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SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA and BEYOND

FEBRUARY 2-4, 2022

            Celebrating a decade of #connectcollaboratecreate,                    The Southern C’s signature #TSCSUMMIT returns to Sea Island                   Resort this February 2022 with an inspiring 3-day event                 and a standout virtual option.    

Connect with other seasoned entrepreneurs, mentors, and a roster of impressive experts sharing inspiring stories and actionable advice on the topics female entrepreneurs want most.

Collaborate effortlessly with programming that is intentionally tailored to create camaraderie and community. Education is balanced with networking, brand discovery, signature TSC social gatherings and enjoyment of the Forbes Five Star resort.

Create the perfect opportunity to getaway and work on the one who matters most – you! Gain inspiration from fellow entrepreneurs, presenters and the surroundings.

Ticket includes:

  • 8 Sessions with Industry Leading Professionals
  • Small Group Mentor Lunch
  • Valuable Access to Presenters and Mentors
  • Layered Networking Opportunities and Social Gatherings – Swag Market, Sip + Shop, Bubbles, Bites, Books + Brushes and more
Virtual Snapshot

Education and encouragement extends to the virtual attendee with access to a mix of live streaming sessions and thoughtful breakout opportunities.  A virtual retreat that echoes the vibe of our TSC Membership and our mission to #connectcollaboratecreate on our virtual front porch.

Click here to read testimonials from 2021 virtual attendees.

  • Live Streaming to the Retreat Educational Programming
  • Community Building Introductions
  • Participate in Q&A with Presenters in the Sessions
  • Small Group Mentor Sessions Online

That Other C addressing Covid special measures

Last year’s socially distanced #TSCSUMMIT was a huge success thanks in part to the safeguards and guidelines of our resort partner Sea Island.  Should we be required to limit in-person attendees to 150 again this year, those seats will be allocated to the first 150 attendees to register.  Existing ticket holders will receive the option to transfer to a virtual ticket and receive a refund of the difference in ticket cost.  Click here to read FAQs.

Who can benefit from attending the retreat?

The TSC Summit, The Southern C Membership, and now The Southern C Retreat are tailored to offer a community of passionate entrepreneurs, creatives, and business owners an opportunity to connect and collaborate amongst top names in media, business, and branding online and in person.

Presenters

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Denise Woodard

Denise is the Founder and CEO of Partake, a line of nationally distributed allergy-friendly foods inspired by her daughter’s experience with food allergies. Launched in 2017, Partake’s first product — delicious, allergy-friendly cookies made with wholesome ingredients  — can now be found in more than 7,000 retailers including Target, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Whole Foods Market and more. In December 2020, the company closed a Series A round of funding led by investors including Rihanna, CircleUp Growth Partners, FF2032 and Marcy Venture Partners.  In 2021, Partake launched a line of Baking Mixes available on https://www.partakefoods.com. Prior to launching Partake, Denise spent a decade in consumer packaged goods at various Fortune 100 companies and is the first Black woman to raise more than $1 Million publicly for a CPG food startup. Denise has been honored by Goldman Sachs as 1 of the 100 Most Intriguing CEOs in 2021 and as NJ Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2021.


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Lela Rose

Formally trained as a painter and sculptor, Lela Rose’s extravagantly controlled use of rich colors, tactile fabrications, sculptural silhouettes, and handcrafted details adds unexpected dimension and breadth to each line’s seasonal collections—each one is a feast for the senses. Raised in Texas, Lela’s love affair with New York City began when she attended Parson’s School of Design. As a designer, she has made it a central focus of her brand to base all possible apparel production locally, actively supporting a proven network of artisans, sewers, pattern-makers, manufacturers, and small businesses based in her adopted hometown. The resulting collections strike an inimitable balance of uptown glamour and southern grace.

The spirit of the Lela Rose brand is driven by the entrepreneurial designer and her passion for style, design, and décor. Rose, now a published author, released her first book Prêt-à-Party in 2015, focusing on her love of stylish entertaining.

In 2018, Lela Rose launched Pearl by Lela Rose, a woman-led, fashion-forward ready-to-wear line specializing in fabulous clothes that are as much fun to shop for as they are to wear. Sold by a curated nationwide network of expert Pearl Stylists (and online at pearl.nyc), the  Pearl by Lela Rose capsule collections are the perfect synthesis of Lela Rose’s mantra: “Everyday is an occasion. Dress accordingly”.

Lela Rose’s signature timeless luxury and effortlessly wearable style have elevated the esteem of the brand, receiving recognition from fashion editors, stylists, and style-forward celebrities who are often seen wearing the brand— Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana, Uma Thurman, Jessica Alba, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Olivia Munn, Sofia Vergara, Karolina Kurkova, Chrissy Teigen, Priyanka Chopra, Naomi Watts, Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger, Emily Blunt, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. Lela Rose ready-to-wear and bridal collections are sold nationwide in specialty stores, bridal boutiques, and premium retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, Moda Operandi, and at the Lela Rose flagship boutique in Dallas, Texas, as well as online at lelarose.com.

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Carrie Morey

Carrie Morey founded her handmade biscuit business in 2005 with the goal of making the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits of her mother accessible across the country. Over 15 years later, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is widely recognized as an iconic Southern brand with national retail exposure, 4 grab-and-go eateries in Charleston, Atlanta, and Charlotte, a food truck, and a cult-like following. Carrie is the author of cookbooks: Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions and Hot Little Suppers (October 2021), and stars in the culinary docu-series, How She Rolls, about biscuits, business, and balance in her life as an entrepreneur. She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and three daughters.

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Ashley Miles

Ashley Miles is a Game Changer. Mobilizer. Builder and Scaler of Innovative Companies. Dynamic Business Leader paired with a Creative Spirit. Connector of Visionary people. She leads with a play-to-win mentality, stemming from her childhood days as a competitive Equestrian horseback rider, which explains her inner cowgirl spirit in life and business.


Ashley Miles is the Founder & CEO of Franklyn West, a Business Growth Collective, committed to transformation and sustainable growth for businesses and leaders. Previously, she served as the Global Chief Business Officer at Thrive Global, reporting directly to Founder/CEO Arianna Huffington. She lead worldwide sales, marketing and business operations focused on monetization and accelerating growth through Thrive’s enterprise, SaaS and brand partnerships. Prior to Thrive, she spent over six years building and scaling Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for women. Ashley exponentially helped scale Refinery29, drove and diversified revenue growth to a nine-figure business, including the launch and expansion of 29Rooms, the company’s most expansive offline, global activation. As Chief Client Officer, Head of Advertising, NA, she lead Refinery29’s advertising and revenue strategy, growth and development, and oversaw Sales, Marketing Solutions, Client Services, Media Planning and Operations.

Ashley served as Regional Vice President at Brand.net, an ad technology company and saw through its acquisition by Valassis and served as Executive Sales Director, Beauty at Time Inc., InStyle.com, where she piloted growth in the Beauty and Wellness category.

As a mother of two young girls, Mylah and Holland, Ashley is proud to help women claim their power in business as President of New York Women in Communications and previously VP of Corporate Membership and first-ever Development Chair. In her role as President, Ashley formally launched the #WomenHeard initiative to help address the dramatic departure of women from the workforce post Covid-19. Ashley is a recipient of the 2018 New York Women in Communications WICI Award and has served on the Board of Governors of CEW for the past four years. She is a proud Louisiana native, Ole Miss Journalism alum and lives in New York with her family of four.

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Brett Hutchinson

Brett is the co-founder and CFO of BURU, a woman’s clothing brand based in Downtown Los Angeles.   

Growing up Brett always wanted to become a “businessman.”  When attending Case Western Reserve University during the recession of the early 1990’s, he combined that aspiration with a desire to be employed and decided to major in accounting.   After graduation, he took a job at the one-time well respected public accounting firm Arthur Andersen and moved to New York City.  Eventually, he went on to hold various controller and Chief Financial Officer positions at privately invested and publicly traded companies, helping to greatly expand the operations and size of those entities at each stop along the way.  It was during this phase that he realized his true passion lied in channeling his strengths and efforts into a more entrepreneurial endeavor.  

Serendipity intervened when Brett met Morgan, a serial entrepreneur with an amazing talent for business.   However, before Morgan could make him see that she was the true visionary of the duo, Brett convinced Morgan to move with him to Beijing, China.  4 years later they moved back to the United States to start a family.  Their first child Olive was the inspiration they both needed to start what would become their combined passion.  Initially curating existing brands into an on-line marketplace aimed at an undeserved market—mothers, BURU was born.  For several years the couple cut their on-line retail chops, slowly developing their brand.  With the birth of their second child Schafer, they decided the business needed a reboot. They dropped the other brands and went all in on Morgan’s designs (of which they now sell and produce exclusively).  Since then, they have built an ever-expanding micro-factory in DTLA, opened their first brick and mortar store, and developed a small fleet of custom designed mobile shopping MB Sprinter vans (known as the “BURU Buses”). In the process, they have grown BURU into a brand known by many as the place to go for aspirational, yet wearable styles at attainable price points.  Now, with the birth of their third child, Carlyle, the two have taken further inspiration to continue to expand BURU into a brand know by all!

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Morgan Hutchinson

Morgan Hutchinson is the co-founder and CEO of BURU, a women’s clothing brand based in Los Angeles, California.

Born in the small town of Murray, Kentucky, where the importance of dressing up for nearly any occasion was instilled in her, Morgan believes in the mood-boosting power of wearing a proper ensemble (that is comfortable to boot!)

She went off to Alabama for college, then began her career in New York as an entrepreneur and co-founder (along with her two best friends) of Passport Panties, a lingerie brand that landed in 500+ international doors and allowed her to travel the globe. After meeting her husband, Brett, in NYC, they moved to Beijing for four years and Morgan found a career there as a stylist and the “Blonde in Beijing” blogger.

After moving back to the USA 8-months pregnant, Morgan became a mother for the first time. She soon discovered that her wardrobe needed a refresh. She scoured online shops, high-end boutiques and big box stores for stylish, daytime essentials that offered easy access in washable fabrics with little success. So, with the help of her husband and now full-time business partner, Brett, Morgan embarked on a mission in the name of fashion

With Brett’s business acumen and Morgan’s former experience as an entrepreneur and stylist, they founded BURU in 2013. Through several evolutions, the company has hit its stride. Morgan now exclusively designs every collection for the brand. Today, one half of the brand’s manufacturing happens in BURU’s own microfactory in downtown LA where they employ twenty full-time team members, including pattern makers, cutters, and sewers. They run a retail store, warehouse and business and design office just down the street from the factory.

Though Morgan’s designs can be worn by every woman, transcending generations and seasons of life, her inspiration has consistently been and will always be—motherhood. She aspires to create a space, a community and a resource for mothers to connect and have fun with their wardrobe. Her forever mission is to redefine “mom style”.

Kelsey Ogletree

Kelsey Ogletree is an independent journalist covering travel, food, wellness and design. After earning her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, she held a career as an editor in business, events, luxury lifestyle and travel at various publications. In 2017, she launched her own business, KO Copy, through which she writes for more than 30 national and regional outlets, including Wall Street Journal, AARP, Real Simple and Food & Wine. In addition to writing, she runs workshops teaching publicists and small business owners about cutting-edge digital media trends and how to build relationships with freelance writers. Kelsey is also co-founder with her husband, Derrick, of OurShoals, a digital magazine for her home base Florence, Alabama, and proud cat mom to Monty. 

Caroline Turnipseed

Caroline Wright Turnipseed – Founder of CWT Consulting Group: Over the past decade, Caroline Wright Turnipseed has successfully grown consumer and retail brands through innovative marketing strategies. Her experience prior to forming CWT Consulting Group is unique, as she led teams in all areas of marketing and at a variety of sized companies. Whether in-house at Lilly Pulitzer, Victoria’s Secret or Julia Berolzheimer’s Gal Meets Glam, Caroline was able to develop creative ways to delight consumers and fuel sales. 

After creating such a vast network from her time in-house at retail companies, launching CWT Consulting Group was a no-brainer. The firm specializes in growing female-founded, small businesses. Their multi-channel, results driven approach to marketing has led to major results for both new-to-market and established brand clients. Learn more about CWT Consulting Group’s services and client work at www.cwtconsultinggroup.com or following @cwtconsultinggroup on Instagram

Moderators

Lydia Warhol

Lydia Fenet

Lydia Fenet is Global Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s Auction House. She has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations and raised over half a billion dollars for nonprofits globally. Lydia is responsible for conceptualizing and spearheading the development of the firm’s Global Strategic Partnerships division, which has generated over $25 million in revenue to date and aligned Christie’s with 100+ corporate and luxury brands around the world. Lydia is represented by CAA and travels internationally as a keynote speaker helping people unlock their sales potential and empowering women in the workplace.

She was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Crain’s, and has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Town & Country. Her widely acclaimed book, ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You’ was published by Simon & Schuster and optioned for TV by Chernin Entertainment. Lydia is currently writing her second book, The Most Confident Woman in the Room is You.

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Molly Fienning

Molly Fienning is Co-founder and CEO of Red Clay Hot Sauce, a cold-pressed, Southern hot sauce & hot honey brand named “Tabasco for the 21st century” by Food and Wine Magazine and “hot honey to elevate your meal” by The New York Times. In the past year, Red Clay has grown 400% in gross revenue and has rolled out to The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Harris Teeter, Food 52 and hundreds of additional retail doors. 
 
Prior to Red Clay, Molly Fienning was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Babiators, one of Forbes’ 100 Most Promising Companies and now the leading sunglasses brand for babies & kids (with 4 million pairs sold). Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Engineering Sciences. She lives in Charleston with her husband Ted and their two sweet, smart boys, Sawyer and Fox. 

Mentors

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Denise Woodard

Denise is the Founder and CEO of Partake, a line of nationally distributed allergy-friendly foods inspired by her daughter’s experience with food allergies. Launched in 2017, Partake’s first product — delicious, allergy-friendly cookies made with wholesome ingredients  — can now be found in more than 7,000 retailers including Target, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Whole Foods Market and more. In December 2020, the company closed a Series A round of funding led by investors including Rihanna, CircleUp Growth Partners, FF2032 and Marcy Venture Partners.  In 2021, Partake launched a line of Baking Mixes available on https://www.partakefoods.com. Prior to launching Partake, Denise spent a decade in consumer packaged goods at various Fortune 100 companies and is the first Black woman to raise more than $1 Million publicly for a CPG food startup. Denise has been honored by Goldman Sachs as 1 of the 100 Most Intriguing CEOs in 2021 and as NJ Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2021.


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Lela Rose

Formally trained as a painter and sculptor, Lela Rose’s extravagantly controlled use of rich colors, tactile fabrications, sculptural silhouettes, and handcrafted details adds unexpected dimension and breadth to each line’s seasonal collections—each one is a feast for the senses. Raised in Texas, Lela’s love affair with New York City began when she attended Parson’s School of Design. As a designer, she has made it a central focus of her brand to base all possible apparel production locally, actively supporting a proven network of artisans, sewers, pattern-makers, manufacturers, and small businesses based in her adopted hometown. The resulting collections strike an inimitable balance of uptown glamour and southern grace.

The spirit of the Lela Rose brand is driven by the entrepreneurial designer and her passion for style, design, and décor. Rose, now a published author, released her first book Prêt-à-Party in 2015, focusing on her love of stylish entertaining.

In 2018, Lela Rose launched Pearl by Lela Rose, a woman-led, fashion-forward ready-to-wear line specializing in fabulous clothes that are as much fun to shop for as they are to wear. Sold by a curated nationwide network of expert Pearl Stylists (and online at pearl.nyc), the  Pearl by Lela Rose capsule collections are the perfect synthesis of Lela Rose’s mantra: “Everyday is an occasion. Dress accordingly”.

Lela Rose’s signature timeless luxury and effortlessly wearable style have elevated the esteem of the brand, receiving recognition from fashion editors, stylists, and style-forward celebrities who are often seen wearing the brand— Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana, Uma Thurman, Jessica Alba, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Olivia Munn, Sofia Vergara, Karolina Kurkova, Chrissy Teigen, Priyanka Chopra, Naomi Watts, Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger, Emily Blunt, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. Lela Rose ready-to-wear and bridal collections are sold nationwide in specialty stores, bridal boutiques, and premium retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, Moda Operandi, and at the Lela Rose flagship boutique in Dallas, Texas, as well as online at lelarose.com.

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Carrie Morey

Carrie Morey founded her handmade biscuit business in 2005 with the goal of making the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits of her mother accessible across the country. Over 15 years later, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is widely recognized as an iconic Southern brand with national retail exposure, 4 grab-and-go eateries in Charleston, Atlanta, and Charlotte, a food truck, and a cult-like following. Carrie is the author of cookbooks: Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions and Hot Little Suppers (October 2021), and stars in the culinary docu-series, How She Rolls, about biscuits, business, and balance in her life as an entrepreneur. She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and three daughters.

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Ashley Miles

Ashley Miles is a Game Changer. Mobilizer. Builder and Scaler of Innovative Companies. Dynamic Business Leader paired with a Creative Spirit. Connector of Visionary people. She leads with a play-to-win mentality, stemming from her childhood days as a competitive Equestrian horseback rider, which explains her inner cowgirl spirit in life and business.


Ashley Miles is the Founder & CEO of Franklyn West, a Business Growth Collective, committed to transformation and sustainable growth for businesses and leaders. Previously, she served as the Global Chief Business Officer at Thrive Global, reporting directly to Founder/CEO Arianna Huffington. She lead worldwide sales, marketing and business operations focused on monetization and accelerating growth through Thrive’s enterprise, SaaS and brand partnerships. Prior to Thrive, she spent over six years building and scaling Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for women. Ashley exponentially helped scale Refinery29, drove and diversified revenue growth to a nine-figure business, including the launch and expansion of 29Rooms, the company’s most expansive offline, global activation. As Chief Client Officer, Head of Advertising, NA, she lead Refinery29’s advertising and revenue strategy, growth and development, and oversaw Sales, Marketing Solutions, Client Services, Media Planning and Operations.

Ashley served as Regional Vice President at Brand.net, an ad technology company and saw through its acquisition by Valassis and served as Executive Sales Director, Beauty at Time Inc., InStyle.com, where she piloted growth in the Beauty and Wellness category.

As a mother of two young girls, Mylah and Holland, Ashley is proud to help women claim their power in business as President of New York Women in Communications and previously VP of Corporate Membership and first-ever Development Chair. In her role as President, Ashley formally launched the #WomenHeard initiative to help address the dramatic departure of women from the workforce post Covid-19. Ashley is a recipient of the 2018 New York Women in Communications WICI Award and has served on the Board of Governors of CEW for the past four years. She is a proud Louisiana native, Ole Miss Journalism alum and lives in New York with her family of four.

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Brett Hutchinson

Brett is the co-founder and CFO of BURU, a woman’s clothing brand based in Downtown Los Angeles.   

Growing up Brett always wanted to become a “businessman.”  When attending Case Western Reserve University during the recession of the early 1990’s, he combined that aspiration with a desire to be employed and decided to major in accounting.   After graduation, he took a job at the one-time well respected public accounting firm Arthur Andersen and moved to New York City.  Eventually, he went on to hold various controller and Chief Financial Officer positions at privately invested and publicly traded companies, helping to greatly expand the operations and size of those entities at each stop along the way.  It was during this phase that he realized his true passion lied in channeling his strengths and efforts into a more entrepreneurial endeavor.  

Serendipity intervened when Brett met Morgan, a serial entrepreneur with an amazing talent for business.   However, before Morgan could make him see that she was the true visionary of the duo, Brett convinced Morgan to move with him to Beijing, China.  4 years later they moved back to the United States to start a family.  Their first child Olive was the inspiration they both needed to start what would become their combined passion.  Initially curating existing brands into an on-line marketplace aimed at an undeserved market—mothers, BURU was born.  For several years the couple cut their on-line retail chops, slowly developing their brand.  With the birth of their second child Schafer, they decided the business needed a reboot. They dropped the other brands and went all in on Morgan’s designs (of which they now sell and produce exclusively).  Since then, they have built an ever-expanding micro-factory in DTLA, opened their first brick and mortar store, and developed a small fleet of custom designed mobile shopping MB Sprinter vans (known as the “BURU Buses”). In the process, they have grown BURU into a brand known by many as the place to go for aspirational, yet wearable styles at attainable price points.  Now, with the birth of their third child, Carlyle, the two have taken further inspiration to continue to expand BURU into a brand know by all!

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Morgan Hutchinson

Morgan Hutchinson is the co-founder and CEO of BURU, a women’s clothing brand based in Los Angeles, California.

Born in the small town of Murray, Kentucky, where the importance of dressing up for nearly any occasion was instilled in her, Morgan believes in the mood-boosting power of wearing a proper ensemble (that is comfortable to boot!)

She went off to Alabama for college, then began her career in New York as an entrepreneur and co-founder (along with her two best friends) of Passport Panties, a lingerie brand that landed in 500+ international doors and allowed her to travel the globe. After meeting her husband, Brett, in NYC, they moved to Beijing for four years and Morgan found a career there as a stylist and the “Blonde in Beijing” blogger.

After moving back to the USA 8-months pregnant, Morgan became a mother for the first time. She soon discovered that her wardrobe needed a refresh. She scoured online shops, high-end boutiques and big box stores for stylish, daytime essentials that offered easy access in washable fabrics with little success. So, with the help of her husband and now full-time business partner, Brett, Morgan embarked on a mission in the name of fashion

With Brett’s business acumen and Morgan’s former experience as an entrepreneur and stylist, they founded BURU in 2013. Through several evolutions, the company has hit its stride. Morgan now exclusively designs every collection for the brand. Today, one half of the brand’s manufacturing happens in BURU’s own microfactory in downtown LA where they employ twenty full-time team members, including pattern makers, cutters, and sewers. They run a retail store, warehouse and business and design office just down the street from the factory.

Though Morgan’s designs can be worn by every woman, transcending generations and seasons of life, her inspiration has consistently been and will always be—motherhood. She aspires to create a space, a community and a resource for mothers to connect and have fun with their wardrobe. Her forever mission is to redefine “mom style”.

Kelsey Ogletree

Kelsey Ogletree is an independent journalist covering travel, food, wellness and design. After earning her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, she held a career as an editor in business, events, luxury lifestyle and travel at various publications. In 2017, she launched her own business, KO Copy, through which she writes for more than 30 national and regional outlets, including Wall Street Journal, AARP, Real Simple and Food & Wine. In addition to writing, she runs workshops teaching publicists and small business owners about cutting-edge digital media trends and how to build relationships with freelance writers. Kelsey is also co-founder with her husband, Derrick, of OurShoals, a digital magazine for her home base Florence, Alabama, and proud cat mom to Monty. 

Lydia Warhol

Lydia Fenet

Lydia Fenet is Global Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s Auction House. She has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations and raised over half a billion dollars for nonprofits globally. Lydia is responsible for conceptualizing and spearheading the development of the firm’s Global Strategic Partnerships division, which has generated over $25 million in revenue to date and aligned Christie’s with 100+ corporate and luxury brands around the world. Lydia is represented by CAA and travels internationally as a keynote speaker helping people unlock their sales potential and empowering women in the workplace.

She was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Crain’s, and has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Town & Country. Her widely acclaimed book, ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You’ was published by Simon & Schuster and optioned for TV by Chernin Entertainment. Lydia is currently writing her second book, The Most Confident Woman in the Room is You.

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Molly Fienning

Molly Fienning is Co-founder and CEO of Red Clay Hot Sauce, a cold-pressed, Southern hot sauce & hot honey brand named “Tabasco for the 21st century” by Food and Wine Magazine and “hot honey to elevate your meal” by The New York Times. In the past year, Red Clay has grown 400% in gross revenue and has rolled out to The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Harris Teeter, Food 52 and hundreds of additional retail doors. 
 
Prior to Red Clay, Molly Fienning was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Babiators, one of Forbes’ 100 Most Promising Companies and now the leading sunglasses brand for babies & kids (with 4 million pairs sold). Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Engineering Sciences. She lives in Charleston with her husband Ted and their two sweet, smart boys, Sawyer and Fox. 

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Stephanie Summerson Hall

Stephanie Summerson Hall is a native of Holly Hill, South Carolina and a current resident of the Lowcountry (Summerville, SC). She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and then earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2000. Following law school, she practiced law in the Metropolitan DC area for ten years with a concentration on business law and corporate tax.

In 2005, while still practicing law, Stephanie Hall founded Ruth’s House Event Rentals, a full service event rental company based out of Charleston, SC and Holly Hill, SC. In 2010, she moved back to South Carolina with her husband and young family and took the reigns of Ruth’s House Event Rentals as the CEO and also officially becoming a full-time, serial entrepreneur (she and her husband desired for their children to be raised around grandparents, cousins and have a southern upbringing and that guided their decision to move back to the south). She is also the Co-Founder of Wedding Flowers for Rent – a rent and return wedding flower service. Most recently, she is the founder of Estelle Colored Glass.

Estelle Colored Glass is a luxury brand of hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware in a mix of jewel tones and soft pastels. The Estelle Colored Glass collection is comprised of original commissioned pieces made by glass artisans in Poland at a glass making company with a rich 100-plus-year-old history. Estelle Colored Glass pieces are best described as “jewels for your table.

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer owner of The English Room, based in 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 and that of the client. 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 11. The home Holly grew up in was designed by Mario Buatta. Her mother, Nancy Hollingsworth, is retired well known interior designer, and specialized 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 Living, Charlotte Magazine, QC Exclusive, Charlotte Design & Decor, Southpark Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens as well as online features in House Beautiful, Domino & Elle Decor.

Stacey Smallwood

Stacey Smallwood

Stacy Smallwood founded Hampden in 2007 as a style destination in Charleston that would allow women to fall in love with the most desired names in fashion, and to discover her favorite under-the-radar designers. Stacy travels to New York and London, Milan and Paris each season to stock her store with the best in established and emerging brands. An unerring eye for discovering the season’s most covetable pieces makes Stacy a respected resource for fashion insiders far and wide.
 
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Stacy was accepted into the prestigious Neiman Marcus buying program in Dallas, TX where she worked as an assistant buyer & department manager.  The retailing tenets she learned from the esteemed store lead her efforts at Hampden today.  An elevated shopping experience, high-touch service and relationships – with customers, designers and employees– reign. 
 
In addition to acting as owner and buyer for Hampden, Stacy signed on as the stylist for the female broadcasters at NBCSports, worked on a national TV show as the costume designer, and styled celebrities such as Busy Philipps for GMA, The Today Show and Kelly & Ryan. She has appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show, and featured in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Coastal Living, Southern Living, and online at Town & Country and The New York Times digital to name only a few. founded Hampden in 2007 as a style destination in Charleston that would allow women to fall in love with the most desired names in fashion, and to discover her favorite under-the-radar designers. Stacy travels to New York and London, Milan and Paris each season to stock her store with the best in established and emerging brands. An unerring eye for discovering the season’s most covetable pieces makes Stacy a respected resource for fashion insiders far and wide.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Stacy was accepted into the prestigious Neiman Marcus buying program in Dallas, TX where she worked as an assistant buyer & department manager. The retailing tenets she learned from the esteemed store lead her efforts at Hampden today. An elevated shopping experience, high-touch service and relationships – with customers, designers and employees– reign.

In addition to acting as owner and buyer for Hampden, Stacy signed on as the stylist for the female broadcasters at NBCSports, worked on a national TV show as the costume designer, and styled celebrities such as Busy Philipps for GMA, The Today Show and Kelly & Ryan. She has appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show, and featured in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Coastal Living, Southern Living, and online at Town & Country and The New York Times digital to name only a few.

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Sallie Holder

Sallie Holder is a former award winning attorney turned Business Strategist and author who coined the phrase “Rock Middle™.” Today she helps female entrepreneurs systemize & scale their businesses inside her coaching program The BRIMM (Beyond Rock Middle Movement), using her revolutionary P3 PROCESS. This program has helped countless women scale their businesses to streamline, market and sell more than ever. 

It’s her mission to share this P3 Process with more women so that they can achieve the massive success she knows is possible with the right systems & strategies in place. 

As a nationally-recognized public speaker and business coach, Sallie has spent more than eighteen years helping businesses identify what’s getting in their way and then breaking down those barriers to success. Sallie earned a degree in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and followed that by earning her law degree. While spending more than ten years practicing labor and employment law, advising small companies as well as giants like FedEx and Michelin, she grew passionate about the growth of businesses. 

Now she’s thrilled to share these insider business secrets with more women, helping to create a true movement of women making the bold choices that lead to lasting success and happiness.

Ansley Pridgen

Ansley Pridgen After attending SMU and receiving an Undergraduate Degree in Accounting, Georgia native – Ansley Pridgen – moved to New York City to begin a career in fashion. While in NYC, she learned about fashion production, design, life, and hard work. However, she couldn’t suppress her deep love and connection to the South.

After moving back to the south in 2015, she started her own company inspired by her southern background and experience in design. These dual passions led to the beginning of Allie & Elle, her creative outlet where she paints and sells greeting cards and gifts made from her watercolor paintings. After five years of continued growth, Allie & Elle has been sold in over 300 stores, boasts a successful e-commerce site, and the signature watercolor designs are celebrated throughout the country.

While working on Allie & Elle, Ansley had the opportunity to run a nonprofit and organize their largest fundraiser. She met an abundance of small business owners who collaborated with her to make the event a success. While working with these small business owners, branding, digital marketing, and e-commerce seemed to be critical problem areas that Ansley had personally navigated with her own company. As word spread, more and more of the small businesses she collaborated with reached out for her specialized and budget-friendly approach to comprehensive digital marketing. And thus, Ansley Media Co., a female-run digital marketing agency, was born. The company has always had a strong emphasis on prioritizing small businesses and helping them grow. Today, Ansley Media Co. proudly assists brands across the country to manage all things digital.

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Brooke Bell

Brooke Bell is Vice President Culinary and Custom Content at Birmingham, Alabama-based Hoffman Media, LLC, where she directly oversees the editorial teams of Taste of the SouthLouisiana Cookin’Cooking with Paula DeenBake from Scratch and Southern Cast Iron, along with all custom content. Brooke is also editor-in-chief of Cook: Real Food Every Day, which launched winter 2017. Her most recent cookbook, Cast-Iron Baking, was released in summer 2017. Additionally, Fall Baking, which was released in August of 2016, was named to Epicurious’ list of “30 Most Exciting Cookbooks of Summer” and was a “Number 1 New Release” on Amazon. Brooke is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Les Dames d’Escoffier, where she serves as secretary for the Birmingham chapter.

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Brian Hart Hoffman

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.

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Jackie Thomson

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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Libba Osborne

Leapfrog PR Co

Over her tenure at Leapfrog, Libba 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.  Now as a consultant, she focuses on only a handful of carefully selected clients who have a truly great story – business owners in the south who have products and services that are inspired by heritage (a recipe, an orchard, a kettle built to last, kinship) and built on people’s need to gather, connect and foster relationships.  She advises some of the South’s best-loved brands including Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Caroline’s Cakes, Sea Island Forge, Schermer Pecans, and The Southern Coterie #tscsummit.

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. Libba and her husband, Chris, are raising their two young sons a stone’s throw from the Ashley River.

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Mimi Striplin

The Tiny Tassel is a jewelry, clothing, and accessories brand inspired by the vibrant colors of Charleston, SC. Whether you’re enjoying Sunday brunch with friends, a romantic picnic, or a family birthday party, The Tiny Tassel is your one-stop shop for handmade earrings, bracelets, necklaces, garments, and party goods. Happiness is the core value of The Tiny Tassel, so each carefully curated piece is created with those special, everyday moments in mind. “We hope wearing one of The Tiny Tassel’s colorful statement pieces adds a little joy to every day, not just special occasions, ” says owner Mimi Striplin.

After launching online in 2015, The Tiny Tassel’s flagship store, located on Charleston’s bustling shopping destination Spring Street, opened in March 2021. Amongst the pastel-painted walls and locally sourced, low country chic interior finds, you will discover signature pieces like the brand’s namesake tiny tassel earrings, comfy garments, and beautiful handbags in classic prints and bright and bold colors. Clothing and headbands are designed and crafted by Keiko Striplin, Mimi’s mother, who studied at Bunka Fashion College of Tokyo while tassel earrings are made in-house by The Tiny Tassel team.

Born in Spartanburg, SC, Mimi is encouraged by both her Asian and Black heritage, South Carolina upbringing and her time as a student at College of Charleston. She actively works on behalf of BIPOC business owners like herself through various initiatives around Charleston as well as nationally with platforms like Facebook, Connected Commerce Council, Charleston CVB, and more.

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Sirena White-Singleton

Sirena White-Singleton is a Charleston-based branding photographer and brand strategist who helps entrepreneurs and creatives gain clarity, develop a strategy, and create visuals that connect and convert their dream clients while maximizing their profits. She equips her clients with a great foundation to launch and grow their business.  Sirena is focused on helping brands gain clarity all while crafting an irresistible, and authentic brand that attracts “their people”. Sirena is also a wife, mother, Analyst at GEL Labs, and lover of Christ. She is a storyteller and historian at heart who has a love of travel and culture, so you can bet that her camera is never too far behind when she’s out and about! She believes that our captured moments are our legacy and proof that we were here…that we lived!

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Tarah Boyleston

Tarah Boyleston is the Marketing Director at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, a handmade biscuit company with an online, wholesale, and restaurant presence. Leading a small team, Tarah actively builds the brand’s national presence through directing the brand voice, marketing, social media, photo styling, package and web design.

She was awarded Charleston Business Magazine’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under (2020) and led the 16-year-old biscuit company’s rebrand design, uniting their CPG and restaurant businesses under one cohesive brand. Prior to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Tarah ran her own social media consultant, photo stylist, and graphic design business, during which her designs were featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

Tarah graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Upon graduating, she moved to Charleston to start her career at The Lettered Olive, a letterpress company by Tara Guérard Soirée. Almost a decade later, Tarah hopes to continue fueling her passion by creating inspiring campaigns and lifting other young women in her industry. 

Tarah lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Clint, and beagle, Chewy.

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Laura Cox Kaplan

Laura Cox Kaplan is the creator of She Said / She Said — a multimedia platform for women who strive to live their best lives with intention and who are seeking insight and inspiration through thoughtful conversation and content focused on women.

Laura’s 30-year career spans policy, communications, business, and media with positions at some of the highest institutions in Washington, DC. She spent 10 years on the executive management team of global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where she served for 12 years as Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, coordinating strategies across more than 150 countries. Before that Laura held senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, after getting her start as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill.

A common thread for Laura has been not only navigating constant change, but understanding and mastering the art of influence — in government, business, communications, advocacy, and in navigating family life.

Motivated by a desire to pay her life’s work forward and to invest in other women, she recognized the power and potential in sharing stories of how successful women have understood, embraced, and leveraged influence. She followed her own advice — “understand your fear, but don’t let it stop you” — and She Said/She Said podcast was born.

Each week, Laura unpacks the concept of influence as driving forces for getting what you want. She brings together compelling storytelling with actionable advice about women’s lives and careers, encouraging thoughtful, authentic perspective that can be difficult to find. 

In addition to her work on She Said / She Said, Laura is a corporate and non-profit board member and advisor, author, and adjunct professor at American University. A frequent speaker and blog contributor, Laura’s work has appeared in many publications, including Fortune Magazine, U.S. News, The Huffington Post, and World Economic Forum Blog.

Laura was awarded the Alice Paul Alumnae Award from American University, and has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine. Previously, Laura received a “Trailblazer Award” from the American Law Journal, and a Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury for her work in public and regulatory policy.

Prior to receiving a master’s degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C., she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and government from the University of Texas in Austin. She and her husband Joel, live with their son and daughter in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Lydia Menzies

Lydia Menzies has extensive experience with blogging, influencing, marketing with social media, and mentoring creative businesses. Her latest endeavor is hosting her 3 online communities at Lydia Menzies Celebrates- The Supper Club, Recipe Club, and the Style Setter Box. It’s the ultimate resource for those who enjoy entertaining and enjoy networking with those in the same industry. Lydia had the honor of being part of Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers, a social media mentor for Square Financial Services, and a Pop Sugar blog award winner. Lydia has been featured at Buzzfeed, Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, among many others. She has had her creative tablescapes featured in print at Entertain & Celebrate and Southern Lady. She has developed campaigns for many fabulous brands including BODYARMOR and has served as a designer with American Crafts Food Design Team. Lydia loves making connections with others attending TSC and finding ways to boost their businesses, too!  

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