2015 Spring Speakers

Featured Lunch Presentation:

Nicole Sunstrum – Director of Social Media at University of Michigan

Nikki Sunstrum

Nikki Sunstrum is the Director of Social Media for the University of Michigan, where she is responsible for innovating the way in which one of the world’s top Universities strategically leverages and advances interactive communications. Her duties include the coordination of a unified presence, standards implementation, consultation and training. Each aimed at ensuring all accounts provide additional value to University stakeholders. Prior to assuming her current role, she coordinated the State of Michigan’s statewide social media footprint for four years. Nikki possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s degree from Aquinas College.

Presenting Session Speakers:

Sylvia Hubbard – Michigan Author, E-book Author, Networking Master

Sylvia Hubbard

Sylvia is a Detroiter and independently published author. Her foundation genre has always been romance. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world by many nationalities. She has published four paperbacks and over 10 e-books. In the upcoming year, she will be featured in several anthologies and she will be publishing more e-books. For the past 10 years, Sylvia has taught writers how to sell products on the Internet at conferences, workshops and with her book, Internet Marketing for Writers & Businesses. www.sylviahubbard.com


Deb Thompson – Lifestyle Blogger

Deb Thompson

Deb is a travel and food blogger at www.JustShortofCrazy.com and a social media enthusiast. Three years ago she quit her full-time corporate job to write full-time and hasn’t looked back. Since then she has built online presence with a social media following of over 40,000. More importantly than the number of followers is the relationships built that help her continue to do what she loves. She is a collector of travel adventures, she loves whiskey and road trips, but not at the same time. She loves living life on her terms. Follow her on twitter at @debthompson


Lynne Golodner –  Blogger, Author and Public Relations Pro

Lynne Golodner

Lynne is the author of eight books, a renowned blogger at www.lynnegolodner.com who has traveled the world to blog for people, and a spiritual entrepreneur dedicated to helping people make a difference and pursue their passions – through work, community involvement, and words. Lynne’s public relations firm, Your People LLC, www.yourppl.com, helps people grow businesses and nonprofits, improve personal satisfaction, develop skills and find ways to live their passion. She believes storytelling, relationships, and higher purpose are the keys to success.


Deborah Edwards-Onoro – Website Development and Digital Marketing

Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Deborah is founder of Lireo Designs, a Canton, Michigan based web design and development company. For over 18 years, she’s created websites and other online solutions for small businesses, nonprofits, and consultants. She focuses on WordPress design and development, email marketing, and social media. Deborah worked on the web services team at Washtenaw Community College for four years.



Eric Malcolm – Web Designer, Developer and Strategist

Eric Malcolm

Eric is a web designer and developer, and an enthusiast of the user experience and search engine optimization. He builds websites, interfaces, apps and more that are aesthetically pleasing, human-friendly, and usable. Eric has been designing and developing websites for five years and is the owner of Malcolm Digital  in Sterling Heights, MI.


Dani Schnakenberg – Technical Blog Mentor

Dani Schnakenberg

Dani is a speaker, technical blog mentor and blogging business expert. She offers a variety of graphic design, blogging security and maintenance services at danischnakenbergstudios.com. She loves simplifying her big family life with her veteran husband, and her gluten-free, baseball loving family.

 We encourage all attendees to bring a fully charged laptop or tablet. Although not necessary, a computer will enhance the experience with a hands-on feel. Use the hashtag: #RochesterWriters before, during and after the event in your posts, likes, and tweets.

Fresh hot coffee and tea available throughout the day. Light breakfast snacks and a full lunch included with registration. Please contact us if you have special dietary concerns.

Attendees will be able to choose one presentation per session time at the conference. Schedule could change without notice – Rochester Writers reserves the right to add, subtract, or substitute any of the presentations and speakers. Thank you.