Speakers

Enjoy insightful sessions and panels from top industry professionals and brands.

Speakers and Moderators

Joanna Saltz, Editorial Director House Beautiful

Current Editorial Director of Delish and House Beautiful, where she oversees all food and home content for both brands. From North Caldwell, NJ, Saltz has held editorial positions at Food Network Magazine, Seventeen, and The Knot. She describes herself as Captain Chaos—she loves her family, her Delish and House Beautiful teams, loud music, science-fiction movies, laughing and making people happy.

Carisha Swanson, Director of Editorial Special Projects House Beautiful

Carisha joined Hearst as Market Editor for the Hearst Design Group, which included House Beautiful, Veranda, and ELLE Decor. She was later promoted to Senior Market Editor and in 2018 became Market Director for House Beautiful’s print and digital properties. In 2022, her title changed to Director of Editorial Special Projects focusing on brand partnerships, consumer-facing programming, and 360° editorial content creation. 

Parker Bowie Larson, Style Director ELLE Decor

Parker Bowie Larson is the Style Director for ELLE Decor, covering everything interior design-related ranging from tabletop to furniture to kitchen and bath, and has previously worked for Architectural Digest and Cottage Living.

Ellen McGauley, Executive Editor VERANDA

She is the Executive Editor of VERANDA with 20 years of experience writing, scouting, and producing design, decorative arts, travel, and garden stories. She began her career in New York, working at Time Inc. and Doubleday, before moving south to Charleston, South Carolina, where she helped launch Charleston Home magazine and served as its editor. In current and past roles at national titles in Birmingham, Alabama, she develops stories that shine a light on the soul of a home.

Bill Darcy, CEO National Kitchen & Bath Association

Bill Darcy is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), a forward-thinking trade organization serving the nearly $200 billion K+B industry. Within his 10+ year tenure with the NKBA, Bill has pioneered key industry initiatives: creating solutions in the face of skilled labor shortages, establishing the NKBA’s 30 under 30 program, and orchestrating the 2014 collaboration of KBIS and IBS to create Design & Construction Week - now one of the world’s largest, most comprehensive industry trade events.

Kerrie Kelly, CEO + Creative Director Kerrie Kelly Studio

Kerrie Kelly is CEO + Creative Director for Kerrie Kelly studio, an award-winning interior designer, an author and contributor, and a product designer and multimedia consultant. Her work elevates everyday design, bridging the gap between design principles and life well lived.

Fernando Wong, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design

Award-winning internationally recognized landscape designer who has been called a design genius with the soul of a poet.  He is the first landscape designer in the 175-year history of Town & Country Magazine to get a full 6 page all garden feature.  His television show “Clipped” with Martha Stewart runs on the HGTV and Discovery Plus channels.  In addition to residential commissions around the world, his projects include three Four Seasons Resorts and the Lyford Cay Club.

Barry Dixon, President Barry Dixon Inc.

Founder and owner of his namesake interior design firm, Barry is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad. One of his exclusive collections include furniture, lighting and accessories for Arteriors, a collection that blends high and low, rustic and refined, and East meets West. Dixon's work has also been published in Barry Dixon Interiors and Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, by Brian Coleman and Edward Addeo and Barry Dixon Inspirations and Fortuny Interiors, by Brian Coleman and Erik Kvalsviko.

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