2019 Speakers

Lela Barker

Lela Barker has a unique perspective on entrepreneurship because she sits on both sides of the table. She’s a successful maker with 15 years of experience building a creative business. Since launching her bootstrapped apothecary brand in 2003, Lela has guided Bella Lucce’s growth to include 1500+ wholesale accounts in 27 countries, generating more than $12million in revenue.

Lela is also a business strategist who’s wildly passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs bring their products into the marketplace.  She’s parlayed her time in the entrepreneurial trenches into a series of innovative teaching programs and a robust private consulting practice. Through Lucky Break Consulting, Lela has the privilege of helping thousands of creative entrepreneurs navigate product pricing, brand development, and wholesale strategy.

Lela’s products and personal story have been featured in more than 100 publications worldwide and her flagship teaching programs- LBU for wholesale strategy and Brick House Branding for brand development- consistently sell out within days each time registration opens.  She teaches and speaks regularly, from conference rooms in Austria to cruise ships in the Caribbean and *almost* everywhere in between.

When not arming makers with tactical business approaches, you’ll find her collecting passport stamps, perfecting the ultimate lemon meringue pie recipe, and clinging tightly to her sanity while raising two daughters.

Anne-Marie Faiola

Anne-Marie is passionate about creativity and believes it’s essential for everyone. That passion led her to found Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions in 1999. Through Bramble Berry she’s able to inspire, cheerlead, coach, and lead their 60,000 customers – most of whom are small businesses that sell soap at farmers markets.
Her mission statement has been the same since she started: She uses her forward-thinking positivity to encourage women to lead lives of distinction that bring them joy.

Let Anne-Marie show you that Handmade is Bestmade.


Kayla Fioravanti

Kayla Fioravanti is a cosmetic formulator, certified aromatherapist, and award-winning author. She has a deep and abiding passion for aromatherapy and natural personal care products. She has been in the natural industry for over twenty years formulating personal care products for hundreds of companies. Kayla is a co-founder of Ology Essentials, a research-driven brand of high-quality hemp products, fluffery-free aromatherapy certification program, experience-based business consulting, and honest no-hype custom cosmetic and hemp formulating services.

In 1998, Kayla and her husband Dennis co-founded Essential Wholesale, which was listed as an INC. Magazine 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America for three years in a row. Essential Wholesale began in their kitchen with a $50 investment in 1998 and sold for millions in 2011. Through custom formulating, private consultations, publications, and public speaking Kayla have literally been involved in thousands of businesses and served countless customers.


Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and a passionate entrepreneurial mentor to women around the world. She is committed to helping you gain clarity, create a strategy, and take the actions you need to take in order to enjoy your life, build your business, and have your way. As the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, she has coached and mentored thousands of entrepreneurial women over nearly 20 years. Known for her no-nonsense, direct approach, Donna Maria challenges you to move past the excuses, past the “what ifs,” and beyond the obstacles that block your progress toward fulfillment of your dreams.

Donna Maria is driven by a singular vision: to help women maximize their potential through small business ownership.

Through live online training events, private virtual coaching and mentoring and transformational speaking engagements and keynotes, Donna Maria shares practical, no-nonsense, implementable strategies. She holds you accountable and expects great things.

Donna Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from the University of South Carolina, and a Juris Doctorate in Telecommunications and New Technologies Law from the Catholic University of America, where she served on the Law Review. She is currently enrolled in Foundations of Positive Psychology, taught by University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, known as “the father of positive psychology.”

Donna Maria lives in her hometown of Washington, DC, with her family. She can be reached atwww.DonnaMaria.com and www.IndieBusinessNetwork.com

Holly Port

Holly Port is the owner of Lotion Bar Cafe in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a soap maker, teacher, and author. Since 2006 she has been making Soaps, bath fizzies and lip balms and of course lotion bars. In 2014 She published her first book. Make it Fizz, A guide to making bathtub treats. In 2016 she opened Lotion Bar Café Studio where she teaches locally and opens the studio up for other local artists to teach their craft. In 2018 She opened her first store. In April of 2018 she launched her products into Hallmark stores. Holly also private labels and wholesales to companies and stores around the country.

She enjoys traveling and teaching classes across the country. She is the mother of two boys and has been married to her fizzy making assistant for 24 years. She enjoys learning new things and a good espresso.


Haleigh Fioravanti

Haleigh is a native to Nashville…well Franklin, Tennessee, to be exact.  Quite the dreamer, Haleigh had never once thought about owning a business. She couldn’t quite figure out what she was meant to do – the only thing she knew, for sure, was that she wanted to change the world. When she and her husband started a recycling company, she found that there was tons of glass waste that could be upcycled into something new! Thus began her candle making endeavor. It wasn’t as easy as she thought it was going to be – and to make things harder on herself, she decided to use beeswax. After a lot of research and what seems like thousands of test candles later, Haleigh has a successful beeswax candle line. She owns and makes all the candles for Eternal Returns – and eco-friendly home & living company based in Nashville, TN.


Stephanie Franchini

Stephanie Franchini is a chandler, personal care formulator, farmer, and beekeeper.  She has a brick + mortar store in Loves Park, IL with an added teaching studio opening soon.  She’s been a natural born maker and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit from a very young age.  Her super sensory abilities for taste and smell – which are both a blessing and a curse – landed her in the food industry in various roles and ultimately as a research and development chef.  Researching and formulating with food ingredients then led her to the personal care and natural candle wax industries.  After a few years of apprenticing under guided mentorship, Stephanie opened her business One Love Candle & Bath and attended her first conference – the Tennessee Soap & Candle Social in 2012.  Stephanie is excited to share her passion for soy wax candle making with each of you in Nashville, Tennessee!