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Amy Blackstone, Ph.D.

Bangor, Maine

Professor Amy Blackstone, Ph.D. studies childlessness and the childfree choice, childfree families, workplace harassment, and civic engagement at the University of Maine Department of Sociology and Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

 

Amy’s research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including the American Sociological Review, and featured by national media outlets including: The KatieShow,  Today Show, Marie Claire, Huffington Post, and more. Amy blogs about the childfree choice with her husband Lance at We’re {Not} Having a Baby.

 

Laura Carroll, M.S.

San Francisco, California

Laura Carroll's book on childfree couples, Families of Two (with its second edition in development), received international recognition and paved the way for her to become an expert and leading voice on the childfree choice. With a Master's in Psychology, she has tracked and researched the childfree choice since the late 1990s. For several years, Laura ran the popular blog, La Vie Childfree, which is now a library of childfree writings

at lauracarroll.com.

 

Laura is currently conducting a longitudinal study on childfree women. Laura is also the author of The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About

Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better WorldShe has been featured on ABCGood Morning America, CBS morning shows, a variety of radio talk shows, U.S. and Canadian public radio, print/digital media, including FortuneThe Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine to discuss social science topics.

 

Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos

Incline Village, Nevada

Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos (sig-din-us) is an award-winning author and health advocate. She is internationally recognized for her writing on the limitations of reproductive medicine as well as the personal and social ordeals that accompany fertility challenges.

In her blog, Finally Heard and book, Silent Sorority. Pamela shares the unpredictable and emotionally demanding experience of confronting unexplained infertility and reinvention in a pronatal world. Her work today as co-founder of ReproTechTruths.org gives voice to the seldom acknowledged population reconciling the trauma of failed fertility treatment. 

 

David Farmer

Dallas, Texas

David Farmer’s advertising career has been primarily spent with multi-national ad agencies, including McCann-Erickson and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, developing and producing creative campaigns for companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, American Express, Budweiser, Exxon, IBM, KFC, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Churchill Downs, and the United Way. In addition to his work with McCann-Erickson and DMB&B, Mr. Farmer has served as the VP, Creative Director at McCann-Erickson, Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director at Barkley Evergreen & Partners in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director at Creative Alliance in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

A pioneer and innovator in the industry, Mr. Farmer is the youngest recipient of the coveted H.K. McCann award for creative excellence on his work for Coca-Cola while at McCann-Erickson. David also created and built a multi-million dollar company called Ad Giants, a marketing software company that specializes in enterprise brand management systems with client such as Wendy’s, Comerica Banks, Chevron, Sears and many others. He also launched an online Saas business targeting SMB’s to assist them with full-service marketing called MODsocket. MODsocket has partnered with FedEx Office and Wix to become their single marketing resource for their customers. MODsocket is unique in that the business model provides one of the first DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) services, and has replicated the entire professional ad agency workflow into a monthly paid subscription.