Design Influencers Connect 2021
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Digital Event Two: April 5-6, 2021

You and Your Brand

April 5, 2021: Day one


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Welcome and Introductions from Adam Japko


Interior Design in the Pandemic Dancing with Uncertainty, Doubt, and Possibility

The COVID pandemic has created many shifts in the world and in the conditions we face in our lives and businesses. These changes have been at different times destabilizing, illuminating, freeing, and frightening. This talk will focus on how we can use the data of our own experience — in the economic climate, in our clients and in ourselves—as opportunities for learning to relate to stress and difficult emotions, tapping into our creativity and authenticity. One vehicle for this kind of inner development is mindfulness, the simple skill of living one moment at a time nonjudgmentally. We will explore a number of mindfulness practices as a means of engaging more directly with our own experience toward building relationships with clients of greater clarity, compassion and trust.

Larry Peltz is a psychiatrist in private practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Between 1998-2020 he was medical director of the Bournewood-Caulfield Partial Hospitalization Program in Woburn. He has been on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Peltz trained as a mindfulness teacher at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and worked for two years in the UMass Prison Project. He has taught mindfulness approaches to addiction and psychiatric patients and clinicians for the past twenty-five years and is author of the book, “The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery: a practical guide to regaining control over your life.” (Shambhala, 2013)


Brand Collaboration Presentation Overview

Monogram, Crypton + Universal, Jaipur Living, High Point Market Authority, and Amy Flurry will share their goals, strategies, and tactics when working with influencers.


5 Steps To Building A Money Generating Personal Brand

Do you feel like you are your industry's & area's best-kept secret?

Are you lacking the personal brand visibility, inbound leads, and high-profile clients you deserve?

You understand the importance (now more than ever) to be seen as an industry thought leader. You crave to take your personal brand to new heights with a feature in Architectural Digest, being asked to speak on the virtual stage at Atlanta Market, and landing a partnership contract with Loloi.... but.... you lack the time, clarity, and know-how to make it all happen.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand how to "niche-down" your brand to grow your revenue
  • Develop a two-sentence Personal Brand Niche Statement
  • Get clear 3 personal branding opportunities with COVID
  • Participate in a 5-minute brand audit exercise
  • Learn 5 steps to turn publicity into profits

Rachael Bozsik is an International keynote speaker and thought leadership coach who specializes in coaching interior designers to define their personal brand and land prestigious press, paid speaking, and partnerships. In this session, Rachael walks you through her signature 5-step system to gaining brand clarity, visibility, and authority within your niche.  She has been featured in Forbes, Glamour, Business Insider, Nylon & more.

4:00PM -4:15PM

Wrap-up of Day One and Preview for Day Two


Speed Networking
Hopin's networking feature will randomly match attendees to meet and connect face-to-face. Be prepared to use your camera and microphone. You'll have 5 minutes to chat and then the program will automatically pair you with another attendee!

Day One of Event Two adjourns at 5:00PM

Tuesday, April 6, 2021: Day Two


Expo Networking- Visit Sponsor Booths

Don't miss visiting Monogram, Crypton, Universal, JAIPUR LIVING, High Point Market Authority,  and Norwalk  – click the button with a special offer in each of the Sponsor booths for a chance to win  $250 gift cards - we'll be announcing two winners the week of April 12th.


Welcome and Introduction by Adam Japko


Brand Presentations #1- #5

Brands will discuss opportunities for their brand and introduce influencer programs and brand style to design influencers. Determining the right "fit" for influencer/brand collaborations may be the single most important foundational factor for influencer marketing success. Participating in these sessions allows influencers to determine if a particular brand relationship feels "on brand" with influencers' style and content, permits authenticity that aligns with influencers' audiences, permits suitable creative freedom, offers brand affinity (already believe in the product), and can be built on trust/professionalism.

Presenting Sponsors:

1:30PM - 2:00PM

Brand Collaboration Presentation #1 - Jaipur Living

Yash Ranga, head of the Jaipur Rugs Foundation, shares the sustainable development initiatives that uplift Jaipur Living artisans—from writing and literacy initiatives to healthcare and weaver engagement programs

Yash Ranga, Head of Jaipur Rugs Foundation
Sasha Wallace, Marketing Production Manager, Jaipur Living

Sponsored by:

2:00PM - 2:30PM

Brand Collaboration Presentation #2 - Monogram

Join the Monogram team as we talk about designer programs, ways to engage with our products and have fun LIVE from Louisville with Chef Brian.  He will be making a tasty appetizer in our amazing 5:1 Advantium Wall Oven and pairing it with wine stored in our Sommelier Wine Refrigerator. Not only will be talking about what food pairs well with a specific wine, but we’ll also explore how our products pair well with today’s kitchen designs.

Rebecca Robinson, Senior Area Sales Manager, Monogram
Alexandra Skobel, Senior Manager, Monogram Design Center
Chef Brian Logsdon
Courtney Burge, Lead Marketing Specialist, Monogram Design Center 

Sponsored by:



2:30PM -3:00PM

Brand Collaboration Presentation #3 - High Point Market Authority

Making the Most of Market: The epicenter of the home furnishings industry every April and October, High Point Market is ripe with opportunity for influencers and designers looking to become further connected within the industry. Jeanne Chung and Jana Platina Phipps have spent years coming to High Point biannually to cultivate the relationships that have helped move their businesses to the next level. Join them in the HPMKT booth on April 6 at 2:30pm ET as they share tips and insights into how they’ve made Market work for them - and how you can too!

Ashley Grigg, Director of Marketing & Communications, High Point Market Authority
Jeanne K. Chung, Influencer, Designer, and Principal of Cozy Stylish Chic
Jana Platina Phipps, Influencer, Designer, and Founder of Trim Queen

Sponsored by:
High Point Market Authority


Brand Collaboration Presentation #4 - Crypton and Universal
A conversation with Elise and Neil on storytelling with brands and influencers - how to get the attention of brands on social media.

Elise Gabrielson, Marketing Director, Crypton LLC
Neil MacKenzie, Director of Marketing, Universal Furniture

Sponsored by:


3:30PM -4:00PM

Brand Collaboration Presentation #5 – Amy Flurry

THE NEW PRESS FRONTIER: getting published in 2021
Getting published today looks much different than years past. Brand advisor and author (Recipe for Press: Designer Edition), Amy Flurry, shares where the unexpected and exciting new opportunities for press coverage are hiding and what these editors need now.

  • Ten little-known places to pitch that product big impact results
  • The one new element that belongs in most every pitch
  • The one question you need to know the answer to before sending your first pitch

Amy Flurry operates a communications studio in Athens, Georgia that partners with companies in the home furnishings industry to develop focused communication plans, expand marketing strategies to connect to the interior design trade, and apply trend direction to product development.

She has two decades of editorial experience, producing features and writing for top print and online publications. In 2011 Amy authored Recipe for Press (Pitch Your Story and Create a Buzz,) then took to the road, sharing her editorial insights with entrepreneurs. Recipe for Press (Designer Edition) is her newest book with the tools interior designers need to take advantage of the press opportunities available to creative professionals. The book took shape after two years as creative director of the first-of-its-kind project management app for interior design professionals.

Amy is also co-founder of Paper-Cut-Project, a company that conceives highly crafted installations for fashion houses including Hermes, Kate Spade, Valentino, Christies and the Victoria & Albert Museum.


Expo Networking- Visit Sponsor Booths

Don't miss visiting Monogram, Crypton, Universal, JAIPUR LIVING, High Point Market Authority,  and Norwalk  – click the button with a special offer in each of the Sponsor booths for a chance to win  $250 gift cards - we'll be announcing two winners the week of April 12th.

Day Two of Event Two adjourns at 6:00PM

Wednesday, April 7 - Day Three


10:00AM - 5:00PM

Our Virtual Event Platform (Hopin) is open and available to conduct or host one-to- one meetings that have been pre-scheduled during the event on Monday and/or Tuesday.

No sessions taking place or formal agenda for Wednesday.

Digital Event Three: May 3-4, 2021

Skills and Platforms

Speaker, Topics, and Agenda for Digital  Event Three to be announced shortly