Last year’s SNAP! keynote speakers were amazing—I mean, how do you top someone like Matt Townsend? He never fails to engage and inspire audiences and our SNAP! attendees were no different. But believe it or not, we may have outdone ourselves this year.
In fact, I’m sure we’ve outdone ourselves.
For SNAP! Conference 2013, we’ve found three keynote speakers (count ’em…three!) who will make your conference weekend one to remember—not that it wouldn’t be memorable anyway, what with all the fabulous workshops, classes and activities.
But we’re talking serious motivation, “a ha!” moments…maybe even a much-needed change in perspective.
SNAP! Conference 2013 Keynote Speakers
Thursday evening keynote
Ron Finley, designer, collector, philanthropist, was raised in South Central Los Angeles and showed a passion and telent for fashion at an early age. He started DROPDEAD Collexion, an innovative clothing company, in his family garage and turned it into a top seller with high-end retailers such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Ron’s design ingenuity attracted the attention of many celebrities and NBA stars.
When Ron found that it was impossible to buy healthy produce in his neighborhood he started growing his own. This turned into a passion for the art of gardening and the study of permaculture. As one of the founders of LA Green Grounds, Ron Finley leads the fight to transform neighborhoods currently identified as “Food Deserts” into “Food Forests.” The organization installs gardens in homes throughout South Central Los Angeles free of charge, bringing healthy fruits and vegetables to families in need.
We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is — if you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta.
Friday morning keynote
Lisa Leonard has been making jewelry since high school but she got seriously about it after her first son was born. She had never taken any formal classes or received special training in jewelry making, but she went for it anyway! Creating jewelry not only allowed her to work from home but also connected her with many amazing women.
Lisa’s desire is to create simple, lovely pieces that can be worn with jeans or a little black dress. i want each piece to be meaningful. Her custom jewelry is hand-stamped with your kids’ names or a special phrase or verse. Lisa loves to touch her necklace throughout the day and reflect on her husband and sweet boys.
Lisa is inspired by other artists—painters, scrapbookers, clothing designers and poets.
I love to soak up nature—the sky, the sea, the green hills. I let all these ideas and images swirl around in my mind and then I create.
Julie de Azevedo Hanks
Saturday evening keynote
Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW, is a wife, mother, licensed therapist, business owner, award-winning singer-songwriter, media contributor, mental health blogger, speaker, and soon-to-be author who understands the juggling act women face these days. She also knows what women want and need in order to keep all those balls in the air.
During her freshman year of college, Julie began her music career with the release of her first solo album. Within a few years she married and then became a mother. While her first priority has always been that of being a wife and mother, Julie is also driven by her passion for music and therapy and has learned the tight-wire balance necessary to raise a healthy family while simultaneously pursuing her own goals. She has gone on to have three more children, release nine more albums, receive her master’s degree (University of Utah), and open a thriving counseling practice (Wasatch Family Therapy).
Life isn’t about being flawless or finding a perfect balance, it’s about becoming more of who we really are. When we are consumed by caring for others or caught up in the pursuit of external perfection, it’s easy to forget to be awake and alive in our own lives.