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Jun 13, 2017

SheKnows Media Welcomes World-Renowned Athletes to Speak at #BlogHer17 on June 24, Including Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece and Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez

NEW YORK, NY –  June 13, 2017 – SheKnows Media, a leading women’s media company reaching 60 million unique visitors per month (comScore) and more than 300 million social media fans, today announced its #WinningWomen panel and upcoming content series. The panel will be moderated by Donna Orender, a former All America and Professional basketball player prior to becoming a senior executive for the PGA Tour and then WNBA President. The most recent additions to the Winning: Passion and Perseverance keynote on June 24th at #BlogHer17 in Orlando is volleyball legend and Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Reece and gymnast and Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez.

The all-star panel, which also includes Dani Rylan, Founder and Commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League and Jessi Miley-Dyer, World Surf League Women’s Commissioner, will focus on the important role female athletes play as an inspiration to women and girls, and how playing sports can influence self-esteem and future success. It will also explore how these women athletes use their considerable social media reach and influence for good.

Orender will kick off the panel with an opening Spotlight Talk on the inner athlete in us all.

“We are all athletes in our commitment to be the best we can be in our lives,” she said. “Whether we realize it or not, we all share the core values that make athletes great – persistence, determination and commitment. The conversation will be a very relevant one for everyone in the audience.”

In addition to the #Winning, Reece will participate in another soon-to-be-announced #BlogHer17 keynote titled, “Advice to My Younger Self.” Taking place on June 24th, this keynote will give tweens who are part of Hatch, SheKnows Media’s digital literacy and citizenship program, an opportunity to ask a panel of women who are dominating in their fields – whether sports or professional modeling – their most pressing questions about surviving puberty, middle school, college and beyond. More to come about this exciting addition to the conference.

“I’m excited to participate in #BlogHer17 to discuss ways we can take proactive roles in creating the environment we want, whether it’s in the work space, navigating body image or simply learning from one another about how to live our best lives,” Reece said.

Samantha Skey, President of SheKnows Media, added, “We admire athletes for their unabashed drive and ability to confront and overcome advertising to win. This is especially true for women athletes, who are increasingly claiming their rightful place in the spotlight across a wide spectrum of sports – including traditionally male-dominated pursuits like ice hockey and surfing. We are thrilled to welcome Gabrielle, Donna, Laurie, Dani and Jessi to the stage at #BlogHer17 to talk about what it takes to win, and how they wield their influence to support causes they believe in, and what they plan to conquer next.” 

#BlogHer17 is a premier conference for women content creators that attracts more than 2,000 women bloggers, vloggers, writers, social media influencers, entrepreneurs, industry luminaries, brand executives and thought leaders each year. To register for or learn more about #BlogHer17, click here. More information about SheKnows Media can be found at www.sheknowsmedia.com.


About SheKnows Media

SheKnows Media is a top women’s lifestyle digital media company that averages more than 70 million unique visitors per month (comScore) and reaches 318 million social media fans and followers. The company operates a family of leading media properties that include SheKnows.com, BlogHer.com, STYLECASTER.com and HelloFlo.com. SheKnows Media also organizes the conference #BlogHer17, the largest annual celebration of women online content creators, social media influencers and brand executives, taking place in Orlando, June 22-24, 2017. With a mission of women inspiring women, SheKnows Media is revolutionizing the publishing industry by forging a new kind of model that seamlessly integrates users, editors and content creators onto a single platform designed to empower all women to discover, share and create. Whether it’s parenting or pop culture, fashion or food, DIY or décor, our award-winning editorial team, Experts, bloggers and social media influencers produce authentic and on-trend content every day. We dig deep to learn what makes our audience tick, revealing unexpected insights on women and digital media. Our robust, end-to-end suite of premium branded content and influencer marketing solutions generate nearly 1 billion ad impressions per month (sources: DFP), allowing brands to distribute authentic content and integrated advertising at scale.

SheKnows Media is based in New York and Scottsdale, Ariz., with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. We also operate internationally in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.


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