2019 Slow Flowers Summit Speakers
TERRI MCENANEY, BAILEY NURSERIES INC.
As President of Bailey Nurseries, Inc., Terri McEnaney is a 4th Generation leader in her family’s nursery business. Since 1905, Bailey Nurseries has remained a family-owned company serving customers in North America and beyond. Partnerships have been established in the past decade introducing Bailey genetics and brands like Endless Summer Hydrangea to the world. McEnaney graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1982 with a degree in Business with emphasis in Accounting. After 8 years working at 3M Company, McEnaney has worked in various positions at her business and became the company’s first female president in 2001. In addition, McEnaney has served on the board at various organizations, including the Nature Conservancy, Horticultural Research Institute, AmericanHort, and Seed Your Future.
TOBEY NELSON, TOBEY NELSON EVENTS AND DESIGN
Tobey is a flower-loving plant-a-holic. She owns Tobey Nelson Events and Design, a wedding & event floral design and planning business based on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Tobey is firmly committed to sustainable floristry best-practices and to advocating for change in her industry. Tobey's mission includes sourcing locally grown botanicals, using eco-friendly, sustainable floral design mechanics (never any foam), teaching these approaches to fellow florists and educating consumers so they can make better choices.
Tobey is the founder and creator of Whidbey Flower Workshops, a forum for sustainable design education.
CARLY JENKINS, KILLING FROST FARM
Carly grows cut flowers with her partner Jamie Rogers in the Potomac Valley near Missoula, Montana, serving Western Montana's wholesale market as well as event planners and DIY brides. They also make wreaths and other seasonal design pieces from October until December, using 100% farm-raised or foraged botanicals.
Carly designed a magnificent botanical couture look for 2018 American Flower Week campaign featuring foraged moss, lichen and cones. She teaches creativity and design to fellow flower farmers, including the 2018 Pacific Northwest Cut Flower Growers and a session on large-scale, foam-free installations with Jeriann Sabin of Deadhead Cut Flowers.
CHRISTINE HOFFMAN, TWIN CITIES FLOWER EXCHANGE
Since her days growing up in a river valley, gathering endless bunches of wildflowers from the woods surrounding her childhood home, Christine has been in love with flowers. She still holds those fresh picked blooms as the standard for what flowers should be. Her dedication to leading the Slow Flowers movement in Minnesota has positioned Christine as a local flower advocate. She uses 100% locally-grown flora in her Foxglove floral studio, and in 2017 she founded the Twin Cities Flower Exchange, a wholesale hub for local, chemical-free cut flowers.
KALISA JENNE-FRASER, KALYX GROUP
Kalisa Jenne-Fraser is co-founder of Kalyx Group, a marketing consulting firm headquartered in Seattle. Kalisa is a brand marketing consultant who specializes in strategic brand planning, content marketing and digital media strategy.
Kalisa has spent almost her entire professional life delivering marketing strategies and insights to global brands, non-profits and startups alike.
In 2016, after nearly 20 years in corporate marketing and consulting, she left her comfort zone to take on new challenges, expand her skill set and hopefully help build something awesome from the ground up in Kalyx Group. Through Kalyx Group, she offers consulting and training programs that teach entrepreneurs and small business owners how to translate their passions into actionable brand strategies that work.
MISSY PALACOL, MISSY PALACOL PHOTOGRAPHY
Missy Palacol Connell is a Seattle-based portrait and brand photographer, digital marketing expert, speaker, travel junkie, and new mom! She teaches people and companies how to capture their authentic visual brand and how to leverage social and digital media to grow their businesses.
In 2014, Missy left her job in corporate marketing and struck out on her own with Missy Palacol Photography, capturing rich and memorable images for individuals, families, events and brands. In 2016, she co-founded Kalyx Group, where she combines her passion for photography with her deep knowledge of branding and digital storytelling.
NIESHA BLANCAS, FETCHING SOCIAL MEDIA
With a personality as colorful as her creativity, Niesha loves to think outside the box for new and exciting ways to showcase her clients stories. After graduating from Fresno State as a double major in Public Relations and Fashion Merchandising, Niesha dipped her toes into various waters, many which happen to be social-worthy: food, flowers, wine, travel, fashion, and events.
Niesha handles social media strategy for multiple Slow Flowers platforms, including the Slow Flowers Summit, American Flowers Week and the Slow Flowers Podcast.
Kelly Morrison has been farming for 10 years and has owned her farm, Color Fields for 5 years.
Originally from South Carolina, Kelly has farmed from the mountains of Western North Carolina all the way to New York City before settling in Hillsborough, NC.
She is a founding member and currently serves as the Board President of Piedmont Wholesale Flowers, a wholesale market for locally grown flowers, in Durham.
WHIT MCCLURE, WHIT HAZEN
Studio floral designer Whit McClure moved to Los Angeles three years ago and she has been designing with flowers ever since. Her introduction to flower farming and floral design is rooted in connections made through food justice and the local culinary community in Washington, D.C. Whit spent years after college working on farms, in community gardens, and in the nonprofit world, teaching folks of all ages and walks of life how to grow their own food. Eventually she found floral design as the perfect blend of working with plants, crafting beauty, and collaborating with others, while remaining committed to social justice in her free time. Ever-inspired by nature’s abundant beauty and driven to respect and protect its resources,
Whit Hazen is motivated to bring more beauty in the world for others.
With the loving support of her family, Amanda owns and runs a small cut flower farm and design studio out of my home in Ann Arbor. She utilizes organic and sustainable practices and loves growing a diversity of unique and interesting blooms that inspire creative and natural design. She designs for small weddings, events, and funerals, and also cooperates with local farms that provide u-pick flowers for the public. Amanda works with what is in season first, and loves to collaborate with other local growers.
Amanda joined with other flower growers to start the Michigan Flower Growers' Cooperative in the summer of 2016 to serve the needs of growers through marketing and distribution of their products to the wholesale market.
DEBRA PRINZING, SLOW FLOWERS LLC
Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads at her web site, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.
She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the July 4th week in 2015 with more than 5.0 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra is a Florists' Review Contributing Editor for which produces the "Slow Flowers Journal" section.