Spring 2016


Eddie Ross of The Mine, presenter at the Southern Coterie Summit

Eddie Ross

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

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

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

Mandy Rye

Mandy Kellogg Rye

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

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

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

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

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Krissy Tiglias

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


Alexandra Macon

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

Jessica Shapiro and Charles Brassard Wedding

Sarah Karnasiewicz

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

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Grace Atwood

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

Chassity Evans

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

The Southern Coterie: Summit Alums we Spied in March 2019 – Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper named among the South's Best Tastemakers of 2019 by Southern Living (Photo: Cody Bess)

Caroline Harper Knapp

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

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

Liz Adams

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

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Southern C Summit: Presenter Brian Hart Hoffman of Hoffman Media

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.

In addition to his professional obligations, Hoffman serves with numerous charitable organizations including:

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama; Junior Board and Executive Board Alys Stephens Center; Junior Patrons Board MS Society of Alabama; recipient of the MS Leadership Award Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America American Cancer Society

Brooke Bell of Hoffman Media, Presenter at the 2017 Southern Coterie Summit Retreat

Brooke Bell

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

Cassie Kelley

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

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

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

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

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


Megen DiSanto

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

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

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

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

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


Anna Brockway

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

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Julianne Taylor

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

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Rachel Mountis

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


Libbie Summers

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with Libbie!

Instagram: @LibbieSummers

Youtube: A Food-Inspired Life

Twitter: @LibbieSummers

Pinterest: Libbie Summers

Facebook: A Food-Inspired Life

Amy Pastre & Courtney Rowson

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

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

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

Ariane Goldman

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

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

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

Jamie Darling

Jamie Darling is a sixth-generation resident of Jackson County, Arkansas, her family being one of the pioneer families of the area. Growing up in her family’s Drug store, she had dreams of going far away after school. After attending law school for over a year, Jamie decided that was not her path and returned home to Newport, Arkansas to regroup temporarily and started working on projects for family and their business interests. While in college, she and her mom really established their family’s drug store as destination shopping with some of the best sterling silver jewelry and unique gift and home decor items found anywhere. Since the internet was not prevalent, they were able to make a name for themselves and began building the brand early on. Over the years, they added to the pharmacy as they were a good team in making their inventory work. Eventually they outgrew the pharmacy and expanded. In 2005, a vacant house next door was razed and Darling’s Fine Things was born, adding accent furniture pieces and apparel. As her mother’s health began to deteriorate, Jamie took on the new venture full time.

Social media and the internet began to change the game of retail, and sales skyrocketed with Facebook. Jamie continues to do all social media and business plans for the pharmacy in addition to running Darling’s Fine Things.

Jamie is married to Scott Shumate, a rice farmer from Stuttgart, Arkansas with a yellow lab named Macks. She’s always been involved in various civic and community activities, currently serving on the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association. Preserving, protecting, and restoring the Mississippi Delta Region is a strong passion of hers that she’s dedicated her life to. In addition, she travels often and is a huge music fan.

Lauren Hopkins

A champion of small brands and businesses with big stories, Lauren Hopkins is more than a publicist—she’s a partner with her clients. She founded LBH & Co. to provide an intentional group of clients individualized attention and unmatched passion for their services and crafts.

A graduate of Furman University, Lauren honed her service and networking skills in luxury real estate marketing for the venerable Sea Island Resorts. Her communication skills, account management, and public relations savvy was further cemented during her time with a lifestyle PR agency, where she managed and maintained high-level accounts. After the birth of her first child, Lauren followed a zeal for the small business and launched LBH & Co. in 2013. With fifteen years of experience, Lauren understands the fundamentals of making a great impression on behalf of her clients.

She and her husband, Lee, are raising their daughter and son on charming St. Simons Island where she is active in their Church, the children’s preschool, and several community organizations that remain close to her heart.

Amanda Wilbanks

Amanda Wilbanks is the founder and CEO of Southern Baked Pie Company, headquartered in Gainesville, GA, with 4 beautiful retail bakery locations in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Vinings and Gainesville, as well as online alliances with several retail powerhouses such as Dean & Deluca, Garden and Gun Mercantile, and Williams-Sonoma. Southern Baked has an online e-commerce and wholesale division, where pies are purchased and shipped all over the United States and will soon have the capability to ship internationally.

Amanda is also a wife to Alex Wilbanks, mother to two precious boys and new baby girl, Austin (8) and Dalton (3) and Caroline, and cookbook author. In her most recent cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrate Life with Pie, Amanda divulges the recipe that made her pies famous: the signature Southern Baked All Butter Crust. Her work has been featured in Taste of the South, Garden and Gun and various other esteemed publications. She is also a frequent guest lecturer.

Amanda’s mantra and mission have remained unchanged since Day One: Celebrate Life with Pie! And that is what she does everyday.

Kristin Giese

Kristin Giese is a talent manager, brand developer, and executive producer who began her career building the entirety of the Nate Berkus brand, amongst other talent as well as partnering with the likes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN, Sony, Target, TLC, NBC, P&G, GMC, and so many more. Born and raised in Ohio, Kristin’s love for estate jewelry is only outmatched by her commitment to vintage kimonos and her family. Unverified, which came out in June, is her first novel.



8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration for Workshop Attendees
8:30 – 10:30 am: Add-on Workshop (pre-paid and pre-registered attendees only)
9:30 – 11:30 am: Swag Market and General Registration (drop in)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch on your own
1:00 pm: Welcome with Sallie Holder introducing The Southern Coterie co-founders Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long
1:15 – 2:00 pm: Session 1 Finding Your Voice and Commanding an Audience with Lydia Fenet and Mary Guiliani
1:00 – 2:45 pm: Session 2 A Conversation on How to Scale your Company While Remaining True to Your Company’s Values + How to Hire and Delegate to Effectively Grow with Molly Fienning of Babiators and Red Clay Hot Sauce and Anna Bond of Rifle Paper
2:45 – 3:15 pm: Session 3 Media Panel with Eugenia Santiesteban Soto of Better Homes & Gardens, Hadley Keller of House Beautiful and writer Sarah Bray moderated by Brooke Bell of Hoffman Media
3:15 – 4:00 pm: Coffee Break and Book Signings presented by Independent Community Bankers of America and styled by Emily McCarthy
4:00 – 4:45 pm: Session 4 Mentor Session
5:15 – 6:15 pm: Transportation
5:30 – 8:30 pm: Low Country Evening at Village Creek Landing



9:00 am: Welcome with The Southern Coterie co-founders Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long
9:15 – 10:00 am: Session 5 The Ps and Qs of Retail: Point of View, Process & People with Jessica Derrick and Holly Williams of H. Audrey and White’s Mercantile
10:00 – 10:30 am: Session 6 PR Panel with Jackie Thomson of Leapfrog, Carolyn Sutton of Carolyn Sutton PR, Kristin Giese of All Moxie
10:30 – 11:15 am: Session 7 Growing Sales Channels: From Service Based Business to Product and Place with Amanda Lindroth and Hadley Keller, Senior Editor from House Beautiful
11:15 am – noon: Session 8 Striking a Balance Between Content and Commerce with Jessica Mischner and Molly Waring of Ballyhoo
12:15 – 1:15 pm: Session 9 Beachside Luncheon
1:30 – 2:15 pm: Session 10 How to Grow and Stabilize your Business with the Right Bank Partner – Community Banks Can Help Start, or Grow, Your Business led by Lauren Hopkins of LBH PR, Amanda Wilbanks, of Southern Baked Pie, and Jamie Darling, of Darling’s Fine Things presented by Independent Community Bankers of America
2:15 – 2:40 pm: Session 11 Boundaries in Business: Etiquette in the Digital Age with Erika Preval
2:45 – 3:15 pm: Session 12 (two tracks/ rooms)

  1. Hacks & Apps: Game Changing Products & Practices to Help You Stay Organized with Natasha Murphy of Nicely Built
  2. Brand Authenticity with Brian Hart Hoffman and Brooke Bell of Hoffman Media

3:15 – 4:00 pm: Session 13 (two tracks/ rooms)

  1. Social Media 2.0: Advanced Tips & Strategies with Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha and Ashley Brooke
  2. Close Out the Summit with an Ask All, Tell All with Elizabeth Mayhew

4:00 – 6:00 pm: Beachside Sip, Shop + Socialize
6:00 – 9:30 pm: Dinner on your own
9:30 – 11:30 pm: Silent Disco Cloister Clubroom {cash bar}


9:30 – 11:30 am: Beachside Brunch


2-hour workshop on Wednesday, February 5 from 8:30-10:30 am. Only 100 tickets available; must purchase Summit ticket to attend.

How do your values align with your strategy and everyday decisions in your business? Over the years in the coaching/consulting business, Julie Weldon and Stacey Pierce of A Salty Rim have been asked this question many times. And many times, once they pulled back the covers, they discovered that people really do not understand the purpose of why creating values is so important to the health of an organization. In this workshop, Julie and Stacey are going to get very practical and tactical, with little “fluff.” So, get ready to put on your seatbelt, sharpen your pencil, and dive into both why you’re doing what you’re doing, and create an action plan for the exact next steps you need to take to drive your business to the next level. If you’re at a point where you’re stuck, have challenges you don’t know how to overcome, want to grow to the next level, or feel like you have cracks in the foundation of your business, this workshop might just be exactly what you need. This workshop is good for any industry and any business stage – just starting out or millions in revenue.

Ever feel like you leave a conference overwhelmed & unsure where to start? Learn how to never feel like that again. To close out the workshop, Sallie Holder will teach you exactly how to put your business’s values into action at the Summit to walk away with exactly what you need.