Speakers 2019

Our 2019 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!

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).

(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 Hollinger

President & CEO Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington KATHY E. HOLLINGER is President and CEO of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Since 2012 her visionary leadership has led RAMW — which represents over a thousand restaurants and the food service industry in one of the nation’s largest and most visible regions — through its most … Continue reading Kathy Hollinger

Fabiola Hesslein

CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR • TRYON ENTERTAINMENT Born in New York City and setting roots in Miami and Houston, FABIOLA HESSLEIN led a career as a multidimensional entertainer in every sense of the word.  She garnered countless credits spanning the spectrum of show business that included network television, commercials, the music industry, theatre, music videos, concerts, … Continue reading Fabiola Hesslein

Michelle Gainey

Event Designer & Planner • Lemiga Events MICHELLE GAINEY has been making her mark on Atlanta – and beyond – since 2004 as the founder of Atlanta-based LEMIGA EVENTS, StudioWed Atlanta, Society 414, and the Creative Business Circle. With the mission to inspire others to Dream, Love, and Celebrate life, Michelle started Lemiga Events, a premier … Continue reading Michelle Gainey

Marielle Shortell

FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR • SILVER LINING DESIGN GROUP   MARIELLE SHORTELL is the founder of Silver Lining Design Group, an international event design and production company based in Bethesda, Maryland. With over 16 years of creating beautiful environments and experiences for clients all over the world, Marielle has become recognized as one of the industries … Continue reading Marielle Shortell

Bree Clarke

FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR • THE IMAN PROJECT & LAVENDER MINT DESIGNS BREE CLARKE is the founder & Creative Director of THE IMAN PROJECT & LAVENDER MINT DESIGNS. She has combined her passion for design as well as purpose of community & diversity by creating magical moments such as On The Table ” Workshops with a … Continue reading Bree Clarke

Meghan Ely

Public Relations Consultant • OFD Consulting OFD CONSULTING owner, MEGHAN ELY, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. A long-time industry speaker and writer, she is a WeddingWire Education Expert as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business … Continue reading Meghan Ely

Art Steele, Esquire

Attorney • Inksecure Media LLC   ART STEELE is a business lawyer who has been practicing law for nearly 10 years.  She started her career at Skadden Arps in Washington, DC, then went to work as General Tax Counsel for Discovery Communications.   She is the host of the InkSecure Podcast, a legal podcast focused on … Continue reading Art Steele, Esquire

Beny Blaq

Certified Fitness Trainer • Rebel Fit USA (bio coming soon!) BENY BLAQ is a proud Air Force Veteran with a passion for fitness that stems from an athletic background of high school basketball and collegiate track and field. He graduated from the National Personal Training Institute with certifications in Personal Training, Basic Nutrition, Balanced Habits Nutrition, … Continue reading Beny Blaq

Nadia Anderson

Certified Public Accountant & Planner • Nadia Anderson, C.P.A. & Virginia Grace Events   NADIA ANDERSON is a Richmond Virginia native who earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a chartered global management accountant (CGMA) with … Continue reading Nadia Anderson

Teshorn Jackson

Photographer • Teshorn Jackson Photography TESHORN JACKSON is a Caribbean born and raised accomplished photographer, author, retired architect and a self-proclaimed beach bum. He’s married to the beautiful Reytheda Jackson and father to their year-old son Benjamin and resides in Dallas Texas. As a wedding photographer he is had the opportunity to travel to across the … Continue reading Teshorn Jackson

Myrna P. Daramy

DIGITAL MEDIA STRATEGIST • TECH TRANSLATION FOR THE MODERN BUSINESS 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 … Continue reading Myrna P. Daramy

Britney Jeanine Canidate

BRAND ADVISOR & COACH • Britney Jeanine & Co I am BRITNEY JEANINE —one of Jesus’ homies, a wife, mother, entrepreneur and true Florida girl. Currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, I currently work with creatives & designers to level up their businesses & brands through brand coaching and online education. With experience in photography, web … Continue reading Britney Jeanine Canidate

Danielle Couick

Principal Planner & Designer • Magnolia Bluebird Events & Design DANIELLE COUICK, Principal and Creative Director of Magnolia Bluebird design + events has served the wedding and special events industry for over 18+ years. Her wealth of hands-on knowledge and inside industry experience extends to off-premise catering, restaurant service, architectural design, event planning, management and event design. … Continue reading Danielle Couick

Shauné Hayes

Beauty Expert • Shauné Hayes Makeup (bio coming soon!)

Benjamin Davis

CEO & Founder • Creative Director • Storyteller BENJAMIN DAVIS, the leader behind Yamean Studios, an award-winning brand strategy media agency who work with brands and businesses to develop meaningful content and engage people with actionable brand experiences that spark human connection. We turn stories into conversations, impressions into relationships and campaigns into results. Since … Continue reading Benjamin Davis