amber housley

about your hostess + Your Guide for our Experience

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.


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.


The speakers below are from our May 2019 experience. Stay tuned for 2020 announcements.


Your hostess, Amber Housley,  has attended or been a speaker at 40+ conferences and workshops in the last 10 years, so she knows what makes a speaker an effective leader. At Inspired Retreat, you'll have complete access to your mentors during day sessions, meals, and evening fireside chats. That means you'll be able to start a conversation about your business and get first-hand feedback from the pros.


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Christina Scalera

Christina Scalera is the attorney and founder behind The Contract Shop, a contract template store for creative entrepreneurs, wedding professionals, and coaches.

Three years ago, Christina found herself dreaming of pursuing a more creative path, and she started to look for alternatives to her in-house legal job. She explored everything from teaching yoga to becoming a freelance graphic designer to opening an Etsy shop.

In the process, she ended up coming full circle by creating a business that brought the benefit of her legal training to help her fellow creatives.

When she’s not staring at a computer or awkwardly standing on cafe chairs for the perfect overhead latte photo, you can find her in the woods doing things that are sometimes dangerous but always fun, like riding horses, skiing and reluctantly camping.

Say hello to Christina if you need to talk about:

  • The Legal-ish Side of Your Biz: Contracts, Trademarks, Website Terms, Influencer Marketing, Affiliate Programs

  • Team Building & Her $17k Hiring Mistake

  • Running a Successful Digital Download Shop

  • Skiing, Hiking, Travel, or Your Horse



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Tiffany Tolliver founded The EmmaRose Agency, a luxury Los Angeles-based branding firm, in October 2015 with a promise to enhance the way we visually consume products and services. The EmmaRose Agency designs and builds iconic brands using visual balance, clean and classic designs, and breathtaking photography.

With grace, grit and God, in two years Tiffany elevated from living at home as a hair salon receptionist in Washington, D.C. to the owning a thriving six-figure boutique agency in Los Angeles that develops branding for nationally-recognized businesses.

She obsesses over changing her clients’ stories, the way she changed her own story, by creating impactful visual experiences that cultivate brands’ popularity and profit. Tiffany’s clients have received recognition on outlets such as Good Morning America, TODAY, Buzzfeed, PopSugar, and more after working with her.

When she’s not working, Tiffany may be found exploring the city of Los Angeles, for creative inspiration, with her smart and sassy daughter, Aysiah.

Say hello to Tiffany if you need to talk about:

  • Rebranding Your Service-Based Business for REAL results

  • How I Increased my Income 307% Two Weeks After Rebranding

  • Putting Mommy-Guilt to SHAME! Balancing Motherhood & Entrepreneurship

  • Netflix, Foodie, or Margaritas

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Nicole Yang has spent her entire career designing for small and medium online 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.

Now, she provides 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.

Say hello to Nicole if you need to talk about:

  • Design & Graphics

  • How to Get Brand Consistency Across Platforms

  • Telling a Story With Your Brand

  • Why Every Brand Needs the Color Orange



Shannon parker

Shannon Parker works with busy, audacious women who want to feel their best, eat clean on the go, and do life with a success squad. Shannon’s leadership is about vibrant wellness, goal-getting in fitness, and practical solutions for health & happiness.

At 29 years old—while building her career, raising little ones, and leading executively—Shannon was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and then Hashimoto’s within a span of two years. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the thyroid.

She learned how to nourish her body to thrive. Through whole foods and lifestyle changes, Shannon figured out her own body’s unique triggers. She discovered that health is paramount, uniquely personal and absolutely tangible. Shannon is passionate about life restarts, helping others make positive health and lifestyle changes—at any age.

Say hello to Shannon if you need to talk about:

  • How To Make Time for Health When You Have No Time

  • Learn Her "Fast 15" Go To Morning Movements

  • Structure Your Time for Self Care, Greater Energy, and Productivity

  • Clean Eating, Clean Beauty, #faithfoodfitness 

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Cathy Olson

Cathy Olson has been beautifying brands and designing experiences of digital delight for over 19 years, working with multi-million dollar brands like Costco, Best Buy and Disney. Now the founder of Love Inspired, a High-end Custom Brand + Web Design Studio, she helps flourishing creatives package their expertise in a way that excites eyes, hugs hearts, and cues cha-chings. She is the co-founder of Funnel Gorgeous, where she crafts monthly designs for digital marketers who love gorgeous funnels.

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 creative business owners feel proud to share their ideas and passions with others, and inspired to stretch their businesses to new heights.

Say hello to Cathy if you need to talk about:

  • Sales Funnel Design

  • How to Tell Your Story Visually

  • Conversion Strategy within Design

  • Disney and Southern California Living


Move your life + business forward

We bring seasoned pros and experienced veterans running profitable creative businesses to Inspired Retreat. Every TEDtalk-style session is packed with strategies, tactics and tangible actionable steps. But we're not all work and no play. You'll find plenty of opportunities to try a new creative skill, go on a hike, or just relax among new friends and talk about life, business, and family.


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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.

Say hello to Heather if you need to talk about:

  • Growing a Service-Based Business

  • Adding Income Streams (Courses, Memberships, Group Programs)

  • Building a Team That Gets Things Done When Life Happens




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.

Say hello to Kristin if you need to talk about:

  • Pricing Your Services, Products, and Digital Programs

  • How to Better Plan Your Projects to Get Way More Done

  • All Things Skincare, Make-up, and Marathon Running



Maghon Taylor

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, Swoozies, and dozens of local businesses across North Carolina.

Maghon’s favorite part of her business is teaching and she 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 two year old son, Vance.

Say hello to Maghon if you need to talk about:

  • Making Social Media FUN Again & How to Optimize Your Fans Online

  • Teaching Your Craft Through Online Learning Experiences and In-Person Workshops

  • Running a Thriving Product-Based Business From Home… While Chasing a Toddler #mompreneurlife

  • Confetti, Piñatas, Lettering and All Things Colorful




Nicole Boucher is an Operations & Business 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.

Say hello to Nicole if you need to talk about:

  • Prioritizing and Finding Clarity & Focus In Your Business (#alltheideas)

  • Creating a Better Customer Experience Through Content

  • Workflows, Processes, and Systems to Help You GET IT DONE

  • Disney, Harry Potter (she’s a Ravenclaw), or #ReduceReuseRecycle


Myrna P. Daramy

Myrna Plaisir Daramy is a tech-savvy digital media strategist, often times referred to as the “Tech Whisperer” by her clients. Over the last 14 years, she’s transformed countless luxury lifestyle and bridal brands by combining her expertise in digital analytics, technology management, and SEO with a deep understanding of all things creative.

Myrna's superpower is that she can easily to translate “tech talk” into concepts that make sense to even the most non-technical of business owners. She takes pride in helping her clients peel back the layers of their brand, utilize the latest and greatest technology tools, and return to them an optimized site and digital strategy that convert better than ever before.

Say hello to Myrna if you need to talk about:

  • The Behind-the-Scenes Tactics You Need for Your Tribe to Find You

  • The Importance of Establishing a Solid Digital Footprint

  • Why SEO & Social Media Are Not the End All Be All

  • Working Out, Zumba, #allthingstech, or Wedding Dresses


Join us in Nashville

The magic of Inspired Retreat happens on the sidelines... in the dinner conversations with speakers and attendees alike, in the long-lingering discussions in your pajamas after an inspiring Fireside session, or in the cheerful bantering during the trail hike. The first step is getting here: