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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.