houston, texas | November 3-6 2019

At Elevate!, we bring together some of the most sought-after industry experts who love to educate and see others succeed in their business. With our intimate groups, our attendees will have the opportunity to chat with the speakers, get your questions answered, and share experiences and concerns with the best of the best.

meet our mentors & speakers

shean strong

shean strong

Bio coming soon.

Design Mentor

kaylee young

Design Mentor

by kay studio

Kaylee Young is the owner of By Kay Studio in Portland, Oregon. She was named the Mayesh Design Star in 2018, where she was able to teach floral design classes around the United States. Kaylee continues to teach floral design and small business ownership. She has a passion for creating beauty and tries to make everything in her life full of intention. 

erica gordon

Planner Mentor

elite eventz

Erica Christine, a Certified Wedding & Event Planner (CWEP), the Owner and Senior. Event Planner at Elite Eventz, LLC., is a creative visionary to no end. Attention to detail, fabulous organization skills, impeccable taste, and a hands-on approach is the formula she uses to continuously create memorable events that last a lifetime.

Erica has an MBA with a concentration on Entrepreneurship from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, however holds her undergraduate alma mater Prairie View A&M University near and dear to her heart. She currently holds membership in the Houston Association of Wedding Planners (AWP.)

She began her career when she turned her passion into a business in 2009 when opening the doors of the now award-winning luxury event planning firm which is nestled in the Garden Oaks/Heights area of Houston, Texas. Since then, she has taught a wedding planner’s certification program at a local community college and has been featured in several local and national publications and platforms.

She is well versed in various areas of the event planning industry such as event design, destination, multicultural and Western Weddings, lavishly luxury events, large scale social & celebrity events as well as corporate conferences and galas all the while building powerful and trusted relationships with a variety of professional vendors within the Houston events industry and beyond. Her clients include entrepreneurs, socialites, corporate executives, politicians, government affiliate organizations, mega churches, international brands and corporations, and professional athletes.

Upon her 10th year in business she had decided to expand the scoop of her work by adding an Event Planner's Course, Interior Design and Travel Planning components to Elite Collective portfolio. For years she's turned blank canvas' into works of art and plans to do the same in the interior design world. She's added Travel to the equation from pure passion. Destination weddings have increased in the past few years and she decided to not limit her expertise of "EXPERIENCE" travel planning (versus becoming a traditional travel agent) to weddings but open them for others.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, singing, dancing, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

Ivori lipsomb-warren

Planner Mentor

ivori nicole

Ivori Lipscomb-Warren is a writer, producer, educator, and Certified Professional Coach specializing in mindset & fertility coaching and business strategy. As Founder of Ivori Nicole Events, she has led a highly-acclaimed design team known for creating extraordinary events around the world for nearly 20 years, garnering features from Baltimore Business Journal, Washingtonian, and CBS and Fox affiliates.

Her passion for giving and sharing her knowledge, time, and resources led her to create her latest endeavor, Ivori Nicole Coaching.

Carrying out her mission to help women purposefully design the life they love, she guides women to follow their life and business pursuits and inspires them to lead in the areas of fertility, life and business. With each client, she seeks to create a safe environment, where people can lead satisfying lives fueled by fulfilling work.

Her thought leadership and business acumen has placed her in rooms with global leaders across the media, communications, hospitality, healthcare, and education industries to further learn and give to the masses.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management. Soon she will graduate with my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. In addition to managing her businesses and various speaking engagements, she is a professor in the social science and business management fields. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Warren Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization specializing in providing support and awareness for pregnancy and infant loss, high school mentoring, diabetes awareness, and veteran transition and educational support. She is also a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Resolve – The National Infertility Association, the Forbes Coaches Council, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

krystal clark


krystal clark creative

Krystal is a natural social butterfly with a love for all things creative! She's a coffee loving Florida girl helping female service-based entrepreneurs create branded Dubsado workflows and organize their systems so they can save time and wow their clients without being chained to their desk. She resides in Titusville, Florida with her amazing husband and daughter. Her favorite color is pink, her favorite food is cheesecake, and her favorite thing to do is network. No, seriously, she’s a geek for that stuff! Krystal attributes her success to her passion for helping others find balance in life and business with more ease and less stress. She believes that if you focus on serving people and your passion, all your business dreams can come true. 

Amanda shuman


Carrylove designs

Amanda is an award-winning website designer and brand strategist. She is a true artist and helps take clients' visual brands to the next level. She is passionate about design and believes pairing a beautiful brand aesthetic with an intentional website strategy is the cornerstone for success, booking clients effortlessly, and creating a delightful online experience.

bobbi brinkman

Photographer Mentor

bobbi brinkman photography

Bobbi Brinkman is a storytelling photographer + wedding industry educator based in St. Simons Island GA. For 37 years she has been honored to capture love stories for fabbo couples in authentic moments from coast to coast.

With her experience she understands that a wedding day should reflect each couple, and so should their wedding photos. Her focus is on her couple’s and their story, and not about capturing an award-winning photo. Bobbi is all about the value she can bring to the wedding day team so that together they can best serve their couples.

She believes that everyone is welcome just as they are. No matter who you love or where you’re from, it all starts with love—and all love matters, every story deserves to be told. At BBP she and her team celebrate and respect all love stories and partnerships of all genders and know they come in all colors and sizes, as do their weddings.

Simply put, Bobbi believes in the power of photography and the privilege it is to witness these love stories. Building her career with purpose by investing in people first, and by being her true self has allowed her to have a fabbo career serving her couples and fellow wedding pro’s in the most authentic way.

Manolo Dorsete

Photographer Mentor

Manolo Dorsete

Bio coming soon.

Shiva Saadi


Dream photo & video

Topic: Detail Styling & Flat Lays and International Weddings

Charity Reed



Topic: Romantic Bouquets & Centerpieces

Topic: Building Your Brand with Confidence while Earning the Respect of Your Peers & Clients

Topic: Creating A Career With Purpose: Build Longevity & Avoid Burnout 

Bio coming soon.

Topic: Styling a Wow-Factor Proposal that Sells using Dubsado

Topic: Color Theory & Design

Topic: Traditional & Multicultural Timelines

Topic: Enhancing the Client Experience

Topic: Creating a Website that Converts Potential Clients into Sales

Topic: Flower Procurement with Mayesh

At Elevate!, we bring together some of the most sought-after industry experts who love to educate and see others succeed in their business. With our intimate groups, our attendees will have the opportunity to chat with the speakers, get your questions answered, and share experiences and concerns with the best of the best.

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