ABOUT THE SUMMIT
Do you need inspiration and an opportunity to connect, collaborate and create with top names in the media, blogging and branding community?
The Southern C Summit is a niche multi-day conference filled with networking opportunities and educational sessions from the best and the brightest. Attendees, presenters and sponsors connect through carefully crafted events and unique experiences that create meaningful conversations and provide memorable takeaway.
The Southern C Summit cultivates a talented line-up of presenters to provide tips & techniques in the following categories:
social media strategy • branding + creative strategy • blogger + brand collaborations
media, pr & marketing • business entrepreneurship
creative partnerships • seo + ecommerce
It’s all about access! Our presenters and sponsors are full participants – connecting with you throughout the Summit. With collaboration in mind, The Southern C Summit is limited to 250 attendees.
The Southern C Summit includes:
Access to the 3-day conference, 8 presentations including a media pitch session
6+ networking opportunities including afternoon cocktail parties at the Sea Island Beach Club, book signings, lunch and dinner at Rainbow Island, bingo at The Cloister, brunch at the Sea Island Beach Club and oceanside fitness opportunity on Sea Island
Access to register for advance small group workshops on branding, styling, photography and PR with the Summit presenters
One of the South’s finest swag bags
Mandy Kellogg Rye
Waiting on Martha
Waiting On Martha’s founder and curator, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by one mantra, “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” Drawn to the “finer things” at an early age, her mother taught her how to appreciate beauty while her father how to create beauty.
A Michigan native, Mandy left the mitten behind and headed to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where she graduated with dreams of becoming a high-powered attorney. However, her dream quickly fell short when she realized law school wasn’t all about wearing a designer suit and winning arguments with loads of whit and banter. Law school wasn’t a complete bust though; it introduced her to Chicago, her first big city and one she still holds dear to her heart. A city that unknowingly became the backdrop, and beginning of Waiting On Martha.
A bracelet actually started it all. Well a bracelet, an obsession with food, an incessant need to throw a party whenever an opportunity presented itself, and an adoration for all things DIY. But back to the bracelet. One fateful day Mandy ventured into a Chicago bead store while a class was in session. Thinking that jewelry making would be a fun hobby, she began taking classes. To be clear, Mandy had no plans of it becoming anything more than a hobby. You know what they say about best laid plans…in 2011 Mandy opened an Etsy shop and officially launched her Waiting On Martha bracelet collection in April. The response was, and still is, quite overwhelming. Individuals not only loved the bracelets, but they wanted to know more about Mandy and her life. Enter Waiting On Martha The Blog.
As the ultimate creative and personal outlet for Mandy, Waiting On Martha The Blog focused simply on creating a beautiful everyday through fashion, food, décor, and DIY. As the reader’s grew so did the oh-so common question “where do I get that?” And thus, as Mandy puts it, “It only took one reader’s question to push me to indulge my dream of opening a boutique.” Waiting On Martha The Shop opened as an e-commerce boutique in July of 2012 and opened a brick and mortar location in Atlanta in 2015 (where Mandy now resides with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Addison).
Meet Monica Lavin, an independent content publisher, stylist and the founder of Lavin Label. She is also a contributor for Southern Living’s The Daily South and the Southern C. Monica also creates pins for Fortune 100 companies through her partnership with Pinterest. Her work has been featured on Pottery Barn, Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, World Market, The Glitter Guide, Savannah Magazine, Golden Isles Magazine, Southern Living and more.
Lavin Label offers entertaining, style and travel inspiration through unique visual storytelling. Monica is well versed in social influence and emerging technology, through her work at NASA, and most recent job as Communications Director for Information Technology at the College of Charleston.
Monica’s expertise in technology and refined taste in all things lifestyle merge to provide a fresh perspective on storytelling that captivates her followers and inspires them to become part of her story. Monica calls St. Simons Island, Georgia home, where she resides with her husband and two English Springer Spaniel pups.
A Food Inspired Life
Libbie Summers, the face behind her Food-Inspired Life brand, is recognized as a food and lifestyle tastemaker in print, online and on-air. Her work has been seen in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens, Vogue, ELLE, Camille Styles, Glitter Guide, People, Garden and Gun, Condé Nast Traveler, on the OWN Show, and many more.
She has authored three books. The 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, Sweet & Vicious –baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, 2014) and The NY Times 2011 Notable Book, The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011).
As one who wears many hats, Libbie also serves as the Creative Culinary Director of the newly launched Terra’s Kitchen— an innovative meal delivery service sending healthy farm-fresh ingredients and fresh-prepped recipes to subscribers in an eco-friendly manner.
Party Within Reach, Libbie’s new lifestyle show, is geared toward the young, somewhat broke, and uber fabulous host who wants to throw a memorable party on a budget. (currently in pre-production)
Libbie resides in Savannah, Georgia with one husband, one son, and one opinionated-dog. She maintains her body and body of work are both food inspired.
Connect with Libbie!
Youtube: A Food-Inspired Life
Pinterest: Libbie Summers
Facebook: A Food-Inspired Life
Black Southern Belle
Mrs. Michiel Perry, 28, is a South Carolina girl who love all things Southern and stylish. With a little inspiration while planning her wedding in Charleston, S.C. and decorating her first home in Maryland, Mrs. Perry was inspired to develop a lifestyle brand focused on African-American women with a Southern connection called Black Southern Belle.
With her digital lifestyle brand Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry wanted to create an online and offline resource of lifestyle inspiration for African-American women in the South. In 2015, Mrs. Perry and her team expanded Black Southern Belle and developed an editorial division, ambassador program, online store, and jobs database for the brand
Before launching her business, Mrs. Perry managed marketing and partnerships at Lillybee, a collegiate and sorority lifestyle brand where she launched a collegiate ambassador program and managed the blogger outreach program. She caught her small business and startup bug while working here and still wears Lillybee products at least twice a week.
And once in her lifetime, she was a political event planner and relationship manager for a small email company called Google, Inc. in Washington, D.C. She occasionally misses the free food.
When she is not planning the next big thing for Black Southern Belle, Mrs. Perry is either shopping for antiques with her husband, watching historical documentaries or rearranging art in her new historic home in the Charleston area.
She has a passion for her alma mater, Howard University and cannot say no to anything with a fleur de lis on it.
ME Marketing Services
Mandy Edwards is the owner of ME Marketing Services, a social media marketing & website design company that provides social media consulting & management and website design services to businesses of all sizes. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Mandy has 15+ years of sales & marketing experience. Past work experience has included print advertising sales and local store marketing for Chick-fil-A. Locally, Mandy is involved in her community through Professional Women of Statesboro and NFL Player DeAngelo Tyson’s Tyson Foundation. She is a contributing writer to Business 2 Community and the Southern Coterie. Mandy is a graduate of Leadership Bulloch, a past honoree of the Statesboro Herald’s Top 20 Under 40, and in 2015, she was a StatSocial Top 100 Social Media Power Influencer. This past fall she was honored as one of the University of Georgia’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Alumni for 2016.
Mandy is also a member of the second co-hort of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Academy. She married to State Prosecuting Attorney Ben Edwards and is the proud mother of two redheaded daughters who constantly keep her on her toes.
LBH & Co.
Lauren is the founder of LBH & Co.— a boutique public relations and communications firm specializing in the products, stories and talents of noteworthy lifestyle brands and entrepreneurs. LBH & Co. collaborates with a carefully curated list of clientele, driving awareness and brand growth within their unique industries. From fashion, beauty and accessories to destinations, interiors and art— LBH & Co. applauds beautiful brands with well-told stories and thoughtful partnerships.
Ashley Schoenith is the lifestyle designer behind the IceMilk Aprons and heirloomed brands.
Inspired by her Southern upbringing of made-from- scratch cooking, her love of family, frequent trips antiquing, and her Grandmother’s knack for entertaining, her designs are a reflection of the romantic past that today’s fast-paced and disposable generation yearns for. Her super-focused design aesthetic is apparent in all aspects of her life.
A passionate entrepreneur with a background in strategy, branding & online marketing, she has proven herself through past successful business ventures having been featured in a variety of major media outlets as O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Southern Living and Food Network, to name a few. With a never-ending work ethic and drive for success, her visionary spirit is constantly in search of best-of-breed leaders in their own industries for collaboration.
With a common heirloom-focused thread in all she does, her lifestyle brand includes heirloomed, heirloomed blog and consulting arm, Deep South Social.
She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband Shane, and three children, Wyatt (4.5), Sawyer (2.5) and Waylon (1), along with their dog, Kona.
HOTEL & VENUE
SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
Recognized as the home of two of the top ten resorts in the Continental U.S., according to Travel + Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best Awards, Sea Island offers a variety of accommodations at The Cloister, The Lodge, The Inn at Sea Island, and in the Cottages. Surrounded by the splendid natural beauty of the Georgia coast, Sea Island provides its guests with an extensive variety of experiences, including five miles of private beach, casual to Five-Star dining, three championship golf courses, tennis and squash courts, children’s programs, fishing, boating, water sports, shooting school, hunting preserve, fitness center, and the 65,000-square-foot Forbes Five-Star Spa at Sea Island. Best known for its genuine hospitality throughout its 87-year history, Sea Island has received four Five-Star Awards for the past eight years at The Cloister, The Lodge, the Georgian Room restaurant and The Spa.
Special room rates for the Summit to be announced soon at The Cloister and The Inn.
Information Coming Soon