The weather in August in New York City is just impeccable, and on sunny days August 8th to 9th, the 14th annual #BlogHer18 Creators Summit was held in downtown Manhattan at the newly opened Seaport District’s Pier 17 was a huge success. The Summit was founded on the premise that women’s collective voices hold boundless power. When women come together it is often their debate, empathy, and connection that challenges norms while building community. This year – with over 2,000 female content creators, social media influencers, and entrepreneurs were gathered together throughout the two-day-long Summit to tell their stories to inspire, educate and empower.


This year’s Summit was focused on three key areas of content creation: food, beauty, and health. Attendees enjoyed a variety of panel discussions featuring speakers such as Jessica Alba, Uzo Aduba, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Christy Turlington Burns, Amy Schumer, Evan Sharp and more. Previous years have brought in outstanding household names such as Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian West, Chelsea Clinton, Kerry Washington and more.


This year’s #BlogHer18 Creators Summit topics included:

  • Learn From Her: Discussion of trending topics that impact women’s lives
  • #WinningWomen: Personal stories of strong women leading change in their industry
  • Passion to Profit: Influencers who have made their side-hustle a thriving business
  • Influencer Masterclasses: Tactical sessions to hone your business, brand, and content
  • Sponsor Experience: Meet leading brands in the influencer space
  • And more!


Jessica Alba closed out the Summit speaking with CEO of SheKnows Media, Samantha Skey, about how she went from actress to visionary entrepreneur with the Honest Company. Alba spoke about why she created the Honest Company and how there wasn’t a space like this in the marketplace before. Alba had an allergic reaction to baby laundry detergent about 11 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child, which made her question all products that were being used in her house and what was in them. Through intense research, Alba learned that there are many untested, potentially harmful chemicals that are used in everyday products and even baby products. “I wanted to create clean, safe products that were affordable and cute. I couldn’t find that in the marketplace,” Alba said. Throughout the process of starting this business, Alba was constantly told it was impossible and that “I was an actress and what did I know?” However, Alba persevered and pushed through “doing whatever she needed to do to move her business forward.” Alba stressed, “The baby steps to get there are even more important and also knowing what it is you’re good at.” Alba spoke about her background and how she “started from the bottom” and there was “nowhere to go but up.” Coming from a poor family in Pomona, CA where her parents worked three jobs each her entire life, she had to “work harder than everyone else” and “learn about everything she didn’t know.” Alba also touched on the Honest Company’s family leave policies and practices both for men and women. “Every time I went back to work after having one of my children, I cried. I know what a fragile time it is for parents. Honest Company does 16 weeks paid for women and 8 weeks paid for men, Alba said.

What a Summit to celebrate women who tell their stories to inspire and educate communities, can’t wait for next year to reconnect with these amazing group of women entrepreneurs and influencers.

For more info about this initiative and its organizers please visit

Article By Cathy Han, Special Contributor / Writer

Photos By Nina Di Leo – Sunshine Sachs

Images and copyright material from sheknows media

Maria Menounos seen backstage at BlogHer 2018 Summit at Pier 17 in New York City.

Amy Schumer speaks onstage at BlogHer 2018 Summit at Pier 17 in New York City.

Gabrielle Union seen backstage at BlogHer 2018 Summit at Pier 17 in New York City.

Brooklyn Decker seen backstage at BlogHer 2018 Summit at Pier 17 in New York City.

Samantha Skey and Jessica Alba seen backstage at BlogHer18 Creators Summit, Day 2 at Pier 17 in New York City.

Christy Turlington speaks at BlogHer 2018 Summit at Pier 17 in New York City.

Evan Sharp

Christy Turlington and Kirsten Gillibrand


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