If you're an aspiring business owner, join me at this year's annual Martha Stewart American Made Summit and find out what you can do to expand your company - there's still time to order your tickets for this informative and inspiring event on October 22nd in New York City.
Every year, our panelists, moderators, and speakers are carefully chosen to cover a wide spectrum of subjects from entrepreneurial initiatives and social media platforms to business trends and specific case studies. Our speakers share their personal business experiences, and the lessons they've learned. Plus, we always allow plenty of time for questions and answers! We have a very exciting lineup of notable experts for this special fifth anniversary American Made Summit, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, acclaimed Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and United States chief technology officer, Megan Smith.
Here are some of the great speakers who have participated in American Made over the years, and some information on what we'll talk about this year. Enjoy, and I hope to see all of you at our next Martha Stewart American Made Summit. Click on this highlighted link to buy your tickets now.
Every year, hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs come to our New York City executive offices to hear from our expert speakers and business leaders.
In this panel discussion, I spoke with Ralph Rucci, Calvin Klein, and Tory Burch on the secrets of success.
Tory Burch explained that when she started out, she had no budget to work with and really had to be creative. She looked to the Internet, social media, and e-commerce to grow her business.
Calvin Klein’s advice for young designers – “You have to know what you’re good at and how you’re different from the crowd. You have to have drive and work hard, but you have to be special – give them something they don’t have.”
Here I am with J.Crew CEO, Mickey Drexler. When I asked him about the goals of his company, he said – “Keep doing what we do, only better.”
Our own Sarah Carey, editorial director of food and entertaining, leads a great demo class, and teaches participants how to prepare delicious meals for every night of the week. Here, Sarah shows how to make a hearty beef, barley, and vegetable stew – perfect for fall.
This panel includes President of UPS, Tim Davis, television investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Barbara Corcoran, and my dear friend, entrepreneur and author, Charlotte Beers. We all have strong opinions and a wealth of experience, so this was a lively, honest, and fun conversation. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)
I was very excited to have my friend and neighbor, Blake Lively, join me at one American Made Summit for a one-on-one conversation about creative entrepreneurship.
We discussed inspirations, and how they can influence business decisions.
Here, I am moderating a discussion with American Made Honorees in Manufacturing – 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. 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.
Piera Gelardi, executive creative director & founding partner of Refinery 29 moderated this panel on “Making a Name for Yourself: Marketing Success Stories”. Joining her were Dylan Lauren, founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, Alli Webb, founder of Drybar and Sonia Kashuk, president and founder of Sonia Kashuk, Inc. They advised the audience that starting any business requires good marketing practices – business owners need to push promotion of their product and learn from others.
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 spoke at our Summit about marketing and development for his young business, which began in 2011.
This panel discussion includes television host and journalist, Mika Brzezinski, president and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, Stew Leonard, Jr., president of SCORE Foundation David Bobbitt, and president of The UPS Store, Tim Davis. All our panels take time for questions from the audience.
This 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. I explained how strong entrepreneurs take their challenges as learning experiences, not mistakes – business owners learn from everything. https://storycorps.org
Arianna Huffington is Chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. She took the audience by storm in her discussion about leadership and how her career has advanced over the years. http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Arianna also spoke about rest, and how all business people need to take time to care for themselves – and to get enough sleep.
The clerestory of our New York City executive offices is always full for our speaker series – young entrepreneurs are eager to hear what they can do to grow their businesses and maintain success.
American actress, model businesswoman, and co-founder of The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that sells non-toxic household products, Jessica Alba, will speak this year on how to grow a brand. https://www.honest.com/
My friend, acclaimed chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, and I will discuss food in the United States, and answer questions from the audience.
This is Fabian Siegal, CEO of Marley Spoon. He joins a panel this year to talk about innovative business ideas, and how they stir up the industry. He will also talk about Martha & Marley Spoon, and how our partnership has developed. Have you ordered your Martha & Marley Spoon box yet? The #MarthaandMarleySpoon Thanksgiving box has all you need to make turkey, sides, and a pie for your holiday meal!
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American actress, producer, and founder of food-crafting kit company, Foodstirs, Sarah Michelle Geller, joins in with her thoughts on how she and her business has stirred up the industry. https://foodstirs.com
We will hear from Barry Sternlicht, founder, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm focused on global real estate, energy, infrastructure and securities trading.
And, we’ll talk to my friend, Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money and a co-founder of TheStreet, Inc. Everyone wants to know how to fund their start-up business – Jim will explain how.
Joseph Abboud is a menswear fashion designer and author. He will talk about American style through fashion, and its influence in business.
Fashion designer, Zac Posen, also joins our Summit and offers his stories of success as a young entrepreneur.
Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, will talk about the world of technology, and how it has changed businesses and our daily lives.
Plus, our own Chef Emeril Lagasse will be here to share his business stories, and answer all your cooking questions.
This year’s special 5th anniversary Martha Stewart American Made Summit promises to be inspiring and informative. Get your tickets NOW and join me for this fun weekend of events! http://american-made.ticketbase.com