As an author (I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, Sep. 2016), speaker, new media strategist and trainer, my expertise is in 3 spaces: pop culture, technology and activism. I present on topics related to brandingsocial media, blogging, digital marketing and online advocacy/activism, entrepreneurship and more. I can also speak to topics related to representation of minorities in media, feminism and race. I’ve spoken at the White House, done a TEDx talk and given a keynotes at several conferences. I have given talks around the globe in countries including: Haiti, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Barbados and Kenya.

As a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, moderator or panelist, I would love to bring one of my dynamic talks to your college, conference or business so if you’re looking for speakers, I’m ready! Take a look at my videos and my awards page.

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I can be reached at Luvvie at aweluv dot com.

Signature Workshops:

  • Blogging Masterclass: From Beginner to Boss
  • Branding in the Digital Age: It’s More Than Your Logo
  • Being Awesome Online: Social Media Strategy the Right Way
  • Using Social Media for Social Good  
  • Maintaining a Clean Online Reputation and Google Footprint

Let’s work together!


UPCOMING

 2016

* Global Fight Against AIDS (panel) – ONE Canada Leadership Summit (September 2016) – Montreal, Canada

* Black Lives Matter (panel) – UN Social Good Summit (September 2016) – New York, NY

Cultural Moments That Challenged America (panel) – ADCOLOR (September 2016) – Boca Raton, FL

* The Art of Branding (panel) – Pennsylvania Conference for Women (October 2016) – Philadelphia, PA

Think Differently: Feeling Confident about Taking the Lesser Known Path (panel) – Pennsylvania Conference for Women (October 2016) – Philadelphia, PA

The Power of NO (keynote) – W.E.L.L. Summit (November 2016) – New York, NY

* Crafting Vision Statements That Can (workshop) – W.E.L.L. Summit (November 2016) – New York, NY

* Branding Like a Boss (talk) – Coterie Retreat (December 2016) – New Orleans, LA

How to Impact Positive Change One Idea at a Time (panel) – Massachussetts Conference for Women (December 2016) – Boston, MA

2017

The Art of Branding: Positioning Yourself for YOUR Future (panel) – Watermark Conference for Women (February 2017) – San Jose, CA

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Speaking at the 2015 Coterie Retreat

Using Social Media for Social Good (talk) – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (February 2017) – Whitewater, WI

PAST

2016

* Using Comedy for Social Change: How Humor Brings People Together and Moves the Masses to Meaningful Action (panel) – BlogHer Conference (August 2016) – Los Angeles, CA

* Race Matters: A Look At Policing and Media Coverage In Black and Brown Communities – NABJ-NAHJ Convention (August 2016) – Washington, DC

Girls Who Tech: Digital Branding Strategies (workshop) – Black Girls Lead Conference (July 2016) – New York, NY

* Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count (moderator) – NAACP National Convention (July 2016) – Cincinnati, OH

* Between Us Girls (panel) – ESSENCEFest (July 2016) – New Orleans, LA

* Social Media Strategy for Small Businesses (workshop) – ESSENCEFest (July 2016) – New Orleans, LA

* Commencement Keynote – Gwendolyn Brooks Preparatory Academy (June 2016) – Chicago, IL

* “Reel” Change: Advancing Equity and Opportunity in Media (moderator) – United State of Women (June 2016) – Washington, DC

* Goal GetHer: Branding Your Way to Success (opening keynote) – Blavity EmpowerHER Conference (May 2016) – New York, NY

Your Name is Your Shield: How People Today Are Finding Their Roots (panel) – The White House (May 2016) – Washington, DC

* From Blog to Book (talk) – BookCon (May 2016) – Chicago, IL

* The Art of Nonfiction (panel) – Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog (May 2016) – Chicago, IL

* Closing Awards Ceremony (Host) – Bentonville Film Festival (May 2016) – Bentonville, AR

Social-tainment: How Minority Women Are Leading the Charge in Changing the Narrative of Entertainment through Social Media (panel) – Bentonville Film Festival (May 2016) – Bentonville, AR

* ROOTS Remake Talkback (panel) – DuSable Museum of African American History (May 2016) – Chicago, IL

* The Purposeful Community: Building and Sustaining an Awesome Community Online  (afternoon keynote) – Mom 2.0 Summit (April 2016) – Laguna Beach, CA

* Host – Ms.Foundation Gloria Awards After Party (April 2016) – New York City, NY

* Doing Business the Millennial Way (panel moderator) – The Dream Project (April 2016) – Atlanta, GA

* I’m Judging You: Do Better Online (talk) – The Grady Writing Center (April 2016) – Atlanta, GA

* Equal Payday Chicago (talk) – YWCA Chicago (April 2016) – Chicago, IL

Black History’s Future: Advancing Civil Rights Through Tech (panel) – Google (February 2016) – Washington, DC

Digital Magnetism: The Power of One Voice (panel) – BEAT of Viacom (February 2016) – New York, NY

* Creating a Personal Brand Style That Matches Your Voice and Values (opening keynote) – Alt Summit (January 2016) – Salt Lake City, UT

2015

* Building Your Audience Through Social Media (panel) – The Coterie Retreat (December 2015) – Barbados

* HIV/AIDS 101 (Workshop) – American University of the Caribbean (December 2015) – Les Cayes, Haiti

Social Media Marketing (Talk) – US Embassy in Haiti (December 2015) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Real Talk: Multicultural Social Influencers (panel) – Social Media Week Chicago (November 2015) – Chicago, IL

What Mainstream America Still Doesn’t Get About Black Twitter (panel) – Social Media Week Chicago (November 2015) – Chicago, IL

* Closing Keynote: The Pitch, Food Edition, and Innovator Interview (Judge) – BlogHer Food (November 2015) – Chicago, IL

* Blogging as the Future of Media (Talk) – Techne Summit (October 2015) – Alexandria, Egypt

* The Future of Media Innovation (Panel) – Techne Summit (October 2015) – Alexandria, Egypt

* Rosa Regale Empire Watch Party (Hosting) – October 2015 (Chicago, IL)

* Rosa Regale Empire Watch Party (Hosting) – September 2015 (Houston, TX)

* Mind the Gap: From Social to Mobile (talk) – US Conference on AIDS (September 2015) – Washington, DC

* Blogging 101: From Beginner to Boss (workshop) – Black Girls Lead Conference (July 2015) – New York, NY

* Girls Who Tech: Digital Branding Strategies (workshop) – Black Girls Lead Conference (July 2015) – New York, NY

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* Blogging 101 (workshop) – GlobalGirls Media (July 2015) – Remotely

* The Pitch: The Red Pump Project (keynote pitch) – BlogHer (July 2015) – New York, NY

* Blogging and Digital Storytelling (workshop) – GlobalGirl Media (June 2015) – Chicago, IL

* The Gloria Awards After Party (hosting) – The Ms.Foundation for Women (May 2015) – New York, NY

* Digital Media for Social Change (panel) – DePaul University School for New Learning (May 2015) – Chicago, IL

Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating Successfully in a Transformative Era (panel) – INTX: The Internet & Television Expo (May 2015) – Chicago, IL

* Using Your Platform to Advocate and Change the World (keynote panel) – Mom 2.0 Summit (April 2015) – Scottsdale, AZ

* Sharpening A Voice That Cuts Through The Chatter (talk) – Centric TV (April 2015) – New York, NY

* Awesomely Able: Wall slides to Successful Strides (talk)  – TEDxColumbiaCollegeChicago (April 2015) – Chicago, IL

* Verizon Presents How Tech Amplifies Your Voice (panel) – Black Women’s Expo (March 2015) – Chicago, IL

* Women in Social Media (panel) – Black Public Relations Society (March 2015) – Chicago, IL

* Journey Though Digital (talk) – Bloggers Association of Kenya (March 2015) – Nairobi, Kenya

* XFINITY Black Innovators in Tech (panel) – XFINITY Comcast (February 2015) – Philadelphia, PA

* Blogging Masterclass: Beginner to Boss (workshop) – Social Media Week Lagos (February 2015) – Lagos, Nigeria (remotely)

* Using Your Gifts to Enact Change: SELMA Movie Talkback (workshop) – Oakdale High School (remotely)

2014

* Bridging the Divide Between Africans and African Americans (moderator) – Nigerian American Professionals Association (November 2014) – Chicago, IL

* Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits (workshop) – Donor’s Forum (November 2014) – Chicago, IL

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I’m the one in the light blue in the front, in case you lost me amongst the high schoolers.

* Keynote with Issa Rae (moderator) – Blogalicious Conference (November 2014) – San Antonio, Texas

* Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (moderator) – Social Media Week Johannesburg (September 2014) – Johannesburg, South Africa

* Blogging MasterClass (workshop) – Social Media Week Johannesburg (September 2014) – Johannesburg, South Africa

* Being Authentically Awesome Online: 10×10 Project (community keynote) – BlogHer Conference (July 2014) – San Jose, CA

* WordPress Plugin Essentials (workshop) – BlogHer Conference (July 2014) – San Jose, CA

* Storytelling (talk) – Glappitnova Festival (July 2014) – Chicago, IL

* HIV 101: The Facts and Myths (workshop) – After School Matters (July 2014) – Chicago, IL

* Building Social Movements Through Social Media (workshop) – Free Spirit Media (July 2014) – Chicago, IL

* Innovators, Creators and Entrepreneurs: Taking Charge in the Tech Industry to Bridge the Gap (panel moderator) – Rainbow PUSH Convention (July 2014) – Chicago, IL

* Building Communities with 21st Century Technology (panel) – Rainbow PUSH Convention (July 2014) – Chicago, IL

* The Art of Revolution (panel) – Loc Appreciation Day (June 2014) – New York, NY

* Blogging 101: Crash Course (workshop) – GlobalGirl Media (June 2014) – Chicago, IL

* Our Brave New (Online) World (panel) – DePaul University School for New Learning (May 2014) – Chicago, IL

* Blogging MasterClass: From Beginner to Boss (workshop) – Social Media Week Lagos (February 2014) – Lagos, Nigeria

* There’s an App for that! How Smartphone Apps are changing Travel in Africa (panel) – Social Media Week Lagos (February 2014) – Lagos, Nigeria

* Branding: It’s More Than Your Logo (workshop) – New Media Expo (January 2014) – Las Vegas, NV

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Fireside Chat with Issa Rae at FOCUS 100 (October 2013). We didn’t dress alike on purpose.

2013

Dressing for College Success (workshop) – University of Illinois Chicago (November 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Being Great Online: Maintaining Your Online Reputation (workshop) – Texas Women’s University Cultural Connections Leadership Conference (November 2013) – Denton, TX

* Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Social Media and You (workshop) – Homefree-USA Reaching Millions Leadership and Training Conference (October 2013) – Nashville, TN

* Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How Feminism Has Changed Pop Culture—For Better and Worse (panel) – GeekGirlCon (October 2013) – Seattle, WA

* Laugh Riot: Using Humor as a Tool for Social Change! (panel) – GeekGirlCon (October 2013) – Seattle, WA

* Blogging and Content Marketing Strategy (workshop) – Content Jam (October 2013) – Chicago, IL

One-on-One Firesite Chat with Issa Rae (keynote moderator) – FOCUS100 (October 2013) – New York, NY

* All-Star Blogger Keynote (panel) – Blogalicious (October 2013) – Atlanta, GA

* XFINITY Comcast Scandal Watch Party (hosting) – Blogalicious (October 2013) – Atlanta, GA

* Social Media Content Strategy: Being Awesome Online (workshop) – Educating for Change Conference at UMass Dartmouth (September 2013) – Dartmouth, MA

* Branding in the Digital Age (workshop) – Social Media Week Chicago (September 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Blogging 101 Crash Course (workshop) – StoryStudio Chicago (September 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Unlimited Possibilities (panel) – The Ladies Who Lunch (September 2013) – Chicago, IL

Superwomen in Business: Power in Entrepreneurialism (panel) – LMO Foundation (September 2013) – Chicago, IL

The Power of Us – How Individuals and Organizations are Shaping the News (panel) – Why News Matters Summit (August 2013) – Chicago, IL

meelonjames* Our Brave New (Online) World (panel) – DePaul University School for New Learning (August 2013) – Chicago, IL

* “Half Women, Half Amazing” Fashion Show (co-host) – BlogHer Conference (July 2013) – Chicago, IL

* WordPress Plugin Essentials (workshop) – BlogHer Conference (July 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Using Social Media For a Cause (panel) – HOBY World Leadership Congress (July 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Blogging Your Story (workshop) – Global Girl Media (July 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Social Media for Business (workshop) – The Riverbank Social Media Conference (June 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Social Media Bootcamp for Teens (workshop) – GlobalGirl Media World Summit (June 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Turning Your Brand up to 11 with a Podcast (duo presentation) – Blogging While Brown Conference (June 2013) – New York, NY

The Beauty of Social Media (panel) – The Makeup Show (June 2013) – Chicago, IL

* Creating Great Content for Social Media: A Strategy Workshop (workshop) – NeighborWorks Symposium (May 2013) – Portland, OR

* Maintaining Your Online Reputation (workshop) – Using Voices (April 2013) – Chicago, IL

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa (panel) – MIT Africa Innovate Conference (March 2013) – Cambridge, MA

Blogging 101: Crash Course (workshop) – StoryStudio Chicago (March 2013) – Chicago, IL

Top Ten Black Innovators Awards (hosting) – SXSW Blacks in Tech Weekend (March 2013) – Austin, TX

Make Your Brain Twerk: Using Creativity, Humor and Tech to spread your message (panel) – South by Southwest (March 2013) – Austin, TX

#Scandal: How Television’s Hottest Show is Fueled by Social Media (panel) – South by Southwest (March 2013) – Austin, TX

Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (panel) – Social Media Week Lagos (February 2013) – Lagos, Nigeria

* Social Media for Nonprofits: Telling Your Story Through Blogging, Twitter and Facebook (workshop) – Womencare Counseling (January 2013) – Chicago, IL

Mobilizing Key Constituencies Online (workshop presentation) – Health Action Conference (January 2013) – Washington DC

2012

Teen Pregnancy Prevention workshop (workshop) – Austin People’s Action Center (December 2012) – Chicago, IL

Entrepreneurs in Digital Media (panel) – Pan-African Entrepreneurs Conference (November 2012) – Online

Impact of HIV/AIDS on Young People (solo presentation) – National Council of Women in the Diaspora (November 2012) – Chicago, IL

Social Media for Activism (solo presentation) – NEIU Empowerment Through Technology Day (October 2012) – Chicago, IL

Tech Opportunities in Politics (panel) – FOCUS100 (October 2012) – New York, NY

Blogging 101 (workshop) – StoryStudio Chicago (September 2012) – Chicago, IL

Blogging for Nonprofits (solo presentation) – Social Media for Nonprofits Chicago Conference (September 2012) – Chicago, IL

* Strategic Content Development Across Multiple Media: Onstage, Onscreen, and Online (panel) – BlogHer Conference (August 2012) – New York, NY

* Blogging 101 (workshop) – StoryStudio Chicago (July 2012) – Chicago, IL

* Twitter 101 (workshop) – StoryStudio Chicago (June 2012) – Chicago, IL

* SEO 101 Social Media Clinic (workshop) – Blogging While Brown Conference (June 2012) – Philadelphia, PA

Your Personal Brand: It actually Is All About You (Opening keynote trio presentation) – Blogging While Brown Conference (May 2012) – Philadelphia, PA

* Blogging for Advocacy (workshop) – New Leaders Council (May 2012) – Chicago, IL

The Importance of Making Responsible Choices with Your Body (duo presentation) – ACE Girls Lock-In (May 2012) – Chicago, IL

Social Media Seminar – How to market yourself and your products; the legalities of social media (duo presentation) – AFTRA Chicago (April 2012) – Chicago, IL

* Twitter 201: How to use Twitter for fundraising, public relations and and branding (duo presentation) – Chicago Social Media Summit (April 2012) – Chicago, IL

2011

* A Woman’s Worth (duo presentation) – “I Am Shero” Summit (October 2011) – Chicago, IL

* HIV/AIDS 101 (panel) – LucidWords Empowerment Teen Forum (October 2011) – Chicago, IL

* Utilizing Social Media to Engage the Community (webinar) – National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (August 2011) – Online

* Rock the Red Pump: Building an Online Community in Recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (duo presentation) – CDC National HIV Prevention Conference (August 2011) – Atlanta, GA

* Blogging and Social Media for Advocacy (workshop) – New Leaders Council (May 2011) – Chicago, IL

* Blacking It Up! Live Show (panel) – This Week in Blackness (April 2011) – New York, NY

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* Facebook for Nonprofits (duo presentation) – Chicago Social Media Summit (April 2011) – Chicago, IL

* Maintaining a Good Online Reputation (duo presentation) – AKA Teen Summit (March 2011) – Chicago, IL

* New Nonprofits (duo presentation) – Nonprofit Technology Conference (March 2011) – Atlanta, GA

2010

* Blogging 101: The Ten Commandments of Blogging (duo presentation) – Blogalicious Weekend (October 2010) – Miami, FL

* Humor Writing Lab (panel moderator) – BlogHer Conference (August 2010) – New York, NY

* Beyond Gossip, Hip Hop, Hair, and Politics: Bloggers as Change Agents and Educators (panel) – Blogging While Brown Conference (June 2010) – Washington DC

* Using Twitter to further your organization’s mission (workshop) – Community Media Workshop (May 2010) – Chicago, IL

* Getting the eWord Out (panel) – National LGBT Tobacco Control Network (February 2010) – Chicago, IL

2009

* Introduction to Social Media Strategy (duo presentation) – NeighborWorks Symposium (August 2009) – Chicago, IL

* Social Media and Twitter – How It Can Benefit Tutoring and Mentoring Programs (solo presentation) – Tutor-Mentor Conference (Nov. 2009) – Chicago, IL