Southern C Summit – Charleston, South Carolina

Spring 2016

Presenters

Eddie Ross

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Eddie Ross is East Coast Producer and Editor for Print and Digital of Better Homes and Gardens. Ross joined Meredith on March 14, 2013, and is responsible for producing home, decorating, DIY and entertaining stories for print, digital and video in Better Homes and Gardens’ New York City offices.

Ross has been a design, decorating, and food editor for Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful and Food Network. In addition to his print work, which has been featured in Elle Decor, Domino, Lonny and The New York Times, Ross has appeared in numerous TV specials for Martha Stewart, HGTV and Bravo.

Ross graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and Chef Training in 2000.

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Mandy Kellogg Rye

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Waiting On Martha’s founder and curator, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by one mantra, “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” Drawn to the “finer things” at an early age, her mother taught her how to appreciate beauty while her father how to create beauty.

A Michigan native, Mandy left the mitten behind and headed to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where she graduated with dreams of becoming a high-powered attorney. However, her dream quickly fell short when she realized law school wasn’t all about wearing a designer suit and winning arguments with loads of whit and banter. Law school wasn’t a complete bust though; it introduced her to Chicago, her first big city and one she still holds dear to her heart. A city that unknowingly became the backdrop, and beginning of Waiting On Martha.

A bracelet actually started it all. Well a bracelet, an obsession with food, an incessant need to throw a party whenever an opportunity presented itself, and an adoration for all things DIY. But back to the bracelet. One fateful day Mandy ventured into a Chicago bead store while a class was in session. Thinking that jewelry making would be a fun hobby, she began taking classes. To be clear, Mandy had no plans of it becoming anything more than a hobby. You know what they say about best laid plans…in 2011 Mandy opened an Etsy shop and officially launched her Waiting On Martha bracelet collection in April. The response was, and still is, quite overwhelming. Individuals not only loved the bracelets, but they wanted to know more about Mandy and her life. Enter Waiting On Martha The Blog.

As the ultimate creative and personal outlet for Mandy, Waiting On Martha The Blog focused simply on creating a beautiful everyday through fashion, food, décor, and DIY. As the reader’s grew so did the oh-so common question “where do I get that?” And thus, as Mandy puts it, “It only took one reader’s question to push me to indulge my dream of opening a boutique.” Waiting On Martha The Shop opened as an e-commerce boutique in July of 2012 and opened a brick and mortar location in Atlanta in 2015 (where Mandy now resides with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Addison).

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Krissy Tiglias

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Krissy Tiglias is Executive Editor at Southern Living, where she focuses on both print and digital content, accelerating the growth of Southern Living on all platforms. Tiglias joined Southern Living in June with a breadth of experience in digital and service journalism, having served as Digital Director at Domino.com, Deputy Editor at Real Simple.com, and Lifestyle Director for all of The Knot’s channels.

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Alexandra Macon

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Alexandra Macon’s first job in New York City was as a copy editor in the advertising department at Ralph Lauren. She then went on to work as the Assistant to the Managing Editor of Vogue. After leaving Vogue, she went to Domino and Interview before ultimately returning to the mothership as the Managing Editor of Vogue.com. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Soho.

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Sarah Karnasiewicz

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Sarah Karnasiewicz is James Beard Award-winning food writer and the Digital Food Editor at Real Simple. Prior to joining the magazine, she was a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal and Saveur. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Real Simple, Saveur, Imbibe, National Geographic Traveler, Rolling Stone, The Food Network, Latina, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Salon.com, among other publications.

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Grace Atwood

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Grace Atwood is the founder of The Stripe, where she catalogues the people, pieces, places, and projects that inspire her. Grace grew up by the ocean on Cape Cod and is happiest by the water or on a beach. She graduated from Bentley and lived in Boston for three years after college before making the move to New York. She is usually wearing something striped, is usually laughing, and believes that life is too short to always be taken seriously.

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Chassity Evans

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Chassity Evans is the author of the daily lifestyle blog, Look Linger Love where she explores her passion for style in fashion, interiors, entertaining, and children’s things. She’s worked with many brands including InStyle, AOL StyleList, Nordstrom, Real Simple, Shopbop, & The Land of Nod. Chassity lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two children, and considers herself to be a french fry connoisseur (travel insider tip – she says Chez Nous has the best in town).

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Caroline Harper Knapp

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Caroline Harper Knapp is the founder and curator behind HOUSE of HARPER™, the one stop destination for all things lifestyle, home decorating, beauty, travel and fashion. Follow along as Caroline welcomes you to share her journey as she stylishly navigates her way through life as a new mom, home maker, beauty junkie and travel aficionado. Recently relocated from New York City back to her home state of Texas, Caroline now resides in Houston with her husband, FMK, and their one year old son, Knox.

Caroline has collaborated with major industry leaders including Kate Spade, L’Oreal Paris and Pottery Barn Kids, to name a few. Additionally, Caroline has been featured in various publications such as InStyle, PEOPLE magazine, The Huffington Post, New York Mag‘s The Cut, Glamour Magazine, Fit Parents Magazine and Refinery29. Additionally, HOUSE of HARPER was recognized as a ‘top blogger’ by Better Homes & Gardens, Redbook Magazine and Southern Living.

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Liz Adams

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Liz Adams is the author of the fashion and lifestyle site, Sequins & Stripes, where she shares her personal style and snapshots of her life in Chicago with her husband, new son, and their chocolate lab. Liz has worked with many brands including Nordstrom, kate spade new york, Neiman Marcus, Lucky Magazine, Old Navy and loves to share her finds and showcase her favorite things with her readers/followers. Liz considers herself a coffee snob, is adjusting and loving her new role as ‘mom,’ and believes that confidence is the best accessory.

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Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

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With a talent for making the ordinary extraordinary Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has taken her original and clever take on parties and created an entrepreneurial empire. While planning her own Idlewild Debutante Ball in Dallas, Texas, Kimberly found an undiscovered opportunity—a lack of quality goods for party rentals. In 1998, a quick thinking Kimberly launched her own event company, RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals, and, after building up a wonderful business, sold it in 2006. She also took the century old RSVP Social Calendar online in 1999 and continues to maintain this comprehensive list of Dallas’ finest charitable events at www.RSVPcalendar.com. Kimberly’s success in this field led to the publication of six books on entertaining, countless television appearances, a daily radio segment on Dallas’ number one morning show and a spot as co-host of KTXD’s live daily television talk show, Texas Living. In 2011, she became the Editor-at-Large of Southern Living Magazine, the seventh-largest monthly paid consumer magazine in the nation.

Kimberly’s most recent book, Wedding Inspiration (Gibbs-Smith, $40.00) shares an intimate look at beautiful weddings with stylish flair. In the book, experts in the wedding and event planning industries share opinions and advice on some of the most important elements of a wedding- the invitations, gown, cake, venue, and more. This book provides an unforgettable collection of inspiration and ideas for planning the perfect wedding.

Kimberly’s book, The Party Planner: An Expert Organizing Guide for Entertaining (Gibbs-Smith, $24.99) organizes the process of planning and hosting a party, from the earliest inception to working with a budget, choosing a venue, hiring catering and musicians, creating a guest list and invitations, decorating, seating, stocking a bar, photography, entertainment, favors and attire– in essence, organizing every last detail for hosting a successful party for any occasion. The inspiring photographs and binder format are a great way to stay organized when making plans to entertain. Find more inspiration in “Kim’s Whims” which are scattered throughout the book. With this book, Kimberly holds your hand through creating a fun-filled soiree without stress.

Tablescapes: Setting the Table with Style (Gibbs-Smith, $39.95), is a book that brings focus to adding beauty to time spent with family and friends. This book brings Kimberly’s passion for setting the table to life with over thirty tablescapes that are meant to inspire. The book includes tips and hints on invitations, seating of guests, and up-to-date rules of etiquette. Whether you’re designing an intimate setting with a few close friends or a table for more than a hundred guests, Tablescapes includes a list of resources for finding the perfect items to create your table setting.

The project closest to Kimberly’s heart is The Wedding Workbook: A Time Saving Guide for the Busy Bride (Gibbs-Smith, $24.95). The Wedding Workbook offers every bride-to-be a tool for staying organized while planning her big day. The workbook is designed to hold contracts and other official documents, but it is also filled with beautiful places to fill out all of the information about the bride’s gown, wedding party, reception site décor, ceremony flowers and much more. It is a great keepsake that can be pulled out on a future anniversary to reminisce.

Kimberly’s passion for pets is evident in her entertaining book exclusively for dog lovers, Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animal (Gibbs-Smith, $19.95). Dog Parties is the essential new party planning guide that offers entertaining ideas for throwing any posh pup a fabulous soiree. From a birthday party to a “Howl-o-ween” party to an afternoon art gallery opening, Dog Parties offers great tips for planning and executing every detail of a party for your pooch.

Kimberly’s first book, The Pleasure of Your Company: Entertaining in High Style (Gibbs-Smith, $34.95) remains high on every hostess’s list of party resources. It is filled with tips and photographs from over thirty events from across the country. Kimberly shares not only her own ideas for entertaining, but also features tips from her favorite hosting mentors. From a gala evening to an intimate seated dinner, the book is a never-ending source of inspiration.

Kimberly and her flourishing business have been featured in national publications such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Town and Country, Southern Living, Better Homes Gardens, Real Simple, Self, Businessweek, Traditional Home, Canadian House and Home, Animal Fair, Southern Lady, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Martha Stewart’s Blueprint, Doggie Aficionado, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more. She has been featured in the books, “Texas Women” and “Texans and Their Pets.” Kimberly has been coroneted an “Entertaining Expert,” a “Style Expert,” an “Etiquette Expert,” and an “Arbiter of Taste and Style” on the following television programs: The Today Show, Access Hollywood, CBS The Early Show, Hallmark Home and Family, The Nate Berkus Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Fine Living and HGTV, WB in the Morning, Designing America, Designing Texas, Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Good Day Atlanta, Good Day LA, NBC’s iVillage Live and many more. She was also a featured event planner on the Style Network’s hit show “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” She has hosted lifestyle segments for MSN, The Montage Resorts, Southern Living, Fine Living, Designing America, Designing Texas, The Bridal Guide and more! She also loves interviewing celebrities on the red carpets from film premiers to awards shows.

By now you probably think you know everything there is to know about her, but I bet you didn’t guess that she has been to Flower School in Paris, Trapeze School in Santa Monica and went on a year long trip around the world with her family when she was a teenager.

Kimberly is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History. She continued to study art connoisseurship at Christie’s in New York after completing her degree. Her community involvements are numerous and include: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority (Beta Sigma Chapter), Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante, Idlewild Debutante and The National Debutante Cotillion. Kimberly donates her time to many charitable organizations including The Board of the American Red Cross, co-chair of North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Program and a member of the NTFB Board, The Advisory Board of New Friends New Life, and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Heart Association. She was the recipient of Northwood University’s Distinguished Women’s Award, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from TWU, The Women Who Make A Difference Award from The Little Flower Organization of New York, and the Women that Soar award. Kimberly resides in Dallas, Texas with her real estate developer husband, Justin, their son, JR, and daughter Millie Stuart.

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Brian Hart Hoffman

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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:

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 American Cancer Society

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Brooke Bell

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Brooke Bell is the director of editorial operations at Birmingham, Alabama-based Hoffman Media, where she directly oversees the editorial teams of Taste of the South, Louisiana Cookin’, Cooking with Paula Deen, and new launches Bake from Scratch and Southern Cast Iron. Brooke was previously the editor of Taste of the South and the editorial director of Louisiana Cookin’. Brooke is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Les Dames d’Escoffier. In addition, she serves on the board of directors at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and is president of the organization’s junior board.

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Cassie Kelley

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Cassie Kelley started Womanista in 2012 when she was on the road touring with her husband (his name is Charles Kelley and he’s in the country band Lady Antebellum). She was logging a lot of hours hanging in a backstage dressing room and she wanted a way to connect with other women and share the things in life that women all love (like fashion, makeup tips, romantic date night spots, and great friendships!)

Womanista was re-launched as a media company in June 2015 by McConnell Kelley and the founders of Rivals.com (sold to Yahoo!), 247Sports (sold to CBS Sports) and ComicBook.com on a custom technology platform designed for the women’s lifestyle category and the growing consumption of media and commerce through mobile devices.

Womanista, The Authority on Fabulous, is a lifestyle brand that inspires and encourages women by delivering informative content and recommendations through the lens of fashion and beauty, family, wellness, design and current events.

Through Womanista Approved, our team of editors, tastemakers, lifestyle experts and selected guest influencers curate lists of products and experiences, taking the guesswork out of living beautifully.

With more than 2 million monthly site visitors (2.665 million unique visitors in January 2016 according to comScore), and 4.3 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, Womanista speaks to the key women’s demographic that consumes media and shops online.

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Megen DiSanto

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Megen DiSanto grew up in a newspaper family with her father working for The Chicago Tribune for nearly 25 years and she went to work for his competitor as a former writer at The Chicago Sun-Times ‘Redstreak’ at the beginning of her writing career. She later worked as pre-production at The Jerry Springer Show. After over a decade in marketing and business development at a well-respected Chicago architectural firm, Megen DiSanto followed a dream — and an incredible group of women — to join Womanista in the Summer of 2015.

Womanista began as a blog in 2012 by Cassie McConnell Kelley and was re-launched as a media company in June 2015 by McConnell Kelley and the founders of Rivals.com (sold to Yahoo!), 247Sports (sold to CBS Sports) and ComicBook.com on a custom technology platform designed for the women’s lifestyle category and the growing consumption of media and commerce through mobile devices.

Womanista, The Authority on Fabulous, is a lifestyle brand that inspires and encourages women by delivering informative content and recommendations through the lens of fashion and beauty, family, wellness, design and current events.

Through Womanista Approved, our team of editors, tastemakers, lifestyle experts and selected guest influencers curate lists of products and experiences, taking the guesswork out of living beautifully.

With more than 2 million monthly site visitors (2.665 million unique visitors in January 2016 according to comScore), and 4.3 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, Womanista speaks to the key women’s demographic that consumes media and shops online.

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Anna Brockway

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Former VP of Worldwide Marketing at Levi Strauss & Co., a seasoned advertising account exec, and a sometime Today Show guest. She’s our final say on all things exceptional. With a discerning eye and a lively joie de vivre, this Columbia University art history major did serious time in the fashion advertising and publicity trenches. Then she got hitched, had 3 kids, and learned the cost, style, and green advantages to buying vintage. Anna conceived of Chairish as a way to make buying and selling fabulous, gently-used decor easier for everyone. Her current obsessions include Vladimir Kagan, spiky resin sea urchins, and America’s true gentleman, the Boston Terrier.

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Julianne Taylor

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Julianne Taylor has quickly emerged as one of the home décor industry’s most prominent female entrepreneurs. Taylor Burke Home’s bold, unexpected and sophisticated designs are highly sought after by premiere interior designers across the nation. A designer by trade, Julianne gains much of her inspiration from her many years spent living abroad. Julianne is the author of DesignHER, available Spring of 2016. Julianne carries a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina. Design headquarters for Taylor Burke Home are located in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Rachel Mountis is the Head of Business Development for the luxury home decor brand, Taylor Burke Home. A graduate of Penn State University and NYU’s Stern School of Business, she brings over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and brand strategy to the team. Rachel spearheads the TBH Brand Method, a creative brand and business strategy consulting arm of Taylor Burke Home. After time spent in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, Rachel now resides with her family in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Libbie Summers

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Libbie Summers, the face behind her Food-Inspired Life brand, is recognized as a food and lifestyle tastemaker in print, online and on-air. Her work has been seen in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens, Vogue, ELLE, Camille Styles, Glitter Guide, People, Garden and Gun, Condé Nast Traveler, on the OWN Show, and many more.

She has authored three books. The 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, Sweet & Vicious –baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, 2014) and The NY Times 2011 Notable Book, The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011).

As one who wears many hats, Libbie also serves as the Creative Culinary Director of the newly launched Terra’s Kitchen— an innovative meal delivery service sending healthy farm-fresh ingredients and fresh-prepped recipes to subscribers in an eco-friendly manner.

Party Within Reach, Libbie’s new lifestyle show, is geared toward the young, somewhat broke, and uber fabulous host who wants to throw a memorable party on a budget. (currently in pre-production)

Libbie resides in Savannah, Georgia with one husband, one son, and one opinionated-dog. She maintains her body and body of work are both food inspired.

Connect with Libbie!
Website/Blog: LibbieSummers.com

Instagram: @LibbieSummers

Youtube: A Food-Inspired Life

Twitter: @LibbieSummers

Pinterest: Libbie Summers

Facebook: A Food-Inspired Life

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Amy Pastre & Courtney Rowson

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Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowson joined in 2009 to create a full-service design company. From offices at 121 Wentworth Street, downtown Charleston, Stitch Design Co. uses design to create solutions for clients and companies from various industries around the country and internationally. They create the look and feel of businesses, organizations and product lines. They enjoy collaboration and long-term relationships with clients, creating everything from logotypes to identities to alluring websites—paying close attention to the small details along the way.

Stitch Design Co is an award-winning branding firm that was recently named Best Small Firm in the US by HOW Magazine. Recent press features include Monocle Magazine, Communication Arts, HOW, Print magazine and NPR. Their work is regularly featured in various design publications and resource books.

In addition to Stitch, they are also the co-founders and designers behind the well-known lifestyle brand, Sideshow Press.

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Ariane Goldman

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After an eight-year career in business at American Express, Ariane founded her
first company, twobirds Bridesmaid, in 2006 in order to offer a one-size-fits-all
design that can be wrapped in over fifteen ways to flatter women of all shapes and sizes. twobirds is based on the needs of millions of women to invest in an important milestone for a loved one, while also buying a dress that can be worn after the wedding (thus, “killing two birds with one stone”). The business grew quickly due to market demand and has shops in Sydney, London, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

Newly pregnant in 2010, Ariane was similarly frustrated by the lack of stylish
clothing options in the maternity market, and realized a second void in
women’s apparel: she founded HATCH to provide a collection of chic and
effortless clothing solutions to invest in during pregnancy and to wear long
after the bump is gone. The HATCH collection has evolved to include
complete head-to-toe styling, as well as the blockbuster HATCH-to-Hospital
Box, the ‘basics’ HATCH layers bag, and a swimsuit collaboration with Marysia.
HATCH is adored by both pregnant and non-pregnant customers alike, and
has been featured in the pages of Vogue, Lucky, Martha Stewart Living, Glamour,
and Style.com. It is an editor and celeb favorite as well, and has been
championed by Marie Claire’s Zanna Roberts Rassi, Jane Keltner de Valle of
Teen Vogue, and on celebrities including Scarlett Johanssen, Rachel Bilson and
Reese Witherspoon, to name just a few.

Ariane’s commitment to giving women what they need during life’s most
challenging and important moments extends as well to her commitment to
Every Mother Counts, a charity founded by Christy Turlington Burns to ensure
maternal health for millions of women globally.

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Mary Catherine Folmar

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Cotton + Quill was founded by Mary Catherine Folmar in 2012 and was first debuted at the Rosemary Beach West Indies Market. A true southern belle and world-wide traveler, Mary Catherine’s design influence comes as much from her roots in Alabama as it does her endeavors throughout Europe, Asia and the East and West coasts. Through Cotton + Quill she has captured contemporary and classic design through her punchy colors and bold patterns found throughout her textile, stationary and home decor lines.

Mary Catherine has always had a passion for the arts and design and received her bachelor of science degree in industrial design from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University.

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Emily McCarthy

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There is no room for bore in the colorful life of Emily McCarthy. Small town girl turned coastal living designer, you’ll be in for a treat to the senses in her world of geometric patterns and prosecco (don’t forget a dash of cheetah). As she resides in Savannah, Georgia with her college sweetheart turned husband and little red-headed, blue-eyed babes. Coastal living gives her life. As a graduate with a BA in Graphic Design and Photography from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, she’s been an active member of the gift and paper industry for over 10 years. Throughout her tenure she’s had the experience of working in small independent retail, direct wholesale, large corporate retail, and boutique design. This experience brings knowledge of all things weddings, paper and branding, and it’s an honor to offer it to her clients. Now she’s on the heels of something even bigger – opening the doors to her own flagship store in historic downtown Savannah. Her popular online presence is now a real life sensory experience right on Abercorn Street. Within the walls of The Shoppe you’ll find items and designs reminiscent of Emily’s inspirations, loves, passions, and things that simply make her smile. You’ll also see several of Emily’s exclusive licensed products and collaborations! She has several licensing programs in place for wholesale of her products nationwide.

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Morgan Hutchinson

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They say that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and in Morgan Hutchinson’s case, that certainly rings true. Morgan was living in China with her husband when she became pregnant, and determined to wear nary a maternity garment, she set out to find chic clothing that would expand with her belly. After the birth of her daughter, it proved even more difficult to find clothes that would meet the frequent and sometimes wardrobe-challenging demands of breastfeeding. Morgan embarked on a mission in the name of fashion.

She scoured online shops, high-end boutiques and big box stores for “breast feeding-friendly” clothing that offered easy front access in washable fabrics. It was terribly time consuming and necessitated tons of imagination – two things that most new moms are lacking. After conducting an informal survey of fellow mom-to-be and new mom friends, she discovered that she was not alone.

After moving back to Morgan’s hometown of Murray, Kentucky after four years in China, they traded the fast pace of the city for a more pastoral setting. They had a daughter, Olive Bee, and began to dream big about their prospective business. She and her husband Brett came up with a plan: offer moms on-trend clothing from top non-maternity lines and style them to take the guesswork out of getting dressed.

With Brett’s help on the financial front, Morgan put her former stylist and lingerie designer experience to use as they founded ShopBURU.com in 2013.

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Haile Parker McCollum

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Haile McCollum is the Owner of Fontaine Maury a brand and design firm in Thomasville, Georgia. Fontaine Maury works with emerging and growth minded companies and non-profits nationwide to engage their audiences in a more meaningful way and maximize profits. She develops, documents and extends brands through creative business strategies including, print design, digital design and social media.

She has worked with artists worldwide to license designs to Walmart, Target, Tiny Prints, Treat, Shutterfly and others. She was featured as a Country Living Woman Entrepreneur in 2007. Her work has been featured in Country Living, Southern Living, Real Simple, InStyle and O Magazine. She is a contributing artist in the book Crafting a Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco and is honored to appear in the Country Living book The Mom’s Guide to Running a Business by Michelle Ribeiro.

In addition to running her brand and design studio, Haile’s current passion project is being the Creative Director of Thom, a bi-annual arts and culture magazine published by Thomasville Center for the Arts in Thomasville, Georgia. Thom is the personification of the creative life in Thomasville. Weaving together the written word and stunning images, Thom expresses and promotes the abundance of creative thinking in Thomasville. It introduces thinkers, visionaries, muses, artists, entrepreneurs and professionals to the region who share their talent to shape Thomasville and beyond.

Haile has a B.S. in Human Development from Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. in Graphic design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Catherine Schenquerman

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Catherine Schenquerman has held a variety of marketing positions at JetBlue for the past three and half years ranging from advertising to customer experience marketing. For the past ten years Catherine has worked to build brands at advertising agencies like Crispin, Porter & Bogusky and Beber Silverstein Group as well as on the client side at Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Molly Waring

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Molly Waring is the Director of Media Relations at the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. During her four years with the CACVB, the Charleston area has won numerous awards, including Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice #1 U.S. City Award for five consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) as well as Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best #1 U.S. City Award (2013) and #1 U.S. City for three consecutive years (2013, 2014, and 2015). Waring also served on the team that successfully increased and expanded daily air service by bringing Southwest Airlines (2010) and JetBlue (2013) to Charleston International Airport. In May 2013, the sights and sounds of Charleston were shared with more than 10 million viewers during two hour-long live-on-location broadcasts of NBC Universal’s award-winning morning show, TODAY, which was coordinated by the CACVB. Throughout the year, Waring works with scores of editors, producers, photographers, and freelancers affiliated with publications worldwide to share the sights, sounds, flavors and traditions of Charleston, S.C.

A native of Charleston, Waring holds a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and M.P.A. from the College of Charleston.

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Katherine Frankstone

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When Katherine Frankstone was the tender age of five, all she wanted was an Easy Bake oven, but her parents steered her from the toy shop back home to the warmth of their family’s kitchen where she climbed a stool alongside her father and learned to bake in the real thing. For decades, she has been satisfying the sweet teeth of her husband, sons, and flocks of friends with her perfectly balanced crisp yet chewy cookies.

Coming from a family of driven entrepreneurs – her grandparents founded an insurance company in the middle of the Great Depression – Katherine was inspired to transform her hobby into her own specialty food company. With Grey Ghost Bakery, Katherine is serving up a taste of her childhood with a good old‐fashioned dose of Lowcountry ghost lore.

A Columbia, SC native, Katherine is a graduate of Emory University, The University of South Carolina Moore School of Business and University of Carolina School of Law. Katherine is a co-founder of the EdVenture Children’s Museum and served on the board of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School both in Columbia, SC.

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Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

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Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room, which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the east coast that have ranged from the super modern to very traditional while keeping it true to her style. She loves overseeing the design process from beginning to end. The best part is when your clients really trust you and set you free to do what you do best. Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. According to Holly, “Color makes people happy!” She loves the mixing the tradition of the past with the modern style of the future.

Holly has worked in the design world from and early age. Her mother took her to antique shows all over the east coast and she went on her first buying trip to Europe at age 12. The home Holly grew up in was designed by Mario Buatta. She has fond memories of introducing Mario “the Prince of Chintz” to Chick-fil-a nuggets while discussing “decorating” as a third grader. Her mother, Nancy Hollingsworth, is a well known interior designer, and specializes in the English Country style. Childhood play dates could turn into magical discussions with mothers while they moved around furniture. Her lifelong passion for the arts has never waned. Holly has a strong educational love for antiques and the history of the decorative arts led her to this business.

Holly’s early design experience includes working with Alexandra Stoddard and Sotheby’s – both in New York City. Holly completed a Mint Museum Senior Study and worked at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. After College, Holly lived in London while completing Sotheby’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts program. She has also completed The Winter institute at Winterthur, which provided a deep exposure one of the most complete collections of American Antiques in existence. Her first “professional” job was with Travis & Company in Atlanta where she ran the Antiques side of the showroom. In 1999, Holly joined her mother full time at the English Room in Charlotte. Her educational background includes a degree in Art History from Rollins College and a degree in Interior Design from the American College.

She has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Urban Home, Southpark Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens Windows and Walls.

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Jill and Steve McKenzie

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In 2012, Steve and Jill McKenzie opened steve mckenzie’s interiors and lifestyle store in Atlanta’s Westside design district. Converging two fundamental influences – the graciousness of the south and the McKenzie’s personal love for the mid-century modern aesthetic – the cornerstone of steve mckenzie’s offerings are Steve’s textile designs, derived directly from the canvases of his original artwork. Launched four years ago, steve mckenzie’s textile designs have grown to include multiple home décor collections, a stunning line of wearable art in the form of a scarf collection, as well as a rug line, inspired by Steve’s artwork for Verde Home. The showroom represents many exclusive lines including the venerable Grange Furniture from France, O & G Studio, Selamat Designs, Cotton + quill fabrics and wallpaper, Dunes and Duchess, The Old Wood Co., etc. plus tabletop, linens, home accessories and jewelry.

In addition to the couple’s showroom, Steve’s fine art
business and textile design work, the McKenzie’s have
also launched an interior design business, McKenzie
Design LLC., rounding out their current business offering.

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Betsy Riley

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Betsy is the editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, a new quarterly shelter magazine published by Atlanta—the city’s oldest and most award-winning magazine. As the longtime executive editor of Atlanta magazine, she has specialized in lifestyle topics such as home and garden, education, healthcare, real estate, travel, and shopping. She was a longtime contributor to local NPR affiliate WABE and has served on the board of the Atlanta Press Club. Betsy has written for other regional and national magazines, including O (Oprah’s magazine), Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, Parenting, and Southern Living. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she and her husband Mark have lived in Atlanta since 1980. They have two grown sons.

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Libba Osborne

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At Leapfrog, we have earned a national reputation for thoughtfully guiding clients into the national spotlight, and giving recognized brands a local edge within the Charleston community. Over her tenure at Leapfrog, Libba Osborne has witnessed the genesis of America’s love affair with Southern food artisans and the city of Charleston – an explosion of talented food entrepreneurs, chef-driven restaurants and culinary-minded upstarts. Libba has guided many of her clients, both large and small, to become prominent brands among the shelves of national retailers. A story-teller at heart, she looks for common threads – a pride in process and an authentic history – in all of the companies she works alongside.

An Atlanta native, Libba found her passion for all things edible as a post-grad student at New York’s French Culinary Institute (International Culinary Center). She segued into restaurant public relations at Baltz & Co. and the Dunn Robbins Group, promoting brands in the food, wine and spirits industries. Following a move to her husband’s hometown of Charleston, Libba joined Leapfrog to continue her craft, becoming an owner in 2009. Libba is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee and serves on the Board of the Charleston Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier. Libba and her husband, Chris, are raising their two young sons a stone’s throw from the Ashley River.

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Jackie Thomson

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Following her undergraduate education at the College of Charleston, Jackie Thomson parlayed her innate sense of style into positions in New York with international fashion powerhouse, GUCCI, and celebrity bridal and evening wear designer, Reem Acra. The Annapolis, MD native returned to Charleston and joined Leapfrog, overseeing design-related projects. Her wide-ranging interest in lifestyle brands drives Leapfrog’s expertise in the fields of fashion, interiors, retail and wellness. Jackie promotes both established brands and new talent, and through her wide network, adeptly organizes events that connect entrepreneurs, influencers and designers around the U.S. Beyond the realm of traditional PR, Jackie enjoys honing brand strategy, creating content for owned media and directing market positioning with long-term clients.

In 2009, Jackie earned her MBA and became an owner of Leapfrog. She and her husband, Neil, reside in Charleston with their young son and daughter.

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Angie Avard Turner

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Angie Avard Turner is a business law and intellectual property attorney with a fancy for all things patterned with a punch of piping hot color. After almost 22 years in retail, 13 years in wholesale, and 7 years in licensing, her niche practice centers around representing people involved in creative ARTS {that’s, Artists, Retailers & wholesalers, Techies, and Service providers}. As a designer, artist, children’s book author, and entrepreneur, she understand the legal needs of creative businesses because she HAS walked a mile in those shoes—for two decades to be exact! She started Hype Strype, a fine stationery goods brand in 2003 and ships to 45 states. Also a licensing artist, she has sold her designs to large big box stores and national brands. With a knowledge that if she practiced law it would never be in a conventional brick and mortar, “law office” setting, Angie now combines both of her loves—creativity and the law. A frequent presenter and speaker at the Atlanta Gift Show, Angie educates creative entrepreneurs about the importance of protecting their creative works and brand. She is also a featured writer for GIFT SHOP Magazine where she pens the Legal Corner.
A native of Thomasville, Georgia, Angie earned her law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2000. Currently, she is an LLM candidate working toward her Masters in Law in Intellectual Property. After moving back to Southwest Georgia, she was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Furman University in 1996. Married to Steven Turner, when she is not working, she enjoys reading, designing, traveling, church activities and spending time with their three children and extended family.

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Jennifer Goldman

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Chief Operating Officer
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Industry veteran Jennifer Goldman has made Southern hospitality her business for more than two decades, cultivating the exceptional service and flawless attention to detail that have become hallmarks of PPHG.
As Chief Operating Officer, she spearheads all aspects of events across Patrick Properties’ four historic venues in downtown Charleston. Directing sales and operations is a pivotal role for Goldman, who was paramount in developing the company’s business model.
A founding member of PPHG, her sharp insight has helped grow the portfolio to five distinguished venues
that help support one another while generating additional revenue and job opportunities for the surrounding community.
Today, Goldman upholds the company’s foremost position in the luxury market. The pristine condition of its beautifully restored, historic properties has garnered widespread renown as the South’s most sought-after venues for weddings, private receptions and corporate events. Among the accolades, The William Aiken House was honored by Martha Stewart Weddings as one of 50 Ways to Wed, chosen as the iconic setting for the state of South Carolina.
Goldman’s leadership underscores a deep commitment to local causes. She is the Charleston chapter president of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International, promoting education, philanthropy and mentorship alongside prominent women in the hospitality field. Other roles of service include the Charleston Area CVB Board of Governors and the Program Advisory Board for the
Culinary Institute of Charleston. Goldman was a finalist for the 2012 Influential Women in Business Awards, an annual honor bestowed by the Charleston Regional Business Journal recognizing professional excellence and outstanding community service.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Goldman is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and has held positions with Four Seasons Hotels and several award-winning restaurants during the course of her 20-year career in the hospitality industry.

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