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Speakers

Build your creative business with wisdom from the pros

Get insight from industry leaders with keynotes, breakouts and hands-on labs. If you're feeling stuck or just need a little push to breakthrough to that next level, our speakers will have words of wisdom to get you there.

Clay Hebert

Keynote : The Perfect Intro

Talk Description

“So…what do you do?” Do you have a great answer to that question? We introduce ourselves all the time…and if we’re honest…most of us blow it. Answering this critical question poorly is the most frequent mistake we make…and the easiest to fix. The Elevator Pitch is dead. Nobody cares about your title. Nobody wants your business card. In fact, nobody even cares what you do…yet. First, they care about whether what you do can help them, someone they know, or someone they love. In this fun, customized and energetic talk, Clay will share the Perfect Intro framework that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, executives, leaders and brands improve how they introduce themselves and tell the stories of the work they do.

Clay is also leading a breakout session at Spark digging deeper : The Perfect Intro: Nail Your Intro (Everywhere), Craft Customer Case Stories, and Multiply Word-of-Mouth With Portable Stories

Speaker Bio

Clay Hebert is a marketing and branding strategist, speaker, and storyteller. He loves words and believes we make marketing harder than it needs to be. As the founder of Take Back Perfect, Clay helps leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and nonprofits craft the best version of their story and then how and where to tell it.

Jasmine Star

Keynote : Three Step Framework to Guarantee Success in 2023

Talk Description

Struggling to balance it all? Wondering if there’s a way to do more in less time? More importantly, is it possible to get everything you want on your terms? The good news is that the answers are YES. The better news is that you’re in control. Join Jasmine Star as she walks you through three principles for defining, taking action on, and guaranteeing your business success. Her step-by-step framework will leave you with a clear understanding of what you need to do and how to get it done.

Speaker Bio

Jasmine Star is one of the first Showit users (#humblebrag) and considers Todd Watson a quiet super hero genius. She’s CEO of Social Curator, podcast host of the Jasmine Star Show, photographer, and perpetual creator. Jasmine loves hardcover books, black coffee, tacos, and her family (but not in that order).

Danielle Coke

Keynote : Create for Good – Entrepreneurship on a Mission

Talk Description

In this session, Danielle will share her small business journey, talk about using social media for good, and how anyone can connect their passions and skills with a need in the world and use creative impact to create a mission-based business, community, and life.

Speaker Bio

Danielle Coke is a designer turned illustrator, social justice advocate, and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Oh Happy Dani, a lifestyle brand and online store that uses artwork and resources to encourage hope, inspire justice, and make complex ideas more accessible for her community of over half a million people across social media. Danielle has happily partnered with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and mission-based brands, and she aims to help everyday advocates do good daily in their spheres of influence using their passions and skills.

Greg Marshall

Keynote : Storytelling for Business

Talk Description

The best way to define reality for your organization is inside of a story. When you find the soul of your business in the form of story, you can trust it to guide you in everything you do. This presentation will illustrate how to do that in order to create the most beneficial behaviors as a business, and how to find success.

Speaker Bio

Greg Marshall is an award winning Chief Storyteller + Producer at CI Design, a creative brand and marketing agency that serves clients nationally and internationally. He has worked within many industries, helping companies and leaders to define their story, and to activate that story in ways that reach goals. Greg is married with four young daughters.

Natalie Franke

Keynote : Breakthrough Thinking : How To Take Risks, Break The Rules, And Excel Creatively With An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Talk Description

Getting stuck happens. Staying stuck doesn’t have to. The gap between where you are and where you want to be is not nearly as wide as you think it is. Often we get cemented into ways of operating and patterns of thinking that when disrupted through radical curiosity and thoughtful courage lead us towards our greatest potential. This talk will walk you through the core tenets of breakthrough thinking that will fundamentally change how you approach your creative business.

Speaker Bio

Natalie Franke is an author, community builder, neuroscience nerd and mama bear for small business. As one of the founders of the Rising Tide, the Head of Community at HoneyBook, and author of Built to Belong, she leads tens of thousands of independent business owners while fostering a spirit of community over competition around the world.

Mike Pacchione

Keynote : Secrets of Great Speakers: Upping Your Confidence on a Real or Virtual Stage

Talk Description

Back in high school, you were probably taught some basic things about Public Speaking. Look around the room. Make sure you gesture. And so on.

Those things aren’t wrong or inaccurate. But they’re not the battle most speakers are facing.

In this keynote, Mike Pacchione – who has coached speakers like James Clear, Donald Miller and Amy Porterfield – will walk you through how to become someone who owns the room. We’ll discuss both the mental and physical elements of being on stage. Fans of Ted Lasso will be happy to know Roy Kent is involved in this explanation.

Speaker Bio

Mike Pacchione has trained over 10,000 presenters in his day, 9999 of whom are the better for it. Trusted by some of the world’s top companies like Nike, Slack, Microsoft, Convertkit and top industry leaders like James Clear, Donald Miller and Pat Flynn, Mike shares his secrets to prepare creatives like you to give presentations that leave your audience wanting more.

Elisa Watson

Breakout Session : Words as Tools

Talk Description

Join creative writer and co-owner of Showit, Elisa Watson for a breakout session entitled Words as Tools.  Words are tools and, like any tool, there are better and worse ways to use them!  When used effectively, words can educate us, entertain us, make us think deeply, inspire us, and bring us to tears.  Some people have a natural way with words and others have to work a little harder at it but luckily. – as with physical tools – we all get better the more we practice.  In this workshop we won’t be looking at nitty gritty grammar rules but rather at strategies for being more creative with the linguistic tools we already have at our disposal.

Speaker Bio

Elisa loves words the way toddlers love toys – she admires them, wants to accumulate them, enjoys playing with them, shows them off to other people (who may or may not think they’re nearly as interesting as she does), and gets irrationally upset when someone misuses them.  She likes to read words as well as write them, and is always delighted to find other people who feel the same. She and her husband Todd live in Gilbert, AZ, where they are raising four articulate and semi-well-read sons.

Laylee Emadi

Breakout : Creating Impactful Education in Your Industry

Talk Description

Whether you see a need in your industry to offer an educational resource, or you feel drawn to helping others succeed within your community through sharing your skill set and knowledge; industries thrive off of experts passing down what they know. While creating educational experiences and offerings (from mentoring to course creation) can be heavy work, the reward of helping your peers, your community, and your industry grow and thrive is incredible! The goal of this workshop is to share a few steps to get you started on the path of transitioning into the role of industry educator, share tips on deciding is becoming an educator is right for you, and to start to equip those who have the heart to share their gifts and knowledge well.

Speaker Bio

Laylee is an educator with a heart for serving clients and fellow creatives, through her coaching work, as the host of the So, Here’s the Thing Podcast, and as founder of The Creative Educator Academy. She believes in serving the creative industry with heartfelt encouragement, honest advice, and a shared pursuit of the ever-elusive “balance.” Laylee is passionate about her goal to help you feel confident in your ability to make a difference, create impact, and to build a life doing what you love.

Ariel Garcia

Premium Lab : How To Create A Custom Blog Design

Talk Description

Join Showit Design Partner Ariel Garcia in this classroom style Premium Lab as she walks through How To Create A Custom Blog Design.

Speaker Bio

Ariel Garcia is a self-taught graphic & web designer from Portland, Oregon. Through her Showit template shop (shopduchess.co) & her creative agency (byariel.co) she works with inspiring bloggers & business owners, elevating their branded online presence. She also expresses her love for design, fashion, travel & art through the posts found on her own personal blog. Ariel’s typical day consists of several cups of coffee, logo designing, collaborating with clients, styling products & planning her next adventure.

Sarah Blodgett

Premium Lab : Congratulations, you've launched your website! Now what?!

Talk Description

It’s a huge undertaking to launch a new website for your creative business, and one that deserves to be celebrated! But once the confetti has fallen, how do you know if your website is actually working? Come learn about analytics and helpful post-launch tools that will help you track what’s working, and learn how to adjust what might not be.

Speaker Bio

Sarah founded Digital Grace Design in 2017 to help creatives (like you!) escape website shame and find confidence in a beautiful and strategic website that helps them book more clients and grow their business. She is honored to have been named Showit’s 2019 Designer of the Year. Sarah is based in New York City, serving creatives worldwide.

Octavia Elease

Showit Lab : Building a Sales Page That Converts

Talk Description

Designing your sales page doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I’ll address the most common sales page mistakes and show you how to strategically design your sales page to turn those clickers into customers.

Speaker Bio

Octavia Elease is a brand + Showit website designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She fuses brand storytelling with a modern aesthetic to create conversion-focused brand visuals for creative entrepreneurs. As the Rising Tide Leader in Atlanta, Octavia is on a mission to educate and inspire the creative community to chase their dreams. She’s a boy mom and charcuterie board enthusiast who loves to FaceTime with a cup of coffee!

John Branch IV

Breakout Session : Intro to Youtube and How to Create Multiple Streams of Revenue

Talk Description

An overview of how Youtube can be a great launching site for your business leading more potential clients to your products as well as helping you create multiple lanes of passive income.

Speaker Bio

John Branch IV is a wedding photographer and Youtube content creator who in is first 2-3 years on Youtube has grown to 135k subscribers. This has helped him not only grow his business but create lanes of passive income allowing him to focus on other areas of his business as well as spend more time with his family. Slowly transitioning out of wedding photography John devotes his time now to teaching other photographers and create entrepenures how to leverage Youtube to grow their businesses.

Jon + Erica Hayes + Ryan + Anna Leonard

Breakout Session : Building a Successful Marriage AND Business

Talk Description

Learn from two creative couples who have each built multi-6 figure businesses while also investing in their marriages and thriving in both! We’ll take a deep dive into how successful entrepreneurial couples build their marriage before business in order to find success with both!

Speaker Bio

The Haven Collective Co. is the passion project of two creative entrepreneurial couples, Erica + Jon and Anna + Ryan, who have both built successful, multi-six figure businesses while also investing in their marriages and thriving in both! The Haven Collective Co. exists to mentor, motivate, and inspire entrepreneurial couples to excel in both marriage and business through education and intentional connection retreat events.

XayLi Barclay

Breakout Session : Creating a Masterclass to Grow and Scale Your Business

Talk Description

Masterclasses are an awesome way to share your expertise, get your audience interested in a bigger offer, and test new passive income ideas for your online business. By the end of this session, you will have an actual outline and the plan for a Masterclass that Sells!

Speaker Bio

XayLi Barclay is a Visual Content Creation Coach & Thinkific Expert for Online Course Creators. She specializes in helping companies and entrepreneurs effectively stand out and make a genuine impact in the digital space. Through knowledge-based content and online courses, she teaches others how to effortlessly create the visual learning experiences they’ve always dreamed of in order to unlock multiple revenue streams, attract paid opportunities and connect on a deeper level with their audience.

LaJune King

Breakout : 5 Ways to Make Your Client Experience Pink Starburst

Talk Description

We will focus on 5 areas in our businesses to enhance our client experience so we can continue to receive new leads, retain clients and get better or 5 STAR reviews.

Speaker Bio

LaJune King is the owner of Photos by LJK + BLK STRY Studio, located in Frisco, TX. She specializes in the client experience, personal branding, + changing the narrative for Black men, women and people of Color through client experience. LaJune is also a mentor to other creatives in photography. If you’ve never experienced a Pink Starburst moment of your own, LaJune definitely exudes that great energy.

Davey + Krista Jones

Premium Lab : Rank a Page on Google

Talk Description

In this 60 minute lab, Davey, Krista (and the Till Agency / Davey & Krista teams) will walk you through optimizing a page on your website so that it has the best possible chance of ranking on Google.

Davey + Krista will also be leading a Showit Lab on How to Build a High Performing Ad (on any social platform!) 

In this 90 minute lab, Davey and the Till Agency / Davey & Krista teams will walk you through creating a high converting ad for any digital platform including Facebook, Instagram, Google, TikTok, and others!

Speaker Bio

Davey and Krista are brand strategists and designers who specialize in helping businesses create brands and websites that are beautiful, compelling, and encourage action. Davey and Krista decided to make helping creatives run better businesses their full time gig. They believe in chasing hard after an intentional life—one that includes fulfilling work, palm trees and blue skies, time with their son Jack, and—of course—wine and pizza.

Abigail Dyer

Showit Lab : DIY Website Audit: How To Review & Reveal Your Site's Missing Puzzle Piece

Talk Description

Feel like your website is missing something that’s holding you back? Grab your computer and we’ll find the missing piece of your website puzzle.

Speaker Bio

Abigail is a brand designer, Showit Design Partner, and SEO expert that’s been trusted by hundreds of business owners. She’s a Southern gal with a Tennessee accent and known for bringing her Southern hospitality into each and every design experience. You can call her what you’d like, but her priority remains the same – making sure her clients stand out online so their business brings them more life.

Bernel Westbrook

Breakout Session : Rebranding Without Overwhelm

Talk Description

Are you an established business, staring at your website feeling like something is off but you just can’t put your finger on it? Are you noticing a plateau in your sales, or even worse a decrease? In this session we will explore the signs it is time to rebrand and the roadmap to rebranding with no stress and no tears.

Speaker Bio

Bernel is a brand and web designer, podcast host, and the founder of Branded by Bernel, a full-service design studio for creatives. With a background deeply rooted in fine art and a degree in web development, she lives by her motto “to obsess over the details so you don’t have to.” She has worked with hundreds of creative entrepreneurs to build brands and websites that establish a foundation of trust. Since 2016, Bernel has served the creative industry with high energy, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and a passion for inspiring others.

Melissa Love

Breakout Session : How To Build An Unsleazy Funnel For Real Humans To Enjoy

Talk Description

In this entertaining session, Melissa will show you how to build a sales funnel that *whispers* real humans can actually enjoy. Even the words ‘sales funnel’ sound like they were invented by an evil robot. (No one minds an evil robot in a disaster movie, but you don’t want one in your inbox). She’ll show you her funnel building strategy, explore the moving parts and tell you the story of how she lost £30k in her first business venture (yes, she should have built a funnel!)

Speaker Bio

She is the founder of WordPress theme company, The Design Space, which makes excellent design affordable, and she’s a WordPress nerd who has taught thousands of business owners how to build their own beautiful websites. Through her online membership, The Marketing Fix, she and her team coach members through building ethical sales funnels.

Dr. Sandra Colton Medici

Breakout : Idea Loop: Reimagining Content Creation Iteration

Talk Description

Business owners tend to run on empty and must find a neverending well of content creation ideas to attract customers on social media platforms. Participants will learn how to loop a content plan to not only repurpose past content, but also reimagine content for future platforms to incorporate NFTs, digital art installations, and contests that engage customers in a new realm of what is possible.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Sandra Colton-Medici is a digital strategist and a business coach in Los Angeles. Sandra assists business owners in building their brands and is the founder of CollegeOfStyle.com. She’s a former pro dancer who has been seen on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, as a backup dancer for Rihanna, backup singer for Paulina Rubio, and has appeared in films, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Bring It On: All or Nothing, and in music videos for Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq, Cascada, and more.

Erica + Jon Hayes

Premium Lab : How to Make Your Brand Stand Out Through Intentional Imagery!

Talk Description

In this lab, Commercial Brand Photographers Erica and Jon will walk you through practical ways you can work with a photographer to make sure your brand is well represented through imagery! Great brand photos can increase brand awareness, build trust with potential clients, and even correct misconceptions before clients read a word of copy – in short, brand photos do the selling for you! Walk away with actionable steps to make your next brand photoshoot a success and leave with not only beautiful, but functional images to represent your brand!

Speaker Bio

Erica + Jon are a husband and wife brand photography team that partner with commercial and personal brands to plan, style and intentionally create compelling imagery for marketing. Their work has been featured on billboards, utilized on storefront signs and published in magazine spreads across the country. Their transition from lifestyle and wedding photography to commercial brand photography has inspired them towards helping educate others to achieve similar success in the brand photography space.

Mac Hughes from HoneyBook

Vendor Breakout : Crafting A Powerful Clientflow: Less Friction, More Freedom

Talk Description

Your business should give you freedom—not leave you feeling overwhelmed. Creating a cohesive clientflow means getting paid while you sleep, working from anywhere, and never dropping the ball on a client again. In this presentation, we will cover the best strategies and tactical insights for creating systems that scale your creative business.

Speaker Bio

Join Honeybook’s own Mac Hughes for this Vendor Sponsored breakout

Megan Seeley for Flodesk

Vendor Breakout : How to Start Building Your Email List in 1 hour with Flodesk

Talk Description

Join Flodesk to learn how to start building your email list in just one hour!  This one hour session will be led through our Flodesk software, but the concepts can be applied to any email marketing software so everyone will benefit from it.  You’ll even be walked through how to embed a flodesk form onto your Showit website.  Ahead of the event we just ask that attendees have an active Flodesk account, a free trial is perfectly fine and it’s highly recommended you bring your laptop to this session!

Speaker Bio

Join Flodesk’s own Megan Seeley and the Flodesk team for this vendor breakout.

Chris Misterek

Showit Lab: Build a Shop Page For Your Business

Talk Description

In this classroom type setting, we’ll walk through the ins and outs of building a shop page that converts. At the end you’ll have an actual shop page that you can start using to sell products, education, and more!

Speaker Bio

Chris is multitalented, able to play several instruments, and inclined toward creative design AND technical know-how. Two out of the three skills are why he is the perfect Ux/Web designer. He used to design websites as a hobby, but now he can do it full-time.

Chris is not only Showit’s web designer but he also owns a web design agency that he and his wife run together. They’ve helped clients set up their own shops AND have used time-tested conversion tactics that have helped clients TRIPLE their sales.

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