Seminar Program

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10:00am - 11:00am
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11:00am - 12:00pm
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12:00pm - 1:00pm
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10:00am - 11:00am
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11:00am - 12:00pm
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12:00pm - 1:00pm
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12:00pm - 1:00pm
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1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Speakers

Anne Hodder

Hodder Media

Anne Hodder, ACS, is a veteran marketing executive and multi-certified sex educator and  whose work focuses on sexuality, relationships, and the business of pleasure with a special focus on sex toy design and development. With a special skill for conveying complicated, sometimes sensitive information in a sex-positive, accurate and professional manner, Hodder successfully informs, prepares and promotes clients and their brands to help lead them onto even more successful paths.

Ashley Manta

Canna Sexual

Ashley Manta likes to talk about sex—a lot. It’s not taboo for her. You know what’s else isn’t taboo for her? Cannabis. In fact, this bubbly buxom blonde has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis as part of her CannaSexual™ brand. As a professional sex educator, writer, coach, and facilitator, Ashley helps people navigate these topics to make sure they are interacting, loving, and feeling their best in and out of the bedroom. By creating a safe space for people to feel and be heard, Ashley works on softening the restrictive boundaries holding clients back from being their best selves—and doing so in a way that makes people incredibly comfortable. Ashley writes a weekly educational column on sex and cannabis for renowned online cannabis resource, Leafly.com. Most recently she began writing a weekly blog for Dope Magazine's Hump Day High about her life as the CannaSexual™. In March, she will be moderating a panel at SXSW titled, "The Surprising Health and Sex Benefits of Cannabis." 

Kelly Shibari

PRSM Group

Sunny Megatron

Sex with Sunny Megatron

Sunny Megatron is a sexuality educator, award winning blogger, media personality, and pleasure products expert. She’s also the host and executive producer of the groundbreaking, sex-positive Showtime original television series, SEX with Sunny Megatron.  Named one of the 6 most savvy sexologists in North America, her work has been featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, and CNN. Sunny’s passion is helping people become their authentic, sexual selves by learning to overcome shame and shed inhibitions. As a lifestyle BDSM enthusiast, much of her work centers around normalizing alternative sexual practices and ending sexual stigma.

 

You can find Sunny Megatron online at:

www.sunnymegatron.com

youtube.com/sunnymegatron

twitter.com/sunnymegatron

facebook.com/sunnymegatron

Kenny Melvoin-Berg

Sex with Sunny Megatron

Kim Airs

GrandOpening.com

Kim Airs has been in the sex toy industry for over 23 years having founded New England's first sexuality boutique, Grand Opening!, in 1993, which now resides on the web at www.GrandOpening.com. Kim has done just about everything in the adult toy field and is currently president of The Kim Airs Sales Boost, a company helping small to mid sized manufacturers get their adult products into stores and retailers. Kim is available for in store trainings, classes and events. Follow her on social media at @KimAirs and read her blog at KimAirs.com

Stephanie Berman

Berman Innovations

Stephanie nbsp;Berman has been in the women’s reproductive health industry since 2003. As co-owner and Vice President of her family business, Sepal Reproductive International, as well as CEO of Berman Innovations (as inventor of The Semenette® and POPDildo™, Berman has extensive knowledge and understanding of the women’s reproductive health market. The Semenette® (http://TheSemenette.com), and its second iteration, POPDildo™ (http://POPDildo.com), allow partners to mimic traditional intercourse through its patented, proprietary inner tubing and pump system, complete with ejaculation – something that sets it apart from both traditional dildos and “party”-style ejaculating toys. POPDildo trade; has quickly found a fan base in people excited by its potential for play, who recognize the technology sets it apart from both traditional dildos and “party”-style ejaculating toys. POPDildo™ has since skyrocketed to the top of the “wish list” for a wide variety of community members, including pegging enthusiasts, kinksters, and fetishists.

 

The Semenette® a novelty intimacy product, allows partners to re-create the ejaculation process in the privacy of their own home, through its proprietary inner tubing and pump system. Berman herself is the first of many Semenette® success stories; she and her wife successfully used the product to conceive their daughter and son. The product experienced its first viral wave soon after its launch in early 2015, and global media attention has not waned about the company’s innovative approach to at-home conception for the LGBT, FTM / trans, disabled, and serodiscordant communities. 

 

Recipient of Techie.com’s Editor’s Choice Lightning Bolt Award for EmergingTechnology, and the 2016 NightMoves Award for Pleasure Product of the Year, the company has also received industry nominations for Couples Sex Toy of the Year, Specialty Pleasure Product of the Year, and New Product of the Year. Both The Semenette® and POPDildo™ are made of premium medical-grade silicone, and are non-toxic and phthalate-free. 

Kim Marks

As You Like It

BIO

Kim Marks, owner and founder of As You Like It Organics, is a cancer survivor who brings over 20 years of environmental and social justice activism to the table. When she launched As You Like It Organics, her top goal was to bring environmentally conscious and body safe products to a diverse consumer base.  Kim is a huge enthusiast of organic and non-toxic body care products as a means to help promote wellness, and keep pollutants out of our eco-system.  Additionally, given Kim’s passion for body-safe pleasure products, sex education, and LGBTQ rights, she has become a go-to person in her community for advice on relationships, and healthy communication.

As a grassroots organizer working on environmental and climate justice issues, Kim has worked alongside groups such The Longshoreman, Cascadia Forest Alliance, the Steelworkers Union, Idle No More WA, and Tribal Canoe Journey Green Team.  She currently works for Greenpeace, and sits on the board of Voices of the Sacred.  She is deeply committed to cultivating equity and sustainability. For more information, visit http://asyoulikeitorganics.comand nbsp;http://asyoulikeitshop.com.

Coyote Amrich

Good Vibrations

For more than a decade, Coyote Amrich has been at the helm of product development & purchasing at Good Vibrations.  She continues to refine & curate the entire catalog of Good Vibrations products with increasing attention towards body-safe materials & accessible designs that reward interaction & foster play.  She has built a significant reputation as a discerning buyer and product educator as well as an advocate for sustainability & transparency in manufacturing.  She believes that pleasure is your birthright & that quality products should be available at all price points. 

Sarah Sloane

Sloane Consulting

With over 15 years as an adult sexuality educator, and over 10 years working in and around the adult industry, Sarah Sloane brings a wealth of experience to the table for her clients. Having lead workshops at over a dozen adult retailers in the US and Canada, Sarah has also spoken at numerous universities, affinity groups, and professional organizations around the United States, and was the retail store manager at Pleasure Chest's Chicago location. She currently writes for StorErotica on the business of pleasure product sales and marketing, as well as for other B2B and B2C sites and publications.
 
As the CEO of Sloane Consulting, Sarah focuses on finding ways to make everything work better, and help her clients find more fulfillment as sole entrepreneurs and small business owners through personnel development, sales training, product education, and more. For more information, visit http://www.sloaneconsulting.com

Lucy Vonne D'Olimpio Kendrick

Evolved Novelties

Sex Toy Unicorn

Nichole Grossman

CalExotics

Nichole started her career in marketing in 2006. She has held various positions in sales and marketing focusing on such areas as social media, event planning, marketing, inside and outside sales. 

In February of 2011 Nichole joined the team at CalExotics as Social Media Coordinator Nichole. Today, Nichole is the Assistant Director of Marketing Communication. 

She holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and an M.B.A in Marketing, Leadership, and Management from the University of La Verne. 

Rebecca Weinberg

XR Brand

Rebecca Weinberg started her industry career as a buyer on the DVD side in 2000 and moved to the sex toy side in 2005. Her career has transitioned her through many positions from Buyer to Product Developer to Private Label Sales and is now the Director of Sales and Marketing for XR Brands. She prides herself on attention to detail and keeping XR Brands in front of the curve.

Beth Liebling

Darling Way

Beth Liebling is the creator and owner of Darling Way. She has had a vision of what love and beauty might look like together when treated respectfully and honorably for many, many years. 

Beth began her professional career as a lawyer specializing in family law because she wanted to make things easier for divorcing families. She helped families and children navigate through difficult situations with caring and compassion. Creative approaches were necessary to resolve the complicated relationship issues and Beth found her niche. The legal aspects were often more straightforward than the deeply hidden interpersonal conflicts, but it was always the latter that interested and motivated her. Over the years, she has counseled hundreds of people facing a multitude of relationship issues with or without accompanying legal disputes. 

Darling Way is the embodiment of her romantic ideals and a proper home for her service to others. Working with her clients as they find ways to increase the joy in their lives is a reward worth striving for. 

Autumn O'Bryan

Topco Sales

With 23 years of experience in almost every aspect of the adult industry, Topco COO Autumn O’Bryan boasts a unique understanding of the inner-workings of the pleasure product business and most recently has been tapped to reestablish Topco as a leading manufacturer. The industry veteran’s impressive career includes holding integral positions at some of adult’s biggest and best-known companies, and now O’Bryan is making impressive progress rebuilding the historic Topco brand.
 
 
 

Bethany Stevens

Crip Confessions.com

Bethany Stevens is a wheelchair using sexologist committed to promoting pleasure based sexual justice. Stevens' love for sex education has led to invited talks internationally. She is a member of the inaugural class of Center of Excellence for Sexual Scholars program at Morehouse School of Medicine, working under the 16th Surgeon General of the United States Dr. David Satcher. From 2009-2013, she was a policy analyst and faculty member in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (GSU). Stevens is a PhD student in GSU’s Sociology program focusing on sexuality and gender. Dialogue with @disaBethany on Twitter and read her blog www.cripconfessions.com.

Robin Wilson-Beattie

www.sexAbledwithRobinWB.com

Robin Wilson-Beattie is the proprietor of sexAbled (www.sexAbledwithRobinWB.com), teaching the world to embrace and explore your sexuality,  regardless of ability. She is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN),  and a graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI).  

 

Robin has been involved in sexuality education and awareness since high school. After acquiring a physical disability, she began in 2008 speaking on sexuality and disability topics and issues. Robin has done presentations and speeches at conferences, medical schools, and disability organizations. She also consults with individuals and organizations on issues of adaptive sexual support. Robin is a nationally recognized self and systems disability advocate.  She is a deep-fried Southern girl, Sex Geek, comic book nerd, mid-century buff, and proud Mama of one amazing daughter. Follow Robin on Twitter @SexAbled, or like sexAbled on Facebook.
 

Steve Levy

Accent Law Group

Steve is an intellectual property attorney with over 27 years of experience in the fields of trademarks, domain names, copyrights, licensing, websites, and social media. He currently runs the Accent Law Group and has spent much of his career working at prestigious global law firms and multi-national corporations where he learned both the legal and business components of launching and sustaining successful products.  Steve’s list of clients includes some of the most well-known brands on the Fortune 500 list but he also works, in a very practical and cost-conscious way, with many solo entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them safely use and protect their creative intellectual property assets.
 
 
 

Greg Piccionelli

Attorney

Gregory A. Piccionelli is widely regarded in the adult entertainment industry as one of the nation’s leading adult entertainment attorneys. His client list spans the spectrum of the adult entertainment industry and includes a significant portion of the world’s largest adult entertainment companies. 

 

Mr. Piccionelli has represented adult entertainment clients in almost every type of civil litigation and transactional matter encountered by adult entertainment businesses, including patent, copyright, trademark, and celebrity rights matters, domain name disputes, intellectual property procurement, content licensing, merchant account matters, spam litigation, Federal Trade Commission actions, and a wide spectrum of business transactions. Mr. Piccionelli’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, including AVN. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/GregPiccionelli

Gary Jackson

CCBill

Managing Vice President of Sales

Gary brings nearly two decades of experience in the online media and commerce markets to the industry, having built from scratch four successful sales organizations for several software and ISP start-ups. Since joining CCBill in 2006, he has been a champion for CCBill’s business expansion for merchants and partners of CCBill, as indicated by the launch of a number of pioneering software innovations and traffic tools, including FlexForms, Merchant Connect, Integration Partners and the industry’s first stored payment service, CCBill Pay. Additionally, he led CCBill’s diversification into mainstream, dating and tangible markets, for which CCBill was recognized with the iDate Award for Best Payment System in 2016. Currently leading the CCBill team as Managing Vice President of Sales, Gary has been honored in the online adult industry with the 2011 Cybersocket Business Person of the Year, the 2012 XBIZ Award for Executive Leadership – Web, and was instrumental in helping CCBill be recognized in 2014 by XBIZ as the Progressive Web Company of the Year. Since 2014, he has served as an Advisory Council member for ASACP.

 
 
 

Buck Angel

Performer

As an icon of popular culture, Buck Angel's message of empowerment through self-acceptance and being sexually comfortable in your own skin has struck a passionate chord with folks all over the world.
In August 2016 Buck produced the World’s first pleasure product specifically for the transgender male community. The Buck Off was produced in collaboration with Perfect Fit Brand as a means to validate transmen and to help with some genital dysphoria that some in transition deal with.
He's been written about in Forbes, Esquire, Cosmo, VICE, Huffington Post, ELLE, Buzz Feed, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Maxim, New York Times, and other publications around the world. 

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