1 Every year, we seek out the best industry leaders to speak at our annual American Made Summit. This year's event welcomed a host of great entrepreneurs.
2 Our doors were opened at 8am. Here was the clerestory as people started to take their seats.
3 As guests arrived, they were met by a beautiful display of flags. This installation was made by artist, Muriel Stockdale. Her United States flag series, E PLURIBUS, was handcrafted using fabrics from some of the many cultures that make up this country. http://www.murielstockdale.com/site/bio.php
4 The flags were intended to celebrate diversity as well as patriotism. This flag was titled "Harmony", and blended different fabrics from around the world.
5 In this group, a Greek American flag was constructed of ribbons made in the classical pattern of the Greek key, also known as a meandros. The Danish blond flag on the upper right is made in the traditional bentwood design from carefully crafted plywood. A Palestinian interpretation used articles of clothing, and an Israeli flag was made out of a prayer shawl or tallit, meaning "little tent".
6 This Scottish flag was one of the first in the series. Three traditional Scottish tartans were used - a red, a white and a blue.
7 These four flags were influenced by the countries of Colombia, using a coffee bag, and gold leafed coffee beans and stars, a flag representing the Mayan people of Central America, Ghana, decorated with beads and cowrie shells, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, made from Congolese Kuba cloth, sometimes referred to as Velours de Kasai.
8 The artist, an English immigrant, was excited to create this flag representing her own culture, but it took Muriel six-years to come up with its design. She decided to use tudor roses and crowns.
9 In this collection, a Cambodian flag made from typical Cambodian dress silks and an assortment of Puja idols, a flag from the Hmong people very closely related to the Mien of China, using hemp and a printed representation of embroidery, a Rajasthani flag made from a colorful patchwork wall hanging, and an Indonesian interpretation made from batik cottons.
10 The artist's favorite flag is this one titled "Native", the most intensely constructed of the series. It was hand beaded on leather. Each of the roundels was hand stitched in the style of traditional roundels found on a Plains Indian chief's war bonnet.
11 The rows filled up very quickly. We expected at least 500-visitors to attend our Summit.
12 Sam Schutz, our web video producer, shot the entire speaker series.
13 Large video screens were set-up, so our speakers could be seen from every angle.
14 Lights were dimmed, and I started the program by welcoming all our guests to our fourth annual American Made Summit.
15 The first interview was with me, and conducted by President and Founder of StoryCorps, Dave Isay. StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve and share stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. To date, StoryCorps has recorded more than 45-thousand interviews among more than 80-thousand Americans in all 50-states. https://storycorps.org
16 I talked about how my business started, and how it has changed since I first founded it. I spoke about how valuable it was to find others, who shared common visions, to help develop a business.
17 I explained how strong entrepreneurs take their challenges as learning experiences, not mistakes - business owners learn from everything.
18 David then asked what I would say to my great, great, great grandchildren. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia).
19 You can hear my answer in the video clip below. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
20 Dave ended with a call to action for StoryCorps' ambitious project to preserve the stories of an entire generation over the Thanksgiving weekend and ask students to interview a grandparent or elder and then upload the recordings to their archive.
21 All our entrepreneurial attendees were eager to learn how they could help their businesses grow and succeed.
22 The next panel discussion was called "Financing Your Dreams" moderated by Fran Hauser, Partner of Rothenberg Ventures, and sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks. On the panel were Maxine Bedat, co-founder of Zady, Mike Del Ponte, Chief Hydration Officer of Soma Water Inc., and Suzanne Xie, Founder and CEO of Hullabalu. http://quickbooks.intuit.com/
23 "The Power of Social Media" was a very engaging discussion moderated by Michelle Klein, Marketing Director, North America at Facebook. Panelists included Lo Bosworth, Founder of The Lo Down, Ingrid Nilsen, Lifestyle Expert & Online Video Personality, and Tina Wells, CEO & Founder of Buzz Marketing Group.
24 They talked about the role of social media in their businesses and how important it was to learn how to use it to help their companies develop.
25 One of the many challenges new business owners face is how to keep up with the advances of technology. This panel addressed some of those questions, and offered their best advice for using different social media platforms, such as Twitter, and Instagram.
26 Here I was with Ingrid, Lo, Michelle and Tina.
27 Arianna Huffington took the audience by storm after a short morning break. Arianna is Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. http://www.huffingtonpost.com
28 She shared her story, and how her personal experiences led her to some of the highlights of her business career. She also emphasized how important it was for all people - not just business owners - to get enough sleep.
29 Arianna explained that poor decisions were made by sleep deprived individuals all over the world, and she urged attendees to put away electronic devices sooner each day to make more time for proper rest. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
30 Arianna also asked the audience to include more meaningful, more memorable exercises into daily routines, such as giving back to the community, and spending time with family.
31 It is always good to see Arianna. We stopped to take this photo after her very informative and inspiring lecture.
32 I then called to the stage, our six American Made Honorees in Agriculture: Stephen Cucura, Co-Founder of Fruitscapes, Annie Hayes, Founder of Annie's Annuals and Perennials, Kelly Norris, Founder of Rainbow Iris Farm, Viraj Puri, Co-Founder of Gotham Greens, and Margaret Smith, Co-Founder of Smith Family Farm.
33 Each of the Honorees shared their stories - how their businesses began, what their missions were and why they had such passions for the companies they created.
34 Each of these winners developed their businesses because of their dedication to nature and the environment. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
35 Our American Made development and production team was busy behind the scenes, making sure all the panel discussions went smoothly. Here were Alexa Stark, Meesha Haddad, Heather Kirkland and Kim Miller-Olko.
36 After lunch, I moderated the discussion with the American Made Honorees in Manufacturing, sponsored by Toyota. Joining me were Maria Copello, Co-Founder of Baiser Beauty, Jamie Davis, Co-Founder of Portola Paints and Glazes, Jane Scott Hodges, Founder of Leontine Linens, Gina Locklear, Founder of Little River Sock Mill, and Sarah Sandback, Founder of Sandback. http://www.toyota.com
37 I asked this group to talk about their business missions, and what sets their companies apart from all the rest. Many of them discussed customer relations, and high quality production. They talked about how important it was for them to stay involved with all aspects of their growing businesses.
39 Freya Estrella and Natasha Case, Co-Founders of Coolhaus gourmet ice-cream, addressed the audience next, and talked about how their business and relationship developed by chance, and how entrepreneurs should not shy away from takings risk. https://eatcoolhaus.com
40 Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director & Founding Partner of Refinery 29 moderated the next panel entitled "Making a Name for Yourself: Marketing Success Stories".
41 Joining her were Dylan Lauren, Founder and CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar, Alli Webb, Founder of Drybar and Sonia Kashuk, President & Founder of Sonia Kashuk, Inc.
42 Starting any business requires good marketing practices - business owners need to push promotion of their product and learn from others. Each of our panels was given time to address questions from the audience.
43 Here I was with Dylan after her panel discussion. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
44 Josh Tetrick is CEO and Founder of Hampton Creek, a food technology company focused on finding new ways to utilize plants for food production, and to make healthier food without trans fats or MSG. He also spoke about marketing and development for his business, which has grown immensely since it was founded in 2011. https://www.hamptoncreek.com
45 "Made in America, Part 1: Detroit" was a discussion about the growth of entrepreneurs in this city. Phil Cooley, Owner of Ponyride, moderated the panel which included Christian Birky, Founder of Lazlo, Chris Morris, Creative Director of The Dirt Label, and Veronika Scott, Founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan.
46 In the afternoon - a speaker very familiar with our American Made events, Lucinda Scala Quinn, author of "Mad Hungry". She led an interview with chef, author and television personality, Emeril Lagasse called "Culinary Roots: A Conversation with Emeril".
47 Emeril shared his business story. He talked about his love for music, and how this actually led him to culinary school. The audience learned to always be open to opportunity and change.
48 Emeril is not only a successful businessman, but also a celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and a James Beard Award winner. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) http://emerils.com
49 Bob Bland, CEO and Founder of Manufacture New York moderated "Made in America, Part 2: New York". Joining her were Amanda Parkes, Chief of Technology and Research at Manufacture New York, and Daniel Silverstein, Creative Director and Founder of Daniel Silverstein, Inc.
50 Daniel Silverstein spoke about his company, which collects factory fabric scraps to make clothes. Dan explained that he picks up at least one-thousand pounds of fabric scraps a week that would otherwise be delivered to a landfill.
51 Avi Flombaum, Dean of the Flatiron School spoke next. The Flatiron School is a full-time, multi-week intensive coding program that teaches adults how to code, and prepares students for careers in software development. http://flatironschool.com
52 The final panel discussion was called "Ask the Experts", sponsored by The UPS Store. This panel involved David Bobbitt, President of Score Foundation, Tim Davis, President of The UPS Store, Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard's and myself. Our moderator was Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
53 Hearing from the industry visionaries we invite each year is one of our Summit's highlights. Attendees learn personal stories of success, which can often grow from more challenging experiences.
54 We had a very fun time on this panel. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
55 By the end of the speaker discussions, the sun began to set over New York City, but our Summit was not over yet.
56 Our American Made Store was still open for business.
57 I addressed our audience one last time, thanking them for joining us at our fourth annual event.
58 Attendees were then asked to join us for a closing cocktail party in our clerestory.
66 And, Stew Leonard's offered hearty soups - Chicken Chili, Meatballs in Marinara Sauce, and New England Clam Chowder. http://www.stewleonards.com
67 These soups were a big hit after our busy Summit.
68 Guests created their own original Triscuit creations with McClure’s pickles and tapenades, The Jam Stand fruit spreads, and other tasty ingredients. http://www.triscuit.com (Photo by Bill McGeary)
70 Alaska Seafood also brought miso black cod skewers.
71 Mohawk shared a carefully curated selection of historic design ephemera from the Stathmore Archives and brought in this letterpress, so attendees could create letterpress souvenirs of their own. http://www.mohawkconnects.com
72 Everyone enjoyed the refreshments - every table was busy.
73 And every guest left with a gift bag filled with souvenirs from this successful and informational American Made Summit. (Photo by Bill McGeary)
74 I will see you at our next American Made!