Speakers Gallery 85B
Danielle Lucia Schaffer
Danielle is a boisterous, blonde Italian 'mombshell' hailing from New York City, and tells it like it is. Now glamping in San Diego with four little ones, her blog is the tale of a City Girl Gone Mom who seeks to entertain, educate and inspire those who could use a dose of parenting truths sprinkled with mom fails.
When Susan Petersen couldn’t find baby shoes that would stay on her son’s chubby feet, she decided to make her own. With scrap leather, a sewing machine, and a lot of heart, she made the first pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in 2009 right at her kitchen table. An appearance on Shark Tank in 2013 skyrocketed the company to a household name synonymous with quality, style, and creativity.
Born in Southern California, Adri Reynoso is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated from The Art Institute of Las Vegas with a B.S. in Graphic Design. Growing up in a family of artists, all her life she has been surrounded and inspired by art. She always said that the best gifts were crayons and blank paper—the fun was endless! As a child her family moved from the suburbs of Los Angeles to the exciting city life of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She eventually lived in Mexico and also spent seven years in the heart of downtown NYC. Inspired by her love of art, travel and fashion, she also writes a lifestyle blog, Adri's World about her life, fashion, art and adventures. She currently lives in New York with her husband Brian, son Duo and daughter Una.
Katherine Good is a Los Angeles based Neon Artist. She has been making fun colorful neon sign art from her studio in Hollywood since 2012.
Elise is creating a cultural shift by living life on her own terms. She’s a quick-witted creative director and writer known for her twisted sense of humour, attention to detail and sass. Her work has been recognized by many of the world’s top advertising award shows, including the most coveted three: Cannes, D&AD and The One Show. Often called candid, blunt and ballsy, Elise is a woman of action who prefers a cut-to-the-chase approach. She has no patience for unnecessary meetings or people that talk in circles, so she told traditional agency life to take a hike and launched Pony Friday: a motivational lifestyle brand. Elise currently devotes her energy, enthusiasm and leadership to Pony Friday by collaborating with likeminded creatives to produce inspirational talks and fun merchandise designed for those who dare to behave boldly.
Hi, I'm Liv! I've been the voice of the year twice for two of my film creations through Blogher and She knows Media. I am a professional film maker and digital storyteller for both freelance while working full time in digital storytelling for a very large non profit. I want my life to make a difference! I believe ashes of life become beautiful. I love seeing people laugh and smile. I'm filled with wonder & wanderlust! I live for an adventure. Art captivates me, especially music. It tells our universal story! The fantasy of fashion-I live for it! My personal style always tells a story. I use self expression to heal & help heal. I creat to give heart, through art, to the tough moments of life. I share my stories and art, and those of others! I believe we are all beautifully Unbelievably Human.I LOVE glitter and sequins.
Nicole White Forrest is a housing innovator and entrepreneur who cares deeply about creating beloved places. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked in real estate development and private equity, from affordable to luxury housing, across the United States. Nicole has served as Trustee for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Adjunct Faculty in Real Estate Finance at the University of San Diego. She has published research on Saudi Arabia, Dubai and India and launched a housing program in Tegucigalpa Honduras. Since relocating from the East Coast to Southern California with her husband and three children, she is focused on the intersections of real estate, technology, and culture with the launch of Chilmarc - an incubator, atelier, and R&D lab for the housing industry. Nicole is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Real estate is my lens. For all those who love the land. The raw and the wild. The sculpted and gravity-defying. The breathtaking. Come journey with me.
Agathe Assouline-Lichten is the CEO and Co-Founder of Red Velvet NYC, a DIY gourmet baking kit company that helps bakers make impressive desserts in their home kitchens. After spending a decade in luxury marketing negotiating strategic partnerships for international luxury goods companies such as Sotheby’s, Richemont Group, and Harry Winston, Agathe knows what sets a brand apart and drives repeat conversions – it’s the opportunity to connect with clients over an exceptional experience. Red Velvet NYC was founded in 2015 to disrupt and innovate the $12 billion home baking market in the USA. The idea for the company was born out of a strong passion for baking, and Agathe’s love of bringing people together over homemade food. The unique service has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, & more. In 2017, Red Velvet NYC won the Campbell Soup Real Food Innovation Challenge for standing out as an innovative food company. In 2018, Agathe was selected to be part of the Startup Leadership Program and Small Food Business Network. Agathe holds a BA in Art History from Boston University, and an MBA in Hospitality from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Ahyiana Angel is the Founder of Mayzie Media, a podcast network curated for women, and host of the Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast. A traditionally published author, Ahyiana is a seasoned executor who eventually blocked out the world’s ideas of success, quit her highly coveted position at the NBA, moved to London and traveled the world for a stint, then followed her passion in writing to find her purpose in encouragement through podcasting. Mastering the art of note-worthy ideation, Ahyiana taps into her more than 12 years of professional business marketing experience to lend her thoughts on professional development, digital marketing, contemporary brand styling and more. However, Ahyiana enters her zone of genius when speaking to audiences about any of her 4 Ps: publicity, publishing, personal development and podcasting. Ahyiana and her work have been featured by Forbes, Black Enterprise, The Muse, Career Contessa, Create & Cultivate and more. The Switch, Pivot or Quit Podcast has been featured by girlboss.com, “The 6 Best Podcasts To Listen To For Career Advice” as well as entrepreneur.com’s “12 Women-Run Podcasts You Should Be Listening To.”
Danielle designs clothing that is distinctive and fresh, while rooted in classic silhouettes and techniques. Infused with modern color palettes and fabrics, her clothes are playful and whimsical. She favors natural fibers, and often dyes, paints, embellishes, or otherwise creates textiles as part of her designs. Danielle has created bespoke fashion in collaboration with creative brands including The House That Lars Built and Milk Magazine. She competed in and won her season of Project Run and Play, a children's clothing design competition. Danielle is currently creating her first independent retail collection for women.
I’m the founder and chief troublemaker of a dream project, TRY Studio. Previous endeavors span mediums but the Venn diagram always includes a creative circle. HyperCalm was my first company; a web design shop when Flash was a thing. I've won a Directors Guild of America award for a short film, run the world's largest scriptwriting contest, and was the lead designer and project manager at a company that specialized in beautiful work for nonprofits. I'm a visual storyteller trying to change how the world support and engages with artists, makers, and crafters.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, magazines have always been in Alison Engstrom’s blood. Her love for fashion and design prompted her to pursue a degree in fashion from FIT and a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston in Art History. Her studies also took her to Paris, where she studied at the Sorbonne and the American University. Years later, her career twisted and turned in the beauty industry, but her passion never faded. It wasn’t until a diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014 that made her realize that life can bestow upon you unexpected new realities that you can either let define you or you can defy them. She decided to take a chance on her dream and start ROSE & IVY in October 2014, as a digital magazine, which eventually translated to print. The goal is simple, to inspire through beautiful content with design that is uncluttered. She is a self-taught photographer and stylist. Besides being a passionate advocate for print media, she to inspire other women who may encounter any type of obstacles, whether it be a disease or a major setback in life, to keep moving forward to live their best life and pursue their dreams.
Amy Webb, aka Miggy, creator of the blog This Little Miggy Stayed Home is writer, artist, warrior mama and advocate. This Little Miggy is a family and lifestyle blog that shares crafts, recipes, and lifestyle inspiration from the unique yet relatable perspective of a special needs family. Miggy is a passionate advocate for disability rights and writes about the issues her family frequently faces as well as interviewing other families and individuals with disabilities with the hope of changing the perception of disability one story at a time. Her first children's book, which focuses on educating children about disability, comes out in 2019.
Angie Avard Turner
Angie Avard Turner is a creative entrepreneur with a fancy for all things patterned with a punch of piping hot color and over 20 years of creative experience. She began a stationery and gift company that she and her husband grew to 7 figures before beginning her latest creative endeavors, her law firm Angie Avard Turner Law and Prep’d for Success. Prep’d for Success is a platform for creatives to purchase contract templates, worksheets, tools, and other resources. Angie is also an intellectual property attorney who represents creatives of all kinds, and she has been licensed to practice law since 2001. Finally, Angie is a business consultant, an author, a featured writer, a designer, a public speaker, a problem solver, and an out-of-the-box thinker. She is a featured writer for Gift Shop Magazine, The Southern C Blog. She has been and is also a speaker at AmericasMart Gift Show and ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center), Southern C Summit, and Makers Summit just to name a few.
In between loads of laundry, Audrey Fixation blogs at skirtfixation.com and runs Project Run & Play. She suffered 27 interruptions while writing this bio from her angelic 8 children (ages 1 to 19) with emergencies like “he stuck his tongue out at me!” She proudly wears a handmade wardrobe (which is more than the 4-year-old in the front yard waving to passing cars wearing only a pirate hat she made). In her “spare” time she designs sewing patterns and DIY projects.
Aria Leighty is an artist, triple business owner, writer, mother and movement leader. Aria founded The MOB Nation, a Mom-Owned Business alliance with chapters all over the nation. In addition to leading this movement and empowering mothers, Aria also is a creative consultant for small businesses and a podcast host.
HEY, I’M BELINA. I have an obsession with color, composition, nature, patterns, and anything creative. Design has always been a part of my life. I have been lucky to enjoy the different facets of it… as a creator, as a graphic designer, and as an entrepreneur. And interior design has always been special and fascinating to me. I love making things. I got my crafty vein from my mom, who also comes from a family of crafters who sew, crocheted, etc. In 2001, after graduating from high school, I moved from my native Venezuela to Miami, FL and started my career in Advertising and Graphic Design at the University of Miami, and graduated in 2005. Since then, I have worked in a variety of projects, mainly as a graphic designer. After a divorce and having to start a new life, move to a new place and make a home out of that as a single-and-work-from-home mom, I started HeyBelina in early 2018 to share my style and inspire women to transform their homes into happy places. Because everybody deserves to love where they live, and work.
Bethany Everett is an up and coming, budget friendly, Boston based style blogger and digital influencer. She has been featured on media outlets such as The Everygirl and Glitter Guide, and has had paid partnerships with brands like ThredUP and Sperry. While she hasn't quite figured out how the Instagram algorithm thing works, she has learned her way around the basics of social media analytics and affiliate marketing and is a go to source for outfit inspiration!
Carly is a writer, photographer, and artist based in Salt Lake City. She's the voice behind Historicish (a history lifestyle blog) and Ever Clever Mom (a blog about parenting kids who are smarter than you are). She graduated from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in 2008 and has not used her J.D. since, but may occasionally use very big words. Her work can be found scattered throughout her house by her children.
Carly is a strategic communications expert who has worked in internal marketing and communication roles for 10 years, prior to opening her agency Circus Media. She oversees high-level PR campaigns, delivers integrated marketing communication strategies and provides social media training to large organisations. Her experience spans real estate, construction, architectural design and property development across Greenfields, medium-high density and commercial, and over the last two years has grown to include wine, food, lifestyle, retail and professional services. Most recently she launched The Digital Athlete, a consulting agency which educates and empowers athletes in using social media to build a resilient online profile with the aim to navigate any online risk, maximise sponsorship or 'influencer' opportunities, as well as learn the fundamentals of social media and digital marketing. Carly is well-known in her community having developed strong relationships with the local media, industry leaders and the wider community through various business, leadership and community initiatives including pro-bono work. She regularly speaks at her alma mater Deakin University, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Geelong Community Foundation and most recently she presented to the Committee For Geelong Activate Leadership program on social media and advocacy.
Having worked in different writing and editing positions throughout her career, Carrie settled in as a contemporary book editor at Mattel's American Girl, where she wrote and edited more than 40 advice and activity books. In 2013, she left the security of cubicle life to take the leap of faith growing the brainstorming business Wonder: An Idea Studio while simultaneously girl bossing as a freelance writer. In addition to still writing books independently for American Girl, Carrie has been published by Women’s Health, Family Circle, Oxygen, Draft, Outside, Fitness Rx for Women, and more. She also regularly contributes to the blogs of Reebok, The Knot, The Bump, Beachbody, and SlendHer.com. Her most recent published work is "Me, Myself, and Ideas: The Ultimate Guide for Brainstorming Solo," a title she co-authored with fellow "Wonder Woman" Jessica Nordskog.
Hi I’m Cat from thecreativeintrovert.com. One thing I’ve learned from my days as a freelance web designer and my days as a pet portrait artist; is that self knowledge: knowing our strengths, our blindspots our preferences and patterns: is key to creating a life you love to live. This is what I help my fellow creative introverts do. I work with them one-to-one or invite them to join my online community the League of Creative Introverts, to learn about themselves, and learn how to shape their lives in a way that suits their unique needs and desires. I also share what I've learned on my podcast, The Creative Introvert. I’m currently researching the links between personality types and creativity and how we can use our self-knowledge to make the most of our creative style and strengths.
Celeste Viciere is a renowned therapist, mental health advocate, best-selling author, and podcast host. She is frequently quoted by media as a mental health expert, including NBC News, VICE, Healthline, Bustle, and more. Celeste has been in the mental health field for more than 15 years and believes in the power of living a conscious life. She works with adults and couples, and specializes in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar and psychotic disorder. Celeste has dedicated her personal and professional endeavors to breaking the stigma surrounding mental and emotional health, especially in communities of color. Her podcast, CelesteTheTherapist focuses on ways to shift your mindset and change your thought process. Celeste’s private practice, The Uniting Center, is based in the Boston area, and she holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Claire Wolfson launched her brand, BeanGoods in 2011 with her now husband, Chris. BeanGoods is a cheeky and colorful clothing brand inspired by her dachshund, Bean. Over the past 7 years Claire went from working a 9-5 corporate design job to going full time with her brand in 2013. Claire credits her success with BeanGoods to tapping into a highly focused niche she personally was passionate about and creating designs that stand out amongst the sea of tacky dog inspired products on the internet. In creating her brand she brought together her background in fashion design with her love for her soulful, loyal companion through many ups and downs, Bean. BeanGoods now currently has a social media following of over 50K devoted customers and fans and her online shop is consistently generating over six figures in sales yearly. Most recently Claire has been sharing business tips and words of wisdom through her personal social media and is in the process of developing an online course that will guide her students to develop a thriving product based brand around a specific niche in 2019.
Clara Kim is the founder + designer of Euni + Co., a stationery brand that creates simple yet meaningful paper goods in Seattle, WA. While working her full-time job in education, she launched her side gig as a calligraphy studio in 2015. After a couple years, she rebranded in 2017 and made the decision to become a full-time small business owner. She's passionate about paper, people, and spreading good news.
Dani is a self taught illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer. For the past 8 years she has been designing graphic tees and has worked for many notable companies both freelance and full time. Some of these companies include Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Forever21 to name a few. While all that was great, her true goal was to have full creative freedom with a label of her own. After years of daydream and doubt, she took the leap and created Dazey. Dazey was a way to finally create her “dream job” by combining her passions of art, fashion, and photography. Early on she begun to share her entrepreneurial journey via video with full transparency. She would show everything from her design process, marketing tips, and the emotional rollercoaster that is starting your own business. People started to take notice, and the response was incredible. That's when Dazey LA shifted from being a company to a calling. A vehicle to inspire, encourage, and support fellow females in their endeavors. Dani's true passion is to empower women through the power of conversation and art.
Dannie Lynn Fountain is a marketing strategist and whip-smart whiskey drinker currently working at Google. She has ten years of experience as an entrepreneur and strategist. Today, she works with entrepreneurs and corporate clients alike to brainstorm, strategize, and implement strategic marketing processes to better their business and increase their sales, with a focus on passionate storytelling. Beyond strategy, Dannie is the author of four books on entrepreneurship and a regular speaker on marketing and entrepreneurship worldwide. Work she's been involved with has been recognized by Cannes Lions, the Effies, Forbes, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, and more.
Dayna Lapkovsky is on a mission to help brands become customer favorites. As a marketing strategist with over 15 years experience in building and safeguarding corporate images, she has worked with an array of companies, from start-ups to international powerhouses, including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Karen Millen, Avon and Pantene. Dayna is the owner of Suite 203 Communications, a marketing consultancy that helps lifestyle brands become the #1 choice for their customers by optimizing the best combination of strategies and tactics to reach the right people at the right time. Suite 203's work has been highlighted in several publications including Forbes.com. Dayna's background as both a journalist and publicist has allowed her an insider’s perspective on the most valuable form of marketing: word of mouth. She has shared her knowledge and passion for marketing at various conferences and workshops including the Canadian Health Food Association. She also sits on the board of a number of local business associations and mentors entrepreneurs as the marketing advisor of the Logik Lab incubator.
Illustrator, author, and visual strategist, Emily Marko, creates visual tools that empower people – from entrepreneurs and busy moms to socially conscious businesses and nonprofits – to take strategic action! Emily sketches to capture ideas, dialogue, or presentation notes, as vibrant pictures that create powerful connections. It’s a creative, intentional, fun and scientifically proven approach to organizing thoughts and ideas, simplifying complex topics, planning and processing, engaging audiences, and adding spark to your story. Take a peek at Emily’s work including her book, Wide Awake at EmilyMarko.com.
Intensely curious about the ever-changing digital marketing landscape, Eunice contributes extensive experience and knowledge to address the complexities of marketing with small business clients. Eunice seeks to help clients solve both short- and long-term challenges by applying her expertise in a strategic manner. Eunice has been working in small business since the age of 14, when she helped to manage her dad's arboriculture business. After college, she built a successful photography business while also raising a daughter as a single parent. She has helped several other small business owners find their voice and their niche in today's competitive market. Eunice has adapted concepts such as personalized engagement, influencer marketing, and persona building to help clients with small budgets see big results.
Gina Kershaw is a lawyer turned business mentor and author. After 15 years of practicing law, she decided to take a short creative sabbatical that turned into a complete career change. Stepping away from the courtroom gave her a new perspective, and she realized the need for more creativity and positivity in life. She opted to embrace this turning point and took a crazy leap of faith, stepping into an entirely new line of work and passion. Her background in law and finance combined with her new passion for retail and fashion led her to working with influencers in marketing. She quickly realized the incredible entrepreneurial spirit these influencers have – but saw that they did not know how to set their businesses up smart. She now helps micro-influencers build their businesses and teaches them how to diversify with online stores that use influencer marketing. Her goal is to show them how to run successful businesses that can provide income 24/7. She is deeply committed to the idea of having freedom and options in life, and looks forward to helping other entrepreneurial minds obtain a happy and prosperous lifestyle. Her book, Influencer CEO, will be available in early 2019.
Haeley Giambalvo is the founder of Design Improvised — a website dedicated to simple DIY projects that make a BIG impact. Haeley loves transforming inexpensive materials into chic home decor or festive holiday crafts. Her simple projects are made for those precious 30 minutes of kid-free or work-free time that you can spend doing what you love – MAKING! Haeley is a sought-after creative content producer for leading lifestyle brands including Martha Stewart, Oriental Trading, Hayneedle, Kid Made Modern, Chinet and Minted. Based in San Antonio, Haeley regularly appears on local daytime show SA Live. She graduated from the Wharton Business School with a degree in Marketing.
Hey! I’m Hannah Wallner, a resourceful social media maven with a make it happen attitude. Some might call me a hustler. I fell in love with social media and turned it into a career. With a cup of cold brew in one hand - black with LOTS of ice - and a cell phone in the other, I am dancing my way into one of the most exciting chapters yet, Mad Rad Media!!
Heather Schumacher is an entrepreneur and conscious brand strategist working with private individuals, entrepreneurs and companies to achieve the highest vision for their work and lives. After twenty years in advertising, producing global, innovation-driven campaigns for brands including Nike, Google, Starbucks and Target, Heather began to study the principles of consciousness and success that live at the center of a purpose-driven and abundant life. Today, her work exists to help entrepreneurs, leaders and brands define themselves and their offering through the lens of purpose and create the conditions for their ultimate impact and success. Her clients range from global, social entrepreneurs to purpose-driven, creative organizations and agencies.
Heather K. Terry has worked within CPG start-ups for over 10 years. She is one of the founders of NibMor Chocolate which can be found in thousands of retail locations within the US. She started and ran Ggachi Bakery in Greenwich, CT and is the author of From Broadway to Wall Street: Cautionary Tales of an Unlikely Entrepreneur (available on Amazon). Most recently, Heather was the VP of Sales for S.W. Basics, an all natural skin care company where she significantly grew the companies brick and mortar door count and helped revamp the ecomm strategy with several large ecomm partners. Heather is and has been an advisor to dozens of start-up ventures. She is a graduate of Valparasio University, has her masters degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, is a graduate of The International Culinary Center, and is currently working on her Certificate of Marketing at The Wharton School. Heather lives in Greenwich, CT with her daughter and husband. When she's not working, you can usually find her in a yoga studio or producing time-lapse baking videos on Instagram (think bread and chocolate!).
Holly Wade is the creator behind the DIY, food and lifestyle brand Club Crafted, a blog devoted to sharing fun, colorful ideas for a happy, handmade life. After leaving her marketing career in 2017 to pursue her creative passions full time, Holly expanded her business to include social media curation and content creation for brands and small businesses nationwide. As a blogger, influencer and small business owner, Holly has worked with brands of all sizes to promote products and services through carefully curated or custom content on a variety of platforms. Located in Orange County, California, Holly is an avid crafter, baker, cat lady and marketing geek with a passion for encouraging creativity. Holly studied journalism, public relations and marketing at California State University, Long Beach, earning her bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2013.
James Worsham grew up in New York and went to school in Florida to study sculpture. From there, he moved to Nashville, where he ended up designing and executing window displays and installations for Anthropologie. He discovered his love of weird materials used in over the top yet elegant design, and decided to share those skills with the world at large. It was then that he left his dream job to start Handy Dandy Productions, and, as he reports, has “never been happier.”
Jamie Golden has been cohosting The Popcast with Knox and Jamie since August 2013. It is a nationally ranked, weekly pop culture podcast that’s part deep dive, mostly shallow end. Jamie and Knox also launched their newest podcast, The Bible Binge, in February 2018. Season 1 and 2 of The Bible Binge both wrapped in the top 3% of all podcasts. She has presented at TEDx, Mom 2.0, Dreamcatchers Conference, Southern Social Summit, Permanency Conference, and teaches monthly at Church of the Highlands. Jamie makes her home in Birmingham, Alabama where she advocates for foster and adopted children serving as a volunteer for Heart Gallery Alabama.
Jamie Lieberman is a leader in the influencer marketing industry, building one of the first successful law practices of its kind, Hashtag Legal, that specializes in the space. Jamie works with brand, network and influencer clients in all aspects of program and campaign creation and management. Jamie also works with entrepreneurs and creatives to help her clients grow and protect their businesses. Jamie has been a practicing attorney for thirteen years. She provides clients with advice and services related to intellectual property, contracts, privacy, FTC disclosures and business creation and growth. Jamie previously worked for an influencer network and conference company as its Director of Operations and Chief Counsel. Jamie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Influencer Marketing Association, a trade association committed to protecting the authenticity and ethics of influencer marketing. Jamie is a seasoned speaker on a range of entrepreneurial and legal topics and is the co-host of the Businessese Influencer Marketing Podcast, where she regularly interviews leading professionals in the space.
Jessica Gleim is a mom, wife, life enthusiast and digital marketing and branding expert residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. In high school she took a Photoshop class and decided right then and there she wanted to have her own design business. The dream was to have an opportunity to work from home AND be a mother. More than 20 years later, that dream became a reality. Jessica is a founder of Flairst, a boutique creative marketing agency. “My absolute favorite thing about my work is the connection I make with our clients. We get to work on incredible projects and help brands find their voice and succeed.” Flairst is your digital marketing partner and business cheerleader. Make a connection at www.Flairst.com.
Jessica's career at Mattel’s American Girl was like a creative ball in the corporate pinball machine, having started as a graphic designer for American Girl magazine before becoming its Lifestyle Editor. She was later asked to relocate to Mattel’s headquarters for a three-month corporate think tank opportunity called Project Platypus, where twelve individuals spent more than 90 days away from computers using nothing but their brains to develop a plan to reinvigorate the Barbie brand. When Jessica's involvement with Project Platypus came to a close, she returned as Lifestyle Editor, where she developed crafts, recipes, and parties for girls. Six years later, she transitioned to the Product Development team where she designed accessories for the contemporary line of dolls. In 2011, she ended her game at Mattel to start a new one as freelance designer and later launch Wonder: An Idea Studio. In her design business, she has created everything from logos, annual reports, menus, T-shirt graphics, and books. Her clients include Rodale, Henry Holt & Co., Bean Sprouts Café, The Water Council, and Organic Valley. Along with fellow "Wonder Woman" Carrie Anton, Jessica is also the co-author of "Me, Myself, and Ideas: The Ultimate Guide for Brainstorming Solo."
Jessica Stansberry is a YouTube & content marketing strategist for rockstar business owners who are ready to up-level and start using content and video to market their business on autopilot. She throws down knowledge-bombs with weekly free blog content, a YouTube channel, eCourses, 1-on-1 consulting, done-for-you services, and her FREE Facebook group. Jessica is also the ‘sassy southern half’ of the podcast, All Up in Your Lady Business where she dives into business strategy and interviews other really amazing ‘preneurs twice a week. You can find out more at www.jessicastansberry.com.
In 2009, Jillian Leslie, a lover of parties and entertaining, left a ten-year career as a Hollywood TV and film writer, to start Catch My Party, a website for people to share party ideas, tips, and photos. Growing Catch My Party into the largest party ideas site on the web has been one of Jillian's proudest accomplishments. Then in 2016, Jillian and her husband, David, created MiloTree, a smart pop-up app to help bloggers and creative entrepreneurs grow their social media followers and email lists. With the success of MiloTree, Jillian launched her podcast, The Blogger Genius Podcast, in 2018, to help her community grow their online businesses. She interviews successful bloggers and industry experts to explore what's working NOW in the world of online entrepreneurship. Jillian loves teaching the gospel of podcasting because she finds the medium so creative, effective, and satisfying! Jillian received her BA and MBA from Stanford University. She currently resides in Austin, TX, with her husband, David, her daughter, Lainey.
I’m Jo, and by day I’m a graphic designer and owner of Pences Design Studio and the retail website modernEID.com . I spend most of my time designing custom stationery, party goods, logos and possibly hand lettering a sign or chalk wall. At any given moment you will likely find me with a cup of Starbucks in one hand, a tape gun in the other, and possibly covered in chalk. By night, I author the lifestyle blog, A Happy Blog (www.ahappyblog.com), posting on food, DIY, parties and fashion. I am a lover of all things design, feverishly thinking, planning, and plotting for ways to make life more glamorous, fun, delicious, entertaining, and just plain BETTER! As a business owner for 13+ years, I have honed my skills in product product photography, photo editing, and branding. Detailed orientated, I take all product photos and editing for my website and blog and design all the creative aspects of my business. It has become my passion to help other small business owners and/or new business launches quickly learn the skills they need to manage their business ON THEIR OWN and take control of their brand image.
Jordan Lacenski is the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of BrandBoss Creative. BrandBoss Creative is a boutique creative agency offering personalized branding, consulting, and innovative solutions. In addition to BrandBoss Creative, Jordan is also the Co-Founder and Owner of SheWolf Collaborative. SheWolf is a true collaborative bringing the best of the industry together for special projects. Each is successful on her own, but has agreed to join forces for special projects with truly creative people. Entry into the pack is limited; this pack only hunts with the best.
Katie Saffert is a Brand Consultant & Visionary who has cultivated a community for female entrepreneurs. Katie has created this community to make space for female owners & brands to be seen and heard for who they are and consult them how to show what they do. After being an entrepreneur for 12 years before opening Hatched Collective, She realized there was a lack in available resources for how to build a community for brands. Most brands want so badly to cultivate their community but lack the tools they need to actually build it. She realized there is also a gap with brands accurately showing who they are.
Kim Wiseley is the founder and creative director behind the Flutter Magazine brand. With a background in photography and multimedia arts, Kim thrives on inspiring others through her whimsical daily musings. In 2013 she set out to break the mold in the print world, designing a refashioned magazine in a first-of-its-kind hybrid fine art periodical dedicated to thoughtful living, traveling and entertaining. Through carefully curated visual media, products, creative retreats, and hands-on experience, Kim inspires like-minded women around the world. This Fall, Kim is celebrating her 5-year anniversary!
Krystal Johnson is an Entertainment and Intellectual Property attorney with a unique skillset for brand strategy and business affairs solutions. Her specialized experience in the area of influencer marketing has been cultivated through campaigns with major brands such as Disney, Pepsi, Dove, SheaMoisture, and many more. Krystal has represented businesses and talent, making her uniquely qualified to teach influencers and brands the in's and out's of brand partnerships agreements. Currently Krystal is the Principal of Krystal Klarity, LLC, a business affairs and brand strategy company in Los Angeles, CA.
Prior to founding 27th and Leo, Kyli held merchandising and product management roles for two international retailers: SPANX and Kids II. At SPANX, Kyli was responsible for leading the global merchandising strategy for the shapewear portfolio; scaling the business while innovating new categories and product lines that surprise and delight the consumer. While at Kids II, Kyli held demanding roles in juvenile categories and specialized in product strategy and optimizing revenue potential through an intensive product management process. Kyli’s areas of expertise span across several capacities: merchandising and retail strategy, assortment planning, product lifecycle management, product mix and optimization, retail selling analytics, consumer marketing and experience, go-to-market launch strategies and product training. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Journalism. Kyli also obtained a post-undergraduate degree from Parsons The New School for Design in Fashion Marketing. She held high-profile positions in New York City with Calvin Klein and Cosmopolitan magazine. She is a Leader. She is Energetic. She is Optimistic. She is a LEO.
Lacey Won has spent her career developing social strategy, audience, and voice for well-known media organizations including AXS Music and Playboy. Currently as the Social Media Manager for Hunker, she has created the brand’s social identity, laying the foundation for audience growth to over a quarter of a million within a year of inception. Lacey now specializes in telling Hunker’s brand story on Instagram. In her free time, you’ll find Lacey dancing at concerts, making dumplings, and fostering kittens.
Laura Alexander Wittig
Laura Alexander Wittig founded Brightly in 2017 to change the world through social-impact-powered shopping. Before Brightly, she lead strategy in fashion e-commerce, social impact product development, front-end web design and community engagement for Google, Amazon, Sephora, and Adobe. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two dogs, and enjoys hiking and doing DIY projects around the house.
Leah Weinberg is the Owner & Creative Director of Color Pop Events -- a New York City-based wedding planning company that focuses on the details and lives in the logistics. Now in her sixth year of business, Leah leverages skills like organization, attention to detail, and client service from her prior career as a commercial real estate attorney to excel at event production. Her colorful work and party planning tips have been published online and in print with Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Martha Stewart Living, The Knot, Brides, Buzzfeed and more. Most recently Leah spoke on the topic of building a diverse portfolio as an events professional at the National Association for Catering and Events conference in July 2018 and has been a guest on countless podcasts in 2018, including Office Talk, Bridechilla, She Creates Business and Not the Mama.
Lindsay Teague Moreno
Lindsay Teague Moreno is an author, podcaster, and business owner. In just 2 short years she built a 7-figure personal income, using only social media. All of this with 3 little girls at home and all the mom duties that come along with it. Lindsay’s passion is to help other women find their voice and realize their dreams. When she’s on stage Lindsay is straight-shooting, raw, and real. No stranger to failure, Lindsay is not afraid to speak out about challenging topics. Her ability to be vulnerable while making people laugh is why so many females are drawn to her. Lindsay doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to hard stuff. Raising businesses and babies is no easy feat, but it can be done. Her Amazon best-selling book, Getting Noticed, is a roadmap of how she grew several businesses online from scratch. Last year CNBC featured Lindsay’s sales business which is projected to bring in 250 million dollars this year and has grown to a team of over 400,000 members in 4 years using social media. During Lindsay’s talk, you’ll get very real advice for starting, growing, and scaling businesses as well as relevant social media tactics.
Lisa is a seasoned apparel industry professional turned working mom and launcher of beautiful fashion brands. She built her career immersed in the product creation process for top apparel brands like lululemon and Gap Inc. Twelve years and two small humans later, Lisa knew she could serve more people by going out on her own and helping other female entrepreneurs bring their products and fashion brands to life. Her passion for education inspired her to serve as the Chair of the Fashion + Technology Advisory Committee at her alumni design school, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, as well as support as a panelist at Vancouver Fashion Week's FashionCamp Business Panel. Lisa serves her online community with education on how to launch a clothing line and works with clients to bring their product vision to life. A lover of design, efficiency and licorice, Lisa gets up every day to support a new generation of female entrepreneurs that are building business and lives on their own terms.
Mandi Holmes is CEO of She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency for online, service-based, female business owners. She Can Coterie started in 2015 when Mandi was unexpectedly laid off from a job as a virtual assistant herself and is now a fully-functioning, expert team of 20 women that do it all! Blogging and editorial work, social media management, customer service, technical support, inbox support, systems creation, travel and invoicing... you name it, She Can Coterie can do it! The options are truly endless. To date, SCC has helped more than 100 business owners get organized, strategize their next steps, and take action towards their biggest dreams. Mandi believes that women should run the world, that asking for help is vital to success, and that having an iced latte in your hand makes you unstoppable. When she's not leading her team, up-leveling She Can Coterie, or serving powerful women around the world you can find her with her nose in a good book, playing choo-choos with her sweet son Henry, or binge-watching Netflix with her husband.
Marie LeBaron is the founder and managing editor of Make and Takes. She is a mother of 3 living in Seattle, WA, with a background in education and teaching. She’s been blogging on her site for the last 11+ years, sharing ideas and inspiration to spark your creativity and get your creative juices flowing! Marie loves to share her favorite DIY projects she knows YOU will love to make and take, connecting with other creatives and maker mamas, cheering you on along the way!
Email Jump Start! is taught by Matt Molen, CEO of Personalized Paths. He is the creator of Email on Autopilot (www.emailonautopilot.com), the premiere course for content bloggers that want to transform their email newsletter into their most powerful marketing tools. Additionally, he provides marketing consulting & personal coaching to some of the world’s top bloggers. While Chief Marketing Officer of one of the fastest growing Internet companies, Matt implemented practices that brought in more than $10 million in annual email e-commerce sales.
Melissa Camara Wilkins
Melissa Camara Wilkins is an award-winning blogger, author, and host of an online community focused on exploring what it means to live true: more truly yourself, more truly awake, and more truly alive. She has helped thousands of women get back in touch with their real selves through her online courses, books, and workshops. Melissa lives with her husband and six kids in a beach town in Southern California.
CEO and founder of Tiny Tags, an online jewelry store designing and creating personalized jewelry for mothers. Tiny Tags has built a community centered around the gift of motherhood and celebrating children. Redefining mommy jewelry with simple and classic designs, Tiny Tags is adorned by celebrities and moms all over the globe. Tiny Tags has been featured in People Magazine, PeopleStyleWatch, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Talk, and many more. Tiny Tags’ mission is to celebrate children and is committed to helping women and children in need. This commitment is the hallmark of Tiny Tags and is evident in everything Tiny Tags is a part of, from organizing a charity walk with St. Judes to hosting birthday parties for children in homeless shelters. As a former CPA who knew she had to break out on her own path, Clayton is passionate about entrepreneurship and sharing the lessons she has learned along the way. Clayton earned a BA in philosophy from University of Massachusetts, an MS in accounting, and MBA from Northeastern.
Molly Fienning is a serial entrepreneur at heart and Co-Founder of Babiators, the best-selling children's sunglasses line. Her role has been creating and communicating the Babiators look, feel and voice via its e-commerce presence, social media, digital advertising and PR. These efforts have been profiled in Vogue, Parents, PEOPLE, Inc., Forbes, CNBC and more. Forbes Magazine also named the company one of America's 100 Most Promising. Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Engineering & Computer Science. A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Charleston with her husband Ted and two sons. In her free time, she loves mentoring and partnering with fellow female entrepreneurs.
Natalie Thomas is a writer and lifestyle blogger at Nat's Next Adventure. An Emmy-nominated producer, contributor for The Today Show, HuffPo, The Bump and Mother Mag and former editor and spokesperson of Us Weekly magazine, she now spends most of her time with her 5 (going on 15)- year-old daughter Lilly, 1-year-old, active son Oliver and high-fives her husband, Zach, in the hallway as she continues the hustle.
Natasha Habermann is an award-winning interior decorator based in North Salem, NY. She has been featured on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Domino, Design*Sponge, One Room Challenge, Houzz + more. Her portfolio is full of beautiful, bold spaces that she’s created with lots of layers, pattern, color, and history. She specializes in mixing antique and vintage pieces with new items to provide her clients with a vintage modern look. Natasha has been blogging about interior design and all things related to keeping the home since 2015.
Talented designer, mother, and business maven all-in-one, Nicole Ketchum of Chandelier by NK designs colorful acrylic chandeliers that you can use as home or party decor as instant glamour. She makes acrylic chandeliers that look really cool and different from anything you've ever seen before. Nicole has collaborated with celebrities and worked with brands like Mattel, Disney and Nordstrom. She is passionate on following your dreams and believes doing the impossible, is possible.
Nicole is an attorney + founder of Sprout Law, a law firm for women. She’s helped women start six-figure companies, trademark popular brands, and protect top influencer accounts. She is featured as an expert in the Washington Post, Girlboss, Brit + Co, Hello Giggles, Belong, Bustle, and CNBC. She recently presented at Magic, the apparel tradeshow, where she taught over 200 entrepreneurs how to protect their companies.
My name is Oni Kitchens and I love creating content and empowering fellow content creators. I have been blogging, vlogging and creating content on and off since 2008 and slowly building my brand. I’m a wife of 28 years, a mother of two awesome adults and a fur baby. I’m a native of Los Angeles, but I currently reside in Maryland. I love my life and more than anything, I want to share joy. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly have a chance to show others how I do what do.
Peggy Dean is the founder of The Pigeon Letters, a platform to keep art accessible to everyone with a fun, non-intimidating approach. She is the best-selling author of The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide and Botanical Line Drawing and an award winning educator. She maintains a popular instructional social media platform and blog to inspire people to create. As a self-taught artist, she has a soft spot for ensuring that anyone with a passion feels empowered to be able to create, embrace the imperfections, and live out loud.
Rachel Rosenthal is an organizing expert and founder of Rachel and Company, a Washington, DC-based professional organizing firm. Since 2007, Rachel's firm has worked with 2,000+ clients, and teamed up with prominent brands, including West Elm, Pottery Barn, The Container Store, and Four Seasons. Rachel is a TODAY Parenting Contributor and her organizing tips and expertise has been seen by millions and in 70+ publications, including Real Simple, Martha Stewart, House Beautiful, The Rachael Ray Show, and local NBC, ABC, and Fox morning shows. Rooted in the belief that organization can be achieved by all, Rachel emphasizes solutions that are easy to use and enhance a home’s existing aesthetic.
Rebekah Epstein is the founder of fifteen media, a boutique PR firm specializing in media relations. Since 2011, she has been a valuable asset to more than 40 PR firms across the country working behind the scenes to get more media placements for their clients. In addition, Rebekah helps small businesses get the media they deserve through DIY PR workshops and one-on-one trainings. Her clients have gained exposure and credibility with media features in Forbes, Health, Refinery 29, Everyday Health, Men’s Health and many more. In addition to traditional PR work, Rebekah speaks at national conferences about DIY PR, freelancing, and entrepreneurship. She has been a regular contributor on these topics in Mavenly + Co, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post.
Riche Holmes Grant
Riche Holmes Grant is the founder, designer, and Chief Mom behind BambiniWare™, a lifestyle brand that sells stylish, functional accessories for the adventures of mommyhood. Passionate about living and working on her own terms, Riche blogs, speaks, and hosts a video series, "The Riche Life," geared toward helping other women live their richest lives too (pun totally intended!). She is a DIY and lifestyle contributor to MarthaStewart.com, a culinary expert for Williams Sonoma, and a digital ambassador for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Riche is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Brown University, and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and her daughter (#miniboss).
Sabrina Moyle and Eunice Moyle
Sabrina Moyle is Co-Founder of Hello!Lucky. Since 2003, she has helped Hello!Lucky grow from a letterpress card business to a wedding invitation e-tailer to its current form as a design and licensing studio. She is the illustrator of My Mom is Magical, My Dad is Amazing, Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power, Be the Change: The Future is in Your Hands, and several forthcoming illustrated books. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Swarthmore College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.
Eunice Moyle is Creative Director of Hello!Lucky, where she has created thousands of illustrations for Hello!Lucky's best-selling letterpress greeting card line, as well as for licensing partners in publishing, textiles, ceramics, bedding, jewelry, and more. She is the illustrator of My Mom is Magical, My Dad is Amazing, Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power, and several forthcoming illustrated books. She lives in Aix-en-Provence, France, with her husband and two children.
As a Senior executive at one of the fastest growing "do good" B corporation companies in the US, Samantha has developed one of the most robust influencer marketing programs around helping drive real change for the business - currently Influencers touch over 50% of ALL sales for Grove. Samantha and her team have created a program that empowers and support Influencers to create great content AND receive rewards for their work. A big believer in and endorser of the power of Influencers in marketing, Samantha previously consulted with companies like Citibank, Google and Sling Tv to help them resonate with their audiences today. As a mom of 3 young kids, she knows how important work life balance is and how you can make a difference simply by choosing where you choose to spend your hard earned dollars!
JAM Collective’s Director of Content, Sara focuses on social media strategy, planning, content and reporting for JAM clients including Osprey Packs, Vuarnet and Vasque Footwear. She also develops and executes customized influencer marketing initiatives, brand and media partnerships, paid social media advertising campaigns and ambassador programs. While obtaining her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, Sara honed both her writing and problem-solving abilities and utilizes both skills in managing projects, calendars and collaborators. When she isn’t tinkering with copy or target audiences, she loves volunteering at the SF-Marin Food Bank and drinking coffee. Follow her at @heysaramurphy on Twitter.
Sarah Marshall is the Owner of Marshall’s Haute Sauce in Portland, Oregon. She started as a social worker and taught classes to families, eventually focusing on food as a healthy family activity. Her small batch sauce company grew from her love of gardening and background in home preserving. Sarah is passionate about farmers, artisan producers, and canning seasonal ingredients. Teaching canning classes, experimenting in the kitchen, and organizing a local canning club- Portland Preservation Society, inspired her to write Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root To Top And Stem To Core.
I'm an advocate for self-love who focus on women who are lost and trying to find identify their purpose! I am the creator and writer for “Uniquely Complex” which is a blog that help women become confident, inspired and motivated to love on themselves. I am also a motivational speaker who speaks to women groups to help them re-establish their self-esteem and self-worth.
Shelly is a self-taught Modern Brush Calligrapher based in the Southern California area, the creator behind Letters By Shells, an Instructor and published author of "Learn to Create Modern Calligraphy Lettering" & "Learn to Create Art Deco Lettering." The purpose and structure of Shelly's business is focused on spreading positivity, empowering, motivating, inspiring, and spreading love to others. Shelly has a strong background in public speaking and teaching, which is why she loves hosting workshops on the weekends to empower others to discover their creative outlet and passions in life.
Sherita J. Rankins is the Creator & Editor-in-Chief of the BusyWifeBusyLife.com. The lifestyle brand inspires women to be effortlessly stylish, travel more, make smart money decisions and live their best life. Through its collection of travel guides, style inspiration, personal finance guides, and productivity hacks, this lifestyle site is a resource for all women (single or married). Sherita started her career as a professional model when she was 15 years old. She also works as a commercial actress and host and has been featured spots for Lancôme, Chevrolet & Mary Kay, to name a few. Sherita studied Finance and International business and was previously a Director of Finance of a non-profit. Sherita and her husband Brent, are entering their second year in LA after relocating from NYC.
Shirin is a life coach, public speaker and writer. She has been a featured wellness expert on the Today Show and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Certified by the International Coach Federation, her holistic approach to transformation is influenced by her background in guided meditation, spirituality and the arts. Prior to building her successful coaching business she was an award winning opera singer, performing at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. She is the co-founder of Brown Girl Brunch and has collaborated with companies including Soho House, Maha Rose, 109 World, and Splendid Spoon. She is based in Brooklyn and enjoys meditation as much as the does the Real Housewives.
Mom. Entrepreneur. Rockstar. Stephanie has over 8 years of media buying experience in paid social and digital media advertising. With Georgia Tech as her alma mater, she's a badass with numbers. Fortune 500 brands. Multi-million dollar budgets. Stephanie has done it all working at some top agencies in the industry. She created her company, digital Insomnia, to service brands and entrepreneurs that may not want the traditional agency partnership or simply can't afford it. Stephanie can bring Fortune 500 experience to any budget, large or small. She has taught the first class on social media focusing on Facebook advertising via Miami Ad School Portfolio Center and a Facebook Advertising class at General Assembly. Whether you need her to run your campaign or teach you how to do it, she's your girl.
Meet Suzanne. She’s on a crusade to make it easier for parents to create a healthy, beautiful home for their children. Previously a Senior Equity Research Analyst in the Green Living Consumer Sector at ThinkEquity, a San Francisco-based investment bank, Suzanne spent several years studying organic products and the impact of toxic chemicals on our bodies. Thinking about starting a family in the midst of this research was, to say the least, quite intimidating. She realized that there was no one place to shop that carried all-natural baby products and employed knowledgeable salespeople. In 2009, Suzanne founded Sprout. Sprout has everything you need to make your home safe, healthy, and adorable for a new baby—all under one roof. Everything is individually stamped with Suzanne’s seal of approval. Everyday Suzanne is inspired by her daughters, Hannah and Amber, to keep up-to-date on child safety and chemical research, making it easy for new parents to provide healthy environments for all of their children. Suzanne has an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is on the board of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, and is Vice Chairman of the board of the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC).
Trena helps creative business owners use the power of video in their business by providing them the confidence to be on camera and the knowledge to use video effectively. She left her job as a human resource agent in the federal government to go full time with an idea to businesses how to use video - and realized there were so many entrepreneurs either not using YouTube or using it incorrectly! She helped clients like Heather Crabtree, Think Creative Collective and Christina Scalera of the Contract Shop to understand how YouTube video can work effectively in their marketing strategy without taking up all the waking hours in the day! While growing her YouTube strategist business she has been featured in Huffington Posts Must Watch Entrepreneurs, Creative Empire, Boss Mom podcast and more.
Trevor Christensen is an award winning photojournalist, commercial photographer and high school drop-out. His photojournalism has been published in USA Today, the BBC and The Washington Post. He is most well known for his portrait series, titled "Nude Portraits" which has been highlighted nationally and internationally on news outlets such as Mashable, BuzzFeed and NPR. Past clients include creative agencies like Big Door, Poolhouse, Big Monocle and brands such as Dickies and Mitt Romney for Utah.
Dr Vanessa Marcie is Vice-President Business Development France for London and Partners and co-founder/Director of Cambridge Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting firm. She holds an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School and a PhD from Côte d’Azur University. She has 20 years of experience in marketing & business communication. As a business professional, academic and standup comedian she researches the benefits of humour in leadership. She made her mission to help people transform their workplace and relationships thanks to humour.
Hi, my name is Zandra Zuraw of Little Yellow Couch (LYC). LYC is an online resource for people who love their homes and want inspiration and guidance on making them the very best places on earth. I produce a weekly podcast called "Style Matters," in which I interview the best people working in the interiors industry about how to create homes with substance and style. The podcast is my primary form of content creation and it's where my tribe lives. In 2015, we started from scratch with virtually no list. In 3.5 years, the podcast has grown from zero listeners to over 20K per month, and fully funded by sponsorships. I've spoken at two blogger conferences about podcasting and am scheduled to do a live recording of the podcast at a third conference in February 2019. This October, I'm hosting our first ever "Little Yellow Couch Style Retreat" at The Woodhouse Lodge in the Catskills. The premise is to guide participants through some soul searching while planning a total transformation of a room. Additional content for LYC includes newsletters, blog posts, and content for Instagram. I'm passionate about helping others create homes that give something back to them!
Monique Melton is a relationship coach, published author, and international speaker. The heart of her work is to support married couples in building happy and healthy marriages. She travels the world speaking at conferences and events on topics related to personal growth, marriage, and relationships. She’s been published in magazines, featured in blogs and podcasts and has touched the lives of people all over the world. She is a natural big-bold dreamer and a deeply rooted woman of faith. She is a proud Navy wife to her high-school sweetheart and she is a loving mother to two little ones. She has a BA in social science with an emphasis in sociology & psychology and two years of graduate school education in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She believes it's not all about your comfort, but it's about your growth.
Kara is just a Midwest gal who ran away to San Francisco to escape the cows and cold winters (seriously!) She's the founder of Whimsy Soul, a body positive lifestyle blog based in San Francisco with a community of 100k+ women. She keeps it real and is focused on giving more than just a pretty picture on Instagram, and instead provide relatable, attainable and useful content that empowers her tribe to live a life that’s anything but mediocre. Whimsy Soul has been featured in publications including Cosmoplaltion, Brit & Co, and Reader's Digest and Kara has worked with notable brands like Starbucks, Lufthansa and Sephora.
Elizabeth’s passion for outdoor living and contemporary design lead her to launch Shop Boxhill (www.shopboxhill.com), an online shop featuring a curated selection of furniture and outdoor living products, as a spin-off of her landscape design business. Shop Boxhill has quickly become a go-to source for clients and other designers looking for the best in outdoor furniture, fire pits, rugs, lighting, and décor. Shop Boxhill has been featured in Sunset Magazine, Casual Living, Design Milk, GOOP, Gardenista, InStyle, and more.
I’m Ty Kilgore and over the past 10 years, I've done digital marketing for over 150 MAJOR sites in over 40 industries. My clients have included companies like Verizon, Pingdom, Frontier, Dell, Mary Kay, McGraw Hill, CityPass, ZAGG, and many more. I've successfully achieved top rankings for 13,982 keywords… And YES, I’ve actually counted them. Through working with clients and managing several teams, I've mastered teaching SEO and Digital Marketing to different personalities, learning styles, and expertise levels.
Leslie Bruce is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning entertainment journalist. Her upcoming book You Are a F*cking Awesome mom will be released next year with Hachette Books. She’s the creator of Unpacified: a parenting platform for women to discuss motherhood through an unfiltered, judgment-free lens. Her popular Instagram account serves as a resource, outlet and community for all mamas. She’s a frequent contributor for parentings sites like The Bump, Well Rounded and LaurenConrad.Com. She’s an ambassador for Hey Mama, a national community for entrepreneurial women. Leslie lives in Laguna Beach, California with her husband and two kids: Tallulah and Roman.
Thei Zervaki has a diverse background in linguistics, translation and food fields. She is a qualified linguist and translator with over twenty years of experience in Europe and the USA with Greek, French, Italian and Spanish. In the field of food, she has been a food writer for nearly ten years with contributions to consumer and trade magazines and radio. She was one of the contributing writers for Savoring Gotham book, a 2017 Gourmand Award winner. She shares her culinary language findings on http://ediblyy.com/. Bringing this background together, she often speaks as an independent researcher in conferences around the world on the topic of language and translation of food. She has taught translation to Colleges and does online seminars. In addition, she reports on current food trends in North America and Asia to major market research companies. Thei holds a BA in French and Masters in Linguistics and Translation Studies from a number of European Universities. She lived in Brussels, Luxembourg , London and New York. She is currently based in Seattle.
Hikari Loftus, In her childhood, Hikari spent entire days during summer vacation at her local library reading every book she could get her hands on. From fairy tales to science, history to geography, she found magic in every word. After a misguided and failed attempt at majoring in Interior Design, she came to her senses and graduated from the University of Utah in Mass Communication, with a focus in Journalism. She runs the Instagram account "FoldedPagesDistillery" with over 125k followers and growing.
Jahje Ives is the creative mama behind the baby and lifestyle brand, Baby Jives & Co. She started her company in 2010 as new mom when she couldn't find the perfect mobile, so she made one. Since 2010 Jahje has been working hard to put a bit of wonder into the world with her art inspired by the magic of childhood. Jahje's products are sold on her own site babyjives.com and can be found in over 100 retail shops worldwide including Crate & Barrel, Ron Robinson, West Elm and more. Jahje's home based studio just outside Philadelphia, PA is where her designs are born and many of her mobiles are handcrafted by her & her team. What they can't tackle is made with love by her US based and fair trade partners in India. When Jahje isn't designing she can be found pretending with her kids, connecting with her friends and reading the occasional book in the bathroom (every mother's sanctuary).
Kayla Huston is the owner and creative director at Kayla Huston Events. Her background in fashion, interior design, and visual display construction has fine tuned her into a creative machine. She is known for her color selection process. It is an integral part of any concept she designs. Kayla is a Certified Wedding Planner and The Design Coach for The Bridal Society. She assists wedding planners around the world with all things design based. Her imagination knows no boundaries and has helped her become a master of transformation. With such acute attention to detail not one aspect is ever overlooked.
Kristen is the founder, owner and creative director of Thimblepress® a design & lifestyle company aiming to create products that make people happy. Founded in 2012, Thimblepress® is sold on their own site thimblepress.com and in over 1500 shops internationally and has collaborated with Target, Hallmark, Moon & Lola, Glitter Guide, Speak Wines, June & January & Keds. Thimblepress® creates products that help create memories, fill a room with color, bring a smile to a face & make you feel unique & special. Kristen also has her website kristenley.com where she focus her efforts on mentoring and creative consulting with individuals and brands. One of Kristen's biggest passions is encouraging other's to see their potential and chase after dreams. Kristen offers monthly mentoring, weekend workshops and creative calls to help an individual or brand take next steps, develop products and/or marketing plans and work to achieve goals. In Kristen's free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, perusing the local flea markets & hanging out with her two Goldendoodles, Willow & Henry!
Nikki McWilliams is a creative entrepreneur based in Scotland, UK. She runs a successful online handmade homeware store at NikkiMcWilliams.com (est 2009), and has recently set up NikkisSupplyStore.com which specialises in Bullet Journal stationery and supplies. Alongside this, Nikki also work in influencer marketing and has worked on campaigns with Oreo, West Elm, Swatch & Mixbook, to name a few.
Sensi is a professional kiteboarder, swimwear designer, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, philanthropist and kiteboarding coach. In 2007, Sensi tentatively signed up for a kiteboarding lesson in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and immediately fell in love. Just two years later, she applied to be a kiteboarding coach, relocated to the East Coast, and started collecting accolades. The Hood River, Oregon local regularly places in the top 3 at some of the biggest international kiteboarding invitationals, garners continuous coverage in kiteboarding magazines, and even launched her eponymous swimwear label, Sensi Graves Bikinis, to meet the demands of her sport (after losing one too many string bikinis in the surf, she decided to tackle the job herself and design suits that actually stay on in rough conditions). Sensi has been been nominated for AWSI kiteboarder of the year for the last four years and in 2017 ranked 3rd on the Kite Park League World Tour. Her bikini line has been recognized by Self Magazine as a top suit for sports and is the winner of the 2017 SELF Healthy Living Awards. Sensi Graves Bikinis has also been featured in SUP the Mag, on Grindtv.com, on ESPNW.com and on Goldfishkiss.com among others.
Gingiber, Stacie Bloomfield is the illustrator behind Gingiber, an animal-centric stationery and home goods brand specializing in bold, vibrant colors and unexpected patterns. Stacie's work has a teeny sentimental streak, and a healthy obsession with vintage children's book illustrations and stories you never quite outgrow. Since launching in 2009, Stacie has collaborated with many retailers and manufacturers for stationery, fabric, home decor, gifts, and children's room bedding. Some of her clients include The Land of Nod (Now Crate and Kids), Moda Fabrics, Quarto Publishing, West Elm, Chasing Paper Wallpaper and LuluJo Baby. Stacie's products are sold in over 350 retails worldwide. When she's not designing for Gingiber, Stacie can be found adding zest to her new home in Arkansas and spending quality time with her 3 kids and husband.
Taharah Saad is the founder of www.mypersonalizedsuccess.com and Instagram account @glassceilingbreakers. She serves as the Vice President of the Arab American Women’s Business Council while holding a full-time position as Infotainment Quality Engineer in the automotive industry. She is also the Producer/Creative Lead/Host for “Her Path to Success” series highlighting successful women and their stories. She has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management. She specializes in topics including professional development, Diversity & Inclusion, work/life balance, and many more; however, her favorite titles are wife and mom. Everything she does furthers her personal mission of helping to inspire, motivate, and empower women to achieve their own successes!
Hi there! I'm a content creator and photographer for brands and bloggers with a love for vibrant colors and natural light. I aim to depict my subject in a natural state- candid, confident, and relaxed. My ultimate goal when photographing is to capture fun moments that reflect one's true self. Along with creating content for brands and bloggers, I also run an apparel business called Made of Wonders that's inspired by theme park fun! When I'm not working, you can find me snuggled up with my kitty cat and french bulldog or traveling to a new place! I'm constantly being inspired by my travels.
Janssen is the author of Everyday Reading, a family lifestyle blog for book-loving parents. A children's librarian turned mom to four little girls, she shares recommendations for picture books and books for grown-ups on her blog and Instagram so no one ever has to be stuck with a big pile of sub-par reading material. Everyday Reading also features ideas for family life, including home decor, meal ideas, travel tips, and personal style inspiration. Janssen and her husband live with their daughters in Provo, Utah where Janssen always has all their library cards maxed out.
Alejandra Graf is a Mexican food lover and wellness pusher who follows a plant- based diet. She has a degree in art history, and a few years ago she decided to pursue another one of her passions, food. She became the voice behind Piloncillo&Vainilla, a blog dedicated to sharing her experiences, food philosophy, and healthy and tasty recipes – the kind of dishes that nourish body, mind, and soul. The kitchen was always the family meeting point and her first cooking classroom. Now she has a professional certification as a plant-based cook and food photographer.
I'm Brittney Anderson. I own a small children's clothing company, Ira Loves Mae. We're passionate about creating beautiful and timeless children's clothing that is made to last.
With nearly 25 years of TV hosting experience on network, cable, and digital platforms covering topics as diverse as fashion, entertainment, video games, parenting, decorating, and technology, Diane Mizota’s experience is vast and unique. Currently seen on Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live’s All Access Style, Diane hosts weekly style segments for a national audience. Last year she co-hosted Oscars Backstage with Orlando Jones, the official Oscars’ livestream and Moms’ Movie Minute for Fandango. Diane’s other credits include: Marvel Runaways, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Major Crimes, True Detective, Scandal, The Steve Harvey Show, and national commercial campaigns for Toyota, Capital One, Farmers, Honda, Microsoft and more. In 2011, Ashton Kutcher, the “President of Pop Culture” for Popchips launched a viral social media campaign search for his “Vice President of Pop Culture”. Diane Mizota created the winning video, and for three years, she conceived and directed video content covering pop culture events, featuring celebrities like Bruno Mars and Heidi Klum. In 2014, Diane founded Zota Productions, a video production company. With her unique experience, clients such as Kopari, NuFACE, Tiny Tags, Colorescience and AMR Resorts seek out Diane’s organic storytelling skills to produce authentic, engaging video campaigns.
Garineh is a social media and digital audience development expert in the tech and media space with 7+ years of experience with proven success in content creation, marketing, brand awareness and growth in traffic and revenue. During her time at eHow.com, she focused on Pinterest, growing audience by 1,200% and creating the structure for Facebook video which resulted in 127 MM video views in 2017 alone. Currently in her role at Hunker, Garineh is growing Pinterest through editorial initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from California, State University Northridge and lives in Los Angeles.
Jane Mosbacher Morris
Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a company that connects businesses and consumers to ethically made products from around the world. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership and currently serves on the Institute's Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues. Morris is a member of VF Corporation's Advisory Council on Responsible Sourcing. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
She is the also the author of the forthcoming Penguin Random House/Tarcher Perigee book, Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place (January 29, 2019). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is proud to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky.
Justine Marie Schlosser is a graduate of Ryerson University, with a bachelors degree in Interior Design along with past studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and Lethbridge College. Justine continues to space plan, select finishes, colour palettes and create designs with clients ranging from small residential to commercial scale projects and every budget in between. In 2015, she "made it happen" and pursued her passions by founding Justine Marie Studios (JMS), offering interior design services, interior styling and custom abstract art. But it didn’t stop there. JMS has since created home décor, clothing, accessories, stationary and more, all based on her original art. Not only was this brand created from one-of-a-kind art, it’s so proud of it’s prairie roots that many products are locally designed, hand signed or stamped with the JMS signature! When you purchase a JMS piece, you receive a beautiful yet chic stamp of creativity that can be displayed on your wall, styled on your sofa or carried with you on the go. Justine Marie is collaborating with creative hustlers, contributing to charities, growing with the YQR community and evolving with the next challenge that comes her way. We encourage potential business dreams, custom commissions, affiliate opportunities etc.
In 2016, I finally got enough courage to leave my corporate job in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue a life that I've been dreaming about filled with creativity, happiness, travel, and entrepreneurship. I started freelancing social media marketing while building an eCommerce business focused on vegan apparel. Everything I have built has been self-taught through online research and being a practitioner. I think it is my duty to tell my story, my learnings, and my development process to others and to let people know that you do not need training to push go on the life that you've been dreaming of. You just need to start. Entrepreneurship, health, wellness, and travel are all part of my happiness equation. Walking down a path of the unknown has been incredibly fulfilling and incredibly challenging. It's something that I'm super passionate about, which is why I'm interested in sharing all of the lessons I've learned about building a business online, challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone, and constantly evolving to design the life of my dreams.
Hi! I’m Michael and I’m a contemporary painter and mural artist based in Scotland, UK. Since graduating from Art School in 2010, I’ve developed my own unique style of colourful and expressive portraiture, which have collectors around the globe. Recently my mural work has been featured in NME and sold via Saatchi Online (LA). I love nothing more than bringing colour and life to an empty wall.
Natalie Neumann // Co-founder of Metabrew. Natalie is a German-American, raised in Bavaria. A period of illness in her teen years sparked her continued passion for nutrition and healthy eating. She loves to build things and explore; she filed a patent at age 17, became a skiing instructor during University where she studied Industrial Design and built a device to rescue people from avalanches. She lived in the UK, Spain, Austria, Germany, and finally settled in NYC where she received a scholarship to complete a Masters at Parsons in Strategic Design & Management (essentially Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Management). She worked different jobs from designing refrigerators and the like for a leading design agency, to building a girls branch of a Bavarian youth association, to creating experiential culinary events, to selling energy shots and working for a startup accelerator in NYC. Her favorite job by far though has been building and growing her superfood beverage startup Metabrew alongside her business partner Romy.
Wenhsin Lee heads up marketing for Black Twine, a digital party inspiration platform and brand services studio. A seasoned marketing executive with 15+ years of experience, Wenhsin led loyalty marketing for American Express' Small Business Division and also held marketing roles in global marketing and customer acquisition. Wenhsin is a Stanford and UCLA Anderson alum, and she currently lives in San Diego with her husband and two young children.
As a certified, industry expert and with over a decade in the digital marketing space, Jenna brings her vast knowledge of Email and Online Marketing into the classroom with an interactive and energetic spirit. Her passion and experience comes from many years of working closely with thousands of local organizations, small businesses and nonprofits through both online and live seminars, to improve their growth and expand their reach.
In her ten years of working at Constant Contact, Jenna has taken on various roles but has most recently enjoyed her most current role as a lead trainer and public speaker; traveling internationally to assist small businesses and non-profits to maximize their email marketing efforts. Born and raised in a family of small business owners, she is passionate and inspired by small business owners and is highly driven to help them succeed
Tiffany Tolliver founded The EmmaRose Agency, a luxury Los Angeles-based branding firm, in October 2015 with a promise to enhance the way we visually consume products and services. The EmmaRose Agency designs and builds iconic brands using visual balance, clean and classic designs, and breathtaking photography. With grace, grit and God, in two years Tiffany elevated from living at home as a hair salon receptionist in Washington, D.C. to the owning a thriving six-figure boutique agency in Los Angeles that develops branding for nationally-recognized businesses. She obsesses over changing her clients’ stories, the way she changed her own story, by creating impactful visual experiences that cultivate brands’ popularity and profit. Tiffany’s clients have received recognition on outlets such as Good Morning America, TODAY, Buzzfeed, PopSugar, and more after working with her. When she’s not working, Tiffany may be found exploring the city of Los Angeles, for creative inspiration, with her smart and sassy daughter, Aysiah.
Gianne Doherty is an inspirational and educational speaker, clean beauty advocate, co-founder of Organic Bath Co. and founder of The W.E.L.L. Summit. Called "The Queen of Wellness" by the Tory Burch Foundation and named a “Wellness Guru” by The Improper Bostonian, Gianne and her brands have also been recognized in Boston Magazine, Organic Spa Magazine and on Refinery 29, Brit & Co, Style Blazer, and Hope Magazine. She has appeared at Nantucket Yoga Festival, Love Yoga Festival in Cape Cod, Foundation for Love in Maine, Vegan Beauty Affair and Mass Women’s Conference.
Founder of Project Kid and author of two craft books under the same name, Amanda Kingloff has been creating lifestyle, holiday, and craft content for over 15 years. She believes that whether you are a crafter, a teacher, a baker, or a CEO, the biggest "project" you will ever embark upon is that of shaping your children. While Project Kid primarily focuses on how to live with kids creatively and beautifully without sacrificing your personal style, it also touches upon the challenges, observations, and joys that parents face on a daily basis. From DIY crafts to party ideas to playdate solutions, at Project Kid we put a creative spin on a 360° look at life with kids. Amanda lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and 2 children, Oliver and Sommer.
After a few of us met and networked at a conference, we decided to take it one step further and build a small mastermind. Now with 5 members, we have been working together for over a year. We’ve all implemented the Profit First system in our businesses with huge success. From bloggers to online courses to memberships to coaching, our businesses have all benefited and flourished under Profit First. Were making a profit! If we can do this, we know you can too. Becky Jorgensen is the designer and owner of her site Patchwork Posse. I have been blogging for over 10 years and am a self-taught website builder and designer, growing my site and income with affiliate marketing, community building and content development. Along with the quilt pattern and planner company, I also fun a membership site heading into it's 4th year.
Tracey Del Moral
With over 17 years of experience innovating and managing consumer brands, Tracey Del Moral brings her passion for connecting brands to consumers in her role as Director of Marketing for OshKosh B’gosh at Carter’s, Inc. Tracey is responsible for OshKosh B’gosh brand strategy, marketing activations, philanthropy, partnership initiatives, brand ambassador programs and social strategies that increase awareness and engage with today’s mom. Additionally, she has extensive experience and enthusiasm for influencer programs that drive word of mouth. Prior to joining Carter’s, she managed the global business and marketing for Kids II flagship baby toy and gear brand, Bright Starts.
I am a branding/web designer and illustrator from Nashville, TN. From magazines and music labels to entrepreneurs, my clients typically fall under the creative industry umbrella. Though I work with national brands, I have a heart for working with fellow creatives, small business owners, and people who are passionate about what they do.
DeNai is founder and Head Designer of Petunia Pickle Bottom, a lifestyle diaper bag brand of twenty years. The brand is sold globally, numerous products have won innovation awards, and coined as the “original fashionable diaper bag.” DeNai is passionate about all things design-- product specific, textiles and ceramics. DeNai lives in Ventura, California with her husband and two boys. She will be bringing the #girlboss team, from Petunia Pickle Bottom: Korie Conant (co-founder and Creative Director), Caitlin Keller (US Sales Director), and Hannah Martindale (Intl Sales Director).
Vana Feliciano is on a mission to create and consume with care, aspiring to use her creativity to encourage other women to do the same. Forever committed to seeing the love inside it all, she uses mixed mediums, like poetry, podcasting and painting, to explore and practice, The Art of Being a Conscious Woman, on her project platform, The Quiet Brave. Vana fiercely believes in the power laughter, owning your desires with every inch of your heart and encouraging yourself without apology. She hopes her mindful makings will help remind and reignite the modern day woman into trusting her voice and it's power to change our world.
Liz Stanley runs Say Yes, one of the leading family and women's lifestyle blogs. After a decade on the web, she continues to receive regular content creation awards in the categories of lifestyle, food, craft, and family topics. In addition to attracting avid readers worldwide, Say Yes also works with loyal household brands like Target, Martha Stewart, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Ford, who come back again and again for high quality photography and creative brand integration.
Amy B. has a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Academy of Art University and has worked in the fashion industry for 9 years with a focus in product development and art direction. Stepmom, dog mom, CEO, insomniac, pretty picture planner, big idea thinker and small detail lover are just a few titles on the resume. www.therealamyb.com
Her company, Pepper Place Design is a women's lifestyle brand with its roots in handcrafted, limited-edition leather bags made in California. We offer comfortable and easy to wear small batch and private label clothing designed for real life. www.pepperplacedesign.com
Mother, wife, two-time home renovator, and head of AllModern.com – in short, a modern #boss.
Betsy Freeman is an art director, design strategist, and illustrator. As a creative consultant for Raised Real, Betsy led the charge on art-directing the Raised Real brand guidelines, illustrations, and food photo shoots. Betsy currently works at Intuit on the Central Innovation team in her favorite city San Francisco, CA. She is obsessed with visual storytelling and empowering others to tap into their creativity to effectively share their own stories.
Formally trained in fine art, design and psychology, Betsy has a well-rounded and empathetic approach to problem solving and working with teams. In addition to eating too much dark chocolate, she comes alongside entrepreneurs and brands to strategically find their voice and create brilliant visuals- whether that’s crafting brand guides and strategies, art-directing photo shoots, or leading design thinking sessions, Betsy stops at nothing to pull together a creative vision and push it to its full potential.In her free time, you can find her drawing scraggly cartoons of #millenialstruggles @freebetsydraws