About Your Hostess, Amber Housley
I’ve built three six-figure creative businesses, from scratch, all while raising two children under six. I can honestly tell you that there is no magic pill or pixie dust that will skyrocket your success.
BUT I CAN SHARE MY TOP TIPS FOR RAISING BABIES AND A BUSINESS AT THE SAME TIME.
As a Marketing Strategist, I've managed digital marketing activities for some of the top influencers and bloggers in the creative industry.
With my expertise, I've led SALES AND LAUNCH STRATEGIES for products that produced hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales revenue.
And, I'm passionate about continued learning, entrepreneurship, and RAISING WOMEN TO NEW HEIGHTS. Over the last 5 years, more than 300+ female business owners have attended my four-day creative business retreat, Inspired Retreat.
I believe in sharing as much as I can with other mamas who want to grow thriving businesses and a joyful life, too.
THAT'S WHY I CREATED INSPIRED RETREAT.
Balancing family and business is always going to be hard, the trick is to get out of your own way and trust that there are SMART STRATEGIES to run your business, so you can spend more time creating and being with the people that mean the most to you.
Ignite Your Impact: Coming Home to Who You Really Are in Life + Business
Amber Lilyestrom will share how she built a multiple six-figure business while raising her daughter at home, retiring her husband from his 11-year police career and creating a community of passionate souls on a mission. She will teach us how to tap in to the sacred strategies she has discovered in order to transform the way we look at ourselves, our businesses, our impact and our income as entrepreneurs.
In this in-depth and soul-shifting keynote, attendees will have the opportunity to:
• Connect more deeply to their bigger purpose
• Simplify their message + marketing strategy
• Get crystal clear on how to generate more (qualified) leads ASAP
• Weave their sacred mission in to their business plan
• Release what's not working
• Create a life-giving action plan to implement right away
Amber Lilyestrom is a transformational branding & business strategist, writer and speaker. She has been featured in Entrepreneur and Working Mother Magazine and is the host of The Amber Lilyestrom Show podcast.
Amber supports visionaries, leaders and disruptivators in changing lives one heart-centered brand at a time. She was recognized as one of the top sports marketing professionals in the nation during her decade-long career in collegiate athletics.
After a near-death experience during the birth of her daughter, she built her business from scratch and now spends her days working with women all over the world from her dream home on lake in New Hampshire.
Kathy Romero is the Founder and Lead Planner for Kathy Romero Weddings and Events. With 21 years of experience in the event world, Kathy has planned and overseen some of the most elaborate installations, weddings, corporate events and social galas for a client list that includes celebrities, business tycoons, socialites, and royal families. She is the former CEO and Head Planner for Preston Bailey Designs where she worked with Preston on some of his most notable projects since 2012.
Known for her unique ability to provide clients with concierge style luxury planning while maintaining a strong professional approachability, Kathy has developed a worldwide client base resulting in exceptional event execution on a global scale. Her love for design, fashion, art, and style has positioned her as a lifestyle expert and a source of inspiration for many.
Prior to establishing her own brand in 2008, Kathy managed and designed over one thousand events for Blue Chip companies throughout North America and Europe, and served as General Manager for a privately-owned communications company in New Jersey. This experience resulted in a strong skill set that continues to allow her to seamlessly plan and execute events and experiences in a wide range of spheres. Kathy’s creativity, planning background, and strong business acumen have positioned her as a leader in the planning industry.
In 2016 she launched a series of workshops called KR: The Planner Collective and travels worldwide to train and empower other planners and business owners teaching them how to master the art of the business of events. Kathy is incredibly grateful when she is able to work one-on-one guiding planners of all levels through their journey into luxury planning.
After all the years in the industry, Kathy’s favorite title remains wife and mom.
Building Your Dream Team With Intention
At Inspired Retreat, Heather will be teaching you how to build your team with intention. She will help you pinpoint which team stage you fall into + what types of people you need to hire, how not hiring someone could be stifling your business and preparing you to find the next member of your dream team.
Heather Crabtree is a Business Strategist and she teaches women how to run a Savvy business + live a fulfilling life.
With a group of over 15,000 women online, Heather provides educational resources and hosts Savvy-led masterminds within The Savvy Community membership experience, mentors women in the Savvy Business Circle, her high level 6-month mastermind/mentorship program and helps six-figure businesses accelerate their business quickly in her Savvy Accelerator program.
Business aside, Heather is also a proud mom to her littles, London and Lane, and wife of 14 years to her husband, Cole. She believes that life should not be taken for granted and that we should cherish each morsel of every day. She loves to encourage, motivate and share her knowledge with others, but also believes that we can learn something from every person we meet.
Make Instagram Fun Again
I have a passion for teaching business owners how they can better leverage their online presence. Instagram is my specialty. I've organically grown my account one follower at a time by showing up everyday with a heartfelt mission.
I want to help attendees not only profit and gain raving fans of their brands on Insta, but I want them to have FUN doing it too! At the end of my session, You will be able to take a quick IG audit of your current feed and know what needs to come next to solidify your brand.
You will have prompts and a challenge to give you ideas of what your followers may like to hear.
You will be encouraged to make Instagram fun again and will look forward to engaging with your followers – no hashtags required.
Maghon Taylor is the she behind All She Wrote Notes, a calligraphy and hand lettering studio based in Elon, North Carolina. Her work has been featured on many blogs and publications and she was recently named Best Calligrapher in the South by Southern Weddings.
Maghon has partnered to letter items and host events with national retailers such as West Elm, Neiman Marcus, Kendra Scott, Anthropologie, and Swoozies, as well as dozens of local businesses across North Carolina.
Maghon’s favorite part of her business is teaching and has taught nearly 5,000 students how to spread happiness through their handwriting with her traveling lettering workshops. She is also the author of Happy Hand Lettering and has a second book in the works.
She is crazy about her business, but she most enjoys doodling around her home that she shares with her husband and middle school sweetheart Chris, and their one year old son, Vance.
Myrna Plaisir Daramy
Optimize Your Digital Brand: How to Get Found and Increase Online Exposure
Let’s face it, the ever-changing landscape of the web and technology makes it challenging to keep up, especially when you are trying to do #AllTheThings to reach your prospective customers.
In this session, you will learn the importance of optimization and the fundamental elements you need to incorporate into your business process in order to increase your visibility online.
You’ll leave this session with:
• A tried and true formula to use when creating content for the web
• 3 fundamental how-to’s that will raise your SEO game
• What’s in store for 2019
Myrna Plaisir Daramy is a tech-savvy creative powerhouse who is Co-Owner of Mezzohead Media Corporation and the mind behind Newlybride.com—the first rich content platform tool for bridal tips—and MediaWorkspace.com, the ultimate search engine booster for small businesses.
With over 14 years of professional experience, she is an SEO powerhouse and a Digital Strategist who has built her career in the luxury bridal industry. She simultaneously uses her formal education and her natural eye for design by helping businesses find the balance between technology application and creativity is what makes her one of the most insightful digital marketing strategists today.
In her words, Myrna takes pride in knowing, believing in, and helping clients peel back the layers of their brand, re-engineer their technology platform, and produce an optimized marketing machine that is technically sound and quantifies every marketing dollar.
Sales Page Mastery: Building Your Sales Page for Conversions
Want to sell your product/service even when you aren't around? The secret sauce to selling online is through Sales Pages. In this workshop, we'll be crafting your perfect sales page plan together, for both service-based and product-based businesses. You'll never again wonder what should go on your sales page.
Cathy will walk you through her sales page recipe, and will show you the key elements of design to make your Sales Page gorgeous and on-brand. She'll walk you through the best-selling Sales Pages and why they convert so well.
Together we'll create your own recipe for your perfect sales page.
Cathy Olson has been beautifying brands and designing experiences of digital delight for over 18 years, working with multi-million dollar brands like Costco, Best Buy and Disney. Now the founder of Love Inspired, -a High-end Brand + Web Design Studio, she helps flourishing creatives package their expertise in a way that excites eyes, hugs hearts, and cues cha-chings.
When Cathy’s not innovating for talented clients, she shares her multifaceted expertise through her online programs, or in her community: the Secret Society for Gorgeous Design. She has a passion for putting the fun in functional, the purpose in pretty, and the meaning in details. Her heart’s mission: To help talented creatives feel proud to share their ideas and passions with others, and inspired to stretch their businesses to new heights.
Juice It Up: How to Get More Out of Your Designs
Design is the first thing that your audience sees and is attracted to. Is your design converting customers, or is it turning them away?
In this session, Nicole will share basic design principles and strategies that take your business from amateur to legit, providing real life before and after examples, must-dos and must-avoids.
You'll walk away with a glossary of basic design terms to help you better communicate with designers and team members, the basic concepts that separate strategic design from pretty design, and actionable ways to improve what you're already making.
Nicole Yang has spent her entire career designing for small and medium businesses. She is passionate about approaching graphic design with a healthy mix of strategy and intuition.
Nicole was formerly the art director at Southern Weddings and Cultivate What Matters, where she developed two product lines from the ground up, and worked with brands like American Crafts, Target, and Thomas Nelson.
Currently, she's venturing into the entrepreneurial world, providing education, brand guidance, design partnership, and product development to creative service providers and retail businesses.
Nicole lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her partner, Taylor, and their dog, Rudy. In her free time, you can find her bingeing on ice cream and Netflix.
More Sales, More Money, More Freedom — How to Have Your Most Profitable Year Yet by Getting Clear On Your Value
As creative business owners we are SO passionate about what we do, but why do we struggle with asking to be paid well for it?
In this presentation you are going to learn the 5 keys to reaching your revenue goals including how to structure your offers and pricing so that you’re actually profitable, how to get crystal clear on the value you provide so that you can stand out, even in an oversaturated market, and how to find your inner confidence to ask to be paid what you’re worth.
Kristin is an entrepreneur, wife, mother of three, and extreme list maker. A northerner by way of Los Angeles, she is now happily settled in Nashville, Tennessee and loves everything about living in Music City.
After spending 10 years running a successful wedding planning company she now teaches, mentors, and coaches creative entrepreneurs how to plan and manage profitable businesses.
She is the host of the Planning for Profit podcast, the writer and creator of The Pricing Workbook, a pricing guide for creative business owners and the co-founder, of The Wedding Business Bosses community and The Wedding Business Academy, an educational program for wedding industry creatives.
Getting Ready to Scale: Using Facebook Ads to Grow Your Business
List building, product sales and launches, oh my! There are many things you can use Facebook Ads for! This marketing tool can help you expand your reach in order to serve more people with your business.
Whether you've dabbled with digital advertising before or are just starting out, this hands-on workshop will guide you through the strategy, set-up and management of Facebook Ads that will help take YOUR business to the next level.
Don't forget to bring your laptop!
Yasmine Kashefi is a Toronto-based Creative Business Strategist with a passion for getting results and making things happen. After launching a successful corporate consultancy, she refocused her efforts to provide high calibre, comprehensive business guidance to entrepreneurs at Yasmine Kashefi Consulting. Yasmine works with female entrepreneurs to help them scale their business and increase profits, leveraging the same streamlined systems she developed for her 7 to 9 figure clients.
Yasmine holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and has over 10 years experience as a digital marketing agency lead and corporate consultant. Her favorite thing to do is solve problems, so she's a good friend to have around if you're ever in a jam.
SOS: Kick Shiny Object Syndrome to the Curb
As a creative, you’re often plagued by #alltheideas… constantly shifting from one plan to the next until you find yourself lying in a heep of half-done projects (or aimlessly wandering around the Target dollar bins searching for your true life’s purpose).
You’re tired of feeling lost and confused on what to work on, and you wish someone would tell you what to do next.
What you really need is a way to prioritize your ideas. An easy, non-judgmental sounding board to help you filter the noise... so you can work on the things that MATTER, the ones that will help you reach your business goals.
Attendees will walk away with:
• Clarity and focus around everything swimming in their head.
• An easy, repeatable framework they can use at home for when they feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by their ideas.
• The confidence that they’re working on the RIGHT things that will move their business forward.
Nicole Boucher is a Business & Project Manager who loves the business side of business: strategy, spreadsheets, and systems... oh my!
With an English degree, an MBA, and a background in Lean Six Sigma, Nicole helps her clients be more productive and strategic with their time so they can play BIG with their businesses (without the overwhelm).
Her biggest mission in life is to live sustainably—in business, this means pursuing operational excellence and reducing waste so you can get more done, in less time, with fewer errors. You CAN live that life you’ve been dreaming of and systems will help you get there.
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Whimsical Watercolor Florals
Let's pause the gush of amazing business content and get our creative juices flowing!
In this creative session, Jordan will walk you through the basics of working with watercolors and how to paint easy but impressive looking loose florals. All supplies will be provided for you, including a personal set of brushes, luxe watercolor paper, a vibrant set of watercolors, and an exclusive workbook to jog your memory when you get home.
This workshop is hand crafted start to finish with lovely details and little surprises. The goal is for you to relax, learn something creative and new, and just have FUN! Beginners welcome!
Jordan is the creative behind Selah Creative Studio. She’s a Texas gal, based just north of San Antonio, who has a love for all things lovely and authentic. She started Selah Creative Studio from her kitchen table, a place she could dump out all her craft supplies and calligraphy pens to retreat from the hustle and rest in a way that was life-giving.
Her continued curiosity for all things calligraphy paired with her passion for people lead her from just working on custom projects for clients to teaching workshops, where she can get face to face with exhausted yet inspired women and celebrate creativity!
Jordan now runs her business as a full-time gig, executing custom commissions, coordinating and hosting in person workshops, and managing her online product shop. When she’s not serving her clients, Jordan’s favorite things to do are snuggle with her two toddler girls, swing dance with her high school sweetheart, and eat all the delicious food.