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WithIt Education Breakfast Speaker History


Over the years it has been WithIt's tradition to bring engaging speakers for its members

and the industry during High Point Market.


April 2019 Michelle Workman, Michelle Workman Interiors
October 2018 Erin and Ben Napier "Home Town Proud"
April 2018 Justina Blakeney - "Building Your Brand with Spunk and Authenticity"
October 2017

Mark Badgley and James Mischka

"A Conversation with Badgley Mischka Fashion and Home: A Professional and Personal Design Journey"

April 2017

A Conversation with Candice Olson

The Business of Great Design: Create, Manager and Evolve Your Brand

October 2016 Joana Aranha, founder of Bunakara
October 2015 Debs Camplin, kate spade new york - "kate spade new york Launches Home Furnishings at High Point Market"
April 2015 Kelly Wearstler, Kelly Wearstler Studio - "A Conversation with Kelly Wearstler"
October 2014

"Savvy Businesses Understand How to Attract the Right Audience"


Hearst Integrated Media - Kelly Peterson, Group Advertising Director - How printed media is still effective

MicroD - Manoj Nigam, President CEO - Yes You Need a Website

TKP Partnership - Leslie Carothers - The newest Player - Social Media

April 2014 Michelle Lamb, The Trend Curve™ - “Future Trends: Driving Forces”
October 2013 Wendy Bellissimo, Wendy Bellissimo Media - “Baby Steps to a Better Brand”
April 2013

Jena Hall, Jena Hall Designs – “When Opportunity Knocks … Can You Hear It?”

October 2012 Angelo Surmelis and Kathy Ireland - "Bootstrapping Your Brand in a Challenged Economy"
April 2012

“American Lifestyle Landscape” 

Panel; Syndicated writer Elaine Markoutsas, Jason Oliver Nixon, Madcap Cottage; Krissa Rossbund, Traditional Home; moderator Kathy Wall, The Media Matters

October 2011 Maxwell Ryan, Apartment Therapy - “10 Things You Need to Know about Apartment Therapy”
April 2011 Thomas Jayne, Jayne Design Studio - “Decorator & Scholar: Considering the Finest Rooms in America
October 2010 Barry Dixon, Barry Dixon, Inc. - “Organically Inspired: Referencing the Natural World Beyond the Window in the Modern Interior”
April 2010

Alexa Hampton, Mark Hampton LLC – “Decades of Design by Mark Hampton”

October 2009

Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interiors, Inc. - “Building Your Celebrity Design Brand Through Social Media”

April 2009

Libby Langdon, Libby Interiors Inc. - “Trick the Eye - Design Ideas

for Living Large in a Small Space”

October 2008

Annie Selke -“Where Fashion Meets Function – Designing for Real Life”

April 2008 Jaclyn Smith -“Making Savvy Business Decisions without Sacrificing Your Values”
October 2007

Juli Ann Reynolds, The Tom Peters Company - “Reinventing Yourself is a Contact Sport”

April 2007 Candice Olson, host of HGTV’s Divine Design - “On Design”
October 2006

Maria T. Bailey - “Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Share of the Trillion Dollar Market”

April 2006

Connie Post, The Connie Post Companies - “Carving a Niche in Today’s Market”

October 2005

“Today’s Consumer Blends Multiple Channels and Price Points”

A panel of representatives from three leading magazines, O, the Oprah Magazine; Domino, the Shopping Magazine for your Home; and Weekend

April 2005

Becky Ralich Spak, Sherwin-Williams “A COLORful Forecast”

October 2004

Cristina Saralegui, Cristina Saralegui Enterprises, Inc. – “Reading Your Own Crystal Ball: Visualizing and Achieving Success”

April 2004

Christina Ferrare – “Realistically Everafter”

October 2003

Jeffrey Petersen, Architectural Digest – “The Luxury Market”

April 2003

Julie Nixon Eisenhower – “The Market and the Economy – A Woman’s Perspective”

October 2002

Harvey Canter & Anne Perinchier , Eddie Bauer  “Eddie Bauer; Howard Bound"

April 2002

Mullen – “Marketing to Women Post-9/11”

October 2001

Michelle Lamb, The Trend Curve – “Trends that Matter”

April 2001

Kay Johnson, Johnson West Associates – “Networking in an Ever-Changing Business Environment”

October 2000

“WithIt Salutes the Role of Color in Home Furnishings”

April 2000

Bob Mackie, Alexander Julian, Jane Nichols - “WithIt Salutes Fashion”

October 1999

“Closing the Gender Gap, Effectively Marketing to Women Consumers”

Panel: Janice Hamlin, Bassett Furniture; J’Amy Owens, The Retail Group; Valerie Moran, Grange Furniture; Denise Gilead, Edward D. Jones; moderator, Kimberley Wray, Kimberley Wray Marketing & Communications

April 1999

“The Impact of the Feminine Viewpoint on Capturing the Consumer Dollar – How We Do It Differently”

Panel: Jan Graf, Graf & Associates; Katrina Patton, Michael Thomas: Linda Carey, Ruddell & Associates; Donna Kuldau, Norwalk; Marcia Silverman, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide; moderator, Jackie Hirschhaut, AHFA

October 1998

“Who Says There’s No Room at the Top”

Panel: Caroline Hipple, This End Up;  Barbara Hayes, Robert Allen Textiles; Mary Beck, Wexford Collection; moderator, Jackie Hirschhaut, AHFA






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