Sunday, March 6

12:00PM – 8:00PM


Pick up badge and goody bag. The badge is your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches, receptions and official after parties.

blog-clinic-2Don’t forget to sign up for your free “blog clinic” session which is included in your registration. By appointment only – sign up onsite at the registration desk.  This is the opportunity to ask those nagging questions or to get your website and blog evaluated at the Blog Clinic as part of your scheduled appointment…Learn More

1:00PM – 4:30PM

Exhibitor Set Up

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Pre-Conference Workshop 1:

How to Make Your Writing Sing

This is a  one-hour workshop broken into two 30-minute sessions which is included in your registration package –  workshop space is limited and open to the first 50 participants.

One of the biggest challenges facing bloggers in the information-saturated world we occupy is engaging readers enough to keep our impressions solid in order to monetize. The “must do” list that keeps me sharp includes a trifecta of demands: maintain an authentic point of view, practice my craft regularly enough that my writing muscle stays kick-ass strong, and always bring an unholy passion to the page.

Session One Key Takeaways:

  • Make the effort of reading exemplary writing, including narrative non-fiction, fiction and poetry, part of your “job” because reading exceptional writers will make your writing better by osmosis.
  • Make yourself stand out by adding a secondary subject to your niche.
  • Look to history for inspiration, as this will give your writing depth and interest, and you will build confidence as you create a unique platform—one of the most important pieces to the puzzle of writing well.

Session Two Key Takeaways:

  • Learn to be a great researcher if you are not because it will help you think outside the box.
  • Write long and write intelligently so that Google will take you seriously.
  • Make your writing sensual. This will keep your posts from sounding like you’re just repeating press releases and will attract paying clients for sponsored blogging opportunities.

saxon-henry-192Instructor: Saxon Henry
Building upon her experience from over two decades as a design, architecture and travel journalist, Saxon Henry understands content creation from every angle. Her journalistic credits include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Delta Sky, Modernism, Elle Décor, Interiors, The Miami Herald and Architectural Digest. The author, currently a columnist for Architizer, has published books that range from design and architecture titles to serious works of nonfiction and poetry.

Saxon began her first blog, Design Commotion, in early 2009 and has since explored a variety of angles of design/architectural/travel writing online. She is currently maintaining two blogs:The Diary of an Improvateur and Productrazzi. As an avid history buff and fan of great literature, she brings these subjects to bear on her Improvateur explorations, many of which are paid collaborations for clients who value brand enhancement and brand elevation through associations with culturally significant subjects. Saxon’s curricula at Vermont College and New York University (NYU) centered upon poetry and aesthetics. She can often be found combing through the archives of scholarly institutions, such as the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, in search of knowledge and inspiration.

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Pre-Conference Workshop 2:

How to Take Amazing Photos with Your Smartphone

This is a  one-hour workshop is included in your registration package –  workshop space is limited and open to the first 50 participants.

Join International Photographer Colleen Duffley for a Photographic Adventure! Capture images is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Turn your phone’s camera into an exciting and creative tool. You will learn key techniques and skills needed to transform your Smartphone snaps into amazing images. Creativity and Technology in the palm of your hand!

colleen-duffleyInstructor: Colleen Duffley
Colleen has been shooting people, places and things around the globe for 25 years. She shoots, directs, produces, and concepts for magazines, commercials and ad campaigns, but has never limited herself and has since developed plan b., or Studio b. rather.

Passionate for photography and getting a shot on film the way her mind sees it is her incessant challenge, and it’s what makes her still so in love with a career she started so many years ago. Light is her inspiration and what propelled her to become a photographer and what still motivates  Colleen  today.

4:30PM – 5:30PM

Exhibitors and Sponsors Welcome Reception

A special welcome reception for all our Exhibitors and Sponsors only, hosted by Esteem Media and the Event Team – a great networking opportunity and our way of saying Thank You!

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Welcome Reception: Sponsored by Benjamin Moore


Sunday Official After Party

Location to be announced.

Monday, March 7


Registration & Coffee in Exhibitors and Sponsor Pavilion


Welcome And Intro

Adam_Japko_41Adam Japko is founder of the Design Bloggers Conference, Garden Bloggers Conference, Home Design Digital Marketing Summit, and Esteem Media, Inc. Leading up to founding Esteem Media, Adam was President of DigitalSherpa, a high growth SMB social media and internet marketing business offering content, social media, reputation management, local listings, lead generation, web business intelligence, and other internet marketing programs. The company served over 4,000 SMBs.

These experiences, along with the success of his wine blog, WineZag, reaffirmed a deep belief that digital community engagement, quality content, and in-person networking are lethal tools for transforming brands and businesses in meaningful ways.


Opening Keynote: Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley_174Fashion Designer and
Owner Cynthia Rowley Boutiques

Brimming with energy, Cynthia Rowley imbues a sense of adventure in all of her design projects, be it wetsuits or her ready-to-wear. This fall Cynthia successfully launched her first home furniture collection at High Point market, a range that includes 140 pieces. Cynthia Rowley is a leading global lifestyle brand sold in over 60-freestanding collection boutiques, as well as in department, specialty, and online stores worldwide.

While attending the Art Institute of Chicago (where she had every intention of becoming a painter), Rowley fell into fashion when a local department store buyer discovered her on the train. That initial interest gave Cynthia the confidence to move to NYC where she went on to win the CFDA award for best new talent, became a best-selling author and has appeared on TV shows such as Project Runway, Letterman, The Today Show, and Celebrity Jeopardy.

She was named Designer of the Year at the American Image Awards this past April, and continues to bring innovative design concepts to new categories that extend beyond the realm of fashion, some of which run the gamut from office products, to furniture, beauty, tech accessories, and a fully realized line of fitness clothing which launched this spring.


Managing Facebook, Instagram, and Blogging Platforms as an Integrated Unit

This session will:

  • Help you stay efficient with multi platform social media and content marketing
  • Provide tips for branding content creation
  • Share case studies on successful branding through social media

Christi-TaskerFor more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer before she discovered her true-life passion –MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a unique designer, Christi created a clear, unforgettable and concise brand that stood out from the rest of the crowd.

From her experience as a retailer, Christi was well aware of the struggle experienced by small businesses with marketing, so she began to help various companies with their own online branding and marketing campaigns. Christi, along with Henry Weinacker, has co-authored “The Power of Pinterest,” an e-book packed with tips, strategies, and case studies to help businesses market on Pinterest.


Refreshment Break

Networking on Exhibit and Sponsor Pavillion.


Social Media Stars

The industry’s most notable design bloggers who command huge social media followings will share their social media strategies, tips, techniques and ROI.

TemplateObsessed with color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting, Justina Blakeney is a designer and design blogger with a bohemian heart.

Domino Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire Magazine and Refinery29 all agree that Justina’s blog is one of the best design blogs on the web! Harper’s Bazaar recently named Justina a top designer to follow on Instagram and Justina is one of the world’s leading curators on Pinterest with over 1 million followers. She has worked with brands such as Anthropologie, 1st Dibs, OneKingsLane, eBay, CB2, AirBnB and Joss & Main.


Blogger and Brand Collaborations

Companies are increasingly on the look out for authentic ways to communicate with their prospects and customers. 92% of consumers are more influenced to make a purchase via peer-to-peer recommendations than by traditional advertising. Brands are establishing specific criteria before entering into blogger partnerships and bloggers are balancing their own readers’ sensibility with brand needs. Hear about real experiences in this kind of collaborative framework delivered by one experienced brand leader and star blogger.

This session offers insider tips for lasting collaborations including:

  • Best practices for approaching manufacturers on potential collaboration
  • How manufacturers assess and execute collaborations with bloggers
  • Etiquette tips for designers and bloggers when approaching brands
  • Creative and innovative project ideas for creating unique pitches to manufacturers

Julianne Taylor has quickly emerged as one of the home décor industry’s most prominent female entrepreneurs. Her company actively engages the blogger community. Taylor Burke Home’s bold, unexpected and sophisticated designs are highly sought after by premiere interior designers across the nation. Julianne is the author of DesignHER, available next Spring and 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.

Courtney of French Country Cottage knows the power of patina, that fresh flowers and a chandelier belong in every room, and the mix of rustic & refined is perfection. She also understands that working with large brands to leverage her significant audience and social media following are win/win opportunities. Courtney has deep experience creating content that she knows her followers will find engaging and also benefits her partner brands.

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle, design, DIY & the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage. When she isn’t behind the computer blogging she acts as photographer and stylist for several top magazines.


Conference Scholarship Awards

The Design Bloggers Conference Scholarship is awarded to five worthy bloggers, and provides the opportunity to attend the conference to expand knowledge and networks in the interior home design blogosphere. The scholarship is established to assist serious bloggers and home design professionals that otherwise could not attend while in the process of building businesses, reputations, and brands.



Lunch is served with time for networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors.


Keynote: India Hicks

India_Hicks_8008-2Author, model, entrepreneur, TV personality and daughter of famed designer David Hicks, India comes from both British and design royalty. Her Godfather is the Prince of Wales and India was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana.

Living with her young family on a small island in the Bahamas, she has shared and documented her multidimensional, unpredictable life through social media, lifestyle books and a website

India is connected to a broad spectrum of tastemakers and is established as an influencer amongst modern, strong, entrepreneurial women.  Unencumbered by tradition, India has made bold life choices that inspire women to join her in the pursuit of an extraordinary life.

After a successful career designing collections of bath & beauty products, bedding, and jewelry in partnership with others, the time for change arrived. With two strong business minded partners she launched a lifestyle brand: India Hicks. These collections are sold through entrepreneurial women at home, online, or one-to-one. This is more than a trunk show business, it’s about building more than a company, it’s about building a community.


WordPress and Google Analytics: Websites, Blogs, and Analytics Made Simple(r) 

This talk will cover:

  • The top 5 WordPress plugins you can not live without
  • What can plugins do to optimize your SEO
  • What to consider when shopping for a new WordPress theme
  • Why WordPress is the right platform for your site
  • How to approach web security and hosting for WordPress environments
  • Top new developments affecting WordPress users
  • Getting comfortable with Google Analytics
  • Best Google Analytic metrics you should know for guiding your content strategy

Natasha_Murphy_217x300Natasha Murphy describes herself as just a good girl who likes design and computers. Natasha has ten+ years of front-end development experience and is a big fan of clean, responsive web design. Design, development, and online marketing all fall into her firm’s, Nicely Built, wheelhouse.  From e-commerce, professional websites or personal blogs, Natasha is dedicated to WordPress for good reason.


Refreshment Break

Networking in the Exhibitor and Sponsor Pavilion.


Think Like an Editor: Turn Good Design Blogs, Articles, and Books Great

Ever heard the adage that great writing is more about revision than the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard? Whether your goal is to be a top design blogger or to submit an project, article, or book for publication, longtime writer/editor Robin Catalano will optimize your chances by helping you become your own “first editor”.

This session covers:

  • What brands and editors are looking for when they evaluate the collaboration or publishing potential of a blogger’s work
  • How to develop your own unique voice that carries through your writing
  • Best and worst times to self-edit
  • How to identify and improve weak aspects in your writing and how to highlight your strengths
  • Steps to correct patterns of repetition in sentence structure, word choice, and style
  • Instruction for creating your own style sheet, just like professional editors do, to ensure consistency in your writing
  • When to stop editing and how to avoid getting in the way of your writing process
  • When you know an article or book manuscript is ready for “prime time”
  • Pet peeves of professional editors — aka, how to become your editor’s best friend

Robin-Catalano-346Robin Catalano is managing editor and senior copywriter for The Annie Selke Companies. She has worked as a professional journalist, copywriter, and book and magazine editor for nearly 20 years, with articles appearing in Gourmet, Culinary Trends, Berkshire Magazine, Stage Directions, Let’s Live, and Berkshire Living, among others. She has edited more than three hundred fiction and nonfiction titles for publishing companies such as Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, The Harvard Common Press, Workman, and Inner Traditions International.


Visibility, Efficiency and Effectiveness in Design via Social Media

david-brian-sanders-373David Brian Sanders not only relies heavily on Social Media because it’s easy for potential clients to view his work.  He banks on it since new clients around the globe actually hire his firm after they engage with his digital images and online galleries…discovered through the social web.

David resides in Los Angeles and his work has been published in RENOVATION STYLE, TRADITIONAL HOME and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. He has also appeared on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker and a special home makeover edition of Fox’s America’s Most Wanted. With his warm smile and welcoming demeanor, it feels as if you are catching up with an old friend.

David operates believing that in today’s world of design marketing, there is no better way to increase visibility than having a well constructed and easy to manage social media campaign. In this session you will learn how to efficiently reach millions of people around the world, and as David has experienced, for a life and career changing experience


Networking Reception: Sponsored by Sherwin Williams


Monday Official After Party

Location to be announced.

Tuesday, March 8


Coffee in Exhibitor and Sponsor Pavilion


Opening Remarks


Hall of Fame Awards Presentation

dbc-hof-150The role of the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame is to recognize excellence in blogging and new media in the field of home design. Each year, a new set of outstanding design blogs will become eligible through an open, online nomination process leading up to the ultimate recognition as Hall of Fame inductee.  We will announce the winners of all categories here at The Design Bloggers Conference.


Keynote: Nathan Turner

nathan-turner-498Upon moving to Los Angeles, Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions– design, travel and food–into his eponymous shop. Nathan’s store has become an expression of his years traveling, his love of simply prepared, elegant food, and a commitment to exploring his ever-evolving sense of interior design. As a faithful source for the country’s leading interior decorators, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast, Nathan’s shop has become an iconic part of the Los Angeles design landscape. The consummate host, Nathan has become known for his stylish and entertaining parties. Having played host to the likes of Carolina Herrera, India Hicks, Carolyne Roehm, Anya Hindmarch, Chris Benz and Soledad Twombly to name a few, Nathan is known for creating highly elegant affairs that nevertheless maintain an accessible friendliness that epitomizes his version of the well-lived life.

Nathan starred in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, a show focusing on the lives of successful Los Angeles based designers as they navigate the high-pressured design world. In 2008 Nathan Turner for Elite Leather was launched and can be found in Bloomingdale’s stores across the country. In 2012, Abrams published Nathan Turner’s American Style,  a lifestyle book authored by Turner. Nathan is a regular entertaining expert on The Today Show, and has appeared on Extra, CBS The Early Show, TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, CW Now, Good Day LA, and Good Day NY. Nathan’s designs, parties and products have been featured in major national and regional publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Vogue, Veranda, Domino, Vogue Living, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Details, Food & Wine, and C magazine. Read Nathan’s full bio.


Simplifying Social Data: How to Measure and Maximize Your Results on Social Media

You might be hard pressed to find a blogger today that isn’t highly active on some form of social media. After all, the last few years have proven that an effective social media strategy can lead to phenomenal success. But in order to find that success, a key component needs to be well understood: analytics.
In this session, attendees will:
  • be introduced to some of the introductory concepts of social data
  • learn how to measure results across major social networks
  • how to tie those results to business goals.
On its surface, social data can appear daunting, but this session will be geared towards simplifying the concept and providing bloggers with the tools and know-how to start utilizing their data in order to maximize their results on social media.

Corey PadveenCorey Padveen is the Director of Global Social Business Strategy at t2 Marketing International, and Google AdWords Certified, Google Analytics Certified, as well as a Certified Inbound Marketer. He is also one of the founding theorists on the concepts of Social Equity and Responsive Branding, as well as a keynote speaker featured at marketing and digital business summits around the world. On the personal side, he loves cooking, making wine and, as all good Canadians, is a big hockey fan.


“Visual Web” Marketing + Instagram Power Tips

The web has turned visual and that’s a perfect development for the design industry and creating content that drives results!  This session will:

  • Demonstrate Mobile’s impact on Social Engagement
  • Provide Case Studies in Design and other industries on excellent visual web marketing
  • Demonstrate how to combine social, mobile, and video platforms for great results
  • Offer metrics for content success
  • Map the evolution from design blogs to current day visual marketing approaches
  • Unveil Instagram as the most powerful social platform and provide insights into excellent Instagram marketing

Adam_Japko_41Adam Japko has spent the last year studying the organic shift to the “Visual Web” and its implications for new approaches to powerful home design marketing.  Hear how logical and simple it can be for you.



connor-dywerConnor Dwyer lives in Atlanta while working on his masters in graphic design at SCAD. He has amassed 76.4k followers on Instagram with his compelling photography. He thinks graphic design and photography for building brands, but mostly enjoys making people feel loved. Hear how Connor creates inspired Instagram campaigns with powerful results.


4-Hour Home Design Workweek? Say “YES” to Affiliate Marketing

Learn how to generate more revenue without changing your routines by participating in the world of online affiliate marketing. Forget terms like “advertiser” or “publisher” and build lucrative partnerships in the time it takes to “swipe left”. This jam-packed session is guaranteed to transform the way you think about your role as a design professional on the internet.


  • What type of content you need to have to play
  • Why this will elevate your brand to a whole new level
  • Who would be interested in working with you
  • How to maximize the opportunity with the least amount of time and effort

kelly-fallisKelly Fallis is the founder and CEO of Remote Stylist, the online furniture platform with 350+ brands, $1 shipping duties included in Canada/USA and free Stylist sourcing help. A true pioneer in the online furniture world, she can dazzle you with stories journeying her trials and tribulations when it comes to import/export, logistics, custom development, marketing, brand management, web development, ecommerce, big data and real estate matters. Follow her on Twitter @kellyfallis


Special Excursion and Lunch

Pirch Atlanta Showroom and Phipps Plaza

1:15pm – 2:00pm


mary-mcdonald-298Mary McDonald is an award winning, internationally published Los Angeles-based interior designer. She is the one of the stars of Bravo TV’s “Million DollarDecorators” & “Property Envy” series and is consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers. She is the author of “Interiors: The Allure of Style” from Rizzoli publishing and has been honored as one of the top 25 designers by Veranda Magazine. Her licensed product lines include two acclaimed fabric collections for F. Schumacher & Company, lighting for Robert Abbey, rugs for Patterson, Flynn and Martin, and furniture for Chaddock Home.


Return To the Grand Hyatt for Home Design Digital Marketing Summit

Home Design Digital Marketing Summit
Tuesday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 9

Tuesday, March 8


Keynote – Digital Impact on Design Commerce

Monica Dodi is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund and investor and Board Director of, a next generation B2C interactive home design platform. In this session, she will share her insights on the internet’s lasting impact on new ways design businesses and consumers engage in commerce and interior design.

Monica is both a visionary on the cutting edge of the high-tech landscape and a sought-after advisor and angel investor to new ventures in internet innovation spanning multiple business sectors. As Managing Director and Co-founder of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund, she is also focused on investments in new companies with gender diversity, an overlooked yet high potential opportunity growth sector in venture capital. Monica earned her BS in International Economics from Georgetown University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gretchen Hansen founded and continues to serve as CEO.  House Beautiful calls “affordable, game-changing, and fun”. Gretchen will share her vision and experiences in taking interior design to the web.

The launch of was conducted under Gretchen’s vision of making great design accessible simpler for everyone to create amazing spaces that reflects a personal style; all within their budget.  The site allows consumers to describe their room, get custom plans, and have their design product ordered and fulfilled. A Harvard MBA, Gretchen is passionate about understanding consumers and creating products that meet their needs.


How the Digital World Transformed My Business


Digital Online Marketplaces Versus Going It Alone

This session will uncover practical approaches to bringing your brand, products, and services for sale online.

  • Building your own e-commerce platform, integrating into a larger marketplace, or both?
  • Resources and operational issues for starting independent e-commerce
  • Overview of the broad spectrum of existing opportunities with third party platforms and sensible approaches for online selling


Anna Brockway is Co-Founder and Chief Curator of Chairish. provides an easy resource for design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories to one another and exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment.


Networking Reception at Grand Hyatt


Official Tuesday After Party

Wednesday, March 9


KEYNOTE: Building Your Brand Through Content, Commerce & Community

How can you develop a powerful design brand and reach an audience craving your unique ideas and expertise? Today it’s all about marketing your own brand at the intersection of content, commerce & community.

Houzz’ mission is for designers to cultivate dedicated followings with targeted clients, launch product lines, and win contracts. Join Houzz VP Liza Hausman for inspiring stories of how designers on Houzz have built their businesses and brands by engaging Houzz’s massive global community.

This session will outline the key elements of building a design brand on Houzz, plus:

  • How to truly differentiate your business
  • Secrets to high-impact photography
  • Why every online interaction counts

LizaHausmanLiza Hausman is Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz, an innovative residential remodeling and design platform and community. Liza co-founded her first internet startup in 1998, a home improvement retailer eventually sold to Walmart. Over the last seven years she’s worked with interior designers, architectscontractors and landscape designers to remodel and decorate nearly every inch of her home in Palo Alto, CA.


Build a Powerful Brand…and They Will Come

The best Design Bloggers achieve results by intentional and authentic care in crafting their branded content. For designers relying on the interent as a significant touchpoint for their audiences, careful attention to branding is critical to attracting a robust, connected and engaged audience. This presentation will demonstrate how branding can link through all communications and marketing tactics and give specific and tangible guidance and tips.  Case/success stories from a range of online brands and  Design Bloggers will be shared along with opportunities to build brand through The Global Design Post and other online and offline Design Media

This session’s key takeaways will be:

  • Understanding of the importance of branding
  • Success stories to follow
  • Tips for crafting and creating your brand
  • Branding “Toolbox” — handouts
  • Opportunities for being featured on The Global Design Post and other design media (online and offline)

Esther-DunbarEsther Dunbar-Cullum is the Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of The Global Design Post. With three decades as a designer, Esther is best known for her unique carpet, rug and fabric designs. Esther lives with her husband and 11 year-old twins in the California Wine Country and their 18th-century farmhouse in Upstate New York. The Global Design Post, is her most exciting project to date, as it has combined her love and knowledge of design with the excitement of partnering with the deep talent found amongst her family, friends and fellow designers.

diana-placeDiana Dunbar Place is the Co-Founder of The Global Design Post  after 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing for international brands such as Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Anheuser Busch, and more.  She spent 10 years as Senior Vice President Interactive Marketing for America Online during the era of its amazing growth.  This and her life-long long love of design and her creative passions, (painting and photography) paved the way to create The Global Design Post(GDP) with her cousin Esther


Refreshment Break


The Role of Traditional Media in the Digital Marketplace

Domino had the luxury of pausing their brand while they developed a business and product model for the future of digital interior design content and media.  Hear about the paths they took and how they have reconciled a traditional business model in the design industry with the dramatic shift in consumers shopping and looking for ideas on the internet.

jessica-romm-350Jessica Romm is domino‘s Editorial Director with over a decade of experience working for prominent media properties and brands identifying and driving trends in design, home decor, fashion and style. Talented in writing and packaging fresh editorial content, leveraging a lifestyle vision that draws inspiration from decor, fashion, travel, entertaining, design, and art. Recognized as a style expert for national and local media outlets.  Jessica has written and edited for many publications including GQ, Elle Decor, Elle, Conde Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living, Wall Street Journal and most recently worked on strategy and concept for a new Estee Lauder media property.

Beth-BrennerBeth Fuchs Brenner is domino‘s Chief Revenue Office and served as the founding Vice President and Publisher of domino from its launch in 2005, until its close in 2009. Her effective leadership resulted in numerous industry honors including Adweek’s “Hot List” and Advertising Age’s 2005 “Launch of the Year.” Brenner’s Condé Nast experience also included eleven years as Vice President and Publisher of Self Magazine, from 1994 to 2004.


Creating the Email Program You’ve Always Wanted

Learn how to quickly improve your email across the board auditing current processes, implementing new snippets to streamline builds (yes, even for non-technical users), and introducing a simple (yet comprehensive) A/B testing program.  Make sure your emails are not deleted before they are read!

Key takeaways:​

  • The action steps you need to take to streamline email development
  • What a team of any size can learn from a large global organization
  • Methods for establishing yourself as an expert for email.
  • What you should do on Monday when you’re back from the conference.

chris-legg-177Chris Legg provides ongoing consultation to Constant Contact in scanning the globe for developments in great email technology. He acts as Senior Managing Director at Progress Partners and General Partner at Progress Ventures. He previously held similar roles at Tandem Expansion Fund and Argo Global Capital. He has extensive international experience having spent considerable stages of his career or made investments in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

He has spent 20 years working with growth companies, prior to being an investor he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. Chris holds direct experience and involvement both as an advisor and investor with 35 liquidity events, both acquisitions and IPO¹s and has raised $500+ million in private equity for a variety of high growth companies. Chris holds a B.Com. With High Distinction from Queen¹s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Special Lunch Presentation: Applying Science to Social Media

So what can a published geneticist tell us about social media? It turns out a lot. Afif Khoury, Founder and CEO of SOCi, Inc., has been at the forefront of technology for 20 years. From his early contribution to the Human Genome Project, a career as a high tech M&A attorney, a manager of two successful Venture Capital funds and Founder & CEO of two successful startups, Afif has made a career out of following the data. He will be joining us to talk about what the data is telling us about consumer behavior on social media, and how you can benefit from the trillions of messages that came before you.

Key takeaways include:

  • What does a published Geneticist know about Social Media?
  • The world of Data Analytics – how data is being used in the world today and how it can be applied to achieve success in Social Media
  • Breaking down social media behavior (how can one comments lead to 17,000 new views)
  • Stop guessing at what to say! What is the data telling us is actually working?
  • What’s working in the design community specifically (content, messaging, types of posts)
  • How does that compare to what is working in other verticals
  • What are some other tricks of the trade

afif-khoury-300Afif Khoury, Founder and CEO of SOCi, Inc., has been at the forefront of technology for 20 years. From his early contribution to the Human Genome Project, a career as a high tech M&A attorney, a manager of two successful Venture Capitalist funds and Founder & CEO if two successful startups, Afif has made a career out of following the data.


Leveraging Digital Platforms for Home and Design

Elizabeth Brown and a panel of top interior design stars will share their experience and provide how-to for building brand in a collaborative way. There are lots of digital design marketplaces on the internet to buy and sell product. But, as a designer or brand, how can you use these platforms to build your brand and engage new prospects with an eye towards offline business? Founder of Viyet, Elizabeth Brown, will provide and overview and case study covering ways for designers and brands to actively build their business and personal brands through third party Home Design digital marketplaces.

elizabeth-brownElizabeth Brown
 is the Chief Executive of Viyet, a New York-based ecommerce startup in the interior design space specializing in consignment services for pre-owned designer furniture and accessories. Prior to Viyet, Elizabeth was Director of Corporate Development for design-focused office furniture and supplies retailer Poppin. Before Poppin, Elizabeth led Business Intelligence at Lot18, an e-commerce destination for wine and gourmet food. Elizabeth began her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Elizabeth holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Online Shop

Hindsight…If Only…Why Didn’t Someone Tell Me?! While this first hand account of how not remotely close to perfect or seamless the home design space is could entertain you for hours, you will leave wiser and armed with a long list of shortcuts you would be well advised to take. Help yourself fast track your own online journey and find out what not to do en route to a home run. Learn:

  • How to get up and running tomorrow
  • Why you are your own worst enemy
  • Where it actually makes sense to spend money
  • What 5 things you really needed to do – yesterday!
  • Who to call upon when you need help
  • Your next move when all hell breaks loose


Kelly Fallis is the founder and CEO of Remote Stylist, the online furniture platform with 350+brands, $1 shipping duties included in Canada/USA and free Stylist sourcing help.  A true pioneer in the online furniture world, she can dazzle you with stories journeying her trials and tribulations when it comes to import/export, logistics, custom development, marketing, brand management, web development, ecommerce, big data and real estate matters.  Follow her on Twitter @kellyfallis


E-Commerce Trends


Digital Branding: Color and Message Are Critical


Eric Haydel is a designer who blends the warmth of Southern Hospitality with the sensibilities of New England. Now serving as President of the ASID New England Chapter, he is regularly published in the likes of New England Home, Design New England, Boston Common, and many others. 

Eric recognized that color and message are equally meaningful for creating a constant connection with the right consumers for your business. This program explores the digital branding success of design-based businesses and corporations in today’s market while allowing the participant a hands-on approach to recreate their company or personal vision and value in the marketplace.

In this session you’ll learn how to:

  • Define brand identity and how it communicates value in the marketplace via case studies.
  • Determine how color communicates an effective brand using examples of the 10 effects of color based in color psychology.
  • Recreate your vision and value statements using brand identity and color theory principles.
  • Implement your own framework through a hands on process for recreating your personal and professional brand identity and it’s relationship to the marketplace.

Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Thursday, March 10

10:00AM – 5:30PM

ADAC Digital Day

Digital Day 352 x 466 px (Thumbnail)Today’s most sought after interior designers have mastered the art of promoting their brands throughout the life of their projects and beyond. In this day-long session, learn how to effectively define who you are in words and images, and maximize your presence across multiple digital platforms.

Digital Day is intended for interior design professionals and design aficionados looking to share their stories and get noticed in creative new ways. Learn more.

Register at:

Location: ADAC –  351 Peachtree Hills Avenue Northeast,  Atlanta, GA 30305