This past week, we were fortunate enough to participate in the inaugural Southern C Summit at Jekyll Island, Georgia from May 1-3. Hostesses with the mostesses, Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long, and founders of The Southern Coterie have cultivated an intimate online setting where savvy creatives are encouraged to share where they are going and where they have been. If you have not yet had the opportunity to explore the website we highly recommend you do so! The Southern Coterie is a clear reflection of the enthusiasm and passion Whitney and Cheri have for the South and all of the talent it holds.
Southern C Founders Whitney Long & Cheri Levy
The Summit certainly left our stomachs full, and minds hungry for more. The live event gave us an opportunity to meet some of the South’s most creative minds- from retail boutique owners and fashion designers, to culinary masters and blogging professionals talent was in abundance! It isn’t everyday that you have the opportunity to meet such talented and inspiring professionals, who can share the common struggles of developing your brand. We walked away inspired, invigorated, and ready to develop our clients further!
Melissa Blanchard (VanJean), Carrie Money (Callie’s Biscuits), Jackie Thomson, Libba Osborne, Hannah Danahey (Leapfrog PR)
Although speaking in front of crowds is not our favorite past-time, this intimate community made it a breeze! Thursday morning, we held a Q&A panel discussing “The Art of Storytelling,” with the design masters behind Stitch Design Co, Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowson, the entrepreneur behind premier women’s boutique VanJean, Melissa Blanchard, culinary entrepreneur from Callie’s Biscuits, Carrie Morey, and brand developer Haskell Harris. We are excited that we survived speaking in front of an audience of 200 – and a little bubbly before the the presentation helped immensely.
Champagne for a little liquid courage before the Q&A panel
Carrie Morey (Callie’s Biscuits), Melissa Blanchard (VanJean), Libba Osborne, Jackie Thomson (Leapfrog PR), Courtney Rowson & Amy Pastre (Stitch Design Co)
Haskell Harris (Haskell Harris Creative), Carrie Morey (Callie’s Biscuits), Melissa Blanchard (VanJean), Libba Osborne, Jackie Thomson (Leapfrog PR),
Courtney Rowson, Amy Pastre (Stitch Design Co)
Some other highlights from the week included..
Southern Living Editors Stephanie Granada & Erin Shaw Street with Whitney Long
Tara Derr Webb & Kimberly Tall, Sociale Mocktails serving libations at lunch by the ocean
Big T Coastal Provisions crab dip and Tracy Blanchard
Lulie Wallace, artist & Chassity Evans, Look Linger Love blog
K Cooper Ray, Social Primer
Even the stormy seas couldn’t keep this crowd down! We were so impressed with the Southern C’s ability to modify the event and elevate the spirits, given the wet conditions over the week. A big Thank You to Whitney Long & Cheri Leavy for hosting The Southern C Summit! We are so thrilled to have been a part of the Summit and are already counting down the days till next year, as I am sure most everyone is!
If you did not have an opportunity to attend the Summit, The Southern Coterie will be hosting the Summit Series in Athens, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee in the coming months. Be sure to visit their website for more information on the Summit and to register for the Summit Series.