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2016 Gold Sponsor Nice’n Clean

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Thank you to GOLD Sponsor Nice ‘n CLEAN for their support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes are proven to remove 99% of peanut residue from hard surfaces so families can help protect their loved ones from peanut allergens, no  matter where they are.

As the exclusive wet wipe sponsor and a proud supporter of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), they want to help support FARE’s mission of safety and inclusion for individuals with food allergies. 1% of every purchase of Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes will be donated to FARE to help advance their critical education and advocacy work in communities across the country.

In addition to removing 99% of peanut allergen residues from hard surfaces, Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes:

  • Kill 99.99% of germs
  • Offer a convenient 20-count re-sealable pocket pack that fits easily in backpacks, purses, and pockets
  • Have a gentle formula infused with aloe to keeps hands moisturized and feeling soft
  • Are made with TENCEL fibers, making them environmentally friendly. TENCEL is a 100% plant based fiber and 100% renewable resource.

Be sure to visit Nice ‘n CLEAN at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

 

Special Guest for Wine & Sign Party

We hope you will join us Saturday evening for both our Wine and Sign event which will run from 6:30 pm- 8:00 PM for our authors to display and sell their books. After which time we will ask for your attention and warm reception for a special treat this year- we have Comedian Joe Messina joining us for a 30 minute Stand-Up Comedy Act.

Joe Messina HeadshotJoe Messina is a comedian from Philadelphia. Diagnosed with Celiac at 15, he has talked about life with the disease throughout his comedy career. He performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club and Good Good Comedy Theater.

In addition to Celiac, Joe focuses on politics in his stand up and as the host of Party Lines, a monthly live political comedy variety show. Joe is the host of the podcast Breaking Up with Joe, which is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Session Spotlight: What’s New In Social Media

Session Spotlight:

What’s New In Social – Get Up to Date on the Latest Social Media Trends 

Missy Berggren Headshot      

For your planning purposes: Our Expo opens Friday at 1pm-6pm. and will be open Saturday 9-5pm. It will not be run on Sunday- so if you want to get in to meet those sponsors and get your raffle prize tickets- you will have to get in there Friday and Saturday!

Special Social Media Workshop will run FRIDAY November 4th 2016 from 2pm-5pm. It will include two (2) 45-60 minute sessions, then Q & A and hands on workshop/help group.

Are you feeling left behind by all the changes in social media? Want to keep your blog relevant and growing? Social media experts Missy Voronak and Rivka Kawano are here to save the day with a special social media workshop. Missy will be sharing the wonders of Snapchat, how you can use it to share more of your personality and behind-the-scenes blog content. Rivka will be making sure you don’t get lost on Facebook and show you how Facebook live can bring you more loyal followers, and how Facebook Instant Articles will change how you blog – for the better! You’ll have a chance to instantly apply what you’ve learned in this workshop setting, while having Missy and Rivka there to hold your hand every step of the way!

Bring your smartphone to this session with Snapchat already installed and follow along as Missy walks us through how to use Snapchat. You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the app,
  • Add friends by username, snapcode or nearby,
  • Use stickers,
  • Draw,
  • Use filters, overlays and lenses,
  • Protect your privacy or open up to all,
  • Explore Discover and Live, Stories,
  • Use chat and video chat features with friends,
  • Use Snapchat to connect with your blog readers,

For those of you who have had the pleasure of attending either Missy or Rivka’s previous year’s presentations, you will know that these ladies are a wealth of information and are not to be missed! Looking forward to seeing you in November!

Blog and Order: Legal Q & A Panel

Blog and Order: Legal Q & A Panel

Dear Attendees,

In preparing for this year’s 2015 FABlog Conference, please consider what questions you would like answers to from our “Blog and Order: Legal Q&A Panel” licensed and practicing attorneys. Our three panelists are Francis Rushford, Esq., Kelly Bagla, Esq. and Assly Sayyar, Esq. They will be available to answer questions and provided legal information in the following topic areas:

  1. Forming your own business.
  2. Trademarking and trade name registration.
  3. Copyright
  4. Copyright infringement
  5. Governing and operating your business.
  6. Contract drafting and signing
  7. Raising capital for your business – loans, crowd funding, solicitation of investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  8. Defamation and online harassment.
  9. Patents
  10. Hiring employees and collaborating with other businesses

Please email your questions to assly@vistalawyer.net and label the subject line “FABLOG 2015 QUESTIONS” by no later than October 30, 2015.  Our Panelists will consider the questions submitted and some will be chosen to be answered based on topic, scope, length, popularity, time constraints, and legal ethics.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, do NOT pose questions in which you disclose personal or fact specific details of an actual legal dispute as disclosure of such information or discussion during the panel event will NOT be confidential or privileged. The panelist CANNOT and WILL NOT give legal advice of any kind nor does submitting a question or attending the panel create any attorney client relationship. The panel and its contents are informational only and the panel does NOT substitute or take the place of the advice of legal counsel or representation. In participating in this panel and answering questions, the panelists do NOT promise, guarantee, or otherwise agree to take any case or client nor do they promise or guarantee any outcome or result from any legal dispute or transaction.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your questions!

Your 2015 Blog and Order Panel

NEW Special Session Announcement 2015

We are very excited to announce a special Blogger session we are adding for Friday November 13, 2015 Afternoon- 2pm-5pm.

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

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!

Speaker Biography:

Missy Berggren HeadshotMissy Berggren (@marketingmama) 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 Minnesota Blogger Conference and the director of strategic planning for Social Media Breakfast of Minneapolis/St. Paul. You can find Missy online at marketingmama.com and across social channels as “Marketing Mama.”

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

You won’t want to miss this fun session to hone your skills before the weekend kicks into high gear! We hope to see you there!

Feel free to leave a comment if you will be coming to this session!

2015 Open Call for Speakers

We are beginning to plan for the third annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. As part of this we must organize the agenda and speakers for #FABlogCon 2015.  The Call for Speakers and Ideas will be open for 4 weeks, closing on January 20th, 2015.  We look forward to creating another memorable conference, strengthening our friendships, support networks, and making new connections!

Please fill out our Open Call for Speakers Submission Form

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We thank you for your interest in becoming a presenting speaker at the third annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, November 13-15, 2015.

*Please note: No prior speaking experience is necessary for consideration. Submission of form does not guarantee acceptance. All entries will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted regarding interest and availability in participating. If you are submitting as a single speaker, please be aware we may add complementary speakers to a panel for a rounded out presentation. We only have select number of open topics available, and will chose those we find with widest appeal, importance of topic, and strong or original content. We will keep submission ideas for future conference planning if unable to use all this year as there are only so many agenda sessions available.  Further, be advised that we do not pay speaker fees though speakers do receive free conference attendance ticket.

We will review all submissions and notify you via email by February 15, 2015 if your proposal moves to the next phase of planning.

#FABlogCon 2015 Sneak Peek Details!

We are actively working on  plans for the next Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, and we think you will be excited by what’s in store for 2015!

#FABlogCon 2015 will be held November 13-15, in Denver Colorado. Registration details, Eventbright ticket sales and Sponsorship information will be released in the next few weeks. The event will be held at the Denver Renaissance Hotel, (near the old Stapleton Airport)-

Based on the survey results you filled out after the 2014 event, and in consideration of the 2013 results as well, the 2015 conference will be moving to a new city, and a SMOKE FREE hotel! We have taken into consideration aspects from our event in Vegas that made the conference easy for our guests and our sponsors. We know that safe food is imperative, but we also need to accommodate attendees with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and other related issues. Plans will be put in place to make sure that we accommodate everyone.  The Denver Renaissance will be offering us comparable block room rates, and they offer complimentary shuttle to and from the Denver International Airport (or it’s only a $35 cab fare).

We fully realize the importance of getting the food “right” (SAFE!) – so with that in mind we will be hiring Chef Keith Norman to help with both the menu creation as well as coming to the new site to do staff training prior to the 2015 conference date; to ensure the safety of our guests and their dietary restrictions. The Denver Renaissance is looking forward to partnering and eager to host our event! We are so excited to be bringing our Food Allergy Bloggers Conference to the Mile High City! 

 

2014 Review Round-up

Did you miss #FABlogCon 2014? Are you wondering what the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is all about? Or perhaps like me, you simply miss all the amazing people you met there and want to reminisce about all the fun that we had!

Our Sponsored Celebrity Photo Booth was so much fun! Celebrity Photo Booth

Huge “Thank You!” to our friend and supporter, Ritesh Patel for creating these:

Instagram photo collections on Iconsquare

Storehouse video/story clip

Ritesh’s AWESOME Vimeo video interviews! (These are fantastic! ~ Anyone else homesick for our next visit after seeing these?)

Heidi Bayer, of Brooklyn Allergy Mom blog said  “I have told my child that it’s great to meet people online, but it’s even better to meet them in person. This year’s FABlogcon was just that – I got to meet my favorite food allergy bloggers in person” :

Colette Martin, author and blogger at Learning to Eat Allergy-Free said  “Suffice it to say that there is no event quite like this one, where the entire food allergy community can come together and feel safe, loved, and understood. “  in her recap of #FABlogCon2014.

Kelly Kurzhal, from Raising Jack with Celiac raves “The 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sept. 26-28), was a HIT! Packed with lots of great speakers, break-out sessions, networking and brainstorming, it was fun, informative and inspiring.”

Maya Trimner of Maya’s Happy Place, wrote “I have to say I have never been more honored to be among such an amazing group of people and am so grateful to be able to have a platform for my voice about a topic that needs to be talked about much more often in the food allergy community.”  

Kathryn of Mamacado (her blog name makes me giggle! So clever!) said “…this conference was different. All the attendees had a common bond that was very personal. Everyone was there to learn, share and connect about food allergies and sensitivities, or “custom eaters” as I’ve heard it called lately.”

Erica Dermer, blogger, and author of Celiac and the Beast said “FABlogCon is one of the best events for me personally, because I get to connect with everyone in the food allergic/GF community from across the country. I also get one-on-one time with amazing gluten-free/food-allergy-friendly sponsors like Enjoy Life Foods, Pascha Chocolate, Nature’s Path, Sunbutter, and more” The “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is always full of superstars. FABlogCon is truly where you can meet the movers & shakers in the food allergic/gluten-free community. If you are a blogger in the food allergic world, you need to be at this event.”

Brynn Hadler of Allergy Bytes came all the way from Australia! ~ Here is what she wrote : “Like last year’s inaugural event, the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was a resounding success as participants were educated, entertained, and well fed. So what was different about this year?   Heroes. That’s what.”

If you have a Blog Post review, Please email us the link at Fablogcon@gmail.com, Tweet us @fablogcon or post in the comments!~ And we will get yours added here too! As always, Thank you ALL for your ongoing support and contributions, You are what make this whole event possible, wonderful, and worthy!

I will close with a sneak peek at our 2014 Montage Promotional video! 🙂

Elisa Camahort Page

Speaker Announcement: BlogHer Co-Founder and COO Elisa Camahort Page

Join us in welcoming #BlogHer‘s Elisa Camahort Page to #FABlogCon! The Co-Founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. will be speaking about “The Power of Your Written Words” as we open September 27th’s Sanofi-sponsored “Wine and Sign” event! 

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa oversees events, PR, Social, Research, and Content & Creative Services. With Elisa leading the BlogHer events business, it has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to many diverse events that hosted nearly 4,000 attendees in 2014. Elisa’s work leading consumer insights and public relations has resulted in coverage from many leading media outlets, including USA TODAY, New York Times, Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, CNBC Squawk box, CBS This Morning, TODAY Show, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Elisa Camahort Page

Elisa Camahort Page

Together, BlogHer’s co-founders were named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, in the Ernst & Young Winning Women Class of 2011, and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine. In 2011, they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has also been honored as an NCWIT Hero, an AlwaysOn Power Player, and as one of the AWM’s Sixty@60.

Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and SXSW V2V, Advisory Board for Food on the Table, the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute, the Advisory Board for Our Hen House and as a Member of the Digital Hollywood Women’s Entertainment and Technology Board.

Notable past BlogHer speakers in the past have included: President Barack Obama, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Kerry Washington, Jenny Lawson, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, and Amy Sedaris. The event recently celebrated its 10th year. FABlogCon’s own Jenny Sprague spoke at BlogHer Food this past year and Elisa serves as a founding advisory panel member for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.

Elisa is a wonderful and engaging speaker as well as being an inspiring entrepreneurship success story. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to hear her message and meet with her in Las Vegas next month!

(We’re thrilled and honored that she will be joining us!)

– Jenny and Homa
http://www.fablogcon.com/

Things to See and Do While in Las Vegas

No one roundup can do the options Las Vegas has to offer justice but we put out a call online to locals for their tips and suggestions and below are some of their recommendations.  If you have to see one thing while you’re in Las Vegas, it probably would be the Fountains at the Bellagio.  Remember that it will likely still be pretty warm in September so be sure to pack a bathing suit or swim trunks to get some pool time in.

ON “THE STRIP”

“The Strip” refers to the length of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Our conference hotel, the South Point Hotel and Casino, is located at 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89183.  Here are some attractions you may want to check out:

Restaurants at The South Point
The same wonderful attention to food allergy safety that you’ll enjoy as an attendee for dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, and breakfast/lunch Sunday is available on a personalized level at South Point restaurants.  Two in particular come highly recommended in our chats with staff – Silverado Steakhouse and the elegant Michael’s.

The Linq High Roller
The High Roller (catchy name, right?) is the world’s largest observation wheel.  Each cabin holds 40 people so you can buy tickets or rent out an entire cabin for a private party.

Minus5 Ice Bar
A unique experience – enjoy a drink while pretending you’re in an ice palace (for Frozen fans) or fortress of solitude (for Superman fans).  See pictures here.  

Cirque du Soleil
Some of our favorites?  “O” at the Bellagio is a water show and “Ka” at the MGM is great if you enjoy watching martial arts.  (Check here for deals/discounts.)

Bellagio

– Bellagio Fountains (and Conservatory)
Watch water dance and soar to music.  Wander inside the Bellagio to see the floral and blown glass displays as well.  If you are up for a walk, take the tram from the Bellagio to see Crystals, Aria, and other City Center attractions/shopping.  You can also see the world’s biggest chocolate fountain!

OFF “THE STRIP”

Red Rock Canyon
Natural beauty is not too long of a drive away – see the titular red rocks on the scenic loop or park and hike for a while.  If you don’t mind a longer drive, check out Valley of Fire State Park.

– The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas.  Downtown has its own unique vibe (check out the Fremont Street Experience) and this museum gives you a little bit of Las Vegas history to boot.

Springs Preserve

– The Springs Preserve
History, conservation, and native plants and animals are all available to explore.

Near Lake Mead

– Hoover Dam and O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge between NV and AZ
Tour the power plant or walk along the dam.  You’ll get a great view of the recently completed O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge.  If you’re into cycling, there’s the River Mountains Loop Trail – rent a bike and get a 30+ mile ride in over scenic paved trails.

– The Neon Museum
See old school Vegas signs up close in the Neon Boneyard.  Great place for photographs (though they do charge a fee).

The Red Velvet Cafe
Craving gluten free and vegan red velvet cake?  This may be the stop for you – of course inquire about any specific allergies and concerns but this is a popular stop for locals.

SHOPPING

The Fashion Show Mall

Las Vegas Outlet Malls

You can also search the Las Vegas events calendar for more ideas or email homa@fablogcon.com if you are looking for a specific recommendation or suggestion!  If anyone would like to get a group together to check out a specific attraction, do let us know.  You’ll receive information about shuttles from the hotel to the northern parts of “the Strip” or we can assist you with other arrangements.

Special thanks from Homa to her friends that contributed ideas for this list.