We’ve received an update about the Martha Stewart American Made Summit, which will be held Nov. 7 in Manhattan.
We mentioned the program here some weeks ago, letting you know that nominations were being accepted for the annual recognition program. (Francesco Clark of Bronxville-based Clark’s Botanicals was a 2014 award winner, profiled in WAG earlier this year).
For those unfamiliar, the national awards program from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. “spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade.”
Stewart, in announcing the program, said in part, “With American Made, we honor the country’s makers who are sparking change by creating beautiful and useful products, pioneering new industries, improving local communities and changing the way we eat, shop, work and live.”
Makers, creative entrepreneurs and small business owners will gather at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s New York headquarters for the November event planned and hosted by Stewart herself.
Stewart — WAG’s July 2014 cover subject — has planned a day of panels and talks covering a wide variety of topics, including building a successful brand, financing and growing your small business, and using social media to drive awareness and sales.
Over the course of the day, guests will learn from and interact with Stewart and some of the nation’s most influential innovators, industry icons and successful entrepreneurs and will network with other makers from across the country who are reinvigorating their cities, towns, and the American economy.
The 2015 American Made Award honorees and Audience Choice winner will also be celebrated during the summit, joining Stewart onstage to discuss their businesses and success stories.
Along with Stewart, the confirmed 2015 American Made Summit speakers to date include Bob Bland, CEO and founder, Manufacture New York; Lo Bosworth, founder, The Lo Down; Natasha Case, co-founder, Coolhaus; Freya Estreller, co-founder, Coolhaus; Phil Cooley, owner, Ponyride; Tim Davis, president, The UPS Store; Mike Del Ponte, chief hydration officer, Soma Water Inc.; Fran Hauser, partner, Rothenberg Ventures; Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Media Group; Sonia Kashuk, president and founder, Sonia Kashuk Inc.; Emeril Lagasse, chef, restaurateur and TV personality; Dylan Lauren, founder and CEO, Dylan’s Candy Bar; Stew Leonard Jr., CEO, Stew Leonard’s; Ingrid Nilsen, YouTube blogger; Amanda Parkes, chief of technology and research, Manufacture New York; Lucinda Scala Quinn, executive editorial food director, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO, Hampton Creek; Alli Webb, founder, Drybar; Suzanne Xie, founder, Hullabalu; and Kenneth Yancey, CEO, SCORE Association.
Special activities throughout the day will include food sampling and demonstrations; displays from each of the nine Martha Stewart American Made honorees and the Audience Choice winner; and breakfast and lunch provided by handpicked artisanal purveyors.
Tickets are $300 for a full-day pass, which includes access to all the panels and talks, as well as breakfast and lunch. Guests will also receive “Martha’s Map of NYC,” which will include some of Stewart’s favorite places to eat, learn, and shop, as well as exclusive offers for guests during the summit weekend.
Following the all-day event, the summit will conclude with a cocktail party for guests and editors, featuring a selection of locally made food and beverages.
For more, including tickets, visit marthastewart.com/americanmade.
– Mary Shustack