Social Media on the Sand

2018 Speakers

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

With a vision of building a lifestyle brand for women like herself — fun, independent and fearless — Rebecca Minkoff has found a unique niche among fashion-forward, modern women around the world.

Rebecca founded the brand in 2005 with her brother and the Company’s CEO, Uri Minkoff. Together, Uri and Rebecca have grown the Rebecca Minkoff brand into the largest global fashion label led by a female millennial designer.Today, the Rebecca Minkoff brand spans ready-to-wear, bags, footwear, jewelry, watches, and tech. Her unique vision for the brand is singularly focused on her ideal millennial girl, who experiences all of life’s exciting moments, with her confident, go-anywhere, do-anything attitude. The brand is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide, with flagship stores in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Chicago. The brand also has free-standing stores in Hong Kong, Korea, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok.

Website - www.rebeccaminkoff.com

Alli Webb

Alli Webb

Drybar

Alli Webb, a longtime professional stylist, began Drybar in 2010 after a lifelong quest for a great blowout at an affordable price. What started as a mobile business quickly turned into the first Drybar in Brentwood, Calif., and has since expanded to more than 80 locations with over 3,000 stylists across the country. Drybar also offers a full line of professional hair styling products & tools. The line launched exclusively with Sephora in March of 2013, and is now sold both online and in its own Drybar shops, at Sephora and Nordstrom in the U.S. and Canada, and select Ulta Beauty and Bloomingdale’s doors nationwide. In October of 2016, Alli released her first book with Abrams Publishing, The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All, which quickly became a New York Times Bestseller.

Website - www.thedrybar.com

Adam Stewart

Adam Stewart, CD

CEO, Sandals Resorts International

Adam Stewart is Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the company founded by his father, Gordon "Butch" Stewart that owns and operates the world's most recognized brands of luxury all-inclusive resorts including adult, couples-only Sandals Resorts and family-friendly Beaches Resorts.

Prior to focusing on his role as Deputy Chairman, Stewart spent more than a decade as Chief Executive Officer of the organization, leading the brand's transition to its now Luxury Included® signature and overseeing a period of great expansion that also introduced the region's first over-the-water accommodations. His efforts have been recognized by numerous hospitality industry awards including being named the 2015 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Hotelier of the Year. He now joins the Chairman in leading the strategic vision of the company as it prepares for a bold strategy forward.

In addition to his expanded role with SRI, Adam Stewart continues his leadership role in the family's extensive hospitality, media, automotive and appliance business holdings, including his position as Deputy Chairman and CEO, The ATL Group, comprising the Jamaica Observer, the country's leading daily newspaper and ATL Appliance Traders, a chain of domestic and commercial appliance outlets combining exclusive distributorship of the world's top electronic brands and 'unbeatable' customer service throughout Jamaica.

Deeply committed to the region, he is the President of the Sandals Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization aimed at fulfilling the promise of the Caribbean community, serves as 1st Vice President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and is chair of the country's Tourism Linkages Council, which seeks to enhance the capacity and competitiveness of local suppliers, making the strength of tourism work for all.

A graduate and active alumnus of The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, Miami, Stewart lives in Montego Bay, Jamaica with his wife Jill and the couple's three children.

Julie Cole

Julie Cole

Mabel's Labels

Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose! Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed and international phenomenon. As company spokeswoman, Julie is well-known amongst North American entrepreneurs and her dynamic personality has led to numerous speaking engagements, from university business classes to TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, Metro Morning, CH Morning Live, Better TV, The Mom Show, Fox 5 San Diego and WGN’s Midday. She is a digital influencer and syndicated blogger for The Huffington Post, modernmom.com, PTPA Media, Yummy Mummy Club, and her company’s Mabelhood blog. Her writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. Mabel’s Labels has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com.

Brianne Manz

Brianne Manz

Stroller in the City

Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Stroller In The City boasts about city living, kids fashion, family travel, and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff.

Jessica Goodbury

Jessica Woodbury

Director, Content Development, Commission Junction

A blogger for over 15 years, Jessica Woodbury has built successful influencer and content programs to serve a wide variety of brands. She is currently the Director of Content Development at CJ Affiliate, the largest affiliate network in the US, where she helps influencers, magazines, and media maximize monetization. She previously created the innovative Homemakers program at Wayfair.com. She is a writer, reader, and lapsed lawyer.

Holly Robsinon Peete

Holly Robinson Peete

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles, Robinson Peete was voted “most talented” in high school alongside fellow classmate and future actor Rob Lowe. She did her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in psychology and French. Robinson Peete’s longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led to a successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands, including Target, Toys“R”Us, Colgate, Skechers, Epipen, and Carnation. She has also launched a new Holly Robinson Peete lifestyle brand of apparel and accessories on the popular shopping channel EVINE LIVE.Robinson Peete’s philanthropic efforts have earned her numerous awards and honors,including Ford’s Freedom Sisters; the American Mentor Award; the Southern California Broadcasters’ Association Community Service Award; Gerald R. Ford People Helping People Award; the March of Dimes Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award; USC Woman of Distinction Award; Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award; the Genii Award; the Girls Inc. Mentor Award; A Place Called Home Humanitarian Award; and McDonald’s 365 Black Award and many more. Whether discussing her advocacy for son's autism, her father’s Parkinson’s disease or how she strives to maintain a successful work-life balance, Holly Robinson Peete delivers inspiring, authentic, down to earth keynotes that connect deeply and offer audiences vital tips and roadmaps for managing their own lives and careers.

Website - www.hollyrod.org

Maria Bailey

Maria Bailey

CEO, BSM Media | Host, Mom Talk Radio

Maria Bailey is an award-winning author, radio talk show host, nationally known speaker and the foremost marketing authority on marketing to moms. Her book, Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Piece of the Trillion Dollar Market, was the first to examine the buying power of mothers and the most effective marketing initiatives to tap the $1.7 trillion market.

Maria is also the host of Mom Talk Radio™, the first nationally syndicated radio show for moms, Founder/CEO of BlueSuitMom.com, the award winning website for executive working mothers and the creator of Smart Mom Solutions, a product line that offers solutions to everyday challenges for busy moms.

Debbie-Ann White

Debbie-Ann White

Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Promotions, Unique Vacations, Inc.

Debbie-Ann White is Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Promotions at Unique Vacations, Inc. (UVI), an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, Fowl Cay Resort and Your Jamaican Villas. She is responsible for the organization’s overall reputation, as well as crafting the strategic direction and overseeing the implementation of individual brand campaigns. Her award-winning work has helped establish Sandals Resorts International as the undisputed leader of Caribbean vacation experiences.

Despite the responsibility of her position and the corporate title that accompanies it, when Debbie-Ann White thinks about her role representing some of travel’s most well-known brands, the first thing that comes to her mind is surprising. “Most of what I try to do every day is to align our brands with partners and opportunities that bring out the best in them. Relationships are what matter most,” says White. “At heart, I am the quintessential matchmaker.”

Fitting for a woman who runs one of the world’s most romantic brands, Sandals Resorts, and telling about her approach to business which is collaborative, thoughtful and always focused on results. Under her helm, White has launched a variety of impressive initiatives featuring distinguished partnerships with Wheel of Fortune, McDonalds, Greg Norman, Sesame Workshop, Bride’s Magazine, Mondavi Wines and many, many more. She has also orchestrated numerous celebrity events, resort grand openings and press events around the world and is the creator and producer of Social Media on the Sand, Beaches Resorts’ annual gathering of parent influencers.

Debbie-Ann White lives in South Florida where she tends regularly to her most important relationships: husband, Lorin and daughter, Lian.

Cindy Goodman

Cindy Goodman

Cindy Krischer Goodman is an award-winning business journalist, social media maven and blogger. Her nationally distributed column and blog, The Work Life Balancing Act, has appeared in The Miami Herald and hundreds of newspapers across the country. Known online as the Balance Gal, Cindy has loyal followers across various platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Her followers turn to Cindy for career and lifestyle advice to achieve a more fulfilling life. Cindy also founded RaisingTeensBlog, an online community for parents of teens grappling with their sanity.