Hi Darlings, I am super excited to announce three additional and amazing speakers this year. I have put a lot of thought and energy into providing you with women who I think are exceptional in their fields. I hope you are just as excited as I am to have Tieko, Tiffany and Deb as our special guest speakers this years.

Take a look below to learn more about them. If you missed yesterdays post about the scheduled workshops you can check it out HERE.

conf2016IGWhat is there to be said about Tieko Nejon? Funny. I want to know the same about you.  I am so enamored with personal style and more so, at least in my career world, I thrive in defining and refining the brands of creative entrepreneurs.  My approach is worlds apart from other Branding gurus because I leverage your personal style to create your Brand’s persona {Wait you, don’t look at your Brand sort of like a person?}. People are not connecting to your logo and business cards! Of course we care about an ooh-wow logo, but that is only part of the really big picture: Your Brand’s STORY, IDENTITY, DELIVERY, and IMPACT is the picture we will paint. And because I know style speaks volumes, I like to crank it up a few notches.  

To date, I have developed quite the team to execute services for AMAZOME (amazing + awesome) SELF_MADE entrepreneurs– Brand Development, Brand Styling {graphic design}, and Business Education are our current tasks at hand.  I only desire to see you DO IT AND LOOK LIKE IT. TiekoNejon.com

conf2016IG DebSimplicity Pattern Company has been my home for over thirty seven years. My tenure with Simplicity has taken me from writing sewing directions in the “primer” department through a wide variety of positions to my current one as Design Development Director. My passion for sewing equals my passion for being involved every day in the creation of our product. I have sewn since I was a child and when I first came to Simplicity I knew had found a home.  In my current position I am involved in every step, from planning the entire line, through to selection and then the finished product.

Daily I work with every Patternmaker, Seamstress, Writer, Illustrator, Quality Control editor and the Consumer Service Team. Every day I go to work with the goal of making sure that what we have created as a sewing pattern can be successfully and happily sewn at home. Being part of this process and this team inspires me to sew most of my own clothes and to always be on the hunt for new methods in garment construction and fitting techniques so they can be adapted into a pattern for the home sewer. I travel each year to Consumer Home Sewing shows where I interact with sewists of all backgrounds and skill levels and always love to hear their feedback and requests. Separate from my daily Simplicity life, I am an avid road cyclist and a fifth degree black belt in karate.

conf2016IG TIFTiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is an award-winning teacher of financial empowerment, and is quickly becoming America’s favorite, personal financial educator. The Budgetnista specializes in the delivery of financial literacy, and has served as the personal finance education expert for City National Bank.

Since 2008, The Budgetnista has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for a number of organizations – delivering financial education through seminars, workshops, curricula and trainings. In 2014, Tiffany founded the LIVE RICHER Challenge Movement; a virtual community of thousands of women from 50 states and 60+ countries.

Author of two #1 Amazon bestsellers, The One Week Budget and Live Richer Challenge, Tiffany and her financial advice have been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, US News and World Report, the TODAY show, PBS, Fox Business, MSNBC, CBS MoneyWatch, TIME, ESSENCE Magazine, and FORBES. She blogs about personal finance for The Huffington Post and U.S. News and World Report.

Tiffany has also been has been a featured speaker at American Express, Princeton University, JetBlue, Wyndham Worldwide, Columbia University, Circle of Sisters, MegaFest, The United Way, Prudential Financial Inc. and many more.

The Budgetnista’s client list includes: Prudential, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Dress for Success and the NAACP.


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