2018 Speakers

Eric Bennion has one foot planted firmly in the present and one squarely in the past. Always a storyteller he discovered the real power of voice while studying history in college. He grew that interest into passion by exploring storytelling areas like radio broadcasting, marketing, and social media. He gets fired up by the connections that stories make – from person to person, company to customer, and ideas to new audiences. Eric has been blogging for 13 years and has recently begun producing and co-hosting the But Daddy Why podcast.

Eric Schneller is the CFO & COO of Fuentes Media, a Strategic Content and Email Campaign Agency.

After 15 years of working in Healthcare Management, he left a C-level job and joined his wife’s company to help grow her online businesses.

After a decade of long commutes, he can finally enjoy more time with their three homeschooled kids and have the flexibility to travel and live the lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of.

Fun fact: Eric met Laura Fuentes while getting their MBAs and he is the Southern Gentleman that kept her down South -or so she says.

Dr. Eric Rasmussen is an assistant professor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He is the author of “Media Maze: Unconventional Wisdom for Guiding Children Through Media,” and of ChildrenAndMediaMan.com. His research on both children’s responses to media exposure, and what parents can do to alter the media’s influence on children’s attitudes and behaviors, has been published in the top international peer-reviewed journals in the fields of communication and child development. He is widely recognized as a leading expert about media parenting. He received a doctorate in communication from The Ohio State University. He lives in Lubbock with his wife and children.

Laura Fuentes is the CEO of Fuentes Media, which includes MOMables.com, LauraFuentes.com, and LauraFuentes.co. She nerds out on Content and Email Acquisition Strategies, two areas she helps other entrepreneurs master for their online businesses.

She’s the Author of 4 cookbooks, Executive Producer of video, makes television appearances, has competed (and won!) on Food Network, and often partners with brands in digital campaigns in both English and Spanish.

With her background in Global Economics, her MBA in business Development and her strategic approach to the creation of online content and its promotion have yielded great success for her company and consulting projects.

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology as an enabling and supporting tool in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. Jaime teaches a 10th grade communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy in Phoenix and is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University.

Julia Beck, Founder of Forty Weeks and the It’s Working Project is a passionate storyteller, engaged connector and curious innovator who remains deeply committed to improving outcomes for all families.