Update: If you missed the 2011 Etsy Success Symposium, scroll down to view some of the sessions recorded via Livestream. If you’re looking for more information about the Etsy Success Symposium happening on March 30, 2012, go here.
On February 8, 2011, here at the Etsy Labs in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York, we’re holding a day of workshops for Etsy sellers and we hope you can join us. We’ve programmed the symposium to be the perfect end to 2011’s Shop Makeover series. If you can’t join us, don’t fret, this full day of workshops for creative entrepreneurs will broadcast live to the entire Etsy community.
Webcast Info: For those of you who can’t make it in person, we’ll be broadcasting via Livestream (instead of the Virtual Labs). You can check out the line up and view the workshops right on Etsy’s Livestream Channel. Or go to the Community page right here on Etsy where we’ve embedded the player and accompanying chat. To tune in, just press the play button on the video feed.
Our mission is to inspire and educate small business owners — Etsy sellers in particular — to take their company to the next level. We hope to connect attendees with motivating guest speakers while meeting and supporting one another. Prepare to find a new passion for your Etsy business, bolstered by support from fellow entrepreneurs, Etsy Admin and creative professionals in your community.
Want to know who’ll be there? Here’s a list of some of the guests we’ve invited to inspire you:
Vanessa Bertozzi | @vanessabertozzi
Workshop: Beyond the Comfort Zone: Presenting Yourself Professionally
One of Etsy’s first Admin, Vanessa Bertozzi is the Director of Community and Education at Etsy. Previously she was the Editorial Director, running the Etsy Blog. In the early days, she did a mix of grassroots PR and marketing and community outreach. Her background is in new media and documentary filmmaking.
Dave Brown | @Etsy
Workshop: I’m Tweeting This: Confessions From a Social Media Junkie
Dave lives in a world of 140 characters, Facebook Likes and Foursquare check-ins. He’s Etsy’s Social Media Specialist but he’s also an author, record label owner, blogger and avid hi-fiver. He’s worked with Zappos, TOMS and Ford but dancing with with Bjork in Iceland and living by the motto, “Love your work, work your love,” are what he’s most proud of.
April Bowles-Olin | @blacksburgbelle
Workshop: Attract Your Target Market — You’re Not Walmart
April helps creative entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality through her website, Blacksburg Belle, where she writes about marketing, blogging and increasing business success. She uses her expertise in psychology to help creatives reach their goals, take charge of their inner critic, and build businesses around their dream lifestyles.
Sarah Feingold | @sarahfeingold
Workshop: Insider Secrets to Copyright and Intellectual Property
Sarah Feingold, Esq., a former legal journalist and corporate attorney, currently serves as general counsel for Etsy. Sarah is passionate about sharing information to help artists protect their intellectual property rights. Sarah is also a jeweler with her own business, Feingold Jewelry. Fun fact: Sarah was surprised with a Ring Pop during her wedding ceremony.
Noah Scalin | @NoahScalin
Workshop: Generating Creative Energy
Noah is an artist/activist and creator of the award-winning daily art project Skull-a-Day. Noah founded an internationally recognized, socially conscious design and consulting firm and teaches socially conscious design at VCU. His latest book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal, is designed to help people reap the benefits of making a daily project.
Lorrie Veasey | @LorrieMud
Workshop: The Greedy Crafter: Getting What You Want
Lorrie and her husband opened a retail shop in 1995 and was an integral part of what later became the “Paint Your Own Pottery” craze on the East Coast. Our Name Is Mud is now a national company and she continues to design for the brand. Lorrie is also the originator and curator of Tiles for America, the only remaining spontaneous memorial to the events of 9/11 that still exists today.
Download Lorrie’s PDF file.
Michelle Ward | @WhenIGroUpCoach
Workshop: Ascertaining Your Awesomeness & Articulating It
With a dose of empathy, a shot of butt-kickin’, a wagon full of enthusiasm and a crapload of inspiration, Michelle has helped over 100 clients turn their grown-up skills and values into a passionate career. She can be found coaching at Whenigrowupcoach.com and encouraging everyone to claim their uniquity via The Declaration of You.
Steven Zelin | @thesingingcpa
Workshop: Intro to Bookkeeping for Creative Entrepreneurs
Steven (a.k.a. the Singing CPA) writes and performs funny songs about accounting, and he’s been a certified public accountant for over 10 years. He is the president of The Lowe Bureau, a company which provides bookkeeping and business management services to creative individuals and small businesses.
Amanda Hirsch | @amanda_hirsch
Workshop: What the Creative Business Owner Can Learn from Improv
Amanda Hirsch is a storyteller and an evangelist for improv, yoga and dark chocolate (aka nectar of the gods). She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Jordan, their dog, Cosmo, and a lot of people with mustaches. See also: naps.
Keynote Speaker: Nancy Soriano
Passionate about handmade and lifestyle, Nancy is a creative thinker and collaborator. Nancy was the editor in chief of Country Living Magazine for 10 years where she built the magazine into a multi-platform brand to include branded books, events, home furnishings, special interest publications, broadcast, and digital. She
then went on to co-found, The Creative Connection Event, a 3-day conference/event that brings together, into one venue, creative women and women entrepreneurs in the handmade, and food communities along with social media classes, business panels, and creative hands-on workshops. Nancy is also the Community Leader|Publishing Director for Craft @ F+W Media.
We’ll have a few more surprise guests, gifts from our lovely sponsors, a delicious and healthy Eatsy breakfast and lunch and will end the day with mingling, drinks and a swap sponsored by Swap-bot. Exciting! Hope to see you there.