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Sunday, June 22
 

12:00am EDT

Contest Hub
With so many cool contests, we thought to list them all in one place! 

Sponsor Scavengar Hunt
Prize: iRetreat 2015 Prize Pack (iRetreat 2015 ticket + $200 Visa GC)
Hashtag: #Hunt2014 #iRetreat2014
Timeframe: 6/22 (1:00 pm) -  6/23 (11:00 pm)

Passion Roses
Prize: 100 Stems of Roses
Hashtag: #PassionRoses #SharethePassion #iRetreat2014
Timeframe: Begins at Cocktail Party, 6/22; Ends 6/27

Mussemans Lunch Twitter Contest
Prize: 
Hashtag: #LoveMusselmansApple #iRetreat2014
Timeframe: Lunch, 6/23 (12:00-1:00 pm)

Bricks 4 Kidz Bricktastic Birthday
Prize: $150 off Birthday Party 
Hashtag: #Bricks4Kidz #iRetreat2014
Timeframe: Sunday, 6/22 (1:00 pm) - Monday, 6/23 (1:00 pm)


Sunday June 22, 2014 12:00am - 12:30am EDT
Hershey Lodge

1:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Unique Pitches and Proposals Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the skills and tools you'll need to turn a pitch or proposal into a 'yes' with hands-on feedback from a seasoned blogger. 

Speakers
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Kelly Whalen

CEO, Whalen Media, LLC
Kelly Whalen is the founder of Centsible Life, (thecentsiblelife.com)a blog where motherhood and money meet. Her goal is to help readers live well on less. Kelly is a mom to 4, and combines family life with her passions for writing, personal finance, & social media. You can often... Read More →


Sunday June 22, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Magnolia C

3:00pm EDT

Wow Sponsors with Amazing Photos Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your phone and camera to this hands-on workshop for photographers of all skill levels. Learn to take pictures that will raise your sponsored post and Instagram game.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Kauffman

Amy Kauffman

Looksi Square, Looksi Bite and A Nest for All Seasons
www.aNESTforallseasons.com


Sunday June 22, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Magnolia A

4:30pm EDT

A Sweet Welcome to #HersheyPA (Speakers Only)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Sunday June 22, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 3338

7:00pm EDT

Opening & Keynote
Welcome to iRetreat 2014! We're so excited to have two of the most successful online influencers at our event. From Vera and Audrey: "Partnerships in social media can be game-changers for digital influencers. How can you work together with others that share the same space?  What relationships can you build and work on together?  We will be sharing all these tips!"

Speakers
BD

Bridgette Duplantis

Co-Owner/Manager, Experimental Mommy
avatar for Cecelia Mecca

Cecelia Mecca

Double Duty Divas
Online Influencer Since 2007 | Double Duty Divas/iRetreat Conference | Curriculum Specialist | Education PhD


Sunday June 22, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Crystal A

8:00pm EDT

10:00pm EDT

Night Owls: Being Profitable Mastermind
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's talk about the difference between being busy and being profitable. 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Morris

Dan Morris

Dan R Morris is a blog revenue coach hosting workshops, mastermind groups, classes and a forum to help bloggers become smarter about making money, spending time, getting more efficient.


Sunday June 22, 2014 10:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
Empire A
 
Monday, June 23
 

8:00am EDT

8:30am EDT

Working with Brands sponsored by Rite Aid
Learn directly from two influential brands what they are looking for in partnerships with online influencers.

Monday June 23, 2014 8:30am - 9:15am EDT
Aztec

8:30am EDT

9:30am EDT

Getting Published in a Crowded Marketplace
Do you want to get published but feel that it's an impossible dream? Hang on to that dream. Writing a book or contributing to an anthology can help build your platform and accelerate your career to a new level. At this session, you'll get practical tips, resources and advice on how to make it happen.

Speakers

Monday June 23, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Cocoa Terrace

9:30am EDT

Online to On-Air: A Practical How-To
Learn the practical essentials of what it takes to go from the online world to being an on-air personality whether you're looking to further your personal brand or simply find out what it takes to get better opportunities as a brand ambassador in the media.

Speakers
SC

Sami Cone

Blogger, Radio Host and TV Correspondent
With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor... Read More →


Monday June 23, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Aztec

10:30am EDT

Morning Snack/Expo
Monday June 23, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Hershey Lodge

11:00am EDT

Making Adsense Work for You
Stats and Analytics are just information. Let's talk about how to use data (and what data to use) to make more money. With good data we can make decisions everyday that will increase our income. 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Morris

Dan Morris

Dan R Morris is a blog revenue coach hosting workshops, mastermind groups, classes and a forum to help bloggers become smarter about making money, spending time, getting more efficient.


Monday June 23, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Aztec

12:00pm EDT

Lunch Sponsored by Musselman's
Monday June 23, 2014 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Trinidad

1:15pm EDT

Creating a Content Strategy for Audience Growth & Engagement
In this session you’ll learn about creating a content strategy that can help you gain new readers and increase engagement. You’ll find out what types of posts will grow your site most, brainstorm new ideas, and create a content plan you can implement right away.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Bullock

Joel Bullock

Founder, The Coaster Critic
I love to share my knowledge of the theme park industry. Over the years I've been featured in national media outlets like The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Travel Channel and I've been a contributor on AOL’s travel blog, Gadling. I'm also always looking to bring something creative... Read More →


Monday June 23, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Aztec

2:30pm EDT

From Conference to Contract
In this session we'll talk about best practices for moving a brand relationship started at a conference toward a compensated partnership and give you some great hands-on follow-up tools as well.

Speakers

Monday June 23, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Aztec

2:30pm EDT

Trademarking Your Blog
Learn why trademarking your blog is vital in today's internet-focused world and the steps you need to take to successfully obtain your trademark from the USPTO.

Speakers
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Shannon Smyth

CEO, A Girls Gotta Spa!
Beauty blogger since 2005, social media consultant and recently launched A Girl's Gotta Spa! bath and body line in 2014.


Monday June 23, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Cocoa Terrace

3:30pm EDT

Afternoon Snack/Expo
Monday June 23, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Hershey Lodge

4:00pm EDT

Affiliate Marketing
Did you know that bloggers can be affiliate advertisers as well as publishers? This session will cover the best tools for integrating affiliate marketing into your editorial calendar as well as how tips for selling your services and creations (printables, ebooks, webinars, etc) as an affiliate advertiser. 

Speakers
avatar for Debbie  Bookstaber

Debbie Bookstaber

President, ElementAssociates.com & Mamanista.com
Debbie Bookstaber is the President of Element Associates, where she leads online marketing, affiliate marketing, search (SEO), blogger outreach, social media and strategic initiatives for her clients. Debbie blogs at Mamanista.com and Bloganthropy.org. She was picked as a “Top 25... Read More →


Monday June 23, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Cocoa Terrace

4:00pm EDT

Tales from the Dark Side: Shining a Light Into the PR Mind
How can bloggers best work with PR professionals? Betsy and Candice pull back the curtain and share a wealth of knowledge from their experience as digital strategists and social influencers. Welcome to the dark side!

Speakers
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Candice Kilpatrick

Online Community Manager, Kitchology
Kitchology is a mobile food platform that combines the power of community curation with technology to deliver the right food experience to families with specific diet needs. The app enables consumers to modify any recipe on the web to fit their nutritional goals, budget, and schedule... Read More →


Monday June 23, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Aztec

7:30pm EDT

Chocolate Challenge
Moderators
BD

Bridgette Duplantis

Co-Owner/Manager, Experimental Mommy
avatar for Cecelia Mecca

Cecelia Mecca

Double Duty Divas
Online Influencer Since 2007 | Double Duty Divas/iRetreat Conference | Curriculum Specialist | Education PhD

Monday June 23, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Chocolate World
 
Tuesday, June 24
 

8:30am EDT

Contential Breakfast
Tuesday June 24, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Hershey Lodge

9:00am EDT

Cram Session: Blog Design
How to Make Your Blog Stand Out with a focus on blog design, your sidebar, site navigation and categories, content and writing, photography, community and engagement, business pages, and more. 

Speakers
avatar for Mel Lockcuff

Mel Lockcuff

Owner/Blogger, MamaBuzz
Wife, Mom, Lifestyle Blogger, Social Media Strategist, Founder of MamaBuzz Media. Food, crafts, DIY projects, travel, style, awareness & more.


Tuesday June 24, 2014 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Aztec

9:30am EDT

Cram Session: Using Mainstream Media
It’s not always about social media!  Learn about utilizing traditional local media to further your blog, brand and image.


Tuesday June 24, 2014 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
Aztec

10:00am EDT

Chocolate Stretch Break
Tuesday June 24, 2014 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Hershey Lodge

10:15am EDT

Cram Session: Train Yourself to Think Creatively

Tired of the same old, same old? Looking to reinvigorate your creative spirit? In this hands-on session, we will explore ways to train yourself to approach situations, problems and life in general in a more creative way.


Speakers
JS

Joyce Shulman

Joyce brings a diverse background to her role as Macaroni Kids’ CEO.  She received her Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from St. John's University School of Law.  After law school, Joyce spent a dozen years as a... Read More →


Tuesday June 24, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am EDT
Aztec

10:45am EDT

Roundtables and Closing
One of the most popular sessions at iRetreat since 2009!

Speakers
BD

Bridgette Duplantis

Co-Owner/Manager, Experimental Mommy
avatar for Cecelia Mecca

Cecelia Mecca

Double Duty Divas
Online Influencer Since 2007 | Double Duty Divas/iRetreat Conference | Curriculum Specialist | Education PhD


Tuesday June 24, 2014 10:45am - 11:15am EDT
Aztec