Tiffany Tolliver

Building a Successful Brand

Tiffany is the Owner and Creative Director of The EmmaRose Agency. The EmmaRose Agency, a luxury boutique branding firm based in Washington, D.C., focuses on visual storytelling for creative entrepreneurs and influencers. For her, branding goes far beyond a logo or business card; it is all about creating an experience. Branding is the careful consideration of the promise you’ve dedicated to provide to your customer.

Maggie Ward

Instagram Gameplan

Maggie launched her own social media management business in March of 2017, Social Maggie. A few short months later, she hired her first employee, began offering training sessions, and fell in love with helping others master their Instagram marketing. When it comes to growing your Instagram following, getting that perfect feed, and collaborating, Maggie can help you up your Instagram game once and for all.

Kelly Mindell


Kelly Mindell is the colorful powerhouse behind the DIY lifestyle brand Studio DIY where she not only shares bold DIY projects, yummy recipes and fresh ideas for making life one big party, but now includes multiple product lines as well. Kelly is passionate about celebrating not just the holidays, but the every day and her smile-inducing projects have been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Parenting Magazine, and on Buzzfeed, The Today Show, NPR and more. Kelly lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeff and son, Arlo.

Jeff Mindell


Jeff Mindell is a lifestyle photographer and content creator with clients including Absolut Vodka, West Elm, Kimpton Hotels, American Express and Dunkin Donuts to name a few. He is also responsible for capturing all the of content at Studio DIY, allowing him to work with his wife, Kelly on a regular basis. In the past year, the couple adopted their son, Arlo and purchased their first home together. Jeff and his family live in Los Angeles.

Naomi Mdudu

Panel: Work Smarter Not Harder

Naomi is the founder of The Lifestyle Edit. With a background in editorial, she quadrupled one paper’s fashion pages, brought in a record commercial placement in the section, and wrote many of the newspaper’s Life & Style cover stories with leading figures from Victoria Beckham, Charlotte Tilbury, and more! Her love of fusing editorial and branding saw her take a consulting role at leading brands in the fashion, beauty and interior design sectors before taking many of these brands in-house, through their consulting company, TLE Studio. More recently, she launched a coaching program for The Lifestyle Edit community. She shares a passion for creativity and online business and has a deep understanding of the market and its trends.

Mandi Holmes

Growing Your Blog Team

Mandi Holmes is CEO of She Can Coterie, a boutique Virtual Assistant agency for online, service-based, female business owners. She believes that women should run the world, that asking for help is vital to success, and that having an iced latte in your hand makes you unstoppable. When she’s not leading her team, upleveling She Can Coterie, or serving powerful women around the world you can find her with her nose in a good book, on the floor playing trains with her sweet son Henry, or binge-watching Netflix with her husband.

Dede Raad

Making Real Money with Affiliates

Dede Raad is a Houston native with an eye for fashion and passion for travel. Dede started Dress Up Buttercup as a way to share her love for style and being creative. After being a wedding planner for 2 years, she left corporate America for the greener pastures of her blog. Dede is lead by her strong faith as she travels all around the world looking fabulous. Dress Up Buttercup is bright, colorful, engaging, authentic and a fun source of inspiration for both style and traveling.

Emily Herren

Making Real Money with Affiliates

Emily Herren is the founder and editor of Champagne & Chanel, a fashion and beauty blog, launched in 2016. Although fashion, hair, and makeup was not celebrated in Emily’s household growing up, she decided to embrace herself as an outcast and chase her dreams of starting her own blog. The goal of Champagne & Chanel is to provide readers with outfit inspiration with looks that can easily be recreated. Emily believes that the perfect outfit can add a boost of confidence to help a girl look and feel her best. Emily resides in Houston, TX, and when she’s not out searching for the next perfect outfit, you can find her at the local Chick-fil-A!

Jesse Coulter

Panel: The Balance Beam

Jesse Coulter founded her lifestyle blog in 2011 with a desire to utilize her marketing education and creative ideas as a side hobby. Today, she has merged her career and passions into one. By day she is a marketing manager, and by night she is a Blogger/YouTuber. When she is not working, she is wrangling her three children and planning kid-less vacations with her husband. She is an open book and enjoys taking her readers along her life’s greatest joys and struggles.

Ashley Beaudin

Panel: The Balance Beam

Ashley Beaudin is an inspirational speaker, heart encourager and mentor to creative women. She is the visionary behind #theimperfectboss; a movement that is inspiring tens of thousands of creative women to become real and confident in life and business. When she is not out there inspiring and gathering women, you’ll likely find her going heart eyes over bright colors or looking for a fun donut shop.

LaShanta Green

Create a Blog Business Plan

LaShanta Green is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur who specializes in marketing and business development. Known as a serial connector and creator, she works to help businesses and individuals create practical, profitable, and purpose-fueled paths. Not only does she serve as chief strategist for her strategic consultancy, LDG Strategy, where she helps to build brands, buzz, and businesses, she’s also made it her mission to help individuals with their personal pursuits and entrepreneurial endeavors by educating and empowering them through content and community. In between balancing her own businesses and the businesses of others you can find her squeezing in travel and blogging about life lessons and her love of all things lifestyle on her blog, Love, LaShanta.

Shannon Mattern

SEO for Bloggers

Shannon Mattern helps side hustlers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and freelancers build their websites, build their audiences and turn their expertise into income. A web designer and WordPress expert, Shannon has empowered over 5,000 people to build their own websites and launch their online businesses with her Free 5 Day Website Challenge.
Her mission is simple: to empower action-takers who want financial freedom and control over their time to start an online business by removing the tech barriers that hold them back from reaching their goals. You can learn more and sign up for the Free 5 Day Website Challenge at

Jane Ko

How Bloggers & Brands Work Together

Jane is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food and travel blog. A Taste of Koko features the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways and is the official restaurant expert for Visit Austin TX. A Taste of Koko has been featured in O Magazine, InStyle Magazine, OWN TV Network, and The New York Times. Brand partnerships include Target, IKEA, PayPal, Bud Light, UberEATS, Starbucks, Carnival Cruise Line, and more.

Brandy Pham

Panel: Work Smarter Not Harder

Brandy is a serial entrepreneur who has built several businesses across multiple industries. In 2011, she established her namesake jewelry company that sold in stores such as Anthropologie and Henri Bendel. Created from a personal need, her latest venture, Planoly, is the premier planning software for brands and influencers on Instagram. With over 1 million users in just two short years, Planoly has grown into a must-have tool for serious Instagram users such as Estee Lauder, Lululemon, and Shay Mitchell.

Connie Gomez

Panel: The Balance Beam

Connie, better known as Momma of Dos. Born and raised Texan, she grew up in a small town near the Mexican border and moved to Houston in 1999 to attend the University of Houston where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has worked in the non-profit and governmental sectors most of her career. These days she works around the clock to provide for her little Mexican-American family both in and outside the home. Her family is composed of her Husband who is also a University of Houston graduate and “Dos” amazing, children; Camila and Santiago.

Jenny Blaisdell

Growing Pageviews with Pinterest

Jenny Blaisdell is a social media strategist + coach and the owner of Confetti Social. Confetti Social, founded in 2016, is a full-service social media marketing agency that that helps female entrepreneurs become the life of the party on social media + land their dream clients. She also hosts the Savvy Social Hour podcast which a show that helps female biz babes uplevel their biz and become rockstar entrepreneurs in no time. When she’s not consulting or recording podcast episodes, you can find her hanging out with her Goldendoodle pup and a good book.

Jamie Dorobek

Panel: The Balance Beam

Jamie Dorobek is an author, DIY enthusiast, social media connoisseur and the creator of C.R.A.F.T., a nifty little acronym for Jamie has taught DIY classes at Home Depot, IKEA, and Michaels, and has been a brand ambassador for 3M, Elmer’s, and Closetmaid. She has been featured on numerous morning shows across the country as well as the Meredith Viera show. When she is not creating something really awesome, she enjoys eating tacos and exploring Austin with her husband and 2 young kids.

Chelsea Francis


Chelsea Francis is a photographer, connector, and all around people person living in Austin, TX. She enjoys shooting photos for brands big and small, seeing her work in print, and helping individuals make their big ideas come to life. If she’s doesn’t have a camera in hand you’ll find her answering emails, sitting in her favorite seat at her favorite theater, The Alamo Drafthouse, or drinking coffee with her husband, Tucker.

Hayley Swindell

Panel: Work Smarter Not Harder

Hayley Swindell is the Founder and Owner at The Refinery, a coworking and event space build for creatives. Hayley graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in government in 2012 and has a background in nonprofit development, fundraising, event planning and community engagement. Her creation of The Refinery grew from her experience in starting and closing a subscription box company in 2014. She lives in a tiny home with her puppy and fiance — When she isn’t building the community at The Refinery, she can be found eating queso, walking Town Lake, sipping on wine at The Buzz in Bee Cave and dreaming up her next business idea!

Bree Pair

Panel Moderator: Work Smarter Not Harder

Bree is the founder and ceo of Thrive Conference, which was founded in 2014. She has a passion for helping bloggers and influencers be successful (as definied by them). When she’s not doing work on Thrive you can find her blogging at The Thing About Joy, she has been blogging since 2010 and is currently blogging about traveling around the country with her husband in their tiny trailer they call home. They sold their home in July 2017 and have been exploring the country ever since. Their favorite things to do are find cute coffee shops, spend time in nature, and connect with creatives and bloggers all over the country!