About
2017 Keynote Speaker
Emily Ley

Emily Ley is a dreamer. Her bestselling Simplified Planner® and hugely successful line of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts that are sold worldwide, began with a dream to help women simplify their lives. Now the proud bookworm and woman who majored in English and creative writing in college has another dream coming true – writing a book. In her highly anticipated first book Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, entrepreneur, mother, wife, and Gerber and Shipt spokesperson Emily Ley is giving women the permission they so desperately desire to let go of the guilt and chase of perfection, in order to embrace the good.

Emily and the Emily Ley brand have received numerous accolades, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show and a Top 10 Designer to Watch in 2015 by Stationery Trends Magazine, and been featured in Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Weddings, Domino, Glamour.com and more. Her beloved line of products gives women the tools to simplify and make margin for what matters and now her book, Grace, Not Perfection, gives women – single or married, working or stay-at-home – the techniques to do so. “I know there are so many women out there who, like me, have become stuck on the hamster wheel of trying to do it all,” Emily writes. “I’m sharing my story alongside tips and lessons I’ve learned to help them regain control and jump off that wheel, as well as to help them know that there are others who have been right where they are.”

Emily lives with her husband and three children in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please visit www.EmilyLey.com.

About
2017 Keynote Speaker
Dawna Stone

Dawna Stone is an author of 5 books, entrepreneur, self-made millionaire and motivational speaker. Dawna believes her Wall Street finance experience and Fortune 500 Consulting background helped catapult her entrepreneurial success. Dawna launched the award-winning national magazine, Women’s Running, in 2004 and the Women’s Half Marathon Series (5 events across the country—San Diego, CA; Nashville, TN; St. Petersburg, FL; Minneapolis, MN and Scottsdale, AZ) in 2009. She sold both companies to the industry leader in 2012.

In 2015 Dawna launched the St. Pete Wine & Food Festival and LocalsDISH magazine. The festival became a huge success with over 10,000 participants and local and national sponsors.

In additional to speaking all over the country about business success, as a certified health coach, Dawna also appears regularly on local and national television for her health and wellness knowledge. Dawna has appeared on The Today Show, MARTHA, MSNBC, Bethenny, HSN, and morning news programs on all four major networks—NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX.  She also hosted her own segment on FOX called “Healthy Living with Dawna Stone” and her own radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio called “Health & Fitness Talk with Dawna Stone.” Dawna regularly writes for popular magazines and websites.

Dawna is a highly sought after speaker and has done speaking engagements for an ever-growing list of corporations and non-profits including Chobani (Women’s Leadership Summit), American Heart Association, Mass Mutual, Wharton Business School, Women’s Entertainment Television, PGA Tour, Disney, Super Bowl Leadership Forum, Susan G. Komen, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Women in Philanthropy, Bay Care Health Systems and the Snowmass Wellness Expo to name a few.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dawna was a Financial Analyst for Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley, a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting, the President of a $20 million sports nutrition company, the Senior VP of Operations at a large dot.com and Chief Marketing Officer for a $700 million dollar publicly traded company.

In 2005, Dawna appeared on and won NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.” She spent the following year working closely with Martha Stewart developing a variety of projects for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Dawna is about to launch her latest book, Book Accelerator—How to Write a Bestseller in 16 Weeks: Boost Your Business, Increase Your Income and Get Noticed! The book is part of an online and group-coaching program designed to help people publish a book that will take them to the next level in their life and careers.

Dawna has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.  Dawna is also an avid runner and triathlete having competed in every distance from a 5k fun run to the Hawaii Ironman.  She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband, nine-year-old daughter, eight-year-old son and 17-year-old “puppy.”