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.

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.

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.

Camille Beckstrand

Camille Beckstrand

Blogger at Six Sisters' Stuff

Camille Beckstrand is a blogger who blogs with her sisters at SixSistersStuff.com. She and her husband have 4 children. Camille graduated with a degree in elementary education but is now a work-at-home mom, blogging with her sisters and helping her husband with his health and fitness blog.

Besides blogging, Camille also does social media consulting for many businesses and other bloggers and travels around the nation speaking at various events. She has learned so much about blogging through trial and error and she loves to help others figure out their best plan also. She currently resides just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Julia Furlan

Julia Furlan

Blogger at Six Sisters' Stuff

Julia is head of the BuzzFeed Audio PodSquad and host of their twice-weekly podcast, The News from BuzzFeed News. In her four years at BuzzFeed, she's launched podcasts like Another Round, Internet Explorer and also produces the weekly thirsty look at pop culture, Thirst Aid Kit. Julia has a M.A. from NYU in Journalism and Latin American Studies and in past lives she's written and produced audio for places like WNYC, Latino USA and Slate.

Michelle Vincent

Michelle Vincent

Facebook Industry Manager

Michelle joined Facebook’s Travel Leadership Team last fall following a decade-long run overseeing client partner teams across a variety of Fortune 500 global, multidivisional companies at Google. She specializes in consulting global brands on marketing, growth strategies, analytics and more with a current purview across a wide range of properties and platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and What’s App.

Michelle’s extensive client roster in the travel industry has included hotels, airlines, OTAs, DMOs and travel agencies to which she has consulted on digital marketing planning and strategy, mobile design and UX, video and SEM.

Prior to that, Michelle held various roles in traditional media working with large brands ranging from finance to luxury retail and received a BSBA from the University of Pittsburgh with dual concentrations in Marketing and Finance. She spends her free time traveling and enjoying family life by the water on Long Island with her husband and two boys.

Kristin Castillo

Kristin Castillo

Vice President Strategy, Trendera

Kristin Castillo is the Vice President of Strategy at Trendera and one of the foremost experts on Millennial and Gen Z culture. Kristin works with a diverse range of Fortune 500 clients to identify the most significant trends impacting their business and develops innovative brand strategies that resonate with their consumers. A trained analyst and researcher, she regularly travels throughout the country conducting innovation brainstorms, trend treks, ethnographies, and research studies. Additionally, Kristin serves as Editor in Chief of The Trendera Files, the leading syndicated trend report providing cultural insights and data on consumers 8-50 years old. She has presented at numerous conferences and client summits, including those for Disney, HBO, Mattel, Netflix, Target, and many others. Kristin graduated from Pepperdine University and lives in Newport Beach, CA.

Ella Elbells

Ella Elbells

Ella is a young, fresh-faced creator who has an eye for beauty, fashion, DIY and lifestyle. At just 16-years old, she has garnered a fan base of 445,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. Viewers love her relatable personality and knack for putting together stellar DIY and seasonal videos, all while giving great advice to other young girls. Brands love Ella too, and companies such as Neutrogena, Office Depot, Hollister, and Olly have tapped Ella for millennial focused campaigns and initiatives. Ella currently lives in Maryland with her parents and twin sister, Brynn, but will be relocating to Los Angeles when she attends college.

Corinne Travis

Corinne Travis

Sr. Influencer Marketing Manager, Publisher Development

Corinne is currently a Senior Influencer Marketing Manager at CJ Affiliate, the largest affiliate network in the US, where she helps influencers maximize monetization through affiliate. Corinne created the successful VIP Influencer Marketing Campaign solution at CJ after noticing brands and bloggers were consistently looking for ways to create meaningful long term relationships. She is a mom of two boys, Kylan, 5 years old, and Jude 6 months.

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.

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.

Holly Homer

Holly Homer

Holly Homer runs KidsActivities.com and the Quirky Momma Facebook page. She lives in the suburbs of Dallas with her husband, 3 boys and a French Bulldog named Panda. She is the co-author of 2 books: 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments - a third book on the way before the holidays. Holly accidentally started a blog 11 years ago that has turned into her dream job.

Holly Homer

Dayvee Sutton

Dayvee Sutton is an award-winning journalist covering a range of beats: travel, sports, entertainment, and lifestyle topics for television and digital media. Dayvee started her broadcast career in radio as a producer for the number one station in Atlanta, then quickly moved to TV as a features reporter and producer for Falconsvision and Comcast Sports. Over the years she has built credentials doing work for ESPN, CNN, and Turner Sports (TNT, TBS and NBA TV/NBA.com), where she earned two National Sports Emmys. She's co-hosted a daily talk show for four years at NBC Charlotte and was the only female sports anchor and reporter in Atlanta, while at the CBS affiliate. Dayvee is a part of the new wave of entrepreneurial journalists. Through her production company Dream Network Media she produces original content for TV networks, news outlets, online platforms and mobile applications.