Our speakers are still being added, but we have a lot of AWEsome in store for you. Check out the speakers and panelists, along with their sessions below:

AWEsome Speakers and Panelists Include

Keynote: Todd Regan
The Power and Responsibility of Influence

Todd Regan is a Social Media/Marketing/PR influencer who uses the stage name “Dusty Sage” online. The owner of MiceChat.com and Sage Omni Media, Todd has saved the historic Walt Disney Birthplace, runs the Dick Van Dyke Foundation for the Performing Arts, and handles the marketing and social accounts for a number of theme park design companies. Todd is an advocate for giving back and volunteers half of his time to charitable causes.

Jill Parkin
Sandy Toes & Popsicles
Jill Parkin is the founder and voice behind the Southern California family lifestyle blog Sandy Toes & Popsicles – where she shares the best things to do with kids in Orange County, family travel, easy recipes, crafts, and family-friendly products. Having shared her adventures around Southern California online for over ten years now, Jill is widely known in the community as the go-to person on how to enjoy life with kids in the OC. Jill’s goal is to inspire moms (and dads) to seek out adventure in the community and to provide them with the tools and mindset to celebrate every day with their kids.She has an active Facebook page where she shares local tips, upcoming events, and her day-to-day thoughts and feelings. She often does Facebook live or video at local events to show first hand what to expect. Parents have come to trust her recommendations, and know her as being open and honest, as she is not afraid to share her flaws along with the good. 
 
Jill has partnered with many theme parks including Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, SeaWorld, Legoland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Great Wolf Lodge and more. She also previously worked on influencer outreach for Knott’s Berry Farm and has the inside scoop on what theme parks want and look for in influencers. She is currently a Berry Blogger for Knott’s Berry Farm, and uses her knowledge of the park to share exciting stories with readers across social media. 
 
Jill is excited to speak at AWEsome, and hopes that her knowledge will help other influencers achieve some of their theme park goals.
Not Just Another Theme Park Blogger
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Pattie Cordova
Living Mi Vida Loca

Pattie Cordova is an award-winning Latina lifestyle blogger and Travelocity ambassador at LivingMiVidaLoca.com, founder and EIC of SoCal-centric online magazine, LMVLSoCal.com, and CEO of Cordova Media Group LLC where she provides social media management services to businesses looking to increase brand engagement, visibility and social media strategies. She is first-generation born in the U.S. to Mexican immigrants and as such, brings a different perspective to projects where she is hired as a lifestyle influencer and brand ambassador.

Pattie has worked hand-in-hand with Knott's Berry Farm in her role in blogger relations for the park, and currently serves as an official Knott's Berry Farm ambassador. She has partnered with theme parks from coast to coast including Disneyland, Walt Disney World (both in press trips and as a DSMMC attendee), SeaWorld San Diego, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando, Hersheypark, LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Florida and Great Wolf Lodge. You can find her and her chiclets (ages 10 and 7) riding rollercoasters, and taking in the views with the Hubster.

Pattie looks forward to sharing her knowledge of working with theme parks and amusement parks, and will speak on ideas on how to make your content stand out in a sea of Theme Park influencers.

Not Just Another Theme Park Blogger
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Jana Seitzer
Whiskey + Sunshine/Geek Girl Digital

Travel junkie, Star Wars & Marvel geek, pixie dust hunter, and coffee addict. She has partnered with numerous theme parks including Disney Parks, SeaWorld San Diego and Florida, Universal Resorts Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, LEGOLAND California Resort and LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Enchanted Forest.

 

 

Jana is a savvy strategist and clever marketing communicator with extensive design and public relations experience. She founded her first company in 1998 and offers over 20 years of award-winning experience in corporate communications and marketing strategy, print & digital design, social media strategy, and brand strategy. Married to her college sweetheart, she’s also the proud mother of four tweens/teens, a lifestyle and travel writer, speaker, and rarely sleeps.

 

When Vacation is Work - Finding Your Balance
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Adam and Claudia
A&C Photography
Adam and Claudia are the talented creatives behind A&C Photography, which has been in business for more than 15 years. They met in college and graduated with photography degrees together. Shortly after graduation, they opened A&C Photography.
 
A&C Photography started out as a fundraising company for elementary schools and over time moved into private photography for families and engagements. After a few years, they realized Disneyland would be a magical additional location to offer. Once they started getting sessions up on their social sites, the business took off!
 
In the last 5 years, Adam and Claudia have gained experience and insight on how to take photos in crowded areas, how to take advantage of your environment and the best places to take photos in Disneyland. Disneyland is always changing, but their solid techniques in getting great images stand the test of time.
 
Adam and Claudia will not only be speaking, but providing photography services during the event.
Capture the Magic: In-Park Photography
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Julie Bigboy
Mom Rewritten

Julie Bigboy is a southern California native and started visiting area theme parks at a young age, starting with Disneyland at one year old. The love of amusement park travel has carried over to her 4 kids, aged toddler to teen (including her 2-year old daughter who has already travel cross-country three times to Disney World!).

Julie is a co-founder of the widely popular Facebook group, Disneyland with Kids. There she shares tips for those visiting the Happiest Place On Earth with their little Mouseketeers. She has also co-authored a Disneyland book, Disneyland with Kids, Ultimate Planning Guide by Four Disneyland Moms. Julie has worked with multiple Theme Parks and tourism boards including Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, and Visit Buena Park.

Julie writes theme park travel posts from a researcher’s perspective, answering the questions that first-time visitors need to know. You can find Julie’s work on her own site, Mom Rewritten as well as at Traveling Mom and the Disney Baby blog.

Write The Content Your Readers Want, And Get It Seen
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Leslie Harvey
Trips with Tykes
Leslie Harvey is a family travel blogger and freelance travel writer. Her site, Trips With Tykes, chronicles the joys and challenges of family travel with little ones. Her work focuses on identifying and overcoming the little logistical challenges of travel with young children that make so many families shy away from it before they even begin. Her travel passions include all things involving planes and air travel, Disney, snow skiing, and national parks.
 
Leslie is currently a brand ambassador for Southwest Airlines. She is also a Pinterest consultant as well as a regular freelance contributor to The Points Guy. Along with the AWEsome Retreat founders, she co-owns the "Disneyland with Kids" Facebook group. She also co-hosts a Disney planning podcast, Disney Deciphered. Leslie resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, 9 year old daughter, and 5 year old son. 
Write The Content Your Readers Want, And Get It Seen
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Amiyrah Martin
4 Hats and Frugal

Amiyrah is the owner of 4 Hats and Frugal, a website dedicated to teaching families how to have fun on a dime, be a “baller on a budget,” and live a full life on less.

A pioneer in Live Streaming, Amiyrah has been featured in campaigns and commercials for Target, Kohls, Disney Parks and Resorts, ALDI and more, due to her engaged live streaming community. Amiyrah is also the first recipient of the IRIS Award for Live Stream of the Year, an honorable achievement in the blogging community.

Pave Your Own Path: How to stand out and WOW your clients
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Carly Anderson
Lipgloss and Crayons

Carly Anderson is the founder of Lipgloss and Crayons, a lifestyle brand that celebrates body positivity, giving back, girl power, and the magic of Disney. Along with her spunky preschooler, Carly navigates life as an inner city school teacher in Los Angeles and escapes almost every weekend to the Happiest Place on Earth. Carly and Lydia share their theme park adventures, their takes on new releases from their favorite studios, and explore the world as far as Pixie Dust can reach.

The dynamic mother and daughter duo (often along with Carly’s professional musician husband) have participated in numerous media projects for their favorite park. They were recently seen as featured influencers for Incredibles Day at the Pixar Animation Studios, part of the most recent Aulani influencer trip, took over the Shop Disney Instagram stories for a mommy and me day at Pixar, partnered with Le Creuset for their latest Mickey product release, covered this year’s Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise for Disney Family, and are more than a little obsessed with the Haunted Mansion.

Pave Your Own Path: How to stand out and WOW your clients
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Sarah Gilliland
Sarah in the Suburbs

Sarah Gilliland is the voice behind Sarah in the Suburbs, a family travel and lifestyle blog based in Birmingham, Alabama. Sarah began blogging professionally as a way to support her family (and her traveling habits), and it has blossomed into the perfect outlet for her to share her quirky, fun side in the small space of the internet she calls home.

Through her work, Sarah has had the opportunity to work with brands such as the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism Board, the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, Celebrity Cruises, and the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Currently, Sarah serves on the 2018-2019 Dollywood Insiders Panel, which is a group of men and women from all walks of life who share their knowledge and expertise of the Dollywood Theme Park with its guests through various social media channels and the official Insiders blog. Sarah's passion is keeping it as real as possible on her blog and social media channels, and she believes this appeals to her followers as well as those she works with in the travel and Theme Park industries.

Rock Your Hosted Trip
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Creators of AWEsome Retreat

Our co-founders will be doing welcome messages, moderating panels, and running challenges throughout the event.

Becca Robins
Founder/CEO

@thebeccarobins

Becca is the founder of AWEsome Retreat. She has been blogging in the Theme Park niche for more than six years, and has been dreaming of holding this retreat for probably five of them. Becca is also a co-founder of Disneyland with Kids, a popular Facebook group. She has co-authored the book Disneyland with Kids and is a writer for TravelingMom. Becca lives in Idaho but calls Disneyland her home.

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Jessica Sanders
Creator

@DisneylandPlan

Jessica is our driving force, keeping us moving, on track and organized. Jessica has been blogging and helping her followers plan vacations for more than five years. Jessica has worked closely with many hotels and Theme Park related brands. She is also a co-founder of Disneyland with Kids, and has authored (and co-authored) three books about Disneyland Resort. Jessica lives in Utah but is still a California girl at heart.

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