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SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA and BEYOND

The Southern C’s signature #TSCSUMMIT is back to the beloved Sea Island Resort this February 2023 with an inspiring 3-day event and the return of the popular virtual option. Days and nights will be filled with refreshing programming to reinvigorate businesses, brands, and the creative entrepreneurs and community behind them.

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.

Summit itinerary

Ticket includes:

  • 10 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
  • Back by popular demand, Silent Disco

Sampling of Content

Roxy Owens
Roxy Owens, Founder & Creative Director of Society Social

One of the favorite #TSCSUMMIT sessions of 2022, Morgan Hutchinson of Buru returns to the stage to host a candid interview on business development with Society Social’s team: Roxy Te, Founder (and considered by many to be a pioneer in the “Grand Millennial” movement), Alexandra Eads Powell, Head of Partnerships and Collaborations + Buying and Store Operations and Melissa Napier, E-Commerce Operations and Marketing Manager.

Founder of Pitchcraft, independent journalist, and writer for The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple and more, Kelsey Ogletree joins Veranda’s Jaime Milan and Country Living’s Hannah Jones to talk about the state of media and the tips and trick to take on your media relations in the new age of content and commerce. 

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cover of Country Living magazine

Cobble Hill founder Austin Dandridge pulls back the curtain on digital marketing and SEO – he’s the mind behind award-winning digital marketing for e-commerce campaigns for brands like Draper James, Frances Valentine, Cynthia Rowley, Freda Salvador, Marysia, Lake Pajamas and more.  

Bestselling author of The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You and soon to debut Claim Your Confidence, globetrotting benefit auctioneer and Christie’s Ambassador, Lydia Fenet will once again dip into her “rolodex” of inspiring female founders to bring comedy, insight and a candid conversation on taking risk and building confidence with Cori Lee Seaberg Co-founder of experiential wine brand Out East, Mary Giuliani Founder and CEO of MGCE and author of Tiny Little Hot Dogs and Dana Cowin Host of Speaking Broadly Podcast and founder of brand consultancy DBC Creative.

Ever wonder why such little venture money lands in the hands of female entrepreneurs? Molly Fienning of Red Clay Hot Sauce tackles the topic of venture capital with Carrie Colbert the founder of Curate Capital – a fund focused on female-led, female-owned businesses (and the lead investor in Red Clay). This session peels back the layers on raising venture money and gives a unique look at both perspectives – the fund, the brand.

* Programming subject to change. Our team has so much in the works!

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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.

  • Live Streaming to the Summit Educational Programming
  • Community Building Introductions
  • Participate in Q&A with Presenters in the Sessions
  • Small Group Power Hour Online
  • PRE SUMMIT ZOOM CALL: THE GSD GUIDE TO #CONNECTCOLLABORATECREATE

Creators of the GSD Entrepreneur Podcast and founders of A Salty Rim Consulting and OME GEAR, Stacey Pierce and Julie Weldon
Past presenters and mentors Stacey Pierce and Julie Weldon know the secret to success at the virtual #TSCSUMMIT. With their GSD (get $H1T done) guidance you’ll log on with a plan and priorities.

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

Roxy Owens

Roxy Te Owens

Roxy Te Owens, Founder & Creative Director of Society Social


From an early age Roxy Owens was no stranger to the world of furniture and design, having grown up in Hickory, North Carolina, known to many as the furniture capital of the world. She began attending High Point Market as a young adult and years later, after earning her business degree from NC State, she was off to New York City to attend the renowned Parsons School of Design.

Post-graduation, Roxy accepted a position in an Executive Development Program eventually being placed in a buying office managing the assortment for 300 stores nationwide. Despite gaining invaluable retail experience, she realized cubicle life wasn’t enough. Committed to starting something of her own, inspired by her family’s furniture story, and empowered by her corporate training, she returned to her roots. In August of 2011, Roxy took to e-commerce and proudly launched her very own furniture line, Society Social. By November 2011, a rattan table from her first collection was featured in House Beautiful’s “The Best.” Most recently Forbes declared her “Pioneer of the Modern Day Traditional Design Movement” and just one year after opening, House Beautiful selected her brick and mortar as one of the “Best Home Stores in the Nation” alongside heavy hitting names such as West Elm, Serena & Lily, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Designed with everyday gatherings and celebrations in mind, Society Social’s colorful collection has caught the eye of tastemakers including Elle Decor, Traditional Home, Harper’s Bazaar, Architectural Digest, Town & Country Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Brides, InStyle, Glamour, Oprah, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Country Living, HGTV, Marie Claire, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, My Domaine, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, Teen Vogue, Coveteur, and The Zoe Report. Roxy has also made appearances on national TV and hosted her own pilot “Carolina Reno” for HGTV. She currently serves as the host of ABC’s “Secretly Awesome,” a show that spotlights unique small businesses across the nation.

After nearly 10 years in the big city, 2 Society Social showrooms between the Lower East Side and Soho and 2 mini apartments, Roxy and her college sweetheart, along with 2 new additions to their family (a puppy and a baby!) returned South to her hometown. Society Social opened its first flagship ever located in Charlotte, NC in 2019. Roxy is currently working on her most special design project to date, her family’s forever home.

Alexandra Eads Powell

Alexandra Eads Powell

Alexandra Eads Powell, Head of Partnerships and Collaborations, Buying and Store Operations of Society Social


For the effervescent Alexandra, design is a family affair. Her Italian grandpa owned a luxury decorating company in New York City, so sumptuous silks, plush velvets, and tantalizing tassels occupy her earliest memories. As a child, she loved watching him and her mom meticulously decorate their homes, and their attention to detail allowed her to grow up understanding and appreciating an emphasis on interior design. Of course, her Irish Nana’s love affair with lace curtains would forever imbue her style with a sense of whimsy, as well.

This early foundation in design drove Alexandra to pursue a background in art, fashion, beauty, and styling. After draping her childhood friends in self-styled couture, she went on to become a docent at an art gallery; assistant and stylist for the two clean-lined masterminds behind Proenza Schouler; and develop marketing and merchandising skills at Sephora Corporate. Always attentive to the idiosyncratic flare and distinct architecture of her surroundings, Alexandra’s style has been influenced by her time living in Florence, New York City, and San Francisco, and she loves traveling — gathering eclectic styles and tastes from all around the world.

Alexandra is happy to be settled in Charlotte and to have found her place at Society Social — a beautiful home in itself, and one which allows her to get back into the creative field. As the current Head of Partnerships and Collaborations, Buying and Store Operations, Alexandra has enjoyed facilitating projects, including Society Social’s partnership with The Colony Hotel, and bringing the elaborate visions to life.  She is passionate about hand-selecting assortments that shape and elevate the Society Social brand, styling and photographing photoshoots and she loves working with such a close-knit, women-founded and women-led team that values collaboration.  Alexandra’s love for fashion, art, and traveling has her feeling right at home with her co-workers at Society Social — a perfectly-designed space with inspired objects and inspiring customers.

Melissa Napier

Melissa Napier

Melissa Napier, E-Commerce Operations and Marketing Manager of Society Social


Society Social’s first employee, Melissa Napier joined “the team” in the summer of 2015 after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Communications and Visual Arts. Unfamiliar to the world of furniture, but with an innate interest in design, (which was reignited after an inspiring few months living and studying art history, fashion illustration and fabrics in Milan), Melissa proudly accepted a position as Roxy’s right-hand woman in their Soho Showroom.

 

As with any small business, Melissa understood the “all hands on deck” company culture, using it as a motivational opportunity to learn all aspects of the business as well as a variety of transferable skills. Over the past seven years, she has proudly been a part of the business development and evolution of Society Social – from a small NY showroom, to the opening of their fist brick and mortar store, to strategic collaborations and partnerships, investments in digital infrastructure, an ever-growing team and more. She is delighted to be deeply rooted in the history of such a collaborative, woman-founded and women-led business.

 

As the current E-Commerce Operations & Marketing Manager, Melissa oversees day to day website operations, develops a cohesive marketing strategy, designs all graphics and e-blasts and assists with product development. She spends the majority of her day in Illustrator, as a visual storyteller, dreaming up ways to infuse a Society Social lifestyle into all facets of marketing, all while inspiring a beautiful life at home for customers. Melissa recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York to North Carolina to be closer to Society Social HQ and her energetic team.

Kelsey Ogletree

Kelsey Ogletree

Kelsey Ogletree of Pitchcraft


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 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 is the founder of Pitchcraft, the first premium membership designed to help publicists and small business owners unearth incredible stories with freelance journalists. Kelsey lives in Florence, Alabama, with her husband and beloved kitty, Monty.

Cheri Leavy

Cheri Leavy

Cheri Leavy, co-founder of The Southern C

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs. Constantly on the lookout for the newest talent in the South, Cheri has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and share their brand storytelling through her endeavors – The Southern Coterie • guide2athens • Bulldawg Illustrated • Coastal Illustrated.

Whitney Long, Co-Founder, The Southern Coterie

Whitney Long

Whitney Long, co-founder of The Southern C


After a successful career as a scout, stylist and contributing editor for some of the biggest names in print media like Coastal Living, Southern Accents, Southern Living and Better Homes & Gardens plus various special interest titles, Whitney took time off to focus on her favorite job – being a mom to four.  After the youngest began school, Whitney longed to again find a creative outlet and the result was the founding of The Southern Coterie.

Whitney draws on her years of curating unique places and people for the lifestyle magazine industry to create connections, find strategic partners and cultivate a talented team for the Southern C Summit and Retreat.  She enjoys working alongside some of the South’s most creative minds while supporting both established and upcoming brands.  “Whitney has her finger on the pulse of the South, old and new, which makes her such a visionary for the network and at our events,” says Cheri. Born in the quintessential southern town of Elba, Alabama, Whitney now calls the quaint seaside village of St.Simons Island, Georgia home.

Austin Dandridge

Austin Dandridge

Austin Dandridge is the Founder and Managing Director of Cobble Hill

 

 

Austin Dandridge is the Founder and Managing Director of Cobble Hill,a digital advertising agency based in Charleston, SC. For 10 years, Cobble Hill has provided award-winning digital marketing for e-commerce clients such as Draper James, Frances Valentine, Cynthia Rowley, Freda Salvador, Marysia, Lake Pajamas and more. Austin’s background is in photography and design. He’s a surfer, fisherman and musician. He lives in Charleston with his wife and three children.

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones is the Associate Commerce Editor for Country Living

 

Hannah Jones is the Associate Commerce Editor for Country Living, where she covers gift guides and other product recommendations. When she’s not scoping out the latest and greatest items on the market, you can find her hanging with her rescue dog, Bailey.

Mary Giuliani

Mary Giuliani

Author, party/lifestyle expert, culinary storyteller, founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering & Events, Mary Giuliani’s “simple yet special” approach to entertaining has earned her the well-deserved moniker, “Caterer To The Stars” for almost 20 years. In addition to heading her company and creating memorable parties for the boldface names in art, fashion and entertainment, Mary has appeared on Billions, The Barefoot Contessa, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Hallmark Home & Family and is a featured regular on the Rachael Ray Show; Mary’s column “Eat, Drink & Be Mary” also appears in Rachael Ray In Season magazine. She is the author of “The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover” and “Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.” Her third book, “How to Lose Friends and Influence No One” will debut Spring 2023

Cori Lee Seabear

Cori Lee Seaberg

Cori Lee Seaberg is the Co-Founder of Out East, a lifestyle wine company founded in 2018. Cori previously spent a combined 13 years at luxury powerhouses Chloé, Gucci and Christian Dior overseeing and expanding their wholesale businesses for North America, with her most recent role being Director of Wholesale for Women’s Ready-to-Wear and Homme divisions at Dior.

After leaving corporate America, she was seeking a fulfilling outlet which combined her past professional experience and her desire to create an experiential, contemporary wine brand to stand out in the traditional wine industry. Cori has a love for wine and winemaking. She has traveled to vineyards around the world enjoying the element of “bringing people together” that a great bottle of wine fosters. That was the impetus behind the creation of Out East, the perfect combination of premium, sustainable wines from France with a destination inspired, purpose driven lifestyle. Most recently, Out East was proud to launch the first-ever “cru classé” classified rosé to be released by an American wine company in partnership with Domaine de la Croix, an award-winning rosé producer located on the exclusive Saint-Tropez peninsula in the South of France. Cori is proud to have built a sustainable French wine portfolio that ships nationwide to 41 states.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Cori graduated from the University of Arkansas and then moved to New York, spending 16 years there. She now resides in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin is a tastemaker and innovator in media, food and branding. Her work spans advising creatives, founders and non-profits and creating editorial through podcasts, social, video, zines and books. Drawing on more than twenty years experience as the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine, Cowin is an award-winning influencer in the food world, she is a sought after speaker on topics from leadership to lifestyle, motivation and entrepreneurship. And of course good food!

Cowin is host of Speaking Broadly, a podcast that features visionary women at the intersection of creativity, sustainability and food. Cowin has been invited to record Speaking Broadly across the country and around the world–from Japan to Montana to Portland, OR. Inspired by the singular experiences of Speaking Broadly guests, Cowin selected more than dozen women to write their own stories in Speaking Broadly’s first zine published spring 2022.

Through her brand consultancy DBC Creative, Cowin advises growing companies on design, food, pr, marketing and storytelling. She has guided businesses as diverse as fast casual restaurants like Taim Mediterranean Kitchen and Dig Food Group (where she was Chief Brand Advisor from 2017 to 2020), Neiman Marcus and the Trust for Governors Island. She is also an advisor and investor in startups in the culinary space.

For 21 years, from 1995 to 2016, Cowin was the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine. She transformed Food & Wine into a must-read lifestyle publication and digital outlet for anyone who wanted to track culinary trends, up-and-coming chefs, news about travel destinations, entertaining, wine and spirits.

Cowin has a longstanding commitment to supporting opportunities for economic growth through culinary training. She’s on the board of Food Education Fund and Hot Bread Kitchen, as well as the Food Council of City Harvest.

Carrie Colbert

Carrie Colbert

Where color and capital gains intersect, you can find Carrie Colbert. The founder of Curate Capital has let her intuition, penchant for risk, and zest for life lead her to personal and professional successes beyond her wildest imagination.

From a small town in the Texas panhandle, Carrie was the first in her family to graduate from college when she received her degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She then earned her MBA as a Longhorn as well while pursuing a successful career in the oil and gas industry for nearly two decades. While rising in the ranks at Hilcorp, the largest privately owned oil and natural gas producer in the U.S., having equity and ownership during a time of great company growth was life-changing for Carrie. So life-changing, in fact, that in 2016 Carrie was able to “retire” from that industry at age 38. 

The small town girl who had found success following all the rules was now free to choose her own next steps. Carrie quickly tapped into her creative side, amassing a following of over 80,000 via her @carriec Instagram account and nearly XX,XXX monthly visitors on her carriecolbert.com website. After discovering a plethora of women-owned businesses in her online endeavors, she began investing her own money into female-founded companies like Packed Party and more. In just five short years, that generated a 10x ROI. 

With an overflowing pipeline of great deals, Carrie officially launched Curate Capital in 2021. Curate Capital is a venture capital fund that invests in businesses by women for women. With their first fund closing in the Summer of 2022, Carrie and team exceeded their goal by over 50% with a $15 million dollar raise. The fund was primarily supported by individual, female investors, further solidifying Carrie’s purpose of helping more women invest in the dreams of other women.

In addition to her work at Curate Capital, Carrie mentors and advises a large community of women in business. Additionally, she proudly serves as an officer for The University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering executive advisory board. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate Award, a distinguished alumni award reserved for one rising star each year. She is also a sought-after speaker at conferences and events for female entrepreneurs.

She is most proud to be known as mommy to her four-year-old daughter Elle and her one-year-old son, Luke. As they say in their family, “teamwork makes the dream work!” – and she is truly grateful for the partnership she and Mark have in raising their family and building this business.

Jaime Milan

Jaime Milan

Jaime Milan completed her undergraduate degree in journalism and English literature at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was also the captain of the women’s golf team. After graduation, Jaime worked in local news and as a marketing manager for a national coffee and tea company. She also freelanced for several major publications before joining Cooking Light in 2017 as an associate editor. From 2019 until 2022, she was digital editor for EatingWell, where she found her passion for creating news and lifestyle content. She is now deputy digital editor at Veranda magazine. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband, or taking pics of her adorable mini Australian Shepherd, Gumbo.

Cristina Lynch

Cristina Lynch

Cristina Lynch is the Founder & CEO of Mi Golondrina, a hand-embroidered clothing brand based in Dallas. Cristina was raised in Dallas surrounded by beautiful Mexican art and her mother’s Mexican heritage. From there, Cristina attended New York University in New York City. After graduating from NYU, she worked for famous fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. After learning more about the luxury fashion industry, Cristina was compelled to continue telling the story of Mexican art by preserving the traditions of hand-embroidery and empowering artisans throughout Mexico that she had seen growing up. Mi Golondrina was founded in 2013 to share the timeless beauty of Mexico with the world. Cristina and Mi Golondrina were featured in Vogue in 2021, and Cristina is here today to share more about the beautiful story behind Mi Golondrina.

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Carrie Van Winkle Greener

Pappy & Company Co-Founder Carrie Van Winkle Greener was motivated by the guiding principles of her great grandfather, bourbon legend Pappy Van Winkle, who built his company around the motto “We make fine bourbon at a profit if we can, a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon.” Carrie and her sisters, Louise and Chenault, founded Pappy & Company in 2013 to expand on their family’s heritage and to create a bourbon lifestyle brand committed to the same promise of quality and craftsmanship as their great grandfather before them. They have grown the brand to include products inspired by their family’s iconic bourbon, collaborating with like minded partners, artisans and makers to bring bourbon infused, heirloom inspired, and barrel-aged gourmet food, cigars, gifts, apparel, barware and more with the same focus on quality and tradition that the Pappy name promises. Pappy & Company is headquartered in their hometown of Louisville, KY with a satellite office in Sun Valley, Idaho where Carrie and her family call home.

Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi 

Lisa 'Lele' Sadoughi

An industry leader in accessories, Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi has over twenty years of experience designing maximal costume jewelry, collectible headbands, jeweled sunglasses, specialty handbags, and more. Originally from Dallas, Lele moved to New York to design for Rebecca Taylor, Ippolita, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and Neiman Marcus. In 2006, she launched the first-ever jewelry collection for J.Crew and grew the business significantly over the next five years, creating pieces that are still sold today. Lele held the Jewelry Design Director role at Tory Burch before starting her own brand in 2012. Initially a jewelry line, Lele Sadoughi has expanded to other categories to become the ultimate accessories destination. Lele is best known for her iconic knotted, jeweled headbands, and wildly colorful, playful jewelry. The company has grown with the support of over 150 global retailers and has been worn by countless female leaders such as Kate Middleton, Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Campbell.

Alexandra Dillard

Alexandra Dillard

Alexandra Dillard is the Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Dillard’s, Inc. Born in Fort Worth, Texas but raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Alexandra spent her early years immersed in retail.  Her father, Alex Dillard, is the son of Dillard’s founder, William T Dillard and currently serves as President of the company.  He has significantly contributed to growth, success, and modernization of the company.  Alexandra often shares fond memories of attending new store ribbon cuttings with her grandparents as a child, joining her father on store visits, and attending buying markets throughout her formative years.  This exposure into retail from an early age and witnessing her family work incredibly hard day after day is something that shaped Alexandra both personally and professionally.  Alexandra and her two sisters, Annemarie and Michelle, all work for the company in impactful roles that inspire evolution and maintain relevance for the 84 year old department store.  However, Dillard’s is not Alexandra’s only exposure to the industry.  As a business graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alexandra spent the summer after graduation working for an apparel factory in China to better understand the production line and working for Connor Sourcing, one of the world’s most renowned product sourcing agencies, based in Hong Kong to understand sourcing techniques and strategies.  She then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career with BCBGMaxazria as a merchandiser.  Today, Alexandra carries a wealth of knowledge from this diverse range of experiences and applies that foundation in how she manages and operates her growing businesses within the Dillard’s corporation.  Through the duration of her “official” 15 years (and counting) in this role, Alexandra has gone from brand manager of ladies private label brands, to Divisional Merchandise Manager over a team of ladies apparel buyers, to her current role as General Merchandise Manager and Vice President.  She oversees $1 billion in annual sales and 50+ departments across ladies apparel, swimwear, outerwear and activewear, designer brands, kids, and juniors directly managing Dillard’s buying, product development, and design teams located in the corporation’s Saint Petersburg, Florida office as well as the Little Rock, Arkansas headquarters and indirectly managing our joint partnership with several design partners. An inspiration to her team, she is an advocate for always thinking outside of the box when it comes to problem solving and staying on the forefront of trends and social evolutions when it comes to her approach to product offering.  She has launched a plethora of new brands and spearheaded countless initiatives within the corporation, most recently including Dillard’s growing influencer collaborations and college campus ambassador partnerships.  Residing in Atlanta, Georiga as a mom of two young children and wife to an entrepreneur, to say her life is busy is an understatement, but there is a way to have it all and that is what life is all about!

Hannah Groseclose

Hannah Groseclose

Hannah Groseclose is the founder of Hinge Creative Co., a design and branding studio in Athens, Ga. As a designer and entrepreneur, she’s passionate about the impact of branding on the bottom line for women in business. She’s a mom to two little girls Tate and Reese, and as a UGA alumna, she and her husband call the Dawgs every Saturday in the fall.

Madison Chapman

Madison Chapman

Growing up in the acclaimed “Furniture Capital of the World,” the Hickory/Conover area has been home to Madison Chapman and 5+ generations of her family. Among a few family members who worked in furniture, her grandfather in particular dedicated over 50 years of work to furniture giant, Sherrill. After graduating from North Carolina State University, Madison was set on joining a company that was tenacious, energetic and passionate about its work. Though she didn’t envision pursuing a career in the furniture industry as a child, she’s always had an affinity for interiors and decoration and has found herself right at home with Society Social.

 

Officially joining the team as the second hire in early 2019, she’s grown alongside the company from a fresh college graduate to an established and experienced professional, cultivating and developing her skills and talents and aligning them with the vision and mission of Society Social. While Madison graduated with a degree in Interpersonal Communication, she spent ample time at NC State studying engineering and business. With a “make it happen” mantra, Madison enthusiastically enjoys being a pragmatic and systematic compliment to a strongly creative and inventive team. A natural and passionate learner with inherent tendencies for organization, she pioneers the systems and processes of the business as current Head of Operations. The foundations and infrastructure she’s created support day-to-day operations, customer experience and partner and vendor relationships. She’s proud to be a part of a team of women with grit, determination and drive, who are genuinely kind and passionate about the people around them and the work they do. Madison is excited to attack the opportunities and challenges of the ever-changing ecommerce landscape and meet them head on with emboldened resolve, as Society Social continues to grow and evolve!

Mimi Stripling

Mimi Striplin

Mimi Striplin is the founder of The Tiny Tassel, a jewelry, clothing, and accessories brand inspired by the vibrant colors of Charleston, SC available online and at the shop’s flagship location, located in downtown Charleston. A native of Spartanburg, SC, Striplin moved to the Holy City to attend College of Charleston, a liberal arts university, where she studied corporate communications. After a short stint in the corporate world, Striplin desired a more fulfilling life, one where she could take control of her time and do what she loves. The result of pursuing the happiness she desired is The Tiny Tassel. The brand took off in 2015 on Etsy, the craft retailer website, where Striplin handcrafted and sold her namesake product, tiny tassel earrings, in multiple colors. In March of 2021, Striplin opened the brick and mortar location of The Tiny Tassel. Today, her shop is still only one of two businesses on the historic Spring Street strip occupied by a Black-owned boutique. Among the pastel-painted walls and locally sourced, low country chic interior finds, customers will discover comfy garments, and beautiful handbags in classic prints and bright and bold colors, as well as vivid hand beaded jewelry for every occasion, and appointed party goods and other accessories from brands Striplin loves. Clothing and headbands are designed by Keiko Striplin, Mimi’s mother, who studied at Bunka Fashion College of Tokyo. Striplin’s business and thought leadership have been featured on The Today Show and Good Morning America, as well as Essence, Southern Living and other publications.  

Ashley Miles

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 new era growth consultancy and execution firm that is shaping the future of work by inserting specialized talent and real thinking into major companies to solve complex business challenges. The firm has also been the secret sauce behind the rise of Retail Media offering the coveted playbook to major brands and retailers looking to stand up and scale advertising businesses. Previously, she served as the Global Chief Business Officer at Thrive Global, reporting directly to Founder/CEO Arianna Huffington. She led worldwide sales, marketing and business ops focused on monetization and accelerating growth through Thrive’s SaaS and advertising partnerships. Prior to Thrive, she spent six years building and scaling Refinery29, the leading digital media and entertainment company for women and 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 activation. As Chief Client Officer, Head of Advertising, she led Refinery29’s ad/revenue growth strategy and execution.

Ashley served as RVP at Brand.net, an ad tech 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/Wellness category.

As a mother of two young girls, Ashley is proud to help women claim their power in business as Immediate Past President of New York Women in Communications (NYWICI). In her role as President, formally launched the #WomenHeard initiative to address the dramatic departure of women from the workforce post Covid-19. Ashley is a recipient of the NYWICI Award and served on the Board of Governors of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). She is a proud Louisiana native, Ole Miss Journalism/New Media alum, serves on the board of Preschool Partners and is a co-host of The Impossible Podcast.

Moderators

Lydia Fenet

LYDIA FENET is a global thought leader who has led auctions for more than six hundred organizations raising over half a billion dollars for nonprofits globally on behalf of Christie’s. Lydia continues to take auctions all over the world as a Christie’s ambassador and the Principal Auctioneer for Broad Arrow Auctions.  In addition, she continues to grow her media brand as an author, speaker and executive producer on the upcoming Netflix series, Sold.  
 
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 TimesThe Wall Street JournalForbes and Crain’s, and has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s BazaarVanity Fair and Town & Country. Her widely acclaimed book, ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You’ was published by Simon & Schuster and purchased by Netflix in February 2022. Lydia has recently finished writing her second book, Claim Your Confidence which will be published in Spring 2022. She is working on her podcast, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is… which is slated to launch in summer 2022 in collaboration with Newstand Studios in Rockefeller Plaza.

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”.

Libba Osbourne

Libba Osbourne

Over her tenure at Leapfrog PR, Libba guided many of her clients, both large and small, to become prominent brands among the shelves of national retailers. A storyteller at heart, she looks for common threads – pride in the process and an authentic history – in all of the companies she works alongside. Now as a founder of the creative consultancy Add Lib, 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. She thrives on mentoring entrepreneurs and small business owners. To celebrate these relationships, she offers a pro bono Small Business Mentorship program with three to five women participating each year.

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, as an owner from 2009 to 2021. She recently founded Add Lib in 2022.

Libba is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee. Libba and her husband, Chris, are raising their two sons a stone’s throw from the Ashley River.

Haile McCollum

Haile McCollum

Haile of Fontaine Maury, who earned a Human Development Degree from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Graphic Design from SCAD, has the ability to supercharge your brand. The graphic design degree is a given for the work she does, but that other degree has been useful too, helping her become an intuitive leader, a consensus builder and a pattern spotter. She sees connections between ideas, people and design that others might miss. That’s all to say she’s confident she can help you find the way forward, and she’ll do it by crystallizing the vision you’re already forming for your business.

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Molly Feinning

Molly Fienning is Co-founder and CEO of Red Clay is the leading chef-driven Southern foods brand, thoughtfully crafting hot sauce, hot honeys and specialty salts using high quality ingredients and elevated flavor profiles. With the mission of spicing up pantry staples using delicious Southern flavor and a kick of heat, Red Clay was named “Tabasco for the 21st century” by Food and Wine Magazine, a “hot honey to elevate your meal” by The New York Times and most recently, this year’s “best hot sauce” by People Magazine. 

Prior to Red Clay, Molly Fienning co-founded and served as Co-CEO of Babiators, one of Forbes’ 100 Most Promising Companies and the leading sunglasses brand for babies & kids with over 5 million pairs of shades sold. Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. When she’s not selling hot sauce, she loves supporting other female entrepreneurs and spending time with her sweetest sons, Sawyer and Fox.

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Brian Hart Hoffman

Brian Hart Hoffman is President/Chief Creative Officer at Hoffman Media, LLC

 

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.

Mentors

Jackie Thomson

Jackie Thomson

Jackie Thomson founded of Counsel in early 2022 after co-owning and expanding the Charleston-based lifestyle pr firm, leapfrog, for 13 years. Her consultancy focuses on promoting female founders in the design and style space with a focused approach on brand development through media and influencer relations, events and strategic partnerships. The term of Counsel refers to her team’s hands-on approach to brand building and the partnerships that she builds with long-term clients.

Jackie earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, then moved to New York for a buying position at GUCCI, and then to grow the wholesale business for bridal and evening wear designer Reem Acra. She later returned to Charleston to join, and later take over leapfrog’s design-related projects. Her wide-ranging interests in lifestyle-related categories drives of Counsel’s expertise in the fields of fashion and design. Beyond the realm of traditional PR, Jackie enjoys honing brand strategy, content creation, and developing market positioning for her clients.

Libba Osbourne

Libba Osbourne

Over her tenure at Leapfrog PR, Libba guided many of her clients, both large and small, to become prominent brands among the shelves of national retailers. A storyteller at heart, she looks for common threads – pride in the process and an authentic history – in all of the companies she works alongside. Now as a founder of the creative consultancy Add Lib, 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. She thrives on mentoring entrepreneurs and small business owners. To celebrate these relationships, she offers a pro bono Small Business Mentorship program with three to five women participating each year.

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, as an owner from 2009 to 2021. She recently founded Add Lib in 2022.

Libba is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee. Libba and her husband, Chris, are raising their two sons a stone’s throw from the Ashley River.

Emily Landers

Emily Landers

Emily Landers is a host, author, and founder of How’d She Do That? LLC.

Upon graduating from Baylor University, Emily worked in Marketing and PR at Footlocker, Inc.’s corporate headquarters in New York City. Emily has since worked as the CEO of a social media startup, consulted countless brands, and continues to work in social media specifically with luxury boutique hotels. 

After a radio hosting role fell through due to the 2020 pandemic, Emily decided to launch her popular podcast, ‘How’d She Do That?’ answering that question each episode. She is passionate about sharing female founders stories and encouraging women to pursue their dreams.

Emily currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California, with her husband, Luke, and Golden-doodle, Maui. 

Laura Cox Kaplan

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.

Molly Fienning

Molly Feinning

Molly Fienning is Co-founder and CEO of Red Clay is the leading chef-driven Southern foods brand, thoughtfully crafting hot sauce, hot honeys and specialty salts using high quality ingredients and elevated flavor profiles. With the mission of spicing up pantry staples using delicious Southern flavor and a kick of heat, Red Clay was named “Tabasco for the 21st century” by Food and Wine Magazine, a “hot honey to elevate your meal” by The New York Times and most recently, this year’s “best hot sauce” by People Magazine. 

Prior to Red Clay, Molly Fienning co-founded and served as Co-CEO of Babiators, one of Forbes’ 100 Most Promising Companies and the leading sunglasses brand for babies & kids with over 5 million pairs of shades sold. Molly graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. When she’s not selling hot sauce, she loves supporting other female entrepreneurs and spending time with her sweetest sons, Sawyer and Fox.

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Mignonne Gavigan

Mignonne Gavigan founded her namesake accessories brand in 2014 with hopes that each piece would bring joy and happiness to the wearer. Ultimately what she’s discovered is that women develop a significant amount of confidence when wearing an MG piece, which is so important to the brand- that we are building a community of confident and joy-filled women.  Mignonne’s approach stems from her love of art, nature, architecture, and textiles bringing them all together in jewelry. At Mignonne Gavigan, accessories are the perfect finishing touch. Maggie’s philosophy is that sophistication and playfulness can coexist, and she aims to thoughtfully design one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story of handmade craftsmanship and faraway travels.

With partners in India and Asia, Mignonne creates modern designs, informed by 100-year-old heritage techniques. Signature styles include embroidered and beaded scarf necklaces, meaningful charms, decadent statement earrings, intricately detailed brooches, and bracelets.

Jaime Milan

Jaime Milan

Jaime Milan completed her undergraduate degree in journalism and English literature at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was also the captain of the women’s golf team. After graduation, Jaime worked in local news and as a marketing manager for a national coffee and tea company. She also freelanced for several major publications before joining Cooking Light in 2017 as an associate editor. From 2019 until 2022, she was digital editor for EatingWell, where she found her passion for creating news and lifestyle content. She is now deputy digital editor at Veranda magazine. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband, or taking pics of her adorable mini Australian Shepherd, Gumbo.

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Ellie McNevin

Ellie McNevin started her career in publishing, working in New York as an editor for top national titles, such as Architectural Digest, Luxe Interiors + Design, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda. Since moving to the world of PR nine years ago, McNevin has used her editorial background and contacts to help clients ranging from interior designers to Fortune 500 companies navigate the world of public relations. With placements in Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, and Vogue, among others, McNevin sets the bar high for her clients, helping them grow their businesses, establish brand recognition and reach a national audience.

Mollie Burch

Mollie Burch

Mollie Burch is the CEO and Creative Director of CROSBY by Mollie Burch, a women’s fashion line known for its imaginative use of color, original prints, and effortless vibe. Since founding CROSBY in 2015, she has grown her small business into an established and recognizable brand that is thriving on all fronts with over 300 wholesale accounts across the country and an ever-growing e-commerce presence. CROSBY believes in ultimate inclusion — advocating for women from various backgrounds and stories and creating pieces for all personalities. From sizes XXS to XXL, CROSBY creates flattering fits that can be worn by any generation!


Mollie hand-designs every style and print based on inspiration from unexpected color palettes, vibrant cultures, and the wonders of nature. As she dives into her eighth year of business, her mission remains the same: celebrate who you are through what you’re wearing. She is fiercely dedicated to her craft and passionate about helping women feel like their boldest, brightest selves; the Shine Your Bright mantra is anchored in the company’s dedication to the fight against human trafficking. Learn more about the brand’s social mission here

Born and raised in Newnan, GA, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Mollie currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, Evan.

Cristina Lynch

Cristina Lynch

Cristina Lynch is the Founder & CEO of Mi Golondrina, a hand-embroidered clothing brand based in Dallas. Cristina was raised in Dallas surrounded by beautiful Mexican art and her mother’s Mexican heritage. From there, Cristina attended New York University in New York City. After graduating from NYU, she worked for famous fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. After learning more about the luxury fashion industry, Cristina was compelled to continue telling the story of Mexican art by preserving the traditions of hand-embroidery and empowering artisans throughout Mexico that she had seen growing up. Mi Golondrina was founded in 2013 to share the timeless beauty of Mexico with the world. Cristina and Mi Golondrina were featured in Vogue in 2021, and Cristina is here today to share more about the beautiful story behind Mi Golondrina.

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Susannah Tighe

Susannah Tighe is the Digital & E-Commerce Manager at Lela Rose, telling the stories and orchestrating the directions for all three Lela Rose signature brands—Lela Rose Collection, Lela Rose Bridal, and Pearl By Lela Rose. Her work at Lela Rose ranges from marketing (email and digital, print and media) to editorial (shoots, production, events, PR), outreach (strategic partnerships, social media, influencer relations), to strategic development (cross platform strategy, brand synergy). Susannah and Lela work closely together to align all brands across the designer’s vision.

As a native Georgian (where she first nurtured her love of fashion with a degree Fashion Merchandising from UGA, Go Dawgs!) Susannah resonates deeply with Lela’s signature ethos: it’s all about fashion, food, friends, and fun—and looking and feeling fabulous in the clothes you wear AND the work you do. 

When she’s not bopping around the country for Lela Rose—from Jackson to Charleston to Dallas and everywhere in between—Susannah lives in New York where she is the Experience Director of her church—C3 NYC. When she’s not bringing her passion for philanthropy, event planning, and outreach to Sunday mornings, she can be found exploring and experiencing the newest spots to dine across the city.

Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi 

Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi 

An industry leader in accessories, Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi has over twenty years of experience designing maximal costume jewelry, collectible headbands, jeweled sunglasses, specialty handbags, and more. Originally from Dallas, Lele moved to New York to design for Rebecca Taylor, Ippolita, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and Neiman Marcus. In 2006, she launched the first-ever jewelry collection for J.Crew and grew the business significantly over the next five years, creating pieces that are still sold today. Lele held the Jewelry Design Director role at Tory Burch before starting her own brand in 2012. Initially a jewelry line, Lele Sadoughi has expanded to other categories to become the ultimate accessories destination. Lele is best known for her iconic knotted, jeweled headbands, and wildly colorful, playful jewelry. The company has grown with the support of over 150 global retailers and has been worn by countless female leaders such as Kate Middleton, Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Campbell.

Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin is a tastemaker and innovator in media, food and branding. Her work spans advising creatives, founders and non-profits and creating editorial through podcasts, social, video, zines and books. Drawing on more than twenty years experience as the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine, Cowin is an award-winning influencer in the food world, she is a sought after speaker on topics from leadership to lifestyle, motivation and entrepreneurship. And of course good food!

Cowin is host of Speaking Broadly, a podcast that features visionary women at the intersection of creativity, sustainability and food. Cowin has been invited to record Speaking Broadly across the country and around the world–from Japan to Montana to Portland, OR. Inspired by the singular experiences of Speaking Broadly guests, Cowin selected more than dozen women to write their own stories in Speaking Broadly’s first zine published spring 2022.

Through her brand consultancy DBC Creative, Cowin advises growing companies on design, food, pr, marketing and storytelling. She has guided businesses as diverse as fast casual restaurants like Taim Mediterranean Kitchen and Dig Food Group (where she was Chief Brand Advisor from 2017 to 2020), Neiman Marcus and the Trust for Governors Island. She is also an advisor and investor in startups in the culinary space.

For 21 years, from 1995 to 2016, Cowin was the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine. She transformed Food & Wine into a must-read lifestyle publication and digital outlet for anyone who wanted to track culinary trends, up-and-coming chefs, news about travel destinations, entertaining, wine and spirits.

Cowin has a longstanding commitment to supporting opportunities for economic growth through culinary training. She’s on the board of Food Education Fund and Hot Bread Kitchen, as well as the Food Council of City Harvest.

Alexandra Dillard

Alexandra Dillard

Alexandra Dillard is the Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Dillard’s, Inc. Born in Fort Worth, Texas but raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Alexandra spent her early years immersed in retail.  Her father, Alex Dillard, is the son of Dillard’s founder, William T Dillard and currently serves as President of the company.  He has significantly contributed to growth, success, and modernization of the company.  Alexandra often shares fond memories of attending new store ribbon cuttings with her grandparents as a child, joining her father on store visits, and attending buying markets throughout her formative years.  This exposure into retail from an early age and witnessing her family work incredibly hard day after day is something that shaped Alexandra both personally and professionally.  Alexandra and her two sisters, Annemarie and Michelle, all work for the company in impactful roles that inspire evolution and maintain relevance for the 84 year old department store.  However, Dillard’s is not Alexandra’s only exposure to the industry.  As a business graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alexandra spent the summer after graduation working for an apparel factory in China to better understand the production line and working for Connor Sourcing, one of the world’s most renowned product sourcing agencies, based in Hong Kong to understand sourcing techniques and strategies.  She then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career with BCBGMaxazria as a merchandiser.  Today, Alexandra carries a wealth of knowledge from this diverse range of experiences and applies that foundation in how she manages and operates her growing businesses within the Dillard’s corporation.  Through the duration of her “official” 15 years (and counting) in this role, Alexandra has gone from brand manager of ladies private label brands, to Divisional Merchandise Manager over a team of ladies apparel buyers, to her current role as General Merchandise Manager and Vice President.  She oversees $1 billion in annual sales and 50+ departments across ladies apparel, swimwear, outerwear and activewear, designer brands, kids, and juniors directly managing Dillard’s buying, product development, and design teams located in the corporation’s Saint Petersburg, Florida office as well as the Little Rock, Arkansas headquarters and indirectly managing our joint partnership with several design partners. An inspiration to her team, she is an advocate for always thinking outside of the box when it comes to problem solving and staying on the forefront of trends and social evolutions when it comes to her approach to product offering.  She has launched a plethora of new brands and spearheaded countless initiatives within the corporation, most recently including Dillard’s growing influencer collaborations and college campus ambassador partnerships.  Residing in Atlanta, Georiga as a mom of two young children and wife to an entrepreneur, to say her life is busy is an understatement, but there is a way to have it all and that is what life is all about!

Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth is a mom, wife, design enthusiast, marketing creative, and a continual work-in-progress! She has built and sold two businesses: Elizabeth Heard and Domino Media Group. She sold her second business to spend more time at home and have a proper maternity break. After being in the role she recognized like many moms a creative outlet was personally good for her. Elizabeth currently consults with a small number of brands across the country and is building her own social media presence sharing her love for the art of the curated home + hysterical and multi-generational videos with her ever-loving grandmother. Her home and estate sale recommendations have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, House Beautiful, and The Potted Boxwood among others.  
 
Elizabeth has a slightly different take on work and life today with young children at home. If guests are interested in learning about the buying/selling of businesses, the art of slowing down (something she will honestly tell you she is still learning to master), and how to proactive pitch for what you want – then she is the mentor for you. Elizabeth is a eight time TSC attendee, from Columbus, Georgia, and is a graduate of SMU.

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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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Stacy 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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Caroline Bramlett

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Caroline Bramlett, 27, has long nurtured a love of style. During her freshman year of college at the University of Alabama, Caroline launched LCB Style as a creative outlet. Since 2015, Caroline has grown her blog to include fashion, travel, and beauty stories for a worldwide audience of all ages. When she moved to Palm Beach, Florida in 2019, Caroline also added photography to her roster, shooting campaigns, lookbooks, interiors, polo, and social media content for major brands and destinations. Caroline’s visual storytelling services are now her main focus of work. With experience being both in front and behind the lens, Caroline brings a unique perspective to photoshoots, capturing images for clients that inspire and perform well across platforms.

Madison Chapman

Madison Chapman

Growing up in the acclaimed “Furniture Capital of the World,” the Hickory/Conover area has been home to Madison Chapman and 5+ generations of her family. Among a few family members who worked in furniture, her grandfather in particular dedicated over 50 years of work to furniture giant, Sherrill. After graduating from North Carolina State University, Madison was set on joining a company that was tenacious, energetic and passionate about its work. Though she didn’t envision pursuing a career in the furniture industry as a child, she’s always had an affinity for interiors and decoration and has found herself right at home with Society Social.

 

Officially joining the team as the second hire in early 2019, she’s grown alongside the company from a fresh college graduate to an established and experienced professional, cultivating and developing her skills and talents and aligning them with the vision and mission of Society Social. While Madison graduated with a degree in Interpersonal Communication, she spent ample time at NC State studying engineering and business. With a “make it happen” mantra, Madison enthusiastically enjoys being a pragmatic and systematic compliment to a strongly creative and inventive team. A natural and passionate learner with inherent tendencies for organization, she pioneers the systems and processes of the business as current Head of Operations. The foundations and infrastructure she’s created support day-to-day operations, customer experience and partner and vendor relationships. She’s proud to be a part of a team of women with grit, determination and drive, who are genuinely kind and passionate about the people around them and the work they do. Madison is excited to attack the opportunities and challenges of the ever-changing ecommerce landscape and meet them head on with emboldened resolve, as Society Social continues to grow and evolve!

Natasha Murphy

Natasha Murphy

Natasha Murphy is a partner and Head of Digital Experience at Acadia.io where she oversees the Design, Development, and Retention Marketing teams. Prior to Acadia, Natasha was the founder and principal of Nicely Built, an Atlanta-based agency offering full suite services to online retailers, including brand identity, design, web development, email, marketing, and paid digital advertising. This her seventh Summit.

Alicia Kornreich

Alicia Kornreich

Alicia is a Cornell graduate with 15 years of leadership experience in retail. In 2021 Alicia joined Mignonne Gavigan as the CEO, and the company has seen 30% growth year over year under her tenure.

 

Prior to Mignonne Gavigan, Alicia launched a revenue share program and category expansion at Rent the Runway. Alicia also spent half of a decade at Hudson’s Bay Company, in various roles from corporate strategy to office of the CEO, and ran several acquisitions, restructuring projects. Alicia has worked across all retail fields, including merchandising and marketing. Alicia started her career in economic consulting at Deloitte.

Alicia has a tremendous amount of expertise in inventory management, financial planning, cash flow analysis, developing and executing marketing roadmaps, wholesale expansion, international expansion, pricing strategy and other facets of running a business operationally. 

When not dreaming up new ways to drive the Mignonne Gavigan business forward, Alicia enjoys spending time with her two young girls, walking around New York City and traveling.

Kristin Light

Sissy Light

SISSY LIGHT is the founder of a hat and accessories brand based in Round Top, Texas. Her brand is inspired by the west coast style she cultivated while studying at FIDM in L.A., blended with her West Texas roots. 

The SISSY LIGHT fusion: West Texas meets Palm Beach. Her hats are designed in Texas and handmade in Ecuador from the palm fronds of native coastal plants. In addition to hats, SISSY LIGHT offers carry-on hat baskets that are handwoven in Mexico, and scarves with custom designs hand painted by New York artist Lauren Bisaccio. 

Kristin has worked with hundreds of designers, influencers, and shoppers who frequent her pop-up space in Round Top, TX. Twice a year during the world-renowned antique show designers and vendors from all over the globe meet to shop, collaborate and get inspired. 

With a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in Los Angeles, CA, Kristin has a decade of photographing and interior design under her belt. She has been featured on platforms like Style Me Pretty and Southern Weddings Magazine. Since 2015, Kristin has executed major design projects like The Frenchie Boutique Hotel, which has become Round Top’s most desired place to stay by designers and influencers all over the U.S. 

Katy Bader

Katy Bader

Katy Bader has founded a successful group of companies including boutique hotels, a European home furnishing venue in Round Top Texas, real estate development company, a civil construction company, and commercial ranch operations. Although each company is a different industry, Katy has brought an element of her own unique brand across them all. Details are her deal breaker.