We know that small creative businesses simply don’t fit into a box. Our speakers will share both inspiring stories and tangible steps to amp up your unique business and mindset.
Tara Gentile – It’s Not About You: Money-Making, Systematization, and Sanity for Creative Entrepreneurs
Tara Gentile is the founder of Quiet Power Strategy®, a company specializing in hands-on business training for idea-driven entrepreneurs. She’s passionate about helping people with smart ideas make more money, reach new audiences, and live life with ease. Tara is the author of The Art of Earning, Quiet Power Strategy, and The Observation Engine. She’s the host of Profit. Power. Pursuit. a podcast that goes behind-the-scenes of the real grit, administration, and logistics of running a successful business.
Tara’s work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Design*Sponge, and in the New York Times bestselling book The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. She’s a regular instructor on CreativeLive and speaks on entrepreneurship, money, and marketing all over the world.
Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson – Goal-setting like a boss
Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are co-founders and hosts of the Being Boss Podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Emily Thompson is founder of Indie Shopography, a design and strategy web studio, where she and her team develop websites for creative entrepreneurs who want to rock their online presence. Kathleen Shannon is founder of Braid Creative, personal branding for creative entrepreneurs who blend work and life – like designers, writers, artists, foodies, yogis and lifestyle professionals. Being Boss is where Emily and Kathleen share advice and tactics for freelancers, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to turn their dreams into a sustainable, profitable business.
Wesley Verhoeve – How to partner with brands to support your passion project
Wesley Verhoeve is an infinitely curious photographer, writer and director at large. He explores creative communities across the world for his project One of Many.
He works with publications and companies to tell moving stories. These include including Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Wildsam, Squarespace, WeTransfer, Harry’s, Birchbox, Photojojo, Shinola, and others. His work has been featured by It’s Nice That, The Fader, PSFK, Cool Hunting, Buzzfeed, Instagram, and more.
Puno Dostres – Instagram Marketing: Grow Real Followers
A creator, digital designer, and entrepreneur at heart, Jennifer Puno is the Founder of (Instagram @madewithmap)—an online platform that celebrates people and their journeys. She also founded ilovecreatives, a digital classifieds website connecting talented individuals in the creative community. You can find her in Iceland making Star Trek gifs, out and about collaborating with other creatives, or in DTLA on the hunt for the city’s best food.
Sarah Morgan – How to build a thriving online community from your couch
Sarah Morgan is an online strategist teaching people to build engaging blogs, thriving businesses, and profitable infoproducts. In 2012 she escaped the clutches of a corporate web design job to run away with the circus (literally!) and strike out on her own. She strives to help bloggers, creatives, and business owners build a home online that not only provides a stable income but fuels their passion for what they do without busyness and stress getting in the way. Since making her escape she’s launched three books, five e-courses, and shares all of her badass business and blog-building secrets at XOSarah.com.
Shenee Howard – Branding You: Get Paid For Being Yourself
Shenee Howard is a writer and brand strategist with over five years of experience helping people to do what they want and get paid for it. She is also the creator of the 100 People Project, featured in Born For This and the pop culture and branding newsletter, Brand Fix. Other interests include The Backstreet Boys, Keanu Reeves and Ramen.
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David Jones II and Jesse LaBauve
David Jones II (@davidjonesusa) and Jesse LaBauve (@jesse.ryan) are the founders of Pioneer Collective, a global community for disruptive creatives, entrepreneurs and go-getters. They created PioneerCollective (@wepioneer) to be a community that fosters growth & connection, by empowering millennials to pioneer their projects and business with meaningful purpose. With over a decade of combined professional experience in the media & marketing industry, David & Jesse have coupled their passion for creativity, technology & disruption into a unique agency comprised of marketing experts, visual media specialists and content creators that understand how to navigate the maze of modern marketing through community building & compelling visual storytelling. They stand on the foundation that building community plays one of the most vital roles when pioneering any business, dream, or project, or idea.
Lourdes Hilliard is a licensed attorney in Florida and New Jersey and admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is also a Certified Small Business Consultant. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Dade County Bar Association, National Association of Professional Women and participates as a board member of Femfessionals. Her background includes issues in family law, estate planning, business entities, internet law and intellectual property matters. Lourdes attended three of Florida’s greatest universities to complete her academics. Graduating, with Honors, from the University of Florida with a degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in Education. Upon graduation, she was named UF’s Outstanding Female Leader, the university’s top leadership award. Her dedication to philanthropic and community endeavors earned an induction into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and Florida Blue Key. Later, she completed an M.B.A. from Florida International University where she graduated with Honors. In 2004, she received her J.D. from the University of Miami, graduating Cum Laude.
Amanda Aguillard decided to become a CPA when she was 16, and never looked back. She started Aguillard Accounting LLC in 2012, committed to running a cloud-based practice from anywhere in the world. Aguillard Accounting is a Xero Gold Partner and Cloud Integrator, Vend Certified Advisor, Clio Certified Consultant and Deputy Certified Advisor, amongst others, and Amanda regularly teaches the Xero Partner Certification course. While she holds a Masters Degree in Taxation from the University of Denver, she would much rather craft and implement ecosystems for retailers, law firms and creatives. She spends any spare time cooking for her two kids and reading historical fiction. She is slightly obsessed with Penzey’s Spices and Chris Thile. She is the Xero Ambassador for the Southwest US.
Tippy Tippens is the Founder and Chief Eternal Optimist of Matter. She is a social entrepreneur, designer, gandhiwarmer, and is passionate about helping to build sustainable growth, making the objects that we live with us work for us instead of against us and ultimately wishing to contribute to greater happiness. She is honored to be in the GOOD 100, 2013, named as one of 100 people pushing the world forward.
Bernie January Jr.
Bernie January is co-founder of the Heartsleeve design + screen printing studio. He is lead designer, illustrator, and crazy ideas advocate for all things Heartsleeve. Born and raised in South Louisiana, Bernie has been formally trained in multiple artistic mediums, starting at the age of four. He’s also a current Design Mentor for the Young Creative Agency, an apprenticeship program developing young, local creatives into creative digital media professionals.
Natasha Noordhoff is co-founder of Heartsleeve, and she is Heartsleeve’s lead screen-printer. She mixes, matches and makes messes in the studio in order to realize the designs of Heartsleeve and their clients. Natasha puts the heart in Heartsleeve by developing relationships with new and existing Cause Partners and collaborating in meaningful ways that support their work to put Louisiana communities first.
Designer, Janna Hart, is a New Orleans native with a Fashion Design degree from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. She is the owner and creative director of sock brand, Bonfolk Collective, where one pair purchased donates one pair to a local shelter.
Stephanie Hepburn is a social entrepreneur and independent journalist whose work has been published in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Americas Quarterly, the Times-Picayune and the journal Gender Issues. While writing her most recent book Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight she was motivated to found Good Cloth, an online ethical fashion boutique. The mission at Good Cloth is “Look Good. Do Good.” The shop specializes in clothing, accessories, and home goods that are designed with consideration for workers, the planet, and consumers. Good Cloth only includes products that are made with ethically-sourced materials and have a transparent supply chain. This places not only style, but also workers’ rights and the environment at the business’s epicenter. The shop includes product journeys for each item—so that consumers can read how products are made, from beginning to end. How our clothing is made shouldn’t be a mystery. Good Cloth wants to swing the pendulum in the fashion industry toward transparency, ethical sourcing, fair treatment of workers, sustainability, and high quality.
Jonah Evans is the executive producer of Dear World, a media and storytelling project published in more than 30 countries. Evans launched the project alongside its founder Robert X. Fogarty at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in 2011. Evans has led Dear World’s strategic growth from a boutique media project to an award winning leadership development program which has been retained by some of the world’s leading companies and universities including UBS, American Express, AstraZeneca as well as Stanford, Oxford and Duke. Evans is a recognized facilitator, speaker and consultant who specializes in organizational change management, process facilitation, and civic engagement. He has worked with 17 of the Fortune 100 companies and for a number of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Evans earned his master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School where he received the Ash Center Fellowship for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
About Dear World:
Robert X. Fogarty founded Dear World, a portrait project that unites people through pictures in his distinct message-on-skin style. Their work has been published in over 30 countries, and Oprah.com said, “Some of the photographs suggest an untold story that gives your spine a shiver.” Dear World has photographed Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.
Liz Maute Cooke
Liz Maute Cooke is a native Oklahoman turned lifelong New Orleanian. Her graphic design career started with markers and scrap paper when she was just 6 years old and “borrowing” supplies from her mom’s office supply cabinet.
In middle school, she turned note-passing into an art form. But it wasn’t until her mid-20s that Liz realized she could turn her favorite thing to do into The Thing She Does.
In May 2014, royalties from a little sketch Liz did on a plane helped send her to study typography in Rome with the School of Visual Art. She got to learn from design heroes like Steven Heller and Louise Fili (and took a quick jaunt to Capri with new friend Gemma O’Brien).
Since then, Liz has honed her skills at some of the most prestigious design and lettering workshops in the world, including the Stationery Show. She also gives workshops on the basics of hand-lettering and digitizing your hand-lettering, and taught a DIY Stationery e-class for Brit + Co.