The Summit is tailored to offer a community of passionate entrepreneurs, creatives and business owners an opportunity to connect and collaborate amongst top names in media, branding and blogging.
While a large number of our attendees are retailers, service providers and brands in the following industries, any business owner, creative or would-be entrepreneur can benefit from attending.
Past topics include social media strategy, branding and marketing, PR, working with influencers, best practices for websites and newsletters, entrepreneurial advice/tips/motivation, work-life balance, and partnerships and collaborations, among others.
The Summit has featured editors from Bake from Scratch, Better Homes & Gardens, Domino, Elle Decor, Garden & Gun, Real Simple, Southern Living and Traditional Home among others.
Past Summit attendees have heard from successful entrepreneurs like
as well as key voices from companies such as Pinterest, One Kings Lane, Le Creuset, the Laundress, Jet Blue, One Love Organics, and St. Joe Club & Resorts.
Limited to only 300 attendees, The Summit promises to again provide attendees valuable access to presenters on a wide range of compelling topics.
We are presenting add-on workshops prior to the kick-off of the Summit on Wednesday, February 6 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at The Cloister. Attendees may choose ONE workshop for an additional fee. Limited seating for each and attendees must sign up when purchasing Summit tickets. More information coming soon!
Events, presenters and sessions are subject to change without notice. Please see our Event FAQs for more.
Mary Beth Greene is the designer and visionary of mb greene . After over 10 years as a sales rep in the wholesale gift industry and 2 years of designing, networking, and planning, mb greene, llc launched in January 2015 as a wholesale company selling bags.
Mary Beth spent many late nights at the kitchen table with paper, tape and scissors making “paper bags” and patterns. A simple and functional bag was the ultimate goal. Her adoration for great color made it easy to brand the original collection with solid colors and turquoise tags and zippers. Turquoise can be found in many details of Mary Beth’s life as well as the beautiful water along the Alabama gulf coast where she and her family call home.
The durable waxed canvas is offered in solid colors and is meant to be mixed, matched and enjoyed. Each bag style in all three collections has been designed with quality, function and style in mind. mb greeneis sold by over 600 specialty boutiques throughout the United States, Neiman Marcus, and was quickly tapped as a celebrity favorite and must have! mb greene has also been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, InStyle, Good Morning America, and The Grommet.
Visit mbgreene.com to learn more about the story behind the bag and how Mary Beth’s “work of heART” supports the M. Bagwell Foundation in loving memory of her sister, Mandy Bagwell.
Brian Hart Hoffman is President/Chief Creative Officer at Hoffman Media, LLC, where he oversees the editorial planning and brand direction for all publications, as well as the public relations and special events divisions. Since joining Hoffman Media, Brian has been the driving force behind the launch of The Cottage Journal, Bake from Scratch, Southern Cast Iron, and Southern Home. His special-event leadership with the company includes planning and executing major consumer events. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Hoffman worked in the airline industry, which allowed him to live in six cities throughout the United States. He has visited all 50 states.
In addition to his professional obligations, Hoffman serves with numerous charitable organizations including the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Junior Board and Executive Board; Alys Stephens Center, Junior Patrons Board; MS Society of Alabama, recipient of the MS Leadership Award; Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America; and the American Cancer Society.CLOSE BIO
Sean Low is the Founder and President of The Business of Being Creative, a consulting firm focused on providing practical advice to those in the business of being creative. Prior to founding The Business of Being Creative in August 2009, Sean spent six years as the President of Preston Bailey Design, Inc. representing Preston in his business endeavors around the world.
Sean has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and, apart from working with amazing creative professionals, his business acumen is honed from his previous experience as a lawyer, investment banker, financial executive and small business owner.
Sean’s client list includes the who’s who of creative business – from designers (interior, graphic, event and fashion), photographers, florists, even Cordovans (shoemakers). Among interior designers, Sean’s client list includes, among others, Vicente Wolf, Nate Berkus, Sawyer Berson and Barry Dixon.
Sean is passionate about challenging creative businesses to be the best versions of themselves, helping them set the foundation for growth and development and working along side creative business owners to take their businesses as far as they want them to go.
You can read about Sean’s approach to managing creative businesses on his blog: www.thebusinessofbeingcreative.com.
Lydia Mansel‘s expertise lies in audience development, story-telling, and creating a consistent message across platforms. Currently heading up Garden & Gun magazine‘s social media efforts, she resides in Charleston after spending the first four years of her career in New York City. Her Virginia roots, background in online publishing—taking on both full-time and freelance roles at Elite Daily, Vogue, and Travel & Leisure—and experience copy-writing and crafting social and digital stories at Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James created the perfect storm to bring her to Garden & Gun.CLOSE BIO
Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day. A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Georgetown University, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage kids.
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Amy Mills was raised up on smoke, sauce, and Magic Dust®. Heiress to the 17th Street Barbecue empire, she’s the industry’s go-to girl for all things barbecue. Recipient of the coveted Barbecue Heroine prize, she leads 17th Street alongside her dad, Mike Mills. She also runs OnCue Consulting, the only barbecue business consultancy in the world, offering seminars and training in the culinary techniques behind great barbecue. She’s a featured judge on various barbecue shows such as CHOPPED, Best in Smoke, Kingsford Invitational, and Smoked, as well as co-star of the Mills family’s digital series, Praise the Lard.
Peace, Love, and Barbecue, co-authored with her dad, is considered a classic in the genre, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award, and won the National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence. Their second book, Praise the Lard, was published in May 2017.CLOSE BIO
Carrie Morey founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005 with the goal of making the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits of her mother accessible across the country. Touted by Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah among others, Carrie and her small team of bakers are keeping the tradition of Southern biscuit making alive. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit – grab-and-go biscuit eateries – are Carrie’s latest tasty endeavor with 3 locations in Charleston and Atlanta.
In addition, Carrie authored Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions, a cookbook and narrative on entrepreneurship and life in the lowcountry. Morey has appeared live on the NBC Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Fox & Friends, The Hallmark Channel, Top Chef and QVC and has been profiled numerous times by The Food Network and Cooking Channel. Her handmade biscuits, pimento cheeses and other artisan goods have garnered 18 sofi awards from the Specialty Foods Association.
In addition to her role as owner at Callie’s Charleston Biscuits and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, Carrie operates an incubator, offering baking space along with mentoring to small artisan food businesses on location at Callie’s Charleston Biscuit’s bakery. She acts as a consultant to these entrepreneurs – helping them navigate everything from regulations to production and advising on marketing and growth strategies.
She is a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston School of Business where she has been a vital part of the curriculum – presenting the Entrepreneurship Class with a yearly project and valuable lessons from a successful and sustainable small business. She has also presented at the annual Southern Foodwriters Conference, Saveur Blog Awards, Les Dames D’Escoffier International Annual Conference and The Southern C Summit among others. Corporations, associations and individuals frequently call on Morey to for speaking engagements and “biscuit bootcamp” retreats.CLOSE BIO
Melany Robinson’s career path took a few twists and turns before bringing her to the world of public relations. A Southwest Virginia native, she received a degree in Biomedical Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Working for surgeons in the University of Chicago Department of Plastic Surgery doing inter-operative photography led to a healthcare marketing opportunity at LaRabida Children’s Hospital.
A relocation to Park City, UT spurred a career shift to film and sports, as Melany managed celebrity guests at the Sundance Film Festival and later executed events for the 2002 Winter Olympics and the CineVegas Film Festival. In 2003, the Southeast beckoned her to Charleston, SC, where she worked for the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, Pearlstine Distributors.
Ultimately, the hospitality and cuisine of the Lowcountry inspired her to pursue a career in hospitality public relations, and she joined Wagstaff Worldwide in 2005.
In early 2012, Melany founded Polished Pig Media and has never looked back. These days she is proud to call Birmingham, AL home. Through Polished Pig Media, she enjoys connecting likeminded people with common goals to create strategic and fruitful partnerships.
Adventurous and adaptable, Melany is just as happy on 5th Avenue in New York City as she is playing in the mountains with her husband and daughter. She is an active member of her community and is involved in the Birmingham Community Foundation and Les Dames d’Escoffier International. In her free time, you can find her working up a sweat doing a multitude of sports, and cheering on The Alabama Crimson Tide (Roll Tide!).CLOSE BIO
Natasha Murphy is the founder and principal developer of Nicely Built. She divides her working hours between working with clients to build beautiful, highly functional websites and expanding the menu of services offered by Nicely Built based on client needs and new technologies. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, drinking tea, cooking, and spending time outdoors.CLOSE BIO