Speakers Gallery 85C
With over 20 years experience in styling, retail, and film I created a blog that captures the essence of the sophisticated style in the south with a focus on local brands and boutiques. My journey began working as a freelance fashion stylist in New York in the 90's working with high profile clients such as Victoria's Secret, The cast of Sex and the City, Janet Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez. Now a Charleston dweller, I continue to style on both local and national productions, host my TV segment "Fashion Friday" on the local lifestyle show on ABC called Lowcountry Live, and document all style related content on my blog. I have contributed as a stylist to Southern Living, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, The Local Palate, Charleston Inside Out, Skirt Magazine; featured in Southern Living, Travel & Leisure, and Marie Claire Magazines; shopping contributor to the book “Moving to Charleston” The Untourist Guide; and guest judge for the Emerging Designer competition at Charleston Fashion Week.
Alicia Bias is the owner and lead organizer for Lux Simplicity Professional Organizing. With three kids (one being on the autism spectrum) and frequent moves, along with suffering from depression, anxiety, and numerous chronic health issues, her stress became the catalyst to her own de-cluttering and organization journey. While sharing her journey on social media, she realized she was not alone, and many other women were struggling with the same feelings of being overwhelmed. She was able to combine her passion and experience to create a personalized luxury service for those women seeking function and order in their busy lives. Her attraction to mindfulness and self-growth equips her to work with individuals who are seeking similar life improvements, and she works with each client to learn routines, habits, and personal style to create a customized solution. While she focuses on design in her organizing, the mental health benefits will always, first and foremost, be her “why?”
Amber is a senior integrated marketing communications associate at Marcus Thomas -- an independently held agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. She spends her days strategizing influencer and social marketing programs for a wide range of clients spanning industries from CPG to financial services.
Anastasia Casey is the founder + creative director at The Identité Collective. As an Austin + San Francisco based creative studio, we specialize in branding, web design and social media management for lifestyle brands. She's built her brand around empowering female designers + lifestyle creatives to grow their business to the next level through free education and tutorials on her lifestyle blog. Anastasia has a major love for creating digital environments that feel as warm and homey as the physical interior designs her clients create. Travel is a huge inspiration to her, and she's spent the last two years building a business that allows for that. Working from the road 3 months a year, Anastasia splits her time between Austin, San Francisco and a new destination each year.
Aimee LaLiberte has built her business around the one part of business most entrepreneurs struggle with — creating precision from chaos in business financials. As the owner and founder of her own agency, she brings her signature blend of “easy-to-understand language meets whip-smart strategy” (with a dose of humor) to traditional profitability and bookkeeping services. Additionally, she’s a trusted profitability advisor to six and seven-figure business owners who are tired of being behind in their books and are ready to uncover blind spots, course correct, and ultimately get profitable. Over her 17 years of experience, she has raised and managed multi-million dollar projects for numerous organizations. She’s highly sought after for her certification as a Profit First professional: an elite group of only 200 financial experts worldwide who have the tools to permanently drive profits in any business. She is also a certified Xero Partner and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and the National Association of Tax Professionals. Since striking out on her own in 2015, she has worked with businesses in the wellness, medical, and creative industries, working as their de facto CFO and financial guide helping them trade in overwhelm for confidence and profits.
Anjali Varma is a business coach and marketing consultant that specializes in personal branding, business branding, social media, and marketing strategy. Anjali has extensive marketing experience including 8+ years of corporate marketing at American Express, 8+ years small business marketing as the owner & operator of a Kidville franchise in Bethesda Maryland, 4+ years online marketing as an online influencer and she also holds a marketing degree and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She hosts local & virtual mastermind groups, an online community (Mompreneur Tribe Facebook Group), and local meetups to connect, educate, and inspire female entrepreneurs. And, she is a regular TV spokesperson on DC and Baltimore stations including Fox and WUSA 9. You can find Anjali at AnjaliVarma.com, in her MompreneurTribe Facebook Group and on Instagram & Twitter @AnjVarma.
Based on her own frustration with the complexity of party planning, Anne created Black Twine, a new kind of entertaining platform that provides visually inspiring party content, planning tools and resources through a premium community of party professionals. Their party blueprints have been featured on Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and 100 Layer Cake-let. A Stanford and Harvard Business School alum, Anne previously led Platinum and Centurion “Black” Card Events and Dining / Entertainment partnerships for American Express, establishing numerous partnerships, including Hamilton the Musical, Sony Pictures, Aspen Food & Wine and Zac Posen. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and two young sons.
Archel Bernard is owner of The Bombchel Factory and Mango Rags boutique in Monrovia, Liberia. She moved to the West African country after graduating from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She now specializes in dreaming up contemporary African clothing, training disadvantaged women to sew her designs, and empowering the women to become self-sufficient. Archel's mission in life took a significant turn amid the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. She saw the devastation in a country she loved; a country still struggling to overcome civil war. Archel decided to open a factory to help the people of her ancestral homeland to rebuild. She named it The Bombchel Factory and herself, the Head Bombchel in Charge. Archel has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company, Al Jazeera, Essence, and Viceland. She is also a Richard Branson Scholar. Archel's successful Kickstarter campaign almost doubled its goal, laying the foundation for an exciting, fresh, ethical style company. Archel's clothes have been seen on celebrities and blogs all over the world. She is a force. A visionary. A fashionista. But more than anything, Archel is a savvy and relentless business woman, determined to use her business to build lives.
April Foster is the founder and CEO of Inked Brands, the leader in influencer commerce. In 2007, as a blogger and craft enthusiast, she originally founded Studio Calico where she built a subscription scrapbooking service that combined content with commerce. Studio Calico's proprietary platform serves an online audience in over 130 countries. Since founding and growing Studio Calico, April has been pioneering influencer commerce as the founder and CEO of Inked Brands. She’s obsessed with combining relevant products, paid content, and smart marketing with influencer brands such as Studio DIY, The Bucket List Family, Meghan Rienks, and Ali Edwards. April lives in Kentucky with her husband, Greg, and four young children.
My name is Arriane Serafico, a teacher, and the founder of The Purposeful Creative. We are an online learning community of why-driven women, who are on the ever-evolving journey of making purpose+passion a key part of our lives and careers. For the past 7 years, I’ve been writing, teaching, and helping thousands of people (re)discover their passion and creativity, do what they love, and explore how they could use these to create meaningful work -- work that matters to them, and matters to the world. Our school runs on project-based learning, and the core of our curriculum is built on design thinking, human-centered design, and the growth mindset. We have also baked social impact into the very fiber of our business, partnering with non-profit organizations to help young children from underserved communities gain access to education. My background (and heart) lies in development work: I’ve worked in branding/marketing, communications, and youth development programs for NGO's, the Senate of the Philippines, and in a social enterprise. I've given talks/workshops locally (in the Philippines), and internationally (Morocco and Mexico). My design thinking training and experience has spanned over 5 years, having attended classes in Stanford d.school, and The Design Gym, among others.
My name is Audrey Smit, I am the founder + designer behind This Little Street - the blog-turned-business where I create a happy world for kids. Some people get into blogging not exactly knowing what their end goal is. That was me, back in 2012 - don't get me wrong, I loved writing then....but blogging felt more like a stepping stone in my (not-so-linear) creative journey. Six years later, I have gone from blogging about design + DIYs, to designing prints and patterns for kids brands, to taking a big leap of faith and launching my own line of products/developing my own brand. In fall of 2018, I co-authored, illustrated & published the first book of a new travel series for kids called "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry" (funded via a very successful kickstarter campaign earlier that year). The book series encourages kids to embrace the world, be brave and adventurous - and I'd love to inspire adults to do that too. Born and raised in France, I now live in Berkeley, California with my Danish Viking of a husband and our four curious little girls - who give us a good run for our money :)
Almost seven years ago, Bianca left her corporate job as a Business and Project Manager and founded Cayden Cay Consulting providing business development and operational/project management services to emerging business owners who were looking to enhance their business portfolio to increase their clientele and revenue. Bianca has worked with major players in business such as Mercedes, Com Ed, and many of Cook County Municipalities to name a few as well as trained business owners across the globe, including Paris, Curacao, Nigeria, London, Jamaica, Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Dominican Republic, and Canada. Bianca’s clients use her all facts no fluff philosophy to diversify their portfolios, create multiple streams of income, and increase profits. Because she believes that people buy from people, not businesses and brands, she’s dedicated to fostering deeper transparency in the business arena. Having a Bachelors in Strategic Management and a Masters in Project Management. She learned to merge her book smarts and work experience together to help entrepreneurs trade their side hustle mentality for a targeted, more profitable and polished approach. Bianca is setting the tone for a new generation of entrepreneurs while creating solutions for traditional corporate models.
Blessing Adesiyan is the Founder & CEO of Mother Honestly, a think-tank, platform and community for the modern ambitious woman to thrive in and beyond motherhood. Through her work, she has powered hundreds of women in their personally and professionally on how to approach their dreams, hopes and aspirations in motherhood. She is a mother of two, and married to her “secret weapon” husband. Blessing is a Chemical Engineer by trade with over 10 years of experience in manufacturing and operational excellence. She is the chief champion of the Mother Honestly Collective and currently pursuing her MBA at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Blessing is no stranger to big ideas and even bigger to-do lists, but her passion for women and the cultivation of their ambitions is what led her to found Mother Honestly as a response to a “gaping hole” in culture.
Bonnie Wiscombe blogs at BonnieandBlithe.com about her two greatest passions: motherhood and fabulous clothes (both DIY and storebought). She films and photographs projects, writes tutorials and designs sewing patterns in between putting out the (literal and figurative) fires of raising and homeschooling 8 children (ages 1 to 13). Bonnie’s tolerance of chaos, noise and dirty diapers is superseded only by her enthusiasm for inspiring women to create beauty in their wardrobes and find joy in parenting.
As self-proclaimed accidental entrepreneurs, co-founders Kelly Oriard and Callie Christensen, best friends for the past 20 years, saw a need for intentional children’s products and created Slumberkins in 2016 while both on maternity leave from working in the public school system. Kelly, with a dual Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and School Counseling and Callie, with a Masters in Teaching and endorsements in Elementary Education & Special Education, have since surrounded themselves with a team of well-seasoned advisers and employees to support the rapid growth of Slumberkins. The company strives to enrich lives by bringing children and their caregivers together to create a deeper bond between the two. In essence, Slumberkins truly are cuddly creatures with intention.
Camille Andros is the author of the picture books CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST IS SQUISHED published by HMH/Clarion and THE DRESS AND THE GIRL published by ABRAMS. Coming in 2019; CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST FINDS A CURE and FROM A SMALL SEED: The Story of Eliza Hamilton (Macmillan Children’s). Camille is the mom of six and lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
My name is Carly and I am the artist behind Carly Rae Studio. I live in Kansas City and create detailed, whimsical artwork that allows people to express themselves and what they love. Carly Rae Studio started in 2013, when I was in college working towards a degree in art education. After a year of teaching, I decided to make art a full-time career. My artwork is detailed and whimsical, often make up of tiny flowers. I am inspired by color, patterns, Kansas City, sports, and nature: flowers, the ocean, the forest, the sky, animals, sunshine, palm trees and seashells. Each floral painting starts with a pencil outline of a shape and is slowly filled in with tiny watercolor flowers. My paintings are then printed on textured fine art paper. They make thoughtful and personal gifts, as well as unique decor for homes, nurseries, special events, offices and more. My artwork has been sold in stores around the US, such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s and many local Kansas City boutiques. My newest designs are available in my shop.
Candy Washington is the founder of Actress with Style, a digital destination for all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and wellness. She's also the founder of The Billionaire Blogger Society, an inclusive community of creative professionals seeking to build profitable personal brands. She provides one-on-one coaching to entrepreneurs that want to start making an income doing what they love, become an expert in their field, and activate a clear and consistent brand both digital and in-real-life. Candy can be seen on The Doctors on CBS as an on-camera talent and social media expert. Additionally, Candy is a V.I.P. Influencer for FOX shows Empire, STAR, Lethal Weapon, and Pitch. She's also partnered with Lionsgate as a social media influencer for their launch and red carpet premiere of Power Rangers. Candy was recently a panelist during the beauty conference, BlushCon, on "How to Build Your Audience and Monetize It," and was also a speaker on the Muses panel, "From Blog to Business: How to monetize your social influence." Featured and published in Teen Vogue, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Simply Stylist, Independent Fashion Bloggers, PopSugar, BRINK Magazine, FOX Magazine, and more.
Cara Chace is a Pinterest Marketing Strategist for Online Entrepreneurs. She started in social media marketing in 2011 by managing 13 million fans across 17 social media accounts for a worldwide band. Since then, she's gone on to create hashtag campaigns for cities and their tourism boards, websites for entertainers and small businesses, and online courses to help online entrepreneurs like YOU. She loves creating Pinterest strategies that fit into the digital marketing puzzle for your business.
I'm Clarissa, owner of FIVE12 STUDIO, helping brands break the rules and become game changers. As an art director and brand consultant, I help brands reflect their diverse audience and make them brand loyalists. Aside from that, I'm a plant mom and a documentary lover who enjoys iced coffee even when it's 30 degrees outside.
Claudia Lucero is the entrepreneur behind UrbanCheesecraft.com and DIY Cheese Kits, which she sells through Etsy, specialty food shops, and select Whole Foods stores. She also developed the home cheesemaking kits for Williams-Sonoma’s Agrarian product line. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Colleen Clines values how design can become the tool for sustainable solutions to gender inequality, social injustice, and environmental degradation. She combines this passion as a social entrepreneur and impact designer as Anchal's Co-Founder & CEO. A Louisville native, Colleen earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). During her time in graduate school, she initiated the founding of Anchal in 2010 when discovering she could combine her passion for design as a vehicle for social change. Eight years later, Anchal has offered more than 400 sex trafficking and domestic violence survivors alternative careers in textile design in India and Louisville. The products have been sold in The Guggenheim, Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie nationwide and featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Better Homes & Gardens, Design*Sponge, BRIDES and GOOD Magazine. In 2013, Clines was named one of Public Interest Design’s Top Global 100 designers. Most recently Colleen was named to Louisville Business First’s 2016 Forty under 40 List, and awarded the 2017 NAWBO Humanitarian Award. Colleen has shared Anchal’s design thinking model as a keynote speaker at gatherings including the Fair Trade Federation National Conference, NY NOW, the Ali Center’s Daughters of Greatness Series, and Creative Mornings.
A Southern California resident, fashion, beauty and mommy blogger Corrine Stokoe is the “dealaholic” behind the blog Mint Arrow. Corrine's blog highlights the affordable side of fashion while prioritizing style and quality. A powerhouse influencer in the fashion, beauty and baby space, Corrine's readers are addicted to her deals and recommendations, often selling out items immediately after they’re featured on her blog or social media. She's been recognized by both RewardStyle and Shopstyle as a top 10 performer within their affiliate networks. A couple of her "pinch me" blogging moments have included traveling to Rwanda with Kate Spade to bring awareness to their "on purpose" label, and being featured in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine as a "baby gear expert." Corrine lives in Southern California by the beach with her husband and three little girls.
Self-proclaimed "male model," Neil is the male force behind Mint Arrow. He is the wind beneath Corrine's wings and makes all the important things happen behind the scenes as CFO and COO. Neil is the one who makes everyone laugh at team meetings, makes sure the team is vibing and working in harmony, pays everyone on time and makes sure we don't spend all the money that comes in! He is the hidden heart and soul of Mint Arrow.
Caroline Armelle Drake has been writing Armelle Blog since 2007. Caroline is a wife, and mother of three, and lives in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Armelle Blog is a lifestyle blog about creating and living a beautiful life. Armelle Blog’s mission is to inspire families and individuals to create and build lasting memories through well thought out meals, traveling and exploring new places together, and creating beautiful surroundings to have a special place to enjoy a happy and fulfilled life. Armelle Blog covers categories such as: Recipes, Travel, Home Decor, Fashion, Fitness, Entertaining, Holidays, Family, and DIY.
Since April 2014, I have shared my life, photos and recipes on Instagram as simplybeautifuleating. I believe that a recipe isn’t a recipe until it starts with love, is completed in your kitchen, and served with love. The food and recipes I create are simple, beautiful and I love eating them. There was a symmetry with those three words that became an ideal concept for my blog. Simply Beautiful Eating™ is an extension of who I am, fun, creative and whimsical. My true passion has always been cooking, baking and more recently, food styling and photography. I credit my cooking skills to my 96 year-old mom who has always encouraged me to watch, learn and complete the challenge of recreating her recipes. She taught me how to measure with my eyes and cook from the heart. With features on Food and Wine, Martha Stewart, Real Simple , NBC’s Today Food, Thrillist, Beautiful Cuisines, Huffington Post, and as an contributor, blogger and book reviewer for the feedfeed , Yahoo Canada and DK Publishing and Martha Stewart Living, it has been an overwhelming beginning to my new adventure – cooking and baking for the camera.
As the founders of Brandasaur, Diana and Katie believe that everyone deserves a seat at the popular table. We know how intimidating it can be to be new in the “wild wild west" of influencer marketing. Our goal is to facilitate meaningful connections between brands and influencers. Brandasaur’s got your back - from the initial reach out, to the pre-approval of posts, to the tracking of collaboration progress, to gettin' paid! Brandasaur helps you dot your i’s and cross your t’s by integrating in-app legal contracts that are customized to your collaboration preferences. No matter how big your following or brand, we’re saving you a seat at the Brandasaur table and we’ll partner with you to make your influencer marketing a success!
Diana Regal is a Content Marketer with experience working in the B2C & B2B sectors. Regal has worked at KitNipBox for the past three years, where she not only watches adorable cat videos, but also refines the company's content marketing goals, strategies, and calendars. Additionally, Regal produces and oversees KitNIpBox's creative assets and guides. Prior to working at KitNipBox, Regal was the first-ever US-based Marketing Manager to ad tech company, Teads, where she oversaw the brand's launch into the North American publishing and advertising industries. Before Teads, Regal worked at the Content Marketing Associate to Shoplet, the largest e-tailer of office supplies, managing the company's blog, social media presence, and partnerships with non-profits.
Elizabeth is a 16-year-old student in Oklahoma City. She is a co-founder, along with her younger sister Allison, for Beads of Good, a non-profit organization mobilizing girls to create social change in their communities. Elizabeth is an advocate for under-resourced, young women in Africa. She is an author and speaker and hopes to create innovative ways to solve problems. Beads of Good educates and employs high school girls in Kenya who have been victims of violence and who have been forced to become child brides. In addition to empowering women in Africa, Elizabeth hopes to inspire girls all over the world to dream big on behalf of others.
Liz Martin left her career as a speech therapist in 2015 to start a lifestyle brand & blog, The Charleston Weekender. She offers products that help make every day feel more like the weekend and enjoys blogging about travel, interior decor, entertaining, and entrepreneurship. In 2017 Liz co-founded a brick and mortar shop in Charleston, S.C. which specializes in local goods and balloons! Her passion for helping women pursuing a similar path inspired Liz to offer Instagram consulting and social media management services.
Elizabeth Quintal is the founder of Outside The Box by Cheeky Days, a community activity box for families, empowering kids through play and creativity to give back and create change. Elizabeth worked in non-profit for ten years serving homeless children and families in Houston, Texas. Currently Elizabeth lives in Madrid Spain with her family, as part of their decision to live more in alignment with their mission in life and business. Outside The Box draws from Elizabeth's experience working for local nonprofits and the realization that a lifestyle of love, kindness and connection can bring about change and build community. Her passion is to raise awareness about the importance of community and the impact each of us can make.
As a young girl I watched my grandpa and father run their own business. As a young college student my father gave me the experience of starting a business with him and he would help me pay for my college. This was the beginning of my entrepreneurship experience and my first business which I ran for many years. I pulled away from day to day management after having my first child but after my third child, I jumped on the entrepreneurship board again and started Saranoni, a luxury blanket company. I ran the business from my basement and a storage unit for many years until I decided to take the growth plunge and expand. I have run and grown Saranoni while being a mother to 5 children and right before I had my 6th child my husband joined the company full-time. We love being parents and business owners. Our lives can be crazy but we try to embrace the craziness. We spend a lot of late nights working together, talking about blankets and sharing our hopes for our kids. I dream of a bigger laundry room and traveling to different parts of the world with our children for humanitarian projects.
After several years of working as a food photographer in New York City, Erin Gleeson moved to a cabin in the woods in California where she created The Forest Feast food blog and cookbook series which fuse her love of cooking with her own photography and watercolor paintings. Inspired by local ingredients she creates simple, mostly-vegetarian recipes that are full of fruits and vegetables. Her recipes are presented as visual diagrams that are simple to follow and are easy enough for a weeknight, yet impressive enough for a party. Erin also has a line of Forest Feast stationery and gift items which feature her artwork. She has just returned from 3 months in Europe where she did research for her 4th cookbook which will be focused on Mediterranean small plates (Abrams, Fall 2019). Erin teaches photography in Continuing Studies at Stanford University and lives in Woodside, CA with her husband and 2 young sons.
Jenna Herbut is the creator of the Booty Belt, which sold into 120 boutiques all over Canada, USA and Japan and featured in Flare, Elle Canada, LouLou, and on CityLine, CTV, and Global news. After touring as a vendor in craft shows and festivals across the country, Herbut founded and promoted her own fair, Make It, which quickly expanded to a bi-annual, three-city event. Make It has become a well-known community for both new and established makers, and boasts +100,000 shoppers, yearly. Since the inception of the Make It fair, Herbut has expanded her business to include MakeItTV and Make It University, which distribute online learning resources to new entrepreneurs and makers.
Jennifer Priest, the founder of Smart Creative Social, formerly Rainmaker Media Works. I specialize in developing social media marketing and digital marketing strategy for businesses who want a strong online presence that will get results. I run 3 courses on topics of Pinterest, hashtags and social media content planning.
Jessica Litman is the founder, lead organizer, and creative director of the professional organizing company and blog The Organized Mama. Over the past 5 years The Organized Mama has been teaching families how to lead neater and calmer lives, one drawer at a time. With a background in teaching, she loves showing families how to live an organized life. And, with two little kiddos at home, she understands how to create functional and aesthetically pleasing organizational systems that work. The Organized Mama has had the honor to work with Lowe's Home Improvement, Sherwin Williams, Kid Made Modern, and The Container Store on innovative projects!
Katie lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter, and doodle. Katie is a writer, bookworm, and marketing entrepreneur.
Keli Spanier owns Colette Paperie, a greeting card company in Cincinnati with a presence in over 300 retail locations worldwide. She regularly teaches lettering calligraphy and how it can bring personality and fun into a business or as a hobby.
Kelly has a dual Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling and has worked as a school counselor and family therapist at a K-8 school in Portland, OR. She has a passion for traveling the world. She speaks 4 languages: English, Spanish, German, and American Sign Language. Kelly found a perfect partner in her husband Colin, who also has a passion for travel and learning languages. They both lived abroad and played professional sports in Europe after earning their bachelor degrees. Together, they are raising their two sons, Aidan and Oliver, to be bilingual in Spanish and English in the Pacific Northwest
Kris Drewry-Perelmutter has been featured on the Today Show, Access Hollywood Live, Inside Edition, and Dr. Oz as a lifestyle contributor. She is passionate about fitness, health, and wellness, and hopes that her experiences will inspire others to take control of their lives in a positive way. Kris lives in Los Angeles, California, where she recently finished her first self-help book, Breakup Positive- she is currently pursuing a career in writing, television, and motivational speaking. She spends her free time reading as many books as she can, working out, and traveling to new places.
I’m Kylee— a mom boss building businesses and community from the comfiest spot on my bed. My entrepreneurial journey started with a love story. My love story. It was our first Valentine's day as an engaged couple. We were broke and saving for a wedding just a month away. I had recently shared my dreams with him of one day owning a photography business. When I went into his room that day, his xbox was gone and instead there was a box wrapped up in it's place. Inside the box was my first camera and the beginning of Kylee Ann Photography. What started as a photography business has grown into so much more. I still shoot weddings and commercial, but also lead an incredible team of photographers and employees. Our studio has grown to shoot 75 brides a year and serve so many families. In addition, I help other entrepreneurs create and grow thriving businesses of all sorts. And most importantly, I take my three kids on adventures. All it took was a dream and a boy that loved his girl more than his xbox. The gift of love, right?
Through practical, no-nonsense advice, Laura Hutchinson helps busy people like you live a happy, vibrant life. Her business, HowToGYST, is the go-to resource when you want to simplify any aspect of your home or work life, so you can focus on what matters most to you.
In 2000, Laurie Feltheimer was a UCLA grad with degrees in political science and business administration. She was working in finance when circumstances required her to reinvent herself. She mixed a love of fashion with her business and sales experience to launch Hot in Hollywood in 2002, the line that became a HSN phenomenon by bringing celebrity style and casual glamour to everyday women. After years of success, she brought her apparel line to QVC, where her first-ever TSV on the network saw a 100 percent achievement rate. But it was the new millennium’s social media explosion that showed her how style can truly bond women, creating a place for connection and eliminating size-ism, age-ism and wealth-ism. The love of denim creates bonds between women from all walks of life, and through LAURIE FELT– LOS ANGELES, it empowers them to be the best they can be. Laurie and her small but incredibly talented girl squad team built a brand that supported this new mission at large: to help women find and feel like themselves. Denim is a rapidly growing industry today. Women don’t need another jean -- women need an exceptional jean, and brand, that can support them in their life.
Liberty Riggs, is a seventh generation Texan with an undying love for Jesus and breakfast tacos and an unrelenting drive to help others reach their maximum potential. She's a self-help junkie with an extensive background in graphic design, content marketing and entrepreneurship. In the past, Liberty has worked with online franchises like Marie Forleo International and Being Boss, and built two successful small businesses of her own, while providing art direction for global brands such as AT&T, Kohler Co. and Sam's Club. She is a proud #GirlMom to her daughter, Meritt, and her coonhounds, Cricket and Junebug. She and her husband, Josh, share a passion for local business and are currently dreaming up a historic home remodel.
Lori Kilkelly is the president and founder of LK Literary Agency. Before founding LK Literary Lori was a senior agent at Rodeen Literary Management where she has completed more than eighty deals for her clients and has worked extensively with each of the major trade publishers. Lori's clients at LKLA include New York Times bestselling author of the "Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site" series, Sherri Duskey Rinker; Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner, and author of "The Miscalculations of Lightening Girl, Stacy McAnulty; author/illustrator Vesper Stamper, who is long listed for the National Book Award for her debut illustrated young adult novel, "What the Night Sings", Camille Andros author of the "Charlotte the Scientist" series and "The Dress and The Girl" along with other talented authors and illustrators who publish across the range of children's and young adult literature.
Lorraine C. Ladish
Lorraine C. Ladish is a Florida-based bilingual communicator, helping empower women and others to achieve their goals. Co-founder and CEO of Viva Fifty Media, a bilingual venture that celebrates midlife and beyond. She has contributed to NBCNews, Huffpost, AARP, Mom.me, Purple Clover, Latina magazine and Redbook. She is also a digital influencer and brand spokesperson. Her latest book on embracing age, "Tu Mejor Edad," was published by HarperCollins in 2017. But most of all she´s a woman, a mom, a wife, a writer, an entrepreneur, and a yogini.
Lucrecer is an award-winning photographer, graphic designer, watercolor artist, podcaster and digital marketing strategist. She has been an artist for most of her life and a photographer for over seventeen years, having numerous photographs and original art published in books and magazines. She is a passionate and motivating speaker and has graced the stage leading sessions on honing your creativity, marketing and PR strategy, relationship building, photography, blogging, and podcasting. Lucrecer is a popular workshop leader focusing on social media strategy, community building, live broadcasting techniques, and visual communications. She delivers soul-stirring messages that motivate people to do their best and never give up. Lucrecer is the founder of SistaCast, a podcasting community for women by women. She saw a need for more women wanting to enter the podcasting space and created a space where they could support each other while creating great shows. She also helped create the Black Women in Politics database with two friends to support and share a database of Black women running for office. Born in Georgia, Lucrecer is a southern girl at heart. She loves on herself, loves on haters and has no problem calling out “hot mess” when she sees it.
Margaret Olat is a nurse, writer, creative coach, and a rebel against society’s prescription of a dream job. She shows you how to create a crazy inspired career fueled by creative freedom. Because the intersection of creativity, passion, and profit is where the magic happens. Her clients have gone from having conflicting ideas to launching their consulting services, products, launching a Kickstarter for a podcast, and getting featured in big media outlets. Her thoughts on career and entrepreneurship have been featured on Lifehack, Elephant Journal, TEDxLincolnSquare, Thought Catalog, Addicted2Success, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, Career Contessa, Inspired COACH magazine, and she’s been mentioned by the likes of ProBlogger, Brit + Co, and Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has also been featured as a career expert on Albert’s List, a community of 15,000+ members that connects recruiters and job seekers with the power of referrals.
Margo Aaron is a recovering academic and accidental marketer. She began her career as a psychological researcher where she became obsessed with how you get people to care. She explored that question in graduate school where she discovered the answers were in a field called marketing. After several years of working in traditional marketing agencies, Aaron started her own consultancy helping companies with market research, CRO, and email marketing. Today she runs a virtual coworking space for solopreneurs with online businesses and is a regular contributor to Inc. She writes regularly about the nonbusiness parts of business on her website That Seems Important.
Mary Nielson has been a partner and business director at The House That Lars Built since 2015. Prior to joining Lars, she honed her strategic and operational expertise working in a variety of business development and analyst positions with a particular emphasis in evaluating and structuring merger and acquisition deals within both the media technology and medical technology industries including Avid Technology and Lemaitre Vascular. Prior to that she was a stock analyst at Think Equity and Madison Williams. She has consulted with a number of startups on the topics of organizational structure, finances, and operations. She received a BS in finance from Brigham Young University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York.
Meagan Francis & Sarah Powers
Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers are co-hosts of The Mom Hour, and co-owners of Life, Listened, a boutique network of women's lifestyle podcasts. Collectively the pair has over 25 years experience in digital media, not to mention 8 kids between them.
Megan Koval is the founder of AWOL Strategy, a global brand strategy and communications destination for entrepreneurs and ventures off the beaten path. She’s the creator of Color Your Calling, an interactive guidebook to fuel your introspective quest and make your calling a colorful reality. Her previous branding work can be found with Fortune 500 companies like NBCUniversal, mega brands like Nike and startups and nonprofits. Since launching AWOL Strategy, she has supported global entrepreneurs, coaches, authors and founders and helped them tap into their potential and articulate their purpose. Her clients have spanned from Manhattan, Manchester, Malaysia and more. Although based in New York City, her clientele mirrors her nomadic pursuits.
Megan Moore is a hair salon owner with over 15 years in the beauty industry. Her love for all things Makeup, Haircare and Skincare was often the topic of conversations with clients at the salon- and after years of answering questions and giving advice in person, Megan decided to write those answers down so she could share her love of beauty with more women. The Beauty Snoop is a blog dedicated to 'snooping' out the best of the beauty world and bring those findings to an audience of like minded women. Megan aims to educate and uplift, with an encouraging approach to beauty. Her authentic voice and genuine excitement for her craft is apparent, and readers will leave feeling empowered to try something new in their own beauty routines. Megan is also the Beauty Contributor for Utah's top-rated day time show; Studio 5, in which she shares even more beauty advice and product recommendations.
Meghan Stubbs is the Co-founder & Co-CEO of BuyItLive with her husband Brett. As the self-proclaimed “brand BFF”, she helps brands & influencers make the most of BuyItLive’s social commerce platform, allowing brands and influencers to bring a unique shopping experience to their followers through shortening the sales funnel, and increasing conversion rates and organic reach. Meghan is the mother of 5 crazy kids that she teaches at home, and the owner of an artisan spice company that she runs with her husband and children. When they aren’t learning and cooking together, they are off visiting fun places and looking for new adventures!
Melissa Esplin has loved hand-lettering since she was very young. She started a stationery business at 15 and from there her passion for design and letters has only grown. She earned a BFA in Painting & Drawing at BYU with an unofficial “minor” in graphic design. She started blogging in 2007, and there rediscovered her love for calligraphy. She's been teaching calligraphy since 2010 and online since 2012 when she and her husband created calligraphy.org. In the six years she's been teaching calligraphy online, she's been fortunate to take a front seat in many artists' beginnings and see the love for letters develop first-hand.
My name id Mercedes Zubizarreta, I´m a creative and marketing director of my own brand zubi. Our brand exists to make women lives happier in their everyday life, growing in a community that shares and supports you to be proud of yourself internally and externally, helping you to be the best version of yourself, because we are in charge to make the world a better place. I´m also teacher in ied Madrid of Branding and Communication. I love to coach and communicate with people, to learn from other, to travel and to fully enjoy everyday life.
Molly Hayward is the visionary Founder of Cora, a brand giving women a modern method for managing their periods. With innovative and healthy organic products, a modern user experience, and sustainable menstrual products given to girls in developing countries for every monthly supply sold, Cora represents the smart, sophisticated, and conscious woman of today and is transforming the experience of womanhood on a global scale. Molly was the first entrepreneur in the now-trendy menstrual management space to establish a modern, socially conscious brand, presenting the issues of healthier products and women’s global social justice to the mainstream female consumer. At 29 years old, and recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30, she has been featured in major media outlets and garnered awards for her innovative and holistic approach to elevating women globally through for-profit business. For more information, visit www.cora.life.
Natalie Malan loves to draw and design. She's a mom to four kids under the age of 8 who love to draw and paint. And lucky to be married to fellow illustrator Dave Malan. Who also happens to be kind of ok at drawing. After earning a BFA in illustration from BYU in 2003 she worked for an educational software company called Imagine Learning as an illustrator. She then changed jobs and became creative director for Provo Craft until 2009 when she started freelancing full time.
Natashia McLean is the creator of CanaryJane.com, the DIY & lifestyle blog that follows her adventures as a mother of five, published illustrator, nap enthusiast, blogger, fitness instructor, and event planner. Natashia's work has been featured on Diply, House that Lars Built, and Pop Sugar among others. She has also been contracted to do creative projects for clients like Costa Vida and Children's Miracle Network. Her mottos are "Spread your wings and shine!" and "Be the Leslie Knope of Whatever you do."
Niki Monty is a creative gem equipping brands with innovative strategies and content solutions. A serial entrepreneur and passionate writer, Niki’s brand is the product of her purpose. She is a bold, brilliant believer with a desire to serve others with her gifts. In 2016, Niki founded Business Over Brunch, a series of intimate networking events for women in business. Niki, is a wife, and mother of three who understands the complexities of pursuing goals while enjoying family life.
I’m Nole Garey, the founder and creative director of Oh So Beautiful Paper. I like to say that I’m a recovering diplomat turned full time creative blogger: I previously worked in international diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State from 2003 – 2010. Oh So Beautiful Paper is a leading lifestyle and design blog that makes beautiful design accessible to everyone by sharing beautiful paper goods, fun DIY ideas, and design inspiration.
Renée Lowe is the award-winning CEO and Founder of OnyxQueen Media. With degrees in Journalism, Media, Communications and a certification in Event Planning, she has been sought after by corporate and private upscale clients. She is the curator of Blackberry Naturals, a natural hair female entrepreneur group in North Atlanta. She has also written for various publications about women in business and speaks on entrepreneurship. Renée is also the host of The Queen's Lair Podcast, which gives entrepreneurs and people in the lifestyle industry a chance to shine. She is an esteemed member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) and The Boss Network, which was voted one of the “10 Best Career Sites For Women” by Forbes.com. They chose Renée, as one of the “50 BOSS Members To Follow On Twitter” in 2011. She was also named one of the Amazing Women of 2013, by Stiletto Woman Media. In 2017, CEO of FUBU and The Shark Group, Daymond John, selected Renée to be a Rise and Grind Ambassador.
Romy Raad// Co-founder of Metabrew. Romy was born and raised in Lebanon, a country very rich in food culture and inhabited by ambitious lovers of life. She speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently and played the piano semi-professionally for 13 years. Raised by her mother’s & grandmother’s cooking and inspired by her father’s entrepreneurial journey, she naturally expresses her hospitality through food and has always dreamt of starting her own food venture. She completed a B.A. in Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut and worked as a senior designer at a boutique agency in Lebanon. Driven by her desire to learn how to run a business, she moved to NYC to do a Masters in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons, The New School. She has worked as a business developer and marketing consultant at Favoreat, a radical design boutique studio in Brooklyn. There, she collaborated closely with culinary thinkers, designers & explorers, using food as a lifestyle to create successful business experiences. She also developed brand strategies for major CPG Food & Beverage companies like LVMH (Newton Wine), Jacquet Bakery, and Little Ducks Organic, before starting her current superfood beverage startup Metabrew alongside her business partner Natalie.
Samantha Barnes is passionate about food and family. As the Founder/CEO of Raddish, a monthly cooking club and curriculum, she works everyday to empower kids in the kitchen. During her time as a middle school teacher, Samantha realized that many of her students were aspiring foodies… yet they lacked kitchen experience, education, and know how. She launched her first kids’ culinary venture in 2006, and soon was teaching thousands of children across Los Angeles through classes, summer camps, and parties. Today, Raddish aims to be the world’s premier kids cooking brand through subscription and curriculum products, delivering monthly culinary experiences that nurture kids’ confidence in the kitchen and beyond. Samantha is mom to an 8 and 6 year old, and believes the kitchen is the ideal place to learn, discover, and create alongside her kids. She knows what it takes to be a successful and driven mom in the workplace, and as CEO, she is committed to running a results-oriented and mom-friendly company built on autonomy, working smart, and work/life balance. Samantha and her companies have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Today Show, Parents Magazine, Washington Post, MasterChef Junior, and Food Network.
Samantha Fair | Co- Founder | Photographer –Business Director @sam_samandkate Sam has a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. She first realized her love for photography in High School when she joined the yearbook club. She later discovered her love for landscape photography through college and studying the arts. It wasn’t until she was asked to photograph a wedding that she broke into the wedding and portrait industry. She enjoys the process that each shoot brings forth with each individual. Sam is head of the business development, manufacturing and client relations in both the photography and design business. Sam & Kate Photography @samandkatephotography Sam and Kate Photography was established in 2013 from a wedding in Arizona. From that wedding, Sam and Kate Photography was born! They booked seven photo-shoots from that wedding and they decided that God had a bigger plan for them and they needed a business name…Sam & Kate! Sam & Kate Photography specializes in family, maternity, newborn and weddings. They also hold photography & social media workshops throughout the year and work with other companies on brand development.
Sam Kelly is a photographer/videographer based in Salt Lake City, UT and co-founder of Photo Native, a large, annual photography conference. With a Masters degree in Art Therapy Counseling, a self-published author, and experience teaching Stress Management at the college level, Sam loves anything and everything in which personal story, creativity, and healing intersect. Currently, Sam is a homeschooling mama of three, an avid side-business hustler, and married to the most patient, supportive guy in the world.
Sara Chambers is the Founder and Creative Director of Chicks Who Give a Hoot. She hosts the weekly podcast where she gets to interview incredible women and share their inspiring stories with her listeners. Her time working in non-profit has led her to a passion for social justice, women's rights, and the arts. She's driven by the belief that women are influencers and she's out to empower them to get involved, be change, and do good. She's also a writer, photographer, and designer doing her best to live a creative life in the desert with her spirited son and handsome husband. Alliteration is obviously her favorite literary device and she's a fierce advocate for the Oxford comma.
Sara Close is the founder of Hello Soul (www.hello-soul.com), a MT-based company that offers boutique retreats and leadership offerings for women on a mission. Her unique approach blends yoga/mindfulness, soulcraft/science, creative expression, and whitespace to create a curated space for women to reconnect with themselves. As a certified facilitator, coach and yoga instructor, Sara has had the honor of working with many individuals and organizations - from women leaders, to strategic innovation firms like Biomimicry 2.8, to industry leaders like Patagonia and Subaru of America - to help advance their visions for affecting change in our communities and our world. With roots in D.C. and Colorado, my husband, daughter, sassy rescue pup, and I currently split our time between Missoula, MT and Baja California Sur, Mexico. It's a curated lifestyle that we work hard to maintain, and has given me the opportunity to work with clients in four continents and across two oceans. When I'm not running retreats or on the ocean, I'm behind the scenes as a founding member and speaker curator for The Athena Pack conference in Bozeman, MT.
Sara is the founder and creator at Tell Love and Party, a colorful party, DIY and lifestyle blog. From costumes to cake toppers, Sara uses her blog to showcase her latest creations. She is a world traveler, party enthusiast, chocolate advocator and is that girl who gets excited about everything. She lives by the beach with her husband and 3 boys, has a degree in visual communications and has worked in store design, window displays and merchandising with TOMS, Billabong and other companies before starting her own blog.
Sarah Jane Wright
Sarah Jane is a children't book illustrator and textile designer, and mother of 4. She began her business as a top seller of art on ETSY back 2008, and from there launched her business as an illustrator of 7 books so far, and a top designer for Michael Miller Fabrics. She also sells wallpaper, prints and paper goods at sarahjanestudios.com. She recently has joined forces with her husband Kenneth as an author/illustrator duo and in 2018 launched a new picture book series, LOLA DUTCH. The second book in the series, LOLA DUTCH, WHEN I GROW UP hit the shelves January 2019. Lola Dutch has been a top seller and can be found worldwide in bookstores as well as in Target, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Barney's. Sarah Jane has also worked freelance with select companies like Ralph Lauren, Jacadi and Land of Nod, among others.
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.
I grew up in Toronto, but my very broad childhood imagination kept me dreaming of a life in New York City. In 2001, I made that dream a reality by landing a job in finance at Kate Spade, later moving onto production for Club Monaco and J. Crew. Shortly after I moved to New York, I met my husband, and 10 years later came our first son. That’s when I made the decision to leave the corporate world and start a business revolving around my dream of partying for a living. So Little Miss Party was born- a unique event planning and styling company that focuses on the special details tailored to each of our clients. From custom designs to day-of coordination, you can truly be a guest at your own party with LMP behind you. In order to make Little Miss Party successful it was imperative to build a team who could join the party with enthusiasm, dynamic personalities and creativity. Here we are today, a group of incredible women who live and love to party.
Shawna May former crisis line advocate and tissue donation "asker" has learned how to navigate awkward conversations most people dont want to have. In her quest for relative prosperity she's been able to take conversational principles and train and coach creatives to navigate the sales talk without compromising their non-selly selves. With her proven ASS method she's able to do so while raising 5humans under 7 and still find time to cross stitch and drink champagne every Friday with her husband.
With an MBA in Entrepreneurship and over 5 years running her own marketing agency, Shawna's most recent venture helps entrepreneurs launch businesses and other projects using simple productivity tools. Her company, The Launch Planner, released its signature product to huge success in the fall of 2017, and followed it up with a fully funded Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2018.
Tamera is the creative director and founder of Darden Creative. Noticing the shift towards digital, Tamera transitioned from wardrobe styling to product styling & photography. She has produced content for Macy's, The Laundress, Harper's Bazaar and more. Tamera shares her knowledge across several courses + workshops, including Master Mobile Photography like a Pro and The Find Your Light Platform. When she's not taking pictures or guiding her clients, she can be found teaching a spin class or craving a donut.
As the CEO & Founder of SoulTour – a platform for upliftment and spiritual well-being – Tara-Nicholle Nelson is on a mission to help 100 million people care for their souls. She is the author of The Transformational Consumer, creator of the 30 Day Writing Challenge and the former chief marketer for the world's largest health and fitness platform, MyFitnessPal where she led marketing from 45 million to 100 million customers through the company's acquisition by Under Armour. A female entrepreneur with experience growing businesses in real estate, marketing, law, and psychology, Tara has built not one but two businesses from the ground up, and has worked closely with companies like HGTV, Eventbrite, Chegg, Trulia, and ModCloth. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology and a J.D. from UC Berkeley, and was recently named the #1 woman Silicon Valley tech companies should be naming to their boards by Business Insider.
Teagan is a single mama with a dream to help impact women's lives. I teach, help and collaborate with solopreneurs to build and extend their social reach. I have built my business from my home - fueled by Dr Pepper, Sugar and Chocolate - and all done in sweatpants of course.
Dedicated to the style, beauty and professional lives of women! I have a true passion for helping others enhance their personal life, as well as their career. Through my smart and fun, fashion and beauty tips, you will be set for success! My goal is to help you become strong and confident in everything that you pursue in your everyday life. I have over a decade of experience in Corporate America as a sales representative (and counting). I truly love my what I do and my ability to help others learn more about themselves. I successfully have coached women just like you on how to market themselves for the big interview. From your attire and the power you possess in your look, the effectiveness of the “brag book” and how to “close the deal,” I can empower you to be the top candidate. As women, we celebrate various milestones throughout our lives: Sweet Sixteen, prom, graduations, weddings, baby showers and more. I can help you exude the confidence you have inside and help you look your absolute best.
Mrs. Michiel Perry is a South Carolina girl who love all things Southern and stylish. With a little inspiration while planning her wedding in Charleston, S.C. and decorating her first home in Maryland, Mrs. Perry was inspired to develop a lifestyle brand focused on African-American women with a Southern connection called Black Southern Belle. With her digital lifestyle brand Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry wanted to create an online and offline resource of lifestyle inspiration for African-American women in the South. In 2015, she expanded Black Southern Belle and developed an editorial division, ambassador program, online store, and The Black Southern Belle Collective, the first-of-its-kind resource for top, minority-owned vendors in the South. Before launching her business, Mrs. Perry managed marketing and partnerships at Lillybee, a collegiate and sorority lifestyle brand where she launched a collegiate ambassador program and managed the blogger outreach program. She was former political event planner and strategist for a Google, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Tiffany Hoehne loves empowering others to find happiness in their lives— whether through simple life hacks, yoga, creativity courses, life coaching, or good chocolate and great books. She currently resides in Utah with her hot filmmaker husband and six boys. Favorites include: scrunching her toes in the wet morning grass, giant plastic ice cream cones, reading to her 2 y.o. in an english accent, and tv reruns from the 1960’s.
Tori Mistick is a style obsessed dog mom living in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s been a social media consultant for a decade, sharing her expertise with a variety of brands and non-profits including The Andy Warhol Museum. When her blog for stylish dog moms, Wear Wag Repeat, took off in 2016 she was inspired to niche down her social media consulting business to focus on Instagram marketing. Today, Tori uses online courses and coaching to share the Instagram growth strategies gleaned from her experience growing her blog account to over 37,000 highly engaged followers, while also juggling an active acting and modelling career. Tori's experience in event planning, acting and community organizing all contribute to her specialty in building a passionate online community.
Vanessa is the founder and CEO of Sol Book Box, a subscription service for Spanish children's books that helps kids fall in love with both reading and Spanish. Born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Vanessa moved to the United States for college and has since lived and worked in countries including France and Honduras. The experience of bridging languages and cultures, as well as her own experience as a mother, inspired her to use literature to empower other parents raising bilingual/bicultural kids. Vanessa earned her Bachelor's in Latin American Studies from BYU, and a Masters in Communications from ASU, before entering the field of hispanic marketing. Her background and expertise lies in reaching multicultural audiences through marketing and PR campaigns for corporate, non-profit and government organizations. She is also the co-founder of Entre Nosotr@s, a Phoenix-based collective to highlight Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenous artists. Vanessa blogs at BilingualBookworm.com, a community and resource for parents raising bilingual readers. She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and two little girls.
Victoria Stacey is the owner of media and events company Handmade Jungle where she creates DIY content for brands, as well as host workshops in Toronto. She also is a DIY Expert at the viral media company Diply, where she works full-time as a content creator. When Victoria isn’t DIYing, she’s cooking, playing with her dog, or admiring other artists work!
Wendy Van Ryn
By profession, I help businesses attract their ideal customers by clarifying their message and creatively expressing the value of their products, goods, or services. My goal is simple: to help entrepreneurs create lifelong brand advocates, while building the business they want. I've worked in just about every major role in the creative industry.... from communications and brand strategist to marketing coordinator, graphic designer, web developer, UI/UX consultant, and writer. (Yes, the entirety of my work experience exists in this realm!) I started my own business in 2005, and by 2011 I'd added a second: designing stationery and surface patterns. It was initially a creative outlet for fun, but I realized I could monetize my designs. I'm a creative at heart, but I think strategically and am always looking at the big picture. Part of my desire to attend and present at Alt Summit is to help entrepreneurs see another component of that big picture... one that often gets lost in the day to day operations: PLAY. On a personal note, I'm a married to a creative (a wheel designer and engineer) and am passionate about being a mom of two boys. I love people, ballet, and making art!
Winter is the co-creator and co-host of the nerdy food podcast Hungry Squared, wife to Lee (the Hungry Squared tech guy) and mom to a spunky 3 year old, social runner and biker, food photographer and blogger, party organizer, cheese and travel lover, teacher and people encourager. Winter studied chemistry and pharmacy for many, many years and loves geeking out when people talk science. She also has a passion for podcasting and loves to encourage and teach people how to start their own podcasts to share their stories.
Zoe DiStefano, helms from the east coast and started her career working in Entertainment Production prior to graduation in New York City. After graduating, she began her journey out to Los Angeles working in Entertainment Law learning the ins and outs of traditional talent deals. As social media began to explode all around us she was presented with an opportunity to work on the talent team at StyleHaul, Inc. - an MCN focused on beauty and lifestyle. There, working closely with an array of talent building their social presence, studying analytics to help bring their engagement up and working with strategic partners to bring in additional revenue streams she became fully immersed in the influencer space. As the industry began to expand and new business emerged she found her home here at Inked Brands as the Brand Director overseeing partnerships and marketing across all partners and brands.