Meet Our Alt for Everyone Fall 2014 Keynote Speaker

By: Eden Hensley Photos by: Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

We are excited to announce Laurie Smithwick of LEAP Design will be kicking off this Fall's Alt for Everyone conference September 25-27. Laurie is a fervent supporter of stepping away from your screen and a whole hearted believer that design can (and does) impact your life daily. She will inspire you to view the world around you in a new light and to use the power of making with your hands to infuse what you share with the world.

If you have been part of the Alt community for awhile, you may recognize Laurie from her past Alt for Everyone sessions, Alt Channel classes, Alt on Topic: Design online workshop, or our Ask a Designer table in Salt Lake City.

You may not know that Laurie is an award-winning graphic designer who honed her skills in the music industry where her work was nominated for a Grammy, before founding her design agency LEAP Design in 1998 and blogs at UpsideUp.

About Alt for Everyone

Alt for Everyone is a completely online conference that you can attend from the comfort of your own home. You see the speakers and presentations, but no one will see you! To participate in this conference all you need is a ticket (available here) and an Internet connection.

Alt for Everyone is a little different than other online conferences. During each live session you attend you are able to chat with other participants as a group or individually. There is also a Facebook group where you can connect with other creative entrepreneurs before, during, and after the conference. Through Alt for Everyone conferences, attendees have found future collaborators, discovered guest posting and contributing opportunities, and more.

Sessions are designed to be practical--workable strategies and achievable tips for growing your community, for measuring whether or not what you are doing is working, and for transitioning your blog from a hobby to a business. Check out this year's schedule of sessions and make your selections soon--popular sessions do fill up.

Register by August 31 and get your gift box before Laurie's opening keynote on September 25th and for a chance to have your base ticket price refunded (we will be choosing five lucky people). 

If you are planning on attending Alt Summit Winter 2015, Alt for Everyone is a great way to connect with others in the community and to get inspired. If you are registered for Alt Summit Winter, you are entitled to a $45 discount on your Alt for Everyone ticket, just enter the code you received when you registered.

Hope to see you in September!

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.