The Elevate Blog Conference is a 1 day conference created in 2012 to bring bloggers together to be inspired and uplifted. We believe that every blogger’s story is important and that can only be told by that one person. This day is designed to drive that message home and leave you feeling empowered to make your blog whatever you dream. Whether you are a lifestyle, craft, fashion or food blogger…even shop owner, this conference is for you.
Join us for a day of networking, crafting, munching on amazing meals and dessert and just plain fun. Treat yourself to an experience unlike any other conference, come to Elevate!
Speaker and Workshop details will be released soon.
You can register for the 2016 conference HERE.
We have worked hard to bring a group together who truly inspire us daily. These speakers are nothing short of extraordinary and the results they have created in their businesses and lives speak to just how special they are. Introducing the Elevate 2016 panel of speakers!
Jenica started A Slice of Style to share great deals on anything from fashion to furniture, and it has turned into a lot more than that since! She and her husband experienced infertility while trying to start their family and after struggling through 3 IUI’s and 2 rounds of IVF, she decided to share their experiences when they started their 3rd round of IVF. Jenica discovered joy in connecting with others through the ups and downs, and they are now expecting twins in August! She continues to share great deals to help others save money, and she also shares the more personal side of her life throughout pregnancy now through letters to their future children.
Rebecca Lopez is a mother of two boys, living in sunny Arizona. For years she worked in management until becoming a stay at home mom. In 2011, looking for a way to share her creativity and to inspire others to create no matter their skill level she created The Crafted Sparrow. Her site became a place to share her passion for all things DIY, specializing in Crafts and Home Decor. Rebecca has partnered with many brands such as Coca-Cola, Target, World Market, Joann Fabric and Crafts, and Cricut to help bring the brands to life for readers.
Chari found joy in documenting through photos even as a young child. In Elementary school she took it upon herself to publish her own DIY 5th grade yearbook by gluing highlight photos throughout taken with her 110 camera and stapled pages together. She sold the yearbook for $2.50. 20+ years later memory keeping is still her passion. In 2009, Chari converted to digital scrapbooking as a preferred method of documenting her personal family story however she could not find a way to print quality archival 12×12’s at an affordable price. After her long search, she saw a need and created her own; Persnickety Prints. Before founding Persnickety Prints, Chari helped numerous organizations increase their online presence and revenue through her creative services. Chari’s excellent merchandising knowledge and marketing expertise comes from over 10 years of service at the retail industry giant, GAP. Chari’s go to camera is the one in her pocket and she loves teaching others how to rock their mobile photos too.
2016 BUSINESS PANEL SPEAKERS & CREATIVE WORKSHOP SPONSORS
Business Panelist: Ashley Reeves
Ashley is a Utah mom of 3 boys and 1 baby girl. She loves cooking in the kitchen with her family and feeding them healthy whole foods. Ashley has been sharing her love of healthy cooking and family at Ashley’s Fresh Fix and on instagram for 2 years and has worked to build a strong community of women who she is constantly inspiring to have better body image and to love themselves. Ashley also teaches others how to build business, curate community and monetize using social media. She loves teaching, sharing, and helping others!
Business Panelist: Amy Twitty
Amy Twitty is the girl behind the shop Liv and Hope! A mom of two little girls and hopefully more one day! It started one day after she made her daughter a children’s tent. When friends and family started asking where they could find them she faced her fears and applied for her first boutique to start selling her items. As nervous as she was, she pushed forward in her goals and decided to also start having all her proceeds go towards their adoption fund for their next child. NOW she sells women’s t-shirts designed with motivation, laughter, and real mom moments. Still with all proceeds going towards their 3rd adoption and she also helps other families in what ways she can with the huge financial cost of adoption. Her passion in life and love of family and friends is what keeps her motivated and cracking up daily! With a love of design and creating projects you will typically find Amy with a Diet Coke in one hand and her cell phone in the other making business calls or texting an old friend. She is grateful each day that she has the support and love from her amazing husband and sassy daughters to keep her motivated.
Creative Workshop Sponsor: Me & My Big Ideas
Plan a happy life™
The Happy Planner™ is an expandable, disc-bound planner system that combines your need for organization with your love for creativity. In this fun, hands-on workshop, you will customize your very own Happy Planner™ and learn how this motivational planner system can help improve your productivity and positivity! All supplies (and inspiration) will be provided!
At this Jewelry Make-and-Take bloggers will get to work with Sizzix Designer, Lindsey Serata, and create a unique piece of wearable art. They will use The Big Shot Jewelry Studio machine and the “Tag Necklace” die-cut set to cut a variety of colors of leather. These fringed chevron designs will be mixed, matched and layered and then connected to a chain to create a beautiful necklace. Bloggers will also have the chance to add beautiful embellishments to their designs with gems and crystals. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to see the entire Sizzix Jewelry Studio collection of Movers and Shapers Dies, Thinlits Dies, Deco Embossing folders and Deco Etching tools. Connect with Sizzix on Instagram.
A look back a previous Speakers
We have worked hard to bring a group together who truly inspire us daily. These speakers are nothing short of extraordinary and the results they have created in their businesses and lives speak to just how special they are. Introducing the Elevate 2015 panel of speakers!
As a mother of 3 and one on the way I wanted a way to start a business without time clocks and pre-set pay schedules. I wanted the ability to dream. Starting my own business has lead to multiple businesses and experiences that I never I’d imagined. HowDoesShe is a mommy blog and was launched that Fall with Shelley Coates and Missy Smith as co-owners. After hours, years, tears, hard work and sweet successes we are now hitting just under 5 million page views a month. In 2011, PickYourPlum was born in Layton, Utah. A e-commerce company originally designed to bring one true deal prices each day to our favorite customers. Due to the PYP demand we have opened it up to multiple deals each day.
Courtney Brown is the woman behind the fashion accessory company, Cents of Style. Courtney founded Cents of Style in early 2007, when she took her love of fashion and bargain shopping and began an accessories company. Cents of Style lives by two mottos. One, you do not have to spend a lot to look great, and two, when you look good, you feel good. Cents of Style offers women the latest fashion accessories meant to enhance any wardrobe and confidence level.
To Ginger, motherhood is a celebration! She has found such a Joy in sharing her experiences as a mother, as well reading about the ups and downs of other moms around the world. There is such power in being real! Ginger believes that when you are true to yourself – you are the most happy! Sometimes you gotta step outside your comfort zone a little but you can do it. Be brave! You can get to know more about Ginger by checking out her personal blog The Parrish Place!
HANDS-ON & BUSINESS WORKSHOP SPEAKERS
DecoArt Workshop Lead By Mark Montano
Hello there wonderful people! Here’s a little about yours truly. First, I am the author of 10 craftily delicious books and have starred in several television series (which we’ll get into in a minute). I started my career in fashion as an intern for Oscar de la Renta while attending FIT in New York City. Right after I graduated from FIT, I branched out with my own collection. The first store to carry my clothes was Patricia Field, the costume designer responsible for SEX AND THE CITY!
Every day, I strive to create projects that are easily accessible and customizable for individual taste while simultaneously keeping them stylish and affordable. I don’t believe in following trends, I believe in starting them! You can see all my work in shows like TLC’s While You Were Out and 10 Years Younger, Style Network’s My Celebrity Home, ABC’s The Tony Danza Show and WE TV’s She’s Moving In.
Business Workshop Panelist: Jen Romero
Business Workshop Panelist: Kailee Wright
Kailee Wright is a mother of three with one more on the way, living in Southern California. She has a passion for styling, design + fashion. She has worked in the hair industry for over 13 years, and has also owned two flourishing companies of her own. Miss j. an organic baby line were she designed and patterned all her pieces and most recently STAY+Co a home + kids line. Kailee has been blogging for only a couple of years now, and within that time she has gained a loyal, design + fashion-loving following with fans worldwide. With her style-savvy guides that include everything from bringing up her little people, to styling outfits, parties, nursery + room design, to fashion and must-have products, recipes and family related photography her followers keep coming back for more.