Come and Join the 
Fall '23
Creative Conversations...

Life’s too short not to do what you love—and do it well!
Join each speaker in their personal conversation, and let's get your creative motivation and inspiration FIRED up!

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Did you know a single creative conversation...

can provide a new idea that
could take YOUR ART to a whole new LEVEL!

It's the "getting to know" and  the networking with creatives...
that makes serendipity happen...
and in turn provides a dramatic surge of creativity and motivation!


Come join each speaker in their own


During each speaker's 90 minute conversation, you'll be enriched with valuable insights into their specific area(s) of expertise. 
You'll receive valuable information that can boost your creativity...
and help you find connections for your creative business! 


Each speaker share stories, tips, and content about how they found success in their areas of creative expertise.

Each conversation includes:

  • Time for introductions
  • The Speaker's content rich presentation!
  • Q&A time at the end of the Conversation
  • A surge of "Wow's" and "Aha's" as you learn and absorb new ideas!
  • A replay of the Conversation for clarity on any topics you need to hear again!

Browse the bios and descriptions for each Speaker's presentation (scroll down my friend!) and mingle with

Mandi Blackford

Owner of Champagne Fabulous & Artist Mentor and Consultant

Aging Inappropriately

Wednesday, November 1
1:00pm CDT / 2:00 pm EDT

Mandi Blackford created the Champagne Fabulous brand to bring vivacious and often hilarious gifts and decor to the world.

She's coming to gently and humorously –SHAKE UP your thoughts about what IS and what is NOT appropriate… in any season of life. (Yes...even YOUR season…)

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m too _____ to do that…”

Well my friend…prepare to shed those self-limiting thoughts and beliefs as Mandi shares with you how YOU can grant yourself the freedom to “Age Inappropriately!”

You will laugh and nod your head in understanding as Mandi shares the thoughts and beliefs she held… until she realized there was more to life…and she granted herself FREEDOM! and mingle with

Amanda Wittenborn

Graphic Designer, Party Planner...and Amazon Prime Seller 

How she built a 6-figure business while her babies napped

Tuesday, November 7
11:00 am CST / 12:00 pm EST

Amanda Wittenborn is a Chicago area Graphic Designer with a passion for parties. She enjoys turning every day into a celebration with her husband and three boys and relishes any reason to decorate and have fun with family, friends, and neighbors. This love of festivity led her to start Amanda Creation Inc., to share her talent with the world.

Her bold, playful designs are a delight to any party-goer. Amanda Creation designs are  crisp and clear with rich, vibrant colors. And, all her products are 100% made in the USA.

Amanda comes to the Creative Conversation table with her story of how she built a 6 figure creative business that produces, and sells A LOT of party materials through the Amazon platform.

Come, meet, and learn from Amana's amazing story of success...she will inspire you to reach for your creative dreams! and mingle with

Lucy Kelly

Wife, mom, jewelry maker, and passionate marketing coach for all creatives.

Get your art into the hands of the people who can't wait to buy! 

Tuesday, November 14
11:00 am CST / 12:00 pm EST

11 years ago, Lucy took a few crafting classes with the hopes that she would keep my hands busy and snackless... (wistful dreaming). 
She still snacks —But now she nibbles as the owner of a 6-figure handmade jewelry business — bel monili — that travels around the country and has been featured in national publications such as Country Living Magazine.

It took her 7 years and a L-O-T of hustling to get her handmade business it's first 6 figure sales year, and in that time she discovered a framework for online growth that was proven time and time again.

Lucy comes to the Creative Conversation table to share her knowledge about creative marketing. If you want to sell more and schlep less – come and learn Lucy's secrets to creative success... you'll discover... there's room at the table for all of us! and mingle with

Lisa Murphy

Health Coach & Healthy Aging Expert

Mood & Food: How What You Eat & Think Effects Your Creativity

Friday, November 17
12:00 pm CST / 1:00 pm EST

Lisa partners with health conscious executives, entrepreneurs and creatives to help them optimize their resources and be wildly successful in all areas of life, including personal health and wellness.

Whether you're in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or beyond, if you want to age like a fine wine and be free from unmanaged stress, unnecessary medications, sleepless nights, restrictive diets and punishing exercise, now is the perfect time to set yourself up for healthy aging.

Lisa is instrumental in helping her clients master the following Four Pillars (Food, Mood, Rest and Movement.

The practices Lisa shares are the same ones she personally uses to thrive in her high pressure sales job, and that she still employs now, as a 56-year old entrepreneur…that is to feel more calm, confident and comfortable in her own skin than ever before. and mingle with

Jennifer Smelker

Creative Author, Speaker & Cheerleader

Preparing YOUR Art to Sell Wholesale! 

Tuesday, November 21
10:00 am CST / 11:00 EST

Jennifer is a Midwest product designer of home decor and stationery products and has successfully sold wholesale since 2013 to boutiques and big box stores across the US.

Initially, she had no clue where to begin and made numerous mistakes while learning the intricacies of selling wholesale independently. However, she persevered, gradually expanding her business and eventually bidding farewell to her engineering career in favor of pursuing her art and product development.

She guides fellow small businesses, generously imparting her wealth of knowledge, stories, and insights on successfully selling products that showcase your distinct artistic creations. and mingle with

Linda Simpson

US Partner of MC&Co Trend, Founder of Imagination Network

Seeking & Sharing World Trends That Speak to Your Unique Customer

Friday, December 1
1:00 pm CST / 2:00 pm EST

Through MC&Co, Linda provides wealth of proprietary Global Forecasting and Trend Intelligence System. Unlike other trend services MC&Co provides timely actionable design guidelines including pattern, color, product silhouettes, materials, and textures. In tandem, MC&Co outlines consumer profiles and their aspirations along with the forecasted lifestyles that will attract them in the future.

During Linda’s career, she has been recognized for developing multi-million dollar licensed, and non-licensed branded giftware collections for retailers and wholesalers worldwide.

Her development experience has included 26 countries that fortunately resulted in providing her with a broad understanding of the world and its many cultural nuances. 

Linda’s is a treasure of trend wealth who will fill you full of beauty and knowledge about trends throughout our beautiful world.

Hey there!  I'm Beth,
Your Creative Host

In the past years...I learned I could use my art to express myself in new and exciting ways.

This can be true for YOU too!

I can’t wait for you to uncover new creative ideas through the wisdom and insight from these wonderful speakers!

You're here because you ARE creative! ...But, sometimes we need a boost to stretch creativity to new heights. 

I've started these Creative Conversations to open new insights... to strengthen your creative confidence... and to give you freedom to say "I CAN do NEW things!"

There's room for everyone at this table. Come to the conversation thinking... "hmmmm...if they could do it—so can I!"

Using the inspiration and collaboration we collect through these Creative Conversations, we can make the changes we wish to see in the world. And, my friend there's someone in the world who needs the creativity you have to share!

So come to the table...I look forward to enjoying a creative conversation together.


One registration gets you a seat at EVERY table.

Register today and you have a seat at all SIX Conversations. 



Gets you a seat at ALL SIX of the Fall '23 Creative Conversations Tables

  • SIX Unique Conversations by Creative Industry Professionals!
  • Personally Meet Each Speaker!
  • 60 Minute Presentations
  • Plus - Time for Q&A's
  • Access to Replay
  • Mingle with Fellow Creatives
  • Receive Valuable Handouts, Guides and Contact Information