Elisa Camahort Page
Elisa Camahort Page (5’2’’) is a successful consultant, author, and most notably the co-founder of BlogHer. After graduating from San Jose State University with a BA in Theater Arts, Elisa moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. Elisa soon grew disillusioned with how big a role networking and “who you know” played in the industry, not just talent and hard work. She moved back to the Bay Area, and worked first in commodities before eventually landing a job in the marketing department of a tech company. Elisa’s flexibility and quickness to learn served her well, and it allowed her to thrive in a number of different industries. She got into tech just as the industry really began to boom in 1997, and she was senior director of product management at a different tech company by 2003 just six years later. Unfortunately the tech industry was, and still is, a male dominated industry, and having hit the glass ceiling hard, she decided to try out consulting and entrepreneurship, where her talent and experience in public speaking helped her to succeed.
In 2005, she co-founded BlogHer, an online media company by and for female bloggers, with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone. At first, BlogHer was a side project...a conference...but after the tremendous success of that first conference, she and her co-founders realized just how much the conference was needed. They grew the BlogHer conference and featured speakers like Serena Williams and Barack Obama, created a website to showcase the work of the bloggers in their community, and launched a publishing network to help blogger monetize their work. Elisa and her co-founders bootstrapped for two years in order to grow the community of women bloggers as organically as possible, but ultimately raised four rounds of venture capital before being acquired in 2014. (Fun fact: Female-founding team represent only 3% of the start-ups funded by venture capital. Three. Percent.)
Elisa now works as a consultant with companies like NPR, and gives back as much as she can by working with organizations like Hack the Hood, DigitalUndivided, and the NanoSTEAM Foundation, among others. But the project she’s currently most excited about is her book titled “Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All,” co-authored with Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson, and due to release next week on September 18. As a former political blogger, Elisa has always cared deeply about politics, and after the 2016 election, she realized she wanted to write a book to help people manage and protect their personal democracy. Set to be “a direct, snappy guidebook on engaging in effective day-to-day activism and advocacy at all levels,” Elisa’s book is poised to help people advocate politically on a local level, in their own backyard. With all that she’s done to empower and inspire already, we’re sure that Elisa’s book will be no different.