About our guests:
Jory Des Jardins
Co-Founder and President of Strategic Alliances
Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances and lead evangelist to top revenue partners. With Jory’s leadership, BlogHer has developed its own distinctive brand of strategic partnership, helping to facilitate constructive dialogue between some of the world’s major brands and women who are social media leaders and their readers.
BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2010- 2013, as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek, and as Innovator Of The Year by InfusionSoft. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes for 2010-2012. Together, BlogHer’s co-founders were in the Ernst & Young Winning Women Class of 2011, have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company, and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine. In 2011, they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award.
Jory is BlogHer’s representative on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Board of Directors and serves on the advisory board of start-ups FeedBlitz and Juno Baby. Jory also serves on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations, The Coach initiative and Mothers and More.
Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Jory helped high-technology start-ups Pluck and Rojo develop the models to launch successful blog syndication initiatives and served as producer while Third Age transitioned from traditional web destination to a network of bloggers. Jory also worked in print media at Penguin Books, The New York Times Syndicate, and Time, Inc. She moved to digital media in 1999, working at a new media startup, and has been digital ever since.
Jill Nystul is the creative force behind the blog “One Good Thing by Jillee”. She launched her site in 2011 on a simple premise – to sort through the clutter of life and share one good thing with her readers each day. Millions of people now look to “Jillee” each month for tips on living a more frugal and healthy life. Jill especially loves to show her readers how to “stick it to the man” by DIY’ing everything from laundry detergent to toothpaste. The success of her blog lead to a deal with Putnam Books to publish a book about her life and blog that will be available Mothers Day 2014. She is a 2013 Parent’s Magazine Blog Award Winner. She has been featured on HuffingtonPost.com, ApartmentTherapy.com, BonAppetit.com, LifeHacker.com, TheKitchn.com, TheHomesteadSurvival.com, MSN Money, DamselsInSuccess.com, Time Out for Women, and is a regular contributor to the Blendtec Blog, Viewpoints and BonBon Break. In her former life Jill was an Emmy award-winning producer and now regularly shares her own good things on local television. Jill and “the hubster” have 4 kids and live just outside of Park City, Utah.