Time is running out & tickets are almost gone!

We're closing off ticket sales on September 15, 2016 so that we can turn our attention to the final details of The Hello Sessions! Only a few tickets are left, so grab yours while they're still here. 




"I attended the Hello Sessions last year with a domain, idea and stack of business cards. I registered and didn't really know what to expect...At the Hello Sessions I met friends, made business contacts and finally felt like I wasn't the only looney toon with a dream and some drive to make it happen. Now, almost a year later I have a fully functioning online boutique, amazing vendors, and I've pushed forward leaps and bounds. A crazy dream and some creative direction from the Hello Sessions goes a long way."

- Ryann Gaspara, Gaspara Flora

"I had such an incredible experience at The Hello Sessions last year—I met the kindest and most creative people in all stages of their careers/lives, I got practical and actionable tips and advice for my own career, and I’ve seen incredible growth in my own life because of it! I’m SO EXCITED for The Hello Sessions this year!"

- Heather Bauer, The Caterpillar Years



We are thrilled that fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon will be our keynote speaker at The Hello Sessions 2016! Lisa has worked with an impressive array of clients around the world, including the MoMA, Harvard University, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Simon & Schuster, and Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others. She has exhibited her work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery, and a selection of her abstract works are currently available through New York's Uprise Gallery. Lisa writes a popular daily blog about her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of six books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books The Joy of Swimming, Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015

Follow Lisa on Instagram @lisacongdon




Video Workshop Leader, Sarah Khandjian, is a graphic designer turned crafty maker behind the DIY and lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She finds joy in creating beautiful things and helping others do the same. Sarah produces all of her own colorful, upbeat, instructional videos, and in her workshop she'll show you how to make your owneven if you're a beginner with a limited budget! 

Get to know Sarah: Individual Mini Ice Cream CakesSarah’s videosSarah's Meet + Make Workshops

Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahhearts



Business Workshop Leader, Cyd Converse, is the tastemaker behind the popular design and lifestyle blog The Sweetest Occasion. Armed with an undergraduate degree in architecture and an MBA, Cyd navigates the blogging world with a keen sense of what it takes to turn your creativity into a thriving entrepreneurial venture. If you've ever wondered how to take your blog from a fun side venture to a legit business, Cyd's your lady. 

Get to know Cyd: About The Sweetest OccasionA Glam Galentine's Day Dinner PartyWelcome to Our Old House

Follow Cyd on Instagram@thesweetestoccasion


Social Media Workshop Leader, Nicole Hudson, runs the social media and branding company Bot Communications, where her lifelong love affairs with technology, photography, videography, writing, design, and people come together. With an eye for crisp, bright imagery and an infectious enthusiasm for building communities, Nicole has already inspired hundreds of students and clients internationally to build authentic online connections that blossom with time. 

Get to know Nicole: Calgary Workshop TourA Lesson on Boundaries and Saying NoHow to Deal With Copycats

Follow Nicole on Instagram @botcomm



We looked high and low, and in the end the place that stole our hearts was The Ace Hotel's event spaceThe Cleaners! With its location in the heart of The Pearl District, its huge windows, and its pitch perfect vibe, we knew immediately that this was the perfect place for all of us to gather this year. 



We're thrilled to announce that Kimpton's Hotel Vintage Portland is the official hotel of The Hello Sessions 2016! We went in search of accommodations that felt like you--chic but fun; upscale but laid back. We also wanted a place that felt unique to Portland. At the Hotel Vintage, the luxe appointments include handmade artwork, local wines flow nightly, and the adult game room will provide the perfect place to gather with new and old THS friends. 

What you can look forward to when you stay at the Hotel Vintage:

  • Discounted room rate ($259) checking in on 10/6 and checking out on 10/8

  • Close proximity to The Cleaners (4 minute walk)

  • Nightly wine hour featuring local wines

  • Urban tasting room in lobby

  • Adult game room

  • Live music from 6-8pm (Thursday thru Sunday)

  • The opportunity to mix and mingle easily with other attendees

  • Exclusive hand-delivered gifts by Gaspara Flora only for The Hello Sessions attendees staying at the Hotel Vintage

The Hello Sessions organizers and speakers will be staying at the Hotel Vintage, and we've reserved a block of rooms just for attendees. When you use this link, you may reserve a room for the discounted rate of $259 (regular rate is $395). 

You can also call 1-800-263-2305 and request the "The Hello Sessions" group rate. 

Please note that these rooms are for attendees only; we reserve the right to remove you from the reservation if you do not purchase a ticket. 



One of the things that made The Hello Sessions so magical last year was the incredible Schoolhouse Electric Co. opening night party, and we're thrilled to announce that we'll be kicking this year's event off at the SECO headquarters once again! 

On October 6, 2016, Schoolhouse Electric will provide The Hello Sessions’ attendees exclusive access to their Portland location. Our SECO friends will be partnering with local companies to create a uniquely Portland-flavored fête! In addition, our attendees will get 15% off of any items purchased within a week of the party.