Lucky Break University Expert Interviews

Lucky Break University
LBU
Secrets to Wholesale Success
Expert Interviews
One of my favorite facets of the LBU program is our Expert Interview series. Each week, I
tap the mind of an industry heavy-hitter who shares intimate wisdom with my students.
These interviews are a fantastic source of inspiration and I’m always impressed with the
authenticity + transparency of our guests. When I say they share, I mean they really share
and it’s all designed to help you avoid the pitfalls along the journey by walking through
real-life scenarios. We have an INCREDIBLE line-up for the summer semester… scroll down
to see who’s coming to the party to help cheer you on!
Week 1
PADRAIC RYAN OF RYAN DESIGN STUDIO
Padraic has designed more than 500 custom sites over the last 11
years and his knowledge of e-commerce trends + SEO is virtually
unmatched. The Jedi Master of e-commerce + web design shares
how to create websites that attract wholesale buyers and empower
us to work smarter, not harder.
Week 2
ALANA RIVERA OF ETTA + BILLIE
Alana’s small batch bath + body products have been sold through
Urban Outfitters + Banana
Republic and her company has
experienced explosive growth since her 2013 rebrand. This bath +
body rock star walks us through the lessons learned via the evolution
of her brand aesthetic; plus, Alana shares insight about how she
knew it was time to move out of the house and into a workshop.
Claim your seat in the winter semester at
www.LuckyBreakConsulting.com
Lucky Break University
Secrets to Wholesale Success
Expert Interviews
Week 3
JENN ROMERO OF UNURTH
Jenn Romero’s modern, organic ceramics have rocked many a
maker fair and caught the attention of major national retailers. This
talented product designer shares her process-based approach to
design and how to craft a company that builds creative renewal into
the design process itself.
Week 4
ANGIE MYUNG OF POKETO
Poketo is an online destination and brick + mortar shop for
design-driven wares that take art off the gallery walls and into
people’s lives. Angie founded the company in 2003 and has grown
it into a leading lifestyle brand, including 3 curated collaborations
with Target. Angie will be rolling up her sleeves to discuss emerging
product trends + how to catch the attention of today’s buyers.
Week 5
MICHELLE KOHANZO FROM THE LAND OF NOD
Land of Nod is America’s most forward-thinking + design-savvy
catalogs for kids. We’re super-excited to welcome the company’s
top brass to chat about what it’s like to work with major national
retailers, plus what sparks her interest when reviewing new
products + brands.
Claim your seat in the winter semester at
www.LuckyBreakConsulting.com
Lucky Break University
Secrets to Wholesale Success
Expert Interviews
Week 6
ANNA MARIE FAIOLA OF BRAMBLEBERRY
Anne Marie is a national-award-winning businesswoman + CEO of
Brambleberry, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of DIY kits and
cosmetic ingredients. Social media has been pivotal to the
company’s success and Anne Marie has amassed 50,000 YouTube
followers + 30,000 Twitter followers. She’ll share how she did it +
how she’s leveraged that social media presence to build brand
loyalty.
Week 7
KRISTEN LEY OF THIMBLEPRESS
This rising star on the stationery scene joins us to talk trade show
strategy gleaned from her appearances at the Chicago Gift Show +
National Stationery Show. Kristen dishes about how she’s landed
her products in 150+ stores nationwide and details what it’s like to
both wholesale + simultaneously manage a successful retail store.
Week 8
JAMYLA BENNU OF OYIN HANDMADE
Having just landed her hair care collection at Target stores
nationwide, the divine Ms. Bennu walks us through bootstrapping
her company, how she got her foot in the door with a major
national retailer + how she’s managing a growing empire without
sacrificing her sanity.
Claim your seat in the winter semester at
www.LuckyBreakConsulting.com
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