FEBRUARY 7 – 9, 2018
SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
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Overview

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, The Summit has featured editors from Domino, Real Simple, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Hoffman Media, and Traditional Home among others. Past Summit attendees have heard from successful entrepreneurs like Fine-Art Photographer and New York Times Best-Selling Author Gray Malin, Tibi Founder Amy Smilovic, and key voices from companies such as Pinterest, One Kings Lane, and Land of Nod.  Limited to only 300 attendees, The Summit promises to again provide attendees valuable access to presenters on a wide range of compelling topics.

THE SOUTHERN C SUMMIT INCLUDES:
ADD-ON WORKSHOP OPTION ($200)

We are presenting two add-on workshops prior to the start of the Summit on Wednesday, February 7 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at The Cloister. Attendees may choose ONE workshop for an additional fee of $200. Limited seating for each and attendees must sign up when purchasing Summit tickets.

Click HERE to learn more about the two workshops available.

Events, presenters and sessions are subject to change without notice. Please see our Event FAQs for more.

Presenters

Alexa Hampton

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Alexa Hampton, daughter of the world-renowned designer Mark Hampton, assumed ownership and design leadership of his firm upon his death in 1998. Though she was born into design royalty, Alexa Hampton has made a name for herself in the design world.

Hampton has a growing collection of acclaimed products for the home including fabrics and trims for Kravet Inc., furniture for Hickory Chair Co. and Kravet, carpets for Stark Carpet, lighting for Visual Comfort & Co., mantels for Chesney’s, and accessories for Maitland. She has completed of a wide range of designs from New York City to Hangzhou, China and is also a perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer. Alexa Hampton is Creative Director, spokesperson and “style guru” for themine.com, a division of Lowe’s, where she guides the product offerings. Hampton is also the author of two critically- acclaimed books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail. When she’s not lecturing on design around the world, you’ll find her sharing her designs on social media.

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Michelle Newbery

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As President of The Mine, Michelle Newbery leads a team of change-makers who share her passion for helping people create their dream homes. At The Mine, they’re revolutionizing online furniture and home décor shopping by offering access to top-notch designers, a personal concierge service, and innovative 3D product imagery. When she’s not in the office, she’s exploring the PNW, cheering on the Seahawks, and spending time with her two kids.

Michelle Newbery serves as president of The Mine, a Seattle-based online home furnishings company that combines one-on- one Personal Concierge service with a “killer selection” of high-quality products. The Mine partners with leading designers and customer care innovators to take residential and commercial projects from concept to completion by supporting a unique fine
furnishings collection with hyper-personalized service, product assembly and installation.

Michelle joined The Mine, formerly ATGStores.com, in December, 2011, as the company’s chief financial officer. She then assumed the role of president in November, 2013. Michelle is a licensed CPA and holds a master’s degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University. She
brings more than 18 years of business leadership to The Mine, and has also held roles at Lowe’s, Jarden and Deloitte & Touche. When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys biking, running and taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.

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Eddie Ross

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Eddie Ross has made a career as a design, decorating and food editor for House Beautiful,
Martha Stewart Living and Food Network. Recognized by design aficionados for his inventive, out-of- the-box approach to high-style decorating and entertaining on a budget, Eddie consistently re-imagines the aesthetic possibilities of secondhand finds, imbuing them with a chic and colorful sophistication within everyone’s reach. His sold-out tours of flea markets across the country have empowered legions of devoted followers to find the best things they can and, at the same time, to give new life to what they may already own. Eddie is the Style Director at The Mine—he spearheads the editorial calendar, and delivers a nonstop stream of covetable content and dream home imagery.

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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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Elaine Sack

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Elaine Sack, Chief Operations Officer, has been with RMS Beauty since its inception. Having met Rose-Marie Swift at the product development site where RMS Beauty was originally formulated, she began the journey of introducing RMS Beauty to the public shoulder to shoulder with Rose-Marie in late 2008. In her role, Elaine provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that RMS Beauty has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the brand and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. Through her respectful, constructive and energetic style Elaine has successfully helped to navigate the organic beauty category focusing on growing the strengths of both the brand and the company. With a B.S. degree from Indiana University Elaine worked for years in the cosmetic manufacturing industry before developing RMS Beauty into the respected global brand that it is today.

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Rose-Marie Swift

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Rose-Marie Swift has been a make-up artist for over 35 years; her work has been featured in countless publications, her portfolio includes many famous faces and she has worked with some of the top fashion photographers. When Rose-Marie was in her late 30s she began to experience some health issues that were causing many problems physically, mentally and emotionally. After an extensive series of tests, she learned that her blood contained toxic levels of heavy metals as well as high levels of pesticides and other chemicals also used in cosmetics. Until then she had no idea that cosmetics could be a contributor to serious health issues. After years of rebuilding her own health, Rose-Marie realized that she wanted to help other women claim their right to healthy beauty. To achieve this goal she created RMS Beauty, her acclaimed line of organic color cosmetics.

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Natasha Murphy

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Natasha Murphy is the founder and principal developer of Nicely Built. Originally from the tiny town of Between, GA, this double dawg completed both her undergraduate and graduate work a hop, skip, and jump away at the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!). An active participant in the Atlanta technology and entrepreneur scenes, Natasha teaches coding classes for the Atlanta chapter of Girl Develop It and started organizing the bi-monthly Atlanta Shopify Meetup late 2015. 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. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her fiancee in lovely Candler Park.

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Alexandra Golden

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Alexandra Golden, a Florida native with deep Georgia roots, has been with Nicely Built for a year and a half. Alexandra serves as the Director of Client Services and is tickled pink to meet new folks with a vision and passion for their business! Along with her husband, Alexandra is a UGA Bulldawg, raising a Bulldawg “hopeful” little girl. She enjoys showing her almost two year old strong female work ethics, attempting to balance work and home! She brings almost a decade of corporate marketing experience to the table. She is most in her element when conducting new client kick off meetings, dreaming up ways to make the impossible a reality!

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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 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.

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Louise Pritchard

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Louise Pritchard is founder and Chief Strategist of Pritchard Volk Consulting, LLC. Whether she is on a mission trip in Africa or traversing the Virginia Capital bike trail, Louise finds creative inspiration. She has over 35 years of experience helping clients hone their brand story. Her successful track record with cross industry market development, relationship management, and creative business problem solving with FORTUNE Magazine, Holiday Inn Worldwide, and Egleston Childrens Hospital have formed the cornerstones of her consulting philosophy.

Ms Pritchard brings her creative problem solving and critical thinking approach to each client. Her passion and drive is evident in helping each client discover their “ah-ha” moment when new ideas and strategies transform their brand strengths into results.

As a graduate of Auburn University, she is an avid SEC football fan. In her downtime, she loves to spend time at her family home on Lake Burton, Georgia and visiting her four grown daughters pursuing their careers in Savannah, Charlotte, Gainesville, GA and Charleston.

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Mandy Edwards

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Mandy Edwards is the owner of ME Marketing Services, a social media marketing & website design company that provides social media consulting & management and website design services to businesses of all sizes.

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Mandy has 15+ years of sales & marketing experience. Past work experience has included print advertising sales and local store marketing for Chick-fil-A. Locally, Mandy is involved in her community through Professional Women of Statesboro, the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation, and the Blue Mile Foundation. She is a contributing writer to Business 2 Community and The Southern Coterie. Mandy is a graduate of Leadership Bulloch, a past honoree of the Statesboro Herald’s Top 20 Under 40, and in 2015, she was a StatSocial Top 100 Social Media Power Influencer. In 2016, she was honored as one of the University of Georgia’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Alumni. Mandy is also a graduate of the second co-hort of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Academy. She married to State Prosecuting Attorney Ben Edwards and is the proud mother of two redheaded daughters who constantly keep her on her toes.

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Libba Osborne

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At Leapfrog PR Co, they 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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Jackie Thomson is a principal at Charleston basedLeapfrog PR Co.  Following her undergraduate education at the College of Charleston, Jackie 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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Mentors

Laura Trevey

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Laura Trevey, creator of her own lifestyle brand at lauratrevey.com is a “full of life” positive thinking entrepreneur. With her colorful palette, Laura uses her artistic expertise to bring her happy and vibrant watercolor designs to life in a variety of ways – including home decor products and online content. She spreads the feeling of joy that art evokes into everyday life. She resides in Richmond, Virginia and can most often be found with her paintbrush thoughtfully in hand and her loving family around her.

Mission Statement: The Laura Trevey Brand delights in bringing joy and passion to each and every consumer through uplifting watercolors that inspire you to live life at your brightest and happiest.  Whether you are rocking one of our cheerful iPhone cases or are dressing your bed in one of our fabulous comforters, we are so happy to be a part of your colorful life!

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Paige Minear

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Paige Minear is the author, mother and preppy creator behind the design blog The Pink Clutch. Paige is known for her home full of color, Palm Beach style and antique treasures. With a love for all things design related she writes five days a week allowing her readers to indulge in colorful posts and inspiration. She is a lover of a strong latte, champagne cocktails, a stack of magazines, crisp button downs, popped collars, a sweet treat and a house full of fresh flowers and monogrammed linens. She can be seen most days in a gingham button down, pearls galore sporting leopard flats and ready for adventure.

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Holly Phillips

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Holly Phillips is a residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room, which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her 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. Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work.

She has worked in the design world from an 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 she 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 mother while they moved around furniture. Her lifelong passion for the arts has never waned. She has a strong educational love for antiques and the history of the decorative arts led her to this business.

Her early design experience includes working with Alexandra Stoddard and Sotheby’s – both in New York City. She completed a Mint Museum Senior Study and worked at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. After College, she 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 to 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, she 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.

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

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Lauren Hopkins

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As the principal of boutique public relations and communications firm LBH&Co., Lauren Hopkins is a passionate champion for her lifestyle clientele. Her clients are food lovers, fashion mavens, home accessories pioneers and travel destination experts. She’s not only proud of her clients and their work, she is also proud to call them friends. Her days are filled with identifying newsworthy opportunities and brainstorming creative ways to share them with media, top bloggers, and like minded brands. Securing worthy collaborations and earned media opportunities is what makes me tick. The chase and development of new relationships thrills her. With nearly a decade of experience and agency life behind her, running her own firm is both a blessing and a challenge. She’s grateful to do what she loves on the gorgeous St. Simons Island where she spends downtime enjoying her quaint town alongside her husband and her darling daughter, Grace.

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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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Angie Avard Turner

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Angie 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, 12 years in wholesale, and 6 years in licensing, she decided to give the people what they were asking for—an attorney who was familiar with the needs of creative entrepreneurs.  She represents really cool people involved in creative ARTS {that’s, Artists, Retailers & wholesalers, Techies, and Service providers} and is a creative entrepreneur herself!

As a designer, artist, author, and entrepreneur, she understands the legal needs of creative businesses because she has walked a mile in those shoes—she has owned and operated one for over a decade!

She has always loved being creative. Since she could walk, Angie has had a love affair with the jumbo box of 96 crayons. She started Hype Strype, a fine stationery goods brand, back in 2003. At the time, she was not really focused on law, but more on keeping her 2500 customers across 45 states happy! But when people learned she was an attorney too, they were very quick to ask all sorts of legal questions pertaining to their creative endeavors. So… now she combines both of her loves—creativity and the law. Angie loves helping others know and understand many of the things she had to learn the hard way and it gives her great pleasure to see a client so “fired up” about an idea that they have invested themselves in.

Although she was born and raised in Georgia, Angie is the product of a Northern, West Point-educated father {he’s from oh-so-proper Boston, Massachusetts} and a Southern, Auburn-educated mother {she’s from sweet-home-Alabama}. She graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina {a very cool city}, then moved to Michigan where to obtain her law degree. She and her husband have three fantastically amazing children who are ages (12), (7), and (2). They all have strong family names that tell them a story of where they came from.

You can learn more about Angie at www.angieavardturnerlaw.com or www.hypestrype.com.

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Mary Beth Greene

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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 greene is 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.

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