of Blue’s Clues and Super WHY!
Topic: What You Don’t See on TV: Raising a quality kid
Bio: Traci Paige Johnson provides parents with unique ideas in KIWI’s 1 Problem, 3 Solutions column. She is a family media expert and the founder and creator of brands that are beloved by kids around the world including Blue’s Clues, Super WHY, and yummico.
Senior Research Analyst at Whole Foods Market
Topic: Label Reading 101
Bio: Jess Kolko is the nutrition advisor for KIWI magazine. After becoming a registered dietitian, she joined Whole Foods Market as the Healthy Eating Registered Dietitian and Culinary Educator. She now works on the Global Prepared Foods team as the Prepared Foods Senior Research Analyst.
Dr. Susan Bartell
Family Psychologist, Author, and KIWI contributor
Topic: Screen Safety: Tips for raising kids in the digital age
Bio: Dr. Susan Bartell, who offers up actionable advice in KIWI’s Family Time column, is a nationally renowned psychologist, speaker, and author who has been helping parents, children, and teens lead healthier, happier lives for nearly twenty years.
Topic: Build Your Blog with Social Media
Bio: Amanda Boyarshinov is one of the creative geniuses behind The Educator’s Spin On It, a website dedicated to making everyday moments teachable opportunities. She has a Master of Reading Education for grades K-12, a B.A. is in Elementary Education, and she integrates this knowledge into every one of her unique posts.
Family Dinner Expert, Author, and Creator of
the Six O’Clock Scramble
Topic: Restore Mealtime Sanity: How to prepare simple and healthy dinners for the whole family
Bio: Aviva is the mother behind the dinner planning service, The Six O’Clock Scramble, a website dedicated to helping families make nightly, healthy dinners a reality. She shows families around the country how a few simple tweaks to their dinner and shopping routines can save $133 and 5 hours a week. Aviva is also the author of two family dinner cookbooks, Six O’Clock Scramble and SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble, and also contributes to the PBS blog, Parents Kitchen Explorers.
Founder of Beyond the Bus Stop
Topics: Finding Personal Balance &
Beyond the Bus Stop: Balancing motherhood and your dreams
Bio: Through her business Beyond the Bus Stop, Suzy Stauffer helps women find the essential balance between being a mother and paying attention to their own dreams and goals. She is an inspirational speaker and author of the book Women First Mothers Second. Suzy has appeared on the “Today” show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” and “Huffington Post Live”. She has also been featured in Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, The New York Times, New York Post, and Philadelphia magazine.
Dr. Carrie Wells
Childhood Development Blogger
Topic: Where Nature Meets Nurture: Integrating the outdoors into your child’s toy box
Bio: Dr. Carrie Wells is a professor, blogger, and work-at-home mother of two. Dr. Wells holds a Master’s degree in special education. Wells worked with children and adults with special needs for several years before going back to school for her doctorate. After becoming a mom, she started the blog “Huppie Mama,” where she writes about child development, healthy eating, crafts, and natural living.
Topic: Mom’s Night Out Comedy Hour
Bio: Karen is a nationally recognized standup comic who has appeared on a variety of national television segments including “The View”, “Comedy Central”, “Nick Moms”, “The TV Guide Network”, and “The Joy Behar Show.” Karen has written two comedic novels: Following Polly and Perfect is Overrated,both of which earned praise from The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and her mother-in-law. Karen is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and More magazine.