Speakers 2019

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!

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:  We will update this page as we develop our roster of speakers for 2019; we will have a total of (18) Speakers this year!   Speaker Application & Speaker Brochure have been updated for 2019!  Accepting 2019 Speaker Submissions!

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









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


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!)

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 (bio coming soon!)