2018 Speakers

NOTE:  This page reflects details of our recent 2018 conference.  We will update this page as we develop our roster of speakers for 2019.  Speaker Application & Speaker Brochure have been updated for 2019!  Accepting 2019 Speaker Submissions!

Want to be a Speaker?  Complete our online Speaker Application by CLICKING HERE.  Prior to completing the online application, please read our Speaker Brochure in its entirety (CLICK HERE FOR SPEAKER BROCHURE).

Our Expert Speakers are world-class Thought Leaders, Influencers & Game-Changers who will inspire new ideas, strategies and perspectives, focusing on the most relevant solutions Creative Professionals can immediately implement in their business and community. The professionalism of our Speakers will reflect a diverse background of Creative Professionals to high-level Senior Executives, to successful business owners, to CEO’s.  A core of our Speakers will have a non-event industry related background whom have been purposely chosen to provide a unique and dynamic outlook on the role of leadership and success, and to infuse you with the business intelligence that has transformed their professional careers!

(Note:  Speakers will continue to be added as we build our dynamic roster of speakers.  Speakers are subject to change)

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Kathy Romero

KATHY ROMERO is the Founder and Lead Planner for Kathy Romero Weddings and Events. With 21 years of experience in the event world, Kathy has planned and overseen some of the most elaborate installations, weddings, corporate events and social galas for a client list that includes celebrities, business tycoons, socialites, and royal families. She is … Continue reading Kathy Romero

Jacqueline Nwobu

JACQUELINE NWOBU is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Munaluchi Bride Magazine, the leading nationally distributed wedding magazine and online wedding marketplace catering to multicultural couples and serving the $200 billion wedding and events industry. Since the launch of Munaluchi in 2010, Jacqueline has grown the brand into an industry leader with a robust multi-cultural marketplace … Continue reading Jacqueline Nwobu

Nicole Peck

NICOLE PECK is the Executive Vice President of BizBash Media where she oversees the Events, Marketing, Sales and Client Services teams. With more than 20 years in the industry, she has led event and marketing departments of respected media and technology companies and has devised growth strategies and tactics for trade shows, conferences, live and … Continue reading Nicole Peck

Abby Grace Springman

ABBY GRACE SPRINGMAN is an international wedding & anniversary photographer, based just outside Washington, DC. A Francophile, Hufflepuff, ballet enthusiast, and she’s had the joy of teaching creatives in France and across the US. She’s a communication guru with a passion for teaching others to run businesses that enables lives they dearly love, and believes … Continue reading Abby Grace Springman

Lisa Karvellas & Stephanie Baynton

LISA KARVELLAS & STEPHANIE BAYNTON, the two young entrepreneurial sisters behind Cedar Lakes Estate. Cedar Lakes Estate is a 500-acre private event venue in the heart of the Hudson Valley. With luxury overnight accommodations, pristine event spaces, tranquil outdoor activities, and ideal location, Cedar Lakes Estate is the perfect escape for an elegant wedding or … Continue reading Lisa Karvellas & Stephanie Baynton

Dan Simons

A lifelong restaurateur, DAN SIMONS is an effective and inspiring team leader with a knack for creative management and staff development, while delivering profitability and innovative branding. He is a frequent speaker at industry and educational events, able to translate his experience into tangible lessons for a wide range of audiences, including those beyond the … Continue reading Dan Simons

Myrna P. Daramy

MYRNA P. DARAMY is a technically savvy digital analyst who embodies the mind of a creative designer. With over 12 years of experience, her natural ability to clarify the blurred lines between technology application and spontaneous creativity is what makes her one of the most insightful digital marketing strategists today. With a Bachelors of Science … Continue reading Myrna P. Daramy

Nikki Nuckols

NIKKI NUCKOLS is a brand and web design expert who marries innovation and creativity with digital strategy. With a degree in Advertising and Marketing, Nikki started her career as an Advertising Firm Art Director, working with corporate giants such as Target, Best Buy and Lens Crafters, but soon realized her passion for small business growth … Continue reading Nikki Nuckols

Donnell Baldwin

DONNELL BALDWIN is a Fashion Stylist, Style Editor, and Author based in New York City.   A southern gentleman, he was born and raised in North Carolina and pulls inspiration from the classically dressed men he saw while visiting country clubs, social events and working in high-end retail throughout high school and college.  Donnell has … Continue reading Donnell Baldwin

Stacey Ferguson

STACEY FERGUSON (former attorney) is a Lifestyle + business design for multi-passionate entrepreneurs is her jam. She believes that with a little strategy magic, you can have your life and career cake and eat it too. Unlocking the amazing gifts inside of folks and turning them into profitable brands using the power of social media … Continue reading Stacey Ferguson

Monique Melton

MONIQUE MELTON is a business coach, published author of the book EntrepreFriendships, a motivational speaker and diversity advocate. She supports weddings and event planning professionals in building profitable and purposeful businesses while maintaining healthy relationships. She’s the creator of SWEET Brands, which is a business development system to strategically support business owners in building more … Continue reading Monique Melton

Patrick Teague

Attorney, Author, PATRICK TEAGUE , has emerged as one of the leading voices in the country in the growing field of event law. Mr. Teague’s experience in event law includes representing a wide variety of wedding and event professionals, including planners, designers and photographers. He has also successfully represented Lovegevity, a multimedia publishing house, in … Continue reading Patrick Teague

Flora (Yuan) Wang

FLORA (YUAN) WANG is a Sales Engineer at HubSpot and spends her day working with executives, marketers, engineers, and everyone in between to improve their business processes.  She is passionate about leveraging software to spark creativity by expanding the limits of what’s possible for an organization’s inbound strategy with the right technology. At HubSpot, she … Continue reading Flora (Yuan) Wang

Kellie Daab

KELLIE DAAB, Wedding Business Architect, and founder at iDo Collective is a wedding industry thought leader, author, and business strategist. Having owned a boutique wedding planning firm, managing high end hospitality venues, and producing events for a multi-million dollar catering company, Kellie has worn the heels and carried the bus tubs. Producing over 300 weddings … Continue reading Kellie Daab

Dajuan Jones

DAJUAN JONES is a 2nd generation wedding photographer and General Manager of In His Image Photography, LLC.  Now in its 19th year, his company photographs 40+ weddings per year and targets 100 business portrait sessions and casual portraits annually. The engine behind the lens is his passion for Love & Legacy. Knowing full well that … Continue reading Dajuan Jones

Tabitha Roberts

TABITHA ROBERTS is the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of United With Love as well as founder and lead designer of Roberts & Co. Events. United with Love and Roberts & Co both are a part of the fabric of the DC wedding market and we strive to build personal and memorable wedding and private event moments … Continue reading Tabitha Roberts

Lisa Zachery

LISA RENEE ZACHERY is Founder and Creative Director of Papered Wonders, Inc. She has curated the gift of creativity and fueled it with passion to build a business that creates custom stationery that is not only admired, but desired around the globe. Papered Wonders, Inc began as a part-time passion for Lisa R. Zachery while she … Continue reading Lisa Zachery

Addie Akhionbare

ADDIE AKHIONBARE is the owner and the Creative Principal of BCG Events; a full production luxury floral and decor company. Recognized as one of DC’s most sought after luxury event and wedding designers, BCG Events curates and produces Beautiful, Creative and Glamorous celebrations, in and around the Nation’s capital, as well as nationally and internationally. … Continue reading Addie Akhionbare