Speakers Gallery 85C
Monica J Sutton
Monica J Sutton is an early childhood development specialist and child behavior specialist who helps parents guide children to be their best selves in challenging situations using mindful strategies and fun activities that fit their busy lives. With a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, she has spent over 17 years working directly with children of all abilities and backgrounds in NYC classrooms. She combines her research-driven expertise and experiential hands-on results with the belief that every child has an individual path to greatness. Monica’s expert guidance has been featured in online publications including Kid Made Modern, Spark Box Toys, Peaceable Kingdom, Lifetime Moms and Essence, as well as on the TV news program Low Country Live. In the summer of 2015 she partnered with Crayola, featuring their sidewalk chalk as part of PlayDay, her signature hands-on event. She is also the founder of the PAUSE to Connect Practice, a new way of thinking and approaching child behavior.
Rachel Haugo and Caitlin Sole
Rachel is the deputy editor at BHG.com and Caitlin is the senior assistant home editor at BHG.com. The BHG.com editorial team creates thousands of stories, projects, and videos that reach an audience of 75 million each month.
An installation artist and stylist, having graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Studio Art. Though a drawing/painting concentration in school, she played with a wide range of mediums. Exploring the technicality of printmaking and photography, to the layered richness of fiber and textile work within installations and sculptures. Kathryn worked for Anthropologie for over 5 years after graduation. She created displays for both Charlotte locations, and traveled internationally to support store openings and company prototypes. Kathryn left her positon as Senior Display Coordinator to pursue a freelance career and soon organized Studio Cultivate.
Dominique Anders is an entertainment Producer & Director as well as a certified coach for creative professionals who know what they want but are struggling with making it happen. They’re driven and motivated but tired of feeling like they're spinning their wheels. She helps them get out of their heads so they can follow through on their ideas and build momentum in their business.
Alex is founder and head cheerleader of Rad Business Co., an online educational community which helps small business owners maneuver the world of diversity and equity in their business and marketing practices. Over the last decade, Alex has dedicated her time, expertise, resources and energy to area equality organizations and regularly hosts workshops, discussion groups and presentations on topics such as Unpacking Implicit Biases; Understanding Gender, Sexuality and the LGBTQ+ Community; and How To Serve All Humans: Diversity & Equity Best Practices in the Workplace. When she's not cheering on the Rad Business Co. community, she and her team at Lucky Penny Creative work with badass, authentic, fully in love clients to help plan rule-breaking weddings across the United States. Alex lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her partner Ethan. When she's not wearing her business owner hat, she's out hiking, being a supreme extrovert with friends, reading the latest book on astrophysics or indulging in a Harry Potter movie marathon.
Growing up in the shadow of Disneyland in a Southern California suburb and later in the bustling city of Buenos Aires, Marybel has a unique way of looking at life. She has been drawing, painting and creating characters ever since she was a child. She has said that she could always escape to other worlds with the stroke of her pencil. Her childhood home was filled with magic and excitement. At times, there were mysterious séances held in the family living room while actors, politicians and artists frequented the house. The supernatural and fantastical have always influenced her work. Marybel graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is passionate about creating and sharing the magical characters and worlds that live in her imagination. She is inspired by her own experiences and the memories of growing up loving Hello Kitty, Strawberry Shortcake and Saturday morning cartoons. Marybel Martin lives in rainy Oregon with her two boys Liam and Cian.
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.
Angela is a content creator and mom boss living in So. Cal. She began her popular mother's lifestyle blog Mommy Diary as a way to connect with other mothers with honest stories. Today she continues to educate and inspire women with valuable tips and stories to make motherhood relatable, authentic and beautiful. She has partnered with many notable lifestyle brands such as Starbucks, Samsung, Toyota, Amazon and Disney among many others using her storytelling photography and creative writing. Danielle Lucia Schaffer 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.
Boni paints, doodles and designs art for a few cool projects. She loves nature, science, travel, adventure and the occasional pun. Using color, wood, canvas and other crafty tools Boni makes are for businesses or individuals that is unique and vibrant. Sometimes cutesy. Sometimes sexy. Always fun. Boni Dutch attended the Art Institute of Portland for Graphic Design, returning to school for Business and Marketing and has found a way to think outside of the box as a maker and business woman. She leads art classes for adults, plays paints with children, enlists in small projects for friends, designs wedding invitations or makes birthday gifts that bring a chuckle or a tear. Jill of all trades, Master of none- Boni Dutch has a passion for trying new things and always wanting to create something new.
I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy and received a BFA in Womens Contemporary Sportwear and Tailoring in 2009. After stints in the art gallery world and 3 years as a hardware designer for Coach handbags, I moved away from fashion into the startup world, where I have been working in business development/brand partnerships for the past 7 years. In the recent 2 years since I've moved to LA I have revived my art & design work, and after a handful of independent commissions and collaborations, am working on my first collection to debut in March/April 2019.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
As an Emmy-nominated television executive, Timothy Kuryak has developed, produced and overseen thousands of hours of programming for both broadcast and cable networks here in the United States and abroad. Currently, Timothy serves as the SVP of Production & Development for UP, where he oversees all unscripted development and current programming, including the network’s #1 hit, Bringing Up Bates, Our Wedding Story, Expecting and more. Prior to joining UP, Timothy served as SVP of Development for LionTV (an All3Media Company). Before that, he was Vice President of Production and Development at TLC, where he oversaw over 25 series a year, including Who Do You Think You Are? (Emmy nomination), Little People, Big World, What Not to Wear, Say Yes to the Dress (the network’s longest running series), My 600-lb Life, My Big Fat American Gypsy, Welcome to Myrtle Manor, and pop culture hits, Virgin Diaries and Extreme Cougar Wives. Timothy was part of the original start up teams instrumental in the launches of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Planet Green and ReelzChannel. Timothy is a graduate of Brown University and a member of the Producers' Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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.
Amanda is a Mom, Wife, Fashion/Textile Designer, Stylist and serial entrepreneur. Amanda honed her craft by holding design positions with Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein AND studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY. She then launched The House of Perna. The brand has been sold internationally to retailers including Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, BHLDN and more. Throughout her career, Amanda has taken every opportunity to see the world from a new point of view; styling for celebrity and corporate clients, creating cards for Hallmark, frequently partnering with Bloomingdales & Neiman Marcus on denim customization and appearing on two seasons of the hit TV series Project Runway. This past August, Amanda launched a new brand; Neon Bohemians which in the first month of being in business was selected for pop-up shops at Nordstrom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrine and Neil Stokoe
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.
Kelly Witmer is a multi-disciplinary artist splitting her time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA. Born in a small Amish town in Pennsylvania, Kelly received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with additional studies at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. She has attended artist’s residencies in Maine, Florida and Spain, as well as creating a program for visiting artists in Joshua Tree, called Rancho Paradiso. More of a general practitioner than a specialist, Kelly works in various forms of paint as well as printmaking, ceramics, and glass work. She often combines her interests in 2D and 3D with sculptural canvases and installations. Underlying themes are the usual suspects of memory, irony, media, loss and the wonders of nature and science. Kelly has done several public art commissions, creating murals and mosaics in Los Angeles and Santa Rosa, CA. She has taken many private as well as commercial painting commissions, working with designers and art directors for film sets or retail stores such as Urban Outfitters. When not making art, Kelly has built a home from the ground up and opened two retail stores in Los Angeles.
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.
Diana is the product and strategy director of Brandasaur, where we believe that everyone deserves a seat at the 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. Based in Atlanta, Diana is the founder of Brandasaur, mother of three daughters and the chief baker at Fancy Shmancy Cookies. @brandasaurapp
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.
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.
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 Lantukh is the marketing director of Brandasaur, where we believe that everyone deserves a seat at the 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. Based in Atlanta, Katie is the owner and chief marketer of KO PR. She has a unique skill set for storytelling and brand strategy. She helps businesses make more money by creating a clear message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & Katie Ault
Samantha Fair 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.
Katie Ault has a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Point Loma Nazerene University. Kate was five years into the medical field when the opportunity arose to become a second shoot at a wedding with Sam. She not only developed her photography skills, but also developed both companies social media and marketing platforms. She is the second shoot, head of editing, design and social media marketing in both the photography and design business. Sam & Kate Design @samandkatedesign Sam & Kate Design was established in 2014 from the need that a camera strap could be more then black and say Canon! On Christmas Eve, Katie sat a sewed a beautiful camera strap for Sam as a Christmas gift...most business are created out of a need.. or a want. Their straps that Katie made just for them was quickly asked about and sought after...Katie then developed their online presence through a website and social media. They were featured on Creative Live four months later and their presence was quickly established. Two years later they began manufacturing here in the United States to be able to keep up with the growing orders. They not only sell nationwide.. worldwide!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Lee & Winter Redd
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.
Lee is the co-creator, occasional co-host, and behind-the-scenes tech guy of the Hungry Squared Podcast, husband to Winter and dad to energetic 3 year old Lucy, Real Salt Lake and Manchester United soccer fan, world traveler, and lover of all music. He went to culinary school and became a local small business owner of Bee's Knees Waffles, a Hong Kong bubble waffle purveyor, and will be the proud owner of a breakfast food truck this summer.
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.
5x award-winning entrepreneur turned Head of Marketing, Megan has been there, done that, and took the selfie there. She built scrappy companies that became industry darlings but now teaches others how to turn their side hustles into full-time gigs without burning out. She's currently residing in Upstate NY with her husband, 2 cats, dog, and coffee maker.
A San Francisco gal fell in love with a San Diego gent, and together we travel the Golden State in search of adventure. Over the last 2 years we have built a blog and brand that embodies the California spirit and lifestyle. We recently settled down in Sacramento, Ca and welcomed a baby girl.
Sarah Alexander is one half of the artist-duo behind this year’s trophy room installation at Altsummit. She and her husband Ringo (also known as Matt Alexander) created #ringoandsarahstrophyroom to celebrate your uniqueness...and to remind you that the gifts you bring into the world are needed! Ringo and Sarah want you to remember that you are unique and you are awesome...so please stop by the trophy room, hang out, take a selfie with our best-in-show-horse, and award yourself with a pink winner’s ribbon.
Sarah a freelance installation, illustration, and mixed-media artist who lives with her husband, a boy called Ringo, and their two children in a dilapidated farmhouse in-between Baltimore and DC. You can see more of Sarah’s work on Instagram: @ringosgirl.
Frolic Media: Romance is a $2 billion/year genre that is rapidly changing and growing right now. No one has snapped up the fandom and created a true destination for this audience. Enter Frolic. Frolic (the brainchild of long time media exec Lisa Berger and successful digital media start-up founder Sarah Penna) launched early 2018. It has quickly harnessed the top romance authors, bloggers and bookstagrammers to build community which they will then leverage for premium scripted content, e-commerce, master classes, live events and more.
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.
Trae Bodge is an accomplished and relatable lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting and retail. In addition to monthly “Best Buys” segments on CBS2 NY and Fox 5 NY, she has appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Rachael Ray, MSNBC, the Harry Show, Inside Edition, CNBC and network affiliates nationwide. Trae is a contributing editor at Woman’s Day magazine and regularly writes for several online publications, including WomansDay.com, LendingTree.com, MagnifyMoney.com and RD.com. Her work has also appeared in/on USAToday.com, First for Women, USNews.com, Kiplingers, Marketwatch, MSN Money and Yahoo Finance. Trae has served as a judge on product-awards panels including Redbook, Parents and The Handbag Awards, and she has been featured as a beauty tastemaker in Elle, Redbook, InStyle and Essence. She is also co-founder of the cult cosmetic brand Three Custom Color Specialists. Trae loves delicious food, beautiful art, rocking music, and exploring new places. She spends her free time with her 11-year old daughter, Sadie Mae, her husband, Chris, their guinea pig, Chewy, and family and friends.
Jayson leads global social strategy for Adobe’s professional film and video, Hollywood and Adobe Stock segments. He has both a passion for Internet technology & audience behaviors and has a firm grounding in the social media/influencer marketing landscape, having had an early influence on how brands presently use social media. Prior to joining Adobe, Jayson has worked directly in the entertainment industry, conceptualizing and executing integrated marketing and influencer campaigns with studios, tv networks and streaming services, with clients such as 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, HBO and Bravo, to name a few. Jayson was also an early employee of MySpace where he worked directly with brands and entertainment properties to successfully integrate the idea of “social networking” into their traditional marketing & advertising campaigns. Jayson has a knack for identifying online trends and experience partnering with filmmakers, influencers & creators to create innovative marketing programs that tell stories and touch people in new and meaningful ways.
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Carrie earned an engineering undergraduate degree with top honors as well as an MBA from the University of Texas, and thereafter entered the corporate world. After a 17-year career in the energy industry in various engineering and finance roles, Carrie decided to leave her corporate career to combine her love of business with her creative passion. She ventured into the digital space with the launch of CarrieColbert.com and the More Color, Please! movement, where the mission is to empower women to live, think, and dress with more color. In addition to her own business, Carrie actively invests in female-founded and female-run businesses. Furthermore she is very involved at her alma mater where she serves on the executive advisory board for the college of engineering. She is also very involved in local philanthropic causes. While all of those pursuits are quite fulfilling, without a doubt her one-year-old daughter Elle brings her more fulfillment than anything else!
Tanya is the founder of Happy Grace media, host of the Wisdom + Wanderings Podcast and author of three workbooks on soulful living. She has leveraged her decades of experience as a CEO in the banking industry, Sr. VP in professional sports (Go Suns!) and community leader to teach women how to live the good life while struggling to balance work and family. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and is a regular contributor to 3TV's "Your Life Arizona". In addition to being named "40 Under 40" by the Phoenix Business Journal and being featured in the Phoenix Women to Know book, she was recently named to the Project Entrepreneur Class of 2018 hosted by the Rent the Runway Foundation in New York City. She loves Americanos, travel (anywhere) and cotton candy. Oh, and her family too, they totally rock!
Ati Okelo Williams
Ati Williams is the host of HGTV show DC Flippers. She identifies as a renovation ninja and design creative. Ati became interested in real estate when she purchased her first home. After making minor renovations, she resold her home after a year and garnered $31,000 in profit. She has since successfully fixed and flipped over thirty renovations. What Ati loves most about renovations is the ability to breathe a new life into a home's old soul through tasteful and custom updates. Flipping houses satisfies both her creative, and process-driven sides. Ati has also been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC and CNN. She does a regular renovation segment on Good Morning Washington. Ati believes in doing work that fuels and compliments the rest of our lives. She is looking forward to sharing how she did that with others. Ati was born in Kenya, went to college in Canada, and now lives in a century old rowhome in DC. She is currently spending a 'gap year' traveling the West Coast and Asia Pacific region with her husband Rob, and 4 year old daughter Amelia. During this time off, Ati is pursing some creative pursuits, but mostly doing absolutely nothing.
Camille Whiting is a digital strategist and author of Friday We’re in Love, a lifestyle blog with a focus on creative dates and family fun. She has an MBA with a marketing emphasis and spent years as an agency marketer project manager helping top Fortune 500 companies hone their digital strategy. She now utilizes these skills running her own business and consulting for others. Camille is a self-proclaimed marketing nerd, an infertility miracle mom, a travel junkie, and always finding the next fun experience to inspire others to get out and date more! She’s been featured by Women’s Day, Southern Living, the Huffington Post, Brit+Co, the Arizona Republic, and named in many “Top 10 Dating Resources” lists.
Clem is an advocate for content and culture. Born and raised in France, she's lived in 5 different countries, speaks 7 languages and loves traveling. In 2016, Clem founded ClemSEO to combine her love of learning and teaching. ClemSEO now consults with internationally renowned influencers on a regular basis and travels the world to consult with businesses and bloggers.
Dawn Laing (Toronto) Canadian, is an entrepreneur and fixer. Obsessed with art, operations, and changing the world so everyone can survive on their own craft she and her team have built a factory to help creatives support their dreams. She has worked with international artists, brands like Google/Facebook/Instagram, and more recently has built new business avenues with a few ALT Alum as well as met and contributed with others (Petite Collage, Bobodesigns, White Loft, Kind is Nice (Nicole Shabada). This is her 4th alt and they just keep getting better and better!
Erin Titensor is a Dallas Mom of two small boys that wanted a real connection with other moms. She started her Instagram @secretlivesofmoms and immediately received positive feedback and comments from moms that were grateful for her frank look into their daily life and struggles. She gives a genuine and truthful look at mom life. She tackles difficult subjects like depression and anxiety and real-life problems. Through her Instagram, she has made a deep connection with many of her followers. After seeing the amazing growth from her Instagram account, she decided to diversify her business and entered the online store business in May 2018. At the time she started considering ideas for a second business she didn't even know what e-commerce was! Since then she has built an incredibly successful online business called Simple and Blush (@simpleandblush). She uses influencer marketing exclusively and is the perfect example of how using e-commerce can help an influencer build a business that can have multiple income sources.
Janice Ong Chiodo
Janice Chiodo is the Head of Product & Partnerships for Black Twine, a digital party inspiration platform and brand services studio. She spent most of her career working in finance on Wall Street in Equity Research covering consumer and retail companies. Janice is now leveraging her personal passion for entertaining, design, and photography. She graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University. Janice lives in San Francisco with her husband and 3-year old twin sons.
Katy Krupnik, Since my childhood I’ve been obsessed with organization and making spaces feel their best. My mom’s friends would pick me up to help them tackle closets. Combine that with a passionate care about people that has shown throughout past careers made this business the perfect fit! I have always felt that your space should be a place to be enjoyed. It should bring you up and support you. And it shouldn’t feel like work to upkeep. Now here we are! I am in love with designing functional spaces for my clients and love seeing clients spaces and lives transformed.
Lacey Williams is a musician, songwriter and music producer based in southern Utah. Lacey spent ten years in Nashville as a professional musician before moving to southern Utah with her family. She performs in a duo with her husband (Drew & Lacey) and they have independently recorded and released multiple albums and singles as well as performed across the country. Lacey is the founder of the Maybelle Series, an acclaimed concert series featuring female singer-songwriters. While in Nashville, Lacey worked as an educator at the Country Music Hall of Fame, coaching students in singing and songwriting. She also helped to develop and write their songwriting curriculum, used by hundreds of elementary, middle and high schools students each year across the country. Since her move to southern Utah, Lacey has continued her work of teaching songwriting and mentoring new writers. She has produced multiple records for her duo as well as other artists in the area. Drew & Lacey's latest single - Lovin' You More, is currently available on all digital music platforms.
Leeann & Michelle are Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin – a comedy duo who love to make women and moms laugh. You know them from their viral videos - "Look What Joanna Made Me Do," "If You're My Friend Then You'd Buy This," "The Diet" and "Pumpkin Spice Baby." Their passion is to create great comedy in many mediums; parodies, sketch humor and live, improv comedy shows. Their videos have attracted millions of views on Facebook, and have received national attention from USA Today, The New York Times, TODAY and Southern Living.
With backgrounds in commercial acting, television news and comedy – this duo is a firehouse combination. Leeann & Michelle have provided video talent for the USA Today network, appeared numerous times on local media, sell out their improv shows, and have even earned the adoration of the one and only, Joanna Gaines.
Nickey Skarstad is a product lead on Airbnb Experiences. At Airbnb since 2017, she's been a key member of the team that is growing and shaping one of Airbnb's new business verticals, Airbnb Experiences. Before Airbnb she was an early employee at Etsy working on fostering community by teaching small business owners how to sell online. She moved over to the product team and went on to launch products to millions of sellers around the world. Today she has over 9 years in technology and loves to translate big tech concepts and practices into practical strategies for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners. She's also a mom to Alma.
Ingrid Fetell Lee
Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and author whose groundbreaking work reveals the hidden influence of our surroundings on our emotions and wellbeing. As the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness and the founder of the website The Aesthetics of Joy, she empowers people to find more joy in life and work through design. Lee's work is informed by more than twelve years of experience in design and branding, most recently as design director at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her immensely popular TED talk “Where Joy Hides and How to Find it” has been viewed more than 18 million times.
Renee Sabo is a creative business woman -- who has an endless love for gorgeous events and cheerful clients. Her passion for weddings + events is undeniable and she's successfully coordinated and executed hundreds of weddings and events throughout the Greater Boston and New England area. Originally a Midwest gal, René obtained her BA in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University, where she learned several great skills such as web and print design, social media marketing and public relations. She moved to Boston in 2011 to obtain her MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship studies at Suffolk University in order to pursue her dream of opening her own event planning company. In her spare time, Renée has a passion for traveling, cooking, and getting creative with design. You can likely find her on the weekend relaxing with a glass of prosecco, watching Netflix, or adventuring around Boston with her husband, Chris, and their pup, Lincoln.
Sonja Rasula self-funded her first business, Unique Markets, by risking her entire 401k retirement savings. Expanding from Los Angeles, her modern pop-up marketplaces have taken place across the country in San Francisco, NYC, Austin, Boston, Seattle, DC, Phoenix, Denver, and Minneapolis - with more cities on the way! Nike, Airbnb, Disney Imagineering, and Adobe are some of the many brands to tap into Sonja’s creative entrepreneurial mindset. Her candid and energetic storytelling have made her a sought-after main-stage speaker at conferences such as SXSW, HOW Design Live, Girlboss Rally, and Create & Cultivate. And companies like Lexus, Athleta and Audi have filmed her story to share with the world. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Sonja was a creative director and content producer who specialized in conceptualizing and launching websites for Fortune 500 companies - she also starred as an interior designer on HGTV’s Home to Go and TLC’s Trading Spaces. Sonja lives in the hills of Los Angeles with her husband, two dogs and an always-growing shoe collection.
As a leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche in building marketing strategies and community engagement programs, Yai spearheads opportunities for Fortune 100 corporations seeking to develop programming among their diverse employee resource groups.
She is passionate about sharing her industry knowledge, as a public speaker, on various topics such as executive presence, personal branding, LinkedIn and feminine leadership in the workplace. Yai’s extensive corporate and agency experience in diversity, public relations and multicultural communications have allowed her to add tremendous value to the automotive, sports, non-profit, health and financial services sectors. Yai has also successfully leveraged her education and professional experience to establish herself as a self-proclaimed LinkedIn and networking ninja teaching others how to develop strong relationship management skills. This includes establishing The Latinista where she gathers and empowers Latina professionals in New York City, Miami and Chicago to upskill in career and leadership development via dynamic workshops.
ADRIANA C VÁZQUEZ ORTIZ , CEO & Co-founder of Lilu Adriana is a product developer with a keen sense for listening to users and understanding their needs. She received her Masters in Integrated Product Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree from MIT in Math with Computer Science. She founded Lilu in 2016 to build technology to empower new moms. Prior to Lilu, she has experience in Project Management and Software Development at Morgan Stanley, algorithmic research at BMW and UX Design at a NYC Health and Lifestyle start up. She loves running, attempting to snowboard, has been a pescatarian for over a decade, kind of speaks four languages and prefers carrot cake over chocolate cake.
Andrea Faulkner Williams
Andrea Faulkner Williams is the Head Mama and Co-Founder of Tubby Todd Bath Co. She and her husband started Tubby Todd after searching for natural products for their sensitive skinned babes that actually worked and were also fun to use. From this Tubby Todd was born, and a community of likeminded families who love their products came together. Last year she published her second book, "You've Got This, Mama!" a guide for self-care during your postpartum years. Andrea, her husband Brian Todd and their three babies (with another on the way!) live in San Marcos, CA.
Bridget Watson Payne
Bridget Watson Payne is an Executive Editor at Chronicle Books. In her seventeen years in publishing she has collaborated with hundreds of creatives to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She serves on the board of Bay Area Women in Publishing, is a Senior Mentor for Representation Matters, and facilitates Chronicle’s Diversity and Inclusion Group. Bridget has taught on CreativeLive, juried for the Society of Illustrators, and spoken at Handcraft Studio School, the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, and many more. She’s been featured on KTVU, Prairie Public Radio, Raise Your Hand Say Yes, Design Crush, Swiss Miss, and Cup of Jo, among others. Bridget is also the founder of Open Studio, a shared work, learning, and retail space in San Francisco. She is the author of seven books—most recently The Secret Art of Being a Parent. Her first solo show as an artist was at Rare Device in 2018.
Alexis Krasinski has over five years in the digital marketing industry where she specializes in SEO strategy, content marketing and online reviews management. She's worked with both small and medium businesses, as well as billion dollar enterprises to improve their rankings and grab the attention of potential customers. Alexis is currently the SEO manager for the web hosting company, HostGator, where she manages the SEO strategy and day-to-day operations of the department. Prior to working with HostGator, she worked in marketing for multiple lifestyle brands including hotels, spas, gyms and beauty services. Alexis lives in Austin, TX and enjoys traveling with her boyfriend and dog, Monkey Jones. Feel free to connect at alexiskrasinski.com.
Caroline harnesses the magic of sewing to show busy people how to get more handmade goodness in their life. Her award-winning website (SewCanShe.com) features sewing tutorials on any topic you could imagine. She adores designing and teaching others how to make tote bags, quilts, and other crafty things. Caroline is the author of 2 books, Crafty Little Things to Sew (Lark Books, 2017) and Selfish Sewing (Stash Books, 2014), as well as numerous sewing and quilting patterns. Caroline's formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and an internship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Before giving in to the life of an entrepreneur mom, Caroline worked as a Russian translator.
Cyndie is an outspoken Brooklyn-based speaker, community builder, and all around executive truth teller on a mission to empower women to live more boldly, refine their mindsets for good, and help them realize their most ridiculously inspired dreams.
I am Amanda Upadhyaya of South Coast Style and I am an online Influencer and blogger who has been in the industry for 5 years. As a former preschool teacher and director, I wanted a way to share my creative side and love of fashion and travel and that is how South Coast Style was born. A year after launching my blog I became a mother and eventually my online content shifted to a Lifestyle blog and destination for my readers. I love creating a community where my followers can read about life as a mom, easy and attainable fashion, growing and building a family business, and what to add to their latest book collection… basically anything I am currently loving I take pride in sharing with my readers! A few years ago my blog started to generate an income and I shifted from doing this part time to now running my blog as a full time business, however I still pride myself and my work as my own and am very selective on campaigns in order to remain in control of my voice and content that I share with my readers. In the 5 years I have been blogging, I have never lost sight of the reason I started this in the first place: to connect with other people from all over the world!
Rebecca Thuss is a creative director, crafter, paper flower artist, photographer, award winning photo-stylist, designer and author. Currently Rebecca and her husband Patrick Farrell are partners in a multidisciplinary photography and design studio—Thuss + Farrell. In addition to still life, lifestyle, travel, portrait and advertising photography, the studio offers graphic and web design, branding and identity design, creative direction, product design, styling, and crafting. Their best-selling craft book ‘Paper to Petal : 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand’, Foreword by Martha Stewart, was published by Random House/Potter Craft. Rebecca and Patrick created, crafted, styled, photographed, authored and designed the book. As a dedicated ten year veteran of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia from 1996-2006, Rebecca held seven titles including Style Director, and was promoted to AVP. For nine years Rebecca’s contributions were instrumental in defining the creative vision of Martha Stewart Weddings. Rebecca oversaw idea generation, editorial content, and the style direction of the magazine, while also developing a team of talented stylists to achieve the magazine’s creative goals. She was Editor and Style Director of the premier issue of Blueprint, a Martha Stewart Living lifestyle publication. Some of Rebecca and Patrick’s clients include - Target, Domino Magazine, Procter & Gamble, Marimekko, Kate Spade, Land of Nod, and The New York Times. She lives in New York with her husband Patrick and daughter Poet. thussfarrell.com
Natalie Bowman is a seasoned marketing leader with a personal passion for community building and advocacy. Her career experience spans tech, media, automotive, fashion & travel.She currently serves as the Managing Director of Marketing & Advertising for Alaska Airlines. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, she was the Vice President of Media & Advertising at Neiman Marcus. She is an Ad Age Digital Trailblazer and Rising Brand Star, a Makers Women Awardee and one of Brand Innovators top 100 Women to Watch.
She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Historical Society, the Hawaii Convention & Tourism Board and is a former President and Board Member of the Junior League of Seattle. Originally from Texas, she earned a business degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Natalie currently lives in a 119-year-old home in Tacoma, Washington with her husband Jake, three tenacious littles. She is way into podcasts, brunch, gift wrap and fiber arts.