Keynote Speaker, Lisa Congdon

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

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

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