Contributors

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of Webgrrls International, Chapter Leader of NYC Webgrrls, and the Founder of Digitalwoman.com. Nelly has been at the forefront of the woman's movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street J (...more)ournal's “woman on the IT fast track". She is a technical strategist, and an Internet, Web 2.0 and Social Media and marketing expert and consultant. Nelly writes and blogs about the tools and services of the tech industry and how to incorporate them into our personal and professional lives. Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and at the industries major events including WISE Symposium, Women's Enterprise Center, NY Daily News Small Biz Big Impact conference, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, WITI, Webgrrls, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0 Summit; BlogWorld, BizTechDay and has been a featured tech expert and appeared in INC Magazine, on the NBC Today Show, in Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay, O'Reilly, SmartMoney SmallBiz and on TechRepublic's Women's Radio and BlogWorld Radio. Digitalwoman.com is an Internet consulting practice helping small and mid-sized companies get online, manage their brands, and leverage the “Power of Internet" to realize their strategic online goals. Nelly resides in New York City.

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Over the past 4 years, Charlene Baker has held a variety of organizational efficiency, analytics and web roles with software and financial companies. She currently works in web marketing at Royce Funds where she is responsible for optimizing the corporate website, creating e-communications and brainstorming on the company's web strategy. Pri (...more)or to joining Royce Funds, Charlene was Business Analyst at ACL Services, the principal provider of Audit Analytics software. In this role, she led ACL's strategies and initiatives for improving the CRM interface design, sales analytics and training programs and resources. In 2004 Charlene joined Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a leading enterprise search software company. Here her focus was on managing the company-wide Intranet development project, highlighting user-friendly design and proper information architecture. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, education in Web Design & Usibility and is currently working on completing the UBC Award of Acheivement in Web Analytics, a program developed by UBC and the Web Analytics Association.

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CEO of Cybergrrl, Inc./Webgrrls International Kevin Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur and an Internet pioneer. In January 1995, he co-founded and funded Cybergrrl, Inc., publisher of the New Media industry's first three websites for women - CYBERGRRL.COM, WEBGRRLS.COM and FEMINA.COM and one of the first full-service Internet agencies, which speciali (...more)zed in developing online strategies and resources for women and girls. In April 1995, the company also organized the first Internet networking group for women, Webgrrls International, Inc., which now boasts over 100 chapters around the world throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and across the United States. In addition to consulting major corporations and non profit organizations about Internet, online marketing and ecommerce strategies, he is an advisor to several real world and Internet companies and venture capitalists about Internet business and the New Media industry. Kennedy is frequently asked to speak on behalf of the US State Department to foreign government representatives on the Internet industry and entrepreneurship and is a speaker around the country on topics such as marketing, building community and ecommerce. He has been featured in publications including Wall Street Journal, Information Week and Entrepreneur's Business Startups, in online publications including Salon.com, Techweb.com and cnet.com and has appeared in television and radio segments about the importance of understanding the women's market online. Cybergrrl, Inc. and Webgrrls International have been featured in publications including People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News and World Report, Newsweek, The New York Times and on CBS CNN, CNNFN, Cnet, Discovery Channel and LifetimeTV. Kennedy resides in New York City.

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Kristin Vincent is the Senior Information Architect and Manager of the Information Architecture Team at Barnes & Noble.com and was the project manager for the company's 2007 site-wide redesign. Prior to her role at B&N, Kristin was an Information Developer and Team Leader at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab where she designed data management softwa (...more)re and conducted user tests to ensure the designs scaled to a global audience. She then moved to IBM's Research Triangle Park Lab in North Carolina where she led the strategy to determine what demos and tutorials would be included with IBM's suite of tools for web application development. Kristin has a Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University focused on designing online environments. She earned a liberal arts certificate from Stanford University that centers on global and cultural studies and later earned a certificate in web technologies from the University of Washington's extension program. She also audited an information systems class at UC Berkeley and studied creative writing at Duke University. Kristin is on the steering committee for the New York City Webgrrls chapter of Webgrrls International. In her role as the Team Webgrrls Outreach Coordinator, she leads the program that teaches underprivileged girls about technology and shows them how fun and exciting technology can be. She has been a mentor with the iMentor program in the Bronx and was an active volunteer in the Global Communications Gallery at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. She also volunteered at IBM's annual EXITE Camp (Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering), which teaches middle school girls about careers in engineering. As a weekly contributor to the Webgrrls International Blog, Webgrrls Wisdom, Kristin focuses on how users interact in and with online environments and how designers can create information spaces that are innovative and easy to use. Kristin currently lives in New York City.

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