Speakers for Alt SLC 2014! 


Garance Doré

With a unique blend of photos, videos, illustrations and writings, Garance Doré has established a distinctive point of view and close relationship with her readers through her blog, garancedore.fr. Doré has creatively collaborated with clients including Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Tiffany & Co, Max Mara, Kate Spade, MAC, GAP, and Club Monaco and is regularly featured on lists of the most influential women in fashion. Originally from Corsica, Garance now resides in New York City.


Ben Silbermann, Pinterest Co-Founder and CEO

Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.


Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts

Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. Christy has a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and is currently pursuing a MPH at Columbia University in New York City,  where she lives with her husband, Edward Burns, and their two children.


Christiane Lemieux, DwellStudio 

Christiane Lemieux revolutionized the home furnishings market when she launched her innovative company DwellStudio in 2000. A native of Canada, Lemieux is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada and Parsons School of Design in New York. Lemieux authored her first book, Undecorate, in 2011 to critical claim. She resides in the New York’s Soho neighborhood near her company’s flagship retail store. Lemieux was recently selected as one of Fortune’s 2012 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.


Mariam Naficy, Minted

Mariam Naficy is the Founder and CEO of Minted.  She has pioneered new consumer Internet models since 1998, when she co-founded Eve.com, the first online retailer of cosmetics. Minted, the business Mariam founded in 2007, is a global design community and e-commerce site. Mariam received her BA in Political Economy from Williams College and her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She sits on the Board of Directors of Polyvore.com and Every Mother Counts.


Heather B. Armstrong,  Dooce

Heather B. Armstrong is the creator and writer of the popular website dooce.com. She is the author of a 2009 New York Times best selling book. Armstrong was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 most influential women in media. Time Magazine has twice listed her website as one of the 25 best blogs in the world. She has appeared on many TV shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star is an international photographer and though she's garnered awards for her work and named Top 10 Wedding Photographer, her crowning accomplishment was making meatloaf for the first time last year. She developed her brand by leveraging social media and empowering readers to be the voice of her marketing by creating online evangelists. Jasmine's work has been featured in national print publications and she's the proud founder and Editor-In-Chief of EXPOSED Magazine.


Meg Keene,  A Practical Wedding

Meg Keene is the Founder and Executive Editor of A Practical Wedding & Reclaiming Wife. Her first book, A Practical Wedding, was released in January 2012 and she has been the #2 bestselling  author on the wedding bookshelf ever since. She is regularly interviewed by NPR, has written for outlets such as The Huffington Post, and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Glamour Magazine, among other publications.


Erica Domesek, P.S.-I made this

Erica Domesek, founder of the innovative do-it-yourself lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this… is a distinguished design and style expert. Her mission is to inspire people to embrace the concept of “I see it. I like it. I make it.”  Her first international best-selling book “P.S. – I Made This…” was released in 2010, and her second book “P.S.- You’re Invited…”, was released in September 2013. Domesek has appeared on The Today Show, Rachael Ray Show, TLC’s Craft Wars, and more.


Susan Petersen, Freshly-Picked

Susan Petersen is the CEO and founder of Freshly Picked, a moccasin company that she started in 2009, after becoming frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. She now makes moccasins for the rich and famous (or at least their kids). Susan's biggest thrill is not seeing her moccasins in the glossy magazines, although that is fun, it's spotting her moccasins at the grocery store or the library on the feet of her loyal customers. She provides marketing strategy and campaign planning for big companies, small shop owners and bloggers. Susan lives and plays at the base of the Utah mountains, with her carpenter husband and her two adorable children. 

Jordan Ferney, Oh Happy Day

Jordan Ferney is a former event planner and author of the party and lifestyle blog Oh Happy Day which features party ideas and original DIY's. Jordan has worked (or currently works) for Anthology Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Cookie Magazine.com, Babble.com, Project Wedding, and iVillage. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and two boys.


Jenny Komenda, Little Green Notebook

Jenny Komenda is a Phoenix-based interior designer. She is a contributing editor for Domino Magazine and a design blogger at Little Green Notebook.  Jenny's work has been featured by Elle Decor, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful and Vogue, among others. Little Green Notebook was awarded both the Best Interior Design Blog and the Best DIY Blog in the 2013 Apartment Therapy Homies Awards.


Kelsey Nixon, Kelsey Nixon

Kelsey Nixon is the host of Kelsey’s Essentials on Cooking Channel and creator of KelseyNixon.com. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2013 in the Outstanding Culinary Host category for her work on Kelsey's Essentials, executive produced by Bobby Flay. Kelsey was a finalist on season 4 of Food Network Star, and voted ‘Fan Favorite.’ Kelsey attended BYU and Le Cordon Bleu-Hollywood. Her first cookbook Kitchen Confidence will be released in February 2014. 


Gabrielle Blair, Design Mom

Gabrielle Blair's site, Design Mom, was named a Website of the Year by Time Magazine. The site has also been recognized as a top parenting blog by The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart, Real Simple and Parents Magazine. Gabrielle has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day and Ladies Home Journal. Gabrielle is a founder of Kirtsy, a popular inspiration site for women, and also a founder of Alt Summit.


Brit Morin, Brit + Co.


Dubbed by the press as “Silicon Valley’s Martha Stewart,” Brit Morin is the founder & CEO of Brit + Co., an online platform and e-commerce company that inspires and enables the digital generation to make. Brit has also been featured in publications like the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, People, Lucky, Forbes, Parade, USA Today and Fortune. She is a regular DIY/lifestyle correspondent on The Today Show and is the tech correspondent for Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, Katie.


Jaime Derringer, Design Milk

Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk, which has been featured on top design blog lists, in various newspapers and magazines and on TV. Design Milk gets over 24 million pageviews per year and has amassed a social media following of over 3.26 million modern design enthusiasts. In addition, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on blogging and social media, and does consulting.


Booke White & Summer Bellessa, The Girls with Glasses

Brooke White (songstress, American Idol survivor, actress and all-around creative chica) and Summer Bellessa (model, actress, and producer of fabulous things) are a new media happy ending: meeting on MySpace, being fans and supporters of each others’ work and growing into good friends. Creating The Girls With Glasses Show was a way they could start families, but still put something good and relevant into the world. The girls love fashion, music, DIYs, parties, California, and most of all, being moms.   

Erin Hiemstra, Apartment 34

At Apartment34.com you will find inspiring ways to add a bit of sophisticated style to your daily life. Digital communications expert, fashion enthusiast and decor maven, founder Erin Hiemstra transformed her passions into her career after starting Apartment 34 in 2007. Erin has been featured as a lifestyle expert on People.com, named a Stylemaker by the San Francisco Chronicle, worked as a guest editor of Matchbook Magazine, as a style-spotter in Seattle Magazine, as a styling and decor expert in Sunset Magazine, Rue Magazine, ElleDecor.com and The Nest Magazine, among others. She is also a member of Lucky Magazine’s Style Collective, Vogue’s Blogger Network and was named one of Refinery 29’s most inspiring lifestyle sites. 

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Michelle Hunt, Twig Creative

Michelle works alongside her husband as the creative duo behind Twig Creative. They handcraft children's furniture and wooden toys inspired by modern gadgets, but powered solely by a child's imagination. Their products have been sold on websites such as Nordstrom and Anthropologie as well as featured on websites such as Disney, Dwell, Milk, and the featured shop on Etsy to name a few. They reside in Utah with their two little girls who are the inspiration behind it all. 


Elle Rowley, Solly Baby

Elle Rowley is the owner of the award-winning, baby carrier company Solly Baby. Elle started her business in the sewing nook of her Salt Lake City home just over two years ago, inspired by the idea of making a fashionable, lightweight, baby wrap carrier. Since then, Solly Baby has grown from selling at local craft shows to full-scale manufacturing, international recognition and distribution. She resides in San Diego, California with her husband and two children.


Liz Stanley, Say Yes to Hoboken

Liz, founder and editor of the popular craft and style blog, Say Yes to Hoboken, was born and raised a New Yorker, but now perfectly happy to call the fairytale city of San Francisco home with her husband, son, and newborn daughter. Her work on Say Yes to Hoboken has been featured by The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and Parents Magazine. She has also worked as the Managing Editor of Minted's lifestyle site, Julep.


Jen Hansard, Simple Green Smoothies

Jen is the creative director & co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies — which has grown to over 130,000 Facebook followers and 150,000 engaged email subscribers...in under a year. Jen spends much of her time sipping on green smoothies, making things look pretty and creating a passionate community — and she does this mostly from her tiny lil' design studio outside of Tampa, FL.


Dayle Bennett,
Number 4 Design Studio

Dayle is a retail display designer living in Atlanta. She has created retail design and displays for West Elm, Hallmark Cards, Gucci and Neiman Marcus. She is passionate about modern design, textiles, paper, color and technology. Dayle has been a blogger since 2007. She teaches design and hosts her own Craft and Cocktails creative workshops. Her favorite things: The color green, Dark chocolate, Strawberries, Cupcakes, and Vespa in white.


Jamie Meares, I Suwannee

Featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Lonny magazine as a master of the mix, Meares is an inveterate dabbler — her go-to answer is “I’ll try anything once.” It’s her eccentric take on tradition that makes Meares a sought-after trendsetter, designer, and blogger. In 2009, as an extension of her popular lifestyle blog I Suwannee, Meares opened Furbish Studio, a charming light-filled shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Furbish Studio quickly gained acclaim in the media and throughout the blogosphere. 

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Kelly Beall, Design Crush

Kelly Beall began the blog Design Crush in 2007 as a love letter to the design community and she hasn't looked back since! Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Herman Miller, and Etsy among others and she has had the honor of working with such brands as Electrolux, Traditional Home, and Nissan. Kelly also works as a graphic designer and creative consultant when she's not chasing her two dogs and two cats around her Oklahoma City home.


Alison Faulkner,
The Alison Show

Alison Faulkner writes, creates tutorials and spends an unhealthy amount of time filming herself for her site and channel: The Alison Show. Alison believes in crafts, sugar, Diet Dr. Pepper, and not being embarrassed of what you want–which is why she gave herself her own show. She has years of professional experience in advertising design and copywriting, and uses them to create sassy and accessible tutorials for her site and many others. 

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Rachel Faucett, Handmade Charlotte

Rachel Faucett is the author-designer of well loved family blog Handmade Charlotte. She’s the mother of 5 ridiculously cute children and loves everyone she meets. Her mini collection for Anthropologie was a stepping stone for projects with Target, Home Depot, Energizer, Subaru, Pottery Barn Kids, Levi’s, Disney, and more. Handmade Charlotte has been featured in Martha Stewart, HGTV, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Country Living, and Molly Makes. 


Ana Spick, We Love Citrus

Ana is the founder of We Love Citrus where she sells a diverse line of packaging, craft & party supplies. She recently co-founded Urban Craft Camp, which hosts creative craft workshops to inspire the maker in all of us. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she now resides in San Diego with her husband and 2 kids. She loves to travel, a good cup of coffee and exploring new food.


Melanie Blodgett, You Are My Fave

Melanie writes daily at her blog You Are My Fave - a mix of projects, parties and fave finds. Her work has been featured on sites such as Apartment Therapy, Fossil, Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Buzz Feed, Design Sponge, and A Cup of Jo. You can also find her posting frequently at Babble and Julep. She currently resides in Denver with her husband Ryan and their son Beck.


Mari Richards, Small for Big

Mari Richards is a designer, artist, shiny object addict, closet pianist, chocolate hog, professor, and mom. As well as managing her design blog, Small for Big, she’s won 30+ industry awards in toy design with over 400 products brought to market, and works as a freelance product designer. Mari is also a regular contributor for Handmade Charlotte, Houzz, and The Neighborhood. She currently lives just outside St. Paul, MN with her husband and daughter.