BADGE SUMMIT LOGOConnect, collaborate and create in a niche environment with like-minded creatives. Engaging educational sessions and panel discussions with branding, marketing and social media leaders. Evening events and gatherings offer the opportunity to continue networking all while engaging in meaningful conversations in a fun intimate setting.

A selection of past presenters include:  TIBI Owner & Creative Director, Amy Smilovic Ÿ • Time Inc. Magazine Editors, Erin Shaw Street, Stephanie Granada & Jessica Thuston of Southern Living & Hunter Lewis of Cooking Light • Glitter Guide Editorial Director, Caitlin Moran Ÿ• Matchbook Editorial Director and Co-founder, Katie Armour • Blue Ion Founding Partner, Robert Prioleau • Charlie Publisher & Owner, Caroline Nuttall • Southern Proper Creative Director and Gadabout Blog Founder, Hanna Seabrook • Salt & Styled author and stylist, Libbie Summers • Award-winning consultant, nationally acclaimed speaker, & Emmy award-winner Ryan Dohrn.


The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 2.09.01 PMExperience the ultimate in Southern charm at The Mills House, host hotel for The Southern C Summit.   Opened in 1853, this full service hotel, in the heart of downtown Charleston on Meeting Street, features beautifully appointed guest rooms with amazing city or pool views.  Located within an easy walk to Museum Mile, historic sites and attractions such as City Market and famed King Street shopping and dining, The Mills House ensures the quintessential Charleston vacation.

We strongly recommend that you book your room early to ensure availability and a special Summit rate of $239/night.

Telephone:  843-577-240   Website:


Patrick Properties

We will be meeting downtown on the corner of King and Ann Streets in sister properties, the American Theater and William Aiken House. The courtyards and grounds between them will also be in use for the Summit.

American Theater

Opened in 1942 as Charleston’s premier movie house, the American Theater’s regal Art Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour make this sophisticated event venue worthy of red carpets and dazzling marquees.



William Aiken House

When it comes to once-in-a-lifetime occasions, a meticulously restored National Historic Landmark in the heart of Downtown Charleston is an unbeatable choice.

A seamless blend of 18th-century charm and 21st-century sophistication makes this 1810 estate one of Charleston’s most sought-after venues for weddings, private receptions, meetings and corporate events.

L’atelier Le Creuset

The North American Marketing Office and Culinary Center. L’Atelier Le Creuset (French for “The Le Creuset Workshop”) is situated on the banks of the Ashley River.  There is a fully equipped demonstration kitchen designed by SieMatic and equipped with the highest quality Miele appliances where innovative chefs can prepare dishes and demonstrate techniques.




Snapshot of programming with more details to come:

We begin at 12:30 on Wednesday, April 29 and end at noon on Friday, May 1.

You’ve Arrived, Now Get Noticed
You’ve built a successful brand, now learn how to get discovered by the national media.  Three editors of national lifestyle publications will share their perspectives on discovering new brands and best practices for pitching.  You will hear from Robert Leleux, the editor in chief of digital and print publication Domino, Tori Mellott, Senior Design & Market Editor of Traditional Home, and Eddie Ross the East Coast Editor for print and digital editions for Better Homes & Gardens.  Moderated by Leapfrog PR owners Libba Osborne and Jackie Thomson.

By the Book: Expanding Your Brand
Veteran book agent Amy Hughes will lead an informative panel covering topics such as 1) why do a book 2) what are the beginning steps 3) to use or not to use a ghost writer 4) self publishing vs. publishing house.  Hughes will be joined by editor and ghost writer Bessie Gant as well as author Susan Hable and photographer and art directer Rinne Allen.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: 10 Years of The Laundress
Founders and international soap mavens Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd give an in-depth look at launching the Laundress – from the stepping stones of a start-up to forging valuable partnerships with some of the world’s most well recognized brands.

‘Cause It’s Good Business
An inspired conversation as Y’allsome founder Craig Evans and Proud Mary founder Harper Poe chat about crafting their perspective companies around a mission.  Moderated by Torri Leeds, Managing Director at DeVries Global, you’ll get a better understanding of cause marketing and how to integrate it into your existing business.  Leeds brings a unique perspective having overseen the marketing campaigns for Procter & Gamble – a company widely recognized as a pioneer in cause marketing.

The Sky’s The Limit
Companies are increasingly looking for authentic ways to communicate with their customers.  Jet Blue and other businesses share their strategies for collaborating with Bloggers and Brands.

Beat the Burnout: the work/life balance
Atlanta-based interior designer, writer, and mother of five, Erika Hollinshead Ward may not have the secret to balancing the demands of today’s modern life but she does have an easy implementable action plan for better managing your time.  She’ll offer tips to wrangle your schedule and win back control.  Erika’s work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and on among others.

Ready, set, Press Go
Jess Graves of The Love List shares trade secrets to getting press ready.

Set your course: A Roadmap for Getting the Right Site
Nikki Nuchols of Doodle Dog Creative presents elements of good web design.


Cocktails & Candlelight
Low Country Luxe welcomes you to Charleston with a poolside party on the roof of the Mills House Hotel in historic downtown.  Enjoy cocktails, light bites and a spectacular view before you head out to supper with old TSC friends and new.

Southern Grown Sipping Hour
Head next door to the garden of the William Aiken house for a happy hour hosted by Sea Island, coastal Georgia’s Forbes Five Star resort.  You’ll be treated to a sneak peak of Southern Grown – one of Sea Island signature culinary and music events.  Featuring craft cocktails and light bites from the resort’s chefs and mixologists, you’ll find plenty of time to mingle, talk about the days sessions and plan out the nights activities.

Brunch & Bloodys on the Ashley River Bank
Head to Le Creuset Headquarters where you’ll be welcomed into the world class Atelier Kitchen by Jimmy Hagood of Food for the Southern Soul.  Jimmy will be serving soulful lowcountry fare alongside cookbook authors and culinary entrepreneurs. Enjoy eye openers poured by the owners of Fat & Juicy and King Bean Coffee while the One Love Organics founder shares ways to renew and relax with inspiring insight and a DIY project.

A Mansion & Moo Shu
Simply step next door from the American Theater for a fabulous Moo Shu lunch from Chef Nico Romo of FISH Restaurant.  The historic William Aiken House and its stunning garden are the backdrop for a leisurely lunch featuring the fashions of Escapada Living.  Sip cocktails and enjoy sweets while having plenty of time for good conversation and catch-ups.


Shop, Sip & Socialize
Bloggers Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love and Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout give you a look at some of Charleston’s best boutiques – from artists’ wares to interiors, fashion to estate jewels.  Grab your passport and let them take you on a King Street treasure hunt complete with festive cocktails and plenty of good conversation.