Speakers 2016

  • Lisa Delaney - 2016 Keynote - @FFG_Lisa

    Lisa Delaney - 2016 Keynote

    During her 30-plus years as a journalist, Lisa has written for and edited fitness, health and nutrition publications such as Health magazine, Cooking Light and Prevention. She is the founding editor of Spry Living magazine, distributed via newspapers to 9 million households each week. Lisa is also the author of Secrets of a Former Fat Girl: How to Drop Two, Four — or More! —Dress Sizes and Find Yourself Along the Way, her memoir chronicling her own fitness and health journey. In her keynote, she’ll share her advice on breaking through in publishing, creative new ways of reaching readers, and how your fitness journey can fuel your professional career.

  • Brooke Randolph, LMHC - @ChoosingChange

    Brooke Randolph, LMHC

    Brooke Randolph, LMHC, is a counseling therapist in private practice based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the mental health expert contributor at DietsInReview.com, a national diet and fitness column. When Brooke first started her counseling practice, she made ends meet by teaching Latin dance classes. As an adoptive, step-, and grandmother, these days she does more dancing in the car than in the studio. She has traded in her heels for boxing gloves to keep workouts interesting.

    She believes that emotional and physical health are intimately connected, integrating research on dietary interventions and neurotransmitter support into her work.

    Brooke is a Young Professionals Advisory Board member for The Villages, Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, and a contributing author to the book Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues. Brooke’s primary motivation is to encourage, equip, and empower parents and individuals to make changes that strengthen their lives, careers, and families.

    Find Brooke on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

  • Schnelle Acevedo - @bklynactivemama

    Schnelle Acevedo

    Nellie is a healthy living/parenting blogger that works full time in Corporate America as a manager by day and magically turns into a blogging ninja by night. Nellie has two boys (4- and 7-years old) and created BrooklynActiveMama.com because she believes that we can all find time for fitness (especially moms!). Her Brand Ambassadorships includes MiraFit, Wellcoin, Balance Bar, Ronald McDonald House, and Eleven By Venus Athletic wear (to name a few). Nellie teaches a weekly Zumba class and has recently completed her first full marathon this past November. Nellie also has a strong weakness for Reality TV, 90s hip hop and lipstick. 

  • Kristin Meekhof - @Kristinmeekhof

    Kristin Meekhof

    Kristin Meekhof is a speaker, writer, runner, yogi and author of the book, A Widow’s Guide to Healing (with cover blurbs from her friend Deepak Chopra, MD and Maria Shriver- Sourcebooks, 2015). Kristin is also a contributor to the Live Happy book (HarperElixir, 2016).

    She is a  licensed master’s level social worker, obtained her B.A. from Kalamazoo College, and completed the M.S.W. program at the University of Michigan. Recently, Kristin was invited to the United Nations to attend the CSW60 conference where she introduced Lord Loomba.  She can be reached via her website.

  • Jill Grunenwald - @jill_Grun

    Jill Grunenwald

    Jill Grunenwald is the blogger behind The Year of the Phoenix where she challenges her readers to be their own hero. Her own healthy living journey has had its ups and downs, which she has always been transparent about and shares in her uniquely authentic and sometimes sarcastic voice.

    A 3x half-marathoner, Jill proudly represents the back of the pack at every race she runs. In the summer of 2015 she started a podcast dedicated to her fellow slow runners. After turning to Kickstarter to help with the financial costs, she not only hit her goal within the first 24 hours, by the end of the campaign she had nearly doubled it. Her Running With Police Escort podcast launched June 12, 2015 and two weeks later at FitBloggin ‘15 she gave an Ignite presentation about being a slow runner, which can be viewed here.

    She has her MLIS from the University of Kentucky and currently works as a staff librarian at a digital content distributor based in Ohio. She is a fiercely loyal and proud resident of Cleveland. Her three favorite words are All Day Breakfast.

    Find Jill on TwitterFacebookInstagram.

  • Steve Carmichael - @RunBuzz

    Steve Carmichael

    Steve Carmichael is founder of the RunBuzz running community,  host of the RunBuzz podcast and is a USATF/RRCA certified running coach. He coaches runners locally through his running club as well as all over the world in distances from the 5k to the ultra marathon. 

     In 2007, after a mild health scare due to years of poor exercise and eating habits, Steve went out for a short run as part of re-establishing a healthy lifestyle. For nearly six months, he despised every single step he took. Whether it was pure willpower or just obsessive stubbornness, he eventually learned to love running and the entire running community which he serves. What started out as a single uncomfortable step has led to a healthier lifestyle and the creation of RunBuzz, which is geared toward helping adults with training, accountability, and becoming masters of their own fitness journey. 

    In addition to training runners with the physical aspects of running, he specializes in working with adults who struggle with low motivation, poor exercise habits, poor time management, lack of willpower, fear, self confidence, procrastination issues, and other mental mind games that become a barrier to those wanting to achieve their fitness potential. 

    Find Steve on Twitter and Facebook. 

  • Jessica Woodbury - @jessicaesquire

    Jessica Woodbury

    Jessica Woodbury started blogging in 2001 and has been on her current blog, Don’t Mind the Mess, since 2007. After practicing criminal law, she was able to start a second career in marketing thanks to her experience writing, managing social media, and working with brands. She founded the innovative Homemaker Blogger Program at Wayfair.com where she was a member of their SEO team. She is currently a Business Development Manager at CJ Affiliate by Conversant, where she helps bloggers monetize through affiliate marketing.

    A regular conference speaker, Jessica is also a contributor for The Huffington Post and Book Riot. Her writing has been featured on Scary Mommy, Parents Magazine, and Care.com. She is the Co-Director and Producer of Listen To Your Mother Boston. She lives in Boston with her two children.

    Find Jessica on Twitter.

  • David Garcia - @KeepItUpDavid

    David Garcia

    David Garcia is the Los Angeles-based writer behind Keep It Up, David, a health, food, and weight loss blog that chronicles David’s efforts to maintain his 160-pound loss. Now in its sixth year, Keep It Up, David has inspired countless readers through honest, candid, and thoughtful posts that share his successes, struggles, and everything in between.

    David has discussed his weight loss on TV, appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Home & Family,” “The Doctors,” and “The Jeff Probst Show.” His story has been featured on the AOL.com home page, featured in newspapers across Canada, and in an informercial starring his friend and mentor Richard Simmons.

    This will be David’s third FitBloggin’ conference, and he is psyched to lead a small group discussion! Last year, in Denver, he gave a well-received Ignite Fitness presentation on the absolutely grueling sport of stair racing, which you can watch here.

    Find David on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

  • Rocky Walls - @RockyWalls

    Rocky Walls

    Rocky Walls has one simple belief at the intersection of his personal and professional life: people need connections and the best ones come from communication that’s real and simple.

    Rocky frequently speaks and advises on the subject of video strategy, drawing upon his experience overseeing the production of thousands of videos through his company, 12 Stars Media, and their video production platform, Candidio.

    A communicator to the core, all work and no play wouldn’t really bother Rocky, but he has his fun too: he loves to hang out with his wife and two boys, and together they’re Disney fanatics who visit Disney Parks annually. He’s an amateur chef (though he won’t tell us if he wears an apron), and believes whatever you can get out of a box or in a restaurant, you can make at home if you try, by golly. And like any real professional in the video biz, he’s an avid fan of watching movies. 

    Find Rocky on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Jamie King - @jamiekingfit

    Jamie King

    Jamie King is founder of Fit ApproachFlex & Flow Yoga, and SweatGuru. A natural-born hustler, she leads business development, marketing and social media strategy for the three brands. Her other passions include ultra running, yoga, and using her blender wizardry to create the perfect smoothie. 

    She has been featured in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, SELF, Business Insider, INC, Entrepreneur and Lucky Magazine and is a contributing writer for Huffington Post. She has also appeared on KTLA, WGN Chicago, Good Day Sacramento, NBC Madison, NBC San Diego, and SheKnows TV. She has been a featured speaker at IDEAWorld, FitBloggin’, and the Twitter Small Business Forum.

    Find Jamie on Instagram and Twitter.

  • Shera Strange - @StrangeFitness

    Shera Strange

    Shera Strange has been a fitness professional for ten years and counting! Her certifications and experience include Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Cycle Instructor, Mat Pilates Instructor, Amateur triathlete, 5K runner, weight lifter, Muddy Buddy enthusiast, and fitness event volunteer!

    Her years of experience have afforded her the opportunity to develop the ability to understand the needs of people, and relate to clients who are beginning a fitness regimen for the first time.  She uses her knowledge and ingenuity to foster their progress in spite of health and weight related issues.

    Her clientele is diverse: from minor league baseball players to those engaged in cardiac rehab, and even recent amputees. She specializes in weight loss, functional training, bodyweight training, and balance, flexibility, and toning. From the weekend warrior to the gym novice, she offers realistic goals, and achieves results!

    Find Shera on Twitter.

  • Angela Gillis - @WeBeatFat

    Angela Gillis

    Angela Gillis lost 200 pounds and found a new life. Spreading motivation and inspiration on her blog is her main goal. When she’s not running and traveling, she can be found reading and cooking up some great meals!

    Find Angela on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Dr. Pamela Reilly - @DrPamela1

    Dr. Pamela Reilly

    Dr. Pamela Reilly is a friendly, approachable, and at times hilarious Naturopathic Physician dedicated to helping people improve the health of their body, mind and spirit using natural, integrative methods. She recognizes that emotional baggage often causes challenges in physical health, goal completion, and the ability to make positive changes. An expert at emotional release techniques, she created a proven method of releasing the root cause of lifestyle challenges so her clients can achieve their goals and be set free from limiting habits and beliefs. In addition to her many degrees, certifications, and 25 years of experience, she rides a motorcycle. Does your doctor do that?

    Find Pamela on Twitter

  • Dawn Jackson Blatner - @djblatner

    Dawn Jackson Blatner

    Dawn Jackson Blatner is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. Dawn is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, a food and nutrition blogger with Huffington Post, and a nutrition expert on the advisory board of SHAPE Magazine. She is the author of two books: The Flexitarian Diet, ranked a top plant-based diet by US News & World Report, and The Superfood Swap, coming out at the end of 2016. Dawn recently starred in and won the hit primetime ABC television show My Diet Is Better Than Yours.  Connect with Dawn before the conference at her website DawnJacksonBlatner.com.

    Find Dawn on …

    Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

  • Margo Porras - @ ShesNachoMama

    Margo Porras

    Margo Porras has been named a “Top 10 Mom Blogger” and a “Blogger to Know in 2014” by Latina Magazine. As a cast member of the popular “Mommalogues” show on Sheknows.com, she received Digiday Awards in 2012 and 2013, beating out media outlets such as PBS and CBS Sports. She has been featured in Woman’s Day, Latina and on such popular health podcasts as “The Lifestyle Accountability Show” and “Half Size Me”. In addition to her personal blog, Nacho Mama’s Blog, Margo is the co-hosts the popular podcast, “Book VS Movie” with Fitbloggin alum Margo D. (@BrooklynFitChik). She also hosts a vlog on Youtube and her personal podcast “Nacho Mama’s Podcast” (lifestyle/health).