We can hardly believe that one week from today, we'll be handing out name tags and welcome gifts on the first day of the upcoming Alt Summit conference. We still have lots of fun announcements to share with you as you prep and pack for the big event, so watch your inbox this week for multiple newsletters.
Are you ready to start planning your Alt agenda? Check out the full schedule here, for all the details on who is speaking when and on what topic. For most of the conference, there will be 4 rooms of excellent content happening at once — workshops, panels, keynotes, roundtables, and classes, plus sponsors ready to connect with you all day long. The amazing program means you have some exciting schedule choices to make. Have fun as you start thinking about your options!
And for you Alt Summit first-timers: the workshops, panels, roundtables and keynotes are open to all attendees and don’t require any kind of sign-up beforehand. If you’re unsure which classes you might like best, feel free to ask your fellow attendees for advice in the Facebook group - email Kelly@altitudesummit.com if you need help getting into the group.
We are thrilled to have FreshBooks as a sponsor this year! They are the #1 accounting software in the cloud designed specifically for small businesses, and a very popular service among successful bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, and content creators. In fact, over 10 million small businesses use FreshBooks to send professional-looking invoices, organize expenses, and track their billable time. Want to check it out before Alt Summit starts? Go ahead and start a 30-day free trial today at freshbooks.com and discover the world of painless billing with FreshBooks.
Packlane is dedicated to helping creative entrepreneurs design brilliant custom packaging online, so they can continue to wow their customers offline. Using their simple design tools, you can add your logo, tagline, and images with ease – plus view it all instantly in 3D. The whole process is quick and painless (just what every busy entrepreneur needs!). If you’d like to see a sample of Packlane's work, you don’t have to look far - your Alt Summit welcome box should do the trick! (It was totally printed by Packlane!) Extra fun: Alt attendees get 10% off your first order – head to Packlane to unpack your creativity!
We have a few more Keynote speakers to announce today:
Jihan Zencirli has one goal: to delight the world! As the the founder of the eponymous "Geronimo Balloon Troopers", she has found a way to be both the "queen of surprise" as well as secure her place as business influencer as she leads her world-recognized, trend-setting creative design atelier. Her distinctive style has been featured in countless magazines, lifestyle and fashion catalogues, websites, international advertising campaigns and commercials. Firm in the belief that true originality comes from indifference to trend, Jihan's characteristically quirky humor is married to her desire to create new ideas and ways of creative exploration. Jihan is based out of Los Angeles, and on any give day you might find her leading a troupe of guerrilla street artists or serving ice cream sundaes at her secret desert restaurant.
A Southern California resident, fashion, beauty and mommy blogger Corrine Stokoe is the “dealaholic” behind the blog Mint Arrow. Corrine's blog highlights the affordable side of fashion while prioritizing style and quality. A powerhouse influencer in the fashion, beauty and baby space, Corrine's readers are addicted to her deals and recommendations, often selling out items immediately after they’re featured on her blog or social media. She's been recognized by both RewardStyle and Shopstyle as a top 10 performer within their affiliate networks. A couple of her "pinch me" blogging moments have included traveling to Rwanda with Kate Spade to bring awareness to their "on purpose" label, and being featured in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine as a "baby gear expert." Corrine lives in Southern California by the beach with her husband and two little girls.
Rachel Faucett founded Handmade Charlotte alongside her husband and 5 incredible children. The self taught designer has launched collections with Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Plaid Enterprises, and Faber Castell. Handmade Charlotte's hundreds of craft supplies + kits can be found in Walmart, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Stores, AC Moore, Michaels Stores, and more. Their work has been featured in numerous print & online publications and recognized as leaders in the industry. The Handmade Charlotte Workshop has worked with the largest brands in the world to create inventive live events, highly engaged campaigns, and interactive video. Rachel absolutely loves Alt Summit! She looks forward to giving high fives and having a blast this year!
That's all for now. We'll be in touch later this week with more awesome stuff to tell you about!
The Alt Team