Keynote Series

If you’ve been to Alt Summit before, you already know that we offer tons of different learning opportunities. From panels, to Q&A, to roundtables, to hands-on workshops (more on that later), to photo tours, to one of our community favorites: keynotes. Think TED-talk-style presentations, and fascinating interviews, from speakers who have smart, inspiring, practical, useful, and often funny things to share with you. 

With our fresh location and new conference space, we realized we had an opportunity to give you even more of what you love. So we're dedicating one whole ballroom at the Saguaro Hotel to keynotes and only keynotes!!

We're calling it the Alt Summit Keynote Series. And here's what you can expect: All day long on Wednesday and Thursday, you'll have access to keynote talks and interviews. We’re talking the best and the brightest, the funnest and most engaging. Some you already know and love, and some will be new to you, but all are powerhouses. Get ready for an amazing range of topics from internet trolls to building a business (or 3!), to the evolution of blogging, to making sure you’re having fun as you achieve your goals. 

Here are just a few names we’re so excited to introduce on the keynote stage — and we'll share the rest in upcoming newsletters.

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year blogging veteran, she covers all things pop culture on her blog Awesomely Luvvie. Her first book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual was released in September 2016, and was an instant best-seller. Luvvie is also the Executive Director of The Red Pump Project, a national nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, using red shoes as a symbol of empowerment. She’s also an avid traveler and her love language is shoes.

Sherry and John Petersik are the married duo who chronicle their DIY and home improvement adventures on their blog Young House Love, which spawned two New York Times Best Selling books (Young House Love and Lovable Livable Home) as well as product lines sold by Target, Home Depot, and more. They live in Richmond, Virginia, with their two young children and a feisty Chihuahua named Burger.

Author, illustrator, professional memory-keeper and confetti connoisseur, Darcy Miller is a leading celebrations expert, founder of Darcy Miller Designs and editor-at-large at Martha Stewart Weddings. She is the author and illustrator of CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!, in which she shares her tips, inspirations and favorite parties, and OUR WEDDING SCRAPBOOK. Known for her creativity, and distinctive drawings, Darcy is committed to making life a celebration. Though she’s worked on parties in every size, style and budget, her favorite fêtes are the ones she’s hosted for her husband and three daughters at home in New York City.

Here's some big news you're going to LOVE. We are beyond thrilled to have Alaska Airlines joining us this year! In the middle of some major growth, Alaska Air is looking to you to help promote all the cool things happening this year. 

One upcoming perk we know you’ll be excited about: Alaska will be the first airline to offer free inflight messaging! As you fly through the clouds, continue conversations via Imessage, Facebook Messenger or What's App while sipping a glass of sparkling wine. If you are flying Alaska Air to Alt Summit, share your flight number here. And if you are flying directly into the Palm Springs airport (on any airline), let us know!